So glad you chose to stop by!

I hope to use this blog to share some of my handmade cards as well as some of my scrapbook pages and maybe a few pics here and there that may or may not make it to a scrapbook page.

Scrapping for me is simply a fun hobby that I don't do often enough. More often than not, I'm a collector of all things scrap... i.e. tools, paper, embellishments...

Now to become motivated... Maybe this blog is just the way to do it...

Enjoy and come back SOON!


Flower Pot Easel Card

My friends and I had a challenge to use some our scraps.  In addition, we were to use some form of embossing (wet or dry), and a technique or tool that we'd never done before.

I chose to do an Easel card because I've always wanted to try it (hope this counts as technique).  All of the paper came from my scrap stash and I wet embossed the sentiment.

Challenge met!

BTW... the flower pot easel is an SVG from "My Scrap Chick" that was cut with my Silhouette.



New Home Card...

Just sharing a shaped card that I made for a challenge with a few of my friends.  The challenge was:  Shaped Card, Polka Dots, Ribbon and Bling... All my faves.

This card is a combo of Cricut Cuts and punches.  I had finish my card with punches because my Cricut chose to DIE in the middle of making this card.  It's served me well with no problems since 2007 so I can't complain...(much).



Spring Fun...

Here's a card that I did using Super Sunday Sketch 179 for motivation.  I chose to do have some fun with a  Spring / Easter theme.

Paper is from my scrap supply and the cuts are from the Silhouette Studio library.  



Hello... Got Sketch 153

My friend, Karen issued a sketch challenge to a few of us.  The challenge was to create a card based on Valerie Salmon's Got Sketch #153.  This is what I came up with (yeah I know I'm late Karen!)...

All cuts from Silhouette Cameo library.



Congrats - You Did It!!!

I'm still on my quest to build my card collection.  Slowly, but surely, I'm getting there.  I thought I'd add a congrats card to the group. 

I used the Silhouette Cameo for both the card and matching envelope.  I just got the machine and I'm pretty hooked on it right now.  The sentiment on both the tag and card were done with the Silhouette print and cut feature.  I was able to use the "Typenoksidi" font that I'd downloaded from dafont.com and loaded onto my computer (I really like that feature!)  The balloon is one of the many images available for purchase in the Silhouette library.

The paper is from my scrap supply. It was kinda fun to mix all those patterns.



All Occasion - Simplicity

I'm trying to build up my stash.  I'd like to have cards readily available for any occasion.  Life is so busy, BUT  these cards were so quick and simple.  I think I may be on to something.  Simplicity will have to be my new mantra. 

The flower on card one was printed from the Silhouette Design Studio Library.  The die cuts on card two are from Papertrey ink.  Sentiments / Stamps are from My Creative Time w/ Emma.



Tis The Season...

Merry Christmas to ALL. 

I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to play with my scrap stash and tools.  Seems these days, I'm always purchasing and never making anything.   

Glad I had a chance to make some Christmas cards this year!!! Afterall, It's the MOST wonderful time of the YEAR!



Quick, Fun, Shaped...

Can't believe I haven't posted since June... Time sure flies...

To get back into the swing of things, I thought I'd start with the cards I enjoy making the most, SHAPED CARDS!  Shaped cards are quick and easy...  Plus I had some help with the Cricut Wild Cards 2 cartridge.     I decided to make matching envelopes - also compliments of the Wild Cards 2 cartridge.



Father's Day - CCC #110

CCC has another fun challenge and just in time to get those Father's Day cards made.  You guessed it!  The challenge is to make a Father's Day card using any Cricut cartridge and any colors. 

My quickie card was made using the Elegant Edges and Every Day Paper Doll cartridges. 

Now it's your turn.  Go HERE to particpate... Show us your take on the challenge.



"May Day" - CCC # 108

CCC has another great challenge this week.  Make a card using flowers with any Cricut Cartridge and any colors.  Pretty simple, right?

I made a little "Just Because" card that I like so much that I think I'll duplicate and make a set! 

I used Kate's ABC's for the flower and George to weld the circles to make the scalloped edge.

Your turn!!!  Show us your take on the challenge...  Go HERE if you do!



Mother's Day.... CCC #107

Time to show off your Mother's Day Cards.  The Cricut Cardz Challenge made it easy this week.  Use any Cricut Cartridge and any color to make a Mother's Day Card.  How easy is that?

I made a simple card using the Flower Shoppe cartridge.  The stamped sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

Stop by the CCC BLOG and join in on the fun.  We'd love to see your take on this challenge.



After the Rain... CCC #106

The Cricut Cardz Challenge theme for this week is April Showers. Make a card for any occasion using an umbrella, rain boots, clouds, raindrops, puddles, etc. from any cartridge(s) and using any colors you'd like.

I chose to make a "pick me up" card using he "Everyday Pop Up" and "George" cartridges.

Now it's your turn. First drop by the Cricut Cardz to see what the other designers have made. Then show us your take on the challenge.

We'll be stopping by to see what you've done.



