Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rocket Man

LOL, so very funny this week we watched a great Disney movie "Rocket Man". I laughed so hard I thought I would POP, "It wasn't ME"! LOL! My sister called and she informed me that she had seen it a long....time ago, well it is worth dusting off this movie is very funny.
Rocket Man clip on Youtube
Well speaking of rockets my friends son will have a space theme for his new room so I made this for him with the cling vinyl.

Product List...
Cricut Expression
Cricut Design Studio
Cursive 101
Paper Doll Dress Up (Rocket)
Cars (flames)
Cling Vinyl from Grafix

Happy Stamp Day!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Cling Vinyl

This stuff "Cling Vinyl" by Grafix is a joy to work with, I love it! Found mine at Create for Less where I found the large bottle of Armour Etch. My Friend has purchased a new home and is hosting a Coffee Tea swap on SCS, I am sending some goodies along in my swaps for her DD's Birthday.

Product list...
Cricut Expression
Cricut Design Studio
Cursive 101
Walk in my Garden
Grafix Cling Vinyl

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Letter to our Editor

I have typed up a short letter to the editor of our local newspaper in hopes that behavior in Monroe will improve at public events. The second Little J repeated one of the profane words...insert fingers into ears here..."nympho" yeah, I really want my three year old running around town saying that! I felt my temper hit the breaking point, DH kept me contained when I really wanted to get over there and SHUT them UP! This continued through the entire fireworks display with each burst of color came a profane offensive outburst most of the time sexual in nature. Here is my letter...

I usually enjoy the Fireworks display staged by the Monroe Volunteer Fire department, this year was an exception when inebriated onlookers paired the visual display with profane verbal outbursts.

This type of behavior around children, the elderly and families enjoying public events is so discourteous, rude, distasteful, vulgar, offensive, disrespectful, brazen, impolite, unthinkable and downright illicit.

Believe in your morality, you have what it takes to be considerate in public please give reverence a try!

Sara Paschal

I will keep my fingers crossed that the next public event we attend is more respectful.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

MY "Lil Bloomers"

As a reader of my creative blog you know I can't get enough of the flowers, flower stamps, flower paper, crocheted flowers etc. Well I was making up some paper flowers for the card I am showing you today when DH said, "Why not make some to sell?", why not? So, if you like the little bloomers as shown below email me at paschal.sara@gmail.com with "little bloomers" in the subject line. I only have the two packs you see below they will sell for $2.50 each plus shipping.

Lil Bloomers construction Details...
Blooms cut from quality Stampin' Up DP Bella Rose
1" bloom, hand sewn PTI button
Layered with a Zot to 1 1/4" bloom
Dimensional square 1/8" adhered to back of the larger bloom

Here is my card that inspired my "Lil Bloomers"...

Product list...
Beautiful Blooms
Everyday Classics
Ribbon, card stock, ink, buttons

Retired DP Bella Rose
Tag Corner Punch
Scallop Edge Punch

Cricut Expression
Cricut George Cartridge

Coats and Clark pink thread
Coats and Clark Black Thread
Sew Mini
dew drops
Dimensional squares 1/8"

Happy Stamp Day!

Friday, June 26, 2009

PTI swap round 4...CAS

Papertrey Ink swap round 4 is now open you can sign up here...
Papertrey Ink Card swap round 4

For this round Steffie1027 is the hostess and she has chosen to do a CAS card swap. Clean and Simple, you can find the blog here...
Clean and Simple you will need to choose a "fall to layout" for this portion of the swap, there is also the Regular card swap running this round.

It is still wet and disorganized around here, does not make anyone feel crafty. There is yet another severe weather threat posted for tonight. I have vowed to take the kids to the neighbors if the tornado sirens sound this time, we will not slop around in the wet basement again. Hopefully DH will have time after work today to get the sump running and start drying it out, the sooner he can do that the faster my craft area can come back together and I can get crafty.

The girls and I did make some Rhubarb Jelly this AM here is the recipe...

5 Cups of cut Rhubarb marinated in 2 cups of sugar (overnight in the refrigerator)

add one more cup sugar
Boil for 10 minutes

Take off the heat and stir in one envelope of unflavored gelatin

Spoon into hot jars, let cool

Keep refrigerated.


Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Going Buggy: All My Favourite Things - Blog Candy Giveaway Scroll down for New Posts

Going Buggy: All My Favourite Things - Blog Candy Giveaway Scroll down for New Posts

Water, Water, Water...CANDY!

