My New Toys

June is such an exciting time for Stampin’ Up demonstrators. The new catalog arrives, the retiring stamps & accessories list is posted and we beginning planning for the new catalog year. This is the first year I have gotten the new catalog sent to me Next Day Air. I had to order some items for a class this week end and was going to have to expedite my shipping anyway. Soo just after breakfast today the UPS guy rang my doorbell. I have had lots of fun today looking through the catalog and playing with some new toys. I can’t show you any of the new stuff until July, but I can show you some of the things I have made with the new stuff! So here’s a little sneak peek of what is to come…

Christina will be starting her junior year of college this year. One of her best friends just graduated from homeschool last week & will be joining her at Williams Baptist College in the fall. They have been looking forward to rooming together for 2 years. For Laura’s graduation gift we bought matching bedding sets for their dorm room. I noticed as I looked through the new In Colors that they matched their new bedding and I had to make something for their room from my new stash.

Congratulations Graduates!

This graduation season has been a busy one for our family. 15 high school graduation invitations were sent to us this year. About a month ago I began pondering what gift to give. I wanted it to be useful for those who were planning on moving into a dorm or staying home to attend college or not going to college at all. Cash would have worked, but with so many I needed to find something more economical too. In the end, of course, I opted to make them cards. I made personalized note cards for each one to use as thank you notes for all the other gifts they receive. Here’s a picture of the ones I made for the homeschool students. And this is a picture of the cards I made for the graduates. This one is for a Paragould graduate…I tried to use school colors for each one.This final picture is a graduation card I made for a friend who needed cards to give. Love that cute little owl from Stampin’ Up’s owl punch.

Already the wheels are turning in my mind for next year’s graduation activities. Can’t believe my baby will be a senior! I wonder if after the last one graduates I will be glad to have more time to stamp, or if I’ll just be lonely? I guess it’ll be a little of both…

National Scrapbook Month

What a great time to celebrate the ones we love in our paper crafting! Here’s the project I have planned for National Scrapbook Month…

Now I realize you may not want a big “G” on your project and that is part of the fun. You can personalize this any way you choose…with your own initial, using a favorite quote or Bible passage, replacing photos with words like “family” or “friends”, etc. The possibilities are numerous. Because the photos can be added later, it would make a very nice wedding or housewarming gift also.

I am scheduling workshops now for this project. Contact me if you’d like to participate. The cost of the workshop will be $25 which covers all supplies including a snail adhesive that is yours to keep. If you want to supply your own adhesive the cost is $20.

For my cardmaking friends who are NOT scrapbookers, I would like to point out that the project is divided into 4 X 6 sections so it is really like making 6 cards instead of a 12 X 12 scrapbook page. So you really don’t have an excuse not to try it! 🙂

Party on Campus!

My daughter had a birthday this week and is no longer a teenager! Makes me feel old, but we had fun celebrating with her. Last night was the opening night for a play she is in at college and we took some friends with us to see her on stage & celebrate with her afterward. Here are some highlights of the night…
She asked for a Daisy Rock pink bass guitar for her birthday!

We put trick candles on the cake & were afraid we’d set the smoke alarm off in the Student Center because they filled the whole area with smoke…I didn’t post the smoky pics 🙂

The Gammill family & Kendall were there to help us celebrate. Here’s Christina & Erin being silly together.

This is a picture of her & some fellow cast members of The Secret Garden. Christina played Colin, who is actually a young boy in the play.

I have some other items to post on here later today. I have been busy with craft projects and want to share some of them with you. Looking forward to more time in my craft room today!

March Madness

Can you believe this month is all but gone already?! We have watched plenty of basketball at our house over the last few weeks. And we have been on the road a few times for gym meets. We have been blessed to have a dear friend visit us from out of state and we also enjoyed a whole week of Christina being home from college for Spring Break. All this busy-ness has left me little time to craft. I did hide out in the craft room for a day when my BFF Debbie came to visit me & stamp with me. We made some cute cards for her to send to her ladies Bible study group. I have also spent some time in my craft room with a local BFF creating graduation invites for some special people in her life. I am so blessed to have stamping friends! 🙂

As a mom I feel its my duty to brag a little on my kiddos. Thought I’d share some pics with you that were highlights of ours this month.

Actually, this event was at the end of February. Christina participated in the Miss WBC pageant at Williams Baptist College. Isn’t she beautiful?!!!

For her talent, she choreographed a karate routine to the song “Be A Man” from the Disney movie Mulan. She did a great job putting it together & performing it!

