BBTB2 Bless This Nest Door Hanger - 1st Video

Happy Memorial Day!  And welcome to the BBTB2 blog hop.  I am not hopping today (I forgot to arrange a prize - oops!), but be sure to go by BBTB2 to begin the blog hop when you leave here.  We had to use the Sweethearts cartridge, specifically the Bless This Nest cut.  I used the phrase as well as the bird couple in the nest.

For a really rough idea of how I made this card, I assembled the card in my first ever video.  This may not be the worst video ever made, but neither is it in the top ten!  You will have A LOT of views of my arm and hand - oops.  But the good news is I have finally figured out how to make a craft video.  All I need is to purchase a tripod.  That will happen this week!  I McGyver-ed a the camera for tonight only, hence all of the hand/arm shots!!  I will improve my video skills. 

And finally here are a couple of more photos.  I hope you have a great day.

It Was Totally Grand!

This is the first of my Grand Canyon layouts - there will be many more.  No matter how large I print the photos, I just cannot do justice to the Canyon experience.  The photo on the left page was printed as an 8 x 10 and I used it full size.  The top photo on the right was printed as a 5 x 7 and again, I did not trim the photo.  The Grand Canyon was so completely.... GRAND.... and that is difficult to document.

The left page contains only two Cricut cuts, the GRAND CANYON frame from Destinations and a photo mat.  The GC frame is supposed to have a canyon cut in the middle section, but I used Design Studio and resized the frame to hold my 8 x 10 photograph.  This photograph was taken by "My Friend Kathy" as dh and I took in the AWESOME view.

The right page contains only one Cricut cut - I saved the negative cut from the middle of the left page frame and used it as a background mat on the right page.  Recycle, reduce, REUSE!  The cute little Bucket List was a purchased die cut from Scrap Your Trip, but I created one for My Friend Kathy's layout using the Destinations cartridge.  And speaking of MFKathy, she had the BRILLIANT idea to use the large background matting as a pocket to hold the brochures!!  How BRILLIANT is that?  I was VERY impressed and I am convinced that idea sharing is one of the big benefits of group scrapping!  Especially when your friends are as amazing scrappers as my friends!!! 

Are you getting tired of my Vegas trip layouts?  I have more to share but I do not want to bore you.

Vegas From Above

This layout represents one of my favorite evenings while we were in Las Vegas.  We attended the Fab Four Show at the V Theater then we visited the Paris Casino and went up the Eiffel Tower.  I loved the view from the top.  The lights of The Strip looked wonderful.

We viewed the fountains at the Bellagio from above, then from ground level (which was MUCH more spectacular).  And finally we went inside and viewed the Bellagio gardens. The gardens were almost as amazing as the fountains.

I used the hot air balloon, the Arc, and the wine bottle/glass cuts from Summer in Paris on this layout.  I honestly do not remember right this second if the Paris cut came from SIP or from Destinations.  As you can see I saved my Eiffel Tower tickets - I have dh convinced that we must save all tickets, tags, brochures, etc. 

Please remember to become a follower of my sister blog, Busy with the Cricky Cake and you will go into the drawing for a $25 Custom Crops Gift Voucher.  I will be back tomorrow with my first Grand Canyon layout.

Las Vegas Paris Casino Layout

I spent Friday - Sunday at my friends Sally's and Beth's lake house enjoying a scrapping weekend get away.  "My Friend Kathy" (MFK) and I began working on our Las Vegas scrapbooks.  I managed to nearly complete 11 double page spreads (22 pages) as well as work on my BBTB2 project.  I thought it was a wonderfully productive weekend.

The first layout I am sharing is the Paris Casino.  I really liked the decor and of course the Eiffel Tower provided for fabulous evening photos of the strip. I conviced MFK to use the same cuts on her Paris page. 

I used two cartridges to complete this layout, Destinations and Summer in Paris, both of which were delivered to my hotel in Vegas by Terri of TerriKrafts.  I cannot say enough kind words about Terri!!!  Who else provides Casino delivery service for free???

I used the shadow cut of Summer in Paris' Eiffel tower to create a layered back ground on the left page.  I cut the detailed tower for the right page. 

I am just amazed at how many cuts I will be able to use from Destinations for this one trip.  Destinations turned out to be a great investment.

In case you do not know, I have blog candy going on our sister blog, Busy with the Cricky CakeSign up as a follower of the Cake blog and you will go into a drawing for a $25 gift voucher from Custom Crops.  Also if you have baked any of our May Cake of the Week recipes you are also elegible for a second $25 gift voucher.  Just leave a link or send an email about the COTW you baked.   The link to the cake blog is in the top left column.

