A House of Cards

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Hope everyone had a...

very Happy Holiday! We sure did. We shared lots of presents, ate lots of food, and spent lots of time with loved ones. I know it is going to be hard getting back into a routine next week. I will try not to even thing about it.

I have a few things to share with you today. First thing is a fun little card I did using Magistical Memories chipboard. I have had this Birthday Hat mini album for quite a while now. I really have to be in the mood to do one, and I didn't see it happening any time soon. So I thought I would use it for a fun birthday card. I went a little overboard on the sewing (as usual ;) ), but if you skipped that step, it would be very easy to recreate. Such a fun shape for a card!

The next three are my December Provo Craft projects.

The first is a kids' craft. I cut out the shapes with my Cricut Expression, painted the cardstock with Delta Ceramcoat Sparkle Glaze, glued the pieces together, and strung the lights on silver elastic cord.

The next is a winter card. For this I used my Cuttlebug machine, Olivia alphabet dies, and the snowman and snowflake dies from my winter die set. I love this color combo for winter.

The last card is a card of encouragement. For this, I used my Coluzzle frame template, Cuttlebug machine, Olivia alphabet dies, Rob & Bob paper, and felt flower.

Well, that is it for me today. If I don't make it back before, I hope you all have a safe and wonderful new year. Hugs!

Friday, December 21, 2007

It has been a long time...

since I updated my blog. Almost a month. YIKES! I guess life has just gotten in the way. Lots of school activities with the kids, lots of projects to do, and just plain laziness. Gotta take a break when you can, right? ;) Well, I will try not to take this long until the next time.

Today, I will show you my projects from the November Self-Addressed kit. I think this was my favorite kit so far. (I usually say that every month.) I just loved the Sassafras Lass papers and the beautiful ribbon from the Dress It Up addition. Oh, and that little alterable house by Say It With Letters was just to fun too work with.
Well, it is getting late. I have more to show, but I will save it for another post. Don't want to bore you with a ton of stuff. If I don't see you before, I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas. Hugs!

Monday, November 26, 2007

It is raining today...

so I decided to stay in and update my blog. I have a few new things to share.

First is a card I made for Magistical Memories. I used the Crazy for Gears chipboard. I painted it, sewed all over it, and... voila!

Next is a card I made using sketch #33 over at Sketch This: Cards. I had a lot of fun with the hand-stitching on this one.

And last are a few sneak peeks of my projects for November's Self-Addressed kit. I absolutely loved all of the beautiful ribbon in the Dress It Up addition this month. It was almost too beautiful to cut up.

Well, that is it for me today. Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

I have a few things to share...

today. The new sketch (#31) is up over at Sketch This: Cards! blog. Great sketch, Janelle! I had a lot of fun with this one, using the new Doodlebug papers and Creative Cafe buttons and felt.

I also finished up my Provo Craft projects for November. I tried to keep everything in a fall or winter theme. Here is a Thanks tag I made using tons of Provo Craft products (too many to name). I just love this new chipboard!

Next is some quick and easy placecards for Thanksgiving. For these, I used my Cricut machine, Doodlecharms cartridge, Celebrations cartridge, and All Mixed Up cartridge. These will look so cute on the dinner table. :)

Lastly is a Be Merry Christmas card. For this I used my Cricut machine, Christmas Cheer cartridge, Celebrations cartridge, and ZooBalloo cartridge. Christmas will be here before you know it. Making Christmas cards sure gets me in the holiday spirit!

I had a question from Sandie on my previous post about the little purse. (I didn't see a place to email you, Sandie, so I will answer you here.) To make it, I cut the pockets off of an old pair of my daughter's shorts and did a lot of hand stitching. It took a little while, but I think it turned out pretty cute. Well worth the effort! I bet you could use some fabric glue, though, put it together a lot quicker.

Well, that's it for me today. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 5, 2007


I am posting some projects that I made for Self-Addressed using the October kit (and a few extras). The kit was loaded with Basic Grey. Yum! Yum! (A few people have asked already, so I will let you know that the puzzle frame is by Fruzzle. ;) )

And last, but not least, is my take on Sketch 30 for Sketch This: Cards! blog. There is lots of great inspiration over there. Go take a peek!

That's it for me tonight. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 29, 2007

It is almost Halloween...

and we are starting to get ready. David and the kids carved their pumpkins. Here they are, hard at work.
They turned out really cute.

I didn't do mine yet. I will be getting it done tomorrow, I hope.

Today is David's birthday. So we had a little birthday dinner for him when he got home this evening. He saw a cake in a magazine, so I made it for him from scratch. It turned out OK, but I think I need to work on my baking skills. ;)

I made this little Halloween card for my dh. Pretty simple and easy. He seemed to like it. (The letters are really orangish/red, but they look more red in the photo.)

Well, that is it for me tonight. I will probably post again this week, because I have a few more cards to share, I just need to take some photos.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I've been tagged!

