Friday, September 30, 2011

Tea & Crumpets and a Sketch Challenge

It is the first Saturday of the month again and time for me to give you all another scrapbooking sketch to play with!

And here is my example. I was recently in Seattle and had some new pictures to scrap, and the newest ones are sometimes the most fun to play with :) And the leave it to the ultimate tea addict that I am to find tea in the coffee capitol, lol! That crumpet was just delicious too!

  • MDS: Crumb Cake,Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Cheerful Treat DSP, Tasteful Trim die and Curly Label punch
Have fun using this sketch and be sure to post yours with a  SASCRAP58 label!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

USWDAF Paper Parade event- Northern Lodge Logbook

I did a little designer for Dawn and and my project is up today! I love the new Frostwood Lodge DSP, it is just perfect for my woodsy side :) I designed some projects that are just great for a cabin retreat!

I also used the Christmas Lodge stamp set, which is good for much more than Christmas! There are cork coasters, napkin rings, and a playing card box from our fabulous Wood Sheets too! The card can be used for anything... I purposely left off a sentiment so I could use it for whatever I end up needing it for!
The full details and tutorials are available at on the Paper Parade event!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


So today is my first full day in Seattle and I have already had a lot of fun, and a few run-ins with strawberries... on the plane ride here, they had strawberries in the little snacks you could buy and the lady next to me got one. I had to ask her to move and eat it fast! I don't know how many strawberries were out in the 737 we were flying in, but my lips started to swell and I had to pop some benadryl and hope I didn't need to resort to my epipen! Then at breakfast, there were strawberries on the fruit platter and I only walked into the room and then back out right away. Too late again! Oh, strawberries... why have you betrayed me so! I hope to not need to take benadryl again for the rest of the trip!

I took the Monorail from the Space Needle to Westlake Center, then walked to Pike Place Market, which was marvelous!

I sopped and had a crumpet with ricotta, almond butter, and bitter orange marmalade at the Tea & Crumpet shop.
And later I had an artist make a portrait of my hubby and I. Jamie wasn't there so he did Jamie's off of a photo. It would be closer to what Jamie looks like if he had been there, but he still did an amazing job! He sure made me look good :) The artist was a very nice gentleman originally from Georgia, Russia named Nick Elazar. Very charming old world style about him, sure made me smile! Of course, we both were talking about the love of our lives, our spouses. It always warms my heart to meet someone else who is still hopelessly in love with their spouse :)

 I also brought some stamping supplies and I hope to make some goodies to show you soon! Right now I need to get ready to go out to dinner at Ivar's Salmon House. Should be tasty!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Operation Write Home Virtual Cardmaking Party:Autumn Patriot

Happy Birthday Operation Write Home! Help us celebrate this weekend and help get more cards in our Hero's hands. This is such a wonderful cause, and we get to do our favorite thing, stamp! And then share our creativity with others in a very special way.
So, are we having fun yet?! I am sure you all having a very productive weekend with all this inspiration :)

For my challenge, I wanted something that kept a taste of the season, but could be used anytime. These colors look surprisingly good together, don't you think? Very cool fall day :) I am thinking of camp fires, and cozy cups of tea/coffee/hot cocoa on the deck in the mornings and evenings, watching movies, football games, and leaves fall from the trees. Reading a great book and enjoying those last tastes of summer. So many wonderful things! I hope you get to enjoy at least one of these today while you MAKE A CARD for this challenge!

Here is mine, a nice all occasion card with lots of love.

 All supplies Stampin' Up

  • Stamps: Gently Falling, Perfectly Penned
  • Paper: Pool Party, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Pool Party, Cajun Craze,Soft Suede
  • Other: Early Espresso/White Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, Itty Bitty Buttons, Sanding Block, distressing tool on Cutter Kit

Be sure to add a link to your creation to be entered in a chance for some great prizes from Operation Write Home!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Holly's Pillow Box Owl

My fab friend Holly Krautkremer did a wonderful tutorial for this little pillow box owl. He is just so cute! Check it out here.

I know, I seem to be a little stuck on the Spice Cake stuff. But really! It is so fun and versatile! And I had to wait to play with it so long because of other commitments, that I just couldn't stop...
  • Paper: River Rock, Soft Suede, Peach Parfait, Naturals Ivory, Spice Cake DSP
  • Other: Big Shot with Pillow Box die, Large Oval punch, Pinking Hearts border punch, 1" and ¾" Circle punches, Five Petal punch, Petite Pennant builder punch, Sticky Strip
Have fun with cute owl!

