Sunday, November 29, 2009

MOJO114 Just in the Nick of Time

Hi friends,
What do you do with your scraps from projects and cards? I keep mine, & create more cards with them! All the cards I will share with you this week came from scrap papers (not all from the same paper line, but I made them work :) Anyhoo, on to my card for this week's MOJO Monday Sketch Challenge:
Here's the sketch:

Here's my card:

I went for a rustic (could be for a man) look. The border punch looked like Santa's beard to me so I went with it.

Here's a closer peek at Santa:

Isn't this such a beautiful image! Luuuuv it! I got this last year at Uncle Mike's. I stamped the sentiment so that it would be subtle & kinda blend with the image.

Here's a peek of the inside:

The border along the bottom is the same border punch I used on the front of my card. I simply punched along both edges of my paper to create this border.

Where did you see this paper before??? When I made this card: 

Thanks for peekin' today! I've got Parent-Teacher Conferences this week to get ready for.
Gotta Go!

The 411
Paper: Signature Christmas- My Minds Eye, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla- SU!

Stamps: Santa Collage- Rubber Stampede, Short & Sweet- SU!
Ink: Chestnut Roan- ColorBox, Chocolate Chip- SU!
Tools: Decorative Scrolls- Cuttlebug Die, Border Punch- EK Success
Other: Pearls, twine

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Organization: Cricut Solutions Cartridges

Hi friends,
Today I thought I'd share the way I organize my Cricut Solutions cartridges. These are the ones that don't have as many images or come with a book. I don't have anywhere near as many of these as I do the full content cartridges, so this was a perfect solution for me :)

I bought this File Folder box at Auntie Joann's at 50% (+ 20%) off. So I ended up getting it super cheap!

It's a great size at only 6" x 9" x 8". So it doesn't take up a lot of space, but look at how much it holds:

I wrote the name of the cart on the label & put the cartridge insert, overlay, & cart in each section. Easy to find & to put back when done :)

Here's a peek from the top:

I think this would be a great way to take your carts with you to crops & swarms if you don't want to drag your cart boxes with you. The handle makes this perfect to grab & go :)  The book, overlay, & cartridge all fit in each section. If you don't have that many carts--->yet, you could use this as a way to store your full content carts too. 

I hope this gives you ideas on ways to organize your Cricut toys. Thanks for peekin' today :) I'm off for some after Thanksgiving cleaning :( My craft space is a mess!!!
Gotta go!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Guinew Moon

Hi friends,
I'm not much of a black Friday shopper (can't picture too many things that would get me out of my sweet slumber at 4 a.m. :) but I am eventually leaving the pad to see the New Twilight: New Moon. I came across a link to this spoof & it is soooooooooo funny! Fluffmeister, my guinea pig, 

and I were rolling on the floor laughing! He gives it two paws up! Enjoy!!!

Guinew Moon from Electric Spoofaloo on

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hi friends,
I just started cookin' and already I'm on the injured list! That didn't take long :) But it reminds me to be thankful for her...

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate!
Gobble 'till You Wobble!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop-November

                   Tag you're it!
Hi friends,
Today I'm participating in PTI's Blog Hop. This month, our task was to create simple packaging or tags. I decided I needed tags so tags it was :)
Here's what I created:

It's a very simple little tag. Instead of a Christmas Tree, how 'bout a Holiday Topiary! Here's a closer peek:

Here are the deets:

I used Spellbinders Fancy Tags for the tag base. I cut it out of Shimmer White Cardstock for just a hint of shimmer. I used the pot from Everyday Button bits inked it in Terra Cotta tile & added a couple New Leaf buttons. I added some bling for the garland. The sentiment fit perfectly within the filigree at the bottom of the tag. 

Thanks so much for hopping by! I'm off to check out your tag & packaging creations :) Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Gobble till You Wobble!!!

