Birthday Cards

Vintage Leaves and Stylized Birthday Card

Stampin Up, Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves138802, Stylized Birthday stamp set #141828, Cable Knit Embossing Folder #143537, created by Stampin Scrapper, for more cards, gifts, ideas, scrapbooking and 3D projects, go to stampinscrapper.com, Joyce Whitman

I was on Pinterest the other day and saw this awesome card created by Amy Koenders.  Thank you Amy for sharing your card with everyone.  I love how you can use it for anyone, male or female.

To make this card you will need the following products:

Soft Suede Cardstock #115318

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"
  • cut at 3 1/2" x 3 3/4"

Early Espresso Cardtock #119686

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4"
  • cut at 3" x 3"

Crumb Cake Cardstock #120953

  • cut at 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
  • cut at 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"

Very Vanilla Cardstock #101650

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4"

The easiest way for me to explain how I made this card is to go layer by layer.  We are going to start with the bottom layer made with the crumb cake cardstock.  I used the biggest leaf in the Vintage Leaves stamp set for all the background stamping.  

  • Crumb Cake layer:  use Sahara Sand ink and stamp off first before stamping on the cardstock
  • Soft Suede layer: use the Cable Knit embossing folder
  • Crumb Cake (top) layer:  Soft Suede ink and stamp off first before stamping on the cardstock.  Stamp the Happy Birthday with the Soft Suede ink full strength.
  • Very Vanilla inside: Sahara Sand ink stamp full strength and then stamp again turning slightly without inking your stamp again.  This will give you a shadow look.  I did this on the bottom right hand corner.

Stamping off means you ink up your stamp and stamp on a scrap piece of paper first.  Then stamp on your project without reinking your stamp.  This will give you a lighter image on your project. 

I adhered everything with Snail Adhesive except for the two top layers and there I used Stampin Dimensionals. 

I personally think this would make a great masculine card for fall birthdays or actually you could do it for any time of the year.

Today is hump day!!!  We are half way through our week!  Have a wonderful day today!

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SCS Creative Crew September 2017 Project #2

stampin up, Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics Stamp Set #137154, Painted Autumn DSP #144613, Stitched Shapes Framelits #145372, designed by Stampin Scrapper, for more cards, gifts, ideas, scrapbooking and 3D projects, go to stampinscrapper.com, Joyce Whitman

We were given 5 different fall pictures to get inspiration from and this was my card I made.  You could use this card as a birthday card for feminine or masculine, which is nice.  I think at times we all have a hard with masculine cards.  This card is also a fast and easy card that you could change the designer series paper and cardstock and have a totally different card.  

To make this card you will need the following products:

Early Espresso Cardstock #119686

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"

Garden Green Cardstock #102584

  • cut at 4 1/8" x5 3/8"
  • cut at 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"

Cajun Craze Cardstock #119684

  • cut at 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"

Daffodil Delight Cardstock #119683

  • cut at 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"

Whisper White Cardstock #110730

  • cut at 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"
  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4"

Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper #144613

  • cut at 4" x 5 /14"

 

I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out all of the circles.  On the inside of the card and on the envelope I used the sentiment Happy Birthday from the Basic Butterfly stamp set. 

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I would like to first thank everyone for your prayers for our daughter, Emily.  Life is starting to get back to normal for a lot of people and yet, there are still a lot of people that are trying to deal with losing everything they own.  It is so sad, devastating and heartbreaking what Texas is going through right now.  Please continue to pray for everyone while they go through everything and learn how to deal with all of it.  

Emily will be going back to school today to see what her room looks like.  We are praying that she was saved from the water.  To get into her school you have to go up 4-5 steps to get to the front door.  All the teachers moved everything in their rooms up 3 feet from the floor.  So, that is about 7 feet up and we don't think the water got that high in that area.  Tomorrow the children will begin coming back. They are trying to get everything back to normal the best they can.  

