Monday, October 29, 2012

Prayers for all in the Northeast and the path of the storm!! Today's theme was any kind of card. Since the stores have all the Christmas items out.. I made a Christmas card. I used Teresa Collins Dec. 25th to make this Noel cut. It's such a beautiful cartridge, and this cut could be used on any number of items.. might just make it an embellishment when I wrap my presents... anyway, take a look:

I made the card base from Red cardstock.  I stocked up on a whole package of red the other day when it was on sale.. knew I'd need red at some point through the holidays. I layered a paper from a cardstock for the holidays and inked the edges. Added some red bling on the E (gotta have bling for the holidays) and added a red ribbon bow! Easy, now cards this easy, the kids could help make, and no excuse not to make some cards for your gift giving this year. What a wonderful holiday tradition that could be if the family made their cards and then sent them out.. with designs like this, they'd be so proud to say they did it themselves, and the receipents would be so glad to get them!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Let The Sunshine Award

Let in the Sunshine Award
My sweet blogging friend, 
has given me an awesome award. This award is so appreciated.
Kathy, thank you so much for thinking of me!!

Here are the rules:
Include award logo in blog post and thank the blogger
who gave it to you and include a link back.
Answer 10 questions about yourself that you have made up yourself
(yeah, I know, kinda weird).
Nominate 10-12 bloggers for the award and contact them at their blog site to inform them.
So here are the ten questions about me that I made up about myself....

1. How many children do I have?
2 daughters  2 step-sons
1 granddaughter 2 grandsons 1 granddaughter due in Nov.

2. How long have I been married?
It will be 18 years in January

3. What is my favorite restaurant?
Texas Roadhouse, but I haven't met a restaurant I haven't liked yet.. if I don't have to cook or clean -up, I'm happy!

4. What do I do in my spare time?
Crafts, I love paper crafts, stamping, scrapbooking, but I also love fabric, and if I can make something instead of buying it, I will at least try..

5. Who influenced me into crafting?
I had two aunts who taught me how to sew, one made my Barbie the best clothes ever.. even furs.. and the other Aunt showed me how to make the yarn octopus' for your beds and the dolls out of the milk pods.. they were popular in the late 50's and early 60s. I loved my doll on my bed, and her skirt just laid out so pretty all tied with ribbons. If I had one now, I'd probably make my bed more... LOL

6. What activities did I do as a child?
I read, read, read... I was in Girl Scouts, and 4-H

7. What has been my most rewarding experience?
Volunteering for the local Girl Scout Council, with my daughters, moving up in that role and joining the council as staff. I have met more girls and adults and I learned so much from all of them, and got to see new places and do new things and I am so appreciative of all of them who told me that I did so much for them. They have no idea how much they did for me.

8. What do I do now?
I am retired from Council staff but work 20 hours a week fixing lunch for Seniors and Disabled residents of  a housing complex. It's rewarding too, but sad, to see so many living on the edge..

9. What is my favorite TV reality program?
Right now, it's the Beards!! I love Duck Dynasty! Not that I want to eat the wild game they do, but they are so funny and without even trying! That's the time I can watch tv and no matter how my day went, I know I'm gonna laugh! I love Si!! He's got such an innocence about him, nothing fake... Willie and Jase have a typical brotherly relationship! Phil has a remarkable story..

10. Do I have any goals?
I live in Indiana! Everyone in Indiana has a goal..
it's all about Basketball here.. well, I'm not a sports person...but I hope to be a blessing to all those around me.

Now for bloggers I wish to nominate:

Jearise Havenga at

Friday, October 26, 2012

Welcome everyone to our Pumpkin Fest Blog Hop!

If you came here from Creative Kuts  then you are in the right place. If you just happen upon my blog, please start at the beginning at Creative Kuts to join in on the fun.

Check out all the wonderful projects created by members of our creative teams from files located in our store at  and

This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate you leaving a comment to encourage these talented ladies to continue sharing their ideas and creations. We're so excited to be doing this hop to share with you projects from some very talented ladies. We also are taking this time to remind you to check out our newest website: Creative Kuts Monthly Kit Klub at
Here we offer you quick layout kits which will include all the paper and paper pieces needed to create some adorable layouts. All you will have to do is add your pictures and any special touches of your own after completing the kit.

