Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Lots & Lots of Cards

Merry Christmas a little late!

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and the New Year brings much happiness.

I would like to thank all of you for visiting my blog and I do enjoy reading your comments. I plan  to continue with my blogging and if you, my readers have any suggestions to make it better please let me know. My scrapbooking has been neglected lately but I hope to rectify that in the New Year!

I've posted lots of cards today as I did plan to put them up earlier but things got in the way.

Hopefully I'll be back for a visit with you before the New Year.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Tri Fold Ornament Card


Just a quick little card to share this morning. I made this using Imagine Snow Angel. A 5 1/2 x 12" piece of cardstock scored at 4" & 8". Used a spellbinders die to cut the holes.

Keeping it short as I'm sure you're as busy as I am!
Monday my DD is arriving and then we will be really busy. Must get my tree this week-end as I promised DD that I would wait so she could help decorate it with me.

Enjoy your day and take a few minutes just for YOU!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

And Then There Was Light

Good Morning,

Well I spent 6 hours out shopping yesterday only to come home and order most stuff on-line.  I have a few more things to pick up and still some things I want to make and still a couple presents to wrap and put in the mail. Ugh.....they are going to be late.

These are the glass blocks you can buy at Michael or Hobby Lobby. I also found out Lowe's carrys them in colors, red & green. The blocks were clear and I used a spray to give them the frosted look.

This one was created for our neighbors who take care of our house when we go away. I can't remember exactly which cartridges I used, but I do like going into the Cricut Craftroom to design the project. A big computer screen is so great to get a good idea what the project will look like and the sizing.

In this case here the block is 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" ...I create a square to work within on CCR that way I an instantly see if the sizing of everything is proportionate.
Nice bow too! While I was at Michaels I picked up a bow maker. Actually it's just a piece of wood with some dowel stuck into it but man does it work. I got it for $5.00 so I figured I couldn't come home cut the wood, buy the little dowels and attached a ruler to the wood for measuring for that price.  Although it did take me at least 15 minutes to convince myself that I needed it.
I have another one I'm working on for myself so I'll share it soon.

Try not to get to stressed out about Christmas, remember what doesn't get . .  done doesn't get done and nobody will probably notice unless you don't cook the turkey!

Have a GREAT day!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's Almost Here...Are You Ready?

Morning Crafters,

It's getting down to the wire to get everything done. Heading to post office shortly to mail out the bulk of my Christmas cards. Still need to make about a dozen more but will feel better if I get what I have done out.

Shopping if far from complete but the list is getting shorter.

I liked this card so much I actually made four of them. This year I've been usually only making one of each design which takes a lot longer. The entire card was made using Santa's Village cricut cartridge. That includes printing the paper. I also dug through my stash of goodies and found these metal embellishments and loved the finish they gave to the card.
Thanks for stopping by today for a peak!
Entering this card over at Christmas All Year Round challenge.


Friday, December 9, 2011

Sharing A Drink


TGIF - not really for me...if it wasn't Friday it would mean I would still have more days left in the week. If you remember yesterday I was going to check my Christmas card count. Yikes....I'm coming up short...way short. I may have to produce more than one of a design to get enough ready by mailout day which should be Monday.

I played around with a variety of cricut cartridges on this one. Love You A Latte, Christmas Wish and Winter Woodland.
On the lettering I used Tim Holtz ink and just darkened the top half of the letters. Some rhinestones for steam. Yeah...I liked that! And to finish off the whipped cream - puffy paint. If you have liquid applique that works too. Squeeze it on, let it dry for a little while and add heat with a heat tool. It puffs up. For different looks you can try varing the drying times as well as how thick you put on the product.  The little cupcake from Jolees.

Here's hoping you staying warm and dry. Eastern Canada was getting some nasty weather.



Thursday, December 8, 2011

3-D Tree

Good morning,

Hope everyone is getting their Christmas preparations done. I'm slowly getting there...slowly been the key word.

So a quick card for you.

Background is textured with a cuttlebug folder. The tree itself is from a Stampin' Up die cut.

The great part is take any shape and glue three of them together and you can have a pop up effect.

I little weather news from Texas. It froze hard here last night and the forecast is for more frost. Hope it warms before Kristen & Joel arrive.

Time to count the Christmas cards to see if I have enough made!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Guest Designer at FCCB!

Good Morning,
Back for another week of projects. For the month of December the design team over at Creative Critterz Imaginations gets to be creative and showcase whatever we like.

I started this project off with a white 12 x 24" canvas. Painted the edges green and covered it with two sheets of pattern paper.