Gotta go!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Aly's Sketch Challenge ASC6

Hi friends,
So you think you can...craft? This is what I'm thinking when I use one of Aly's sketches to create a card! Seriously, I don't know how she does it! FYI: Aly is Tami's talented 10 year old daughter who creates sketches & the cutest cards with them. I created this card with her sketch:

Here's Aly's sketch:

Her cards are just so much more amazing than what I could think of as a 10, 20, or even 30 year old! But I do like a challenge :) So... you think YOU can craft? Try Aly's sketches and find out for yourself! You can find her blog ---> here

Thanks for peekin'. I want to play along with the PTI Blog Hop tomorrow, but I'm not sure if I'll make it :{ 
Gotta Go!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Gift Card Tea Bag Pocket Holder

Hi friends,
Today I have a little pocket wallet to hold gift cards, tea bags, cash, & other small gifts to share with ya. This was made using the new Cosmo Cricket holiday papers & Pine Cone Press Kit. Here it is fully opened:

Here's a peek of how each pocket is decorated:
1st pocket:

2nd pocket:

3rd pocket:

4th pocket:

 You can add fewer pockets if you wish. It's a great way to present those small gifts.
Here are a couple of simple cards made with the same paper line:

Very vintage in feel don't ya think?

Thanks for peekin' today :) It's Thanksgiving Day for those of us in the U.S. in a few days so I've got loads of things to do to get ready for that ---> Gotta Go!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Cinema Saturday Challenge- Shakespeare in Love!

Hi friends,
I am this week's guest designer for Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge Blog. This week's movie is...

I must confess that I had not seen this movie. But, I watched it & thoroughly enjoyed it!!! It was witty, well-written, & well-acted. Anyhoo, this week's challenge is to create anything but an A2 card. So are you ready to take this challenge on? Ohhhh, YEAH! Well 'nuff blabber & let's take a peek at the card I've created for Shakespeare:

Welcome to my theater. Obviously, that was the inspiration for my card. It is basically an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of cardstock --->tri-fold. One part forms the front stage, the second part forms the curtain area (where part of the message is written---> cancelled), and the third part is the inside of the card where I wrote the rest of the message. Speaking of which, here it is:
The inside

There were MANY lines that I wanted to use, but I decided on the lines where one character (Philip) says to William Shakespeare "the show must... (you know) and Will promps him with "Go on!" So classic! If you want to check out that line "in action" here's a snippet of the film. You'll need to scroll to 6:44 to get to that part.

Here's a view from the top:

I created the floor beams with my trusty Scor-Pal. I inked some of the surfaces for added detail :)

Here's one last peek at the front of the stage:

To create the curtains, I used the embossed curve punch (I know, I know, I said I would put this punch away since I've used it on so many other projects, but don't ya think it makes the most perfect stage draperies???) I punched two strips of those & layered in between with pop dots. (BTW, I went crazy with the pop dots on this card! It is very dimensional!) I cut 2 smaller ones for the side curtains & ran them through my crimper. I added the fleur-de-lis detail (by using one of the dies from the FDL Spellbinders Pendants die) to make it look as if it would be good enough for the queen to attend if she would be inclined to do so :)  It does fold back to a tri-fold and turns back into a pumpkin at midnight (just kidding :) but that's pretty much it!

I hope I've tempted you to play along this week! If you haven't seen this movie, treat yourself! Thanks so much to Sankari & Brooke for letting me play again as guest designer :) I always have a blast with Cinema Saturday Challenges! Thanks for peekin'!

Gotta Go!

The 411
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip- SU!, Gold Metallic CS- Wassau
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip- SU!
Tools: Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Pendant die, Scor-Pal, Crimper, Embossed curve punch- EK Success
Other: Gold beads

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Nora's Debut & YMH Sale News

Hi friends,
Today I'm sharing a card I made for this week's:

as well as using this week's MOJO Sketch Challenge:

to create this card:

I used this new Pixie Stamp for my main image & added liquid appliqué so she would look like she's in the middle of a snow flurry.

I don't know why my camera was not loving photographing Nora's hair, but it actually looks alright IRL. Because I was chosen for last week's Audrey Award, I get to be next week's guest designer!!! Yahoo!!! I can't wait for you to see what I have created for next week's movie, Tee! hee!

