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Friday, December 31, 2010

Clear Stamps "motherlode"

Hiya. Hope you all had a great Christmas and have fun plans for New Year's. :-)

Just wanted to share something w/ you:- I hit the motherlode for clear stamps at Wally World, aka WalMart. And. . . . . . they were ONLY $1.00 for each set. How cool is that, eh?

Sooooooo, go RUN to your nearest Wally World to see if they have some. :-)

You can click on each picture for them to enlarge.

Top left:- Build a Flower. Cute, eh?
Top right:- Talking in Circles (moms)
Bottom left:- 3 layers that you can use together, or alone, for different looks.
Bottom right:- different "Talking in Circles"

Top left:- decorative corners
Top right:- 3 layers for journaling
Bottom left:- frames, corners, swirls
Bottom right:- tickets ---- really cute!!

Top left:- Sassy Alpha -- Upper and lower case
Top right:- Free Style Alpha -- lower case
Bottom left and right:- Mix and match sentiments (2 sheets)

These stamp sets measure 6" x 7 1/2". So, they're not puny li'l ones. :-)

Good luck in finding some. Let me know which sets you were able to get. :-)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Bailey's stash

Hope you had a great Christmas and Santa was good to you!!! :-)

He certainly was for li'l Bailey. Bailey must've been a really good li'l boy, cuz Santa spoiled him. Here he is w/ his "special new friends". . .

Then, he got a stocking that was filled w/ the other goodies below. . . .
He didn't know which one to play with first. I wish I could've gotten it on video cuz it was the cutest thing ever. He'd come and get one toy, take it to his bed, then come and get another one. At one point, his bed was full w/ his toys. Then he played w/ them, one by one. Sooooo cute! :-)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Santa's littlest reindeer. . . .

Li'l Bailey would like to wish all of his Momma's followers/visitors Happy Holidays! He said he likes how his Momma smiles, when she reads all of the comments that have been left for her. :-)

He didn't want to sit on Santa's lap this year, so this is his pic from last year. :-) Hope you and yours have a very Merry Merry!!! :-)

NOTE: Someone asked where li'l Bailey got his Santa pix taken. It was at Pets West. and was only $10.00 for a CD of 10 pix. Each one was cuter than the last one but I might be a li'l bias. LOL All of the proceeds went towards an "animal rescue" group, which made it all the better. :-)

Friday, December 17, 2010

12 Days of Christmas

I absolutely LOVE the 12 days of Christmas. As some of you may have seen my pix from last Christmas, you would’ve seen this:-

One year, prior to having my Cricut, I happened to stumble upon an awesome website, http://pie.midco.net/grammalowe/12days.html which had directions and templates for creating a really cute gift set of the 12 days of Christmas. I couldn’t wait to make this for my hubby, who is really hard to buy for. He absolutely loved it, so wanted to share it w/ those who don’t own an electronic cutter.

The twelve days in the song are the twelve days starting Christmas Day, or in some traditions, the day after Christmas (December 26th -- Boxing Day) or you can start it any day you like. I’m sure your friends/family wouldn’t mind when you gave them this set.

I couldn’t seem to find the pic of the set I made (pre digital camera), so I attached the pic that was on the website. I improvised w/ some of the items, adding my own touch. You can do whatever you like --- it’s just an example of what you can do/use. :-)

Now, if you do own an electronic cutter such as the Cricut, there’s an adorable cartridge called: Joys of the Season, which has the 12 days of Christmas designs. Here’s a sampling of what’s on the cart:-

You could easily integrate these designs w/ the templates available on the website.

I’d love to see what you create!! :-)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

We wish you a Merry Christmas

Me and my li'l tree wish you a. . . . Merry Christmas!!

Here's what he looks like when he's sleeping. . .

Here's what he looks like when he's WIDE awake. . .

Here's a video I found on YouTube of what he actually sounds like. Make sure you turn off my I-Pod, which is located at the bottom of this column, before listening to the video. Enjoy! :-)

BTW, if you think you're "seeing things" like floaties on my blog ---- it's not your eyesight going or your computer having prob's ---- it's "snowing"!!!! (tee-hee)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Daughter!

It's our daughter's 23rd birthday. Happy Birthday, Sweetie!! :-)

Made the following card for her. That gal sooooooo looks like our daughter (except she's a natural blonde, who decided to dye her hair). Go figure, eh?? I almost put blonde hair on the gal but caught myself, before doing so.


