Family

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 www.StampingMom.com #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 www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom

Blessings,

Beth 🙂

 

 

Guess who stopped by to stamp with me????

StampinUp wedding card made with the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom

Do you remember when I showed you this wedding card my friend Jill commissioned me to make?  Well, I ran across the other card that didn’t get chosen.

StampinUp wedding card made with the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom

Yep, this is the reject.  The problem with this card is the Bloomin’ Heart cutout is white and you can’t see it on the white flower background.  It is actually a little easier to see in real life.

StampinUp wedding card made with the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom

OK, here’s what I like about this card.  I think the colors of Sahara Sand and Whisper White look classy for a wedding card.  I like the printed banner with the leaves from the  Bloomin’ Love stamp set and how it wraps around the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit.  I also like the three detailed flowers from the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits and how nice they look with a pearl in the middle.  So even though this card is a reject, I learned some things and found some things I can use on future cards.  Hopefully I’m not the only one who makes some reject cards once in awhile. 🙂

Are you still wondering who stopped by… actually she called ahead and we had it all planned out.  Yep the one and only Robin Myren from Songbird Designs by Robin.  Please visit her blog here .  Robin is part of Brian King’s group, InKing Royalty.  I met Robin online a couple of years ago and finally got to meet her in person and stamp with her.  She is every bit as delightful as I always thought she was online.  She even brought me flowers!  Thanks so much Robin, can’t wait until you’re in Iowa again.

Robin and I

Robin made a coaster calendar and a Kate Spade inspired box while she was here.  In the meantime I was doing “Just in Time” stamping.  What is that you ask?  Well, why would I do something before it’s due…I had 14 swap cards that needed to be done by 4:40pm.  At 4:40pm I put the last card in the plastic sleeve.  The cards were done, but it might have been a bit less stressful if I had gotten them done sooner.  Robin was sweet and asked if I was making swaps for next week?  Next week, are you kidding? I need these swaps done in 20 minutes!

Keegan and the other campers had their Showcase Friday night.  Keegan got to sing the Hamilton part in the Broadway musical song, Helpless.  Abby and Keegan have every word to every song in Hamilton memorized!  He was thrilled to get to do this and did a great job. The whole evening was very enjoyable.  Keegan has been an actor and singer for a couple years, but never really danced until this spring.  He figured out at the camp that dance is still his weakest link and what he needs to work on the most.

More happy news…Abby and Ryan came home from camp today!  It makes me so happy to have my kids home.  Before they got here, I set out Fiesta bowls of nuts, fruit and veggies on the counter.  They walked in the door, hugged me and went straight to the island to see what was in the bowls.  Today the white peaches and the cherries hit the jackpot!  If you want your kids or grand kids to eat fruit or veggies, just put them in bright color bowls on the counter and don’t say a word. I think they eat them because I’ve never told them they should. When the kids are in school I usually set out the dinner fruit and veggies right before the kids come home.  Superman sometimes complains that he doesn’t get any, because the kids eat it all before he gets home.

bowls of fruit and veggies

OK, so this is an old picture of just nuts and tomatoes.  Everyday is different.  Usually there’s fruit, veggies and nuts.  This does spoil the kids a bit.  Sean told me he can’t figure why when he buys fruit and veggies they never get washed and show up on the counter top ready to eat.  Sean lives alone, so hopefully he’ll get desperate and do it himself!

Abby, Keegan and I are helping with Bible school this coming week.  Ryan has to be back at camp by noon tomorrow, so his visit was very short.  We went to church tonight and all the hype about Bible school was making Ryan wish he could stay home and help too.

Superman did another triathalon in Okoboji this morning.  He finished well, but is afraid this winter he’s going to have to go in for maintenance.  As in, a new hip, knee and shoulder.  He’s hoping his orthopedic doc will give him a volume discount!

Blessings,

Beth 🙂

 

 

 

Funny story…

 

StampinUp Father's Day card made with Paper Pumpkin- May2016 by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom

I love the Paper Pumpkin kits!  I made this card for Superman’s Dad in about 30 seconds.  Don’t tell Grandpa Harold…I think it looks like it took much longer.  I love him enough I would’ve spend more time, but Paper Pumpkin makes it really easy! If you live in the Des Moines area you can come to my monthly FREE get together to put together your Paper Pumpkin kits and get alternative ideas of things to do with the kit.  Our next Paper Pumpkin get together is Thursday July 9 at 9:30am or 6:30pm.  Please email me at Beth@StampingMom.com and let me know that you want to come.  If you live anywhere else in the U.S. you can still do Paper Pumpkin with me.  I’ll send you alternative Paper Pumpkin ideas and you can Skype with us at our party.  The only charge is the kit that will be sent to your house.

