He's Got the Whole World In His Hands

This song started running around in my head this morning so of course I had to create a card based on the chorus. 

For this one I used:

Child's Year for the the hands.  Cut twice at 3", inked and pop-dotted.

Going Places for the globe.  I cut one base at 3" in a solid blue.  Then I cut three globes at 3".  One in a water print and two in green, inked and pop-dotted the land formations.

Very easy card but I love the end result.

Swingin' Birthday

I know, I know.  It's another Create a Critter creation.  As hard as I try I just can't stay away from this cartridge right now.  Besides, this one was created based on one I saw in a past issue of Just Cards. 

My mom's birthday is today and I had to have a special card for her.  And since she's always so crazy and fun I thought using monkeys (who have the same characteristics) would be perfect.

The vine was created using both vine features on CAC with the upper portion being adjusted for a greater "swag" and then a second one welded to it in order to bring the vine across the card.  The monkey's hands are glued directly to the vine but then the bodies are pop-dotted to lift them up for a more "swinging from the vine" feel/look.

On the inside of the card I used Accent Essentials for the sentiment piece.  I was little upset when I drew in the banana's face because as soon as I started drawing the mouth my pen decided to bleed. 

All in all I know mom will love it.

Shiver Me Timbers - Child's Birthday

I woke up early this morning thanks to our youngest son waking early and in turn the dogs.  So while I waited for the rest of the family stir I decided to begin designing cards.  By lunch time I had three cut out, waiting for me to start and finish housework so I could come back and play some more.

This is one of my three creations.  The octopus is cut at 3" from Create a Critter and the treasure chest is cut at 2 1/2" from Life's a Beach.  I traced what should have been the metal trim with a puffy paint and then applied glitter for the bling.  My jewels are a mixture of rhinestones and a metallic type jewel.  I wish I had some more of my faux pearls but I couldn't find them anywhere.

Finally, my background paper is from DCWV stack All About Boys.  I absolutely LOVE this paper stack - it is some of the best that I have seen in a long time.

Fish Outta Water

This week's Cricut Cardz Challenge was to create a card using either brads or eyelets along with any cartridge of our choosing.  I chose to use brads, Create A Critter and George.

Using Create A Critter I cut the fishbowl at 3" and using George I created a window in a second fishbowl.  I then cut the window out twice in chipboard and once for the top of the layer.  This then allowed for the dimension I needed to place my fish brads "inside" the bowl.

As you can see one of my fish decided to escape and jump out of the bowl.  Perfect for my inside sentiment which reads:

I'm like a fish out of water without you. 


"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all they way acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths."  Proverbs 3:5-6

After church yesterday this passage just popped into my head and I decided to create a simple card based on the Scripture.  So this afternoon I cut a compass from Camp Out and then as I was looking for the background paper I found some I forgot I had.  Making it even more interesting as I was getting ready to cut the piece I needed I noticed that the very same Scripture I was using as my sentiment was on the paper I chose.


Today's card is a very simple one using the butterfly from Home Decor and the word "dream" from Graphically Speaking.  I made this cut months ago with another card in mind and then when I tried to commit it to the card I never liked the way it looked so I scrapped everything but the butterfly.

After months of trying to figure out what to do with my poor butterfly I found the perfect paper and sentiment.  So without further delay I give you dreams....

"The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.  But above all, the world needs dreamers who do."  Sarah Ban Breathnach

Ghoul School - Early Halloween

I realize it's a little early for Halloween cards, but I had this extra bus cut from the graduation cards I made for my niece.  It's been sitting on my desk for a couple weeks staring me in the face.  Taunting me.  Waiting for me to decide how I would incorporate it into a card. 

I really wanted to use a monster or alien for my "ghouls" but I felt that if I cut them as small as I'd need it would take away from them.  Then I remembered the crazy cartoonish pumpkins on Stretch Your Imagination and thus my card was born.

Not only did I use SYI for the pumpkin ghouls but also for my spider.  The bus is from Doodlecharms and my font was created using Robotz.

Smiling Flowers

This week's challenge for Cricut Cardz was to create a card using either a bird or butterfly cut.  I chose to use a butterfly.  And I bet you'll never guess which main cartridge I used for the project either.....Okay, I knew I wouldn't be able to fool any of you.  I couldn't help myself though.

There was a baby shower for one of the ladies at our church Saturday and I gave her the stairstep card along with my gift.  Well when the pastor's wife saw it she made a comment about wanting a cute card.  Little did she know that I would get to work creating one just for her and this is it.  (Don't tell but I'll be giving it to her in about an hour)  She's always bubbly and smiling so I knew that I had to use these adorable flowers from Create a Critter and of course the butterfly to compliment it all.

The flower pot was cut using George which I "designed" using Design Studio.  I then used my cuttlebug along with two different folders for the embossing, and then inked on top of that.

What's Up

I made this card a week ago with just the vehicle and surf board and every time I looked at it I knew it was missing something.  So, I set the card on the table in front of me so that whenever I sat at the computer I had to see it.

Today, I was cleaning and organizing the container that has the Sizzix cuts I made over the winter when I came across the girl in the hula skirt.  Of course I had to see if it would work and I believe that it does.  What do you think?

Say Cheese Notebook

I bet by now you're all beginning to notice just how much I love the new Create a Critter cartridge.

