Paper Paradise

Friday, July 31, 2009

Busy Bee's

Aunt Ina working on her scrapbook. She worked harder than all of us put together that day!
Sandy teaching Cathy how to use her machine. :)

My little die cuts for the girls baby album that I'm going to make them.

Tuesday we got together at the shack for a "before we (meaning, me) go back to school crop." LOL Cathy wanted us to get together before I had to go back to work. It was a lot of fun! I used Sandy's New Arrival's cartridge to cut out a few things. I love that cart! I found a bunch of the girls baby picture's the other day while cleaning out my closet so I thought I'd make them an album each. Maybe I'll have it finished for Christmas. I didn't start scrapping until 2006 but luckily I did take lots of pictures!!!

Well this week has been extremely busy for me. Yesterday and the day before we went school shopping. YES! School is already back in secession. :( And today is Lacey's birthday. So yesterday after shopping all day I dropped off the girls with Clint and went back to get birthday presents for Lacey. I'm sad summer has ended so soon for us but I am really looking forward to cooler weather and the holidays!

I'm still excited about the new gypsy that is coming out! I saw this video on craft critique and thought I'd share with you. Maybe by some miracle my hubby will read my blog and surprise me with this for Christmas. NOT!!! :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


WOW! I'm really excited tonight! Provo craft has just released new details about the new gypsy! You can watch the video here. I never thought I'd need the design studio or even thought that I would want it. I am just not one who likes to bog my computer down with pictures, files and extra software or anything else that would take up memory and make my computer slower. This tool really would be great for me! And who wants to lug a computer around when you can do it right there sitting in your sb room or away at a crop! It also comes with many different accessories! See those here. The new cartridges can be preordered on the oh my crafts website. Boy, do I wish I could have went to Orlando to the CHA this week because they were giving these babies away free!!! YES FREE! Well, looks like I'll be saving up for this baby! So what do you think about it? I'd love to hear your comments!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Generous People!

I have found out since I've started scrapbooking that scrappers/card makers/crafters are the MOST generous people I now. They are constantly giving away gifts! Whether it's store bought or homemade, they love to give things away. Check out what Melissa is giving away on her blog and let her know how great her new blog is!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

More Summer Giveaways

I don't know about you but I LOVE giveaways!!
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Oh I'd love to have these!!!

Another great giveaway! Check it out here

Melissa is having a blogaversary and she's giving away some really cool prizes! Check it out here for details. This is just one of the great prizes!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Kitchen Aid giveaway

Like to win a mixer? Check it out here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

ATC's and Baby Card

I entered my first ever ATC (artist trading cards) swap at outta this funk and I finished those up today. Blog Here, Site Here. I really wanted to use my cricut and cut something to go on the cards but of course the cards are too small for that. 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 So I decided to use some new Michael's $1.oo stamps and a new blender pen from HL that I haven't used yet. A good excuse to play with new stuff right? I'm not 100% happy with the sponging. I didn't have any sponges so I just used the ink pad which didn't work too well. But that's okay. I may end up redoing these just for fun.

This is a pink and brown card that I made Beth for the baby shower. Now that I think of it, I don't remember seeing her open it. I bet it got thrown away accidentally. Her little girl was opening the gifts and throwing away all the paper and I bet it got put in the trash by mistake. I'll have to ask her about that. I really need to invest in more embossing folders. I think I may just do that next pay period. I love the textured look the folders give.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Baby Shower Gifts

I went to a baby shower tonight for a friend of mine, so you know I had to make a little something for her. I love altering stuff! So I altered a wet wipe case, 2 baby bottles, a box of wet wipes and a diaper bag. All pink and brown. I cut some pink vinyl out for the diaper bag. I believe the letter M is 4 1/2 inches and I used the storybook cartridge. One of my favorites carts. The diaper bag is actually vinyl too so it sticks really great to it! I wished I had moved it up alittle bit but that's okay too. I love the new hot baby colors, pink and brown for a girl and also blue or green and brown for the boys. I had a lot of fun playing with pink and brown papers today! I'd love to keep the diaper bag for myself because it's so cute and it looks and feels like a large purse or small tote.
Tomorrow I'm going to work at the shack. I joined my first ATC (artist trading cards) swap last night. So I'm excited about doing those.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Welcome Home

This is vinyl that I put on the back door at Daddy's. A little "welcome home" surprise for when they get home from the hospital.

Today I went over to the shack to make a "welcome home" banner for Daddy. He is still in the hospital. I hope he gets to come home by the weekend. Bless his heart, he is so tired of surgeries, being sick and hospitals! They think he has a intestinal blockage. They really haven't given us a clear answer yet. It's no fun having your stomach pumped. He hasn't eaten anything in almost 2 weeks. Please say a prayer for him. He really needs them right now.

