Thursday, August 28, 2014

Leaping into a New School Year


Hello everyone.  I am so happy to tell you that I have managed to sneak a few more hours in my craft room this week (insert smiley face here).  I need to give the entire room a HUGE and thorough cleaning, but instead, I have been playing with vinyl.  I blame my neighbor, Courtney, for reminding me just how fun vinyl can be!

Courtney is a 4K teacher extraordinaire, with a darling frog theme classroom.  She found this metal lace punch frame at Hobby Lobby for $6.99, and paid $4.20 with her 40% off coupon.   She asked me if I could add her name and a frog to the frame.

I used white vinyl (sorry, I forgot to note the font) and added Courtney's name in 2 inch tall letters.  I then used Create a Critter and added the cute frog.


I used four colors of vinyl to create the frog:  black (as a background), lime green for the frog, blue for the eyes, and hunter green for the lily pad.  I used a white gel pen to highlight the frog's belly area.

I delivered the name plate to Courtney's classroom on Tuesday and she was very excited.  It was funny - as is always the case with fun crafting - her colleagues wanted to know where she found the frame, what colors were available, etc!!   Courtney's classroom is already for her 4K students to arrive on Tuesday!


After Courtney's door name sign, I went on to work on vinyl school projects for Bethany, Crissie, John.  I will share those with you soon as I give them to my teacher peoples (probably on Friday evening). 

Thanks for stopping by today - it is so good to be crafting again!




Monday, August 25, 2014

Beautiful Bride Dress Form Layout

 (click the photos to enlarge)

 Hello friends!  I know I have been missing for two weeks(!!) and though I do have an excuse/reason, I will not bore you with the details and just say that I AM BACK!!  I have missed crafting so much - especially scrapbooking. While Doug stayed with my mom, I spent several hours in my scraproom this weekend working on this layout.

My darling Design Team member, Maureen, is hosting this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 Cricut challenge.  Maureen challenged us to use either a Cricut cut DRESS FORM or a Cricut cut DRESS.  I chose to use the dress form cut from the French Manor cartridge - the first Cricut Circle cartridge.


I cut the dress form in two colors - medium brown and champagne.  I wanted the stand to be darker than the form itself.  I trimmed the dress form out with Heartfelt Creation flowers and leaves.


Using my Cricut Explore for the Cricut cuts on this layout, I also used Cricut Design space and a font on my computer to cut the page title, Beautiful Bride.  I love that like other bands of cutting machines, the Cricut Explore also cuts fonts and SVG files!  Yay!  I used the font "Lavenderia Study" for the title.


I used several Heartfelt Creation thin dies for cuts on these pages - the corners, a couple of the mats, and the flowers and leaves.  I used HFC's Vintage Blossoms dies and stamps to create the layered 3D flowers.  I cut the flowers in vintage white cardstock, stamped the blossoms with Close To My Heart Blush Pink pink ink, then I sponged 3D Stempel Farbe (Stamp Paint - in Rose Metallic) onto the petals.  I used a stylus and rubber mat to shape the flower petal layers.  I glued the layers together then applied a hint of cocoa brown ink to the edges of the petals to age them.


The base paper is also from Heartfelt Creations.  I purchased this vintage looking card stock at the Creating Keepsakes Convention specifically to scrap Bethany's vintage wedding.

In the photo above Bethany's maid of honor, Bailey, was finishing up Bethany's make up and hair, placing the vintage hair piece I purchased for her.

In the photos below Bethany is allowing her bridesmaids and I to dress her in her bridal gown.  We were very careful not to smudge her make up or muss her hair!  I had the honor of lacing her in her dress.  Sigh.....


Not having been in my scraproom for some time, I have to say that I LOVED making this layout.  I love all of the lacy cuts and vintage flowers.  I cannot wait to scrap more of the wedding photos.  And I thought that Maureen's challenge - the Dress Form, was perfect for this layout!!

We hope that you decide to join us this week at Bitten by the Bug 2.  Create a project using a Cricut cut Dress or Dress Form, tell us which cartridge you used, then link to the original post at BBTB2.  

Thank you for stopping by today!!!   



Monday, August 11, 2014

School is Going to Rock!


Hello Friends!  It is Monday and that means it is time for the weekly Bitten by the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge.  This week's challenge was selected by our sweet Jaren, who is a super-mom!  Not only did Jaren just have a new baby (Congratulations Jaren!!), she also has other children she is getting ready for the new school year!  With that in mind, Jaren chose the theme "Apple for the Teacher - Back to School" challenge.   What a super-mom and super-crafter to have a new baby and have time to host a challenge!


I used two Cricut cartridges: Teddy Bear Parade and Autumn Celebrations, Cricut Design Space, and my Cricut Explore to create this card.  However, this card could be created with any of the Cricut machines, as long as you own the cartridges.  I used Bo Bunny Learning Cursive card stock, scraps from my card stock stash, and Close To My Heart washi tape.  I also used a Stephanie Barnard Sizzix die for the card base.


I love this fun little girl bear with an apple for her teacher.  Her name is Eve and she is off for her first day of school.  She knows school is going to rock because just look at the fun uniform she is wearing.  Any school with Polka dot pleated skirts has to be a fun time.

We are highly aware of back to school at my house.  Teachers have to report for work tomorrow, Tuesday, and students return next week (I think).  My daughter, son-in-law, son, and future daughter-in-law are all getting ready for Tuesday.  I think the girls, my mom, my friend Beth, and I are all going for back to school pedicures today!  Not that mom and I are going back to school, but we are always willing to go for a pedicure!  My teacher children have all had adventures this summer so hopefully they are ready to settle in to a new school year.


