Monday, December 12, 2011

~~~ From Our House To Yours~~~

Good morning y'all.....we are having another challenge over on the Cricut message board and this week we are using a bird, as the focal point.
Cardinal........Winter Woodlands
Bird House....Stretch Your Imagination
Wreath...........Christmas cart
Branch...........Camp Out
Paper.............Graphic 45
Stamp............Close To My Heart
Mat for sentiment....Art Philosophy
I just LOVE my Art Philosophy cart and all the coordinating stamps you can buy!
Thanks for stopping by, I hope y'all have a great week!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

~~~ Snowmen ~~~

Good morning y'all.....this weeks SS Challenge on the Cricut MB was to make a card using a snowman. I used Doodlecharms for the Snowmen and a saw a purse on the same cart, so I used the handle for his mouth. The sentiment circle and scallop were cut from the Art Philosophy cart and I used the coordinating stamp from Close To My Heart. Added some glitter and bling, a few punch snow flakes and used a Copic marker for the cheeks. Thanks for taking a peek !!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

~~~ Gingerbread People ~~~

Hi Y'all!! I go to a Stampin Up card class the 1st monday of each month and I got an email Monday, informing me that this month was a card swap month and I needed to make 12 Christmas cards !! I almost spit my coffee...I was like WHAT ???? It will take me a week to pick out paper!! The 1st card is my feeble attempt.I printed off some paper and used that for my prototype.I didn't like it, at all. Off to Hobby Lobby I go and found the cutest designer kraft paper( 1/2 off...woohoo ) and came home and got busy!I think you can see the differnce, I hope you can anyway. I cut the gingerbreads out of sticky back cork 1st attempt went into the trash,because I peeled the paper off the back and brayered it to my cutting mat...BIG mistake....DONT'T do it!I bought a 2nd piece of corkboard on my trip to HL ( I would not be defeated!) I peeled the backing off the CB and placed it ontop of a piece of kraft paper and then I put that on my cutting mat, corkboard facing down! Set the number of cuts at 4, using my deep cutting blade...I needed those extra cuts and it still didnt cut all the way though, but was easy enough to punch it out. The corkboard makes them look like real lil gingerbread cookies...I'm so excited!! One looks like it was left in the oven too long, but thats ok, I like my cookies crispy! I used Jolly Holidays and Doodlecharms for the bow.Stamped the tags with a stamp from Close to My Heart, added Liquid Pearls, some bling,a button and some bakers twine and called it a day. Oh the holly was made using a punch and I need to go back and add a spring to the lil girls tags. Thanks for taking a peek and if you read this novel...God Bless you !!

~~~ Feel Better Soon ~~~

Good afternoon Y' friend Darlene had a heart attack last week and had to undergo a Cath on Thanksgiving day and she needed 3 stints...owwy!!  I just wanted to make her a card to let her know I hope she feels better soon and that I have her in my thoughts and prayer daily. I used the Art Philosophy cart for the banner and flowers. Added some lace, vintage seam binding and a handmade stick pin. Thanks for taking a peek. If anyone would like to visit her blog and leave her some love, her addy is  If you would like to make her a card I can get you that addy as well.

~~~ Some Christmas Cards ~~~

Hi Y'all !!! A few of us , Diane, Tatiana and Sandi, got together and decided to start the Santa's Slackers back this year, over on the Cricut MB. Here are a few of the cards I have made so far. We have a new challenge each monday...all just for fun and to get a few Christmas cards made in time....come and join us !!

Monday, November 28, 2011

