The Secret of Life

Happy Saturday, my friends!

It's a gorgeous day here in Virginia.  I hope it's just as beautiful wherever you are.  This is my last weekend before I go back to work.  I actually go back to school next Friday.  Weird, huh?  I know.  Oh well...I figure I'll ease into the school year.  Work one day....take two off....  Yep.  Sounds like a plan.

Today is a VERY special day in our family.  Today is my beautiful Mama's 71st birthday.  YAY!  She is truly my best friend and the most amazing woman I know.  She's a blessing inside and out and she is simply a treasure.  I'm so lucky that she is MY mother.  Happy Birthday, Mama!!!

I received a BIG box from Stampin' Up! yesterday and it made it here just in time.  I ordered some awesome new stamp sets and one of my new faves was among them.  It's called "From My Heart".  Here's the first card I've created with it....(for someone...ahem....special)

"The Secret of Life" is one of my all time FAVORITE songs by James Taylor!  I've embossed the image on Black card stock using Versamark Ink and Melon Mambo Embossing Powder

A "pop" of color on the inside for fun.

The "Secret of LIfe" image is stamped on Basic Black card stock (#121045) using Versamark Ink (#102283) and was then embossed with Melon Mambo Embossing Powder (#123223).  Once that was done I cut it out using one of the framelits from the "Apothecary Accents Framelits" set (#127003).  It's then popped up on SU Dimensionals (#104430).

The Melon Mambo layer underneath was stamped with the "En Francais" background stamp (#109521) and Basic Black ink.  Then I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch (#118402) on all four sides.  See those fun Melon Mambo pearls in the four corners?  Wait!  We don't sell those!  Well....we sell the Large Pearls Basic Jewels (#125577).  I colored them using my Melon Mambo Stampin' Marker.  Woot!  The sweet, little butterflies were punched using the Elegant Butterfly Punch (#127526) out of a scrap of one of the prints from the DSP Brights Collection Paper Stack (#117155)  Who loves how all of our colors coordinate???  MEEEEEE!!!!  It makes creating coordinating items a "no brainer".

Ok....I'm off to get a few errands done and enjoy the gorgeous day.

Wishing you a most magical day,