Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Birthday D

Today our oldest turns 15

Below is a little glimpse of what I have been working on...

I am still working on the project I wanted to have done for today hopefully I will finish it before the bus arrives full of happy party people. (If not the girls can help with it right?)

I have a song link for you today totally reminds me of D every time it comes on...
More Beautiful You video by Johnny Diaz

Thank you Amy for swapping some PTI dp with me so I could create this beauty!
Product list...
Cricut Expression
Cricut George and Basic Shapes
SU scallop circle punch
Marvy Giga scallop punch
dimensional dots
PTI, SU card stock
Leaf brads
SU gg ribbon
slotted hole punch

Happy Stamp Day!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bella Rose Stationary

I took my gift stationary from Jen filed under june 2 2009to Bible Study a few weeks ago and they just loved it so I have made some up to take next month they also asked for me to bring some cards so I have been working on them as well.

Product list...
Jr. legal pad
Card Stock pure poppy and sweet blush
DP SU Bella Rose (retired)
SU scallop circle punch
circle punches
Cricut Expression
Cricut Winter woodland Cartridge (sentiment tag)
PTI stamp set Everyday Blessings
PTI ink pure poppy
PTI ribbon sweet blush
Binder Clip
Jumbo Paper clip

It is so wonderful to have Bear back home tea cup won't give him a break you would think the poor guy grew an extra tail the four days he was gone;)

Happy Stamp Day!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mini Notepad Gift Sets

These little gift sets were really fun to assemble...

Product list...
2.5 inch mini Rubi Coil notebooks made for me by Wanda
SU scallop circle punch
circle punches
large paper clips
golf pencils
strong adhesive (tombow, red liner and hot glue gun)
SU sab rub-ons

Happy stamp Day!

Friday, October 23, 2009

'O CHRISTmas Tree

Okay, I have done a few things this AM with my Sisters new Cartridge Winter Woodland this Christmas Tree Tag (cut out at 4") was one of them. Isn't it cute or what? And such fun to create this is a wonderful cartridge it should go on your must have list for sure! I put one of my favorite little cross beads on a headpin and stuck it into the bow, really trying to incorporate CHRIST into my CHRISTmas decorations again this year.

Product list...
Cricut expression
Cricut Winter Woodland Cartridge
PTI Merry and Bright stamp set
PTI stripe cream ribbon
SU scallop circle punch
SU DP (retired)
SU wassabi card stock and ink (retired)
head pin
cream bead
Cross bead
Bead Bling

Happy Stamp Day!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

15 Years

On the 20th My Husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sketch 2

You can find a link at the top of my blog to this round of PTI swapping over on Splitcoast. This round Chris has posted two sketches along with the regular card I am showing you my card for the second sketch. I am not used to the shabby style of stamping yet in fact little J (now nicknamed teacup) asked me why I was getting the cards dirty I suppose it is confusing to her the lengths I go to so they stay clean and keep her away from my finished creations.

I got on splitcoast just in time to see this thumbnail come up for the pay gallery and I just had to give it a shot and it was the inspiration for my card...

The sketch...

My card using the popping pastel technique to color the cupcakes, and I went shabby with this card because of the color combo I used it just screamed the shabby style.

Product list...
All products PTI except for marvy scallop punch, SU scallop Punch, I used the cricut to cut the regular circles and chalk to color the cupcakes and the Cuttlebug embossing folder swiss dots.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

1 Timothy 3:16 Word Art

I was led this week to a new part of scripture I don't recall reading before, (if I find something profound to me I usually highlight it or underline and leave some notes off to the side and this entire page was scribble free...well it is not anymore. I love this verse and I have created some word art for you today, I am working on a Cricut .cut file for our living room I will share when it is completed.

So when you are reading the scripture do you leave yourself notes or highlight the meaningful scripture of the moment?

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cricut Snow Friends I LOVE IT!

