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

Psalm 118:24 - BGlad!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Adventures In Shopping

Have some fun shopping experiences to scrap?

Take them to the right store and even the men in the family could have a story to tell.

On our drive home from a vacation in Minnesota our family made a list of our favorites at the Mall of America. Stores, Foods, Purchases, Style of the Moment, Stores We Wish Were There (can you believe we came up with several!) It made a fun little reminder of our shopping adventure!
File available at Cutters Market

Page Starters:

*Buy, Buy, Buy
*Gotta Shop
*Let the Shopping Begin! ~ DD’s quote upon arrival at Mall of America

Click here to see some of my pages from our Minnesota Trip.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Tool Border

I spent the day painting a bathroom at the church. It is wonderful what a simple coat of paint can do! Makes me want to come home and "spruce" things up here too! (Don't tell DH!)

My little painters (ages 2 and 4 1/2)

Today's file is a border featuring tools. Enjoy!
Available at Cutters Market

Page Starters:
*Tool Time
*Mr. Fix-it
*Mrs. Fix-it
*The Tools Make the Man

Friday, July 27, 2007

Pattertaters and Butterflies

Don’t butterflies just make you smile – so light and airy – floating along on the breeze from one beautiful flower to the next? Sounds like a pretty good life until you realize how they start out as “ugly” caterpillars and most only enjoy their wings for a short while before dying!

You’re probably wondering about the title of this blog . . . we have a home video of my younger daughter; she’s about 3 years old. She was enjoying the feeling of a caterpillar crawling up her arm. Mom (behind the camera) asks “what do you have?” You guessed it, her answer “ a pattertater”, I asked her again and received the same answer, in a very confident tone. So . . . ever since, at our house, we have pattertaters that turn into butterflies!

File available at Cutters Market

With today’s file you can cut your own 3-D layered butterfly, fold lines are included in the file. Besides a scrapbook or card embellishment this would make a great package “bow” if you cut it large enough! I’ve added a bit of Stickles Glitter Glue to my sample image.

Have a great weekend – and keep your eyes open for those pattertaters!

Page Starters
*I believe I can fly ~ Song Title
*"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly. "One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." ~ Author:Hans Christian Andersen
*Float Like A Butterfly Sting Like A Bee ~ Author:Muhammed Ali
*A snowflake is winter's butterfly

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Treasure Hunt

Has anyone else tried Geocaching??
It is an outdoor activity that fits in well with camping and is great family fun – Like a giant world-wide treasure hunt!

How it works:
You can log on to to find hidden “caches” in your area (or anywhere you will be visiting). Enter the listed cache coordinates into your portable GPS (Global Positioning System) unit and GO! The cache may simply be a log book that you sign. But the most exciting are those where you can choose a "treasure" from the hidden container and leave a treasure of your own - usually some kind of small trinket - for our first find we chose a little baseball bobblehead figure and left a refrigerator magnet.

It is amazing how many caches are hidden – there may be one right in your own neighborhood!

Anyway, I created this title for a layout about our “First Find”, but there are all sorts of ways you could use it. Send me a photo – I’d love to see the results!

Geocaching Files now available at Cutters Market.

To Ponder or Journal:
What are your greatest treasures?

*The love in our family flows strong & deep, leaving us memories to treasure & keep
*We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder
*Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.
*For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Rock Collector

This blog seemed to be getting a little “girly” lately, so I thought I’d throw this file into the mix.
This file is available for purchase at Cutters Market.

Seems like almost every kid goes through a rock collecting stage. Hands full of rocks, pockets full of rocks, BUCKETS full of rocks. For a few years we had some plastic jars filled with special rocks outside almost every door of our house.

We have such special rocks at our place that when my nephew (6) comes to visit he chooses one to commemorate the visit! – He has a stash in the van as well as at home. LOL

My niece used to have her collection under her bed – she may still, at 15 she is planning to become an archeologist!

One summer my girls and I picked out some nice smooth rocks that had been lying in the sun and decorated them with crayons – the warm rocks slightly melt the waxy crayons and create neat pictures – for several years we had a “smiley” rock to greet us each time we walked out our front door. Try it!

Ponder . . .

...son (sun) n. [ME ] 1. a collector of treasures and heroes 2. a source of found objects in laundry (e.g., rocks, twigs, etc.) 3. his father's pride and his mother's heart. SYN.-an adventure

Got Rocks??

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Shadow Boxes

Do you use your cutouts for things other than cards and scrapbooking??
My girls and I put together a couple shadow boxes as wedding/shower gifts.

For the first we were actually able to include mementos from the wedding – dried rose petals, a boutonniere, ribbon and tiny butterflies from the shower. We added the wedding invitation, a string of beads, and several wedding cutouts.

For the second we we inserted the invitation and a silver photo frame, some fancy trim and rhinestones, silk flowers, a string of beads and tulle. We included a note encouraging the couple to add their own memories and photos from the wedding to personalize it.

We used this cutout in the photo frame in the second gift.

New Wedding Files are now available at Cutters Market!


*Two hearts, one love
*Always & Forever
*The memories we collect and give brighten our lives as long as we live ~ Julie Sneyd

Stop by my gallery at Cutters Market – two different freebies are available this week (hint: check out the household & templates categories!)

Monday, July 23, 2007


Woo hoo!
Big news at our house!
DD became engaged over the weekend to a very nice young man who asked our permission before asking her and got down on one knee to do the asking.

They went to the dunes for the day, he waited until sunset and then “popped the question”.
He even asked some other beach visitors to snap pictures – and as you can see they did a wonderful job.

No wedding date has been selected yet – they both will be starting their senior year of college this fall and plan to wait until after they graduate.
File now available at Cutters Market.

*I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
*Life is for joy, for giving, for sharing and for laughter; but mostly, it is for love
*Love is the closest thing we have to magic. ~ From the movie Aquamarine
*Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, Love never fails. I Corinthians 13:7-8

Thursday, July 19, 2007


I don’t personally have any experience with the joys of parenting multiples. I had my hands full with just one baby at a time – so you parents of twins and more have my utmost respect!
This title came about from a group request for a file for twins.

File is now available at Cutters Market.
I must say, however – even though my girls aren’t twins I still feel Blessed X 2!

*It's double the giggles and double the grins...And double the trouble if you're blessed with twins
*Not double trouble, but twice blessed!
*There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: Twins - Josh Billings

Thanks for spending a bit of time with me this week!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend. We actually got some rain so the lawnmowers will be humming in our neighborhood!

Live, Love, Giggle!

Having my girls (and their friends) in the house sure produced a lot of giggles through the years.
Hope you enjoy this title.

File is now available at Cutters Market.

*A giggle a day keeps the glums away!
*Girls are giggles with freckles all over them

*Giggles & curls, ribbons and bows - that's the beauty of little girls

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Angel Wings

Anyone tried making altered art items or ACEO's?
Many times crowns and wings are added to old photos and ephemera to create a new piece of art or to embellish a re-purposed item.
I think it is fascinating – and I admire those who are truly gifted at it.
I've tried my hand at a mini altered quilt piece or two.


I have an old jewelry box that I plan on turning into a altered memory box.
It is sitting staring at me - I'm awaiting inspiration :)

These angel wings could be used for altered art, or any number of projects. I’d love to see how you use them - email me a photo and with your permission I’ll post it on SCRAPi.

File available at Cutters Market.

Today's Quotes:

*Friendship is a knot tied by angels' hands

*You are the wind beneath my wings.

*A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase ~ French proverb

*Everyone entrusted with a mission is an angel ~ Moses Maimonides

**Click to see other altered items I have made.**

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hospitals, Doctors, & Needles - Oh, My!

I designed this file after receiving a request for medical related cuts. Thankfully, to this point in time, trips to the hospital have been few and far between in my family – but I do have a page planned for this one – I’ll try to post the completed project next week.
File available at Cutters Market

These quotes made me smile:

*The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like and do what you'd druther not. ~ Mark Twain

*If you see a nurse smiling when things go wrong, she is probably going off duty.

*You seldom see the hard times in a photo album, but those are the ones that get you from one happy snapshot to the next.

Two different freebies are now available at Cutters Market from my Gallery. (Hint: Think whale and alligator)

Monday, July 16, 2007

Thank You!!

Thank you everyone for all the comments and emails of encouragement!

My goal is to offer ideas and files that are useful to you, so it is great to know that you can relate and use the files.

I’m always open to suggestions, so please feel free to add a comment or email me with your ideas!

Today’s file is a Thank You card.
The front features an oval lattice cutout and Thank You is cut separately.

File available at Cutters Market.

Consider it my THANK YOU to you for making this blog project so much fun! Enjoy!

Quotes to Ponder

*We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder

*A thankful heart is a happy heart.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Mice Cream???

We were puzzled when my usually well-spoken toddler would go to Grandma’s and ask for mice cream. Mice cream?? – where did that come from? Then we realized, she was always asked “Do you want some ice cream?” to the toddler ear our Hoosier slur would naturally sound like “Do you wants Mice Cream?” Yuck!!

Didn’t think many would appreciate a title for Mice Cream LOL – so how about this one honoring the cold creamy treat.

File available at Cutters Market.

BTW – did you know Sunday is National Ice Cream Day in the US??
I think I’ll ask my now almost 22 year old if she wants a bowl of Mice Cream!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Round in Circles

After designing today’s file I started thinking . . .

What is it about circles that are so fascinating?
Kids love going around in circles. The perfect house for a child allows them to run in circles from room to room (driving adults crazy in the process).

Remember the merry-go-round, rolling down a hill, or just plain spinning to make yourself dizzy? I suppose it has something to do with the cycles and rhythms of life, rotation of the earth - something born within us all.

File available at Cutters Market

Circle of Life
A family is a circle of love
Love is a circle ... without ending ... never narrow ... always bending.
Circle of Friends
Love makes the world go 'round, but laughter makes you less dizzy!

