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Wedding prep

My boy, Adam is getting married in November. Wedding plans have been swirling for months! Let me just show y’all what we’ve been up too. Brittany and Adam-4Brittany and Adam-10Engagement photos at Children’s Mercy Park where Sporting KC plays. Both of the kids love SKC!wedding dress shopping (17)Brittany and crew….saying Yes to the dress!invitations (2)Preparing the invitations…assembly line style!wedding prep (2)Making table numbers…wedding prep (6)

wedding sign 1 (1)and reserved signage….wedding sign 1 (4)WEDDING BOXand card boxes…wedding stuff (1)and wedding favors…..bridal shower invites (11)and bridal shower invites….We’re on the down hill slope now…only about 7 weeks out! They are going have a wonderful day! Glad I could help them with all the little details! Stay tuned!

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The minis’ birthdays!

August and September are very busy months around these parts. G’s birthday is first, followed by her Momma’s…then Jagger’s, followed by his Momma’s. All in a span of 19 days! Phewf!  Both of my mini’s are turning 5!!! I was a busy Gram!

G loves all things ballerina, so naturally, her birthday was all about being a tiny dancer!Grace's 5th bday invites (3)

There was about 25 or so of these little ladies made and added to invites.

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The tutu wearing hippo wiggles and giggles! 🙂

Mr. Jag loves vintage video games like Mario and Crash Bandicoot. So, I made him this card.Jagger's 5th bday cards (2)

Mario is also on a ‘wobbler’, so it looks like he is jumping! They were fun to make and the kids loved them! Birthdays (all of them) were celebrated to a grand scale and everyone is happy! Thanks for stopping by!

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Missing: artist & paper crafter….

Wow, I am a dead beat! I don’t call or write….just living life. Unfortunately my life isn’t super exciting. There are a few changes happening and I am hoping more time to spend on myself. Recently D and I took off to celebrate our 50th birthdays. (Since they are only two days apart.)

I really wanted to make him a special card…and I thought I would use the Tiny Superheros sets and create him a pop up. (He loves all things Marvel.) As I was about to complete the final stages, my brain went off the rails and I re-vamped it.  Here’s what I did: On the left is the super hero stamps…and on the right is what I re worked into THE super heroes!!

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I personally loved how they all turned out! Next was to set the scene!

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He loved it! It took me for-ever to make but he was worth it! Be back soon….I hope!

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Wow! Three months slipped by so quickly. We had a lovely Christmas. January brought birthday festivities, both Adam & Brittany’s. They also moved. February was all about packing because we moved. Our Sara moved in March! So tired of seeing cardboard boxes! We are finally down to the wire of putting the last bits in place. Now yard work begins! Happy to see flowers slowly popping up.

I absolutely love my new studio….more space, more light! I streamlined it and only kept things I know I will use and donated the rest! Downsized my desk from a giant ‘L’ shaped one, to a much smaller one but I only work in a 12 x 12 patch anyway! LOL

Even though it took everything we had, and we’ve gone to bed aching, from all the hard work, for weeks….moving was the best thing….we reallllly love the new digs! Enough about all that. We went to our great-nephew’s 2nd birthday party last Saturday….so fun to watch how excited he got over the simplest of toys. The theme of his party was construction site. Here is the card I made for him.



I cut the trucks with the silhouette, and the mounts of dirt with Lawn Fawn hillside dies. I thought it turned out super cute. Hopefully now that the dust has settled around here, I can share more on this ole blog. Have a great week!


Happy Holidays!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours! May Santa bring you peace and happiness to last throughout the new year!

Love, Carol

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Simon Says Treat Bag/Box

I am squeeeeezing this in at the last possible moment! Over on SSS Monday challenge, it is all about bags/boxes for treats…I made a special box for Grace for some Halloween goodies!  She is dressing up as Dorothy from The Wizard Of Oz. I found this witch on Silhouette Store.



I should have taken one of the box, oh well. Thanks for stopping by today! Looking forward to this week! Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays!

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Wild Card Day 4 project 2


Quote of the day-“The only thing more fun than a shaker card is a card with a surprise shaker inside!” Laurie Willison was the instructor today….who lives in my state!!



I love this set from Stamptember! Too cute! I really love this shaker…my best yet! Thanks for stopping by today!

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Wild Card Day 4


On day 4, its all about shakers! I struggle with them! Not gonna lie. I have tried several different ways to add the foam….watching some of the greats, via video. But I still struggle.Kristen taught about the smaller size windows in her first lesson of the day.

I try to make the idea of the lesson my own but her card was so cute, I pretty much copied it.


Her card had the sentiment cross the middle. I used my third window for my sentiment.

Thanks for coming by today…I hope you week ahead is a wonderful one.  🙂


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Wild Card Day 3 project 2

I really enjoy doing Online Card Classes.


I’ve taken about 20. I always learn something new. I am the kind of crafter that if I see something, I try it…so some things I have done before, but they always offer helpful tips. So so simple, I think….now why didn’t I consider that??? You will not be disappointed if you take 1 or 2.  Jennifer’s lesson is for unique pop up cards. This one took a bit of thought…almost had to scrap it once…



It is a bit on the small side, probably should have added at least 3 more flakes! I really liked Jennifer’s card so I will try this again with other shapes! So glad you came by….thanks!

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Wild Card Day 3

Sorry, life kinda got busy…but I am back with some more cards from class!


First stop on day 3, pop up cards! I  Did not have any dies to use so I did it old school!


I wanted to show the front….


cause the inside is so cute!  I probably should have added something to the ‘sky’. Seems a bit plain. Thanks for stopping by today!

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