Monday, December 12, 2011

A little gift for someone special!

Mary from Cardztv (her blinky is on the sidebar) had a great video last week on doing the "matchcover" for a packet of hot chocolate.  Here's the link:

Mary is a fabulous person and she always has the greatest ideas.  I loved this and it is a total scraplift from her.  The only thing I did different was I used a "cup" from the Yummy cartridge and printed with my Imagine.  I watched the video again tonight to get the measurements and this was a quick and simple project.  It turned out so cute, I'm making these again this weekend when my grandsons come for a crafting and baking weekend.

The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper collection.  I have used this set over and over again.  It was a great investment.  Go to to see all her wonderful products.

I am giving these to my staff tomorrow and I can't wait!  I get very excited to give them cute things!



Saturday, December 10, 2011

Make your gift standout!

I've been following My Creative Time and her 12 days of Christmas and have gotten some wonderful ideas for decorating and gift ideas.  Here is my version of her packaging some bubbly and sparkling cider that I'll be giving this Christmas.  This is such an easy project and if you go to Emma's website you will be able to see her video on how to create you own version too!  I have so many more things I want to try but am really lacking time this weekend.  The rest of my day is full and tomorrow is full too.  I love this time of year but always run out of time to create my goodies!

Enjoy!  I pray you and your family is having a blessed holiday season so far!


Monday, November 28, 2011

We have winners!

Thank you for hopping with us this past weekend.  I hope it was a nice break from football and big dinners!  I have two winners to announce chosen by

First of all for the cards submitted the winner is #7 - Melissa from

And the winner from the comments is Cathy #25 who said "I completed the hop, very talented ladies here. hope ya had a great birthday, now I have to make a card to link:))
mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com"

Please send me your mailing addresses so I can send you your prizes.  Melissa has won a stamp set from My Pink Stamper and Cathy has won a stamp set from My Creative Time!  I love both of these crafty gals and use their stamps almost everytime I create.  You will love them.

Thanks again to all who hopped with us!  It was a wonderful weekend and a great birthday!


Thursday, November 24, 2011


If you came through yesterday there were two links that did not work.  I have since removed them from the list below.  Everyone listed below has posted a card/project and they are WONDERFUL!  Good luck and don't forget to link your own project for a chance to win some really wonderful prizes!  Thanks!  Mimi
Well, my big day is finally here and I'm thrilled you have chosen to have some fun with us!  First of all, let me begin by saying Happy Thanksgiving to you all!  I pray you will have time to spend with your family in some way.  My family is all out of town this year, so I plan to "hook up" with them by phone or email.  Today is my 60th birthday and I am having a hard time believing I can be that old - LOL!  I have asked eleven crafty peeps to get things started, so let's get on with the fun.

For my card, I chose to use my new Close to My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge.  This was my first attempt at making flowers and I think they turned out okay.  I love my Martha Stewart punches so I had to try out a new one that I purchased recently.  I used a dark brown cardstock for the base of my card and I also used the brown with punch.  I pulled out my Cuttlebug to add some interest on the cream layer.  I used the CTMH cartridge to cut the oval, and scalloped oval, the flourish and the flowers.  After assembling the flowers, I "lightly" touched my 2 way glue pen on some of the petals and used Stampin Up Dazzling Diamond Glitter to add a little sparkle.  Then I added some brown pearls and white pearls to add a little dimension.  The sentiment is a SU set that I had in my stash.  It turned out great and made me "smile" so that was a good sign.

Are you ready to see more awesome creations?  I feel so honored to have these talented ladies helping me celebrate my birthday.  We have blog candy to give along the way.  Some of the participants are giving away their own prizes but I have several things I will be sending out to winners.  Here are the rules:
  1. Visit each of the blogs listed and leave a comment.  You do not have to JOIN their blog as a follower, but I'm sure they'd love it if you do!
  2. Return to my site: and tell me you made it through the hop
  3. Use the Linky tool and link up your own BIRTHDAY CARD or Project!
I will use to select the winners of our blog candy.  I have stamp sets that have been donated by My Pink Stamper and My Creative Time along with other goodies I've been collecting.  You have until Sunday November 27th, midnight EST to enter your project.

Here is the hop line-up: (returning back here)

Have a great time!

