Friday, October 30, 2009

I am so EXCITED!!

Imaginisce is featuring the projects that I created on their blog today!! I just can't believe it! I contacted Lori at Imaginisce about the AWESOME Polar Express November Card Kit from Paper Popsicles! I told her that I was having so much fun working with their Polar Expressions collection, and she then told me that she would feature ME, this fantastic card kit, and Paper Popsicles on the Imaginisce blog! How cool is that!?! Thank you Lori! Please go check it out on the Imaginisce blog, and be sure to leave a comment!

I'll be showing you MORE of the projects up close in the next couple of days! I had so much fun creating with this kit! Look at how many Christmas cards I already have made!!

I hope you're having a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Merry & Bright

This is a card that features an ornament and a sentiment from the fantastic NEW Bulbs For The Tree Printable Stamp Set from The Cutting Cafe'. I did some paper piecing with Basic Grey paper, and I used my Martha Stewart loopy punch. I added some sheer ribbon and a trio of red Kaiser Pearls. It's VERY gloomy here today, so the photo is not the best. I really love the way this turned out though! You can click on the photo to see it larger.

I hope you're having a great day. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


This card is for two challenges over at Paper Popsicles. First, it's based on Tricia's Wacky Wednesday Sketch #5, and it's also for Lora's "fortune of color" purple challenge. I don't "do" purple. It's not my favorite color, and I really don't use it in crafting. So creating a card in purple WAS a challenge for me! Thank goodness it's close to Halloween, and luckily for me, I came across a perfect cardstock sticker all in purple! After that, my card was EASY! So, two challenges . . . DONE! Play along if you get a chance!

I hope you're having a great day. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sassy GIRL Pumpkin

This is my sassy GIRL pumpkin that I created with the pumpkin shaped card template that was the Friday Freebie over at Paper Popsicles. Since it's Monday Madness Show 'N Tell, I thought I would show her to you! Isn't she fancy? I hand cut the eyes, nose, and mouth. I love the eyelashes! I add googly eyes, a flower, and a button. I think I need to send this to my niece! I'm thinking she'll really like it!

I hope you had an excellent weekend! Enjoy your Monday. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thinking of You

I made this card for a very special blogging friend. I just mailed it yesterday. I hope she likes it when she gets it! This card is based on the Wacky Wednesday card sketch #4 over at Paper Popsicles. Play along! The random winner of the card sketch gets a $10 gift certificate to the Paper Popsicles store. That's an awesome prize!

Also today at Paper Popsicles, it is Freebie Friday! You can get a FREE pumpkin shaped card template. Visit the blog for more information.

Melissa also got some NEW items stocked in the Paper Popsicles online store! She just listed Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg and Basic Grey Nook & Pantry! I made a huge purchase of the Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg! I can't wait to get it!

I hope you have a fabulous Friday and an awesome weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Where's Dale?

I am just thrilled when I get another Disney layout done! They're so fun to work on, but there's just not enough time in the day! This layout is based on a sketch that is posted on the Paper Popsicles blog. The sketch worked great for this awesome photo of Emily and Jessica with Chip at Epcot. The journaling reads, "On November 11, 2008, while we were at Epcot, Emily & Jessica got a chance to meet Chip and get his autograph. However, since Chip & Dale are always together, I just kept wondering . . . " "Where's Dale?" That really IS what I was thinking! I still don't know where Dale was! Anyway, this layout is Scenic Route papers, journaling die cut, and arrows. I used my Martha Stewart loopy punch on the photo mat, and I also added some American Crafts ribbon. You can click on the layout to see it larger. I think this turned out really CUTE!

I hope you have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cards for Swap

We're having a fall card swap over at Paper Popsicles, and this is the card that I made for everyone. I didn't really do a fall theme, but I did select fall colors! I love the sentiment, "too much of a good thing is simply wonderful!", and I couldn't agree with it more! I used My Mind's Eye papers, my Martha Stewart loopy punch, and a Prima. I really like the way these turned out, and I hope everyone in the swap likes them too!

Here are all of the cards! I love the color combination!

I hope you have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Freebie Friday at Paper Popsicles!

It's Freebie Friday at Paper Popsicles! Check out the blog to see what you need to do to get the witch boot shaped card template for FREE! It's so fun and perfect for Halloween!

This is the card that I made with this AWESOME template! Isn't it fun!?!

I hope you have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wacky Wednesday Hump Day Sketch #3

This is a card I made for Tricia's Wacky Wednesday Hump Day Sketch #3 over on the Paper Popsicles blog. I used papers and chipboard from the $1 spot at Target. I also used a Fiskars punch to get that cool "square" shape. I tied on some sheer black ribbon, and I really like how you can still read through it.

