Friday, December 31, 2010

Renew Your Paper Passion

Happy New Years Eve!  I look forward to 2011 with open arms, as it promises to be a year filled with all kinds of potential.  My holidays were bittersweet, to say the least.  Because I'm fond of all things sweet, I'll start with the wonderful thing that happened on Christmas Eve...Mike and I got engaged!  So, 2011 promises a wedding celebration like no other!

The "bitter" part was that we lost our beloved golden retriever, Bear.  He fought lymphoma and an unexpected and overwhelming infection bravely, but Christmas morning found another tragedy upon him and it was time to let him go.  Our Aussie cattle dog, Ginger, is also in failing health and misses her companion dearly.  Both dogs led long and happy lives so we'll cherish the millions of memories for years and years to come.

With another new year upon us, we'll once again aspire to organize our lives -- and I'm no different.  I've been contemplating the idea of spending the next 365 days creatively utilizing the innumerable crafty tools and products I find stuffed into every nook and crevice of my crafting room.  I'm fortunate enough to have a space to unleash my creativity, yet find myself thinking of that TV show about hoarding -- hoping the camera crews don't show up on my doorstep soon!

And so with that I begin my year-long journey finding creative ways to use my scrappin' stuff and then share my creations with you.  I hope this journey provides some inspiration and motivation so that you, too, can put your many (many, MANY) scrappin' scraps, bits and bobs together into something fantastic.

I always welcome creative advice and suggestions, so feel free to leave comments along the way.  Here's to a very happy, productive and CrEaTiVe 2011!
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas

Season's greetings everyone!  The elves and I have been very busy preparing for the holidays: the tree's decorated, baked goods delivered to neighbors, gifts wrapped and tucked under the tree.  How about you?  Are you ready to celebrate the season of giving with your family & friends?

What are you doing Christmas Day?  Visiting family, going to see a new movie, over-indulging in homemade treats?  Sounds delightful!  While the preparations have kept me busy, I've nonetheless been in creative overdrive and have discovered several cool new tools, sneaked peeks at lots of new, upcoming product from our favorite companies, and dreamed up lots of great new projects for Paper Made Bakery.  It might look sort of stagnant right now, but get ready for a shiny new face come 2011!

And because this is the season of giving I have a 2010 project kit to give away to one lucky reader!  Just leave a comment on this post before 6:00 p.m. (PDT) December 26 telling us your most memorable Christmas gift EVER.  I'll let you know how our first attempt at cake pops turned out -- we're enamored with Bakerella!  Sweetest of holidays to all!
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Mistletoe Cottage, The Sequel

Just a quick note to let you know that if you missed out on making a super sweet Mistletoe Cottage this past weekend, you're in luck!  Another session has been added on Tuesday evening, December 7 at Jazi Crafts in Oceanside.  If you're thinking that Oceanside is a bit of a drive, be assured that this project is totally worth it!  We had a blast last Saturday and I can promise that next week's class will be even MORE fun!  Click here to sign up or to buy the kit (totally prepped and complete with photos/instructions), or call Michelle at (760) 414-9645.  Happy Scrapping!
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Naughty or nice?

You know that really nice clerk at the grocery store or the lady who always gives you the biggest cookie from the case?  Don't you think they deserve a little something special this Christmas?  I'm not talking about a BMW, but how about a handmade Christmas card to cheer their day!  Don't have any on hand?  Well, I have just the solution for you!

We're making a half dozen of the cutest cards next Sunday, December 5, at Jazi Crafts that you've ever seen.  They're full of great embellishments and use a variety of cool techniques so you're sure to have a fabulously fun time making them.  The best part is we'll make them while sipping cider and listening to carols amongst the nicest folks you've ever met (or haven't met yet!)

Join us Sunday, December 5 at 1:00 p.m. for an enjoyable afternoon of creativity.  Half a dozen cards, prepped and ready for your creative touch, and they include envelopes so they're ready for you to give away or send right away.  Sign up online here or call Michelle at Jazi Crafts at (760) 414-9645.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

An old favorite...

Someone asked me about the altered cigar box project I made this summer so I thought I'd dust it off and throw it up here for all to see.  I still love how the vignette on its back with the magnetic paper dolls turned out.

