Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I'm Back Home

Thank you, Donna, for carrying on the blog while I've been away to see Nathaniel.  You rock, girl.  I looked at your posts.  Loved them, especially the Memorial Day one.  I am so thankful for our troops who protect our freedom at the risk of their own lives.  Love you, Donna.

I had a terrific time in New York City.  Nathaniel, my #2 grandson, is an aspiring actor (our starving artist) and lives there.  He was a wonderful tour guide.  We went to the Gramercy Tavern, one of NY fine dining restaurants, where Nathaniel works.  We were treated royally and had lots of wonderful food, definitely not Southern cooking but great.  We were there 3 hours eating.

Here are a few pictures.  I hope to get some crafting done in the next day or two.  

This last picture shows the National Debt and every family's share at every moment of the day.  It changes constantly.  It's a little scary, isn't it?

Thank you for dropping by today.  Thank you to Donna again for carrying on without me.  

Thank You Card - Damask Cartridge

Hi Everyone! - I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day holiday!  Our town of Ringgold, GA was recently struck by a tornado.  It is the custom of our town to decorate the town square with American flags along with crosses bearing the names of soldiers that are from Ringgold, GA that have died in the line of duty.  Even though much of the town was destroyed, everyone still wanted to celebrate our American heroes.   The picture below was taken by my husband of town square with all the flags blowing in the wind. 

The next picture shows the flags in front of one of the buildings that was destroyed during the tornadoes.  Times like these help remind me of how thankful I am to be an American and that I live in a community where complete strangers always help others in need. 

I know this is a long post but I needed to make a thank you card for my boss.  I know I've said it before, but I have the best boss in the world.  Last Friday was the last day of 4th grade for my son, Jacob.  My boss knows that Jacob loves Krispy Kreme donuts, so on Friday, she came in with a box of donuts and a card for Jacob.  She said it was in celebration of his last day of school and for me to take it home to him.  I did and when Jacob opened the card (while he had a donut in his mouth), there were three movie tickets in the card.  Case in point, GREAT BOSS!!  I made this card for Jacob to write a thank you note to Jean.  I'm trying to teach him that you should show your appreciation when someone does something nice for you.

Using the Damask Cartridge, I cut this card at 3 1/2" Damask 14 from the cartridge.  This cartridge makes making a card so simple.  I adhered ribbon in the middle of the card, stamped "thank you" on a tag and tied it to the ribbon.  I then cut out the envelope at 3 1/2" and cut Layer 2 out and glued it to the outside of the envelope.  Then Jacob wrote a note to Jean on the inside of the card. 

Thanks for stopping by and we hope you'll come back again tomorrow!  Mom'll be back this week - I think she'll have to  rest from her trip.  They've walked everywhere in NYC and she said her feet were sore.  Until another day, God Bless You!!  Donna

Monday, May 30, 2011



I made my boss a little Memorial Day present.  Just a little something to say thanks for being such a great boss!  I used the A Child's Year cartridge and:

  • Cut the card at 5" out of blue cardstock
  • Cut  the children at 3"
  • Adhered ribbon
  • For the inside, cut the boy on a rocket at 3" 
I bought the planter last year after the 4th of July for a really good deal.  Thanks for stopping by and we hope you'll come back another day.  Until another day, God Bless You!  Donna

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Hi Everyone!!  We just wanted to wish each and every one of you a Happy Memorial Day and a safe and fun weekend.  Also, we would like to thank all of our service men and women that have fought to protect our country and our freedom! 

Mom and I have been very busy this week.  That's why we haven't posted any projects.  This was the last week of the 4th Grade for my son, Jacob.  There was something to do every day this past week at school for him.  He's so happy to be out of school for a while.  It's hard to believe that next year he'll be a 5th Grader.  Time sure does fly when you're having fun!!

Now for an update on Mama/Mamaw!  She is having fun with my brother and sister-in-law in the Big Apple (New York City).  They are there visiting my nephew, Nathaniel, for the weekend!   Here is a picture of her at a restaurant today - look at the size of that sandwich.  Mom and my sister-in-law halved this sandwich.  If I know my mom, I know she didn't eat even close to half of this sandwich.  I'm glad she's having fun!!

