Circleville NSD 2014 — Winner Announced


I just had hubby draw a name  — and the winner of the $20 gift card from Michaels is……

Nadia (

Congratulations, Nadia!!

Please contact me so I can get your gift card in the mail.

And a big thank you to all who took the time to leave a comment.  I really appreciate it.




Birthday Tag — NSD 2014 Challenges

Since time is running out to enter the challenges on the Cricut Circle Message Board, I made this tag to enter into two different categories.  Actually, I think it qualifies for three.  The first is the XO Three in a Row, the second one is Everything’s Coming Up Rosettes, and the third is All Mixed Up.

For Maria’s XO Three in a Row challenge, you have to pick three items from a Tic Tac Toe board and incorporate them into your project. I chose the bottom row, which is Flower, Ribbon (or Twine), and Stamp.

For Colleen’s Everything’s Coming Up Rosettes, you have to make a project and use a rosette on it.

For Di’s All Mixed Up challenge, you need to use a piece of fabric on your project.


I covered the tag with sticky back canvas and then inked it using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.  I stamped the images on the canvas using the same ink.

I used this tutorial from Tammy Tutterow for my tag, because I wanted to make the flower out of crinoline and she has step-by-step instructions.  I used a Tim Holtz rosette die to cut the crinoline and then sprayed them with Lindy’s Stamp Gang’s Starburst Sprays to get the beautiful colors.   The leaves are from a Spellbinders die, also cut from crinoline.  I stamped a butterfly on vellum and added it to the flower.


All that was left was the sentiment and bow, which I made using my Bow-it-All.

  • Ranger Sticky Back Canvas
  • Tim Holtz rosette die
  • Crinoline (from Jo-Ann’s)
  • Distress Ink
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Spray

Circleville National Scrapbook Day 2014: Happy Hour – It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

Erin recently took and passed the exam to become a Certified Specialist of Wine.  I am very proud of her — she studied so hard for the exam.  Because of that, I have recently begun collecting some cute wine stamps.  And then I found an svg file that I fell in love with, so my projects for National Scrapbook Day are about wine — and drinks in general.

My first project features an svg file from  I fell in love with the pig in the barrel.  Although their pig is in a beer barrel and holds a beer mug, it wasn’t hard to change the theme to wine.  I simply replaced the mug with one of the wine glasses in the Kawaii Wine Glasses file.

My hubby wanted to know if my little piggy is a swino.  No, this guy drinks responsibly.

Actually, this is the little piggy who had roast beef, but what is unknown to most is that he enjoyed his roast beef with a glass of red wine.


The barrel cuts in one piece and looks like this after coming off the mat.


I didn’t have any paper with a wood grain, but I did have this Heidi Swapp stamp that I recently picked up at Michaels.


The stamp is wide enough that I could stamp two barrel sections at a time.  I masked off the other sections using blue painters tape and scrap paper.  As I finished each section, I had to re-mask in order to not stamp over the image I had just stamped.  It looked like this when I was through.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa ink.


I glued the barrel together using Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesivie.  I tied twine around the middle of the barrel.

The stamps for the flag and the bottoms of the purple Hershey kisses are from  This was my first time using their stamps — and I really like them.  There are  more kisses inside the barrel.


I thought the purple kisses went well with my wine theme.


My husband had to get in one more pun about my pig in a wine barrel, remembering the memorable advertisement from a few years ago.  In his best Orson Welles impression, he said, “We will sell no swine before its time.”  Yep, I have been putting up with him for over 47 years now!


My next project also features a cut file from  This is the Drink Shaker Matchbook set.  I love shaker cards and these were fun to make.  The patterned paper is from Doodlebug Designs.  They look so festive.


I decided to add a pocket to the inside so that they can hold a gift card.  I made the pocket by cutting a piece of cardstock 3″ wide by 4″ tall.  I scored 1/4″ on each side of the long edge and used a 1 1/2″ circle punch to cut an opening in the pocket.  I folded the sides under, ran adhesive down each side (using my ATG) and attached them to the inside of the card.


The gift cards fit nicely into the pockets.


I used 1/8″ Scor-Tape on the small bottom flap, right where the fold is.  That was enough to keep the flap up and keep the top cover tucked in.

This is a side view, so you can see the matchbook shape — and also the layers of the shakers.


