Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cutest Cricut Cards Ever!!

Well... Texas got hit by an ice storm and it was beautiful! School was out for 2 days and we loved it! I actually took time to play with my Cricut Design Studio this past week and have had a blast! I learned how to download cut files from the internet and found quite a few blogs with wonderful information & files. But I found some just adorable ones over at Okie Ladybugs . Look at the cutest cards that I have ever made and I did it with cut files from Okie!

I stamped the top of the slider card with a cute "Life is so sweet" stamp...
Okie Ladybug calls the card below a "Flap Fold" card... you can get the cut file for it on her blog HERE. She also has a place to make donations if you like her stuff enough to download it.

She also included the cut file for the envelopes too! I added my own touch to it by cutting an 'S' out of the front so that the patterned paper would show thru!! Cute, huh?! The 'S' actually looks like it is glued on, but it's not!

Well... I'm off to find more CDS cut files!!! I've found and whole nother world out there!! LOL!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My First Award!

Hehehee! Don't know if this was just revenge (the wicked laugh gave it away! LOL!) or if my blog is really worthy... but I'll take the award anyway! From my friend, Angie over at Craft Crazy! Thanks Angie!

The rules are:

1) Say one nice thing to the man in your life: My husband is the reason I scrapbook! He makes me want to document everything about our lives, because I am so blessed to have the life I have and to have him as my husband.

2) List 6 ways you measure success in your life: Family/Friends/Family/Church/Family/Work

The Lime Light Design Team

Guess What!! I am now a member of The Lime Light Design Team! I'm so excited! What a great thing to be a part of... if you haven't seen their blog then you've got to go check it out HERE!

"We are a design team with a unique purpose. We use our crafting skills to help and bring light to others. We invite you to visit the site often to find out whom we are crafting for and what we are planning in the months to come. We have exciting plans that include making cards and bookmarks for our men and women in uniform, making journals for families whose children are in the hospital, making cards for baskets that help raise money for playground equipment....and that's just the beginning. Come back soon for pictures and blog entries giving you even deeper insight in to how the team is bringing light to those in need."

Monday, January 26, 2009


Well, I feel like a school girl who was just picked by her playmates to play dodgeball on their team!! Hehehhe! A fellow scrapper & team member of The Limelight, Lori, has tagged me. Click on her name to jump to her blog... it's great, full of cute ideas! I am suppose to share SEVEN facts about myself and then tag SEVEN other fellow bloggers...

1) I started scrapbooking before scrapbooking was cool... back in 1989. I would put photos in those horrible magnetic photo albums and used index cards to journal on next to each photo! My embellishmenst consisted of little thought bubbles cut out of the index cards placed with funny comments above the photos!

2) I am blessed with the most wonderful Scrubby (Scrapbooker's Hubby) who I have been married to for 23yrs!

3) I am also blessed with three wonderful children who I am extremely proud of... my oldest son who is an Army Ranger stationed in North Carolina... my middle daughter who just got married and is now an Army Wife about to move to Alaska... and my youngest son who dedicates all his time to his high school theater department and our church's youth group.

4) We developed a combined household when we moved my mother in with us after losing my dad 2yrs ago and I am so fortunate to have such a personal relationship with my mom. She is my BSB... Best Scrapbooking Buddy!

5) We have two... yes, two... scrapbook rooms in our home. My mom has the downstairs Scrapbook Room and I claimed the upstairs gameroom as my Scrapbook Studio/Office.

6) Between my mom and myself, we have 3 Cricut Expressions and our one (original) baby bug.

7) We also own 52 Cricut Cartridges... yes, we are not only blessed... we are downright spoiled! LOL!

Okay... now I get to go TAG 7 other fellow bloggers!

1) I will tag my good friend ANGIE, she is the knower of everything technological in scrapbooking and the leader of a local meetup group. And makes the best Cupcake Pops!! Go to Bakerella and you will even see Angie listed in the Texas group!

2) MurphyMoments is a member of that meetup group that I am looking forward to getting to know!

