Fun Birthday Card Idea

From Shelli Gardner – Stampin’ Up! Co-Founder

Another Batch of Birthday Cards

Time for another round of employee birthday cards! Shelli sends out birthday cards to the Stampin’ Up! employees.  Here’s the latest version using the “Work of Art” stamp set.

A couple different versions of the same basic card.  They’re quick and easy to make, yet still colorful and fun.

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A Life of Intention

New LifeThis was a line in a movie I watched recently….

“If you don’t make time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be spending a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.”

What’s your heart’s answer to these questions:

Who or what’s most important to you?

Who do you want to spend the rest of your life with?

What do you want to spend the rest of your life doing?

Are you crossing things off your “bucket list?”

I wish you the courage to make the decisions and changes you may need to, and the determination to make the rest of your life what you intend it to be.

Oh, Heck!

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I just wanted to share a cute birthday card I made today.  Click on the picture for a larger view.

I just love the colors and the glitzy paper.  The stamp is a clear one from the $1 bin at JoAnn’s.  And, of course, I had to add the stitching border that I’m obsessed with lately!

What do you think?  And what does it inspire you to create?

“Good morning, God. What have you got planned for me today?”

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I don’t recall what radio station I was listening to today when I heard a young woman saying that this was her prayer every morning as she started her day.

In fact, I had forgotten I’d heard it at all until it came back to me as I was praying tonight.

But… what a great way to begin every morning!  With the anticipation and belief that sometime during each day you will be placed in situations that are clear opportunities to help someone, serve someone, witness to someone, or just show the love of Jesus Christ to someone.

As Christians, these oportunities come to us every day; but if we start our day off believing that these opportunities will happen, we’ll look for them all day, no matter what we’re doing — at our workplace, the gas station, the grocery store, the library, the recycling center, walking down the street, our kid’s after school activity, or wherever you find yourself during the day.  There’s opportunities to partner with God to do something great and truly meaningful.

So, maybe tomorrow start your day by asking, “What have you got planned for me today, God?” and let him take your day where He wants it to go.

Don’t Give God Instructions… Just Show Up For Duty

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I’ve had a lot going on in my life lately. I won’t bore you with the details, but I’ve said “Yes” to quite a few projects that have demanded a lot of time and energy lately. And there’s more projects looming on the horizon, so the end is not yet in sight.

One of the latest things I’ve said “Yes” to lately, was to spend seven hours a couple of Saturdays ago to promote our monthly stamping and card-making class in our church’s booth at the Delta Apple Dumpling Festival.

I had mixed feelings about it because I kept thinking…   What if I run out of supplies that day?  What if dozens of people show up for my class and I’m not prepared?  What if it rains?  What if it’s too hot?  What if nobody comes to our booth?  What if…? What if…?  WHAT IF..!?!?

Well… as it turns out, the weather was great, and the day went fine. Lots of kids (yes, KIDS) came and did the little Make-And-Take stamping project I had planned, while their moms stood behind them watching. So, while the kids were happily stamping, I told their mom about the class and gave her an informational handout about it.

While I was stamping with the kids, our Prayer Ministry Team was sharing with people about Delta Church of Christ, was entertaining other kids with a couple of fun games, and was taking prayer requests. They also had some small business-card-sized inspirational handouts to give away. I saw one that I just had to keep – partly as a reminder of the day, and as a reminder of what our incredibly simple obligation is as a Christian and follower of Jesus.

It said “Don’t give God instructions, just show up for duty.”

The stamping “Make-And-Take” that I’d planned and worked so hard on didn’t go the way I thought it would; but it went the way God wanted it to. I showed up for duty and did my best to sow some seeds.

I’m praying.  I’m trusting.  And I’m leaving the harvest up to Him.

Simplest Card Ever…!

I needed to make a card (not for any particular reason… I just needed to have some instant gratification), so this is what I came up with…

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Click on the photo for details.

I keep a bunch of folded card stock for when I need a card at the last minute, and found a piece of purple.  Then I went to my stash of scraps and found some printed paper that was already the right width (about 3 inches) left over from a previous project that was long enough, and trimmed it and glued it to the purple card stock.

The best part was that design in the printed paper coordinated wonderfully with the “just because” from the stamp set “A Dozen Thoughts.”  So I stamped it on the lower right hand side, and the card was done!!!  Well… execpt for adding some Stickles glitter glue to the centers of the flowers. 

A Dozen Thoughts – Page 59 in the catalog

Wood Mount – Item #130156 – $26.95

Clear Mount – Item #131059 – $18.95