~~~Shabby Chic Birthday~~~

Good morning,Crafters !! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving....we sure did !! I can finally post this card,now that I delivered it ! It was just too bulky to mail because of the flowers I bought at Michael's in the wedding dept. It's the one on the top left. They came in a creamy white color, but I painted and misted and glittered it up. I used my Art Philosophy cart for the smaller flower on the front of the easel and the smallest one is a Prima flower that I doctored up. I added some flat back beads that Tatiana sent to me...thanks T....I just used alcohol inks on them to get the color I wanted. I got carried away and added lots of punched butterflies , some lace and more bling. The banner is from the Art Philosophy cart as well and the stamp is from Close to My Heart. The sentiment frame was made using a punch from Stampin Up. I think I glimmer misted the entire card, I made it so long ago that I have forgotten! Oh and I also made the stick pin...I'm havin lots of fun making those !  I made this card for Joan, one of my sweet "swimmin wimmin" ...Happy Belated Birthday Joan !!!!!
Thanks for taking a peek !!!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

~~~ Happy Thanksgiving ~~~

Good morning Y'all!!! Just a quick post before I head out the door. I'm going to Selma to spend Thanksgiving with my parents, older sister Janice and her husband Temple, John Allen and Casey and of course Dan. Just wanted to wish you all a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!!!  I am so grateful for all my  family, as well as you, my online family!!
I made this card for Mother, using Paper Doll Dress Up and some punches. I used alcohol inks to color the pumpkin and leaves, hand cut the larger leaves from burlap, made the flower and the stick pin. Thanks so much for taking a peek....  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours !!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

~~~~ Dan's Birthday Card ~~~

 Dan is in the woods, seeking the ultimate trophy buck, so this card is perfect for his Bday card. I laughed while making it and I know he is going to get a big kick out of it. I used Campin Critters, Doodlecharms, Country Life and Plantin Schoolbook to pull this card together. Lots of embossing and inking.Thanks for taking a peek !!!

****A Few Christmas Cards****

HI Y'all....I have been MIA for a long time and i hope that my MoJo has returned and I can get back to card making. I sure have missed it!! Diane, Sandi, Tatiana and I have started back with the Santa's Slackers Card Challenge on the Cricut MB and I am so glad they twisted my arm! I think it was the nudge that I needed! Thanks for taking a peek and I promise to get caught up on my blog hopping, real soon!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

~~~ HaLLoWeeN TaGs~~~

Hi Y'all!!! I hope y'all are enjoying your weekend !! The weather is perfect here in Alabama. We have all the windows and doors open. I have been on a tag making kick and I had lots of fun creating these Halloween tags! Various carts were used, including, Tags Bags Boxes and More for the tags, Art Philosophy for the flowers, Create a Critter for the pumpkins,Wrap it Up for the witch,( a gift from Diane...thanks for the cart Diane !!!) and Happy Hauntings for the crow My friend Kelly printed off the darling vintage images and I was was lucky enough to get a page full of them !!!  Thanks Kelly!! I used Rock Candy on both of the vintage images, the moon and a pumpkin. Lots and lots of inking on these tags and I threw everything but the kitchen sink at them! Vintage gold tinsel, gold leaves from Hobby Lobby, lace, vintage seam binding and some beautiful Crinkle Ribbon that you can find here .  I added other ribbons and some great eyelash fibers given to me by Sandi...thanks Sandi!!! oh and she sent me some adorable mullberry flowers she made. I used one on them on one of the cat tags !  I stamped the witch and embossed her....woohoooo she turned out much better than I anticipated ! Added a feather or 2 and made some stick pins. I also used several embossing folders for the backgrounds. I hope you enjoy looking at these fun tags...I really had a blast making them!!!  Thanks to all my generous friends for helping me create these tags..I couldn't have done with without you!!!! I almost forgot, I included a picture of an easel I made so that the tags can sit up. Thanks for taking a peek!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