You've Been Framed... CCC #105

There's a fun challenge at CCC this week. Make any type card using any Cricut Cartridge and any colors. Just be sure to use a "Frame" cut.

I used the Accent Essentials cartridge for the flowers and I used Elegant Edges for the frame.

It's your turn drop by the CardzTV / Cricut Cardz Site and play along!



Birthday... CCC #103

This week @ Cricut Cardz, the design team was asked to make a birthday card using a cupcake or cake. You can use any cartridge and any colors.

I used the Cricut cartridge "Something to Celebrate" for the cake cut and I used Plantin Schoolbook for the matching envelope.

Join in on the fun. Let us see your take on this challenge. Drop by CCC / CardzTV for details.



Be My Valentine.... CCC # 101

Love is in the air @ Cricut Cardz!!! This week the design team was asked to make a Valentine's Day card using any cartridge and any colors. I made this simple 4.5 X 4.5 card using the Cricut Paper Lace and Ribbons & Rosettes Cartridges.

Funny, I got the heart from the Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge, but I made my rosettes using the Sizzix 3-D flower die cut.

Now it's your turn. Drop by Cricut Cardz to see what the other design team members are making; then you play along.




Happy New Year everyone. Here's wishing you a blessed, peaceful, and prosperous

I'm starting the year out with a Cricut Cardz Challenge which is simply to make a Happy New Year card using any cartridge and any colors.

I used the Simply Charmed cartridge for the champagne bottle and I used Flower Shoppe for the tiny rosette.

Join in with us @ CCC and let us see your take on this challenge.



Christmas Tags... CCC #98

It's Christmas tag time @ Cardz TV / CCC. The challenge this week is to make a couple of Christmas tags any cartridge any color... Easy Peasy...

For my tag, I used the Every Day Pop Up for the gift cut and I used Simply Charmed for the Christmas stocking.

I purchased ivory colored tags and gave 'em a little more color using Tim Holtz distress inks.

I used the Cardz TV Stamps for the sentiments on both tags. Love those stamps... Such high quality.

Stop on by the Cardz TV / CCC challenge and show us your tags.


Oh Night Divine... CCC # 97

I'm back with another Crcut Cardz Challenge. The design team was asked to create a card using a Christmas song as the theme.

The tag on my card reads "Oh Night Divine" which is a line that I took from the song "Oh Holy Night". I love that song!

I used the Winter Frolic Cricut Cartrdge for all of the cuts...

I was also able to add lots of bling thanks to a care package that I received from Janice (Scrappin to Stay Sane)... Thanks Janice... You know I LOVE Bling!!!!

Now it's your turn stop on by the Cardz TV / Cricut Cardz blog and play along...



Christmas w/ an "S" - CCC #96

It's time for another Cardz TV / CCC challenge. The challenge is simple. Make a Christmas card using something that begins with the letter "S". You can use any cartridges and any colors.

I'm notorious for giving gift cards as Christmas Gifts so I decided to make some gift card holders. The paper for the gift card holders were printed with the Cricut Imagine using the Mr. Frosty cartridge and Santa's Sleigh uses the oldie but goodie Christmas Cheer cartridge.

I used the gift card holder die cut from "My Creative Time" to cut the gift card.

Well, I've got more of these to make. In the meantime stop by the CardzTV / CCC blog to see what the other DT members have made. And while you're at it, why don't you play along!



O Give Thanks - CCC #95

Just dropping in for a quickie post of an even quicker card. This week the design team @ Cricut Cards / Cardz TV were asked to create a Thanksgiving card using any cartridge and any colors. Love those "anything goes weeks". They are perfect when there are not enough hours in a day!

I used the acorn cut from the Create A Critter cartridge to create this shaped card. Shaped cards come together so quickly!

Be sure to drop by Cricut Cardz / Cardz TV to show us your take on this challenge. We'll be stopping by your blog to see your projects.



Think Pink...CCC #93

Wow, talk about blog neglect. It's been quite a while since I posted. Sometimes life happens and either you become a master juggler or some things have to take a lesser priority... For me, the blog and crafting took a temporary backseat to higher priorities...

I'm so glad to be able to participate again with the Cricut Cardz Design team. What a wonderful challenge they are having right now. The challenge is to make a Breast Cancer Awareness themed card. You can use any cartridge. The only stipulation is to make sure pink is the primary color.

Come on and join us in this challenge. And once you're done, give your card to someone who has in some way had to deal with breast cancer.

Here's my card. I used Elegant Edges (card base), Stand and Salute (paper ribbon), and Better Together (patterned paper for ribbon).



Jungle - Kids Bday... CCC #89

A new challenge has been posted on the Cricut Cardz Challenge site. This week the challenge is to create a child's birtday card using something you'd see in the jungle. You may use any cartridge and any colors that you like.

I kept it pretty simple this week. I used the lion from the Cricut Life's a Party Cartridge, the grass is from Plantin Schoolbook and the balloon came from George. I think the lion cut is so cute.

