Monday, April 30, 2012

Adorable Baby

Good Monday morning!

Just want to say I had a wonderful weekend.  Celebrated my granddaughter's 8th birthday, attended a 12-hour crop at Scrappin' Time and went to see the movie "The Lucky One." It was a beautiful love story which I enjoyed.  So with that said I hope to slow down a bit this week. 

I was given this adorable Lullaby Collection by KaiserCraft and a set of baby stickers for attending the crop at Scrappin' Time.  I decided to use them to create this layout.  The pink ribbon has little girl dresses which are so pretty.

We were also given a free demonstration on the new Lucky 8 punches by We R Memory Keepers.  Using the Scalloped Retro punch and white cardstock I punched out the background scallop circle for my l/o.

This was one of a few projects I was able to complete.  I'll share the other projects later this week.

Oh, one last thing, the winner of my blog candy is ....

Drum roll ......

Cecy Garcia

Have a blessed day everyone.


Thoughts of Encouragement

You can't change people.  Only God can.

Friday, April 27, 2012


Happy Friday!

I don't want to give the impression that I am a seamstress, but I like the craft and admire those who can sew.  I picked up some cute 3-D stickers with sewing elements at Hobby Lobby the other day and it inspired me to do a layout.  The funny thing is I didn't even use the stickers on my layout.  I will be giving the stickers away, just check below.

The phrase "In Stitches" was cut from the Country Life cartridge. 

The sewing machine was cut from the Heritage cartridge. The small dress form and small scissors were cut from the Wall Decor and More cartridge.

The large dress form and spools were cut with Tim Holtz's Sewing Room die. The scissors with buttons and spools is the Tim Holtz Sewing Edge die.

This border effect was created with two Martha Stewart punches.

Other supplies used: 
We R Memory Keepers Tres Elegant Fancy paper.  
 Stampin' Up Bakers twine
ruler ribbon
 pink plastic adhesive buttons

Since I didn't use the stickers, I am going to raffle them off.  Just leave me a comment and I will draw a name on Monday and announce the winner.

Have a safe and blessed weekend.


Thoughts of Encouragement

When God's glory comes into your life, your prespective changes.  Everything looks and feels differently.  Situations turn out differently.  God's glory consumes what is not good, right, or pleasing.  It displays His love for you.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


The days are beginning to get really hot and going on a bike ride was one of my favorite things to do in my younger years.  My granddaughter Angie reminds me of me back then.

Exploring the neighborhood on a bike is such a simple pleasure and priceless.

I love the cut of this bicycle from the Summer In Paris cartridge.  The bicycle was cut at 4-inches.

Other supplies:

Home Decor cartridge
My Mind's Eye Portobello Road collection
Black Diamond Stickles
Recollections flowers

Thanks for stopping by.


Thoughts of Encouragement

If you can see and hear, if you are healthy, if you have family and friends, if you have a job,  food, and a place to live, learn to appreciate those things.  Don't go around complaining about what's wrong.  Change your attitude and thank God for what you do have.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Happy Mother's Day Cascading Card

Happy Monday to everyone!

I'm still walking on Cloud 9 after participating in a very successful Scrapbook Exchange at the Texas Station Casino here in Las Vegas.  While at the event I saw one of the other vendor's displaying a Cascading card and it was instant love for me.  I could not wait to try my hand at making one myself.


I researched the Internet and found a fantastic tutorial by
France Martin.  For step-by-step instructions visit her @

I admit this was not the easiest card to make, but I love it and will try making a few more.  It should get easier the more I make. 

Supplies used:

Stampin' Up (SU) Delicate Doilies stamp set
SU Messages for Mom stamp set
SU Beautiful Wings embosslit die
SU framelits labels collection
Martha Stewart scoring board
White 12x12 card stock
color pencils
Black embossing powder
paper cutter

I will share my next cascading card later this week.
Have a great day and please come back again!


Thoughts of Encouragement

Make sure you're enjoying your family and special people in your life.  They may not always be there.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Hog Heaven

Just before Spring break, my grandchildren's school treated us to a special performance called the "E-I-E-I Oops!"  They dressed up with piggy noses and it was quite a performance.

For this page layout I used the Cricut Country Life cartridge  for the title and the piggies.  The paper flowers with rhinestones are by Studio 18.  The scallop circle background was cut with the Lucky 8 punch.

Hope you liked my piggies!


Thoughts of Encouragement

Sometimes hardship comes to prepare us for the wonderful opportunities God has for us in the future.  But sometimes hardship comes because we are ignoring or misusing what God has already provided for us.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Play Ball !!

Let's Play Ball!

My 9 year-old grandson Palermo is a devoted baseball player.  I was able to attend his first game of the season and captured these pictures.

I used the Baseball Cricut cartridge to cut these images.

The letters for "Palermo" were cut with the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.  I could just imagine what was on Palermo's mind that day--he wanted to make a Home Run!

Thanks for taking time to visit.


Thoughts of Encourgement

We should get in the habit of giving God thanks all day long.  Let's start by giving Him thanks for this new day!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

2012 Easter

Glad you stopped by to visit. 

I made another layout to finish scrapbooking my Easter pictures.  Last week, Michael's had all Easter items at 60% off with an additional 20% coupon.  As you can imagine, I went crazy buying.  I bought tons of embellishments.

All the foam embellishments are by Recollections which I mounted onto a white large doily.  The pennant was cut with Stampin' Up's punch and the 2012 numbers were cut with the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.

My grandchildren were a joy to watch as they looked for the Easter eggs.  I also used the Martha Stewart punch to create a topper.

