Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gypsy Giveaway!!

Wow, Nilda and Custom Crops are giving away a brand new Gypsy! I am keeping my fingers crossed just in case Santa did not get my many NOT so subtle hints! :o)

You can enter here:

Good luck!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cricut Giveaway!

Provocraft is giving away Winter Woodland!

You can enter here:

Good luck!

I can't believe it, but I WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Getting back in the swing of things...

I'm finally getting back into the swing of things after a very busy Summer. I can't wait to create! Upon my browsing I found some great blog candy up for grabs. Take a look here.

Hope to post some creations soon!!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

A Child's Year...Spring

I know, I know....I'm a bit late for Spring. Or....I'm just really early! I wish I could control what inspires me, but in the mean time...I will have to just take what I get! These garden images lend themselves so well to the WIMG cartridge, another one of my faves. I hope you like it!

A Child's Year
garden image cut @ 2 3/4 and on shadow

Walk In My Garden
tulip border cut @ 4"

WIN $1000 to on The Cuttlebug Spot!!

I have just discovered that The Cuttlebug Spot is having a contest - "The Journey to 1,000"! They are trying to reach 1,000 followers by the end of July and need your help. To enter all you have to do is go to their site, sign up as follower and complete a few easy steps and you could win a $1,000 gift certificate to Custom Crops (! GO NOW and check it out at

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Child's Year....Imagine

Is it possible to be in love with a cartridge?? If so, then I think I am! I ordered ACY on Monday from and recieved it today!!!! I could not contain my excitement as I ripped open the package as I sat in the post office parking lot, just so I could get a look at the handbook. As soon as I saw this image I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I just had to wait all day to come home and play! Love it, love it, love it. I forsee a lot more ACY images on my next cards!!!
I hope you like it. I would love to hear what you think! TFL!
A Child's Year
garden 2 cut @ 3" in black, white and shadow in grey
Walk In My Garden
Susans cut @ 1 3/4" and 1 1/4"

**After taking these pictures I added some Stickles to the flower right where he is touching to give it some magic!**

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Happy thoughts...a simple card

I wanted to make another card today, so I sat here thumbing through my papers and I came across this one. It jumped out at me and I wanted to create something with it. Of course my new border punch had to sneak in there too! No Cricut cuts on this one, just the good 'ol SU! scallop and circle punches. I didn't want to cover up the paper because I liked it so much. TFL!

Bird "Droppings"

As some of you may know, I have been searching for blogs w/challenges to use for inspiration when I am drawing a blank. So after my search, I decided to just sit and create with no specific challenge in mind. Once I found the paper I wanted to use, then I thought of a CB folder that would go perfectly with it. From there I thought of the Cuttlebug Spot challenge by Nilda which is making a funny card. So, I tried to make it funny as I have no "punny" stamps to use. Once I was done, I realized that I fulfilled another challenge using "blue and green, never to be seen". Ha! You see what happens when these challenges are floating around in your subliminal mind!!
Home Decor
Bird cut @ 2" and on shadow
Branch cut on shadow @ 2 1/2"

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

BBTB Wildcard Home Challenge

I decided to give the world of challenges a shot, and this is my first (aside from Okie's weekly card challenge). I have only used this cut once before...and hated the result! When I saw that this was the challenge for the BBTB challenge, I knew I wanted to give it another shot. I like this one much better. The pictures don't show the true warmth of the colors.
House card feature cut @ 7"
Tree cut @ 6 1/4
Pooh & Friends
Grass cut @ 1 1/2"

Friday, July 3, 2009

My Cup of Tea!

Oh, what fun! I have really been wanting to make a shape is my first! As I was flipping through my handbooks looking for inspiration, I went to my Dreams Come True cartridge (as I had not used it yet!) and came across this tea cup. I thought of ways to use it...and wha-la! A shape card! It is very simple, but I like it! I like the movement of the tag as it is not stuck, it dangles. As I was thinking of a way to make the inside...I came up with the tea bag (I hope that's what it looks like! lol!) I don't have DS so I just stuck the handles together. I hope you enjoy it!
Dreams Come True
Teacup cut @ 4 1/4" (2X)
Spoon cut @ 4"
Tag cut @ 1"

