Saturday, March 31, 2012

Easter Egg Shaped Card

Today we lost someone very special to us.  My husband's Grandmother.  She was 94 years old and lived an amazing life.  We will miss you!!!!  So in honor of her "Pauline Box", I am dedicating today's card to her.  I realize that Easter isn't until next Sunday.  But it's always better to be early than late.  Don't you think?  Pauline loved receiving my cards.  She would always take them with her to her craft activity center where she lived.  The ladies would gather together to and try duplicate some of the cards that I had sent.  So here's to you Pauline, "Happy Easter".......

For making this card everything was cut using my gypsy.  I started off with welding two eggs together at 5".  With the top egg, I folded maybe 2 1/4" from the bottom up.  Cut an additional egg out of pattern paper by Paper Patch at 5".  Glue it "only" to the bottom half of the front egg.

The bow was 1" and measured exactly the width of the egg.  After cutting the bow out in white cardstock, I inked around the entire thing with yellow and highlighted it using my yellow zig pen.

Then, of course, I found a pink flower rhinestone and glue it to the middle of the bow after adhering everything to the front of the egg.

For the inside of my card.  I welded two picket fences together to measure a length of 1.51".  I cut two fences out and put foam tape in the middle to add dimension.  This fence will hold open your card, so your front egg will rest along the top of your fence.

Then I cut the grass.  Two were cut in the same color with one flipped.  I then cut another one in a light green.  Layered them and rolled the tips of only the middle layer.  The grass was cut at 2.31".

To finish this card.  I stamped in black ink "happy easter" on the grass directly in the middle.  Add two light purple flowers to the sides.  Accenting the flowers with liquid pearl "white".

Cricut Cartridges Used:

Easter 2010
My World

Thank you all for stopping by and visiting.  Have a wonderful Saturday.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Old Montana Prison

Wow!!!  What a great day today has turned out to be.  No snow in the forecast until Thursday.  So as promised I decided to share with you our trip to Old Montana Prison.  Where bands of outlaws and vigilantes roamed early Montana Territory leaving a path of destruction and death.  In an attempt to tame the Wild West, a prison was established in Deer Lodge in 1871.  Constructed primarily with convict labor, Old Montana Prison was an active prison until 1979, when it was moved to a new site four miles west of town. 

Built in only eleven months using convict labor, the 1912 Cell House was a model facility in its day.  Each cell had running water, flush toilets and good ventilation.  The Cell House contains eight galleries, four per side.  Each gallery contains twenty-five cells, for a total of 200 cells.  Single confinement to a cell was common practice during this era.  Overcrowding eventually made it necessary to house two men per cell.

At age forty, Paul "Turkey Pete" Eitner was sentenced to life in prison for two murders in 1918.  A model prisoner, he was assigned to tend the prison turkeys.  As the years passed, reality slipped away from him.  One day a man stopped to admire the turkeys, and Eitner sold the man the entire prison flock for 25 cents apiece.  This ended Eitner's farming days, but marked the beginning of his new fantasy career as an "entrepreneur and philanthropist". 

The prison administration humored Eitner and allowed him to have printed checks from the prison print shop. 

He "purchased" the prison and proceeded to "operate" it.  He "paid" all the prison expenses and wrote checks to the guards for their salaries. 

Eitner Enterprises saved Brazil's coffee crop, sold pink alligators, purchased alfalfa seed from Poncho Villa, sold grasshopper legs to Fidel Castro and sold ships to the Navy.

When Turkey Pete died in 1967 at age 89, his cell was retired and converted into a barbershop.  His funeral was the only one ever held within the walls of the prison.

The top cells were hot, while the lower cells were cold.  Inmates on the top tiers would often throw objects at the windows in order to break them, allowing cold air in.  The inmates who lived on the first tier were allowed to hang a drape over the lower part of the cell bars in order to keep the drafts out.  At one time a barber shop was set up in the corner of the Cell.

The first women incarcerated in Montana were housed on the third floor of the Federal Building.  Men were housed on lower floors.  The need for a separate women's facility outside the walls soon became apparent.  Women were housed in this facility until 1959. 

The Women's Prison consisted of two large dorm-style areas, a kitchen, dining area, laundry room and matron's quarters.  A hospital room was added in 1926. 

The number of women incarcerated in Montana at any one time was usually fewer than ten.

The women were moved to a building across Main Street, now the Powell County Museum, and later to Warm Springs.  Montana's Women's Prison is now located in Billings.

After the 1959 Riot, the Women's Prison was converted into a Maximum Security facility in order to separate the riot leaders from the rest of the prison population.  The Maximum Security Building contained twenty high security cells and four disciplinary cells.  Most of the cells did not have a toilet, but were equipped with a bucket for human waste.  Disgruntled inmates would sometimes toss their waste buckets (called honey buckets) on the guards.

In 1908, a failed escape attempt from the Federal Building left Deputy Warden John Robinson dead, and Warden Frank Conley with 103 stitches on his back and neck.  The two inmates involved were George Rock and William Hayes.  They were hung in the prison yard.  This sign were my husband and daughter are standing marks the spot were the hanging took place.

