Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Catalog Share Products

Whoo Hoo! Let me know if you want to reserve your spot.  I will be taking reservations starting now and will submit the first order on the evening of June 1st....followed up with more as needed. You can pay by credit card or get me a check or cash before I order.

So what do you say??? Want to be the first kid on your block with these new goodies???? Of course you do!!!   I've ordered special boxes just to accommodate the 6x12 paper!! Please email me which share you would like to participate in and I'll reserve your spot. 

email me:   I will send you a credit invoice or can use your credit card or you can send me a check.

A. Designer Series Paper Share: 78 sheets of 6x12 Designs (sized for scrapbooking or card making) for only $42.00

($5.00 for shipping)

You will receive a 6 x12 inch piece of every Designer Series Paper from the New Catalog! Yeah! (The only paper I will not include is the First Edition.) Each set of 6 will include it's list of coordinating colors!

B.Ribbon Share: 30 yards of New Ribbon for only $23.00  ($2.50 shipping)

These new ribbons are thin and perfect for mailing convenience.

2 Yards of each of the new In-colors done in a beautiful 3/8" stitched Satin. Love it!!!......Colors are: Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, and Summer Starfruit.

....and 2 yards of each color of the new 1/4" thin Grosgrain with stitching to add texture and dimension. It's so very cool! The colors are: Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White and Wild Wasabi.

C. Want It All?  Buy Both kits and save.  $65

(combined shipping $5.75)

Plus, I'll throw in 2 yards of my favorite ribbon (became available in April)-Daffodil Seam Binding as well as a sampling of our new dahlia accents--super cute!!!

If you were to order all this individually, it would cost you $278.21!

If you would rather pick it up at my house or a class, that's great!!  No shipping for you! :-)

Each share requires 4 people--I will place the orders as soon as the shares fill up!

I’m adding another share for my scrapbookers. 

Been thinking about how to do this because I love these kits and would love to get them into each of your hands! 

D. Simply Scrappin’ Kit Share: Try all 4 of our kits for a low price of  $50 ($5.50 shipping or combine with the above kit for just $1 more)

  • 16 sheets 12x12 cardstock (4 sheets from each of 4 packs)
  • 12 sheets 12x12 patterned designer paper (3 sheets from each of 4 packs)
  • 12 sheets 6"x12" of self adhesive die cut stickers (3 each from 4 packs)
  • Bonus, I will also throw in a couple pieces of coordinating ribbon to embellish

Hurry, and order today!

These kits are found on pages 167-168 of our new catalog

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Okay, I’m done….He came to visit

IMG_9237I promise I’ll stop!  I just wanted you to see how perfect he is…okay, so he still slept most of the time but aren’t those little hands adorable?  Briana and Tash got to hold him for the first time! I got to change his diaper, which he did not like.


3 weeks



A Few Last Sniffs—Season of Friendship

Mary Brown

I just saw this idea on Mary Brown’s site….a very talented….and she was using a set that is being discontinued and I thought you should see it in case it’s one that you have or need to have before it’s gone.  This card was done with Season of Friendship ( the seasonal tree that you can use for sooo many things..we used it for a great scrapbook page back a few years ago)….

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And I just remembered these projects done by Sondra Carter, one of our group, which she designed at our scrapbook weekend:















And one last card…this was done by Mugsie….it was in my saved file.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  Just done with torn paper and a sponge, and white craft ink!  Easy!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Kale is home!

And hungry as a little bear come out of hibernation.  He has his days and nights mixed up but he’ll get it straight soon.IMAG950130

Thanks be to God who giveth  liberally to us all!  You are so good to us.

Thank you to all of my wonderful friends who’ve prayed this baby through all his little tough spots…some day I’ll tell him about you all.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Scrapbooking, Stampin’ Up! Style

Thank you for looking at my sweet baby grandson’s pictures…okay now for the real reason you are on my site…ideas! Here you go.  I love scrapbooking!  Here is

IMG_9171 the page we did in class this month.  Sad to think that most of this is going away this month.  The alphabet “bloom” die cuts are being discontinued #115960 $89.95  and the numbers to match: #115968  $44.95   I use these dies all the time…great for scrapbooking!

I added sponging in Early Espresso ink to age the pages a bit!

IMG_9173 The stamp set I used: With All My Heart is going away  #118623  $13.95

The little green flower brad is from the set of Brights flower brads that are going away:

#119734  $8.95



. .  The punch used for the white scallops: Lace Ribbon Border Punch #122362  $19.95 on sale for $14.96

Get Your’s Now!

