Thursday, December 22, 2011

To All My Scrappy Friends At Christmas......................

Twas the night before Christmas, I'm glued to the tree.
I'm wondering what Santa brought, just for me.

Could it be cardstock or chipboard or lace?
Or a cricut? I said with a smile on my face!

And that's when I heard him...''HI SANTA,'' I said.
"You know good little girls should be in their beds."

I know I should Santa, and now I've been caught!
But I was excited to see what you brought!

Well lets take a look in this room where you work.
He shook his head quickly and left with a jerk!

I heard him exclaim as he put it in gear...
You've got enough crap, I'll see you next year!

I think poor Santa has had to much to drink!
How in the world could it be possible to think,
I have too much crap......................LOL!

Merry Christmas Scrappy Friends.................and to you............a good night!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving From Us To You!

CHA Summer 2011
While cleaning and reorganizing, I came upon this photo of myself and some of the Cutters Creek Design Team Members at CHA Summer 2011.  Maybe this would have been better if I found it at Halloween……………lol!  From left to right: Laura C, Kim B. Mandie W, and Lori B.  We were goofing around a bit and let our hair down!  Don’t you just love Laura’s pink hair?


I am thankful for all of you wonderful customers and crafters that come to the Cutters Creek Design Team blog and check out our projects each week.  Thank you!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your families during this wonderful holiday of thanks and giving.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month and as a breast cancer survivor myself, I try and do anything I can to promote this cause. If I had been diagnosed twenty, or even ten years ago, who knows where I would be now or if I would even still be here with my family and also my friends. So much has changed due to research and funding through so many foundations and organizations. It is hard to believe that there was a time when a woman would have her breast(s) removed and if she wanted to “replace” them, she would have to spend thousands of dollars for plastic surgery. Thank goodness those days have passed and treatments have gotten better by leaps and bounds. I know, because I am a breast cancer survivor of six years now. So don’t be one of those people that just don’t want to know. Early detection is the key! The earlier breast cancer is detected and treated, the more your chances go up for survival. So all you ladies out there, go have your female health checked regularly and don’t be one of those people who think it can never happen to you. I was one of those people. I have no breast cancer history in my family, however it has to start somewhere and for my family, it has started with me. So on with my project for breast cancer awareness month!

For my project, I decided to make a card for someone who has be recently diagnosed with breast cancer:


For my card I used both stamp sets from the Ink Pink Collection by A Jillian Vance Design. One of the great things about these two sets is that there are a lot included (each set includes a 4” by 8” sheet of stamps in your choice of round or rectangle, a pink acrylic block, 5 pewter charms, 5 pear pins, a sample of wrinkle ribbon, and a free Vera Bradley Zip ID case) and part of the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research. There are a lot of images that can be used all year around and for any cause (just stamp your ribbons in the appropriate color). I stamped my black frame using black ink and then used the “Hope” sentiment to stamp in the center of the frame and then also stamped the “Think Pink” sentiment. I got out my Cuttlebug and Spellbinder dies and cut them out and then went a bit further and cut some additional decorative elements with my Spellbinder dies to mount these too. I then decided I wanted some bling, so I decided my card base would be POW! glitter paper in charcoal and added some Kaisercraft rhinestones to the pretty black frame that I stamped. As you can see, Spellbinder dies work wonderfully with this set. After all my pieces were assembled, I wanted something else and that is when I spied the border stamp on the rectangular set! I used a border punch to have a fancy border and them stamped the ribbon/pray for a cure border twice across. They matched end to end perfectly! I glued everything down and I have just a beautiful card! I hope you enjoyed my project and please feel free to leave me a comment regarding the card or the subject.

The following products used for this card can be purchased at Cutters Creek:

Ink Pink Stamp Collections by A Jillian Vance Design
American Crafts POW! glitter paper
Kaisercraft rhinestones
Memento Ink
Bazzill Simply Smooth cardstock

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Grand Babies Are The Best Babies!

Aren't these just the cutest babies you ever did see?!?!? They are my grand babies and I think they are just the most adorable people ever!



Friday, September 23, 2011

Echo Park Paper Blog Hop-An Echo Park Christmas with Kim

Welcome to the Cutters Creek Design Team Echo Park Paper Blog Hop! If you just came from Melissa's blog you are on the right track! If you just stopped by my blog, you can begin the hop at the Cutters Creek Design Team blog here.

