... just a few of the many things I MUST get done!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

We "escaped!"

I spent two creative days at Paula Kay's house, playing with paper.  The Angel Company provided us with a set of ideas using new stamp sets from our Serendipity 2010 catalogue, and some wonderful new projects and techniques.  The packet of ideas they shared had so much in it that we were unable to complete many of the projects, although we did our best.  I have a few projects completed ... and some almost completed ... I will post pix as I do get them done!  I really loved projects # 6 - a beach themed group that used my favorite paper collection Amberley Grace!  These are the projects as shown by TAC

I dipped into my frame box and came up with a suitable  substitute for the white frame in the picture.  Our frame was smaller so the giant starfish (which I couldn't find anyway) would have dwarfed it.  We did have a few shells and some half marbles in "beachy" colors - we hit my favorite "dollar store" after lunch on Friday for the marbles, I already had the frames purchased from the same favorite "dollar store" ... you all know the one.  Lots of my alterables come from there.  I am PERFECTLY happy with our "substitutes."

The stamps in the photo frame were a gift from my good friend, George Bowman - he knew how much I loved lighthouses!  I was working on this project when I got word that George had passed away!

Next on our agenda was a "tool jar" made from a re-purposed jar.  TAC used a plastic jar from Bazzill Bitty Blossoms.  I really love Mischelle's little "bling" bracelet on her jar!
Since all of our bitty blossom jars had been repurposed already - I have two or three with stuff already stored in them - I thought of the octagonal jelly jars that mom has been carefully saving for me over the years.
My jar is almost complete and will be posted here when it is!

The next two projects we didn't even attempt to make - although both are wonderful, and the ideas will be stored for future reference - anyone up for "going to the beach"?  (Yes, I am - we'll be heading to the Texas coast in May!)

This skinny mini of a book is half of a Pemberley Bay matchbook.  When my personal pix are ready for this - pictures from our OBX vacation in May 2009 - I will add them to this little "skinny mini!"  Too cute!

Card Club meeting a success!

The first meeting of the Card Club for Spring 2010 turned out to be a success, although small.  I did have one new "baby" stamper - first time - but even she learned to love what we were doing.  She told me last night that she shared one of her first cards with a friend, and she too was excited.  I may be taking a trip to Dripping Springs to continue to "spread the love" of crafting with her friends! 

The next card club meeting will be on the 4th Wednesday of February.  We will be creating - all occasion cards.  I have some ideas, but nothing firmed up yet.  Will keep you posted when ideas take firm shape.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Links added to right side bar

I was able to add the link for January Stamp of the Month, January Vintage Set, and Stamp spree to Special Promotions list on right side bar.  I tried yesterday, but the links didn't work.  I had much better luck today!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Card Club - January 27, 2010

Our "Card Club" class will begin on January 27 at 2:00 or 6:00 p.m.  Fee is $10, but I again have a SPECIAL for Card Club.  If you register for 4 card club classes (Jan - April), then the 5th class (May) is FREE! If you find that you cannot attend one of the classes (or any of them for that matter) but would like to make the projects, you can order a pre-stamped kit for $12.  The kit will come with directions for the projects too!

Please RSVP no later than Monday, Jan 25 at noon!

Here are the 5 birthday cards we will be making in January:

Serendipity Street -

For those who are anxiously waiting to see the new publication - like I was - I will be scanning and posting some complete pages.  Out first scan is of page 8.  The set is called English Everyday Cuties.  When the "Escape" bundle photos were published, this set was on the list but no photo was available.  It made me speculate because of the inclusion of the word "English" - I had all kinds of thoughts, none of which turned out to be true.  They included the word "English" in the set as you will see because there is also a set of the sentiments in Spanish.  You will see it at the bottom of the page in purple.  Now, if you want you can make your cards in Spanish too! 

Friday, January 15, 2010

Serendipity Street 2010 has arrived!

My copies of the new Serendipity Street magalogue arrived here on Thursday afternoon.  I was snuggled in my bed watching television when I heard the UPS man on the porch.  Even though it was nice and warm in the bed, I couldn't wait to see the new magalogue.  It was worth the trek to the front door ... the magalogue is beautiful!!!!  

Our old favorites from Serendipity 09 are there!  Plus a bunch of great new sets as well!  And lots of design ideas and projects too!

We now carry the Wizard Die Cutting System!  Our inventory includes 6 Nestabilities (I already own 3 of them) and 4 Impressionabilities (embossing plates). 

We also have the Copic markers!

I will spend some time at the scanner today, and begin posting pages of the Serendipity tomorrow!

I've been busily updating and recovering our Collector's Club Journal.  The program I used to write the pages corrupted when I got my new TERABYTE harddrive in October...when the new version arrived it wouldn't read the old files because Broderbund had changed all the file extensions!  But as of just a little while ago, all of the pages are now safely stored as PDF's and I won't have that issue again!  It's a good thing I "love" to type, huh?  You can expect the update for your books in February!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

It's not to late ...

There are still seats available for the "Escape the Winter Blues" Retreat at the Hilton Garden Inn in Temple, Feb. 19 - 21.  For information about this event and the Heart of Texas Scrapbook Club, see our website at

Friday, January 8, 2010

RSVP's needed

Please RSVP by Monday if you plan to attend TECH Squad next week on Wednesday!

Serendipity Street 2010

Mischelle posted a picture of the fabulously beautiful new Serendipity Street 2010 today - I can't wait to see it! I should be getting my copy when I place our order next week!

Sneak peek # 7

T 3254 Wonder and Joy

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Brrr! It's cold!

The weatherman kept telling us it would be cold today!  He was right - when I went out to check the mail at 4:00 my thermometer said that it was 33 degrees on my porch (and we usually are warmer due to proximity to the warm waters of Lake Belton - they never drop below about 60 degrees)  Fortunately there doesn't seem to be any precipitation with it (so far).  Just in case - I planned to stay home on Thursday and Friday to stay warm. 

I was busy all day today!  I now have 5 birthday cards ready for the Card Club meeting on January 27.  I will scan and post them soon!  Fee for class is $10, or kits for $12.  SPECIAL - pay for 4 classes (Jan, Feb, March, and April) and get the 5th class FREE (May!)  Please RSVP as soon as possible so that I can create the card kits!

Sneak peek #6

T 3253 Toot my horn

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sneak peek #5

T3257 Bountiful bears

T 3246 beary much

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sneak peek #4

Here's the next one

T3256 savvy sayings

Monday, January 4, 2010

Sneak peek #3

Another cool new set - can't wait to show them to you on Jan 13

T3223 Awesome Blossoms

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Another sneak peek

Another new set featured in Serendipity due out on Feb. 1 - Can't wait to show these sets to you on Jan 13!

T3241 bug of fun

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sneak peeks - coming soon!

TAC has given some "sneak peeks" of Hostess sets and regular sets that will be featured in our next issue of Serendipity due out on February 1. I will have some of the sets in hand on Jan. 13 when you come for TECH!
I will be posting one sneak peek per day until TECH - and after that as soon as I have an issue in my hands!!!

I'll start with the one with what I consider the most EXCITING NEWS from TAC. -

T3255 Fabulous Frames - these coordinate with the Spellbinders Nestabilities we will be carrying!!!!