Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hi scrappers!!!

Well here it is, the day before the holiday weekend.  Tonight is "Music on Main".  This event will occur every Thursday evening from 6:30pm to 8:30pm starting tonight.  The City of Bozeman shuts down Main Street, so vendors, locals, tourists, and live music can go on for two hours.  What better way to ask for "Free" entertainment while walking several blocks and visiting with friends and family.

Now onto today's card.  The other day we went to costco and bought some delicious strawberries.  So I decided to focus my card on strawberries.  I know!!!  Where have I been?  Everyone has already done challenges using strawberries.  Well, now I can get your attention directly on my card (ha, ha).  This is what I came up with:


White cardstock - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
Green cardstock - 4 x 5 1/4 & 1 3/16 x 4 (KI Memories "Friends") Got this a "Ross"
Strawberry cardstock - 3 3/4 x 5 (DCWV - Nana's Nursery "Baby Girl")

Strawberries - Cricut Cartridge "Country Life"

Cut  (1) @ 2 1/2" Green base and stem; Layers in pinks
Cut  (1) @ 2"  Green base and stem; Layers in pinks

Sentiment was computer font "Onyx" @ 36.  Used Fiskars to scallop top and bottom.  Then add a strip of pink on both ends.  Glitter scallops with green glitter glue.

Don't forget to add pink and green glitter glue to both strawberries before adhering them to your card. 


Once again thank you all for following me.  Your comments are greatly appreciated.  Have a great evening!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Happy Wednesday!

What another beautiful day here in Montana.  We are expected to reach temperatures as high as 91 degrees.  Which to us is like going to the desert when it's around 115 degrees.  I know I use to live in the desert......  Anyhow,  I've been doing alot of surfing the Internet recently and have noticed alot of people making cards with lighthouses.  Which I think is a beautiful scenery.  It reminds me so much of my visits to Brunswick, Maine when I was a young teenager.  So I decided to incorporate a little of everyones and make my own.  I'm sure it looks similar to everyone elses.  But here is what I came up with:


Blue cardstock - 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 card base scored in half
White cardstock - 4 x 5 1/4
Cloud cardstock - 3 3/4 x 5 (DCWV Extreme Paper Stack "Everyday")

Lighthouse:  Cricut cartridge "Life's a Beach"

Black cardstock - 4 1/4" lighthouse
Red cardstock - 4 1/4 " layers

Glue lighthouse onto white cardstock and trace with 1/8" Magic Matter, then cut.  Glue layers, accent with white gel pen and ink edges with black.

Birds:  Cricut cartridge "Life's a Beach"

White cardstock - 1" (might of been 2") forgot to right down
Dot the birds eyes with a "black" Zig Writer Pen and adhere to main card with pop dots

Mountain:  Cricut cartridge "Paper Dolls Dress Up"

Kraft cardstock 4" - Outlined using Zig Writer Pen "Chocolate", then stamp all over using Dew Drop "Brilliance Coffee Bean"

Waves:  Cricut cartridge "Paper Dolls Dress Up"

Water cardstock - 1" (DCWV Extreme Paper Stack "Everyday") Outlined using Zig Writer Pen "Blue"

Finally, since I'm unable to remember all those sites that I visited.  I wish to give you all credit for your lovely lighthouse cards and inspiring me to make my own.  Have a wonderful day and thanks again for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hello Tuesday!

Finally today's temperature is to be between 80-90 degrees.  Now maybe my tomato plants will strive....  However, that is another different story all together.

So let's get back on track.  In celebration of 4th of July, I made this card and sent it out to all our family members. 