So let's get started!
1. Visit each member's blog and leave a comment.
2. Let us know how you enjoyed the blog hop on our facebook Creative Kuts Fan Page

More great opportunities:

This is a 17-Piece Texture Boutique Value Kit to be given away when we reach 300 Followers on our sister blog  For many other chances to win on the sizzix drawing be sure to stop by.
Even more: Have a chance to win a Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine.

For more details check out Creative Kuts Wonderful World at
Wow!! Are those great prizes or what?? Now for my project:
I made this one page layout using the file Harvesting Girl-

I cut it all out of white cardstock then used my Copics to color the pieces in. I layered them and popped them with some foam adheasive. So 3-D! I layered borders on my cardstock, and then using the same paper I did on her dress (which I did cut out of some printed paper) and orange cardstock for photo mats. I added some ribbon and it's all ready for my photos of going to the pumpkin patch! Guess I'll have to plan a trip... Thanks for stopping by and now you head over to Melissa's blog at to see her project. I've posted the whole line-up in case you get lost!

Here's today's line up:
1. Creative Kuts -
2. Janet Royer-
3. Melissa Pinter
4. Connie -
5. Wanda (Deezy) -
6. Marji -
7. Eva -
8. Laura-
9. Marialex -

10. Ginette -

11. Creative Kuts 2 - http//

12.  Mary Ellen -

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I hope you're having a great Friday! Today is my turn to post and I used the Bearing Gifts File ( to make this cute two page layout! Check it out!

I cut the bear out, then did the tear technique to make the bear out of mulberry paper. I used CTMH's Pear and Partridge for the background and borders, as well as the presents on the sleigh! I added two photo mats, and an accent for journaling that I cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge. I used Believe for the title from our current BAP project!
Here's the mini-album I made for that!

Each letter is a page, and since the paper is double sided (CTMH Pear & Partridge)it'll be pretty on both sides and all ready for me to add embellishments to!
Head on over to to see other projects and be sure to check out Creative Kuts on Facebook. Always fun and games there...
Thanks for stopping by! And come back on Saturday for a great blog hop!
Look at my button Cheryl made for me!! How cute is this???

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Today is our day to highlight the Imagination Crciut Cartridges. I love how you can print paper, images both flat or 3-D, and 3-D items! Today I used Santa's Village to make two cards. Take a look then we'll chat!

There is a page that makes gift tags, and 3 x 3 note cards. I used two of the 3 x3 note cards for bases for these cards. See them close up below.

On this one, I added two punch borders (a Martha Stewart) and then put green bling around the ring sentiment. You have to have bling for the holidays! Added a bow and how quick and easy is that??

On this one, again I added the MS punch border, and blinged out the centers of the flowers. 
 Thanks for stopping by!

Something different on my blog today! Usually it's a scrapbook layout, or card, or something with paper and stamps, inks, or whatever strikes my fancy! I love these wreaths over on Pinterest, and then saw tons of them at the Parke County Bridge Festival this past weekend.  SOOO pretty! But, they were more expensive than I really wanted to pay being a craft minded woman, decided I could make one myself!
I thought I'd run to our local Hobby Lobby after work the other day and found this wide mesh ribbon in lots of colors in the floral department. When I saw the blues and silver, I knew I wanted to do a winter one that could stay up longer than just through the holidays. I bought two rolls of blues, one is lighter and one silver and all were 5.99 a roll. I picked up a wreath form, floral wire and then thought how pretty if I added these bright blue ornaments and silver snowflakes! I'm on a roll now... then got a Red/Green roll that was 21 inches wide, just in case I wanted to do something else for the holidays, then scrapbooking stuff was 40% off, and other items, so of course I had to shop and that trip cost more than 2 of the wreaths at the festival but at least I have the pleasure of making my own!!
It was super easy, and I had it done within 2-3 hours. Got a phone call so hard to say how long I talked.. LOL  sounds like I have Attention Deficiet Disorder doesn't it? Anyway, maybe I've inspired you to try something new today! And this is so easy, if you can wrap wire around ribbon, you've got it mastered! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Welcome to the "Going WILD for Scrapbooking" Blog Hop with Connie Can Crop and friends.

Today we invite you to come check out the Wild side of this great group of crafters who will be showcasing cards and layouts with animal appeal. It's gonna be a ZOO and I'm not Lion!

You should have come from Jennifer - . If not please start at the beginning of the hop: Connie Can Crop

This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment to encourage all my fabulous crafty friends to continue sharing their ideas and creations.

