Wednesday, April 30, 2008

More Address Books

Ok, so I took the first address book and card to work for everyone to contribute to before we gave it to our departing coworker and everyone loved it! "You should sell these!" Was something I kept hearing. So I went home and made 2 more, trying to see how long it would take and if it could be profitable. It took me about 5 hours to make 2 of these little beauties! So I would have to charge about $16 to make $5/hour and pay for the materials. I didn't think anyone would pay that, but one coworker already has, for $15! This is not something I would make and think I was earning alot, but if I just made some now and then to sell, and it didn't feel too much like work, I might do it. I can make much better money other ways and I always say work smarter not harder, but as long as this is still fun to make, what the hey! Why not.
So this is ALmost Amethyst, So Saffron, and Vintage Violet. I didn't have ribbon to match, so I used reinkers to die some in each color. The ribbon in the ribbon slider looks more amethyst in real life. I shouldn't have taken this photo in the basement, I couldn't get the right lighting! I used the Cuttlebug Textiles embossing folder and rubbed the raised parts with Vintage Violet ink pad. This is the inside of the amethyst book, using Baroque Motifs set with the Saffron, Amethyst, and Violet inks.
This is the So Saffron front, using the Stylized Flowers embossing Folder. I used Amethyst and Saffron dyed ribbons on it.
This is what the pages look like on both books. There are lots of putzy little details in this project. I used a marker to distress the edges of every Round Tab punch, and stamped the starburst/flower thingy in 2 colors on the edge of each page front and back and there are 24 pages. I also attached the tabs with 2 eyelets each. I had to punch all the holes in all the pages and the covers, I could do 2 covers at a time and 5 pages at a time with my Crop-A-Dile, LOVE that thing! The hardest part was trying to find enough coordinating eyelets from my stash!
And this is the inside cover of the Saffron book. I think I really like the alternating color thing.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Going Away Present

One of the nurses I work with is leaving us to go back to her home state, and I wanted to give her something to remember us by. So I made her a card and mini address book. I think they turned out pretty well!

Here they are together. I decided to try making a Trifold Pocket card. I have never made a coaster book before but after a bit of fiddling it all worked out. I brayered some Close to Cocoa ink on the back of a sheet of textured Soft Sky paper to give it the 2-sided look. I still have a stash of the gold and silver elastic cord from SU and I tied it trough the eyelets, then tied the ribbon to the cord on the outside. That took me a while to figure out! I also made tabs with letters on them to help thumb through the addresses quickly. I had collected a bunch of contact info from people at work, typed it up on my break, then forgot to email it to myself! Ugh! I had planned to fill it all in before we give it to her. Oh, well, it'll still get in there, just not right away!
Close up of the card.
Stamps: Boho Backgrounds, One of a Kind
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Versamark
Accessories: Rhinestone brads, large and mini eyelets, CAD, Iridescent Ice EP, heat gun, circle punches, Cuttlebug and square Nestabilities, double stitched Soft Sky ribbon, Chocolate Chip polytwill ribbon, gold and silver elastic cord, paper piercer and mat pack, choc chip marker, Silver Hodge Podge ribbon slider, crystal effects, Cosmo glitter, Round Tab punch, sponge

Close up of the address book. I might have to make more of these, now that I have it figured out!

Inside view of the address book. It does open and lay flat easily. I was worried that it would be cute, but not functional, but it really is great!

I hope my friend loves it!

Monday, April 21, 2008

We had a great time at Retreat this weekend, stamped alot, laughed alot, ate alot, slept a little!
;) We definitely have to do this again, and next time I need to take a group photo! As it was, I didn't remember to take pictures of the challenge entries until right before the last few people left, so I only have some of them. Sorry Sara, Mary, Mary K., and Elli!
Sandy was definitely the Queen of staying up late, even though I forgot to pack underwear and had to drive home in the middle of the night on Friday to go get some! Good thing I only live 6 miles away...
Elli completed 16 pages! WOW! Deb proved her creativity this weekend, playing with her toys for the first time outside of Stamp Club... Sara joined our little family, Welcome Sara! She already makes beautiful pages of her darling boys. And Dawn, wow, I don't know how many cards you made, but you made a ton! Thanks soo much for bringing your stash to share!

