Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ornament Tag Tim Holtz Style

I created this tag using Tim Holtz die-cut shapers and movers, glimmer mist, and designer papers that I cut using the Tim Holtz snowflake border die. The ornament was cut from glassine paper and brushed with Perfect Pearls. I just love the effect it gives this paper! I made several of these for a tag swap that I am participating in this year.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving and Ton of Turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers! I am so thankful to have such a wonderful family to spend this wonderful holiday with. I hope you are enjoying your day! I thought I would share some funny pictures of me picking up turkeys for our employees last week. Most of you know that I am the Business Office Manager at an Assisted Living Community. At Thanksgiving we like to give our employees turkeys as an appreciation for their hard work. This year I had to go pick up the turkeys at a local Wal-Mart store. I have to tell you it was a kind of a funny experience! I forgot how funny it looked with two carts full of turkeys and then had to check each one out separately. You should have seen the stares I got from customers. It was just too hilarious! I finally told one customer that I was really hungry!!! LOL!!! Anyway, here are the pictures of my cart in line to check out. Thank goodness for I-Phones. Hope you enjoy!
Don't they just look hilarious as they are sent down the conveyor belt for checkout?
This is the back of my truck as the turkeys were being loaded. I just had to laugh!
Finally, they are loaded onto the cart at work and then placed in our freezer until ready to distribute to our employees.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cricut Craft Room Tutorial for Pumpkin Pie Boxes

I am so loving Cricut Craft Room. It is so easy to use with your Cricut cartridges or you can now choose to download digital cartridges from I could hardly wait to try the digital download so I chose to purchase the Cricut Craftroom exclusive, Thanksgiving Table Decor. Boy, I am glad I got this cartridge! It has some really neat images on it and very useful for setting the perfect Thanksgiving table. I decided to make pie slice favor boxes for my first project. I thought I would put together this picture tutorial so you can see how I created this project. First, I decided to cut the pie boxes. My boxes were 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches in length. I added pumpkin cuts (these are on this same cartridge) to the tops of each box. This cartridge gives you cuts to add to the pumpkins to give it dimension. I chose to use patterned paper for the bottoms of the box and use the same patterned paper for the dimensional pieces of the pumpkin. I cut the pumpkin background pieces in different colored cardstock to match the patterned papers I used. You can see here how easy it to use Cricut Craftroom. I just chose where on the mat I wanted to cut and the size I wanted. Cricut Craftroom is so easy and when you are ready to cut on your Cricut machine it will guide you through to cut.
This is what the pie slices and pumpkins look like once they are cut from the Cricut machine. There are score lines to help you fold the boxes appropriately.
Once all the pumpkins were cut, I used my Xyron sticker maker to glue the pieces to the pumpkin. I just love how this this exclusive digital cart gives you alternatives to adding pieces to images!
Once the boxes are cut, scored and folded they come together like this before I added the pumpkin on top.
Once I cut the boxes, I decided I wanted to add some embossing to the lids. I think the embossing gives a more stunning look to them and makes them stand out. I picked Cuttlebug Preserves folder and used my Vagabond to emboss the lids.
Once the embossing folder is ran through the Vagabond it looks like this. You just can't beat the superior embossing power of the Vagabond!
This is the finished product. I added stickles to the pumpkins and used pop-dots to adhere them to the top of the boxes. Aren't they just too cute?
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I can't wait to put some goodies in these boxes! Have a creative day.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My Newly Organized DoodleRoom

A little over a month ago I re-organized my craft room. I have a walk-in closet in my craft room where I store my paper, cardstock, albums and extra stuff I use. It really feels great to have everything organized and in its place. I thought I'd share my finished room with you. I am really please with how it came out.

This Mrs. Grossman's shelf cabinet that I purchased at a local scrapbook store that went out of business holds all of my cardstock. It is on wheels and the backside has the same shelving. I store all my album refills on the backside. I strived to organize the cardstock by color, but there are some overlaps.

