Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fall Treat Bags

Normally I whip out the Cricut to make treat bags. This time I decided to try something a little simpler! This pattern would be ideal for birthday party, wedding and shower favors! Let your imagination run wild!


11 inch by 3 3/4 inch cardstock
Score at 2 3/4 (top flap)
6 1/4 and 7 1/2 (bottom of treat bag)

Cardstock - Bazzill - Dark Brown - treat bag, orange and green - pumpkin, Light brown - medallion
Nestabilities - Large Petite Scallop Circles
Cuttlebug folders - argyle - front flap, swiss dot - pumpkins
Martha Stewart Snowflake punch - sprigs of greenery
Cricut George Cartridge - green heart - tucked behind pumpkin for stem
Stamp - Boo - Studio G
Pop Dots
Jute Twine
Big Bite - holes at top middle of flap, bottom middle of medallion

Run Jute behind front flap and attached medallion, wrapping jute under botton and tying at top

Gift Card Holder

I have a hard time buying appropriate gifts! Does anyone else suffer from this syndrome? I never know what people REALLY want. A few years ago, I decided to give gift cards. I thought this was being impersonal... but if the recepient never uses your gift... LOL... This little one will go to a special young lady who grooms my Saints! Enjoy!

Materials List

Cardstock - Black, White Bazzill
Bling - Aquamarine Bazzill
Stamps - image - Eat Cake Graphics
sentiment - unknown
Nestibilties - Large Circles and Large Circle Petite Scallops
Markers - Copic
Ink - Memento Black Tuxedo - image and sentiment
Memento Blue Sky - Sponged daubed background
Ranger Stickles - Copper - dog tag
Martha Stewart Punch - Edging of card

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Stamping TV - Cracked Glass Technique

I watched Gina K demonstrate this technique a few weeks back. I decided to duplicate the technique for a card going to a friend dealing with chemo. I loved her design so much I used the same stamp she featured. The stamp is from Gina K's autumn collection. The card I created is a little different! By no means is it as lovely as hers but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. Hope you are having a great week!

Materials List

Stamps - Pumpkins - Gina K
Sentiment - unknown
Copic Markers - Pumpkins
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel - applied in three coats
Versamark - Embossing Pad
Memento Ink - Rich Cocoa - sponged on image after it is "cracked"
Cardstock - Bazzill - burgundy
Pattern Paper - Chatterbox
Ribbon - Orange - Offray
Brown - Offray - two strands of ribbon layered together

Cracked glass technique -

1. cover image with Versamark and pour embossing powder on
2. heat and repeat steps until desired thickness
3. place image in freezer for a few minutes
4. remove and bend to "crack" in desired design
5. apply inking of choice (Memento Rich Cocoa) with sponge dauber to age
6. utilize image in desired card!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Seasons Greetings!

I can't believe I am thinking about Christmas! But in a few short months it will be here, ready or not! Each Christmas in our household is special. We have certain family traditions we maintain. I love live trees. We get an eight foot tree and start decorating. Each ornament tells a story. I have collected glass ornaments for years. But when I married my husband something changed about "my tree." You see I became a step-mom. Even though both boys were grown I felt like the tree in our house should be a reflection of everyone. So coupled with my Radko ornaments are beautiful wooden ornaments painted by their deceased mother. I also put ornaments each boy made when they were little. It is an eclectic group but it says so much about us and our family. On my tree there is a beautiful cardinal ornament. It is special because a very dear friend gave it to me. It reminds me of the blessings my creator as bestowed on me. It also reminds me of the beauty around me. It doesn't have to be shiny glass ornaments.... it can be as simple as a wooden ornament painted long ago with great love. This is hoping your holiday season will be blessed as well!

