*Patriotic Decor*Blog Hop*Blog Candy*

Hello happy bloggers! This week we have it all - Patriotic Decor, Blog Hop, and Blog Candy... Everything but fireworks!!!

If you are following the Bitten by the Bug blog hop you probably arrived here from the amazing Laura's blog (Isn't she fabulous?). The challenge cut at Bitten by the Bug this week is the jumbled word FREEDOM from the Graphically Speaking cartridge. I made this cute door hanger as an added patriotic decoration.

I cut FREEDOM in navy blue card stock, as well as a selection of stars. I used the Going Places cartridge highway sign in red with added cut outs, and also the shadow of the highway sign in white card stock. After assembling the freedom shield, I added one inch ribbon and additional larger stars.

One of the treats of the blog hop is blog candy!!! My blog candy is a set of coordinating paper, matching shaped cuts, and matching chipboard punchouts. Just leave a comment below and you will be registered for the random drawing. The winner will be selected on Thursday, July 2.

To continue on the blog hop, you will now be on your way to Donna's blog. Get ready to have your socks knocked off!!! I cannot believe I am sandwiched here between Laura and Donna.... Such talent on each side... Too bad it doesn't rub off on me!!!

And finally.... Happy July 4th week USA! For you international bloggers, July 4th is when the United States celebrates our liberation from English rule and the forming of our country. So wave your red, white and blue this week and celebrate with us!!

Megan's & Brandon's Wedding

Megan, Brandon and the priest:

Bethany, Susan, Doug, Diana, Kathy and Beth:

What a fun weekend!!! My husband and I traveled to Charleston, SC for Megan's big Greek Wedding! The ceremony was held at a 100 year old Greek Orthodox Church in Charleston, and the reception was at the Holiday Alumni Center at the Citadel. The church was so beautiful with murals, stained glass windows, and candelabras... Just amazing. And the reception was so much fun.

We went with "My Friend Kathy (!) and her daughter Diana, my friend Beth, my son, and my daughter and her house-mate. Other than my son Aaron who was not having a great evening, the rest of us had great time. Good food, great drinks, and wonderful music and dancing. Megan's father's Greek band played and they were fabulous! If you want to know more about the event, just go rent "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", except picture it with THE MOST adorable bride ever... and without the chair bows and over the top tackiness and THAT would be our weekend!!!!

Kathy and Beth:

Susan and Doug:

Dad and daughter:

Grandma Bonnie and Mark:

Today we had a Father's Day brunch with our daughter and two of her house-mates before we came home. It was at Vickeries on Shem Creek. What an awesome view of the water!!! Charleston is a truly beautiful city with so much to offer. If you are looking for a great place to visit... Think Charleston!!!

Doug and Bethany on Father's Day!!

New Projects Posted at Custom Crops

As I am certain you are all aware by now, I have been designing for the Custom Crops Company, listed under "Articles" on their web site (Custom Crops - Susan's page). My latest two projects were posted this week: Diaper bag & card set and Elegant box & card set. To find out more about the projects, including directions and cut file downloading, follow the link above to my page on the Custom Crops web site and click on the project name. Please do register and leave a comment - the CC owner likes to track downloads and comments!!!

Thanks & enjoy!!

Super Cricut-Man to the Rescue

Are you having a Cricut related emergency and do not know who to call? Call SUPER CRICUT-MAN! SCM will arrive in the super-charged green Cricutmobile (not to be confused with my Honda Odyssey Cricutmobile) and solve all of your scrapping issues with his snazzy super hero tool belt!

Can you guess what the challenge cut was this week at BBTB? Regina challenged the design team to use this cute race car from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge. Everyone had to use a shade of lime green on their car. When I went to look at the car, I found the super hero cut and just could not resist.

I popped my car parts and my super hero using pop dots. I cut the car in black as a base, lime green, and then light blue for the window piece. I added orange hubs for a some fun color.

My city is cut in light grey and dark grey, with black, white and yellow windows. I used waterfall stickles over the light blue to shine the windows.