Over the weekend we were busy painting our kitchen.  You know how you start one little project and it just snowballs.  Well, that is what is happening in our home.  It all started with us wanting to change the kitchen faucet.  Then if we are going to do that, why don't we go ahead and get the new counter tops that we have been wanting.  Well, if you have new countertops, we should repaint the kitchen before they are installed.  If I am changing the colors in my kitchen  that means I have to change the colors in my family room as they are all open to each other.  All of this because I wanted a new faucet.  I think the next time I ask for that Mr. Wonderful is going to be telling me no way!  LOL  

We ended up having to paint the walls 3 times.  Once with primer and two with the paint.  I have to say I really like the new color.  I finished the cornice's in the family room.  It amazes me how much brighter a room can look just by changing the paint color and some fabric.  I can't wait until we have it all done.  Then the next big project will be replacing all the carpet on our top level of our home.  I am definitely not looking forward to that.  

We have lived in our home with a daycare for 18 years, so it is definitely time to update it.  It will be very nice, once it is all done.  

Here is a picture of the primer on the walls.  

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I will show all of you a picture once we have everything finished.  It will be later in the month when the counter tops get installed.  I can't wait!

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!

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Country Livin' Sponging Video

Stampin Up, stampin' Up! Country Livin' stamp set #141925, Stylized Birthday stamp set #141828, created by Stampin Scrapper, for more cards, gifts, ideas, scrapbooking and 3D projects, go to stampinscrapper.com, Joyce Whitman

I had a lot of fun making my second video and I think it turned out pretty good. The camera does shake when I ink my stamps, hopefully, in my next video I won't have that problem.  I am learning a lot about editing, cutting sections, adding sections and the fading.  I took a class at our Apple store about how to use iMovie and was a bit overwhelmed.  There is so much you can do, so I have a lot to learn.  

The products I used to make this card are:

Cajun Craze Cardstock #119684

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"

Early Espresso Cardstock #119686

  • cut at 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"

Very Vanilla Cardstock #101650

  • cut 2 at 4" x 7 1/4"

The ink colors I used were:

  • Cajun Craze
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Early Espresso
  • Old Olive
  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • So Saffron

The best thing with sponging on your projects is that there will never be two the same.  Each one is very unique from all the others.  

Here is my video!

                                                                                                                   

 

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Sneak Peek - Painted Harvest

Stampin Up, Stampin' Up! Painted Harvest stamp set #144783, Stylized Birthday stamp set #141828, designed and created by Stampin Scrapper, for more cards, gifts, ideas, scrapbooking and 3D projects go to stampinscrapper.com, Joyce Whitman

While I was creating this card I was thinking of cool days, fresh crisp air, bonfires, pumpkins, leaves turning colors, football (Mr. Wonderful loves watching college football) and everything pumpkin spice.  Fall is my favorite time of the year.  Then I was wanting to put up my fall decorations, but since it is August, I don't think the time is right yet.   LOL

This stamp set, Painted Harvest, is in the new 2017 Holiday catalog.  I love the whole Painted Autumn suite!  You will be seeing me use this stamp set and the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper a lot in the next few months.  

To make this card you will need the following products:

Soft Suede Cardstock #115318

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"

Very Vanilla Cardstock #101650

  • cut 2 at 4" x 5 1/4"

The colors I used to stamp the images are:

    Flowers: Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight with Soft Suede in the center

  • stamp the first step with Daffodil Delight and then with Crushed Curry ink for the second step
  • On the center of the flowers there is suppose to be an almost white spot in it.  You do not have a defective stamp.    

    Leaves:  Garden Green and Pear Pizzazz 

  • stamp the first step with Pear Pizzazz and then the Garden Green after it has been stamped off first. 

    Happy Birthday:  Soft Suede

I stamped a flower in the inside of my card along with my envelope.  

This stamp set will not be available for purchase until September 1, 2017.  If you don't have a demonstrator and would like to get a catalog, please let me know.  I will be happy to send you one.

Stampin Up, Stampin' Up! Painted Harvest stamp set #144783, Stylized Birthday stamp set #141828, designed and created by Stampin Scrapper, for more cards, gifts, ideas, scrapbooking and 3D projects go to stampinscrapper.com, Joyce Whitman

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you have a terrific Thursday!