We have a fabulous sponsor, Creative Kuts (, who is generously giving away FIVE $5.00 gift certificates to their online store. So what do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of us a comment letting us know what you like best about our projects. You will have until 9:00 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments. When you are finished head on back to Connie Can Crop ( and leave a comment there, stating you are ready to win!

Ready to join our Safari? Let's go!
I used the BoBunny Zoology Mini Album for my project today. It's the cutest little book, and not very many pages, but I managed to get 17 photos from our trip to the zoo in it. We went in August, one of the hottest days of an all ready hot and dry summer. The animals were pretty calm and trying to stay cool! Let's look at the photos!
Here's the cover, with some 3-D stickers. I really need to use up my sticker stash.. I was soo addicted to them prior to getting my Cricuts and Silhouette Cameo, so this was a good project to put those zoo embellishments to use.
When you open the cover, I added a fold out that lets me put 5 photos on this one page. And nice size ones... This is my oldest daughter and her daughter.

When  you open the first flap to the left, you see the Zebra and them on a ride at the Zoo. This was at the Indianapolis Zoo, in Indianapolis, IN. The zoo is about an hour from us. I used a tag from one of BoBunny Zoology paper's to journal their name and the year.

Then when you flip the flap up, you see the Giraffe and the Elephant. This was my first attempt at making a flip type thing,but I think it turned out well.

I love the Lion page, and on the back of it, a hot Leopard. Isn't the Monkey page cute?

On the back of the Monkey page, I put a Zebra photo (the page was black and white and screaming Zebra)

On the back of the Giraffe page, two photos of Giraffes enjoying a treat high atop the trees.

The next page had a Hippo on it and on the  back, I put a Turtle photo. This turtle was huge!

For the last page, a waterfall effect. The Penguin lifts up to reveal the next two animals.

Lift again to see two more animals.

and fianally, an Elephant and both my daughters and my granddaughter.
Truly the wildest of the bunch!

I think I'm going to keep an eye out for fibers and add to the book but didn't have exactly what I wanted, but all in all, I think it turned out well and most of all, my granddaughter will love it! Now my net project is a Digital 2 page layout, also featuring some photos from our Zoo adventure.
I used Close To My Heart Studio J program to make this. You can try the program, with NO obligation, and if you purchase layouts, 9 will get you a free one. 18 will get you 2 free layouts! I had never tried digital scrapbooking but Studio J makes it so easy and there are lots of added elements to add to your pages.

Here's the link to my CTMH website if you'd like to check out the Studio J program.
I'm offering October's Stamp of the Month for blog candy today. Be a follower and leave a comment please to be eligible.
Thank you for stopping by today, and now you're on to:
Up next is Ester at

I've posted the entire line up in case you run into lions, tigers, or bears, OH MY!
1. Connie -
2. Janea -
3. Jennifer -
4. Janet R-
5. Esther -
6. Sam-
7. Wandy -
8. Holli -
9. Lluvia aka misses crafty
10. Gabrielle -
11. Jen-
12. Connie-

Thursday, October 18, 2012

TGIF! I'm always ready for the weekend! More time to craft! Okay, I'm never ready for snow, or cold weather, or winter in general, but the Holidays make it all worth it! I love the displays, and the sounds, and the food, well, anyway here's my Layout for today. Take a look then we'll chat!

I bought this Martha Stewart pack of Winter paper. There is always these border pieces that I never think work for my photos... you know how that goes! Well this page was no different. I used the new Snow Folk cartridge to make the snowman and he's trying to make friends with the other snowmen I think... I used a 2nd sheet, with the red and white pattern on the back to make a 4 inch border at the top (matches the scarf on the one snowman) then added my photo mats, and two snowflakes cut from a Martha Stewart punch.

Just a heads up! The Snow Folk cartridge does NOT come with a book, or pamphlet to tell you what to cut. But it's so easy as the snowman and the pieces you need for it or in a vertical line on the overlay. The base is the top image, then just going right down the line to the next row, you have the next layer. In this case, I used brown for his base (arms) then white (body) then blue (shirt and earmuffs) then an orange (scarf and nose) There was a cut for his eyes and mouth but I just drew them on myself. I hate dealing with super small pieces and gluing them... that's just me! Anyway, he was so easy and is so cute! The title is already on the paper, so all I need is some snowy photos and another page bites the dust, or the snow, or whatever.... LOL Have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Please stop by on Saturday for this Wild blog hop! I'm giving away blog candy.. and the prizes from our sponsors- Creative Kuts are awesome!! See  you on Saturday!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Today's my turn to post over at Creative Kuts! I used the file Lil' Animals - and it's such a cute file! I made a layout, here, check it out, then I'll tell you about it!