This is Sandy's entry for our first challenge of the weekend :

  • flower
  • fibers
  • red

And these are some cards from our second challenge, Dawn, Kathy, and Sandy's. Great Job! Kathy even used the sketch!

  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Glitz

These are for the third challenge. Left top Dawn, left bottom Deb, middle 2 Kathy, right Sandy. Everyone used the sketch this time and Dawn and Deb used all the options! And what a creative way to include the squares Sandy!

  • Brown
  • Pink or Blue
  • Squares

The top left is Kathy, top right Dawn, middle Sandy, and page on bottom Deb for the last challenge. Everyone does such a good job and I think the sketches were a hit!

  • Purple
  • Tan
  • Stars
  • Metallic

This is the nugget box that Sandy made when we did Stamp Club projects, LOVIN' the color combo of Teal, Red, and Choc Chip!

Everyone got alot done, except me. I did 3 pages, yep just 3 lol! Maybe I'll post them later, but for now enjoy these wonderful ladies creations!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Stamp Club Projects for the Retreat

I am posting a couple of the projects we will be doing on Saturday evening for Stamp Club at the retreat. I am so excited! Tomorrow will be a busy day setting up and getting everybody started on a fun-filled weekend!

This is a slider card that I made with Mother's Day and birthdays in mind. The cutting and scoring will be a new thing for most of you.

This is a view of the card open. You can stamp another image inside or write a message or both!

This a close up of the scrapbook page we will be doing, lots of Spring color here and something new to do with cardstock!

Can't wait to see everyone tomorrow!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Sign up for Potluck at Retreat

Ok, we have 10 people signed up for Retreat, still room for 3 people to spend the night, or a total of 8 more people at the tables.
Anybody else that wants to sign up, I plan to go pay in full on Wednesday after I get off work, so please contact me ASAP and get your payment to me by then.

We have 6 meals and 4 snacks to divvy up so let me know which one you want to do. This is a BYOB event also. I will bring some coffee, tea, and crystal light, but anything else is up to you. Please bring a water bottle so we can avoid open cups at the tables.
  1. Friday supper-open
  2. Saturday breakfast-Kathy and Sandy
  3. Saturday lunch-open
  4. Saturday supper-Dawn
  5. Saturday snack #1-Kathy and Sandy
  6. Saturday snack #2-Dawn
  7. Sunday breakfast-open
  8. Sunday lunch-open
  9. Sunday snack #1-open
  10. Sunday snack #2-open

I will edit this post as more have signed up. Also if there are any food allergies, let me know. So far here is a list of allergies I know about:

Apples with skins





Pecans, walnuts

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Ok, after 2 tries, I finally got my new Crop-A-Dile Big Bite! I am soooo excited! this thing is sooo cool! Now I can put eyelets and snaps and stuff ANYWHERE on a scrapbook page! And yes, I will bring it to the retreat for everyone to play with :)
And I promised a list of my Cuttlebug stuff so here it is!
Embossing folders
  1. Stylized Flowers
  2. Tiny Mosaic
  3. Tiny Bubbles
  4. Heart Blocks
  5. D'vine Swirls
  6. Bloom Dots
  7. Snowflakes
  8. Textile
  9. Spots & Dots
  10. 2x2 Decorative Stars

Alphabet die sets

  1. Olivia
  2. Hippie Chick
  3. Red Tag Sale

3x3 Dies

  1. Concentric Hearts
  2. Baby #2

2x2 dies

  1. Snowflake #2
  2. Arrows
  3. 2-step Paisley

sets of 4 2x2 dies

  1. Tiny Tags
  2. Asteriks
  3. Flowers #1
  4. Stars
  5. Sliders
  6. Stamps


  1. Plain circles small
  2. Plain circles large
  3. Scalloped circles small
  4. Scalloped circles large
  5. Plain Squares small
  6. Plain Squares large
  7. Scalloped squares small
  8. Scalloped squares large

If you want to see what these look like, here is the site I actually bought most of these from and it has pictures of them. Oh, except for the Nestabilities. You can find out about those here. Feel free to bring any that you have to use also! The more variety we have the better. Of, course if you are not comfortable sharing your precious, hard earned toys, we will understand :)

Saturday, April 5, 2008

More Ways to Win at the Retreat!

