Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A wonderful visit with my Bloggy Friend

I had a most wonderful and special Sunday because at long last the plans Mona and I had been talking about came to be. The oh so absolutely talented Mona and her sister Tina came to my house for a visit. I was so excited to meet Mona because I have long long been a total fan of her wonderful work. You can see her blog here. Here is a photograph of Mona and me.
I had a little giftie bag for Mona and her sister and wow oh wow did they have a giftie bag for ME. Tina crochets and just look at the doily she made for me. And you will also see the two little crochet flowers that she did for me while we sat and talked. On the doily is a most cherished Mona Card. I am so pleased to have these special and precious gifts.
I look forward to more visits with Mona and her sister and we are talking about doing a monthly crafty get together. Now won't that be just about the livin' end?

Monday, August 30, 2010


Congratulations to Bobbi of Bobbi's Hobbies. She is the winner in the draw for the handtowel. Bobbi, please email me so I can get the details to mail the blog candy your way. Thanks to each one of you who visited my blog and left a sweet comment. I appreciate each of you.

It's Monday, it's month-end and it's reveal time for the design team cards and projects from Bitten By The Bug2,and a fun fun blog hop to boot. Penny, our beautiful talented Penny, is our hostess and she asked us to design with the Apron cut in the From My Kitchen cartridge. I hope that you have stopped my way from the wonderful blog of Julie Huxter.

My card was designed totally from the FMK cartridge. I struggle when I pull out this cartridge and I can't even begin to tell you how many refrigerator cuts I tried and tossed, and I pretty much feel the same about the little blue oven cut but at least it made it onto the paper. I cut out 3 cupcakes and the sentiment "Sweets". This scene reminds me of growing up with a Mother who loved to cook and bake. And she always wore a sweet apron. I still have her aprons folded neatly in tissue in my dresser... they are cherished, but not used.

The papers I used are scrapbin grab-ups, and I used an EK Success scallop edge punch. The apron and the sentiment were embossed with my Cuttlebug.

For the blog candy portion of this post, I am offering up a white hand towel that has a cute little brown embroidery bear, a halo on her head and a sweet red bow around her neck. Leave a comment and I will put your name in the draw on Friday September 3. Check back after 2:00PM to see if your name appears as the winner. Email me with your details and I will mail the candy out to you. If I do not hear from the winner by Tuesday, September 7 I will draw another name.
Now, in the tradition of the blog hop, please hop over to the talented site of Karen who will have something wonderful to view and she will then lead you to yet another design team sister. Thanks for visiting me. I appreciate you so much.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cutting Cafe/All About School

With school just starting in many areas, cards for that theme are very popular right now..
Regina's printables catch any sentiment and design for school. I literally tossed this simple card together in seconds and although it wasn't much work, I think the finished card is really neat for a student to give to a fave teacher. You can see the Cutting Cafe set here. Everything on this card is Cutting Cafe but I did put a cute little yellow gem on the bee.

Cutting Cafe/Welcome Home

Regina has a darling new set that is filled with wonderful printables I had a wee strip of trees and I wanted to use it on a card. When I saw this set, I knew I was going to make a card using some of the designs from Cutting Cafe. You can see the set here. I used my Copics on the two cute colorful houses and I mounted them on one of the circle CC sentiments. That was cut out with a round scalloped Nestie, Everything has been embossed. That tall house has been popdotted. TFL...

Monday, August 23, 2010


Happy Monday to all. Thank you for stopping by to view my take on the week's BBTB2 challenge. Our talented design team sister Melissa is the host and she selected Life Is A Beach cartridge and when she selected the flamingo, she asked us to make the cut in anything but pink. Here is my card.

I cut 6 Flamingos. I cut two scalloped mounts, embossed them and lined 3 Flamingos up on each. This is my version of a Flamingo Chorus Line.

Cricut: Life Is A Beach (Flamingo)
Calligraphy (Sentiment)
Scalloped Mount: EK Success Edge Punch
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Swiss Dot
Felt Flowers
White Paint dots

Thanks for stopping by. I always appreciate your visits and comments because they surely inspire me onward. Do take a peek at the cards the design team presented here.

