Friday, December 30, 2011

Reindeer Thank You Cards

The Box

The Card


This has to be my favorite that I did on Christmas Day. Though the pics don't really do them justice. They were so fun to make and I got to bling them up by using different colored gems on each card. Package of six. My SIL loved them.

Not sure if sewing counts but I have sewed a couple things for my little buddy Pikachu. He goes with me almost everywhere and since we live in Oregon, that means its chilly and damp or down right rainy. (Though this year has been remarkably drier than I can remember it ever being) Anyhow, he has to wear some kind of sweater or cover if he's to be out and about or he shakes something fierce. So I've made up a few things for him and will be posting those in the future too. Hope everyone has a safe and happy new years!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Snowman Gift Set

Pretty sure my sister in law doesn't check my blog. But just in case, I cropped the pics to weed out as much of her floor as possible. Ha Ha Ha! This is the snowman card that I made on Christmas Day. Gave to my sister in laws sister. What would that make her? Not a sister... But I see her almost as much as I see my sil. So maybe... :)

Anyways, Recollection stamp for Mr. Frosty. I just love their foam stamp sets. STILL haven't made it out to the craft room since that day to find out the name of the paper pack I used but its from Michaels. And I'll let you know eventually if you care. HOW DO YOU GUYS KEEP UP WITH ALL THE DETAILS to describe what you did and used? Maybe that should be my new years resolution. Write it down!!! But I think I'll be happy with just making it out there to create and leave you hanging on the details from time to time. HA!

Hope you are all having a fabulous day.

Ever Feel Like This?

I know this isn't crafty, but I saw this picture and got a huge kick out of it. Every day I feel like the world is pushing against me and I am struggling to push back. I think I will print this. :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mistletoe Thank You's

Card Front:


Inside The Card:

Again, I apologize about the dark and random photo of this. But hey, I am posting! Thats the main thing right? This is the continuation from yesterdays post about the card sets I created to give away on Christmas Day. My intention was to do holiday gift cards but to leave the inside blank so they could be used for their thank you's. I wanted to embellish and bling this up but I ran out of time. Hubby literally had the card loaded and running the engine waiting on me. Yikes!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Season's Greeting

Pardon the bad pics coming at you... for the near future. They were taken in a dark hallway with my phone. But at least I am posting!

The paper was purchased at Micheals (I will come back and post the manufacturer here in a bit) but I wanted to make sure I at least got this much on here. Recollections for the stamp. LOVE IT!

I did six of these for a "set" to give away for christmas. They were done in a hurry so I didn't have time to get good pics or details for you. Over the next few days I'll be posting the others I did in my wild spree of card making. I was super rushed because I did them a couple hours before we were going to a party. But man, it felt SOOOOO GOOOOOOD to be crafting again.

I won't tell you the state of my craft room at the moment. No, there were not any recorded hurricanes in Oregon. But off the record... I believe one hit my room head on!!!

Hope everyone had a super fantastic holiday. I've missed you all while I was away and hope to be hopping to some blogs soon to visit. Take care everyone.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Are You The Winner Of Chic & Scary???

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Congrats to the owner of the Cute and Some Blog winning this great new cart! Please get in contact with me at kristiewards(at) with your snail mail addy and it will be on its way to you shortly!

Hope everyone has a spooktacular day today. Happy Halloween Everyone! And remember to keep checking back for future giveaways. Thanks for playing.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Chic & Scary Giveaway!

Its been awhile since I had a giveaway. But in my defense, theres been alot going on! Things are starting to settle in and I'm starting to find my groove once again. To celebrate that (like we need a reason?!) I'll be giving away this cool cartridge on October 31st. Yep! What a cool halloween treat huh? All ya gotta do is what you always have to do to get something from me. (I keep it simple.)You have to be a follower because this is how I thank you for putting up with me. And two, leave me a comment saying you would want it (and please make sure I know how to get a hold of you because I'll be sad if I can't get you the prize!) Thats it. You can spread the word and send people here, or don't and keep the secret all to yourself. Up to you!

I'll have draw on Halloween and will post the winner. Good luck everyone!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tinkerbell Wishes You A Happy Halloween

A pink halloween card? Yep! A tinkerbell halloween card? Double Yep! Don't you just love it? Dear little tink sitting among the pumpkins. This will be perfect for my sister in law who is a disney freak.

