It works, finally.


It’s installed!  SCAL, Sure Cuts a Lot!  Oh, I had a hard time with it.  In the long run, (my DH technical advisor), said, it’ll work with our old PC, but not on our MAC.  Even with the firmware installed, it just hangs.

Ever since I saw SCAL demo’d here by Kristina Werner, with her “Merry Christmas” SVG file, I wanted to give it a go.  It’s not identical, but as close as I could get using the Fonts that I own.

I drew it up in Illustrator, using her tutorial on Merged Letters and then imported the SVG file to Sure Cuts a Lot.  My Cricut is the little one.  Anything I make has to be at max 6×12, & not too detailed, but I think I’m going to have fun with this!


Used:  DCWV Christmas Stack PP, Illustrator, Sure Cuts A Lot Software, Cricut Machine, Wendy Type Font, Zapf DingBats Font, Two Peas Old Type Font, Baskerville (astrick) Symbol (ribbon), Buttons & Embroidery Floss. Recollections Decorative Border (pink felt zig zag)

Celebrate with CAKE!


Well, I’m not kidding you when I say it’s been a crazy week, with some craziness on the schedule for the foreseeable future. DH is travelling a bunch. I’m not complaining, in these nutty times, he has a job that provides for our family, but I miss my second engine in the evening. Sick kids on & off, but not too sick, thank goodness.

Oh yes, oh yes, happy news for me & a bit of a shocker still–I am part of the Design Team over at Paper Craft Planet.  I adore that sight, the crafters are AWESOME & all really sweet & as I’m getting to know them more, they are a HOOT!  Love IT!

I thought I would celebrate my fun PCPlanet news with one of my favourite Challenges out there!  Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge.  This week’s challenge, #58, is the Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck classic princess movie, Roman Holiday.


I found the template for the Cake Box from Ruthannzaroff.  I used 2 pieces of 12×12 Patterned Paper from Robin’s Nest Scrapbooking (Cream Paisley, I believe).  I was able to cut 8 cake pieces using that template.


Glossy Stock White Paper was run through the Cuttlebug with Scalloped Nestabilties.


The Filigree Stamp set is from Anna Griffin & the circular stamp is from SU! (retired) Papa’s Pocket.


Each piece would be a fun little party favour.  Kinda’ looks “showery/weddingy/princess-tea-party-ish”.  DH thought it kinda looked like a hunk of fancy cheese.  <insert head shake/eye roll here>  Anyways, think of the fun you could have, change the embossing powder or make it a chocolate cake, or a layered cake by printing off the template in various sizes!!   Honestly, it really is not fidgety to make.  If you like me you can try to pick at it for 10 minutes when ever you have a chance.


Okay, enough fun, onto reality of dishes, puppies, kids, oh I forgot Liam’s good pants have to be hemmed for tomorrow … hmmm maybe two sided tape would do until I had a chance to sew them properly …

Super Glitta’


This week’s Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge is one of my favourite movies, really, it is so funny.  CSCC57 is My Big Fat Greek Wedding.


I had gone out to pick up some super ‘over the top’ Blue Paper for the outrageously ‘over the top’ wedding party from the movie.  I’m not really sure if I’d give this Congrats card out at a wedding, depends on the people getting married, I suppose.  It was much fun to make though!  The Black on Acetate trim is from Best Creation Inc.  The frame was cut out using Spellbinders Nestabilties, Labels Four.


Here’s a bit more fun with that same super thick Glitter Paper (picked up at Heather’s Stamping Haven here in Ottawa).  I used it with the Spellbinders Nestabilities (Create A Flake) Snow flake Die Cut (FUN!).  Cut 4 of them out (2 dark blue & 2 light blue) & glued it together, to make this ornament.  Much less messy that shakin’ the glitter on myself.


Her Signature Colour


Well, I’m a day late with the ever so fun Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge.  I have been trying to figure out why my Sure Cuts A Lot Software isn’t working with my Mac … maybe it’s the upgraded Snow Leopard I have installed, I don’t know, but honestly it’s bugging me.  So one of my outs I love to do when I’m frustrated … CRAFT ROOM, BABY!  This weeks (well last week’s) Challenge, #56 was Legally Blonde.   Silly movie, watched it on You Tube.  Reece did a good job.


Here’s my card with Reese’s signature colour from the movie.  I used the Cricut Printing Cartridge 101 for the trophy & the Grad Hat, I cut out by hand, after frustration with SCAL.   I will get that thing working if it kills me.  Apparently there’s an upgrading coming out in November to help out with MAC users.


Used Starring You Stamp Set, White EP, Versamark Ink, Positively Pink CS, Water colour Paper, Cricut Printing Cartridge 101 (trophy), Jewels from my stash, dimensionals.



