Saturday, July 31, 2010

Get Better

Cricut Cardz Challenge #35: Get Well
Chocolate Daily Challenge #4

The family and I went to the movies and then dinner tonight, and while at Olive Garden my son began feeling ill. We hurried so we could get home to allow him to rest. I knew of this challenge already, but now it has another purpose...This card is perfect for him! I hope you get better soon.

I also found another challenge that is interesting. You need to use 5 things in your layout or card that start with a letter B in any combination. I used blue paper, black paper, Better, and 5 buttons (2 were blue).

Which Way to Nature?

Who knew learning to make cards other than square or rectangle could be so...complicated! I made an accordion fold card and I think it only took me about 3 or 4 sheets to get it the size and cut I wanted. Now I will know how to do it the first time and instead of using a solid color cardstock, I will use double-sided paper. 

I am happy how the final product turned out and it was a great learning experience. I used pattern paper from DCWV, the Flower Shower Spring stack since it reminded me of nature (Alphabet Challenge). I added a green ribbon to the front along with the circles cut from Celebrations. The sentiment was typed on Word.

There is an arrow (Frosted Designs) to let you know to open the door and there are two quotes on the left. There is another arrow on the right to tell you to lift up.

Be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you have tried making this type of card before or another unusual fold.

Stay Creative,

Friday, July 30, 2010

A Challenge? No...Just a Birthday!

Paper Cutz Challenge #52: Nephew's Birthday Card

What is the first design that pops into your mind when you hear red, white, blue, black, and yellow? Well, for me it was a birthday card since the nephew's birthday is this upcoming week (He is turning 20, so I wanted to make sure the card was mature but fun)and we had to mail a gift card today. First, I went thru the stacks of paper and then remembered the Wild Card cartridge had the perfect present card.
I cut the yellow card at 8 3/4". I used Filigree Smudge by The Paper Company which is black and white. The bow is red and I did not glue the top portion so it has a 3-D effect. I added blue swirly ribbon (cut from Wild Card) and blue gems.

On the inside of the card, it says "for you" which was cut in red cardstock using the Wild Card cartridge also.

Looking forward to hearing from you. Please leave a comment, so I can visit your site and see your postings. I love sharing!

Take Care,

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Trim a Tree ~ Stairstep Card

I have been in training a lot lately so I haven't been able to try creating new types of cards for my personal challenge (I find that very depressing!), but tonight I challenged myself to get it done. I created a Stairstep Card. It is a simple design, but a first for me. I am happy I followed thru and tried. You may have heard, "Teachers need many tricks in their bags." Well...I now have another card in my collection....variety is important and keeps it creative.

I used Doodlecharms for the Christmas tree and present. The ovals were cut from Plantin Schoolbook.

Vroom...Vroom...Welcome Home

My 12 year old daughter is on vacation in Tennessee with a good friend and her family and she will return Sunday after being away for 8 days. I decided to make her a Welcome Home card. She will like this because her luggage in the back of the truck is zebra print which is what she wants when she goes away to college ~ she is definitely planning for the future : )

I cut the truck from the Heritage cartridge and used the Cuttlebug to add embossing circles. The luggage and road sign are from Going Places.

 If I can find a tiny picture of my daughter before she gets home Sunday night, I may add it to the window.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


I have seen many cupcake cards lately and didn't really want to make one, but after finding the right paper, the exact size/cut I wanted, the silver platter, and then the "Sweet" stamp I knew I had to make one too.

I used the Celebrations cartridge to cut the cupcake (p. 101), the platter (p. 99), and the candle (p. 97). The yellow glitter and silver metallic paper is by DCWV and the other prints are from We R Memory Keepers - White Out Collection.

Please share a comment. I would love to hear from you.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Blog Candy

7/29 UPDATE: Here is another one that I just found! The winner will be announced August 2nd.

Wow! I was browsing again and came across an amazing opportunity for some blog candy. It is open until July 27th, so go take a peek. I am posting the link so you have a chance:

This birthday blog candy is open until July 31st.

Here is another chance to win some blog candy which is open until mid-August.

For the Love of Flowers

I love flowers.

I love how they smell. I love how they look. I love how they make you feel when they are delivered to you by surprise. I love everything about flowers, so this was a fantastic challenge at Paper Playtime.

