Tuesday, June 22, 2010


I have been in a paper craft-making mode lately and wanted to share some of the projects that I've completed!

The following cards and envelopes were made using the Cricut Wild Card Cartridge; one of my favorites!

The following card was made for my beautiful stepdaughter for finishing 8th grade with great grades and becoming a high schooler! Eek!

This was the envelope that went with the card for my stepdaughter.

This card wasn't made with Wild Cards. It was Paper Pups and Cuttin' Up.

This page was made to remember the first time we took our Yorkie, Princess, to the ocean to swim!

This page is for my stepdaughter's 8th grade Prom (also known as MORP).

My stepdaughter was also involved with Upward Cheerleading this past winter/spring, so this page commemorates her final performance and the awards ceremony!

Thanks for visiting and checking out my projects!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Great Shopping Day!

I was on a mission today to find a digital camera for my father for Father's Day. He has been using an old 35mm camera from the early 1990s that used to belong to my grandmother, and since my sister made him a Grandpa two years ago and hubby and I are *talking* about trying to have a baby soon, I figured it's about time Dad joins the 21st century! We had bought one from Big Lots last night and ... well, I'll just say I got what I paid for. So we found a decent priced Kodak on Walmart.com last night and I said I'd return the mistake and get this one today. Well, three of our local stores were either out of stock or had the camera priced about $30 more than the website... so while I was at the store, I figured I'd check out the scrapbooking section!


  1. Xyron 1.5" Create-a-Sticker = $6.00
  2. Xyron 1.5" Permanant Refill = $4.00
  3. Martha Stewart Create Black Pigment Ink pad = $2.50
  4. Martha Stewart Create Glue Pad = $2.50
  5. Stampology 4x6" Clear Acrylic Stamp Block = $3.50
  6. Martha Stewart Create 18 Color Gemstone Glitter Set = $12.00
  7. Stampology Clear Stamps, 41 piece Cutesie Alpha = $4.00
  8. Cricut 2 pack of 12x12" Mats = $6.00
Grand Total = $40.50! FOR ALL OF THAT! I thought it was a great price. All of it was considered "clearance" except the Create-a-Sticker and it's refill, but I have been wanting that for a while now.

Needless to say, I still haven't found the camera for my Dad, but I think I might try the site-to-store feature and see how that goes!

Now... to go play with my treasures!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Paper People

One of my favorite Cricut cartridges, so far, is Everyday Paper Dolls. There are so many cute things to make with this cartridge... but of course, the first things I had to make?

Paper Me

Paper Hubby

I think, for my first attempt, they turned out quite well! I need to work on the faces a bit more. Actually, I hope to get to order the Everyday Character Face Assortment stamps from Peachy Keen Stamps soon for my Paper People!

I think eventually I'm going to try to make my whole family into Paper People! Wouldn't it be cute to have their personalized "self" on a card?

More projects to come!

Great News!! I WON!

In trying to absorb all of the information and ideas that I possibly can to jump start my new hobby, I have been picking up/reading/buying all of the scrapbooking/card making magazines that I can find.

This past Saturday, while hubby was having "game day" (a day where all of his geeky friends come over and they play video games), I was out and about. I was lingering in Books-A-Million to waste some time and picked up a copy of Paper Crafts Magazine. This magazine is excellent! I got so many great ideas and inspiration from it! At the back of the May/June issue, there was a segment called "The sun will come out" which was about sun/rainbow inspired cards and projects. I fell in love with the idea and made many notes and tags on this part to refer back to.

Right after that segment, there was a page for a sweepstakes called "The sun will come out sweepstakes". I, being gainfully unemployed, figured WHAT THE HECK and went to the website to enter the contest.... as I have with a few hundred other contests in my favorite magazines. And on with my life I went....

...until today.

I get this email this afternoon.


Congratulations! You have been chosen as a winner of our “The Sun Will Come Out” sweepstakes from the May/June issue of Paper Crafts magazine.
Please reply to this email with your mailing address, so we can mail your prize out to you.

Have a great day!!!

xxxxxxx xxxxxxx | xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx| Paper Crafts magazine | 801.xxx.xxxx
xxxxxxxx@papercraftsmag.com Check out our blog! www.PaperCraftsConnection.com

How wonderful is that! I haven't won anything since first grade when I won a bike helmet for Bike Safety Week!!! I can't wait to get the prize and begin playing with it!!! It's all sunshine-inspired, which is much needed in my life right now as it's been a bit dark and cloudy!

So... for those of you who don't think you can't ever win one of the magazine sweepstakes, I am proof that you can!! :-)


Hello and welcome to my little world!!

I suppose I should start out with a small introduction as to who I am and what I'm doing here.

I am a 28 year old married "girl" who lives in Jacksonville, Florida. I have been unfortunately unemployed for almost a year now and have not been able to find a good job in the field that I want... sooooooo, to beat my boredom and my frustration in not being able to find a job, my husband was loving enough to finance a new hobby for me.


Last May, my wonderful husband surprised me with a beautiful Canon T1i DSLR camera and digital photography lessons at a local university. From that, I ended up with some beautiful photos, but what to do with them??? Let them sit on my computer or on CDs? I couldn't do that!

So I have been pondering what to do 1) with my time and 2) with my photos? Then, one day, walking through a local crafting store, I got the itch to scrapbook! I called him and said, "Ya know... I think I want to start scrapbooking!" His initial response, "How about when we have a little more money?" I was okay with that. Less than a week later, we saw HSN running a very good deal on a Cricut Expression (with cartridges and accessories) and next thing I know, he was ordering my birthday/mother's day gift! So began the monster........

My Expression was delivered on May 11th. Since then, I have accumulated a total of 11 cartridges, several hundred pieces of paper/cardstock, Cricut accessories (like the markers, extra mats, etc), several types of adhesive, a Cuttlebug with several diecuts and embossing folders, ribbons, buttons, sticker sets, and the newest addition to my collection of things to try: stamps and stamp pads. Finally, on Monday, dear hubby encouraged me to try to win a Cricut Gypsy on eBay... which we did. I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival (which I'm praying comes prior to our vacation!!!) This hobby is addicting!!!!

So far, I have made several scrapbook layouts, a handful of cards, and misc. projects testing out my cartridges and supplies. I love doing it, even though I know I'm far from being an expert! I think I may have finally found a hobby that I might actually stick with!

Now what's with this blog? There are so many scrapbooking blogs! I know that I will never be one of the blogs with thousands and thousands of followers, BUT I want to do a blog to share my projects, discoveries, frustrations, and joys in this great hobby!! I might also use it as a place to put some of my photos that I am proud of, as well as some personal stuff!

I hope you'll come along on my journey of discovery and stumblings through the great world of scrapbooking!!!