Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Birthday Card

This is a birthday card for one of my family members. It also is a card for two of my groups at Craft Planet. It goes along with the sketch card challenge (group: Sketch Challenge) and the Basic Grey (group: Basic Grey Lovers).

*Paper: Bazzil Smoothie Browns, Bazzil Smoothie Pinks, Basic Grey
*Ink: Colorbox Brown
*Stamps: Cube Stamp for Happy Birthday, Penny Black (I masked off the bottom of the stamp), Papertrey Borders & Corners
*Other: Circle Nestabilities, circle punch, corner rounder, paper piercer, Cricut cartridge Schoolbook for the J
*Embellishments: Rhinestones, dark brown snaps, pink ribbon

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


I've had a big basket full of scraps for months and months. I'm trying to get my paper more organized and I've put off this basket off as long as I can. I almost have this humongous pile of scraps sorted by plain or print (tell the truth I thought about chucking the whole pile and starting a new scrap basket). I'm kind of glad I didn't throw anything away because I've decided I have pretty good taste in paper (wink)!!! LOL

Question: How do you sort your printed scraps. By color??? If so, what about that paper that doesn't fit anywhere??? A misc pile? Comments??

Monday, December 29, 2008

Cricut Hint

Here is a hint about the Cricut. It seems like those darn mats just don't last long. I've seen all sort of hints on how to extend their lives. I've tried them all. Here's the best that I've found:
Use the Kokuyo Dot n Roller adhesive. Run a strip of it along the side and top, being sure to stay on the dark green. When you mount your paper be sure it covers the adhesive strips (you might need the paper a little bigger than usual). Then use your Cricut to cut whatever you want. I use all sorts of sized paper. Be sure and make sure the adhesive is not where your machine cuts. You can rub the adhesive off and add some more when needed. You will not need to stick down the entire top or side of the paper (depending on how much you cut).

I use the same mat over and over and over. Much cheaper!!!

Good luck!!!

The Slice (again!)

I have finally mastered my Slice. I really like it!! I like the versatility that it brings to die cuts and its very easy to use. You have to play with it to understand where to place it on the paper but after I figured it out, I really like it!!

I also bought the stand that it can sit on. It's great because you can store the tiny little cartridges in the drawer. If you are considering buying one, JUST DO IT!! (lol, I live in Nike country).

One hint: don't use too much makes the paper hard to get up!!

Thank you for bearing with me on this blog, I'm new to it and I've spent hours trying to figure it out.
Later, I'll post another birthday card......I used The Slice on the letters.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Baby Card

This baby card is for a special couple who is finally expecting!!!
*Paper: Bazzil Smoothies (I love this paper!! I like the monochrome color range in each package.)

*Punches: Marvy Oval Scalloped (I use these a lot even though I have the Nestabilities), Fiskers Scalloped Edge Punch

*Stamp: Rubber Stamper (from their baby collection)

*Embellishments: Brads (Imaginesce?? not sure), glitter Martha Stewart, water color pencils

*Ink: Black Stazon
We are seeing the sky and sunshine today. Also some of the snow has melted which leaves a slushy mess when you've had 2-3' of snow. Yuck!!

Today is my husband's 58th birthday. I am so lucky to have 4 birthdays and Christmas in one week......NOT!! Only two more birthdays to go!!
That's all for now!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Graduation Card

Time to move on to different cards other than Christmas. My niece graduated from college (University of Oregon), my alma mater. Here is a picture of the card I made for her celebration. I used the congratulation Cuttlebug folder and then pierced Yippee. I mounted it on white cardstock to make yippee stand out. Guess what the colors of the U of O are!!! LOL


Monday, December 22, 2008

Birthday Card

Here is a card that I made for my son's gf's birthday.

Paper: Basic Grey Euphoria
Stamps: Just Rite Stamps
Embellishments: Green rhinestones, SU corner tab punch, nestabilities.

Let It Snow???

The deer have moved in town...

Our backyard...

Our house...

I know there are a lot of places that have snow!! I thought I'd share our snow story. My husband has shoveled out deck three times, each time taking 1-2' off! We do have power and I'm very thankful for that!!!


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ribbon Rings

Here is a picture of my Ribbon Rings. I have also included the site where you can purchase them under Places I Haunt.

I added extra rings to mine so that they hang lower. It is such a convenient and inexpensive way to organize cut ribbons. At the Ribbon Ring site, they hang them on the wall on wooden pegs. Check it out.


Caution: Do not try putting your ribbon on the hangers with a cat in the room. My, my what a source of entertainment those moving ribbons are!!! LOL

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Glimmer Mists

I just received my order of silver, copper and gold Glimmer Mists. I tried them on one of my extra religious cards (by the way, I got all 25 of them done! Yippee!). I was surprised that it was pretty easy to spray on. I had a few "blobs" but nothing distracting. Now don't you wish I had a picture of the card? So do I!! I've lost the recharger for my camera. It's an older model and I want a new one but Christmas came first. Maybe after......

Here's the site where I bought a packaged deal.

