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Friday, April 30, 2010

April OCS




Received this card from my partner, June, for Teri's April OCS. This was June's first time swapping and I must say, she did a FANTASTIC job! Thank you so very much June!

The Mary Kay Ash Story

Introduction

Persist no matter what.
Endure discomfort.
Request help.
Steadfastly hold on to your beliefs and values.
Envision triumph.
Very consistently keep at it.
Embrace adversity as your teacher.
Refuse to give up.
Enjoy and celebrate every tiny bit of progress!

Today, I'd like to share a chapter in The Best Way Out is Always Through. Enjoy!


Excerpt from:
The Best Way Out is Always Through,
by BJ Gallagher

Mary Kay Ash banged her head on the corporate glass ceiling one too many times. Working for several direct sales companies from the 1930's until the early 1960's, she achieved considerable success. She climbed the corporate ladder to become the sole woman on the board of directors of the World Gift Company - quite an accomplishment for a woman in the 1950's.

But life wasn't rosy at the top. Even though Mary Kay had the title and the track record, she was not taken seriously by her male peers. In board meetings, her opinions and suggestions were ignored, dismissed, or even ridiculed. Male board members minced no words in their judgment - pronouncing her guilty of "thinking like a woman."

Since the sales force was almost entirely female, Mary Kay thought that thinking like a woman was an asset. But her fellow board members disagreed. Finally, in frustration, she retired in 1963, intending to write a book to assist women in the male-dominated business.

Sitting at her kitchen table, she made two lists: one list was all the good things she had seen in the companies where she'd worked, and the other list was all the things she thought could be improved. As she re-read her lists, she realized that what she had in front of her was a marketing plan for her ideal company. In just four weeks, her "book" had become a business plan, and her retirement was over.

Both her accountant and her attorney did their best to discourage her, warning that she would be throwing her money away on this venture. But Mary Kay had heard enough male nay-saying in her corporate years - she ignored her advisors.

Her husband, unlike her accountant and attorney, was very supportive. With his help, Mary Kay developed the cosmetic products, designed packaging, wrote promotional materials and recruited and trained her female sales force.

Then the unthinkable happened; her husband of twenty-one years died of a heart attack. Another woman might have dropped her plans, or at least delayed them, but Mary Kay was a strong Texas woman. She stayed on track with the help of her twenty-year-old son, Richard Rogers and rolled out her new business in September of 1963.

Beginning with a storefront in Dallas and an investment of $5,000, Mary Kay Cosmetics earned close to $200,000 in its first year - quadrupling that amount in its second year. When Mary Kay took her company public in 1968, sales had climbed to more than $10 million.

Mary Kay's unusual corporate motto, "God first, family second, career third," was unconventional, to say the least. But she understood the need for women to have balance in their lives, and she was committed to providing unlimited opportunity for women's financial AND personal success.

Mary Kay authored three books, all of which became best-sellers. Her business model is taught at the Harvard Business School. She received many honors, including the Horatio Alger Award. Fortune magazine has named Mary Kay Cosmetics as one of the Ten Best Companies for Women, as well as one of The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America.

At the time of her death in 2001, Mary Kay Cosmetics had 800,000 independent beauty consultants in 37 countries, with total annual sales of over two billion dollars. Never underestimate the power of a woman with a mission!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ginger needs a new home




Ginger is a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Boxer mix and my office neighbor tenant is trying to help her friend find a new home for her.
If you can spread the word that would be great!

Here's the contact info:

Thanks so much for helping to get the word out. Ginger's such a loving dog, but needs a strong handler and a lot of land.

Be well,
Linda Orbach-Shear
Patient Services Coordinator
Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Center
5877 Livernois, Suite 150, Troy, MI 48098
work: (248) 813-8900
fax: (248) 813-8979
e-mail: lshear@fibroandfatigue.com

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

End of Year Gifts to my 2nd Grade Cathecism Class





The message in the bottle I gave my students was:


To: YOU
Date: TODAY
From: GOD
Subject: YOURSELF
Reference: LIFE

This is God. Today I will be handling All of your problems for you. I do Not need your help. So, have a nice day.
I love you.

