Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Another Award

Lisa gave me this beautiful award. Thank you so much, Lisa. I just love visiting your blog and seeing all your fantastic creations.

Here are the rules for this award:

1. The winner can take the logo

2. Place a link to the person that sent you the award

3. Give the Award to at least 7 other Scrapbooking-Blogs, which by its currency,the issues of choice and for their designs are especially noteworthy

4. Put a link to these sites on your Blog.

5. Write a comment on their Blogs that they’ve won an Award.

I am passing this award on to the following:

Michelle, Flossie, Glee, Carole, Deb, and Lesli. Your beautiful creations inspire me so much and I cherish our cyberspace friendship. And last but certainly not least to my daughter Robin. It means so much to me that we have a hobby to share and have so much fun with.

Luck, love and laughter,


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

BFF Gold Card Award from Deb

How sweet Deb was to give me this BFF Gold Card Award. She is such a wonderful person to blog with. Deb has some serious health issues so is not always posting but I keep her in my thoughts and prayers and hope that soon she will be feeling a whole lot better.

The rules of this award:

1. Only 5 people allowed.

2. 4 have to be dedicated followers of your blog

3. One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and live in another part of the world.

4. You must link back to whoever gave you the award. Quite simple really it is a way of saying thank you to those who take time out for wonderful comments to boost your day.

Now I would like to give this wonderful award to:





Ladies, your comments inspire me and mean so much to me.

And lastly to Curt, you're one of my newest sites to visit and I love your blog. Even though you're not half way around the world, I still want you to have this award.

Hugs to all of you,


Laura's Sketch 5

Here is a card using Laura's Sketch 5 at 2 Sketches 4 You. I love the simplicity of the card which places the emphasis on the beautiful paper.

DCWV The Glitter Stack; Penny Black Stamp; Grosgrain Ribbon.

Have a great Tuesday!

Luck, love and laughter,


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Cricut Alert!!!!

Michael's has Cricut cartridges on sale this week -- 50% off which translates to $40.00. What a deal!!!!!

Scrap City Online Crop Challenge #11 Cards

Scrap City's online crop Challenge #11 Cards is to make three cards using the same paper for all three cards but making each card different.

DCWV Pocket full of Posies Stack; DCWV The Summer Cardstock Matstack; Keepsake Essentials Scrap Pack; Clear Expressions Stamp; Cricut Beyond Birthdays Cartridge; Cricut Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge; D'vine Swirl Embossing Folder; Threading Water Punch; Offray novelty ribbon; Prima flowers; sugar coating glitter; brads.

Luck, love and laughter,


Hey Good Looking

Scrap City's Online Crop Challenge #10 Black and White is to use a black and white photo on the layout. I found a very small black and white photo of my father-in-law which is dated on the back June 21, 1946 in my MIL's handwriting. I scanned it into my computer and then printed it off in a larger size. The quality of the photo is not the best but the picture is priceless.

K & Company Urban Rhapsody Designer Paper Pack; Expressions Papercraft Paper Pack; Tan Cardstock; Ranger Tea Dye Distress Ink; Cricut Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge; E-Cuts Journaling Block.

Luck, love and laughter,

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Co-Worker's Birthday

One of my co-workers is celebrating her 50th birthday today. Since over one-half of us in the office have already passed that milestone, we certainly cannot let the day go by quietly for her. This is the card that I made last night for her.

Luck, love and laughter,

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I did this layout for Teetee's Challange #1 at Scrap City. Her challenge was to use only paper, ink, and one photo.

Paper: Cardstock from my stash; Cricut Rainbow; Debbie Mumm Baby Girl premium pack with glitter; and DCWV The Summer Cardstock Matstack.

Ink: Ranger Tattered Rose Distress Ink


Stamp: Stampin' Up

Luck, love and laughter,


Happy Birthday Addison

Happy Birthday, Addie!!!!
You're 4 years old today and getting to be such a big girl.
Make a wish, blow out the candles, and have a very special day.
Nanny and Pawpaw love you very much.

Monday, July 21, 2008

On Top of the World

Sarabeth on the jungle gym at our neighborhood park.

