Sunday, January 30, 2011

Valentine's Day Cards

I love these cards I made.  I especially love the Sizzx embossing folder with that pretty/shimmery deep red paper. That was part of a Recollections paper package that Michaels sold just for V-Day.  It was deceiving as I thought I was just getting red but if you flipped the paper over, it was a shimmery deep red. 

The image is from Tiddly Inks and I colored with Prismacolor pencils.  Still trying to get the hang of that.  The sentiment is from my new Scrappy Moms stamp release ("Love Notes").  I glittered the wings, and stickled some hair. 

The last two photographs were made with my homemade Wild Plum Glimmer Mist. I distressed the white cardstock, sprayed it with my mist, crumpled it in my hand and then dried it.  What do you think?  I think it needs something. I'm going to try to make some handmade paper flowers and so this may not be the last you've seen of these cards.    :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Here's my attempt at making Glimmer Mist.  I used the Adirondack re-inkers that I got at Michaels (Going from Left to Right in a clockwise circle:  Eggplant, Lettuce, Wild Plum, Cranberry, Butterscotch, Stream).  The spray container is the Mini-Mister (3 in a pack from Michaels).  The glimmer ingredient comes from the Perfect Pearls powder (4 in a package at Michaels).   

The basic recipe for each mister is as follows:  3/4 container of water, 2 scoops of powder (used a wood coffee stirrer from Starbucks) followed by 10-20 drops of ink into the mister.  Shake and voila... Glimmer Mist. 

Going from left to right (AGAIN), I used Eggplant ink with 2 small scoops of "pearl powder."  I used "lettuce" and  "gold powder" for the light green spray.  I used Wild Plum with "gold powder."  With Cranberry ink, I used "bronze powder."  For the butterscotch spray, I used "copper powder."  With the Stream ink, I used the "bronze powder."

I then sprayed the sample white (Georgia-Pacific/Walmart) cardstock and then used my hot heat embossing gun and dried the paper.  In retrospect, I should have dabbed a paper towel to absorb some of the water and then heat gunned it.  

On some of the samples (the purple and the green), I had to do repeat the 'mist/heat-gun' step to make the paper darker.

My only complaint is that I wish the misters were bigger. The spray nozzle is perfect however the amount of liquid it holds is small and therefore by creating these swatches, I already used 1/4 of my mister solution. 

And here is the little container box that I made to hold the re-inkers, the perfect pearls, and the misters.  I got the container box for $1 at Michaels.

Monday, January 24, 2011


Dear Followers,

Today's card is a card that I created after hearing about an 'incident' that my friend, Miss Turtle, had recently.

It was Miss Turtle's mother's birthday... so Miss Turtle decided to surprise her mother with a birthday breakfast when her mother got out of the shower.  Her mother was so happy and surprised to see the wonderful breakfast that Miss Turtle made for her.  She ate her breakfast and they got ready to go to school.  As they were preparing to leave, Miss Turtle realized that there was a homework assignment that she forgot about.  Panic overtook her.  She had not had a late homework to date for the school year.  She did not want her record tarnished.  She was frantic.  My friend, being the very calm and rational mother that she is, told Miss Turtle that it would be ok.  It was just one homework assignment.  

As they were going to school, they stopped at the red light.  Suddenly, from the back seat came an explosive "I'M FREAKING OUT."  Her mother, realizing how very important this was for Miss Turtle, explained that she can start working on her homework and that they would sit in the car until she was finished with her homework.  This reduced Miss Turtle's "Freaking Out" Level to 'manageable.'  She was able to finish her homework and bolt from the car into class before the last bell.
Doodlecharm Cartridge, Pooh Font, PeachKeen Everyday Expression stamps.  The car is on an Action Wobble

Inside the card-- Everyday Paper Dolls and Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridge

I made this card for Miss Turtle as I could just hear her bellowing "I'M FREAKING OUT!"
I know you are lurking on my blog Miss Turtle... and this message is for you.  I know it wasn't a funny situation when you were going through all that.  But one day, you will find this card and remember that day... and you'll think to yourself "Wow, that wasn't such a big deal after all."   They'll be other days when you'll want to freak out.  And it's ok to say "MOM, I'M FREAKING OUT"... but try not to let it upset you too much because one day, you won't even remember what you were freaking out... (unless I made a card about that also).

We all make boo-boos in life:  teachers, moms, police officers, and yes, even me!!! (hahahaha).  I bet there are a lot of followers here on the blog that have had their share of Freaking Out Days when they were growing up.  Those mistakes teach us something.  So, don't be afraid to make a mistake.  It's not a bad thing

Love, Miss Naomi

PS: Your mom LOVED your breakfast surprise. She talked about it all morning!!!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Pay it forward! 

Hello everyone. I have just copied this from Jennifer's blog...( I was so excited to join in.  And if you haven't checked Jeni's Blog--- you need to click over there. What she does with a digi-stamp and markers is awesome!
So... what's Pay It Forward all about?

