Monday, December 5, 2011

Thank You and Winner!

Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday, I hope your week is off to a good start!  I would like to thank everyone for joining us in the Sophie blog hop, especially Michele for hosting!  It was so much fun!!

Today I have a Thank You card to share.  I made this with the Teresa Collins Baby Boutique Imagine cart.  I love this cart, it is so versatile!  All the paper, except the black card stock, is printed with my I.  I used Glossy Accents and glitter to highlight some of the detail.   I hope you enjoy!

I appreciate all the wonderful comments from everyone. A huge thank you to you for hanging in there till the last spot in the hop to visit my blog!

Brenda is the lucky winner of the Blackletter cart!  Congratulations Brenda, I will be e-mailing you.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sophie Blog Hop

HI Everyone!  

Welcome to my first ever hop - the Sophie Blog Hop!  As Cricut Circle members we are so excited to share projects made using the Cricut Circle Exclusive cartridge Sophie!!  If you are interested in learning more about the Circle you can check it out HERE.

This wonderful cartridge has some amazing images and features!  Hop along with us to explore the Sophie cart and gain some inspiration!!  If you don't have this cartridge that's OK, many of these projects are great inspiration for using images on other cartridges as well!

I made this card to share with you today. All the paper is printed using my Cricut Imagine, including on the inside of the card!  I had so much fun making this card.

Before you move on to our other bloggers, please leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a Blackletter solutions cartridge!!!!  You do not have to be a follower of my blog to win, but I would sure love it if you were!  Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you if you are the winner!  I will announce the winner on Monday evening.  At that same time, I will also be posting another fun project so you may want to stop back anyway!

If you started at my blog first, leave your comment and head on over to Michele's blog to start at the beginning.  Enjoy! 

Here is the entire line-up for today:

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Birthday Boy!

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all having a super week!!!!  I cannot believe that it's December already!  Where does the time go?

Today my son had a 8th birthday party to go to so I made this quick card for his buddy.  The card is from a set I picked up at Michaels with matching envelopes.  I used the Space Party cartridge and DCWV All About Boys stack for the base layer.  He just loved this card!  I hope his buddy did too.  I  am testing out the new camera that Santa is bringing me for Christmas - have to do quality control before Santa wraps this up right?!  I really love the picture quality.  The photo is a little flat so you can't see that the robot is popped up using dimensionals. . .  need to learn how to use all the features.  I think I'm in love with a Rebel - a Canon Rebel that is!

I also have some exciting news to share with you.  This Saturday I am participating in my first ever blog hop!!!!  We are featuring the Sophie cartridge.  The line-up is amazing - I hope you will all stop back by and join in the fun.  I have a special giveaway for one lucky visitor!

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope your Friday is spectacular!!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Get Well Soon!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all having a GREAT week!  Things here are hectic as usual.  I cannot believe that it is Thursday already!

The weather here has been beautiful, just what we needed after that early snow storm last week.    This weekend promises to be another beautiful fall weekend and I am so looking forward to it!

Today I am sharing a quick card that I made for a co-worker who was in a car accident.  She was all bruised up and broke her nose.  I felt so bad and wanted to cheer her up.  I am happy to report that she is feeling much better now.  It has just taken me a while to post this.  

This card was the first time that I tried "Perfect Pearls" and I have to say I really liked them.  I had so much fun, I was looking for other things to use the pearls on!  LOL!!  I used the metallic pearls to stamp my sentiment in place of ink.  The card base is 6x6 kraft card stock from my stash.  The larger shape is cut with my Cricut Imagine using a lilac paper printed from the Vintage Damask cartridge.   The small shape is cut and embossed with my Cuttlebug and the paper is also printed on the Imagine from Vintage Damask.  I inked it up with Cosmic Copper from Tsukineko and added some copper bling with my Imaginisce I-Rock.  The ribbon is from Michaels.  Inside I used Autumn Leaves clear journaling stamp  to give me some straight lines for my message, which I desperately need to avoid having the inside look like the leaning tower. . .

Thanks for looking everyone and have a great day!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Happy Birthday!

A little birdie to great you. . .

on your special day!

Hello Everyone!!!

Hope you are all well.  It has been so long since I have had a chance to post.  My poor craft room sent out a search team. . .  It's been utter craziness here with work and the beginning of the new school year, soccer, basketball and all the activities that start in September . . .  

Just a quick post to share a card I made with Pagoda, one of my favorite Cricut carts.  The colors are inspired by the beautiful fall colors that are suddenly showing up on all the trees around here.  I was going for a zen look (lol!) with  just pop of color on the red bird.  The photo was taken with my phone so it's not that great, but    I think it captured the feeling I was going for.  I inked the edges with my Copics, used lots of pop dots, ribbon from Michaels and Glossy Accents on the bird.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you all have a terrific week!

I am entering this in the following:

Birthday Sundaes-Fall colors birthday card
Card Cupids-Create a card with a decorative punch
Link Party:
Anything Goes 
Papertake-Use 3 different shapes
Crafty Cardmakers- Anything Goes

One Stop Craft: #152 Anything Goes
Paper Play: week 40 Autumn Colors

Monday, September 12, 2011

Get Well Soon!

Hi Everyone!!

I can't believe how long it has been since I've been able to post!  We were away on vacation and got evacuated with the hurricane.  We got home just in time for the hurricane to hit.  Our town was flooded in so many areas we could not drive anywhere.  So many stores were closed - including Michaels!!  Just when things were getting somewhat back to normal, we got so much rain all the rivers and lakes in our town overflowed again.  It's just awful.  We've got over 500 people out of their homes!  How are all of you?  Were any of you affected by the hurricane and flooding?   I hope you are all safe and sound!

We are trying hard to get back to normal.  I thought I'd post a little card  I made for my Dad.  I used Create a Critter and the sentiment is computer generated.  I was inspired by a card that Momo had on her blog a while back.  I thought it was appropriate with all this rain we've been having. . .

I am also submitting this for the Bugs, Beasts or Birds challenge at Shopping Our Stash! Check out their blog - there are so many terrific submission on this challenge!

I have missed all of you my wonderful blog friends!  I am glad to be back and will be posting regularly again.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!!!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Hi Everyone!

I hope you are having a terrrific day!!

The winner of my new blog design giveaway ($25 Michael's GC) is:

GiGi said...
I LOVE your blog design and became a new follower!

Congratulaions GiGi! Please Email me (use the contact me button on my blog) your snail mail address so I can send you your GC. I can't wait to see what you make!

Thanks everyone for entering my giveaway! You are all wonderful! I love all your kind comments and have enjoyed visiting your blogs! I wish I could send each of you a prize! I will be having a new giveaway very soon so check back.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Thank You!

The colors look great, but the card looks flat!

This photo shows the dimension . . .

Hi Everyone!

Today I am sharing a fun card I made using an Action Wobble for the first time.  The little puppy is from Create-a-critter.  I made this card to give to my in-laws from our sweet little dog Curley to thank them for dog sitting while we were away on vacation.  They spoiled him so much he almost didn't want to come home!! lol!

I am trying different ways to take pictures.  I posted two so that you could see the difference.  In the first photo you can see the dimension.  In the second photo the card looks flat, but the colors look better. . .  I see I need to work on this!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

PS - If you are looking for my give away click here.

I am also entering this in two challenges:
MycraftspotIt's HOT out there! (use hot, bright colors on your project)
Cricut Cardz"Straight from the Heart"! Make a thank you card using hearts, and any cartridges or colors you’d like, but NO pink or red - unfortunately I did not read the fine print and used red hearts - it's fun to play along any who. . .

My Recipe:
Dog - Create-a-critter.
Bubble & Hearts - Imagine built-in shape
Paper - DCWV - Glitter stack & Pets stack
Punch - EK Success paw border punch
Glossy Accents
Stamp - Hero Arts

Action Wobble

Last Day to Enter $25 Michaels GC Giveaway!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all having a fabulous week! 

Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to enter for the $25 Michael's gift card giveaway.  Click here to enter.  I will be announcing the winner first thing tomorrow morning!

I want to thank everyone who has visited my blog and left such wonderful comments!! You are all terrific!

Have a great day!!!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Birthday Sundaes - Cakes and Cupcakes Birthday Blog Hop!

A happy little flower to carry birthday wishes. . .

Seize the cupcake for a delicious day!

Hi Everyone!!

Hope you are all terrific today!  I want to thank everyone for visiting my blog!  I love reading all your comments!!   I will visit your blog soon and check out all your wonderful projects.  Also, thank you so much for all the tips on photography.  I took these pictures using your tips.  I am going to keep working at this until I can find the right formula. . . 

Today I am sharing a card I made for the Birthday Sundaes Cakes and Cupcakes Blog Hop, you can check it out here.  There are so many inspiring creations from the design team and all the links - not to mention some great giveaways along the way!

I wanted to try something a little different with a slightly monochromatic look.  I started looking through my paper stacks and the DCWV Lemon Flower stack just jumped out at me!  I used my Imagine to create the script paper and lots of pop dots for dimension.  I also embossed the sentiment using silver embossing powder.  What do you think?

Don't forget to enter for my Michael's gift card giveaway (see the link to the left above).

Thanks for visiting and have a GREAT week!!

My Recipe:
Flower - Kate's ABCs
Cupcake - Doodlecharms
Paper - DCWV - Mango Frost, Lemon Flower, Lori's Garden (Imagine Cart)
Sizzix - dragon fly
Stamp - Hero Arts
Silver embossing powder
Ribbon & flower - my stash

Friday, July 29, 2011

BBTB2 Ice Cream Challenge

Yummy, Yummy old fashioned Sundae!

Close-up of the ice-cream dish - doesn't this look like old fashioned glass?

The inside of my card. . .

Hi Everyone!!

Happy Friday!  Here is a card I made for the ICE CREAM challenge over at BBTB2.  This was the perfect summer challenge.  I had so much fun making this card.  For the full scoop :-) -  see my recipe below.  It really made me crave some ice cream though. . . lol!!  My pictures aren't the greatest quality.  I am trying new things to improve them, but haven't quite figured it out.  I would love to hear what you use to take your pictures.  

Don't forget to enter for my Michael's gift card giveaway (see the link to the left above).

If you haven't been to the BBTB2 blog check it out.  There is so much inspiration over there!  They are also having a blog hop with with their terrific design team!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!!!

My Recipe:
Kate's ABC's - sundae 3.5"
Simply Charmed - Ice-cream cone (inside) 1"
DCWV Papers - Hippie Chick, Mango Frost & Glitter Sweet
Glossy Accents
Stickles - Cotton Candy
Cuttlebug - D'vine swirls

Blog Candy - Win a Cricut Imagine!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all are having a SPECTACULAR week!   Everyday Cricut is having a week long celebration of their blogaversary.  Joy and Melanie have some awesome prizes!  Today they are giving away a Cricut IMAGINE!!!!  You can enter for this over at their  blog.  While you are there check out all their great projects.  Hurry on over, they are selecting the winner on Sunday, July 31.  Good Luck!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Thanks a Melon!

A little Melon and some ink . . .

= a lot of thanks!
The gorgeous pattern from the Elise cartridge.

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all having a spectacular weekend!  It is so hot here on the east coast, looking forward to some slightly cooler weather tomorrow!  

So sad I didn't make the MPS design team, but it was fun to try.  I so enjoyed visiting all the wonderful new blogs from everyone that posted!  Lot's of terrific inspiration!!  Congrats to the new DT members!

Here is a thank you card I made for a very thoughtful co-worker who brought me in some wonderful cookies!  I made this card entirely with my Imagine.  I just love the versatility of that fabulous machine!  All the patterned paper was created using the Elise cartridge.  It is so beautiful, I just had to post a close-up so you can see the wonderful pattern I chose for the card itself.  Isn't this just gorgeous?  This is one of my favorite pattern cartridges.  The shapes and the words were all cut from the Cricut "Just Because" Cards cartridge.  I haven't used this cartridge in a while and I forgot just how many great card ideas it has!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

My Recipe:
Imagine Cartridge - Elise
Cricut Cartridge -"Just Because" Cards
Cuttlebug - Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (distressed with my trusty nail file - lol!)
Ribbon - Michaels
Pen - white Gelly from Sakura - for doodling around the top layer
Ink - Distress Ink Pad - Antique Linen

If you are looking for my New Design Celebration Blog Candy click here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Hello Everyone!!

Those of you who visit my blog regularly may have noticed things look a little different around here!  Thanks to Madeline from the Shabby Vanity , my blog has a wonderful new look!  She created a total blog makeover for me and I couldn't be any happier.  Thank you Madeline!!!

To celebrate my new blog design I am giving away a $25 gift card to Michael's to one of my lucky followers.  I will announce the winner on August 10. 

All you need to do to enter is:

1.  Become a follower and leave a comment telling me that you are follower.
2.  For a second chance, post about this giveaway on your blog and leave another comment here telling me that you did.
3.  For a third chance, post my new blinkie on the side bar of your blog and leave another comment telling me that you did.
4. For a fourth chance e-mail 5 friends about my blog celebration asking them to comment on my blog telling me that you sent them, and leave a comment telling me that you did.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Pink Stamper Design Team Challenge!!

A little palm tree, a surf board. . .

add a little water. . .

and it's a beach party!

Hi Everyone!

Robyn at My Pink Stamper, has openings for her upcoming 2011 2nd term design team!  I decided to put my hat in the ring and give it a try.  I would love, love, love to be on her design team!  I found her blog about 6 months ago and credit her for my purchase of an Imagine, E-2, MPS stamps and tons of cartridges!!  She also inspired me to start this blog, which I am really enjoying.  I am learning so much from her and all you my wonderful new blog friends!

The challenge is to make a card, scrapbook page, or other Cricut project with your favorite Cricut cartridge using
Orange, Turquoise, Green, Brown and an Optional Color.  I chose Pink.  This color combination just said "beach" to me!  I had so much fun making this card.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!!

My recipe:
Cricut Cartridge - Life's a Beach (surf board cut at 2")
DCWV - Animal Crackers - palm tree (hand cut) & green cs
DCWV - Safari Kids - Brown cs
DCWV - Hippie Chick - Turquoise cs
Bazzill - Orange cs (A2 size card)
Pattern on surf board - computer generated
Prima Flower's
Stickles - Waterfall
Ink - Color Box - Chestnut
Sentiment - Hero Arts
All Night Media - Pop Dots
Glue dots
Cuttlebug - spots 'n dots embossing folder
Nail file to distress the "water" - my stash lol!


Hi Everyone!

I hope you are having a terrific week!  I want to thank Diana L over at  Http:// I won this very sweet Gratitude Journal over on her blog a few weeks back.  It really made me stop and think about all the things I am grateful for, including all of the wonderful blog friends I have made on line.  This is truly a special and very supportive community.  So thank you Diana!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Hi Everyone!

Hope your weekend was spectacular!  We were at the beach for another beautiful weekend.  

Here is a card that I made for my niece.  I posted a card I made for her the other day.  Then, I decided that she might like something more "grown up" since she  is turning 13.  

I made this entirely with the Imagine.  I changed the color of the chair to blue, since that is my niece's favorite color.  I used white and sparkly blue gelly pens to create the details that disappeared when I changed the color of the chair, headband and pillow.  I also changed the girl's hair from brown to blond and added some texture with my Copics.  I'd love to take a class on using Copics.   I really need to learn how to do use them better.  Lol!  Thank goodness for the clear blender.  Oh, and I also inked up the edges.

My Recipe:

Paper - Bazzill orange and white card stock
Cricut Imagine cartridge - Elise for all patterns
Cricut Image cartridge - Best Friends for the shapes.
TPC Studio - sentiment stamp
Bling from my stash
Ranger - Broken China Tim Holtz distress ink
Sakura Gelly pens
Copic markers

Thanks for looking and have a great week!

PS - I entered this as my submission for the Creative Critters Imagination DT.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thank You!

Hi Everyone,
I hope you are having a terrific week!  The week has flown by for me.  It's been so busy at work after having been on vacation.  I am really looking forward to this weekend.

Here is a thank you card I made with the Cricut Damask Decor  cartridge.  This is a really lovely cartridge.  Each card design includes a coordinating envelope.  The card stock is Bazzill and the ribbon is from Michaels.  The Thank You sentiment inside is from My Pink Stamper.  She has the some really versatile stamp sets that are so easy to use!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!!

PS I've decided to enter this into the linking party over at You Had me At Craft:-)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Blog Candy!

Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to leave a quick post about a wonderful blog called Going Buggy. I've been following her blog for a while and find her projects very inspiring. She has a super giveaway for a Cricut cartridge and some awesome Promarkers. You can find her Blog here -->

Enjoy the inspiration!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Kitty from Create a Critter.
The coordinating envelope!

Hi Everyone!  
I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!  The weather here was absolutely gorgeous.  We watched a friend sing and play guitar at a place on the boardwalk.  After eating our pizza we went down to the beach for a few hours.  The water was really rough, but it had washed up high along the sand and created a little river.  It was great for all the children to play in.  Even the "big" kids put their chair in the river and cooled their feet in the water.  

Here is a birthday card I made for my niece.  The card base is from the Paper Company.  It's an A-2 metallic green card,  The kitty is from Create a Critter.  The pink, white, brown and yellow card stock is all from my stash of scraps.  The patterned paper is from DCWV Safari Kids matstack.  The punch is Friskers and the bling is from my stash and Imaginisce.  The ribbon is from Joanne's dollar bin and the inside sentiment is from My Pink Stamper Everyday Life.  I just love this stamp set it has so many great sentiments!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July Everyone!

For those of us in the United States, today is the day we celebrate our independence as a nation.  It is also the unofficial start of the summer vacation season!  Everyone has BBQs with friends and family and lots of ice cream, watermelon and all those yummy things that scream summer!  We are down at the beach (or the shore as they call it here).  All the cousins young and old from near and far are here.  Fun times with the kids running around in the sand playing hide and seek until way past bedtime. . .  We are just enjoying the hot summer days for the next week. . .  before it's back to work and reality . . .   These days are the precious few each year that build memories of a life time.

We brought the baby bug of course, so hopefully I will have some cards to post later on in the week.  

I hope you are enjoying this day with your friends and family!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fun Graduation Card!

Here is the inside of the card. . .

Hi Everyone!

Here is a card that I made for my nephew who is graduating from High School this weekend.  The images are from the new Cricut seasonal graduation cartridge. I used card stock from my stash for all the solid colors.  The patterned paper is from the DCWV High School mat stack and the hats are also cut from a DCWV paper.  The sentiment on the inside is a wood block stamp from All Night Media.  I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Blog candy!

Hi Everyone!

Check out this cute blog for some wonderful blog candy. She has some really nice projects and is giving away a cartridge when she reaches 100 followers. It will bring you added good luck if you follow my blog too! Lol!!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Hi Everyone!
Here is a card that I made for Father's Day.  The photo quality is not that great because I took the picture with my phone.  I was at work about to mail it when I realized that I had not taken a photo!  This car looks a lot like one my father had, so I thought he would get a kick out of it.

