Welcome to my blog. I am a mother to two boys and I have been married to my wonderful husband since I was 19 years old. Our older son is married and has a beautiful little girl that will most likely be the focus of most of my scrapbooking. Thank you for visiting and leaving comments. I love to read all of them.
This is my last Christmas card for the year. Being from California I like to send all of my out of state relatives a card with a California Cow on it. I used my Copic markers to color it. Thanks for looking and I promise to post more often again. The last couple of weeks have been quite busy for me and I haven't had much time to keep this thing updated. I have a really good excuse though. Besides the holidays, I am also a new grandma. I will post pictures of my sweet grand-daughter in my next post. She was born December 18th.
This card is from a card kit I purchased at the Sacramento, CA scrapbook expo last month. The trees were made using sticky paper, white glitter and then coloring with Copic markers. I watched a demo while I was at the expo and fell in love with this process. This picture does not do justice to the trees. They really are pretty.
Love, love, love this snowman. I totally scraplifted this from Dawn Griffith. She had a video on how to make this snowman for a gift tag. You can find her videos on YouTube. All of the pieces of the snowman can be made using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge from Cricut. In Dawn's video she used punches from Stampin' Up. For the background I used a Cuttlebug folder to emboss the blue cardstock and then added some white ribbon.
Hello everyone. I'm here with another Christmas card. This card was made using the Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cartridge. I also used some stickles for the red berries and my IRock for the bling. Stay tuned and I promise to have another card tomorrow.
First of all I'd like to say I am soooooo happy. Today was my last day of jury duty after an entire month. The days were long and it was really hard to be away, but I am glad I was able to do my civic duty and have the experience. Now on to my card. I used Stampin' Up card stock, ribbon, word punch and scallop punch. I also used a Martha Stewart border punch on the mat. The cute little penguin is a Studio G stamp and the greeting is a stamp by SP & Company.
This was a very simple card to make, but I love how it came out. I will definitely make more of this style card. I used Paper Tray Ink paper and some random stamps I had in my drawer that I thought went together well. The sentiment is from SP &Company and the tag punch is from Stampin' Up.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I will be hitting the road shortly to my sisters house where the whole family will gather for a scrumptious dinner. Then we will all look through the sales ads and decide who is going where to buy what. Black Friday shopping is a big deal with my family. We look forward to it every year, rain or shine.
For this card I used the Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cartridge. I love fall colors. Next year I think I will make a lot more fall cards. This one is one of my favorites and it was probably the most simple to make. Check back tomorrow for another fall card.
If you saw yesterdays post you know that when I think of Thanksgiving I think of Pumpkin Pie. I also think of homemade pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Yes, I love everything pumpkin. Hmmm, maybe I'll have a pumpkin Latte tomorrow morning instead of caramel.
So, todays card features an image from a Childs Year that reminds me of everything baked. I'm not the cook in my family (that would be my hubby), but I do like to bake a few things. The paper is from Paper Trey Ink and the sentiment is from SP & Company.
I want to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.
This year I am Thankful that I am not the one having Thanksgiving at my house. I truely appreciate all of the hard work that goes into preparing everything for this wonderful holiday. This year we will spend our day at my sisters for the very first time. I am in charge of bringing pies and cookies though. As I type this I have a pumpkin pie in the oven. Mmmmmm, it smells so good. Pumpkin is my favorite.
Anyway, back to my card. I was thinking along the lines of being thankful I'm not cooking when I made this one. I used the Nursery Rhymes Cricut cartridge for my chef. The paper is from Paper Trey Ink and the sentiment is from SP & Company. I also used my IRock to add a little bling. Thanks for looking.
Yay, I got another Christmas card done. Now if I could just get started on my Christmas shopping. I haven't gotten one single thing yet. Even worse than that, I don't have a clue what to buy anyone this year. It was so much easier when my boys were little. Toys are easy to buy. Now that they're grown it's more expensive and more difficult to figure out what they want. Hopefully I can figure out my list before Black Friday and get it all done in one day. Not likely, but that would be nice. Have a wonderful week everyone. I'll be back in jury duty for awhile.
