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Letting My Garden Grow

I have a board on my Pinterest account that is entitled Let Your Garden Grow.  As of today it has 117 beautiful pins on it.  Pins that I hope to one day reference for my own garden but there is one thing that is stopping me from clicking the "Tried It" button.  I kill everything.

In the past I've attempted tomatoes, strawberries, and have even been known to kill a few herb plants and even the indestructible ivy plant.  I have such a love for things that grow and yet, despite my best efforts, the all end up in plant heaven.

A few weeks ago I went to visit my grandfather. This man has an amazing garden that produces the best cucumbers and tomatoes that you will ever taste in your life.  During our visit I told him of my passion for gardening and my past failures and my grandfather asked me, "Have you tried to grow okra?"  "Okra?" I asked questionably.  Why would I think to grow okra?  No one in my family cares for it and the only way I really like it is fried or pickled.  "Okra is the easiest vegetable to grow.  If you follow my instructions, I guarantee that you will have your first successful harvest."

So, I took down the instructions and a few days later my husband and I headed to Home Depot to get the supplies.  The entire time my husband is complaining that we are throwing our money away because, "Let's face it Christi, you kill everything."  It is true but just because I've had numerous failed attempts in the past doesn't mean that I do not want to try again!

I planted my okra as instructed this past Sunday.  Every day I've went out to check on my little plant and prayed that I would see some green.

This morning I woke up to this:

I know it's not much but it's a little bit of green hope that excites me.  Maybe I'm actually going to succeed this time!  Maybe the next time I'm on Pinterest I need to look up recipes with okra in it!  Maybe I should just be patient and wait to see where this little bit of green goes.

I can't tell you how excited I am and I promise to keep you updated!

Are there any gardeners out there that have any tips for an extremely gardening challenged person?  I welcome any and ALL feedback. :)  My dream is to one day live off the land and who knows?  Maybe one day I will and I can say it all started with my grandpa and a little okra seed.


I did not realize it's been so long since I've posted anything on here!  Life has been a little crazy for me the past month and I thought I'd give a little recap on what's been going on.

April 1st I signed up LipSense and became an independent demonstrator.  I've been working on inventory and all the fun things that come with starting your own business, including creating my own Facebook group, Sweet & Sassy Kisses.  I am super excited and am hoping and praying that starting this business will help my family financially.  I have an amazing upline and I can see some great things happening with this up and coming company.  

I have also decided to get more serious with my Stampin' Up! business and have recently started working on my own Stampin' Up! only blog entitled The Sweet Sassy Stamper.  It's still very much a work in progress, but I am hoping this will help me boost my sales and get more focused on my team.  I will still be posting my creations here on my personal blog so don't think you won't be getting anymore eye candy from me. ;) 

The biggest change in my life is me adopting the low carb/keto lifestyle and that is all thanks to an amazing company called Pruvit.

As a birthday present, my husband let me sign up for the N8 Challenge.  To say that this program is life changing is an understatement.  I've lost 5lbs in the first week and I feel better than I've felt in years.  Total game changer!  I love the Pruvit products!  Adopting a keto lifestyle can be challenging but having a product that helps you curb your cravings helps tremendously and the energy I feel is unparalelled.  I am taking charge of my health for the first time in a LONG time.

As far as my family, we are gearing up for the 2017-2018 school year.  My oldest son is going into 7th grade and will continue to play the trumpet but he's also going into football!!  I think his mama is more excited about it than he is!  The schedule is challenging on both him and me but we're doing this!!  My youngest is going into 6th grade and has decided to go into orchestra and play the viola.  Mama was hoping for the violin (my dream instrument to learn how to play) but close enough!  I'm very excited!

On top of all the other changes going on in my life, I've also gotten a promotion of sorts at my job.  Our business is really picking up so I'm getting more hours which is amazing!  I love my job so much! 

Life is crazy busy right now but I wouldn't have it any other way.  My 36th birthday is this coming Wednesday and I can't wait!!

If you stuck it out with me this long, BLESS YOU!!  I love my readers so much.  Enjoy your weekend!!! xoxo

P.S. Stamp-n-Storage is having a SPRING SALE!! 15% off until May 15th to celebrate the release of their spring catalog!  Check it out!!

They are also doing a #InspiredByMom - Mother's Day Giveaway!!
Stamp-n-Storage is giving away $250!!  You can find all the details on their website

My Nephew Turns Eleven

I have recently started a new business venture and it has been taking up ALL of my time lately.  Pair that with a part time job and a full time household to manage and it doesn't leave you with much time to do anything let alone stamp.  *sniffle*

My nephew is turning eleven on Monday and since I am having to miss his birthday party today, and his birthday on Monday, we met up for a special pre-birthday lunch for him yesterday afternoon.

I love being an aunt and I love my nephews more than they know.  To show my love, I stayed up WAY too late Thursday night (or should I say VERY early Friday morning) putting together this card to show my sweetie how much his Cici adores him.

I am SO sad that Carousel Birthday is retiring from Stampin' Up!  It has to be one of my favorites from the Occasions catalog this year and I hate that it didn't make it to the annual catalog.  BUT that doesn't stop me from giving it more love. ;) 

This week's Mojo Monday sketch was the perfect sketch to show off my Cupcakes & Carousels designer paper (which sadly is also retiring).  I sponged each panel with Chocolate Chip to give it a more grunge feel.  The sentiment is also stamped in Chocolate Chip onto Whisper White cardstock and used the Triple Banner Punch to create the banner.  

