Friday, February 22, 2008

Cute little composition book

I've always wanted to make one of these cute little critters.
And, it was sooo easy!
The hardest part was cutting out the flowers!
I know it's a bit plain looking.....decided to keep it that way.

copywrite Stampin' UP! 1989-2008

All supplies Stampin' UP! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: All through the year
Cardstock: Confetti White, Always Artichoke, Cutie Pie DSP
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red
Accessories: the bling in the middle of the flowers are sticky-backed rhinestones that were loose. so, I don't know where they came from.


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Stampin' UP! Regionals in Anaheim, CA

Stampin' UP! offers Regionals (sorta like a mini convention) throughout the year in several cities. Since it was in Anaheim, CA (which is only half an hour from my house), several of us attended.

It was great! I really enjoyed it and wish it was local more often.

These are the cards I made for swapping with the other demonstrators there.

The first card uses only one stamp; the word kind from the Baroque Motif set. Everything else was cardstock (Rose Red, Blue Bayou, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal & Confetti White), DSP (Cutie Pie), narrow white grosgrain ribbon & punches (large & small oval, 1 1/4" circle, designer tag).

copywrite Stampin' UP! 1989-2008

The second card also has the Cutie Pie DSP, Rose Red, Apricot Appeal & Confetti White cardstock, Round scallop punch, 1 3/8" & 1 1/4" circle punches, White Craft ink & the sentiment is from SU's Holiday's & Wishes stamp set.

The technique is so, so simple. It just takes a bit of patience. I took a strip of 12" DSP & trimmed off about 1/3" (or so). Then I put mono-adhesive all the way down the back of it & started at the bottom of the card. I slowly folded it back & forth to create 'flaps' all the way up the card. (FYI: the closer the 'flaps', the more DSP you will use. So, be careful not to make too many otherwise you won't have enough to go all the way up to the top of the card.)

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Last Friday I had my very first Stamp-A-Stack.

What is Stamp-A-Stack you ask?

You come to my house and make 12 completed cards to take home with you. You will make three cards of four different designs.

I featured the stamp set Ginormous Flowers on all of the cards. I had bought the set many months ago & hadn't even cracked the rubber. I figured that now was as good a time as any to use it.

Here are the cards that we made:

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Valentine's Day tags

These are the cutest tags! I have a friend who orders from me for holidays. I made tags similar to these for Christmas for her & she loved them so much she asked me to make some for Valentine's Day. Two days before Valentine's Day!

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Sorry, I just couldn't get a clear pix.

So, I whipped these up (thank goodness she only wanted 30 of them!) Her name is Keilani (Hawaiian). So, of course, she always wants something Hawaiian on anything I make for her.

copywrite Stampin' UP! 1989-2008

All Stampin' UP! unless otherwise noted.
Words printed on computer.
Stamps: All Through The Year
Ink: Real Red
Cardstock: Real Red, Confetti White
Accessories: Real Red Grosgrain ribbon, corner punch, slot punch, 2 way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

More classes at my Library

I'm so jazzed!

Last October & November I taught two scrapbooking classes at (my) Glendora Library.
They also asked me to teach two card classes.
The first is in two weeks and the other one will be three weeks later.

What is so fantastic about my Library is that the classes are FREE to anyone who signs up.
The Friends of the Library Foundation is funding them and they are so wonderful and generous.

If you haven't noticed, I my library and all the people who work there!
They are all fabulous!

As I am an avid reader, I am there allot and I'm always requesting Inter-Library Loans (ILL) of books that Glendora doesn't carry.

I just wish I had more time to devote to reading!


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Take the time

Take the time to stop.
To look around.
To notice things you miss everyday.
Because you are too busy leading your busy life
and not noticing the beauty in every day.

And, there is beauty in every day. Take today; I walked out of the house into a rain soaked outside and I smiled. First of all, I love rain. And, I love watching the rain fall. I feel as if God is washing away the grit and grime. I also love when the rain stops and the world seems fresh and new again.

So ~ stop and look around.
Notice something beautiful today.

Happy Birthday Leslie! (wink, wink)

Happy Birthday my friend!
(wink, wink ~ nudge, nudge)

My friend Leslie and I share the same birthdate (June 16th) and I made this card & bag for her last year to put her gift in. Her favorite color is Green Galore (lime green) and also loves it with Tempting Turquoise.
Bag with card
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Bag without card

copywrite Stampin' UP! 1989- 2008

Supplies (mostly Stampin' UP! except for embellishments)
Stamps: Doodle This (mainly)
Ink: White craft, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore
Cardstock/paper: Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Confetti White, Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Cutter Kit, Simply Scrappin' Kit, lots of ribbons, Primas (flowers), brads, etc.

How it started was; I saw this very pretty card online that I thought would make a good birthday card if I changed it. (no matter if I try to copy, I always end up changing it; never fails.) So, I started making this fairly simple card and it morphed into this!

front of card
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inside of card copywrite Stampin' UP! 1989- 2008

closeup of inside card
copywrite Stampin' UP! 1989-2008

closeup of inside card
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Our friend Evie called it a masterpiece. What a compliment! (thanks Evie!)

When Evie's birthday was coming around in September, I had decided to make her her very own masterpiece. Well, that didn't happen. And, I could tell she was disappointed.

So, I made her this card:

Front of card

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inside of card copywrite Stampin' UP! 1989-2008

It was a Thank You for her being her. She's such a wonderful friend and a very supportive upline (Stampin' UP!). I gave it to her at a breakfast meeting and she started to cry. When I said to everyone that I made her cry, she answered very quickly "No, I'm not crying!!" She's too funny! Everything makes her cry!

close up pix of the inside copywrite Stampin' UP! 1989 - 2008

close up of inside copywrite Stampin' UP! 1989-2008

Hope you have enjoyed looking at my masterpieces.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Michigan snow!
This is what it looked like outside my sister's home when I went to visit in January.

from inside the house (backyard)

I flew out there (from California) in the middle of winter so she could have a Stampin' UP! party.
...and so that we could visit, of course!

Everyone thought I was crazy to go at that time of year.
well...I like snow.
...and the cold.
I would much rather be cold than hot.

from outside (backyard)

It was so beautiful and serene.
One morning my sister woke me to come look at the falling snow.
The flakes were fat and slowly falling.
It looked like it should have been Christmas morning.
Oh, how I miss the snow.