Friday, December 14, 2012


I wanted to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Of course I have to show off a couple of the cards I
This is my FAV! I totally amazed myself with this Sitting up at 3 a.m., I was surprised with the cards that I came up with.
I fell in love with this cut when I saw it at and just had to have it! The hardest thing about putting this together was picking out what great paper to make the Well, 2013 is approaching fast and I will definitely be getting back to my first love SCRAPBOOKING! So, look for pages in the coming new year.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Challenge #6 - Christmas Cards

The card below was done by my good friend Thelma. I am posting for her because she does not have a blog (yet!), and, this is her FIRST challenge entry for Creatvie Cutting Challenge! YEAH!!!!! The mittens are a SVG file and the top was done with liquid applique. Of course there had to be some bling added! After stamping the snowflakes, Thelma then embossed. I love this card!
Join the challenge at !

Sunday, November 18, 2012


MERRY CHRISTMAS! It's that time! I know that all of my crafty friends will be creating some beautiful Christmas cards from SVG files. Enter the challenge at!
For this card (my fav) I used foil paper purchased at Walmart and put glitter on the outside cuts (wrapping), ,used curling ribbon for the top ribbon. And, of course, there had to be some embossing!
For this card, I used the lights and sentiment. With this paper, these cuts made this card come together very easily! Using these cuts were so easy and you can get yours at! I hope you have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY CRAFTING!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Well the holiday season is upon us! Here is my entry for Challenge #5 - Christmas/Not A Card. I love, love, love the elves! I used a Krylon Gold Paint Pen for the edges of the elves and the tree....went gold crazy! I used some embellishments as presents being taken to the tree. The cuts, which are available at, have other things in their hands. But, put your craftiness to work and see what you come up with.
Everyone loves Christmas and doing Christmas projects so come on and join the challenge at !!! Also, check out the other great projects that have been posted.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Creative Cutting Challenge #4 - THANKSGIVING

I really wanted to use the turkey from the SVG set THANKSGIVING SET THREE! I cut the base twice so it has the shadow when the turkey is popped up. On each of the feather panels I added glitter (of course). And, last, but not least, stamped GOBBLE TILL YOU WOBBLE and put the turkey on a homemade spring wobble! How cool is that?"
Hop on over to and enter the challenge. Use your favorite Thanksgiving svg cuts! Prize for this challenge is a $5 Gift Certificate for SVG files from the Creative Pointe's Online Store.

Monday, October 8, 2012

HALLOWEEN SET ONE SVG file from The Creative Pointe

I was so thrilled with the HALLOWEEN SET ONE SVG file from The Creative Pointe set that I made an additional card!
I had this pink glitter paper and I was dying to use it! I stamped the "too cute to spook" and then put glitter on that too. I love glitter! I would love to see some of your halloween projects. Hop on over to and enter the challenge. Prize for this challenge is a $5 Gift Certificate for SVG files from the Creative Pointe's on line store. You'll find over 100 SVG files/sets available for all your paper crafting projects. Lots of free SVGs too! Winner will be randomly chosen from all submissions. One extra special entry will receive the "Creative Choice" button.


It's time to enter the halloween card challenge! Hop on over to and check out the great projects. Here is my submission:
I used the the HALLOWEEN SET ONE SVG file from The Creative Pointe. The bats were stamped and embossed.
No, the picture is not I put the witch on a homemade spring wobble!
I also cut the cats from the the HALLOWEEN SET ONE SVG file from The Creative Pointe. I then added some glitter flocking, and stickles for the eyes. Hold on to that paper ladies! I have had this paper for 4 or 5 years! It was perfect for this card! The color and the trees just seem to make the card “pop.”

