Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Septembers kit Sneek-a-Peek

Sneek-a-Peek of Sept kit. I loved creating with this kit.

Monday, August 22, 2011


This is our new addition to the family. He is 5 weeks and his name is Brutus. We are so enjoying playing with him.

Love U

Made this card using the August kit from Above Rubies. I love the little owl that come in this kit. The tree was cut with a cricut.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Made this using the Aug kit for Above Rubies.
It comes with the little punch outs. I inked the edges of everything.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Praying for a young lady I know.

She just had brain surgery to remove a tumor, they got 95% of it. I’m hoping this will cheer her up and encourage her.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Blessing card

Playing around with the flowers I’ve been making. I used my new score board from Stampin Up to make the lines on the paper and the stamp is from Stampin Up too.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Christmas Card for our business

Every year I make cards to send to our customers. This is for this year. It is using the Cricut cartridge Christmas Cards.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Even more Flowers

These were made for 3 different flower dies and papers. All scraps from the Cricut storage boxes. I inked them with distress ink vintage photo. Added the button and another vintage flower has bloomed. I think they are going to go on a frame. I so love making these.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

More Flowers/Dark

I think I’m addicted to making these flowers. These are made from dark circus type of paper that I inked with soot distress ink. Glued the button an. The glue is still wet so that is why the center is white.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Tag with a vintage look

This is one of the tags that I die cut monday night. Playing with some of Tim Holtz dies and inks. I was inspired to try a little grunge look. I like playing with this stuff I need more of Tims inks. I want some stains so bad.

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A few projects from monday

I found this stamp for the sunflowers from Flourishes that I have not played with yet. I had just cut a big stack of manilla file folders that I was going to toss into tags. Great way to repurpose those. Stamped some with the flower and then I colored with pencils. I really like how they turned out.

The flower is a few manilla folders die cut into flowers and some other papers too. Then I ran it through my Big Shot in an embossing folder. Inked with vintage photo distress ink. wrinkle and glue together.

More to come soon.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cricut Cartridge Box Repurposed

I need more space for my stuff and I don’t use my cartridges because I use my Gypsy...A must have as I see it. Anyway, I have about 40 empty boxes to play with to use for gift etc...

I have 6 or so for my cartridges and 7 or so for the overlays. I want the books so I can use them when ever I need to create.

These are the 1st ones to learn on. Don’t throw your boxes away they are wonderful covered.

Monday, August 8, 2011

A blog post from my sweet daughter from Russia

This is what my daughter wrote about her second day in Russia..

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Our third day of our short-term mission trip to Russia included serving the children and students of the Kursk orphanage. Today, we hear from one of our leaders (and avid photographers), Kayla Gray:

Last night, when we finally got to our destination (after thirty hours of traveling), I was so exhausted; I got into bed around midnight and instantly fell asleep. I never sleep on my back, but when I woke up at 5:20 in the morning, I realized that not only did I sleep on my back but I hadn’t move at all the entire night.

In the afternoon, after we met our interpreters and got to know them better, we went to our first orphanage. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I was excited for the new experience. When we pulled into the orphanage, we saw kids coming from different areas of the campus to welcome us when we got out of the bus. Victor, who speaks Russian, instantly started talking to one of the boys who was there to greet us. He told two other girls, who were there to say hi to us, but they were too shy so they walked away. As the photographer, I am able to hang back and watch everything rather than have to play the games. So, while everyone was playing kickball and cheering them on to, “Run run!” (In Russian), one of the little girls from earlier came up and asked me my name. My interpreter was playing kickball so we were unable to get past names until I finally was able to temporarily steal Brianna’s interpreter. Her name was Veronica and she was probably five or six years old. Olga,
Brianna’s interpreter, had to translate for Brianna again and Veronica came over to talk to me. I wanted, so badly, to understand what she was trying to say. I felt like Marlin from “Finding Nemo” when he was talking to Squirt. I managed to show her how to take pictures with my camera without talking.

After that, she was dragging me around everywhere to take pictures of her friends and of the cow they had. I’m pretty sure she took more pictures than I did. We weren’t able to actually talk much, but whenever we would walk anywhere she would grab my arm or hold my hand. I’m never really affectionate with my friends or family because it’s hard for me to be so open and vulnerable. It was kind of weird for me to be so affectionate with a little girl I’ve never met before or to believe that I was making a difference. We were there for two hours max. How could that possibly matter?

Then, I realized when people like us come, we’re reflecting Jesus (or at least we should be). If we are truly loving them like Jesus would love them then we are setting them up for a relationship with God. They might not remember the Bible stories we told them but they’ll remember how we loved them and they’ll remember who we serve and why we were there. Veronica came into the craft room while I was helping with the crafts and made me sit down so she could just sit next to me. When we were outside playing games, she came over and curled into me and just cuddled. We didn’t really talk and I definitely didn’t know her, but I didn’t have to try and love her or have some foundation to love her. I just did (and I could tell she loved me, too).

I know that God has used me before – but this time is different. It’s so simple but it made such a big impact. We’re just playing games with kids and hugging them and trying to say things in Russian (but not exactly succeeding). It’s odd for me to know that these actions are bringing any sort of change while it happens to be so simple. It’s a great reminder that I don’t always need to make some grand gesture or to think through everything for weeks on end before I actually say something. I can just love on people and reflect Jesus. And that’s enough.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

My anniversary gift

Every year my very sweet husband gives me a rose for every year we have been married. He has been doing this since our 1st one. I think it is so sweet.
I love this man.