Thursday, December 11, 2014

I got a TOP 5!

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by to visit!

Just wanted to post about my FANTABULOUS Top 5 selection for my Thanksgiving card at 

There are some gorgeous cards here and I love to visit all the blogs of the people who enter their creations. 
 Not only are they fun to look at, but it sparks my creativity and makes me work harder to make a better piece not matter what it is.

So visit those blogs and enter those challenges!  It's a lot of fun!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Challenge Entry

Hello and welcome to my world.
I am entering thisThanksgiving card into the following challenge:

I used the Thanksgiving Cricut Cartridge and a Spellbinders Scallop Oval Die with my Cuttlebug.
I started with a kraft base and rounded the corners. I cut the ovals with the die out of a mustard yellow and used the tan mat to emboss the ridge on the inside of the scallops.  Then I measured just inside the embossed ridge to get the size for the cameos.  It was about 2 inches and I cut these in black.  I attached the cameos to the ovals with tape runner and added the pumpkin button with a glue dot.

On the inside, I cut the Leaf Border at 1 inch which cut the width not the length.  I used the swirl cutouts from the cameos in the upper corners and stamped the greeting "GIVE THANKS". 
(I had forgotten to take photos before I had co-workers sign it so you can see some of their signatures).

This looks like it was a really simple card, but the measurements of the cuts always get take me the longest to figure out.  Someday I will get the hang of it.  Enter more challenges maybe?

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Wow!  Two challenges in one month.  What got into me? 
 Maybe a little holiday spirit. 

Every year where I work, we select a family in need from a list provided to us by local charity organizations.  I make the card and this year I really had fun creating this card.  Our family has a small child and I thought an Action Wobble was just the ticket!  And while I am at it, I thought I would post it and enter it in the latest Wobble Wednesday Challenge!
I started with a cream base and edged it with some ink in a light brown.  The turkey is from the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge as well as the word "Gobble".  He is on an action wobble and backed by a Spellbinders Scallop Oval in cream topped with a green regular oval run through with the embossing mat to leave a rim on the edge.
A black mat frames a piece of grid pattern paper and fall leaves completes the front.
The inside features a pumpkin with sentiment and matching fall leaves.  A little inking around the edges gives the paper some dimension.  

And here is the fun part...

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, November 10, 2014

CardzTV Challenge Winner - November 2014



My Halloween owls card won the challenge over at
Mary at CardzTV has really been coming up with some interesting challenges to keep us on our best card making behavior.  And she really inspires me to do my best when I look at all the beautiful cards she and her Design Team make.  Everyone should go over and take a look at her Card Gallery.  You can't help but smile and think "How does she come up with these fabulous ideas!"

Thanks Mary.  I can't wait to use my new stamps.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Bats! FCCB Challenge

I am entering my Halloween Bats Card in two more hallenges this week!  

Challenge Me Monday #234 Halloween Projects  

and the


Monday, October 13, 2014

HAPPY FALL, Y'ALL - Rubber on the Road and CardzTV Challenge entry!

Hello from Rome New York!

Here in the valley, the leaves are pretty much going the other way now, but up in the Adirondacks the colors are beautiful!  Some friends invited us to go to Pennsylvania this past weekend on our motorcycles to see the colors there.  It was very cold but the beauty of the landscape was well worth it.  Unfortunately it was so cold that I could not take my gloves off to snap any pictures.  I did get one photograph of a Waterfall in Watkins Glen, New York.


So on that note, I am posting my entry of a Halloween card for the CardzTV Halloween Challenge!

I started my card by folding an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of royal blue cardstock in half for the base.  
Using the Create A Critter Cartridge, I cut 4 owls at 1 1/2 inches from a metallic brown. 
 I also cut the tree branch and leaves from that cartridge at 3 inches.
Then using the Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridge, I cut the Witch's hat from a striped paper and the Vampire cape from purple.  I added pen work to the cape to give it some dimension.  
I am not sure what size I cut these at but I did have to cut the cape a couple of times to get it just right.  I hand cut a small mouth and teeth for the Vampire. The Witch's broom is a toothpick and some brown paper cut randomly to make bristles and rolled on the toothpick.
Next is the mummy.  I was looking for some material that would be like bandages and I found a small piece of gauze in my medicine cabinet.  I pulled it a little to loosen it up and just wrapped it around the owl.  So cute!  The ghost was simply a tracing of the top of the owl on white paper and then a swirl for the bottom (tail).  Three sizes of Googly eyes gave them their personality.  The metallic black bat also came from the Paper Doll Dress up and the metallic yellow stars are two sizes of small hand punches.  Unfortunately, you can't really see the metallic sheen in these photos. It really makes a cool affect.

