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Friday, January 23, 2015

My Spot!

My dog, spot, knock, knock, knock, Penny.

I love the Big Bang Theory, so, the thought of Sheldon and his couch spot was what inspired the funny thought of the spot, my spot, my dog named spot.... Sheldon''s spot!

Just something funny for the droll winter day.  I really love to laugh. It's funny when I chuckle to my self as I design and then see it come together in paper piecing, which I LOVE.

Boo Winter!

Okay, it's cold, wet, frozen, snow, ice, falling down, shoveling snow.
I LOVE it, but the rest of my family does not.  This card is for them.
Everything was made on the provided Cricut Craft Room Basics.
Circles, squares, etc.  This is the way my frozen husband is when he has to shovel snow.

Entered in Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - #242 Snowmen

Thursday, January 22, 2015

You Want A Piece of Me?

I have several of these funny cards that I thought of this last week. 
This is a post of several I will do. 
I used the Create A Friend cartridge for the body.
An Oval for the Watermelon Head.
The Knife is from the Paper Doll Dress Up.
White brads, some swirls let over from other projects,
Printed saying.

Entered in: 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Yo Yo

Just a couple of YoYo's

Font is Sesame Street Font
Word Bubbles and circles from Cricut Basic
Stars and Accents - From My Kitchen
Scrap Paper\

I couldn't stop giggling while I was designing this, so I hope you got a giggle too! 


Just making cards.  Don't know what sentiment this one is, yet. 

50 states
French Manor

Monday, January 12, 2015

Playing With Words

Playing with words has been fun this week.  I love puns and laughter.  One card will belie my feelings this week as I recover from an injury. And so I laugh.... even at myself.

The beauty of being outside where all the real things get done.  
Going Places Cartridge
Cricut Basics
Lyrical Letters
From the Kitchen Cartridge


Pajama day? Yes! That's what I wanted today, but SURPRISE, Physical Therapy instead.

And even my dog did not want to go out today.
So, he got his own card. 

In the Winter the Dog and I both don't want to go outside and run.

And then the play on words. 

Now Is The Time To Do It Later! 
Procrastination IS the theme of the day!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cow-Tipping and Puppy-Love

Well, living in Texas, makes one familiar with rural living and the activities of bored kids.  I've been cow-tipping in my life, but never tipped a cow.

Hope this one made you smile and chuckle
Create a Critter

Entered in:  Mojo Monday

Puppy Love
My mom is having her 70th birthday soon.  I'm busy making cards to flood her mailbox. 
Paper Pups
Stretch your Imagination
Tulip Punch

Cross-hair of the paper that is really really small stripes.

Entered in : 
Card for my mum- Papertake Weekly

Friday, January 9, 2015

Happy New Year 2015

It's a new year.  My youngest son and his wife, with baby Ruby, are moving to Hawaii next week. I'm very happy for them because its beautiful there and I know they will enjoy it. But trips to Hawaii have to be planned not just, "hey, can we come see you this weekend?"  I'm glad for their experiences in the military.  It was a good life for us.

Anyway, these are New Year/Thank you cards I made for people that I didn't get Christmas cards too, or a Christmas card that came with goodies to eat.  :0 ) The yummy ones!

First, the Christmas elf that is ready to party!

Time to have some fun when all the work is done!  Shades and party hat, secret Santa gift and a noise maker in hand.  Joys of the Season and Paper Doll Dress UP

Next were several cards I did to encourage people at the start of the new year. 

This is the joy of beginning my 2015 year.... a new baby next month. 
And It's a girl!
But,, I can't post that card until after I give it to her. 

Entered in the Bitten By The Bug 2 - Favorite Cut of all time
My favorite cut would be a font!  I love the fonts. 
Fantabulous Cricut - for something fun in the winter. 
an elf partying for the work is done 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Bring on 2015

It's sleeting here today.  It's cold.  So I thought I would share this cold snowman. 
He thinks "Its Cool"

Merry Christmas all

Thursday, December 11, 2014


I joined a card swap on facebook.  I do cards top to bottom, which means that the card is finished on the inside, stamped on the back, completed with proper fitting envelope.  Most of the cards I got were horrible. Barely finished on the top, definitely, not inside.  The fronts were barely done and I only received 3 where this was true, complete on the inside and out.  One card had the inside stamp crooked and near the top inside of the card. I was disappointed at how unprofessional these cards were.  Maybe these were all newbies.  I can forgive this horrible set of cards, but I won't be doing any for the future with this group.  I wonder if the people that made these cards were proud of them at all.