P.S. And, remember...
If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do Not attempt to resolve it yourself! Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. I will get to it in MY TIME. All situations will be resolved, but in My time, not yours.


Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it. Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.



If you find yourself stuck in traffic, don't despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege..


Should you have a bad day at work; think of the man who has been out of work for years.
Should you despair over a relationship gone bad; think of the person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.


Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance; think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror; think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity.

Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities; remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them!

Should you decide to send this to a friend; Thank you. You may have touched their life in ways you will never know!
Now, you have a nice day...God
God has seen you struggling,
God says it's over.
A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in God, please send to ten people (including me) please don't ignore this. In this new year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

End of Year Teacher Thank You Gift





I altered this ice tea bottle as a end of year teacher gift for Alayna's 5th grade cathecism teacher.
I used our church paper for the label & to make the flower top. Alayna helped tremendously by cleaning off that sticky glue from the back of the bottle. The "message" in the bottle is a handwritten note from Alayna to her teacher.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Kay's Amazing Cake

OMG, if you haven't visited Kay's blog, what are you waiting for?

She even has a tutorial available to purchase for this amazing creation she made for her sister.
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sometimes, we all Need Some Ice Cream

Saying Grace In A Restaurant



Last week, I took my children to a restaurant.

My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace.

As we bowed our heads he said, "God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And liberty and justice for all! Amen!"

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!"

Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, "Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?"

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.

He winked at my son and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer."

"Really?" my son asked.

"Cross my heart," the man replied.

Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes."

Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at his for a moment, and then did something I will remember the rest of my life.

He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, "Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes; and my soul is good already."

The End

I love this story!
Please keep it moving.
Sometimes, we all need some ice cream

Friday, April 23, 2010

Richard, jr., 1st Birthday Card



This was my 1st attempt at making the punch rocking horse CASED from Regina Magnum "The Stampin' Bean" whose blog is http://thestampinbean.blogspot.com/2010/04/rockin-birthday.html

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Holy Humor

These have been around before, but they still have a message.

A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, 'I know what the Bible means!'

His father smiled and replied, 'What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means?

The son replied, 'I do know!'

'Okay,' said his father. 'What does the Bible mean?'

'That's easy, Daddy...' the young boy replied excitedly,' It stands for
'Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.'

(This one is my favorite.)

* * * * * ======= * * * * *

There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her
brother in another part of the country.

'Is there anything breakable in here?' asked the postal clerk.

'Only the Ten Commandments.' answered the lady.

* * * * * ======== * * * * *

'Somebody has said there are only two kinds of people in the world. There
are those who wake up in the morning and say, 'Good morning, Lord,' and
there are those who wake up in the morning and say , 'Good Lord, it's
morning.'

* * * * * ======== * * * * *

A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he
was short of time and couldn't find a space with a meter.

Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: 'I have circled
the block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll miss my appointment.
Forgive us our trespasses.'

When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with
this note 'I've circled this block for 10 years. If I don't give you a ticket,
I'll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.'

* * * * * ======== * * * * *

There is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his
congregation: 'I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have
enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is, it's
still out there in your pockets.'

* * * * * ======== * * * * *


While driving in Pennsylvania , a family caught up to an Amish carriage.

The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because

attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign... 'Energy efficient
vehicle: Runs on oats and grass. Caution: Do not step in exhaust.'

* * * * * ======== * * * *
*

A Sunday School teacher began her lesson with a question, 'Boys and girls, what do we know about God?'

A hand shot up in the air. 'He is an artist!' said the kindergarten boy.

Really? How do you know?' the teacher asked.

'You know - Our Father, who does art in Heaven... '

* * * * * ======== * * * *

A minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a
long holiday weekend. The attendant worked quickly, but there were many
cars ahead of him. Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant
pump.

