Celebrate Independence Day

Since Independence Day is fast approaching, I thought it would be very fitting to create something to mark this occasion. The 4th of July is a day that we celebrate the independence of our country with family and friends with gatherings of barbecues, parties, games, food, fun, festivals, parades, musical events and fireworks.  However, it is important not to forget the true meaning of the day and what it means for our amazing country and the freedom we are afforded here in America. So many take the freedom and liberty they are granted here in the United States of America for granted and forget the true meaning of the day. We may dress up in our nation’s colors of red, white and blue, but do we know what the true meaning behind our flag is?

The 4th of July is a time to commemorate America’s declaration of separation from Great Britain that was made on July 4, 1776. Our freedom and our democracy that we have been blessed with is a direct product of the sheer determination from our forefathers who worked to establish the United States of America as a free country.

 

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On a side note, I am taking a little break for the 4th of July holiday and will be back in a week.  On a side note, I will leave you with this quote.  “No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July.”~ Mac Thornberry

God bless America!

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Posted on : Jul 01 2015
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Boho Friend

I am on the fence about this card. In my mind when I thought about making this card, it seemed cuter than the actual thing.  Don’t you hate that!

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Posted on : Jun 29 2015
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The President’s Volunteer Service Award

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I have been waiting to share this news with all of you and the wait is finally over!  Last fall, Lauren submitted an application for The 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program that recognizes middle level and high school students for volunteer work in their communities, with a chance to win $1,000 and a trip to Washington, DC.  Unfortunately, she was not one of the students selected.  However, she was awarded with The President’s Volunteer Service Award.  When the large envelope arrived with her name on it, she had no idea what it is!  It was a total shock to me as well!

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We placed the award pin on her Girl Scout vest!  Wow, what an accomplishment and honor!

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Posted on : Jun 26 2015
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Birthday Double-Slider Card

I have always been amazed by these cards and never tried to make one, until now.  Look, I finally made one and believe it or not it was easier than it looks!

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For a great instructional guide and video to make one of these little goodies, please check out this link: http://juliedavison.blogspot.com/2014/04/video-pdf-double-slider-card-tutorial.html

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Posted on : Jun 24 2015
Posted under Birthday, Cards, Fun Fold, Photopolymer, Technique |

You’re the Best

I made this very simple card for my hubby.  I haven’t used Crystal Effects in a while but love how it looks when you just use it to “color” over an image.  In this case the word “best”.   Don’t you just love the colors in the new Bohemian DSP?

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Posted on : Jun 22 2015
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Stamp It Group’s Blog Hop – Man Appreciation

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Hello there and welcome back for the Stamp It Group’s blog hop ~ Man Appreciation!  You should have arrived here from the wonderful Siara Acdal’s blog.  If not and I’m your first stop- no worries! Simply use the back/next buttons at the bottom of this post to navigate your way around the hop.

 

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To celebrate Father’s Day tomorrow, I used two of my favorite things, (1) stamp set of all-time and (2) technique.  The Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set is my go-to set when making masculine cards.  I used the Thumping Technique, or as I like to refer to it as the “spanking technique”!  Very simple to do actually.  First you ink up your stamp with a lighter color ink pad, then take a darker colored marker and start tapping or “thumping” on the image to add darker spots.  Continue to “thump” the marker on the image until you added enough spots to create a marbled look.  Huff (breathe heavily) on the stamp to re-moisten the inked image. Final step is to stamp on the cardstock.  How simple is that.

*TIP: Tap with the side of the marker to protect the tip of the marker from damage.

For the tree, I used Pear Pizzazz as the base color and then took markers (Garden Green and Early Espresso) to either color in the trunk/branches and thump.  I love how it turned out!

 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will continue the rest of the way around our hop!  Up next is the fabulous Kim Quade!  I know she has something great in store for you all today!

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Posted on : Jun 20 2015
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Taking a Little “Me” Time

I hope you are all enjoying your summer.  Me, I am trying to take it slow and enjoy my downtime.  With my daughter being out of school officially two weeks ago, I have been the taxi driver to her various pool parties and entertained a few of her friends for sleepovers.  I will say that she is not sleeping in until 1 pm, like a few of her friends (how in God’s name do they do that?).  I think that is a record for a teenager to not sleep past 9 am!  I have been doing some paperwork for my upcoming Girl Scout camping event as well as the troop year.  I also spent some much needed girl time with a good friend of mine this week just catching up on her recent Alaskan cruise and life in general.  Life is good!  Remember to enjoy the little things in life and enjoy every minute!

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Posted on : Jun 19 2015
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Macaron Birthday

I saw a similar card on Pinterest made by Lisa Pretto and loved the simplicity.  I added some color to the layout on mine and love the look!

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Posted on : Jun 17 2015
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Build a Cake

This is such a fun stamp set!  I stamped the cake layers onto card stock and then trimmed it.  I used a bone folder to break the fibers a bit to create a 3-d effect to the cake.  I am thrilled with the flower embellishments on the cake too!

 

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Posted on : Jun 15 2015
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Welcome Home Sidney!

Last week was the 7th anniversary that Sidney came into our lives.  Her official birthday isn’t until August but we also celebrate the day she came to live with us.  She loves to be cuddled and has gotten very attached to me in the last year since we lost our other beagle, Buster.  Here are some photos of this little love bug with a huge personality!

Her favorite thing to do is sleep!  She loves to snuggle on Lauren’s bed and other times she will try and make it to her dog bed.

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This past winter, it got cold enough at night to  turn on the fireplace for a bit and she finally laid in her dog bed and seemed to enjoy the heat!

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I will end with two of my favorite photos of Sidney!

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Don’t you just want to smooch her?

 

 


Posted on : Jun 12 2015
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