Saturday, July 31, 2010

You're toad-ally fabulous!

Hey Everyone - Can you guess what the postman brought to me today? Something that I've been wanting for a long time. I received the "Create A Critter" cartridge that I ordered from Cricut Machine. I really love all the images on this cartridges. They're all so cute!

I used all scraps to make this card. The card base was cut out of kraft paper at 6 1/4" x 10". The male frog was cut at 3 1/4" and the female frog was cut at 2". The frog is located on page 24 of the booklet. I used the flower located on page 26 of the booklet for the bow in the female's hair.

I think they make a really cute couple. This would make a cute Anniversary Card. Maybe I'll give it to my hubby on our next anniversary.  Until another day, God bless.  Donna

Friday, July 30, 2010

Celebrate W/Flourishes Thank You

I am visiting with Donna again.  She left Jacob with me for a few days last week.  When I started to bring him to her last Sunday (We met in Atlanta), he cried because he had not gotten to stay with me a week.  I had to promise him I would come for a few days in order to stop the tears.  You know Mamaws can't stand that.

Also, remember Donna had my Celebrate with Flourish Lite cartridge.  So I got it out and made this card.  It took me forever because I didn't know where anything was in her scrap area.  I cut the bud vase at 4 inches using some DCWV Mango Frost Glitter Paper.  The border is a Martha Stewart punch cut from the same paper. This card looks much better than the picture shows it.  

We have been shopping for some "Blog Candy".  We'll be awarding it when we get our first 50 followers.  We're only 5 away.
Thank you for your support and kind comments.  God Bless.  Peggy

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Birthday Card for the Hubby

Hey Everyone - This was the year that my hubby turned 50!!  Well, you know that I had to make sure that his card reminded him of that fact over and over.  I created a cut file in Design Studio to weld the numbers from the Mickey Font cartridge to the card and cut "happy b-day" from the same cartridge then covered the card in glittered black paper from DCWV.  

Well, needless to say, he liked the card but he didn't like the reminder - HA!!!  Until another day, God bless!  Donna

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Christmas Tree Card

 This is a Christmas tree I learned to make in a card class I took.  It's really quite easy once you get the hang of folding the pieces.  I was going to try to make a video but haven't quite got the hang of that yet.  I'm one of those people who have a hard time talking or instructing off the top of my head.  So I will probably have to practice before I actually "shoot" the end product. LOL

The first thing you need to do is cut squares of cardstock.  You will need to use lightweight paper because this has several folds.  I used my new Martha Stewart Scoring Board.  I really like this product.  It has numerous scorelines and comes with an envelope template and a scoring tool.  I got it at Michael's with a 50% off coupon.  With the coupon I only paid $9.99 for it.  I have a Scor-it and it only has one scoreline and I paid a lot of money for it.  Okay, enough commercial. (and I'm not even getting paid for this endorsement)

Cut 5 squares of cardstock beginning with 1 1/2 in.  Then graduate the size by 1/2" each cut.  You will have 1 1/2 ", 2", 2 1/2", 3", and 3 1/2".  If you make a card larger than a 2A you can cut more pieces.  Just remember to graduate them by 1/2".

Next score the squares diagonally.

Then score the squares down the middle.  You want all of your scoring done on the same side of the paper.

Fold along all lines, score "hump" on the inside.  After this fold the square in half.

After folding in half, push the sides of square to the inside of the fold.  Your paper will then be a triangle, actually 2 triangles.

Take the top edges and fold to the inside.  This is what it should look like.

Attach the tops of the pieces together with glue or double sided tape.  Be sure to attach in the back triangle.  Your tree will look like this.  Add whatever embellishment you want.
This is the card I made using this technique.  I would love to see what you come up with. 

Again thank you for visiting our blog.  Please tell your friends about us.  We love comments and suggestions how to improve.  God Bless.  Peggy

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

More Papercraft Inspirations Paper

My home group is having a birthday dinner tomorrow night for the July birthdays.  We don't do gifts, just cards.  So I needed to make two birthday cards.  I had some Papercraft Inspirations paper I had printed and decided to use it for a quick card.

