Monday, May 23, 2016

BBTB - Towel Challenge

Hi all!

It's fitting that we just spent the weekend at a water park since that is what I scrapped for today's challenge!  But today's pics happened way back in 2012!  I am a little behind in y scrapping, though I tend to skip around.  This weekend we went to an indoor water park at Massanutten Resort - I highly recommend it to anyone living in VA!

Our challenge this time around at Bitten By the Bug is to use a towel cut out on our project - perfect time to pull out some swimmy pics to scrap!

I used cuts from all sorts of places on this one!  Let's start with the towels - I cut out a little girl from Paper Dolls for Every Day - I had to use to different poses - the bathing suit girl had something else in her hand so I replaced it with a towel from a girl who was ready for her bath.  I also decided to "hang" towels on corners of 2 of the frames.

Every now and then I come against something I can't figure out with my Explore - this time I couldn't figure out how to cut her out without the facial features )I like to use my Peachy Keen face stamps instead.)  Now if I was thinking clearly I would have just added a blank circle to my design in Design Space so it would be the right size but noooooooooooo.  I thought SURELY I could just cut out a circle using a nestibility.  However, NOPE so the face is awful but I waited until the last minute so too bad so sad.  Anyway, I used a scallop square from Elegant Edges as the mats.  The splash and the sun are SVGs.  The green double border is from Holiday Cakes - GREAT borders!

The water slide is another SVG - there are some great sites to buy SVGs!

Another thing I LOVE about the Explore - I can make my own SVGs!  I made this title using Make the Cut and then uploaded it.  Make the Cut is so easy to use and I don't need the internet.

I hope y'all will head over to BBTB and check out projects by the other design team members and join our challenge!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Gift sets

Hi all!

Is your weather as schizophrenic as ours?  I was wearing shorts in February and March and this weekend it was SO cold!  I was planning on getting my veggie garden in since I missed it last year and it hasn't stopped raining long enough to get anything done!  The local store had seedlings out over a month ago - I don't know that there is anything left to buy now!

I wanted to post some little gift sets I made for my closest mom friends, I don't know what I would do without them!  I worked for the last 8 months at our local quilt shop which I have been shopping at for years and I saw some great fabric that I just HAD to use for my friends.  I decided to make them each a set of 2 potholders and made some big gift tags like my Mother's Day cards to go with them - easy to do in Design Space.  I just kept the flower design, popped in some tags and cut:

In addition to my paper crafting I absolutely love to sew/quilt!

I made 5 of each style - I have 2 other friends in mind for the last 2 sets.  The first style has this amazing wine themed fabric on the bottom and a strip of fabric with corks across the top.

The backing fabric is pretty awesome too!

The second potholder is beer themed - I couldn't decide between 2 different ones so I used both.  Then down the side I added some peanut fabric.

They were a hit!  Do you have any other hobbies in addition to paper crafting?

Monday, May 16, 2016

BBTB: Tree challenge

Hi all!

We finally went on our first camper outing this year last weekend.  We were a little late getting started but finally made it out for a quick trip up to Twin Grove Resort in PA - our first time there and we will definitely be going back!  Our goal for this trip was to do a little coal mine touring/learning.  Hubby's dad's family worked in coal mines in that area until they were closed in the 30s.  They lived in a small town called Centralia which is the site of an underground coal fire that has been burning for more than 50 years!  The town is completely gone now - razed by the government after they forced everyone out due to the fire.  Hollyn's favorite part of the trip was playing in the stream that ran through the campground with a couple friends she made:

Which is funny since my project for Bitten By The Bug is a layout of another camping trip in which her favorite part was a hike along a stream:

The challenge this week is to use trees on a project so I thought it would be a perfect time to pull out some camping/hiking pictures.

This is my tree cut from the Zoobaloo cartridge.  I decided to give several of the trees a little embossing to jazz them up (I don't use my embossing folders nearly enough!)

I thought this hiking boot from the Campin' Critters cartridge would make a perfect little embellishment.

The best thing about the Cricut Explore versus the previous machines is the ability to use SVG cuts and I added cuts from Miss Kate Cuttables and built up several little scenes.  (Right now her entire store is 20% off - you have until the 14th!)

I added some embossing to my rocks too!  I just love the versatility I get with my Cricut Explore - one machine that can do it all now.

Please join us at the Bitten By the Bug Challenge these week and show us some trees!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Flowers for Mom

Hi all!

I don't know how the weather has been where you're at but we have had a bit of a cold wet spell.  Unfortunately I think my body has already turned off my heating mechanism for the summer!

We have a great challenge going on at Bitten By the Bug this week - in honor of moms we would like to see bouquets or vases of flowers!  There are so many great choices and I have so many moms in my life I made FOUR!

I used the following cartridges - Kate's ABCs, Sweet Treats, Elegant Edges, Serenade, Bloom.

Here they are individually:

I finished each one of with a few light yellow glittered skittles and stamped a Studio G sentiment.  I hope you can join in the challenge!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Daddy Daughter Layout

Hi all!

Woohoo - TWO posts in ONE week!  Now don't get excited y'all because I am not making any promises that this will continue but I AM happy to be getting some scrapping done and I do love playing with my Cricut.  Who knows, maybe I will even get a few art journal pages or mixed media pieces going too!  But I am getting ahead of myself.

