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Monday, June 29, 2009

Another Blog Candy!

Paper Popsicles posted their July Blog Candy yesterday!

Here's what's in the giveaway: 12x12 patterned papers, bling, chipboard, buttons, flowers, key album, Stickles.......yum yum!!

To be included in the drawing:
  1. Place their Blinkie on your blog linking it back to their blog
  2. Subscribe to the blog using Feedblitz email subscriptions
  3. Become a follower of their blog
  4. Post the blog candy pic & information on your blog linking back to their blog AND including their store web address: www.paperpopsicles.com

The Random.org drawing winner will be announced on July 20th so you have until midnight July 19th.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Paper Popsicles: A new How To

I've just posted a brand new How To on the Paper Popsicles message board.

Have a great day!!

  • Digital Design: Popsicle (PaperPopsicles)
  • Software: Photoshop, Inkscape, SureCutsALot
  • Paper: Daily Grind Notebook Doodles (Fancy Pants)
  • White Cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
  • Ink: Berry Sorbet (PaperTreyInk)
**No cut file available.**

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Teacher Gifts 2009

The end of the school year sort of snuck up on me. How did that happen?? I kept thinking I had another month or another week and then *BAM!* it is TODAY! And I didn't have a 'thank you' for my son's teacher. :(

BIG THANKS to my friend Lois who had posted the super cute Teacher's Appreciation/Survival kits on the Cricut message board that she made for her grandson's teachers! It was such a great idea she even was featured in the Chirp for it!

*Brilliant!* Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

Off I went to the store to gather supplies....Three stores actually. (Walmart, Walgreen's, Michael's. My Walmart doesn't sell the small/single serving sizes of the candies, but i was able to find them at Walgreen's.) It took me a while to decide what papers and layout for the first can.
This is the first can for my son's Language/Vocabulary, etc teacher:

This is the second can, which came together really quickly since I did all my measurement/design work on the first one. It is for his Discovery Room (Art, Music, putting it all together, etc) teacher :

And this is what is inside the gallon size can:

Here's a list and what the tags say (Thanks Lois!):
  • Swedish fish: "For when you have o-FISH-ally had enough!"
  • mint Gum: "You're a mint!"
  • Pencils: "You're one sharp teacher!"
  • Lifesavers: "Sometimes you are one... sometimes you need one."
  • Hershey bar with Almonds: "Open in case of Emergency or when they're driving you nuts!"
  • Kleenex: "For wiping away tears... Theirs and yours."
  • Hand sanitizer: "You're always giving us a hand."
  • Starburst: "To give you a burst of energy"
  • Notepad: "A note to let you know you're appreciated"
  • Smarties: "Thanks for making me a smartie!"
I sent them off to school with my son and hope that the teachers receive them intact. My son kept telling me, "Candy! Open" LOL
I'll have to send an email and find out later.

Hope you all are having a great day!

  • Some shapes were hand cut, others were cut by my Cricut machine using Design Studio (Alphalicious, George, Mickey Font, Pooh Font, Storybook)
  • Pattern Papers: All double sided - Floral/blue polka-dot, black polka-dot/floral, blue dots/yellow, stripe/beige (Fancy Pants: Daily Grind);
  • Cardstock: green glitter and orange glitter (DCWV); white (Georgia Pacific); black (ValuePack)
  • Flowers: Prima
  • Ribbon: Target $1 isle
  • Buttons: Bag o' Buttons (Hobby Lobby)
  • Ink: Olive Pastel (Colorbox); Berry Sorbet (PaperTreyInk)
  • Clear gallon paint can: Michael's
  • Acrylic (for Notepad cover): Hobby Lobby
  • Other tools: Bind-it-all, gel pens, colorful large paperclips, skittles (platic gems not the candy), embroidery floss

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Anyone want to try for some blog candy??

Fellow cricuteer Enfys is giving away a SUPER blog candy prize:

If you're like me, you never win these things but HEY! You can't win if you don't enter, right?
Here are some of the items you'll find in the prize package:
  • Debbie Mumm Stamp Set - two nursery rhyme theme sets of clear stamps, 2 pigment ink pads, 2 glitter glues and one acrylic block
  • Martha Stewart 'Frond' punch
  • Cuttlebug cutting dies (2) - flowers
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots
  • Cloud 9 Design epoxy paper clips in black and white
  • DCWV black and cream ribbons and a spool of my favourite black and white gingham ribbon
  • Prima black flowers embossed with metallic copper (these are lush)
  • DCWV 4 x 6" Green stack (which I forgot to photograph, but I love the papers)
.... and plenty more!