Zig Zag paper from DCWV Nan's Kids Premium Stack; card stock from stash; Threading Water paper punch; red rick rack; silk flowers with matching brads; title done on computer and distressed with Faded Jeans Distress Ink; Autumn Leaves journaling stamp.

Luck, love and laughter,


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday Afternoon Embroidery

It's been too long since I sat down at my embroidery machine and had fun with a design. I have had two shirts to embroider for myself and I decided to work on one this afternoon. I selected a machine embroidery applique design for the black shirt from a design set by Designs by JuJu, picked out the fabric for the applique, and had fun. Here is a photo gallery as the work progressed.

Satin stitch completed on flower applique.

Flower stem stitching out.

Satin stitch on leaves.

Embroidery complete. Ready to remove hoop from machine.

Basting stitch outline removed and stablizer trimmed.

Finished embroidery with hot fix crystals for added bling.
I still have a red shirt to embroidery. I have decided on the machine applique design but haven't yet decided on the fabric that I want to use for the applique. But in the meantime, I have a new shirt to wear to work tomorrow!
Luck, love and laughter,

Friday, July 18, 2008

Happy Friday

Another work week is almost over. I am looking forward to the weekend -- there is nowhere that I have to be at a specific time. In fact, this weekend is mine to do whatever the mood strikes. My kind of weekend! The weather here in Arkansas is hot and humid with heat index of 100+ degrees and an ozone advisory. So I will probably stay in the house most of the weekend.

Everyone have a happy Friday and a great weekend!

Luck, love and laughter,


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Precious Gift

Addison's birth was truly
a precious gift from God
to all who love and treasure her.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I did this layout for the Scrap City July wild card challenge. This month it is a recipe challenge. The recipe to use is:

patterned paper from at least two different manufacturers
inking or stamping

Most of my layouts are basically very simple in design with minimal use of embellishments. Consequently, this was a real challenge to me to include more things in a layout than I normally do. I was working outside my comfort level.

My recipe included:

Patterned paper: The Paper Studio Hot Pink w/white dots and SEI Doodly-doo Girl Bursting Bloomers

Buttons: 3 buttons selected from my stash of vintage buttons

Inking or Stamping: I used a Sassafras Lass stamp and also tried distressing the sentiment paper with blue ink using a small foam paint brush

Flowers: From my stash of silk flowers

Bling: A rhinestone brad in the center of each flower; also I sprinkled small hot fix crystals randomly on the floral paper (unfortunately they don't show up in the picture)

Overall, I am pleased with the layout.

Luck, love and laughter,


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tamara's Sketch #52

I made this card yesterday at our scrapbooking crop using Sketches! {by Tamara}'s card sketch #52.

I got the dreidel die cut from 1-800-DREIDEL and mounted it on blue glitter paper that I got at Michaels. The sentiment was stamped.

Today I did this layout of the kids lighting the Hannukah candles last year using Tamara's layout sketch #52. My grandsons helped my granddaughters and my little great-nephew light the candles.

I layered two shades of blue cardstock to mat the pictures and then outlined the pics with zig zag stitching on the sewing machine using gold metallic embroidery thread. I wasn't sure how well the metallic thread was going to stitch out on paper (it can be difficult to work with) but it stitched just fine. I then cut a flower with shadow on the Cricut and topped it with a Star of David embellishment. Lettering was done on the Cricut.

Luck, love and laughter,


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Scrapbooking Saturday

Robin and I spent a delightful afternoon today scrapbooking with another mother/daughter scrapbooking duo -- Joy and her mother, Jean, at Joy's lovely home. Robin, Joy, and Jean all worked on page layouts and I made some more cards. We had lots of good fellowship. laughs, and the snacks were delicious.

Here is a picture of Robin and me in our Scrapbooking Diva shirts that I made for us.

And Joy and Jean.....

I still have to put all my supplies up that I took with me but that will probably not happen until tomorrow. I'll post pictures later of the cards that I made.

Luck, love and laughter,


Monday, July 7, 2008

Bitten by the Bug Star Challenge

Every week I look at the BBTB challenges and think how neat they are. But being a new Cricut owner, I don't yet have a library of cartridges so I haven't been able to participate in any of the challenges. This week the challenge is to use the star on the George cartridge. I don't happen to have the George cartridge but there is a star on my Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. So I decided what the heck....I'll use it instead.

