Thursday, October 02, 2008

Have a Great Day

Today's share is such a lively piece. I really loved this paper from Fancy Pants. Enjoy!

Contents: Paper - Fancy Pants; ribbon - HL; stamps - Clearly Wordsworth and Michael's

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Here Comes Another One Just Like the Other One

I really loved how the colors popped on this one.  It is another birthday card similar to yesterday's share.

I think I will skip posting the others in this same design family.  Look forward to some of my all time favorite cards that I have made coming up soon.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Out of My Creative Box

I totally love leopard print, and I even love cards made with it. I haven't to date really done many cards with Leopard or animal prints at all. So, I broke out my fresh sheets of paper and went to cutting and creating. I was very pleased at how this "Thinking of You Today" card turned out.

Contents: Paper - HL; Stamp - SillyLeAnn Designs; ribbon - Rabom; button - My Minds Eye

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Happy Birthday

August was a month full of birthday's and surprises for everyone. And September was no different. I was up to my eye balls in birthdays. Oh, and October doesn't bring any relief. We will have celebrated 10 birthdays just in my immediate family only (also including my DH's family). So, I have a TON of birthday cards to share. :) Fun for you . . . okay and honestly totally fun for me. I throughly enjoy giving gifts. I joke that if I were a millionaire, I would start spending my money and what I could do for others. It is the best feeling to give someone a gift. I am back to making cards and getting ready for the Christmas holidays. I will be getting my Christmas card samples complete by mid-October. Yeah!

I will be honest. I really don't know where most of the stuff on this card came from. :) I know the yellow paper was from Hobby Lobby and the flower is prima.

I made a couple of birthday cards just like this one that I will share off and on. I hope your fall is starting off GREAT!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Girl Leopard Print

I have been so in love with animal print lately.  This is actually a card a did a while back, but really wanted to share.  Enjoy!

Credits:  Paper and ribbon - Hobby Lobby; stamp - cannot remember (I'll try to find out and report back)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Rattle, Rattle . . . Here come the Cards

Long time, no post.  Did you think I stopped blogging?  Well, life sometimes gets a bit crazy.  But, I am hopefully back to blogging again for a while.  I have so many cards and projects to share.  I wish I had endless time to take pictures and share.  I have my little girls birthday party to blog about . . . cards and more cards . . . scrapbook pages . . . so much creativity, so little time.

Credits:  Blue Background Paper - Hobby Lobby; Rattle cut and Paper - designed by Memory Crown and cut with SCAL; Flower Punch - EK Sucess; It's a boy! stamp - SillyLeAnn Designs

Thanks for looking.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Pet Page

I participated in a Pet Page challenge and thought I would share.

Contents: Paper - My Minds Eye; Title - Cut with my Cricut using the font Girls are Weird; Doodled with acrylic paint and white gel ink pen; strips - Treading Water Border Punch from Fiskars; flowers - punched with EK Success Punches; buttons - My Minds Eye; ribbon - party supply

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Time for Fall

Already???!!!??? Okay, maybe just for me. :) I was making some fun "nature" cards and I had to do a fall card. Fall is my 2nd favorite time of the year and my favorite to decorate for. Enjoy todays card.

Contents: Sky paper - Cosmo Cricket; Green Texture Paper - Hobby Lobby; Orange and Brown - computer printed; Stamp - SillyLeAnn Designs; Paper Patterns - Memory Crown Cutters Forum

Thanks for looking! See you soon!!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Long Time Coming

This post has been a long time coming, and I know it! Wow, has time really flown by or what! I have been so busy doing all sorts of stuff both family and "business" related. I have finally opened up my "Memory Crown" store. You can find so many of my creative goodies there. The address is

Stop by and do some shopping. I do not have all available products added to the store at the moment. I will be working to add those ASAP. The funny thing is that about 98% of our cards sell within a day or two of making them. So, it will be hard to keep a fresh supply, but keep checking back.

