Monday, May 6, 2013

Teacher's Appreciation Card and Gifts

Hello, everyone!  I know it has been a while since you have heard from me.  To make a long story short, I have had a sick family member that was in the hospital for 2 weeks and my daughter lost a classmate.  I have been trying to spend as much time with my kiddos and be sure that I give them as much of my time and attention they need.  We have also been busy with field trips.  Today, I am sharing cards and treats that I have made for my kid's teachers ( I made a total of 10 cards and each of the cards are made to reflect the subject of each teacher and 10 treat bags).  I used my new toy, Cameo to create my cards and treat toppers. 
I used a trifold step card from the Silhouette Store to create the card.  I used the apple and the embossing on the Muse Card as inspiration. 
The multi-colored rosette on the card is actually a pin, I made for their teachers to wear.  The tickets are cut and stamped from a Die-Namics set.  The yellow horizontal strips are embossed with numbers.  I also used a fancy die and stamp from Jaded Blossom for the sentiment and for the kids to sign.
Each one of their teachers will get one of either a Smarties or York Mint Patty treat bag.  I used Jaded Blossom stamps for the treat bag toppers. 
My kids just loved the card and treats for their teachers.  They can't wait to give these to their teachers tomorrow.  I hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by.  Please take some time to stop by and check out the Muse Card Challenge.  Thanks again for stopping by and if you aren't already a follower please consider following my blog.  See you soon.


Friday, March 22, 2013

Cute Little Easter Card

Hello everyone!  Hope everyone is having a great day.  Today I am sharing an Easter card I made today.
I used the CAS(E) this Sketch for a start.
 I used two dies from My Creative Time to cut the egg shell and chick (I cut the egg to look cracked) and I used a trimming from a leaf die,by My Creative Time, to create a little bit of feather on the top of the chick's head (you can barely see this).  The chick comes out of the egg shell and is stamped with a sentiment and I used a portion of a stamp from the My Creative Time stamps & die set to stamp the face on the chick.  You can see this below.
I have placed a magnet on the back of the chick so that someone can place this on their refrigerator, if they would like.  The sentiment that is stamped on the card is from Jaded Blossom.  I loved the way this card turned out and I will be placing it in the mail tomorrow.  I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping  by to take a look at this card today.  If you enjoyed this card, please browse my other posting and consider becoming a follower.   Thanks again.

I will be submitting my card into the following challenges:
CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #20

Charisma Cardz Challenge #11 Die Cuts
Cute Card Thursday Easter Parade Challenge #261
DL. ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #105 Easter
In the Pink Challenge #12 Spring/Easter Pink
Little Miss Muffet Challenge #57 Easter
Paper Crafting Journey Challenge Ribbon & Lace
Sincerely Yours Creations Challenge #3+


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Birthday Layout

Hello, everyone!  I hope everyone is having a great day.  Today I am sharing a layout I created for another of my son's birthday, William.  I know, I have  been busy with birthdays this month.  William turned 7 years old yesterday, but his dad had to work so he decided to wait until tomorrow to celebrate.  So tomorrow morning I will be baking a cake for him.  I created a cute layout to celebrate his 7th birthday.
The balloons were cut from the Celebrations Cricut cartridge and the Sentiment, Happy Birthday, was cut from the Paper Lace Cricut cartridge.  I use several dies to cut the tickets and the photo frames.  The tickets were stamped with the coordinating My Favorite Things stamps.  I am submitting this into the following challenges:
Fantabulout Cricut Challenge #153
My Creative Time Designer Challenge Tic Tac Toe ( I used dies, button, patterned paper, hemp/ribbon, machine die cut, burlap for pocket and machine stitching, and there is even some embossing created with the punch used to create the scalloped layer)

Please take some time to stop by and view the designer's projects for each site.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the layout.  Please be sure to become a follower if you enjoyed this and thanks again for stopping by.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Anniversary Card

