Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring is in the Air! ( I think!)

I saw an easel card used to make a desktop calendar on Debbie's Cards and More (, and I just had to try it!  She was kind enough to tell me the mini-calendar supplier that she uses, and the rest is history.  So although this is my original design, I cannot take credit for the idea.  Thanks, Debbie!

To start, the grass is from PS @ 1" - the medalion, leaves, and font is from SB - the sunflower is handmade and secured with a brown button tied with brown and white baker's twine.  I added a bit of lace and 3 "diamonds" for some added bling.  The medallion, leaves, and font were embossed using my Cuttlebug.

I chose the colors to represent spring, but thought they would be great all year long.  The medallion, flower, leaves, and A are popped for dimension.

The inside mats are cut to fit with the edges punched to give it a marquee look.  The leaves are from SB, and the dots are leftover from a hole punch....add a small brown bow and VOILA!
This is a large card (5x7) but could be scaled down to any size.
I love the way it turned out and it will sit on my computer desk in the craft room.
I will enter this in the FCC challenge for this week - Looks Like Spring

Sunday, March 27, 2011

And the lion will lie down with the lamb...

I wanted to try a new fold this week that I had not seen before.  It was a simple fold used to make your card stand up for display.

The picture was computer generated and matted 3 times.  The flower was accented with the MS branches, button center with memory thread, and the petals with shiny accents.
The sentiments were also computer generated, matted, and popped for dimension.
The lily and tulips are from ACY.
The card folds to 4 x 5 1/2.

I was looking for something different to make for Easter giving.  I am pleased with this card, even though the pictures really don't do it justice.  TFL!
I will enter this in the CWC challenge for this week - "Lions and Lambs"



Friday, March 25, 2011

My Latest Award!

It is always appreciated when a fellow crafter appreciates your work.
The rules for receiving this award is to:
 Thank the person who gave it to you
Tell 7 things about yourself
Award it to 15 bloggers that you think deserve it as well

7 things about me!
1.  I am married to a wonderful man that admires and loves me very much
2.  I love to paper craft
3.  I am training a 9 month old puppy to become a loving member of our family
4.  I am am amateur photographer
5.  My husband and I love to go camping to get closer to nature
6.  We enjoy having dinner together while we chat about our day
7.  I have a wonderful neighbor that I take meals to several nights a week


Have a great Friday!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

I have been wanting to try a "slider" card for some time now, and decided to get down to it today.

I followed the splitcoaststamper tutorial that I found on-line.  This card measures 4 x 5 1/2".
The flowers are handmade, inked and accented with green buttons and memory thread.
The bunny is from WW (2"), the grass from PS (1"), and the eggs from Doodlecharms (2, 1 1/2, 1").
The bunny and eggs are popped for added dimension and were also embossed using CB.
A pale pink ribbon and the front is finished!

The inside semtiments were stamped and colored with pencils.
The inside tags were layered and had the corners rounded.
An additional pink ribbon for pulling and the card was complete.
This was actually an easy project even though it took some time to get everything in place.
I will definitely make another one!  TFL!
I will enter this in the CCC challenge for this week - Make a card using only Pink, Green, and White

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Double Happiness

I designed this card while watching DWTS last night.  Although I am not a "reality TV" person, I do like this one! 

I wanted to come up with a design that incorporated an Asian flair.  The card front frame, shadow, and "double happiness" along with the flourish on the inside are SVGs and were cut with SCAL.  The corners were punched, the flower is handmade and accented with a button and branches from the MS branch punch.
The sentiment is computer generated, inked, and popped.  The blue frame and inside mat are embossed with Cuttlebug.

The inside sentiment coinsides with the "double happiness" on the front and is also embossed with Cuttlebug.
I was quite pleased with the final product.  TFL!
I am going to enter this card in the FCC challenge this week - # 52 Happy Birthday

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Midget Football

Here is a notecard that I made using the "Sure Cuts Alot" software and the Inkscape program. 
It is the logo from the local midget football team and I have made them for both the players and the cheerleaders.

I know there is a lawsuit between this sort of cutting program and ProvoCraft, but I have to admit that I love being able to cut images that I have converted into an svg format.  I still have many Cricut carts and continue to purchase them as new ones come out, but sometimes there is something personal that you need and it will never be found on a commercial cartridge.  TFL!

Thursday, March 17, 2011


My puppy is invited to a  Bow-Wow Birthday party tonight for one of his puppy play-time friends. Since Marley is such a thoughtful canine, he wanted me to give "a dog a bone" for his pal's special day.  After much brainstorming, this will be our treat bag for tonight.

The gift bag and ribbon were leftovers from Christmas.  The card, inside HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment, and "Pongo" are from ACY.  Goofy is from Mickey Font, the balloon backing is from Celebrations, and the "loyal" tag is a die-cut that is finished off with a piece of twisted memory thread.
Of course, the only thing Pongo will enjoy are the bones!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Thank you!

Even though the skies are gray and dreary, I was in a spring time state of mind today; hence, this little thank you card befit with tulips.

This is an odd sized card - 5 3/4 x 7 - but will fit in a regular invitation envelope.
The tulips (3" regular and shadow), and thank you (1 1/2 regular and shadow) were cut from the Botanicals Lite cart, while the ornamental gate (2x6) was cut from the Heritage cart.  The B&W squares were cut @ 4 and 4 1/2" respectively and corners punched.
The "thank you" was matted in ovals and the scalloped mat was made by using 6 punched scalloped squares, joining them together and embossing them using the paisley Cuttlebug folder.  A little bling with some gem-like flowers and we are finished.  TFL!
I will enter this is the CCC challenge for this week - Thank You card using, blue, white, and yellow, with a border cut from any Cricut cart.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

Today is our wedding anniversary and this is the card I made for my dear hubby.  I know it doesn't have a "manly" look to it, but the essence of Spring is what I was looking to incorporate. 