I have also been working on some Cricut projects as well that I will hopefully be sharing over the next few weeks. I have been looking into getting a new program that will allow me to design my own art and let the cricut cut it out for me. I love making new designs. So, I have decided to open a forum to discuss scrapbooking, card making, etc. It also includes a member only area to share our cut files.

Check out the Memory Crown's Cutter Forum Here

Yes, I am the only member. :) Hey, you have to start somewhere, right? My hope is that it will grow into a great community where we can get together to share files that we have created to use on cards or in our scrapbooks. So far, I have 5 files available in svg format. I have about another 5 to get tested and uploaded. In order to cut fonts from your computer or the art I have designed, you will need a program called Sure Cuts ALot. If you want more info on what I am talking about you can visit the Craft Edge homepage. I don't currently own the program but hope to purchase it soon.

I made this card from one of the fall trees that is available at the forum in the members area. Instead of cutting out the leaves and flowers with the file, I used only the tree and added prima flowers. The paper is from Cosmo Cricket and the scripture stamp is from PaperTreyInk.

Thanks for looking and clicking! Hopefully, I'll blog soon! :)

Friday, May 09, 2008

Good Luck . . . and One of my Favs

My husband is taking his mock oral boards today. I am wishing him luck even though it is not the real thing. He has been up for 24 hours and needs to be fully alert. (he is REALLY cranky and a bit elusive when he hasn't had much sleep).

My share today is a darling baby girl card. This is one of my favorite cards that I have made in a while. I'm not sure exactly what I love about it. I think it is the sweetness in it.

Contents: Paper - Basic Grey; Flower - Portfolia; Jewel - dollar store; Giraffe - Jollee's; Stamp - SillyLeAnn Designs

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Getting Noticed by Web Searches

This is a different type of post for me. I am in the middle of building a new website. (insert roars of cheers and excitement, LOL!) I have had many people ask how they can get better rankings with major search engines. I set out to answer that question in a paragraph email and realized quickly that I could write an entire book on the subject. Actually, many have been written on this exact topic. Most of the people I rub virtual elbows with are like me: stay at home mom's, extremely small outsource designers, etc. So, I wrote an article geared toward the small operation that will most likely doing all the work themselves. I tried to be general and not assume that you have a degree in web development (is there such a degree?). I hope that you will find this article useful and easy to follow.

Click Here to download the PDF article

Thanks for your support. Your comments are always appreciated. :)

Happy Birthday Share

I am popping in real quick to keep up my good blogging record. :)

Contents: Paper - Daisy D; Ribbon - Lollipop Ribbon; Button - My Mind's Eye; Stamp - SillyLeAnn Designs (again - my stamp!)

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Well, yesterday was my 8th wedding anniversary! I am so blessed to be married to such a wonderful man. We have not been able to celebrate. He has a ridiculous work schedule at the moment, but we will do something this weekend (Sound of Music Ballet and Dinner). So, to honor such a special occasion to me. I am sharing a wedding card I recently made.

Contents: Paper - My Mind's Eye; Ribbon - Lollipop Ribbon; Scallop - Marvy Uchida; Stamp - SillyLeAnn Designs (that's me!)

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Another Denim Scripture Card

I have a real quick share for you today. I made another scripture card similar to the one I posted yesterday.

Contents: Paper - ????; Ribbon - MM; Scallop - Marvy Uchida; Stamp - Paper Trey Ink

Monday, May 05, 2008

Another Scripture Card

I made this card after a yellow scripture card that I had made last week (or maybe a little longer). This card is made to look a little rugged or western-ish.

Contents: Paper - ???; Ribbon - MM; Stamp - Paper Trey Ink

Thanks for looking! It is always good to be blogging with great visitors. :)

Friday, May 02, 2008

Sassy Boy to Match

I had a request to match the sassy girl card I posted a couple of days ago. So, here it is!

