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The Joys of Parenting!

The Joys of Parenting!

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but parenting is not always a joy.

This week has been tough with my teenagers. Lucky for them they are cute!

You might be new to my blog and don’t let this title scare you.  I have something crafty and fun to share at the end of this post.


Let Them Fall

Over the last few months, Brandon has been struggling with one particular class, Honors Algebra 2.  I was watching his grades and asking him frequently what plan he had in place to get help.  I even went as far as contacting the teacher about tutoring.  However, Brandon felt like he could handle this struggle on his own.  That’s when I watched him fall flat on his face.  It was time he learned the hard way.

Don’t get me wrong.  This was not an easy task on my part.  I don’t particularly enjoy watching my kids fail at something, but when they seem to know EVERYTHING… it was time to let him be in control so he could finally see I’m not as stupid as he thinks.


Taking the Easy Road

This week Brandon approached Russ and I that he was going to drop out of Honors Algebra 2 and take the regular Algebra 2.  I, as well as the school counselor, might have considered this an option if he had done the class assignments and showed an ounce of effort.  Sadly, not the case and Brandon was sure his idea of switching classes was EASY PEASY.

Not so fast Mister! The school counselor called me, and we both chatted that he is SUPER smart and the underlying problem is not spending an ounce of time on this class.  It appears the X-box was slightly hindering his attention.


The Meet Up!

I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t disappointed.  When parenting issues come up, I immediately think about the things I could have done differently.  I picked up Brandon at the bus stop and decided to take him to Starbucks.  I knew I couldn’t get CRAY CRAY in public. This was good for both of us.

He was mopey because his idea of switching classes was not happening.  Obviously,  this was ALL my fault. I let him spill his guts.  I shut my mouth (never happens) and listened.  Once he was done telling me how he should be able to switch classes, tutoring was a lost cause, and he was only going to fail… I stepped in.

When ZERO effort is applied, failure is going to happen.  Had my kid showed a little effort he wouldn’t be in this pickle.  But just like many adults I know, he wanted to QUIT because it didn’t go his way.  If I quit, I can take the easy way out.  That suited him fine. Dang! Only 15 and just like that you want the easy road? WHERE did you learn this, son?

Thankfully we were in a public setting.  It was a genius moment on my part.

Here is the problem, there is no easy way.  Life is not easy and quitting is not an option!

Over and over Brandon kept telling me he failed.  In my eyes failing was changing that class when you never put an ounce of effort into it.  What happened to FIGHTING for something you want?  Even if we do fail at the task, we learn to get back up and start over.

The Solution!

Obviously, Brandon did not get the solution he was hoping for.  Switching classes was not an option.  Had he made an effort, but struggled that would have been an entirely different situation.  However, you chose the easy road of NOT doing anything and expecting to get off easy.

Our house will be quiet with the gaming console in the off position for a little while.  Well, until we see an improvement in the grades and attitude.  Brandon seems to think the gaming community could end due to his parents whacko thinking.  I guess time will tell.

Meanwhile… I’ll be on tutoring pick up duty on Wednesdays and watching my young man learn how to gain control of his work ethic.

Alexis and I are heading to another gymnastics meet.  There is nothing better than spending a car ride with my daughter as she makes her selfies into strawberry, dog, and a fox face at least 100x and then falls asleep.  YAY me.

Parenting has not been a joy this week, but I love them more than they will ever understand.  While they may think I’m an awful parent  (this was said earlier this week) I will march on and know that I’m developing kinder, hard working human beings.  Life is not about taking the easy road.  They must learn to try and if you don’t succeed, try again.  Don’t give up!


Big Monster Hugs

This card couldn’t be more perfect!  Despite Brandon being angry over the situation, he is loved.  A giant monster hug will be perfect for him.  I created this card using the Yummy in My Tummy stamp set.

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Tips & Tricks

  • Create the large polka dot background by using the center piece of rubber in the Monster’s belly.  I used Pool Party and Smoky Slate ink.
  • The monster was stamped onto Watercolor Paper and colored using the Aqua Painter.
  • Download the instructions to create this card HERE.