Materials List

Cardstock - White, Red, Black, Green
Image - Close to My Heart - Season of Splendor
Versamark - stamp first and then ink to make image solid
Memento Inks - Rich Cocoa - top layer of pinecone
Desert Sand - under layer of pinecone
Tuxedo Black - edging of cardinal
Lady Bug - under layer of cardinal
Cottage Ivy - evergreen
Summer Sky - sponged over scalloped image to make clouds
Stickles - Diamond - edging on pinecome (looks like snow)
Nestabilities - Petite Scalloped Ovals - large
Cricut - Winter Woodland - Holly
Pop Dots - lift up holly and cardinal image
Cuttlebug - Victoria folder - Holly
Ribbon - unknown - Walmart

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Wow! How many of us really can say this phrase and mean it? In a world of high speed internet, cell phones, digital television, high definition radio it seems almost laughable. When was the last time you read an honest to goodness book or sent out a letter instead of an email? Children today don't know how to live without television and my goodness, there was actually a time without video games? Now that is truly primitive living, LOL.... I think we miss out on some of the greatest blessings in life because we live too fast paced a lifestyle. So I intend to slow down this week... (hopefully my boss will understand) and live a little! So this posting you will see some familiar paper... I am using scraps from my last project! This is my first example of slowing down and using what I have! Hope you have a simple day too!

Materials List

Cardstock - black and ivory
Pattern Paper - K & Co Black Gingham
Nestabilities - Standard Circles Large and Petite Scalloped Circles Large
Martha Stewart Create Glitter Glue
Stampendous - Flock - White (sheep)
Stamps and Sentiment - Cornish Heritage Farms - Rubbage Bin - Primitive Blessing Set
Ionic Ticket Punch
Ribbon - Stampin up - black
Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black
Memento Ink - Rich Cocoa and Desert Sand - inking on edge of image

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

From My Kitchen

I love anything old... good thing... because I am old! LOL... I remember as a child my mother had a white painted hoosier cabinet. It had belonged to my grandmother. It had a graniteware pull out board for making bread. We made many homemade biscuits there. My mother on the other hand says she hates anything old. She jokingly says she grew up with old stuff and doesn't want it in her house now! Sometime in the 80's that precious cabinet went to the landfill. I was only a teen and did not understand the "heritage" I was losing. There is a danger in placing value in wordly possessions. However, the connection to our heritage is truly priceless. I can no longer run my hands over the cool granite where my grandmother made countless loaves of bread. When I saw this cartridge I knew I wanted to honor a simpler time, when we knew who our neighbors were. Folks sat on their front porch and watched the world go by or shot the breeze with a friend... Makes me want to slow down and say hello to those I love and value! Enjoy!

Materials List

Cardstock - Bazzill - Black, Red, Cobalt Blue, Green, Tan, Brown
Paper - K & Co. Life's Journey Black Gingham
Ionic Ticket Punch
Sentiment - Unknown
Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black - (sentiment)
Paint - Making Memories Scrapbook Colors - Spotlight (speckled with toothbrush on
coffee pot)
Pop Dots - raise coffee pot, apple and rolling pin
Cricut cuts - A Child's Year and From My Kitchen

Monday, September 14, 2009

Teacher Appreciation Card

It is true confession time! I really, really, really wanted to become a teacher when I was a youngster. When I entered college I decided to pursue a "practical" vocation. The desire never left and 16 years after graduating the first time I went back. I became an honest to goodness teacher! What a time to graduate with the economy tanking... LOL... So even though I can't find a job, I will continue to look. It was both exhilarating and exhausting. I created this card as a special thank you for my mentor. I want her to know that each time I enter a classroom I will think of her and what she taught me. Enjoy!

Materials List

Cardstock - black, green, brown, white
Pattern Paper - unknown
Sentiment - unknown
Embossing Ink Pad - Versamark Dazzle - Frost
Embossing Powder - Stampendous White Opaque
Owl Stamp - Hero Arts
Heat Gun
Cricut Cartridges - Makin' the Grade, George (seeds-very small ovals)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fore You... Golf Theme Card

Thankfully my husband does not play golf! I have heard horror stories about "golf widows." Fortunately for me, John is not gone every weekend chasing a small white ball around a mowed pasture. (Really sounds funny when you think about it...) Hobbies are good right? After all I am addicted to scrapping! So have a little fun and chase that ball around the field. Life is too short not to have a little "fun." LOL Hope you enjoy the card!