Here is the the list of each blog in our hop:

Cutters Creek Blog (Chris)
Mandie's Blog
Lori's Blog
Deanna's Blog
Mindy's Blog
Laura's Blog
Melissa's Blog
Kim's Blog

Please make sure you leave comments along the way or ask any questions that you have.  At the end of our hop we will be drawing a prize winner to win a Collection Kit from Echo Park Paper Company!!  However you must complete the blog hop and leave a comment on each blog.  The papers and collections used in this hop can be purchased over at the Cutters Creek online store.  *BONUS* At the end of the hop, return to the Cutters Creek Design Team Blog and sign up for the Cutters Creek Store Newsletter (on the right side bar) and post that you did and get one more chance to win!  (We will be verifying that you signed up.)

For my project, I decided to use the new 6x6 Dots & Stripes Christmas Echo Park paper pad and the Layered Chipboard from the new Echo Park Holly Jolly Collection: 


I removed my Santa from the layered chipboard sheet and decided to "doll" him up a bit.  I added Polar White Flower Soft to the pom pom and trim on his hat.  I then used Icicle Stickles on the buttons on his coat for some sparkle.  I then removed my sentiment from the same sheet and added a dot of Icicle Stickles in the center of the poinsettia.  I set all that aside and started cutting my card pieces.  I cut a piece of striped paper from the 6x6 paper pad down a bit and adhered that down as my background.  Since I used a muted gray, I decided to add some more paper elements to give my card a little "pop" and color.  I used a green dotted paper and cut two triangles for two opposing corners on the card front.  I love using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive to put cards together, as you can slide things around a bit to get them just so, before the glue grabs.  Although, please remember this adhesive only works well with cardstock so please don't try it with scrapbook paper!  Then I got my Cuttlebug and Spellbinder dies out and cut a plain circle in another dotted paper choice from the pad and a scalloped circle in silver glitter cardstock from American Crafts.  I attached the two circles together with Scor Tape (mounting items on American Crafts Glitter Cardstock needs a sticky adhesive), and now I had a perfect frame to show off my Santa!  Once my Santa was dried, I pulled off the adhesive backing on my Layered Chipboard piece and attached it to my circular frame.  Then for further dimension, I attached all this with foam squares.  Then I took off the backing and attached my sentiment.  I then thought I needed something more, like ribbon, however that just didn't seem quite right.  So I decided to grab some Flower Soft Peel Offs and put those around my card front to frame it off for my final "tada!".  This card was so simple to make and when making holiday cards, I really like simple because I make so many of them.  All it took was a 6x6 Dots & Stripes Christmas Echo Park Paper pad and one of their Layered Chipboard packs, and a few supplies from my stash.  I hope you enjoyed my project!  And please don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win.

Supplies Used & Found at Cutters Creek:

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wedding Card & Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene has been rough on a lot of us on the East Coast.  When you lose electricity, you lose so many things that you take for granted each day that are just "there".  Running water was the one thing that was the hardest for us.  We could not clean, give animals fresh water, flush, cook, and so much more.  You also find out that you have to communicate with people the old fashion way, actually talk face to face.  I think our world of internet and smart phones has made it so we no longer have to interact with people the old fashion way.  I for one, loved running into strangers and chit chatting as we all were searching for water and ice.  So I am one to have any excuse to craft and Irene gave me that chance.  I made this wedding card for our neighbors.  They are getting married next week.  Since I had so much time on my hands, I really put a lot into this card, including time.  I am more of a scrapbooker, so as my card morphed before my very eyes, I was so pleased I spent the time I did on it.  Here is the front of the card:
I used an Ecstasy Craft kit for the wedding image and put that together with foam squares.  I then hunted through my massive paper stash and found a piece of pearlized 12x12 paper and some American Crafts glitter cardstock in ocean.  I cut down the white paper to a 5x7 card base.  I then took one of my punches and created a lacy edge down the front of the card.  I then took my butterfly punch and punched a butterfly and glittered it and added KaiserCraft pearls in denim for his little body.  I mounted my Ecstasy Crafts image on the glitter cardstock and also cut a strip and adhered it to the inside edge of my card.  I then attached my butterfly with foam squares under the wings to make it look like it was in flight and then added some more denim pearls on the bottom front of the card.
Here is the interior:
On the interior I took a piece of the leftover pearlized paper and stamped a sentiment and found a scrolly heart stamp and stamped that below the sentiment and added tiny denim pearls to each end of the scroll and in the four corners of the sentiment and mounted that on glitter cardstock.  I also took one of my bonus images in my Ecstasy Crafts kit and mounted it on glitter card stock and adhered it to the interior as well. 
All in all, I am pretty pleased with my finished card and took so much time as I know the bride will save all her cards she receives.
All of these items can be purchased at Cutters Creek!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Flower Soft Globe Project