I recently purchased the Large Number Framelit Dies and I couldn't wait to put them to use!  I added a few gold sequins to give the card some bling but still keep it more boyish.  Making masculine cards is SO hard but my nephew loved it.  He also loved the "present" that was inside. ;) 

Happy birthday my sweet Payday! Cici loves you!! xoxo

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Freshly Made Birthday

I cannot believe how insane this week has been!  I have recently started a new "adventure" and it has taken up a lot of my time (more on that later) plus with tax time upon us my job has been nothing short of craziness.  Not to mention having a 6th grader that has waited until the last minute to do a research paper.  Who does he come to for help?  Mom!!!  I can't really complain.  Despite being so busy, I love every second of my life.  I wouldn't want it any other way.

The only problem with being so busy is I don't get any time to stamp.  SO I decided to make this little card in between questions about force and cause and effect. *wink*

I was so excited to see this week's Freshly Made Sketch challenge because it has all those squares and I JUST got my Layering Squares Framelit Dies in yesterday and couldn't wait to play with them!

Since On Stage is going on this weekend, and I know a lot of the designer paper is going to retire, I am planning on using up as much as I can in the coming weeks.  A Little Foxy is my choice tonight because it makes me happy.  Pool Party, Cameo Coral, and Smoky Slate is just such a yummy color combo!

I used one of the hearts from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits set for my heart and tied a Coral ribbon from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit.  The little sequins are also from the kit and the sentiment is from Lift Me Up which is now one of my favorite sets.  I just can't get enough of it!

For those lucky ladies who get to go to On Stage this weekend I say: be safe and have fun!  I can't wait to see what Stampin' Up! has in store for the future!

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Sending Smiles

When I got back into stamping there was one thing that was greatly missing: my old stamping friends.  I had held onto a few of my friendships but for some reason when I stopped stamping many of my stamping acquaintances also stopped.  It broke my heart but I think that's just how life goes sometimes.

Imagine my surprise when Kristen, one of my old stamping pals, found me on Instagram and we picked our friendship back up where we left off.

I wanted to send her a little something to show my excitement that we found each other again and found some amazing inspiration on Bruno Bertucci's blog, on THIS post in particular.

I changed up a few of the colors and tried a new color combo that I am now 100% in love with: Night of Navy, Mint Macaroon, Bermuda Bay, and Smoky Slate.

I am SO glad I snagged some of the glimmer paper from Sale-A-Bration before it was all sold out!  The Mint Macaroon glimmer on the card is just incredible.

I pretty much stayed true to Bruno's layout but changed the colors.  I also do not have the Stitched Shape Framelit Dies yet so for the stitching around the sentiment circle I paper pierced it instead.

I am so excited to see what the new In-Colors for 2017-2019 are going to be!  Truth be told, I wasn't too crazy about any of the colors except for Mint Macaroon anyway.  I will be sad to see this color go but out with the old, in with the new!

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*The Mint Macaroon Glimmer Paper was only available during Sale-A-Bration BUT we have some gorgeous glimmer alternatives that you can find HERE

Strong Coffee Bookmark

Being the bookworm that I am, I am a sucker for a good bookmark.  I also love me some coffee.  We've been out the past few days and my head has not been too happy with me.  One way for me to stay caffeinated is to play along with the 2017 Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

I saw THIS cute idea on Pinterest and it inspired my bookmark.  The theme for the blog hop is SPRING which is why I went for a sunny color combo of Bermuda Bay and So Saffron.  The bookmark measures 2 x 9 1/2" and I used my Triple Banner Punch for the bottom.

The edges of the patterned paper was lightly sponged with Chocolate Chip ink and I printed my sentiment from Rise and Shine onto vellum.  I actually hand stitched the vellum sentiment to my Cupcakes & Carousels designer paper.  A sewing machine is next on my wish list but until then everything is by hand baby!

I popped the entire panel up on dimensionals and finished off the bookmark with some small So Saffron grossgrain ribbon.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and if you are a coffee lover like yours truly please go check out the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop! There are so many AMAZING sponsors. It's insane!!  I'm hoping to crank out one more caffeinated creation before it ends so stay tuned!

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Stamps: Rise and Shine Digi (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Cupcakes & Carousels DSP (SU), Vellum
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Bermuda Bay and So Saffron Stampin' Write Markers, Dimensionals, Paper Piercer, Sakura Glitter Pen, So Saffron Grossgrain Ribbon, Triple Banner Punch, White Thread

Challenges: 2017 Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop (#spring2017clh)

Rise and Shine

Happy Sunday!!

I am SO excited I finally got a little stamping time in!  I have a quick card for you that combines THREE challenges!!

I barely got this little beauty done in time for the Mojo Monday challenge!  I had five minutes to spare!  I don't think I've ever cut it that close before but I made it and that's all that matters.  This card is also for the Color Throwdown which is the gorgeous orange, turquoise, and yellow and the CAS on Sunday challenge which is to use just a sentiment.  CAS is very hard for me but I'm really trying to get more out of my comfort zone.

This adorable sentiment is from Verve Stamps new digi set, Rise and Shine.  My husband FINALLY bought me a new printer since mine died a few months ago and this digi set was the first set I printed.  I am in LOVE!!  I'm also working on another caffeinated card for the Coffee Lover's Spring Blog Hop so you'll have to come back and check it out!

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Stamps: Rise and Shine Digi (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Whisper White, Bright Stack DSP (SU), Delicate Dots DSP (SU-retired)
Accessories: Beaded Circles Nestabilities, Banner Punch (SU), Paper Piercer, Ribbon (unknown)
Challenges: CAS on Sunday, Color Throwdown #435 (ctd435), (Mojo Monday #489 (mojo489)
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