Sunday, December 29, 2013

Valentine's Day Card #1 - Now and Forever (Paper Smooches)

Hey there all you crafty people! Here is the first card I'll be creating for the Valentine's Day Project series.

I am so excited to be submitting my very first entry to the Paper Smooches blog Their stamps are too cute! You've got to check them out.

Finding a Valentine's Day card for your "masculine" special one can be a bit challenging, right? All those pretty, shiny, lacy, etc. cards makes it difficult. So, with that in mind I've designed this card for my husband. Love that guy!

Card Base: Recollections Craft Card Stock cut at 5 1/2 x 4 1/4.
Layer: Teresa Collins "Stationery Noted" 6 x 6 paper pack
Hearts: Coordinations Red Paper
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Sentiment: Craft Card Stock with "Now and Forever" stamped on white card stock.
Notice the Faux stitching around the edges of the card base and the sentiment tag.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a sun shiny day!

Watch how it was created on

Valentine's Cards - Last Year's Models

I had made a bunch of Valentine's cards (see pictures below) to sell at my friends mail center store but the business relocated. I picked up all the cards and stored them. However, they are here to inspire you or if you're interested in buying any of them you can check out my website at

Next week (as time permits), I'll be starting a series creating Valentine's Cards, decorations, etc. I have a few designs and ideas that are bursting out of me.

Sold Out but I will created upon order and payment

Sold Out but I will created upon order and payment

Thanks for stopping by and have a sun shiny day!

Thank You Card #4 - Tag "Thanks ALOT"

I thought I'd mix it up a bit and do a tag for a Thank You "card". I do love to embellish tags! If you'd like to see how I created it check out

Tag: Inksentials 6 1/4 x 3 3/4.
I set up the Thank You stamps (all from Fiskars) on my Fiskars stamp block lining them up on the grid.
I heat embossed all the stamps, distress inked it with Tim Holtz spun sugar and raspberry distress ink. The ribbon is black and white polkadot and pink and white polkadot. The little black and silver bling swirl gave it the final touch.

Thank you for stopping by and have a sun shiny day!


Thank You Card #3 - Flowers and Pearls

Here's a Thank You card for my lovely friend, Wilda. She is one of the friends I did a Christmas gift exchange with. The Wild Card Cricut cartridge has so many cute card and die cut options. This one is one of my favorites. Watch how I made it on

Card Base: This came from my scraps. It's purple, textured with polkadots and the inside has a slight green tone. I used the Wild Card Cricut cartridge (pg. 52) cut at 4.75 inches.
Purple Layer: The paper is purple Coordinations (bought at JoAnns). It's about 4.25 inches. I embossed it with the Darice Large Petal embossing folder then sanded it with the Tim Holtz sanding tool. For each center of the flowers I put a Recollections pearl.
Lace: Using Score tape, I put the ribbon around the back side then popped it up on the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a sun shiny day!


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thank You Card #2 - Friendship Warms The Heart

Here is the 2nd "Thank You" card I've made for my other girlfriend that we did a gift exchange. I made a video on this but didn't finish the card completely. So, here are two pictures of the completed card both outside and in.

Card Stock: Graphic 45 "A Ladies Diary Collection"
Card Base: Close To My Heart Artist cartridge. Cut at 5" on page 55. I could have done Real Dial Size at 5 1/2 but didn't think about it until after I put the card together. Next time.
Flowers: CTMH Artist cartridge. Real Dial Size 2" page 55.
Pearls: I put Recollection pearls in the center of the flowers then inked them with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint. I also inked the outside edge of the card.
Sentiment: "Thank You" I created this with the Silhouette using just a regular font then welding the letters.
Sentiment: Using the sketch pens I wrote out the words for the inside of the card.

Thank you all so much for stopping by!

Thank You Card #1 - Thank You, Merci, Thanks So Much

My mom is home safe and sound. So, I'm back in my craft room playing with my Silhouette Cameo.