Recipe for Happy 4th of July Card
(Stand and Salute Cartridge)

5 x 10 - Base card scored in half
4 3/4 x 4 3/4 - Dark Blue card stock
2 x 2 - (4) Squares (any design) center
2" - Red flag (page 23)
2 x 3 1/8 - White card stock attach to back of flag
7/8 x 7/8 - Blue square attach to front of flag
3/4" - White star use black out (page 32) attach to front of flag
1" - (2) White stars use black out (page 32) attach to corners
(2) Red buttons with fine hemp twine
White card stock to make your own "Happy 4th of July" sign
Use foam tape to attach flag to card
Use Glue dots to attach buttons

It was a very simple and easy card to make.  Since the card size was unique.  I needed to make my own envelope.  Below is how I made them.

Envelope Recipe:

8 1/2 x 8 1/2 card stock paper - any color/design
Martha Stewart Scor board - Scor at 3 1/4 all away around
Fold and adhere

This envelope has plenty of room for the height on your card. 
Finally, I've decided to enter this card into some challenges.  Here is a list of where you might find my card:

Whimsical Wednesday - Let's Get Patriotic (must use brads, bling or buttons)
Creative Cutter Room - God Bless America (must include a flag)
FCCB Challenge Me Monday #66 - 4th of July (use red, white & blue)
Scrapbookaholic By Abby #8 - Red, White & Blue
Celebrate the Occasion - 4th of July (red, white and blue)
My Craft Spot - Seeing Stars
My Sheri Crafts #63 - Independence Day
Craft Us Crazy - Red, White & Blue
Use It Tuesday - Red, White & Blue
Amber's Craft and Stuff - Red, White & Blue
Sentimental Sundays - Patriotic/Use the color's of your nation's flag
Party Time Tuesdays - 4th of July
Ribbon Carousel - Happy Birthday America

Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Hi Everyone!

Sure hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready to get back to scrapping.  I can't believe that next Monday is already July 4, 2011.  Where did the time go?  So in honor of 4th of July, I went ahead and changed my blog design.  What do you think? 

July is going to be a very busy month around here.  We have family flying in mid July.  They are coming from Nevada and Indiana.  So I am trying to work on some projects before they get here.  My nephews have never been to Montana and I've been told they are really excited about coming.  I thought I would work on a mini album for the both of them so when they return home they will have something to share with their friends.  Right now I've only put together the front cover.  Here is a picture.......

Of course, I still have alot to do.  But it is a start.  I plan on putting pictures of the things we do while they are here (e.i. floating river, flying fishing, West Yellowstone Park, Frog Exhibit at the museum, Gallatin County Fair and who knows what else).  It will all depend on weather.  We are currently in the mid seventies - partly cloudy with Wednesday changing to Thunderstorms.  That means rain again.

If you would like to know how I made this cover, feel free to email me with your subject line reading "Montana.  I will post more pages as soon as they are finished.  Until then, you all have a wonderful day/evening.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Thanks Cindy for the wonderful surprise "Award" you sent to me the other day.  I have to apologize for not posting this earlier.  It has been a crazy week with my 19th Anniversary and Father's Day.  Now back to Cindy....  She is a very talented and crafty lady.  Please take a few minutes and visit her over at  Below is the "Award and the rules that go with it.  Again a huge thank you to Cindy.  You're awesome!

The "rules" of this award:
1. Thank the person who sent it to you 
2. Tell 7 things about yourself
3. Send this to 5 fellow versatile bloggers
Here are the 7 things about myself.  Boy, this was very difficult.  I had to get some help from my daughters' since I don't like to brag about myself.  Hey!  Does this count as one (lol)?
  1. I thank god everyday for the blessings that he has given me and my family!
  2. I thank my Godmother for teaching me how to craft (woodworking, painting, crocheting, cross stitching, scrapbooking, and card making).   
  3. I have recently taken up "canning".  My favorite thing to make is "Moms Apple Pie Jam"!
  4. I work with my husband full-time doing appraisals and in my spare time I work on my crafts.
  5. When we have nice weather, I like to be outdoors (walking, yard work, ATV riding, or floating the river).
  6. I have been married for 19 years.
  7. I have two gorgeous daughters' and nine animals (5 cats and 4 dogs)!