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Daisy Delight with Happy Birthday Thinlit

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I was looking outside my window yesterday and was a little sad that our daisy's are finished blooming for the year.  We have a stray one here and there, but that's it.  This card was made with no stamp set or ink.  I used the Happy Birthday Thinlits and the Daisy Punch along with cardstock and the beautiful Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.  Did you see the ribbon?  It is called double stitched ribbon which means there are "x" on one side and the other side looks like stitching.  

This is the ribbon I like so much that I have order 6 spools of it.  LOL Whenever I was placing an order at the beginning of the catalog launch I would add it on to my order.  I did that 3 times!  What is really sad is that I only have 2 left.  I guess I really do like it.  

To make this card you need the following materials:

Night of Navy Cardstock #100867

  • cut at 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" for the Happy Birthday
  • cut at 5 1/2" x8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"

Daffodil Delight Cardstock #119683

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4"

Whisper White Cardstock #100730

  • cut at 2 3/4 x 5" to punch out the flowers
  • cut at 3 1/2" x 4 3/4
  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4" for this inside of the card

Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper #144137

  • cut at 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"

To make the Happy Birthday easier to stick down I used our new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.  I was so excited when I saw them return in the annual catalog.  If you haven't tried them, you will love them once you do.  I had some left from when we use to sell them, but I have to admit I was hoarding them.  LOL  Now I can buy more!

I punched out 2 of the daisy flowers and staggered them to give it a fuller look, which I like.  For the center of the flower I used the Faceted Gems in gold (I used the largest sized one).  I attached my ribbon first and then added my daisy, but I laid my daisy down where I wanted it for a guide of where to put my ribbon.  The daisy is adhered using a dimensional to give it height and to go over the ribbon.  

 

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This is a fun and easy card to make for a birthday, especially a summer birthday.   

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It was a busy weekend at our house.  On Friday, for two of my angels, it was their last day with me taking care of them.  I have to say, this is the hardest part of my job.  I love these children so much and when they leave it breaks my heart.  Heck, I am crying while I am typing this and its been three days.  I know they will do great, but it is still hard.  I think the hardest part is, they won't remember me because they are 3 and 4 years old.  Can you remember anything when you were that age?

On Saturday I went to Stamp Away (it is a convention of different companies selling all things to do with paper crafting) with my best friend Robin.  We both wanted to go to the Stamp n Storage booth.  If you are in need of storage for your crafting supplies, I highly highly recommend them.  Click HERE for their website.  The two of us definitely bought out share of things from them.  I can always find places to add more pieces to what I already have.  

When we got home Mr. Wonderful and I went looking at countertops for the kitchen and carpet for our upstairs.  We are slowly trying to update our house (which is 18 years old) and are almost finished with the upstairs.  We decided on our countertops!  Yay! They have been ordered and hopefully they will be here in about 4 weeks.  Now, time to really starting to look at carpet.  

I hope you had a terrific weekend and have a marvelous Monday! Today is the beginning of a new week, make it special!

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Colorful Seasons Card


Stampin Up, Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons stamp set #143726, Seasonal Layers Thinlits #143751, designed and created by Stampin Scrapper, for more cards, gifts, ideas, scrapbooking and 3D projects go to stampinscrapper.com, Joyce Whitman

Don't you want to be sitting on this chair, relaxing and enjoying a beverage of your choice.  I know I sure would!   This card reminds me of summer, relaxing and the beach.  Does it get any better than that?  

I wanted to do a card that was bright and cheery so I used the bright colors of Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise.  I also used the Colorful Seasons and High Tide stamp sets.  From the High Tide stamp set I used the sand stamp with Crumb Cake ink.  The rest is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  Did you notice the glass is two different colors?  To do this, I used our Stampin Markers.  Color each section with your marker (I used the big end of the marker) and then huff on the stamp.  The reason to huff on it is the ink your colored first was drying while you were coloring the other section on it.  To make sure you get a good image when you stamp you need to huff on the stamp to moisten the ink.  

