Monday, May 25, 2009


What a nice three day weekend. I cleaned house a little, exercised, sat at the pool and actually crafted a little. This is a simple card for a friend. It's double embossed - first with the cuttlebug and then with irradescent embossing powder. It looks pretty neat in real life.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Cupcake Card

Playing with Hello Kitty cartridge and a Tilda stamp. This is what I came up with. I sure wouldn't mind a giant chocolate cupcake just about now.
It's a beautiful day in Phoenix after all the rain this week. Only (lol) in the high 90's. Well it could easily be over 100. Already spend some time by the pool this morning.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Something new (finally)!

3 day weekends. Aren't they just great? Not only do we get to celebrate something great like giving honor to our folks in the Armed Services, but it's finally time to sleep really late and have the time to do some crafts.

Got the computer back yesterday; thankfully our local Data Doctors got it working again and improved it's performance.

This card is a copy of a beautiful card by Donna Mundinger. She was gracious enough to share her cricut cut file. The entry with info regarding this card is here: Donna's creations are beautiful because she pop-dots everything for a 3d look. I've been wanting to scraplift her items for a long time and having the cut file finally made me do it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I'm not a happy camper

Our computer died this morning - it won't boot up. So it's at Data Doctors being fixed, hopefully. I may go into a rage if they can't save husband hasn't backed up the computer in a long time - pictures, finances, cricut files, you name it, the possibility of these things maybe not being recoverable is just making me sick. This after I bought him a backup system for Christmas that he hasn't used. Even worse - the "doctors" are saying they won't even have it ready for us until next Tuesday! So have almost a week to hear the prognosis. And no computer over the holiday weekend!

Let this be a lesson to everyone: backup your stuff regularly!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Some HM and friends Cards

Work is definitely getting in the way of crafting. I'm so busy that when I get home all I do is veg out. Haven't practiced my violin either!
So today was a beautiful day - forced myself out of bed, went to lo-impact aerobics at 8am and then had the rest of the day to do some things I enjoy including sitting out in the pool, baking cookies and actually getting a couple of cards done.
The lilacs with the bear are enhanced with flowersoft. It looks great in real life - gives some good dimension.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Playing with Hello Kitty

Am I the only one who hates Sundays? I got up early at 7am (which I NEVER do) and already it's 4pm and I've basically just been hanging out. What if I had actually been busy? Would it already be 10pm? I don't know where the weekends go.

So I'm just listening to my favorite country radio station and playing around with Hello Kitty. The cuts are just so darn cute. The larger image the card cut that will be for my niece and the small one is an embellishment I promised to make for a lady at work who loves Hello Kitty.

Here's to the day slowing down a little because I still have a lot to do today including practicing my violin for the first time in 3 weeks (shhh don't tell my violin teacher - my lesson is tomorrow!), doing some work (why do they give us so much you have to work the weekends too?), and just get ready for the upcoming busy week.

ATC up close and Happy Mother's Day!

My picture in yesterday's post, while pretty, just doesn't show all the detail. So just wanted to add a new picture.
By the way, we are having beautiful weather in Phoenix, for those not used to it you'll think me crazy for saying that it so so nice when you see what the temperature is.
It's right around 100 degrees, the sky is as blue as the background paper I used for the ATC, and the pool water is up to 85 degrees. Perfect combination. I just got back from lo-impact aerobics (my first class since before my 15 year old son was born) and about to go hop into the pool. I love it here!!
I hope you are all enjoying your mother's day! Around here everyday is mother's day. My husband and 15yo son are always great. And, they have really grasped the concept that "If mom's not happy, no one is happy" lol.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

My first ATC's

I've been wanting to make ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) for a long time, but as usual had no ideas. I always mix up the words crafty and complicated. After going to a stamping store today and seeing samples of a couple of techniques, I put them all together and came up with these.
First I cut up a diet coke can and cut strips from it 3" by 1". Then cut each strip into approx 1" x 1" squares. Didn't really measure because I didn't want them exactly the same.

Then the messy part - I dropped lots of drops of alcohol ink on them and smushed it together with a paper towel til I liked how they looked. Then took them to my cuttlebugged and embossed them with swirls.

Created the scalloped blue backround with accent accentials. I really like the new hide contour feature in design studio. This was a frame cut, but hid the interial contour and got a nice rectangle which I stretched a little. The black swirl is actually from stretch your imagination...this was a tall rectangle with the swirl cut in the center, so I just hid the rectangle contour and just cut the swirl. There's some navy blue ink around the edges.

So the name of this set? Swirls, curls, cans and cubes. Even the name is complicated.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Crossing my fingers I can work it out

The great Michelle Zindoff (check out her blog - I have a link on the right side of my page) will be coming to Phoenix in January to teach her brayering workshops IF I can find someplace to hold those workshops. I'm very excited - if you have seen her artwork you can understand why. I learned my brayering from her tutorials with help from my friend Debbie (taz) long distance.
I have some shop hopping to do tomorrow and thanks again to Carole Beathe I have a good idea regarding to where to go and who to talk to since I'm so new to this world of stamping.
Watch this space for more updates as the year goes on.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fun with Hello Kitty

I got a new cartridge after I was enabled by Carole Beath and all her beautiful little creations with this one. And I got a deal - only $30 on Ebay. I had about a 1/2 hr tonight and just couldn't wait til try it. Hopefully more to come soon. I didn't think I needed it, but all the little embellies are adorable.

Been very busy with work, and my husband is FINALLY getting over his pneumonia. He's still coughing and his clothes are too big (he thinks he lost about 7 pounds, I think he lost double that). But thankfully he's back to work, and last night he says he has his best night's sleep. Now to get the cough to stop before our vacation in 24 days (who's counting, not me!!)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Pain in the Butt

This is a fun little card I made for a friend's 60th's birthday. It says "What a pain in the butt". And you see a butterfly tattoo, a thong (well I think they literally a pain in the butt), and a boo-boo. The inside says "It's another birthday".

There are other similar ones on the cricut card message board, so I can't take credit for the original idea. :)

House Mouse & Friends Challenge #35 and Sketch Saturday #49

Being able to do one card for two challenges was great again this week! Although it was quite by accident. The HM&F challenge was a Feel better soon challenge and after I put the card together, I thought this stamp definitely fit the challenge. On the inside it says "A mother is "sew" wonderful".

My husband still has pneumonia and I worked a ton of extra hours last week. I'm still exhausted! He had been getting better and then had a relapse that was worse than the first time around. He has to go to Doc tomorrow, so we'll see what he says.

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot blog candy!

I've been remiss getting this story on my blog - my husband has pneumonia and I've had to work 10 hour days this week! UGH! But I have to say that the Cuttlebug Challenge folks sent me a c/b embossing folder and some MS jewels just for advertising their scrapbook weekend - which is this weekend! I haven't had a chance to take a picture to post here unfortunately.

Have fun checking out new things on this National scrapbooking weekend! Click their link on the left side of my blog!