I bought a package of Halloween paper in the Studio collection at Wal-Mart. .97 cents! anyway, I cut the title out of the purple spider web paper, cut my little girl who's dressed as a cat from solid scrapbook paper, inked, layered, and to top off the pumpkin treat bag, I added candy from a Halloween set of die cuts. It also had the blingy cat, and spider along with the web and spider I added to accent my title and the photo mat. Some additional orange bling (.97) at Wal-Mart to accent the photo. I added a gold ribbon at the bottom. Layered everything on a  word collage paper.. and added two borders from another sheet that was in the package. Who said scrapbooking had to be expensive? Throw in the cute files from Creative Kuts, which range from 2.00 and up... you can't go wrong! Now to find the photo of my granddaughter dressed as a cat the year she won a Halloween costume contest and I'll have another page done for my album! Thanks for stopping by and head over to Creative kuts to see all the new files! and check out the blog for other great ideas at

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Today the theme is Falling leaves or Falling in Love. I used the Imagine cartridge- The Good Old Days to make this little girl outside enjoying the leaves tumbling down. I love my Imagine! I love how I can cut things out in layers, and then using pop dots or the wobbles, can give my project a 3-D effect! You know that look is expensive in the store's embellishment aisle! The colors are so subtle and I used an orange background which makes the colors of my cuts really pop! I added a gold ribbon, and I think this little girl and her dog are hoping for enough leaves to make a good pile to jump in!

Friday starts a huge festival just north of us-The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival! The county has a number of bridges (2nd in the country) and the rural areas offer plenty of opportunity to see the changing leaves! Throw in all the vendors and food and it's a destination! Many come from all over the world to the area and some local residents actually make an entire year's living from this 2 week extravanganza! I hope you have a chance to get outside and enjoy the warm days, changing leaves as well! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Good Morning! I don't have a post for any of my design teams until later this week, but I did make these cards for a swap over at SplitCoastStampers! That's a wonderful site for templates, ideas, and to get involved with swaps! Our theme was White on White! Elegant huh? This is what I put together for that:

I used a white cardstock base cut to 5 1/2 by 81/2. Embossed the front with a Cuttlebug folder that had the oval in the center. I cut out the ornaments from Artiste Cricut cartridge and embossed them with a second folder (swirly) I added a string of pearls with Liquid Glass (CTMH) and four white pearl embellishments in the corners, and added a bow to the top of the ornament. The ribbon is CTMH and you can use ink to color it to match your project. This card would be perfect for a wedding with a different center embellishment. Anway, I thought I'd share something today that I just did for myself. Hope you like it!
Have a blessed a week!

Friday, October 5, 2012

. I used 4 for my projects! My Community, All Sports, Nifty Fifties and Fast Food Lite cartridges. Take a look at my projects! I think they're fun!
First of all, a cute little Fall/Thanksgiving card. I love the turkey from My Community.

I cut it out several times to give my feathers various colors.  I should call this card, "Where's the turkey?" Or "Eat more Beef!" He look like he's hiding to avoid Thanksgiving dinner. He's on page 32 of the My Community Cartridge. I added a CTMH stamp, fall, layered it, and cut out this petal  4 times, stacked with foam dots, and inked to look like a sunflower. I was flipping through the Nifty Fifty book to decide what to do when I saw this embellishment, and it reminded me of a sunflower. So I decided to make it as well and pop onto my card because in my area, Sunflowers is a typical fall image. I layered it all on a fall leaf paper, added a ribbon bow, and some green bling in the corner. It's really very colorful and 3-d.
My next two projects are from All Sports. Which is funny because 1. I don't have any children currently in sports. and 2. I'm the least sportiest person you'd ever meet! My longest run is to get in front of a food buffet... LOL
Anyway-here's the 2 scrapbook pages I made for my favorite great neice (who loves to cheer) and her big brother ( who is playing football and baseball)

The megahorn, ra'ra'ra' and the cute little cheerleader is all from the cartridge. I layered it on a 12 x 12 scrapbook paper I picked up at Jeffrey Allen's. They are closing out the scrapbook area, which makes me sad, but I did get this and the next page on sale. :)