'Reverend,' said the young man, 'I'm so sorry about the delay. It seems
as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip.'

The minister chuckled, 'I know what you mean. It's the same in my
business.'

* * * * * * ============ * * *


People want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center
of attention.

* * * * * * ============= * * *

Sunday after church, a Mom asked her very young daughter what the lesson
was about.

The daughter answered, 'Don't be scared, you'll get your quilt.'

Needless to say, the Mom was perplexed. Later in the day, the pastor
stopped by for tea and the Mom asked him what that morning's Sunday
school lesson was about.

He said 'Be not afraid, thy comforter is coming.'

* * * * * * ============= * * *


The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the
congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for
repairs to the church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that
the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the
last minute.

The substitute wanted to know what to play.

' Here's a copy of the service,' he said impatiently. 'But, you'll have
to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the
finances.'

During the service, the minister paused and said, 'Brothers and Sisters,
we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we
expected and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or
more, please stand up'.

At that moment, the substitute organist played 'The Star Spangled
Banner.'

And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!

* * * * * * ============== * * *
*

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And pass it on to other folk.




To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did" -- unknown

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Excerpt from: Living a Five Star Life, by Betty Mahalik

In this day and age, we are surrounded by messages that virtually scream, "Your life would be perfect if..." My life would be perfect if I had a different job, a different house, car, nose, spouse, bank account (fill in the blank). Or my life would be perfect if I could be like some celebrity whose life appears so well-ordered and perfect-o. This week I encourage you to stop playing "my life would be perfect if," and start playing "my perfect life." What's the difference? Three things: being in the present, an attitude of gratitude, taking action with what's available now.

When we're caught up in the "my life would be perfect if" trap, we've lost touch with the present. And the moment we detach from the present, we can no longer practice gratitude. Think about it: it's difficult to be grateful for what you don't have...and what you don't have is always somewhere out in future-ville.

Look around you right now. Think of 10 things you're grateful for. Do you have a roof over your head and food to eat? I'm guessing the answer is yes. Do you have at least a few good friends or close relationships? Then appreciate them too, right now. Keep going, and practice being in the present and being grateful for what is here and now at least a couple times a day.

You're also probably sitting there thinking "yes but." Yes, but I want more money, a better relationship, more time to travel, to be thinner, happier or whatever. It's one of the great mysteries I'll never figure out. The minute you stop focusing on what you lack, start focusing on what you've already got, and add the "magic" ingredient of action, you actually begin to attract more of what you want. It's an amazing formula for really living your perfect life!

Let's say you want to lose weight or get in better shape, but you don't have an hour a day to spend exercising at the gym. Therefore, you've pretty well resigned yourself to not losing weight or getting in shape. What if you had five minutes though...just about everyone can find five minutes to exercise, stretch, walk around the block or walk the dog. Would you be willing to be grateful for five minutes and make the best possible use of it? Therein lies the beginning of your perfect life!

A simple formula may help you remember how to apply this principle:

The present
+ an attitude of gratitude
+ positive action
= my perfect life.
Try it for a day.

Each time you start dreaming about how perfect your life would be if...come back to this moment, give thanks for what is, and do one thing to perfect what you have and who you are right now. There's a saying that "when the student is ready, the teacher appears." If you're ready to start perfecting your life, your teachers are all around you.

What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April OCS

Here's the card I made for my April partner, June,


and a dozen of the same for the card swap with www.sarajanesstudio.com









Here's my receipe:
SU Ink: Pixie Pink, Shimmer Paint
SU Stamps: Warmest Regards & Dreams de Jour
SU Punches: Extra Large 2-step bird, Ornament, Scallop Trim Corner
SU Embosslits Die: Beautiful Wings
SU Cardstock: Lavender Lace, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo
Crimper

Monday, April 19, 2010

Your Life Matters to......................................GOD

Most People Don't...
Those three words ping-ping in my mind over and over like pebbles against a glass window. I pause, "It's true. Most people don't spend so much time sitting in front of a laptop and writing."