Funny story…was coined in our family by our 20 year old son Ryan.  I believe the first time we got a “Funny story…” phone call was one month after he turned 16 and got his drivers license.  He was on his way home from a choir concert.  He had to be there early, so we drove separately.  Anyway, the phone rang and Ryan said “Funny story… I was turning left onto Ashworth Road and I just got T boned by a Suburban.  Ryan was driving our old Honda Civic.  I can’t believe it wasn’t totaled and thankfully Ryan wasn’t hurt.  Well over the last five years we’ve gotten a few more “Funny story…” calls from Ryan.  Ironically, I’ve yet to think any of these phone calls were actually funny.  Ryan’s very sweet and I believe he thinks it somehow softens the blow of what he’s about to tell us.  When Ryan’s kids start calling him with “Funny stories… he’ll better understand my perspective.

Imagine my surprise, when we were about to be dropped off at the airport to go to New York City for our 30th Wedding Anniversary celebration when Superman from the backseat said…”Funny story…” My heart dropped, was he using Ryan’s “Funny story” or was he truly going to tell me a funny story?  No such luck.  Steve has taken hundreds of plane trips for his job and we travel quite a bit as a family.  In 30 years we have never missed a plane… until now.  Steve’s funny story involved telling me he had misread the boarding pass and the plane we were there to catch, had already left.  We were in Moline, IL, a very small airport.  The plane we missed was also the last plane leaving that day.

OK… I thought, things don’t always go our way.  We asked Steve’s father to stay at the airport and we went in to see what our options were.  We actually didn’t know at that point that there were no more planes leaving that day.  Since there was no one at the American Airlines desk, we figured out the desk clerk doubled as the boarding clerk.  Yep, it’s a really small airport.  Anyway we walked down to security to see if we could talk to the American Airlines clerk.  The AA clerk came back from the gate as we were talking to the TSA security agent.  The TSA agent said since we had talked to her, we needed to go through security even though we weren’t getting on a plane that night. This seemed very odd to me.  Why did we need to go through security?  I couldn’t wrap my mind around it. Superman and I both have TSA Precheck so we don’t have to take off our shoes, get liquids out of our bags, etc.  Well, in Moline, IL, they only have TSA Precheck in the morning.  We got our liquids out and the TSA agent said the bag we had them in didn’t meet their specifications.  In the past it never mattered. because we never had to remove them.  At this point Superman was begging them not to confiscate our liquids, as we were going through security, for a plane that didn’t exist.  All of a sudden missing the plane, having no other planes leaving that day and having all my liquids confiscated was more than I could take.  I was pretty sure at this point that none of this was funny.  At the same time, Superman had planned a wonderful trip to New York and I didn’t want him to feel any worse than he already did.

After talking to the AA clerk we realized our best option was to drive to Chicago.  She told us we needed to be in the airport by 3am to fly stand by on a 5:30am flight to New York.  We got to Chicago and parked in the Economy parking lot at 11:30pm and set an alarm for 2:30am.  Not that I needed it, because I wasn’t able to fall asleep.  How do people living in their cars brush their teeth and wash their face before bed?  I can’t go to sleep without doing those things.  Yes, Superman snored for three hours (no way to plug in his breathing machine) and I sat and watched the time go by.  At 2:30am we took the shuttle to Chicago O’Hare airport.  The line to check the bag at American took us over an hour.  We went through TSA precheck and again encountered problems.  At Moline the night before when they finally agreed to give us back our liquids, I threw everything in my bag when I should’ve only taken my own.  Now my bag had too many liquids because I had Superman’s also.  TSA took everything out of my bag, put it through the x ray a couple times and practically strip searched me.  I handled it better this time because I had 12 hours to get used to the idea that it would take longer to get to New York than we had planned.  They also told me there was a foreign substance in my Vera Bradley bag.  Superman decided we were going to throw the bag away and get a new one for me in New York.  No way!  A Vera Bradley bag is too expensive!  I would rather be searched again going home and wash it when we returned to Des Moines.  Ironically, TSA in New York had no problem with my bag and I went through security unscathed on the return trip. Anyway, even though we were flying stand by, we did get two seats on the 5:30am flight and got to New York City by 9am.  At this point I had been up since 5am the day before, but was so happy to be in NYC!

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Yeah! I found out today that my Flower Shop thank you card from a few days ago was chosen as a Pals Paper Arts Pick of the week!  Yes, it made my day!!  See my card here.

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Blessings,

Beth 🙂