Abby’s 18th Birthday weekend

Stampin' Up Clean and Simple Birthday card made with the Wish Big Framelits, designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom #cute&simple4u #GDP074

I’ve made several cards trying to come up with the best birthday card for Abby’s 18th birthday.  For this one I used the design sketch from Global Design Project. #GDP074

I’ll show you some others I made later this week.

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Happy Birthday Abby! Abby turned 18 on February 16 and we celebrated last weekend with a trip to Chicago.  We don’t usually make a big deal out of birthdays, but this was an exception.  We actually planned this weekend last June and kept it a secret for eight months.  We told Abby and Keegan that we would be going to Chicago a couple weeks ago, so they could put it on their calendars.  Friday we drove the six hours and went to dinner at Giordano’s for deep dish pizza. As you can see this is not exactly health food, but it’s a favorite of ours and we don’t get to Chicago very often.

On Saturday we went to Water Tower Place and did some shopping.  Abby got tea from David’s Tea, a fancy “to go” tea bottle,

and a Chicago Cubs World Championship Bear from Build A Bear.  The Bear actually plays the Go Cubs Go song!

Abby named the bear Zobrist after the Cubs Second baseman.  Yep, Abby is Superman’s daughter!

Saturday evening we went for a nice dinner at Lloyd’s and surprised Abby and Keegan with tickets to Hamilton.  Hamilton is the wildly popular Broadway musical and the tickets are extremely difficult to get.  Tickets were going for around $450 a piece in Chicago.  We are much too thrifty (cheap) to spend that kind of money.  Superman figured out that with a certain credit card you could get tickets last June for shows in Chicago in February for a reasonable price.  We purchased the tickets and told not a soul for many months.  We’ve only surprised our kids one other time in their lives and now I remember why we don’t do this.  Superman and I have a really hard time not saying anything when we are super excited about something.  Abby and Keegan did know Hamilton was showing in Chicago and mentioned it on Saturday.  We had them look up the $450 price on the tickets and they understood right away that they would not be going to the show.  Both kids were so excited when they found out that night at dinner that we really were going to the show.  The show was fabulous!  They sang the songs all the way home on Sunday.  Abby already had all the words memorized last summer.  Anyway I hope this weekend is a fond memory for both Abby and Keegan for a very long time.  I know Steve and I will always cherish this memory!


Beth  🙂

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Stampin Up Candy Cane Lane DSP. Please see card and gift ideas designed by demo Beth McCullough at #Stampingmom

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Those of you who knew Abby and I were visiting the University of Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday might be curious to know how it went?  Well, by the time we got there after nine hours of driving we both decided it was too far and we probably shouldn’t have come.  I enjoyed being in the car with Abby and I laughed harder than I have in a long time.  Abby patiently taught me the songs and story of Hamilton, the musical.   She has all 23 songs memorized.



We got up Monday morning and went to the campus. My goodness it is beautiful! OU really wants National Merit Scholar finalists and offers them huge financial incentives to go there, including five years of free tuition among other things. Let’s just say OU is in the running and I’m trying to get used to the idea that I will rarely see my sweet daughter. At the end of the day an adviser was telling Abby that it would be OK if she wasn’t able to come home for Thanksgiving because of the weather, because she would have a community of people to spend Thanksgiving with. It was at that point I started tearing up. Abby needs to be at my house for Thanksgiving, not stuck in Oklahoma! OK,so I have a few regrets about raising a confident, independent young lady. Actually, I want Abby to do what’s best for Abby and I promise not to write about being sad that she’s so far away.



Every square inch of my house is covered in dust from the construction project, so it’s time for me to leave again.  I’ll be in Wisconsin for four days at a Stamping Business Building conference that my awesome upline Lisa Pretto is having.  The good news is all my team will benefit from everything I’ll be learning.  It should be a beautiful drive with all the trees changing colors.

My BSF group helped with the children’s program today.  I got the “pink” class which is the youngest babies.  I love babies!  There was a baby named Caleb who has been crying every week at BSF.  I took it as a personal challenge to hold and play with Caleb.  He was pretty happy most of the time.  The children’s leader asked me to stop being a group leader and come back next week and be Caleb’s friend again.  It’s tempting, but I would miss my ladies!

Abby had her swim team senior recognition tonight.  I can’t believe the four years of high school are coming to an end.

Hope all is well with you.


Beth 🙂


My Holiday catalog order arrived!

StampinUp 3x3 card made with Cookie-Cutter Christmas, designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom

We had a wonderful week at our Family Bible camp in Okoboji!  I love spending a week away from daily life and have time to focus on God, our marriage family.  The best part is, I got to bring my kids home with me!  We are a family of five again until college starts in another week.  It also means my design assistant Abby, and very sweet daughter, is on the job again!

Okoboji 2016

The picture above is Abby, Superman and Keegan tubing in Okoboji. Can you guess who is standing up with this arms out on the back of the tube? Yep, it’s Keegan.  Ryan was the lifeguard on the boat and he wasn’t happy about his little brother breaking the rules.  Keegan kind of looks like he should be on the front of the Titanic.

When I got home, there was a box of goodies from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog waiting for me.  If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator already, I would love to be your demo.  I have a stack of Holiday catalogs waiting to be sent out to my customers, so please let me know if I can send you one.

Holiday catalog 2016

I am one of the September designers for Craft Project Central so I’ve been stamping all weekend, but it’s all things I can’t show you yet.  Here’s my quick 3″x 3″ warm up card I made today.  Do you do warm up cards?  Sometimes I need to start small and get the stamping mojo flowing again.

StampinUp 3x3 card made with Cookie-Cutter Christmas, designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom


Beth 🙂