A friend of mine just moved her mother-in-law to Hospice and she asked that Valentine or other cards be sent to her to make her last Valentine’s Day her best ever! Instead of my usual hot pink or red and black Valentines, I was hoping to make something more elegant that might be appreciated by an 80 something year old.
The heart is cut from the Falling in Love DSP. This paper is gorgeous! The other colors are Sahara Sand, Blusing Bride and Very Vanilla. I used clear embossing powder on the sentiment so it pops a little in real life.
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Today is the first time I’m hosting a challenge as a designer for the Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog. The challenge this week is to use your favorite punches. Please join us here. #UYS219
For the card above, I used the Owl Builder punch for the little heart. Everything else is made with the Stampin’ Up Sprinkles of Life stamp set and the Tree Builder punch. The colors are Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder and Bermuda Bay. This card was cased from Mary Fish. I still don’t have all my #imbringingbirthdaysback cards made. A bunch of cards are going out this week, so please be patient if you’re waiting for yours. 🙂
Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape helped make this card quick and easy.This card was cased from Chris Slogar. I think Chris’s card was what convinced me I had to have this set and punch. It makes such a happy scene.
I made this card to fit in a business size envelope 9 1/2 x 4. I needed lots of room to get both baby bundles hanging from tree branches. Design assistant Abby, wondered why the baby boy twin card wasn’t blue? That’s a very good question! Super Man’s friend (Dad of the twin baby boys) works at Iowa State and is a huge Cyclone fan, so I needed to use Iowa State colors. Congrats on the sweet baby boys! Super Man and I are excited to come up to Ames and babysit the twins! I found several baby bundle cards on Pinterest, but this is the first twin baby bundle card.
I used Silver Glimmer Paper to make the clouds with the silver lining. The envelope is lined with Fancy Foil Designer Vellum.
Well, do you have a favorite from the five cards I made using Sprinkles of Life and the Tree Builder Punch? Please leave a comment at the top of this post. I love hearing from you!
It was beautiful in Iowa this weekend. Abby and Keegan took advantage of the summer like weather by having a squirt gun fight on the trampoline, followed by a water fight with dueling garden hoses. I love it that my kids are good friends and have a lot of fun together. I hope all four of them stay close their entire lives.
Do you see all the hostas coming up under the trampoline? I grow them there and then move them where I want them in the yard. I really like the hostas under the trampoline. It used to be just a dirt patch. To the right of the trampoline is where Abby has her pumpkin patch each year.
Super Man and I got lots of yard work done this weekend. Keegan helped him rebuild the mailbox planter box and they installed my new wind catcher from Costco.
We had a great time Thursday night at my Paper Pumpkin class! Whether they followed my sample cards or did their own thing, everyone made beautiful cards. Thanks for coming Jane, Joleen and Diane. I hope you come back again soon.
April 10 is the last day to opt in to get the April Paper Pumpkin kit. It’s a regular kit with an additional stamp set. You get two stamp sets instead of one. This is a great time to try Paper Pumpkin.
It’s only $19.95 plus tax. Sign up for Paper Pumpkin and you get to come to the Paper Pumpkin class at my house for free. Please let me know and I’ll get you signed up. The first two people that sign up to get a 3 month subscription from me can pick a past Paper Pumpkin kit from my stash.
I’ve been meaning to show you the bunny cake Abby made for Easter this year. My Grandma Olson made bunny cakes every year. When she could no longer make them, I started making them. About six years ago, Abby took over the job of Bunny cake maker. Every year the bunny is a different color with a slightly different look. The grass is always green with all the green M&M’s laying in the grass. I started doing this so the kids could pick M&M’s out of the grass while waiting for dessert without picking them off of the bunny. 🙂
One last thing to show you from Easter. I made two of our dear family friends Easter baskets and filled them with delicious chocolate eggs from Costco.
Molly has made a full recovery and was able to go to our Therapy Dog visit on Friday. Molly loves everyone she visits at Memory Care and Assisted Living, but this wonderful lady is especially good with Molly! (I had to crop her face out of the picture for her privacy, but I wanted you to see the big smile on her face.) I tell her she’s a dog whisperer. When we first arrive Molly gets a little anxious, so if possible we visit the dog whisperer first. She gets Molly all calmed down and then does a good job with her other visits. Most of the residents are very excited to pet and hold our dogs. Many tell us stories about their favorite dogs and other stories from their childhood. For some of the residents, they talk more while they pet the dogs than they do all week. Have you every considered training your dog to be a therapy dog? Here’s the link to Therapy Dog International. When we were leaving Memory Care yesterday, we ran into a family that was crying as they were talking to the director about moving their family member into Memory Care. Our dogs gave the family lots of love and they told us our pups were exactly what they needed at that moment and they were glad their parent would be getting therapy dog visits. There are several dogs who visit the facility we go to.
Last night Super Man took me on a date to El Patio for Mexican (if you are ever in Des Moines you need to go there) and then to Sister Act at the DesMoines Playhouse. What a fun evening. I love my husband!