Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Highlight: Handmade Prima Lollipop Flowers

Do you want to make some cool flowers. These are really fast and easy to make, and look really cool. Julie shows you how on this youtube video, she shows you really easy steps to follow.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

April, Ezekiel and Mia

I was looking at April's facebook and found these really cute pictures. I had to nab them and share them on my blog. My daughter April is so beautiful, and she has beautiful children.
Can you tell I'm proud Ü

Jamie's ready to pop

OK, I can't copy pictures off of snapfish, so you will have to click on the link to see my beautiful daughter Jamie. The time is now down to two weeks. If she does not deliver before the 13Th of March, they will induce her on that day! Which is by the way her daughter Kylie's birthday.

Everybody prayer for this little guy, he is going to have a rough start in life with his heart defect.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ladybug Card

I made this for a challenge on another board. But I think I will send it to someone special.
I used my Creative Memories circle cutter for this card.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Out of the Dark Tunnel and into the Sunshine

A friend of mine sent this to me today.
This is inspiring and a great way to look towards the future!

Out of the Dark Tunnel and into the Sunshine
This morning, on my way to the office, I conducted an impromptu inspection of my little world in Southern California. Despite all the threatening headlines and doom-filled stories of the day, everything was going on just as it has for a very long time.
I didn’t see fewer cars on the freeway and there was not a single For Sale sign in my neighborhood. Schools were bustling with kids and teachers, restaurants were backed up for seating and the sun was shining.
Over the past few months, I’ve received the same email message more times than I care to count. It goes like this:
“Due to recent economic crises, the stock market crash, budget cuts, rising unemployment, unstable world conditions, outsourcing of business, the cost of insurance, electricity, petroleum and taxes of all kinds, we regret to advise you that the Light at the End of the Tunnel has been turned off. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
What makes me cranky is that millions of people believe it. Through no fault of their own, they believe their lives are now intolerable and their futures are doomed to failure while they sit paralyzed in a dark tunnel. They’ve become victims of The Recession.
It is a fact that the national economy of the U.S. is in a downturn, and economists say we are now in a recession. It’s not the first time, nor will it be the last. Whether this recession is worse than any since the Great Depression is not certain. What we do know is that we still have 93 percent employment. Out of more than 10,000 banks in the U.S., fewer than 25 have gone under in the past year. Sure, some national retailers have closed up shop and undoubtedly others will follow, but that’s nothing new. It’s a sure bet that we will not be facing a shortage of stores anytime soon.
This is certainly not to underestimate or diminish what many of my readers are facing now in the wake of job layoffs and challenging times. Just don’t blame the economy or feel sorry for yourself. This is life. Life happens. Perhaps you can begin to see that as a good thing. Think of it as an untimed opportunity to start your own business, change careers or move to another area. Great opportunities often come disguised as crises.
Today, I am renewing my commitment to focus on only those things that are true, honorable, fair, just, pure, acceptable and lovely. I absolutely refuse to get stuck in some dark tunnel where failure is the only option. That’s why I’ve backed my train out of the tunnel and into the bright sunshine of optimism. I’ve plotted my detour, my boilers are stoked and steam is pouring through my engines. It’s full speed ahead.
Are you with me? If so, post a comment on my blog, Money Rules Debt Stinks, at

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Friday Highlight Folio Book

I just love this project that Helen Williams made. I have a ton of these folders. I am going to have to get started on mine now.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Thank you card

I had some left over scraps from the scrapbook layout I did, So I thought I would make a Thank you card. I made the flowers using a 1" punch and a 1/2" punch. I crinkled them, ink them and attached them with an eyelet.

Travel Town Family Fun

Chris, April, Mia and Ezekiel
Ezekiel taking care of Mia

April and Me

Grandpa and Ezekiel

Ezekiel was so excited to see and climb on the trains. I think I was just excited to watch them play. Ezekiel was on the go and wanted to see all the trains. I think Mia like the train ride.

Mia and Me

My daughter April and her husband Chris, and their two children Ezekiel and Mia, come down from Utah to visit with us for awhile. We had the best time with them all. The best part was to wake up in the morning and see two sweet little faces smiling at you. We went to Travel Town and this is one of the pictures I did for my scrapbook.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Highlight: How to use beeswax in paper crafting

If you've ever wanted to learn to use beeswax in your paper crafts but wasn't sure about the whole melting pot set-up, this video is for you. Beeswax adds texture and contributes to that aged look... This youtube is Gauche Alchemy.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Scalloped card

On this card I used my Creative Memories Oval templates. I used the Red, Green and the blue cutting blade for the different sizes of ovals. On the biggest oval I used my decorative scissors for the scallops. The stamp is from Inkadinkado. For the background on the purple cardstock I used a versamark pad. I also used Diamond glaze for the dots on the flower petals. That gives it dimension.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Cuttlebug Folder Album

I made this Cuttlebug Folder album along the lines of the Cuttlebug tags. This is something you can take with you to the store when you go shopping for new folders. It helps you so you don't buy duplicates. I will also keep this at my desk for inspiration, that way I don't have to drag out all the folders to look through to see what I want to use. I picked up this photo album at Wal-mart for $1.00. I liked it because it had a removable front sleeve so I could create my own cover.
Check out Craft Critique.
They are starting the Blog Carnival again Ü

Friday, February 6, 2009

Make your own embossing folder with your Cricut

I think this is a great Idea ProvoCraft has come up with. I can't wait to get my hands on this so I can create my own embossing folder with my Cricut.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Valentines Day Tag Card

Here is a Valentines Day Tag Card that I made. The dimension of the card is 22 x 4 1/4.
I took two 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of cardstock. I cut each cardstock 11 x 4 1/4, I scored the cardstock every three inches. You should have a small section of the card left over on each of the cardstock. That is where you would join them together. Make a template for the top of the tags then on the back side mark where you need to cut off the top to make the tag.
I made a little box to store the tags in.