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Paonia, CO, United States
I have discovered that life is a roller coaster and I'm learning to enjoy the ride! I am a married mom of 4. I work part-time outside of the home and, of course, more that full time as a wife and mother! I do classes from my craft room in the basement...which is why we call it the "Craft Cave."

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Really? For me?

Carol in Arizona nominated me for this Award. Isn't she a sweetie? And fantastically talented too! You just have to go and peruse her blog. I "case" her stuff all the time. I think she is the encouraging one, really. But then perhaps we all encourage eachother.

Now on to the business portion of this illustrious award.

The rules for the Encouraged Blogger Award are:

  1. The winner may put the logo on their blog. (check.)
  2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award. (check.)
  3. Nominate 5 blogs. (check - See below.)
  4. Put links to their blogs. (check - Just click on their name.)
  5. Leave a message for your nominees. (check.)

There are blogs I frequent regularly just because these gals are so FABULOUS and creative and encouraging and inspirational and ...okay...you get the idea.

  1. Julie
  2. Heather
  3. Laurie Unger
  4. Lisa
  5. Angela (oops! Carol nominated her too! I didn't catch that till I left my comment. See how encouraging she is!!)
  6. Seleise (this is really my number five...again!)

Now, are you hoppin' on over to their blogs? You should be!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

'08 Peek #4

Don't have any Christmas stamps? (Not that I would believe that of ANY of you!!) Well, try thinking out of the box and use something non-traditional.
We all have some regular everyday stamps. It's time to start multi purposing our supplies, especially in these days of recession where we all have to watch how we spend our crafting dollar.
This card uses the Welcome Home set. Not really a Christmas set, huh? Well, it's all in how you use it... decorate it... color it... embellish it!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

And now, for something different...

Any Monty Python fans? ...nevermind.

Julie created a really cute Get Well goodie last year, and I thought it was brilliant. ('Course, most of her ideas ARE brilliant.) Now, usually you just can not improve any of Jewel's ideas and they are totally worthy of a "direct case". For this one, I just tweeked her idea a wee bit.

I saw a couple other little gems while blurfing and had a "lightbulb moment" thought of just putting all of it together...
So...I added a bit to the "Get Well Goodie" with the throat lozenges and Emergen-C (or Airborne comes in individual packets now too!) and put it all in a cup holder designed by Lauren that was originally made as a Hot Cocoa set. And, what would be cuter than some tissues in a holder that says "Bless You," of course! Thanks to Dani for sharing the template.
Note: I had to adjust both of these templates a titch to fit the tissue packs & cups I was using, so check your measurments.

DANG!!! Now you all know my BIG secret! I just combine or tweek other fabulous ideas into something almost original.
Really though, big KUDOS to Julie, Lauren and Dani for sharing all that they share on their blogs (and myriads of others, too!). I'm really thankful that I don't have to take the time to make a tutorial or figure out how to share a PDF file for a template. And I certainly wouldn't want to do such a thing and then and pretend it was MINE!! Why re-invent the wheel? I'm ecstatically happy to "give credit where credit is due" and these fabulous truly creative ladies definitely deserve the nod! (Okay, I'm now stepping off my little soap box on blogging manners.)

Say! You know, now that I think about it...wouldn't this be really cute for a Thanksgiving (or Christmas) Hostess Gift with a quart of Apple Cider (or wine) on one side and mulling spices on the other? Yummy!!
Or, you could just give the bottle with a "hang tag pouch" with the same spices.
See...that's just how my mind works...running from one idea to the next...
Or maybe....nevermind! You can figure it out, hey?

'08 Peek #3

Really! It's tougher than it looks!
Heather originally created this card and I just had to share it.
Don't YOU wish we still could get this Merry Wishes paper? Yeah, me too!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

'08 Peek #2

Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus.....

Can you hear it?

Just remember.... you gotta believe if you want to receive!!

More to come in the next few days. I still have a couple spots open, but time is running out!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Christmas S-A-S '08 - Peek #1

The invites have been sent and several have already reserved their spot for the Annual Christmas Stamp-A-Stack at my house on Nov. 22. (I still have a couple spots left, call me now to get on the list!)

Here is a sneak peek at one of the cards we will be creating!

I'm trying different angles for the "peek" photos that will be coming to you over the next several days. I didn't want to give too much away! This card uses Good Timber and Trendy Greetings. You'll find out how I flashed it up and gave it a "touch of frost." Well, if you haven't already figured it out!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Gift giving...

This year I will be focusing on making as many gifts as possible with paper or at least "junked" up and looking fabulous with paper!
I used to be the "baker extraoridinaire" for Christmas time, but, this year it's looking very cost prohibitive. Have any of you checked the price of flour lately!?! WOWZA!!

Out here in the country, we still make ice cream and snow cones out of real snow. (Now for you city folks, crushed or shaved ice works well too.) So, I thought this would be a fun gift for the neighbor kids, that is of course, if mine don't find it first!

I found the bottles at Michaels in the cake decorating section and the recipe came from the internet. (Do a search on "snow cone syrup recipe") The box and bottle are decorated with Holly Flourishes, Mini-bet, and sayings built from the Just-Rite Stamper products.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A card and a treat!

Are you wondering what to give to your office buddies this year? Of course, we can always do a card. But what if we add something else to it? I saw a card on a blog before Halloween featuring this particular layout with the hidden gum treat. (So if it's you let me know so I can add the link.) It was just too clever and cute not to duplicate!!

My rendition is made with ChaCha paper and cardstock and the Winter Tags set. Embellish with some black brads, ribbon and paper floss. The snowmen are colored with Prismacolor pencils to match with the ChaCha colors and Crystal Stickles have been dotted on the snowflakes and the snowbank, not that you can actually see that!
More Holiday items and cards will be posted soon. Sneak peaks of the Stamp-a-Stack cards will be posted too! I already have several reservations...call me to make yours now!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Making up...

...for LOTS of lost time!

The computer is still pretty much "on-the-fritz" but I've found a way to work around my temporary computer handicap. YEA!

So, here is a pic of a little treat we made at October's Stamp Camp. These are mini pizza boxes stuffed with little goodies! The larger box was perfect for holding these cute little magnets made from mounting board. The Always Remember set was perfect for these! I also added a smaller pizza box for holding some 3x3 notes. We made both of these at the Mile Hi Angel Gathering a couple weeks ago.

Here are the treat box-in-a-bags I made for the kids at school. It was a good thing I had these made early because as usual, what tends to happen to me, I ran out of time! So, I didn't really get everything done how I would have liked, but a little bit is better than none.

Don't you think the Caramel Apple Kits would have looked CUTE with bat wings behind the circle "batty for you" saying. Julie had a great idea posted today for a quick way of accomplishing bat wings. I LOVED it! Wish she had posted it sooner! Well, maybe next year, right?

Classes will continue through the end of the year:

Tech Tuesday tomorrow night, Nov 4 will continue to go on as planned....remember to get out & vote before you come to class.
Oops!! Almost forgot to add: December 2 Tech Tues will have to be held on Wed. December 3rd due to a conflict I can not move!! Thanks!!

Stamp Camp on November 12.

Stamp-a-Stack on Saturday, November 22, 5:00. I already have several reserved spots, so if you have not called me yet, pick up the phone!!! Reminder postcards will be going out today and tomorrow!!
As always, remember to let me know you will be coming!!

Don't forget!! If you hostess a party before the end of the year, you will be eligible to attend the Hostess Appreciation Party in January to "stamp out the blues" & receive a coupon book good for the next catalog!! Also, for every $10 you purchased from the current catalog your name has been entered into the Fabulous grand prize to be awarded at the Stamp-a-Stack!

Okay, enough of stamping & business and on to the shameless parent plug:

Here is a photo of my oldest, the Flag Captain for the 2008 Paonia Eagle Marching season. (Isn't she cute?) I'm very proud to announce that the Paonia Eagle Flag-its received the Colorado State 1A division Outstanding Auxiliary Award. FINALLY!!!! Although we have had an absolutely totally AWESOME flag team for 4 years, it's nice to be recognized as THE BEST IN THE STATE. The show was "The Music of Michael Jackson" and the best was part was "Thriller" at the end. (Becca would probably have preferred I used the picture of her with the "death shroud" mask.) Yes, they did do the dance, along with the band at one point, and the crowd went wild! What a great way to end your High School marching career and final season! Go, Becca!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Would you believe...

that I'm really not dead....
or buried under piles of pretty paper...
Although I have been dealing with a creative and motivational block....
the real problem lately....for approximately the last 3 weeks...or more...
has been NO computer at home.

Yes, that's right, the computer crashed. With over 3000 pictures.
Now, that having been said...you really must commend me. Why? you may ask....

Hubby says to wife:
"Watch for anything weird on the computer. I think the video card may be going out. "
Wife says:
"Okay. Don't you think we need to get a flash drive or an external hard drive for the photos? You know...just in case it's not just the video card."
Hubby says:

Dutiful wife purchases 8 GB flash drive specifially for photos.
Nicely asks hubby to copy all photo files.

Several weeks later..... after purchase of said needed video card...
Hubby says to wife:
"Hon, you won't be able to use the computer for a while..."
"Oh, why?"
"It crashed. I can't retrieve anything yet."
"Like what?"
".....ummmm.....well.... I think I lost all our photos."

Now at this point, I really could have said those 4 little words that wreak havoc, spread discontent, and cause numerous divorces....

"I told you so."

But, I refrained, through great effort, I assure you. So, I am happy to report, I am still married.
(Rest assured, the thought DID go through my head, it just didn't pass my lips!)

So, needless to say, once I have a computer again, I will start posting again.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pretty paper...

I am a sucker for pretty paper. I had to share this card because of the cardstock. I bought this at an office supply store in Price, UT and then, of course, hoarded it for years. It was just TOO pretty to use. (Trust me, the photo does not do it any justice.) I have not seen this paper anywhere since I bought it, which might be why it took me so long to use it.
The JOY stamp is a retired TAC stamped on red & embossed with gold. I used a black marker & colored in the Holy Family and used my glue pen and AIG silver to fill in the star.
My biggest problem was how to show off the paper. This card is still NOT one of my favorites, I admit. It's definitely a quick card...but just not really one I find attractive.
So, I'm looking for tips...tell me what you would do with paper like this? How would you feature it in a card or page to show it at it's best without covering it up too much? Any sketches that are your favorite for this sort of thing?
(I'm definitely looking for inspiration here... My "mojo" has been a NO SHOW for about 2 months and I need some rejuvination QUICK!!)

Friday, October 3, 2008


Do you ever see a set pictured in a catalog and think to yourself, "Not much there. What would I ever do with that? Don't like it..."

Then, you see a sample of a project or two.... and suddenly the set makes your "gotta-have-it" list.

This was one of those sets for me.

This card is a case from another demonstrator (sorry I don't remeber who you are, but you posted on TAC Art Scans) Anyway, that's when I fell in love with this set. I simplified the sample as it was a card we did in the first Christmas Stamp-a-stack. Of course, this is another one of those discontinued sets. (But I'm only trying to give you some teasers to encourage you to come to THIS years Stamp-a-Stack.) The silver stickles around "JOY" don't show up very well in the photo, but take my word for it, they really make the card POP in person!

A very simple Christmas expression: JOY.

Where do you find your joy? How do you create joy for others? Is JOY the secret of keeping Christmas spirit alive?

....sorry....having one of my philosophical moments...I'm back now!

For all you locals in Delta County, CO...The Scrappy Moose is opening today!! HOORAY!!!! Go in and say "Hello" to Carol & crew and perhaps I'll even see you there!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Signs of the Season

Sometimes the simple cards are the most elegant. These 2 cards are obviously the same card, I just changed up the stamps. Both sets were used in past Christmas Stamp-a-Stacks...and both sets are now retired. The Mini-Wreath set is still one of my favorites.
I really love the look of the embossed feature over the stamped image which worked very well on both of these!
I admit the photos are not the best and I know I need to increase my photographic abilities. (A light tent is on my Christmas wish list this year.)

Monday, September 29, 2008

I'm beginning to think a lot of ...

Yes, it's early yet...but still it will be here before you know it. And for a crafter, you need to have enough time to create your projects too!
The card with the tree line & holly was a card from last years annual Christmas Stamp-a-Stack.
Remember to save the date: Sat. Nov. 22 (this is the Saturday BEFORE Thanksgiving.
Regular classes for Technique Tuesday (7 pm first Tues of each month: Oct 7, Nov 4, and Dec 2) and Stamp Camps (7 pm 2nd Wed of each month: Oct 15, Nov 12, Dec 10) will continue as scheduled.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Close to my heart...

No, not the stamp company. The subject of Alzheimer's. As most of you know, my mother battled Alzheimer's for several years before her death last April. Our family was truly blessed in the way in which we had to deal with this terrible disease. I know, it's difficult to imagine being blessed by such a catastophe. By blessed I mean that my mother never became violent, she never wandered, she just became very introverted. When the disease finally pushed her to the point of being bed-ridden, she died within the week. She was able to be at home during the duration of this horrific illness and my dad was able to be her primary caregiver.

Since my mom was diagnosed, almost everyone I have talked with since knows someone who is affected by this disease. It touches far too many lives.

Right now I know someone who is caring for her Mom with Alzheimer's. It is a never ending and often thankless task. It's difficult and heart wrenching. This card will be going to her.
I hope it reminds her, that God is always with her. She is fortunate enough, like me, to be living in the mountains where we see the hand of God every day.
The inspiration for this highly personal post is here: Cammie's Blog. Although she is giving away the most awesome blog candy I have ever seen, I was personally inspired by her commitment to DO something in the fight against Alzheimer's.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


...hmmm...I think I will stop making plans. My plan for this past weekend was to spend Saturday in the cave. Well, amazingly enough, that just DIDN'T happen. Most of my day was eaten up by cleaning up the library. It just seems that stuff happens after I've "made my plan" and the rest of my household then takes over and my plan gets pushed so low on the list it may as well not even exist. Is this a MOM thing? or is it just a ME thing?

Okay...enough of my whining!

It't time I start planning and preparing for Christmas! ALREADY you say? Well, yes, considering what happens to my plans.... I'd better start now if I have any hope of getting anything accomplished!

For those of you who look forward to the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack every year, I thought I would show some of the cards we did last year...then I'll start on some sneak peaks for this year!

So, for those of you who like to mark you calendars.... Saturday, November 22.

Friday, September 19, 2008

A day for fishing...

I like it when my DH goes fishing. Makes him happy...it also makes me happy 'cause then he's out of the house and I can play in my cave!
I've been FAR too busy lately running from one thing to another and haven't even visited the cave for some much needed work! I'm beginning to feel better but it seems that recovery has been a long and tiresome road. I also need to run to Denver this weekend, a quick trip to pay my respects to my uncle and to check on Pop.
I'm hoping to get something done today and tomorrow as this is the last card/project I have prepared to share. As you can see it's a quick & easy pretty breezy kind of card. I don't think you need much in way of explanation or instruction on this one.
Besides... you know it's time to start thinking Christmas and start prepping projects. (Trust me, it will be here before you know it!)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Scraps & tags...

...so, I've discovered that putting together a quick card just takes some scraps & tags and just putting it all together. For example the card at the left. Quick, simple...nothing spectacular. I know the fly stamp in the background is a discontinued from the Northwoods collection. I think the boat is from Lazy Days?
Not sure if I like this one or not...but it'll do...

For my locals: Thanksgiving themed Stamp Camp Wed. Sept. 17 at 7:00. See you there!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

So maybe I've been golfing...

....uh, no...wish I had been! I feel like this is the first day I've been vertical in a week!! I'm not usually one that gets sick & whines. Usually, I have to continue to "function" whether or not I'm ill. But then, there are times when it's just not possible. Last time I felt this bad I was still living in Utah, and that's been a while!
On a brighter note, perhaps being this ill this early in the season will help build my immunity & I'll be fine for the rest of the winter!! Anyway... enough of that stuff!
Here's a quick "manly" type card. What do you think? Seems like I specialize in the 10 minutes or less kind of card, huh? I'm still pursuing more manly cards. However, the holiday season will be in full swing shortly & right now I've got to get going on creating some Halloween treats for the kids.
Just a quick reminder for my regulars:
Stamp Camp moved to this coming Wednesday, Sept. 17. We'll be doing a Thanksgiving theme for the evening. Beginning in October we'll start on Christmas projects. Also, don't forget to mark your calendars and notify your friends for the 3rd Annual Stamp-a-Stack on November 22!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Penelope...my new favorite!

The new set of Penelope papers is my new favorite. (Trust me, the picture does NOT do it any kind of justice.) These papers are full of very rich jewel tones perfect for the fall and heading into Christmas too!

This is a quick (aren't all my cards?) 4x4 card just done to show off the paper. I added a tag from the paper collection and finished it off with an eyelet, ribbon and scrapper's floss. Very simple, but the paper makes it look nice.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Old Blue Truck

...and yes, yet again, another discontinued stamp! I'm still running with my pursuit for making "male" cards!

I really like how this turned out! I probably should have used a marker to color the pine trees a dark green, but overall, it's a pleasing card. And an easy one to put together! How do you like the buckle? It inspired me to punch the holes for a decorative effect on the left edge.

We had a stamp camp last night...I'll get some photos taken and post some pics this week!

Next event won't be until Sept. 2 for Technique Tuesday.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Pink, pink....and more pink!

Seems that I have been in "discontinued stamp" mode...well, that's the nice thing about having stamps! I can still use my discontinued stamps, you can't say that for stickers or rub-ons!

Anyway, here's a nice girly birthday card to give you a break from the manly cards I've been doing lately. You'd think I made this card for my everthing's-gotta-be-pink girl, Megan, but it was actually a card I make for Rachel last year.

Gotta love the stickles and the gel pens here. I think that's what makes the card! Very simple, very basic...but I think it still works!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Heather's Sketch 35

Heather always puts up a sketch on Mondays, which I nearly always attempt to do, sometimes successfully. Since I've been in a manly card mode with Hemingway paper, I used what was sitting on my desk.
Here's another retired set, Lazy Days. (I would not have been the "good-wife-of-a-fisherman" if I didn't have this set in my collection.) Now, you would think making manly cards would be easy with the right sets of stamps. Maybe my brain just makes it more difficult? What can I say, amazingly enough, I just don't think like a guy but hopefully this will be a card a guy would like.

Here's the sketch and my card:

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Still the one...

Have you ever made a card and just LOVED it? This is still one of my favorites. Yes, I know the set is retired but just goes to show that just because a set is "retired" doesn't make it any less useful. In fact, this is still a fabulous set! (Don't you wish you got one before they were no longer available?)
That is the nice thing about having a stamp...it's usefullness and creative uses are endless. Okay, I admit, some may begin to look "dated" but then again some are timeless (like this one.)
This particular card was not one of my hubby's favorites. He thought the seagulls should have been with the lighthouse. (Shows what he knows, huh?) If you look closely, you can see the *ding* at the top of the lighthouse, which is why he got this card in the first place! Lucky guy!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Thanks Jackie!

Jackie was kind enough to share some fabulous double-sided pink & green cardstock and sheets of tags/etc. when we did a sorority card-making weekend. I did lots of cards that I didn't happen to snap photos of....I know, can you believe it?
Love the double sided cardstock! It's especially nice for puching holes in the front to see into the card itself like the saying here on this card. The squares are blitzed up with some Stickles. Cute & very easy!
I'm almost at 2500 hits on my blog! WOW! Then it will be time for some blog candy, huh?

Friday, August 8, 2008

...and more horses!

In my attempt to use up my Hemingway scraps, and make some "manly" cards I've noticed a couple things. #1: I still have tags that need to be used up. (Hmm....I feel a meander mini book coming on!) and #2: I really don't like that starburst looking paper that comes in the Hemingway collection. I still have 2 full sheets of that paper amidst various other scraps that are now getting smaller and smaller. Come to think of it, I haven't seen many samples out "in-the-world-at-large" with that paper either... all the others in the collection, but not that one. Hmmm...
One note here, the hardware is comparable to the hardware featured in the TAC catalog, just not pewter colored. Well, when I ordered mine, it came it copper color and I never thought anything about it! So, since it goes so nicely with the Hemingway collection, it has given me an opportunity to use it!
My fav is the one below with the buckle and the dark green. What do you think?

One more quick note, or maybe two:
For the locals in the North Fork and Delta County area: Stamp Camp on Wednesday, Augut 13. Please let me know you'll be there. $15 for 4 fun projects!
And to the world at large out there! I'll be announcing some blog candy next week ...so stay tuned!!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Horses...maybe man cards?

I suppose the locals all know I've started selling cards at the Kut& Klip in town.
I left a basket of cards before I left for Yellowstone and had to refill it when I got home!! That's good news! Well, all except for the "more masculine cards" request. Hmmm....that's always been a challenge of mine I suppose. I don't really have that many "male" kinds of stamps...

So, last night I sat down with my horses and Hemingway (the paper, not the author) and attemped to use up some scraps. I blame Carol Norby, she had some fabulous cards not too long ago on her blog. As you know, my philosophy is: if you can't come up with it on your own CASE someone else!! I worked these out in about in hour while waiting for the oldest to come home from her date.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Back on track...

Isn't is funny how life happens while we are busy making plans? Don't know where that quote came from, but it seems to be so true with my life. Good thing I had planned a quasi-vacation for July!

We are back at it now that August has started and last night was our TAC-nique Tuesday class!

The first is an oldie but favorite. I just had to do something with chalk. It's Nancy's favorite coloring medium. So, the first technique was easy to pick....Chalked Embossing:

#1 is a sample I did a couple moons ago...or more! The second is the new version.

Okay, I know, I know!! It's the same card!!! My point is...you can use your design with different stamps and still have a lovely unique card. I actually like the tree better! I think it "pops" more on the black background.
Card Details--
Stamps: Love & Laughter (TAC)
Cardstock: Basic black & white
Inks: Noir Palette, Versamark
Other: White EP, Basic Brights Chalk Kit

The second technique I selected was NOT working well for me when I went to create samples. Grrrrrr!!! I HAD to come up with something, dang it! Luckily for me, I am an avid blurfer! (That's "blog surfer") and Jan Tink at Stamps, Paper, Scissors was my saving grace for the day!

She did an EXCELLENT tutorial on "Moonlighting" that I thought would be fun. So....not only did I do that technique....I also TOTALLY cased her card!!

#1 is Jan's version. (Yes, yes, I know it ROCKS!!) And then there's my feeble attempt:
What can you do when you don't have the same stamps but you want to recreate a card? Improvise, of course! Afterall, there are NO mistakes in stamping...only creative opportunities!! Not too bad, mine's a bit plain. Perhaps because the kids ate all my chocolate! (Christy noticed there were no M&M's & pretzels on the table.) Well, we won't be making that mistake again!! Time to find a new hiding place for the yummy stuff which is apparently absolutely essential in paper crafting.
Card Details--
Stamps: Happy Haunting, Running Stitches, Northwoods Stars - retired (all TAC)
Cardstock: White, Orange, black, purple, deorative paper -retired
Ink: Noir Palette, Burnt Umber Palette, French Lilac Palette, Galaxy Gold Brilliance
Coloring: Prismacolor Golden Yellow & OPT
Other: DewDrops, edge distresser, ribbon, green gel pen

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

No pic today....