I did a gift exchange with 3 of my friends so I'm making "Thank You" cards for them (tee hee just an excuse to play).

For this one I made a coordinating envelope. Please pop on over to to see how it was made.

Paper: My Mind's Eye "Indie" collection
Card Base: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Envelope: A2 Size made with We Are Memory Keepers envelope maker
Silhouette Die Cut: "Thank You Lace" Kollette Hall #26158

Hugs to 'ya!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Please Vote! Mixed Media Choices

I just didn't get that "wow" feeling once I finished and stared at the first Mixed Media project I made for my husband so, using my Silhouette Cameo (you can design on Cricut Craft Room or The Gypsy too), I set up up and designed a new one. See it on

So, which one do you like the most? The one on the left is MM1 (I tried so hard to get the words/lettering straight...grrr...) or MM2 with the embellishments.

Thanks so much for stopping by and voting!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Mixed Media (attempt)

I've been racking my brain trying to figure out what to get my husband for Christmas. Well, he gave me my present early (Silhouette Cameo) so I thought I would "try" to make him something using this new and awesome die cut machine.

I did a video on how I did most of this and mentioned I would probably add more to it...and I, here it is. I have mixed (no punn intended) emotions about the final look. But, being that it's my first attempt at mixed media I won't be so hard on myself.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Card #12 - Christmas Kitty

Just when I thought I was done with my cards I remembered a few more people I wanted to send cards to. This one is for the amazing vet and her staff. If you'd like to see how I made it just click on

Card Base: Recollections Card Stock (5 1/2 x 4) and Envelopes
Layer 1: Bazzill Card stock (cut just slightly under 5 1/2 x 4)
Layer 2: October Afternoon "Merry" cut at 5 1/4 x 3 3/4
Red Square: Bazzill Card stock cut at 3 1/2 x 3 1/2
White Square: White card stock (65lb from Staples) cut at 3 1/4 x 3 1/4.
Kitty Stamp: Penny Black
Sentiment Stamp: Lawn Fawn
Copic Markers:
Recollections Puffy Powder for the ball on the hat, rim of the hat and snow on the chimney.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Just-A-Scrappin Design Team Weekly Challenge

2014! Really? Bring it on!
For this week's Just-A-Scrappin Design Team challenge we had to do a card or layout with a New Year's theme using Gold, Silver and Black. I decided to add a little bit of red to it. Watch how I created it on

Base: Black and White diamond. I bought this through Oriental Trading (it was a paper stack of 12 in a variety of different colors).
Red: Recollections. I cut this at 3 1/2 then punched it with my EK Success punch.
Black and White squares: Colorbok paper. I cut these at 2 1/2 x 2 1/2.
Lettering: I used the Cricut Craft Room, Gypsy Font, to weld the letters together. The shadow and font are 2 1/2 inches. I used Colorbok paper here as well.
Ribbon: Gold Ric Rac bought from JoAnns
Die Cuts: Spellbinders: Curved Rectangles. I cut one in black then a smaller size in silver glitter paper.
Cheers: Cut at 3 1/2 from Designer's Calendar.

I think that covers it all. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a sun shiny day!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Card #11 - Nativity Scene

I've finished all my cards for my family. I love coloring, always have, so this one I really enjoyed doing.
Watch how it was made

Paper: Simple Story
Stamps: Recollections
Copic: Variety of Colors

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Christmas Card #9 - Tis The Season

This one might be my favorite. The 2012 Holiday tree from Spellbinders is so pretty. Watch how I made it on

Card Base: DCWV Christmas card box
Tree Die Cut: 2012 Holiday Tree
Banner Die Cut: Ribbon Banners
Stamp: Mary's "Very Merry" stamp set
Stickles are randomly placed on the swirls of the tree.