Hint: I punched out 2 strips 12” long, then folded each one in half, I glued them down right next to each other!

Then added the strip of ribbon on top!


The DSP is from the Berry Blossom collection #122350  $10.95 and that is also being discontinued.

If you need any of these products before they’re gone,

Click Here to order 24/7

Here’s our little hunter













I think he’s coming home soon!  The nurse asked them to bring in the car seat for inspection today….He’s nursing well, I couldn’t even pull that nuk out of his mouth to take the picture, what a grip!  He isn’t gaining alot of wait…he’s only 2 oz. over his birth weight but I guess that’s okay for now?  I think they plan to take the feeding tube out today as long as he gained weight—I’m praying he did!

This is the first time I’ve gotten to see him with his eyes open!  It was wonderful—although he didn’t appreciate the flash very much.  I got to help dress him!  He still has a very fluctuating body temp so they have to be really careful with him.

Friday, May 18, 2012

This crazy, happy week!

Yesterday Briana graduated.  We had weekly practices with the homeschool group for several months for the singing and the skit.  Yesterday, we spent all morning setting up the stage and practicing, home to make corsages for the graduates, bake cookies for snack afterward, finish making Briana’s dress. oh, write that short speech for Joel and I and back for the evening program.  Can you say whirlwind? Here she is with her sister, cousin and a few friends!












The 4 seniors decided to getting dresses made alike, yes, Wendall saw the material and said he’s wear a shirt like it if someone made it for him!  They also decided to sing a couple of songs together, here they are rehearsing.  They sounded beautiful, in fact the whole high school group sounded absolutely amazing! 














The elementary group did really well too…the little guy on this end, Kyle, was the star of the show!  I think he’s in pre-K and he knew every word to every song they sang!   Malachi, at 11,  is the tallest guy in the class, he is 2 days older than the little guy in the blue shirt in the front row!  They look so funny together! No, Malachi is not standing on a higher step than everyone else in that back row—this handsome son is just a giant!











Not to forget a quick visit to see Kale in the hospital this afternoon.  He is out of the bed with the light, he is taking a bottle, still has a feeding tube  and is still very drowsy but if they’d just stop feeding him so much with the tube, maybe he’d eat more!  He is so adorable:












On the way home, we stopped at the greenhouse and got plants, got beans and corn seeds and came home and planted the whole fact we had too much stuff so tomorrow Joel needs to dig up some more ground in the back yard to finish.  We are out of everything so I wanted to plant alot… just praying it grows well.

Birdhouse Card Tutorial

I’m not sure where the original idea for this came from but it’s become quite popular.  We are doing this card at my classes this month and I thought I’d get it on here so that you can try it at home.


This card fits in a regular size envelope!

It has a unique appeal, not just your ordinary card and yet it’s very quick and easy to do.

Here are some step by step instructions to help you complete:

1. Cut your vanilla cardstock 4 X11 inches.

2. Score at 5 1/2 inches (center fold)






3. Fold in half and place on  your diagonal plate (folded edge toward top)IMG_9189. Score at the 2 inch mark, flip to other side and score the opposite way at 2 inches.





4. Fold on both score lines, then open and fold diagonally til folds naturally want to fold like this:


At this point you will want to make sure you stamp on it prior to embossing

5. Using a 1 3/8” circle punch, punch a hole in IMG_9193the front only.





6. Using the stripes embossing folder, emboss the front of the card, it will go on like this:






1. Cut a square of cherry cobbler cardstock at OOOPs, it’s 3 1/8” , then cut it in half diagonally.  This will make one piece for the front of the roof and one for the back.

2. Emboss each one in the square lattice embossing folder.

3. Glue one to the triangle at the top on the front and one on the back.

4. Those folds at the top of the card will just fold inside your card to create that roof! IMG_9176

See wasn’t that easy?  Now it’s your turn to share! Please send me pictures of your birdhouse creations so that I can post them on here!


I used the Upsy Daisy set #111710 that  is on the retiring list! It’s always been a favorite.  Love those silhouette stamps!  I also used the Scallop oval and regular oval punches for the saying (#119856 and #119855).  Oh, don’t forget the bird builder punch (#117191)!

