Wednesday, May 18, 2011

French Manor Funny

Ok, maybe I'm about to prove what a real nerd I am, but here goes.

To me, this is really funny:

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Page 70

Check out "Card 1", they are identical.

Friday, May 13, 2011

French Manor + Story Book = a lot of projects coming up

I made this quick simple card for my son's lunch today. I simply used one of the cards on French Manor and Welded his name into it with Story Book and then put a piece of green paper behind. Voila! I love it. He was pretty excited to have a neat surprise in his lunch...Apperently, however, his teacher made him throw it away and he was upset about it.

Anyway, the card is 4.35 inches tall and I just sized the letters to fit across. So, if I did a longer name, such as my son Nathan, they would have to be shorter letters or have to use the tall setting for the letters...Using the contrasting cardstock behind helped give the center letters a little more strength.

I think that these two carts compliment each other nicely:)

Howdy Pardner!

This is my belated post for the previous week challenge on the cricut circle blog:

The card base is from Smiley Cards and the rest of the cuts are from Old West. The theme of the contest was Appreciation and we were to make a money or gift holder item. :)

Happy Crafting:)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thank You Barn Card

This is a fun card I made as a Thank You for the Elementary School Music Teacher in honor of the wonderful performance she put together for my son's grade. They had a barn and animal theme and the kids did a great job.

I did my take on a gate card. I did a similar card to this recently, but wanted to give it some more detail. I welded the words "Thank You" to one side of the fence, then adhered the layer onto them. Welding the letters helped both place them more evenly and made them much easier to glue.

I thought this little tractor was just so cute. I think it was from Everyday Paper Dolls, but am no longer certain.

I used my swiss dots CB embossing folder for the white layers. I think it gave it just the right touch. I also used a white gel pen to give some additional details. I love how the barn doors open on this card for a small message:)

Enjoy and Happy Crafting:)


I am so pleased to have been discovered by Carolyn, my friend from the Cricut Circle and have been reconized on her blog:) Thank you for noticing my little crafty blog:)
Here is her address: She has a lot of fun things on her blog:)

Some blogs that I have recently discovered:

*** 8 things about me ***

1:) I always knew that I wanted to grow up to be a wife and mother and artist. I feel like scrapbooking and cardmaking is my artistic outlet and I am grateful that I am a mother. Being a mother is the most wonderful and difficult role. I think motherhood is a divine role to play on this earth, roles being played by people who have thier own children and wonderful inpsired ladies who are mothers to others' children.

2:) Until Saturday, I was the proud owner of an old classic VW bug. I loved my car, but it was time to sell it. I'm thrilled that it is going to a home where the new owner is extremely excited and the bug will have 2 new siblings: a bus and a ghia. Eventually, it will get a change of clothing: red to OK cowboy orange and cream.

3:) I grew up in Midland, Mi. I miss my town, but do not miss 9 months of cold. Midland is a wonderful town full of parks and converted an old railway line into a fitness path called the RailTrail. I spent many hours cycling on it, rollar blading and running.

4:) My plans for this year involve reading, crafting, cycling and learning more about Asperger's syndrome.

5:) I've lived in my town in OK for about a year and a half. One of my favorite places is the Library. Because I am near OKC, the small library here is part of the Metropolitan Library System and I can order books online from anywhere in their network and pick it up here. When my boys were little and we lived elsewhere, they were horrid at the library. Now they love to come and feel the bag (or bags) stuffed full of books.

6:) I have 3 sisters and my parents. We are all very close, except my little sister lives the UK. I dont get to communicate with her very often unless she happens to call. I wish all of us lived closer together.

7:) I have 3 sons and they are all 18 months apart. That is the way God sent them to me, not exactly how I would have planned it. However, they are such nice little guys and I love them so much. They are just now getting to where they will play outside with out me worrying so much about them doing something hiddeous and its making my life a lot easier. Now that my youngest is 4, I'm getting to where I feel like I can breath and can mostly use the bathroom without company.

8:) I want to win the lottery, but am too cheap to purchase a lotto ticket. Until then, I will be a couponista. I love to get a good deal. My lastest good deal that I'm going to score this week? I have a CVS coupon for $5 off claritin, a manf. coupon for $5 off claritin and just printed of a CVS coupon for $5 off a purchase of $25 or more. Yes, I'm going to rock CVS once again and that is why I keep coming back...

Thanks for reading:) Happy Crafting and have a wonderful day:)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Disney Pop Up Card

I am so excited about the concept of this card. Yes, in the grand scheme of things, it is pretty simple. However, I see this as practice of what to come and a start of a new idea. Recently, I hosted a family email contest of Disney Trivia. The winning family, my sister and her group, won. Their prize is a custom disney card. Yes, it did turn out more simply than I wanted, but I'm new to cardmaking and I think its ok to come up with an idea and re-make it and tweak it as I go along. I also know that I have a short attention span sometimes too...Maybe next time I will make the platform look more like a drawbridge with some thin ribbon supporting it and more details on the ground...

The castle is from PDDU, cut at 6 inches. I actually used a tag from ACY for the platform. The strips of paper used to create the pop-ups are from me and of course, Mickey and Minnie are from Mickey and Friends. I did something new this time with them: this is the first time I've ever used the gel pen for the white layers. I still cut the face layer and used stickles instead of piecing the other layers. They are only cut at 3 inches and some of those pieces are ridulosly small at larger cuts...I'm not thrilled with how it turned out, but I'm not sad either. Its just ok. Its a little easier than paper piecing, but it also takes a long time to dry...

Here is a view of how it folds together. Having to items to pop-up was a little tricky for me, especially since I've never done anything pop up before. However, I figured it out and it works. The girls are at the front of the card with their picture facing up. Mickey and Minnie are closer to the crease of the card and lay face down.

Now you can see a side view:

Here is my stickled version of Mickey and Minnie:

The total card: The castle doors really do open with a special message that says "Aunt Katie loves you".

Thanks for looking;) This project has got me fueled for some really great ideas:)

Me in my "crafting space"

This is me working on a Mickey and Friends cut tonight. My 5 year old son took this picture:) My crafting space is literally on the floor in our living area. I have a small bookshelf with supplies, my scrapbook bag, a pile of paper stacks with here and there stuff in it and a storage bench that houses my cricut, gypsy and sizzix machine. All of my other goodies are in my son's room on a shelf, paper organizer and in the closet...I'm doing the best I can in a small home. All of my sewing stuff lives in the garage...However, I like working on the floor. I can spread out if the kids aren't around.

Pics of my Mickey Project coming soon. I am excited about this one:)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's Day Cards

These were inspired by Vicki on the One Hour Challenge. She made the most adorable geranium cards in a flowerpot with a note coming out of the top. This is my take on it. I used the picnic basket on Everyday Paper Dolls and welded 2 together. The second one is rotated 180 degrees, and the two baskets are welded at the bottoms. The card then folds down, rather than up like a traditonal card. The flowers are also welded on and they are from Plantin Schoolbook, as are the leaves. The paper is from My Mind's Eye:) The tag is cut with my sizzix.