Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Gifts

A good Crafting friend of mine, Carolyn (MamaC) gave me an adorable package earlier this month. I began duplicating it and giving it as gifts. They are SOOO fun to make and make such lovely gifts.

Here are a couple of my creations.

Click on MamaC's name above for basic directions!

I used a Martha Stewart punch to cut the decorative edges.  I used Walk in My Garden for the flowers.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Blog Candy

Chriss and Lou have THREE different pieces of candy to give away at Christmas time!!!  YUM!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Another Gift Card Holder

This card is 8.5" by 8", folded in half.  I used Martha Stewart's snow flake punch to punch around edge and three different snowflakes from Cricut cartridges ... I THINK I used Tie the Knot, Gypsy Wanderings, and Accent Essentials for the snowflakes.  Happy Holidays is from Beyond Birthdays.  TFL!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Cards

I'm working on putting together some special cards to use for my business gift certificates. This one was a lot of fun to make ...

It's for a girlfriend that bought herself a massage.  Hence the inside sentiment.

First, it is a twisted easel (not sure if that is the "proper" name).  Second, the cuts are from A Child's Year, Christmas Solution and French Manor. The Christmas tree I cut twice in two colors and cut it apart and put it back together using the two different colors.

Inside sentiment is computer generated.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Birthday Card

So, a client of mine (I'm a massage therapist) bought a gift certificate for his wife.  I like to create hand made gift certificates, so I asked what were her likes.  He said she always wanted a baby tiger.  Well, the only baby tiger image I had on my Cricut cartridges was baby Tigger.  But, isn't he cute!!

I first made him using the Tigger colors, but I think he looks more like  a tiger using "real tiger" colors.  Either way, she loved it.  And, I love cutting Pooh images.  This Tigger is from the Pooh Font cartridge.  It has such cute "baby" pooh cuts!!  Funny story ... I had the stripes and base color for Tigger reversed and he looked odd to me, but I couldn't determine why.  My dd looked at it and at once replied, "you have the stripes in the wrong color!"  DUH!!!  So, I actually cut Tigger THREE times ....

The baby Tigger has a duck in front of him.  I used my Gypsy to hide the duck and pond cuts.  The other funny thing is, when I went to cut the layers, I did not realize that the "water" layer was actually water.  I kept trying to put the water on Tigger!!!  That's one of the problems with the Gypsy, you need a bigger magnifier sometimes.  But, I finally hunted for the cut on line and realized my error.  Made a huge difference ...hahaha!!!  (Maybe I just need to break down and get some glasses!)

The corners are cut using a Fiskers corner punch. The actual gift card holder was cut from Cindy Loo. I sometimes forget this cartridge has this useful cut!  I used my Gypsy to hide the inside cut marks and simply used glue dots to place my certificate on the inside.

The cupcake is from Once Upon a Princess, cut at 2.32".

I cut Make a Wish using Gypsy Font, cut at 1". I used the shadow cut as well.  (LOVE it when a font has a shadow!!)

Wish I had used some wider ribbon, but this was all that I could find in my stash.  (Guess my stash needs to grow!!!)

THANKS for LOOKING and come visit again soon!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Welcome Baby

This shutter card was so fun to make!  It is for a baby that lives in Hilton Head, hence the crab and sand castle.  Of course, E and H are his initials.

I HAVE to get better at recording which cartridges I use!!  TFL

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Enter to win a PINK CRICUT!!!

Check out The Country Life .... a little Pink Cricut is up as Blog Candy!!!

Isn't she SOOO cute!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


I don't want to leave!!!!  I love it!!! Did not think I would like being closed up in a room, as I had been spread out downstairs in the den area.  But, I love being "confined" ... and, my sweet hubby put in a stereo for me with some great music!!!

I still need to hang a shelf, decorate and hang a cork board, organized my ribbon, and organize my paper.

But, my room is all set for creating!!

Sweet hubby painting my room.

