Tart and Tangy!


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 My newest project!  Don’t you love it?  I think it might be one of my all-time favorites!  The bright colors are so, so fun!  If you want to see each individual card up close, you can click on the links above.  This card and box set will be my next class on Thursday, April 17th.  The class will cost $25.  Your “goody bag” will include the Tart and Tangy die-cut stamp set (you do not have to cut it out!!!!), the Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper pack, all supplies to make these 5 cards, 5 envelopes and all supplies to make the box.   You will also receive a color copy of the cards, and a box template.   If you can not attend the class, you can order the “kit” of supplies and make it at home!    You will need to provide your own adhesive, paper trimmer, and scoring blade for this class.   Please RSVP if you plan to attend.  There are 15 spaces available for this class.

 Just for fun………I want to see who is actually reading my blog………I will offer 25% off on all orders today and today only!  There are no limitations.  This is NOT an April Fool’s joke………..promise! 

That’s all for today!  I made some other stuff today, but you’ll have to keep checking back this week to see it all……….have a great day!  Dawn

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Weekend Review

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Hello friends!  It was another busy weekend (really starting on Thursday) at our house, but now here we are facing another Monday.  I told someone last week that we should just call it another name and maybe it wouldn’t “seem” like a Monday.  Maybe I will try it sometime.  But for now, guess we will tackle another Monday on the calendar. 

Thursday was the Middle School track meet hosted by our district.  Lindsey ran the hurdles.  The evening was fun, including my shift in the Concession stand.  We finished clean up and then homework (yes, after the track meet!) by about 11:30 p.m.  Friday got even more interesting when the baby decided to spike a fever (for no apparent reason, per the doctor) and added a little more excitement to my life.  Started a round of antibiotics, but Saturday he woke up “good as new”.  Whatever!  Saturday started with the High School Track Meet (Allyson pole vaulted)  so that started us off bright and early at 8:30 am URGHH!  Then I had a bridal shower that I helped host (much more fun than the track meet), followed by working on a 3-D CELL science project……….are you getting the picture???  Sunday was equally as crowded, but filled with many special moments.   One of the highlights was Sarah participating in the church Bible Drill Competition.  This is big time HARD if you have never heard of this.  She only missed one call out of 24.  They are timed and have to respond to each call in a matter of seconds.  It is very stressful, but such a valuable thing for Sarah.  Allyson and Lindsey participated in grades 4-6 also, and they still remember scriptures  they memorized.  It is truly hidden in their hearts forever when it is committed to memory!  She now advances to the Regional Drill and will travel on to the State Drill in Dallas.  I will send a photo of that in April!

 Well, I promise to not give you blow by blow of every day………most of you are probably not that interested, but I hope it is fun to feel a part of the family somtimes!

Now for the Stampin’ Up! project!


I made this card a long time ago, but it is still one of my favorites!  I love the set, the papers, the colors, and the BLING!  Yes, Stampin’ Up! is getting even more trendy with their Rhinestone brads (in circle and squares).  If you would like to come to a Stampin’ Up! workshop, be a part of a Stampin’ Club, or talk to me about Stampin’ Up! please let me know.  It is one of my favorite things in life!  I have been a demonstrator for 10 years, and I can’t imagine my life without stamps, ink, and paper! 

Supplies used:  Stamps:  Ginormous Flowers; Paper:  Taken with Teal, Whisper White, Designer Series Paper Flowers for You; Ink:  Tempting Turqoise, Taken with Teal, Old Olive;  Accessories: 5-Petal flower Punch; White Grosgrain ribbon,  “Ice” circle rhinestone brad.

Upcoming classes:  This Thursday, April 3rd (Badge Book and 3 cards);  Thursday April 17th (Tart and Tangy class);  Tuesday, April 29th (Paper Topiary Class)  Photos online this week for these last 2 classes!  Promise!

More tomorrow!  Dawn

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You’re an Angel!


