Monday, June 28, 2010

BBTB2/PDDU/Genie Lamp

ANNOUNCING A WINNER: I am pleased to announce the winner of my felt flowers blog candy. Congrats to CelesteB ... Please email me with your addie, Celeste, and I will mail the flowers.
Happy Monday.... This is month end and we are always so pleased to say "it's BLOG HOP time"... I hope the visitors to BBTB2 take that blog hop tour to visit all of the designer's sites. There are wonderfully designed cards to inspire you, and even some blog candies offered too.
I hope that you have come my way by the blog of Theresa here. Our challenge for this week was to use the Paper Dolls Dress Up cartridge, and we are to design using the Genie Lamp. I turned my little card into a Arabian Nights scene with the big wonderful castle, the lamp and the titles of DREAM and WISH. The lamp and the castle are from PDDU, and the sentiment titles are cut from Stamping (one of my faves). I set the Genie Lamp upon some layers of Nestie shapes.

Do visit BBTB2 and enjoy the designer's cards. In the tradition of our wonderful blog hop, I am now sending you that awesome wonderful designer Donna.

Now....for my blog candy I am offering up five colorful layered felt flowers, with a button to retain the layers. I use these for scrapbooking, greeting cards, gift wrap, and even on my sewing projects of purses and totes, a cute little floppy brimmed hat, on a belt. If you would like to be in the draw, please leave a comment on my blog and I will draw the winning name on July 2 after 2:00. If you see your name as the winner, please email me quickly and I will mail the flowers to you. If I do not hear from the winner by July 5th, I will draw another name. Thanks for visiting... I truly appreciate you and I treasure your comments.

Sunday, June 27, 2010


For those who visit me, in the past you have seen some fun photos that entail friends getting together for 2-1/2 days to create cards, share knowledge, techniques and inspirations. In February my Tucson friends drove to my house. It was my turn to drive to Tucson so on Friday I left with a packed car full of papers, tools, plans and excitment. Sandy was our hostess, and we had the best time. And I am so so pleased to say that I met Heather Binnie who heads up our Bitten By The Bug2 Team. Here we are...gathered on Sandy's stairway to post for this fun photo. I made cute little white hats with an embroidery dragonfly for each of the gals. I gave mine away when someone complimented it. Sandy and Deb do not have blogs (yet) but I'd love it if you visited Kris and Heather.

TFL.... see you tomorrow when our BBTB2 posts appears magically at 8AM Arizona time.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cutting Cafe/Best Wishes

I needed to make a quick card for a friend who has some exciting news in her life. What easier way than to grab up one of Regina's printables from Cutting Cafe here.
I had a negative square that was left from cutting a pretty flower, I placed some pretty pattern paper behind it, mounted the white embossed flower square on a black Nestability scalloped square...I added a cute red checkered ribbon, and I used my EK Success border punch for the scallop and a strip that I used to make a hinged card. Regina's framed sentiment was placed on red cardstock for the card base. All in all, I love how this turned out. TFL...

Monday, June 21, 2010


Good morning and happy Monday. Joanna is our hostess and she has selected the Once Upon A Princess cartridge for our challenge. We are to design with the rainbow. I do not have that cartridge but since we can alternate the cartridge, I used my Hello Kitty cart for the rainbow.
I made a door hanger. After a rain shower, I love to see a beautiful rainbow radiating across the sky and this door hanger is a little reminder that to get that rainbow, we have to have a little rain in our days now and then.
I cut the die 5-1/2 inches and added some Stickles and jewels... I punched a hole in one of my Nestie shapes to feed ribbons through for the hanging needs. From the cloudy sky I attached a little message from 3 ribbons. The little message says "Just remember, Life is like a rainbow. You need both the sun and the rain to make the colors appear"

To see some delightful takes on the rainbow challenge, visit BBTB2 and enjoy the cards the designers presented.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cutting Cafe/Word Book

I have always wanted to do a "word book" but I never settled down long enough to use the Design Studio program to do the various pages. I figured it would be a battle to get them sized correctly. Well, Regina has solved my little problem by releasing a new Word Book printable here. This is the book in total... I actually added a little backdrop to each page by cutting black cardstock. I used my various Cricut cartridges to add critters, words, and die cuts. I opted to use the Bind It All for my binding technique but Regina has implemented 3 round holes for other binding options. I added red, yellow and orange ribbons to the Zutter wire.
Page two... the U for Summer.
Page 3, the first M. Hmmmm, ice cream. Mmmmm.
Page Four...the second M. Have a marvelous little pool party.
Page Five.... picnic fun for the E page.
Page 6, the final page for the R.
Thanks for taking a peek. I always enjoy visitors and I love it when you leave a comment.
Hope you like my very first Word Book. My next one will have a little better planning but I was so excited to get started, I created this in a bit of a hurry.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cutting Cafe/Arrows

I love this card. I like the papers that fell into my hand, I love the arrow that points the way,
I adore the little Cuttlebug embossed elephant who peeks over the hat all to say Happy Birthday.
TFL...and take a peek at the arrow set at Cutting Cafe here.

