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.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Christmas Cards using Glaze Pens and Outline Stickers

Glaze Pens are pens filled with liquid paint.  They are used by tapping the ends on the surface to be painted.  Then the paint is smoothed with the end of the pen.  It is best to use non porus surface because paper will soak up the ink too quickly. 

Outline stickers are just that...stickers that peel away with the outline.  They are very sturdy stickers and can be placed on any surface.

Outline stickers and Glaze Pens are great partners!  Place the outline sticker on plastic, vellum, glass, or any non-porous surface.  Color as desired with the pens.  Allow several hours to dry.  I like to use clear plastic that is available from packaging.

I created this card using the outline stickers on clear plastic, a stamped sentiment, and paper embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.

Another card using the outline sticker and Glaze Pens.

I have another post about Glaze Pens that is available here...

Thank you so much for looking!

Donation Pictures for Cardmaking Class at Prison!

Picture 1 of 4...donated supplies/equipment

On November 7, 8, and 10, I will be teaching a 2-hour cardmaking class at a local prison.  Many people have given donations to help with the class and to replace the depleted supplies at the prison.  I had to submit an inventory of all items to the prison last week.  Here are pictures of the donated supplies!

This is a special "Thank You" for the many donations of supplies!  I am so excited about teaching the classes!  A paper crafting friend will be going with me to assist in the workshop!

Picture 2 of 4...items purchased for the workshops

Picture 3 of 4...84 pounds of cardstock scraps

Picture 4 of 4...Examples of easy and simple cards to make

Friday, October 28, 2011

Winter/Christmas Blog Hop on November 5, 2011

On November 5, 2011, I will be participating in a Winter/Christmas Blog Hop!  Come join us for lots of projects and wonderful seasonal ideas.  I will publish the list of participants and more information later.  For now, please enjoy our wonderful blog button created by Michele!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge---Create a Card!

The Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge this week is to create a card for World Card Making Day.  The card must contain at least 2 different Cricut images.

Here is my entry for the random drawing challenge...
The card is created using the Cricut Cartridge "Wild Card".
Using the Gypsy, a 6 inch x 12 inch mat, and "Wild Card", I selected various images and a sentiment for the card.  I cut one layer from black cardstock.  I removed the spider web fron the screen and cut another layer from yellow cardstock.  Finally, I cut a third layer using dark orange and green cardstock.  The orange and green images were trimmed to fit
the front of the card.
The layers were glued together to form the card.  I used Copic markers to add interest.  The spider web is attached only with a brad in the center.
I added a small piece of white paper inside for the signature. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cricut Circle Blogiversary Challenge--Using a Sketch

The Cricut Circle Blogiversary Challenge is to use this sketch by Cindy Royal and create a project.  The project must include at least 2 different cuts from Cricut Cartridges.
Here is my entry for the random drawing challenge...
Card front--4 inches x 6 inches

"Mountain Range" image--"Paper Doll Dress Up" Cricut Cartridge
"Grass" image--"Paper Doll Dress Up" Cricut Cartridge
"Sun" image--"Doodlecharms" Cricut Cartridge
"Hot Air Balloon" image--"Pop-Up Neighborhood" Cricut Cartridge
(Balloon cut from glittered vinyl, adhered to clear plastic, and
colored with Copic Markers.  Then pop-dotted for dimension.)

1 1/2 inch rosette--Tim Holtz die
Stamped sentiment
Martha Stewart "Bird" punch (cut from vinyl)
Metallic gel pen used for border

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cricut Circle Blogiversary Challenge #5: Using a Recipe!

Challenge #5 on the Cricut Circle Blogiversary is to create a project using a "recipe".  The project must include (1) a title, (2) at least 2 different Cricut cuts, and (3) three buttons!

Here is my project...
This is a church bulletin board that I created using
Cricut Lite Cartridge "Insired Hearts"and Cricut Cartridge "Quarter Note". 

"Choir" ("Inspired Hearts") is cut at 10.79 inches x 11.46 inches
"Music Stand" ("Quarter Note") is cut at 11.14 inches x 14.23 inches
"Music Stand" shadow is cut at 11.48 inches x 13.77 inches
"Music Notes" ("Quarter Note") are cut at 2.42 inches x 2.69 inches
"Music Notes" shadow is cut at 2.88 inches x 2.88 inches

Three "leaf" buttons are used on a section of the bulletin board.
The  title "Singing Saints" font is from "Quarter Note"

Atlanta Swarm! October 8 and 9, 2011

What a wonderful weekend!  Nineteen (plus) papercrafters came together for a fabulous time of talking, eating, shopping, swapping ideas, teaching new techniques, and so much more!  OCCricutUser hosted the event and Chris helped with so many of the activities!