Cricut Expression
Cricut Design Studio (for sizing --- not really needed)
Cricut Cartridges (see below)
Glue (ATG & Zig Two-Way for small items)
Patterned Paper
Martha Stewart border punches: Optic Dot; Ribbon Loop
Martha Stewart punch: Happy Birthday

Cricut Cartridges used:-
Heritage: - daughter
Rock Princess:- Jenn and Jenn-s, plus layers (p. 37)

The sentiment is computer-generated.

She thought her birthday had been combined w/ her Dad's, when he had his surprise BD party. But we surprised her, after her Godmother (GM) took her out for lunch --- w/ a cake and pressies. She told her GM that she thought "something might be up because Mom is crafty". I think she meant my being "sly" instead of being artsy/crafty.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Works of Art

Hiya. Hope you’re all having a nice week-end. :-)

Whilst searching for something else on the Net, I stumbled onto something else:-

Rudolf II (Holy Roman Emperor) painted as Vertumnus, Roman God of the seasons, c.1590-1

Isn’t it absolutely mind-blowing? The artist is Giuseppe Arcimboldo (also spelled Arcimboldi) (1527 – July 11, 1593) who was an Italian painter, best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of such objects as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books — that is, he painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects formed a recognizable likeness of the portrait subject.

Just wanted to share w/ those who have never seen this before. :-)

Here are some more pix. If you click on them, they will enlarge and you can see them in greater detail. Enjoy!

Spring, 1573, oil on canvas, Louvre Museum, Paris. . . . .

Autumn, 1573, oil on canvas, Louvre Museum, Paris. . . .

They just totally blew me away. Such imagination. Such creativity. Such talent.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas message

I hope you and yours have a very. . . . . . .

I also hope you enjoy my "pick" of Christmas music for your enjoyment. :-)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Stylish Blogger Award

Wowsers! I was just awarded yet another blog award --- the "Stylish Blogger Award" by Terri of http://twopinkpeas.blogspot.com/

I feel so blessed to be thought of for these awards. Thank you so much, Terri. Be sure to check out her blog. Besides being super creative, she has some amazing give-aways, right now!

Here are the rules to this award:-

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
2. Share 8 things about yourself.
3. Pay it forward to 8 blogs you have just recently discovered.
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about the award.

Here are my 8 thingies:-

1. I love to craft. (Been doing it since, forever.)
2. I love Country Music. (no surprise there -- my I-Pod gave that away) :-)
3. I love my li’l Bailey (oh, BIG surprise there, eh?) LOL
4. I can easily laugh at myself. (I do it a LOT!) :-)
5. I LOVE my fav. Soap:- “All My Children” (watched it since Day 1)
6. I just recently got a DSI and love the game MillionHeir (finally got thru the Gumshoe level!)
7. I have always disliked/misunderstood “Math” but the DSI “Brain Age” game has been helping me tremendously.
8. I LOVE anything “chocolate”. (esp. Purdy’s Hedgehogs)

Here are 8 new blogs that I’ve just discovered --- that I would like to bestow this award
upon them.

Andi - http://sparkymom76.blogspot.com/
Dawn - http://creationsbydawn.blogspot.com/
Ms. Jay - http://simplefavors.blogspot.com/
Patty - http://pattyk-craftyfrog.blogspot.com/
Sandra - http://sandracollis.blogspot.com/
Sherry - http://macybella.blogspot.com/
Summer - http://cricutdiaries.blogspot.com/
Tracy - http://crazyforstamps.blogspot.com/

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mom!

It was my mother's birthday, yesterday. I surprised her at the bowling alley, where she bowls on a league. Yeppers, at 93 yrs. old, she still bowls. How cool is that, eh? :-)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Another "Attitude Award"

Wowsers! I must have REAL "tude" cuz I just received another "tude" award. (tee-hee)

This award was bestowed upon me by Wende of:- http://passionatelypaper.blogspot.com/ Thanks so much, Wende!!! :-)

You have to check out her blog as she has some awesome creations and. . . . . she has a give-away of the Cricut Gingerbread cartridge that you can enter until Dec. 5th. :-)

In order to receive this award, you have to list 3 things that give you "tude" from everyone else. Then, nominate 5 other blogs that you believe also have attitude! Lastly post this award on your blog.

My 3 things are:

1. I dislike bananas --- anything w/ bananas in ‘em (shakes, pudding, etc.) But. . . .I like banana bread and banana cake. Go figure, eh? LOL
2. I still like things that are “whimsical”, even at my age!! :-)
3. I love “owls”. My first “piggy bank” was an “owl” bank. Collected different owls ever since.

