Monday, October 13, 2008

I Love You Mom

This is Zadie. She is the daughter of my cousin, Tonya. I was 18 when Tonya was born, and I was the closest family living to her when she was growing up. I didn't spend as much time with her as I would have liked, but I managed to see basketball & volleyball games, and attend a couple of her competitions in which she performed on the flag team. What fun that was! My goal was to provide here with an "older sister" like my cousin Mary K. did for me. I don't think I achieved that, but at least I was there for her some of the time.

Zadie. Isn't she adorable? Now, I know why scrapbooking supplies lean toward children. You will probably be seeing more of Zadie here as she is extra special to me, because she was born on my birthday!

Scrapbooking - Here's An Idea

Over the years, we may have created recipe scrapbooks and countless scrapbooking gifts. How about something very personal, reflective - and adventurous - type of scrapbooking: family values.

Family values, things that make your family uniquely yours. That's everything! Family values can range from family traditions, to habits and goals you share, to activities you enjoy together. The cool thing about these types of albums is that they're thematic rather than sequential or based on a timeline. Each spread can be about a different theme and include pictures from any point in time. As long as the pictures represent the theme of your page, you're good to go. (That's why this project is adventurous.)

Suppose your family has a tradition of spending Sundays together at local parks. You might also have words from your Grandfather that you would like to preserve with these photos like "family is the most important thing in this life; there is always time for family." What a wonderful keepsake for your family or just for yourself. It's fun to look at a visual representation of the ideas and traditions that make your family one-of-a-kind.

Another idea, how about one for your children? A family values scrapbook can be very rewarding because it causes you to focus on what you really believe. We may act on our values all of the time, but not state them overtly. A scrapbook like this causes you to verbalize what is important to you and your family.

This is my favorite type of scrapbook because it's always a work in progress!

When you finish one spread, you can put the book away and revisit it next month when you have some time or the next day if inspiration strikes. It's incredibly satisfying to be able to put a scrapbook away without the feeling that there's one more spread you have to do.

Please let me know if you are interested in a class on this type of scrapbook.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

You're Invited!

I'm having a Stampin' Up! workshop and you're invited! We'll be using Stampin' Up!'s latest stamps, colors, and accessories to create projects you will love.

Please join me & bring a friend.

Hostess: Deloris Carroll - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
Location: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (west entrance)
3625 SW Wanamaker Rd
Date: Saturday, October 18
Time: 12:30 and 2:30
Phone: 273-2131

Please RSVP by: Wednesday, October 15


Stampin' Up! Retired Stamp Sets At Discounted Prices!

Stampin' Up! Retired Catalogs - Half Price!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Witchy Woman

Isn't she adorable? I found this on Linda Heller's blog yesterday morning. She is a fellow Stampin Up (aka SU) demonstrator and is so talented!

The hat is made from Orchid Opulence, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock using the Large Oval & Star Punches, 1/4" 1/8" and 1/16" handheld punches.

Punch the large oval, fold in half, then unfold it and cut an opening in the fold line using an Exacto Knife. Cut just enough for the point to slide thru. Punch out the star, cut off all points except one and adhere a strip of Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon around it.

Adhere her face under the brim of the hat. Punch out the eyes using 1/4" and 1/8" Handheld Punches and adhere. Using the fine point of the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, draw a mean smile and eyebrows. Punch out another large star using Kiwi Kiss and cut one of the points in half to use for her nose. Adhere. Don't forget to add the wart. I used Basic Black cardstock.

For her hair, I took a piece of Black 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. At one of the ends, start pulling one of the threads, keep pulling till you get almost to the top. You want to leave a little bit.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Stamp Club - A November Project

Can you smell the turkey? Oh my gosh, it's six weeks till Thanksgiving! What is your favorite Thanksgiving menu? Feel free to share your recipes with all of us. I'm alway looking for something new to try.

This year's stampin club is starting up. I thought this would be a great card to do next month. If you would like to join, please let me know.

What is a club? It usually consists of 10 ladies who meet at my place once a month and lasts for 10 months. We stamp at least 3 projects. I provide the supplies. At the meeting, each person purchases a minimum of $15.00 in Stampin' Up! products - this is a great & affordable way to build up your stash. In return, each person gets to be the Hostess one month and receives a FREE stamp set from Stampin' Up's exclusive hostess collection plus at least $15 in FREE merchandise. These amounts can increase depending on how much each person spends or if the hostess that month brings outside orders or guests who purchase. If for some reason, you are not able to attend, notify me beforehand what you wish to order and make sure you get your money to me prior to the meeting. Us stampers don't like to wait on our orders! LOL

Mom & KC Playing

Here's Mom & KC. How could you not fall in love with that?

A New Blogger Is Born

I have joined the blogging family! My goal is to provide you with paper crafting projects and share a little bit about myself. I can't wait to hear from all of you!

For now, I will tell you that it is 8:23 in the morning and because I couldn't sleep last night, I am playing. KC is sitting on the floor beside me, and demanding attention so I will have to stop here & come back later.