Graduation (again!)


Yes, this is the “official” graduation week, but now it is all over!  My neice graduated from a local school last night, a very LARGE local school, so we were very late getting home.  I usually work on the blog late at night before I go to bed, but I was too tired last night!  I am thankful for the last day of school (yesterday) and all the graduations are over!  Summer is officially here! 

I hope that this finds you having a great weekend!  I did the graduation card over again with different colors (to match the school colors of red and blue) and added a little glitter this time.  Just gave it a little twist…….

I am going out with my very best girlfriends tonight for my birthday celebration……might help make up for the rotten gift I got from Charles!  We’ll see!!!  Thanks for all of the comments I got and all the sympathy!  My girls have given Dad a really hard time about it all.  I feel good knowing that Allyson can drive soon and she can go do the shopping for my birthday next year!!!  We are going to Texas Roadhouse tonight, so it will be another yummy night!

Supplies used: Stamps:  Phrases for a Friend, Background Basics; Ink:  Read Red; Markers:  Going Gray, Real Red, Brilliant Blue;  Cardstock:  Whisper White, Real Red, Brilliant Blue;  Other:  Rhinestone Brads (clear – from the Pretties Kit), Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon; 1/2″ Circle Punch, White Craft Ink (to paint the stars), Chipboard Stars, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.



Graduation Card

Good morning!  Yesterday was Lindsey’s Middle School graduation.  She is now an “official” high school student!  I am feeling a bit older today, now that I have TWO high school kids!  This card was made for Lindsey and I am making a few more (in the appropriate school colors) for my neice and some other friends.  I used some chipboard stars, colored them with White Craft Ink, and added the rhinestone brads for a feminine touch.  The “congratulations” words are from the Mini Catalog.  I love the look when you color the letters with markers!  It just seems to add alot of character to this card!  There are 4 phrases in this stamp set — Thinking of You, Congratulations, Thanks so much, Celebrate You…..great words for the cards I make!  Sorry the photo of this card is not that great.  I waited until late last night to photo it (after I gave it to Lindsey) and that was a mistake. 


This photo is taken on our back porch right before we left for graduation.  It was VERY stormy here, starting around 4 in the afternoon and the sun came out right as we were leaving to go to the school.  What a blessing!   It was still raining a little bit, so we stood out on the back porch for a few photos.   I am a big fan of “natural light” photos.  They are always so much better!  If you look above our heads, you will see a rainbow!!!  What a joy to see this after 3 hours of pouring rain!  And if you look closely, you will see a “black spot” — yes, that is a little (maybe it is big) bug that flew into our photo.  We will have to edit this one on the computer!   At any rate, not the best photo of ME personally, but it was a special moment and I will treasure this memory.  I would also like to point out that Lindsey is TALLER than me……….scary!!!!  She did have on shoes with heels, but she is still a little taller.

Have a super day!  That’s all for now……….Dawn

Club Class Projects

As promised…… are the projects from last night!  We had a blast, as usual, and had a delicious dessert called an Apple Nut Ring.  Thanks Sherry!!!! 

Project #1 was a miniature Composition Book embellished with a chipboard flower.  We inked the flower with Old Olive Craft Ink and embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder.   The paper is from Summer Picnic in the Mini Catalog.   The photo makes the flower look very dark, but in real life it was not quite that dark.

Project #2 was another version of the Enjoy card from an earlier post.  We simply added chipboard instead of the letter “O”.  They could choose the “heart” version or the “flower version”.   We colored the chipboard with markers and then used the Fine Cosmo Glitter on the chipboard.  Why color it?  So that none of the “raw” chipboard shows through if the glitter does not cover some tiny spots.   I learned that little tip on some other blog……..and I liked it!  This glitter is so sparkly and so fine that I am still “modeling” glitter from last weekend!   It sticks to everything!

Project #3 was a simple little box made with one 12×12 piece of Designer Series Paper.  I have searched all over my desk for the name of the blog where I originally found this pattern, but I can’t find it.  I am so sorry!  I will gladly send directions to any of you that would like to make the box.  Please e-mail me for additional information.  I am only going to show the photo for now.