I used Doodlebug Designs sequins inside the shaker sections.  I like that you get different shades of sequins in each bottle.


I used the candy stamps from Jaded Blossom on the charms for the card fronts, hanging them with twine.


Thank you for checking out my projects for National Scrapbook Day.  If you will leave me a comment, I am going to have a random drawing on May 11 at 8 PM (EDT) for a $20  gift card to Michaels.  All comments are welcome, but only one per person will go into the drawing.

Here is a list of some of my crafty friends who are also doing special projects for National Scrapbook Day.  Be sure and check them out and join in the fun.

A Day in the Life of Horsebunny –

Croation Crafter –

Multi Crafter Amy –

Paper, Craft, & Scissors –

Sara Andrews –

Scrapping for More Fun –

With Glittering Eyes –



  •  Pig in a Barrel, Drink Shaker Set, Kawaii Wine Glasses
  • stamps:  Wine O’ Clock, Happy Hour Candies
  • Doodlebug Design:  patterned paper and sequins
  • Heidi Swapp woodgrain stamp
  • Twine

Circleville National Scrapbook Day 2014 – It’s Almost Time


Tomorrow, May 3, marks the beginning of the Circleville National Scrapbook Day event on the Cricut Circle message board.  Many are posting on their blogs, in addition to posting on the message board.  Be sure you check out these very talented crafters and have a fun-filled weekend.

A Day in the Life of Horsebunny –

 Croation Crafter –

 Multi Crafter Amy –

 Paper, Craft, & Scissors –

 Sara Andrews –

 Scrapping for More Fun –

 With Glittering Eyes –

Valentine Mini Album and Card

I’m finally getting around to posting pictures of the Valentine mini album and card I made for a swap I participated in on the Cricut Circle Message Board.  The card features an embroidery design I purchased from Embroidery Library that is made for cardstock.  The scalloped frame was cut with my Cricut using the Elegant Edges cartridge.


I found a mini album on Graphic 45’s blog that I really liked.  It is made by Gloria Stengel and she calls it a flip album.  And lucky for me, there is a tutorial on how to make it.  I loved the papers she used, and since I had many of them on hand, my album is almost exactly like hers.  I had to change a few of the dimensions on the album because mine was turning out to be a bit too chunky.


All the patterned papers are from Graphic 45, most from the Place in Time collection.  The pretty red print on the cover is from the Bird Song collection.  I love how you can combine their collections and they coordinate so well.

The roses were light pink and I sprayed them with Starburst spray from Lindy’s Stamp Gang to get the colors I wanted.  The shimmer shows up pretty well in the pictures.


The album has an organza ribbon closure.


The dark red lace doily was cut from a Spellbinders heart die.  


Here are two pictures that show an overview of the album.  It is an interesting album, with all its interactive pages.



This is what it looks like when it is first opened.  The frame on the right is made with a Martha Stewart punch-around-the-page combo set.  I think it is called Cherish.  


The front pocket holds a photo mat.


This is with the first page flipped out.  The wings are from a Cuttlebug Embossing Plus die called Vintage Collage.  The heart borders are from Martha Stewart punches.  The scalloped frame under the wings is from a Spellbinders die.  


This is after you flip open the page with the wings.  Another scalloped frame from Spellbinders, the heart is from a Martha Stewart die and the key is from Graphic 45.  I think the “love” is also a Martha Stewart punch.  


And another flip:


Here is a gate fold that opens to the back of the album.


 And this what it looks like with the left gate open.


And here we are at the back of the album, with a photo mat held in place with a corner embellishment.


This was a fun album to assemble.


  • Graphic 45 paper and Ornate Metal Key
  • Cricut cartridge:  Elegant Edges
  • Spellbinders dies
  • Martha Stewart punches
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders and Vintage Collage die



Altered Book Box and Stick Pin Swap

I recently participated in an altered book box and stick pin swap on the Cricut Circle Message Board.  I want to share the beautiful box and pins that Maria sent me.  I love the chunky charm she made to hang on the edge of the spine of the book.  It is filled with so many cute charms and beads.


The inside of the box is as beautiful as the outside.


Maria made a stick pin for each month, which I thought was very creative.   She also made a very pretty spring card.  Thank you so much, Maria — I love it all !!



