Friday, September 30, 2011

A Wonderful Give Away!!!

For the past 8 days I've been playing with the My Memories Suite Digital Software.  This is a fun and easy way to create scrapbook pages.  I made 6 or 7 pages in a matter of a half hour.  I have hundreds of pictures that I've been putting off scrapbooking.  I think this software is the way I can get caught up.  This software is very user friendly.  You will be up and running in no time.  I am thankful to be given the chance to review this software.  Here is a paragraph from their website.  I urge you to go there to read about this great software.

"My Memories Suite version 2 software is a complete digital scrapbooking solution that provides a powerful set of creative tools and multiple sharing options that no other software can offer. Its intuitive workspace and enhanced time-saving features are perfect for a beginner to build an entire album in minutes, or to empower the design pro to build a scrapbook album masterpiece."

Here are some of the pages I created:

 It will be so easy to add 3-D embellishments or Cricut die-cuts to these pages to personalize them.

 I used some of the pre-made templates in the My Memories Software and chose what pictures I wanted to use.  I dragged my photos into position on the pages and it automatically re-sized and cropped them.  I added a few of the enclosed embellishments and edited some of the text to journal what I wanted to say.  Super easy.  I plan to upload  these to Sam's or Cosco to have them printed.
I think you will love this software.  

Now for some great news.  One of you is going to win a download of this wonderful software.  That's right, My Memories Suite is allowing us to give it away to one of Daily Grace Creations' readers.  Isn't that great?  Then you can begin to make your very own, scrapbooks, cards, etc. right away.  All you need to do is go to the My Memories site, then come back and tell us what your favorite digital pack is.  Leave your comment on this post by Saturday, October 8.  Be sure to leave how we can contact you if you win.  We will draw the winner, (using  and post the winner on Sunday, Oct. 9.  

That's not all, even if you don't win or you don't want to wait, My Memories Suite is allowing us to offer you $10.00 off on the purchase of this wonderful program!!! That's right $10.00 off! So with this special code (STMMMS57495) you pay only $29.95 for this fabulous software. Regular price $39.95 minus $10.00 using the Promo Code makes it only $29.95!! This software is so worth it! Just click HERE to get your software. But that's not all, the coupon is also good for $10 off for the store! That's a $20 value just for using this code!!!  Be sure to use this code during check out and you're all set. After you pay, the download will begin and you will be using this awesome digital software in no time flat!
Remember your software will only be $29.95 with this special code.  
Thank you for stopping by today.  Donna is in Charleston with a group of volunteers from Memorial Hospital.  I'll be glad when she gets home.  Jacob misses his Mom so much.  Be sure to enter the give away.  God Bless You!!!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pumpkin Laura with Wagon - Lacy Labels, Digital Delights by Louby Loo

Hi Everyone!! I wanted to try something different (for me) as my post this week for the Design Team at Digital Delights by Louby Loo. So I downloaded Pumpkin Lara and the wagon digi pre-colored and made a 3D project.

I printed off two of the wagon digi and two of the Pumpkin Lara digi on 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock (one of the digis has to be flipped so that the digis will line up when they are put together).  I cut out all four digis.  I then cut scalloped circles and scalloped ovals using the Lacy Labels Cartridge at 5", 3", 2" to make pumpkins.  I inked the edges of the circles and ovals then folded them in half.  Each pumpkin uses seven ovals or circles.  I glued the shapes together to form the pumpkins - I cut out stems and green leaves. 
To form the middle of the wagon, I cut an 8 x 8 square and scored at 2".  I folded the sides up and clipped the inside seam on each side to form the box.  I then used Tacky Tape to secure the sides of the wagon.
Adhere the wagon cutouts to the box with Tacky Tape or adhesive.

 I wanted to make Pumpkin Lara into a candy holder.  I cut a 9 x 3 piece of cardstock and scored at 1/2" on each side lengthwise - then I scored the middle of the piece at 4 1/2" from each end to form the bottom.  I then attached the shape in between the two Pumpkin Laras.  Viola - candy holder (I didn't have time to go buy some M & M's to display in the holder though).

Isn't she adorable.

