He Does Exist

  I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six.
   Mother took me to see him in a department store
  and he asked for my autograph.
       ~ Shirley Temple

Amanda Saw Santa Claus


Well, I don't know about you, but I for one, still believe in Santa Claus.

I even saw a package he had delivered to the house yesterday with my name on it. Apparently, he's planning ahead to spare the reindeer on Christmas eve.

I told Santa I really just wanted crafting toys this Christmas. He told me his elves didn't know the first thing about paper craft toys. So, he asked me to go online, fill up a shopping cart at one of my favorite shops, and then send him the link to the shopping cart. He said he'd pick and choose from the things in my shopping cart so I could still be surprised.

So I did. I even filled in a special promotion code so Santa could get a good deal.

Apparently I was on Santa's "Nice List," because the jolly man sent off my order.

Then, he changed my password on the site so I wouldn't be able to see the pending order and its status. And then, he got really maniacal. He changed the e-mail address I previously assigned to the site so I couldn't ask for a password reset.

Of course, you know why I know all this. Because I tried to steal a peek at the order!

That Santa is one sneaky dude!


Amanda Saw Santa Claus Card



That adorable stamp is from Eat Cake Graphics, called Amanda Saw Santa Claus. Freakin' cute, right? Amanda and her bear are colored with Copic Markers. Her pajamas are paper pieced from Cosmo Cricket paper, and her cheeks are blushed with Sampin' Up! Stampin Pastels.

Here's the rest of the recipe.


I Toad You Once, Now I Toad You Twice

'Cause I told you once, now I told you twice.
We gon' light it up like it's dynamite.
     Dynamite lyrice by Taio Cruz




Hee hee . . . have you ever copied (CASE'd) your own card? This is a reprise of this card using one of my favorite stamps, Eat Cake Graphics' Toad Sister.

Eat Cake Graphics Toad Sister Tent Card


Once was nice, so I made it twice.  πŸ˜‰


Catered Crop Follow the Recipe

Our inspiration for the Catered Crop Follow-the-Recipe #19, Dana's card, has such beautiful colors and textures, and I'm just crazy, crazy about all the entries we've gotten so far. I followed Dana's magical wizard theme and also picked up her jewel color tones, text background, markers, and glitter. Here's the rest of my recipe. Remember, you don't have to use all of Dana's ingredients – just pick and choose what works for you add your own magic.

  • Pattern Paper – October Afternoon Campfire
  • Cardstock– Stampin' Up! Night of Navy, Old Olive and Very Vanilla; Neenah
  • Stamps – Eat Cake Graphics 1188-K Toad Sister and 8194-E Toad Sister (text)
  • Color Mediums – Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Stampin' Up! Pastels, ColorBox Creamy Brown chalk ink
  • Embellishments – Calico Corners star hat pin, Stampin' Up! Waffle Paper
  • Misc. Supplies – Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds glitter and Crystal Effects
  • Tools – My Favorite Things First Place Ribbon Die, Nestabilities, EK Success Scallop border punch
  • Challenges – Deconstructed Sketch #16 (DS16), Copic Creations #56, CCEE Stampers (CCEE1134)

I used some Stampin' Up! Waffle Paper for a little gold trim. To get it around the big round focal point I cut out two large scallop circles with Nestabilities and then trimmed them and fan-folded them to make a little multi-layered rosette.  That owl scene/text is from the October Afternoon Campfire paper pack. I love how it turned out with the owl looking down at the sister frog. (Hope he's not hungry for frog legs.)



So, maybe my rerun will get syndicated . . . what a deal!

Eat Cake Graphics Toad Sister Reprise


Tomorrow is my sister's birthday. You know what that means?! It's mine, too! Happy birthday to us. My family has some surprises planned – they won't even let me pinch the packages. I hope none of them involve toads!


Beachy Keen

If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson,
hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example. 
      ~ George Bernard Shaw


Eat Cake Graphics The Parents


A parent's job isn't done until they've sufficiently embarrassed their children in public. Isn't that why we parents were put on this earth, after all? I think for me maybe it was when Dad wore his blue polyester "leisure suite," you know, the matching jacket and pants. Or maybe it was those black socks with shorts. I asked my kids when it was that I embarrassed them the most – there were too many to narrow down to one!

My job here is done.  πŸ˜‰

So, I came up with the top ten most embarrassing parent moments. Disclaimer: Author cannot be held liable for your child's therapy bills – giggle at your own risk. 

10. The spit wash – licking your thumb and wiping dirt off their face. Hey, and if it's chocolate, lick your thumb again and say Yum!

9. Ingratiating yourself with their friends by trying to talk teen slang. Groovy Dude!

8. Friend all their buds and post their baby pictures on your Facebook page. Bare Baby Butts.

7. Regale their friends with stories of cute little things your child said when they were little. Mispronounced words, like "pissgetti" and "Let's get Farching," will really crack them up and increase your child's popularity.

6. Pick up your kids from school with black workout Spandex. If they give you too much grief, just change into the leopard print ones.

5. Yell at the refs while they're playing ball. "What are you, Blind?!"

4. Give your husband a big 'ole smooch. But, hey, keep it clean.

3. Serve cupcakes with blue icing for their birthday. Blue teeth for all.

2. Take them bra shopping with you. Try on the bra over your clothes while passers-by snicker at how absurd you look.


And the number one way to embarrass your children:

1. Shout loudly as you drive by their school: "Don't forget to wipe properly, those stains will never come off, wipe front to back."




I made this for the Ribbon Carousel Challenge #15 – Getting Edgy. Jessica Diedrich wants us to get in touch with our “edgier side”. So rip your paper, distress your edges, use an edgy character or image . . . just do something “edgy”. I, of course, decided to make a card to make my children go over the edge, you know, because that's my job. Just remember that your creation must have ribbon, bakers twine, jute twine, lace, or basically, anything that comes on a spool. 

Oh, and check this out! Corinna, the fabulous entrepreneur behind the Ribbon Carousel just got married! And the bride is giving US a wedding present. Everything in the store is on sale for 20% off until Friday, August 12. Just use the coupon code WEDDING when you check out. She'll be on her Family Honeymoon and won't be shipping until she gets back on Friday. Congratulations, Corinna!


Catered Crop Recipe


Don't you love this stamp image?! It's one of my favs over at Eat Cake Graphics. It's available in rubber, mounted and unmounted. Be sure to check out the rest of Holly's summertime selection. So fun!

  • Stamps – Eat Cake Graphics 1054-M The Parents
  • Paper – Stampin' Up! cardstock, Basic Grey Out of Print, Neenah
  • Color Mediums – Memento Ink, Copics, Stampin' Up! Pastes
  • Fibers – Yummy May Arts ribbon (Yay! Our sponsors for FTR18 Party)
  • Embellishments – Clear Button, Basic Grey Bow
  • Tools – Cuttlebug folder, Nestabilities, My Favorite Things Notched Tag Die
  • Sketch – Swet Sunday Sketch SSSC129

Mortify your kids enough, and you’ll help fuel them to do what they were put here for — to make their way in the world without us. So, have you done your job today? Let's hear it. What do you do that makes them cringe?