I can't believe I actually have a little stash of cards done right now. I still have lots of Christmas cards I need to make though. Anyway, I like these girls because they just look silly to me. Fun and carefree. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Monday sure does come too fast.
I love this stamp. Not totally sold on the card over-all, but love the stamp. Childhood innocence is such a great thing. I remember when I was a little girl and my parents would take me to the feed store where they would have lots of little chicks for sale. I would stay there looking at those cuties until my my mom and dad threatened to leave me there.
Yay, I got out of court a little early today and got a couple cards put together. This card looks much cuter in person. It's hard to see the embossed background in the picture. I bought this stamp specifically for my son because he likes penguins. Hope he likes it.
Quick and simple card today. I've been called to jury duty and they expect the trial to go past Thanksgiving, so I may not be able to post very much over the next few weeks. I'm not even sure I'll be able to get much shopping done for Christmas. I will have to use my weekends for shopping, cleaning, laundry and paying bills. Lucky for me, my wonderful husband does all of the cooking so I don't have to worry about that. I'll be back with more as soon as I can.
This is a two page layout I did using the Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cartridge. I have pictures of my sons with their little bubble mowers following my hubby around while he mowed the lawn. They wanted to do everything daddy did. This is a nice cartridge because it has a little something for every season.
I thought this stamp was just too cute to pass up. I will be sending this one to my sister, Michelle. She's the only one in my family that joins me in my crazy crafty escapades. She was with me on Black Friday when I bought my original Cricut in 2007 and the following year when I bought my Cricut Expression. We are also both hooked on Starbucks coffee, so I thought the sentiment was perfect for her. It says, "Lets talk about it over coffee and cardstock." Thanks for looking.
Todays card is another one of my favorites. I love the colors. I'm calling this one Gabriel after my nephew. I thought I had posted this one this morning, but realized I hadn't, so here it is a little late. I think this is the only "boy" stamp I have, but plan to get more soon. The cardstock and the sentiment are both from Paper Trey Ink.
Happy Veterans Day! God Bless all of those brave men and women who have served and who are still serving in our military today.
Todays card highlights a stamp image I'm calling Brianna because she looks like my niece Brianna. The stamp is from Mo Manning/Stampavie. The cardstock is by PaperTrey Ink and so is the sentiment. Stay tuned for more cards to come (I still have more relatives to represent)LOL.
Happy Wednesday. Todays card was inspired by my Niece Allie. I have learned that all of the stamps I've bought lately have been because they remind me of someone. I'm calling this my Allie Stamp because this young girl reminds me of her. Tomorrow I will post a card with what I'm calling my Brianna Stamp. Both todays and tomorrows stamps are from Mo Manning/Stampavie. I hope you're enjoying these cards as much as I am.
Here is another stamped image colored with my Copics. I am having so much fun with these stamps. I chose this stamp because I thought this little girl was adorable. My son is expecting his first baby in December. My first grandbaby. Even though we haven't met yet, this image made me think of her. I am so excited and can hardly wait for her delivery.
Okay, I think this might be my favorite so far. The coloring is not very good on this one. Had some bleeding with the blue, but the image is super cute and I will definitely make more cards with this one. This is another stamp from Gillian Roberts/Stampavie. The cardstock is Paper Trey. The patterned paper is from my scrap pile and the border punch is a new one from Martha Stewart. The sentiment is also from Paper Trey. Back to work now. I still have more images to color. I'm having so much fun with my Copics.
Isn't this little mouse adorable? He's so cheery. I know the sentiment is a little hard to read in this picture. It says, Sending you Smiles. The stamp is from Tina Wenke/Stampavie. The cardstock is Paper Trey and the patterned paper is from Stampin' Up. The sentiment is from SP stamps.
