Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas

Hello- I have cards to share, finally. Let's get started.

The first card, I cardnapped. I got this idea from Kristina, who has a You Tube account, and has graciously supplied the 25 cards of Christmas. Thanks for the idea, Kristina. I think I sort of tweeked it a little, and I forgot what day she did this card on. I think it was day 10. Anyway, kraft cardstock (she has made me fall in love with this color) from Archivers, the striped paper is from Paper Salon called Pristine: Gliter Stripes. the Joy and peace stamp is from Hero Arts, and the stamp on the inside (not shown) is from a saying on the internet (forgot where I pulled it from). the Poinsettia is a digi stamp, and I nabbed by doing a Google search, and I colored it with Copic Makers (Cardinal, black mixed, with forest green berries). I used a fiskers corner rounder. the scallops were made with the Cricut cart, Plantin Schoolbook. there is a simular card I made , which is this one:

The only difference is the image, which is the nativity scene. again this is a Digi Stamp (free from the website), colored with Copic Markers. I should have let more of the striped paper shown through, but that is OK. It is good to be creative. I missed that moment, and I am sorry I took too long to post.

This Card is a almost a complete Cricut card. The side paper is Paper Salon Pristine Gliter Stripes. Joy is made with Plantin Schoolbook with green shadow then light green lettering. The trees are made from one of the newest mini carts, Very Merry Tags. this is a limited edition, and they have more on the way, if you have not preordered them already. I think the carts this time are going to be Easter, Mother's Day, and Love Struck (has to do with V-day (Valentine's). So if you have any of the Cricuts (O, E, or Create), preorder yours today.

The next card also comes with some Cricut roots. This time it is the reindeer tag from VMT, and the piece of paper to the side, you guessed it, Paper Salon Glitter Stripes. the reindeer was from Bazzill paper called Current Sensation. I made a mistake from the first reindeer tag I cut, and decided to use the die cut for this card, and cut out another two tags for these cards:

These two cards were made the same, the only difference is I just used the reindeer (both from Bazzill cardstock), and only used the background tag in a contrasting color. The only thing is I think the background paper (which came from my own stash by cutting the cardstock in half from the dreamkutz machine many months ago) is too bright. The next two, I took a clue from note cards. the first one: I bought a Yours Truly 4x4 square, the second square was cut 3.5x3.5, while the last one was cut 3x3. The 2 squares came from Plantin Schoolbook, and I stamped the top square with a Hero Arts Stamps from last year. it came out light, so I enhanced it with copic markers. I need more colors. that is the problem with things like Copic markers or even Cricut cartridges. The can be addictive, because it does not matter what color or design you need, you do not have it.

Next this card is simular to the square note card except that it is round. I used the scallop circle from the Yours Truly line from Archivers in an eco white. the backgound circle is a baby blue type card from Bazzill, cut slightly larger than the scallop circle from Plantin Schoolbook. (see further explanation below about this cart.) I stamped a tree from Hero Arts, and colored it with copic markers. Stamped a Hero Arts Merry Christmas on it. this card and the square card are good for quick note (get smaller images for the top and add you message below. If you want, you can stamp the image in the back. another technique I did on the card is simulated the holes on the scallops, by putting a dot on scallops. You can take an actual hole punch for that effect.

The last christmas card I made is strickly your classic card. In fact I showed you cards in reverse order, because this was the first card I made this year for Christmas, and the first card I showed you was the last card I made. I am not finished yet, because I missed some people. I will be making them New Year's day cards. Anyway, back to the card. The Snowflake is from the new Mini Cart "When Its cold outside. The square cut from Plantin SchoolBook. I want to pause for a moment before going on about this card. If you do not have a Cricut Expression, which is the one that cuts from any size paper from 2x2 up to and including 12x23, You can do this on an original Cricut, or a Cricut Create. Both of the Cricuts hold size 6x12. the difference between the two is the Create has the same buttons as the Expression does, and the original does not. I am not sure if the create has basic shapes on the cart that comes with it (which is called Don Juan), but the Original has the Cart" George and basic shapes."

Back to the card. Again, I make my own card blanks with my dreamkutz machine by cutting the paper in half, the folding it in half again. I stamped a hero Arts saying "Let it snow" from Hero Arts. Adhered the snowflake to the square to the card. I put a sentiment on the inside, and you are done. Again, super simple.

A word on sentiments.

You can find all kinds of sentiment and sayings from everywhere. There are whole books dedicated to them, websites (Google the term Sentiments, quotes, or sayings). You can quote your favorite bible verse, or a children's poem for a fun child's card or scrapbook page. Once you find that poem, verse, or favorite author, you can type it, or use the copy/paste feature and copy it onto a word processing program such as Word, wordperfect, or off brand program. You can also use a publishing program, such as MS Publisher or generic desktop publishing program. Once you size up the font, then print it out. You can cut it, mat it, then place it on the card. Try it, you will have fun, but make sure that they are royality free.

Word on Longaberger:

This is the last week, you get you order the sweetheart basket for this year. If you want to order, please click here to get to the site. Be on the look out for new product to come for Spring-summer 2010. The leaders will be meeting next week, and I cannot wait to find out about the new products, and I hope to be able to share them with you in the coming weeks. Until that time, it is hush, hush.

Well I hope that 2010 will find you peace of mind, body, and spirit, as well as in God's loving arms. I will be spending New Year's eve with my loved ones, and New year's day working for 3 hours. Be safe, God bless, and be mindful of the alcohol intake when the clock strikes 2010. Happy New Year, 2010.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions. How to Draw People into your world.