Here's the sketch! Play along if you get a chance. You could win a $10 gift certificate to the Paper Popsicles online store! Now, that's an awesome prize!

I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Let's Eat!

Anyone who really knows me knows that I really love to eat! The sentiment "Let's Eat!" from the Happy Thanksgiving Huge Word Circle Word set available at The Cutting Cafe', just cracked me up, and I just had to feature it on a Thanksgiving card. Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for everything wonderful in our lives, but it is also a time to eat! I used My Mind's Eye papers, my Martha Stewart loopy punch, some raffia, a button trio, a maple leaf brad, and lots of distress ink. I love all of the colors on these papers! It's very gloomy outside today, so I had a tough time getting a good photo. You can click on the card to see it larger.

I hope you have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday Madness Show 'N Tell

This is my Friday Freebie image from Paper Popsicles. Every Friday, Paper Popsicles gives away a free digital image or shaped card. This is Oliver the cowboy. Isn't he cute? So, today is Monday Madness Show 'N Tell at Paper Popsicles. You should show us what you did with your Friday Freebie image! I used mine on this card, which also uses Tricia's Wacking Wednesday Hump Day Sketch #2. I used Cosmo Cricket Get Happy papers. I think this is CUTE! So, if you got the Friday Freebie image, be sure to link up your creation using the image!

I hope you're having a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Another Halloween Project!

I have another Halloween project to show you today. My girls and I worked on these decorations. We made "witches' brooms" with lunch-size paper bags. The other paper bags (in the center above) are smaller, were purchased at Michael's, and we're going to make those too, fill them with candy, and use pretzel rods for the handles. I'll show you those sometime before Halloween! I also got out some raffia. I got the raffia from a corporate gift basket that my husband received a while ago. Gotta love that . . . it was FREE!

Cut the bags in thin strips. Do not cut into the bottom of the bag.

Take a second bag, and cut thin strips down 2" - 3". This will be your inside bag.

Here's just a close up of the inside bag with the shorter cut strips.

The outside bag needs to be opened. You will open the inside bag, and place it on top of this bag. If you want, you can fill the inside bag with candy. We filled ours with plastic bags from the grocery store, because we want ours to be a decoration.

Gather the outside bags with all of the strips cut, and tie all of the strips together with the raffia. My girls were working on this too!

I then got out all of my Halloween stamps (there are dog stamps in one of the containers too!), scraps of patterned paper (we all ended up using the Rusty Pickle scraps!), a black ink pad, and a paper trimmer (thank goodness I got that paper trimmer for FREE, because it kinda stinks!)

We all stamped a couple of image, cut them to size, and then tied them to our brooms! The last touch was a stick for the broom handle. I picked these up off the ground while taking Princess for a walk. I was worried about embedded bugs, so I washed them in VERY hot water with soap. You can click on the photo to see them larger. They turned out really CUTE!

Here they are outside on a bench on our front porch. In the two photos above, they were created by (from left to right) Emily, me, and Jessica.

Here they are in front of our fireplace (yes, our fireplace is empty! We need some gas logs!) This time they were created by (from left to right), Jessica, me, and Emily. Aren't these fun!?! Be sure to click on the photos to see them larger! We'll be making the candy bags with the pretzel rod handles soon! I'll be sure to post them!

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Welcome to Paper Popsicles' second blog hop, our CREEPY, CRAWLY, Blog STOMP! Today, we hope that as you go around to each of our creative team members' blogs, you will find inspiration, some tricks, and perhaps some TREATS! If you stumbled upon my blog from Lora's blog, GREAT, you are on the right track! If you didn't come from Lora's blog, you will want to start at the PAPER POPSICLES BLOG! My blog is your SIXTH stop!

Our porch lights are now on! As you move from one blog to the next, you will collect a TREAT (a word or words). Gather all the treats to make a ghoulish saying and email your phrase to Melissa at For your efforts, you will be entered into a random draw to win a fantastic prize—The Loud Talker Kit from October!!!! Please leave a comment on EVERY blog during our stomp....otherwise you might miss out on some other free treats!!!! You can get a glimpse of some of the other goodies up for grabs on this post on the Paper Popsicles blog! OH, I almost forgot! Paper Popsicles is screaming with great deals today!! Go to the Paper Popsicles online store and get 25% off everything in the store and 50% off all clearance! This sale is good TODAY, October 10th only.

As an additional TREAT, you can copy and save this digital image FREEBIE!! This image will be FREE today only! Click on it to enlarge it, and then save it to your computer! Isn't he CUTE!?!

