Wednesday, November 30, 2011

No crafting tonight

Dinner meeting after work. Just got home at 8:15. No crafting tonight. My bed is calling me to it early.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


I made 9 jars of homemade hot cocoa and ran out of Chocolate chips and marshmallows. I still need to make 3 more!.. Adding Martha Stewart Glitter to the cocoa labels I printed yesterday. I will take a picture when they are all complete.

Sana's Village xmas card

I used Santa's Village to cut the patterned background paper and the jack-in-the-box. Plantin schoolbook for the tag. Stampin up stamp.

Monday, November 28, 2011

hot chocolate Jar covers

Every year I make mason jars of homemade hot chocolate mix to give away to friends and family at Christmas. Every year I say this is the last year because it is not cheap to make and every year my kids say but MOM! Any how tonight I worked on making all the labels that will go around the jars. All the pattern paper and labels were printed and cut on the Imagine using Santa's Village. The circles are cut at 2" and fit perfectly in the flat part of the mason jar lid. I plan to start making some of the jars tomorrow. When I get some done I will post what they look like with the labels on.. Takes more than a night to mix 12 batches of hot chocolate mix.

Another scraplift card

I was so in the mood to craft and just relax yesterday but kept staring at my carts with a mental block. When this happens the cricut message boards can be so inspirational.. So with that said this is not an original idea but one from the message boards with minor variations that make it mine. Cart used was Imagine snow angel, spell binders die and cuddle bug embossing folder.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

cricut message board inspiration

This is not an original design!!! I got my inspiration from the circut message board. I used the Imagine snow angels cart, stickles, liquid white opal and a stampin up stamp.

Imagine Santa's Village snowman

Super simple card with an action wobble.. hehehe my daughter thinks the snowman's eyes are creepy!

Friday, November 25, 2011

joy on the mantel

I think that now that the blocks are in place the y looks off.. I may recut and reapply the vinyl to the last block.


I think this flower turned out beautiful and sadly I did not make it. I got florals embellished when ACMoore was having a 4 day sale for cheap!!! My son played with my imagine and Martha Stewart Glitter in various colors created this flower. I think it is beautiful and am going to make it up into a card. hard to believe this started out as white cardstock!

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Making tags while the turkey cooks.. I just had to turn the oven down and cover the bird cause it was cooking way to fast!!! I want to eat at 3 not 1 for goodness sakes. Cut these tags from the Imagine Santas village and added stickles and some solid color matting.

glass blocks

These glass blocks will go in small stands and sit on my living room mantel in the garland.

Happy Thanksgiving

Best wishes for a happy and safe Thanksgiving.. My son made this card. Can you believe it?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

finally crafted tonight

Pictures to be coming.. Glittered class blocks and cut vinyl letters to go on them to put on one of my mantels for Christmas. I got Christmas Village Imagine cart in the mail and started playing with that before The biggest loser came on.. The only show I faithfully watch right now. I am using it as inspiration on my weight watchers journey... I never really watched the show until 2 years ago. I used to bowl in a singles league every Tuesday night for years after my separation and divorce.. I stopped when I took an intense graduate course.. 2 New years ago I watched the biggest loser marathon on new years day and motivated myself to lose 28 pounds.. Then i had surgery...My son lost his job and moved home.. I had more surgery from a hernia from my original surgery and I gained everything back.... I am determined to lose it one pound at a time now... Expect bad weeks and say that is okay but keep the journey going to good health. I promised Linda I would do it.. We both signed up to win the million from Dr. Oz. I figure since her life was taken from us I can still do this for both of us.