For this card I just used the paper and the embellishment, added some stickles and cut a scallop circle from Cindy Loo.  It was very simple.

For the second card I used a Martha Stewart punch I had bought at Wal-Mart on 3 edges, cut a dark pink butterfly at 1 3/4 inches using blackout feature on the Indie Art Cricut Cartridge and a light pink one without a feature.  I embossed the butterfly with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Folder.   I inked the edges of the card with Orchid Colorbox Ink.

If you haven't looked at Papercraft Inspirations click on this link.  They have some cute free papers.

Donna and I really do appreciate your visits and comments.  If you have any suggestions as to how we can make our blog better, please let us know.  Peggy

Monday, July 26, 2010

Cards By Commission

 My boss is one of the ladies that I exchange handmade gifts with each Christmas. Last year, I made her one of the card sets that was in the previous post. She had the card set sitting on her desk while she was having a meeting with a graphic arts designer who was doing some printing for her. He inquired as to where she had bought the cards. She told him I made the set for her. He then asked me to make him two sets for his Mom and Sister. He wanted their initials on the cards. These are the card sets that I made for him.

I used the Storybook cartridge to cut the initials. The papers are Basic Grey.  I also used the Martha Stewart Loop Punch.
I hope you enjoy. Please come visit again. Until another day, God bless! Donna

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Handmade Christmas Gifts

Hi Everyone - I work with a wonderful group of ladies and we celebrate Christmas together by making handmade gifts. The rules are each of us has to make a gift for everyone and not spend over $7 per gift. These are some examples of the card sets I made last year. Everyone loved them.

I got the instructions for the box from the Splitcoaststampers website. I used papers that I purchased at the Scrapbook Clearance store in Pigeon Forge, TN for 50 cents each. I LOVE that store.

Hope you find inspiration. Thanks for visiting and we hope you'll come back. Until another day, God bless. Donna

Saturday, July 24, 2010

3rd Grade Door Decorations

Hello Everyone - My son, Jacob, will be entering the 4th grade this year. My how time flies!! Each year, I try to help his teacher as much as possible with decorations for the door, bulletin boards, class projects, etc.  Last year, I would decorate the door for Jacob's teacher. She would send me an email letting me know what she would like for the upcoming holiday.  I would use her ideas and my cricut to make the decorations for her door.

This is the door decoration that she requested for Winter. I used the Snowman Cricut Solution Cartridge and cut all the items on the 12 x 24 mat - fit to page. She loved them. She laminated all the items that I sent her last year so she could use them again another year. She threatened to keep Jacob in her room this year so I could continue to help her. Maybe she'll move up to teach 4th grade!!

Until another day, God bless!! Donna

Friday, July 23, 2010

Christmas Card for The Meeting Place

The Meeting Place is one of those restaurants you run into occasionally in the South.  It's a place where people go to see old friends and make new ones.  We had developed the tradition of going on Tuesdays and Fridays for breakfast.  They run a special of 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, grits, toast or biscuit and coffee for $2.99.  It is a popular menu choice. 

I wanted to make a special card for them for Christmas.   I used the From My Kitchen cartidge to cut out the plate and utensils.  I downloaded a digi-stamp for the phrase.  I used the Martha Stewart Loop Punch on the edges and applied Merry Christmas Ribbon.  The heading is from the Cursive Font cartridge.  I used Cricut Design Studio to weld it.

Donna is good about writing poems for her cards so I asked her to write one for the staff of The Meeting Place.  I think she did quite well.

There is a little place in town,
Where good food and
friends can always be found.
We go there to eat and sit;
Drink coffee and chat for a bit!
The atmosphere is friendly,
And the food is delish;
Thus we send this card,
As a Merry Christmas wish!!
Thanks for all the good times had by everyone,
And may we always remember
The birthday of Christ, God’s son!!

Thanks for visiting.  We hope you find some inspiration.  Peggy

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Stay A While Longer, Donna and A BD Card

Donna is going home today much to my dismay.  However, Jacob is going to stay a few more days.  He usually stays with us a week or two each summer.  We call these times "Camp Grandma."  This year will be different because we lost Papaw Ben, my wonderful husband in March.  He and Jacob always enjoyed one another's company. 

