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A Week?

It's really been a week since I've posted?  Wow!  Just proof that summer is flying by! I'm in the midst of getting my Design/ Creative Team projects completed before heading out to Alabama on Friday...look out beach, here comes a really white girl :)  Our friends poke fun and literally call me 'white girl', but I don't care.  Being fair-skinned has it's advantages and disadvantages...just seems like there are a lot more disadvantages LOL.  A couple of years ago I went to a Beauti-Control party and the consultant did the 'black light' test.  I was amazed to see the number of ladies with large areas of green splotches (i.e. sun damage) all over their faces.  When she did mine?  A couple of small spots where zits were....so ha!  Hopefully when I'm 80 I'll look 50...in the meantime, I can deal with the jokes and grief.
In the past two days I've received my July Design Team kits from Back Porch Memories and Your Scrapbook Stash.  Oh. My. Goody-…

Many things to share!

{#1 ANNIVERSARY} Today, my sweet hubby and I celebrate our 20th Anniversary!  I know you're saying "but, Shellye, you look way too young to have been married that long" hehehe (I was only 10 when I got married *wink*)  The time has definitely flown by...whew!  We're not novices at this marriage thing, that is for sure.  Good times and rough times, and we're a stronger couple now because of all of the times.   ♥ So, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Honey!  You are my rock and I Love You ♥
{#2 I'm a Stash Girl!} I've had the badge up on my side-bar for a couple of days, but I haven't officially announced my new Design Team stint.  I'm so very, VERY happy to be a part of the July-December 2011 Your Scrapbook Stash Design Team...I'm a STASH GIRL :)  Lots and lots of fun and cool things that we'll be sharing in the upcoming months.  The thing that I love most about YSS, is the encouragement of all things paper...and I'm all about all things paper!  If you fo…

Rockin' the USA...in calico and butterflies

I've had this set of papers from Close to My Heart for about three years now...looked too pretty to cut.  But with Independence Day right around the corner, I wanted to make a sweet banner using the calico and butterfly papers (officially named Blue Ribbon).  Micheal's carries all different shapes of chipboard (more like paste-board, but a little heavier than a bakery box) like stars, hearts, purses, houses, etc, so I bought a couple of different shapes, one of them being the stars.   I made the little pennants too, so they'd match the papers.  I have the easiest way to construct these babies...wanna see?  (not that this is rocket science, but anyway...)  I used a chipboard star.  You can use any size and don't forget about those stencils that you could trace as well.   Step 2:  Fold the desired paper in half (great for scraps).  Align the star up with the crease and then trace. Finally, coat one side with glue and insert a toothpick snug to the crease.  That's it...so…

I've been a busy little bee...with Ippity!

I received my first set of stamps from I Heart {Ippity}this morning...wow...wow.  Unity Stamp Company brings beauty to red rubber like no other (no rhyme intended).  Such fine detail, it's like an expensive piece of artwork!  Click on the link above to view the latest and greatest of Unity Stamps. ♥ Here are the stamps that I'll be working with for July ♥  This stamp came by itself, so my initial intent was to simply stamp the image onto a piece of paper so that I could share it with you.  Well, I grabbed a shipping tag and of course the first impression was not great, so I flipped it over and stamped the other side...not so great either, but better (you know how that is).  The next tag turned out just right!  With the coloring of the tag (like old parchment) and the quote in a soft brown, I just couldn't leave it at that...so, off to work I went.   After stamping the image: 1- Distress the edges of the tag with various inks (I used Tim Holtz' Broken China, Fired Brick, Wa…

Two Cards...One Sketch

Hellerrr!   (a greeting spoken by Tyler Perry's Madea...I couldn't resist) I've been trying to get at this card sketch for the last couple of days.  I had in mind that one of my cards (as you have to make two using the sketch) would be for my dad's day!  I loveeee my daddy :)  He is my biggest fan...always comes into the house and wants to see what I've made lately...sweet ♥ Here is the sketch from Ally Scraps Blog My first take on the sketch is as-is: Products used: Patterned papers, die-cut accent by Collage Press/Pink Paislee I printed the journaling onto Kraft paper using Monterey Font and added round letter stickers by October Afternoon (onto foam dots)   Chipboard frame by Maya Road.  I painted it with an apple green acrylic paint and popped it onto foam dots as well. Kraft border by Close to My Heart. Other items: satin ribbon, vintage crochet thread and various buttons
For the second card, you had to use a mirror image of the sketch or flip it some way...I went verti…

What a BUSY, BUSY Wednesday!

Creeeaaakk...did you hear that?  It was the sound of my bones trying to remember how to stand after sitting all day.  Man, I've been busy since 8:00 A.M.  I finished a large order of "On The Fringe" crepe paper trim and made several BRAND NEW color schemes for Dot & Whimsy.  I know crafters and I know that crafters like to start on their Fall/Winter projects early :)  So, I made up these themes:  ♥Boo Parade:  orange, jet black and white ♥Frank In Tux: grape, spring green and white ♥Green-Eyed Monster: spring green, jet black and white ♥Autumn Leaves: orange, sunny yellow and brown ♥Turkey Day: orange, brown and cream  And of course, since we haven't even started the Summer season yet, I also added: ♥Lemon Chiffon: sunny yellow, pale yellow and white ♥Pinata Party: blueberry, orange and spring green ♥Grand Old Flag: strawberry, royal blue and white ♥Bumble Bee: sunny yellow, jet black and white ♥Lady Bug: strawberry, jet black and white Looks so cool on baskets, treat boxes …

I Heart Ippity!

