Having fun!

Just in case you were wondering………..we are having a ton of fun and we DID do some stamping yesterday!  We stayed up way too late last night, but I can catch a nap today at the hotel.  We will be driving back to Orlando today.  Time to go back to my hubby — it is his birthday today!  Hopefully we can find a yummy restaurant to go to.  We don’t have a car, so we are at the mercy of the shuttles (preferably the “free” ones).  I am ready for some good seafood………but it is HIS birthday, so better let him pick the place! 

I also got to register for Stampin’ Up! Convention this morning!!!  I am so excited!  This is the one time each year that I get to see Stampin’ Up! friends from all over the country.  We learn so many new tricks and techniques — I use these ideas all year long!  This year’s convention is the 20th Anniversary of Stampin’ Up! and it is sure to be packed with even more special events than past conventions.  This event is held in Salt Lake City each year — cooler than Texas, yeah!   It is a nice break in July.   If you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, this is a MUST — don’t delay, register right now!!!!

Hopefully I can post some photos later today when I have more time.  Gotta get packed up for now 🙁


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Hello from Florida!

Just a quick post to let you know that we made it here safely and this place is gorgeous!  The weather is almost the same as Texas, so not much difference there!  I only forgot one big, major thing — my camera!  I am so bummed — you know how I take photos of everything!  So, this post will seem very boring to most of you!!!!  I am going to solve that problem tomorrow, though, and borrow one from my dear Stampin’ Up! friends — or else I will just go buy a new one!   My little camera that I carry in my purse is getting very old and doesn’t always work just right……….so what better time to buy a new one! 

I am now in Sarasota with my friends Maria and Jenn………and her precious baby Sam (3 months old).  They drove to Orlando today to “kidnap” me and show me around the area.  I am having a fabulous time!  We spent the afternoon on St. Armand’s Circle.  We ate a yummy lunch on a little patio with the ocean breeze blowing our hair……….and then we shopped until the stores closed around 5:00.   I am not sure what is on the agenda for tomorrow, but I am sure it will involve some stamping!  It is cheaper than shopping, at least~

Have a great week, and if I can get my hands on a camera, I will show you some Stampin’ projects from Maria’s house! 


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Off to Florida!

Good morning!  We are off to Orlando, Florida……..and this lovely resort is my home for the next 6 days.  I can’t believe the size of this place……….they even have 3 pools!  Charles is going to be attending a convention — and I will be relaxing.  I am also going to spend a few days with some very special  Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators in Sarasota.   Maybe I can get some new ideas from them.  I would imagine that we will find some time to stamp………ya’ think???   And these girls have even MORE Stampin’ Up! stuff than I do………can you imagine that???

I also went to the doctor today and got 3 different meds to get me on the road to feeling better.  I somehow think a vacation will help me feel better, too!  🙂

And Charles had a check-up with his heart doctor today.  She surprised us by telling us that she wants to take him BACK into surgery again on June 11th.  We thought she would wait until the end of summer…….but she is anxious to get him feeling better.  So, here we go again!  Our summer will start with a BANG!

I also wanted to show you what I have been working on in “all my spare time”……….this precious little dress for a beautiful baby named Caroline.  Caroline is the daughter of a friend of mine who used to babysit Allyson and Lindsey when they were very little.  It was so special for me to stay in contact with her mom, Sara, all of these years and be asked to make a dedication dress for her.  She will be dedicated on Mother’s Day………what a special memory!   I ordered this embroidered fabric on-line and then made a “Bishop Style” dress for Caroline.  I smocked the neckline and the sleeves and added white pearls into the design, too.  It is so dainty and feminine!   These are the kinds of things that I used to sew for my girls when they were little……….brought back so many memories!


I will try to post while I am gone, but no promises!  Don’t hold me to it! 




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Recipe Holder


Good morning!  I am feeling a little under the weather — cold, allergy, sinus, something!  YUCK is the best way to describe it!   I am bummed because Charles and I are leaving town tomorrow for 6 days and I really do not want to feel sick!  Let’s hope it is just allergies!  I feel like that commercial where the head grows and grows and grows — are you familiar with that one???  

