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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Rec'd Thank you cards and a Calendar page

First, some cards that I've gotten in a swap.

One that's bigger than average for a swap

It opens in the middle to reveal...Inside
And the rest of them:

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Then here's what I made for a calendar page.
I don't think I've shown this yet (was hoping for an easy way to show you all). I made my own One Sheet Wonder, but used three coordinating sheets to do this. Neither of my attempts to take a picture seem to work.

This one you can almost read the numbers the the next one you can't (but you can see all the lines on the 12x12 sheet better).I thought I had taken a picture of all the card fronts I made. I can't take a picture of all of them (already used some of them) but I can show you some of what I still have.

I'm planning on making more because I've decide to use this as my calendar "theme". Next year, I'll do 2010 with a different back ground.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lot o' scrapping (finally)

I went to a weekend retreat with 45 hours available to crop (I slept some of that time but one lady stayed up the entire time until she had to go sing at church - don't know how she did it). I got 27 pages done and used my SCAL/Cricut for some of it. Here are the completed pages and I listed what I cut (if I did, not all pages got diecuts)

Derby Day And the Crowd Goes Wild

Merry Christmas

The Horses
Purple frame and butterflies
Gingerbread House
Merry Christmas
Phrase "Where the Wild Things Are...@ Grandma's House"

the number 5
cut the letters "Happy Birthday"

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Playing with Sure Cuts A Lot

I created some pumpkin frames and title for a swap that I'm in using Sure Cuts A Lot and if possible, I wanted to share with you since I've been getting so much help and freebies from others.
Pumpkin Frames w/ rectangle and Pumpkin Frames w/ oval

Here's a close up of the title followed by the full page kit (I added the tendrils by cutting green cardstock by hand).
The little stamped pumpkins are Angel Company stamps that I cut out then colored the stem and tendrils green.

Here's where you can download it all if you have Sure Cuts A Lot

Saturday, August 30, 2008

More blog things

What Your Back to School Personality Says About You

You are a lively, ambitious, and passionate person. You are driven to do well in life and aspire to great things.

You are most likely to succeed if you are working with other talented people. You thrive on a team.

Your greatest skill is organization. You are good at laying out a plan and making sure it gets followed.

Your biggest stumbling block in life is worrying about what other people think of you. Their opinions matter even less than you think.

You're not quite sure what you're thankful for in life, it doesn't seem like there's a lot to be thankful for these days.


Your Common Spelling Mistake Score: 60% Correct

Your spelling is decent, but you do make quite a few mistakes.

Let's just say you won't be winning a spelling bee anytime soon!


You Are Cheese Ravioli

Compared to most people, you are incredibly laid back and fun.

You love loud, crowded dinner tables and cooking with a crowd.

For you, a meal is more about the overall experience than the actual food.

You enjoy fun foods. You love theme dinners and funky appetizers.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What kind of tea are you?

You Are White Tea

You are quite delicate and very sensitive. You are easily overwhelmed.

Peace and serenity are important to you. You shy away from intensity of any sort.

You appreciate a simple quiet moment. You can relax easily without feeling bored.

You take the time to enjoy life. Even when things are busy, you make the time.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Back 2 School Tag & Pocket

These are for a swap. Part of the requirement was that there had to be 3 embellishments/alterations done to it. I wasn't sure if that meant 3 per item or 3 total so to play it safe, I did three per item. This is my first time swapping with this group and I didn't want to mess up and make others think I didn't do my fair share. But it's hard to stay generic enough that the item could be used for anyone. I chose green because that's my son's school colors but white seemed too plain so I used gold for the other because that is one of my school colors (red with green would look Christmas-y). I then realized that I just made the color combo for my husband's school. I mounted Yellow tag on Green tag cut with Cricut using Tags, Bags, and Boxes cartridge, and zigzag stitched (to make one) with metallic gold thread, Eyelet and fiber (would that count as only one or as two treatments? again, I erred on the side of doing more) and then wrote a common cheer that is chanted in school (so there's three for the tag). For the pocket, I added three brads (1), chalked the dk. green outer square (had to fill in so item #3 would show up), then used Doodlecharms to create the bus. I hope they like it and that it's embellished enough for the rules.

Monday, August 4, 2008

When we moved in 11 years ago, the bathroom walls were white and the shower walls had this paneling-type wall board (my parents used the same stuff for the entire bathroom but not in the tub). I think they did this to make a quick sale because when we removed the curling wall (water wasn't good for this stuff), we found out that someone did a cr@ppy job of tiling around the fixtures (I'd show you a picture but I can't get Adobe Photoshop Elements to cooperate and show you a photo and the file I keep on my desktop has been burned to a CD to clear memory on my computer harddrive so I can't access it the way I usually do - I just hope I printed them already and can find them so I can make a scrapbook page later).
Anyway, I painted the cheap flat white paint into a semi-glossy burgundy, kept the pink tile sine I didn't want to mess with that, and had installed a nice new tub surround. The window was a bit tricky but my old handy man that I hired to do this, came up with a nice way to deal with it I think.

