Friday, December 28, 2012

My New Tim Holtz Blue Print Stamps

My hubs surprised me with Tim Holtz Mini Blueprint  stamps for Christmas. They've been on my wish list since they came out. I had some extra scraps so I made some tags for next Christmas. It's never to early to start planning for next year!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Get Well Wishes

This digi stamp is from Saturated Canary.  She looks just like I feel when I'm sick.  I just want to curl up with a book in my pjs and do nothing all day long.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Lost & Found Stack

I snagged 3 stacks of paper from Hobby Lobby the other day.  They were from My Minds Eye and 50% only $10 for 180 sheets - what a great deal!  This is one of the first cards I made from the stack.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Oh This Isn't the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party?

This digital stamp by Saturated Canary stole my I snagged it during the 50% off Black Friday sale - yay.  She's all ready for the ugly sweater Christmas Party...but did she get the date wrong?  Who knows...she's super cute anyway.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tea Cup Girl Card

I can't remember where I got this stamp from, but she's super cute.  The paper is from My Minds Eye. I think the bling really sets this card off.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Strawberry Fields Forever

This stamped image was sent to me so I don't know where it's from...but I thought it was sweet.  I colored it and stuck it on an embossed background and called it done :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Crafty Gals December Challenge & Giveaway

Guess Who I'm CASEing?! 
Our challenge was to go back to the month of March on one of the Crafty Gals blogs. 
Find a project from the month of March on their blog and CASE it. Here's my you tell me who's blog I cased?  Leave a comment below to enter my giveaway.  I'll draw a winner on Saturday to receive a pack of embellishments from my Black Friday Went Too Crazy stash.  Good luck!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Jill Says Happy Birthday

For our December's your card!  It's Jill from The Greeting Farm Creepin Kit. She looks thrilled to say hi doesn't she?  I used embellishments that someone sent me in a swap last year. I love it when I can use stuff from my stash.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Naughty is the New Nice

This nurse is ready to help her patient get better...that's about all I'll say about this card - lol!
The sentiment is from Lori Whitlock and the stamp is from The Greeting Farm.
I made this card to put a smile on my hubs face after he's been sick for the last 3 weeks - sigh.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mounted Reindeer - Cricut Craft Room Freebie

The Cricut Craft Room freebie this week is the Mounted Reindeer.  A bit morbid, but I love it!
You can still cut yours out until they change it.  There is a new freebie every Tuesday - so Monday's the last day...then you have to buy it.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lexicon of Love Cherish Anniversary Card

I wanted to make a card using some scraps from my stash. You know...those little pieces of paper that you feel so bad throwing away.  So I decide to use the Stampin up Lexicon of Love Stamp set to make this card.  It was really easy to make with my extra scraps. I like how the sheer ribbon accents the background!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Stashing Through the Snow

These ornaments are made with cute vinyl mustaches. I used a paint marker to write Stashing Through the Snow on each ornament. Then I stuck the mustaches on. I love the gray one. Which one do you like?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Three Little Words - Stampin Up Card

This card uses the Three Little Words Stampin Up stamp set.  It's one of many that I snagged at the Goodwill the other day for cheap.  I love to create, but love it even more when I can pick up great items for 75% off or more!  This card is going to make someone really happy when I bunch it up with a few other cards and give it away this Christmas.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Holly Jolly Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Holly Jolly Blog hop!  My project features the December 25th Cricut Cartridge designed by Teresa Collins. I used the Noel sentiment and the finch on a branch cuts. I added a little black dimension and popped out the cuts with pop dots.  Very simple - yet elegant!

Here's the line up!

