Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thank You Amy:)

Let me tell you a story about an amazing Lady :))))

There was a crafter who had just started out in this big blog world. She spent many days trying to figure out how to scratch out her place in this vast new world she had decided to explore. There was trial and errors, blog backgrounds, and on and on and on!

Yes it's true this crafter is me! A truly inexperienced computer user. Up till a few weeks ago my computer usage was to read emails from my family, and browsing the blogs of very talented ladies who make beautiful things. A  couple of weeks ago I decided to post my first card. Starting a new adventure for me. I can not be as prolific in my card making as I truly would love to be. But I do my best. When I actually got some followers I thought every one has a blog button. I set out to find information that  would help me make my button.

My button has a lot of meaning behind it. My husband wrote me a book of prose for Christmas. He is a musician and I use to dance. So this book was his way of telling me he still sees his dancer when he looks at me. Which means so much to me, because, I can barely walk now, I certainly don't dance anymore.  He used this picture, which represents him and me, to illustrate one of the poems he wrote me. He titled the book "The Dance".

I thought I had found the information I needed, and I posted my button. Not knowing if it worked, or if indeed anyone would even take it. Then a couple of days ago, there was a comment from Amy. Amy has a couple of blogs.  Love to Crop  and  the other is  Decorate to Celebrate.  She told me my button had a broken code, but that she had fixed it for me. She gave me her email and we began to talk.

During this exchange she offered to fix it or even change it, if I wanted her to. I was so blessed by her offer. I told her the story of the picture and, she agreed it needed to be that picture. She took it added a border, my blog name and then added  "Dance". It was perfect!! Now I have a beautiful button, that works awesome! looks awesome! is awesome!

All because of a sweet stranger that now I call friend. Her light is so bright. Her heart is big. She has taught me this community of crafters is awesome. A group of loving, caring people. I am so happy to be apart of all of you.  She is not the only precious lady who has helped me. Another Amy in fact, helped me figure out how to put a blog award she gave me up on my blog.  Both of these ladies are very special, kind hearted and giving women. I have met many, many caring women since this adventure started.

Thank you all  for helping a new member of this community. I feel very welcomed, and blessed to have met you. I do call you friends.  When you look at my button, which is beautiful,  remember a wonderfully sweet and talented lady named Amy:)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sweet Summer Watermelon!

As I said in a earlier post I have been doing really good for a few days. I can't count on my  back and legs to cooperate with me living my life so I have to do as I can do it. If that makes sense?  So here is another card I was able to do yesterday.  I kinda like it, it's very summer to me, and bright, so it makes me happy!

The base is an  A2 out of really bright lime green. The papers are all  Bazzill. The ribbon is green gingham, I wish the picture was better. On the tan piece I used the mesh folder with the Cuttlebug. The watermelon and brown scallop on the side of the card base is from the Just Because Cards Challenge.  The banner is from the Just a Note that is preloaded on the E2 machine.  The lime green buttons are from JoAnn's. The little white dots I used my Inkssentials white pen.

I will enter this card in the following challenges: 

Cooking with Cricut Challenge: Include a watermelon on your project.
Bitten by the Bug2 Challenge: Use a watermelon


This is a card I did using Kate's ABC's Cartridge. I really like this cart. It has some of the sweetest little girl, or young lady images. Yet it has so many other uses too. I've been having some good days, so I made a few cards in the past three days. Sometimes I make things hard on myself, because I like to always make at least 2 of every thing I make. That way I can give some away and still have one for a pattern. I also make cards for my sister-in-law, sister, and my daughters. So when I put little bundles together for them I need multiples.

Well enough chatter, this is the card I did. I will be entering it in some challenges if I find some it might fit.

The solid paper I used was Bazzill, and the patterned paper was from the American Girl super pad. The ovals were cut from Elegant Edges, and the Bonnet and Friends are from Kate's ABC's Cartridge. I thought it came out kinda cute, and I loved this color combo. When I was poking posies, I loved mixing red and purple, and pink and orange, you just need a anchor color. I hope you like it too. 

By the way I want you all to know about a new blog I just found, and she has a huge giveaway going. Go check her out. Her blog is fantastic, she is just awesome. Creating from the Heart. Really go see her!