The last project was a card using the Die Cut Blooms (Mini Catalog) and a neat little Scalloped Edge that I learned in the last issue of PaperCrafts Magazine.  The left edge of the card has a white scalloped edge……….made with tiny punched flowers!  I used the Three for You Punch and quickly punched tiny white flowers.  I only exposed 1/2 of the flower to create this edge.  Looks similar to a doily edge, don’t you think???   The large flowers are made using several different products.  The white flower was cut using Chipboard as a stencil.  The orange flower was made using the 5 Petal Flower Punch.  The blue flower and red center were punched from the Die Cut Blooms (Mini Catalog).  And what about the little center???  It is a POP UP GLUE DOT covered with MicroBeads.  WOW!  Lots of products to tempt my customers with!   The glue dot even looks better with our CHUNKY GLITTER on it, but that is ONE product I don’t own.  YET!   I know you can’t believe that I don’t have it, but I really don’t!  Have a great day and let me know if you have any questions about the projects. 

Chipboard Flower Card

Good morning!  Sorry I didn’t post yesterday…….I took the day off!  Just from blogging…….I did not take the day off from laundry, taxi service, or chef — just to name a few of my daily tasks!  🙂

I also mananged to find a little time for some scrapbooking this afternoon with my girlfriend Tisha (listening to Josh Groban and Ryan Dan while we worked).  Could it get any better???   Then tonight I decided to finish this cute little card that I started in Florida.   We had so many things to do that I came home with “bits and pieces” that needed to be finished.  I’m not the only one that does that,  am I?  Start something and then can’t quite finish it……..sometimes I create a much better project when I walk away and come back to it!!!  At any rate, this is another Chipboard Idea using one of the Stampin’ Up! Chipboard flowers.  I painted it with Rose Red Craft Re-Inker and added stitch marks with our White Gel Pen…… really pops off the page!   And don’t forget that our Chipboard Sale continues through the month of May.

Supplies used:  Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment (saying only); Cardstock:  So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White;  Ink:  Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Rose Red;  Ribbon:  Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon;  Punch:  Boho Blossoms;  Accessories:  On Board Blossoms and Basics;  Circle Rhinestone Brad (Ice), White Gel Pen.

Have a super day!  We are only one day from Friday!!!


Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope you had a very Happy Mother’s Day!!!  We had a very nice day — went out to lunch with all of Charles’ family after church and then came home for a fairly calm afternoon.  I ended up taking the girls shopping this afternoon for some new shorts — the weather is getting hotter and hotter around here, so they thought they needed some new clothes!  Great excuse to get out and shop, huh???  I also got a lovely gift from “Bath Junkie”.  They couldn’t decide on a fragrance for my “bath collection” so I have empty containers and a gift certificate to go and get the products………cool, huh???  I will probably get something citrus-y……..they were closed on Sundays, so I will have to go one day this week. 

 Charles, his mom, and the girls after we enjoyed eating lunch at Rosa’s. 

 Charles’ mom, Linda, and me!

I have some more Stampin’ Up! projects in the works, but here is a little Post-It Note Holder that uses Chipboard (the monthly special – remember?)  The base of the holder is another coaster (4×4) that I covered with Designer Series Paper.  I used the Berry Bliss Paper — pinks and browns, my personal favorite!  Hiding behind the Monogram is a large black Binder Clip from the office store.  I added some ribbon at the top to dress it up a little bit — I use ribbon on everything, though!  The little chipboard “d” is from the Onboard Lots of Letters (page 179).  First, I inked it up with Pretty in Pink Craft Ink.  I learned from my friends in Florida that you can also use the Craft Re-Inkers and a sponge paintbrush to “paint” the ink onto the chipboard.  It makes it so much easier and not so messy.  You don’t get it all over your fingers!  It also makes the colors so much more vivid.   After letting the craft ink dry, I added Crystal Effects to the chipboard letter.  While it was still wet, I lightly sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter onto the letter.  It is even prettier in person than shown on the photo!   Maria and I both made these but she didn’t have any of the black clips so we couldn’t finish them…….Maria, is yours put together yet????  Hope this inspires you to get out your chipboard……..or makes you think about ordering some at 25% off this month.  

Have a great day!  I hope you also have a GREAT WEEK!!!! 



Recipe Holder


Good morning!  I am feeling a little under the weather — cold, allergy, sinus, something!  YUCK is the best way to describe it!   I am bummed because Charles and I are leaving town tomorrow for 6 days and I really do not want to feel sick!  Let’s hope it is just allergies!  I feel like that commercial where the head grows and grows and grows — are you familiar with that one???  

So, I forgot the “recipe” for yesterday’s projects, but the main thing I wanted to point out is that the cards used PLAIN chipboard.  Nothing done to it.  The box with the flower was also PLAIN chipboard that was lightly sponged around the edges with Chocolate Chip Ink.  So, both of those were super easy.  If you have any other questions about those projects, just e-mail me.  