The base card is white. It is layered with solid red cardstock and Black &White Blossoms by Chatter Box. The black and white ribbon is two types layered: polka dots and dainty flowers. The paper flowers are layered with a black flower brad in the center.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about flowers.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Never a Dull Moment in "The Land of Scrapbooking"

Today was supposed to be an extremely exciting day...the hubby was taking me craft shopping in Orlando (about 80 - 90 minutes from where we live). I went on-line yesterday and printed out 5 different stores and even planned a route in Google Map for directions. We left early this morning and programmed Garmin to set us on course. I didn't have a list of specific items (except maybe for some glitter mist), I just wanted to find some good deals or something different. Well...out of the 5 places...we made it, yes just one! The first store no longer existed, the second store (Scrappy Boutique) was nice, we could not get to the third one (Piktails) because of an accident closing the road, the next one was a .com store (I guess), and the last one (Scrap Shak) took us into a residential neighborhood. We ended up at the usual stores: Joann, Michaels, TJMaxx, and Marshalls where I actually found some deals. The best deal of the day was finding Cuttlebug folders on clearance for $1.49 each. Yeah!

Oh, and on the way home, we stopped to get gas about 5 minutes from the house. Guess what? The battery died! What a day! Auto Club had to come give the battery a jump. Too bad I didn't have the camera to take pictures of our adventure.

After finally getting home, I was able to finish this card that I started last night. It has lots of ribbon, flowers, and little tweets (Wild Card p. 47).

I created a gatefold card (It has two flaps). What I like about this card is the front cover. The pieces (Nana's Nursery - Baby Girl) are cut into triangles and layered. The ribbon is used to tie the card closed. The pink and orange flowers are used as a centerpiece with a pink flower brad adding a little shine. The inside flap is stamped with "Happy Everything". I bought this stamp today during my last stop and thought it was perfect.

When you open both flaps you have some more little tweets and a place to write a note to that special little girl. Now it is time to enter it into the "Girly Affair" Challenge at Made by Momo.

It looks like it turned out to be a great day!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I was doing some browsing and came across a site, Stacey's Creative Corner, that had a feature I liked so I decided to add it to my page...Challenges. There are so many great designers, projects and ways to share I am trying to collect and place them all under one tab (left column under My Cartridges).

If you know another, please let me know and I will add it!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

It's Still Christmas in July

I was going to create another mobile card and hang a Christmas tree in the round window, but I came up with something else. I used the Wild Card cartridge (p. 69) for the base card and the round liner (p. 52). I used stripes and polka dot paper with a solid green for the tree (Potpourri cartridge p.51). The red polka dot ribbon compliments the color theme. The small presents were cut from Celebrations (p. 114).

Current Challenges:
Cardz TV - Christmas in July #3 - buttons, ribbons, lace
My Creative Time - Challenge #7 - Your favorite holiday using Wild Card cartridge
Fantabulous Cricut - Challenge Me Monday #19 - Christmas

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Winter Mobile

Here is another card!

This is a mobile which is extremely easy to make and very versatile. I was going to work on a Christmas in July or favorite holiday challenge, but got distracted and created this card. I love the snowflakes (p. 50) on the Potpourri cartridge. If you wanted to change your mobile piece you could hang presents, birds, hearts, or almost anything else depending on your mood or the season.

I used the Wild Card cartridge (stitched on p. 35) for the frame, but you could create any shape for the "window" by using a craft knife. I hung the snowflake with white thread. I pierced a hole with a sewing needle to keep it small and framed the inside to cover the glued thread.

Let me know if you have every created a mobile card. I would love to see your pictures.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Western Theme Challenge

A Western Card with the Concertina Fold

Here is another new type of card for my personal challenge...a concertina fold. I had LOTS of fun with this card! I think I might do a few more in the future (when I have plenty of extra time for all the fine details). I used a western/cowboy theme, so it would be eligible for Paper Cutz Challenge. 
This is the front of the card. I created it by cutting a 12" x 12" piece of brown card stock in half. Then I folded that piece into 3 even sections. I actually purchased a scoring tool to attach to my Fiskar paper cutter and it worked perfectly. I then traced the first two sections and covered it with green for the pasture. I added a variety of theme related pieces I cut from Old West. The horses and fence are attached with foam dots to add depth.

When you open the card you see the barn and cowgirl. Oh yeah, that rope is just hanging on the post so you can lasso some wild horses. I am not quite pleased with the cowgirl yet, so I will probably do a little editing tomorrow before I start another challenge.

