No - this is not my house . . .

This photo was part of a creativity exercise I did a while ago which was a study of light, shadow and textures. This is one of a group of rental cottages in Truro, MA which is here on Cape Cod. Check out the slide show for more pics.

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30 August 2010

A 108th Birthday!!!

Well this week at Teapot Tuesday, we are off to St. Lucia . . . or maybe it’s Philadelphia . . . with two parrots, a 108 year old spitfire of a woman (Miss Eula) and a whole limo filled with flowers. To read the whole story of what is really going on check out This is My Story - Twinkle twinkle little parrot . . .
So here is my story:
Ode to Miss Eula

Beaufer and Starlet are in such a whirl
As the limos wheels start to rumble and twirl.
They are looking for flowers – roses preferred
The party is a surprise . . . shhhhhh, don’t say a word!

Miss Eula loves her parrot and Star loves her back
But if you give Starlet a carrot, she gets all off track.
So its roses and parrots that we plan to bring
(Oh gosh, oh golly do you think Starlet will sing?)

Starlet and Beaufer have two very dear friends
They are Scarlet Macaws (much prettier than last week’s hens!)
Molly and Morton Macaw have flown from Brazil
Carrying 42,000 roses they hope not to spill.

The only problem these two Ara Macaos can see
Is that Starlet and Beaufer forgot to tell them where to be.
So they flew to St. Lucia to join the surprise
To discover it was Philadelphia (for cheese steaks and fries?)

So now it’s off to Philly, PA for these two rose toting birds
Who want to be able to say a few words.
On to Miss Eula’s party hoping not to be late
After all it’s not often you turn 108!

I really wanted something with both parrots and roses, so in looking online for a bit of inspiration I found this poster of an old vintage post card that was a birthday greeting – here: Birthday Greetings Parrot and Roses

The parrots are from one of the online coloring books printed out and then colored with copics and highlighted with a white gel pen. The roses are the old PSX Hybrid Roses stamp, which I masked and stamped several times with tuxedo black Mementos ink. I colored then with copics and then added a little Elmer’s 3D glitter glue to some of the petals. I “fussy cut” the parrots and the roses and layered them onto designer paper (DCWV) that had lots of colorful flowers and a little glitter. That was layered onto coral CS. Sentiment is from Inkadinkado’s Garden Flower set.

29 August 2010

Caterpillar to a butterfly

Well the yard work took longer and more out of me then I expected - probably because half way through mowing my lawn I discovered yellow jackets (aka wasps for those of you from the UK) starting to build a nest inside of the OFF! bug lantern right where Chauncey hangs out when he is on his cable chilling out.  After some high power water spray and a trip to the hardware store for wasp spray - because of course I was out - the nest is dead, and the lamp and pole are dumped in the woods to be picked up after the first frost (note: picture me with my best Scottish battle cry grabbing the thing out of the ground and running it into the woods - should have had a video camera).  There are still some scattered yj's hanging around so I sprayed a lot of the surrounding stuff including my adirondack chairs which they seem to be fascinated by.  Hmmmmmmm, bees and such seem to be a theme for me this weekend.

So I never got back to the SCS VSN until almost midnight.  That's when I saw the second to last challenge by Pam "Its all about butterflies".  I had just resurrected this great sentiment stamp that I had wanted to create a card around and I had been given some lovely butterfly images in a swap I was part of this summer (mind you we have a 45 min limit of creating the card as part of the VSN challenge so anything I did not have to stamp myself or dig out of my pile of stamps were going to be a plus).  We were suppose to incorporate flowers into the card too which I noticed after the card was almost done; however the good news was there were flowers in the little frame around the sentiment.  The sentiment says "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly" - Anonymous.

The butterfly DP is from two different paper blocks which I think are both DCWV but not 100% on that.  They both have a little sparkle - the circling butterflies all sparkle and the other butterflies has sweeps of sparkle through out the paper.  I colored the butterfly image with copics and then used Elmer's 3D glue with sparkles in it on the butterfly wings - pink on the edges and clear on the main body.  The sparkles are light and not sure how well they will show up in the photo - I tried to pick the one that showed the sparkles on all of the card the best (click on the photo to enlarge and you will see some of the sparkle).  I popped the butterfly up with an extra thick dimensional. Sentiment is from Outlines Rubber Stamp Co. using Tim Holtz's distress ink - tea dyed.

