April 16, 2010

2009 PTI Anniversary Set....SPOILER ALERT, CLOSE IF YOU WANT TO

Everyone's been awaiting the new 2009 Papertrey Anniversary Set. It's such a fun set to play with. It's called Round & Round and I have some fun cards and projects for you today.

First off, I have a fun gift idea to share. Today I'm also introducing my new Pretty Paper Pouches in my Etsy shop. They may sell out fast but I will making these regular items in my shop. In the Pretty Paper Pouch, I've tucked in a pretty card and 2 gingham fabric swatches for a crafty friend. Such a pretty little gift, don't you think? Notice how the card becomes an interactive part of the pouch...I adhered the label part of the card with pop dots only on the top of the label.....this allows the label peek out over the Pretty Paper Pouch.
I tied my Pretty Paper Pouch up with two shades of Wrinkle Ribbon from my Etsy shop. A tied vintage button and a tiny shipping tag with a crafty sentiment finishes off the gift ensemble. I'll be carrying the vintage dyed tags in my shop too. They make the perfect addition to the Wrinkle Ribbon.
Here's a full view shot of the pretty card. I used Papertrey's new label die to stamp my focal pieces on. Nichole was super smart and made the images fit onto this label.
The patterned papers are from The Girls' Paperie collection. So soft and sweet. All of the polka dot stamps you see are from Round & Round also.
The Round & Round set has lots of whimsical circle images like the one shown below....and they all fit into the dotted, scroll like frame. Nichole also combined some beautiful fonts for all the sentiments. You won't be disappointed.
Here's a second grouping of cards I made using the Round & Round set.
I love the combo of Papertrey patterned papers on these....Green Boutique, Green Tea Leaves and the grid line paper. Hawaiian Shores ribbon and ink compliment it all so well.
I hope you enjoy the sneak peeks. I'll have some of my Etsy shop goodies up later today.

FYI: I know you all have missed my blog posts. Right now, my life is stress filled to the max. My brother is in the hospital in critical condition and we wait for each phone call to hear of his progress. My mother has severe arthritis in her back and I spent the entire two weeks that my dad was in Germany taking her to doctor/chiropractor appointments, fixing her meals, etc. She is making progress in tiny baby steps. My girls have two all day track meets each week this month. So if I am gone for a long stretch, it is what it is. Please don't feel neglected if I don't return your personal emails about if I'm okay and where are my blog posts....it just means I simply don't have the extra time and that I'm spending time with my family....or sitting in a corner in the fetal position, rocking back and forth. ;) I'll be back when I can friends. Thanks for all of your nice comments.

63 comments:

Lorraine said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Sorry to hear how stressed you are. Sending out hugs, prayers, and well wishes for you and your family.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Take care of yourself and your family. We'll all be thinking of you and hoping for the best! Family comes first. Take care. :)

Laura said...

Just said a prayer for you and your family -- so sorry for all that is going on right now. ~ Laura

Cassie_lu said...

wonderful little gift and prayers go out to you and your family.

debbie said...

Beautiful projects! I hope your brother is doing better and things are less stressful for you soon. sending hugs, thoughts, and prayers. take care

Kathy said...

My thoughts and prayers are headed your way. God never gives us more than we can handle. Take care of your family. They are what's most important.

Leigh Ann said...

Oh my goodness! I will pray for you, Michelle. I hope your brother recovers soon!

diane mcvey said...

Oh, bless your heart. You have way too much stress going on...I"m so sorry. I hope your situation improves SOON. I wish I could do something to help you! I understand that the blog is not a top priority, and I hope others will as well. You are posting a lot, to be so overwhelmed! (IMO) You take care of MISH so that we can enjoy you in the future. Please get some rest...if you can. I'm thinking of you. . . :D

resmith said...

Beautiful work as always!!! Sorry to hear about all the stressful things going on in life. Prayers are with you and your family!
Take care and try to take time to breathe!

Julie said...

Michelle, You give & give & give so much to all of us that so enjoy your blog...so, now you take all the time you need 'cause we'll still be here, praying for you and your family and waiting for your return!

sharon said...

First, the artwork is wonderful!

Second, I understand what it is like when your plate overflows. You and your famly will be in my heart, mind and prayers.

