As for my house

Hey! I'm back after a few days off. It was nice to get away with the family but packing for short trips is not so fun. I feel like we took a quarter of the house for 2 days.
Today I got right down to working because I officially start back to work tomorrow. Eeeeeeeekkk!
I stopped by 2 scrapbook stores on the way home. I drove my car for this exact reason. My car makes stops at crafty stores.:-) Simon's not so much. It has be on the way and a bookstore or music store  next door for him to consider the stop. I had never visited the one in Williamsburg, VA  and was  excited to see what they had. Lots of stamping supplies and loads of Hero Arts. I was very good and controlled my spending.   The whole family camped out at the back cropping table while I looked about. :-) Thankfully I stopped at the Sonic prior to so they couldn't complain about being thirsty.
It was the second store that always gets me.    I had to buy the new Teresa Collins papers.  I managed to refrain from buying every piece and  walked out with only 10 pieces. :-) I actually felt very good about that. I am like the crazy lady in the store talking to myself about which papers I must have and examining to see if some don't look so great mixed with other items. Please tell me someone else does this? I feel like my obsession with paper is beyond controllable. It literally incaptivates me on the drive home as I think of how I will use my new papers.   
My card for today uses two  new Cutting Cafe files. The houses are from  the Welcome Home file and the bible verse is Joshua 24:25 printable stamp set.  The Welcome Home set is huge and has some adorable images and fun sentiments.  Be sure to check it out!  I must ask, is this image blurry or do I need to get reading glasses?  I know everything is tilted slightly because I can't hold a steady hand to save my life.

I made this card for the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge: #9 "Anything Goes"
Etsy Inspired: #103 "The Caged Fairy"  I used this photo for inspiration how cool is that felt hat with orange feather?
Get Sketchy: #53 sketch
Other Lovelies: #24 "A" with focus on beginning of bible verse
Raise the Bar: #33 "The Hut" (houses)
Sentimental Sundays: #18 "Clean and Simple" this is as simple as I get :-)
Stampin' for the Weekend: #45 "Anything Goes"
Treehouse Thursday Challenge: #64 "Fall Colors"

and a big thank you to Stella and Monique for these awards!  Thank you ladies! :-)

Stella gave me this beautiful  award:

Melissa sent me this super sweet award:
Along with this award I have to say things I ♥ about myself:
1. being J's Mom
2. family
3. having my health, home, and freedom
and I have to share a  favorite picture  which currently is:

Now I get pass Stella's to 10 people and Melissa's to 5, but I  want to pass it on to everyone that visits my blog.  I feel so blessed to have your visit and kind words that uplift me each day.  It is you that deserves this award because you have brought me sheer joy and happiness.  Thank you for this! 



What a beautiful card! I love your style!
Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments and don't forget to enter in our monthly drawing going on right now.


Funny, my car does that too! I don't think it can pass a crafting store by.

Very cute card! You made good use of your new papers.

Lorie a.k.a.The Peddler

Thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery and for the lovely comment you left. I think you and I hav the same kind of car--my car stops at craft stores too. And yes, I have the same addiction when it comes to paper and embellishment--especially ribbon. I also the your whale card and the picture of you and your daughter.

Sharli Schaitberger

Hi Amy! Thanks for the nice comment on my blog! I love your card - it's so striking and the sentiment is one of my favorites. I'm keeping a file of this photo in my inspiration folder!! Personal use only - hope it's ok with you.

My car also stops at craft stores, but I admit that I encourage her. Maybe it's the spa day I give her as a reward when she does it properly (like a milk bone treat for the puppy). LOL

I also agree about short trips - I hate taking EVERYTHING but it seems when the trip doesn't involve flying, I tend to take everything but the kitchen sink! Yikes.

Evelyn S.

Thanks for visiting my blog! I appreciate your comment.


What a cute card Amy! :) I would love to be in your car that only stops at craft stores! :)

Love the photo! :)


Hi Amy, Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and the kind comment. I'm glad you are now comfortable with brown hues....lol I loved the paper pack and will be sad when all is gone but I got to make an amazing scrapbook for my son and a few cards with what I had left. This is a beautiful card and I'll be stopping by often.
"Hugs" Carol


Those little houses are so cute. I know just how you feel about the spiders .We get some pretty big ones in Australia.I hate to kill them and always try to catch them and put them outside.


Linda Beeson

I so agree that your car should stop at craft stores, good call!!! LOVE that card! I always love that Bible verse and the colors you used on the houses and the card are just great.

Mona Pendleton

Such a beautiful card Amy! What a wonderful Verse :) TFS

Cindy Lee

So funny! Don't worry Amy. I talk to myself all the time until the owner asked me 'are you talking to the paper'? lol! Lovely card and no, I do not need glasses! It's pretty clear to me :)

Monika Reeck

Oh this is so cuuute love the 3 houses on your card and yummy dp..thanks for visiting my blog dear....you can see around maybe you get inspiration from my blog :) hugs, Monika


My van has a scrappy store locator chip too. ;) I adore your card-those houses are so smart and that paper is yummy! Beautiful photo of you and your DD!

Welcome to MSW-so happy you are playing with us there!


I'm like a crazy woman talking to myself in craft stores too. I just don't limit myself to paper. Beads, yarn, ribbon--nothing's off-limits!
Beautiful card, and I love the photo!
Thanks for swinging by my blog and dropping me a comment so I could find yours!


this card is amazing really I like the thought and the verse, u r talented too.Thank you so much for your comment, every comment inspire me to do more work.

Maria Matter

oh Amy your card is beautiful and the sentiment perfect!! I'm inspired to find one of the house stamps just so I can use this verse now!!

congrats on your awards, gorgeous photo!!
take care Amy & be blessed!

Princess Scrapper Stamper

This is such an adorable card and I love the "paper" you used, you paired it very nicely with the black!!

I have to admit that I too get a rush from buying new paper and have a bit of addiction myself and I am certain we are not the only ones!!

I love your card and thank you so very much for playing along with us at the Treehouse Stamps Thursday Challenge!!

Heather Prince
aka: Princessheather

Kim Ryden

Love your card! SUPER CUTE!

Virginia L.

How FABULOUS, Amy! I love the dimension of the houses and the sentiment is perfect! Thanks so much for playing with us at Etsy Inspired Challenge! Glad that you entered this for Treehouse Fall color Challenge, too!


I love the houses; you did a fab job. This card is gorgeous. And your story about your craft store trip made me laugh. Sounds familiar :)
What a great picture of you and your daughter. Children with autism are so special. I know a little bit about autism. One of my nephews is diagnosed with Asperger.
Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. You must know that I love to visit your blog. Lovely cards, tons of inspiration and your stories are lovely to read.
Have a wonderful day!


Wonderful card, thanks so much for playing along with us at Treehouse Stamps!



Thanks for playing EtsyInspired this week!


Love those cute little houses ... great inspired card.


Great card! Love the cute little houses and the bold background PP!

Regina Easter

Amy,geeeeee i am just now seeing this beautiful card..it takes my breath away...i love it girl and what an equally beautiful picture....big hugs

Carol Ric

Great card!


Great card! Thanks for playing along with other lovelies thoughtful thursdays challenge!


I stopped by before because I like your blog. I am back again to thank you for joining the Sentimental Sundays Clean & Simple challenge. Please join us again this week.


lovely blog and so sweet of all the little houses!!!


Such a cute card, and congrats on the win!

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