Sunday, December 28, 2008

Quilting Color Challenge

I finally have been up to stamping since my sinus surgery on 12/18, which has really zapped me of energy and keeps me at the mercy of pain meds from time to time. I have, surprisingly, made it through three Christmas gatherings so far and will be having another today at our house.

This card took me a couple of hours to finish. There are a few factors that played into that 1) a toddler 2) getting into the flow of creating again 3) a SCS color challenge that I decided to use as my inspiration (toughest one I have done so far).

The colors stumped me right away. (Orchid Opulence, Cameo Coral, So Saffron) Honestly, I'm still not fond of the combo and don't know if I am that sold on the outcome. I made the colors softer by watercoloring the quilt squares, then coatings with UTEE.

Stamps: Quilter's Sampler Additions (PTI), Heart Prints (PTI)
Ink: Orchid Opulence, Cameo Coral, So Saffron, Palette Noir, Versamark
Paper: PTI White, Orchid Opulence, Cameo Coral
Accessories: UTEE, Perfect Pearls, Pearl Stickers, MS Border Punch, CB Embossing Folder Textile, Spellbinders Label and Tag, Velvet Pure Snow Ribbon

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Angel Got a Face Lift

People get face lifts in order to improve their image, right. Some people tend to do it so much that they almost morph into completely different looking individuals. Well, my angel in the previous post got a face lift. This was a minor one...she didn't go under the knife. lol! I tend to like her better this way, but, of course, that's my opinion. If you liked her better the other way -- great --if you didn't like her at all -- that's nothing a face lift can change. ;) Must have been her personality. :P

She got a DP change, which changed the colors of Stickles I used, added whites dot outlines and left out the corner punch details. (I also used my Sakura Stardust Gel Pen to outline her main image and halo, but it didn't show on the photo.)

I think she's gonna be okay.

BTW, in the basket behind her are about 80 more of her little friends to go over and spread joy to others for Christmas.

Stamps: Christmas Silhouettes (Inkadinkado), sentiment (PTI)
Ink: Palette Noir
Paper: Real Red, Kraft, Wassail DP (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Stickles (Xmas Red, Cinnamon, Lime, Gold), White Gel Pen, Sakura Stardust Gel Pen

Saturday, November 22, 2008

More Fun With Silhouettes...

I bought all six of the Inkadinkado holiday sets as you have seen in previous posts. This is another card using one of those sets and will NOT be my last. They are terrific! I don't really like the use of the gel pen on the sentiment portion, but the rest of it turned out fairly well.

Stamps: Christmas Silhouettes (Inkadinkado), sentiment (PTI)
Ink: Palette Noir
Paper: Real Red, Kraft, Figgy DP (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Stickles (Xmas Red)

Lovin' Stickles

This card really started as a more masculine option for a Christmas card until, that is, that I used about 1/2 bottle of Frosted Lace Stickles and a dot of Xmas Red.

Stamps: Christmas Silhouettes (Inkadinkado), Winter Trails (Inkadinkado), sentiment (Martha Stewart)
Ink: Palette Noir, Versamark
Paper: Figgy (Basic Grey), Kraft, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Stickles (Xmas Red, Frosted Lace), Gold EP, Striped Ribbon

Thursday, November 20, 2008

'Tis the Season

I need to start designing our Christmas cards...strike that...I need to start MAKING our Christmas cards! This is my first attempt for the season. I have had my new Nestability dies just waiting to be used put to work. Grabbed the Spellbinder snowflake dies at Hobby Lobby for...50% off! What a deal is that? I love these great Inkadinkado holiday/winter stamp sets. Gorgeous!

Stamps: Winter Birds (Inkadinkado); sentiment (Martha Steward)
Ink: Palette Noir
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Kraft
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Nestabilities Label 1, Spellbinders Snowflakes, Rhinestones, Kraft Ribbon, Martha Steward Border Punch, Dazzling Diamonds

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Stamper's Confession

So, how many of you purchase stamps/stamp sets and let them set for, oh, say a year, then pull them out for the first time? I, shamefully, have with this stamp set. I was intrigued by the samples posted on SCS last fall and "had" to have the set. After one long year and a color challenge I am posting my first sample of this retired set!