Speaking of recipes……..Today’s project is a recipe holder.  There is a clothespin sandwiched between two coasters.  You can get these square coasters from several restaurants if you just need a few for personal use.  I have ordered them in large quantities from a supplier so that I can order plain white ones suitable for stamping.  I have heard from friends that restaurants will gladly give them to you by the handful.  These are printed, though, and would only be suitable if you are covering them with paper — like today’s project.   I have done several projects using coasters at my Stamper’s Ten Club Class.  There are so many things you can do with them!  Want more ideas?  Go to the Gallery at Split Coast Stampers (see the sidebar) and type “coasters” in on the search engine!  You will be up all night looking at cool stuff! 

Some helpful hints:  Use adhesive or glue sticks to attach cardstock to the coasters and also to the chipboard letter.  You will need to trim around the edges fairly close with your scissors.  Then use a very coarse fingernail file to file off the excess from around the edges of the chipboard.  You will get a beautiful finished edge and the paper will appear as if you cut it the perfect size!  It is also quite effective to sponge the edges of the coasters or chipboard with ink for a “finished look”.   Try it out!  You will need to use tacky glue, rubber cement or another liquid-type adhesive to hold the clothespin in the middle.  Crystal Effects also works fabulous as a bonding agent……..I just usually pull out the tacky glue and save my Crystal Effects for things that will actually be seen!  By the way…… that product so, so much!  I will use crystal effects and glitter on a future chipboard project.  I have all kinds of surprises planned for you guys!  Keep coming back……..I will do one more post before I leave and then you might get to see photos of me in Florida!  I will do my best to post while I am gone……..I have already heard from some of my friends that they will go through withdrawals if I don’t have anything posted for 6 days……….wow!  I will do my best!  I’ll tell you more about my trip in the next post………but I am so, so excited!!!!

Supplies: On Board Simon (lower case); Stamps:  Rough Edges Mini Alphabets; Ink:  Real Red and Basic Black; Cardstock:  Real Red and Bashful Blue; Ribbon:  Bashful Blue Grosgrain; Designer Series Paper:  Summer Picnic; Punches:  Small and Large Oval, 1/16″ Circle Punch;  Other: Linen Thread, Dimensionals.


Get “On Board” for the May Promotion!


It’s May!  Remember when it was January and May sounded SO FAR OFF???  I am not sure where all the days went.  I am really not sure that they all had 24 hours in them!  Seriously, the clocks seem to be moving faster and faster these days!  But, new things happen when a new month starts…….so here is the NEW Stampin’ Up! promotion.  It is all about CHIPBOARD!!!  I am thrilled with this promotion, as I love to use chipboard.  I use it in my scrapbooks regularly, and it is a great embellishment for all papercrafting!  I will be featuring samples with Chipboard for the next few days and get you thinking about ways to use chipboard.   Some of you are asking — What in the world IS chipboard???  Well, it is a very think cardboard type of product.  It comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and even alphabets!  The chipboard SU sells is a grayish-brown color, similar to cardboard boxes.  It is shown in its “raw” state on today’s samples.  However, I really don’t use it this way very often…… just BEGS to be embellished!  It can be painted, inked up, embossed, glazed, stamped on, covered with paper, and that’s just the beginning.  I will try to use chipboard in a variety of projects this month so you will be totally “sold” on it by the end of MAY!   The following list gives you a list of the items included in our sale and the 25% off price.  


Item Number Description  25% off retail price
109181  On Board Blossoms & Basics  $11.21
109179  On Board Ginormous Pieces  $11.21
107925  On Board Bitty Book  $7.46
108495  On Board 5″ x 5″ Art Journal  $5.21
107065  On Board Art Journal (5-3/4″ x 8-3/4″) $7.13
107307  On Board Accents  $9.71
109182  On Board Lots of Letters  $9.71
109180  On Board Simon Upper  $9.71
107306  On Board Simon Lower  $9.71
109192  On Board Clipboard (13″ x 7-1/2″) $11.96
109190  On Board Clipboard (9″ x 9″) $5.96
109191  On Board Clipboard (4-1/2″ x 9″) $4.88
110713  On Board Book Basics Large  $5.96
110712  On Board Book Basics Small  $4.46

Have a great day as we welcome May — and more spring weather!  And for those of you that are getting anxious for the NEW catalog and Retired List — let me fill you in on those dates.  The new Catalog will be available the first week of August.  The retired list will be revealed on July 1st.  It will be here before we know it!