Striped embossing folder(#123128)

Square lattice embossing folder (#119976)

Simply Scored tool (#122334)

Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (#125586)

Click here to order your supplies now before they are gone!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Kiss Them Goodby

You thought I was going to say your kids, right?  No, I’m talking about our favorite stamp sets.

Here are a few more of mine:











These cards are 2 of our projects for Stamp The Love Class this month.  Pocket Silhouettes is just a perfect little flower set, great for small accents but not too flowery.  The second one is from Inspired by Nature….I’m gonna miss this set, this grass is just so perfect for so many things.

Here are the actual stamps for each set…be sure to get your’s before they’re gone.



# 111656

Wood Mount Only: $23.95









# 111672

Wood Mount only: $18.95

Happy Mother’s Day

I pray that you had a special day.  I hope that someone told you today how blessed they are to have you in their lives!  Thank you for visiting with me today, I’m truly honored to have so many friends who like to join me here every week for some update on my family along with some creative ideas. 

I was blessed today to be able to hold my grandson for the first time!  I’m sure my smile was huge when Beth said, “You get to hold him today!”


What a precious little bundle he is.  

He is gaining weight gradually and is up to 5’ 2”—almost back up to birth weight.

Tyler and Beth got to bathe and dress him today so it was a special day for them too.

He is still on oxygen and his lungs are still developing but he’s doing so well.



Then it was Joel’s turn to hold him:















Mommy and Daddy! IMG_9082














Tyler sent me the picture of the peek-a-boo baby.  I haven’t gotten to see him awake yet!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Day7---Baby Kale

We took Great Grandparents Clapper and Fodor to the hospital last night to see Kale.  He’s still breathing well on his own, still has feeding tube and his bilirubin had been up more yesterday so they put extra lights on him so we didn’t get to see him without his snazzy sunglasses:


Great Grandma Clapper wanted a picture with his glasses on.

Look at that cute little head!






Those lights are pretty bright!

Great Grandma and Grandpa Fodor







Great Grandma Clapper and Auntie Briana






Fortunately, his second bili test came back after we left and was coming down so Tyler got to hold him for about an hour last night!  Now to get him eating.

Sneak Peek—Day 3


We spent lots of time with these 2 wonderful gals.  What a blessing!  Lee Conrey from Florida and Carole Anne from Canada.  They just gave the kids so much attention and really cared about what they had to say. We had such a great time!

Here’s a sample with some of the new fabric.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Day 6—Baby Kale

Tash and I got to go see the baby last night.  The NICU was hopping with sick babies… made me very sad.

The nurse told us that they were going to take out Kale’s endotube (the tube that goes into his lungs and hooks to the ventilator).  It was in a bad position and so they figured they’d take it out and see how he does.  They warned them that most likely he will need to be re-intubated but they wanted to see. We didn’t stay cause we were already passed visiting hours and didn’t want to get kicked out. 

As we left, I just felt a huge pressing to pray for Kale and for another baby that was there…I know no details except that everyone was crying and it was a huge family.  I prayed that Kale would breathe on his own and that this other baby would have a surge of strength and the family would have peace that he/she would be okay.

When Tyler got home late last night, he had called in and Kale was having some apnea  (stopping breathing) so they gave him a shot of Caffeine, say it helps babies to breathe better and they give a large dose then smaller doses.   I’m still praying for his strength!

Over night, I kept waking up and wondering how he was doing, wishing I could call in and see how he is.  As soon as I got up, I called Tyler at work and asked him….he told me he texted me right away.  Kale did not have to be re-intubated.  He breathed well through the night.  They did not even have to give him any more doses of caffeine!  Thank you God, you are so good to us!  Please keep your healing hand on this little baby.  Next, help him to learn to eat good so that he doesn’t need to be fed through a tube!

Sneak Peek—Day 2


We trekked back to Animal Kingdom in the evening to go to the Rainforest Cafe which we got to enjoy with Sue and John Brummer!  Then we walked through the park again to see if there was anything we had missed in the morning.


You’ll notice some new colors here as well as some new designer papers

Monday, May 7, 2012

Disney Trip—and Sneak Peek

We were so blessed to be able to enjoy a fun trip to Disney….completely paid for!   We stayed at the amazing Boardwalk Resort.

I thought I’d share a few highlights of our trip this week, along with some fun things to wet your appetite for this upcoming catalog!












Joel chose to save his 1 week vacation for a family trip to Chincoteague later this summer so I brought our youngest: Natasha and Malachi with me…yes, he’s 11 and he’s the tallest one on this pic!

