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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Christmas Easel Cards

These cards are most often called Pedestal cards, but they are more accurately "Easel" cards. Whichever you choose to call them, they are so fun to make - quick and easy, and you are only limited by your imagination for design themes! I don't have instructions available yet, but you can go to and search for Pedestal Card - there is a very good tutorial available.
The big shiny snowflake on this card is from a package of 8 that I bought at Hobby Lobby. I'm sure they are probably available at the dollar stores, too. I attached it with a big round pop dot, and it holds great. The "Merry Christmas" sentiment was cut twice on my Cricut: once in white with Stickles on top of the letters, and once in blue which I dusted with Perfect Pearls and attached a little offset to the white one. If you click on the photo, a larger one will display and scroll down to the bottom - you can sort of see the shimmer from the Perfect Pearls
I created three of these, for class purposes.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


We have had so many requests for private classes (groups and one-on-one), that we have decided YES, we are going to do it! (We being my BFF Kelly, & myself. Currently we both teach a private group class here and there, & an occasional one-on-one.)
At this time we have started working on a calendar of classes which will include: Scrapbooking, Card Creations, Altered Projects, Home Decor, Cricut Basic, Cricut Advanced, DesignStudio Basic, DesignStudio Advanced, Gypsy, Bind-It-All Projects, Basic Digital Photography, Basic Photo Editing, AND MORE . . .
We also will have challenges, contests, and prizes for you! If you would like more information, send an email to: If you want to be included on our mailing list, include your information in the email.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Christmas Joy card

I have taken a lot of photos, trying to capture the detail in this card - but I just can't get it. It is so pretty in real life.
The card base is metallic card stock (but I can't remember vendor). The background card stock is white Bazzill which I embossed on the Cuttlebug (with blue ink lightly brushed across the inside of the folder). I put Perfect Medium over the background card stock and then dusted with white Perfect Pearls. Using my Cricut, I cut the word Joy from Wild Card (from the metallic blue cardstock), then I lightly stamped white all over it to give it a "snowy" look. I cut two sizes of snowflakes using the A Child's Year cartridge, out of metallic silver paper. I pop-dotted the word Joy, adhered the smaller snowflake to the bigger one (with a pop-dot in the center)then pop-dotted it to the card. I added pearl bling to the four corners, and a small pearl bling to the center of the snowflake. I hope you like it, cause it might be the one YOU get for Christmas!!!
Click on photo to see larger version.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

If you love the beautiful worship song "Amazing Grace", this version will bring you to your knees. Just click on the image (under the list of followers) and be prepared for a blessing!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Christmas Shutter Card

This is one of three cards I designed for an upcoming private class. All the paper and buttons are from my stash. The stickers (Santa, HoHoHo, and poinsettias) are by Recollections (Hobby Lobby). These cards are SO easy to make, and when closed they fit perfectly in a standard size invitation envelope.

Baby Shower Invitations

I designed these two versions for my daughter's baby shower.
The second one is a spin-off of the flower pot card, inspired by DaShawnna's bee card, and it is actually the one I like best.
BUT, I have to make so many, so I came up with the first version, which is quicker to make, and is the one I have decided to use. I am going to type the invitation on vellum paper and adhere it to the inside of the card.
I used New Arrival cartridge. On the first card I used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder on the cap of the bottle. The "You're Invited" is a stamp from Stampin' Up; the bling and ribbon is from my stash.
Click on photo to see larger photo with details. Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Holiday Apple Card

This card was inspired by DaShawnna's "Bee Card" on the Message Board. (Her card was inspired by the Flower Pot card, and I think DaShawnna has started a Flower Pot Spin-off Movement in the card making world!)
I used Plantin Schoolbook cartridge for the apple and Joys of the Season for the holly branch. I also used glitter pens for some detailing but it isn't showing up on the photos. The green apple is cut from a beautiful metallic green cardstock that I got on clearance at Hobby Lobby, and the patterned paper is from JoAnn's.
I am going to make smaller versions of this card for my grandchildren to give to their teachers at Christmas time.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

