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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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Monday, April 29, 2013

~A masculine card

I was playing around with my Imagine tonight because, well because.  ;-)  There are several carts I have that I have never used, so I was flipping through the handbook for Word of Mouth and came across this die cut.  It immediately made me think of a friend at work who can really be down on himself sometimes.  So I decided to use it to make a card and cheer him up (hopefully).  The patterned paper was also cut from this cartridge.  The image was cut at 2.5" and I popped it up off the page with foam squares.  I added some matching ribbon, but refrained from tying a bow.  I stuck with a masculine knot.  I hope it makes him smile and forget some of his troubles for a few minutes anyway.

And a reminder to all of you to search for those hidden treasures on your cricut carts!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

~ Color Challenge

This was a quick little card I made this morning for an online challenge.  The challenge was to use 3 shades of the same color and one or more accent colors on a card, layout, artwork, etc.  Of course I chose my favorite color, PURPLE for this challenge.  I have only one accent color, PINK.  I fussy cut the elements for my card from patterned paper and used purple bakers twine for the flower stems.  This was really quick and easy to put together.  If there are enough of these challenges, I may even be able to sustain my card stash.  Thanks for stopping by!

~ A mini book from one sheet of paper??

Who would have thought that possible?  Not me, that's for sure.  But last month one of the Daily Dose of Creativity emails I received from October Afternoon, proved I was wrong.  You CAN create a 12 page mini from one sheet of 12 x 12 paper.  You can find instructions here at October Afternoon.  The hardest part about this project was choosing the pictures!

I used up a TON of scraps doing this little mini and I can see myself doing many more of these.  I have safely tucked the instructions away because I have a feeling my daughter is going to swipe this one.  ;-)  Thanks for stopping by the take a peek!


Monday, April 22, 2013

~ Happy Birthday Barbara!

One of my message board friends recently celebrated a milestone birthday and was thrown a card shower (with one card for every year!)  I was lucky enough to be a contributor to this event!  I would have loved to have been there to see her face when she received all these cards.  Anyway, for my card, I chose a waterfall.  Something I've never attempted before, so forgive me if it's not perfect.  ;-)  I found the design in a card making book and I had to do it twice to get it just right.  I love the purple and lime green colors.  The scallops were cut from Ashlyn's Alphabet at 2.5 inches.  Hope you enjoy it and thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, April 21, 2013

~ Girls just wanted have fun!

My granddaughter can be one of the goofiest kids you've ever seen.  But, she DOES have an imagination!  This picture is her Super Rock Star picture.  She's got some crazy colors going here, but has her conductor stick in hand.  Oh, and a snuggie doubles as her costume!  There aren't any cricut cuts on this LO.  The papers and die cuts were from an eclectic selection of collections, just like my granddaughter's outfit.  The "doily" in the background is just a coffee filter sprayed with TH Dylusions.  Thanks for stopping by!

~ A spring birthday card

for one of my BFFs.  I just wanted to use bright colors and flowers.   I also wanted to try some flowers I haven't used before.   So these flowers are Accent 1 on page 55 of Artiste.  I cut one each at 1.75, 1.5 and 1.25 inches.  I used glue to put them together, but they have holes in the template all ready for you to put together using floss or bakers twine or any type of thread.  I had neither the right color nor the patience, so I just glued and added a rhinestone to the top.  The stems and leaves were hand cut.  The grass border was cut at 1 inch from Plantin Schoolbook.  I embossed the white cardstock and used a deep purple base.  The picture does not do the color justice.The birthday sentiment is a Stampendous stamp.   This will be going out in the mail tomorrow!

Friday, April 12, 2013

~ All Dolled Up

So I had this pretty paper in my drawer that I've been wanting to use for awhile.  Some of it I had purchased and some I won in a blog hop.  So in order to use this pretty paper, I first had to find the right photo to go with it.  I love this picture of my granddaughter getting ready for her visit with Santa.  Each year this involves a trip to the mall to purchase the dress and a stop at the Bon Ton cosmetic counter to get "All Dolled Up" before pics with Santa.  The background of this pic was very busy, so I changed it to black & white and this also makes my granddaughter really stand out.  I think this is one of my FAVORITE layouts.  Just LOVE this paper!

I crocheted the flower in the upper left myself with a variegated green yarn.  The flower in the bottom right was a stamp on patterned paper and fussy cut, topped with a brad. There is also some stitching and inking which is hard to see in the light I have.

The papers are all MME.  The title was cut at 1" using Paper Lace and then outlined in pen. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

~Patiently Waiting  {Not}

Last fall was my granddaughter's first experience with the Auto train.  She and my daughter accompanied great-Grandma Lois on her annual trek to FLA.  While she loved the train ride, you can tell by the look on her face, that waiting for Grandma's car to come off the train was NOT the highlight of the day.  It didn't help that there were kids outside that window on the playground equipment.  Even the animal crackers didn't soothe her.  Thanks for stopping by!

I used MME, Paper Cottage and Three Bugs in a Rug paper.   The letter stickers are Pebbles and the embellies are MME Lost and found.  I cut the hexagons at 1.6" from Cricut Font and Basic Shapes.

Friday, April 5, 2013


My granddaughter turned six on Easter Sunday this year.  She did not want a cake, so confetti cupcakes it is!  Thanks for stopping by!

I used

Elegant Edges for scallop border (weld 2) at 10" total and circle frames at 1" and 1.5"
Paper: MME Lime Twist & Simply Delightful
Embellies: Doodlebug Boutique Brads, Js Favorite Findings Felt Buttons
Misc: Thickers, rubons, stitching, Liquitex paint, bakers twine