Now for the 5 bloggers I am sending this award on to:

Debbie: you can visit her at

DeeDee: you can visit her at

Katie: you can visit her at

Karen: you can visit her at

Faith Abigail: you can visit her at


Please stop by and visit all these lucky ladies.  You're all very talented and inspire me tremendously.  Have a great weekend!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!!!!

I can't believe today is almost over.  It's been quite a busy weekend.  Here is an overview of the "Father's Day" cards I made:

I really enjoyed making these cards and sharing them with all of you.  Now the thought process begins all over again for the start of next year.  But before I do that, tomorrow is my 19th Anniversary and I think I better put some time into making my wonderful husband an annivesary card.  What do you think? 

So fathers' have a wonderful day!!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Welcome back to another dedication to all our fathers' on Father's Day.  As I hinted yesterday, today's card is a "Diamond Fold Card".  I got this idea from the ladies over at Splitcoaststampers.  I'm including their link here for those of you that have never made one and would like to make one. 

This is my diamond fold card using the cricut cartridge "Father's Day".


Patterned paper "Diamond Fold" (4 x 12)
Brown paper (4 1/2 x 4 1/2) cut in half and adhere to ends
Blue paper (3 1/4 x 3 1/4)
Brown paper "Father's Day" cricut cartridge (3")
White gel pen
Brown glitter glue

Hope all you fathers' have a fabulous day tomorrow.  Again, thanks for stopping by.  Your comments are greatly appreciated.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Well today is the start of Father's Day weekend.  So in celebration to all "Fathers'".  I'm dedicating today's card to you all.......


Green cardstock (5 1/2 x 4 1/4)
Patterned paper - DCVW "Guy Stack" (5 1/4 x 4)
Patterned paper "Origami Shirt" (4 x 6)
Blue cardstock (3 3/4 x 1)
Cream cardstock (3.3/8 x 3/4)
Sentiment - Computer
Brads for buttons

Not sure how to make an origami shirt.   Check out this video on youtube by zgrandmakaren.  She helped me make mine.  Have a great Friday and be sure to check back tomorrow to see another great Father's day card.  I'll give you a hint.  It's a diamond.........

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mojo Monday 195

This week they're back to playing just for fun and their sketch was designed by Debbie Carriere.


I love Debbie's work, so I decided to make a real quick card.  This is what I came up with.....  Sorry for the picture.  Scanning isn't easy when I use gems that are bulky.


White cardstock (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 & 3/4 x 2 1/2)
Brown cardstock (4 x 5 1/4 & 2 1/4 x 3 3/4)
Patterned Paper - DCWV "Everyday" (3 3/4 x 5)
Hot Pink cardstock (1 7/8 x 3 3/4)
Cricut Lite Cartridge "Bloom" - (flwr10 @ 2" brown; flwr10/Layer @ 7 1/4" pink)
White Ribbon
Dew Drop Coffee Bean
Stamp - "You're the Best!"
Michael's $1 Flowers
Pink Rhinestones


I had a fun time making this card.  Feel free to leave a comment and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC6

Oh the fun you will have with this one!
This week at CAS-ual Fridays
they are playing Tic Tac Toe.
Each 3-in-a-row line holds a recipe and you get to choose the row that works for you.
Choose a row: across, down, or diagonal and then 
Create a Clean & Simple design using those elements in your project. Be sure to tell them which row you used.


So for this challenge I chose Gems, Dies or Punch, and Flowers. 
I needed an anniversary card and this is what I came up with...