Materials List

Cricut Cartridge - Everyday Paperdolls - golfer, grass, golf cart, bag for clubs
Cardstock - black, white, green, flesh, gray
Pattern Paper - Bo Bunny Shabby Princess Sunflower Plaid
Rub-ons - American Crafts MiniMARKS Ned Jr.
Cuttlebug Folder - Swiss Dots - Background reversed to look like a dimpled golfball
Peachy Keen Stamps - face on golfer
Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black - face
Chalk - pink - glow on golfer's cheeks
Marker - Izod and Nike Swoosh on golfer
Pop Dots

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Waxed Paper Technique Card

We St. Bernard lovers are a die-hard breed! (Pun intended) One of my Bernard loving buddies loves to exchange photos and letters about how her dear "Mabel" is doing. So I decided to send her a little note to let her know that I am thinking about her... and maybe include a photo bragging about my babies... :-)

Materials List

For background paper -

Waxed Paper
Glossy Cardstock
Memento Ink - Rich Cocoa

Remainder of card -

White, Black and Brown Bazzill Cardstock
Petite Scallop Circle Nestibilites
St. Bernard Stamp - Eat Cake Graphics
Prismacolor Premier Markers - color image
Sentiment - Unknown
Black Ribbon - Unknown

For background -

Crumple a piece of plain wax paper. Smooth out flat and place between two sheets of glossy cardstock, glossy side facing wax paper. Cover with towel. Heat with a hot (dry - no steam) iron. Let cool and remove. Rub Memento Rich Cocoa pad over glossy cardstock in large swathes. Cover to intensity desired and then wipe with paper towel. Cut background accordingly for project. (Here I used it as a background for my Saints card.) Enjoy!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Baby Blue Happy Birthday Card

I have been stuck in a creative rut? Anyone else ever been there? (I hear a collective sigh...) Too often I go to my baby blue paper stash when I need to make a baby card, specifically male. This time I decided to mix it up a little. I wanted to make a birthday card for a dear church friend. She has a wonderful calming effect on those around her. When life gets us down we call Brenda! I bet we all know someone like that. Well to celebrate a milestone birthday I created this baby blue card. Hope you like it! Thanks as always for looking.

Materials List

Bo-Bunny Shabby Princess Paper
Cardstock - Bazzill light blue, light green and white
Ionic Ticket Punch
Sentiment Stamp - Stampendous
Flower Stamp - Hero Arts
Stickles (center of flowers) - Waterfall
Ribbon - Stampin Up

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hello Flap Card

Materials List

Bazzill Cardstock - blue, green and white
Hero Arts Stamps - Birds and Butterflies set - background
Friend set - butterfly
Feathergrass set - Flourish and Hello sentiment
Memento Dew Drop Ink - Bamboo Leaves, Bahama, Black Tuxedo
Sponge Dauber
Dew Drops by Robins Nest
Mini Glue dots

1. Stamp background paper (4.25 X 5.5) and stamp butterfly background repeatedly
2. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 7" X 2". Score a line 2" from one end and
round the other two ends
3. On bottom of white cardstock stamp flourish with green ink. Stamp two
butterflies on a scrap piece of paper with black ink. When dry sponge daub with
blue ink and cut butterflies out
4. Put adhesive on back of white flap and adhere to back of blue stamped
cardstock. Place a larger white mat on the back. The flap will be sandwiched
between the blue cardstock and the white mat
5. Adhere butter flies to card randomly with mini glue dots. Spread wings outward
to simulate flight. Stamp hello sentiment on bottom of card.
6. Attach remaining dew drop embellishments to bottom of flap.
7. Cut a 5.25" X 2.25" piece from the green cardstock. Round the bottom two
corners and adhere under the white flap (this is where you will put the msge)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Flowerpot Card

I love crafting messageboards! The crafters are amazing... I saw this idea recently on the Cricut messageboard and decided to copy. I definitely could not come up with something this amazing! I wonder if I can make a Christmas present card like this?


Bazzill Cardstock - Green, Brown and Yellow
Paper - unknown
Cricut Cartridges - Walk in my Garden (sunflower cut at 8 1/2 inches, flower pot at 4 1/2 inches George - tag cut at 4 inches
Martha Stewart Limited Edition 2009 Valentine Punch
Stamp sentiment - unknown
Ribbon - unknown
Cuttlebug folder - Swiss Dots - center of sunflower

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