Oh my golly! I can hardly believe I haven't posted since July 25!! Good heavens! What the heck have I been doing? I'm finally coming out of "vacation recovery mode" and getting on with life. That's a good thing!
I have spent a weekend creating cards with sorority sisters, but of course, as luck would have it, the camera was at home. Aaarrgghhh! But I DO have photos & stuff to post, I just seem to conveniently find excuses not to have done it yet. PMS, hot weather, apathy... all leading to a general lack of motivation. Okay, so they are ALL lousey excuses, but right now, it's all I've got!

TAC-nique Tuesday will return tonight after a month hiatus. So, posting tomorrow...with photos...can be counted on!

Thanks for bearing with me!

Friday, July 25, 2008

A little quickie...Open House Make&Take

Actually, no one got to enjoy this little card. The one person who did come to the Open House to get a catalog didn't have time to stay & craft a bit. Oh well!

This is just a very simple 4x4 card done with the new Linear Sentiments set from TAC. The ribbon was a Wally world discount deal. (You know how I love those!!) I also had one done up in Pink & Black, but I don't seem to have a photo of that one.

Sorry I haven't posted for a bit. I've been busy cuttin' rubba'!! I should have more next week.

Other news: One of my pals has decided to open a Scrap & Home decor store in Delta!!!

The Scrappy Moose will be opening on Main St. in early September!! YEA for everyone in Delta county! I'm sure the store will be great 'cause Carol is great and she has tons of great ideas!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Flower Coaster

A while back I showed some pics of some Hobby Lobby buys. I went on the hunt for the felt flip-flops Mischelle had turned into a mini scrapbook. I found those, and also some really cute pink flower coasters. They came in a pack of four, and so I sent a couple to my friend Julie, crafter extraordinaire, and challenged her, and myself, to see what we could do with these.

Now, obviously, they could be made into the front & back cover of a mini book, but, what else could we do? Well, great minds, or maybe just us eccentric paper-crafters, sort of think along the same lines..... You can see the FABULOUS little wall hangings Julie made with these here.

I thought it would make a cute frame for my own little flowers:

I used some paper from the Lilianna collection for the tags and also created a stand for the back. (Sorry forgot to get a pic of that. It's just a 3 x 8 strip, scored at 3, 3.5, 4, and 7, glued the 1" flap over & then the stand to the back of the coaster.)

How do you like that accent circle? That came from the packaging for that cute little green flower, a Target $1 spot special. Cool when you can use something like that, huh?

So, I ended up with a standing photo frame and Julie's was a wall-hanging.

But I still had another coaster left.....

so, I also created a little door hanger note holder for Rebecca:

There you have it! Pretty simple, huh?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Heather's Oz-some Sketch 32

Have you ever visited Heather's site? (If you haven't, shame on you!! I refer to her a lot!!) Every Monday she puts a new sketch up and challenges us to create something with the sketch and post it. Well, I finally did a sketch of hers on the Monday she posted!!

Heather's sketch and my card:

I've been trying to use up some scraps of ChaCha paper. I've used most of the package and just have a few snip-its left in the package. So, you see I had to use the oval tag instead of a circle, and a piece of the color dye strip on the right edge since my decorative paper wasn't quite 5 1/2 inches. I suppose I could have trimmed the cardstock 1/4 inch, but I think it gives it an interesting look. Do you like the knotted ribbon? It's nice how those knots fit just perfectly, huh? Okay, the big secret is it's actually 2 pieces of ribbon. I tied a knot in each ribbon scrap and then adhered to the back of the tag before putting the tag on the card.
Stamps: Ordinary Greetings, Salsa Flowers
Papers: ChaCha, ChaCha cardstock