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I got to spend Mother’s Day weekend with my sweet mama, and together we attended a baby shower for my cousin’s daughter, Tana, who is expecting twin girls!

SIDEBAR: the cousin I refer to is actually my dad’s cousin, Janice (we’re just closer in age to each other than she and my dad are). We’re trying to figure out exactly what my familial relationship is to both my dad’s cousin, Janice and, subsequently to her daughter, Tana. Am I Janice’s first-cousin once removed? Or, are we second-cousins? Dad and Janice’s grandmother is my GREAT grandmother, if that helps any… And, once that’s established, where do Tana and I fit together on the family tree? When the twins arrive, then what? *boggled* I think I will just pretend I am a Great Auntie and call it good! ;)

Anyway, with Tana expecting twin girls (Fun times ahead!!!), I had to design a rather unique card… Janice is, after all, the one who actually introduced me to rubber stamping and card-making in the first place (all her fault!!!), so there was no way I could arrive without a hand-made card, right?

Oh, the pressure!!! *insert vision of me, running around with arms flailing*

I had a piece of left-over watercolored paper laying on my desk and it was so pretty and the quote was one I found online… and then of a sudden the whole idea just kinda fell into place:  Add some clouds, two little hearts and the quote with my trusty Dymo Label Maker–that thing has saved me sooooo many times when I didn’t have a stamp that said exactly what I wanted! I love the “old school”/retro look… I suppose I should use my computer, but I have a bad habit of agonizing on which font to use and then the 5MQ ends up taking me over an hour all because of my indecision on font work… Oy!!!

It was a lovely shower, and sooooo good to spend some time with my mama–thank you to those of you that have asked me how she is doing! She is doing awesome!


Designer note: I used some very old cloud and heart punches I had on hand, but there are plenty of cloud and heart die sets that can be used to re-create this design.

  1. How funny! I just looked up a relationship chart (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/228276274837277858/) and my nephew is having twin girls.

    I may have to case your card and you can use the chart to figure your removes, etc.

  2. Since your dad and Janice are cousins, you are Janice’s cousin once removed. Janice’s daughters and you are second cousins. Your daughter and Janice are first cousins twice removed.

    • Thanks, Nance! So funny to hear us all go round & round about what the proper terms are, LOL! You explained it so easily!!!

  3. Soooo fun to see you at the shower! And your mom is a delight just like you! Your card is super cute!

  4. Beautiful & thoughtful card

  5. Oh goodness my head is swimming with that family relation! Good luck, I’m at a loss !!! I love water color, hence I love this card :) You rock Julie!

  6. twin girls…how FUN!
    What a sweet and perfect card!
    Looking forwarding to your impress classes!!!

  7. I love it! Perfection!

  8. Love love LOVE this gorgeous card!!

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