Saturday, December 31, 2011

Many Thanks with Gumdrops

Happy New Year!

Here is the Thank You card that my friend requested...bright and bling. I actually used a sketch from a new challenge (link is below).

Look I am getting good at heat embossing. I have two colors (silver and clear) now and need to work on collecting more. I even picked up a static bag today from Michaels and used the 50% off coupon. I found a new link that you may be interested in if you like heat embossing...WOW Embossing Powder. They are having a giveaway.
Just Because Cards cartridge ~ gumdrops (p. 28) cut at 5 1/4"
Winter Woodland  cartridge ~ circles cut at 1 1/4"
brightly colored papers and black cardstock are from the scrap box
silver and white cardstock
green ribbon
silver gems


I also made this card using the same sketch. I actually made it first, but I didn't think it was bright enough. The raccoon is super cute though with his mask.
Live Simply cartridge ~ raccoon cut at 2 1/2"
K&Company papers
purple cardstock
blue ribbon
purple gems
thanks stamp
wiggly eyes 

Friday, December 30, 2011

Thanks From a 4-H Gal

I have been visiting so many crafty friends during the past couple of days that I am overly impressed with all the creativity. It amazes me how much talent and variety there is. Can't wait to see more!

I am back from my friend's house. We planned two more weeks of Physical Science (static electricity, circuits, and insulators/conductors) and she already wants to get together again to plan the next unit. Phew! I told her I needed a break, so I could go craft. Of course, she understood ESPECIALLY since she liked her classroom door sign. She said I should be selling them, but I think I am going to make another one for a different teacher friend instead. I'd rather show them how much I appreciate them. : )

I have recently become friends with a 4-H gal who raised a pig for the fair and she asked to make her a Thank You card. I told her "Sure!"
I sent her this picture after I made the card and she asked for 5 total. Yeah! My husband told me he wanted one for a teacher at his school becuase her last name is Swineheart. He said, "You get it? Swine like a pig?" Okay, I will make him one too as long as I don't get any more of his funny jokes. : )

Counrty Life cartridge ~ countryside (p. 72) cut at 3"
Animal Kingdom cartridge ~ pig (p. 84) cut at 2"
WinterWoodland cartridge ~ circles cut at 1 1/2"
cardstocks (pink, yellow, greens, brown, and cream) are from scrap box
pink and yellow brads
wiggly eyes
thanks stamp
brown ink pad

Did you see Carri's Birthday Celebration is coming in February?
I know it is early, BUT why not let the party begin now. : )  
Stop by to say "Hi!" to that BusyBee. She always has neat projects, giveaways, and design team information.

Off to make another "Thank You" card. This request... it has to be bright and full of bling. Ooooh, how I love to make cards!

Stay Creative,

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Signs for Classroom Door

Welcome back to all my crafty friends. I am glad you have returned for another project.

The end of Winter Break is quickly approaching, but I am happy to say that I did accomplish many tasks. One goal was to create a sign for my classroom door since I do not have one for the month of January.  Since there isn't a commercialized holiday, I decided to use "Welcome".
I bought these signs at Michaels after Christmas for 59 cents each. They were already painted white with a silver glitter trim. The silver bow was also included.
 I used Kate's ABCs cartridge to cut the letters and shadow in BabyGirl Font 1 at 2". Then I glued each letter to the sign using a Martha Stewart glue pen.
Once the letters were adhered, I covered the entire sign (including the silver glitter trim) with a coat of Mod Podge. I wanted to prevent the glitter from coming off while creating a protective seal for the die-cut letters.
I liked how the sign came out; therefore, I made one for my friend who is a teacher too. I used her name and favorite color (pink), so she will have it all year. Since my husband is the principal at her school,  he told me he would let me know if she actually hangs it on her door.
 I am going to meet with her tomorrow so we can plan more Science. It should be electrifying!

I hope she likes it!

Creative Cutter Room ~ Sparkle Time

Be sure to visit the Holiday Spirit Giveaway!
The winner will be announced Tuesday, January 2nd.

Stay Creative,

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Something New for a Birthday Girl

Good Evening Crafty Friends,
I worked on this super cute birthday card today for the school secretary. She had a few simple request and I was able to complete them all. Yeah!
The Request:
an owl
birthday theme
girlie colors
personalized ~ name and age

Elegant Edges cartridge ~ oblong eyelet p. 21 cut at 3 3/4" (NEW cartridge)
Give a Hoot cartridge ~ owl p. 28 cut at 2 1/2"
Birthday Bash cartridge ~ balloon p. 23 cut at 1 1/2" and font cut at 3/4"
QuicKutz embossing folder ~ flowers
K&Company paper (loose pieces and scraps needed to be used)
cream cardstock
pink crinkle ribbon ~ Thank you Karen


Don't forget to submit your Holiday Decoration at Die Cuttin' Divas. There is still time and not many other challenges being offered. The prize is being sponsored by Sara at Pink By Design this week.

Be sure to visit the Holiday Spirit Giveaway!
The winner will be announced Tuesday, January 2nd.

