Archive for July, 2010

Polka Doodles Christmas

The Polka Doodles challenge is to create a Christmas card.  Since I just received my All Around and Everywhere cd from Polka Doodles on Monday I decided to use some of the images: the background papers and birds.  The ornament and holly stamps are from Inkadinkado and the string lights stamp is from Recollections.  I colored them with my Copics.   I cut the tree from the Cricut Designers Calendar cart then cuttlebugged it with the swirls embossing folder.  Then I folded it in half and using a Stampin’ Up punch put two holes to thread a ribbon through.  If you untie the ribbon the tree opens up to see what the birds have done!

I hope you like it.

Thanks for your kind comments and feedback, I really look forward to it.

Falling 4 U card

When I think of fall my mind automatically goes to leaves changing color and dropping from the trees (also football, but that isn’t as pretty of  a card!).  It’s my favorite time of year.  When I read the post on Bitten By the Bug 2 challenging everyone to make a fall themed card I couldn’t pass it up.  The rules were to use at least one Cricut cut and one stamped image.

I used the tree cut from the Wild Card Cartridge and a leaf stamp from the Falling Leaves set from Stampin’ Up.  The letters were in the dollar bin at Michaels and I cut the #4 from the Plantin Schoolbook cart.  The background paper is from Polka Doodles.  the leaves were stamped onto plaid paper from DCWV The Pet Stack.  I stamped the leaves with 4 different color inks (green, red, orange, brown) to give it that changing color look.  Then I cuttlebugged the tree trunk and leaves.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for your kind comments and feedback!

It got crazy here yesterday afternoon.  We thought my 9 year old had appendicitis.  Even the doctor said she was showing classic symptoms.  But an x ray showed she actually needed… to eat more fiber and get her insides moving again.  Life is never dull with three children!

2S4Y #57

I made this card for my husband using the 2S4Y sketch of the week.

I used a grey paper for the background.  Then layered a slightly smaller piece of grey heart paper (what you see in the cut outs) over that.  Then I cut hearts out of piece of white paper that was the same size as the grey heart paper using my Cricut and the Plantin Schoolbook cart.  Before layering it, I cut slightly smaller hearts out of red paper and attached to the back of the white paper.   Next, I cut two borders using the Plantin Schoolbook cart and offset them and attached them to the white paper.  Then I attached the red ribbon.  Using the cut out hearts I reversed layered them and popped them up.  Finally, I used a Stardust pen to add accents and stamped the Love You sentiment (Stampin’ Up).

I hope you like it.

Thank you for your kind comments and feedback!


My 6yr old son is always “helping” my husband play Zelda on the wii (I have no idea what this is).  They play in the room next to where I craft so I hear them all the time.  Jacob’s answer to every obstacle in the game is to “bomb it!”  However, this is rarely the solution.  Tonight it was, and he felt so smart!

Peachy Keen Challenge

This weeks Peachy Keen Stamps challenge to make something based on the following sketch:

I used the Happy Bird stamp from Peachy Keen and Picnic parade from Stampin’ UP.  Then colored them in with my new Copics!  It was fun doing all the blending but I don’t know how good of a job I did.  The paper is from Animal Cracker Stack by DCWV.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for all your comments and feedback!


I was thinking of sending this card to my friend who is going through a tough divorce.  I thought I would tell her that life is a picnic. Sometimes the ants come and try to ruin it and that’s when you need to pull out your can of Raid (or non-pesticide bug killer, or non-killing bug traps) to zap those buggers!  Then you can go on having a good picnic!

Be back soon with another challenge entry!

Place cards

Here are some examples of place cards with a beach theme.   I used a sand dollar and starfish stamp that has been embossed with either silver or clear powder.  I used one of six charms (shell, seahorse, star fish, fish(2) and dolphin) on another.  A real shell on one.  Finally, I used a Cricut cut from Stretch Your Imagination.

Polka Doodles – House Card

The Polka Doodles challenge this week is to do a card with no patterned paper, only stamps.