The rosettes are cut from Ribbons & Rosettes at 2.75" which makes about a 5" diameter rosette.
I used Gypsy font at 1.8" and clear embossed it three times for a nice glossy finish.

Ornaments from Christmas Solutions cut at 2.5" & 2". There were three layers and the top layer I covered in glitter.

All the circles were cut using spellbinders but could easily have been done with the cricut.
  Fantabuous Cricut Challenge Blog did a Sunday Spotlight on my blog. Very exciting. Also today I'm a guest designer over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog. Our theme there was Present Time. It could be a gift, gift wrapping, a card with a gift on it..... be sure to check out all the projects!
This was my creation
Santa/Tree/Presents - Santa's Villiage
Stars - Lyrical Letters
Sleigh - Christmas Solutions
Believe- Gypsy Wanderings

I think that wraps things up today. I have lots of things to keep me busy all week!


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Happy Birthday

Hello There,

Just want to wish my DD a Happy Birthday today! She's turning 27. I can't believe it. Have a GREAT day Kristen!

Card was created using the Imagine and Yummy cartridge. I was in a hurry when I took the photo so I didn't end up with a good one showing dimension. There are lots of layers.

I think I'll try to get some more of my Christmas decorations up today.


Friday, December 2, 2011



Well it's December and the rush is on. Finding it harder right now to get my blog posts up. I have lots of projects to share but just don't seem to get time to photograph them.

Must start the Christmas shopping. :)

I do enjoy coloring so I pulled out my copic markers and an old stamp I've had for years but just love.

Word Joy and ornament shapes cut with the cricut.
Every card needs a little extra something so I dug through my big eyelet stash and also came up with a brad stocking.

Also entering this card over at http://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by today to visit. Tomorrows card will be non-Christmas - it will be somebodys birthday!


PS - Off to get groceries. DH home this week-end and will probably expect food in the house. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Do You Believe?

Hi There Crafty Friends,

I know I've been gone for awhile but I did have a great visit with my son and his family. I will share some of my pictures and stories of that part of the visit later.
I flew back home on Thanksgiving and the flight I was on in Newark was overbooked so Continental were looking for volunteers to go on a later flight. It was only two hours later and I didn't have a Thanksgiving dinner to get to so I choose to wait. The perk for changing flights ended up being a $600.00 credit on Continental and first class seating on my later flight. Worked out well for me!

A card to share with you today. A combination of cricut and stamping.

Cartridges Used:
Wall Decor - Deer (this is a great cartridge)2.5"
Joys of the Season - garland at top - .8"
Lacy Labels - 1.6"
Santa colored with Copics
The base of the garland was cut from glitter cardstock same as the deer. The red & green balls are actually pearls that I applied glue to and dipped in glitter. Love how it turned out!
There's a design team call over at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round so I'm submitting this card.

Also I made the Design Team Top 5 over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenges.

Thanks for looking and I'll be back posting regularly again. Lots of Christmas stuff coming up.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cookies For Santa

Good Morning My Crafty Friends!

This project is probably one of my favorites. While I was out shopping at Sam's Club on the week-end I spotted this very cute set of dishes to hold Santa's Goodies. There were four different designs and I stood there and looked and looked for a very long time. Finally I made a decision...of course the one I wanted was on the bottom so had to dig it out....then I decided it would be more special for Xavier if Nana just made him a set.

So after much more shopping to find just the right dinnerware assortment I started creating. The plate, cup and bowl were bought at Target and are not breakable. The cute little deer was bought at Kohl's in the picture frame department.  Lots of style to choose from...again a hard decision.
Cartridges used:
From My Kitchen - Gingerbread -  1.3" & Cookies - 1.3"
George & Basic Shapes - Moon - 2.1"
Joys of the Season - Candy Cane - 2.3"
Christmas Solutions - Santa Sleigh - 2.3"
Lyrical Letters - for - .85" Santa - 1.3" (welded on Gypsy)
Cartridges Used
Christmas Solutions - Reindeer - 3.3"
Lyrical Letters - Reindeer Feed - .7"
If you look closely I glued a read pearl to the deer nose - Rudolf. Also altered a little book that the pages can tear out of so Xavier can write his letter to Santa and attach it to the note holder with the clip.
Lastly Santa needs some Milk to wash down those cookies.
Snowflakes - punch
Lyrical Letters - Milk for - .7" Santa - 1.3"

It's already to go into my suitcase to take with me tomorrow!

