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The month of May is enough to make your head spin!

I don’t know about you, but May is crazy busy! With Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduation and teacher’s appreciation I spend a lot of time crafting. That’s really a pretty wonderful thing, definitely not anything to complain about. I make cards and gifts because I find it to be a great way to personalize what I give to others.

The current Creative Cutting Challenge is graduation. I adore the files that the Creative Pointe has and when I needed to make a graduation card I quickly decided on a fun way to use them: a spinner card! If you’ve never seen this type of card it’s basically a window with a shape glued to a string that runs from the top to the bottom (or it could be from side to side) and then the shape can spin within the window. For my card, I attempted to create my own paper by using a wallpaper image from the college’s website, unfortunately when I muted the maroon it began to look like pink, which isn’t appropriate for the baseball playing young man I made it for, so I’ll probably be re-making the card with the school colors for the card base and the same embellishments. I used Graduation Signs:

Graduation Signs14 PV


and here’s the spinner card:

Kevin's_grad_card_front Congratulations

I also might change the One Way sign to be the correct color (white) since that works with the school colors, too. For now, you can get an idea of a fun way to use these shapes!

I sure hope you’ll join us for the Creative Cutting Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!




Let’s hear it for the boy!

OK, so maybe a boy playing a computer game doesn’t sound like a reason to cheer, but if you knew the whole story you might see it differently. My son is on the autism spectrum. Now if you know anything about Autism, you probably know that when they talk about spectrum they mean really wide and diverse spectrum. So my son has a very mild form of Autism called Asperger’s Syndrome. For him, mostly it effects his ability to concentrate at school, his understanding of social situations, his sensitivity both physically and emotionally being increased, his small motor abilities (writing legibly is very challenging for him) and his ability to be comfortable without lots of structure. So what do a game and these challenges have to do with each other, read my journaling and you might have an idea why I feel good about him playing this game!

It’s challenge time over at The Creative Cutting Challenge and this time around the theme is For the Boys! You might know me well enough by now to know that my heart is happiest when I can scrap, so that’s what I did!

My son loves to play on all sorts of devices. He’s got an iPod Touch, a Nintendo DS and 3DS, and he uses the Wii and desktop computer for gaming, too. I have taken pictures of him using his favorite devices because otherwise I might not have many pictures of him, LOL! Thankfully, since I’m on the Design Team The Creative Pointe provided me with a file to use for this challenge and I was able to create a layout using The Computer Card file!

Computer Card PV

I just used the computer without the card and shadow. The page design and some of the photo editing was inspired by one of my son’t favorite games: Minecraft. This game has a very distinct look, with a grid of different shades of colors on the objects, so I printed off some digital papers in different shades and cut them into squares to create the background and edited three photos to look gridded, too. I am really excited about how it turned out. I hope you enjoy!



MinecraftTitle-detailI stamped on a number of the grid squares and on the keyboard of the computer to add some extra interest and texture. When I was looking for papers I worried that the grid would be too busy, so I decided on a very subtle texture for the papers, but after I set everything up I realized the papers needed a little something more. I was so glad to have stamps that worked with this theme.

I sure hope you’ll join along For the Boys using any SVG files you might have! I can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate your kind and encouraging comments! Have a great day!


I am entering this layout into the Scrappin n chattin Yahoo! Group January layout challenge to use stamping on a layout.

I am entering this layout in the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog challenge #21 – Anything Goes

ETA: I am linking up this layout with the Paper Issues New Issue: It’s Hip to be Square with A Flair for Buttons because it was definitely hip to play MineCraft (if you were my son’s age) and it’s a very square layout!

Other Supplies not already listed:

Cardstock: Wausau; Digital Paper Collection: Karen Funk – For the Boys; Stamps: Close to My Heart, My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink; Ink: Stampin’ Up!; Pen: Sakura; Digital Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo; Software: Silhouette Designer Edition; Font: MineCrafter 3 Regular; Photo editing software: Photoshop Elements 8; Printer, Photo paper and Ink: HP; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Corrugated Shape: Close to My Heart; Adhesive: Imaginesce, Recollections, Scotch, Xyron, Zig.

Exciting news to share!

Hi! No pictures today, but you will find a new button on my sidebar! I’m on the Design Team for the Creative Cutting Challenge Blog! To find out more about it you can click on the button and it’ll take you there! I’m so excited to be on a design team and can’t wait to share these projects! If you know me, you know I love my cutting machine and we’re going to be very busy creating projects to hopefully inspire and delight you! The first challenge goes live on September 9th, so be sure to come back and see what I’ve created!

Thanks so much for following along with me on my creative adventures! It’s definitely more fun to do with friends!

Wishing you a wonderful day!


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