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I am wife to my wonderful husband, mother to two adult children and Nana to one special granddaughter. I also share my heart and my home with several furbabies. Being creative doesn't come easily to me, but I love to try.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

~Easter Card~

This Easter card is for my Mother-in-law who really seems to like my hand made cards (maybe she is just being nice).  The card is 6.5" x 5" and the papers are mostly Recollection.  The cross pieces and shadow were cut at 5" from the CCR exclusive Easter Blessings.  The flower, from the same digital, was cut at 1.5 inches, as was the phrase and phrase shadow.  The frame around the card was cut from Fancy Frames and sized for the card.  I also embossed it.  I really love the way this turned out, particularly because purple is my favorite color.  I hope she like it too.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

~Looks who's SIX!~

Easter Sunday is extra special this year because it ALSO happens to be my dear granddaughter's 6th birthday!  Woo hoo!  I wanted to create a really bright and cheery card for her with lots of different patterns and colors.  I think I've succeeded.  I used a little bit of everything on this card.  There are three Cricut cartridges used:  A Child's Year, Birthday Bash and Simply Charmed.  I used Christmas Red stickles on the balloon and the sun is stamped with Peachy Keen Wide Eyed kids.  The sun is popped up with foam and most of the pieces were inked with Rangers.  The inside of the card has two phrases (not shown).  It's Your Birthday!  and Look Who's 6!  I will also add a little bird embellie to the inside.

Here's the card and the cut sizes are below.  Thanks for stopping by!

Cricut carts:  A Child's Year; Flowers at 1.5"
                    Simply Charmed; Sun (x 2) at 2"
                    Birthday Bash; Bird and Banner at 3.25", Phrase & Phrase shadow at 2", Balloon at 1.5"
Paper:  American Craft 6x6 brights
Other:  Recollections Washi tape, Peachy Keen stamps, wide-eyed kids, Sakura white souffle pen

Sunday, March 17, 2013

~ A Birthday Card for my beloved ~

Nothing fancy since he is not that kind of guy.  I just used scraps here from MME Lost and Found and made a little banner to spell out Happy Birthday.  I also used one of my new cuttlebug folders (Decorative Tile).  A few MME Lost and Found II  brads anchor the banner.  The inside MIGHT say something mushy about still being the cutest boy in school <blush>.   He IS still the same cutie patootie I fell in love with almost 34 years ago.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

~ How to catch a Leprechaun! ~

This project was really fun as the best part was working on something with both my daughter AND granddaughter.  Tacoah's kindergarden assignment for Friday was to make a leprechaun trap.  So we pondered together the things that might entice a leprechaun and decided that GOLD was a biggie!  Now we know that once we CATCH one, we can't touch him.  Otherwise, all his magic might disappear and that gold won't do him any good!  So here's the trap.

We started with one of Tacoah's old shoe boxes and covered it with green paper and washi tape (don't you just love that stuff???).  I cut a 1/4" diameter wooden dowel to about 4 inches and notched one end.  We added a little leprechaun (Simply Charmed), rainbow (Noah's ABC) and pot of gold, so they will know they are in the right neighborhood.  I remembered these cuts from a project that Michele at Scrap-n-Dance did a few weeks ago.  I'm not sure she posted it on her blog, but her blog is fabulous anyway.  Check it out!

A few little shamrocks (from Paper Doll Dress Up)  in green glitter paper cut at 2" for the sides.  We added a button and some green bakers twine.

We hinged the back of the box lid with some Raffia and added another little friend to the back of the box.

A 4" shamrock for the top along with the bait (Free Gold - Pooh Font at 1") and gold coins (Craft Room Basics at 1.25").  You think it will work?

And finally, the BAIT!  Now you just KNEW that confetti paper that our Circle carts came in (for those of you who are Cricut Circle members) would be repurposed for a noble cause some day!

Just LOOK at all that GOLD would ya??  We are sure to catch at least ONE Leprechaun.  This project took us two evenings, so we darn well better.  Thanks for stopping  by and Tacoah thanks you too!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

* snow day *

Last Wednesday, we received the only significant snow fall of the season.  It's hard to say how much since it was very heavy and wet, but I'm guessing around 10 inches.  Being March, I knew it wouldn't last long, so I pushed my daughter and husband out the door with my granddaughter and told them to "GO SLEDDING".  Safely perched above on the deck with camera in hand, I got some really good pics of the 30 or so runs down the hill on saucer.  Unknown to me, it had been "pre-greased".  LOL.  This was a tough layout for me because I normally don't do the bright colors, but Tacoah's winter clothes and her saucer screamed "NEON", so, it is what it is.  I comprised by using a solid burgurdy background over hot pink.  The strips of patterned cardstock framing the photo also provide a pop of color.  I used the Hello Kitty font at 3/4" for the negative OOPS in the photo frame.  A few splatters of white paint on the background help to provide that "snowy" feel.  Overall, I am pleased with how it turned out.  Thanks for stopping by!

~ An Anniversary Card ~

My lovely daughter and her husband celebrated 7 years of marriage on 2/28.  They always love my hand made cards, so I had to think long and hard on what I wanted to do.  Once I decided on a color scheme, I knew I did not want a traditional sentiment.  The quote from the movie "Shall We Dance" was always one of my favorites, so I went with it.  I used Ashlyn's Alphabet for the font and I think they were cut at around an inch and then welded to the front of the card.  L and V on the left, O and E on the right, so they overlapped when the card closed.  All of those extra layers required a ribbon closure, so a little pink gingham was added.  The card dimensions are 6 x 6.  Thanks for stopping by!