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June 2007

Luv 2 Stamp Group Meeting projects - part 1

I held a meeting for my downline today - the Luv 2 Stamp Group - and I wanted to share some projects with you.  More projects and photos will be forthcoming this week.

These were the 5x5 journals I covered with the Pallete o Prints papers (from the May special) and our NEW chipboard flowers.  I "smooshed" (good word?) the chipboard flowers into the Apricot Appeal CRAFT ink pad to color them.  These were the gifts I gave to meeting helpers.  (I got the idea from Jen Bailey, but I substituted the flowers where she used chipboard letters).



And here is my swap card from today's meeting.. it's fun to use all the YUMMY Brocade Background papers in conjunction with the Baroque Motif set.  (Ink colors used: River Rock, Old Olive & Chocolate Chip).


My Rogue Sunflower...


The Rogue Sunflower saga continues... a sunflower seed made it into one of my flower pots from the birdfeeder in mid-May, and it finally bloomed last week!!  It's about 5' tall!!  I think it's a fun addition to my rose garden!!

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Dsc05799 June 12th... the bud is getting bigger...

Dsc05824 June 18th... it's TRYING to become a sunflower!


TA DA...

2 days later...

June 20th...

it's a BEAUTY!! 


NIGHT photos!!!

Well, my new catalog did NOT come... so I'm NOT on the couch looking at it....  I decided to take a friend's advice and tried taking PHOTOS IN MY GARDEN AT NIGHT!!  WOW... look at these pix!!!  The background comes out BLACK because it's DARK outside!!   OK, well, maybe you all already knew that.. but I thought this was WAY too cool!!!   The funky thing is.. you don't know where the bugs and spiderwebs are... but you FIND them. :)  ack.

What do you think?





A Wedding!

I've been away for several days.. I was attending my father's wedding.  It was a beautiful ceremony with a fun touch of humor,  and just immediate family in attendance.  The setting could not have been more gorgeous - it was in the amazing back yard of my brother's home in Southern California.  Here are a couple of photos from the wedding.. I'll get back to stamping SOON (unless my NEW Catalog comes.. then I'll be on the couch!)  LOL





Retiring Stampin' Up! Accessories

Wow.. the list of Retiring Stampin' Up! ACCESSORIES was posted this morning ... it's QUITE a list!


Some things to keep in mind:

  • all items are coded in GREEN, YELLOW or ORANGE - GREEN means there are plenty of items in stock, YELLOW means they are running short and ORANGE means they are NO LONGER available.. this list will update each day... so check back and DON'T DELAY in ordering the retiring accessories you've had your eye on!
  • Some items will be "repackaged" into assortment packs or packaged with other items, so we *think* you will still be able to get most of the 12x12 cardstock colors or grosgrain ribbon colors in the new catalog (we HOPE), but they will be in different quantities and might be packaged with another item(s).

Contact me or your local Stampin' Up! demonstrator if you have any questions or want to order some of these accessories or Retiring Stamp Sets .

Yep, I'm still here...

I'm still here... I've been busy designing, cutting, stamping, and packing up supplies for my upcoming Luv 2 Stamp Group meeting on June 30th.  I'm also sharing some of the same projects at my upline's get together this Thurs. night, so I've been a busy bee and can't share here yet, or it will spoil the surprise for those attending this Thurs. and next Saturday.  :)  I'll definitely share the projects after the June 30th meeting... but then... probably NOBODY will be visiting my blog then because EVERYONE will have their nose in their new Stampin' Up! catalog!  {hee hee.. only 10 more days or so until the BROWN truck delivers all the boxes of catalogs I've ordered!!!!}  Yahooooooooo!

OH.. I know... I could share this.. this is one of my all time favorite class projects (ok, 2 projects)... this was when I first got into beading in early 2005, and I made "scissor charms" for all my Stampin' Up! Paper Snips...  and we also made domino necklaces and pins in that class too!  (Staz On ink is great for this project).  enjoy!


Quilt Journal

That burnt rose is just too sad to keep looking at, so I decided I better get something nicer posted to my blog today.  This is a project I worked on last fall after taking photos of old family quilts.  My brother and I have quilts from both my mom and dad's sides of the family, and I thought it would be nice to document them all in a Stampin' Up! On Board Journal. I included copies of notes my mom had written about each quilt and photos of the ladies who made the quilts whenever possible. 

For the cover of my journal, I collaged bits and pieces of paper from the Timeworn Heirloom paper collection in the Stampin' Up! catalog (pg 206). The images on the printed paper look SO real!  After applying the papers to the cover with the Stampin' Up! Anywhere Glue Stick I used the sanding block on the edge of the journal to give it that "worn" look.


For the inside cover of the journal, I took a photo of one of the quilts and used photo editing software to "washout" the photo, then printed it on regular computer paper, and used it as my own designer paper!! {kinda clever, don't ya think?}


Here are a few pages from the inside of the journal:



There are a few more pages from this journal on my MyStampingSpot website .. you can see them if you scroll down a little ways on that page.  Enjoy!  Have a GREAT day.. and stay cool!

Photoshop Elements... I can't stop!

DISCLAIMER:  for those of you who know HOW to use Photoshop Elements.. this will NOT be impressive or interesting what-so-ever... BUT... It THRILLED ME!  LOL  My entire 2 weeks experience with Photoshop has consisted of trial and error and clicking on the HELP button A LOT!  I have been looking at some blogs featuring digi scrappin' (scrapbooking digitally on your computer) and I think I can see myself headed this way - OK, not "think"... I KNOW I'm headed this way!  It's so much fun and I am having a blast playing with altering my photos.  YES, I have more to do to get ready for my next Luv 2 Stamp Group meeting... but heck, I needed a break. {sigh}  Hope you enjoy my results from tonight:





Tuesday Tip: Scrapbook Adhesive! ROTFLOL

Wow.. have I got a TERRIFIC scrapbooking tip for you {silly grin here}... while going through old boxes of memorabilia from the 1930's, 40's and 50's, I came across these FABULOUS Mounting Stickers... Gotta LOVE their suggestion for using these mounting stickers INSTEAD of "metal clips" (paper clips)!!  AND  do note... "the tapioca adhesive is tasteless and harmless"!!! 

Hope you get a good smile out of this!

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Photoshop Elements... I'm addicted!


Being new to Adobe Photoshop, I was rather excited about the way I altered this image by adding the frame in Photoshop Elements after reading a tutorial on Jessica Sprague's blog (Photoshop Friday, Issue #5)!!  It's the little things that please me sometimes!!  Jessica has great ideas and tutorials on her blog... definitely check it out! 

New Blog Banner!

Do you like the roses in my new blog banner?  I decided to celebrate the beginning of the 2nd month of my blog, I'd make a new banner.  I happened upon an awesome tutorial by Stampin' Kub about making watermarks and I have gone nuts today making watermarks for my stamping creations and my photos, and then decided.. WHY NOT make a new banner header too?  It's soooooooo addicting!  I am having so much fun!

Here are samples of what I came up with for my new watermarks...