I had a special challenge!  A few days before the event, I received a package from  My challenge was to wait until the SWARM to open the box.  OCCricutUser told me that she would give me a present if I could wait.  It was tough, but I did it!  Here is proof!
Here I am opening the HUGE box!  ScrapCat is taking the pictures!
The paper trimmer is the item I bought, but I received a "Your Story" for free!
A "Your Story" is a book binding machine that uses heat and glue to bind the edge.  This machine also laminates.
I couldn't resist buying a couple of the little "Cricut Guys"!  I received  red (Cricut Cake) and white (Cricut Imagine) Cricut Guys.  I do not have either machine, so I guess I am now going to need to swap little guys! :0)
Here is OCCricutUser giving me the prize!  Martha Stewart's amazing "Halloween" magazine!  What a creative publication!  That is Chris in the background!  She was responsible for the delicious food at the SWARM!
ScrapCat (light green "Cricut" shirt) is so much fun!  Her laughter is always contagious!  Susie, Debra, and Softbrn watch the box opening ceremonies!
This was our name badge!  It is so adorable!
AmyS made a "Woodstock Swarm" lanyard for everyone!  AmyS also printed the Cricut Head on tee shirts for everyone using her YUDU, but she has my shirt right now.  I will post a picture when I get it!
Kimi had found a new passion...creating with beads!  This is my Gypsy lanyard that she made!  Isn't it beautiful!  Thank you, Kimi!

What a fabulous 2 days!  We are planning more of these events and I look forward to meeting with my crafting friends real soon!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cricut Circle Blog-iversary Challenge #3!

The Circut Circle Blogiversary Challenge #3 is to create a project using the Cuttlebug and 2 Cricut Cuts.
Card is from Cricut Cartridge "Christmas Cards"
Tulips are from Cricut Cake Cartridge "Birthday Cakes"
Cuttlebug embossing folders used..."D'vine Swirl", "Oriental Weave", and "Japanese Scales"
Cuttlebug die used..."Naturals"
Rub-on sentiment

I used the Gypsy and a 6x12 mat to weld the Tulips and card together. 

Then cut multiple tulips in red and green to layer on the card. 

The blue background is from a package of stickers from my stash. The flowers and stems were adhered with pop-dots and embossed to add texture. Then the flowers were outlined with Stickles for some bling. The butterfly was decorated with Stickles. The grass is torn paper and the red sentiment is a rub-on.

Close-up of the layers on the tulips.

The completed card.

Cricut Circle Blog-iversary Challenge #2!

The second challenge for the Cricut Circle Blog-iversary is create a project using a monochromatic color scheme.  I am using shades/tints of orange.  This is a little bit out of my comfort zone because I am not a great follower of the color orange!

I used the Gypsy,  2 flower cuts from the Cricut Cartridge "Accent Essentials" and a Cuttlebug Cut/Emboss folder.  I made the stick pins using some beads from a necklace that I bought at a yard sale.  The sentiment is a rub-on.

First set of flowers from "Accent Essentials"
Second set of flowers from "Accent Essentials"
Completed card!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I met a Circle Sister today!

I met Peggy T from the Cricut Circle Message Board!  She and her sister, Nellie, came to a Senior Adult Rally in Anderson, South Carolina where a group that I sing with performed the program.  What a wonderful delight to meet Peggy and her sister!  We had lunch together and decided that we should get together again!  Peggy even invited me to come stay overnight at her house for the Circle Meet-Up in Greenville, South Carolina in November!

It is amazing when two people meet, hug each other, and feel like we have known each other for years! 

This has been a great day!

Left--Carolyn/MamaC          Right--Peggy T

Sister Nellie, Carolyn, Peggy T

Monday, October 3, 2011

Cricut Circle Blog One Year Blogiversary!

The Cricut Circle Blog is celebrating its One Year Anniversary this week.  Each day a new challenge will be given.  Today the challenge is to create a project using one or more of the Circle Exclusive Cartridges that were sent to Cricut Circle members during the past year.  We must use at least 2 cuts to qualify.

I used the Circle Exclusive Cartridge "French Manor" and the Gypsy to create a card.  The Cricut Circle Blog is a members-only blog, so I cannot give a link, but I will post my entry.I created the card front on a 6x12 mat using the Gypsy.  I selected a frame, birdcage, and bird to fit on the screen.
I cut two frames and adhered them together with pop-dots to give dimension.  I cut one birdcage and adhered it with pop-dots, then added crystals for decoration.  I cut one bird and glued it behind the birdcage bars.  The yellow fiber was wrapped around the bottom part of the card front and taped on the back.  The sentiment is a stamp.

Saturday, October 1, 2011