Going Buggy Blog Candy ends June 30th, run over there today and get your name in for some fine craft products.

Had to dodge more bad weather last night, the trip to the basement was wet. This am when we opened the door again there was well over four inches down there...here we go again. In order to get downstairs we have to move all of my craft supplies off of the cellar door now my craft supplies are spread over the house there won't be much craft time for me the next few days.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

So Very WILD

Here is my second zoo page for the weeek using Scrap and Stamp Saturday Challenge, I am so very happy with the way these pics turned out.

Product lit...
Cricut Expression
Cricut George Cartridge
SU So Very stamp set
Palette Noir Ink

Monday, June 22, 2009

Not So Very WILD

Sorry for the crooked piecing of the layout scan, be sure to scroll down the page I have another post from earlier today.

Stamp and Scrap Saturday challenge found here

Anyone who comes in contact with our Little J knows she is WILD and full of energy, this trip was an exception so I thought the title was right on.

This is the first page of a two page layout I am working on for this challenge. It shows off a few of my fave pics from a trip to the Omaha Zoo a few years ago. Little J happened to be sick over that weekend (this was the first time the kid was physically sick) in her first year turned out to be strep infection. She did have fun at the Zoo, she loved riding on the train with Daddy and ONLY Daddy. I think that I why I love the top pic so much she truly is a Daddy's girl. The bottom right pic is of ME petting a SHARK, on a dare from the girls of course

Product list...
Creative Memories Zoo Pack
SU So Very Stamp set
SU just journaling stamp set
Palette Noir ink
Marvy scallop punch

100,000 Blog Hits winner

Yahoo, I have reached one of my blogging goals when the counter rolled over to 100,000 hits. Sherry, is the lucky winner you can find her blog here.

I will be back later on today with my SB page for the new Stamp and Scrap Saturday Challenge. Another slice of goodness I won the prize from them for the last SB challenge. YIPPEE! I was so excited to see the digital stamp set that Sweet and Sassy has come out with called Fluttering By The sentiment from this set Fearfully and Wonderfully made is one of my fave bible verses...

Psalms 139;13-14
For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Our neighbor came over the week after my serious backpain was divereted with a simple yawn and stretch. I told her how it happened and how I was feeling and this scripture is what she had to say to me. I will never forget her stopping by that day;)

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Song on Free Napster

Happy Stamp Day, I will catch you later again today!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Golden Anniversary

My Aunt and Uncle are celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, I have worked a good part of the week off and on with this card...

Inside of card...
Posted by Picasa

First thing I did was created a .cut file from a card I found on SCS the blog link is here Scrapsofmind.com

50 .cut file download here
This .cut file is not A2 size it was made to fit inside a larger invitation envelope I am not sure of the alpha numeric name for this size but the box says to fit a 4 by 6 photo project.

Next after getting the .cut file down I printed off the photos I found that I wanted to use. On my photo printer I can print 4 photos on one 4 by 6 page, this was a great feature for this project all the photos printed the correct size. I played with them in Picasa editor by turning them all Sepia before printing.

I do have a bit of empty space on the inside I may find another photo or just leave it to show off more of my fave dp Stampin' Up has ever come out with. I tell you I have been hoarding this stuff and this was the perfect project to break it out on. I have said in the past that I do scan in my fave dp stacks so when they retire I can print them out when I need a page for something.

Project list...
Cricut Expression
Cricut Design Studio
Cricut George Cartridge
Cricut Cursive 101 cartridge
Stampin up
Felted flowers
Pretties Kit
Recollections DP (retired)
Always Artichoke card stock
Cranberry Crisp card stock (retired)
Mellow Moss card stock
Ribbon (retired)
Gold Cord (retired)
Gold Detail Embossing Powder
Papertrey Ink
Everyday Blessings stamp set
Everyday Classics stamp Set
Hedi Swapp Ghost Letters
Creative Memories gold paper
Vellum flowers and leaves were from a friend (unknown vendor)
Photo printer
Photo paper

Have a wonderful weekend, Happy Stamp Day!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch Card

Here is the Mojo sketch for this week...

My card is below, I am not happy with the main image it is on my list to remake later today.

