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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Gift cards

I found a cut file with these gift cards. I am sorry but I can't remember the person's name. They were easy to make as they are all cut with design studio.

The hardest part was decorating them. Turned out great!

Teacher xmas card

This is a card Brent designed for his teacher. I helped him cut with the cricut and stickle but he did everything else.

Santa cut from JOTS at 3", snowflakes 1" and 1 1/2", tree is 2" and the 2 presents are 1". I used stickles for a bit of flair on the snow flakes. Santa I used snow glitter for his beard and tossel.

Mitchel's presents

I made boxes for these paper dolls. Simple box from tbbm cut on design studio. I had to adjust for the 4 different sized dolls.

Yes those are dog treats. I couldn't leave Gracie out!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Tags

Last month I was in a tag swap. Since I have more than 10 gifts I had to make more tags.

Used tbbm size 4". Stamps are from Walmart. Those $3.00 ones in the fabric dept. They turned out great. I hate ribbons but needed them for a nice finished look.

Ok so I don't really hate ribbons, just tying them.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Our silly dog

I finally purchased a train for under my tree after 3 years of looking. This is an HO series set with an engine, 2 coal cars and a caboose. Since my christmas present had to do with my train, my DH gave it to me early. It was 2 packages of tracks to make the circle bigger and a gandy dancer. If you don't know what a gandy dancer is, it is a small powered car with 2 people pumping the car. Like the old pump cars. It is so much fun!

The first time we turned the train on our silly puppy started to bark and chase it. While adding the gandy dancer she did the same thing. I thought everyone could use a laugh watching her. She is chasing a titny car. If you look close you will see it pass by.Enjoy!

After a while she settles down and just watches it. Sometimes I can turn on the train she doesn't move. So I hope she grows out of chasing it.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Mom's tree

Mom loved my bow so much she wanted one for her 24 inch tree. I used 18 feet of ribbon for this. Very simple and cute.
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25 days to Christmas

An other swap I completed. I made 25 of the same pieces and sent them in. A few weeks later I got 25 new pieces.

Using a 14.5 by 17.5 cookie sheet for the base. 12 x 12 paper for the background. I used Christmas cheer cart for the white tree. Learning curve cart for the top words and opposites attract for the bottom Christmas. I belive they were cut at 1". I purchased magnetic strips from walmart and put them on the back of each piece. Luckly the magnetic pieces already had glue on the back.

I am happy with my new calendar. I just have to remember to take a piece down every day.
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Sorry not sure why my photo's won't correct them selves. They work on my end.

Oh well. Here is our tree for this year. I decided to make a ribbon for the tree instead of my angel. I used 500 feet of ribbon for the tree. I got the idea from Menards display. Was very easy to do. I looked on you tube for how to tie bows. Found one that worked for me and off I went. I think it turned out great.

Snowman Soup

Simple project to complete. I did 12 of these for my card making class. I used a cut file I found on line. Sorry I can't remember where I found it or who it was by. I purchased clear bags from the super market and filled it with a bag of coco, candy cane and marshmallows.

The mug was cut with my expression and I used snow flake stamps to decorate it. I am very pleased with how this turned out.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hobby Lobby - Card class

I am a bit behind on posting these cards. Here are the last 2 weeks of cards.

I know I missed a week or two and I took photos intending to upload. With my recent hard drive crash I think I lost the photos. In looking at all the cards I can not remember which cards go with which set. Oh well I am not going to worry about it as I have other things more important to do.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

San Francisco here we come....

We are leaving Friday November 14 for San Francisco CA. Why CA? Well we started looking for flights to Key West FL, but they were $600 plus. WOW! CA was $300 so you do the math. Yep that is why we are going there.

We plan to go to Alcatraz, see the golden gate bridge, do a city tour, go to Chinatown and the other site seeing things. I am looking forward to a good time. It will be my parents and my boyfriend on the trip.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween 2008 - High Cliff

A local state park opens it doors for free once a year. They have a pumpkin carving contest, hayrides. costume contest and trick or treating in the campground. Many of the campers put up decorations and lights. It is an awsome time. Some of these people go all out, it is scary how much they do. This year there was a pumpkin with a carving of a usual face. We thought nothing of it till upon a closer look he had 2 white mice inside. How cool was that!

The first picture is of one camp site all lite up. Sorry it is not as impressive as real life. The second is Chris's son (a warewolf), my Niece Josie(a bride) and Nephew Nate (spiderman). The last is my honey and I. He is a fly caught in a spiders web, the spider is on his right shoulder (incase you couldn't see that) and I am a devil.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Peachy Keen Stamp swap

This swap was originally ment for animals using peachy keen face stamps. They opened it up to any type. I offered to do a cowboy. Thinking a great LO with barn yard animals and a cowboy.

This was cut with ppdu at 4". Normal settings. I am really loving the cowboy. This is the 3rd one I have done so far.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Museum link

Here is the link for the Holocaust Museum web site

Holocaust Museum

The Butterfly Project
"Children were neither just the mute and traumatized witnesses to this war, nor merely its innocent victims; the war invaded their imaginations and the war raged inside them."