I know I mentioned that I was going to the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Charlotte, NC last weekend.  I had a very nice time and saw a few of my blog readers - which is always fun for me.  I will tell you about CKC later this week and I will share some photos.

I hope that you decide to join the Bitten By The Bug 2 Cricut Challenge this week.  Create any type of project and use a Cricut cut apple on the project, then link up with us at the BBTB2 site.  Be sure to tell us which cartridge(s) you used.  The other challenge rules are on the sidebar at BBTB2.

Thank you for popping by today!!


The Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month is called What a Hoot - and it IS a hoot!  The stamp set retails for $17.95 and may be ordered alone or with other products.  If you place a $50.00 order you will be prompted to add What a Hoot to your basket for only $5.00!



And here are a few projects made using this adorable stamp set:





There is also an awesome customer special:  During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD / $27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3 (USD & CAD)! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3, you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure. You’ll be able to preserve double the memories in half the time! Check out our 5 new Picture My Life scrapbooking programs in the new idea book, or choose from the 8 existing programs. There’s a theme for every season of life—find yours!
*Offer valid August 1–31, 2014, while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item(s) ($9.95 USD / $10.95 CAD). 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Life is Beautiful Birthday Card


Hello everyone!  I am back with a quick mid-week post to share this fun, flip birthday card.  Today is our sweet Crissie's birthday, or as you may know her, our future daughter-in-law.  This is the first time we have ever been with Crissie *in person* on her birthday as she and Aaron moved to Aiken to begin new teaching jobs this fall.

I used a Stephanie Barnard Sizzix die set to create this card.  I LOVE my Vagabond machine - it was a true life (and arm) saver when cutting the elements for Bethany's wedding invitations.  Now that have truly embraced my Vagabond, I have collected a couple of these great Sizzix dies for fun flip cards.  Stephanie Barnard will be at CKC this year and I plan to check out her booth for other wonderful dies to use with the Vagabond.


Above is the inside of the card, or if you prefer, the back of the flower squares.  I like that the dies not only cut the pieces, some of them are also embossed (the aqua squares).

I used a new set of Close To My Heart stamps, Your Own Kind of Wonderful, on this card.  The set contains several different beautiful butterflies and several word phrases.  I used the Life is Beautiful phrase and the smallest of the butterflies to embellish Crissie's card.





I will be at Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention in Charlotte, NC this weekend, Thursday afternoon - Saturday evening.  Doug has taken Thursday and Friday off of work to be with mom so that I can have my annual girlfriend get away.  I know how lucky I am to have him and my children for support through this journey with my mom.    If you happen to see me in Charlotte please do say hello!!



The Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month is called What a Hoot - and it IS a hoot!  The stamp set retails for $17.95 and may be ordered alone or with other products.  If you place a $50.00 order you will be prompted to add What a Hoot to your basket for only $5.00!



And here are a few projects made using this adorable stamp set:





There is also an awesome customer special:  During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD / $27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3 (USD & CAD)! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3, you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure. You’ll be able to preserve double the memories in half the time! Check out our 5 new Picture My Life scrapbooking programs in the new idea book, or choose from the 8 existing programs. There’s a theme for every season of life—find yours!
*Offer valid August 1–31, 2014, while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item(s) ($9.95 USD / $10.95 CAD). 

Below is a limited example of some of the My Life programs:



Monday, August 4, 2014

I Love To Camp Out - At the Mall for a Sale!


Hello everyone!  It is Monday and guess what?  I actually found time to complete my Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge!  My sweet Design Team member Emily is hosting this week's challenge.  She asked the DT to use the theme of "Happy Campers" or "Camping Critters" to create their projects.  I am not much of a camper so I went with the concept of camping and took my project in a different direction.  My idea of camping is to camp out at the mall for a sale!

With the wedding and mom's move I have been seriously neglecting a new toy in my scraproom.  Today's project was created using my Cricut Explore, which I had to take out of the box for the first time!  I used Cricut's Design Space to cut the card, the button strip, the doily, and the tag.

I have a huge learning curve in order to use the Design Space as masterfully as I have used all other of the Cricut softwares.  But with time and practice that should come.  This project was very easy so I did not have a difficult time.




My shopping lady stamp is a Close To My Heart Hostess Purchase only stamp set, D1608 "Better with a Friend".  Anyone who has a gathering can use part of their hostess credit to purchase this $10 stamp set.

I used card stock, my computer, and printer to create the typewriter font sentiment for the front of my card. I used small scissors to trim the word sections, purposefully not straight.

I finished the card with buttons and seam binding ribbon and khaki colored floss.



I hope that you do join us this week at Bitten By the Bug 2 for Emily's Happy Camper challenge.  You may go with a traditional camping theme, or like me, take the idea of camping in a different direction.  Please be sure to read the submission rules on the side bar at BBTB2.



The Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month is called What a Hoot - and it IS a hoot!  The stamp set retails for $17.95 and may be ordered alone or with other products.  If you place a $50.00 order you will be prompted to add What a Hoot to your basket for only $5.00!


And here are a few projects made using this adorable stamp set:





There is also an awesome customer special:  During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD / $27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3 (USD & CAD)! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3, you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure. You’ll be able to preserve double the memories in half the time! Check out our 5 new Picture My Life scrapbooking programs in the new idea book, or choose from the 8 existing programs. There’s a theme for every season of life—find yours!
*Offer valid August 1–31, 2014, while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item(s) ($9.95 USD / $10.95 CAD). 

Below is a limited example of some of the My Life programs:


 
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