Some of my projects ...

Please be patient with my as I try to get this blog exactly how I would like it to look.
I am still waiting for the best header and color combination I can make/find.
Things will likely be changed up a bit in this process.
Please visit my Stampin' Up! blog at:

It is what it is ...

I have a close friend at work that always uses the phrase "It is what it is." I thought that it would be a fun idea to make a plaque with the saying on it for him to display in his office as some sort of motto or mantra.

I love the "top note" shape and was delighted when I found it in a wooden plaque. Although it is a favorite shape of mine, I found it hard to work with as the base - especially being a wooden base.

The plaque was bought from Hobby Lobby and then painted brown. The pattern paper is Crate Paper. The letters are cut with the Alphalicious cartridge. The ovals were cut with the George cartridge after being sized and shadowed in Design Studio. I hope you enjoy it. (I hope he appreciates it too.)

It's always hard to make gifts for men with papercrafting supplies and work to make it appealing to the eye but still keep it masculine. I struggle so much with projects for men!

Just a Quick Card

Sorry I've been MIA for so long!! I've actually been quite busy creating and working on projects. The problem is that most of them have been for swaps that I'm right up to the deadline on so I get them out as soon as I finish them instead of taking the time to take pictures of them. I always remember that I forgot to take pictures after I've already mailed them. Once I get them all back, I'll have to take pictures and show what I worked on.

So anyway, this is just a quick card I made for a friend's family.

The darker paper is actually a vibrant blue color (sorry for the crappy pics - they were taken on my Blackberry). I Cuttlebugged the final layer of white with the Swiss Dots folder and then I Cuttlebugged the 3 strips of white with the Snowflake folder. The scallop circles are from Mini Monograms cut at 2 1/2" and 2 3/4" and then layered. The paper strips and the scallop cirlces are attached with pop dots.

Hope you enjoy!

Find me on Facebook!

I created a facebook account over a year ago but haven't really done anything with it until today. I've got my profile all set up and I've been adding all the friends I can find.

Take a look at my profile and add me as a friend if you have a Facebook account!


An Award...

I was just made aware that Emma nominated me for this award:

I appreciate being ranked among those whose blogs she has nominated. They are some truly talented women.

So I am suppose to nominate 6 people to pass this award onto. Here they are in no particular order:

Dee Dee



Tomi Ann



There are so many people who's work inspires me that it's hard to limit it to such a short list. These are people though that I definitely don't think get enough recognition for the incredible work they do!

Halloween Countdown Calendar

After seeing a few similar items on Splitcoast Stampers, I decided that I would alter a clipboard into a Halloween Countdown Calendar. I had loads of fun doing it and my kids are really enjoying using it to count down the days.

The ghost and the cat are wooden shapes I bought from Michael's. The "days til Halloween" is printed from my computer using "Burton's Nightmare" font. It was then colored in with 2 different shades of purple glitter pens.

I used the infamous Martha Stewart "Drippy Goo" punch at the bottom of the purple and the green. The tags are cut from the Joys of the Season cartridge and then cut the base again on shadow feature. They are then stamped with a flourish. I colored in the number with the Martha Stewart glue pen and then applied glitter. The background for the number area is embossed with the "Traffic Jam" Cuttlebug folder.

Instead of putting a pocket or something on the back, I created a pocket into the design of the calendar. I have all of the number tags in a ziploc bag in the pocket on the front.

The pattern paper mostly comes from the DCWV Fall stack. The purple and orange striped papers are something else.

I'm planning to make a Christmas version of this as well. It really was quick and easy to put together. I can't wait to make another one!

Thanks for looking!

"Adore" Layout

This is a layout I did for a crop challenge on the justbuggin site during our online crop last night. A sketch from pagemaps was posted for us to follow. Here is the sketch:

Here is my interpretation of the sketch. This is a photo that was taken of my wife and our then-2-month-old baby during a family photo shoot. I think it is one of the most gorgeous pictures I've ever seen of my wife and I absolutely LOVE the adoring look she has on her face as she looks at the baby.

This is a closeup of the journaling spot and the flourish I used. I stamped the flourish with Versamark ink and the embossed it with clear embossing powder.

Just a closeup of the title. It's a Making Memories rubon.

A closeup to show the detail of the stamp (by Fancy Pants) and the scoring I did using my Scor-pal.

Supplies used: cardstock - unknown; pattern paper - My Mind's Eye; Stamps - Fancy Pants Designs and Autumn Leaves; Ink - Versamark and Stampabilities; Pen - American Crafts; Rubon - Making Memories; other - Scor-pal.

Thanks for looking!!

Expo Goodies

Today my wife and I went down to the Scrapbook USA Expo in Sandy, Utah. They have this thing every six months in March and September. I almost always go both times.

We had a good time and got some fun stuff so I thought I would post some pics here of the goodies we got.

You can't really see it all very well but this is the whole loot:

These are some Sizzix Texturz plates I got for my Cuttlebug. They had a booth that had 40% off of all their Sizzix stuff. These were originally only $10, so I got them each for $6. There are 6 plates in each package.

They were doing lots of drawings and stuff throughout the show. They also had numbers taped to the floor that they would call out. Well one time they were calling out numbers, my number got called and I won a $10 gift certificate to one of the booths. I used it to get the scallop punch you see here.

Some Studio G stamps that were 89 cents a piece at one of the booths.

Stamps were really the area where I scored a bunch today. The top 2 sets here are from Making Memories and were $7 each. The bottom 2 sets are by Fancy Pants and were $2 each.

These sets are also by Fancy Pants. These are their big 12x12 sets that retail in the stores for $40. I got 3 sets for $10 each. I got "In My Words," "Doodles and Things," and "Blissful Season."

These felt sets are also by Fancy Pants. They each have 4 sheets of 12x12 cuts of felt. Lots of fun shapes in each one. They normally retail for about $15 each and I got them each for $3.

I got 3 different sets of these crocheted flowers from Fancy Pants. Each set is a different color scheme. Each set has about 8 flowers in it. They retail for $4 or $5 and I got them for $1 each.

I got 2 different sets of these cute little pins. They have 32 pins in each set and retail for $4. I got them for $1 each.

These are some Imaginisce and Studio G stamps I got for a pretty good deal.

So there you have it. I got spoiled today. My wife told me not to expect much for Christmas. She was joking (I think). I'll definitely not be spending anymore the rest of the month and into October to cover for this (at least not much anyway...)

Now I just gotta go organize and then use it all...

Thanks for looking!

A Couple of Cards...

This first card is a Halloween one I made just because I wanted to use the Studio G Halloween stamps I bought from Michael's this year. I bought several more than the ones I used here, but I had this idea in my head and these stamps fit it perfectly.

I also used one of the new Cuttlebug embossing borders on the top and bottom of the card.

Right now they are only card fronts, I haven't made them into cards yet. I made 4 of them and have no idea who I made them for. I just wanted to make them.

I also used my Scor-pal to score a line above and below the pattern paper. I love my Scor-pal!

This next one is one I made for a friend at work whose wife just had a baby girl.

All of the cuts on it are from the Graphically Speaking cartridge. The paper is Chatterbox and The Paper Studio.

Thanks for looking. Let me know what you think.

Happy Halloween Mummy...

I just wanted to post this Halloween card that I made for my mom. I won't send it out for a while but I wanted to be ahead of the game.

All of the Cricut cuts on here are from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge. The word "boo" is a wooden word I bought from Michael's. The sentiment on the inside is printed on my computer using a font called "Burton's Nightmare," and then I colored it in with a purple glitter pen. The finished size of the card is 8 1/2" by 5 1/2" I just folded a standard size cardstock in half. I wanted a bigger canvas to play with.

I hope you enjoy this one. (I hope mom enjoys it too).

I'll hopefully be adding some more later in the week.

Card front:

Card Inside:

A few new cards...

This first card is one I made for my niece for her 15th birthday. I wanted it to be something that would be true to my style but not too cutesy for a teenage girl. I thought the black and white would be very fitting for a teenager.

This is the outside of the card. The fold of this card is not a standard fold. The card measured 11" wide by 6" high. Then I scored it at 5" to allow the pattern paper on the inside to show through.

This is the inside of the card.

This is a closeup of the inside of the card.

This is to show how the card opens.

This next set is a set of cards I made for my secret sister. The covers of the cards are each different but the insides are the same.
The covers are done with sets of stencils I bought from Michael's. They were just adhered down and then I sponged black ink over the stencils to get the images you see. The purple paper is run through the Cuttlebug with 3 different embossing folders. The pattern paper inside is older DCWV stuff. The stamp is a foam stamp from Lil' Davis Designs. The flower is Prima and the ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.

Mexico City

For about a week now I've known there was a possibility that I might get to go on a business trip to Mexico City, Mexico in November. Today I found out that it's all pretty well been approved. So as long as plans continue as they currently are, I'll be going to Mexico. I'm rather excited that I'll have the opportunity to leave the country. I've been to Canada before but somehow that just doesn't seem as foreign to me as Mexico does.

I've done a little reading that has kind of scared me a bit but I'm sure everything will be okay. Unfortunately, it is a working trip and there won't be much of an opportunity for touring or sight-seeing. I may get to stay one extra day to be able to see the sights. My wife and I are also looking into the possibility of her coming along with me. Since it is a working trip, I won't get to spend a lot of time with her but it's still a perfect opportunity for a little getaway for us. My job will be paying for my flight, hotel, and food. So for my wife, we'd have to pay for her flight, food, sightseeing and shopping. That could still get quite expensive!

This is not a trip I would normally be going on as a normal function of my job. I'm going to assist a friend and coworker and to be able to learn more about what he does and how it's done. It's more of a training trip for me than anything. I'm not only excited about the location but also to be able to learn new things.

The purpose of the trip is to be involved in the rededication of the Mexico City temple. Originally dedicated in 1983, it has undergone some remodeling and will need to be rededicated. Here are a couple of pictures of the temple:

Here are just some general shots I found of Mexico City that I thought were pretty:

Wedding Gift Set

A coworker of mine got married yesterday so I made her and her husband a gift for their home.

The wooden letters are purchased from Walmart. The pattern paper is Chatterbox. Most of the ribbon is May Arts or Offray. The flowers are Prima. The brads are Making Memories. The felt pieces are Fancy Pants. The little tags are all from All My Memories.

The first picture is a gift bag. The bag is from Walmart. The pattern paper is from Around the Block. The cardstock is DCWV. The ribbon is Offray. The "happily ever after" comes from the Cricut Storybook cartridge. The "ever" was cut a second time, run through a xyron and then coverd with glitter embossing powder.

The other two pictures are the card to go with the set. The card is inspired by Susie B. The cardstock is DCWV. The inside is scored with my Scor-pal. The heart is cut from Storybook, run through a xyron and then embossed with glitter embossing powder. The "best wishes" is from Alphalicious cartridge. I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The ribbon is from Offray.

I hope you enjoy seeing them. I really hope the couple enjoys receiving them. Thanks for looking!