In an effort to remember them, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies.

The butterflies will eventually comprise a breath-taking exhibition, currently scheduled for Spring 2012, for all to remember. As of Summer 2008, we have already collected an estimated 400,000 butterflies.

Please facilitate the“I Never Saw Another Butterfly” activity and create as many handmade arts-and-crafts butterflies as possible. This project may be completed by all ages as individuals or groups.
  • Butterflies should be no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches.
  • Butterflies may be of any medium the artist chooses, but two-dimensional submissions are preferred.
  • Glitter should not be used.
  • Food products (cereal, macaroni, candy, marshmallows or other perishables) also should not be used. If possible, e-mail a photograph of your butterflies, to

Please send or bring your butterflies to the Museum by June 30, 2011, with the following information included:
  • Your name
  • Your organization or school,
  • Your address
  • Your e-mail address
  • The total number of butterflies sent.
Mail or bring your butterflies to:
Holocaust Museum Houston
Butterfly Project
Education Department
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004
USA For questions or additional information,
please e-mail

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Cards for Soldiers 3rd batch

And these make 50!

50 Christmas cards all ready to go. We wish them well.

Cards for Soldiers 2nd batch

This makes 22 cards for the soldiers. That gives me a total of 37 so far. Depends on how much time I have in the next couple of days, I would like to make it an even 50.

It has been a lot of fun making these with my mom. Her in this picture on the ones on the right. She has a hard time coming up with ideas. I help when I can, but sometimes ya just gotta let her be.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Oakie's Treat Card - Scraplifted

My mom saw a similar treat bag at the recent rummage sale and asked if I knew how they did it. I remembered seeing a this card and thought I'll give it a try. Everything was cut with my cricut. I adjusted the .cut file to cut 3 at a time. The pumpkins are stamped and embossed with clear powder, colored with glitter markers. Puffy dot to attach. I used stamp sponges to embellish all the edges of each paper. The background paper and small piece to the right were cut with decorative scissors. I used mauve stamp pad to stamp the words and attached with a purple brad. The ribbon was placed using eyelets.
I am not good at doing ribbons yet, so forgive me. I am also working at getting my stamps to completely stamp.

Cards for Soldiers

I joined the cricut card fairy army. For those unaware of this, it is where many people create cards for the soldiers over seas. Those soldiers in turn send the blank cards home to their families. Each person has to make at least 15 cards. They are then sent to one person in your time zone. As they are distributed to the soldiers they are sent to units from our area. Kind of a great way to get something from home.
These are the first 15 I have made. I enrolled my mom to help as well. She made the 2 on the right vertically. We have plans to make at least 15 more prior to the 31st of October.

Scrapbook and Stamp Rummage Sale

Everyone loves a great deal! I was made aware a huge 40 table rummage sale was going on. Got both my parents and off we went. Figure 6 eyes were better than 2. We waited in line about 20 mins prior to it opening. After a hour of looking and 28 dollars later, this is what I emerged with.
The embossing powders were only a dollar. Most of the stamps were 2 to 5 bucks. I was thinking of going back later in the day but I spent all my money.

Friday, October 10, 2008

CTI Paper Sale

I spent $75 on my big purchase which includes:
all 12 x 12
100 ct medium totally tan
50 each pearlescent swirl lavendar, jade, copper, and pink
24 pearlescent swirl gun metal
12 pearlescent swirl white
50 translucent vellum kiwi, watermelon, orange and marbled white
25 pewter
25 granite gray
30 each chip board 12 x12, 6 x 12 and 8.5 x 11
24 each in 12 x 12 and 8.5 x11 assortment:
lovely lilac & groovy grape
morning mist & heritage,
orange dream, peaches & cream, terra cotta
creamy cocoa, coffe brown & totally tan
mostly mauve, pretty pink & fairy tale pink
caribbean coral & desert dune
terrific teal & awesome aqua
perfect plum & racy raspberry
outdoorsy isle, grassy green & luscious lime
icy indigo & tempting tanzanite
merci-gold & sunshine yellow
all 8 1/2 x 11
50 each jazz fusion orange and red
50 money paper
30 printable translucent vellum
15 natural vellum with leaves
10 nature vellum with flowers
10 translucent green vellum
10 translucent vellum variety pack
500 envelopes green stripes 2 1/8 x 3 5/8
250 envelopes autumn hay A6

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Halloween Wreath

I saw a wreath with leaves for thanksgiving. After a few days of thought I came up with this. It was simple. I cut a circle fit to page and 2, 3, 4, and 5" pumpkins from ppdu. The letters are 2" from plantin schoolbook. I embellished with google eyes, ink and glitter ink.

While assembling I found the center of the circle. Placing several pumpkins together to form a focal point. I also used eyelets and ribbon to allow for easy hanging.

I gave it to my mom for her wall.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Save the Ta Tas- Card Class

You guessed it an other Hobby Lobby class. This one was directed towards breast cancer. All pink! They were very easy to create and this time it was stress free.

