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Do Ya Wanna Know What's IN HERE?

Just for fun... I thought I'd share something totally NON stamping related and it has NOTHING to do with my garden, either!   Yep, gotta keep you on your toes...  so.. wanna know what's in here?

Dsc06430 So first of all, you're probably asking.. well.. where the heck did you get THAT?  RIght??  This was MY suitcase when I was young.. but it wasn't used for travel... it was for holding something VERY SPECIAL...

BARBIES!!!!!!!!!  LOL!


I am pretty sure that the Barbie with the red/plaid dress is the one from about 1960 - my very first Barbie and one of the first ones made.  I didn't do any recent research on this, but I'm pretty sure that's what my mom always told me. 

And do you think I had enough shoes for my little ladies??? I always made sure they were kept in these old Sucrets tins, too.. funny, huh?  {silly smile}

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This is just one of the many many things I brought home from the home I grew up in after my mom passed away.  I spent several hours today unpacking lots of old china pieces and putting them in our china cabinet.. here are just a couple..  Thanks for looking!

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And a couple of my favorite items... I collected all the old spools and old buttons I found in my mom's sewing cabinet and put them in jars.. kind of fun, don't you think?  The 2 items in front of the jars are old hat pin holders...  hmmmmm.. not sure I'll be using them, but they are too cool not to display!


Long Notes Booklet

I received this ROCKIN' idea from my friend Jan Wakeland a few months ago and KNEW I wanted to teach this as a class... so with our new Long Notes in Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi and River Rock, we made these super cool booklets.  They are decorated with the Notations No. 2 designer papers and embellished with the Accents & Elements Little Reminders No. 2 tin, and the self adhesive die cuts from the Creative License Simply Scrappin' Hostess kit!  Too cute, huh??  I just love little books!!  They are bound at the spine with the Groovy Guava and Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon.  Everyone LOVED the Craft & Paper Scissors to cut the ribbon and the Crop-A-Dile to punch the holes SOOO smoothly through the spine of the book.

Here are 2 of the books I made.. it's so fun to embellish them and be creative!  Enjoy!!


Dsc06423_copy The assembly is as follows: 2 Long Notes envelopes create the cover, and 3 Long Notes cards are stacked inside the cover with a folded Long Notes envelope in the center, then they are all punched with the Crop-A-Dile and tied with the ribbon!

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Wowza... 10,000+ blog visits!

WOWZA... last night my blog recieved its 10,000th visit and then some (as my grandmother used to say).. The Blog visit stats show I have received 10,310 hits !!!  THANKS to everyone for your kind comments and helpful emails!! 

PRETTIES KIT UPDATE:  my workshop customers really enjoyed working with the Pretties kit today (see yesterday's post) and loved the 2 projects I brought (see second project here).. whew!   yippee!!

REMINDER:  To view older posts, (those that don't show up on this page), click on any one of the CATEGORIES in the left column to see posts related to that category.

ok, I'm off to work on my class project for Mon/Tues .. check back later for an update!


Crop-A-Dile on a Tin

I was anxious to see how easily the Crop-A-Dile works on metal, so I got this tin at the Dollar Store and VOILA.. the Crop-A-Dile is SOOOOOOO easy to use on metal!!  Too cool!  I decorated it with an assortment of our new ribbons (in the punched holes) and an On Board Blossoms & Basics chipboard flower.  Too fun!  (and before you all email me, Yes I know not to store my markers upright.. I just put some in there for the photo).  {grin}


Dsc06391 Crop-A-Dile punches easily through metal!

More flowers.. this time on cards!

I played with my Stampin' Up! Pretties Kit today.. wow.. what fun!!  I can see I'll be needing a few more kits to make all the ideas I have dancing in my head!!  These kits come with silk flowers, pearls, beads, rhinestone brads, hat pins and more! 

I combined the Priceless stamp set (is this just the HOTTEST new set or WHAT!?) with the Fall Flowers Designer Series Papers and the Le Jardin Designer Series Papers with Groovy Guava and River Rock cardstock.  I used Groovy Guava, Blue Bayou and Wild Wasabi ink for the stamping. 

To color the flowers, I used a Sponge Dauber and lightly brushed the color on.  See below for colors I used on each flower. 

I accented the cards with the In Color Double Stitched Ribbon in Groovy Guava and Wild Wasabi.


Dsc06398_guava_flower_closeup_cop_2  I sponged the larger flower with the sponge dauber and Groovy Guava ink and did the same with the small flower, but only in the center, leaving a white contrast at the tips of each petal.

