Saturday, June 30, 2012

40 years!!!

This is a busy week for my family - of course we have Independence Day - but we also have two birthdays and an anniversary!  My parents will be celebrating their 40th anniversary one week from today.  I am so blessed to come from a great family.  It is with great pride that I share my parents' anniversary.  They've been such good examples to my brothers and me.  In today's society, divorce is so common and well - easy - or so it appears.  I've not yet been married for 3 years.  We will celebrate the big 3 later this summer.  My husband and I talked in depth about divorce and making this something that will last through thick and thin before we tied the knot.  It's very important to both us, and I find it very encouraging to see my parents still going strong after 40 years.  They are a true inspiration!  Anyway, here's my card for them:
simple & cute - I like it like that!  The blue/greens match better in real life!  The crinkle ribbon I picked up at Pink by Design.  The paper is from Martha Stewart - Elegant paper pad.  The flower and pearls are recollections.
The dove, heart, glasses and sentiment are all cut from Sweethearts cricut cartridge.

That's all for today!  I hope you like my simple card!  I hope my parents do too!  :)  Thanks for stopping by!  I think it is safe to say, I'll have some birthday cards to share soon!  Happy Crafting!


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thank You

Hello fellow bloggers and Happy almost WEEKEND!  I celebrated my 5 year anniversary with the company I work for this week.  My boss caught me off guard with a skinny cow chocolate bar (well actually 5 - one for each year) and a gift card to Michaels!  :)  I needed a quick Thank You card for her so here is what I made:

The papers are all from my scrap stock.  I cut the tag with the Pink by Design artisan tag die.  I stamped it with the artisan stamp from the Pink by Design Artisan stamp set.  Isn't it cute???  I just hand wrote the "Thank You!" I also wrote a little note on the inside (I told her she was speaking to my soul by showering me with skinny cow chocolates and crafting supplies!).  I added a couple of little flower brads and some stickles to add a little glittery splash.  Very simple and cute!  I hope you like it too!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Follow Your Own Star

I made a little card today for the ink pink challenge - using Red, White & Blue - you can link up here!  I used the paper studio's Vintage Nation stack and the "follow your own star" sentiment from Pink by Design's Small Things set.  I hope you like my little card.  I made a few of them to send out some encouraging words to a few friends!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Today I just have another quick post containing a picture from our honeymoon.  This was our last planned night in Hawaii so we thought it would be fun to take a romantic dinner cruise out in the Pacific.  We had a great time.  The food was yummy, champagne - refreshing and the hula dancers so FUN!  Again I used DCWV's snapshot stack.  I absolutely love this stack and have definitely gotten my money's worth out of it.  The chevrons were cut on my Cameo out of some fun scrap paper I had laying around.  I am LOVING chevrons this summer!  And I LOVE how this layout turned out.  I hope you  love it too!

 Let me know what you think!  Then, go post your project on Pink Cricut's Link Up Party!

Friday, June 15, 2012

You Are Amazing!

I have another Manly card for you today!  At least, I hope it is manly!  I'm playing with the Pink by Design Ink it Pink challenge again this week!  The goal was to create a masculine project.  I wanted to do this to challenge myself as I always find it hard to make masculine cards and layouts - yet the majority of my family is male!  I am the only girl of three children, have a bonus SON (no daughters) and 3 nephews (no nieces) so you'd think I'd be a pro at creating MANLY designs.  I'm not!  I prefer the pink, orange, flowery, glittery, girly pages and layouts best!  Sorry boys!  At any rate, I made this card for my dad.  I've already made a Father's Day Card for him so I might just save this one for a random day and mail it to him.  :)  So here it is....let me know if it's MANLY enough....would you give it to your Dad?!?

 For this card, I used mostly scraps - a few came from the DCWV Tattered Time stack.  I used the provocraft Fleur-de-lis embossing folder in my cuttlebug to create the textured paper.  I used the Pink by Design Script 1 background stamp on the card base and the DAD you are amazing sentiment came from the Pink by Design Our Father's set.  For the banners, I just cut different widths and lengths of paper and then just used scissors to create the banner shape - that's why they're not so symmetric!  The burlap came from Hobby Lobby.

I kinda like how it turned it out!  How about you?

Happy Crafting!


Monday, June 11, 2012

My Hero, My Dad

Father's Day, already!  Can you believe??!?  When I was kid growing up and living under my parent's roof, I would wash my dad's truck every year on Father's Day and then again a few weeks later on his birthday.  I don't do that so much anymore, but I did make this cute card!  I saw a similar card and sketch on the DCWV blog last week so I lifted it.  :)  I used the DCWV Tattered Time stack for all the papers except the kraft circle in the middle of the ribbon.  Both sentiments are from Pink by Design's Our Father's set.  The twine - well it came from a hardware store!  Ha! 