One thing I was happy to conquer in the card was doing a 5X5 card and using a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the majority of the background. I wish they came in squares!


Stamps: Gives Thanks (SU)
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Going Grey, Charcoal Palette, Green Galore
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Going Grey, White, Sweetie Pie DP (Cosmo Cricket)
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Sakura Stardust Gel Pen, Aquapainter, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Leaves, Filigree Brads, Nestabilities

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Adventures in Scrapbooking...

If you're a cardmaker do you ever have people referring to you as a "scrapbooker"? What is that all about? Do they automatically assume since you work with stamps and paper that you are a scrapbooker? When people try to make conversation about my hobby, they shoot right to the first person who they know who scrapbooks. I had a single page done anywhere in my house. I know it is simply their way of making a relationship to what I do but I get it ALL the time. For the past four years I have been trying to force myself to scrapbook. What was it that I disliked so much? The format, the idea of organizing it all...a little of both I suppose.

For the sake of preserving our family memories, I decided to take the bull by the horns and just do it. To be honest, I have been noodling around with scrapbooking for a couple of years with no results that I was proud enough to post . I joined a scrapbook goal challenge at SCS with a goal of finishing 10 scrapbook pages in the month of September in order to spend $3o in fun papercrafting supplies. Fortunately, I have already met my goal for the month, but unfortunately I spent $14 on supplies before I was done and am back at zero. I suppose that could be a positive motivator to really dive into those photos for another 10 pages.

My scrapbook pages are very basic. Almost utilitarian. I am sure with time I will implement more intricate designs and use better sketches. Right now I am simply giving it a go. I can't say that I dislike but I don't know if I love it. The verdict is out.

This simple page is an 8X8 of my son's cousins, which was taken this summer while I was in grad school. Additional pages can be found in scrapbook album at SCS.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

With Enough Caffeine...

...anything is possible!! As many of you know I do love my cup o'joe whenever I can get one. My mom got me this great one cup coffeemaker from Melitta and it is awesome! (Mitch is not a coffee drinker.) Grid 2 TBSP of my bean of choice, heat up water in my electric kettle and pour the water over the grounds in the groovy filter that fits over a coffee cup or travel mug. I'm spoiled!

Speaking of my mom, if you check a few posts back I mentioned swiping mom's Bella stamps...well, I did! Here is Javabellas in SCS Sketch Challenge 192. The only thing I don't like about this stamp are the shoes on the bella on the left. Seriously, who wears shoes like that? Guess I'm not that cool!

This is one of my first cards using a sewing machine. I enjoyed the experience and outcome and plan on using it much more frequently. The zigzag stitch is not very apparent in this photo but it is there. I also went a little nuts with the white gel pen and dots. :)

Stamps: JavaBella; Sentiment (Amuse)
Ink:Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Creamy Caramel; Close to Cocoa; Blush Blossom; Certainly Celery; Burnt Umber (Palette); Noir (Palette)
Paper: Sultry DP (Basic Grey); White (PTI); Chocolate Chip
Accessories: White Gel Pen; Chocolate RIbbon, Sakura Stardust Gel Pen; Slot Punch; Corner Rounder Punch; Nestabilities; Sewing Machine

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Quilter's Sampler

I fell in love with this set after seeing the many beautiful cards created with it. And not to mention reading the book The Quilter's Apprentice. I totally love that book and am going to check out the library for other books in the series. After reading it you feel the need to quilt as a way to tell the stories of your life. I hope to be able to do that through the photos I take of my family and the cards and scrapbook pages that I make. I have huge reservations about beginning a new hobby. (i.e cost, time commitment, all the other craft supplies I HAD to have...)

If this stamp set is the closest that I ever come to quilting then so be it. I loved working with this set and hope to get better aligning the squares...I know...get the grid.

I did a bit of experimenting today with my background stamp and found that I LOVE using my plumber's gasket, which I use with my Cuttlebug to put over the stamp (face up) and cardstock and brayer over top. No slipping like paper and I haven't had a smudge yet!

