Sunday, December 25, 2011


I hope everyone is having a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!  I look forward to the New Year filled with fun, family, and crafting!!  Enjoy the holidays and be safe.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Snowman Gift Box

 Hi Everyone!!  I am so excited to get a project done!  I was hoping to get lots of other Christmas projects done this week, but my little girl broke her finger at a Christmas bowling party.  My poor little baby!  She was so excited to go bowling for the first time.  She is a little sweetheart.  I have been so busy getting ready for Christmas, I really haven't had time to craft.  Today I am going to share another gift box with you.  Click HERE to get the template for this box.  I made this for the PK LFIF Challenge: Fabric Scraps.  I used light blue felt for the snowman scarf and a piece to tie the box closed.  I cut the felt first with pinking sheers.

I made this snowman from the Fiskars Cutting Templates (the orange ones).  I also used 3 black brads for the buttons.

 The sentiment is from Close to My Heart Christmas Scripts.  I originally stamped it on to the box and accidently smeared it so I cut a square and stamped it again.  I used my corner rounder on two of the corners.  I really liked how the corners look.  Then I took some white ink and inked the edges to make it look frosted.
 For the snowman face, I used Peachy Keen Everyday Character Face stamp set.  The snowman hat is from Christmas Cheer Cricut cartridge and I used silver glitter ink to ink over it to give it some shimmer.  LOVE how it turned out.

I also used my snowflake cuttlebug folder to emboss the background of the box and added some ink to make the snowflakes look frosty.

I LOVE how the box turned out.  Those Peachy Keen faces are so adorable!!


Black ink
Studio G ink - white & silver
Martha Stewart Brown Cardstock
Close to my heart Christmas Scripts stamps
Peachy Keen Everyday Character face stamps 1"
Light Blue Felt
Pinking sheers
snowflake cuttlebug folder
black brads
Fiskars Cutting Template (hard plastic orange ones)
Fiskars Shape Cutter
Cricut Cartridge:
  Christmas Cheer

Thanks for stopping by and I cannot wait to show you what I have planned for the new year!  Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Back to Crafting!!

Hi Everyone!!  I am sorry I have been MIA!  I just got home from spending 13 days in Childrens Hospital with my teenage daughter.  She had to have surgery to remove a large tumor on her pancreas.   She ended up having two surgeries and we are finally home.  She is now recovering at home.  I am so thankful that she will be home for Christmas. 

I will have a few Christmas projects up next week and then I will be back in full swing the beginning of January.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thankgiving Everyone!!  I hope you all are having a wonderful day with your family and friends. 

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Peachy Keen Sketch Challeng #65 with a Twist ~ Paper Piecing~

Hello Everyone!!  I wanted to share the card I made for the PK Sketch Challenge #65 with a twist ~ paper piecing.  I have never done this before and it was fun.  I am happy with how it turned out.

 I used the image from Elegant Edges pg. 32 and used my gypsy to hide the heart.  I also used the little triangles that were left on my mat for the corners on my card.  It just needed some red somewhere else on the card.
 I combined 2 different stamps to get the sentiment.

  Cardstock from my stash
  CTMH Stamps:
    "Happy" from Happy Birthday C1257
    "Winter" from Christmas Scripts C1209
  Stampin Up Real Red ink
  Stampin Up Winter Patches Stamp -mittens
  Cricut Cartridges:
     Elegant Edges

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How I organize my Buttons and Odds & Ends

Hi Everyone!!  I wanted to share with you another way I organize my craft space.  Today I am going to share how I store my buttons and odds & ends.  I purchased these little containers at Michaels.  They were sold with the jetmax cubes and I believe you got 5 or 6 containers in a package.  I recently went back to purchase more and they didn't have anymore.  I sure hope they did not discontinue them.  I LOVE them because the lids screw on!!
 I don't have a whole lot of buttons so I have other items stored in the containers like googly eyes, jingle bells, large brads, and other odds & ends. 
 I have a container for each color button.  I LOVE them because when I open the drawer, I can see everything through the clear tops.
Here is a close up of the container.  These are clear plastic.
 If you are unable to find these containers at Michaels or online, you could use any containers you can find.  I just LOVE having them in one of my jetmax drawers and I can see everything I have when I open the drawer!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Coffee Gift Card Holder

Hi Everyone!!  I wanted to share a coffee gift card holder with you.  I made this for the Simply Sunday Challenge over at Getty Cricky blog.  I am really happy with how it turned out. 
I didn't have any glossy accents for the coffee so I used a glue stick and let it dry to make the coffee look wet.  I used 2 candy canes for the heart!  This is going to be for a winter birthday and have a Starbucks gift card inside. 