Candyholder Pumpkin Lara

I'm going to enter this project into the following challenges:

Crafting for all Seasons - 2W - #10 fall colors (2nd wk)
Digistamps 4 Joy - 2W, SIO  - #28 anything goes (2nd wk)
Freshly Brewed - 5E, SIO- Autumn
I Brake For Challenges -2W, SIO - Fall (2nd wk)
Little Darlings Challenges - 2W, SIO - Fall/Halloween
Penny's Paper-Crafty - 2W - #63 anything goes
Scrapalicious - C5 - anything goes
7 Kids College Fund - 2W, 3E, SIR - #31 Fall
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - #C4C106 Halloween card or decor project
Just Us Girls - #103 Fall 3D Challenge
Just Some Lines 2W, SIO - 1stW Fall(Autumn) Colours
I'll be setting this somewhere around the house come Thanksgiving!!  Thanks so much for stopping by - we appreciate you!!!  God Bless, Donna!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thank You Berry Much - Doodle Pantry, Lacy Labels

Hi Everyone!  It seems that I'm always needing a thank you card so I thought I would make one using one of the digis by Laurie Wilson at Doodle Pantry.  This set of digis comes pre-colored along with the papers to match.  I don't know about you but I LOVE strawberries so this digi was perfect for me!! I used my Cricut Expression to cut out the scalloped ovals using the Lacy Labels Cartridge.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Laurie has many digis to chose from and she will be releasing more on October 1 so please check her website to see all her new creations.  You will not be disappointed. 

Thank you for stopping by - your visits and comments are always welcome!!  Until another day, God Bless You!!  Donna

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lazy Cat -Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 123

Today for my Priscillastyles Design Team post at Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, I chose this Lazy Cat digistamp.  It's one of Priscilla's new images and it's based on her cat.

Card Recipe:
5X6.5" Card Base
Paper - Basic Grey Cupcake
Digital Image - Lazy Cat by priscillastyles. 
Punch - Martha Stewart Corner Punch
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders - D'Vine Swirl and Swiss Dots
Sentiment - Computer Generated
Promarkers used:
Cat - Apricot, Honeycomb, and Burnt Orange
Sofa - Marsh Green, Olive
Flowers - Sunflower
Pot - Lipstick Red
Wall  - Almond, Putty
Floor - Caramel

These are the sketches to used for the challenge.  I hope you will join us.  
 Clean and Simple
Challenges to enter this card in:
Critter Sketch - Anything Goes 
Make It Monday - Always Anything Goes 
Ooh La La Creations - Punches and Dies 
Stamps and Fun = Creativity - Anything Goes 
Thank you for stopping by today.  We love your visits and comments.  God Bless You!!!  Peggy

Monday, September 26, 2011


Hi Everyone - I hope you all had a good weekend. I got a lot of things accomplished which always makes me feel good. Many of you know that I work with volunteers and Tuesday is the birthday of one of the volunteers that works in my office. Her name is Ethel and she is one of the sweetest ladies you'd ever want to meet.

I recently bought the Yummy Cartridge for the Imagine but as is the case with a lot of the things I buy, I had not used it until I decided to make a card for Ethel. To make this card, I chose the card option on the Yummy cartridge and printed and cut it at 9". I scored it along the score lines using my Martha Stewart Scorepad.

I then used the envelope feature that matches the card at 9 1/4".

To decorate the card, I cut the embellishments below at 2 1/2". The only thing that I added to the card that was not created by the Imagine was the bling that I bought at Michal's on sale for $1.00. All in all, I know Ms. Ethel will love her card.

Thanks for stopping by today. Mom and I so appreciate all your visits and your comments. Until another day, God Bless You!! Donna

Friday, September 23, 2011

Picturesque Meets Vintage Damask Imagine Cartridge

The Picturesque cartridge has a nice card feature.  It makes a tri-fold card.  I used page 54 and page 55 to construct this card.  
 I used the Imagine Vintage Damask Cartridge to cut all the elements.  I chose the pattern I wanted the card to be and then the colors.  This is how it looks on the mat.  I cut the flower large enough to cover the cutout on the front.  I inked everything with Stucco colored ink and added stickles to the flower and leaves. 

 This is the inside flap of the card.  I outlined it with stickles. 

This is the card inside.  I cut 3 separate panels for it because it's easier to fold.  I used a Martha Stewart  Corner Punch on the corners.  The embellishments are some stickers I have had for a long time.  I will use the inside panel for the sentiment.
Thanks for visiting with us today.  I apologize for the post being late.  I did not feel well yesterday so could not get my MOJO going.  We look forward to your comments and visits.  God Bless You!!!  Peggy

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Hi Everyone - I must say that I love this little bee - I think he's a cutey!!  You can find Bee Hive Larry over at Digital Delights by Louby Loo along with a lot of other great digital stamps.  I wanted to make a card with Larry because when I bought my first Cricut machine several years ago, I downloaded a file to be used in Design Studio that will cut a honeycomb pattern in the card.  I had always liked the file but had never used it.  Kinda like alot of the "stuff" I have in my Happy Space.  But I digress!