I'm still coloring! I tried to color a Santa Claus for a Christmas card, but I quickly found out that red is not the easiest of the Copic colors to use. And then came the black boots.... well, you won't be seeing Santa Claus in my posts. That's all I gotta say. The Christmas tree was much easier. The image is a clear stamp from Close to My Heart. The ribbon is Stampin' Up and the cardstock is Paper Trey. The patterned paper was out of my scrap pile, so I'm not sure what brand it is. Thanks for looking.
What a fun day today. I went to the Scrapbook Expo in Sacramento, CA and bought lots of new stamps and Copic markers. I'm still trying to learn how to use the markers and I'm not very good at it, but it sure is fun. I love love love the stamps I got today. They are the perfect size and so cute. This stamp is made by Gillian Roberts/Stampavie. It's a clear photopolymer and makes a perfect image every time. Stay tuned over the next few days because I have lots of images to practice with and will be posting the results daily.
Happy Monday everyone and Happy November! I know I've been lagging on getting things posted to my blog lately. This colder weather has me wanting to hybernate. I'm sitting here in front of the fireplace not wanting to move. Anyway, this is a card I made last night using a couple of new items. The flowers were stamped with a Martha Stewart two-step stamp. The greeting is from a new stamp set I just got from Stephanie (the Scrapmaster). It's a set from her brand new stamp line at SP and Company. The ribbon is Stampin' Up and so is the cardstock. The sentiment was punched out using the word window punch from Stampin' Up. I also used a little bit of stickles in the center of the main flower. I hope everyone had a nice Halloween. I'm going to try to get some crafting done tomorrow and will hopefully have more to post. Thanks for visiting. Cindy
Halloween is almost here. Wow, where did this year go? I have never made a card for Halloween before, but I have a little nephew that likes to get things in the mail, so I thought I would make this for him. I got the idea from watching videos on YouTube when I came across a tutorial for a Frankenstein card. The tutorial was made by Dawn Griffith. Check out her videos here http://www.dawnsstampingthoughts.net/ for some great ideas. Her card was cuter than mine, but now that I've made one I might have to make some more. I'm really enjoying making cards lately. Eventually I'll have to get back to my scrapbook pages, but for now it's all about the cards. Enjoy Trick or Treating everyone.
Okay, so now I remember why I don't use glitter very often. It's MESSY. I have a book called 10 minute cards that I look through every now and then when I need some ideas. The red card on the left is almost exactly like one in my book. It's cute and super simple to make, but the more I looked at it the more I felt it needed something more. I added the green cardstock to the background after I ran it through the cuttlebug, I used a swirly textured white cardstock (hard to see in the picture) and I popped the sentiment up with pop dots. Then came the glitter.... I ran my Christmas bulbs through the Xyron to put sticky on the top. Then it was just a matter of pouring the glitter on. This was the first time I've tried to add glitter to a cut using the Xyron and it was super easy. I love the affect and sparkle of the glitter, but now I have glitter all over my desk, my clothes and my hands. The things we do for creativity.
Happy Saturday everyone. I'm having so much fun using my scraps. I had a lot of pieces of pink paper and these patterned green papers on my desk that were left over from the baby shower favors and decorations. Since the patterned paper had cherries on it I immediately looked to my Cricut cartridges for cherries to cut out. I found these very cute cherries on the Hello Kitty cartridge. I cuttlebugged the background paper and put everything together. The sentiment and the cherries are pop dotted so they would stand out. I really like these cards and they were so super easy.
Hi everyone. I know I've been lagging on putting up new posts on my blog. I'm am trying to do better. I was just worn out after the Utah Swarm and I haven't had time to clean up my scraproom. I literally have to step over stuff on the floor to get to my desk (which is covered in scraps). Last night I decided I NEED to get in there and get something done. As I said, my desk is covered in scraps, so I was thinking I should try to use some of those scraps instead of piling them up forever. I did use a new piece of red cardstock from Paper Trey Ink for the base of the cards, but the other pieces were found in my scrap pile. I used the cuttlebug for the Divine Swirls embossing. For the greetings I stamped them on some scrap white cardstock and then added some stickles. Tomorrow my hubby will be busy golfing so I will hopefully get some more cards made with scraps and get them posted. Stay tuned to see what I come up with. Happy Crafting everyone.
