"When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul or brings joy,
care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life."
Jean Shinoda Bolen

October 23, 2010


I have to tell you my news!  Mary over at http://www.cardztv.blogspot.com/ has asked me to participate in an upcoming event she's planning and I was so thrilled yesterday when I got her email that I woke up my husband!  He told me last night that I was so excited I actually squealed, and could barely get the words out to tell him my news!  So, watch for this upcoming event in November right here on my blog!

Shades of Blue

This is a simple manly birthday card (yes, you can use ribbon on a man's card!).

October 22, 2010


It's obvious, after two short videos, that I need a tripod!  Sorry for the jittery videos, but until I get to the city where there is a selection, I am sure, my videos will be a bit unstable.  Sorry!

Winter Envelope Mini Album

Here is another mini album I made recently.  The original concept is from Karlee at http://www.karleekrafts.com/.  I made this album as a sample for my Cricut class in October and decided to use it for our current winter season since it actually started with our first snow on September 17th!  Yes, winter does sometimes come early to northern Montana!

Supply List

Gatefold Paper Bag Mini Album #2

This is actually the first Gatefold Paper Bag Mini Album I made.  I made a few mistakes in placing the paper bag "pages" and learned from the mistakes, so my sister's pink album went together without a hitch.

This album is covered in fabric and I intend to make this an "all about me" album.  My sister and I decided that since there is only one grandchild (hers) in the next generation in our family, we want my great-nephew to have some heritage when he's older and has children of his own.  So, she's getting a pink album (one of her favorite colors) and this album is in my favorite colors.

Supply List

Gatefold Paper Bag Mini Album

I've been busy making mini albums because sometimes I get sort of bored making just cards!  At first, I made very small ones (see previous posts) and those ideas came from Mary at http://www.cardztv.blogspot.com/, and then I found Laura Denison's blog and her mini albums are amazing.   Her blog is:  (http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/)

This video is my very first ever, and it's not that great, but I wasn't sure how to take pictures of the entire mini album, so I made a video instead!


October 20, 2010

Prayers for Melanie & Family

Please pray for Melanie (Everyday Cricut) and her family and let her know by visiting her blog at http://www.cricutholiday.com/ that you are thinking of her.  Melanie lost a dear cousin to brain cancer.

I keep hearing of others losing dear family members and loved ones to brain cancer.  It's been 5 years since we lost Larry to this horrible disease.

Please, some way, some how, support brain cancer research!  Also, please help all of us who walk, run, and participate in the Relay for Life to raise money for cancer research through the American Cancer Society - we really do want everybody to celebrate more birthdays!

Wouldn't it be great if school-aged children didn't have to ever worry about cancer when they become adults?

October 9, 2010

Supply Lists

I've added another feature to all my posts back to October 25, 2009! You can know click on the "SUPPLY LIST" link at the end of each posted project and you will be able to view the supply list for each project.

October 7, 2010

Blog Button

I've now got a blog button! If anybody copied the code for my blog button before 11:45 pm on October 7th, please replace it with the current code! Apparently there is another Jen's Creation Station and the button was mine but it didn't take you to my blog but to her's! I've got the issue corrected now, so thank you if you have grabbed my button!

New Followers!

In the last month or so, my followers have increased by 25% - wow! Many of you have awesome blogs that I view every morning during my "latte & blog hop" ritual. As you tell me your blog names, I have to check them out and I discover yet another blog to add to my blog hop! My blog hop is almost up to 3 lattes (okay, so I admit, I'm lying, it already is 3 lattes long!).

Although I don't have many followers or subscribers, I just want to thank each of you for thinking enough of my creations to be a follower or subscriber.

I am hoping that one of these days, I will reach 100 followers, and when that happens, I plan to do a give-away, but for now I'm happy just blogging along. It wasn't until recently that I added a comment section to my blog. That was a wonderful move - I've really enjoyed your comments.

As you can tell by viewing my blog, I have no sponsors and I don't advertise for anything and that's because it just clogs up my blog! I'm not sure, but I don't even think I've ever entered a challenge (not that I haven't considered it). This "cleanliness" also allows me to use any products I want in my projects.

A big change I recently made to my blog is to list the particular Cricut cartridges I use in my projects and to try to list the type of card or project (e.g, birthday, kids cards, mini albums, etc.). That was a huge undertaking, but it is now done.

Again, thank you for following and/or subscribing to my blog!