I have not been posting much lately, as the untimely death of Tigger (my beloved cat) took me by surprise.  Just this week, my mom sent some goodies over from the Amish Market and she had sent some of their wonderful home baked white bread which is just so delish!  I love eating either egg salad or tuna on this bread and since we were just about out of eggs, I decided on tuna.  Little did I know grabbing a can of tuna for lunch would send me in another round of crying and depression over my loss, as Tigger always loved his "fish" and always drank the water I would drain from my can.  (I would also slip him a couple of hunks in there too!)  Whew!  I am feeling a tad more normal now and just know this particular sadness will last me a lifetime.  I just need time to heal, although more than I had ever thought :)
Anyway, back to my project!  I have been crafting since Tigger's death on July 25th, just not posting.  And as one more side note, paper crafting REALLY is cheaper than therapy and takes you away to another world and very happy places.  So I made this snow globe using the Flower Soft Globes and the Aperture Cards & Envelope pack.  The scene is from one of Flower Soft's Topper packages.  I cut all the pieces out and used foam squares to give the picture dimension.  Then I added Polar White Flower Soft on the edges of the church, used my clear Sakura Gelly Roll pen to add shine to the large star above and dotted on the little stars as well.  (This does not convey well in the photo, however in person the shine is awesome!)  Then I added a little spoon of the Polar White Flower Soft, so when you shake the card, it looks like it is snowing.  After putting the globe together with the aperture card (I used Scor Tape), I used some of the Flower Soft Peel Offs to finish off the card and the sentiment, which was also popped up with foam squares. 
Everything on this card can be purchased at my store, Cutters Creek.  Please leave me a comment, as I need a bit of cheering on to start loading more of my projects to my blog!

 




Friday, July 29, 2011

Rest In Peace, My Dear Furry Friend Tigger.....



On July 25th at approx 10:30 am, Tigger passed away peacefully in my arms as I held and talked to him.  I have lost many pets over the years, however this is one that hit me so very hard.  Tigger was a mighty cat, strong of will and character.  At 26.4 lbs he was a tremendous presence and the alpha male in our home.  Even our large dogs respected and feared this mighty cat.  I rescued Tigger at 3 months old in July of 1999 and we had 12 wonderful years together.  Tigger was a fighter and a lover.  I have so many wonderful memories of our time together and all his funny quirks and antics through the years.  It was really hard to put Tigger to sleep and relieve him of his misery, however I know exactly how he lived and wanted to live.  He would not have liked all the battery of tests and treatments that I would have had to put him through and with little hope of the recovery I so desperately wanted and needed for him.  My head says we did the right thing and that Tigger is now romping and playing at Rainbow Bridge and will wait for me there, he suffers no more.  But my heart is broken in a million pieces and I want him back and here with me.  I will always remember the moment when I had him wrapped in one of our towels and the vet gave him the medicine that made him a little sleepy before giving him the final injection.  I held him like a baby and he looked over to me and put his face on my chest.  I talked to him and told him how much I loved him and told him there would be plenty of tuna and treats where he was going.  I think he liked that.

When I looked at Tigger, what I always saw was my little boy in his jammies............Goodbye my furry friend.......................you will always be carried in my heart for as long as I live......................until we meet again.......................

Monday, July 4, 2011

Summer Flowers


Our challenge over at the Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog was Summer Flowers.  Since I have so many hydrangeas blooming all over out yard, I picked this image to color with my copics.  It is a gorgeous Anna Griffin stamp.  I used my Spellbinder dies to cut and mat the image and added some pearls and rhinestones to set it off and used some pretty purple ribbon to bring it all together.  The background paper is Dotted Swiss by Bazzill.  This was such an easy card to make and I just love how it turned out.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Stick Pins Anyone?

