Saturday, November 26, 2011

Small Business Saturday


Another day of shopping. It is Small Business Saturday and I'm still at my sister's house. We went into town to Joann's for the Saturday's doorbusters, where I got one of the last 2 new Expression 2. Hubby not so thrilled about it but it was a good deal and I think I can sell my old Expression to help fund the new purchase. After Joann's, we traveled to Sister's favorite quilt fabric store and she purchased a new tool for her quiltmaking. A couple of friends were helping the shopkeeper and we chatted for a while. I love the quilt shop and I have made a few quilts and Sister has 3 quilts for me to do. But I'm really a scrapbooker and cardmaker. I can't afford another hobby now. Unfortunately, we didn't make it to the town's only  LSS as it is across town near the mall which made it so hard to get to the LSS. I'll visit the 2 LSS in my area while hubby is busy this week with work. : )  I'm done shopping for my scrapbook projects so I need to get started on the family presents. I have lots of new paper and carts to make several projects. Plus I must finish my Christmas card idea and get the cards done.

My niece came for dinner and the rivalry game of the family today. She had a big box of scrapbook supplies she had purged from her stash that she wanted me to look at for goodies I might need. I took the pet stickers for the second graders' cardmaking and also took the wedding stuff for my friend's daughter's upcoming wedding album. Niece had lots of sheets of letters and a big baggy of chip board shapes and letters but I have lots of that myself. She was going to the rest of the scrapbooking supplies to a local girls' club for an afternoon meeting.

                 On another note, I WON!! I won a free stamp from Riley and Company their new winter set blog hop.
 I won at Joy had some really cute ideas and projects. 
I picked Riley and Percy dancing in the snow. 
Can't wait for the stamp to arrive!

Using Skype tonight for the first time talking to my son and my little sister. That was fun to use and easy. Now I need to add my brothers so I chat with them too.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Shopping 2011

I went Black Friday shopping with my sister and my hubby. We went to Joann's, Michael's, and Bob Evans. We did go to Michael's last night and got several carts plus a free Julibee cart. I got 2 carts for a friend and 3-4 for me. One or 2 more would have jumped in the cart but hubby was watching!

At Joann's, this morning, I got two more carts and the ArtBin for the carts (free with rebate). At Joann's, I picked up Graphically Speaking and  Straight from the Nest. These 2 are older carts but I thought they were cute. The rebate for the ArtBin container asked for the original receipt, and the UPC from the 2 carts and the container, which seemed like a lot of work. But the box will be free after the rebate. The container will be good to take carts to crop that my friends can use while I have them loaded on my Gypsy.


          Cricut Straight from the Nest Shape Cartridge

This morning, we went back to Michaels to get a baby bug for the little sister's niece. We  even got the baby bug shipped to her on the home. Personal shopper and personal shipper.

 I ordered the Cricut plushie from . I had been wanting one but they were out of stock for a while then I had to wait for a sale. Anyway, I finally got a plushie on my way!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Riley and company Winter Set 2011

You have to check out this new set of Riley and company!! There are 17 new stamps plus 2 word sets!! They are so cute. Riley is ice fishing and dancing in the snow with his penguin friend Percy. Riley and Sophie are a cute gingerbread couple. The blog hop for the new set starts at . IF you comment on each designer's blog, you are entered to win a prize from Riley. So many lovely cards and ideas!! I do hope that I can send my Santa to Riley's new set for some Christmas ideas. I will have to order some stamps quickly for my 2011 Christmas cards. They didn't have any of these new stamps last weekend at the Toledo MiniMeet on Sat. : (


To see the new set, click on  and go to winter 2011 set at the bottom of the stamp list. They have a special on shipping till Sunday so check that out too.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

