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September 2007

Organizing my Chipboard

I finally did it.. took the plunge... what better thing to do when you are trying to stay quiet and recover from a migraine!?  Organize your Chipboard shapes of course! 

I popped all the On Board Chipboard images OUT of the 12x12 sheets:

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and sorted them into containers:

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then labeled them and put them on my shelf!

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The BIG ADVANTAGE for me is that I know what I have now.. I really didn't like looking through those packages trying to figure out if I had enough flowers or stars, etc., for a class or a swap... now I KNOW I have ENOUGH !!  LOL

I haven't sorted the new On Board Blossoms packs yet... not sure if I will.  And I think I'll leave all the alphabet chipboard sheets in their packs too.  Anyone have a good solution for organizing the alphabet pieces, other than A's in a bag, B's in a bag, etc. ? 


Simple Make & Take

I introduced Stampin' Up! and a variety of paper crafting projects to the ladies at Craft Night at our church on Friday night.  They really enjoyed looking at all the things you can make with Stampin' Up! products and they loved the simple Make & Take project which introduced them to lots of punches, our GREAT Craft & Paper scissors, designer paper, ribbon, etc. 

This was our simple Make & Take (with their choice of Cutie Pie paper accent):

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and this was my little display table:

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UPDATE 9/30/07:

Annette asked:  How did you church have a Craft night. Was it your idea or is it something they do? Were you charging for anything or was it all donated by you? Sorry I have a ton of questions. Just wondering how something like that would work.

Our church is VERY large (1,500-ish people) and the Women's Ministry Program is always eager to get the women together in smaller settings so that we can form closer relationships with each other.  One program they have sponsored is "Craft Night". This used to be a quarterly event where any crafter could bring whatever they were working on (stamping, scrapping, knitting, quilting, etc.) and sit and work and visit and of course eat snacks!!  I was recently asked to take over this particular program and I have scheduled it for the last Friday of the month.  Everyone brings their own craft to work on and a snack to share.  This was the first one I had organized and I offered a "free rubber stamping lesson at 7pm".  So I spoke very briefly about SU! and all the fun projects I have been working on (my display table) and then at their leisure that evening they came over to make the card project.  I suggested that I would like someone different each Friday night to highlight their craft and talk to us about what they are working on.  It's also a great way to get to know each other, put faces to names and remember each other.  They liked that idea but also they still want to stamp each time! :)  So I will plan to bring a simple M&T each time.  (yes, free).  We'll probably do a Christmas item for Oct. and Nov.

Thanks for your interest, Annette, and I hope this helps others who are wondering about setting up a craft night at their church.

Wow, right after I wrote the above, I was checking some of my favorite blogs, and read this on the Proverbs 31 Ministries blog... all about nurturing friendships... goes right along with the premise of craft night and making friends in such a large church!


A little SPOOKY, but WAY too cute!

These two FABULOUS tutorials spread around the email lists today... view Paula's here and "Stamping with Roxy's" here.  OK, so now you know why you need this:

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to make these:

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Way too much fun!!!!  You read the tutorials to figure it out, right??  The Round Tab punch makes the jumbo circle!!  TOOOOOOOOOOOOO fun!  (Ok, I know.. it's the little things that can make us happy sometimes). 

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Supplies used:
Stamp Sets: Batty For You, Polka Dots & Petals,Think Happy Thoughts, All Holidays

Ink:  PumpKin Pie, Basic Black, Basic Gray (on card fronts)

Cardstock: 3x3 cards from Punch a Bunch Promotion and Only Orange 3x3 card, Basic Black

Punches: Round Tab Punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, Scallop circle punch, Crop A Dile

Accessories:  Bold Bright Brads, Vintage Brads, Black Gingham ribbon, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain ribbon, Paper & Craft Scissors, Creepy Crawly Designer paper

To celebrate 50,000 (!!!!!) hits to my blog yesterday, be in the first 5 people to send me a comment about this post and I'll send you one of these cards!!  I'll contact you by email to get your address.. don't leave it in the comment section. 


Bermuda, Baby!