Don't forget to stop by the CCC site and see the other inspirations. Feel free to join in, we'd love to see your take on this challenge.



Goody Gumballs....The Cutting Cafe

It's time for another week of Inspiration at The Cutting Cafe. This week we were asked to do a project related to one of the gumball sets. It's probably no surprise that I chose the GUMBALL SHAPED CARD. I think this is such a fun cutting file. As an added bonus, the matching envelope template/file comes with the shaped card file!!!! That's certainly a plus for me because I love to to make envelopes to match my cards. I manipulated the file just a little to make the envelope have a window. I wanted the colors of the gumball machine to show. That's the good part about The Cutting Cafe files. Because Regina has done the hard work, you can add minor changes (like a window) easily. Or you can leave it as is... You're in control!

Be sure to stop by the Cutting Cafe Blog and check out all of the other gumball creations! I'm sure you'll be inspired.



Silhouettes... Design Team Call... Cutting Cafe

Here's a quick and simple Thinking of You card that I made using a set from The Cutting Cafe called "Fun With Silhouettes". This set comes with 66 images so there's lots to choose from. I chose this vase and leaves and added some bling for flowers. Printable stamps make card making easy breezy!

If you think you'd like to work with Regina's amazing designs, then I encourage you to try out for her design team. There's a design team call until August 15th, 2011. Trying out is easy. Just email Regina with the reason you'd like to be on the team and send a link to your blog or gallery!!!! Read the DESIGN TEAM CALL POST for details.



Heartfelt Thanks... CCC #87

It's all about hearts this week @ The Cricut Cardz site. This week the challenge was to create a Thank You card using hearts! The only stipulation is there can be no pink and no red. Come on and join us. We can't wait to see what your projects.

For my card, I used the following cartridges:

Card Base and Looped Layer - Elegant Edges
Heart - Plantin SchoolBook

Your turn!



Teacher's Gift... The Cutting Cafe

It's almost that time of year again. Before you know it the school bell will be ringing and the excitement for both teachers and students will be underway!

With that in mind, I made a set of memo cards (one shown others in matching envelope) and a pencil box using digital files from The Cutting Cafe. I used the Pencil Box Cutting Template for the box that has been filled with ink pens. I also used the From The Teacher Printable Stamp for the memo cards.

This set is good to go. Now to decide who gets it! I know lots of teachers...

BTW..., the patterned paper used in this set was printed via my Cricut Imagine. The papers are from the Teresa Collins Black and White cartridge. I love this cartridge!



Holiday (Anything Goes)... CCC #85

For this week's Cricut Cardz Challenge, the design team was asked to make a holiday card (for any holiday) using any cartridge and any colors. Don't you just love this Anything Goes theme?

My card was made using Elegant Edges (card base)and Winter Frolic (Christmas tree and sentiment)cartridges. All patterned papers as well as the "Oh Christmas Tree" sentiment were printed with the Cricut Imagine (Yummy Cartridge). I added a few stickles to the tree to jazz it up a bit.

Now it's your turn. Remember... anything goes!



OVERALLS Card...The Cutting Cafe

The Cutting Cafe has some of the cutest shaped templates! That's pretty exciting for me. This project was done with the OVERALLS SHAPED CARD TEMPLATE CUTTING FILE. The file comes in PDF, SVG, and WPC formats. I used my Pazzles to whip this card out in no time flat.

The file comes with lots of extras (for both boys and girls) so you can accessorize your project depending on your mood. Add plenty or a little. It's all up to you!

If you'd like to try some of the shaped card templates, you can find them HERE. There's so much to choose from!



Grandparent Bday...CCC #83

This birthday challenge @ CCC has put me ahead of schedule on birthday cards!! It's a good feeling to already have my grandmother's card done. No last minute on this one. I went ahead and made two. Both grandmother's are done!!!

Now it's your turn. The challenge this week is to make a birthday card for a grandparent. You can use any cartridge and any colors. Simple enough, right?

I used Elegant Edges for the circles layer as well as the tag for the sentiment. The flowers were cut from Accent Essentials and distressed with Glimmer Mist. All pattern papers were printed with the Cricut Imagine Vintage Papers and Black and White Cartridges.



SUMMER... The Cutting Cafe...

It's monthly inspiration time over @ The Cutting Cafe. This month's inspiration is all about Summer. There are so many wonderful summer sets at the Cutting Cafe that I had trouble deciding what to do.

In the end, I decided to do something that I've never done before. That's a word book. I used the Summer Word Book Template and Cutting File. I tell you, this was so much easier than I thought it would be. The hardest part was picking paper. I decided to print my own papers from the Elise Cricut Imagine Cartridge. The actual cutting and putting the book together was super easy. Regina has a VIDEO that guides you through this simple process.

BTW, The "Momma said..." sentiment / cutting file also comes from The Cutting Cafe. You can find it HERE.

I like the way the book turned out. Now I have to add photos...

Be sure to stop by The Cutting Cafe and see what the rest of the design team has done. You're sure to be inspired.