Hello, everyone!  I know you haven't heard from me in a few days, but my kids have been on spring break and I have been spending some time with them.  My parents have their 40th wedding anniversary at the end of this month and have made a card for them and I am going to share it with you today.   I have used a sketch provided by Cuttlebug Mania and a card from the Muse Challenge for inspiration.  I used the stripes in a horizontal strip and in my flowers from the Muse Challenge for inspiration.  I did not use the blue/green color combination however.
I used the Sizzix Holiday Elegance embossing folder to emboss the cream portion of the card.  I also used my Cuttlebug to cut the flowers and greenery from Tim Holtz dies, the label die (Jaded Blossom die and sentiment) that my sentiment is stamped on and the center circle that is cut with My Favorite Things Circle Stax die.   I tried to use some patterned papers that had ruby or red shades (the traditional gift for a 40th wedding anniversary is Ruby).  I think my parents will love this card.  

I hope you have enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by.  If you like what you see, please consider becoming a follower.  Please be sure to stop by the following links, I am submitting this card into these challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania Sketch Challenge
Muse Challenge #9
Pin and Tack Anything Goes Challenge #7
One Stop Craft Challenge #220
Thanks again.  See you soon!


Saturday, March 16, 2013

3 Ring Circus Layout

Hi!  The past two days have been beautiful here and my kids have started their Spring Break.  Today I am sharing a layout I just completed for my youngest son's first birthday. Wednesday, I made a cake and some cupcakes for Edward's birthday.  When we got finished singing Happy Birthday to him and gave him his cupcake, he was immediately surrounded by siblings that wanted to help him with his cupcake.  He did not eat a bite until they all left him alone with his cupcake.  I was busy loading the dishwasher and then looked over at him and he had dug into his cupcake.  I guess, he couldn't handle all the attention when trying to eat his first cupcake and he needed some alone time with his cupcake. He may my only child that doesn't like to be the center of attention in this three ring circus I call my life.
I used a set from Technique Tuesday for the stamping, I chose this for the title because I got a picture of Edward smiling with chocolate icing all over his face (too cute).  I used the Circle Stax dies from Die-namics to cut the many circles.  The light blue circles were embossed and then inked with Faded Denim ink.  I am going to use the gridded circle for my journaling (which I should have already done).  The largest circle is for his picture.  I used My Creative Time dies for the cupcake.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the layout.
I am submitting this into the weekly Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge-89, --you were two use three different designer paper on your project.  I think I actually used four from my pack.  I had a lot of fun with this and I enjoyed checking out the design teams projects.  You may want to take a look at their work, it was really inspiring.  If you are new to my sight and enjoy what you have seen, please become a follower.  Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pink and Brown Birthday Card

Hello!  Hope everyone is having a nice day.  It is gorgeous here.  Today, I am sharing a card I created for someone dear to my kids, their grandmother.  :)  They are more excited about her birthday than she is; I am sure.  I used predominately pink and brown colors for this card and I did not use my Cricut at all.  I only used my Cuttlebug to do some embossing and to cut a few dies.  
I used Tattered Flowers and Tattered Leaves for the flower and the small amount of greenery.  The white frame was cut from a My Creative Time die, but it was embossed before cutting.  The tags were also cut from My Creative Time dies.  I also created the large brad that was used for the largest flower with my i-topper tool.  I used a Jaded Blossom stamp to place a sentiment inside the card, seen below.
I am submitting this card into the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge.  Please consider stopping by and checking out the challenge this week.  I hope you enjoyed the card and thanks for stopping by to take a peek.  If you like what you have seen here today, leave me a comment and let me know and please consider becoming a follower.  Thanks again.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Card