The wheels are turning and an Easter/Springtime box is bubbling to the surface.  Can't wait to get my hands on the latest Cosmo Cricket designs sure to be launched at the winter CHA show this January in Los Angeles.

BTW, I hope my favorite blogger, Michelle Wooderson of Mish Mash, stops by to see my little ol' In Stitches cigar box.  She is truly a BIG inspiration to my own work, not to mention a lucky lady and designer for Papertrey Ink and Cosmo Cricket (my favorite companies!)
Happy Thanksgiving everyone -- gobble, gobble!
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Welcome to Mistletoe Cottage

Join the frolicking fun at Jazi Craft the Saturday after Thanksgiving as we build a Mistletoe Cottage to celebrate the upcoming holidays.  We'll create a cozy chipboard cottage with some whimsical patterns, sparkly glitter, velvet flowers, crystal trinkets and lots of snow!  And, there's an adorable coordinating mini album inside this glittery sugar shack.  Lots of great embellishments ensure the Mistletoe Cottage becomes a holiday tradition in your home!  (Please note: paper patterns may vary slightly from sample)

This class will sell out, so don't hesitate to register now -- only a limited number of class kits will be available.  Click HERE to register online or phone (760) 414-9645.

A basic tool kit is all you'll need -- be sure to bring a variety of adhesives, paper trimmer, scissors, pencil, ruler and Crop-a-dile, if you have it.
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Autumn FlapJack at Jazi Crafts

Join us as we FLIP over another fabulous FlapJacks by Paper Made Bakery!  These folded flap-a-licious folios are perfect for brag books and contain three handmade cards with envelopes.  November's FlapJacks are an ode to the cool, crisp days of autumn with hints of vintage brocades, warm apple cider and thankful thoughts throughout.  We'll use Amber Road patterned papers by Pink Paislee and there are loads of handmade embellishments to use in this tastefully simple set.  You'll walk away with a clear stamp set, a 12 x 12 sheet of "postcards", and lots of other goodies.  Celebrate Veterans Day by enjoying a gratitude-inspired project THIS Thursday with Shannon Fralish, owner of Paper Made Bakery!

Come to Jazi Crafts in Oceanside Thursday, November 11 at 3:00 p.m.  You can register by clicking HERE -- you're sure to have a wonderful afternoon.
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Monday, September 27, 2010

My Favorite Things - Coffee, Creating and Copics

It was almost beginning to feel like fall was in the air and Halloween just around the corner.  Right up until the thermometer began skyrocketing into the triple digits this weekend.  Today it was 111 degrees in Escondido!  So, in an ode to autumn and that spookiest of celebrations, Halloween, I pulled out some Papertrey Ink patterned paper, My Favorite Things' latest A La Mode stamp set called Miss You A Latte and punched out a well-known symbol to all coffee lovers to create this super layered card for my friend Kristin.  No doubt, it's really fall in New Hampshire where this card is flying!  This project also allowed me to play with my new set of Copic markers -- the quad-zeroes!  That's 10 pens, one from each color family in 0000 (plus C00 and W00).  These are very fun to layer color and will soon become a favorite!  If you'd like your own set of these babies, give Shannon a jingle...she knows just where to get a set for you (and offer a nice discount to fans of Paper Made Bakery).  Enjoy autumn, even if it's only in your mind...
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Introducing: Paper Made Bakery's FlapJacks

You'll flip over the brand new FlapJacks© by Paper Made Bakery.  These folded flap-a-licious folios are perfect for brag books and contain three handmade cards with envelopes.  First on the griddle are Halloween FlapJacks© made with spicy pumpkin cardstock & cinnamon, sage and licorice patterned papers by Pink Paislee!  You’ll get a TON of product to use on this project, and lots for your stash, including entire packages of rub-ons, a clear stamp set, canvas labels, 12 x 12 sheet of “postcards”, see-thru patterned border stickers and lots of other goodies.

