Saturday, September 3, 2011

Dad Birthday card

My Father-in-law loves cars and anything with wheels, so when I made his card for his birthday I wanted to use this car from my Nifty Fifties cartridge. Back when Michaels had some of their paper on clearance I picked up some great paper for guys, and I used one of those sheets for the background of my card. I love doing fun cards, so I decided to try my first twisted easel card. I used foam squares to pop up the white background, the car and the Dad. Enjoy!
I am entering this card in a few challenges:
Lia Stampz- Birthday

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Birthday to Sonny!

The organist that I work with at my church has a birthday tomorrow, and I wanted to make her a special card. I made a Z-fold card and used a sketch from "My Time made Easy" to get me started. Since we are musicians, I wanted to put some music on there, so I embossed the white squares with my music cuttlebug folder. I cut the bird from Gypsy Font cart at 2 inches. I used some ribbon and a new Fiskers stamp I had. I embellished the stamp with pearls, since pearls and turquoise are her birthstones.
I am entering this card into these challenges:
Crafty Catz- Fancy Folds
Delicious Doodles- Things that flutter
Polkadoodle- Pretty things with Wings
Cute Card Thursdays- Birthstone Colors
Craft Your Days away- Monocromatic

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Father's Day card 2

This is a card I made for my father=-in-law for Father's day. I used the T-shirt and tie on the Simply Charmed cart. I used foam to give the tie and shirt more dimension. It is simple, but I love how it came out!
Here are the challenges I am entering this card into:
Sparkles Forum- Father's Day
Here Come the Boys- Father's Day
Creative Inspirations- Father's Day
Come and Get it- Father's Day
Crazy Challenge- Father's Day
Flourishes- Father's Day
Sisterhood of Crafters- Celebrating Dad
Paper Play- Father's Day
Delightful Challenges- Father's Day
Craft Us Crazy- Father's Day
C.R.A.F.T. challenge- Father's Day
Sew Many cards- Father's Day
Delicious Doodles- Father's Day
Secret Crafter- a Male Card
Little Claires- cards for men

Father's Day card 1

I found this free digi at Dustin Pike's website, and immediately thought of my Dad. We had a dragon named Dudley that was a favorite of my family's and I thought this would be perfect for Father's day! Inside I wrote "You are my knight in shining armor".
I started with the sketch from Inspirational card sketches. I used my cuttlebug to add the embossing to the cream paper and some foam squares to pop it up. I think my dad will love it!
Here are the challenges I am entering this card in:
Sparkles Forum- Father's Day
Here Come the Boys- Father's Day
Doodle Dragon- It's a boy thing
Creative Inspirations- Father's Day
Come and Get it- Father's Day
Crazy Challenge- Father's Day
Flourishes- Father's Day
The House that Stamps Built- Father's Day with texture
Paper Play- Father's Day
Delightful Challenges- Father's Day
Craft us crazy- Father's day
Simply Create- All about you dad
Sew Many Cards- Father's Day
Delicious Doodles- Father's Day
Secret Crafter- a Male Card
Little Claires- Cards for Men

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Grandma's birthday card

I made this special card for my grandmother who will turn 91 at the end of this month. I have never been very close to her, since I have always lived far away, but since she moved in with my parents, I have gotten to know her a little bit better ( as well as you can from half-way across the country!). We will get a chance to see her in July, but it has been 2 years since we saw her, so I wanted to make something special!

I tried to keep this one fairly simple so that she would be able to see it, but I could not help adding some flowers and bling:) All of the cuts for the flowers came from Accent essentials, just various sizes, and I cut the same pieces from 4 different colors so I could layer them.

Challenges that I will be entering this in:

Sentimental Sundays- Handmade flowers

Designed 2 Delight- Handmade flowers

The Paper Shelter- Black, White + 1

Crafty Catz- Pink, Black and White

Ladybug Crafts INK- Black, White, + 1

Crafty Ann's- Happy Birthday

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mother's Day Card #2

Here is the second Mother's day card I made this week.

I used this sketch as my inspiration.