I will be entering this card in the following Challenges:

Paper Cutz Challenge # 97: Use Pink, Orange, White and a little Black
Phindy's Place Challenge #61: Going round in circles

The 4th of July is Coming Soon!

I made this card in honor of the 4th of July. I love all the holidays that honor or countries Heroes.  Men and women who do the hard but most worthy job of being in our military. Whether peace time or war they deserve our gratitude. So any time you see a soldier remember to say thank you for your service, and shake their hand, or touch their shoulder if they don't have one.

This is a really easy to do card. It is mainly layers of paper, the yellow paper has stars all over it, the blue mat is cuttlebugged, some buttons, a little gingham  ribbon and the image is from A Child's Year cartridge. I did cut some red to put on the flag the little boy is waving, and a blue star on top of the little wagon flag, it's hard to see but it's there:)

I will enter this card in the following challenges:

Cricut Cardz Challenge: #80: use an American flag
Designed 2 Delight: Red, White, & Blue and /or summer
Craft Us Crazy #11: Red, White, Blue or summer
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge # 66:  Red, White and Blue 
My Craft Spot : Seeing Stars 
Celebrate the Occasion #20: 4th of July. red,white,& blue 
Woodware USA clear Stamps #33: Patriotic Theme and/or Colors 
Scrapbookaholic By Abby #8: Red, White and Blue

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Let's Be Patriotic!

This week there are challenges for us to show our patriotic sides. I love how our craft community loves our country and our soldiers. They deserve any and all we can do for them. They are all our HERO'S! This is the card I will be entering in these challenges. Whimsical Wednesday #12- A patriotic project with brad, bling, or buttons.  My Sheri Crafts #63- Independence Day, or Canada Day.  Scrappy Frogs Challenge-Simply Red. Die Cuts Dreams Challenge - Red, White and Blue.

This is my Patriotic Card.


This a A2 card with traditional layers.  The solid papers are Bazzill, The stars paper is DCWV.
Cartridge is Campin Critters. The Eagle was cut at 3" with his layers.
Brads, and wiggle eyes are from JoAnns, the glitter bling on his sash are Stickles.
Sentiment is computer generated.
I hope you like my Patriotic Eagle as much as I do. Thank you so much for stopping by my little blog.

The challenges I am entering are:

Whimsical Wednesday: Challenge # 12
My Sheri Crafts: Challenge #63
Scrappy Frogs: Challenge, Simply Red
Die Cuts Dreams Challenge: Red, White, and Blue

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Link Up Love Party with K Andrew 6/21 -- 6/28

Hi My Crafty Friends,

The link Up Love Party sponsored by Kristal at Getting Cricky with K Andrew  is something she does every month. It is a wonderful way to meet new friends,  and for them to get to know you. You will get new inspiration, and friendship from some of the most lovely people in the blogging world. Make Getting Cricky one of your favorite places to visit, her blog is full of inspiration, challenges, stamps, and encouragement.

I have never done a party before so lets hope I do it right. Now I am supposed to post something from my blog that is a favorite of mine. This was a post from today. A Z fold card. I love Z folds.

This is the inside of the card.

The next part of the guidelines is to share something I am grateful for.  That is so easy for me. It would be hands down my husband. I am handicapped from a severe bone disease that is eating up my spine. I can stand for about 5 minutes at a time. I take very strong pain meds but I still can only stand or walk for that short a time. So there is very little I can do physically. My dear husband works full time. Plus he takes care of me, our yard, cars, does all the shopping, cooking, and cleaning.  When I do go some where he has to push me in my wheelchair, which is a real hassle. But he never complains. He is the blessing of my life. I don't know what life would be like without him.

A Smile and a Daisy - How Sweet!

This week I felt pretty good so I made a few cards for a few challenges. I could have just made one card for all the different challenges but having good days to craft for me, comes at intervals. The last couple of days were good, so I enjoyed doing more than one. Here's the second card I did. I am putting this card in a few challenges. I'll give that  information at the bottom of my post. I'm so sorry the pictures are so washed out. I am trying different things to fix that, but haven't yet as per these photos.This is a bright and cheerful card, I wish it showed that way.