Contents: Paper - MME and Paper Studio; Ribbon - Craft Supply; Stamp - SillyLeAnn Designs

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Welcome to May!!

It is somewhat unbelievable that May is already here. I love summer but feel as if it is rushing upon me this year. May begins our countdown to when the Spray Ground will open near our house. I love summer activities.

My share today has nothing to do with summer. I don't typically make cards that are "seasonal". So, I will share a warm baby boy card instead.

Contents: Paper - Paper Studio; Brads - painted Paper Studio; Scallop Punch - Marvy Uchida; Ribbon - Paper Studio; Stamp - SillyLeAnn Designs

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Different Colors

Today's card was a request to make something with purple that was a more mature card. :) Yes, neither are really me. But, I came up with something I thought turned out elegant in the end.

Contents: Paper - ???; Ribbon - HL; Stamp - Clearly Wordworth; Brads - Paper Studio

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Sweet and Simple

This is just a sweet and simple Happy Birthday card. In a rush today!! Sorry for such a short post!

Contents: Paper - MME; Ribbon - HL; Stamp - SillyLeAnn Designs

Monday, April 28, 2008

Bunnies Invade Cricut Monday

I have tried to post cricut projects every Monday . . . not with great success . . . but I try to keep that day dedicated to anything I make with my cricut. Today's share is one of my all time favorite projects. I made some birthday invites for my niece who was having a bunny birthday party. I used the Design Studio (I only have the demo at the moment) to make the bunny.

Contents: Rabbit - Cut from the Cricut Design Studio all from the George Cartridge using my Cricut; Card base - cut from the same; Pens - Gel pen and Making Memories; Flower - Portfolia; Jewel - Dollar Store; Pattern paper - digital paper from Polka Dot Potato

Contents: (All Digitally Created and Printed) Scallop border - SillyLeAnn Designs; Fonts - ???? (will try to locate the names) Background paper - two papers blended together from the Potato Hunt at Polka Dot Potato

I was pleased with how they turned out overall. I hope she really enjoyed them as well.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Happy Birthday

Yesterday was my SIL's birthday. Many of you know that we make and sell cards together. So, of course, I made her a birthday card. I really would have loved to "WOW!" her with my creation. But, instead I found a great color palette and fun design that I think she will love. I'll find out tomorrow when we celebrate her birthday. :)

Contents: Paper - MME and Bazzil; Flowers - Prima; Buttons - Foof-a-loof; Stamp - Clearly Wordworth

Friday, April 25, 2008

Paper Trey Ink Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog - my creative piece of the world. I try to share lots of my crafty things on this blog - cards, scrapbooks, digital scrapbooks, decor, etc. This is my very first time to participate in the PaperTrey Ink Blog Hop. I was so excited to use her paper that I decided to jump right in.

Here is my creation:

The paper is of course from PTI. The stamp is from their Everyday Blessings Collection. The ribbon is from my large stash of grosgrain.

I began by cutting the paper into rows leaving the squares together with a piece of white.

Next, I folded my card base and applied glue to the entire card front. I arranged the strips of paper onto the front.

You can see this better if I turn the card upside down. I didn't glue it this way. I actually applied each row separately to the front. It allowed me to position it evenly. I only turned it over for this photo so you could see what I meant. Next I cut off the excess from around the card. Violla! My card front is done.

I stamped a piece of white card stock and added the ribbon.

I attached the verse with pop dots to add extra dimension.

Thanks for reading!!

I cannot wait to see what everyone else has come up with. I know there are going to be many fabulous things! I hope you will come back again, soon.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Digi Cards

I just made some really fun digital cards that I printed out. So, technically they would be considered hybrid because I used real products over the top of 2 of the 3 cards. I haven't made any like this to date (at least that I can remember).

Contents: All of the cards are made with Andrea Gold's Card Template Set #3
The Pink and Blue cards were made with Graziela Mendes' "A Spring Garden" Kit that is currently on the Polka Dot Potato Bar. The Green and Yellow card is made from Andrea Gold's Discover Kit. All the ribbon is Hobby Lobby ribbon.