Pez and I still have some work to do in the gardens.  Apparently Mother Nature has decided this year's Spring will last exactly 1 3/4 days and *poof* right into summer. And now it's just hot, hot with bees and wasps.  Pez declared that I can't possibly expect her to play outside in this "bee-infested hotness."

As always, we have a batch of spring foster kittens - winter had so many mild days this batch was born March 17 - really early for kittens.  I picked up the momma cat and her sister from a local shelter and they were both pregnant.  The sister gave birth to 5 kittens on March 1 just 4 hours after I got her settled in at my house.  That's really early for kittens!  That family went to another foster home and we kept the other mom and she is now proudly taking care of 3 teeny babies and holy smokes are they cute!

Happy girl when she has an armload of kittens!

Now onto the papercrafting!  Last year Pez and daddy went to their first daddy daughter dance and I decided to make that layout next:

*I am going completely out of order at this point and I find it makes me more motivated to get layouts done.*

I laid this out in a Project Life type grid making it easier to fit a lot of pictures in fairly good size on just 2 pages.

I used to love card making but found I did not really have a use for the huge amount of cards I was making.  Now I often lay out my pages so that I can use 1 or more of the various grids as a sort of card base but fit it into my layout:

I used one for the title piece.

And the second one as just another decorative piece for the layout.  Both were done using card sketch challenges from Pinterest and I laid them out in Design Studio so I could size all of the elements just right.  The thin vertical border on this one was done using a border punch.  The stamp is a Studio G $1 stamp and I finished off both with a few red glittered *skittles* - anyone remember those from the old days???  Just like the Pezabling - I still find them to be a perfect finishing touch for my paper projects.

The scalloped circle embellishments are all from Design Space - type in circle in the search box and you will get HUNDREDS of perfect little circle embellishments with a design in them for nearly any subject matter you can think of.  Or do a solid one and stamp on it.

I added Stickles in the cut out portions and a few layered flowers with a red skittle in the center.

Well that's all from me for today!  Here's to hoping for some more play time this week!

Monday, April 18, 2016

BBTB - Springtime Birds!

Hi all!

I think it just may finally be spring here in the DC area!  Mother Nature seemed a bit uncertain as to what season she wanted to do.  Pez and I spent the morning doing our best to weed the front flower beds - we are being over-run by some kind of insistent ground cover UGH!  Hoping to mulch tomorrow to see if I can keep it at bay.  I have been thoroughly enjoying being able to hang out with friends and neighbors on the front porch in the afternoons after school.  I have been extremely lucky - there are several other neighbors with girls the same age as Hollyn and the kids all love each other and so do the moms!  Yesterday school was out for a teacher work day so we gathered the girls (5 in all) got ice cream and then did homemade avocado face masks - so cute!

I am posting my first OFFICIAL Bitten By the Bug challenge project.  The challenge is perfectly timed - in celebration of Spring we are asking you to make something using birds.  I have a second gift tag for you to add to my stash:

Once again I designed the whole thing in Design Space, once I was happy with it I picked my papers and hit cut!  Another Studio G stamp sentiment finished it off.  (Anyone here still remember the Pezabling from my old store?  That's the 3 pink flecked square embellishments at the top.)

Isn't the little bird and banner sweet?  I used the following cartridges:

  • Banner/bird - Birthday Bash
  • Tag base - Christmas Kitsch
  • Border - Elegant Edges

As always, I inked my edges with Tsukineko tear drop inks - it really gives everything a "finished" look.

I hope you join us and submit a bird project!  Just CLICK HERE for BBTB.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Party chick and a new announcement!

Hi all!

Poor poor neglected old blog!  But I am hoping to resuscitate it and hope there are a few people who might still read it or perhaps new people may come upon it and stick around.  Why you might ask?  A couple of things came together and the timing was just right.

Life has thrown me a slew of curveballs recently and in addition I went back to work part time in September.  Needless to say there has not been alot of crafting going on BUT I quit my job last week, cleaned and organized my craft room and had been getting back to using my Cricut to get some layouts done and try to begin catching up on all my pictures.  Imagine my excitement when my old friend Susan (from the original Cricut message board days) contacted me and asked me to be a part of the design team over at Bitten By The Bug!

I won't "officially" join the team until next weeks challenge but I thought I would play along with this weeks - "music to my ears" challenge.  I have been an avid Cricut user since the first machine came out and now use a Cricut Explore which I LOVE.  I really like making gift tags to use when my daughter, Hollyn (Pezza for those of you who may be reading from the old days) has a birthday party to go to.  I began by going into Design Space and simply typing Music into the search box and a cute tag came up with a music note cut out at the bottom.  You can also find it on the Winter Frolic cartridge.

I thought it would be just the thing if I added a little party chick singing Happy Birthday To You.  You can find the little chick on the Once Upon A Princess cartridge.  I used the musical note cut out as an additional embellishment - bonus!  Design Space makes it so easy to layout the whole project, cut it quickly and then put it all together.  This way I can play with the design (while watching tv with the hubby - we're going through all the X-Files seasons) until I am pleased with the whole thing and everything is sized right.

The tag itself is about 5".  The sentiment is from an old Studio G stamp set from back in the day when I was the Studio G $1 stamp queen (anyone here remember those?!)  I still love them!

One thing I love to do with the tags is use foam tape to "pop out" some portion of the tag.  I did this with the little chick.  I really hope some of you play along with the challenges!