Notes for everyone

At the end of April I held a Sale-a-Bration Celebration event for my customers and my downline.  It was an event that they had to qualify to attend – they were able to see some sneak peeks of new products from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Everyone made a few projects, had some snacks, we played Bingo for fun prizes and I made everyone a little gift.  I made them a little note holder.


I used the thick card board pieces that come in some of our designer series paper packs and cut the card board into 5″ x 3″ pieces.  Then I cut pieces of Designer Paper to cover one side of the card board.  Each notebook has a front and a back.  I cut regular printer paper to put on the inside.  I used my old crop-a-dile to punch a hole through the cardboard and paper and added a ring to hold it all together.

To decorate the front I cut letters using the Large Letters Framelits – NOTE – from coordinating card stock.  I used the Blossom Builder punch to punch a little flower and glued it on the O and added a pearl to the center.  I tied some matching ribbon on the ring.  A cute and useful little gift for everyone.

I made all different ones using up lots of my paper that I had left.  I let everyone that came to the event pick one out as they arrived.  Those that were unable to attend – you have a packet coming in the mail – they went out today.  They should all have plenty of space to write down what they want from the new catalog.

Thanks for stopping by today!


The Best Day Scrapbook Layout

I haven’t shared any of my scrapbook layouts from the past couple of months so I thought I better catch up on that.  We made this layout in my July class.  It uses the Patio Party Designer Series paper and the color palette from that.

I used Bakers Twine to create little banners with punched circles and a pennant.  The In-Colors Dahlia’s add a fun little element to the banners.  The title letters are cut out of Chipboard and “painted” with the ink pads.  I used the Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit colors – just lay the chipboard letter face down in the ink pad and press it into the pad – cover it with a scrap piece of card stock or wear some gloves to keep your fingers from getting inky.  Let the letters dry.

Have a fun weekend!  I’m hoping to post more layouts this weekend and also record a couple of videos.  Plus work on swaps and finish the ribbon and paper shares – all the ribbon is cut just need to package it up.  But tonight we will be going to the football game to watch Ryan and the band (and I guess we will watch the football game too).  I think it will be a nice night for high school football!

Creative Journal

I saw a presentation a while back at the Birmingham Regional that I attended and then again at the Leadership conference in San Antonio.  It was about making a Creative Journal and exploring your creativity.  So at my last demonstrator meeting I thought it would be fun for everyone to create their own journal and over time work on some of the creative challenges that were shared as part of those presentations.

Here is what my journal looks like right now –

I used one of the 5×5 Chipboard Art Journals that come in our catalog.  I decorated it with some of the Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper punched into butterflies.  Added Linen Thread and pearls.  I added the words from Loving Thoughts – Dream, Inspire, Create – these are punched with the Decorative Label punch – to make them small like this I punch on the short end close to the word and then stuck that piece back in to punch the other side lining it up with the short end of the label again.

I hope that the girls will bring their journals back to our May meeting and share what their creations ended up being.  I saw some of them but didn’t take any pictures.  On the inside we will complete different challenges.  The first one I asked everyone to do at the meeting was this – “write the phrase “I am Creative” 25 times.  Make it look different each time you write it.”

There are 16 different challenges on the list and I’m sure we could come up with others on our own too.  I’m hoping everyone will complete a second challenge before our next meeting.  Including me!  I need to pick one from the list and get busy on it – actually I need to make sure I finished my 25 “I am Creatives” – I think I only had about 18 done when our meeting was over.

A quick update on the birds – I have been trying to get a good picture of the chickadee babies – but they are good at hiding and they are hiding on the side where I open the house so I haven’t been able to get one – I still think there may only be 2 in there – so not all 5 eggs were successful.  As for the bluebirds – they have been hanging around the yard and when I checked the other bird house – guess what – there is a nest in there – they must have built it this week.  No eggs yet when I checked – so I’ll keep tabs on it.  Today it is raining so I’ll try to check tomorrow.

Have a great day!

Roommate Gifts – Project Boards

Earlier I shared one of the Project Boards I made for my Convention Roommates.  I wanted to come back and show you the rest of them – each was a different color combination.  And give you some instructions.  Here is my original post.

I made 6 of them and still need to make some for myself.

Cindy G. - Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight


Cindy S. - Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry


Dawn - Certainly Celery, Concord Crush, Tempting Turquoise


Linda - Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz


Michele - Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Marina Mist


Wendy - Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie


I used the Patterns DSP to cover the Long Board Chipboard.  First I covered the bottom with a full sheet of 12×12 Designer Series paper.

I fold in the sides and the folded up the bottom.  Unfold and cut away the corners.

I used the Anywhere Glue Stick to attach the paper to the chipboard.  First glue down the front (center piece), then the bottom flap and then the two sides.