On March 12 Andrew competed in the Arkansas Men’s State Gymnastics Meet. He placed 2nd all around, but was the state champion on the rings. Here’s some pics of him doing his thing! 🙂

The head you see in the bottom of Andrew’s pictures is his coach Darin Grogan. This coming weekend we get to travel to Austin Texas to watch Andrew & his team mates compete in the regional meet.

I’m hosting a Mystery Hostess Workshop on Tuesday, March 29. Hopefully on my next post I’ll have pictures of the projects from that event. If you’d like to attend let me know & I’ll give you the details. I’m off to the craft room now to prepare…

A Blessing A Day {Day 22}

Last night I got to hang out with some fellow crafters at a stamping class. Most were old friends, but some were new. We had fun creating together. One of my friends comes to almost all of my stamping classes, but she really doesn’t like stamping very much. She comes just to support me and usually has her daughter make the projects. This time, however, she “played” along with us. What a good sport she is! She even allowed me to take her picture with one of the items we made.

Here’s some pics of our other projects…

And the final picture for the day is my project for today’s blessing challenge. Our church secretary’s mother passed away last week. The funeral was held while we were out of town. Since she and Pat are coworkers, I wanted to make a special card for her.

The Lord has richly blessed me with my friends and family and I am thankful for every opportunity to let them know how I feel. Hope you are doing the same!

A Blessing A Day {Day 21}

It is so good to get back home! I had a great time with my fellow Stampin’ Up demonstrators at the regionals in Branson and I got plenty of fresh ideas. Wichita was a LONG way away, but I enjoyed the time with my husband and son. On the way home we stopped in Walnut Ridge to eat dinner with Christina and one of her roommates. 🙂

Yesterday was one of my dearest friend’s birthday. Because I had been sick before I left, I hadn’t made her a card. That was one of my first tasks this morning. Here’s what I came up with…

Today was also our homeschool co-op day and this week I do have pictures of our craft. The name of my class is “Crafts-n-Junk.” We are making craft/gift items out of things that might otherwise be thrown away. Our project this week was a bookmark that we made our of a scrap of material that was used in packaging some towels I bought a while back. The 4th-6th graders did a great job sewing & stamping on these today.

Anxious to be back on track with my blessing a day challenge! Hope you’ll join me.

A Blessing A Day {Interrupted}

Well, the month was going pretty good until Tues. That’s when I got sick. Not bad sick, but annoying & with a fever. Yuck. Anyway, I haven’t created anything! Today I leave town for a Stampin’ Up conference in Branson. YAY! Hopefully I’ll come back with a ton of ideas to show you. From Branson we head to Kansas for another gym meet. So… look for more posts next week on my journey of blessing others daily.

A Blessing A Day {Day 14}

This past weekend we went to the movies with some friends to see Gnomeo & Juliet. Christina and Andrew were already fans of lawn gnomes from the Travelocity commercials, but the movie just increased their liking. So for Valentines Day I couldn’t resist making some gnome themed cards. This is Andrew’s. I can’t post Christina’s yet because she hasn’t even seen it.

Of course Valentine’s Day was an easy day to find ways to bless others, especially my family. I also got to work with some 4th thru 6th grade girls at our homeschool co-op today. We made a special valentine treat for them to share. Wish I had taken pics, because they did a great job! Next week I will definitely post pictures of our craft.
My journey continues tomorrow…

A Blessing A Day {Day 12}

Ever since my kids were little bitty, I have been sewing their costumes. Halloween, theater, costume parties…all of it. I have made princess costumes, Robin Hood, elephants, dinosaurs, three musketeers, dwarves, elves, etc. etc. etc. My daughter has several events coming up that require my sewing skills (limited though they are). One of the events requires her to present a talent in front of judges. She has chosen to do a karate routine. We decided to make an outfit that is different than the one she wears to class each week and maybe add some bling to it. 🙂 Here’s a pic of the pattern and the shiny material we chose.

So we are cutting & pinning & sewing this weekend. We also attempted to apply fake fingernails, but in the end all she had was blue fingers! Apparently the die from blue nail polish remover really soaks into your skin. I told her it would surely be gone before her semi-formal dinner on Monday….we’ll see. I am so blessed to have a daughter that will spend her Sat. evening shopping and hanging out with her mom. 🙂 And I am blessed to have a mother that helped me to learn to sew also. I guess doing this for her is as much a blessing for me as for my daughter, but I’ll count it for today anyway.

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