Well, it is almost that time of the year. In the beginning of 2009, I started my blog, and I must say that I am very proud of myself for sticking to it. I may not post an entry every day, showing you what cards or layouts I have made, or even tell you about the specials I have for my business, but I do try to at least to keep you informed on my doings at least once a month. I do not want to gossip on my blog about who did what with whom and to what celeb. That is every other blog, I do know this: I want something new on this blog for 2010.
I have visited lots of blogs over the past year, and some are really, really good. They are blogs that this one can only aspire to be like. I do not like a lot of ads on my blog. I like so many things, and so many companies, until I cannot fit everyone on it. I like to put in things that I think that you would like to click on, and become a member of, buy from, or just to say, “She thinks the same way I do”.
I do want to make this announcement: I am going into a new business venture. It is called tentatively MDN Creates, Inc. This is a business doing what I love to do: Making paper crafting items: cards, scrapbook albums and pages, tags, journals, whatever my little heart desires. I have been in much prayer and submission about it to God, and I feel that He feels that the timing is right. I am not getting enough hours in my current job, and I have always felt that I was never meant to be in my current job for long. In order for me to do that, I would have to apply to be a store manager, which I did over the summer, just to see if I am manager material for the store. I knew that I was not, but maybe, the corporate office would see something in my job reviews, that my past managers would not and could not see, and they did not. I was not called in for an interview, and I am OK with that. 4 years is too long in a job, that still has me making less than $10 an hour. My hourly wage was frozen this year at $8.15, and for someone who is single with bills, it just does not sit too well.
Enough about my current job, I am still going to be working for temp agencies. I applied with an agency over the summer, when my hours were really tight in the money area. I have set up accounts online to allow me to sell items, and when I am out of my contract with the store, I will also set up something on my blog that allows someone to purchase from here as well. But as they say, baby steps, baby steps. I am not rushing this moment.
Hey, I need your help…. What would you like to see on this Blog? I always welcome comments, and I do read them, and sometimes comment back, so I can use a little constructive criticism. I do not have blog candy to give away (congress is trying to stop that fun activity), but It does help me to have a fun, new fresh blog. I am even willing to change the name of the blog too. There was already one Tricia’s Treasure on here before I got started, and I am surprised that BlogSpot has not asked me to change the name, or the other person has not come forward to ask me to change the name as well. I will still have the Longaberger business. I love doing it. Should this blog be two separate blogs? If you do not want to comment in the blog, you are more than welcome to email me at, and I will try to employment your suggestions. I do ask that they be as low costing as possible.
Yes, I cannot leave this entry without mentioning my website. There are a lot of 12 –hour specials in the next few days, and I want you to be able to take advantage of them. Today’s special are fabric bins, and they come in small, medium, and large. They are made of same fabric like the liners. They start at $30 for the small. It is 5:47pm EST, so you only have only a few more hours to take in this special. Go to to get this special. In the meantime, if you are looking for a gift for that special person in your life, please feel free to shop 24/7 from your own computer. The best part is no waiting in line, dealing with that clerk who has been working 12 hours straight with an attitude. If you are having problems locating a gift, email me or tweet me on my twitter or Facebook page: or, and I will try to find the answer to your questions or I know a few customer satisfaction employees who can help me, help you.
Well that is it for now. Oops, one more thing: guaranteed shipping for Christmas delivery is December 15th. God Bless you. Have fun preparing for the holidays, and I will talk at you later. Peace.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to all...

I am all about quick notes these days. Sorry I do not have anything to post picture-wise this week, but I am just wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving, and I will hope to have something to post. I am just going to go out with a bang, and hopefully, I will have something in the beginning of the new year, 2010. I cannot believe that we have just one more month in the 2009, and in the end of the 20th century. I was born in the mid-60's, dealt with the '70s, 80's, and 90's, and here I am ending the year 2000's with you (or double 00's whatever you call it). I wish I could say that I have seen it all, but I have not, compared to the person I introduced you to three entries back. I have only seen a fraction of what she has seen. I am only in my 40's, a baby, compared to her, and that is my thanksgiving. Behind me is my mom and one of my aunts working on her newsletter for the church. What I like about the internet, is you can work on this blog anywhere, and anytime. I am usually up at 1am EST on this blog, but it is right now, it is 3:47pm CST.


Please check out the website: for all you holiday gift needs. Need to organize, baskets and wrought iron items are the way to go... Entertainment needs, got you covered with pottery. Need a little romantic inspiration...Candles will set the mood. just go to my website. Do you have a chocolate lover. There is a sweatheart of a deal for you... a basket in the shape of a giant Hershey's Kiss. Check out the website, for the month of December.

Well, that is it for now. I will see you later, and happy holidays.

Monday, November 9, 2009

My Weekend

Just a quick note about weekends. They were OK. Yep, just OK. Last weekend was wonderful. I had my home party for Longaberger. I have two and a half orders. The half is I have not entered the last one in. This weekend was the craft show at my nephew's school. It ended up being an exposure event for me, because I receive no orders. I tried, and I think the reasons were I was tired from working Friday at the store (Holiday Extravaganza) from 9am -2pm, packing my bags for the craft show, and then watching This Is It with my mom and nephew, Mike. The movie was wonderful, and I knew that Michael Jackson was a genius, but this really showed his work. You should really go see it, even if you are not a MJ fan. The second reason for the poor sales was everyone was having a craft show yesterday, plus there was an International Festival at Vet's Memorial downtown Columbus. I do hope that the people that took a flyer will call me or place an order on the website. In case you want to order, it is I am aiming for $1,000 in sales for this month, so I hope you do. Lots of wonderful sales for this month and the month of December. If you are a Hershey fan, a very special basket and lid in the form of a giant Hershey's Kiss will be on sale next month. More on that later. there is even a buy one, get one half price sale on candles. Again, that is to order.

I will start making my cards for the holidays this month. I got two new cricut carts, and they are the mini carts, which are a limited edition. One is called, When its cold outside, and the other is called Christmas tags. you can find all the info on them at, although I believe they are sold out on the site. I received the carts from Kim Bush of Cutters Creek ( or click on the banner ad on the right side. She is wonderful, as a fast turnaround, and takes Paypal. When I get finish, I will post them like I did last year, (and one of the reasons why I started this blog.)