Stamps: Quilter's Sampler (PTI), Linen (SU)
Ink: Ruby Red, Blush Blossom, Close to Cocoa, Palette Burnt Umber, Stazon Black
Paper: Ruby Red, Blush Blossom, Close to Cocoa, White
Accessories: Paper piercer, Nestabilities, Acetate

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Dare to Be Fabulous

Can a bride-to-be "dare to be fabulous"? I don't know, but I thought I would go non-traditional. She loves all things pink as I found out when I went to Sur La Table to pick up a shower gift. She had registered for pink sparkly spatulas and a pink whistling tea kettle. I have to say I found several things at Sur La Table that I would love too!! I resisted. Good me.

Ok, I can do the sparkly that's for sure! Although, I couldn't do the graduation of pinks I was hoping to do. I am out of my favorite Regal Rose paper. :(

Stamps: Fabulous Flowers
Ink: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Palette Charcoal
Paper: Basic Gray, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Accessories: Sakura Stardust Gel Pen Clear, Rhinestones, Brads, Square Punch

Friday, July 11, 2008

Big Upload

I have a few cards to share today. They were not all done on the same day, however this is the first time I have had the chance to upload them. One is for an old SCS color challenge, one using my new Amuse stamps and the newest addition is a card showcasing the most current SCS sketch challenge. Speaking of new stamps and supplies, I am going to try to post a pic of all of the goodies I have gotten in the past couple of weeks. I had a huge eBay auction and liquidated lots of stamps and supplies that have been untouched and collecting dust for way too long. I love fresh eBay $$$!

Country Cupcakes
For SCS sketch challenge 184. All of the cupkcakes are outlined with my Sakura Stardust Clear Pen, which is hard to see in the photo. I also tried my hand at some doodling with my Close to Cocoa marker.

Stamps: Cupcakes (Inkadinkado), Here's the Scoop (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Palette Noir, Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel, So Saffron
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel, Sugared (Basic Grey)
Assessories: Bling, Sakura Stardust Gel Pen, Flowers (Joann's)

Tiny Bees

Wow! When I got this stamp the bee was indeed "tiny", so I wasn't sure how to make a whole card dedicated to this little guy. Here was my best first try!

Stamps: Tiny Bee & Have a Bee-utiful Day (A Muse)
Ink: Soft Sky, Palette Noir, Yo-Yo Yellow
Paper: Kitchen (Amuse), Soft Sky, White (PTI)
Accessories: Gem Flowers, Dazzling Diamonds

Butterfly Colors

I made this awhile back and sent it to my aunt for her birthday. It was a take on SCS color challenge 170. I wasn't keen on the So Saffron layer, but it's all part of experimentation I guess.

Stamps: Butterfly Kisses (PTI)
Ink: Real Red, Regal Rose, Palette Noir
Paper: So Saffron, Real Red, Regal Rose, White
Accessories: Bling, Ribbon, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Thread Water Punch, Ticket Punch, Sakura Stardust Gel Pen Clear

Monday, June 30, 2008

Comsobella for Anabell(a)

Hopefully Anabelle doesn't check my blog before she gets her card in the mail. lol!

I have had this Bella stamp for about six months. She has been tucked away in my "basket o'things to use" and never managed to make it to the top until recently. I am wishing that I would have gotten her out sooner. When I ordered her I also ordered a couple of bellas for my mom, which I will be commandeering over the July 4th weekend whilst at their BBQ. Sneaky!!


