Stamping Time

bicycles

It’s been ages since I created a stamping project that’s not design team related. In the past I used to create something everyday and post each here. But the last few years, especially since our move to England, my papercrafting time has gotten lesser and lesser.

My blogging time has shrunk dramatically too. Not only did I use to update my blog every day, or every other day at least, I used to also visit my blog friends’ blogs and leave comments. Now, I almost forgot I have a Google Reader!

I have been wondering why things are the way they are and I finally got it! I now have a social life!!!

Back in Missouri I not only just have M but I rarely go anywhere after work. On a weekday I just want to stay home after getting home at 6 p.m. (plus we lived in the country with no neighbors my age). On the weekends we tend to go to Kansas City for any sort of excitement or shopping. Now and then I’d crop or stamp but that’s not often. I had wonderful colleagues and now and then we’d hang out but it’d just be once in a blue moon.

Now we live in an active community. M’s school is a 5 minute walk and soon Jovie’s will be too (preschool in Sept, YIKES!!). There is always something going on during the term and I try to participate. I’ve made wonderful friends through the girls (and friends of friends) and we meet up quite regularly; I am now in a book club too. On the weekdays my scheduled is full. Jovie has something Monday-Thursday (flexible schedule but do tend to hit most during the week) and M has something after school Tuesday-Friday. On gymnastics days, we don’t come home until 8/9 p.m. On weekends I try to take the girls and hubby somewhere, to take advantage of our time here. Oh, don’t forget house chores, those get done between Jovie’s and M’s activities.

Papercrafting used to be my way of relaxing. A time away from computers and gadgets but now that I don’t stare at a computer 8hrs/day, when the girls go to bed, I want to get on the computer, read up on some Photoshop technique and edit some pictures. By the time I’m done (or too tired to go on), it’s past 2 a.m. Sometimes I just want to go to bed after the girls go to bed and that’s what I do.

Last night was nice. The girls went to bed and I was still feeling good. I did edit some photos but I got done with that quickly and after browsing a few challenges (which I had to Google since I don’t know what is around nowadays) and rummaging through my stamps, I created the above. I used an Embellish Magazine challenge for the card: Bicycles and the colors purple, blue, orange and yellow. I was going to do something else, since I thought I didn’t have a bicycle stamp (Stampin’ Up!), but I did find one and was quite pleased with my finding and the end result. The road, if you’re curious, is from WPlus9 Classroom Backgrounds.

I don’t want to give up on papercrafting. I still LOVE scrapbooking the girls’ pictures and making cards for friends and the girls but now that I have more things going on (and that I am also into knitting), I’ll have more varieties to share besides just papercrafting projects here on my blog.

ballerina

Last but not least, I want to share M’s photo. It’s from last weekend. She had a ballet recital at a festival, her first. I have photos of her dancing but there are other girls on them and thought it’s best not to post those without their parents’ consents.

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