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Don’t miss out on this adorable stamp set for Valentines.

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Price: $110.00

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Be Inspired- Inside The Lines

Be Inspired- Inside The Lines 

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We all know that inspiration can be found everywhere when it comes to paper crafts. Today, that inspiration is coming from the Be Inspired Design Team, and you may have just hopped here from Carolynn’s blog.  Our theme today is Sale-a-Bration, which means a FREE product for every $50 purchase from Stampin’ Up!


Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper

I am sure as a paper crafter you might be aware of the popular new craze called adult coloring books.  While I am sure they have been around forever, this girl who lives under a rock discovered them last fall.

When I found them at a local craft store I instantly did not think of myself using them, but more so for my daughter who loves to color.  However, the images in these coloring books were breathtaking, and it did look fun.

Fast forward to our new Sale-a-Bration catalog and what do my eyes see? Yes, a designer paper just waiting to be colored.

The Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper leaves you with the opportunity to make the colors of each paper your own.


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Be Creative and Color

To my surprise, I ended up loving each of these cards, and I am eager to share them with you.

The creative process started with only taking 1 of each of the four designs and cutting each 12 x 12 designer paper to 4″ x 5-1/4″.

Each card is colored using a different tool such as the following:

  • Sponging
  • Watercoloring
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Markers

You will notice that each method of coloring provided a different look to the designer paper and gave more insight on how the paper would hold up using each of these tools.  While each card is different, they are very simple with only a few additional layers of embellishments.  All of the greetings came from one stamp set, Suite Sentiments.

Let’s see how this paper comes to life.


First, let’s take a look at how a simple sponge can create a beautiful look to this card.

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I sponged the leaves with Garden Green and Pear Pizzaz Classic Ink.

After I had sponged the leaves, I only fussy cut the image and layered onto another piece of the designer series paper.


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Next, stamp the greeting from the Suite Sentiments stamp set onto a Lots of Labels framelit dies.


Watercoloring on designer series paper added an entirely new appreciation for this beautiful paper.


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Quick Tips:

  • I used an Aqua Painter to color the flower using Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango Classic Ink.
  • Heat set the paper using a Heat Tool.
  • Due to the watercolor, you might notice the paper will wrinkle. Use Fast Fuse adhesive so that the paper will lay flat onto the card base.

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Sponge Daubers

This next card uses one of my favorite sponging tools, Sponge Daubers.

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Rather than using the entire sponge to color the images as I utilized in the first card, the Sponge Dauber highlighted the flowers all over the paper using Crushed Curry Classic Ink.

The leaves were colored using Pear Pizzaz Ink and an Aqua Painter.  Finally, to finish the card, I added the greeting with a few die cuts and ribbon.



Last, but certainly not least I used markers to color the images.

One of the greatest coloring tools you will find in the Stampin’ Up! product line is the Many Marvelous Markers.  What sets these markers apart from any other marker is the color coordination with all of Stampin’ Up! products.

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I used the brush tip of the marker and quickly colored the flower using Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzaz, and Tangerine Tango.

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A few things to note about each of the four cards:

  • All the colors coordinate together.
  • The coloring techniques only highlight a piece of the designer series paper.
  • Each card uses a greeting from the same stamp set, Suite Sentiments.
  • Embellishments are simple pieces of ribbons or doilies.


Crafting with the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper brought back great memories of coloring in color books all the while creating beautiful cards.  This product will not disappoint and will provide hours of crafting enjoyment.

Leave a comment and tell me which card catches your eye the most.


Time to Hop! Be Inspired 

Lastly, it’s time to be inspired by more Sale-a-Bration products from our creative Be Inspired Team.

Click the button and be inspired by my friend Sarah Berry.

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Plus receive a hand stamped card from me with a gift.

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Make sure to see THIS post using the Tasty Trucks stamp set and FREE tutorial.

Fun With Tasty Trucks Stamp Set

Tasty Trucks Stamp Set

Creating with the Tasty Trucks stamp set has not only been fun, but super creative.

This FREE sale-a-Bration stamp set is one you will enjoy the abundance of stamping opportunities.

