Sunday, July 25, 2010

Can you say HOT?

I have no idea how these guys can cuddle up in the sun when it is so hot!

We have been having such hot weather, that it is hard to believe just a week ago I was complaining about the cold. YES welcome to the wonderful Pacific Northwest. This evening around 6:30 it was actually 90 in our house! Here's Isadora's new trick for keeping cool! Otter Pops! And no the Beagle in the background isn't dead yet but he certainly wasn't one to be lounging in sun!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Clipboard Art

I have seen some really cool altered clipboards and even have a couple really pretty ones that I have received in swaps. So I decided to give it a shot. lol This the is first one I have ever done, and there are a couple things I will different next time but for the most part I love it. The paper if from an old DCWV stack but seemed perfect for this board. It is so bright and cheery it lights up the room.

Creative Metal by Walnut Hollow

I was looking around J's the other day (I hardly go there anymore) and while in the paint section this caught my eye. Now maybe I am the last person on the planet to find this but I was so excited. They come in about 10 colors and they are 4 x 4 sheets, 40 gauge sheets of metal with 8 to a pack for 4.00! How cool is that? They also sell several 4x4 plastic plates in the same section that you can use to emboss them. But of course the cuttlebug is much easier than hand embossing.
So I was excited to come home and try it out. This is the first one I ran through the cuttlebug. They are awesome! They are much heavier than foil paper but went through the cuttlebug like a dream and here is what it looked like. It was hard to take good pictures because it is so shiny.
I had this little 4 x 4 wood box and thought it would be cool to emboss one and then cover the top of the box with it. I painted the box first, then I use the Leafy Branch embossing folder. It looked good but then I took brights alcohol inks (Thank you Tiara) and mixed the three colors and swiped over the metal. It is sort of hard to tell in the picture but it looks really cool.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Birthday Blog Candy

You have to check out the this birthday blog candy that Jodi at Inked Inspirations is offering! There is still time so get over to her blog and check it out.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Blog Hop Candy Winner!

I just first want to say that I had a great time doing this hop and can't wait to do it again. Thank you Crystal for hosting this, all the awesome ladies in the hop and to all the kind ladies who posted and played along for the blog candy. I will be giving away another cartridge in the near future so please check back!
I used and it picked number 11. That means BEEJAY is the winner of the Cricut Lite Cartridge of her choice! Beejay please email me at with your mailing address and the cartridge you would like.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Dream, Create, Inspire

This is a project that I have wanted to try for a long time. Each canvas is 6x6 and I bought these a long time ago, then stuck them away and forgot about them. Well I found them this past weekend and remembered why I bought them.

I painted each one brown and then cut the paper, sponged the edges of the paper with corduroy distress ink, and attached it to the canvas with Mod Podge. I use the Mod Podge on top of the paper also to give an oil painting look. The paper is Crate Paper from the Brook Collection. I cut the Dream, Create and Inspire from the flip side of each patterned paper. I use Broken China, Peeled Paint and Antique Linen Distress stickles on the words. Attached green, blue and yellow skittles.

Cricut Card Fairy Blog Hop

Hi and Welcome to my blog and to the CRICUT CARD FAIRY FIRST EVER BLOG HOP! Are you ready to start hopping to 11 blogs for some card inspiration and possibly some scrapping goodies along the way? I am so happy you are here to hop along with some amazing women.

You should have arrived here on my blog from Its-Only-Money and next you want to hop over and check out what StampinMeg has in store for you! If at anytime along the way you get lost you can go back to Crystal's blog for the full lineup.

The CCF are a great group of crafters from all around the world that send cards to those in need of a smile. We send for special events, as pick me ups, sympathy and just because. I love the thought of send out a card to a stanger and knowing, that if only for a moment, I have (hopefully) made them smile. You can learn more about CCF by visting the fourm on the Cricut Message Board.

Here is my card to send out for the latest mission. I love tri-fold cards and thanks to a great lady (OkieLadybug) who created a file that takes the real work out of making these cards! You can get the cut file for this card and lots of other things here on her blog.

Click on the card for a close-up view.

EDIT: It was so late last night when I posted this that forgot to give the details on the card.

I cut the card base from Close To My Heart cardstock, the blue and green patterned paper is Kelly Panacci called Giggle Stripes and the blue patterned paper is Making Memories. The first stamp "just a little note" is studio G, the "with thoughts of you" and "feel better soon" is Inkadinkado and the grassy stamp at the bottom is CTMH Intrinsic Backgrounds which you can find here.

What is a blog hop with blog candy! So now for the goodies. First, here is what you have to do:

1. Become a follower of this blog
2. Leave a comment for each of the 11 ladies in the blog hop

Easy right?

Now what are you working for? One Cricut Lite Cartridge of your choice shipping directly to you! I will post the winner Monday afternoon, so make sure to check back and good luck!

Here is the lineup for this whole weekend. We will END THE HOP on Sunday evening. Also, don't forget to pay attention to when each fairy will post their winners (if there is candy!)
Crystal's blog (start here)
Pamela Osterday (you're here)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


This is a card I made for a little girl named Bella. You can learn more about her here, and also make and send her a card yourself if you like. As a mother, my heart goes out to Bella and her family. I think the idea to flood her with cards from people all over the world is an amazing idea.

Cards for Monique

Here is my card for Monique! Sorry the picture is so dark, we are having a wonderful Seattle overcast, cold and wet summer day here!

Visit My Pink Stamper for more information and to join this great cause!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Wood Castle Album

I had never seen these before until my last trip to the local scrapbook store. They have these in lots of different themes, like sand castle, race car, house, and others that I can't seem to remember right now. Since I discovered these I have sent them to two other people because I think they are so neat. They are made out of wood and you can paint them or cover them with paper. My LSS also sells colored book rings that you can buy to match your colors. I already had some book rings so I didn't buy any for this one. I decided to paint this time but I think the next one I do I am going to cover. I just used random photos of Isadora all from this year. The most recent being 4th of July.

Isadora's First Year Mini Album

This was a really quick and easy albun to do. I wanted to make one for my Mom but I am so behind I didn't have a ton of time to make it. So I just cut the month titles with the cricut and stamped pretty much everything else (with Isadora's help) as you will see! She was on my lap for most of this so aside from a few stamp mistakes (that we tried to cover up) and one coffee spill, it came out really cute. In fact Dan saw it and wanted to keep it. XD

The album is 6x6 and again I didn't make the album. I know I am such a cheater! It came pre-made with blank pages inside.

Family Wordbook Album

I have been busy! Ok so this is the first thing I worked on to get going. I didn't make the album it was sent to me in a swap. So all I had to do was pick out and add pictures. I think it is just adorable and I found the perfect pictures to add to it!