Monday, June 20, 2016

Twin Hydrangea Blooms



Hello everyone.  I hope that you had a nice Father's Day weekend.  Today I am going to share this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge project.  My very talented Design Team sister, Lynn, is hosting this week's challenge. Lynn asked us to honor all of those Gemini out there and create a projects feature two of the same item Cricut cut item.  I chose these hydrangeas from the Walk in My Garden cartridge.

I used the same card shape as last week, the round top card from Classically Modern Cards.  The flowers and flower pot are from Walk in My Garden, and the tag is from Art Philosophy.  

As much as I like this card, I had a very difficult time obtaining a photo which gives a realistic impression of the card.  The photos do not capture the depth or the colors accurately.  I actually took three sets of photos and found I was not happy with any of them.  



If you have not already done so, please do go by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog and check out the MUCH BETTER Gemini Twin projects the design team created.  I promise you will not be disappointed.  If you get a chance we would love to have you join us in this week's Cricut Challenge.  Create your own twins project and link to the Gemini Twins project at BBTB2.

Thanks for stopping by today!!


Monday, June 13, 2016

Father's Day Card



Hello everyone.  I am finally back from my blogging hiatus with a new  Bitten By The Bug 2 challenge post.  My sweet and talented design team sister, Michelle, is hosting this week's Cricut Challenge.  With Father's Day quickly approaching, Michelle has challenged us to create Father's Day or Masculine projects for the this week.

I have to tell you, I am soooo happy that I can get back into my scrap room that I had a lot of fun making this card.  First, I used four cartridges and one set of Close To My Heart stamps to create this card.  The card shape is from the Classically Modern Cards cartridge.  I removed the Hot Air Balloon on the front of the card (using the contours feature to remove cuts), leaving me with a round top, rectangular card.  This card shape was PERFECT for my "Dad" character I created.
  

Using basic shapes, CTMH Artistry for the glasses and mustache, Autumn Celebration for the eyes ( they were on a monster!), and Photo Props for the hair, I created the Dad character.  As I searched Design Space and gathered my cuts, I have to tell you I laughed out loud when I searched "man hair" and found this comb over!  Who would have thought?   

I love this bushy mustache from the Artistry cartridge and I also like the coordinating CTMH stamp I used on the mustache (from stamp #C1542 Perfect Fit - Dad, a Father's Day set).  I used this same stamp set to add the decoration to the eyeglasses.   



I thought about just stamping Happy Father's Day on the front of the card, but I decided to use the Text Feature and write Best Dad Ever on the tie.  I tilted the text and attached it to the tie in Design Space.  

Do not laugh, but this card is for my husband from Duncan, our dog.  While Doug does not sport either a comb-over or a handle bar mustache, he does have beautiful blue eyes and his hair has grayed.  

I do hope that you plan to create a Father's Day card or two this week.  Please be sure to share them with us at BBTB2.  Just link in under the Father's Day post using the linky tool.  I cannot wait to see what you create!!


My final flooring project update:  

We have finished all of the floors.  Doug put down the final board in the long hallway on Sunday afternoon.  We are celebrating a project well done, but mostly we are celebrating the word DONE!  A few final photos with the new window treatments and the bar open for business again:






One of our last to-do's is a new rug for the dining room.  While I love this rug, it is too red/cranberry for my "blue phase" decorating.  


Thanks for stopping by today.  I do hope you join us at BBTB2 this week.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

DIYing Ourselves One Project Too Far


Hello everyone.  I know that it has been two weeks since I posted a project on my blog, and that I am now missing my second Bitten By The Bug 2 challenge in two weeks (!!), but I have not been sitting around twiddling my thumbs.  I have been very busy since the Friday before Memorial Day.   

Doug and I decided to switch out the carpet in our home for wood flooring, and to save the cost of installation and do it ourselves (with serious help).  I think I can safely say that this is the LAST big project that we will DIY.  The flooring looks fabulous, but I am not going to lie, it was a BIG JOB.  


My job began the night before we actually started on the floors.  I had to remove the all of the china, crystal, etc. from the china cabinet, the buffet, and all of the glassware and china from the antique cabinet in the hallway.   Remember my once clean scraproom I wanted to share with you?  It is now the home to all of the boxes of china cabinet, etc., contents.  I literally can not cross the room to my desk because we have stored so many boxes in the scraproom.  So, I am missing the challenge again this week.  The good news is, however, that we moved all of the furniture back into place in the dining room so I WILL have a project next week.  I WILL be emptying out my scraproom again this week.


The photos above show some of the transitions in the flooring project.  In the top photo my older son, Aaron, is taking up the carpet tack strips in the dining room after removing carpeting and padding.  

In the second photo I am attempting to show you how nice the floor in the dining room looks.  It may be difficult for you to discern the proportions as the ceiling in the dining room is 18 feet high.  I was trying, without great success, to show you the floor and the wall of "where we have been" photos. 

The third photo is of Doug and our wonderful son-in-law, John, working on one of two hallways.  We discovered that doorways are the worst!!  Not only did John and Aaron assist us, but also our daughter-in-law, Crissie, was a huge help.  In addition to family members, two of our neighbors donated time to our flooring.  Each of them had also done their own wood flooring.  Their expertise helped us a lot.


