Monday, April 25, 2011


Our talented BBTB2 hostess this week is Julie. She asked us to design from Home Decor and to use the crown. I hate to admit this but I put this card together in about 2 minutes using papers and sentiments that were laying in one of my well-known box lids. The Crown die cut was also in the box lid and I cannot find which cartridge I cut from. For 2 weeks now I have been once again on a tangent to get those lids cleared out and so far I've made about 120 simple cards. The paper is from a doggy themed pack and the cute dog with the alert little ears is an image I cut out from another part of the paper. The sentiment is from Paper Pups. I've pop dotted the doggy house, the cute little dog and the crown...and of course I added some bling to the crown and the collar. Hope you've taken a glance at the BBTB2 blog to see the design team contributions to our challenge and I hope that you will do up a card and post it on our blog to share. Please mention that you are sharing the card for the BBTB2 challenge.

Thanks for looking, thanks for stopping by and if you've left a sweet comment, many many thanks. I appreciate you.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Box Lid Frenzy

Ah, the famous stack of box lids containing paper parts, die cuts, sentiments and "stuff".... Now and then I attack those lids and start putting together simple cards. I tell myself when I have extra things to take the time and make a card right then instead of tossing the spare parts in those lids. But soon the lids are full again and here is my latest "attack". If I find 4 die cuts I make 4 cards with that die, and you will see that in some instances I found 10 or so stamped sentiments and those became cards. Basically I pull out a die cut, grab some papers, a sentiment and the card is formed just using stuff laying around. It's fun and I accomplish a lot in a short time.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cutting Cafe/You Color My World Cafe Set

Regina has a new set out that is wild and colorful.... I had about 1000 ideas on what to do with the colored "patches" and I finally settled on a gate fold card with 2 stacks that has a square scallop of the printable on top of a light pink, a lavendar and a fushia block . I placed two lightweight lavendar ribbons under the mounted blocks and that allows me to tie the card together. There are so many darling little sentiments in this set but I chose "I am wild about you".... it fits the wild and wonderful patterns. TFL and take a look at this darling set here.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Karen is out hostess for our BBTB2 week's challenge. She asked us to design from Wall Decor and to use the pineapple cut....however, if we did not have Wall Decor we could use a pineapple cut from any other cart. We hope that you will join in on our challenge too. Here is my card.

I used Life's A Beach cartridge. I cut the pineapple, the hibiscus flowers and the word Aloha all from this fun fun cartridge.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Please visit BBTB2 here and see the delights the girls have created.
I cut everything at least twice, ...and each of the flowers and the title have been popdotted.
Recipe: Cricut: Life's A Beach (flowers, sentiment, pineapple)
Background Paper: Polka Dots. The entire card is a folded pattern paper in a 5x7 size.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Blue ribbon Green Frog

Frogs Are Green
I have been doing some sort of craft since I was about 14....(and when you do the math, that is about 50 years of crafting something) and in all that time it simply never occurred to me to enter anything in the AZ State Fair or the Maricopa County Fair. My high school friend Bonnie enters quilts and sewing creations and wins blue ribbons. She urged me to enter something... ...anything....a quilt, a card, something, just enter. I decided I would toss in the pink n' green froggy embroidery quilt. We took down our entries and I left with the over all feeling of being glad at least I entered, and I certainly had no expectations of winning anything.... it was just fun to put something in the fair under the category of "Quilt, Machine Embroidery"... This quilt has about 15 embroidery panels of frolicking froggies. On Wednesday April 13, we trekked to the fair since it was freebie day for us senior citizens. Bonnie headed for her vintage dress display and I headed for the quilt display. I cannot even begin to tell you how surprised and pleased I was to find my Quilt was marked "First Place" and I had a wonderful Blue ribbon tacked to it. Here I all my frog quilt glory, doing some showing off. My wise Daddy used to tell me "you can't win if you don't try"... I hope my high school friend Dee was looking down from her heavenly seat because I know she would be proud of me. Dee was co owner of Quilt Camp,a Master Quilter was she, and after I had finished the Frog Quilt, I showed it to her and I said "You know, I am NOT a quilter, I just sew and this happens to be in the shape of a quilt".... "Hmmmm", she said, "looks like a quilt to me" and that comment was worth a gazillion rounds of applauding fans. My friend Dee lost a battle to cancer a year ago this March and the Quilting community lost a teacher and a friend.

