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Blessed by Fall

Fall has arrived to the DC area and I’m welcoming it with open arms. The crisp air is so refreshing. This weekend, we went to a corn maze/pumpkin patch with some friends. It was so much fun! Mac wanted to snap a few photos of me and my baby bump to remember this time, the season, and the feeling. I’m sharing a card I’m giving him for doing such a great job of capturing the moment.


I’m so blessed to have Mac in my life. He’s been so great during the pregnancy with trying to understand everything that my body is going through. I love this sentiment from Mighty Oak. It really hits the nail on where we are in our lives right now.


The sentiment is stamped on a Tremendous Tag die cut and embellished with some orange twine.


Using Scent-imentals stamp set, I die cut the pumpkin shape and stamped the image. I layered it all on In the Meadow die collection. Using Count My Blessings die, I added “blessed” to the rolling green hills.

And here are a few of the photos.



I also forgot to share the card I made for the gender reveal. I used Baby Face stamp set.


I printed this from this blog onto adhesive sheets and made my own washi tape for the ultrasound technician to seal the envelope. For more about the gender reveal, click here.

I hope you all had a great weekend and are also enjoying the season. Have a great week and take care!

Dorothy C.October 21, 2013 - 11:56 am

Love the pictures – you look great! Also, really like the card, especially the sentiment.

DeborahOctober 21, 2013 - 1:52 pm

What a beautiful Fall card. Now about your baby bump adorable congrats. The pictures are all beautiful the tough part was do I look at your baby bump or your beautiful glowing face lol TFS

Sandy KayOctober 21, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Ashley, “you are positively glowing”! Thanks for sharing – you look great!

Kris McGinnOctober 21, 2013 - 5:20 pm

What a beautiful couple! I’m sure your baby girl will be a beautiful addition to your precious family! Congratulations. Enjoy this time – it will be over before you know it!

Susan BeauchaineOctober 21, 2013 - 8:43 pm

BEAUTIFUL post! You look GORGOUS!!!
You and Mac will be great parents!
You obviously have great love for each other.
Thanks for sharing

Holly SaveurOctober 22, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Great photo’s and cards…

Lorie-ThePeddlerOctober 22, 2013 - 4:21 pm

Congratulations! The photos are terrific and both of you are glowing. Thanks for sharing.

Helen F.October 22, 2013 - 11:29 pm

Beautiful photos, Ashley ~ you look wonderful, happy and truly Blessed!

JamiaOctober 23, 2013 - 2:03 am

So glad you showed the pictures of the tummy! Nothing is more precious than a pregnant women, I absolutely loved being pregnant, I hope your thoroughly enjoying it. Next year when you visit the pumpkin patch there will be 3 of you!!!!!!

Nancy PenirOctober 23, 2013 - 8:00 pm

You look absolutely beautiful Ashley! So excited for you! Blessings!

Connie CollinsOctober 23, 2013 - 10:08 pm

Pregnancy suits you. You look beautiful! Congratulations!

SharliOctober 23, 2013 - 11:42 pm

Ashley, these photos are wonderful! You look just beautiful with your baby bump!! The love is quite obvious from the expressions and your sweet card is a treasure, too! Sending hugs and best wishes!

Kim L.October 24, 2013 - 12:13 am

What a beautiful mommy!

PauletteOctober 24, 2013 - 11:26 am

Fall is so refreshing. You look beautiful! What a sweet card for your hubby. Great pictures. I can’t hardly wait until your baby bug gets here. ((((Hugs))))

JaneOctober 25, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Ashley, you look absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Your card is gorgeous too.

MarybethOctober 26, 2013 - 9:50 am

The photos are beautiful and so are you! This is such an exciting and beautiful time for you both . So full of wonder. I am so happy for you both!

DeborahOctober 30, 2013 - 10:48 am

Ashley..congrats on your impending adventure to parenthood! It’s indescribable, exhausting, never-ending but oh, so worth it. Prayers to you and your hubby for a healthy baby girl. Make sure you pass on that creative spirit to her!

KarlaNovember 7, 2013 - 3:14 pm


I am incredibly touched to learned that you are expecting. I have followed you since you started blogging. I have been absent from all my favorite readings online for a long time and have recently moved back into the USA. Best wishes to you guys on this new adventure. You are beautiful and look gorgeous showing off your baby bump. <3

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KateNovember 14, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Ashley, I love your work and website! These pics are truly wonderful—congrats to you and your husband!! I LOVE your necklace–where did you find that beauty?? Looking forward to following your work! All the best!