So, I forgot the “recipe” for yesterday’s projects, but the main thing I wanted to point out is that the cards used PLAIN chipboard.  Nothing done to it.  The box with the flower was also PLAIN chipboard that was lightly sponged around the edges with Chocolate Chip Ink.  So, both of those were super easy.  If you have any other questions about those projects, just e-mail me.  

Speaking of recipes……..Today’s project is a recipe holder.  There is a clothespin sandwiched between two coasters.  You can get these square coasters from several restaurants if you just need a few for personal use.  I have ordered them in large quantities from a supplier so that I can order plain white ones suitable for stamping.  I have heard from friends that restaurants will gladly give them to you by the handful.  These are printed, though, and would only be suitable if you are covering them with paper — like today’s project.   I have done several projects using coasters at my Stamper’s Ten Club Class.  There are so many things you can do with them!  Want more ideas?  Go to the Gallery at Split Coast Stampers (see the sidebar) and type “coasters” in on the search engine!  You will be up all night looking at cool stuff! 

Some helpful hints:  Use adhesive or glue sticks to attach cardstock to the coasters and also to the chipboard letter.  You will need to trim around the edges fairly close with your scissors.  Then use a very coarse fingernail file to file off the excess from around the edges of the chipboard.  You will get a beautiful finished edge and the paper will appear as if you cut it the perfect size!  It is also quite effective to sponge the edges of the coasters or chipboard with ink for a “finished look”.   Try it out!  You will need to use tacky glue, rubber cement or another liquid-type adhesive to hold the clothespin in the middle.  Crystal Effects also works fabulous as a bonding agent……..I just usually pull out the tacky glue and save my Crystal Effects for things that will actually be seen!  By the way……..love that product so, so much!  I will use crystal effects and glitter on a future chipboard project.  I have all kinds of surprises planned for you guys!  Keep coming back……..I will do one more post before I leave and then you might get to see photos of me in Florida!  I will do my best to post while I am gone……..I have already heard from some of my friends that they will go through withdrawals if I don’t have anything posted for 6 days……….wow!  I will do my best!  I’ll tell you more about my trip in the next post………but I am so, so excited!!!!

Supplies: On Board Simon (lower case); Stamps:  Rough Edges Mini Alphabets; Ink:  Real Red and Basic Black; Cardstock:  Real Red and Bashful Blue; Ribbon:  Bashful Blue Grosgrain; Designer Series Paper:  Summer Picnic; Punches:  Small and Large Oval, 1/16″ Circle Punch;  Other: Linen Thread, Dimensionals.


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Get “On Board” for the May Promotion!


It’s May!  Remember when it was January and May sounded SO FAR OFF???  I am not sure where all the days went.  I am really not sure that they all had 24 hours in them!  Seriously, the clocks seem to be moving faster and faster these days!  But, new things happen when a new month starts…….so here is the NEW Stampin’ Up! promotion.  It is all about CHIPBOARD!!!  I am thrilled with this promotion, as I love to use chipboard.  I use it in my scrapbooks regularly, and it is a great embellishment for all papercrafting!  I will be featuring samples with Chipboard for the next few days and get you thinking about ways to use chipboard.   Some of you are asking — What in the world IS chipboard???  Well, it is a very think cardboard type of product.  It comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and even alphabets!  The chipboard SU sells is a grayish-brown color, similar to cardboard boxes.  It is shown in its “raw” state on today’s samples.  However, I really don’t use it this way very often……..it just BEGS to be embellished!  It can be painted, inked up, embossed, glazed, stamped on, covered with paper, and that’s just the beginning.  I will try to use chipboard in a variety of projects this month so you will be totally “sold” on it by the end of MAY!   The following list gives you a list of the items included in our sale and the 25% off price.  


Item Number Description  25% off retail price
109181  On Board Blossoms & Basics  $11.21
109179  On Board Ginormous Pieces  $11.21
107925  On Board Bitty Book  $7.46
108495  On Board 5″ x 5″ Art Journal  $5.21
107065  On Board Art Journal (5-3/4″ x 8-3/4″) $7.13
107307  On Board Accents  $9.71
109182  On Board Lots of Letters  $9.71
109180  On Board Simon Upper  $9.71
107306  On Board Simon Lower  $9.71
109192  On Board Clipboard (13″ x 7-1/2″) $11.96
109190  On Board Clipboard (9″ x 9″) $5.96
109191  On Board Clipboard (4-1/2″ x 9″) $4.88
110713  On Board Book Basics Large  $5.96
110712  On Board Book Basics Small  $4.46

Have a great day as we welcome May — and more spring weather!  And for those of you that are getting anxious for the NEW catalog and Retired List — let me fill you in on those dates.  The new Catalog will be available the first week of August.  The retired list will be revealed on July 1st.  It will be here before we know it!