28 August 2010

Virtual Stamp Night over at SCS!

Split Coast Stampers is having one of their Virtual Stamp Nights Friday and Saturday.  Think a stampers party where every one is playing at home and is connected by their computer to other stampers.  A challenge is posted at 1 hour interval and you have 45 mins to complete your card.  Its an honor system so if you join the VSN late you can still play.  It was fun to try to do the challenges as they were posted - I did the first, second and fourth challenges.  I am hoping to do challenge 5 tomorrow morning.  They will be picking up with challenges as of noon but as I have to get some yard work done I will probably join them again tomorrow night.

So the first challenge was hosted by my fellow blogger Judi who writes Paper Rose Petals.  She is a wonderful water colorist and I encourage you to go check out her cards.  The VSN theme was Summertime in the Land I love and Judi's theme was Food - anything that reminded you of summer foods.  If you go look at her card you will see that she did honey because of time on her grandparents farm.  Her card just set me off in a flash because I had been out searching for local honey today at the Osterville's farmers market to replace the one I bought at the Marstons Mills winter farmers market (I will be off on Tuesday to continue this search as the lone offering there was not as good as the one I got this spring).  So here's my honey themed card:

My stamps are old MSE when Alesa Baker designed for them colored with Copic Ciaos. DP is from DCWV

The next challenge was based on Summer breezes and had us making a card that either had a window image or had a card window (which I went for).  I love nothing better then sitting in my backyard and watching the tons of different butterflies that come by this time of year floating on the slightest breeze that stirs.  So here is my little offering:

Image - Inkadinkado Garden Flowers by Brenda Walten; Sentiment from MSE; Butterfly and border punches MS, Nesiblities oval, Recollections adhesive gems and Elmers 3D sparkle glue. Blue memories ink.  I have never done an offset sentiment like this - but card is smaller then standard envelope so it will work out okay.

The third challenge I chose to skip and spend time looking and commenting on the cards posted from the other challenges.  I then joined the fourth challenge which was "Let's go Camping".  As my Dad was not into all that stuff (he liked old cars and trains), I don't have much on that line although nature was an acceptable way to go with the cards.  Hmmmmm well this card turned into a true challenge.  I was going to go with my cricut and SCAL - but half way through my card I had a major malfunction of the card (not the cricut or SCAL but rather the image I thought I could cut did not work in a small scale and completely started coming apart - NOT pretty. So I decided to challenge myself to make a card in the time remaining - about 20 mins. I had this great owl stamp from Inkadinkdo Florishes (nothing more unnerving then laying in your sleeping bag and hearing whhooo whooot whhooo whooot) and I just started sponging a circle I already had in my stash that also had a matching frame circle in brown with Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Grabbed some lovely DP (I think its DCWV but not sure) and brown ribbon and a card was born!

 This just proves you can make a decent card in under a half hour - need to remember that!

26 August 2010

Playing in some fun challenges!

I played in some fun challenges over at SCS this week.  The first was Sunday's "Featured Stamper" who was Princess Heather this week.  Her album is a joy to go through and I was glad she was chosen this week at it was a sad week for her with the loss of her uncle.  So I cased one of her cards and this is what I came up with:

This sweet little girl  is “Collecting sea shells” by Stamps Happen.  I  used pearl adhesives  in honor of the beach theme. Image colored with Copic Ciaos. EF is from Sizzix. Border punch is our girl MS.  The sweet little flowers are out of the bridal department at AC Moore and the leaves are a free dingbat cut with SCAL on my Cricut.

The second challenge card was for this week's Teapot Tuesday over at "This is My Story" - They run like the dickens! I'm sick of these chickens!  We were at Molly Brown's house this week (trust me - go read Cindy's very funny story).  Now Cindy leaves a little hint a few days ahead on her blog and I thought I was golden with a sweet little girl and her baby chicks.  Wrong!  Bringing chickens meant you had to come in the back door of the tea party.  So first - here's the card:

Then the story and the card details all go together.

I tried to guess where Mother Mark was going with her hint on her blog so I’m coming in the back door (sort of) but let me explain, Jane. Jane is a sweet young girl who grew up in the country and loves chickens and especially little chicks. She heard that there was at least 42,000 of them running around over at Molly Brown’s place and she was hoping that if she brought her prettiest hat, some pretty flowers, ribbon, lace and pearls she might be allowed to take some of those little chicks home with her. So she got some pretty material from her mom and made a fancy bow for her hat and hair and then stuck some black-eyed susans in the hat bow. She bundled up all the other pretty stuff and even brought some green and blue wall paper from her grand-pa’s store hoping that it will help in the restoration of Margaret and JJ Tobin’s house. Maybe if Jane comes in the back door with all this lovely stuff then those little chickies at her feet and the one she is kissing will be allowed to come home with her – helping Molly get those darn chickens out of her hair!