Birdy Greetings

It feels great to be able to just sit and create! Today I was able to just sit and make cards. This was the first time in a while that I just created without using any sketches to follow. My goal for this card was to actually sew on it...not just make fakey stitches with a pen! lol! Well... now I know why I always fake it! The card slips around when it is trying to run through the machine...or it doesn't go through at all because the machine has no grip in it. Any tips?? I'll have to try it again another day. Overall, I am pleased with this card. I think my favorite part is the subtlety (sp?) of the cuttlebug detail on the inside. I would love to hear your thoughts...even if it's constructive!
Grapically Speaking
Circle @ 3"
Oval @ 3/4"
Home Decor
Bird @ 1" also shadow

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Guess who's the guest designer for Jeannie's "Win a free card"?

I know, I can't believe it either! I am very humbled and honored that Jeannie has asked me to be her guest designer for this month. I'm so excited! It puts the pressure on. For my first card I chose one that you may have seen already. It has been one of my favorites to date! The others...well, you'll just have to wait to see those! This is such a fun hobby! I love it. It is so relaxing to be able to sit and create...and if you end up with something that you like in the end...well that makes it even sweeter! I hope you enjoy this week's card!

Home Decor
Flowers cut at various sizes and colors
Used the pinwheel cut to cut the larger circles
Circle punches to create the tag
Paper used is from K&Company

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Oh, Happy Day!

This one was a doozy! I wanted so badly to do this scallop card, but my mind was completely blank! I just had to do it piece by piece. I created the card with SCAL using the cuts that a MB member had posted. They are amazing! I just flipped the image, made a blackout of one, then welded the two to make the card. (I hope that makes sense!)

Then I found the turquoise paper really liked the color with the black. So I sat here for awhile just staring at the scallop card with the white and turquoise circles on it. Ho hum....what now? Sentiment.....hmmm. I was too lazy to create one in word, then I remembered the "Oh happy day" cut in Wildcard. Then I just had to fill the space. (That even took awhile!) Well, it is. I hope you like it.

scallop card cut @ 5"

Grapically Speaking
circles cut @ 3" and 3 1/4"

"Oh Happy Day" cut @ 3"

Home Decor
Dragon fly (and shadow) cut @ 2"

Birthday Wishes

Here is another card that I punched out today. This was the 1st sketch I believe. I know I should have used scraps for this challenge, but I have been wanting to use these Basic Grey papers for awile now, so here they are. No Cricut...sorry! I just love brown!

Bella with a Daisy

Wow! It feels great to be creating again. Here I was, looking forward to the summer so I could have all this time ALONE, making cards.....HA! Unfortunately, I have obviously been saying that about many things.
Well, I made some time today to sit and create for this week's Cricut MB card challenge. This card was for the second sketch. I recieved this Bella image in a swap awhile back and I thought the sketch would fit a Bella perfectly, so here she is! Under the tag is actually a goof. I put another stamp of "You" there, but it was too big! ARGH. So I had to cover it up. Are we supposed to tell those secrets?? lol! The only Cricut I have on there are the circles. I can't even tell you which cart...I just look in a handbook until I find a circle. I don't have George :o(. I think I may have used Grapically Speaking this time.
I hope you enjoy her! TFL!

Friday, June 19, 2009

A Father's Day of Polo

Wooohoooo!!! I am now done with my Father's Day cards! Just in the nick of time! My father is a polo player and he is coming in tomorrow for a polo tournament here on Maui for Father's Day. I had to make his card fit the bill. I had the ideas in my head...but don't you just hate when things just don't lay out the way you imagined it? Had to make a few changes, but I'm happy with the end product. It's simple, but it works. I'm not good at manly cards!!
This card is for one of the sketches for the 6/17 Okie's card challenge (I think it's sketch #1??)
Jubilee Cart for the font cut at 1"
SCAL for the horse dingbat (font is called Yeehaw, I downloaded it free online...They even had a polo player dingbat...but I just couldn't get it to look right.)
PPDU cart for the horseshoe cut at 1"
I handcreated the polo mallets

I hate taking the pictures at night, I can never get the coloring right. I would have taken more to show the dimension...but forget it!......the shadows....ugh. TFL!

