Thursday, July 30, 2009

We Have A Winner.... And Asian Baby Girl Shower Centerpieces!

We have a winner of this week's blog candy: #42 - Jessica. Isn't #42 always the right answer in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe? Hummmm... Silly random selector.

While I have you here, I wanted to share the centerpieces I made for an Asian themed baby shower I hosted at work. We decorated our conference room in over the top Asian and had an assorted buffet of Asian foods for lunch. The husband and wife work in our office and they are so sweet. They are also "out of the box" thinkers so an Asian themed baby shower suited them nicely. Now we have to wait another 6 to 7 weeks to meet sweet baby Sophie!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Christmas In July at Custom Crops

Have you been by Custom Crops and viewed the new projects (with cut files and directions) that were released on Monday? I have Christmas in July Package Tags!!!

I used brads on the Snowman to represent the coal buttons.

The Ornament is accented with silver paper trim - isn't it nice on the topper and the scrolling detail?

The Christmas Tree was accented with different colors of the stickles. I thought the stickles represented the tree lights.

And finally the Joy tag; I love the joy tag! I just love the word JOY!

To view the directions and download the cut file, follow this link to my page at Custom Crops and click on the project title. I would appreciate it if you would leave a comment at CC, they really do track the comments!

Monday, July 27, 2009

BBTB Blog Hop, Blog Candy.....And a Wedding????

Hello blog hoppers! Welcome to Busy with the Cricky - you arrived *just in time* to celebrate a wedding with me! Have you heard? The Restroom door symbols eloped to Bora Bora!

When Regina assigned this weeks Bitten by the Bug challenge cut, the man and woman, I immediately thought of the restroom door signs.

I cut the man and woman in three colors: light blue, white, and black as well as the shadow cut. I used scissors and trimmed the black and white cuts into the clothing shapes. I used a piece of ribbon as the veil, and added stickles to create an overall bridal dress shimmer.

Did I mention the blog candy??? I am offering a set of 12 blank cards and envelopes, in the cutest paper prints, complete with a storage container. Just leave a comment below and I will select a random winner on Thursday.

And finally, now that you have dropped by and helped to celebrate the wedding, you should continue on your way to the next stop on the blog hop. Who knows what wonderful things await you at the blog of the kind and amazing Regina!!! Enjoy your trip!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Lake Weekend Brought Christmas in July

I had a wonderful time at Lake Murray last weekend with my scrapping girl fiends: "My friend Kathy", Beth, Sally, Peggy, Suzanne, and Pat. We were one busy bunch of scrappers! I actually only completed four scrap pages, but that was because I was focused on Christmas in July! I made 24 Christmas Cards (eight each of three styles), and 18 sets of gift tags to give as gifts at work. Somehow I feel like I am ahead of schedule now.

The one of the two double page spreads I created was of my daughter and her friends as they were preparing for the annual Steeplechase event this spring. I found this dress paper at Scrap Your Trip and just loved it. I thought it was perfect for these photographs.

As I stated above, I made three different Christmas card designs. I actually cannot decide which design I like best. The first design consists of a circular Merry Christmas stamp, stamped on smooth white card stock and cut with a nestie. It is mounted on a larger nestie and has a pop package in the middle. I used Basic Grey paper and off white cards.

The second design utilizes one of last year's purchases, this beautiful Christmas tree stamp from Stampin' Up. It too was stamped on smooth white card stock and mounted on a nestie cut. The background paper was purchased at Michael's, and I cannot recall the company.

The final of my three cards grew out of a mistake. I had planned to make bag toppers and accidentally cut them too small. So I decided to use the light blue cuts as backgrounds for stamping. I used the same Christmas tree and mounted the tag on navy card stock stamped with white snow flakes.

I wish I could show you my tags, but they must wait.

Monday, July 20, 2009

New Projects & Cut Files!!

Cherry Good Wishes:

I am so excited: I have seven new projects, complete with cut files and assembly directions, awaiting you download at Custom Crops. Just click on the blinkie to the left to be taken to my Custom Crops profile. Once there, click the name of the project to see the individual projects and to download cut files. Also, while you are there please, PLEASE, please leave comments on my projects... CC loves that!!! I truly hope you enjoy the projects!!