Monday, April 11, 2011

BBTB2/Easter 2010/Egg

Our beautiful talented DT sister, Krista, is our hostess this week. She asked us to design with the easter egg on the Easter 2010 Solutions cart and if we didn't have that cartridge, any egg will do.. So, if you want to join in on our challenge, pick an egg, create a card and upload to our blog through Mr. Linky and please be sure to mention that you are indeed submitting for the BBTB2 challenge. Thanks to each of you who visits me, and I love your comments.
I happen to have the Easter 2010 Solution cartridge and I really love this little offering of many cute and beautiful Easter cuts. I cut a bunny and that was a hard decision to begin with because there are several and all are cute cuts. There are two egg choices and I opted for the scrolled egg. I cut two, with opposing papers of pink and white. They have been embossed as well as the bunny.... The pink and brown (a fave color combo of mine) background paper is a 12x12 design paper and I cut it so I would end up with a card large enough to accommodate the larger die cuts and all the "stuff" I wanted to add to the card. I found a left over pink and cream polka dot paper so I added that to the base. I love my little rubber stamp for the sentiment and that is placed on a Nestie cut that has been embossed. And of course, I added a big pink ribbon rose and two smaller ones.

A close up of those pink ribbon roses. I love these....
Recipe: Cricut: Easter 2010/Rabbit/Eggs
Ribbon roses, embossing, rubber stamp, pattern paper.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Cutting Cafe Mikala

Everyday Mikala
Here is a card featuring a darling little printable gal called Everyday Mikala from Cutting Cafe. Regina has 3 of these cuties available. There is a dress set with cute pockets and all three little darlings are precious. I have to admit, my coloring skills are blah because my hands are really starting to act up with the arthritis but I gave it the ole' college try. Please pop over to Cutting Cafe and take a look at this set. I know that you will love everything from Cutting Cafe so wander around and see the delights that Regina offers.

Monday, April 04, 2011


Happy Monday.... our talented BBTB2 Design Team Sister , Lori, has asked us to design with the seasonal cartridge for Mother's Day 2010, and if we do not have that cartridge, we can use anything that says Mother, Mom, Grandma, Happy Mother's Day..... Weld letters together if you will. Why don't you join in on our challenge? We love to see your creations. Here is my take on our challenge.

I mixed a few papers together for this recipe...starting with a pink and yellow polka dot for the background, a pale yellow embossed mount upon a EK Success lattice work punch. Upon that I placed a small punch out strip of light turquoise. I had a circle scallop just laying about so I placed a pink and yellow bow upon that and then I added some of those fun fun rolled up roses in paper. The leaves were fussy cut, and the title is from Beyond Birthdays.

Here is a side view of the roses. I always feel this is the kind of card you hand to someone instead of trying to mail it...unless, of course, you are adding a gift and then the dimensional card can be placed in a nice roomy gift box. Have you made some of these flowers?.... they are so easy and there are several ways. I fussy cut with scallop scissors or even punch a scalloped circle. The smaller the circle, the smaller the flower. Once the circle is cut, take a little nip at the side and begin to cut around so that essentially you have a spiral... which eventually leaves a small round area at the very end. At the beginning start to roll the paper "strip" and a flower begins to appear. Once it is all rolled I put a small dot of glue to hold the shape and then I glue the rolled flower to the round base. If you want a flower without the scalloped edges, just cut with straight edge scissors. For larger flowers, it is fun to roll them tight, let it loose to unroll and then reshape gently. You are left with a lovely flower. Add a center of your liking and you have a wonderful dimensional embellishment. My flower center was done with a very small circle in pink paper.
TFL.... and if you leave me a sweet comment, I will appreciate it. I hope you have enjoyed looking at the design team sister's creations at BBTB2.