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A few of My Favorite Things to play with!

Hi! I’ve been busy, but just not with creating blog posts! I sure hope you’ve been getting some happy crafting done, too!

I love creating Christmas cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive which delivers cards to the elderly living in nursing homes. It makes me feel good to think I could make someone’s Christmas a bit prettier and hopefully happier knowing someone is thinking of them!

For inspiration, I used the current sketch for the My Favorite Things sketch challenge:

along with the current Cut it Up Challenge #81 – Back to Nature, because winter is always a magical time for nature for me!

I loosely used the three lines and the rectangle from the sketch with some awesome My Favorite Things dies and stamps and an older Basic Grey collection for the papers (Dasher.)


I cut three different papers with the MFT Die-namics Tree Lines (I cut the trees off the darkest paper) and used the MFT Die-namics Tag Builder Blueprints 2 dies for the tag, stamping the sentiment and number from MFT LLD Insert It Document it December stamp set in Versamark ink and then embossing with Inkadinkado White Linen embossing powder.

I love the serene scene I was able to create and the wonderful sentiment tag to top it all off!

That’s it for me today, short and sweet!

Have you started creating Christmas cards yet? Do you make cards for charities or are you someone who is always making cards to send off as happy mail for those who you care about? I’d love to hear about your projects! Be sure to leave a comment and I’ll come by and visit your blog and see what you’re up to!

Happy crafting!



Scrapping our Stash Blog Hop

Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop

If you were hopping along, welcome to my blog, you should have come from Majken. I’m sure you were inspired there. If you weren’t hopping and you’re just visiting me, welcome to you, too. If  you’d like to start the hop from the beginning or you’re lost here’s the list of blogs that are participating:

Practical Scrappers









For today’s hop there was no particular theme and I decided it was time I finished off some UFO’s. These are pages that have been floating around for a while and just needed to be finished up. Mostly just adding journaling, but I did add a couple of other touches to finish them off a bit.

I’m using my favorite Basic Grey collection of all time – Kioshi!

Here’s my first page: Imagination

I added journaling and some shadowing on the letters on this side of a two page spread. I loved how the paper looked like propellers on a plane for this page about visiting the National Air and Space Museum!

Next up, butterflies!



Left and right sides. I’m glad I took the time to get the journaling done on these pages so they are that much closer to being finished! I really feel the journaling can share so many important details that will help us all remember this trip better in years to come. Just writing it I could feel what it was like to wait in line for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing tickets and then continue on with our adventures that day!

I thank you for stopping by today. I hope you feel inspired to use your stash to create some projects or possibly to finish some that have been needing just a little bit more attention!

To continue on the hop head to Kristy‘s blog! I hope you have a wonderful day!


Polar Vortex brings early Spring flowers in April

I don’t know what your spring has been like, but ours has been slow to arrive. All the bulbs that usually appear at the end of February or early March have finally come up. We are fast-forwarding through Spring, though, as the weather has warmed up considerably (can you say “pollen attack”?) I’m not complaining. I am so glad to see the flowers coming up and warm weather returning. A month ago I wondered if it would ever happen!

The newest challenge at the Creative Cutting Challenge is Spring! I love that there are so many different ways you can take this! I must admit that I had wanted to take a completely different approach (Spring Break), but the layout I had planned just wasn’t coming together and the deadline was approaching to submit my project so I’ll be sharing that layout with you another time. Instead I decided on a celebration of my lovely early Spring bulbs. I used the Flower Set One from The Creative Pointe:


and enjoyed taking photos of those Spring beauties coming up in my yard! I thought the “Flowers” sign would be great for my title!

Beautiful Spring Flowers

I used a sketch from Stuck? I loved the layers and the square photos were perfect for my images!

Stuck_april 1



This is the last of the full 12×12 sheets of patterned paper from my Basic Grey Kioshi collection! I’ve enjoyed all the creating I’ve done with that collection (and still have plenty of 6×6 paper and embellishments left.)

Anyway, I hope you’ll join us in celebrating Spring and use your digital cutting machine to cut non-Cricut files and submit a project for the Creative Cutting Challenge!

Thanks so much for visiting! Your kind comments always bring a smile to my face so please don’t hesitate to type something up below!


Supplies: Patterned paper, stickers and chipboard elements – Basic Grey; other digital cut files – Lori Whitlock (doily) and Silhouette store (tags); Ribbon – Close to My Heart; Vellum – The Paper Studio; Adhesive – Xyron and Zig.

If only I had a brain!

This is the story about a layout that took quite a long time to create. Do you ever have that happen? There was a lot of story behind it, but I hadn’t taken any pictures to go along with it, so I didn’t get started on it when I was working on all the other layouts for this trip. I’m happy to say that with the wonders of Google Images I was able to get this story told with some pretty amazing pictures to provide eye candy.

I really loved this sketch from My Scraps & More :


I saw the large piece going up on the left of the photos as an opportunity to do all my journaling. I loved all the layering and shapes in this sketch, too, as well as the idea of long lines of photos and elements going both up and over with the circle as a turning point.

Here’s my layout (with pictures of the airports that I hi-jacked from Google Images:



I am using Basic Grey’s Kioshi collection for this album. I love the springy colors and the lovely florals in this collection. Perfect for our trip to Washington, DC during the time when the cherry blossoms were blooming!

If you click on the layout image you can see a larger version of the layout and read the journaling and understand the blog post title and title of my layout. This was in 2010 when we didn’t have smart phones and wi-fi was also not that common in public places, like the airport (otherwise I could have pulled up the info we needed on  my hubby’s laptop…) I’m so thankful for the conveniences of modern life! It certainly would have saved us a whole lot of headaches in 2010, but at least some of those conveniences have allowed me to tell the story of what happened with some wonderful pictures!

I’m so glad you stopped by! I hope you have a lovely day! And feel free to share about a layout that you’re struggling to get created. Personally, I’ve got a stack of them!


Materials used : 
Patterned paper, overlay, buttons, rub-0n, brad, sticker – Basic Grey; Twine – Twinery; Pen – Sakura; Adhesive – Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Therm-o-web, Xyron

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