Looking forward to hearing from you and please let me know your favorite type of card. I'd like to try the Tri-fold Shutter card next but am open for suggestions.

Woven Paper in a Tri-fold Card

My Personal Challenge Begins

Last night I began working on my first new card design. Not only did I create a card that I haven't before, I also added a new technique...weaving. I have seen my students do this on numerous occasions before, but I have not added this feature to any of my cards. I decided to give it a try. I used scraps that I had and cut them into 5" x 1/2 " strips. I placed a piece of tape at the top of my working area and began alternating the slips of pastel papers. I kept my final piece and used it as a background for the center of my tri-fold card, but I did see that the woven paper can be cut into different shapes....I'll try that one another time.

The dainty pink ribbon is the first impression.

 The second layer is the blue buttons which is the doorway to inside.

Once you open the card, you are overwhelmed with a feeling of happiness.

Walk in My Garden Cricut cartridge was used for flower, small garden critters, and "be happy" expression.

Please leave a comment and let me know what your favorite type of card fold is. I would love to try it!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Library Visit

Books, More Books...and a Personal Challenge

My 12 year old daughter and I went to our local library this afternoon and while there, I decided to look to see what type of cardmaking books they had. After searching thru a few different sections I found exactly what I was looking for. I decided to check out all the books that I could (Since I am a teacher I strongly believe you can NEVER have too many books!). Once we got home we sat at the table and went thru them and WOW! we found some amazing cards we are going to make. It reminds me of the movie Julie and Julia when she gets the cookbook and wants to try every recipe in 30 days. I'd like try and make as many new types of cards as I can from these books before I have to return them in three weeks and go back to school (which will mean summer vacation is officially over).

I have set a personal challenge to create a variety of cards that I have not tried before and post them to share. I will be looking forward to hearing your thoughts too. One way of learning is by sharing and reflecting, so please leave comments.

Time to get busy on the first!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Yummy Treat/Shape Card

Fantabulous Cricut: Challenge Me Monday #18

If you head on over to Fantabulous Cricut for Monday's challenge you will read:

We have the sweetest, coolest and the most delicious treats for you this week at Fantabulous Cricut!

Challenge #18: Cool Yummy Treat w/ Optional Shape Card

Create a yummy treat shape card (optional) or project *As always, there does need to be a Cricut cut somewhere on your project, it does not have to be the item listed in the theme, though the theme does need to be incorperated as well.

I created the #1 Teacher shape card first then realized I needed a cool yummy treat, so I added the second card. I used the same shape (round card from the Wild Card cartridge p. 48) but added the small ice cream cone (p. 107) from Doodlecharm. The paper is from Nana's Nursery ~ Baby Girl by DCWV. The sentiment was cut from Wild Card (p. 57).

Whooo...Ollie the Owl

This week's challenge is...using the adorable owl from the Storybook cartridge. Unfortunatley that is a cartridge I do not own. I recently won the Hoot 'n Holler cartridge on My Pink Stamper, but I have seen lots of projects using this cartridge so I wanted to try something a little different. I decided to use the Animal Kingdom cartridge. I like the owl (on p.99) but not the extra feature for layering its feathers; therefore, I added the brown color myself.

I did emboss the blue cardstock using the circle Cuttlebug folder and then used the corner punch to hold that sheet of paper. I added self adhesive ribbon and a branch for the owl to perch on. 

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

For Challenge #7 make a card, layout, 3-D project or any other paper craft project inspired by this theme:

bubbles under the sea
bubbles from bubble gum
bubbles on the stovetop
blowing bubbles outside
bubble wrap
 You may interpret this theme any way you like.

I created my card by using a deep purple card stock as the base. I then used neon green card stock and positioned it freely at an angle to add a pop of color. The fish bowl was cut from Animal Kingdom using gray card stock and a lighter purple shadow beneath. I cut two layers of water (p.120) from patterned paper using the same cartridge. The sea horse was cut from Doodlecharms (p. 100) using purple-dye paper. Bubble stickers were added and the sentiment was typed with Microsoft Word then printed on a larger bubble sticker..."Sea" You Soon.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Torn Edges Card for Child

Recently I purchased two craft books: Budget Scrapbooking by Memory Makers and Creating Cards with Scrapbook Embellishments by MaryJo McGraw. As I was looking at some of the projects, I had an idea that incorporated both books. I would make a Good Luck/Great Job card for a child with torn edges using scrap paper. Well, I came up with this idea because I have been in math training for the past two days. Then my daughter cleaned out her closet finding some old math workbooks from many years ago and that became the scrap paper. I thought any child would love to receive a card in their lunchbox or backpack as a surprise. These cards have a math theme and I would give it to a child who earned a great score on a math test or to tell them Good Luck before taking a test. You could definitely change the background to any subject or theme easily!