I know a six year old who just may get this card for his birthday this summer. But you know, this super hero could easily be a girl/woman with one of the girly hairstyles on PDDU... How cute would she be?

Have a great week and be sure to get bitten by the bug!!

What a Week....

I know it has been over a week since I posted anything new to my blog. I promise I have not been a total slacker!! I have had a VERY busy week.... First there was the post party clean up. Then mom went home. Followed by a crazy deadline week at work. How crazy was work this week? I worked from 8:30 am - 9:30 pm yesterday!! Our deliverable is due on Monday and we are in great shape to deliver Monday morning!

I did get a chance earlier in the week to relax in my scrap room one evening. I played with a new stamp set and my nestibilities and made three cards. I really like my nesties, but feel that I should use them more often.

The first card features a lot of pink.... I stamped my image then colored in with my markers. Next I cut the image with a large oval nestie, matting it on a large scalloped oval nestie. I added flowers, ribbon, brads, and fun rub-ons to create a sassy card.

The second card features a round stamped image, the large round classic and scalloped nesties, ribbon, brads, and the great zig-zag trimmed base sheet.

The final card features the Label 2 nestability, a fabulous bird rub-on, and Prima flowers! I really liked the layers and uniquesness of this card.

High School Graduation.....

My youngest child graduated from high school this evening. What a milestone... for Ian and for his parents!!! In just a few weeks he will be off to college and I have to wonder at the lightening-speed passing of time!!! Tomorrow will be Ian's graduation party, a low key affair to celebrate his achievement with friends and family. Tonight we are all tired and happy.

And the Blog Candy Winner is ......

We have a blog candy winner. I had a co-worker select a number between 1 - 127 (the number of comments) and her random number was: 115! And given that Katie is pregnant, there will be no arguing with her choice (even though Jeff in the next office insisted the winner should be in the 40s). Whatever Jeff!.... Katie chose 115 first so that is the winner!

Number 115 belongs to PEGGY! So Peggy, I will be getting your information and get you blog candy to you!!

Thanks everyone for all of the wonderful comments!!!

Busy with my Cricky

Hello bloggers! I wanted to let you know about four new cut files I have at Custom Crops for free download. I really like designing for Custom Crops; Kelly is always so excited about the new designs and she is so positive about anything we create that it makes designing for her a pleasure.

My new projects include a box/card set featuring Hello Kitty:

A card featuring my favorite bear, Pooh:

A sweet double page layout, Sweet Pea:

And a book bag embellished with eyelets and buttons, featuring a Velcro closures:

All of the cut files are free and there are a total of 15 new files in all.

Mushroom Madness, BBTB Blog Hop & BLOG CANDY!!

Happy Mushroom Madness Monday!!! This week's challenge cut over at Bitten By the Bug is the Mushroom from Cricut's Tinker Bell and Friends Cartridge.

I am going to confess right up front that I purchased this cartridge just for this challenge. I usually do not do that, but I have a friend who may want to use a few of the Fairy cuts in her daughter's nursery, and I really liked the characters.

I made a bi-fold card on which to exhibit my mushroom cut, something I was excited about until I ran into two similar cards on other blogs yesterday. Then I realized my great card design was not as original as I had thought. Oh well... I still like my card. I can't wait until I am inviting a friend over for pizza because THIS will be a great invitation.

Also going on today is another Bitten by the Bug blog hop. You probably arrived here from Michelle's blog. Your next stop, after registering by leaving a comment below (more on that in a moment) will be Carole's blog. I will provide you a link below.

All of the BBTB designers in this week's blog hop are offering BLOG CANDY. You have until Thursday, June 4th to register for my blog candy give away. My friends Kathy and Peggy and I went to Michael's and A.C. Moore today where amidst graduation supplies, stamps, sale items, etc... I purchased my blog candy!!! Be sure to leave a comment below and you will be registered for the blog candy give away. If you do not have a blog, please leave me your email address so that I can contact you if/when you win the candy.

You next stop on the blog hop is at the blog of the amazing Carole. Enjoy your trip!!