October Beauty
Ken’s Kreations
Sis O’Snap
Phantom Rink Rat


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Congratulations - Easy Peasy Card

I purchased this paper during an SEI sale this year.  I think I got it for $3 for a pack of 24 or something crazy like that.  When it came in I really wanted to make something with it - so I punched out a few flowers added a sentiment, ribbon, and bling to it.  Easy Peasy!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Crafty Gals Challenge - Fall Blessings

This month's Crafty Gals challenge is hosted by Jackie.  She challenged us with creating a fall themed project: November is for Thanksgiving & we all have so many things to be thankful for so my challenge for you this month is to create a project to showcase our Blessings. It can be a card, shadowbox, picture frame, scrabook layout, mini album, etc. Please make whatever your heart desires as long as it features what you are thankful for & I also want you to use a Fall theme for your creations.

Nothing says fall like a trip to my cabin in the woods, and cabin time is FAMILY time. We always do fun things together when we go to the cabin. This trip we spend time wandering the forest on the ATV and hiking the woods. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to spend time with my family in such a beautiful place.

I made this treat holder for the Cabin's kitchen because I actually wanted to use my Pottery Barn bowl for it's purpose instead of as a candy dish. When I see this Scattered Pines paper from Paper Loft, it reminds me of family time and the blessings I have each and every day.

<------Be sure to visit the Crafty Gals blogs to see the projects that they posted this month!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Handmade Advent Calendar Frame with Boxes

I must confess...I've wanted one of these advent calendars for YEARS!  I just couldn't cough up the money to purchase one the other day when I saw one at the Hobby Lobby.  Luckily, I had some credit on Silhouette America and Lori Whitlock designed a file that was perfect for me!  Here's my new Advent Calendar.  Inside the boxes are candy, legos, and special messages. I'm so happy!

The calendar is made up of 19 pieces of 12x12" white paper and 2 pieces of 8xll" colored cardstock.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out.  In all it took less than 3 hours to cut it and put it together.  So cool!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween - My Mind's Eye Layout

Happy Halloween!  Are you taking the kids out tonight?  I am!  My husband will be home manning the haunted house we set up each year, while I walk around the block with the kiddos.

I wanted to create a layout to celebrate this fun holiday. So I went to visit a local scrapbook store this weekend....boy are they getting hard to find these sad.  I saw this cute Halloween line from My Minds Eye called Halloween Lost & Found, and picked up a few sheets.  I ended up making a layout and 5 cards with my two sheets of Lost & Found paper and 4 sheets of other random paper I had in my stash. Now to get those pictures printed and pasted into this layout. safe tonight! Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 26, 2012

3D Card Owl - Halloween

Here's a cute 3d Halloween card that I made with my Silhouette. I used a design from Lori Whitlock to create it. It folds flat into an A2 envelope, then it pops up for display. Lori has many versions of this card available on her website and on Sihloutte America, and for .99-1.99 for the file - you just can't beat it!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Winner! Winner! Winner!

Sorry for the delay in announcing a winner.  I ended up getting the flu today despite having received a flu shot last month - boo.  So without further delay....

The winner of the $5 Amazon gift card is: Sis Patterson who said "Super fun card set - love the extra touches you added!" 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Halloween Blog Hop + Gift Card Giveaway!

Halloween is one of my favorite days, so when I saw that Yolonda was hosting a Halloween blog hop, I hopped on! I made these cards with black cardstock, 1 sheet of MyMindsEye Halloween Lost & Found glitter cardstock and die cuts, ribbon, twine, button, and brads. That's about it! It took less than one hour to make 5 cards and a layout.  I love easy projects!

Now for some Halloween blog candy... Be sure to comment on this post for your chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card (gift card code will be sent to the winner's e-mail) - perfect for buying candy for those little trick or treaters this year.

Want MORE Chances?????  Add another comment if you  like my Facebook page or  become a follower,  for up to three chances to win!

Good luck! I will post the winner on Tuesday the 23rd - so come back and see if you won!  I will also try to contact you by e-mail, and you'll have 7 days to claim your prize or it goes back into the prize vault :)  Now continue hopping...for more great projects and other blog candy!