For the inside, I cut a rectangle from the Witch's hat paper and a smaller one from cream.  
Using a Martha Stewart drippy goo punch made a neat border and the little spider on the Happy Halloween stamp made me giggle.  I gave him some white gel pen eyes and added some webs and string work, I then outlined the sentiment to make it pop and it's done!

I took this to work to show the girls and one bought it to send to her sister!

Thanks for viewing!


Monday, July 28, 2014


Reading through my comments on my blog and got one from Amy at All Things Beautiful!  She gave me a shout out on her blog so please check hers out.  All sorts of cool things there for inspiration.

Thanks Amy!

"Take me out to the ballgame" Fantabulous Cricut Challenge!

This project came just at the right time!  I had to make a graduation card and the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge this week is "Take me out to the ballgame"  I know that is usually associated with baseball but we can put our own spin on it right?!?

So below are the pieces of my card which is for a young man who plays football for his high school team.  The school colors are royal blue and white.  The brown paper is textured so I thought it would be perfect for a football and I also used it as my base to tie it all in.

I started by folding the brown paper into thirds like a business letter than I cut a grad cap out of royal using the Locker Talk Cricut Cartridge and the football and "touchdown" from the Sports Mania Cartridge.

I cut a piece from the checkered paper for the front and edged the bottom of the brown base card with a notched edge using decorative scissors.

I cut an oval from George and Basic shapes and placed the "touchdown" sentiment on the inside fold.

Then I attached a rectangle of white on the inside fold for the sentiment and any writing I might want to add.  This was stamped in royal blue ink using a stamp from a Christmas set from Paper Wishes.  (I later thought I should have put some of the blue checkered paper as a mat around the white...oh well, next time!)

I folded the white strip around the base card and creased it at the top and bottom and glued it together to make a slide closure.  I attached the grad cap and football to this strip making sure the glue was only on the white strip so the closure could slide off smoothly.

And this is my finished card!  

Thanks for checking in!


Saturday, June 21, 2014


Hi there paper crafters!  Remember the Rolo pencils I made for the CardzTV challenge? 
Well, I entered them in the Decorate to Celebrate Challenge also and was awarded with 

I really had fun making them and the kindergartners I made them for sure enjoyed them.  
I was kind of sad to see them rip their way to the candy but the Moms and Dads liked them and thanked me for my thoughtfulness.  

This challenge stuff is kinda fun. 
 Now if I can just make the time to do more of them but...


And so here is the latest "Rubber on the Road" entry...

Letchworth State Park, Skaneateles, New York 
May 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #213

Hi everyone!
WOW, two challenges in a row...that is super good for me!

Today I am posting a card on the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog for card stash.  
I never have any cards for "Get Well Soon" so that is what I did.

Light Pink cardstock embossed with Hearts folder.
White cardstock base and fuchsia mat.
Added computer generated sentiments.
This font is" Vanessa".
Attached fuchsia mat to card base using glue runner.
Attached embossed pink to fuchsia with glue dots.
It seems to work better than the glue runner as it does not
flatten the embossing.
Added little fuchsia hearts from the George and Basic Shapes Cartridge
to coordinate with the front.
Stuck the band-aids on, added eyes and a marker smile.
Super Cute!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

CARDZ TV Graduation Challenge

Hi everyone!

Today I am posting my project for the CardzTV Challenge.  I made these cute pencils for my granddaughters Kindergarten class.  They are graduating on June 5th.

Although this is not my original idea, it is my interpretation of it.

These are all the components needed to make the pencils.  Yellow paper, pink paper, silver foil paper or ribbon, roll of Rolos, Hershey Kiss, glue dots and I used Redline tape to adhere the paper around the Rolo.  You can also use decorative scissors (I used a wave) and stamps.
First I used two large glue dots to attach the Kiss to the bottom of the Rolo.  Then I cut the yellow to go around the Rolo with a little covering the Kiss.  I cut the wavy pattern on the bottom of the yellow using the decorative scissors. I embossed lines every three marks on my scoreboard running lengthwise down the yellow. Using tiny stamps, I stamped several graduation messages and icons on the pencil paper. Then I cut pink strips and circles for the eraser.  I was going to use Mentos for these but that candy doesn't have a wrapper.

Next, using the Redline tape, I attached the silver strip (I used silver paper ribbon from a Christmas roll) around the pink eraser making sure to place it half on the pink and half on the yellow.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, May 23, 2014

Wednesday Weekly Winners - Challenge #210 Celebrate Mom

I am so happy to say that I was selected as the Challenge winner over at Fantabulous Cricut!
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog
I will be getting $50 worth of cuts from...
Now my problem is which ones to pick...hmmmmm....what to get........hmmmmmm!
Thanks so much.

