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 !

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 .

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sitting in my craft room today I started playing around with some die cuts left over from recent cutting fun and came up with five quick cards. It's kind of fun to see how many different cards come out of basically the same cuts just by letting things flow on their own.

Ok, so the last one is a little different from the others, but still uses die cuts that I have used previously .    Now I need to decide which of my other cartridges to play with next and try doing something very different from what I've been doing lately.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

I Love My Imagine and Lori's Garden

Every time I use my Cricut Imagine I fall in love with it all over again ! I really, really love my Lori's Garden cartridge and even though I have had both the Imagine and the cartridge for quite a while now I had never printed a full sheet of paper. I decided to give it a try and printed both the script paper and the green color that I used on both of the cards shown here. Awesome !  I also printed and cut the butterfly. It's on the cartridge as a side view but I copied and flipped the image , printed it in several sizes and pop dotted the layers together. The top layer of the butterfly is  bent alittle so in person it has a nice dimensional look. I added a piece of blue ribbon and used a  stamp from Walmart for the sentiment. The other card is also made entirely from printed papers except for the blue and the layers are pop dotted for dimension. . I had some scraps of the printed paper so I took one, punched a hole in it with my Crop A Dile and added a piece of scrap ribbon to make a book mark. 

Altered Card

I posted this card recently with a Happy Easter stamp on it and then decided to play with it some more. I dug through my stash of die cuts and found this pocket that  I had made a long time ago. It's sort of an accoridan folder actually. I attached it to the card and then added some puffy acrylic butterfly stickers to it just for fun.  Inside the pocket is a stamped note card .  It's not my favorite card ever but I think I like it better than I did before......

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Monochromatic Card

I made this card today with creamy colored papers and my newest Cuttlebug embossing folders.  I pop dotted the top layer on and the flower so they'd stand out a little from the rest.  It's hard to get a real good picture that shows the detail in the layers so I'm using the best shots I got to share with you.The  photo really doesn't do the card justice. It' much prettier in person.  I"m not sure yet who the recipient will be but I think she'll like it.   I hope you will too.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cricut Robotz Birthday Card


Yesterday was my grandson's tenth birthday. I used my Cricut Expression and Gypsy to make this birthday card for him. The cartridge used was Robotz. I've had it for a while but this was my first time using it. I used all metalic papers for the robot and heat embossed the sentiment. I didn't make it exactly  the way they did in the handbook,but then, I never do. Somehow I always seem to start out that way and end up making changes as I go, but that's what's fun about crafting...we're always free to do things the way we want to and there usually isn't a right and wrong way to do things.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Handstamping and Glitter Card

I am really enjoying stamping my own background paper lately. For this card I used a stamp from Walmart's Studio g selection with markers for the background, pink Recollections glitter paper from Michaels to mat it, a six sided punch that I've had for years for the sentiment mat , and a piece of pink ribbon.  The sentiment is from a grab bag of rubber stamps from My Sentiments Exactly.  I think it's pretty and cheerful and have added it to my stash to send to a friend later on when the need arises.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

E-Mail Address Book

I recently had a problem with my computer and thought I might have lost everything at one point, including my address book.   I know I can just print a hard copy of it from my computer but since I like to play in my craft room I decided to make an e-mail address book instead.  I used a Sizzix file folder die and my Sizzix Big Shot to cut out enough file folders for all of the letters of the alphabet plus a few extras and used index cards for pages to put in the folders.  I stamped a design on the front cover and then  I covered my book covers with clear contact paper  to give it a protective finish before binding with my Cinch.  Now to get busy writing in all of my friends' e-mail addresses............


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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Home Made Background Paper and Cards

I decided to use some of my pretty Martha Stewart stamps to make some homemade background paper, something I haven't done in a long time. I love the way the paper turned out .




I used my papers to make a couple of cards. Here are my finished cards.



The camera lens didn't do justice to the pretty handmade flower in the center of the smaller card. It really is pretty in person even if it does look like a blob in the photo.  Here is a picture of a bunch of the little flowers, still not the best view of them but better than the angle on the card.


All in all, I've been having fun in my craft room.  I hope to be right back in there tomorrow working on another project I have in mind.   So many ideas....so much fun....Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Little Stamping Fun


I decided to do something a little different today and get out a few stamps to play with, a couple of which I have had for years and have never used. It took just a few minutes to create two cards to add to my "stash" for when I need a card and don't have time to make one right then.   I'm thinking I should probably make a point of using "old supplies" on a regular basis. It's amazing how many things a crafter  can collect over the years  that seem so important at the moment of purchase and then get set aside and not used for a long time, if ever !  I hope this post encourages you to use some of your unused craft supplies too.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A CookBook for my Grandson





One of my grandsons loves to cook and bake and has plans to open a bakery/candy store when he is grown.  He asked me for some of my recipes so I decided to make him a cook book.  I used my Cricut Imagine and convinced myself to handwrite the recipes rather than typing them,,,,,,,had alot of fun making for him and hope he enjoys using it over the years.  I left several blank pages in the back of the book so he can add some recipes of his own. I like to think that this little cookbook I created might be around for a couple of generations of our descendants.  Since my grandson takes really good care of his things it's possible that  it just might be !

My Adaptation and Way to Save Myself Some Money

 A little while back I watched a craft day demo on hsn of the awesome new WeRMemoryKeepers  Super 8 punches. I really like what they do, just couldn't find money in the budget to purchase any of them right then. So.........I did the next best thing.  I decided to use tools I already had to get a similar effect.  Here are my results, using my Cricut Expression.

 I then found a basic scallopped circle on one of my cartridges and added the inside holes to the design with my gypsy, cut that out in a couple of sizes and attached them to cardstock to make a card or the interactive center of a scrapbook page.
The little flower in the center is also handmade , using my Cricut and then rolled for dimension, and placed on a star, which represents the leaves.  It's not exactly the same as what I could do with the punches but close enough to satisfy me and saved me alot of money by using what I had instead of buying something new.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Quick Update

It seems like it has been forever since I have posted and will be a little longer. I've had some computer problems and have been using a borrowed computer while mine has been in the shop. I'll be posting more projects when I get back up and running. I'm thinking I should try to get some of my scrapbooks caught up so maybe soon I'll some pages to post.  Until then..........happy crafting !

Monday, February 6, 2012

Getting Braver with Patterned Paper

I needed to make a few masculine cards so I did that this afternoon.  I was taught as a child to never ever mix prints because they wouldn't "match". It has taken me a long time to get even alittle comfortable with mixing patterned papers but I'm trying to get over it since "everyone else does it". I really like all of the papers I used today and although I still have a little hang-up about the papers not matching I do like the way they turned out. Hopefully the guys I made them for will like them or at least appreciate the thought behind them  :) .  The little hand in the front of the picture is my granddaughter's.  She was making cards of her own while I made mine.  She had a great time gluing die cuts  and stamping designs onto her cards for her mom and dad and big sister.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sympathy Card from Lori's Garden


I made this card with my Imagine and Lori's Garden cartridge. I love that cartridge and like the way the card turned out. Sympathy cards are so hard to make , though. In this case the card is for a young man who lost his new wife to a horrible accident...truly a sad situation.  I hope he'll find some  small degree of comfort from knowing that so many people care.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dollar Tree Adhesive Paper Covered Shoe Box

 A while back I found this adhesive backed paper at the Dollar Tree. It kind of reminded me of the wallpaper my parents had in their room when I was little...the same kind of floral pattern, anyway. I bought it with no idea how or if I would ever use it.  Later on I decided to use it to cover a shoe box and use the box  to store my TENS unit and extra pads.  This is the result.  Somehow I managed to line it up just right and the lid actually matches up to the bottom of the  box...that was totally by accident to be honest. For some reason I love this box and it makes me smile every time I see it. If you're familiar with my cards and other projects that I've posted here you know this is not my usual style......maybe my loving the box is telling me that I need to branch out some and that my taste includes a wider variety of patterns and styles than I thought. Hmmmmm....something to think about....