These were so much fun to make. I can see me making a few more of these (although I probably won't be selling my digital or hybrid cards).

Sassy Girl

I really like animal print, but I personally couldn't live with it in my everyday surroundings (okay, maybe I could but my family could not). So, I have brought a piece of it to my crafts, just for fun! This is a fun, cute baby girl card.

Paper - The Paper Studio and MME; Ribbon - RABOM; Stamp - SillyLeAnn Designs

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Cowboy Wedding

In honor of the rodeo birthday party, I made a western/cowboy wedding card.

Contents: Embossing - Cuttlebug Paisly; Ribbon - HL; Brads - The Paper Studio; Stamp - SillyLeAnn Designs

I am getting back in the swing of blogging (hopefully). I have several new cards to share and I still need to share all of my son's birthday party things. Believe me. You won't want to miss his invitations!

Friday, April 11, 2008

By: My Sister-in-Law

Many of you know that I make and sell cards with my sister-in-law. We were talking the other day about all the different cards we have made over the past year and a half. We were laughing at some and I started to remember some of my favorites. I wanted to share a set of note cards that she made that are still some of my favorite cards that either one of us has ever done.

She used a variety of products and stamps. I made the boxes that the cards are setting on. We sell these as an option with the note card sets. These were so fun. I was very impressed with how they came out overall. We have made so many different note card sets. I will try to post some of my others along side my usual card posts. And, I will try to put a few of her cards up from time to time. She doesn't blog, so I will have to share her creativity with the world.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Only 2 days until the big party. Everything is coming together very nicely. Hopefully, I will get some great photos and post this weekend or Monday how it all turned out.

My share for today is none other than another "happy birthday". It features one of my happy birthday stamps that I have never shown before. Enjoy!

Contents: Paper - My Minds Eye and The Paper Studio; Ribbon - Hobby Lobby; Flowers - The Paper Studio; Stamp - SillyLeAnn Designs

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Didn't turn out as planned

Have you ever started out to make one thing and ended up with something entirely different? Well, lets just say that today's share is just that. I wanted to make a birthday card. However, my creativity took a turn. I really like how this came out. In fact, it is one of my favorite baby boy cards in a long time. For me and what I have been making, it is refreshingly unique.

Contents: Paper - SassafrassLass; Scallop - Fiskars Scissor; Scallop Square - Marvy Uchida; Feet Stamps - no brand but purchased from Hobby Lobby years ago; Little One Stamp - Studio G; White Stitches - Sakuri Gel Pen

Monday, March 24, 2008

Birthday Countdown Week

Well, it is official birthday countdown week here in our house. Our son will turn 4! We really like to make a big "to-do" over birthday's. Okay, I like to make the fuss. I am fast at work trying to complete all the decorations and finishing touches for the grand celebration.

So, here is a Happy Birthday card to celebrate this fantastic event in our family.

Contents: Paper - Bo Bunny; Ribbon - Hobby Lobby; Flower - The Paper Studio; Button - My Mind's Eye; Stamp - Clearly Wordsworth

Friday, March 21, 2008

Fun with Flowers

I have one last birthday card for you this week. I must say that I have really been on the ball getting my blog updated regularly. Enjoy it while it lasts. LOL! I will certainly have a down spell at some point.

Contents: Paper - My Mind's Eye; Jewels - Dollar Store; Flower Punch - My Treasures; Flower Stamp - Studio G; Birthday Stamp - SillyLeAnn Designs

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Birthday on the Brain

I told you that I have Birthday on the brain. Here is another birthday card. This time is is more of a spring, fun, festive type. I am leaving rodeo and western for the party. :) And, I used another one of my stamps.