~~~ Shabby Chic Tags ~~~

Good morning Y'all. I was a lil sick last week and didn't feel like creating, but I did watch alot of videos on Youtube and I was inspired to make these tags. I used Tags Bags Boxes and More for the 1st tag. You have to look hard to see that I stamped an image on the background of this Pink Paislee paper and embossed it with gold PearlEx. I added a butterfly from the Bloom cart and a little bling.The beautiful roses were a RAK from Tatiana, as well as the pretty brown ribbon...thanks T !! Diane inspired me to drag out my beads and I made the pin, using a vintage hat pin I found at an Estate sale. Thanks D for the inspiration!! The stamp is from Close To My Heart, I just cut it up and layered it. Lots of inking on both tags, added some feathers and curly Q's using Memory Thread. I wish I could take credit for the Birdhouse card, but I saw one similar to this one on Utube and I can't find it to give the talented lady credit. I used Stretch your Imagination for the birdhouse, Art Philosophy for the brown flowers in the corner and Sentimentals ( I think) for the bird. I also stamped on the background of this tag, used glimmer mist and Rub and Buff to give it an aged look. I made another pin and added this adorable charm I found at Hobby Lobby. Thanks for stoppin by and taking a peek!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

~~~ BOO ~~~

Good Morning Y'all! I want to say a big THANK YOU to Kimberly, for giving me the privilege to be a part of her awesome Design Team!!! The last 6 months have been really fun and creative and it's sad that this will be my finale card , as part of that team. When Kimberly asked me to be on her DT, I was very reluctant, because y'all know I struggle with stamping!!! But thanks to Kimberly, I think that I have conquered my fear! lol Thanks again, were a sweetheart to work with!! I wish I could have taken Kimberly up on the offer for another 6 months, but this time of year is just TOO hectic for me!! She is having a DT call, so some of you might want to go over and submit a project if you want to be on one of THE BEST design teams in blog land !!
 The theme over at is to make a Cute Halloween card. I have become hooked on making shutter cards and today's card is made using that format. I have been making them because I get to layer all types of great papers and today's paper is from
DCWV,The Ghosts and Goblins Matstack.
The recipe:
Pumpkin.....A Child's Year
Skeleton and Fence.....Paper Doll Dress Up
Moon....Camp Out
Haunted House.....Holiday Cakes
Witch.....Martha Stewart Punch
Mat for Stamped Sentiment.....Punch from StampinUp
Sentiment....Happy Haunting Stamp Set that you can find here.
Black and White Bakers Twine.....this can be found at the above link, as well.
Glimmer Mist
Thanks so much for taking a peek!!!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

~~ John Allen's 35th Birthday Card ~~~

My child is making an old woman of me !!! My baby will be 35 in a few weeks and I had found these number charms months ago and knew I would use them on a card for that's where the inspiration began, at the clearance counter at Michael's ! Of course, I used the Art Philosophy cart for his card!! The oval mat, present and pennants were all cut from the AP cart. I used Gypsy Wanderings for the musical notes.I am really loving this cart and this type of card...I get to show case this beautiful Graphic 45 paper!! I also used the same technique as on the other card I made earlier, for the bow. You can find the video here. I am lovin these bows too!!! Lots and lots of inking on this card, lots of layering and popping. I added some brads and some pretty craft thread, given to me by Tatiana...thanks T, I just died it with Ranger Ink to change the shade a bit. The sentiment is a stamp from the CTMH/AP Bundle. If any of y'all NEED ( hahaha ) to order this bundle, I can hook you right up!! Thanks for all the sweet comments y'all always leave....thanks for taking a peek!!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

