I bought this layout kit from Lott's to Scrap About  for $6.99 and I just love this website for quick and easy layouts. 

My grand-daughter is going to be a witch for Halloween this year and she is going to love this layout.  I'm sorry the photo isn't the greatest.  I took it with my cell phone and the lighting was not the best in the world.

Check out http://www.lottstoscrapabout.com/ and see what you think.

This is a halloween t-shirt that a friend of mine at work admired but didn't want to spend $30 + shipping to only wear a couple of times.  I was able to find the design and converted it in inkscape to a SCAL file and cut the design out of heat transfer vinyl and ironed it on for her.  I made a 2nd one for another pregnant girl at work too.  I hope they like it.  I really enjoyed making these and they were very easy to do.  It took me longer to convert the file than it did to actually, cut out, weed and iron on.

I know the photo is not the best.  I took it with my phone and it was a little crooked, but I think you can get the gist.

I found this youtube video thanks to Greenbean on the Cricut message board.  I used this technique on my grand-daughters hair last night and again tonight.  She loves it.  My oldest daughter tried it herself and she too loved it. 

If you have a child with long hair, this is a wonderfual way to curl hair with no appliances and no pain.  It doesn't hurt them when they sleep and it is actually very attractive once you have completed the technique and best of all, it only takes a few minutes.

This is the back before picture.

This is the front before picture

This is the after photo.

Watch the video and let me know what you think!  
I have been looking for a template to update my blog and I think I finally found one I like.

I am not a designer at all so I have to rely on the wonderful talented folks on the web to do it for me.

I'm going to try this out one for a while and see how it works out.

Hope you enjoy the changes.
You all know how much I enjoy Monique Griffith's layouts. This is one of her kits that I ordered. I just love it. The kit had a lot of tiny pieces but over all, it was so much fun to cut, & put together. I love the papers that she chooses and wish I only had half of her talent.

I used a lot of stickles and I didn't realize you need to have professional tutoring to use them well. I learned a lot but I know I still need a lot yet to learn.

The cuts for this layout are from Life's a Beach.

This is a layout I worked on at my last retreat. I havne't put a title yet or photos, but plan to do complete that at my next crop. I am also going to put photos of my 6 grand-daughters in the photos. I loved the paper and it has beautiful lines of stitches on the pages.

I cut the yellow journal tag out using the Live Simply cartridge. I purchased the beautiful flowers from Michaels a while back. They are from the Recollections brand. I wish I had bought more. They really enhance the page. The butterfly embellishments were also Recollections from Michaels.

This is a double layout that was created by one of my favorite designers, Monique Griffith. I did not buy the kit for this layout but certainly wish I had. I tried to mimic the design and it took me quite a while to get all of the paper together because it was a discotinued pack but I am so glad I was persistent. I love the layout.....I still need to add some flowers and photos, but overall, I am very please with how this layout turned out.

I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend. My husband and I have spent the weekend rebuilding our 6x6 walk in closet. For such a small space, you wouldn't believe the stuff we had in there. After we emptied the closet and removed the guts of the existing closet, we spent the day Saturday rebuilding it with the Closetmaid system. We went to dinner around 5:30 and after dinner finished the other side of the closet before 8:00pm. The 2nd side went much faster than the first side! Sunday and today were spent going through all the crap that was in the closet. We filled up the back of my husbands Toyota Tacoma and took it to Goodwill. We will be filling the truck later this evening with all of the trash that he is taking to the dump! Only about 1/3 of what came out of the closet has gone back in! I hope to keep it that way.

I will really be celebrating my Memorial Day next week as my son will be coming home from Iraq. He has completed his 2nd tour of duty. It will be my first time to be able to meet him and all of his buddies at their homecoming! I really miss the big lug! I was able to upload the photo above from facebook. My sone is the one on the left.

My new computer won't accept my camera card so I am unable to upload photos. I have been to 2 crops recently and have quite a few pictures to share of projects I have completed along with photos of my Fat Max that I decorated.

As soon as I get a new card I will upload the photos and share what I've been up to.

This is my Mothers Day gift! I was at a scrapbook retreat this past weekend and one of the ladies there had one of these and I just fell in love with it.

I am going to decorate the front of mine with vinyl to match the colors of my scraproom. I will post an after photo once I have finished it.

I was able to get two thirds of my supplies in there so it will be easier for me when packing for swarms and crops. I will put this to the side of me and have everything at my fingertips. I will also be able to use it in my scraproom because it is so small, I can roll it over to my work table and have access to my paper and other supplies.

Thank you Deb for sharing your wonderful idea! What a great Mothers Day gift!

I made this card for a dear friend at work that is getting married next month. Her shower is tomorrow.

I want to thank Sheila at "She's a Sassy Lady" for her video from Dallas and to Melissa at "Melissa Made" for creating this spinner card. I love Sheila's videos and this one is my favorite by far. Sheila's video had such wonderful information and she slowly put the card together to show us exactly how it was done. Melissa's tutorial had the dimensions of the slider and card. Thank you both so very much.

This card is made using Lori's Garden. The background papers, the sentiment and the bird are all from Lori's Garden. I also used a little bling on the sentiment and for the birds eye. The card is a 5x7 and the slider mecahnism is 6 3/4 x 2. The inside of the slider mechanism is 5 3/4 x .55.

This cartridge was worth the $52 I spent on the cartridge.
I will be using this cartridge a lot and the papers in them are so beautiful! I'm so sorry that one of the photo's is a little dard and the other a little light! I am still working on my photography....at least the card is straight!