The center is the Rhinestone brad that comes in the Pretties kit


Dsc06404_flower_close_up_copy I sponge daubered (I think that's a verb) the larger flower with Groovy Guava and some Apricot Appeal, also leaving portions of the flower white.   I sponged the small flower very lightly with Blue Bayou (be careful, it goes on DARK).

The center of this flower is the half back pearl that comes in the Pretties Kit, secured with a glue dot.

For more inspiration on using the Pretties Kit, enjoy these blogs with FABULOUS ideas:

Kokomo Stampers

Beauty for Ashes

Robin Lea

Art of the Possible

More Hydrangeas!

I bought a really cool "vase" last fall that has a top with holes you can put on the vase, and put stems in each hole.. again.. another yellow vase.. what's up with that?  I haven't liked yellow since I was 12 years old.. oh well.. I like it now!  I combined my alstromerias with more cut hydrangeas in my fun new vase.  LOVE fresh flowers in the house!

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LOVE LOVE LOVE the new stuff!!

First of all.. OH MY GOSH... if you have not yet invested in the NEW Stampin' Up! Craft & Paper Scissors, let me tell you.. they are soooooooooooooooo wonderful and worth every penny and MORE!  They cut ribbon like a dream and they cut paper like butter.. they are easy to handle and I am investing in 4 more pair to have one at each CLASS TABLE !!  :)


OK, now that you've ordered your Craft & Paper Scissors.. are you ready for a project using some of the new goodies??  Here is what I came up with this afternoon for a workshop on Monday night.. These are the Gift Notes in Saffron and Old Olive, decorated with my TOTALLY FAVORITE new Designer Papers: Cutie Pie (OH SO CUTE), Build-A-Flower Accents & Elements tin, and my favorite new punches: 5-Petal Flower and Scallop Circle.  I've also used the Ginormous Flowers set which works perfectly with the 5-Petal Flower punch!  (even makes leaves!)  Ink colors: Apricot Appeal, Rose Red, Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke for the greetings.

So here are the cute Gift Notes shown closed, open and with the gift cards inside!!  What a fun little treat!




I really really wanted to sit and make more of these but I needed to save the supplies from the Build-A-Flower tin for my ladies on Monday night!  Guess I better order lots more of those tins with my 4 pairs of Craft & Paper scissors!! 

Enjoy and have a great weekend!


Flowers from My Garden

Seems I've been pulled in SO many different directions this week... listing and selling a ton of stuff on ebay, helping with Vacation Bible School, trying to keep up with laundry and the garden... and all my new SU! goodies came a few days ago and I haven't even finished going through it all and looking at all the new goodies! ack!  What I've seen so far is TOO much fun.. I must get back to those boxes today!

BUT.. I had to take a moment to share these beauties from the garden today... THIS is the MOST UNUSUAL thing that's ever happened in my garden... THIS IS FROM ONE BRANCH of a rose bush!!  It grew up from the base of the bush and bloomed with over 40 blooms on this one branch!! 


And I decided to cut some of the hydrangea blooms.. there are so many that my hydrangea bush was laying over on the deck, so I put them in my favorite vintage vase that I found when cleaning out my mom's things in her garage .. I don't think you are really supposed to cut hydrangeas to bring in for a vase.. but oh well,.. it's my garden and I wanted to!  LOL


Wow.. 7,500 hits in 2 months!

WOW... my blog is 2 months old today and it reached 7,500 hits/visits last night! AMAZING!  Thanks to everyone who has been sharing this amazingly fun ride with me!  Thanks for visiting! 

My new stamping supplies arrived yesterday.. so watch for fun samples in the days to come!!


Blog Tagged!

I received a fun surprise from one of the great demonstrators in my group, Marie Cottrell.  Her smile is contageous and she has a great outlook on life - I love being around her at our group functions! She blogged tagged me! Be sure to visit her very fun and creative blog: Stamp Lounge.

I need to state 7 facts about myself and tag 7 here goes ...

1) I am a native Californian, born and raised in Pasadena, CA
2) I want to learn more about digi-scrappin', so I bought a tutorial DVD and a book to help me out
3) I used to work on the Rose Parade floats in Pasadena with my church youth group
4) I have been to over a dozen foreign countries on the Stampin' Up! cruises I've earned
5) I love to garden and take photos of my flowers (you probably figured that out)
6) I worked in the engineering and architectural fields for 19 years
7)I would LOVE to take an Around the World Cruise like my parents did!

I am tagging: