Baby

Go Cubs Go!

When our wonderful family friends and fellow Cubs fans had their first grandchild recently, Superman (my husband Steve) went online and ordered the young lad some proper Cubs attire.

Chicago Cubs baby gift. Please see Stampin Up card and gift ideas made by demo Beth McCullough at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

So this is the first and only baby gift Steve has ever purchased for anyone.  He was genuinely excited about the baby’s arrival and also excited when his precious Cubs baby clothes arrived in the mail!

Stampin Up Chicago Cubs baby card made with the Baby Bear stamp set, designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

I’ve always loved Teddy Bears, but sometime during the time I was busy having my four kids, I stopped collecting them.  This Stampin Up Baby Bear stamp set, however, will always be in my stamping collection.  Isn’t it adorable?!

Superman printed off the Cubs logo so I could make the envelope liner and the Cubs balloon.

Stampin Up Chicago Cubs baby card and gift bag made with the Baby Bear stamp set, designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

Steve also printed the large Cubs logo for the gift bag.

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Blessings,

Beth 🙂

 

Princess Baby Card

My sweet BSF friend has three little boys and recently had a darling baby girl!  When you have three boys and one girl, the girl becomes the princess among the princes.  I wanted to make a pink princess card to welcome the new baby.

Stampin Up Baby Girl card made with the Best Birthday Ever stamp set. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u #GDP076

I used the Case The Designer challenge from Global Design Project to get the layout for my card.  You should check out their challenge.

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Are you wondering what I’ve been up to?  Steve and I were out of town on a business trip for three nights.  Last Saturday we celebrated my Dad’s 78th birthday.  I told him I’d make whatever he wanted and he chose pulled pork, homemade rolls, roasted sweet potatoes and pecan pie made with a lard crust.  My pulled pork takes about 48 hours to make, but it’s easy, as are the roasted sweet potatoes.  I used to make homemade rolls a couple times a week, but haven’t made them in so long (because we try not to eat a lot of bread anymore), I had to find the recipe to make them.  I was happy they turned out.

Every time I make a pie, my Dad says, “This is an awesome pie, but you should make it with lard instead of Crisco.”  Well, I figured since it was his birthday I should try it.  I must admit the lard pie crust was easier to work with and it was indeed the best pie I’ve ever made.  I will now make the pies with lard.  It’s a good thing we don’t have pie very often!

My parents took the rest of the pie home so they could celebrate his birthday again that night with some friends.

Last weekend, Abby competed in the IHSSA Individual Speech contest in Lit program and Public Address.  She received a “1” on both and will be competing again at the State contest.  Abby didn’t let me listen to either speech ahead of time.  Her Lit Program was called Speech Impediment.  Abby has a speech impediment that makes it very hard for her to say “r” and “l.”  She had speech therapy from age 3 through sixth grade. She has some words she still avoids because they are too difficult for her to say. Anyway, the Lit program is three different poems or essays.  She did a great job delivering her speech.  When she got to the last poem, I ended up crying, because the poem was telling of struggles so similar to what Abby experienced as a third grader.  When I went to the hall to congratulate her, I was embarrassed that I was crying and told her teacher that the last poem was exactly what happened to Abby.  Her teacher then told me Abby had written the poem and labeled it anonymous. God has blessed me with an awesome daughter who’s willing to go after whatever she feels called to do, no matter how hard it may be!

Blessings,

Beth 🙂

Pop Up Gift Card Holder with flowers

Stampin Up Pop Up Gift Card Holder designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas and directions to make a Pop Up Gift Card Holder at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

Do you ever make more than one version of the card you’re creating?  I seem to need to make a warm up card to start out simple and also to learn from the mistakes I make.  Abby needed a gift card holder for her teacher’s birthday and below is the warm up card she ended up with.

Stampin Up Pop Up Gift Card Holder designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas and directions to make a Pop Up Gift Card Holder at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom

Her teacher isn’t a stamper and didn’t expect anything, so hopefully she was thrilled with her gift and didn’t notice my mistakes.

Here’s what I learned from making the warm up card:

The embossing buddy is my friend and I will use it every time I do heat embossing.

I didn’t use it on the teacher’s card and it looks messy around the “Happy Birthday” with stray specks of white all over.  If you take the embossing buddy and rub it on the cardstock before you start the embossing process, you have no stray specks and a much neater product.  The best part is the Embossing Buddy #103083 is only $6.

I also didn’t think the card had enough stripes on it.  I was using this week’s Global Design Project #GP070 and it had a lot more stripes than my first card.

A rule of thumb I try to follow is to have every color on the card show up at least twice.  I think the first card I made looks a little boring and the second card pops a bit more.

Stampin Up Pop Up Gift Card Holder designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas and directions to make a Pop Up Gift Card Holder at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom cute&simple4uStampin Up Pop Up Gift Card Holder designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas and directions to make a Pop Up Gift Card Holder at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

Teacher Card #1                                                          Stamping Friend Card #2

I left a border of purple down the sides on Card #2.  I also switched to the sentiment in the Birthday Bright set in the new Occasions catalog.

The second Pop Up Gift Card Holder was made for one of my stamping friends.

Do you like Card #2 better too?  I hope I’m not the only one who sometimes needs to make a card more than once.

Stampin Up Pop Up Gift Card Holder designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas and directions to make a Pop Up Gift Card Holder at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

We’ve had a fun weekend.  Friday night Ryan came home from college and the five of us went to the movie, Hidden Figures.  It was super good and we all loved it!  The audience clapped at the end and that doesn’t happen too often.  If you haven’t seen it, you might want to do so.  Saturday, Abby had an archery tournament out of town and Keegan was busy sacking groceries at Fareway.  Superman had time to paint the basement bathroom.  The tile guys finished up on Thursday.  When the basement flooded in December the floor was ruined.  I really like this new floor a lot better than the old one.  I want to take down the pictures in Sean’s room, remove his stuff and create a real guest room in the basement.  Sean graduated from high school in 2009 and we still have his bedroom the way it was when he left home.  Sorry Sean, but when you come home in May you won’t recognize your bedroom!

Blessings,

Beth 🙂