This is the birthday card I made Ben last year.  The reason I chose this theme is because he loved working in the yard more than anyone I ever knew.  I used Walk in My Garden for the elements on this card.  He loved it.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Papercraft Inspirations

I found a website in the UK (click on this link) that offers free papers that you can print each month.  I printed several on cardstock last year but with my husband's illness, I forgot about them.  Donna and I came across them today so we decided to make some card sets.  Another neice is having a birthday so one of these sets is for her.  We hope she likes them.

The papers have several different designs, buttons, borders, etc.  We added 3D stickers, stickles and bling.  We popped some of elements to give dimension. We had a blast making these and hope you will visit Papercraft Inspirations and see what they have to offer.

This is what our workspace looked like when we finished.  We did not have enough room in my "Woman Cave" so we had to move to the dining room.  Peggy and Donna

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thank You Volunteers

I work with the marvelous volunteers at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. My volunteers are the sweetest and most giving people that you would ever want the pleasure of knowing. We recently held our annual Auxiliary Awards Banquet and wanted to thank some staff people that helped with the planning and set up for the event. Our theme for the event was a "Star Spangled Salute" at which we honored all of our military veterans. We have some volunteers that served as far back as World War II. They're simply amazing people.

For the card, I cut the base with the A Child's Year Cricut cartridge at 5 1/4" so that it would fit in an A2 envelope. The cardstock is Stampin' Up (love their cardstock) and the printed paper is a scrap that I had from years gone by. I cut the "Thank You" with the Sweethearts Cricut cartridge at 2". I used the stars that were left over from cutting the card base to decorate the inside. I punched the red paper using the Double Loop Martha Stewart punch.

Thanks for visiting and we hope you'll tell your friends to come for a visit too!! Until another day, God Bless! Donna

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fabric Dress for Forever Young

When I got the Forever Young cartridge I kept thinking that a fabric dress would be cute for one of the outlines.   So I finally decided to try it.  I purchased a piece of fabric on the clearance aisle at Michael's and a fabric patch from Hobby Lobby.  I applied the fabric patch material to a small piece of the fabric.  I chose page 42 of the handbook to work with.  I placed the fabric on my cricut mat and cut the dress at 6 inches, the Fashion Queen at 1 in.  I added some K&Co. stickers to finish out my Fashion Queen theme.  I hope you'll try a fabric dress for one of the silhouettes.

Thanks for following our blog.  Donna and Jacob made it this afternoon so we'll be playing.  Hope you have a wonderful Monday.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Happy Summer Card

A friend of mine asked me to make a card for her little prayer partner at church.  The older ladies team up with the tweens and agree to pray for them.  She wanted a "Happy Summer Card" because school was letting out.

I used a Daisy May Digistamp from Whoopsie Daisy for this card and colored her with LePlume II markers.  I had to use an aqua brush to get a lighter color for these markers.  I hope to get some Promarkers soon.  I embossed the yellow with Tiny Bubbles Cuttlebug folder.  Happy Summer was cut from the Life's a Beach Cricut Cartridge.  I used Design Studio to weld the letters together to cut her name.   The letters are from the Cursive cartridge.  I decorated the inside of the card with flip flops and a lifeguard chair from Life's a Beach.  I'm not showing the inside because it has a message to her from her sponsor.  I really like these Daisy May Digistamps.  Be sure to visit Whoopsie Daisy to see a lot more of these cute stamps.

Thank you for stopping by our blog.  Donna and Jacob are on their way to visit for a few days and I can't wait.  We both have recently got the Gypsy so I know we'll be playing with them.  It will be interesting to see what we come up with during this visit. Peggy

Saturday, July 17, 2010

"BEE Happy"

Hi Everyone – I hope you are having a good weekend! I’m excited about this weekend because tomorrow (Sunday) I’m going with my son, Jacob, to visit my mom for a few days!! I don’t know who’s more excited about our visit, me or Jacob! My mom and I have lots of plans of playing with Jacob and playing in Mom’s “Woman Cave!” Once Jacob goes to bed at night, Mom and I usually stay up really late playing with all her “stuff!” Maybe we’ll make something together that we can post on here in the future.