To complete a home made card, the inside should be finished to the same weight as the front of the card.  At the very least, glue a white piece of card stock on the inside right.  Balance the weight of the front of the card to the middle. If you stamp a sentiment or picture, add a third layer of cardstock with the sentiment on it.  This allows the weight to be build up and allows for making a mistake with the stamp if you do it before you insert it in the card.

Professionalism, people.  

Thank you for letting me use my own blog to protest/whine/complain about my card exchange with others.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Time is Here

Oh, I have been super busy.  I've actually started organizing my craft room that I share with my husband's home office.  He hates my messy crafts.  So, I have tried to support his needs and still leave my creative style open.

I joined a card exchange on the Cricut Cards Facebook site.  I had to make 21 cards.  At first, I thought I would just have to make 5, but that hope was dashed when I started to pack up the cards and looked for the address, only to see my mistake.  I hustled to get them all done before we went to Virginia to meet our newest grandchild and first grand-daughter, Ruby Claire Light.

Then we had a family get -together.  With family portraits:

 I was glad I got all the cards done.  I enjoyed my family so much.  The youngest is moving his family, with our first grand-daughter to Hawaii.  We won't get to see them as often. This was a precious time together.  

Here are my cards:

Now, onto MY Christmas cards. :0)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Holly Jolly Christmas

It's almost time for Christmas songs.  Several of my friends have already started, but my husband is VERY resistant to any Christmas before Thanksgiving.  I agree with that, but since I have been wrapping Christmas presents getting them ready for sending, and a few Christmas decorations staged, I'm ready for the music!

This is one of the cards I created yesterday, I was going with a snowing feeling. I used natural paper with flowers and leaves embedded in it.  Letter Envy, Lyrical Letters, Joys of the Season and white pen.  It made me very happy when I was done! 


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Movie Title Typos - Austin D. Light

My son, Austin Light, went viral last week with some of his drawings.  He got a book deal, hundreds of commission requests, T-shirts, Prints, etc.  Recognized by some very famous people, etc.  He has been working on novels for the last few years and shopped them around for a book deal but hasn't gotten one yet.  In one and 1/2 days, in the top ten of Reddit, he got interviews on, Huffington Post, Creative Minds, The Nerdist, After Midnight (Comedy Central), PGA, Esquire, Australia's Today Show, My Nuovo TV, Metro CO in London, Reddit, Society 6, and many, many more.

I"m going to share his artwork here.  The subject was delete one letter from a movie title and write a tag line for the new movie.  Enjoy the laugh!

Austin's Famous Drawings

In case you don't recognize the movies, they are
Robo Cop - Oboe Cop
Rave - Brave
Men - X-men
Finding Emo - Finding Nemo
Jurassic Par - Jurassic Park
Take 3 - Taken 3
Fight Cub - Fight Club
Harry Otter - Harry Potter
Aging Bull - Raging Bull
Pup Fiction - Pulp Fiction
Pretty in Ink - Pretty in Pink (Molly Ringwald commented on this one)
T - E.T.
Raining Day - Training Day
Mr and Mrs Sith, - Mr and Mrs Smith
Star Wars: A New Hoe - Star Wars: A New Hope
Pollo 13 - Apollo 13
Beauty & the Beat - Beauty and the Beast
The Fat and the Furious - Fast and Furious
Ad Max - Mad Max
The Princess Ride - The Princess Bride
Ron Man - Iron Man
Dive - Drive
Man on Fir - Man on Fire
Alen - Alien
Scram - Scream  (The director of this movie became a follower of Austin on Twitter)
Twilight: A New Moo - Twilight: a New Moon
Uno - Juno
Oh Bother, Where Art Thou - O Brother; Where Art Thou?
The Princess and the Fro - The Princess and the Frog
Lord of the Rigs - Lord of the Rings
The last picture is a caricature of my son, Austin, and his two kids.

As a mother, I am delighted for his success, just as a regular person, I laughed my butt off! or

So. I've been busy

My father has been very ill and I've been pre-occupied with that and the research on his condition. And, we had our first grand-daughter, Ruby Claire Light, delightful event!!  But to shake myself out of the traveling bug, I joined a card exchange.  20 cards to exchange, all occasions.

This is what I sent. Lately, I've been into recycling.  I cut images from other cards, or papers, bits of a pattern I liked, etc.  and creating new cards from them.  I also used some Jolee stickers, cricut cuts from Joys of the Season, Paper Pups, Coloring pages, Create a Critter, stamps from Close to my Heart, Brads from Just Brads and various scrap supplies.  Now, doing this many cards at once, was fun, however, I couldn't get myself to create the more difficult cards like, Easel, Flip, Pop up, Step, etc.  They are just traditional cards.  It's harder getting back in the swing of things than a thought.

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

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