This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24 - BGlad!

Monday, December 1, 2008

A New Tradition

One of our traditions has been to give each of the girls a Christmas tree ornament each year. The idea being when they have their own household they will have ornaments for that first Christmas tree, along with memories of our family times together.

This weekend we presented our newly married daughter with her box of ornaments and started a new tradition.
We purchased a snowglobe for her and hubby. Since they are now living in North Carolina and probably won't be seeing much real snow we thought this would remind them of their homes in Indiana and Ohio!

Turns out our new son-in-love thought this was a great gift because he was never allowed to have a snowglobe when he was home (3 rowdy boys and a mom who didn't want to clean up a mess!)

I designed this file to add a date to the snowglobe and also added the date to the ornament we bought for DD#2. While I realize the year is almost over, I thought there might be a few others out there that would like to stick a date on something. LOL

Now Available for Purchase

If 2009 would be more useful for you, leave a comment or send an e-mail and I'll see what I can do!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Don't know about you, but I have way too much to be thankful for to confine it to just one day! And truthfully, I should treat every day as Thanksgiving day (sans the big meal, of course!!)

Here's wishing you a blessing-filled, family-filled, memory-filled week of thanks.

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*Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living! Amanda Bradley

Send an E-mail with requests and/or comments!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Grandparent Quotes

During the past week, in addition to getting the house ready for an open house on Sunday, I was able to complete a few pages for DH's Grandmother's 100th Birthday Album. Not only did I have to find the time, but I had to find all my supples that I had "hidden away" LOL

Here's the first page. (I just love this photo of DH when he was 2 months old!!)

Since I didn't have many photos I decided to use various quotes to tell the story.

*Thanks to everyone who shared!*
As promised here's the list I compiled with your help. Maybe they can help you with a project also!

*Grandparents are just parents that are GRAND.
*Since the beginning of time, grandmothers have been the negotiators and peacemakers in their families.

*Grandmas are voices of the past and role models of the present. *Grandmothers open the doors to the future.
*A grandma is a mom with extra frosting.
*As a reward for being a great mother you become a grandma and when you have great grandchildren it's because you’re a great grandmother!! *Children are born, traditions are passed, the love continues on.
*Between the earth and sky above, nothing can match a grandmother's love.
*Grandchildren are a grandparent's link to the future, and grandparents are the child's link to the past.
*Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.
Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children. - Alex Haley

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I'll leave you with some great advice from a very wise grandmother to her grandchild -

*Keep an open mind, but be careful what you shovel into it!

Happy Tuesday! And don't forget to thank a Veteran!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Backyard Friends

As I was preparing supper the other evening, I glanced outside the kitchen window and this is what I saw . . .

I raced for my camera and was surprised when they stood still long enough for me to take several photos!

This is our neighbor's kitty (he's a frequent visitor - likes my little patch of catnip!) And I have seen the momma and fawn several times this fall, but usually on the other side of the creek.

After several minutes of checking each other out, the deer sauntered across the creek, then the kitty walked to the creek bank and watched them till they disappeared from sight. Seems like quite the little friendship is blossoming in my backyard!

For today's share I designed some "Drippy" folding photo corners. Not only can you use these for spooky Halloween layouts, cut them from white and you'll have icicles! They could also pass for stalactites (and stalagmites if placed at the bottom of your photos!) for caving layouts.

Coming soon to Cutters Market.

(*shoot me an e-mail if you'd like the svg for SCAL)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

90 & 100

This fall we are celebrating a couple big milestones in our family.
This weekend my grandmother is celebrating her 90th birthday with an open house for family and friends. And in mid-November we will be gathering to celebrate the 100th birthday of DH's grandmother. Both of these lovely ladies are family treasures that are too often taken for granted but much deserving of a grand celebration! We're all looking forward to these days honoring lives well-lived. I'm sure we'll be hearing some stories not often shared, along with those that we've been told a million times!

This file is in honor of all of our Grand Grandmothers!

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For myself, I will need to grab my scrapping gear from all the places I've stashed it during my get-ready-to-sell-the-house cleanup, and get a few album pages finished for a scrapbook we are putting together for that 100th birthday party - wish me luck with that little game of hide and seek!

And about that album . . . My idea is to use a lot of "family" quotes along with photos of our little branch of Grandma's family tree.

Here's your chance to participate
- What are some of your favorite quotes regarding family/grandparents? Love to hear them! You can either
e-mail me or leave a comment. I'll post all that I receive so that we can all have a stash of great family quotes to use for various special occasions!

