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Carta Bella ‘Cool Summer’ Lemonade Card

*sluuurp*… I have a delicious card to share today! A nice tall refreshing glass of lemonade!

I think this is one of my favorite cards I’ve made! It all came together so well with the cute Cool Summer collection. I added a cluster of brads and buttons, which I LOVE. I love ‘clumping things’.. Unless it’s milk.. yuck. No clumpy milk please. *barf* Brings me back to the baby/toddler days when I use to find hidden bottles or sippy cups with milk in them that were a week or two old.. Forget washing them.. I would toss them out. Lazy? Maaaaybe.. Totally creeped out by clumpy sour milk that looks like it’s moving towards me when I look at it. Absolutely.

Not quite sure why I am going on and on about nasty milk from talking about brads and buttons.. So. Yeah.. Moving on.


For more details on how I created this card, you can check out the Carta Bella blog post.

Totally makes me want a frozen lemonade.. spiked, of course.. with some BBQ.. and a pool. Summer, are you here yet?! Although, with summer brings wasps around here. Every year we have a problem with them. They like to make their nests on our back porch, egh! Then yesterday my little monsters came running in the house screaming that there was a wasp nest in their play house.. Happy Mother’s Day to me, lol. We’ve got to figure out how to get rid of these things. They literally harass us. Gah! Just talking about it gets me all itchy.. and I am pur-ty sure I hear buzzing behind me *looks over shoulder*..  I am quite traumatized because some attacked me one summer. I was stung (bit?) on my head numerous times. I freaked out and it caused one to get tangled in my hair.. nightmares are made of this, seriously. I called my husband crying to come home from work and help me. Maybe a bit dramatic, but I was convinced I was going to die, lol


So… enough milk and wasp chit-chat. I’d love to hear what you think! Have something you’ve created with the ‘Cool Summer’ collection? We’d love to see it! Simply upload it to the Carta Bella Facebook page HERE to share it with the rest of our online community.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Doodlebug pairs up with Kiwi Lane!

Hello, friends!

Have you noticed that the Doodlebug team has been sharing their projects this week featuring Kiwi Lane templates? The Doodlebug blog has been packed full of inspiration!


I kept it simple this week and created a little baby girl gift box topper using Doodlebug’s ‘Sugar & Spice’ collection. The gift box topper can double as a decoration, tag or a card!

I took one of the flower templates and made it into a little sun! I kept it off to the side to leave a bit of room to write a ‘To and From’ or a little note on the pink stripe paper.

I made the grass curve up a little for some dimension.. and how cute is that giraffe?

I ‘unstuck’ the clothing stickers by adding powder to the back, and then hung them onto twine. I thought this was really cute!


That’s it! I am keeping this short and sweet today! (Can’t get much ‘sweeter’ than Doodlebug, right?!)

Have a great weekend!


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Doodlebug Designs: Simple Bookmarks & a Birthday Card

Hello, friends! Are you ready to see some adorable Doodlebug projects? Today I have some quick and easy bookmarks and a fun and colorful robot card!

If you follow the Doodlebug Blog (and you should!) you’ve probably already seen these cute bookmarks.. so just keep scrollin’ and check out the adorable card below!


These bookmarks are quick and easy! Which is good if the child you give them to rips the stickers off to use on THEIR projects. Yes… that did happen. My daughter had the bookmarks in her hands for about 3 minutes and she took the sweet kitty Doodle Pop right off. She might have ripped off all the ‘good stuff’ but hey.. she still uses the tore up bookmark! I could have just handed her a piece of scrap paper and it would have been the same thing!

The assignment was a ‘love’ non-Valentines project. These are perfect for the child who LOVES to read.

I think the kitty wants to make a meal outta that little birdie. I can see it in her eyes… Psycho kitty. MEOW!

The ‘buggy’ bookmark is perfect for my little Alannah. We call her ‘Lana Buggy’. She saw it and was all smiles.


Doodlebug has TONS.. I mean TONS of different Doodle-Pops and stickers to use for custom bookmarks! I am trying to refrain from saying, “I LOVE Doodle-Pops” because I think I say it in every Doodlebug post I make.. lol.

OK.. really. I joined the DT JUST to get my hands on all their Doodle-Pop awesomeness.

I vaguely remember rolling around in them when my DT box came.

I also have them out in the open in my craft room. Right next to my table.. just so I can look over and give ‘em a lil wink and smile at them.

Yeah.. I WILL complete this post without telling you about my Doodle-Pop obsession… heh.