Have a great night,

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thanks for the Joy and a Giveaway

Good Morning,

Wow! Christmas was wonderful and I am looking forward to a Happy New Year. Santa was very good to everyone here. My children were extremely surprised, especially my daughter who could NOT figure out what was in the package. Even after she opened it she still had no idea. Some moments are just priceless.

My husband and I picked out our gifts this year, which was even better the day after Christmas. There were NO returns. That was a great feeling! Here are my crafting goodies I received. I also got a new purse and wallet (Dooney & Bourke), but didn't think you wanted to see that. It was a FABULOUS deal and one of my favorite colors (blue).
We did go shopping for After Christmas sales and found a few more deals that couldn't be passed, but we are done now...well..except for one new addiction or two I may have now.  I will share below. : )
TJMaxx has Martha Stewart supplies for the BEST price, especially when they are 50% off.

Now, I want to share some thank you cards I made for my students last night. I will give them out when we go back to school next Tuesday.
I used the Winter Woodland cartridge, which I received just a few days before Christmas. I actually won the eBay bid while on our mini vacation. I really wanted Winter Frolic, but that will come next. 
The sleigh (p. 53) was cut at 2 1/2". Then I used the scalloped circle (p.33) and circle cut at 1 1/4" for the sentiment.
Other Materials:
Recollection, DCWV, and Cloud9Design papers
silver and white cardstock
silver and red gems
red ribbon
Martha Stewart snowflake stamps
Stampendous silver embossing powder 


Can you guess my new addiction?
 If you guessed heat embossing then you are correct!
I tried heat embossing once a couple months ago and the tool I had must have been defective. It made a loud noise, smelled terribly (it may have even smoked some), and it turned on only once then stopped. I exchanged it without difficulties, but feared the same thing would happen again. I figured it must have been me since I didn't really know what I was doing. I decided to give it another try last night and it worked. Yeah!

Now, I need help!
 What type of embossing powder is recommended and what are your favorite colors to use? I bought silver since it matched the sleigh, but I know I am going to want to expand and have choices. 

I also tried a few rosettes from my new cartridge...Ribbons and Rosettes. My daughter made a personal request for an orange one. I can see these being a big hit.
  Don't forget about the Surprise Holiday Giveaway.
There is still time to enter. Be sure to leave a comment here. The winner will be announced on January 2, 2012. 

Lots going on and still another week off. I wonder what else I can get accomplished. One goal is to get published in 2012. Any tips?!?!

Stay Creative,

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Surprise Holiday Spirit Giveaway

Since it is Christmas Eve and we will be opening presents soon, I thought why not share that joy with others. I have decided that a giveaway would be perfect, but there is a catch. The prize is a suprise. The only clue I can give (so there is no peeking or shaking) is that it is crafty related.

So...could it be...hmmm...maybe a...SORRY! You will have to wait!
It is a surprise!
Here are some holiday rules...
1. Please be a follower and leave a comment on this posting. I would love to hear about your BEST holiday suprise. Whether it be a fabulous gift, a family member's return, or a miracle. 
 2. If you leave a message or picture on your site about this giveaway, please post another comment saying  you did with the link for another chance.
3. Your contact information is important. This should include your blog name (if you have one) and your e-mail address.

The winner will be announced Monday, Janaury 2, 2012.

What a great way to celebrate the start of a new year.

Merry Christmas,

Friday, December 23, 2011

How About a Wedding for a Snow Lady?

Hello Crafty Friends,

I got quite a bit done today (cleaned, bought our Christmas meal, and wrapped presents), but you know how it goes...there is always more to do. I found out I need to run an errand or two tomorrow to pick up a few last minute stocking stuffers. I guess I didn't plan as well as I thought.

I created this card this evening and when my daughter came home form Busch Gardens I told her to take a peek. The first comment she made was, "Is it for a wedding?" That was not my intentions, but I sure do think it could be.

Snowman and must include 3 elements!
~ metal
~ border
~ monochromatic

These are some of the materials I used. They are from a big craft bag that I have had since I got married 18 years ago. It was stored away and just recently pulled out. I read a post by Carri at The Creative Cutter Room about using silk flowers, which is how I remembered this bag. Once I opened it, I couldn't believe all the great supplies in there...beads, florals, tulle, lace, etc. My wedding was red, white, and black and my sister's was white and teal. I made all the bouquets and boutenieres.
Looking forward to using more of these "stored away" treasures.

Other Materials:
silver and white glitter cardstock
Cuttlebug embossing folder ~ snowflake
white ink
silver brads
lacey ribbon
wiggly eyes
white flowers and leaf
white glitter
silver gem
Winter Woodland cartridge ~ hat cut at 2"
snow lady die-cut was in scrap pile

Be sure to stop by the Creative Cutter Room for the birthday giveaway. It is Cathie's birthday on Christmas Eve. Happy Birthday to you!

Additional Challenges:

Merry Christmas,

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Here Comes Santa

Good Morning,

I hope everyone is doing well. I have lunch plans with a dear friend, so I am very excited. We haven't spent any time together since she took leave to finish her degree, so I am thrilled we have this opportunity.