Well, I hope to find time tomorrow to make some cards.  I have several thank you cards that I need to make.  Thanks for stopping by and we hope you enjoy your weekend!  Until another day, God Bless You!!  Donna

Thursday, May 26, 2011

SCHOOLHOUSE BOX - My World and Plantin

Hi Everyone!  Today is the next to the last day of school.  I made Ms. Pennington one last gift to finish off the year.  I can honestly say that I feel that under Mrs. Pennington's instruction Jacob is more prepared for the 5th Grade than he would have been under any one else.  She has prepared all of her students to work hard and made the jobs of the teachers that have her students in their class next year a lot easier.

I decided to design a box using the schoolhouse on the My World cartridge.  In Design Studio, I cut out two of  the schoolhouses and two shadows of the schoolhouse.  I then used the rectangle on Plantin (only because it was already in my Jukebox) to cut out the inside of the box.  I cut two of the rectangles measuring 5" x 12" and used my ScorPal to score each side at 1".  I folded up the sides and attached them with Tacky Tape to the front and back of the box.

I then welded two shadow schoolhouses together in Design Studio to form the card base.  I then cut a red schoolhouse out for the front of the card.  I cut a square of white cardstock for the inside of the card to write on.

I used Word to print off Mrs. Pennington's name for the front of the school.  All in all, I think it turned out really cute.

Thanks for visiting us today and we hope you'll come back tomorrow.  We enjoy your visits and your comments.  Until another day, God Bless You!!  Donna

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tiny Miracle - Heart Song Designs

Leah Cornelius of Heart Song Inspirations just released this image, actually it's two images I merged.  It's called Baby Bundle I think she may be thinking a lot about a baby.  She and her husband left Sunday for Ethiopia to meet their little boy they're going to adopt.  I understand it is a long process to adopt.  They won't get to bring him back with them yet.  More red tape. 

Anyway I made this card thinking about her.  I hope I'll get to send it to her soon.  I put the airplanes on it to represent not only that little boys like planes but to represent the distance they have to go to get him.  God Bless You, Leah and your little family.

Card Recipe:
 A2 Card Base
Background Paper - Digital Gingham Paper and Basic Cardstock
Wall Decor Cricut Cartridge for the Airplanes cut at 1"
Heart Song Designs Digital Image - Baby Bundle
Promarkers used:
Giraffe - Almond, Powder Blue, Lipstick Red
Moon - Buttercup, Yellow Stickles

These are the digistamps.

Thank you for the visits and comments.  Please pray for Leah and her husband.  God Bless You!!!  Peggy

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Priscillastyles Sweet Pea Flowers - MMSC105

I chose priscillastyles' Sweet Pea Flowers to make this card for inspiration for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 105.  Be sure to check out all the other Design Team's creations too.  Click on the link above.  I hope you play along with us this week.

Card Recipe:
5X6.5 card base
Background Paper - Basic Grey Lilykate stack
Paper Doily - I took a 6" doily and folded it to use under the digi.
Purple doily cut from the American Alphabet E2 Cricut cartridge - page 61
Fiskars Punch for lacing ribbon down the side.
Ribbon from Michael's
Lavender Rhinestones
Promarkers Used:
Flowers - Lavender, Lilac, Purple
Leaves - Tea Green, Grey Green
Vine - Tan, Caramel

These are the sketches to use for the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have a blessed day.  God Bless You!!!! Peggy

Monday, May 23, 2011

CDAC Color Challenge 24 - Priscillastyles

Crafter's Digital Art Center is having it's 24th set of challenges.  If you've never played along with them, they're fun.  There are several different categories and the digistamps are free.  You can see them here.   I made this card for the Color Challenge.  The digital image is from "priscillastyles".    The colors to be used are purple and green.

Card Recipe:
A2 Card Base
Background Paper - DCWV Ciao Bella Paper Stack
Doilies - I cut the corner off a square doily and colored the edge of a circle purple to showcase the grapes.
Green Rhinestones
Promarkers Used:
Grapes - Aubergine, Purple, Plum
Leaves - Leaf Green, Forest Green, Lime Zest

Challenges I'm entering my card in:
I Did It Creations Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Use a Digi
Meljen's Challenge Blog - Sketch

I hope this week holds wonderful blessings for you.  I hope my house sells this week.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Why don't you try your hand at entering the CDAC challenges.  Try something new.  God Bless You!!!  Peggy

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Retirement Card For Hairdresser

One of the hairdressers where I get my hair done is retiring.  My hairdresser called me and asked if I would make her a card.  They wanted something pertaining to their profession.  I found this digi, Honey Hairdresser, on All That Scraps.  You can find her here.  I delivered it this morning and they were very pleased.

