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Archive for May, 2010

Fathers Day Challenge

any card maker will tell you, the most challenging is making a card for a male. We cant fancy them up, glitter them up, add a bunch of bling…
so today I answered to a Fathers day challenge… I have to make a couple of those anyway, so I might as well use this to challenge myself as well.
The font used was Lyrical Letters cartridge for the word dad, base camp for the rest. the trees were from potpourri basket which I cut a few times and layered. the paper is from a retired CM paper pack.. im down to my last sheet I really loved this one.


Retirement Card

A friend of mine is retiring after 31 years of teaching. My husband decided to help design the card. He is naturally a jokester, but I have to admit, it was pretty good. He came up with the sentiment “To a person outstanding in their field” The funniest part of this is she was also raised on a farm. By his suggestion, I should put a farmgirl in a field on the front, and the sentiment inside the card.. a person out standing in a their field, vs a person outstanding in their field. I used the basecamp cartridge for the sentiment, and Everyday paper dolls for the farmgirl, her clothing and the cornstalks. The yellow corn is from the Dreams come true cartridge. She will undoubtingly love it, as she knows what a jokester my hubby is… kind of fun having him help, as long as he stays out of my crop room… LOL


Today I decided to use up some of my old photo mats for my cards. They work out wonderfully. In this first card, I used the Cricut Cartridge, George for all the cuts. I love the peach with polka dot paper, and I have talked myself into using it instead of saving it. I end up with so much paper since we continually come out with new papers Just gotta do it. LOL

For this second card the challenge was to make a patriotic card. I again used a bunch of paper that was in my scraps. From the colors I would say it was from the primary power palette. I used the Stand and Salute cartrige, base camp and george.

For these one, I used all scraps from my scrap drawer as well. I used the Jubilee cartridge for the tag, plantin schoolbook for the zigzag, and george. I created the digital stamp with my Creative Memories Storybook Plus. I love being able to make my own stamps out of any of the fonts I can download.

I’ll probably do a few more later. Have to go pick up my son from school.

This is why I love power palettes

Creative Memories Power Palettes were made to make things easier to pick out matching items for a page. I must admit, at first I thought who cares. I then went to a consultant crop and took only my power palettes to see how easy it really was. I got three times more pages done than I ever had before. Everything coordinates which takes the what color goes with this or that out of your cropping. Sort of like when you buy wallpaper and matching borders. I love working with them.
For this page (yes another page for my nieces album) I grabbed the Primary Power palette. Now the one with those colors is called classic. I simply pulled two papers out, which gave me four options right away, because they are different on each side. My main focus was red, white and blue which are the school colors. I added the white as well. I used the Cricut Everyday paper dolls cartridge for the cheerleading outfit and pom poms and the megaphone. I used the Hello Kitty font for the title. It took me less than a half hour to complete this entire page… all due to not having to rumage through all of my papers and make decisions… Love the page and got it finished fast… that is perfect for me. If you havent tried them, do.. I promise they will do exactly what they say they do… get great pages done more quickly

hmmmm a challenge for me again.. I love a challenge

For this challege we were to use yellow, brown and green. I went through my scraps (I have a ton) and found what I needed for this color challenge. The stems are from the gypsy wanderings cartridge, the thinking of you from don juan. The flowers, and paper are cm. The border I made with my gypsy, so I can use it over and over again.
I love playing with the Creative Memories flowers. I love that they are made of paper, so I can emboss them, or bend them into the position that I want, and they stay that way. I have also added highlights to them sometimes, by using my pens. Curl them around a pencil to get even added dimension.

Have to share something with you….

One of my customers has a huge group of friends that stayed close after college. She bought one of the Beautiful day paper albums from me.
After she left, I though to myself I wonder what she is going to use that for. I finally remembered to email her to ask her what she did with it. One of their group lives in Nebraska now… and it was her birthday. All of the girls that still live around here, got together and recorded them singing “Happy Birthday” to her, and filled the album with pictures of them all being together… How neat is that? I never would have thought of that. I hear she loved it sooo much that it brought tears to her eyes, since she is missing her friends. I thought it was a wonderful idea and I wanted to share it with you…


to check for the freebies on my cm website… go to
click on project center, then digital project ideas, and then digital freebies..
there is a huge assortment of freebies for you to download as you wish.

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