Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Be my honey lamb Valentines Day card made with Cricut Doodlecharms and vintage image

I guess you can tell I'm working on Valentines Day cards now! LOL! This one is for my precious little grandson Benjamin that is 5 1/2 months old right now. That precious little lamb was printed off a vintage Valentine card cd that is available at Peggy Loves Vintage (just click on the name and it will take you to her etsy shop). I just printed it on white card stock and cut it out. Then pop dotted it for dimension. Those scalloped hearts were cut with my Cricut Expression machine using the Doodlecharms cartridge. I love those scalloped hearts just as much today as I did the day I bought that cartridge! The polka dotted paper is from Nana's kids stack, and I used red and white Bazzill cardstock. I also used one of my Martha Stewart border punches. Thanks for stopping by to take a peek! Tomorrow is New Year's Eve! I can't believe we're already at 2009! It seems like only yesterday we were running around thinking everything was going to stop working when the clock struck midnight in the year 2000!! I wish you a very happy, healthy, prosperous, and creative new year! God Bless!!!

Love is the heart of the home

This is a card I made with a new set of printable Valentine stamps by Regina Easter over at The Cutting Cafe. I just thought this was the cutest little house. I printed it on my background cardstock, and then on a couple different pieces of printed paper which I cut out and pieced together. Also popped it up just a tad for some added dimension. The trees are cut with my Cricut Expression using the Pooh and Friends cartridge, and the clouds were cut with the Hello Kitty cartridge. The scalloped frame was cut from the Storybook cartridge. Please be sure and check out The Cutting Cafe! Regina has some really awesome printable stamps, and don't forget that Hallmark Scrapbook is having an AWESOME sale on Cricut cartridges! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 29, 2008

BBTB Challenge for this week

Hi everyone! I actually was able to spend a little time crafting tonight. But only after I had to deal with my computer crashing on me with a fried mother board! UGH! So now I'm dealing with trying to learn how to manuever around this new computer without all the software I'm so used to using for my pics. It took me a grand total of two hours to figure out how to even resize a pic tonight. I was ready to give it up for a lost cause. I finally just managed to do it in paint! UGH! I want my software back! LOL!!! Anyway, Regina's challenge to us this week was to use the cut out circle cut from the Mini Monograms cartridge. I just HAD to use my new stamps from Our Craft Lounge and make a Valentines Day Card with a matching gift tag. The papers are left over scraps from last year, the hearts are Melissa Frances, and the tag is a stamp from Stampin Up that I got last year. That heart border punch is by Fiskars and I've had it for about six years. Hope you like it! It was really nice to do something besides Christmas projects! LOL! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!! Be sure and pop over to Bitten By The Bug to check out the rest of the designers takes on this weeks challenge, and to check out the contest Regina has going on right now!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas card with Cricut New Arrivals cartridge Bitten By The Bug challenge

Well, this will probably be my last Christmas card for this season! I'm a lot closer to being ready than I was before the weekend started! I got quite a bit accomplished! My hubby Randy and I went shopping and took care of the grandkids! I was suprised we had enough room in the car to put everything in. LOL! We ALWAYS tend to go overboard with them. Oh well....what are Gramma's and PaPa's for??? LOL! And today, I made sugar cookies, several different kinds of chocolate candies, and canned some caramel sauce for ice cream tonight!! WHEW! I'm tired!!! :) Anyway, this week over at BBTB, Regina asked us to use the presents cuts from the New Arrival cartridge. I used some yummy sparkly paper a really good friend of mine sent me (thank you DeeDee!!!) *smile*
For the tag, I used my Nestabilities and a printable stamp I got from The Cutting Cafe!! LOVE those printable stamps!! I glittered the cardstock under the printable stamp with MS glitter. I just put my tag in my little xyron sticker maker upside down and then sprinkled the glitter on top. Works like a charm as it gives a very even coating of adhesive for the glitter!

The pearls are actually dew drops, and I added red stickles to the ribbons on the presents. The scalloped circle under the presents was cut with my Mini Monograms cartridge and then I used some chalk ink around the edges. I couldn't help but add some red rain dots into the scallops!
Please be sure and check out the rest of the designers projects with these presents over at Bitten By The Bug. And don't forget that Regina has a contest going on with a FABULOUS PRIZE from Sweet Arts Paperie!!!! Krista and Penny have the most awesome kits for sale!! If you haven't checked them out yet, do yourself a favor and head on over there! You won't be disappointed!!
That's all I've got for today! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and I will be back to blog hopping by the end of the week! I've actually got some much needed vacation coming up after the holiday!! Hugs to all of you and thank you so much for stopping by! Merry Christmas to each and every one of you!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Vintage Santa Christmas card

This is yet another adorable Santa from the cd of vintage Santas by my sister Peggy! I totally LOVE this cd!!! I've had so much fun making cards with all the great Santas!! I just printed it out on Bazzill cardstock and then used my nesties to cut it out along with the scalloped mat.
I used Basic Grey paper, added some ribbon, a cute sentiment charm and some buttons from my stash. Oh, I also used one of my MS border punches as well!
I'm so sorry I've been such a bad blogger the past couple weeks. I've tried to make it around to your blogs, but I just haven't done a very good job of it! I hope you're all getting close to being ready for the holiday!! Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Another B-day getting you down?

Here's another birthday card I squeezed inbetween my Christmas cards! LOL! This was a fun one to make. I just love this stamp! Sorry...I'll post the maker of the stamp at a later time. I'm pretty sure it's Penny Black, but not 100% sure.

I colored the image with my Copics. Th paper is some scraps I grabbed out of my pile and I used my Martha Stewart border punch. The cutout that the stamp image is on was cut with my Cricut Expression from Plantin Schoolbook.
The circle tag and star with shadow were cut with my George cartrdige. Used some Basic Grey buttons and some chalk ink, and that pretty much is it for this one. Thanks for dropping by to visit me today! I hope you're getting close to being done with all your holiday presparations!!! HUGS!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

celebrate your birthday!

I hadsome birthday cards to make, so it's been a little bit of a break from all the Christmas cards and projects I've been doing! I've been diligently working on my caramels today. I just decided to take a little break and let my arm muscles recoup before I start on the next batch! LOL!
This adorable little elephant is from Our Craft Lounge. Isn't it cute??!! I used the elephant from Dr Peanut that is splayed out on the ground. When I first got this stamp set, I was looking through all the wonderful images and notice that if I turned Peanut around, it looked like he was doing a handstand! So how cute is he for a big CELEBRATE card! I used the elephant and the grass from Dr Peanut and the balloons, birthday hat, and Happy Birthday are from Lil Peanut. The elephant footprints on the ribbon are also from Lil Peanut. I layered on cardstock with my nesties, and the tag is from my Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More cartridge that I cut with my Cricut Expression machine.

Oh, the little present on the tag is from Lil Peanut too! Paper is Basic Grey and I used my Martha Stewart border punch for some layering. Celebrate is a stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms by Kim Hughes! I LOVE her stamps! She's amazing! I colored all the stamped images with my Copic markers.
That's about it! Thanks for dropping by and visiting me today! I sure do appreciate you! It's back to work tomorrow, but for right now...I'm headed back to the kitchen. I hear some sugar and pecans calling my name!! HUGS!!

Looking for economical Christmas gifts that are still nice and home made too?

Hop on over to the Hallmark Ladybug blog! It was my turn to post, and I chose to do a yummy cookie mix in a jar. It makes a wonderful gift, is really easy and quick to put together, and is an economical gift to give! Hope it's able to help you finish your holiday preparations! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend! HUGS!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas card with Cricut and Martha Stewart Branch Punch

Oh how I love that branch punch from Martha Stewart! For this Christmas card, I cut out the base wreath shape with my Cricut Expression machine from the Joys of the Season cartridge. I covered it in adhesive with my ATG gun and then started punching, and punching, and punching, and punching! LOL! I have no idea how many branches I punched, but I will tell you that it was a BUNCH! Then I just started laying the tip end into the adhesive, keeping the bottom part of the brach up so they wouldn't lay flat. And I just kept layering and layering. This one looks really cool in person. It really does look like a real wreath. The snowflake is cut from a Sizzix Sizzlets die set and the Merry and Bright stamp is by Autumn Leaves. The pp is Basic Grey and the cardstock is Bazzill. I used some white acrylic paint around the edges of the green strips. I just really wanted the focus of this on to be that big full wreath. Click on the picture to get a nice up close view of it.

Hope you guys are doing ok in your preparation for the holidays! I won't get much crafting done this weekend. I love to make candy for the holidays. My favorites? I make pretty good home made caramels, and then I LOVE to make filled chocolates. My favorites are made with Kahlua. YUMMY! Move over Ethel M!!! LOL! So anyway, that is what I'm planning on doing this weekend. Making caramels and filled chocolates. By the time it's all over, I'll have blisters on my fingers from trying to cut caramels to portion pieces, and I'll be sick of forming and filling chocolates. But come next year, I'll be ready to do it all over again! Hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Some LONG overdue thank you's to some friends that have issued me awards!!!!

I have been issued some awards and have been TERRIBLE about not getting them posted. I apologize to these wonderful artists for me taking so long to get these posted here!

First, from one of my newest blogging friends, the talented Diana from Diana's AUsome Creations Etc! Thank you soooo much Diana for nominating me for this lovely award and for all your sweet comments and your support of me and my blog! You're amazing! Please be sure and visit her blog and check out her AUsome work!!! :)

Next award is from my friend Krista from Bella and Aidees Mom's blog with the You've Been Tagged award. Krista is so sweet and so talented! I'm tickled PINK (smile) to be able to work with Krista on the design team Bitten By The Bug. She's a true inspiration. She sells some amazingly beautiful kits along with her mom too! Be sure and visit her blog and check out all her wonderful work! Thank you so much Krista for thinking of me! The rules to this one is I'm supposed to list 7 random/weird facts about myself.

Ok, so here we go

1. When I was five years old and everyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was a Nun. I remember telling them that.

2. Also when I was about five years old, (same time I was planning on being a Nun) me and the next door neighbor boy (who is the exact same age as me) would sneak behind the house and kiss. LOL!

3. My idea of a wonderful vacation is to sit at home in my comfy clothes for a solid week of isolation and do nothing but craft and chat with my friends.

4. I cry at EVERYTHING! I'm pitiful I tell you! I cry at Christmas songs, I cry at movies, I cry at television shows, I tear up at any hint of emotion. I have tried to beat it my entire life, and have finally given up and given in. Now I just try and hide it. LOL!

5. I'm a night owl! Which is NOT good as I have to get up at 4:30am to get ready for my day job. UGH! Any time I'm off, I migrate to the evening hours. I am a happy camper to sit and craft until 3am and then to sleep until 11!

6. I've got a fear about having bad breath. I suck on Altoids like crazy. I constantly have one in my mouth when I'm awake.

7. And on that note, my last weird fact is that the peppermint in the Altoids makes me sneeze! I can put one in my mouth, and sometimes I'll sneeze as many as three times from the peppermint! LOL!!

Ok, that's it for my 7 facts....Hope you still want to come back and visit me! LOL! Krista...thank you so much for the fun, my friend! You're amazing!

This next award I received from two different people whom I admire very much. I got one from the very talented Nikki from Two Bugs and a Crafting Junkie! It never ceases to amaze me that someone that gives me so much inspiration could look at me the same way. I have been a huge fan of Nikki's for quite some time. I drink up her work like I would a vodka cranberry! My second nomination for this wonderful award came from my sweet and VERY talented friend, Michelle (BCR8IV). Michelle is amazing and is such an inspiration to me! We go quite a ways back and became friends in a card club from the Cricut MB. I loved her work then, and love it even more now! I am very honored and consider myself very lucky to be able to work with BOTH of these ladies on design teams. Please be sure and do yourself a favor by visiting their blogs and checking out their work!

I know I'm supposed to nominate other people to receive these awards, but it's just soooo danged hard to pick just a couple when I love and admire so many people. Honestly, I truly believe that everyone that takes time out of their day to pay me a visit deserves to post these awards on their blogs. Every one of you inspires me tremendously. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your friendships and support. Without you, this blog would not even exist. Thank you once again ladies, by honoring me with these awards! You've made me feel very special! Big hugs!!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Tree Box challenge from Bitten By The Bug

Regina's challenge for us this past week was to use the tree box from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge. I decided to use one of Regina's downloadable stamps from her store The Cutting Cafe on it. Just printed it out on cardstock, colored it and cut it out with my oval Nesties. Cut the Ho Ho from the Cuttin Up cartridge and put it all together. The paper is from Bo Bunny and the cardstock is Bazzill. I thought this would be really cute to put a gift card in it for my daughter and just hang it on the tree. It was a little tricky to get the box to stay shut, but other than that, I think it makes an adorable gift card box!!!
Please be sure and visit Bitten By the Bug to see all the amazing projects the design team came up with this week!
Thanks for peeking in on me today!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas card with Cricut and Vintage Santa

Here's another one of those amazing Santa's off my sister's cd! If you visit her site by clicking on the link, it's the 240 Vintage Santa Claus cd. I printed him out on Bazzill cardstock and then used an oval nestie to cut him out. This is one of the most beautiful Santa's I think I've ever seen. I really love how he turned out.
The paper and buttons are Basic Grey and the crdstock is Bazzill. I used the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge for the large scalloped edge across the bottom, and my Spellbinder dies for the scalloped ovals.
For the tag, I used the Cricut Tags Bags Boxes and More cartridge. Accented things with some chalk ink and that's about it.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and didn't OD on pumpkin pie! And if you're looking for any of the Cricut cartridges or the Expression, be sure and visit Hallmark Scrapbook. They're having an AWESOME CARTRIDGE SALE going on right now! Be sure and let your loved ones know which ones you have on your wish list! Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Merry and Bright Christmas card

Here's another Christmas card. I'm starting to panic because I have so much to do and not enough time to get it all done! YIKES!!! Some people may even get *GASP* purchased cards this year. I haven't purchased a card in so long!
This one was made with another one of those amazing cut files from Regina over at The Cutting Cafe! If you still haven't been over to visit her shop, you should do yourself a favor. She sells wpc files to use with your Pazzle machine and other cutting machines too. But don't worry if you don't have the machine, cause she also has them in PDF files. Just print them on your printed paper or cardstock and cut them out by hand! Works like a charm!

The circle tag is from another set Regina has also! Sooooo easy! Just print and punch it out with your circle punch! I love it!!! I layered it on top of some Mini Monograms circles and popped a little red button in the center and voila!

the pp is by Kaiser and the cardstock is Bazzill. I used lots of chalk ink and some liquid applique. Oh! And the holly is from my Cricut cartridge Joys of the Season.
If you are in need of any of these tools or cartridges, please be sure and visit Hallmark Scrapbook! They're having an amazing cartridge sale going on right now!!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving week!! I've got lots to do the rest of the week as I'm cooking. So if I don't see you before, HAPPY THANKSGIVING MY FRIENDS!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Hey baby - what's cookin?? A new BBTB challenge with Stretch Your Imagination

Oh how much stinkin fun I had making this card! I can't even begin to tell you. This is pure me all the way! LOL! I love to make people laugh, so I hope I was able to pull it off. Regina asked us to use either the regular turkey or the stretched turkey, so this is what I came up with. Here's the recipe: trees and turkey were cut with Stretch Your Imagination with my Cricut Expression. The sideways ballcap was cut using the Pooh cart. I just flipped it around with my machine so it would look like he was wearing it to the side and back. The supposed girl ( I know the boys are usually the prettier ones - but go with me for the heck of it) was cut with my Pazzle Inspiration and the Holidays Pazzle cd. The word bubbles were cut from my Graphically Speaking cart and the grass is from ZooBalloo. The paper is mostly Basic Grey and the cardstock is Bazzill. All of these items are available over at Hallmark Scrapbook!! And they've still got their cartridge sale going on! I sure hope you like it! Don't forget to check out the latest contest going on over at Bitten By The Bug!! Thanks a lot for stopping by and have a wonderful Monday!!! HUGS!!!

Merry Christmas to you!

This card was SO quick and easy! That gorgeous Santa was from my very talented sis's cd of Santa Claus vintage images. You should REALLY check these things out! They make card making so easy! And that circle tag is from my very talented friend Regina which is available at The Cutting Cafe. You just print it out on cardstock and punch it out with your circle punch. The scalloped circles were cut with my Cricut Expression machine using the Mini Monograms cartridge. I just attached it to the hat pin and stuck it into the ribbon. The cardstock behind that beautiful Santa is embossed with the Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder. The bottom edge is from my MS border punch, and the ribbon is from M's. That's it! Hope you like it and that you're getting all of your Christmas projects done!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! HUGS!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Take two peanuts....

There's a blogging friend that has gotten very sick and is in the hospital, so I wanted to try and cheer her up a bit. And with perfect timing, I just got my new stamps from Our Craft Lounge! Oh how cute are these stamps!!! And the quality is WONDERFUL! I got nice clean crisp images! Love them and will definitely be getting more! This one is made from the stamp set called Dr. Peanut. LOVE IT!!! The scalloped circles were cut on my Expression Machine with the Mini Monograms cartridge, and the tag with the Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More cartridge. The scalloped border on the bottom is with my MS punch and I did some machine stitching. The paper is Basic Grey and Bazzill cardstock, and that matching brad on the tag is Basic Grey as well. I sure hope it makes her smile. Thanks for looking!

Alaska has been in the news a lot lately, so let's do a silly law from Alaska:

Did you know that in Anchorage, no one may tie their pet dog to the roof of the car??? I guess it's ok to strap them to the grill?? SHEESH!!!

Have a great day! HUGS!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ornament box and Card set box

These are a couple of the FABULOUS boxes that are available over at The Cutting Cafe. These boxes are amazing! They go together so easily and all you have to do is throw a couple embellishments on it and you've got a fantastic little gift box! The first box is the cupcake box and I LOVE this!! When I first cut it out, I realized it was the PERFECT size for a Christmas ornament, so that's exactly what I made! The second box will hold a set of four standard A2 cards!! Please hop over to The Cutting Cafe and check these cutting files out! And if you're looking for the tools that I used to make them, go check out the Cricut Expression machine and the Pazzle Inspiration over at Hallmark Scrapbook!! They have the best prices and customer service on the net!!! They're also having a super cartridge sale going on!! You're going to love the prices!!! The lace used around the top of the card box and that awesome flower were gifts from my friend Nancy!!! do yourself a big favor and be sure and visit her blog. She's amazing!!! THANK YOU NANCY!!! Thanks for visiting and hope you're having a great week!

Dumb law in Alabama... It is illegal to impersonate a person of the clergy

Watch out for those singing candygram guys at your next bachelorette party!!! You don't want to get charged with aiding and abetting!!

Rockin Around the Christmas Tree

Over at Hallmark Scrapbook message board, Carole gave us a challenge to make a project with the rocking horse on Joys of the Season. This is what I came up with. pp is Basic Grey, cardstock is Bazzill. I used one of my new MS border punches for the strip across the top. Both the rocking horse and the tree came from Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge. I put red glitter spots on the die cut, and then layered the MS branch punch on top of that so it would look like there were lights within the tree. I think it looks that way in real life, not sure if it translates on the pic. The branches on the tree was inspired by my friend Michelle. She's so talened. Be sure and visit her blog if you haven't!!! I topped it all off with a yummy ribbon that came from my friend Regina Easter, and there ya have it! Hope you like it!!! Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful day! Hugs!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Christmas is the Season for Giving A Cricut card with Stretch Your Imagination

Over at BBTB this week, Regina asked us to use this tree for a Christmas project. I must admit, this one was very difficult for me. I had no idea what the heck to do with this tree and make it say Christmas. So this is what I came up with. The tree is from the Cricut Stretch Your Imagination cartridge, the snowman is from Doodlecharms. I made the snow by mixing up some diamond glaze, some white paint, and some glitter. I wanted dimension, that's why I used the diamond glaze with it. pp is Basic Grey and cardstock is Bazzill. Please be sure and look at the rest of the BBTB designers projects by clicking here. Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Hugs!!

Another Christmas card with Sizzix dies

I love whimsical! So when I saw this set of Sizzix Sizzlet dies over at Hallmark Scrapbook, I couldn't wait to get them. And they did not dissappoint!! I cut each of them out and placed them on a scallopped square cut with my Cricut Expression machine and the Storybook cartridge. They are double popped for dimension. The pp is Bo Bunny from last year and the cardstock is Bazzill. Popped on a little border made with my Threading Water punch and put a little piece of ribbon on top. That was it! I'm slowly making some headway with my Christmas cards! Thanks for stopping by and visiting today! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! HUGS!

Another dumb law in Nevada:

In Reno (right where I live) it's illegal to lie down on the sidewalk.

Not that I would really want to, but that's just a little excessive, don't ya think??? :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

ho ho ho...Santa was here with downloadable circle tag

I have been seeing these medalion cards everywhere and have really been wanting to make one! So I finally did last night. If you haven't seen this tutorial, be sure and visit Becca over at Amazing Paper Grace. She's one talented lady!!!

I used a corner punch to make the medalion. The PP is by Kaiser and the cardstock by Bazzill. The Santa stamp is a Mary Engelbreit by All Night Media #849J11. I used my MS border punch and then that fun tag is a downloadable stamp by Regina Easter over at The Cutting Cafe! They're so easy to use! Just print and punch out with your circle punch! I love them! Watch for them! They'll be available soon over on the Cutting Cafe web site! Thanks for stopping by to visit and have a wonderful Saturday!

Another Nevada dumb law:

in Elko, NV everyone walking the streets is required to wear a mask.


Friday, November 14, 2008

To/From Christmas tags set

This was my project for the Hallmark Ladybug blog a couple weeks ago. I gave you a sneak peek with just the box, so now you get to see the whole set if you didn't happen to go check them out over at Hallmark. I truly love making my own gift tags for Christmas, so this project was a LOT of fun for me. If you would like to have specifics, please click right here!
Now how about a little fun?!! I have always been intrigued by all the silly laws that are still on the books of our nation. So I thought maybe I'd let you know some of them. Here's my very first!! Since I live in the state of Nevada, I thought I'd start with one from here first.
It's illegal to drive a camel on the highway in Nevada.
Thank goodness! I can only imagine rush hour!!!!
Take care and have a great day! Thanks for stopping by to visit! HUGS!!