To find out more on this wonderful new cartridge from CRICUT take this link here

Is this CUTE or WHAT and it retails for only $19.99, they have done a great job with this one these little guys are very cute going on my wish list for sure. (Make sure you click the above link to see all the little people this cartridge makes it is the last page on the view screen.)

Want to see more Christmas with the Cricut has had some great projects this week take link here to Christmas with the Cricut. This is a great blog to follow they have beautiful projects from simple to advanced and every week they give out prizes to followers that leave comments. Give it a won't be disappointed.

One more note the scrapping cottage is getting very close to 500 followers and when they get there they will be drawing for $250 shopping spree, if you have not been there yet go check it out with this link or the pic in my candy bar on the left of your screen.I have been working on projects for my Dad and Jan to take south with them and getting the cards and gifts ready for the nursing home residents.
Have a wonderful Saturday!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Pretty Face

Again I have CASED this Cut file from Jeannie Phillips at A Place for My Cards she used her Gypsy to create her card you can find the link here. I have had a wonderful time blurfing her site and am learning many many things there you should go and check it out.

You can download my DS. cut file here snowman face seasons greetings by Sara Paschal
When you use my .cut file please link back to my blog so we can all see your creation. You will need George and Basic shapes for the snowman and Beyond Birthday's for the sentiment.

Product list...
Cricut Expression
Cricut Design Studio
Cricut Geroge cartridge and Beyond Birthdays cartridge .cut file
Cuttlebug embossing folder snowflakes
paper scraps for snowman mostly SU
Mellow Moss and Cranberry Crisp card stock SU
PTI stampers select white card stock

Have a Happy Stamp Day!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Oval Snowman .cut file

As promised here is the .cut file for the card below link here

You will need Cricut, Cricut Design Studio and the George and Basic Shapes Cartridge. I have made this file to work with the baby bug and the expression.


When you create with my .cut files please link back to my blog so we can all see your project

Nested Oval Snowman CASE

I so fell in love with this card (love in the winter) at A Place for My Cards she does a beautiful job on her Cricut cards inside and out and it is very inspiring. She has the Gypsy, I do not so I used GB and my Expression to make a similar cut file for her snowman card front. I will make a few changes to my files and get that uploaded for you sometime this week.

Product list...
Cricut Expression
Cricut Design Studio
Cricut GB cartridge
assorted paper scraps
Basic Grey Wonderland DP from the Blitzen Collection
SU ink and chalks for shading
Sakura blue glitter gel pen
Confetti Snowflakes

Happy Stamp Day!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Glossy Accents

Here is more information on the Glossy Accents glue that I have used In my Mug Tutorial on Monday.

Web information found here Ranger Ink

I did purchase mine locally however I don't remember the exact store it could be...
Wal-Mart, (Hobby Lobby, this really sticks out in my mind as where I did purchase but I am no for sure) or Mike's.

Happy Stamp Day!

Mug Warmer Coaster...Christmas Gifts 2009

Tutorial for Mug Warmer Coasters

This is what I am working on for Christmas gifts this year along with the mug tutorial I showed you on Monday (scroll down for Mug Shots post). I am working with what I have on hand for my trial runs and not doing my best job (so if it bothers you as much as it does me that things don't match or are wonky this is why) every designer has their working models;) Tell you one thing it sure smells YUMMY in my kitchen hot coffee and pumpkin pie, does not get much better then that combo this time of year.

Product list...
fabric 2 squares cut at 5 1/2 inches each
applique fabric 6 inch square
Cricut Expression
Cricut George Cartridge
Fusible Webbing 6 inch square
Sewing Machine
Uncooked Rice
Pumpkin Pie Spice

How to...Apply your fusible webbing to your six inch square piece of applique fabric (per directions on webbing)

Apply this bonded fabric to your Cricut Cutting mat.

For my project I used the flower from GBS cut at 3 3/4 inches.

Apply your cut flower to the right side of one of the 5 1/2 inch fabric squares (per fusible web directions).