I’ve seen this little truck turn into adorable options such as an ambulance, UPS truck and even a postal truck.

Of course, I’m always pretty simple when it comes to using this set but I have a few ideas I wanted to share.


Four Cards To Inspire You


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While you have many foodie images to choose from I fell in love with the cupcake image.  Maybe it’s because I would be giddy if a cupcake truck was found in my area.  Can you imagine? A girl can dream.



Try this Color Combination!

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Taco Tuesday

Another favorite with this truck is the tacos.  Taco Tuesday is a BIG deal in my house.  Seriously, my kids can change their attitude in a heartbeat if I say it’s Taco Tuesday.


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I paired this image with one of my favorite pattern papers, Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper. The images in this paper are a perfect match for any Taco Truck.

This card will be perfect to give one of my kids a little kick in the pants when they are feeling gloomy.



I love the look of generation stamping and the different color hues you can see the more times you continue to stamp.

That is exactly how I created this card below using the congratulations image with the Tasty Trucks stamp set.

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The fonts in this set are simple and perfect in size to create small thin banners.

Try this Color Combination

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Playful Patterns 

Lastly, I wanted a card that was really playful and I love how you can achieve this look using our Designer Series Paper.

This card and the congratulations card above both use a FREE Designer Series Paper from the Sale-a-Bration products called Carried Away.  This paper has an array of beautiful bold colors to use for your projects.



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Peekaboo Peach is a new InColor that I haven’t used enough.  I love how this looks watercolored and it’s perfect for spring paper crafting. I will definitely be pulling this color more for my spring projects.

Try this Color Combination!

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Tips & Tricks 

  • Watercoloring the truck after stamping the image onto Watercolor paper provided the best way to color this image because of the size.
  • Fussy cutting the truck gave me the ability to add the truck as another layer onto the card.
  • The taco truck awning was paper pieced using the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper.


Ready to Create? 

Create each of these projects using this FREE tutorial.   Click Here to download and enjoy!



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I’m starting a new 6-month subscription of this tutorial with NEW designers.  They are AMAZING artists.

I’ve had a sneak peek of the February tutorial and the projects are STUNNING!


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Subscribers receive the tutorial automatically on the first of each month.

Tutorials are automatically downloaded after purchase.   You can see past monthly tutorials HERE.

Become a Subscriber and BE Inspired!!


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Are You a Happy Stamper?

Are You a Happy Stamper?

Is that a loaded question or what? Are you a happy stamper?

I love a stamp set that makes me giggle and especially when Stampin’ Up! creates a stamp set that can go 1000 different ways.

The Custom Tee stamp set is perfection.


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All the Details

The Custom Tee stamp set comes with 35 Photopolymer stamps that you can create any custom tee.  Imagine good luck tees to birthday boy and girl tees, the options are endless.

Three great things to note about this stamp set.

  1. This set is a bundle so you can save 10% when purchasing the stamp set and the coordinating framlits.
  2. There is a Tie Dyed set that you can create your own custom Tie Dyed tees.  See page 31 of the Occasions Catalog.
  3. The best for last… there is another coordinating Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Designer Tee.  This set coordinates with the Custom Tee stamp set with 10 different greetings you can put on the tee’s or alone on a project.  This stamp set is FREE with every $50 purchase in my Online Store HERE.

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Tips & Tricks

  • Card base is Whisper White Thick cardstock -4-1/4″ x 11″
  • Card front is Whisper White cardstock- 4″ x 5-1/2″.

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  • The Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper has amazing designs wrapped up in this paper pack.  Measurements for the designer paper include: 4″ x 4″ and 1-1/2″ x 4″.
  • Basic Black Solid Bakers Twine was wrapped several times around the designer paper then secured on the back.
  • Silver Enamel Shapes were used around the focal area along with a Delicate White Doily.
  • The T-Shirt Builder Framelits Dies made creating this card a breeze because there was no fussy cutting.

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What Tee Will You Design?

Like I’ve said before, the options are endless with the Custom Tee stamp set.  What tee will you design?

Whether it’s a happy stamper or a birthday girl, this set will have you covered.



