Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ready for some artwork?

Are you ready for some artwork?  I thought so, I'm sure you are probably saying, "It's about time!"

Here is what I created using the new Wonderland paper pack.  I think I used the new CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge on all my artwork this time.  I am addicted to that thing!
I used the new Foundry Metal Pin clips on this card.  I love them and I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot more of them from me.
Don't you just love how well the stamp matches up to the Cricut-cut snowflake?  It is so easy with our clear acrylic stamps!
Speaking of Cricut...anyone in the market for a great used 6" machine?  I have mine for sale now that I broke down and bought the Expression machine.  Contact me right away if you are interested in purchasing it from me.

**Just an update:   The Cricut is sold.  Thanks everyone for your interest, though!  Gosh, maybe I should have put it out on bids!  LOL!

Happy Scrappin'

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

3 Day for the Cure

I had an absolutely amazing weekend.  I worked at the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure Breast Cancer Walk.  I was exhausted from working the weekend, but those ladies (and men) that walked the 60 miles in those 3 days sure were inspiring!  It was heartbreaking, exciting, fun, hard work, happy, sad...everything all at the same time.

I can hardly wait because I will be walking in it next year!  Yeppers, you heard me correctly, I will be walking 60 miles in 3 days next August.  I will be posting at a later date how you can donate to the cause if that is something you wish to do.  I will have to raise a lot of money to do the walk, but it is so worth it.  I will be walking for 2 of my Aunts that have Breast Cancer - and for anyone else that you mention to me.  I feel so strongly about this that I think the fund-raising will be totally worth it!

Here are a few pictures from the weekend-not many, though, as I was really busy working.  I got to see every walker come in and finish up the 60 miles on Sunday.  I got to scan their badges and give them a Victory T-shirt :)
Congratulations to all the walkers, but especially my friends Sandy and Bonnie!  I will be walking right beside you girls next year :)

Happy Scrappin'

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rhubarb Slush

I have a super yummy recipe for you tonight.  Yes, I am enjoying a glassful as we speak.  It's been a pretty stressful evening...hopefully that all comes to an end in about a week!  Yeah,yeah, I drank part of this before I thought to take the photo :)
Thanks go out to my friend Conni for sharing her recipe for this slush with me!  It sounded so good, I had to make a batch right away - ok, make that 2 batches!

Rhubarb Slush

8 cups rhubarb
3 cups sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 quarts water
1 small package strawberry jello
2 cups rum (only, I used vodka in mine, I guess...didn't even realize this mistake until just now while I am re-typing it - the vodka is super yummy, too, though!)

In a large pot, combine rhubarb, sugar, lemon juice, and water.  Cook until rhubarb is soft.  Strain mixture to remove pulp.  Add jello to the mixture and allow it to cool.  Add alcohol.  Place in a large plastic container and put in freezer.  To serve, fill a glass 1/2 to 3/4 full of the slush mixture and add 7-up.
Now, I actually made one batch just like the recipe said (or so I thought...I guess I used Vodka instead of rum, but it's great that way, too!) and the second batch, I made without the alcohol and just am using it more like a punch (keep it in the fridge instead of the freezer).  It is really good that way, too :)

**Side note here, don't throw away the pulpy part you strain - it makes a yummy sauce to top  ice cream with - or just to eat!

Happy Scrappin'

Friday, August 12, 2011

Another Cricut card

I just can't get enough of this wonderful CTMH exclusive Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge!  I am so happy that I am once again playing with my toy that had previously just been sitting on my counter collecting dust.  I am happy to report that it is working fabulously :)

Here is the card that the guests at my party the other night got to make.  It was a monogram card using the Typeset paper pack and they were able to use their own initials using the new Trinity E-sized Alpha stamp set (at a new lower price, too!)  All the pieces were cut out using the Cricut.  Just look at how cute that scalloped circle is.  It was so easy to stamp on it perfectly using our clear acrylic stamps that are made so they match the Cricut shapes perfectly.  Not a single person at the party 'messed up' their stamping!  Easy, peasy...just the way I like it :)
When you book a party with me, each guest gets to make a card all their very own such as this one.  I love to be able to put stamps in people's hands for the first time and have them be able to do a great job so easily. Everyone seems to think it's too hard for them to create, but once you learn how, it really is just that simple.  Let me know when you'd like to book your party and I'll make it happen-hurry, may calendar is starting to fill up fast!

