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.