So here's my card that I created using the star on the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge instead of the George cartridge......

When Carol (ScrapMomOf2) posted her card on her blog, she said she cut two stars and two shadows. OMG, it was like a light bulb came on over my head....I had to immediately try cutting a star and a shadow. I was so excited that I had learned something new about the Cricut that I got hubby into my craft room so I could show him. So please take note of the shadows around my stars....I am really proud of them!!

Luck, love and laughter,


Page Plans Sketch #12

I made two cards using Lesli's card sketch for Page Plans Sketch #12 and incorporated them into my challenge to myself to create Rosh Hoshanah and Hannukah cards using the materials that I have on hand or can obtain locally.
Card #1.

This card really challenged me using supplies that I currently have. I don't have very much paper suitable for Hannukah. The sentiments were done on the computer. I inked all the edges with blue ink. I have a Star of David stamp and a menorah stamp from a little $1.00 set that Robin gave me a few months ago. I embossed the Star of David with blue tinsel embossing powder and the menorah with marcasite powder. After carefully cutting them out, I affixed with stickly foam squares to give them a little dimension and make them stand out.

Card #2.

At Rosh Hoshanah, eating apples dipped in honey for a sweet New Year is traditional and this is the theme for this card. The paper is from the K & Company Urban Rhaposdy designer paper pack and a pad of Cricut Rainbow paper. I used the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge to cut the scallops and the apples. The bee hive and bee are from a Keepsake 3-D embellishment set that I got at Dollar General.
Luck, love, and laughter,

Sunday, July 6, 2008

A Challenge to Myself

Everybody is talking about Christmas in July and how they are starting to work on their Christmas cards. My need for Christmas cards is very limited and will not be a daunting task to accomplish. But then it occurred to me that I need to substitute Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Hannukah for Christmas in July. So in anticipation of making Rosh Hashanah and Hannukah cards, I started searching for paper and embellishments. I googled Jewish scrapbooking supplies ('cause you certainly can't find any here in LR, AR). Well let me tell you, all the sites have the same pitiful selection of paper -- none of which excited me. I also thought $1.25 and up for one sheet of paper was just a little bit much. I did find a couple of sites with rubber stamps but once again kind of ho hum. But I did order a few die cuts from but they're not really anything to stand up and shout about.

So my challenge to myself is to see how creative I can get making Rosh Hashanah and Hannukah cards with the supplies that I have on hand or that I can get locally (I will definitely have to get more blue paper for Hannukah cards). I also took stock of the few Jewish themed rubber stamps that I have and checked to see if I have any stickers that might be appropriate.

Since Rosh Hashanah is September 30th, I will concentrate on those cards first. I perused online greeting cards for layout and sentiment ideas. In looking through my paper, I found that my K & Company Urban Rhapsody pad of designer paper has designs that would be beautiful for Rosh Hashanah cards. All this being said, here is my first Rosh Hashanah card.

The paper is from the K & Company Urban Rhapsoday pad of designer paper. I did the sentiment on the computer and printed it on white parchment paper. Since the background paper has a slight distressed look to it, used a small foam paint brush to distress the parchment paper with Tea Leaf Distress Ink. I also inked the edges of the card. I added grosgrain ribbon and a sticker of doves that I found in my stash.

Luck, love and laughter,


P. S. If you see any scrapbooking paper with Stars of David, Menorahs, or Dreidels in your favorite scrapbooking supply haunts, please let me know.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Laura's Sketch 3

I love Laura's Sketch 3 at 2 Sketches 4 calls for something elegant. This is the card that I made using her sketch.

I used my Threading Water punch for the scalloped edge and centered ecru lace over lavender grograin ribbon. Then I stamped on the flower using Stampabilities Fleur-De-Lys Square stamp and stamped the sentiment with Stampabilities Thanks 02. Used Imperial Purple ink on both stamps. Overall, I am very pleased with the way it turned out.

Luck, love and laughter,


Friday, July 4, 2008

Gone Fishing

My third layout of the day...this one is for the July sketch challenge at Scrap City. Jesse caught an 8 pound catfish!

Luck, love and laughter,


Friday Layouts

Robin called just a little while ago to see how much I can gotten done creatively. Well, I just finished my second layout of the day.

This adorable pic of my great-nephew Jonah was taken while he was playing in his Mimi and Bawpaw's hot tub which they had filled with bubble bath. As you can see, he is up to his chin in bubbles.

I used paper from my stash...don't know who makes it or where I got it. I did a machine stitching outline. The lettering was cut on the Cricut and I outlined the letters with a blue Sharpie to make them stand out. I finished off the layout with Provincial Fare felt embellishments by Tinkering Ink. Overall, I am quite pleased with the way this turned out. Ronny and I have decided we are going to put it in a frame and give it to Mimi and Bawpaw (his sister Marilyn and her husband Earl).

My second layout is for Scrap City's July color combo challenge which is to use orange and turquoise. The pic is of my grandson Matt when he was taking part in a weight board competition on the Arkansas River two years ago.

The colors are not showing up as vivid as they really are. I did a zig zag machine stitching outline on the turquoise paper using neon orange embroidery thread, stamped on the flowers with orange ink, and used rick rack for the stems. The lettering was done on the Cricut. I will get it uploaded to Scrap City's site when Robin has time to walk me through the process. This is my first challenge to upload and I'm not sure how to do it.

It has gotten very cloudy and I hear thunder off in the distance. So we are probably in for some rain. It has been very humid and my very achey joints have been telling me that we've got a low pressure system around.

Luck, love and laughter,


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Anniversary Card

I made this anniversary tonight for Joy and Danny's anniversary...Monday is their seventh wedding anniversary.

The paper is from a K & Company Urban Rhapsody Designer Paper Pack. This pack has some gorgeous double sided paper. I stamped on the flower with an Autumn Leaves flower within a flower clear stamp by Rhonna Farrer. The sentiment was done on the computer and I highlighted it with brackets.

The stamping technique is one that I learned this week at the class I attended and I have a stash of brackets that I cut last weekend when I was playing with my Cricut.

Happy 4th of July!


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Stamping Classes

I started stamping a few months ago -- no guidance in my efforts, just trial and error. Sometimes I have been pleased with my efforts and at other times I filled the trash can. This being said, I decided to take two stamping classes this week at my LSS .

The first class was Monday evening, Stamping for Beginners. OMG, I had no idea that there were so many different kinds of stamp pads for different uses. I thought a stamp pad is a stamp pad; little did I know. I left there totally confused and wondering how am I ever going to keep all this straight in my poor addled brain.

Tuesday evening was a Stamping Techniques class. We made a mini birthday album and suddenly the different stamp pads began to make sense. I had lots of fun at this class even though my finished product certainly looks like a beginner's effort. I will definitely take more of their Stamping Techniques classes.

Karen, our instructor, had everything cut and ready for us. We just had to do the stamping and assembly. Here are some pictures of my finished product.

The cover page and back page.........

Here a few of the inside pages (I didn't take pictures of all the pages).........

Addie's 4th birthday is later this month so I will use pictures from her party to complete the album and give it to her.

Have a safe 4th of July holiday. I am taking vacation days Monday and Tuesday so I will have a nice long 5 day weekend! Hope to get some major housecleaning done along with lots of creative time.

Luck, love and laughter,


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Presentation Certificate

My hubby went to an estate auction last week. Among the things being auctioned was a Key to the 1934 Chicago Worlds Fair. When Ronny saw it, he knew he had to have it to give to his cousin, Scott, who lives in Chicago.

Now Ronny was not satisfied with just sending the key -- giftwrapped with a card. He wanted to do it right with a presentation certificate so he enlisted my help. He drafted the wording for the certificate which I set up on the computer and printed out on parchment paper. I then used my Cricut to cut the lettering and the seal. I told him frames were available for 12 x 12 scrapbook pages so he went out and shopped for the frame.

His sister is going to Chicago this weekend so she is taking it with her and will make the presentation to Scott on Ronny's behalf.

Luck, love and laughter,