Well, I need to go to bed. Late post, and if this business thing is going to work, I will have to go to bed at a decent hour. I am thinking about quitting the job in January, and only do temp work when I need extra money, but we will see how that goes between now and January 1, which is fast aproaching. Pray that God will help me make the right decision. Good night, and God Bless you all. I will try to post something before Thanksgiving.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My first day post

I bet you all thought that I like to post at night. To be honest, I don't. Why do I post at night? Because it is convenient, and it is quiet time fo me. Tonight is my church's harvest party. This is our Halloween party, and yes the kids to go dressed up. We do not encourage the traditional ghosts, goblins, and witches, for example, we try to ask them to dress like biblical charactors. It worked for a while, a good while, but they caught on. So we just ask that they dress in something possitive. So I cannot wait to see what Michael has dressed up as, nor Deonte and Nine'na. I might dress up too, but I have to wait until I have the inspiration to do it. I will have to let you know what I decided to do.


I AM DONE WITH MY PROJECT, WOOHOO!!!! I love making albums, and I will have to download the images, and show you. My next project is...making birthday cards for my aunt in Alabama. My deadline is Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to making these cards.

I have ordered my mini Carts for my cricut. in case you are scratching your head of this. these cartridges have very little on them in comparison to the the full cart, but not as much as the solution cart. To get the full story, I recommend, your cricut center, and all things cricut.


You have less then two weeks to order all things Horizon of Hope. go to to place an order for the NFL/breast Cancer basket. for all other H of H items, email me at, as these are on customer service orders only until the 31st, then they are going to the Factory Store/factory store online. I will let you know when they are there, or you can go through my website, and click on the Factory store link. $2 of all basket sales, and $1 of accessory sales got towards the American Cancer society.

Reminder: Next Saturday, I am having my home show in my home @3pm. You are welcome to order during that time. If you are local, you are welcome to attend. please email me at to let me know.

Well that is it for now. need to get ready for this party. God Bless you.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

OMG, I haven't post in weeks!!!


I am into so many things, until I just realized that I have not posted anything new in a few weeks. The last post was in September. I am sorry for those who follow me. I am just sitting here, sucking on a sprite ffrom Mickey D's, and wondering why I did not get the one to get the Monopoly pieces. Oh yeah, I forgot, I am chunky, and I do not need to get chunkier, LOL. My mom and I went through the drive through (I drove), and because she was in the car, I was able to get the Senior drink, which is really the small, only cheaper. I heard that the soft drinks make you chunkier, but I love it.


I have decided that i was going to wait until all the hype is gone from this product. I am on several Yahoogroups promoting scrapbooking, especially the Cricut and all of its accessories, and the Gypsy has come up as a heated discussion several times. Now the latest problem that Provocraft has caused is that deal with HSN, otherwise known as the Home Shopping Network, because a new cartridge is part of their bundle, and everyone who bought the original bundle wantes to exchange their gypsies just for the new cart. Note to PC in cause anyone from there is reading this: When offering a bundle for the second time, offer the same thing as the first, that way you nor the company you partner with will not have problems. I will still wait until it comes down in price, unless I win one. I will stick to my SCAL and Design Studio.

Copic Markers

I am now up to 3 Chaos (black, Umber, and a blender), and 3 sketches (Baby Blossoms, Pure Pink, and Cardinal). Yes, they are expensive, but what I like about them is the way they cover the picture with color, you can shade (which is why people who draw Animi use them), you can stamp with them, and they are refillable (buy the barrel once, refill forever), and they have replacement nibs.

I just realize that the government (FCC, or whatever they are called) want to block all endorsement and reviews as of November, if they are given to you by the company free. Trust me, so far, the products that I endorse are from my own money. I am not sure what they are looking for in the first place, except taxes.

Cards for the month:

Here are my card for the month:

Happy Birthday. I made this for my aunt in Alabama. Her Birthday was October 1st, and this is my first time I made a gate card, and my first time really working with Yellow. the base card is green cardstock from work (Archivers), I attached rub-on stitching to the yellow cardstock panels. The square was cut out using the cricut and again I used rub-on stitching. The flower I got from a Round Robin bin when the box came around to me 8 years ago. I was not able to use them since. Just a t standard gate card. so simple, so nice.

Scrapbook Page:

I have a page from the album that I am creating for my friend, and I am almost finished. I hope Iwill be able to present it at church on the 25th. I cannot imagine me not doing being able to, but I do not make enough money to quit the retail industry, and my businesses are not profiting enough for me to do that, so I cannot just quit my job, if my manager wants m to work that day.

I am experimenting with diffent colors and hues, and I found a friend in a website. If you cannot match the colors to a picture, there is a program on , and for no charge, you upload your photo, and the program will analyze and tell you what colors you can use to make an effective layout. The background paper is Bazzill, and I print the tile on the computer. Tip: to print, use either MS Word or Publisher, but if you do not have either program, any wordprocessing or Design pro program will do. the pattern paper is by Heidi Grace, and the jounal block is by Jenni Bowlin,. as well as the button in the panel area. You cannot see it, but I have gold cord that I wrapped around the panel. The brown swirl is from the Cricut Cartridge, "Storybook" , which is my favorite cart, and the gems are from Mark Richards called Cystal stickers.

First look at the birthday girl and her family. I just did a basic double matting on this and the other one coming up. Forgive me I forgot the name of the company this paper was made of, but I am getting more for my own family. I bought two of them and This side says "Generations", while the other side is dark and says, "Family". Only other difference is there is a saying on the other layout that says, 'A family stitched together with love seldom unravels." It is a digi stamp. Also, I did something called a color block, and just like the first layout I showed, I did the color program on

Second Page of the two page layout. tip: your two page layout does not have to have matching background paper. in fact, if it is double sided, ue the other side. I will show more later. It is supposed to be a surprise,so I upload more after October 25th.


I cannot leave this post without mentioning Longaberger. I am having a home party of my own at my house on October 31, 2009 (yes, I realize that it is Halloween, but I really do not celebrate Halloween), at 3pm. If you are local, and would like to attend, please email me at . I will b showing you how to entertain, gift giving and organizing Longaberger style. I am having a mystery hostess. If you are unable to attend, you can always email me your order, or order from my website, , lots of deals for the next three months. Be on the lookout for them. there are too many for me to list here. although I want to show you this little cutie:

This is availble for a two more weeks. You can go to my website to order, or let me know. It looks too cute to pass up.
Well I got to go. You all take care of yourselves, be safe, and God Bless You.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Travel Mugs for $10...

