Monday, April 30, 2012

Banner Table Decoration

I must admit that this was somewhat difficult to photograph in my small space.  I love the way it turned out though.  I had hoped to take a picture at the shower that I made this for, but was unable to.  I used the following tools and supplies:

Paper from my stash
3 ivy bowels from Joann's
Pink tissue paper from Walmart
Styrofoam rectangle cut into blocks (wrapped in the tissue paper)
Dowel rod cut into 10" pieces
Rose metallic paint
Heart brads from my stash.
Cricut - CCR Exlusive -"Party Picks and Pennants"
Cricut - Country Life
Template - us cut a 5X5" square

I hope you enjoy the video. Thanks for watching and have a great day.  The inspiration for this project came from Sarah at LiveloveandSCRAP on You Tube.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Apple Tag

I love to make "gift baskets" using the gifts as part of the basket.  I did this for a bridal shower today.  The gift is a colander, spaghetti server, dishtowel, spaghetti, pasta sauce, and Parmesan cheese.  I had also placed a recipe in the basket as they were being collected for the bride.

Of course, a great gift basket should have a great tag, right?  Though I had placed a card on the the inside, I decided that I needed to make a tag, so this is what I came up with.

For information on the supplies and tools that I used to make this, please watch the video.

Thanks for watching and have a great day.

April Haul

In this post I show you some great deals that I bought from and  I also show you my newest die from Paper Trey Ink.  Thanks for stopping and have a great day.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

What's For Dinner?

So today I have a not-so-crafty-but-oh-so-yummy post and a bit of rambling so please bear with me.

Early in March, I created a new chore plan for our household.  I divided the house into zones and divided the chores between the 4 of us.  Unfortunately, shortly after the plan was created, my father-in-law took a turn for the worse and passed away.  The "plan" flew out the door while we were trying to keep up with normal living and cleanliness.  This week we started back into the plan - which will be explained more thoroughly when I have a chance to create the control board for the plan.  I couldn't wait to institute the plan until the pretty control board is made, so we started it back up this week with paper lists on the fridge.  Part of the plan includes who cooks and when.  This ensures my family is fed on the nights when I work and the ones when my daughter works.  So far so good.  Today was my day to cook.  I knew we were out of spaghetti sauce in the freezer so I chose to make spaghetti today.

What?  You chose to make spaghetti when you knew you were out of sauce?  Absolutely!  I don't believe in making a small batch of sauce.  When I make spaghetti sauce I make a huge pot and freeze the leftovers.  It's a great time-saver.  I don't have a recipe and its usually always a little different from previous batches, but it's always tasty!  So spaghetti it was.  What's spaghetti without yummy bread?

A while back my friend gave me the following recipe for pull-apart bread.  It screams "delicious".  My family thought so too!  Doesn't it look yummy?  Can't you just smell it?

Pampered Chef Pull-Apart Bread

Pillsbury Grands (8-count) refrigerated biscuits - I used a store-brand buttermilk biscuit
3 T butter (because butter makes everything better)
2 cloves garlic - I didn't have any, so I just sprinkled in some garlic powder
1 t Italian Seasoning
3 T Grated Parmesan Cheese

Heat oven to 375 F.  Melt butter in an 8" saute pan over medium heat.  Grate the cheese into the pan.  Press garlic and add it to the pan.  Quarter the biscuits.  Add the biscuits and the seasoning mix to the pan and toss.  Place pan in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.  Serve with marinara sauce.

Now when I found out this was a Pampered Chef recipe, I knew I had to introduce you to my favorite Pampered Chef consultant.  This lady is the hardest working lady that I know.  In fact, while I was making this recipe (and didn't know it was from PC), I was on the phone with this lady discussing a some ideas for her other business endeavors.  I am going to put a link to her personal PC website below.  I love the quality of Pampered Chef's products and their food is pretty good too - you have got to try their Spicy Pineapple Rum sauce - Oh my!  Oh and by the way my Pampered Chef lady is my wonderful mother.  You really should hop on over to her site: Marcia's Joyful Kitchen.  You won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


This video is just one that I put together to share some tips with you.  I hope you find it helpful.

