Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"One (Wo)Man's Trash is Another (Wo)Man's Treasure"

I made these boxes for the GIBBS Round 3 swap on the Cricut Messageboard. My partner, Jessilala, has her craft room decorated in plum, artichoke and mustard.

As you can tell by the post title this is my trash that I made into her treasure. These boxes were originally varnished w/ brown handles. I took the palm sander to them and coated them in a whitewash.

I used my Cricut, Gypsy and Heritage & Opposites Attract cartridges for the flourishes and words.

I coated the boxes with Mod Podge. I was going to use the original brown handles but as I was reattaching them one of the handles broke. I decided to break off all of the handles and use the posts and attach some plum grosgrain ribbon to replace them. I think they look much better now.

I bought the multi-colored trim from Jo-Ann Fabrics before this project was even started. When I found out the colors in Jessilala's craft room I knew that I just had to use it on these boxes.

Monday, June 28, 2010

"Our All-Star"

I haven't done a page or layout for quite a few months so when my friend, Jen, posted her challenge on her blog I knew it was a push to get a page done. You can join her challenge too >>>

This is the page I did for Jen's challenge.

The patterned paper is from Karen Foster Designs and the cardstocks are from different companies.

I cut the ball at 4" using my Cricut and Sports Mania cartridge.

I used my Heritage and Sports Mania cartridges for the "Our All-Star" cut. I sized "our" to 3/4" and "all-star" to 2 3/4" and used my Gypsy to weld them together. The overall cut is 3" tall.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

What do you get ...

when you take these items and mix 'em up?

Glittered brads you made yourself!

I picked these brads up from Jo-Ann Fabrics awhile ago when they were greatly reduced in price just so I could try this out. I had all kinds of Martha Stewart glitters I hadn't used so I jumped in and tried something new.

These are the steps I took to make them:
1) Press the heads (don't forget the edges) into your glue pad.
2) Dip them in your glitter.
3) Let them dry for a few hours or overnight.
4) Push the brads into some thick foam (but not all the way) to hold them for spraying and drying.
5) Spray with Clear Coat. Make sure to do this outside when there isn't a lot of humidity otherwise the drying process will be prolonged.
6) Let them dry for at least 24 hours.

Here are a couple of close-ups of the finished brads ...

Try them for yourself ... they were very easy to make. :D

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

graduation banner

My husband's niece graduated from high school recently. Her party is in the next couple of weeks so I decided to make a banner for her to hang up. I got the idea from Tammy, a friend on the Cricut MB. You can view Tammy's banner that she made for her daughter on her blog >>>

I used Core'dinations cardstock, Glimmer Mist, my Cuttlebug & a couple of embossing folders, my Cricut & a few cartridges, a little bit of embroidery floss and some white tulle.

All of the elements were cut using my Cricut with the exception of the base square. I used Hannah Montana for the font, Celebrations for the scalloped square and Wild Card for the graduation cap. The cap is actually a card cut which I then cut down to a single cap. I used embroidery floss for the tassel.

I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the scalloped squares with the Stars Cuttlebug embossing folder and the Tim Holtz Dot Matrix embossing folder to emboss the letters.

Once I assembled all the squares I sprayed them with Pearl Glimmer Mist. I then tied everything off with strips of white tulle.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Card Challenge on Jen Young's blog

My friend, Jen Young, posted a card challenge on her blog for this week. Here's the link >>>

I'm not much of a cardmaker so I made myself use Jen's challenge. I made this card for my father-in-law for Father's Day.

I used 3 different papers from Paper Studio and Core'dinations cardstock.

The "your day" stamp is a $1 stamp from Michaels. I used dark brown ink to stamp it on the cardstock.

The "Father" stamp is from Paper Inspirations. I also stamped this in dark brown ink.

Check out Jen's blog to see the other entries. Heck, why not make a card and try the challenge?!? :D

Saturday, June 19, 2010

"last picture"

I am sharing this page with you in honor of Dad since Father's Day is here.

