Thursday, January 27, 2011

Butterfly Kisses

Creative Cutter Room is having a challenge called "Love Bug". I immediately started thinking of butterflies and then song "Butterfly Kisses" came to mind. That was the song my father and I danced to and my wedding during the Father/Daughter Dance. I went to my cricut and gypsy and got to work. I pulled up a butterfly from Gypsy Wanderings and welded the shadow of 2 together, like they were kissing. My wedding colors were black and white with red accents. I went to the living room - where my computer lives- to print the picture of the us dancing. I then saw the picture of me and my grandfather. During the money dance, my 94 year old grandfather got in line. He gave my sister the money and waited. When it was his turn he said," In the 68 wonderful years I was married to your grandmother, I never danced with her. I can't start dancing now, but I can give you a kiss." Our photographer caught the moment on film. This is my favorite picture with Grandpa Joe. Within a month of our wedding, my grandfather's health took a turn for the worse. He started having stokes and never fully recovered. Three years later he passed away. He would have been 98 on his next birthday. I miss him greatly. He and my grandmother were my role models. I honored Grandpa Joe by having my sister escort him down the aisle. He was the only living grandparent at our wedding. My sister named her youngest daughter  after Grandpa Joe. My 2 year old niece's name is Henley Jo.

I decided that I wanted to use my favorite picture with Butterfly Kisses.

I had this in a frame, but was getting to much of a glare.

I love you Grandpa Joe. Someday I will be with you, Grandma Poo, and Grandma and Grandpa Purdy again.

These red roses were on the Communion Table next to our Unity Candle at our wedding. They were in memory of our 7 grandparents who were no longer with us.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

First Card

Well, I made my first attempt at at a card. My niece, Hannah, has a birthday next month. She is an AWESOME soccer player. My husband is excited because he is going to help coach her traveling team. We are all surprised because he is more exciting about coaching Hannah's team then he is officiating this season. 

I want to enter this card into Cooking With Cricut's Challenge #15. I didn't use the sketch because I am really don't know what I am doing. I don't have many stamps, and what I do have wouldn't work. I can't use any of the sponsors stamps - Peachy Keen Stamps - because I don't own any yet. As soon as I get a teaching position I will be getting some goodies - until then, I am hoping to win some.

Here is my first attempt at a card!

Sports Mania - cut at 5 inches
Paper - all scraps
Happy Birthday - rub on - learned from Linda at The Paper Boutique.
Inside - will write a note to Hannah

If anyone has any suggestions, please share. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Help For My Niece's Classmate!

Last week I posted some pictures of 3 of my nieces and the shirts we made. Hannah (the 10 year old) asked us to save can tabs. A boy at her school broke his leg earlier this year playing football. The leg would just not heal. After testing, they discovered the little boy has cancer. The school is saving can tabs for the family. The tabs will be sold to help the family pay for treatment. He has a younger sister who is close to my 2 year old nieces age. My sister has given up 1 day a week of Henley's daycare so the mother of this little boy can have a place to take the little girl when they take the boy to treatment. 

I made these 3 boxes for my sister's family, my parents, and my family to put our tabs in. I didn't have the correct cartridge, so I used a bear I had.  I also didn't have a trashcan, but this box is gonna hold "can" tabs! :) Here is my submission for the Flaunt It Fridays: FIF #8 - Give A Hoot challenge.

-Tags, Bags, Boxes and More - (I call it box 20)
-Every Day Paper Dolls - bear
-Plantin SchoolBook - speach bubble

If anyone would like to help this little boy's family, it would be greatly appreciated. Just let me know in a comment and leave an email address (my email at provider dot com) and I will email you my address.

New Necklace

Here is our latest necklace. It is red and black. (I can't call it crimson.) I made this for a teacher friend of mine who is an OU fan. She immediately ordered another one. Woo Hoo!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I SOOOO Want This Cartridge!!!!

Melissa over at DISNEY DREAMER DESIGNS  has hit over 400 followers. As a result, she is giving away the Cricut Lite Cupcape Wrappers cartridge.
This cartridge is SOOOOOOO on my want list. I want to make some sock cupcakes that Greenbean has made sooo popular. (Here is what she started!)
You have until January 21st to enter!