Seriously, you really ought to consider taking a run over there and joining in on the fun!
Have a great day!

For Dad...

Hi Everybody!
What a weekend! My son had his end of the year school party yesterday at a fellow student's home. Our son had the time of his life! They had one of those blow up bounce houses and also a similar type one that was a water slide. Hubby literally had to drag him away kicking and screaming after 4 hours. It was really a great party for all of the kids. Thanks Patrick and Monica for hosting it!! :)

Then last night hubby noticed that the air conditioning wasn't working properly. It was comfortable over night but this morning by 10:30am we noticed our house was already 85 degrees. We had hoped we wouldn't have to call and have a service man to come out and check the system till tomorrow but it's now 2pm and it's 87 degrees inside the house. It's supposed to be 103 degrees outside today so relatively speaking it could be worse but it's still going to be warm until it's fixed. The guy is here to fix it now and it's going to cost us about $500 to fix it. All things considered, I guess it could be worse.

This morning while waiting for the A/C guy to show up, I finally got my challenge card done. With all the cards I've made recently, I hadn't yet made hubby a Father's Day card from our son so that was the inspiration.

I love this sketch Amy! It makes a great card! And special thanks to Susan Blue Robot for her tutorial on making a pop-out card.

Don't forget, You can join in the challenge too. You have until Tuesday to link your challenge card to "Mr Linky" at the end of the blog post. This week's prize is a $10 gift card to Paper Popsicles.


  • Cricut machine
  • Inkscape and Sure Cuts A Lot
  • CUT FILE:** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
  • Cardstock: Hunter Green (Value Pack), Grey and Black (scrap)
  • Patterned paper: Stampin Up!
  • Sharpie Marker
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. 

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New card challenge at Paper Popsicles

This week's Card Challenge is to make a card using a sketch by Amy Duff:

I'm on my way out the door to my son's end of year program. But I may have to stay up late to make a card for this tonight. The prize is a $10 gift certificate to Paper Popsicles. :)

Have fun creating! and don't forget to post your links to your creations on the blog. We all want to see what you make with Amy's sketch.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Classes available for LMSYHTDT

Hey everyone,
We have posted some classes for this week on the LMSY blog. If you think you can join us for any of them let us know right away as time is running out.

Our card class has been very helpful to those that have attended it so far. We'd love to have you join us. Lots of room in the Friday. The Thursday class is nearly full.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Paper Popsicles How To: Embossing

Hey everyone!
I just posted a new tutorial over at the PaperPopsicle message board. You may want to check it out!

You'll find it in the How To forum of the message board. You'll need to be a member of the message board to read the forum.
Hope you're all having a great day!

The Arleigh Burke

My father-in-law used to be in the US Navy. He has long since retired, after 30 years, but he still works in the industry. According to my hubby he worked aboard Destroyers. I had great plans to make a card for him right after I made my dad's golf themed card.

{Uh Jen?... It's Tuesday! Father's Day is Sunday!} Yikes!

After giving myself a V8 bop on the forehead, I started formulating what I wanted to do for him.
Before I could do anything I needed to get my son off to school. After dropping my son at the carpool point I came home and {whew! hubby hadn't left yet...} had him help me find a picture of a destroyer online. (I didn't want to trust some website that said 'this is a destroyer' and have it be a frigate or something else! Gasp!) He knows all about that stuff. It goes WAY over my head. (sorry honey, I try. I know you just told me, but *blip* it's gone!)

Here is the picture we found. It's the DDG-51, USS Arleigh Burke:

After a bit of software and paper magic... VOILA! Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.netA destroyer themed Father's Day card.
I tried to get a side view to show the dimension. The ship is up on dimensional adhesive, but the pic looks pretty flat. Oh well.

I didn't have time to dress it up too much but I think it's ok. Hubby was running out the door and I wanted to get the card in the mail today so it would get to his dad before Saturday.
(Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net Sorry for the blurry pics, I was being rushed. Only had time to snap two pics, and these are they.)

