Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Published me...

I am always so pleased to say that 5 of my cards are published in the October/November issue of Ready Set Create. Please see here for information on purchasing an issue.


Just a note... I have resigned immediately from the Die Cuts R Us design team. All is fine....It was just something that I needed to do for myself.

Monday, September 28, 2009


I HAVE A WINNER: JAN FARNWORTH...please email me with your addie so I can make arrangements to mail the Apple dish towels. Congrats to Jan, and to each of you who played along, I thank you so much. I appreciated each visit...
Well it's fun fun fun time because Regina lets us do a blog hop each month end. I so enjoy these and I hope you do as well.
We were asked to use Cricut's Graphically Speaking cart and to design with the "priceless" die. I was at a loss on how to even make this work and then I ran across this treasured photograph of my son at age 16, all spiffied up for his first high school prom. He looked so handsome in his tux and that blue cumberband ... so I took the photo and made it part of a greeting card.
It is a tri-fold card with the photo on the left, down the center is "always remember" cut out from some scrap bin papers. I've used Nesties on the right side of the card and added the words "first prom" just above the Priceless cut. I love the way this card turned out and I've mailed it to my 40 year old son to chuckle over.

Leave a comment and you will be put into a drawing for the two little handtowels that I have embroideried with an apple.. One towel is a smaller size..I will draw the winner on October 6, so check back after 4:00 AZ time that day. If you are the winner I will ask you to email me so I can make arrangements to mail the towels to you. If I do not hear from the winner by October 9, I will draw a new name. Now, you must blog hop to Michelle's blog and see her wonderful work.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Felt Flowers

I love making Felt Flowers.... The tub of felt was put in a closet and forgotten so yesterday I hauled it out, cut bunches of flowers from my Sizzix dies, sewed the stacks together, topped the flower with a button. Adds a bit of pizzaz to a card, I think.
I suspect some of these will end up in packages on my Etsy Shop. TFL.

Monday, September 21, 2009


It's Monday....and that means BBTB has the challenges up and as always I rush to see what the gals have done and as always I love every single project. I am just so so proud to be on Regina's design teams... We were to design from Cricut's Camp Out cartridge...Here is my take on that dragonfly. I cut her out on blue polka dotted paper twice, and then added some emphasized eyes. A little ribbon ties around her...waist? Dragonflys do have a waist I think.... The flower is a Cricut Walk In My Garden cut 5 times in 1/2 inch size differences. I've added embossing from Cuttlebug on both the card base and the flower. The sentiment is a rubber stamp and it is mounted on the lower left of the inside. The card top has been cropped and scalloped and the flower hangs off. TFL and do visit BBTB to see the wonders...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cutting Cafe/Coffee Date

I so love Regina's Cutting Cafe printables...and
this sentiment in her new release coming up struck my fancy. I hope you will take a peek at Cutting Cafe to see the wonders that she offers for us all to create with. I had fun making this card and decorating the little coffee cups from Beyond Birthdays Cricut Cartridge.... I ran papers through the Cuttlebug embossing folders, I sewed a wee bit, I added a ribbon,. TFL...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

DCRU Tuesday Challenge/Media

Here is my take on the current DCRU challenge to use other media on a card...like embossing, shading, gel pen doodling. We all know Carole loves to doodle on her die cuts, right?
TFL and go here to see the challenge by Gwen. I used my Quickutz dies for the dog, cat and flower, and the sentiment is Opposites Attract cartridge from Cricut. The base card has been run through my Cuttlebug with the Quickutz Embossing folder for big polka dots.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tie Dyed Flowers

My friend Diane did a wonderful tutorial on tie dyeing paper using shaving cream and inks....  It's right here. (Scroll down to Friday, September 11 post)
This is my version of a tie dyed paper.  I scooch (izzat a word?) Marvy ink pads all over white card stock, blending in one color after another.  I love the final result.  For this card, I used  Walk In My Garden Cricut cart for the flowers and leaves.  I cut the flowers out in graduated sizes, decreasing by 1/2 inch with each cut, stacked them, curled the petals and doodled on the petal for final effect. The card base has been polka-dotted with the Quickutz Polka Dot Embossing folder which I ran through my Cuttlebug.  TFL... 

