Saturday, January 31, 2009

Happy Saturday

We have another birthday next week at the office. Last night I made this card for David whose birthday is Tuesday. I used Card Sketch of Day #151 for my inspiration. The paper is from BasicGrey Offbeat paper pad and DCWV the summer cardstock matstack. The sentiment was stamped using Hot Off the Press Whimsical Words & Doodles on white textured cardstock and then I chalked over it. My blogging friend Deb sent me a really neat Heidi Swapp edge distresser which I used to distress the edges of the sentiment and then inked the edges.

I have things to do around the house this weekend as well as some sewing projects. Also, my hubby said something about wanting to go to the cell phone store to see about getting a new cell phone. Hopefully, I'll have some time and energy left over to do some paper crafting.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Another Card Sketch a Day Card

I think I am getting hooked on the sketches at Card Sketch a Day. The simplicity of the sketches really appeal to me. Here is a card I made using card sketch #150.

The paper is K & Company Urban Rhapsody Designer Paper and The Paper Studio Textured Cardstock. The sentiment was stamped on a creame colored cardstock using Hot Off the Press Whimsical Words & Doodles acrylic stamps. I then chalked the cardstock around the sentiment blending two soft colors (something new for me) and inked the edges. I added burgundy ribbon and a stack of Primas with an adhesive rhinestone in the middle. I placed an adhesive pearl in each corner of the brown mat for a little extra umph.

I am really tired tonight so I am going to go crawl in bed with my book instead of working on today's sketch #151. Although I do have some ideas flying around in my brain on what I want to do with this sketch.

Luck, love and laughter,


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Card Sketch a Day

I recently found a new site for card sketches -- Card Sketch a Day. Here is the first card that I have made using one of the sketches from this site. It is sketch #149.

I love the simplicity of this card. I used black, white and red cardstock, grosgrain ribbon, silk flowers, and two really neat brads. The sentiments were printed on the computer.

Luck, love and laughter,


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My Grandsons

I was so fortunate Thanksgiving Day to get a good picture of each of my grandsons. Believe me that does not happen very often. I used Tamara's Recipe Challenge #33 to do a layout using the pics. The recipe calls for: (1) Die Cut (2) Ribbon (3) Buttons. So here are my guys.............

From top to bottom, we have Jesse who is 12, Drew who will be 15 in just a couple of weeks, and Matt who turned 16 earlier this month. Aren't they a good looking bunch?

Luck, love and laughter,


Paper Craft Planet Card Sketch

Check out this week's card sketch on Paper Craft Planet. Upload your take and be eligible for a neat giveaway. Here is the card that I made using the sketch.

The paper is some of the wonderful K & Company Amy Butler double sided specialty paper and DCWV textured cardstock. I added Prima flowers fastened with a rhinestone brad and some adhesive rhinestones. I used a corner punch on the corners of the card. Now I have to figure out how to upload to their site so I can be entered in the giveaway.

I woke up this morning all stopped up and headachey and we have a horrible weather forecast -- ice and sleet. I decided that I didn't feel well enough to handle work and the worry about getting back home if the streets get really bad. So I am taking a sick day and will take it easy and maybe just piddle around.

Luck, love and laughter,

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sarabeth's 5th Birthday

I did this layout using pictures that I took of Sarabeth with her birthday presents last November. I was really challenged to get all the pics that I wanted to use on one page but with some trimming I managed to get them all to fit. When she opened our present, she spread all the clothes out on the floor and then laid down on her tummy next to them. If you click on the picture to enlarge it you can see the pics much better.

Luck, love and laughter,


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Creative Saturday

I got together with Robin and several friends of her friends last night to scrapbook. These nighttime crops are hard on this old lady -- I can't stay with it as late as those younger ladies can. But I did manage to get one layout and three cards finished.

I took this pic of Joy and Danny on Thanksgiving Day and used Sketch #2 from 52 Sketches 52 Weeks as the basis for the layout.

Solid color cardstock; patterned paper K & Company Amy Butler specialty paper; Cricut Cuttin Up for title; Cricut Doodlecharms for hearts; Fiskars Threading Water border punch; machine zig zag stitching; and not sure who made the stamp.

Then I made two simple Valentine cards and another that can be used to write a short note.

These hearts were cut using the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge and I embellished with red buttons.

Don't you just love this gorgeous K & Company Amy Butler designed paper?

Luck, love and laughter,


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Bill

Today is my son-in-law Bill's birthday. This is the birthday card that I made for him last weekend using Page Plans sketch #39.