This is the AMAZING October Loud Talker kit that is the GRAND PRIZE for the Creepy, Crawly, Blog Stomp! It's filled with Sassafras goodness and amazing goodies! WOW, what a prize!
Now I want to share with you MY ghoulish project!! I made Halloween Treat Bags with Decorated Toppers! These are fun and very easy to make! This is an awesome project for kids to take to school for all of their friends!

I started off by gathering some fun Halloween papers (Haunted by Cosmo Cricket which are available in the Paper Popsicles online store, and they are on SALE today!!), snack size baggies, some cardstock, and some awesome Halloween stamps by Pink Paislee. And of course, there is CANDY!

I measured the width of the bag. My bag is 6.5" wide.

I'm going to make the base of the bag topper with cardstock, and I'm going to decorate it with patterned paper.

I cut my cardstock 6.5" wide, and I want it to be 1.5" tall, so I cut it 3" (half will be in front, and the other half will be in back.) I then score the 6.5" x 3" piece of cardstock at 1.5".

Then, I cut my patterned paper to mount on top of the topper sheet. So, this patterned paper was cut 6.25" x 1.25" so that it would sit matted on the bag topper front.

I fill the snack size baggie with candy, and I attach the cardstock topper. In order for it to stay secure during stapling, I add a little bit of adhesive to hold the bag in place.

I then staple three times. I make sure to staple to the front. I want the smooth edges of the staple in the back. I also make sure that I staple OVER the zip loc strip. This just makes it more secure.

If I planned on JUST decorating the front (which you can do if you want to save on patterned paper), I would want the SMOOTH part of the staple to the back. That way, no one can hurt their fingers on the staples.

Now, I stamp some fun Halloween stamps on scraps of paper. I love these Pink Paislee stamps! (BTW, these stamps are one of the MANY prizes during the blog stomp!!)

I add the patterned paper to the bag topper cardstock (hiding the staples!), and I add the cut out stamped images too. I also used my Cropadile to punch two holes in each topper, and I added some ribbon!

Here are my finished Halloween Treat Bags with Decorated Toppers! What do you think? I think they're SPOOKTACULAR!! You can click on any of the photos to see them larger.

I guess you want your other treat too? The treat on my blog is "SCREAM AND".

Now that you have been scared into the season, don’t forget to leave a comment, then head over to Amy's blog next!

  1. Tricia
  2. Lynda
  3. Cassie
  4. Valerie
  5. Lora
  6. Carol <--- YOU ARE HERE!!
  8. Jen
  9. Robyn

Enjoy the rest of the Paper Popsicles Creepy, Crawly, Blog Stomp!! I hope you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Creepy, Crawly, Blog Stomp is Tomorrow!

Paper Popsicles CREEPY, CRAWLY, BLOG STOMP is tomorrow, October 10th!! Start at the Paper Popsicles blog any time after 8 a.m. CST. It's going to be a SCREAM!! See you then!!

Paper Popsicles Freebie Friday!

Today's Paper Popsicles' Freebie Friday image is Oliver! Check him out and get all of the information on ordering him on the Paper Popsicles blog. Remember, Oliver is only FREE today, October 9th. After that he will be available in the store for purchase.

Paper Popsicles Guest Design Team Call!

Paper Popsicles is looking for 3 Guest Designers for NOVEMBER!! A digital stamp guest designer, a shaped card template guest designer, and a product guest designer. Interested??? Here are the specifics on each.

Digital Stamp Designer:You will be given 5 digital stamp images to work with. We would like 1 used in a layout and the others as cards or tags or used on an altered item. You will be supplied with the digital images only.

Guest Designer: You will receive goodies from the store to use for creating a minimum of 3 layouts. Materials will be from different manufacturers but will coordinate so you can mix and match.

Shaped Card Template Designer: You will be given 5 shaped card templates to work with. We want each template to be made into a card. You will be supplied with the digital file for the shaped card templates only.

Are you interested? This is what to do to apply:

1. You'll need to send us at least 3 samples of your best work. Three digitals from our store or elsewhere to apply for the digital stamp guest designer. Three layouts with supplies from our store or elsewhere for the Guest Designer. Three cards with supplies from our store or elsewhere for the shaped card template designer.

2. You need to be active in the community….so get chatting…we want to see what you are all about….

3. You need to be active in the gallery….show us your stuff….leave some love... If you don't have an album let us know and it will be made for you.

4. Send your entries to

You have until the October 31st at midnight to complete these steps if you would like to be considered. So...what are you waiting for....get busy!!! For the digital stamp and shaped card template we welcome ALL TO APPLY! We are accepting applicants from the U.S. & Canada only for the Guest Designer. The winner will be selected from those that satisfy the requirements and will be contacted after November 1st. Questions:

Thursday, October 8, 2009


This is a card that I created for a Unity Challenge on SCS. The challenge was to create a card that's shiny and glittery. I used my Le Chic Vintage stamp set and Jillibean papers. The diamond plate is metallic tape that I ran through my Cuttlebug. I added a couple of fun Making Memories buttons on silver cord. I added rhinestones and glitter Thickers, and I painted on some Shimmerz and Blingz. This card is very shiny and glittery!