And then it comes, "What's the matter with you? Why can't you relax and be more like most people?" You've had these words thrown like stones at you too, haven't you?

Most people don't...wear themselves out in the kitchen because they believe a meal feeds hearts and fills bellies.

Most people don't...throw off their entire schedule because they take time to listen to the stranger in the grocery store having a hard day.

Most people don't...pour over spreadsheets until their eyes are red because they see numbers as sort of an art and a way to bring order to a chaotic world.

Most people don't do what you do, love what you love, feel the kind of passion you feel about that thing. I started thinking about this recently and I realized we're in good company.

Most people don't...build an ark.

Most people don't...lead people through the desert to the Promised Land.

Most people don't...die on a cross to save the world.

But aren't you glad one person did?






What It's All About
It's not about following our career path
It's about following His call upon our lives. Matthew 16:24

It's not about our self-efforts to live for Him;
It's about letting Him live His life in us. Galatians 2:20

It's not about our attempts at self-improvement;
It's about His transforming grace. 2 Corinthians 5:17

It's not about our self-image;
It's about being conformed to His image. Romans 8:29

It's not about wanting the approval of others;
It's about having His approval. 2 Timothy 2:15

Friday, April 16, 2010

Paper Beads with Dawn

March OCS

I'm so very sorry this is so late, but this is the awesome card I received from Mary in FL as part of Teri's OCS for March.


She not only used Flower Soft on the outside, but decorated the inside as well in 3-D.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

TODAY ONLY

Free Coffee at Starbucks when you bring in your travel mug for TAX DAY!

And,
FREE SHIPPING/TAX for everyone that contacts me to place a Stampin'Up Order TODAY ONLY.
Really, a win/win situation, when you help me towards my quarterly requirement and I help you.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Got Cake?

Check out this awesome piece of cake Allison made!
Today's LPS Monday is a 3D challenge! And boy did I have fun with this one! I made this slice of cake creation with my Silhouette for my MIL whose birthday is on Thursday. I used some ol' SU! DP and LPS' {Make A Wish}. (Note: This is one of Corie's puffy flowers [well, I made it, but it's her tut!].)

I am gonna let the kids pick out some candies, fill the cake slice and then that can be their present to her from them. (We tend to make her handmade creations since we have been plum out of ideas for a few years now on what to get her!)

Should you want to play along with us for a chance at a prize from the Little Paper Shop, come check out the creations at the LPS blog!

Positive note of the day: Went out for brunch with the family and my brother's family. We haven't done that in forevah...a little nutty but a nice morning was had!
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Monday, April 12, 2010

Quarter Marker Club a/k/a QMC

Have you ever dreamed of owning ALL the markers, but just can't afford the total cost all at once? I am going to try offering you a way you can have it all by spreading it out over 4 months as a member of my Quarter Marker Club.

QMC will run for 4 months with 4 club members. When all 4 months have been completed you will get:
All 48 markers
Rich Regals(12)
Soft Subtels(12)
Bold Brights (12)
Earth elements (12)
PLUS The New In Color Markers (6)
Marker carrying Case (1)(will be shipped out to you on your 4th Month)

Each Month 1 of the 4 club members will be the Hostess and she will receive a minimum of
Level 1 Hostess item
PLUS $15.00 to spend
Its up to you during your Hostess month, if you want to add items to your club order to get even more Hostess ONLY items and more FREE money to spend.

QMC Committement $42.40/month for 4 months
(This includes shipping and tax)

QMC will start as soon as I have 4 committed club members.

Please Take Note:

Please remember to be faithful to QMC & the QMC rules since it is only fair to everyone that you hold up your requirements of the QMC. Payment options (cash, check, or charge)

All markers and any other items will be shipped to me and then I will ship the items to you ASAP.