Fashionista Purse Book:

Birthday Girl Crown Card:

Merci Little Bird Card:

You Really Rock Card:

Fold Out Gift Card Purse:

Vase Box and Card Set:

A Little Something Ice Cream Cone

Have you been by Bitten by the Bug today? The ice cream cones challenges are up and wow are they yummy. Okay, I have a confession. In real life I LOVE ice cream cones. Somehow an ice cream cone is better than an ice cream dish.... I really do believe that!! Also at BBTB this week, the sponsor of this week's challenge is Paper Blooms - a number of us were provided with crocheted flowers from paper blooms to embellish our cones.

I used DCWV SWEET stack to create my cone. I was thrilled with the variety of sparkling papers in the stack that complimented the cone cut.

I used not only the Paper Bloom flowers to embellish my cone, but also a Stampin' Up stamp, and a couple of Prima flowers.

Mummmmm... This makes me want a chocolate dipped strawberry ice cream cone!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Where is my BBTB project????

I apologize for not having a Bitten by the Bug project this week. In my defense I had a busy week.

Thursday marked the end of another era at our house: we moved my youngest son to Atlanta, Ga to college. He is attending a school that is on a quarter system and he decided to start now instead of waiting for fall. My husband, Ian, and I left bright and early Thursday morning. After the three hour drive, we went to the school and completed a number of tasks (had his student ID made, picked up $1700 in audio equipment, etc.). Then we were off to the housing off where there was another 45 minutes in paper work. Finally we moved Ian in... late afternoon. Then we were off to Walmart to grocery shop and pick up the forgotten things.... Then out to dinner... And finally we left for home at 9:00 pm.

I will confess to crying the first hour of the drive home. The tears were more about the lack of children at home and the ending of the "mom" years more than anything else.

Saturday I had stamp club... We made the cutest projects!!! Thanks to Beth for hostessing, and thanks to Steph for putting up with our gabby group!! :-)

And finally, it was my husband's mother's family reunion, near Asheville, NC.

So .... There was NO TIME to complete the BBTB project this week!!! But do go by and check out the fabulous RING projects!!!

Photo is the card I made for stamp club to share.... It is only a peek preview because of Custom Crops.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Cozy Cottage Card

The challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug is the house card from the Wild Card cartridge. Have I shared with you just how much I like Wild Card? I use it for all of my base cards these days, no matter what else I do with the card. And the selection of "base cards" is just amazing.

Regina challenged us to use the house card and I immediately thought cottage! I used Stampin' Up card stock to create this cozy cottage. I double-layered the roof, adding lace trim. I also added an additional card stock "back ground" piece behind the door and plants.

The basic house card has a four section round window, which I deleted with the Hide Selected Contour feature. I replaced the window with a decorative cut from the Home Decor cartridge. I also added a crochet trimmed brad to the window center.

Instead of layering the front door, I used one door piece with pop dots only on the right side; the left side I zig-zagged closed. A small brad made a perfect door handle, and a small ring was a perfect door wreath.

The two topiary and the wreath are covered in flower soft. I used markers on the topiary, but decided they need more pop. Then I remembered the flower soft and applied it to the wreath as well.

The entire top edged of the card was straight stitched, as well as doodled.

I finished the card off with an additional rectangle containing the word WELCOME. I have new neighbors in the new house across the street, so I plan to drop by some brownies and this card later this week.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

And the winner is..............

We have a blog candy winner: Melinda Ford. DH did the random choice thing for me and the winner was number 77.

I know it looks like I have been a real crafting slacker lately. While that may have been true in the two weeks surrounding Megan's wedding, I have been back in the groove for the last 8 days. I have created several new projects for Custom Crops as well as completing my Bitten by the Bug challenges. Also last Tuesday my friend Beth hosted a birthday crop to celebrate her birthday. I could only go for half of the day, but it was so fun! I think we should all have birthday crops!

The images here are teasers of my custom crops projects. And of course, I will alert you when they publish.

Also, I will get a few layouts posted from the birthday scrap. I worked on senior pages and wedding pages.

In the meantime.... go to Capadia's blog!!! She is previewing A Child's Year cartridge. I have this cartridge pre-ordered and cannot wait for it to arrive. I am green with envy that Diane got to play first!!!!! :-)