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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mother's Day Purse Scrapbook

Well, I just posted another class on my Stampin' Up! Website. I hope you go there and take a look at all of the stamping opportunities coming up in April. I had a dream last night about a purse scrapbook that I made a couple of years ago, and I wanted to make it again and offer it as a class. Unfortunately the original purse was made with the Carousel Notes, which, Stampin' Up! no longer makes. So, I had to come up with my version using items available now from Stampin' Up! It has taken me all day to figure out the new dimensions and prototype is done. Now, all I have to do is write the directions and I'll be ready for the class. I hope you can make it to this one...we'll be doing the purse in Spring and Summer colors, so, don't be put off by my choice of colors. I always use what I have, while I'm working out the details. Well, I hope to see you at one of the stamp camps or classes!


Saturday, March 13, 2010

1st Day of our trip

Well, I'm sitting here in the hotel, trying to recapture the day. I can't sleep. Randy's snoring like a "choo, choo train" and I have to let him get it out of his system before I try to go to sleep again.

We got a late start this morning because Randy and I both worked late on Friday. Instead of trying to get everything packed on Friday night by myself, after an exhausting day, I decided to wait until this morning to pack. So, we didn't hit the road until about 0845. It was just drizzling when we left, but as we traveled south, the rain became steady. It was a gray and rainy day until we got about 50 miles north of Nashville. We were tired and it was close to 1700 so we started making plans to find a hotel in Murfreesboro. The rain stayed away so we could walk to the Cracker Barrel down the road from the hotel. It felt good to stretch and get out for awhile.

I love our road trips. We enjoy each others company and we chat early on in the trip, then fall into a comfortable silence and just enjoy the scenary. We don't need to talk, I guess because we don't have to fill the silence with idle chatter, not like my Mom or his Mom used to do. We used to comment on that through the years, when both Mom's were alive. It seemed as if that generation felt it was "rude" not to talk. There never was a lull in conversation, and I remember when I was a teenager how I actually could answer questions that my Mom asked me, but then never remember that I did. Do you think that was selective hearing on my part? Probably. It's funny how pieces of your childhood seep into your memory at different times. I wonder if it annoyed my Mom when I did that...I think it did...but as a teen I didn't really care if I annoyed her. Now, it would be different. I wish my Mom and Randy's Mom were still here. I miss my Mom when I hear someone speaking Czech, and I wish I could somehow connect with them...if not by language...but maybe by learning what it's like living in another country. One of these days I would like to go there and find out what my Mom's country is like.

Well, the "choo, choo train" has gotten to the "end of the line" and finally is quiet, so, I guess I'll try to go to sleep again. Tomorrow is another day of travel. We should get to Heather and Don's by suppertime. I can't wait to see them and their new place.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Scallop Envelope Sixxix Die Basket

Color Challenge: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum and Soft Suede

Picnic Parade Clear Stamp Challenge

Color Challenge: More Mustard, Basic Gray, Soft Suede

Challenge: Crystal Effects & Glitter

Challenge: Pastels Technique

Guess what I saw in my neighbors yard? Daffodils coming up! Ok, they are against the house and on the west side of their house, but, it's so nice to see the spring flowers coming up. Mine are still under some snow because they are in a more shady spot, but doesn't it give you hope for warmer weather?

As I was thinking about Spring, I also thought about Easter and how fast it's approaching. Yesterday I was working on some Easter Basket favors for my demo group and I was having so much fun with the "In Colors" paper from Stampin' Up! I decided to make the baskets from those colors because they are so bright and cheery! I also filled them with bunnies made from punches and the Pick-A-Petal stamp set. Some of my stamp campers made these little bunnies last year. They're so quick and fun to make! The basket is made from the small envelope sizzix die. I got the pattern off of the Stampin' Up! web site, and I thought it was a clever idea for the use of that die. I wish we had time this month in Stamp Camp to make them, but, our focus was on Coaster Squash Books. Hopefully, I'll be able to show them how to make these boxes in the future.

Coaster Squash Book

Speaking of the squash books, I've had a lot of requests to have another class, so, watch for future classes to make these little books. They are so much fun and make great gifts for your loved ones.

Well hope you have a wonderful Sunday!