Monday, May 30, 2011

My Craft Spot Monday Challenge

My Craft Spot Monday Challenge #10 - Cute Critters
The challenge is to make a card, scrapbook page or other project that has a cute critter somewhere on it.  I used the Dino from Create A Critter...

The Dino is on a wobbles for extra fun!

My First Car

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Me Monday #62"Remember This"
Make something to remember a special person, time or anniversary.
These are pictures of my first car.  It was 1973 and I just turned 17.  The car is a 1971 Ford Pinto.  I had this car for 5 years.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Challenge X 3

Fantabulous Cricut

This layout was made using the Life's A Beach Cricut Cartridge. The clouds were made by cutting out a cloud on my sizzix and chalking around it on plain white paper with blue chalk. The Happy Face in the sun is by Peachy Keen. I am entering this layout in these challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge me Monday #61
Scrappy Moms Stamps Terriffic Tuesday Challenge - Life's A Beach
Peachy Keen's Challenge - Show your favorite Faces

Celebrate the Occasion

This is for Challenge #15 at Celebrate the Occasion. The theme is "Retirement".
I used Every day Paper Dolls to make my card and Peachy Keen stamps for the face.  Must be linked up by May 29... I just made it!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Guest Designer on MAG

I am honored to have been picked as a guest designer on MAG this week for Challenge By The Page #28!  {Nifty Fifties Cartridge Page 29}
I have been Crafty for my entire life. (I think I was born with a crayon in my hand) I was sewing my own clothes and crocheting before I was 10 years old. I have probably tried out every craft imaginable.  

My Love for Paper Crafts started 2004, when my daughter asked me to show her how to make a Scrapbook. (She just assumed I would know how) Since I'd never done it before, we learned together and I have been hooked ever since!

I am married and work full time, so it is sometimes difficult to find the time for scrapbooking, but I do the best I can to spend a little time each night in my beautiful Scrapbook Room which was a present from my darling husband a couple years ago. 

This project was very easy for me, since I Love the” Nifty Fifties Cricut Cartridge! I used my Gypsy to reverse one of the poodles so they could face each other. I cut off their leashes and added some bling to their collars. And I made the word "fifty" out of "nifty". I hope you like what I have created and will visit my blog Diary of A Scrapbook Addict, to see more cards and scrapbook pages I have been working on.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fireplace in the Basement

Week 2 - Made it Myself Mondays
Recently we had a new sump pump put in our basement, which meant breaking up the floor & tearing down walls. So, for the 3rd time, Mark (my hubby) refinished the basement.  The 2nd time was due to a new furnace & Ducts throughout the basement ceiling. The first time was, well... it was the first time.  These basement finishing projects have been spread out over a period of almost 30 years.

So, anyway, we needed something for the wall behind the gas stove.  I picked out these tiles at Home Depot and drew a design on graph paper using the different sizes these tiles came in.  Mark went by my drawing and duplicated it exactly on the wall. He also used a larger matching tile for the floor underneath the stove.  I'd say he did a Fantabulous job!

Winner Alert!

Thank you to all who follow my blog & helped me reach my goal of 200! I hope my projects give you ideas you can use towards your own cards & layouts. I finally reached my goal of 200 followers at about 6:00 pm last night and had 41 comments eligible to win at that time. Comment #18  was randomly chosen by my True Random Number Generator as winner for my give away.   

Denise said:

Oh so fresh! I love your card!! Great paper choices!! I am a new follower and can't wait to see what you come up with next!! TFS
Denise in WA

Congratulations Denise!  I hope you enjoy your new punch from ek Success!
I really appreciate you following my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I hope you will continue to visit!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

200 Follower/Blog Hop Give Away

Wow, I would say the Birthday Bash Blog Hop was quite a success yesterday.  I was #21 on a list of 25 participants and I had 32 visitors! Thank you to all who hung in there through the entire Hop and left such kind comments about my Tri-fold Shutter Card.  I hope it inspired some of you who have not made one, to try it.  I had posted measurements and directions for this type of card back in March, you can find them HERE.

As of this morning I am only 4 followers away from 200 on Google Friend Connect! As I posted yesterday, when I reach 200 followers I will be randomly picking a winner for the ek Success edger punch (which was pictured on yesterday’s post) The winner will be picked from yesterday’s blog hop comments AND anyone who comments here on this post, until I reach 200 followers.  I think this will happen sometime today, so leave your comments, let me know you are already a follower or that you are a new follower,  and I will check back later this afternoon!

Monday, May 23, 2011


·         Welcome to the very first Birthday Bash Blog Hop to celebrate Lisa's birthdaty at Scrapping With Lisa  If you came from ASHLEY’s blog you’re on the right track. If you just lucked up on this blog, you can go back to the beginning HERE and hop along with us.

We're so excited to being doing this hop, and we have a fabulous line up with some very talented folks. There will be lots of fun projects, along with some great blog candy, and an AMAZING grand prize for this hop.

For this hop and for Lisa’s birthday, I decided do make one of my favorites, a tri-fold shutter card.  The paper is from the CTMH “Splendor” pack.

I am giving away a little Blog Candy, an edger punch from EK Success!  (this will be combined with my 200 follower give away) All you need to do is to become a follower & leave a comment on this post.  Please check out each blog and see what other BLOG CANDY you could possibly WIN!!  This hop runs all day on Monday, May 23, so you have plenty of time to make it all the way through the hop.  

