Friday, January 19, 2018

Creative Embellishment Cards

I love making cards out of scraps I have leftover from my layouts, and I realized that I haven't made cards in a while, so I made two all-purpose cards this week. For the card on the right, I used a chipboard piece from the Valentine's Hashtags set for my title. I primed the piece with gesso, added purple chalk ink, and then layered crackle paint on top. 

For the card on the left, I used a beautiful chipboard Bird. I primed the piece with gesso, added turquoise chalk ink, and then layered white perfect pearls on top.

Monday, January 15, 2018


Nathan went to a Build a Bear birthday party for his friend Annelise and had a blast!

Nathan got a Cookie Monster stuffed animal.  We have never been a Build a Bear before, and Nathan was transfixed!

He especially liked the fluffing station!

We had the Hamburgers over that evening.  Their kids are a hoot -- amongst other things, Lucas and Nathan enjoyed wrapping themselves around Jesse's legs and made him tromp around the whole house.  He definitely got a workout!

We just love Dave and Tiffany and are thrilled that we got to spend time with them!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cereal by Krystle

I created this layout of Nathan's introduction to solid foods.  I used the Heart Strings Border as the main element on my page.  I also used bib embellishments from the It's a Boy Set and the Basic Alphabet for my title.  

I primed the chipboard with gesso, layered chalk ink on top of each piece, and then finished it with crackle paint.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time

We spent Christmas in Connecticut. Chloe narrated part of the Christmas story for their Christmas Eve service, which was adorable. 

We wanted to try another escape room after we had so much fun with one this summer. We got out with 12 minutes to spare, and I (very fittingly, if I say so myself), became the queen!

We had a lovely Christmas with family!

It even snowed on Christmas and we had so much fun playing in the snow! Nathan enjoyed the snowball fights and making this adorable snowman.

We then celebrated Christmas for a third time in Indiana. There were lots of laughs and giggles!

The best feature of Grandpa Thomas and Memaw Nono's new home is their indoor pool and sauna!

Nathan kept his Uncle Mitt and Aunt Merida on their toes by having them chase him around basically the entire time he was awake.  Just watch this adorable video of the three of them!


We were also able to squeeze in breakfast with Nana and Grandpa Butch. It was good to see them again.

Monday, January 1, 2018

CE January Challenge

Happy New Year!  I can't believe it is 2018.  I am excited to continue designing for Creative Embellishments, and I was inspired by their January challenge picture to use a champagne-colored background for this layout.  I also used glittery flourishes, two Small Flourishes, and the word "Embrace" from the Moments Word Set.  I painted my chipboard pieces a matte black.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!  We are in the middle of our second Christmas celebration.  We celebrated as a family earlier this week and we decorated Nathan's playroom for him.  He got some new seating, a new-to-him train table and track, and cute storage boxes.

We added adorable forest animal decor items too. 

He loved it (especially the train table and track)!  Here is a good perspective of the room which, as Rachel noted, is as big as the whole main living area in her house.  

He also loved the trains and treat he got in his stocking (look at that face!)

And he also had a bunch of presents from his Nana and Grandpa Butch that he loved.

Last but not least, he opened awesome presents from Aunt Judy and Uncle JP.

He also loves Christmas carols and listening to the Christmas story for advent.  It's truly the most wonderful time of the year.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Love Layout

I just love these close-ups of Nathan!  I framed them with the 5" Large Clock Face and the 6" Large Clock Face.  I left the frames as-is, but I inked the Small Family Border Word Set title piece a dark chocolate brown to stand out from the clock frame.  

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Staying Cozy

It's chilly now and we have been staying cozy by drinking hot/warm chocolate,

busting out winter coats and mittens, which Nathan likes to put on and wave with,

and wearing winter boots.  Cutest little lumberjack ever!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Family Layout

I love the warmth of this picture so I kept that feeling though the variety of warm browns I included in this layout.  I used both the 4" Large Clock Face and the 3" Large Clock Face to embellish this layout, and added the word "family" from the Small Family Border Word Set for my title.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Enjoying the Outdoors

It is only just beginning to get chilly here, and we have been enjoying the mild weather.  Jesse finished up his outdoor soccer season,

and Nathan has been playing outdoors at our hands on science museum

and in our backyard!