Got Coffee? Tea? Water? How about a travel Mug? Only $10 visit to order yours. Shop early to get them before the holiday rush. perfect for all the coffee, tea, even water drinkers in your life. today Only. Get them while they last.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Want to win a Gypsy?

I ran upon this contest entry from Cartridge Helper. If you are into the Cricut machine (like I am) You already know about the hype that ProvoCraft has made wit this machine, starting with the mysterious You tube Vids. If you are not into scrapbooking, you may win one for that scrapbooking family member or friend. Anyway, click here to go to the link. Who knows, you may be a winner.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Just a note

Hello, just a quick note before I go off to la-la land. today at 9am, I will be a brunch , with Proceeds benefiting breast cancer awareness . this is the 4th year for the event, and even though it is too late for you to attending this year's event, I will post details when they come availble for next year. It is at the Longaberger Golf course in Newark, Ohio, and it is given by the members of my Longaberger branch. If you live locally, this is a good cause to raise money for the treatment of this illness. We have a silent auction, and tickets raised, and after that, you get to shop at Longaberger homestead and Factory store. I have donated 6 sets of cards for this, and the look like this:

They are in groups of 10, and the starting 2.00 for them. Sorry you cannot bid on them.. Maybe next time.
Good night, and rest well.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A few things

Muslings-Patricia Style.

Several Things:

1) There is this celebrate going over on they are celebrating their 100th cartridge. that Cartridge is called.....(drumroll...) Winter Woodland. It is the feminine stye of Winter. The catridge has a village to build, horse, carriage. Well do not take my word for it, take a look:

I have already saved the cartridge to my wish list.

2) Sorry I have not been posting. I try to keep up with it, and to be honest, I would love to do more. Life gets in the way, and I have several projects in the works. When I get finished with them, I will post them. I am almost finished with my note cards for a a Horizon of Hope event at the Longaberger Golf course. It is next Saturday on the 19th. they are cute.

3) to make my life even more busier, I applied to be part of the Mom's Panel for Disney. What is the Mom's Panel? The Mom's Panel is supposed to be a group of mom's who answer questions for Disney, as well as make suggestions. Now you maybe asking yourself this question: Why would a single person like me, with no children in the house be interested in something like this? Simple, I am an aunt. My brother's child is not living with him. Mike is living with my parents, and right now, my sister is only interested in the party side of life, and she has two very young children (Deonte and Nine'na). they all look to me with all of the Disney answers, which is what Disney is looking for, and I hope to be a mommy soon. I am looking into being a foster parent, with an option to adopt the little bambino(a), and want to start in January. All you have to do, is when an email comes your way, you answer the question. It could be about how to get around Disney to Food allergies at Disney to what to do if your 2 year old is scare of Mickey Mouse. (Hey it can happen) The only traveling involved (so far), is a week's training at one of the resorts in December. So far, my job at Archiver's does allow a little travel, and I do not get vacation pay anyway, so why not? Now all I have to do is get approved, and they will send me an email by November 1, to see if I'm approved or not. There is already a man on this year's panel, why not an aunt.

4) Now a word from our sponsor... (you did not think I would not have a post without some cards). This time there are Two of them.
This first one, I made for a challenge on a Color Swatch board. I am starting to spread my wings a little, and this is the last hooray for Spring 2009. The Background is made from a Cuddlebug folder called Birds and Swirls. The Love is a digi stamp, and the bird is made from the Home decor Cartridge from my Cricut Cartridge. the Butterflies are from a ribbon that I received from a ribbon swap, so again thanks Elizabeth from StampOhio for sending me this ribbon. I also stickled my bird in light blue.
For the Last card, I decided that I would go almost Monocromatic. The patterned paper is from Kaserscrapbooking, cut a little smaller than the blank card, which is 4 1/2 x 5 1/2. The Purple paper (Cut from the other half of the 8 1/2 x11 paper), was embossed by Swiss Dots (cuttlebug folder), then I matted the butterfly image with same patterned paper. One of the things you do not notice on this card, is the image is in 3-d, as well as the mats. I made one slight boo-boo when I was making the card. I forgot the ribbon. Of course you do not see the mistake, but what I did to clear up the problem, was I threaded the ribbon behind the second mat, then I tied it. cool, huh? shows you what you can do with a mistake. Oh and the images are both digi stamps as well. I do not have any markers, other than your basic black and brown for Copic ciao markers, and I also have sharpie Markers, slick writers, and a couple of zig markers. so how did I get that Purple butterfly? I went back in my childhood, and grabbed a purple crayon. Archiver's has Copic Sketch markers, which are a little more expensive than the Ciao, which are smaller. Both are refillable. invest in some, if you dare.
5) Longaberger's new Fall/Winter catalog is up and has products for fall and the holidays. I am currently booking Home and catalog parties for the rest of the year. If you are looking to having a home party in your home, I am currently doing them locally in the central Ohio areas. Not sure if you are ready to receive people in your home. no problem, you can have your home party anywhere. Just drop me a line in my comments section, or email me at If you would rather skip all the fuss of a home party, and go with a catalog party instead, drop me a note, and let me know where to send the catalogs to. Looking for some extra income or just want to order? Go to my webpage, On my website, you can order products, and even sign up to sell Longaberger. Just that simple.
well that is it. If you have any questions or comments, just sign in and post. You can always email me or comment on my facebook page or Tweet me at Have a blessed day, and weekend if I d not post anything this weekend. Here to the start of a happy fall 2009.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Longaberger Bee

I have another side of me that I cannot hide. It only comes out once a year, and if I choose to let it thrive in me, you would be surprise on how I act. I go crazy during General Session of my Longaberger conventions (AKA The Bee). in fact, I did not know how crazy I can get, until I found out Monday that my little digital camera by HP can record sound with its video capabilities. I am going to give you this link to the first video I shot during the Bee. Please, no comments on my singing. Now I don't think I have a bad voice, it just sounds bad in this video, LOL. I uploaded it to you tube (I know, brave, brave soul, but I am glutton for punishment, LOL) (The Bees evolution to Dance Part 2).

