Thursday, November 26, 2009

Win a Gypsy

Yes, over at Gypsy Blogspot, they are giving away a Gypsy donated by Custom Crops. Head over there and check it out. Oh, I hope I win.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cricut's 100 cartridge celebration

Provo Craft is celebrating the introduction of its 100th cartridge for the Cricut. It's called Winter Woodland and you can see it here:

Then go to the Cricut Chat message board and post on the message for the celebration and you might just win one of the 100 cartridges being given away! Good Luck!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Blog Candy

Hey everyone! It doesn't look like I've been busy doing much but I've been working in my scraproom everyday. I'll post some photos later today, but right now I want to give you a heads up on some blog on Check it out.

Also I found out yesterday that my hot card won the blog candy over on The Cuttlebug Spot Check it out.

My niece loved her scrapbook and so did everyone at the shower. I had a couple of requests for custom albums which I'm looking forward to fulfilling. My niece also loved my hastily put together centerpiece and said it's going on little Kassidy's dresser. Doesn't it make your heart warm when you make something that makes the recipient so happy!!!

Well, I'm off to walk on my treadmill and give myself the gift of a fit heart.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Baby shower centerpiece

Yes, I’ve finished it. It was my first attempt at a flower centerpiece, and it didn’t turn out too bad. It also went together fairly quickly.  I used the flower from George and cut them from 2 1/2 inches to 3 inches.  Then I embossed them with my Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dot and swirls folders.  I used some yellow  pompons for the centers, wrapped the stems with florist tape and stuck them in a pot.  I cut the bassinet from the New Arrivals cart  at 6 inches and Cuttlebugged it with the Swiss dot folder.  I cut Kassidy’s name from the Storybook Cart at 3 inches.  Not bad.  P1040767

A close up of the flowers:


That’s a good day’s work! 


It’s done and ready to be wrapped and presented to my niece.  So here are the last few pages. 


I used Walk in My Garden for the little flowers and little green jewels in the middle.  I used Storybook for the flowers and added stickles and Alphalious for the Baby o Mine.  I really like the way these two pages turned out.  



I’m just going to admit it!  I came up dry on these two pages.  I just couldn’t come up with an inspiration and ended up using my Pooh Font cart for the baby Pooh and some flowers I had left over from a couple of previous pages. 



I love the way these two pages turned out.  I was able to replicate the design on the paper with the Storybook cart and with the help of Stickles—gotta love those Stickles—it turned out very nicely. 

And finally the last two pages.  They are sort of funky but in a fun way. 



I used my Accent Essentials for those starbursts and added the heart from George in the middle. 

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I’m done and it feels so good.  Now I’m off to make a centerpiece for the shower. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I’m sharing my busyness!

I know it’s been a few days since I’ve posted anything here but it’s not because I’ve not been busy.  I’ve been very busy. 

First of all I stopped everything yesterday to make my husband a card for his birthday and I think it turned out OK despite a couple of booboos that I had to cover up.  He liked it any way.  I was inspired by the Cuttlebug Spot challenge to use the hot.  I’d been turning and turning my brain to come up with an idea for Jim’s card.  The minute I read Nilda’s post on the Cricut messageboard I knew exactly what I was going to do.  Executing it was another thing.  My inspirations don’t always turn out how I see them in my head, but I made a couple of adjustments and it was acceptable.  So with out further delay, here it is. 

P1040738   I used the Pooh font and the flames from Cars.  I turned the flames right side up varied the sizes and welded them with my Design Studio.  I used some Stickles to make them look more like fire and popped them away from the body of the card.  The OOH La La is a studio G stamp and the border around the round element is a Perfectly Clear stamp.  He loved it. 

On with Kassidy’s  album which I’ve been plodding away at.  Here’s what I’ve accomplished so far and I hope to almost finish it except for little details tonight. 



These two page are pretty simple.  Really I’ve done the whole album with little more than the DCWV Baby Girl stack, cardstock, my Cricut and the carts I have and a few very basic embellishments—Stickles, buttons, ribbon, and some jewels. 


P1040746  This layout will fall during the months of October and so despite it being a baby layout I tried to add a bit of fall so that my niece can use it to record Kassidy’s 1st Halloween and Thanksgiving.  I used my Martha Stewart Threading Water punch on this page and the rest is my Cricut.  P1040747


These layouts will fall during Kassidy’s 1st Christmas and are the only layouts I used any other embellishments that I didn’t create myself.  These are Jolee’s that I had in my stash. 


The above layouts are made so she can winter photos. The snowflakes are from Joys of the Season and I stickled them and used my white pen to give them some more definition.   P1040751


Again, I tried to make pages according to the holiday that falls in that month.  Valentines Day will give Melissa a chance to use photos that follow that theme.  



