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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Just a Quick Note

This is not craft related in any way, but I wanted to share my roses and day lilies with you. My roses have just exploded over the last week or so and are just beautiful! Given the number of buds, I can safely say they will continue to be beautiful for some time to come.

Also fun this last week or two, my day lilies have all bloomed out. I love how these yellow lilies just "keep on keeping on" all summer long.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Chirp! Chirp!

It seems that I owe my friend and neighbor Andrea another big thank you.... I entered the Thank You card I made for her to the Cricut Chirp! project spotlight and won!!! So.... to recap: Andrea made me an awesome wreath, I made her a thank you card, because she made me the awesome wreath, I win a new cartridge!!! Wow!

By the way, for those inquiring minds who will ask - I chose Lyrical Letters and I cannot wait for it to arrive!!!!!

Thank Goodness for Ice Cream Cones

** Cute file has been added to the downloadable list in the left hand column.**

The designers' challenge this week over at Bitten by the Bug was to use the Doodlecharms cartridge, any cut we wanted, as long as we used the border feature. You know the border feature - three of any item on a single key stroke. I actually planned a cute lady bug card, titled Always a Lady (ha, ha, ha), but then I just could not resist the ice cream cones. And the ice cream flavors!!!! And the chocolate cones!!! Okay, you get the idea. I don't just love my family, the cricut, scrapping, my pj's, and Hello Kitty... I love ice cream cones! Ice cream cones are OH SO MUCH better than ice cream in a dish!

As luck would have it, I also needed to make a thank you card. And guess what 6 ice cream cones gives you? Enough cones to spell THANKS!!! I used BasicGrey red paper to cut the letters with George. I wanted them to pop, but not to take over the card.

The card itself is cut in bright pink bazzil card stock. I used the border punch along the edge of the card, as well as the edge of an "under skirt" piece. I used two different ribbons, running vertically, across the background of the card. I also used the same two ribbons (and a flower) in the bow.

The ice cream cones were cut in two layers. The base cut was in bazzil brown, and the top cut was the ice cream only (mint chocolate chip, cherry chip, strawberry, vanilla, and strawberry with strawberries!). And of course a sparkling cherry on top of each cone.

I used stickles not only on the cherries and berry chips, but also on the diagonals on the cones. I think I should go right now and make a cone like the "A" cone, and then perhaps move on to the "K" cone!!!! Mmmmmmm.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

New Vinyl Cut For My Honda Minivan

Remember some months ago when I cut the vinyl cricuts for my and my cricut loving friends vehicles? I decided to create a second vinyl cut featuring one of my other favorite things.... Hello Kitty!!

I used the Hello Kitty cartridge on the outline setting and created this cute decal... A couple of our friends and my co-workers call my minivan "the cricky-mobile". I wonder what the addition of Kitty will do to that label????

By the way - CLEARLY my cricky-mobile, the cricut cut AND Kitty need a bath... Yucky!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Saturday Scrapping Adventures

I have literally spent almost the entire day in my scrap room. I had five projects to create for a little venture I am involved in, as well as a birthday card, and as my husband reminded me at 8:00 pm, an ordination card for tomorrow morning!!!

First the birthday card: A special little girl that I know will be having a birthday next Sunday. Not wanting to wait till the last minute (unlike my other project), I made her card today. I used my nesties to frame the month and the vintage image.

As I said above, my husband reminded me this evening that we would need a card for tomorrow morning. A young woman who grew up with my older two children is being ordained tomorrow. She is an amazing woman, which is not surprising as she was always an amazing child. We are very proud to know her, very honored to have been able to watch her grow up, and blessed to be invited to this big event in her life! Congratulations Allison!!

I did not create the original design for this card, so I will not be able to share the cute file. Mary, the

I inked the white vellum before adhering it to the cross so that it would have a bit more dimension. Inside I added a pocket for a gift card so that it would not show through the vellum. I finished the card off with Prima Mullberry Paper flowers and gem brads.

This is the card with the light shining inside the card instead of on the front.

