Sunday, August 28, 2011

Butterfly Award

Over the past week, I received this new Butterfly Award from two terrific ladies that have become great blogging buddies.  Thank you Sherrie ( and thank you Amy (  So nice of both of you to think of me for this award!  I really appreciate it.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  If you've never been to their sites before, please go check out their blogs.  They are both super talented!!

So as a recipient of this award, I need to pass it onto 10 other bloggers, contact them to let them know they have been given this award, and show a link to the person(s) who gave me the Butterfly Award.  Finally I need to answer several questions about myself.  Here they are...

1. Name your favorite color.

2. Name your favorite song.
My all-time favorite--Stairway to Heaven, a classic rock song

3. Name your favorite dessert.

4.  What wizzes you off at the moment?
Sales calls

5. Your favorite pet?
All my cats:  Calbert, Stripes, Blackie, and Smokey

6. Black or White?

7. Your biggest fear?

8. Best feature?

9. Everyday attitude?
Easy going

10. What is perfection?
Snuggling with one of my kitties

11. Guilty pleasure?
Ice cream

12. When you're upset, you?
Need to vent

Now I need to pass this award onto 10 other bloggers.  They are...

All great blogging buddies who visit a lot, and I appreciate it.  Check out their blogs and show them some love, too.  So much talent out there!!  Pass it on!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Quick and Simple Birthday Card

This was an easy and quick card to make that I wanted to share; using DCWV Mediterranean cardstock.  Beautiful patterns.  Cut a 4-1/2" square card with frame, used a scallop punch and circle punch for Happy Birthday Sentiment.  Easy peasy!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dana's Celebrating Her Birthday and Blogaversary

And look what she's giving away.  Go show her some love and send your best wishes on an eventful weekend coming up for her.  Happy Birthday Dana!  And Happy Blogaversary to Imagine What You Could Do.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Who Felt the Earthquake on the East Coast?

It was felt from Richmond, VA up to Massachusetts is what I heard on the news.  I work north of Baltimore, MD, on the 4th floor of a 4-story building.  At first, I thought it was workers on the roof, but it got more intense and kept going (only seconds I'm sure), but scary enough that we all evacuated the building, wondering what in the world just happened.  Someone turned on their car radio and we started getting the reports that it measured 5.9 and was centered some 90 miles south of Washington, DC.  What a weird feeling!  I have never experienced anything like that before.  Legs are still a bit shakey, but I'm slowly returning to work (after I finish this post)!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Girls Day Out Mini-Album

Hi Everyone,

I haven't posted all week because I've been working on a mini-album, and I'm happy to finally post it!  YEAH!  This is my first Bind-It-All project.  I've had my BIA since Christmas (I'm embarassed to admit) and had never used it; and as it turns out, it was very easy to use after I watched the video.

So you've all seen those chipboard albums in your local craft store; probably even in the dollar bins!  I bet you all have some in your stash.  I certainly did!  I used a 6x6 square one with rounded corners--looked like this.

A few months back, I had covered all the pages with paper I had from a coordinating set of pinks, greens, and whites.  And then I left it to sit.  Until I finally said to myself, "do something with this!"  And so the above turned into this:
It's only a 5 page album, and I'll go through it page by page, so this post might be long.  Hope you stay with me.  I am real happy with how it turned out, and I certainly learned how easy it is to keep adding and improving the look.  I did enjoy blinging it up!!

To me, the most tedious part was sanding the papers to perfectly fit the shape of the chipboard, but after that part, the fun begins.  As you can see, my 2 covers were green so those edges got inked with green, and the inside pages were inked with pink.
For the front cover, here's what I used:
        Elegant Edges, pg 29 Leaves, book feature for the pink background.
        Embossed with Kassie's Brocade Cuttlebug folder.
        Green cardstock attached under cut-out leaves edge.
        Tiny pink flowers (and bottom 2 layers of center flower) are from my stash. Stickled the tiny ones.
        Flowers at top and bottom and the small one in the middle are a set from Joann's dollar bin.
        Cut out the leaves freehanded and embossed with Herringbone Cuttlebug folder.
        Two gems and a small green pearl finish the flowers.
        The title is cut from Cherry Limeade, varying between 3/4" to 1-1/4" with shadow.

Journaling for the whole book is on this first page--it's a pullout from behind the picture--basically for the purpose of remembering what we did, where we went, and when it was!  The "girls" are my daughter, Nicole; my niece, Missy; and my sister, Diane.  Missy is also Diane's niece.  On this page, I used the Martha Stewart doily edge punch.  The semi-circle is cut from Lacy Labels and cut in half to cover front and back of the pullout.  Stamped the word FAMILY with a set of clear alphabet stamps I have, and added the green brads.  At the top of this page, I later added some rub-ons that went perfectly with our theme; you'll see more on the other pages.  Just one of many embellishments I've had in my collection for so long that it feels good putting them to use finally!

Page 2 includes a picture of a fountain and gardens in the area where we shopped.  Just some pretty scenery.  That picture is matted on pink cardstock embossed with Spots and Dots Cuttlebug folder, and I have an EK Success punch for the corner adornments--aren't they cute?!
Pages 3 and 4 show an interesting shop and a neat sculpture, and the adorable butterfly chair my daughter and niece sat in for this picture.  Other items to note:
        Butterflies cut from Kate's ABCs; punched pink 1-1/2" scalloped circles for mats.
        "Girls just want to have Fun" stamp is from an Inkadinkadoo set, "Thoughts for the Day."
        Other stamps on these pages are from My Pink Stamper's Pinkalicious set.  This is the set I chose for winning an honorable mention during her recent Design Team challenge.  Such great sentiments; so perfect for this mini-album, I was laughing about what to use!
Mounted these tiny letters on ribbon for this "counsins" label, again embellishments from my stash; never used.  I was really trying to use things I've had for a long time.  I hope to be getting back to more scrapbooking soon and start using more and more of my supplies.
Another very unique shop shown on pages 5 and 6 is called Precious Gifts.  Note that their sign is an old theatre marquee because the building they occupy used to be an old theatre!  This store carries figurines of every collection imaginable including Disney, MouseTails, Jim Shore, and so much more.  The place is jam packed with glass shelves holding various collections and these pictures are just a teeny glimpse of that.  Anyway, more MPS stamps used, lots of bling, and a pair of rub-on sunglasses I just had to include.  Check out the sunglasses my daughter is wearing!