Oh and DISNEY DREAMER DESIGNS is also giving away

How kewl is that!!!!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Spending The Day With 3 Of My 4 Nieces!

Yesterday my sister took her oldest daughter to go Prom Dress shopping. She asked my mom to watch her younger 3 daughters. Nee Nee (me) went over to help. I took my expression, gypsy, and all that goes with it over to help my mom. I mentioned making shirts that the girls could paint from stencils cut from freezer paper. Mom said go for it. The 2 older girls chose what they wanted on their shirts and I picked something out for the youngest. I figured Hannah (10) would want to help me cut out her stencil, but no. Heidi (5) wanted to do everything she could. 

All 3 shirts fit into a challenge - lucky me. Hannah wanted "Girls Rule Boys Drool" She picked out a green shirt and painted with PINK, yellow and blue. We picked a crown for Henley (2). We got a PINK shirt and painted the crown yellow with PINK jewels. I am entering these into My Pink Stamper's first Blog Hop! 

Don't know why the color washed out.

Heidi wanted a shirt she could wear to her sister's,  Holly (16), basketball games. They are The Tonkawa Buccaneers. Their colors are orange and black. SKULLS and CROSSBONES are always a big hit with the Bucs. Heidi decided on a flag with a SKULL and CROSSBONE and the word Bucs. I am entering this shirt in Flaunt it Fridays  -FIF #7 - MINI MONSTERS Skull challenge.

Hannah and Heidi had so much fun helping with their shirts. Henley wanted to, but I didn't think she was old enough. She did, however, make her own design...


I don't have any stamp sets yet (on my wish list). I can use PINK though.
"Girls Rule Boys Drool" was cut on at 1" from Plantin SchoolBook using Roly Poly. The "drool" drops were cut out at 3" from Paper Dolls for Everyday. They were welded to the word Droll using my Gypsy.

The "Crown" was cut at 12.47" from Paper Doll Dress Up.

I don't have Mini Monsters, but I do have a couple carts that have SKULLS and CROSSBONES (a must have for my family). The flag with SKULL and CROSSBONES was cut at 6.35" from Paper Doll Dress Up. "Bucs" was cut at 1" from Plantin SchoolBook using Roly Poly.

Here are all 3 of my girls in their new shirts.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Today Is The Last Day To Enter

Karen at karens-kakes-krafts is giving away 2 sets of goodies for making it to 100 followers. How neat is that? This is pics of what she is giving away...

Get over and comment. You don't have much time left!!!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cooking With Cricut - Challenge 12–Glittermania!

Who would have thought that the poster I make for last Saturday's Oklahoma State University basketball game would fit into a challenge? I most definitely didn't .Every game they have a contest called "Show Me The Money". The winner wins a $100 gift-card. I really want to win. This was the first game I had been to since getting my Cricut and Gypsy. I made up my poster and wasn't even chosen to be on screen. :( Everyone around me said I should have won. Maybe I will win here!! (haha)

Here is my poster.

The ESPN is in red glitter. I ran my letters through the Xyron upside down and then added glitter. I can't for the life of me remember what cart I used for the font, but the flaming basketball if from Sports Mania and Basketball Solutions. 

Zloe Crafting: CSN Stores $25.00 Giveaway!!!

Be sure to check out her candy!
Zloe Crafting: CSN Stores $25.00 Giveaway!!!

Monday, January 10, 2011


Here are the necklaces my mother and I have completed. We are doing button necklaces and bottle cap necklaces. We have a smaller size of the buttons, but are not quite finished with them yet. I will post them as we finish them. I will also have some button magnets for the message boards I am going to make.


Zebra on Organza Necklace

Zebra on Choker

Sunday, January 9, 2011

When VinDeeLoo's Meets Togs by Toni!!!

After listening to me talk about all my crafting ideas, my mom decided to get on the bandwagon. She makes American Girl Doll clothes and aprons. Together we are making necklaces.

We made these for my Aunt. She is a BIG Mizzou fan. 

Tomorrow I will post some other necklaces we have made.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

FIF #6 Hello Kitty Greetings Airplane & Blog Hop Friday!