Thanks for watching and have a great day.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Alligator Birthday Card & More

I have to admit that I have not had such a bad case of "can't leave well enough alone-itis" when it comes to crafting in a long time.  I have been wanting to use this new die from Paper Trey Ink for quite awhile, but just haven't taken the time to play with it.  It is a spinner die and I really had fun with it.

I am entering this project in several challenges:

So let's get started

This is the front of the card.  After the video, I added glossy accents to the alligator and white gel pen to the blue behind him.  The sign is made from brown and Kraft scraps and the Camp Out cartridge.  The grass is from Kate's ABC's in various green scraps.  The water paper is from Hot Off the Press.  I'm not sure where the gold bop letters came from.  The dark blue and white card stock is from my scrap stash.  The alligator is cut from Animal Kingdom.  The sentiment is from "Splashtastic Summer" from K. Andrew Designs.

The alligators on the inside of the card are from the border feature on Animal Kingdom.  I inked around the edges of the white paper with Faded Jeans distress ink, which I also used for the sentiment.  I combined stamps from "Splashtastic Summer" and "Coffee & Tea for You & Me" by K. Andrew Designs to make the sentiment.

I used the bookmark feature on Animal Kingdom and more scraps from my stash to make this fun bookmark.  The epoxy letter stickers from my stash add a fun touch.  The alligator's eyes are made from "Midnight" stickles.  Most of the green scraps for this whole project were from Tim Holtz's Retro Grunge stack.

After I thought I was done, I decided to make the envelope cute as well.   The edges were distressed with "Peeled Paint" and a little "Faded Jeans".  I found an extra alligator leftover from the card, so I adhered it to the envelope and added some more stickles for the eyes.  It only took a couple of minutes to make the envelope and I think it adds so much to the finished project.  I hope my nephew likes it!

Thanks for watching and remember -

"This is the day the Lord has made"  we need to rejoice and be glad in it!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Dad's Day Cards

Today I have several cards that I made for Operation Write Home as well as for my own dad.  This post will be pretty photo heavy as well as a video tutorial, so let's get started.

Now I know that the video is longer than normal, but in it I walk you through making 3 cards as well as show you some other variations I made.  A little variety is a good thing, don't you think?

I used Papertrey Ink "Kraft" card stock for my base.  The black came from a package of black that I have, but I don't remember which brand.  The colored pieces were all scraps from my scrap stash.  The letters I used were from EK Success as well as some very old letters I had in my stash.  I used K. Andrew Designs "Of Mice and Lil' Men"as well as "Owly Hoo" to stamp the sentiments.  3 Girl Jam "Witches Brew" is used on the one version of the card that has ribbon on it.  The "stitching" was made with a black Zig pen and all the stamping was done with my black Ecelsior ink pad.

This first card is the one that I plan to send my dad and all of the stamps are from "Owly Hoo".  I am linking this to the following challenge: Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge - Use an owl and something recycled.  My "Recycled" item is my accent paper.  I save all my decent sized scraps to use on my cards.  It is nice to go through the files and find things I can use without cutting into new paper every time I want to make a card.

I thought that the "You're My Hero" from "Of Mice and Lil' Men" was perfect for the rest of these cards that I plan to send to Operation Write Home.  I am entering these in the Operation Write Home - Father's Day Challenge

Thanks for stopping by and putting up with this loooong post!  Have a great day!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Shower Invitation

Today's project is one that I made for a special young lady who will soon be getting married.  Our little church is hosting a shower for her next week and we wanted her to have special invitations for it.

I used the following supplies and tools:

Pink and Burgundy card stock from my stash.  White card stock is Georgia Pacific
Burgundy trim from JoAnns
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels #2
Stylized Flowers - Cuttlebug folder
Tim Holtz "Heartfelt" stamp set and "Victorian Velvet" Distress Ink
Black adhesive flat back pearls from Want2Scrap

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Joyful Stamper: Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Craft Friends Challenge: #2 - Use 2 dies
(I really did use 2 different sizes from this die set to make the sentiment and frame)

Now I must admit that this video is a little "blurry".  I have a lot of trouble with that so I plan to spend some extra time playing with the camera over the next couple of days.  Thanks for bearing with me.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

One Layer Congratulations Card

Hello, my crafty friends (and of course my non-crafty friends as well).  I'm so happy you could join me today.  I have a card that I designed in my head last night to show you.  Of course, creating it in my crafty space took so much more than it did in my head.  That's OK, because I absolutely love the way it turned out and plan to try some more using the same ideas.

