Friday, April 30, 2010

A "Plane" Birthday Card

This is my second post for today. Please scroll down or click here for my Waltzingmouse Stamps new release preview.

TGIF!!! Are you ready for the weekend and another fabulous sketch brought to you by Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge? I am!!! I love this sketch! Actually, I love all of Taylor's sketches. I feel so blessed to be able to sample them for you every week.

I love this sweet little stamp set called Fly Away from Papertrey Ink. I can't believe it's only $5! My first inking of it made for a quick and easy card. I stamped one of the two airplane images on digi paper called Fluffy Clouds by Pink Petticoat. The background DP is from the Report Card collection by October Afternoon. The corduroy buttons are by Stampin' Up. A snap, with a lot of pop!

I hope you'll join us this week. I'd love to see what you do with this sketch. For more inspiration, drop in on the rest of the Sketch Crew to see what they've come up with. They're sure to please!

Alice Lihsuan-Wertz: Alice's Little Wonderland 
Jami Sibley: More is More
Lori Craig: Make a Difference
Lynn Mercurio: Stamperosity
Melissa Sauls: In Stamping Mode
Monika Davis: M.A.D. Stamper
Rachel Sztonyk: Gingerbread Gallery
Sherrie Siemens: Card Creme
and of course Taylor herself: Taylored Expressions

Have a wonderful day, my friends!

Get Well Wishes

As promised, we have another day of previews for you of the 8 new stamp sets being released tomorrow at Waltzingmouse Stamps!!! Oh, I can hardly wait for you to see them all!!! And are you playing in the sketch challenge for a chance to win all 8 new releases??? If not, jump in quickly!!!

My card today features one of my favorite sets in this release because it's quite simply a MUST HAVE! Claire has done it again with Fancy Phrases, which coordinates perfectly with Fancy Tags by Spellbinders. There are "outline" shapes to match each of the three Fancy Tags dies and oodles of phrases that cover just about every occasion you can think of. This will definitely be a set you will reach for time and time again.

I kept my card pretty simple because it's going to a male friend who recently had surgery. That's another nice thing about this set... it can either stand alone or compliment an image. Get ready to put it in your shopping cart tomorrow starting at 11:00 am Pacific!

Now off you go to see what marvels await in today's previews by Claire and Design Team members BonnieJennifer, Anya, Laurie and Julia. I'll see you tomorrow for the Ginormous New Release Blog Waltz!!!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

My First Baby, My Heart, My Little Love... Ian

I'm late late late with this post!!! Please forgive me! I'm still trying to catch up with my life this week! I've been busy busy busy, but it seems like I'm not getting anything done. How frustrating is that?

What time is it, you might ask???? Time for another awesome challenge at Ella's Pink Scrapbook (aka The Pink Elephant)!!!

We've got a theme challenge this week: PAPER FLOWERS: use flowers hand made by you out of paper on your layout. I LOVE to make paper flowers. I've got many new styles I want to try, and this was one of them... taking a stip of paper and folding it over and over again as you go around until you create a circle. Not bad for a first try, if I do say so myself.

The picture I scrapped is very special to me. It was the first portrait taken of me and my first baby, Ian. I did it as a surprise for Paul for Father's Day. Ian was only about 4 months old. I still remember driving over to the photo studio wearing what was then my favorite dress, made of taffeta no less! It was raining that day. The photographer was able to make Ian smile so easily. All he did was bounce a ball!

Look at that adorable face!!! I swear I can still feel holding him in my arms, so indelible is the memory and the love. Ian will always be extra special to me because once upon a time, he was my one and only, and I was his.

I'm sorry I can't tell you who the DP is by... there were no labels. They were part of a Scarlett Lime Kit, which always comes with a hodge podge of wonderful goodies. The sticker embellishments are by Kaisercraft, and those are black Candy Dots on the right circle. The sketch is another fabulous one by Julie Bonner.

I didn't mean to round the edges of the photo, but I had cut them kinda wonky to fit the picture into an oval frame, so I had to smooth them out. Avery says it looks like a door. ha!

Good news: I've figured one thing out that I'm doing wrong when taking pictures of my pages, and that is not having lights shining from both sides. I need a second light! It doesn't make much difference for cards, because they are small, but it's making a big difference on pages. I will get another light and see if that helps. Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by today! Please come back tomorrow for another preview for Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Fear knocked at the door...

If you read my post yesterday, then you know today is my day to preview the 8 new stamp sets being released by Waltzingmouse Stamps this Saturday! If you haven't read yesterday's post, I encourage you to do so... there's lots of NEWS you don't want to miss!

I won't keep you long with reading a long post because I'm hoping from here you'll pop on over to the Waltzingmouse Stamps blog and those of Julia, Bonnie, Belinda, Lynn, Anya, and Laurie, to feast your eyes on their creations! We're pulling out all the stops in celebration of Waltzingmouse Stamps' First Birthday!!!

I styled my card today based on the sketch Claire's conjured up for a bit of a competition... the winner will receive all 8 new stamp sets as a prize!!! Wooooo hoooooo!!! For details, click HERE.

My card features two of the new stamp sets: Words of Wisdom and Big Blooms Crysanthemums. Let me tell you, this just scratches the surface of these two amazing stamp sets! Words of Wisdom is already one of my favorite stamp sets ever! I LOVE the verses included in this huge set. I was just quoting this very verse to someone Tuesday night. We're both going through a tough turn of events, and we agreed that FAITH is helping us get through.

And what can I say about Big Blooms Crysanthemums, except the stamps are amazing and full of possibilities!

Now, off you go to see what everyone else has in store to delight and tempt you. And be sure to play the sketch challenge for a chance to win BIG!!!

Have a wonderful day my friends! I'll be back tomorrow with another preview, and then the Blog Waltz on Saturday!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Where's Lisa? and BIG NEWS!!!

The last couple of days have been a blur! I hate when "stuff" happens and interferes with crafting time! I'm still trying to catch up and catch my breath, but I'll be back on track soon. Please bear with me.

In the meantime, you've got to jump over to the Waltzingmouse Stamps blog and take a look at the previews of the 8... count 'em stamp sets that are being released on Saturday!!! The previews began yesterday (Tuesday, April 27th), so be sure to check every post from Tuesday forward PLUS those of the Design Team who are previewing the sets along with Claire (the links are in Claire's posts). I'll be jumping in with my own previews tomorrow and Friday, and then the new release Blog Waltz will be Saturday... and there will, of course, be chances for prizes!

This is an extra special release because we're celebrating the first anniversary of Waltzingmouse Stamps!! So Claire is offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of £50 or more (that's roughly $76 USD) this weekend ONLY, and the purchase of digis (paper and templates) counts towards the total!!! Wowswer!!!

Waltzingmouse Stamps prides itself on top quality stamps and LOTS of value in each set. Claire did up a post all about the price and size of the Waltzingmouse stamp sets in various currency denominations so that you can get a better idea of the value. Click HERE for more information.

To kick off the prize opportunities, Claire just posted a sketch challenge on the Waltzingmouse Stamps blog. Be sure to play along for a chance to win ALL EIGHT SETS BEING RELEASED ON SATURDAY!!!

So what are you waiting for!!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Shake Shake Shake Senora

Note: This is my second post for today. Please scroll down or click for this week's Tiddly Inks challenge card.

Woo hoo!!! It's nearly time for the debut of The Burtonesque Dolls Challenge blog, so we're celebrating with a Blog Hop!!! And, of course, we must do it Burton style, so our theme is Beetlejuice!!! As Beetlejuice would say, IT'S SHOW TIME!!!

The fun starts on The Burtonesque Dolls Challenge blog, so be sure to start there and follow The Burtonesque Dolls trail, collecting clues along the way so that you can enter to win some amazing Blog Candy!!! And I do believe some of the Design Team members are also offering some Blog Candy, including me!!!

