Monday, January 31, 2011

Support The Cause

Good Monday Morning!
I hope you have had a nice refreshing weekend and are off to a great start this Monday morning!

I would like to begin my day by sharing a card with you.  I designed this card for the weekly challenge at  Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.

The challenge this week (challenge #45) is Support The Cause.
For this challenge, you will need to create a project in honor of a cause near and dear to you or a loved one's heart (i.e. Breast Cancer Awareness, Autism, MADD, etc.)

My card is in honor of Women's Heart Disease Awareness and National Wear Red Day.


* Paper - K & Company Valentine Stack
*Hearts - Cricut Sweethearts Cartridge, cut at 5 inches and layered
*Lady in Red - Country Life cut at 4 inches
I ran her dress through the Cuttlebug using the Daisy folder by Crafts-Too
I added self-adhesive pearls to the neckline and hem of her dress.
Her eyes are self-adhesive black gems and I used MS glitter on the heart she is holding.
*Sentiment is computer generated and I used a gel pen to add stitching lines and used gems on each end.
I layered the sentiment onto a border made with a MS punch.

Here is a close up of the Lady In Red.

Friday, February 4th is National Wear Red Day.
  Heart disease is the #1 killer of women and you can learn more about the campaign to support
Women's Heart Disease Awareness HERE.

Thanks for dropping in for a visit.  I hope you will come back soon!  Don't forget to leave a comment (you know I love those comments)!


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Getting Ready For Another Fantabulous Friday!

   Good Thursday Morning!
I want to say a quick thank you...thank you...thank you to everyone who stopped by FCCB last week to check out my first posting for Fantabulous Friday!  I am soooo enjoying myself and your comments are so encouraging and uplifting.  I appreciate each and every one!

This week's challenge at FCCB is to create a project using a cartridge that you have NEGLECTED for the past 6 months.  I'm sad to say that I have many cartridges that fit into that category :(   However, I managed to narrow down my choices to one.
Here's a little sample of one of my projects...

Hmmmm....figured out which cartridge I have been neglecting?
I hope you will stop by Fantabulous Friday tomorrow and see the rest of my project!

Now, it's your turn...dig out your NEGLECTED cartridge, dust it off and get busy!  You still have time to enter your project in the challenge at FCCB.  I would love to see what you come up with...drop me a comment with a link to your blog and I'll stop by for a visit!

Until next time....


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wishing you a TREE-MENDOUS Day!

Good Morning!
Hope you are all off to a good start today.  It's a yucky, cold, rainy day here this morning.
But, that's ok...I have so many projects going right now, I can use the weather for an excuse to stay inside and play in my craft room...(like I need an excuse)!

Here's a sweet little card I made yesterday using the "Just Because" Cards Cricut Cartride:

I really love the bright, cheery colors on this card, especially on a day like today.
Another thing I like about this card is the fact that I only used scraps...yea me!
The purple polka dot paper is from an old, old stack of paper that I've had for ages and everything else came straight out of my scrap boxes.
The green border is cut using a Martha Stewart punch.  The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper.
The tree (with the cute little swing) is from Just Because Cards.
The green portion of the tree went through my Cuttlebug in the Divine Swirls folder and
I used the Distressed Stripes folder on the trunk of the tree.
I also added a bit of Diamond Stickles on the white flowers.
The ribbon is from my ribbon box ( don't want to look it there...what a mess)!

And there you have it...a sweet card to brighten someones day!

As always, I thank you so much for stopping by and look forward to reading your comments!
Hope you all have a tree-mendous day!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Cards for Charlie

Good Morning!
I would like to say Thank You to everyone who stopped by and visited here and at the FCCB to read my very first posting for Fantabulous Friday!  I am still very excited about my new position and look forward to next week's post.  I hope you will join me again next Friday!

On to a more serious topic.  Some of you have probably already read the postings about a little boy named Charlie who has a serious medical condition.  If not, here's the story from Angela at

Cards for Charlie

Hi Craft Friends,

I was wondering if any of you would be interested in sending cards to 4 year old Charlie. 