I was reminded this weekend, that there are alot of “angels” in my life.  Many of you have been my earth angels during trying times and seasons of sadness.  I am so thankful for each of you……….so I’m sending this card your way!  We all have times of moutains and times of valleys.  I am constantly being lifted up by people here on earth that help me through the times when I am in the valley.  I love you all!

We are on our way to evening church, but I have had such a busy life since Thursday that I have not been able to blog.  I have several things “ready” to show you this week, so I am excited to start posting again!  I will give you some family updates this week and share more later! 

Thanks for being an angel in my life!  I hope that you will bless someone this week by being an angel in their life, too!

Love, Dawn

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My next class…

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Good morning!  I survived my busy Wednesday, and now I can’t wait  to share with you my next class that I am offering.  I have an extra special treat for you, too!  First, we will be making a Badge Book and 3 cards.  Some of you missed making the badge book in the fall and others have requested a “repeat” of this fun class.  You can clip them onto your purse or tote bag and show off your kids (or grandkids!).  You will be using a new Simply Scrappin’ Kit called Summer Days.   It is bold and bright and really “tropical” looking.  You will not be STAMPING anything!  That seems a little weird for me to tell you, I suppose, but that means it will be quick and easy and fun and stress-free!  So, are you ready to sign up?  Let me give you the details, and then PLEASE send me an e-mail if you plan to attend.  You must RSVP because I only have 16 spots available for this class. 

 Date:  Thursday, April 3rd, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Place:  Dawn’s house, Lorena, TX

Price:  $15  (Includes all supplies for the badge book and 3 cards, envelopes, snacks, door prizes and lots of fun!!) 

RSVP:  jdderrick@sbcglobal.net

 SPECIAL TREAT:  I hope you didn’t forget that I was offering a really special treat……my neighbor will be coming over and pampering you all with Spa Products from Beauticontrol.  She also has a home based business and wanted to come over and treat all of you to a “ladies night out” in a BIG WAY!  You will all go home relaxed and amazed at how wonderful her products are, too!

 Have a great day, and sign up for the class right away!


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Wednesday Wildness!

I don’t know about your place….but Wednesdays seem to get a little wild!  We just seem to be a little more hurried and starting to think about the weekend, but we’re only half way through the week!  Tonight at church we have a Missions Emphasis with our children that I have done alot of work on, so I am excited to see how the evening goes and if my “plans” pan out OK!   I am subbing this week in the High School Ag Dept.  Those of you that know me as the “city girl” from Dallas can get a good laugh at that one!   It is actually pretty calm back in the Ag shop so I am getting some scrapbooking done and getting paid to do it!  🙂   We watched videos on how to classify plants,  how to safely use LARGE metal power tools, and something else that I can’t even remember — shows you how interesting it was to me.  Hope it gets more exciting today! 

 Mark you calendar for these future stamp class dates:  April 3, April 17, April 29   All classes will be at 6:30 at my house.   Photos and details to follow by the end of the week, so keep checking back with me!


 I found a few minutes tonight to hide in my little stamp room and make this little notepad.  It was so quick and easy.  No more than 5 minutes from start to finish.  This is a miniature composition book, probably picked it up at a dollar store.   I cut 2 rectangles for the front and back, rounded the corners, and glued it on with a glue stick!  The stamped image is from Tart and Tangy and the paper is our new Designer Series Paper called summer picnic.  They go together nicely, but not ALL the images on the papers are fruits.  Just FYI.  Be watching for the class using this paper and this set on Thursday, April 17th.   It is going to be one of your favorites!  Oh, did you notice the shiny finish on the cherries???  I put a little bit of Crystal Effects on them……..nice touch to an already adorable journal!

 Thanks for all of your sweet comments about the blog.  I am working to learn more and more about how to do all of this!   Dawn

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Just Like You!