 I made the A+ from Locker Talk.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I think I have finally created a header that I am content with. I added a blurb under the title which describes me perfectly...frugal. When I go shopping I always look for the deals. I hardly ever buy anything at regular price.
Joann and Michaels have had great deals lately,  so I keep stocking up. There isn't too much left since everyone else in town has been taking advantage of these deals too.
  • There are coupons on Hobby Lobby and Michaels' websites every week, they give them to you at the checkout register, and they will e-mail them to you if you are on their mailing list. Oh yeah, I think they even will match competitor's ads.
  • I have a teacher card for Joann that gives me another 15% off everything.
  • I purchase my Cricut cartridges on eBay at a fraction of the cost that the stores charge, plus you got to love no tax or shipping fees.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Made by Momo "Love" Challenge

This week's challenge at Made by Momo is to make a project of what "Love" means to you. You can also just do a "Love" themed card or layout.

I created a layout of my son and his love for music. He owns numerous guitars and is always looking for the next one. The first picture is at Christmas when he received his acoustic. The second picture was taken during a visit to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (We live in Florida, so this was just a day trip.).

I used metallic blue paper for the background and the pattern paper is from the RockStar stack by DCWV. The guitar was cut from the Potpourri cartridge at 4". The hearts were cut from Plantin Schoolbook at various sizes.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Christmas/Snowman Challenge

I live in Florida and the weather has been extremely HOT, so to create a Christmas card or think about a snowman gives me an opportunity to COOL off (at least to pretend I am cooling down).  I created a "Happy Holidays" card for three different challenges:

Cricut Cardz Challenge: Challenge #32 is Christmas in July
Cardz Tv: Christmas in July #2 with a "Snowman" theme
Paper Cutz Challenge: Challenge #49 Christmas project, but no red or green

I used dark blue card stock for the base, which was created at 9" from Celebration. I then layered a few pieces of light blue pattern papers. I layered two different types of ribbon in the center with a small bow on the side. I cut my 4" snowman from Potpourri. His buttons are silver gems. I made the snow by tearing the edges of white card stock. The sign was created the same way with brown card stock, and the sentiment was typed on Microsoft Word.   

I would love comments!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Lost Without You

Here is my most recent creation...Lost Without You. The moose is my favorite animal and if you ever were to visit my house or classroom you would know that immediately. Although I have never seen one yet, I hope to in the fututre.

There are two challenges that I am using this card for. The first is the Throwback Thursday #60 with Emma at My Creative Time which is to create a project with an animal theme. The second is "It's a Guy Thing" Challenge #6 at Paper Playtime.

I created this card using primarily the Camp Out cartridge. The grass was cut with Plantin Schoolbook and the cabin was cut from My World. Camp Out does have a cabin too, but I used the blackout mode for the sentiment to keep it simple. The inside is layered cardstock with moose tracks in the corners.

I would love to hear comments.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Peachy Keen Challenge #32: Vacation

Our family went on a 7 day cruise to the Western Caribbean during our Spring Break and what a wonderful vacation it was. Cruises are my favorite since you can play, swim, eat, see new places, relax, and you never have to cook or clean. The kids can go to the kid's club, the hubby can go to the casino (or all the trivia contests), and I can....go to the spa.

One of the classes they offered was a scrap booking class, so my daughter and I decided to go. We had done a few layouts in the past, but we wanted to know if it was instructional or just a time to create. We met with one of the assistant activity directors and it was just a time to use their paper and stickers to get started. We decided...why not. The first three pictures are the layouts we started on the cruise and then we finished once we returned home and had the pictures developed.

The Peachy Keen Challenge #32  for this week is to create a project with a vacation theme and use buttons, brads, or bling. I created a tropical card and used brads in my florals. I used an edge punch and added ribbon on the inside of card.