Don’t miss making this inaugural FlapJack© project with Shannon Fralish, owner of Paper Made Bakery, at Jazi Crafts in Oceanside on Thursday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m.  Contact Michelle at 760.414.9645 to reserve your spot or get a couple kits!
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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Countdown to Halloween

I've created this adorable "advent calendar-style" countdown project to help those anxiously awaiting the Great Pumpkin or other such spookiness to make it through to All Hallows Eve (aka Halloween).  This adorable chest of secret drawers can be filled with haunted treats and, perhaps, a treasure map!  Everyone will love this project when it’s brought out year after year.  Kit includes vintage tin mold, game pieces and lots of snazzy embellishments.  You’ll fill the drawers with goodies, little notes or secret tips that lead scavengers to fun surprises!  These kits are almost sold out -- only four left!  I'm hosting a class at Jazi Crafts next Saturday, September 25 at 1:00 p.m. where four lucky hobgoblins will get to make and take home one of these beauties!  Contact Michelle at Jazi Crafts (760.414.9645) to reserve your kit or spot in class.
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Cupcakes, Classes & Cards, OH MY!

We've rescheduled the Hooray for Cupcakes banner class from August 30 to September 7 and we've been invited to the Lawrence Welk Resort Village to boot!  The class and kits are sold out, for now, but we've started a wait list for both -- so if you're interested in a banner kit or the kit/class, please email me right away so I can get you what you need.  Ah, for the love of cupcakes!

Saturday was my sweet niece's fourth birthday and she hosted her first tea party.  I made her card (of course) using a Pure Innocence set called Tea Party (of course) .  The papers are from Webster's Pages.  Such a delicately pink paper project!
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

HOORAY for Cupcakes

As if you didn't already know this about me, but I like cupcakes.  I adore them!  So much so that I took the advice of several smart folks and designed a banner using Maya Road's cupcake chipboard album.  Once I started collecting the vintage sheet music and the whimsical paper line by October Afternoon called "Fly A Kite", I was pleasantly surprised and reminded of the addage, "Great minds think alike" when I saw the adorable cupcake and ballerina banner Katie Watson created.  She's a designer for Maya Road and I simply love her work.  So, if you'd like to make your own banner to celebrate any special occasion, be sure to check out the Hooray for Cupcakes banner, August's Fresh Baked Kit at Paper Made Bakery.

I'm teaching the project at Jazi Crafts in Oceanside on Wednesday, August 25 at 5:30 p.m.  There is truly a limited number of kits for this class, so you really will need to sign up early!  Contact Michelle at (760) 414-9645 to reserve your kit and place in the class.  If you can't make it to the class in Oceanside on August 25, I'm hosting a small group at the Paper Made Bakery classroom in Scripps Ranch on Monday, August 30.  Contact me to reserve your spot on August 30.  Enjoy your week and have a cupcake for me!
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Well, after much finagling and wrangling, the first batch of the NEW and cool pink ATGs have arrived and are, at this moment, officially sold out!  However, the good news is that there is another batch of them on their way shortly.  So, if you're still dreaming of something sticky and pink (and it's not a cupcake!), drop me a line and let me know you want me to hold the next ATG and some refills for you!

These babies are exactly like the "red original" ATG 714, as far as I can tell.  The packaging and instructions are so much easier to read and keep on hand for reference.  The hot pink handle and body are great, especially as a reminder that Scotch/3M is donating a portion of the proceeds for this tool to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

They go fast, so if you want to be a paper diva, get yours TODAY!
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Saturday, July 31, 2010

UPDATE: Pink ATGs and Refills are ON THEIR WAY!

Just a quick note...due to a manufacturer's delay, the long-anticipated arrival of the pink ATGs and their lovely refills is SOON upon us.  They arrived at our distributor's warehouse on July 28 and are being processed and shipped on Monday, August 2.  We expect delivery and then immediate shipment shortly thereafter.  If you've pre-ordered yours, an email will be sent to you soon regarding payment and shipping details.  The really good news?  We may have a couple ATGs and refill packages available, but they will go on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please contact Shannon at to place your order.

Thanks to all of our FABulous customers for their patience and support.  I know you're just as anxious to receive these babies as I am!  Be sure and send me a note if you have any questions.

Now, back to my regularly scheduled program...hanging out in Cape Cod...
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Aahh, Summer Vacation

It's sure been fun being able to enjoy some real time off from work -- the office, housework, yard work, etc.  I've gotten the chance to read a couple good books and even create an album I picked up on my last adventure to the Redlands area at Collective Journey.  The album was designed by Traci Goshen and uses Cosmo Cricket's "Garden Variety" line.  It's sooo cute!  It felt good being able to break out the old tools to make something for me instead of putting on my creative thinking cap to design my own kit projects.  While I love doing that, I especially enjoyed taking this time today to create for myself.  What do you think of this?