I am entering my first challenge. It is at Flaunt It Fridays.  The directions are:
          For this week's challenge we are flaunting the Hello Kitty
          Greetings cartridge and the cut is the Hello Kitty with
          Airplane on Page 65 of the handbook. If you do not own
          HKG feel free to use any cart with a similar cut to make
          yourself a "Faux" Hello Kitty and Airplane.

Well, I don't have the Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge, so I had to make a "Faux" Hello Kitty. So, without further ado, here is my very first challenge..... 

I decided to make a Door-hanger. "Fly On In!" seemed like a cute saying to allow people to come into some little girl's room.

  • Door-hanger - (Tags, Bags, Boxes and More) cut at 11.58"out of a Rice Chex cereal box and a pink striped paper someone gave me
  • Cat - (Everyday Paper Dolls) cut at 3.76' out of white card-stock only using head and tail
  • Airplane - (Everyday Paper Dolls) cut at 1.63" out of a scrap of a gray resume paper and black cardstock
  • Thought Bubble - (Indie Art) cut at 2.88"out of white card-stock
  • Fly On In! - (Cursive 101) cut at 0.9" out of a scrap of pink paper

I used my Gypsy to weld my words and hide the sentiment that was already in the thought bubble. I cut the body off my cat and only used the head and tail. I used my black ZIG Millennium pen to show detail on the cat and airplane and to trace around the thought bubble. I wish I had face stamps, but that is on my LONG "wish list". I used my small foam squares to make the airplane pop out.

I hope you enjoyed my first attempt at a challenge. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think and any helpful suggestions.


Friday, January 7, 2011

Gifts for My Teacher/Friends

Last year I taught 2nd grade and really fell in love with my team. I miss them so much. This year I did a maternity leave for one of them. I enjoyed working with my team again. I made ornaments for them (after I got my Cricut). 

I made an etched block for one of them. She was my cooperating teacher last year and goes to my church. This block was made pre-Cricut. My husband pretty much free handed the Santa and I etched it. 

With Light On

With Light Off
The Snowflake ornament is from the Winter Lace cartridge. I don't have vinyl, so I use contact paper to make my cuts. The Nativity ornament is from the Inspired Heart cartridge. Both ornaments are etched using Armour Etch. I used silver Rub n' Buff on both to make the etching stand out more.

Winter Lace

Inspired Heart
It looks like I am getting better at taking pictures. Woo Hoo!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Getting To Know Me Through Fun Facts

While over at The Holmes Crew, I saw a post called "Fun Facts". I loved it and thought I would share it on mine - especially since I am so new. 

The ones in red are ones I have done.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disney World
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo (Being Director of Music and Choir Director this one is a given.)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child (Not yet, but want to.)
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (On my bucket list.)
18. Grown your own vegetables (So NOT a gardener. I have a black thumb and can kill plastic plants.)
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise (Two! My profile pic is from the one we did this past summer.)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie (My shadow has. I was standing in a window where they were taking outside. I am probably the only one who know where to look.)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (But I love to eat them - mmmm thin mints.)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (My blood is too thin.)
65. Gone sky diving (Also on my bucket list.)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
(Did this as a child with my grandmother. I still have it at my parents house.
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year's Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club

93. Got a tattoo (Boy, was my dad MAD. He quit talking to me. He now has more than me.)
94. Had a baby
(Unable to, that is why we want to adopt.)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee (On my tongue when I was sticking my tongue out at cars at age 4)

How about you?  Play along and leave me a comment so I can go read your blog and check out your answers!

What Am I Working On Now?

I am in a RAK Swap on the cricut message board. I have signed up to do paperclips and binder-clips. I know what I am doing on the paperclips. I made 1 and have made some changes. I am now in the process of making them. I have an idea on the binder-clips, but haven't done anything yet. 

My mom has gotten the bug and has decided to join me on things. We ordered stuff to make bottle-cap necklaces and bracelets and some cloth button necklaces. I want to use some of the bottle-caps and cloth buttons to make key-chains and bookmarks and magnets. 

I need to do some more etching. I have an ornament that is almost finished. I will post it and other things as I finish them. I actually get to sub the rest of the week. I know how my evenings are going to be spent. I will either be at basketball games or etchings. My niece has games 4 days this week. Good thing Wednesday is only a half day.