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Friday, September 26, 2014

Patterns of Fall

This was a big challenge for me putting pattern on pattern on pattern.  But, I think it turned out alright.  I used the Cricut Craftroom basics font.  Stretch your Imagination for the leaf, acorn and squirrel.  Cricut papers and DWCV.  Tags, Bags, Boxes and more for the oversized tag card. 
This was really fun. 


#Anything Goes -  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge
#340  Dies and Punches! Cute Card Thursday

Oh How Cute - Paper Take Weekly

Thursday, September 25, 2014

First of the fall

It's fall now and here in Texas, it actually feels like it.  That doesn't happen often.  It's so beautiful I wanted to ride my bike today.  No can do,,,flat tire.  So I came back inside from the beauty and made a couple of cards:

Simple card, both frames and ghost available on the Happy Hauntings cartridge Green Chevron bag to mail it in.

Challenge: Paper Take - Oh How Cute
Craft for the Craic - Something with Circles on it

Both cards made using Halloween Hauntings.  Its time for halloween.  Many of my skills have left me and I feel like I am having to start all over again..  On both of these cards the envelopes are lined. 

Hope they make you smile. 

Challenges: Anything Goes - Simon Wednesday Challenges
Cute Card Thursday - Die Cuts or Punches

Friday, September 5, 2014

Embossing A Box

This is my third entry for the Crafty Card Makers Challenge #122 Make an Impression (Dry Embossing).  I usually don't enter challenges more than once, but I was CHALLENGED by trying more embossing on things.

What I learned:  Don't Use White Core - if you are embossing on white core and the embossing accidentally punches through the paper a little it will show through and look like a tear.  Not pretty.  However, if you are going to chalk over your embossing this might not even show.

Use solid core but plain paper - using an already textured paper even small grain does not look good with embossing.  Layer it over one another but don't do both on one piece of paper.  Solid core paper will not show through as a tear if the piece is over embossed in a section.

Fold the project.  My embossing folders are small and some projects like this box were too big.  I folded the piece in half and embossed it.  It was perfect.  Some projects may be too thick to do this.

I really learned some things from this challenge and I think that was what the challenge blogs were originally meant to do.  Challenge you to learn more about some products you probably already own.
Thanks Crafty Card Makers for really challenging me this week!

Filled this box with 6 different flavors of Ghiradelli Chocolate Squares and left it on a friends desk.

Hello Kitty - Challenges

I am entering this card in the Fantabulous Cricut  card challenge #226 For The Kids Theme.  I'll be sending this card to my nephew to cheer him on in Football and Band.

I am also entering it in the Crafty Cardmakers challenge  #122 Dry Embossing, Make an Impression. I made several cards and used lots of my embossing items to do as the challenge said and really make some impressions.  I finally settled on this white on white embossing with Hello Kitty.  It made a simple card elegant.

Pink Elephant Challenge TPE266 Back to School.  This card is for my nephew at Harper High School.  Go Longhorns!

This is a square card base.  I also let the natural embossing of the black paper be the upside, so there are layers of texture.
Cricut Hello Kitty cut
Stickles Green
Scroll Work Embossing Folder

Often the seemingly simplest cards take more work than one would think.  It's hilarious how long it took me to get this card done.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Get Well Soon - Relax

This chair cut from Cricut Summer Celebrations, oval punch for rug, square punches for pillow, relax printed on printer and layered, Feel Better Soon stamp, small flowers and jute ties. Dotted swiss embossing folder used on base of card and on the easy chair.
Hope you have a happy sunny day! 

Entering in Crafty Cardmakers Challenge # 122 Make An Impression (Dry Embossing)

I challenged myself in this card to use the two colors I always have left in a pack.  Orange and Purple.  I just don't like them for some reason.  But, I looked at the complementary color wheel and they actually go together.  So...... here is my self challenge for those colors. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Are you my mother?

I loved that book when my boys were little.... the bird looking for his mother and asks all kinds of things if they are.  It inspired this card.  This little duck is flying into the pot with the daisy and asking if it is his mother.

The inside of the card is finished as well.