Card Recipe:
5X6.5 card base
Background Paper - Basic Grey Euphoria
Martha Stewart Punch - Deco Fan Corner Punch
Doily - Wilton Doilies from Michael's
Sentiment - Computer generated
Promarkers Used:
Hair - Buttercup, Tulip Yellow, Tan
Skin - Satin, Blush, Blossom
Jacket - Cerise, Magenta, Violet, Yellow
Shirt - Baby Pink
Pants - Cornflower, China Blue
Shoes - Cool Grey 1, Cool Grey 4
Hair Dryer - Cool Grey 1, Cool Grey 4, Silver Gel Pen (Not Promarker)
Scissors - Silver Gel Pen (Not Promarker)
Barette - Silver Gel Pen & Magenta Rhinestone

Have a Happy Retirement, Mildred.  Thank you, dear friends, for stopping by today.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  God Bless You!!!  Peggy

Friday, May 20, 2011

Pansy Frame With Words of Hope


Happy Friday.  I had a chance to do a little crafting yesterday afternoon.  I had some new digistamps and wanted to play a while.  This Pansy Frame is by Leah Cornelius of Heart Song Designs.  It's one of her new releases and you can find it here.  This is the card I made for my brother-in-law who is recovering from surgery.
Card Recipe:
A2 card base
Background Paper - Basic Grey Lily Kate 
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Divine Swirl
Digital Image - Heart Song Designs Pansy Frame
Digital Sentiment - Create With TLC
Gel Pens for Faux Stitching
Promarkers Used:
Pansies - Orchid, Amethyst, Buttercup, Tulip Yellow, Gold
Leaves - Grass, Forest Green, Lime Zest
Frame - Tan, Caramel, Cocoa
Frame Decoration - Gold and Orange Gel Pens
This is Leah's digistamp.  Be sure to check out her store.

I hope you all have a great Friday and weekend.  Thank you for stopping by and joining us today.  I hope you found some inspiration.  We love having you here.  God Bless You!!!  Peggy

Thursday, May 19, 2011

WOW! Another Award - We Are So Blessed

We are so blessed with so many blogging friends.  We actually received this award from 3 different blogs.  Thank you to Stacy at Love That Bug, Jill and Bobby at Cricut Couple, and Nana Donna at Nana Donna's Card Dreams for thinking of us.  We love you.

Here are the rules for the Cricut-tastic Award:

Your blog has been deemed Cricut-tastic. Wear this badge proudly on your blog and share it with your friends. Share this award with 10 people who you think have Cricut-tastic blogs. You also have to tell 5 Cricut related things about yourself.

Here are the 5 Cricut-tastic things about myself:

1. I just got the new E2 and I love it.

2. I think I must be the slowest card maker ever
3. I have OCD - Obsessive Crafter's Disorder
4. I have several cartridges I've never used - go figure.
5. I have the best blog partner there is who is also the best daughter there is!

I know we are all busy and sometimes it is hard to pass these awards

on and I understand.  I also realize that some may have already received it but I like these blogs. (no need to do it again) But here are some blogs that I would like to pass the award on to.

Grammie Judy's Spot  
Cardz TV  
Cricut Cardz Challenge 
Lena's Creations  
Cricut Diaries 
Amazing Grace  
Purty Paperz 
The Scrapping Cat  

Thank you again to our wonderful friends for this award.  We hope you will share in our joy.  Thanks for stopping by today.  God Bless You!!!!  Peggy

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Hi Everyone!  Tuesday was "flower day" for Teacher Appreciation Week at Jacob's school.  We went to Home Depot and bought some petunias for Ms. Pennington.  We put the tub down in the ceramic flower pot then:

  • We cut out the "#1 Teacher Award" at 4 1/4" using the Cricut Sampler cartridge. 
  • We cut the butterfly using the same cartridge at 4". 
  • We then attached both the award and the butterfly to wooden skewers and pushed them down in the flower pot. 
  • The label was cut using the Elegant Edges cartridge at 3".
I told Jacob he would have to carry it in school to Ms. Pennington.  He said - "Aw, Mom, can't I put it in my backpack?  Everyone will be looking at me."  I told him that he wouldn't be the only one carrying flowers tomorrow so he agreed to take it to her.  BOYS!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today and please let us know if you see something you like.  We enjoy hearing from our blogger friends!  Until another day, God Bless You!! Donna

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #104

It's time for Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge again.  This is number 104.  You can find it here.  I chose to make a card using Priscillas' Butterfly.

