I became a great aunt twice :) :) First to Hadleigh Marie:
What a Christmas present! This little cutie was born on Dec. 22 and weighed in at 7 lbs. 7 oz.
And most recently to Jackson Liam:
The proud first time dad hamming it up in the pic with Jackson is my nephew Scott Jr. :)
For part of December (including Christmas) my hubby and I spent time in Switzerland and on a Rhine river cruise seeing parts of the Alsace region of France and parts of Germany. Seeing some of the outdoor European Christmas markets really was a dream come true for me:) The atmosphere at the markets was so festive and we had a blast eating and drinking our way through them:
I really loved seeing all the decorations! Some looked so tasty:
Some were so tasteful:
Some we thought were a bit "over the top":)
Some were really charming:
And at night some were downright magical!
And FINALLY my first card of 2014:
When I saw this adorable Penny Black stamp "for mimi" I HAD to break my rule of no more wood stamps! I'm still a novice with the few copic markers I own that I pretty much used the colored image on the stamp block as my guide:)
Other Supplies Used: Doodlebug Design Sweetheart pp, Papertrey ink white cs, Paper Company pastel pink cs, Stampin' Up cherry cobbler cs, Cuttlebug Hugs & Kisses embossing folder, WPlus 9 heart and banner dies, Lawn Fawn My Silly Valentine clear set (sentiment)
Since it's a new year I decided to participate in a few new-to-me challenges. So I'm definitely adding this to the current Penny Black Sending Hugs challenge:
and the current Seize the Sketch challenge:
Thanks for making it through this long post and for your thoughtful comments! I'm looking forward to catching up on everyone's blogs:)