Wednesday, October 17, 2018

PCC311 Color Challenge - Halloween Card

Hello!  I'm over with my friends at the Paper Craft Crew today with a retro Halloween Card using a set from last year's Holiday Catalog.  The colors used were Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape and Black.

Here's my card...

I did a watercolor wash for the background in Granny Apple Green and Gorgeous Grape.  It totally muddied up in the middle but by the time I added my Cat and Moon, etc... you couldn't really tell!  I had to add the cobweb and bat because they both scream halloween.  Those two die cuts were from another retired set.  I really went retro with this

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

SIP #172 - Sketch Challenge with Hero Arts October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  As usual on Tuesdays, I'm over with my freinds at Stamp, Ink, Paper.  This week we have a fun sketch challenge for you!

I used my new My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts for this fun sketch!  

I made a snow globe of sorts by cutting a circle and then slicing the very bottom off of it and giving it a woodgrain base (a small circle backing the larger one with the bottom of it cut off as well.  I did some really quick copic coloring on this... nothing too complicated.  I added some glass seed beads for snow and adhered it to a stitched rectangle panel in Granny Apple Green and layered on Whisper White and then mounted the panels on one of the Glitter Card Bases that was included in the kit.   I heat embossed the happy tidings sentiment on the front panel in white and added 3 snowflake sequins to finish it off!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

SIP #171 Fall Florals Challenge with Stampin' Up! Country Home

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Stamp, Ink, Paper has a fun fall florals challenge for you this week.  

I'll be honest I had a lot of great ideas for my card but in the end my allergies got the best of me so I went fairly simple with the new Stampin' Up! Country Home stamp set.

I used my Stampin' Blends for my coloring on the image.  I love the cotton.  One of my first jobs years and years.... and years ago was for a cotton company in Memphis, so I am very partial to all things cotton!  I used Basic Gray for my Card Base and layered on a 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock that was embossed with the new Dynamic Corrugated Textured Embossing Folder. I ran some linen thread around the Corrugated layer a few times prior to adhering it to the Gray cardbase, and tied it on the left hand side.  Do you normally have a particular side that you tie a bow or knot on?  For some reason, 99.9% of the time, my bows or knots are on the left hand side.  lol
I cut out my fall floral image with a Stitched Shapes Oval Framelit.  Then I literally could NOT find my layering oval framelits so I layered the stitched oval onto a tag cut out with an old MFT stitched tag die set.  I added a button with more of the linen thread tied into it to finish it off.

Thnaks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

SIP #170 Color Challenge - Gina K Designs Tropical Blooms

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  It's time for another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge and this week we have a color challenge for you.

I cheated a little but don't tell anyone.  I loved the deep purple and wanted to use it in flowers but you have to have some contrast so I used a lighter shade of purple as well!

I finally had a chance to play with the Gina K Designs Tropical Blooms Stamp Set... so many pretty images.  I started out with a stitched panel of Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  I did a little light ink smooshing on the background with SU Soft Sea Foam Ink.  I added a few splshes of SU Emerald Envy Ink..  I used those same colors to stamp the leaves from Tropical Blooms.  I added some Concord & 9th greenery die cuts to fill the bouquet in more of ... you guessed it, those same colors.  Since I didn't have cardstock in Soft Sea Foam, I swiped my ink pad across a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and dried it with my heat tool and then die cut my light greenery.  The Tropical Blooms are stamped in Hero Arts purples.... I seriously have no idea what the name of the purple inks are.  I think I got them in one of the My Monthly Hero Kits but the light purple was perfect with the deep purple I thought.  I stamped my "Happy" in the darker ink and used the coordinating Happy Shadow Die to cut it out.  I stamped "Birthday" directly on my card base.  I layered the panel onto a Scalloped Layer of SU Emerald Envy Cardstock and then mounted it all on a 110# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Top Folding Card Base.  I finished it off with some PPP Sparking Clear Confetti!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

SIP #169 Background Stamp Challenge with Concord & 9th Thankful Leaves Bundle

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I've been a bit under the weather the last few days but am finally beginning to feel a bit better!  I thought about taking the week off from crafting but I loved the new Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge so much I decided to get in gear and get a card made!

I LOVE background stamps and one of my new favorites are the turnabout background stamps from Concord & 9th!  This Thankful Leaves Turnabout and coordinating dies are awesome!!

