Thursday, May 31, 2012

Animal Card Set - Miss Ewe

I am finally all done with the card set and now just have to get the posts done and the videos up.  I used "All About Animals" from K. Andrew Designs and the "Animal Kingdom" Cricut cartridge to make this cute little missing you card.  I hope you enjoy today's project and have a great day.

I am linking this card to the following challenge:

Monday, May 28, 2012

Quick Thank You Gift

We are taking a little break from the Animal Card Series to show you a different project today.  Hopefully, we will get back to the other set soon.

Recently, I coordinated a Stroke Awareness Day at the hospital where I work.  I wanted to make a little thank you gift to those who helped me and those who sponsored it.  I had seen a similar idea to this on Pinterest and I thought it was perfect for this event.

I started with a package of "Extra" gum and wrapped a 6.5" X 3" piece of paper from Hot Off the Press.  I used Soft Tints Lavender Swirls and Ticking Stripe.

I then cut a piece of dark purple paper to measure 2.5" X 3" and adhered it over the seam to cover the seam.  I pulled these ready made tags from Avery and inked around the edges on both sides with "Dusty Concord" Distress Ink.  I printed my sentiment from the computer and trimmed it to fit inside of the purple piece.  I found some flowers from Recollections that I had sprayed with my home-made glitter spray.  I attached the flower and the tag with glue dots.  This was a super simple project and I'm really glad I found it on Pinterest.  To see the original post click here.

Have a wonderful day serving the Lord.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Quick and Yummy Gift

Today I have a super simple and delicious little gift to show you.  I received something similar from a co-worker at Christmas and thought it was adorable.  I was reminded of it again a week or so ago by Mary on CardzTV.

As mentioned in a previous post, I recently coordinated Stroke Awareness Day at the hospital where I work.  As part of that day, I had a poster contest.  Each department was asked to make a poster with stroke information on it.  I had planned to get ice cream bars for the winning department, but changed my mind when I saw Mary's video.

Here's what I used:
Soft tints lavender "Swirls" and "Ticking Stripes" from Hot Off the Press - cut at 1" X 3"
Bags - I found these tiny zipper bags in the beading section at Walmart for $2.
Hershey's Nuggets candy
Purple Card Stock from my stash - cut at 3.25" X 3"
White Card Stock from Georgia Pacific with sentiment printed and trimmed to fit

All you have to do is add adhesive to the paper and wrap it around the nuggets.  Staple the purple topper on and cover the staples with your white paper.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Animal Card Series - Poodles of Fun Box

Of course we have to have something to put all those cards into, don't we?  Today we are taking a break from the cards so I could have a place to store the ones that were finished.  I had piles of cards sitting on a table.  Could be a recipe for disaster should Hobbes, my mangy cat decide he likes googly eyes and twine.

I didn't really go through the process of creating the box on the video.  If you would like more information on how to make a box click here.  I just wanted to show you how I decorated it.  The box was made from plain white cardstock from the office supply section at Walmart.  The rest of the paper was from my stash or my scraps.  I didn't have quite enough striped paper to make all 4 boxes, so I made the 4th one from a great scrap from Penny's Playground.  I absolutely love this collection and am pretty much down to scraps.  I'll be sad when they're gone.

It's going to be a tight fit to get all 8 cards in the box, but I think we'll make it.  I used Doodlecharms to make the little poodle and "All About Animals" to stamp my sentiment in black Excelsior ink.  The bow was made from grosgrain ribbon from Gifts International.

Have a great day!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Animal Card Series - Fishin' You Were Here

I think these fish are adorable!  I used the Life's a Beach Cricut cartridge and cut them at 4".  Googly eyes make them really fun.  The waves were originally cut out in the pool water paper that you have seen in other cards in this series, but didn't cut cleanly.  I couldn't find more, but I decided this was a more abstract card and the blue ticking paper was perfect!

You can barely see the watermark fish stamped on the inside.  I used Versamark and a fish stamp from a $1 set to create the background.

The sentiment is from "Splashtastic Summer by K. Andrew Designs.  Mandarin twine from The Twinery is tied through the little orange button.

The video has the rest of the details of the card.  I hope you have a few minutes to watch it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a supercalifragilisticexpealadocious day!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Animal Card Series - Get Whale Soon

I "Whaley" hope you are enjoying this series as much as I am enjoying making the cards for it!  I think this whale from the "Splish Splash" Cricut cartridge is adorable.  This was a cartridge that I won several months ago in a giveaway and it's the first time I've used it.  Don't have this cartridge?  No problem!  Go to to find what other cartridges have whales on them.  I know I have at least 2 others.

I used the "Scripture Sayings" and "Splashtastic Summer" stamp sets to stamp the sentiments on this card.  They are from K. Andrew Designs.  The video will include other information including cut sizes and the other supplies I used.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please remember: "Jesus paid it all.  All to Him I owe".

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Animal Card Series - Sea Ya Later Alligator

Today is the second in the animal cards series.  Doesn't this alligator look friendly?  I used the "Animal Kingdom" Cricut cartridge.  The sentiment was made by combining 2 stamps from the "Pirate Tales and Fish Scales" stamp set by Kristal at K. Andrew Designs.