I had the image – Precious Moments by Sarah Kay – already colored with Copics and then colored pencil over the Copic color on the hat for texture and the sky for depth and she was so darn sweet I could not give her up to come in the front door (besides she is perfect for Alea)! So I had to act quickly with the rest of the card to save the day. The lace border is Fiskars, pearls are Queen & Company, ribbon is Celebrate It, DP is DCWV and Over the Moon. Gerber Daisy is from a free SVG file cut with SCAL on Cricut

23 August 2010

Daddy's Hands

Today (23 August 2010) marks the 1 year anniversary of my Dad's passing.  Mom has been gone over 12 years now and my brother left us almost 5 years ago now.  With the passing of my father, I lost the last of my immediate family.  Three of his sisters and one brother still survive of the thirteen (yes I said 13) children in his family and of course with all those aunts and uncles I have a TON of cousins!
That's him third from the left front row - he was the 11th child and the 7th son

My parents would have been married 53 years this past August 11 and I take comfort that for the first time in years they were together on that day.

They were living in Miami Beach, FL and got married in 100+ degree heat by a justice of the peace in her home.  They stopped on the way to dinner in front of this beautiful church in St. Petersburg to take pictures and not a soul was around to take one of them together!  Mom's bouquet was yellow roses, shasta daisies and baby's breath.

So in honor of this anniversary of my dad's passing I am posting the remembrance I wrote for his memorial services (one here on the Cape and one in Connecticut which to him was always "home").

Dad's Hands

When Dad passed away, I was blessed to be there, holding his hand. I played his favorite Johnny Cash as he crossed over and began his new journey. He was there one moment and then gone the next.

Because of his congestive heart failure, his hands had swollen a bit from the bony, weak looking hands of these last few months (they were not weak – just looked that way). As I held his warm hand and closed my eyes, I realized that his hand once again felt like the strong supportive hand I had clung to as a little girl. As he squeezed my hand to let me know he knew I was there with him, I remembered all the times he had squeezed my hand as a child to silently tell me everything would be okay.

As I lay in bed that night trying to process the day, I could still feel his warm hand squeezing mine and I thought about those hands. One of my earliest memories of him was his hands pushing our car. When I was very little, we lived in Mill Ridge (Danbury, CT), and we had an old car that had a starter button.  If it was cold, or wet or a month with an R in it the car would not start. There is some way with older standard cars that you can get it to start if it is rolling forward (popping the clutch). So to get me to my babysitter and my mom and himself to work, my mom and I would get in the car and my Dad would open the driver side door and with his left hand on the door frame and his right on the steering wheel he would push the car working his way up to a run as we reached the corner before the steep hill by our house. Then running alongside the car he would jump in, slam the door and start trying to get the car to start, swearing and praying it would start before we reached the intersection at the bottom of the hill. Fortunately, it always started.

I remember growing up watching my Dad’s hands form amazing picture frames for customers out of barn siding or simple wood molding that he would rout and stain to become something as beautiful as the art it framed. His hands were always so strong, and callused from opening and closing paint cans as he matched colors with an eye for hue and shade that would be the envy of any artist and then later from making precision tools accurate to a millionth of an inch. Yet those hands were the same hands that gently cared for me when I was ill or stroked my head to go back to sleep after a bad dream – my first words were “Daddy” and it was Daddy I called for at night when I was sick, scared or just needed a drink of water (and no - Mom never complained!).

His hands seemed to be able to fix anything - plumbing, electricity, cars, toys, whatever. He and I remodeled the kitchen in my house 10 years ago and he built the butcher block style counter top on my island by hand as well as laying all the tile work on my counters. Yet 12 years ago, as Mom lay in ICU slowly dying from a hospital acquired infection that was misdiagnosed, my Dad was devastated because he could not fix my mom. I can still see him sitting next to Mom with those same strong hands holding her hand for hours at a time, only leaving her when we convinced him he needed to eat or sleep.