This is a Z fold card. I really like this style of card. It is something different than a regular A2 but still fits in a A2 envelope. The stamp I colored, I am a horrible color-er!! So sorry.  But I liked the little Ladybug, I just think she is so sweet. And the Peachy Keen Stamps make her even more sweet. She is holding a daisy, by far the sweetest of God's flowers in my humble opinion. My girls' would bring me a daisy almost everyday in the summer when they were little. A daisy always makes  me  smile.  The sun Is from the Doodlecharms cartridge. I love this cartridge. The punch is a EK Success punch, I don't know what it is called.   Here's a shot of the inside.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

  1.  My Craft Spot: How Sweet it is #13
  2. Getting Cricky with K Andrew:  Face It!
  3. Fantabulous Cricut:  Summer Fun #65

Sunny Days of Summer

Over at Bitten by the Bug 2, the challenge is:  Celebrate with Flourish, Sunny Days.
At  The Kraft Journal, their  challenge is:  Welcome Summer.  The Celebrate the Occasion challenge is: Celebrating Summer.  So I made this simple little card using  Doodlecharms and Create a Critter for these challenges.I'm so sorry the color doesn't show up in the picture. I need lessons in how to take a picture!!

I tried a new paper technique (for me) with this card. I cut several 2" strips of paper, cut them diagonally to make triangles and glued them at a angle on cardstock 3 3/4"x 5", then trimmed around  it, to look like a sunburst. Wrapped some green twine and knotted.  Then glued it on top of the white layer. It was really easy, and I used a lot of scraps, but very time consuming. I used the Cuttlebug on the green square under the phrase. Learning new things is fun, but this is not something I will do a lot.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day week-end.

Check out the challenges at:

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award!

 Amy at Amy's Crafting Space is so sweet, she sent me a blog award. Wow!!!  The award is The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. Thank you so much Amy. I appreciate your kindness beyond words. I can't believe you sent this to me. Please everyone go to her blog, she is so great. I also got this award from Karen at Kaleidoscopic Sparkles. Karen is just the sweetest little thing!! She too has a great blog. She is just so talented, please go see her creations. I have received this award from another sweet and talented lady, LaKesha at Scrappin Diva. She is wonderful, please go see her on her blog. She 's a very gifted crafter.

 The rules for the award are the following:

1.) Send a thank you to the person who nominated you and include their link.
2.) To accept this award answer 7 random facts about yourself.
3.) Pass the award on to at least 8 other awesome blog buddies.

Because I received this from 3 lovelies, I am going to increase this part to 12 Random facts about myself:

1.) I love black licorice.
2.) I hate coffee, even the smell of it.
3.) I am half Spanish but I can't speak Spanish, I can  only swear in Spanish.
4.) When I was 10 years old my Uncle taught me to ride a motorcycle. Rode 40 yrs. until I hurt my back 8 years ago.
5.) I want to go to Australia before I die!
6.) My favorite food is Taco's.
7.) I taught my puppy dog to give hugs
8.) I can start a campfire from scratch.
9.) I make the best carrot cake in all the world!
10.) I love Jesus first, and then I am madly in love with my family
11.)I am a huge Elvis Presley fan
12.)I'm crazy about my dog, Dallas :)

I am passing this award on to the following ladies I love to visit. They all give me so much inspiration, and encouragement. Please go to their blogs and see all the wonderful things these beautiful women do with paper. Each of them are different and each are so talented.  Don't  forget to stop by Amy's and Karen's blogs. They are both so talented, and awesome!!  A visit to their blogs will not disappoint. Be sure to follow these ladies and leave a comment so they know you were there. Hugs, Pam

1.)  Mary at: Cardz TV
2.)  Kate at : Small Bits of Paper
3.)  Laura at: Laura's Crafts and More
4.)  Pam at: PJ's Creative Corner
5.)  Karen at: Kaleidoscopic Sparkles 
6.)  Diana at: Daisylove Creations
7.)  Joy at: Purtty Paperz
8.)  Stacey at: Stacey's Creative Corner

 Each day my list grows, there are so many talented people out there, I could list forever.  I go daily to see what wonders these have created. . Hugs to each of you, Pam

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Thanks for being a great Dad !