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Christmas Card #8 - Sending Love

Good 'ol stampin up! Love the punches and inks. Having the DCWV Christmas card box of cards helped in putting this one together quickly. Watch how it was made

Card Base: DCWV Christmas card box
Punch: Stampin' Up Mosaic. Buy all your Stampin' Up products from
Stamp: Stampin Up Mosaic
Stamp: "Sending love at Christmas" Mary's stamps at
Gold string: Martha Stewart

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Christmas Card #7 - Joyful Greetings

I had fun making this one. Again, it's sure easy to create a card using the DCWV Christmas ox of cards. But, when you add the "Joyful Greetings" and the trees...ah, just so cute. Watch how it was made on

Card Base: DCWV Christmas Box
Die Cuts: Spellbinders 2013 Holiday Trees
               Spellbinders Back to Basic Tags (the presents)
Paper: DCWV: Christmas stack
Stamp: Paper Smooches. I stamped it on white card stock then layered it on red and cut around it.

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Christmas Card #6 - Poinsettia and Holly

I've just completed Christmas card #6. Using the Spellbinders die cuts sure is a quick way to complete a card. Check out how I've made it on

Card Base: DCWV Christmas Box
Spellbinders die cut: Pointsettia
Paper: Bazzill (both green and red)
Ink: Versa Mark (silver)
Glitter: Martha Stewart

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Card #5 - Let It Snow

Using the cards and envelopes from DCWV Christmas Combo was really helpful in getting this done quickly.

I did a short video review of  the next cards (#5 - 10) and explained how I did them. Hop on over to In the meantime, here is card #5.

Card Base: DCWV Christmas Combo
Die Cut - Spellbinders
Layers: White card stock cut at 2 1/2 and Recollections card stock cut at 2 1/4 then embossed with the Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder
Stamp: Fiskars

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Christmas Card #4 - Kuppa Kuppa Merry

I had a latte making this card for my mom. She's a coffee drinker...she drinks a lot of coffee...all day. Would you like to see how I made it? Go to

Card Base: DCWV Card Combo
Layer: October Afternoon "Good Cheer" cut at 2 1/2
Ribbon: Tim Holtz Tinsel
Punch: Martha Stewart heart punch
Stamp Set: Cardz TV
Cricut cartridge: Love You A Latte cut at 3 1/2.

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Christmas Card #3 - Hello Merry Kitty

My sister absolutely love Hello Kitty so, I made she and her boyfriend a Christmas card with that little cutie. There's a lot of detail involved in this one. It might be best you watch how I made it to see all that I did with the cuts and added embellishments.
Card Base: Bazzill 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Cricut cartridge: Elegant Edges, Hello Kitty Greetings
Punch: Martha Stewart border snowflake

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Christmas Card #2 - For the Milkman

For about 16 years now, I've had my milk, cheese, bread, ice-cream...etc. delivered by an Alta Dena milkman by the name of Vern. I've talked to him on the phone many times but haven't actually met him. He drops off our delivery at 2:00 a.m. but I thought maybe one day I'd peek out the window and see what he looks like...I just don't want to scare him.
When my boys were very young, Vern used to put stuffed animals out for them. In return, I always give him a card and treats. Here is the card I made for him this year. If you'd like to watch how I made it go to

Card Base: Basic white 65lb weight card stock cut at 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. I put the same size red glitter paper over it.
Layer 2: Green Glitter stripped paper from Recollections cut at 5 1/4 x 4.
Cricut cartridge(s): Milk and Cookies are from Country Life cut at 3 inches. Merry Christmas is from Phrases and it's cut at 1 1/2. On the cookies I put little dots of black Viva Pearl Pen.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Just-A-Scrappin weekly design team project

The design team challenge for this week is...."Christmas, anything goes, using green, red, silver and gold." I usually make a card but decided to make a banner for my fireplace mantel instead. This project was quick and easy! If you'd like to watch how I made it go to

Card Stock: Bazzill (Red and Green)
Tulle: Silver Glitter
Cricut cartridge(s): 
Joys of the Season - Holly cut at 5 3/4 inches. I cut it once in red and once in green using the leaves only.
Jubilee - Letters (Runt) cut at 2 1/2.
Misc. - I used a Martha Stewart glitter pen to enhance the tick lines in the pedals but it didn't turn out as smooth as I had wanted. I think my pen is just getting old. 

