Saturday, March 5, 2011

First Post!!!!!

Hello everybody,

I just came back from Tammy's place and we had a lot of fun crafting together again. I have to tell that Tammy was my first "American" neighbor and the one that had to deal with me learning a new language "English". We had a lot of fun being next door to each other and realized that we had a lot in common.

After spending this past week with her and seeing our projects on her blog. I decided to have a blog (well, she pushed me a little bit, LOL). Be patient with me and sorry if sometimes my English doesn't sound right.... I'm still learning!!!  So here we go.
These are the projects that we created using files.

Day One:
For the first day of the marathon, I created an Easter paper favor cake. 


I used the cake box from's  "Betty's Boxes and Bags" collection. I bought my ribbons,  teal and chocolate texture papers as well as the Porcelain Chocolate Bunny Cake Topper from  Hobby Lobby.  I assembled the boxes using my Scorpal to score the fold lines and glued them together with Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive.


I embellished each cake slice with a paper rose (sooo easy to make) from's "Crush on You Boxes" file.  Even though this is a Valentine collection, the roses and boxes are so beautiful and can be used for all seasons (Spring, Easter, Weddings, etc).  The paper for the flowers came from Michaels (Recollection brand) and for a finishing touch I added some fabric leaves that I found at Hobby Lobby in the wedding department.  I adhered the flowers to boxes with hot glue.  

This is a really quick and easy project with very impressive and beautiful result.  Tammy created this beautiful card. She coordinated the colors to go with the cake. :)


She used's "Robins Return" Collection to create this card, She used the cloud frame, the branch and the nest with eggs to signify Spring.  With a My Pink Stamper sentiment from the "Tweetie Hoo Puns" stamp set and a little bit of doodling finishes off this Spring card. 

Day Two:
Second Day was "Read Across America" Day. Tammy created this awesome book for Jeremy, her two year old grandchild.

Here is Tammy's posting:
The book that I made it to help teach my little one colors, shapes and numbers. He loves trucks, trains and planes so I used those as my theme. I used the truck from's "Play all Afternoon" collection and Make-the-Cut to create this book. What I did was to put all of the pieces of the truck together on the virtual mat and then I duplicated it. One the second truck I welded all of the pieces together, I created a shadow as well, I also welded an extra rectangle onto the rear end of the truck to give me space for the spiral binding. The shadow layer I cut four times for the front cover and 4 times for the back cover. I cut 2 out of cereal box chipboard and I used the print and cut feature in MTC to print out the patterned papers on the inside covers and the back cover outside.

I used the basic shapes in MTC for the shapes and they are all cut out and the names of the shapes and colors are printed and then the shape was cut, again using the MTC print and cut feature. The graphics for the vehicles in the numbers section of the book came from Goodness and Fun's "On the Go" graphics set (Goodness & Fun graphics can be found at I used my ATG gun to glue the pages together and then I laminated them and the covers were Mod Podged to give them strength and durability so that the book will survive and 2 year old. This book was so much fun to create and my little one LOVES it!! We have read this book about 10 times a day since I finished it. (Please forgive the photos, I had a terrible time with reflections due to the lamination of the pages)

Day Three:
Day three was Tammy's "Joy's Life Design Team Thursday".  Tammy worked on this cute card. That I'm going to copy as soon as I have a chance!!

the cute bunny is from the “Spring Bunnies” set.  She used a free scalloped rectangle file to create the card and used a Goodness & Fun Digi paper for the yellow dotted paper. The sentiment is from Joy's Life “Lots of Puns” stamp set and the banner it is stamped on is from the “Birthday Dinos” set. She doodled with both a navy pen and a yellow pen to finish the card.

Day Four:
Jeremy was sick and Tammy was sooo busy with and without any sleep, poor thing. So, this last day of the marathon was my turn again.  These were my projects: 

This project was fun to make and so colorful. I used the file "Easter Basket Collection". I scored my baskets with the scorpal. I was sooo lucky I found the paper at JoAnn's on sale!!!.  The solid pearl paper is from the "gemstones collection" by Coredinations, It has texture and it shimmers a little....perfect for Easter projects. The Patterned paper is from K & Co., "Life's Little Occasions" Collection. The different flowers and ribbons are a combination of purchases made between Michael's, JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby. I used different embellishments like brads, prima flowers, gemstones and pearls all from my stash.
I glued the  baskets together with Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive and attached the flowers and ribbons with my hot glue gun.


I could not resist making a card for my last day as a Guest Designer for Tammy's blog. So I decided to make a Z-fold accordion card.  I love love and love the "Easter Morning Egg Hunt"  collection by and I decided to make something with it. I used all my scrap paper from the baskets the make this card.

I tied up my card with a cute ribbon to keep it from opening.  The sentiment font is Altastgreeting and it's elevated with pop dots.

After completing all of these projects ..... I'm sooooo ready for Easter!! :)


  1. Fabulous and I want you to be my Neighbor again (and I think the Husbands agree)!! I had a great time crafting with you and we will do it again soon!!
    Love ya

  2. Wowwww, I love it all! Especially the cake!! Awesome job, and what a fantastic first post for your new blog - woohoo!

  3. OMGosh! Wow!!!! You've really made our expectations high with your first post! LOVE all your projects especially your cake and your card is soo cute! You should really consider entering SVGCuts challenges!

  4. wow, you do great work,,,love the cake!!
    am a new follower
    follow me!!!

  5. Hola amiga! Love your projects! :):)

  6. Congrats on the blog. Your stuff is awesome!
    PS English is my first language and lots of times I have trouble using it.

  7. Beautiful projects! Welcome to the world of blogging. I just started a blog too and it is addicting!

  8. Hi MJ, love all your projects. I also just stated blogging and have to tell you it is fun. look forward to seeing more of your creations,

    Have a wonderful day
    Debi in NorCal

  9. Hi MJ
    I love your projects. You are very talented and glad you started your new blog. I am a new follower.

  10. Congrats on your new blog and your new journey in crafting. I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations!

  11. Your cake is awsome, I love the color combination.

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    Congrats,,go to my site,,

  13. Hi, I just found your blog and this Easter card is amazing! I bought the kits from SVG CUTS, but I wondered if you could please explain how you made the Z-fold accordian card? I have just moved to the US from the UK and I would love to make these cards to send to all my loved ones at home as I miss them so much.

  14. Amanda, email me at :)