Monday, May 9, 2011

Winner from Teacher Appreciation Blog Hop!!

Hi everyone! Thank you all again for joining us on Jen's wonderful Teacher Appreciation Blog Hop this past Saturday! I used to pick the lucky winner of one of my signs and a gift card to either Michaels or Joanns. Out of the 29 wonderful comments it chose...
#2, Savahanna said, "Libby...super cute project. And I love the saying. :-) "

Congratulations Savannah! As soon as I get your shipping info I'll have your sign and gift card in the mail! :)

New Award! :)

Hi everyone and thank so much for stopping by :) I'd like to give a huge huge thank you to Jen from for passing on the Cricut-tastic award to me! Thank you Jen!! :)

Your Blog has been deemed Cricut-tastic! Wear this Badge proudly on your Blog and share it with friends! Since Cricut is 5 years old and they have an E2 out, share this award with 10 people that you think have Cricut-tastic Blogs! You also have to tell 5 Cricut Related things about yourself.

So, here are 5 Cricut-tastic things about me:
1.  I have been cricuting since October of last year, but I still feel like an amateur.
2.  I never pay full price for any of my cricuting (or any other type of crafting) supplies, ever.
3.  As silly as it sounds, crafting is therapeutic to me and I wish I had more time for it.
4.  98% of the time I've got 3 different projects being worked on at once. What can I say, I'm good at multi-tasking ;)
5. Even though my husband acts jealous of my cricut sometimes, I think he really enjoys me having a little hobby of my own :)
I would like to pass this award onto 10 fellow bloggers:
10. Savahanna from 

Congratulations to all of you ladies for being so fabulously cricut-tastic! :)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Hi everyone! And Happy Mother's Day to all of the mom's out there! I hope you are all in for a wonderful day filled with lots of love and tons of hugs :) I'm still not sure what's on the agenda for myself today, but for now I've just got a few Mother's Day cards to share with you. Enjoy :) 
These first two were made for my sister and sister-in-law. I wanted to make them similar but still unique. They both like the color purple so I'm hopeful that they'll like them :) The butterflies are both from the Paisley cartridge, but I forgot to write down the sizes. I think the top one was 2 3/4 inches and the bottom was 2. The scallop square is from the Storybook cartridge at 2 inches, and the flowers are from a clearance pack from Michaels.
Here's how I decorated both of the insides:
This next one was made for my mother-in-law. She has two loves in her life besides her family; her job, and the GOP, so that was my inspiration. I used the elephant from the Paisley cartridge cut at 2 1/4 inches, and the flowers she's holding are from a very old small flower punch. The blue triangle shape I cut by hand. The flower was cut from the bee's button (also from Paisley), at 2 and 2 1/2 inches.
This last one was made for my mom :) Her favorite color is red, and since red goes perfectly with black and white, I went with that.

The roses were cut from the Sweethearts cartridge at 3 inches, and the flowers from Paisley at 2 and 2 1/2 inches. I used a white jelly roller to accentuate the petals. I added just a touch of bling to the corners and some ribbon behind the main image to dress it up. I really like how it came out and I hope she does too :)
Here's the inside:
The rose was cut from the Sweethearts cartridge at I think 2 inches.

Happy Mother's Day to you all!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! Welcome and thank you for joining us at Jen’s Craft Corner Teacher Appreciation Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from Amber over at  But if you just happened to stumble upon this hop, please be sure to go back to Jen’s blog at so you don't miss any of the wonderful projects we have to share. I hope you enjoy! :)