Here are the photos of the completed bathroom - just please ignore the mess (dirt in the corners, caulking tubes, toilet paper out, etc) since I hadn't put everything away yet when I took the pictures.
Here you can see the painted wall, the new shower curtain and the new cabinet that was bought two or three years ago (bought it the same time as the one over the toilet but never put it up until I was able to get this project done because I didn't want paint on it and I didn't want it getting dinged up with the tub walls).
Here you can kind of see the new tub walls, the new bath mat (on the side of the tub so the cat doesn't pee on it) and more of the new painted walls. The mirror was also bought over 6 years ago but we've been using it. You can't see it but the light over the mirror has a bulb with a short in it that we'll still need to figure out what to do with it (can it be fixed? or does it have to be replaced?). I had to remove it off the wall (but we didn't "un-wire" it (or would it be "de-wire" - guess I'll have to ask my DH what the opposite of "wiring" would be) to paint around it and I had further proof that the wall used to be yellow before the cheap white paint job.

We're still trying to figure out how to have these faucets. The hot and cold handles both turn counter-clockwise while the middle handle turns clockwise to make the water flow from faucet to shower head. They look nice all pointing down, but the hot water handle is in the way of the middle shower handle when you are ready to move it. They are just a little too close and the handles hit each other. :(
I thought these colorful daisies were a nice addition to the tub. One other thing we still need to figure out, how to get the water to drain out faster. The tub didn't have a stopper and everything could go down if it could fit into the hole (and believe me, my boys have stuffed quite a few things down there during their baths/showers) so now that we have a cover over the hole, the water doesn't drain very quickly. I was standing in water up to my ankles during my shower this morning.

Now my next home improvement project is to decide what to paint the dining room & hallway and I'll be rid of that cheap white painted wall. Someday, I'd love to be able to push the wall out from the back of my house and enlarge my kitchen and dining area so not sure how far I'll go with redecorating if I paint it.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

I'm finally getting back my internet speed!

I'll have to show you what I've been up to later but for now, here's a blog quiz. First one is mine, second one is my husband's.

You Would Make an Okay 1930's Wife

You have some of the attributes of an ideal 1930's wife... but you probably didn't intend it to be that way.

You don't buy into retro gender roles, though you do embrace your femininity at times.">Would You Have Been a Good Wife in the 1930s?


You Would Make an Okay 1930's Husband

You have some of the attributes of an ideal 1930's husband.

You're well mannered, kind, and even tempered.

You have a few bad habits, but what man doesn't?">Would You Have Been a Good Husband in the 1930s?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Name Acrostic

I'm having internet difficulties so that's why I haven't been posting. Hopefully, soon I'll be back to "Normal"

What Cheri Means

C is for Classy

H is for Healthy

E is for Enthusiastic

R is for Relaxed

I is for Ideal

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

July First Sketch

Here's the sketch to try:
And here's what I came up with:

There's two of them going for a Fourth of July swap and the only thing differernt is the embossed circle with the Bird and Vines embossing. I used Matte Accents by Inkssentials on the bird (it's still drying when I took this scan - the edges are dry and it's fairly clear so when it's all dry it should be clear instead of milky). I used my new Cricut to cut the big circles. I had to fool it into thinking it had a bigger piece of paper than it actually did since it kept saying that it couldn't cut a 2-inch circle. It did, and it had left over paper too!

I'm going to a crop this weekend so I should have lots of pages done if I can get some time to plan what to take.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!!!!

I'm sure I'll have some pictures after Friday night but for now, here's some quizzes I took to entertain you.
You answered 8 questions correctly out of 10. If you scored a perfect 10, you're ready for a political office. If you got 7 or better, you're ready to vote. Fewer than 7 right? Ask an immigrant to teach you about our nation's history.
(In my defense, I'd like to say that I missed the first question because i was trying to decided which was correct: Signing the Declaration or Adopting the Declaration but hey, 80% isn't bad after all.)

What Your These Fireworks Say About You

You are focused, single minded, and intense.

You don't let others see your intensity often, and when they do, they are quite surprised.

You burn brightly, but you also burn steadily.

You have the endurance to get the one thing you desire most.


You Are a Summer Person

You are energetic, outgoing, and active.

You love to be out and about... hanging out with friends or getting things done.

Summer is the perfect time for you to be as hyper as you want to be.

In fact, during the rest of the year you feel half-asleep!

Yellow/Blue/White Kids cards

I had Kids Birthday cards to make for a swap and on a different card group, the challenge was to do Light blue, Yellow and White. So here's what I did. I combined them both to create these cards. The part of the white paper that got trimmed off was put inside as a border.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A couple of Blog Quizes

You Are 30% Yankee, 70% Dixie

You're completely Dixie all the way. You've possibly never even met a Yankee!


