Thursday, October 29, 2009

Play Date Challenge #2

Play Date Cafe is on their 2nd challenge...and here is my take. The color challenge is to capture the colors of autumn with brown and/or black coupled with orange and yellow. I had some papers that I was given at one of the latest scrapbook crops and the paper was 5x7 in size. I find these papers are fantastic for making cards rather than scrapbooking. This is a glimpse of just two of the cards which are seriously layered with Labels Eight from Nesties. On the white card base I have placed the largest label in black, and to that the next 2 smaller sizes with some of the pattern papers, and finally the next small size of label in a solid cream cardstock. The layers were all glued together and then I ran it through my Cuttlebug embossing folder. I wanted to make 4 cards to place into a Card Folder and so I selected the Indie Art Cricut cartridge. Below you will see the darling bee and the ladybug on two of the cards.

This shows the Card Folder and the 4 cards.
The Card Folder is simply a 12x8 piece of patterned cardstock which has been scored with a 2 inch strip in the center. The two sides are folded up, and two small side strips are glued to the front and back panels. The sides of the Card Folder are open except for the small "tabs" holding the folder in place. I edged the front of the Card Folder with a Martha punch, and I've added more labels, a flower and a dragonfly die.
Here are the four cards. Each card has a different die from Indie Art Cricut cartridge...a bee, ladybug, dragonfly and butterfly. I also made a score line around the layering by scoring with my Scor-It board.
This will make a handy gift for someone, donchathink???? TFL... Now, why don't you visit Play Date Cafe and join in on their challenge?

Monday, October 26, 2009


Congratulations to the winner of the felt flowers. Carol of Carol's Cards. Please email me at least by November 4th so I can make arrangements to get the flowers mailed to you. Thanks to all for playing along.

Happy Monday and not only are our design team cards up on the BBTB site but it's a wonderful blog hop as well. If you are here, I hope you came to my blog from Regina's wonderful creations. Our task from Regina was to create from the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge and to use the Pointed Tag. A little additional rule: Make this a Halloween theme. Easy to do since I am in the Halloween time of year spirit. Here is my card. I used the SYI cart all the way on this... I cut the tag with the orange checkered paper snippet from my scrapbin, added some background paper in the theme of things, and then cut the pumpkin and two spiders as well. That cute brown ribbon with white polka dots came from my ribbon stash. I added my trade mark harlequin corner and a jewel for pumpkin's eye. Thanks for looking and now in the heart of a blog hop, you will dash over to DeeDee's blog to see her wonderful creations. I love DeeDee's cards, she puts her heart into each one. Also please let me direct you to Shelly's blog...she has a darling card for you to admire.
Here is a little bit of blog candy. These are my felt flowers. They are cut out from felt on my Sizzix die cut machine ...and the die offers variations in the size of flower so they are great to just stack up, add a felt die cut leaf, sew a little button on. These are great for most anything: cards, scrapbooking, purses, totes....

There are five being offered in colors of red, orange, and bright pink. Leave a comment that you would like to be in the drawing. On October 31st I will do the draw, so please check back after 4PM AZ time and if you are the winner of the draw, please email me so I can get mailing instructions. Thanks for looking. I love all comments. They make my day....

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Just Us Girls Challenge

I've found a wonderful blog and I am going to enter my card for their challenge at Just Us Girls. This DT does the most awesome projects. The current challenge is to do a 3D flower....and this is the card I've created.
This view is the inside of the card. The pattern paper has been run through my Cuttlebug Embossing folder for Swiss Dots, and the white sentiment base has been shaped with my Nestabilies and Cuttlebugged. I have added a dimension flower which was created with my Cricut Machine with the Walk In My Garden cartridge. The green leaf has been cut by hand with decorative scissors and the leaf has been distressed with my chalk pad. The sentiment is a rubber stamp.

The card style is a Gate Fold and one of the issues I seem to have with this style is the inability to close the card and keep it closed. You will notice that I have made a little strip of paper on the lower flap, and there is a small tab that slips into it. Aha, a closed card at last. The flaps have Cuttlebugged papers that are also edged with Martha Stewart's Doily Punch. The base for the flower are Nestabilities, two sizes and they have been Cuttlebugged. Oh how I lovezzz m' Cuttlebug. The flower was cut in 4 graduating sizes from Walk In My Garden cartridge and of course, each flower was put through my embossing folders before stacking. I've curled the petals, added a center and a sweet little Martha Stewart butterfly. Just for some additional color and embellishment I've added two wine colored ribbons.

This is a view of the card slightly open.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Play Date Challenge #1

This is so much fun to be on the Play Ground Floor for the first challenge on the Play Date Cafe Design Team. The challenge is a color challenge, and I have selected autumn colors for my entry.
I used Cricut Basic George cartridge to cut a 5-1/2" capital O to get an open frame. I switched to the Stretch Your Imagine cartridge to cut out the word "autumn" and the wonderful leaves. I selected pattern papers with the two changing colors of the season, I doodled on the leaf and then ran it through the script Cuttlebug embossing folder. Stickles have been added here and there. Some of the leaves have been lifted with popdots. I have some wonderful velum sentiments which I had added to display in the center of the open frame. I like the way this turned out and I hope you do as well. TFL, and do visit Play Date Cafe to see the wonderful creations from the designers. My friend Sandi is one of the designers and I am always entranced by her projects. The whole team is very very talented.

Monday, October 19, 2009


It's Monday...It's Monday and I love this day because that means Regina has loaded up the cards and projects from we designers on BBTB. This challenge she asked us to design with the Sign die cut from the Christmas Noel cart but we were to use a Halloween theme. You must go see the darling cards the gals did...simply awesome Halloween eye-candy. Here is my take. I used the sign, but it isn't the center of attraction. I love this little skeleton, the ghostie, and the bat and cat (from PDDU cart) and the poem is one of my mind creations. I've written poems and children's stories for years and years.
TFL and do go visit BBTB.