MiniMeet at Toledo

A couple of friends and I went to Toledo for the Great Lakes Mini Meet on Sat. Nov. 19, 2011. It was smaller than the Expo in Columbus in March but several of the same booths were at Toledo as at Columbus. It was nice to have the place practically to ourselves. We could take our time to look at everything. We even sat down and did a Make and Take - a 6x6 page at the Stamping Up booth. We had a bit of trouble getting a parking place due the Toledo Christmas Parade was going on. It was nice to have a package/coat check, which was a Boy Scout fundraiser. It was a fun day! We bought the MuddPuddles, which is like sand when it dries and which comes in several colors. Check it out on I also purchased a new Cricut cart - Creative Memories Tis the Season. It has lots of cute designs and I can't wait till Wed. when I can cut some of them on my Cricut. The Creative Memories carts were the only Cricut items at the MiniMeet. There were lots of overlays and paper kits for sale.The Paper Alice was fun to watch as she made her own paper but I don't think I could give that much time to another craft. Scrap Happy had lots of wooden stamps 50% off and a new product line from We R Memory Keepers - their Sew Ribbon tools and ribbons. I also got a few new Riley the Moose stamps and they are doing a new release soon! We had fun, shopping, chatting, looking.

Friday, November 18, 2011

A New Cart had a sale lately and I had to buy this cart. I have been eying it but it has been on eBay for way too much money. had it for under $35, which is too much for a solutions cart like this. But it was still so much cheaper than on eBay. A couple days, I looked at the site and the pink journey cart was out of stock!!

 I will need to take it to school one day soon to cut several items for the classes raising money for the James Cancer Center. I won't be able to use the cart till later for Breast Cancer Awareness. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Cricut: The Official Blog

I love this blinkie but I can't get
it to the side of my blog on Blogger.
Anyone know how to do that?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Some More New Carts

I walked around Walmart the other day and found these 2 Lites on sale.

I didn't have a baby girl cart so I picked up Sugar and Spice.  I loaded it tonight on my Gypsy and designed the sock monkey for a set of cards. Hopefully, I'll get those cut out on at Friday night's
 Table 7.

I also picked up the Block Party. It has a cute dog and cat that I designed on my Gypsy. The second graders make and sell cards to raise money for local shelter. I will donate the dog and cat die cuts.
I want to get some other items cut out too from this cart. I need to cut the grill for the annual tailgate at the family rivalry football game along with the the hot dog, burgers and other foods. The Walmart didn't have the fast food cart so I think this one will be good for food items.

Speaking of Walmart, have you noticed at not all the Walmarts are carrying the Lite carts anymore?? I think that is a bit ironic since Walmart is the only retailer  carrying the Lite carts. It has been hit or miss which Walmart has carts and which don't. I did see some old full-content carts at Walmarts that they have been trying to sell since forever. Jasmine, etc. The old carts are on clearance but still more than the Lites.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Doing something new for me - Art Display Trays

I made an art display tray for my older son. Archiver's has had these displayed and a contest using them and I finally decided to do one. My scrapbook friend was doing 4 of the white trays for Christmas presents.

 I had taken our dog for a modeling job and got a few of the professionally taken photos. I used the  black 7 Gypsies tray with the multi-sized openings.  I had a bunch of dog-theme embellishments from different places. The dog bone ribbon around the edge and the paw print ribbon are both from Hobby Lobby. I used the professionally taken photos and other snapshots in the tray. The tray was to be a surprise for my son at Christmas but he surprised me by coming home for my birthday and saw me making the tray. He liked it so much that it immediately went in his car to go back to his apt. I barely got any pictures of it.

After I got the first one done, I started a second tray using a different brand. This one has my younger son's kitties he and his girlfriend raised over the summer. I got a bit too much bling on it so I gave it to his girlfriend for her birthday. This tray was by KaiserCraft - Beyond the Page: 12 Frame Photo Display, made of unfinished press boards. I should have painted this frame before using it as the press boards was itchy to work with it. It actually comes in two pieces so you can put the paper under the frame but the tray is a bit bigger than 12" so plan accordingly.

The last thing I did with the professional photos was a frame I had bought at Michael's. The glass got broken as the frame traveled around in the back of my car with my scrapbook supplies. I used Jolee's stickers, dog bone brads, and other doggie embellishments along with the dog bone ribbon from Hobby Lobby on the mat.