Prayers are needed for our friends.

This has been such a terribly sad week. Two of our on-line friends have each experienced… what we as parents pray we never ever do, the loss of a child.

The first set of friends is Cindy and Kevin Echtinaw of StampingScrapping.com who lost their beautiful 27 year old daughter, Lindsay on Saturday, July 23.

If you would like to leave your condolences, you can do so here.

They have also been asked, if in lieu of flowers, there is anything anyone can do. A fund has been set up.

You may go to any Wachovia/Wells Fargo branch and let them know you want to make a donation/deposit to the

Janine Blackwelder F/B/O Lindsay Echtinaw account in North Carolina.

You may also send via PayPal to this email address


Please choose the Personal tab then select the Gift option

or you may send a check to

Janine Blackwelder

951 NC Hwy 62 East

Pleasant Garden NC 27313

Make checks payable to: Janine Blackwelder F/B/O Lindsay Echtinaw

(FBO stands for: For Benefit Of)

Thank you again for your continued prayers and support for the Echtinaw family.


The second friend is Lisa Hall Canon

who lost her amazing son, Andrew on Saturday, July 23.

If you would like to view his Memorial page, you can do so here.

Also, if you are at all interested in helping out, you can do so by sending money directly to Lisa’s PayPal address using the personal tab and the gift option.


I know that both of these families would appreciate any amount…no matter how small. No one is prepared for what they’re going through…and any little thing will help.

Please keep these families in your prayers,  Big, Big (((hugs))) Sheri

Bring on the bling

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This little guy is a La La Land Crafts Stamp named Summer Luka…and he just makes me giggle a little….  Can’t you just see him hitting the beach?
Our newest challenge at Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central is Bling. The bling on my card was made by embossing a piece of cardstock with both green and blue Glitter Zing Embossing Powder. I think it seems to work pretty well with the beachy colors of my card too.
So…now it's your turn to bling your card out…and head over to the SSCC blog to enter our challenge.
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Happy Sunday!

So…you might remember from my last post that, my two four legged grandchildren have been staying with us for the week. Have you ever watched the episode of I Love Lucy, where she takes on baby sitting? She thinks she’s baby sitting one very well behaved boy, but it turns out to be identical twins…who are such a challenge that their poor mother can’t find anyone to babysit them. Well….someone neglected to mention to me that they would require a trip outside every morning at 4 AM.
My couch….
They go home tonight…and I think Bayleigh is really going to miss his niece and nephew. Me too…just don’t tell Courtney, K? ;)
Our challenge at Magnolia Stamp Lovers is Summer Colors.Tilda with Kite
There is just something about pale blue gingham along with red, that reminds me of summer picnics at the park. For my card, I combined Tilda with a Kite along with Rufus.
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I also added a bunch of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. Along the edges of the flowers, I dabbed a bit of Tim Holtz Stickles in Rock Candy.
Tilda with Kite Flowers Close up
Thank you so much for dropping by and I hope you are enjoying your Sunday!
Supplies Used:
Also joining these challenges:

Magnolia Flower Challenge

Tilda with Hawaiian Butterfly
I’m going to make this quick, since…I’m finally sitting down after running my self ragged this weekend…
and that was without hardly leaving the house! Winking smile
We have our other 2 grandchildren, 2 mini dachshunds, staying with us for the week, which make 3 mini dachshunds and I large kitty at my feet.  At the moment I have a gang of dachshunds darting around like a mini herd ferrets, with my kitty, Sarah Leigh thinking she a dachshund herder. It’s pretty hysterical.
Please stop my Magnolia Stamp Lovers to enter the Magnolia Flower Challenge
Thank you so much for dropping by and have a wonderful week!
Supplies used:
Entering these challenges:

Clean and Simple is hard….

So…when I think of Clean and Simple cards, I think of only one or two layers, no embellishments, not a lot going one…just clean….and simple, right? Right.
OK, so…count with me. Five layers, ribbon and a bow with  tons of embossing. All I can say is…I tried. Honest..I did. :)
Have a fantastic weekend and thank you so much for stopping by. Toodles!

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SSD Lacey Squares

Warning…Chatty post ahead

First things first!!  Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans! My day started of by going out for a wonderful breakfast with the entire family. Following that, my Mom and I went down to my Dad’s grave to say Hi and place a festive red, white and blue pinwheel on his grave. It’s seems so hard to believe, but Dad passed away 10 years ago  on July 5th. We all of course, still miss him so much.
Late this afternoon, we'll be having barbecued Swordfish, Halibut and Shrimp along some sweet corn and a Caesar salad at my daughter's. YUM!
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Today's card is for the Scrappy Frogs Flower Challenge. This card is nearly all Papertrey Ink. I made the Background paper using Kraft cardstock along with a Papertrey Ink, The Year of Flowers, Carnation stamp. I used Copics to color the images and then stamped a large French Script background stamp from Stampin’ Up!. The Pink card stock was stamped with one of the Polka Dots Basics sets, also from Papertrey Ink.
Supplies Used:
Year of Flowers Carnation
Polka Dot Basics II
Doily Details Die
Tag-Its #3
Edgers 3 Die
Next, I wanted to share with a few organizational pieces that I’ve added to my Scrapbook Room.
The first of which is a Revolving Stamp Pad Holder that I purchased from an absolutely wonderful Seller on EBay, Cameron's Toyz.. P1030397This one will hold 60 Stampin’ Up! Ink pads. He even gave me enough spacers so that I could store my Distress Ink pads too. Sweet!
I’ve also recently purchased  a Memorex CD holder from Target, which now stores all of my dies in one place.
Next up, is my solution for the smaller PTI $5.00 stamp sets. I simply purchased a very inexpensive single pocket photo album from Michaels... the really, really, REALLY inexpensive ones.  Using an Exacto knife, I carefully sliced all the pages out, hence …the inexpensive photo albums.  For the sets that have matching dies, I just store the die on the back side of the stamp set.
I keep all of my $5.00 PTI sets right along side the larger PTI Sets in a CD holder box, purchased from Ikea.
I also, set out recently to catalogue all of my stamps, inks and dies…and I’ve almost done it too!
I took a  3inch binder…and dressed it up a bit.
Inside, I have a list of Stampin’ Up Inks and how they match up to Papertrey ink colors
Stampin’ Up! Inks
Chalk Inks
Catalogue of stamps
The last thing on my list of “fun” things to share with you is my Punch and Die Book.
I have pages for all of my punches and dies too. Now, when I want to see how a stamp will work with a particular die, I just grab this book, flip to the appropriate die shape, and place it onto the image in my Stamp Book. So easy!!! I can't tell you how wonderful it is to have everything organized like this. So far, I'm really enjoying this.
If you're interested in seeing more of my craftroom, go here.  
Now....if I haven't lost you yet....I want to thank you so much for sticking with me through my  very long winded post! 
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! :)