Saturday, May 28, 2011

Off In Monterey

Hi all my bloggy friends!

I just wanted to let you all know that I am on vacation in Monterey with my family enjoying a week of R & R.  We are having a mini family reunion here, my brother and his kids, my sister and her kids, my Mom and Dad and my children and grandchildren. We had a gorgeous day today!!! My grandkids first experience at the beach.

Jeff having fun in the surf!

Michelle's not sure about the water.

Two of my nieces, my daughter and I enjoying having our toes in the sand!

Our first full day here was gorgeous! Couldn't have had a better day! Looking forward to more adventures tommorrow!

Anyhow I won't be posting any projects for the next week:( but luckily I have enough distractions that I shouldn't go into craft withdrawals.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Many Hats

I made this card for my nieces graduation from High School. Seems like yesterday she was just a baby!
As they say, time goes by to quickly.
I am entering this card in Cricut Cardz Challenge graduation cards using any cartridge and colors.

Supplies used: cardstock - kraft, white, black, orange, blue, green, pink, yellow and gold glitter; border punch - Martha Stewart; ribbon, button, floss - my stash, Everyday Paper Dolls, Celebrations, and Once Upon A Princess Cricut cartridges, font - LD Coffee House

We're halfway through the week!!! Hope you enjoyed your hump day!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Whooooo Loves You?

Happy Friday everyone! Are you looking forward to the weekend like me?

Today I have a card for you that I made to enter into two challenges. The Card Patterns challenge sketch #115 and Cricut Cartridge Chaos Challenge week # 17.

For Card Patterns you are to use this sketch:

And for Cricut Cartridge Chaos Challenge you are to use the Give A Hoot Cricut cartridge.

Supplies used: cardstock - white, two shades of pink, two shades of yellow; patterned paper - picnic, lazy summer stripe and die cut shapes all from Lazy Summer by Three Bugs In A Rug, Yellow swirls by Paper Pizzaz; stamp - Punnylicious by My Pink Stamper; ribbon, button, floss from my stash; pop dots.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Back to Basics Thank You

This weeks challenge over at Whimsical Wednesday is "back to basics." The challenge is to create a card/project that is cricutless. In addition to not using the cricut, we had to use some type of "old school" embellishment (sticker, rub-ons, chipboard, glitter...). I decided to go way back to basics. I pulled out my very first "Card Creations" magazine from 2003 and found a cute thank you card that definatly uses "old school" embellishments.

Pretty basic, but oh so cute!!!

Supplies used: cardstock - white, green, bright pink and 2 shades of orange; patterned paper - Sweetwater; rub on - mini thanks 3 by Making Memories; eyelets - Making memories; flower punch - Martha Stewart

Happy hump day everyone!

Monday, May 16, 2011


Sometimes I wish I could just catch the wind and soar!

Todays card I created for the Hambo Hoedown challenge. You are to use their digital image of the week. This week you are to use bold, bright colors and paper piercing.

Supplies used: cardstock - kraft; patterned paper - cabana, admiral, tea party, corsage from june bug by Basic grey and scattered clouds from sunny by We R Memory Keepers; buttons - my stash; font - Freehand

Hope everyone had a great Monday!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Giveaway at Creating from the heart

Melissa at Creating from the Heart is having a super giveaway on her blog!!!
You can win a Martha Stewart Punch or a Michael's gift certificate!!
Go and check out her blog you won't be disappointed, she is very creative and makes beautiful cards and projects!!!


Todays post is a wedding card I made to enter in several challenges: Whimsical Wednesday this week our challenge is to make a shape card; Celebrate The Occasion challenge #13, the theme is "Wedding (must use ribbon)"; Squigglefly this weeks challenge is to create a "Shape" card; and Paper Playtime this week Ch# 45 is to make a TALL CARD. Tall cards measure 9" x 4" folded and will fit into a "Business" size envelope.

I used my Wild Card Cricut cartridge set at 9" to cut out the house, door, roof, window trim and topiary. The banner was cut with Christmas Cheer set at 3/4". The bride and groom image is from Squigglefly.

Supplies used: cardstock - light blue, grey, green, brown, red and white; stamp - Wedding/Marriage by Inkadinkado; digital image - Squigglefly; markers - Copic and Memory Markers; ribbon - my stash; Wild Card and Christmas Cheer cricut cartridges; pop dots

Hope you had a fantastic weekend!

Your comments are always appreciated!!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Elmo 2nd Birthday Layout

This is a layout of my grandson Jeff's second birthday! He had an Elmo party, which was his favorite at that time. I am entering it into two challenges, Once Upon a Sketch and Whimsical Wednesday.

For Once Upon A Sketch you were to use this sketch:

For Whimsical Wednesday this week the challenge is to create a Birthday LO and include some type of embossing. I used embossed background paper although it is a little hard to see in the pictures.

Supplies used: cardstock - embossed white, yellow, red; patterned paper - Elmo from Sesame Street by EK Success, Play Nice from My Little monsters by Daisy Bucket, Silly Stripes; star punch - EK Success; Life's A Party Cricut cartridge (Happy Birthday cut at 2" and the number two cut at 4"); buttons, floss, journal square - my stash; pop dots; font - 2Peas Quirky.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Vintage Goodies

I would like to say first off (sorry everybody else) that I have the best Sis ever!!
My family gathered at my home for Easter and my sister showed up with this:

I think she knows me very well! Talk about one of the best gifts ever!! All kinds of wonderful vintage goodies, along with some fun ribbon.