So, my next brainstorm for the Retreat is that we will have some Challenges! I will present a layout sketch, theme, technique, specific products, colors, etc to be used in the challenge-any one or a combination of any of the above, and give you 2 hours to complete it. Then you can enter it for a prize- we will all vote to see who's is the best! We will have 1 challenge Friday evening, 3 on Saturday (morning, afternoon, and evening) and 1 on Sunday. I'll try to have some back-ups available if these aren't enough. Of, course participation will be completely voluntary :)

And for those who don't want to do scrapbook pages, you can do card challenges using the same challenge elements, we must include everyone you know! But cards get a 45 minute limit... more fair that way...Here is an example of a challenge:
Spring in Minnesota
  • use green for the fresh greenery we hope to see any day now
  • use brown for the MUD that we all know is the real meaning of spring here :)
  • use some ribbon, fibers, fabric, twill tape, or felt for the "fluffy" stuff we still get, you know, that dirty word.... snow!
Here is my example:

Stamps: Roughin It

Paper: Kraft, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, White marker

Accessories: felt, polytwill ribbon, clear embossing powder, heat gun, CM circle cutting system, Cuttlebug Olivia alpha dies, paper piercer and mat, needle and embroidery floss, Crop-A-Dile and MM snaps, Xyron machine, Cutter kit distressing tool

Here is a close up of the title logo- fun to make! I Inked up the flame stamp with versamark then with the Summer Sun and the Pumpkin Pie, then stamped onto the paper. I did this several times, cleaning the stamp between each image. Then embossed with clear EP. Makes it kind of shiny in real life.

And a close up of the flames. Fun to make, but time consuming! I would have been better off using the sewing machine to stitch the ribbon down. I think that took me 45 minutes!

Friday, April 4, 2008

I got to play, finally!

So, I stopped brainstorming for the big weekend and started looking at my stash of pictures that need to be scrapbooked. This has been in my stash for years! It's one of those special pictures that you just know you have to be in the right mood to do it justice. I hope that I did!

Stamps: non SU alpha ???
Paper: Really Rust, Buckaroo Blue, Creamy Caramel, DCWV Retro Stack Pack DP
Ink: Really Rust, Buckaroo Blue, Choc Chip marker
Accessories: Photo Corners punch, Cuttlebug Bubbles embossing folder, paper piercer and mat, Crop-A-Dile, large and small eyelets, brads, Cutter Kit distressing tool
Journaling reads:
As Geoffrey looks at this picture with me today, he says " That was Lilly before she was such a horse!" This was when Lilly was about 9 months old and Geoffrey was about 6. Geoffrey carefully put the stethoscope in Lilly's ears and then said " Can you hear my heart Lilly?" She seemed to listen very hard until Geoffrey was ready to take the stethoscope out of her ears! I am very glad he used Jamie's stethoscope instead of mine, hehehe!

Charlene was invited to bring 2 paintings to 2 different art shows this weekend. This is the painting she submitted to the High School Invitational at the Bemidji Community Art Center. She is still trying to come up with a witty title for it, hehe! I love it! LOVE IT!
This is the painting she entered in the Women's Art show at the Wild Rose Theater here in Bemidji. Charlene says this painting represents bearing fruit and life and is calling it "The Giving" Isn't she talented! All I do is play with paper.... Charlene humbles me with her God-given talent. Yes, I know, I'm her mom. I'm supposed to feel that way! But gosh, isn't she good!

