Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas to my Kids Club Girls!

This year I decided to paint the names of my 5th grade girls from Kids Club at Church(and one for myself) on Santa hats.  This was a fun project for me, and they loved their hats!  I also make each girl a card, and I tried to match the colors of their card with their personality!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Geaux Tigers, Beat Bama!

In honor of tomorrow's Big game I wanted to show my support for the Tigers!  Can you tell that I'm a little behind in my scrapbook, hahaha!  These pictures are from football season my sophomore year at LSU, and now i'm a senior now!  

Thursday, October 13, 2011

YCU Matching Envelope Challenge!

This was a really cool challenge(Young Crafters Unite) to do because I never thought about decorating the envelope before!  It's kind of hard to see in the picture but the design inside the heart matches the design on the flap of the envelope.  I learned today that baby blue ink is hard to photograph! 

My boyfriend has drill this weekend, so I made this card to give to him before he leaves for a few days! 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Jessica!

Happy 21st Birthday to my Best Friend Jessica! 
A few weeks ago there was a Simon Says Challenge with multiple folds, but I couldn't participate because I had to write a paper :( so here is what I came up with later!  You can't see it in the picture(its bad I know, sorry) but I used glimmer mist to color the different circles.  The whole card sparkles! 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom!

I made this card for my mom's birthday and to play along with the Simon Says Stamp Challenge for this week.  The Challenge is to use a song or movie in your creation.  I thought this paper was perfect!  I tried my best to  make it look like old ripped sheet music, I just hope my mom likes it! 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Purse Inspired Card!

Last week in Sunday School my friend Katie's purse caught my eye.  I just looked like a really cool card idea, so I tried it out!  I used 4 pieces of scrap paper for this card.  I first cut them to be the same size, then I put distress ink on the edges, and distressed the edges with the Tim Holtz Paper distresser.  Next I sewed the strips together and decorated! 

On the inside I used a Jillian Vance Design Stamp.  I love these stamps because they are great for the insides of cards and have wonderful Faith based sayings!  The best part is that I was able to use rewards from my credit card to get the sets for free!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Get Well Alligator Card

I made this card for my boyfriends grandfather when he was in the hospital last week.  This represents my best effort at making a boy/masculine card!  I find it really hard to create when I'm not allowed to use flowers or glitter or anything else girly for that matter!  So I decided to use this alligator from the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge because the cards recipient paints a lot of swamp scenes.  I hope he liked it!  Now to work on improving my masculine card making abilities!

Monday, August 29, 2011

My First Challenge!

I decided I would try a challenge for the first time ever, and I must say that I now understand why they are so popular!  I had so much fun with it!  The challenge was to color a stamped image, which I wasn't sure about because I don't have any copics, color pencils, or a huge variety of distress inks (I'm a poor college student!).  However, I do have some Faber Castelle Gelatos (they were on sale for $20 on HSN a while back!).  Previously I had trouble using them, they are waxy/creamy like a crayon, but they come in a chapstick like tube.  For this card I embossed the stamped flower and then rubbed the different colors of Gelato over the embossed image.  Then I rubbed the Gelatos in and blended with my finger.  I'm excited with the results!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Engagement Card!

Congratulations to my friends Katie and Brandt on their engagement!  I made this for their engagement party last week.  I finally got to use this cut off of the Sweethearts Cricut cartridge! 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fun with Alcohol Ink!

I'm really enjoying my day off!  I'm working on painting my new room; so this card was inspired by my having painting on the brain, hahaha!  I made the "drips" with alcohol inks by simply putting a drop down and then leaning the card! 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Shadow Box of Memories!

I decided recently that it was time to do something with my stuff from High School graduation.  I've scrapbooked all of the pictures, but what do you do with your cap and other 3D items?  You can't just throw away those things!  So this is what I came up with!  I can't wait to put it up on the wall in my new room!

I made this one for my sister who recently graduated!  She turned 18 yesterday!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Lessons Learned!

