Sunday, November 6, 2011

Accordian Fold Scrapbook

 This is an accordian memory book that I made, I used the Immortal Love stack from DCWV. I am entering it in the "Anything Goes" challenge over at Whimsical Designs (formerly Whimsical Wednesdays)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sympathy card

 Some friends of ours lost thier father this past week and I wanted to send something to let them know we were thinking of them, I used Basic Grey paper, I think it was from the Hang 10 collection, but don't quote me on it??? The stamp came from Joann's but as usual I can't remember what brand or collection (sorry).  I find sympathy cards to be the hardest for me to make, I never know what to say, but I hope that just knowing that thier in our prayers helps.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Abel Sisters

This is part of a project that I am making, these are my Mother-in-law and her two sisters on thier wedding days.  Eventually all three will have a second page to complete each LO but today I am entering these into the "add dimension" challenge over at Lasting Memories.  I had a lot of fun making these, I got to learn a few new techniques, I have color altered my photos digitally before, but this is the first time I did it with watercolors.  I liked the flower bouquets, I am pretty new to scrapbooking, so deciding what to add for the dimension was kind of fun. The letters are from the Ashlyns Alphabet cartridge My Mother-in-law is the page done in pink, her twin sister the yellow and lavender, and thier older sister the red page.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Baby Announcements

 I helped a friend make her baby announcements, and I had so much fun doing it!  I wasn't really very crafty when I had my own kids, and since I can't have any more, I decided to live vicariously through someone else.  The card is double sided, so the base is just one 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 piece of kraft cardstock, this

particular one was done on patterned paper from the Dots, stripes, & plaids stack from DCVW, we varied the backgrounds a little.  The honey pot was cut out at 4" and Pooh was done at 3 7/8, it was pretty basic, but the added touch where his picture was hidden in the honey pot made this one of 
                                                    my favorite card projects I've done.

Almost a card swap

                                                                                      This is the card/s that I made for my very first card  swap, which I unfortunately missed, I was so sad.  I used Aged and Confused by Basic Grey for my patterned paper, and I used a Tim Holtz Sizzix embossing folder for the bricks on the bottom.  The swap was supposed to be either a seasonal card, or a just because card, so for my sentiment I just used my "Family" stamp, because it is my favorite, and who doesn't love family :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Just Because Card

I made this card just because the challenge took me out of my comfort zone, so I thought it would be fun to see where it went.  I combined the Die Cuttin Diva's Shabby Chic challenge, and the Basic Grey Pink and Brown challenge, and this is what I came up with. I used paper from the Basic Grey Blush stack, and a Kraft cardstock base.  The ribbon was just some pink sheer 7/8" that I had in my stash, for the edging I used a Fiskars border punch, whose name has tragically been lost in the recesses of my mind.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


I am entering this card into the MAG challenge, a very dear friend of mine (actually several friends) have been so very supportive as I have been going through some things in my life, and I am (hopefully) at the tail end of the most difficult of those struggles and so I am taking the opportunity to tell these beautiful women how much thier friendship and support has meant to me.  The bears are from the Doodlecharms cartridge, the paper is from the Dots and Stripes (DCWV). I embossed the bottom paper with my Swiss Dots folder and the chipboard elements are made by Provo Craft.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fall in Love

This card is 5X7, which is much bigger than I usually do, but I needed the extra room to accomadate my late night inspiration.  The vase is from the Walk in My Garden cartridge, the papers are Basic Grey, a stack called (I think) Hang Ten and a stack called Archaic.  The vase is foam taped, double thick to give enough height to fit the flower arrangement.  The sentiment is a stamp that I have used before, it came from Michaels.  I am entering this into 2 challenges, the Whimsical Wednesdays fall colors challenge, the twist on this challenge was that you had to add a handmade embellishment, and so I am sincerely hoping that my flower arrangement counts as an embellishment. I am also entering it into the Colors of Autumn over at Cooking with Cricut.  Thank you for taking the time to visit, your comments are always appreciated.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Just Because

I didn't make this card for anyone in particular, I just like to keep a stash of cards around for when you run into someone and think it would be nice to send one.  So I made this just for fun, I am entering this into the Just because challenge at Whimsical Wednesdays and I am also entering it into the challenge at The Paper Variety. The paper is from the Sugared stack at Basic Grey and the sticker was a clear one that I had sitting around, I backed the sticker with the same paper I used to line the card, and added some white ribbon and a bow and POW! an awesome card was born... :) Have a beautiful day.