I just couldn't help myself and I knew that this would make a perfect notebook so I had to make another one.  For this one I made the following cuts:

Notebook and pages 4 3/4"
Mouse 2 1/4"
Cheese block I scaled down to about 3/4"
Say Cheese phrase 1 1/4"

Both the mouse and the cheese are pop dotted for layered effect.

Sticking Your Neck Out

Here's another card that was scrap lifted from the January issue of Scrap and Stamp.  This one was created for this week's Cricut Cardz Challenge which was to use any cartridge we desired so long as we used three circles on our card.

Once again I just had to play with my new Create a Critter cartridge.  After I laid my cuts out in Design Studio, placed my papers on the mat, cut and then started piecing together it hit me that I cut a couple of my colors backward.  But I was too lazy to re-cut them - not to mention that I didn't want to waste the cuts I'd already done.  And that my friends is why I have a rusty/orangey colored giraffe instead of a yellow one. 

All things considered though I think that the colors work well together and some mistakes are just meant to be......

Enormous Thanks

Tonight's card is one that I scraplifted from the January issue of Scrap & Stamp magazine.  Granted I'm not much of a stamper but the stamping magazines have a lot of great ideas and I enjoy perusing them for ideas too.
So once again, I present you with a card made using Create a Critter - my new favorite cartridge.  I tried on several different size and style of wiggle eyes and dh and I both loved this set best.  We thought they were the perfect pair for that puppy dog eye look.

The inside sentiment says, "Thanks, your help was enormous."

Edited:  May 22, 2010 - I am so excited to announce that another one of my cards made the Chirp!

You Drive Me Wild

This was yet another simple card to put together.  A while back I purchased several new Sizzix dies and one night sat down and started cutting them out not knowing what I was going to do with them.  So as I sat in the living room with dh I'd cut, put together and then place the die cuts in a box for later use.

Well last night it finally dawned on me as to what I could do with the wonderful lion cut.  And it was so easy finding the perfect paper in the Animal Crackers matstack from DCWV. 

The leaves were cut from the Create a Critter cartridge.

Baby Side Stair Step Card

Today's card is brought to you by Ayssa who asked me to create "a side step, because they are FABULOUS :) with... New Arrival (and/or A Childs Year), for a new baby card." 

There's not too much detail in this one, but I especially love the baby's menu sign. I've made a couple of other side stair step cards and thought I'd try a baby one, but it wasn't as easy for me as the others....

As requested everything with the exception of the monkey is from New Arrival. The monkey is a sticker from Sandylion Essentials.

Thinking of You or Just Because Paisley

Here's another one of my completed assignments.  The instructions for this one was to "use SYI, using the paisley on page 79, doing a "just because" card. I'm interested in seeing the S-fold."

Coincidentally I had paper with paisley's on it as well so it all just came together.

Howdy Pardner

Here's another creation based on one of my March assignements.  For this one I was asked to create a card using Old West with a cowgirl theme.  Well this one could be used for a cow girl or boy.

This was a very easy card to cut and put together - especially with this great background paper I found.  It's from the All About Boys stack by DCWV.  As soon as I saw the papers in this stack I had visions of several cartridges that would work with it running around in my head.

Frog in my Pocket - Gift Card Holder

I finally got another one of my long awaited assignments completed.  This one I had to change up just a tad bit though.  The original assignment was to make a "card made with the animal kingdom cartridge. Maybe the frog...but have the card attached to or part of a thin box (cut from tags, bags, boxes, and more)for a gift card to go in"

I tried making a matchbox from TBBM but after two attempts I gave up.  I don't know if it was just me or what but it seemed like both matchbox cuts were either for the top or the inside of the box and when used together just didn't match up.  (no pun intended)

After two failed attempts I opted to go for an envelope style holder.   Other than TBBM and Animal Kingdom I also used Old West for the pocket.

For the matching gift tag I used a 2" square punch.

Father's Day Car

Today's Cricut Cardz Challenge was to create a card using the color red as the primary focus in conjunction with any cartridge/s we choose. 

I saw this as a perfect opportunity to also incorporate one of the assignments given to me during my last blog candy challenge as well.  The assignment in question was to create a masculine card using Graphically Speaking.

So merging both "challenges" into one card yielded this creation for Father's Day. 

For this card I cut the car at 3 1/2" and the trophy, from Graphically Speaking, was cut at 2" and designed as a pop-up on the inside of the card.

Graduating Hedgehog Notebook

I was so excited when dh took me to Michael's today to see what new cartridges they had in stock.  So we got there and went straight to the Cricut display to find a few new cartridges but not the one I really, really wanted.  They had Once Upon a Princess and as we were looking at it my dh just walked away.  I had no idea where he was going or what he was doing but after realizing that I just wouldn't get much use out of the Princes cartridge I put it up and started walking to the front of the store.

All of a sudden I saw my dh coming back towards me with a cartridge in his hands.....what did he have?  Did he find the one I really wanted????  Yup - he found Create a Critter!!!!!  W00t, W00t was I excited.  So I got to the register, paid and immediately asked the cashier if I could borrow her scissors so I could open the package.  I felt like a kid in the candy store and couldn't wait to get home so I could play.

For my debut project I decided to create a notebook as part of a Graduation Survival Kit for my daughter who's graduating from high school next month.  I love the way that it turned out.  What do you think?

Blog Award

This morning I have been honored with a blog award from Audrey and her fellow fairies over at the cuteandsome blogspot.  The other day one I received a comment telling me that I should enter my Belated Bday Robotz card into a showcase so I thought why not, what have I got to lose?

Then today I received this:

Thank you so much ladies for making my day......