Here's some of my stuff as I'm moving it in ...

The picture above is looking at my wall from the corner.  Yes, it's a small room, but I can reach everything easier!!!  Still need to organize all that ribbon!!

This picture is taken from the doorway.  I like having my table right at the window.  I am going to have to plant a pretty rose bush though.  Still need a window treatment, but that doesn't stop me from creating!!

Here's my first card that I made.

I cut the card base at 5" from wild Cards and the image is from Cindy Loo.  I recut the same image, hiding all but the bird with my gypsy.  Then trimmed it up and embossed twice.

"HELLO" little purple Cricut guy that I received at my Swarm!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

FIRST WOODSTOCK SWARM OVER and ready for the Scrapbooking Pages

WOW!!!!! What a FABULOUS weekend!  The first of hopefully many Woodstock Swarms was a HUGE success!!!  Had so much FUN!!!  So many talented people, funny stories, giggles, and great food all tossed together, equals one heck of a weekend!!!

Go here to see some of the pictures posted by attendees.  I had so much help with this event. A BIG thank you to all that attended and to everyone for contributing!  I could not have done all of this on my own, obviously.  It was all so magical!!! JUST PERFECT!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

ChatterScene -- BLOG CANDY for 500 followers

When Chris reaches 500 followers on her blog, she will randomly select a winner for the Luau cartridge!! She   has many ways to enter!! 

PLUS, she has VERY reasonable rates for blog makeovers!!!!  Be on the lookout...OCCricut might get a new "do"!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


YIPPEEE!!! Not sure WHAT yet, but I'm SOOO EXCITED!!!


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Blog Candy at Disney Dreamer

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Celebrating Birthdays

Today is my daughter, Rebecca's, birthday.  Tomorrow, her twin turns 19.  Yes, they were born on different days. They actually think this is cool and love to tell the story.

We celebrated earlier in the week at The Melting Pot ... boy, did we CELEBRATE!!! cha ching!!!  But we had such a wonderful time, it was worth it.

I took the girls to IHOP this morning and the waitress got the staff to sing Happy Birthday, surprising Rebecca.  She turned so red!!  That was a perfect surprise!!!

Tomorrow is Sara's birthday.  Not sure what we have planned. Kind of a bummer!!  Maybe breakfast again since I have to work at noon and she works at 4.

They each received a present today and they will each get one tomorrow.  Since they usually get the same thing, I can not give them separately!!!

And, it's only TWO MORE WEEKS until the SWARM!!! WOW!!! So excited!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Another Easel Card

Made this at the request of my aunt for her friend.  The friend LOVED it!!! :-)
Again, the butterfly is from Tinkerbell and Friends. Sentiment is computer generated.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


So, counting down to my first SWARM as a Hostess!!!! Here's a little sneak peek into the weekend!!

Each event (hopefully, 3-4 times per year) will have a different theme.  I'm having SUCH fun!!!

This little guy was actually created by my scrap partner, Chris Swanson, on her SCAL.  Then, I cut the cauldron and bubbles from the Paper Doll carts.  I am using to have the buttons printed.  Trying to figure out how to do two color t-shirts on the Yudu ... Wish us luck!!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Thousand Sheets of Paper

Pretty cool Blog Candy! A Thousand Sheets of Paper is the name of the Blog and the name of the Candy!!!

Lots of stamps and lots of chances to WIN!!!

My First Card Entry for Digis

Not sure WHAT I was thinking, but I've joined a Progressive Challenge at Crafters Digital Art.  This being my FIRST ever colored digi print, I am not too disappointed.  But, MAYBE I should have practiced a little more!!!  And, I used pastel pencils.  I wish I had some good markers ... hint, hint, Santa!!