Over these last few years, it has been me with the strong hands which he reached for when he was weak or unsteady. It was “Gale” that was called at night when his Parkinson’s caused him to stiffen up and would not allow him to roll over. I cut his meat for him when his arthritis and Parkinson’s made that task impossible for his hands to do any more. Yet in his final days his hands were strong enough to communicate by squeezing my hand to answer questions – like asking him the Saturday before he passed if he wanted some Johnny Cash and when he didn’t respond  I said "I guess you don’t" – thinking he just wanted quiet – and then he squeezed my hand so hard to correct my mistaken thought that it hurt. On his last Sunday, I told him I loved him and that everything would be alright and Chauncey (our dog) and I would be alright. He squeezed my hand several times until he became too weak to even do that. As I lay in bed that night, feeling his hand still in mine, I realized he finally knew that everything was going to be okay and wanted me to know that too.

Dad holding me at about 4 months old
Halcyon (Rocky) Rockwell 6 July 1927 - 23 August 2009
Love you Dad!

20 August 2010

Just Because . . .

Today's card is for this week's challenge over at Kenny K which is "Bold and Bright".  I went with an easel card and Kenny K's image Queens Cutie.  My youngest godchild is just entering middle school this coming week.  Up until coming back from camp last week she was content doing her clothes shopping over in the boys department; however, she made friends with some girls at UU camp in Maine (she went with her Grandma Ruth) who convinced her she needed a little more "fashion" in her wardrobe.  So clothes shopping last week with her mom was at Aeropostale  . . . Between that and finally deciding this summer to get her ears pierced (she has had the option for a few years and has turned it down) I think she has finally turned into a teen girl!!!!  She hates, I mean HATES pink, and LOVES orange so I had her in mind when I picked the colors for this card - although she is a blond and I really wanted to try my hand again at coloring hair that is or appears black - so while it is a card for her it is not suppose to represent her.  I already sent a back to school card so I think this will wait until she needs a pick me up - because I sure remember how painful junior high can be . . .

Image - KennyK Downloads Queens Cutie colored with Copic Ciaos; sentiments - Fiskars All Year Greetings; butterfly brads - Recollections; DP - From the same mystery pack I've been using lately which I think is DCWV; Ribbon - American Crafts; Light green adhesive gems - Queen & Co.  Please feel free to leave comments - we love getting comments!

19 August 2010

Summer's end

I hate seeing summer come to its end.  There are only a few weeks left and this year I feel cheated because it was so humid on our normally not humid peninsula which made hanging out at the beach pretty limited.  I do savor the last few weeks of summer that are in September - days are normally warm and beach friendly, nights are cool, and . . . I have to say it . . . the tourists have left for the season.  The light starts to take on a different look which will continue on the Cape through most of the fall.  Its a richer glow that really makes the colors, especially at the dunes and the "great marsh" look more vibrant and bold.

Today over on SCS the "Ways to Use IT" challenge 284 inspired me to try something I have seen done on several different cards.  Today's challenge was ways to use versamark(tm) ink - the clear embossing ink that also works great to make watermark images on your cards.  I normally use it for the watermark property - love how its almost like the invisible ink you played with as a kid.  Today though I wanted to try creating a sunset background with direct to paper and sponging and a back-lit looking front image.

I used a circle template I made and a template cut from paper of a rise of a hill.  I laid those together and applied the versa mark ink DTP on yellow CS and then embossed it with clear EP.  I then applied rich oranges and pinks to the sky and greens and green-blues to the ground.  Then I stamped the tree image (Inkadinkado Fall Fields) with forest green memories ink.  Also used Prima Marketing "Say It with Pearls" Swirls Fimo Brown cut up, and Nestiblities oval.  I took the cover off the paper pack for the background paper (to cut up and use - of course) but I think is DCWV.

Oh I forgot to mention in my last post that I got an email from Paper Craft Magazine that I was one of the winners in "A Few of Your Favorite Things" sweepstakes from the July/August issue of Paper Crafts magazine".  I should be getting some yummy new stuff to play with in a few weeks!  Yippeyyyyyyyyy!

18 August 2010

My favorite card and my newest card

This is a card a few of you have seen either on SCS or Club_StampPatch.  I made it a few months ago for my friend Kimmie (aka CrazyKim) when she was going through a bit of a creativity slump during their summer. 