I didn’t really have a theme for this but in March everyone is looking forward to spring so I tried to make a bright, cheerful layout. 

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Twice in one day

Here’s the next installment of the Kassidy’s 1st year album.  I used that wonderful drop flower on George and Basic Shapes and Stickled them and then the little bunny from New Arrival.  The paper is once again from the DCWV Baby Girl stack.  It’s not fancy but I think it’s cute. 



Aren’t some days just a trial in getting through them!

Yes, this has been one of those days although the whole day wasn’t.  On days like this I usually like to bury myself in something I enjoy and don’t have to think about.  So here it is—two more altered notebooks and some extra goodies I made to go with them.  They for two more of my grandchildren and I hope to finish the final three before the weekend is over.  For the first one I used Happily Ever After and I think it turned out very nicely.  Abby will love it.  The shoe is a magnetic bookmark and the coach which is very glitzy is a big paper clip.  I used lots of Stickles for these projects and the paper is Disney. I bought it several years and just love it.  



Here’s a close up of the coach paper clip.  See all the beautiful Stickles. 


Here’s the magnetic bookmark.  I think I’ll the Read or Dream to it. 


And finally the pencil case which I am totally not happy with, but I know Abby will like it. 



The second one is using once again Sports Mania and rather plain considering the Cinderella one above.


Again, I made a magnetic book mark and a paper clip with the baseball mitt. Cayden will love them.  Oh the pencils cases are from Tags, Bags and Boxes and I fiddled with the crayon box until it’s dimensions could hold 5 pencils.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The First Year Album Continued . . .

I don’t know what happens to all the minutes of my day.  I’ve not really had time to blog about the album even though I’d done most of the work on these two pages several nights ago.  Last night I finished these pages and one of my grandson’s altered notebooks and this morning I’m determined to get the album posted.  Hopefully the notebooks will follow later today.  So here is the first pic.


I used New Arrival for the bassinet and after I was finished putting it together I thought it would have been better had I used my Cuttlebug and the Swiss dot folder on it.  I used my Storybook cartridge for the “Month One” title and the floral border at the bottom of the page, and George for the little flowers.  I added some Stickles for a little bling.  I also used my Fiskars Threading Water punch for the bottoms of the journaling blocks. 


If you look closely or maybe not so close, you’ll see that I put the paper on upside down.  How did I do that?  By the time I noticed it, it was too late to do anything and I had no more paper.  Phooey!  I also really need to work on adding more dimension to my work.  P1040727

This is the second page.  I’m giving my niece room enough for a few photos and lots of room to journal.  I sure hope she’ll like it. 

Thursday, August 13, 2009

An abrupt interruption

I thought I’d spend the day working on the baby album for my new grand niece but as usual other considerations interrupted those plans.  I started a facebook conversation with my sister and before I knew it I was volunteering to make invitations for the shower. 

So to work I went after, of course a quick trip to Hobby Lobby to find some paper and then in my few spare moments I came up with this. 


I used Walk in my Garden with the #1 flower cut twice at 3” and once at 1 3/4 and I inked the edges with a lavender ink pad.  The stem is the twig and leaves from Zoo Balloo cut at 1” and then I drew in the details with a Meadow Green Bic Mark it. Then I cut the Baby Shower is from New Arrival at 2 1/2 inches.  I used Stickles at the middle of the flower and it’s still not dry.  The paper is from My Mind’s Eye and the cardstock is Hobby Lobby card stock as is the ribbon.  I think it turned out OK> 

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Kassidy’s First Year

Two weeks ago I became a great aunt for the first time and she is a cutie.  My nephew and his wife have named their little bundle of joy Kassidy and for my baby gift to them I am making an album for them to record their baby’s first year.  I thought I’d share it with you as I work to complete it.   Today I finished the cover between fixing dinner and playing with my 13 month old grandson. 

I am using the Baby Girl DCWV stack for most of it. I wanted to make it big enough to record new developments in the baby each month and possibly an important event and a couple of pictures each month, so I cut it out at 8X10.  I used chip board between the sheets of paper for the covers and just glued the other sheets back to back.  I cut the corners and flourish from Storybook, love that cart, and the title with Alphalious, another favorite.  I don’t have access to really great flowers, but these are from Hobby Lobby and Paper Studio and I think they do the job. I used a translucent pink button with a jewel in the middle. Also I used Stickles, Fruit Punch,  to highlight the hearts on the corners and the bits on the flourish.  So far I’m pretty happy with the results.  I’ll try to add a page a day and share here.  P1040718

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Luxury of Saturday

There is something deliciously decadent about a Saturday. It is an enticing prospect to look forward at a day unencumbered by schedules or requirements.  That’s today and I have to admit I’ve been looking forward to it all week. My husband is off to Peoria with his mother and I am here all alone in the house with nothing to do!  Now I love Jim and I’d rather spend the day with him and anything or anyone else but how marvelous to have this day! 