White Reindeer Holiday Card

Card base is white Bazzill. I cut the reindeer on my Cricut, Christmas cartridge, shiny paper. The background paper is a light blue metallic but I can't remember vendor. I used the Cuttlebug snowflake folder for the embossed design. On the reindeer's antlers I applied Glossy Accents, and on his hooves is white glitter. The snowflake button is from JoAnn's, and the ribbon is sheer white by May Arts. The cute little blue eye is a light blue Swavorski crystal (I think Christmas reindeers have blue eyes!)
The reindeer and snowflake are pop-dotted. On the inside I added "Happy Holidays" cut out of the blue metallic paper. As a final touch I edged the card in blue ink. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Home wall sign

I designed this Home sign for the Cricut Vinyl Class I'm teaching at JoAnn's. The butterfly is from my stash of odds n ends, and the flower is from a kit sold at J's. The 6"x14" wood sign is also from J's. The small stick-on flower is from my stash and I used it to cover a blemish in the wood.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Baby Shower Centerpiece

I created this centerpiece (using my Cricut and the New Arrival cartridge) for an Open House I'm doing this weekend at JoAnn Fabrics. The photo is washed out and you can't really see the details. IRL it looks very nice.
We just found out that my pregnant daughter is having a girl, so I will be using this design for her centerpieces (just a little more elaborate).

Sunday, July 26, 2009

How dumb am I?

I am so dumb, I added myself as a follower of my blog...

Just for Kobe ...

A friend of mine recently had a beautiful baby boy, who she named Kobe. I made these for her to celebrate his birth! All Amanda has to do is add the pictures!

What a friend we have ...

I created these cards for those times that someone needs spiritual comforting. They are blank on the inside so I can write a personal message to the person I'm sending it to.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Two Favorite Cards

Two cards I enjoy making are the Double Pocket Card and the Waterfall Card. They are so much fun and lend themselves to any theme, occasion, design. For instructions go to and search for Waterfall card and double pocket card. I will start attaching links to my instructions when I get better at blogging!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I'm back...

Things have been very chaotic and I have neglected my blog spot. I am making a vow to post at least every other day, with the hope of posting every day!
I have a lot of classes lined up at JoAnn Fabrics. Classes include elegant cards, making stamps and embossing folders with the Cricut, Scrapbook Socials - and I will also be teaching the new SDU classes!
Pictured is a "Blooming Box" that is a favorite class project. (You may know them as "Exploding Boxes", but I dislike that term - mine bloom !)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Votive Holder & Picture Frame Set

I created this votive and picture frame set with Indie Art cartridge on my Cricut E. The paper is metallic blue (but I can't remember manufacturer). Ribbon is May Arts. The candle is a battery operated votive (can NOT use an actual wax candle in a paper holder!)

Monday, May 25, 2009


May 25th I officially became a "senior citizen" . . . my 62nd birthday.
I remember how excited I was when I turned 16 (was that in this century?). Well, the only thing exciting about turning 62 is the fact that I'm still alive and kicking.
I have my Cricut E, DesignStudio, Cuttlebug, computer, and many other modern devices to keep my mind off things "senior". If I can just remember where I put them...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cards . . .

I love to make cards!


MAY 20, 2009
Welcome to my blog! I am here to share my love of paper crafting: scrapbooking, cards, home decor, specialty projects - anything to do with paper + creativity. My favorite design tools are my Cricut Expression and DesignStudio. ProvoCraft rocks & rules! :)
Most of my working years were spent as a graphic designer, which made it easy to become addicted to paper crafting. In more recent times I have been teaching classes, including scrapbooking, card design, Cricut, DesignStudio, and other paper-based projects. One of my most Happy Heart Occasions was being the featured artist of ProvoCraft's Chirper newsletter (August 08). Three artists that truly inspire me are Becca Feeken (ODB), Dawn Griffith (SU) and Kelly Davis (BFF). I recently contracted with JoAnn's to teach classes at one of their superstores. This blogging stuff is new to me, so there will be mistakes for a while!