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Beach Journal

My kids and I were at the beach the other day (we spend every other day there during the summer) and my daughter kept asking a bunch of questions about why things are as they are. So, I told her to write them down and we’d make a book of questions, answers and pictures of beach-stuff and she could take it to school as her ‘what I did on my vacation’ type thing in the fall.

I couldn’t just give her a little book that didn’t look totally cute, could I?

This is just a journal from the local dollar store. I like them because the cover is thick and neutral coloured so it’ll match almost anything. The only drawback? The wires are too close together to use the spiral punch….

I started with a piece of Purely Pomegranate cardstock as my base. I then stamped my Paisley background on to some River Rock cardstock in River Rock ink. I sponged the edges and paper pierced using my Close to Cocoa marker to “stitch”.

The bottom dotted paper is a piece of Cutie Pie designer paper and over the seam I added a piece of striped Wasabi grosgrain.

The ‘s’ piece is a 1 3/8″ circle of Wasabi cardstock with a chipboard ‘s’ from Lots of Letters Chipboard. I sponged it with white craft ink and embossed it using clear embossing powder. The large circle of chipboard around it was treated the same way only with Rose Red craft ink instead of white.

I used my Everyday Flexible Phrases stamp set and word window punch to add the words ‘summer’, ‘special’, ‘vacation’ and tied them on to the spirals using some linen thread and striped Wasabi grosgrain.

My last step is going to be applying a spray sealer as this little baby is going to be at the beach A LOT!

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It’s Offically Summer!

Today is a beautiful day on the West Coast. It is sunny and hot and the kids are out of school until September. This is what I see from my upstairs balcony (hello my Washington State neighbours!).

This is fantastic but it kinda messes me up. As you probably noticed, I completely forgot about Theme Thursday this week…oops. I’ve got to figure out how I’m still going to get all my blogging, stamping, swapping, etc with an 8 year old and 5 1/2 year old underfoot….so please be patient with me.


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Good Bye Sweet Shapes

I’ve got lots of stamp sets that are retiring. I thought I’d highlight a few over the next few weeks. Last night I had a workshop and decided to use the set Sweet Shapes for a quick and easy make and take. I also grabbed for my Scallop Love Notes, which I love and came up with these little treat holders:

This was a big hit as a make and take project even though I thought it’d be too easy!

I used two colour combinations as I didn’t have enough Scallop notes to do all the projects identical. The Soft Sky note uses Soft Sky, Vanilla and River Rock and the Kraft note uses Groovy Guava, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla.

Each participant did the “2-step” with Sweet Shapes and added Dazzling Diamonds using a 2-way glue pen.

We used the double rectangle punch to punch the bottom and threaded a piece of coordinating ribbon through the punched out holes.

As I said above, this was a big hit. Remember, not all workshop projects need to be super involved. Sometimes good old stampin’ goes a long way!


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The Great Swap Debate

No, the debate is not “to swap or not to swap” – that would be silly.

I’m getting ready for Convention next month (yippee!) and I’m trying to get all my swaps done early. I’ve only got 2 organized swaps left to put together and I’m done. I am one of those people who plan and cut everything early and then assemble in steps. I plan to finish up while sitting backstage at my dance recital this Sunday.

So, what is the debate? What size do you like to swap?

There are two schools of thought here:

1. Make a regular A2 size (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) as they are, well, a regular card size, they fit into the clear envelopes perfectly for display.

2. Make a mountable size (4 x 5 1/4) as they still fit into the clear envelopes for display but are WAY easier to mount into full cards once they retire or you get bored of them.

There has been some heated discussion among our local demonstrator group so I thought I’d bring it here to see what other demonstrators have to say! Leave me a comment and let me know! Not only is this going to be interesting for me, but also for others.

Thanks and a creation is coming soon…..promise…..


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Sweet & Simple Sunday

I needed to created a card for my dance teacher (yes, mine) as this is my last week of dance classes. We have our huge show on the weekend and maybe, depending on how I do, I’ll post my stage debut later in the summer…..we’ll see…..Anyways, here is the card:

This card started with a Chocolate Chip base – I think that is my most fave SU colour.

I wanted to use Tart & Tangy from the Occasions Mini as it is almost gone! I coloured the apple with my Real Red, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write markers and stamped it onto some white cardstock. I punched it out with my circle punch and affixed to the centre of a small metal edged tag. I then added the tag to a Real Red Die Cut Bloom.

I had a scrap piece of white cardstock so I scalloped the bottom edge and punched 1/16″ holes in each scallop.

I tied some 5/8″ Old Olive grosgrain around the card and stamped a sentiment from One Smart Cookie, again using my markers to highlight “apple” in a different colour.

