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Thursday, January 28, 2010

RAK Valentine's for Children's Hospital

I remembered Pat did this last year, so I had my 2nd grade cathecism class make 12 cards w/Bucket Filling drops for the children even before I knew about Pat's candy.

Pat's Valentine Drive is Now Open to all Bloggers!

Yep, it's that time again and even though I collected over 5000 Valentines for Children's Hospital they are ready for more! And, I need YOUR help! So this year I would like to ask you to send your Valentines to me by February 8th. That means send them a bit early so I can have them by the 8th. They can be with or without envelopes and even can be post-card style if you wish. The kids will love anything you send and I will offer up a bit of candy to a winner which will be randomly drawn out of the donor's list. Hope you all can find it in your heart to help once again. There are approximately 250 kids so if you send as many as can manage to make will be appreciated. Get on your mark, get set, GO! When you are ready just drop me a note ( and I will send you my address as to where to mail your cards. I will post a list of donors and those will be the ones eligible for the drawing. Thanks in advance.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Gunther's RAK

You all know how much of a dog loving person that I am, so when my good friend Curt told me about Gunther's accident, I knew I wanted to make him a get well card. Well as I was getting my supplies out I was inspired to alter my first Altoids tin. Guess what, the bones I have fit perfectly inside as a get well treat for poor Gunther. It was a very long day on Monday, after work I walked 2 miles w/Alayna in 40 minutes, then came home to help Ed hang the chandlier at his mother's house, then I was finally able to sit down at the kitchen table and make the tin & card. Don't you just love those googly eyes on the frogs? I also covered the bottom of the tin, but didn't take a photo. I just mailed this Perishable pkg to Gunther yesterday so I can't wait to hear how he is doing and if he liked it or not, wink, wink, wink.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

From Service Dog to SURFice Dog

Dawn had posted this on her Sunday share, but I just had to keep sharing, kwim?

Monday, January 25, 2010

I'm a Winner!

Wow, Look what I won from Mary Beerman! She has an awesome blog! You should go visit her sometime and be amazed. Thank you Mary!
Congratulations to Gina Wrona!
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Saturday, January 23, 2010

SU I {Heart} Make a Difference for Haiti Disaster Relief

I {Heart} Hearts Makes a Difference for Haiti Disaster Relief

From now until February 28, 2010, for every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set you buy, Stampin' Up! will donate $2 to the American Red Cross’ Haiti Relief and Development Fund. The Red Cross is already well-established in Haiti, and this money will be used to provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

I {Heart} Hearts - clear-mount, Item #118571, $18.95
I {Heart} Hearts - wood-mount, Item # 117010, $26.95

Friday, January 22, 2010

Daily inspiration quote reminds me of Dawn Griffith

Whether it is an unexpected act of kindness, providing extraordinary customer service, or being sincerely interested in every word that someone says…great leaders usually have one thing in common: They consistently do more than is expected.
~Marcy Blochowiak

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dawn's Sweet Treat Cups

OMG, have you visited Dawn lately? If not, you should right away and check this out! I'm so glad that I'm her Glitter Queen! "Love ya much" Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!
Heart treat cups card
 The Heart treat cups# 120435 are  soo stinkin cute  and  I used the matching  stamp set called Sweetheart#120780
Both of  which are NOT  in  any mini catalog but  can be  found HERE 
You  will also need the Full Heart punch#113693 to add treats to treat cups . I added Red Hot heart candy to mine
I used the Green Galore Card stock #101768 and  the Real red card stock # 102482.
I also used the  Brand new Real red satin ribbon #117286  in the Occasions mini.  
The "Love you much" greeting is from the Well Scripted stamp set # 118601 and Lots of doodle dots again with my White gel pen # 105021
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Monday, January 18, 2010

Awesome Punch Work by Valita

You must visit Valita's blog, she does amazing things! Absolutely amazing!
Here's the punch dog promised and a list of punches

Stampin ups wide oval
punch for the head and body
and double punch one for his tail.
6 small
oval punches for the ears muzzle arms and nose.
2 1/2' circle punches for the
2 office size hole punches for the eyes.
stampin ups scallop
and a 1 and 1/4' punch for the sign.
I also made a template from
acetate and a 3/4' circle to trace the smile on.
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Friday, January 15, 2010