To make this card you will need the following:

Daffodil Delight Cardstock #119683

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"

Tempting Turquoise Cardstock #102067

  • cut at 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"

Whisper White Cardstock #100730

  • cut 2 at 4" x 5 1/4"

Did you notice how the flowers on the branches and the chair and seat fit perfectly.  Isn't it wonderful!  Thank you Stampin' Up! for that.   There are so many color combinations you could use with these stamps.  The flowers, you could change with the seasons and Stampin' Up! has them all in a collection for you.  Subtles in the Spring, Brights in the Summer and Regals in the Fall.  What colors are you going to put together.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have a great Sunday!  

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Country Livin' Card for Erica

stampin up, Stampin' Up! Country Livin' stamp set #141925, Hardwood stamp set #133035, Layering Oval Framelits #141706, Stitched Shapes Framelits #145372, Designed by Stampin Scrapper, for more card, gifts, ideas, scrapbooking and 3D projects, go to stampinscrapper.com, Joyce Whitman

Every time our girls leave to go back to Texas, college or now Michigan, I always make a card and hide it in their stuff.  I didn't think they really cared about them, but I was told they look forward to them.  I guess I will keep on making them.  It sure does make a momma feel good that they look for my cards while unpacking.  This is the card that I made for Erica when she moved to Michigan yesterday.  Boy was that hard!  

Erica loves her cowboy boots, jeans and t-shirts, so this set was perfect for her.  I decided to go with the blue color, because she really doesn't like the color pink.  This card could definitely be used as a masculine card too. 

To make this card you will need the following products:

Soft Sky Cardstock #131203

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"
  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4"

Smoky Slate Cardstock #131202

  • cut at 3" x 5"

Whisper White Cardstock #100730

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4" this is for the inside of the card

Watercolor Paper #122959

  • cut at 3" x 5"

I used the Smoky Slate ink to stamp the woodgrain background onto the the 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Soft Sky paper.  I adhered that piece to the card base using the Snail Adhesive and used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the Smoky Slate oval.  

I used the colors of Soft Suede, Soft Sky and Dapper Denim to watercolor the boots.  I started with the Soft Sky ink all over the boots making the edges a little bit darker than the center.  I then added the Dapper Denim in so I could darken the creases and natural shading.  The straps and soles were done with the Soft Suede ink.   Then I lightly used the Smoky Slate ink to add a shadow underneath the boot and Soft Suede for the dirt lines at the back of the boot. Here is a close up picture of the boots, so you can see the shading better.  

 

tampin up, Stampin' Up! Country Livin' stamp set #141925, Hardwood stamp set #133035, Layering Oval Framelits #141706, Stitched Shapes Framelits #145372, Designed by Stampin Scrapper, for more card, gifts, ideas, scrapbooking and 3D projects, go to stampinscrapper.com, Joyce Whitman

This was a fun card and sad card to make all at the same time.  On one hand it was a fun card because I love to watercolor, but on the other hand it was a sad card.  Erica began the next chapter in her life yesterday by moving far away.  I know she will do great and she is around all of my family, but I still miss her.  I know this is what we are suppose to do, but, Man, it is hard!

My preorder came yesterday and OH MY GOODNESS!  You are going to love the new holiday catalog.  I can't wait to get into my goodies, but first I get to have fun at my Christmas Card Class tonight.  I love these classes!

Don't forget if you earned your Bonus Days Coupons in July to use them this month, you have until August 31st.  I used mine this morning on my preorder, it was so nice to have the them.  

 

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Bright Wishes

stampin up, Stampin' Up! Bright wishes #143827, Watercolor Pencils #141709, Blender Pens #102845, created by Stampin Scrapper, for more cards, gifts, ideas, scrapbooking and 3D projects, go to stampinscrapper.com, Joyce Whitman

I have to start by saying I must really like the card I posted yesterday. I realized last night that I also posted it in June.  Oh my goodness, I am not sure what happened there.  I have a pile of cards on my desk to put on my blog and some how that card was put in the wrong pile. Lately, that is how my life is going.  LOL  

I love to color so when I saw the Bright Wishes stamp set I knew I wanted it.  The sentiments in this stamp set are perfect for wishing people the best, wishes coming true, brighter days, how much you care and you're never too old to wish.  