Cardstock from my stash
Stampin Up Night of Navy ink
Close to my heart Happy Birthday Stamp
Cricut Cartridges:
  Christmas Cheer (coffee, candy canes
  Cindy Loo (gift card holder altered with my gypsy)

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wanna win the Cricut Art Philosophy bundle package?

Just wanted to let everyone know that Mandy over at My Passion for Scrapbooking is giving away the Cricut Art Philosophy cart bundle package.  Click HERE to go to her site and register to win!!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rosette made from MS Elegant Cake Cart

Hi Everyone!!  Today I want to share with you 2 rosettes I made using the Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Cartridge. (You CAN use the cake carts in other cricut machines.  I have an expression and it works.)  I used the doily border on page 77.  I used a solid blue cardstock for the one rosette and a colored stripe for the other.  For the blue rosette, I used the "PHRASE" feature and it was cut at 1 x 9".  If you look in your booklet, it will give you the different measurements for each feature.  Now for the colored stripe rosette, I used the same "PHRASE" feature 1 x 9".  However, I used my gypsy and sized it at 1.5 x 11.5".  I wanted you to make 2 rosettes because I know everyone doesn't have a gypsy.  Click HERE if you missed my rosette tutorial.

 I put a button in the center and didn't really like it.  It just needed something more.
 So I removed the button used some ink and inked up the edges and stamped "Thank You" in the center.  I like it much better.  My daughter said it looks like a flower!

  Paper from my stash
  Close to my heart twilight ink
  close to my heart Say it in Style stamp set
  Circle punch
  Martha Stewart Score Board
  Cricut Cartridges:
    Martha Stewart Elegant Cake

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"Fall is Here" Card

Hi Everyone!  I wanted to share a card I made for fall.


Fall cardstock
Colorbox Burnt Sienna ink
Brown ink for squirrel
Studio G stamps (squirrel, sentiment, acorn border)
Pop Dots
Cricut Cartridges:
  Gypsy Wanderings (leaves)
  Cindy Loo (tree, background (cream cardstock)

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
My Craft Spot
Exploring Cricut

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

After Halloween Clearance Scrapbook Finds

Hi Everyone!  I wanted to share with you all the great Halloween clearance finds I found at Walmart.  My Walmart had tons of great Studio G Halloween scrapbooking products for $.97 (regular price).  I purchased a few things before halloween just to make sure I got them.  I went to Walmart on Wednesday and Halloween stuff was 50% off.  SO I picked up a few items.  On Saturday it was 75% off and picked up a lot of items.  Sunday was 90% off and I cleaned them out.  Here are some pictures of what I bought.  This is only half of what I bought.  I went back and cleaned them out.  On Sunday, the items were only $0.09!!!!!   I got paper, glitter glue, ink pads, stickers, chipboard, brads, clear stamps, wooden stamps, and ribbon.  I am sooooo happy and I am totally set for Halloween next year!!

I hope they get studio g items in for Christmas!!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Halloween Card for Peachy Keen Challenge

Hi Everyone!  This is my last Halloween card and it is for the Peachy Keen Challenge.  I LOVE this little ghost and have seemed to use it alot this year.  It is so adorable with a PK face stamp.  I wanted to keep this card simple.

The Happy Halloween stamp is a studio G stamp.
I stamped the cat over the ghost.  I really liked how it turned out!
The witches hat is stamped in purple ink and then I added studio g glitter glue over it.

  Peachy Keen In Stitches face stamp
  Studio G stamps: Happy Halloween, cat, witches hat
  Studio G glitter glue
  Black & orange scrap paper
  Orange twine
  Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut Cartridge (Ghost)
  Black and purple ink pads

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Baby's First Birthday

Hi Everyone!  I wanted to share with you decorations from my baby girls first birthday using my cricut and Peachy Keen face stamps.  I had so much fun making these decorations.  I LOVE the way this cake turned out!
I punched 2 flowers and 1 circle for each cupcake and glued the toothpick between the 2 punched flowers.  It was super easy. 