Stamps: Cosmobella (Stamping Bella)
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel, Palette Noir, Blush Blossom
Paper: Sultry (BAsic Grey), Old Olive, River Rock, White
Accessories: Bling, Dazzling Diamonds, Label, River Rock Stitched Grosgrain, Slot Punch

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My First Blog Contest Win

I am so excited! I decided on a whim this week to go blog hopping. Seriously, I spent waaaay too much time on blogs. I eventually landed on Kittie Caracciolo's blog Kittie Kraft where she was having a contest for the release of her new stamps (Kittie Kits "Cause a Scene") at Rubbernecker Stamps. If you haven't seen Kittie's work you really should take the time to swing on by her blog where there is also a link to her SCS gallery. I posted a comment on her blog and won my first contest on the blogosphere. It took no skill, but I hope some day to win a contest based on my creative skills. We'll see! I have a lot more practicing to do before that happens! Thanks again, Kittie! Now...what to buy at Rubbernecker with my gift certificate!!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Father Knows Best

I suppose that is debatable, but at least my father and my son's father are both pretty amazing people. Mitch is a terrific dad and has loved the job from day one. I made his this card and a 6X6 book with pics of he and Liam in the past year, which matches the card using the same color scheme and DP.

Stamps: Father Knows Best (PTI)
Ink: Soft Sky, Basic Gray, Palette Noir, Charcoal, Burnt Umber
Paper: River Rock, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Basic Gray, DP
Accessories: Screw Brads (Spare Parts), Ribbon, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug (Diamonds in the Rough)

Here's a pic of father and son!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Strawberry Blossoms

I started on this card for the CC170 challenge around 9:30 this morning. It only took me seven hours! Impressed? lol! Moms of toddlers know exactly what I am saying. ;) Had to try out my new Nestabilities, teardrops and Tart and Tangy set!

Stamps: Tart and Tangy (SU), Garden of Life (PTI)
Ink: Real Red, Garden Green, Palette Noir
Paper: PTI White, Real Red, Regal Rose, So Saffron
Accessories: Teardrops (Robin's Nest), Pewter Brads, Flower Punch, Black Gingham, Nestabilities

Monday, June 09, 2008

Inspiration Challenge

I will definitely be checking out the inspiration challenges more this summer! I don't know that I did it justice, but had some terrific ideas for other projects. As a matter of fact, the final card was nothing like what I had started out with in the beginning. I couldn't believe how my interpretation of the challenge morphed as I created.

Stamps: Garden of Life (PTI)
Ink: Cameo Coral, Regal Rose, Purely Pomegranate, Palette Noir
Paper: PTI White, Cameo Coral, Soft Sky
Accessories: Teardrops (Robin's Nest), Ribbon, Sakura Stardust Gel Pen, Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls, Swiss Dots

Sunday, June 01, 2008

SCS Challenges

Love'em! The disappointing thing is that I haven't done one in almost a YEAR! Color challenge CC168 and sketch challenge SC178. Honestly, I wasn't much inspired by either one but it could be, too, that I haven't been stamping consistently for several months. I'm pretty rusty.

This is a typical 4.25 X 5.5. The background on the Sage Shadow was stamped using Basic Brown with the Tres Chic BG stamp, then layered onto Chocolate Chip and a Very Vanilla base. Using the Marvy scallop punches, I punched the square out of Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. The vanilla square was stamped with the swirl from Priceless using Basic Brown. The chocolate square is dotted using my fave Sakura Stardust Clear Gel Pen. The butterfly from Priceless was stamped on vanilla in sage shadow, cut and adhered to the vanilla square. I dyed a piece of white grosgrain ribbon using my sage shadow classic spot and wrapped around a piece of chocolate punch with my new threading water punch by Fiskars, again dotted with the clear gel pen. The flowers were cut using a Cuttlebug die with a pearl brad in the center. The three flowers are centered around the word "imagine". Oh, and some DD on the butterfly, too. ;)

Stamps: Tres Chic, Priceless
Ink: Basic Brown, Sage Shadow
Paper: Sage Shadow, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Sakura Stardust Clear Gel Pen, Scallop Punch, Cuttlebug, Pearl Brads, White Grosgrain, Threading Water Punch, Dazzling Diamonds

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Groovy Garden

I wish I would have saved the link to the card I commented on this afternoon which used groovy guava and copper. Love that color combo. She did an awesome job. Inspired me!

I haven't stamped a serious design in a few months. A few birthdays here and there, but nothing that was a "creative process", KWIM? This was finally it. I am happy with it considering my one year old was pulling EVERYTHING out in my craft room while I was working...punches, stamps, scraps, stamp pads, etc.