Monday, September 24, 2012

Creative Cutting Challenge 2

Creative Cutting Challenge has new challenges this week! Use those halloween SVG files and enter at! Here are my submissions:
I loved this bag once I got finished! I used the HALLOWEEN SET 2 available at Cut & Create ( Once I got started cutting and pasting I just could not
Here is my layout. SVG files are from the HALLOWEEN SET 2 available at Cut & Create ( I will probably make more of these after Halloween. I love the tombstone pic mats.
Great way to give sweets to the sweet! Still using the HALLOWEEN SET 2 from Pre-made boxes are becoming my best friends. I am finding so many uses for them. So, hold on to your boxes and the next time you have a gift to give, decorate and give! As you can probably tell, I love this HALLOWEEN SET 2! I am still trying to come up with projects. So, whatever great ideas you have, enter at ! check out the blog, there are some wonderful projects posted. These ladies are GREAT!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Classy Card Sketch Challenge 5

My second challenge entry at Wish me luck this week!

Friday, September 14, 2012


I came across a book the other day, THE ART OF LIVING, and it caught my attention immediately. I am posting this portion from the book in the hopes that it will touch you as it touched me.

The Art of Giving

In gratitude for God’s gift of life to use we should share that gift with others. The art of giving encompasses many areas. It is an outgoing, overflowing way of life.

Basically, we give what we are. “The thoughts you think’ Wrote Maeterlinck, “will irradiate you as though you are a transparent vase.”

These gifts of things are never as precious as the gifts of thought.
Emerson said it well: “Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself.”

We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the heart: love, kindness, joy, understanding, sympathy, tolerance, forgiveness…

We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the mind: ideas, dreams, purposes, ideals, principles, plans, inventions, projects, poetry…

We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the spirit: prayer, vision, beauty, aspiration, peace, faith…

We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the time; when we are minute builders of more abundant living for others…

We give of ourselves when we give gifts of words: encouragement, inspiration, guidance…

We should give of ourselves with the radiant warmth of sunshine and the glow of the open fire.

We should give our community a good man.

We should give our home a devoted husband and father.

We should give our country a loyal citizen.

We should give our world a lift toward “that one far-off divine event toward which all creation moves.”

The finest gift a man can give to his age and time is the gift of a constructive and creative life.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

SVG Files

So, you say you don't have an SVG file?? Well, why not hop on over to and choose from one of the many FREE files available! There are also some great sets for purchase. All of the sets used in the current challenge are for sale! Just in case you may want to "lift" one of the great projects listed on the site, Time is flying by and this challenge will be over before you know it, so lets get to cuttin'!


Good morning Ladies,

I am sending out this invitation to craft so you ladies can join the challenge at! I'm pretty sure we all use an SVG file or Please hop on over, read the requirements, and submit your projects!

Monday, September 10, 2012


Hey everyone! The challenge has started and here are my submissions. Hop on over to and see the great work the team has done!

My first piece is a scrapbook page. I used the School Set 2 from Creative Cutting Challenge. I love this set!

Again, using the School Set 2, I was inspired by my 12 year old grandson (Isaiah) to make this card. I'm pretty sure one of his teachers will be getting it!

Sunday, September 9, 2012


Be sure to check here on Monday, September 10, 2012 for the first Creative Cutting Challenge. One more "go to sleep" and we are there! All projects by the team can be viewed at

Please check this challenge out, participate if you can, and leave plenty of comments!


Tomorrow (Monday, September 10, 2012) starts the first Creative Cutting Challenge and I am so excited! (

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Creative Cutting Challange

GREAT NEWS! I am on my first design team and I am super excited! This means I get to meet, craft and socialize with more wonderful crafty women! I get to craft more and blog more....I know, my blog has been blah! But, watch out, I am on a roll now! Check back often and also hop on over to and see the great team and the wonderful projects we will be showcasing!

Let me say "THANK YOU" to Thelma and Pam for encouraging me to take that extra step!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


I have found out that my IPhone takes better pictures than my camera...UGH! I entered a challenge by submitting a picture only to find out that it was not the best picture that could have been used! Here is the re-take.