My stamping was done on SU Whisper White Cardstock with Merry Merlot, Grapefruit Grove, Mango Melody, and Daffodil Delight!  The stitched panel was adhered to a Grapefruit Grove layer and then put on a Merry Merlot Cardbase.  The leaf was cut in the same colors.  The "thanks" die cut sentiment is from the Fabulous Phrases Die set from Concord & 9th.  I cut it out in Merry Merlot twice and backed it with a layer of white so that it would show up more over the skeleton leaf.

Here's how I finished up the inside:

The You are the best sentiment on the inside is from a Simon Says Stamp Stamp Set  called "You Matter"  I added two of the leaves and a paint splatter stamped at the bottom right in Merry Merlot and Grapefruit Grove to finish this one off.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

SIP #168 Tic-Tac-Toe Simple Card

Hi Friends!  Hope your week is off to a great start!  I haven't really been feeling well this week but hopefully I'll be back to normal soon!  This week's Tic-Tac-Toe challenge over at Stamp, Ink, Paper was a fun one but I totally took the easy way out and went super simple!

So I chose right across the bottom row with die-cut, green and twine.

This was so simple I feel a little guilty but you know sometimes simple works really well.  I don't even have Dimensionals on this one.  Everything is glued flat onto the card.   The twine bow is adhered with a glue dot and I added 3 little gold enamel dots.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Sunday, September 16, 2018

September Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop - The First!

Hi Friends!  Happy Sunday!  I hope you've been having a wonderful weekend!  It's Scrapbook Sunday and this month's theme is the First!  There are so many firsts you could scrap but I decided to go with my grandson's first birthday!  I rarely scrap one picture to a page but this one was so special I thought it could use a page of it's own!

Beckett had a Wild One! Lumberjack theme birthday party and I felt like the awesome new Festive Farmhouse DSP was perfect for this theme!  I LOVE the Shiplap paper... can you tell?  I used an entire sheet on one page.. another thing I rarely do. 

 I also used the In The Woods Framelits Dies to cut out the trees in Basic Black Cardstock as well as more of the Festive Farmhouse DSP ... this time in the plaid.  I love that the trees have little cut out pieces that add more dimension!   I added a black circle tab punch to the side of the double mounted picture with "party" from the Tabs For Everything Stamp Set, heat embossed on the punch in white.  Can I just say again how much I adore this DSP???  I'm going to order a couple of extras pack of it before they sell out!

If you're interested in any of the products used, there is a list at the very bottom of my post!  Hope you'll hop all the way through for more First Inspiration!   Blessings, Tina

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

PCC Inspiration Challenge #307

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  Paper Craft Crew has a fun inspiration challenge for you this week!  I was easily inspired since I love all things coffee!

I am so into the new Festive Farmhouse DSP so of course I had to use it on my card along with the Coffee Cup Framelits paired with the retired Merry Cafe stamp set.

I love the Ship Lap Pattern as well as the plaids in the Festive Farmhouse DSP!   I kept this pretty simple with a Cherry Cobbler, White, Black and Mossy Meadow color scheme.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

SIP #167 Large Sentiment Challenge with Stampin' Up! Merry Christmas To All Bundle

Hi Friends!  It's Tuesday so that means it's time for another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge!  This week is a super fun Large Sentiment Challenge.  

Also, to help you out with your own Large Sentiment, there is a Prize to two lucky participants (U.S. Residents only) of the Concord & 9th Bold & Brushy Upper Case Stamp Set.  Make sure you play along this week for a chance to win one!

I just received my Stampin' Up! Merry Christmas to All Bundle and that seamed perfect for this challenge!  I also used the awesome new Alpine Sports Thinlits Dies paired with the fun Festive Farmhouse DSP and I think this one is a winner!

I love this combination!  Such a fun card layered on Very Vanila Cardstock and then a Basic Black Cardbase!  The Merry was cut out of Basic Black twice and layered to give it a more substatial look.  I heat embossed the Christmas in white on Basic Black cardstock and used my trimmer to trim it as close as possible.   I always need a ton of Christmas cards so you'll see a lot of those from me in the next couple of months!  I try to give a handmade card to all of my coworkers, family and friends!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina  
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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hero Arts MMH Kit September 2018

Hi Friends.. Just a quick share.  I received my September My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts today and had to play a little.  Not only does the kit has some beautiful images and dies but it contained a sample of Daniel Smith Watercolors.  