I love these cards!  I love this stamp set!  If you know me well, you know that I like all flower sets……but I really love these tiny little “dainty” flowers best of all!  This is one of the simplest little cards ever!  You can make these with any color scheme using our Prints Designer Series Papers.  These are available in 16 of our most popular Stampin’ Up! colors.  Here you see Soft Sky and Groovy Guava and the matching Double Stitched Ribbon.  The secret to this card — the reason the flowers “POP” — is the White Gel Pen that I used to put a tiny dot in the center of each flower.  Coundn’t be easier!   The words that actually come in this stamp set say “i just love you!” and “it’s just like you to be so nice!”  The other images in the set are lovely, too.  This is our featured Ronald McDonald House set.  Stampin’ Up! will donate $2 from the sale of each JUST LIKE YOU stamp set.  Want one???  Call me!

Supplies:  Stamp sets:  Just Like You, All Holidays (happy birthday) and Short & Sweet (thank you); cardstock and ribbons as mentioned above.

That’s all for now!  Enjoy your day!  I am having a pretty busy week (are you surprised?) so I won’t get to do much stamping this week 🙁  Hopefully I can play with new stuff really soon.  I am also working to prepare things for my next 3 classes here at the house.  You will love them!  More later….


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Good morning!


 I don’t know how the weather is holding up where you live………but it is gorgeous here in Texas.  A little cool, but sunny and gorgeous!  I love this time of year!  If it would only last a little longer…….

 We had a lovely Easter, and I couldn’t resist including a few of my favorite photos!  After church, we had a delicious lunch at Grammy’s house and then played outside with all the kids (old and young alike).  We made tons of photos and my scrapbook pages should be great this year.  We were blessed with sunny skies and NO RAIN (although predicted for the entire day!)   I can only hope your day was as good as mine!  I am still trying to figure out all the photo stuff — sometimes these photos look blurry, but they are clear as a bell when you click on them…………not sure what to do, so guess I will have to enlist some technology help from someone! 


 This is our sweet baby Malachi.  He is 10 months old today!  He is a very good boy, but very spoiled!  He loves the girls so much!  They have made him rotten….not me, but them!  He made our Easter festivities just a little more fun.  It seems the holidays are always more precious when we see the sparkle in a young one’s eyes!

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Our Stampin’ Up! project is a cute little candy holder.  It holds a Ghirardelli chocolate — the big kind!  They sell for 99 cents at the Target counter.  You can probably find them elsewhere, but that is where I get them.  I have the pattern for this available and would gladly send it to you if you just e-mail me.  I know there is probably a way to attach it to this blog, but I don’t know how to do that just yet!  Please help me out and just send me an e-mail if you want to have the dimensions and instructions.   The patterned paper and the flowers stamped at the bottom are from our new Mini Catalog.  This catalog has lots to offer……….check it out on our website.  www.stampinup.com  You can see our entire collection online!  The large flower is not available any more.  It was one of our featured stamp sets that you could earn for FREE during Sell-a-Bration.  I am sorry to say that this promotion is over, but we have a great NEW promotion where you can get a WHEEL for free.  You can see all the details on our website, or call me for more information.

Supplies used:   Stamp Set:  Just Celebrate, So Many Scallops, Little Pieces; Cardstock:  Whisper White, Certainly Celery,  Bashful Blue, Ink:  Real Red, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery; Accessories:  Brad, Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Designer Series Paper:  Summer Picnic.

I hope that you are enjoying the projects.  More tomorrow!


Love, Dawn

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Easter Blessings!

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 Today is Easter!  Today is the day we celebrate the risen Savior!  I hope that each of you can rejoice in this and that you have a blessed day with your family or friends and that you have time to reflect on what this day means to you personally.

 I wish that I could personally send cards to each of you, but please accept this “e-card” and enjoy the wishes sent your way.

