Happy Birthday Tyler!!

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Today is our Grand Son, Tyler's 10th birthday!  
Boy is he ever excited to turn "Double Digits"!!
This is the card that I made for him...

We will be celebrating his birthday along with our son, Jeff's
birthday (who turned 31 yesterday) on Sunday so you won't
see the cake we make until the end of June with all the other
cake photos for the month.  Stay tuned though...
Tyler is going to decorate his own cake!!

MENU:
SS: Extreme Skateboard (retired), Teeny Tiny Wishes
CS: Night of Navy, WW, Tangerine Tango, Real Red
INK: Night of Navy
Card inspired by Barb Mann
Accessories: Hounds tooth EF, Word Window Punch,
Timeless Type Alphabet Sizzlits - these are retiring but you can still get
them if you place your order TODAY!
Click HERE to start your order

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Have A Blessed Day!!


Christi


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Look Who's Turning...Party This Way!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Oh my Goodness!! only two days left to purchase the retiring Stamps, 
Accessories and Wall Decor!
Get it NOW before it is too late.  
Click HERE to purchase from my on line Stampin' Up! site.

I have been playing hard using up retiring Designer Paper and Stamp Sets
And I want to share them with you while you still have the chance
 to place an order for them.
These are two great idea for kids

 MENU: 
SS: Party This Way
Inspired By: Pauline Camancho
INK: Gumball Green (a new in-color coming available on June 1), 
Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight

MENU:
SS: Look Who's Turning
Inspired By: Mary Brown
Ink: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade
I made a template for paper piercing the circle by punching
out a 1 3/4" Circle, and then drew lines every 1/4" across it
then I laid it on the card front and pierced at each line marking
The little critters, hats and numbers were stamped on a separate
piece of Whisper White and hand cut out.  Lucky for me I LOVE to cut!!

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Christi
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May Cakes

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Time to share with you the cakes that I made this month.
The first one was for a dear young friend Amber who just graduated
from Hope College with her nursing degree.
I used to take care of her little guy, Eli.
 And this one was for Lisa.  I get to make her cake every year because her thoughtful husband makes sure that in their household of boys, the only girl in the family is MOM and that she gets treated very special on her birthday.
 

Next on the line up for May was a Wedding Cake!

This was a two layer 14" and a 2 layer 12" Carrot Cake
Thankfully, my husband helped me to deliver it because it weighed
28 1/2 POUNDS
I got an email from the bride two days later that said it was a BIG hit
with everyone and she gave my name out to several people who asked.




Some Princess Cupcakes for a 7 year old charge of one of my friends

The fun little topper is a bottle of Princess Bubbles.
  A total of 40 cupcakes for her fun Princess Party! 
 The first Graduation of the season...
Heidi is headed to Cedarville College in Ohio and has 
a scholarship to sing with their traveling group.
 Hence the music related decorations on this second cake.
There are more birthday's and graduations coming in June, so stay tuned
And don't forget the butterfly cake that I posted earlier HERE

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Christi
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Thank You For Your Order

Monday, May 28, 2012
 May is always a BUSY time for cake orders.  Between graduations and birthdays, and a wedding thrown in there, I have kept very busy filling these orders.  A friend suggested that I have a card to give to the people who place an order.  Great idea!!  So in my quest to use up my retired or retiring Designer Paper I ran across this idea using the Designer Paper called BEAU CHATEAU #122357 reg. price $10.95 now...$8.21, as well as the retiring LACE RIBBON BORDER PUNCH #122362 Reg price $19.95 now... 25% off at $14.96
Click HERE to place an order, 
but remember the last day to get the retiring product is May 31st!!
Click HERE to see the retiring list of Stamp Sets
Click HERE to see the retiring list of Accessories
Click HERE to see the retiring list of Wall Decor
 Thanks to Rachel and Marla who helped me on one of our play days
to crank out a couple dozen of these to have on hand.
The stamp set we used is called EASY EVENTS and is NOT being retired, thankfully,
and a background stamp called DISTRESSED DOTS.
The THANKS FOR YOUR ORDER Stamp is from an exclusive set
that we were given at the 2011 Convention in Utah.
Another great perk for being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!!

Click HERE to purchase the STARTER KIT for only $99.00!

Colors used: Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White
Card Inspired by: Becky Roberts

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Christi
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RHSSC #38

Sunday, May 27, 2012
For those of you who faithfully check my blog on a regular basis you have
noticed that I haven't posted for a few days - so sorry!  It has been a HUGE week
for me with baking and decorating cakes and cupcakes for two separate orders.
You will see that post in just a few days.
But in the mean time...

 This is the Red Hot Stampers Sketch Challenge for this week...