I am getting really excited about the next Stampin' Up! cruise ... to Bermuda!!  We LOVED visiting the island when we went in 2002 with Stampin' Up! and we can't wait to go back!!  Here is a good site with fun info and maps of Bermuda.  If nothing else, just click on that site to listen to the waves!!  Although people talk about going to the "island" of Bermuda, it's actually about 180 small islands close together!! (and NO, it's not in the Caribbean). It's really heavenly there!  Here are a few pix I took on the 2002 SU! cruise. Enjoy!

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Our Ship (in 2002), the Celebrity Horizon:

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The caves are REALLY cool!

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Here's a map to show you what I meant about 180 islands making up Bermuda:

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There are many forts to visit.. we enjoyed them a lot!

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Jason has sure grown up in 5 years!!

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(here is an updated photo from the 2007 Cruise to the Panama Canal so you can see what I mean that he's grown up a bit!! LOL)

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If you are a demonstrator who has earned the cruise, and have not joined the yahoo group set up by Josee, drop me a "comment" and let me know.  I'll get you the information.

Have a great day and a great weekend!

~ Patty


50,000+ !!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my goodness.... I think more than a few people have been visiting this blog... it surpassed 50,000 hits today!!  50,163 right now!  My goodness!!  Guess I better get back to stampin' and post more fun projects! thanks everyone!!

Reminder:  If you want to see more posts than those that display on your screen, you need to click on the CATEGORIES in the left column to see previous posts.  Enjoy!


Framed Garden Flowers

As you know from reading my blog, I love my garden, I love taking photos in my garden, and I enjoy making cards and other craft items with the photos of my garden flowers.  I also enjoy seeing the photos year round, so I have framed several of my photos to display in my home.  I just put up the sunflower photos today.  Nice to enjoy these colors in the fall.  enjoy!

the photos are 8x10.

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close up:

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Didn't like the arrangement with 4 on the wall together... so I put the 4th one in an easel next to our cool little Japanese lamp:

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these are framed in my office above my printer:

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Mini Accordion Booklets

Today I wanted to share a couple of projects made with envelopes.  Both of these projects use 4 envelopes with the flaps stuck to the next envelope, creating an accordion fold structure for the project. 

This one uses (4) 3x3 envelopes and Always Artichoke cardstock cut to 2-3/4" squares placed over the envelopes, front and back.  I decorated it with several Stampin' Up! sets.  It makes a really nice inspirational gift.

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And this project uses four Medium Size envelopes put together in the same manner.  I covered the envelopes with four medium size white cards - front and back. It makes the project sturdy and gives a nice finished look over the envelopes.  I decorated it with my garden flower photos and inspirational verses.

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CUUUUUUUTE Chipboard Clipboard!

I got a GREAT care package in the mail from my dear friend Janice last week, and just had to share this awesomely cute Chipboard Clipboard she sent me!!!  She used the Blue Bayou Designer paper and Blue Bayou Double Stitched ribbon plus some Hodgepodge Hardware and gorgeous white Taffeta Ribbon.  I added the SU! notepad.  THANKS Janice!!  You always brighten my day!

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Johnny Jump Ups in my garden!

I am so excited.... I shopped for Johnny Jump Ups in the nursery this past summer, but was told they are seasonal and I should look for them this fall. (who knew? not me).  BUT... what a miracle... there are Johnny Jump Ups growing in my garden, and I didn't even plant them!!  I just love them.. they remind me of my childhood.  They were my favorite flower as a little girl.

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Grow little babies.. grow!!  Spread out.. fill my garden!

Oh, and an update on my quest for a Wisky Mac rosebush.. the nursery in northern CA is currently propagating one for me and I can pick it up next spring!!!  The cuttings from my mom's bush never rooted.  (sad face).  After lots of on line research, the Vintage Gardens Nursery in Sebastopol www.vintagegardens.com was the only one in the U.S. I could find who sells the Wisky Mac! Good thing they are relatively closeby!


Build A Flower Tin - left overs

Many of you have asked how many "self adhesive die cuts" are left over from the Build A Flower tin after making the class projects... here is a photo of the left overs.. as you can see there are PLENTY of left overs to make MANY MANY more projects with the 12 sheets that come in the tin!!  yahooo!