Have you picked up the two July Freebies at Cutters Market this week?? (hint – Events & Holidays)

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Child of Mine

There’s nothing like watching your children grow, blossom and mature.
I can’t believe this photo was taken 12 years ago!!

We now have two beautiful young ladies in our house but
each of them will always be a

Child of Mine
File available at Cutters Market

Take time to enjoy your children today – they really do grow up too fast!

Thoughts for the day:
The best things you can give children next to good habits are good memories.
(and a scrapbook to keep them in!)
There is only one pretty child in the world - and every mother has it ~ Chinese Proverb
{actually I have two :) }

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Print & Cut Hibiscus Card for Mom

For our extended family, July is almost like Christmas. We celebrate 6 birthdays in the first 10 days of the month!

I've not done a lot of Print & Cuts with my CR, but I created this Shaped Hibiscus Flower Card for my mom's birthday this year. The image is from a photo I took while visiting the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota in 2005.

File available at Cutters Market.

Thoughts to ponder . . .

Being a mother means your heart is no longer yours, it wanders wherever your children do.

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it. ~ Mark Twain

Nothing else will ever make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, as motherhood. ~ Elia Parsons

*EPS users - I have no idea if this image will be useful to you. Let me know if it will work - or what could be changed to make it work. :) Thanks!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Wishing Well Card

This is a very versatile card. It can be used for birthdays, weddings, showers, going away parties, get well wishes. . .

File available soon at Cutters Market

Possible Sentiments:
Wishing you well
Wish you were here
My wish for you
Best Wishes
Make a Wish


Just wanted to say thank you to all of you for visiting my blog, for the encouragement and kind words, for downloading files, for visiting my file gallery, for purchasing my files, and for emailing. I love designing files and cutting with my CR, and I appreciate hearing from you and seeing how you use your cutter.

Friday, July 6, 2007

You Go Girl!

My younger daughter ran track for several years.
She was always a little thing (at 19 she is only 4’ 10 and 3/4”) so it was fun to watch her run and hear the comments from the crowd –“ Wow – that little girl can run!”

{the little one is mine :)}

She always put in a good showing even though her legs had to work twice as hard as her long-legged competitors!

Now available at Cutters Market.

*Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1b

*Always a winner

*Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there

*The finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race

*Need for Speed

Available now at Cutters Market

Thanks for spending some time with me.
Have a Great Weekend!

This Old Barn

Last evening I was able to snap some interesting photos of the barn on the farm where I grew up.

The barn is getting pretty run down and plans to have it torn down are in the near future.

Staying with the farm theme - here’s today’s download.

File now available at Cutters Market.

These signs could be used for berry picking photos, garden produce, visits to a petting farm etc.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Zoom Zoom

To cap off our holiday yesterday we went to my brother’s house for some dirt track go-kart racing. The younger racers had a blast slopping through the mud after watering down the track while the ‘more mature’ drivers waited for perfect track conditions and enjoyed a summer evening of racing.

After cleaning up a bit we enjoyed a bowl of home-made ice cream on the porch.
Good Times!
File available at Cutters Market.
Family Times = Best Times
Staying on Track
Always a Winner
Beep, Beep
Dirt - What dirt?

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July
Even if it is not a holiday where you live I hope you have a fantastic day!
It is Independence today in the States. So the free download focuses on that.

File is now available at Cutters Market

Happy Birthday is cut separately, so you could use that part for other birthday celebrations as well. :)

Today is usually a day of festivals, picnics, lake activities, and fireworks; although where I am in Indiana it is overcast and supposed to be a rainy day. Most people aren't complaining too much though because we need the rain so badly (think crunchy brown lawns, and thirsty crops.)

Take a moment during your holiday festivities to think about those men and women who can’t be with their families because they are defending our freedom and working to give others the freedoms we enjoy and especially remember those families who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Today's page starters:
*Freedom isn't Free
*Sparkling glitter way up high, fireworks light up the sky!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Skinny Dip - Part 2

Okay here’s the rest of the title from yesterday . . .

Well – maybe you won’t want to use it for photos of your family :)

But it would work for zoo photos of animals like hippos, walrus, elephants, polar bears or even a roly-poly penguin playing in the water.
File now available at Cutters Market.

Here are a couple more ideas for your summer projects/photos.

*Hot Fun in the Summertime
*Summer Afternoon - two of the most beautiful words in the English language!

At Cutters Market in July, I will list two different
**July Freebie** files each week.
Be sure to check in often.

Thank you Cara!
Cara used the Happy Birthday Download to create a birthday card. See the results on the left sidebar - it is lovely!

Does everyone know what time it is???

It’s Pool Time!!

Summer came early to Indiana this year with lots of 90 degree days to boot! It’s the perfect weather for a dip in the pool.

We’ve got lots of pool photos of our girls in Grandma's pool. And playing in the hotel pool while on vacation was always the highlight of the whole trip.

Here is Part One of a title for use in scrapping your pool photos.

File now available at Cutters Market.

Stop by tomorrow for Part Two!

Here are a few page starters for your pages.

Looking Cool in the Pool

Splish Splash – What a BLAST!
Summer Fun – Lasting Memories


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