Saturday, December 3, 2011


you should have come from my talented friend, GAYLE.

due to the busy-ness of the season, i'll keep this real short.  i made one project and one card.
first, my projejct i made, actually i 're-made' an advertisment topper for my card racks i use for my shows.  i have two racks, therefore i made 2 toppers.
using: LACEY LABELS for the mats
SONGBIRD for the font
GEORGE for the rectangle welded on the bottom to hold in place.

i used DCWV-the black currant stack for the pink and black chipboard.  the petals are from my stash and a brad in the center from MICHAELS-recollections.
here is what it looks like on (one of my racks).


here, you can see the rectangle from GEORGE needed to hold it in place.

next:  the card i made for my sister in law who is from argentina and speaks both spanish and broken english.  (i had to ask her to slow down and repeat)...i've only met her once. 'it's funny, she thinks i speak spanish on facebook because i talk to her using a translater i found on google...'  tee hee, she writes me back in spanish and i can translate it back into english....bawahahahaha.  'i'm so sneaky!  shhhhh don't tell her!

using: PHRASES for feliz cumpleano (happy birthday)
and FEELING GROOVY for the star. and a TIM HOLZ die for the scalloped edge.
this is what i came up with.  i think she'll like it.

that's it for today folks.  i hope you enjoyed your visit and if you would like, please leave me a comment.  i love hearing from ya'll.

here's the line up:

please visit my friend PAT.  she always has something nice to share!

• My Cricut Craft Room
Kat  HERE Patricia NEXT

Monday, November 28, 2011


welcome travelors!  today is a short, simple christmas card using the 'TIS THE SEASON' cart.  wow, this cart is for the christmas lover.  it's packed with everything i love about the season.  hope you'll take a minute to check this cart out.
first off, i want to start out telling you i've been making cards for well over 8 yrs. now.  i started at our church on the 'card ministry'.  (we won't show you the cards i made back then), (head is hanging down in shame) although the church family loved them, i've come a long way in my improvements. 

after diligently put this card together and tying the little bitty thread bows with my painful arthritic hands, inking, and all this stuff we normally do, i put it all together and am a bit satisfied with it, until....
i did the unthinkable! 

ok, i wasn't going to show n tell, but i thought...heck, haven't we all done this?  so i decided to go ahead and show you, all is not in despair.  it 'can' be fixed!  after you get over being mad, you just stick in the trimmer, cut it off, reattach it.  problem solved.  we all make mistakes.  a little secret is i'm only telling you about 'this one mistake'...hehe.  you really don't want to know about some of the others...

so after all is said and done and fixed, this is what is should look like, and i still didn't put it on the card base like i wanted.  it was supposed to stand up with the fold at the top. (sigh)
i'm not making anymore cards today.  i take this as a ...sign!

that's it for today friends.  hope you have a minute to leave a comment and or follow.
have a wonderful tuesday!


Monday, November 14, 2011


i'm definately into making christmas cards.  even though i make them all year round, new innovative tools and ideas pop-up around this time of year.  this last weekend i went to a scrapbook convention near me, and as usual am blown away with such 'new stuff' out there.  i purchased this (and a couple others) sweet die from a vendor.  the website (if you're interested) is:

see the 'MADE IN USA'? i like that!

using my cuttlebug, i put a shim, then a template, the same size as the mat i'll be using on the front of my card. this is so i can set the die in the center and still use the paper from which i made the cut.

i then line up the mat i will be using and make the cut.

and the cut....

pickin and grinnin...oh, and back to using the mat from which i made my cut,

after all the 'pickins' are out...

this is where i layered my top mat onto the mat from which the cut was made.

once i get to this pt. (i usually have more), i use a spray adhesive because the cut is so delicate.  i do this in my garbage can using scraps to lay them on.  this stuff is sticky, so i change out my scraps so the next cuts don't get that 'sticky' on them when i lay them out to spray.

now i guess, if you like the looks, you could stop here.  but me, well, i like more...more is never enough for me.  but, it 'is' pretty just like this!

so i cut more.  only different colors....always did like puzzles!

this is where i get to sit and really doesn't take that long, but you sure better keep them pcs together, cause it wouldn't take much to lose any of them.  but i find it relaxing to put the pcs together and i found using the zig squeeze and roll fine ball point the perfect adhesive to get in the small spots.  don't forget, you'll need tweezers also to pick up the small pcs.

so with a little, ok, mabye more than a little patience, some labor of love, you'll end up with this...
i personally love making these.  i find it relaxing and most of all, rewarding. 

that's it for this tuesday.  i hope you enjoyed my 'lengthy' tutorial.  i hope you give it a try.  if you don't like it, hey, send me your die, i'll make good use of it.


