Welcome to my own little spot of blog space. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will check back often to see what kind of craftiness I have going on in the world of scrapbooking, card making and general crafting.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Stop by on October 1 for World Card Making Day 2011!!!

Be sure to stop by on October 1 to celebrate World Card Making Day!!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I wanted to share another name book with you.  This Spiderman inspired name book was fun to make. Although it was a little challenging to add the little boy's favorite color, GREEN.  

 Cartridges: George and Basic Shapes
Mickey Font (I LOVE this chunky, slanted font!)

The letter "J" was outlined using Crystal Stickles. Crystal is one of
my most used colors.
The metal tags on the side are re-purposed key tags from the 
office supply store.   The color matched perfectly. 

 To add dimension to the square journaling block (or picture mat)
it was raised using pop-dots.  The letter "O" was outlined using Yellow Stickles.

 The red frame was created by using the Spots and Dots 
Cuttlebug embossing folder. The letter "H" was outlined using 
 Green Stickles.

 I don't mind working with these spiders! 
The letter "N" was outlined using Xmas Red Stickles.

Have an amazing Spider*riffic Day!

Thanks for stopping by.....

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cricut Cartridge Organization

Well, I don't know about you but I have started making my Christmas list!  One thing that has to be on it is a new organization system for my Cricut cartridges, books and overlays.  I am almost out of room! Trust me - that is NOT a complaint.  I like the ease of my current solution.  I store the cartridges alphabetically here.....

And I store my books and overlays alphabetically in another container.  Since I use my Design Studio so much, this system works very well for me.

I'll be adding some of my Christmas Wish List items later.  Until then, leave a comment listing your top wish list items for this year. 

Thanks for stopping by.....

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Personalized Christmas Album

I can not believe that it is almost October!  It seems that this year has gone by very quickly. 

Here's a little glimpse of what you can do with a pre-made album (this one was purchased at Hallmark), a Cricut and a little vinyl.  The recipient (in this case -- his parents) are sure to love this one of kind gift.  

Cricut Cartridge: Alphalicious 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Personalized Name Baby Book -

There is nothing sweeter than a baby's smile and laughter!  

To celebrate Zephyr's birth, I created a name book for his grandmother using my Cricut and Design Studio. Have I mentioned how much I love my Cricut?!?!?  I love making these books as gifts.   I can guarantee this is one-of-a-kind!! 

Zephyr's Full Book

Eucalyptus Stickles was used to accent the patterned paper. 
The embossed "Baby" was cut from a Hallmark Card.

 Crystal Stickles was used to accent the letter E.

 The "P" was embossed using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder 
and Crystal Stickles were used to accent the dots.

 The duck was created using the New Arrival cartridge 
and accented with Yellow and Orange Peel Stickles.

  The "H" and frame were accented with Turquoise Stickles.

 Paw and his two boys!

The "Y" was embossed using the Cuttlebug Traffic Jam embossing folder 
and Crystal Stickles were used to accent the outline.  
The giraffe is SEI Sparklers.

The journal tag is from the Making Memories Animal Crackers spiral journaling book.

The "R" was embossed using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder 
and Eucalyptus Stickles were used to accent the dots and frames.  
The rocking horse ribbon is from Michael's.

  The stick pin is SEI.  

  The boat was created using the New Arrival cartridge, embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and accented with Crystal Stickles.
 The waves were also accented with Waterfall Stickles.
The photo mat was created by the Martha Stewart Edger - Scallop Dot. 

All about the little details. These are the charms that hang from the book rings. Pastel color eyelets were also used to reinforce the holes for the book rings. 

Name books are a labor of love, but well worth it!  

Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, September 9, 2011

A birthday gift...

Our niece recently had a birthday.  We always ask her what she wants for her birthday because as a typical teenager -- what she wants changes as much as her miss-matched socks!!!! (LOVE YOU sweetheart!!)

This year she asked for fingernail polish and paints (did YOU know there was a difference?????), a photo album and of course gas money!  I had to pry a little bit about the photo album..does she want just an album to put photos in or does she want a scrapbook...YES there IS a difference!  She texted (is that a word) back that it was for her "Senior Year" so whatever I thought...well, I thought of this.......

A personalized scrapbook album ready for her to fill with her  journaling, photos and memorabilia from her senior year.  It's a 12 x 12 black album with white vinyl lettering and a green rhinestone (her school colors are green, gold and white).  Daulton picked out some 12 x 12 zebra paper in different colors and some ribbon to start off her collection. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Up next....a personalized name book.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A little sadness...

I am often caught without the words to express how I feel.   But I hope that through my crafting others know how much they mean to me and how much I care about them.  

As an example, after hearing the news that our dear friends mother passed away, my husband was able to travel right away to be with them.  I stayed for work and for our son to finish the school week.  We followed as soon as school was out on Friday but in the meantime -- at night -- I grieved in my craft room.  I tried multiple times to make a card, nothing seemed right....then  I remembered how much she enjoyed a framed scrapbook page that I made featuring her and her kids and came up with this...

I was honored when the family included this on the memorial table celebrating her life.  

To create this I used a frame that I got at Hobby Lobby (50% off), some Pearl Coredinations Gemstones card stock (my new favorite card stock!!), the Silhouette using a true type font, some black vinyl, a Basic Grey "bling it" rhinestone sticker, ribbon, some flowers and ColorBox Charchol ink.

Please remember to tell the ones you love, that you love them - and tell them often!!

Thanks for stopping by, next up....a "Class of 2012" personalized scrapbook album cover.