Sweet Shop Birthday card

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Today is my youngest daughter, Christine’s 3rd birthday. She is such a darling little scamp so I decided to make a fun card for her. I think it was using the Big Top Birthday DSP last week that started an obsession with making pin wheels. For whatever reason, I can’t get them out of my mind and keep coming across them in my (too frequent) BLOG surfing sessions!  
What do you think? Fun, huh?
I started with a piece of Calypso Coral card stock then layered a piece of Pool Party card stock that I’d run through my Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions folder on my Big Shot. On top of that is a piece of Whisper White card stock stamped with the Sweet Cake stamp set and dressed up with my fun pinwheels (3 of them in honour of her 3rd birthday!)

The pinwheels themselves are made out of pieces of the Sweet Shop DSP and are held in place with a brad from the Sweet Shop Jelly Bean brads.

Here’s a fun tip to create some added interest on your cards. When you have an image like this one where the sentiment is added separately from the main image, stamp the sentiment onto a different piece of card stock and then use Dimensionals to pop it off the first stamped image.
Well, I’ve got a cake to finish and a house to clean for a family celebration later this weekend so I’d better run! One last thing though… the products featured on this card today (Sweet Shop Suite of products) are in the Occasions Mini Catalogue and will only be available until April 30th. Get them now!! Stampin’ Up! has changed their catalogue schedule so there will not be a Summer Mini this year. Instead we will be seeing the new 2012-2013 Idea Book and Catalogue as of June 1st (I’ll get a sneak peak starting May 1st). As a teaser they are releasing a look at their Summer Smooches Suite starting April 1st. Take a look …
To see a PDF flyer about the promotion, click on the link. Can you say YUMMY?!

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I have been insanely busy this week and really miss posting my thoughts. It’s cathartic somehow! We are throwing our 3rd Annual Christmas Open House here tomorrow and I’ve been in panic mode all week trying to get the house cleaned, decluttered and decorated in time. Right now I’m totally procrastinating!! I’ve got a load of LC’s laundry sitting next to me waiting to be folded, a load of the girls laundry waiting to be unloaded from the dryer and a load of our laundry wating to go INTO the dryer. Plus about 3 loads waiting their turn on the floor of the laundry room to be cleaned. Sigh. When will someone invent self-cleaning, self-ironing, self-folding clothes?!

So what’s been happening lately …
The girls have been loving the Advent Calendar and I think have got over their disappointment that every day’s box doesn’t contain chocolates. We’ve done some fun things like make shortbread …

… make sugar cookies …

(as you can see, the Quality Assurance Test was a success!)

… and make a sign for the back of the calendar.

I decided to put the girls’ hand prints onto the back to commemorate them as they are now so years from now we’ll remember just how little they once were. Sometimes that’s hard to remember, especially when I have to buy them new winter boots and they look so BIG!! I swear, Marley’s looked big enough to fit me!!! Sigh.

As much as I want time to speed up so they can be more independent (and less reliant on me for every little thing!) it really sucks that time goes by so fast. Just yesterday Marley was starting preschool and now Paige is earing those clothes!! LC is crawling! Yup, you heard it here first. She started truly crawling yesterday. Our life as we knew it is over!!!

Well, I must stop procrastinating and get back to work. Enjoy the photos. I’ve had to dismantle my scrap room and turn it back into it’s original purpose – ie. the dining room! – for the party so there will be no scrapping posts from me for awhile. Bummer. I miss my paper already!! I’ve really got to find a better place to set up. Maybe my bedroom?

Well, when I started this post it was around 2:00 in the afternoon … it’s now 10:30PM. I’ve folded laundry, cleaned, decorated, fed children, wrapped presents, and had an enjoyable evening at my brothers. I’m wiped so I’m heading to bed as soon as I hit “Publish Post”. I got to give one of my Aunts her Christmas gift tonight and I did remember to take pictures of it beforehand to post later. She is heading to Glasgow tomorrow to spend Christmas with my other Aunt so I will not post the pics until after Christmas. Just in case she reads this! Wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise!! My Aunt really liked the gift and my sister-in-law couldn’t believe I made it so I think it’s pretty good! Kind of funny, ‘cus it took me no time at all to do! Lol!!

Today I am thankful for …
… girls who realize that a heartfelt apology goes much farther than a pouting fit …
… baby smiles …
… family.

Good night all!