I think I need to invest in some of these shaped-page dies so I can dream up future albums for Paper Made Bakery.  With CHA coming up next week in the Chicago area, there are going to be LOADS of brand new lines, tools, and awesome ideas coming from all the companies.  I've been having a ball checking out all the company blogs and seeing their sneak peeks.  So much good stuff is going to hit our shelves in the next several weeks.  Now it's just time to hurry up and wait...

Take a few minutes tomorrow and spend it being creative -- you'll really be glad you did!
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Handmade Cards on Tap at Paper Made Bakery

Everyone loves to give and receive handmade cards.  You probably have a nice stash of them because making cards is a fun, creative quick-fix for us scrappy folks.  Have you checked your stash lately?  Is it a little low?  Do you want to try out some great new techniques?

Join us on Monday, July 26 at 5:30 where we'll make a half dozen all-occasion greeting cards.  We'll use dozen of techniques, many which may be brand new to you!  Several are inspired by summer and the beach, others are whimsical and fun-loving -- all of them use a variety of techniques that make them unique.  This new batch of cards can be given to the guys and gals in your life.

If you'd like to join the fun, email us at to reserve your spot.  The class, which includes all the materials for the six cards and envelopes, is only $25.  You'll need to bring your basic tool kit and adhesives (including tape runner, wet adhesive and foam dots/squares).  Can't wait to get crafty with you!
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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day, part 1

Today I finished my hostess gifts to take to the 4th of July BBQ and swim party we're attending this afternoon.  My mom is, as you are all aware, the Hostess with the Most-ess and deserves all kudos and goodies possible.  I borrowed this idea from another fave blog, Mish Mash, using the new PTI Friendship Jar stamp sets and matching dies designed by Michelle Wooderson.  They are just so quaint, vintage-inspired and very fun to work with.  Mish's daughter created similar jars filled with red, white and blue sugar cookies and they looked so Americana I just had to recreate them.  Besides the stamps and coordinating dies, I also got to use my Copic markers and an old Karen Foster "interlocking" alpha set.  I made four jars in total and will share another couple with my girlfriends, Anne and Stephanie, when we hook up later this week in Squaw Valley/Lake Tahoe.  They also qualify as awesome hostesses.

So, if you're in need of an easy, fun and feel-good hostess gift, remember to make a friendship jar!  Off to the celebrations -- have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Eclipse and an Awesome Find

If you're not a Twilight fan then you won't be impressed with this tale, so skip down to the awesome find bit of the story...but don't blame me if you're left to wonder just what kind of luck I have.

Maria, who works in the Brass Plum department at our local Nordstrom is one cool chickie!  She helped me get the Camp Jacob t-shirt I wanted (among other very nice clothing articles) plus the TWO tickets to the PRE-premiere of "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" on Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m.  Yep, that's three hours BEFORE the world premiere!  Because I'm such a nice sister (see post below about the Mother's Day mini album) I invited my little sis to be my guest.  After assessing the loooong snake-like line outside the theater entrance, we decided to get a bite to eat anyway.  When we smooshed ourselves into said line about 30 minutes later who should we find directly in front of us but Craft Diva, Danielle Forsgren, of the Diva Craft Lounge online radio show!  I've worked with Danielle over the years with charity events, and we're craft buddies as well, so it was a boon to run into her at this event, too.  We whiled away the hours before the movie began and we all LOVED the film!  The experience was outstanding and I highly recommend seeing Eclipse.  So, whose side are you on -- Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Here's the Awesome Find is my first official day of summer vacation!  Yipppeee!  I decided to devote it to running errands and cleaning house, that way I can "skip and play" (as my mother would say) and not think about chores for a while.  One of the errands I ran was to one of our local thrift shops to make a donation.  As I dropped off the two big bags of clothing I noticed this black wire rack pushed into the corner.  When I asked if that was for sale, the reply was something about it not being priced, etc. I asked if I could come back in a couple hours and see how much it would be tagged for.  The lady was kind enough to stop what she was doing and assess the wire rack.  I took a closer look myself to make sure it was what I thought it was...and she announced it would cost $20.  I'm not sure if I looked funny or something, but she then announced that today was "half off day" and it would only cost $10.  I managed to say "I'll take it!" and let all the gears in my head catch up.  I'd bought myself a sturdy wire 12 x 12 paper display by Novelcraft with 30 slots/shelves!  I considered this quite a fortuitous moment and happily tossed it into the back of the pick-up and whistled all the way home.

