Birthday Weekend!!!


Good morning!!!  I hope you all had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!  Our weekend was so full of happy moments.  I have to share the highlights with you guys………thanks for letting me skip the Stampin’ Stuff today……….it is all about family today!

We started our weekend by cleaning up the house and smoking two very large briskets so we could enjoy birthday festivities and entertaining friends over the weekend.  We had a small family party on Saturday night for our precious little one.  He was so handsome in his new little polo shirt!  I love how the lighter colors look so good on him!  (they always washed out my albino children)  The shirt was a great idea, until it got mixed with red frosting!  Never fear, I have many years of stain-fighting experience under my belt!  We must have taken 100 photos……..he was so adorable.  Loved the dinner, loved the gifts, loved the attention focused on him, loved the ice cream……….it was just a glorious evening.  His favorite new toy came from Grammy…….some little plastic balls with different textures.  Sometimes the little things mean the most!!!

On Sunday night, we had the joy of having another get-together……..we weren’t out of brisket, yet!  We had the Millhouse family over to eat.  They adopted our very first foster baby, Matthew.  Many of you will remember this precious baby that we had for the first 5 months of his life.  He holds such a special place in our heart.  We are so blessed that his family lives close by and we have developed such a wonderful relationship with the entire family!  Matthew is now 3 1/2 years old, talking up a storm, and rotten as ever!  I know that we didn’t have anything to do with that, though!  🙂   This photo was taken in January at his 3rd birthday party………just couldn’t resist showing you how cute he is!!! 

 Since I didn’t post over the weekend, I have to back up to Friday and share some more great news!  My middle daughter, Lindsey, had her awards ceremony at school.  She will finish her 8th grade year this week, and graduates from Middle School on Tuesday night.  She is graduating 3rd in her class!  We are so very proud of her.   She has continued to excell in all subjects, and we couldn’t be happier to show you this photo of her with her Top 10 Award.

Thanks for letting me share and “brag” a little bit today!  I am so thankful for little moments like this.  It is really hard for me to see my children (and our foster children) grow up, but it is proud moments like this that make it more bearable.  I will return to some papercrafting tomorrow.  I have LOTS of teacher gifts to make in the next 2 days, so I will show them to you soon!

Have a super week…… is a shorter week, which should make it a little faster for us all!  And by the way, we still have brisket left over if any of you want to come over for dinner!  Just give me a call!!!


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What a handsome boy!

Do you know who this is???  No, we did not get a new foster child, this is the same one!  He is sporting his new haircut and is so very handsome!  It was quite an experience for Charles and I, but it’s over now.  He is not bothered a bit by the “summer do” and we are so happy to not have to mess with the tangles any more!

I am planning a couple of Stamp Classes coming up in June for those of you wondering about some stampin’ fun at my house.  I have had so many evening events for my children (10 award ceremonies, and I am NOT kidding!) and just have not been able to schedule anything.  Get ready for some “summer fun” coming up!

Just a quick little “Thank Ewe” card tonight — another awesome card from Jen in Florida!  Notice that cute little ewe that is colored with our White Gel Pen……nice!  Have a super day…… is almost Friday, a 3 day weekend for most, and a birthday party for us!  The baby will be “ONE” on Saturday!  Party time! 

Supplies used:  Stamps:  Pun Fun;  Ink:  Black Stazon;  Cardstock:  Real Red, More Mustard, Naturals Ivory; East Coast Prep Designer Series Paper;  Accessories:  Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Brads, White Gel Pen, Crystal Effects (on the heart), Creamy Caramel Marker, Real Red Marker. 

Enjoy your day!  Dawn

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Mimi’s Mini Album

I wanted to show you my little Mini Album that I made for my mom for Mother’s Day.  I was a little late getting it to her (because of our Florida trip) so I had to make sure she got it before I posted here and it ruined the surprise!  I know that I will catch alot of grief over this………but it is made with some products that are NOT Stampin’ Up!  I will just confess right up front!  This is a little matchbook album that is made by Basic Grey and it punches out.  It comes pre-scored and has several matching tags, labels, etc. that come with it.  I only used a few of them since my photos dominated the pages.  Believe me, my mom wants the photos, not the embellishing.  So, here are the pages, and I hope you enjoy them!  Perhaps you can get a good idea or two from the pages.  You will notice the “button border” on one of the pages (like the card from Monday’s post). 

Have a great day!  Dawn





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Club Class Projects

As promised…… are the projects from last night!  We had a blast, as usual, and had a delicious dessert called an Apple Nut Ring.  Thanks Sherry!!!! 

Project #1 was a miniature Composition Book embellished with a chipboard flower.  We inked the flower with Old Olive Craft Ink and embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder.   The paper is from Summer Picnic in the Mini Catalog.   The photo makes the flower look very dark, but in real life it was not quite that dark.

Project #2 was another version of the Enjoy card from an earlier post.  We simply added chipboard instead of the letter “O”.  They could choose the “heart” version or the “flower version”.   We colored the chipboard with markers and then used the Fine Cosmo Glitter on the chipboard.  Why color it?  So that none of the “raw” chipboard shows through if the glitter does not cover some tiny spots.   I learned that little tip on some other blog……..and I liked it!  This glitter is so sparkly and so fine that I am still “modeling” glitter from last weekend!   It sticks to everything!