Quick and simple yet striking, I think. If you are wondering what I do to write inside dark based cards, I usually add a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of white cardstock to the inside to write on.

Have a great day!


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Theme Thursday (June 19th, 2008)

This week’s Theme Thursday came about kind of by accident. I’m planning a workshop for a hostess for next week and wanted to incorporate the Fresh Cuts stamp set and coordinating notes. I already had a card project planned and wanted to somehow get the Fresh Cuts notes on a 3D item.

I also wanted to play with a few more things from the Occasions Mini catalogue before it bids a farewell on June 30th. So, I had some Die Cut Blooms and Picnic designer paper on hand so I decided to use that.

This is the 3D that started it all….

This is a great little box to put a gift in and is super easy to make. I started with a 9×9 piece of Old Olive cardstock. I scored it at 3″ and 6″ and then turned the cardstock a quarter turn and did it again. I now had 9 squares measuring 3×3. I made a diagonal score in the four corner boxes and folded the corner in on themselves and stapled them. This was the base of the box.

I stamped the large stamp from Fresh Cuts in Bashful Blue on one of the Fresh Cuts notes. I then cut it down to 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 – just perfect to fit on the front of this box. I backed the laser cut flower with an Old Olive Die Cut Bloom and a piece of Picnic designer paper. I stamped the small flower in Pumpkin Pie and cut it out and then added it to the project with a brad from my Pretties Kit.

I took another strip of the Picnic designer paper and adhered it to a strip of Old Olive for the handle and tied a bit of striped Pumpkin grosgrain on it. And then…..

This is my fave project this week and when I started I didn’t know how it was going to end up. The card base is Whisper White and I didn’t want to add too many things as I like the clean lines of it. I had a square of Picnic DS paper so I used that. I added two large Die Cut Blooms on top. So far, pretty easy. I punched out a 1 3/8″ circle in black and layered it with a 1 1/4″ circle in Certainly Celery.

I then stamped the butterfly from Just Celebrate and watercoloured using my aquapainter and reinkers. I cut it out and added it to the large flower with dimensionals.

Using my Crop-A-Dile, I added two black eyelets and tied in some Black Gingham Ribbon. Lastly, I added a 3/4″ circle of Certainly Celery on which I stamped “original” from Art by Design. I then backed with a 1″ black circle. And then…..

This 12×12 scrapbook page uses very simple elements. I started with a piece of Pumpkin Pie 12×12 cardstock. I had two matching squares of Picnic DS paper and these two great pictures of my son eating a donut. Since his favourite colour is orange, it was a perfect fit.

I figured out where I wanted the pictures to sit and then placed the DS paper. At first I thought I’d make one horizontal and one vertical just ’cause and then I realized that I could write on one as my journalling space since it’s lined! So that is what I did. I added a bit of black gingham ribbon to the journalling block and to the other, I added the large circular rub on from the Anchored Rub Ons.

I had to incorporate the Die Cut Blooms somehow on this project, so I added a bunch of the textured circles around the outside edges. And then…..

I noticed that I had done a card, scrapbook page and 3D, so I had to make a tag to round out the group!

This is a 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 sized tag. The largest layer is Old Olive and that is layered with some whisper white. I stamped “my friend” from Blossoms Abound in black ink along the bottom and used my horizontal slot punch to punch a notch out for the Pumpkin striped grosgrain. I used my tag corner punch on the corners.

I used two different Die Cut Blooms and added a rub on from the Summer Days rub ons. In the centre of the flower, I used my Build-A-Flower Accents and Elements and a Build-A-Brad.

Well thats it! A different Theme Thursday but look, they all match!


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Stampin’ Up!’s New Product Line – Decor Elements

Yesterday, Stampin’ Up! unveiled it’s newest product line, Decor Elements. These are a great addition to the already wonderful product line and will be showcased in their very own brochure (they will not be in the upcoming catalogue).

What are Decor Elements? They are a great addition to the Definitely Decorative line! D├ęcor Elements is a line of wall art made from vinyl used to decorate your home. This new line coordinates with our existing product, so it’s a perfect fit. You’ll also notice that our offering of images, phrases, and letters for home decorating is an easy, cost-effective way to design and re-design any room! Each design comes in two sizes and are available in White or Chocolate Chip (one is available in Kraft as well).

Please email me to find out how you can get your very own brochure! (In error, I posted the brochure earlier today and have been asked to remove it by SU.)

Today, Demonstrators get to pre-order some of these amazing designs and get trained and ready to showcase these at a workshop for YOU! Be the first to book a Decor Elements workshop – contact me (or your local demonstrator) TODAY! Customers can start ordering these products on July 1st.

Have a question? Ask it!