I have a lot more scrapping yet to share!!!!

Vintage, So Much Nicer Than Old

Happy BBTB2 Monday.  I am going to open with an apology.  I have been busy for the last month with a special project and have been neglecting my blog(s) just a bit. My blogs and followers really are important to me so I promise to make improvements.

My first project for this week is a birthday card I made using Forever Young.  The challenge cut at BBTB2 is the dress form on FY.  I used the dress form and other FY elements to create a vintage birthday card.  I cut the cute swing dress, the fabulous hat, shoes and the VINTAGE label from FY. 

I matted my cuts on four layers of cardstock, two solids and two prints, and embellished with pearls.  I cut the card and the matting layers with Just Because Cards.  I have told you how much I love JBC haven't I???

The inside of the card contains the phrase "So Much Nicer Than Old" and the phrase is mounted on two layers of matting.  I simply need to add a birthday greeting and the card will be ready to present to a special "Vintage" birthday girl.

Just Like Riding A Bike Card

It's Monday and that is SUPPOSED to mean that I have a  BBTB2 project to share, but two things happened change that plan.  First, I did not actually have the cartridge that the design team is using this week (Ready 2 Rock cut from Hannah Montana).  Second, I was so busy with the Cricky Cake decorating on Saturday and with a top secret project on Sunday that I did not have time to create the project I had designed with a "Ready 2 Rock" look-a-like.   I will still use the cut file that I designed as I had planned to use photos from the Fab Four show we saw in Vegas, so eventually you will get to see the layout.

So instead of the usual Monday morning, I am going to share a card that I made JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT!!!  I used Just Because Cards and made this Just Like Riding A Bike card.  I designed my card in Design Studio, with the first page of the cut file being a preview page.

I used Bo Bunny paper and dimensional stickers to cut and embellish my card, along with colored cardstock for some of the card elements.  I also used silver metallic cardstock to cut some of the bicycle elements. 

I began by cutting the bicyle parts and assembling the bike.

After assembling the bicycle, I cut the word phrase layers. 

After cutting the base card and the matting layers, I assembled the card layers.  I added a cute pink and brown ribbon and black & white doodles and dots. I added the dimensional flower stickers to embellish the front of the card.  I also added a dimensional stcker to the inside of the card.  All I need to do is stamp a "You Can Do It!" sentiment to the inside of the card. 

I have added the cut file for this card to the cut files available for download in the left column.  Feel free to download and make your own card.

Remember to check out the cake of the day at my sister blog, Busy with the Cricky Cake.  My friend Peggy did the baking and led the decorating effort this week!

Like Shoes & Purses Layout for Everyday Cricut

It is the third Saturday of the month and that means it is my Saturday on Everyday Cricut.  I am so thrilled that Joy & Melanie trust me to be part of their Saturday team.

This week I used Cricut Design Studio and created a two page layout - Like Purses & Shoes You Can't Have too Many Friends!  I used Forever Young, Plantin Schoolbook and Calligraphy to create this layout.  The cut file is available for download - see the left column of the blog.

Be sure to go by Everyday Cricut and leave a comment so that you are in the drawing for this week's fabulous drawings. 

I plan to spend the day in my craft room working on special projects and in the kitchen this afternoon with friends working on cakes!  I think it is going to be a busy day!!

Have a great Saturday!

Simple Anniversary Card with Peggy Loves Vintage Image

When Peggy Loves Vintage sponsored BBTB2 on Monday she provided us with several images from which to choose to create our project.  You might recall that I chose a cute hula girl.  This was the image that I almost used - this cute swimming couple.  I really liked this image also and decided to make a simple card for a friend's wedding anniversary. 

I used the same frame technique that I used on the hula girl - the frame from Just Because Cards.  I also used the same bold colors that I used on the hula card, again matching the colors in the vintage image. 

I finished the card with little red button with white cord knots and a few white dots from my favorite white pen.   The end result is a very simple card, but one I think is so cute.

Graduation Card for Mark

This may not look like a traditional graduation card, but then the graduate is not a traditional kind of guy.  Mark is the son of one of my friends, but more importantly he is a young man that we watched grow from a fourteen year old teen into a more mature twenty-two year old man.    Mark graduated from the College of Charleston last Saturday and I bet it was the best Mother's Day gift that his mom has ever received. 

I have always liked Mark. As a teen he had a mischievous, infectious smile. I have a sneaking suspicion that Mark was always with my older two children back in high school when they were someplace doing something that they should not have been doing. Not that Mark was ever bad. No, he was and is FUN to be around. And he has always been caring and compassionate. He has always been fun to have around and to be around.