Now let's get a little more serious: I go, because I want to be all that I can be with my business. I have not really done that in the past fiscial year, and I want to be accountable for my actions. I think that Longaberger is a wonderful company, with great benefits, if you do all you can to make you business thrive. I have been at it for almost 8 years, with my anniversary on October 8th. I have learned how to find new customers; Do events, such as craft shows, and how to get people to come on my team. You may ask yourself, should I already know how to do this sort of stuff? Well, yes I do, but every year, everyone should take a refresher course, and find new ideas on an old topic. You have to consider that people have started using social networks now, and depend less on snail mail and the telephone.

This black cat set is just in time for Halloween. Isn't it cute? I am getting one, and I hope that I would sell a couple more. From August 1-14, If you buy the basket set, you get the wrought Iron set Free. the set is $79, and it includes, Basket, Protector, and liner. I think it would look cute on a table with candy in it, to pass out during begger's night, or a party. Without the liner, it can hold dinner rolls, remote controls. Get it for a cat lover you know. I can think of using it as a sew kit, ot to hold knitting. It can also hold embellishments or inks for scrapbooking. Have a cat themed room, this is perfect for it, or put it in a child's room.

Well that is it for now. The Horizon of Hope products are still availible, and this is the second month of campaigning. every HOH purchase you make, Longaberger make a donation to the American Cancer Society. If you live or plan on visiting Cental Ohio in September, My Branch leader's cental branch, which I am a part of, is having a Horizon of Hope brunch on the 18th. for $68, will get you brunch, tickets for a silent auction, door prizes, and a shopping trip at the factory store and Homestead. It is heard this year at the Longaberger Golf Course from 9am -noon. If you want further info on the event, please email me, and I can put you on my list, and that is To order any of this products, please visit my shop at If you want to be a part of the Longaberger family, you can join on my website as well. You can also hold a Home Party or catalog party and get any of these product with either hostess dollars or as a half price item. If you do not want to have on at you home, I can show many different places to have it, such as a girl's night out, at a restaurant, or in the park.
Well this is really it now. take care, and God bless.

Nothing but Layouts (and Cards)

Hello, Long time no see. I have been very busy. I have just came back from the Bee. More on that later. I have been working on things, and this is the first layout featuring my oldest nephew, Mike. It is actually a different concept for me, as I am not used to layers things on scrapbook layouts. these are older pictures taken from a project that he made in about the 5th or 6th grade. My mom saw them lying around, and well he got a A for the project (yay, Mike). Anyway, she thought I would take the pictures to make a layout. This is actually page two of a two page layout (I am still working on page 1.) I used a double-sided paper from Little Yellow Bicycle, and adhere to the back. Then I took Bazzill basics ribbon, and place it across the page. In the back of one of the photos (the one where he is picking oranges in Orlando, Florida), is some of the mesh by Making Memories. Other photos are when he was on a water holder, near my mom's family homested in Guinea, Alabama, abd the other is when he was 8 hugging Goofy at Walt Disney World, two days before the one with the orange picking was taken. the embellishments are from EK Success (I saved Mickey for another time).

Another Double Sided Moment. this time it features my youngest nephew, Deonte, and the love of my umbrella during a rainy 4th of July picnic . I titled the layout, Under My Umbrella. I took this from Rianna's song, Umbrella. The paper is by Creative Imginations, part of the Art Warehouse collection. The Blue Umbrella is from a clipart image I found off of Google images, and printed it on light blue paper. The title is also computer generated. I wrote my journaling around the picture with Tey just by himself and it reads: "Where's Deonte?" "Who's Feet are under the umbrella?" "Why?" "Because it is raining." "Where is Deonte?" "There is Deonte, and these are Deonte's feet under the Umbrella." The layout is simple, and I used the back side of the paper for waves.
Cards. I saw a You Tube Video on how to make Double Pocket Cards. I love this technique. Jst a little bit of adhesive, some jumbo Brads (the person on the video used jumbo eyelets, and set them with the cropadile). For the note cards, I used the Cuttlebug folder for this . Did I tell you I have a new little toy, and only got it for $42.00 at Mike's? Yep, they try to fight me on the coupon thing, but I told them that the cuttlebug was NOT a Cricut. so the manager let me have it for that price. I have one more of this kind to show you.

Tip: Want to get rid of papers you kind of like, make a card, and give it away. It works for me, but not in this case of the purple (lavender) card. The pink one, not so much.
Have fun in everything you do. You may discover some talent. Thank God for those talents, because you never know when you may need them one day. I will have a small blurp about my Longaberger ventures in a bit. Just rapping up what I made recently, and that is not all of it. Geez, I should have had a blog entry in between all of that time I was creating. I also had a birthday on July 21st, and getting ready for the Bee, can bee wonderful and nerve wrecking at the same time. (no the second "bee" was not a typo, LOL). God Bless You.

The Lavander card has stamped Note cards.

Friday, July 10, 2009

A Contest...

How would you like to win some Money? No, I am not giving away money, but I know someone who is giving away a gift certificate worth that amount. Visit and enter.

Well, while I am on here, I am about to get into two new ventures. the first one is Etsy. I heard about it, and even have an account, but I never thought nothing about it. Ebay is wonderful, but they are money hungry. I want an auction place that will allow me to sell my stuff, without all the problems that Ebay gives. If you do not have an etsy account, the address is, and signup is free, and owning a store is free. The only problem is when you post an item (and it has to be Handmade), it will cost you $.20 to post.

My second venture is I am getting a cuttlebug. In case you are scratching you head and saying, "Huh?" A cuttlebug is a cutting and embossing machine and is portable. for those of you who scrapbook and make cards, you understand how a person needs to expand her art.

Well that is all for right now. I cannot find my cord to post my pictures of my latest cards, and I have a layout to post. I will try to do that tomorrow.

For now, God Bless you, and be safe.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Joyful July

Hello, and welcome to my Blog. For those of you who have been with me from the beginning of this Blog, thank you. Invite your friends to take a look. I may not post much, but I have lots to say about scrapbooking and other things.
Speaking of other things, I rarely post anything sad, but I want to give condolences to the following families:

  1. The Jackson family for the loss of one of the greatest entertainers, Michael Jackson. I love his music, no matter how loving his lyrics were, how weird his lyrics were, or how healing his lyrics were. He touched everyone in one way or another, and there will be no one like him. I went to see him and his brothers in 1981 in Columbus. Me and my cousin Derrick was in the nosebleed section of Mershon Auditorium. Love him or hate him, he will be truly missed by all.

