Out With The Old and In With The New

Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls, I have some exciting news to announce. I usually only talk about my Stampin’ Up! business on my blog, but today I’m going to share something a little more personal. Today, I am starting a new job!

I’m terribly excited about the prospects of working a regular day job, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. I’ve been working in retail for the past 10 years with a varying schedule that includes nights, weekends, and holidays so you can imagine my excitement over some regularity!

I’m excited about this new adventure that will ultimately bring me closer to my goals and actually allow me to use some of the knowledge I’ve been gaining while going to school. Oh and on a school note…after the winter semester I only have 5 classes left! I hope this summer I can take 3 and only have 2 left this fall. I only take part time classes because the balance is super important while I’m working!

I hope you all enjoyed this little personal tidbit, I may be adding personal post now and again while I completely change my routines!

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To Have and To Hold

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I made this card for Liesl to give to her friend Bethany at her wedding shower. You’ve seen many of the projects I have worked on for Liesl to give to Bethany and I have two more to show you. This first one I was really happy with the way it turned out. I used the same papers we used for the shower invite to give it a theme and a more meaningful touch.

I look forward to using this layout again. I can see it in so many different colors! I also like how this card isn’t Bride focused, so many cards I see at stores for bridal showers are all about the bride, while at the end of the day it’s just another celebration of the marriage.

Classic Congratulations

There must be something in the water! I have needed to make 3 congratulations cards so far this year for engagements. Our friends Chuck and Andrea got engaged a few weeks ago. Jordan and I are very happy for them and look forward to celebrating their marriage. We went to dinner with them last Friday to catch up before they left for vacation. I made this classic black and white card for them while I was thinking of another project (my inspiration always strikes at the worst moments…I have crafters ADD).

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I love the way it turned out! Sometimes the simplest cards become my favorites. This also got some of my creative juices flowing so I’m itching to get back into my stamping room (or as Chuck calls it the “kraft kave”).

I have a few cards I need to make this week. I need 1 baptism card and 1 birthday card, but other than that I will be making cards for fun again! I’ve discovered that I get a little anxiety if I don’t have the cards I need made done before I “fool around” with cards I just want made. Hopefully I’ll be able to focus tomorrow and knock out some crafting!

Thanks for stopping by, I look forward to sharing some more.

Ski The Face

Since Synchro Nationals was in Plymouth this year (and I didn’t skate, just spectated) we didn’t have to travel (Plymouth is right down the road), so Jordan and I decided we would go on a mini vacay for spring break. We road tripped it to Lake Placid, NY home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. We skied and snowboarded for two days at Whiteface Mountain and enjoyed all the charm Lake Placid had to offer.

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On our first day the weather was overcast, but the conditions were great. We even got to ski through the clouds…how cool is that! Before we went to the mountain we stopped for breakfast as this cute little place called The Breakfast Club! I tried to make everyone jealous by posting pictures of the drinks we ordered and it worked…my mouth even watered when I edited this picture to post!

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I ordered the Raspberry Blush Mimosa and Jordan ordered a Bacon Bloody Mary. I snagged a picture/copy of their menu so I can recreate these delicious cocktails at a later date…many thanks to the genius mixologist who came up with all of these yummy treats!

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The second day was much clearer and so much better for pictures. This is the mountain as we drove up. I’ve never skied out East, but I’ve skied out West (Vail and Keystone). This is the largest mountain Jordan has ever skied on…I created a monster when I suggested snowboarding early in our relationship!

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What a great view! This is what we saw when we got off the gondola at the top of the first hill. Beautiful! I’d go back in a heartbeat, but I think we are planning a trip out West for next year.

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Behind us is the summit of Whiteface. I was really proud of our courage and effort to ski from the summit all the way to the bottom several times…one time I lead us on a few too many black diamonds which warranted a demotion from leader to follower. I’m okay with that!

I have two last pic’s to share with you. On our last night in Lake Placid we went to a nice restaurant that we could walk to from our hotel.