Hello!  Today, I am sharing a card that I made for my partents and grandmother; I made two cards exactly the same.  I already have them addressed, just have to put them out in the mailbox.  I used the Muse Challenge #8  card as inspiration ( I will paste a copy of the card used for inspiration at the end of the post).  I used the center cut out and the cording as a guide for me.  My card is St. Patrick's Day themed and I love the way it turned out.
I used a Martha Stewart punch for the center white section.  I used pop dots on that section also.  I cut a clover from A Child's Year Cricut cartridge and place it in the center of the circle that I cut out with my new Die-Namic circle stax dies (I got these at Scrapbooker's Emporium and I LOVE them).  Instead of cording, I used green and white twine.  I used a Jaded Blossom stamp from the Luck of the Irish set for the sentiment.    Oh, one more thing I did that is not easily noticed; I placed some vellum beneath the circle cut out.  This muted the pattern beneath it.  Below is the card by Therese Calvird that was the inspiration for the card I created today:
I am submitting my card into the following challenges:
            Muse Member Challenge #8
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at what I have created today.  If you are interested in other St. Patrick's Day themed items please take a look at a few of my other posts.  I have shared my Leprechaun Bait, a layout and another card in the last week or so of posts and if you like what you see, please become a follower and leave a comment.  Thanks again.


Monday, March 11, 2013

Team Spirit Layout

Hello!  I hope is everyone had a nice weekend.  Today, I am sharing a layout that I created for my son's football season last year.  I know this may not be football season, but I did want to get this done before I forgot.  I have not gotten my son's team picture yet, we should get them Friday and I wanted to be sure that I got them in a scrapbook album.
I used by Cricut to cut the helmet from the Sportsmania cartridge, the stars and the banner.  I used several different stamps sets in this layout:  Jaded Blossom Sports Kisses, Karen Foster (not sure which set) and Tim Holtz set for the stamped stars, and two different sets of Technique Tuesday (borderlines and Game Night).  
I sanded my photo mattings and inked the edges.  I used a ticket stamp to create my journaling areas.  Not only did my oldest son play ball but my oldest daughter was the team manager.  My son wanted to sure to put a picture of his sister on the layout doing her part to support the team.  
I hope you enjoyed this layout and thanks for stopping by.  If you like what you see please become a follower and leave a comment.  Thanks again and come back soon.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Easter Milk Cartons

Hi, everyone!  I hope you are having a great day.  I have been busy today.  I have created 6 small Easter milk cartons that are filled with Bunny Tails (mini-marshmallows).  I used my Imagine to print the papers I used, Blossom cartridge, and the Notebook Doodle to cut the milk carton and the bunny was cut from the Gypsy Wanderings.  I used several other cartridges to create the other pieces on my milk cartons.  I made two with pink prints, I have two daughters, and I made 4 with green/blue prints, for my 4 sons.  I only photographed two of the cartons.
Each one of the cartons is a different pattern, so that each child will have a different carton.  I used Jaded Blossom stamps for all the stamping.  I know that the green, which is my son's, has pink stamping but; my sons are secure enough in their masculinity that the pink stamping will not be a concern.  My oldest son says that "only a real man can wear pink" and he is only 11 years old (pretty wise huh? for an eleven year old).   My husband and I are trying to raise our sons right. :)  
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at what I created today.  I hope you enjoyed it and if you did please become a follower.  Thanks again, hope to see you soon.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Hello Spring Card #2

Hello, everyone!  I hope everyone is having a great day.  Today, I would like share a card I created for a friend of mine, Dixie.  I love the colors in this card, especially the aqua.  I used the  Cas(E) Sketch Challenge #18  ( sketch to create my card.  Please take some time to stop by and visit their site to see the work the designers are sharing this week.  I wanted to make a bright and cheerful card, and I think I have accomplished that.
I used dies by My Creative Time to cut the eggs and the flower I created.  I also dry embossed one of the eggs to add some texture to the card.  The sentiment in the flower is a My Creative Time and I placed another sentiment (Simple Sayings 2) on the inside of the card by Jaded Blossom (you can see this below).  I think the interior sentiment will bring a smile to my dear friend.  I cut a butterfly from my Cricut, not sure what cartridge, and I scored and slightly folded the wings up.  
This is the sketch was provided for this challenge.
I hope you enjoyed the card and thanks for stopping by to take a look at this card.  I am also submitting this card into the CTV Stamps It's So You challenge #26 and the Cuttlebug Mania Butterfly Challenge.  If you have enjoyed visiting my site please become a follower.  Thanks again.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Leprechaun Bait