Inside of the card

The video gives more information on the sizes of the cuts and other supplies used.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by today.  Remember: Jesus loves you and wants you to know Him!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Stroke - How Can I Reduce My Risk?

*Disclaimer- These posts should not be considered to provide complete medical information.  They should not be considered as medical advice. Please see your physician with your concerns and to discuss your  health risks.* 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 is
National Stroke Awareness Day
Check to see if an event is scheduled in your area.

With National Stroke Awareness Day coming up tomorrow, I thought I would talk some more about Stroke.  The following tips were taken from "Reducing Risks and Recognizing Symptoms" - a fact sheet from the National Stroke Association.  To view the full fact sheet click here.  The following is a quick summary of what is outlined in this excellent pamphlet.
Know your blood pressure
Work with your MD to keep your blood pressure under control!

Find out if you have Atrial Fibrillation
Discuss care of your A-Fib with your doctor.

Stop smoking!

If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
(This is their advice and not mine)

Know your Cholesterol number.
Discuss treatment options with your doctor.

Control your Diabetes


Decrease your Salt and Fat intake.

Talk to your doctor to discuss if you have Circulation issues.

Would you like to download a FREE stroke risk factor card?  If so, click here.  The National Stroke Association has many other publications that you can download for free as well.  Just go to for more information.

Animal Card Series - Sss Up?

Today is the first of an 8 or 9 part series over the next several days.  I am making card sets to give as door prizes at a Stroke Awareness Day that I am coordinating.  I hope you enjoy the series.

I used the "Animal Kingdom" Cricut cartridge for my snake and the inside border.  The sentiment was stamped using the "All About Animals" set from K. Andrew Designs.

The papers I used and the cut sizes are listed on the video.

Thanks for watching and please remember:  "This is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!"

Monday, May 21, 2012

Card Set Gift Box

My beautiful daughter had a voice recital on Saturday.  Her voice teacher asked her to find her own accompanist so we asked a friend.  Elise performed 3 pieces and  one of them was particularly difficult for the pianist to play because it had 6 sharps.  We really appreciate our friend playing for us.  As a thank you gift I made this little gift box and placed a set of 8 cards from a previous post in it.

The inside of the box had plenty of room to hold 8 cards and envelopes.  You can view the tutorial for the cards by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy the video.  Thanks for watching!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Card Assortment

Did you think I fell off the face of the earth?  It has been a crazy couple of weeks and there hasn't been much time spent in the craft room.  I was able to sit down and make a bunch of cards for my card exchange club.  This month's theme was birthday.  I made some similar cards last month and I liked the effect so much that I used the same idea to make these.  I also made some all purpose cards with the same images and different stamp sets.

Card Base - "Vintage Cream" (PaperTrey Ink), "Cream" (Recollections) = 8 1/2" X 5 1/2" (scored and folded at 4 1/4" to form A2 sized card
Mat - Various from Provo Craft and Over the Moon Press from my stash (I can't remember which was from where - sorry) = 5 1/4" X 4"
Top layer - The same as the base cards = 4 3/4' X 3 1/2"

Inks - Tim Holtz Distress - Faded Jeans (I think I also used Peeled Paint and Dusty Concord)
Stampin' Up - Dusty Durango

"Honeydew" twine from The Twinery
"Old Willow" ribbon from Gifts International

Fiskars Stamps  - "All Year Greetings" ("It's Your Birthday")
K. Andrew Designs - "Scripture Sayings" ("A Cheerful Heart..."), "Positive Thoughts" ("Happiness is an inside job")
PaperTrey Ink - Flower #12
Peachy Keen faces

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Stroke - Act FAST

*Disclaimer- This post should not be considered to provide complete information on Stroke. It should not be considered as medical advice. Please see your physician with your concerns and to discuss your risks.* 

Did you know that May is National Stroke Awareness Month?  I am the Stroke Coordinator at the facility where I work and have been busy over the last several months collecting data.  One thing that I have found while collecting quality data is that there needs to be more awareness about stroke.  People simply miss the warning signs and symptoms.  While I am working on a big Community Awareness Day for my hospital, I thought I would share some information with you throughout the month of May.

Today's tip - Act F.A.S.T.

F.A.S.T. is a simple acronym to help you recognize the warning signs of a stroke.

F - Face - When the person smiles, does one side of their face droop?

A - Arms - Have the person hold both arms straight out in front of them.  Does one arm drift downward?

S - Speech - Have the person repeat a simple phrase.  Does their speech seem slurred or are words unintelligible?

T - Time - If any of these signs are evident - CALL 911!  I can not stress this enough.  Time may = brain matter.

The National Stroke Association also lists the following symptoms on their website:

  • SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg - especially on one side of the body.
  • SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.
Again - If any of these signs are present CALL 911!!!

 Go to Stroke.Org for more information.  Also, keep checking back here more information about Stroke Awareness.  As you can see, I have added a page to my blog about health.  You can click on that tab to see health tips that have been posted.  This is the first :-).

