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Almost there…

Well, I’m ALMOST on break.  But it looks like this is going to constitute my Christmas crafting this year:

I heard about them over at Going Green Crafters and Artists which re-blogged the tutorial from How About Orange?

They are really fun to make and super easy and a great way to use up old magazines.  I think they can lend a modern look to a package as well. As mentioned at GGCA, maps would also work. As would scraps of wrapping paper.  The possibilities are endless!

One of those days…

Oh goodness…has it ever been one of those days. It is one of those days where I feel like I should be sent to an island by myself where I can’t bother anyone and they can’t bother me, LOL. But then the UPS man, kind, kind man that he is, brought me my new quilling book.

Sometimes, it truly is the little things. 🙂  And a mojito made by my husband. 🙂

Catching up!!

Well, I’ve been super duper busy with professional obligations and doing the calligraphy for my friend’s wedding invitations, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t done some crafting!
In the middle of a crazy week I took time out to do my annual layout for a friend’s daughter’s birthday—she’s two!!
MATERIALS: “Baguette” double sided pp (American Crafts); “Dapper” alphas (All My Memories Couture Monogram alphabet); “Far Out” pp (Now & Then Collection–The Paper Loft); Marrakech pp (Basic Grey); pp from Target; 3-D butterfly stickers (“Spring Fling” line from Making Memories); laser cut bee stickers (Mrs. Grossman’s); #574 “Pretty Pink” Cardstock stickers (Doodlebug Designs–Double Takes); rub-ons (Anna Griffin)

And I got started on some thank you cards for the people who sponsored me for a music charity walk!


MATERIALS: PPs include “Musical Notes” (Design Originals), “Music Notes” (Boxer Scrapbook Productions), Hambly, #034 “Floral Garden” (g.c.d studios), “#051 “Floral Pinwheels”–Cosette Collection (g.c.d. studios); Maya Rd rub ons (“Scroll”, “Cubicle” and “Noah” alphabet); Anna Griffin rub ons; Martha Stewart decorative tape, “Scallop Sentiment” border punch (Fiskars); Coluzzle nested circle template; rub on alphas (EK Success); and a lot of stash materials.

More Scrapping of Scraps!

Check out this Meghan Monday post over at Green Scene (Laura Seymour’s blog)!  Cards are a GREAT way to use up scraps because the canvas is so much smaller than your typical scrapbook page.  Check out this post as well on “environmentally friendly” papers.  Let’s face it, scrapbooking is not innately environmently friendly, from paper waste to printing photos, etc.  That said, it probably gets a better green ranking than auto racing (as far as hobbies go), so why not do your best to be as wasteless as possible?  I know I promised a post on candy boxes and such, but that will have to wait until I’m at home with my camera. 🙂

I hope everyone is enjoying the Use Your Stash Challenge!



In honor of Earth Day (April 22), I am running a stash-only challenge:

From April 22 until May 22nd, use only your stash. While I have no desire to negatively impact suppliers, try to limit your purchases of new scrapbooking materials during this month, instead focusing on REDUCING (consumption & waste), REUSING (unconventional materials), and RECYCLING.  Personally, I have pledged not to buy ANY new materials during the month-long period, and am looking forward to finding creative ways to use all those odds and ends.

Melanie has accepted this challenge.  How about you?  Leave a comment if you are game.  And feel free to steal the button in the sidebar of this blog and use it in your own blog.  I have reproduced the code below…be sure to replace {  }  brackets with <  type brackets.  The fun begins on April 22nd!!

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Slowly Getting Back to it…

I needed two simple cards…one a condolence card, and the other just a note card (for a very belated Christmas gift..oops).
The crane is folded out of lavender fibrous paper and the card backing is mulberry paper glued on top of some stationery (Papyrus).
This was made using papers from one of Paper Source’s scrap packages. ALL I did was add a strip of purple and some gold flat curling ribbon to make it elegant.

Christmas Crafting

Now that the gifts have been given, I can show you what I created in the two-day frenzy otherwise known as “Christmas preparation.”  Once grading was finished, I had two days before leaving for home to make, wrap, and send. I will NOT do that again. At any rate.

For my sister:


For my dad, the wine lover/cook, I made a trivet.  I knew he’d scan the corks to see which wineries he recognized:


And for the grandparents, a wreath (picture isn’t great, sorry):


Maybe I’ll start now for next Christmas, LOL.


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