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Monogram Card

Have you noticed the trend to have something personalized?  We all want something “special” with our initial, or our name.   Monogrammed gifts are well-received and these cards are no exception.  This card was given to me last year at our annual Stampin’ Up! Convention by one of my fellow demonstrators named Vickie Beck.   I loved the look, the simplicity, and my initial!  You see, rarely would I take time to make something for ME……..I always do the initial of someone else, so I can give it away!  So, thanks Vickie for making me feel special, too!  The lovely tone-on-tone effect was made possible by stamping the Paisley Background stamp in Bashful Blue Ink  on the same color cardstock.  It almost gives the effect of Designer Series Paper that was pre-printed.   There are many  ideas out there using monograms……..why not try one today?   I have given Monogrammed Card Sets to teachers, secretaries, brides, teenagers, and girlfriends.  Everyone loves them!

Supplies used:  Stamps:  Paisley Background Stamp, Letterpress Alphabet;  Cardstock and Ink:  Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery; Ribbon:  Taffeta in Bashful Blue;  Rectangle Punch.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!  Thanks for checking in with me!  Oh, by the way, Allyson’s eye is still healing, but we are not out of the woods just yet.  We got more medicine on Monday, and we go back to the doctor on Thursday.  What an ordeal!  


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Powerful Punches


Good morning!  Today’s cards are taken from Stampin’ Success — the monthly publication for demonstrators.  Stampin’ Up! provides many wonderful resources for its demonstrators so we can easily plan new projects and have more time for stamping!  These cards are from a monthly feature called “Ala Card” where we take a basic template and create different cards.  Isn’t it amazing that different colors and images will create such a different feel……..but it really is the same???  Each card uses circle punches — how easy is that!  The tiny flower on the “friends” card is also punched, adding a a little “pop” to the repetitive circles.   The card on the right uses the Rub-Ons from yesterday’s post. 

Supplies used:  Card #1  Make It Count (hostess set); 1″ cirlce punch, Boho Blossoms circle punch; Cardstock:  Soft Sky, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Blue Bayou; Ink:  Always Artichoke;  Ribbon:  Double Stitched Grosgrain in Blue Bayou; Silver brad.   Card #2  Seeing Spots Stamp Set; Cardstock:  Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White; Ink:  Real Red, Old Olive, Bashful Blue; 1″, 1 1/4″ and 3/4″ circle punches; Old Olive Twill Ribbon (in the mini catalog); Cherished Memories Rub-Ons. 

Have a fabulous day!  My “Paper Topiary” class is tonight.  If you want to come, please call me.  I have room for more participants.



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Hello gang!

I recently had someone request a “tutorial” on how to use Rub-Ons.  Stampin’ Up! recently began selling some really nice rub-ons.  I have received very positive feedback, and even comments that our Rub-Ons work better than those from the hobby stores!  That’s always nice to know!  I would like to show you some “step-by-step” hints for using rub-ons and some project ideas.   Did any of you earn the FREE run-ons during Sell-A-Bration????  Have you used them yet????  Are they sitting on a shelf calling out your name????  Well…….let’s get busy and I’m sure you will want to purchase some rub-ons from the catalog when we’re done!

  First, choose your rub-ons!  These are Eastern Elegance from our Spring-Summer 2008 Catalog.  (Page 182)

Cut out the word or image that you want to use.

Separate the white, back layer from the top, transparent layer.  Lay the rub-on down and decide on your placement.  Do not apply any pressure at this point in case you decide you don’t like that spot!

Use the popsicle stick provided to rub on the image.  You will carefully rub on all parts of the image without moving the transparent sheet in any way.  As you rub, you may notice that the image begins to change a little bit, somewhat of a “hazy” appearance.  This next photo shows that, but not sure how well you can tell on the computer……

Hope this helps……

Begin to carefully and slowly pull pack the transparent sheet.  If you see that a small part has not “stuck down” all the way, lay it back down and rub a little more with your stick to insure that all parts of the image are secure.