  2. Ryan and Redmond O'Neil for the loss of Farrah Fawsett. No one likes to loose anyone to cancer. I was not that big of a fan of Farrah's, but I loved Charlie's Angels, and even though I am in disput of the media making a big deal on someone who has only been on the show for one season, she did make the show, no matter how long she was on it. She will be missed also.

  3. Ed McMahan's family. I remember as a little girl watching this sidekick, then coming on his own with Star Search. I am sad that he was not doing well health and financial wise.

There are other celebs that passed this week, and were called home by the Lord, and if any of these family members just happen to look at my blog this week or in the future, I just want to thank them for their family members, and the world was truly blessed by their presence.

OK the mourning period is over, time for other things....


So, my favorite You Tube videos are by The Pink Stamper, and I was watching the latest video in which she said that Provo Craft emailed her about reviewing the new Stand Up and Salute Cricut Cartridge, and reviewing it on her blog. I said OK, that sounds like a wonderful way of getting cartridges, so she must have had to do something to get on the list. I also started watching another woman, who said the same thing, except Provo Craft sent her the Cricut expression, and 4 cartridges to review, and both of these vidoes were made recently. so I wrote to Provo Craft to find out how you can do that, and have not heard back from them. I also just tried to call them , and they are closed for the holiday.

Happy father's Day. I made this card for my father. It is a simple card the card is a 12x12 sheet from Heidi Grace called Vineyard Flowers Mix. I love the tone effect, which makes it more masculine then femine. this design, if still around makes a perfect card for a male on any occasion. The next element on the card I have to apologize for, because I do not know where the design came from. I was in a image round robin, and this is one the images I picked out. If you have this rubber stamp design, please let me know. I love it, and I made two cards (I will upload the other one when I am finished with it) I would love to get the rubber stamp. I tyed a simple ribbon from American Crafts called Shimmery Satin-Brown (they make a red one as well, that I am sending in a ribbon swap to my partner.) I just have plain avacardo color cardstock behind the image. (note: Like Rachael Ray, I do not pay attention to measurements, LOL, so I would that the measurements are slightly bigger than the image itself.) I will try to do better next time with the measurements, in case you want to scraplift the card.

this card I am afraid that it not my own. I mean I made it, but I as an employee of Archiver's, I have to point you in their direction for this card. the address is . This is a slight take on their card, and it is to promote some really nice paper, and the name of the vender is TPC Studio. The card blank is regular cardstock from the store. their card had three panals of matted paper (the mat is lavender cardstock). Mine ended up with two (I told you I do not pay attention to measurements-consider yourself warned for the second time in this post, LOL.) On my card, the scallop circle came from the new Cricut cartridge, Storybook Cartridge, wich is now my new best friend. I was looking for a cart with scallops on it. I think i told you how I got the cart in the first place, so I will not go into that. What I will go into is that this cart packs a whole lot of scallop-type shapes, and it is even more wonderful when you want a scallop edge and you can get that through the Plantin Schoolbook cart, but turn around, and get the rest of the scallops in Storybook. this cart is also great if you have a little girl, who thinks that being a princess is the coolest job on the planet, as there is a tiara there. the last things on the card are two buttons on th plain circle (cut slightly smaller than the scallop-done with either plantin Schoolbook or George, I did it with PS.) A rub-on congratulations in the corner, and voila, another card born.


I could not close this post without mentioning Longaberger. This month start the Horizon of Hope campaign. I mentioned it briefly in last post.

For these and other specials, please email me at or click here to go to my website to order or to join my team.
Lastly, have a happy 4th. This country is one of the few countries in this world who has the freedom we have. We do not have to endure military in our faces, telling us what to do or say. We can buy what we want, be what we want, and say what we want, as well as worship who we want. I thank God for my freedom, and for many freedom comes at a price.
God Bless this land!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Joyful June (and other Musings)

Hello, I'm still here. I am slowly getting into blogging, but not enough, meaning I am not posting like I should. Not enough cards, layouts, or even Longaberger specials. I need to re-organize. Have you ever gotten into a rut where no matter what you do, it just isn't good enough? I love every one of my cards, scrapbooking layouts, and even trying my hand in album making. As far as the rut thing, that is where I had been the last couple of months. I have now snapped back into reality, and ready to roll. the last few cards I made, I sold to family members and made $25, which is enough to make me snap back. So here are the cards:

Card #1: This is from the same kit as the purple one from a few posts back. the only thing I added was the butterfly stamp. I love how it came out. In fact, most of the cards I made came from this kit. As explained in an earlier post, I do not like to stick to the plan. The ideas that kits give, like this one from QVC, are wonderful for people who are beginners, stuck, and/or want something easy to make cards with. Just let your creative juices flow. do not get stuck on one way of doing a card kit. That is my advise to those of you who are beginners in card making, as well as those who have been in the biz for a while, but get stuck like me.

Card #2

Just another way to make with the same materials. BTW, the kit came with 2 or 3 of everything in each package. The pocket in this case is on the inside of the card.