Good News! YMH Store is having a 40% off all Bind-it-All products, but it's only for 48 hours and limited to stock on hand. So stock up & save! Check it out---> here and here.

THANKS SO MUCH for peekin' in today! I'm so tickled you did :) See ya on Saturday with Cinema Saturday Challenge---> say that 3 times fast!
Gotta Go!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Birthday Orchids

Hi friends,
I created this card for another friend's birthday. I have several friends with November birthdays now that I think about it. Hmm, I wonder what what was going on? If my calculations are correct 9 months before November is... February! They must be Valentine presents! Hee! hee! This card is simple in design. The orchid is layered & popped with dimensionals. I added a ribbon scrap as the leaves.

Anyhoo, here's a peek of the inside: Clean & simple.

Thanks so much for peekin' today! You guessed it! More school stuff to work on :(
Gotta Go!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Hi friends,
Today I just wanted to share a few awards given by blog friends:

I was tickled to be awarded the coveted Audrey Award again for this card:

Thanks Sankari & Brooke!

Big Hugs & Danke Gaby for this award:

 To accept this award I need to answer the following questions with 1 word answers (my brain is telling me "good luck with that!" Thanks for your vote of confidence brain! Here we go....
1. Where is your mobile phone? handbag pocket (Dang! brain was right!)
2. Your hair? uncooperative
3. Your mother? far far away
4. Your father?  who I inherited my vicious sweet tooth from
5. Your favorite food?  Anything on the Cheesecake Factory Menu
6. Your dream last night?  up for psychological interpretation
7. Your favorite drink?  ice cold coke
8. Your dream/goal?  a real craft room
9. Which room are you in? living room
10. Your hobby?  paper crafts, undercover gourmet chef   
11. Your fear?  earthquakes
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?  Johnny Depp's arms or traveling Europe :)
13. Where were you last night?  My alibi: 12 hour crop
14. Something that you aren’t? boring
15. Muffins?  big & semi-homemade
16. Wish list item?  HD camcorder for video tutorials :)
17. Where did you grow up?  L.A. girl
18. Last thing you did? send hubby to Starbucks for morning coffee
19. What are you wearing? jeans & t-shirt with Hello Kitty slippers
20. Your T.V.?  NFL
21. Your pets?  Fluffmeister the guinea pig & Rosie the Tarantula
22. Friends? loyal & longtime
23. Your life?  busy
24. Your mood? depends on the weather & what I'm doing
25. Missing someone? uh huh
26. Vehicle?  The silver bullet (my car's nickname)
27. Something you are not wearing? a tatoo
28. Your favorite store? Hello Kitty, of course! It's the real happiest place on Earth :)
29. Your favorite color? Royal Purple
30. When did you last laugh? on question #12
31. When did you last cry? Friday, watching the Disney movie {Up
32. Your best friend?  My hubby. He was my best friend for years before we "crossed the line."
33. One place you go over and over? LSS (Local Scrapbooking Store)
34. Facebook? No
35. Favorite place to eat? Cheesecake Factory

Big Hugs & thanks to Shelley for these awards:

Wow! I feel so honored & humbly accept these awards. Thanks for everything & for visiting me today. I'll be back with a regular post tomorrow!

Monday, November 16, 2009

She's a Winner!

Hi friends,
I created this card for my friend, Crystal, who has a certain little passion. Can you tell what it is??? Yup it's knitting! (just kidding :) She luuuuvs going to the casinos so I thought this card would be great for her. There's lots of dimensional elements on this card.
Here's a peek of the inside:

Shhhh, I've got a secret. Come closer. closer. I actually made this card a while back for a challenge, but never actually did anything with it. I just changed a few elements & it was game time! Is that bad? Tacky? Smart :) This is the original card:

Thanks so much for peekin' in today. I'm busy with school stuff so.... Gotta Go!

The 411
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, So Safron, Black, Vanilla- SU!
Paper: Jackpot DSP- SU!
Ink: Black
Stamps: Game Night, Card Games, Birthdays Count- SU!
Tools: EK Sucess border punch, Square Nesties, Corner Punch- SU!
Other: black twine, white signo pen
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