Continue to lift until you have revealed the entire rub-on image.

There is one more step that I like to do after I have removed the top layer.   I take the white layer (the one that you previously separated from the back) and I use the shiny, waxy side to gently rub on top of the image one more time.  This seems to finish it off, or “burnish” it a little bit.  It will also help some of the “white places” around the edges disappear.   This is something that I usually do, but most people don’t probably do this. 

So……practice makes perfect!  Once you get the hang of this, you will love it.  I have experienced best results on flat items, and cardstock.  Especially textured cardstock.  However, I have done some candles, glass votives, and all sorts of things.  Find something laying around the house, and give it some flair with Rub-Ons!!!

Tag, mug, and candle with rub-ons from Sell-A-Bration rub-ons called Love and Happiness.


 Frame (from Wal-Mart) and Votive (from the dollar store) embellished with rub-ons.

Card ideas using Rub-Ons.  These cards are NOT stamped in any way.  They were made using rub-ons and cardstock ONLY.

I hope you have learned something and received a few new ideas.  I will consider more posts using rub-ons another day.  Have a great evening!


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State Bible Drill Results

I couldn’t wait to let you guys know that Sarah earned the honors of “Winner State Perfect” at the State Bible Drill competition on Friday night.  We were so proud of her!!!!  She only missed one last year, but she is somewhat of a perfectionist (not sure where those genes came from) and deeply desired to earn a Perfect Score this year.   She was, and still is, on “cloud 9”.   Many of you probably don’t have any idea what “Bible Drill” is all about.  The children prepare all year long.  There are 4 areas of the drill.   First, they memorize 25 Bible verses and the references.  At the drill, they will randomly select 6 of those 25 to call.  When the reference is called, they have 10 seconds to respond and then they have to quote the verse and the scripture reference.  Secondly, they have 6 calls where they give you the beginning of the verse.   The children have to finish the verse, and also know the scripture reference for that verse.  These verses come from those 25 that I originally memorized.  Thirdly, they have 10 Key Passages from the Bible that they have memorized.  Something like “The Faith Chapter”, and they have to know where that is in the Bible, locate it in the 10 seconds, and then read one verse from that chapter when called upon.  Lastly, they have to know ALL the books of the Bible and be able to find ANY called book in 10 seconds.  Not only that, but they have to be able to say the book before the one called, the book called, and then the book after that.  Well, any of YOU up to the challenge????   It is so stressful on me as a parent, I can barely stand to watch!   I hope I did not bore you, but I wanted each of you to realize what an accomplishment it is for ALL OF THE KIDS….. but hiding God’s word in their hearts is what it is all about.  My older girls can still quote almost all of their verses from the years’ past.   They change the verses up every year on a 3 year cycle, so they continue to learn new things.    It is truly amazing and something that I am so glad that I helped my girls do. 

We also enjoyed some time with my mom — who is looking and feeing great, by the way.  She turned 64 today, so we had a little birthday celebration before heading home.  It was great to come home, but unfortunately I came home to many chores that had to be done!  I hope to stamp some tomorrow, or share another recent project. 

When Allyson got home from her Band Trip tonight, she had bought this HUGE card for Sarah.  If you click on these thumbnails, you can see the words on the card.  Really cute!  It was a tender moment between sisters………and here are the photos!  Can you feel the love????


Oh, forgot to mention that they called a VERY HARD book of the Bible to find in 10 seconds……..it was Amos!  Anyone know where that is???  No cheating…….don’t look in the front of your Bible!!!  How many seconds did it take you????

More tomorrow!  Dawn

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Fun and Fast Long Notes

OK…….here is the second post for tonight.  Make sure you read both (the other one is called Upcoming Classes).  These notecards are made using the versatile stamp set called Fun and Fast Notes.  They are made using 6×6 squares — you can make 4 “long notes” using one 12×12 piece of paper.  We sell envelopes for the Long Notes, too.  This is the last project that I wanted to show you from my Stamp Club on Monday night.  


 OK………so last night this photo did not want to load, so I tried again this morning………here it is!  Have a wonderful day and find some time to do something you LOVE………

I will be out of town for most of the weekend……..I will look forward to catching up with you all on Monday!  Have a great weekend!




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