I had to put her stuff after mine, or you would never look at mine ;)

Stamp sets, punches etc

I just updated my list of the Stamp sets, Wheels, Backgrounds, and Punches I have and thought I would share it with you so that you can get a preview of all the goodies available for use during our retreat :) I'll work on my list of Cuttlebug accessories and stuff later today.

A is for Adorable- hostess 06-07
All in a Row
All Year Cheer I- incomplete
Animal Valentines
Artfully Asian
Autumn Harvest- holiday mini 07
Autumn Leaf Prints
Baroque Motifs
Basket Full of Fun- hostess 06-07
Batty for You
Be Happy
Beautiful Batik
Best Blossoms
Birthday Whimsey
Blooming With Happiness-hostess 06-07
Booglie Eyes
Boho Backgrounds
Carte Postale- winter mini 06-07
Cause for Celebration-S/S 08 hostess level 2
Celebrate Everything
Cuddles & Tickles
Delight in Life-SAB 07
Eclectic Corners
Embrace Life
Espress Yourself
Event Full-F/W 07 hostess level 1
Everyday Flexible Phrases
Fabulous Flowers
Fantastic Foliage
Friendship Blooms
Fun in the Sun
A Good Egg
Great Grads
Happy Harmony- SAB 07
Happy Healing
Happy Heart Day
Heartfelt Thanks
Holiday Sampler
Holiday Triptych-holiday mini 07
Holidays & Wishes
Horses Mini
Hugs & Wishes
DD Hydrangea
I Did It!
In the Wild
Infinite Goodness- level 2 hostess S/S 08
Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Just Football
Letter Patterns
Lexicon of Love
Like It a Latte’
Little Layers II
A Little Love
Little Pieces
Little Shapes
Looks Like Spring
Lots of Thoughts
Love Ya Bunches
Lovely as a Tree
Mini Horses
Mini Mates
Mini Messages
Moose You
Mostly Flowers
Nature Prints
Noble Deer
Nursery Necessities
One of a Kind
One Smart Cookie
Paint Prints
Party Punch-F/W 07 hostess level 1
Peace Be Unto You
Peaceful Wishes
Phrase Starters
Pick a Petal
Polka Dots & Paisley- spring mini 07
Rough Edges Alphabets
Roughin It
Season by Season
Seriously Sassy
Sidekick Sayings-F/W 07 hostess level 1
Small Sayings- winter mini 06-07
Snowburst-holiday mini 07
Snow Flurries- holiday mini 2006
The Snowflake Spot
So Cool
So Many Sayings-F/W 07 hostess level 1
So Many Scallops-SAB 08
So Very- Sab 07
Stamp of Authenticity
Star-Studded Season-holiday mini 07
Stippled Stencils
Tags for All-holiday mini 07
Tags So Much- hostess 06-07
Tag Time
Tart & Tangy
Time Well Spent-S/S 08 hostess level 3
Trick or Treat
True Friend
Typeset Alphabet-lower case
Very Puny-SAB 07
Warmest Regards
Wild About You
With Love Naturally
The World Over
Year After Year

Background Stamps
Canvas BG
Cheesecloth BG
Flannel Plaid BG
French Flair BG
Just Jeans BG
Linen BG
Paisley BG
Print Pattern BG
Tres Chic BG
Weathered BG
Word Search BG

Baby Time
Boho Friend
Confetti Streamers
Flip Flops- summer mini 06
Hot to Dot
Jolly Trees- holiday mini 06
Love Swirls
Making Tracks
Watercolor Joy

Jumbo wheels
Classic Stars
Leaves A La Carte-winter mini 06
Leaves & Swirls
Lots of Hearts
Matey’s Map
Nature Hike
Nursery Letters
Rough Around the Edges
Rough Texture
So Swirly
Something Fishy
Wash Day

5 Petal
Boho Blossoms
Circle 1 3/8”
Corner Rounder
Double Circle
Double Rectangle
Oval small
Photo Corner
Spring Bouquet
Snow Blossom
Star large
Star small
Tag small
Word Window

