Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Blog Train! Collab! Alice! Oh My!!

Finally … Alice!!! … welllll, ALMOST! ;D

Yes, my long-awaited Alice kit is all done and ready to go… and it will be in my SUN Shoppe this Saturday for the SUNny Weekend 30% off sale! Be sure to check back here on Saturday for the link, and also to find out what name I’ve chosen for the kit, and to learn who the winner(s) are in my Name The Kit Contest! :D Meanwhile, here’s a peek for you all of what’s coming:


(sorry… can’t let you see the kit name YET! :D )


Easter Blog Train … Sunrise Sorbet!

Yes, that’s right, a *delicious* new EASTER blog train kicks off today from all us SUNshine Designers! We have chosen a gorgeous color palette for this one and the goodies are amazing – be sure to collect all the pieces of SUNRISE SORBET!



My part of the blog train!

SUNBlogTrain_EasterButtonDown  SUNBlogTrain_EasterButtonNext

And now for the new SUN Designers collab for April!! This adorable mega kit is ONLY $3 so don’t miss the chance to grab it!! Full of sunshine and daisies and denim, you will love this kit!


SUN Collab – Denim & Daisies


Here’s a glimpse of my part of the Denim & Daisies collab:


Blessings & happy scrapping y’all! :D

`·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.· Cari `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.·


Friday, March 19, 2010

Sunny Spring Template

Hi folks! Are you enjoying the first signs of spring?? I’ve loved seeing the first robins and towhees in our yard! And in our area, the bald eagles are plentiful and highly visible this time of year – LOVE IT! I’m hoping you all will enjoy this bright fun template that I am releasing in my SUN Shoppe this week:

Timesaver Template::ScrapIt #6 {template}

Nature Trail Layout by Cari

Credits: TST-ScrapIt 6 Template, Herbal Garden, Olde Tyme Junque 

Journaling: Love the peacefulness of this wonderful nature trail out in Dover. Our first hike of the year was so wonderful - 55 degrees and brilliantly sunny. Jim & Cari   -   March 6, 2010

Fish Wish by Mara


Credits: TST-ScrapIt 6 Template, Butterflies and Buttercups by Fishbowl Designs

Remember, if you scrap with any of my templates or kits, I’d love to see them! Share them at SUN’s Flickr group & link me up in the comments on my blog! :D

Blessings & happy scrapping y’all! :D

`·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.· Cari `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.·


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Scrapping Survivor Season 2 – Don’t Miss This!

I am very excited to be a sponsor for Season 2 of GingerScraps Scrapping Survivor! Be sure to get in on this Scrapping Safari for a chance to win great prizes, including some goodies from me!! :D You have only a *few* more days to get signed up …



Be sure to sign up for their newsletter while you’re there – you’ll find a special discount coupon good in *my SUN Shoppe*! And keep an eye on all the activities to find out what I answered when they asked what THREE things I’d take if I were on the *real* Survivor!! :D

Blessings & happy scrapping y’all! :D

`·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.· Cari `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.·


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shamrock Blog Train

Hey all, just want to pass the word that the designers at SUN have put together a wonderful blog train full of free goodies for St. Patrick’s Day!



I, unfortunately, didn’t get in on this blog train – I somehow overlooked the announcement – :( – but I still want to make sure you all get in on these fantastic goodies! Enjoy!!

Blessings & happy scrapping y’all! :D

`·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.· Cari `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.·


Saturday, March 13, 2010


Just a quick pic to make you smile! :D


This is Rocky, a blue heeler pup, about 8 weeks old. While I was at my Moma’s house today, little Rocky came to visit with his owner. :D

10 Truths, & Nothing But The Truth … Ooh boy!

honest scrapI just came from my friend Sherrie’s blog, and am still laughing! She received the Honest Scrap award and shared 10 truths about herself that really made me smile. Then I saw she passed the award along to me … I laughed, then I stopped, wondered what on earth I could possibly share, then I laughed some more! :D

So 10 truths about me … hmmmmm … guess I’d better think of something, or my brother, Bryan, will no doubt volunteer to share 10 truths with you all, and I wouldn’t want to see that happen! lol!

  1. I love mornings. I truly, totally, completely LOVE mornings. I love the peacefulness, the solitude, the invigorating morning air, the way it feels like I “own” this little space in time, and the fresh start I get with every new day.
  2. I am a clutterbug. a messy. a disorganized wreck! lol! I love organization – I could read about it all day long. :) I own wonderful books & magazines on how to be organized. I buy all kinds of things to organize my stuff. But when I get rolling on a project (a digital design or a papercraft design or even whipping up something yummy in the kitchen), I pull out *everything*, make quite a mess, and then take eons to ever restore order again. Plus, I have the awful habit of not putting things back where they belong.
  3. I recently committed to trying to work specifically on putting things back where they belong, as I go. (see #2) :D
  4. I love digital sticky notes. I used one program for years, loved it, then just in the past few months discovered one I like even more – Stickies (it’s free). I use it for all kinds of things, and I even have one sticky set to pop up once per hour to remind me to: “Take a BREAK. Take a WALK. Drink some WATER. Smile! :)”
  5. I love cartoons, and I cannot conceive that anyone would ever think people should ever have to outgrow cartoons. :P
  6. I love baking and cooking. I love to create my own recipes - I have zillions of my own original recipes. I even keep all my recipes in a wonderful program, Living Cookbook, which gives me nutrition info on them as well. I have created and given homemade cookbooks as Christmas gifts to family numerous times over the years. The only thing I do not like about cooking & baking is cleaning up the mess. (again, see #2 :D)
  7. I am INSANE about candles. Every holiday the one thing I always say I want as a gift is candles. Any size, any scent. My favorite scent is balsam & cedar, but I am crazy about hazelnut, cinnamon, mango, rain, rose, lemon, and on and on. Candlelight is so relaxing and therapeutic to me.
  8. I recently caught my hair on fire. on a candle. (see #8) lol! Yep. After a lifetime of having candles burning everywhere all the time in every room, and decades of having hair down to my waist, I recently leaned over and then had a moment of complete puzzlement at why there was a fireball climbing upwards toward my face. Then I slapped at it like mad and went to assess the damage. I had crinkly curly burnt ends all up one side. I did learn that immediately brushing my hair out removes crinkly curly burnt ends quite well, so that the damage isn’t really noticeable to others. It does not, however, remove the horrendous odor from the entire house. :P
  9. I am a logger’s daughter. I grew up with a dad who came home smelling like tree sap and chainsaw fuel, and I love that smell to this day. Each time I go out to the woodshed to bring another load in for our woodstove, I inhale deeply that marvelous smell of cut wood, and I smile.
  10. I love swapping movie quotes with my hubby and sons – it is a favorite family pastime & has been for decades. We love to come up with the perfect movie quote for any given situation, and we also like to throw a quote out there and see who can name it first! “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!” “Everyone has a big butt … let’s talk about yours” “Beautiful! Beautiful! Wish you were here!” “You’re Frennnnch, aren’t you?” “Secret’s in the sauce!”