He is battling a rare skin condition called epidermolysis bullosa commonly known as EB, which causes his skin to blister.

Here is a link to his CaringBridge page.  I hope that you will take some time out of your day to read his story.  It's very touching and he is a fighter and will touch your heart. 

To send cards please send it to:

Ronald McDonald House
Attn:  Knuth Family
621 Oak Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414

If you can't send a card to Charlie, then would you just take a little time out of your day to pray for him & his family.  They need all the support they can get right now. 
If you need anymore information please contact me!  Thank you all so much! 

If you can, please take a few minutes and make a little card to send to Charlie and his family.  I just know it would brighten their day!

Here is my card for Charlie

I have had the Boys Will Be Boys cartridge for some time now and have never used it.  Making a card for Charlie seemed like the perfect time to get this cartidge out of it's box!

I cut the robot at 4 1/2 inches, ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Diamond Plate folder, added goggle eyes and there you go!  Off to get this one in the mail.  Thanks for popping in and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, January 21, 2011's Friday!

Good Morning Everyone!

At least it will be by the time I get this posted.  Right now it is actually a few minutes before midnight, but I am so excited that I can't sleep! ask (because I know you will ask, that's what friends do).  Because...just a few days ago, I was asked to work with the wonderfully talented folks over at the
And I am so excited that I can hardly stand it!  I will be posting the weekly Fantabulous Friday
segment.  As a matter of fact (if I did everything correctly...all my fingers are crossed) my very first post should be up and running at 6:00 am Friday morning.

I hope that you will stop by and check out my post, it would mean so much to me!
Here is a sneak peek at a couple of the projects I posted this week:

Don't forget to stop by for the details on these projects!
And while you are there, check out this week's challenge...Sweet Shop.
You still have time to play along!

Ok, I really have to go get some sleep now....or maybe head upstairs to my craft room and see what I can come up with for next week's posting....hmmmmmm..gonna need LOTS of coffee in the morning!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sweet Treats Birthday Card

Good Morning to you!  Hope everyone is off to a good start this morning.  Things are going pretty well around here.  I have had a fairly productive morning so far...of course, it's still early in the day!  I have already been to my hair appointment ( is no longer in my eyes)!  Started cleaning my house...ugh... but then had a better pictures of the cute little birthday card I made yesterday (when I should have been cleaning my house...sigh).  So, after I get this posted it's off to work on this house a bit, go to the grocery store, put everything away, cook supper, clean it all up again...did I mention that I would rather be in my scrap room?  I'm sure I will find my way upstairs to my "happy place" before this day is over. Until then, here's a little card from Sweet Treats....

Very simple little card...but turned out pretty cute!  The paper is wonderful, it's from a new stack called The Celebration Stack from DCWV.  The cupcake is cut from Sweet Treats at 2 inches and adhered to a label that I cut using Nestabilities.   I added glitter to the frosting and Stickles to the candle and flame.  The ribbon is from my ribbon don't want to look in's a scary, scary place!

I used the same paper for the inside of the card and inked up the edges.  The Happy Birthday stamp is one I picked up from Michael's dollar bin (another one of my happy places).  I used my leftover, cute little cupcake paper to line the inside of the envelope and there you go!

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by.  I hope to have my house clean (sigh) before I see you again!


Friday, January 14, 2011

Hoppy Valentines Day ...card for Blake

2 cards in one day...YIPPEE....I'm on a roll!

This cute little guy is going to be my sweet grandson, Blake's Valentines Day card!
This was a very fast, simple card to make, but I think it's just right for a little boy who is almost 2 years old!


*Paper - K&Company - I bought this paper stack last year...very cute.
*Frog - Cricut's Create a Critter cut at 4 inches.  I added goggly eyes and a heart shaped brad to his tummy. I couldn't resist adding some Stickles to his cute little cheeks.
*Sentiment - computer generated and cut out with Nestabilities and inked with Ranger ink.
*Bling -ribbon and gems from my stash of crafty goodies!