Thought I’d have some fun with another of Arielle’s Colour Q’s.  Not normally colours I would put together, but that’s the point of a challenge, right?  I must admit, I do LOVE Sage Shadow & Bordering Blue.  I do have a big pile of Night of Navy & the rarely used stamp pad, but the Durango I had to fudge.  Here’s this week’s Colour Q 5:


As always, still a bit gluey due to my impatience, but here’s my go with that flower pot inspiration.  I went with Kraft CS for the Neutral.


Used Punch Pals Stamp SU Stamp Set, Martha Stewart Pine Punch, Border Blue CS, Sage Shadow CS, Kraft CS (my neutral), Not Quite Navy Marker, Sage Shadow Ink, Brayer, Watercolour Paper, Versa Mark Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Embossing Thread & Beads Glossy Accents Glue.

Christmas Inspired


Isn’t that too welcoming?  It’s the Paper Craft Planet Inspiration photo that Millie picked out for this week’s PCPcolor41 Challenge.

The colours we were to use were Muted Red, Vanilla & White & here’s my go at the challenge:


Thanks for the fun inspiration, Millie!

Used:  Vanilla CS, Stampin’ UP! Gross Grain Stripped Ribbon, Christmas Greetings & Tree Trimmings Stamp Sets, White EP, Versa Mark Ink, Corner Rounder.

Watering Bucket Challenge


I thought I’d try out a new Colour Inspiration Challenge from Arielle, called Colour Q.  This is Colour Q #4, that started on the Tuesday 27th October.  I think it’s a week long, so I hope I’m playing along at the right time.


I used this Watering Bucket template that I found on Splitcoaststampers, from Helen Orr.  Yes, I know, the glue isn’t dry.  Impatient me.


Here’s the other side.


Thanks for the fun!

Crafty Martha

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #55 … Create something Spookey-Halloweeny.
This is a Halloween Candy Holder for a Cinema Saturday Cinema Challenge , 55. I saw the idea from Gardenia’s Blog!

The original template is from Martha Stewart, that crafty woman.  So here’s Martha’s Coffin:

Used:  Old Olive CS, Déjà Views Global Views double sided patterned paper, Black CS, Martha Stewart Edge Punch, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder with Home Accents Cartridge, cording from my sewing stash, tag punch, Olive Stazon Ink, Martha Stewart clear Halloween Stamps Goo Alphabet.

My 1st Template!

Hey everyone.  I told Jen that I would do my best to post this week’s Scrappy Sunday Challenge over at PaperCraftPlanet, while Jen’s out of town.

This week’s sketch might require a bit of rough draft so you can get the journaling around the outside of the page.  I think it looks cool ever since I saw Ali Edwards do it on her layouts & ESPECIALLY if you can do it in your own handwriting, how personal.  Digi scrappers & traditional scrappers, hopefully you’ll have some fun with this.  I did forget to sketch in embellishments, with all the pics on the page … um sorry :) I’m sure you’ll all be able to find somewhere to put them in (for me I just did it around the photos themselves).

The sketch is in 12″x12″ square format, but you can switch it up to fit your scrapbook (flip or rotate the sketch, and move things around a bit, but try to stay true to the basic outline of the sketch. Have Fun!!) I’ve always scrapbooked in 8.5×11″, but the basic square template is there.  Anyhow, I hope some of you will have the chance to play along.  We’d love to see some of you family & friends uploaded & tagged sb102509 so we can put them in album.

To Download a FREE Template click HERE!

Here’s my version (in 8.5×11″–cause that’s how I scrap!)

Used: a freebie from (Scrapbooks Etc) SBESweetYellowNewPaper with a white colour overlay, Wendy Type Font, Rhonna Farrer Rough Up Digi Kit, TwoPeas Old Type Font.

Pram Inspired

Well, it’s been ages since I’ve participated in a Colour Inspiration Challenge (family, housework & life gets busy no?) at PaperCraftPlanet, but this photo, that Millie chose, from hiren info, was so inspiring I really wanted to try & make something.  (I think this is pcpcolor39.)

Here’s my little pram.  As close to a copy of my own that my 3 babies all were in … sniff, sniff, just a moment.  We actually had a pink musical hippo pull toy on our pram, not a pink bear, but there ya go.

The blanket is textured Paper, embossed with an argyle Cuttlebug folder.

The template itself, was not a “pram” template.  I did find one free pram template, but it was sized oddly, so I couldn’t make heads or tails of it.  Instead I used a Car-Van template from the Crafty PC (& just didn’t cut the wheels out).  You can see it better if you hold the pram upside down … it sorta looks like a mini truck.  Or maybe not, but that was “the” template.

The Sun Shade part of it, I just eyeballed with a Coluzzle Oval Cutter.  I think I made them a bit big.

Used:  Night of Navy CS, Bashful Blue CS, Pink Pirouhette CS, Rhinestone Brads, Circle Punches 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/4″, Martha stewart Clear Dotted Stamps, White EP, Versa mark Ink, Marvy Bear Punch, Argyle CuttleBug Embossing Folder, Coluzzle Large Oval Cutter, Scallop Edge Punch, Pop Dots.