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Get ready for Mother’s Day with my Silhouette shapes available here in my Silhouette store.

Check out this link for this project featured on the Silhouette blog using my “Love You Mom” shape:

Love You Mom

Here are some more new shapes for you to use for Mother’s Day, including vinyl subway art, a layered phrase, and a flourished phrase.  Give these a try for your Mother’s Day projects.

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Here is a card for every mom in your life  from last year’s collection of letter-size cards.Sentiment Letter-Size Card - Mother Thumbnail

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Life Cards for Project Life or to use as an embellishment on all of your projects:

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of you women out there – you are mothering someone. Enjoy the day celebrating the mothers in your life.

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Whenever I design things for real life I try to do it with other work in mind.  I think about how it can apply to the various work projects I am assigned so that I can use it a variety of ways.  It’s one way I can be efficient in my designing.  So I have some odds and ends from the last couple months that I have uploaded to the Silhouette store that I wanted to share with you.

If you are LDS, you will like the Young Men/Young Women theme images that I did to help out my friend for New Beginning’s activity.  With Girls Camp season coming, I wanted to make sure you had some artwork to play with on your Silhouette.  Click on the image to be sent to my store.

I also used this “shine” as part of the event and since it works for anyone, especially with summer here, I wanted to make sure you had it.  They used this as the event title.  Oh, how I love using one strong word for the theme of an activity or event!  I can’t think of a better message to give anyone, especially teenage girls, to help them understand their purpose on earth and give them encouragement to believe they are awesome.

And with my busy schedule I didn’t have a chance to blog about the set of phrase cards I did a few weeks ago.  Perfect for graduation, mothers, daughters, friends, grandmas, sisters.  Plus, teacher appreciation here and here.  Check them out – of course, I always have to include a thank you card option!  Click on each word or the images below to find them in my Silhouette store.

I tucked a mother’s day card into a gift I was giving to a friend just to celebrate her role as a mother.  This can be done any time of year – not just Mother’s Day.  I used the “Mother” card base and added the script “so grateful” from the “Thanks” card.  These can all be mixed and matched or even used for different projects.

Happy Cutting!

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I used to teach elementary school.  Sometimes life offers up twists and turns that you feel like you are supposed to take until you find yourself in a place that you never imagined but is exactly where you are supposed to be at that time.  That’s how I became a licensed designer.  When I first started my scrapbooking company, we specialized in photo organization.  I had a team of people and we would help a client take their boxes and drawers of photos and organize them.  Sometimes they just wanted everything stored in folders or envelopes.  Sometimes they wanted everything scrapbooked.  We helped them with whatever they decided they wanted to have done at that time.

I started offering 8″x8″ mini-albums with specific themes.  This helped clients to focus on an event or birthday instead of trying to tackle all of the years of memories they had stored.  I asked each client to choose various phrases or quotes that they wanted to accompany their photos in these albums.  Many of the quotes came from lists that I gave them with one of their own put in here or there.  I realized that I had a knack for finding just the right words for different photos.

I took this skill with me throughout my scrapbooking career.  One of our first products that we manufactured years ago were 12″x12″ vellum sheets with various quotes printed on them.  We were the first to do this and the industry picked it up and ran with it.  Now you can find quotes on just about anything.  I believe that it is because of one simple reason – the beauty of a good quote will tell you what you feel or think or wish in words that we may not be able to pen ourselves.

I haven’t created a lot of quotes or phrases for the Silhouette store yet so I decided to go back to my roots this week and give you some.  Click on each image to find them in my store.  A few have to do with Easter like these:

Pair these next two files together by creating a carrot patch of three carrots where the last carrot has a bite taken out of it.  Then add the word “yum” to the end of your patch for a darling springtime decoration or card.  You can layer the carrots or not for a two-toned look.  Everything is included in one file in my store.

The rest are more applicable to living everyday life.  Many would make fabulous wall art.  Just cut it out with vellum and attach it directly to a wall or door.  Or mount them on wood, sheet metal or anything else you can come up with for beautiful but simple home decor.  Did I mention they would look great on cards or framed?  Sure.  Go for it.

Finally, don’t look Grandmas! This one is in plenty of time for Mother’s Day.  My own little Cole has lots of friends and many people who love him and he loves them right back.  But his cousin Claire is three months younger than him and they are like two little peas in a pod.  They get to Grandma’s house and are each other’s shadow as they run and play and laugh.  I hope they stay like that forever.  To celebrate the relationships we develop as cousins, I have created this file.  It comes with each line joined or separate so that you can layer the words if you choose.  I think that’s what I am going to do.  I haven’t decided quite yet.

Enjoy the green peeking through the ground during this time of year.  We’ll probably get another snow but for now we are basking in the sunshine with short-sleeved shirts and buds on the trees.  Happy Spring!

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My mom is an amazing woman.  I get many qualities from her – my ability to be organized, my artistic sense, my “get it done” attitude.   Plus, besides my eyes being dark with crazy eyebrows to go with them (thanks, Dad), I look more like my mom than my dad.

For my birthday this year she gave me a gift.

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It is a 4-generation picture with me on the right and heading back to my great-grandmother.  She asked me for a photo of myself so I got to pick one that I liked (which is always nice).  I didn’t know what it was for so when I opened up the package I was completely surprised, touched and overwhelmed with how it made me feel.

I was actually a little surprised that my reaction was so emotional.  My mother’s mother Reta died in a fire when my mom was only 5 years old so I never knew her – my mom’s stepmother has always been “Grandma” to me.   And to be honest, I have a hard time even remembering my great-grandmother’s name.  But seeing those women who came before me has had a tremendous impact on me.  They were fighters – each in their own way.  They had hard things to deal with and they overcame them.  They were strong and faithful women.

We have heard from my grandmother’s sisters that Reta was a lot like my mom, which then means that since I am like my mother, I also share qualities of my grandmother.  I have no doubt that something trickled down from my great-grandmother to me as well.

This is who I came from.  This is who I am – but with my own tweaks and revisions and edits along the way.  And of course – some of my dad thrown into the mix as well.

I love this woman.  I see this photo of her as she graduated from college as a teacher and I am grateful that she is my mom.  Thanks, Mom.  Thanks for your legacy of faith and choosing the right and hard work.  Thanks for showing me how to be a strong mother and wife.  Thanks for teaching me independence and courage and the value of education.

And thanks for this gift – a reminder of who I am and where I have come from.

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