     While working on our summer project of making T-shirt quilt's my best friend Jessica and I have learned a lot of new things!  We'd never quilted before when we started, so we read up on it on the internet and dove right in!  Here is a list of things that we wish we knew before we started!  I hope this helps someone else!
1. Stretchable Fabric Transfers are not better for quilting, just use the regular ones!  Cotton Transfers are even better if you don't mind spending the extra money to get them!

2. If you decide to put pictures on your quilt, then back the white fabric with iron-on batting before you iron the picture onto the fabric itself. This works much better and keeps the pictures from getting messed up or twisted when sewing them on to the quilt.  Another option is to use Cotton transfers, they are more expensive, but you get to skip finding a white t-shirt and putting backing on it!

3. Quilts eventually become huge (and heavy), it really helps to have a friend near by to help you turn and guide it through the sewing machine!  It is possible to do it alone, but I had problems with the weight of the quilt pulling it in the wrong direction and messing up my stitches.

4. The thread color doesn't really matter (except for the edges) because you can't see it on the outside!

5. It's a good idea to change the foot on your sewing machine if more than one came with your machine!  I only have the normal foot(and it did work), but from what I've been told a walking foot is a very handy thing to have when quilting!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I would love some more tips if anyone would like to share with me!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

GRE fun!

Hello everyone, here is what i've been working on for the last 3 months.  The good news is that it is finally over!  I got the score I needed on the GRE!  I must say that being able to see your score instantly is pretty awesome!  These are pictures of my walls at work.  I taped many of my vocabulary flashcards to them to help me study!  I definitely learned a lot of new words!  The sad part is that out of the ~300 new words I studied, only 2 of them were on the test!  Oh well, all that matter is that i'm DONE!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cute Birdie!

Happy Monday!  I made this card when trying out my new Cricut Cartridge-Create a Critter!  I love the bright colors! 

I was also playing around with my new Gelatos from Faber Castelle.  I used an orange gelato to color the edge of the stamp.  It worked very well.  I can't wait to see what else the getatos can do!

Materials: Cricut Create, Creat a Critter Cricut Cartridge, Sweethearts Cricut Cartridge, The Paper Studio Pearls, The Paper Studio Cardstock, Recycled ribbon, Faber Castelle Gelatos

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Gigantic Scrapbook page.....or.....Quilt????

Since around the end of May my best friend, Jessica, and I have been working on T-Shirt Quilts.  We heard about the idea and decided that it was the perfect way to "keep" all of our t-shirts that hold memories from high school without having them in a bag in the attic!  Then Jessica came up with the idea of putting pictures on the quilt with the t-shirts, she is a genius!  

So, with a plan in mind we began our quilts!  We've sewed before, but never quilted, so this has been a new experience for us!  I must say that I now have a LOT of respect for quilters!  Now every time I see a quilt I can't help but wonder how long it took someone to make it!   

This is as far as I've gotten!  First we decided how big we wanted each t-shirt square, mine are 13 x 13.  Then we ironed batting onto the back of all ~50 of our t-shirt squares and used a rotary knife to cut them into the correct size.  

Next was the process of choosing which pictures we wanted on each of our quilts.  Jessica had no trouble choosing a few, but I on the other hand, had over a hundred before the first cut, hahaha!  Then Jessica had another great idea!  She suggested that I put a border of pictures around the quilt since I was having trouble narrowing it down!  This is what you see at the top of my first finished row of t-shirt squares and I really love it!  I'm also putting pictures in the middle of the quilt where there would have been plain, empty space.

Now that the quilt is beginning to come together Jessica and I can't help but laugh because it is looking more and more like a gigantic, very warm, scrapbook page!

Have a great day!


Friday, July 1, 2011

Welcome Hoppers!

Happy Friday everyone!  Thanks for Stopping by today.  I'm so excited for the opportunity to be a part of this very special blog hop!  My age makes me a young crafter (Twenty-one!), but crafting makes me feel like an excited kid!  I love the rush of getting so excited when shopping for new supplies and then creating something!

One of my favorite things, other than purple of course, is embossing!  I recently learned how to emboss and it is my new fascination!

I made this card with the thought that the colors of alcohol ink I chose would look "springy", but they ended up looking more like fall!  Thats ok though, there are still butterfly's and pretty flowers in the fall!