This image is from Digistamps4joy / tag = ds4j

Well, I will say that I am proud of my self for "going for it" and trying it out.  There will be one every two weeks now!!! My goal is to learn A LOT over these next couple of entries!!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Pulley Card

WOW!!!  Have you ever spent WAAYYY too much time on ONE card!! Well, this one took me all day!  At least it seemed that way ;-)
I followed Michelle's directions on her blog, Michelle's Rubber Room.   Her video is Awesome!! The card itself did not actually take that much time.  Kind of fun.  I cheated a little, in that I attached the inside tags before embellishing them. That way I knew I wouldn't go too far over with the sentiments and I wouldn't have to worry about which direction they were supposed to be adhered.
The most time spent, actually, was trying to line up the computer generated sentiments with the Cricut. In "theory", it's supposed to be simple.  Welllll, I guess I didn't do it the "simple" way, because it took me SEVERAL tries.  None the less, I didn't give up and persevered!!!!
Now that I have this down, I KNOW I won't try to computer generate sentiments in such a TIGHT space!!  All in all, a FUN card to make!!! It does take a custom envelope.  I will share in another post how I did that.

Card closed

Card Opened!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Flip Card

This is a Flip Card that I made for a young man in England that loves Winnie the Pooh!  I found a video tutorial here to teach me this technique.  I LOVE it!

Pooh and bridge is from Pooh and Friends. Celebrate is from Gypsy Wanderings.  Inside sentiment is computer generated.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I am SOOOO excited!! I have been dreaming about hosting a SWARM all Summer and I finally checked out the available dates at my office and weekends are open!!  So, I am shooting for October 8th and 9th.  Yes, it's only six weeks away, but I can't wait!!!  hehehee

If you are unaware of what a SWARM is... it's a collection of "bugs", aka Cricuts!!! Non bugs are welcome too!  It will be a weekend full of camaraderie, food and PAPER!!

The cost will be $15 each day (Saturday and Sunday) and will be held in Woodstock, Georgia, off I-575 and Hwy 92.

Mr. Cricut Crazy has agreed to donate an item to "raffle off" at the event!!!  How INCREDIBLY Sweet!!!  But, SSSHHHH ... it's a surprise!!!   ;-)

More details to follow!!  Come join us!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Hello Kitty 5th Birthday

Here is a card I made for my "niece" for her 5th birthday. I am so very glad I have little ones around that like Hello Kitty, cause I LOVE Hello Kitty!!!

I used a Martha Stewart Punch, the Happy Birthday Cuddle Bug folder and the Hello Kitty cartridge (not the font one).  Isn't she Cute??!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Stephanie :-)

21 Days of Giveaways!!

Get Scrabooking, Cricut, Craft Project Ideas and More at Above Rubies Studio!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Positive Affirmation

So, my Life Coach Debra Blanken and I have been working together to stop me from criticizing my self all the time.  I did not realize how many times a day that occurred!!  Louise Hay is one of my favorite authors.  She wrote You Can Heal Your Life.  This is a BEAUTIFUL book; both in written word and illustration.  I HIGHLY recommend it!

We got this affirmation from the book. I used vinyl on this hand painted and inked canvas.  The only thing I changed after taking this picture is the yellow bling in the flower.  I changed it to brown and liked it even more!

I used my Gypsy to design the words. Can't wait to make another!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Divine Twine Giveaway

I have just found Divine Twine at Whisker Graphics recently while blog hopping.  I am a fan of theirs on Facebook and they are now running a giveaway!  Their colors are adorable and a I love their fun color names...cotton candy, brown sugar, green apple...
Check them out!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Two Quick Cards

So, I did not plan very well, and did not have much time to put these together.  So, for the short amount of time, I guess they are ok.  But, I'm not pleased with the choices I made with the paper .... will have to try the design again with different paper!!

This is the one I did for Becca for her first day of College:

(my apologies for the poor photograph ... my finger and the shadow!  oops!)

This is the card for Sara:

Both of these cards were made from the Wild Card cartridge.  The cool thing is that I was able to use "You are my" from the Sunshine card for the Pie card by using my Gypsy.  But, I am sure you could cut it without the Gypsy as well.