Sunday, November 13, 2011



i'm 'giving back' because i think you are 'one of a kind'.  i just want you to know how much i appreciate what i've seen you do for st. judes, for our soldiers, for our fellow crafters and for me.  you touch many lives, young, old, women, men.  you're a mom, a wife, a crafter, a business woman and a friend.  your life is a busy one.  i respect that!  i love to see ambition, especially in someone as young as you.  you work hard for your ambitions and it shows.  for this, and all of this, i just want to 'give back'  a little something to show you my friendship, my respect and my admiration to a young, beautiful and successful woman. 



this was a photo taken when i met erica for the first time at kings island ohio.  i met some lovely ladies and made some awesome friendships on this trip.  i can't thank you enough for this erica.  
(and we even got to meet mr. cricut himself)



the next person to visit is our talented:

but before you go.  when you finish this hop, you will want to go to 'my cricut craftroom' on facebook.
we will randomly select a winner from those who leave a comment, to win some candy.
here is the lineup of all our talented friends of ericas: kat schriber     you are here heather flaherty next stop melissa pinter judith ashmore lezlye lauterbach gayle schrader sue-ann lovell tammy androsky rosa kleyman christina bartels capps madison patricia holloway tanya samantha sickles ricki sholler pattie mcginnis amanda haynes connie benford layman tina ondrus keller lisa enjoli collums shelly lynn laurie

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


i was fortunate enough lately to be able to purchase the 'RIBBONS AND ROSETTES' cartridge.  although i did post a picture of the rosette alone on 'ericas cricut craft room' facebook, i hadn't applied it to anything...until now.

the plaid print is from DCWV-the glitter sweet mat stack.  the rosette was cut from, of course RIBBONS AND ROSETTES @ 1".  i used MAYA ROAD-velvet blossoms to accent, then applied crystal gems i got from walmart in the bead dept.  using the MARTHA STEWART border punch-dolly lace, i accented the bottom then blinged it up with a little more (smaller) crystal gems. 

here is a close up of the rosette;

i wish you could see the 'sparkle' the little crystal gems put off.  they really set it off in the light.

that's if folks.  i hope you enjoyed what i made today.  hop over to:
to see what the others have created today for the 'CARD CREATING TUESDAY'


Saturday, November 5, 2011


starting off with GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING:  i made my grandson his '9th' birthday card.  if you don't have this cartridge, i recommend getting it.  there are so many graphics for all different occasions.  a 'must have' in my book!

i apologize for the 'sideway view'.  i hope you don't get a kink in your neck looking at it.

my next post is a disappointment for me.  i'm not pleased with it for several reasons.  the barn is 'too big', and our barn is white, not red.  don't know what i was thinking....that said, i did use many different cartridges:  COUNTY FAIR (title, barn, fence COUNTRY LIFE (chickens), SIMPLY SCARECROW (corn husk), CELEBRATE WITH FLOURISH, (sun & clouds) 50 STATES and LIFES A BEACH (seagulls).  the only part of this layout i actually like, are the pics of two of my handsome buddies.



my last projects are from: SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS.  i really like this cart, although there is more piecing together than i care for.  the end result is very pleasing.  i will be using this a lot for my christmas cards this year.  maybe you're on my 'list'?  here are 3 cards i've made so far.




thats it for this months blog hop.  i sure hope you enjoy everyones creations.  we have many talented ladies and i'm thankful to be a part of this design team.
if you're not a follower, i'd love for you to be, and if you'd like to leave a word, i'd enjoy that too. 
here is the lineup for your next stop. 



Thursday, October 27, 2011


i used KATES ABC'S and totally 'lifted' this card from the august edition of CRICUT MAGAZINE.  great magazine!  i used HELMARS LIQUID POP DOTS for the first time....good stuff! 

thanks for stopping by.  feel free to leave a comment and, or, follow me.


Monday, October 3, 2011


i totally 'lifted' this project from grace tolman in the cricut holidays latest edition.
this is 'my' take on it.  i'll make a few more for my girls just cause i think it's a lovely banner.  it won't take up too much room by hanging it vertically. 

i used MOTHERS DAY BOUQUET for the scalloped circle cut at w-3.78", h-3.59"
i then cut the circles at w-3.14", h-3.00"
then using STORYBOOK i cut the letters 'believe' at w-1.38", h-2.53"
i used tim holtz 'vintage shabby' blue paper and matted it onto kraft and also used the kraft for the letters.  with a slotted punch i punched the slots at the top and bottom of each circle, then ran my ribbon behind, before glueing onto the kraft scalloped circle.  i have a rather large stash of home-made and bought flowers.  i dug into that stash and found the ones i thought matched up well and every other letter has a cute flower.
 i really like how it turned out.  
 it's approximately 30" long and is perfect for a narrow space.

thanks for stopping by to take a look.


