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Friday, October 9, 2015

My Heart isFull

Today, my second child, Austin Light's book made Number 1 on the Amazon book list for humor/parody! I'm so proud. I haven't checked Barnes &  Noble yet, but Amazon is still the biggest bookseller in the world!  Here's a link to his story on Huffington Post.

We are in Hawaii to visit our 3rd son, who was unexpectedly deployed to Kuwait. We will enjoy the islands with our grand-daughter and our daughter in law. They just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary.

I. Not creating while here, but I am gathering ideas!   Aloha!

Friday, September 25, 2015

New Cricut Explore Air

So, my DH, got me two gifts for my birthday.  Tickets to Garth Brooks in Dallas and a new cricut explore air. What?!

The learning curve on the new program is steep for me. There is much to do and I'm having trouble figuring it all out.  Watching a lot of you-tube videos.

I did these 3 cards with Too Cute Ink coloring with my copics.  Honestly, I don't have the hang of the coloring thing.  As with all things, practice, practice, practice.  I read that TooCuteInk is going to stop her drawings and stamping for a while, so I scurried (yes, scurried) over to her shop for a 50% discount and downloaded some digital stamps.

These 3 Cards made for my grandsons, Ellis, Parker and Wesley, I'll get the girls next week.

Cards entered into Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - Project for kids.  

Acorn and leaf and all base cuts made on the cricut.
Copic Markers
and 2Cute Stamps


This Fox Card entered in Inspiration Destination Contest Anything Goes #52

I'm trying to figure out how to do more than boxes on my cricut.  It came with a neat project to replicate, but right now, I can't understand why and how it's doing the layers. I mean, yes, I figured out the layers, but why all the layers are so separated, and I feel like I'm wasting paper, when with my expression, I could decide where and what layers were placed.

So, I'm learning and it's fun. 
Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A big project --sigh--

I took on a huge HUGE project for Christmas this year and so I have been awfully busy working on that.  Here is what I have made besides cards:

His and Hers Aprons.  The one on the left is made from an old pair of blue jeans and a men's shirt.  The rest of the shirt I used for her apron on the right.  They are so cute!  Especially since the top of the men's apron is made out of the waist of the jean and buttons around the neck with the button.

This tuxedo cut from the Wedding cartridge is for a men's gift for a wedding.  I LOVE my new Copic Spica pens.  They give the shine and glitz without the trouble of wondering if my gel pens will work when I want them.  They dry quickly and I can count on them working.
These can caddies are great for pens, pencils, markers, scissors
or straws, plastic silverware and napkins.

This little jean bag is made for the bottom of a levi pants leg.
The little felt flowers have clips on them that give it a very pretty look

but fold it over and put the clips at the top and throw it in your bag, safe and secure.

This happy  little guy is from Paper Pups, & holds a flower from Walk in My Garden.

Wild Man Card with a Moose from Animal Antics

A balloon card with it's own fall scenery, river and little sheep.

This cute little tea light glows with an orange nose when you turn on the switch.
So.... what is my project.  Different than has ever been done at my church. People make lots of stuff to sell and raise money at Christmas time.  But, this year, I want it to be a gift.  No matter how small, no matter how big, everyone goes home with a gift from the Christmas party.. a gift made by someone else in the church.  It's going to take a lot of coordinating!  So, I'm laying off my participation in challenges for now and I'm busier than I've ever been in creating.

Card for Twins

My elephant made out of pallet wood, Tree cuts from Cricut Wall Decor. This was a lot of work!
I entered it in the state fair and got honorable mention.

Tag Card

Pallet wood, cut from 50 States, and a little heart to put on for where your heart is in the U.S.  I used Cricut 50 States, cut in vinyl, applied to the wood, painted white and pulled the vinyl off. 

Painted a rock! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Forms of Light

When my husband travels, I am free to craft with abandon!  Meaning, I don't have to clean everything up right away.  Which, I am sure, he would beg to differ.   I can hear his voice in my head, "Like you ever really clean all that crafty crap up anyway."

I combined some of my doodle techniques along with cut files - forms of light ~~.   I love to doodle. 

Circle from Cricut Basic Shapes 4,5 inch diameter
Moon from Create a Critter
Smile and eyes from Create a Critter

 I used a macro lens to catch the close-up doodling on the picture above.
The one below reflects the light colors of the paper on the black background of the card.

Up, up and away

I did not come up with this idea, Geekfactor12, over at the Woot derby came up with the idea for a screen print on a shirt.  With his permission I tried to create it on paper and I really like it.  So did he! 

The balloon cut is from Pop Up NeighborhoodTrees from Stretch Your ImaginationAll other cuts were from Cricut Font and Basic ShapesEverything was cut in white and colored with Copic markers.

5.5x4.5 card base, foam tape for pop off the paperFancy Pants and Cricut papers

Simple card

I'm trying to improve my card making skills by going back to the simple.
This pup from Paper Pups cartridge.  He's holding a big flower from Walk in My Garden.
The puppy is cut 8 times and layered, the flower is cut 3 times and layered, then I added stickles. Once the stickles were dry, I added the outline with my .05 Micron pen.

The inside left of the card has a single cut of the pup waving through a window.  On the left you can see how thick the layers of the pup were on the outside of the card. 
5.5x4.5 card base.
Nice card for men or women.