I’ll be making a little scrapbooking shopping trip to pick up some essentials and then I’m holing up in my scrapbooking room to create.  However, before I’m off to shop, I thought I’d share a couple of projects I’ve been working on. 

Having seen some altered notebooks, I thought I’d do one for each of my grandchildren.  I also plan on making pencil cases and some other little things they can use as they go back to school.  So here goes.  Let me know what you think. 

I used my Cricut and the Sports Mania cartridge for these.


This one is for my oldest grandson and he loves basketball.  I love the contrast of the greens with the color of the basket ball.  I used the basketball border for the edges and mitered the corners. 



I used the football edge for this one.  And though you can’t see it here the “football is LIFE” is in red.


This last one is actually the first one I did.  The golf ball border is nice and silly me, I even put it on the back of the notebook which led me to not put the borders on the backs of the others. 


I’ve got 5 more to do! 

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Christmas tags

I’ve been busy in my scrap room scrapbooking and creating and I thought I’d share the project I finished today.  I am making Christmas gift tags and this first photo is the folder I created to put 12 of them in. 


I made three different designs of four each.


I used my Cricut and Joys of the Season and Christmas cheer cartridges.  I tried to do something special to each design to make it different and unique on it’s own.  The tag with Christmas stockings has puffy paint on the white cuff and toes.  The Christmas tree one has glitter glue and I stamped some swirls on the background.  On the snowflake tag I ran the green base through my Cuttlebug using the snowflake embossing folder and cut the snowflakes from DCWV’s glitter paper.  Then I placed a dark blue jewel in the center of each snowflake.  I am pretty happy with the results. 




What do you think? 

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Daughters—More than pink bundles


When we were expecting our 1st child over 34 years ago, I couldn’t get the idea of a daughter out of my head.  I yearned for the baby to be a girl.  My husband wanted the same thing and when on June 2nd we welcomed our beautiful baby Amy into our lives we were blissfully happy.  I remember bringing her home from the hospital and sitting in our bedroom, where we had temporarily placed the crib, rocking her in the chair Jim had bought me not long after we were married, and gazing star struck at this incredibly perfect baby I held in my arms.  I thought of whom I wanted her to be and actually pictured what she’d look like when she was grown.  It was a moment that for me telescoped into the future and gave me hope for the years she would be growing up.  I was never disappointed!  She has grown into one of the most lovely and caring young women I’ve ever known. 

When we found we were expecting our 2nd child, we both thought a boy would be nice and the Dr led us to believe that the baby was a boy.  We picked out girl names but didn’t think we’d use them.  So we were surprised when Stacey joined us.  Surprised but not disappointed.  She was just as beautiful as her sister and brought us so much joy.  I didn’t have that long look into her future that I had experienced with her sister because I was just too busy trying to take care of two babies under two.  We shared lots of long nights together though and I was sure that this determined little baby was going to do well in the future.  She has and I am amazed by her life.

So the years passed and I loved my little girls and a little brother joined him, just as much a joy, but that’s another story.  I sewed frilly dresses, did the bows, the pink, the purple, and all the little girly things that come with girls and it was fun!  I loved it.  I never tired of doing their hair or making sure they were as girly as possible.  The years sped by and they drifted from being little girls to preteens and teenagers, and some of the years weren’t so easy, but they certainly weren’t hard.

Then before it seemed possible,I was watching them marry and have children of their own.  It was bittersweet seeing the child disappear and the woman emerge.  However, life is a circle and with every new place in the arc there are blessings.

I am so glad I have daughters.  We share so much and always seem to enjoy each other company.  Recently after despairing for my oldest daughter’s health and seeing her miraculously healed, we went away for the weekend.  We spent three days learning about each other and sharing dreams and spending money and pampering each other and it was wonderful.  Little girls are fun for a little while but grown daughters are friends for always and it’s wonderful when your daughters begin to see you as more than their mom but also a person and treat you that way too. 

I am so thankful for my daughters and if either of you read this, you are my favorite women.  Thanks for belonging to me! 

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I Wanna be Like Michelle Duggar

I Wanna be like Michelle Duggar

Job 22:24-26 (New International Version)

24 and assign your nuggets to the dust,
       your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines,

25 then the Almighty will be your gold,
       the choicest silver for you.

26 Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty
       and will lift up your face to God.

Last night I watched 18 and still growing, a TLC show about a conservation family in Arkansas who decided to let God decide how many children they would have, and though I wouldn’t want to give birth to 18 children or mother them on a daily basis, I do admire that they live by principles of godliness that are quite foreign to most people who watch the show and the Duggars make no apologies for their choices. They share their lives with no pretense. Last night the show chronicled Michelle and Jim Bob’s trip to appear on The View in NYC. If you are even slightly aware of media, you know that The View is hosted by mostly liberal hosts except for Elizabeth Hasselbeck, the lone Republican and conservative.  She often ends up getting chewed up and spat out though she is a very able opponent. 