Below is a picture of the full card. I'm not sure if you can see it... the background paper behind the destroyer is ... um... plotter paper (?) or something like that. Mariners use it to make course corrections ... or at least they do/use to on naval ships. Years ago, my father-in-law gave it to my hubby with some tools used with the paper. Hubby kept the tools but tossed the paper.
{Uh! Not so fast big guy! I'll take that!}
Now that I've made this card I'm SO glad I had the forethought to pull it from the trash!

Feedback from hubby? Well, when I was working on creating the ship and all I had was a black silhouette he said, "That's perfect! I'd recognize that picture anywhere." Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net {Wooohooo!!} and then when he saw the finished card, he was very happy even calling the card, "Cool." Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net {Yay! If it meets hubby's approval, I'm sure it will be well received by my Father-in-law.}

Oh... forgot to get this in here....
Paper Popsicles is hosting another card challenge. This should be an easy one for each of you since it's Father's Day this weekend and I'm sure you've all created cards for the fathers in your lives. {*wink*}
Here are the specifics: First, create a masculine card. Next, complete the inside. And lastly, Have fun!

Ok... more projects coming. Talk to you later!


  • Cricut machine and software: Photoshop, Inkscape, Sure Cuts A Lot
  • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
  • Cardstock: Old Hunter Green, Black (CardstockHeadquarters), Grey (ThePaperCo), White (Georgie Pacific)
  • Patterned paper: Stripe (Nana's Kids - DCWV), Navigational paper
  • Ribbon: Target $1 isle
  • Button: Bag o' Buttons (Hobby Lobby)
  • Cotton String
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. 

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Eugene the Jeep

Remember when I made Eugene the Jeep for Gwen? Gwen sent me a picture of him cut from paper!!!

Printed with permission of GwenD

I have to admit, as cute as the Jeep was as a screen shot from my computer, he's WAY cuter cut from paper!
Thanks for sharing Gwen :)Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net
  • CUT FILE:  ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. 

Thank you crafty friends!

Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.netI have been very neglectful in acknowledging these awards. Please, let me rectify that right now!

This one came from my uber-creative friend Kathy of Paper Phenomenon. Thanks a million Kathy!

Amanda of Cricut Creations by AmkScrap gave me this terrific award

These two cute awards came from my friend Kasey of Kasey's Kreations. Thanks sistah!

I received this cute award from Becki at Papercraft Adventures:

CraftyAnny of My Paper Place sent this cutie my direction as did Kristin of Happy Everything: Thanks so much ladies :)

This award came from my crafty friend Carol at ScrapJust4Fun, because my blog makes her Smile :) Thanks Carol!!

Cindy Lou of The Crafty Mouse gifted me with this lovely creation. Thanks Cindy Lou!!
.... and from Rosy of Box Clever Paper Crafts. Thanks Rosy!!
.... and from Angelique of Spark of Whimsy. Thanks Angelique!!

This sweet award came from my friend Ruth of Ruelysi Creations. Thanks Ruth!!

WOW! Now I'm really embarrassed. I didn't realize how many of these I had set aside for later blogging. OY!Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

Thank you all so much for thinking of me ladies. I really do appreciate your friendship. And all of you totally deserve these awards too! Pass them on to your friends!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

I'm baaaaaaaack!

Hi all,
sorry for my recent disappearance. All of a sudden I couldn't get online on Thursday. After spending quite a bit of time on the phone with my service provider and then with the company that manufactured the router I ended up having to sit and wait until this afternoon for a contractor to come out to the house to check it all out in person.


Thanks for your patience as I wade though the emails and requests. I'll send the files as soon as I can.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Another Cool Blog to check out!!

My girl-friend Kathy has started herself a blog and a business. She has recently become a Stampin Up! demo. She's in FL but since SU now ships direct you don't have to be in FL to buy from her. Also, she has freebies and giveaways on her blog all the time. It's worth a check!

Here's her blog address: paperphenomenon.blogspot.com/

And you need to go check out some of her most recent creations. Do these flowers look almost real or what??!!

Really cute girl! Keep up the great work!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Paper Popsicles Card Challenge & Yummy Blog Candy!

