Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Mermaid's Crafts blog show off today - come check out her blog!

THIS IS COPIED FROM HER BLOG  A Mermaid's Crafts   I have been following Lisa's blog for quite some time and have been inspired so much.  IF you have not visited her blog yet.. go on and show her some bloggy love and if inspired, become a follower :)  Doris

Six Month Blogaversary Giveaway!!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Today is my six month blogaversary! Wow, I can't believe how fast time flies! I still remember trying to decide if I should even create a blog. I thought, who would want to follow me? I am so glad I did...I have met so many amazing people and I am so thankful for each and every one of my followers! I appreciate you so very much, and you inspire me daily! I wanted to do something special to thank you!
This is just a small token of my affection (my budget was severely limited by the new computer that I got on Friday and have spent the last two days on the phone with tech support trying to figure out why the cursor randomly jumps around the page! frustrating! I haven't been able to craft in three days!!) But, I'm just 70 away from 700 followers, so if I hit 700, I'll dig into my savings and add even more candy! So spread the word :)

All you have to do to be eligible to win is:
  1. Be a follower, and
  2. Leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you
  3. For an additional entry, tell your friends! Post this on your blog or sidebar or Facebook and then come back and leave another comment with a link to the post
That's it! The giveaway will be open until midnight EST on October 12th. I will use to pick a winner on the 13th. Oohh, October 13th just sounds spooky, doesn't it? It's not even a Friday!

Besides my blogaversary, I want to celebrate two other exciting events! One, I just redesigned my blog! It's been a long, hard process and I'm still working on all the little tweaks like section headers and a new button, but I wanted to debut the look on my blogaversary. I finally figured out how to do the top pic with clickable links, which was so stinkin' time consuming, but I will be able to add a gallery and tutorials soon.

Also, I am so excited to announce that I am going to be published in Scrapbook News and Review, the world's largest online scrapbooking magazine!! This was the first time I've ever submitted to a magazine and they picked both the cards I submitted! The call was for sympathy cards, which I have a hard time doing, but I used the new K Andrew Designs Sympathetic Sayings Stamp Set, which has such amazing made making the card easy! Click HERE to purchase your own set of these fabulous stamps!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

this is just a test - playing with the scheduled time/date

well hello there - just in case you opened it up anyway...  all this technology is ???  so anyhow...  Have a great day and will be back soon!!  This is my youngest granddaughter, she is 2 and such a grandmas's girl  She insisted she was NOT tired and was NOT going to nap but wanted to sit with me as I was playing with my Cricut.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Teacher gift sign using School Colors 3D project for My Pink Stamper

I made the initial sign from ELEGANT EDGES Cricut cartridge cut at 11.12in in H & 9.10 in W.  Using the Oblong feature on the Gypsy/keypad overlay on # 31.
 I used plain old cardboard that comes with your paper from the LSS. Using the Scrap-booking paint from Making Memories I painted in Pansy Purple.   Inked around the edging using Grey Flannel ink from Close to My heart
I then created in my Gypsy using the Font in CAR DECALS creating most of the words.  Makin' the Grade cartridge was used for the Apple and the teachers name.   I cut all the words out using Yellow vinyl from Oh My Crafts.
Red cardstock for the Apple cut out 2 times with yellow.  I used the yellow words inside the apple.  The Apple is 3d suing the dots. Close to My Heart twine was used to hang up the sign.
The black A-Z is rub-ons from Glitz Rub-ons and the smaller rub-ons are from Making Memories.  Both rub-ons have been in my stash for a while - perfect to have when you need it most!
I wanted to put a pic of a roadrunner (school mascot) but will go to the school this week and take a pic of it!  Hope you like it!

Not only is this a present for my 1st graders teacher BUT also entering it at  for making a 3D school project.  Sorry I didn't have any of your stamps to use..  One day I will :)

Friday, September 9, 2011

I am a Guest designer on Love to Crop!! so EXCITED..