A couple of months ago, Robin told me that I needed to do an apron for Bill so that all three of them would have aprons. I found a denim apron at Hancocks and embroidered it for his birthday. Robin gave him his birthday goodies from us last night and he called so excited about his apron. Told me that it would get lots of use.

Luck, love and laughter,


Friday, January 23, 2009

Xyron Review

How on earth have I functioned making cards and scrapbooking without a Xyron? The ladies at the scrapbook store are right, it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. In addition to the 1.5" create a sticker, I now own a 510. Got a really good deal on it on ebay.

Our little great-nephew Jonah will be four years old next month. Can you believe that I am ahead of the game and finished his birthday card last night?

Can anyone give me hints on distressing paper and what tools to use to do it?

Have a great Friday everyone!


Thursday, January 15, 2009

New Scrapping Toy

There was a question in the latest issue of the Cricut CHIRP Newsletter about what adhesive to use when applying small letters and figures to a project. This got my immediate attention as this is something that I have struggled with and consequently do not use my Cricut as much as I should when making cards. I have had a terrible time adhering small letters. It was suggested that Quickie Glue by Sakura be used since it is a pen type dispenser that dispenses a very fine line of glue. Well, I got on line and ordered some but I knew I wouldn't have it by this weekend. Since I have a 3 day weekend, I really wanted to try it. My hubby was going to be out and about this afternoon and I asked him to go by my local scrapbooking store and see if they had any.

When I got home from work, I asked Ronny if he was able to get me the Quickie Glue. He told me they didn't have any but I should go look on my desk. There was a sack sitting on my scrapbooking desk and inside was this 1.5" Xyron create-a-sticker.

He said the ladies at the scrapbook store said it was the "best thing since sliced bread" and he is so proud of himself for getting it for me. So I am going to play around with it this weekend. Who knows, if I really like it, maybe I can talk him into getting me a larger one!

Luck, love and laughter,


Sunday, January 11, 2009

New Tote Bag

I have been wanting to make myself a new purse/tote with a winter theme but hadn't found an embroidery design that I wanted to use. has a sale on individual Dakota designs this month and I found a snowflake design that I like. So yesterday I got the purse cut out and the machine embroidery done. Then today I sewed it together and embellished it with hot fix crystals which don't really show up in the picture. Also the color of the rick rack trim doesn't show up very well but it is light blue.

So now I can put my Autumn bag up and use my Winter bag. I carry one of these every.... it's amazing how much stuff I can get in one.

Luck, love and laughter,


Kazan's Sketch #17

I am trying to get myself back into the habit of checking out sketches and using them for creative ideas. For this card, I used Kazan's sketch #17 - 2 Sketches 4 You .

The paper is K & Company Urban Rhapsody double sided paper pad and Expressions Papercraft. I added paper flowers, brad, and rick rack trim. The sentiment is a Stampabilities rubber stamp.

Luck, love and laughter,


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Tamara's Card Sketch #77

Another one of my co-workers has a birthday next week so I made this birthday card today for her using Tamara's sketch #77.

The paper is from a K & Company Amy Butler designs pad. I used brown silk flowers and added gemstones for the centers.

Luck, love and laughter,


Snowman Shirt

I embroidered this snowman tee shirt for Sarabeth this morning.

I think he is kinda of cute and since Sarabeth is our girly girl, I added some sparkle to the design with hot fix crystals.

I also am working of getting some sewing projects cut out and marked so I will have some things ready to work on this next week.

Luck, love and laughter,


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Check This Out

Wow!!! You need to check out Page Plans contest this month. There is an awesome giveaway to the winner. I'm definitely going to be participating in this.

Luck, love and laughter,


Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Matthew

Our oldest grandchild, Matthew, is 16 years old today.

As I was working on his birthday card yesterday, I wondered where have all the years gone. It seems like only yesterday that he was our little "Matt Man" playing with his toy cars and trucks.

Once again, I searched the latest issue of CardMaker magazine and came up with this birthday card idea for him.

Happy Birthday, Matthew
Nanny and Pawpaw love you very much
and are so proud of you.

Luck, love and laughter,

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Dazzling Birthday Card

One of my co-workers has a birthday this weekend so today I made this card for her.

The inside of the card.

The inspiration for this card came from a Paper Wishes ad in the January 2009 issue of CardMaker magazine. I just love this magazine and am so glad that I subscribed to it. I am getting so many ideas from it.

Luck, love and laughter,


Happy New Year

Happy New Year to each and everyone of you. May your 2009 be filled with good health, happiness, and prosperity.

Luck, love and laughter,