Every Wednesday Paper Popsicles posts a card challenge. This week's challenge is based on this recipe:

Create a card using the following:

  • 1. 2 different colors of cardstock (white and black are counted)
  • 2. 1 patterned paper (can use front and back sides)
  • 3. 2 types of embellishment(such as buttons, brads, flowers, etc.)
  • 4. One piece of ribbon

The challenge is open to anyone who wants to participate. Simply create a fabulous NEW card based on this challenge and use the Mr. Linky at the end of the blog post with a direct link to your card. The challenge will end on the following Tuesday evening at 12 AM EST. All cards entered will be eligible for a prize. The winner will be chosen by random drawing next Wednesday. The winning card, artist's name, and blog (if eligible) will be featured for that week at Paper Popsicles plus they will also win a fun little prize.

Now for the blog candy.... Check it out!! Paper Popsicles is offering up the chance to win the Bazzill In Stitch'z 8x8 Circles template and floss set! To be eligible, post on your blog the information about the Paper Popsicles Weekly Card Challenges, include their blinkie (see the left side of my blog), and link your post to their blog. Remember to comment on this post so we can include you in the drawing!! Winner announced June 15!!!
I need to go create a card! :) Toodles!

Another fashionable bag

My cute friend Fayrai emailed and asked for a bag. She sent me the link to Becky's site, showing a picture of her most recent purse creation for inspiration. It's been a while since I've created a bag so I said, "Sure! Why not?"

A created a small pocket with a flap closure on the front like she did and used the Basic Grey magnets to hold it closed. (Love those things!) I hid the magnets between the layers of paper so they are hardly noticeable.

For those that are curious, I did not purchase Becky's pattern and copy it. I simply looked at the picture and created my own bag. The bag is large enough to accommodate several A2 size cards and envelopes. And you'll notice the sides on my bag are rounded not straight like hers.

So Fayrai,... It's not identical, but whatta ya think??


  • Cricut DS and cartridges: George and Plantin Schoolbook
  • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
  • Requires Expression due to size
  • Patterned Paper: Stripe (Cherry Arte Vanilla Vintage Vine), Orange/green (Cherry Arte Vanilla Vintage Sprig)
  • Floral embellishment: Fab Flowers (Queen & Co.)
  • Pink button: Kitty's Place (S.E.I.)
  • Stamp: Beyond Basic Borders (PaperTreyInk)
  • Ink: New Leaf (PaperTreyInk)
  • Other Tools: Cutter Bee Bugs (EK Success), Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Magnets (Basic Grey), Green embroidery floss (DMC)
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Father's Day

My father loves to golf. I wanted to keep that in mind when I created his Father's Day card. The process actually started several days ago. I found the golfer clip art and converted it in Inkscape.
I wanted to use the card sketch#2 from PaperPopsicles:

The problem arose when the golf club wouldn't cut correctly at a smaller size. So, Mr. Golfer ended up being twice as big as I originally wanted. No matter, right? That's what crafting is all about! I took Amy's cute card sketch and made it my own! (Creative license, n'est pas?) I rotated the card 90 degrees, then I had to move the ribbon to the side instead of running it up the middle... I let the negative space between the dots on the ribbon form the three elements and the knot becomes the swish over the circle tag. Uh, yeah... I planned it that way. LOL

Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.netI attempted to take a picture showing the dimples in the golfball (Thank you Swiss Dot Embossing folder!) but my camera kept focusing on my carpet instead of on the tag. Sorry. You'll just have to use your imagination on this one.

Here's a straight-on shot of the card. It actually shows the colors a bit better. Sometimes that AZ desert sunshine can really bleach the color out of things.

Anyway, hope you like it.
I Love you dad! Hope you have a wonderful Father's Day! Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

  • Cricut machine 
  • Inkscape and SCAL
  • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
  • Patterned Paper: Paper: S.E.I. - Winnie's Walls (Paper Popsicles)
  • Vellum: Vellum Cardstock (PaperTreyInk)
  • Cardstock: olive green from my stash, White (Georgia Pacific)
  • Ribbon: A Touch of Ribbon (Walmart)
  • Markers: Crayola
  • The words Happy and Day were stamped using Sweet Love (PaperTreyInk)
  • Ink pads: Gold (Encore), Olive Pastel (ColorBox)
  • "Father's" was handwritten using a Blue gel pen
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files.