Good morning stamp friends!
I'm sorry it's been a while since my last post, but there is a very good reason for it. I've been super busy planning for my father's 70th birthday surprise party along with my mom and sister. We rented a room at a local community center and got a DJ and made up a story about me being in a craft show to sell my cards on Sunday. LOL! The party was such a huge success with the help of everyone that loves my dad. He is blessed with a very loving family. All of his sister's, brother's, and their kids helped prepare food and sent pictures, so I could make a picture collage of him with family and friends. He had the best time singing (there was karaokee) and dancing ("The Twist"). That night when my parents got home, my dad said to my mom, "That was really awesome!". I'm sending my blog link to his family to read this post and I want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of my dad's very special day. My dad is a very special man. He's been there for his family and has made many sacrifices. He's always offered good advice and has stood by us in everything we do. Dad, I love you so much and I honestly believe that I'm such a loving and caring person because of the way that you and mom raised me. Here is a picture of my mom, my sister, dad & I from his party.
One very unique thing about my family is my dad, mom & I have birthday's in March. Not just 3 days in March, but 3 days in a row! Dad's is the 22nd, Mom's is the 23rd, & mine is the 24th. Talk about March Madness! So yesterday was mom's birthday. On Sunday night at dad's party, my sister wasn't feeling well. She was having some pain in her stomach area that was shooting around to her back. On Monday, she called her doctor and he told her to go get blood work done. He called her yesterday morning to tell her that she had appendicitis and to go to the hospital. My mom left work and took her. My sister was very lucky that her doctor acted so quickly. It could have been so much worse. Her surgery went well and she'll be coming home this afternoon. Mom, I'm sorry that your birthday was so crazy, but I know you were just as happy spending it doing what mom's do best:) I love you!
That leaves me...I've been flooded with birthday wishes today. I'm so very blessed with the best family & friends a person could ever have. I'm very overwhelmed. I will be spending my day with my 4-year old niece. I thought it would be a perfect day for it, since my sister is in the hospital. My father spent the night at my sister's house to get my 2 nephews off to school this morning. Once I pick her up, he can go to the hospital with mom.
I will be running a special today for my birthday (which will expire at midnight tonight-any time zone:). 20% off of your order of $50 or more (before shipping and tax). Remember, the Sale-A-Bration promotion is still in affect, so you will receive a free item for each $50 spent (before shipping and tax). This special is not available for orders placed through my on-line website. Please either send me an e-mail or give me a call. If I don't answer, please leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
It's such a beautiful day! The sun is already shinning brightly and it's going to be 63 degrees. I'm looking forward to having fun with my niece:) I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Today I would like to share a couple things that I made for an Easter workshop. The first thing is an Easter Basket. I used the Big Shot & the Stampin' Up! Scallop Envelope die. I cut 2 at a time and needed 4 for each one. I put them face down (the dull side down). I cut 2" x 3" pieces of designer paper and centered it in the middle, so once the scallop part was folded down, it would cover a part of it. I cut both side tabs off of two of them and laid them side by side (one with the edges, one without, with & without edges). I put sticky strip on the opposite side (not the dull side with the designer paper, but the other side). I pulled off the sticky strip and stuck the tab with the sticky strip to the inside of the the ones without tabs. To make the handle, I used a 1 1/4" x 11 piece of Card Stock and used the Scallop Border punch on both sides. Then I put a 3/4" x 11" layer of the Shades of Spring DSP on the handle. I used the XL Two-Step Bird Punch to add a bird to each side. (I used a paper piercing tool to add the eye.) I punched it again on the DSP to add the 3-D wing. I used the Trio Flower Punch and the 1/4" circle punch to add the flower center. I finished it off with a bow on the handle.
- Card Stock/Paper: Orchid Opulence, Certainly Celery, So Saffron & Shades of Spring DSP
- Other: Big Shot, Stampin' Up! Scallop Envelope Bigz Die, Punches (XL Two-step Bird, Trio Flower, 1/4" circle & Scallop border), Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mat Pack & Paper Piercing Tool.
I also made this Easter basket card. I've seen more than one of these, but when I went back to see if I could find them, I was only able to find this one here: http://www.stampingmoon.com. Here is my version of this card. I couldn't get the bottom of mine to look as nice as Diana's, so I just made a straight cut along the bottom and left it that way.
- Stamps: Chocolate Bunny & Eggcoutrements
- Card Stock/Paper: So Saffron, Old Olive, Whisper White & Sweet Pea DSP
- Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive & So Saffron
- Other: Big Shot, Frame, Oval Scallop Bigz Die, Punches (Designer Label, Scallop border & Large Oval), Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon & Stampin' Dimensionals.