I love the Cicely Mary Baker flower fairy stamps (this is the Rose Fairy - Stamps Happen) and I love the easel card! I changed the original instructions in SCS from being a square card design to an A2 size.  I had some 3 dimensional Brenda Walton rose stickers from K&Company I had for a few years that I mounted on CS and cut out around the flowers and mounted with dimensional dots to make the flowers pop.  I don't normally shoot my pictures from and angle but it was the best way to show off the dimensionality of the card.  I used a couple of adhesive gems from Queen & Co. as dew drops.

Well yesterday was Teapot Tuesday with another great story and great destination station.  Go check out Cindy's blog "This is My Story" to ready the latest story and see the inspiration teapot HERE.  This card went to a brave little man who just had a bone marrow transplant and loves fishing - the donor was his little sister (I sent her a card too)!  Here is my card and and my story:

Fish is from a free dingbat called Fun Fish that is cut on blue CS with my cricut using my Sure Cuts A Lot software and then I backed it with iridescent paper. Image of bear and creel are from free coloring book pages off the Net colored with Copics. Teapot embellishment I bought years ago at a stamp convention and sentiment is from Fiskars All Year Greetings. Gem “bubbles” are Queen & Co.

Here is my story:
Well it’s another fine kettle of fish we’re in Olley. Olley is the “enforcer” of the Silver Fins and he has to lead all these 42,000 fish working on getting Gill back because Guido always goes so fast he leaves the rest behind. Olley came up with a plan, Stan. Stanley is one of those “flying fish” that have invaded some of the waters here in the States and Olley decided Stan and his gang should fly in the air to see exactly where Gill is hanging out. Stanley and his flying fish gang jump in the air to discover the Gil is in the creel (that’s the fish basket) of Benjamin the Bear. When Stan reported this back to Olley they knew what they had to do . . . Guido swam really fast up to Benjamin Bear’s fishing pole and distracted Ben by having him “catch” a teapot. Ben was so confused by the teapot on his fishing pole that he never saw Stan’s gang grab Gill and bring him back down the hill before the FishFather turned them all into fillets!

16 August 2010


Sat down and played with my Sure Cuts A Lot software and my Cricut.  I am loving this software - so much to do with my Cricut!  I started with a vague idea, played with some punches I have and voila!

All the fonts and wingdings are free downloads (the palm trees, flamingos, and Aloha font), the circle comes with the SCAL software. The beach border is from EF and the butterflies are MS punches. Flowers is Tim Holtz flower die cut. The sentiment is Print Works.
My neighbor saw this card and tried to make off with it today LOL!  It maybe the flamingos - she loves pink.

Also, Cindy (MotherMark of Teapot Tuesday and This is my story) was named Queen for the Day over as Split Coast Stampers.  In honor of her we were to go through her album and case a card.  I of course, picked one with lots of polka dots and then . . . ADDED MORE DOTS!!!!!
The copic coloring did not translate as well in photos as it does with the naked eye. Image is Inkadinkdo and giant dot paper is Me and My Big Ideas.
This was a fun card to do and Cindy seemed to get a big kick out of being QFTD.

11 August 2010

A little bit of this, a little bit of that . . .

Just thought I would share a couple of cards I made over the last week.  Two are for Mudder Marks Teapot Tuesday challenges that use a teapot and a story for inspiration.
This first one was for petticoats bloomers and tea which had us bringing petticoats or bloomers (aka flowers) to the party.  This also used a sketch challenge from SCS from 2 weeks back.

Image - Inakadinkado Floral Expressions set; Background papers Die Cut with a View - the floral paper is also glittered, Aqua adhesive gems - Queen & Co.

The next one was for this weeks tea party where we were creating cards to send to a 10 year old boy who is pretty ill right now.  He loves baseball and plays on a team who are so devoted to their friend that they all shaved their heads when his chemo caused his hair to fall out!  So the story is about Boscoe the baseball playing basset hound and his Bad News Basset Hounds team.
Image is a cut and paste of two images off the internet - a cute ball player from Arthurs Clip Art and a basset hound from a free coloring book page of cats and dogs. I colored them with copics. Sentiment is Fiskars All Year Greetings, Baseball background paper was a baseball picture off the internet.
Now he has a whole story - which I try to do for most of "Da Mudder's" challenges:

This is Billy Basset the best baseball basset hound to be found! He catches. He throws. He bats. He’s great all around!  He is going to try to help out the Bad News Basset Hounds (Hmmmmmm I thought that was Bad News Bears)

