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Thursday, April 30, 2009
Shackapalooza 2009

I have not posted for a little bit ... mostly because I was either getting ready for Shackapalooza, at Shackapalooza, or recovering from Shackapalooza.

Shackapalooza is our annual gathering of Shackies from the Stamp Shack. This year we once again went to Angola, Indiana at the Potawatami Inn. Think Dirty Dancing and this hotel is just like that one.

I had a blast ... it came and went so fast. Here are some of my pics and favorite memories!

Thursday, April 16, 2009
Funny Story

Instead of posting a project today, I have a very funny papercrafting moment happened to me today that I want to share.

I am trying to complete my Circle Journal
pages (kind of like a scrapbook page) for Shackapalooza that is happening next week.

I have been traveling for work for the past 3 days. Last night I decided to cut out all of the pieces and then today I would just take the pieces and adhesive with me on the plane (no scissors) and assemble.

It was a cramped plane but I managed to pull some stuff out and assemble. The male stewardess walks up and down the aisle and then I could tell he stopped right by me and was staring ... I looked up wondering if I was in trouble or something.

He says "Mam ... aren't you a little OLD to be scrapbooking!!!!" .... I looked at him ... totally stunned and said "NO ... this is what I like to do for my hobby." He walked away ... I was soooo stunned!!! But I also was laughing!!! Am I too old for this??? How old is too old to be scrapbooking???? I AM going to turn 40 this year!!!

I got off the plane and told my boss what happened ... he said you should have said "Aren't you a little MANLY to be a stewardess???"

I hope to be scrapbooking and papercrafting until well into my golden years!!!!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Paper Piecing Bugs


Well it is a cute oops at least .... I stamped ladybugs from Doodle Bugs stamp set on red cardstock and then cut them out. Then I stamped them on the white card base (thus giving you the antena). The great thing about this stamp set is that it stamps the wonderful patterns in addition to the bug. I added some b&w ribbon and flower and button embellishment from the Elizabeth button and blossom collection. The bottom of the card is more of the same red cardstock and the sentiment is from Ordinary Greetings.

Sunday, April 12, 2009
Have You Downloaded the FREE paper at TAC yet?

Well what are you waiting for???

There are a total of 5 designs. The PDF that you download allows you to print them on 8 1/2" x 11" paper. But wait .. it gets better ... you can print them out on white ... or on any other colored paper or cardstock for even more variety! Click HERE for more info on this wonderful download.

Rustic Swirly Gigs

So right away I noticed that this page used my favorite of the swirls that TAC has, Swirly Gigs. I printed this pattern out on pink cardstock. I used this Swirly Gigs as well on my circle as an accent and colored in the open ares with my black tombow marker to match the pattern. I used Ordinary Greetings for my sentiment. Both of these were stamped with Palette Noir and then I also sponged all of the edges both of the circle and the outer edge of the pink cardstock to continue with the "grunge" look and feel. The circle was tied with black scrappers floss and was then mounted on a scallop circle of black. The pink cardstock was also matted on black. I think it looks just stunning ... who would have thought that this could be done be printing out cardstock in your printer ... Brilliant!

Just Because Floral

I printed this pattern out on natural kraft cardstock. I love the look of this on that cardstock. I then stamped the new hostess set Flower Labels on another piece of kraft with the label outline, sentiment and single flower using Palette Noir ink. I thought these seem to go together nicely! And since we are talking flowers why not add some from the blossoms and button collections. Here I mixed and matched a bunch of different kinds and colors from 3 separate sets: Elizabeth, Sophia, and Hillary. For the thread in the button, I cut a sliver of the kraft and threaded it through the button. An excellent tip for when you just can't find the perfect shade of thread ;) I mounted the pattern paper onto a green cardstock that matched the flower and then onto black cardstock.

Well I hope this inspires you to download these files ... and most importantly fire up your printer and start playing!


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