I love watercoloring.. it is so relaxing!  Such a fun day ink blending distress inks for the background and watercoloring the awesome images.  Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

SIP Challenge #166 - Buttons, Brads, and Sequins with SU Cross-Stitched Christmas

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I know for many of us Tuesday will feel a lot like Monday since yesterday was Labor Day!  I did work for a while on Labor day but spent some time relaxing in the afternoon.  Oh and I did a bit of stamping as well!

This week's Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge is Buttons, Brads and Sequins! 

I had a brand new Stampin' Up! stamp set that I wanted to play with called Cross Stitched Christmas!  I've seen a lot of cross-stitch look stamp sets and have been wanting to try one so when the Christmas Catalog from SU came out with this fun set I knew I had to have it.  If you are not a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, this stamp set will be available to you on September 5th!  

I still need to do a little work on lining this one up but I LOVE it!  I think I love it so much because I was never good at cross stitching!  I love that it gives you the look of stitching without the stress.  My color combination for this was Granny Apple Green, Real Red, and Call Me Clover.  I did some layering with the background being Granny Apple Green on Thick Whisper White Cardstock.  My back red layer was embossed using the new Corrugated Dynamic Embossing Folder.  I did use a button in Real Red to bring in the 3rd red element!  I thought it looked super cute with the white and silver twine tied in a bow.  For the upper layer of Granny Apple Green,  I used the Swirls and Curls Embossing Folder but only did partial embossing.  I added my stamped sentiment in Call Me Clover and button at the upper portion. I added a few confetti sequins to add another challenge element.  Super fun card that gives me lots of inspiration for more Christmas cards!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

PCC #305 Sketch Challenge with Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit August 2018

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  I'm over with my friends at the Paper Craft Crew with my take on a new sketch and using some new My Monthly Hero Kit Stamps and Dies!

My friends know how excited I was when I received my Hero Arts August kit because this is all about coffee and I LOVE all things coffee!

There are sooooo many coffee images in this cool set and just as many super cool sentiments!  I stamped my coffee image in Versafile Black Ink onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock and then clear embossed it.  I used Zig Clean Color Markers to color it!  I love how the zig clean color blends on Bristol Smooth... so beautiful for an amateur watercolorer like me!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

SIP Challenge #165 Something For Baby with Concord & 9th August Release!

Hi Friends!  Happy Tuesday!  I hope your week is off to an awesome start!  This week over at Stamp, Ink, Paper we have a Something for Baby Challenge! 

I decided to go a little non-traditional for this card and used some awesome new stuff from the Concord & 9th August Release  

What can be happier than welcoming a new baby in the world?  I decided to use the So Happy For You Bundle for my floral hoop and flowers!  The Oh Happy Day die cut is from the Top It Off Bundle and the background was stamped with the Shiplap Sentiments Stamp Set!  What a bunch of awesome new products!  I LOVE the Shiplap!  Of course I'm all about Fixer Upper, Chippy Paint, Shiplap and Farmhouse Decor!  The flowers, leaves, and sprigs from the So Happy For You Bundle as just beautiful!  I feel sure I'll use that bundle a lot as well!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

SIP #164 - Use Your Scraps!!!

Hello friends!  Oh my goodness I LOVE this week's Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge!  Who doesn't have scraps that they have saved and need to use! 

 I have soooo many Patterned Paper Scraps so I decided to go with a Starburst/Sunburst Card!   Such a fun and super easy technique.  

I started with a Whisper White panel that measured 4" x 5 1/4" that I planned on using on a top folding card.  I scored 2 inches up from the bottom for my starting point.  I took some scraps from my Winter in the Woods Stack (this has been one of my favorite paper stacks).  My scraps were from a 6" paper stack so I cut them at 1 1/2" and then cut them diagonally on my paper trimmer.  I started them with the tips touching the scored line at 2" and used Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive to adhere them.  After I had everything glued on I turned the panel over and used my paper snips to cut off the over hang.  I ran another scrap of the coordinating patterned paper on the bottom and then ran a piece of black ribbon across the seam.  The sentiment "Merry & Bright" was another scrap that was cut with a stitched circle die and popped up with dimensionals over the ribbon.  I used a scrap of black and gold twine to tie a bow around the black ribbon on the left side.  This was seriously one of the most full of scraps cards I have ever made!  If you've never tried this type of card it is absolutely a lot of fun and a great way to use up scraps!  

Have a wonderful day!  Thanks for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

PCC302 Sketch Challenge Concord & 9th Stuck On You Bundle

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  So I did a thing I haven't done in a couple of weeks..... I finally got back over with my friends at Paper Craft Crew and made a design team card for a challenge!  Yep... I know I've been M.I.A. for a while but I'm trying to get back in the groove.  