Hello!  Hope everyone is having a great day.  Today I created a few bags of Leprechaun Bait made up for my children.  You may have seen a previous post, Lucky Liam Layout, where I discussed in detail their St. Patrick's tradition.  Just a little summary, they set out traps for Leprechauns and they use Leprechaun Bait, which is just oatmeal & glitter, to try to catch Liam.  
I used A Children's Year Cricut cartridge to cut the clover, and used several other cartridge for the topper.  The tag was cut with  My Creative Time dies.  I used some embroidery floss to tie the button and the tag.  Two of the stamps are by Jaded Blossom.  Below is a close up of the topper.
My kids will love this bait.  I hope you enjoyed my post today and thanks for stopping by.  Please be sure to become a follower if you enjoy my posts.  
I am submitting this into the Decorate to Celebrate, be sure to stop by and see all the projects the designers have shared, the My Creative Time Challenge, and the Trendy Twine Challenge.  Thanks again.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Patchwork of Love Scrapbook Layout

Hi!  Hope everyone is having a nice day.  Today I am sharing a scrapbook layout that I just finished up.  Every spring my chiltdren and I have picnics in our yard.  We generally pull out all our quilts and just spend the day outside.  This year my kids are extremely excited because Edward, my youngest son, will get to experience this.  They have already started planning our first picnic.  It doesn't take much to make them happy, right?
This base sheet is Vivacious by Authentique and the vertical strip that looks like quilting is trimmed from the Spirited sheet also by Authentique (this is the Lively collection).  I bought a few sheets from the collection and I got a 6X6 pad at Scrapbooker's Emporium (I realize that the section of the sheet with the name remains on the paper but I may need to have my husband pick a few more sheets and I wanted to be sure I got the name off it before trimming).  They have some great papers and tools there.  They have just started a Scrapbooker's Emporium blog also, I am sure they would love for you to stop by and check things out.    The heart was cut from the Cricut Tags & More cartridge, the white photo matting was cut from the Elegant Edges cartridge, the title from the Type Candy cartridge and the bird was cut from the  Animal Kingdom cartridge.  Whew, that was a mouth full.  I cut several hearts in different colors and then cut parts from each one and stitched them together with my sewing machine and then cut a shadow for that heart with pinking shears.  I used my sewing machine to add stitching to several elements.   Below is a close up shot of the heart that was pieced together.  The stitching is not perfect but that makes it just a little more attractive to me.  This is the first time I tried stitching on a layout and it really added a lot of dimension to this.
I hope you enjoyed the layout and thanks for stopping by.  If you like what you have seen be sure to become a follower.  Please stop by The Fantabulous Cricut Blogspot Bye-Bye Birdie Challenge to check out all the cute cards the designers have created.  Thanks again.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hoppy-est 1st Birthday Card

Hello, everyone!  Hope you are all well today.  I have created a card today for my youngest son, Edward.  He will be turning 1 year old on the 13th.  Everyone in the family is so excited!  I used the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge for the frog die cut.  I used a My Pink Stamper stamp for the sentiment.  I embossed the blue piece of paper with an embossing folder.  I took a narrow strip of patterned paper, tore the edge and then gathered to paper to create a ruffled edge.  I used some ribbon to cover the transition of the ruffle and embossed areas.
I still have one more card to make for another of my sons, William.  He has a birthday later this month.  So, I have got to get busy on my next birthday card.  I hope you enjoyed the card.  Thanks for stopping by and if you like what you have seen please become a follower.

I am submitting this card to Crafty Cardz Challenge #126 .