11. Tracie  <--You are Here!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Art Philisophy Gift Tags

Scrap pieces of paper are my nemesis.  I hate having piles of it, yet I can't throw it away. Today I decided to put some of it to use. I made these tags with some left over paper and my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  I have to say...Art Philosophy is my go to cartridge.  It's so versatile!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Silhouette Cameo Skull Card

It was Cameo project weekend here at the Rollins' house.  This card was cut from my Silhouette Cameo. I added the baker's twine and some inked edges to give it a little boost. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Enjoy Heart Flower Card - Stampin Up

This card is made using the Sew Seasonal stamp set from Stampin Up.  The heart grass is from another set, but for some reason the name escapes me as I write this post.  Well at least I remembered my name...I think.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Totally Free Tuesdays!

Have I told you how much I absolutely love free?  Well, now you know. I stalk quite a few sites for freebie offerings each week. Here are a few of the sites I downloaded freebies from this week. Most freebies are available through Friday. I recommend you snag them today if you want them.

Free SVG cut files
Treasure Box Designs - Witch SVG cut file
Little Scraps of Heaven Designs - Leaf border cut file
Designs on Cloud 9 - Cute Acorn Bear cut file
Silhouette America - Thankful card
SVG files are for those who have a die cutting machine such as the Sihlouette, Cricut, or Eclipse. You need  software such as Make-the-Cut or Silhouette Studio to use these files. At this time there is no supporting software for Cricut. You can't upload these to Cricut Craft Room yet.

Free Digi Stamps
Bugaboo Digi Stamps - Turkey Pumpkin digital stamp
Lettering Delights Monthly Freebies - Halloween themed letters and printables
Anytime you get a freebie from LD, they send you a coupon for 25% off. You can use this coupon on anything, and I usually use it on the sale items that are often times $1-$2...score!
Two for Tuesday - Motorcycle stamps, downloaded for my dad's birthday card.
Kadoodle Bug Designs - Winter Birdie Freebies
Elizabeth Dulemba - Herb Witch
Digi stamps and graphic files are printed directly from your home printer. You can color them just like you do normal stamps using markers, such as Copic and Sharpie. My kids really like coloring these stamps, then we slap them on some cardstock and give them to grandma for cards.

It's really nice that these sites offer freebies. I can tell you that this type of marketing really works for me, especially when they have sales like 50-75% off. That's when I snag the files I have on my wishlist.  Enjoy!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Crafty Gals - October Out of the Box Challenge

Our theme this month was to think out of the box.  I used my Silhouette to combine a circle with a half circle to make a globe. Then I welded a copy to the original to make the card. I used my Stampin up snowmen to create the scene.  What a fun and easy card to make!

Athina's challenge: "I challenge you to make a project with no squares or rectangles (not even the base of a card or scrapbook layout). Since we have already stepped outside the box, lets take another step. Try a technique that you have not tried before. It is always fun to learn something new and expand our creativity. Have fun with it! I can't wait to see what you create!"

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sunny Birthday Card

If you're a die cut fanatic like me, you have tons of premade cuts sitting in drawers waiting to be used on a future project.  Well I rescued this beach themed cut that I made last year from it's bin and added some really cute bikini eyelets to the card.  I stamped the sentiment with my Docerela stamp, and added some pearl Stickles to give the card so motion.  I think I went overboard on the Stickles, but I don't really care.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

7 Days of Craft Fair - Day 7 - Mustache Pens

Mustaches are all the rage these days.  They can be glued to pens, pencils, and 1 x 8' cello bags for super cute treats!

To make these, you'll need to cut them out of black cardstock. You can cut them by hand, or if you have a die cut machine, you can easily cut out hundreds at a time!  Remember to purchase a comercial license for them from Sihlouette or ahere to the Cricut 10,000/year angel policy. Then you'll glue a pen towards the edge of them. I used E6000 to glue the pen on the cardstock, then taped it to another stache using my tape runner.  Tacky tape might work better, but it can get pricey if you're doing alot of these!

