Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

The New Year is closing in upon us.... time to say goodbye to 2011 and Welcome 2012!
I hope it is one of happiness, good health and a lot of fun, love and creativity for all of you!

More projects to be posted soon!

Here is one quick look at one sample of some water bottle decorations I made to welcome my

daughter home from college for the Winter Break!
Hope you like it!

LOVE to hear your comments! Thank you!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Special Gift tag!

I wanted to share a gift tag I made for a special friend's gift this Christmas. She is an ice skater, therefore the snowflake and ice skate tag! As a matter of fact, the gift was even an ice skate ornament for her tree!

The Ice Skate is pop dotted up from the snowflake for some dimension. The Snowflake came from the Cricut Cartridge Winter Lace and the Skate from Joys Of The Season. The skate was cut at 3 inches, with the snowflake larger (I did not save the measurements, but most likely about 4.25??).

I wrapped the paper in pretty aqua snowflake paper with perfect matching tulle ribbon and tied the snowflake/skate on the package with a seperate piece of tulle so she could use the tag as another ornament if she wanted to!
Thanks so much for coming by....please leave me your comments!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011!

Merry Christmas to you all! This is my Christmas Card for 2011. I have neglected this blog and have several older projects that I have not posted. I will try to do a better job of adding my projects. I wish I had an easier way to upload photos.

I used my Cricut to cut the Santa from the Doodlecharms cartridge. The beard and moustache are embossed with the Cuttlebug "swirl" folder. I inked around the moustache to have it stand out a bit more, but my photo doesn't show that very well. I also pop dotted the nose and moustache off the face, then pop dotted the entire head off the base of the page. I thought the googly eyes and the pom pom really put the finishing touches on him!

I had one card get returned to me for not enough postage. I thought that was odd, considering the other 35 or so I mailed did not get returned for that reason! But it was tricky stuffing Santa into the envelope. I can imagine what trouble Santa has stuffing all his gifts into his bag!
Merry Christmas to all of you! I would love to hear your comments on my Card!

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Very Special Birthday Card

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share with you a card I just made for my Father In Law. He will turn 92 on Sunday and I am looking forward to celebrating with him and a few family members. I wanted to make a special card for his birthday and include at least a FEW of his favorite things (or at least I hope they are!!).

I cut the saying (Have your Cake and Eat it Too) from the Cricut cartridge "Sweet Treats" and altered it with my Gyspy. The ice cream cone and cake were also made with the same cartridge, ran through the Cuttlebug and popped up with foam tape to give some dimension to parts of it. Printed the sentiment on the inside of the card (both top and bottom portion) on the computer (including printing the top sentiment on a pre-cut Oval that I cut from the "From My Kitchen" Cricut cartridge).

The top portion of the inside of the card says "Have Pie, or Ice Cream or an nice Drink too"... While the bottom portions says " Do Whatever YOU WANT, after all, you are 92!!" .

Oh Teresa, did you make that up yourself?? Well, yes, I did! LOL! How very clever, you say?? I hope someone finds it amusing!

I used the "From My Kitchen" cartridge to also cut the martini. Last of all, used "Life is a Beach" to cut out the numbers 92, added ribbon from my stash as well as just various card stock I have. The card is 5x7.

I hope he likes the card and enjoys the little get together!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Back to School Card

Hello! It's been a busy summer! I hope you all have enjoyed it! I have more projects and photos to post, but for now I wanted to share a card I am mailing off to my Grandson.

He starts First Grade and I wanted to send him off with some good wishes!

It is a Shaped School Bus card - made from the Cricut Doodlecharm cartridge and created on my Gyspy. It was quick and easy to put together. Hope you like it....I'd love to see your comments!
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Very Belated Easter Cards

Belated Easter Wishes! Happy Spring!

I am finally catching up on adding some projects I have completed over the past month or two. Here are some Easter Cards I made. I decided to mix things up a bit
Side view to sshow dimension of card

I decided to make my "bunny cards" in various colors, all that reminded me of Spring!

I will be so happy to have Spring come and stay here in our area! We are getting so much rain and not enough warm days! How's the weather where you live?
Enoy the cards and please post your comments!

Full front view of cards

First flap on card

2nd flap open with sentiment showing

Thanks for coming by to visit!

Kaity Graduated!

Congratulations to my niece, Kaity (yes, the same one in the previous post who was engaged recently!) for graduating from Geneva College this past Saturday. I am sending her this card with her graduation gift. (Don't look Kaity if you want to be surprised!). It's a wise owl wearing a graduation cap with a diploma. I used the Cricut Cartridge Gyspy Wanderings for the owl and added "googly eyes", the cap and diploma were both from 'A Child's Year' cartridge. I added some pink and brown ribbon and the sentiment was typed on the computer then mounted on cardstock.

