Birthdays – Who Keeps Track?


I haven’t used the Birthday Basics designer series paper in some time now and I figured I should break out with it because I have some catching up to do with a few birthday cards.  I lost track of the dates.

Click here to view all the cards I’ve made with this paper.  There are kids cards and masculine cards in there that you can copy and share with all your friends.


Lesson Learned:  Card making has taught me that there are three rules we can follow when we are making cards.  It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or advanced card maker either.  The three rules are:

  1. Color (use your color coach to help if you are like me with no sense of color-LOL)
  2. Shape (use any shape – circles, squares, or any framelit)
  3. Texture (embossing folders are perfect)

What is your go to designer series paper?  Leave a comment below with your favorite paper regardless of what brand you use.

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Did You Remember His Birthday?

I was asked to speak at the Hispanic Heritage dinner last night and talk about what it was like growing up a Latino woman.  I ended up speaking about my father because he molded who I am and taught me three important lessons in life.  I won’t type out the entire speech, but will highlight the three important one’s.

  1. Education opens doors: My father taught himself English while working in the fields under the Bracero Program started by President Roosevelt in the 40’s.  He knew that in order to support his family he needed to educate himself.  Not only did education opened doors for him… and windows too.
  2. Persistence pays off: After learning plumbing he showed up at a water plant in Los Angeles County at 7:00 a.m. every morning and as the owner drove in he would ask, “Sir, are you hiring?”  The answer was always, “No, sorry.”  Lets just say that after two weeks of his persistence the owner created a job for him.
  3. Give back to those that gave to you: I did. I now give back to the country that afforded my dad the opportunity to give us the American Dream through hard work and sacrifices.

Thank you dad, for molding me. I owe everything I am and everything I am still to be to my dad (and my mom who stands next to him).

I didn’t forget my dad’s birthday either… LoL  I’m on a roll with masculine cards and I absolutely love the Textured Impression Embossing Folder.  It adds a lot of masculine characteristic to any color card stock.


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Paper: Pacific Point, Sahara Sand, Marina Mist
Inks/Color:  Pacific Point Marker
Tools/Punches/Dies: Brights & Neutrals Candy Dots Hung Up Cute Clips

“Miss You” My Friends at Home & Down Range

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During deployments the work day is long, anywhere from 12-16 hours a day, six days a week, and on-call on the seventh day.  No one complains and everyone comes together as a team.  We are the best of the best!  When you think about it, it seems like a long day, but since there is not much to do after work, like when we are home, many of us work out at the gym daily, go for a run, or hang out at the water hole aka Pete’s/community center.

We often run into our comrades continuing down range or making their way back home.  Well, tonight I ran into several co-workers from Travis AFB and boy were they a sight for sore eyes.  Their six month mission is complete and they are happy to be going home.  I will feel that way in five months and one week, but hey, who’s counting… LoL.

All I can say is that I have the best job in the world and if you are on your way to or way from down range, be safe.  Know that we at the Transit Center are here for you waiting for your return to get you back home.  God Speed my friends.  I am honored to serve beside you!

I dedicate this card to my friends back home and to my friends going down range.  I “MISS YOU” already!

Until the next post…

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