This is an outfit I completed for my hairdresser's baby, Zara. I appliqued Zara's initial on a onesie and made the ruffled bloomers using YCMT's "Smarty Pants" pattern. I've made this pattern several times. I had a pair of little black and white trumpette socks in my stash so I will give her those as well.

I also monogrammed 10 bibs for Zara using all different colors of thread and I'm pleased with the way they turned out.

This weekend my husband and I are babysitting for one of our grand-daughters. This afternoon she and I were running errands and stopped by a local scrapbook store that is going out of business. She had seen the 2 post-it-note holders I had made for her teachers and wanted to make one for herself. She picked out all the paper, ribbon and flowers. I helped her cut the paper with the trimmer and I ran the blue paper through the cuttlebug and embossed tiny flowers on it (one of my $2 folders from Big Lots). Below is the end result. I used Disney's Happily Ever After Cartridge for the initial. You can't really tell it but her initial is actually glitter paper and it is really lovely. Reese loves it.

This photo is a view of the back of the note holder.

Here is my take on the picture frame post it note holder that I am giving to my grand-daughters
kindegarten teachers. Next time I will monogram the initials in the middle of the blank space instead of the middle of the paper.

I used Kiwi Paper instead of cardstock and I'm very happy with the way they turned out, with the exception of the momogram. I still think they look good enough to give the teachers.

These were so easy to make, it only took about 10 minutes to monogram the letters and putting the whole piece together once the colors and papers were chosen only took about 5 minutes, max!

I will definitely be making these again!

Here is my score from Big Lots.....I went to two different stores to find these. The first group of folders/dies are all related to the princesses and Nemo.

This set is all related to Disney Holiday folders/dies.

This group is other Disney folders/ favorite is the Pirate related ones and the Mickey Mouse Head journaling folder.

These folders are regular Cuttlebug folders.

You will probably find this strange but I hate bending down to throw my scraps into my tiny trash can so I've been looking for a "garbage bowl"! I found this at Big Lots also for $2.50. It fits perfectly on my table and out of the way because it is oblong. now I can fill the bowl with scraps and then dump it once in a while.

This is a birthday card that I made for our Sunday School teacher. I used my new Gypsy and both the "Happy Birthday" and the cute little "Whale" came from Gypsy Wanderings. I cut out some blue patterned paper with a wave on it and embossed it with one of my cuttlebug folders. Then I cut around the top of the embossed curves to make it look like waves.....I am very pleased with how the ocean turned out. If you can't read the insdie of the card it says "Have a Whale of a Birthday!"

It took me a while to decide what I wanted to do, but once I put the designs on my Gypsy, I cut it out, and it went together very very quickly compared to what I have been doing.

I'm still struggling with color and pattern. I'm a little disappointed that you can't read the Happy Birthday very well, but overall, I'm more pleased with this card than any other card I've made. Partly because I came up with the complete design myself and partly because that little whale is so darn cute.

I will be the first to admit that I am not very creative......these cards prove it! LOL. I have to laugh at myself because if I don't, I would probably cry. I have spent hours working on these two cards. I look at other blogs and forums and there are so many beautiful cards out there but I can't seem to put pattern and color together. I know that I am still new at this and I need to give myself a little bit of slack there, but it is so frustrating when I can't just pick this craft up and make something beautiful with it.

I'm not giving up though! It's not in my nature so I will post my cards and look back on it a year from now and hope that I can see some serious improvement.

Thank you all for your support and it's ok to snicker, cuz I won't know. LOL

I read on one of the message boards over the weekend that Walmart was closing out their scrapbook and sewing areas in some stores. I was on my way to Michaels today and stopped in at my local Walmart to find that my local stores sewing section was gone! I headed for the scrapbook section and sure enough, cricut cartridges were $30! I couldn't believe it. My local Walmart has NEVER had cartridges for under $60, so I looked up quickly to scan the carts to see what was available and there it was......EVERYDAY PAPERDOLLS and there was only 1 left! I practically jerked it off the wall. I couldn't wait to get it home. Almost everything was marked down. I got a Martha Stewart edge punch for $6. I bought Martha Stewart paper packs for $5 and Walmarts other brand of cardstock for $5 each. I bought another pair of cutterbee scissors for $4 and a ton of stickers for .75 and $1. All in All I'm very happy with the purchase and I can't wait to cut one of these cuties out!

THERE'S MORE TO THE STORY: I went back by Walmart this morning on my way to work and found that they had put out a bunch of solutions cartridges.....I got Indie Art for $20 (not a steal but I have been wanting it for a while), but I also got San Serif for $6! All 3 cartridges came with Rewards Points so it has been well worth the experience!

I'm going to go by there one more time as they have "Wild Card" but it was not yet marked down. I'm going to see if maybe they haven't tagged it but it is marked down. I really need that cart! LOL

Wish me luck everyone!