Cricut Walk In My Garden
Animal Antics
Create a Critter

Entered in Cute Card Thursday  - Challenge 331 - For the Birds!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunny Days

I successfully planted and grew sunflowers this year.  I have such a black thumb and I've never been able to get them to grow.  I have been successful also with pumpkins this year. In the spring, when I planted these plants, it hailed.  I lost the corn, wildflowers, and carrots in that storm.  

This is my thank you card with sunflowers and impatiens.  The banner is a "Thanks" stamp from Close To My Heart's Wonderful Wreath.  I weaved the wreath out of some rather stiff twine to give it a kind of grapevine wreath feel.  I sewed the wreath into the card. Then, I began adding rows of branches.  I used Martha Stewart's branch cut for them.  I  used a Marvy punch for the sunflowers and impatiens.  Add some fall color backgrounds, polka dot embossing and someone will appreciate this thank you note.  

I really love sunflowers.  However, I do NOT like the dog days of HOT summer.  Staying inside and crafting cards seems like a much more fun thing to do. 

Smaller photo to show that the inside has layers as well.  

Have a happy day!

Entered this card in the following challenge:
Charisma Cardz Challenge - Use Twine, Charm or Ribbon
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge -  Anything Goes
Pile It On - #30 Use Embossing
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge: Polka Dots

Monday, July 7, 2014

I Can't Believe It.........

This is my grandson, Ellis, lip-syncing on the video release of THE COASTS new album.  The song is fantastic even if I am super proud and prejudice about who it is starring.  Take a look.  If you like the song, PLEASE share it so the song gets more airplay.
The first link is to the USA TODAY story that featured the band.
USA Today story

Video of the Coasts

The Coasts Website:THE COASTS

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Well, Most of our hail damage has been repaired.  I have some interior leaks and painting to be done.
So, here is what I had time to do while waiting for the roof or other people to show up to do their work. 








Tuesday, April 8, 2014


WE had softball size hail this week.  We lost our roof, skylight, two windows, one truck, one fence, all the plants I just planted the day before, the beautiful things we put out to enrich the yard, etc.  There are no leaves on the trees.  It's a mess.  They confirmed 3 tornadoes.  I took a picture of the one forming over us and they said it was 82 mph.  I've been through a lot of hurricanes.  I prefer those!! But it inspired me to renew beauty.

So, this is my tire swing with pretty leaves returned and I can't wait to go swing.
This is scrap paper.  All of it.  Christmas paper, Hawaiian paper, striped Easter paper, green cut grass and a tire.  The cut is on the Pop Up Neighborhood Cartridge which I've never used.  I don't know why. . 
 That's all I feel like doing.  Going out and jumping in the tire swing an flying away! 

Inside: "I never tire of you."

Thanks for stopping! 

I'm using this card in several challenges.  

FANTABULOUS CRICUT- Use a cartridge you never have before.  Pop Up Neighborhood. Spring has Sprung
Adding link to SPRING

Friday, March 21, 2014

OWL by myself.....................

I saw an owl in a Scrapbooking and Card book that was wonderful.    It was then that I was moved into a full flock of action.  I don't like owls much and I can't say I've ever even done one.   It was the pun that got me. 

Owl is cut from Create a Critter.  Used pieces and parts of other cuts. Crinkled the nose (after I took the picture).  I'm even starting to get attached to it and I made it for a reason. So I hope you got a giggle, before he flies away.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

College Care Packages

 I have several students that I have come to know through the years as adopted children.  My own, long gone from home, with children of their own, Tom and I have become surrogates.  I'm getting ready to send some care packages out and I had so many shamrocks for the projects I'm doing lately that I decided to do a bunch of these for their packages.

Besides, as soon as spring break is over, the last part of the semester begins.  When they pray for a lot of LUCK. Ha.

Onward and Upward

Monday, March 10, 2014

Monochromatic for Baby

My friend, Nidia, is having a boy.  She is new to this country and just learning English and having a baby.  Since we lived in Italy and so many people were tolerant of our ignorance, I am much more patient with immigrants in our country.  I made this card especially for her.

Cricut cuts, swiss dots and paisley cuttlebug textures and plain butcher paper.  Plus a little ribbon and a baby rattle thingy.