The card is 5.5 X 5.5. The main image was stamped in Versamark and embossed with copper EP. I used sponges and ink to shade the main image, then cut it out and did a bit more shading on the edges. I used my new treading water punch on the copper CS and layered some fun ribbon on top of it. I cut the backs off of the brads and used Zot Dots to adhere them to the project. I have found that if you want brads straight, don't punch holes. lol. My weird method. ;) The main image was adhered using dimensional adhesive. Almost forgot...I added some yellow/gold to the center of the flower using my Sakura Stardust gel pen.

Stamps: From the Garden (SU)
Ink: Versamark, Groovy Guava, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Handsome Hunter, Old Olive, Always Artichoke
Paper: Copper CS, Glossy White, Very Vanilla, Basic Grey DP, Old Olive
Accessories: Copper EP, Rose Ribbon, Pearl Brads ( Archiver's), Sponges, Sakura Stardust Gel Pen

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Trashing a Wedding Invitation!

I love doing this sooo much. I hope the bride and groom don't hate me too much for scrapping their beautiful wedding invitation and using it for "parts". lol! I have only done it a couple of times but I consider it a form of flattery. Seriously, any invitation, no matter how tacky, has parts to be salvaged, right? Honestly, this was a beautiful invitation with dry embossed fine stems and flowers as well as a gorgeous pearlescent strip, which I HAD to use. If I remember next time I will take "before" and "after" pictures.

Stamps: Illuminations (SU)
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Whisper White, Almost Amethyst, Metallic
Accessories: Wedding Invitation, half pearls and rhinestones, silver fine embossing powder

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Ruff Day

All three of us have been sick with colds and sinus infections since Tuesday. Yucko! Last night I was beginning to feel better, so I thought I would create something with the new goodies I got during spring break. This set i purchased at 40% off from Joann's. I am always looking for good dog sets and never seem to find anything I like, although I love Whipper Snapper stamps animals. I would love to get some! Hint! Hint! (In case DH is reading my blog.)

One thing I am proud of with this one...I have been getting into my stash of cute embellishments that I have been hording for WAY too long!! Love the paw charm!

Stamps: Dogs (Inkadinkado)
Ink: Versamagic - Jumbo Java, Sahara Sand
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Cream Confetti, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Charm, Chocolate Ribbon, Cuttlebug Bubbles, Acrylic Block (for stamps & distressing the edges of CS)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Peeps, Peeps, my Favorite Easter Treat!

This card is all about the sugary sweetness of the popular Easter treat of Peeps! I am one of those people who leave my Peeps out, so they can lose a little moisture and get crispy. lol! Inspired by the sugar coating on Peeps, I created my own sugar coating over the stamped Peeps and on the brads using Kaleidascope embossing powder.

Stamps: Peeps (Savvy Stamps), Bunny Hugs (SU)
Ink: Regal Rose, Cool Carribean, Lavendar Lace, Spring Pansy (Versamagic), Sea Breeze (Versamagic), Rouge (Colorbox Chalk), Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Paper: White, Cool Carribean, Orchid Opulence, Shimmery White
Accessories: Colored Brads, Kaleidascope EP, Gingham Ribbon

Spring Has Sprung... my craft room! Even though it is snowing today (little flurries), I refuse to be deterred from a spring mood. I dove in my using my House Mouse - Feeder Friends stamp, which reminds me of the bird feeders that DH has been taking care of throughout the winter and continues through the spring. I also broke out my watercolor crayons that I bought over a year ago. Love them! I couldn't help but add some sparkle here and there as well. ;)

Stamps: Stampabilities Feeder Friends
Ink: Palette Noir
Paper: White, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Watercolor Crayons, Brads

Friday, March 07, 2008

Hoot Are You?

Love the stamps, embossing envelope and the cardstock!

Stamps: Birds Galore (Inkadinkado)
Ink: Sea Breeze (Versamagic)
Paper: Seafoam (The Paper Company), Cool Steel (The Paper Company), White
Accessories: Swirls & Birds (Cuttlebug), Flowers (Cuttlebug), adhesive rhinestones, crystal brads, Sakura Stardust Gel Pen Clear, circle maker, scallop punches

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Beginning of Birthday Season

I suppose this should be a belated Valentine's Day post, but due to the sheer volume of birthday cards that I need to make between February 2 and May 22 I feel the topic is much more appropriate for the upcoming months. (Can't help but slip in DH's Valentine's Day card.)
This totally cute Changito stamped card was created by stamping the image on to vanilla CS with black ink, then watercoloring the images with markers and stamping sentiment on that panel and matted onto river rock. A panel Basic Grey's Infuse paper was pierced then layered to a piece of confetti natural onto red and added to the river rock card base. The river rock stitched ribbon was run beneath the panel supportes by dimensional adhesives and tied. The photo corners were punched out of old olive and copper brads added. Photo corners were attached with dimensional adhesives. All edges were sponged with creamy caramel.
Stamps: Changito Monkey Love Balloon (Stampendous), Cupcake sentiment (Hero Arts - Eclectic Papiere)
Ink: Palette Noir, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa. Real Red

This card was fashioned with some of my fav shimmer cardstock by The Paper Company, which is available through Archiver's. I don't know where else to purchase it.
The card is 4.25 square with a white base, lt. gray shimmer cs and pink shimmer cardstock layered. The shimmer pink layer was heat embossing with silver embossing powder using the SU polka dot background stamp. The sentiment and cupcake are from the Hero Arts set Cupcake designed for Eclectic Papiere. The sentiment were stamped on white CS, punched out using the word window punch, sponged with grapefruit ink and embellished with silver brads added on the ends. Gray taffeta ribbon was layered to the top panel. The cupcake was stamped on white CS, edged sponged with grapefruit and layered to a scalloped circle and attached to the card using dimensionals. The scalloped circle was dotted with a Sakura Stardust pen in silver.
Stamps: Polka Dot (SU), Cupcake (Hero Arts)
Ink: Versamark, Pink Grapefruit (Versamagic), Creamy Caramel, Palette Noir
Paper: Shimmer Pink & Lt. Gray (The Paper Company), White
Accessories: Pearl, Silver Brads, Silver EP, Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Sakura Stardust Pen Silver, Scallop Punch, Circle Punch, Word Window Punch

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Mellow Flowers

This card was inspired by patterned paper by Basic Grey called "Mellow". The three flowers were cut out from the patterned paper and dusted with some dazzling diamonds. (Difficult to see in the photo.) The dimensions of the card are 4.75" X 4.75". I used my corner punch to create the scallops on this card. The green panel is stamped in Versamark with swirls from the SU set "Priceless". The elements in the corners and word were stamped using Palette ink in charcoal.

Stamps: SU Priceless
Ink: Versamark, Palette Charcoal
Paper: Shimmery White, Mellow Moss, Ruby (Paper Company), Mellow (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Rhinestone Brad, Corner Punch, Dazzling Diamonds

What a Wonderful Christmas!!

Everyone is doing much better here. We have all recovered from sinusitis and me from that and bronchitis. What fun! However, we managed to finally get the Christmas cards out and have a wonderful holiday.

This was Liam's first Christmas! He was a little to young to fully appreciate all the excitement of unwrapping presents. Although, he loved swimming in the wrapping paper when we are at his Grandma and Papaw's Sweeney's for Christmas Eve. We were fortunate enough to have Christmas Day at our house. My parents, brothers, aunt and uncle, cousins and in-laws were here. We had a potluck sort of meal, which was nice so everyone could bring a favorite holiday dish. Lots of variety! Our third Christmas was at Mitch's Aunt Diane and Uncle Ross's house on the 29th, which was for his mother's side of the family. Also, a potluck sort of arrangement with the ever popular gumbo shimmering on the stove when we arrived.

We have been truly blessed this year with the birth of our son, our financial stability and the health of our family. I can only hope and pray these precious gifts in this new year. Love to all of those who we were unable to see. Keep checking this site and Liam's site for updates. As those of you with little ones know, it is difficult to get away to the computer and actually collect your thoughts long enough to write something. I will try my best!

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