Monday, March 31, 2008

Carousel Notes Purse Album

Please join me for my Carousel Notes Purse Album Class
Date: Friday, April 25th from 7-9 p.m.
Register by: April 12th
Where: My Home
Cost: $20 without Pick A Petal Brass Template
$35 including Pick A Petal Brass Template (that you will take home)
In this class you will create a cute purse album featuring the Carousel Notes, Afternoon Tea DSP, hardware, and ribbon. This album is great for you or Mother's Day gifts for Grandma! You will need to bring your paper trimmer and adhesive to this class. Speciality adhesives will be provided.Please email me at Texasstampin@aol.com to register for this class. Prepayment is required so I can order supplies properly.
Many thanks to Jan Tink for her inspiration and sharing her ideas!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Spring Break Pictures


I apologize for not posting pictures sooner. This past week was crazy getting back into the routine of work, school, and everything else. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from our trip to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.



To the left are photos of Yosemite Falls. We were told they had just started "falling" about one week before we were there. Over the course of three days, there was less snow on the top and the sides and more water flowing. It was really an awesome sight to see. From what I understand if you visit in the summer, you don't get to see these falls because they are usually dried up by then.

This is one of the many "babbling brook" pictures I took while visiting Yosemite. For as long as I can remember, I've always been drawn to water falling over rocks like this. I just love the calming sound it makes and I enjoy watching the water to see where it will go. It's always different depending on the rocks and other objects that get in the water's path.

Another truly amazing place at Yosemite was Mirror lake. It was about a 1/2 mile hike to get to the lake over some snow and icy ground but well worth it. It was so easy to see how the lake got it's name. I don't think I've ever seen water so clear. The reflection of the formations and trees in the water was just beautiful. Again we were lucky to be there at this time of year. We met a lady who said by mid June the lake levels are so low that you don't get the reflections we saw that day. I'm so glad we took a chance and visited at this time of year.




Here's a couple of photos from our day at Sequoia National Park. We were all amazed at these magnificent trees. We'd seen pictures, we'd read about them but until you are standing next to one there's just nothing to describe how small you feel. Below is Ron standing next to one of the trees. I took this picture from across the street with a wide angle lens laying down on the ground so I could get him and all of the tree. Left is looking up at one of the trees.

We had such a good time on this trip. We all really enjoy getting out into the open, hiking, and clearing our heads. There's no better place to do that than a National Park. We've seen a lot of them, but there are many more to see. Think about planning a trip to one if you've never been. Visit www.nps.gov to find out more information on our National Parks.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Spring is HERE!


Ok, so I know spring officially began on March 20th but to me spring is when my wisteria comes into full bloom. I snapped these pictures this morning because I love my wisteria tree. It's one of the first things we planted when we moved into our home about 10 years ago and every spring I enjoy the beautiful blooms and wonderful scent it provides. The thing I love best about my wisteria is that after it's first "big bloom" it will bloom many, many more time throughout the spring and summer! That's pretty unusual for a wisteria but oh so lucky for me!.

Seeing my wisteria this morning reminded me of one of my favorite Stampin' Up! sets, Blossoms Abound. There was much debate when this set was first released. Many thought it was grapes, some thought it was a lilac but couldn't figure out why the stem was pointed the "wrong" directions, but I knew the minute I saw it that it was wisteria blossoms. Whether or not that's what the artist had in mind when he/she drew it, it's what I've always used it as. Here is one of my all time favorite cards I created with this set. All products from Stampin' Up!


Stamp sets: Blossoms Abound
Ink: Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, Always Artichoke, Lovely Lilac
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Vellum cardstock
Other: Mellow Moss ribbon, sponge
Card was created with two layers of torn vellum cardstock with blossoms and leaves stamped randomly on the vellum and then layered onto the card.

Enjoy spring everyone...while it lasts!
Sharon






Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Zoofari Invitation


Sorry I've neglected you for so long. After a trip to Yosemite over Spring Break, I'm back and stamping once again. Here's a cute little invitation using the Zoofari stamp set. I just loved using non traditional colors on the little zebra. I'll post more soon including some great pictures from my trip!


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tart & Tangy



I just love this new set from the Occasions Mini Catalog. First off being a practical kind of gal, I love that it's only $12.95! Then you pair it with the darling Summer Picnic DSP and you have some fresh and fun ideas for spring and summer cards and invitations. Here is one of many projects I've created using this set. I hope you enjoy it!


All products from Stampin' Up!


Stamp sets: Tart & Tangy, Happy Everything


Cardstock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Real Red


Inks: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White craft


Other: Olive Poly-twill ribbon, 1 3/8 inch circle

punch, Scallop circle punch, Summer Picnic DSP,

Clear embossing powder, crafter's tool kit, dimensionals

photo corners punch

Monday, March 10, 2008

Squash Book



One of my good club members just had a new grandbaby! So, when I was planning projects for this month's stamp club I wanted to make something so that she could have a fun little album to carry around. I remembered the Squash Book! I dug out some instructions I had from long ago and set out to make this project. I decided to use the new Afternoon Tea DSP from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I just love this paper. It has patterns, designs, and colors that work for both genders. Since I only had my one pre-0rder package everyone's packet was a little different but it didn't matter. All their books turned out wonderfully! I can't wait to see them filled with new baby pictures, Easter pictures, or whatever they decide to fill it with. Please forgive my photography, this thing wasn't easy to photograph!




My version is pictured. (I hope my friend likes this when I take it to her. Her boys are featured in the photographs!)




All products are from Stampin' Up!




Stamp sets: Sweet Serendipity, Baroque Motifs




Cardstock: Soft Sky, Whisper White




Inks: Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi




Other: 1 3/8 circle, Scallop Circle, 1/8 inch circle, Ice circle brads,dimensionals

Sunday, March 9, 2008

My Club Members are the BEST!




I just have to brag on my Stamp Club members. I am so lucky to have such a terrific group of ladies in my life. When I think back to before I became a Stampin' Up! demo, I had a few close "girlfriends" but I've made so many more in the last 5 1/2 years! Not only through my wonderful customers but also other demonstrators. I feel truly blessed to have so many great friends all because of my association with Stampin' Up! Ok, on to the bragging part. Every month I give my club members a card challenge. Most times I give them a sketch but sometimes, I shake things up and ask them to design their own cards. In January, their challenge was to design a Valentine card. Their samples are shown above. I think they did a great job and as you can see this is a very talented group of ladies! They do keep me on my toes though, always challenging me and believe me I do my best to rise to their challenges!


Saturday, March 1, 2008

A Little Birdie Told Me....



I have been having fun with this set. This was actually a challenge card for me. I had several customers ask me to demo the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. Since I'm normally a "nose to table" stamper, I rarely use the SAMJ. This was a really good set to use it with though. My customers had to use the SAMJ to place the hat, the flower, and the message on their card. They loved the card and I have to admit that I'm kind of partial to it as well. I absolutely love the Jersey Shore DSP line. Here's the recipe for this card(all produts are from Stampin' Up!:

Stamp sets: A Little Birdie Told Me

Cardstock: Old Olive, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie

Other: Jersey Shore DSP, Pumpkin Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Ticket Corner punch, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Watercolor paper, Stazon, dimensionals, and Aquapainter.