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I set out to make a birthday card for my sister Barb. She was born on Oct. 29 (yep, mysteriously close to Halloween) and I was born on Thanksgiving Day. Sister Carol was born on April 1, April Fool’s Day. I can’t tell you that without mentioning that my husband was born on Christmas Eve. Daughter on Elvis’ birthday (yeah, who knew??) and son John the third (John III) was born on June the third. Brother Dave is stuck with Aug 19, which I have yet to find something to attach to.

Anyway, in my quest to try to remember special events (Okay, I rarely do, but my heart is in it!) I decided to make Barb a little something for her birthday.

Check the end of this post for links to each of the product lines mentioned!

First is this nifty tile that holds a little pad of post-it notes. Don’t we just love post-its? What I didn’t love was it kept falling off the tile since the sticky on the note isn’t really strong enough to hold the whole pad up. I added adhesive from my cardmaking supplies and voila, success!

The tile is one I made in a Stampin’ Up scrapbooking show that I held at my house for my friend Lucia, who is a distributor for the company (and a wonderful, precious soul!). Anyway, it is simply a white glossy tile with a solid square of scrapbooking paper on it (green) and a slightly smaller patterned square (dots) over that. The circle was a premade delightful little sticker from Stampin’ Up and I used my Cricut machine and black vinyl to make the monogram of her initials. Easy weezy!

The card front is just like it looks: heavy stock covered with Amy Butler patterned paper, some rubber stamping, a chipboard “happy” note, and “blessed, sweet, loved” stamped on white paper slips glued down with pink dots on each end. The ribbon was in my stash and is just a solid band with a short piece tied in a single knot at the top.

Inside the pocket is a note to my sis. I included scripture and a ribbon on the end of a premade scrapbooking tag. A simple pink background (from a paper stack from Sam’s Club) and trim that matches the front (Amy Butler) was just right for the solid pink paper greeting and “Celebrate” stamp.

The back is also finished and features ribbon like the front.

What made this card easy: Cricut, Stampin’ Up, Amy Butler’s amazing patterned paper, Fiskar’s paper cutter, scrapbooking tape and K&Company TagPad precut tags.

What made it difficult: trying to put into words what my sis means to me. Always a challenge since I love them both so much!

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Coming soon: my new Amy Butler wallet. I just love Amy Butler fabric and this is some I have left over from another project so I decided it was time for a new wallet.
My plan is to finish it by tomorrow… Here’s a preview:

The floral is going on the outside. If you look closely you can see I’ve topstitched it. There is a piece of heavy interfacing sewn to the back for stabilizing. Look closer and you’ll see the piece of plastic (lying over the zipper) that I’ll use for the window over the driver’s license. I’ll post pix of the process as I go.

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This is a secret gift for someone for Christmas. All I can say right now is that I’m sewing it and it is AMY BUTLER! Can you guess what it is?

Also, just in case you’re keeping count, today marks 43 days and gifts! Today’s gift from my friend who sent me FIFTY gifts to open, one each day until my 50th birthday on Thanksgiving day, is …………………….a darling little wire basket and three eggs! Man, she really knows me! I just figured out the clue on her list! “Your two baby birds have flown the coop and yet you’re about to get a third!” Referring to our expected grandbaby! So sweet!

I love birds, particularly “fat” birds, and I’ve been planning to blog about my little collection! This will be perfect to put with them when I blog.

I put the gift near my Jan Karon collection of books because they remind me of Angela, the friend who did the 50 gifts for 50 days! She first told me about Karon and I have found all of the Mitford series books at thrift stores. I love them so much I plan to start reading them all over again since I recently finished the last one! I really miss Father Tim, Cynthia and Dools!

Our Bible study is continuing but I will blog about it in a catch-up blog because Ninja has worked late and hasn’t had time to do much more than read it each night. We like to discuss it and look up all the different scriptures. Hopefully he will have more time before the weekend.

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