Monday, August 16, 2010


Marina is our hostess on BBTB2 this week and she has asked us to design with the cup on page 51 from Joys Of the Season cart. I love this cartridge because it has so many wonderful holiday designs..... ( I think it's time for me to start doing the batches of Christmas Cards I do for people each year as gifties.) I took this design, however, and moved it away from holiday atmosphere and I leaned toward Japanese tea sets with the 3 cups. The paper I used on the 3 cups is from a mat stack called "Hippie Chic" and it was a gift from Kris Lancaster. I have used this paper several times with the Pagoda cartridge and I think it has an oriental feel to it as well as "hippie". Here is my card.

Card Recipe:
Cricut: Joys of the Season (cup)
Blackletter (title)
Paper: Hippie Chic Mat Stack (cups)
Scrapbin papers
Ribbon and Jewels
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Swiss Dots)
TFL and please visit Bitten By The Bug2 to see the cards from the other designers.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cutting Cafe/Teacher Tags

Regina has released some more wonderful printables...this time the printables cover a lot of school activities, teacher messages, words of wisdom, grades of all schools... I could go on.
I loved everything in this set. I did grab up the circles in "From The Teacher" and I made some tags which I am going to add to my Etsy shop. When I look at these tags, I can see a teacher giving some to the students for inspiration and support. You can see the set at Cutting Cafe here.

TFL....and take a peek at this set, along with everything that Regina does in the Cutting Cafe because there are so many wonderful printables.

Monday, August 09, 2010


Lori is our BBTB2 hostess this week and she selected Life Is A Beach for our cartridge and the die cut selected is the lizard. I couldn't help but bring my home state of Arizona into my design, I can sit on my porch and watch the block wall fence full of scurrying lizards. My Springer Spaniel dog Brigette used to love to chase the lizards because she felt they were on HER fence. My Springer Spaniel Heidi could care less..... she just wants to come back in the house and beg for a cookie.

My card has a variety of paper dies.
Punch Out Letters (Arizona)
Cricut cartridges: Life Is A Beach (Lizard)
Don Juan (Wild Life)
Sizzix: Orange Frame, Cactus
Sun: Punch (Jewel)
Cuttlebug Embossing: Swiss Dots
Thanks for stopping by...and I hope you take a peek at the designer's cards on Bitten By The Bug2.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Cutting Cafe Giveaway

A winner: Crystal aka Crafting for Caitlyn is the winner of the I Scream You Scream We All scream for Ice Cream set from the Cutting Cafe. Crystal, please email me quickly so I can have Regina get that set to you. Please email me no later than August 18. If I do not hear from Crystal, I will do another draw.
That sweet Regina is offering up another wonderful giveaway for some of her Cutting Cafe sets. I have chosen to offer the I Scream You Scream We All Scream For Ice Cream set here. Regina will announce the giveaway on Cutting Cafe on August 10th, and we will select a winner on our blogs on August 14th. If you would like to be in the draw to win this darling printable, leave a comment on my blog and I will put you in the draw early August 14th. Here is my card. I printed off the 8-1/2x11 page for the printable, I folded it sideways, cut it in half which gave me two cards to work with. The front and back are printed with the sentiment which is really neat. I added two Nestie mounts, the Ice Cream Cone dies came from Indie Art, and the Happy Birthday sentiment is cut from Stamping. I embossed the ice cream part of the die. I love this little card. Please check out the set on Cutting Cafe....and take a peek at the other printables Regina offers.

Monday, August 02, 2010

BBTB2/Paper Dolls Dress Up/Dinosaur

Monday is here and here am I posting the week's BBTB2 challenge. The assignment was to design with the dinosaur on Paper Dolls Dress Up. This cartridge has a big selection of dinos to chose from. Here is my card for the design challenge:

Recipe: Paper Dolls Dress Up (Dinosaur)
Hand cut stems and punched flowers
Jewels and ribbons
Cuttlebug Embossing -Swiss Dots
EKSuccess Scallop Edge Punch
Scrapbin papers
Punch Out Sentiment

I hope you will check out the wonderful design team creations here.