Category Archives: Birthday

It’s Been 18 Years!


My baby boy is not a baby anymore, he recently turned 18 and we celebrated with a few family members. I got nostalgic and started going through previous birthday photos and wow, what a difference…he’s turned into this bearded young man!

Join me down memory lane as I reminisce on the little boy I once had.

Happy 18th Birthday Jared!

Happy Birthday Papi!


On a short trip to Puerto Rico in September, he was at my sister’s house everyday to visit.

“Papi”, that’s what I call my father. It’s the Spanish word for dad, daddy, pop and so on. This incredible man turns 82 years old today and I couldn’t be prouder to be one of his daughters.


My parents, Mary and Angel Figueroa. Circa 1956

Sadly my mother passed away over 20 years ago and my father stepped up to the plate to fulfill both parent roles. This was a pleasant surprise for my sisters and I. My father was always on the sidelines and let my mother take the reins when it came to celebrations, giving advice, getting together for holidays and such. The first mother’s day after she passed my father called each of us to wish us a happy mother’s day and let us know that we were blessed to have a great mother and she will always be with us in our hearts. This was very special because my father never called us, it was always our mother and we were all very touched by this. He didn’t stop there, now he calls us for every special day in our lives, Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and sometimes just because.


Left to right, my sisters Yolanda, Awilda, Me, Brenda and of course “Papi”!

Two of my sisters live in Orlando as I do and one lives in Puerto Rico. We recently all got together for my niece’s wedding  in Puerto Rico and my father was with us every day, all day. It was a special treat.

This man still wakes up early in the morning to go to work at a plant nursery he owns. He’s there all day long helping clients, moving things around, replanting, seeding, and tending to the plants. He’s finally talking about taking it easy!

I want to wish my dad a very happy birthday and many, many more to come!

Not My Little Girl!

This past Wednesday my first born turned 29! She’s not my little girl anymore.


I can’t believe she’s actually an adult and within a year will turn 30 years old. What does that make me? I guess the mother of a beautiful mature woman!


She asked for a rainbow card and she got it!



One of my favorite photos of her


Her first Pumpkin Carving

I’m looking forward to her many other carvings and successes in life! I’m so proud of her.

Go make your mark Nicole!

A Five Year Old and his Cake!

My niece’s son Julian turned 5 years old this month. After asking and being told he was interested in bugs I immediately got him this cute Bug Collector Kit.


Which led me to make this card for him…


We all enjoyed time with Julian who thought it was a good idea to face plant his leftover cake and his younger sister Madelyn thought it was a great idea too!

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This was before the face planting.


Kids will be kids and this bunch had a great time!

Happy birthday Julian and many, many, many more!


Hello Fall Birthday Full of Color!

Don’t you just love the Fall colors? I certainly do and I miss them since I live in Florida there isn’t much change in foliage here. But that hasn’t stopped me from making another Fall Birthday Card.


– Cherry Cobbler Card Base: 8-1/2 x 5-1/2, scored at 4-1/4
– Crushed Curry Layer: 5-1/4 x 4
– Whisper White Layer (2 pieces): 5 x 3-3/4
– Whisper White Banner: 5 x 1/2

In a previous post I showed you this fall card with different card stock and colors.

– Bermuda Bay Card Base: 8-1/2 x 5-1/2, scored at 4-1/4
– Early Espresso Layer: 5-1/4 x 4
– Whisper White Layer (2 pieces): 5 x 3-3/4
– Whisper White Banner: 5 x 1/2


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Birthday Cards and Clutch

20160720_103709_wmYesterday was my friend Darcy’s birthday and I made her a clutch to hold cards using a 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper. The best thing about this clutch is that I didn’t have to measure or cut anything! With a few folds you’re done! Linda Heller recently posted a video on her Stamping School on how to make this and I thought this was the perfect time to try it.


When you open it up there are 4 cards and envelopes. I love it, this was so easy to make and it looks great! Darcy liked it a lot too!

I used a recently retired It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack and Washi Tape. I also used the current Balloon Celebration Stamp Set and coordinating punch (listed below).


This will probably be one of my upcoming Technique Classes. Hmmm…now that this coming weekend I will start posting videos, this would be a great one too!

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Who’s Bringing Birthdays Back?

Shannon West is and many have joined in on the movement !

Take a look at Shannon on a local news program HERE.


Stampin’Up! has recently made the stamp available to all now for $12. Contact me to get yours! Here are just a few birthday cards to get you motivated.





Dinos, Lemurs & Kangaroos…Oh My!

This past Sunday we celebrated my great-nephew Julian Trex’s 4th birthday. Yes, his middle name is Trex for T Rex…young parents these days, what can I say. That being said, take a look at the birthday card I made for him. I got the idea from Davette Miller.


My niece mentioned he loved the Ring Tail Lemur so I got him a stuffed Ring Tail Lemur and a cute book “How to Lose a Lemur”.  Happy to say he loved them!


This birthday boy had a big surprise coming to him at his birthday party, his parents arranged to have an array of animals at his party from It was very entertaining and fun to watch, and of course there was a live Ring Tail Lemur there!


Here are a few more animals that came to visit. My favorite was the Kangaroo!

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Oviedo Mall Stampers June 2015

Last Saturday we had another successful Oviedo Mall Stampers event! Over 25 happy stampers attended and made 4 great cards. My friend Debra LaFountaine and I prepared two cards each and below is one of my cards.

This one I cased from Leena Girsa, I loved the layout and changed a few things to make it my own. The best thing about this birthday card is that it can be given to both male or females.

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Butterflies For All!

My great-niece Reina just celebrated her 6th birthday and like most girls she loves the color pink! This is the card I made for her and she loved it!
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I used the FREE Sale-A-Bration Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper, Thinlits Dies and sponged on some color! Below are more butterflies with same effect.

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A neat trick in using the Butterfly Thinlits Dies; take a dryer sheet and place down on your Magnetic Platform, then your card stock, die, cover and run through the Big Shot. Not a single piece of card stock will get stuck on the die and the pieces just fall off! This makes it so much easier to make lots and lots of butterflies!

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