Friday, November 18, 2011

wine bottle tags

I got this wine bottle tag die from papertrey in to dress up bottles of wine that I am giving for Christmas. I used a stamp I got at ckc last summer and used water color markers so the ink would not bleed through to the back. I will be inking the edges but the stickles was still wet when I took this picture.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Thanksgiving place card/treat holders... The turkey was cut at 4" on the Imagine using the enjoy the seasons cart. I layered the wing and head piece with pop-ups. The box behind was cut from tags, bags, boxes and more cart as large as I could make it on the gypsy. I had originally designed it in the cricut craft room and flood filled it with a nice textured box over the plain brown but there is a glitch in the craft room right now with the Imagine . Sometimes it works fine some times it prints and doesn't cut.. I cut one fine but then it just started printing. Since I needed 8 of these I did NOT want to waste lots of ink getting the thing to finally print and cut 8 of these so I went to brown and gold boxes because I didn't have enough of all the same of any one color.. Okay how does that happen when my son says I need a paper intervention.. Problem is I never have enough of the solid colors to go with all of my pattern paper. It's pattern paper I need an intervention for. hehehehe

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

non-crafting post

I have to say that I have NEVER had a season like this past fall where I had so many people I was connected with pass. It has definitely sapped my energy in all aspects of my life. I no sooner feel like I recover from one loss when I get hit with another. Because of this my crafting has slowed down while I mourn losses and regroup. On top of that I struggle with being a single mom that now has two beautiful children who worked hard to get through school.. my son 26 living home unable to find work for almost 2 years ( layed off from a job in NYC) with an MBA and my daughter a spring graduate with a BSN in nursing looking for work.... Breaks my heart and my bank account. My food bill has tripled, utilities are up in all areas and my 20 somethings don't get that momma doesn't get child support anymore but I am paying for everything I did when I got it. I read the paper and overseas is settling into a recession as well. I don't think that bodes well for us. I have to say that I am eternally thankful for my job so I can support my children and provide for what we need. With that said I have learned that in the crafting life there is a big void between want and need. I need atg tape to compete a project with supplies on hand. I do not need the latest hello Thursday release at top dollar prices.

November is for Thanks.. I am thankful for my God, children, my home, my mother, my MIL, my brothers and their wives and families, my ex and his siblings, My job, my friends, scrapping Friends, church, extended nieces and nephew, supportive colleagues and just life in general. After all these friends and family losses all you can do is be thankful for life and the ones you love.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Easy nugget coverage

I like to cover nuggets and put them into containers for the holidays. Found a way easier way that cutting paper and taping on. I flood fill a rectangle shape the size of the mailing labels with the imagine. The labels are the perfect size to peel and cover the nugget.

Monday, November 14, 2011


We are going to have sneaker/wear purple every Wednesday at work to raise money to plant a nice purple flowering tree along with a bench. I made this sigh to put on the jug where people will drop their money on Wednesdays. I didn't have a cart that had a bench.. the only one I found was on a sports cart I don't have but I thought this would be okay. Several people didn't like calling it a memorial fund so I came up with this name instead.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thanksgiving card

I colored 4 of this Stamp by Judith the other night. Last night I made them up into 4 thanksgiving cards. The patterned paper is from K&Company fall stack. The solids are recollections and the card base papertrey ink..

Having fun tonight playing in the cricut craft room. I played a few times when it was in beta but had problems with printing and cutting on the Imagine. Tonight it worked slow but beautiful. Making place setting favor boxes for Thanksgiving. Will post a picture when I am done them another night.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

sympathy card

A dear high school friend called this morning to tell me that her son had passed away last night. He had struggled with depression and substance abuse for years and they had had him in treatment centers several times. I guess he just gave up. Anyhow, I started going through my carts trying to find the right image to make a sympathy card for her. When I saw this bird soaring upwards on the pagoda cart I knew it was the image to send her. At least now her son is free.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

desk banner

We have a secretary being transferred to my school starting Monday.. I wanted to welcome her. I know she collects cows... I made this to put across her desk when she walks in on Monday. The cows are create-a-critter, the blue mats are elegant edges and the lettering is simply sweet.

November Wreath

I used a K&Company fall stack for the floret paper. All the embellishments were done with the Imagine Enjoy the Season.