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October 2012

The circle of life

My sweet girl and crafting buddy went to Heaven yesterday. After a 6-month battle with Lymphoma, Kayla is finally at peace.  I miss her deeply.  My heart is broken and my emotions are raw, so I am taking just a short hiatus from crafting to re-group.

Thank you to all of you who have emailed me offering your support in the past.  I am profoundly grateful for your kind words.

I'll be back soon.

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Fabric Wallet

Oh yea!  It's time for anther Kelley Creation!  You should see my collection of fabulous fabric beauties in my craft room now.  I know I say how much I love each of Kelley's items in every post and it may be getting redundant...but I really do!  These things may be easy for some people to recreate, but not me.  Despite the fact that I have a sewing machine, it doesn't mean we work well together!  Sewing for Kelley is easy.  Sewing for Mary Ann is stressful.  That's why I love my Kelley Creations so much!

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Look at the awesome chiffon flower with the antique brad in the center! So pretty! And the colors of the are perfect for Spring or Fall.  The fabric she used is called Floral District (#126893) and incorporates some great colors such as Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango.  They look great together!

Here's the bad of today I'm out of Kelley Creations to show you.  I need to tell her to get working on more things!

Enjoy your day.

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Paper fruit and terra cotta pots

I love when I come across an idea that makes me smile.  Today's project is one of them. Inspired by the talented Melissa Davies, these 3-D projects have been a hit with my stampers.

PumpkinThis adorable paper pumpkin came together in a snap.  I purchased small terra cotta pots from a local craft store for .69 each.  Using mini glue dots at the top and bottom of each strip, I glue the strips on the inside and bottom of the pot. For this particular size pot, it took 15 strips of 1/2" x 4" pieces.

AppleMy next piece of fruit was intended to be an apple, although my husband thinks it resembles a tomato more.  Whatever!  I used 22 strips of paper on this one just to see how it would look without the gaps between paper.  While I don't mind the look of the apple (or tomato) I think I prefer the gaps on the pumpkin!

These projects are a great way to use your scraps of designer series paper that you've been hoarding.  Wouldn't these be great centerpieces for the holidays? Or, place tags on the table?  There are various sized pots available at the store so you could have all sorts of fruit on the table!

The center "stem" is a cookie stick (sold in packs of 25 and 60 in various sizes).  I also got these from the craft store.  They come in white so I rolled them in my Early Espresso ink pad (the new pads make this VERY easy to do).  I had colored sticks in seconds!  I used a hot glue gun on the bottom to secure the stick inside.

So go get out those scraps and get gluing!  These come together quickly and easily.  These can be filled with sugary treats or anything else that will fit within the pot.  Have fun with it!

Have a blessed day!  Thanks for visiting!

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My Pinterest Case and a Kelley Creation

I've had to restrict my time on Pinterest because like so many other inspirational websites, this one can consume HOURS of my time without me realizing it. However, the flip side to that is that I come across fantastic ideas!  The papercrafting ideas are limitless.  Some are over the top and some are more subtle. 

My card today is a case (copy and share everything) from Pinterest on the more subtle side.  I loved the clean, simple look of this card. This was made for my friend and demonstrator, Cassandra.  I typically like a lot of embellishments and layers, but I was drawn to the simplicity of this.  The white on white with just a touch of color is always a classy look.

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The flower image is from the  beautiful Summer Silhouettes stamp set and the sentiment is from Bring on the Cake, a huge 13 piece word set dedicated especially for birthdays.  Between these two sets, endless birthday cards can be made.  Like the splash of color?  That's Raspberry Ripple, a new In Color. SO pretty!

Happy Birthday, Cassandra! 

And, as promised yesterday, I have a very special Kelley Creation to show you.  If you are new to my blog, a Kelley Creation is a one-of-a-kind fabric delight created by my dear friend Kelley Banducci.  In addition to stamping, Kelley rocks the sewing machine by creating beautiful and functional fabric projects using Stampin' Up! fabric and accessories. Check out her latest creation:

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Isn't this fantastic?  I LOVE it!

The fabric used on the checkbook cover is Summer Smooches fabric (#125411).  It's so playful and fun.  Notice the fabulous flower on the front?  She created it using theFun Flower Bigz Die (#121812).  (Yes, Big Shot dies cut fabric too!)

Like the products you see here?  Visit my online store...and don't forget the Clearance Rack!

Thanks for visiting!

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It's been quite on the blog but anything but quiet in the stamp room.  Over the past couple of weeks classes, clubs, workshops and team meetings have been on the calendar keeping me and my stamps busy.  It's a most wonderful time of year!

On Saturday I had the pleasure of holding a workshop for Glenda and her friends.  Her request was to showcase the Holiday Frame Embossing folder on page 7 of the holiday catalog.  The majority of samples I have seen using this folder have been Christmas related, but I decided to change things up a bit and celebrate the current season - Fall! 

There a lots of fun elements on this card which gave Glenda and her guests the opportunity to use the Big Shot with various accessories - Framelits, Edgelits, Embossing Folder, and a Bigz Die.  Now THAT was fun! But, what I think is the most interesting element is the Early Espresso Core'dinations paper with the embossing folder - awesome!  I love the vintage look it produced (and so did they)!  And of course, how can you go wrong with a touch of Champagne glitter paper!

I have several days worth of posts all lined up so I don't leave you hanging for weeks at a time again.  I even have more "Kelley Creations"!  Yes, my good friend and fellow demonstrator, Kelley Banducci, has graced my mailbox with more fabric goodies.  I'll showcase one of them tomorrow so you don't have to wait too long to see them.  You won't be disappointed.

Thank you for your patience! I look forward to having you back again tomorrow.

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