I love making easel cards and this one is no exception!  I found the video for making these paper flowers at  and just had to try it out.  It was a lot of fun, but I will use a heavier weight cardstock for the accordian folds next time.  The leaves are from PS, the stems were cut by hand, the branches are an MS punch, along with the picket fence which is also an MS border punch.  A little embossing with my Cuttlebug, a gem or two, and your card is finished!

The scallop ovals are from PS and cut 1/4" smaller starting @ 4 1/2".  The hearts are PS and cut in shadow @ 1 1/4 and regular @ 1".  I will add a special sentiment in the "hidden" triangle fold that forms when you stand the card up.
I was pleased with my first attempt at making these 3D flowers, but am sure my next ones will be a little more crisp!  TFL!
This is my entry for CWCs weekly challenge - Green Scene
(use 2 shades of green)
Different shades of green have been used on the leaves, stems, branches behind the picket fence, and the scrollwork on the inside sentiment.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Expressions by Elaine

Once she gets 300 followers, she will give away this great Cricut Cartridge.  Check out her blog and enter at:

Top 'O the Morning to Ya!

It's fabulous Friday and everyone is looking forward to the weekend.  Here is a little something I whipped up for St. Patrick's Day.

This is a simple "Z Fold" card. Very easy to make - simply fold the 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock in half and then fold one side in half again in the opposite direction.  The front edge of the card was decorated with a border punch and matted with a muted brown and green patterned paper.  The shamrocks and border are from PDDU, and the sentiment is on a "ripped" mat of white cardstock, inked, and is computer generated.  
This card was so easy to make and I liked the end result....hope you do too!  TFL!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I'm late! I'm late, for a very important date!

I have had this idea in my head ever since I received my new Disney Classics cart; and since today is another rainy, gray, windy, day in Pennsylvania, it seemed like the perfect time to tackle my project.

The card is 4x9, the background is computer generated (free printable) and matted. 
 The March Hare (2 3/4) is from Disney Classics, the eggs are
 Doodlecharms (1"), the grass is PS, and the colorful hedges are the MS branch punch.  The corners were edged with a corner punch and the "Hare" was popped to give him the dimension of running. 
I wouldn't cut the March Hare any smaller than 3" - it was difficult to cut the layers and get them in place.
 I had such fun making this and I hope you enjoyed it too.  TFL!
I will enter this in three challenges for this week:
FCC - Tree Time
CCC - 4x9 Card
CWC - Time Piece

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hippity, Hoppity!

Hippity, Hoppity, Easter's on its way!  I found this cute idea on Cardz TV and just had to try it.

I used a mint green cardstock for the base (4 1/2 x 5 1/2) and matted it with pink (4 x 5 1/4) and patterned
(3 3/4 x 5) paper.  The basket (2 1/2) and eggs (1") are from Doodlecharms. 
The bunny is from WW (2 1/4). The marquee cut is from SB - shadow (3 1/2) and regular (3 1/4).  The marquee, basket, and bunny have been embossed using the Cuttlebug.  The bunny, basket, and sentiment have been popped for dimension.
 I'm not sure of the inside sentiment yet, but I am happy with the way it turned out.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Here is a cute card to send your BFF for a birthday or any day. 
All cuts are from the GS cart.  The edges have been inked and punched with a border punch.  FABULOUS is cut twice with one 1/4" smaller than the other and layered.  Glitter is added to the high heel for bling, a pink and white ribbon along with an ivy stamp finish it off.  I love the black, red, and pink colors together.  This was a fun card to make and it will be a fun one to receive.  TFL!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Name It!

This is one of my favorite easel cards, and so easy to make. The name is layered several times and is cut using SB. I used the MS branch punch and a small gem for some pizzazz.  The corners are from HD and the ovals are cut from PS.  Happy Birthday is from ACY.

I love the paper hues in purple, teal, and tourquoise.  Perfect for a "girly" birthday wish.

Thanks for checking out Sunday's Creation.  I hope you like it!


Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Few Things.....

I found this idea on CardMaker Mag's Web Bonus and I had to give it a try.  I just loved the "bones of wisdom" on the front of the card....hope you like it too. TFL!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Happy Birthday to you...

This is a card that I made for my dear friend's birthday.  As you already know, I love to make easel cards; and this one is especially pretty done in hues of lavender and tourquoise.  The front of the card made using three different patterened papers and two different card stocks.  The bow is from Trim the Tree, the snowflakes are from Winter Woodland, and the swirls are from Home Decor.  The bling on the left-hand corner comes in the form of graduated square gems.

The sentiments were computer generated and the snowflakes were popped for dimension.  The glitter on the paper also adds a nice touch.

The inside sentiment says:  The most special thing about this card is the person holding it.
I think she'll love it!  TFL!
I will enter this in the CWC card challenge:  Double Take
(2 card stocks / 2 patterned papers / 2embellishments)

Happy Birthday!

Good day, everyone!  I just finished this birthday card and was quite pleased on how it turned out.  The "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" was welded in DS using the shadow feature and then was layered using the regular cut.  Scalloped ovals, pretty patterned papers, a touch of copper metallic, a fancy corner, and a gemstone for some added bling.

This inside was embellished the same way and the sentiment mats were made using a Fiskars punch.  The sentiment was computer generated.  This will go in my stash for when I need a card in a hurry!  TFL!