A Perfect Christmas Gift the Scrapbooking Mystery Series Books by Laura Childs

I wanted to share something with you.  Besides all of my “crafty” things that I love to do, I also love to read.   So when you combine Scrapbooking with reading, it just makes me really happy.

I just discovered (where have I been all these years) that there is an author Laura Childs, who writes the Scrapbooking Mystery Series.  I found out all about these books when I went to our local library a few weeks ago when I went to vote.  There was a section of all new releases.  I took a glance and the word SCRAPBOOK jumped off of the cover and caught my eye.  This is Laura Childs 8th book in this Scrapbooking Mystery Series called Fiber & Brimstone.

So I got home and went online to see who and what this author was all about, and the rest is history.  I purchased together in one volume the first three Scrapbooking Mysteries in the book called Death By Design.  I have just finished her first book called Keepsake Crimes and it was great.  The next one that I will start reading is Photo Finished.

If you are not familiar with these great books here is the list of all eight of these fun Scrapbooking Mystery Books.  You can start your holiday Christmas shopping right here.  This would be the perfect Christmas gift for that special crafty, scrapbooking person on your list.  All you need to do is just click on the title of the book and you can buy them right now.  How easy it that?

  1. Keepsake Crimes
  2. Photo Finished
  3. Bound for Murder
  4. Motif for Murder
  5. Frill Kill
  6. Death Swatch
  7. Tragic Magic
  8. Fiber & Brimstone

Now that the weather is getting cold, what is better then curling up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate?  If you don’t have these books, it would be a good thing to put on your Christmas list.  I know that they will be on mine.

Make is a Great Day and don’t forget to leave time to Craft!

Handmade Birthday Cards Are Fun To Make with a Cuttlebug, Copic Markers and a Rubber Stamp

Making handmade Birthday cards are so much fun.  My nephew is turning 14 tomorrow.  I can’t believe how fast that went and I am only the Aunt, I can’t imagine how my sister feels.  Well, I really didn’t know what kind of card to make.  I’m wasn’t sure if I want to use my Cricut Expression or to rubber stamp this card.  After a couple of days contemplating,  it turned out that rubber stamping won.

I found a stamp by Stamps Happen, Inc of a cat holding alot of balloons.  I stamped the image using Tuxedo Black Ink from Memento Ink and then colored with Copic Sketch Markers.  It looked a little “dull” so for a few of the balloons I added 3-D Crystal Lacquer for a cool effect.

It still wasn’t the look that I wanted so I decided to use my Cuttlebug with the Happy Birthday embossing folder.  I then cut the stamped image and glued it to the top of the embossed piece of cardstock with my new pink ATG gun (Advanced Tape Glider).  Now that’s what I wanted it to look like.


I hope Ryan likes his handmade birthday card.  I know he will not get another one like it!  Happy Birthday Ryan, enjoy your Birthday.

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A Perfect Cricut Idea Using Your Cricut Expression and a Wooden Picture Frame

Have you ever wanted to make the perfect birthday gift for that special person?  Well I did and I think that I have succeeded.

When my Sister-in-law came to visit this summer, we had such a fantastic time.   We laughed, cried, drank and ate.  That’s right we ate.  We love food and her saying was “Food is Love”.  So the perfect gift to make was that saying in a wooden picture frame.

One afternoon I sat down with my Gypsy and found the perfect font to use and designed this gift.  I used the Jasmine Cricut cartridge and the Italic function key for the letters and then I used the Love Struck Seasonal 2010 cartridge for the hearts.  Everything was cut by connecting my Gypsy to my Cricut Expression machine.

I cut my background paper (it is from a value pack that I got at Hobby Lobby) and glued everything to it with my Zig 2 way glue pen, put the backing on the frame and it’s done.  Well it needed something else,  so I finished it off with some raffia that I wrapped around the frame and made a bow.  Then I used my small heart punch by Fiskars and punched lavender hearts and added them with Scrapbooker’s Glue by Scotch to the ends of the raffia for that special touch.


I hope that Fran likes her gift because it was so much fun making this present.  It brought back all of the fun memories of our visit together this summer.

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A Halloween Cricut Card Idea Using The Designer’s Calendar Cartridge

Here is the quickest and cutest handmade Halloween greeting card. I used the Cricut Designer’s Calendar cartridge to cut out this hanging spider that was cut at 3 1/2 inches with my Cricut Expression machine and then attached it to a web that I cut with a Martha Stewart border punch.

This is a perfect “spooky” Cricut Card Idea that you can make using some of your paper scraps.  We all have that pile of scraps, whether they are in a basket, box, or organized by color in a large envelope.

I stamped the inside of the A2 card with the clear stamp set that I still can’t remember who it is from (you can see picture in the post from the other day), but this time I used tuxedo black memento ink.


Now that I am looking at this picture, (and the card next to me) you may want to “bling” up your spider or the web with some stickles for a shimmery, sparkly effect.  I just might do that!

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Making a Handmade Halloween Card Using the Cricut 3 Birds on Parade Cartridge

This is the cutest cartridge ( I say that about all of my cartridges).  I am talking about the 3 Birds on Parade Cricut Cartridge.  You don’t have to like birds to use this cartridge.

There are so many ways to dress up these birds for every occasions.  So for my first card I decided to make a Ghost, just in time for Halloween.

Using my Cricut Expression machine, I cut each layer out  at 3 inches which is perfect for this A2 size card, which is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  And for the inside of the card I rubber stamped the saying Trick or Treat using Stampin’ Up orange ink, and a clear Halloween stamp set that I have no clue who made this set, sorry, but I took a picture to show you the set.


I put this all together using the Zig two way glue pen.  I just love the way it turned out.  I will definitely be sending these cute handmade Halloween cards out to wish my family and friends a Happy Halloween.


Make it a Great Day and don’t forget to leave time to Craft!

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