The football player and title is all from All Sports. I asked my niece what the colors were on his uniform. She said blue.. how many shades of blue have you seen in the paper display aisle? I know, right? So I picked a nice navy color... Both these will be ready for photos and my niece is a great photographer so I'm sure she'll take the pefect photo to complete these.
Next I used Fast Food Lite Cartridge. I must admit that I was thinking, "what was I thinking?" I just couldn't get any mojo for this cartridge... again, I know how weird is that? I eat all the time.. then I found this cute sweet's paper from Erica's Room I had gotten.. humm, yummy! So I cut out an Ice Cream cone and layered into the paper. Added a CTMH sentiment-Hope Your Birthday is as Sweet as you. I think I was thinking I always hate to see our local DQ close as the weather gets cooler.. but not to fear-we have two others that stay open all year round!  Here's my card!

Now dip that into the chocolate and I'm licking my lips! This will be perfect for my little cheerleader above as her birthday party is next Saturday.


Fall Fest Blog Hop

Day 2!

Isn't October wonderful! Crisp apples picked fresh from the tree, warm apple cider to warm your tummy on a frosty night, leaves of gold, red, brown fluttering to the ground. October is a wonderful time of year and this hop is a celebration of October and all the colors, smells, sights and sounds it has to offer. Hop along with our Krazy Crafting Crew as they show you their take on October and what it is for them.
If you happen to stumble upon this hop you can begin hopping at our host blog for this month: Jearise of Lorby's World (

She has a special give away for you on her blog. If you came from Lisa at blog you are on the right track.

We also have a special sponser by Scrapbook Stamp Society.

They would love to reward one special blog visitor with a prize from their store. To be qualified for their drawing, please comment on all participating blogs and let them know you have.

You can receive extra entries for following them on Facebook at ( and for commenting on the Scrapbook Stamp Society blog (

I am offering some blog candy as well! A Fall Favorite Stamp Set from Close To My Heart!
To win my blog candy- comment on today's project then check back in tomorrow to see my Fall layouts! Be a follower of my blog if you're not all ready! Easy huh? I'll pick a winner on Monday so be sure to tell me how to contact you if Random picks you!

Day 2 Projects!
I cut the I Heart Fall from a file over at the Silhouette store with my Cameo! I cut the circle leaf as well from one of their files. I'm sure it's suppose to be a frame, but I think I'd have to "stage" a photo for it, so I really liked laying the I Heart Fall over it. I added two mats with some twine added and a border at the bottom of the page. Now when I take some photos at the Covered Bridge Festival, this page will be all ready to go!
Next I picked up this 12 x12 sheet of owl stickers on a clearance rack. I thought it was soo cute, but once I started to do my layout.. not so much! I know I'll have some of the little ones in our family come by ( I hope they do) so when they do, I'll snap their photos in their costumes and again, just need to put the photos on the page! Here's the layout!

See, what I mean? The tree was so huge, and there's so many leaves and owls... I wish I had just used them to make a little mini book.. but too late now! I think once I get some photos on the mats and I left a small rectangle one to journal whoo's in my photos! We'll see whoo's the scariest one of all!! (glad my photo won't be on this.. then it wouldn't even be a contest... LOL)Thanks for stopping by again today! Leave a comment and be a follower. I'll pick my blog candy winner on Monday!
Day 1 Just in case you missed it yesterday!
I love Fall and in my area we have a huge festival that celebrates the turning of the leaves and in Parke County- that ties into an area that has a huge number of Covered Bridges. Driving through the area, seeing the bridges and the colors of the trees is awesome and the routes are dotted with vendors selling crafts, food, and just plain fun! Sometimes the weather is warm and sunny, other times it's snowing! But no mater what we find plenty to do and it's so nice to just be out before the weather turns to winter! Here's my project for today:

I used my Fuse die cutter/letterpress to cut out this super embossed leaf! I added some inking, and put it onto a Wobble so it wiggles just like it's falling. I added a fall stamp sentiment (CTMH and it's in the give away set-newset), and layered all on a piece of striped paper. (a scrap-too big to throw out, too small for much else, a Three Bear kind of thing.. LOL) Added some gold bling in each corner and made my card base from half of an 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock. I have some upcoming fall birthdays in our family so I think I'll personalize the inside with a note, and  then I'm all ready for them! This was quick and easy, but in our busy lives, isn't that the best kind of crafting? You accomplish something... and then on to other projects. Be sure to stop back in tomorrow for day 2! I have some scrapbook layouts I made, so when I go to the festival, I am all ready for that too! See you tomorrow!

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