August 16, 2008


Good morning all!! Well, here it is again, scrapbook Saturday - whoohoo!! I wanted to share a page with you that I did for the Coconut August kit - the paper is fabulous!!! I had such a good time putting this one together!! The paper line is called Rose Moka, and, although I had never heard of it, I think it is really cool!! The colors are really bright and summery, which works perfectly for me - especially since I don't have my Stampin' Up! order yet with all my new DP!!!!! Jen and DT member Pamela put this kit together and did a fabulous job - there were so many fun goodies in there!! Check it out for yourself!! You will NOT be disappointed! These pictures are of my youngest, when we were on our houseboat vacation this past July. She is such a water baby, she can swim and play in the water for hours on end! Of course she crashes pretty hard at the end of the day - LOL! The lace paper that you see in the bottom left corner is actually brown, but that did not work for me, so I flipped it to the back side (which is white) and painted it to match my layout - doesn't it look like water?? I love it! And, the leaves along the edge is actually ribbon from my stash! The flowers are inked and stamped (I have to stamp!) and the photo corners on the pictures are done using my photo corners punch! This was really fun to put together, and hey, I got a big WOW! from husband and son so I guess I can keep it - LOL!! So, I hope you all enjoy your weekend!! Tomorrow I have some awesome Stampin' Up! projects to share for an upcoming class - see you then!

August 15, 2008


Whoohoo, Friday again, and that means time for Stamp Something - this week's challenge is Summer Fun - anything that reminds you of summer and makes you smile!! So, I went with cherries since this is my ultimate favorite fruit and I associate it very much with beach time and snacking - LOL! So , I got out my Tart an Tangy set along with my Summer Picnic DSP and I got to work!! Notice the top square with the bling? That is done with some glue and our fabulous glitter! Then, I cut out the square using my large square punch, layered it with the image stamped on the small square and punched out with the small square punch, and then adhered the square to the inside of the card! The cherries are popped up on dimensionals so it sticks out of the card - much cuter IRL!!! And yes, I used retired ribbon (sorry!) because I am still awaiting my new stash and I am out of so much will all the workshops I have been doing! So, I hope you will forgive me *wink*. The sentiment is from the One Smart Cookie set which I punched out using the Word Windo punch and mounted with a brad. Simple card, but I needed simple after such a busy week - LOL! So, make sure you head on over to the Stamp Something site to see what the other DT gals did - ya know, they are all sooo fabulously talented!!!! Have a fabulous weekend and remember, tomorrow is Scrapbook Saturday so come on back and check out what I did! Smooches!

August 14, 2008


Whoohoo!! It's sketch time at Tamara's and I had so much fun with this one! I actually used her sketch to make a card for my hostess at my last workshop! This is a really fun one with lots of possibilities!! Make sure you check out what the rest of the DT did with this one, they are always so creative and everything they come up with is fabulous!!! And, make sure that if you make a card using the sketch that you upload the link to the sketches site so we can all check it out! My card was made using the Flight of the Butterfly set that I received at Convention - have I told you how much I LOVE butterflies??!!! This set is soooo me, and I just love playing with it! I am actually teaching a whole class based on this set - LOL! So, I will leave you with the recipe for this one! Also, please check out my sidebar, all the new specials for Stampin' Up! are listed! Also, if you are interested in my list of retired stamps that I am selling, please email me and I will send you the complete list ! So, if you are interested, just email and we'll talk *wink*! So, off to prepare for class - I am so busy but having soooo much fun!! Toodles!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Old Olive card stock, Bashful Blue card stock, Tart and Tangy Designer Series paper
Inks - Old Olive Classic stampin' ink
Stamps - Flight of the Butterfly

Accessories - Corner Rounder Punch, Always Artichoke Brads, Mat Stack and paper piercer, mini glue dots

August 13, 2008


Good morning all!! Whew!! The last few days have been just a whirlwind of activity with two back-to-back workshops and a charity event!! But, today I get to catch up on my computer work and catch my breath! So, I thought I would share the gift I made for the hostess of my workshop last night. It is a wall hanging that I thought she could put in her office. It is made of chipboard and I used the Tart and Tangy Designer Series paper to cover it along with the Flight of the Butterfly and Ginormous Flowers stamp sets. I love the way they look together!! I used a large Chipboard "a" from our On Board chipboard set, sponged it with Old Olive ink, then stamped the small flowers on it from GF in Always Artichoke classic ink (everything is stamped in this color). I stamped the large flowers, cut them out, and popped them up on dimensionals, then added a smaller flower stamped in Bashful Blue ink, cut that out, added a Rhinestone brad and popped them up with dimensionals too! My butterflies are 3d - click on the pic to see this better! And, no project would be complete without Jumbo Eyelets which I used the ribbon - Bashful Blue and Always Artichoke narrow grosgrain ribbon, yummy together! I hope you like it - I was pretty happy with how it turned out!! So, now off to catch up on everything going on - will be back tomorrow with Tamara's sketch challenge, whoohoo!