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Card #1 - Christmas Straw Tree

Here is the first card I'll be making for this holiday season. I saw this design in either a magazine, etsy, pinterest or somewhere but I can't remember. Yikes! Check out how I made it on

Card Base: White 65lb card stock.
Layer: Red Recollections card stock embossed with the Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder.
Straws: I bought the candy straws at Michaels in the baking section and the red and white stripped at Bed Bath and Beyond.
Stamp: Paper Smooches
Die Cut: Spellbinders
Ink: Momento black and Lady Bug (red) ink pen
Snowflake: Martha Stewart punch

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Inspirational Card for my mom

I'm back in my craft room aka my therapy room! Today, I've made a card for my mom. She's been through so much this month and has a challenging road ahead. I hope this card will inspire her to help give her the courage she needs. If you'd like to see how this was made go on over to

Card Base: Teresa Collins "Tell Your Story" paper. Cut at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
Die Cut & Stamps set: Lawn Fawn
Bakers Twine: Teresa Collins

Thank you all so much for stopping by!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Quick Hello

I'm having crafting withdrawals but I've been busy doing something very important. I've been taking care of my mom. She flew into California at the beginning of November to come see my doctor for a stomach issue. That's been resolved (dairy and gluten intolerant) but she's having trouble with her short term memory. Yes, as we get older our memory fades but this is a bit more serious especially since she's only 76 years old. Since she lives alone in Nevada and I just could send her back home until we find out what's wrong. She's finished with all her tests. We'll have a final answer on Monday.
If all goes well, I'll be starting my Christmas cards after Thanksgiving and hopefully able to do some videos and tutorials. I have a lot of ideas and designs I can't wait to share with you.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Halloween Treat Boxes and Bags

You know the saying, "Better late than never." Actually, since I've been attending to my mom (she has some health issues we're trying to resolve) I didn't post any of the Halloween creations I made. Here are a few of the treat boxes and a bag I made. Want to see how they were made? Check out my youtube channel

Cricut cartridge: Happy Hauntings

Cricut cartridge: Mini Monsters. The witch and broom were cut at 3 inches.
I used a regular sack lunch bag. Inside is a zip lock baggie full of popcorn and candy corn. For the broom stick is added a large pretzel stick. 

Cricut cartridge: Happy Hantings.
I cut both of these on Fit to Page. They turn out large enough that you can put a small cookie inside or about 2 oz of candy.

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Coffee Mug with hot chocolate, marshmellows and a yummy candy cane.

I had so much fun making this! It's a great gift for just about anyone. Now, here in sunny central California it's still in the high 70's low 80's so hot chocolate isn't all that appealing but we're keeping our fingers crossed that rain soon! Want to see how I made it? Check out my youtube channel at

Cricut cartridge: Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2
Paper: Recollections
Misc: I added rust, beige and brown raffia to the inside of each cup.
         The treat bag can be found at Michaels, JoAnns or Beverly's.

Make sure that you use very sturdy card stock if you're going to put something in it. This cup is the large one but there is also a smaller version you can make as well. It would fit a small cupcake  or maybe a few coffee pods.

Thanks for stopping by and hugs!


Thanksgiving cards for an Army troop

My (cyber) friend, Janis (, has a son and son-in-law in the Army. She makes cards and sends them to the troops so they can mail them to their families and friends. I thought this was so wonderful that I wanted to be a part of it. Here are some of the cards I mailed to the troops.

I used a variety of Cricut cuts, Copic markers, designer paper collections, ribbons, embellishments and die cuts. If there is a particular card you'd like to have more info on just leave a comment and I'll get back to you. 
I put a note in the package that I mailed. I thanked the troops for all that they do for us Americans and included my email address. I hope to hear from them!
Hugs and have a sunshiny day!