Month: May 2015

Cricut Monster Birthday Card

Most people have looked at a big puffy cloud and have imagined the outline of a figure of some kind. Maybe you saw a fish, or old man face, horse, or whatever. I think we’ve all had that experience.

In a likewise kind of way, I was flipping through Cricut Craft room images and saw this:

Now it’s not like me to have too much imagination. I’m a straight forward type of person. If it’s a butterfly on the card I’m making, it has to look like a butterfly. It’s taken me some time to really discover that we can match stripes and plaids (contrary to what Mom taught us) and not everything has to look like a photograph. Now back to the image.

So I decided this was a face. You can see the ears, right? But I asked myself, “If I were to do a little paper piecing, what could I do with this face?”

Then it dawned on me. Once I had the face I welded various images together for torso, arms and shirt. The pants actually came from the First Few Years Cricut Cartridge. I just used the shadow image and filled in the rest with a white gel pen.

Well, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. This is what I came up with. I had a cute little smiley face stamp in the stash and some individual letter stamps. On the inside I stamped, “Hope you have a day full of FUN.” Could be the Hulk if he wasn’t so friendly looking.

That’s it for today. Feel free to stay around and look at some of the other fun stuff on the blog, but if not, I hope you have a great rest of the week and we’ll see you next time!

Cricut Monster Card

Retro Sketches 165

I had so much fun with ladybugs yesterday that I decided to do another fun summer card today. Retro Sketches has such a wonderful sketch this week. I love the coffee cup theme and wish I could have used it, but I thought these bright colors would be a special treat. I have a sweet friend with a birthday. I really think she’ll like this card.

I decided to flip the sketch on it’s side for this card. I love the popsicle stamp from the Workshops on the Go Blossom Card Making Kit but hadn’t used it yet. The paper is from the Taste of Summer paper pack.

Thanks for stopping by today. Take care and see you next time!

Mojo Monday 398

Hi from all of us here in Wisconsin! It’s a lovely spring day and we’ve already enjoyed some time working outside. The fresh air and sunshine are very motivating and I’m checking off my daily list, including having laundry on the line.

We have such a cute sketch for Mojo Monday and I decided to use some of the CTMH brushed paper pack and some simple Cricut cuts to make this sketch into a sweet spring card. I used a white gel pen to fill in the ladybug details.

Hope you have a beautiful day and we’ll see you next week!

Color Throwdown #342


My son and I were talking the other day about events in our lives and why some stand out in memory while often many fade into memory, seemingly insignificant. However, I read somewhere that it isn’t the significance of the event, but the emotions connected to the memory that are somehow awakened and bring back the memory.

I think that may be true of the events that sparked the creation of these two cards today. I have trouble with memory all the way around but never mind that for today…This Color Throwdown card is for the birthday of our second oldest daughter.

She was once at a fine arts camp where she played Eeyore in a production of Winnie the Pooh. It was so, so funny and I can remember at one point where she was talking about the red (deflated) birthday balloon, and she cracked just the slightest smile when the audience laughed. Why I remembered that this morning is beyond me. I think I’m going to throw a red balloon on the inside of this card, just for good measure.

My second card is for my grandson, who turns 4 next week. Boys love trucks! I was inspired by  construction board books that he loves to read when he’s here. This was such a simple card, squared to 4 1/4 inches, with layers of yellow and black. The truck is cut from Cricut, The First Few Years cartridge. I stamped “Hope you have a day full of…FUN” on the inside.

Stamps used:

Hope you have a day full of…
Just Sayin’
Happy Birthday

Lagoon, Smoothie, Gold Rush, Canary, Slate, Black

Paper Fundamentals Enchantment 

Teal and Red Shimmer Trim

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #183

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #183

Bible Marker

For my morning devotions I’ve been reading To Live With Christ, by Bo Giertz. Today’s devotion came from Colossians 3. Being raised with and having new life in Christ, there is practical exhortation as to how we should live the new life we’ve been given. We also have the promise that despite all our mistakes and infirmities, God’s work continues, a beautiful wonder of His grace.

Today’s Word Art Wednesday from Psalm 149:4 reflects the same message. Time spent learning about our Savior reminds us that he has clothed us with his loving care and salvation. No matter where we turn in scripture, Christ is there, carrying out his plan to save his people.

This is such a wonderful verse, and I wanted to use it for a project. I’ve made lots of cards lately and doing something a little different seemed to be in order. Instead of a card I made a Bible marker.

I made a cut file in Cricut Craft Room so that I can try this again sometime and used some Close To My Heart double sided paper so it looks nice from the back too. The pink twine from CTMH will help me to find my place a little easier.

As with all experiments, we learn as we go. I may have done my little bit of flourish stamping differently. I also printed on a piece of copy paper first and then lined up my cut card stock using a little adhesive tape to hold it all down so I could run it through the printer again. I had to try it a second time, using a light table to get the verse in the right place. I decided to run it through my ancient laminating machine. This way it should look good for a long time. Now that I have the process, it should go easier next time, right?