The photos above and below are of our great room.  Do not look too closely or you will see DVDs on the mantle, stamp sets on the coffee table, etc.  As in the other rooms, I have not finished all of the details in this room either.  I still need to switch out the window treatments, the candles in all of the holders (to change the colors), and to finish putting away displaced "stuff."   But at least you can get an idea of how far we have come.   I am hoping that this next week sees us settled in and getting back to normal.


I will be back with a Close To My Heart post later this week.  I have all of the June news to share with you.  But for now, I am going to go pass out in my bed.  This DIY flooring thing is NOT for wimps!!


Monday, May 23, 2016

Enjoy Life Beach Card


Hey-o my people, welcome to this week's Bitten By The Bug 2 Cricut Challenge.  My Design Team sister, Lynn, chose the challenge for the week, use a Cricut cut TOWEL on a project - a beach towel, bath towel, kitchen towel, etc.  I chose to use a beach towel on the Teddy Bear Parade cartridge.  

My card design began with the cute bikini clad bear, with her swim cap, goggles, and towel.  I added the clouds, beach ball, and fun double fold card cut in Close To My Heart double sided blue stripe card stock.  The card is from the Just a Note cartridge, though I hand trimmed the sailboat and words from the card.  The beach ball is from Pack Your Bags, and the clouds are from New England Shore, though again hand trimmed to remove the ship's wheel.

I finished the card by stamping a sun and the phrase Enjoy Life, both from a Close To My Heart stamp set.

I really enjoyed our challenge this week and I invite you to play along with us.  The BBTB2 Design Team has created some really cute Towel Dry inspiration to get you started.  Hop on over to the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog and check it out!



Remember when I told you that I was working on reorganizing my scraproom?  I am still at it.  It is a very slow process mainly due to keeping Avaleigh on weekdays and my mom every day.  However, I have made a HUGE amount of progress.

1.  All of the furniture was removed and rearranged. Only two pieces of furniture ended up where they started, and two others were removed completely. 


2.  Almost all of the paper was removed from shelves, racks, THE FLOOR, etc. and was sorted into twenty-one vertical paper storage units.  All of the paper is tabbed by color or theme.



3. All of my Close To My Heart stamps have been removed from their cases and plastic storage sleeves, indexed in a computer software (with searchable tags), and stored in 12 x 12 binders in 12 x 12 sleeves with four 6 x 6 sections per page.  All 200+ stamps fit into three binders!



4.  Most dies have been sorted and stored in new Totally Tiffany die packets.

5.  All project life materials have been gathered and stored in a single shelf of my white cart.




7.  All of the filler for the Scraprack has been accumulating in a USPS delivery crate.  Sorting of these supplies will be next.

8.  All of my Prima Doll and baby stamps, dies, and paper have been grouped and are awaiting storage.

9.  The last few pieces of paper to file in the vertical storage are under the USPS crate.




There are only two area of the room that remain messy - my "sorted piles" area in the photo above, and a pile near the sewing machine.  This is the room that barely had carpet a month ago!!  Hopefully in the next two weeks I will be able to finish up.  We are getting wood floors installed later this week, or I might be able to knock out the remaining areas this week. Oh - and I requested to keep the carpet in the scraproom for now. I am not emptying everything out again and moving the furniture to a different room, then back after the floor is installed. 

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Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Woodland Adventures


Hello friends!  It is Monday and that means it is time for our weekly Bitten By the Bug 2 post.  This week my sweet design team sister, Laurie, selected our Cricut challenge theme - Laurie challenged us to use Cricut cut trees on our projects.  Laurie called this week's challenge Love A Tree.  

I made this cute round card as my project for the week.  Unlike my usual multi-cartridge creations, this card was cut using only one cartridge: Cindy Loo.  I love so many of the cute woodland creatures on the Cindy Loo cartridge so I could not resist resist this opportunity to include them on a weekly challenge.


If you have not already been to the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog, you need to rush right over and check out the fabulous Tree Loving projects the design team created.   And then you will want to create your own project!  Be sure to share your project with us this week, simply link in to this weeks post.  I cannot wait to see what you create!!

Celebrate Happy Times with Exclusive Papers and Stamps!



Happy times can be yours during the month of May thanks to National Scrapbooking Month! With a qualifying purchase of $60, you can get the exclusive Happy Times paper packetfor FREE! This fun paper packet, which is available for one month only, features floral designs, gold foil details, and more! You can also purchase this exclusive paper packet at full retail for $14.95 with no purchase requirement. Get the coordinating D-size stamp set, My Acrylix® Happy Times, for $17.95. Together with the Happy Timespaper packet, this stamp set will help keep your precious memories vivid and bright in the pages of your scrapbook. 

Celebrate with Cake



Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

25% OFF ALL MY LEGACY™ ALBUMS


Now through the end of May, you can save 25% on the purchase of Close To My Heart’s amazing My Legacy™albums! That is a savings of over $8.50 per album! Choose from our gorgeous variety of colors colours and patterns available in both post-bound and D-ring styles. But this offer is only available while supplies last, so place your order early to make sure you get the styles and colors colors you love. They’re built to last and going fast—order yours today!