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Sunday, January 25, 2009


Well, my cyber-pal Lori pointed me in the direction of stair-step cards, and warned us that they were addicting. Did anybody listen---NO! This weekend, I got some crafty time and popped out a bunch of them. Here is one that I made using my wonderful new Alva the Elf from Magnolia Stamps (thanks Diana). I also used the beautiful new Raspberry Tart paper from the new Stampin Up catalog---WOW!!! The directions for this are pretty simple, but you will need to use my card for reference.

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First, cut your cardstock 10 1/2"x 5". Now, score it at 1 1/4", 2 1/2", 4 1/4", 6" and 8 1/4". Starting with the 1 1/4" side pointing down(mountain), continue making an accordian until you fold the entire paper. You will start and end with the paper on the ground (mountain). If you wish to stamp on the cardstock, now is the best time. Take 3 pieces of designer paper and cut them into the following lengths: 5"x1 1/4", 5"x 1 3/4, 5"x 2 1/4". Decorate and send! The finished card will fit in a standard envelope.
Have fun!

Echos from the past

Ben was given an assignment in physics this weekend. He was to make his own lava lamp from scratch. This is an experiment in convection. He was a little intimidated at first, but then he saw it actually was working. Voila!!!
Ben's lava lamp works!

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Field Trip day!!!

We took a fieldtrip to a wonderful farm in Fellsmere today.There are not a lot of kids on Fridays, as the 3 year olds only come 3 days per week. The kids had a fantastic time. We laughed and sang throughout much of the day. It was a great experience. The kids all got to ride ponies, go on a hayride, hold baby chicks, bunnies and goats, milk the cow, play with the goats, pigs, cows and horses...and the highlight of the day was when the calf peed!


We took this photo after we had our lunch.
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Isn't this a crazy looking goat???

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Gary!!!

Today is Gary's birthday, and he didn't want any big celebration. I cooked some nice steaks, and we had his favorite Raspberry Elegance Cake! Dave called just as we were getting ready to cut the cake, so Peter made him get on speakerphone and sing along. Gary grabbed the photo of him and Jenna, and held it over the phone as he sang. Too darn funny, but maybe you had to be here to giggle! Ben was feeling goofy and made lots of faces behind his dad's back, and Peter, we don't know what he was doing! This "deer in the headlights" photo is priceless.
Anyway, Happy Birthday to my dear hubby!

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Love You Much

I am so loving Stampin Up's Love You Much bundle that is currently on sale. This card is made primarily with items in this bundle. My friend Lori introduced me to this new fold and I am having so much fun with it! I promised myself some crafty time yesterday, and was able to pump out a bunch of these.

To make this card, start with a piece of cardstock that is 10 1/2 inches by 5 inches. If you are going to stamp on it, now is the best time. I stamped on the reverse side of the 'steps', because I didn't want that part too plain, although it doesn't really show.
Next, score the cardstock at 1 1/4 inches, 2 1/2 inches, 4 1/4 inches , 6 inches, and 8 1/4 inches. Fold this accordion style, making sure that the smallest fold is folded down ( as this will be the front of your card).
Stamp the elements of the card that you want to use, and embellish.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

It's getting better!

Peter got his staples and stitches removed on Friday. Although the doc says he is healing nicely, he still needs to have steri-strips to hold it together. It has a lot of healing to do. However, it is looking and feeling much better. Peter is one lucky kid!

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wintry Tildas

No...we don't usually get much snow here in Central Florida. I am one of the few people who seem to enjoy it when the days get chilly (we do see temps in the 30's at night and 40's in the daytime though...and frost). I really miss the cool weather and the change of seasons. However, I have been playing with some of my Magnolia stamps that have inspired me to "chill out!". Here is one of my snowman cards that I made for New Year Greetings. This is one of my favorites to make in "mass production" because it is really quite simple. It is a criss cross card, and the directions can be found on I used the very pretty Ski Slope designer papers from Stampin Up, Felt flurries from Stampin Up and stickles for extra bling! The snowy background is done with the cuttlebug, and I accented the raised portions with stickles ( it looks amazing in real life). Hope you like it!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Dave and Jenna go back to the real world!

We have had a wonderful visit with Dave and his girlfriend Jenna. We hadn't seen Dave since August when he went west to California. He and Jenna have been dating since late September, and she came home for the holidays with him. She fit in perfectly with our family, and we would have gladly sent Dave back to Cali and let Jenna stay with us! Dave will be in Daytona Beach for this coming semester, and heads back to Cali in May. It was a great visit, and we look forward to keeping in touch with Jenna and her family!

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Look out 2009, We are Ready!!!


2008 was quite the year. Just as bi-polar disorder has been described as a roller-coaster ride, that is totally how our year has been! There have been tons of things that make us smile and be thankful. We promise to focus on the good, and work on improving the not so good. Today we got together with some of our friends for our annual New Year's Day brunch. With Peter getting hurt, and not dealing with crowds, we decided to tone it down a little this year. Jenna is still here with Dave, and my folks came down for a while too. Kelcey and Joe, Trudy and Doug, and Danielle and Matt joined us for a wonderful afternoon of just visiting. There were more friends we would have liked to have over, but we did not want the usual party hustle and bustle today.
I hope that you had a wonderful day, and welcomed the new year in with friends and family!
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