Yay!  It's official...I can now announce that I've been selected as one of five I Heart {Ippity} Creative Team members...I'm so excited!  Our leader, Heather, is one of 64 specially selected The Unity Stamp Company endorsed Ippity Chicks worldwide...you can only get the fabulous Unity stamps via an endorsed Ippity Chick :) Each week we will be sharing our projects using Unity stamps, as well as hosting blog hops and challenges along the way.  You can find us at  I Heart {Ippity} Can't wait until I get to work with these awesome stamps and awesome team ♥ I have another bit of exciting news to share, but again, I'll have to save it until a little later.
No more work for me this week!  I'm trying to finish up a project that I started on Sunday, in hopes of getting it completed in time for a challenge deadline. Then I have a couple of orders to get out for Dot & Whimsy, need to get the oil changed in my car and I've gotta make a trip to Sam's sometime and g…

Well it's all over...

...this year's dance season, that is!  We have a small dance studio here in town and the most talented and gifted instructor.  Every year she just gets better and better with her recital productions.  The theme for 2010 was "Alice in Wonderland" and it was a-m-a-z-i-n-g.  I can honestly say that I have never, ever watched any form of AIW in its entirety...not a Disney Movie or even the one with Johnny Depp...bits and pieces, but I've never sat the entire way through :/ Christina, who played Alice, was perfect...the girl is just a natural dancer (and the instructor's sister).  She's been invited to go to NYC and spend the day working with the Rockettes!  Sydnee also received her 5th Year of Dance trophy and plans to keep on going.  She aspires to be a dancer just.like.Christina :)  
Sydnee (front-center) just one of several cute mice! The Queen of Hearts was amazing too!  Sydnee (second from right in yellow).  See Alice?  Beautiful! After the recital, we gathere…

Operation: We R Grateful

I saw this on We R Memory Keeper's website and thought 'what a tremendously COOL idea'...anything that supports our troops and their families I'm all for and I figured that you probably would be too :)
 Who: Anyone and everyone can get involved! However, the Cruise giveaway does have a few requirements; please see the Rules and Regulations section below for details.What: Send us blank homemade cards for the troops with yourENTRY FORM(Please see the guidelines below or click here)The categories of cards are: Birthday, Love (Anniversary or Miss You), Thank You, Thinking of you, Get well, and Major Holidays. - You can also send "Any Hero" cards which are cards with notes inside of them from you to the troops. These are a great way to get your children involved - the troops love to hear from them, and love to receive your encouraging words of motivation, cheer and comfort. "Any Hero" cards are also perfect for LARGE community events, where you are trying…

Inside & Out

Ahhhh, sitting here in the A/C with my little fan blowing a cool breeze and sipping on a raspberry lemonade from Dairy Queen...love the little things like this ♥ Right now I'm working on a grunge mini scrapbook, using stripped cardboard as the base pages...thanks Von for the inspiration! I'll be decorating the pages with the June Studio Calico Kit featuring Rocket Age papers and embellishments from October Afternoon.  It's a great day to be toiling away indoors.
I finished the July Sketch from Back Porch Memories last night...it turned out so cute :) I like to follow the "Rule of 3" when crafting or even decorating my home.  When I started the page, I had a sweet kraft border sticker from CTMH and journal tag from Maya Road;  but I needed one more thing to complete the 'kraft' theme and I really wanted to add a couple of flourishes.  After hunting through all of my supplies I didn't come up with anything, so I figured that I'd make my own...why not? H…

Love a Seamstress?

Paper Crafts is hosting  "The World of the Seamstress" Give-A-Way....WOW!  Look at all of this amazing stuff that 10 lucky winners will receive.  I'm lovin' all of the fun and clever 'seamstress' designs that are out there these days.  Want to enter for a chance to win? Just click on the link above before 11:59 P.M. (MDT) on June 13th...good luck!

Redo Saturday

Busy day yesterday!  The roofers were here at sun-up and had our old roof off and new one on by 4:00...wow, I wish that I could move like that LOL  They did have to replace some of the decking around the chimney and boards on the facing, so all-in-all they were lightening fast.  We're hoping with the shingle upgrade and roof vent that we'll stay cooler and save some moolah in the meantime :)  I decided to re-do the Elle's 6-2 Thursday Challenge.  You know when something doesn't grab you, and the original layout that I created just didn't grab me!  Here is the re-do and the one that I submitted for the challenge
The Red Robin received an invitation yesterday to be a sponsor for the Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair in Kansas City on July 10th.  I'll be sending some Ruffled Crepe Trim for them to decorate with!  I'm so excited to get some exposure in a non-Etsy environment :) If you're in the area, please check them out!
Also on July 9th & 10th, mark your…

Fun & Fabulous Friday

What a wonderful day!  I love it when I get right up in the morning and set to task...it just makes the day go much smoother.  I don't know why, but I can be quite pessimistic about going to the grocery store;  I'll put it off until I can't put it off any longer.  Today, I went early.  When I go early, I beat the Friday crowd!  Plus I got the bank deposit made and graduation cards mailed...what a sense of accomplishment.  And I topped the day off by completing the latest sketch challenge from Creative Scrappers...whew!  


My take is somewhat different, but I really like the way it turned out.   Supplies: Patterned papers by October Afternoon and Studio Calico Kraft paper by Studio Calico Fabric Thicker Letters by American Crafts Corrugated Alpha Letters by Making Memories Wooden Buttons by Close To My Heart Butterfly by K& Co Font LB Kerri Other: vintage crochet thread and punched butterflies ************************************************************************ I revamped my Pho…