Sunday, September 26, 2010

this moment...

I made this frame for a friend of mine, who is having a little girl. The scalloped edged frame is raised, and you can slip a picture through the top.


  • Patterned Paper- My Minds Eye

  • Flower and butterfly embellishments- K and Company

  • Font- Cindy Loo cartridge cut at 2 1/2 inches
  • Scalloped Frame- Accent Essentials cut at 6 1/2 inches

  • Other- Ribbon is from Michael's (very inexpensive), I used my i-rock tool for the rhinestones, pop dots

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's a Birthday Celebration!!!

I can't believe my niece turned 1 the week, time flies when your having fun!! Being an Aunt is awesome, and having such a sweet mush makes it that much better. Yay! A pink car from Aunt Ashley and Uncle Jason.

Because I love her so much, I had to make my Princess a castle from the Once Upon A Princess cartridge, and of course it had to be all pink, her favorite color!

Step 1: Here are all of the pieces cut out! The paper is from Bazzill, the shiny paper that I just love, of course! I cut all of the images out at 8 1/2 inches using my expression. I had to use the big 12x24 cutting mat to get some of the images. I think I will end up making another castle, doing a video, to show all of tips and tricks that I learned while making it (stay tuned).


Next, you have to score and make the two inner towers; the dark pink piece is, what I call, the "floor".

You also have to score and make the tops of all of the towers. This took a little time...

Here is my cheat for scoring... I do not have a scoring mat. In the beginning I was using a metal ruler and my bone folder, but it was putting dents in my bone folder. So, I decided to use the metal ruler and the tip of metal scissors, you know the kind you use to cut fabric. With the scissors closed, line up the ruler where you want to score, and run the tip of the scissors along the ruler. It worked out perfectly!

I just followed along with the instructions in the cartridge handbook. The pictures are very easy to understand. This is step 5 and 6 in the hand book; adding the "fort" and the "floor".

The next steps are to connect the 4 corner towers and then glue the tops to all of the towers. I found that putting glue on the insides of the tower tops was easier and they actually stuck better. Another note, pull up on the tabs that are at the top of the towers. This gives the tops something to stick too!

Looking down on the finished castle.
A little bling to dress up a bit!

Happy Birthday Princess!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Halloween Already??

Halloween... I can't believe it is just right around the corner!
I went through the blog hop that Crazy About Cricut is hosting, and the ladies inspired me to make a quick Halloween card.

I used my Gypsy and the the Mini Monsteres cartridge to create this card.
 I used pop dots to raise the stars and the Happy Halloween. I used my new i rock tool for the purple bling.
The colors look awesome together, I must say!

You can sort of see the raised stars and verbage in this picture!

Happy Halloween!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Welcome to my Room!!!

Notice how I say my room?? It's all mine!!!

This is my scraproom! I call it the organized chaos room! I know exactly where everything is... I just may have to search for it...

The view from the doorway!
I hope to repaint the room someday... someday...

My husband built the counter top for me, and I love it! It was coincidence that it matched the walls. Trust me, blue is not my favorite color. It is soothing though...

That is a scraprack! It has 1/2 of my embellishments in it.
I do like it, but it is very heavy!
 This is also where I keep my pictures (somewhat organized), and some of my other great necessities!

The furniture piece is antique. It belonged to my husband's grandmother and now I use it in my room.
A great piece of history still getting some great use!
My cartridges, ribbon organizer, 12x12 cutter, basket full of my scraps (recycle ladies!).

In the drawers I have all of my stamps, paper punches, and some other lose ends that needed a place. My cutter, I love. It has a grid on it all the way up to 12x12 and the best feature- a laser! I can see exactly where I am making my cut! The brand is x-acto. I'm tellin' ya, it is amazing. The pile beside it is my current project pile.

I love that Scraptastic is open on my computer in this picture! HA!
So, this is my work space- usually not this clean. That basket has a bunch of different kinds of adhesives. Above, are my inks, embossing powders, maybe some other cool things... I really love Distress Ink, that's what the stack of black boxes are.