I decided to go with a pretty simple card again.  I am still in love with my Concord & 9th Stuck On You Bundle.  I love all things cacti... :)

I ALWAYS need birthday cards and I'm really trying to build up my card supply so I went this the Hope Your Birthday Is On Point sentiment!  :)  I did a little Distress Ink Blending on my background and layered in a planter and cactus that I had previously made and stashed in my stamp bundle pocket.  Do you do that?  I love to make multiples and then stash the extras away with my stamp set.  It sure makes quick cardmaking easy!  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Stamp, Ink, Paper #162 Stamp Layering with Concord & 9th Hi There Bear!

We're baaaaaacccckkkk!  Well Stamp, Ink, Paper is!  We finally took care of the technical difficulties to get back up and running!  What a fun challenge we have this week.... Stamp Layering!

Sometimes you need a quick card and Concord & 9th Hi There Bear really is a good choice for some quick stamp layering!

I don't know what it is about bears but I just love them.. brown bears, black bears, panda bears.. you name the bear, I love them!  I think this Hi There Bear bundle is an adorable set to use for a quick get well card.  The bear uses stamp layering as does the umbrella on this one.  I did just a little quick ink blending with distress inks for the background, stamped the sentiment, and added the stamp layered and die-cut bear and umbrella to finish it off.

Sometimes the simple things in life really are the best!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Blessings, Tina

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

PCC #300 Sketch Challenge with Stampin' Up! Follow Your Dreams

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  I hope you are having a great week and if not at least the work week is half over!  Yay for that!  I'm over with the Paper Craft Crew with my take on a sketch challenge!

You know I rarely use a sketch just as is.. I'm sorry I just can't help but turn it on it's side, upside down or something most every time!  lol

This time I turned it on it's side.  I used a piece of patterned paper from Altenew for my card front that went about a half inch from the top of the SU Elegant Eggplant card base.  I added a thin strip of Daffodil Delight Cardstock because I knew I wanted some yellow on the flowers and wanted to draw that color back in.  The "dream" die cut from the Chase Your Dreams coordinating dies was cut in Elegant Eggplant twice and stacked. .. I really looks black in the picture but I promise it is purple!
The dream catcher was cut from a piece of watercolor paper that I had lying around that I had made a background using Brusho Crystal Colour.  The flowers from the Follow Your Dreams Stamp Set were stamped in waterproof black ink and colored with Zig Clean Color Markers.  I finished this one off with a few Rainbow Gems from Lucy's Little Things.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

SIP #160 Color Challenge!

Hi there!  Hope you're having a great day!  So you may or may not have noticed that we've been having technical issues over at the Stamp, Ink, Paper Blog!  This week's challenge is supposed to be a color challenge IF we get the blog up and running again!  I'm going to link to the SIP blog post just in case!  If it doesn't work then let's just pretend I'm sharing a card! :)

I'm in love with these new goodies from Concord & 9th!  The July 2018 C&9 release was awesome!

So first of all I used these awesome Dipped-Dyed Cards and Envelopes... they are sooo pretty and 4 awesome colors.  I chose the navy because it was one of the challenge colors for this week!  Next let me tell you how cool the Laurel Frame Bundle is!!  There are soooo many cool pieces that come with the framelits... I think it's one of my favorite sets!!!   

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

PCC #299 Color Challenge with Stampin' Up! Lilypad Lake Bundle

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  I'm finally back over with my friends at the Paper Craft Crew after a few weeks off.  I am soooo super excited about this week's challenge colors!  Check these out!

So you only have to use 3 of the 4 colors but I used all of them!  I combined two of my favorite things... first of all my love of all things nautical and my love of watercolor backgrounds!

I used Bristol Smooth Cardstock for my top layer and did some watercolor smooshing on a long acrylic block to make my background.  It was pretty much a color blocking of Broken China Distress Ink on the bottom, Mustard Seed Distress Ink in the middle, and Picked Raspberry on the very top.  The bird, lily and lily pads were stamped onto Bristol Smooth as well and watercolored with Zig Clean Color Markers.  I used the coordinating Lily Pad Dies to cut everything out.  I used my Misti to stamp my sentiment in Versafine Black Ink and added three clouds from the Up and Away Thinlits.

Here's how I finished out the inside...

Thanks so much for stopping by!  A list of products that I used is at the bottom of this post if interested.  Blessings!  Tina

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

SIP #159 - Polkadots!