Here are the 5 “blogger friends” whom I consider have “Attitude”:-

Sharon - http://craftroomtransformation.blogspot.com/
Jen - http://www.purplescrapbooker.com/
Patricia - http://lilbitcreations.blogspot.com/
Cathy - http://iluvtomakecards.blogspot.com/
Sassy – (that’s what I call her!) - http://sweetsassydiva-gspot.blogspot.com/

Monday, November 29, 2010

Eagles Tribute Band

If you're an "Eagles" fan, you will really like this tribute band:-

Here's a sampling of what they sound like. The drummer sounds just like Don Henley! They are totally amazing. That was hubby's treat, after his party. :-)

Before you click on the video, don't forget to go down to my I-Pod (at the bottom of this column) and turn it OFF. :-)

Here's their website, where you can hear another tune:-


If they're ever in your neck of the woods and you go and see them, you won't be disappointed !! :-)

Happy Birthday, Sweetie!

Today, is my hubby's birthday. We celebrated on Saturday w/ a surprise party. You should've seen the look on his face when he saw 27 family/friends awaiting him. It was priceless. :-)

I was sooooo scared that the party wasn't going to be a "go" because of our snow situation. But. . . .an angel was definitely watching over us and made the snow disappear the day before and --- it's still "missing in action". Yeah!!!

We're off to have a "birthday breakfast". I have more to tell you later. !! :-)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Project Gone Awry

Have you ever had a project take a “wrong turn”?? Well, that happened to me, today, and thought I would share w/ you, how I managed to salvage it.

I wanted to make the “Cupcake Card” from the Cricut Wild Card cartridge. However, I wasn’t that excited about the actual cupcake on the card, so decided to utilize my Cricut Design Studio and change it up a bit.

The size of the cupcake was too small for my liking and it didn’t have much “punch” to it, so I designed a topper and wrapper in Cricut Design Studio, using the Home Décor cartridge that has a much cuter cupcake. I skewed the top and bottom, which turned out to be a lot larger than the original cupcake. I still liked the look of it. Wasn’t that happy, also, w/ the candle, so used the candle from the Celebrations cartridge, as it had a “heart” candle.

Also placed a li’l piece of red paper behind the heart, so it was showing up “red”. (see bottom pic) Cute, huh?? :-)

I first cut out the envelope, as you’re advised to do w/ the Wild Card cartridge. Can you see where this is going??? Yeppers, seeing as I enlarged the cupcake, it now wasn’t going to fit into the envelope. Ooops! Now what? Well, I had a brown envelope that was 6.5” x 9”, so chopped off a bit at the bottom, resealed it using my ATG and then wrapped the Wild Card envelope around the bottom of it.

Added a “Happy Birthday” (HB) sentiment, using the Martha Stewart HB punch. Didn’t end up looking too bad, if I did say so myself. LOL

Here you can see how the Cupcake Card will NOT fit into that teeny envelope. :-(

Front of new envelope, where I added the Wild Card envelope. . . .

Back of envelope. . . . .

Now, my chunky cupcake snugly fits into the envelope.

Cricut Expression
Cricut Design Studio
Cricut Cartridges (see below)
Martha Stewart punch – Happy Birthday
Martha Stewart Score Board
Glue – regular; ATG
Patterned Paper

Cricut Cartridges used:-
Wild Card – Cupcake card and envelope
Home Décor – top and wrapper of cupcake; shadows of same
Celebrations – heart candle

Just goes to saying:- when life gives you lemons, make……lemonade ORRRRR another envelope! :-)

I've attached the Design Studio cut file, for anyone who would like it. I'll also place it in my "Free Files" section.

Cupcake Card cut file:-

Monday, November 22, 2010

Punch All Over the Page Aperture Card

Greetings everyone. This card was inspired by our latest beautiful weather. We got snow!!! :-)

Do you 'member a while back when I used the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter to cut various sized circles and then used the Swirling Lace corner punch all around it? See below.

Well, I thought how about using the Punch All Over the Page (PAOTP) on one of those circles. So, I chose the 3" circle, and used the Rose Window PAOTP.

Can you see a li'l white semi-circle shape in the bottom of the PAOTP circle? TBA later. :-)

The card base is 5" x 10", folded. The top layer is 4.75" square. Used the Snow Flakes Cuttlebug folder. Used the PAOTP through both the cardstock and patterned paper on top. Didn't place exactly in the centre -- a little more to the top of the card. Attached the PAOTP 3" circle.

Well, let's see what that li'l semi-circle shape might be:-
It's a li'l snowman peeking through! :-)

Used the Snowflakes Cuttlebug folder on the inside of the card, and then utilized the plastic that houses a Cricut cartridge, for the "window" effect.

