Friday, July 31, 2009


That's my hard drived I'm talking about. Wednesday afternoon sent Nilda my design for the Cuttlebug Spot...turned the PC off...went back 4 hours later to check my email and I get a NO BOOT DEVICE and a black screen! I cried all night, Id just got done dumping all my pics from camera cards onto the PC and of course, I hadn't written them to disks yet. Dell just came this evening about 7pm EST and put in a new hard drive ( since it's still under warrenty-- not even 6 months old mind you) so I'm up and running, and hopefully will have email by the this time tomorrow. I'm going to try and recover the hard drive so I hopefully I can get all my pics back ( that's really the only things on there that are important to me). So, wish me luck and hope to be back in action full speed by Monday!

Say your prayers for me ladies!


Monday, July 27, 2009

This Just In!!

OMG!! I just finished posting my creation for the week at The Cuttlebug Spot and I hopped back to check my email and you'll never believe the wonderful news I just got! I was chosen to be a design team member for a new challenge blog called Practical Scrappers. The whole idea behind this blog is to do the weekly challenges using your scrapbooking stash. Anyone who is a serious scrapbooker has one, just ask my darling husband. What started out as a one time Christmas gift with a cardboard box of supples has turned into my own office which, by the way, needs to be enlarged. This is going to be a lot of fun and sensible trying to find new ways to use up what we have! Make sure stop on over beginning in August to check out our first challenge --


Cuttlebug Challenge #41

Another week has come and gone and so has another challenge. This week at The Cuttlebug Spot we are doing Christmas in July. For me personally I cannot not stop thinking about Christmas because I just got done booking flights to Disney World for 2 weeks over the holiday. I am so excited that we are going to be there for the holiday-- not only the to share the magic of Christmas with all of our family, but also the magic of Disney, too! Is there such thing of magic overload--LOL!!

Anyway, here the project for this week:

I used the Snowflakes embossing folder on some Creative Memories metallic (silver) paper. The pattern paper is from DCWV Ulitmate Christmas Stack ( 2008), some snowflake ribbon. Also, I cut the snowflake in the center on my cricut using the Accent Essentials cart on both the metallic paper and white cardstock. The stamped sentiment was a Studio g stamp that I stamped using my versa mark, then poured some silver embossing powdered on it and heat embossed.

Thanks for stopping in this week and make sure to stop in and get your entry in for this week's challenge at!!


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cottage Cutz Wednesday at the Cuttlebug Spot!

Today, Cottage Cutz Wednesday's are back at The Cuttlebug Spot. These dies are the cutest and are perfect for your scrapbooking and card making. Here's a LO I did with the watermelon die of my three kiddos having a little picnic on our back porch!

Make sure your stop on over at and leave a comment to try and win some of the cute dies or if you want to get some of your own you can get them at The Scrapping Cottage.

Thanks for stopping in!


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Blog Hopping Fun!

This week at the Cuttlebug Spot we are blog hopping to see everyone's work. We are using any past technique ( i.e. inking, sanding) we've done on the board and featuring our work on our blogs. I don't know about you but I can't wait to visit the rest of the DT's blogs to see what everyone created (scroll to end of post for next blog hop)...

Here's my creation this week:

On this card I used the D'vine Swirls embossing folder (DCWV textured cardstock) on the background layer and I sanded the embossing with my sanding block. The stamped image is a Stampin' Up image. I borrowed a bunch a stamps from a friend awhile back and had stamped this cute little ballerina that I've been waiting to use. I colored her in with my water color pencils which I've finally gotten the hang of using different colors to create new shades/hues. I used my Nesties label 4 and cut it on my Cuttlebug and stamped the word "dance" ( from a Studio g pack I had) with my Studio g pigment ink. The image is popped up on foam squares to give it demension. I also used my cricut to cut the scalloped oval frame ( used my Creative Memories oval cutters to cut the center from it) and ran that through the CB D'vine Swirls folder and sanded it as well. I added some of the pink trim that reminded be of a ballet tutu, and added some Making Memories mini flowers to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping in now you need to hop on over to Susan blog to check out her creation. Here's the link:


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Two Page LO!!

I'm trying out for a guest design team spot over at Treasured Scrapbooking. We had to do a two page birthday spread. I've had these pics of Delaney's first birthday sitting around for 2 years now trying to figure out what I wanted to do with them. I finally got that extra little push I needed to get these done. Here's what I came up with:

The LO was inspired from a May page maps sketch. Of course, I changed it up a bit to fit my style and needs for pics. I love how it turned out even if I don't get the guest DT spot. Some things to note about the LO, the two princess crowns ( one on Delaney's head and the other under the title in the center) were stamped and heat embossed. I added bling to the crowns as well, the lettering in the title were cut on my cricut, and the white letters are Thickers at I found at my local Big Lots for $2.00 ( BARGAIN!!!). Oh, the two pics that are framed I inked my Swiss Dots CB folder with my studio g pink pigment and then ran it through the CB and embossed it. I love that faded look of the background takes by the actual embossing stays true to the color.