There is also going to be an overall grand prize, which is being sponsored by Lisa from Scrapping with Lisa and she will be the first and last blog on the hop. In order to be eligible for the grand prize you must leave a comment on every blog in the hop, as well as become a fan of Lisa’s Blog and of Scrapping with Lisa on Facebook. If you don’t do facebook, this won’t count against you for the grand prize, just let Lisa know that in your comment on her post. You must do all this, it is mandatory in order to be eligible for the overall grand prize.

Have a GREAT day!!

Your next blog is Elsa

Here is the complete line up:

Lisa -
Shawnee -
Creative Kuts -
Deb -
Corrine -
Tristan -
Mickie -
Rachelle –
Sheri -
Melanie -
Christine -
Bobbi –
Debbie -
Leila -
Emily -
Jennifer -
April -
Jennifer -
Ashley -
Donna -  **That’s me!**
Elsa -
Shannon -
Ashley -
Monica -
Lisa -

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge 52

Peachy Keen Stamps Sketch Challenge #52
*Create a card based on the layout provided (Peachy Keen Stamps were not required for this challenge)
*Project must include basic elements from provided sketch
*Link up your creation before May 30th

The Sketch:

My card:

Homemade Clip it Up

I have been wanting to post a picture of my "homemade" Clip it Up for a few weeks now... So finally, here it is.  I used a revolving shoe rack ($10 at Bed Bath & Beyond with coupon) and 8 boxes of small binder clips (88 cents per box at Walmart)  The shoe rack had 3 tiers but I did not use the bottom one so that I'd be able to hang longer things on the lower part of the rack and shorter items on the top.  The lower tier has the shoe rack turned upside down for maximum hanging area.  The upper rack I left right side up to form a "basket" on top for some of my flowers & ribbons.

I attached the clips by removing the wire part of the clip on one side, slipping it over the outer circle on the shoe rack tier, and then reassembling the clip.  (See close up below)

Total cost for the homemade Clip it Up... under $20. 
Price of a purchased "Clip it Up" (top and bottom tier) Plus extra clips...  Over $100. 
Satisfaction of knowing I have $80 left to spend on more Scrapbook Supplies... Priceless!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

My Blog has been deemed Cricut-tastic!
Wear this Badge proudly on your Blog and share it with friends! Let's all celebrate Cricut's 5 year anniversary.

Now for the rules of this award:
1. Share with 10 people that you think have Cricut-tastic blogs.
2. You have to tell 5 Cricut-related things about yourself.

Thank you so much Ashley for givining me the cricut-tastic award!

Here are the 5 cricut-related things about me:

1. I bought my first cricut, the original Cricut Personal Cutter, 5 years ago this month!
2. I also own a Cricut Create.
3. I also own a Cricut Expression
4. I also own a Gypsy
5. I have over 50 Cricut Cartridges.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Masculine/Retro Card

Getting Cricky's Simply Sunday Challenge is to Create any project with a father or retro theme.  Post by May 28th.

Cricut Cardz Challenge#75 is to make a masculine birthday card using something with wheels, and any colors or cartridges you'd like. Post by May 24th.

My project is a Card I made for my husband for his Birthday/Father's Day which are both in the middle of June.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Christmas in May

MAG Challenge by the Page Challenge #26:
Catridge: Hello Kitty
Page: 73
For this challenge, you can only use the images from the selected cartridge and page.    It was not easy getting into "Christmas" in May! I came up with a very simple card.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tropical Layout

Queen of my Craftroom Design Team Challenge posted May 9th, 2011.The Design Team challenge for this week is a TROPICAL THEME. It can be a card, layout, anything you want.  Mine is a layout from my trip to Hawaii...

Celebrate The Occasion

CTO Challenge #13 is to celebrate the union of two people in love. The  theme is "Wedding" (must use ribbon) Create a card, layout or project and post by Sunday, May 15th @ 11:59pm.
This card was made for my daughter and her fiance.  They were just engaged two weeks ago!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Another Challenge...

MAG Challenge by the PageChallenge #25:
Catridge: Graphically Speaking
Page: 57
For this challenge, you can only use the images from the selected page and/ or cartridge.  Post no later than Wednesday, May 11th by 11:59pm (EST)
I used CTMH paper for this card.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Challenge #12 -  Celebrate the Occasion The challenge theme this week is Graduation.
Entries due no later than Sunday, May 8th, 11:59 pm (EST)*

This layout is from my daughter's second College Graduation.


Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Challenge Me Monday #58 - Flower Shower
Make a card or project and include at least 3 flowers on it.
CreativeSisters Monday Challenge #7 - MAY FLOWERS
This project must contain some sort or form of flower.
For both of these challenges I created an Altered Notebook. This is the first time I have made one of these and it was really pretty easy.

Mothers Day Gift Idea

Crazy About Cricut - Thankful Thursday  Mother's Day theme.  Any project you'd like for, by, or about a Mother.
Creative Cutter Room's Design Time Thursday: Mother's Day Gift Ideas 
Create a gift with pink, ribbon, stitching and two different flowers.

This mini scrapbook was stitched together on my sewing machine.  I put handmade flowers on the cover & pre-made flowers on the inside. Each page is made from a 12 x 12 - 2 sided piece of  K & Company Scrapbook paper.  The book is almost complete, but I wanted to get it up here on time, so a few tags are still missing. 

My Scrapbook Room

My Scrapbook Room
This is where it all happens