Each day, we got to visit the Stampin’ Up! room and spin the wheel for prizes, stock up on our candy supply and see great ideas.

Here are a few ideas from the upcoming catalog.  You may have to zoom in!


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Day 3 Baby Update


I got a text with this picture on the way home from church!  My heart just melted.  They finally got to hold him.  This is Mommy Beth.  She’s such a good mommy and isn’t he just the most beautiful baby you’ve ever seen?  before Joel got to see this picture he said, “oh, come on, are you sure your not a little prejudiced”.  Okay, so he’s the 6th cutest baby ever!

So, they took him off the oscillating ventilator (sp?) and put him on a regular ventilator…a step in the right direction.  He requires no oxygen, only room air.

He is taking 15 oz at every feeding—by feeding tube. 

Then I got this picture….IMG952012050695150543 they have been giving him very little sedation so they actually got to see him with his eyes open.

You’ll notice he still has swollen cheeks/neck…it happened since birth so they’re pretty sure it will correct itself.

You can see his little chest tube there on the left side of his chest (my right) you can see the green cannula going in to drain the air around his lungs.  His x-rays are looking good.

Oh, he does have an inguinal hernia, not sure when they will want to repair that.

Okay, off to order my new stuff from the stamping catalog!  Yes, I cannot give that up.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Our Grandbaby is Here

So, I’m in Disney on our fabulous Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip and Thursday morning I get a text that Beth’s water broke!  The baby is 6 weeks early so the doctors had to decide to hold her off for a few more days or let her go into labor.  They chose the latter and baby Kale Wyatt was born 10 hours later.  Beth did fabulous and is recovering quickly.  He is 5 lbs. 5.7 oz. and is 18 1/4  inches long.  I think he’s pretty big for 6 weeks early.

So here’s the picture I received in a text at 5:30 Thursday night


I almost cried….Joel did cry.  It’s so hard to be so far away when this miracle happens. 

His lungs are underdeveloped so they gave him medication for that and he is ventilated.  I don’t think they got to bond much yet as he was whisked off to NICU.

This morning…Friday…our bus picked us up at the resort at 3:50 AM for our trip back home….and we were definitely ready.

As soon as we arrived home, I called Joel to see how soon he could get off work so we could go see the precious little guy.

So, according to what I understand from the nurse, the fetal hydrops that he had in-utero really seems to have no affect on him right now.

Things you can pray about:

  • He does have a pneumothorax (an area where a part of the lung is collapsed) but he’s ventilating well and his Oxygen levels are perfect so they hope that it will resolve itself and of course that his lungs will grow stronger quickly
  • His platelet count was low at birth and was even lower today…it’s a concern and they plan to do a brain ultrasound tomorrow to make sure there is not bleeding in the brain…I don’t know what causes this.
  • He has some fluid build up, just since birth around his neck area….it’s very firm….they don’t know why, they say I guess from the birth process and they hope that it will also resolve itself

Tyler took us down to see the baby while Beth pumped so I don’t have any pictures of her with baby yet.  

IMG_8511 I told the nurse that I wished I could see his little eyes and she said, “Oh, we can turn the light off for awhile”.  They are just the sweetest nurses.  So we got to see him try to open his eyes a little.


He is very ticklish and even in his sedated state, he pulled his legs up when we rubbed our finger along his leg….oh how I long to hold and cuddle him!

Cast Your Vote: Okay, so some of you have helped me to explore the name that I’d like to be called: Gramma, Grandma, Grandmom,  Nana….but this week, I heard 2 new ones: Grandy and Meme (spelled a little different in French but I’m spelling it how it sounds to me with the e’s sounding like the e in egg but the accent on the last syllable…what do you think?)  I’d love to hear any thoughts, any new ones.  I'm thinking Meme would be easy for a small baby to learn to say.

Also, What do you think Joel should be called?  Grandpa, Pappy, Granddad, DaddyO…..any other great names that you’ve been called or heard? 



When they took theIMG_8513 eye patch off, I was amazed at how narrow his face is, much like Beth and her sister Abby.  It’s hard to tell since he’s so small but I’m thinking he’s going to look much like his Momma’s side of the family.

Thank you Lord for this sweet baby.  Please watch over him tonight and help him to grow strong and serve you the rest of his days.

Didn’t get pics yet with all the aunts and uncles…we can only go in with Tyler or Beth, 2 at a time… but Briana did get this one with Tash:


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