Place your 5 1/2 inch fabric squares face together and stitch around making sure to leave an inch open in the middle of one side.

Turn the fabric squares right side out.

Fill your bag with uncooked white rice (about 1/2 cup), and 1t of pumpkin pie spice.

Stitch your 1 inch opening closed.

Warming Directions for Coaster...
Heat in microwave for two minutes on high.

Happy Stamp Day!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Mug Shot...Christmas Gifts 2009

Art Potch on C. Kruel web site

Here is a link on SCS to the mugs that got me started on this quest, mugs by Frankymouse

Here is her blog link (you will need to use the translator and flip it to English) her blog translates in English to francas Tinkering

Well I have been searching and searching the web to find Art Potch in the US and have had ZERO luck. I have PM'd a SCS member out of the States to see if she would be interested in shipping some to me, (my fingers are crossed). In the meantime I have been playing around with different forms of adhesives, glues and lacquers that I have on hand to see what would work. So far I have come up with Glossy Accents by inkssentials (I think this stuff compares to SU Crystal Effects). It is fast drying, soap and water safe (I still would not submerse in water or put in DW) however, it is also microwave safe (I went up to three minutes heating coffee).

Tutorial with Glossy Accents

ceramic mug
tissue paper
permanent inks (PTI hybrid scarlet Jewel, ripe avocado,Enchanted Evening)
Stamps (PTI Flower Garden, PTI flower garden sentiments, bc circles)
glossy accents

1) Stamp your image onto tissue paper using a perm ink such as Staz-on or PTI Hybrid inks.

2) Let dry only takes a few minutes.

3) Cut close around your image with a scissors.

4) Clean your mug with rubbing alcohol, let dry.

5) Rub glossy accents on your mug where you are going to place your tissue.

6) Carefully and slowly apply your tissue to the mug (make sure you have some glossy accents on your application finger) this stuff dries fast when you use a small amount and if your finger gets sticky you will be tearing up your tissue.

7) Once you have it down and smooth apply a thicker coat of Glossy Accents to the top of the image and let dry for 24 hours.

Tomorrow I have a tutorial for the heating coaster, see you then.

Happy Stamp Day!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Chunky Spaghetti Sauce...Pizza Sauce

No crafty project for today I wanted to share with you some healthy sauces that use no added sugar and the fat is EVOO. I have been making bunches of both of these lately my family can't get enough. Also at the bottom I have listed our favorite breakfast cereals and whole grain bread.

Chunky Spaghetti Sauce
1 medium green pepper
1 medium onion
1 garlic clove (I use minced garlic in a jar)
2 cans tomatoes
1/4C tomato paste
1-1/2t minced fresh oregano or 1/2t dried oregano
1-1/2t minced fresh basil or 1/2t dried basil

Directions: green peppers, onion and garlic; cook until tender in evoo, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano and basil; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes. I double the batch and place half in the freezer for another quick meal. This is wonderful over your Whole Grain Pasta (see previous post).

Pizza Sauce
1 can tomatoes
1/4C tomato paste
1 small onion minced
2t fresh basil
2t oregano
2 to 4 cloves garlic (I use minced garlic in a jar...just easier for me)
1/4t salt
1/4t pepper

Simmer on stove, buzz in blender return to a simmer. Once again I will double or more so I have some to freeze for quick meals. Wonderful to use with your whole wheat pizza crust (scroll down for recipe).

So for breakfast grains we now go with Oatmeal (old fashioned), Cheerios and Malt 0 Meal along with whole grain bread. (Our favorite is Pepridge Farm) link here.

Happy Stamp Day!

Friday, October 9, 2009

WCMD Gratitude Challenge...Whole Grain Noodles

OKAY, here is my last WCMD creation to share with you. For this card you needed to follow a card sketch, use browns and make it a thank you card.