Thanks for dropping by!


Good Morning!  Time to get started on those Valentine cards!  I made this one for the challenge going on at Cricut Cardz  This challenge is to make a project using only the colors RED, BLACK and WHITE...

* Paper - sei paper stack "Black Orchid" - very pretty paper!
* I used a Martha Stewart punch on the top of the printed background paper.
* Mat - I cut the black mat using the shadow feature from the Cricut "Sweethearts" cartridge
The white mat is at 4 inches without the shadow feature, then I ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Preserves folder.
* The couple is a cut from "A Child's Year".  I cut them twice at 4 inches and glued them together for added thickness.
* The heart is cut from "Sweethearts" at 2 inches and covered in MS glitter.
* I added some beautiful crinkle ribbon and pop-dotted the couple and the heart. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope to work on more Valentines cards over the weekend, so I hope you will stop by to check on my progress.  Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, January 10, 2011

School Days Layout...

Good afternoon to you.  Today is a yucky, rainy, cold day...PERFECT...for staying inside and getting some scrapping done!  I have spent my morning working on this layout. I am really trying to get my scrapbooks up to date and I have a long, long way to go.  This layout is from April of 2009!  These are class pictures of my granddaughter's 3 year old class and my Kindergarten class.

Sorry about the photos...not the best quality shot!  It's really dark and gloomy here today and I just could not seem to get the lighting to work with me!

I used Mini Monograms for the white, scalloped mat cut at 10 inches.
The apple is from Celebrate With Flourish cut at 3 1/2 inches, then covered in Glossy Accents.

Another mat from Mini Monogram.
The graduation cap is from Everyday Paper Dolls.  I used a gold brad and white embroidery thread to create a tassel.
A bit of inking and a bit of bling and it's all done!

Happy to say that this project was also finished using on materials that I had on hand!  Thanks for stopping by, hope to have more projects posted in the next day or so.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

This is the day that the Lord has made....

Good afternoon everyone!  Today is one of those wonderful days when I get to spend my day upstairs in my craft room (in my jammies) and craft to my heart's content!  I love days like this!

So, this morning was spent working on this card for the challenge at The Cuttlebug Spot  This week's challenge was to create a project inspired by a book.
Now, I love to's right up there on the list of "My favorite things to do".  So my mind started going over all the great books that I have read.  It just so happens that I also just started my "Read the Bible in a year" challenge at I thought these 2 challenges would work really well hand in hand.  With all that in mind, this is what I came up with:


*All the cuts on this card are from the new seasonal Cricut cartridge - April Showers
*I started with an 8 x 5 base card and cut 2 strips of paper, one from blue and one from the green print.  I adhered these to a darker blue base and used my sewing machine to stitch them on.
*The tree is cut at 4/12 inches and the trunk is run through the Cuttlebug using Distressed Stripes. The top of the tree is embossed with Divine Swirls. I also inked the trunk and tree top using Ranger Inks.
*The house is cut at 3 1/2 inches.  I ran the roof portion of the house through the Cuttlebug using Preserves folder and the blue portion using Polkadot.  I also inked these pieces.  The house still seemed a bit plain to me, so I added a gold brad for the doorknob.  I wanted a wreath for the door, so I used a Martha Stewart border punch that had flowers on it and cut it apart, added a pearl in the middle and....ta da!
*The bike was cut at a very teeny, tiny 1 1/4".  I cut it twice, once in pink and once in black.  Then I cut apart the tires and adhered them to the pink bike.  I covered the bike in Glossy Accents to make it shine and to make is a bit more durable.  **Helpful hint..when cutting something as tiny and skinny as this bike, slow the speed down on your Cricut to the slowest helps!
*The inside of the card reads:  I will rejoice and be glad in it!

Hope you have a wonderful. Thanks for dropping in!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Quick and Easy (but beautiful) Card...

