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.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Twilight Album and Scrabble Birthday Card

Hi all, I just wanted to say how much I love the Cricut Circle. There are some fantastically talented ladies there, and they are a constant source of ideas and inspiration.

Today I am sharing a couple of projects I have scrap-lifted from some circle friends.

The First project is a Twilight themed mini-album from Elizabeth at 217 Creations. As soon as I saw this project on Liz's blog, I knew I needed to make it for my BFF, who is a crazy Twilight fan.

Here is a link to Elizabeth's Blog: www.217creations.com. Click here to see Liz's Twilight Album and her gypsy files. While you are there, check out all her other fantastic projects! She is one super talented Lady!

So here is my version of the album. Its pretty much the same as Liz's except for a couple of the accents inside the album. I only added pics for the different accents. If you want to see the each page, visit 217 Creations and watch Liz's Video on her album.

I made this piece with some jewelry findings I picked up at Michael's on the clearance rack. I colored the top of the epoxy disc using alcohol Ink in Cranberry, and then I placed a Sticker on a white sheet of cardstock and adhered it to the reverse side of the epoxy disc and then glued it to the metal backing.
On this page, Liz made her own apple, but I found a coordinating box of chipboard elements on the clearance rack at JoAnn's so I used it instead. I added a little glimmer mist to the apple for some shimmer.
Here I used an actual piece of ribbon, as I didn't own the cartridges that Liz used for her ribbon accent. I just adhered the ribbon using Terrifically Tacky Tape.
Here I used I think Gypsy Font and one other font, I can't remember for the capital I. I then used some stickles to accent the letters I cut.

I also scraplifted the idea for her birthday card. She is a big scrabble fan, and I hate playing against her, as she knows all those ridiculous "scrabble words" that have been made up just so scrabble players can make two-lettered words using X and Q ! LOL anyhoo... I got this idea from Quiltfrog. She also has some wonderful stuff on her blog, so pop on over there and visit as well. Quiltfrog's Blog: Www.quiltfrog.blogspot.com. Click here to see her original card project
I made a change to her original design, as I took my scrabble board and scanned it and enlarged it so the tiles from Printing 101 cut at one inch would fit. I also added an inside sentiment.
My finished card size is 6" square.

I am happy to say that my BFF LOVED both the projects. So thanks Ladies for your inspirations!

These two projects are part of my July Cartridge challenge...sort of.. Well my challenge was to use Printing Press, and after i got my project all done I realized that the scrabble tiles were from Printing 101 NOT Printing Press. oops...lol

So...Printing Press went back into the jar to be pulled again another month. Sheesh, you'd think I'd double check my own challenge before embarking on a project. LOL I had one cartridge that I never got around to using in July, and that was Very Merry Tags. I hope to get to it soon.

Have a Great and Crafty Day!


Hello Again! August Cartridge Challenge on Hold.

Hello all,

I have been absent from blogger since the very start of the month. I have been having alot of pain in my hands, feet, and knees. I also have been feeling a little lost when I get into my craft room lately. I am sure, not feeling well physically, has added to my lack of Mojo in the craft room.

I went to the doctor about the pain, suspecting arthritis, as my Sister has been diagnosed since she was 27. Not surprising, some of my tests came back abnormal, so I am now scheduled to see the Rheumatologist. She is one BUSY Doctor, the soonest appointment I could get isn't for 6 weeks. ..sigh.. That is such a long time when things are hurting.

Anyway, I've been told that with arthritis, you just have to learn to adjust and live with it and not let it stop you, so I am going to make an extra effort to pop into my craft room everyday, at least for a little while, and work on something.

As I haven't even started working on any of my August Cartridge Challenge projects, I am going to hold over those cartridge choices again for September, giving me extra time to use them up.

I am very happy with how my personal challenge is going, as I have used many of my cartridges since starting this challenge. I only have 30 more cartridges to go to use them all. (plus any carts I acquire along the way :) )

I do have a post almost ready, using some of my July challenge carts, so I will get that finshed up and post it a little later today.

Thanks for visiting today.

Have a Great and Crafty Day!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hat shaped Graduation Card

Hi all,
Today I am sharing a card I made for my daughter's friends Graduation Party.

I used Wild Card for the card shape and the class of 2011. I forgot to write down the sizes I cut everything at. I think I used fit to page for the card, and the title I sized using my Gypsy to fit on the front.

It may be hard to see, but I cut the card twice so I could make the top of the hat two layers. I then made a tassel using some skinny ribbon I had in my stash, and attached it to the top of the hat using a brad.

The inside of the card has a yellow tag made using two Stampin' Up punches and a SU Happy Graduation stamp.

I haven't made many of these shaped cards. I did not cut the corresponding envelope for this card, but used a store bought 6.5" square envelope. Maybe next card I cut from here, I'll cut the matching card with it. I have been told that you need to cut the envelope first, then size the card accordingly. maybe I'll add that to my list of things to try for the month of August.

Thanks for visiting today.

Have a Great and Crafty Day!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

75th Anniversary Card

Hi all,

On July 31st, my husband's Great Aunt and Uncle celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. My Mother-in Law, asked me to make them a card, because you can't find anniversary cards that go up that high in the stores. The big party was in Florida, so unfortunately we could not make it.

Here is the card I made. The pictures aren't the best, all the fabrics and papers on the card are so light that my camera had a hard time focusing.

I picked up these fabulous fabric-like paper at Hobby Lobby with a silver sparkly floral design on it.

I cut a frame from Elegant Edges in a piece of silver linen paper. I cut the 75th from Cake Basics, and Happy Anniversary was cut from Beyond Birthdays. Both were cut from Bazzil Bling paper

Here is a close up of the birds on the front:

They were cut from Tie the Knot,using DCWV shimmer paper. I cut the branch three times and the birds twice. I then layered them using pop-dots.

I finished the card off with some White Satin ribbon and Green shimmery ribbon that matched the branch.

Congratulations to Great Uncle Allen and Great Aunt Gladys! I hope you enjoyed your very special day! May we all be as blessed as you two!

Thanks for visiting today.

Have a Great and Crafty Day.


Monday, August 1, 2011

August Cartridge Challenge

Hi all! I am running a little behind in getting all my posts up. I wanted to pop in today and list the cartridges that I pulled from my jar, to use in August.

The cartridges are:

Opposites Attract
Imagine Pattern - Mystical Garden
Paper Doll Dress Up
Christmas Cards - seasonal
Once Upon a Princess
Home Decor - Solutions
Tear Drop

I have a couple of projects to post still using up my July cartridges. One of them is a gift, so I am waiting until the I give it to my friend before posting. :)

I am really plugging away at my cartridge list. The best part, is when looking through the handbooks, I find more images that I want to use on future projects. I would really encourage anyone who is a cartridge collector to challenge yourself as well!

Have a Great and Crafty Day!