Embroidered Christmas Stocking

As I said in a recent post, I joined the Stocking Stuffer Swap on the Cricut Circle Message Board last month.  My secret partner was the hostess of the swap, Sherry, and I wanted to make a special stocking for her.  She likes butterflies, so I went searching for an embroidery file with a Christmas design with butterflies.  My first stop was Embroidery Library, because I knew I would surely find something I liked on this site.  And I was not disappointed.  I chose their Feliz Flutterby Winter Rose pattern for my stocking, which I made using a Simplicity pattern (that I enlarged in both width and length).  The fabric is a brocade from JoAnn and I used three different metallic threads for some of the swirls and snowflakes.


I love all the baubles hanging from the stocking.  The bow is my first attempt at using my Bow-it-All from Zutter.  I really like how easy it was to make, once I figured out how to tie off the bow correctly.  I made a double bow with three loops, using organza ribbon.

Here’s a close-up of the embroidery.


Cricut Circle Stocking Stuffer Swap Box

For several years I have wanted to participate in the Stocking Stuffer Swap on the Cricut Circle Message Board.  Since this time of the year is usually the busiest for my embroidery business, I have never signed up.  This year I decided I was going to give it a shot and I’m so glad I did.  I had a wonderful time shopping and making gifts for my secret partner.  I will post those later.  Right now I want to show you what my wonderful partner sent me.

My partner for this swap was IrishDancer (her message board name).  It was a secret swap, so I didn’t find out her identity until it was time to open the boxes.  She was so very generous and I love everything she sent.

She sent me all kinds of goodies from Crate Paper’s All Bundled Up collection and from October Afternoon’s Silent Night collection.


 I love the flag/pennant paper punch.  I got some Memento ink in a pretty pink and blue, a glue pen, some Tim Holtz Distress Glitter in pink and blue (so pretty) and a box of Hero Arts tags.


 You could send your partner a stocking or a Santa hat.  IrishDancer sent me a Santa hat that is so sparkly and pretty.  I received a Spellbinders snowflake die, a banner paper pad, a mini notebook that is covered in beautiful fabric, a candy cane pen, some yummy Ghiradelli dark chocolate, and a Jo-Ann’s gift card.  Thank you so much, IrishDancer. You really spoiled me!




Pac-Man Card


Erin asked me to make a birthday card for her to give to one of her friends and she requested something with an 80’s video arcade game on it, like Pac-Man.  I found a print card showing Pac-Man eating dots and heading towards a birthday cake.  So I did my version of that card using my Cricut.

I first printed a maze from the game that I found online.  I thought it would make a neat background for the card.  I designed Pac-Man in Cricut Craft Room, using the George & Basic Shapes cartridge.  I used a circle and laid a triangle over it (not using the weld feature) to make the mouth.  His eye is a black faceted stone from my stash — I think I got them at Joann’s.


The white dots are from an EK Success punch — I think it’s called Swiss Cheese. The birthday cake is from Life’s A Party and I added orange Stickles for the flames on the candles.  Pac-Man, the white dots, and the birthday cake are all popped up with foam dots.


When I was laying out the card in Cricut Craft Room, I happened upon a really neat sentiment that I thought would be great with this card.  It is from a project cartridge called Space Party.  But wouldn’t you know it, it was one of the few cartridges that I didn’t have.  I looked at other fonts, but nothing grabbed me like the Space Party sentiment.

So I went on eBay, found a Space Party cartridge that wasn’t being bid too high and placed a bid.  I ended up getting it for less than $2.50 — can you believe that?  Still, I hope I use it for more than just the sentiment on this one card!

This was a pretty quick and easy card to make — and Erin was very happy with it.  I even made an envelope for it using my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.

I am going to enter this card in the Cricut Circle Challenge, which is to use or try something new.  Since I have never used Space Party before, I figure that will satisfy the requirements.  And I used the Swiss Cheese punch, which I have owned for some time and have never used either.

  • Cricut cartridges used:  George & Basic Shapes, Life’s A Party, Space Party
  • EK Success Swiss Cheese punch
  • Stickles
  • Faceted stone from stash



My First Mini Album

Yesterday I posted the mini album I received in a swap.  Today I want to share the mini album I made for my swap partner.  I took a ton of pictures — I think because after spending so much time making the album, it was hard for me to part with it.  I felt like it was part of the family :-)

I made several wonderful discoveries along the way while making the album.  First and foremost, I discovered some wonderful mini album tutorials on Etsy.  You can find them in Cathy’s shop, which is called SoMuchScrap.