Happy Scrappin'

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Cricut invitation

You, too, could have this handmade Cricut invitation sent out for you.  How, you ask?  All you have to do is host a party with me and I will make these invitations and send them out for you (or another version of this card).  It's pretty simple, really!
I love the simplicity of this card - it was simple to make, but looks cool with all those fancy cuts.  It was so easy using my new Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge!  You can get one for yourself, just ask me how (heck, you could even get it for 1/2 price!  Yeah, that's right, 1/2 price!)  It's also made using the new Wonderland paper pack (I just love the blues and browns together :)

Happy Scrappin'

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Another Retirement

This time around we said adios to Virgil.  He's worked there as long as I have (but I guess I am younger as I can't retire yet).  Congratulations, Virgil, we'll miss seeing you around work, too.  Here was his "kisses goodbye" gift.
I made this using our new CTMH exclusive Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and the new Typeset paper pack.  I cut out the little bag and also the bracket shapes.  Then, with the coordinating stamps that come with the cartridge, I was able to stamp right on the bracket shape perfectly...gotta love those clear acrylic stamps for that, too!

Happy Scrappin'

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

1st retirement gift

I have had 2 great co-workers retire in the last week or so.  I am going to miss them both, but they deserve to have time off and relax now...ok, I am really jealous, but happy for them.

Here is the star album I created for Ron.  Congrats, Ron! 
You know how it is, the people (guys especially) that don't want their pictures taken...then later when they see the book, they all want to know if they are in it!  Please don't be one of those people that is camera shy-and for heaven's sake, if you are the one behind the camera, hand it over to someone else and get in front of the lens once in a while.  These pictures will bring back lots of memories and are well worth it! Who really cares what your hair looks like or if you are dressed up or whatever...that's not the point.

OK, I am off my soapbox now.  Back to your regularly scheduled day :)

Happy Scrappin'

Monday, August 8, 2011

Wicked Artwork

Today I have some artwork to show you from my friend Kim.  She created artwork using the new papers from the Mischief collection and used the August Stamp of the Month, Wicked.
I am in love with the set now after seeing artwork with it :)

Be sure to get your set right away if it's one you love, too, as it's only available during August.  Remember the new SOTM program CTMH has for us...purchase $50 in products of your choice and get the set for only $5!  Yep, that's right...what a deal!

Happy Scrappin'

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Farmer's Market

Thursday after work, I got to make a trip over to a local Farmer's Market.  I have been hearing great things about it, but really had NO IDEA it was as great as it was!
Look at how full the parking area was-there were cars lined up on the road just waiting to get in.  It was like a small carnival (minus the rides).  I was overwhelmed, but loved it!  It will be going back there for sure.
Here is a sampling of what I picked up
Plus, I could hardly wait to get home to try the lefse I bought there.  See, I couldn't even wait to take a bite until after the photo :)  Yum, it was really good (it tasted just like Grandma used to make!)
I promise, I have been creating and will bring you some photos of artwork real soon!

Happy Scrappin'

Monday, August 1, 2011

My favoritist Idea Book yet!!

Yes, favoritist is a word!  I just made it up, of course it's a word!

I know, I say it every time, but this time around, Corporate really knocked our socks off at Convention and unveiled a fantabulous (yes, another real word) Idea Book!  I love every single thing about it!
(If you click on the image, it'll take you right to the online version of the Idea Book-contact me to get your very own hard copy of this beauty)

Here are just a few of my very favorite things:

*Our all new, exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge!  You can make a great things using this cartridge and then have coordinating stamp sets to use with it.  There are over 700 different images that you can cut out using this cartridge (and that's not counting all the different sizes!)  Check out the card I made with it.  You, too, can have me send out these invitations to your guests at your very own party.  Ask me how...
*Brand new, truly double sided cardstock weight patterned paper.  The paper packs are a bit smaller (not so much extra paper left over-a complaint a lot of you have had) BUT, the price also went down :)  The papers have a 'zip-strip' on the edge that you will have to cut off, but you can then use it as a border (they all have a fun pattern on one side and the coordinating colors listed on the other side along with the paper pack name).

*Speaking of price cuts...all our stamp set prices have gone down!  Wowzers!  What a great deal!  Same great stamps at a smaller price.  Also, the stamp sets are now featured at full size in the idea book-no more guessing as to what size they are :)

*Lots of new embellishments and such.  My favoritist (yep, there's my word again) of all is the new ruler.  I know, it's a little thing, but it is amazing!  It is a 14" clear ruler that has little holes in it for ease in lining up and evenly spacing brads and the like.  This makes me happy :)

*A newly redesigned Stamp of the Month program!  You can now get the Stamp of the Month at full price of $17.95, or spend just $50 and get it for only $5!  What a deal!
Now that you are headed off to view the new catty, you'll want to hear all about this month's great special.  You can read all about it by clicking on the Extra! Extra! page at the top of my blog, but in a nutshell, when you purchase $50 in products this month anbd purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5, you get a FREE A-size stamp set, Typeface, absolutely FREE!  What a great deal :)

Is Close To My Heart looking out for us in this cruddy economy or what?  I say, Whoo Hoo!

Happy Scrappin'