(Love using my Gypsy at night while I am watching TV with hubby and designing what I want to cut for the next day!!)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A new Chapter

My beautiful, twin daughters start college classes tomorrow!!!  I am so incredibly proud of them!  I must create a "Good Luck" card for the first day of school!!
I have now participated in three Blog Hops and they've been so fun!  It is such a wonderful way to see other like minded individuals and their creations!  Plus, lots of opportunity for Blog Candy!!! Yipppeee!!!
Thanks for stopping by.  Will have my first day of school card posted soon!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

First Blog Hop with My Pink Stamper

Just finished my first Blog Hop!!! Such fun, such talented ladies, such lovely creations!! And, I even posted my butterfly card on My Pink Stamper blog!!!  squeallll!!

Robyn asked us to post our "style" ... using our favorite color combination, favorite technique or favorite cartridge, etc.  I chose my butterfly card because the Easel Card is one of my favorite cards to make right now.  Plus, I LOVE the flowers and butterflies on the Tinker Bell and Friends cartridge.

My Pink Stamper is one of my favorites!  I want to be just like her! ;-)  I think about how busy she is with her family and church and wonder HOW she does such great crafts!!  I should be able to do that!! I only have two kids, and they are grown!!!  My dream is to make money doing what I LOVE....paper crafting!!

So, more blogging for me and MORE creating too!!!  Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Birthday Card

This is one of my favorite cards to date.  It's an easel card with a computer generated sentiment.  The butterfly is from the Tinker Bell Cartridge (yep!!) and I used the Happy Birthday embossing folder for the background.

Blog Candy!!

Hop over to Craftelicious for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Michael's!!!  Love her blog!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

My Craft Channel Announced another artist ... Embellish It!

Embellish It will be providing a Tip of the Day on My Craft Channel!! Always interested in more Tips to make my favorite hobby easy!

Good luck in winning the E!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

More Blog Candy -- Goodie Giveaway!

Nana Donna's Card Dreams is celebrating her One Year Anniversary Blog and giving away wonderful goodies.  She is VERY talented!  Congratulations Donna and Thanks for the giveaway!!

My Craft Channel Announces Manufacturer -- Adorn It

AMAZING!!! Adorn It's website is FULL of beautiful items!!!  Almost makes me want to start quilting!  haha!
Not only is My Craft Channel giving away another Expression, but Adorn It is giving away a set of paper and fabric.  Love their colors!  GOOD LUCK!

Monday, August 1, 2011

My first PAID project

I actually had a friend ask me to make invitations, thank yous and a banner for her daughter's first birthday!  I was very excited and learned a lot; timing, designing, pricing, etc. We started with a Sesame Street theme (Elmo on the invitation.) Then, we used Abbie for the banner.  She is VERY intricate and only cuts well at large sizes.  I tried to use her for the thank you card, but was only able to cut one.  So, we went with a cupcake for the thank you card.

Hello Kitty

The Hello Kitty Cricut cartridge from Provocraft is one of my favorites.  Here are a couple of cards I've made this past year, using the cartridge.

Another Chance to Win an Expression at My Craft Channel Blog

Sarah at Pink Cricut blog is the newest release to My Craft Channel. I can not believe she has only been posting to a Blog for a year and she already has her own show!!! WOW!! I'm going to like her shows, as she will be demoing new products and tools ... loveee toys!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Craft Channel Give Away

My Craft Channel has introduced another artist that will be featuring their specialty ... Ella Publishing Co. ... they have lots of e-books and wonderful tips and ideas on how to scrapbook!
Check 'em out!

Then, go to My Craft Channel and enter to win one of the Cricuts that they are giving away daily!

Monday, July 25, 2011

My Craft Channel Blog

Have been following My Craft Channel Blog ... hoping to win a new Cricut machine!! Plus, I am very impressed with all the designers they have announced. Crafty Chica looks like such fun ... loving her sparkly floor!
Thanks for Visiting!!!