Monday, March 4, 2013

Birthday Card with some Bling

Hello!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Today I am posting a birthday card that I have made.  I have made this card for my grandmother's birthday.
I used the Forever Young Cricut cartridge to cut the flowers.  The blue frame and shadowed matting were cut from the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge.  The greenery was cut from the Storybook Cricut cartridge.  I used my i-Rock tool to add the bling in the frame.  The tag die and stamp were from My Creative Time.  I  placed buttons in the center of each flower.   I stamped the interior of the card with a simple sentiment of "Have a Happy Birthday!"  I am submitting this card into: Connie Can Crop Monthly Challenge #8 Happy Birthday and Critter Sketch Challenge #154.  Please take some time to see the wonderful creations at Critter Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you liked the card.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hello Spring Card

Hello!  I hope you are all doing well today.  Today I would like to share a card that I made for the Critter Sketch Challenge #153.  I tried to stay as close as possible to the sketch.  I used my Cricut to cut the ovals, oval mattings and the clovers.  I used clovers as my greenery, in honor St. Patrick's Day (the first sign of spring at our house anyway) and a Tim Holtz die for the flower.  The stamp is by My Creative Time. 
I hope you enjoyed the card and thanks for stopping by and taking a look. 

Cheerful Happy Everything Card

Hello, everyone!  Hope everyone is having a great day.  Today I am posting an entry into the Muse Challenge #6.  The inspiration for my card came from the card provided by Deanna Jean.
I haven't made many cards and I am trying to participate in more card challenges to gain a little more experience.  I used the colors in this card to inspire me to stamp a bright and cheerful background for a card.
I then embossed a small piece of vellum to add a little interest and then inked the embossing with coordinating ink and placed this in center of the card face.  I cut my center pieces with the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge and then stamped with a Jaded Blossom sentiment, from the Simple Sayings 2 set.  I love how this card turned out.  

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  Please take the time to stop by the Muse Card Making Club to see what all the members have created.  Thanks again for stopping by and as always if you like what you see please become a follower.  See you soon.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

CAS(e) Challenge #16

Hi, everyone!  I just completed a card for the CAS(e) Challenge #16.  Using the provided sketch, I completed my card in about 1 hour.
I made a St. Patrick's themed card. that I will be giving it to my kids.  They will need some luk this year trying to catch Liam, the leprechaun in our yard( you can learn more about this tradition at:
I used Jaded Blossom, Luck of the Irish stamp set, to stamp the internal and external sentiment.  A simple "Happy St. Patrick's Day" is stamped inside the card.  I also used my Cricut and A Child's Year cartridge to cut out the three clovers and some burlap to give the card some added dimension.  I am extremely pleased with this card.  Please take some time to stop by and take a look all the cards at CAS(e) Sketch Challenge.
I hope you liked the card and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

A is for America Layout

Hello!  How is everyone doing today?  I have had a great week.  Thursday night, Steven (my 8 year old son) had a play at school.  He was so nervous, you see he was Abraham Lincoln.  He did a fine job.  I am so proud of his performance.  The entire cast did a great job.  I have made a layout for this occasion.  I used my Cricut to create the title and the silhoutte of Lincoln.  I made a pocket for a disc of the play that I recorded.  I also made two journaling tags.  One of the tags, I had my son write his lines from the play.  The second tag is where I will do my journaling.
Below you can see the envelope for the DVD tucked beneath the photo matting.  I may even tuck my journaling tag in the envelope.
You can see below the journaling tag my son wrote his lines from the play on.   I also had made a rosette from red and white striped ribbon and my son said "it looks a little girlie" so I made another rosette from burlap and layered it over the ribbon rosette.
I hope you enjoyed this layout.  I really came together pretty fast and most of all my son loves it.  Thanks for stopping by and if you liked this and my other work please become a follower.  Once again, thanks for taking a look.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lucky Liam Layout