Then there’s this robot Doodle-Pop. I saw him and fell in love.

I have a ‘thing’ for robots. My son has had oodles of robot shirts in his sweet 5 years of life, has had a robot birthday, etc. I just think they are cute…. and I secretly wish I had one to hang out with and clean my house…. and change the cat box. Hmm.. could you imagine if the robot malfunctioned while scoopin’ the cat box?.. Just started flinging kitty clumps all of the place. “Scoop poop.. does not compute..” <— I hope you read that in your best robot voice.

So, I made a cute robot birthday card for a sweet birthday boy.

Hopefully you have the image of a robot flinging cat box scoopings out of your head by now..


That robot just screams ‘Come party with me!.. I’m a real ’machine’ on the dance floor!” har-har-haaaar.


Alright crafty friends… you can go about your day now. Don’t forget about my GIVEAWAY!


I am weird.. I know that. Not many paper craft blogs have cute projects and random robot flinging cat litter chit-chat. So for those who come here, read my nonsense, smile and keep coming back for more of my randomess THANK YOU!

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Cards.. a giveaway.. and new flair buttons!

Hey, hey! How are my favorite blog readers doing this fine Monday?! Most of you are probably grumbling and moaning about ‘Monday’ Me? Not so much? Monday brings pretty new releases for Paper Play Studio! And THIS Monday I just happen to have a giveaway here for you all! Too much awesomeness for one Monday? Maybe so.. But I think you can handle it! lol!

So, I have two cards to share with you. I have really been enjoying making cards lately! (I think I say this a lot.. lol.)


I made this card with a cute camera stamp from Unity, Studio Calico’s ‘Heyday’ collection, and of course, some Paper Play Studio flair (pale chevrons). I wish I would have stitched with a darker thread, it looks better in person, but photographed like crud.

Next up is this fun ‘insta-love’ card!


I ‘should’ have done a layout being I used a photo and all. I just thought it would be a little unique and different to make a card with the photo. For this card I used Echo Park’s ‘Everyday Eclectic’ paper, Unity’s KOTM frame stamp, and the poloroid camera flair button from the new ‘Vintage Variety’ set! And that leads us to the GIVEAWAY!

I am giving away a 6×6 pad of Everyday Eclectic AND a set of my ‘Vintage Variety’ flair buttons! It’s easy, all ya gotta do is leave a comment! I will pick a winner Friday afternoon!

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And because I am so super awesome, I am sponsoring this week’s giveaway at Paper Issues!! You could win a $25 GC to Paper Play Studio!

Also, if you just want to buy the Vintage Variety set now, you can get it $1.00 off for TODAY ONLY! (7/30) Here’s the details:


I have five new sets up in the shop, so stop on by!

OK, that’s it for now! See ya!

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Easy little Halloween card!

I’ve been searching for some awesome Halloween paper and came across My Mind’s Eye’s new Mischievous line! Holy cuteness! I will need a few of these kits, for sure. I’ve been stocking up on Apothecary from Echo Park and I needed some new stuff so everything won’t look the same, lol.

I posted the other day on Facebook about my $1.00 bin finds at Michaels Craft Store.. some awesome Halloween stamps! There are more, and I plan to go pick them up soon! How cute are these?


And for only a buck, they stamp great! Although… I am not sure what ‘great’ really is seems I don’t really use stamps. I chalk that up to the fact that I don’t really OWN many stamps, lol. I have a folder of some I designed though.. Thinking of making them availiable for digital format.. Anyhow.. My new paper came today so I had to play! I gotta say, I LOVE the touch of light blue in this line! So different for Halloween!

Here’s my simple little card using my cheapie stamps…


I stamped onto light grey cardstock and then cut them out… inked the edges a bit. I like how it came out!



I also love the pleated trim! Do you?… Here’s how to make a paper pleated trim:

  • Cut 1 or 2 strips at 12″w and 1.5″h. (for my card at 7″w I cut two strips, one at 12″w and one at 8″w to create one long strip)
  • Drag out your score board and score at 1″, 1.5″, 2.5″3″ and so on… you will want spacing like so… 1″,1/2″, 1″, 1/2″.. like so:


  • Run a line of adhesive tape down the center. (Sorry for the cruddy pic)


  • Then, pleat fold at the 1/2″ marks like so.. Adhere two strips together if needed.. You can make these any size you’d like! Enjoy!


Easy, right?! Adds a nice touch to a card, bag, etc.


I hope you all like my little card! Thanks for stopping by!

Oh, Silhouette.. how I love thee… (Bonus: Random Cricut project!)