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Regina's Cutting Cafe News

You must check out here..... Regina is having a special on her wonderful printables.  You will see some wonderful "all about Cupcakes" printables... Please....go see...  I have made some of my cutest cards using her sweet images.  

Happy Holiday

I took one look at Regina's Holiday Background Printable for Happy Holidays and I just had to make a card.  I am now in the process of trying out several holiday cards so that I can decide which styles I want to do for my mailings at Christmas.  I love this simple card and this is probably going to be among the choices.  Regina's Cutting Cafe is sooooooo neat and she has absolutely wonderful designs to choose.  This is the entire site, and if you want to see the background I've used on my card here, just scroll down.  You will see so many wonderful things to love. 
Now...onto my card.  I printed off the Holiday background and then I ran red and green cardstock through my wonderful Spelllbinders Fluer de Lis die cut, (bought that from Die Cuts R Us..check out their store right here)....I added a wee little snowflake in the center along with a clear jewel.  And I was so pleased to stumble across the red and white checkered ribbons to add. 

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

DCRU Tuesday Challenge/Pop Up

Today was my post on DCRU for the Tuesday Challenge, which followed my Monday post for a Main Tutorial ...and the subject was Pop Up Cards. Simple ones. There are so many styles from quick and easy to detailed, laborious wonderful pop up cards. Here is a Blooming Flower Pop up showing the inside which opens to a flower that literally blooms right before your eyes. It is an easy card to make. See the DCRU tute for details.
Here are two simple pop up cards. The front has been decorated with Cricut's New Arrival cartridge for the baby theme, and I have used several rubber stamps and a Sizzix die cut for sentiments on the outside. And oh how easy to use pre-printed pre-made cards.
This is a sample of the inside ... a small insert has been glued to the inside of the base card that has a "shelf" and it is on that shelf the pop up art is placed. I have added some alphabet letters as hang off sentiments.
Thanks for looking and I hope you will read my article on the Die Cuts blog.

Sunday, September 06, 2009


Regina was early in posting our cards for the BBTB team so I am early in posting mine.  I was so excited when I saw that the challenges were up on the site because it's always such a delight to see what my design team sisters have created.  Absolutely wonderful stuff.  Go see here. 
When I was in Tucson, Deb shared some of her Tilda images with us and I found this darling Tilda holding a tag.  So what better to pair her with than the Present challenge?  Here she is...colored with my new Copics from Die Cuts R Us.  I cut the Present out with scrapbin papers, and I've added 3 Martha Stewart jewels to the bow.  The sentiment is done from the Calligraphy Collection and I absolutely love the cut out letter available.  Tilda sits on a strip from a MS punch. The base card has been run thru the Cuttlebug embossing folder.  Thanks for taking a look, and I hope you will visit Bitten By The Bug to take a look-see on the designer's cards. 

lookie lookie, ETSY UP..

Hooooray.  After weeks of messing with it, my Etsy Shop is up and running.  I stressed over it and thanks to my friends Sandi and Diane, it all came together.  I have about 10,000 cards (at least) to add over the months, and there are some of the hurry-up-and-sew-them totes.  As time marches on, maybe one of my quilts will show up too.  So take a look here, and see how cute the Etsy mini-show looks on my blog over to the left. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll take a look-see at the Etsy shop.  Took me long enough...!!!!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

DCRU Thursday Blah blah blah

On Thurs we designers write about mini-topics....sort of capturing some of the trends in the card making/scrapbooking market.  Love to have you jump over to Die Cuts R US and take a read on my post about sewing on cards. It is one of my most fav things to do ....  Thanks.... see you there. 

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

DCRU Tuesday Challenge

Today is Tuesday and that means challenge day at DCRU blog. On my prior post I spoke of Diane's inspiring article on using negative scraps. Today was the reveal of the cards the designers submitted for Diane to show. There are some really wonderful cards, great ideas and Diane's ideas gives many an inspiration for doing a project using that part of the paper that might get tossed. Here is my card, and for details, please see Diane's post. TFL.