I cut this card using my Cricut Expression.  The cut file uses George and Accent Essentials to cut the cardbase.  I colored two of Larry and his honeycomb using Promarkers, then cut them out and pop dotted them for dimension.  I added a bumble bee brad above the honeycomb.  Very simple but still very cute!!

I think I'm going to make him into a Thank You card for a friend of mine.  Maybe I'll put the sentiment of "Just Beeeecuz" on the outside and on the inside "You're as sweet as honey!"  Too cuuutttee!!!

I've had the cut file for several years and do not remember who made the cut file and who I downloaded it from.  So if it's yours, thanks so much!!  If you would like the cut file, please leave me a comment and I'll send it to you!  

Challenges I will enter this card in:
Crafting For All Seasons -  Fall Colors
Scrapbook Sisters - Autumn Colors
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!  Please come back tomorrow and bring some friends with you!  Until another day, God Bless You!!  Donna

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Paper Lace II/Mini Monograms Masculine Birthday Card

My son has a birthday coming up soon.  I have a hard time with masculine cards but I knew exactly what I wanted to do for him.  He called me a couple of weeks ago and said, "Mom, you need to download this app, Wordfeud, to your Ipod.  It's like scrabble and we can play online."  Little did I know how addictive it is.  He gave me the game names of a few of our friends and before long I was involved in 4 games at one time.  One of the girls told me that she, her Mom and her sister get so aggravated with him because he has no mercy.  He has none with me either.  It runs in the family.  Here is his card.
 I used Paper Lace ll for the Happy Birthday sentiment - Page  53, Lace 1 feature.  I cut it at 4.5 and decided it was too big so I cut it in half and put it to the side of the card.  I found the Scrabble Prayer on the internet and thought it was so appropriate.

I went to and screenprinted their web page to get the phone image.    

On the inside, I applied the other half of the Paper Lace ll image.  I cut out letters using Mini-Monograms.  I wanted my message to look similar to Wordfeud letters.  He will have to decipher it.  I couldn't get everything to intersect but you get the gist of what I'm trying to do.  My message is "To my favorite Son, I love you."  I only have one son and one daughter.

This was a fun card to make and I hope it will inspire you.  Thank you for visiting today and we hope you will come back tomorrow.  We look forward to your visits and comments.  God Bless You!!!  Peggy

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Hi Everyone - Have you ever had a day when everything you made just didn't turn out the way you wanted it?  Well, yesterday was my day for that to happen to me.  I started several different projects and the more I worked on them, the more frustrated I got.  So I thought, I'm going to work on my post for the Doodle Pantry Design Team and see if I can't come up with something for that.  Well, lo and behold, we finally have success. 

  • Out of Bazzill cardstock, I cut the cardbase using the Cricut Sophie Cartridge at 5 1/4".  
  • Patterned Paper - DCWV Harvest Pack
  • Green Shimmer Cardstock embossed with using Cuttlebug 
  • Printed and cut two "Topiary Seasons - Harvest In Pot Colored" by Doodle Pantry
  • Popped the topiaries on top of each other for dimension
  • Happy Fall YA'LL - Doodle Pantry Sentiment printed and popped on Green Shimmer cardstock.
  • Green Shimmer strip used on the inside to make the pumpkins on the side of the card show up more

I was pleased with the way this card turned out.  Please stop by the Doodle Pantry website to see all the creations by the Design Team.  Thank you for stopping by - we appreciate your visits and comments.  Until another day, God Bless You!  Donna

Monday, September 19, 2011


Several weeks ago I submitted the card below to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine for publication.  SNR is a real magazine conveniently available online at all times. There are many layouts, cards, stamping, altered art and mixed media projects each month.  You can find out more about it here.

Well, anyway, I was notified last week that my card had been accepted for publication.  I had almost forgotten about it so I was happy when I got the message.  Here is the card that is being published and here's the link to the original post. 

Thank you for letting me tell you my good news.  We love your visits and comments.  God Bless You!!!!  Peggy

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Just Running By - Sports Mania

Hi Everyone - One of my best friend's sons is having a birthday on Monday.  He's turning 15!  He has always been such a good friend to Jacob.  He has grown into such an intelligent, respectful young man.  He runs cross country track so I used the Sports Mania cartridge and Design Studio to make him this card in his school colors. 

In Design Studio, I merged two tracks together (flipping one image) to form the card to measure 5 x 10.  I then cut out a male runner and adhered it to the front.  I cut out the border of three runners and put them inside the card.  I used Word to generate the sentiment.   



Front and Back of Card:

Thank you for stopping by today - we appreciate your visits and your comments.  Until another day - God Bless You!! Donna

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Corner Bookmark

I ran across this tutorial and realized I had never made it.  It was a quick project.  This is a novel way to hold your place in a book.  I plan to make several of these for myself and my friends who read a lot.  

Cut one 4"X4" piece of cardstock and one 2 3/4" X 2 3/4" of cardstock.  My paper is KandCo. Blue Awning.

Mark the center of three sides of the 4" cardstock square.  Score between two of the marks.  Repeat on the other side.  Fold on score lines forming a point. 
Add a decorative border on the unscored side.  I used Martha Stewart's Scroll Lace Edge Punch.  

Cut the 2 3/4" cardstock square in half diagonally forming two triangles.

Use one of the triangles on the front of the bookmark and decorate. I got carried away decorating and forgot to make more pictures.  LOL.  I cut a lacy circle from American Alphabet, one of the cartridges on the E2, added Prima flowers and used a Viva Decor Pearl Pen for the pearls.  Turn the bookmark over, fold corners back and apply Scor-Tape over them.  Place your second triangle over the flaps.  This will keep your bookmark closed.  

This is a link to the original tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers.  Thanks for visiting our blog today.  We appreciate the visits and comments. Have a wonderful weekend.  God Bless You!!!!  Peggy 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Boxes For Thick Cards

I've posted some cards recently that if I tried putting them in a regular envelope, they would be crushed.  I mentioned in one of my posts I was going to have to figure out a way to make a box for them.  Well, our friend, Bobby of the Cricut Couple, left instructions in a comment he made.  He's so helpful.  So I took his instructions and made these boxes for two of my cards.

The card for the first one is 6" square, so I cut the bottom at 7 1/16" X 7 1/16". 

Score each side at 1/2 inch.  Fold along scored lines.

You will have a little square in each corner.  I cut one side of the square.
 Fold this corner in and glue to the end of the folded edge.

I put little clips on them to hold them until they dry.  There you have your finished box bottom.  For the top, do the same except cut it 1/16" larger so it will fit over the bottom.  VERY EASY.   Thank you Bobby.

I used white cardstock for the bottom and the same patterned cardstock I used on my card for the top.  

This is one of the cards and the link to it.

This is the other and the link to it.    You can see where I tied the decorations on the cards and the boxes together.

The Star Fold card is 7" so I added an inch to the measurements and made the box to fit it.  I am so pleased to have these instructions.  I hope you will find them useful.  I'm sure I will use them over and over.

Thank you for visiting with us today and hope you will come back again and again.  God Bless You!!!  Peggy

Polly - Happy Birthday - Digital Delights

Hi Everyone - We're half way through the month of September and half way through all the September birthdays in our family. I made this card for my mom's sister - my Aunt Nellie. Now Aunt Nellie is a very special aunt to me. She and her husband, Uncle Richard, were like my second set of parents. They did not have any kids until they adopted my cousin, David. So my brother and I were like their kids too - they spoiled us rotten. They were at all our special occasions throughout our lives - birthdays, graduation, weddings, etc. 

(Now Aunt Nellie reads our blog every day, so Aunt Nellie when you get to this part, you have to stop reading. I don't want you to see your card until it arrives in the mail. But of course, if I know my Aunt Nellie, she's still reading - HAAAA!!!)

So when I saw this little girl digi named Farm Girl Polly by Digital Delights by Louby Loo, I decided to use her for Aunt Nellie's card. I colored her hair blonde because my hair was blonde when I was a little girl.

Here is the card:

Card base - Kraft Paper cut at 6 x 12 and folded in half
Red Shimmer Paper
Scalloped Oval was cut using the Fancy Frames Cricut Cartridge at 4 3/4".  I pop dotted it for dimension
I cut two - 1 1/2" strips of the red paper and embossed them with the Dots Embossing Folder using the Cricut Cuttlebug
Digi was colored with Promarkers
Happy Birthday Sentiment is a Digital Delights digi.
Bling was purchased at Michael's

I hope Aunt Nellie likes her card as much as I do.  And I really hope that she stopped reading when I asked her to stop.  I'll ask her tomorrow and I know she can't lie - tee-hee!!  (And Aunt Nellie, if you're still reading - I LOVE YOU!!) 

Other Challenges:  
Crafty Boots - 2W, SIO - (2nd week) Anything Goes
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - 2E, SIO, (must use digi) - (1st week) Embossing (ends 25th Sept)
House of Gilli - 2W, SIO - (1st week) Embossing
TThe Crazy Challenge - 2E - Birthdays

Get Hippity with Ippity

Thank so much for your visits and your comments.  Until another day, God Bless You!!  Donna