Bless you all for your perseverance!  Over the past few weeks, as I’ve found a minute or two to sit in front of the computer, I’ve been amazed to see the stats that tell me you are STILL checking in on the Maui Stamper!  Of course, I’ve gotten some odd spam-comments during the same time period.  My favorite was “check it out, Bro”.  Gotta love it.

How about we get straight to the card?

Birthday Owl

  • Sock Monkey accessories and Vintage Vogue stamp sets
  • Whisper White, Real Red, Early Espresso, So Saffron and Crumb Cake card stock
  • Real Red patterns Designer Series Paper
  • Early Espresso Classic ink pad; Real Red Stampin’ Write marker
  • Two Step Owl XL and 2 1/2 inch circle punches
  • Big Shot, Petal Cone Bigz die, Backgrounds Texturz plates
  • Piercing tool and mat; Linen thread

I’ve been on a Manly Card kick lately.  You’ll see more over the next week or so, as we did Manly cards at this month’s 2-5-10 card class.  This particular card was for my son’s birthday, and the owl was meant to convey wisdom as he was taking the SAT for the first time a couple of days after his birthday.   I decided to hand write the sentiment because I wanted it to fit Just So.  And yes, I pierced holes for the linen thread so I could tie the bow directly on the card.  And if you like the “DSP” on the center pennant, it’s the leaves from Vintage Vogue with little red berries added with my Stampin’ Write marker.

Renovation has been just short of complete insanity but I think we’re finally on the road back to normalcy (or what passes for normal in my life).  Perseverance in the face of adversity is one of my headstrong traits – some people might call it stubbornnes..

Builder Dan started making “I think we’re gonna wrap up this week” noises on Wednesday but I told him I’d heard that before.  Was I ever surprised on Friday when they packed up all their stuff and moved out!  I have to say that Dan, Les and Rick were truly a Dream Team.  They did a beautiful job and if you can believe it, I never heard a bad word from any of them!

Mr. Maui Stamper and I still have a lot of rearranging to do before everything will be 100% but it’s lookin’ good around here.  We have a new family room – although the guys were referring to it as the Media and Entertainment room.  Truth is, it’s a Man Cave, but it won’t be finished until the GINORMOUS flat screen TV arrives.  We are going to have life sized NFL players bashing their heads together in the Media and Entertainment room this fall; won’t that be exciting?!

I’ve started to move into the Maui Stamper Studio (please, help me find a better name than that) but it’s taking longer than I thought.  I’ve discovered that I keep way too much junk, so as I move across the hall from the Room Formerly Known as Carol’s Bedroom into the Room Formerly Known as Sara’s Bedroom I am getting rid of ridiculous stuff I am embarassed to admit I have kept (and I have no intention of embarassing myself by telling you!).  The space is luscious, though:

Big Shot storage

A Cupboard of its Own.  Can you believe it?  I’m going to need a different system for storing those dies, and fortunately the Stampin’ Up! catalog has just the thing.

Time to get going…there’s still work to do.



One thought on “Perseverance

  1. Love the card!!! So perfect for Matt! And I can’t wait to see your Stampin’ Retreat, AKA Girl Cave…how about “Oasis of FUN”! Hmmm…


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