Sunday, May 22, 2011

Grandson's Graduation Card

Well, the last 18 years have blown by so fast that I am amazed. My first-born granboy will be graduating next week and then leaving for Marine BootCamp in 6 weeks. My emotions are running the span of pride, fear, happiness, trepidation, love, loss..and on and on and on. I just have to trust in his good judgment and will keep him in my prayers and I trust in the Lord for his protection and growth. He is a fantastic young man with a very bright future. One thing I discovered last week--the last and final Harry Potter movie will come out four days after he leaves for basic training. We have seen EVERY Harry Potter movie together, read the books together, went to midnight release parties for the books and have even been lucky enough to obtain tickets to pre-screening events for several of the movies. I am sooooo going to miss him and seeing this one just won't be the same.

I made a card similar to this for my great-niece who graduated last year. When they were little, we used to tease that my great-niece and granboy were cosmic twins--although born EXACTLY TO THE MINUTE 24 hours apart, they lost their first tooth on the same day, played for soccer teams of the same name (even though they lived 90 miles apart)--so many different things were alike. So, I made a male version of her graduation card. All cricut cuts are from Everyday Paper Dolls. The face and sentiment are computer generated

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Cricut Blog at

Cricut has started a new Cricut Blog as of 05/18/2011 at and for awhile they will be giving to some lucky crafter a $100.00 credit to for becoming a follower and $150.00 for becoming a follower of Royal Things at and for leaving a comment! Wowzah! I sure want to win this one!! Head on over and check it out...Both are great blogs!! I'm not sure how long the contests will last as I was so excited I had to post this info before I read all the entries!

From the Cricut Blog website:

The Official Cricut Blog sponsored by the Cricut Circle will feature the following:

Inspirational projects using your favorite Cricut machines. The Imagine, Expression, Cricut Cake, Cuttlebug, Yudu and more.
Hello Thursday Cartridge announcements.
Educational videos and tutorials directly from Provo Craft.
Occasional sneak peeks into the exclusive Cricut Circle Community.
Access to the latest deals.
And much, much more!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Challenge to my Sister

I issued a challenge to my sister to make something using some really cute little flower stick pins I found at PS Scrapbook in Allen, Texas. They are by My Little Yellow Bicycle and I think they are so cute! I used the stickpins for her antenna, used a ladybug stamp from MFT and cuttlebugged the oval and backgrounds. Flowers are made with the MS Hydragnea punch and a little flower hole punch and the MS pine branch punches.

The sentiment on the inside is also from MFT and the ladybug is from a Tilda ladybug stamp.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mother's Day Card Box for My Mom's Friend

My Mom passed away almost four years ago and I miss her every single day but especially at Mother's Day. So this year I decided to make a card box for a friend of my Mom's with some cards and stamps for her to send out. The box instructions can be found at but I did change some of the measurements a little because there was a small "gap" above where the drawer slides in. The flower is from the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge and sprayed with Smooch Frost Shimmer. I cut the stamen out of a stem of old silk flowers because I just couldn't make one that looked right. The leaves are from Home Accents and the sentiment is from the Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art cartridge that I won recently from Creative Critters (thank you PC and Creative Critters!). I used paper from SU Springtime Vintage (I LOVE this paper!!) I didn't use a lot of Cricut cuts on the cards. I am also going to have copies made of pictures of the business her husband and my dad used to own as well as some pictures of when we used to go camping at Possum Kingdom Lake. I think she'll be surprised and maybe it'll make me miss my Mom a little less. And I know my Mom would have been tickled for me to do this for Susie. Everybody out there...have a great Mother's Day!!