Sunday, May 11, 2014


Hello.  I am entering the next 3 cards into the My Craft Spot Challenge #136. (

On all three cards I used the artiste cartridge for the outside label and inside liner.


She loves Hummingbirds and the sentiment I found on the internet was perfect for how I wanted to convey my feelings for her.

The next one is for my Mother-in-law.  She loves flowers and the pretty yellow color reminds me of her bright, sunny disposition!

The last one is for a lady who was a big part of my growing up.  Her daughter is my best friend and she was always there for me no matter what I needed.


TIP #1
I gently run an emery board over the top of new stamps to help them hold the ink better.
Ink on a new stamp tends to bead up and not make a crisp image.
I have found that the emery board takes that smooth finish off and helps make a crisper image.
I also stamp  on a thin piece of foam like the sheets found in the craft store in the children's craft section.

TIP #2
I don't have alot of sentiment stamps so I use the internet to get words for my cards.
To add them to the card, I draft print them on scrap copy paper then, using the light from the window,
I center my cardstock piece over the printed sentiment and tape it lightly to the copy paper.

Then I run the copy paper through my printer again with it on normal print (and color if wanted).
The sentiment prints nicely on the cardstock and I don't have to purchase alot of sentiment stamps.
This is my favorite tip for card making.  I have an endless amount of sentiments and quotes available to me.
I also save my favorites in a folder on my computer so I don't have to search for them when I want one.
(You can case this idea if you want. LOL)

Thanks for looking and I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day!


Sunday, April 27, 2014

FCC Challenge #207- card four

My last entry was for my Granddaughter:

I have seen several of this type of card on the many blogs I follow and thought I would try it but change it up a bit.  It is a bunny peeking through a tree.  

(This picture is sideways.  I couldn't get it to turn around! LOL)

The base is kraft and I ran it through a wood grain embossing folder.  I did all the cuts from the George and Basics Cricut Cartridge ( even the one on the kraft base)  The bunny head is cut from 1 1/2 inch and 1 inch circles. The ears, centers, feet and foot pads are also 1 inch and 3/4 inch ovals.  His nose is a heart at 1/2 inch.  The pink paper was placed on the inside of the kraft for the background for the bunny.   His cute eyes and smile are Peachy Keen Face Stamps with white gel pen enhancements.  I cut a long strip and snipped banner ends.  I then stamped my sentiment and folded the banner to overlap each end and glued it under the bunny hole.


On the inside is his bunny butt!  I glued the head together and attached it to the front of the card, folding one ear down.  Then I glued the butt to the head and placed the feet to dangle on the inside.  A swirl texture circle makes the fluffy tail pop without adding a lot of bulk.  The inside is stamped with "DID SOMEONE SAY CHOCOLATE BUNNIES?"  Adding three flowers from the same cartridge brought a little color and spring to the card.  I love how it turned out and my Granddaughter lovers her "babbit"!

Well, I finally posted and it was a challenge just getting that done.  To make three cards was something entirely different.  I am always thinking I will make cards up ahead to save some time, but I never do  I tend to make each card personalized for the recipient.  I also tend to do my best work under pressure  Oh well!

Hope you enjoyed my post and challenge entries.


FCC Challenge #207- card three

The next card was for my Mother:

This is also paper pieced using patterns from a fun foam pattern CD I purchased from Paper Wishes..  I downloaded the patterns into my computer and printed each one on cardstock.  Then I cut them out to save for multiple use.  Itraced each pattern on the blank side of printed paper and then hand cut each piece.  I sponged around the edges to sharpen the images.  The eyes, nostrils, stitches and squiggles are hand drawn with a thin line black pen.  I cut the tabs off of three daisy brads and stuck them on the card using glue dots.

For the inside, I used a frame from a Cricut Cartridge making it 4 inches on real dial size.  The sentiment is stamped and the squiggles black thin line pen.  Another daisy pulls the front and back together.

FCC Challenge #207- card two

Next card is for my sister:

Again, I paper pieced  (hand cut, not from a machine).  This one is square and I like how the bunny is tilted and his ear goes off the pink background.  I started with white card and added a bright pink layer to offset the pink on the bunny head.  The nose and ear centers are pink paper. His eyes,whiskers, mouth, and eyebrows are drawn on with a thin black pen.  Hippity Hoppity is stamped with black ink and stitches drawn on with pen.  A white gel pen dotted on the eyes brings him to life!

For the inside, I cut a scallop oval and a smaller regular oval using Spellbinders dies and the colors from the front.  "The Bunny is back in town" is stamped with black ink.  I also embossed two lines down each side of the inside (and top/bottom) to give the card a little texture.  I did this on a scoreboard.