Used the DecoArt Snow Writer on the white ripped paper. See how it sparkles? There are various Snow Writers --- one that's just plain white and this one, which glistens.

Pop-dotted the snowman on top and added a computer-generated sentiment.


Glue (regular & ATG)
Patterned Paper
MS Punch All Over the Page – Rose Window (centre of card and circle)
MS Corner Punch – Swirling Lace (around the circle)
Cuttlebug folder – Snowflakes
DecoArt Glistening Snow Writer – snow
Cricut cartridge packaging – window
Pop dots – snowman
Sentiment – computer generated

Love how I can now make "aperture" cards --- anywhere on the page, thanks to the MS Punch All Over the Page punches!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

For Owl Lovers

If you love OWLS as much as I do, you will absolutely LOVE this website. It has oodles of different types of owls such as:- crafts, art, designs, etc. etc.


I just happened on it by complete fluke, and sooooo glad I did. One of the things that really caught my eye was that you could make your very own 2011 Owl Calendar, utilizing absolutely gorgeous artwork created by 30 amazing artists.

Here's the link:- http://www.myowlbarn.com/p/owl-lover-2011-calendar.html

And here's what the cover looks like:-

There are other freebies such as:- toys, tags, iron on transfers, masks, embroidery pattern, desktop wallpaper, and so much more! Something for everyone!! :-) Enjoy!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

"Iris Folding" using Punch All Over the Page

Happy week-end everyone. Sorry I haven’t been around for a couple of days but, not only was I having “printer” problems, I was also having probs. w/ my camera. Nothing was working the way it should’ve. :-( Finally got everything fixed, so now I can post the other “project” I had prev. mentioned.

When I FIRST saw the Punch All Over the Page punch, my li’l mind immediately zeroed in on doing “Iris Folding” w/ it. If you’re not familiar w/ this technique, I’ve included instructions.

Here’s my outcome:-



Punch All Over the Page:- Rose Window
Corner Punch:- Swirling Lace
Martha Stewart Score Board
Glue:- ATG
Patterned Paper
Corner Rounder
brad (for centre)
Iris folding template (which I've included)

Card base is 5” x 10”, folded. First layer is 4” x 4”, punched w/ the Swirling Lace corner punch. Top layer is 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, punched w/ the Swirling Lace corner punch. Centre punched w/ the Rose Window punch. Then the Iris folding.


Iris folding refers to a technique where folded strips of colored or patterned paper are layered in a spiral pattern behind an aperture. It is called Iris Folding because it resembles the iris of a camera.

There are several free iris folding templates on the Internet.

To make your iris folded greeting card, you will need:

* scissors
* scraps of decorative paper in various colors, cut in 1" strips, and folded in half lengthwise. This is where my scoreboard came in really handy!! :-) Some instructions say to cut the strips into 1"x3" strips, but I like to leave it in a long strip and then just cut off the lengths I need, as I go.). * Scotch tape
* colored cardstock.
* a template or pattern for cutting an aperture in the colored cardstock. (A Coluzzle, Sizzix, or Cricut also work very well for this.) But I used the new Punch All Over the Page punch. Yeah!!! Martha!! for creating this li’l gem!
* Iris folding template

Step 1
Cut out an aperture in the colored cardstock.

Step 2
Position the card with the aperture cut-out over your iris folding template, face down. You will be working on the back side of the card.

Step 3
Tape the card to the template using non-permanent tape. Masking tape works well for this.

Step 4
Arrange your folded strips of paper in the order that you want to apply them to the card.

Start with #1 on the template:
* Cut a strip of paper so that it is a little longer than the aperture opening.
* Line up the folded side of the strip of paper with the inside edge of the area labeled with a "1".
* Tape both ends of the strip of paper to the back of the card.

Step 5
Using the next color, follow the same instructions for #2. Repeat all the way around the aperture, following the numbers and working inward as you complete each round. Stop when you have the desired size for the aperture opening.

The back of the card will look quite messy as you progress, but when you flip the card over it should look something like this:

Step 6
To finish the center attach a small picture, a decorative button, etc. You can now mount your finished work using glue or double-sided tape.

Here's the template I used for my project:-

I tried to copy/paste the actual size one that I used but it wouldn't let me, for whatever reason. So, you'll have to resize it to 1 1/4".

Note: when you resize it to that teeny weeny size, you may not be able to see the numbers, which was the case for me and my dwindling eyesight. If you keep the large size template, as a guide, you'll be "good to go".