Pages 7 and 8 show more pretty landscaping, which I tried to expand with a grass border punch and rub-on flowers (now I'm not sure I like the grass!)  Oh well, I do like the Peachy Keen flowers I added.  Only the "Pinkalicious" stamp is from MPS stamps.  The green strip on the last page started with green cardstock, punched with the Fiskars ribbon threading punch.  After weaving my ribbon through, I then embossed it with a Cuttlebug border punch from Pop Culture, and it turned out looking like a quilted pattern.  That was a happy accident!  More bling, and ta-da, finished.

Had to put my sticker on the back even though I may wind up keeping this for myself.  Was originally thinking of giving it to one of the girls, but I'll hold onto it for a while.  I want to link this up to several of the Linking Parties out there. 

Please let me know what you think of my project!  Thanks for looking.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Puppy Love

I was intrigued by Emma's Challenge at My Creative Time, which is to use a retired Cricut cartridge.  Well, I wasn't quite sure if I had any retired cartridges, but after checking the link she provided, I found I had 4 of them.  One was Paper Pups which came with my Expression Bundle, and I love it.  Such cute images.

And I included a bug which also allows me to enter this in Fantabulous Cricut Challenge.  This week's challenge is to make a project with a bug on it.  I glittered the wings on my bug!  Cut the pups at 4" with outline.  Used Spots cuttlebug folder on their bodies.  This is a 5x7 card with blue sky paper and green grass punched with a Fiskars punch.  The dragonfly comes from Doodlecharms cart cut at 1". Used a Fiskars border stamp to trim it out.  On the inside, I used the words shown with this image, cut at 1-1/4" with shadow.  Isn't this card adorable?!

I'm also going to link this to Had Me at Craft Linky Party if there's still time.  Thanks for stopping by!  Come again soon. -- Pat

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Challenge Entry

Kim at Kimberli's Creations is having a challenge to celebrate reaching 100 followers!  And now she has surpassed that goal and is adding more goodies to her giveaway.  Congrats to Kimberli for reaching and surpassing 100!  The challenge is to make a project using a Cricut cartridge that you've barely used, and link it up to her post by August 18.  So you still have time to enter!  She's giving away the Preserves cartridge to the lucky winner!

This challenge was easy for me since I have SEVERAL cartridges that I have never used.  So I made this card using A Child's Year.  I'm going to love this cart.  The cuts are so adorable!  And I also used a barely used cartridge, Elegant Edges. 

Recipe for this card:
White card base, size 5" x 6.5"
Black and white patterned background cut at 1/4" smaller
Oblong Frame from Elegant Edges, pg. 53, cut at 6"
Red gems at top and bottom of frame.
Girl & Cat from A Childs Year, pg. 61, cut at 3.5"
Popped up the girl on the frame
Popped up the frame on the card
Here's a side view so you can see that better.

I love this card, and can't wait to cut more images from A Child's Year.  I'm going to also link this up to You Had Me at Craft Linky Party.  Your comments are welcomed and appreciated.  TFL! -- Pat

Monday, August 8, 2011

Challenge for Your Story

Karen at Karen's-Kake-Krafts is having a great giveaway!!  You could win a Your Story machine!  All you have to do is create a baby boy layout.  So here's my entry.

I used 8x8" paper (little stars and moons in case you can't tell).  Using the New Arrival cart,  I cut It's a Boy circle at 2-1/2" I think, and had to make the "charm" larger since the measurement includes the top part (not too visible, but it's behind the ribbon; like the top of an ornament).  The stork is also cut at 2-1/2" and layered.  Then I punched 2 scalloped circles (they're 2") and put them together for a background for the stork.  Pop dotted the stork on the circles.  Put polka dots on him and the charm with markers.  The charm is also popped up. Cut the picture mats, too, from New Arrival at 3-1/2" and then added the corner adornments (EK punch).  It's hard for me to put together a layout without working with the actual pictures, but I think this gives you the idea of what I'm going for.  I will probably use this for myself and once I place the pictures, I think I'll add more corner adornments to the other side of the pictures and then some bling in the empty space that's left.

There's still time to enter--August 10 is the deadline.  Visit Karen's blog (link above) for details.  And thanks, Karen for a chance at your terrific giveaway!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lemon Flower Stack

I've been wanting to use the DCWV Lemon Flower Stack since I bought it a while ago.  So I made a card for several challenges. This is an A2 silver metallic card by The Paper Company that I bought at Joann's (on sale of course).  Using the Lemon Flower Stack cardstock, the flowered pattern is overlapped onto the green polka dot cardstock.  The scalloped border in the middle also comes from this stack; I cut it by hand.  Using the Lacy Labels cartridge, I cut 3 layers to make the label.  The stamp and the cute character are a 2-piece set, Studio 112 dollar stamp! Added a little bling in the corner.  I love this paper!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Die Cuttin Divas - Sketch Challenge 

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - Create a Fun Project for a Friend

Gettin' Cricky w/K Andrews - Positive Projects (makes you smile)

My Craft Spot - You Make Me Smile (thinking of someone)

Made it Myself Monday - linky party

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