I really wish that I could share the other projects I worked on today; they came out so nicely. I designed and cut three total cricut layouts, and two really, really pretty cards. All together today I used 14 cartridges!! I cannot believe I used that many cartridges in one day!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Talking A Walk on the Wild (Card) Side

You know, the Wild Card cartridge has such a variety of cards, shapes and cuts, I feel like I am just scratching the surface on learning what is available. Last night's project was the lace cornered bi-fold card.

I cut this card in Bazzil Ecru Bling card stock. The insert pieces (inside) are cut in Bazzil white, as are the frame pieces for the front and back. I used the Home Accents cartridge to create a three layer embellie for the inside, and prima flowers and a pretty cream organza ribbon to embellish the outside. With the addition of some stamping this card just might make a nice wedding card...

Monday, April 20, 2009

BBTB x Vintage Photos = One Great Challenge

BBTB x Peggy Loves Vintage = Fabulous Projects! That was Regina equation this week at BBTB. The designers were instructed to use the Inch Bag cut from Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More, and to embellish the bag with a vintage image supplied by Peggy Loves Vintage.

I chose the circus image, and made a cute little bi-colored gift bag on which to display the image. After some serious scissor time with image, I mounted the image on a scalloped circle created with my nesties.

The double paper effect is easy to achieve, just glue two sheets of paper together before placing the paper on the cutting mat. You can even do like I did and use a decorative punch on one edge of the paper before you adhere them together.

I finished my bag off with Stampin' Up stamps that I got for FREE earlier this year (I love free stuff!). The only down side was I smeared the craft ink a bit while adding the brads to the embellies.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saturday Events

Yesterday marked the end of an era at my house.... My youngest child, Ian, attended his senior prom! It was a bittersweet moment as a parent. Ian is so independent and has such a nice sense of self that he does not feel the need to follow the crowd, as evidenced by his choice of prom attire. And as proud of him as I am, I will miss him just as much as I miss his siblings when he goes to college.

This is Ian and his date Mary (Note to Diane - she is from Boston!):

Also this weekend, my WONDERFUL friend and neighbor Andrea created this amazing wreath for my front door. My entry way is set in a bit and is often a bit dark (black door surrounded by dark red brick - duhhh) but this wreath is so bright and pretty it is easily visible from the street.

Andrea is one of the most talented stampers I know, so making her a thank you card was a bit of a challenge. I decided to use the purse card I had been working on. NOTE: THE CUT FILE HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE FREE DOWNLOADABLE CUT FILE MENU IN THE LEFT COLUMN.

And inside is an optional spot to tuck away a gift card:

I hope Andrea liked her card at least a bit as well as I LOVE my wreath!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Traveling Time for Kitty!

Her bag is packed and Hello Kitty is ready to roll! I used the Hello Kitty cartridge to make this cute, cute card. The card base was cut from Kitty's overnight bag in a solid medium blue. The layered pieces of the bag were cut in a cute plaid of red, white, and blues, and additional solid coordinating pieces.

Kitty is framed in navy blue, wearing her red dress and traveling hat (she looks so French here). She is so excited to roll she has even given her hat a toss!! Oh you go Kitty!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Blue Birds of Happiness

Today was a L-O-N-G day here in Aiken. It rained off and on all day... and all I wanted to do was go home and take a nap! I finally did that this evening... which is why I am yawning and posting at 11:00 pm!!!

A few weeks ago my Wild Card cartridge arrived. I made a couple of cards, designed a few others, then put it away. Tonight I pulled out one of the wild cards I designed and went "wild" cutting mixed layers and colors and textures. The result... This wild Blue Bird card.

All of the elements were cut from the Wild Card cartridge... It really is a great cartridge. I especially loved the birds. I cut three layers of birds and branches, and popped them with pop dots.

I finished the card off with doodling, prima spring mini flowers (May and June), bling, and light blue ribbon. I added a little bird cut and a journaling circle to the inside of the card.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Play Hard 24/7

It is Bitten by the Bug Monday and that means sharing my project for the weekly challenge. Regina challenged the design team to use the 24/7 cut from the Cricut's Graphically Speaking cartridge. Graphically Speaking has so many neat cuts, and so many that I had yet to use. 24/7 was one of those which I had yet to use.