This is a pretty simple card. The layering was not at all bad to do. Some images I find a real pain to put together because of all the tiny pieces. The phrase however was a pain!! I think it was my paper though. I used a line called The Paper Co. This paper works great for large cuts or to use as a base, but small cuts tear, or at least for me. To give credit where due I got the idea  from Mary at Cardz TV.


  • A2 card base with Kraft cardstock.
  • White layer, white basic cardstock
  • Plaid layer is DCWV
  • Cartridge is Just Because Cards:  the top note is on pg. 55. Red is 3.75, and white is 3.50. The white one I ran through the cuttlebug with the swiss dots folder.
  • The melon also on pg. 55, was cut at 3.50 with all of it's layers.
  • The phrase also pg. 55, was cut at 2.50. I only cut it once out of red. The melon was popped up.
  • Inside says : I could say it a Melon times... Thanks for being a great Dad!

 I found a challenge that requires the use of Kraft cardstock. So I entered this card at The Kraft Journal.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Father's Day Card #3

 I made this card especially to put it in a challenge over at Cardz TV. I love her blog. I haven't been doing this blog and card making very long and she has taught me so much from her videos. I also found a few other new challenges to enter the card in. These other blogs have great DT's and interesting projects. Check them out too. At My Sheri Crafts, Whimsical Wednesday, and Amber's Crafts and Stuff. All of these blogs are wonderful.
  • A2 card base.  Frame in black. Background in cloud paper.
  • Plantin School Book:  for the waves
  • A Child's Year:  for the image
  • Sentiment was computer generated     

  I put this card in the challenges at:  Cardz TV,
                                                   My Sheri Crafts
                                                  Whimsical Wednesday
                                                 Amber's Crafts and Stuff

Father's Day Card #2

This is another card I made for the Grand kids to give to their Poppy. It's a Z fold, and I added spots because we have a Dalmatian puppy dog named Dallas. The inside says Happy Father's Day Poppy. Simple card. I put this in the Paper Playtime Challenge. The challenge is for Z fold cards, any theme or colors.


  • A2, Z fold card 
  • Create a Critter  cut at 2.5 inches
  • Papers are all DCWV

I put this card in the: Paper Playtime Challenge

    Friday, June 10, 2011

    Father's Day Card

    This is my husband's Father's Day Card

    My husband is a wonderful man. He spends virtually all of his time at home taking care of me, and our home. He never complains about it either. He deserves so much more than he has. I got him a Kindle to go along with his card. He loves to read. He goes through maybe 2-3 books a week. He also has a great sense of humor. He loves this stamp.


    • A2 twisted easel card base
    • Pattern paper is DCWV
    • Solid paper is Bazzill
    • Stamp is by Emerson
    • Sentiment stamp is a Hero Arts

    Monday, June 6, 2011

    Just Thinking!! Oh Oh

    I was looking at my pictures and decided they are horrible!! I don't get it either I use a Kodak with 14 MP, so the color should be better, I think!! If any one has an idea of what to do I would love to hear your thoughts.

    I also want to thank everyone who has come to my blog. You have no idea how much it means to me that you visit. I am so new at all of this so please forgive my mistakes. Just know I cherish your comments and visits. Hugs to you all, Pam

    Friday, June 3, 2011

    Have You Missed Me Yet???

    I haven't been able to blog for awhile. I have mentioned in earlier posts that I have a really bad back. It gives me fits, more than not it causes me a lot of pain. My legs also swell up so bad I can barely walk. Some how the problems with my back and legs are connected, or so they tell me.  My daughter is a teacher and going to have a baby boy in September. Her fellow teachers gave her a diaper shower yesterday. So today I made 21 post a note gifts for her to use as thank you cards.

    The ones like this, with a picture of the school mascot, are for the secretaries and the principal. She will write a thank you note to them on the first post a note inside. It's hard to see but they are really cute little guys. They are Trail Blazers.

    These are the ones for the teachers to receive. This is a Emerson stamp. I just got 15 new stamps yesterday.  This one says, Listen Honey You Can't Scare Me... I'm A Teacher. And again she will write her thank you inside. Cute huh!!

    Thank you for your visit. Please leave a comment and say hi so I know you were here. I read everyone of them. They make my day. I also look for your blogs so I can say hi back.
    Well I hope you all enjoy your week-end. Hugs, Pam