Friday, September 28, 2012

7 Days of Craft Fair - Day 6 - Easy Cards

Cute and creative cards are great sellers at craft fairs. The downside is that it can take hours to make enough to sell.  Also, by the time you factor in the supply cost, your looking at less than minimum wage for your your time. If you actually want to make a decent hourly wage, you'll need to come up with quick and easy cards.  Here's an example of one I just made.

- Cardstock - Graphic 45 usually has sheets you can buy for $1 at your local craft store that you can cut up and paste on cardstock without using much effort.  I used the sheet called Bizzar of Wonders. I was able to make 12 cards from one sheet of this paper plus 9 sheets of plain 8.5x11" cardstock.
- Bakers Twine
- Brads

1. Cut out the embellishments from the paper
2. Ink the edge of the 5.5" x 4.25" paper
3. Adhere the embellishments
4. Tie the twine
5. Add to the card

So easy!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

7 Days of Craft Fair - Day 5 - Scrabble Tile Necklace

Scrabble tile necklaces are super cute. They make a great gift too!

Supplies Needed:
1 - Scrabble Tile
1 - Glue on Bail
1 - Ribbon Necklace
Scrapbook paper
Ink pad
Dimensional Glossy Accents or Square Epoxy Stickers

1. Using a very small stamp, hand stamp an image on the scrapbooking paper. I got this sheet from Hobby lobby. It's hard to find Religious scrapbooking paper.
2. Cut the paper to size.
3. Ink the edges.
4. Adhere the paper to the scrabble tile using glossy accents.
5. Once dry, add a layer of glossy accents to the top. Alternatively you can buy epoxy stickers which may come out nicer than the glossy accents.  I didn't have any on hand but I saw them for sale at Michaels the other day.
6. Glue the bail to the back.

Very easy!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

7 Days of Craft Fair - Day 4 - On the Go Kits

I love these cute pillow boxes that I got from last year. They work out to be about .30 each, which is the cheapest I've found if you don't want thousands of these boxes lying around!  This kit on the go includes hand santizer, chapstick, bandaid, floss, travel sized kleenex, Q-tips (not the cheap ones - I hate those), and gum.

Simply place all of the ingredients in the pillow box and add a cute die cut.  I really love the Lettering Delights Zombie die cuts, so I had to include one here!

You can buy the pillow boxes on Amazon here:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

7 Days of Craft Fair - Day 3 - Custom Magnets

This week I'm featuring items that would make great craft fair ideas! This is the second year I've done this post - so be sure to check out last years posts to for more ideas to inspire you. Check back everyday for neat ideas and inspiration as you prepare for upcoming craft shows, or if you're planning fun gifts for Christmas!
Today we're featuring custom glass magnets.  I made these for my cabin friends out of Paper Loft paper. It's hard to get really cute woodsey paper, so when I find it - I usually snag 3-4 pieces.  Directions are below.

You'll need:

- glass pebbles (I got mine from Michaels, but you can also find these at the Dollar Tree)
- Mod podge or liquid glass
- foam brush
- small magnets
- craft knife
- Patterned paper or photos

1. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the back side of the glass
2. Adhere the paper to the Mod Podge so it shows through the pebble
3. Let dry
4. Cut with craft knife

Easy Peasy!

Monday, September 24, 2012

7 Days of Craft Fair - Day 2 - Prayer Journal

To celebrate day 2 of 7 days of craft fair, I'm showcasing handmade journals. Nothing says unique like a handmade journal.  When I started making this one - I hated I kept adding more and more to it.  Now I LOVE it.  I especially love how the Faith letters came out.