It’s a Girl!

Baby Newell is a girl! We’ve known for over a week now, but decided to wait and share it with friends and family at a small gathering. I made a card (sorry, forgot to take a photo, but will and I’ll post it another day) specifically for the occasion and printed an ultrasound record for the technician to complete and place in a sealed envelope. On the same day, we left to have a late lunch, but I was not hungry. So, we shopped around at the mall and my poor husband was getting anxious. We opened up the card after we ordered lunch and were filled with emotions. We are both excited she’s a girl. She will be loved in so many ways (and already is)!

My pregnancy is going very well right now. It was a little crazy in the beginning, but I’m over that stage. I get pretty exhausted (more than my usual), which takes me away from my crafting time. So, sorry guys…there has not been much posted here on the blog, but I’m busy resting, sleeping, or eating, and making a baby. The baby is doing extremely well. The doctor calls her an “active baby” and we even caught her sucking her thumb during an ultrasound. It’s one of my favorite pictures…ever! I stare at it and wonder about her daily. I can’t wait to meet her!

Here are some photos that my friend and I snapped at the Gender Reveal Party.


I printed out a sign (on lemon tart cardstock) to display the symptoms or things I’ve experienced thus far during pregnancy. This may or may not have helped the guests select “Team Blue” or “Team Pink.”


I took a tally of of the guests’ votes and boy oh boy did almost everyone think we were having a boy!


Mac and I decorated a bit before the party. Here is the streamer wall! It’s still up after all that work (haha).


I also assembled some tissue paper pom poms and hung them from the ceiling (well, Mac did the hanging)!


Here are some more pink/blue decorations: chocolate, straws, and party favors.


Upon arrival, guests were to select “Team Blue” or “Team Pink” and wear their votes!


A friend of mine made the cake. It was so delicious.


She also made lots of cupcakes too!


Here we are cutting the cake! There was a checkerboard cake design on the inside with pink frosting. The frosting revealed the gender!


These are fortune cookie favors.

Thanks for letting me share this with you all. I know some of you wanted to see more and keep up to date with what’s going on with me, Mac and the baby. I try to keep some things private, but decided this worthy enough to share.

Susan BeauchaineOctober 17, 2013 - 11:09 am

What a PRECIOUS post! Ashley Thank You so much for sharing it with us! We love you, you are a part of our live!
CONGRATULATIONS on the girl. I have 3 boys I DEARLY love but I wanted a girl, too! Not bad enough to have 4, tho!
MUCH love

Holly SaveurOctober 17, 2013 - 11:09 am

such a great party love all you made and your friends cake too…Congratulations on your expected baby girl!

TrevaOctober 17, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Congrats to you and Mac; although I don’t know you peronsally I feel like I do from your sharing on your blog. I am happy for you and praying for continued blessing as you continue this journey.

CassiOctober 17, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Congratulations! What a fun party – great way to celebrate.

LilieOctober 17, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Congratulation! I am so happy for you both. Enjoy moments.

Suzanne RussellOctober 17, 2013 - 4:48 pm

Congratulations, Ashley! Looks like a fun party for all. She’s a fortunate little girl to have such a talented mom! She will certainly be surrounded by beauty. Best wishes for a safe and easy delivery. Looking forward to seeing her pictures. : )

Tracey JOctober 17, 2013 - 7:21 pm

Congratulations Ashley and Mac!

June KOctober 17, 2013 - 7:52 pm

What a fun blog post. You sure had everyone fooled. Congrats on your baby girl.

Gerry SmithOctober 17, 2013 - 8:18 pm

What a great way to make the announcement of your little girl. Loved seeing all the fabulous treats and decorations. Thank you for sharing with us.

Mariana GrigsbyOctober 17, 2013 - 8:33 pm

Congratulations Ashley and Mac!!!!

Jennifer KOctober 17, 2013 - 9:07 pm

Congratulations!! So excited for you and Mac.

Dorothy C.October 17, 2013 - 9:58 pm

So happy to hear your great news! What a fun way to annouce the news to friends and family.

Kim L.October 17, 2013 - 10:33 pm

So happy for you, Ashley!