Third, I will check every so often to see if you are still in the fetal position :0).
Sharon L

Tami McBeain (tmarie) said...

Oh my Mish, you have a lot on your plate. Take care of yourself and your family, we'll still be here when you have time to blog, that should be the least of your worries. Take a second to breathe!

I love your cards and thanks for the peek at the anniversary set! I received my wrinkle ribbon from your etsy shop and I love it! Thanks!

Eveline said...

I wish you lots of strength with your family. They are more important than us bloggers. Take care of yourself too.
Eveline.

Margaret C said...

Do what you have to do - family comes first. And then take some time for yourself. You can't give it if you don't have it. We'll still be here when you have breathing space! Will pray for your family xx

Sue in Grapevine said...

Sorry to hear that life is so stressful these days. Praying for you & your family.
Remember the oxygen mask lecture on the airplane - take care of yourself first so that you can help others. Try to remember to eat something good for you & stay hydrated.
Blessings to you!

Kim L said...

I have never felt comfortble commenting, but felt the need to say my thoughts and prayers are with you. From reading I know without a doubt that you are a wonderful person, mother, sister, daughter and wife. Blessings to you!

Diane Jaquay said...

Your projects are gorgeous, and the Anniversary set, oh my, I can't wait to get it!! Please don't worry about any of us, you just do what you need to do to take care of you and your family! Sending prayers your way :)

Natalie Winterstein said...

Mish, your family is the most important thing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. {{{hugs}}}

Lynn said...

Mish,
Most importantly sending prayers to your brother, mom and your entire family. Take care of yourself...we are thinking of you.

Beautiful creations as always. Wish I knew you in person and lived closer so that we could help out.

Danisha said...

Do miss all your great posts, but completely understand why you can't. Just know that there are many of us thinking of you and your family and praying for a speedy recovery!

mamajulie said...

Prayers for all of you. Take the time you need--we'll wait.

Beth said...

Your cards are beautiful! Please remember to take care of yourself during this difficult time so you will be able to take care of your loved ones. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Beverly LoPinto said...

Dear Michelle,

I love coming to your blog, but your family definitely comes first. I'll keep you all in my prayers. Take care of yourself too! THanks for the sneek peek--love it!

Karen B said...

As always, beautiful projects! My prayers go out to you and your family. I am saddened to hear of trials you and your family are facing.

christy compton hall said...

Hang in there Michelle - you'll be in my prayers.

Vicki B. said...

Oh my gosh! So sorry to hear about your brother and your mom! That's lots of stress for you and the kids games on top of that! Not to mention all the everyday stuff that has to get taken care of. I'm surprised to have seen this post! Please take some time - take care of yourself and we will be waiting patiently for your return. God Bless!

Alice Wertz said...

thanks for the peeks of the round and round set. gorgeous cards as always and you come up with the sweetest gift ideas! =) please take care and you and your family are in my thoughts.

Chris K said...
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Chris K said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kathyc on SCS said...

Hi Mish; sorry you have so many difficult things going on; I also wish you didn't feel the need to explain your absence! We understand and will be here when you're ready; just know that we're thinking of you and wishing you well; sending prayers for your brother and your mom too.
Kathy Camasso

Anonymous said...

Take time for you and your family. We're all here for you in spirit. You will all be in my prayers tonight.

Jan Marcham

Kim G said...

Sending hugs and good thoughts your way! Hoping everyone is on the mend soon. Enjoy your girls and all their activities that they do!! It is fun to remember back how busy we were with our girls and what fun it was.

milkshake007 said...

Take care of your family and yourself.....I will keep all of you in my prayers. And please take as long as you need....hugs!

Melissa said...

Such pretty, pretty, shabby loveliness Mish...you're wonderful.
Just want you to know I'm thinking about you...call me if you ever need a listening ear...I'm here.
Melis

patriciad said...

Oh Mish...I'm so very sorry to hear about your brother and mom. You obviously have a large group of blog-land friends sending warm thoughts your way and I hope you're feeling the love. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

scrapfancy said...

My prayers are with you and your family. We all know the ups and downs with life. We do miss your wonderful creates.

Donna K said...

I don't know why bad things come in waves. Take one day at a time and give yourself permission to sit in the corner and just feel sorry for yourself. Better time will come again. I will definitely put you and your family in my prayers.