I hope you have enjoyed this as much as I have making it.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Fall Splendor

Hi There,
Glad to be back again this week to share my Thanksgiving table decor.
I'm really enjoying these charger plates. They are so easy and quick to make.
The pumpkins, acorns, and leaves were printed using the printable vinyl and the cartridge is Enjoy the Seasons. Happy Thanksgiving from Lyrical Letters. The swirls I can't remember. Both the swirls and Happy Thanksgiving printed on yellow vinyl, adhesive applied over top and then glitter.
The leaves are from Designer Calendar and flood filled from Snapshot - Nature.

Also entering this project in the challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut.
Thanks for looking today and come back tomorrow as I have a really cool project! I've been so busy this week-end getting ready for vacation and getting some last minute projects completed.

PS - yes I know my shadow is in the plate. Couldn't retake the picture as I gave the plate away!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cheery Fall Day

Good Day!
Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday morning. Just a quick little card to share with you. I had made this particular card for my Goddaughter Jenna. She had sent me a picture of her in her new scrub top that she had purchased and the card reminds me of the top.. She's now in college so I did up a little care package for her.

Not traditional fall colors but I like it. I cut a circle out of the pattern paper so the blue cardstock would show through.

The project was printed and cut on the Imagine using Enjoy The Seasons.

My Imagine has fallen ill and had to be shipped away but should be back home when I return from vacation. I have really missed having it. I don't know how many times I've had to run to Michaels for cardstock to match a project. . . with the Imagine I just print the paper! If you're wondering if you get a long life time out of one cartridge of ink. I've had my machine since March. Craft with it almost daily and have only gone through two color ink refills and cost is $20.00 per cartridge. My white paper I buy is usually from Walmart - white textured - 40 sheets $5.00.

I'm down to three more sleeps till vacation and lots to do. Better get at it!

See you tomorrow.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tea Time

Good Morning!
I'm in a chipper mood this morning. Decided yesterday I would go to a card class today just to get out of the house.

Look, a Non-Christmas Card today. I'm entering this into a sketch challenge for the Cricut Circle on-line magazine. So that's where the sketch came from the tea idea is all about a new tea I discovered.
You see, I really like Chai Latte's. Oh Yum, oh calories!  While browsing my local grocery store, (I know you wish you had my life!) I saw some "Chai Spice Black Tea" so I thought I would give it a shot. Oh My Goodness. Tastes just like the real thing...I do add a little sugar and a tablespoon or so of  French Vanilla creamer. I highly recommend this!

George & Basic Shapes - 4.25 & 4.00 on silhouette button
                                       - heart 3.3 and embossed with swiss dots cuttlebug
Love You A Latte  - Tea Time 1.8"
                               - Tea Pot & Cup - 2.5"
Border - punch
Distressed with Tim Holtz Old Paper and Victorian Velvet.
Stamped in some steam.
Once I had the card done I thought I should make a holder for the tea packets as I'm sending this out as a little gift. I got the directions from Splitcoaststampers. The stamped images from Stampin' Up as well as the inks.
If you happen to have sampled the tea let me know what you think of it?

Better get on with my day. This time next week I'll be on my way to the airport!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Just Because...I Love You

Hi Again,
I was following a sketch for this card but can't remember from where anymore. I've had it made for awhile! lol
I used the Imagine More cartridge for the paper and the two images. I love you is from the Jasmine cartridge and the swirls are stamped. The blue strip was embossed with swiss dots cuttlebug folder.

I found this card interesting cause I included lots of different colors and they all worked together.
Starting to see lots of ads for Black Friday sales. Last year I did most of my Christmas Shopping on-line that week-end. Sure beat fighting people in the malls.

Have a few Christmas cards I've been working on finished and still quite a few to go.

Have a great day.


Monday, November 7, 2011

City Chase

Hello There Crafters,

Changing things up this week. We are to create a "Family Layout".

As you know here on Creativer Critterz Imaginations we're showing you all the nifty things you can do with your Cricut Imagine. Usually I show you how great it is to print your own paper and icons and then have your Cricut cut them out. This week I did things a little different. If you're like me you have a stockpile of cardstock and pattern paper waiting to be used so that is just what I did - I used my existing paper and only used the cut feature on the Imagine.

This past June my daughter and I competed in the City Chase. These events are held in numerous countries and then the top winner from each country competes internationally. I like to think of it as a mini "Amazing Race". We did things such as pulling cars, kayaking, walking on stilts and eating doggy biscuits. We had such a good time and completed our minimum requirements too!
It was a time I truly cherished with my DD and hope to compete with her again next year.