This is another card that I made this past weekend for my mom. I made this card from my “scrap stash” too. It’s amazing how much “stash” I actually do have. I don’t think I’ll let my hubby see it. Anyway, the bee jelly sticker is from K and Company. I cut the scalloped circles and the word HAPPY using the Cindy Loo Cricut Cartridge. I know I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, “I love this cartridge!!”

I hope you have a good weekend! God bless, Donna!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Pink and Black Card Set

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I love pink.  So whenever I get the opportunity to make or wear something pink I will.  I bought some paper at Big Lots and it turned out to be from a "Luxury" paper stack.  It had this very pretty pink & black glitter paper in it.  My sister-in-law's birthday was coming up so I made her this BD card and card set.

For the BD card, I cut the label from Storybook cartridge, page 72 Accent Blackout.  The ribbon slide is from the Sabrina collection by Making Memories.  The flower is by Spare Parts.

For the card set, I used the Perfect  Paisley Embossing folder on the solid pink cardstock.  On the butterflies I used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.  The butterfly I cut using the Indie Art cartridge.  I added various embellishments, ribbon and bling. 
This is the folder I put them in.

People always seem to enjoy getting these card sets.  The only problem we have is getting them to pass them along to other people. 

Thank you for visiting our blog.  We look forward to your comments.  Peggy

Thursday, July 15, 2010

We're "NUTS" over you!!

Hi Everyone!! My son, Jacob, thinks that there is no one in the world like my mom, his “mamaw!” In his eyes, Mamaw hung the moon. Since my dad’s death four months ago, I’ve tried to send my mom little “pick me ups” each week to brighten her days. Here is a card that Jacob and I came up with this past weekend. My mom has lots of squirrels in her neighborhood that cause havoc in her landscaping so she's not exactly fond of squirrels. We thought she would find this card funny!!

This past weekend, I challenged myself to try and make a card using some of my scraps. I don’t know about you but I have “TONS” of scraps from all the projects I've created over the years. I used the Cindy Loo Cricut Cartridge to cut out the squirrel border at 5” and folded it in half. I then cut out the squirrel shadow at 5” and used adhesive to glue it to the back of the card to strengthen the card so it would stand up. The tag was cut with Tags, Bags, Boxes and More.

Hope you enjoy and thank you for stopping by. Come back tomorrow! God Bless, Donna!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Penny Black Stamp

I got this Penny Black stamp at Hobby Lobby.  Actually, I got 3 different ones.  I liked this one for my daughter-in-law.  She is a beautiful woman, both inside and out.  She doesn't seem to age (I'm so jealous). 

I used Mauvy colored markers to color this stamp.  I didn't use them full strength because they color darker than I wanted.  I marked with the markers on a plastic sheet and blended the colors with an aqua brush.  This makes the colors lighter.  This helps with shading too.  I always stamp on watercolor paper.  I added a postage stamp frame and ribbon to accent the card.

I hope you have a wonderful day.  Thanks for stopping by our blog.  Hope you found some inspiration.  Peggy

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Wild Saffron Card Set

You will soon find Donna and I like to give card sets as gifts.  Those that receive them love them and we enjoy making them.  I usually use a "Thinking of You"  theme.  This is my logic; Thinking of You can be applied to birthdays, sympathy, missing you, etc., etc. 

I made this set from K&Co. Wild Saffron double sided paper stack.  The neat thing about this card set is that I cut all four card fronts from one sheet of paper.  They are A2 size.  I just strategically cut the paper so each card is a little different.  I bought some Wild Saffron embellishments and decorated the butterflies, labels and envelopes.  The brown label is embossed with D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug folder.  The insides of the cards are decorated with a strip of paper and a butterfly cut from the Indie Art Solutions cartridge.  I applied orange stickles to these butterflies.  I also made a folder to hold them but I'd rather use clear plastic boxes to put my cards in now.  I decorate the boxes to match the cards.

