Monday, May 16, 2016

Mmmm, donuts

Homer Simpson loves donuts. I adore donuts and consider myself quite the connoisseur. Let's hope that's the limit to our similarities!

That's why I'm so excited about June's card making workshops. We'll use Paper Made Bakery kits that include Lawn Fawn's super adorable Perfectly Plaid 6x6 paper pad and Donut Worry mini stamp set, plus lots of other goodies. I've been inspired by several awesome designers using these products. Here are a couple samples of the cards and tags we'll make...

There are two opportunities to join us in the San Diego area: Sunday, June 12 in Scripps Ranch/San Diego and Sunday, June 26 in Fallbrook. Check out the CLASSES tab above for the details. Contact me to register!

Grab a raised glazed and enjoy your day!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Makes Us Happy

Today I'm sharing a card made by Carol, one of my super creative students, created with the new Lawn Fawn set called "Rooting For You" and her brand, spanking new MISTI tool.

Created & shared by Carol Dacey

We love how crisp and bright solid stamps come out when using the MISTI. And how adorable are those root veggies?!

Gotta love when our crafty purchases make us look so good, right?

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Ode to Magnolia

So, here's a virtual tour of Day 2 on our girls' trip. We'd made it to Waco to begin our "pilgrimage" to all things Magnolia, then circled and found a great parking spot at 6th and Webster...The Silos and Magnolia Market.

Welcome to a home designer's haven
We'd heard tales of three-hour waits in line and saw the ropes that would weave guests in caterpillar fashion to the entry. Luckily, we walked (bounced) right in! It was definitely crowded with fans and shoppers, but worth the trip.

Additional retail area, for your shopping pleasure

The now familiar Magnolia logo
The outdoor space surrounding the buildings is a well thought out space. It's a family friendly area with lawn games, tables, food trucks of all kinds, and a new garden area and shop coming soon.

Chip's Willys Jeep
This is going to be SO cool!

Bean bag toss anyone?

Who'd say no to a baby goat?

Now, I may need to go back to Waco to check out this soon-to-be-finished part of The Silos...Magnolia Bakery! They're still putting the finishing touches on this cute little building, but it's sure to be a sweet treat when it's complete.

A diamond in the rough (likely to stay rough, er, rustic)

Supposed to open in May 2016

We spotted this moving truck along Austin Avenue. I'd love to have this pull up in front of my house, Chip and Joanna hopping out of the cab!

Spotted in a parking lot as we headed to The Silos...
Stay tuned for a few more Adventures in Waco posts. I love heading out with Mom to see what kind of "trouble" we can get into. Call your mom today and tell her HOWDY!!

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

EVERYone loves a good pocket album

Just a quick share --

Thought you'd appreciate the wide range of folks impressed with our Simple Stories pocket scrapbook albums...

This little guy's grandma made one just for him! Watch our CLASSES tab above for the next pocket scrapbook making workshop.

Hope your weekend is wonderful -- get out there and make something today!

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Small World

Mom and I had a great time visiting Waco, TX, the home of HGTV's Fixer Upper. I've got some fun stories to share about our trip, so I'm going to start with this one.

As I'm sure many of you do, I always try to find a local scrapbook store to visit when I'm in a new city. So when I knew I was headed to Texas, I hit the internet and found a couple -- one in Waco called CropPaperScissors. Mom and I got Siri fired up to find this cute little shop.

1014 N. Valley Mills Rd., #B, Waco, TX 76710

We were greeted right away by the friendly shop owner, Emmalie Welstead. She let us know that this particular Saturday we could enjoy an adorable make-n-take station. I always jump at the opportunity to make a card, so I headed around the corner and smiled at the lovely lady at the table. My eyes locked on her face and I thought to myself, "this woman is familiar to me, but I've never been to Texas and couldn't possibly know her." Then it dawned on me. "Is your name Cat?", I asked, and she nodded yes. You could tell our brains were whirling trying to place each other. The light bulb flashed on and we realized we know each other as instructors at The Making Place in Escondido! What a small world -- who'd have thunk, right?!

Cat Arenzana and I at Crop Paper Scissors in Waco
After some squealing and hugging, we enthusiastically sat down to make this cute Easter card with Lawn Fawn stamps, Cat coaching us along the way.

So, if you're in Waco, TX and want to check out a fantastic local scrapbook store, stop by CropPaperScissors and take it all in. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to run into Cat and get your fingers inky! As you know, paper crafters are the nicest folks in the world...and it's a small, friendly world for sure!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Let's Party

We're headed to Waco* today, but I wanted to keep the March celebration going by sharing a quick post with some of this month's kit projects.

My photo editing on these leaves a bit to be desired, but I think you can appreciate the bright, bold colors and patterns of this Simple Stories line called, appropriately, Let's Party. The kit contains the 6x6 paper pad, 12x12 cardstock sticker sheet and a half package of enamel dots all from this new line.

Wow, you're how old?!

Party favors at a birthday celebration are a must... HERE
I'm thrilled to say that our March kits/classes are sold out. April's are just around the corner so "watch this space" for the details.

Wishing you all the luck o' the Irish this fine St. Paddy's Day! Thanks for stopping by and we'll see ya'll soon!

*Mom and I are trekking to the birthplace of HGTV's Fixer Upper to shop Magnolia Market at the Silos, check out the new Magnolia House, and see what we can get up to in Waco, TX. Chip and we come!

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Saturday, February 27, 2016


Here's my first attempt using the new Sizzix Jar Fold-A-Long die set by Jen Long. I loved the concept when I saw it at CHA and new I'd have many uses for such an adorable interactive die set. For this one I used products from the February kit, which includes Echo Park's Spring 6x6 pad -- I love the colors and patterns (as mentioned previously!)

Closed with a belly band

I created a belly band closure. The paper bow was made with the Stampin' Up! Bow Builder punch. I really like it! The butterfly tag and die cut banners are part of the Spring ephemera pack, also included in the kit.

Opened with the insert

I can see this set being used to create a variety of invitations -- can't wait to host a BBQ!!

I may have one kit left after tomorrow's class in Fallbrook. I'd love to have you join us -- contact me and I'll save a spot for you!

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