  • 12 x 12 paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Chip board letters
  • Mod Podge
  • Glimmer Mist
  • Going Places Cricut cartridge for the arrows
  • Art Philosophy for the tag
  • Tim Holtz stamps and embellishments
  • Liquid glass
  • Bling
  • Dollar Spot alphabet stamps
  • Memento brown ink
  • Ribbon and lace
Simple Steps
  1. Adhere the base card stock using tape
  2. Create hand made embellishments (I used rock candy on the tag) and alter the tissue paper
  3. Mod Podge embellishments and tissue to the base cardstock
  4. Cover entire surface with Mod Podge
  5. Let dry and add liquid glass where you want a raised surface
  6. Add the rest of the embellishments
  7. Add Bling

Sunday, September 23, 2012

7 Days of Craft Fair - Day 1 - Hand Sanitizer Holders

This week I'm featuring items that would make great craft fair ideas! This is the second year I've done this post - so be sure to check out last years posts to for more ideas to inspire you. Check back everyday for neat ideas and inspiration as you prepare for upcoming craft shows, or if you're planning fun gifts for Christmas!
Today I'm making Halloween Hand Sanitizer kits.  

You'll need hand sanitizers that you can purchase from Bath and Body works, or pick up a pack of three at your local Dollar Tree.  While Bath and Body works sanitizers are my favorite, the ones at the Dollar tree are so much cheaper at .33 each versus $1.75 or $1.00 (if you can get them on sale).

You also need cardstock, ribbon, score tape, and pop dots.

My background cardstock is from DCWV Midnight spell pack, and the embellishment is cut from the Graphic 45 Happy Haunting paper pack. I love Graphic 45 paper!

There is a tutorial here.  Dawn does a fabulous job on this tutorial, and I'm all about giving credit where it's due.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Repurposing Calling Cards - Flower Card

I had a ton of square blocks that other gals had made over the years and given to me during some Cricut Circle events sitting in a frame. One day, I decided to use the frame for something else, so all of these squares went in a drawer.  I felt bad because they were just sitting in a drawer so I repurposed them into cards that will bring a smile to someone's face.  I hope the gal that made this square block doesn't mind.

The stamp that I'm using on this card is from Docerela's Creations. You can visit her blog here.

Monday, September 17, 2012

My First Alcohol Ink Card

I haven't played with alcohol inks much, so since I had a few unopened packs, I thought that it would be a great time to give it a whirl. I used one of the plastic boxes that my Cricut cartridges came in, and began blotting it with the alchohol inks.  Then I stamped a butterfly on it using Stazon ink.  I cut it out and slapped it on some cute paper.  Added a Tim Holtz charm and called it a day.  I gave this card to my friend for her birthday - she was thrilled.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Umbrella Man Card

I absolutely love the Umbrella Man stamp from Tim Holtz' Life's Possibilities stamp set.  I use the clock from that set to give a patterned background to the kraft paper I used.  Then I added the stamp to some scrap cardstock (I really love when I can use my scraps). Cut out some keys from the Art Philosophy cartridge and added some liquid glass to give them some dimension and shine.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Celebrating You - Remembering 9/11

I was at Michaels the other day and noticed this cute vase embellishment in the clearance section.  It was .99 for a pack.  I snagged a couple of packs because I knew once they were gone...they'd be gone. I used an old Friskars stamp set for the flowers and sentiment.  Then I added some lace and buttons. The blue Stickles really create a nice flow to the card.  I really love blue ink on blue background paper.

I made this card to celebrate those who sacrifice so much for our freedom, for those who lost their lives during the 9/11 tragedies, and for those who give so much - without asking for anything in return.  Here's to you!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Quill You Be Mine?

I snagged the B is for Boy cartridge during the last super sale.  This porcupine really made me smile.  He's cut at 3" and embossed using the Cuttlebug diamond embossing plate.  I inked the edges of the card, printed out a saying on the computer, popped it out and slapped it on the card.  Finished it off with pretty cinnamon colored Stickles.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Crafty Gals Let's Get Punchy Challenge

This month's challenge was to use a punch in a way it wasn't intended for. Since Christmas is just around the corned, I thought why not use my circle punch to make a 3 d ornament. What do think? Did I pull it off?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Magic of Oz Graphic 45 Journal

I made this journal for my sister. She's always been a fan of The Wizard of Oz. So when I saw this paper online...I knew exactly what I would make with it. She really likes it and said she may even start writing in it. Well...ya...that's why I made it....bwahahaha!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Life is What Happens - Martini Card

I've been really into Tim Holtz products these last few weeks, so you'll see many more projects featuring his line.  Here's a card that I made with the Stampers anonymous Stuff to Say CMS110 stamp sentiments.  I absolutely LOVE those olive eyelets that eyelet outlet sells...sooooo neat!

This card is being entered in Twisted Tuesday Challenge. The challenge is cooling off, and the twist is inked edges.  Well...nothing says cooling off than a nice cold martini with olives - right?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

All White Party

I recently hosted an all white party at my house.  The guest of honor had no idea about the party, and was consequently shocked by this surprise!  Here are a few photos of the decorations that I worked on this week.

The tissue paper balls were created by placing 8 sheets of tissue paper on top of each other. Then folding them accordion style, tying the middle with wire, rounding the corners, and then peeling back each layer.

I made the banner using my Cameo Silhouette and a .99 cent banner set cut file.

The paper lanterns were made with my Martha Stewart lantern cutting tool.  That tool makes it easy to produce lanterns really fast. I stapled the ends and added the butterflies.

The butterflies were images that I traced with the Silhouette Design America software. Then I cut them out and placed them on each lantern with a glue dot.

I welded the numbers 4 and 0 to make 40 and threaded them with gray ribbon to make the banner.

I spent most of my afternoons this week gearing up for this party. In the end, seeing the expression on the birthday girl's face was priceless.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Altered Composition Book - Prayer Journal

This is the first prayer journal that I've made and I'm thrilled with how it turned out.  It took me all day since I was learning the techniques as I went, had to visit Joanns and Hobby Lobby to get supplies, plus I had laundry to do, bathrooms to clean, and kids to feed.  I think I must have watched 2 hours of videos trying to figure out everything I need to know.  But now that I know how....the next one will be a breeze.


  • 12 x 12 paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Old Dictionary
  • Chip board letters
  • Mod Podge
  • Glimmer Mist
  • Going Places Cricut cartridge for the arrows
  • Art Philosophy for the tag
  • Tim Holtz stamps, Ornate Plate, Foliage, 
  • Ranger Rock Candy
  • Distressed Stickles
  • Dollar Spot alphabet stamps
  • Memento brown ink
  • Bakers Twine
Simple Steps
  1. Adhere the base card stock using tape
  2. Create hand made embellishments (I used rock candy on the tag) and alter the tissue paper
  3. Mod Podge embellishments and tissue to the base cardstock
  4. Cover entire surface with Mod Podge
  5. Punch holes for the button
  6. Use wire to secure the button and secure the wire on the inside of the notebook
  7. Add Distressed Stickles
It's an easy project, but very time consuming.  I think if I made the embellishments in advance - the assembly would have gone faster. 

I love this journal!  I even put my name on it so I won't be tempted to give it away - bwahahahahaha!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I Love You for Your Brains - Zombie Card

Here's another zombie card from that LD set that I love. These cards are a huge hit with my friends!

Monday, August 13, 2012

DIY: Craft Mat on the Cheap

Well I've been writing this blog for well over a year now and I think it's time to add some video tutorials.  I really like that craft mat that Tim Holtz uses in his videos so I thought I'd try my hand at creating one. This alternative is great for stamping and inking. However, it's not heat resistant like Tim's mat.  Oh well, mine cost me about a quarter :)  I hope it inspires you to create you own craft mat!
Click the picture below to view the do-it-yourself tutorial on how to make a craft mat on the cheap. Freezer paper, scissors, cardboard, and tape are the supplies you need.

Here's the Tim Holtz version:

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Zombie Birthday Card - Live it up!

Zombies are all the rage these days, so when I saw this images set on the Lettering Delights website, I had to have it!  I used my cameo to print and cut the image, then added the black shadow affect with cardstock. Black bling and pearl stickles and inked edging are the final touches.