Anyways, I hope to surprise them with the banner and window cling. I used Cathy's Stand and Salute cartridge for the "my hero" and "welcome home soldier." My dad was in the military back in the day. I wanted to use a patriotic theme because he really is a troop.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Hero Arts Big Week!

Hero arts is having a big week on their blog starting today. Check it out here to see and enter the madness. Lots of prizes, challenges, ideas and more.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Vinyl Mania

Lacey's name over her window. I used the cartridge "storybook" my favorite cart so far.
Haley's name on her door.

Over the door in the craft shack.

inspire on the craft shack door

Lacey's name on her door.

Haley's name over her bedroom window. My walls are textured but it works like a charm. Very pretty. I believe I cut her letters at 6 3/4 inches. I had to use the 12x24 mat side to make it fit.

I've been having so much fun cutting out vinyl with my cricut lately. Surprisingly it's really easy. Well once I figured out what I was doing. :)
I cut the vinyl using the following settings:

I noticed it was easier if it cut through both the sheet of vinyl and the backing. After cutting the vinyl I peeled off the negative part and that left the cut design of vinyl and the backing of the cut design on the mat. I then peeled off the white paper(the none sticky shiny side) from the transfer tape(the sticky side). I put the sticky side of the transfer tape directly down on top of the cut image(vinyl) and used a popsicle stick to scrap over the top to make sure the vinyl would stick to the transfer tape. I slowly peeled up the transfer tape and the cut vinyl image came up with it. Tip- if the vinyl image does not come up gently help it along by easily taking your nail and lift it up. After you have the image transferred to the transfer tape you can align it on the wall and do the same scrapping motion again. Peel the transfer tape off and the image stays on the wall. Super cool! You can find video's on how to do this on YouTube. This is how I learned. Money saving tip- You can use the transfer tape twice.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Stampinaddicts is having a sweet giveaway on their blog. Check it out here if you'd like to enter.
I finally finished the last of the twilight books. Great series for sure! I really enjoyed reading each book and I'm really sad that I've finished the last one. I really can't wait until the movie new moon comes out this November! I have really enjoyed my summer. I'm so sad because it's coming to an end really quick! We'll all be back in school before you know it. I'll be holding back the tears! I love summer! I will miss our pool time, late night movies, sleeping in, visiting my family, reading,relaxing, grilling, crafting all day, soaking up the sun, vacations. It's almost to much to bare. Can you tell I'm not ready?!

Saturday Ramblings

Thursday night we went to the movies. Clint and I saw my sister's keeper (per my request) and the girls saw ice age. It was a GREAT movie but it was extremely sad. I cried like a baby from about half way in through to the end. It was a movie that could really happen and the sad thought is that things like these happen everyday! We take life for granted everyday. And I couldn't help but to think of my girls when watching this. My mother always told me that I didn't know what love was until I had my own children and boy was she right! I can become a very over protecting cougar when it comes to my girls! LOL But isn't that the way it is supposed to be? :) I am extremely blessed with a beautiful family and my heart is all warm and fuzzy. Great movie. Go see it.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

One Day Late

Keith's new song. I love it! Sandy, this one's for u! ;)

I love this movie! One of our all time favorites! I love the way it's been edited! Brillant!

And we are living our love song. It doesn't get much better than this!

Yesterday was our anniversary. lol We both forgot. I remembered right before midnight last night. We've been really busy this summer, my dad is in the hospital and it was not something that I had in my forethought. We both thought it was kind of funny.

I'm so lucky to be in love with my best friend! I wouldn't have it any other way!

Happy Late Anniversary Babe!

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Grocery List Notepad

Angie just posted a new tutorial and it's super cute so I thought I'd share with you. I love her video's. I hope everyone had a great 4th of July holiday.

Today I'm cleaning and cleaning out clutter. I'm taking a short break right now. Have a great day!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

New stuff

I love these new carts! I really love the one below! Got to have that new font. :) These are new releases. You can see more here.

I love the new embossing cuddlebug folders that have recently came out. You can see more here.
Sometimes it can be overwhelming because of all the new scrapbooking products that constantly come out. If you're not careful you'll be caught up in just shopping and shopping again for scrapping goodies and yet never using them. I always use new products when I get them. That's the fun of it. I do wished I had more embossing folders though. I only have about 4 or 5. I find that I'm constantly borrowing Cathy's swiss dots. :) I guess I do NEED more.
Tuesday I did get to cut and play with some vinyl. Boy was that fun!! I finally got the hang of it. Next time I go to the shack I'm going to take a few pix to share. Have a great night.