PauletteOctober 19, 2013 - 12:17 am

Hi Ashley! You look so beautiful. What a fun party. Aren’t those tissue balls just the best?! I love the punch they give for a dollar’s worth of tissue paper. And the tissue wall is awesome, that’s a lot of work. Congratulations on having a girl. Isn’t ultrasound just amazing!? We didn’t have that when I was pregnant, either time, unless there was a danger, so I didn’t know the sex of either of my children. I just knew my first was a girl, but he was a boy. I hoped for a girl on the second and got her. I went with my girl last year and just about cried when I saw our beautiful grand baby on ultrasound, her profile was so beautiful. So, I thank you for sharing this special time with us paper crafters. I’m so happy for you and your hubby.

Erica FieldsOctober 19, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Oh Ashley, I’m happy for you and hubby. I have been wondering if you and Mac had a baby in your plans or not. How exciting for you both. You are in for the ride of your lifetime and if I’m happy, I’m betting your mom can’t stop talking about it.
All the best to you and your family. Keep us posted, but take good care of yourself.
Cyber Hugs,

Anne C.October 19, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Congratulations Ashley and Mac!!

DebraKOctober 20, 2013 - 7:30 pm

So happy for you and Mac! I had 2 girls and they have brought me much joy! Thank you for sharing the party and pics of your family, friends, Mac and you. You look so beautiful with your baby bump. Praying for healthy mama and baby.

Love your work and your blog!

CloudsOctober 20, 2013 - 8:08 pm

Congrats to you and Mac! how wonderful – a little Newell princess. TFS!

Lisa R.October 22, 2013 - 12:33 pm

What a great idea – a gender reveal party! I love all the creative details you incorporated!

Congratulations and best of luck with your beautiful baby girl.

Now, any clues as to a name:)


Helen F.October 22, 2013 - 11:26 pm

Oh Ashley, this post is so wonderful. So happy for you and your husband. Congratulations and thanks for sharing this news with us ~ wishing you a beautiful, happy, healthy baby girl.

Mary Lou KempOctober 24, 2013 - 6:03 pm

It looks like you had a beautiful shower. Congratulations Ashley! I love all your beautiful card samples.

PatsannOctober 25, 2013 - 8:57 am

Congatulations Ashley and Mac!
Your card says it all you are Truly Blessed!

NinaOctober 26, 2013 - 3:22 pm

Hey Ashley!
Congratulations on your little baby girl!! I’m very happy for you both and I’m sure you’ll be a great mom!
All the best for you and your little family!
Greetings from Germany,

GloriaNovember 1, 2013 - 9:59 am

This is so precious! May God bless your little family with many days of happiness!

jay jacksonNovember 4, 2013 - 6:59 pm

So very happy for you and your husband you will be great parents

DanaNovember 5, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Congratulations again to you and Mac!! You both look so happy :)

BeverleyNovember 22, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Congratulations to you both, such lovely happy news. Hugs Bev x

Crate Chalkboard Inspired Cards

This week, Crate Paper has a theme to create projects inspired by chalkboard art. Maggie Holmes’ Flea Market collection is a great way to incorporate chalkboard inspired art to your paper craft projects. I used the collection on the cards below that you can also find on Crate’s blog. Make sure to check out Crate Paper’s blog to see what the rest of the team created earlier this week (and click back later to see the rest of the week’s posts too)!


I wanted to create cards that were inspired by chalkboard art, but not in a literal sense. So, I took fun elements from the Flea Market collection that reminded me of chalkboard art and designed this card.

I like to call this card “Awesome Flea Market Moments,” a card to send thanking your flea market friend for an amazing time.


I added the scalloped edge border using Papertrey Ink’s small scallop border die.


Layering all of these fun elements really made the card come together.


For my next card, I used a cardstock sticker as my focal point and matted it on Papertrey Ink’s Mat Stack 4 die cut. Don’t you just love the gold resin flower? I could use those on just about every project…make earrings too!


The cardstock sticker really sets the stage for this card. It’s so realistic.


My next card design uses another cardstock sticker as my chalkboard art element. I layered it on a pinking circle die cut and a tag from the Flea Market collection.


The card measures 3.5″ x 6″

Thanks for visiting today! I hope to be back a bit more frequently with creative posts for the remainder of the year…we’ll see how that goes!

DebraKOctober 20, 2013 - 7:34 pm

Love your designs and that vellum camera with gold is fantastic! So glad you plan to craft more cards. Looking forward to it as always.