I hope you're having a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


My winner for the Merry Christmas Background Printable Stamp from The Cutting Cafe' is: Brenda. Congratulations Brenda! Send me an email from my profile page, and I will send you the printable stamp! Enjoy!

Over The Top!

My blogging friend Joanne presented me with this award! Thanks Joanne! This award comes with a survey that I have to fill out, and I can only use one word to answer the questions. Here goes!

1. Where is your cell phone? Purse
2. Your hair? Messy
3. Your mother? Loving
4. Your father? Silly
5. Your favorite food? Pizza
6. Your dream last night? Weird!
7. Your favorite drink? Water
8. Your dream/goal? Happiness
9. What room are you in? Family Room
10. Your hobby? Crafting
11. Your fear? Violence
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Here!
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. Something that you aren’t? Skinny
15. Muffins? Pumpkin
16. Wish list item? Fitness
17. Where did you grow up? Crestwood
18. Last thing you did? E-mail
19. What are you wearing? Sweats
20. Your TV? On
21. Your pets? Princess
22. Friends? Wonderful
23. Your life? Amazing
24. Your mood? Good
25. Missing someone? Girls
26. Vehicle? Venture
27. Something you’re not wearing? Shoes
28. Your favorite store? Target
29. Your favorite color? Red
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Recently
32. Your best friend? Dave
33. One place that I go to over and over? Berkot’s
34. One person who emails me regularly? Chris
35. Favorite place to eat? Nancy’s

I'm supposed to pass this on to six bloggers, so I'm going to pass it to six of my Paper Popsicles design teams friends: Cassie, Lora, Lynda, Robyn, Tricia, and Valerie! I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

Happy World Cardmaking Day! Go grab a cup of coffee, because I have a lot to tell you about today! I love this day . . . because, obviously, I love making cards!

This first card features an AWESOME printable background stamp created by the very talented Regina at The Cutting Cafe'. Here's what else is totally cool . . . I'm giving this Merry Christmas Background printable stamp away in a random drawing! So, if you love it, and you would like to have a chance to win it, leave me a comment! I will draw for it on Tuesday! So, I printed the background stamp directly on my Making Memories ledger paper, I added a crimped Christmas tag, a felt flower, a button threaded with twine (thanks for the twine Chris!), and a rhinestone trio. I love it!

Next, I created some crimped envelope cards for our World Cardmaking Day celebration at Paper Popsicles! If you're looking for some inspiration, please come hang out with us! There are tutorials, and PRIZES! The Paper Popsicles message board is such a great place to be! Come join us today!

This is a Halloween version of the crimped envelope card! Look, it has some candy inside!!

I also posted about color and design inspiration being found anywhere! I just so happen to find mine in Target! I love that store, and I love these pillows. I actually took a picture of them when I was shopping with my girls! I was inspired by both, but I used the rainbow pillow as inspiration for a card!

Here's my rainbow card! I used all paper scraps! I kept the sentiment simple with a Stampin' Up stamp which I cut out with my Coluzzle, and I added some sheer ribbon. I think this is a FUN card! So, check out more inspiration at Paper Popsicles today! There will also be a lot of posts on the blog throughout the day! Have fun!! Be inspired! Get creative!

Have a GREAT day! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Freebie Friday!

It's FREEBIE Friday at Paper Popsicles! You can get this adorable printable image for FREE! You can ONLY get it TODAY for free, so check out the Paper Popsicles blog for the instructions on how to order it from the Paper Popsicles online store!! While you're there, check out the NEW AWESOME October kits!
Be sure to also stop by Paper Popsicles tomorrow for World Card Making Day! We'll be celebrating by chatting, creating, and posting some fun tutorials to get your creative mojo flowing! It's going to be FUN!

I hope you have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

More Reveal Cards & A Sketch!

There is a Wacky Wednesday sketch on the Paper Popsicles blog. I created a card using Tricia's awesome sketch! Play along! The random drawn winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the Paper Popsicles Store! My card features Sassafras! Isn't that feltie cute?

Here are four more cards that I created using the AWESOME October card kit at Paper Popsicles! I loved creating with this kit! Check out all of the monthly kits at the online store!

All of these cards are 3x3. I love this size for gifts! Aren't they cute? The ribbon, self-adhesive chipboard, and papers are just gorgeous! Love it!

I hope you're having a great day! Thanks for stopping by!