Wednesday, November 30, 2011

6:40 p.m. today.... came into this world!  Happy Birthday, are 7 yrs. old, and so very handsome! ;)



We are so proud of all your accomplishments and you've conquered so much:


We love you in every way, you continue to enrich our days with your smile, your humor, and intelligence:


Keep that smile going and let the world know it!


Mom and Dad.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

handcrafted for you

Hello all!  Here is a little card for someone who likes to sew:

handcrafted for 

The holidays are in full swing here at the Ervin household!!  The last few days have been super busy with putting up our tree.  We also had absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous weather!  So I opted to stay away from the computer and do outdoorsy stuff....went shopping!  Just me and the boy on Saturday and just by myself today.  We've been making our own little family traditions now that Chris is older and he is really SO excited for Christmas!  He keeps peeking under the tree to see how many presents are under there!  I had to hide 'his' stash in my car today!  I have to wait until he goes to sleep then sneak them into the house and hide them again, lol!!  The things parents must go thru. ;))

Enjoy the card. I'll be around to visit you soon.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Perfect Day......... be Thankful!  And to share a card too!

A Perfect Day

Wishing all my friends who are celebrating - a very Happy Thanksgiving Day!  I got in some crafty time yesterday, was able to make 4 cards, whohooo!  Thrilled!  This one is a combination of lots of new October Afternoon yummies.  Most of the products are from their Farmhouse collection. 

I hope you have a beautiful day with your family today, wherever you are....celebrate big, and be thankful for the 'little' things!

Cardstock: Neenah Kraft.
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon/Farmhouse.
Button: Basic Grey.
Roses: Prima.
Yellow Doily sticker: October Afternoon.
Pearl: Hero Arts.
Journaling tag: October Afternoon.
Butterfly sticker: October Afternoon.
Plain, kraft girl silhouette: October Afternoon.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mini Baby Carriage

This is another fun 'shaped' card that was in a series of cards I made awhile ago....all of them were made from a Spellbinders Die:

Baby Carriage

It is very tiny and super delicate!  It could be used as a small gift tag as well, the carriage (white part) is embossed with a Cuttlebug Polka Dot embossing folder.  The pink trim, handle bars, and wheels were all made from Fiskars and EK Success punches.  The buttons are all Making Memories.

I decorated the back side in the exact same manner with the scallops and wheels too, really fun to make! Hope it's a good one!  We just got back from a day of shopping and are relaxing now.

Cardstock: Bazzill and Neenah Solar White.
Scroll punch: Fiskars.
Ribbon: Michael's.
Buttons: Making Memories.
Pearl: Hero Arts.
Circle punch: EK Success.
Die Cutting tool: Cuttlebug.
Embossing Folder: Polka dots/Cuttlebug.
Die Cut: Standard Circles Large/Spellbinders Nestabilities.
White tag: SEI.
Twine: Michael's.
Alpha stickers: Making Memories.
Scallop edge punch: EK Success.

Saturday, November 19, 2011


I paired yellow and pink together on this card and used a trio of double-stamped butterflies from the HA/Sizzix line called Antique flowers and butterflies:


Pretty straightforward...I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far!  Okay, I'm gonna be a little chatty today on this post..why...I don't know, just feel like it...

...So some or most of you may know, that my 2nd hobby is actually FOOD!  Yes, there was a time when I thought I would do just a Food blog as well, but the thought of 3 blogs was a bit too much for me to handle!  So I will just stick with the two that I have now....anyways, today was a sweet day of pastries.....I spent some time with family and that's all we did was dive into this:


What I love about the above is that you 'would' think that it's packed with tons of sugar, but really, the amount of sugar is WAY less than what you would find in most bakery cakes.  This Strawberry cake slice was from a Vietnamese/French Bakery and the delicacies are soooo light, airy, and fluffy...and only just the tiniest hint of's not overwhelming AT ALL!   You don't need to drink tons of water with it....that's what I just a little sugar and the pure enjoyment of the remainder of the cake, the fresh fruit, a bit of chocolate, and the cream.

I like to eat, and visit a lot of restaurants that are recommended to me....I take photos of my food A LOT! ;)

Supplies for card:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics and Neenah Solar White.
Patterned Papers: The Girls Paperie.
Butterflies: HA stamps/Sizzix Framelit Dies.
Cutting tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.
Markers: Copics.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black.
Sentiment Sticker: October Afternoon.
Round corner punch: EK Success.

Friday, November 18, 2011

You make me smile

You make me smile

How about some blues and browns, with a touch of black....I thought it would be an interesting color combo for today?  Enjoy!  Hope you all have a fabby weekend!

