Amber Housley

Sunshine Day.

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My goodness, it is a wonderful day…going to reach into the 60s today, I’m so excited. 

So many good things going on right now…so many things to be thankful and happy for…

Off to the market now, finally going to pick up some pansies for REAL this time…and it’s been a long time (a week?) since I did some good quality scrapbooking, so that is a must….lots of upcoming projects and events on the horizon…

Oh and aren’t these egg cups just the cutest? Must have them!


Home Again!

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Feels good to be home! Nothing like going away to make you realize how great your home really is…almost every where I went, everybody wanted to know what Nashville was like, and so on and on I would go about the good things, the bad things, the ODD things…:) But, the good much outweighed the rest.

I was driving home from the airport when I realized, "wow, I really like it here. It’s good to be home again."

Loved seeing my friend’s cute little prego tummy! It finally hit me seeing it for myself in person. She is SO little for a prego-gal, I only hope I can have as good of genes when my time comes (not any time soon though!) ;)

Bbshower It was also great to be together again with our little group of friends! {minus our Lauren in North Carolina! we missed you girl!}

They all agreed that I need to write them more instead of them reading about everything on my blog! Haha. I say, y’all get yourselves a blog!

The baby shower was a big hit. I LOVE planning these things. We did a pink and green theme…lots of flowers, polka dots and ribbons…

I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on this shower and the mom-to-be’s bridal shower that I also hosted with her mom, that many people said I should go into event planning. I agree, would make for such a fun job! Who wants to hire me? ;)

Planning a shower soon? Here are some ideas you can replicate:

Designed the invitations using a slightly altered flower design from my Citrus Blossoms Spring Fling kit. Printed them out on a high quality cardstock at home. (See this post for the invites).

Bbshower2 Used the same flower design for the favor bags… Found some bags of  light pink and hot pink M&M’s that were for Breast Cancer Awareness…but you can also buy custom color combos at www.m& On the favor basket I tied ribbons, and had a little stick with a girly Kaliedescope diecut on it "Make way for the princess."

Used the same flower motif again for some wish cards. Guests wrote a special note or advice for the mom-to-be on printed cards, and we inserted them in a altered 4×6 album that was decorated with ribbon (great score I found on ebay!). The mom can use the remaining spaces in the album for pictures of the shower. Received so many compliments on this album – people had thought I made it. See the link to the seller’s ebay listing.

Created a guess book. Guests wrote down when they thought the baby would be born and how big she would be. I altered a little 3"x4" Provocraft book with some green KI paper, a label that had the flower design again on it, and tied a bunch of ribbons on it.

The food was FABULOUS! We had a chocolate fountain with all sorts of yummy fruit, angel food cake and pretzels to swirl in the chocolate. As you can imagine, more people gathered there than anywhere! :) The strawberry shortcake was delicious (and beautiful to look at!), as was the raspberry punch that you could spike with a bit of sparkling wine if you wanted to (guests of course!).

Bbshower3 As the shower was approaching, I had stockpiled pink and green ribbon that I found on ebay, walmart, michaels, etc…. we used it to decorate the main table with (came out with a really cute effect!), as well as tie on to the flower pails I found at walmart (available now in the easter aisle for $.97 each!). Also picked up a couple of "A"s in pink and green that were $.88 each in the craft section – score!

Finally, the guest sign-in and gift clip boards were a altered with ki paper & paint. I printed out some more of the flower design previously mentioned on white paper and added some titles. I found the idea from a shower that Heidi Swapp hosted and posted photos of on her blog awhile back.

I think that’s it! Here are a few of my favorite photos of the decorations. Enjoy!


oh baby!

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Coming to you live from Reno from my best friend’s baby shower. Lots of cute photos to share when I get back! We did the cutest pink & green theme, we just love it!

A snowstorm came through last night, it is great to see "real" snow compared to the dustings in Nashville… :)

Oh, and there’s a Presidents Day Weekend Sale at Citrus Blossoms this weekend! Some items are up to 50% off! Enjoy!

I’m a Survivor.

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2step Scrapbook Survivor participant that is.

Our first challenge:

1. you may use ONE sheet of background paper to place your photo/s on. 
2. that paper cannot be touching anything but the photos.
3. anything else that is added to the page must be completed on TOP of the photo.
4. you are allowed to put patterned paper/cardstock on the photo as an embellishment.
5. you may use as many photos as you would like.

So, I went with this favorite photo of us dancing for the first time in our brand new house, when we were staying the night in it for the first time.

journaling reads: "first new home memory. it all starts here."

Supplies: 7 gypsies bg paper. On top of photo: KI rubons, heidi swapp frame rubon, heidi swapp pink jewels, ric rac and staple from my stash.

ps-there is a white border around my photo, it is not cardstock. :)

looks sort of blah on screen, but IRL, i am quite pleased.

did I mention my scanner sux! ;)