Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cutting Cafe Great Stuff

Regina has a new blog site for Cutting Cafe and it is fantastic. AND she has another one of her fabby giveaways....go here to read all about it.

Monday, July 25, 2011


Congratulations to Karen ...she has won the blog candy. Please email me, Karen, so I can make arrangements to mail the purse pouch to you.
Happy Monday....Happy month-end. It's blog hop time at BBTB2 and wait til you see the lovely creations our design team has in store for your inspiration. Our hostess is Maria and she asked us to design from Sweet Treats and to use the ice cream cone on page 35. Any ice cream cone will do if you would love to join in on our challenge. Just make it a new creation, and please mention on your blog that you have joined in the BBTB2 challenge. In the blog hop lineup, you should have landed on my blog from design team sister Carri V.
Here is my card. I had some wonderful double sided cardstock ...the sheet I selected for this design has colorful circles on one side and a pink diamond plaid on the other. I did a lot of embossing, mounted the cone on a Nestie decorative circle, and some ribbon and jewel bling are added to enhance the yum-factor.

My blog candy is my usual. Sewing stuff!.. When I am sewing, in between projects like Quilts and embroidery and totes, I will grab up small swatches of fabrics and make little projects like this small purse. This is about 8 inches x 4-1/2 and can be used for all sorts of things. It is lined, and the closure is velcro. Just leave a comment and I will put you in the draw. Check back after 2PM on July 29 to see whose name appears as the winner. The winner should email me no later than August 2. If I do not hear from the winner by that date, I will draw another name.
In the tradition of the blog hop, I now direct you to that oh so multi talented Donna Mundinger who will delight you with her designs. You can see her inspirational design right here.
Thanks for stopping by.... I love your visits and comments...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tucson Delights

Our annual "card over" in Tucson was last weekend and oh my did I have fun visiting with my dear friends Kris, Deb and Sandy. We created cards and projects, laughed, ....and had the most wonderful meals. Here is a photo of the four of us at our set up table. We each had ample space at the dining room table not only for our work space but to load up with our tubs of papers and card making gear.

Here are some of the 93 cards I made. I go prepared and that is how I can "slam dunk" so many cards together. These aren't the same kind of cards I make for my design team projects, they are fun cards that I sell and they are easy peasy to put together. I have my cardstock folded and inside the flap I slip in a pattern paper cut, an embellishment, a sentiment and anything else I think might look ok on the card.
This little batch of cards used a package of Quickutz dies of cute cats.
Kris had a basket full of neat little sticker embellishments that she was sharing. I can really put a card together using those .... here are a few.

Kris had 3 challenges for each of us to work on if we wanted. I had a lot of fun doing these. Here is a picture of the Easel Card Calendar. The challenge card is the green paper with yellow flowers, and it was so much fun, I did about 5 more. Kris gave each of us 12 small 2012 calendars to use on this project.
More sticker embellishments....
More fun stuff....
I have tubs and tubs of embellished die cuts that I sell at scrapbook workshops. I dug into one and pulled out a package of dinosaur dies. Here are 4 cards using those. Sorry I didn't flip the dino cards....
I didn't want to put everyone on overload with the 93 cards but you can get an idea of some of my fun. Now I look forward to next January when those 3 neat gals come up to my house and we do it all over again. It's an annual thing and so so so much fun.

Monday, July 18, 2011

BBTB2/Jolly Holidays/Penguin

Melissa is our hostess for our BBTB2 challenge this week and she selected Jolly Holidays for the cartridge and asked us to design with the penguin and umbrella. We can select any penguin and since I do not have the chosen cartridge, I went to Create A Critter. That cart has a darling little penguin and the umbrella. I had designed the card before my weekend trip to Tucson so when I got home today, I had to put it all together. Here is the card.

The penguin, igloo and umbrella as well as the sentiment are all cut from Create A Critter. This cartridge has some really darling die cuts to design with.
I hope you will join in our challenge, and link your card from your blog on our Mr. Linky. Please make your card a new design and please take the time to mention on your blog that you have joined our BBTB2 challenge.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cutting Cafe Inspiration Posts

Regina does a monthly inspiration post for the design team to show off their wonderful creations. It is a myriad of wonderful talent and great ideas to make some pretty terrific projects. Here is the link where you can see all of the projects:
I chose the groovy printables for the Surf Board. I used two pattern papers and since I am cutting these by hand and not the svg cuts, I used a flower punch on the top of the surf board.
I added a sun and some waves from Life Is A Beach cartridge, and of course I did a lot of embossing. The title is also alpha letters from LAB.
I love the round sentiments from this set..... I mounted it on a Nestie cut and added a sun punch and a jewel. A little sunshine needs a bit of bling.
The surf board sits on the face of the base card. It opens up and features a cute sentiment from the Surfboard set. The card itself opens and allows for a personal message.
TFL.... hope you take a look at Cutting Cafe's inspiration posts.

Monday, July 11, 2011


Happy Monday.... it's a hot hot July in Arizona, but that is to be expected. It was a pleasant challenge coming in from sweet Penny who is our hostess this week. She wanted a sort of Christmas In July theme and so she asked us to design from Joys Of The Season and to use the mitten cut. I had fun making this card although when I started out, I had no idea what I was going to do.

The mittens of various sizes are cut from JOTS and the title "Winter" came from Gypsy Wanderings. As always, I did a lot of embossing.

I added a wee bit of bling bling on the blue polka dotted mittens.
A blue jewel dots the i' on the title. And I love those decorative edge punches too.
I hung some small mittens on a clothesline.
We hope you will join in on our mitten challenge. Remember, you don't have to have the selected cartridge. You can create with mittens from any cartridge. We love to see your creations. Please make your project a new project and please mention on your blog that you have entered our BBTB2 mitten challenge. Often when I see a card linked to our blog and I go to that blog to leave a comment, there is no mention that the card was entered in the BBTB2 challenge.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Cutting Cafe/Color My World

I couldn't resist pairing one of Regina's Cutting Cafe sentiments with this darling little wormie. You can see the printable set right here. That cute worm is from April Showers, and I think that arrow is from Stamping. The background is also a Cutting Cafe printable right here.

Monday, July 04, 2011


Happy July 4th.
God Bless America!....
Heather is our Mostess Hostess and she asked us to design from Life Is A Beach, and to use the starfish on page 65. I have a lot of fun when I am knocking around in Life Is A Beach cartridge because it has a lot of darling cuts to design with. I hope you have come to visit me from the BBTB2 blog because it is always a delight to see the creations our design team presents. And a hearty welcome to Mona who was our guest designer and now is a cherished member of our design team sisterhood.

Here is my card.

I cut several individual starfish as well as a border option. ... By the time I started piling on all the cuts, most of the starfish became hidden. I used my EK Success edge punches and I embossed just about everything on the front of the card. I couldn't resist adding some cute little seahorses with a wee bit of bling. I like the sentiment and perhaps the little scene might look like the family of seahorses are romping under the sea in a serene retreat from rough seahorse life.

TFL, and I love it when you leave a comment because then I know you were here to visit a spell. Have a wonderful July 4th week. I hope you will join up with our Starfish challenge by linking your new card from your blog through Mr. Linky....and be sure to mention you have joined our challenge at BBTB2.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Cards Cards

Did you all read that it was 118 degrees in Phoenix yesterday?.... and along about 4 or so a nasty hot hot hot wind whipped up our world. I felt so sorry for all the people who have to work outside in the awful heat, and my heart breaks for those sweet dogs, cats, horses and critters who are left outside to fend in the heat.

Just havin' some fun making card packs. This little birdie on a swing is cute, it's from APRIL SHOWERS.... and I love the cat face which isn't's from Doodlecharms. I love that cart.

TFL.... remember tomorrow is reveal day for the challenge on BBTB2. Hope to see you there.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Cutting Cafe Wonderfulness

I wanted to tell you all about this news at Cutting Cafe where you can buy one, get one free. In tradestore lingo that is known as a BOGO. Here is the link to Cutting Cafe where you can read all about it.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Cutting Cafe/Smiley Faces

More cards...more cards...I just can't stop making more cards. These were designed using Cutting Cafe's darling little smiley faces with wonderful sentiments. There's an downturned smile as well for those times when you just plain forget to send a card, or if someone isn't feeling well....Take a look at the Cutting Cafe printable set right here.

I had some black and white gingham paper which was just perfect to set the bright yellow faces upon. The round faces were cut out using my round scalloped Nestie and they are set upon a round sentiment. I had some yellow ribbon with cute little lady bugs on it, and I decided to use some on each of the cards. I used a MS punch for that cute little lady bug sitting on each card.
Hope you like....