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This was our appetizer… prosciutto caprese salad…yum! Jordan know’s that if caprese salad is on the menu I’m going to order it, but this time he noticed the prosciutto part first! For my entree I had maple glazed salmon over mushroom risotto and Jordan has tortellini. The biggest point of contention for the evening was of course dessert. I usually like to split a dessert if we get one, but this time there were two must have options.

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On the left is Jordan’s strawberry creme brulee and on the right is my tiramisu. Which one looks better? We debated this over and over until our dessert were gone, each concluding that our individual dessert was better than the other!

I’ve realized that my “adventure” post are super long…oops. But we always have such a great time and I want to share every moment…thank goodness I don’t! Thanks for visiting today, come back soon.

Wedding Planning Season

I’ve always wanted to make wedding invitations to put on my Etsy site, but I was always overwhelmed by the idea of creating invitations without a specific bride in mind. Well my opportunity to create has presented its self!

My best friend Liesl has asked me to create an invitation for a friend of hers so she could see what a hand crafted invite would look like. I think my first attempt turned out pretty well. The first picture is of the whole invite put together, but open so you can see the entire package.

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So this sample I just used the information that was on the template, so the names and the event location and time aren’t real, but everyone can see how it would be laid out. I did dry and heat embossing to show the different techniques that could be used. I love the motif from Stampin’ Up’s Manhattan collection.

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Here is a close up of both types of embossing in the same shot! I think both are beautiful, but I love the delicate nature of the heat embossing much more than the bold lines of the dry embossing.

And finally the whole package, all tied up with a coordinating belly band to keep the pieces together.

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What do you think of my first attempt? I’ve learned so much from this first try and I know everything that I would change or do differently the next time around. I hope that this helps Liesl show off the beauty of hand crafted cards and invitations…next I’m going to make coordinating Thank You notes!

Bon Voyage!

In late January Mama Green (my best friend Liesl’s Mom) asked me to make a birthday card for her to give to her husband (Papa Green). I was more than happy to take on her challenge! The requirements Ocean/Cruise themed, including Bon Voyage and Happy Birthday.

I searched and searched my collection for anything that would help me with this card and I kept coming back to this cute little girl I had holding a surf board. So I looked through my collection of digi stamps and found the perfect stamps…unfortunately I couldn’t get the stamps to merge correctly. Jordan to the rescue! Using his awesome photoshop skills he merged my stamps like it was nothing at all.

I quickly printed two different sizes of my new image and went to work creating this little cutie!

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I used some paper from a few different MME 6×6 paper pads and coordinating SU cardstock. I colored the CC Designs digi image with my Copic markers to match the patterned papers. I used a white sharpie paint pen to accent some of the buttons and their little cheeks! I couldn’t fin a “Bon Voyage” saying that I liked so I just wrote it myself!

Inside is where I put the “Happy Birthday” sentiment. I also sewed a bit on this card and I think it turned out better than any card I’ve sewn on so far.

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What do you think? Thanks for visiting today, check back later in the week to see what else I’ve been up too and what I have planned!

Taste The Passion

Okay, here are some shots from our wine tasting weekend on the Leelanau Peninsula. I’ll share a couple of the stops we made with everyone. I still highly recommend if you are looking for a weekend get away take a tour of the wine trail!

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Our starting winery was Black Star Farms. We tasted a pinot noir that was paired with a white chocolate pistachio truffle pop (super rich, but very yummy). Jordan and I aren’t especially interested in red wine, but I enjoy the pairings that are offered because I wouldn’t try (or buy) these wines on my own.

Next we stopped at The Boathouse Winery, which is new to the wine trail. Taste was there first event.

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Here we were served a pinot noir with a chocolate chili brownie pop. We were excited to try more here since the winery was new to the tour.

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We picked up a bottle of their 2009 Riesling, which is our favorite varietal of wine. This brings our bottle count for the weekend to about 7 and we’ve only been to two wineries!

Next stop was Blustone which is also a newer winery to the tour.