Wedding card

My friend is getting married this weekend, and I made her this card, I am entering it into the challenge over at Card Positioning Systems.  And since her decorator and coordinator both had unexpected emergencies, I also get to play wedding planner!  I am so excited, I love weddings!  The paper came from the the DCWV I think its Creme and Black??  The sentiment is a rub-on from my stash.  I always keep wedding cards simple and sweet, the occasion is more than enough, you don't even have to try to be fabulous,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Heritage Layout

 I made this LO for my little brother, we have different biological fathers and as I am really active in family history, he asked me to find out a little about where he came from.  This is his 4th Great Grandfather.  Family History is my great love, followed closely by crafting, so when I find an opportunity to mingle the two I am in my own special kind of heaven.  I

am entering this into the Heritage challenge over at Cooking with Cricut.  I used paper from the DCVW stacks Tattered Time and Tradewinds, the ship and font cuts came from the Heritage cart, and the tree was from Create-a-critter, the apples came from  Doodlecharms, and the frame around the picture came from Mini-Monograms.  I loved this challenge, it made me smile from start to finish :)

My little Buttercup

Amara and her best good friend Buttercup.  The paper is Basic Grey, from the periphery collection, the words come from the Old West cartridge, they are embossed with Tim Holtz distressed wood folder.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

You are loved

Sometimes you just get the feeling that someone needs to be reminded how much they mean to you, I ran across just such a situation today and thought I ought to follow that little voice and just say "hey, you... yeah, you over there..YOU ARE LOVED!  And so I made this card to give to my friend, whom I do not tell often enough just how important she is.  My card was made using basic grey's hang 10 paper, and I embossed the yellow part with a tim holtz brickish pattern (I never know what my embossing patterns are called, the names seem to hide from me)  I inked, twined and added a lovely stamp I found in the bargain bin at Michaels last week. Ta-Da :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Birthday card

 I made this birthday card for my brother, he turned 25 last week and is feeling absolutely ancient.  I used Basic Grey Archaic collection, I did an A2 sized card, and covered all 4 sides. I am entering this in the tuesday sketch challenge over on the Peachy Keen blog. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Finally taught my mother to use her design studio

My mother has owned her Design Studio for probably 2 years longer than I have owned mine, but she didn't know how to use it, so finally the other day she came over to help me move, and I sat down and taught her to use it instead.  A much better use of our time, I must say.  This is her finished product, it is a purse from the Forever Young cart. she removed the image that was on the original by using the design studio, and added a flower for a clasp instead.  She used basic grey for the paper, and lots of foam tape to make the clasp really jump out at you.  Good job Mom!  She filled it up with candy and gave it to the girls at the front desk where she works.

Home card

 My sister and I used to do by the page challenges, when I was going through a particularly challenging time in my life I would be having a terrible day, too much thinking etc... and my sister would call me and say grab your ???? cartridge, look on page ??? we have 1 hour, go!  Believe it or not those challenges got me through many a day I thought I wouldn't make it through, so when I came across the MAG challenge, I just couldn't resist.  Also, I figured I could say thanks to my sister, for dropping everything to do challenges with me anytime I needed to be distracted.

Bloom where you are planted

I made this card for the challenge over at, My creative mojo seemed to abandon me for a while so I thought I'd better just pick a challenge and make it happen.  I had so much fun once I got started, the paper is from the hippie chic stack, the stamp is from the dollar bin and the stickers came from my stash.  It was so good to be crafting again!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Just because card

 I am entering this card into the challenge over at The Paper Variety, my paper came from the citrus stack, I embossed the green with an embossing folder from provocraft, but I don't remember the name of the folder, I love color challenges because I tend to stick to the same old colors all of the time and I would like to broaden my range a little.  The joy stamp was borrowed so I am not sure where it came from.  I inked everything in brown and added some yellow ribbon, and I was good to go.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sympathy card,made with my brother

 This card was made last minute by myself and my little brother, he's almost 32, but definately a man when it comes to crafting... He came in at about 8:30pm and asked if I would help him make a card "real quick".  It was a sympathy card, which is by far the hardest kind for me to make, so we got started.  We managed to get done in less than 2 hours, start to finish... so there I am totally amazed at my own awesomeness (I mean we had to do the whole stare blankly at the wall until an idea hits you, then hope that a color scheme comes to mind to fit said idea, then pray that some embellishments will start waving at you screaming pick me, pick me!) So there I am loving that we got it done so quickly and he sighs, "I had no idea this would take so long, whew".  It dawned on me that he truly had meant "really quick" since he had only seen finished products and didn't know what crafters actually do...  I decided that I should let someone know that "really quick" in crafty time is closer to 2 hours than 10 minutes.   Anyway the card is 5X7 and the front says yesterday, today, tomorrow...the papers are from Basic Grey, the Romani collection, the twine is just plain old regular twine from wal-mart.  Added a flourishy little stamp and

a flower from my stash,  inside the card there is a border from my Graphically Speaking cart and the word Forever, also some little sticker dove's and finally the last side says Family, and there is a God Bless sticker from my stash.  Hopefully my brother will love his creation, and I hope it will bring a smile to the face of someone who needs it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My Craft Channel

Just wanted to share... The new member of My Craft Channel's team, Stacy Julian will be joining them this fall.  If you haven't been there yet My Craft Channel, is giving away 20 cricuts in 20 days, so head over for a chance to win!

