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.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Plethora of Fashionistas!

What a fun set of acrylic stamps!
"Fashionistas" by Close to My Heart
Cards measure 4 1/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches (A2)
"Argyle" Fashionista (left)
"Garden Party" Matstack by Die Cuts with a View
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder "Seeing Spots"
Ribbon and Charm--unknown
Glitter Gel Pen
Copic Marker
"Flower" Fashionista (right)
Paper unknown
Scalloped oval and plain oval--Spellbinders Nestibilities
Martha Stewart "Flower" paper punch
"Rhinestone Stickers" Recollections
Copic Markers
Card measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches (A2)
Three Fashionistas
Patterned paper---Hot off the Press "Soft Nostalgia"
Copic Markers
Cards measure 4 1/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches (A2)
Zig-Zag Fashionista (left)
Gems by Recollections
Sentiment--Studio G
Copic Marker
Red Fashionista (right)
"Lemon Flower" Matstack by Die Cuts with a View
Sentiment--Delta Rubber Stampede
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder "Seeing Spots"
Copic Marker
Top row..Lto R
Stampin' Up/Tim Holtz
Bottom row...
Card measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches
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Stamp Resist PLUS!

Stamp Resist is creating a background for an image that has already been stamped on paper.  As seen in the two stamped images shown above.
Stamp Resist is not a new technique.  Rubber stampers have used it for years.  The process uses a second stamped image to cover the original image.  Then the surface is stamped or decorated as desired.  The second stamped image is removed to leave a clean original finish and a decorated background.
The 'PLUS' part of this post is what I do with the second stamped image!
I love to reuse and recyle whenever possible.  When I stamp the second image that will become the resist image, I take it a step further.  To create the second image, it must be stamped and cut-out.  I take a few minutes to preserve the second stamped image by 'laminating' it between thin plastic that I save from packages, magazine covers, or other thin plastic pieces that I have on hand in my clear plastic stash.
I 'laminate' the front and back of the image.
I put adhesive on the back of the stamped image by using the Xyron.  Then press the image onto clear plastic.  Cut out the image.  Then run it through the Xyron again to coat the front of the image with adhesive (as shown above).  I will lay the image down on clear plastic and cut out the image again.
Now, I have a 'laminated' image to use as a Stamp Resist on the original stamped image.  I use a repositional adhesive on the back of the second stamp to temporarily adhere it to the original image. **Please note**I am using Scotch tape pieces that have been rolled to adhere the image in this picture.  I lightly pressed it to the stamped image and was able to remove the tape without damage.  For future use, I will purchase a removable tape!!!
The second image is laying on top of the original image.  I will be using a roller stamp and ink to create the background.
The ink is rolled over the entire surface.
The second image is removed and cleaned using a baby wipe.
Here's the 'PLUS'!!  I now have a reusable second image!  This will be stored with the stamped set for future use!
The process takes a few minutes extra to create a reusable second image, but it will be worth the time and effort when I use this stamp set again!
Stamp Resist PLUS
Birthday Card!
Card measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches (A2)

"Shopper" image---"Everyday Life" stamp set (Close to My Heart)
Xyron "Create a Sticker"
Versa Mark Chalk Ink
"Whimsical Blossoms" Roller Stamp (Stampin' Up)
Birthday sentiment---unknown
Martha Stewart Border Punch
"Mango Frost" Matstack (Die Cuts with a View)
"Rhinestone Stickers" (Recollections)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Cricut "Create a Critter" Card!

I made this shape card using the Cricut Gypsy, a handheld design studio, and the Cricut Expression, an electronic die cutting machine.  Both products are made by Provocraft.
I used the Cricut Cartridge "Create a Critter" for the racoon image.
I put 2 shadow images of the racoon, 1 regular image, 1 each of the 3 layers for the racoon into the window box on my Gypsy.  By putting all the images in the box, I will be able to increase/decrease the size and manipulate all the images at the same time.
I am using the Kindle Fire to look at the handbook for "Create a Critter".  To learn how to put the Cricut Cartridge handbooks on the Kindle, please click here...
I am using the 12inch x 12inch mat.  With all the images on the screen, I will manipulate each image to create the shape card.
**The shadow images become the card base.  I turned one of the images upside down, flipped it, moved it above the main card image, and welded the places where the images touched.  The red images are the shadow images that are now the card base.