That is my paper collection. The binders house all of my specialty paper. When I buy specialty paper, I buy two sheets of it. This way, if I want to do a double layout I can, or if I don't like what I've made, well, I can start over. Such good logic! Inside the colorful drawers are all kinds of goodies; from ribbon to chipboard- there's a lot going on in there. Beside that, is my Clip-it-Up which is full of embellishments that wouldn't fit in the scraprack.
It's a lot, yes I know...

And the best for last...

My Cricut!!!! Oh, how I love thee...

This is my cricut table. My cricut is covered by the cutest cover ever. I got it from Kathy's Cozies. You can find her on facebook or Etsy. Also, my gypsy, which I'm still trying to figure out, is beside it. The binder holds print outs of some of the cartridge handbooks. Why? Because my friend, Aimee, who doesn't want a Gypsy, lets me upload her cartridges on mine!!! Can you believe that!?! So, I print out the handbooks of the carts she gives me. Thanks Aimee!!!

So, here's a question I just recently started asking myself...where am I going to put my new Cricut Create??? Hmm...

Hope you enjoyed the tour of my scraptastic room! There's always something going on in this crazy room, and I love it!!!

My First Card- Just Saying Hi

This is the first card I made and I must say, I think it turned out pretty well! I used the Wild Card cartridge for the design, and the giraffe is from Create A Critter- love love love this cartridge! You probably can't tell from the pictures, but the paper has a shimmer to it. I love this paper from Bazzill ( I stock up when Michael's has their paper on sale). Pretty simple card, but still very cute!

Can you tell the paper has a shimmer to it?!

Close up on the cute giraffe!
Just saying hi!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A little about me!

I am someone to everyone, and everyone is someone to me! I am a christian, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, friend, volunteer, co-worker, sports fanatic, animal lover, and so much more but these are the most important to me. My husband, Jason, is a firefighter/ paramedic. He is the most passionate person I have ever met. We have been together over 8 years and married for 2 1/2. I truly fall more in love with him everyday, because I am still learning more about him and learning from him. I am so proud of the things he has accomplished, and can't wait to see more. He believes in me and pushes me to be better at whatever it is I put my heart into, including this expensive habit of scrapbooking : ) I love you!

I live for the weekends... I know, we all do, but it is my time to create, watch sports, and just spend time with the ones I love. I can seriously watch sports all day everyday, it doesn't matter the sport, and if there isn't a game on, Sports Center will do. I tend to yell and scream for Texas Tech, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Rangers the most.

I also watch a lot of Animal Planet, and I mean A LOT. I have the worlds biggest heart for all of God's creatures. I even record shows on there, even the ones I've seen 10 times. I spend a few hours a month volunteering for a local animal shelter. It is one of the most rewarding experiences. Of course, I want to bring home every single dog in there, but I have to look at the big picture, and just do my part to make sure those cute faces find a forever loving home.

We do have two children; Mae, she is my sweetheart. She is a chocolate lab and has to be one of the sweetest  best dogs out there. She LOVES the water, to the point that my kitchen is covered in water from her drinking, because she likes to stick her whole face down in the bucket. Sierra is a mix; we think part lab part sheppard. She is our wild child, but she does have a sweet side...sometimes. She loves to talk and will tell you when she needs to go outside, when it's time to eat, or if she is just ready to play.  They are my children, and it is a full time job caring for those two- trust me!

My family is very close. I am still a Daddy's girl- BIG time. My mom is seriously my best friend. We do everything together. She is my scraptastic side kick. My brother is a brain-i-ac. I love just talking to him to hear what he is thinking up next. I have the best in-laws. They are some of the most genuine sweet people you will ever meet. I consider myself very lucky to call them family.

I got into scrapbooking when I was in high school. I made a huge scrapbook with colored paper and paint pens. It may not be my best work, but it holds all of those great memories. Now, I have all of the best scrapbooking supplies plus some. My latest purchase is the Cricut Imagine! Ohhh yaaa!!! I am so so excited for this! I have a fantastic scrap room ( I will post pictures of it soon) dedicated to my hobby. Paper is my weakness, I love it and want it all!!

I am currently working on my niece's scrapbook and an alphabet book for her (pictures soon). Both of these are a huge undertaking and will be ongoing for a while, I'm sure. I also recently started making cards. This is like instant gratification and I love it!

Well, that's me- summed up in just a few paragraphs! Please stay tuned for pictures and other great posts!

"Never let your praying knees get lazy"