Welcome to my blog and thanks for stopping by. This is where I share some of the fun things I come up with in my craft room. I hope you enjoy your visit !

Monday, February 3, 2014

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Square1 Wall Mural

I love Square1 repositionable fabric ! I used it this time to make a wall mural for my craft room. Just my regular computer printer and Square 1 and a few minutes of my time and my wall is decorated ! Each sheet is repositionable up to 50 times so I can remove and move and switch out any sheets that I want to at any time. They absolutely do not damage or leave any adhesive residue on the wall or any surface they are placed on so are great for decorating any room of your home, dorm room, class room, hospital or nursing home room....anyplace at all ! And..........when they are removed they can be stored on their original backing sheets and reused again at a later date . That makes Square1 repositionable perfect for seasonal or holiday decorations as well.  If you haven't tried Square1 products yet I urge you to give it a try......and be sure to tell them I sent you !  Once you try it yourself for the first time you're sure to be as excited about it as I am.

Square1 and Deco Blocks



More fun with Square1 Masterpiece repositionable , printable fabric.  It's so much fun to create with ! It's also pvc free so it's safe for your home and family. These photos are some of my favorites, printed onto Square1 with my regular computer printer and displayed on glass blocks that I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  The blocks actually have a hole cut in the top and are hollow inside. The one with the Cape Lookout , NC lighthouse has a set of mini lights in it and really looks nice with the lights on. They can also be used as banks or filled with mini shells or marbles, sand...just about anything. Super simple way to decorate a home !

Monday, December 30, 2013

I used Square1 Masterpiece once again to create this 2014calendar for my home . The printable, pvc free, repositionable fabric is super easy to use with a regular computer printer and I can move my calendar up to 50 times during the year to wherever I want it.  Great product...I love it !

Have you ever heard of Square1 Masterpiece printable fabric ?  It's like a vinyl but it's not...it's PVC free, more like a fabric...and super easy to work with. Print on it with your computer or draw or stamp on it and cut out with scissors or a die cutting machine. I purchased these glass containers from The Dollar Tree and embellished them so easily. The Square1 is not only printable but also repositionable so the designs can be changed at will and each one is restickable up to 50 times !  This one was made for friends as a Christmas gift. I have another in my home that I use to hold our remote controls .
 

I enjoy making gifts for friends and family. Here is one that I gave to friends for Christmas this year. Fun and easy to do.  I used my Cricut machine to make stencils and then used Armour Etch cream to etch the glass.  Really dressed up the plain glass mugs I started out with and made them a truly personal gift since I used the initials of the recipients along with goats. They own and share dairy goats so I was really happy to find some goats on one of my cartridges.
 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Birthday Card Fun




Both of these birthday cards are over-sized 6" x 12 " cards and both of them were made with my Cricut . The deer on the first one is a sticker and so is the balloon on the second one. The second one is my first card ever using acetate. I stapled it onto the card front with pretty pink staples with the embellishments underneath except for the balloon sticker.  I used a white pen to make the balloon string.  I am actually ridiculously afraid of frogs so normally wouldn't be real anxious to put them on anything I make but the young lady I was making the card for absolutely loves them so I swallowed my fear and gave her frogs......I actually think the card is kind of cute.......As long as the frogs aren't real and can't jump on me !

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I needed a couple of birthday cards this week and then decided to send a get well card to a lady who recently had surgery so off to my craft room I went.

The owl on this card was cut from a Cricut cartridge using Tim Holtz Coordinations paper and then lightly sanded. The background was stamped with little owls and then dry embossed with a chicken wire embossing folder and a bit of raffia was tied on to finish the sort of masculine look. I used rubber stamps on the inside to finish it off.


 I think my favorite card of the ones I have made for my dad over the years is the Fathers Day card that I used in a previous blog post but I do like this one too. I used my Cricut again to cut out the elements and letters and did some layering to make a somewhat unique/different style of card for my Dad's 84th birthday yesterday. He's so hard to shop for !  His gift was a USB hub for his computers along with a variety of edible treats since he has everything he wants already.

The Get Well card has a feminine touch since it is for a lady. I used a Martha Stewart punch around the page set with a Hot Off The Press Dazzle dragonfly in the center. The inside is a trimmed down paper from a 6 x 6 paper pad with a rubber stamped Anna Griffin sentiment. I really love how this card turned out. Hope it will add a little cheer to the day of the recipient and let her know that we're thinking of her and wishing her well !

