So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart 
So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop! 

This hop I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have 19 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

First I have to say that this blog hop is pure Serendipity.  Serendipity is defined as the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.  My life has been busy, busy, busy (as always).  I forgot about this hop until last night.  I pulled out our retiring Annual Inspirations Catalog and flipped through it and found this super cute stamp set.

C1668 Baby Bundle

I didn't realize it was retiring and I had never used it.  But now I had a reason to use it and here he is.

Let me introduce my newest grandson, Cristiano Santorro Gallagher.  Quite a mouthful, huh?  My son, Matthew, and his wife, Sarah, welcomed Cristiano yesterday morning to their family.  He is a big boy, 8 lbs 2 oz and 22 inches long.  We are thrilled, to say the least.  

My son was diagnosed with testicular cancer a year and a half ago.  He and his wife had waited until the right time to get pregnant and then it wasn't.  Matthew is now cancer free and our family has been especially blessed with this sweet baby.

So I needed to make a special card for a special baby.

In addition to using this retiring stamp set, I also used our retiring color of the year, Sea Glass, a few gold stars from our retiring Baby Girl Complements (who said they can't be used for boys), and the Whimsy Fundamentals paper pack which is now officially gone, gone, gone. 

Hurry and pick up any of these other products before they are gone too.  They will officially be gone on August 1st and are while supplies last right now.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Cat Nowak's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase any of the supplies used in my artwork on my website. 

Supplies Used


  1. What an ADORABLE card!! Love this design, color scheme...love it all! :) Congrats on your grandbaby! :)

  2. Congratulations on your grandson, what a great card to welcome him.

  3. Precious card. So happy for you!

  4. How adorable is that card and your grandson?! Both are simply perfect!

  5. Congratulations!! Love your card as it is almost as cute as he is.

  6. What a great reason to use that adorable stamp set! You'll get lots of use out of it. Congrats!

  7. Precious grandson and adorable card!!

  8. Congratulations on the arrival of your new family member! Your card is fabulous! Thanks for inspiring me today!
    :) Marie


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