Create something New everyday

My friend, Laurie, gave me a T-shirt with this saying on it.  Create Something New Everyday.  It's the kind of saying that's been around a long time, but when she saw it, she thought of me and I think that is great.  Still working on Christmas.  Here is what I made this week...............
This little cosmetic bag, or ditty bag is made out of the bottom of an old pair of blue jeans. 
These little felt flowers I made, have clips on them, so they can come off as the decoration and fold the lip up and clip them to the top and throw it in your other bag or suitcase.  The bag sits on a folded and sewn bottom, but I made a little insert bottom out of cardboard and covered with the blue jean sewed over it. 
DH was impressed.  I made this in a little over an hour.  It was super easy.  Another gift for the Christmas party at church.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 August

I took on this burdensome task at my church.  It is the annual Christmas Dinner.  It's the largest single thing attended other than worship.  I've done it for 3 years.  The last 3 years I've organized entertainment from performing people in the congregation, showcasing their mostly unseen talents. This year, I decided to go totally different and showcase the crafts and artistry of people in the congregation.  Boy is it hard finding those people.  Anyway, I have to have over 300 gifts for the party, so I've been trying to create something new everyday.

 Twins card for baby shower at church!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

So, I've been gone about a month, VBS at Church, camping with my sister and loving on my grand-daughter that lives in Hawaii.  I enjoyed her being here so much. Now, the house is quiet and I am back in my craft room. 

Just Because CardsNew ArrivalChristmas CheerCricut Font and Shapes
"Twinkle, TwinkleLittle StarDo you know holoved you are"Printed on my printer using Gigi Font

I cut the fish and reel off the fishing pole from Just Because Cards, Hung the baby bundle on the moon (cut 7 times)Stars from Christmas Cheer and Cricut Fonts and ShapesCut 6 times each. Fancy Pants PapersHappy welcome into the world baby, you have a star placed in the sky. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Anchors Away

This card is for the sketch at Cardabilities.  When I haven't had a design show up in my dreams, then I head over there for a sketch to follow, and get enthused that way.  This is my card for that sketch:

Most of these cuts are from the Life's A Beach Cricut cartridgeThe anchor was cut 9 times to make it pop without foam. pop dots.
Seagulls on the inside 

Fancy Pants papers

Entered in:  

Cardabilities Sketch #126

I also want to mention that Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog is one of my very favorites.  It is always Anything Goes, but one of the best things is that they are not just a "random" draw.  The DT there also lists their favorite work.  I've been listed there before.  I don't need a prize, but recognition is the best award ever.  Thank you DT at Inspiration Destination. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Celebrate Freedom

It's celebration time.  We are doing some camping.
I'm sending this card to a couple who is shut-in on this holiday. 

 I used George and Basic Shapes Cartridge, one of my oldest cartridges.  I had to use George to build the pennants because, UNBELIEVABLY, I don't have a cartridge with one of these shape pennants.

 I used Summer Celebrations for the firework burst and the firecracker inside, a hand punch for the small stars and some Stickles to smear around some flashy bursts.  White Uniball pen for the stitching.  Paper was scrap, I had the polka dot blue and white paper and then I colored over it with a Copic Marker.  Same with the Red.  I liked how it turned out with the dots muted.

Happy Freedom Day everyone! 

Entered in: Bitten By The Bug - Flag or Banner

Crafty Cardmakers and More - Sentiment #141

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hyrdrangea Sympathy

I made this card for my friend, Laurie, who had recently lost her Maw-Maw.  I love hydrangea.  I see it as a great flower for weddings and funerals.  Attached to the body of the plant, hydrangea can stand through the heat and the cold and still come back the next year.  Away from the plant, the flowers are fragile and wilt quickly.  Just as life is.

This cut is from the Cricut Walk In My Garden
I really wanted the depth of the flowers... I had to painstakingly remove the large parts of the cut to get more of the little flowers.  I alternated using the 1/16 brads and the white pen to mark the centers. The cuts for the leaves are not true to life so I had to scissor notch them in some places. 

My messy table space

The "With Sympathy" and "Thinking of You" stamps were made for me by
They have also made the personal stamp I use on the back of my cards. 
I love them for stamps! 

The flowers on this card were very dense so I took care when I mailed it and placed a small cushion sheet in the envelope.

Entered in:
Fantabulous Cricut - Anything Goes #254

Monday, June 8, 2015

Happy Birthday Mother In Love

I have a great mother-in-law.  Lots of people complain about theirs, but I really do love mine.  She is knowledgeable and funny.  I got her a really funny birthday present which I'm not showing here in case she sees it.

The basket is from the cricut cartridge My Community.
The flowers are from Walk In My Garden
The Just For You Flag is from Close To My Heart 
Lady Bug Brad from Eyelet Outlet 

The little metal Happy Birthday Tag is from a clearance package I got awhile back and can't remember the maker. 

It's the serious part of the birthday -The card.  I made my husband look up something to write in the card.  You'd think I threatened to send him to the dentist!  Men! 

Happy Birthday, Anne.  I love you.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Hello Tweety-Pie

The challenge at Aud Sentiments is Cute, with a sentiment.  

I bought these cute animal stamps from Pink Cat Studio, this is the bird from that set.  The sentiment is from Close To My Heart. 

I created this easel card by cutting the frame on cricut
Stamping off the   image and putting the squares back in at different arrangements
The outside of the frame I stamped with my own stamp in different variations. 

This adorable image and the fun framing made me laugh.  If you are a regular at my blog than you know I like cards that make me laugh.

Entered in:

Aud Sentiments Challege - Cute with a sentiment

Summer Fun

The challenge at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards is fun in the sun.  This play on words just made me happy.

Whatever Floats Your Goat
Goat from Cricut Animal Antics
Sun-Cricut Critters
Cricut Shapes and Font
Float is an O from the Cricut Font

The MAA is the sound of a goat according to cricut
so I added HA HA. 

It really did make me laugh, so I hope it makes you laugh too! 

Entered in: 

Summer Fun #92-Choclate, Coffee & Cards

Cute plus a sentiment Aud Sentiments

Fusion Card Challenge - Color

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