There are currently seven towers.  This is tower 2.  When the wall was extended north in 1911, Tower 7 became the main entrance of the prison.  All inmates, guards, and visitors entered and departed through those doors. 

For more information regarding Old Montana Prison, please visit them on the web @

Even though the day was a rainy day, we still made the most of of it.  The self guided tour lasted us a hour and forty-five minutes. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Card

Well, hope all is well this fine and lovely day.  I apologize for not posting yesterday.  We decided to take a day trip and tour Old Montana Prison in Deerlodge, Montana.  It was a self-guided tour and was mostly outside.  What a terrible day to pick an outside event.  It rained the whole entire time.  But we made it the best and had a nice time spending it together.  I will try to post pictures later this week.  But in the meantime, here is a card that I made last year.  I first would like to thank Mary over at CardzTV.  She originally came up with the idea.  I just happened to scrap lift it. 

First you will need the cricut cartridge "A Child's Year".  On Page 31 of the book you will use the top hat (icon), shamrock (shift/icon) and card base.  I used green cardstock "rodeo drive" from www.core' from JoAnn's.  Cut the card base at 5 1/2". 

I then cut the top hat at 2 1/2" in black cardstock.  Attached some green gingham patterned paper to the back.  Stamped white ink all around and finished it up with a green rhinestone in the middle of the shamrock.  Adhered it to the card with foam tape to give it dimension.   Wrapped black gingham ribbon around the face of the card and tied a bow.

I finished the front of the card with two shamrock (1 1/2" and 1 1/4") using green gingham cardstock.  Adhered them to the bottom of the card and glued green rhinestones.  For the inside, I attached another piece of green gingham cardstock.  In the picture below you can see how they show through the front.

You can watch Mary's video here if you should have any questions.  As always, thanks for stopping by and visiting with me. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Lucky to be Irish

After going through my emails this morning.  I decided to make another quick St. Patty's Day card.  This one will be entered into the Mojo Monday 232.  Here is a picture of their sketch.

Now, here is a few pictures and how I made this card.

I started off with a standard A2 card in sparkly green (4 1/4" x 5 1/2").  Layered with black (4" x 5 1/4") and patterned paper (3 3/4" x 5").  Attached both to base card. 

Then I cut another black (1 1/2" x 3 3/4") and a shimmery white (1 1/4" x 3 1/2").  Wrap green ribbon around the white making a bow and then attaching it to the black cardstock.  Finishing it up with a gold rhinestone. 

Finally, I cut another black (2 1/4" x 2 1/2") and gold (2" x 2 1/4").  I stamped "Lucky to be Irish" with black ink on the gold.  Attached the gold to the black and adhered it to the main card.

Thank you for stopping by on this partly cloudy day........

Sunday, March 11, 2012


Wow what a gorgeous weekend it has been.  Tomorrow starts off our "Spring Break" here for the kids.  So, I'm hoping to get some crafting done this week.  But we will see...

Today, I would like to share with you a "Congratulations" card.  This card could be used for multi occasions.  Let's take a look shall we.

The following supplies are needed to make this card.  Base card (4 1/4" x 11") scored in half, cardstock (4" x 5 1/4"), patterned cardstock (3 3/4" x 5"), and another cardstock (3" x 4 1/2").  You will also need the sweethearts cricut cartridge.   On page 40, you will need to cut four hearts at 1 1/2" on blackout (1 - black; 1 - white; 1 - red; 1 - skin tone).  Additionally, you need two 1" circles stamped out of skin tone cardstock.  Other supplies will be ink stamp pads, gems, ribbons and a sentiment stamp.  You can first put the cardstock (4" x 5 1/4") onto base card and set this aside.  Attach the patterned paper with the small cardstock wrapping your ribbons around and tying a bow.  Stamp your sentiment to the bottom of your small cardstock and then set this aside.  Now lets get onto the hearts...

For the lady, you will need to cut from the top a "V" line to form the neck line.  Punch two 1" circles and tape these together.  These will be a mask to do some dark shading under the chest area.  Next punch another two 1" circles out of scrap paper to create the lighter shading with white on the chest.  Now set this aside and let it dry.  With small foam dots attach the two 1" circles to the skin colored heart... about 1/8" of an inch from the top, glue the dress over the top.  Finally, I attached a pearl to the center.


For the mad cut a slit down from the top of the heart no more then 1".  Bend back each side to form the jacket opening and cut a small wedge from each side.  Ink the edges and add a small button.  For the tie, put a knot in the ribbon and snip off any extra and attached it to the white heart with a glue dot.  Attach the black heart to the white heart by adding some foam tape and glue.

Attach the hearts to the smaller cardstock and then attach to the base card.  Now you have a beautiful card. 

As always, thanks for stopping by.  If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment.  Otherwise, have a wonderful Sunday and again thanks for stopping by......