So when wondering about all a teacher is and does I kept thinking, "I can't imagine being responsible for a whole classroom of little ones when my two and half year old son exhausts me all on his own!" LOL! Seriously, I don't know how they do it... I then started to think about what a teacher would like to receive as a thank you gift. Well naturally, a break from taking care of the kids! ;) But since I can't give that, I decided to make this cute little sign they can hang while at home (or anywhere else they are off duty) to reflect that thought in a silly way, and hopefully bring a chuckle or two to those who see it :)
  I made this pink and green one to go in my craft corner since I loved how the other two came out so much :)
Here they are:
This one is a gift for my cousin Yvette who is a teacher. She's always got a lot of cute sayings around her house so I think it will fit in nicely. I hope she likes it :) I really love how the cardstock transforms the chipboard into a faux wooden plaque :)
And this one I decided to make to give away as part of my blog candy for this bloghop! :) 
That's right! One lucky person chosen by will win this sign, along with a giftcard to their choice of Michael's or Joanns :) All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (be sure to include contact info in case you're the winner). New friends are always welcome, but not required :)

Using the CDS, a cut from the Storybook cartridge, and chipboard from a super sized box of Airheads, I cut the bases for the signs.
I used the same cut file for two pieces of each of the background pieces.
I printed the sentiment from my computer on white cardstock, then used ultra sticky adhesive and ATG to glue the pieces together.
I punched holes and set eyelets on the sides and top of each sign using my crop-a-dile, then tied some ribbon through to finish it off (it was just about a yard of ribbon for each sign).

Monday, April 25, 2011

Butterfly Birthday Blog Hop Winner!!

Hi everyone! Holy camoly! I am so overwhelmed by all of your incredibly kind comments!! :) It puts the biggest smile on my face to read each and every one of them! Thank you thank you thank you all! I wish I could give prizes away to everyone, but since my hubby is my sponsor I'm afraid I'm not allowed. I used to pick the lucky winner, and of the 95 wonderful comments, it chose.........
# 81  Lisa, from Lisa's Creative Nich!

She said, "Beautiful book! I love all the details you put into it! Happy to already be a follower! Thanks again!"

Congratulations Lisa! :) I will be contacting you now for your shipping info :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Butterfly Birthday Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!! And welcome to the butterfly themed blog hop being held in honor of our wonderful hostess Laura's birthday! (Happy Birthday sweetie!) I'm so honored to be a part of such a fabulous group of women :) And I'm so happy you've decided to join us! If you've come here from Trish over at then you're in the right spot. If not, head on over to Laura's blog at to start at the beginning. I'll have our full line up at the end of this post for ya just in case.

Now on to my projects:

The first thing I made for this hop was a gift-card holder birthday card:
The gift card slides in through the flower shaped punch on the upper-right side of the card. Pretty neat, huh? :)
Now I'm not crazy about this part, but here's how the inside came out:
I used one of Momo's youtube tutorials for how to cut and fold the base. You can see it here: 

Then I decided to make an even bigger project and ended up with my second chipboard book :)
first page:
 close ups:

 next page:
 close ups:

 next page:
 close ups:

last page:
the back:
This was made for my very good friend Lynn's baby girl who's due in July. I used the CDS so I apologize for not having exact measurements of everything (but if you'd like them I do have the file saved). I used Lyrical Letters, Simply Charming, Storybook, and Create-A-Critter, along with paper from the DCWV Blossoms and Butterflies stack, face stamps from Peechy Keens Wide Eyed Kid Assortment set, some eyelets, and twine to tie it all together :)

Thanks so much for joining us on our hop :) I hope you are all enjoying everyones projects!

Now for some blog candy!

For one lucky winner (who will be chosen by Monday morning), I have got a Super Secret Surprise Package! It could be a cartridge, could be a bundle of crafty goodies, could be a gift card! It's a surprise! You don't have to be a follower to win, but are always welcome :) All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post, and be sure to include some way for me to contact you in case you are the lucky winner :)

Thanks again for joining us!
Our wonderful line-up: (our fabulous hostess)

    Sunday, April 3, 2011


    Hi everyone! I finally used one of my "extra stash" pink and black cards. I sent it to my bloghop winner Rexann as a thank you card with her prize. I think it came out really cute :)
    The poodle is from Create-A-Critter cut at  2 1/4 inches, and I'm sorry I didn't write down the size of the phrase, but it's from the same page as the poodle