I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who comment on this post. However, there is a catch, you must repost this, offering something handmade to 5 other people. The rules state that it MUST be something handmade or homemade by YOU and must be sent to 5 other people during 2011.

If you would like to join in the fun, then be the first to post a comment on my blog and repost this on YOUR blog....  and something handmade or homemade will be coming your way this year.  

Considering I have a lot of dog fur and am going to take sewing lessons this year,... you may find yourself the recipient of a lovely cardigan made from dog hair (LOL!).  You take your chances with me... 
Did you all 'unfollow' me???  Well, for goodness sake! I was going to have the hair WASHED!!!!

For all my canine comrades:  Click on this link and watch this amazing doggie....

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A card for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day (or just because)

A simple card for Valentine's Day or "just because."  I LOVE Just Because cards, especially if it's for someone you care for.    
"Just Because" Cricut Cartridge.  Embossed the lemon.  Doodled with a white gel pen... 

I've got a funny story and a cute card coming up on Monday. :)
Sorry, gotta wait for it but I really think you'll enjoy it

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


One of my dear friends turned... ... today.
Sentiment (heat embossed) from Scrappy Mom's, paper from Valentine's Day paper at Michaels, Image from Birthday Bash cartridge, glossy accent oozing over the Stickles on the flames, and pink chalk on the sentiment label (cut with Fiskar's scissor)
I wanted to show you the birthday card I made her.  

Close up of my exquisite faux stitching

My photos aren't very good.  Perhaps it's because I had the cardboard platform on my bed (which is not flat, as I don't make my bed... often... ok, rarely.   KIDS, do NOT repeat this at home).  OR perhaps it's because I had a Chiweenie, just off of camera view, wanting to step on the platform as if it were a teeter-totter,... OR perhaps, it's because I STILL can't take a decent photo of my cards.
I'm gambling on the last one.

I did want to say that I bought a QuikStick from Amazon for $12.97 (free shipping if you can go in with a bunch of people to order it.  Or, in my case, if you order your mother TWO COPIES of a book called "How We Die."  [Yes, you read correctly.])

I digress... back to the Quikstick... the first time I used it was to put the confetti on the cake (for this card).  WHO MADE THIS THING??? It is... BRILLIANT!!!
It's like when you were a kid and went to someone's house and they had a MICROWAVE.  And you all stood close (even though you weren't supposed to) and watched the cheese start to melt all over the tortilla.  What a NOVEL IDEA!!!!! 
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT... to the 5 people that read these posts weekly(and I thank you for your support!).


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Happy Easter

I decided to bring out my 3 Birds Cartridge:
The stamp was in the $1 Michaels bin. I stickled a light green color on it.  Both ribbons were $1 at Michaels.  I embossed the background with the same stamp.  The white flowers were found in a pack in the bridal section at Michaels (Yes, I wish I had a Hobby Lobby!!!)

I saw Anna today, and she made another card.  We took a photo of it and here it is!!!! She DEFINITELY has the Cricut bug! She's having a lot of fun visiting all the video sites... You GO GIRL!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Once Upon A Princess...

I have a very dear friend who is an excellent scrapper.  She really needs to have a blog to share her talents.

Today, we met up and spent 2 hours talking about  glimmer mist.  (haha!!!!).  But she showed me her latest creation. It is SOOO cute that I had to share it with you.  She actually created this for her niece to pass out for Valentine's day at school.   These envelopes were made out of the Once Upon a Princess cartridge (page 73).  The paper is Bo Bunny.  She cut these at 2" and 2.5".  She also used a scallop punch on the flap of the envelope.   Inside, she has a small piece of Bazzill cardstock that the kids can write a note on.

 And look at her Valentine's Day S-Card!!!

Here is her sample of homemade glimmer mist. What I wanted to share with you was her idea of taking white Prima flowers and spraying her homemade Glitter Mist (made with Pearl Ex, water, and Adirondack Ink- shaken in a Mini-Mister (all available at Michaels)).  She is awesome.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Happy Friday Everyone...

Here is a card to celebrate Valentine's Single Awareness Day.  :)
This is a card that could be given to a good friend or a child. In this case, it's being donated to Operation Write Home.

Simply Charmed Cricut Cartridge, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, and a sentiment pack from Michaels (Heat Embossed with Opaque powder).

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Anna's Card

My friend, Anna, got a Cricut and she has been bitten by the bug.  This is her second card! Can you believe it?

Great job Anna!!!!  Nice color coordination.
Let's get you a blog!!!   :)
And here are Anna's doggies, Elsa and Joey.  (You KNOW there had to be a canine reference, didn't you?? C'mon!)

Elsa on the left, Joey on the Right
As for me, I have created a card. No time to put up tonight.... you'll have to wait for tomorrow! 