The Marker case will be delivered to you on the last month of the QMC .

Please email me or post a comment (for me to respond) to sign up for QMC.
Please include in your email
Your full name
Shipping address
Ph #

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rita's 60th Birthday RAK

One of my good blogging friends, turns 60 today! YAHOO for Rita!


You don't look a day over 40!


I need to thank 2 people who brought me & Rita together, First, Dawn Griffith when she had Rita's blog listed on her blog friend roll, Secondly, Jen Young, who organizes and promotes her Birthday RAK. Without the 2 of you, I never would have "met" Rita.

Rita, I hope you enjoy your presents and they arrive safely in MA from MI.

Love you all Bunches!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Hot off the Press................New SU Colors!

Exciting news ...New Colors!!


SU! announced we are getting a new Color renovation.



The offical new Color families will be launched in July 2010 with the new catalog.

4 new Color Collections (w/10 colors/collection), which include 5 new colors :

Marina Mist , Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, early Expresso

and 10 returning colors :

Tangerine Tango , River Rock , Riding hood red , Wild Wasabi, Baja Breeze , Pink Pirouette, Pacific Point ,Melon Mambo , Soft Suede & Rich Razzleberry .

Click photo to view the list of those colors that will be retiring in June 2010 .


Please check the list to see if you will need any of your favorites before they retire . This includes Reinkers , Markers , Card stock & Ink pads.

SU Demonstrators can start preordering all the new colors in June.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Stampin'Up 2 Step Spring April Promotion

There is a new promotion from Stampin' Up!, The Two-Step into Spring Promotion!





Stampin' Up!'s Two-Step Stampin' sets allow you to quickly and easily take your creativity to the next level. And now, from April 1-30 only, you can purchase the brand-new Awash with Flowers Two-Step Stampin' set--or get it FREE when you host a $350 workshop!



Item Description Price
117062 Awash with Flowers (wood mount; set of 18)
$39.95
120549 Awash with Flowers (clear mount; set of 18)
$27.95

Plus, get 20 percent off a selection of perfectly springy Two-Step Stampin' sets from our current catalog:

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
113824 94 Greenhouse Garden $25.95 $20.76
113734 98 Fifth Avenue Floral $24.95 $19.96
111578 101 Flower Fancy $36.95 $29.56
113258 112 Trendy Trees $17.95 $14.36

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

May You Be Blessed

Introduction
Excerpt from May You Be Blessed
by Kate Nowak

It happened a few days after my father's death, in that mind-numbing period of adjustment after someone we love leaves us. Having gone shopping for necessities for my trip back to my own home, I was standing in an otherwise empty aisle of a large chain store when suddenly I sneezed, the last vestiges of an allergy attack I'd fought earlier in the week.

Almost instantly, from the next aisle over I heard a voice call out, "Bless you," and then another, and another, and yet another. All in all, in the span of only a few seconds, I counted eleven different voices coming from every possible direction in the store, some saying "God bless you," others using the word "gezundheit," but all blessing me, all calling good down upon me.

At first I thought little of it. After all the idea of blessing someone when they sneeze is rooted in superstition, an archaic belief that in the act of sneezing the soul is thrown from the body, and a blessing is needed for spiritual protection.

Today, it is usually offered as no more than a courtesy, a polite response that has come to be socially accepted and expected. But on that particular day, in the first few moments following all those blessings being called out to me, I began to notice a difference in myself: A slight shift in perception that left me feeling more connected and empowered than I had in days. It also left me, for the first time since my father's passing, more confident that everything would be all right.

Driving back to my father's house that day, I continued periodic "feelings" checks, marveling at how much stronger I felt. Later, sitting in my parent's kitchen for what would be one of the last times, I recounted the story to my stepmother. "Do you think any of them realized what they were saying?" she asked. "Or was it just out of habit?"