So far, this summer vacation is shaping up very well...
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day Gift - Last Minute

I made a nifty mini album for my sister's Mother's Day gift, gave it to her during our Mother's Day lunch and then told her I'd have to "borrow" it back because it was doubling as a class sample! The Offbeat Charmer mini album was a hit and I'm happy to say that my sis got her Mother's Day gift on Father's Day -- maybe we'll just call it Parents' Day today!  So, today we all met for lunch at the same place, only this time we were celebrating the dads.  Not that I normally give special gifts for EVERY holiday, but for some reason I knew I wanted to make a little something photo-based for Jeff, my brother-in-law.

As I browsed my "usual suspects" in Favorite Blog Land yesterday I came across a project that really caught my eye.  I was visiting Lisa Johnson's Poppy Paperie and knew instantly that I needed to borrow her cool frame idea for Jeff's gift.  I didn't have all the same stamps, or the exact paint color, and I knew I couldn't put THAT many gorgeous flowers on a guy's gift, so I modified it a bit.  I added a quick snapshot of my niece that was taken Friday at the county fair, so Jeff hadn't seen it yet.  I think this little frame turned out really well.  So well, in fact, that I'm going to make several more!  Need a customized gift for someone special and don't have time to get your craft on?  Leave a comment or send me an email and I'll get you set up with the PERFECT gift!

Blog browsing is a good thing.
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Check THIS Out!

It's true!  3M has created a consumer-based ATG just for crafters!  It's almost exactly like the red ATG 714, holds the super-sticky 1/4" tape (that comes in 36 yard rolls; yep, that's 108 feet!!) and it's PINK!!  They're not on the shelves yet, but you can pre-order the Pink ATG and it comes with two (2) tape rolls!  When I saw this I almost flipped...I own the ATG 714 and LOVE it, but I'm gonna get me some of that pink stuff ASAP.  And, as an added bonus, 3M will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Susan G Komen Foundation.

If you want your very own -- wait for it -- for only $26.99 (about half of what the ATG 714 goes for), then head on over to Paper Made Bakery and pre-order yours today.  They'll ship around mid-July, so get some sticky pink goodness delivered to your doorstep NOW!  Why not throw in June's In Stitches kit to try this super adhesive on?!  Sounds like a plan, Stan.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Quickie...Sneak Peek at In Stitches Card Sampler

Here's the first card I created to put into my FABulous In Stitches altered cigar box I made with Paper Made Bakery's Fresh Baked Kit for June.  Be sure and visit the website to see more pics of the In Stitches project made with a REAL {cool} cigar box!  More In Stitches card samples are coming...
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Cape Cod or BUST

My travel plans are moving forward and my summer dreams are coming true!  Looks like I'll spend another glorious week on Cape Cod in early August -- yipppeee!  This news has inspired me to concoct a project I think you'll want to "dive in" to.  I broke out my beach themed stamps and tore out a page from the Pottery Barn catalog as my color inspiration.  Hmmmm..."All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine."  It's a great quote, not mine -- who said that?
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Farm Chicks Show ROCKS

I've been back for a few days and this working thing sure gets in the way of a whole LOT of fun!  Our flight to Spokane, WA was "diverted" to Seattle and then back to Spokane, making for a much dragged out flight.  But, once we arrived and got settled in a very nice little Holiday Inn Express in Downtown Spokane, we were ready to immerse ourselves in all things Farm Chicky!

We began, naturally, with dinner at Chaps and what a great experience it was.  The restaurant was total eye candy for us vintage, shabby chic, farmhouse loving folks.  Lots of rustic, paint chipped wooden furniture, chandeliers with colored baubles, prayer candles mixed with chotchke on a hand-painted mantle...and lots of western touches sprinkled in for good measure.  They were preparing for a special dinner party on Saturday for Farm Chicks event and the decor was absolutely phenomenal!  Their new bakery, Cake, wasn't officially opened yet so we HAVE to get back there soon to check it out because the space is unbelievable.  And there are more reasons to head back to Spokane in the near future...all will be revealed soon.  Oh yeah, the food itself was deLISH!  I had the stuffed pork chop and my mother had the tilapia.  Both were very, very tasty.  And of course, there was the hugely scrumptious chocolate cake we shared for dessert.  Mmmmmmm is the best way to describe our visit and meal.