Monday, July 11, 2011


 This little guy is serving 2 purposes, no 3 actually, he is being entered into a challenge over at cooking with cricut, he is being sent as a thank you card, and he was made from my sisters create-a-critter cart which I unfortunately have to return since her gypsy died, so I needed to get in at least one last little card before I had to say goodbye.  I also seem to have developed a strange addiction to googly eyes, its a pretty recent development, we'll see what I get addicted to next week.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

A Love Story... almost done

The stickers came from a set of Jolee's creations, and the borders around the pictures were cut from Mini-Monograms This is our only boy, stuck right in the middle of two older sisters, and two younger sisters.  Thank goodness the one closest in age is the biggest tomboy you will ever meet.

The borders come from accent essentials, the flowers were cut from the Walk in my Garden cartridge, and the sentiment was from Graphically Speaking.  Her nickname is Mac... since we say she is made out of a mac truck.  For her birthday she got a shirt that says daddy's little beef-cake.  I am pretty sure that she could get hit by a train and it wouldn't phase her at all.  She (with the assistance of an uncle who got into big trouble) jumped off of the roof of a house onto a trampoline... Good job Uncle Bobby :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

A Love Story part... a bunch

The picture borders were done from the Mini Monograms cartridge, the flowers were cut from Walk In My Garden, the flowers were then covered in glittter glue, some gold and some red, and then they were all put together with sticky bling for centers. All of the borders were inked first and then stitched in white and red.  The hearts are from my fiskars heart punch, and they were all painted with orange/gold glitter glue.

This page was a lot of fun to do, it is almost completely done from the Freshly Picked cart, and I had a blast.  All of the veggies in the wheelbarrow come out and have little tidbits of wisdom on them, like be patient, or be gentle... I planted a garden for the first time ever this year, so this was on my mind a lot.

This page is so simple, but it was too perfect the way it was to do much with it.  The sentiment comes from the Forever Young cartridge, and the border from Mini Monograms.  I added some bling and a little stitching, and gold glitter glue on the sentiment and it was good to go.  The brilliant photo editing was done by my equally brilliant daughter :)

This has a lady bug from create-a-critter, and the border on one picture is from a mirror in Forever Young, other than that I inked and added stickers, I put the button and bow on at the last minute, and decided that I liked it there

The butterfly came form the Once Upon a Princess cartridge, cut at 2 1/2" The rest was hand cut, The butterfly stickers came from Jolee's creations, I believe I got them at Wal-Mart.  Inking, stitching and an excellent model, and we were good to go.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Love at Home

I made this card for a friend who inspires me, she has such a peaceful loving feeling in her home, I just wanted to share with her how much her example meant to me.  I am entering it into the challenge at Heart Song Inspirations, the challenge was to make a card using scallops/paper piercing, I am also using a free digital stamp that I got from them. I printed it on ivory cardstock and used colored pencils to fill it in.  The border was cut using my Fiskars Effervescence paper punch, I printed the words and colored them in with gel pen, then I hand cut it to fit around the side of the card.  I had never used a digital stamp before, I didn't even know that they exsisted until a few weeks ago when my sister brought some card kits to a family get-together... So I guess I was a little behind the times, but I had a lot of fun learning.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Fourth of July

This card is being entered into 2 challenges. Whimsical Wednesday and Cricut Cardz. The challenge at Cricut Cardz was to use the flag and any cricut cartridge, and the Whimsical Wednesday challenge was to do a patriotic card using either brads, bling or buttons.  I did a standard A2 size card, I started with ivory cardstock, and used black to mat before I added any images.  I cut red and white strips at 1/2" to do the stripes and I used blue glitter paper from the Tradewinds paperpack with sticky bling for the stars.  The snake was cut at 3 1/2" from the Create-a-Critter cartridge, and I added google eyes, just because he was cute that way.  The snake is stitched in white as are the outside borders of the red stripes. The white stripes are stitched in red.  Inside I made the balloon that is found on the same page on Create-a-Critter, also cut at 3 1/2".  I used bright shiny red paper and added a blue ribbon, just to keep the red white and blue theme going. On the front I used gold stickers for the word happy, they were from the clearance rack at walmart (not sure what brand) and the 4th was printed on my computer and cut out with my fiskars circle punch.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Love Story part 7 and 8

 This is page 7 of my hubby's mini-book, the photo border is from Mini Monograms, I glued sequins to make it sparkle and stitched the edge of the inside border in white. The sentiment came from a set of stickers that I had laying around, and it is set on an outline that I got from my Forever Young cartridge.  For the journaling I printed the outline of the words and colored them with my gel pens.  I added some hearts that I cut from my scraps using my fiskars heart punch.  The house came from the Handy Man cartridge cut at 10 1/4"
Page 8, the tools all came from the Handy Man cartridge, all cut at 3" and the frames for the journaling are from Accent Essentials.  This page was a challenge for me, so I kept it pretty basic.