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Do you love Polkadots?  If you do then this week's Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #159 is right up your alley!  Personally I love them!

I went soooo easy with this one that I'm a tad bit embarassed but not really!  LOL

This was such an easy card!  I layered some whisper white on an A2 Lovely Lipstick Card Base that had a piece of the 2018-2020 In Color 6x6 DSP Stack in Lovely Lipstick polka dots adhered to the front.  I ran a small piece of Whisper White ribbon (retired) around the front layered panels before glueing it down.  I added a Pearlized Doily over it with  Multipurpose liquid glue in the middle section.  I layered on a stitched Lovely Lipstick Circle and adhered to the doily with dimensionals.  On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock I stamped some of the flowers from the Love What You Do Stamp Set in Powder Pink on the background.  I stamped the sentiment from the same set over the flowers with Lovely Lipstick Ink and then cut out a smaller circle with the Circles Collection Framelits Dies and adhered it over the Lovely Lipstick Circle.  I finished it off with three Pearlized White Sequins.   I love when the patterned paper does most of the work for you!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

SIP Challenge #158 Christmas in July!

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Have you started your Christmas Cards yet?  Well here's a great opportunity to get a start on them!  Stamp, Ink, Paper has a Christmas in July Challenge this week!

I decided to go with two things.. A)  I wanted something easy  and B) I wanted a different color combination.  Well I think I came up with a super easy card that fits the bill!

This week's card is all about some of the fabulous stamps and dies from Concord & 9th!  My background was the Sketched Stripes Background Stamp.  I used the Christmas Cheer Bundle,  and the Blooms Fill In Bundle as well!  Super fun, super easy and super cute I think!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

SIP Challenge #157 - Designer's Choice - Concord and 9th Geode Bundle

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I hope you've been having a great week so far!  Tomorrow is Independence Day in the U.S. so many of us will have short work weeks.  It sure is nice to have a day off in the middle of the week to spend with friends and family.  I hope you'll have time to celebrate our country and our freedoms with your loved ones if you live in the U.S.  

Today is my all time favorite challenge over at Stamp, Ink, Paper... Designer's Choice!  

I absolutely fell in love with the Geode Bundle at Concord & 9th from the moment I saw it!  My oldest son, Trent,  has always had a fascination with rocks since he was a little boy!  He's 39 years old and still loves rocks and especially geodes!  As soon as I saw this set I knew that I wanted it to make his birthday card!  

Not only does Trent love Geodes but he really is a Rare Find.   He is currently living in Hawaii and has spent time in India, Mexico, and all over the world.   He loves adventure!  I wish you could see how gorgeous this card is in real life!  I used the new Concord & 9th Neutrals Glitter Cardstock in Graphite for the sentiment as well as the heart surround.  I know it's hard to tell on the heart but I die cut the heart shape and then hand cut the heart stamped image directly against the black embossing so that some of the glitter paper would show from around the edge.  The heart was stamped on Bristol Smooth cardstock and I used Zig Clean Color Markers to color in my geode.  The inside was watercolored in a lavender but I decided to use a pink glitter marker over it to add shimmer.   

I finished off the inside with another tone-on-tone stamp of the geode.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from another set and of course I hope your day rocks is from the Geode bundle.  I know he will love it and I hope you do too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

SIP #156 Shaker Card Challenge

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Hope you've had a wonderful weekend and that your week is off to a great start!  It's time for another Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge and this week it's all about shaker cards!

I have to be honest in that my card was soooo super easy!  I used some awesome 6x6" patterned paper from Altenew called Reflection that is just beautiful and made for a quick and easy card!

Never underestimate the value of beautiful patterned paper!  It really did most of the work for me!  I added a sentiment from Altenew (Best Buds Stamp Set) and some sequins and then built a frame with square framelits, window sheet and  foam strips.  So simple yet really pretty!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

PCC296 Sketch Challenge with SSS CZ Design Hex Yeah Sending Sunshine

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  Are you up for a new sketch challenge?  Paper Craft Crew has a new fun sketch up for you to try!

I'll be honest... I really did a loose interpretation!  I preordered the new SSS CZ Design Hex Yeah Sending Sunshine Stamp and Die set and I was determined to use it!  lol

This stamp set has some awesome sentiments!  I really had my son, Wayne,  in mind when I bought this.  He just got a promotion so I'm going to gend him this card.  Of course I added a little Tim Holtz Distress Ink blending on thiss one as well as some heat embossing.  It is super cute and I can't wait to give it to him!  

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina