Keeper of the Stars

I designed this card on my Gypsy last month while on vacation in Alabama. I was inspired by a wall hanging I saw in a 'flea mall' there but just got around to cutting and putting it together last night.

For this card I used:

Gypsy Wanderings for the snowman cut at 4"

Gypsy Font for the words welded and cut to the sizes needed

A Child's Year for the stars cut at 3/4"

The next time I make this card though I'll have to chose a different color for my words or put it on a less color back drop. ;o)

I pray that you all have a very blessed and Merry Christmas!

Christmas Decor House Project

This year I made a few of my Christmas presents and this is one that I did for my mom. Growing up I can only remember one time that we ever had a family picture taken and I wanted to capture that in a unique way for my mom.

My house was created off directions found at Scrapbooks, etc. but enlarged to suit my needs. By that I mean that my house stands over a foot tall and about 7 inches wide and it's made from foam core board.

For the inside of my house I used a 4x6 picture which was framed using Accent Essentials.

The word "memories" is from Home Decor and cut at 1" tall

My fireplace was cut from Joys of the Season at 4.25". I then traced the outline on a piece of foam core board, cut it out, adhered the fireplace layers and then adhered that to the back wall of the house.

My stockings are cut from Christmas Noel, Joys of the Season and Christmas Cheer - all at 1".

The candle on the fireplace is from Christmas Noel - cut at 1"

My puppy is from Sweethearts and is cut at 2"

My Christmas tree is my first attempt ever at creating a ribbon tree. Howeve, I cut the styrofoam cone in half so that I could set the tree flush on the wall so as not to take up all the floor space.

Pahl is my maiden name and is cut from Winter Woodland.

The snowy eaves are from Winter Woodland and were cut to fit the roof size needed. I then ran them through my Xyron and applied MS snow glitters.

New Year's Celebration CCC Challenge

This week's challenge for Cricut Cardz Challenge was to use any cartridge and colors we wanted to create a New Year's theme card. Since New Year's is supposed to be a time of joy, anticipation and celebration I was thinking fireworks and the brilliant displays of color seen during the show. Going with that idea I chose a colorful background on which to base my card.

Then I wanted to capture a couple of images that go with the theme but at the same time I didn't want to over do it. So I went with "fireworks", wine glasses and a calendar to tie them together.

For this card I used:

Designer's Calendar for January cut at 1.5"

Graphically Speaking for 2010 cut at 1"

Stand and Salute for the fireworks cut at 1.5"

Stretch Your Imagination for the wineglasses cut at 2"

The calendar was created in Excel.

Snowflake Pop Up

This week's Cricut Cardz Challenge was to make a card using one or more things that begin with the letter S. I chose a snowman and snowflakes. And I used a combination of Cricut and Sizzix this week.

A couple weeks ago I purchased one of the new snowflake pop up dies from Sizzix when they were on sale at 40% off. And this card was inspired by the picture that was included with that die.

For the outside of the card I used Winter Woodland.
For the inside I used

Doodlecharms for the snowman,

George for the window frame

and Speaking of Winter for the snowman's hat

Support Out Troops - Thank you card

Today's card is one that is near and dear to my heart thanks to being a military "brat" of a retired US Air Force Master Sergeant and granddaughter to a retired WWII Army pilot. I remember growing up listening to my dad and grandad have their little teasing sessions of which military branch was better and why. Oh how I miss those days....

When Michael's had their Thanksgiving day sale dh took me in the hopes of finding some of the newly released cartridges. But there were none to be had other than the ones I already owned. So as I politely made my way through the crowd of ladies whose arms were fully of 7, 8, 9 cartridges I chose Stand and Salute and Sweet Treats.

That night I sat down in my mother-in-law's living room with my Gypsy and began to play. For this card I used Stand and Salute and Paper Pups.

The inside sentiment says "Thank you for your service and dedication to our country"

Santa Claus is Coming

Last night I sat down and tried my hand at using the new Sizix pop up dies that I had purchased a couple weeks ago. This is the first one. The other one you'll have to wait to see because I also used it as part of this week's Cricut Cardz Challenge.

Since this was my first time using these die sets and piecing everything together it was certainly a learning experience and I saw a couple things that I'll change for the next time I use them. But I'm still pleased with the outcome.

Psalm 149:3 - Dance

Another simplistic card. This one was inspired by a picture I saw in one of the "flea malls" in Birmingham. I used Joys of the Season for the ballerina and George for the oval.

The inside says, "Let them praise his name with dancing"

Romans 10:15 - Beautiful Feet

This card was inspired by a picture I saw. Needless to say it's kind of given me a new direction for some of my cardmaking and in the days and weeks ahead you'll start seeing more cards designed around a Scripture.

For this card though I used Life's a Beach.

Season's Greetings Stair Step Card

This week's challenge for Cricut Cardz Challenge was to make a Christmas themed stair step card using any cartridge we wanted. When I heard this I thought "Great, I've been wanting to try one of those". And then I chose my base paper......For me it was a little more difficult than I thought it would be, but not as much as last week's tunnel card. Why? you ask. Because I'm more of a scenery type designer and using the techniques we have for the past couple weeks don't really allow for that.

I did it though. I made my card and I'm pleased with the end result.

For this card I used:

Joys of the Season for the reindeer cut at 4 1/2"

Winter Woodland for the season's greetings cut at 1 1/4"

And my little elf is a sticker that I found last season at Hobby Lobby on clearance.