Card Materials:
A2 Card Base
Digital Image by Priscillastyles - Butterfly Digi Set
Background Paper - Lightweight cardstock, Digital Paper by Create With TLC
Cricut Picturesque Cartridge for the Butterfly corners
EK Success Scallop Edge Punch
Chalk to shadow white paper digital stamp is printed on.

Here are the sketches.  One is fancy and the other is casual.  Choose which ever one you want to use as a guide.  I hope to see your creations at Midnight Madness.  Let me know so I can post on your creation.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I loved Donna's little cards she made Jacob's teachers yesterday.  I hope to see you again tomorrow.  God Bless You!!!!  Peggy

Monday, May 16, 2011


Hi Everyone!!  Last week was Teacher's Appreciation Week.  In Jacob's school, that week was postponed until this week because of all the tornadoes that damaged much of the area here in Ringgold, GA.  Every day of this holds something special for the teachers.

For Monday, they asked that the students make a thank you card for their teacher.  We made these cards using the Hello Kitty cartridge's card feature cutting at 5". We used the swirl embossing folder on the leaves of the apples. 

Jacob is going to give one card to his teacher, Ms. Pennington.  Ms. Pennington has taught Jacob so many things this year that he will not only use in the 5th grade but in many years to come.  He's also going to give a card to the school nurse who is extra sweet to Jacob, and the last card he's giving to Ms. Flores who is a Para-Pro at Jacob's school.  She assists teachers and then each afternoon she stands outside in all kinds of weather to make sure that all the car rider children get in the right car with the right person.    

Thanks so much for stopping by and we hope you found some inspiration.  Come back tomorrow - God Bless You!!  Donna

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Thinking of You Card Set - Elegant Edges

Hi Everyone - I work at a hospital in Chattanooga, TN.  At this hospital, there is a committee that raises money for the Foundation at the hospital.  The MAGIC committee has raised millions to give to the Foundation to be used by the hospital to improve services for our patients.  MAGIC stands for M-Memorial, A-Associates, G-Giving, I-In, C-Compassion.  The MAGIC committee had a silent auction this week and I was asked to create something that they could sell. 

The card set and matching gift bag are what I created using the Elegant Edges cartridge on the Thinking of You labels. 

Thanks for stopping by and we hope you'll come back again another day!!  Until another day, God Bless You!  Donna

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Yea. My Internet Is Back.

Good Morning, Dear Friends.  I finally got  my internet up and running Tuesday night.  I didn't have time to make a card, but hopefully I will have time to craft today.  Thank you for bearing with me.  God Bless You!!!  Peggy

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #103

I knew I relied on my internet a lot but didn't realize how much until I'm now without it. Hopefully it will be back up tomorrow. I'm at my sister's right now, using her computer to post my card for the MMSC 103. Thank you for bearing with me on this issue.

I hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day. I did. I spent the weekend with my son and his wife. They always make me feel special. Now on to the post.
For this card I used "priscillastyles" Victorian Fan digital Image. You can find it in the Priscillastyles store here. For the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenges there is always two sketches to choose from, a fancy one and a casual one. These are this week's sketches.

Card Recipe:
5X6.5 card base
Background Paper - DCWV Lace and Linen Paper Stack
Priscillastyles digital image - Victorian Fan
Flowers - cut from same paper and curled upward
Pearls of various sizes - I don't know if you can see them or not but there are tiny pearls along the top of the fan.
Promarkers used:
Fan Background - Almond, Putty
Flowers - Pastel Pink, Salmon
Leaves - Forest Green
Lace - Almond
Ribbons - Sunkissed Pink
Edges - Pastel Beige
Memory Thread for the bow

Thank you for visiting us today.  I would love it if you would join us for the MMSC103.  I hope I get my internet up and running tomorrow so we can get back to normal....  God Bless You !!!  Peggy

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I just want to wish Happy Mother's Day to all our wonderful friends and followers today.  I hope you have the best one ever and that your children treat you like mine treat me.  I know every Mother feels her children are the best.  I'm no exception.  God has been so good to me to have given me the son and daughter he did.  I love them so much and appreciate the man and woman they have become.  

God Bless you all and Happy Mother's Day.  Peggy

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cards with Damask Decor

Hi Everyone!  I have to say I've had the Damask Decor cartridge for a few weeks now and until now haven't made anything with it!  Well, that's gonna change.  This is the BEST cartridge for making cards and envelopes.  I made these two cards tonight and they were so easy to make.  All you have to do is push a button and out comes your envelope or card!  I LOVE IT!!  I haven't put the sentiment on these yet because I don't know how I'll use them - I'll add that when I get ready to use them!

