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.
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OK ... so I'm a big jerk!

I felt it was time for me to come out and acknowledge how big of a jerk I am.

Over the past several weeks there have been several of my very good friends and blog readers who have nominated me for awards. Most of them I knew about - one of them I didn't. At any rate, I've done a horrible job of following through with the reward and posting it on my blog and acknowledging that I've received it.

So to those that awarded me - I apologize. Maybe I didn't deserve it huh?

But now it's time to move on and do what is right. So I'm posting each of the awards that I've received here and who I received it from. If you are a reader of this blog, please take the time to visit each of these people's blogs and see the wonderful creative people they are.

Lucy has some fabulous and fun creations for kids and using the Cuttlebug.
Visit her here:
Lucy gave me this award:

Ruth is a friend from across the great pond. She has some fabulous and creative cards and makes such wonderful use of the Paper Dolls cartridge.
Visit her here:
Ruth gave me this award:

Ted is a true friend and brother in papercrafting. He is a faithful and true friend that I feel priveleged to know and call a friend.
Visit Ted here:
Ted gave me this award:

Okie is so sweet and generous that it's hard to even put into words. She has been such an inspiration to me not only as a papercrafter but as a person. She spends countless hours preparing .cut files for so many people and she shares them selflessly. She is such a true friend to so many people and I feel blessed to know her and call her a friend. Get to know Okie and get to love Okie.
Visit Okie here:
Okie gave me this award:

I truly am grateful for these friends and their support and inspiration. There are so many others that are such a great inspiration to me as well.

Typically the "rules" of these awards is that you are suppose to pass them on to at least 5 others. The problem with that for me is that most of the people whose blogs I frequent have already received them. Not only that but it is so hard to limit it. There are so many people who are so creative and whose work I thoroughly enjoy.

Thank you for supporting me and my blog!

A couple of new cards ...

This first card is one I made for a close cousin of mine. She had her 4th baby (her first boy) on Christmas day. I really am not very practiced at making baby cards - I hardly ever make them.

Inside of card:

The pattern paper is from Prima. The stamp is Imaginisce and I colored it with my BIC markers. I did the Gamsol technique to color around the white circle before I stamped the image. The inside image is also Imaginisce. The "congratulations" stamp is from Fiskars (I think).

This next card is a birthday card for a friend of mine.

Inside of card:

The pattern paper on this one is from My Mind's Eye. The bird stamp is Inkadinkado and the Happy Birthday stamp is Heidi Swapp. Both are stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with a dull gold embossing powder. I created the sentiment on the inside in Microsoft Word and then colored it with my BIC markers. The flowers are from Fancy Pants.

So what do you think? Leave me a comment.

OWL always love you ...

Here is my second Valentine's card of the year. So far I'm not doing as well as I'd hoped at getting several different ones made this year. Oh well, I'm having fun with the ones I'm doing anyway.

I made this card primarily because I wanted to use the OWL cut and also use my new SCAL software that I bought. The original owl that this is designed after comes from the Happily Ever After cartridge. My version, however, came from Jen C. on the Cricut message board. She designed it using the Design Studio software and the George and Plantin Schoolbook cartridges for those of us that want him but don't want to buy the other cartridge. I'm so thankful for her hard work!

The text is cut using my new Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) software that I got from a good friend. For the first time, I was able to cut words using fonts on my own computer. I love that ability! I'm so excited to be able to play with it more and see what I can do!

Anyway, here's the card:

The pattern on the front of the card was made by rolling a Stampin' Up roller stamp across the red paper with Versamark ink and then embossing with clear embossing powder. As mentioned, the OWL is courtesy of Jen C. and the text is courtesy of Sure Cuts A Lot. The heart on the inside of the card is cut from the Graphically Speaking cartridge. I cut both pieces, the base and the outline out of the same color cardstock. Then I covered the outline with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder. I like how it makes it a different shade of the same color and helps it stand out with its shine. The sentiment is a Studio G stamp from Michaels.

Thanks for looking!

First Valentine Card of the year...

I don't generally make very many Valentine's cards but I plan to make a few this year. I'm also in a swap that I'll have to make some for so I'm starting to practice. Here is one that I made following a sketch I got from Pagemaps. Here is the sketch

Here is my card:

The pattern paper is Chatterbox (from a LONG time ago); the Cuttlebug folder is Swiss Dots; the stamps are all from Inkadinkado.

I actually went ahead and made two copies of the card since I was making it. So the pictures below show the two different versions of the inside of the cards:

Hopefully I'll be posting several more cards before the holiday actually arrives. We'll see if that actually happens though ...