Product list...
PTI Spiral Bouquet, text style stamp sets
PTI ink, card stock, buttons, twine and ribbon

Okay for step two on our way to a healthier family we weeded out all the white pasta noodles and have replaced them with Hodgson Mill products easily found at Wal-mart or you can purchase ONLINE (how wonderful is that)!
Link to there homepage is found here Hodgson Mill

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bella Challenge Card...Whole Wheat Flour

First for today I have my Bella challenge card for WCMD, you were supposed to give it an 80's theme so I went with bright colors and dots. I colored bella with Sakura glitter gel pens (I love these...I can actually color good with them).

Product list...
Emmy Bella Image
SU card stock Green galore
PTI card stock, ink and buttons HB
PTI stamp set Polka Dot basics, everyday basics
Ribbon unknown, some buttons unknown

And now a bit about what is going on around our home. DH was diagnosed with very high triglycerides and we have totally had to rethink the way we eat and cook. One of the first things I have changed was to get rid of all the white flours in the house. I replaced the cooking flour with King Arthur Whole Wheat seen below DH's work HyVee carries this at a reasonable price. I use it now in all of our cooking and baking, I have learned to use a cup less then you would for white flour recipes (it really soaks up the moisture). Here is a whole wheat pizza crust I now make for our family...

King Arthur Flour Web page here

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust recipe

1 pkg rapid rise yeast
1C warm water
1 T brown sugar
dissolve sugar in the warm water, sprinkle yeast over the top and let sit 'til it gets foamy (about 5 minutes)

3 1/2 C whole wheat flour (king Arthur Hy-vee)
1t kosher salt
Combine these ingredients, pour yeast mixture into the center fold and blend slowly.Knead on flour surface, work onto a evoo (you can also sprinkle with corn bread flour) prepared pizza pan. Let sit 20 min, poke with a fork and begin to top the pizza.

Your flour will last in the fridge for 24 hours.

I am happy to report that DH has lost 15lbs, me not as great I have lost 4. Have to admit I am a sugar addict this is the hardest part for me to keep out of a good diet.

Happy Stamp Day!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Altered Jr Legal pads

Today I am showing you two altered Jr. legal pads I made over the past weekend again with the chipboard accents. Thank you Julie;) These are so fun to make after getting one as a gift from my friend Chris I can't stop making them. They make great stocking suffers and bday gifts these will be going to the nursing home for bingo prizes.

Project list...
Jr. legal pads (have your office store cut them in half)
card stock
PTI stamps
micro beads
Happy Stamp Day!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Got Chipboard?

Thanks to my Sister and her amazing garage sale finds I have two buckets full! L and I got to sorting them out on Friday and they are so very cute and charming now they are much easier to work with after being grouped by category. So I challenged myself on WCMD to use chipboard on most of my creations here are two bday cards (chipboard is one embellishment I don't normally use). I also turned first to my scrap piles on WCMD and tried to use them as much as possible.

My card above uses a large chipboard bday cake and I used PTI's everyday button bits for the balloons.

The only stamping on the above card is Happy Birthday from PTI.

Happy Stamp Day!

Monday, October 5, 2009

WCMD09I Scor Pal challenge

Wow, what a fun weekend of card making it was. I hope you were able to enjoy some creative time. The time to upload for the prizes has come and gone but you can still enjoy this fun challenge.

This card was made for the SCS WCMD09I challenge to make an upright z-fold card. Complete direction link can be found HERE. The directions are very simple and you will totally enjoy the end product. Here is mine...