PS - I have just finished hoping through the line-up.  I have deleted one link that are not working.  That just means your chances of winning are even better :).  Thank you again for sharing your Thanksgiving weekend with me!  I can't believe the talent shared in this line-up.  The cards, videos and tips are AWESOME!  Have a blessed day!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

It's my Birthday!

Well, the time has come for me to get excited about my upcoming birthday!  Next week on Thanksgiving, I will be celebrating my 60th birthday and I couldn't think of anything more fun that to celebrate it with my crafty friends!  I am having a Birthday Bash Blog Hop from November 24-27.  So take some time away during the sales and hop along with us and have fun!  I have twelve crafty peeps who are creating great BD projects and I can't wait to share with you what they have come up with.  To "celebrate" we have some blog candy along the way.  My Creative Time & My Pink Stamper have each donated stamp sets to be given away and we have some other goodies as well.  Stay tuned for more!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

My Creative Time Throwback Thursday Challenge

I've been a kick lately using My Creative Time's ( gift card die.  I love it!  My grandsons are going to Disney this year for Christmas and I wanted to give them some money so they can spend a little of their own dollars, lol.  Anyway, Emma's challenge was to make something that was "kid friendly", so with the boys in mind I decided to finish these up.  Now I just need to add money!!  They turned out real cute.  I used the Gift Card Die and the stiched circle and scalloped die as well!  I added some stickles to give a little glimmer and I think they are to DIE for!  LOL!  I borrowed the Cricut cartridge from a friend since I didn't have anything  Disney.  I may have to search this one out though becasue they will need to scrap all those photos!  I used a Disney font on my computer to type out the Disney Dollars and Mouse Money sentiment.  I then lined up the circle die and cut it out on my cuttlebug!  This worked great!

Join in on the fun!  Check out and see the challenge.  The more the merrier!

I hope to make it back in the loft tomorrow to make some birthday cards! 


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Another gift card holder!

Who doesn't love a gift card?  I needed a gift card holder for a gift card from McDonalds that I'm giving to an employee tomorrow.  My employee really love McDonalds coffee drinks and their Fruit Parfait and I had so much fun making this holder using a die from My Creative Time.  The coffee cup was cut from Love You Latte Cricut Lite.  I also used another die from My Creative Time from the Build a Banner set and the Just for You sentiment also is from  If you haven't tried Emma's products, you need to go take a peak!  They are awesome.

Hopefully I'll be back this weekend as my birthday stash is depleted - ca put - zip!  I need some major crafting time!  Wanna join me in on the fun?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gift Card Holders

Who doesn't love gift cards?  I love to get them and I love to give them.  I purchased a die from My Creative Time to cut the most perfect gift card holder.  It works best with two sided printed paper, but on the two with baby cards, I didn't have any so I simply cut it twice and cut off the top so I had a contrast.  On the snowman card, I ran the paper through my Imagine once, then flipped it over and printed the second side too!  It worked perfectly!  Some sunday afternoon I plan to make up a stash of these cards.  I totally believe presentation is everything, so a simple $5.00 Starbucks card would be a total hit in one of these holders!  Head over to to see these great dies.

Just as a tip - I almost always cut out "extra" images when I'm card making.  I store the images in little plastic photo boxes and seem to always be able to reach for something when I want to make one of these holders or a quick card.  The auto fill on the Cricut is a huge timesaver and can easily be used for extra images you might not need today, but several months from now when you need to create something quick - you can make something that looks like it took hours!  :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

My Creative Time Design Team Entry!

Emma from My Creative Time is having a Design Team Call.  I have been waiting to have a chance to be on her team.  I have had the honor of being a Guest Designer twice and would love to serve on her DT for 3 months.  Can I say, however, that the opportunity came during a very challenging week.  First of all my week has been long and each night I came home from work I planned to work on something for the DT.  I was so tired each night, I just didn't have the energy!  LOL!  Then finally Thursday came and I knew I would have time, well that didn't work out either!  So rather than bore you with all the gorey details, I will just say this - I am a simple crafter.  Look at my blog!  Nothing fancy, just normal cards and creations that anyone can do.  That really is my style, so I decided to post the card that I made for my daughter-in-laws birthday.  My sweet Ashley turned 29 today and I made this card on Tuesday night and mailed it the next day.  Ashley could totally wear this dress cut from the Forever Young cartridge.  I love this cartridge and it is my go-to option for cards for Ashley.  I used a sizzix embossing folder to add some interest and it also left a nice spot at the top for my sentiment from My Creative Time's So Many Candles!  I added the rhinestones at the neckline to make it look like a strap.  I ran the black cardstock through my laminator but it does not show up in the photo.  The flower at the waistline is actually a brad that I cut off the back and glued another rhinestone in the center of the brad.  The little sheer organza black ribbon on the bottom just adds a little interest.