Contents: Paper - ??; Scallop Square and Embossing - Cuttlebug; Stamp - SillyLeAnn Designs

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Birthday Party Planning

My son turns 4 this month. I am in the midst of planning his rodeo birthday party. So, I have birthday on the brain.

Contents: Paper - The Paper Studio and My Minds Eye; Scallop Circle - Marvy Uchida; Stamp - Michael's

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

My Favorite Movie is Out Today

I am totally excited! One of my new favorite movies is out on DVD today - Enchanted. I am a huge fan of Patrick Dempsey and of course Grey's Anatomy (if it will ever come back on). I saw this at the theaters and fell in love. I love how a cartoon comes to life. It is my dream come true. :)

I am posting a Thank You card in faith that I will get the movie. Enjoy! Oh, and pay special attention to the stamp. It is one of my stamps from my last set.

Contents: Paper - ???; Flowers - Prima; Jewels - Dollar Store; Ribbon - Hobby Lobby; Scallop Square - Cuttlebug; Stamp - SillyLeAnn Designs

Monday, March 17, 2008

Another Teacher Card

I was so inspired by my first teacher card, the school bus, that I decided to make another. I really liked how this turned out. It is really a fun card. Now I want to make some more tree cards. :) Funny how that works!

Contents: Paper - Basic Grey; Letters - Cricut from Doodletype; Scallop Square - Cuddlebug; Flowers Punch - EK Success; Bling - Dollar Store

Friday, March 14, 2008

Smile at Bath Time

I haven't shared much digital work lately. I have been doing so many large digi projects. I wanted to share a beautiful smile with you to brighten your weekend.

Credits: Pink Parfait Page Kit by Andrea Gold
Get the kit at GDS

Falling for You!

I touted my custom stamps and haven't shown another one since. :) I will try to get some together and posted. I know of a new stamp that I will add to my next order: Falling for You! I made a card using this idea I had after pulling a punch out of my archives. It didn't turn out exactly like I wanted, but you will get the idea.

Contents: Paper - Basic Grey; Punch - My Treasures; DecoEdges - Fiskars; Stamps - My Sentiments Exactly! Alphabet Stamps

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Hello everyone! Happy Thursday to you! I hope this post finds everyone doing great!

I have another card share today. I found this stamp at Michael's a while back and fell in love. It was a part of a $1 set. You cannot beat that! I am just now getting around to using it.

Contents: Paper - My Mind's Eye; Ribbon - RABOM; Scallop - Marvy Uchida; Stamp - Studio G; Color - Copic Sketch Markers

Speaking of Copics, I really need to figure out how to better use mine. I am getting by and LOVING the look. However, I see all these fantastic things colored using them and know that I need some more practice/help. If you have run across any great tutorials, I would appreciate the info.

Have a Great Day!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

It is hard to believe what time of the year it is!

I seems like life just keeps flying by faster and faster! In just another week, it will already be Spring Break. Wow! It seems like summer is just on the heals of that. We are gearing up for of son to start school next year. (Insert my sad eyes!) I have made a fun thank you card to give to a teacher.

I was inspired to make a shaped card from the "Bitten by the Bug" blog. They had a contest a month or so back. This is what I started and never finished. :)

Contents: Paper: Hobby Lobby; Die Cut: Cricut from Doodlecharms; Glitter: Doodlebug Designs; Stamp: Studio G

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Baby Girl Counter Part

I shared one of my favorite baby cards last week. I thought I would make a baby girl to go with it. I just love the baby corner stamps from Heidi Swapp. They are so adorable!

Contents: Patterned Paper - The Paper Studio; Card Stock - Hobby Lobby; Baby Words Stamp - Heidi Swapp; Baby Feet Stamp - Stampablities; Ribbon - Ribbons and Bows Oh My

Thanks for looking!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

My Very Own Official Custom Stamps

Yes, you read that right! I have just completed my very own set of stamps. I have made so many new ones of all sorts of styles and occasions. I cannot wait to share them all with you. I have been working on these for so long. I finally jumped in with both feet and had them made. I couldn't be happier with the results. I have a hard time finding the right sentiments in the right size. It was so good to custom create my own.