Every year, my two children (17 and 13 now) get one present from Santa. The wrapping paper is always different than all the others and it is hidden away rather than stored in the same container. The paper usually has Santa images on it too. I thought this next challenge was perfect since I made Santa tags to match.
I made this one on the right for my son. Don't you love that North Pole charm? The one on the left is for my daughter.
The back of the tag. I used the Celebrations cartridge to cut the words.
Preserves cartridge ~ tags at 3 1/2"
Doodlecharms cartridge ~ Santa (top) cut at 2"
Joys of the Season cartridge ~ Santa (bottom) cut at 2"
Celebrations cartridge ~ To and From cut at 1/2"
Cuttlebug embossing folder ~ Snowflake and Swiss dots
red ribbons
white and red ink
red, green, and white buttons
North Pole charm 
silver gem ~ pom pom on Santa's hat
wiggly eyes ~ 4mm
white glitter (Santa's hat)
all papers are from the scrap pile

Bitten By the Bug 2 ~ Tag/Christmas Image (No Winter Frolic cartridge, yet...I am still hoping to get it!)  

Merry Christmas to all,

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Season's Greetings


Welcome back. What do you think of my new look? I decided to change it. A bright, colorful background for a new year. I hope next year is just as good at 2011, if not better. I sure have enjoyed meeting and sharing with my crafty friends.

Late last night I worked on a few cards and then this morning I went to a teacher friend's house to do some Science planning. Can you believe we are on Winter Break, but we are still  "working"? We are going to meet again next week to add a few more lessons on electrical energy. I sure do like planning with a friend rather than having to come up with lessons for 5 subjects alone.

Here are my newest cards...

Racing Reindeer

K&Company paper ~ Elizabeth BownD                           Martha Stewart ribbon

Jolly Holidays cartridge ~ reindeer
white snowflake brads
white glitter
silver gems
wiggly eyes


It's a White Winter Wonderland

This is the same card, but I took two pictures since the flash was bouncing off the shimmering white paper. I just bought this new stamp and ink pad on my way back from Georgia. I am not an avid stamper, but I sure do like how these two worked together. The Inkadinkado tree stamp was purchased at Michaels on clearnace for $2.99 (regularly priced $10.99) and the Martha Stewart Copper ink pad I purchased at Marshalls for only $1.99. I added burgundy ribbon (70% off at Michaels), gems, and Season's Greeetings.


The Giving Tree
I have made this tree before, but I changed to non-traditional colors. Who would have thought black would be appropriate for the holidays? I sure do like the combination (my son did too, which puts a smile on my face).

Colorbok paper pad ~ English Moss
black ribbon
black gems
Gingerbread cartridge ~ tree
Thanksgiving cartridge ~ Give
Cuttlebug embossing folder ~ swirls
white and green ink


Have a great night.
Stay Creative,

Monday, December 19, 2011

We Are Back!

Hi Everyone!

We just got back after taking a mini vacation in Georgia. We went to Southern Cross Horse Ranch where we went horseback riding for 4 days. We have been there twice before, but this time my daughter was old enough to ride on her own and boy did she get to. The kids and hubby had a great guide who took them trotting and galloping through the woods. Me...I was part of the walking tour due to a bad knee (but it was still wonderful).
The pasture

Last week's cards...
Before we left  Friday morning, I had made a few cards but did not have time to share.
A friend asked for an owl card to give to her sister.
My husband asked for a Hanukkah card for one of his teachers.
Happy Birthday ~ Florals Embellished
A co-worker wanted a personalized gingerbread card for her grandkids.

I am looking forward to checking out the new challenges and getting back into crafting. I did take my Gypsy with me (still learning how to use it, but getting better) and a few craft magazines. We also stopped at Michaels on the way home where I found a few stamps marked down for 70% off.  I won a cartridge (Winter Woodland) on eBay while gone and I saw in the sales ads when I returned that Big Lots has Cricut Cartridges for $15 each. I am not sure if they will have any left, but I think I will take a trip into town tomorrow morning.

Die Cuttin' Diva will have a new challenge up tomorrow for two weeks then the new Design Team will be posted on January 3rd. 

Wow! It sure has been busy. Hope you are enjoying your holiday season.

Stay Creative,

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Three Days Left, Two Cards, and One Happy Crafter

Good Morning Everyone,

 I have to say today is starting off great. I found out my Mrs. Frosty card won over at Cardz TV. Yeah! Thank you Mary. I am looking forward to receiving your fabulous stamps and using them right away. : )

Last night, I finished up two more cards for an order. I sure do like how these came out. I do not like to make duplicates, but I just might have to make a few more using this same sketch. The Creative Imaginations paper I used also has presents and trees (see below).

Creative Imaginations paper ~ Christine Adolph
brown, cream, and deep red card stock
Cuttlebug embossing folders
Kate ABCs cartridge ~ Noel cut at 3/4"
brown and cream ribbon
brown and deep red flowers
cream brad
cream polka dotted button


Hope you have a great day.
Happy Holidays,