The images are from the Nifty Fifties Cricut cartridge.  The patterned paper was made on my Imagine using the Best Friends cartridge.  The card is made from DCWV card stock.  I used my black Copic to create tire treads, it's difficult to see in the picture.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Get Well Soon!

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!  The weather here was great after all that rain.  Sorry it's been a while since I posted.  We went away to the beach for the holiday.  My son, who loves crafting as much as I do, packed the baby Cricut, Cuttlebug and lots of goodies, but we forgot the Gypsy!  No carts to play with.  So we HAD to run to Joanns and AC Moore to pick up a few - LOL!

Here is a card a I made for my Mom.  She hurt her hand gardening and can't play Bingo for a while.  I sure hope this cheers her up!  She loves to garden and play Bingo.  

This card is 6 x 6 on a pink card base using some great card stock I got at Costco  years ago.  It's so sad that they don't carry it any more.  It was really great.  The hearts are cut using Hoot "N" Holler.  They say "love you" and "xo" in the middle, but this is difficult to see in the photo.  This card really does look better IRL.  I used the Tim Holtz Sizzix Bingo embossing folder in the Cuttlebug - worked fine without any special plates.  Turquoise blue is her favorite color.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Broken China to ink up the card and twine from the Twinery.  The white border is cut from Fiskars - treading water border punch.  I also used Stickles on the little star.  The picture is not the greatest.  I really need to set up a spot where I can take a good photo.  This card just blends with the background and makes it difficult to see. . . 

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Happy Sunday- Brother B-day Card.

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are having a great weekend!  Yesterday was gorgeous here after all the rain we've had - finally!   

I made this fun card for my brother.  It's difficult to design cards for guys, but I saw this guitar on the Smiley Face gypsy cartridge and it reminded me of the Blues Brothers movie that came out in the 80s.  He really liked that.  I used Glossy Accents for the sunglasses, antique silver ink to "distress" the images and lots of pop dots.  The silver ink looks cloudy in the  photo, but it really looks like metal.  I colored the cheeks with my Copics.  The music notes are from an old Sizzex die cut.  The card base is from DCWV - All About Boys stack.  It actually had Superman on the edge - I just trimmed it to an A-2 size.  I hope he likes it!

Thanks for looking and have a GREAT day!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy Monday - more blog candy!

Hi Everyone!
Now that blogger is up and running again, I am working on some new projects to post.  I have a few in the works and hope to finish them soon.  I just wanted to leave a quick post about an awesome giveaway on Keepsakes by Melissa   She is giving away a Martha Stewart around the page border punch set and $100 Gift certificate to Michael's!  She has some terrific projects posted so take a look.

Have a great day! 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Blog Candy!

Hi Everyone -

Check out these awesome blogs for some great blog candy!  Also, if you follow my blog it may give you some added  good luck - lol!

Have a great day everyone and good luck!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Goodie Bags!

Hi Everyone!

Congratulations to all the winners of the NSD events!

This month is my little guy's 8th birthday.  I made these cute little goodie bags for all his classmates.  He loves baseball, so I used a mitt from Boys Will Be Boys.  Instead of a ball - I used the number 8.  The stamp is from MPS - Everyday Life.  I had a lot of fun making these with my new E-2.  I wasn't sure I needed the E-2 since I already had an Expression (my DH was sure I didn't need it - lol!), but I have to say it is easier to use.  I am glad the Mother's Day fairy got it for me!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Here are all 21. . .

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Quick Summer Theme Card for MPS Challenge

Hi Everyone,
Here is a quick card I put together for the summer theme challenge.  I used Live is a Beach cartridge.  I am not thrilled with how this one turned out.  I already have ideas on how to change it.  I just ran out of time for the challenge since I have to work tomorrow. . .
Thanks for looking and have a great day!