If you haven't purchased this cartridge yet, this is another one that you need to have!!  You won't regret it!  Okay now, go buy it!!

Thanks for visiting - we appreciate your comments!  Until another day, God Bless You!!  Donna

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Card and Box from WRAP IT UP!!

HI Everyone!!  Did Mom tell you that we just had the BEST girl's weekend together?  We went to a Vera Bradley "A Colorful Day" event in Charlotte, NC, got our toes done, and laughed, laughed, and laughed!!  We didn't turn the TV on all weekend - amazing!!!!

Well, on to my post!  I don't know if you've purchased it or not, but the Wrap It Up cartridge is a must have!! 

I made this fence shaped box to house my boss' favorite coffee.  I used the fit to page button on my Expression and the box was cut at 11".  This cartridge not only cuts boxes, it also cuts cards.  I cut the items for this card at 4" to match the box.  I had this sitting on my boss' desk this morning as a little welcome back gift from her trip to Switzerland.  She loved it.

So if you haven't gotten your Wrap It Up cartridge yet, you might want to seriously consider it.  Thanks for visiting with us and we hope you'll come visit again tomorrow!  Until another day, God Bless You!!  Donna

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Midnight Madness #102 Sketch Challenge

Tuesdays are Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge Day.  I used one of the images from "priscillastyles" Heart Flourish Digital Stamp Set to make this card.  My brother and sister-in-law will celebrate their 35th anniversary this month so I think this card will be going to Texas.  

Card Recipe:
A2Card Base
Background Paper - Basic Grey Lilykate - Wisteria and Rain
Digital Image - Priscillastyles Heart Flourish Digital Stamp Set
Ribbon from Michael's
Promarkers used:
Flowers - Orchin, Buttercup, Powder Blue, Meadow Green
Leaves and Flourishes - Pear Green
Heart - Buttercup

Other challenges I'm entering this card in:
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Get Hippity With Ippity -Flowers
Stamp with Fun - Lace or Ribbon
Stamps and Fun - Hearts

Here are the sketches for this week's Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. 

Thank you for visiting today.  We love your comments and support.  God Bless You!!!  Peggy

Monday, May 2, 2011

Heart Song Designs Mushroom and Caterpillar

Today's card features Heart Song Designs Mushroom and Caterpillar.  It's only $1.00 in Leah's store.  Click here to go there.  

Card Materials:

A2 card base

Background Paper - Heidi Grace Birds in Vines
Digital Image - Mushroom and Caterpillar by Leah Cornelius
Cindy Loo Cricut Cartridge - Frame cut at 4X5.25"
KandCo. Wild Saffron Butterfly and Bugs
Sentiment - Paper Trey Inks - Mega Mixed Messages
Promarkers used:
Mushroom - Lipstick Red, Almond, Putty
Caterpillar - Lime Zest, Pear Green
Grass - Grass

Thank you for visiting today.  Hope you enjoy this little quick card.  I just couldn't let another day go by without posting.  God Bless You!!!  Peggy

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mother/Daughter Weekend

Donna arrived, from Ringgold and the tornadoes, at my house Friday around 1:00PM to start our girl's weekend.  The first thing we did was to go have a pedicure.  If you've never had a pedicure with Donna you have missed an adventure.  We sat in massaging chairs where the rollers go up and down your back and shake your whole body.  I have lost quite a bit of weight since the death of my husband so I thought I was going to be ejected to the other side of the room.  Donna is very ticklish on her feet so it was all she could do to stay in her seat without laughing.  Needless to say I think we kept the attendants entertained.  Here are the results.
Yesterday we went to Charlotte, NC to a Vera Bradley "A Colorful Day" event.  At this event we met the founders of the Vera Bradley line of purses, accessories and luggage.  They told the story of how they got started, which was very interesting.  It was like being on the Oprah Winfrey "My Favorite Things" show.  We got all kind of free products throught out the day.  We had so much fun.  Here are a couple of pictures.

I'm so thankful we got to have this little outing since her birthday was spent huddled in the floor of her bathroom praying the tornadoes would pass over them.  The pictures of the devastation are awful.  I am eternally grateful to God for protecting them.  God bless you all!!!  We love our followers.  Peggy