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics and Papertrey Ink.
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs.
Dogwood Stamp: Hero Arts.
Sentiment stamp: Technique Tuesday/Ali Edwards.
Blue and brown Chalk inks: Hero Arts.
Vintage push pin: Webster's Pages.
Pearls: Hero Arts and Martha Stewart.
Butterfly Punch: Martha Stewart.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

CAS for Sweet Virginia!

sweet you

Have you heard the EXCITING news?  Virginia is turning 50 very soon!  You can read all about the fun details on her blog post HEREEveryone is invited to join in on the fun!  Simply make a birthday card for Virginia, post it on your blog and say some wonderful thoughts about Virginia - unique ways in which she has influenced you and your life!!  Don't forget to link up your blog post to her post as well!

For her card, I couldn't resist making a CAS design since Virginia is on the CAS-ual Fridays Design Team!  And since I met her through the Hero Arts Flickr site, I used a Hero Arts cling stamp called Bold Blooms!

For me, Virginia is always looking out for me, and no matter where you live in this world, she is always willing to contact you whether it be through email, a personal phone call, a Skype call, or through Facebook.  She is such a people person and is always looking out for your welfare.  On any given day, she could call you on her phone just simply to say 'hello'.  I'm so thankful for her friendship and and one of these days, Virginia....I will never miss another phone call of yours!! 

She has given me very powerful advice on parenting.....words of wisdom in which I will never forget.  Don't sweat the small stuff, enjoy your time NOW!  Reap the successes and the rewards that your child brings to you....remember that only the difficulties of raising a child will make you stronger!

Have a very blessed upcoming Birthday and hope you enjoy your card, Virginia!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Digi snowman

Snowman Tag

How about another snow guy?  I made this tag eons ago,  I just ADORE this Joyful Snowman because since he is a digital image, I can re-size him to be pudgy, skinny, tall, short,'s so much fun!  I kinda like the nice and round snowman, hehe! 

That's it for now, we have been enjoying the long time, lots of food, baking cookies, and pre-holiday shopping! ;)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

you're cool

...or is it 'kewl' or 'ka-ooool'?  Lol...I'm just being silly this morning:

you're cool

I used Lawn Fawn's super fun set called Making Frosty Friends!  Isn't this set adorable?  I had fun making this all lavender and green. 

I cut up the sentiment - 'you're a cool friend' and just used the words 'you're cool'.  Always fun to snip those clear stamps!  Have a wonderful day!  Anybody have the 3-day Veterans holiday off?  C's school has it off, lucky him! ;)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Reindeer Tag

Mini Reindeer tag

A teeny, tiny tag for me today!  The cold air is here........the stores are all decorated with Christmas lights....everywhere, you see scarves, and double layered clothing.........and then, there is hot soup and hot chocolate in the mornings for breakfast!  Oh, Yes!  The holidays have arrived here and I'm enjoying the feel of it! 

Hope your holiday cardmaking is coming along!  See you!

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Tree, reindeer, and snowflake stamps: Hero Arts.
Round corner punch: EK Success.
Inks: Jenni Bowlin, Tsukineko/Memento Green and Black.
Diamond Stickles.
Ribbon: JoAnn's.
Markers: Copics.

Monday, November 7, 2011

When you stop & look around, this life is pretty amazing.......

Isn't that a great saying?

life is pretty amazing

In fact, I love that saying so much, that it should be my new thought process for 2012, my New Year's will always, always give you BAD things....just deal with the bad stuff as best as you can....but when good things happen to you...just embrace it!  And then when it's all done and said, look around you and you'll probably see what's most important!

I used lots of feminine touches on this card, my favorite florals, the butterflies are from Studio Calico. The papers are The Girls' Paperie, the ribbon was sent to me my Anita, the sticker is Echo Park.  And the vintage stick pin is WP!  Pretty simple, just plop, plop, one element onto the card after another!

Have a great week!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pastel Penguins

I've always adored this penguin image from Jane's Doodles, too cute:

Pastel Christmas Penguins
It makes for a fun Christmas card.  And, ofcourse, I just had to use my favorite pink colors on this creation.  I love non-traditional colors for Christmas, you'll rarely see me use red and green for x-mas. I've also been seeing lavender for holiday images too, yum!  The papers are from Bo Bunny and the sentiment is Hero Arts.

I'm getting in the mood for more holiday cards now!  Hope you have a really good start to your weekend!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Merry in Pink!

A little CAS card for me today:

Merry winter bunny

I inked up Lawn Fawn's very sweet Winter Bunny stamp and my main colors were white, pink and a touch of brown. I made the bunny a light, cream color.  I hope your day is sweet and simple!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Made this card a couple of days ago with this pretty set called Butterflies and Wildflowers:

Thinking of you butterflies wildflower

Lots of possibilities with this set!  Love the images! I've been using a lot of the Jenni Bowlin inks which I absolutely love, so yummy!  That's it for now.  Off to bed.  See you all in the morning!