The hotel offered a breakfast buffet, and while the food wasn't anywhere comparable to Chaps, we were lucky enough to meet fellow Farm Chick gals.  It was truly a pleasure to chat with Jeannette and Peggy, and to learn how to pronounce Puyallup.  Then, as the thousands of us were standing in line waiting to be admitted to the show at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, we enjoyed a creative conversation with Catherine from Bremerton and made a wonderful connection.  Luckily, we were one of the first 1000 to purchase a weekend pass, so we walked in with a handy Farm Chicks shopping bag.  We were all flabbergasted at the sheer number of shoppers chomping at the bit to get in and grab lots of the fabulous vintage finds.

Once inside it was hard to decide just which way to shuffle!  Our first stop was the Farm Chicks shop and we picked up some great souvenirs.  Then I found an old Mason jar filled with Scrabble tiles and other old game pieces, a vintage pillow case I'll turn into an apron and Mom picked up 10 old doorknobs for $10.  Wait until you see what she plans to do with them!  I found the perfect pair of old red cowboy boots that fit perfectly -- I felt like Cinderella!  Oh yeah, then I nearly bumped in to Stacey Julian of Big Picture Scrapbooking.  There were sooooo many vendors with such wonderful treasures, it's simply impossible to describe it all.  I did take a few photos, so check out the slideshow.

That evening we had dinner at the famous Frank's Diner, an old train car once commissioned to transport the president of the Union Pacific Railroad.  It was a great replica and the food was pretty good, too.  We enjoyed a peach huckleberry cobbler for dessert.  Are you beginning to see a pattern here?  It was unfortunate that our hotel didn't have HGTV or the Food Network on TV, but somehow we managed to get plenty of rest during the weekend.  Sunday found us enjoying Chaps' world famous breakfast and we met a couple gals from Texas who convinced us that we HAD to visit Round Top, TX for the extravaganza of antiques and junk on offer in the usually sleepy little town with a population of 77.  Perhaps you'll see a story about that in the fall.  The breakfast at Chaps was even better than the dinner, if that's possible.  I picked up a Cake mug to remind me to come back to visit.

After another, less harried, round at the Farm Chicks Show, we organized our finds and planned a little excursion for Monday, our very last day in the Spokane area.  We discovered a fabulous store in the middle of nowhere (and I don't mean to bruise anyone's town pride) in a "town" called Rockford.  Hurd's Mercantile was truly a gem!  Teresa was a gracious hostess and told us all about the history of the building, the business and the wonderful wares for sale all displayed in outstanding vignettes.  We then visited another shop in Spokane Valley called the Trellis Marketplace with lots of great kitchen goodies.

So we gathered our wares and trundled to the airport to return to the "real world".  It was a wonderful long weekend that offered lots of new experiences.  The Farm Chicks Show was great! Meeting lots of new people and getting to know the world of vintage/antique goods was very entertaining.  Oh yes, and the reasons I'd visit Spokane again very soon are (1) to enjoy what's sure to be totally yummy cakes and goodies at Chaps' bakery called Cake, (2) to see what's new at Hurd Mercantile and (3) to visit Serena Thompson's Farm Chicks Store slated to open in Spokane in July!  She'll have lots of vintage treasures and her own line of home decor.  You should watch those Southwest airfare specials and book a long weekend in Spokane, WA with your favorite gal pals -- you won't regret it!
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Retreats are Truly Treats

Have you had the opportunity to go away for a weekend, sans kids, hubby, grocery shopping, errands, carpools, housework, and just enjoy some time being creative?  If not, you're missing out on a truly outstanding opportunity to "recharge your batteries" and do something special for yourself -- you deserve this!