Product list...
PTI Chocolate Remix DP
PTI with sympathy Stamp Set
PTI 2008 everyday classics stamp set
PTI dark chocolate card stock, ink and ribbon
PTI Mellon Berry ink
Cricut Expression
Cricut George Cartridge
Cricut .cut file adjustable scallop ovals from Okieladybug
Happy Stamp Day!
PTI Vintage Cream card stock

Happy Stamp Day!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

52 weeks 52 sketches week 24

I love this sketch for the week...

Here is my page featuring little J...

Product list...
SU felt flowers
SU SAB rub-ons
Cricut Expression
Cricut walk in my garden cartridge (flowers)
Cricut Doodlecharm cartridge (basket)
PTI Everyday Blessings stamp set
PTI card stock summer sunrise, lemon tart
Marvy Scallop Circle Punch

Monday, June 15, 2009

Padded Cinderella

Padded notebook .cut file by Sara Paschal

I think I love to make these as much as the receiver loves to get them. This will be making its way east to a friends DD for her birthday. Every little princess has to have a Cinderella notebook. I cut the gloves over 10 times then just went with the best cut, they are still far from perfect...need more practice.

Below is a shot of the open book with pages in it. I used Blue copy paper that was rescued from a friends burn barrel.

Below is a screen shot of Cricut DS, to get the notebook shape you need to copy, paste then flip on of the images. Next you connect your notebook with a rectangle. Your padded notebook will fit inside, use double stick red liner tape to adhere the pages to the inside.

Product list...
Cricut Expression
Cricut Design Studio
Cricut Happily Ever After Cartridge
Cricut George and Basic Shape Cartridge
Copy Paper
PTI Card stock
SU card stock
Padding compound
Google Eyes
Tombow Multi Adhesive

Happy Stamp Day!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

52 Weeks 52 Sketches week 23

I love this sketch and I brought out my PTI stash of DP I have been hoarding. I love this stuff and am so very sad that they are no longer making the 12 by 12 size. I love this thicker card stock for cricut 3d items and scrapbooking. PTI, if you read this please reconsider the 12 by 12 paper size. The pic is of little J on her Sears photo shoot, the resolution is low (they want you to purchase from them not print your own) but I still wanted to keep all of the pics they took. Last time I checked if you wanted the high resolution pics you had to pay over two hundred bucks for the CD. Well for Little J's book I think just a reminder of how cute she was at this age is fine in the lower resolution. I will link up a pic of the shot we chose for our pic wall.

Product list...
PTI stamp sets Anniversary Set 2008, Floral Frenzy
PTI card stock, ink and ribbon
Cricut Walk in my Garden
Black Pen
Sewing Machine

Happy Stamp Day!

Johnny Appleseed

When we moved to our home in 2003 there was this homely apple tree on the property. It had been cut way back and DH was not sure if it was going to live. Well you can see in the pic above it did make it, this photo was last spring 2008. The apples have not been good they get full of bugs and fall from the tree before they are ripe. Well it turns out my Sister has the same problem with the apple tree on her property and this is the advice her neighbor gave her...

1C sugar
1 banana peel
1C Apple Cider Vinegar
2C water
1 Gallon Plastic Milk Jug

Rinse out Plastic Milk Jug, fill with ingredients and place the cap on. Cut a dime size hole toward the top of the jug and hang in the tree. The hope is the bugs that usually migrate toward the apples will see this jug as a better treat and become trapped in it.
So we shall see if her neighbor is a Johnny Appleseed, our jug went in the tree this AM.

Friday, June 12, 2009

My Bday Cake...A license to drive

This is the Birthday cake my DH brought home for me on Tuesday, LOL. I loved it, well it being Chocolate helped a bunch. The lady he works with at the grocery came up with the yarn idea, so perfect for this year.

And yes, I have been a bit crabby lately. Who would not be walking around with a broken tooth and a sore back. Okay, probably more disenchanted then crabby waiting for another shoe to drop and something else to go wrong.

On Thursday our DD passed the tests to get her Drivers Permit, she actually drove us around Sioux Falls and then home. Two new disasters, and major freak outs by me but we made it. DH is teaching her, he used to train drivers for a CDL license so he figures he could teach his DD how to drive a car. Good luck, I will make sure to stay home for the next lesson. It is so very hard watching your kids grow wings and start doing what they want to do, ACK time passes very quickly does it not?

Have a great weekend and a Happy Stamp Day!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Proud Mama

I am one Proud Mama;) I taught myself how to make crocheted flowers for my cards along the way taught DD how to make a few stitches and walla this is her purse. She made it in just under three hours, flower by Mom. Keep in mind this is her first attempt at something like this and she is twelve. She would love to read your comments so please if you read this post leave her some love.

