Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gift Card holders

I was looking for a different way to wrap gift cards and found this link last night- and thought they were really cute.  I made this one last night for my mother-in-law's gift and have a couple more to make.  Super easy, but cute and not so boring.  :)  Sorry for the quality of the pictures...  I have been kicked out of my normal craft area for our Christmas tree and the lighting isn't as good.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas gifts for teachers

A friend made one of these for me at Halloween and I thought it was so clever- then I found the tutorial here: and knew I had to do them for my kids' teachers for Christmas.  I modified my pattern a little, but same results...  I used Bazzill Basics cardstock that had a bit of a shine for the poinsettia (cut from the Winter Wonderland cartridge) and for the holder, then I used removable Glue Dots to hold the hand sanitizer and gift card in.  The pictures aren't great- the shine on the paper made it a little difficult- but I think they turned out cute.  I hope the teachers love them!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sewing projects

Wow, over a month since my last post...  That's awful!  I have lots of cards to post, but today, I'm just posting 1 and my sewing projects.

These 3 purses are for my girlfriends for our Christmas gift exchange.  I just need to add buttons to the blue and black ones. 

This is the start of a bag that I am making for a friend to give as gifts- I made one for her already and have this one & 2 others to go.  I'll post pictures of the final products.
This is a quilt top that I've had done for some time and will be finishing for a white elephant exchange at my family's Christmas party- the striped material is the backing.

And last, one card- I made 6 of these for a swap through Crafty Card Gallery.  Looking forward to getting the other cards from the swap.  I really like the colors and texture on this- I thought it was fun.  I've been trying to find more ribbon so I could make some more like this, but it was from the $1 spool collection at JoAnn's and they don't seem to have it anymore. :(

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Cricut carts and another giveway

There were new Cricut cartridges announced today.  Check out the Obsessed with Scrapbooking blog to see some projects created with the new cartridges.  I love the Wrap It Up and Paper Lace ones the best.  The projects she made a beautiful.  She is also offering a chance to win The Christmas Card mini Cartridge (which I really want) and the Christmas Village mini cartridge....

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Christmas cards for Operation Write Home

So, I'm not good about sending cards out to my family and friends...  But, Operation Write Home is such an amazing cause, that I did get in the Christmas spirit early.  Maybe I will keep up the cardmaking after the deadline for OWH and actually send out some of my own this year.  :)

I just realized that I forgot to take pictures of the quilt I made before I gave it to the happy couple.  I will get my friend to take some pictures for me so I can post them....

Here are some pictures of the cards I made. The first ones were made with a chipboard set that came with a cardmaking magazine I just bought.

These were made with different stamps and little help from my new Cricut Imagine.  I used the Winter Wonderland one to make the poinsettia, trees and snowman, with color from the Imagine.  The holly was a brad set with the leaves and berry brad.

Inspiration for this one came from this post:  I thought this was very classy- I may try to find a different stamp...

The rest are with my Imagine and some stamps- but not Christmas themed...  I'm really liking the Imagine and can't wait to have more time to play with it!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Another Giveaway

I ran across this giveaway on Facebook today- I just happened to have "liked" Sarah PinkCricut today when a friend of mine did and found this awesome giveaway.  You can read more about the giveaway at this link: but basically, the grand prize is this:

This is The Paper Tower by The Original Scrapbox.  I can't imagine what I would do with this much storage, but I am sure I would figure it out.  :)  Anyway, check it out.  I would love to win any of the prizes, let alone the grand prize! 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Huge Giveaway- check this out!

I found this giveaway through a Facebook posting of a good friend and fellow card maker.   :)  She used Elmer products to create a super cute wall hanging for her craft area.  I need to use that as inspiration to create something bright and cheery for my craft area.  Check out her blog if you get a chance.  She's got some great layouts- might even motivate me to start scrapbooking...

Friday, September 17, 2010


I haven't had much time for card making lately.  I am working on a quilt for a special lady who is getting married next month...  I have to have it done in time to have my mom help me with the binding- for some reason I haven't been able to get that down yet.  Hopefully having someone show me will make it click...  :)  Pictures of the quilt to come after the wedding... 

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Operation Write Home Stars and Stripes blog Challenge #34

  The Operation Write Home Stars and Stripes blog has a sketch challenge going on right now to make a Thank You card with the following sketch and the color yellow:

Here is my take on the design- I actually have 2, but I think I like the first one better:

Thanks for checking out my cards...  Please leave comments- I love advise and constructive criticism.

Operation Write Home day and 2 birthday cards

My bible study group got together this weekend for our Operation Write Home day- and we came away with 73 cards!  I whipped out a few cards today and raided my stash of completed cards and have a total of 92 cards to send in.  I'm going to try to get a few more done this week so I can send an even 100. 

This is our haul from our card making day, not including duplicates or the ones I took from my stash:
Thinking of You
Just Because
These are the ones that I finished up today- I found some great love/anniversary stickers, so that is the theme for these.

That's it for the Operation Write Home for now- I think I captured all of the cards, but may have missed a few. I'm pretty excited about what we did and look forward to having an opportunity to do this again.

I made these cards for my sisters for their birthdays.  I've been looking for a way to use these fabric flowers and I think these turned out cute...

Monday, August 30, 2010

Operation Write Home

This weekend,  I am getting together with the awesome ladies from my bible study to make cards for Operation Write Home.  Most of the ladies say they aren't crafty, so I created some sample cards for inspiration.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A card; 2 bags; an index card, um, thing; some inspiration; and an idea

I made the follow card and bag for a friend from work.  She has been my mentor since April of last year.  I recently accepted a new position, so this is just a little thank for you all that she has done....

This bag is for me, I think.... It's the same pattern as the one above.  I got this in a kit at a quilt shop in Cannon Beach, Or.  It's the Amy Butler drawstring bag.

I made this for my "secret" pal at bible study- Jill again this week.  :)  There is a brad in the corner to hold index cards for bible verses and other inspiration.

I found these paper clips at Michael's this weekend and fell in love...  I have some images of what I would like to do with them, but we'll see how they actually turn out.

Lastly- I found this website today:
If you make cards, will you consider sending some for this great cause?  I don't know about you, but I feel pretty good when I get a handmade card from someone...  Wouldn't it be great if the loved ones of the brave men and women serving our country could feel that too?