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Trying to get started on my Christmas cards. I don't think this one will make the cut, but it's a start. I used the Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cartridge for the holly. The sentiment is hard to read in the picture, but it says Merry Christmas.
I had so much fun at the Utah Swarm. I was finally able to meet the bug and have my picture taken with him. I was so excited. Provo Craft did a great job on the Swarm. I will definitely go to the next one that's close enough for me. Everyone was so friendly.
Yay, it's finally here. The Cricut Circle Swarm in Utah. A couple of girls from the Circle Message Board came up with a great idea of adding a layout or sign or something to our hotel room doors so that everyone can see our excitement for the weekend. This is a picture of the layout I did. I made the Circle Logo with my Gypsy. The paper dolls represent me and my sister. They were made at 5" from the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge. The font is from the new Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cartridge. I am so excited that I am able to go to Utah for the swarm and to spend a couple of days with my nieces. They have no idea we will be flying in to surprise them. I will post pictures from the swarm when I get back home. Have a great weekend everyone.
Happy Thursday everyone. 2 more days until the Swarm. I can hardly wait, but I still have a lot to do to get ready. I finally got my Halloween tags finished so I'm feeling a little more prepared.I started my tags by cutting some off white cardstock and distressing it with Tim Holtz Weathered Wood Dristress Ink.
Then I added the Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink to add more depth and character.
I really like the way the tags came out after distressing. The tags are like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike.
I cut the moon from Paper Doll Dress Up and used the distress ink to give them more depth.
Next I tore a piece of brown cardstock and distressed it before adhereing to the tag.
After adding a bat cut from Paper Doll Dress Up, some ribbon and a rubber stamp sentiment my tags were complete. I don't have any of the new Halloween cartridges from Provo Craft yet, but had fun using what I do have. Hope you enjoy.
Happy Monday. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Now that the baby shower is over I'm getting ready for the next thing on my list. These are Halloween treats that I made using the Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cartridge. I really like this pumpkin, but I wouldn't try to cut it any smaller than 2" because of the swirley stem. The Trick or Treat is a clear stamp I pulled out of my drawer. I chose Jelly Belly Jelly Beans as my candy for these treats because the Jelly Belly factory is in the same city where I live. I was trying to think of something that would represent where I'm from. Besides, who doesn't like jelly beans? :-)
Well, I ran out of time and was not able to finish the banner for the baby shower, but I did get the clothesline up on the wall. If I had more time I think it would have looked really cute if I put the baby's name above the clothes with vinyl really big. As soon as I get more vinyl I will be cutting out lots of wall art for her nursery.
It's Baby Shower Day!Our living room has been transformed into a temporary nursery. It's going to look so empty after the party, when all of the baby stuff has been moved to the home of Mom and Dad to be.
Todays project was applying the baby's name to the living room mirror with pink and white vinyl. I love the way it turned out with the dark frame of the mirror and the dark wood of the crib and dresser.
For this project I used the Gypsy Font. I often forget I have this font because I don't have a book for it, but I really do like the look of it. It also welds very well. I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I will be back tomorrow with another baby shower post. Stay tuned. Cindy
My son and his wife are expecting their first baby in December. We will be having the baby shower tomorrow and I can hardly wait. It's going to be so much fun. I haven't been able to post anything in the last couple of days because I've been getting ready for the party, but hopefully on Sunday I will have some time to get some new stuff up on the blog. In the mean time I wanted to share a few pictures. This first picture is of my son and his wonderful wife. The mommy of my first grandbaby.This second picture is of my husband and I when we were about the same age. Before having our 2 awesome sons.
This last picture is one of me and my son dancing at his wedding. I'm so proud of him. He has grown into a really great guy. I know he will make the best Dad ever.