 Materials: Ranger Craft Sheet, Ranger Heat It Craft Tool, Zing embossing Powder: Charcoal, Stamps: Inkadinkado Doodle Flowers and Patterned Bugs, Stamps: The Paper Studio: Every Day expressions, HP Glossy Photo paper, Pre cut A2 Card base from Michaels, Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks: Purple Twilight, Citrus, Sunshine Yellow, Recollections flowers, VersaMark Dazzle ink

This next card I made for my mom for mother's day and it is one of my favorites!  I love the elegant look of the silver scrolls in the background!  I was just trying out my new stamp and the silver embossing powder and I ended up with this!

Materials: A2 card base from Michaels, Silver copy paper from Office Depot, Stampabilities: Cling rubber stamp: ornate, Distress ink, dusty concord, and tumbled glass, Ranger Heat it craft tool, Zing Silver embossing powder, UTEE embossing powder, Tim Holtz Alcohol ink, Stream and Wild Plum, recycled ribbon

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I'd really love your feedback and comments, it's always good to improve or know what i'm doing right! 

Next please visit Madison at

and just in case anyone is going backwards, hahaha, please visit Anna K. at

I hope everyone has a great day!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

To Us!

I made this card for my Man!  Last Sunday marked 3 years of dating for us!

 First I embossed some glossy Cardstock

Then I was experimenting with Alcohol inks, I wanted to "color" some of the hearts.  First I tried using the corner of a piece of felt (that was disastrous!).  Next I tried using a q-tip, and this worked much better!  It's not perfect, but my boyfriend won't care!  I also filled in some of the hearts with Stickles.

Then I did some stamping and cutting and put the rest of the card together!

Materials: A2 card base from Michaels, HP Glossy photo paper, Heart brads from Oriental Trading, Core'dinations cardstock, Stickles and Distress Stickes, Cricut, Cricut Sweethearts cartridge, Distress Ink: Barn door red, Creative Imaginations Love Stamps, Foam squares from Hobby Lobby, Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks, Sizzix Texture Boutique, Provo Craft embossing folder, and Glue Glider Pro

Monday, June 27, 2011

Geaux Tigers!

I made this card for my sister who recently graduated high school.  Next year she will join me at LSU!

Materials: A2 cardbase from Hobby Lobby, Cricut, Cricut Cartridge Elegant Cakes, HP Glossy photo paper, Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink: Purple Twilight and Sunshine Yellow, Stickles, The Paper Studio Cardstock, and Twine

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Butterfly Love!

Happy Saturday!

I made this card a while back after watching one of Britta Swiderski's video's about how to make cool backgrounds with one small stamp. It's simple, but I like it!

Materials: Cardstock by the Paper Studio, Distress ink: barn door red, tea dye,faded jeans,crushed olive, dusty concord, and tumbled glass, A2 card base from Hobby Lobby, Butterfly stamp from Hobby Lobby, Tombow adhesive, Foam Squares from Hobby Lobby

Friday, June 24, 2011

Easy Friday!

I made this in an attempt to make something a little more "boyish" than my usual style, hahaha!  It's very simple, but i think most males would approve, don't you?

Materials: Cricut Create, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, The Paper Studio Card stock, and Cuttlebug A2 embossing folder: Script texture

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Scrapbooking Therapy!

After school was over all I wanted to do was scrapbook!  So I started experimenting and this is what I came up with.  I recently got a Ranger Craft Sheet and I wanted to try out transfering Distress Inks from the craft sheet to paper.  So, I rubbed  tumbled glass, crushed olive, and dusty conchord distress ink on the craft sheet in stripes and then pressed a sheet of white cardstock into it and this background is what I came up with.  I am pretty excited with the results, I love experimenting!

Supplies:  Core'dinations white cardstock, Ranger craft sheet, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Cricut Create, Cricut Cartridge: Jasmine, Recollections flowers and lace, The Paper Studio pearls, decorative fibers from gifted memories, Ribbon by Ribbon FX and recycled, and Jewel by the Beadery.