I got a chance to play around with my Silhouette today! I did another fun and simple print and cut project! I am just LOVING this feature! I made this card in less than 30 minutes after everything was cut out! *high five*


I am going to do a basic print and cut tutorial soon for anyone interested. It’s a little different than my last tutorial. I know there are plenty out there.. but there isn’t one from ME.. lol!

Well, I don’t have much time to chit chat right now… Awww, don’t be sad.. You will be exposed to more of my randomness soon enough!  I am working on a FUN project for the Summer SVG Shindig blog hop AND getting a cute project done for this coming Monday over at Paper Dolls!

So.. on to the card! This is a basic 5×7″ card base.





Cuteness?.. Yup! This was SO simple, but the printed graphics add so much to the look of the card.

If you want to make one, you’re in luck! Because I’m nice enough to tell ya how to do it!….. No, please.. no need to thank me!

You will want to snag THIS set from JazzyPatterns on Etsy! *If it’s sold out, just go to her shop and look for it. It’s called ‘Fun at the Beach’*

In the Silhouette Studio I sized them to the following sizes:

  • Fish – 1.930w
  • Sun – 2.500w
  • Umbrella – 3.000w
  • Starfish – 1.300w

The card is a 5×7 with the printable paper trimmed and layered over it. The ‘wave’ trim was print and cut as sized, however, it will hang off of the mat. This is fine, just go ahead and print and cut. :)

That’s it! I added some stitching and inking and used foam squares to give some depth.

If you are unsure how to print and cut, stay tuned!


Now, time for the bonus random Cricut project! I am still buying cartridges, even though most people who read my blog are kinda anti ‘bug’ now since the lawsuits. I personally don’t give a crud, and I like all those cute cartridges! When had their recent sale, I picked up a couple new cartridges, one being the Disney Toy Story one! So cute! My son is SO into Buzz Lightyear! And although he has tons of Buzz toys all over the place, I knew he would love this one that mama made! When he woke up from his nap he was so excited to see this guy on my desk!


I mean, he IS pretty exciting! And a total pain in the butt! (like any man, really..) LOL! I cut everything out, and kinda stared at it for a bit. It took about an hour to assemble. Well worth it.. until he had it in his hands for 10 minutes.. he pulled the wings off. *thud* SERIOUSLY, CHILD!!! I took Buzz away to fix him and asked Austin (my son) if he can live in Mommy’s craft area.. he said, “OK.. but where is him’s bed?!”

Have a great weekend, friends!

Dinner is served!

On the menu today… escargot and mushrooms!


Yummy! :)

So, the other night I was pouting because my Silly-butt was being.. a butt! (Silly-butt is what I am calling my Silhouette.. lol) The blade went el’ crap-o on me for whatever reason. I was told it’s ‘faulty’… hmmm.. I think it’s the weight loss fairies punishing me for eating that candy bar the day before. What-ev.. so yeah, I made a card with my Cricut.. bleh! I am totally spoiled by the Silhouette’s awesome cutting ability now. You will see in my close-ups the crap job the Cricut did on my blades of grass. And before you bug lovers start going off about it doing that because it’s an SVG.. yada, yada.. nada, chicka’s… I used my Create a Critter cartridge! How’s that bowl of soup for ya?.. Hmmph! (Don’t worry.. I am a closet bug lover, too.. can’t stop buyin’ those cartridges! Ack!)

Anyhow, I got a new blade in and was practically tripping over myself getting from the mailbox to my Silhouette to toss the new blade in and fire her up! IT WORKED!!! Whew! So that’s good.. and I will be able to start sharing some more more silly-butt projects soon!

So.. without anymore rambling.. here’s my latest card! I know.. you already saw it, but in case you forgot who’s blog you’re on… ‘Happy Life.. Crafty Wife’.. which means, you get bombarded with too many pictures. You love me for it, you know it!







OK, seriously.. how stinkin’ cute are those SVG’s…? It just makes you wanna grab a salt shaker and go at ‘em! (If you don’t know what salt does to snails.. it’s time to do a lil’ Google search…)

I know.. I’m so mean. I actually did that to a snail before…and felt totally guilty about it. I was a punk teenager, so really, I could have been out doing much worse, but instead.. I was dumping salt on snails in my free time! LOL!

I didn’t stamp anything on the sign just yet.. I’m waiting for the perfect stamp to go there ;)

Oh, yeah.. the recipe.. oy.. maybe just for this post we won’t call it a recipe…

Umm.. ok.. tutorial.. yes, the tutorial.. here ya go darlin’!



