Happy Handmade Birthday blessings – luckiest gal in the world!

Today I’m another year older, IMG_8995and I should be sad about it, I have plenty to be sad about. But reflecting back on this year, I feel like I’m the luckiest gal in the world! I have so many blessings: the best sons a mom can dream for, a great family, good friends and an amazing job with Stampin Up. Last night, my mom, kids and I shared my favorite meal at my favorite restaurant, Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA. Here’s our “Birthday Eve Selfie” complete with George the Photobombing Giraffe, who joined our family after a “real live” “Giraffe Experience” in 6 Flags Great Adventure New Jersey last month. Yes this really happened hahaha!


That little “hobby turned into a job” has introduced me to a whole new family of friends throughout the past 11 years. It has not always been, or ever was, “easy”. I’ve had some pretty tough times, as we all do in our lives. But no matter what life throws at me, the love and support of my family, friends and stamping family has helped carry me through. I truly am blessed. It’s only 11 am in the morning and it’s already been one of the best birthdays (ok I’ve been celebrating for a week now haha). I already had some handmade lovin’ from my stampin’ pals, and even my youngest son who made his own photo card from our trip to the Mayan Ruins earlier this year. My heart is overflowing with love.

My dirty little secret: I only wish I were as good as getting cards in the mail. Being the “card lady” you’d think I would be better at this. I have good intentions, and so many cards even written and sitting on my desk waiting for envelopes or postage it’s embarrassing. Maybe this will be my resolution to get better at getting them off my desk an into the mail. so now you know one of my “dirty little secrets” hahaha…the card lady is terrible at sending cards.

 The ideas were so beautiful I’m sharing a few:

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Photo card from my son of our trip to the Mayan Ruins. Part of the Stampin Up cruise this past May.

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From Elizabeth Jeanne Thatcher

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From Stephanie Sherry

birthday-stampin upFrom Liz Miller



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  1. Happy Birthday! It’s great to celebrate with family isn’t it. It’s amazing to me as to how large a family can get when we open our hearts to others. Thanks for all you do and for all you share.

  2. A huge Happy Birthday to you Tami! You are such an inspiration.

  3. Wishing you a year filled with happiness and love! Happy Birthday Tami!

  4. Happy Birthday (a little late!)

    I’m so glad I’m not the only cardmaker that never manages to mail cards! I have piles of them – but I never manage to send any of them! *sigh* It’s our secret! Shh!