Saturday, November 20, 2010

Busy, Busy Day

Just wanted to leave a quick update just to let you know that I'm not sure how much crafting I'm going to get done this weekend. I've been having so much fun the last few weeks, I've neglected some of the weekly cleaning. So, with everyone coming to my house for Thanksgiving, it's now or never to get the house in shape. So, my weekend will be filled with sweeping, mopping and scurbbing. Plus the basement...UGH! That place is a mess. So, I will post what I can.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cafting to catch the Christmas Spirit

One of my favorite things to do is chose a large piece of patterned paper and see how many ways I can use it. So, I apologize if these are redundant, but it's the best way for me to work.

 Materials for the cards above:
Papers: My Minds Eye, Papertrey Ink, DCWV Glitter paper
Inks: Momento, Copic Sketch Markers
Cricut Cartridge: Winter Woodland
Stamps: Stampin' Up
Embellishments: from my stash

Materials for the deer card:
Papers: Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Stampendous
Ink: Momento, Copic Sketch Markers
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink
Glitter from my stash

Materials for the elf card
Paper: Papertrey Ink, Cloud 9 Designs
Stamp: Stampendous
Ink: Momento, Copic Sketch Markers
Glitter: Martha Stewart
Adhesive: Terrifically Tacky
Embellishments: from my stash

Thanks for visiting!

Old School Challenge - My Craft Time

Emma over at has a "Throwback Thursday "Cricut~less" Challenge!" going on right now. I don't always get the time to enter these challenges, but I've been thinking about projects that don't involve the Cricut or Gypsy, so here was the perfect opportunity to put my ideas to paper. Here's my submission.

Paper: Papertrey Ink cardstock and patterned paper
Ink: Momento, Copic Sketch Markers
Stamps: Stampendous and Stampabilities
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink
Adhesive: Glossy Accent

First I stamped the image, then colored it with Copic Markers. When the markers were dry, I added Glossy Accents to the ornaments and added an adhesive gem. I love the "real" look the Glossy Accents give this card.
Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Beginning with Copic Markers

All week long I've been experimenting with Copic Markers. Here's a few Christmas cards I've made so far. It is so addicting. Everytime I try to put them away, I have to get them back out because I have another idea. I just can't quit. Now, I just need to add to my color collection.

Papers: Papertrey Ink Cardstock, Cloud 9, DCWV, The Paper Studio
Stamps: Stampendous, Inkadinkado
Ink/Markers: Momento, Copic Sketch

I'm also working on my Thanksgiving cards. I've been experimenting with the Thanksgiving Cricut cartridges. Here's my latest.

Papers: Cloud 9
Cricut Cartridges: Seasonal Thanksgiving, Gypsy Wandering
Ink: Stampin' Up
Ribbon and Buttons from Wal-Mart

Thanks for visiting.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Today's Creativity

Today has been so awesome. First I went to my craft space and just got in the groove. I felt the creativity just flowing. I made the following card for a sweet friend that I miss very much. Even though I can talk to anytime, it isn't the same as seeing her everyday.

Paper: DCWV, The Paper Studio
Embossing/Die Cutting: Cuttlebug
Embellishments are from my stash

The next set of cards I made were for Thanksgiving. I started making them with only the Create-A-Critter cart, but I got bored, and even though I said I wouldn't puchase anything but full carts, I just had to buy Seasonal Thanksgiving. I'm so glad I did. The images on this cart are simple, but elegant. I haven't really gotten a chance to play with it too much, but I have quite a few more Fall cards to make, so I know I will be using it a lot.

Materials for the Fall cards
Papers: DCWV, Cloud 9, Stampin' Up, The Paper Studio
Ink: Stampin' Up
Stamp: Stampabilities
Cricut Cart: Create-A-Critter, Thanksgiving
Embellishments: Stickles and Gems from my stash

Since deer season begins here very shortly, I will have even more time for crafting while everyone else is in the cold woods. I guess I could be nice and make sure they have warm pot of chili to come home to.

So, thanks for visiting and please leave a comment letting me know what's on your mind.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop, By Erin Madsen

I have to say that DCWV is by far my favorite paper and accessories line. So I was so excited when I opened my e-mail this morning and found a message that Erin Madsen over at DCWV Diary is participating in a "Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop."

This week she is giving away two paper stacks to Street Lace Stack and and a Colorful Life Stack to one lucky winner. Go check it out at:

Good Luck.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Holiday Display

I like to have wall hangings for each holiday by my door, but I don't always have the time to change out my pictures. The other day, I found a cork board at Walmart that had the most beautiful frame and it's 12x12. So, I decided to make a 12x12 sign or themed page for each holiday or season. Then I can just use the push pins that came with the corkboad and change out the pictures when the seasons change. I'm planning to use one of my inexpensive, not so attactive albums to store the pictures. Here's my first page for Halloween. I used DCWV Autumn stack, Wausau cardstock, and the October 31st Cricut cartridge.

My children and I always had the tradition of watching the Halloween Town movies on Halloween day. Well, this Halloween I don't think that will happen. Both of my daughters have decided to spend the night tonight in our old town with family and friends. They won't be back until late Sunday evening after all of the Spooky festivities. A little sad for a Mom that has always made sure she made the holidays special. If I ask my son to watch them with me, he would, but I know he really is getting too old for that. Just not the same. Oh well, that's how it's supposed to work. Can't keep the apron strings tied forever.

So, my mission now is to pull out the Halloween movies and watch them while I'm crafting. That's fun too. Why break the tradition. Maybe someone will decide they want to join me.