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

    Saturday, April 2, 2011

    Butterfly Birthday Blog Hop Practice

    Happy Saturday everyone! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog. I've been getting a lot of very sweet comments and awards, and I just wanted to say that I really do appreciate each and every one :) Sometimes I think about just stopping my blog because I think who really wants to see my stuff? Then I get a sweet comment, it puts a smile on my face, and I'm reminded of just how much I really do enjoy not only sharing my work, but being allowed to share all of yours as well :) You ladies are the best! And I am incredibly grateful :)

     I am excited to share with you all today that I have been invited to participate in my third blog hop! :) Just in case you haven't noticed the new button on my page, it's a Butterfly themed Birthday Blog Hop :) It's being hosted by Laura over at If you have never heard of her, definitely check out her blog when you get some free time. Her work really is amazing and I promise you won't be disappointed :)

    Since there is so much you could do with butterflies I figured I had better start practicing ;) I decided to try to go with an elegant, classy looking card, and this is what I came up with:
     inside: I couldn't find a "Happy Birthday" stamp or message in my stash with font that I liked for it, so I left it blank for now):
    For how simple (and cricutless) it was to make, I think it turned out pretty good :)

    Thanks again for taking the time to stop by! I hope to see you here hopping with us April 21st! :)

    Friday, April 1, 2011

    Grandma's Garden of Love

    Hi everyone. I've got a pretty easy project today that I think most kids would like to make (with mommy's help with the glue of course). I made this for my husband's grandmother. She's been in the hospital several times over the past couple of months with CHF and I wanted to make something to make her smile, and nothing makes her smile more than her great grandchildren :) I call it "Grandma's Garden of Love"
     I didn't have time to go out to the store for supplies so I had to use what I could find in my stash. I think if I had more time to plan this out, and get some more supplies it could look even better. I used pipe cleaners, pom poms, and a glue gun to make the flowers, then I stuck them into a piece of styrofoam in the pail, and covered the top with river rocks.
     I got the pail from Taget's dollar spot around Christmas time on clearence. There was a reindeer on it so I used white vinyl for the scallop to cover it.
    I cut the "I love you" phrase from Lyrical Letters and cut the "I" off, then replace it with "We." The letters, other scallops, and hearts are all cut from vinyl (I think it would have looked much better in a different color but this teal is all that I had).
     These are her three great grandchildren. My son, J.R., is on the right in the blue flower :)
    Of course, I also made her a very quick get well card to go along with it. The "get well soon" is from Cindy Loo, cut at 2 inches.

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Get Well Card

    Hi everyone. Today I've got a Get Well Card and personalized book marker that I made for my bloggy friend Georgiana's sister. She was in a pretty bad car accident and broke both of her feet :(
    inside of card:
    I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to write down all of the specs for this set. I was kind of in a hurry so that I could get it in the mail with the same trip. (Our mailman doesn't come daily like he's suppose to. It seems that if he doesn't have mail for us he just drives by without even checking for outgoing mail. I have seen this on two separate occasions with my own eyes!! Crazy huh?! Just another reason I really don't like this city). I do know that the "get well soon" is from the Cindy Loo cartridge, p. 69, cut at 2 inches. If you'd like to make a card for Erica too, check out Georgiana's blog at

    Thanks for stopping by :)

    New Award! :)

    Hi everyone! I just wanted to share with you all a new award I've been graciously given by the ever so talented Pat over at
    Thank you Pat!! :)

    The requirements of accepting this award are:
    1. Thank the person who gave you this award.
    2. Share 7 things about yourself.
    3. Pass the award on to 5 other bloggers, and let them know.