The first custom stamp I want to reveal is a wedding stamp. I think it is so hard to find good sentiments for Wedding cards. I like something versatile that can be used for a shower and wedding day card. I love how my "Wishing You Happily Ever After" came out. I have never seen anything like this before. So, enjoy!

Contents: Paperned Paper - ??; Embossing is by my Cuttlebug; Marvy Uchida Scallop Square Punch; Ribbon - Craft Supply; Stamp - Happily Ever After by SillyLeAnn Designs

Thanks for looking! I would love to know what you think of my new endeavor!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Another Fantastic Friday

I am so glad that today is Friday. I have a cute baby boy card to share with everyone today. I really liked how this came out. I hope you enjoy as well.

Contents: Paper - The Paper Studio; Baby Feet Stamp - Stampabilities; Baby Words - Hiedi Swapp; Ribbon - Craft Supply; Brown Ink - Stampabilities Walnut; Blue Ink - ??

Thanks for looking! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Envelope Swap

I participated in an envelope swap this month. The object is to stuff a one stamp envelope with as much stuff as possible without going over. This month the theme of the envie was "LOVE".

This was super fun to put together. All the patterned paper is by Cosmo Cricket and all the solid red is from bazzil. The title box is CC title, CC alpha, and Circut sign post from George Cart. The decorated corners have a My Minds Eye button and Hobby Lobby Ribbon. The journal box uses a stamp from Stampendous stamp, Hobby Lobby ribbon, and fiskars scallop scissors. I also added a set of Love - Dress it Ups, some coordinating Prima's (you can never have too many of these), and some heart punchies.

I hope whoever got this enjoys it. I had a great time preparing this envie.

I haven't posted much due to illness. Yuck! I am happy to report that we are officially on the up and up! Yeah! I haven't been in the crafty mood lately. I can hear the *gasps*. But, I haven't been able to get into my craft room in a while either, so hopefully I will get set down and it will all come back to me. :)

Until next time . . .

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Fun with Flowers

I am really trying to push myself as a card maker. This card is a real different approach for me. I hope you enjoy!

Contents: Paper - Basic Grey; Flowers - Prima; Stamp - Michael's $1 Stamp; Glitter - Doodle Bug Design's Sugar Coating (shown in the picture); jewels - from stock

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Happy Birthday Page Kit Swap

It has been a long time since I participated in a swap. I signed up for a "Happy Birthday" page kit swap to have a little something different to work on. I needed a new/different outlet for a change. It was refreshing, but I was ready to get back to cards.

Here is what I came up with. I hope it is okay. I really didn't know what I was doing. But, I would this on a 2 page layout in my scrapbook. Well, I might change the colors, but I thought these were generic birthday celebration colors. Hopefully, they will be well received and loved.

This kit was made with MME papers and various elements. Contents include: 2 scalloped borders - bazzil cardstock; 7 coordinating ribbons - from stock includes grosgrain, satin, saddleback, swiss dots, and sheer); Happy Birthday Title - signs cut with the Cricut from the George Cartridge, letters cut with the Cricut from the Doodletype Cartridge, flowers punches from EK Success, jewels from my stock; Photo mats are 4x6 and slightly smaller than that - red corners are die cuts from the Cuttlebug, buttons are from sewing notions, and the corners are stamped with Autumn Leaves Swirl stamps; Cupcake Paper Piecing - cut with the Cricut using the Doodle Charms Cartridge, I used Stickles on the flame, the blue glitter is Sugar Coating from Doodle Bug Designs, and ribbon and flower jewel from my stock; I also included 6 coordinating papers just in case they need to add to what is here.

up close of the title

up close of the button corners on the photo mat

I hope you enjoy! I had a lot of fun creating this whimsical and fun page kit.