The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Heart-y Birthday to You!

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. We were busy, busy, busy. And then the time change hit!! I hate how that throws everyone off. I'm pretty sure it will take a week or so for all of us to get all the time kinks worked out.

So, how busy, busy, busy were we? Let's see . . . Friday evening DD had Girls Scouts, then we had our homemade pizza night (DH makes one mean hand-tossed pizza from scratch. Out of this world!), and a movie with the kids. Saturday morning DH and I updated our finances while the kids worked on homework. DD and I wrapped up her Girl Scout troop's cookie sale by counting up the cookie money turned in by her fellow Scouts and getting a deposit slip ready. After lunch, it was off to the bank to make the deposit. Her troop did an outstanding job! Now they are all set to go camping later in the spring.

Once the cookie money was safely deposited, the kids and I headed to the mall. They had more freebie coupons to spend at Build-A-Bear Workshop! Last month they had each received a coupon for a free bear accessory (up to a $5 value). This month DD received two free accessory coupons, and DS received a coupon for a free accessory AND a coupon for a free bear (up to $12). I know--crazy, right? They had a best time picking out their free stuff. And as we were leaving BABW we passed a stand that some nice folks from Chik-Fil-A had set up giving shoppers the chance to "spin the wheel" for free food and drink items from Chik-Fil-A. We each got a turn! Both DD and DS got coupons for free hand-spun milkshakes, and I got a coupon for a free soft-serve vanilla ice cream. Not ones to let free stuff lapse, we immediately headed over to the food court to cash in. What a yummy, well-timed snack. And nothing tastes sweeter than free! Then it was off to the family-friendly Spring Fling dance at our church (it's always such fun and our kids look forward to it for weeks). Completely exhausted, our kids collapsed in bed shortly afterward. DH and I caught an on-demand movie (Date Night) and double-checked all our clocks before collapsing ourselves.

Whew! So, on Sunday afternoon I finally had the chance to restore my sanity with a little papercrafting while DH helped DD get started on a building project she's doing for science class and supervise DS's computer programming efforts (that child just started learning it program in Python and, man, is he gung ho!! And understanding a surprising amount of it). Here's what I made:
I wrapped some of my favorite challenges into this card:
Thanks for hanging in there with my looooooooooooooong post today. See, I told you it was a busy weekend!! I'm so happy you dropped by to check out my little slice of bliss. :)

Card Recipe:
Stamps: {ippity} Party Hat Wishes
Paper: SU pacific point CS, SU regal rose CS, textured CS by DCWV,
MFP snow storm CS, SU pacific point DSP
Ink:
SU pacific point, Palette bella rose
Accessories: EK 1.5" square punch, sewing machine, white canvas from my stash, Pink Sprinkles Smooch Spritz, scissors, foam tape
Techniques: machine stitching, misting, canvas


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26 comments:

Debbie said...

Yummy hearts, polka dots and stitching!! Thanks for joining us in the Tea Room this week for our birthday bash :)

Colleen Dietrich said...

Glad you found some crafting time amidst a busy weekend, Emily! These canvas hearts are adorable and very touchable looking.

Pat said...

What a fun weekend, and darling cards you managed to make, with all the activity! Great weekend!

What will you do when you are an empty nester? Ouch, guess you can go visit the kids! lol

Hugs, Pat

Joanne (jojot) said...

sounds like you have been VERY busy.....fun

what a cool and textured project....bright and happy

maryr917 said...

wow your family had quite a busy weekend-and what a blessign to get a bunch of free stuff-gotta love it-and I do love the card you are shwoing today emily

Crafty Math Chick said...

I think I enjoy hearing about your family ventures as much as I love seeing your lovely creations - you have such a nice family Emily! I hope you are enjoying some of that homemade pizza (YUM!) in honor of Pi Day!
~Meredith

Kristy Smith said...

Wow Emily this is gorgeous! I love the hearts and the stitching and I'm SO glad you had such a fun weekend! We also had a great weekend here in Pittsburgh... hopefully spring is finally come for good! =)

Benzi said...

Very pretty, Emily! What a great job freehanding those hearts. Sounds as if you had a FULL weekend. Too bad it goes so fast.
Love your card!

Marisa said...

Love the stitching on the hearts and of course the polka dotted DP :)

I hear you re: a busy weekend!! Piano and group piano lessons Saturday at lunch time for DD (I started prepping for my Sunday School lesson during that time) then home to drop DD and pick up son and do a Costco, Michael's, Subway run. Dinner and then working on both of the kids' testimonies as they are getting baptized on the 27th.

Daylight savings is horrible losing an hour of sleep!!! Church Sunday a.m. , Baptism class with the kids thereafter, drop son and dad off at home and DD and I go to the Cat Show in the afternoon for 2 hours, home and promptly zonked out on the couch for 1.5 hours!, dinner, some Wii Sports/Wii Fit games with the family and to bed it was! I need a weekend to recover from my weekend LOL! THANKFULLY I'm done my job for hubby!!!!! Yeah!!!! Into my stamp room I go :)

wearestampers said...

Cute card Emily! Love the stiching, and freehand hearts!
Pam

Cath said...

Hey Emily! Thanks for entering the Stamping with Shimmer Sprays Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Linda R. said...

Well it did sound prtty busy. But it also sounded like you got some quality family time. Nothing could be better than that.. Your card is gourgeous as usual.. Hope you are off to a wondeful week my friend..

Hugs, Linda

Carol said...

Emzi this is so creative. I love the stitching and how you did the straight stitching down the middle of the hearts. So unique and so clever. Love it.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :O}

Fiona said...

very pretty..love your stitching..it's perfect!! Thanks for joining us at paper sundaes this week.

Fi

Anita said...

Very pretty card Emily. I love the stitching and the bright cheery colors. Sounds like a busy but very fun weekend. My grandson loves to go to BABW ... his favorite store in the mall.

Dawn B. said...

LOVE the canvas.. What a great texture it has. I was a girl scout leader many years ago.. Collected $4000 from cookie sales and had to make a quick stop at the store. When I got back the envy was gone.. WHAT.. talk about freak out mode. After a major panic attack I found that it had slipped way under the seat. Phew....Love girls scouts. Great organization but that was the last time I volunteered to collect the money..:)

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Beautiful card! Love all the stitching! Thank you so much for joining us this week at The Shabby Tea Room!

Hugs...
Melissa
TSTR DT

StampinCathy said...

This is just beautiful. Love the colors, texture, and all the details. Thanks for playing along with us at ATU!

Cindy Haffner said...

BEAUTIFUL Emily I love your stitches!!~

Katie Skiff said...

Thanks for sharing the blog candy... I love your card and your cute little blog!! Have a great day!!

de said...

Such a sweet card!

Thanks for playing EtsyInspired this week!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Loving the colors and the canvas hearts, Emily! Fantastic card! :)

Kristin said...

Love the hearts and how you stitched them. So super cute! Thanks for playing this week at The Shabby Tea Room!

Anne said...

GREAT card! I love the stitching!!

FibreJunky said...

Super cute! Love the canvas hearts! Thanks for playing along with EtsyInspired and All Things Unity!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this card! Great colors--love the stitching! LOVE how you cut out that sentiment--I need to try this sometime--it so effective! Great birthday card;) Thanks so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at All Things Unity!