1 Minute Each Night

> > >
> > > In the coming weeks, we all need to be on our knees. Do
> > > you believe we can take God at His word?
> > >
> > > Call upon His name, then stand back and watch His wonders
> > > to behold.
> > >
> > > This scripture gives us, as Christians, ownership of this
> > > land and the ability to call upon God to heal it.
> > >
> > > I challenge you to do so. We have never been more desperate than now for God to heal our land.
> > > 2 Chronicles 7:14 - If my people, which are called by My name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
> > > During WWII, there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every night at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace. This had an amazing effect as bombing stopped.
> > >
> > > We can do the same here in The United States. The United States and our citizens need prayer more than ever !!!
> > >
> > > If you would like to participate: each evening at 9:00 PM, stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the our country and, our citizens, for peace in the world, and that the Bible will remain the basis for the laws governing our lands.
> > >
> > > If you know anyone who would like to participate, please pass this along.
> > > Someone said if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
> > >
> > > Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.
> > >
> > > Thank You.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Valentine idea to case

Mary's blog is a must see if you haven't already visited her. Go check it out and leave her some hugs, kwim?
Love one Another-fini

I used and OBD stamp set , Very Vanilla, Creamy Caramel  and Chocolate Chip card-stock. I also used  Sepia ink, Brown  satin ribbon, tiny cream  pearls , two punches and two die cuts. Oh and I also used designer paper.

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Eat That Frog!

An excerpt from
Eat That Frog!
by Brian Tracy
The 80/20 Rule is one of the most helpful of all concepts of time and life management. It is also called the "Pareto Principle" after its founder, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who first wrote about it in 1895. Pareto noticed that people in his society seemed to divide naturally into what he called the "vital few", the top 20 percent in terms of money and influence, and the "trivial many", the bottom 80 percent.

He later discovered that virtually all economic activity was subject to this principle as well. For example, this principle says that 20 percent of your activities will account for 80 percent of your results, 20 percent of your customers will account for 80 percent of your sales, 20 percent of your products or services will account for 80 percent of your profits, 20 percent of your tasks will account for 80 percent of the value of what you do, and so on. This means that if you have a list of ten items to do, two of those items will turn out to be worth five or ten times or more than the other eight items put together.

Number of Tasks versus Importance of Tasks
Here is an interesting discovery. Each of the ten tasks may take the same amount of time to accomplish. But one or two of those tasks will contribute five or ten times the value of any of the others.

Often, one item on a list of ten tasks that you have to do can be worth more than all the other nine items put together. This task is invariably the frog that you should eat first.

Focus on Activities, Not Accomplishments
The most valuable tasks you can do each day are often the hardest and most complex. But the payoff and rewards for completing these tasks efficiently can be tremendous. For this reason, you must adamantly refuse to work on tasks in the bottom 80 percent while you still have tasks in the top 20 percent left to be done.

Before you begin work, always ask yourself, "Is this task in the top 20 percent of my activities or in the bottom 80 percent?"

The hardest part of any important task is getting started on it in the first place. Once you actually begin work on a valuable task, you will be naturally motivated to continue. A part of your mind loves to be busy working on significant tasks that can really make a difference. Your job is to feed this part of your mind continually.

Motivate Yourself
Just thinking about starting and finishing an important task motivates you and helps you to overcome procrastination. Time management is really life management, personal management. It is really taking control of the sequence of events. Time management is having control over what you do next. And you are always free to choose the task that you will do next. Your ability to choose between the important and the unimportant is the key determinant of your success in life and work.

Effective, productive people discipline themselves to start on the most important task that is before them. They force themselves to eat that frog, whatever it is. As a result, they accomplish vastly more than the average person and are much happier as a result. This should be your way of working as well.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Awesome Risa

Go check out my friend, Risa's blog, I promise she'll leave you speechless, like I was!

Card Details.......
image The Pixie Cottage (SouthEnd Girls2) and no sentiment at this time. card stocks, The Cut Cardstock Company (blk.) and Taylor (white), DP from DCWV, inks Copic Markers and Memento Pitch Blk., tools used EK Success scroll & heart punch, nesties lg. oval & scallop dies and Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder. Embellishments are roses and mini roses, half pearls, Shimmerz Baby Breath spray (on the roses) and extra fine glitter.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Rita's Christmas RAK


You truly have spoiled me for sure! I'm so glad we met thru Jen's BRAK Club
and not to mention you also know my upline, Dawn Griffith,
who featured you on her blog too! My, oh my you are so famous! And, to think I have your autographs. YAHOO!

Love all bunches!

Monday, January 11, 2010


When Someone is Hurting, C.A.R.E.
Connect - When someone is hurting, we often don't know what to say or do. But even simply expressing, "I'm sorry and I care about you," can make a tremendous difference.
Accept - When we try to help someone, it's easy to direct their emotions or give advice. But emotions need to be shared openly. You'll be a blessing by providing a safe place to grieve.
Respond - While it is important to take action. What you do can be practical (like providing a meal) or symbolic (like sharing a thoughtful gift).
Extend - People are flooded with attention when a loss first occurs, but support usually decreases over time. By remembering and continuing to reach out, you can bring comfort and healing.