A Father's Day card for my husband

It's nice to be making cards again. This is one of the sketches for Okie's card challenge this week. Once I saw that it needed a photo, I knew that I wanted to do one for my husband's father's day card. The hard part was finding a picture. This picture was a little wierd, but I liked it. This picture was taken at the Maui Ocean Center and they were looking at the sharks and one of the sharks was swimming right at them....thus the look on their faces. I'm sure a little of it was hamming it up for the camera (at least daddy's face!)
I just realized....I did not use any cricut! Oops! Am I disqualified???

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Olivia's 1st Birthday Card

Here is one of my cards for this week's Okie's Card Challenge sketch 1. Unfortunately this may be the only sketch I get to this week. (At least before the next posting) Crazy busy right now, but I needed to crank this one out before going out of town tomorrow because my husband needed it for the birthday party on Saturday. I know it doesn' look very babyish, but the name "Olivia" just doesn't sound baby to me. I wanted the card to match her name.
for the card base
scalloped square
Hello Kitty Greetings
"Happy Birthday"
Basic Grey Paper and letter and number stickers.
(Coordinating packs are the best thing since sliced bread!!!)
SU! Scallop circle and circles.I hope you like it! (Well, at least Olivia!!)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Inspired by Blog Hop!

Holy Moly! I just finished the BBTB blog hop, and I am in complete awe! Those ladies are so completely talented. I just warned my husband: "Last summer you started this madness (he bought me the E for my birthday) and this summer....I'M TAKING IT TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL!!!"
Now if I only had a store to go and buy stuff!!!! ARGH! No Michael's, no HL, no Joanns. Humph! Online shopping here I come! (With what money??? Yet to be determined!) And no, it is not as fun, but what else is a girl to do!!

For Shelly's FIL

Just in the nick of time....once again! There's nothing like waiting until the last minute! Kim and Rose were so thoughtful to think of having us send cards to Shelly's FIL who is not feeling well. I SO am not good at making manly cards, which is why I put it off for so long! I had one of Okie's Weekly sketches (posted by Kathy) left to do, so I thought I would go for it. I don't have any of the manly outdoorsy carts, so I went the patriotic route. I hope you like it!
All cuts are from Graphically Speaking, cut at 1 1/2". TFL!!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Cricut MB Connection?????

Is anyone else not being able to connect to the Cricut MB??? C'mon! Mandy is posting the SU! retirement list any minute and I can't get on!!!

Cricut MB May Team Challenge

Here is the card that I created for the May Team Challenge. This month I was on Team 2 "Buggin Bouquets". The challenge was to use any Cricut flower cut. I'm excited to see what everyone has created from both teams! Today is the last day for everyone to post, then you all get to vote for which team you think collectively did the best job. May the best team win!
Home Decor was used for the flowers cut a various sizes. The small circles are made from SU punches. The larger circles were cut from a cart (I think it was WC, but I'm not sure.)

Inspiration Card

FINALLY! I have my first card posted! When planning out my blog, I downloaded a picture of a sunflower to put on my blog. Well, it never made it, but I still loved the picture. It inspired me to make this card to celebrate my blog! After the fact, I realized that I think it fits the 3rd card challenge that Kathy posted this week for Okie's Card Sketch Challenge. If I remember correctly, I needed 2+ colors (check), 2 Cricut cuts (check: SB flower and shadow), Embellishment (check: Stickles), a stamped image (check: sentiment). If there was any other requirements, then I may not have made it! LOL!
Thank you SO MUCH Jeannie for helping me to get this posting finally up!!! You're the best!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rough day at the beach.

Just back at the beach...should've been relaxing, but ended up having to leave early. My husband and older daughter (5 1/2) were in the water. Mike was swimming up to Kaena and when he popped up he konked her right in the mouth. Now she's got 2 bloody front teeth. Thank goodness they are still her baby teeth. She just lost her first tooth (on the bottom) on Thursday. She'll be toothless within a week. Sheesh!

Learning Curve!!

I can't for the life of me post a picture of my card that isn't the size of an elephant!!!!!!! HELP!!!

My First Day

On a Saturday morning, I could not sleep in! All I could think about was getting this blog set up. My mind is a little more at ease since I have now changed my background. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet, but I am getting somewhere!