On a more serious note, please take a peek over at this site
and read Katie's story.  I saw the link on Marlene's blog and spent some time reading about Katie's journey.
Katie will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Hey everyone...
I got an email from Chris (Wooten) from
She's asked if we would go to and post that Chris Wooten sent you.
For those who do, she is going to give away an April Showers Cricut Cartridge, 1 yr subscription to Paper Craft Magazine, 36 Bic Markers, and SCAL software.  She'll be picking the winner next week.  (I'm not sure if it's a bunch of prizes or 1 big prize with everything).
Anyway, I don't have Facebook but I thought I'd pass on her email in case you're interested in FREE stuff.

I don't have a card to post today  :(

So,.... not wanting to come empty-handed to the party, here ya go...

I don't believe Spartacus #1 appreciated the Bobblehead that is Dwight Schrute.  For shame!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Birthday Scrapbook

Here is a birthday scrapbook I made for a friend.  It is just a simple scrapbook.  I used a lot of Cricut Cartridge frames and stickers.

And I want to send a special thanks to Viv, Jeni  , Kelly and Tammy for always putting a little comment on my blog.
These girls have great blogs too and the best part is that they post A HECK of a lot more than I and they're really good with the Copic/Prismacolor pencils.
Thank you all for your comments and support... and your all around dog-friendly spirit.

My 2011 goal is to take a sewing class. The sewing machine intimidates me.  (So does the Cuisinart for that matter).   So  many levers and buttons and I fear I'll stitch my fingers together. I believe however, with the right instructor, even I can sew.  I see some of you stitch on your cards.  What a great little touch. 
Secretly, my main incentive to learning to sew is that I want to try to make simple, form fitted outfits for my dogs.  I'm sure it is harder than I think to make an outfit for a dog (maybe I'll start out with capes-- haha)  but maybe by December 31, 2011, I will have made something that I won't be embarrassed to show you all.


Sammy Takes First Place at Agility

Sammy got First Place at Graduation for his Agility Class.

Here's the video, including me trying to keep up with him with a strained gluteus maximus and a sore lumbar.   

And here's his photo.

Next time, we're going to try for the Intermediate class.  That class is done primarily offleash, which concerns me as Sam tends to sometimes decide he wants to take off for the highway that borders this park.  

Oh, and I should add...
My little Friend,  Miss Turtle, made a comment to her mother.
"Mom, did you know what it would say if you took the "S" off of her blog name?  It'd say "Crapping in a Zoo!"  BAH HA HA HA HA HA"
Hrmph.  I know that Miss Smarty Pants.
PS: I'll collect some of my "scraps" in the backyard JUST FOR YOU!

Monday, January 3, 2011


I am a HUGE fan of Marlene's over at

And I just was able to see some of her sentiments that she created and is selling over at 

I love it!!!

I can't wait for this weekend before I can do some shopping. The digi images are reasonable also and very cute AND they take PayPal!!!!

If you're not a follower of Marlene... you're missing out! She's hilarious and will make you laugh at least 1 time a day, typically at 9pm PST.

I used aluminum foil that I glued on to a circular cardstock with QuickDry (Scotch) and then ran it through the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug folder.  This helped keep the shape.  I then cut the foil off.  I glued it to a Gypsy cut Scallop Circle. I used glitter paper for the bird and flower.  I cut the images from the Sweethearts Cartridge (I think). I then faux stitched. Nicole, the Canadian Nickel, created the Aluminum Foil technique.

Look at the 9/22/10 entry.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Last Christmas Card for 2010

This is the last Christmas Card I made for the holiday season.  I have displayed my other ones and saved one of my favorites for last.  I like it because of the Dragon.  The image was from Dustin Pike. He has the cutest stuff

I used Prismacolor pencils and Stickles.

I used a Martha Stewart Mistletoe Punch and embossed the green paper. I used Stickles on the eyebrows and holly berries and snow.  I used Sharpie pens on some of the image to make the color pop a bit more. The sentiment was from an old Stampin' Up collection done in Green Staz-on and faux stitched with a Sharpie.  The ribbon was on the $1 rack at Michaels.

This is a closeup for Marlooney.  :)

A wonderful Christmas Gift

One of my dearest friends and her awesome daughter gave me a box of goodies. 

Look at the cute card they made
I'm happy to report that they are now Cricut owners and have been having fun learning how to use their Cricut.  I hope they start a blog (HEAR THAT GIRLS???? I'M TALKING TO YOU!!! AND YOU, MISS TURTLE.  SHOWCASE YOUR CREATIONS!).

And look at my friend's first card she ever made with a Cricut.   I am so honored she gave it to me!

From Birthday Bash!

And look at this pile of goodies they so generously gave me.  I am very very lucky to have such good friends.

Thank you again, girls.  [And yes, Miss Turtle, I hear you are lurking on my blog.  I hope to see more of your little Cricut Creations!
Here are links to some videos that you would enjoy: