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May 2007

Graduation Time!

I got drafted to come up with an idea for the table decorations for my son's High School graduation reception on June 16.  No, he's not graduating yet (he's only 16), but I'm known as "a crafty mom" so I get asked to help with fun stuff like this.... I was asked to come up with 12 centerpieces in school colors... so I just HAD to make a trip to the Party Store (oh darn!) and here is what I came up with.  Dsc05705


Of course I used Stampin' Up! cello bags, ribbon and cardstock.. but the rest was purchased.  Hope the seniors enjoy it - they each get to take home a cello bag!  We are also going to put those fun Mardi Gras bead necklaces (in school colors) on the tables for them to take home, too.

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New Beginnings in the Garden!


I was in Pasadena at my dad's house for the last few days and I am EXCITED about one thing I did while I was there....  I took cuttings from one of my mom's rose bushes and am going to try to grow it!!!  The bush is called Wiskey Mac and growers no longer sell or grow it.. so I read about taking cuttings on line and decided to try it!!


Let's hope these little stems take root and grow!  My mom's bush is about 35 years old and was her favorite.  I am excited to be growing this in honor and memory of her.  Here is what the bloom looks like on her bush (and it smells sooooooooooooooooo good)!


Here are a couple beauties from my garden that bloomed for my birthday yesterday...

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My Rogue Sunflower (see May 18th post) is about 4 feet tall now and I think it's going to produce a flower... is this what they look like when they are about to produce a flower?  I'll keep an eye on it and let you know what happens!


Have a GREAT day!

Gratitude Journals

The idea of a Prayer or Gratitude Journal has been circulating around for several months, and when I saw that we were going to sell the 5x5 On Board Art Journals in the Spring Mini Catalog, I thought this would make a great Gratitude Journal!  I have taught this in a class and sold many "Class on the Go" kits with supplies for others to make this 20 page journal.

I used many of the supplies found in the Spring Mini Catalog, such as:

  • 5x5 On Board Art Journal, pg 16
  • Round Tab and Spiral punches, pg 17
  • Office Accoutrement set, pg 14
  • Notations papers, pg 15
  • Little Reminders tin, pg 15
  • Petals & Paisleys papers, pg 9

plus a variety of stamp sets in the main catalog.

Here are some ideas for the cover of the journal:

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Dsc05605_2 I used an On Board Letter "g" and wrote GRATITUDE with one of our journaling markers on this one.  I like our Anywhere Glue Stick for adhering the cover sheet to the journal, and for adhering the designer paper to the chipboard letter.

Here are some ideas for the inside pages of the Gratitude Journal:

I used SNAIL to adhere all the paper and embellishments to the inside pages.

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Personalized_stampsThese are the personalized stamps I ordered (pg 198 of the catalog - item D - Simple Serif style) to use inside the journals. 

I hope you feel inspired, and remember to always count your blessings!

Here is a link to more samples on my other website:

click here for more samples.

Stippling Direct to Rubber

Use your Stipple Brushes and ink refills to create blended/shaded effects!

Enjoy this technique from one of my recent 6x6 Technique book classes.

Supplies:  Solid stamp images, Stipple Brushes, Ink refills, Classic Ink pads


Directions for this Technique:

  1. Choose two complimentary colors of ink, such as 2 colors you would choose for a 2-Step Stamping design
  2. Ink the solid stamp in the LIGHTER of the 2 colors, using the ink pad to ink the stamp.
  3. Place a few drops of reinker of the DARKER color into the lid of the darker color ink pad.  Dab the Stipple Brush into the reinker drops.
  4. Stipple the darker color onto the inked stamp, blending and fading out at the point where the 2 colors meet.
  5. Stamp image on your cardstock.

Palette o' Prints tablet - Do YOU have ONE?


During the month of May, you can get a sampler pad of 48 6" x 6" double-sided sheets of our new Prints Designer Series paper-before they are available from the new catalog! That's 12 exclusive patterns, four exclusive colors, and endless project possibilities! 

You can buy the pad for just $9.95 with $35 minimum purchase, or you can earn the pad for free when you host a $400 workshop.

Contact me by May 30th to order your exclusive sampler pad!!

Click HERE to see samples of all the papers in the pad!

Here are a few other cute CUTE!! samples of cards and the Stampin' Up! On Board BITTY BOOK using the Palette o' Prints papers!  These were all on display on the Stampin' Up! cruise last month.  Enjoy the inspiration!

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Images copyright Stampin' Up! 1990-2007

Wow!! Thanks for Visiting!