When we were sitting at our grandson's little league baseball game a cute little girl was sitting in front of us and the longer I looked at her little shirt I thought it would be so cute as a card.I'm really not a stalker, but it is amazing how and where you can find your inspiration for designs

This is my take on the the challenge using the colors and designs from her cute shirt.
The colors I used are: Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, 
Basic Black, WW, and Certainly Celery 
The Stamp is a retired SAB set called "So Happy For You"
So sorry, the cute butterfly brad was purchased at a local crafting store.

Click HERE to see what the other gals made using this same sketch 

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Christi

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Summer Smooches

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Last week's Play Day was held at Sue's house where we had our garage sale.
Even Little Owen joined us for the day and pretty much slept through the whole thing.
We had several offers to buy the baby, but I think Rachel is pretty attached to him (hehe).

I came sporting my new apron made using the Summer Smooch Fabric.
My Dear, Dear, Friend and Pen Pal of over 40 years made this for me!!
She also made me 2 zippered pouches and a small one that holds my business cards.
All complete with my name embroidered on them!!
 

See...they match the bag that we all got at Leadership last January!!
I am loving these amazing things she made for me!!

Thanks Becky! You are a Sweetheart!!

Have a Blessed Day!!

Christi

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Mocha Morning

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I love the rich colors from the Designer Paper called MOCHA MORNING and I wanted to feature this great designer paper before it was no longer available.  
Once June 1st hits it will be too late.  
Click HERE to check out all the retiring accessories.
Click HERE to check out the retiring stamp sets.
and Click HERE to check out the retiring Wall Decor`

The stamp set used here is called ECHOES OF KINDNESS which I am sorry to say is already retired, but think outside the box and use whatever stamp set you have on hand to recreate this fabulous card which was inspired by Chat W.

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Christi
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Gifts To Me, To You

Monday, May 21, 2012
Today I will share with you two little purse shaped items
This first one was given to me from my friend Vicky.
They had these little purses (with goodies in them) at each place setting
for a women's event at their church.
 
This next one is one that I made for Glenda.  
It is probably my favorite Go-To gift card holder and when I combined it with the new Summer Smooches Designer Paper I think it turned out very cute.
Glenda was so kind to loan me the new products that she pre-ordered to show my down line gals at the last meeting, and she allowed me to take a potential recruit to her down line meeting. She is such an amazing up-line and I appreciate her so much.
 
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Christi
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RHSSC #37

Sunday, May 20, 2012
Time for the Red Hot Stampers Sketch Challenge of the week
This is the sketch we had to work with...

I totally did a flip on this one

See how I changed it up...
 I used the Designer Paper called NURSERY NEST which already had the white scallop on the edge so all I had to do was add the piece of scalloped Blushing Bride

One of the corners of the 12x12 DSP had these two cute birdies so I thought I would make that into a card as well.  Your Designer Series Paper can be quite versatile. 
These two cards were speedy to make.

MENU: 
SS: Friendly Phrases
CS: Marina Mist, Blushing Bride, WW, Nursery Nest DSP (retiring), 
Owl: Soft Suede, Blushing Bride DSP (also retiring), Basic Black
INK: Staz On Jet Black
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Dimensional

Click HERE to see what all the other gals made with this sketch challenge

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Christi
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Grad Owl + Guest Stampers

Saturday, May 19, 2012
I love it when my friends bring the cards they make to share with me, and I love being able to highlight their creations on my blog.  Just like I have a play day with my gal pals, Marlane and Nancy have play days and they made these cute little punch art graduation owls for the graduates in their lives.


Aren't they just the cutest!!
They used a variety of punches and a retired stamp called Happy Grad
Thanks for sharing your creations!
I hope you enjoy seeing these on my blog post

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Have A Blessed Day!!

Christi



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All Masculine Card Class

Friday, May 18, 2012
Do You struggle with finding great card ideas for the guys in your life?
Then this is the class for you!

DETAILS:
WHEN: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:00AM
or Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:00 PM
COST: $12.00 or a minimum $25.00 order
WHERE: Christi's Craft Room
RSVP: by 7:00 PM the night previous to class time
christiwaite@gmail.com
Please bring along your own adhesive to keep the cost down.
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Have a Blessed Day!!

Christi

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Play Day?

Thursday, May 17, 2012
This weeks Play Day is Garage Sale Day!
So instead of "playing" we will be "working"
but when you are spending the day with friends, it doesn't matter what you are doing
it is always just plain fun.

So for today I will show you a fun project we made at last weeks play day.
Actually our play day gang is growing!!  Jackie popped in and offered to do "whatever"
and Sue also came for a short time.  Baby Owen stayed for the morning, but then daddy picked him up so Rachel could play all afternoon.  This was a rare treat for her to be able to stay all day.
 You can see what a mess we make while we are "playing"
Jackie is the one on the left.  She used to work for the Meijer grocery store chain as a cashier.
She mentioned that she was going out on Friday evening with her Meijer gal pals.
Last week Glenda had a Customer Appreciation Night and made these cute bags for everyone
using the Fancy Favor Box Die #115965 $39.95.
 