I recently had the opportunity to gather with friends on Memorial Day Weekend for a crafting retreat we called CRE8.10.  This particular group of women meets annually to create paper craft projects that are designed and shared by the others in the group.  We chit chat practically non-stop, laugh constantly, share stories and generally enjoy the time we have to be creative.  The projects are always exceptional and offer us the chance to move outside our crafting comfort zone.  The weekend was full of creativity, we had dinner at a popular local restaurant, browsed the new Urban Barn for vintage treasures and made five fabulous projects!  It was a whirlwind weekend but it served its purpose -- to recharge our batteries through creativity.

Paper Made Bakery is offering you the chance to experience a similar retreat in Big Bear Resort this July.  The intimate gathering of creative women (and you know you ARE one!) begins on Friday, July 23 and includes over two full days of creative time in a beautiful space just calling your name. The Red Moose Lodge is a new scrapbooker's retreat and is outfitted just for us crafty types!  There's lots of space to spread our precious projects and cool tools out in a dedicated crop room.  The house has five bedrooms, an indoor jacuzzi and sauna and is close to all the Big Bear resort amenities.  And, the icing on top is that I'll host two exclusive classes this weekend that guests at this retreat will be the first to share!  If this sounds like an opportunity you don't want to miss, contact me and I'll provide you with more details and get you registered!  This intimate retreat is limited to 8 guests, so don't delay.

I'll post again about this retreat something CrEaTiVe today!
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

In Stitches - June's Fresh Baked Kit

The project is complete and I state again that I LOVE it!  This altered cigar box project is, well, several things.  It's first of all a treasured work of {he}art -- to me.  The footed case is almost a little purse replica that is truly a one-of-a-kind handmade card keeper.  The papers and many embellishments are from Cosmo Cricket's newest line, Material Girl, plus lots of Maya Road Sew Cute mini chipboard pieces, vintage buttons and dress pattern tissue, wooden spools, cool ribbon and coordinating Bazzill cardstock.

I currently love working with Mod Podge and have used it on several recent projects.  It reminds me of when I was a kid decoupaging Holly Hobby onto plaster of Paris wall plaques!  I made a mini envelope from some of the cardstock and attached it inside to keep postage stamps.  The card keeper will hold up to a dozen handmade cards with envelopes and I've got a few great ones to share with you, so drop by in a couple days to check them out. Oh yeah, the back features an interactive paper doll panel that I made using lots of the chipboard pieces included and some Basic Grey Closures (magnets) I had in my stash.  I thought the sentiment, Friends Keep You In Stitches, fit perfectly.

My mom and I are flying out tomorrow morning (yep, at the crack of dawn) to head up to the Farm Chicks Antique Show in Spokane, WA.  I'm shopping for any and all kinds of vintage goodies to include in future kits!

Creating a slideshow in a short amount of time is just a tad beyond my capabilities, so I've created a new blog header showcasing a few photos of the project and will post as many as possible on the website, so click here to see them.  You can order your kit, which includes everything you need to create this project PLUS tons more to make lots of cards for inside the box, under the Fresh Baked Kits tab at Paper Made Bakery.  Have a great weekend!
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Is It Friday Already?!

Well, not quite Friday, but we're almost there.  I've been working on the June Fresh Baked Kit today and I love, Love, LOVE it!  It's also "almost there", but I have a couple more touches to finish.  I'll try to get some sneak peek photos up tonight and then have the website up and running so you can grab one of these babies hot outta the oven!  And, I know they're going to go fast since they're so stinkin' cute, if I do say so myself.  You are {sew} going to enjoy this project...
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Your Summer of Creativity at Paper Made Bakery

Summertime, and the living is easy, as they say.  The weather is warming, the days are getting longer and all this leads to more creativity!  You've gotten your "spring cleaning" out of the way (you have, haven't you?) and dusted off those craft supplies, ready to be inspired, right?  I'm glad you've stopped by because my blog (a joint venture with my website, Paper Made Bakery) is just the place to pick up a heaping helping of motivation, inspiration and, well, simply GREAT ideas!

Ready to start?  June's Fresh Baked Kit is nearly ready to reveal and you absolutely won't be disappointed.  After spending the holiday weekend with my group of creative muses, the thrill of making handmade gifts and goodies certainly spills over into this project.

I hope I've piqued your interest and you'll check back here later today for a sneak peek.  I highly recommend checking out the website to pick up a Posies In The Pantry Kit, which will soon be history.  Don't miss your chance to begin your Summer of Creativity today!
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