Pocketful of Sunshine Money card

Stampin Up Pocketful of Sunshine Money Holder designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

I needed a cute and easy money holder to take to a “Welcome Home” party for a family friend who spent the year in China.  His Mom said not to bring a gift, but I figured after spending a year studying and unable to work, he was probably short on cash.  Of course I thought of this 15 minutes before walking out the door to go to the party.  I grabbed my new Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set with the coordinating Pocket Framelits Dies.  I whipped up this simple card in no time.  Dapper Denim is the perfect color for jeans.

 Pocketful of Sunshine card made by Stampin Up. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

OK, so the Stampin Up Design Artist who made the beautiful card above spent more than 10 minutes, but she made it for a girl who would care more. 🙂  I bet Abby would love to receive one of these at college this fall!

 Pocketful of Sunshine gift made by Stampin Up. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

Here’s another darling box designed by Stampin Up!


Stampin Up Pocketful of Sunshine Money Holder designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

Did you notice I folded the money so “In God We Trust” was showing?  I bet Ben will notice too!

Please use the Host Code WGJENM3P  when you order to get your free gift from me.  You can also email me at Beth@StampingMom.com  The supplies I used are shown at the bottom of this post.

Do you love making hand made cards? Do you love getting fun mail from all over the country/world? Do you like “meeting” new friends who share your passion for stamping? These are some of the reasons I love stamping! Please email me beth@stampingmom.com or leave a comment at the top of this post and let me know if you’d like to participate in the “meet new friends” card swap? I’ll match you up with someone and you can send each other a card. You are only committing to making and sending one card.  Please don’t put your stamp on the back or write inside the card. Instead add a separate note telling about yourself. The person receiving the card can bless someone else with the card they received (assuming they can part with it.) while getting to know another stamper.  You can make your cards with whatever supplies you already own, it doesn’t need to be Stampin’ Up.  Let’s see how it goes and we can tweak the next round of card swaps. Please share this post if you have friends who might be interested in participating. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Beth 🙂

I have a Keegan story for those of you who’ve gotten to know him.

Keegan is a good singer who has been told he has perfect pitch.  My kid’s go to a competitive high school and our highest audition choir is very selective.  Ryan, his brother five years older, made it on his first try as a sophomore.  Keegan’s tried out every year of high school and never made the top choir.  After he didn’t make it last year, he decided he wanted private voice lessons, he attended a summer Broadway camp (and got to sing “Hamilton”), he did solo contest (and got the highest rating).  He spent a lot of time preparing for the audition.  He got a very high score on the technical part of the try out.  Keegan was sure this year, his senior year and last chance, would be the year he would finally make the choir.

One of the last days of school I got an email announcing the kids who made the choir.  Once again, Keegan was not included.  I know a lot of things can go into this.  Maybe his voice doesn’t blend well, or there could be several other reasons why he didn’t make the choir.  Academics, singing and drama come easily to Keegan so he hasn’t faced a lot of rejection or disappointment.  Well, knowing how bad he wanted to make this choir, I was prepared for Keegan to come home devastated.   I was pretty sure he would quit choir and never sing again.

Keegan did indeed come home devastated.  I’ve never seen him so upset.  I asked him what he planned to do, if he would stay in his other choir or whether I should cancel his private lessons for next year?  He said absolutely not!  He was not going to quit choir, he was going to “show them” and become the best possible singer he could be.

On his own before he came home that day, he requested a meeting with the two choir directors so he could find out how he could’ve improved his audition.  They told him they believed he would make the top choir at Iowa State a year from now.  (Not sure how he can do that when he can’t make it in high school.)

Since then he has auditioned and joined Heartland Youth Choir and will get to travel to Ireland next summer with the choir.  He bought a ukulele and has taught himself how to play.  He’s singing and practicing everyday.  The Drake University professor who was his solo contest judge in April has offered him a scholarship to sing at Drake.  Not making the choir has lit a fire under Keegan that he’s never had before.  Could it be that it turns out to be a blessing that Keegan didn’t make the choir? (Romans 8:28) It hurt my Mommy heart to see him so sad, but I’m so very proud that he’s not a quitter and is more determined than ever.  He still wants to attend Iowa State a year from now and plans to be singing in their top choir!


Beth 🙂



  1. Cheryl McAskill

    God had other plans…sometimes it hurts not to get what we want…but the Almighty has something better he wants us to do…I will keep Keegan in prayer…I am so blessed to see a young person not give up! Ireland! What an opportunity! Couldn’t have done THAT if he made the high school choir! Blessings are the silver linings to those gray clouds we see…but the Lord put the silver lining there!

  2. Pat Knight

    Oh beth the mommy in me was heart broken for keegan. But it seems he did everything right after that. He is a supreme survivor!

  3. Beth (Post author)

    Hi Chris,
    Thanks so much for the encouragement. I will tell Keegan.
    This first round of the card swap will just be making one card. I will send you someone’s name and address by the end of June. Thanks so much for participating.
    Beth 🙂

  4. Beth (Post author)

    Thanks Alyece. I didn’t tell Keegan I was going to share his choir story. I am going to tell him now and also tell him what you said.
    Blessings to you,
    Beth 🙂

  5. Chris R. from Iowa

    Wow you go Keegan! Just the fact that he is in the Heartland Youth Choir is super fantastic. Mike ‘s knows someone who’s son was in it a few years ago and would have loved to go to Ireland. Drake vs. ISU well, you gotta do what you gotta do!

    I think you card swapping thing sounds like a huge amount of fun. Count me in. Is there a time line? I will try to get on it this week. I have roofers this week and they are disrupting my concentration.

  6. Alyece Garrett

    Thanks for sharing this story. Keegan is an inspiration to all of us. I do not know. This young man but he makes me proud and to have hope for our young people. I wish him the very best. Alyece

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