I have company coming tomorrow so I was in the kitchen for a good share of the day.  Then I got a surprise visit from my grandsons as they came Trick or Treating.  During their visit the boys wanted to do some crafting.  So away we went, into Mimi's loft to make some fun.  How could I resist?  Here is a picture of them in their football uniforms!  Arent' they cute?

Good luck to everyone entering Emma's challenge!  Let's get ready to rumble!!!!!!!!!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hopping with My Pink Stamper!

Well this is a very fun Hop because I love goodie bags!  I used to make them all the time but never knew to call them goody bags!  LOL!  Anyway, Robyn, from My Pink Stamper is having a blog hop right now and we need to make a goodie bag/give away/treat etc. for any holiday.  So my goody bag is a Christmas gift for one of my friends.  Since I love to make cards, I like to give them away in bundles of 4-6.  Four cards and evenvelopes fit perfectly in this cello bag and then I made a cute little topper.  The trees are a SVG file and the topper was made using Mini Monograms.  As you can see I used my Cuttlebug with a snowflake theme.  The snowflakes on the topper are actually buttons that I clipped the back off and hot glued on my paper.  I used My Pink Stamper's Winter Punnies for both the topper and the cards.  I love this stamp set.  It is so versatile and it was one of the first sets I purchased from her.  Thanks for looking and how about joining in on the fun!

My Creative Time Throwback Thursday Challenge

My Creative Time's Throwback Thursday challenge was to use an older cartridge with a card feature.  I found this tombstone on Wild Card.  The tombstone is the card and I mounted it on another square base.  I used the sentiment from My Creative Time.  Join in on the fun!  I had to really think about this one, but it was fun!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Halloween - just can't get enough!

I've made some Christmas cards but once again this afternoon I went back to making Halloween Cards.  For the first card, I stamped the ghost with Peachy Keen stamps, colored it and cut it out.  Popped it up on a couple of layers of spooky paper.  I used a die from My Creative Time and her sentiment as well.  The second card has a ghost cut from Happy Hauntings.  I used a "wobble" on this ghost and it is so cute.  I also used the Banner set from My Creative Time to spell out BOO!  Fun projects - now it's back to work tomorrow.

My Pink Stamper Christmas Card Challenge

My Pink Stamper is having a Christmas Card challenge on her web site.  When I think Christmas cards I think volume!  LOL!  So today I created a card that doesn't have any multiple cuts on the Cricut and uses my stamps.  I love to make snowmen cards and cute cards, but for actually sending a Christmas Card I like to keep the message about what the real meaning of Christmas is all about.  The only Cricut cut is the scalloped oval from Elegant Edges.  Baby Jesus is stamped for an OLD Stampin Up set and I chalked the straw, the blanket and His face.  I used my homemade glimmer mist to add a little sparkle.  The base of the card is Ballet Blue and old SU color.  The white layer was run through the Cuttlebug (Swiss Dots) leaving room for my stamped sentiment which comes from My Pink Stamper set called Christmas Wishes.  I took a picture of the CD case showing you how I keep all of Robyn's stamps.  I love this way of organizing them!  I know some people use the clip it up, but for me, the plastic bag wanted to tear since I use my stamps so much.  The first card I did, I used a white ribbon, but then I tried the RED one and it really added some pop.  Three small pearls were adhered under the bow.  I used the SU saying on the inside to finish off the message.  Hope you like this!  How about joining in on the fun?  Go to to check out her challenge and get her stamps!  They are the best.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Filling my stash!

I found myself needing some sympathy cards this week.  I keep a supply at the office and also at home.  I love being able to go to my "stash" when I need a card and it's done!  Today I made about 18 Sympathy/Thinking of you cards.  I've actually been working on this all week.  The first card you see, the image was printed and cut on my Imagine.  It looked a little bland, so I added Liquid Pearls and then (I am so proud of myself) I made my own version of Glitter spray.  I took a small Tim Holtz spritzer bottle and filled it 3/4 full of hair spray.  I then added some of my mineral eye makeup, shook it up and spritzed away!  OMG!  I am in love.  I may spritz everything from now on.  I'm not sure the glimmer shows up, but trust me, it's there.  I love my Cuttlebug and can hardly make a card without it anymore.  I took a photo of the stamp set.  It is from Michael's but I don't know the manufacture.  I store my clear stamps in CD cases and I love it!  The ribbon was done using the "cheater method" taught to me by My Pink Stamper.  I use this all the time now.  Run the ribbon around the mat and tape it on the back, then take another piece and tie over the ribbon band on the front of the card.  It works everytime and looks great.

For the next 3 cards, I cut the flower out of the George cartridge and used fill to page.  It cut out 9 flowers, so I really have 9 sympathy cards just from this cut.  I was left with strips of paper from my 12x12 sheet and I knew I would be using those strips with my Martha Stewart Punches.  Let me say, you could easily use these flowers on a birthday card, get well, etc.  I NEVER make just one of anything, I always make multiples and then create the cards I need.  On a couple of the cards I used 2 layers of ribbon to add some interest.  The mat was also run through the Cuttlebug with a couple of different folders.  Stickles became the center of the flower.

Tomorrow I'm going to make a Christmas Card for My Pink Stamper's challenge.  How about joining in on the fun?


Thursday, September 22, 2011

My Creative Time - Guest Designer! I am so excited!!

I am so excited to have been asked the second time to be My Creative Time's Guest Designer!  Thank you Emma for this chance to share a project with your followers.  In my profile I mention that I'm a practice manager of a medical office and I lead an incredible team.  I like to show my appreciation to them from time to time in the way of little treats.  Let's face it, we all need chocolate!  This little gift box is a SVG cut and it's the perfect size for multiple Halloween treats like Candy Corn, Ghost Peeps, Tootsie Rolls, etc.  With this cut, I can only cut out one box per 12x12 sheet of cardstock.  I used Happy Hauntings for the cut images (aren't they cute!).  Various Halloween papers were used from a paper pack from last year.  I have three Halloween punches from Martha Stewart that I used and I love them all.  The two border punches provided a base and I was able to build from there.  The spider punch was my favorite because I added stickles and they just sparkle! I used several of My Creative Time Products:

Stiched Oval Die
Scallop & Stitched Circle Die Set
Fancy Frame Stamp and Die Set
All Around Halloween

I hope you like what I created.  I had a ball!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I love comments and I really get excited when someone joins my site!  Thanks again and let's get ready for Halloween!  Boo!

Monday, September 19, 2011

1st Anniversary card for Todd & Ashley

One year ago I received a most precious gift - a new daughter-in-law!  Her name is Ashley and she is the sweetest and cutest human being ever.  Now I have two daughters that bless my life.  I made this card for them quickly yesterday and it truly was a work in progress.  I used the Wedding cartridge for the front.  I cuttlebuged with Swiss Dots and then sponged on some purple metalic ink on the front to make the dots pop.  I used some pearls and wrapped up the front as if it where a gift.  The inside I finished with a Denami stamp (one of my favs for making backgrounds) and My Creative Time's sentiments.  Check out for her products.

Also make sure and come back this Wednesday as Emma from My Creative Time has asked me to be her guest designer for the 2nd time!  I can't wait to show you what I've come up with for "treats for the office".  See you Wednesday!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

So spooky!! I love Halloween!

Last night as I was falling asleep, I kept dreaming about this card!  I know that sounds so strange, but I love 3 Birds on Parade and this little ghost kept calling me.  When he cuts out, he has a "bubble" for the word BOO.  I cut that off because I wanted to use one of the my Halloween stamps from My Creative Time.  I may still add some stickles to the little legs.  Hope you enjoy the two cards!  It will soon be time for me to think about my Christmas cards.  That may take me some time!

Thanks for looking!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Do you like the new blog design?

Thought I'd change the blog up a bit and get ready for Halloween.  What do you think?

Today I took in treats for my office staff.  These were made with my Cricut Imagine.  The nuggets were wrapped in paper to match the frog.  The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper and everything else was printed and cut on my Imagine.  Very simple project and fun!  Can't wait for tomorrow.  Coffee at Panera with my sweet hubby, then a quick trip to the grocery, THEN I'm playing in the loft with paper, adhesive, my Cricuts, my stamps and my trimmer!  It's going to be a great day!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Throwback Thursday with My Creative Time

This week's Throwback Thursday challenge was to do a card using orange, purple, green and black and NOT use the Cricut.  I pulled out a new Martha Stewart Punch for the fence and then a couple of my Halloween papers.  The cats are a strip from that paper pack.  I stamped the tree branches in the background and the ghost is a stamped image from Peachy Keen Stamps.  I colored it, inked the edges, put some stickles on the pumpkin and cut it out and placed it on the card with pop dots.  I used My Creative Time Halloween stamps for the image and one of her great dies.  I added some purple rhinestones on the tag and then popped it up on foam tape.  This was a fun challenge!  Thanks Emma!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Halloween Craft Time! Spooky!!

