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I am so excited when my Paper Pumpkin surprise arrives in the mail each week! Even better is when I can use part of the kit to create something entirely different! The Paper Pumpkin for April 2015 features the base that this sweet greeting is built upon. That kraft sleeve is the Paper Pumpkin part. All other goodies are from the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up annual catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog.

Y’all know how much I love vintage (as does Shelli Gardner, co-founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!), so I couldn’t wait to put all these beautiful elements together. image

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And the fact that there is not a specific sentiment means this beauty can be personalized for any occasion.

As far as supplies are concerned, I had them all listed here with links to my store, but there was a glitch and I lost all of the text in this post! So sad when that happens!  I will gather those items and list again, complete with links. Meanwhile, visit my store here! 

Thanks for stopping by! God bless.

Kathy Bo

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The Design Team at Scrap It Girl has a fun challenge: choose our favorite journal, calendar or notebook for the Favorite Things Friday Challenge.
Was this ever easy for me! I love this mixed media travel journal that I actually made a few years ago on a scrapbooking trip.

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It’s my favorite.
I have a lot of great memories creating this too. I met new friends and also learned new techniques.
My absolutely most favorite page is this one, where the kid leather glove (an estate sale find) holds tickets.

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Here are more pages:

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And a closeup of the cover. Super cool, techniques and elements, all thanks to a little scrapbooking trip.

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Want to get in on the fun? Enter your favorite journal, notebook or calendar in the Scrap It Girl Favorite Things Friday!
Thanks for stopping by! God bless.

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Here’s another super cute notepad! Supplies came from my stash, and most is Stampin’ Up. Though some is discontinued, you can make it too! Just dig out some of your favorite papers, embellishments and maybe print some imagery from the web!

Here’s a link for the basic tutorial

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Check out my Stampin’ Up! page! $99 and you can join my team!

I enjoy making these and sharing with friends and family. What a neat, creative and useful gift!
Thanks for visiting! God bless!

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I have this thing about lace. I love it. While I prefer the exquisite (go figure!) I’m a sucker for pretty much most every lace I’ve come in contact with.  So there was this dress that someone gave me a while back, which was too small and also circa 1980’s.  I didn’t like the fashions of the 80’s, not even when I was wearing them, so the only saving grace for this dress was that – it was lacy – and would make a nice wall decoration in the bedroom.  And so it was.  I hung it, shoulder pads and all, from a large rack that is also the home for scarves and an assortment of hats.  The little vignette was girly and dainty, its centerpiece a dress I would enjoy but never, ever, wear.

And then I cut it in half.

Last night.

Yeah, I did.

This was before:

Note the shoulder pads. Why we ever bought into that fashion accessory, I'll never know.

Note the shoulder pads. Why we ever bought into that fashion accessory, I’ll never know.

It’s a whole dress – as you can see. Until. This. Happened:

It was a crazy, radical thing to do. But wait... it gets better.

It was a crazy, radical thing to do. But wait… it gets better.

As you can also see, the top is now separate from the bottom as well as separated from its beloved shoulder pads, which we have already established is wrong, whatever generation one is from.

Once I cut it in half, I left it to ponder.  I don’t think the dress pondered a single thing, but I did.  I pondered how I would turn the skirt into a skirt.  Would I insert a zipper? (spoiler alert: NO!) Would I make a nice little V shaped thingie with a button on top? (Spoiler #2: NADA!) Would I perhaps make a waistband with elastic? Ohhhhh yes, I would.

I did not follow the Rules of Elastic Inserting - if there are such things. I figure once you cut a dress in half, you can do whatever you want.  And so I did.

I did not follow the Rules of Elastic Inserting – if there are such things. I figure once you cut a dress in half, you can do whatever you want. And so I did.

The elastic was nice and wide, so it would be stable as a waistband.  I blew past so many “rules” of sewing it’s not even funny.  Well, it really is… because A: I did not make a proper casing because I was a rule breaker after all.  B: I didn’t sew the edges of the elastic, allowing it to float in the casing (see the line about being a rule breaker) and C: Well, I don’t really have a C, but if I did, it would probably involve something wild and crazy like using white bobbin thread and ecru spool thread.  Ok, I did that too.

So here I have 1/2 of the dress on the sewing machine and the rule breaking elastic insert method happened to work out wonderfully.  One would almost think I’d done it before… which maybe I have… that’s a memory question and I only retain water.

Speaking of retaining stuff, I tried the dress on before cutting it up and having lost 50 lbs, it fit.  Though I have no idea of when / where I will wear it, I am also a bit of a rogue when it comes to “appropriate attire” and might just toss it on to go grocery shopping – if it’s a lacy kind of day.

And here it is:

I pulled a lot of lacy stuff to see how it all would work with the new skirt. The hat had to come along since it's been BFF's with the dress and they have hung out for ages now.

I pulled a lot of lacy stuff to see how it all would work with the new skirt. The hat had to come along since it’s been BFF’s with the dress and they have hung out for ages now.

Voila! The skirt that used to be a dress is upcycled to something I will totally enjoy! Now I just have to find a spring tea - or a shopping trip to pick up milk and bread - so I can wear it!

Voila! The skirt that used to be a dress is upcycled to something I will totally enjoy! Now I just have to wait for a spring tea – or a shopping trip to pick up milk and bread – so I can wear it!

Hope you enjoyed my upcycled / recycled skirt!  Know what’s next? Yep – the top.  I already have lots of plans for it… will share after I ponder it a bit more.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Kathy Bo

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