Monday, June 17, 2013



I made this card and gift bag for my Dad for Fathers Day.  It was a lot of fun and he really liked them too.  Jinger Adams' card kit came in so handy for the card. I added some stickers that I picked up at Michaels and some background paper and that was it...simple and my dad and I both really like the way it turned out.  I used my Cricut and Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More cartridge to make the bag. The shirt and tie were also cut with my Cricut using the Every Day Paper Dolls cartridge.  I love the papers.  I picked them up at Michaels a while back and have loved using them for cards and scrapbook embellishments.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013



This card was so much fun to make ~ it's a  card for one of my grandson's 11th birthday. It has so much dimension with the pop ups in the corners and layers of papers and stickers. He really liked it ..........of course , at his age he was even happier with the two large tins of Pok√©mon cards that came with it...lol.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

It seems like no matter how many tools and toys I have I so often go back to my favorites. This card for my mother in law started out as a blank easel card from Jinger Adams' card kit. My camera angle here wasn't the best and really doesn't do it justice but there are four designs of pre folded and cut pop up cards in the kit and some really nice, good quality papers and embellishments...well worth the very reasonable price it sells for on HSN.  I added a cardstock background embossed with one of my favorite Cuttlebug embossing folders . The dimensional flower was made from a Martha Stewart punch...love this one. I punched several and layered them, turning up the edges for dimension, and added a flower button to the center. Then I added a few little faux pearls and stamped the sentiment and my card was complete. It's really much prettier than it looks in the picture..........just wanted to share and make the point that when we choose to purchase good quality crafting products that we truly love we definitely get our money's worth out of them because we tend to use them again and again and again.  I love my Martha Stewart punches and Cuttlebug embossing folders ! This card kit was my first Jinger Adams purchase and I was so pleased with the quality that I'm pretty sure it will be the first of many !  Although it's not shown here I also have to say that I love my new We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board...another great company whose products never disappoint me !

Friday, March 8, 2013

Dry Erase Memo Boards



This is not an original idea at all but I had fun with it. It started out with my buying a pretty piece of scrapbook paper with deer on it planning to use it eventually on a page or card for my husband. When I showed it to him he really liked it. That led to me remembering that I had seen a  blog post somewhere about using picture frames as dry erase memo boards and others about framing pretty scrapbook papers just to enjoy looking at them. The next thing I knew I was at Walmart buying an inexpensive frame to use for both purposes. The frame is 11 x 14, far cheaper than a 12 x 12 frame would be, so I used strips of paper to fill up the area on both sides of the paper to fill the available space. Now he has a pretty dry erase board with a nice masculine touch to it.............and of course I needed one for my craft room too so I made one for me usintg a colorful paper that I like.  I love the idea of changing out the paper in mine whenever I want to ,  just for fun !

Baby Shower Gift




I recently made a scrapbook as a baby shower gift for a friend. The book has a total of 26 pages, all prepared and ready for photos. Decided to share  just a few of them here. It was so much fun to create ....I hope she and her family will enjoy it for years to come. I included a couple of pages that will include photos of the big brother and even a page for a photo of the baby with the family dog !  The front cover was made with layers of doilies made with the new Martha Stewart circular punch set, which is really fun to create with. I also used my Cricut, Sizzix dies, and punches from We R Memory Keepers along with lots of odds and ends from my craft room stash, and of course my Cinch binding tool.  I can't think of a hobby that could possibly be more fun than paper crafting  !

A Valentine for my Dad


This card was really eay to make with just a few partial pieces of card stock but was a nice surprise for my Dad this year to go to his mailbox and find a Valentine's Day card from his daughter.  He knows I love him but I think he liked the reminder and he told me several times that he likes the card.

Monday, February 4, 2013

It's been a long while since I've posted here. In the meantime I have purchased a few new "toys" and am loving them. One of them is the new Martha Stewart Arch Punch Kit. Awesome to be able to punch circles in sizes from 6" to 12" in one inch increments. The original set comes with three cartridges so that's 21 different circles. With alittle snipping and modifying those can be adapted in several ways adding even more variety, not to mention that half circles or other partial circles can be used for so many things. I'm really looking forward to purchasing more design cartridges for this as they become available. I haven't yet decided what to use the flower doily design on the top of the photo for. Right now I'm still just having fun punching circles !

The two cards shown are made with a Tim Holtz embossing folder on Coordinations cards stock, lightly sanded to bring out some detail. They both have a little bird cage design in the center. The interesting thing about that is that the bird cage and surrounding area  are actually part of the packaging from an inexpensive 8 x 8 paper pack I picked up at Michaels last week.  The 8 x 8 sheet is still in my craft room untouched along with the other papers in the pack.  Makes me wonder how often we toss packaging away when we can actually use it as embellishments on our products......

I have another new product on order that I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of.  Have you seen the new Envelope Board by We R Memory Keepers ?  I have a feeling it's going to be a favorite of mine once I get my hands on it. I absolutely love the quality of their products and trust that this one will be no exception.

Happy Crafting !

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Alpha & Number Books




Our grandson , Eli , recently celebrated his third birthday. As part of his gift I made him an alphabet book and a number book.  I love the way they turned out. The covers of the books are made of cardstock covered on both sides with clear contact paper to make them easy to wipe off if they get dirty. The alphabet book has a page for each letter of the alphabet. Some of the inside embellishments were cut with my Cricut and some are stickers. The inside pages of the number book each have a heavy chipboard number on them, covered with cardstock and inked around the edges. Both books were bound with my Cinch. It's so much fun to make things that I know my grandchildren will enjoy !

Plastic Wrap & Napkin Card

I made this card for one of our grand daughter's birthday. The cupcake background paper is actually a paper napkin ironed onto cardstock with a sheet of plastic wrap between them. As the plastic wrap melts it adheres the napkin and cardstock to each other. Fun and easy to do. On top of that I used a simple paper doily with a sticker on top of that. I think it's pretty and just right for a sweet little girl.

Baby Blanket and Hats

My step dauaghter, Jodi, recently gave birth to her second little girl. Jodi wanted a bright pink blanket for the baby so I chose the brightest pink yarn I could find. The blanket is a large granny square. I also made (not pictured) a light green single crochet blanket. The cute little hats were made so quickly and easily with my Nifty Knitter. That tool is so much fun to use !

Busy Butterfly Card

This card is "busier" than my usual taste but I think it's bright and cheerful looking. The butterfly in the center is a POSH sticker that I have had for years and the background paper is from a single sheet that I just thought was pretty when I was shoping in Michaels one day.

Imagine..Inspire...Discover

Inspire....Imagine...Discover  ...that's what the center of this card says. I wish it showed up better in the picture. Even though the photo isn't the best I included this card in my blog because I absolutely love the paper I used for the background . The colors and the pattern just really caught my eye. This was a fun card to make !

Family

I made this as a gift for my daughter, Carrie, and her family. She and Joey are newlyweds, married in December of 2011. I included their names and the names of their four sons (combined) under the title "Family" since that is what they became on their wedding day. The frame came from Walmart and the lettering was all cut with my Cricut.

Glittery Birthday Card

This is a birthday card I made for one of our grand daughters. All of the layers are made from glitter paper. I used my Cricut to make the center flower, a tiny cloth flower with a pearl center  for the middle of that flower,  and a Martha Stewart punch for the candy ribbon affect at the bottom of the top layer.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My computer has been having some problems so I have been using  a laptop I borrowed from my dad.  I have "several" projects to post when I get my computer back from the repair man . The photos are still on my camera waiting to be uploaded. Looking forward to sharing with you sometime in the not too distant future ! Until then....................Happy Crafting !

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Few of My Scrapbook Pages

 This subject of this page is my brother. He died in November of 2008 and there's not a day that goes by that I don't miss him terribly. I love looking at this page that I made as a tribute to him, showing him at various stages of his life. He was a terrific brother !
 Thest two pages look very different but all of the pictures are actually of the same tree taken at different times of the year. It's my favorite tree, a Washington Hawthorne.  We planted it shortly after we bought the land we live on.
 I have always loved this photo of two of my grandsons, taken several years ago, and couldn't resist adding it to one of my scrapbooks.
There is a little glare on this picture but this very simple page is about my home state of NC.    I have lived other places and enjoyed what those states had to offer  but for me there's no place quite like home.  The bullet list in the bottom corner tells a variety of facts about the state, things that most people wouldn't know. It was typed up on my computer and printed in blue ink on vellum.  The die cuts were purchased at a local scrapbook store and all are related to things that people like to do while in NC or in the case of the title, what NC is known for, the first airplane flight by the Wright Brothers.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

As The Thoughts Flow..........

I started out with the general idea of playing around with patterned papers again to try combining them in a way that "works".  Then I found myself digging through my scrap die cuts and thought it would be fun to use some of the ones from Kate's Kitchen on some cards. Deciding I needed some sentiments I started flipping through my stamp notebook. A little while later I had several cards in front of me.......this is what I came up with.

 All You Really Need Is Love and Alot of Paper is from KAndrews  Crafty Friends stamp set. The rest of this card is simply scraps and a little home made punched flower.
 Besties is also from the same K Andrews Crafty Friends stamp set in addition to scrap paper and my Cricut Imagine Kate's Kitchen cartridge.

 This card was made with scraps, extra die cuts from Kate's Kitchen, and the words Ready ...Set   were stamped from  Crafty Friends as well.  Chomp Chomp came from a Studio G set.
 This super simple card is a yummy looking die cut bowl of cookie dough from Kate's Kitchen and the stamp, Simply Fabulous !, came from K Andrews Fashionable Friends stamp set. The mat  was cut with my Cricut and if I remember correctly, the Elegant Edges cartridge.
 Happy Birthday was from my patterned paper "experiment" and the Happy Birthday die cut was cut with my Cricut. That die cut is embellished a little with a white Viva Decor pearl pen, recommended by Megan Elizabeth of Above Rubies Studio. I have several of those in different colors and I love them !
My final card of the day was made with all scaps and I'm actually not quite sure what I'll do with it yet, but I love that paper and I have several grandchildren whose first names start with the letter E so I'm sure I'll have no problems coming up with a use for it.

I had actually planned to do some scrapbooking today and never quite got to that because I decided instead to just go with the flow and follow along wherever my thoughts  led me. That's ok, though. Tomorrow is another day and from today's  efforts I have several more cards to add to my stash of cards that will be set aside and ready when I need them .