"Just habit," I answered with a shrug, thinking about what a shame it was that people could give such a needed gift as a blessing and not even be aware of what they had done. "It should be a habit, this business of blessing others," I said a moment later. "But it would be nice if people actually knew they could and were making a difference."

A seed was planted that day and two years later it sprouted, awakening me one morning to a gentle soul-whisper that poured forth as the words of a special blessing. Feeling compelled to take pen and paper from my nightstand, I prodded myself into full wakefulness and then sat on the edge of the bed, like a secretary poised for dictation, pen ready to capture each syllable as the inspired words flowed into my awareness.

Because of the power of the internet, those words have since been sent across the planet and read by millions, and as a result, I have received thousands of letters from people telling me how May You Be Blessed has impacted their lives. And in each and every instance I have found myself blessed in return.

I have often wondered since if my new found work as a dispatcher of blessings is the result of a serendipitous accident that placed me in a crowded store on a day when I was both prone to sneeze, and to listen to subtle nudges from the heart. Or was it, perhaps, that my father's gentle spirit was present that day, inspiring others to offer blessings so that I might be lifted up?

Of course, it is a question I cannot answer, but I do know that since that time my life has changed remarkably. Each day is now entirely centered on the act of blessing and I have come to recognize it not only as one of the most powerful and practical ways we have for reconnecting with each other, our world and Life itself, but also the most phenomenal way possible to lead us to happiness and success. It is a discovery I now endeavor daily to share with all.

A blessing, I have come to realize, is a sweet release from pain; a sacred reminder that we are made of love and light and goodness and, as such, part of a greater and most wondrous whole. It is an ancient key to a successful and fulfilling life.

Today, whenever I share with others this phenomenal key, explaining how, as we each develop the habit of blessing others we are blessing our own lives, as well, I feel as if I have been given a wonderful gift. I realize once again how truly blessed I am. It is my hope that as you read this book and allow the words of this blessing to enter your heart, you will be blessed in return. I could not ask for anything sweeter to my soul than that.

Teri's Birthday Cake

This is a must see! Go visit Teri and she even has a tutorial for you to follow. Mahalo Teri!

I had so much fun making this cute little cake. Of course, it's not a real cake and not edible, but it looks so yummy! On one of my visits to Cute Stuff in Puck's Alley, Lianne showed me some of her cakes and of course, I needed to make one! Here's a close up of my cake with the candle "on"...can you guess what it's made of? It's a tea light! How clever some people are to think up of these things. To cover the "cake", I used the small I-Top punch. It's a perfect fit. I used a small scrap from one of my SU DSP's...Then, I wrapped a chocolate chip 3/8" strip around the base and covered it with ribbon. The scallop circle is the small marvy punch (blue) and then I embellished it with bling and tiny roses. I love how the candle can be turned on and off under the cake. I punched a 1/4" circle on the bottom of the scallop circle so you can turn the switch on and off.

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Once in a Lifetime Downline Meeting w/Shelli



These are the cards I made to swap w/Shelli Gardner and my fellow Glitter Queens when we get our Once in a Lifetime downline meeting all because of our upline, Dawn Griffith!

Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaank
Yoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnn!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Rocking Horse Punch

Can you see all the punches she used? Amazing!
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Cukes - 13 amazing solutions

Too good not to share.
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The Amazing Cucumber

This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours..

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area. (WOW)

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!! (DOUBLE WOW)

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8 . Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber sliced rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11.. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!


Pass this along to everybody you know who is looking for better and safer ways to solve life's everyday problems.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter celebration


Jesus is...
Jesus is Hope...Because every promise of God is fulfilled in Him.
Jesus is Joy...because in Him dwells all God's fullness.
Jesus is Love...because He gave Himself without reservation

May His hope, joy, and love be your Easter celebration!

In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I Peter 1:3 NIV

Thursday, April 1, 2010

FREE Sample Dunkin' Donuts Coffee

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Check it out, free coffee sample!

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