Cartridges Used:
Celebrations - Banner
Wall Decor and More - Filmstrip
Sports Mania - Runners
Font - Plantin'
Thank you for stopping by to visit and your comments are always appreciated.


Thursday, November 3, 2011


Hi There,
I'm now into full swing on getting my Christmas cards done. Last count I only have fourteen done. I better get a move on as I'm taking a little vacation soon to go and see my grandson. Looking forward to that. We Skype with him occasionally and I had sent him a little package of goodies so he opens it on skype. It was one of those Halloween treat boxes that I showed last week. Once he got it opened he sees the treats and says, "Yummy".

Just a quick overview. All coloring with Copics.  The bird and the fence is from the new Cricut cartridge Ribbons and Rosettes. Fence cut at 1.5 " and the bird at 1". This cartridge does a lot of borders. I think it will be a favorite. Pattern paper from Hobby Lobby. Bought this last year and still using it on Christmas cards. When doing cards one piece goes a long ways.
Stickles added to the flower centers, red berries and snow. Distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Pumice Ink.

Entering this card in the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge. Project had to be bird related.

Enjoy your day!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nightmare Before Christmas....

Good Morning, I just have to share these pictures. No paper project today.

My two favorite guys look so darn cute. DIL Steph made the costumes and she did an amazing job. Way to go Steph!

There will be some scrapbook pages coming soon. If you don't know they are dressed as Jack Skellington and Jack Jr. from the Nightmare Before Christmas.

Steph was Sally from the same movie but nobody took pictures of her! Maybe I can talk her into getting into her costume again for a picture.

We only had about 60 kids here and I bought for about double that.

Do you remember Trick or Treating? DH & I were talking about that. We remember we would go out by 4:30 in the afternoon to start. It got dark early was usually cold and a very good chance there was already snow on the ground.

When the big guy above was about Xavier's age we took him out for Halloween in a furry costume dressed as Oscar the Grouch. It was a cold, snowy night so put him in his snowsuit, then his furry costume overtop. We were so worried he was going to get cold. He ran from house to house and when we got back home the little guy was drenched in sweat! lol


Thanks for letting me share these photos and I'll be back tomorrow with a project.


Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween !

My day for posting over at Creative Critterz Imaginations. If you haven't been by for a visit it is worth the click as there were some fantastic projects from the design team this month. We are officially done with Halloween and moving along to FALL. This week - "Any Fall Project".
I went super simple this week.
Tags, Bags, Boxes and More - Cut the box feature on blackout at 5 1/2". If you made it slightly smaller you would be able to get two to a piece of 8 1/2 x 11. Let's just say - I wasn't thinking when I started out.
The red square and the letters are from Country Carnival.
All the edges of the box and the red square were inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Pumice. Also stitching added around the square.
I did seal the boxes but when I make a Christmas set I may place candy or something else inside to make the boxes heavy so they are more stable. I might consider taping them together so my DH will quit re-arranging the letters. lol

Spent Sunday at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Were there ever some amazing costumers. DH took lots of pictures. Perhaps this week I'll share a few of those.
Enjoy your week and be sure to come back and visit each day for more ideas.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Treat Boxes

Good Morning Fellow Crafters,

Sharing a second  purple, orange, green and black project today over at Creative Critterz Imaginations.

I purchased Happy Haunting this year for Halloween and it is perhaps the cartridge I have used the most or used so many of the cuts on it.

These are all 3-d projects that are loaded onto the cartridge. Simply cut and assemble.
I think my favorite was the coffin. It was cut on grey cardstock and then sponged white and black ink onto it. Gave it kind of a marble look.
The faces on these pumpkins are so cute. There is also another face that is more girly.
The pumpkin on the right was printed on orange cardstock with the pattern from Bubblegum Stripes overtop. The one on the left was white cardstock. The orange cardstock was from Stampin Up and I find the Imagine will print on it but doesn't want to feed back in to cut the image. I've tried it a few times and have gotten the same results. I don't know if the cardstock is too stiff or thick? Anybody else have a problem?
The spider....he gave me the most problem. Had I been cutting on colored cardstock I would have been okay but I was flood filling the images. You have to cut the legs twice otherwise when you go to assemble half of the legs will show purple and half will be white.
Assembly was also a little trickery but after you made one you would have it down to a science.
Hope you have enjoyed all the spooky projects this month. This is my last unless I get some good Halloween pictures of little Xavier and then I'll be doing a Halloween layout.