HI.  My name is Doris.  I am a cricut-holic - paper-holic- etc.. I love my acrylic & rubber stamps, paper, ink, fiber, bling, stickles, and so on... and everything else that happens to come into my stash to help me create.  I am a stay at home mom / grandma. with a hubby, 3 grown kids & 1- 7yr old son. Jayden said he really loooved my project and to show everyone so here it is... and 4 other awesome Grandkids.. We keep busy! I babysit my 2 yr old granddaughter and just lately she's been wanting to play with my crafts..  ALRIGHT!!!  that makes all my grandkids crafty kids :)

I love to be inspired by so many blogs and always looking for that new blog.. Would love to have you follow me if my creativity inspires you.. So please leave your blog address so that I may come on over and leave you some love too. go ahead and be honest.. just don't make me cry..  Ever see a menopausal women cry??   if not - it's not pretty :0

SO... For the next 2 weeks I will be a GUEST DESIGNER on Amy's Blog - Love to Crop and am so excited.  My very first as a GUEST DESIGNER and can't be any more excited than to have it on Amy's blog!!  Thank you Amy for having me.

OUR project is FALL COLORS.. reds, yellows, greens, oranges, browns. MAKE ANY PROJECT using these FALL COLORS.   I LOVE this time of year and these colors.  So without waiting any further... here is my project.    This simple aluminum frame was bought from Hobby Lobby.   created on my Gypsy and cut-out on my Expression using green vinyl from,  It will happily hang on my porch!
I filled it up with Vinyl words , Apple and a few leaves  -
A Child's Year -  Car Decals - Give A Hoot - Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art- Printing 101- Pumpkins Carvings - Straight From The Nest - Thanksgiving
There are also epoxy stickers  (unknown source; had them a while out of the package, BUT I did purchase them from Micheal's last year.)  leaves are stickers from Micheal's.

This is the back of the frame.  I put on a vinyl pumpkin.  Will eventually make another set of words BUT will add the family name to this side.
 Please head on back to and check out the rest of the awesome projects from more fabulous Guest Designers  - created in the Awesome FALL COLORS. Leave them some love too..   I encourage YOU to make ANY project & using FALL COLORS and link it up in the link just above! Amy at Love to crop will have a giveaway for those linking up.  Can't WAIT to see what you have created....
Until then....  have a blessed day!

Monday, September 5, 2011

halloween card - trick or treat

I am not a Halloween person BUT this was a challenge that I had to do which was good as it allowed.. okay - "forced" me to become creative!  So whatca think??
There is A LOT listed here.. Cricut cartridge used: MINI MONSTERS on page 41.  created on my gypsy and cut out on my Expression   ** Peachy Keen Stamp for cute face is from Boy mates  PK 643 at 1 1/8.  **PAPER: CTMH c/s: amethyst, hydrangea, black, kiwi ( kiwi is deleted), **INK: black ctmh  ** Velvet paper in my stash for the border of hat and button look on shirt  ** STICKLES USED: dark blue for hat (looks purple), icicle for "pearl like necklace", Gunmetal for hair, Stardust for shoes that were cut out on the Hydrangea c/s.  ** Color Box for the cheek were Warm Red and just used my finger tip.  **CTMH stamp set for the Trick or Treat D1311 October word Puzzle.  **Twine has been with me and was bought from Micheals in a package.. unknown exact source but is 2 different colors  -black/orange & white/orange

I am also sending this to Madison at for the kiddos at the Pediatric Speciality Care in bucks Co, Pa.  This is in conjuction with the labor of Love Halloween Blog Hop.  Madison will be sending my card and many others to the hospital so these boys and girls will EACH receive a card.  Have you made and sent a card??  Wondering how????  head on over to Madison's blog and read about this well worthy cause and see and hear about the 40 women who made banners to brighten these children's rooms while they are at the hospital.
THIS is the real colors... I was afraid of messing up and deleting...  Hope you like it.  I added the cheeks after I scanned in this card!
ALSO...  I am entering this card for the Peachy Keen Stamp Connection Halloween swap!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

MICHELLE keeps updating her list - many go and many come!!    Please e-mail Michelle if you are interested in any of these awesome deals.     I get so excited when she tells me she won another cartridge!!  Is there a certain cartridge you have been trying to get but just can't.  tell Michelle.. she has the "touch" of e-bay.. LOL  :)    Have an awesome day!!!    Doris

Welcome to my "Cricut Store" !!! :-) I have a HUGE selection of Cricut cartridges for sale ~ all are Brand-new, still in the package!! :-) Most of them are $20 - $25. I do have some that are $30 (retired, hard to find, etc.) Many of my cartridges for sale have been retired, and will be difficult to find for a reasonable price soon!! Many of them are new and very new releases, also!! Several of the new-release cartridges that I'm selling for $30 are actually priced lower than they've ever gone on ebay!! The only way I'm able to do this is because I bought several "lots", so enjoy!!! :-) First come, first serve! :-)