I loved this bunny and decided to have him holding onto a flying kite.  I think he's cute!  Hope you enjoyed your visit and please come back again.


Thoughts of Encouragement

Your challenges may become your greatest assets.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Stampin' Up's Retired List

Stampin' Up has announced the rubber stamp sets which will be retiring effective May 31, 2012!  The Stampin' Up! Retired Stamp List is available.  Just click HERE to see the list of over 300 stamp sets that will be retiring. 

These stamp sets will only be available for purchase through
May 31, 2012! 

You can order your retiring favorites on my website:

Also, be sure to check the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack for great deals on punches, albums, designer series paper and more.  Up to 60% off! 50+ new products have been added to the Clearance Rack this past week!   

Friday, April 13, 2012


Happy Friday!
Well we made it through another week.  Last week we were preparing for our Easter celebration, and today I want to share a few of the pictures I took of my family.

I used the Celebrate with Flourish and A Child's Year cartridges for the title and images.

At our Easter celebration we played a few fun games in addition to the traditional egg hunt with my grandchildren. Their smiles and laughter filled my heart.

Other supplies used:

Spellbinders scallop shape die
Martha Stewart punch
white egg-shaped doilies
white ribbon

Have a safe and blessed weekend.


Thoughts of Encouragement

God often uses adversities to bring to light impurities in our characters, or areas in which we need to improve.  God deliberately uses some situations as a mirror, so we can recognize the problem in ourselves and learn to deal with it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Welcome and happy Wednesday!

Today I'm posting the last four pages of my Onsie mini album.  On this page I continue to use Graphic 45's Little Darlings paper embellished with white lace, Martha Stewart punch and mini flowers.  The Sent From Heaven image forms a pocket with a tag inside for a picture.

I love the look of this page with the yellow picture frame cut from a Spellbinder die.

I am sorry for the lighting on this picture.  It was the best I could capture.  There's a pocket with two tags for pictures. 

This baby image is adorable and I love it.  I used one of the Little Darlings stickers,  the Precious Angel ticket for the title.  This is the last page.  I hope you liked this mini album.

Enjoy your day and please come back to visit.


Thoughts of Encouragement

If we wallow in our disappointments, we risk missing out on the new things God wants to do in our lives.  It's time to get up and get going!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Good Tuesday morning!

I have another project made with Graphic 45's Little Darlings paper.  I saw this project on Graphic 45's blog and it inspired me to make my version of this little onesie mini album.  The onesie shape and "Little One" were cut from the New Arrival cartridge.

The baby carriage was also cut from the New Arrival cart.  Used tiny flowers, lace, rhinestone brad and mini metal hanger to embellish.


The scalloped picture frame was cut with a Spellbinders die.

Another picture frame cut with a Spellbinders die.

Don't want to make this post too long, so I will post the other four sides of my onesie album tomorrow.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting.


Thoughts of Encouragement

God promises to supply all your needs.  As you seek him and follow his commands, you'll experience His abundant blessings.  You'll experience His peace , and you'll experience the rich reward He has in  store for you.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Easter Sunday

Today I have the Monday blahs because I had too much fun yesterday, Easter Sunday!  These are my grandchildren plus one.

It was a day that I will remember for a long time.  We ate alot of good food, played games, ate again, did the Easter Egg Hunt and then ate some more.  All that eating has me not feeling so well today.  In preparing for our family Easter gathering I didn't have time to craft but come back tomorrow for a new post.

Have a beautiful and happy day!


Saturday, April 07, 2012


Wishing everyone a blessed Easter!


Friday, April 06, 2012

Easter Basket


This is the start of the Easter weekend and I hope everyone enjoys it.  My family is getting together at my home and I wanted to make an Easter centerpiece for our table. 
I cut out the basket and paper eggs from the Doodlecharms cartridge with pretty paper from my stash.  Then decorated it with pretty pink ribbon, grass and plastic eggs.

This is the back view of the basket.  I cut 2 pieces for the basket at 8" along with 2 shadow pieces and the eggs at 6",  5" and 4".  The inside is a box made with an 8 1/2" x 11" brown cardstock.  Super easy to make and it makes a  very pretty centerpiece.

Thanks for stopping by and "HAPPY EASTER" everyone!


Thoughts of Encouragement

When you consider what God has laid on your heart and mind to do, ask Him for the wisdom and strength to begin well and finish strong!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012


Good Wednesday morning!

I'm not quite sure what they call this technique but I decided to call  it  "creative metal."   My friend Cecy showed me how to do this technique and I want to thank her.  You can visit her at

The layout is made with a 12 x 12 chipboard, chipboard images and aluminum tape.  Then it is scored to give your images an embossed effect.


Once you glue, score and paint the layout you can embellish it.  I used rhinestones, lot and lots of pearls, a few flowers, white ribbon, distressed doily, metal key and a metal frame.

I cut the edge of a doily, distressed it with Tim Holtz black ink and added pearls.  Then added a strip of lace ribbon.

Hope you enjoyed this project and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment.  Have a great day!


Thoughts of Encouragement

There is satisfaction in a finished job.  There is an even deeper satisfaction in a job well done!  But some of us never experience those feelings because we're too afraid to even start.  God wants you to be a starter and a finisher!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012


Happy Tuesday and welcome.

Today I would like to share a layout made with the Pixie Glen collection by Prima. 


Supplies used:

Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes die
Prima "Window View" DSP
rhinestones by Recollections
Tim Holtz clock pieces
Bird cage laser chipboard by Quick Quotes
Sentimentals cartridge
flowers by Trico
heart doily
corner heart punch by EK

Have a happy day and thanks for stopping by.

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