Monday, June 14, 2010


Happy Monday to all.... Today is the day we post our weekly challenge. This challenge was to use the fish from CAMP OUT. I do not have that cartridge and thankfully we can substitute the die cut for a similar image. I love the fishies on Life Is a Beach so here is my design. I love the little pucker-up on the fishies so what could I do but cite a song. "Gimme A Little Kiss" is a song of yesteryear (I am old so I am certainly a yesterday kinda gal) so I printed off a background sheet with the entire song on it. I play piano so I just sorted thru my stack of old old music books. I added the two fishes (flipped one so they would be facing) and I cut the wave from LAB as well, and added some sparkly blue jewels. Fishies have been embossed to add texture... The sentiment (song title) is cut from Jasmine.
Thanks for looking, and please pop over to BBTB2 and dunk yourself into the fishy waters.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Giftie Cards

Most of us can sit by the hours and make greeting cards of our own designs and creativity... What a wonderful feeling when we receive a handmade card from a friend, a messageboard friend, a design team sister. I recently was given two cards from two special friends. I cherish the friends and I shall treasure these cards.
Vicki Purdham is a friend from the Cricut Messageboard. Last year Vicki won a few of my froggy blog candies and because she loved frogs so much, I sent her a few more hand sewn items with darling little froggies on them. When Vicki posted this cute card on the messageboard, she said it was a monkey called Gene who was dancing in the rain. I commented that I had just watched Gene Kelly in "Dancing In The Rain". Vicki knows I will hold her card in a special place so she sent it to me. Isn't this the cutest???

Recently, I sent my friend and design team sister a white tee shirt upon which I had embroidered a butterfly. We had quite a laugh because I actually had to do 3 shirts to get one, and even that one had those surprise flaws. I told her "here's the shirt, but you can only wear it at home".
Sandi has that unique designer mind that never stops. The little butterfly had some puckers between the wings and Sandi saw the potential to create a little painting on the shirt that would hide the flaws. In the package I tossed in one of my wonderful little wristlet camera cases that I sew, and she saw a cute packaging for her iPod. Here is the card and little bookmark that I received from Sandi.
I feel so so so very special.

Monday, June 07, 2010


This week at BBTB2 Sweet & Sassy Stamps sponsors our challenge. We were given some printables to work with and I selected the little mouse reading under a giant flower and the sun peeking overhead. Heather added the Doodlecharms Cricut cartridge to the mix and asked us to add the cute sun on the project. Here is my card. There are three layers for the mounts and each have been scalloped with the EK Success scallop punch. I added a pretty ribbon just cuzzzzz..... and the sun has some Stickles glitter. The printable has been colored with my Copics. TFL...and do visit BBTB2 and see the designer's concepts on this challenge.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Cutting Cafe/Gift Tags

I love this new set from Regina's Cutting Cafe. I have a friend who is celebrating her birthday and I have added 3 of these great little tags into her gifts. One is a tag to hang on a gift for a birthday, another is just one of those "just because" gifts, and then of course one always needs a gift to say congratulations. I think she will enjoy using these cute tags. I printed off the tag on a soft yellow paper, trimmed them to their shape shown, I added a black square with a square Nestie scalloped goldish plaid paper, then I popdotted a star and added a gold jewel. I took a small round Nestie scallop and cut them in half, punched a hole and glued the half circle on the back of the tag. This allows the tag to open freely instead of having a hole punch through both layers with the ribbon. TFL....

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Ready Set Create Pub'd card

Toot, Toot....I'm published.
Well, first off, let me toot my horn. Once again I am so pleased to announce that 11 of my cards are published in the June/July 2010 issue of the eZone, Ready Set Create. I try to get at least one card in for each issue. In 30 days, I can show those to you.... meantime, since thirty days have passed since the prior issue, I can toss in a set of cards that were in the April/May issue.
I love these delicate little pink cards. Each one is embossed with the script embossing folder from Cuttlebug, The card shape is from Wildcart Cricut cartridge, the sentiments are from the same, and the little die cuts on each card is a punch to match the sentiment. TFL...