Saturday, October 1, 2011


you should have come from sharons. 

i've been super busy preparing for my sons upcoming wedding in october.  i'm happy to share a few things i've made for the occasion.  although there is more to come, this is all i'm 'allowed' to show you for now.  i hope i've inspired some of you, and mostly, i hope you enjoy!

 i created stencils from vinyl to etch the wedding partys intial of their last names. 
it's difficult to pick up the letters in the picture and i've even put a colored napkin inside,
hoping it would show up better.


i made each of bridal party their own placecards. i'm pleased with how they turned out.
the mat was from georg, the font is songbird and the oval is a
spelllbinders petit ovals large.


i made a rather large, 10 1/4" banner.  the 'congratulations' alone will be approximately 10',
therefore because of the weight, we will have to string it up in segments.
i don't think that will be too bad.  it will take up a whole wall. 
i will post pictures of everything in its' place at a later date.

a close up of justin & nicki

another banner i made using BIRTHDAY BASH and BASE CAMP for the font:

i made my infamous little treat boxes filled with hershey kisses.  i cut the triangle mat from GEORGE.

 there are no carts involved with this project.
i just wanted to show you how these $1 picture frames from michael clearance can be used
in addition to your table decorations.  i think they add a million bucks!

for the rehearsal dinner i made a formal greeting for the guests at the entry of our banquet room.
computer generated and an inexpensive but elegant frame, (another gift for the couple).
i cut 'elegant flourishes' from tim holtz bigz die in my cuttlebug to surround the greeting.

i'll scatter these leaves made using ART PHILOSPHY on the banquet table.

these were so easy to stamp.  i just left them on my mat and stamped before taking them off.

lastly. i made this sunflower topiary using the cuttlebug daisy die. 
i'll have a hard time parting with this.  it's absolutely stunning in real life.  this is not the vase i'll be using.  i will purchase a brown vase with a narrow opening, if you can visual.  this will go on the head table at the rehearsal dinner.  later, nicki can use this as a centerpiece in a vase, or hang with the ribbon i've attached.  i hope she likes it!  if she doesn't, hmm, i know where it can stay!  (hee hee)

or, she can hang it.

that's it for now folks.  i hope you enjoyed what i showed you. 
it means alot to me to share and hear what you have to say.
i'd love to hear what you think and if you have any suggestions.

next, hop on over to laurie and see what fantastic projects she has to share!

the lineup:

24. Gayle Schrader-
30. Lisa Newton-Orensky -
32. Kat     YOU ARE HERE!

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thanks so much


Thursday, September 8, 2011

congratulations to: SAMANTHA SICKLES for winning the PRESERVES cartridge on my 100 followers. 

Monday, September 5, 2011


i'm celebrating my first 100 followers.  not quite there yet, but soon...real soon!  let's have a give-a-way!
comment below for your chance to 'win'.  once i hit 100, i will draw from the comments below....  you have until 9 a.m. tomorrow morning to recruit some followers and have them also comment.  one comment per person.  i will pay to ship 'PRESERVES' cartridge.  good luck and thank you all for commenting and following me. 

Friday, September 2, 2011


i hope you just arrived from Karey  if you didn't and came here by accident, welcome to my world.  if you'd like to start at the beginning of this hop.  here is Erica:

because of the upcoming 'HALLOWEEN' i chose these 3 carts to play around with:

i've decided not to include sizes as these pics are all arbitrary.  however, i may make a few suggestions along the way, as some cuts just don't work well under 4".  in particular, this mansion, which i adore from OCTOBER 31st.  one of my favorite layouts just waiting for 3 about 2 months.

...and my chief of staff and editor...

actually, 'boo boo' puts a hand in almost everything i do...he's such a loving little brat...(he's very lucky i like him)...anyway he likes to put his 'stamp of approval' on all my halloween stuff like this altered composition book i made with:  HAPPY HAUNTING.  these are fun and easy and very inexpensive to make.  this one is going to a special teen i my life.

my next cartridge i used:  PUMPKIN CARVING is a fun cart i use alot for embellishing my cards and layouts.  i haven't made too many halloween cards yet this year, but rather i chose to make magnets instead. 

i made orange and black, then black and orange.

i think these will make cute little 'treats' for the little goblins bags.

thank you for stopping by.  your next stop is Lezlye  i  hope you've enjoy your visit. feel free to follow me and leave a comment.