*She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.*

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Have a wonderful Easter!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Scrappin Stampers Challenge

Hello everyone!! Jamie at Scrappin Stampers is having a challenge over at her site.  Jamie is the owner of the zibbet site, Not 2 Shabby.  She has some great items over there for card making or scrapbooking!


Here is my entry for the challenge; a special birthday card for my sister.

This is my first time making a pocket card and I love how it is different from a traditional card.

The paper I used for this card was from The Mariposa Stack from DCWV.  It is a beautiful stack of paper with glitter and foil accents.  I really love coral and with the coordinating butterflies it was just perfect! The yellow ribbon is actually from Dollar Tree and the rhinestone embelishment is from Recollections.





I did some fussy cutting, beings I don't have a cutting system.  I then made parts of the butterflies pop up with dimensionals.  The birthday sentiment is stamped with gold pigment ink and them embossed with gold embossing powder.  I love to emboss with glitter.  It so pretty on a card.



The pull out is made out of white cardstock and that is where you write your message.


Here you can see how the butterflies pop up with the dimensionals.

I love how the card came out and it will make my sister very happy!
Take care!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Operation Write Home

Recently Jill at Luvmy2pugs1  had a half birthday challenge to make homemade cards for Operation Write Home.  I am a new card maker, but wanted to do something for our heroes. I really appreciate all that they do for our country and this is just a small thing I can do to show my appreciation.



This is the first card I made using my new Inktense Pencils.  They are a watercolor pencil that I am just learning to use.  To say hello from our state,  I found an old coloring page that I used to use for our California State Projects.   I am okay with the way it turned out, but realize I have A LOT of practicing to do.



To stay with the watercolor theme, the second card I made,  I used a new stamp that I just received from my Stampin Up monthly club.  It is called Happy Watercolor.  It is fun stamp set that you can use many different colors to make this card very unique.  I love how this simple card turned out.



Each card I wrote a note of appreciate to the soldier that will receive the card.  I truly hope that I brighten someone's day.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Setting up your Small Business Office on a Budget from Dollar Tree


Buying supplies for a small business can be very expensive.  When we recently set up our new office, I knew where I was going to start.  And it wasn't our local office supply store.

I grabbed my husband and we went to our local Dollar Tree.  Thankfully the store had plenty to help us get started.

I had never seen tape dispensers before!! Score! The cheapest one at an office supple is $5.99.



Then you must have refills.  Six for $1 is an amazing price!



This oversized paper clip is perfect for reminders and notes.  



Every desk needs a holder and pens. Holder $1 and a pkg of six pens $1



This is not my favorite white out.  I like the white out tape better.  But this will get us started.  Also, packing tape for our shipping needs.



I am a post it queen! Had to have post it notes for our desk.  Dollar Tree has multiple sizes and styles. They even carry Post It brand.



For the files.....labels! 154 for $1


Dollar Tree even has desk drawar organizers and we got clips to go in it.



I always buy my envelopes here also and we found legal pads for notes.



Big Number calculator....$1!



Mailing labels....a must have in any office! 240 for a dollar!!


And scissors...




We got our office operational under $30!
All this would have been over $100 at your local office supply store!

When you are operating on a budget, do not forget to check your local Dollar Tree for great savings!  And leave with one impressed husband! :-)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Whatever You Grow up to Be




Author: Karen Kingsbury  and
 Illustrations: Valeria Docampo

From New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, a new children’s book about a very special mother-son relationship. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury explores with heartwarming clarity the special bond between a mother and her son. From birth to football games to college graduation, the mother reminds her maturing child of God’s promises for him—whatever he grows up to be. A companion piece to Kingsbury’s Always Daddy’s Princess, a picture book about one father’s love for his daughter as she matures from baby to parent herself, Whatever You Grow Up to Be will remind young boys and their moms of all the blessings they share. Told in playful and emotive verse—with a whisper of Scripture enriching every page—children and parents will find fun and encouragement in the supportive guidance of God’s word.

I have read Karen Kingsbury books for years and when I saw this book as a choice, I had to read it.  I love picture books and when this book arrived, I saw immediately that the pictures were bright and large to catch the eye.  Then I set down to read it and was drawn to the story of the mom and her son.  Being the mom to three boys I could easily relate to the story.  It was a sweet story of a mother and son’s love and the circle of life.  As a mom and grandmother, I could easily relate to the story and it was precious.  Karen Kingsbury once again did not disappoint.  She is a master story teller and always tells a wonderful story.  Although I do not recommend this book for a toddler, my granddaughter did let me read it to her. The pictures are perfect for her, but the storyline is for an older child.   This book is perfect for gift giving and special occasions, and can serve as a treasured keepsake as well as a compelling reminder of the influence a loving mother can have in the life of her son.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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The Rhyming Bible: Storybook for Toddlers




Author: Sattgast  and  
 Illustrations: Cleyet-Merle

Children love the soothing sound of rhyme! And now they can enjoy ten classic Bible stories retold in delightful read-aloud rhyme in The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers. From the story of creation ("In the beginning God made the light. The light was for day. The dark was for night.") to the resurrection of Jesus ("All his friends were happy then. Jesus was alive again!"), this is the perfect choice for parents who want to introduce their toddlers to the Word of God. Newly updated illustrations and classic stories told in vivid verse make this padded cover board book a sure favorite that will entertain young ones and teach them biblical lessons that last a lifetime.

What a perfect book to share the classic bible stories to a toddler.  The easy flow of the rhyming stories catches the attention of the toddler with ease.   The illustrations are done beautifully, with bright colors to catch the attention of the child.  What I also like about this book is that the child can look at it on their own without fear of tearing the pages.  My granddaughter picks this book up when she visits and I enjoy reading it to her.  I highly recommend this book for your library.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Mission Project Life Organize

Working on organizing my project life cards today.  Post to come soon!!