Wednesday, October 28, 2009

random post

I just noticed I hadn't posted for a week! lol... thought I'd update so it doesn't look like I fell off the edge of the earth. I can't believe I have so many followers!!! wow!

This past weekend the hubby, my son and I went to a science fiction convention. What's that you ask? It's basically a weekend long geek party. There are authors, artists, science fiction fans all gathered for a weekend at a hotel, with costume contests, panel discussions with such topics as "What is Steampunk" (a sub-genre of science fiction with such literary beginnings as Jules Verne and more recent installments from movies like Wild Wild West) and the "History of Women Writers", an art show and a lot more... Anyway, we had a great time, renewed acquaintances, hooked up with friends. My son got to wear his costumes and he charmed everyone he saw. (he's VERY social) I got tapped to judge the costume contest so I didn't get the pictures I wanted to take. :(

I haven't had time since then to scrap!! The weekend is coming, which is going to be busy busy! Trick or treat is friday night here and I have a crop at the LSS after that to go to! crazy times! :)  Well, off to surf my list of blogs that I like to visit! You all have a great week!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Gypsy Spot!

There's a new challenge blog in town, The Gypsy Spot!  Created for Gypsy/Cricut owners! And I've been chosen for the Design Team so I'm especially excited! All my favorite things in one place, challenges, Gypsy and cricut! and I get to be on the design team!  If you like cricut swing on by! You don't have to own a gypsy to hang out and play along.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

ICS #39 "Time"

It's reveal day over at Inspirational Card Sketches! Here's the wonderful sketch we worked with. I hope it inspires you card makers to join in the fun over at ICS!

This week's sponsor over at ICS is Doodle Palace. We got to choose a digi-stamp to work with, and I chose these lovely morning glories. I am not a big-time stamper so I don't have copics or a big set of markers. I chose to color the morning glories with watercolor paints instead. Then, to soften the effect even more, I covered the image after painting it with vellum. The patterned paper is Basic Grey and so are the 3 brads, and the metal word stick is Tim Holtz. Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 19, 2009


This month's challenge over at The Story Matters inspired me to do a layout about the shuttle Challenger, and the day it exploded. I had a picture of the Challenger that was taken 4 months prior to the disaster, when it landed at the Air Force base I was stationed at, and I was listening to the launch on the radio at work. It left a huge memory, and really needed a layout so I could record the story. Perfect for TSM's challenge.  The sketch over at Stuck On You Sketches gave me the direction to go with the layout.

I used Theresa Collins papers, Making Memories mini letter stickers and mini alpha rubons. I downloaded a picture of the flight patch from that mission and cut it in the shape of an apple (for the teacher on the crew) along with the shadow using A Child's Year cartridge.  I also used Indie Art (wings), Hannah Montana (birds), Base Camp (letters), Tags, Bags, Boxes (tags), Gypsy Wanderings (postage stamp mat)

Sorry about the odd curve look to the picture... when I scanned it, the popdots must have kept it from laying flat and I wasn't paying attention. heh. Thanks for looking though!

Sunday, October 18, 2009


I made this necklace, inspired by a bracelet one of my LSS's design divas made. I used Tim Holtz chain, fragments charms, Making Memories halloween charms, and various halloween paper scraps with glossy accents to glue the paper to the fragments. I love it!  My son loved it too so I made him a mini-version. lol

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bite me

This was a fun layout to do! I did this one for a challenge over at ScrapbookDreamer for the October Nightmare event happening over there. These are pictures from halloween several years ago, when my hubby and I went to a party as a vampire and his victim.

Of course I used my cricut/gypsy on this. I used one of the iron fence cuts I created. I tried to write down all the cartridges used this time so here's the list:  George, Blackletter, Storybook, Ashlyn's Alphabet, Gypsy Wanderings, Hanna Montana (who knew?!), A Child's Year, Indie Art, Accent Essentials, Home Decore, Home Accents.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

iron fences

I've been busy designing with my G. I really enjoyed using the fence on my last heritage layout, thanks to Sandy who inspired me to try it. I've since been looking at fences on the way to work, thinking some of the more interesting ones would be fun to design and use on a layout. Then I looked at the wrought iron fence in front of the building I work in and realized I HAD to design a cut file of an iron fence on my Gypsy!  So I did. 4 of them. I will be using them on layouts soon!

I just wish I could share the cut files! Hopefully PC will get on that soon. If you want to try designing one yourself, I used George for the bars, a fleur de lis from Don Juan (but any fleur de lis will work), that cross like shape is from Blackletter, and the curly corner things I thought were from storybook but now I can't find it.

Oh, and I made the fences so they could be hooked together in case I wanted to extend them across a page. Do I rock, or what!?  LOL

thanks for looking ;)

I think I need to work on matching gates now...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

ICS #38 Let it Snow!

If you like stickles, get the new Rock Candy!  I wish it were more visible on this card (I may take another picture when I find the camera!) but there is Rock Candy around the edges of the pink shape. When it dries it really does look like Rock Candy! So cool!

I also used my cricut and BG's new Eskimo Kisses papers.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Autumn Fun

A new layout from me! :)  This one is using Basic Grey Indian Summer papers, stickles and prima bling. I cut all the shapes except the photo mat on my cricut (designed by gypsy!) using A Child's Year, Gypsy Wonderings, Everyday Paperdolls and the background large scallop square I don't know what cart that is... it was one of the first cut files I made on my gypsy by taking a scallop square from some cart and adding the circles in each scallop. I love scallop shapes. I stickled all the leaves and pop-doted them. The title is stickled too.

Thanks for looking!

Snow - it's just WRONG!

Yeah. It snowed today.

And not just any wimpy snow, that you have to really look hard to realize what you thought was a sprinkle is actually frozen, but big poofs of many snowflakes clumped together.

This is Iowa, not canada. We should NOT be getting snow in early october.

And since I don't usually post non-crafty related things on this blog, I will say that I was on my way to the scrapbook store when the snow began and I took this picture when I got there.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

ICS #37 and my debut!

Today is my first day as Design Team member over at Inspirational Card Sketches! Check it out! Dawn always has wonderful card sketches. Here is this week's sketch:

And here is what I did with it:

So I used the new BG "Eskimo Kisses" line of papers (so cute!) for everything except the sentiment. I cut the flower on my cricut from the Winter Woodland cartridge and the sentiment box from Storybook. I layered the flower after using Distress Ink aged mahogany on the edges. I also inked the sentiment box. After it was all put together I used the new Rock Candy stickles along the edges of the flower and sentiment box. The stuff is clear but it seems to soak up some of the ink as it dries, and it really does look a little like rock candy when it's dry. It is so cool! I will be using my Rock Candy sticles a LOT! lol

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 4, 2009


This layout was created for some challenges over at Scrapbook Dreamer. You should check out the forum! Spooktacular contest going on over there all month!

I used My Mind's Eye "The Spider's Web" line papers for this layout. The only thing I cut on my cricut is the word "dream", and I used the Stamped cartridge. I love Stamped for my halloween layouts. The picture is when my son was 1 year old. Thanks for looking!

ICS #36

This card was made using Inspirational Card Sketches #36!

Well I'm just LOVIN' my gypsy! I designed this card on my gypsy (while on break at work) and then cut everything on the cricut except the green branches, which are cut with the Martha Stewart branch punch. The only hard part is figuring out which carts I used... Lets see, Wild Card, Winter Woodland, Christmas Solutions and Home Decor. 

Amazing how fast things go together when I can design it elsewhere and just cut and create when I sit down to my table. Thanks for looking!