And don't miss out on Sept 10 & 11! Operation Write Home is having a virtual cardmaking party and I am hosting one of the challenges!!  It is a great cause, check it out :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Gently Falling Notepads

I am in heaven with the new Spice Cake Suite!! The colors are fresh and beautiful, and who can resist the prints in that paper! And then there is the fact that I have never been able to resist anything with leaves, especially fall leaves :)
Fall is more about fresh starts to me than spring. Maybe it has to do with the start of a new school year with new clothes and shoes and school supplies, and training camp for VOLLEYBALL!! I miss volleyball...
Or that my first 2 kids were born in the fall. My birthday is in the fall too :)
Or that there are awesome fresh fruit and veggies  from the garden and we always butchered and had fresh meat in the fall growing up.
It is also the start of the major Holiday Seasons! Time to kick the crafting in high gear!
Or, maybe, just maybe, because spring in Minnesota is about mud, snirt (snow+dirt), more snowstorms and ice, and grayness until the last couple of weeks of May...

Well, today I am sharing some more of the fun little notepads I made last fall. We always have lots of things we need to keep track of in the fall, see above!
I added the quotes from one of the new sets in the main catty that I just HAD to have...
  • Stamps: Gently Falling, Pursuit of Happiness
  • Paper: River Rock, More Mustard, Very Vanilla or Pool Party, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, More Mustard, Pool Party, Crumb Cake
  • Other: small notepads from local printshop- they sell them for 10 cents a piece in a variety of sizes and papers from cardstock to linen paper to the old green and white striped computer paper :)
Here is the link to the tutorial I did last fall for these.

Here is the River Rock version

And the Pool Party version.. which is your favorite?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mini Book Tutorial

Finally! I found my Adobe Photoshop Elements disc and was able to install it on the new computer (purchased after 2 laptops got a bad virus and were sent to the computer doctor- free at our co-op, and a great sale  at Wallyworld-can give it to our son who will start college soon). I have been struggling with the inability to edit my pics on the same computer that has a card reader for about 2 weeks now. I never knew how much I need my computer! 
So, I am able to finally give you more details on at least one of my Blog Hop projects :)

The completed project can be used for so many different things. This one is a "what are you thankful for" book for Thanksgiving. The one I did for the hop was a Gift List book with a tab for each person I am likely to be shopping for with their favorite stuff, wish lists, and sizes listed on the front, and then I will write what I got for them on the back of the tab.

First off, decide how many pages you will want. I did an 8 page and a 10 page. 

Then stamp as desired, remember to stamp the little flap on the other side, as this will show also.

Apply Sticky strip to the inside edge as shown here and fold the sides in to adhere. Do not fold the small flap in. Apply Sticky Strip to the other side of the small flap. Repeat with all of the pages.

I have found that the pages line up best if you hold then like this to attach to each other. Attach each flap to the next page.

This is what it should look like as you go.

On the last page, put Sticky Strip both sides of the flap and adhere flap to it's page.

Now take a 2"x2¼" scrap of paper and on the 2" side, score at ½", 1¾", and every 1/8" in between. Love that Simply Scored!!

Apply Sticky Strip to the front page also and adhere to book as shown.

The tabs are from the Two Tags die with about ¼" off the end so it fit better in the pockets. Decorate those as desired. All Done!

Here is a clickable supply list for the supplies I could create affiliate links for. Help me buy more stamps, so I can share more ideas with you 😉

Monday, September 5, 2011

SASCRAP54 Sketch Challenge

Wow, how does a month go by so fast! Saturday was time for the Scrapbook Sketch Challenge again at Stampin Addicts, and here is the Sketch I came up with for you all:

This sketch just popped into my head. Usually I have to think a little about what I want to do, so this was a pleasant change :)

And here is my example page, still waiting for the pictures I ordered from Walmart and picked up yesterday... I was too busy canning the whole 6 pounds of tomatoes I had recently harvested. I kept finding things I needed, so I had to break down and drive to town and had to make the trip worth the gas so I got groceries for the week too.... Walmart is always crazy in our town, but it was really really busy yeterday and what would normally take me 30 minutes, took me 2 HOURS! Ugh! No ime to scrap after that. So imagine pictures of me and my daughter at the park with the trees in their full glory of autumn color :)

PS: Sorry for the infrequent postings. My hubby and I both got our laptops hit with the same virus right before the last blog hop and they are still in the repair shop, so I limping along with my ancient desktop and a really cheap laptop we picked up recently... no Adobe Photoshop Elements on the new computer, no card reader on the old computer, and no Microsoft Office on the new computer!! Talk about a pain in my butt! I have a bunch of stuff to post when things get back to normal :)


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