I used the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens to color this card.  I ended up coloring quite a few of these using different colors for the flowers.  It is amazing how changing colors can totally change the look of a card. 

To make this card you will need the following products:

Berry Burst Cardstock #144243

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"

Old Olive Cardstock #100702

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4"

Whisper White Cardstock #100730

  • cut at 3 3/4" x 5"

What colors would you use for your flowers?

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Since we got back from Texas, life has been even busier.  I thought life was going to slow down, boy was I wrong.  While we were away, Erica made the decision to move to Michigan to be around my family. I will admit, I am a little jealous.  She will be living with my niece, which is great, so she can help her out with expenses. 

We have been going through Erica's things trying to figure out what to take, what to leave home and what to get rid of.  You don't realize how much stuff you have until you start going through things.  I hate to see when I have to go through my craft room.  LOL

Erica is going to Michigan today for a job interview tomorrow.  If you get a chance, can you please say a little prayer for her.  I know she will do great.  

I told my girls could they possibly get any further apart?  Emily is in Texas and now Erica will be in Michigan.   Mark and I will have to get use to being empty nesters.  Our house is going to be so quiet.  

Mark and I are also going to start going through each room in the house as if we are downsizing and have to get rid of things.   Emily was telling me that she was reading an article about decluttering and you need to ask yourself two questions.  Does the item bring you joy and if it was in a store today, would you buy it?  Great questions!  I think I am going to be getting rid of a lot of stuff.  

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you have a terrific Thursday!

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During the month of July Stampin' Up! is offering a special that is too hard to pass up!  Have you ever thought of becoming a demonstrator?  Would you like to get 20% off all your orders?  Would you like to see and order new catalogs and products early? Now, is the time to join Stampin' Up! and become a member of my Joyful Butterflies team.  

The starter kit is $125 worth of products, of your choice, for $99. This month you will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for them and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52.  But wait, there's more!!!

Would you like a taste of what it is like being a demonstrator? You will also get the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE (a $20 value).   That is a total of $197 in products for only $99!!!  Now, this is a deal you can't pass up!

If you are interested in this deal or have any questions, please feel free to contact me at stampinscraper13@gmail.com.  You can also join my team at JOIN JOYFUL BUTTERFLIES.

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Label Me Pretty Birthday Card

stampin up, Stampin' Up! Label Me Pretty stamp set #143861, Eastern Palace DSP #144147,  Oh My Stars Embossing Folder #143710, Layering Ovals Framelits #141706, 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon Lemon Lime Twist #144135, 2017-2019 In Color Bitty Bows #144217, Pretty Label Punch #143715, 2017-2019 In Color Stampin' Write Markers #144033, created and designed by Stampin Scrapper, for more cards, gifts, ideas, scrapbooking and 3D projects go to stampinscrapper.com, Joyce Whitman

I am in love with the new Lemon Lime Twist color.  It is so bright and cheery!  On this card I paired it with the Berry Burst cardstock and the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Do you see the stars on the white paper?  I made those with the Oh My Stars embossing folder and the sentiment is from the Label Me Pretty stamp set.  This stamp set has a matching punch and is available as a bundle.  When you purchase a bundle you save 10%.  Yay!

To color the sentiment I used the 2017-2019 In Color Stampin Write Markers.  

To make this card you will need the following products:

Whisper White Thick Cardstock #140272

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"

Berry Burst Cardstock #144243

  • cut at 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"

Dapper Denim Cardstock #141414

  • cut at 3" x 3"

Whisper White Cardstock #100730

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4"
  • cut 2 at 3" x 3"

Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper #144147

  • cut at 2" x 5 1/4"

I wrapped the ribbon around the Berry Burst cardstock and the layers on it.  The cute little bow is from the new 2017-2019 In Color Bitty Bows.  Aren't they just the cutest?  Love them!