 
Since I helped her out by loaning her supplies for her large group, 
she gifted me with one of the bags.

I told Jackie we should make some bags like that and make them look like grocery sacks and she could give them to the gals as a treat.  Jackie's response was "yeah, just make them up like that, huh?" and we said "YEAH!" We set everything aside and we all worked together to give Jackie a hand in creating a fun gift for her friends.
I printed out the Meijer logo from their website and we added that to the front of the bags
Jackie stamped "So Glad We're Friends" from the retired stamp set Best Yet to create the sign.

 I think they turned out ADORABLE!!!
She texted me that night to let me know that the ladies thought they were GREAT!!

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Christi



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Teacher Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Last week was National Teacher Appreciation Week and at our grand children's elementary school they were suggesting for each student to bring a candy bar, etc and then write a note to correspond with that particular candy.  
For example: Smarties could be...Thank you for making me smart(ies).
These are the cards that I made using Lynn Pratt's free appl
e pattern.
Since Gracie is in kindergarten she attends Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday so she brought her treat on Wednesday.  Julie chose Tic Tac and wrote "Thanks for making each day an enjoy-"mint"

Tyler brought his treats in on Friday.  For those I made extended length candy wrappers using the Candy Wrapper Die #120890 $32.95 Click HERE to view a video tutorial on You Tube.  
Julie picked out Take 5 candy bars. In the card they wrote 
"Take 5, you deserve a break.  Summer is almost here. 
Thank you for everything you have done this year.
 
I love having little projects like this to stretch my imagination.
I'm sure the teachers loved them!

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Christi
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C is For Cat

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Meet Bella and Opal
Our Son, Joey, recently adopted 2 cats from the Humane Society 


And our daughter who is moving, needs to find a home for her cat, Tux 


 So for all you cat lovers out there,  I thought I would share a cat card using the 
retiring stamp set C is For Cats.

 MENU:
CS: WW, Black, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Black Stazon, Versamark
Accessories: Basic Rhinetones, Black EP, Circle Punch, Heat Tool
Inspired By: Lisa Young

Now, check out this fun YouTube Video
Funny Cats in Water



Hope it makes you laugh as much as it did us!

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Have a Blessed Day!!

Christi
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My Mother's Day!

Monday, May 14, 2012
What an amazing day!! 

Our son Joey came and shared lunch with us today, but earlier this week they popped in to bring me a gift.  Melissa used to work at a Tanning Salon and got me hooked. It has given me such a boost to not be so pasty white skinned. I only go once a month, but will do a spray in between if I need a boost, so Melissa picked up some more iSun and an anti-aging lotion to use prior to tanning.  I love the thoughtfulness!


Jeff and Jess popped in with the beautiful flowers!
They smell so very lovely, 
and the color is oh so pretty purple. 

They also brought...


A copy of Jeff's newest book, just released.  
It feels AMAZING just to hold it in my hands.
 

 A personal signed copy!!! What an amazing talent God has gifted him with!


If you have an ipad, iphone or Kindle, etc you can click on this link
to download it, OR go to Amazon.com to purchase a hard (or soft) cover book.
There will be a permanent icon on the right side of my blog along with his other two
books if you need to access it in the future.

Julie brought me a stand for my ipad so now I can read Jeff's book it will free up my hands.
Yes, I have a physical copy and an E copy!! Perfect for this proud mama.

This is the card that I made for our daughter, Julie, for Mother's Day. 
I saw it on the Stampin' Connection by Barb Mann and thought it was perfect 
as Julie has one boy and one girl.  I do not have the stamp set FOREVER YOUNG (yet) 
so I took my Timeless Portrait Designer Paper and fussy cut the silhouettes for 
the front of the card.  I like it - it gives it a touch of color with the blue back ground.

MENU:
CS: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Retired DSP or you could use First Edition DSP, 
(I am just trying to use up some old DSP on hand), Timeless Portrait DSP
INK: none
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Victoria Lace, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Dimensionals

I hope all you Mother's and Mother's-to-be had a wonderful day too!

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Have a Blessed Day!!

Christi


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RHSSC #36

Sunday, May 13, 2012
Time to play with the Red Hot Stampers again!!
My friend, Rachel, is the one who chooses the sketches for us to do
and I was finding this one challenging because I didn't like the dead
space at the top of the card. 
This is the sketch we had to work with...
So I went to work digging through my "lucky leftovers" of Designer Paper
to see if something caught my eye.
INSIDE:
I can't say it is my favorite but I was too lazy to start over.
All in all, I think it turned out pretty nice.

MENU:
SS: Apothecary Art, God's Blessings (retired), EnFrancais back ground
CS: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Beau Chateau DSP
INK: Soft Suede, Versa Mark
Accessories: White EP, 1 1/2" and 1 3/4" Circle Punches, Dimensionals

Click HERE to see what the other gals did with this sketch challenge

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Have A Blessed Day!!

Christi
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