August 12, 2008


Hi all!! I am running around again today with another workshop, this time for 19 gals!! I was up very late last night cutting kits (I did NOT wait until the last minute, they booked at the last minute, lol!) and I am dragging behind right now. But, I do have a card to share - I made this one using the new Eastern Blooms set which I really love to use, I think it is beautiful! The dp and rick rack is NOT Stampin' Up! but part of the fabulous August monthly kit I received from Coconuts - isn't it purdy??!! Love it!! This kits was designed by Pamela, one of the fantastically talented dt members, and all I can say is WOW!!!! The paper is from a French Canadian company called Rose Moka - check it out, it ROCKS!!! And, my Eastern Blooms stamp set looks fabulous with a little dazzling diamonds, glue, and Really Rust reinker next to this paper! Well, off to finish - I will have lots to share tomorrow! Toodles!

August 11, 2008


Happy Monday all!!! Whew!!! What a totally busy weekend - on Saturday morning all the male relatives were at my house to help Tony put up our fence around the property - no mean feat when you have 10 acres. But, with the help of everyone, all the posts are up and in concrete and next week the rest will get done! On Saturday afternoon, the moms took all the kids to the fair for my nephew's birthday present (that is what he wanted) and it was a great time!! I will share pics later on in the week. Then, yesterday we went over to my SILs house to celebrate my nephew's birthday, open gifts, and have cake and ice cream! Then, I raced home and started working on the two workshops I have this week - one today, one tomorrow - YIKES!!! But, I am ready for tonights and will finish with tomorrows today! So, I want to apologize now for not stopping by and saying hello to everyone and checking out your beautiful creations, but as you can see, my hair has been on fire!! But, I promise that tomorrow I will make time!!! I was up very late last night, but got up at the crack of dawn because........I PUT MY FIRST ORDER IN FROM THE NEW CATTY, WHOOOHOOOO!!!! Have you all ordered??? If you need to submit an order and you don't have a demo, send me an email and I will get you a catty so you can start enjoying all the fabulous stuff in this new book!!! Okay, back to my projects!! So, this is the project we will do tonight - it is an accordian tag scrapbook that can sit on a shelf or on a desk! I don't know these gals, but my hostess says they are all scrapbookers who have been looking for some scrapbooking projects so I am all over it - LOL! There are four tags, each with its own pocket and I added pics to three of them and used one as decoration just to demo how versatile this type of project is!! I used my fabulous Bella Rose Dp along with two stamp sets and a Jumbo Wheel: Eastern Blooms (Looooovvvveeee it!), Doodle Wheel and True Friend which I thought was the perfect set because since these gals have been friends since grade school. And, then I have a really cool project for my own work area as well, *wink* As you can see, I did a TON of embellishments, all using my punches so it will be relatively painless to put this together AND they will get to see some of our wonderful punches. So, here is a picture of the book with the tags removed - you can see I used the wheel on the background and highlighted with my Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker. And, here is a close-up shot of the four tags that I made with some of my favorite folks (believe me, there were lots!) from Convention! They are, from left to right: Kimberly and me - she is my upline but also a very good friend who I love dearly and who amazes me daily with her energy, enthusiasm, generosity, and talent! The next one is of me and my new friend Amber. Amber and I hit it off immediately and although she lives in Southern CA and I love in Northern CA, we have plans to get together because we have so much in common and had such a great time together!! The last picture is of me and Corinne (aka Roxy) who I am sure is my sister and we were just separated at birth - LOL! I have to tell ya, the don't make many people as special as her, I just think she is the sweetest, most beautiful person both inside and out - love ya girlie!! And, the first tag is just a design tag that I am using to illustrate that this project can be done in different ways depending on what they are trying to accomplish! There are 18 ladies scheduled to attend so if they all show up, it should be a very busy but fun time!!! I will let you all know how it goes!! Until then, toodles - I am off to cut kits!!!