I have been researching minis on the internet for a long time and knew I wanted to make something with interactive pages.  After finding Cathy’s tutorials, I knew this was the way to go for me.    I purchased her binding tutorial and her Je’ T’ Adore tutorial for a 6″ x 6″ mini.  All I did was change the papers to a fall theme.  The tutorials are excellently written and have step-by-step instructions as well as pictures to guide you through each page.  Another plus about purchasing from Cathy is that she readily answers any questions you might have.  So, with big thanks to Cathy, here is my mini.


I used paper from BoBunny’s Forever Fall collection.  The solid cardstock is all from  The brown trim and ribbon are from Joann’s.  Another discovery I made was book cloth — I used imitation suede book cloth to cover the spine of the album and a glue specifically designed for bookbinding.  I was amazed at how easy it was to apply the cloth.  I picked up these supplies at Hollander’s.


The title is from two Spellbinders dies, Labels 4 and Grommet Tags.  I embossed the bottom layer with the Distressed Striped Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I added highlights with a copper ink pad and sponge.  The “Autumn Splendor” is from a Close to My Heart stamp set with the same name, heat embossed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang’s embossing powder.

That is another of my discoveries — Lindy’s Stamp Gang‘s products.  I bought their Autumn Leaves Mega Set and I can’t say enough good things about it.  I love their sprays and embossing powders — they are gorgeous.  Look at the heat embossing close up — their powder not only embosses but also adds a shimmer, which you will see in the second picture.


The dragonfly is from a Martha Stewart punch and I sprayed him with Lindy’s Starburst Spray and dried him with a heat gun.  I added a chocolate pearl to each side of the tag.


The rhinestone embellishment is from Michaels, from their Recollections brand.  I made the three flowers on the front, using Spellbinders Jewel Flowers and Flourishes for the sunflower.  The two smaller flowers are cut with my Cricut using the Flower Shoppe cartridge.  I added Stickles to the centers of the small flowers and Flower Soft to the center of the sunflower.



On the spine I hung a charm on a Tim Holtz ring fastener that I made with supplies I picked up at Joann’s. This was my first time making a charm — and I love the way it turned out.


The pendant is glass and it reminded me of a leaf shape — so I figured it would go well with the album.


OK, let’s look inside the album.  Here are pages 1 and 2.


The first page has a pocket and I used a Martha Stewart border punch on it.   There is also ribbon running under the sentiment.


The sentiment is a graphic I got from the Internet and cut out with a EK Success punch.  I made the leaves using a Cuttlebug die.  I found this video on making leaves and they were really easy to do.  She uses the Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die for her leaves, but I found them to be too large for what I wanted.  The Cuttlebug die leaves were just the right size.  The leaf on the right has Crackle Accents on top of it and the leaf on the left has matte medium coating it.


I made two tags to sit inside the pocket, using Distress Ink, stamping, heat embossing , and seam binding ribbon to create them.  The ribbon is colored with Lindy’s sprays.  


The pumpkin is from a Cuttlebug Cut and Emboss die, the sentiment is computer generated,  and there is another dragonfly from the Martha Stewart punch.  I kept the backs simple.


Page 2 is an interactive page, folding up and closing with a small magnet.  I used Basic Grey magnetic snaps throughout the mini.   The Scrabble letters are from a Whimsy stamp (Spell It Out), heat embossed with Lindy’s embossing powder.  The sunflower is from a Heartfelt Creations stamp, colored with Copics and cut out.


This is page 2, partially open, revealing a tag inside.  The flowers are Recollection from Michaels, sprayed with Lindy’s Starburst Spray and topped with Stickles in the centers.  The pocket that holds the tag is a label shape from Spellbinders, cut in half.  The rectangle on the mat at the right is attached only at the bottom and right hand side to create a pocket to slip a photo in.


I learned so much making this mini — like how to make tabs for tags using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.  I watched this video.


I made the backs of all the tags the same — I created a little spot for journaling.  I used the Cricut cartridge Simply Charmed for the notebook paper, using colored pencils and a ruler to go over the score lines.