Product list...
SU sweet always stamp set, scallop border punch
PTI Everyday classics, ribbon, buttons, jute and card stock
MS DP (clearance Walmart)
circle punches

Happy Stamp Day!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

WCMD09G MFT challenge on SCS

Believe it or not I do not own any MFT stamps...How lucky am I that MFT is giving away the digital image you see on my creation below. You must go to the challenge link on SCS to grab it (it will be gone Sunday PM). Guess what? I did not color it, I opened it in Paint, filled my bucket and digitally colored. Now this I can do, I may have to get more digi sets now;)

MFT challenge on SCS hurry you have 'til midnight tonight to complete this and other challenges over on SCS. And yes, you can upload today even if you are not a paying subscriber;)

Product list...
MFT digital stamp (free download link on scs thread)
ms paint, printer
PTI black, ribbon, text style stamp, everyday button bits, flower garden
SU pink paper and ink

Happy Stamp Day!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Embellish WCMD challenge

I so love the style that Embellish has been showing and I can't wait for the first issue to hit the Net. They have a challenge going for WCMD you can find more about it here.

I kept this card simple and used Marvy Giga scallop circle...the perfect little thank you note.

PTI WCMD challenge 3 India

Find out more about PTI India Challenge here.

My Creation inspired by the wonderful bright colors in combination along with lots of BLING (I love this stuff)!

PTI Challenge 1 Japan

PTI WCMD challenge 1 Japan

For my Japan inspired card I had to go with SU products this is why I need to win Floral Fusion:) to have some Asian inspired PTI stamps. For your chance to win take the challenge link found Here.

PTI challenge 2 Mexico

To have a chance at winning the CHA set Floral Fusion you much check out PTI's challenges for WCMD you can find them HERE

I used PTI's Fresh Alpha and Guidelines stamps sets for this creation...

WCMD challenge cards

Here are a few cards from this AM...I will be back with more posts later today scroll down to the previous post to see my sketch challenge for WCMD. Are you having a Wonderful Creative WCMD?

WCMD challenges on SCS
WCMD09B Crafty Secrets Challenge Card

WCMD09B this is the photo I printed off for the challenge feel free to download and print.

WCMD09A challenge card I made two for this one one of the cards has no stamping just a chipboard emement for the quote. Can you remember when I used this quote for my blog header?

World Card Making Day...a sketch for you

Lots of inspiration out there today for cards I have a special sketch for you if you decide to play along use the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post so we can all see your designs. I am sure to be back today posting creations for other sites, have fun and Happy World Card Making Day!

Here is my creation...I know back to scanning and it stinks but you can kind of see it. IRL it is one of my faves.

Product list...
PTI Buttons, ribbon and card stock
Chipboard (walmart Clearance)
google eye
square punch

Happy Stamp Day!

Friday, October 2, 2009


I love leftovers (food and paper scraps) some people can do without either however, I think sometimes they can even be better the second time around. I had some Leftovers from the swap cards I made earlier in the week and they ended up on my card for today. I layered some PTI Scarlet Jewel buttons with some pearls, love the look of this.

Product list...
PTI Merry and Bright, buttons
SU wasabi, purely pomegranate, celery card stock, ink and ribbon
cuttlebug embossing folder snowflakes
SU scallop circle punch
Circle punch

World Cardmaking Day tomorrow, I have a fun challenge planned also there are plenty of web sites involved in the Holiday...have fun creating.
Happy Stamp Day!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Throwback Pettal Prints

Really it is amazing the amount of SU wood mounted sets I have that I really HATE using, don't get me wrong love the images but after stamping with PTI clear stamps I don't return to wood mounted often (hence the Throwback title). Not to mention my neglected stash of SU paper and list is endless. Inspiration came from the petal prints image I wanted to use along with the challenge on OCC found HERE and from a card made my my Stamping friend Banu found HERE

Inside of card, I embossed the top panel and stamped on the bottom one then mounted the sentiment on another scallop oval to match the card front. Really starting to love the look of this method. Anyhow my pic is upside down...go figure;)

Happy Harmony contains another verse I love...
"In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Product list...
Stampin up Petal Prints (thank you Crunchy), Happy Harmony, Many Thanks (all retired sets)
SU wild wasabi ink, card stock and ribbon
SU celery card stock
SU Mellow Moss card stock and ink
PTI stampers select white
PTI Text Style stamp set
cuttlebug embossing folder
marvy scallop oval punch

Happy Stamp Day!