What Your Workspace Says About You

You are generally fairly organized, but you have occasional slip ups. You find keeping organized challenging.

You tend to work at your own pace. If this means things don't

You enjoy your job and don't feel guilty about how much time you spend working. You have a good balance between work and your personal life.

You are still trying to figure out your ideal career. You could quit your current job on any given day.

At work, you are an introvert. You don't like people coming around your work space.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

USA Cards

These cards were trying a new fold (don't know who's blog I saw it on - sorry). I know it doesn't show up well when I scan them so I have one card slightly inside so show where the edges are. The blue is embossed with clear glittery embossing powder (you can almost see it in the scan). I used Creative Memories paper for the blue and the stamp is from TAC. The USA paper is from my friend's scraps and the sequins are just something I had in a baggie from a RAK.

I didn't like how the embossed star turned out (one of those things where I thought I'd try something new because I thought the card was too plain and it didn't turn out). The star in the middle is suppose to be embossed because I saw a handmade card (from a swap) that used clear embossing over some flowers but the embossing ink left a light blue tint that hasn't gone away (it's been over 24 hours of dry time). I had to make the powder stick somehow because the powder just blows away with the heat gun (I even tried heating from underneath) but I just got rough uneven embossing. So I covered them with the sequin stars you see above to disguise it.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Watermelon card

Not happy with the "friend" tag, but I think I can try again. The card is on light blue glittery cardstock, and the green is some heavy mulberry paper that's difficult to cut without scissors. I made the seeds by taking some embossing refill fluid (boy is that stuff thick!) and sprinkling black embossing powder on it. I took scallop scissors to make the "bite".

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Pink and Green Set - Done

and out the door already!

Without a moment to spare, too.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Two cards made today.

I'm creating pink/green card set using just scraps. I may have to break down and cut one paper but I'll try to use the smaller papers and not a 12x12.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Cardmaker's Bill of Rights

May be an oldie to you but still a goodie.

A Cardmaker delivers the most welcome kind of unannounced visitor: A handmade card. A card touches us - somehow, a small folded piece of paper can comfort, celebrate, reach out or just say hello. Creating a handmade card is an honorable and important task. As a Cardmaker, you are entitled (but not limited) to the following rights:

You have the right to take as long as you want to complete one handmade card. This may be five minutes or two weeks.

You have the right to send a card for no other reason than to show off your new stamp, embellishment or technique.

You have the right to create a fabulous card for your husband, partner or roommate - just because you know it will stay in your house.

You have the right to spread your cardmaking things out all over, just to admire them.

You have the right to purchase a certain cardmaking item for no other reason than because a) you like it; b) you think it's cute; c) you'll never find it again, or; d) you know you'll use it someday.

You have the right to reserve using your most precious supplies on cards only for recipients who will truly appreciate them.

You have the right to a workspace of your own. This may be the basement, your college student's old bedroom or the kitchen table.

You have the right to make cards when inspiration strikes - whether the dishes are done or not.

You have the right to request peaceful, kid-free, stress-less cardmaking time - guilt-free.

You have the right to let the handmade card be the gift, too.

You have the right to value your personal style. You are creating a treasure - and part of that treasure is you.

Somewhere, I think I have the Scrapbooker's Bill of Rights that I'll have to find for you.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

What's Your Perfect Car?

Cheri, you're a Station Wagon!

You swore you'd never get one, but deep down you knew it was inevitable. Now it's finally happened. The car for you is a sensible, reliable, and oh-so-traditional Station Wagon. But don't panic: you haven't totally become your parents! We're not thinking a Chrysler Town & Country or even a Ford Taurus. The car for you is a hip, updated version of the classic. You've inherited everything that was cool about your folks, and taken it to the next level. Gone are the wood panels and cheesy colors, and way in are the leather interior, CD player, and gear racks for your weekend adventures. How about a Subaru Outback, Volvo V40, or a Saab Aero Wagon—in a classic navy or a firebrick red? You're so happening; no one would ever know that you've got those sensible airbags tucked away for a rainy day.

When I retook the test (there were some quesions that had two possible answers - like "what's in your glove compartment?") I got this answer instead.....

Cheri, you're a Minivan!

All aboard! Whether it's heading to the mall for new soccer sneakers or running off to Grandma's for the weekend, the car for you is the much-maligned Minivan. We're thinking a nice roomy Dodge Caravan or the spacious Chrysler Voyager—how about a powder blue or metallic beige? Maybe you once wore designer threads, but now you're seen more often sporting sweats and lugging groceries. And as you've matured, you swallowed your automotive pride and went with pure functionality. But don't worry, all the appreciation from your comfortable passengers is what really matters. As long as there's a supermarket parking lot out there, there's a space with your name on it. Your heart is as open, reliable and accommodating as your ride. Best of all, people feel safe with you in that spacious ride. You're in it for the long haul, and not obsessed with your looks on the way. You're car is a true family friend.

So I guess that's good since that's the two kinds of vehicles I'm looking at for my next car.