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Decorated Tin

As I prepped for my Build A Flower tin class, I pulled out some extra empty Accents & Elements tins and decided to decorate one as a Christmas gift.  This would be GREAT for giving with a Gift Card inside!!  I decorated this one with the WINTER BRIGHT Simply Scrappin' Kit.  Just think of the possibilities for gift giving through the year or for little girls birthday party favors, etc. !!  Too cute!

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I loved this idea when I saw it on this blog... I just knew I had to make one!


Build A Flower tin class - 9-22-07

We had such a fun time in my Build a Flower tin class last night and this morning!!  We made 4 projects including decorating the tin.  Big thanks to Chiaki for the great ideas for this class and to Dawn for the card tutorial.

I called this the Peek A Boo card... Dawn calls it File in the Middle... either way it's a fun card with lots of little tips and techniques that make it unique... here is the front of my design:

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here is the inside:

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and a close up of the fun flowers from the Build A Flower tin, using the green flowers cut apart for leaves, and Stem Sayings for the stem:

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and the "Peek A Boo" part:

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and the back:

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Here is the decorated tin using Cutie Pie papers:

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We punched through the tin with the Crop A Dile and used wide Celery Grosgrain ribbon for the handle:

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Here are the other 2 cards we made in class using the fun self adhesive die cuts from the Build A Flower tin:

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Fun to use up the "green flowers" as leaves! 

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OK... Now.. GO GET YOUR TIN and start playing!!  It's WAY too much fun!

~  Patty


More projects from our Luv 2 Stamp Group meeting

Several demonstrators brought wonderful projects to display or to demonstrate at our Luv 2 Stamp Group meeting last weekend.  Here are a few of the fun projects on the display tables:

Boo Boxes

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Sugared Pretties (from the Stampin' Up! Pretties Kit) by Lynne Marini: (versamark your flower, use Heat N Stick Powder, and then Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to achieve this yummy look!)

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Hostess Incentive Booking cups by Susan Valencia:

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Decorated boxes by Kristy Johnson:

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For details and tips on covering the boxes, please see Kristy's blog.

And here are a few of the ladies making the Paper Pumpkins:

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Making the paper pumpkins:

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More to come... stay tuned.. and have a GREAT Weekend!


Sneak Peek "into" tonight's stamping class

Tonight and tomorrow morning is my BUILD A FLOWER tin class with a Peek A Boo card as the highlighted technique... thought you might like a "peek" into this fun card!!  {hee hee}  Enjoy!!!

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Build A Flower tin available from Stampin' Up!  I can't wait to share these fun projects tonight... yippee!!   And in just 3 hours I get to give my son a BIG hug.. he's been away at Spiritual Retreat with his high school classmates... I MISS HIM!!


Altered Frames

Lynne Marini brought this gorgeous "altered frame" to our Luv 2 Stamp Group meeting on Saturday, it was made by Tracey Shaver of Ohio... it's GORGOUS and everyone loved it!!

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images copyright Stampin' Up! 1990-2007

I have had a few "plain" frames lying around that I've been meaning to cover for quite awhile, and after seeing this one, I thought I HAVE TO DO THIS!  So I got out one of my plain frames and covered it with some Brocade Background paper that I stamped with the Priceless set.  I added a tag from the "Tagged" tin framed with a piece of HodgePodge Hardware and to top it all off, some new Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon from the Holiday Mini catalog!  {That ribbon is tooooooooooooo yummy!}

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I added brads on top of 1/2" punched out circles to the upper right corner to balance the accessories in the lower left corner:

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images copyright Stampin' Up! 1990-2007

I used Sticky Strip around the perimeter of the back of the frame, and "wrapped" the frame like a package to adhere the paper to the frame. 

P.S.  the best part about this altered frame.... I got it at the .99 cent store!!  You can cover any inexpensive frame and make it a one-of-a-kind work of art!  You can also purchase wood frames to alter and use Mod Podge to adhere the paper directly to the frame.