Leave a comment on my post and you'll be entered to win a $10 Gift Certificate to The Greeting Farm!!! Perhaps you will use some of the money to buy the digi image I used for my card... Wild Sprout Dressy Ebony, who many refer to as Alice from Twilight. I had my son use Photoshop to remove the flower from her hair before coloring her up to be... guess who... Lydia, the goth girl in Beetlejuice who could see the ghosts. Remember, she was played by Winona Ryder? In case you forgot, here's a memorable scene from the move:

Unfortunately, I'm not artistic enough to color her uniform properly, but I do think Miss Ebony bears a resemblance to Lydia... if you squint!{LOL}

The clue you need from my blog is: While alone and insane encased in his tomb

Now on you go to Margie's blog for the next clue! Good luck!!! And enjoy!!!

P.S. I just realized that my card qualifies for the current challenge at Copic Creations, which is Black Hair. And what do you know, The Greeting Farm is sponsoring! Fingers crossed!!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

For My Dear Mother-in-Law

Happy Tuesday!!! Time for our second challenge at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog!!! The challenge this week is to make a Mother's Day card/project, so I decided to make a card for my dear mother-in-law. She really IS very dear to me.

Kazan's Sketch 51 at 2 Sketches 4 You was perfect for this sweet image, which is currently a freebie offered to members of the Tiddly Inks Papercraft Planet Group. If you join our Group, you can grab this image for free, too... but only for a limited time, so don't delay! It's called "March 30 freebie wonky flowers."

The DP is from the Ooh La La collection by My Mind's Eye, and the page pebble anchoring the greeting is by K&Company. It's a very simple card, but simple can be good sometimes, right? Especially when you're working with a wonderful image like this one!

Please join us this week at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog for a chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate to spend in the Tiddly Inks store! You must use a Tiddly Inks image, but there are plenty of freebies available on the Papercraft Planet Group.  Better yet, click on over to the Tiddly Inks store and grab a few of your favorites!!! New images are being added all the time!

For more inspiration be sure to visit the Tiddly Inkers and Guest Tiddly Inkers to see what they have created for Mother's Day:

Tammy: Life...Enjoy It!

And of course the artist herself: Christy Croll!

Have a Tiddly Tuesday!!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Happy Monday! If we lived our lives by weekends, we'd only have 52 per year, so let's not lament Mondays so much. (Yes, I can hear you all saying, "yeah right." Smiley from

But it IS the start of a new challenge at The Pink Elephant, so that's a good thing!!!

This week we have a color challenge, and the color is AQUA! April showers bring May flowers, and rain is thought of as being aqua blue, right? So I went all the way with the theme and colored up this adorable Wild Sprouts Rain Rain digi image by The Greeting Farm, I LOVE rain, so this is a happy challenge for me!

It seemed only right to follow the Sketchy Saturday sketch at Club Anya & Friends. The DP is from the Pink Flamingo collection by Stampin' Up. The "water drops" are Rain Dots by Cloud 9 Designs. The flower is cut from Papertrey Ink flower dies.

I hope you'll stop by The Pink Elephant to play this week, and also to wish a fond farewell to several Design Team members who are retiring after today's challenge. They will be missed!

See you all tomorrow for the next Tiddly Inks Challenge AND a very special blog hop... bwaaahahhaaaaahaaaa!

Michu and His Happy Flowers

A blessed Sunday to you! This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

I hope you'll join us this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ. Our hostess is the wonderful Randi Barrett, who is dear to my heart. She chose as the inspiration scripture Exodus 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you." This is, of course, one of the Ten Commandments. (If only I could convince my two middle sons of this concept!) The challenge is to make a Mother's Day card/project.

Before I get to the deets on my card, I want to reflect a moment on this week's scripture challenge. I believe that one reason God exhorts us to honor our parents is that, in doing so, we are honoring Him. And by heeding their rules and warnings, our days will certainly better, if not indeed prolonged!

It isn't hard to understand why we should honor our parents. I definitely know there are exceptions... people who should never have been parents, and those who make serious mistakes as parents...but we are (usually) born to them, loved by them, raised by them, nurtured, fed and clothed by them, and taught by them. If that doesn't deserve honor, I don't know what does! And, of course, generally speaking, our parents know best based on their own experiences. We usually get in the most trouble when we don't listen to them or heed their warnings. Same goes for when we don't listen to God or heed the teachings of Christ Jesus.