~~~ Art Philosophy Collection ~~~

Hi Y'all....I am LOVIN this cart!!! I hope y'all do to, because I am sure I will be using it ALOT! I made a few cards for my "swimmin wimmin" friends, Kelly and Joan. They have been so generous in their friendship to me as well as some goodies they gave to me, ie handmade flowers, beautiful vintage laces and MORE flowers ! Thanks girls !!! Kelly also has a Birthday tomorrow and I wanted to make her a card for her special day. All the cuts, as well as the card base for the scalloped cards were cut from the AP cart. The birthday card as well as the Thank you card were made using beautiful paper from Pink Paislee, the Butterfly Garden. I used Graphic 45 paper for the Auburn colored card ! lol Thats for my friend Susan, a rabid Auburn fan and Alumni. LOTS of inking and layering on these cards. The candle was inspired by Kelly herself ....just roll some paper and insert a wick...walla! I made the dangling charms for Susan's card. I'm not much of a jewelry maker, but they will do. I also used a tutorial from this blog,to make the bow. After watching it, I decided I could design that on my Gypsy, using George and thats just what I did !! I know the bow is TOO big for the card, but I was so happy with myself, I just can't help it. I was just thrilled my lil  design actually looked like a bow !! I learned from the BEST that you can design ANYthing on George....Thanks Diane !!!! I bow to you....the Queen of Design !! Thanks so much for taking a peek.....I hope Y'all have a great weekend !! Happy Birthday Kelly !!!

~~~ On Your Special Day ~~~

Good morning Y'all!! Here's a lil card I made for Blake, he used to be our back yard neighbor. He is getting married next weekend and since we have watched him grown into a young man  I had to make him a card. They are getting married at a quaint open air Chapel at Lake Martin and Dan and I are going to the wedding by boat...that will be a 1st for us !! I used Spellbinders dies for the hearts and embossed them.  Used some beautiful Websters Pages paper and JustRite stamps. Added some pearls , Crinkle Ribbon that you can fine here and a sweet little charm. Thanks for taking a peek I hope y'all have a great weekend !!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

~~~ Happy Fall Y'all ~~~

Good morning, Y'all.......Happy Fall !!! The theme this week at My Craft Spot is Fall Leaves and this card has plenty of them !! The tree cut is from Cindy Loo. The scarecrow and pumpkins were made using QuicKuts dies and the leaves were made using punches. They could just as easily have been made using the Cricut. The paper for the leaves had large leaves all over it and I tried to punch the leaves so that they would look right, but it really didn't matter, because I inked each leaf with 3 different Ranger inks....yep, my fingers looked like one big leaf when I was done ! I hope y'all will join us this week for the challenge, I'm sure Kimberly has something yummy to give away!!  
Scarecrow and Pumpkins....QuicKuts Dies
Leaves.....2 Different Punches
Tree.....Cindy Loo
Inks by Ranger.... Tea Dye, Orange Marmalade and Fired Brick
I also painted some watered down Gold Pearl X on the leaves to give them a lil shimmer.
Thanks for taking a peek !!!
Entering this in the challenge this week at Raise The Bar...Fall Leaves is the theme!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

~~ LoVe BuG ~~

Good morning Y'all!! Today is my anniversary and I made Dan this card. I have many lil pet names for Dan and "my lil love bug " is one of them!! I probably wont be calling him that today tho, seeing that he totally forgot the card, no gift, nothing but guilt and I plan on laying the guilt on thick !! And I have a few other names for him today too...use your imagination!! I used Create a Critter for the lil bug and phrase. I made my own wobbler, so that lil bug is doing a jig! There is a really good video on Utube, just key in "how to make wobblers, scrap booking" and the video will come up as the 1st selection....It should. Thanks for taking a peek....let me go put the flowers that Dan ran to Walmart and bought while I was swimmin, in some water. I might read the card he hustled out to buy too.....but then again, maybe I wont! He is a day late...and a dollar short!

~~~ With Deepest Sympathy ~~~

Hi Y' seems I am forever needing a sympathy card and this one is for Jean, one of my "swimmin wimmin" Her brother passed away last week and I wanted to let her know I was thinking about her.
I used the Bloom cart for the frame, punched some flowers, a butterfly and the scalloped borders.Lots of inking and popping, using foam dots. I used several embossing folders and I scored the top BG paper, every 1/4 inch. I also scored veins in the leaves with a stylus. I found a small butterfly stamp that I used on the butterfly, it is almost a perfect fit!  Added some Crinkle Ribbon that you can find here .Topped it off with a button, Memory Thread and a cross charm. I hope we never forget this day and how it changed our lives, 10 years ago !! God Bless America !!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

~~~ Lady Bug ~~~

Good Morning Y'all !! I needed one more thank you card for one of my sweet online friends and I wanted to use a punch given to me by Tatiana, so I used the lady bug on the Create a Critter cart. I made it into an easel card as well....they are so much fun to make! I used October Afternoon paper, a few Cuttlebug folders and the rick rack punch by EKSucces, along with the tiny lil butterfly/lady bug punch. I used a Stampin UP punch to mount the sentiment on, which is from the Friends and Neighbors stamp set that you can find here. Thanks for taking a peek, I hope you all have a great weekend !!