He heard about Boscoe's plight and thought he needed to support a fellow baseball playing basset hound. So he grabbed his glove and ran down to the ball field . . . this one was FILLED with baseballs (giggle) . . . and found that the team was struggling at the bottom of the nineth against those darn cat playing Purrrrrrfect

The score was 2 to 1 but there was a cat at second, there was only 1 out and the Purrrrrrfect Players' best batter was up - YIKES! Billy ran out to replace the center fielder and when the next batter came up - POW - a line drive came right at Billy! He grabbed it and threw to first where Bosco was - OUT! Boscoe went to throw to second but Queenie was there chewing on a bone one of those darn cats had snuck in to distract the Bad New Basset players - suddenly Boscoe sees that Billy has already run in to 2nd base - Boscoe throws to Billy and Billy tags the player there out! Billy saved the play!!! The Bad News Bassethounds win!
Finally, this last card was just because.  I received this image in a humor image swap I was in this summer with my Yahoo group - Club_StampPatch. 
I have no idea whose image it is (sorry) or sentiment as it was sent in the swap with no ID.  I colored her with copic ciao markers.  I used Nestiblities for oval; Cuttlebug EF; and not sure about the DP (thats what I get for taking apart the stack to store in my DP case).

08 August 2010

If you obey all the rules . . .

We had a sketch challenge for this months challenge over at Club_StampPatch on Yahoo.  Not only did I use the sketch Patricia gave us, I also used her inspiration card as a theme inspiration! I had just dug out of my desk, some stationary I bought 5 or 6 years ago that had a dress pattern theme and then I saw Patricia card which was all based on a dress pattern and dress making and I knew what I had to do.

Card is A7 size which is a departure for me.  The young girl image is a digi stamp from "The Creative Mind of Sylvia" who does free digi stamps every Sunday from her blog. I colored her with copics and a hint of sakuru glazed gel pen on the lips and the shoes.  The stationery I used is something I bought from Borders. The yellow and white floral paper is unknown - but I think its Me & My Big Ideas.  Used MS border punch.  Sentiment is from River City Rubber Works and the ribbon is American Crafts premium ribbon, button was dug out of my mom's old button can (love that old can - it was a cookie tin can and has "mom" printed in the design and I can see my mom getting it out to look for a button to match something where a button had fallen off.)

06 August 2010

Want to see something pretty????

My friend took a sculpture class this summer at the local college where she teaches computer and math courses.  Her class' last project was a rustic furniture piece - no glue allowed!  I think this piece is as cool as any you would see in a gift/craft store up in Vermont or Maine.   The glass top/bowl is purchased but its PERFECT!!!
Great design and balance on this project - I could see it in someones living room or entry way.  Oh - she follows this blog so lets see how long it takes for her to see her piece.

01 August 2010

New things! Kenny K, 50th BDay Card and Sure Cuts A Lot

I saw a "wicked kool" card on SCS which lead me to a blog hop for Kenny K's newest images "Gothik Angelz" . . . well I just had to have them all but I restrained myself and only bought 1 angelz digi stamp and then 1 from his "Glam Gang" series.
I had a 50th birthday card to make for the husband of one of my cousins and this image was PERFECT for it.  After all, she is having a surprise party for him and hiring a stripper (what a Gal!).  So here goes my G rating for the blog right down the drain!

Image - Bodacious Bev from colored with copics, sukura glaze gel for lips, tattos, and choker; Flocked Designer Paper - Me & My Big Ideas; Black adhesive pearls - Queen & Co.; black and white dotted grosgrain ribbon is (I think) perfect petits. 

Its a tri-fold card and here is the inside fold:
More Me&My Big Ideas flocked designer paper.  I printed the "Beeps" and the "OH Sorry" comments on my computer.

I am also going to enter this into the Kenny K challenge "On the Dark Side".  This was a ton of fun!

Also . . . OMG! I am so excited. I found this link on a digi stamp site for Craft Edge software for getting the maximum out of your Cricut. I got the usb cable I needed and then tried their trial version of the Sure Cuts A Lot software and was so excited by what I could do that I had to buy it (with the 10% off coupon I found online it was just over $50)! You can cut any font or dingbat you have on your computer and there are tons of free fonts and dingbats available on the web. No cartridges required!

This is from a free dingbat called Silhous Old Fashion . . . I cut away the frame to give just the image of the girl going off to garden. I can not wait to play more!