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Jun 18, 2013

In a Ruffled Mood...

Guess what I got in the mail?

STAMPS! Yay!! Ahem--not that I need more stamps, but these ones were special. That's my story--

No really, these are the most unusual stamps I've seen and they'll work great for mixed media type projects and cards. I just love these!  I got them from Designs by Ryn. 

If you go to her site by clicking on the links above, there are a number of completed projects using these stamps. She also has a FB page. Plus, she gave me a little bonus stamp in my package. So sweet!

I love these and can't wait to use them!

However, for now I have another card for you. This one I made as a thank you to my aunt and uncle in Holland who sent a little gift back for me with my sister. 

To ruffle the paper all you do is carefully wet it, scrunch/shape it and let it dry completely. I shaped each ruffle every 5 minutes or so. You do want it dry, or else the tape won't stick when you lay it on the card. 

I just wrote in the Thank You---wish I had a stamp.
Not sure why I don't. Guess it's on my list---because a girl can't have enough stamps. 

Well, uh---yes she can. Ahem---it never ends. I may be turning into a stampaholic. 

When I first got into scrapbooking, I followed the advice of someone who told me to take all my photos out of the albums and into boxes, which I foolishly did. I really wish I hadn't. Over the years they got mixed up badly. 

After sorting photos into years (which took 2 days), I just went through the 80's and pre-80's and some of the 90's. I've culled out all the duplicates (which will be saved for family) and gone through the photos to see if they're keep-worthy.

Only 4 or 5 boxes to go. Sigh.

On the bright side, I found a couple of albums that hold 500 photos each for cheap! Happy, happy, happy! 

Well, that's all for now. Hope you're all having a lovely week!



  1. I just love stamps and will definitely have to look up the water droplet ones .... I have never seen those!!! Wow......imagine all the fun you can have with them!!!! :-D

  2. Love those stamps-I have one of them so far.

    The card idea is terrific. I thought the gathers were material.

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. Grand color...love the ruffles! Beautiful!

  4. You are right--those stamps are super cool. As far as your ruffles go, I was sure it was fabric you had used until I read that it was paper. Thanks for the instructions for achieving that look.

    Happy organizing!

    Lisa D.

  5. Wow! That is beautiful!!What kind of paper? Tissue? or regular paper? By the way, your handwriting is prettier than any stamp I have. And, love those water droprlet stamps...so pretty and realistic!

    1. Thanks Renee, it's just regular scrapbook paper that I wet with my finger until it was pliable enough to form into ruffles.


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