Thanks for tagging me, Kandis! For this tag, I have to list some random facts about myself. I hope you don't get bored listening to me babble. Here goes:

1. I go to Starbucks for a grande two pump white chocolate mocha almost every day. It's an addiction, I tell ya! But really the only one I have, besides shopping for scrappy stuff.

2. I love big dogs. No little yippy dogs for me. I have a Great Dane and an English Mastiff to prove it.

3. I am watching the Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV right at this moment. Not really my choice, but it is kind of entertaining.

4. I love Webkinz.com. I play on it everyday to help get my kids KinzCash.

5. I am a room mom and a soccer mom. (It's all about the kids.)

6. I have a terrible sweet tooth. I must have something sweet or sweet and salty before bedtime.

7. I am a TV junkie. I watch way too many shows. Thank goodness for the DVR!

Now I get to tag some people! Here's the rules:


1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself (on your blog, we all want to know them).

3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.

4. Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

If you have not already been tagged, I am tagging YOU. If you do decide to list some random facts about yourself, please let me know, so I can come read more about you.

I also got an award this week from Jo.

Thanks so much! I think I am supposed to pass it along and nominate some other blogs, so again I am nominating everyone who read this, because I sure do appreciate you coming by to check out what I have been creating. Please let me know if you have stopped by and I will return the love.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I am now...

one of the card designers over at Sketch This: Cards! blog. Thanks so much, Janelle, for giving me this awesome opportunity! There are so many wonderful sketches there to help jumpstart your creativity, and so many wonderful ideas. Here is my take on this week's sketch.

I used the new Scenic Route Salem line for this card. This has to be one of the cutest Halloween lines around!

I also have some Provo Craft projects to share. This month I was asked to use my Cuttlebug for one. I just love the script embossing folder. It adds so much dimension to any papercrafting project. I also used the funky circle frames, asterisks, and Olivia alphabet. So many wonderful dies to choose from! I also went a little sewing crazy on this one, which is SOOOOO easy for me to do.

I also got to play with their new Felt Fashions line. I LOVE this stuff!!! It is really heavy duty, not flimsy in the the least. And there are a bunch of cool shapes and color combos. My favorite is the green/purple/teal. Love, love, love these colors. I made a couple of monogram friendship bags. I think these turned out really cute. They are small and would be perfect for little gifts or gift cards. Christmas is right around the corner... ooooh, the possibilities... ;)

My last project is a card using the Destinations: Road Trip paper line and new chipboard. These papers are perfect for a masculine or a travel-themed project. And the new chipboard... OH MY! Love this stuff! So many cool shapes.

Well, that is it for me today. Thanks for coming by and taking a peek! I sure do appreciate all of your sweet comments. Hugs!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Some exciting news to share!

I am a cover girl! One of my cards made the cover of Paper Crafts November 2007 issue. It's the Holly Jolly Christmas card on the right. (I snagged this image from the PC website.)

I am so excited about it. It is the very first time I have been on the cover of anything. I secretly tooted about it back in June, and it was torture not spilling the beans. Thanks for listening to me toot again!

Well, I can't believe it is already October. The temps are starting to drop just a little, it is a little breezier, and it is starting to look a little like fall. My kids are constantly talking about what they want to dress up as for Halloween. So I decided to get the mood going and I made a fun, little Halloween mini album.

For this, I used the Friends chipboard kit that was made by Magistical Memories especially for Lifetime Moments for their Fifth Anniversary celebration. I just love the fun little chipboard pieces include in the kit, esp. that skull and crossbones. Just way too cool!
Also, this weekend is the Simply Southern Scrapbook Convention in Huntsville, AL. Magistical Memories is going to have a booth there, and I will be there with them. So if you happen to be going, stop by and say hi. I will be there Friday and Saturday.
Hope you all have a wonderful week/weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 10, 2007

It is still hot here...

but fall is definitely in the air. With the start of school last month and the leaves dropping (because of a very dry summer, but hey it looks like fall ;) ), I know that cool weather is right around the corner. So to get a jumpstart on it, I decided to start working on some fall projects.

The first is a card using Magistical Memories White Oak Leaf chipboard. Just perfect for a fall card. And I couldn't help throwing the y'all on there. I am a Northern girl, but you just cannot help saying y'all after living down south for so many years. Believe me, I tried very hard not to add that word into my vocabulary, but it just sneaked in.

The next three projects are for Provo Craft. I used my Cricut machine for all the three. I just LOVE that thing.

The Doodlecharms cartridge just has so many cute die-cuts.

I also used the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge for the popcorn boxes and flowers on the candle, and the All Mixed Up cartridge for the font on the back to school card.

Well, it is time to go start making dinner. Not my idea of fun, but we do need to eat.

Thank for stopping by!

Friday, August 31, 2007

Happy Friday!