I got her a baby blanket and a gift card to go with it, which I know she will love.  Getting ready to have two more grandbabies myself, I am baby card and scrapbook crazy. 

3d St. Patrick's Toilet Paper Roll

It started with a toilet paper roll.  Smashed at one end and glued.  Then I punched holes with my crop-a-dile so I could stitch it with twine.

I used Cricut St. Patricks Day cuts for the shamrocks,  Dream street papers, some flower petals, twine, buttons, brads, ribbon and a butterfly.  

It hangs on a door handle quite nicely.  I filled this with a bunch of green jolly ranchers and some shamrocks.   This was a quick and easy repurposed craft. 

Entered in the 3D St Patricks Challenge at Cardz TV challenge

Patrick's Pastels

Here is another St. Patricks Day card with pastel colors.  The paper is really pretty pastels, but my camera shows them a bit brighter.  I mixed a number of pastels in the ribbon, tag, flower polka dot concho and bumble bee.  I used Tags, Bags, Boxes and More for the Tag, and Lyrical Letters for the lettering.  Scrap papers and other things to use up my stash and send a note to a friend.

I created this pastel St Patricks card for the Craft Garden March challenge.
And now, I'm putting it in the mail before my friend has a chance to see it online. :0)

Onward and Upward,

Friday, March 7, 2014

Lucky Me to Know You

I wanted to create today.  I don't know for sure what inspired me to the shamrock but I pulled all these green papers out and decided I had to do something with them.  This is what came out.  I used the Cricut St Patricks Day cuts, Cricut, Tags, Bags, Boxes and More, Close to My Heart Pearl Gem flourishes, buttons, ribbons, twine, Color Box chalk, Cricut papers and Close to My Heart Tag.

Outside of Shamrock Tag Card

Inside of Shamrock Tag Card

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

If you've never entered a challenge before, these are great places to start. Try one! 

Friday, February 28, 2014


Every card below has an element of reclamation.  When I was a kid we used to do this with Christmas cards at school making new cards from last years old ones.  There might be a pattern paper color,  a reused card base, or graphic element.  I'm starting simple by clearing out some of my junk stuff that are cluttering my desk as I get my new home's craft room established. 

 The graphic on this card is the girl with umbrella cut from one card.  I typed out the saying from another card and layered it on.  It's really very stunning in person. 

Easter baskets with eggs. 

Outside and Inside of stained glass card.  Feel Better soon sentiment and a packet of green tea. 

Thank you note with Starbucks card. 

Have a nice day. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Note for the Day

Two new grandchildren are going to be coming into my life this year.  I'm so excited about it.
So, I'm working on some scrapbooks for the new ones.  I haven't put up any pictures of my work, but I've taken a few and will post them soon.  Thanks JOANNE for stopping by.  coming to you too!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

It's a joyous day!  The sun came out.  I soaked up some substantive vitamin D, and it felt like I was normal.  Then the wind came and made it not fun, anymore but it was joyous for a while.  My dog came in and took a nap, but I work on m craft room.  Got to get busy there at the renewal of life and substantiation.  There was beauty as I noticed  all the trees have some little buds and my plants are starting to perk up.  I  am going to perk up with it.  

I got Tags, Bags, Boxes 3 today and I can't wait to try some things with it tomorrow.  Along with some of the fun things with it.  That's a big step for me t get back on the horse after being off for so long. 

Hope you are doing well and finding your
crafts filled with Joy.  Have a blessed day!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Wow, so sporadic in my postings.  I recently quit my job, had some shoulder repair surgery done, having back issues and injections and want to return to full-time crafting and blogging.

My son signed me up for this greeting card service that sends me two hand crafted cards a month. Tota Press.  It's quirky and high brow, but I like it.  I love the hand press look, which is what I love about my cricut embosser, but this adds a new element to my thought.

Joanne, Mahalo, for keeping up with me. We bought a home and settled down, finally, all that moving around was tough on my crafting mind and my body.  You're so sweet.

Onward and Upward,

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

These are pictures of some of the college students I work with.  After doing several missions to help out Tornado victims after so much destruction, we did a MUD RUN together.  (I'll never do another).

An a little beach time.  These girls have been a light
in my life at lots of different times.  I will miss working with them.

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