Sunday, October 31, 2010

CLASS: Mini Scrapbooks/Recipe books

Friday night November 12th - you want to be there!

We'll be doing a class on these rockin' scrapbooks/recipe books.

Location: Dawn Taylor's house, 2469 Starlight Glen, Escondido Ca
Time: 6:30 pm

Cost of class: $25
I will ask that you choose AHEAD OF TIME which theme you want to make: Christmas or Recipe book. (that way I can order the supplies and have them prepared for you!)

What you get: time with a "world-class" instructor, supplies to make your own book, and detailed instructions to duplicate this project again over and over (or with your own customers)

Deadline to sign-up: November 3, 2010 (and space is limited)

Email me at with your interest

Front view...

View opening the first panel...

View of the opened scrapbook/recipe book...

Can you figure out what the "index folders" are?

And now for some close up shots of some of the super cute details...

View of an inside panel...

Don't forget to let me know by the deadline, 11-3-10 (because I may have to order more supplies). Email me at

Friday, October 29, 2010

All we needed was another reason to have a party...

But first off let me show you what the sunrise looked like this morning when I sat down at my desk!


Then I had to finalize a few details on our Trick or Treat event...

I made Red Velvet Cupcakes and brought in some decorations. Some of the decorations were homemade and some were store bought.

I made the headstones ... but bought the "Have a Fang-tastic Halloween" food picks.

As usual, we commandeered the closest conference room and made a mess of it.

I set out some wicked scary decorations...

... and I'm still buzzing from all the sugar over-load!

I made a few more of these, and figured I ought to share them as well: paper pop-up pumpkins

What are YOU doing this Halloween?

Life is good...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

TEMPLATE: Accordion Apple Pattern

So... I was browsing through a recent Better Homes and Gardens magazine... and I ran across an adorable template I just KNEW I had to put to use.

And now I want to give credit where credit is due... artist Jenny Lee Fowler is being represented in a recent craft article and we all get to use her artistry to bless our tables, our desks, our bathroom counter, window sills...

Thank you for this Jenny Lee Fowler: Accordion Apple Pattern
(Click on the link above to download the template for yourself!)

Here's what I did... I downloaded the template and then I found a few pieces of double-sided scrapbook paper that fit the occasion. And I started tracing...

Just a few different colors...

I found that I could trace this image up to 4 times on each 12" x 12" scrapbook page.

And here is the first one...

But I have about 19 more to go... so excuse me while I keep tracing/cutting...

These were used in conjunction with some other decorations for a ladies' retreat at our church. The topic was "Recipe for a Fruitful Life"... we displayed fruit and recipe cards in various ways.

How are YOU going to use this template?

Life is good...

Friday, October 22, 2010

My Craft room...

Oh how joyful I am to have my own craft room... a room in the house dedicated to all of my inspired madness. I just wish I could spend MORE time there.

From where I sit right now I look towards the craft room, through the french doors... and into a space where I've painted the walls "avocado" green. The bottom half of the room is wall, while the top half of the room is ALL windows... our house is perched up on the side of a slight hill and my view is of the treetops throughout Old Escondido.

Our house was built in the 1930's sometime... and this addition of the house used to be an open patio. At some point, before we bought the place, the previous owners enclosed the patio (which stretches the length of the house) and made two rooms. One of the rooms is my guest room and the other is my craft room.

There have been many renditions of this room... here is the current version of my craft space.

I am a collector of ribbon... if you couldn't tell.

Below is my not-so-fancy storage for various types of adhesives and sprays: stampin' mist (stamp cleaner), glitter mist and water mister.

For my punches: a reclaimed silverware tray. I believe this used to be my Gramma Ruth's, or maybe my Great-Grandmother's. Not so sure anymore... but it's perfect for my punches of all shapes and sizes.

And then we have the library table... there is probably more of a story than this, but it used to be the island in my Gramma Helen's kitchen. She made many a pie, dozens of batches of cookies and many trays of chocolate/peanut clusters on this table. I promise to take good care of it, Gramma! (Every time I sit down at my library table I tihnk of you! Love you!)

To the left of the library table is a 4' banquet table... under that table is some good room for storage. I have my holiday stamps, Cuttlebug and other things stored in large containers. On top of the containers are baskets holding the rest of my stamp collection.

On top of the table - storage for embellishments of all colors/shapes/sizes, glitter, embossing powders/tools, inks/refills and various tools.

And when I'm done crafting... or if I just want to hang out... or maybe catch up with someone on the phone... or just enjoy the evening breeze... or ? Anything...

This is where I like to spend my free time on the weekends.

When in doubt... find me here. And if my car's out front but I'm not answering the door I'm typically napping or out in the backyard. Now, you know...

Life is good...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Two cards and a bookmark

This is one of the oldest stamp sets I own. Still in love w/ the "HOPE" message and the encouraging words you can stamp inside a card... I hold on to this comforting set. And quite often I receive requests from a co-worker who wants me to make her some cards using this set as well.

Her favorite color is purple. Can you tell? Using Concord Crush, Perfect Plum and Whisper White it was easy enough to create a sympathy card with a little bit of flair.

The card opens like shutters... two panels on the front fold open to reveal the heart felt message inside.

And for some subtle flair... there's a beaded line of glitter on those wings to add some shine. And everytime I use this set I think I should use it more often.