This is the last picture that was taken of Dad and my son before Dad died. I took the picture on Christmas Eve night 2007 and Dad passed away January 9, 2008.

I used papers from Basic Grey's Boxer line. The title was cut using my Cricut with the Calligraphy cartridge. I also outlined the letters with a dark blue Sakura Glaze Pen.

Happy Father's Day Dad! I love you!

Friday, June 18, 2010

"The Great Pupil Debate"

Every once in awhile my husband and son end up debating about some of the oddest things. LOL I had to get pics so that I could do this page for my son's album.

I used papers from Basic Grey's Archaic line. The "squares" were cut from one of the papers and then I used some of my Sakura Glaze Pens to add some oomph. I used my Cricut & Don Juan cartridge for the title and welded the letters using my Gypsy. I outlined the letters with a Glaze Pen as well.

Here's a close up so you can see the effect of the Glaze Pens.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I received another RAK

Hello All!
I received another RAK in the mail from some wonderful friends I've made on the Cricut Messageboard.
Some of the gals were able to get together in Branson for a swarm. When I got to meet Jen Young in person last month, I sent some goodies along with her to give to the Branson Gals. They in turn sent me some Glimmer Mist. I LOVE this stuff! They sent me Garden Fairy, Deep Plum, Starfish, Patina and Latte.

This is the card I was sent. It was made by my GIBBS Round 3 partner, Jessilala.

This is how my Glimmer Mist was packaged. The box was made by my GIBBS Round 1 partner, Gretchabee, and she learned how to make it from TWhite.

I want to thank Jessica, Gretchen, Jen, Tammy, Daphne, Gayle and Megan for my wonderful RAK! You gals rock!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

GIBBS Round 3 Sneak Peeks

I am going to share some sneak peeks with you all of the goodies I made for Jessilala, my partner for the GIBBS Round 3 swap on the Cricut Messageboard.

"You're a Blockhead Charlie Brown"

"Time Flies" part 1 of 2

"Not All It's Cracked Up To Be"

"I Don't Need No Stinkin' Paper" part 1 of 2

"One (Wo)Man's Trash is Another (Wo)Man's Treasure" part 2 of 3

Monday, June 14, 2010

no words needed

Thank you Daphne!

I received this wonderful RAK from Daphne (Scrapsofstuff on the Cricut MB). She sent me the Caddy Case, Stamp Caddy (for the case), the bottles (for the Bottle Caddy) and a chrome silver Pearl Pen made by Viva Decor. I fell in love with the Pearl Pen ... had to order some of them the night I received this RAK. :D

Friday, June 11, 2010

I won Jen Young's blog candy!

Here is a pic of the Bottle Caddy that I won from Jen Young's blog candy. Thank you again Jen!

These are a wonderful storage item made by ScrapCessories. You can store your Stickles or alcohol inks in them.

Here is the Bottle Caddy with some of the Caddy Bottles.

The bottles are great because they can hold glitters, embossing powders, seed beads, skittles, brads, etc, etc, etc.

Visit to see more of their great products!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

"a heart full of thanks"

Every year as the Christmas tree is being decorated my husband takes a picture of our son and me. It's a wonderful tradition he started ... it ensures at least one picture I'm in each year LOL

patterned paper: Bo-Bunny Press
ribbon: Creative Imaginations
accent: Warm Red Color Box chalk ink pad

Saturday, June 5, 2010

"Love That Dog"

The title says it all! Our dog is definitely included in the scrapbooks ... can't leave a member of the fam out :D

cardstock: WorldWin
patterned paper: Karen Foster Designs
extras: Sakura's white glaze pen (on the title) and their Stardust pen (on the sub-title)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


This is a family photo that someone actually took for us LOL We were sitting by the Rock River right outside the church at my sister's wedding.

cardstock: The Paper Company (black) and Worldwin (purples)
patterned (foil) paper: Stemma
"family" diecut: Cricut w/ Home Accents cartridge and Mrs. Grossman's Scrap Metal sticker
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