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Another Congratulations Card

Two congratulation cards in a row?

Congratulations card with a cupcake

Guess it has been a special month.  Today my husband defended his thesis (successfully) and is now a doctor of philosophy in Physical Chemistry.  I am so proud of him.  He’s been working so hard.  It has been a rough couple of weeks, but all of his planning and preparation have paid off.

My in-laws are in town for the occasion and we will be hosting them for thanksgiving.  It is the first time I’ve been with family on thanksgiving since I moved out of state after college -and the first time I am hosting.  I am looking forward to it.  So much to be thankful for right now.

I’ve made turkeys around this time of year and have often been part of a potluck type thanksgiving with local friends.  The former hosts of the 6 year tradition are in Germany right now.  So new traditions need to be started.  It is TLC and my first thanksgiving together and we’ll be cooking together.  I’m blessed with a hubby who loves to cook (though he hasn’t had much time to do that recently).  I enjoy being in the kitchen with him but our kitchen is quite small.  Someday we’ll have a kitchen we can both use counter space in.

This card has a foundation of a single patterned paper from a 4×6 stack including the green border and brown glitter.  The paper pack is from JoAnn’s, but I don’t know the name of it.  I’m trying to use papers I already have and not purchase any new ones. Then I used a cupcake stamp from CTMH which I colored in with color pencils and “Congratulations” from JadedBlossom.   I used momento ink in tuxedo and hot chocolate for the stamps respectively.

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Congratulations to my Smarty Pants

Oh what a busy and exciting time!  My husband (TLC)  finally turned in his thesis – over six years of grad school culminated into a 200 page document.  Now that he has turned it in, we officially have a date for his defense November 20th.  Less than two weeks to go.

Congratulations Smarty Pants Card made with stamps from JadedBlossom.com. I just love that owl!

In honor of turning in the thesis to his committee I made this adorable owl card.  The smart owl and “congratulations” stamps are both from Jaded Blossom.  Jaded blossom was one of the first craft blogs I started to follow and recently purchased a few of their stamps.  I fell in love with the little owl stamp, and originally purchased it to make a card for my husband’s defense.  But this week has been stressful for him trying to organize everything, and really needed a pick me up.  It has been a stressful week so far, but now is a calm before the storm.  The defense is up coming along with edits to the dissertation and writing of papers.

Fall flowers and card waiting on the table for my husband.

I also picked up some flowers as a surprise for my TLC from the grocery store.  Who says flowers are just for girls.?  Besides the fall colors really look great on the table.

It is great to finally have a date set for TLC’s defense the end of his graduate school career. We will be moving sometime in December to the Seattle area.  I grew up near there so it will be good to be heading toward family and old friends.  TLC has a job lined up for January and I am left with some soul searching to do about my career life.  For now I’m spending plenty of time on craigslist looking at places to live.

I am submitting this fall colored card to the Young Crafter’s Unite Challenge #15, Warm and Cozy colors.    This is my first time entering a YCU challenge.  I am inspired by their design team.

I am also submitting to the CAS(E) this Sketch!  I love the little half circles.  I used plenty of them on my card.


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Hello, I’m Allie.

I had a crafting resurgence recently.  It was the product of two things:  first I finished graduate school giving me more free time, and second I had a strong desire to add some homemade touches to my wedding.   During my wedding planning I spent more time at Michael’s than I had in the past five years.  I was inspired to create and found it to be an outlet I’d forgotten about.  I’ve followed some blogs and become addicted to pinterst and now I want to share my crafting journey.

Allie