The Busy Crafter

Trying to balance my crazy life with my love of crafting.

A few changes. April 4, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — busycrafter @ 1:24 am

So my life is truly crazy right now. We have a wedding in the works, birthdays, Easter, another birthday, Mother’s Day, Scouts, and everything else that can take over my life.  Crafting has taking a back seat to all the wedding stuff for right now.  But don’t worry!  My Cricut has been put to good use!  We are making 150 gorgeous black and white sour cream containers, table numbers, programs, and signs! Pictures to come soon!  As you can tell, I have switched my blog over to WordPress.  Now I just have to learn how to use it!  I have also combined my scrap blog with my family blog to give me more time to blog about what ever I want to and changed the name to reflect my love of all things crafty!  I hope everyone enjoys it!  I guess we will see if I do!!  Happy crafting!


A year of twinchies! January 20, 2010

Filed under: scraps,twinchies — busycrafter @ 1:47 pm

Well, here is my first try at twinchies. Not sure what inchies or twinchies are? They are 1×1 (inchies) or 2×2 (twinchies) that can be used on cards, tags, layouts, or just traded and collected. These were just fun to make and all made with my scraps! These are for a paint can swap that I am participating in on the Cricut Message boards. I wasn’t sure what to make, but the host said that we could make them all the same or different. I went with one for each month and boy, did my Studio G stamps come in handy. I liked the twinchies and think that an inchie would be more challenging because of the size. But I am sure that I will try them soon! Happy crafting!


2010 off to a scrappin’ good start! January 5, 2010

Filed under: CTMH,Layout — busycrafter @ 12:26 pm

After the last few months of making a ton of cards and gifts, I am happy to be back to scrapping! And these last two days have been productive, three layouts done! Two layouts are the same for each one of my twins, but still, I am counting it as two on my layout count for the year!! This one is done with almost all Close to My Heart supplies, everything except the ribbon, punch, and title. Thanks to the very best CTMH consultant and my best friend, Charlie! (You can visit her site at I had almost forgotten about this stamp set until I saw these pictures of my little guy with a dandelion. And inspiration hit! You have to love it when it all comes together so easy! I hope your new year has started off well. Happy crafting!


Merry Christmas! December 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — busycrafter @ 4:12 pm

I am not sure about your house, but my house has been crazy! I have been crafting presents, making Christmas cards, baking, and shopping! And that means less time to blog. I hope to be back at blogging all of my projects after the New Year. But I wanted to take the time to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and hope that you have a wonderful holiday to scrap!


Christmas Gift Planner November 5, 2009

Filed under: Bind it All,Joy of the Season,planner — busycrafter @ 6:36 pm

I know that I am skipping projects, (you have yet to see the Disney Autograph album), but after I finished this planner, I was so excited that I had to share!

This planner is my Christmas version of the Dave Ramsey (cash) envelope system. If you know me, my family has been debt free for a while and we use this system every Christmas. The system works like this: Each person that I have to buy for gets an envelope. Then after decided on how much to spend on that person, I put that amount in cash in their envelope. Once it’s gone, NO MORE SPENDING!!! It also helps you realize just how much you spend on Christmas presents. And if you want more info about the cash system and Dave Ramsey’s baby steps to get out of debt, check out his web site

Ok, now the detail on the planner. This is made from chipboard, cardstock, and envelopes that were left over from my wedding eleven years ago!! I took the envelopes and made sure they were all facing with the flap towards me. This is the easiest for opening the envelopes. Then I punched the holes with the Bind It All. Then using cardstock cut to the same size as the envelopes, I made three dividers. This will just help me find a persons envelope faster. The chipboard is from sticker packages that fit perfectly, I just had to cut off the hole for hanging. It is about a 1/4 inch bigger than the envelope all the way around.

I decided that I wanted to be able to reuse my planner next year too. So I attached a 2 3/4 inch by 6 inch piece of cardstock to each envelopes flap.

I will add the person’s name, age, sizes, and budgeted amount to the front of that. Next year, I will be able to remove that piece of paper and replace it with a new one without tearing up the envelopes.

Now all the embellishing!! This paper is from a Christmas stack from Hobby Lobby. I love these colors for Christmas! It just seems so festive and girly!! It had some stickers that I wouldn’t normally use on layouts, so I used them to decorate the cover and dividers. Also used were, CTMH Christmas Melodies Stamp set, Recollections stamp set, CTMH inks, Ocean and Watermelon, various ribbons, Cricut cartridge Joy of the Seasons, and bling. I hope that you like this as much as I do! Happy crafting!!


Competition for the Cricut? October 29, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — busycrafter @ 4:52 pm

I don’t know, but it looks like my Cricut could have some competition come next year. In January at CHA, Craftwell will realease a new machine called the eCraft Personal cutting system. If you haven’t seen this, then you should check out their website at Now I am a self proclaimed Cricut lover. I wouldn’t have never thought of giving up my Cricut, but if the user reviews are good, I think that it will be sitting next to my E. Here are some of the details straight from their site:

Automatic Paper and Cutting Sensor (no manual adjustments needed)

Paper Tray / Feeder (no more messy cutting boards)

Unique Roller system handles paper up to 12” by ANY length (wow!)

Draws and cuts without changing from blade to a pen (really!)

Easy to use software and a big bright LCD display (looks great)

SD Fun Cards, with a wide assortment of themed fonts and shapes (cool!)

From what I understand, no software needed for those TT Fonts that we all love! No need for a mat because it can cut up to any length! You can buy images and fonts, but not at the 89.99 retail price you pay for a Cricut cart. And you add up all of the customer service nightmares from ProvoCraft and this is going to be competition for the Cricut. I was looking at buying the Gypsy, but with all the problems they are having, I am waiting. And now, maybe the eCraft will be what I save for! And I have to say that I am in no way affiliated with this company. I had never heard of them before this. But I will be waiting the see the reviews, and my Cricut is holding her breath! Happy crafting!


First Grade October 19, 2009

Filed under: Layout,plantin schoolbook,school — busycrafter @ 12:15 pm

Well, I am trying to get back into the swing of things, but lately I have had so many other projects to do, that scrapping has been last on the list. While I still have many of those things to do, I managed to get this layout finished today. I saw the challenge and design team call at Just Buggin Challenges and decided that it was time to dust off the ATG! I was glad to use another cartridge besides Mickey and Friends! (Still working on those projects!) And hubby is away on business, so me and the Cricut have a couple of date nights this week! We’ll see how much I can get done! This is the second page of my son’s school album. Very simple and it was a fast layout to finish. Both the title and apple are cut from Plantin Schoolbook. I also used some great stamps that I found at Michaels. The ABC stamp is from an acrylic set from Hampton Art, part of their Foot-long collection. There are six border stamps each one about 6 inches long. They are very cool and can be used on several different things. They were not very expensive either! Hope you like it! Now on to the next project! Happy crafting!