I "pop-dotted" the owl to give deminsion.

Let me know if you like it!

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Kaity's Getting Married!

My niece Kaity got engaged several months ago and will be having a photo shoot very soon and using some of the photos for her "Save The Date" cards. She asked if I could make a sign for them to hold in some of the photos based on an idea she saw elsewhere. I'm happy to report I made the signs and sent them off to her - - and she was happy with them! I thought I would share them here along with an engagement card I made for Kaity and Adam (her fiance'). The photos I am uploading today were taken with my cell phone. If I am not happy with how they look after posting them on the blog.... I'll repost later with photos from my camera if they seem to look better! Let me know what you think! I can't wait to see how Kaity and Adam use them in the photo shoot! They are such a cute couple! To get a better view, just click on a photo and it will enlarge. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, April 8, 2011

The New Cricut Craft Room!

I am participating in the Cricut Craft Room pre-launch Blog Hop! WECOME!!

I'm sure most faithful Cricut users have heard about the new and exciting Cricut Craft Room (CCR) that is going to make it's debute in Late April. I am really excited to get to play with it. I love using my Gyspy to design projects, and the flexibility of designing anywhere. But I am so looking forward to having the computer screen that is larger to work with! It sounds as though the CCR will have some new features that we can not do with the that is exciting!
Thanks for stopping by... please take a look around! Let me know your thoughts!

Spring Is Here???

We are finally having a beautiful day here in Centerville, Ohio! I was surprised to arrive home today and find my little tree in front of my house in full bloom! I love this little tree when it blooms in the Spring! I just had to share my excitement that the weather is perfect (right now...but in Ohio, that can change in a minute!) and the trees and flowers are starting to bloom! Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, April 4, 2011

A First Anniversary Card

It is hard to believe that a year ago my sweet niece Jessica (I call her my "first daughter" and she calls me her "other mother"!) and her husband Bobby were joined in marriage! I had to make a special card to honor the occassion.

Her wedding colors were shades of blue (which is incredibly funny to her "real" mother and I because as a child Jessica would not wear ANYTHING in the color blue!) so I used various shades and patterns of blue for this card.

This was my first attempt at a Joy Fold Card and I was very pleased with how it turned out!

I selected the cute couple from the Cricut Cartridge "Sweethearts" and cut all the layers.

The scalloped oval is from the cartridge "Create A Critter" but altered with the Gyspy.

I added 2 strips of sheer dark blue ribbon to the base of the card (ribbon from my stash, purchased at Michael's Crafts) and printed the sentiments from the computer then layered themwith matching paper. All paper was also from my "stash".

I hope they like it! Let me know your thoughts too!

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Missing in Action!

OH MY - -OH MY!!
How terrible a blogger am I? It has been some time since my last post. It isn't that I have not been "crafty", but I did forget to take photos of several adorable cards I made and sent out over the last couple of months. I do have a few projects that I made but never since those photos are sitting here loaded in the computer, I'll finally share them!

This was the gift card I made for my daughter in law, Alyssa for Christmas. She is a "newer" Expression owner and I got her a Gyspy for Christmas as well as a cartridge! The Cricut has googly eyes as well as a Santa hat. I made this by welding several shapes together on my Gyspy...this was before the Circut Circle Cartridge came out that has the various Cricut heads on it. I also embossed the background of the card with "Circut Circle Heads" embossing folder.

Click on the photo to enlarge it so perhaps see the detail a bit better.

Here is my card for my precious granddaughter, Lainey. She was 9 1/2 months at Christmas and had the nickname "LaineyBug" since before she was born. I used DoodleCharms cartridge for the ladybug and added in a Santa hat!

My sweet little 2 1/2 year old granddaughter Aubrey loves to dance!
She started taking dance classes this fall and loves it and is doing well!
OF COURSE a ballerina card would be most appropriate for her!
I added a little ribbon tied in a bow to the ballerina's skirt!

For my grandson, Cooper,who was 5 1/2 at Christmas and started kindergarden this school year, I decided to make a cute robot for him!
Alyssa is working on his 5th year album and the theme is robots, so I thought this was fitting. This robot had a lot of layers and I lifted him from the page with pop dots for some dimension.