My card, "Play Hard 24/7", which also included GS's Play Hard cut. I created the card base using two welded note pieces from GS, as well as the tabbed note piece on the front of the card. I had fun mixing printed and lined papers as a palette for the words and numbers. I finished the card off with ribbon, Prima Flowers, lots of doodling, and zigzag stitching from my sewing machine. I love the white and black doodles on this project. I even added some orange doodles.... But the zigzags look nice too.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Three New Cut Files & Two New Projects

I spent some more time wading through my cut files and came upon two that need sharing. The first, Circle with Flourishes, is a combination of George and Home Accents. It is simple really, but has potential to be a lovely scrap page. I definitely plan on finishing this page.

The second cut, Inspire, is all Home Accents. I cut this on the 12 x 24 mat in vinyl and it currently is enhancing my scrapping room.

And finally, Graduation Card. The card is cut from Wild Cards, but also features text cut in Opposites Attract. This card is for a single dad I work with. His daughter is beautiful, gifted, athletic, and smart... He needs a special card for her graduation so I made one in school colors for him to give to her.

I layered the front of the card, adding two green hat fronts on top of the white base. The doodling really set the card off. I also added a phase and some doodling to the inside of the card as well.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Magnolia Card

Someone on the Cricut message board was looking for a magnolia cut file. Although there is a magnolia on the 50 States cartridge, neither the person looking for the magnolia nor I own 50 States. I decided to make an attempt using George.

I am going to say right up front that this is NOT my best design ever. Magnolia's are complicated! I used two different tints of white card stock, then highlighted my petals with my copic markers. I also hand-shaped my leaves a bit. I found three leaves to be plenty, by you may prefer more. Also, I ended up rotating my design 90 degrees after it was cut and I liked it much better.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Adding Two Cut Files

I have decided to work through my library of cut file and post a few additional files. Sadly this will be a slow process as I must clean up the files I add. The first two were added today: Happy Strawberry Cupcake Birthday and Guitar Gift Card Holder.

To get my cut files, you do not have to email me. They are listed by name on the left column of the blog (scroll down a bit). You simply click the name and you will be taken to the download site.

I hope you enjoy the new cut files. I will try to add more files later in the week.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happy Blog-iversary to Carole!!

You must go by Carole's blog and register for her fabulous Blogiversary present!! She has the most fabulous blog candy out... I adore the two stamps she is offering. Don't just sit here reading... go... GO!! :-)

Monday, April 6, 2009

BBTB Happy Birthday Challenge

I awoke to rainy Monday morning here in SC, but now, at 10:15 am, it is sunny and in the 60's. I am happy about the rain, however, because my strawberries were in need!

So, are you ready for some Bitten by the Bug fun? Regina chose the Happy Birthday phrase from Hello Kitty for this week's challenge. My project, Happy Strawberry Cupcake Birthday, was created using only Hello Kitty.... with not one Kitty!! I chose the cupcake and strawberry cuts on which to showcase my Happy Birthday cut.

I have to say that I have never used so much Stickles on a single card before! Between the berries, the frosting, and the cupcake, that was A LOT of stickles! But somehow I thought this fun card called for lots of sparkle.

By the way, there is a new contest over at Bitten by the Bug, so be sure to check that out while you are looking at the amazing projects!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A "Guilt Post"

I have had such a productive weekend - almost a scrapper's paradise! I designed and completed the next two Bitten by the Bug challenges. Sadly I can only share one of those with you tomorrow. I also created four additional projects, but again I cannot post those yet either... More on this at a later date.

I can share some of my layouts from last weekend. Yes, that would be called "guilt posting". I feel guilty that I have been such a busy scrapper, but have nothing to post on my blog! You are such wonderful readers, you rarely make me feel like I must have new material. But, I still have high levels of guilt.

I must share one other piece of news - My Michigan State Spartans beat UCONN in the final four on Saturday!!! I will admit to dancing around the living room singing the fight song!!! Of course we now must face North Carolina on Monday.... OUCH!

Okay, back to scrapping - I have three layouts to share. The first is another from my older son's visit to Atlanta. He and Chrissy have on their "News is Serious Business" faces... the goofs!

This layout is from my daughter's 21st birthday party. The colors may not have matched her outfit... but the words match her life!!

And finally, my daughter from last fall at the County Fair, with the little boy she has sat for since he was three or four.

I promise to have more tomorrow!!!