Stampin’ Army

One of our employees did a stamping event with her husband’s unit. She said it was super fun to see a bunch of tough guys get so into it. She called it the Stampin’ Army. How can you not smile when you see these photos?!

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Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! Most people send greetings with a family photo around Christmas time, but I like to send love notes instead, and this is my Love card for this year. One might assume that I do this because I’m always running late, and that’s partially true, even though I hate to admit it! Another reason we send greetings in February is because our greeting might be noticed and not put in a pile to read later, which sometimes happens to me in December. Besides, I have the entire month to send my greetings because although Valentine’s Day is today, I consider February to be the month of love and wish you much love today and everyday!

 

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Creative Ideas, Please!

I’m usually rushing to get our holiday gifts in the mail, and they sometimes don’t arrive on time. One of my goals this year is to be more prepared (lofty goal for me!), so here are the tags I’ll be using for Valentine’s Day gifts. The only problem is I don’t know what to send our children and grandchildren…other than candy, of course. Any unique and creative ideas? Please!

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Spectacular View

This year we went to Maui and stayed in a house on the beach. We didn’t have access to the ocean, but we thoroughly enjoyed the spectacular view and the perfectly warm weather while listening to the sound of the ocean waves crashing against the rocks. It was a marvelous Maui vacation!

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Maui Big Shots

When we arrived in Maui, I contacted Cheryl to see if she had an event we could attend. As it happened, she was in the middle of a Maui Big Shots team meeting, but it was ending soon. So, Cheryl invited us and her group and hosted a dinner in her home. We had a nice time visiting and answering questions. We also walked away with a huge bag of goodies from everyone. We decided it needed to be a tradition when we vacation somewhere…to look up a demonstrator and enjoy a gathering together. It was lovely!

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Congratulations, Jasmin!

When someone achieves a million in career sales, it’s a huge milestone and deserving of an over-the-top card! Jasmin Shulze is our newest achiever, who is definitely deserving of accolades…and this card! Congratulations, Jasmin! We look forward to seeing you in a month when you’re celebrated in Utah. 

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Sam's Snake

This is probably one of my favorite birthday packages of all time! Sam has a snake in his bedroom named Rue, and this S complements his décor. Overlapping the texture stamp from Butterfly Basics in black ink on white tissue paper and pad to paper in different colors of ink made for the perfect snake skin. The snake’s tongue is ¼” Natural Trim colored with Cajun Craze ink, then covered with Mod Podge and “curled” by heating with the Heat Tool. What you can’t see is the hinged door on the backside of the S (where his birthday money was tucked). I’m tickled by how much Sam loves it!

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Cold Florida with Family

When we landed on Thursday, it was as if we hadn’t left Utah (other than the palm trees)—COLD! Being with Shanna and the twins was so relaxing and fun, eating out at least once a day, playing on scooters (not us, of course!), reading books, and watching movies together.

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Warm in the Cold

Because Megan loves the cold, I thought this was an appropriate gift package for her. I mean who doesn’t want a warm drink in cold weather? The ribbon and sprig aren’t available anymore, but they’re easily substituted, and thankfully the dies are still available. I know, I know. I should have posted this weeks ago!

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Pillow Box Football

Cooper loves lots of sports! This pillow box, made to look like a football, was the perfect packaging for his December birthday. Too bad this die is only available through January 2nd! Too bad I wasn’t more on the ball to post it in December. Grrr!

 

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Coolest Robot Ever

One of Kona’s favorite things continues to be sharks, even after several years, but I’ve given him at least three gifts with a shark theme, so when I asked Sage what else he likes, she said Minecraft and robots. I think this is the coolest robot ever, especially for a cool kid named Kona!

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Mellow and Merry Christmas

We had a mellow and merry Christmas day here at the cabin...just my sweetheart and me! We slept in and enjoyed a late breakfast while listening to Christmas music. Then we cleared snow for hours, captured the beautiful sunset while making one of our favorite meals (spaghetti, green salad, and garlic toast...not very festive, but yummy!), and ended the day watching movies and eating homemade kettle corn together. I hope your holidays are filled with lots of love, peace, and joy!

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More Like a Winter Reunion

With over 80 family members at this year’s holiday party for two days and two nights, it was really more like a winter reunion…only the weather in Kanab was in the 50s, so it was gorgeous! Games, crafts for the kids (a nativity scene on wood blocks), paper airplane contests, and lots of food and visiting filled our time together. Something unique to this year was that many of us took the 16Personality test, which was interesting as we noted family patterns and learned more about each other. As usual, we enjoyed singing Christmas carols and watching our traditional slide show of family events during the year. It was just good to be together…and always is!

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Berlin Candy Bomber

When our time was spent, after he had told us several stories of his life, he insisted on gathering the kids and giving them some last-minute valuable advice. He taught about integrity and keeping our standards high. He talked of gratitude and attitude. With tears in his eyes, he also shared his feelings about one of his mottos service before self as he referenced Jesus Christ’s example that he has tried to follow throughout his life. It was an especially inspiring experience being with such a gracious (and spunky for being 98!) gentleman who has touched the hearts of millions with his service and kindness.  

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