Convention Gifts for my roomies…

I’m home from a fantastic week at Stampin’ Up! Convention 2012.  I am “de-programming” and trying to settle back in to reality.  I have one of two suitcases unpacked, and I’m trying to get motivated to move a little faster this morning.  Lindsey left for Children’s Camp (she’s helping run the recreation time) and Sarah has tumbling this morning, so I’m up and going early!  Not that we weren’t up early this past week (we were!) — but it’s a little different when you are pumped and excited for Stampin’ Up! stuff!

I will enjoy sharing SO MANY new things with you over the next few weeks and months…….but today I wanted to show you the little gifts that I made for my roomies.  We have been roomies for about 10 years, and I have enjoyed sewing something for them the last couple of years.  These are some little notebooks using a pattern from This & That and you can find it HERE.  It is called “Nifty Notes” and it is Pattern #118.  When you go to that link, scroll down to the bottom and you will see it.  I purchased my pattern from a local quilt shop — perhaps your local shop sells it, or you can always purchase it online.

I made these using some of Stampin’ Up!’s awesome fabric lines!  If you have not purchased any of their oversized fat quarters, may I encourage you to try them out?   Please contact me and let me show you all of the new choices.  I made a few others, but I accidentaly gave them away before I photographed them.

These gorgeous combos with Real Red and Tempting Turquoise are found in the Summer Smooches fabric line.  Don’t you want some of this?

This is the new fabric collection called Comfort Cafe……….love the Pool Party and Soft Suede combo!

This is the Twitterpated Fabric line….love the pinks!

Of course, this last one is NOT our fabric………this was purchased at one of my favorite quilt shops in McKinney, Texas — The Quilt Asylum.


Surgery today……

Good morning.  It is surgery day for us……..Charles is going in for a second attempt at ablating his heart.  He has a rather complicated scenario that the doctors are having a fun time working with!  So, we will try again today to see if we can correct the problem.  Please check back later for a post.  As soon as we get to a room where I can have access to the web, I will post. 

My youngest daughter, Sarah, found these cute journals at Michael’s today.  She had to have the PINK one, of course, although they came in a variety of colors.  They had white monogram-type letters in the right corner, but the pink ones did NOT have an “s”……so here is what we did to the journal to “customize” it.  We made one for her friend Madeleine — she is staying with her while we are gone to the hospital.   I think they turned out pretty cute!  And totally HER idea!!!  The alphabet used is retired, sorry!  And the ribbon is a mixture of stuff from my stash……don’t think any of it is Stampin’ Up! ribbon — but it sure did look cute and added so much “life” to this journal!

Sorry to say that there may not be any more SU stuff on here for a day or two.  But I will get back to some fun projects ASAP and will do the drawing for the “Just Celebrate” cards on Friday.

Please pray for successful surgery today……..and thanks, in advance, for doing that!!!



Monogrammed Journal

Good morning!  Today’s post is another journal book.  These were made by Lindsey (with mom’s help) for her friends in her yearbook class.  They are a “tight-knit” group of eleven girls that have done some SERIOUS bonding this year.  She really wanted to make them a treat for the last day of school and this is what we came up with.   The small floral printed paper is from my “scrapbooking stash” and is not a Stampin’ Up! product.  Some of the ribbons are not SU either.  The journal came from Michael’s and originally had a Mary Engelbreit image on the front.  I just love  transforming these journals and hiding the old stuff!!! 

I hope you all have a great day!  I am going to try and enjoy the LAST DAY that my kids are in school all day long.  Friday is a 1/2 day……..our final day.  Summer is upon us!

Supplies usedStamps:  Big Deal Alphabet, Sweet Dreams (scalloped frame);  Ink:  Positively Pink, Certainly Celery;  Cardstock:  Positively Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White;  Ribbon:  Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turqoise, White Grosgrain, Pink Stitched and Green Polka Dot are from Hobby Lobby.


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. 

What a busy day!

all-the-eggs.jpgHello everyone!  We have had a busy day (yesterday, too) so I didn’t have time to post last night.  We did some fun “spring” shopping yesterday since the kids were out of school.  We did the “family thing” with all 6 of us shopping………very rare for us……..and it had it’s moments.   Our main goal was to find shoes for Allyson and she has a narrow foot.  Any of you have those problems?  Well, just imagine trying to find an adolescent girl some attractive church shoes that meet her criteria and then she needs a narrow.  It is just not that fun!  However, we were successful and we also found some cute clothes for all of the girls (and Malachi, too!).  All in all, a very fun day.  But the best part was that I concluded the day by going scrapbooking at Crop-Paper-Scissors (our local scrapbooking store) with my neighbor.  We had a ton of fun and we got alot of pages done! 

 So, today we helped a family in our church with their yardwork.  They are retired missionaries, and they donated money for Allyson and Lindsey’s trip to Nicaragua in exchange for their help on the yard.  Charles, Allyson, and Lindsey will go with our Youth Group in July — more on that trip as it nears.  Right now, our main focus is earning money to pay for them to go.  So, we do work projects almost every week in hopes of earning more money.

The highlight of the day was dying eggs.  We had not done this in a few years, so they all wanted to do it this year.  They had alot of fun.  This picture shows the finished products! You will notice some very creative artwork including a cow egg and a flamingo egg! 



Today’s Stampin’ Up! project is a journal that we made at our February Stamp Club.  It is a blank unlined  journal purchased from Bare Books.    They are inexpensive, come in a variey of sizes, and come with journaling lines as well.  They are a paper type of finish, not glossy, and PERFECT for stamping.  I covered the spine of the book with Designer Series Paper and used Sticky Strip to hold it down firm.  The paper I used is RETIRED (shame on me!) but other papers will look great, too!   These make excellent gifts for friends, teachers, and co-workers. 

Supplies used:  Stamp sets:  Big Pieces, Little Pieces, Taffy Alphabet (my new favorite!); Ink pads:  Purely Pomegranate, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava;  Double Stitched Ribbon:  Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava;  Accessories:  Horizontal Slot Punch, Sticky Strip

Happy Easter!

Love, Dawn

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