I confess... I didn't always honor my father and mother, especially when I was a teen and young adult. But as I matured, and then had kids of my own, I regretted the times I didn't. That's why I'm able to bear the moments when my own children don't honor me. I am quite certain that one day, they too will have regrets. But not too much, right? We don't want to keep account. I don't hold grudges against them, and I know my parents didn't either. It's part of raising kids. But I have to tell you, I secretly can't wait to see them wrestle with the same issues with their own kids! (*grin*)

God, of course, always forgives us and loves us in spite of the mistakes we make and the sins we commit. He is the perfect parent! Unconditional love. How sweet it is!

Our challenge sponsor this week is Softpencil Digital Stamps. I love Elizabeth's sweet images! I used Michu and His Happy Flowers to make a card that a child could give to his mother. The DP is from Stampin Up... I can't remember which, and I'm pretty sure it's retired... I fished it out of my scrap bin. Little Michu was colored with Copics and then made fuzzy with Caramel Latte Tan Fun Flock by Stampendous, with a touch of Coffee Bean Brown Sparkly Fluff by Our Craft Lounge for the ground beneath him. I created the title and added it to the image before printing it out to color.

The challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges is to CASE one of the Design Team's cards, so I chose this gorgeous one by Linda Benden.

I sure hope you'll join our challenge this week and get a jump start on your Mother's Day cards. Once you see the cards created by the rest of our amazing Design Team, you won't be able to resist!

Candace Mitchell: Candid Candace
Grace Nywening: Th-INK-ing of You
Kathy Winter: Winter Creations
Kristine Breach: Ink Something
Peggysue Turner: Roses by My Window
Randi Barrett: Randi's a New Creation

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Friendship Needs No Words

What a wonderful expression of friendship! I love that the DP acts as the greeting for this simple card. "Friendship needs no words." "A friend is a present..." "Friends are born not made." All so true. Except I don't know too many friends who don't have words! That's one of the best parts about having friends... chatting with them. Men just don't get it, do they? (*wink*)

This card is for Laura's Sketch 50 at 2 Sketches 4 You, I think 2S4Y is a really classy sketch challenge blog. I'm so glad I found it!

I turned the sketch on its side and used my brand new Round & Round 3rd Anniversary Customer Appreciation stamp set from Papertrey Ink. It's such a fun set with lots of possibilities for quick and easy cards. If you want a peek, jump into the PTI Gallery... there's an album set up with a preview proof of the stamps and lots of samples made by the Design Team.

The DP is from the Raspberry Fizz Mix by Papertrey Ink, with the coordinating cardstock as the base, plus a bit of black cardstock to give the card a bit of pop. I hope you likey!

I'll see you tomorrow with a new challenge for Stampin' Sisters in Christ!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Wonderland Bakery


"On this the White Rabbit blew three blasts on the trumpet, and then unrolled the parchment scroll, and read as follows:

`The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts,
All on a summer day:
The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts,
And took them quite away!'"

Uh ohhhhhhh...someone has stolen the Queen's Tarts!  That's a no-no!  We need to restore the sweetness back to Wonderland, don't you agree?   That means it's time for a sweet treat here...or maybe a mushroom or two?  I think I saw one floating around here that said "Eat Me" ;)

Your mission for this week's Oh, Alice! Challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to incorporate FOOD into this week's project!   Everyone loves a little treat, right? 

We have ANOTHER TREAT for you today...and it's a rather LARGE and generous portion!   We are thrilled to welcome CLEAR AND SIMPLE STAMPS as our sponsor this week!   The fabulous prize?  A whopping $25 Gift Certificate to the Clear and Simple Stamps Store!   We are so excited and grateful and can't wait to see what delectable delights YOU come up with...and also to see who the random winner of the $25 Gift Certificate will be!

Please have your entries linked on the Oh, Alice! Challenge blog by FRIDAY April 30th at 8PM CST to enter to win the $25 Gift Certificate, and be sure to stop by the CLEAR AND SIMPLE STAMPS store to savor the sweetness they have for sale!  We can't wait to see what delectable delights YOU come up with! Please use keyword OAC10 when uploading the a public gallery...thanks!

Life is short...SAVOR the SWEETNESS!
A short note about my card: The DP is from the Nook & Pantry collection by Basic Grey. The cute bakery window scene was created using Bakery Business  and Window Shopping by Taylored Expressions. Love love love!!! And the adorable button is from the Bakery Buttons collection, also from Taylored Expressions.

Be sure to stop by the Oh, Alice! Challenge blog to see the rest of the FOOD creations by the Twisted Thirteen!

Have a sweet day!

You're Crazy Cool!

TGIF!!! Time for another Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge to jump start your week-end crafting!

This week's sketch reminds me a bit of a quilt, so I used plenty of stitching. I've been looking for a way to use this cute Woolie squirrel from Basic Grey, which coordinates with the Green at Heart DP, and this was the perfect sketch! The only stamping is the "You're Crazy Cool" talking bubble, which is from Stampin' Up, so this card came together super easy. 

My mom used to say that our house was like a squirrel cage... so much activity! And that was back when we only had two kids!!!

I can't wait to see your interpretation of this sketch! Be sure to make the rounds to see what the rest of the Sketch Crew came up with... it's a great way to start your day!

Alice Lihsuan-Wertz: Alice's Little Wonderland 
Jami Sibley: More is More
Lynn Mercurio: Stamperosity
Melissa Sauls: In Stamping Mode
Monika Davis: M.A.D. Stamper
Rachel Sztonyk: Gingerbread Gallery
Sherrie Siemens: Card Creme
and of course Taylor herself: Taylored Expressions

Have a really cool day!


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mommy 'n Me

Hey hey hey! It's time for a Recipe Challenge at Ella's Pink Scrapbook!!! Challenge #4 is to use paint and chipboard in you scrapbook layout!

Okay, I'm still working on improving the photo quality of my pages. I swear they look so much better IRL. I just need to find some time to play around with lighting and editing, so please bear with me.

My page was inspired by this awesome sketch by Julie Bonner back in the 52 Sketches in 52 Weeks days. It's a wonderful source of inspiration, as is Julie's current blog Starting Now.

I used DP from the Cousins Collectionz by Junkitz, which was part of a kit from the now-sadly-defunct Scrap Goods kit-of-the-month club back in June 2005. Now that gives you a little hint about how FAR BEHIND I am with my scrapbooking! Which is why I'm so glad to be part of Ella's Pink Scrapbook Design Team. I am really enjoying getting back to my roots in scrapping.

I painted the edges of the blue base cardstock with white acrylic paint, as I also did with the pictures (inspired by my BFF Des, who does this frequently and I think it's the coolest look). The bluebird is a chipboard image from Stampin' Up, which I painted blue and orange with a touch of white here and there.

These pictures were taken at the Mommy 'n Me Mother's Day Tea at Avery's preschool back in May 2002. I was much thinner back then, but no more photogenic than I am now. (blech) Of the four pictures taken, Avery looked sweet in all of them, but this is the only one that I could stand of myself. So I simply cropped Avery out of the other three...problem solved!

Gosh, I just love my little baby boy. He's my sweetheart for sure. One thing that's fun about scrapbooking is looking back and remembering special times. So why not join us this week? Get out your chipboard and paint and get to work! And be sure to check out what the rest of Ella's Pink Scrapbook girls have done with their chipboard and paint. You will LOVE it! And get funny...we've all scrapped our BOYS. How rare is that? Let's hear it for the BOYS!!!

Betty Roberts: The Scrap Happy Witch
Krista VanTol: Crafty Little Pigtails
Trudi Wilber: The Pink Petal

Have a scrap happy day!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Shabby Chic?

Happy Wednesday! Time for another awesome La-La's Weekly Wednesday Challenge! The name of the game this week is SHABBY CHIC! When I think of Shabby Chic, I tend to think of pinks...and a bit of a distressed look... and white or ivory... so I put them all together, and viola!