I did try to make this take less room, but I couldn't make it happen. Sorry!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

More Details On Retreat

Ok, I guess I better do a little background for the people who are new to my blog or Stamp Club about this retreat we have coming up!
I am a Stampin Up! demo on a very small scale. I have one Stamp Club that meets monthly, rotating hostess benefits and homes each month. We generally do 1 scrapbook project, a couple cards, and a 3-d project, and have a $15 product minimum order/person.
One of my club members suggested that we have a retreat, so I started researching it and found the lovely and reasonable Quilted Loon which is actually pretty conveniently located for us! So, we will have our monthly Stamp Club meeting while we are at this retreat, and if you are not part of our club you are still welcome to participate, and of course I won't turn orders down :)
But the rest of the weekend is totally not aimed at being Stampin Up! sales, just having fun!
So, if you are interested in coming just let me know! I believe I have 6 spots filled at this moment with several "maybe, let me check my schedule" replies.
Remember that there are only 13 sleeping spots open, and I just called to clarify how many beds that is! There are 10 beds, not 11, so to sleep 13, 6 people would have to double up on 3 beds.
I have the next few days off and I plan to come up with more details on these projects I keep promising!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Update on Scrapbooking Retreat

Well, the date is fast approaching (April 18-19) and it is time for me to start getting VERY organized! I have already contacted some of you to find out for sure who can make it. If I haven't gotten a hold of you yet, please let me know!
I just talked to Mary, the owner of the Quilted Loon, and there is enough room for up to 18 people with 4 feet of table space per person! There is only enough room for up to 13 people to sleep in beds, and 4 people would need to share beds 2 beds, one is a full size I believe, and the other is a King. Otherwise there are 11 beds. So the rest of those spots could be for people who can't spend the night but would like to come anyway.

Once I have a list of people committed to this, then I will organize a "potluck" schedule/list to cover our meals. And find out if we all want to pitch in for Pizza delivery for a meal!

Also, I plan to bring all of my stamp sets, my Cuttlebug with dies and embossing folders, my Coluzzle and Creative Memories cutting systems, my punches, and all of my stamp pads. Everyone can use them and maybe we all can pool our non-consumables and have an enormous variety of stuff to play with!

We'll also have a door prize for each day and some games to play too! Nothing will be mandatory, but if you have some supplies you would like to donate to the drawings, I sure won't turn you down!

I want to share one of the specials I will be having during the retreat. I have some extra stamp sets from Sale-A-Bration this year and last year, and a couple other new unmounted sets that I will have for our own Sale-A-Bration. What does this mean? It means that if you order at least $50 in merchandise, then you get to pick one of those sets for free! This will be on first come first serve basis!

Stampin Up!'s special for this month is the Free-Wheeling promotion:
If you haven’t experienced the fun, ease, and versatility of our Stampin’ Around® wheels, now
is your chance. From March 18 through April 30, when you buy a preselected stamp set, you’ll
receive the coordinating jumbo wheel absolutely FREE (an $8.50 value)!
You’ll be amazed at all the ways you can use wheels to add depth and dimension to your
projects—and I’m excited to show you how.

112848 Wonderful You bundle
Includes Wonderful You stamp set and free Stems & Silhouettes jumbo wheel $33.95

112851 Life’s a Breeze bundle
Includes Life’s a Breeze stamp set and free Something Fishy jumbo wheel $29.95

112850 Pun Fun bundle
Includes Pun Fun stamp set and free Sweet Stars jumbo wheel $30.95

112847 Year after Year bundle
Includes Year after Year stamp set and free See You Around jumbo wheel $30.95

112849 Stitched Exotics bundle
Includes Stitched Exotics stamp set and free It’s Beautiful jumbo wheel $33.95

112853 Enjoy Every Moment bundle
Includes Enjoy Every Moment stamp set and free Daisy Dash jumbo wheel $29.95

I'll keep adding more info as I can find the time to get it posted!


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