Diana said...

This is a beautiful project (as always) and thank you so much for the sneak peek of the stamp set. I cannot wait to get it and I LOVE your take on these stamp sets.
I am sorry to hear of the multiple family stessors. Take care of yourself during this time too. We all will be waiting for you.
I just think you are awesome.

Shelley said...

My Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ~ I hope you can relax a little and try to de stress. HUGS!

Janet said...

Sorry to hear your circumstances at the moment aren't leaving you a lot of time for yourself, let alone your blog-fans. Don't give us another thought - focus your
energy on your family and getting through this difficult time.

Julie said...

Mish
Your cards and ideas are wonderful, yet again. Your blog is the first I visit everyday but you and your family must come first - we all understand that. If you dont take care of YOU who will take care of them. Hope your Brother and Mum feel much better soon. Thinking of you, sending a big hug.
Take care and see you and your amazing creations soon.
Julie
x

Deirdre said...

Mish,

At high stress times like you're going through, have learnt the hard way that YOU have to look after yourself first. Give yourself five or ten minutes at some stage each day - it's vital for your well being.

Thinking of you,
Deirdre

Joyce across the Pond said...

Lovely cards....please don't apologise to us....I've been where you are and know the stress it all is. We are not important at the moment, your family is.
Much love, prayers and caring thoughts to you all.

Colleen Kramer said...

Plant your feet, square your shoulders and dig in. You are doing the very best thing you could do right now: prioritizing. Be sure to create in your studio just for fun, too.

Lori said...

So sorry to hear about all that is going on Mish. WE all can relate in some form or other. Take of you during this time while you care for your family. Prayes being lifted your way!!

Gerri K said...

Mish, Your samples are beautiful as always! I'll keep you & your family in my prayers. Hang in there.

Darlene said...

So sorry for your stressful time. Family is most important...just be there for them. I hope your brother recovers. The crafting part of your life can be resumed anytime...please don't add that to your stressful situation.

Anonymous said...

Hello from Warwickshire in England. I follow your blog and enjoy it hugely. Please look after yourself in these busy times and take whatever moments you can for yourself in order to recharge and regroup. Jackie

katrynka said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sounds like a really rough time. It is unusual for your blog to be so quiet, we are quite spoiled by your frequent posts!! So just know that we miss you and will wait patiently while praying for you and your loved ones.

Cindy H. said...

Your cards are adorable!! Sorry to hear of the health concerns you are having to bear. Take care of you and whatever you have to do. I for one will be right here when you get back :)

debb said...

Beautiful! Thoughts and prayers for you and your family!

Peggy Sue said...

So very sorry to hear about your brother and mother's health issues.
Will pray for both of them. Please take care of yourself, you can not help anyone if you are ill too. Family absolutely comes first. Bless you

Chriss Blagrave said...

Thinking of you and your family. Hope that things will turn out alright.
Gorgeous colours and new images on these cards. I can hardly wait for my anniversary sets!

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about your brother and mother's health problems.
Will keep you and family in prayer.
Bless you.
Peggy Sue

MarieL said...

Wow, I can't wait to get my set. Love the beautiful samples you made.
I am sorry to hear that you and your family are going through such a stressful time.
We will be here waiting.
All the best to you and your family

First Noelle said...

Prayers are with your brother, your mom, your entire family. I love reading your blog but family first always!

maureendb said...

I love all your posts and ideas. I am so sorry to hear about your family. That can be so difficult. Thoughts and prayers with you.

Anonymous said...

You are so perky, even in your sorrows. Love to your and yours.

Dana said...

Love, love LOVE your samples, Michelle! I'm so sorry to hear about the health issues within your family. My thoughts are with you!

Carol Trejo said...

So sorry to hear about your brother. Sounds like you are overwhelmed. I will pray for God to give you strength. Love Rose, she's very cute.

Chris said...

I personally know the feeling when a loved one is in grave condition. Know that we are all here saying a prayer and sending hopeful thoughts your way.

Sue Ann said...

I am so sorry to hear that your life is in such a tough place right now!! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!!!

Alicia said...

Love this! I have a friend (mom's group leader) who just gave us all (her group leaders) a formal high tea as a thank you for srvice this year. This would be the PERFECT thank you gift/card for her!

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