I have been making stick pins for my cards and have found I am making so many that I decided to list them in my Etsy Store.  These are a lot of fun to make and my favorite set is pictured above.  These are great for card makers, scrapbookers, and altered artists alike.  If you are interested in purchasing a set or two my Esty Store is Kreative Kim.  I have more sets to list, so please keep checking back.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Buy the Ecraft from Craftwell & Get SCAL FREE!!!

For a limited time, if you buy an eCraft by the makers of Craftwell from Cutters Creek, you will not only receive an additional free SD card and free shipping, you will also receive SCAL for FREE as well!  This offer is only valid in the US and while supplies of SCAL & SD cards last.  (We will be placing another order this weekend to keep this sale going!)  Put the code "FREESCAL" in the comments section upon check out to receive this free package valued over $145!!!!!!  Happy Shopping!!!  And while you are here checking out my blog, please sign up for the new Cutters Creek newsletter in the sign up box on the right.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bailey loves Sunset

I turned in my credit cards rewards and got a new camcorder. This video of my cockatiel, Bailey. He is sooooooooooo cute!



Monday, June 13, 2011

Heritage Album Is Done!



I have finished the heritage album my mom wanted me to do for her brother! I have done a youtube video of it so I have some type of record of it being completed for myself. I am so glad it is done and I made my deadline which was Tuesday evening, although it has now changed to Thursday evening. Yeah me! I really did not like putting the stickers in the book my mom bought and tried to explain to her that these were not something I would but in a heritage album. The flourish stickers weren't too bad, however you can see I used grunge board flourishes and painted them brown. The Martha Stewart pansies weren't too bad either, but again, I would not have used them. The ladybug stickers were the worst, ugh! But mom wanted them in there so I put them in. So please tell me what you think good or bad and if you have any suggestions when I do my own 12x12 scrapbook pages. Or should I do mine similar to these? Thank you for looking!!!

Faces Of Dogs


Here is my project for the Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog this month.  Our challenge was anything red!  And since I love my dogs, I decided to use them for my red challenge.  The paper is My Minds Eye Festive & Frost and Bazzill Dotted Swiss.  I cut the words with SCAL and the frames behind them were cut from my Cricut Imagine.  I also used a Martha Stewart punch and added Kaisercraft rhinestones to it in red and used another Martha Stewart punch for my borders.  I used my Epiphany Crafts Button Maker to make the button and used ribbon from my stash to make a couple of ribbons.  This project took me no time to do at all and is a wonderful addition to my scrapbook!  

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Heritage Book




My Mom asked me to do another heritage book for her brother who is visiting next week.  Although I have little time to do the book, it has been a scrapbooker's dream to work with all these heritage photos from my family going back to the 1800's and know their names too.  Apparently my mother has a whole treasure trove of these items that I am just learning about and I had to give her the whole lecture about documenting all of this and the stories before it all dies with her, as I would have had no clue who most of these people are, except my own grandparents, maybe.  So now I know what my great and great great grandmother look like.  I have had people ask me to show the pages when they are completed, so here are the first seven.  I apologize for the quality, as I have one week left to finish before the book is turned over to my Uncle, however I have scanned all the photos and will be doing scrapbook pages for myself and will have more time to take photos for everyone to see.  As it is, I took these with my iPhone and forgot to clean the lens...........ooppss!  So at least you can get an idea of what I am doing and now I need to get back to work.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Relay For Life 2011


So if you know me, you know I am a breast cancer survivor.  This evening (today happens to be my husband's birthday also-happy birthday baby!) I walked in my 6th Survivor Walk in the Relay For Life, which also marks the month of my 6th year of surviving breast cancer.  The Survivor reception was very nice.  We got ziti in a tomato sauce sprinkled with parmesan cheese, ceasar salad, and garlic bread for dinner and had a choice of dessert.  And our survivor speaker told us of her journey 20 years ago, fighting ovarian cancer.  Every year our t-shirts purple, however this year our t-shirts were sponsored by the American Cancer and their "Happy Birthday" campaign.  I am sure you have seen those commercials where they are singing "Happy Birthday" to all us survivors.  Every time I hear one of those commercials, I smile even though getting older is not the most thrilling thing with body parts just not quite the same as they were once upon a time..........lol!  However every birthday is a gift and every day a joy, even the bad ones.  So no matter the aches and the pains and no matter the frustations in every day life, each day is a gift.  Each day is to be lived and cherished.  And never forget to stop and smell the roses...........................