Monday, September 5, 2011

~~~ Friends are the Best~~~

Good morning to all my blogging friends !! This just happens to be the challenge this week at ! We are making cards, all about our friends ! I needed to make a few thank you cards for some wonderful friends I have, from the Cricut Message Board, so this challenge came at just the right time!!
 Here is the recipe for this card:
The papers for both cards is from the Farm Fresh collection, by October Afternoon. 
Country Life.......Banner
Create a Critter.....Chick
         Walk in my
           EK Success.....Scalloped punch
                                  Sentiment....Friends and Neighbors-Inside and Out Set
                                      Bakers Twine.....

                                     Lifes a Beach...Boat and Round Life Preserver
               Paper Dolls for Everyday...Cloud
Martha Stewart Punch
     Swirls Folder......Cuttlebug
                                              Sentiment.....Friends and Neighbors -Inside and Out Set that can be found here as well as the Bakers Twine
I did lots of inking on both cards, lots of layering and created them with LOTS of love !!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek... I hope y'all join us for the challenge this week!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

And the Winner is.................

Thanks to ALL of you that hopped by my blog last week and left such sweet comments !! I had so much fun creating my projects using the great stamps that Kimberly released !! You can take another look at all the stamps that were released here.

Now for the winner.... Gigi said...These are SO COOL! I just love how the "web" on the projects look! And all the great details you put into these! Absolutely wonderful! have just won the spooooktacular Happy Haunting Stamp Set from My Craft Spot !!!!

Congratulations Gigi!!! Just email me all the info I need in order to get this great stamp set mailed to you!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

~~~Stamp Set Reveal ~day 5~~~

Hi Y'all!!! Today is the final day for the stamp set release !! I hope y'all have had as much fun as I have !! For my projects today, I used the Happy Hauntings stamp set...I just love it !! This stamp set, as well as the 3 others, Friends and Neighbors, Happy Fall and  Candy Corn Kisses can all be found here! I think my dark side was showing when I made these projects...I didn't know I had it in me ! lol I used more tulle on these projects as well as some flowers that I made. This was my 1st attempt at making charms too and I had lots of fun creating them!! ( Except for the small jump rings...oh they dealt me fits !! ) I hope you enjoy looking at all my projects as well as those created by the entire DT over at!
Here is the recipe for my projects:
Tombstones, Coffins ,Tree , Card and bat were all created using the happy Hauntings cart.
I purchased the skeletons from the Dollar Tree and I did have to do some surgery on one.
The metal frames are from Tim Holtz, as well as the hanger thingys for the charms.The spider and skeleton charms were purchased at Hobby Lobby, as well as the beads, Lost and Found paper collection by My Minds Eye, the tulle, satin and organza cloth for the flowers and the center bling for the one flower on the small coffin. I also got the lace and black cording from HLtoo. The bling swirls( Recollections) and other charms, (Industrial Chic), were purchased at Michael's. I added brads to the coffin and the small roses, from my stash.
I hope you enjoy my creepy projects......Happy Haunting!!!!
 I am so crazy!!! I forgot to tell y'all that I will be giving away the Happy Hauntings Stamp Set to one lucky girl!!!!

Welcome to My World

This sight is dedicated to the art of card making....of which I am addicted ! I began making cards a few months before Dan was deployed to Iraq.I wanted to make sure he had a new card to open every day, so I used BlueMountian.Co and created him 2 months worth of cards !About a year ago I saw that famous infomercial for a little bug called a Cricut.Well, after watching it numerous times, I HAD to have it...and I ordered it!!!Then I found the Cricut Message Board and I hit pay dirt!!! I was, and still am so inspired by some of the talented women on that board!I have to give them credit for making me the card maker that I am today!!!
Thank you ladies, from the bottom of my heart!
I hope you enjoy looking at my cards, as much as I enjoy making them!!!