Aren't Fridays great? Especially on a long, holiday weekend. Now, I don't work, so it is not that big of a deal, but my kids and hubby will be off on Monday, so hopefully we will do something fun this weekend. What are your plans?

The new August DT images finally went up at Self-Addressed, so I can post my projects. The first is a little take out box. The first one I've ever done. It went easier than I thought it would, so I'm sure I will make them again in the future.

The next is a layout I did for my daughter's recent birthday. I love this picture, and this kit was perfect for it. Lastly is a birthday card. How could I not do a birthday card with this kit? Totally not possible.

Well, thanks for stopping by. I hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I have totally...

ignored this little blog for the past month. I feel bad about that too. But, sometimes life happens. Since the last time I posted, we have taken a trip to the beach and the kids have started school. I am trying to get back into a routine, but I guess I am having a tough time.

Here are a few of the latest things I have been working on. I just finished this card up today. I used some Magistical Memories chipboard buttons. I covered them up with some Scenic Route paper, added some KI Memories felt stickers to the centers, and used some foam squares to pop them up just a bit. I just love these little things. So cute and easy to use.

I also did some projects for Provo Craft. This month I got to play with my Cuttlebug, and it was such fun. The first is a fun little "welcome to the neighborhood" card. I just love how this one turned out.

The second is a band-aid tin. These tins are just so much fun to decorate.

The third is a layout. I struggle alot with layouts, but I just loved this picture of my youngest daughter at the beach, and I just wanted to do something a little out of my comfort zone. I don't think the scrapbooking mags will be knocking on my door any time soon, but I think it's kind of cute.

Well, that is it for me today. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 23, 2007

We have a winner!

So many people came by to guess... WOW!!! I have had so much fun reading your guesses and looking at your blogs (if they were in your profile). I will definitely be going back to sneak peeks at what you've got going on.

I know... I am completely crazy for counting that many buttons, but it made for a fun little contest, didn't it? And now I know I really don't need to buy any more buttons. *hehe* Most of you guessed pretty low. There are TONS of little buttons in there! So, the number of buttons in the jar is... 3757.

The winner is Lesley with a guess of 3125! So Lesley, you can PM your info at one of sites I hang out at, or send me an email at v3pwm@yahoo.com, and I will send you some fun goodies in the mail. Congrats!!!

Thanks to everyone for stopping by to play!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Since the Summer CHA show has begun...

and I am not there :( , I decided to hold a fun little contest.

My Foof-a-la button collection was getting seriously out of control. Those little bags were just taking up so much room, and I really needed the extra space. So I went out and bought a big glass jar from World Market to hold them all in. I LOVE the way it looks. Just like a candy jar!

I did a crazy thing and counted all of my Foof-a-la buttons. So here is my little contest for you~
Guess how many buttons are in the jar. The jar is about 7" in diameter and about 10" tall with the lid on and 7 1/2" tall without the lid. I am going to give you until Monday morning at 9am CST The person with the closest guess will get a fun little RAK from me. Let the guessing begin!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Can I just say...

that I *heart* Magistical Memories chipboard! They have some of the cutest shapes. I am especially in love with their new "Potty People." They are so fun.

Here are a couple of projects that I finished up this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Edited: Both cards have been picked up for publication. :)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

I have been sorefully neglecting...

my blog. I was getting ready for vacation, then I went on vacation, and now I am back working on some new projects. Sorry to the couple people that come by to take a look. *LOL* ;)

Right now I am working on some stuff for Magistical Memories. I recently made their design team (Yay!). They have some of the cutest chipboard. Lots of awesome stuff that I haven't seen anywhere else. If you haven't already, you should drop by their site and check them out. You won't be disappointed. Stop by the message board and say hi, too. There are lots of fun people there.

I don't really have anything new projects to post yet, but I will leave you with two that were just recently published in the July/August Paper Crafts. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

It all started with a 3 x 4" scrap...

of Basic Grey striped paper. That scrap has been sitting on my desk for months, along with a hundred others. I cleaned up my scrap space last week, and put all my scraps away, but for some reason this scrap got missed. I didn't have the heart to get rid of it, so I knew it must have some purpose for not wanting to get put away. Well today I found out why. I was over checking out the CPS blog, and I was totally inspired by this week's sketch and inspiration, so I got to work. This was the end result. I really love how this one turned out. So much color and pattern. Totally my style. :)

Thanks for coming by to look!

Edited: This photo has been removed for publication.

Monday, June 25, 2007

I want to thank the girls over at...

CPS for the wonderful Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L prize pack I received in the mail today. I was blown away when I opened the box and saw how full it was. Thanks so much for the great prize and the wonderful inspiration!!!

Also, I was busy at work this weekend on Provo Craft projects, trying to get things done before the holiday. So I will leave you all with one of my Cricut projects. I sure do love that little machine. Thank for stopping by! :)