**Because I put all the images in the same skew line on the Gypsy and then put it on the digital mat, everything increased in proportion at the same time!  So the main images and all the layers are going to fit on the base card!  Isn't that cool!!!
Here are the images after cutting.
The finished card!
Pink paper was glued behind the ears and nose.  White gel pen outlines the edges for interest.  The heart are 3 different 'heart' punches!  I colored the eyes, paws, and feet with black Copic Marker, then added a twine bow...just for cuteness!

For more shaped cards, please visit "She's a Sassy Lady" blog!  Shelia has a very special shape card to show you!!  Check it out!

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New Best Friends! Kindle Fire and Gypsy from Cricut!

What a wonderful creative combination!

I use the Cricut Gypsy, a handheld design studio, to plan projects to cut on my Cricut electronic die cut machines.  The Gypsy stores all the cartridges that work with the Cricut machines.  I design a project on the Gypsy screen, connect to the Cricut cutter, and press 'cut' and the Gyspy and Cricut do the rest!

No physical cartridges needed, they are all stored on the Gypsy!
There is a handbook that comes with most of the Cricut Cartridges.  I like to use the handbooks, but they are a nuisance to carry around!

Well, that problem has been solved!
Okiebuglady from the Cricut Circle Message Board created a video showing how to download the digital Cricut handbooks onto Kindle Fire!
Thank you, Okiebuglady!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Our day in Prison! Judging Cricut Scrapbooks!

What a day!

There are no pictures of this day.  Due to privacy, we cannot take pictures.  I hope my words can describe our day!

Sherrill, Teri, and I (S,T,and I) arrived at the prison at 11:00 AM, to judge scrapbooks made with the Cricut.   The scrapbooks were created by inmates in the prison.

We went through the check-in and waited for the activity supervisor of the Mental Health Department to arrive to escort us into the very center of the complex.  Even though I have been inside the prison often, there is something a little bit 'final' about the gates and doors shutting us in!

Mrs. J (supervisor) took us to a classroom in the facility where there were 3 tables of scrapbooks to be judged. 

The theme of the scrapbooks was 'Past, Present, Future'.
All 45 (plus) scrapbooks had construction paper fronts and backs.  On the front of each there was a large label cut from the Cricut with the inmates initials made with the Imagine!  All of the scrapbooks were created using magazine pictures and Cricut cuts.  Inmates could use their personal pictures, but very few have photos. The collage pages were to illustrate life before 'trouble', their life 'now', and what they want for the 'future'.

S,T, and I were given Diet Cokes, paper, and pencil to begin our task of judging the scrapbooks!  We began the process around 11:15 and ended at 12:55.  What an experience!  Everyone worked hard on their scrapbook.  We learned so much about each inmate through the choices they made from the magazines.  After careful evaluation, S,T,and I choose the one best scrapbook from each of the 3 classes that participated.

The winners will have a free private showing of a movie of their choice, plus, the winner can choose 5 friends to see the movie with her.  Soft drinks and popcorn will be served during the movie time!  This is a super treat for the inmates!

Thank you, Cricut Lady!
This is a sincere and truly heartfelt 'thank you' to the person that donated all the Cricut machines, Cuttlebug, and everything else!  One scrapbook had a full page thanking you!  Everything that was donated is being used!!

At 1:15, S,T,and I went across the hall to the gym.  Inmates were seated on bleachers in the middle of the floor.  There was a podium, speaker system, and table set up for a short program.  Then a poem and prayer was spoken by 2 inmates.  After the short welcome, certificates of completion were given to the inmates for completing a series of classes through the Mental Health program.  There was a table of crocheted hats, scarves, and blankets that were created by inmates in another class.  These items were made for the Nacoochee United Methodist Church and will be sent overseas for foreign missionaries to use.