I even learned how to Brier (sp). Top right card. Was very simple to do but took a lot of caution to not mess up.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Ghostly treasure

This is the newest addition to my Halloween stuff. I made the ghost with 2 cheese cloths (cut in half, giving me 4 pieces) and a bottle of fabric stiffener. Blow up a balloon to the size you would like. I used a 11" and placed on a coffee can. Place wax paper down on your work surface. Then mix the stiffener according to the directions. I did a 3 to 1 mix. Place the cheese cloth and stiffener in a zip lock bag. Mash everything together, then pull out the cloth. Lay it over the balloon with some wrinkles. After all it is a ghost and shouldn't be perfect. I put a ribbon around the ghost for a more decorative look.

For the eyes I used George cut at 3". Bat and spiders are from paper dolls. Bat is 5" and spiders are cut at 3". Using 2 faced puffy foam to attach. They seem to be holding on great.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Archivers - Tags

Our first class at Archiver's. It was trial class. Which meant we tested the instructions. We even got a small gift for doing it (some tags and a pen). Cool! I liked the step by step instructions and small class we had. I felt in control and confident in this class. I would be very interested in attending more of their classes. I am involved in a xmas tag swap. I may send these. Will see how attached I get to them.

Hobby Lobby - Halloween Cards

These cards were easy to do. We were done in about an hour and 20 mins. Simple creations!

Brent's school project

I finally got to use my cricut for a school project. First Brent had to ask his teachers if it was ok to use an electric cutter for this assignment. Got the ok and we were off creating. I used DS to create the letters and images. Letters were cut from learning curve at 2 inches. The remaining images were cut at 1 inch. Brent put the paper in the machine and pressed cut. I helped remove the images from the mat.

We used all 3 of my xyron machines to put sticky on the back. The rest was up to Brent. I think it turned out great.

Trick or Treat swap - My treats

This is what I got from the swap. There are rub on alpha transfers. Always wanted to try these but could never make myself buy them. Now what can I make?

Trick or Treat swap

Yep an other swap. Only this one required me to send stuff to the person prior to my post. This is what I sent to Sandy.

Countdown to Christmas

I joined a countdown to Christmas swap. You make 25 of the same piece and send them in. In return you get 1-25. These are placed on a cookie sheet and you have a calendar. Can't wait to see my pieces and put it all together.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tempting Templates

Hobby Lobby class tonight. Tho it was easy I felt a bit rushed again. I really don't know why we finished 30 mins early. Maybe the whole take a box and do the card is a bit unorganized.

All in all it was easy to do. The same template was used for all the cards. Open the point up to revel a card inside. Kind of a neat idea.

Sorry about all the stuff in the background. I had to many cards and couldn't reach high enough on the counter to take the picture.

House Decorations

Using pddu I created these window creatures. I made a set for my mom's window as well. When she puts hers up I will take a picture and post it.

Sizes range from 3-5" cut at normal settings. I used google eyes to give them some depth.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Paper Doll Swap

Imagine that I found an other swap to play in. I started out making the cowboy. Made 25 of them and wanted more to do. So I signed up for raggety Andy.

Using ds to cut all the pieces at 4". Normal settings. Peachy Keen stamps for the faces.
The cowboy - outlined all lines with metalic and glitter pens. I used a sponge to distress the chaps a bit.
Andy - Cut 2 of the hats and then cut off the top to make it 2 toned. Also outlined the lines with a gel pen.
Can't wait to see what I get back

Cookie/Bar Swap

I really like doing swaps. I think it because I never know what I am going to get. Kind of like Christmas.

I made 10 of these. Using ds to cut the chocolate kiss and raspberry on normal settings. All the letters are stamped. I found a web site to put my text into a spiral.

All in all I think it turned out nice.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Embossing Cards

Hobby Lobby had an other class last night. Mom and I had so of a good time. Was neat to learn about new things but the class felt rushed.

The instructors show us the cards and gave instructions on all 6 of them. Then said have fun. It was up to us to figure out how and what to do. I don't like those kind of classes.

We worked in groups which made it a little easier. My mom was looking forward to the feather card the most and it turned out not as good. She actually liked the thanks card the best. I liked the wheat one the best. Even tho we didn't like some of the cards it was still fun. Next weeks class is templates. Looking forward to that.

Monday, September 15, 2008

All in one invitation

Well I am sure everyone has seen these type of cards before. Ok everyone except me. How is it I never saw these?

While at the new scrap store I saw them and thought I can do that. (ok so I am just wanting to play with design studio more) My neighbors are getting married in a year might come in handy for them. So off I started in ds with george. I figured I would base the card on a 5x7. Scaled the rest to match.

This set has a card, an announcement page, RSVP, and event details. I included a color drop behind the event details. I have a bit more fixing to do and will put the cut file on my cut file site. I did label this practice one so I know what pieces go where. Wow I'm thinking ahead!

Hunter's bday Card

Brent's friend Hunter's birthday was on Sat. He had a great party at a local video game place with laser tag.

In my quest for 1" stamps I found a scrapbook store I never knew we had. To my surprise it's been here for 2 years. Doh. The stamps are from the store in a birthday clear kit.

The card was cut using ds and george.