Here's one of my favorites to get you started
*Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. (Gail Lumet Buckly)

Can't wait to hear from you!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Trick or Treat!

Guess you’ll have to decide if this is a trick or a treat, but I’m finally back to blogging after all these weeks! We’ve been busy/busy these last few weeks and I have missed my cutter “play time” and my friends here so much!

Available at Cutters Market.

Our house is now “on the market” and we are feeling good about how it will show. Too bad the economy/news reports aren’t making anyone feel like purchasing a house! I know we wouldn’t be considering it if not forced to by a job relocation! Time will tell, I guess.
Right now we are still naively optimistic!

Beautiful fall day here in Northern Indiana, sunny and temps in the 70’s – I’ve got to finish this up so I can go out and enjoy it!

Hope you have a beautiful day whatever you are doing!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cake (stand) anyone?

Sorry for the long wait between posts, but time is at a premium for us right now.
Progress is being made - I've actually sorted through, condensed, and moved my sewing room. One room to paint, one to "spruce up" and a basement to de-clutter. We're hoping to be ready to list the house by October.

After seeing the aftermath of Ike I am very thankful for this dry and secure little house! We even missed out on some of the heavy rain remnants of Ike that moved through Indiana. Thoughts and prayers are with those of you who are cleaning up after the storms that blew across the country.

I designed this cake stand for a request, than added a cake to go along with it.


The stand would look pretty cut from vellum or a pearlescent paper.

Sending blessings your way . . .

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Microscope Request

In answer to a recent request here's a
microscope file for all you mad scientists!

Available at Cutters Market.

E-mail your requests and comments
or for an svg file for SCAL

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A Moving Year

Hi friends!

I think I will call 2008 a very moving year for us.

We've moved both girls home from college last spring; moved the newlyweds to Ohio, then to North Carolina; this weekend we moved DD#2 back to college; and now we are preparing ourselves for a move to Tennessee. This doesn't even include all the emotional upheaval we've been adjusting to. It's a good thing I've been too busy to think much about it all!

I have actually started digging into my sewing/crafting room, the contents of the closet now covers the floor - is this really progress??? LOL

Through the years I've intentionally put cards or notes I've received from my family in the bottom of an odd drawer or box. It is such fun to come upon a hand-made heart shaped card that has been lovingly covered in Lisa Frank stickers with the message "I love you mom", written in a 6 year old's best printing. aaah, sniff, sniff : )

Hope you enjoy this star flourish file.

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Cutters Market

*Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. ~ Pamela Vaull Starr
*Second star to the right, and straight on 'till morning. ~ from Peter Pan
*If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Passing along some sunshine

I've been a busy beaver lately, been sorting through, throwing away and organizing EVERYTHING. I feel pretty good about the main floor of the house right now. But the most daunting task still lies ahead - my craft/sewing room!! Yikes!

I designed this file this morning just trying to put off the inevitable task for a bit longer . . . Wish me luck!

Just in case the weather where you are is a bit dreary today, I thought I'd offer you this bit of sunshine.

Available at Cutters Market.

*Friends are the sunshine of life ~ John Hay
*Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves ~ Sir James Barrie
*Love comforteth like sunshine after rain ~ William Shakespeare

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Going, Going . . .


A new file!

Available at Cutters Market

This is my tribute to the summer of 2008 and how fast it has passed me by. Use the title to say good-by to summer, for sunset photos, a 4-H or antique auction, or for a page about your "little one" leaving for kindergarten . . . or college, or for whatever your imagination brings to mind!

Silly me thought it would be smooth sailing after the wedding. Little did I know what the rest of summer held for us!! DD#1 & hubby are building their little nest in NC. DD#2 is getting ready to head back for her junior year of college. Soon our home will be a little too quiet again. But . . . well be busy doing little fix-up/clean-up jobs, just in case we need to try to sell our home and move further south.

Thanks to y'all (practicing in case we move south {grin}) for continuing to stop in for a visit!

I found this quote, which makes me a bit sad about the prospect of moving, but is sweet, non-the-less.

*Memories hide in every corner of my home and I take great delight every time I stumble across one.*

Think I'll re-hide all those memories I stumble across in the corners of my heart so they'll be with me no matter where I am!!

**email if you'd like an svg of this file**

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A little movie trivia

Just a little FYI . . .

The documentary film "American Teen" recently released in theaters features students who graduated with my daughter, right here in smalltown, Indiana. According to her it was a real hassle to put up with the film crew throughout the year, but it was interesting non-the-less. Everyone in her graduating class was invited to "apply" to be one of the students followed through their senior year of high school. Those interested were then interviewed, several were chosen and the filming began. DD and her friends decided the invasion of privacy wasn't worth the possibility of a little "fame" (plus they couldn't imagine their lives being movie-worthy!)

The film premiered here this week, to MUCH fanfare. If you want to see what a big deal this is to a small town read the news clip from the local paper here.

Our family wasn't part of the sold-out crowd, but we do want to see the movie once it is showing at the local theater. We'll be trying to see if we can catch a glimpse of our own DD in the background. LOL

Monday, August 4, 2008


Wow, how can it be August???

How can it be I haven't blogged since July18???

We've covered a lot of ground since my last entry.
*Moved DD to her new home in North Carolina
*Visited Nashville, our possible new homebase
*Started various fix-up, paint-up projects at home in prep for a possible sale
*Trying to savor time with family & friends
*Finished up the Summer Reading Program at the library

With all that going on the little CR is feeling very neglected, I think the only thing I cut was a title for a bulletin board at work. I'm really missing the creative outlet, so I hope to get a few free moments soon to work on some new files.

In the meantime, thanks for checking in and hope you are enjoying your summer!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Playing catch-up

Can't believe I haven't touched my cutter for over a week! Just been trying to catch up on a few things here at home and get my mind re-focused. Last weekend the newlyweds were here and opened their wedding gifts. They took most items with them, so I now have my living room back! They are currently house-sitting, then they'll be moving to Asheboro, North Carolina the first part of August.

Got a fun preview of the wedding photos. Their photographer was a friend from college and was so excited to be taking the photos. She's still prepping most of the pix but forwarded a couple to DD - I think this one looks like a magazine cover . . .
Can't wait to see the others! Great job, Jen!

Don't have to go in to work today so I have the whole day to myself. Although this wasn't on my list of things to do for the day (LOL) I designed a fun little flourish frame to share.
Soon to Cutters Market
I thought it would be fun to frame a photo, a journaling box, a date or monogram. Let me know if/how you use it!
(The monogram font is Lucia BT)

BTW - I have svg's for almost all of my files - if you use SCAL and would like an svg file, shoot me an email!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Journey Journal

fI've made a habit of keeping a log of each of our family vacations. It's been a great help when I am ready to scrap our summer photos. In the journal I usually write down activities we do each day, interesting sights along the way, funny town names, silly quotes or anecdotes; as well as details such as prices paid for admission, gas mileage, and distance from here to there, etc. (It's been fun to look back and see that on our honeymoon the price of admission to Disney World was barely over $20 each, that we've driven by the Cowpasture River, and that DD#2 saw walnut shells along a hiking trail and called them "pig snots". LOL)
I made this altered composition book to take along with us this year. I used pages from an old atlas to cover the front and back than added other fun and/or travel related items.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Wedding Reception Centerpieces

Were you wondering what I was going to do with all those photos of DD & her (then) fiance'?

Last year I started collecting small silver frames, glass plates and glass goblets at garage sales and second hand stores. I printed off photos of the engaged couple to fit in the frames. Then turned the goblets upside down and adhered a plate on top to form a mini pedestal.

We placed a frame on top of each pedestal, along with silk rose petals, a string of pearls, a bit of lace, some glass pebbles, and a little silver basket holding a tealight. We placed the pedestal on a metallic silver circle of wrapping paper and wound a length of tulle around the base, as well as a few more rose petals and glass pebbles and the chocolate kiss favor bundles.
Each centerpiece was similar to the others but unique in it's own way. It looked nice - but the cost was minimal!
The mini pedestals are also a fun way to serve refreshments at a party or shower (we used them at DD#2's HS graduation party). You can vary the size and height depending on goblet and plate size!
A similar idea is to use china plates and tea cups.

Another new family member

Not only did the end of June provide me with a son-in-law, but I also gained a new nephew!

My oh-so-accommodating sister was willing to wait until after DD was married to deliver this sweet little bundle. Eli was born on June 30 and is now home getting acquainted with his two brothers and sister.

Can the summer get any better??

To celebrate I'm having a sale at Cutters Market. All my files in the Children category are now $.75 or less. Hurry over - this is for a limited time.

Nashville - anyone?

Hubby and I will be visiting Nashville, Tennessee soon. This is a "scouting" expedition for a possible job transfer opportunity.

Any of you wonderful blog friends from Nashville or know about the area? Got any little known facts, hints or tips. The coolest places to live, visit, eat or shop? The easiest ways to get around? Any places to avoid?

Send me an e-mail or leave a comment. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

On another note . . .

Happy Independence Day!!

Visit my gallery at Cutters Market and pick up a free file!

**May your picnic stay dry and your fireworks soar high!**

Can we get back to "normal" now?

Wow - I don't know where to start!! There was/is so much going on around here.

First off - the wedding was beautiful/wonderful. Everything went very smoothly! Everyone and everything was where they were supposed to be and even the weather cooperated! The ceremony was lovely and moving (groom's minister dad & grandpa officiated). Can't wait to see and share photos! Mr & Mrs are on their honeymoon in Florida, the gifts have been stashed in my livingroom until they get back to open them and 'most' everything else is either boxed up or back where it belongs. Here's one photo to share, snapped by DD#2 at the reception of the newlyweds' first dance.

For all you oh-so-patient blog visitors here's a cutter file share for today and, hopefully, I'll get in another post or two in the near future.
I teased you a few days ago with a photo of the bridesmaids' gifts.

The gift consisted of a personal photo in an embellished mat,
a card from the bride, and a pillow box holding a necklace and earrings to wear at the ceremony. We used Worldwin Pearlescent papers for a classy, shimmery look.

Coming soon to Cutters Market.
Thanks, blog friends, for hanging with me and offering encouragement through all the wedding preparations! After 20+ years I now have a son! LOL

Thursday, June 19, 2008

My First Bind-It-All Project

Things are going pretty smoothly here in regards to wedding prep - but time is passing quickly, nine days and counting!
We've finished up several projects and dreamed up a few more! :)
I've been working on designing the guestbook for the wedding, but thought I'd better try out my Bind-It-All on a not quite so important project first. Here's the mini-journal I made.

I recycled some of the unused wedding invites for the pages, printed a photo on one to create the front cover, inked around the edges, and layered a transparency on top to protect the photo a bit. Then I added a few rub-on flourishes. DD is using it to record gifts she's been receiving pre-wedding.

We're currently working on the guestbook, centerpieces, flower basket, pew bows, and bridesmaid gifts. All are coming along quite well!!

I'll be updating again when I get a chance. . .

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wedding Favors

This is how the favors for the wedding guests turned out.

DD gathered the labeled kisses in a tulle square and tied on a little "print & cut" tag that reads "Thanks for sharing our Special Day"

The share is the basic shape of the tag in several sizes. Design and insert your own jpg and do a print and cut for your own personalized tags! You could use this cut as a journaling box also!

Here's a photo of DD's rehearsal bouquet made from the ribbons & bows from her shower gifts. A crafty friend at the shower put it together for her. It turned out lovely.

Coming Soon . . .
Our next project is centerpieces for the tables (have gathered most of the supplies we think we will need) and the guestbook for the wedding that I'm planning to cut with my CR and bind with my Bind-It-All.

Friday, June 6, 2008

16th Birthday

The end of May is a busy time in our family. Within our extended families (25 people) we have 5 birthdays in the last seven days of the month, including hubby and my dad. This year one of those celebrations also included my niece's sixteenth birthday. Besides just being a great excuse for a party, turning 16 in Indiana means that in just one month and one day you can obtain your DRIVERS LICENSE! Needless to say the 16th birthday begins an exciting/anxious countdown for teens and parents. Here's the card I designed to in honor of this occasion.

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*Adolescence is a time of rapid change. Between the ages of 12 and 17 a parent can age 30 years.
*The best way to keep children at home is to make the atmosphere pleasant and let the air out of the tires. ~ Dorothy Parker

Happy Weekend!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Candy Kiss Labels

We're moving at full speed here on wedding preparations. DD's a chocoholic so she wanted favors for the guests to convey that. She chose three flavors of chocolate kisses that we will tie into a little tulle bag. These are the labels we came up with to personalize them.

Double Heart Label Design available at Cutters Market.

I designed all the jpg's in inkscape, then imported the image and did a print & cut with my robo on a full sheet label (I fit 96 circles to a sheet). DD's beginning to appreciate the versatility of my CR now too! Today's share is the double heart label.

PS - Have you visited Cutter's Market lately?? A major update has just taken place - now when you browse files you can see multiple images in each design category!! I love it - what do you think?