Still having to scan them in. If anyone knows where I might have placed that camera chip I'd really appreciate a hint! LOL! Thanks for bearing with me on the bad scans.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Happy Fall Ya'll

Good morning! I guess its a good morning. I have a bit of a cold so I am not 100% with the bright and cheery this morning. But I am doing well trying to fake it so far. :)

This card was used from Sesame Seasons. Good ol' Bert was having fun making a huge snowball in the booklet. But I changed that out to holding a pumpkin. A two dimensional tree in the background with some flower soft makes the perfect backdrop for Bert and his giant pumpkin don't you think?

Since I scanned this card in, the colors are all wonky. But in "real life" its quite awesome if I do say so myself.

I presented this card to my employers family this morning and they were over the moon about it. Lets not tell them that the bug once again, makes me look like I spent 'hours' on a card. :)hee hee hee. I don't have hours unfortunately. Can you imagine what that would be like?

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Retail Therapy Card

This was done with my Imagine machine and the Better Together cartridge. A very quick and simple cut. I cut the image twice so I could pop out the packages that she carries for some added dimension. I ended up softening the edges with white paint ---not my intention but I didn't clean up from my last project and knocked over the dang bottle. So rather than do it all over again, I just went with it. Lesson learned. Not too bad. But not how I wanted it exactly. Oh well! If I strove for perfection, you'd never find a post from me! Oh, and this card is for a friend who is going thru some medical issues of her own. I don't see or talk to her very much anymore but never the less, I want to show that I still care. She was very overwhelmed the other day so I made this up for her in hopes that we could make some time to hit the mall one day soon and catch up.

Sorry to lose another follower. I really am trying to keep posting but with my medical conditions and family life, it is a struggle. But then again, each and every one of you have your very own struggles. SO -- I guess what I am saying is thank you to all of you that do continue to come here and check in. And also for posting on your own blogs. You inspire me and make me smile daily with all your amazing creations.

I am going to try to have a drawing as a thank you to all of you in the next few weeks. So do keep checking back! Hugs to you all. Have a great day.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


My SIL asked our family over for dinner the other night. We finally caught up on everyones birthdays and just had a quiet evening together. It was so nice to download and relax for the evening and just be us.

So to thank her for the lovely dinner and all her hard work, I was going to send her this. She likes things very simple and elegant so this is what I came up with. We might live in the same town, but we hardly ever see each other. So a simple 'hello' and thank you should work perfectly.

I used the Cricut Cartridge Ornamental Iron (2) image on page 54. La Creme paper. Studio 112 stamp.

Monday, October 3, 2011

"Turning 50 doesn't have to stink..."

Campin critters to the rescue!I did this back in August and didn't get a chance to post. I cuttled the background with the number set for a soft background that added a bit of dimension to the card. Then cuttled the outhouse just to add some texture. Flocked the skunk for more texture and softness. I really liked how it turned out. A very non traditional bday card for a guy. Cards for men are the hardest for me to do, so I am very happy with this one. (Oh, and I cut everything at 3.75")Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

For the sight impaired.

****Hmmmm a few of my posts didn't go out in time. I found this one still sitting here. So its obviously past grandparents day! I will still post to remind everyone to find other ways to make the elderly love ones day.****

Yeah. I am not quite there yet. But I am getting closer every stinkin' day.

My grams unfortunately is already there. And as she ages, she gets to enjoy less and less.

Last month she was complaining that there was no point in people getting her cards because she couldn't read them. And she is sad that she isn't able to write to people anymore for her xmas cards. Well, isn't that just sucky?

So it was grandparents weekend and she was sitting by herself on the patio. So I ran in and quickly made her this card. Its that huge poster board folded in half.(Card ended up being 18" high x 14" wide. It was huge! Using A Childs Year this was just so easy and quick. She got a huge kick out of it. And it literally took me just a few minutes to make her whole day.

So I encourage you to think of some of your parents or grandparents and do this for them if they are struggling. We don't have to stop completely, we just need to find another way.

And yep, I even volunteered to write her xmas cards when she's ready to dicate them.

Tis' the season to get ready to be selfless and giving!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vinyl project

Alright peeps. Lets recycle!

This was a clear tube from a usb lighting system my hubs bought for more clutter around the house. Yep, you know how I love clutter. NOT!!! Anyways, I stole the container!!! But SHHHHHH! Don't tell him that. I "needed" it. ;)

This is super simple too. Grab any clear container you desire and cut image out on vinyl. Attach to project and voila, ultra cute personalized piece. In this case its a dog biscuit container. I used black vinyl and the forever friends cartridge again. Super fast and ultra fun!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Personalized Blankets

Everyone now knows about my little Pika. Well Pikachu. I call him Pika unless he's in trouble. Or chewy. The more he gets up and going, chewy becomes more and more applicable! But Pika kinda sticks and is easy to say. Anyhow, before I got to bring my little man home, I had some questions for his foster mother. And just so I didn't annoy the poo out of her, I tried to save them up so I wouldn't drive her nuts. But I am sure I still did. But I was soooo excited!!! So, in order to smooth the way and kiss up a bit, I ran to the store and bought a couple baby blankets. One for the momma and another for the daddy. Those are HER babies and I thought she'd get a kick out of it. And she did! I used the imagine machine to print out the their names and images. Ironed them on and this is what I came out with:

Here is the dads:

And here is the moms:

I used the opposites attract font cartridge and four legged friends for the paw print and chihuahua image.

Hope you love it as much as I did. Have a wonderful evening.

Monday, September 19, 2011


It has been ages since I updated my Gypsy. I had no idea that there were so many new cartridges out there. For some one that had every cartridge there for awhile, I really missed the ball on this one. Good thing I lost the feeling of having to have every single one because alot of these images are repeats. And some are just plain bizarre. IMO.

But all the updating is done so maybe while I am laying around chilln' by the pool the next couple of nights I might get some stuff put on there. I could try at least. Cause' its not happening the way it is!

Hope everyone stays crafty while I am away on seminars!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Bus Album

Theoretically you "could" make this board book/album with your cricut in a snap. However, when you can just pick one up in a clearance bin for a buck, why would you?! LOL! I am all about easy peasy (and cheap!) these days unfortunately.

Imagine me in 90 degree weather. No, no, not on a sandy beach with a drink in my hand, wrong image. Lets try again. Picture me in a car with no air conditioning. Hair fried. Nerves frazzled. I am late for dinner, late for "meet the teacher," late, late, late. I detest being behind. I HATE being late. So what do I do? Stop at the craft store. Does that make any sense??? Yeah, it didn't to me either. But apparently I needed to pick up a friend whose car was having trouble and she was waiting in JoAnn's where it was nice and air conditioned. A dangerous place for someone like me. I have to run through the store like a mad woman to locate her and ... "WHAT WAS THAT?!" "Back up a minute. Hmmm.. Yeah. This is cool. Yeah, I could vinyl this. YEAH!" Grab album, grab friend and I am OFF! Slam down some dinner, toss friend out the door when her next ride shows up, and run like a lady's whose underpants are on fire to the craft room. Are you with me? Still picturing this? Yeah. I was looking GOOD. (Not.) Anyways, grabbed some vinyl, slapped it down on the cricut and while its cutting I write all my pertinent information down on a 3 x5 card to slip inside album to give to teacher. It gets done cutting, I lay down the letters, and BAM! A personalized gift in just moments. I run inside. Add some deoderant, pull up my hair, and meet the kid and hubs in the car. My son insists that its "okay" but no way is he giving it to his teacher. I have to admit, this is probably something you'd give a first grade teacher or something. But hey, it was better than nothing. And what a way to make someone feel special. The teacher loved it. Success! And all done in less than 5 minutes. :) But don't tell I cheated "k"???

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Its A Boy!

Because life isn't crazy enough... I thought it would be extra fun and challenging to add baby Pikachu to our mix. And boy oh boy is he darling! The added bonus of puppy kisses and a permanent snoozing buddy has been delightful. This gives you a highlight on what I am up to.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A little note card

Here is a little note card for a friend that I have been spending a lot of time with. She has been such an encouragement to get to the pool and work out. She's very positive and has such a neat perspective and outlook that I really enjoy our time together. So I pulled out Elegant Edges (again!) and created this for her as a small thank you.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Cupcake!

Just a little card for a little 8 year old girl. I just HAD to play around with those corner punches and the Elegant Edge Cartridge. I think I am in love with it and will keep going to it quite often. Lots of good stuff on there!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Does this look like a birthday card? Nope not really. But I was going for "your not antique, your timeless." Grams is turning 86 and is feeling a bit old and lonely. A little left out as she watches us hustle and bustle to and fro. So I wanted to do this card to let her know that she's not old. She's timeless, in fact priceless. Not to compare her to a chair, but to compare her to a chair... LOL! She's aged, but sturdy, useful, and comforting. The one that we always go to and curl up in. Her love has always enveloped us. Just like a good chair. :) So there you go folks, I have now lost it and have started comparing people to furniture. With any luck, I will committed by the end of the year!

I used the new Sophisticated cartridge for this one and some paper that had that fuzzy embossing on it? I love the texture of it! I topped it off by sewing a pillow to toss on the chair edge to add some dimension. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

School Supply Shopping? Um, no....

Well, yeah, I did. I went school supply shopping. But did you know that in this little town, Staples is next to Michaels? How can I be next door to M's and not go in? It just wouldn't be right. Right? LOL! So here is my haul.

Monday, August 15, 2011

We go together like Strawberry & Chocolate!

Happy 13th Anniversary to me and the hubs. Yep, 13 years by my calendar. 17 if you ask my hubs. HA! But really folks he finally did the math and we came up with the same number. OY! I bet it FEELS more like 20. But for the sake of accuracy, its the big 1 3...

Now, on to the card. Sweet treats baby! This is such a delicious cartridge don't you think? I am not sure how well you can see it but I used liquid glass on the cup. Sprayed some shimmer mist on the scoops because it just needed to sparkle and appear a bit cold and frosty. Then used liqued applique for the whipped topping. Blinged the cherry up with a spot of liquid pearls. Used liquid pearls for the sprinkles as well. Lots of colorful deliciousness in this one.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Accordian Album

Heres a fun little accordian album. Nothing too fancy to get my groove back on. I wanted to keep it very simple and without alot of embellishments. I don't know this ladies grandkids but she has been doing a lot for me and talks about them all the time. They recently went to the zoo together so I quickly made this up so she can put some of those photos from her trip on her mantle or elsewhere in her house to make her smile. Its just some covered grungeboard cut into slight arches, punched eyelets for sturdiness, and joined by mismatching ribbon for color and fun.

Hope you peeps had a fantastic weekend. I know I did!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I went shopping!

And came home with these... :)

Which doesn't make sense to me or my ten year old who said "Um, mom... Why are you buying these when you don't even craft anymore?"

Good point kiddo. But I was in a craft store. We're talking months of withdrawl here. How could I just walk out? And WHY haven't you ladies kept me up to date on all the fun carts coming out? SHAME ON YOU!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Not sure if anyone missed me or not but I shut down my blog for a few weeks in a effort to regain some much needed perspective. Have you ever been so overwhelmed that instead of doing more, you just shut down?

Well, that is what happened to me. I finally got a diagnosis for some issues I have been having. And that was a huge relief. To know that I am not going crazy was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I am not going insane! YEAH!!! Thats always good news don't you think?

Anyhoooo... What in the world does this have to do with a crafting blog??? - I am getting to that. LOL! So with a diagnosis, I got meds. Lots of meds. Okay. Big adjustment for a girl that has problems swallowing as simple as vitamins. :) Then came the extra appointments. Overwhelming amounts of appointments. To add some additional chaos, lets throw in exercising five nights a week shall we? Ugh. Are you KIDDING ME?! I can't move without shrieking and you want me to exercise? Alrighty then. Stupid doctors. LOL! Off to the pool I go. Every stinkin' evening. You'd think I'd be a size 6 by now. (Okay, its only been a couple weeks so maybe I need my expectations adjusted a bit.) SOOOOO lets wrap this up shall we? In a nut shell, I have been preoccupied, over extended, and overwhelmed. Which leaves my craft room vacant and dust accumulating. Bottom line - no cards, no layouts, no crafts. Nada to show you peeps.

So instead of crying about it and whining, thought I'd get a new perspective and a new sense of reality. Opened back up my blog and thought I'd just share with you that I am here. And I will post when I can. Please feel free to keep following me. As I feel better and get more acquainted with juggling things,I will be posting more often.

Hugs to all of you. Thank you for your support and understanding ~ 2 ducky :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Dog Sitter Thank You Card

DCWV pet paper stack. Paper pups for the adorable puppers. Block Party for the chic holding the dog cookie. Dog cookie is actually a small button embellishment popped up. Pardon the blurry photo. But at least its posted!


Looking forward to visiting some blogs today. Excited that I actually had something to post. My posts will be fewer in number than I was doing previously because dang ol' "life" got in the way. Between doctor appts, exercising, and running a house, well, crafting has gone so far to the back burner that I almost forgot about it. Almost. LOL! Do you know that I haven't been to a craft store in over 2 months? I KNOW! Good thing I didn't think of that during my ekg yesterday or I really WOULD have been having a heart attack. HA!

Hope everyone is doing well and again, thank you for all your well wishes.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Thank You For Your Concern :)

I received several emails lately inquiring about where the heck I have vanished to. Thank you all for your concern. I will try to get back here in the near future. Just have some health issues I need to get under control first. I've not been crafting so I had nothing to share. :( But hopefully I will find my way back to my beloved craft room soon! Thank you all for your kind words and for the time to seek me out. I "will" be back.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thanks a bunch

{Penny Black Stamp}