Good morning, and Happy Valentine's Day to you! I'm finally getting around to posting another Thingadailies, and today it's my Valentine's Day Card! This was a super easy card to make using some textured coloured paper from a paper pack (Craft Smith Wedding Neutrals - 70% off at Michaels!), and some patterned notecards I've had laying around for years and hadn't used.
I used a basic rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp to cut out the light pink textured paper for the background, and used the smaller rectangle die - also from Simon Says Stamp - to cut the patterend notecard. The sentiment (Stampourri) was stamped on some of the extra pink paper and cut out with a small square die from, yes, Simon Says Stamp. I used a heart punch to make three hearts from the extra pink paper. I stuck everything on dark kraft notecards, and voila! Three completed cards!
I also used a slightly darker pink from the paper pack that also coordinated with the pattered notecards and made three more cards, so I had six total to send out to friends. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day and a great week! Cheers!
It's Sunday and for me that means cooking meals for the week. This week I'm baking some chicken breast, and trying a new recipe from HeartSmart Recipes magazine. It's called Pasta, Broccoli, and Red Bean Toss, and it looks amazing! I can't wait to try it! I hope you all are having a fantastic week! Cheers!
So it's February again, and it's the time for Thingadailies! It's like Horrordailies in October and Holidailies in December, but instead of writing a blog post every day (or trying to!), you make something everyday (or try to!). Now, I will probably only manage to make about five or six things this month, because I just don't have that kind of time. But it's fun to participate anyway, and I do love to see what other people create!
My first Thing is my February 2017 calendar page. I purchased two blank calendars from Top Notch Calendars so I could stamp designs for each month of this year, and make calendars for myself and my mom. For February I did a Valentine's Day-themed page using the Heart Ornament and Bow Ornament Hanger both from Stampa Barbara, and the "Happy Valentine's Day" sentiment from Stampourri. It's a simple design, but I think it came out really nice.
I hope to do some more rubber stamping this month (there's at least one Valentine's card in the works!), but the majority of my "Things" might be food, as all I've been really into lately is cooking. That or photography. Does taking a picture count as a "Thing" for Thingadailies? No idea. How about making a list? I have Weetacon coming up, and I always have several lists going when I'm travelling. Well, hopefully I'll be able to find some other creative things to share this month! Have a great day! Cheers!
So, I've been doing this End-of-the-Year Meme for several years now. I almost didn't bother with it this year, since the questions are the same each year, and for the most part, so are my answers. However, it's become a tradition, and it's fairly easy, so I figured why not! (Also, if anyone knows of a newer or different End-of-the-Year questionnaire type of thing, let me know in the comments! I wouldn't mind trying something different next year!)
What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't even remember what I resolved to do, so probably not! As for 2017, I haven't decided yet.
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank God!
What countries did you visit?
None this year.
What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Early March when I went to Weetacon then got to hang out with Julie in Cincinnati, and mid-August when I visited Darlene in Portland.
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I can't think of a single thing I achieved this year.
What was your biggest failure?
Not selling any of my perfectly nice things on eBay.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing new, no.
What was the best thing you bought?
My Kia Soul (I named her Roxanne, or Roxy for short.)
Whose behavior merited celebration?
Pretty much everyone I work with. We have a difficult job, yet everyone stays upbeat, positive, and continues to provide great customer service even to the most difficult customers!
Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
All the whiney, fragile snowflakes who freaked out after Donald Trump won the election and had to pet "comfort animals" and play with Play-Doh because they were so "traumatized", and all the Universities who coddled those worthless wimps.
Where did most of your money go?
My totally awesome, super fun vacations to Green Bay, WI, Cincinnati, OH, and Portland, OR, and to my new car!
What did you get really, really, really excited about.
What song will always remind you of 2016?
"Priceless" by For King and Country. It seemed to be playing on all my favourite radio stations at least once every day for months! But, that's okay, it's a fantastic song!
Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder
about the same.
b) thinner or fatter?
about the same.
c) richer or poorer?
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Going to the beach, sightseeing locally. (Those might be my 2017 New Year's Resolutions!)
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Watching TV, sleeping.
How did you spend Christmas?
Relaxing with my mom, eating chips, salsa, and guacamole, and chicken enchiladas while drinking margaritas and watching "It's a Wonderful Life".
Did you fall in love in 2016?
What was your favorite TV program?
Designated Survivor - awesome show!!
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
What was the best book you read?
I didn't really read much this year, but I did enjoy The Scene of the Climb by Kate Dyer-Seeley.
Last weekend I finished up my hand-stamped Christmas cards for family, friends, and the Christmas Card Exchange I participate in almost every year. It felt good to get them all done! Unfortunately, I was too pooped to do any more cards, so my co-workers will end up with store bought cards. Hopefully they won't mind! (Also, hopefully next year I'll a) start on these cards earlier, and b) come up with an easier, assembly-line-style design!) Anyway, here's the rest of the card designs I came up with:
(Deer in woods stamp from Hero Arts)
(Sentiment and individual snowflakes from Jingle All the Way stamp set)
(Christmas tree stamp from Hero Arts)
(Truck w/ tree, and sentiment from Jingle All the Way stamp set)
So, my Christmas cards this year were a mixed bag of just about everything: extra hand-made cards I had left over from previous years, newly hand-made cards, and store-bought cards both old and new. I managed to use up all my old hand-made cards (except the really nice ones I'm just keeping for my collection), AND all my old store-bought cards, and am currently on a 100% clean slate with about 20 to 30 names on my Christmas card list. My plan is to complete and mail out all those cards this weekend, and just have the few I'll be handing out to co-workers the Friday before the holiday weekend. I'm still not sure if I'll make all these cards or just buy a box. I've gotten some really great ideas from stampers on YouTube, so I might try a few of those ideas before deciding for sure. But, for now, here are a few of the cards I made so far this year. Enjoy!