Hope you enjoyed my creation.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Martha Stewart Punch All Over the Page

Well, I had a lot of fun playing w/ my new toy that Martha Stewart Crafts sent to me. :-)

Instead of making cards this time, I decided to just make card toppers, giving you some different ideas.

Most of the designs, w/ the exception of one, started by using a Punch Around the Page on a 3 ¼” square, layered onto a 3 ½” square. Each time, I used the Rose Window Punch All Over the Page punch in the centre. Here are the particulars:-

Punch Around the Page: Snow Flurry
Centre:- Poinsettia embellie

Punch Around the Page: Swirling Lace (the one that 10 lucky gals won!) :-)
Centre:- flower w/ brad

Punch Around the Page: Scallop 3-dot
Turned it on its side (to form a diamond)
Centre:- design on patterned paper

See below for the patterned paper I started with. Depending on what patterned paper you use, you can get some neat effects.

Here, I’m showing how easy it was to create a row of 2 punch-outs on 2 rows; hence 4 punch-outs.
Centre: glittery snowflakes
Punch Around the Page: Quilted
Centre:- used the cutout from the 4 punch-outs (above), topping w/ a rhinestone

It was the first time I noticed that there was a different looking corner on the punch set. Even tho the instructions read:- Position top over the paper so that the flat corner matches up w/ the corresponding one on the base, it really didn’t sink in what that meant. Now I know. LOL
Here’s a pic to explain it a li’l bit better:-

Martha and her creators thought of everything!!! WTG!!!

Also, w/ all of these punches, you’re left w/ other li’l embellies. W/ this punch, I’m left w/ 1 ¼” scallop circles. I don’t have a scallop punch so this is an added treat. W/ the butterfly one, you’ll have li’l butterflies. W/ the heart one --- hearts. W/ the star one --- stars. You get the idea! :-)

I have another idea in mind to show you, but this is going to take a li’l time to create. Stay tuned. :-)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sneak Peek...........

Lookie what I just got.............

What's inside --- you're asking??? LOL

Well, firstly, it was sent from Martha Stewart Crafts and. . . . . . it's the newly released Punch All Over the Page punch. Is that cool, or what??? :-)

Here it is out of the box.....

There are two parts, when taken apart. One is the base and the other is the actual punch. Four strong magnets connect them together, as you place your paper/cardstock between the two parts. You can use this punch in the center, on the edge, or anywhere on the page. If you punch multiple times in a row or grid, you can achieve a patterned effect. :-)

Here are the instructions for use:-

1. Separate top from the base.
2. Lay paper over base.
3. Position top over paper so that the flat corner matches up with the corresponding one on the base.
4. Magnets will connect at all four corners.

For best results:-
1. Press top of punch evenly with both hands.
2. Use a cutting mat to protect your work surface.

The punch I received was the:- "Rose Window". Here are other designs which are available:-

Stay tuned for more, as I will be sharing some sample ideas. I’m just "tickled pink" that I was sent this punch and get to share my thoughts/ideas w/ all of you. Can't wait to "play". :-)

Thanks, again, Martha Stewart Crafts for thinking of me!! :-)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Christmas Card Making Kit

I was overjoyed when I spotted this item at Michael's, as I wanted to try something different for making Christmas cards this year and go "an easy route". It "fit the bill" perfectly for me. And. . . . using a 50% off coupon didn't hurt, neither. :-)

Here's what the box looks like. It has a flip-top lid and a li'l compartment on the inside lid, that you can see some goodies peeking thru the cover. This box can be refurbished for so many different things. :-)

It comes complete w/ everything you need to make 18 gorgeous cards (3 each of 6 different styles):- cardstock; die cuts all measured and pre-cut; embellies such as:- beads, pompoms, glitter, ribbon; all pre-glued and pre-popdotted. I found the artwork to be very whimsical so it was right up my alley!! :-)

Here's a sampling. You can click on the pix to enlarge them.

Showing the front; inside w/ the li'l sentiments that are also included (which you can mix/match); and the back that says: "Handmade for you by". I just added my name via an alpha stamp set.

You can embellish them further, i.e. adding more beads, or Stickles, chalk, etc. or even inking the edges. Or you can just leave them "as is". You can see in this pic that they even thought of using "layers" for the sentiment. How cool is that, eh? :-)

You don't even have to follow the sample pix enclosed in the package, as you can mix/match the die cuts, too. Can you tell how excited I am about this li'l gem?? LOL

Oh yeh, they even include 18 protective inserts to place over your cards, when mailing. They literally haven't left anything to chance.

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