One crazy night down, one more day to go!

Mom & Dad brought back some awesome shrimp from the gulf, and there is only a small ziploc bag of it left! It was sooooooo good... I just love seafood. Linda's twice-baked potatoes were phenominal once again... I swear she puts crack in those things!!! I am still stuffed!

Here is a project I had done awhile back, but it is really pretty. It's done with a paperbag, Genevieve paper, May Arts ribbon, Jumbo Java VersaMagic & Burnt Umber Palette inks, and SoSplattered, Punctuation and PetalPack stamp sets from TAC.


Christmas [aka holiday stress]

Why does it have to be sooooooooooooo stressful this time of year? I have had an eye-twitch for the past 2-1/2 weeks! WTH? I'm actually still very bah-humbug right now. I didn't get my tree up, Eric & I have spent $760 this month on the babies' vet bills, so no one is getting any gifts from us. I am so sad. So, I have tried to look at it like this: the holiday season shouldn't be about getting to the store at 6am for the 'door-buster' deal... it shouldn't be about cussing someone for cutting in the checkout line... it shouldn't be about spending hundreds of dollars on gifts... it shouldn't be about rushing around from house to house trying to see everyone on ONE specific day of the year.

Shouldn't it be about spending quality time with family & friends?

Perhaps catching up on the happenings from throughout the year? Many of the people we see this time of year have traveled quite far and it is great seeing them! The others we see, live about an hour away or perhaps even in the same town... and we choose NOW to spend time with them? Shouldn't we be spending more time with eachother more than just holiday time? Sometimes it feels like we are just running around like crazy trying to do a jillion other things... things that shouldn't take priority over others. I am sooooooooo guilty of this! I love what I do, my hobbies, my business... but they definitely pale in comparison to my husband, babies, family, & friends.

I didn't even get all my Christmas cards done. And I'm sorta ok with it (just SORTA).

Tomorrow night, will be our annual Seafood-Fest at the Fosters. Let's see, who will be coming over... mom & dad, Bev & Nathan (MIL & BIL), my sister Linda & nephew Patrick, niece Krystal & boyfriend Ira, Uncle Buddy, and Brian, Cheryl, & Brooklyn from across the street. Should be fun!

In closing today, I leave you with a picture of the babies playing in the snow from a couple of weeks ago. I missed the shot of Heidi making snow angels [OMG, it was the cutest thing ever!]. Happy Holidays!



Just a real quick post tonight... I'm really tired. Same busy schedule as always [no need to go over THAT again] so just a little fun tonight. The first photo is a sample of some of the tags we did tonight in class... SnowTag and ILoveSnowmen were the stamps sets (both retiring...I'm so sad). We also did a cute acetate tag, but it is really hard to get a decent photo or scan of acetate stuff!
The second photo is one of the cards we did using last month's MerryWords special stamp set, OrnamentalSnowflakes & SimplyChristmas stamp sets, Lavender Sachet & Violette Palette inks, Versamark & Sparkle embossing powder, LoopyEyelets, and the RoundTabPunch.


A little sumpin' sumpin'...

I really should be in my studio finishing up one of the two sets of baby shower invites I'm doing, but I needed a break! I have been busy (still... yeah, I know) and have totally neglected my blog.

[my bad]

Here is a RAK I gave out a couple of weeks ago. It uses the CircleSampler and WithSympathy stamp sets, DCWV white core brown cardstock that was run through the BigShot in a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then sanded, Burnt Sienna Palette ink, and a fatty ribbon (that I can't recall from where it was purchased). I really like it.

I really need to get back to the grindstone. I'm trying to get ready for a trip to Illinois to see Eric's family. I really hate leaving the babies, especially since Heidi just had her main back tooth extracted today. The poor thing. The vet said she did great with everything... she's just whiny right now because she hates being doped up on anethesia. She's napping right now. Thankfully, Uncle Brandon will be here for her.