I never watch Michelle Duggar without marveling what a calm and sincere woman she is. She is not caught in the trap of commercialism or feminism that many, even Christian women are swirling about in. She speaks to her husband with a calm and loving voice even when he is whining or out of sorts ,which is not often, and she truly exhibits the Proverb: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 This in itself is a enigma to me, for when my husband is being whiny or nagging I almost always respond harshly reminding him that my metaphoric dog is only chained to the doghouse but can still bite and make a big racket if he gets too close, which is enough to keep him from venturing too close for awhile and results in his ego being bruised.  I know how to deliver those harsh words without any problem.

She dresses modestly, as does the rest of the family, without regard to the latest trends, never adorning herself in a lot of jewelry or extras. This couple believes is being frugal using the motto “Buy used and save the rest.” They pay cash for everything and are in debt to no one. They don’t believe in dating or in letting their children watch TV or spend much time on the internet. They are very different from even most Christian families.

When I heard that they were going on The View, I wondered what this show could possibly want from them. Several of the women on the show regularly, harshly criticize and make fun of Christians and conservatives. I thought that the Duggars were in for a rough interview.

What I heard was something else. Michelle showed up in the same dress I’d seen her wear at various other dressier occasions. She came as she is and there was no worry that was good enough, no rush buy the perfect outfit,  and her analysis of the show? It was fun! She said even the jokes and jabs at their lifestyle and religion were “fun.” That made me think and when I sat down to read my Bible that night before I went to sleep I marveled that the scripture so appropriately fit my thoughts about Michelle Duggar.  I don’t know why I was surprised—God was speaking to me! It wasn’t happenstance; it was God.

Job tells us when we live for God, all the riches of the world are nothing but throw away entanglements saying, “and assign your nuggets to the dust, your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines,” Our wealth in this world has long been measured in terms of gold and how much we have. But Job tells us that this world’s wealth is not important or valuable when God is our center and our focus. He tells us that when we throw away the attachment to this world’s riches we become clothed with the riches of God.  Who would know and understand this more than Job, and Michele is a exemplary example of this. She wears her relationship with God like silver and gold and shines far brighter than anyone wearing Cartier or Tiffany’s, and when anyone tries to disparage her life or choices, she only sees the good. She isn’t dependent on her self esteem coming from some worldly people espousing a worldly agenda. So how does Michelle Duggar come out of the interview on the view? Shining! The woman left a good impression of whom and what she is because there is nothing but God to dull her witness. She wasn’t busy polishing her silver or guarding her gold trying to look good.  She just tossed it all away and let Jesus shine through. Her public persona is as beautiful as her private and we all know it is hardest to Christ-like with our families.

Whether she’s disciplining an overly rambunctious child or talking to her husband, she remains calm and loving. She’s even loving when her husband declared to her that he was bored out of his mind while they were shopping for the newest baby’s layette and is not at all like another TLC  proclaimed Christian woman who talks roughly and rudely to her husband. I know I would have told my husband to suck it up and enjoy this time with me while we shopped for God’s little miracle. Get the overt and implied dig there? I am very good at this! Shame on me. No wonder I can’t shine with the glory of God’s silver and gold.

I’ll probably never be exactly like Michelle Duggar because I have a sneaking suspicion that God made her originally to be a gentle person and that’s not my original nature, but I can clad myself in the silver and gold of my relationship with God and let Him live through me.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What’s Important

Life is a puzzle isn’t it!  You’re tripping along making all sorts of plans when suddenly you are slapped silly with one of life’s emergencies.  Today was one of those days and after quite a few anxious moments and lots of prayers I am reminded about what’s important. 

It isn’t that weekend you’ve planned or going out to coffee with a friend after work.  It’s not that project you’ve got sitting on your work table at home or even the laundry that mysteriously piled up in and beside the hamper.  Its not what you are going to fix for supper or when you’ll manage to get to the library to return that overdue book.  No it’s something much more fragile and totally out of our control.  It’s life!  Yours and all those of your loved ones. It’s like a breath of air; here one moment and instantly gone the next.  More importantly, I remembered that I am not in charge!  Amazing!  How could I forget!

So once I got my priorities in the right place, I had to stop and ask God to help me remember what was important and who was in charge! I stopped and thanked Him for the blessings of my family and for His always present care.  Then I sat down and cried uncontrollably for at least 15 minutes from relief and to release all the tension I’d been holding in all morning.  What a day! What a relief.  What a blessing!