Today’s card is an “Acetate Card” or a “Transparency Card”.  Some call it different names.  We also made an acetate card (different card) at my March Stamp Club.  These are made with clear transparencies (the kind you run through a copier) and can be purchased at any office supply place.  They do not photograph well, but they are beautiful and elegant in real life.  You need to use StazOn Ink to stamp directly on the transparency.  The stamping on the cardstock is done just like any other card.  You can see more detailed directions and other samples on Split Coast Stampers or contact me personally for more information.  They are NOT HARD……..they just look that way:)  These make lovely Christmas cards, for those of you that want to start planning ahead!

Supplies used:  Stamps:  Refuge and Strength, God’s Blessings, All Holidays; Ink:  StazOn White, Going Gray,  Basic Black; Cardstock:  Brushed Silver, Basic Black, Whisper White;  Other:  Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brad, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Two-Way Glue.

I wil have gorgeous Easter photos for you tomorrow!   Have a happy day!

“He is Risen!  He is risen, Indeed!”

Love, Dawn

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What a busy day!

all-the-eggs.jpgHello everyone!  We have had a busy day (yesterday, too) so I didn’t have time to post last night.  We did some fun “spring” shopping yesterday since the kids were out of school.  We did the “family thing” with all 6 of us shopping………very rare for us……..and it had it’s moments.   Our main goal was to find shoes for Allyson and she has a narrow foot.  Any of you have those problems?  Well, just imagine trying to find an adolescent girl some attractive church shoes that meet her criteria and then she needs a narrow.  It is just not that fun!  However, we were successful and we also found some cute clothes for all of the girls (and Malachi, too!).  All in all, a very fun day.  But the best part was that I concluded the day by going scrapbooking at Crop-Paper-Scissors (our local scrapbooking store) with my neighbor.  We had a ton of fun and we got alot of pages done! 

 So, today we helped a family in our church with their yardwork.  They are retired missionaries, and they donated money for Allyson and Lindsey’s trip to Nicaragua in exchange for their help on the yard.  Charles, Allyson, and Lindsey will go with our Youth Group in July — more on that trip as it nears.  Right now, our main focus is earning money to pay for them to go.  So, we do work projects almost every week in hopes of earning more money.

The highlight of the day was dying eggs.  We had not done this in a few years, so they all wanted to do it this year.  They had alot of fun.  This picture shows the finished products! You will notice some very creative artwork including a cow egg and a flamingo egg! 



Today’s Stampin’ Up! project is a journal that we made at our February Stamp Club.  It is a blank unlined  journal purchased from Bare Books.  www.barebooks.com    They are inexpensive, come in a variey of sizes, and come with journaling lines as well.  They are a paper type of finish, not glossy, and PERFECT for stamping.  I covered the spine of the book with Designer Series Paper and used Sticky Strip to hold it down firm.  The paper I used is RETIRED (shame on me!) but other papers will look great, too!   These make excellent gifts for friends, teachers, and co-workers. 

Supplies used:  Stamp sets:  Big Pieces, Little Pieces, Taffy Alphabet (my new favorite!); Ink pads:  Purely Pomegranate, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava;  Double Stitched Ribbon:  Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava;  Accessories:  Horizontal Slot Punch, Sticky Strip

Happy Easter!

Love, Dawn

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Thank You!


Thank you for checking out my new blog!  This card was one that we made at the February Stamp Camp.  It is a simple card using 1″ strips of patterned paper.  The image is from one of our hostess stamp sets.  You earn hostess sets by having a workshop (your place OR mine!) or collecting orders of $150 or more.   Don’t want to clean your house???  Have it at mine!  Don’t want to have a party???  Pass around a FREE catalog from me, and you can have this hostess set and some other goodies, too!

 What is a Stamp Camp?  It is a fun time of gathering together and making papercraft projects.  Sometimes we make cards, but sometimes it is a 3D project, or a combination of the two.  It is a cheap way to try out new projects and supplies.  I always pre-cut all paper and give you directions and patterns as necessary.  Watch for future dates.  I have plans for 3 classes in April.  I also provide yummy home-made snacks!  I am fully convinced that some people come just for the food………

 I hope you have a blessed Easter weekend and take lots of great photos!


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