Saturday, November 14, 2009

My Version of a Do-it-Yourself Cookbook

I was recently in a swap called "Box on a Budget" on the Cricut Message board. My Bind-it-All and Cricut Every Day Paper Doll cartridge are my newest crafting toys and I really wanted to do something using them both. This is what I came up with. I have a store-bought book like this to write all of my favorite recipes down, to keep them all together and I do use it a lot. I hope my box partner, Julie, enjoys using this over the years and it reminds her of our swap when she gets it out! Since this swap is supposed to be 99% out of your scrapbook stash, the cover is made with part of a cereal box sandwiched between two pieces of card stock. It makes it sturdy, and once it is finished, you never would know that is what is in the middle. I did enjoy playing with the Bind-it-All and I can't wait to make more Paper Dolls!

Simple Card

I was asked to make a card for a little boy who was in the hospital and needed some encouragement. This is from my Cricut Wild Card cartridge. I think the owl turns out cute and I love the matching envelope. It was a fun and simple card to make and I am sure there will be more this one to come!

Stationary Box for My Sister-In-Law's Birthday

My sister-in-law, Debby, is such a sweetheart! When she sees anything to do with paper crafting she thinks of me. My husband was at their house one day and she sent a 300-page package of card stock. Since her birthday was coming up, it was perfect timing to use the gift to make a gift! This is the stationary box I made for her. I made sure that at least one part of the card was paper that came from the package she bought me. I made eight greeting cards, four note cards and four gift tags to put in the box. The directions called for a place for a small address book, pen and postage stamps. By the time I made all of the cards I did, the box would have really bulged with all of those things in there, so I skipped them.

Debby said she loved it (I hope she did - I mean what else does someone say when you give them a gift!). She sent me a thank you card from the set I made her. That was the first time I received a card from someone that I had made!
To give credit where credit it due, I watched a You Tube video done by by Danni Graves who can be found at Then I was luck enough to find written directions with a supply list and measurements for cutting and scoring lines on the Cricut Message Board that Jackie Topa had written and shared.

Monday, November 9, 2009

I am Fisk-A-Teer #6701

I am having a great time being a Fisk-A-Teer; seeing and thinking orange as Fisk-A-Teers tend to do!

Most paper crafters know about the great products made by Fiskars. Fisk-A-Teers are Crafting Ambassators of Fiskar products. Even in the non-crafting homes, almost everyone has owns or has at least seen the orange-handled scissors made by Fiskars.

All of my new fisk-a-friends are so friendly, upbeat and encouraging. The positive attitudes of all of the wonderful people are infectious and uplifting!

If you would like to be a Fisk-A-Teer, go to and follow prompt to join. You will get in touch with one of the five great Lead Fiskateers who will guide you through the process so you, too, can join in on the fisk-a-fun!