The scrapbook judges (S,T,and I) were acknowledged and we were able to present the winners with a certificate and handshake!  There was much cheering for the winners!  What a wonderful experience it was to see fellow inmates rejoice with the winners!  Oh, yes, 15 other inmates are going to get to enjoy the prize, too!  Each winner can invite 5 people to enjoy their private movie showing!

After the short program, everyone had pizza, salad, sodas, and cookies (from Subway)!
It is difficult to describe the complete joy and happiness this pizza party provided for the inmates!  This was food brought from 'the outside' for all to enjoy.  There was enough pizza to feed everyone all they wanted!!  The salad...what a wonderful treat!  The inmates do not get fresh vegetables (even salads) often.  The cucumbers and tomatoes were so special!

At 3:30, it was time for S,T,and I to leave.  We were escorted to the prison entrance. Our drivers licenses and my car keys were returned and we left!  But not before leaving more paper donated by a local printing industry!

We were exhausted, but blessed beyond words at our experience!

If you have read through this post, thank you!
May you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Prison and a Post!

Today is a very special day!

I am being featured on "She's a Sassy Lady" blog!


Two crafting buddies and myself are judging scrapbooks in a state prison for women!

I may not have pictures of the prison activity, but I will give a written journal of our experience as we work with the staff, faculty, and inmates of the Mental Health Department
Lee Arrendale Georgia State Prison

Friday, June 15, 2012

Judging Scrapbooks made with the Cricut in prison!

Did that title get your attention!!
Did you know there are some Cricuts in prison!!??

I am a volunteer at the Georgia Lee Arrendale State Prison for Women in Alto, Georgia!
Several months ago, the Mental Health Department received a GENEROUS donation of Cricut machines, many cartridges, Cuttlebug and folders/dies, and the list goes on and on!
I know the donor from the Cricut Message Board.  One of the stipulations to receiving the donation was for me to show the instructors at the facility how to use the equipment!
Everything went as planned and I spent a wonderful morning at the prison showing how to operate the machines!

Several other message board members sent donations of all kinds to the facility!
Click here for the details...

My papercrafting buddy, Cheryl, helped me during a card making workshop
that was held in the prison last year.
Click here for the details...

Well, I am about to find out if my training was helpful!

On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, I will be judging scrapbooks that inmates have made!! 

There are 4 classes within the Mental Health Facility.  Each class has submitted scrapbooks for judging!  There will be 45-50 scrapbooks to view and judge!
I am so excited, I can hardly wait until Wednesday!

I can't take pictures inside the prison!  But the director of the Mental Health Department can take selected photos!  I will get her to take a few pictures and hopefully I will be able to post them on my blog!!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A fun day of paper crafting!

Picture by Greg Kimsey, Artfull Barn, Clarkesville, Georgia
Copied from facebook.

On Saturday, June 9, I was part of the North Georgia Art Tour.  The driving tour highlights the work of various artists throughout the mountains of North Georgia. 
The tour is held during the Spring and Fall.

I have handmade cards for sale in the Old Clarkesville Mill Art and Antique Mall in Clarkesville, Georgia.  I featured a 'make and take' of flowers and rosettes.  I used the Cricut Cartridge "Flower Shoppe" and the Circut Create for one set of flowers.  The Cuttlebug and Spellbinders Nestabilities "Spiral Blossoms One and Two" were also used for flowers. 
The rosettes were made using the Cuttlebug and Tim Holtz dies. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Graduation Card with Gift Card Holder