Hello!  Today I have made a layout for St. Patrick's Day.  My kids love to set animal traps(no need to worry about animals being injured, these traps just contain the animals) out the night before St. Patrick's Day. They have done this every year for 6 years, except for last year.  Last year they got a very special gift delivered, a little brother that was born March 13th, but he didn't get to come home until the 17th.  I think they were so excited about the new addition they forgot to set their traps out.  They scatter Leprechaun food (just gold/green glitter and oats) in the yard and around their traps.  Sometimes my kids make up snare traps and other contraptions also.  They have been known to place carrots, chocolates or any thing they think may entice the Leprechaun into their MANY traps.  The following morning they find "gold" dollar coins, gold/green buttons, strips of fabric (that ripped from the Leprechauns' clothing) and sometimes red hair.  They get so excited when they find the letter and coins that Liam leaves them for their trouble.  Yes, their leprechaun has a name, Liam, and he is mischievous.  I used several MCT dies for this layout.  I even convinced the kids to give me a few of the buttons that they have found in their traps in past years.  They would not give me any of the gold buttons, those are too precious, but they did give me some of the other buttons.  They did tell me that if they found some pieces of his clothes, I was welcome to a couple of those.  Those are treasures also.  This is what I came up with:
I embossed my title, Lucky Liam.  I even used several sentiments from the Christmas MCT stamps on this layout, the 98% nice and 2% naughty and the Believe.  They were so cute on the layout.  I made a brad with coordinating paper with my i-topper and used that brad to create a flower. 
I made a envelope with a MCT die to hold all their little memories.  I embossed a portion of the envelope and then used ink to color the design.  I must say it turned out gorgeous.  I also created a tag and punched a hole, that I will lace with some of that promised fabric.
I only used my Cricut to cut the clovers and the small grey silhoutte of Liam.  I inked the edges of all the photo mattings, clovers, tags and Liam.  I stamped an image over Liam so that it would appear that he was trying to hide in the brush. 
I hope you have enjoyed the layout and thanks for stopping by to take a look.  I am submitting this into the Cuttlebug Spot Cute as a Button Challenge and the MCT Smashy Challenge.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Kiss the Cook Layout

Hello!  It's been a few days since I posted anything, I know.  I was sick a few days and I spent a long weekend, Friday thru Monday, with my family.  I thought I would share a layout I created for an experience I shared with my youngest daughter, Katherine.  A few months back, I began making a strawberry cake for her, which is her favorite.  Before I was done, she had pulled a chair up to the counter and was mixing the cake herself.  She had such a big smile on her face and she was just tickled to be making her own cake.  I used the Kate's Kitchen Imagine Cartridge to print papers for the layout.  I also used the From My Kitchen cartridge for the recipe cards and tabs, the lips came from the Indie Art cartridge and the font is from the Type Candy Cartridge.

I hope you enjoyed the layout and thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  Hope to see you again soon.  If you like what you have seen please become a follower.  Thanks again.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Nature Layout

Hello!  I am posting a layout for a picture that I took this summer on the Cossatot River, near Horatio, AR.  My family and I lease some property with a cabin.  The cabin is minimal, but the fun is overflowing at the river.  Everyday I get some amazing pictures of everyday creatures.  This layout is for a picture I snapped of a frog that was soaking in a side pool of the river.  You could see the top part of his body above the water, hanging on to a small branch, and you could also see his feet, I guess that is the correct biological term, below the clear water.  It was a great picture.  I have not printed the picture yet, so I just left the matting empty.  I cut the matting from a cut I created with my Gypsy and the leaves from the Storybook Cricut cartridge.  The matting was cut from a pearlescent paper. I stamped a journaling area.  I also stamped and embossed some plants on this layout (the bottom picture) and placed some burlap on the page to add some dimension and texture to the page.  I did not  make a title, because I think that I will just title the album I put all my nature layouts in.  
I am submitting this into the My Creative Time Embossing Challenge.  I hope you enjoyed the layout and thanks for stopping by and taking a look at this layout.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Boy's Valentine Backpacks

Hello!  Today I finished making some backpacks that are treat holders for three of my sons.  I had made purse treat holders for my two daughters earlier in the week (you can take a look at those two purses here: )and I knew I had to make something for my sons.  I found a backpack on the Campin' Critter Cricut cartridge that was perfect for this.  I embossed the dark green flap of the backpack.  I also cut tags with a Jaded Blossom die and stamped the tag with Jaded Blossom stamps also.  I know that the backpacks are not the typical colors for Valentines, but I don't think they would really care for a pink treat holder in the shape of a backpack.  I also used a select stamps from the Jaded Blossom, Wedding Candies stamps to put cute little stamping on the small candies.  I also used a couple of stamps from the Valentine Treats stamp set to decorate a sucker in each little backpacks.
 I hope you enjoyed my sons treats and thanks for stopping by.