Monday, March 21, 2011


Card #1
A cricut-less card!! I owe some credit to Stampin' Up for this one- I went to a Stampin' Up card class about 2 years ago where we made a card with this similar layout. Looking through my old stuff, this one sparked some inspiration. I decided to make two of them- they were just that easy!

I took a piece of cardstock- 8x10.5, and cut it in half hotdog style (hehe, can ya tell I teach?) Then I cut the pink strips about 1 3/4 wide, and the blue about 1 1/4 wide.

Stampin' Up sentiment "Happiness" and some clear "Friend" stamp from joann's sale sets. ( I really should keep my packaging, but I get so excited to open them and use them that I throw the wraping out right away!)

Card #2
I didn't have a punch for the tag, so I traced one from a previous card I made. I know some cartridges have tags on them too, I was just lazy and thought this would be quicker for me. The background flowers are all from the clear stamp set as well.

Feeling spring yet?! I know I'm so ready for it! Tomorrow I'm excited to hit up the craft store after work tomorrow for some new fabric- and begin a spring dress!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Monster Love

I couldn't wait to use my Paper Dolls Dress Up cartridge!! My boyfriend requested me to make a monster for him, and I couldn't decide which was cuter, so I cut him one of both! I sent him a picture of them, and then was left with the decision of what to do with them.
And so here is what I came up with! A scrapbook layout with a pop up heart balloon, (Create A Critter) some adorable monster paper and stamped the brown paper background so it wasn't so bland.  I thought this Stampabilities sentiment was perfect for this layout- it says "Life's most beautiful things are not seen with the eyes, but felt with the heart" Then I used a random stamp I found in the bottom of drawer to make the dotted line swirlies. Monster 1 is embossed with Distressed Stripes and Monster 2 is Spots and Dots.
Here's a close up.

Oh yes, I did some more expirementing on the heat embossing around the balloon. It's getting better :]

I can't decide if I'm going to add two square pictures in black and white, or a photo-both strip down the right side.
Now on to more scrapbooking today.....

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy Tuesday!

Lent starts tomorrow!! It's always tough for me to decide what to give up. Last year I gave up eating after 8pm, and I almost lasted all 40 days- hah. I still haven't figured out what to do this year... good thing I have another night to decide.
Anyway... I made this card last night for my boyfriend's mom. I miss his family so much! It's so relaxing when we go down to visit them. I could use some quiet time in my life right now!

The background papers are from Hollo's paper crafting store. I love this place! You buy paper by the pound, so it's only $1.25/lb for whatever colors you wish! Such an amazing deal!!! :) It's a huuuge warehouse of supplies from paper crafts, painting supplies, school/ office items, and get this- even a room full of just enevelops. It's a crafters and teacher's heaven.

The orange paper is by MakingMemories, along with the two flower brads. The dog and butterfly (cut at 2 3/4) is from the Cricut Sampler, with some fabric glitter glue on the butterfly. I don't have any stickles, so this did the trick! The sentiment stamped with Whispers Ink is from Stampabilities- a $3.00 find at JoAnns. I'm a bargain shopper when it comes to my crafting.

I just go my 5th and NEWEST cartridge- Paper Dolls Dress up!! Can't wait to show you my new creations :] 

Blog Awards

I had quite the crazy weekend. I was busy catching up with old friends, babysiting, and dog-sitting, thus having very little time to craft :( But I came back to a couple fantatstic surprises. A special thanks goes out to Tisha  and Jenn for the Liebster Blog award!

This award is for us newer bloggers out there! It's a great way to share the love and help bring attention to some new, creative blogs. The rules are fairly simply-  choose 3-5 others to share the award with and let them know you chose them. Pay it forward, simply said :]  Thanks girls! And I pass this along to:

Tabitha @

Jarna @

Felicia @

Angela @

Secondly, I owe a couple thanks for the stylish blogger award- Sandy, and Jillian. I am honored you thought of me! So with this award, we must share 8 facts about ourselves, and send it along to 8 others.

1. I'm left handed
2. I have three newphews and a niece, and one more is on his way into this world on THURSDAY :]
3. One of my biggest goals in life is to teach across seas
4. I'm slightly obsessed with post-it notes
5. And coffee mugs
6. My favorite animal is the giraffe
7. I could live off pizza rolls
8. I'm only five feet tall

Now the fun part- passing it along!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Directions for A6 Side Step Card

Hey everyone!! Thanks so much for your kind comments and following us in this spring fever blog hop! You helped make it a huge success!! When I posted my blog I was in a bit of hurry, so I didn't post the instructions. But have no fear... here they are! I can't take any credit for this, but I can give all credit to this special webpage where I found a great layout and clear, precise steps to make this card. Check it out at
Hope you feel inspired and feel welcome to share your step cards with me :]

Spring Fever Blog Hop!

Happy March 1st! Hopefully you made your way here from Michelle at Scrapping with my Bug.
With all the rain we go last night, I'm sure feeling the spring fever... if this snow will ever go away!
So here is my spring inspired card.
It's my very first side-step card. It took a few tries, but I got it! The watering can is from Popourri and the flowers are from create a critter. The sentiment is HAPPINESS from Stampin' Up.

I was drawing a crafting'block' (like writers block?!) when making this, and finally thought to add some buttons and color. I'm not sure how I feel about the finished product, but overall I love it. Here's a side view:

I can post the instructions on how to make this type of card for anyone interested! But I just googled 'side step card' and found some various patterns. Of course I had to add ribbon and flowers :)
Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to follow- leave your blog address and I'll certainly return the favor! Your next stop is off to the most talented Sarah at Pink Cricut!
~Happy Hopping ~