Thanks for stopping in and wish me luck!!


Monday, July 13, 2009

What's Inside Your Card -Cuttlebug Spot #39 and A Recipe Book

A new week, a new challenge...this week at The Cuttlebug Spot we want to see the inside of your cards. I decided to do a baby girl card. I have no purpose for it right now, but I had these scraps I wanted to use up.

Front of the card:

Inside of the card:
Next here, is a recipe card book I made from recycled cereal boxes. I'm a huge fan of using recycled items when doing my scrapping, and there isn't a box that ever sees the garbage can in my house ( I have two milk crates full of boxes to cut up)! I've been thinking about this project for awhile now, and just finally sat down over the weekend to put it together -- I got tired of looking at the stack of recipe cards from the swaps I've been in. This album is 7" x 8". I also cut 8 1/2" x 11" page protectors to a 6 1/4" x 6 1/4" I cut the side with the opening first, then cut the bottom off. To reclose the bottom I just stapled along the the of the page protector. Not the prettiest, but I was afraid if I glued it then my cards would stick inside it and I wouldn't be able to take them out.

Here are some pics for ya:

Front of book:
Side view:

Back of book:
Lastly, I am please to tell you that we have reached our goal of 1,000 followers at The Cuttlebug Spot. Nilda will be announcing the winner on July 20th. I know it's a nail bitter waiting that long, but get thinking about how you'd spend that $1,000.

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Journey to 1,000 Followers!!

OMG ladies you gotta jump on this! If you are not follower on The Cuttlebug Spot you gotta jump on the "Bug" wagon now!! We are trying to reach 1,000 followers by the end of July and need your help. To enter all you have to do is go to their site, sign up as follower and complete a few easy steps and you could win a $1,000 gift certificate to Custom Crops (! GO NOW and check it out at
Anyone can enter and the winner will be picked randomly!! Thanks to all those who helped reach the 500 member followers in just 5 days! That's totally awesome! What are you waiting for getting blogging and posting to be entered in for the $1,000 gift certificate!


Monday, July 6, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge # 38-- Something Funny!

I had this wonderful little card all planned out for this challenge, but then I remember these pics I took last weekend of my son Jaedon where he got covered in "silly string" by another little boy, and I just couldn't resist the idea that popped into my head for this one! That's the way creativity works, right-- you got with what comes to ya when ya have it!

What I used for this project:

All papers are from the DCWV Fun in the Sun Summer 2009 Stack ( and the Summer Cardstock Stack); Offray Ribbon 1/8" ( teal and lime green); Pressed Petal blue alphas; lime green embroidery floss; green wire; and eyelets; Studio G Teal ink; and D'Vine Swirls embossing folder.

Techniques used:

1.) I embossed the photo mats with D'Vine Swirls embossing folder on DCWV textured cardstock that has a white core. I sanded the embossed swirls to leave the white core of the paper to be exposed.

2.) Folded corner on the photo-- I created my just folding back the corner of the photo and covering the exposed back of the photo with whatever patterned paper I like.

3.) Title "String"-- was created by writing the word "string" in cursive with my Creative Memories fine ball point glue pen. Then I just followed the script with my embriodery floss laying it in the glue. Also, I did ink the edges of the word "silly" with my teal ink to give the letters a little more pop!

4.) Wire-- this was a lot of fun to use. I've never experimented with it before, so I had a lot of fun trying to see what I could do with it. I did string my letters through it by just punching a small hole in the chipboard letters. Then on the right side, and bottom of LO I tried to create my own "silly string" look with it by just bending and shaping it from eyelet to eyelet.

Also, we are trying to hit 500 followers by the end of July at The Cuttlebug Spot and we need your help. Our official sponsor Custom Crops is offering prizes to keep us motivated along the way. Custom Crops has a great selection of Cuttlebug accessories, including pre-orders for the new embossing folders, so you can stock up and get ready for challenges with those folders. Be sure to visit their store.

We'll give away a $50 gift certificate to Customer Crops on Friday, July 10th from all followers that have met the criteria listed below to get us started. We'll then give away another $50 gift certificate when we hit 500 followers. Just head on over to the to check out all the details and rules for contest!

And now, I leave you with one of my favorite pics I took on the 4th of July from Penn State Beaver Stadium at the 4th Fest.

Thanks for stopping in!



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