It’s pretty simple! Only one SVG collection and a step card base!

Now, go find yourself a standard step card base. SVG Cuts has theone I used.

The cute SVG’s are from the fabulous Lettering Delights <~~~~~ do not click unless you plan to empty your bank account due to overwhelming cuteness.. actually, yes.. click the darn link! I’m an affiliate! LOL! (psssst.. they have a summer sale going on for summer themed SVG’s! So check it out!) I used the No Place Like Home set! I also used one sheet of the digital paper to match HERE

Here are the sizes I cut:

  • Basic rectangle shape in SCAL or MTC sized to 1.929w x 3.738h. This is what I used the printed paper for.
  • -01.svg – 2.75h
  • -09.svg – 3.25h
  • -11.svg – 3.00h
  • -03.svg – 1.85h
  • -04.svg - 1.75h
  • -08.svg – 2.00h
  • -02.svg – 2.50h

That’s it! Grass can be used from any old grass cut. I used the Create a Critter cartridge grass at 1″ and 3/4″ tall.

I hope you like it.. if you don’t.. I will send my crazy flesh eating snail after you!

What.. you think I’m kidding?…

“Flesh eating snail, Tamara… seriously?”

Umm.. seriously!!


What… he missed his rabies vaccination!

My first Silhouette project!

Happy Saturday!

I got a chance to play around with the Silhouette a bit more! I made a simple card with some cute sea critters from the Silhouette store! Nothing too exciting, but the cuts are super cute! No sentiment or anything.. mainly because I didn’t have a stamp that would work well with this card. Looks like someone needs to go SHOPPING!

Here it is!






It was kind of a rush job.. afterall, my mom is here visiting for the weekend so I didn’t want to sit over here too long ;)

Here are the files I used:



Next time I will keep track of sizes and details to share so you all can replicate something if you’d like! This was simply a post just to share! I have found the Silhouette software very easy to use!


Thanks a bunch!

May is here and flowers are in full bloom! This week at Fantabulous Cricut the challenge is Flower Shower! Stop on by the blog for some design team inspiration and to enter the challenge for this weeks giveaway!

I decided to try one of the popular flower pot cards. I like it, but wish I would have done a few things different.. like make the scalloped trim come down a bit more and maybe add some grass, lady, bee, etc.

The stamp sentiment is from My Craft Spot! Works perfect for this!




If you’d like to make one, I used SCAL basic shapes and the Forever Young Cricut cartridge!


In SCAL select the trapezoid shape. Uncheck ‘keep proportions’ and size to 5.00w x 4.276h. Cut two.

The scalloped trim is something I made awhile back by welding circles to a rectangle. The circles were sized to .60w and just weld to any size rectangle that will work!

The rectangle for the insert was cut to 3.00 x 4.00 and attached to a half circle sized 4.00w. This is what the back looks like after adhering them -


The flowers were all random cuts from Forever Young and several layers cut between 3.00″ and 1.00″. You just fold up the edges a bit and layer how you’d like! Very easy! I actually made this card pretty quickly!

You can’t really tell, but I also have some pop dots under the scalloped trim -


Next time, I will cut it a little longer so it shows better!

I think I will give this style card another go and try for more details, it was really fun to make!

I hope you like it!

Cup o’ Tea.

I have been itching to so SOMETHING with this gorgeous paper from My Mind’s Eye! I decided to sit down and make some cards. I always tell everyone, “I don’t ‘do’ cards” and have made a handful in my time as a paper crafter. But, I really had fun with these and I see more cards in my future! (I think I have said that before.. oh, well!) I bought a small 6×6″ pad and love the smaller prints for cardmaking. I never understood the small stacks of paper, now I get it, lol!

All files are from SVG Cuts! Love ‘em! They have fabulous cards and card bases to choose from, SEE? I used the Chamomile Friendship collection and Edisto Isalnd collection!





The little stamp sentiments are from My Craft Spot! So cute!


Dontcha’ love the little spoon added to the teacup? I got the idea from my friend, Thienly! So, cute.. right?

The flower on the teapot is my ‘go to’ flower, I love it! I use it on a lot of my projects! I saw someone add a flower to their teapot card on the SVG Cuts Facebook page, and I loved the way it looked! Of course I had to try it too, lol!

No ‘recipe’ I just wanted to share.. Sometimes I just gotta create and not take notes all the way through, lol. But, if you have a question, reply here and I will help you out!

Hope you all had a great weekend!


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