I have always enjoyed being crafty. I remember getting really excited about stickers and fun stationary when I was little. Well its good to know that some things in life never change!

I was introduced to scrapbooking in 2005 and have been hooked ever since. My love of crafting has branched out to include DIY, projects, gardening, baking, and canning. I hope to share my projects here.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Chore Cards and why I love my Gypsy

Well I am finally back after being really sick with a rotten bug. I have never been so tired in my life. Glad that its past me now. I fell behind in my projects while I was laying on the couch groaning...so today I am going to have three posts.

First off..Chore Cards. I specifically bought this cartridge to make some signs for around our house to remind my youngest daughter of some bathroom etiquette.

After I made a few bathroom signs, I decided to cut out some of the chore symbols that we use in our house frequently. These cuts are so cute, but I confess that if I don't have the trifold right in front of me when I am assembling the cuts, I am at a loss.

For instance: the toy box card..I had NO IDEA what that toy was other than the ball. I had to whip out my magnifying glass and look at the trifold just to determine that it was in fact a toy car. SHEESH..Getting older stinks. LOL
Anyway...I really like the cuts on this cartridge so I think I may cut out some more.


...I almost exclusively use my Gypsy when cutting anything out with My Expression. Even if I am only cutting a simple shape. I love that you can place your image anywhere on the mat. I save so much more paper than using the material saver button on the E. I place all my images and then use pieces of paper cut down to a size just big enough to cut the image. Here is a picture of one of my mats going into the E for 4 of the cards I made today....
I set it all up, place all my paper and then only have to load the mat once and cut all the images I need. This is how I do most of my projects. I feel that I may spend a few extra minutes getting a cut set up, but then I have all the cuts done for an image all at once. (Unless the image is too big to fit on one page) I feel its more efficient in my time and certainly in my materials.

Well off to craft some more..I have lots of catching up to do! :)

Have a Great and Crafty Day!



  1. Another cartridge I have and have not used! Thanks for the great ideas.

  2. Jan - I can't believe how you set that mat up. I will have to try it and see what happens.

  3. Jan, I am loving your blog! I have mermaid collection too, although it is small. My favorite is a hand-made stoneware mermaid I bought at a little studio on the beach somewhere. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and now I see why my mermaid caught your attention! I am loving your projects on this blog!

  4. Your mat reminds me of a quilt. :D