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At Blustone we tried a pinot noir with a chocolate cherry heart shaped brownie (are you seeing a theme develop…I stopped taking pictures). Both were good and this was our favorite noir so far.

We like Blustone’s tasting room. It’s a building of almost all windows set on top of the hill overlooking the vines.

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Next we visited 45 North. There tasting room is nice as well considering the first time we visited we tasted in part of their bottling room. I almost would agree that the first time we visited 45 North was the most fun.

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The entire weekend was beautiful, we had never seen the peninsula covered in snow. Every year that we have gone of these tours promised snow, but never delivered.

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I sent this picture to a friend who wasn’t on the tour with us. It’s called a redneck wine glass (I later found champagne flutes and margarita glasses). I love novelties like this. Jordan and I listen to country music and from time to time let our inner redneck shine.

We toured 7 wineries the first day and ate dinner at the Mackinaw Brewing Company in downtown TC. We went back to the hotel, took a dip in the hot tub, and settled in for the night.

The next day we set off around 10am to drive to The Early Bird which is a small diner style restaurant in Leland. During breakfast we planned our tour for that day. We started at Good Neighbor Organic where they paired their pinot noir with a ham and bean soup (we had just finished breakfast so I wasn’t all that interested in food, but it smelled amazing).  Jordan and I enjoyed this pinot noir so much that it became our new favorite for the weekend and we purchased a bottle.

Our next stop was at Good Harbor Vineyards. Here we were served Chicken Jalapeno Soup with Trillium, a white wine made from three different grapes.

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Our next stop was Verterra. I cannot remember what wine they served us, but I do know their food was awesome. We were served a caramel apple puff pastry with maple moose…so good. This trip to Verterra was interesting, we were the only people in the tasting room that didn’t work their.

We ending up buying one of their dessert wines to add to our collection.

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We finished up the tour the second day hitting 9 wineries and the Cherry Republic Tasting room in downtown TC. Our total bottle count for the weekend was 38 bottles. We have a lot of wine to drink before we can go on another wine tasting tour. Which is just fine with me!

Our next wine tasting outing will be the Harbor Springs Wine Tasting festival in June. This is a small casual event held near the water in downtown Harbor Springs. My favorite part about the event is that we can walk to it from the cottage!

Long winded, but it’s two days of jam pack fun! Thanks for visiting!

I Almost Forgot

A while ago I told everyone about the diaper cake I made for a co-worker. I just realized that I haven’t shared any of the pictures with you because I was trying to put it together in a tutorial. In this case “my eyes were bigger than my stomach” because I don’t have nearly enough pictures of the process to put together a decent tutorial. I know there are some good ones out there and google is a great tool!

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I used 100 size 2 pampers swaddler diapers. Each one is individually rubber banded to hold it’s shape. I purchased some necessities (onsies, burp clothes, bibs, etc.) and some toys to add decoration to the “cake”.

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I had so much fun building this “cake” and highly recommend this as a great group gift or office gift.

Thanks for visiting today!

With Love

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Good Monday morning everyone! Quick little post today.

I created this cutie on Friday while I was taking a break from packing (for wine tasting) and cleaning (so I don’t come home to a mess). Love this little PI image with the Echo Park paper.

Today I’ll be catching up on my reading for school and a little bit of homework. I hope to find a few minutes for crafting today. Thanks for stopping by!

And The Animals Came Two By Two

Baptism

I originally made this card for my God Son on his Baptism. Jordan and I were honored by our friends when they asked us to be God Parents. Our God Son is almost 3 now, but every time I make this card for an Etsy order I remember how special that day was.

I posted this card on my Etsy site and it has proven to be one of my best sellers. Every time I sell one I re-post it, but now I am out of the little cross charm and will have to get more before I am comfortable offering this card again.

I make this card with a set from Our Daily Bread Designs. I had seen their stamps in the SCS gallery, but I was nervous to make an order. The first year my Mom and I went to the Expo we go to in Novi, ODB was there and I was able to purchase this set and a few others. I love using this stamps!

Thanks for stopping by today. Check back tomorrow for more!