Sitting Lala is absolutely one of my all-time favorite La-La Land Craft stamps. She is so much fun to color and always looks great in any setting. The fabulous thing is that she is currently on sale for 40% off!!! Yep, you heard right. 40% off!!! As are all the other stamps that were part of the very first La-La Land Crafts Release: Teddy Bear Lala, Sitting Lala, Sweet Lala, Window Lala, Birthday Lala, Rosie with Book, Rosie sitting with Cat, Rosie with Bird, Sweet Rosie, Teddy Bear Rosie, Running Clover, Pepper with Basket, Pepper with Cake and Banjo Maya. Note that you won't see the sale price until you click on Add to Cart.

I followed Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #70.  The DP is from the Sending Love collection by Stampin' Up (which was offered in the now-expired Occasions Mini Catalog). I love the glittery sides of the paper. The mat behind Lala is cut from vanilla cardstock with the new Fair Isle Pendant from Spellbinders, which I then "stained" with a Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink Pad. I love the effect!

I hope you'll come along and play with us this week at La-La's Weekly Wednesday Challenge. You must use a La-La Land Crafts image, but there are digi images available for instant gratification, plus this amazing sale going on right now. If that weren't enough,
this week only Princess Lala is also on sale for 20% off!!!

Be sure to check in with the rest of the Design Team and Guest Designers to see their shabby chic creations:

Elena Joldersma - The RedHairedGirl
Jane Matsumoto - Whoopsie Daisy
Kristine Breach - Ink Something
Maureen Wong - My C.A.S.E. Studies
1LuvnMama - Luvn the Journey
Sparkle Smith - Sparkle Creations
and Irina Blount - Everything Paper Crafts

Have a totally chic day!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Cherry Bugg

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday! Tuesdays just got happier for me because they are the start of new weekly challenges at Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog!!! I am sooooo jazzed to be a Guest Tiddly Inker. I'm in LOVE with Christy's adorable images, and Christy is a pretty cool person herself. (*smile*)

Our very first challenge is Anything Goes... just create any new card/project that showcases a Tiddly Inks image. If you don't have one already, head over to the Tiddly Inks Papercraft Planet Group to grab a freebie... or, better yet, go shopping in the Tiddly Inks store! By playing in our challenge you could win a $10 voucher to spend in the Tiddly Inks store! Woo hoo!!!

My card features one of my favorite images Cherry Bugg. Who doesn't love a cupcake? It was a natural fit for this week's inspiration challenge at Hope Stamps Eternal. The DP is from the Be Loved Collection by My Minds Eye, which I still love. I have a thing for polka dots. And I also now have a thing for Prima roses! (*grin*)

And, of course, a great sketch is always a good place to start, and Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge is always a winner!

Come on and play with us! But first, check out all the wonderful cards created by the Tiddly Inkers posted on the new Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog! They'll knock your socks off!

Have a tiddly Tuesday !!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Find Your Happy Place...

A blessed Sunday to you, my friends! Thanks for stopping in today for a peek at my card for this week's challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ. We are being sponsored this week by the creator of the wonderfully whimsical image I used for my card, Michelle Perkett!

I discovered Michelle's art while blog surfing one day and fell instantly in love! She has a fun challenge blog and a Paper Craft Planet group. Check them out! One of our challenge participants will win a $15 Gift Certificate to spend in Michelle's Etsy store. Will it be you???

Our challenge hostess this week is the sweet Candace Mitchell. Candace chose the scripture Isaiah 40:8 "The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever." The challenge is to make a card/project featuring FLOWERS. 

My card features Mary Mary by Michelle Perkett. Isn't she adorable? And I love the verse, "Find your happy place to plant and bloom." One of my happy places is definitely my craft room! 

I followed this week's sketch at Crazy 4 Challenges. The DP is from the new Thrift Shop collection by October Afternoon (love love love!), finished off with a Prima rose.

I hope you'll join us this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ. I believe you will be blessed by your visit with us. If nothing else, please stop by the blog to see what the rest of the Design Sisters have created using flowers. You'll fall in love! 

We're also hosting a card drive for a very special cause. Please take a moment to read the post and send in a card if you can. It will mean so much. 

Have a HAPPY day!