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Good Morning all!!!  I can't believe that next week is already St. Patrick's Day.  So in celebration of the upcoming holiday, I wanted to share with you another St. Patrick's Day card.  I'm sure you all have seen something similar to this one.  It seems to be a very popular cut.  Therefore, for all of us that made this similar design.  A big shout out to all of you.  So without further ado, here is my card.

For this card I used my gypsy to design a shamrock shape card from Paper Dolls Dress Up.  I welded two shamrocks together at 4.5".  The fold for this card is underneath the leprechaun.  I originally outlined the shamrock with black lines, but it just didn't help contrast it.  So I chose to white pen over the black.  I am quite pleased on how it turned out.

For this leprechaun, I used Simply Charmed and cut him out at 3".  After putting him all together I used stickles yellow and orange to give dimension to his buckle, button and eyebrows.  I sponged his cheeks with white ink and used clear glitter pen for his eyes.

After attaching the leprechaun to the shamrock, I finished my card by stamping the standard saying "Happy St. Pattick's Day" on the front of the card. 

Before I sign off, I wanted to let you all know that I have decided to enter this card into the following challenge:  Little Scrap Pieces

Once again thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful and safe weekend. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

St Patrick's Day Card

Hello Thursday All!!!  

Today I'm sharing one of my St. Patrick's Day cards that I've recently made.  The reason I'm sharing this particular one is because I've entered it into the Freshly Made Sketches #25.  Here is their sketch:

Now here is my card:

This sentiment stamp came from Walmart for less than a dollar.

This shamrock stamp also came from Walmart for less than a dollar.

The paper pattern I used is from Paper Patch.  

Thank you all so much for stopping by.  Stay tune for some more St. Patrick's Day cards over the weekend.

Other challenges I've entered this card into are:

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Bride and Groom Wedding Card

Welcome Everyone!!!  First, I would like to send my prayers out to all those that were affected by the tornadoes.  My family lives in Georgia and Indiana and they were very fortunate to have not been affected by the tornadoes. Thank God!!!

Now onto today's card.  There are many different versions of this card online and I knew I had to make one....  My daughter informed me that they had a wedding coming up that they needed a card for.  So they asked me if I had some free time to make them one.  What perfect timing....  Of course, I said, "yes."  I just needed the colors of the wedding party.  They informed me they were going with orange and brown.  So off I went to make the wedding card.  Now, the pictures in this blog sport "purple".  I had forgotten to scan the card in before sending it off to them.  So I had to make another one for this post.  I was very surprised at how easy and fun this card was to make.  And it looks so elegant too!

To create this 5" x 7" tri-fold card, cut a piece of 7" x 12" white cardstock.  Then score it at 3" (for the bride) and 4" (for the groom).

Adhere a 4" x 7" piece of black cardstock on the right flap of the card.

Cut a triangle out of white cardstock and add two (2) rhinestones.  Adhere to the card flap.

The flower is made by folding a purple flower (from the Recollections Floral Embellishments) in half  -- and then fold it in half again -- and fan it out a bit.  Adhere to left side as the boutonniere.

Cut the edge of the card into the shape of the dress.  This of course took some time.  So I would work with a template first and then transfer it onto the card.  I embossed the cuttlebug "Swirls" on the card by using a rolling pin since the card was to big for my cuttlebug.  I left the section in the middle where the ribbon lays blank.  I then took some clear glitter glue and went over the swirls. 

Finally, cut a slit in the fold of the card and thread 5/8" satin ribbon through the slit and adhere it around the card.  Top it with a flower or a rectangular rhinestone.  Then finish it by stamping your sentiment in the inside of the card.  For your matching envelope you will need a 10" x 10" cardstock.  Score at 3 1/4" and 4 1/4".

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Thinking of You

Happy Saturday Everyone!!!  Today I'm sharing a "Thinking of You" card.  I took this idea from Stamping with Julie Gearinger.  She used the CAS sketch #43.  So here is a look of my card and how I made it.

To create this card you will need the following:

black cardstock 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (scored in half)
(6) 1 1/4" patterned squares
(6) 1 3/8" black squares
5/8" black ribbon
4 1/8" x 5 3/8" tan cardstock
3 3/4" x 5" black cardstock
3 5/8" x 4 7/8" cream cardstock
embossing folder
elegant edges cricut cartridge

Use the elegant edges cricut cartridge to cut image on page 25.  I cut the black at 2 1/4" using the shadow/shift function and then again I cut the cream at 2".  I stamped fiskars "all year greetings" thinking of you on the cream cardstock with black ink.

I adhered all six patterned paper to the black squares.  But, before attaching them to the card I had to first emboss the cream cardstock (3 5/8" x 4 7/8").  Then I was able to adhere the squares.

I first made the bow and wrapped the ribbon around the black cardstock (3 3/4" x 5").  Glued down some pearls from "recollection".  Attached everything to the main card.

Finished it up with some smaller pearls from "recollection".  Now I'm ready to send it off.

Thanks for visiting with me again on such a wonderful Saturday.  As always your comments are greatly appreciated.