Happy Halloween and thanks for visiting my new friends!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Flood of Projects

I have been wanting to post my projects as I make them, but in a house full of teenagers, I'm lucky to get any computer time at all. Anyway, since I've gotten my Gypsy, I'm able to go card crazy. I've also been working on a few home decor projects. The first is the work family. I purchase the 6" paper mache letters from Hobby Lobby, painted them black and covered them with paper from DCWV patterened paper. Then I sanded the edges and inked them using Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip ink. I'm not completely finished with them, but I want to find accessories that are just perfect.

Here's a few Halloween cards I made.

Here's all the materials I used for these cards.

Papers: DCWV, Cloud 9, The Paper Studio, Stampin' Up
Cricut Cartridges: Create-a-Critter, Happy Hauntings
Embossing: Cuttlebug, Stampendous, Ranger
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Sentiments: Printed from my computer
Ink: Stampin' Up, Versamark
Special Effects: Glossy Accents, Google Eyes, Gems and Ribbon from my stash.

I've also made some Thanksgiving cards. The weird thing is that I'm not the kind of person that ever gave cards out. So, I don't have addresses for any of my family and friends. So that's my next project "The Great Address Acquisition."

Recipe for the Fall cards:

Papers: DCWV, Stampin' Up cardstock
Stamp: Stampin' Up
Ink: Stampin' Up
Embossing: Cuttlebug
Cricut Cartridges: Gypsy Wanderings, Potpourri Basket, Songbird
Brads: Stampin' Up

I have more cards and projects that I've made, but I they are all Christmas, so I will wait closer to December to post them.

OK, now that I've successfully flooded my blog with posts. I will try to post each of my projects when I do them and try not to have blog jam in the future.  Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

It's been a while...

It's been quite sometime since I updated. I've been busy crafting the whole time, but my daughters always have the laptop, so I don't get much computer time. My birthday (big 4-0) was a couple of weeks ago and my husband bought me a Gypsy. I don't know what I ever did without this little wonder. I used to spend so much time in my craft room going through all of my Cricut book, deciding what I wanted to do and then doing my best to make sure I put the paper on the mat just right.

Now, I design anywhere, in my living room, during my breaks at work, doctor's office waiting rooms. The list is endless. I love how I can combine images from multiple cartridges and get the exact result I want.

Mostly, I've been making cards, but I've also created a few home decor pieces and scrapbook pages. I love doing borders with my Gypsy. So, here are a few of the cards I've made in the last couple of weeks. I will try to give credit to all of the products I used, but since I'm able to use my scraps more effeciently, many of the supplies came from my scrap box. One product I absolutely LOVE is DCWV glitter paper. I use it every chance I get. It cuts so well on the Cricut and doesn't leave any glitter pieces behind.

Cricut Cartridges: Joys of the Season, Winter Woodland, Gypsy Wandering, Plantin Schoolbook
Papers: The Paper Studio, DCWV
Inks: Stampin' Up, Distress Ink, Versamark
Embossing Powder: Stampendous

I'm still designing and will have many more to post in the coming weeks.

Monday, September 13, 2010

September 11 Tribute

This card is a tribute to all of the victims of September 11th terrorist attacks. We must always remember the lessons we learned that day.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

What a crazy weekend. Gotta love it.

We went out to dinner yesterday to celebrate my middle daughter's birthday. We had a GREAT dinner and then the boys went to Lowes and the girls went to Barnes and Noble. Then Dad has the idea that we all need ice cream. Needless to say we were stuffed when we got home. Kelli had a good time, I think. We got her a Flip video camera and she's be vloggin ever since she opened it.

I did get a chance to do some crafting after we got home.

Papers: DCWV, Cloud 9, The Paper Studio
Stamps: Indadinkado, Stampendous
Ink: Stampin' Up, Versamark
Brads: Stampin' Up
Embossing Powder: Ranger
Cuttlebug Folder: Distressed Stripes, Leafy Branches
Cricut Cartridge: Happy Haunting

I'm about finished making Halloween stuff. I did make the 3-D Spooky House this morning, I just haven't taken pictures yet. I've made it the center piece decoration for my entertainement center. It was easier than I thought it would be and so cute.

Monday, September 6, 2010

I know it's September, but I love Halloween

It has been an insane weekend. Sick kids, sick husband, and then it was my turn. I hate to say it, but work may be a relief. At least I know it will be very busy at work, which will make the week go by fast. I know, I know, don't wish your life away. At least that's what I tell my kids all the time.

Anyway, at least I got some crafting done. Here's are a few cards I've made over the week. My favorite is the never ending card. It was so much work. It's like making 4 cards at once. It was fun, but I won't make very many of these. It was so time consuming. I will probably only make one per holiday/season.

I've got a lot of other projects made. I'll try to get them up as soon as I can.

(I'll list as many as I can remember. Most of these were made from scraps I've had for a while and the packaging is long gone.)

Paper: DCWV, The Paper Studio
Ink: Stampin' Up
Ribbon: Wal-mart
Cricut Cartridge: Happy Hauntings

Paper: DCWV, The Paper Studio
Ink: Stampin' Up, Versamark
Ribbon: Wal-mart
Cricut Cartridge: Happy Hauntings
Stamp: Stampendous
Embossing Powder: Ranger

Now for the neverending card

~Front Panel~

~Opening to Panel Two~

~Panel Two~

~Opening to Panel Three~

~Panel Three~

~Opening to Panel Four~

~Panel Four~

~Opening to Front Panel~

~And Back to Front Panel~

Stamps: Inkadinkado, TCP
Paper: DCWV, The Paper Studio, Cloud 9
Ink: Versamark, Stampin' Up
Embossing Powder: Ranger
Sanding Block: Tim Holtz

I'll work on getting the rest of my projects up. Have a great week everyone.