Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sunshine Award


I receieved this blog award from Craftin Curt, and I want to thank him for choosing my blog for this award...I am always humbled and overwhelmed by the fact that people are inspired by my work...just as I am inspired by so many of your work. I certainly would not be where I am with my crafting if not for every one of you!!!

Along with receiving the award comes the rule to pass it along to six other people whom have inspired you and whose work you admire. Those blogs are:

Paper Blossoms

Creative Candy 4 U

Confessions of a Crazy Crafter

Courtney Lane Designs

Paper Hugs

I'd Rather Be Making Cards

Another all occasion card for RAQ's card challenge...this one I love...the shelf is from Christmas/Noel, the bird from HD and the sentiment is from branch is of course the ms branch punch, and the bird house is from syi.

Another challenge card...the two patterns used here were K & Co papers that came in a 4x6 stack that was easy is that...and the patterns are so delicious!!! The two boxes in the upper section were cut from storybook and the hope is from hd

Prayer Changes Things

This card was made guessed it...RAQ's card challenge...pretty simple card, but I love the way it turned out...the letters were cut in scal and the "changes things" are rub ons...inside...which I almost never take a picture of...says "I'm praying for you" Tfl!

ps...after I posted , I noticed in behind the card, you will see two goofs in a is my dh and dd being silly together, and I didn't realize it was so easy to see in the post...guess I'm not watching the background when taking my pictures...oh well...gotta love em!!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Family Tree

I am so excited to share this layout with you. This is my family tree on my dad's side of the family...we are related to Mata Hari, the famous WWI spy for the French and Germans. My cousin in Holland did the research and passed it on to me...the brown matted names are the direct descendants of my family, and the beige matted are the descendants of Mata Hari, and we all link up to one family. The scalloped ovals are cut in storybook, the tree trunk is hand cut, and the branches are from home decor.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

My Parents Wedding

I absolutely love love love this photo of my parents on their wedding day...see the onlooker in the background. This is the first page in my album of my life. Flowers were made with varying sizes of circles in George, and then crumpled up and layerd and a pearl in the center. Swirls are HA and HD, and title was done in Storybook and shadowed. Used my ms border punch on the patterns

These are some wedding photos of my parents, as well as the only photo I have of both sets of grandparents. Swirls are HD and HA, mini flowers cut in scal, as is the title. Scalloped ovals are from Storybook

Welcome Carolyn

I have been waiting to get started on this book of my life. Finally got all the family/baby pics from my mom, so I am pleased to show it off. The drawing on the left was done by my aunt and uncle in Holland, where my family originates. I was born in Canada, and they sent this to my parents when I was born 45 years ago...what a treasure to have this. The pics are the only ones of me as a baby. You will see a large set of boys looking on...those are 4 of my brothers, and the 5th one took the picture...after 5 boys, a girl was a welcome surprise. Baby carriage was designed in scal with basic shapes and an "s" for the handle.. When the pages for this book are all done, the computer generated information will be added...but I was anxious to post.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Card of Encouragement

Made this card with some new paper by KI Memories...very bright and bold...clean, no muted colors or soft tones here...anxious to make all kinds of card with it. This one is for RAQ's challenge this the dragonfly cut from HD.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This was another flower card...inspired first by IsabellaWheadon, and then by EdieShaw, who was inspired by my first flower card, then I saw Edie's and was inspired again with the watering can...made the pots and the watering can with scal, yellow flowers are george, sunflower is syi, leaves are storybook, swirls are home decor, and the orange, pink, white and purple flower all cut with scal, font common bullets. Everything was inked and popped up for dimension

Enough Winter!

Made this card for RAQ's challenge this week. We got about 8" of snow last night, and today my dh and I were driving around enjoying the pretty scenery, and I began thinking about all the people on the east coast who have gotten so much snow, and this card idea came to me. Behind the "winter" is a spring scene that can be viewed when you lift the flap up. This was so much fun to make, and reminded me (a summer lover) that winter will soon come to an end. Carts used: Home Accents (snowflakes), SYI (sunflowers, winter, spring, tree, snowman(I think) ), Zooballoo (grass) scal for tiny flowers and other fonts, George (circles on tree) Snow layers were embossed manually with Fiskars shape boss and inked with light blue chalk ink. Cut the 3 circles on the tree at 1" and inked and layered them on top of the tree. This was such a fun card to make.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Mothers Day Flower Pot card

This card was inspired by Isabella Wheadon on the Cricut mb...she posted a hanging basket full of flowers, and I was immediately inspired to make this. The pot was made in scal with basic shapes and then inked from the upper rim downwards to give the illusion of shadowing. The flowers cut as follows...yellow 1" george, purple and pink 1/4" scal font common bullets, the two leaves in the front are 1" and the shadow cut from Storybook and the greenery in behind is Storybook and Home Accents cut at 1" to 2". The vines in front are from Home Accents and Home Decor, cut at 1 1/4" and 1 1/2". All flowers and leaves were inked. I started by popping up my pot, then placed the background leaves first. Then popped some of the next ones, but not all to give depth. the vines went on last. Glued the yellow flowers first (oh, the centers are just done with std hole punch), then a couple purple for color and finally the pink ones all over...this was such a fun card to make, and I am really pleased with how it turned out.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Cricut/Cricut Create "Jammies" for Sale

These adorable covers will fit your Cricut or Create Machine. They are all handmade and are completely washable. Price is $20.00 each plus shipping...(not sure of price...but will send in smallest bubble mailer possible, regular post) Payments only through paypal if interested...will mail the same or next business day. Colors available are chocolate with teal dots/chocolate and teal paisley, green with chocolate dots/chocolate with green vine and chocolate with pink dots/pink and chocolate paisley. If you would like an expression cover made, they will be $25.00 and made to order. Colors limited to availability. Email me at and please put "jammies" in subject line. Thanks

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Another of my sketches...I really think they help with card design...feel free to use my sketches to help you with your cards.

One of my sketches from RAQ's challenge and the card I made from the sketch.

Hosting RAQ's Card Challenge this week...

Follow this link to the Card forum challenge...would love to see what you come up with!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Final Page

Bear Sighting

Everytime we go to the Smokies, I hope to see a bear...unfortunately, this wood carved bear was the only one I saw this trip...

Monday, February 1, 2010

Cades Cove

I think Cades Cove is one of my most favorite drives in the Smokies...this particular day though, the traffice through the 11 mile loop was bumper to bumper. It is a beautiful place though. Scroll border is from HA, font cut with scal.