Project #3 was a simple little box made with one 12×12 piece of Designer Series Paper.  I have searched all over my desk for the name of the blog where I originally found this pattern, but I can’t find it.  I am so sorry!  I will gladly send directions to any of you that would like to make the box.  Please e-mail me for additional information.  I am only going to show the photo for now.

The last project was a card using the Die Cut Blooms (Mini Catalog) and a neat little Scalloped Edge that I learned in the last issue of PaperCrafts Magazine.  The left edge of the card has a white scalloped edge……….made with tiny punched flowers!  I used the Three for You Punch and quickly punched tiny white flowers.  I only exposed 1/2 of the flower to create this edge.  Looks similar to a doily edge, don’t you think???   The large flowers are made using several different products.  The white flower was cut using Chipboard as a stencil.  The orange flower was made using the 5 Petal Flower Punch.  The blue flower and red center were punched from the Die Cut Blooms (Mini Catalog).  And what about the little center???  It is a POP UP GLUE DOT covered with MicroBeads.  WOW!  Lots of products to tempt my customers with!   The glue dot even looks better with our CHUNKY GLITTER on it, but that is ONE product I don’t own.  YET!   I know you can’t believe that I don’t have it, but I really don’t!  Have a great day and let me know if you have any questions about the projects. 

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Button Border




Ok…….so this isn’t the cheapest card to produce (unless you have alot buttons sitting around!) but I thought it was such a great layout!  I got this idea from Maria when I was in Florida and she actually got it from her upline Tami………gotta give credit where it is due!  So, I copied it and brought it home to show my gang!  It is a really neat card, they way it showcases the Double Sided Paper……….the right and the left sides flip open in such a creative way………and don’t you like this color combo???Must have used the COLOR COACH for this one!  So, get out those buttons that you have been saving for “that special card” and use them!  Don’t hoard them any more — make a button border!

For those who have wondered why I have not posted the last couple of days, I have been busy planning Stamper’s 10 Club Projects and I have been working on Malachi’s scrapbook.  It has turned out very cute!  He will be one year old on Saturday…….time for a haircut and a party!  WOOHOO!!!!  I have his scrapbook caught up, so that is one major accomplishment!

Supplies used:  Stamps:  Full of Life (words), Boho Backgrounds; Paper:  Tempting Turquoise Prints Designer Series Paper,  Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Night of Navy; Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Night of Navy; Buttons:  Rich Regals, Fresh Favorites I, Fresh Favorites II; Accessories:  Glue Dots.

Have a super week…….I will show you the club projects tomorrow!


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Enjoy the little things!

Today’s cards are from our monthly Stampin’ Up! publication and the “A La Card” Template.  This monthly feature gives me a sample template that will work nicely for a variety of images and is quick and easy to demonstrate for a workshop.  I love this feature (among many others!) because it is very easy to adapt to whatever stamp sets I have on hand even if I don’t have the exact images used in the magazine.   The original designs used “Priceless” and I didn’t have that one………so I used the hostess set (that Stampin’ Up! gave me as a Christmas present) instead and it turned out really cute!  I also used my Stampin’ Up! Color Wheel (a must have!!!) to give me new color options for my “Enjoy” card.



One more thing…….notice the white grosgrain ribbon with the Pumpkin Pie edge???  This is a fun little technique that I had forgotten about.  Do you do that, too?  You learn something and then totally forget it over time???  There are so many neat things that I have learned over the past 10 years as a demonstrator.  But, until I see someone use it, I forget to “dig it out of the archives”………ya’ know what I mean???  So, back to the ribbon………you just lightly touch your Stampin’ Write marker to the edge of the ribbon……very lightly is the KEY!!!  Sometimes you will get a little bleeding, but practice barely touching the ribbon and you will master it in no time!

Enjoy the cards……….and enjoy the little things in life………..someday we will learn that those little things REALLY are the BIG THINGS in life!  Have a great weekend.   Stamper’s 10 Club Class is Monday night so I will have new things to show you after the weekend………better get busy planning!!! 


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Chipboard Flower Card

Good morning!  Sorry I didn’t post yesterday…….I took the day off!  Just from blogging…….I did not take the day off from laundry, taxi service, or chef — just to name a few of my daily tasks!  🙂

I also mananged to find a little time for some scrapbooking this afternoon with my girlfriend Tisha (listening to Josh Groban and Ryan Dan while we worked).  Could it get any better???   Then tonight I decided to finish this cute little card that I started in Florida.   We had so many things to do that I came home with “bits and pieces” that needed to be finished.  I’m not the only one that does that,  am I?  Start something and then can’t quite finish it……..sometimes I create a much better project when I walk away and come back to it!!!  At any rate, this is another Chipboard Idea using one of the Stampin’ Up! Chipboard flowers.  I painted it with Rose Red Craft Re-Inker and added stitch marks with our White Gel Pen…… really pops off the page!   And don’t forget that our Chipboard Sale continues through the month of May.