This card was created for a challenge on
Cardz TV Blog "Cricut Cardz Challenge #109"
The card was designed using a 12x12 inch mat, the Gypsy (a handheld electronic design studio), Circut Cartridge "George and Basic Shapes" and Cricut Cartridge "Paper Dolls for Everyday".  The large and small rectangles are from "George".  The graduation gown is from "Paper Dolls for Everyday."
Steps for welding the card
*The large rectangle was placed on the mat.
*The small rectangle was placed inside the large rectangle and then enlarged until it fit the width of the larger one.  Then moved back onto the mat.
*The gown was placed on the mat.
*The lower part of the gown was welded to the smaller rectangle.
*The gown section was lined up with the larger rectangle and the sleeves and lower edge of the gown were welded to the larger rectangle.
Cricut Markers were used to draw the images.  The images were then cut out.  This shows the mat before removing the cut images.  When cutting phrases, I have found that using the Cricut Markers make the words easier to read.
This shows the card base before adding images and embellishments.
I inked the edges of the graduation gown with Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Blue Jeans".
The images are added to the card base.
This is the card holder inside the card.  I had a smaller graduation gown from a previous cut.  I cut it to fit the space.  The top part is glued to the card.
The bottom section has a fine line of Glossy Accents for the glue.  I glued the sides and bottom.  This left a space to insert the gift card.
This photo shows the placement of the gift card!  Love my Michaels Reward Card!
Completed inside of card.  I stamped the sentiment on another piece of paper and positioned it behind the gown.
I really enjoy using tiny alpha stamps.  I collect sets whenever possible.  I had this sectioned plastic box and found that it was perfect for storing these little alpha stamps!
See how nicely they fit into the sections!  Most of the stamps are still in the cardboard boxes!  I found 3 different sets today at Walmart!  I can't wait to fill up this box!
OK...back to the  card!  I used the little alpha stamps to create a heading for the card.
This is my first time using TH Distress Ink.  The color is beautiful, but I am a little bit disappointed.  The color seeps into the paper.  After the ink dried, I couldn't see it on the gown.  Maybe it is just my eyes, but I don't think so!  Oh, well, I bought 3 other colors.  I will keep trying until I figure out to use it!
I ran the words through my little Xyron to form stickers!
Graduation Card with Gift Card Holder!

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Four Legged Friends Scrapbook Page

I created this scrapbook page for a challenge on
Die Cuttin Divas Blog "Challenge #67:  Anything Goes!"
I created the page using the Gypsy and the Cricut Expression.
All the Cricut cuts are from the Cricut Lite Cartridge "Four Legged Friends".
This is the first time I have used the cartridge.
I used a black Cricut Marker to draw the images and then cut the images out.
A 12x12inch mat was used for the cat and dog images.  Layers and phrase were cut on this mat.
After the images were drawn and cut...
I cut this page again using different colors.  This created multiples of the images, but that is OK, I can use them later!
This is the second Gypsy 12x12 inch mat.
All the images, layers, letters and phrases have been cut and kept separate in a desk drawer organizer.  The printed sheet under the organizer is actually a piece of fabric 'paper' that has adhesive on the back.  The printed sheet is by "Elise".  I used the Cricut Lite Cartridge "Four Legged Friends" for all the images and phrases.
The images and phrases have been completed and are ready for the layout!
I cut a piece of blue cardstock to fit the corner.  This provided a background for the little kitty.  The food bowl is cut from a 'mirror' paper that I had in my stash.  All images are put on with dimensional tape to give depth.
I repeated the process on the other corner with the little dog.  I used Martha Stewart Glitter Pens to add some interest to the collars on the kitty and dog.  Again, dimensional tape was added for depth and interest.
I wrapped the little 'balls of yarn' with twine.  You can tell the kitty has had fun playing with these messy balls of twine! :0)
I adhered a piece of cloth ribbon, the phrases, and 'dog bones' to a strip of cardstock and glued it to the top of the layout.  I used SpellBinders Nestibilities "Labels Three" to frame the pictures that will be added later.
I cut 1 inch off one side and the bottom of the patterned fabric 'paper'.  Then layered the patterned fabric 'paper' over a piece of plain cardstock.

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