Classy Sketch Challenge 4

OK, so I am new to the challenge circuit and I am LUVIN' IT! Here is my entry for the Classy Sketch Challenge 4. (

Monday, September 3, 2012

Choose A Theme Challenge

Mema's Crafts is hosting a September Challenge - "Choose A Theme". I have decided to enter a Christmas Card since I need to get started on them! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

ProvoCraft Gypsy

Well ladies, I am here to post a gripe! MY GYPSY DIED! I have had it for exactly two years and the screen will not come on. I called provo craft and they are known for the horrible customer service. They are living up to that! The only thing they could tell me was that I needed to replace it. So I'm thinking why would I replace it when in two years I may have to replace it again? If this is the only option, then Provo Craft is making a killing on selling items that cannot be repaired! What I need to know is what are my options? What other cutting machines can I use. I am seriously considering making all of my Cricut machines yard sale items! And, let me add that I did not use my Gypsy on a continuing basis. I was probably used a total of six months out of the two years that I've had it! I am a scrapbook instructor and I used to recommend the Cricut to all of my students. Now instead of recommendations I will be issuing warnings! Paying all of that money with no way to repair them is crazy and not a good investment by any means! So CRAFTERS BEWARE....IF YOU PURCHASE PROVOCRAFT/CRICUT MACHINES YOUR ONLY OPTION IS TO REPLACE THEM IF SOMETHING SHOULD GO WRONG! Sounds like money down the drain to me!

Friday, April 27, 2012

When you think about the purchases you make, do you buy certain things because they were recommended by a family member or a friend? They are tried and true? Or you just could not resist the marketing scheme? This week I wanted to look at the techniques of persuasion used on consumers. The way marketing experts make us go out and spend our hard earned money. Advertisers usually resort to one or more of the following techniques: AVANTE GARDE: The suggestion that using this product puts the user ahead of the times e.g. a toy manufacturer encourages kids to be the first on their block to have a new toy. WEASEL WORDS: “Weasel words" are used to suggest a positive meaning without actually really making any guarantee e.g. a scientist says that a diet product might help you to lose weight the way it helped him to lose weight. PLAIN FOLKS: The suggestion that the product is a practical product of good value for ordinary people e.g. a cereal manufacturer shows an ordinary family sitting down to breakfast and enjoying their product. SNOB APPEAL: The suggestion that the use of the product makes the customer part of an elite group with a luxurious and glamorous life style e.g. a coffee manufacturer shows people dressed in formal gowns and tuxedos drinking their brand at an art gallery. BRIBERY: Bribery seems to give a desirable extra something. We humans tend to be greedy. e.g. Buy a burger; get free fries. TESTIMONIAL: A famous personality is used to endorse the product e.g. a famous basketball player (Michael Jordan) recommends a particular brand of skates. WIT AND HUMOR: Customers are attracted to products that divert the audience by giving viewers a reason to laugh or to be entertained by clever use of visuals or language. SIMPLE SOLUTIONS: Avoid complexities, and attack many problems to one solutions. e.g. Buy this makeup and you will be attractive, popular, and happy. GLITTERING GENERALITIES: The glittering generalities technique uses appealing words and images to sell the product. The message this commercial gives, through indirectly, is that if you buy the item, you will be using a wonderful product, and it will change your life. This cosmetic will make you look younger, this car will give you status, this magazine will make you a leader-all these commercials are using Glittering Generalities to enhance product appeal. Are we immune to these marketing techniques? Are our purchases made purely on the basis of value and desire, with advertising playing only a minor supporting role? Marketing specialists know better. Although few people admit to running out and buying something because of an advertisement, surveys and sales figures show that a well-designed advertising campaign has dramatic effects. A logical conclusion is that advertising works below the level of conscious awareness and it works even on those who claim immunity to its message. Ads are designed to have an effect while being laughed at, belittled, and all but ignored. Don’t you find it amazing that those commercials that get on your nerves are the very products that we look at in the stores? Haven’t we noticed that if a child sees a toy enough times they have just got to have it? Even if they don’t know anyone else that has it? Isn’t the holiday season filled with commercials with everything from toys to cars? The newspaper is so heavy with advertisements that you can hardly pick it up! Marketing agents are paid the big bucks to make you spend the big bucks!

Monday, April 16, 2012





You are most likely to succeed in life if you use your talents to their fullest extent. Similarly, you'll suffer fewer problems if you know what your weaknesses are, and if you manage these weaknesses so that they don't matter in the work you do.

So how you go about identifying these strengths and weaknesses, and analyzing the opportunities and threats that flow from them? SWOT Analysis is a useful technique that helps you do this.

What makes SWOT especially powerful is that, with a little thought, it can help you uncover opportunities that you would not otherwise have spotted. And by understanding your weaknesses, you can manage and eliminate threats that might otherwise hurt your ability to move forward.

If you look at yourself using the SWOT framework, you can start to separate yourself from your peers, and further develop the specialized talents and abilities you need to advance your career.

Information for this post was extracted from:

Using the Form above will be very helpful.

VALS Online Survey

The purpose of the VALS™ survey is to identify the VALS type of the person taking the survey. That's it. To find out about a person's product ownership, media preferences, hobbies, additional demographics, or attitudes (for example, about global warming), the questions in the VALS survey integrate into larger questionnaires that ask about these topics. For example, the VALS questions integrate into GfK MRI's nationally syndicated Survey of the American Consumer, which enables us to see the media preferences of each of the eight VALS types. The VALS questions also integrate into our own Consumer Financial Decisions' MacroMonitor survey, giving us in-depth information about how each VALS type uses, invests, and saves money.

Your primary VALS™ type is Thinker, and your secondary type is Innovator.
The primary VALS type represents your dominant approach to life. The secondary classification represents a particular emphasis you give to your dominant approach.

Thinkers are motivated by ideals. They are mature, satisfied, comfortable, and reflective people who value order, knowledge, and responsibility. They tend to be well educated and actively seek out information in the decision-making process. They are well-informed about world and national events and are alert to opportunities to broaden their knowledge.

Thinkers have a moderate respect for institutions of authority and social decorum but are open to consider new ideas. Although their incomes allow them many choices, Thinkers are conservative, practical consumers; they look for durability, functionality, and value in the products that they buy.
Favorite Things:
• Subaru
• Kiplinger's Personal Finance
• a glass of wine
• a substantive discussion

Innovators are successful, sophisticated, take-charge people with high self-esteem. Because they have such abundant resources, they exhibit all three primary motivations in varying degrees. They are change leaders and are the most receptive to new ideas and technologies. Innovators are very active consumers, and their purchases reflect cultivated tastes for upscale, niche products and services.

Image is important to Innovators, not as evidence of status or power but as an expression of their taste, independence, and personality. Innovators are among the established and emerging leaders in business and government, yet they continue to seek challenges. Their lives are characterized by variety. Their possessions and recreation reflect a cultivated taste for the finer things in life.
Favorite Things:
• Wired
• sparkling water
• a rewarding experience

Now you know a lot more about me. If you want to take the VALS Survey for yourself, go to:


Friday, April 13, 2012


This posting briefly goes over how social networking affects our daily lives, especially shopping! Let me know what you think about it. Have you ever purchased, or not purchased an item based on what someone had posted on a social network? Have you ever written a review of a product?

This article focuses on how social medial has made the influences that our families, friends, fans and followers have on our buying decisions very powerful. KellerFay, a US word of mouth marketing research consultancy, estimates that there are nearly one trillion conversations about brands every year in the US alone.
The F-Factor – meaning consumers are increasingly tapping into their networks of friends, fans and followers to discover, discuss and purchase goods and services, in ever-more sophisticated ways. (

The most common influences of consumer behavior of the F-Factor are:
1. F-Discovery: How consumers discover new products and services by relying on their social networks. People are interested in what their friends and contacts think, do, eat, read, listen to, drive in, travel to and buy, because often this will be similar to how they want to think, act and buy.
2. F-Rated: How consumers will increasingly (and automatically) receive targeted ratings, recommendations and reviews from their social networks. While consumers enjoy finding the best of the best by discovery, they are increasingly able to access personalized recommendations and reviews on something they know they want to purchase.
3. F-Feedback: How consumers can ask their friends and followers to improve and validate their buying decisions. Consumers actively disclosing their purchasing intentions and reaching out to their friends and contacts for personalized feedback.
4. F-Together: How shopping is becoming increasingly social, even when consumers and their peers are not physically together.
5. F-Me: How consumers’ social networks are literally turned into products and services.

According to, Facebook is currently dominating the F-Factor. Over 500 million active users spend over 700 billion minutes a month on the site; more than 250 million people engage with Facebook across more than 2.5 million external sites; and, the average user clicks the ‘Like’ button 9 times each month (source: Facebook, 2010 & 2011)

What I took from this article was how social media has made the influences that our families, friends, fans and followers have on our buying decisions very powerful. If there are good reviews posted on a social network or a shopping network people are more likely to purchase that product. But, if bad reviews are written, that product is less likely to be purchased. Its amazing how we can take the words of people we have don’t know and make a decision on how to spend our money. I know that I have personally skipped over products on HSN because of bad reviews.

Times have certainly changed for the average consumer! When it used to take all day to go shop around for a particular item or a bargain, you can now do that very same task from the comfort of your own home or on the go if you have a laptop or smartphone.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Napkin Cards

I have got the coolest friends. One of my "crafty" friends showed me how to make these cards out of napkins! Yes, regular napkins! How cool is that???

Monday, April 2, 2012

Student Loans

I signed a petition to Rep. John Kline (MN-2), The United States House of Representatives, and 2 others which says:
"Total outstanding student loan debt in America is expected to exceed $1 TRILLION this year. Millions of hardworking, taxpaying, educated Americans are being crushed under the weight of their educational debts, while the economy continues to sputter. Support a REAL economic stimulus and jobs plan. Support the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012 (H.R. 4170)."

Will you sign this petition? Click here:


Sunday, April 1, 2012


Consumers have always resold large, durable goods like cars and houses. But now, almost anything is resold or traded. “Trading in” is the new buying.

Recommerce is making it easier for consumers to unlock the value in past purchases and also factor in the resale value of items. Consumers are also using the “trade in to trade up” method to ease the financial burdens of making certain purchases and to dispose of items they no longer use in a more environmentally friendly manner.
The three drivers behind the recommerce phenomenon are:

1. NEXTISM – Today’s expectation economy has created a consumer class that expects the “best of the best” in every purchase. These consumers are also driven by the “here-and-now”.

2. STATUSPHERE – Means that many consumers derive status from more than just ownership of the biggest, fastest or shiniest objects, with “new” status being defined by: acquired skills, generosity, connectedness or eco-credentials. A growing number of consumers get their status “fix” from being shrewd and savvy, rather than through conspicuous consumption. Considered consumerism; where it’s smart to get cash or discounts for old or (un)used items, or to dispose of things responsibly.

3. EXCUSUMPTION: The continued instability means more and more consumers make do with less and less. Despite this, consumers remain hungry for a new experience, which makes selling, trading, or exchanging old/unused items a perfect excuse for a smart, new, guilt-free purchase. There are also savvy recommerce-aware consumers who are actively upgrading their consumption: encouraged to purchase or even “invest” in higher quality or premium brands now, knowing that they can be easily and lucratively (re)sold anyway.


Consumers have more opportunities to make the most of items purchased in the past, and purchases they plan to make in the future. Thanks to the internet, which caters to everyone, you can find whatever product or service that you are looking for. It doesn’t matter what country you live in, what your job is, what your income is, you can find what you are looking for! Searches can be performed by location, price, product and/or trade-in.

It’s amazing how technology has reshaped shopping for everyone from teens to senior citizens. It used to be when you were looking for a particular item you would have to go from store to store, now you can go from site to site. It used to impress people how much you paid for an item, now people are impressed with how much you saved.

Get Ready to Learn

Hello everyone! I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but over the next eight weeks I will be posting a lot. Some of it will be crafting, some of it will not. I am in a marketing class and I'm learning how to market myself. So, if you have any ideas and/or suggestions, please feel free to post!

Friday, January 27, 2012

New Valentine and Easter Patterns

Scrappy has new patterns. They are too cute! Check them out! New Valentine and Easter Patterns

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