I hope you like what you see!  Leave me some blog love if you do!  :)  Happy Father's Day to all the amazing father's out there - including my dad of course, and husband and brother!  Grandpa - I wish you were here to share it with us!  Miss you everyday!  Love to you all!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, June 9, 2012


Who's not afraid of jellyfish?  Well, Scott definitely is!  When he saw the sign in the layout below, he swore off the water - and almost the beach as a whole!  No way, Mr.!  We're in Hawaii - we will be on the beach....and in the water!  Just maybe not this beach!  Scott and I both like to just explore and see what is around us.  We spent a lot of our week in Hawaii just walking along the shoreline (and boardwalks) from beach to beach and shop to shop.  We saw a lot of things I don't think we would have otherwise.  Our hotel was on Waikiki Beach, but we liked to walk down a ways and not be in the middle of all the commotion.  There were so many beautiful beaches, all you had to do was walk a little until you found the place you liked best in that moment.  We did this daily!  The pictures in this layout are from a couple of different beaches.
Chevrons are HOT right now...and well, I LOVE them!  I spent an afternoon this week just cutting out chevrons.  I used an LSS svg file and my cameo.  I pulled out a bunch of scrap paper and just started cutting.  I wanted to have plenty on hand - and in several different colors - so I could grab them and go to work when I wanted to use them.  :)  I hope you like!
Happy Crafting!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Destination Paradise

Ah yes, more honeymoon layouts on the way!  This picture is from our last evening in Hawaii - we went on a dinner cruise out in the Pacific Ocean.  We thought it would be fun to spend the last night of our honeymoon on a romantic cruise with luau dancers and all.....  We had a blast!  The sights were gorgeous and the dinner and wine - delicious!  There really is nowhere like the ocean...
The chevron paper is just a loose piece I picked up at Archivers.  All the other papers/tags are from DCWV Surf's Up - I am soooo in love with this stack!  If you've followed my blog much lately or just looked around at a few recent postings, you'll realize it's obvious!  The journaling is a quick reminder of our last night - not really being our last night - in Hawaii.  Our flight took off late the following afternoon - we made it about half was across the Pacific Ocean and had to return to Hawaii due to mechanical issues with our plane - we apparently weren't close enough to the West Coast to continue forward according to FCC policy.  Anyway, we ended up spending the night at a nice hotel in Hawaii and enjoying another morning/afternoon in Hawaii.  :)  I hope you like my 8.5"x8.5" layout! 

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sun Surf Sand

Hey look over there to the left - see it?  Ink it Pink sponsored by Pink by Design......the fun people at Pink by Design are hosting a challenge right now!  The challenge is to create your own patterned paper (or background) using sentiments or words.....I thought it sounded fun so I decided to give it a shot.  Here is what I came up with....

The sunglasses were cut from an LSS - SVG file on my cameo.  Aren't they cool?  I used DCWV shimmer stack for the lenses - the rest of the paper is scraps...sorry no details left in this feeble mind for those.  :(  The "sun surf sand" is three different sentiment stamps from the PbD Sandy Toes set.  The "There's nowhere else....." sentiment is also from the PbD Sandy Toes set.  The little stamped sunglasses at the bottom are from the Pink by Design Artisan Set.  The shape the sentiment is stamped on was traced from a stencil I had laying around and just cut out the old fashioned way - with scissors!  Of course the bling is from imaginisce I-rock!  If you like what you see - I'd love to hear about it!

If you'd like to see similar projects - hop on over to the-Pink by Design Stamps blog and see what everyone else has been up to as well!  Get some great inspiration!

 I must now go get ready to watch the big CELTICS game so.....have a nice evening and Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Best Tweets

Hi Friends!  This week, I've been working on using up some scrap paper.  Of course, one of the quickest ways to do this is to make some coordinating (or not so coordinating) card sets.  I decided to a make a few sets using some PBD twine, ribbon and the artisan die from Pink by Design as well as their Artisan Sentiment Stamp set along with the Pink by Design Big Thoughts sentiment set.  I have a couple of friends with birthdays this summer so I thought I'd combine the card sets with a little Thirty-One Gifts action.  Most of you know, I am an independent consultant with 31 gifts.  If you like what you see, you can shop my site at - or email me at if you have any questions or would like a full summer catalog!  :)  Here's a few pics....

I love the bff card and the Happy Birthday Cake - it's just the right size to add a little flare to the card!  Sorry about the magnets laying on the cards, but I needed them to lay flatter to take a picture!

This is the All-In-One organizer in Best Tweets from 31 gifts.  I am so in love with this print!  I thought I'd add a little address book and bundle a few of the cards up with twine (there are 25 cards total - so plenty for a few sets!) and give it all as a little gift!

I hope you like the set I've created!  I had fun making all the cards!