Saturday, August 25, 2012

5 Star Card

Recently I re-discovered a wonderful lady who is responsible for my interest in scrapbooking and cardmaking. I discovered DIY Scrapbooking 8 years ago with Sandi Genovese while I was at home recovering from heart surgery. I started watching her every day and I couldn't get enough of what I was seeing. Once I started getting my strength back, I started scrapbooking. What a wonderful hobby! So after the show was discontinued, it was like an old friend who had moved away and never to be heard from again. Well, I don't know what made me Google her name recently but to my surprise, she has an online show called Scrapbook Showgram - Scrapbooking with Sandi Genovese at you can find her at : She has videos of her projects and you can follow along. I'm loving it. So having said all this, here is my take on Sandy's 5 Star Birthday card. I changed it up and will be giving it to a friend who also has her own scrapbooking club at her house which I try to attend 4 times a month. We have an 18 hour scrapbooking weekend coming up in October and it's just a little something to give her for being such a wonderful hostess. Here are the photos of my card. I tried to use CM as much as possible since she is a CM rep and I used mostly the CM Cricut carts along with Storybook Creator 4 to print background papers. Hope she likes what I've done!

Page 1 Heritage/Memories using Cricut Heritage Cart and CM Storybook 4 "Serenity" paper.
Spring - CM Storybook Creator 4 background paper and CM border.

CM Cheerful Seasons Cart along with CM  Disney Sticker at the top.

Fall - CM Cheerful Seasons Cart

Christmas - CM 'Tis The Season cart
Hope you enjoyed the photos and have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, August 3, 2012

It's been a long time...

Wow, it's been over a year since I last blogged. I guess I felt it was going nowhere so I just didn't bother keeping up. Sad to think like that, I know. But the past year and a half have been filled with many blessings which I am grateful for.

In the past year alone, we've had to deal with my step-dad and my step-mom deaths. Not to mention very close friends who passed which really have thrown us for a loop. In total, we had to deal with 9 deaths in the space of 6 months. Every time we turned around there was another phone call. It really makes one appreciate life and those close to us. So now I still have my parents who are living, in good health and I hope it will be many years before I lose either of them.

This past winter, we took our new travel trailer and went to Florida for 4 months and loved it. It was hubby, myself and our 2 female labs and down the road we went. We try to camp at military campgrounds as often as possible on the trip and our final destination was Patrick Air Force base which has the Manatee Cove Campground. What an awesome place. They have made improvements there which made our stay even more memorable than the last time we were there. The campground hosts are awesome and they are just a font on information so it really was fun. Nothing like making new friends ! I even took along my Cricut Imagine and scrapbooked just about every day. With my computer, printer, Cricut Imagine and Gypsy, I kept pretty busy during the days there. I would sit outside and set the Imagine up on the large metal picnic table, pull the awning down on the trailer and sit in the shade and craft. Nothing like having relaxing fun. Everyday I would see the dolphins swim up and down the river and chase fish for their meals. It was really a beautiful sight.

So, now that we've been back home and settled back into a routine, it's time for me to get back to some serious crafting. I already have our scrapbook done from our trip so that's out of the way. Now it's time to really play.

I bought the new Fiskars Fuse and I love that machine. I sold my electric Big Shot because it just could not cut chipboard and a few other things. The Fiskars Fuse leaves that machine in the dust, in my opinion. I've test it out on really thick chipboard and it cuts it like a hot knife going through a cold stick of butter. WOW, I'm really impressed and I love the steel dies and expansion packs. Granted the machine is a bit pricey but worth every last penny. It really leaves a good impression for embossing and die cutting.

That's it for now, I'm off to do a bit of crafting which I will be posting soon. Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Debbie Z.
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