This was a very simple, fast card to put together, but I think the lovely paper gives it such an elegant look.
The paper is from DCWV - Latte Stack
I cut the center mats using a Nestabilities die cut
I cannot remember which Cricut card I used to cut the flower...sorry!
Inked the edges and added a button to the center... and...ta da!
I finished the inside and used a stamp that says "Thinking of you".
Very simple, but very sweet...sort of like!
Hope you have a great day and I appreciate you stopping by and leaving your sweet comments!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Ship Ahoy!

Good Morning!

Today was my DGD's first day back to school after the Christmas holidays.  She is in Kindergarten this year, but it is only a half-day program.  We have enjoyed the holidays, but I think we were both ready to get back into some sort of routine around here!  So, while she has been enjoying her morning with her friends at school, I had a few hours to get something done around here before picking her up at noon.

My Mama is, as we speak, enjoying herself (I hope) on a cruise!  I am excited for her even if I am a bit jealous!  I thought I would make her a nice welcome home card this morning while Emma is off at school.

I am very proud of the fact that I only used products that I already had on hand...including a few scraps!  I'm trying to live up to that New Year's scrapping resolution!

Paper - from my stash of  bits and pieces
Red rick-rack from my ribbon stash
Label - Nestibilities *Big Scalloped Squares - I ran the blue square through my Cuttlebug using Divine Swirls
Ship - cut at 2 inches from Cricuts "Life Is A Beach"
I pop dotted the ship to the label and the label to one half of the card so that the card will open in the center.

Inside of card:
Anchor - also cut from "Life Is A Beach" cart at 2 inches

As always, thanks for stopping by to take a peek and leaving your sweet comments!  And Mama, if you stop by...Welcome Home!

Monday, January 3, 2011

My Pink Stamper Design Team Challenge

One of my favorite blogs to visit for inspiration and information on the latest scrapbooking goodies is My Pink Stamper at  Robyn has just announced that she is looking for 2 additional scrappers to join her design team for 2011.  After looking at the many wonderful projects that have already been submitted, I almost changed my mind about entering my own project!  Then I thought...oh well, what have you got to lose?  Just do here goes!

The challenge was to create a card, layout or crafty project using the colors pink, green and brown with the option of choosing another color.  I added the color blue to my project. 

One of my scrapping resolutions for this year is to get caught up on my scrapbook layouts...I am so very far behind!  I had taken some pictures of my granddaughter and my hubby on our last venture to the park and thought they would look nice with the color scheme running through my head.  This is what I came up with...

Paper - Recollections Colored Core Paper Pad
I started out with a brown mat.  I used a Martha Stewart "Punch Around the Page" on the blue paper and adhered that to the brown mat.
Faux stitching around the blue mat is done with a white gel pen.
Grass - I cut 2 strips of green paper for each page, fringed the edges and inked them with Ranger Ink.

On this page, I cut the tree from "Just Because Cards". 
I ran the trunk of the tree through my Cuttlebug using "Distressed Stripes" and inked it with Ranger Ink.
I used Glossy Accents to highlight the flowers on the tree and used a white gel pen around the top of the tree.
The tiny little butterfly was cut from "Serenade" at a tiny little 3/4 inch...tough to put together!
Picture frames are cut from "Cindy Lou", inked, gel pen around edges and gems added to center of flower.
The flowers at base of tree are also cut from "Cindy Lou".

On this page, I used "Give a Hoot" to cut out the birds.  I added gems for their eyes, inked them and used Glossy Accents to make them stand out a bit on the blue background. 
The banner is cut from "Heritage and I added brads at both ends and used thread to run from the banner to the mouth of each bird.
I cut the birdbath from "Serenade" and ran it through my Cuttlebug using, of all things, "Animal Print".  I think it makes the bath look like it's made of stone...who knew?
The flowers on either side are from "Cindy Lou".  I inked the flowers and added gems to give them some sparkle.

Close up of bird bath...don't you think it looks like stone?

Anyway...that's my project.  I really enjoyed working on this one and used some carts that I haven't used in a very long time.  I also gave my gypsy a workout searching for images like bird baths, butterflies and frames!  I really appreciate you stopping by and as always, I look forward to your comments!
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