DD has also taught her friend how to make a few basic stitches, it is so cute to watch them pick out yarn LOL, so many choices it is hard to decide.

Happy Birthday shout to my friend Dana and to TNB on the SCS forum.

Product list...
Red Heart Yarn from Wal Mart
Crochet Hook 4.25

Happy Stamp Day!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Scrap and Stamp Challenge Page

I did get to complete a few scrap pages over the past weekend this one was for the challenge at Stamp And Scrap...
Have to say the weather in South Dakota has been anything but TROPICAL this is the 8th coldest start to June on record. I actually turned the heat on for a bit Friday and Saturday needless to say the pool has not been used so much this season.

My page was scanned in so I have two scans to piece together as one 12 by 12 page, I have not figured out how to do this seamlessly yet so please take that into consideration when viewing the page below. Part of the challenge was to make the page summer and to use two stamps my stamps were a little wave from Studio G and PTI's Borders and Corners Circle.

Product list...
SU DP Retired
SU Brilliant Blue ink and card stock
PTI Lemon Tart card stock
PTI boarders and corners circle stamp set
PTI summer sunrise ink
Studio G wave stamp
Cricut Expression
Cricut Cursive 101 cartridge (Tropical Paradise)
Crucut Walk in my Garden Cartridge (SUN)
Cricut Design Studio
Foam Tape

Happy Stamp Day!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

100,000 Hits Blog Candy Edit and a new Site

Edit, moving up to the top for a reminder...It is my Bday today and I am being lazy I don't have a new blog post to share ;) My Friend Chris has been selected for a Scrapbook Design team and they have launched a new layout you can find it here...

I am closing in on 100,000 blog hits thanks to all of you that visit my blog. I have moved my blog counter to the top of my side bar, blog candy goes to the person that emails me a screen shot of the 100,000 hit counter Or the first person who is the closest to the mark that emails me first.

I found this fun game at my friend Wanda's Blog My Creative Corner, she has posted a beautiful dress today made from scallop circles, this is a must see for sure.

To get a page screen shot on the web you use your PrtSC Key upper right hand side of the keyboard. This copies the screen to your clipboard, next you need to paste the screen into your program and save it. Send as an attachment in email to...


Good luck and Thank You!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sketch 22, Little J

This weeks sketch challenge over at 52 weeks 52 sketches...

My take on the sketch, you see little J here she was around 6 months in these photos. Her words when she saw the page, "Look my Pretty Shoes" she also calles her dress shoes her, "churchn' shoes", LOL yes, she is very silly. She also commented about her friends in the photos and had to run off and gather all of them back up. I should retake the photo of her now, hey what a great idea but wait, no camera. ACK, just a few more days...

Product list...
12 by 12 card stock "paper" from hobby lobby
PTI bitty dot ribbon and buttons
PTI Berry Sorbet cardstock
DP my Minds Eye Laundry Line
Basic Grey Chipboard
Cricut George Cartridge
Cricut Cursive 101 Cartridge
SU SAB rub-ons

Happy Stamp Day!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Cinderella for Little J part 2

Edit post to put in photo of 7" cut the right way.

Thank you Reddy in the Cricut forum for your help. I am happy with a 7" cut this am, thank you so very much.

What I learned...
1. No function keys should be lit up when you want to cut a base.
2. Hit the character you want, this will cut the base with the lines for you to line up the cut shapes. (Cut this in BLACK)
3. Continue to cut rest of the pieces as the book instructs you to.
4. I use Tombow Multi adhesive (green lid)
5. A tweezers comes in really handy for the smaller pieces.
6. Use a sharp blade
7. Use the correct speed and pressure for the paper you are cutting.
8. PTI card stock did not cut well with the little cuts a light weight card stock would be better. (this really shows on the gloves where I used Aqua Mist from PTI, click on cinderella for a larger view.)

Cinderella for Little J part 1 link

Below is a comparison of Cinderella from Happily Ever After Cricut Cartridge. I do love it on the black, I still think it is too big of a base so much of the black shows. I have asked the question if black is supposed to show between all of the shapes, to me this would look so very disjointed esp on the arms. You can see on the second attempt where I put the arm pieces joined. UGH, I guess they say third time is the charm I am set to go again later next week.

Happy Stamp Day!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Coffee/Tea card kit swap

My friend cupojafa over on SCS is hostessing a Coffee/Tea card kit swap, you can find her awesome blog {here}. I fiddled around with the idea of the swap for over a month now, well when my Sister delivered Dreams Come True Cricut Cartridge I knew I was in.

I have seen this cute tea pot invite in the cricut message board and the idea for a shape card came from there. I used DS and the Dreams Come True Cartridge to make the tea pot a2 size shape card.

Tea Pot .cut file by Sara Paschal

Invites by Goatesgirl

Product list...
Shape Card Base
Cricut Expression
Cricut Design Studio
Cricut Dreams Come True Cartridge

Chocolate Re-Mix DP
Dark Chocolate Ink
Summer Sunrise Ink and card stock
Vintage Cream Card Stock
Everyday Classics stamp set
Text Box Stamp Set
Warm Happiness Stamp Set

Embroidery Floss
Scallop Oval Punch Marvy
1/8" hole punch
Lipton Tea bag

To color the flowers on the tea pot I actually inked up the sunflower from text box and stamped color into the image, pretty clever if I do say so myself. And yes, that is the tiny tea bag from PTI's Everyday classics set. (I cut it out and took one strand of brown floss to make the hanger, along with the tiniest hole punch I had.)

**Note** this is not my final version for the swap just one of the many I have in my mind to send. Not sure yet what the images are I want to stamp to go with the kit, I may go bitty dots DP and then the tea cup from Everyday Classics?? Who knows, LOL?

Happy Stamp Day!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Butterfly Bag

Edit to place pic of finished bag...

I wanted to make up a butterfly bag to have on hand for gift giving for the girls this is what I have come up with. I will be back later today with a pic of the finished project for now here is a screen shot and the download link.

Butterfly Bag download link

Product list...
Cricut Expression
Cricut Cartridges Paper doll Dress up/George and Basic Shapes
Cricut Design Studio
SU Card Stock

Happy Stamp "Cricut" Day!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Cinderella for Little J

Edit post found a helpful thread, you have to be a member of the Cricut Message board to view...

1) I did not cut the black base
2) I tried to piece on a shadow cut not a base cut
Guess I should look before I leap, LOL. Anyhow, I will try it again using these tips.

I have been playing around with the Happily Ever After Cricut Cartridge my Sister brought over the other day. I am sorry to say, these are the fave images for little J but I can't piece the cuts so they look right and it is hard to get the proper speed and pressure for some of the more intricate cuts. To top it off the choker did not even cut out I had to improvise. Up close this project looks like crap if you hold it away a few feet or take your glasses off it is Okay, LOL! They say right on the box some details are very intricate and will cut best with the expression. I have the expression and cut this out at 10 inches and still had a problem with the pieces, I have totally given up on the A2 shape card I wanted to make her for her birthday...sigh. I ended up taking the photo off the page and just gave her the paper to play with, she sure was happy with it.

So my question to you Cricketers is... my older girls want the Tinkerbell Cartridge, do the same problems exist with this one? They would need the smaller images for cards and to decorate lockers and notebooks with? Any tips and tricks for this type of cartridge would be appreciated.

Happy Stamp Day!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Walk in My Garden Shape Card

My Sister was over to scrap a gift album on Saturday, between the two of us we were able to complete over 20 some pages. She brought along with her some new Cricut Cartridges Walk in My Garden was one of them. I knew she had purchased it so I had worked up a card in DS just for the day it arrived here it is...

Cricut DS .Cut file found {here} You will need Cricut Cartridge Walk in My Garden to cut this file with DS.

{Here} is a link to a different flower pot shape card that was shown on SCS for this card you will not need the cricut.

With card pulled out of the pot...

Product list...
Cricut Expression
Cricut Walk in My Garden Cartridge
Cricut Design Studio
Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dot
SU card stock and ink
SU SAB rub-ons
SU Chalk
Crocheted Flower (made by Me)
PTI Flower Garden Stamp Set
PTI Birthday Sentiments Stamp set
Dew Drops

Happy Stamp Day!

Monday, June 1, 2009


I have had this page done for a bit now, since they are coming over today I thought it would be the perfect time to show it. The photos were snapped at the local county fair a few years ago. My Sisters little one was born just a few months before little J.

Products used...
Cricut George and Basic Shapes
SU round tab punch
SU corner punch
SU SAB rub-ons
SU felt flower
SU Card Stock
MM Brads
Recollections DP

Happy Stamp Day!