WOWZA.. thanks for stopping by!  Over 2,050 hits and my blog isn't even 2 weeks old!!  (well, it will be tomorrow!)  Thanks for all the kind comments, too!  Glad you are enjoying a peek into my world of stamping and gardening!  ~Patty

Afternoon Flower Photos


It's kind of DANGEROUS sitting here at my computer with my garden in full view through the window beyond my computer screen... as the day progresses and the light and shadows change, I keep running outside with my camera to capture new views!!  Here are some afternoon shots from a few minutes ago (5pm sunlight)... playing with focus and light... I think I'm as addicted to photography as I am to stamping!




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Viewing older posts

If you would like to view older posts, please click on "May 2007" under ARCHIVES in the left column..  scroll down and you will see more stamping ideas and a few more flower photos from my garden.  Enjoy!

Awesome FRIEND card!

Dsc05581 I just LOVE this card sent to me by friend and demonstrator, Alice Simonds of Illinois.  It's a GREAT combo of the Paisley background stamp (pg 169) and 3 sets from the Spring Mini Catalog: Polka Dots & Petals, That's Nice, and Office Accoutrement. I love the addition of the 3 ribbons, 2 punches, brads, direct to paper technique.. wow.. Awesome card!!  Thanks, Alice!!

images copyright Stampin' Up!  1990-2007

Pretty Roses Today!


I was in my garden with my camera this morning - as I am every morning! - and thought that George Burns was especially lovely today with many blooms!!!

Dsc05594_crop The variation in the coloring on this George Burns bush is just gorgeous.  I'm so glad I picked this one out on Mother's Day!!!  It was kind of a leap of faith.. I had not seen it before visiting that nursery, but the picture looked wonderful, and it has turned out to be just fabulous!  The yellow fades to white as the blossom matures.. very cool.

Dsc05584_crop My Peace rose just looked so, well, peaceful today!  Just so gorgeous.  And my lovely George Burns roses are in the background.. just perfect for a photo!

Dsc05589_crop This is another mystery rose in my garden.. again, I planted this one about 8 years ago and didn't leave the tag on it.  It is about 7' tall and produces massive amounts of gorgeous roses all summer.  Anyone have a guess on its name?  When I prune it I leave it at about 3' tall.. I love how it grows so tall and is the QUEEN of the garden!  My mom always left several of her rosebushes quite tall (maybe she didn't even prune them?), so I figured I could just do the same thing! (smile!)

Keeping In Touch cards

These are some fun samples from a recent class I taught.  I called them "Keeping In Touch" cards.  Start with a 6x12 piece of cardstock, fold it in 1/2 and decorate it like two scrapbook pages. Send it to a loved one in our Large Square White Vellum envelopes (item # 107287),  and they can display it on a desk or mantel and then cut it in 1/2 and place the 2 pages in a 6x6 Brag Book you have given them.


Close up of one card with the Large Square White Vellum envelope:


One of my students used one of her cards from this class to send a Mother's Day greeting.. what a perfect idea, Joy !   You can plan to send a different card after each holiday or vacation to keep long distance loved-ones up-to-date on your busy life!

Altered Au Chocolat Designer paper

May_07_altering_au_chocolate_copy One of the Techniques we covered in my 6x6 Technique Book Class in May was to alter the color of the Au Chocolat Designer Series Paper by using a Foam Brayer rolled in our Classic Ink and brayered onto the designer paper.  This changes the vanilla background to whatever color you are brayering over it and leaves the dark Chocolate Chip color unchanged!  At left, we used (clockwise) Certainly Celery, Regal Rose and Almost Amethyst to alter the Au Chocolat paper!  Very cool, don't ya think?

This is a card that demonstrator Sharon Howard sent to me after taking the technique class.  She altered the Au Chocolat paper by brayering the Almost Amethyst ink over it, and very cleverly scalloped the bottom edge of the paper,Dsc05557_copy_2 and cut out extra portions of the paper to make the flower center!!  Thanks, Sharon! Great card!! 

In the Garden today...


Dsc05548 My GINGERSNAP rose (right) was especially vibrant and beautiful today in the afternoon sun.. I couldn't resist grabbing my camera.

Dsc05534 And HONEY PERFUME (left) looked especially creamy and velvety today... (and I even got creative and cropped the photo and rotated it to create my post header!).  I'm having WAY TOO much fun!

Dsc05544 And then there's my mystery rose... I planted this about 8 years ago before I knew I might want to keep its tag on or remember the name... so... I just enjoy it and someday I'll figure out what it is. 

I loved the light and shadow and dark background in these 2 photos today.