Next I covered the top portion in the same manner with a coordinating Designer Series paper – I only used a 12 x 6″ piece for the top.

Repeat for a second board matching the papers to cover the same amount of space.  Put the two boards together back to back (the back is where I have the seams).  At the top punch two holes with the crop-a-dile and at the bottom punch one hole in the center.  You will need to punch one piece, then mark the second one through the holes of the first so that they line up.

Before connecting the pieces I decorated the fronts.  I tied a piece of wide striped Grosgrain Ribbon around where the two papers met.  On one side I tied it off with Linen Thread and a button.  The other side is just glued flat to the back.  I added a piece of card stock and then a piece of the Chalkboard Decor Elements.  I also stamped and punched out butterflies and decorated with those.

To connect the two pieces I used two piece of ribbon tied through the holes at the top so they were touching.  At the base I added a piece of ribbon with a knot at each end – this is to help the boards stand up so they don’t slide apart.  I also covered a binder clip with the matching DSP – this is to hold your card sample and the chalk board is where you write the instructions.


And this is what it would look like with a card project clipped on the top -you can add a card on each side and write instructions on the chal board underneath.

This idea originated from a project I saw on Wendy Wexler’s blog.

Open Sea – Coaster Desk Organizer

This desk organizer featuring the Nautical Expedition Designer Series paper and The Open Sea stamp set was one of the projects we made at my hands-on class last week.

The organizer is made using square coasters.  I covered the outsides and insides of the coasters with the Designer Series Paper.  Then use a Crop-A-Dile to punch holes – I hold two coasters together where the sides will match and then punch the holes through at the same time so they line up.  I usually mark each corner A, B, C, D so I know which two match up when I’m trying to put it all together.

To put it together I used Jute – which is thicker than hemp that Stampin’ Up! sells but you could also use that for this project.  I liked the look of the Jute and had some in my stash so that was what I went with.

Here is a view of what the inside looks like.

For the front decoration I actually cut another coaster with my Big Shot and the Circles #2 die – I used the largest circle on the die which happens to be the same size as our largest circle punch.  On a piece of card stock I stamped the various images from The Open Sea stamp set – in sort of a collage.  I punched it out and sponged the edges and glued it to my coaster circle – I suppose I could have stamped directly on the coaster since it was plain white but I didn’t.  I added the star punched from Crumb Cake card stock, stamped with the manifest image, and put in a Cherry Cobbler brad. I tied a couple of pieces of the Jute into a square knot and added it to the front.

This could sit on a dresser and be a drop off spot for a cell phone, car keys, wallet.  Or on the end table and hold all the tv remotes.  Or on a desk and hold pencils, scissors and stuff. I have one in my craft room – its got my pens, pencils, my different scissors, my bone folder, paper piercer, and more.   Decorate with flowers and such if you want it to be feminine or like this one to make it masculine.

Scrapbook Pages using the new SU Owl Punch

I created this scrapbook layout originally for the Utah Diva’s International contest this month and then I also used it for my scrapbook class.  It features the new Stampin’ Up! Owl Punch.  I love how these pages turned out.

There is a lot of punching going on for this layout.  First the Owls are punched using card stock and the Play Date Designer Series paper.

Then all the circles – these are the 1-3/4″ Circle punch and all the other punches are layered on these. They are either stamped or embossed with the Big Shot and one of the embossing folders.

Stars are punched and embossed and then layered on the large star die cut with the Big Shot.

Some punched 1-3/8″ DSP circles – one is the Play Date paper and the other is the new Birthday paper.

Colors are Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, and So Saffron.  The stamp set I used is Extreme Elements.  Some of the photo layers are stamped and the chipboard title is stamped.  Almost everything is sponged with Chocolate Chip ink – the chipboard letters, the circles, the stars, the owls.

The Chipboard letters were cut with the Big Shot and the Simple Alphabet dies.  I used the outside edges left  from the chipboard books that Stampin’ Up! sold in some of the mini catalogs – for this one I had a bunch of the heart board book scraps left and they were perfect for these skinny letters.  I stamped directly on the chipboard in various colors.

These pictures are 10 years old – see I’m in no way caught up on my scrapbooking and I just work on stuff pretty randomly and scrap what I want when I want.  Kyle was starting 3rd grade then and now he is starting college.

It’s BINGO TIME!  We are playing Round 2 of Monika’s Blog Bingo.  I’m currently taking names for Round 5.   See this POST for more details on how to join, how to play and the Round 1 winner.  So how is everybody doing – any three or four in a row yet?

Here is piece #5 – the dog image from All in the Family stamp set (stamped in Chocolate Chip).  Good Luck!

Have a wonderful day!