Card #3: This is from the same kit, only this time, this one says 'Happy Birthday on it, and it is supposed to be a maculine card. the first two are thank you cards in case I did not properly point it out. I am not going to bore with two more cards made two different ways with the same materials like that last set, but I am am going to show you this one from the same kit: Card #4

This is also a Masculine like birthday card (although I am sure that if you recipient is not a girly girl, she would appreciate it too). I hope you can tell with the saying is, besides happy birthday.
One more thing about Kits: Did you know that you can take a scrapbooking kit and make cards out of it? sure, and why not? Hey, you bought the kit, and unless you know the designer behind the kit, he or she will not know that you used the papers for something else besides what it was intended for in the first place. Take the card kit and make a mini album out it. If you happen to know the website of the company or designer, write them a note in the form of an email to tell them what you did, and it could inspire them to make more kits like that. There are a lot of products that can be done like that.
I have more cartridges for my cricuts, so I will be doing more of those type of cards next time. I have added to my library: Storybook, Home Decor (my first solutions cart); Printing 101, and My Community (yes, these are the two free ones I have been ranting about not getting on time from Provo Craft).
I am also working on my note cards for the annual Horizon of Hope Campaign luncheon that the branch that I am in has every year to raise money for Breast Cancer awareness. Not familiar with this campaign, please go to for details of this campaign. in July starts the sale of baskets and other products, and that runs through September. If you would like more info on Longaberger baskets and other Horizon Of Hope stuff, check back at my website: on July 1st. $2 goes towards the treatment and education of this illness, and did you know that men are not immune to it. My father is a 27-year survivor of the disease, however, I did lose a friend to the disease as well. Her name was Lois Cooper, and she died of complication of the disease in May 2002. I hope and pray that our luncheon is a success, but the success is to know that there will be millions of women and men educated and treated.
well that is it for now. I will try not to be so long posting next time, and you take care of yourself. May God bless you and keep you, and His face shine upon you and give you peace. This is one of my favorite blessings, and one of my favorite bible passages is the 23 Palms, the Lord is My Shepard. I also have a favorite prayer which is The Lord's Prayer. I say it every night, before I pray for individuals and situations. Bye for now.

Monday, May 25, 2009

as Promised... the card I made Deonte for his 2nd birthday. I cannot believe that this kid is 2, I feel like it was just yesterday that he was 3 months old, but that was a while ago. The boy is slowly getting out of "Baby Japanese" as I call it, and now it is "why", "No", and "stop" as his main words. Is it like that with all 2 year olds? I remember Michael, my oldest nephew asking those type of questions, but geez, Tey ask too much of it. Oh, his other favorite word is "Huh". He gets that from his mother, my sister. Tey says that when he does not want to do something, LOL. Sounds like a typical toddler/child does it?

I took him to Michael's playoff game on Saturday, and except for a couple times he got upset because he was hungry, Tey was good child for his first baseball game. Once my mom got him settle with a bag of chips, this child was good to go (and that was after he had two hot dogs, LOL)

Well, Here's Elmo....

As you see, I had a lot of help from EK Success. that's OK, because sometimes I like something that I can come up with on the fly. the recipe is on my post from Saturday.

Well since I entered something Saturday explaining my life, I will end here. I will to talk to you later. I have to work on memorial day, so on this patriotic day, remember those love ones who sacrifice their lives for this country, and for those who believe, remember the greatest sacrificer of all, Jesus Christ. God Bless you, and take care.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

wow, I better start blogging more

This is a quick note to tell you that I am still alive and kicking. I have been super busy. Well not really. Part of it is being busy, the other is just pure laziness on my part. Deonte, My youngest nephew will be 2 on Monday, and I made a card for him. Nothing special. well it is special, but what I meant was nothing in the way of me making anything with the cricut or something like that. I took the easy way out, and got one of the Elmo 3-D's from EK Success, and stuck it on there along with some presents and two ballons that say Happy Birthday on it. On the inside, I made a boo-boo, and covered it with the back of the background paper I used with the front of the card (the paper is from the Deja views "Sharon Ann, Little Ones Collection, and it is called, My Precious Boy). I would show it to you, but it is late, and I will pull it out of my camera later. I love taking pictures of my work. Speaking of my work, I entered my first contest. Yep, it has gotten to that point, LOL. the entry is the first page from my last entry on May 5th called A Mother's Love, featuring my sister and my niece at 3 months old. The little stinker is now 8 months old, and I call her "Princess Wiggles", because she is about to crawl, and loves to try to get down. She will be walking pretty soon. The "Birthday Boy", Deonte, started walking on his birthday last year. Meanwhile, Michael, my oldest nephew will have his last day of school on June 3rd, then he will be officially an 8th grader. Wow, it feels like yesterday when he was the same age as the other two. By the time he graduates from high school, Tey will be in Kindergarten, and Nine'na will be 3. Hopefully by then, I will have a little one around 1 or 2 years old. But anyway, the link is at The Orginal Soapbox, and it is, and I am #377.
Well, I am yawning, so I need to go to bed.Visit that link to vote, as well as my website for Longaberger, which is Lots of wonderful specials if you are looking for a gift for dads, grads, weddings, housewarming, or just yourself. Need extra cash, why not join Longaberger as well. In the meantime, take good care of yourself, and God Bless You and your family, and Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Happy May (did I have this title before?)

Well, Happy May, everyone. The flowers are out, and the birds are singing. we survived the winter (at least in Ohio, that is). Spring is looking wonderful, except this year, my cable does not like it. every time it rains, or does something, it goes out, and there goes my communication. I my only source of communicating with the world is through my cell phone. My land phone is digital, and has been for about a couple of years. I have broadband cable, and of course, I have digital cable, complete with DCR dual recording by Time Warner. Now I hear that AT&T has 4 channels that you can record at once. OK, I not changing for that. besides that, my parents had a very bad expereince with AT&T, and now they are back with WOW.Enough with cable, let's move on...

I have not done this before (except with my own stuff), but there are a couple of shoutouts I would like to give:
A good friend of mine, Erica Rooks, has a blog of cooking. She is giveing away a cookbook, called The lady and Sons Cookbook by Paula Deen, and if you are not a fan of Paula's, I think you should try for the cookbook. Erica's blog is . I hope you get a chance to win.

Also a pray for another friend of mine, Jennifer. her daughter is in the hospital for hgh blood pressure, and she needsa healing. She is 8 months pregnant, a boy, and today was her shower. She wanted to get out for a few hours to attend the shower, but the doctor would not let her. another friend of mine, Tennille, should have had her baby, a girl by now. Last I checked, the little girl was due to come out at anytime.

Need Cash? Join Longaberger.

Before I get to the cards and layouts I made, I have an annoucement: May 4, 2009, for one day only, you can sign up for Longaberger, and only pay for the shipping costs. Just go to my website:, and click the "Join me" button. It is fun to be a Longaberger consultant, and I love it.