Monday, May 30, 2011

Me & Anna Griffin at CHA Summer 2010


I finally finished the scrapbook page when I met Anna Griffin for the first time at CHA Summer 2010.  This page has been in the works now for several weeks.  I guess the pressure of doing Anna Griffin justice was way too much for me.................lol!  Most of the products I used to create this page, were items of hers that I have purchased over time.  All I can say is I felt so unworthy and had a serious lack of creativity when it came to doing this page.  So now it is done and I hope when I get to the photo of us at CHA Winter 2011, I will feel more relaxed and feel just a tad more worthy.  Anna is just as sweet in person, as she seems on programs like QVC (in the old days) and HSN.  My next card kit that I ordered on auto ship from HSN is on the way, and I can't wait to get my hot little hands on it.  The first kit in the series was so fab and I have already mailed out over half of those cards that I put together, so can't wait to get the next three kits.  So for all the people who have affectionately called this page my "stalker page", here you go ladies!  It is done!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ecstasy Crafts Birthday Card

Isn't this card so cute for a little girl?  I love Ecstasy Crafts decoupage products, as they just punch out and with some dimensionals you have a wonderful layered image.  I also love their peel offs, as sometimes I just don't feel like digging through my stamps and deciding on what ink to use.  You can also color these with copic makers, which I often do also.  All these products can be found at Cutters Creek!




Friday, May 20, 2011

My Hubby



Here is a page I did of my husband.  The phrase on the photo says, "I am a Forester.  Your Superhero is a mere toy!  Try to stop me now!"  So now I know what my hubby does at work, plays with action figures..............hummm.  It was a fun page to do.  The patterned paper is Basic Grey.  The embellishments are from Three Birds and K & Company.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Ecstasy Crafts Cards

Here are some cards I made using Ecstasy Crafts.  You can read more about these on the Cutters Creek Design Team blog, HERE.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Blast From The Past.............

I am now a Design Team Member over at Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog and here is my first project!  This time it was anything goes and I just happened to be working on this layout so decided to add this to the May 1st challenge.  This is me when I was a little girl and my dog Kip.  (Check out those old cars behind us!)  I used Perfect Layers (my most favorite tool!) to mat my photo.  I used glittered foam Thickers for my title and the patterned paper is Anna Griffin.  The journaling block is from My Minds Eye and I colored in the flowers with my copics and spicas.  And the butterflies and bee are from K & Company.  All in all, a pretty simple layout that only took me about 15 minutes to do once I decided on the color scheme.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Anna Griffin Explosion Box

I have had this Anna Griffin kit for a while and have never put any of it together.  I bought it at QVC, so that tells you how long I have had it!  This was the first project in the included instruction booklet and is now done!  I just need to add photos to it and then it will be totally complete.  I will probably added another photo to this post once the photograph are added.  There are four projects left to do in the kit, so off I go to see what else I can get into! 

Elegant Edges........I Love This Cartridge!

I am loving this new cartridge, Elegant Edges, by Provo Craft!  It turned me from wishing I had a ton of Spellbinder dies, to thinking I no longer want them any more........... and spend a small fortune on the dies I so longed for.  Now for the cost of two Spellbinder dies, I have thousands of options!  I have so many projects rolling around in my head!  I love that now I can use some of my "busy" cardstock as a back drop for my project and then add and "Elegant Edge" to my layout to "calm" down my background and pull everything all together.  I am one happy camper right now and this will be one of those cartridges I use over and over just like Storybook, Plantin Schoolbook, & Tags, Bags, Boxes, & More!  Oh!  And isn't my grand baby cute?!?!?


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Cutters Creek Branded Flowers Anyone?

I have been scrapping all day.  And in this layout I used some of my favorite products from Cutters Creek!  I am so thrilled to be scrapping 2010 photos as I have been trying to catch up and have been at least three years behind or more until this last year and have been on a serious scrapping campaign to catch up and use those supplies that I just keep buying!  I have other projects done, however will not post those yet until they show up on the Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog that I now design for.

I used one of my favorites, Cutters Creek Branded Flowers: Gardenia (Color Me White) and spritzed them with Perfect Pearls Mist in Turquoise and then tipped the petals with my copic marker BG05 for added interest.  I colored my journaling box with spica and copic markers and matted my photos with the absolutely gorgeous American Crafts Glitter cardstock.

I hope you enjoy my project, as I am so thrilled to be catching up my scrapping and hope to keep rolling so I can also catch up those additional projects on my plate.


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