Monday, August 31, 2009

DCRU Tutorial/Negative scraps

Diane, One of my talented design team sisters on Die Cuts RUs has a spiffy tutorial on the blog today about using negative die cuts. The card she shows is wonderful. Negative hearts placed over beautiful themed paper that fits perfectly. It is so easy to just toss aside the papers after we've cut dies out, and sometimes they end up on piles of other paper. Now and then I take time to go through the stacks and I come up with papers that match perfectly and make a wonderful card or project which features the negative cuts. Take a look at Diane's post. She does a great job of inspiring. And check back tomorrow too because you are likely to see some other samples.

BBT/PP/Ribbon/Blog Hop

UPDATE: The winner has contacted me and her towel will be mailed on Monday.
We have a winner: 4Furbabies.  Please email me soon and I will get the handtowel mailed to you. Thanks to everyone
who played along and congrats to the winner. 
If I do not hear from the winner by September
11, I will do another draw.  
Oh yay, this is month end and time for our
end of month blog hop that mixes so wonderfully with our BBTB challenge for the week.  Regina asked us to design with Paper Pups and to use the ribbon cut.  Here is my card...a cute little dog posing for his dog show and that ribbon.  My blog candy is (oh no another hand towel) a flower design in orange and white on the towel.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at the card and the blog candy, please leave a comment if you want in the draw.  I will draw the winner on Thursday September 3, after 4:0o PM Az time.  Please check back then, and if you are the winner, please email me so that I can make arrangements to mail the towel.  Now to continue on with the blog hop fun, do do do go to Donna' blog and see her absolutely wonderful work and her blog candy ... Oh, and PS, check out that frog birthday card on Donna's blog that she did for lil' ole' ME for my birthday in July. 
I cherish this card.... 

Saturday, August 29, 2009

DCRU Giveaway

I am proud to announce that I am the sponsor for the DCRU giveaway. Go here
and follow the instructions if you care to be in the running for the froggy towel I am giving away. Now...if you follow ME, you know how I feel about froggy.. so for me to offer up one of my froggy towels is a special thing.

Cutting Cafe/Thank You

Regina at The Cutting Cafe has released some new sentiment stamps.  I love this Thank You sentiment circle, and I made the card bright n' cheery.  Do visit her site here...and see the cutest sets. 
Thanks for looking. 

Thursday, August 27, 2009

DCRU Organization Tips

One of my DCRU design team sisters, Diane, has written a wonderful article
about organization tips on scrap papers. We all know what a challenge this part of working with paper can be. I've had so many organization systems, I could write a book. With each new system I evolve into a better tidy clutter but I have so many steps left to go. Take a look here, read this wonderful article. Perhaps you will see yourself, nod your head, and get some great ideas.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

DCRU Tuesday Challenge

At Die Cuts R US the Tuesday challenge was to create something using a date as the main focus. I selected August 22 and on my calendar that date is highlighted by a tiny blue heart. It's a very special date, indeed.  My son was born the end of July, but he was a preemie, a wee tiny little guy who couldn't come home to us until August 22.  And although his true birthday is a special day this date is a date that the world became a lot brighter.   The details are on DCRU so be sure to stop and see all of the cards and projects the designers made. 

Monday, August 24, 2009

BBTB/Wild Card/ Owl

Oh Happy Monday to all.... Weekends fly past, don't they?  Each Monday I rush to the BBTB site to see the cards and projects that Regina posts from my designer friends.  This week the challenge was for the Wild Card cartridge and to design using the owl.  I looked at the cut and I thought "Oh noooooo, what am I going to do with THIS"?.  Please go and look at the designer's cards, but meantime here is mine.  The inside says "ME!"...TFL...and have a great Monday. 

Friday, August 21, 2009

DCRU Friday Tutorial

Happy Friday. I remember this day with such fond affection during those "working years" and I was always so gleeful when wonderful Friday rolled around and it was the last day of work for a busy week. Today is Friday Tutorial at Die Cuts R Us and it was my turn. I did a Halloween Star Card and I'd love it if you stopped here to take a look and leave a comment.
Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cutting Cafe/Halloween

Announcing the winner:  Rheannon, you won the draw.  Please email me so that I can get that Halloween Labels set to you.  Congratulations, and thanks to all for playing along. 
That sweet Regina! ... she has some wonderful sets up for giveaway.  I have chosen to make a card from the Halloween Labels set here....  If you will leave a comment on my post here, I will put your name in the draw on Sunday August 23.  Please check back Sunday evening for the name of the winner.  Once I announce the name, please contact me no later than August 25th or I will draw a new winner.  Thanks for playing....

WOW-Working on Wednesday

It's Wednesday....and  for Die Cuts R Us design team sisters, we are having fun reporting what we each are working on.  What are YOU working on?  I am doing two card challenges, a card for a birthday friend and my biggest project is to scrapbook 25 photographs taken in September 2008 at an Arizona Quilter's Hall Of Fame induction ceremony.  I had the wonderful pleasure of nominating my dear high school friend Dee and her partner Audrey for the Hall of Fame.  These photographs are special, and this album will be for Dee's birthday coming up next week.  Shsssss....  If you are visiting me, tell me in the comments section what you are doing today.  Thanks for visiting me.  Visit my DT sisters and see what they are up to today.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

DCRU Challenge Tuesday

Tuesday is Challenge Day at DCRU so you must
stop over and see the cute cards.  We were to 
do a color challenge; chocolate brown, teal, and white or ivory.  I used a Tilda image, colored her
in with my Prisma pencils and Odorless 
Mineral Spirits.  The sentiment is a Hero Art
Stamp, and I added some ribbons.  Tilda  is
featured on a round scallop Nestie which has
been put through my Cuttlebug embossing 
folder.  TFL...

Monday, August 17, 2009

A Friend Award

I am so thrilled to show my new Blog Award from Diane, one of my design team sisters on Die Cuts R Us.  This is one cute award and says it all, doesn't it?....friends walking side by side.
Thank you, Diane.  
I now pass this on to:  All of my blogging friends deserve 
this really cute award because we walk beside each other
every day in our blogging adventures. 

Go Look...

The DCRU store is having a wonderful sale. Take a hop over and take a look see.  Lots of great bargains goin' on. 


This week on BBTB Regina asked us to use Walk In My Garden cart which is one of my favs.  There is just everything wonderful on this cartridge.  She gave us a little stipulation though. We had to make a yellow envelope.   So here is my take on that assignment.  The paper is ...well, I LOVE's bright and cheery and it was just screaming to be used on this very BBTB project.  On the card, I added a black flower, a center with some of the paper itself, and an orange ribbon... For the envie I used a circle scalloped Nestie, and cut it in half so the scallops would wind around the lower envie flap. 
All in all I was happy with this bit of summery project. 
TFL...And hop over to BBTB and just look at the wonderful creations.  

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Blog Award from Sandi

How thrilled I was to receive this beautiful blog Award from my sweet friend Sandi Kelly.
I am to tell 5 things I like and then share this with five.
1. I love my family, my friends and my dog...this is all one love!!.
2. I paper. And anything it creates
3. I love fabric and anything it creates.
4. I love blogging and sharing
5. Steak and lobster.
Now I wish to share this with:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

DCRUS Tuesday Challenge Day

Today is Tuesday Challenge at DCRU and you have to check out the designer's projects to see the fun cards featuring "layers".  This was the challenge.  Make a project using die cuts, papers, embellishments, ribbons...just so there are layers.  Check out the store here to see all of the wonderful tools you would need to make such darling cards.
Here is my card:
The base paper is Nana's Papers for Little Boy, the sentiment is Sizzlits.  I used two Nestie scalloped ovals and ran them through the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Swiss Dots. The scallop edging is a Martha Stewart doily punch.  The sweet little blue birds are from Cricut's Wild Card cartridge and to Mama Bird I added a sweet white ribbon.  

Join the challenge.   Make a card featuring layers.  Leave a comment on the design team blog and a link to your card.  See the DT blog for all the details. 

Monday, August 10, 2009


 I was so happy to do this challenge.  First of all, I love the Celebrations has so many neat neat dies on it.  I love this Square Scallop Tag and that was part of our assignment. 
To pair with this lovely tag, we each received a die from Go Kreate.  I love this little Teddy Bear  ... I have a lot of Teddy dies but somehow the look on this face perfectly matched the fact that the word HUG was also on the die.  When my son was wee little he would bang his finger on a toy he would  tell me "me needs a hug" so....!   As you can see, I cut the Celebrations Scallop tag out 4 times for the layers and of course my wonderful Cuttlebug played a big part in embossing.  There is a tiny jewel on Teddy's tie. TFL, be sure to check out the other designs and join us by making your own card and posting it in McLinky.  
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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Cutting Cafe Flower Shape Card

WINNER UPDATE:  Lisa B., congratulations...  please email me and Regina will get this set to you.  Thank you all for playing along.  If I do not hear from the winner by August 18 I will draw another name. 
Well now...I love this card. .... It's a new set from Regina's Cutting Cafe Flower Shaped Card set here. . AND she is letting me do a giveaway on this very set . Just leave a comment and I will do a draw on August 12th after 4:00 Arizona time. Be sure to check back on that date to see whose name is drawn, and I will then ask for some email information. Notice, if you will, the cute little frame where the sentiment resides. I sewed around that and cut apart a sentiment stamp to put on the various lines. This is from another set on Cutting Cafe here. For this post, however, the giveaway consists of the Flower Shaped Card. I cut the flowers out, rubber stamped on the flower shape and used my circle scalloped Nestie for the flower center, and I added a punch flower and jewels in the center of that. MS punch decorates the edges.
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Birthday Fun

Look at these wonderful faces!  This was taken at my 72nd birthday dinner with wonderful friends.  
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Friday, August 07, 2009

DCRU Giveaway

Oh my, I wish to announce a giveaway  of a Just Rite stampers set and you simply must sign up for it.  Please visit DCRU and these are your simple steps: 1. Become a follower and leave a comment 2. Post about the giveaway on your blog and leave a link on the DCRU blog.  The deadline is August 9, and the winner will be announced on August 10. Lots of luck.  This is something wonderful to win.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

DCRus Tuesday Challenge Day

Happy Tuesday, you sweet visitors! is challenge day at Die Cuts R Us and I am so pleased to present my Monogram Card.  We were to design a project to feature a  Monogram and I selected the beautiful font from Cricut Storybook ...sold right here at DCRU.  The card base is from Wild Card which is one of my favs....the card is cut at 5 inches, and I ran the base through the Cuttlebug Embossing folders. The white mount squares are Nesties in the square circle and oval, also Cuttlebugged. (I love that word...)  I added some white dots with my acrylic paint, and a lovely jewel to the initial C. I put on a pretty ribbon and a tulip die cut from Storybook.  Since my initial is C, perhaps I will use this card to send to some sweet friend, or it could end up in the trays of the other 10,000 cards that may end up on Etsy someday.  Please visit the designer's  blog here to see the darling cards, and you should leave your card as well on Mr. Linky.  Great contest going on!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Cutting Cafe/Congratulations on your Wedding

It is Saturday and I did the draw.  JOY SIKES, congratulations.  You are the winner.  Please email me quickly so we can get this wonderful Wedding set to you.

I love this card.  This is a sentiment from The Cutting Cafe "Congratulations on your Wedding" set  I had fun putting the card together.  I ran a cream colored cardstock through the Cuttlebug Embossing folder, then I added another layer in white cardstock that was embossed and has a MS fancy edge punch. I used an oval scalloped Nestie to open up the center so the sentiment would show. I cut out the heart and the flower from the Cricut Wedding cart, and I added some pearls in the center of the flower.  The ribbon? was just laying around and I am so happy I found it for this card.  Here is most exciting news.  Regina says I can do a giveaway with this set.  How neat is THAT?....  just leave a comment, and on Saturday I will do a draw. Be sure to check back no later than Monday, and if you are the winner, I will ask you to email me with your information. 
Thanks for looking, thanks for playing along....

Cutting Cafe/School Days

A winner:  It's Saturday and I've done the draw for this darling set from Cutting Cafe.  SHANA... please email me so I can get this set to you.  Congrats.  And thanks to all for playing along... 
I am so excited.  Here is a simple card I made with one of Regina's Cutting Cafe new releases called School Days.  There are so many cute printables in this set, ...please hop to here and take a look. 
I actually printed out the apple on white card stock and used my colored markers to color in the apples  I used my Nesties to cut out the circles and I ran them all through my Cuttlebug Embossing folders.  Now here is the exciting part.  I get to giveaway the School Days set.  Please leave a comment, and this coming Saturday I will put your name in the draw.  Be sure to check back no later than Monday.  If you are the winner, I will ask you to please email me so I can have Regina give you this darling file.  Tfl.... 


Ahhhh Monday and our posts arrive on BBTB.  I rush to see what the girls have done with the designer challenge and I am always filled with admiration at the ideas.  Please visit here  to admire too.  
Our challenge was to use Accent Essentials, #13 which is this wonderful snowflake.  I used my marker pens in a blue to draw the snowflake and then I cut it out 3 times .  Initially I had just the oval shape fold over card with a blue ribbon that says "snowflakes fall".   I had to give in and place it all on an A2 card because I couldn't get the oval to stand free. The oval was run through my Cuttlebug Embossing folders.  Snowflakes were stacked with pop ups, a small snowflake dots the center and I've added gems and a hang-off sentiment of JOY from Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge.  TFL and have a spiffy Monday.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Excitement ....!

I am so pleased and excited to announce a new Design Team.  I will be a designer for  Die Cuts R US ... You simply must visit the site here so that you can see the activity that will be going on each day.  It's inspiring, it's a learning adventure with exposure to so many different ideas, so many wonderful products, so many talents.  I am proud to introduce the designers.Sammye Jo, Diane, Margie, Jessica, Amber  Cara, and Gwen.  Please stop by their blogs, say hello, sign up to be a follower.  You'll be so glad you did.  Here is the link for the Design Team.   Mustn't forget the link to the Store

Now, let me tell you a bit about this new first-ever design team.  There will be tutorials for the how-to creations, giveaways (those are always fun, aren't they?) Product Reviews (want to know about that new card making or scrapbooking tool or product  you saw somewhere and you aren't sure what it does), there will be wonderful useful tips and techniques, and features on some of your favorite scrapbooking and card trends.  Each Tuesday there will be a new challenge listed.  Be sure to sign up as a follower so you don't miss a single thing. Be sure to watch the store for wonderful products. 

I'm very excited.  There are new things I need to learn like being in a Google group.   New experiences are fun.  ... I am a bit nervous, so bear with me...