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All supplies can be found in the clickable links below.  

Birthday Girls

Finally, speaking of birthdays, I must tell you today is a big day for my baby girl.


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Today Alexis turns 14.  I can’t even believe it.  Where has the time gone?

This weekend she will compete in her first gymnastics meet of the competitive season.  We are heading to Knoxville, TN.  I love traveling with her and perhaps she might be my favorite shopping partner.

Although she’s growing up fast I know this time I get to spend with her one on one is precious.  I am savoring every single second.

Wish her luck this weekend, and say a prayer for me because I have a hard time watching. I’m that mom!!


Happy Tuesday friends and hopefully you are a happy stamper!




Spectacular Birthday with Cake Crazy

Spectacular Birthday with Cake Crazy

Cake crazy is something I am for sure. I love birthdays, especially for the cake.  What about you?

Next week we have a special girl celebrating the big 14!  Dang.  How can this be?

Every day Russ and I just look at each other dazed as he hit new milestones with our kids.  Brandon’s driving. Alexis is turning 14 acting like 18.  It’s hard.  Hard to let them grow up.

While there growing up I sit in my stamp room and pretend they are still wee ones.  It’s a sad case of denial and I’m okay with it.


Let’s Get Cake Crazy

I recently participated in a swap with other demonstrators using the new stamp sets from the Occasions catalog and the cards were fantastic.

After changing my mind a few times I finally decided to use the Cake Crazy stamp set for my swap.  I love creating birthday cards which made the process easier.

After playing with the Cake Crazy stamp set, I fell deeper in love with the stamp set.

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My favorite part creating this card was the color combination.  I used a color I haven’t touched in a long time, Tempting Turquoise.


Create It!

Follow these steps below to create this card.

  • Card base is Whisper White cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11.
  • Stamp cake pieces using the following ink: Tangerine Tango, Cucumber Crush, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive.
  • Stamp the words Spectacular and Crazy onto scrap cardstock and trim as close to the image as possible using Paper Snips.
  • Place stamped words onto card front using a dimensional.

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  • Adhere a 1/4″ x 5-1/2″ strip of Tempting Turquoise down the right edge of the Whisper White card front.
  • Adhere a 1″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Party Animal Designer Series Paper onto the right side of the card base using Snail Adhesive.
  • Place card front onto card base using dimensional’s.
  • Create a splatter over the entire card using a Blender Pen and Tempting Turquoise ink.
  • Attach Rhinestones to the card front.

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Bringing Birthday’s Back

Now I have a fun card created and placed in my birthday card stash.

You might remember last year around this time one of our dear Stampin’ Up! staff members started a campaign to bring birthdays back by sending MORE birthday cards through the mail.  Man did she ever deliver.  Over 2,000 cards were sent by her and over 2,000 happy birthday friends received beautiful cards, myself included.

I will tell you I sent more birthday cards last year than I ever have.  It felt great, even for a card maker that is terrible about sending cards.

I will continue to encourage you like myself, to keep sending those cards.  We all know the smile it brings to someone’s face when they receive happy mail.

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With all of the beautiful birthday stamps available from Stampin’ Up!, it’s easy to create and even better to coordinate the products.

Keep in mind, the Cake Crazy stamp set could even be used for a wedding cake.

You can find all of the products used for this card in the clickable links below.  

New Exclusive Tutorial Available!

January Tutorial, Spectacular Birthday Cake Crazy, Stampin' Up!

Exciting news.  The January Exclusive tutorial is available and it’s AWESOME.

12 beautiful projects to inspire your creativity.  Each project has step by step instructions.

You can receive this tutorial 2 ways:

  1. Purchase $50 in my Online Store and this tutorial will be sent to you for FREE- 59 pages of AMAZING creativity.
  2. Purchase the tutorial HERE for $15.  You will automatically receive the tutorial download after purchasing.

If you are a tutorial subscriber, this tutorial was emailed yesterday to you.  Please email me directly if you did not receive it.  

Do you love to color? Check out this video of our new Inside the Lines-Specialty Designer Series Paper.

This is a FREE product in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.