It’s a beautiful day here and I’m looking forward to getting a little outside work done today. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon!

MOJO Monday 397

May is really flying by and with graduation coming up, I’ll have to make everything short and sweet for today.

And speaking of sweet, I used the CTMH Taste of Summer patterned paper and stamp set for this challenge. I usually don’t pick orange very easily, but this is so cheerful. What’s not to like?

That’s it for today.  Hope you have a wonderful week!


Really Reasonable Ribbon: Challenge 117

Good morning! Hope all the moms out there had a beautiful Mother’s Day.

After church services, my boys and youngest daughter were all here and we had a nice lunch with chicken alfredo, fresh asparagus from our garden and rhubarb crumble for dessert. Later we played a little Apples to Apples. Nice day all the way around.

Today is a sort of rainy day, so in between spending time with my grandsons, I decided to work on a card for the Photo Inspiration Challenge from Really Reasonable Ribbon. There are so many beautiful cards in the link-up, but with the little guys here I needed a simple project.

I was inspired by the garden and the pink and white flowers in the photo. It’s such a happy and welcoming garden scene that I decided my A Happy Hello stamp for the sentiment. The butterfly was cut out on the Cricut and was looking a little plain. I sponged a little Versa Mark on the edges with a Q-Tip and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I added a little colored bling to make him stand out a bit more. The pink polka dot ribbon is from the April club assortment.

Well, I guess that’s all for now. Enjoy today and see you next time! 

Color Throwdown 341

Color Throwdown 341

I love vintage images and so every now and then I like to use some of them for cards.  At first I wasn’t getting much in the way of inspiration that would go with this week’s theme until I saw this vintage image of ducks and geese at The Old Design Shop blog. I think it was the green tones and the little yellow ducklings that stood out for me.

The Mister and I have sort of a favorite date night. We call it the Haagen-Dazs date, for lack of a better name. It goes something like this: We pick up a pint of our favorite ice cream, the Haagen-Dazs coffee flavor, drive down to the lakeside, throw a blanket on the ground and share the ice cream. The place we like to go usually has some ducks and geese and their little ones. I remember one evening  we were trying to think of the names of the ducklings from Make Way for Ducklings and all I could think of was Jack, Mack and Quack. By now you’re thinking life here sounds too boring, right? But who isn’t relaxed by a nice sunset by the lake? Back to the card…

I decided to turn to a couple of packs of We R Memory Keepers that I had purchased recently, Chalkboard and Storytime. They both had the same tones and I picked out a few things that I thought might go together and still go with this week’s theme. I used “Sunset” ink and a stamp from the CTMH A Bunch of Thanks collection, to stamp my sentiment.

I decided to add a little distress ink. This isn’t something I’m real good at. I’ve had to watch a few tutorials and maybe I’ll get better with practice. I put a little dimensional tape behind the sentiment block. A way different card than I first imagined, but I think I’ll save it for the Mister for Father’s Day.

That’s it! I hope you’re having a great week and we’ll see you next time.

Retrosketches #163

Simple is good. Simple is even better when one is feeling a bit under the weather and when my little buddy “Scoot” (grandson) is here and wants me to sing Itsy Bitsy spider, has lost his socks for the Nth time and wants to find every non-kid proof thing in the house. That’s when simple is good!

Today I decided to do the Retrosketches Challenge and the Operation Write Home May ODBD Challenge. While Scoot is happily exploring I decided to share what I’ve done here today. I’ll clean up the table when I get around to it. As long as it’s before supper, right?

I liked this challenge. (Remember simple is good) I decided to use a Darice embossing folder as my base. This is one of the folders I’ve bought and really not used. Nobody has stuff like that, do they? At the last minute I decided to layer it just a wee bit with some Pear cardstock. I also used patterned papers from Close To My Heart Whimsy and Blossom. 

Well, Scoot has decided to play librarian. If librarians eat books, we’re good. If not we’re in trouble.  Hope you have a wonderful day and see you next time!

Mojo Monday 396

Good Monday afternoon! It’s a beautiful day here and I hope you had a terrific weekend. The Mister and I took a day off this weekend and visited a car museum. What a fun date! We really enjoyed every car and all  the wonderful engineering that went into cars from our grandparents and parents era. And yes, I have to admit, a few from ours. Tick-tock.

I decided to do my Mojo Monday card in honor of one of our beautiful daughters. Today is her birthday and I know she won’t see it before we get a chance to give it to her. I also decided to do a second card; so now I have to choose one!

I used mainly Close To My Heart products. The one one to the left has a sentiment stamped with a new Verve stamp set which came in the mail last week. Nice versatile set called “Wishing you…”

The one on the right uses some Really Reasonable Ribbon. I really love the colors and it seemed to go along so well with my card.

Well, if you had to pick, which one would you choose?