White cardstock (5 1/2 x 4 1/4)
Blue cardstock - Colorbok "Earth tone" (5 1/4 x 4 1/8 & 3 1/4 x 1 1/4)
Patterned cardstock - Colorbok "Earth tone" (5 1/8 x 3 7/8)
Blue cardstock - Cricut cartridge "Cindy Loo" - Flourish 3 @ 2" 
White cardstock (2 1/4 x 5 1/4 & 1 7/8 x 3)
Fiskars Scallop Punch
Cuttlebug - Divine Swirls Embossing folder
Offray Ribbon - Brown
Recollections Dimensional Stickers - Gems & Flowers
Studio G Glitter Glue - Clear
Computer generated sentiment
Recollections Foam Adhesive Squares


Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  We have had rain/hail all weekend.  We are scheduled to have more this week.  Sure hope it stops soon so we can fill the sink holes around our basement windows.  Until then, have a great evening.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Throwback Thursday Challenge w/Design Team! ~ Episode 196

Here are the details for this challenge:

***Use ANY "Cricut Lite" cartridge of YOUR choice & PLEASE incorporate some "BLING" somewhere on any project of your choice! Example, your project must have either, stickles, rhinestones, glossy accents, glitter.... etc...!
So for this challenge I used my "Cricut Lite Cartridge "Meow"".  I got this inspiration from "Going Buggy" blogspot.  My daughter has a black cat "Chili" and he is always on top of things.  Here is the photo of my card:


White cardstock (4 1/4 x 5 1/2)
Red cardstock (3 1/2 x 4 1/2)
Music note cardstock (1 1/2 x 4 1/4)
Gingham black/white ribbon
Color Box "Cranberry" ink
Recollection - Foam Adhesive Squares (cut to fit)
Black cardstock (4" base cat/layer)
White cardstock (4" shift cat)
Pink cardstock (4" shift layer cat - nose)
Green cardstock (scraps for eyes)

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mojo Monday #194

Mojo Monday is having a super fun sketch this week from Julee.  This is the first week of the month which means it is a contest week!!  Up to 7 lucky participants will win a Verve set of their choosing!  I loved this sketch & had a blast putting together a fun card for my special "Father".  Oh yeah, did I tell you that there is even a hidden surprise!  I wonder what it is?  Here's the sketch:

This is what I came up with:

After scanning this card, I realized that my sign "The Best Dad In The World" was crooked.  This card was also made using the DCWV - Guy Stack.  I cut four different strips @ 1", cut 2 - 1" circles and cut them in half.  Cut one more strip @ 2".  Adhered everything to card.  Added Ribbon, rhinestones and finally my sign from the Guy Stack.  Sure hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Challenge #49 this week at Papercraft Star is to create any project you wish using this sketch as your inspiration.  Their dual challenge - use it for a masculine project! Do one or do both, your choice!

Also.... Fantabulous Cricut's Challenge Me Monday #63 - Father's Day is quickly approaching and we'd like to motivate you to create something special to show your father (or a father you know) that he is #1!

So, here is my card.  I chose to due both.


Tan card stock @ 4 1/4 x 11 (scored in half to make a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2; fold should be on the left side)
DCWV Guy Stack cut (2) stripes @ 1 3/4 and (1) @ 1 1/2
Celebration Cricut Cartridge - Circle @ 2" & Star @ 4" (blackout feature)
Buttons, hemp cord, ribbon, brads, You're the Best! stamp, and brown micro pen 

At first I thought this paper coordination was not going to work.  But as I started putting it together. "Wow!"  It really worked.  I hope you like it as much as I do.  Thanks for stopping by.  Your comments are greatly appreciated.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Monday Hello to Everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Our weather finally warmed up.  So we decided to try something new "Zip Lining".  What a blast we had.  Here are some of the photos that were taken during our two hour adventure........

This photo was our finally destination......

Our view from our first "Zip".

Our daughter zipping over the "Gallatin River".

We had to get across to point "B" from point "A".

Finally a video of our daughter crossing over the "Gallatin River".

Hope you all have enjoyed looking at our pictures and watching this video of our family member "Zip Lining".  There wasn't alot of physical requirements.  So if your thinking of ever trying it.  All we can say is "Go For It!".  It's a blast!

Until next time, have a great day and thanks for stopping by.