You Can, Because He Can
You can ask the Lord
because He will not give you a wrong answer.
You can wait upon the Lord
because His timing is always perfect.
You can trust in the Lord
because He makes no mistakes.
You can hope in the Lord
because He holds your future.
You can rest in the Lord
because He is in control of your life.
You can lean upon the Lord
because He is completely faithful.

I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. Job 42:2 NKJV

Pint Size Heroes

My daughter's elementary school is having their annual Pint Size Hero Blood Drive.

Peck Elementary School
Friday, January 22nd
3pm - 8:45pm

The Pint Size Hero program is a community service project developed by the American Red Cross to introduce children to the importance of donating blood. Th program encourages students to invite parents, guardians and other adults to give blood on their behalf.

*Each student who invites an adult to come to donate will be recognized as a Pint Size Hero and will receive an American Red Cross thank you gift and/or certificate.

*If a parent has more than one child in the school, each student will be recognized.

*Registration Deadline is Monday, January 11th.

Tomorrow's life-saving blood donations will be made by today's children who are taught the importance of blood donation. Please consider donating blood to help your student and help save a life. To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and provide a valid photo ID upon donation. If you have any questions regarding the blood drive, please contact your blood drive coordinator at 586-510-2600 (Jamila Wilson, Donor Recruitment Representative).

So far, Alayna has 4 people on the sign up sheet, but if you are interested, just shoot me an email and I can give you the info for her to get credit.

This program was what got me started donating and so far, I've donated over 2 gallons of blood in 3 years, 21 pints and am only 2 pints away from earning my 3rd gallon pin! YAHOO!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Heart Treat Cups

Just in time for Valentine's Day, our new Heart Treat Cups coordinate perfectly with the Sweetheart stamp set and the Full Heart punch. Talk to your customers today about these fun products and start booking your Valentine's-themed workshops!

Important Information

•Heart Treat Cups (#120435) and the coordinating Sweetheart stamp set (#120415) will be available for purchase by demonstrators and customers on January 5, 2010.
•While this is not a limited-time offer, we are not certain how long the initial inventory (earmarked for Valentine's Day) will remain in stock. It is possible that the Heart Treat Cups may be backordered for a short time prior to Valentine's Day.
•The coordinating Sweet Treat Padded Envelopes (#116802) and the Full Heart punch (#113693) are available for purchase now.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

1st Annual SAB Club 2010 Members

Finally made it to the dr after being sick for the past 2 weeks. He confirmed bronchitus just like I thought and gave me 2 prescriptions. Lungs were clear so no phemonia, Thank God!



1st Annual SAB Club Members for 2010 are:

Risa @

And, drumroll please......................................................
January's hostess randomly drawn by my daughter Alayna is
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< C A R O L >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Thanks Girls! I look forward to starting off the new year w/all of YOU!

Monday, January 4, 2010

A Different Kind of Hope

It's Okay to Not Be Okay
By His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 NIV

We think that we have to take what's broken and make it perfect again. God thinks in an entirely different way. He took what was perfect (His Son) and through His brokenness brought us healing.

Because of this, our brokenness can bring healing to others too. And in the process, it can also heal us. You are loved just as you are - brokenness and all.

A Different Kind of Hope
Hope is a Journey
Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4 NIV

It seems hope should be first on the list. But instead it's the culmination of our hearts taking a thousand little steps of faith. Real hope meets us where we expect it least and need it most. So if life seems hard right now and you wonder how much longer you can go on, take heart...hope is already on the way.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2010 Sale-A-Bration Club

Consider this your lucky day and a special invitation from me to join:

3 Members
3 Months (Jan, Feb, Mar)
3 FREE Sale-A-Bration Products!

Join my new 2010 Sale-A-Bration Club & get in on the fun! The club will run from January 15th thru March 15th 2010.

This club will have 3 members. The cost is $58.00 per month per member. Each member will get to pick $50 in merchandse from any of the current catalogs, PLUS when it is YOUR hostess month in addition to your $50 in goodies you will also get:

3 FREE Sale-A-Bration Products (you pick) $50.00 value
Choice of Level 1 Hostess Item
$15.00 in FREE Merchandise

Bear in mind, Sale-A-Bration comes only ONCE to kick off the New Year! This is a fantastic opportunity to get tons of SU stamping supplies for a small investment and you won't break the bank! Just think of it as a triple play bundled all together.

Members must commit to the entire 3 months.
Payment is due to me by the 15th of each month.

Post a comment or email me @

Deadline to sign up (groups of 3) is January 4, 2010.