These are plain pink party plates.  I just glued the flowers on.
I got these blowers at the Dollar Tree and ripped off the original decoration and glued on my flower. 
I found this craft paper also at the Dollar Tree.  I wrapped up the presents and used light pink sheer ribbon (also from Dollar Tree) for the smaller tube packages.  I used light pink tule for the bow on the large package.

  Peachy Keen Basic Paper Doll Face stamps
  pink tule
  sheer pink ribbon (Dollar Tree)
  brown/chocolate grograin ribbon from my stash
   LargeFlower punch from creative memories
  Circle punch (for center of flower)
  chocolate chip ink pad from Stampin Up
  Cricut Cartridges:
     MS Elegant Cake Art (Font)
     Storybook  (label)
     Create A Critter (leaves)

Thanks for stoppy by and happy crafting!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How I Store My Cricut Cartridges

Hi Everyone!  I wanted to share how I store my Cricut Cartridges.  I bought a ClosetMaid cabinet with doors from Target.  It has adjustable shelves and I also store my Cricut Expression on the bottom.  I actually have 2 rows of cartridges on each shelf.   You can also stack the cabinets if you have more than one.  I have 2 side by side.  It keeps everything looking neat and clean.  Also helps keep the dust off  ( I HATE dusting)!  And they go perfectly with my jetmax cubes.  I LOVE them.

I am planning on sharing other organizing tips throught the weeks to come, so stop back and see how my organizing is coming along!  I have an organizing button on the right hand side of my blog.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Cute Ghost Halloween Card

Happy Halloween Everyone!!  I hope you are having a great day.  I wanted to do one last Halloween card.  I am entering this card in the  Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge.  I used some of my Halloween scrap paper and cut the ghost at 2.75" from the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge.  I used my gypsy to hide the eyes so I could use my Peachy Keen In-Stitches face stamps.  I also used some black ink around the edges.  The scary ghost sentiment is stickers from Paper Studio.  I am really happy how it turned out!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Halloween!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cute Ghost Halloween Layout

Hi Everyone!!  I usually don't post on the weekends, but I have to show you the cute layout I made last night.  I was shopping at Walmart and found a Halloween display in the craft isle with lots of Halloween stickers.  They were $1.50 a pack and I found some super cute border stickers.  They also had Thanksgiving sticker as well.  My other Walmart didn't have these stickers so when I saw them, I grabbed them.  I purchased 3 packs of the border stickers.  Here is a picture of 2 of the pack I bought.  I use the ghost pack for my layout.   These stickers are 3D and have glitter on them.  They really are the cutest!!! (Sorry for the glare.  I should have taken them out of the package before taking pictures)

OK!  Now on to my layout.  The ghost package had 2 border stickers.  I used the tombstone one at the bottom of the page.  I cut up the ghost border and put the ghost thought the page.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this turned out!!!!

 This is the tombstone/grave yard sticker border.  Sorry for the glare.
 The Happy Halloween is a stamp from the Close to my Heart Fall stamp set.
 I inked up all the paper edges with black ink and LOVE how spooky they look.
 These ghost have glitter and some of them have googly eyes.  They are so cute.
I used number stickers for the year and outlined them with my Martha Stewart black pen to make them stand out.  I also used my MS black pen and my white gel pen to make dots on the numbers.
 Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween box with Rosette Update

Hi Everyone!!  I had a HUGE response to my tutorial that I posted yesterday for the rosettes using the border punch.  Click HERE if you missed the rosette tutorial.  Thanks for all your kind words and emails.  I really appreciate them.  Of course after I made the box and posted it, I decided to draw a spider web under the spider.  So I made another box and left out the twine and added a black satin bow.

The box on the right is the box I made yesterday.  I really like the hand drawn spider web under the spider.  It really adds a lot.  I LOVE both boxes.   I wanted to show you how nice it looked with just the rosette, sentiment, and a bow.  Very simple!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!