This is page 2, fully opened.  I created corners by cutting a square in half and embossing them with Darice’s Fall Leaf folder. The stamps I used throughout the album are either Close To My Heart, Inkadinkado, or from Michaels $1 bin.


Next up are pages 3 and 4.


The leaf is from a Spellbinders die and the sentiment is heat embossed.  The square the leaf is on is only glued at the bottom and left hand edge to the page — to create another pocket.  There is a mat that pulls out with a ribbon tab.


The mat is good sized.  This is the back, which I stamped with a Close To My Heart Stamp.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa Ink for the stamps that aren’t heat embossed.


Page 4 is another interactive page.   The title is from the Simply Scarecrows Cricut cartridge and sprayed with Lindy’s Starburst sprays.  The small leaves are from a Martha Stewart punch.  The ribbon opener features a brad from the BoBunny Forever Fall collection and closes with a magnet.


And here’s what it looks like open.


Now were moving on to pages 5 and 6.


Page 5 has a mat that pulls out of a pocket and folds over, forming the front.  It is held in place with a magnet.  I kept the front simple, adding a couple of leaves and another dragonfly.


This is page 5 open.  There is a tag inside.  The pumpkin on the mat is from the same Cuttlebug Cut and Emboss die that is on the tag in the pocket on page 1, with the leaf cut off.  It is attached only at the bottom and left side, so a photo can slip inside.


Two pictures of the mat, front and back.




Page 6 has a waterfall feature.   The BoBunny charm sits on two Spellbinders ovals.  The brad is also from the Forever Fall collection, using dyed seam binding to wrap around it as a closure.


Each layer of the waterfall has an embossed trim strip at the bottom and a pocket with a tag at the top.  This is the uppermost layer.


Here is the tag, partially pulled out.


The second layer of the waterfall.


This is a close-up of the brad.  I again used the Martha Stewart border punch for the leaf border.


This shows how the waterfall closes.  You will also notice two brads in the spine of my album.  Cathy’s binding tutorial shows how to add strength to your binding system by not only taping it to your spine, but by adding brads.


We’re getting near the end.  Here are pages 7 and 8.


Page 7 has a pocket at the bottom.  The label is a Spellbinders die and the sentiment is heat embossed.  There is another pull out mat in the pocket on this page.


Page 8 features a mat that folds around to the front and is held in place with a magnet.  There is a pocket at the bottom and the curved oval shape (a Spellbinders die) is attached at the bottom to the pocket only.  The embossing is from the Cuttlebug Divine Swirls folder and is highlighted with gold metallic ink.  And there is one more of those little dragonflies on this page.


This picture again shows how wonderful Lindy’s Stamp Gang products are — look at all that sparkle.  I used more than one color on the dragonfly.


This is page 8 with the mat partially out.


And we’re to the last of the pages, pages 9 and 10.


Page 9 is a fun interactive page.  It has a brad and seam binding closure.


The sentiment is attached at the lower and left edges only, forming a pocket.  The small leaves are the negative cuts from the Martha Stewart border punch, sprayed with Starburst Spray.


Page 9 opens to reveal another tag.


The left side of the page then opens up to reveal two more spots for photos.


Page 10 is the inside of the back cover.  It has a pocket at the right hand side with a folded photo mat tucked inside.


I again used some Recollection brand rhinestones on the pocket.


The photo mat features a hexagon made with the BoBunny paper using an Epiphany Crafts tool and  bubble cap.


How cool is that hexagon?


This is the inside of the mat.


And, finally, we are to the back cover of the album.


Thank you for taking a “tour” of my mini album.  And I want to share my last discovery — I discovered that I love to make mini albums.  I am already planning my next one.



  • BoBunny Forever Fall Collection
  • Cricut cartridges:  Flower Shoppe, Simply Charmed, Simply Scarecrows
  • Cuttlebug:  Divine Swirls folder, Distressed Stripes folder,  Fall Leaves die, Cut and Emboss Pumpkin Spice
  • Spellbinders:  Labels Four, Grommet Tags, Jewel Flowers and Flourishes
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder and Starburst Sprays
  • We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board
  • Martha Stewart punches
  • Recollections rhinestones
  • Stickles
  • Flower Soft