Thursday, June 30, 2011


I thought I'd try to kill two birds with one stone.  Although I would NEVER actually kill a bird!  I cry when I see dead animals by the side of the road!  I have to tell myself they are "sleeping" so I don't have bad dreams about them.  But I digress.....

I thought I would play along with a couple of challenges with making only one card.  And since I hadn't played with the easel card layout yet, I guess that actually makes three birds! lol

The first challenge is for Facebook Tacky Tuesday Challenge (HERE) which asked for a card with the word "SEA" on it, and the other is for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday (HERE) which wanted red, white & blue.  There are a couple of other colors on there, but there's definitely red white and blue!  And of course, I had to use a wobbly just for my own entertainment!  And let's not forget my brand spankin new K Andrew Designs Art Stamps.  These are fantastic!!!

And my slightly silly video to see the wobbly (I have to work on my video "chatter" LOL).

I used Create A Critter and Everyday Paper Dolls for my crab, fish, sandcastle and shells.  I use Colorbox chalk ink for the highlights and stamping.  As I said, the stamp I used was from the Positive Thoughts set from K Andrew Designs and the "seariously" was computer generated.  And my Action Wobble (Find them here).

Now I'm off to work on my submission for Simply Sundays at Getting Cricky with K Andrew.  I actually won the Face challenge!  (So excited!!!!!)  Check it out here: K Andrew Simply Sunday Challenge.  I also got the Design Team Top 5 at Fantabulous Cricut (Wednesday Winners).  Congratulations to everyone else who entered these challenges.  I get so much inspiration from you all.

Til next time, keepin my fingers inky and my Cricut chirpin!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Get Well, Mommy!

My mom just went through some pretty serious surgery over the weekend.  She had a perforated bowel and was in pretty bad shape.  Thank God she went to the hospital where they did emergency surgery and she is now recovering.  So, of course, it's no surprise I had to make her a little inspirational card. 

I used the Pagoda cartridge for most the trees, bridge and pagodas.  The bridge is sort of 3d (boy, do I love dimension on my cards).  The kanji (health) and grass were free svg files.  I love having the flexibility to use either cartridges or SCUT.  That way I can make sure I get the best of all elements on my projects.  I used miscellaneous papers (I'm trying to use up scraps) and chalk inks to color. 

When y'all are saying your prayers today, I would sure appreciate it if you'd include my mom in your well-wishes.  Thanks!

Until next time, keepin' my fingers inky and my Cricut chirping.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wedded Bliss

Today I am sharing a card I made for a very special lady who is getting married today.  Congratulations to Jenny & John.  It's another one of my funky step cards which I seem to be enamored with lately.  You'll probably all be glad when I get off this kick, but I don't think it will be any time soon! lol

I used my new Pagoda cartridge for the flowers, branches and love tag.  Everything was done on black and white cardstock, except the sentiment which I printed on vellum and cut out with decorative scissors.  I used a white gel pen to add the date and a little accent at the corners. I also added a "W" brad and stuck on a small rhinestone for an accent.  I just love the oriental feel of this card.

One of the next projects I am going to be working on is getting some pics of my teeny weeny craft room.  Quick! while it's fairly clean and organized.  Hopefully sometime next week I can get that accomplished.  I change it around so often (depending on what "stuff" I'm working the most with at any given time) so it will be a fun record for me to compare to after the next time I revamp the room.

I hope you have a fabulous day.  Until next time, keepin' my fingers inky and my Cricut chirping!

Monday, June 20, 2011


I updated my June 16th post to include a couple of contest entries.  It was too funny that I had made this card last week and then two contests I've come across this week wanted faces and sunshine.  Since I had them both covered, I decided to enter the card.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hey There, Sunshine!

Had another creative evening.  Worked 13 hours yesterday and was too darn tired to do ANYTHING. But today, I just new I couldn't stay away from my lil craft room.  I have to admit, this card took me about three hours to do.  The putting together part doesn't take too long, it's the planning and sizing and laying out.  But since I like the end result, I'm going to say it was all worth it.

I have a very dear friend who is battling inoperable brain cancer.  (Hey, McQzy, if you're reading this, I love ya, girl!)  My motivation as of late has been making cards to try and cheer her up.  She is amazingly strong and her faith is unmovable.  So, along with many prayers, I am trying to let her know how often I think of her by sending her a card every few days or so.

Here is my lil sunshine card for Suzy McQzy....

There is something a little extra special about this card....You have to see the sunshine wiggle!!!

I got these new little Action Wobbles that I ordered from and they are a hoot!  I've made my own before using thin wire, but these are SO easy! It's a little plastic spiral with a sticky circle on the top and the bottom.  Genius!  This is what they look like:


I can foresee MANY a wobbly element on my cards in the future!

OK, so, this is what I used for this card (I'm trying to remember to write things down in case anyone is interested, although I'm not to the patience point of tracking cut sizes yet, lol).
  • Sun - Wild Card cartridge
  • Sunglasses - Everyday Paperdolls
  • Snail - Create A Critter
  • Background paper - Cricut Tags, Bags, Boxes & More
  • Sentiment - This & That from Creative Time
  • Grass & Flowers - Rubber Stamp Tapestry
  • Ink - Colorbox Chalks and Stampin' Up!
  • Accents - Gelly Roll White
  • Stickers - Sandylion
  • Action Wobbles from AWI
I have decided to enter this lil card in a contest over at K Andrew.  You can find her here:  Please visit her blog.  I'm sure you will find lots and lots of ideas and inspiration there.  I also entered it in the Fantabulous Cricut: Challenge Me Monday contest.  More fantastic ideas and inspiration.  Check them out at:

I hope you enjoy YOUR sunshine!  Til next time, I'll be keepin' my fingers inky and my Cricut chirpin'!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I love that I still felt creative yesterday. It's amazing what an organized space does for me. I had so much fun creating this card for someone special. Sometimes they are ALMOST hard to part with! lol

This one was actually a happy accident in a way.  For those of you who are interested, I got the layouts from Splitcoast Stampers website.  (Here: )  As I was bustling through the directions, I accidentally scored the wrong side. But I knew I would figure out a layout to use it for.  And voila!  This happened!

I used the Create A Critter cartridge for all the cutouts.  The stamp I used for the sentiment wasn't laid out to fit the way I wanted it to, so I stamped and embossed it (twice, once with copper and once with black) and cut it out so it would fit the card layout.

Hope you enjoyed this little "share" of mine.  Please leave me comments.  I get such a thrill from reading them all!  :D

Monday, June 13, 2011

Creative Surge post-Vacation

I have been in a creative rut lately. My craft room has been in disarray which makes me not want to be in there!  I finally got it reorganized.  I received a new corner desk from a friend who passed away and finally got that incorporated into my space.  Of course, that required a huge rearranging of my room.  It's finally pretty much done and I can stand to be in there creating again.

We just got home from a week in Williamsburg.  We had a great time and saw a lot of historical places.  I wanted to do a couple of thank you cards for my in-laws who provided our rooms for my family and a cousin who played tour guide while we were there.  I spent the cool weather weekend in my lil craft space and was happy with the results.  Here are the two cards I made:

I used "blooms" for the stair step card and "simply sweet" for the free floating card.  (At least I THINK that's what they're  I like both cards, but the step one is one of my favorites in a loooooong time.  Would love to hear what you think!