Friday, May 30, 2008

Catch the Reading Bug

At the library we are gearing up for our summer reading program, the theme this year is Catch the Reading Bug. Everyone is really getting caught up in the insect theme and bugs are starting to pop up everywhere!

I’ve been listing all the books about bugs in the Children’s Dept. and although we have quite an extensive list, I guess the following titles just weren’t deemed worthy to include in the collection.

I Believe I Can Fly by Kat R. Piller
My Life Undercover by B. Ed Buggz
Leave them Scratching by Moe Skeetows
Fly Away Home by Ladybird B. Tell
Meta-Morph by Yukon Phly
Controlling Hives by Dr. Kween Bea
Getting Along with Your Co-Workers by R. MeeAnnt
A Little Night Music by Cree Kits
Avoiding the Early Bird by Eartha Erm
Beekeeping: The Basics by A. P. Airy
Navigating the West Nile by Amos Keytoe
How to Look Busy by Ali Z. Yant
Catch the Guy of Your Dreams by Webbie Spinner
Treat Her Like a Queen by A. B. Colony
A New You by Kris Alice
Insects: Past and Future by Marty McFly
Quick & Easy Snacks by Anton A. Logg

Isn’t it strange where one’s mind goes early in the morning??!! LOL

I’ve found another fun product to use with my cutter – removable book covers! These are the kind with repositionable adhesive on the back. I cut basic bug shapes from them (using the vinyl setting) and we are using them to decorate windows, etc. I have some in transparent neon colors and holographic designs too. I love how they leave no messy adhesive behind.
Y Have I mentioned, I LOVE my cutter!!

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Wishing you a weekend filled with fun.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

So many projects, so little time . . .

Question - how many projects can one work on at the same time before their head explodes?? Don't know the answer yet - but I may be cutting it close! LOL
Between birthday, Mothers day, shower, wedding and work projects I've been keeping my little CR working - when I get time I'll have many projects to share!
For now . . .

Last weekend we traveled to Ohio and attended the bridal shower thrown by her fiance's family. We had a great time, and it was heartwarming to see how they have accepted her so easily into the family. For a gift I again embellished photo frames with cutouts from the stainless-look shelf liner paper. This time, in addition to the Mr & Mrs flourish, I did a 5x7 frame with their wedding date. I picked them up at an after Christmas clearance for 75% off!!

I made this card for the gift.

To go along with the Live, Love, Laugh charm on the card the inside reads "Wishing you years of love and laughter as you begin your Happily Ever After!"

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Little Love Charms

We did a little embellishing to DD's wedding invites before they went out, easy and inexpensive thanks to my Craft Robo. She found ribbon to match her wedding color and I cut the little charm from Coral Pink Petallics Cover weight paper by Worldwin Papers. (Cut wonderfully!! and is beautiful paper!)

The RSVP's are rolling in - how exciting!

Available at Cutters Market.

Sounds like a wonderful, sunny, warm holiday here in Indiana!
We are so ready for it!!
Have a joy-filled weekend!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Back of the Album

Thought I'd share how I finished up DD's recipe album. In the back cover of the album I slipped in the following recipe.

Recipe for a Happy Marriage
4 c Love
2 c Loyalty
6 c Faith
2 T Tenderness
3 T Understanding
8 T Hope
1 c Friendship
1 barrel Laughter
1 large bunch Smiles
3 pints Consideration
Forgiveness as needed

Take love and loyalty, mix thoroughly with faith. Blend with tenderness and understanding. Add hope, friendship, and abundant laughter. Sprinkle freely with smiles and consideration for others. Season with forgiveness. Bake with bright sunshine. Serve daily in large helpings.

Now Available at Cutters Market.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Magnolia Blossom

The trees have bloomed so beautifully this year. Unlike some years when just as things start to blossom we get a freeze and they all turn brown and fall off. This year everything just seemed to be loaded with beautiful blooms that have hung on for days. I've noticed especially the magnolia trees have been just lovely. When I saw a request for a magnolia bloom I just had to take on the challenge. Hope you enjoy this paper pieced version that can remind you of spring all year long!

Available at Cutters Market.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Graduation Gift Idea!

Looking for something unique for a special graduate?

Take a cue from Lisa and make a personalized gift sure to be appreciated. I love the look she achieved by printing her poem on vellum and layering that over the Class of 2008 cut. Along with the Graduation Flourish (notice how she personalized the caps!) she cut and matted the graduate's name and finished it off by framing her project in a classy frame. A very elegant look!

Thanks Lisa, for sharing this great idea!


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