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During the month of July Stampin' Up! is offering a special that is too hard to pass up!  Have you ever thought of becoming a demonstrator?  Would you like to get 20% off all your orders?  Would you like to see and order new catalogs and products early? Now, is the time to join Stampin' Up! and become a member of my Joyful Butterflies team.  

The starter kit is $125 worth of products, of your choice, for $99.  This month you will receive aFREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for them and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52.  But wait, there's more!!!

Would you like a taste of what it is like being a demonstrator? You will also get the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE (a $20 value).   That is a total of $197 in products for only $99!!!  Now, this is a deal you can't pass up!

If you are interested in this deal or have any questions, please feel free to contact me at stampinscraper13@gmail.com.  You can also join my team at JOIN JOYFUL BUTTERFLIES.

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Dragon Punch Art Card

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Yesterday was Beckett's, one of the grand Randall's and also one of my daycare angel, birthday party and he loves alligators/crocodiles. I bought him the Crocodile Dentist game and wanted a card to go along with it.  So, where is the first place I go for inspiration?  Yep, Pinterest!  Who doesn't love Pinterest.  

If you would like some ideas and inspiration I have a pinterest page called Stampin Scrapper.  Click HERE to check it out.

I found this adorable punch art, which I love doing, created by Alex's Creative Corner.  She created a great template for you to know what punches she used to make it.  A lot of the punches are retired, but I know a lot of you love Stampin' Up! punches as much as I do, and you may still have them.  If you don't have the exact ones, you may have something similar that you could use. Here is her picture of her template.  

54017b936d0c991bc607769112b90ed2Isn't this wonderful.  It didn't take me long at all to create this card.  I used the Garden Green and Pear Pizzazz cardstock for the majority of the design.  I sponged it using the Old Olive ink.  

It made my day when Beckett saw my card and his eyes lit up.  He loved it and so did everyone else.  Yay!

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What a fun filled two weeks I have had.  Emily came home from Texas on Monday, June 12th and the fun started!  We went up to Michigan to see my family and go on a wine tour with the ladies in our family.  We had so much fun!  I was able to get more polish pottery, eat at fabulous restaurants and spend a lot of time with my family.  It doesn't get any better than that.

We came home on Father's Day and spent the rest of the day with Mark.  He had made us a wonderful dinner when we got home.  I think it might be a little backwards.  I am pretty sure I was suppose to do that for him.  While Emily was here she got to see a lot of her friends from college as one of them got married over the weekend.  I was so happy for her that she got to see them.  It is hard when you live so far away from everyone.  They made wonderful memories that she will have forever.

We also had our second Disney meeting with the Randall's.  If you don't know who the Randall's are let me share the short version of the story.  6 years ago Todd and Kumiko came to see me about taking care of their new baby, Beckett.  I was thrilled to be able to have him in my daycare.  Fast forward to 3 years ago when Todd started talking to me about God, my experience with my walk with Jesus and going to church.  Todd started to join us on Sunday mornings and was baptized two years ago.  Through all of this they have become our family.  We call their children, now 3 of them, our grand Randall's.  They are like our grandchildren and their last name is Randall.  So if you ever here of me saying the grand Randall's now you know who I am talking about.  Here is a picture of them with Erica. 

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Aren't they so cute!  I just love them!  We will be going to Disney with them next year and it is going to so fun to see it through their eyes.  I still remember the first time we took Emily and Erica and watching their expressions.  A memory I will hold forever.  We are a little bit of Disney fanatics in our household.  This will be our 7 time as a family and Mark and myself have gone there 8 times.  It is truly magical!

Emily is going back to Texas today :(  It won't be long until we see her again.  Actually it will be in 5 days!  We are going to head to Texas this weekend to help her move into her new apartment and have some more family time.  I can't wait!  

Here are some pictures of when we were on our wine tour in Michigan.  The scenery was beautiful, wine delicious (so I was told) and the weather was perfect.  We had a lot of laughs, reconnected and just truly enjoyed each other.  

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Thank you for stopping in today and I hope you have a marvelous Monday and week!

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