Just look at these yummy vintage buttons!

And these wonderful old button cards with such fantastic graphics and pretty buttons still attahced!

Gorgeous old lace and trims!

The most darling vintage patterns!
I fell in love with these guys in the robes, and check out the pipe!

What fun things I'll be able to create with all these goodies. I feel like a kid in a candy shop, a super, duper candy shop!

Yup, I have the best sis ever!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Aloha everyone! I made this card for Cricut Cardz Challenge. The challenge this week is to make a card with a beach theme. I used Life Is A Beach Cricut cartridge to cut out the waves and the title "Aloha".
I used George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge to cut the circle and triangles for the sun.

Supplies used: cardstock - white, yellow, two shades of coral; patterned papers - Bo Bunny and scraps from my stash; fabric - my stash; corner rounder punch - Fiskars; pop dots.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Frog Prince

My second post for today is a card I made for challenge #4 at Whimsical Wednesday which is to create a project to celebrate the Royal Wedding.

I know that most of the entries are beautiful and elegant cards, but I wanted to have a little fun with it, so I came up with this:

It was my first easel card and I had so much fun making it. Hope you enjoy it!

Supplies used: cardstock - kraft, 2 shades of green, two shades of pink, gold glitter; patterned paper - Making Memories; google eyes - JoAnne's; heart punch - Martha Stewart; button and twine - my stash; font - Cloister Black Light

Thank you for taking the time to comment, it means a lot to me!!

Sunflower Mother's Day

This will be my last Mother's Day card for this year. I am entering it in this weeks challenge at Squigglefly and the theme is May Flowers.

Supplies used: cardstock - white and yellow; patterned paper - Depot Park & County Library from Hometown by October Afternoon, Lullaby form Ducks in a Row by October Afternoon, Bitty Dot Basics by Papertrey Inc.; sunflower image and sentiment - Squigglefly; Pearlescent chalk - Pebbles; Memory Markers - American Crafts; brads - Making Memories; corner rounder - Fiskars; pop dots.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hot Mama

I made this Mother's Day card for the M.A.G. Challenge by the Page-Use From the Kitchen pg.53 images only to create a project!
I used the oven mitt and the word "hot".
This is the page:

Supplies used: cardstock - kraft; patterned paper - Nook, Sunnyside and Tea Towel from Comstock Collection by We R Memory Keepers; border punch - Martha Stewart; stamp - GCS Art Stamps; letter stickers - Colorbok; pop dots

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bird House

I saw a bird house similar to this in my recent Handmade magazine and thought it would be so fun to make! I found the wooden bird house at JoAnn's in the dollar bin. I white washed it with some really watered down paint. I cut the large flowers and leaves with my Accent Essentials and Walk In My Garden Cricut cartridges, cutting several of each flower, clipping some petals and layering them. The small blue flower was a spiral cut flower.

I am entering it in two challenges Whimsical Wednesday- make a spring home decor item, and My Sheri Crafts-Mother's Day project.

Supplies used: Wooden bird house - JoAnn's; patterned papers from Stella & Rose by My Minds Eye; Accent Essentials and Walk in my Garden Cricut cartridges, glue gun.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Vintage Groove Necklaces

I would like to preface this post with the obvious fact that I am not a professional photographer! I tried many different locations along with numerous backgrounds and could not seem to get pictures of these necklaces that made me happy. Please forgive me and I hope you can get some semblance of an idea what they really look like. Anyway, on to my post.

I made these necklaces as Mother's Day gifts for some special Mothers in my life! I am entering these into the challenge at Celebrate The Occasion in which the theme this week is Mother's Day and you are to create a card, layout or project for Mother's Day. I hope this qualifies as a project, although it is not paper crafting.

All of you paper crafters out there are very familiar with the company Making Memories. Well, Making Memories has a jewelry making line called Vintage Groove and they have all kinds of cute baubles, connectors, chains, clasps, etc. Most of these necklaces were made with pieces from the Vintage Groove line, although I did add some actual gemstones such as Amethyst chips, Agate nuggets and Amazonite stones. I had a blast making them and they were fairly easy! Great project for beginners at jewelry making.

Thanks for taking a peek and I always appreciate your comments! They mean a great deal to me!

Mom, I Love You

I am so excited to share with you that I was chosen to be a guest designer for Card Patterns sketch challenge this week! Can I tell you how much fun I had creating this card!
Since it is so close to Mother's Day I decided to use this weeks sketch to make a Mother's Day card.

I had these really cute chipboard buttons from Jenni Bowlin that I wanted to use, so I drew on them as my inspiration for the card. I did a little distressing, a little inking, a little sewing and came up with a vintage looking card.

Here is this weeks sketch:

Supplies used: cardstock - blue; patterned paper - rose bouquet and granny's quilt from kitch by the girls' paperie, bitty dot basics by Papertrey Inc.; Floral Fantasy embossing folder by Prove Craft; ribbon, floss, button - my stash; bakers twine - Papertrey Inc.; letter and word stickers - kitch and vintage whimsy by the girls' paperie; chipboard buttons - reader by Jenni Bowlin; sewing machine.

I want to thank the gals at Card Patterns for giving me this wonderful opportunity!

Thanks for looking and as always I appreciate, from the bottom of my heart, your comments!