Scrapbooking and card making:
I have been very busy, as you can imagine. With Longaberger, and family and friends, who has time to do this? I do.

He's asleep...Awwww!

I did a real simple on with this one-pager. last December, around the 1st or 2nd, I allowed my sister, Schaundra have her way with the camera, and this is what she did... took a picture of Tey, sleeping on the couch at our parent's house. the background paper in from KI Memories, and it is called, Blue Heredity (12x12) from their Color Theory collection (see it pays to have the little tag with you as I do not remember, nor pay attention to these things). for the forground, I just took two sheet of plain Archiver's cardstock, folded one corner of each of them, and use that for a sort photo corner. the photos I had printed at The title was printed on my printer/scanner/copier, and the sleeper is by Jolee's. I did not ink the side or anything, and I wanted to put the title at the bottom for a different look. You do not have to always have to put it on top.
It's a Nine'na Bear

Niece the Teddy bear, looking cute. This was also taken in December 2008, and the title just simply says: Teddy Bear, No! it's Nine'na....Cute baby! The background paper is from the Twitterped collection of SEI. Bazzill Paper for the matting and sides. the panel is made of butterflies, and I forgot the brand name of the paper. I sewed on the buttons with just plain thread from a sewing kit I got from Joanne's I believe. would you beleive that this is the very first time, I sews something on a page. In the 10 plue years I have been scrapbooking, I have never sewed anything on a page, and I bought a sewing machine just for the occasion (and have not used it yet, because I could not thread the bottom bobbin, LOL).

A Mother's love....
Comes in many forms,a these are three pictures of Schaundra with Nine'na. Again, the pictures (as well as the pictures in the other layout with the same color theme) are from the only difference in the two is I did not sew the buttons. I wanted to see which one I liked the best, and I admit that the one with the sewn buttons wins. It has that finished look. I will not say if I am going back to sew the buttons, because I did a little boo-boo, but I will not tell you, because now I think it was a beautiful mistake. the quote at the bottom says :

A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend. --Author unknown


Cards is my last thing on my list to write about. I ran with my theme of use
what you have again.

Blessed is the name of this first card. very simple one too. the embellishments (word blessed, big and little flower) all came from the same kit, which is from Chatterbox. It was labled as having 150 embellishment pieces. the background paper is unknown (translation: from my scrap paper box) The ribbon is from American crafts.

The last card I want to show you, is two toned card, with a bouquette of flowers. The flower were made with the Cricut machine (plantin schoolbook), a yellow ribbon (forgot the brand), and cardstock from Archiver's.

Well this was a long post, but then, I have not posted in a while. You all take care, and God Bless you.

Oh, and Happy Mother's day to all the moms

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I am in a dry spell

Have you ever had one of those weeks, where you are not sure what you are going to make? I am in that spot right now, so I am trying to draw some inspiration from everywhere. Well nothing is working. I love sketches. in case you are new to the world of scrapbooking and card making, sketches are patterns of layouts or cards you can make. so say you have a sketch like this card I made in February:
then you can supply the colors and the patterns to do a host of cards with this pattern. In fact, this is a sketch that I made this card from. It is a simple card, and I love making cards from sketches, then make it my own. Goggle the word "scrapbook Sketches" or "Card Sketches" and you will pull up at least 12 websites that you can make cards or Layout from. Most of the time, I come with sketches in my head. The Disney Layouts I made last month, were from my head. There is another term for a sketch and that is the word "recipe", and it means the same thing as cooking term, which is to follow a set of instructions, after given a list of ingredients, to produce an end product. In this case, it is a card, instead of a dish of Chicken and Rice.
Disney 2:
In planning for this trip for 7, which is to take place in December 2009 (maybe), I am learning a lot about saving $$$ (dollars). there is so many different ways of taking this trip, until it is not funny. first of all, you have to get there. There is a plane or the train. There is only one passenger train, which is Amtrak, vs. a dozen airplane companies. With Amtrak, you want to ask yourself, "do I want to take the car, or not take the car?" Yes folks, there is a way for you tohave your car with you, and you do not have to rent once you get into Orlando, but my family has a problem...we do not drive Minivans, LOL. I drive a sadan, my mom drives a sadan, and my father drives both a sadan and a luxury car. every time we go on trips, we rent a minivan. solution: We will rent the minivan once we get into Orlando. We could rent a Minivan in Columbus, drive 7 miles to Lorton, VA, load the minivan on the autotrain, get on the train, unload the minivan and rive the rest of the way to Walt Disney World, except that the car rental companies charge as you drive the minivan. no very cost effect if the minivan is traveling for 12 hours, without a drop of gas being used (yes they charge when the van is sitting). More later.
Well I will post more later, when I made something. I have not posted in a couple weeks, and I did not want you to think that I have abandon this blog.

Friday, March 27, 2009

More from the world of the Mouse

I have two more double layouts that I created for this project. I just sent them off today. this is my Donald Duck Page. Two colors of blue cardstock, with the your typical double matting except the top matting diagonal, and put a piece of Making Memories ribbon on one of the mats. I cut out the anchors with Mickey and Friends cricut cartridge. As for the stickers, they were free. I was sent on two seperate mailing for a subscription to join Disney movie club. I love Disney, but I do not want to join the movie club, so the stickers that were sent in the mailings, I am using, and throwing away the rest. so I took Donald's head, and put it on blue cardstock and matted it. The second page has a embellishment at the bottom. I forgot the brand name of it.

This is the fireworks page. As you know, Disney has a fireworks show every evening. It is called Wishes, and that is what I wanted to create, a Wishes page. I double matted for pictures and a journaling block. The two quotes say to the tune of Making Wishes, and may every one come true. The quotes are by Little Yellow Bicycle, as well as the one on the Donald page (I did not take a picture of the complete page-sorry). The Mickey and Minnie embellishment and the Mickey and Pluto embellishment are by Jolee's. On the first page, I drew in fireworks exploding whil on the second page the fireworks are from the Mickey and Minnie embellishment.
I hpe you enjoy viewing the layouts (including the one from the previous post), I cannot wait to make them for me, and I hope that the layouts I made for the scrapbooks find joy and comfort to these families.