Thursday, January 31, 2008

"Foiled" Challenge - Shine Like the Star U R !

I decided to try my hand at the challenge over at this week. The theme is "Foiled" and the challenge was to use some plain old aluminum foil from your kitchen on your card. This is what I came up with, and let me just say, it was indeed a challenge. Foil is hard to work with- It's so thin! I also had trouble getting it to photograph well.

The paper background is Karen Foster Design, and I used my Cricut to cut out the stars, tag and words. My Cricut didn't want to cut the foil (even after mounting it onto cardsotck) without tearing it, so I added the foil afterward and hand trimmed it. The eyelets are Making Memories, and the ribbon is bulk from my local craft store. I just love this ribbon. It's got an opalescent look to it, and it's not very wide. I like the delicate touch it adds. I added dimension with some dots used under the main star.

Thanks for the challenge!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

1 Reason not to scrap at 2am

This is a page I've been wanting to do of my dh. I got it all finished in the wee hours this morning, and was looking forward to putting it in my book when I noticed I dated the letter with the wrong year. I should know by now never to date anything with a year until at least June, since that's how long it takes me to get used to the change. Anyway, now I need to go in and fix it.

The paper is K&Company. I used lots of Cricut cuts on this one: Opposites attract, Mini Monograms, Jasmine, Teardrop, and All Mixed Up. I used DS to help me with this (LOVE IT!).
I hand made the notebook look letter using my Cropadile and then ripping the holes outward. Antiqued the edges with "caramel". The ribbon is Making Memories.


Sunday, January 27, 2008

My Stars

I finally finished my dd's star, and my set is now complete. (Unless I decide to add one for me and my dh hehe). I love these stars. They come in all different sizes. These are about 6". The technique is the same as listed below on the larger star post. Pictures printed at 3x5 are just the right size for these. The papers I used on all are from a color block mat stack from DCWV.


Simple Thank You

I'm recovering well from my surgery. I had a handful of really wonderful friends bring over meals, send flower, and other acts of kindness to assist me with various things while I was down, which of course warrants some "Thank You" cards. These are nothing complicated, since I made them rather quickly while I was still not able to do much but lay down. I also wanted to get them out quickly. I found this cute little card in my Provo Craft Style book, and scraplifted it for my cards, with very minor changes.

The flowers were cut with my Cricut and Accent Essentials. The snaps for the center are some I've had kicking around for some time. I believe they are Making Memories, but I could be wrong. "Thank you" was cut from All Mixed Up. The ribbon is Making Memories.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Grandma's Angels

This is a project I did for my mom for Christmas. It's a large rusty star purchased from my local Ben Franklin Craft. It's about 24". The papers used are My Mind's Eye. I was able to include photos of all of her grandchildren. The star is made by making a template of where your pictures and papers will be. If you are using printed pictures from your computer, you will have to protect the images with a sealant so the colors won't run. I used "Preserve It". Everything is adhered to the star using Mod Podge, and then a final finishing layer is washed over the papers, pictures and embellishments. I added rub on lettering and some stickers to the finished star, which I didn't get the chance to take a pic of before mailing it off to her. (It was risking being late as it was, and my camera was out of batteries). My mom really likes how this turned out, and plans to keep it up year round. TFL

Friday, January 18, 2008


So, I was having a pretty annoying stomach ache that just wouldn't go away on Sunday. By Monday morning, I had decided it wasn't a "normal" ache and that I needed to have it looked at. So my hubby and I got the kids ready for school, dropped them off, and proceeded to the emergency room for me to be checked out. 1 set of X-rays and 1 ultrasound later, I was informed that I had a substantial sized stone trying to escape my gall bladder, which had lodged itself against my stomach. Apparently the ER doc, ultrasound tech, and surgical doc were all a bit surprised that I hadn't experienced any pain before this. End result: Surgery to remove the gallbladder, 2 days in a hospital, a liquid diet, and so far 5 days recovering. I'm still sluggish, and don't move around as well as I'd like, but I am feeling much better. I've been able to mix solid foods in with my liquids of choice. My good friends (and surrogate sisters, since my real ones are so far away) Holly and Joann sent me these lovely flowers today.

I've been working an altered box for my oldest son that would normally have taken me one night. Because of my current state, I've been working on it here and there for a few minutes at a time. I've almost finished the lid. I hope to have it finished and posted here soon. In the mean time, I have a previous project that I did for my mom for Christmas that I'll post shortly.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Christina's Card

This is a card I made for my friend who is moving out of state. The finished card is about 5x8”.

The Letters were all cut using my Cricut, and the Jasmine cartridge. The large C is the charm function cut at 4.5”. For this charm I made chip board using a piece of cardboard that came with some scrapbook sheet protectors that I had, with a colored paper mounted to it. “My friend” was cut at 1 ½ ”. The tag was cut at 2” and 1 ¾” from the Plantin SchoolBook cartridge. The paper is all “Magnolia” from My Mind’s Eye. The ribbon was bulk ribbon from Ben Franklin Craft that I had left over from a card I made my mother-in-law for her birthday. The brad is Making Memories. I believe the flower charm is also, although I’m not sure. I used Walnut Ink from Tsukinek for the antiquing around the edges.

The sentiment on the inside of the card was printed on my printer. I cut out some of the shapes from one of the coordinating papers used on the front of the card, and spiced up the inside a bit. I also made an envelope for the card with this same paper.


Well, this is my first shot at an actual "blog" so we'll see how well it turns out. My thoughts are that this will be a good place to share the various things I create, as well as keep track of them myself, since most tend to be gifts for other people.