    Here are 7 things about myself:
    1. I started card making this past October when my mom and sister gave me the best early Christmas present ever, a Cricut Expression :)
    2. I am the youngest of three, but the first in my family to graduate college :)
    3. Even though I love love love my son and love staying home with home, I miss working.
    4. I have two fur babies, a Shiba Inu named She-Ra, and a house kitty named Mr. Jax, but if it was up to me, we'd buy a farm and have a house full of critters :)
    5. My father was a career Marine, and my whole life growing up I wanted to be a fighter pilot :) It could never happen though as I have less than perfect vision :(
    6. My husband wanted to be a fighter pilot growing up too, but when he went to join, they said he couldn't fly because he's color blind. I like to think that even if we had both had perfect eyes and did become pilots that we would have met anyway :)
    7. If I could chose between traveling and living in the future or going back and living sometime in the past, I would chose to go back and live in the 1940's or 50's, when life was so much simpler and people weren't as crazy as they are today.  

    And here are the 15 blogs I'm passing this along to:

    I follow and absolutely love every single one of these blogs, so if you get some free time head on over to them, check 'em out, and maybe say hello :)

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    My Favorite Baby Girl Card

    Hi everyone! I've just got a quick card to share with you guys but I am very excited for this one because it is my very first card using a Peachy Keen stamp! :) I won them in a blog hop from Raven over at (thanks again Raven!) I hope you all like it as much as I do :)
     close ups:
    I used colored pencils to color in the eyes and give her the rosy cheeks :) 
    • Flower shaped card from Wild Card cartridge cut at 5 3/4 inches
    • Baby cut from B is for Boy at 3 1/2 inches
    • Bow for hair from Simply Charmed baby at 3 1/2 inches
    • Peachy Keen Wide Eyed Kids Face Stamp (1 inch)
    Thanks again for stopping by! :)

    Monday, March 28, 2011

    Spring Blog Hop Candy Winner!! :)

    Hi everyone. I apologize for it being so late, it's been a busy day and I am just getting to sit down at my desk for the first time. The lucky winner picked for the Paisley cartridge is......

    Rexann! (AKA Craftaholic)

    She said, "Love your amazing Project, It is Beautiful!! My favorite time in spring is to hear the birds sing and Chirp!! It is always comforting to me!! Garden planting is just around the corner! Im a new friend and would love to have you as my new friend as well!! Thanks for the Chance at the super cool Blog Candy!!"

    Congratulations Rexann! Thank you for your very sweet comment :) I am emailing you now for your shipping info :)

    Friday, March 25, 2011

    Spring Blog Hop

    Hi everyone! Welcome to our Spring Blog Hop hosted by Jen over at
    If you've come here from Lisa over at
          then you're on the right track. If not, head on over to Jen's blog to start at the beginning. I'll have the full line up down below just in case :) 

    I hope you all enjoy my bouquet of flowers!
    some close ups:
    I got my inspiration for this from Andrea over at Divine Domesticity back in January when I saw her design team challenge project here: Hers did so well she actually won!
    I sat on the idea while working on other projects, but when Jen asked me to be in her hop and said the theme for it was Spring, I knew it's time had come :)
    My favorite part of Spring is all of the incredibly beautiful flowers in bloom. My favorite are the Japanese Jane Magnolia's. Since they bloom in pinks and purples (and of course, pink matches my craft corner), I decided to use different shades of each.
    It took a few days to complete. It has A LOT of flowers! Here it is sitting in it's new home in my craft corner:
    I used the flowers from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge-the base cut, shadow cut, and italic cut, all at 1 inch, 1 1/2 inch, and 1 3/4 inches. I used two to four layers (in different colors) for each flower, then used a sewing pin to attach them to the styrofoam ball (mine is 5 inches). My spatula helped me fold all the petals up to give them more dimension. The little pink pail is from Target's dollar spot, and the stones I used to weigh the pail down can be found pretty much anywhere. I think I got mine from the dollar store.

    Now on to the candy! How'd you like to win this? :)
    To win you don't have to be a friend (follower), but new friends are always welcome :) Just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite part of Spring, or your favorite Spring memory, or anything else you want (be sure to include a way for me to contact you). I'll draw my winner Monday evening using Good luck! And thanks again for joining us! :)