I plan to enter this card in several challenges.  I had these in mind when I was designing in my head.
For this one we were supposed to use the colors and/ or picture and make our take on it.  I didn't use all the colors, but I did use the green and black (Plus the red was "close").  This was my inspiration from the photo.
I don't think this one requires much explanation :)
For this challenge you were supposed to also include DOODLING.  I don't usually do a lot of doodling (unless I'm on the phone - lol), but the black stitch lines really set off the areas I sprayed from the "white space" areas.
Of course they do...
I'm talkative... hubby is quiet.
I'm a nurse... hubby is an office manager
I strongly dislike black licorice... hubby really likes it
I like my shrimp scampi...hubby really dislikes seafood
OOPS... I don't think that's what they meant.  You were supposed to create a project using opposite sides of the Color Wheel.  I went with red and green in one of the versions of this card. (BUMMER--I just missed this challenge by about 30 minutes)

Perhaps we should just get on with the project.

I'm not sure how well the detail shows up in the pictures and the video quality is even worse, but in "real life" these are fabulous!  The splotches you see are from the spray mist I used to add that little punch of detail.  My goal was to have a contrasting spot on the cards to mimic where I would normally use ribbon (going for that 1 layer look).  The flowers tend to blur a bit when you add 2 colors on top of each other.  This reminds me of watercolors.

I also used a brand new set of stamps that I had never seen until shopping yesterday.  I think this is my FAVORITE set of Tim Holtz stamps.  I show you the whole set on the video, so be sure to watch it and you can see how great it is!  Also you can see how I added color and dimension to this 1- layer card.  I'll also show you all the supplies I used on these pretty little cards.  Aren't stamps and ink wonderful?

Thanks for watching and have a supercalifragilisticexpealidocious day!

Reach for the Stars - Birthday Card

Today, I have a card that I made for my nephew.  It's hard to believe that he turned 5!  This was so much fun to make.

I used the rocket from Imagine More Cards for the front of my card.  K & Co "Hopscotch" provided the perfect patterned paper and the red really makes it pop.  I finished it off on the inside using the  K. Andrew Design's "Of Mice and Lil' Men" stamp set and and more of the paper for the trim.  The brads are from Basic Grey and coordinate with the "Life of the Party" set.  I think it's perfect for a 5 year old, don't you?

Thanks so much for watching and have a great day!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Kick Up Your Heels Birthday Card

This card is one of my favorite projects in the the Cricut Craft Room so far.  I used the card shape I wanted from "Imagine More Cards".  However, the patterned paper, letter "P", and boot came from the Imagine "Country Carnival".  How fun is that?

I finished the inside using 3 sets of stamps from K. Andrew Designs.  I used "Fashionable Friends" for "Kick up your heels".  I then combined "Happy" from "Owly Hoo" with "Birthday" from "Coffee & Tea for You & Me".

I am linking this project to Crafty Friends Challenge #2 - Use 2 die cuts

I hope you enjoy the video.  Thanks for watching and have a great day!

Monday, April 16, 2012

"Sky's the Limit" Birthday Card

I really like the colors that make up this masculine birthday card.  It was so fun to make it for my brother-in-law.

The printed paper is from a 6X6" pad from My Mind's Eye - Fine and Dandy.  I only used one piece of this paper because it is double sided. The striped kite paper is a scrap from my stash as is the brown.  The solid yellow paper is from Recollections and the stamp from Stampendous' "happy Messages".  The kite is from "Create-A-Critter".

