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 !

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cricut Vinyl Project

 My original intention was to  cut vinyl with my Cricut to use for a stencil and do some glass etching on these mason  jars. Once I cut the vinyl I decided I'd rather use the vinyl for this particular project.  I think the black  vinyl really dresses up the jars, especially since they are going into a dark metal jar holder.
 I think it looks nice and it's hard to believe how little it acutally cost me, esp. since the metal holder was on clearance a while back at Walmart...kind of funny since Walmart now carries them in their regular stock for far more than I paid for them. I bought several along with a case of jars intending to use them for craft embellishment storage. I still have two sets for that even after using this one for a gift.   After seeing how this set turned out I think I might decorate mine as well.

Cricut Wild Card and KAndrew Owly Hoo Sentiments Card


I decided it was time to make something not related to Christmas since all of my efforts recently have been focused on Christmas cards. I've been wanting to use my KAndrew stamps some more so I looked through my Cricut cartridges and found this owl card on my Wild Card cartridge. All of the stamping is from KAndrew's  Owy Hoo Sentiments stamp set.  There are so many possibilities with this set. I know I'll get alot more use out of it as time goes on.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fun with Rubber Stamped Christmas Cards


I decided to try something a little different  from usual today with a stamp I recently purchased at Walmart for less than a dollar. The same  light strand stamp was used on both of these cards. I stamped with black ink and and  colored the bulbs in  with red and green markers. The large flower on the first card was stamped with a foam stamp I've had "forever" and never used before. I guess we never know when something from our stash of "toys" will catch our eye and find its way into our projects !

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Cards with my favorite punches and stickers

I'm still making Christmas cards, playing around with different ideas and supplies as I go.  These cards use the same Martha Stewart punches that I used on some cards I've already posted along with some stickers that I purchased at Walmart. Some are dimensional and some are flat, but all Christmas-y and cheerful.  I love making Christmas cards every year. I don't think I have purchased a card since the mid nineties !  Who needs to with so many fun products available for paper crafters !

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Coaster and Cuttlebug Christmas Card

I absolutely love this  Cuttlebug embossing folder with the candy cane stripes. I was in Michaels recently and while looking around in the dollar section I came across several packages of heavy chipboard coasters. There were
six in a package for one dollar so I picked up several packages figuring I could use them for something. I decided to combine the two and ended up with a super simple dimensional Christmas card .  I really like this one and now wish I had bought more than just a few packs of the coasters !

K Andrew Owly Hoo Sentiments Card

Just got another awesome set of stamps from KAndrew and used  some of them  last night for this card. The stamps are a mix and match set with lots of random words to form your own sentiments.  I used Cordinations card stock and a Cuttlebug embossing folder and it OWL came together .......

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Coffee Filter Wreath

Whew ! Finally finished !  After watching a couple of you tube videos last week on making coffee filter wreaths I decided I wanted to try to make one myself.  Total cost to me was probably less than $3 since I bought my supplies at The Dollar Tree. I probably need to shape this a little more before I hang it for the season (which I'll do after Thanksgiving) but for now, anyway, it's complete.  I worked on it while I've been watching the launch of the new Cricut Mini on hsn over and over again.  It was fun and easy to make . I'm glad I decided to try it since I've never done anything like this before. There are several videos available online for anyone who wants to give it a try. Now I need to find one for flowers since I still have lots of folded coffee filters left !

Friday, October 28, 2011

Stamped Mallard Card

A couple male friends of ours had surgery this week and I wanted to send them a masculine themed card. My time this week is limited and so were my ideas so I pulled out my rubber stamps and went to work.  They both live on waterfront property so the mallard worked well for my needs. The stamp I used is from Impression Obsession. They have a web site and sell great quality deep etched rubber stamps . They offer a variety of types of stamps by several different designers, something for practically everybody.    Anyway, I stamped sentiments on the inside of the card   and decorated the envelopes with stamps designed for envelopes, also in the mallard theme, and I think by the same artist. My dh and I signed them, added postage stamps, and they're ready to go.......just a way to show our friends that we are thinking of them as they recover.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Christmas time is coming !



I fell in love with the Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page  Snowflake set as soon as I saw it. I was playing with it today and this is what I came up with...the same punch, same rubber stamp, and same papers used alittle differently. Quick and Easy.I used both the negative and postive and some random sprinkling of snowflakes with a little ink, glue , and glitter ...that's it. Both designs are on white cardstock but that doesn't show up well in the scan.   I might use this design for some of my many Christmas cards this year.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Simple Christmas Card


This card was so easy to make....just some red and green paper mounted on white with "ribbon candy" punched ribbon (Martha Stewart punch). The little Christmas tree is from a set of mini ornaments that I bought on clearance at Walmart after Christmas last year. I love this punch. It's so festive looking and makes me think of the ribbon candy we had each year at Christmas time when I was a little girl.

Random Thoughts and Resulting Cards




When I go into my craft room I don't usually have a plan of any kind. Sometimes I might just go in to look at something and suddenly find myself making a card or working on a scrapbook page.  This card came about when I happenned to think about the beautiful papers I was "saving". A friend (Thanks, Gayla ! ) sent them to me a few months ago and I love them. They are from the Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime collection.  The stamped sentiment is from KAndrew's  Fashionable Friends stamp set.
Next I found myself playing with some die cuts I had cut with my Imagine. I had already assembled the card so I added the die cut with a pop dot and randomly grabbed my metalic rub ons. Suddenly my white background on the card was blue !

I had still more die cuts sitting right there in front of me and put this card together in no time at all. It will wait with the others in my "stash" waiting to go to the right person at the right time.

I found myself making Christmas cards next, several of them.  I'll post them tomorrow or another day soon..........I do love my crafting toys and supplies. It's so much fun to be able to take a break from other less fun things and  make something that will eventually bring a  smile to someone I care about !

Friday, October 7, 2011

My First Christmas Cards of 2011


It seems like suddenly it's almost Christmas time and even though I say every year my cards will be done well in advance of the holiday it never quite seems to happen. I do have some left over from last year  but the time has come to get busy if I'm going to have enough ready on time for this Christmas season.  I usually make close to 200 cards because we have a church "post office" and a large congregation in addition to our family and personal friends .I have to keep them fairly simple because of the quantity I have to make !  Here are my first few for 2011.
This card was made with my favorite Bazill card stock  and  one of my newest Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page sets.  I love MS punches because of their excellent quality and ease of use !

I didn't get this one straight on my scanner so it looks like I made it crooked...I didn't.  This card is a variation of the first one using the same papers and two of my other favorite MS punches along with one of my favorite Cuttlebug embossing folders in my Sizzix Big Shot machine.

This card is incomplete but I included it just to show how just a couple flood fills and cuts with the Cricut Imagine can  so quickly and easily turn into a card for any occasion. I love my Imagine !

I hope that you are all enjoying the preparation for the busiest card making season of the year !

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Simply Fabulous !



This was a super quick and easy card made with my Cricut Imagine. The sentiment is from KAndrews Fashionable Friends Art Stamps set. 

Shower Girl

I've had this idea in my head for a while and finally put it together. I  used my Cricut Imagine and Expression machines to cut out the paper doll, bathtub, clothes and doggie.  The clothing is from a regular Paper Dolls cartridge, flood filled with a paper from my Imagine (Bubble Gum Stripes cartridge). The tile wall is reminiscent of the 50's and 60's when most bathroom walls and floors were made of tile just like that. There is a transparency over that with white flowers on it which I used for a shower curtain.  The sentiment is from kAndrew's Fashionable Friends Art Stamp set.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fish On

My daughter asked me today to make a card for her to take to a co-worker next week for some occasion at work. She wanted a fish on it because the lady likes to fish. This is what I came up with.  Hope she likes it.......I used my Cricut Expression with Elegant Edges, Camp Out, and KeyStone cartridges.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Easy Scrapbook Cover

I made this cover a while back for one of my scrapbooks. It was so easy ! I had some wall paper borders that I really liked and hadn't found a use for...just love that floral print and the pretty colors. !  I used that with some ribbon to hide the seams , a square of vellum and a vellum sticker and it was complete. This is still one of my favorite album covers years later.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Card for my Husband's Friend

My husband asked me to make a Get Well card for a friend of his who was recovering from surgery a while back. Because they hunt together this seemed appropriate.My husband was pleased with it and his friend  got a kick out of it too. Mission accomplished !

Cute Little Bag from Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More

I love my Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More cartridge. This cute little bag was so easy to make. With the addition of a stamped image and some ribbon for handles it was ready for use....so cute and easy !

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bright & Cheerful Orange and Yellow

Glancing around my craft room my eyes spotted some orange cardstock and I remembered how much my mom loved the color orange. I decided to quickly throw together an orange card just for fun. I grabbed some bright yellow to go with it and some stickers for the borders, a cute little ladybug sticker and then decided to add a few flowers from a Recollections pack I got at Michaels on clearnace not long ago. The result was the cheerful and bright little card above.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Couple of Birthday Cards

My dad and his brother are 8 years apart in age with birthdays just two days apart, on the 19th and 21st of August. My Uncle will be 90 years old  next week and my dad will turn 82 .  I made these cards for their birthdays, using the same papers in different ways. The striped paper is from a company called Diane's Daughters.  I don't know how long it's been in my paper collection but I wish I had another sheet of it .  There's just something about it that I really like !

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Fun with KAndrew Art Stamps

One of my favorite bloggers is KAndrew. She recently started releaseing her own line of clear stamps and they are awesome...excellent quality and great fun to use!  I was so fortunate to win a set of her first stamps and I love them. The set is called Fashionable Friends. It goes great with the Imagine cartridge, Better Together and as I soon found out, with other cartridges that I also  have in my collection. I have two cards to share, both made with my new stamp set.  Once again, the first card has a border from my favorite Martha Stewart punch...I seem to use that alot !  The shoes  are from Better Together, the purses from Paper Dolls for Everyday and Paper Doll Dress Up. I used my Imagine to print and cut them, and used "papers" from Better Together on both. The little rhinestone purse handles came from Studio G and of course , the sentiments are from my  KAndrew Fashionable Friends stamp set . Making these was fun, and a way to show Kristal that her blog candy is appreciated and being used...thanks so much Kristal !

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Wild Card Cartridge Cupcake Card

This card is actually much cuter in person. It doesn't seem to scan or photograph well........Anyway, I made it tonight for my two year old grandson's birthday using my Expression and my Wild Card cartridge. The swirls on the frosting are made of white glue and glitter and the confetti is made from cut up stickers, a little trick I remember seeing Sandy Genovese do on her tv show a few years ago. The cupcake card actually only has one candle. I added the second one because little Eli is two and I wanted the candles to show that. Inside I used a rubber stamp that says Happy Birthday .

Friday, July 29, 2011

Another (different) Martha Stewart punch card

This card was made using another of my favorite Martha Stewart punches. I really love her punches...they cut through paper and cardstock like butter, so much easier than  my other punches ! I also love my Corner Chomper...don't know how I ever did without it !

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Three Minute Birthday Card


I literally had about three minutes to make a birthday card the other day on my way out the door to the party. I found myself in my craft room frantically searching the room with my eyes for something that would work for a cheerful card for our sweet one year old granddaughter. I spotted my chipboard number set and some bright baloon paper, grabbed a sheet of blue cardstock , my ATG gun, paper trimmer,  and white pen, worked quickly and  this is the result.  Mission Accomplished !.

2 Pieces of Cardstock and 1 Piece of Anna Griffin Paper = 6 Cards






I decided to combine my favorite Martha Stewart punch with this beautiful Anna Griffin paper and  and see what I could come up with.  I added a few small embellishments and a rubber stamp and  in just a few minutes time I had six cards.  It surprises me sometimes how quickly some cards can be made when others seem to take me forever......like over an hour for one card. I wonder if it's that way for everyone ???

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Home Made Notebooks

I made these little notebooks  for myself to use at home for reminder notes and to do lists.  I started out with inexpensive colored paper and covered it with clear contact paper so it wouldn't get stained or ruined by water spots  or whatever else over time with use.  I added ribbon and stickers to complete the covers.  The inside pages were made from index cards, holes punched with my Cinch (which I love !) and then I bound them with my Cinch.  I also used rubber stamps on the inside pages so that the top of each page says either To Do or Remember.  Since I used supplies that I had on hand they didn't cost me anything to make and  have really come in handy. When the inside pages are gone I can re-use the covers to make new little books  for just a few cents for more cards and wire.  These also make a cute little gift for a friend .

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Golf Themed Card for My Dad

I made this card for my dad for Fathers' Day last month. As I mentioned in an earlier post he is an avid golfer.  I found this great piece of golf ball printed paper at a  local scrapbook store, mounted it on black cardstock, added some photo corners, and a Brad Buddy from Hot Off The Press  and it was done in just a few short minutes. On the inside of the card I used the other side of the paper which was similar with  smaller golf balls printed on it. I attached  a sentiment and signature and the card was complete.

Happy 4th Birthday

I love the bright, cheerful colors on this card that I made for one of our granddaughters a few months ago. I just happenned to have some ribbon that was very similar to my paper. The large number four is a  thick chipboard piece covered with cardstock that I embossed with one of my favorite Cuttlebug embossing folders and adhered with Modge Podge.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lori's Garden Birthday Card

Every birthday gift needs a card to go with it so I made this card for my daughter's birthday using my Imagine, Lori's Garden cartridge, and my  ice white Viva Decor pen.  I need some more practice in getting my "pearls" more consistent in size but I think the little pearl dots added a nice touch to a simple and easy card.  I love the pretty designs on Lori's Garden !

Framed Birthday Gift for My Daughter Using Lori's Garden

A pretty frame and a few cuts on my Imagine from my favorite Lori's Garden cartridge was all it took to create this birthday gift for my daughter. You can't tell in the picture but I pop dotted the bird and several of the flowers to add a little dimension and I used a dot of copper colored  Viva Decor pearl pen ink on the bird's eye.  I am loving my Imagine and Viva Decor Pearl Pens !

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Child's Year Birthday Card

The Cricut makes cards like this one so fast and easy. I used the Child's Year cartridge to cut out the fishing boy and the letters for this quick birthday card for our grandson and a white pen to embellish the letters just a bit.  He loves to fish so this image just seemed right for him.

Pinwheel Cards

These two cards were made with my Cricut, just the pin wheel on the card on the left and everything except the flowers on the card on the right. I really like the way the double sided papers works on the pin wheel.  The lattice design on the card on the right is a long time favorite of mine. I snagged the Cricut Design Studio  cut file  from a blog several years ago (would give proper credit to the designer if I had kept up with who she is ).  I'll have to keep up with that kind of info now that I'm sharing my projects online. I do remember that she used George and Basic Shapes to design her lattice.  That card was a Mothers' Day card for my wonderful mother in law. The cartridge used was Mothers' Day 2010, one of my favorites.

Smiley Cards Brithday Card

I made this card for my daughter . I love it b ecause it's so bright and cheerful.  I used the Smiley Cards cartridge which was a free download for Gypsy owners during a ProvoCraft promotion, making use of the layers feature  from the cartridge and the hide contour feature on my Gypsy to remove the face design from the red candy layer. I wish I could remember what company manufactured the background paper I used because I really love it. It is a nice double sided paper that I purchased at a local area scrapbook store that has since closed it's doors.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Gift for my Dad

My dad, at 81 years old, is still an avid golfer. He's been fortunate over the years to have hit several hole in ones and also to shoot his age on several occasions , terms which don't mean much to people who don't play golf but mean alot to those who do. When those things happen he naturally saves his score cards. I made this little book for him for Fathers' Day using the Your Story Photo binder and  the Cricut Sports Mania cartridge. I put blank pages inside to attach photos or score cards to and used vellum to make some pocket pages for whatever other little momentos he may choose to put inside.  I like the neat, clean , look of it and the idea of  the little "brag book". Super simple to make in just a few minutes.

Simple , Quick, & Easy Card

This card was so quick and easy to make using my Cricut Imagine and the Lori's Garden cartridge, a Cuttlebug embossing template, and a Martha Stewart border punch.  When a quick card is needed it's so helpful to have just the right tools/toys  on hand to make it come together easily !

Hmmmm...Where to start ???

This is my first post on my very first blog and to be honest, I have no idea what I'm doing.  I love reading craft blogs and finally decided to share some of my projects with a blog of my own.  I guess I should introduce myself. I am LeeAnn, married to Johnny, mother of Carrie and Melissa, step mother to John and Jodi. The "kids" are all grown now with kids of their own, Alex, Jared, Hailee, Edwin, Ethan, Aubree, Ollyonna, Eli, and Alyssia.   I am semi-retired due to fibromyalgia, working just two nights a week after being at home since 1997. Prior to that I worked as  an advanced composite fabricator/sheetmetal mechanic in a US govt facility which was actually a fun job, although somewhat unusual for a woman.  After I retired a friend introduced me to the world of  plastic canvas crafts  and scrapbooking and that led me  to card making. The invention of the Cricut led me to even more fun. I love my Cricuts and my Gypsy  and other wonderful  crafting tools  and I love paper !  I love my computer and blogs  which leads right back to where I started  writing.  Now it's time for me to start figuring out what projects to share with you so I'm off to do just that ....I'll be back soon.