Weekly Deals and a little 3D Treat

April 15

I was invited out to lunch yesterday by one of my dear friends…..and I just decided to bless her with a little something at lunch.  Nothing major, but just a little gift to express how much I appreciate her.  And you know, I could not deliver a gift without some cute packaging, right?  So this is what I threw together, literally threw together, as I was running out the door at 6:30 am!  I’m serious, folks….I grabbed the closest Stampin’ Up! stuff on my desk and went with it!  Just goes to show how amazing you can make things look in a split second!
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I snapped these photos in my office as I was headed to lunch.  It was pouring rain outside all morning, so NO chance of sunny pictures, but you get the drift.   I love the ease of grabbing such adorable embellishments from my Stampin’ Up! supplies!


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Weekly Deals and Zoo Babies Birthday Card

I’m sorry that I am just now getting these Weekly Deals posted, but you have until next Monday night to take advantage of these awesome deals!

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I mentioned in my last post that I need a toddler birthday card……..and here is what I made.  I can’t take credit for the design, as it is simply cased from one I found online.  But, I added a few elements :) such as the bow and the 3D elements.

P1030818This photo gives you a little better view of the Dimensionals I used to pop up the elephant’s ear and the lion’s face.


And here is what I did for the inside……I just couldn’t stand not using the giraffe and the monkey!  So cute!  And it really gives a nice place to write my message.  P1030820

{Stamps:  Zoo Babies and Itty Bitty Banners}



Label Love Wedding Card

I wanted to post this yesterday, but just didn’t find the time in my busy Monday schedule…..it was Monday — all. day. long.  I carved out a little Stampin’ time on Sunday afternoon while the little one was napping, and tried to plan for the cards that I actually NEED, as opposed to just stampin’ because I felt like it!  Next weekend we have a wedding to attend, and a toddler birthday to attend, so those were my two main goals.  We had Sarah’s Prom this past weekend, so I was mainly tied up with Prom festivities all weekend (pictures at the bottom of this post)…….so I had to really focus on what had to be done first.  Then I can “play” with other stamp ideas.  P1030814

I used the gorgeous tulips from my Easter Blessing, and stamped them onto DSP from the Watercolor collection.  I was able to create this card in record time……no coloring on the tulips.  Isn’t this gorgeous?  I can’t take full credit, as I found inspiration for the tulip part on Pinterest, but the rest of my card is totally “me”.  To dress it up, I added lots of ribbon, glitter, and bling.


Hopefully you can get a closer look at the Dazzling Details (glitter glue) that I applied to the tulips and to the “Mr and Mrs” from Label Love.  I really love how this all turned out!  And the  best thing —  I won’t be scrambling on Saturday to make a wedding card at the last minute!  Yippee!



And now for a few Prom pictures of Sarah.  She looked gorgeous and had a very fun evening!  Honestly, Lila had more fun than anyone!  She loved seeing all the girls in their “ball gowns” and really loved the “red carpet” affair!  She just didn’t understand why she couldn’t go with sister to the ball…

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Weekend Get-Away and an Easter Card

We had an amazing weekend, full of “firsts” for Lila, our littlest angel!  She got to experience “Sea World” for the first time!  Actually, she is still calling it “Sea WHALE” every time…..she says she can’t say “world”.  Cute!!


Sarah’s friend McKenna, otherwise known as “Kenna” went with us.  I needed TWO youngsters to help me keep up with the speeding bullet!  She only got away from me one time, and that’s when the girls went to ride the big coasters.


First thing they did was ride this huge “Journey to Atlantis” splash coaster.  Yep!  She was tall enough, by one little curly hair on top…..and the girls took her while she was willing.  I was worried that she would be scarred for life, but she loved it — well, she loved it afterwards.  She cried while it was going on, supposedly :) Check out the little girl on the second row…….that’s my princess!IMG_5655

We spent some time at the “Bay of Play” with kiddie rides in the afternoon.  She loved the carousel!




Not on the favorite list:  dead fish and squid.  She only THOUGHT it sounded cool to feed the Sea Lions……until she saw that they don’t eat white powdered donuts or goldfish crackers!  or candy! IMG_5659


Do you blame her? This is nasty!!!!



Looking at the big coaster that sissy went to ride — and enjoying the weather!


But what did she REALLY do all day?  Play on the bars.  And play on more bars and more bars!  I must have told her 5000 times to get down off of the bars.  She is quite a little climber.


And the other thing she did all day?  Chew gum!  Yep!  Lots of gum!  I didn’t realize that she was playing with it when I snapped this photo.  But perfect shot.  I told her 5000 more times to put the gum IN HER MOUTH!  To all my dentist friends, it is Sugar Free with Zylitol.  The dentist actually recommended this type for her!  IMG_5699

I hope that you don’t mind me including a few personal things on the blog.  Contrary to what some people do, I try to blog a little bit of personal things, as well as business things.   Our little foster children are so special to us, and I always appreciate your prayers as we travel through the journey.  The past 10 years have been amazing and God has taught us so much about life and his plan, and obedience to his plan.

Now to those who could care less about my precious foster child, but really wanted to see a beautiful card, here is another Easter card.  Hope you enjoy the idea!

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The cross is created with the Lattice Bigz Die.  You have to cut parts of it off, and hopefully you can visualize that.  The ribbon used is retired, my apologies, but I liked it so much on this card!  cross card

Quilting Projects: Part 2

Here comes Peter Cottontail…….hoppin’ down the bunny trail….

This is one of my happiest “finishes” ever!  I completed almost all of it when I had a little retreat a few weeks ago.  I got this kit about 3 years ago from Connecting Threads…..immediately started it, but never finished it.  I hand appliqued the bunnies, so that was the time consuming part.  Yes, I admit, I should have just appliqued by machine to speed up the process.  But once I started doing them by hand, I didn’t want to stop.  If you are a seamstress, I used “needle turn applique, freezer paper method”.  If you don’t sew, that will mean nothing to you :)

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The mouth and whiskers were embroidered with DMC floss, and I opted for quickly sewing on button eyes instead of embroidering even more.  Remember, I wanted to FINISH this???  I also took fabric scraps and made 3 Dimensional bows (those were supposed to be appliqued) and I just pinned them on after the project was complete.  I quilted by machine around each bunny head, and a rectangle around the edges of the striped material.  Lots of quilting options, but in my attempt to actually see this on my table this year, I kept it simple.

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In case you didn’t know, our little toddler says one bunny is mommy, one bunny is daddy, and one bunny is her.  Cute! Guess dad has to wear a bow!

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I am just so happy with how this turned out!  Love having it on our table! If you haven’t ever checked out the fabrics, kits, and accessories available at Connecting Threads, you are really missing out.  I order regularly from them.  The quality is exceptional and the prices can’t be beat!  CLICK HERE!

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Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! and a few more cards…

March 25


I enjoyed making a few variations of the card from club class last week.  I thought I loved the Marina Mist version best, but after doing the same card in So Saffron, I’m not sure!  Which one do you like best?  I added a few different ribbons, and opted for some rhinestones instead of pearls on two of them…….just minor changes, but the feel of the card changed some…




Love having some new cards in my “stash”!!!