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Fun & Funky Flamingo Note Card

Hello! I have been busy playing with all my Stamps of Life Card Kits! When I feel creatively challenged I take a break from scrapbooking and love making cards. It's easier to experiment with new techniques, colors, and patterns when working on a smaller scale. I also love pulling out stamps and inks that I haven't used in a while.
That was the case with this card. I had the flamingos2stamp and dies that were collecting dust. I die cut the palm trees and used a flamingo I had previously stamped and cut. I also had an ocean colored A2 size card base that had been sitting in my stash. When I was trying to arrange them my card front, I couldn't get the placement "just right". 
I pulled out the border dies I had just ordered and used them to die cut the front panel of my card. I adhered the palm trees on the "inside" of the card, letting them hang off the base a little, and then used a pop dot to adhere the flamingo on the front to add dimension. I stamped …

Cool Dude

Today's featured layout is short and sweet - but one of my favorite photos of Caleb!
This photo of Caleb was from 2009, and I thought it was adorable and deserved its own page. I think he looks even more like his Daddy with certain expressions and I could see Dave's eyes staring back at me. 
I used scraps of cardstock to frame my photo and then traced three circles on my page. I used colorful brads to outline the circles and then erased any pencil lines. I used epoxy letter stickers to create my title. 
Not a fantastic layout, but simple and colorful. I like to create fancy elaborate pages, but also want to have the freedom to put a page together in just a few minutes. And sometimes those quick and easy pages become some of my favorite layouts.

Do you have any quick and easy layouts you'd like to share? Post a picture in the comments!

Play Ball!

Since Caleb's diagnosis, I have definitely learned not to take the little things for granted. Playing t-ball in the living room is more than a little thing when you battle a neromuscular disease.
This layout showcases some photos of Caleb hitting a wiffle ball. Before having kids I just always assumed if I had boys, we'd sign them up for sports - little league, soccer, taekwondo, or whatever they chose. SMA brought all those dreams to a halt. New dreams slowly take shape and the perspective you gain is priceless.
We bought a wiffle ball set just to see if Caleb could swing the bat and we were so pleasantly surprised to see him take multiple swings. He seemed to enjoy it, and repeatedly hit the ball. He was so focused and motivated, and he worked harder than he typically did in any physical therapy session. 
Evey picture showing Caleb engaging in a physical activity is absolutely priceless to me! SMA can slowly steal an individual's muscles. No one knows what the future ho…

Card Kit Club Time!

My time has been pretty limited since Caleb had major surgery, but that doesn't mean I haven't spent some time being creative. Nothing makes me relax as much as spending time in my craft room, playing with paper, stickers, scissors, ink and stamps. The week after Christmas, I got some time to play with the latest installment of my Stamps of Life Card Kit Club, and this is what I created:

If you like making cards, you should go to The Stamps of Life website ( and check out their kits. They are a great deal and are so much fun! 
What cards have you made? Post photos of your favorite card creations in the comments by February 28, 2018 and one lucky person will win a Stamps of Life stamp /die set. 

Vikings Fan

In the Cunniff home we've been faithful Vikings fans. That was Dave's team and the boys and I have continuted to root for them, even though we've taken some slack for it. Shortly after Dave died, his sergeant stopped by the house and saw me wearing Dave's Vikings sweatshirt. He teasingly said that Dave would tell me I had suffered enough and could take off the sweatshirt!
After their win last Sunday, we're proud to have been unwavering Minnesota Viking fans - and I've got multiple scrapbook layouts to prove it! These photos were taken in 2012. Dave had four Vikings hats that he rotated wearing. The boys knew they were Vikings hats and that they were Daddy's. But that did not stop Zach from stealing this particular colorful cap (hence the grin) and wearing it the same way he saw Daddy wear it.
When the boys went through Waveriders, our local Hospice's grief counseling program for children, they made up memory boxes. Both boys chose one of the four Vikin…

It's All Behind Us . . .

Well another Christmas season has come and gone but more importantly, Caleb's spinal fusion surgery is behind us. It's been five weeks and Caleb is doing amazing! The first couple of weeks were difficult. It was so hard to see Caleb in so much pain, but after the two week mark his recovery got so much easier.  
The first mornig Caleb was in ICU, his surgeon came and asked him how he was doing. Caleb's reply was, "This is worse than common core math." That gave everyone a good laugh! If you know Caleb, you know that math is the "bane of his existence" as he fourth grade teacher so eloquently said. So for something to be worse than math says a lot.
I did take some pictures of this journey. I want to be able to show Caleb how far he's come. They are not scrapbooked yet, but eventually they will make it into the albums because they tell the story of his life and this has been a pretty major chapter.

I thought I'd share some of the photos with you. T…