Supplies used:  Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment (saying only); Cardstock:  So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White;  Ink:  Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Rose Red;  Ribbon:  Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon;  Punch:  Boho Blossoms;  Accessories:  On Board Blossoms and Basics;  Circle Rhinestone Brad (Ice), White Gel Pen.

Have a super day!  We are only one day from Friday!!!


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Punched Purse Card

I’m going to keep it short and sweet today………this card was made by Maria.  Maria’s customers said it was their “all time favorite card” from ALL her Stamp-A-Stack classes (and let me assure you she has had alot of classes!).  I am planning a “variation” of this card sometime soon at one of my classes.  It is so incredibly easy with our punches and our Designer Series Papers………2 squares, 2 circles, add a ribbon handle, add a little brad (or a rhinestone brad for a little bling!) and you have a cute little purse!!!  The words on this card are from one of our Sell-A-Bration sets (retired) but we all know that you can add any word of your choice and it will turn out just fine.  I kinda like the idea of “SHOP!”………guess that is on my brain these days with all the new summer clothes in the stores. 

Have a great day!  I have not had much personal crafting time here lately, but hopefully in the next day or two I can get down to business!  I think my brain is still relaxing in Florida………


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Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope you had a very Happy Mother’s Day!!!  We had a very nice day — went out to lunch with all of Charles’ family after church and then came home for a fairly calm afternoon.  I ended up taking the girls shopping this afternoon for some new shorts — the weather is getting hotter and hotter around here, so they thought they needed some new clothes!  Great excuse to get out and shop, huh???  I also got a lovely gift from “Bath Junkie”.  They couldn’t decide on a fragrance for my “bath collection” so I have empty containers and a gift certificate to go and get the products………cool, huh???  I will probably get something citrus-y……..they were closed on Sundays, so I will have to go one day this week. 

 Charles, his mom, and the girls after we enjoyed eating lunch at Rosa’s. 

 Charles’ mom, Linda, and me!

I have some more Stampin’ Up! projects in the works, but here is a little Post-It Note Holder that uses Chipboard (the monthly special – remember?)  The base of the holder is another coaster (4×4) that I covered with Designer Series Paper.  I used the Berry Bliss Paper — pinks and browns, my personal favorite!  Hiding behind the Monogram is a large black Binder Clip from the office store.  I added some ribbon at the top to dress it up a little bit — I use ribbon on everything, though!  The little chipboard “d” is from the Onboard Lots of Letters (page 179).  First, I inked it up with Pretty in Pink Craft Ink.  I learned from my friends in Florida that you can also use the Craft Re-Inkers and a sponge paintbrush to “paint” the ink onto the chipboard.  It makes it so much easier and not so messy.  You don’t get it all over your fingers!  It also makes the colors so much more vivid.   After letting the craft ink dry, I added Crystal Effects to the chipboard letter.  While it was still wet, I lightly sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter onto the letter.  It is even prettier in person than shown on the photo!   Maria and I both made these but she didn’t have any of the black clips so we couldn’t finish them…….Maria, is yours put together yet????  Hope this inspires you to get out your chipboard……..or makes you think about ordering some at 25% off this month.  

Have a great day!  I hope you also have a GREAT WEEK!!!! 



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We’re home!

Hello friends and family!  We made it home today and things are still the same around here!  The house didn’t fall down and the kids are still picking on each other……some things just never change, do they???  Our precious little foster baby survived a week with another caregiver (one of my dear friends who is also a foster mom) and didn’t seem to mind us being gone at all – what a blessing!  He is cutting his first tooth on the top and it is just starting to poke through……..otherwise nothing is different!  I was glad that he didn’t decide to take his first steps while we were gone, or something monumental like that!  I will look forward to sharing some of the highlights of the trip in the days to come. 

These are my Stampin’ Up! girlfriends in Sarasota, Florida that I stayed with for a couple of days on our trip.  They each have 3 children, and lead very busy lives like me!  Are you surprised???  Maria is in the middle, and Jenn is on the right holding 3 month old Sam.  He was such a good boy while I was visiting……..he never spit up even once — until we were about to take this photo!  Gotta love it!  We were heading back to Orlando and realized we didn’t have any photos of the three of us.  I can’t say that I think this is a very flattering photo of me, but I suppose we rarely like photos of ourselves!  I had such a wonderful time with these gals!!!!  THANKS MARIA and JENN!!!!  I love you guys!

So, those who wanted to see some stamping stuff, I have tons of new photos.  Here is a sweet, simple little card.  I am ready to “crash” after a day of traveling and being off schedule.   This card does not use chipboard, but it was one of my favorites that Jenn had done.  They each had a Pun Fun Stamp Class recently, so they had lots of ideas for that set.   Give me a day or two and I will get back in the groove and post more fun stuff…….have a great weekend!  

Supplies Used:  Stamp Set:  Pun Fun;  Ink:  Black Stazon; Cardstock:  Whisper White,  Real Red, Blue Bayou;  Designer Series Paper:  Soft Sky Prints;  Punches:  1 3/8″ Circle and Scalloped Circle;  Ribbon:  Real Red Striped Grosgrain ; Other:  Blender Pens.






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