I also have LOTS of other cricut goodies (Sept. 1 - I lowered the prices on several items because I have so many of them, and to sell quicker!)................I bought some items in bulk, so don't pay retail; I've got them for at least 50% off retail; all of these are brand-new, still in the packages!! :-)

Cricut replacement blades - 2 pk. ~ $5
Deep cut replacement blades - 2 pk. ~ $8
Deep cut blade housing w/ 1 blade ~ $10
Cake blades - 2 pk. ~ $5
Scrap caddy w/ insert ~ $15 (neatly organizes 8 cricut cartridges with booklets and keypad overlays)
Scrap caddy additional inserts ~ $5 (each insert holds 8 cartridges. For solution cartridges, a scrap caddy with an addtl. insert can store 16 cartridges!)
Design Studio software ~ $20
Cricut 7-pc. tool kit ~ $10 (includes: knife, hook, scoop, bone folder, ruler, scraper, scissors, in a zippered pouch)
Cgull 11-pc. tool kit ~ $16 (includes: bone folder, small scraper, larger scraper, exacto knife, 2 extra exacto blades, scissors, stainless tweezers, hook, scoop, narrow blade spatula w/ rounded tip, and wide blade spatula, in a black leatherette case - your choice of black or pink!)
Spatula ~ $4
Ink/ markers for cricut machines (pkg. of 5) ~ $5 (Your choice of Basic, Primary, or Fashion colors)
Mats 6X12" (pkg. of 2) ~ $5
Mats 12X12" (pkg. of 2) ~ $6
Mats 12X24" (pkg. of 2) ~ $8
Cricut 12" Paper Trimmer ~ $6
Cricut Trimmer blades (pkg. of 2) ~ $3
Cricut Trimmer scoring blades (pkg. of 2) ~ $3
Transfer Tape (pkg. of 4 sheets 12X24") ~ $5
Cricut Cuttables Adhesive-backed stencil material ~ $5
Cricut Essential Kit ~ $35 (includes: cricut tool kit, cricut 12" paper trimmer, 2 cricut replacement blades, 2 cutting mats 6X12", spatula, celebrations paper pad, and rainbow cardstock pad)
Cricut Expression Essentials Kit ~ $40 (includes: cricut tool kit, cricut 12" paper trimmer, deep-cut housing and blade, 2 cutting mats 12X12", spatula, 4' black vinyl, roll of transfer tape, roll of stencil materials, and an ideas booklet)
Cricut YourStory 12" book binder/ laminating machine bundle ~ $40 (includes: 12" YourStory machine, YourStory trimmer w/ 4 blades, 5 book binders, 24 laminating pouches, and a user manual)

Now for the cartridges!! My lists are divided by: Recently added (added in the past month), and then a complete list by price. (Coming soon: a "Bargain Bin" - Used cartridges that are in like-new condition, and unlinked to a gypsy! These will be $2 - 5 less than the same new cartridge!!)

RECENTLY ADDED (for those of you who check my list often!):
50 States (retired)
Animal Kingdom (retired)
B is for Boy (lite)
Beyond Birthdays (retired)
Block Party (lite)
Campin Critters
Carousel (lite)
Celebrations (retired)
Christmas Cards
Cindy loo
Damask Decor (new release)
Disney Classics
Everyday Pop Up cards (new release)
Hello Kitty Font
Life's a Beach
Live Simply (lite)
Mickey Font (retired)
Mini Monsters
Nate's ABCs (new release)
Nifty Fifties
Pumpkin Carving
Simply Charmed
Stamping (retired)
Stand and Salute
Straight from the Nest
Summer Celebrations (very new release)
Sweet Tooth Boxes (very new release)
Walk in My Garden
Word Collage (very new release)