Thanks again for stopping by.  Leave us a comment and tell your friends about us.  Peggy

Monday, July 12, 2010

New Blog Awards

What a wonderful surprise.  We just received two wonderful blog awards from Luv That Bug.  This is a great blog and you will enjoy all of her creations.  Now I must reciprocate the honor to 10 people.  Thank you Stacy for the awards.  We are honored.

1. Gracie May's Creations
2. Never A Dull Moment
3. Paper Blossoms
4. Cricut Mimi
5. Melissa Made
6. Purtty Paperz
7. My Place To Blog in Wyoming
8. A Scraphappy Southern Belle
9. Paper Creations By Nilda
10. Going Buggy

Please visit all these blogs and leave them a note.  

Peggy and Donna

Hello Kitty Birthday Card

I have a grand niece who is a "prissy" little thing.  She's all about being a girl.  I think Hello Kitty is a very girly cartridge so I used it to make her birthday card.

I cut Hello Kitty at 2" or  21/2", added bling to the flowers in her hair and hand.  The birthday sentiment is from Lyrical Letters to which  I added green & pink  stickles after I adhered it to the green cardstock.  I popped Hello Kitty over some hello ribbon with adhesive pop dots.  I always try to tie my envelope and card together with a little stamp on the front of the envelope.  I stamped a little present and colored it with glitter gel pens.  The end result I thought was very "girlie".

May your Monday be blessed with much joy.  I hope you find time today to create something beautiful.  Thanks for stopping by our blog. 

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Thank You Berry Much

Have you tried any of the new Lite cartridges from Wal-Mart.  Mom wanted Celebrate with Flourish and they didn't have it at her Wal-Mart.  I found it at mine and got it for her.  The advantage to that is I get to play with it until I take it to her or she comes to see me.

This is a card I made testing this new cartridge.  The floral paper is a scrap I had (I just can't bear to throw away my scraps if they are usable).  I added ribbon to a strip of "Mango Frost" Glitter Paper and attached it to the floral.  I got the Mango Frost Paper at Hobby Lobby.  The berry is from Celebrate with Flourish.  I embossed it with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.  If you get this cartridge, let us know how you like it.

Thanks for stopping by our blog.  We love visitors.  Donna

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Paper Pleating

Thursday I posted a masculine birthday card I sent my son.  This is actually the first card I made with him in mind.  I think it could be used for men as well as women.  Probably the color combination would determine which.

The scalloped edge was cut from Plantin Schoolbook.  The paper is some I picked up on a bargain rack.  I pleated a strip of paper to add a little dimension.  Pleating does better if you use a score board.  Then I cut the labels from Storybook.  I'm not sure who ended up with this card..

Speaking of labels.  Have you seen the Lite Cartridge Lacy Labels?  I have got to make a card with it.  I think it's one I'll use a lot.

Thanks for stopping by our blog.  I hope you have a great weekend.

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Birthday Book for Ms. Jean

My Boss, Jean Payne, turned 50 this year.  Her family gave her a surprise birthday bash.  She is Director of Volunteer Services at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN.  I wanted to come up with something that the volunteers and guests at the party could write a comment in and sign.  One weekend while Mom & Dad were visiting, I told Mom about it and this book is what came of our putting our heads together.

We cut the cake book from the Stamping Cricut Cartridge.  We cut the cake front from pink cardstock and then cut a blackout of the same size from white glitter cardstock.  The white glitter made excellent frosting, don't you think?  We cut the back cover of the book from chipboard.  The inner pages are cut from smooth cardstock.  We bound it with a Bind-It-All, a wonderful tool for binding books, and tied ribbon on the wire. 

We then added embellishments throughout the book.  Some of these are cut with the Forever Young cartridge.  I will post the pages with Forever Young images.

The lady is from FY.

The lipstick & boots are from FY.

The sunglasses are from FY.

We hope you will try making a book.  Ms. Jean really liked hers.  Donna