I used three cartridges to create Mark's card:  Elegant Cakes, Just Because Cards, and Calligraphy.  I cut the layered scrolling frame on the front of the card from Elegant Cakes.  The lettering all came from Calligraphy.  And the rest of the card was cut using Just Because Cards.  I went with primarily maroon and black papers, the traditional College of Charleston colors.  I did toss in a bit of metallic gold paper to make the front of the card more festive.  I finished the card with two inside borders and the word Congratulations. 

I hope that Mark likes the card.  I was going for "guy elegant" and I think this fits the bill! And even if he hates the card, Mark should like what I plan to put inside!!!  :-)

BBTB2 - Peggy Loves Vintage Sponsored TBBM Challenge

Good Monday morning bloggers!!  I am finally back in the groove (!) and have several projects to share with you this week.  The first project is, of course, the weekly Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  This week Peggy Loves Vintage is sponsoring the challenge.  We were provided with several of Peggy's fabulous vintage images from which to choose to create our project.  We also had to use a specific tag from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More on our projects. 

As you can see I took the road less traveled (note all of the blue projects at BBTB2 this week) and chose this cute hula girl.  She looks so happy with her little ukalie and her fabulous tropical flowers; I thought she was a perfect canidate for an easel fold card.  I began by cutting a frame for my image by using a tag from Just Because Cards and adding an oval cut out to the middle.  I then mounted the framed on image on the required tag, using the tag as a matting.

I used fun and bright papers and added three additional layers of mattings... Because, let's be honest, you cannot have enough color when you plan to add "aloha" to the front of your card. I'm just saying....

As you all know, I missed last week's BBTB2 challenge which used the Life's a Beach cartridge.  What you do not know is that I purchased LAB *just* for that challenge... seriously.  So I had to make up for that by using LAB this week!  As I said above, I planned to use the Aloha cut. I liked the flower on the Aloha cut so well that I cut another for the front of the card, then I cut the flower border for the inside.  I think this more than makes up for missing last week's LAB challenge.

I hope that you will all check back through the week.  I have a few more cards to share with you AND on Saturday I will be back at Everyday Cricut for my monthly project!!  Also, you will want to check Everyday Cricut daily because my design team sister and all around wonderful person, Donna Mundinger is Ms. May.  I promise you that you will not want to miss Donna's work.  WARNING - my jaw usually falls open while looking at Donna's paper art so be warned and do not take food or beverage to the computer with you!!

My Hello Kitty 2010 Wall Calendar

I am embarrassed that it is Thursday and I have not posted a single thing all week!  For shame!  I did add a two part cake post to Busy with the Cricky Cake on Tuesday and Wednesday but I have neglected my paper crafting entirely.  That being said, I realized that I never shared my 2010 calendar that I made (in other words, I looked through the "not yet posted projects" and picked one)!!!

I made this 12 x 24 inch wall calendar back in January for a Cricut contest.  Need I add that I did not win?  Well, I did not win the contest prize; I did win by having a lovely, personalized calendar for my kitchen!  Nice, huh?  The calendar was designed in Design Studio using two cartridges, Designer's Calendar and Hello Kitty.  Each month features a cute Hello Kitty scene that for the most part coordinates with the month.  The May calendar (above) features Kitty with flowers, because of "May flowers".

Above you can see the January, February and March pages.  And the April page is below - April Showers.  I liked both the square and circle monthly templates on Designer Calendar, so instead of picking one, I alternated the design.  Also, I made the boxes/cirlces 1.5 inches each so that I could use paper punches to cut the photos I planned to insert into the calendar. 

One of the big advantages of the calendar, other than being stinkin' cute(!) is I was able to use about 80 of the photos I had leftover from scrapping projects (whether due to repeats, or lack of space, or whatever).  We all have a stash of unused photos (don't we?) and this allowed me to use a great many of those.  I placed photos into the empty spaces at the beginning and end of each month, and also used photos to designate birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, anniversaries, etc.  I probably will do another calendar next year so that I can use more of the leftover photos!

No BBTB2 Post For Me This Week

Hello bloggers.  I know that I told you that I expected to be back to crafting today and anticipated that I would have a project to post (BBTB2), but I am afraid that laundry and jet lag defeated me.  I will get back in the groove this week, but it is taking longer than I expected.  Sorry about that.

(Taking in the dancing fountains).

In the meantime, just like I am doing on Busy with the Cricky Cake, I am going to be lame and entertain you with some of the Vegas/Grand Canyon photos.  I will add that I ordered 300+ prints today from trip photos.  I see lots and lots of scrapping in my future!

Look!  It's me with young Elvis.  And then I went to Paris and to the top of the Eiffle Tower.

Dh and I at Mather Point.