The remaining designer papers that I collect are stored on a couple of smaller wire shelves. Again, these I purchased from a LSS that was going out of business. I also purchased the storage units at Michael's to house tools, etc. Love those Jetmax cubes that you can store stuff in too! The remaining area in the upper part of my closet houses plastic bins where I keep chipboard, paints, chalks, etc. Outside my closet is the large dark shelf that my hubby made years ago. I have my Cricut library and stamps here. I also store on top of this shelf my Sizzix dies that I have had for many years. Sizzix was my very first die-cutter. Along side the wall is some white shelves that my hubby made me. I recently found those cute white and green wooden boxes at Joann's. I thought them to be perfect to store glitter mist, glue, and other things I use regularly.

Treasure Trunk!

After work today I decided to stop at a local outlet store. I was shopping in the home section of the store for some throw rugs for my house. While carousing the sales, I stumbled on this awesome trunk! When I saw it I knew exactly what I would use it for! It so matches my new Tim Holtz Vagabond machine and I thought it to be perfect to hold my collection of Tim Holtz dies. I am so proud of this find! Oh, and it was only $20.00!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Winter Foilage

I love the soft, elegant look to this card. It turned out better than I had expected. I used the Winter Foilage stamp set by GinaKDesigns to create this card. I heat embossed the pinecones with gold embossing powder and cut them out. I stamped the pine images on cardstock and added red liquid pearls to the holly. This card makes me in the mood for Christmas.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


This card was created using Santa Believe set by Seaside Stampin' Ink. I decided to heat emboss the Santa with silver and then I cut snowflakes and added some bling and ribbon. The black background paper is dry embossed and I added some desinger paper behind the Santa.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Noble Deer

Here is another card that we will be making in my upcoming card class this weekend. This card can be used for Thanksgiving, Christmas, masculine birthday, or just a note card. I am bringing various sentiments to be stamped inside. I used Stampin Up Noble Deer for the image and stamped on the Top Note die by Sizzix.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fresh Cuts

I cleaned out my craftroom this past weekend and discovered some things that had been waiting to be used. Amazing, isn't it? Anyway, I created this card using Stampin Up Fresh Cuts stamp set. I stamped the purple background paper using Versamark and used purple ink to stamp the card and sentiment. The background behind the image is yellow mulberry paper. Yep, I totally forgot I had this stuff! I forgot how much fun it is to use this on cards and such. I love the soft effect it gave this card. I am teaching a card class this coming weekend and we will be making this card. I hope everyone loves it as much as I do.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cricut Magazine Winner!!!!

The winner of the Cricut Magazine is.............. Scrapin Dhilly - Congratulations! I will be emailing you for your addy. Enjoy your magazine! Scrappin Dhilly said... I am so thankful for my family and our health. We have had a very rough year and things are finally starting to turn around, I can only be grateful for that!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Cricut Thanksgiving Card

Have you seen the new Cricut Magazine? If not, you should check it out! In fact, I will be giving a Thanksgiving edition away. Click on this link to see how you can win. This card was actually cased from the Cricut Magazine. The original designer is by Theresa McKinney. I just loved the yummy look to this card! I used an Autumn Embossing folder for the background and the Cricut Thanksgiving cartridge to cut the die. Makes one hungry for a piece of apple pie!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Weight Watchers Recipe Cards

It's that time of year again when I get involved with swaps. I joined a recipe swap using Weight Watchers points plus recipes. I am trying to drop a few pounds before the end of the year and always looking for new recipes. These cards were super fun to make and I can't wait to get ones back that I am swapping! I plan to make a recipe album when I receive them.

Tim Holtz Style Tag

I have been experimenting and playing with the Tim Holtz Vagabond dies and the recommended mediums that he uses. This tag is my first version of I hope many more. I just love playing with this stuff! I cut the Carved Ornament die using the Noel Movers & Shakers die inside the ornament. Awesome way to get a lot of many uses out of diecuts! Thanks Tim for this ingenious idea!! I used Kraft Glassine paper to cut the dies and sprinkled with Perfect Pearls copper powder. You must use the glassine paper to make this work. I then diecut patterned paper using the Scroll diecut for the bottom of the tag. I took the Tim Holtz tissue paper and distressed it and crinkled it up a bit for a bit of worn look. The tag itself is colored using Stormy Sky Distress Stain by Tim Holtz. I must say, I am so in love with this stuff! Finally, I put the tag together and added the ribbon and a star charm that I stained with alcohol ink. Just love the way this turned out! I am working on more tags for a swap that I am involved with on SplitCoastStampers. When I am done I will share it with you. Have a great day!

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