You know that I prefer to have the inside of my cards finished, so I used more patterned paper and stamps from K. Andrew Designs' "Of Mice and Lil' Men".  Please enjoy the video.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Easter Treat Jar

This video is a little treat container that I made for someone.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photograph, so I trust the video will help.  Thanks for watching it and have a great day!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Slow Poke Birthday Card

This is the first card I made using the Cricut Craft Room.  I'm going to really enjoy using this tool.  I was able to change out the pattern on the paper quite easily.  I was also able position the images where I wanted them on the mat.  This is something I hadn't figured out how to do on the Imagine itself.  I like having that versatility so that I can use different sizes of paper.  I really hope my sister-in-law likes this late card.

I'm linking this to the My Craft Spot: Inside Out Challenge
Thanks for watching and have a great day.

Friday, April 13, 2012

"He is Risen" tags

I love Easter and I try to give my family a little basket of goodies each year.  This year, I added little tags to my kids' baskets.  If you missed the card that I made for my husband's basket, you can view it by clicking here.  On to this project...  These tags were really easy to make using tags made from Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More that I had already made and were tucked away.  Priam flowers, distress inks, and stamps from Studio G add beauty.  I made the eggs using Doodlecharms. Unfortunately, the picture I had taken of these tags appears to be damaged.  I hope you can see them well enough on the video to get the idea.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Faded Flower Card

Here is a card I made for my sister's birthday.  I used a stamping on technique to make the faded flowers.  I sent the red one to her because she likes red.  I trust you will enjoy the tutorial on this super simple card.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
(I'm not sure if there is enough white space to qualify, but this was definitely clean and simple.)
Have a great day.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

5 Minute Card Challenge

I was watching a YouTube video by K. Werner Designs yesterday and she attempted to make a card in 5 minutes.  You can see this fun video here.  I watch her videos every week because she makes such neat cards.  At the end of her video, she challenged others to do the same thing.  Here's my attempt.

Did I make it in 5 minutes?  That's kind of laughable.  I was close, but then had a mishap.  You'll have to watch the video.  It was fun to try though.  I really like the way the card turned out, so I made a similar one a second time.

I am linking this card to the following challenge:

Thanks for watching and have a great day!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Egg Shaped Card

I am in a huge hurry but wanted to post one of the recent cards I made.  For more information, please view the video.  I am linking this to the following challenges:

Have a great day!

100th Video Giveaway Winner

The winner of the 100th Video Giveaway is

Rhonda Miller

Please send me a message (or leave a comment here with your address - I won't post it if you do), and I'll get that in the mail soon.
Unfortunately, we didn't reach 100 subscribers, so I'll be working on a great giveaway for when that happens.  Keep posted for some great projects.  I have recently completed 4 projects with videos that need to be completed and posted.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

"Stopping By To Say" card

Hello my bloggie friends.  I trust today finds you happy and resting in the joy of the Lord.  I will admit that the main thing I have accomplished today is keeping my pajamas warm.  As close as I can figure I worked around 55 hours in the last 4 days and am exhausted!  I did manage to squeeze in a card in those few days that I wanted to post for you.

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I used a sketch from Erica's Craft Room for her current challenge.  I just wanted to make a simple invitation for dinner on Easter.  This sketch was perfect for it.  I'm also really excited to have found the postage stamp cut on Elegant Edges.  I have wanted to use this cut, but only thought that I had it on an Imagine cartridge.  Using, I discovered that Elegant Edges had it as well.  Woot woot!  I see other cards with this cut in the future.

Vintage Cream cardstock - Paper Trey Ink (8 1/2" X 5 1/2" - scored at 4 1/4 to form A2 card)
Yellow cardstock - My stash (4 1/8" X 5 3/8"; oval cut at 1 1/2"  {From My Kitchen})
Green paper with flowers - My stash (I think it may be from an old Provo Craft stack) (5 1/4" Elegant Edges)
Yellow/Cream speckled paper- My stash (4 3/4" X 3 1/2"; oval at 1" {From My Kitchen})
Peeled Paint distress ink
Green brads - My stash
Yellow flowers - Prima

Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge - Stamp cut
From My Kitchen Cricut cartridge - Spoon, on the ovals setting
Splashtastic Summer - stamp set from K. Andrew Designs

To finish off the inside, I typed my invitation n the computer, printed it on cream cardstock from Recollections and adhered it to a piece of the green paper.

 I am entering this is the following challenge:

 Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.