My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Three Birthday Layouts using the Cricut Expression

These were my birthday scrapbook page entries for the E2 5th Anniversary Celebration contest that was held on April 26, 2011.  Winners of the contest won a limited edition of the E2 5th Anniversary Edition Cricut Expression.

“My Life”
An interactive scrapbook page
(Velcro used on ribbon buckle)

HERITAGE Cricut Cartridge
*Frame cut at 11 ½ inches
*Numbers/letters cut at 1 ½ inches
*Silhouettes cut at 3 inches
*Small frame cut at 2 ½ inches
*Cuttlebug cut/embossing folder used
*Journaling flip card from
“Cards that Pop Up, Flip, & Slide”
by Michael Jacobs  2005


“Pretty in Pink”
ACCENT ESSENTIALS Cricut Cartridge
*Scalloped circle cut at 10 ½ inches
*Flowers cut at assorted sizes
*Circles cut at 6 and 5 ¾ inches
3 BIRDS ON PARADE Cricut Cartridge
*Perch cut at 9 inches
*Letters cut at ½ inches
Assorted trim and gems from Hobby Lobby
Martha Stewart glitter pen



“My Golden Wish”

BIRTHDAY CAKES  Martha Stewart
Cricut Cartridge
*Cake cut at 6 inches
ACCENT ESSENTIALS Cricut Cartridge
*Scalloped border cut at 10 inches
*Marques cut at 4 inches and 3 inches
*Stars cut at various sizes
NURSERY RHYMES Cricut Cartridge
*Pixie cut at 6 inches
Gold wrapping paper used for accent
“Stampin Up” rolling stamp
        “Whimsical  Blossoms”

Monday, April 25, 2011

Just another day in Paradise!

These cards were created using a Tim Holtz stamp and a Heartfelt Creations stamp..."Just another day in Paradise!" (Phil Vassar)


The country scene by Heartfelt Creations was stamped on white paper using black dye ink.  The old truck by Tim Holtz was also stamped on white paper using black dye ink.


The scene was colored using a variety of dye/chalk inks and daubers to apply the ink.  After the scene was colored, I used a make-up sponge and applied a layer of yellow dye ink over the entire surface.



After the pictures were colored, they were covered with Versamark clear pigment ink, sprinkled with clear embossing powder.
The embossing powder was heated until it melted, forming a clear finish on the printed scenes.  I use a 6inchx6inch ceramic tile and 12inchx12inch ceramic tile when heating embossing powder on paper.  The tiles protect the table surface and help to heat the paper surface evenly.


The card is assembled by adhering the scene to a mat, using pop-dots to adhere the truck to the scene, and glue a verse to the scene.  Note the differences in the cards.  The same ink was used for all the cards.  The difference comes when applying the ink and the embossing powder.







SHALL WE DANCE? Variations of a Theme

This lovely dancer was taken from the SHALL WE DANCE Cricut Cartridge Exclusive to Cricut Circle Members.

The dancer is cut at 5 1/2 inches



Close-Ups


Printed paper comes from "Slice" Black and White Paper Pad
Cuttlebug folder "Textile Textures" was used on dress
"Gems" from Michaels Craft Store
White shadow cut from Colorbok Texture Cardstock from Walmart
All verses were taken from "The Quote Garden" Website




Sunday, April 24, 2011

Stamping with "Fashionista Ladies" by HAMPTON ART "Graphic 45"!

I bought this stamp recently.  This is not usually my style, but I have 3 sisters and this stamp "jumped" into my buggy!!  :0)


I came home and made these quick cards...


Close-Ups...

This is going to be a fun stamp!  I see lots of possibilities!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

STORYBOOK Butterflies!

These cards were made using STORYBOOK Cricut Cartridge, a set of fairy stamps by Indadinkado, phrase stamp by Stampin' Up, and lots of bling!

Scroll down for more STORYBOOK creations!


Cards using CREATE A CRITTER Cricut Cartridge and the CREATE Personal Cutter! That sure is a lot of C's!

These are the first cards that I made on my new CREATE Personal Cutter from ProvoCraft.  What a wonderful little machine!  I can die-cut at my craft table without getting up!  I love the way it cuts!

I am using CREATE A CRITTER Cricut Cartridge that was included when I bought the CREATE!


Cards using STORYBOOK Cricut Cartridge

I was so excited when the STORYBOOK Cricut Cartridge came out!  I paid full price and ordered on-line...I thought it was the most beautiful cartridge I had ever seen!  And...it still is!  Sometimes I forget how easy it is to create something beautiful with this cartridge.

Here are several cards that I made using the marquee cut and some really beautiful embellishments that I found in the clearance bin at Michael's craft store.


Close-Ups...

I used the "Perfectly Paisley" Cuttlebug folder and copper wrapping paper




ROCK PRINCESS Butterflies!

I won ROCK PRINCESS Cricut Cartridge at a make-and-take by Robyn at the Dallas Cricut Stampede in March.  I created these cards using scraps and the last image on the cartridge...a beautiful butterfly!

The butterfly (and the layers) is cut at 3 1/4 inches, outlined with a black Gelly Roll pen, and pop-dotted!




Tuesday, April 12, 2011

APRIL!!!...where did MARCH go!!!

Oh, my goodness...what a month March was for me! 

First, the Atlanta Circle Meet-Up...March 4, 2011





Then lots of work creating Cricut Circle Calling Cards and packing for the Dallas Stampede event!



Unhappy ending to a fabulous Dallas Stampede Weekend...
My large rolling tote and over-the-shoulder bag was stolen on Sunday night at the hotel.  It is not a very pleasant way to end such a wonderful weekend! 

I really miss my large, red ATG gun!  I had to buy the pink one at Michaels.  I want my large, red ATG gun back...boo hoo!!!

The biggest loss was the 30 handmade cards that I made during the Stampede.  Plus the 250-300 stamped sentiments that I had created to use with my cards!  Oh, well...most of the sentiments were Bible scriptures and lots of Easter images.  Maybe the criminals needed these??!!

Now, I will find out if NATIONWIDE is really "on my side"!!!

Then...I got a really wonderful, huge gift from LAURA LEE from the Cricut Message Board...

And the month is still not over...

I celebrated my birthday this month!  My husband bought lots of storage boxes for my craftroom.  My daughter and her husband bought me 4 Cuttlebug cut/emboss folders!  Plus lots of well-wishes and cards from friends and family!!

Finally...I signed a 6-month lease on space in a local antique/art mall to sell handmade greeting cards!  I have been busy making cards and getting packaging ready for the big day...April 1!  I have two card racks to fill...

Thanks to my daughter, Amanda, I got the card racks filled and met the April 1 deadline....Thank you, Amanda!!!!


Here are samples of the 315 cards that I made....






And finally...I leave you with a wonderful touch of color in a winter world of gray...