COMPLETE LIST - $20 each:
A Word Party (retired)
An Ocean of Words (retired)
April Showers
Base Camp (retired)
Baseball (retired)
Basketball (retired)
Birthday Cakes
Christmas Village
Cuttin Up
Doodletype (retired)
Fabulous Finds (retired)
Hanna Montana (font)
Holiday Cakes
Home Accents (retired)
Home Decor (retired)
Learning Curve (retired)
My World
Nursery Rhymes
Opposites Attract (retired)
Plantin Schoolbook
Pooh & Friends
Pooh Font (retired)
Printing 101 (retired)
Pumpkin Carving
Sesame Street Font
Simply Sweet
Soccer (retired)
Speaking of Fall (retired)
Spring Holiday Cards
Stamping (retired)
Summer in Paris
Trim the Tree
Wedding (retired)
Winter Lace
Zooballoo (retired)

COMPLETE LIST - $22 each:
50 States (retired)
A Garden of Words (retired)
Car Decals
Cindy loo
Cursive 101
Designer's Calendar
Dinosaur Tracks (retired)
Elmo's Party
Forever Young
Freshly Picked
Girls' MakeUp Party (very new release)
Give a Hoot
Going Places
Graphically Speaking
Groovy Times
Independence Day
Makin the Grade (retired)
Mickey Font
Mini Monsters
My Community
Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art
Nifty Fifties
Once Upon a Princess
Paperdoll Dress Up
Princess Party (very new release)
Printing Press (retired; this cartridge has been opened, but is NOT linked to a gypsy)
Robot Party (very new release)
Rock Princess
Sesame Street Friends
Sesame Street Seasons
Space Party (very new release)
Stone Script (retired)
Stretch Your Imagination
Summer Vacation
Teardrop (retired)
Tie the Knot
Walk in My Garden
Wall Decor
Wild Card
Winter Frolic
Winter Woodland

COMPLETE LIST - $25 each:
3 Birds on Parade
A Child's Year
All Sports
Ashlyn's Alphabet
Best of Pixar
Beyond Birthdays (retired)
Birthday Bash
Boys Will be Boys
CARS (Disney Pixar) (retired)
Celebrations (retired)
Classic Font
Country Life
Create a Critter
Cricut Essentials
Cupcake (lite)
Father's Day (new release)
Florals Embellished
Happy Graduation (new release)
Inspired Heart (lite)
Life's a Beach
Life's a Party
Luau (new release)
Martha Stewart Birthday Cake Art
Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art
Mother's Day Bouquet (new release)
Ornamental Iron
Quarter Note
Serenade (retired)
Straight from the Nest
Street Sign (retired)
Summer Celebrations (very new release)
Toy Story
Word Collage (very new release)
Wrap it Up (this cartridge is similar to the retired Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge in that it has 50 mini boxes you can make!!!)
Zoo Day (lite)

COMPLETE LIST - $30 each:
4 Legged Friends (lite)
Animal Kingdom (retired)
Best Images of 2006 (very new release ~ a variety of favorite images from the 2006 cartridges!)
Best Images of 2008 (very new release ~ a variety of favorite images from the 2008 cartridges!)
Best Images of 2009 (very new release ~ a vareity of favorite images from the 2009 cartridges!)
Best Images of 2010 (very new release ~ a variety of favorite images from the 2010 cartridges!)
B is for Boy (lite)
Billionaire (lite)
Block Party (lite)
Bloom (lite)
Botanicals (lite)
Campin Critters
Carousel (lite)
Chore Chart (lite)
Christmas Cards
Cupcake Wrappers (lite)
Damask Decor (very new release)
Disney Classics
Dude! (lite)
Everyday Pop Up cards (very new release)
Feeling Groovy (lite)
Flower Shoppe (very new release)
Formal Occasions
Handyman (lite)
Hello Kitty Font
Hoot 'n' Holler (lite)
Jolly Holidays (lite)
Joys of the Season (retired)
Lacy Labels (lite)
Live Simply (lite)
Lovely Floral (lite)
Meow (lite)
Mini Monograms (retired)
Nate's ABCs
Pack Your Bags
Paper Lace (new release)
Sans Serif (retired)
Savory (lite)
Simply Charmed
Slumber Party (lite)
Speaking of School (retired)
Splish Splash (lite)
Stand and Salute
Sugar and Spice (lite)
Sweet Tooth Boxes (very new release)
Sweet Treats
Twinkle Toes (lite)
Varsity Letter (lite)

Imagine Cartridges:
Ancestry - $10
Mr. Frosty - $10
Mystical Garden - $10
Snapshot Everyday - $10
Snapshot Nature - $10
Audrey - $20
Best Friends - $20
Blossom - $20
Elise - $20
Heirloom - $20