Saturday, December 31, 2011


So I am laying here in this beautiful hospital, the sun is shining in and this perfect little young man is sleeping on my tummy.

I am being pampered to the maximum and I am healing well.
Poor DH is so sick that he cannot come to the hospital, my angel sister is taking care of DD.

To all a Happy New Year.
All the best,

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Introducing Michael Daniel

What a day! Woke up with a high fever, which would not go down despite medication. The water broke at 10. Had to go to the hospital with the ambulance (flashing lights, horns, running all red lights at the crossings) just to agonize if we should wait or not. Then the decision for the emergency Caesarian. But now he is safe and sound and Sarah is so proud to be the big sister. DH was so brave- usually he just can't see blood but he was with me in operation room- I squeezed his hand so much he is all bruised!
The staff here at the hospital are wonderful and take very good care of me. It will take a while to heal but I a so glad that this difficult pregnancy came to a good end.

In a few weeks, you will probably see a whole bunch of baby boy layouts!!!
Thanks for all those you kept asking how I was doing. It is much appreciated.
All the best,

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I love my new camera!

For Christmas, my DH gave me a new camera - well, I chose the model....and I am so happy with it. It is a small pocket camera, knowing that I would NEVER take any pictures if I have to carry around a big, professional camera. It had to be fast (I was getting tired of pictures with a bit of hair of DD or half a leg!) and it needed a big zoom. So I got the Casio Exilim zr100. The zoom rocks! (12x optical zoom) the settings are super easy and it is fast!

Here is a LO featuring the zoom. Simply perfect for what I need.

The LO is based on the Pencillines Sketch 263. You can find it HERE.

Not my usual style, but I find the bright and clean style more appropriate for playground photos and since I am waiting for my Swirlydoos Kit and CHA before I buy anything new, I am using up my old papers. These are some Lilly Bees from the "hello sunshine" collection. The little butterflies up in the corner are eyelets which I had for a gazillion years.

No news on the baby - due date is next week. Yesterday's check up showed that he is doing great and I just have to be patient. Yeah right - me and patient - these two words don't go well together! Will keep you posted!

Thanks for stopping by!
All the best,

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Museum visit and a card

I live right next door of the Belvedere. It is a great museum just 5 minutes walking distance. It is surrounded by a wonderful park and the botanical garden.

We go there very often. They also have a fabulous children's program. There are special guided tours which my DD loves. These photos were taken 2 months ago. I used up all my bits and pieces of purple paper for this LO. The only "new" paper is the basis by creative imaginations. Since the eggs in the bird nest (Prima) were originally blue, I used my copic markers to adapt the color.

The card is inspired by Ozmagi (THANKS!). She had the great idea to combine the laurel leaf punch with the gate. It just looks sweet as a Spring card.

Thanks for stopping by!
All the best,

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Big gift Creative Scrappers

Creative Scrappers Nr 187 was the perfect kit start for this LO. Just love how it came together - the black, grey and red is a color combination I really like a lot.

And here is my sweet DD ready for church! We had such a nice Christmas, very easy, gemütlich and peaceful.

Thanks for stopping by!
All the best,

Friday, December 23, 2011

Big christmas gift - still all wrapped up

Our biggest Christmas gift will be the birth of our baby boy. DD thought it would be funny to wrap it as well! Officially, we have 11 days to my due date.

We have also put up our tree today. Very traditional with mostly straw ornaments.

We had lots of fun decorating it today!
Thanks for stopping by- MERRY CHRISTMAS and
All the best,

Thursday, December 22, 2011

More cards

Since my printer is not working properly (I will get a new one for Christmas as soon as I have chosen the model), and can't make any photo layouts, I decided to make a few cards. It is always great to have a few around - usually, I leave the sentiment to the last second, when I actually need the card!

Thanks for stopping by and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
All the best,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lost tooth - Frosted Design

I have never been so calm before Christmas. Due to the pregnancy difficulties, I had almost everything ready beginning of November. Now, I have time to scrap, take care of my DD and enjoy the advent season, while still resting enough.

I used the sketch of Frosted Designs as a basis for this "lost tooth" layout. I really liked using the Welcome Home serious from Bo Bunny for it.

Wishing you all the best for the upcoming holidays - Hannukah starts today - Happy Hannukah for those who celebrate it!
All the best,

Sunday, December 18, 2011

School photo - using up my bits and pieces

While cleaning up my scrap place (or should I call it scrap mess?), I found some bits and pieces. I always find it very difficult ot scrap the school photos of my DD, simply because of the multitude of colors in the pictures. So, I just put together the leftover papers and tried to match it to the photos. Together with the last elements of the Bo Bunny Learning Curve, I am actually quite happy how it came together.

The photos show my sweet DD at their "math morning" where they show the parents what they have learnt in the past few weeks. It was great to see her so engaged and excited about math! We are so thankful that she has such great teachers. This is when I don't mind paying all those school fees for her to go to this special school.

The LO is based on this weeks "Sketchy Thursday"

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the last few days before Christmas!
All the best,

Friday, December 16, 2011

3 cards CPS 248

Much to my surprise, there has been a high demand for cards in my family lately. So I am getting to work.
The first one is based on the sketch 248 by CPS. I used the last bits of my November Swirlydoos kit to make this card.

My second card is a really simple one, which I needed for a friend in exactly 10 minutes.... Still like how it turned out! Simple but I like the colors.

My last card took for ever to make. My nephew is saving money to do his driver's license. So all the aunts are helping him out and I made this card to put the money in.

I downloaded a clipart from the internet of a Ferrari, transferred it onto red cardstock and cut it out. The "apples" in the tree are brads...

Thanks for stopping by!
All the best and Happy Advent!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Tower Construction - pencillines

On the 8th of December, I always bake Christmas cookies with my sister who lives in Vienna. Each year, the kids help (more or less) This year DD managed to stay on task for 30 minutes - pretty good for a very active 5year old. However, after that time, she built this great tower - all by herself. She was so proud of it! The Eiffel tower from the November Kit from Swirlydoos matched perfectly. I based it on the pencillines sketch Nr 262.

No news on the baby - everything is calm and it looks like we will be waiting for another 3 weeks. After all the commotion and worry, everything is back to normal. He is thriving and will decide by himself when it is time to make an appearance.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy Advent!
All the best,

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Love - DCWV sketch challenge

Another page for my sister's wedding album. This time, I used the botanical stack from DCWV. I used their monthly sketch challenge to get my creative juices flowing. I love the big bow on the side, I think it looks pretty cool.

Here is my take on it. I only placed the title in the other corner because of the super sweet birdcage on the paper.

Thanks for stopping by!
All the best,

Sunday, December 4, 2011

School photo - artful delight

Happy Sunday, everybody! I love advent in Austria. There are advent markets (Christkindlmarkt) everywhere - I have 2 in walking distance. Today we went to one with a Medieval/Renaissance focus.

DD loved the music and we also met Nikolaus and Krampus.

The pregnancy is going well - looks like he will hang in there until January.

To scrap this year's school photo of DD, I used the November kit of swirlydoos and the sketch of Artful delight. I had to flip the sketch but I loved the fuzzy cutting - Debbie did a great job on this one.

Here is my take on it. I cut all the vines at the bottom and used 3d glue pads for more dimension.

Thanks for stopping by.
All the best,

Friday, December 2, 2011

Good-looking - Frosted Designs

I enjoy the waiting time while DD is in school to get some layouts done. This one uses the November Kit from Swirlydoos and I based it on the sketch by Frosted Designs.

And here is my take on it.

DD and DH all ready for my sister's wedding. I am truly blessed with those two.
Thanks for stopping by!
All the best,

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Declaration of love and tooth gone!

Oh my goodness. Two days of absolute drama. That wobbly tooth just did not want to come out. DD was suffering - she even refused to eat a doughnut! It was really bad. Last night it FINALLY came out. It was a very stubborn tooth. Now she is so proud and smiling all the time.

I finally received my November kit from Swirlydoos. It is just fabulous!!!
The first one shows DD and DH fooling around during a walk in Upper Austria in October. I based it on the monthly sketch by Beggahuna.

This one is a declaration of love to my DD. Journaling reads: I am so thankful to be your mother. You are everything I could wish for: smart, pretty, sweet, caring and funny. I love you, your mom.

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great week.
All the best,