3) KarenB over at Memories Unleashed... she has some totally adorable cards and layouts! Great inspiration there!

4) ObsessedWithScrapbooking... she is totally on top of things! She knows whats on sale and whats new and is great about letting everyone else know!

5) Linda over at Just A Scrappin.... another blog that keeps everyone up to date on what's new!! Linda is full of creative information!!

6) A fellow ladybug!! Okie-Ladybug has some of the best CDS cut files!! I just discovered her blog and am soooo grateful for her talent!! Definitely check her out, especially if you are thinking about purchasing the Cricut Design Software!

7) The Pink Stamper... another new one (to me anyway... lol) with tons of tutorials! She really rocks!

I am just awed by the talent of these ladies! Have a wonderfully creative day!!


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

New Cricut Cartridges!!

Okay... everyone (Linda at (Gracie at is buzzing about the new cricut cartridges being released by Provo Craft!

Ashlyn's Alphabet reminds me alot of Storybook which is one of my all time favorites... I like the fonts alot! This will definitely be my very next purchase in the cricut line!

A Child's Year looks so cute!! And easy cuts too! No paper piecing required! I love the shadow effects of this cartridge... something totally new for Cricut.

There are three new Solutions Cartridges which means that each one will have about 50 images with no creative features other than shadow and blackout. I am excited to see the Kitchen & Bath Decor... I'm hoping that there will be more than just decor, I need stuff to finish my Family Cookbook with!!

Getting away from the Disney line that we are use to seeing... Hannah Montana and Spongebob. I am not a Hanna Montanna fan, but I like the looks of those fonts!

As for Spongebob... I don't watch this one either and am not that familiar with it. I really like the hamburger pictured here though and hope that means there is more food items... doesn't Spongebob eat Pizza too? LOL! That would catch my interest!

Leave me a comment! Tell me what you think... which one do you like the most? Which one do you want to see in the Ladybug Tool Center for retreats?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Cutie Pie Invitations

Okay... I was tickled pink when a friend from church asked me to make a 'few' invitations for a Pie Social that we are having this coming Saturday. It's National Pie day. I have a cute little pie stamp and had made this card a while back with it...

But I wanted to do a cute pie diecut if possible. So, I went to my Cricut Design Studio software and did a search for pie... sure enough... hidden behind the female pilgrim in the Paper Dolls cricut cartridge was a cute little pie:

So I used red gingham paper that I got 6 for $.96 at JoAnns this week and also cut red scalloped circles with the Mini Monograms cricut cartridge to assemble the front of my invite. The details were printed inside on my computer. Oh and did I tell that only a 'few' invitations meant one! They filled up my dining room table because I put clear stickles for the heat lines coming up out of the pie... cute!! I really enjoyed making these invitations and the fact that they were for my church family made it even better.

So, I pulled out my little red riding hood basket and lined it with matching red gingham napkins and lined all the invites up in it. That way is was easy to pass them out after church this past Sunday. The pie social is this Saturday at 4pm... anyone wanna come? LOL!

Oh! And I am looking for some good pie recipes... something other than apple.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Back in the land of Scrapbooking!

Woohoo! I am now back in the scrapbooking saddle again! Hehehee! My daughter, Samantha's wedding was beautiful and kept us busy beyond busy for three months! Now its time to update retreat schedules, finish contracts, catch up with my blogs and organize/scrapbook the over 3000 pictures from the past two weeks! LOL!

My mom, Liz and I snuck away this past weekend to do a little cropping with some friends!


Liz & Cheri


Deeann, Mary, Jolene and Me!
We took a lunch break at Mattitos in Frisco Square... yum!

I finished a whopping 6 pages this past weekend!! LOL! Here are two of them:

Of course I used the cricut for most of the layout above. The "Mmmmm..." and the jumbled "Delicious" and arrows are all from the 'Graphically Speaking' cartridge. I used the 'Stamped' and 'Doodletype' cartridges for the title.

I used my new most favorite punch... its from Martha Stewart... on the red trim. Love it love it love it!