Last of all, my son, Chris, has been a video game lover for years. Since his gift was a video
game for one of his systems.... I thought it appropriate to make and send a controller card!
Alyssa sent a cute photo of Chris holding the card, pretending to "play" with the game controller!
Thanks for visiting my blog! I love to see your comments!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Card set post 2

I was not able to include ALL the cards in my last post from the set I made as a Christmas gift. Here are the remaining cards from that set. Please let me know you visited my blog . . . I'd love to have you follow me and leave a comment!
Thanks for stopping by!

Belated Christmas gift projects

I am hitting the blogger jackpot today! Another post of projects that I made for Christmas gifts that I am just getting around to posting. These are part of a set that I am giving as a belated Christmas gift. Just a combinations of birthday, thank you, get well, etc. cards for them to have on hand to send to relatives and friends.

A Card for my Foot Doctor

As many of you know, I had foot surgery at the end of August. Although I've developed complications and I'm still not walking fully on my own or without pain, I was very pleased with my podiatrist and the care he has provided. To thank him for all he's done I made him a card and gave him a big box of Esther Price chocolate for Christmas.
Here is the card I made...
it's a layered Christmas tree, at first glance...but if you look closely, you will see I cut various sizes of "feet" and layered them all together to make the tree shape! Added a star to the top, some Stickles on the toes on the bottom layer and scattered throughout the branches.

The doctor was pleased (amused may be a better term!) and said he was hanging it up on his office door!
Sorry for the glare...took the photo JUST minutes before heading off to the appointment with the doctor! Click on a photo for a larger image and better view!

My Pink Stamper Design Team Challenge

Happy New Year!
My first post of the New Year is a special one. I have been following Robyn from My Pink Stamper for quite some time and love her blog! She is having a contest to add 2 lucky followers to her design team.
The contest rules are as follows: Use the colors pink, green and brown (Robyn's favorite colors) and your favorite Cricut Cartridge. You are allowed to use other optional colors but the project must be newly created for this contest. You can not be a member of any other design team that would be in competition with products created by The Pink Stamper.

SO..... here is my entry!
Click on a photo to enlarge the image and get a better look!

The "recipe" for the card:
Tools and Machines:
Cricut Expression
Imaginace I Rock Tool
Xyron X
Wrap It Up
Winter Woodland
Embossing Folder:
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots
Scotch ATG
Scotch Foam Squares
Bazzil - 2 shades of simmer pink
Stampin' Up - Chocolate Chip
Recollections Cardstock (from Michael's)- black
Light Green and light tan from my scrap stash
Basic Narrows from Michael's - brown with pink stitching
I Rock gems from Imaginisce
How I did it:
I cut the from Wrap It Up (page 66) at 4 1/2 inches
I then cut the to get the flower overlay in a lighter pink shimmer paper.
I also used the layer and the layer to complete all the layers for this cut.
I decided it needed a shadow which this cartridge does not offer, so I again cut
in black cardstock at 4 3/4" and then hand trimmed it a bit to get the look I wanted.
I used my Gyspy to cut the tag feature from <3dbldg3> on page 77 of Winter Woodland Cartridge. I sized it to 4.80 x 6.50".
I then cut the phrase "Thank You" from the Thanksgiving solutions cartridge, sized at 2.66 x 2.o using the Gyspy again.
Using the ATG gun I applied the scallop to the base of the chocolate chip brown card base (cut to make a 5x7 inch card front) and then glued my layers of the bouquet all together. I added a bit of bling to the already shimmery looking flowers by using the I Rock to attach 2 gems. I wrapped a bit of the brown ribbon (that had the perfect pink stitching running through it) to the bouquet. I then attached my created black cardstock shadow to the bouquet and used Scotch foam layering tape to pop it up from the scallop which lies flat on the card base. After adding my sentiment of "Thank You" to the top, my card was complete!
Wish me luck....there are so many talented paper crafters who would all love the chance to be on Robyn's team! I will be using this card as a Thank You to some friends who live in Alaska for the lovely Christmas gift they sent, so this card is getting double duty!
Thank you for looking! I have a series of photos I took of other projects I've made over the past few weeks but with the Holidays, neglected to add to the blog. Please check back for them soon.
I'd love to see your comments so I know you visited! Consider following me for further updates!

Robyn asked us to use our FAVORITE Cricut Cartridge for this challenge and for me that is almost impossible. I love all my cartridges for various reasons and my "favorite" changes with
the project I am working on! I do like Wrap It Up a lot for the wide variety of cuts it offers and for the neat boxes and tags you can create. Winter Woodland has been a favorite of mine for the Christmas season and winter images. I got a lot of use out of the Thanksgiving cartridge as I made some Thanksgiving cards and decorations! So can I say I used my absolute favorite cartridge for this challenge... NO...because I love them ALL!!