I used a designer paper I got about 6 months ago that had names for Mom's on it, as well as some paper from November that was pearly white with swirls. I handmade my flowers using the Cricut Cart Accent Essentials and added some bling to them as well as added a butterfly button. I made an easel card so that it could be displayed. All in all, both cards are similar, but different. Now I just have to decide who gets which card, my mom or my mother-in-law?

I am entering this card in a few challenges:

Flutterby Wednesday- 3 flowers, 2 designer papers, 1 button

Mothers Day card #1

This week was mother's day card week. I had to make a card for my mom and my mother-in-law. So I turned to some online inspiration and found these two sketches to help me get started.

I decided to make them into easel cards so that my moms could display them. I also had found this great designer paper about 6 months ago that had Mom written all over it which I thought would be perfect! I also used some designer paper I had bought back in November that was white pearly paper with swirls and thought it would go well! I made handmade flowers using Accent Essential Cricut Cart to make the layers, added a little bling and a butterfly button, and voila- 2 different mother's day cards!

Challenges this card will be entered in!

Creative Cowgirls- Mom

Sketch and stash- Sketch #53

There's Magic in the Air- Multi Fold

Die Cutting Divas- Mom

Scrap-Creations- Flowers

The Stamping Boutique- Wings

Flutterby Wednesdays- 3 flowers, 2 Designer papers, 1 button

Little Red Wagon- For Mom

Sisterhood of crafters- For Mom

Aud Sentiments- For Mom

AiFactory- Anything Goes

CCEE Stampers- Butterfly

Charisma Cards- May Flowers

Craft Us Crazy- Mothers Day and Flowers

Cute Card Thursday- Use a sketch form somewhere else

DYSU Challenege- 3D

Digi Doodles- Anything goes

Dutch Dare Card- For Mom

Moving Along with the Times- Anything Goes

PaperCrafting Journey- Bling

The Rubber Cafe- For Mom

My Creative Time- 3D

Mojo Monday- Sketch

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award

I have been awarded the Versatile Blogger award by Mary and Lolis! Thanks so much! I would have never expected to receive any award, because there are so many great blogs out there, so I really appreciate this honor!

In accepting this award I have to mention 7 things about myself and pass this award on to 15 other blogs.

1. I love doing all kinds of different crafts-hence the name of my blog:)
2. I am a full-time Assistant Director of Music at a Methodist church that is ranked in the top 25 largest Methodist churches in the US.
3. I love photography, and even though I used to work at a photography studio, I don't enjoy taking pics of people. My passion is for architecture and landscapes!
4. I recently won an honorable mention for one of my photos out of 2300 entries, and my photo was on display at the Fort Worth Main St. Arts Festival!
5. I am at that stage in my life where I don't feel like I really fit in. I'm married (to a wonderful man for the last 4 years)! with no kids in my 30s.
6. I was born in Germany and have also lived in Little Rock, Arkansas; Clovis, New Mexico; Yorktown, Virginia; Danville, Virginia; Fort Worth, Texas, and now Mansfield, Texas.
7. I love to talk:)

So now to pass this award along to 15 of my fav blogs:
1. The Misplaced Midwesterner
2. The Science of Music
4. Reflections of a Sojourner
5. Courtney Lane Designs
6. Creative Delights by Nicole
7. GreenScrappin Machine
8. More than Favors
9. Obsessed with Scrapbooking
10. Made by Momo
11. Practical Scrappers
12.Less is More
13. Sentimental Sundays
14. Stampin Sisters in Christ
15. Scrap Happens

Wedding Card

I made this wedding card for my brother-in-laws wedding. His wife is also a crafter, so I felt like I really needed to go above and beyond to make a special card for their wedding.

This was my first try at this trifold card, and I think it came out great. As I was looking for inspiration for the card, not only did I turn to their wedding invite, but I actually used part of their invite to make my card! I used a stamped image in the center and used the letter "L" from the front of their invite, as well as some of the paper and ribbon from it. My sister-in-law was just so amazed by our card, and I was so proud to give it to her!

I am entering this card in a few challenges:

Crafty Ann's- Fancy Folds

Digi Doodles- Glitter and Glitz

The ABC Challenge- Sparkle

A Spoonful of Sugar- Let's Celebrate

Crafty Cardmakers- Wedding

Delicious Doodle- Anything Goes

Totally Papercraft- Wedding

Happileigh Scrapping- Wedding and Jewels

Stampin Vacation- Wedding

Totally Gorjuss- Bling

Stampin for the weekend- wedding

Jasmine Birthday card

My niece means the world to me, yet I do not get to see her very often because we live so far away. I enjoy trying to make her birthday cards as special as I can, and have earned the title as "best scrapbooker in the world" from my niece. No pressure:)

This year for her birthday, she celebrated at Disney and I found out from my sister-in-law that Jasmine and Goofy were her favorite. I had just bought the Disney Dreams come True cartridge and could not wait to use it.

I made my first ever stairstep card for this special birthday. I cut out Jasmine, the palace, the magic carpet and one of the containers from Disney Dreams Come True, and the magic lamp and other container from Paper Doll Dress Up. I used glitter paper for Jasmines outfit, and decorated with jems and glitter glue. I also used some glitter on the gold roofs to give it that extra sparkle. I wrote my birthday wish on a stream of smoke coming out of the lamp, and finished off the card with a $20 bill for the birthday girl!

I am going to enter this card into a few challenges:

Crafy Ann's- Fancy Folds

Digi Doodles- Glitter and glitz

A Spoonful of Sugar- Let's Celebrate

Delicious Doodle- Anything Goes

Cupcake Craft- Lots of Layers

Ladybug Crafts Ink- Anything Goes

KB Cute Monday- Birthday

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Swap

I just opened my package from my Easter swap on the Cricut Circle MB. I was so excited to see all of the goodies that my swap partner, Lavendargal, was able to cram into a small box! It had stamps, stickers, embellishments, ribbon, embossing folders, chipboard album, Zig 2 way glue, adhesive, beautiful Easter egg ornaments and a lovely handmade explosion box, as well as two round containers holding even more embellishments! It is always so much fun buying for other people and being surprised at what you get in return!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Valentine Gift

So I know we are a month past Valentines day, but I am behind on posting my projects. I'll admit that I have not been as crafty as I would have liked, but I have still been making things!

This is the present I made for my husband. Using many sketches and probably 20+ hours of work, I made my first paper bag mini album! This post will be very picture heavy, and not alot of descriptions about products used, because it would take forever to list. I did use my Cricut to cut out the inserts and all of the hearts in the project. I hope you enjoy it though. I am pretty proud of it, and most importantly, my husband loved it!

I made this project with my husband in mind, but it does fit a few challenges, so I will enter it in these challenges:

Crafty Ann's- Elvis Song "Portrait of My Love"

Digi Doodles- Ribbons and Bows

Stampin Sisters- something hidden from first view

One Stitch At a Time- something for the boys

Sentimental Sundays- Let's get sentimental

Secret Crafter- anything but a card

Amber's Crafts- use a die cut

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Well, I had asked for only one thing for Christmas- and I got it! All I wanted was a kitty! He won us over at the shelter and we just had to get him. Here are a few pics of the new love in my life!

Pillows for my Niece!

So, this is a project I tackled before Christmas for a present for my niece. It is always difficult to know what to get her because she lives in Florida and I live in Texas. I only get to see her about once a year, and she is growing up so fast. She is at that age where so is no longer a little girl and is not quite a teenager.
My brother-in-law just got remarried to a wonderful, and crafty, woman. After they got married Chris and Logan moved into Lorena's house. Logan decided that her new room was going to be green and pink. While we were down for the wedding, my mother-in-law showed me a blanket that she was making for Logan that was green on one side and pink on the other.

I just started sewing a few months ago, but pillows are my specialty. I decided to push the limit and try to make pillows that were not all the standard square. I found some great fabric and patterns and was ready to go.

They turned out so much better that I thought they would, and she loved them. They are perfect for her room, and most importantly, I put love into them that no store bought gift could have done!