Crafty, crafty, crafty…

I’ve been burning the midnight oil… and by that I mean, staring at the ceiling at 2 am (when I should be fast asleep) thinking about all sorts of various craft projects.

Awake, in bed wondering if I should just get up, head to the craft room to work on said ideas … but life goes on.  And if I got out of bed after only 3 hrs of sleep I would later regret it.  So instead I lie there… counting the ways I could be crafty.

Why is this happening?  I’m pouring myself into this upcoming event…

This will be my first Boutique… and I’m a little intimidated, a little excited and a lot hopeful that at least 2 people will buy something I’ve spent my time and money on.

If you’re into visiting Boutiques, buying/consuming fresh produce or in North San Diego County on either Saturday or Sunday Oct 22 or 23… stop by the Farm Stand off of the 15 freeway, take the Felicita exit.

In the meantime, I’ll be in the craft room…


CLASS: Recycled Wreath, handmade decor project

Special announcement on an upcoming class…

Friday – February 4, 2011

Please join me to make this beautiful piece of art for your home, or office… or as a gift. (After you make it you’re not going to want to give it away, though!) Look at this beauty…


When: Friday – February 4, 2011 @ 6:30 pm
Where: Rancho Bernardo Radisson, Montedura conference room
Address: 11520 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, CA 92127
Class cost: $20, includes all supplies/instruction to make project
What to bring: a thimble, if you have one

RSVP by Tuesday, February 1
Call me at 619-889-6268 or email

Altered Envelope Scrapbook…for Christmas or anything else

Using Stampin’ Up!’s Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper and the Holly & Jolly Rub-Ons we can turn medium sized envelopes into sleeves for scrapped pictures. Glueing them together creates an accordion-like book that holds all sorts of memories.

Take a gander…

It’s easy to embellish each layer and page with stamped images, rub-ons or other embellishments. Stampin’ Up! creates all sorts of ideas that will work with this project simply perfectly!

The backbone of this scrapbook is two 6″ x 12″ strips… so cut one 12″ x 12″ page in half, yes… THAT easy! They are overlapped slightly in the middle panel.

Have fun! Enjoy!


Editted 1/16/14… here is the tutorial in Word version.  Have fun!

Tutorial – Altered Envelope Accordion Book 2013

let the holiday packages begin…

In this package went the following items: sugar cookies, toffee, sweet and salty crunch.

One uber-lucky individual is going to receive this package in the next day or two… who will it be?! who will it be?!

As you can see I have repurposed a cute little tin … and decorated it for a fun pre-Thanksgiving gift.

I had so much fun putting this together and sending it off! I can’t wait to hear from the very special person who receives this in the mail…

All dressed up, with somewhere special to go…

What are you looking at?

You’re looking at a 6″ x 6″ x 3″ tin that’s been dressed up to be so much more than that! Since I’m going to be stacking a ton of cookies in the tin I need to make the “walls” much taller.

This is where we started… by lining the tin with parchment paper. I adhered (or is it “adhesed”?!) the paper to the bottom of the tin so it wouldn’t move around too much.

Then I found the STRONG tacky tape. I’m going to use this tacky tape to adhere the scrapbook paper to the tin. Have you used this stuff before? It’s STRONG! It’s like double sided tape… the red is a protective layer that peels off to expose the other side of the strong tape.

Next I picked a few coordinating (and double-sided) scrapbook pages. These are a few pages from Stampin’ Up’s “Greenhouse Gala” Designer Series Paper. I wanted to use the yellow side for the “walls” and the darker/floral side as a coordinating border that wraps around the bottom of the tin.

I started by applying the tacky tape to all 4 corners of the tin… and then got ready to apply the designer paper.

A quick peel back of the red layer and it’s all ready to go…

And once the designer paper is in place I give it another layer of tacky tape, but from the thinner roll. This will hold the next layer in place as the sheets overlap.

Apply all 4 sheets… and there you have it.

Then I moved on to the embellishment phase.

Turning the paper over, again I used the thinner role of the tacky tape, placing it in strategic places and making sure the sheets would overlap. These strips are 3″ x 12″. Then I used the scallop edge punch on one edge.

Next I used the dotted scallop ribbon border punch for another layer …

What else can I put on here? The brown layer was just SCREAMING for a little birdy to join the party…

So I think it’s time to load up the cookies…

And then we’ll close up shop, with a few more layers of parchment paper on top…

Now isn’t it all just the most adorable lil’ dressed up package you ever did see?!

And Gramma’s recipe for sugar cookies sure is D-A-N-G good!!! This package of cookies was delivered to a very good group of people… I hope they enjoy them!!!

What have YOU altered recently?

CLASS: Mini Scrapbooks/Recipe books

Friday night November 12th – you want to be there!

We’ll be doing a class on these rockin’ scrapbooks/recipe books.

Location: Dawn Taylor’s house, 2469 Starlight Glen, Escondido Ca
Time: 6:30 pm

Cost of class: $25
I will ask that you choose AHEAD OF TIME which theme you want to make: Christmas or Recipe book. (that way I can order the supplies and have them prepared for you!)

What you get: time with a “world-class” instructor, supplies to make your own book, and detailed instructions to duplicate this project again over and over (or with your own customers)

Deadline to sign-up: November 3, 2010 (and space is limited)

Email me at with your interest

Front view…

View opening the first panel…

View of the opened scrapbook/recipe book…

Can you figure out what the “index folders” are?

And now for some close up shots of some of the super cute details…

View of an inside panel…

Don’t forget to let me know by the deadline, 11-3-10 (because I may have to order more supplies). Email me at

TEMPLATE: Accordion Apple Pattern

So… I was browsing through a recent Better Homes and Gardens magazine… and I ran across an adorable template I just KNEW I had to put to use.

And now I want to give credit where credit is due… artist Jenny Lee Fowler is being represented in a recent craft article and we all get to use her artistry to bless our tables, our desks, our bathroom counter, window sills…

Thank you for this Jenny Lee Fowler: Accordion Apple Pattern
(Click on the link above to download the template for yourself!)

Here’s what I did… I downloaded the template and then I found a few pieces of double-sided scrapbook paper that fit the occasion. And I started tracing…

Just a few different colors…

I found that I could trace this image up to 4 times on each 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page.

And here is the first one…

But I have about 19 more to go… so excuse me while I keep tracing/cutting…

These were used in conjunction with some other decorations for a ladies’ retreat at our church. The topic was “Recipe for a Fruitful Life”… we displayed fruit and recipe cards in various ways.

How are YOU going to use this template?

Life is good…

Two cards and a bookmark

This is one of the oldest stamp sets I own. Still in love w/ the “HOPE” message and the encouraging words you can stamp inside a card… I hold on to this comforting set. And quite often I receive requests from a co-worker who wants me to make her some cards using this set as well.

Her favorite color is purple. Can you tell? Using Concord Crush, Perfect Plum and Whisper White it was easy enough to create a sympathy card with a little bit of flair.

The card opens like shutters… two panels on the front fold open to reveal the heart felt message inside.

And for some subtle flair… there’s a beaded line of glitter on those wings to add some shine. And everytime I use this set I think I should use it more often.