Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My Little Crafting Buddy

This adorable card was made by my granddaughter.  When she comes over we like to play with my paper crafting supplies and especially the paper dolls.  Here is one of her first projects.  She was 7 at the time.   She made a card for a friend at church.  She definitely has the crafting gene.

Another Simple Card

This simple card was inspired by something I saw on the internet.  (I have no idea where or even what theirs looked like.)  This was for a wedding shower.  Once again I was in a giant hurry.  If I had had more time (and thought the couple would even care) I would have at least put centers in the flowers and maybe their names inside the heart.

Christmas Tree 2011

It seems every year I get less and less interested in decorating my Christmas tree.  I wanted to go with something different this past Christmas -- something simple -- so I cut out some homemade ornaments using my Cricut.  I had found the foil papers (by American Crafts) for a great price at TJ Maxx.  I used the Holiday Cakes, Inspired Heart, and Winter Woodland cartridges.  It wasn't the greatest tree I've ever had, but it got the job done.

This star was my special ornament.  My mother (who is responsible for my love of crafting) made this.  She never had money for craft supplies, but she could make the greatest things out of trash.   We lost her suddenly in 2007.  I miss her so much.

Simple, But Funny

Nothing special about this card. I was just looking through my old pictures and ran across this. Looking at the simplicity of it, I'm sure I was in a giant hurry (most likely late for the birthday party) and threw it together. (Kids and teens, especially boys, only care what's inside the card anyway.) The car is the same Sizzix die I've used many times (especially for a 16th birthday). I just thought it was funny that in the picture I used he is wearing a life jacket. I used to have nightmares about running off a bridge into the lake. I guess I just wanted to make sure he was fully prepared for driving! LOL!

She's the Artist

Why is it that I've been crafting all my life (we don't need to talk about just how long that is -- trust me, it's a long time), but my daughter (who has some interest in crafting, but mostly can take it or leave it) can make beautiful cards like this? She is an incredible artist! It makes me proud and jealous at the same time (mostly just proud). These are pretty much her first attempts at cardmaking (other than just drawing pictures). I love them! She constantly amazes me with her many talents!

Saturday, August 4, 2012


This one I did two years ago, but I liked it and I had fun with it.  I made it for my crafty sister who fell down the stairs and broke her ankle in three places.  I probably wouldn't have put this much time into a card for just anyone, but I knew she would appreciate it (and she's worth it).  The doll and clothes are Sizzix, as are the cell phone and glasses (I think).  The magazine was cut from an ad.  The chair and ottoman were drawn by my daughter.

This is rather morbid, but I thought it was funny.  I had to cut the doll apart to get the pose I wanted.  My daughter's boyfriend at the time saw the pieces and put them together like this.  I'm sure my sister felt like this during her recovery time.

Prayers for B

Does that butterfly look familiar?  This card was for a young mother at church who is battling cancer.  I like this pink and white version.  I'll probably use it again.

Thank You Card

A simple thank you card.  Scalloped circle is Spellbinders with inked edges and stamped sentiment.  Butterfly border is Martha Stewart.

Haley's Get Well Card

The monkey on this card cracks me up! Yes, he has five o'clock shadow. The more I tried to fix him, the worse he got! LOL! This card was for a little girl at church who had surgery. The card base is one of the box cards. The monkey is from New Arrival Cricut cartridge. I added googly eyes for fun. The vines were just cut from circles which were a Sizzix die I think. The leaves are also Sizzix. The monkey is just hanging freely from the vines (not glued down). The monkey on the inside is on a homemade version of an Action Wobble.

Jenni's Card

There's that butterfly again. I made this card for a lady at church who was going through a difficult time caring for her sister who was ill. The labels/tags are Spellbinders (I think). The embossed heart is a Martha Stewart punch. The card was DCWV Linen Closet collection.

C's Birthday Card

Another birthday card. This was for one of my sisters. We have a joke about the Easy Bake Ovens we got for Christmas one year when we were kids. I won't go into the whole story, but she ended up with the cute one and I ended up with an empty box (which was later exchanged for the "new" Easy Bake Oven which was plain and no where near as cute as hers). Anyway, this card was perfect for her. I spent WAY more time on the oven on the inside than I should have, but I had fun and really liked how it turned out. The girl silhouette on the front of the card and the card itself are from A Child's Year Cricut cartridge. The stove/oven on the inside was made by me using various shapes in Cricut Craft Room. I used clear plastic for the window in the oven door, a paper clip for the handle, and seed beads for the knobs. You can't tell it from these pictures, but I put Fun Foam on the stove base for more dimension. The cake is from Elmo's Party cartridge.

Friday, August 3, 2012

G is Driving! Yikes!

I made this card for my nephew's birthday -- you know ... the one every mother dreads! I think I got the map off Google maps. The car is a Sizzix die cut from a shiny plastic scrap of paper from junk mail. The headlights are cut from Crayola Stardust Paper I bought years ago at the Dollar Tree. I think I bought all they had. I don't know what I'll do when I run out of this stuff; I use it all the time. It's great for making faux lights. The boy is from Sizzix also. The license plate and "Happy 16th" are printed from Hot Rod Alphabet from Lettering Delights.

Versatile Card

I liked this card so much I've made it twice (with just slight variations) -- once for a birthday and later for a get well card. I got the background paper from one of the paper packs (couldn't tell you which one, but it was a long time ago). I think that is what I like most about the card. The butterfly is from QuicKutz. This is my go-to die for semi-quick cards. (No card is truly quick for me.) I just love this butterfly! I like to attach only the body and fold the wings for a 3-D effect. The grass is a border punch, which I inked a little for dimension. I also inked the edges of the background paper. The flower is a punch (my go-to flower punch) with two punches layered together and a flower brad in the center. The ladybug is cut from a border punch. I just used a Sharpie pen for the details.

Catch Up Time

Well, I've been extremely busy lately, so I'm going to try to catch up somewhat. I'll be posting some of the things I've made recently (if I can remember how). This first one is a quick card I made about a year ago for my pastor's mother who was sick. The fence is a Sizzix die and the flowers, grass and dragonfly are from various punches.