I will be gone for the next week and a half. My husband and I will be traveling to San Antonio to visit family over the next couple of weeks. I won't have any way to scrap or be creatie while I'm gone but I do plan to purchase a few more goodies for my scrap room while I am gone, but don't tell my husband! LOL

I received the blog award above a couple of weeks ago and haven't had the chance to post it since my computer was on the blink. I've also been working a lot so haven't had a lot of time lately to blog.

Mary, thank you so much for visiting my blog and finding it worthy of this award! I really appreciate it.

You can check out Mary's blog here! http://www.maryscraftingspot.blogspot.com/

Here's the list to accept this award:

  • Thank the person that gave you the award.
  • Share 8 things about yourself.
  • Pass the award on to 8 people I've recently discovered.
  • Make a post so that they may pass aklong the recognition.

8 Things about me:

  • I initially bought my Cricut to cut fabric.
  • I've only been papercrafting about a year.
  • I love swarms and retreats.
  • I love to drink Starbucks Dark Chocolate Mocha Frappucino.
  • I buy more scrapping supplies than I spend time crafting.
  • I am an identical twin.
  • I miss my Honda minivan (hubby wanted an Accord instead).
  • I love spending time with my better half.

8 Individuals to pass this award to:

I had a little help from my hubby but I don't have room in my small craft space to have all of my machines out. I have an embroidery machine, a sewing machine, a Cricut Expression and an Imagine. I wanted to have my Expression out because I cannot use my Imagine for everything so I built a riser for it. We used a 6ft by 12in piece of wood and had it cut into 3 pieces. It is 26 inches wide and 14 inches tall.

I wanted to have room for the screen to open on the Imagine. I also have the handy caddy's underneath my Imagine so that I can pull it out from the wall when I want to use it.

I was going to make a video of the machines in action but my new laptop had to be sent back to the manufacturer because it will not read my SD card! They could not repair it over the phone so I had to ship it back to Samsung to repair.

Well it's almost Valentines Day and I waited until the last minute to get anything done. I made a card for my husband and although I would have loved to have made him a card with more suttle colors, I didn't really have anything in my stash to use. I had this Valentine print and just went from there. I'm happy with the way it turned out but I definitely need to work on my doodling! The pen I used was not the best and I won't be using that one again. I switched to a Jelly Roll pen for the doodling on the inside of the card and I think it turned out much better. I found the sentiment on the inside on the internet and printed it out on my computer and trimmed it to fit the inside.

My youngest grand-daughter is under the weather with a nasty bug and mom didn't have time to work on valentines for her so I whipped these up for her this afternoon. I used my Imagine and the Best Friends cartridge to make these.
Even though she is sick, mom found that she had opened 4 packages of the candy and was putting them into a larger sandwich baggie! I'm sure she was intending to eat them, but luckily she was discovered in time. She won't be going to daycare tomorrow but at least she will have them when she goes back.

My daughter is a school teacher and is also at the age where a lot of her friends are having babies. She had 2 girl friends recently who had baby showers and asked me to embroider some bibs. For one in particular she asked me to make an outfit. I used the Martha Pullen Jon Jon pattern and I used a Linnie Pinnie applique dragon. I also had this cute blanket with matching little soothie and monogrammed the babies initials on the blanket.

My daughter said that her friend loved the outfit, blanket and bibs.

This is a birthday card for my boss, Cheryl. I had to whip it together tonight because I didn't have time to make one over the weekend. I purchased this stamp from a local scrapbook store for half price. I cut the circle out with my Imagine using the circle shape. The background paper is a lovely sparkely paper with glitter on it. I added a little flower brad to the "o" in You and it was just the final touch. For something that I put together so quickly, I'm happy with the way it came out. Always the perfectionist......I definitely need to work on my stamping! LOL

I've had this video for a while but didn't get it edited until tonight. I had some Christmas money and came across some great deals to boot.

This is a birthday card for my step-daughter. This card was put together really quickly because I didn't have a lot of time. I used the Imagine, Yummy cartridge and a Happy Birthday Stamp. I like that I can print and cut on my Imagine and then layer as needed. The flourish layer and the green layer are both printed using the Yummy cartridge as well.

I know that it looks crooked in the photo. I really need to work on getting my photos straight!

Thanks for looking.

As usual, I was totally drawing a blank when trying to think up a belated birthday card. I was watching Mary at CardzTV (I love her work) and came across this card. It was perfect. So in my usual style, I scraplifted it. I made a couple of changes but lucked up while I was at AC Moore earlier today and came across the same print pattern that she used on her card. Everything eles I just used what I had. I found the dragon fly brad in my stash and it was the same color as on the paper so I used it. The little turtle is from WIMG and is cut at 2 1/2.

This card is for my dear friend, boss and co-worker who's birthday was last week. I have hardly seen her in the last couple of months because she has been working out of town. I actually saw her on her birthday but didn't have a card or gift for her and I felt horrible about it so I invited her to lunch. She had to wait for me for over 45 minutes before we could go to lunch and once we ordered our food at the little shop downstairs I paid for mine and I didn't realize she had paid for her own lunch until they brought it out to her. Talk about feeling horrible......not to mention embarrassed that I had asked her to lunch on her birthday and she had to pay for hers. I guess it could have been worse, she could have had to pay for both of ours! It's probably happened before but if you ask her she wouldn't admit it. She is the type of person who NEVER forgets anyones Birthday no matter where she is. I am certainly going to work on being a better friend this year!

Thank you Mary for your inspiration and your talent. I visit your blog regularly and I love your cards. I will be scraplifting more! :)