Got out my Mini Monsters cartridge to make a couple of Halloween cards for my grandsons.  Two things they love to use when they craft with me - googly eyes and Stickles!  Both of these images were cut @ 3.5 inches.  I used a combination of stamps from My Creative Time and My Pink Stamper to put them together.  I have both of their Halloween stamps and love them.  The second card is a C-fold card and I'm not sure that shows up well in the photo but it makes a cute presentation.  I have a Martha Stewart punch that punches the spider.  I love that little spider -- he looks like he's crawling all over the card.  And another obsession of mine is the little wobble thing and both of these images are on wobbles, so they move really cute!

I have some other items done but can't post them yet!  I will be the Guest Designer for My Creative Time on 9/21 so I've been busy on that project too.  Make sure you stay tuned to Emma's blog tomorrow as she starts her sneak peak week of her new release.  I am sure she will not dissappoint us!

Thanks for checking out my blog!  I love comments, so let me have it!


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Getting the office ready for FALL!

It is no secret that I'm a fan of My Creative Time stamps.  I used two sets to create this project.  Inspirting Words and Inspiring Word Accents.  I made tags from the Sweet Treats Cartridge.  Love those little tags!  These little arrangements were made with votive glass containers and they are for the tables in my office break room.  I like to give it a seasonal look and these will take us until Christmas.  This was a fun project that took about 2 hours the other night.  I use 3 bundles of fall flowers, my glue gun, styrofoam, a wide fall ribbon and some raffia.  They turned out pretty cute.  I love'd Emma's positive message on these two stamp sets.  I used them time and time again!  Thanks Emma!

Time to organize!

I am a huge fan of My Creative Time stamps.  Actually I love CLEAR STAMPS.  The space saving factor is enough to get me excited but I truly feel the image is much clearer than the rubber image.  I have amassed a HUGE number of stamps that were all mounted on wood.  Slowly I have been removing the wood block and I've stored them in CD cases, however, Emma gives you so many stamps per set (great value) that I needed to find a DVD case to store them.  As you can see they fit perfectly!  I am still looking for a better place to find the DVD cases cheaper.  I bought these on EBay and they were about $2 each.  I think I can do better if I can just find the source.  I like Emma's packaging as she prints the image on her packing material.  I can use that as my insert so I know what is in the case.

Two other stamp lines that I own are My Pink Stamper and K Andrew Designs.  I have place these into the clear CD cases.  Since the image is not stamped on the list, I printed off the picture of the set and laminated it.  When I am searching for just the right saying, I can leaf through my laminated sheets and locate what I need.  Sorry for the glare!

Lastly I wanted to show you a project I've been working on for storing my Cricut and Imagine cartridges and booklets.  When I only had a few cartridges, it was easy to locate and look through my booklets, however, I began purchasing more and found out I was really missing many "pearls" located in the booklets as I was only looking at the back of the box!  There are so many more images on these cartridges and now that my booklets are located in two containers, I can easily sort through my booklets and mark things I'd like to try.  I did a search on You Tube and for the life of me I can't locate the person who gave me this idea.  She had the cut file and everything for the cartridges and I love this system.  I will find the link and post it - I promise.  Anyway, I have all my cartridges in one of these containers, my booklets are in two containers and I actually could use 3.  They stack perfectly and I can really study my booklets now by just going through each container.  I have alphabetized the cartridges and booklets so I can easily fine them.  My Imagine Cartridges use the same cut file, I just store them sideways.

So I know it looks like I've not been doing any crafting lately, but you can see that I've been busy getting my loft in order.  Thanks for everyone's inspiration.  I must say that I didn't like the Clip it Up for ME!  That is the reason I went to the DVD/CD cases.

I have a new project to post shortly.  Thank you for stopping by!

Here is the link for the blog for the person who gave me the idea to organize my Cricut cartridges.