I decided to use my Stampin’ Up Trendy Trees, Good neighbors and Short & Sweet sets.  I also used a Unity stamp for the background with Versa Mark dazzle on the green paper.  Then I made a street scene with the houses, trees, flowers and clouds.  Next, I restamped some of the items, cut them out and popped them up to place over the same item on the street scene.  Finally, I added buttons in place of some flowers and trees.  I cut some ribbon into pieces and made a flower bow with another button in the center to go with the sentiment.  Then I stamped two more houses on the inside of the card.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for your kind comments and feedback!


It’s cooled off here, only 95 today.  My kids are already outside playing in the water in the backyard.  My husband is playing Zelda on the Wii and I am making cards.  Life is good!

This card is for my Mom.  We are going to visit her in Branson, MO soon.  My sisters and I got her a Cricut for Christmas, last Christmas, and she still hasn’t opened it.  I think she is a little intimidated.  So I am going to set it up for her and show her how to use it.  In between we are going to a water park, water skiing, boating and tubing all in 3 days!  I don’t see much sleep in my future.

Grateful card

This weeks 2S4Y challenge offers a unique prize…a spot as a designer!  Well, of course I have to try! 

Polka Doodles also has a fun Summer Theme challenge this week suggested by Enfy (she is one of my favorites!).  Her blog is Going Buggy, go visit because her creations are gorgeous and she is soooo funny!

This is the sketch to base the card off of:

Stampin’ Up stamps, inks and punch: Petal Pizzaz, A Beautiful Thing and Falling Leaves sets. 

Paper from k&i. 

Martha Stewart Botanical Punch.

Ribbon from Michael’s.

I Cuttlebugged part of the flower and the leaves.  I also used a glue pen to outline fine detail in the center of the flower and then added glitter.  Finally, I used pop dots to pop the flower up.  I also used a Stampin’ Up flower punch for the tiny flowers along the side of the card then used a Stardust pen to accent them.  For the ribbon, I used embroidery floss to cinch sections together.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for your kind comments!


It is hot here in St. Louis.  Which is an understatement when the heat index was 108 degrees today and supposed to be 110 tomorrow.  It’s not just the heat either,  the humidity makes it feel like a sauna.  These types of temperatures make me wish I had a desk job.  However, the Spring and fall make it wonderful to be out and about! 

Take care!

Polka dots, flowers and green

I tried my hand at the Card-a-licious challenge.  We had to use the color green, polka dots and flowers.  I cut the flower using the Walk in my Garden cricut cartridge in three different sizes outlined it with faux stitches and Cuttlebugged it with the swiss dots folder.  Then I layered it together, attached a decorative brad and popped it up.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up.  The paper is from K&i and My Minds Eye.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for your kind comments!


Crazy week here.  My son had a virus that made his throat sore, chest congested.  But he was better in 3 days. When my daughter came down with the same symptoms I just followed the same plan for her as my son.  But her sickness lasted longer.  My husband took her to the doctors on Friday (after 5 days of being sick) and it turns out she has strep throat and trachyitis.  I felt horrible for not taking her in sooner!  But medicines are amazing, 18 hours later and she is running around acting like herself again!

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Frog card

I combined two challenges, 2S4Y and Peachy Keen, for this card.  My three kids love playing outside during the summer and going to the park is always a favorite!  I used paper from DCWV’s The Grade School Pack and an unknown stack (because the cover sheet came off).  The frogs are stamps from Peachy Keen colored with copics (my first attempt) and the slide was cut using My Community Cricut cartridge. 

I hope you like it.

Thanks for your kind comments!

Teenager Birthday card

I made this card using the sketch from 2S4Y.  My oldest turns 13 on the 4th of July.  I can’t believe it!  I wanted it to be special and show those things that come with moving from childhood into adolescence.  I used Cricut carts: Forever young (shoes, lipstick and nail polish), Plantin Schoolbook (13) and Home Decor (cupcake).  The sentiments are from Stampin Up.

Thank you for visiting and your comments!

I am sorry I haven’t been posting much.  I thought summer would allow me more time to craft but it’s been the exact opposite!  This weekend isn’t going to be any better.  I am taking my almost-13yr old out shopping, my Husband and I are going to see Wicked (can’t wait!) at the theatre, the whole family is coming over on the fourth and birthday girl and I are going to see Eclipse on Monday!  Phewww!  I am tired out already just thinking of it, and we kicked everything off this evening with a manicure for her.   I promise to try harder to get more craft time in!  Maybe….