Are you ready for Christmas?? I finally am!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

My Craft Room


Wall ribbon holders, cricut cartridges and more acrylic stamps in 3 ring binders. The white plastic drawers hold cuttlebug folders, edge punches, Nestabilities and other goodies.

This cabinet holds my holiday stamps and my acrylics (it's full). The baskets under the cabinet hold finished cards.

My everyday stamps are on the wall. Yes that's my cat sleeping on her perch (a favorite place!).

This is my workstation and computer area.

The paper area...

Some of these pictures are a little old. I have since added Ribbon Rings in the closet to hold all the loose ribbon. They work great. I'll add a picture of them later. For some reason I don't have a picture of the die cut machine area. Oops will add that later too.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Slice

I am still struggling with figuring out this blogging. When I do, I'll post some of my cards. Now on to The Slice.

I'm not an instruction reader, so I spent more time just trying to figure out how to turn it on. Come to find out, you have to charge it!! Duh! Then I didn't know how to get to all the images. I figured out where the cartridge goes all by myself though! Yippee!!
I do think I am going to like it. It is so light weight and portable that I can take it with me when needed.

Still nobody in my family is reading this blog! Booooo on them...

Have a good day!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008


I went out of town for some quick shopping. Managed to pick up some Stewart punches. I had already bought the train border punch but wanted the single engine punch.....found it!!! Yippee Also picked up some punches at Craftwarehouse to try some punch techniques with. It was a fun day!!
I just got an order for 25 religious Christmas cards. I don't seem to have a religious stamp in this entire room. I guess I've just never needed one. I had to send off a quick order to Papertrey Ink for their beautiful set Every Day Blessings
I ordered from Our Daily Bread: Joy To The World. These two place are fun to browse through!!
12/10 I'm off to Danica's for a class and to learn how to use my Slice. I haven't gotten it or the cartridges out of the box!! I'm meeting my youngest daughter for lunch. She'll be on her way from college for Christmas break.

Here's another picture of my favorite cat, Lucy!! She's so much fun.
Have a good one!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I continued to work on card kits that I had bought at Danica's in Hermiston. They are fun to do because I don't have to think. All the creativity was done before I bought the kits.
I also had our book club meeting. We read The Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. We all enjoyed it!!
I just had an order for a special Christmas card. I can't wait to start. I love challenges.
Have a good evening.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Busy day yesterday. Went to Portland to do a little shopping. We ended up at the new Ikea store. Very nice but a little overwhelming for me.

I splurged and bought The Slice & all the cartridges at Danicas in Hermiston. I also bought a Bind-It-All so that I can make books. I can't wait until I get them. I'm a sucker for new gadgets!!! I didn't get any stamping done but will work on some projects today.

The best news of the day for me is that I am basically done with Christmas shopping!!! Such a load off my shoulders!!! Yippee!!

Obviously I'm not going to have to buy that extra gift as no one in my family has posted!!! No surprise there!!

I worked on Ronda kits from Danica's. Very nice people at this stamping store. Sometimes when I need a break from creating new stuff, I turn to the kits I've bought. Ronda is so creative and they are all so different. The only one I can't figure out is a cute teddy bear sticker card that you pull up and it shows his feet. Just can't figure out how to put it together. Next time I'm up at Danica's I'll have Miss Ronda show me how!!

That's all for now!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My Final Christmas Card

Here's the final Christmas card. I may add a few more rhinestones here and there but basically this is what it is going to look like. It takes time to make that final special card that you are going to mass produce. If it's a one-of-a- kind then I do whatever I like but, if I'm going to make a lot of the same card, I try not to over do to save my sanity. I don't know if anyone else does that but I have to. Otherwise my poor household pays the consequences for my stress & bad humor!!

I gave this blog addy to all my family. Only heard from two of them and they didn't leave a post sooooooooo there will be an extra Christmas present under the tree for the first member of my immediate family that posts a comment!!! We'll see who really reads this!!

And welcome to my friend Char. Sisters of the heart lady!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Christmas Cards

I am posting a picture my Christmas card. So far it is a work in progress. I don't want it too detailed because of having to duplicate so many times. Plus if you add any large embellishments, you have to pay extra postage. So I'm trying to keep them flatter!!!

I am still cleaning and organizing my craft room. Keeping it organized is a never ending job!! I just can't seem to work in chaos!! A major part of "creating" is organization!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lazy Day

I'm spending cleaning up my craftroom today. Those Christmas bags created quite a mess!! Later this week, I'll start on my Christmas cards. I have all the parts ready to go so it won't take long.
I'm trying to decide if I can live without The Slice or not. Being able to cut diecuts using scraps of paper would be very cool!!! Hmmmmmmmmmm, can't decide.
I'm also adding a picture of my craftin' kitty, Lucy. She loves to sit on her perch when I work and watch, sleep or look outside. She's the greatest!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Christmas Bags

I finally finished my Christmas Bags project. I am selling them in sets of three (small, medium & large). They all match and have matching tags. This was time consuming but so much fun!! I am giving one large bag to all my customers and then will have the sets for sale.