Friday, October 16, 2009

30,000 Blog Hits Blog Candy

Thank you all, I have hit that wonderful 30,000 hits and I am so happy. I always appreciate every single visitor and I love comments. They make my day. announce the winner of the red Mickey/Minnie Mouse SweatJacket. The winner is......LILLIE. Email me, girl, and I will get that jacket off to you poste haste.

You ARE awesome...!

Here is a little deal for ya. I am approaching a wonderful 30,000 hits on my blog and I want to do a bit of celebrating. Here is a red sweat jacket I made and it is embroideried with Minnie and Mickey mouse dancing. It is a size medium sweatshirt that I cut down the center, created a red and white polka dotted placket.
I am offering this as blog candy. All you have to do is sign up to be a follower and leave a comment on this post that you are my follower and you would like to win the sweat jacket. When my blog count rolls up to that 30,000 count I will do a draw. Keep an eye out...and check back to see if you are the winner. If you are, I will ask you to email me so I can get the deets on mailing this jacket to you.

Monday, October 12, 2009

My Friend Sandi

I am so happy to announce some great bloggy world news! My wonderfully talented friend, Sandi Kelly (Celtic Woman) is the guest designer for 2 weeks on Die Cuts R Us, AND she is now on a new Design Team called Play Date Cafe. I plan on playing the challenge on October 22 so be sure and check the site and play along too. Check out Sandi's blog here and she'll lead you the way.


Aaaaaack, as my friend Sharon would say when she sees something sooooo cute.... Regina asked us to design with Paper Dolls cart and to use the monster cut. Well, I had so much fun with this cut, I did TWO. You must go to BBTB and see the designer's take on this challenge. After I cut two sweet Monsters, I added the spider web and spider from the PDDU cart. TFL...

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Heartfelt Thanks

This is a Thank You Card and I made it to present to those messageboard friends on Cricut. Yesterday I lost a treasured friend. She had been fighting her cancers and the effects of chemo. So many wonderful people on the Cricut board sent prayers and good thoughts and 52 sent lovely cards to Carole. There just is no way to describe how she cherished those cards, and as her health declined, she still took the cards and looked thru each one. I received many emails from Carole's sister and she never failed to tell me how Carole was so enormously heartwarmed at the caring. Carole is free now from her nightmare pain and I know she is happy and healthy and smiling. I am very sad to lose my precious friend.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

50th Wedding Anniversary

A friend needed a card for a 50th Wedding Anniversary so I offered to make one of my cards that I love to make... This is actually 6 folded cards, stacked and bound with the Zutter BIA. I've added a lot of ribbons on the wire, and each page is embossed, die cuts are added, there are pockets to hold messages and sentiments, ...the die cuts come from Storybook cart and the sentiments are from Celebrations, Wedding Solutions. I've added jewels and more ribbons, and my little Cuttlebug embossing folders were very very busy. I didn't photograph every page but these will give an idea of how the card looked.
The last page is much like this page. It has a pocket to hold a tag that is a "to and from" tag. This page has a pocket to slip a lovely anniversary sentiment into.
My favorite part of the whole card is the front cover. I used the Fleur de Lis Spellbinders die as a base for the Wedding couple to stand on. The edges of the folded cards were punched with the large scallop punch. I love the effect...

TFL.... These are great fun to make and well received.

Black/White/Red Card

I love this color combo. Anything with black and white paper is a winner, add a wee bit of red and I love the end result. Have you ever noticed the little bird on the Lyrical Letters cartridge from Cricut. I just found this darling critter and had to make a card. I had paper left over so what could I do but make a second card....The ladybug is an MS punch. The sentiment is one of Regina's special Cutting Cafe printable sentiments. TFL.

Monday, October 05, 2009


Regina's challenge for us was to use the Home Accents cart, and to design with the chandelier cut. The card top was cropped short so that the chandelier would "hang" off the edge. I used scrapbin papers, added some gems on the various globe areas. The sentiment is from Opposites Attract (one of my fave carts). Hope you like it.
Please drop over to BBTB and see the wonderful designs from the team. I am so proud to be on this team with such talented designers who always spice things up with their imaginations and new designs. TFL....

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Cutting Cafe Giveaway!

A WINNER.... Congratulations to LOUISE who has won the draw for the Cutting Cafe giveaway. Please email me, Louise, so Regina can get that set right to you. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to leave a sweet comment. I appreciate each of you.
Regina is letting us designers offer a wide range of giveaway printables from her Cutting Cafe site I have chosen to make a card using When I Count My Blessings. Here is the card.
The sentiment, of course, is a Cutting Cafe printable from When I Count My Blessings, I've used border punches from Martha Stewart, a pretty red and white polka dot ribbon tied with a wooden heart that I painted at least 10 years ago. I found this little treasure in one of my "buttons n' stuff" stashes in my craft closet.

Leave a comment on this post and I will draw a name on October 7th. Please check back by October 10th after noon for the winner and if you are the winner, I will ask you to email me with your particulars so Regina can get the set emailed to you. TFL, and thanks for stopping by.

YouTube Yippy

Well, Regina has done it again. She has created something fantastic to put a spotlight on her wonderful Printables and the designers who worked with them. You must visit Youtube and see this great gallery of wonderful cards using Regina's Cutting Cafe Printables. My little ole' Boo Crew card is about 40 seconds or so into the video. Yayyy, Regina...and thanks for highlighting my card. I enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful cards the designers created.