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Musical Mother's Day Card

 Hello everyone.  Today I have my second Mother's Day card to show you.  This one is for my mother-in-law and I tried to tailor it to her likes.  I used the Cricut Craft Room to create the sizes for all my images and to create the music score paper.  Gotta love that Imagine!

Cricut Imagine - Imagine More
Cricut - Joy's of the Season, Wild Card, Elegant Edges
Tim Holtz Distress Tool
Hero Arts - All Occasion Messages stamp set
Fiskars - Scalloped Sentiment border punch

Vintage Cream cardstock - Papertrey Ink
White cardstock - Walmart (for printing music score)
Black cardstock - my stash
Tuxedo crinkle ribbon - 3 Girl Jam
Black Bling - Creative Charms
Antique Linen Distress Ink - Tim Holtz
Black ink pad - Excelsior

I hope you enjoyed the video.  I will be linking this to the following challenges:

Mother's Day Card

This beautiful card is definitely not my normal style of card.  To start with, I chose a different size than I usually make.  Normally, I wouldn't run my distress tool around this type of card, but I decided to just go for it and lightly distressed around ALL the layers on the outside of the card with my Tim Holtz Distress Tool.  Here's what you need:

Paper Trey Ink Vintage Cream cardstock - cut 11" X 5 1/2" + a piece to die cut "Mother"
Dark Blue paper - cut at 5 1/4" X 5 1/4" + a 2" X 4" piece (from my stash)
Tradewinds matstack - 2 coordinating pieces 5" wide
- the light piece was 4 1/2" high and I believe the dark piece was 2" high
Offray ribbon
Prima flowers
Blue misting spray
Cricut "Heritage" cartridge

I used some of the scraps from the Tradewinds matstack to finish off the inside of the card.  For more information, please see the video.

I am linking this to the following Challenges:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Zipper Card

Today I have a card for you that I made for my nephew.  I was able to use the zipper die set from Paper Trey Ink.  I can't wait to make more cards with this.  It was so fun to use and will be even more fun when my little great-nephew finds the secret message.

Now I had made a video of this card, but it was a bit fuzzy so here's the summary.  I used the Cuttlebug with the Paper Trey Ink Movers and Shakers Zipper die and cut the wider one from the set with yellow paper.  Here are the rest of my supplies:

Blue card base - 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (from my stash)
Yellow paper for die (JoAnn's)
White mat - 4" X"5 1/4" Cut 2 - one will be for the inside (Georgia Pacific)
Basic Grey - Life of the Party (6X6 pad and epoxy stickers)
Dejavu's - Mini Bop red sparkle letters
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Faded Jeans

Additional tools:
Hero Arts "All Occasion Messages" stamp set.  
Fiskars Stamp set

Using the set of stamps from Hero Arts, I stamped the word "Celebrate" before placing the zipper on the white mat.

I hope to have a video soon explaining how to use the die.  Thanks so much for watching and have a great day!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Thank You Notes #2

Good morning everyone.  I've been so busy that I've not had much time to craft and even less time to blog.  Let's just say that my plate is currently VERRRRY full.  That's OK because it will pass. One of the things that I have been working on lately is a Stroke Awareness Campaign for my community.  WOW!  It's keeping me hopping.  I plan to dedicate a post soon to Stroke Awareness so keep an eye out.  There's a lot we should all know about stroke!

As you probably know, Saturday was National Scrapbooking Day!  I must say that it was the BEST one I have ever had.  Not because I was able to scrapbook, but because I spent most of the day with my daughter.  She even wanted to go a scrapbooking store (which she hasn't been interested in for awhile).  By the time the day was done, we had also gone to JoAnn's and she bought fabric to recover a 3-ring binder and start her next scrapbook.  We also re-arranged the old family room to make room for our crafts.  The space for the boy's playstation is getting smaller.

I started these thank you notes that day also.  I made a set of these back in March and was asked to make 50 for a friend.  Here is this variation.  I made them from a sketch by Operation Write Home.

Tools needed:
Paper Trimmer
Cricut "From My Kitchen" - for the ovals
Cuttlebug embossing folder - "Script"
K Andrew Designs - "Scripture Sayings"
Stampendous - "Happy Messages"

Supplies Used:
JoAnn's Cardstock for the yellow, green, and blue paper
Graduation paper from Hot Off the Press
Blue swirl paper from my stash
Cream colored cardstock for base and ovals of blue cards
White cardstock (Georgia Pacific) for base and ovals of green and yellow cards
Tim Holtz Ink - Pine Needles and Faded Jeans

Cut Sizes:
Card Base - Standard A2 (4 1/4" X 5 1/2")
Solid base - 4" X 5 1/4"
Solid Accent - 1 1/2" X 5"
Print Accent - 1 3/8" X 4 7/8"
Oval - "toaster oval" key at 1 1/4" for the larger oval and 1" for the smaller (From My Kitchen- Cricut cartridge)

This is the sentiment on the inside of the card from the Stampendous "Happy Messages" set.  I love this thank you and plan to use it a lot.  It is so bold.

These cards were pretty simple.  I hope you give them a try.  Have a great day!