So there you have it, my ten truths. Whew! Can’t believe I actually managed it! lol!

And now, I must pass this Honest Scrap award on to 5 of my friends … (wouldn’t you know it, Sherrie chose half the people I know in blogland! lol!)

Friday, March 12, 2010

GREEN With Envy … in time for St. Patrick’s Day

This week I’m adding my new & improved Green With Envy kit from my Paintbox Collection to my SUN Shoppe – just in time for scrapping your St. Patrick’s Day photos! :D

And to show it off a bit, here’s a fun layout by Jennifer aka KnittinJen from our delightful CT over at SUN.


I also have a freebie for you all … tho I am running behind again. *sigh* :)

Timesaver Printables:: 2010 Calendar+Desktop for March

{4x6-inch – 300dpi – PNG file}

Blessings & happy scrapping y’all! :D

And if I don’t see you before Wednesday, have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!!

`·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.· Cari `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.·


Sweet Wine! Cari dishes on Rieslings …

Just for a change of pace, I thought it would be fun to share what I am sipping on tonight – we recently discovered a wonderful wine company who makes a delicious variety of Rieslings. And they are not expensive wines, either!

My glass of Riesling …


I’ve been trying two different Rieslings from Pacific Rim …

This first one is their Sweet Riesling, we’re sipping the 2008, and it was around $8 at Yoke’s. It is sweet but not overly, and has flavors of pear, pineapple, and peach.

The other is their Dauenhauer Riesling, also quite sweet, and my current favorite! It has hints of apple, honey, and grapefruit, and is just so deliciously smooth! This one runs about $12 at Yoke’s. I told you these weren’t expensive, yet they are very good quality! :)

So there you have it, my review of two Rieslings – bon vin!

Test Post

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

CHANGE: Challenge & Beauty

Just dropping a quick note to share this layout I just created for a fun scrap challenge posted by Sherrie on her Life Is Art blog:

CHANGE: Challenge & Beauty

So many changes
going on in my life ...
... each change challenges
me in different ways.
Each change brings a
new perspective on living.
I am thankful that God
is here with me through
all these changes, and
how He shows me the
beauty in each one.

Credits: All items from my Olde Tyme Junque Kit

Friday, March 5, 2010

SUNny New Releases = template+alpha+wordart

I had some fun creating a template this week that would hold a dozen photos …

Timesaver Templates :: ScrapIt #5 (30% off this weekend!)

Then I scrapped TWO pages, a double-spread, using the template for both pages …

This template works great for getting a large stack of photos scrapped in a hurry, as well as for those 365 photos you keep meaning to get around to! ;)

I also have a fun alphabet and coordinating wordart I’ve had waiting in the wings for some time now. I just love the suede-like feel to this layered paper alpha!

Funkytown Alpha

Funkytown Weekdays {wordart}

These, too, are 30% off through our SUNny Weekend at Sunshine Studio Scraps!

Here’s a layout I did with the wordarts …

Credits: Papers by Cari Cruse from Romantic Dreams, Glitter swirl by Cari Cruse from Autumn Twinkle , Leafy twig by Cari Cruse from Painterly Scenics, Button by Ami Collofello from Table Scraps, Date strip by Sherrie Piegdon from Uniquely You Collab (retired), Chain hanger by Sherrie Piegdon from Debbie's Camp Hilaka, Wordarts by Cari Cruse from Funkytown Weekdays, Frame by Lorie Davison from Ticket To Dragons End at, Fonts: Snowshoe, 28 Days Later

By the way, if you have any wonderful layouts created with any of my designs, please share them on SUN’s new Flickr group – I would love to see them!

Blessings & happy scrapping y’all! :D

`·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.· Cari `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.·


Monday, March 1, 2010

SUN Collab for March: Twilight (not what you think!)

The marvelous, humongous, amazing collab kit from the SUN designers is available! When I first heard we were going with a title of “Twilight” I was a little worried – I’m not exactly a big fan of the books/movies. But then I found out it’s in the more “traditional” meaning of the word … it’s all blues and nighttime and stars and has a bit of a wonderful nursery rhyme feel, too!! For this collab, I contributed some fun wordart along with a few papers. You will definitely want to grab this great kit for the jaw-dropping sale price of just $3!!

Twilight SUN Collab

Twilight SUN Collab

And here’s a little peek at my portion:


Blessings & happy scrapping y’all! :D

`·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.· Cari `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.·



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