And the winner of the Custom Crops Gift Voucher is.....

Ian is hanging out with me as I prepare this blog post so instead of using the random drawing tool I asked Ian to select a number between 1 and 73, the number of comments on the blog candy as of 12:15 am Thursday morning. 

The winner of this month's blog candy is lucky number 17:

Jessica Wekenman said...
I can't believe you built that sewing machine! That is absolutely fantastic! I love your card and all the colors and papers are so pretty!
Congratulations Jessica, you will be hearing from Custom Crops!   And THANK YOU to Custom Crops for sponsoring my blogs.

Projects, Where Oh Where are the Projects

I have missed my blog... It has been a tough week.  For some crazy reason I went into super-mom/Susie-homemaker mode last week.  My youngest son is home from college on fall break (he is on a crazy school schedule).  Ian asked me to make one or two of his favorite meals last week.  Of course this guy's favorite meals are not burgers and pizza.... oh no.... He wanted Greek Chicken Pie (i.e. chicken, feta, spring onions, spices, in a fabulous sauce wrapped in flaky phyllo) and Beef Bourguignonne with Egg Noodles.  Seriously.  The simpler of the meals he requested was homemade tacos and homemade beef BBQ. 

I think I have gained four pounds in the last week.  Did I forget to mention the homemade apple pie? Yes I did.  I made from scratch apple pie and pie crust on Sunday.  That pie was awesome.  And the crust was fabulous.  I also used the Cricut Cake machine to cut extra pie dough to decorate the top of the pie. The apples were from A Child's Year and the flourish is from French Manor.

Ian goes back to Atlanta on Friday and I think Doug, Bethany and I will going on a diet starting Saturday!  I will be making a round trip to Atlanta and back in one day, so there will be no crafting on Friday either.   But this weekend THERE WILL BE CRAFTING!! 

I have three projects planned for the weekend.  My next two BBTB2 projects as well as my fall Yudu napkins. 

I will be back tomorrow to select a winner of the Custom Crops gift voucher/blog candy.  Sorry to be so worthless in the craft world this week.  I will improve....

Sew Fine Blog Hop - Blog Candy - BBTB2

Hello everyone, welcome to the monthly BBTB2 blog hop. You may have arrived here from Heather's blog - wasn't her project lovely?  Or you may have just popped in to check out my Monday project.  If you did not start at the BBTB2 blog, you may want to click the link in the left column and start the blog hop at the beginning - after you finish here, of course!!

The challenge cut this week is the sewing machine from the Cricut's Heritage cartridge.  I actually do not own Heritage so I used shapes in George and built my sewing machine in design studio.  I did this by placing the sewing machine on the mat and then filling it in with the geometric shapes on the George cartridge.

I also used this cute little sewing girl from Nursery Rhymes.  I layered her with four different papers and topped her off Glimmer Glaze, Pink Lady for the dress and Icicle for the apron and the sewing machine. I finished the girl and her quilt with cute chip board buttons - which I think are from Basic Grey.   

I also used glimmer mist on the card.  I sprayed the vertical white paper lace trim (from Basic Grey) with Pomegranate Glimmer Mist and allowed it to dry before attaching the lace pieces to the matting. I added a larger chip board button over the lace.

The photo shows some of the dimensional effect on the card front.

I did mention blog candy didn't I?  I am offering a $25.00 gift voucher to Custom Crops.  You know you want to go shopping for free!!!  Leave a comment below and you will be in the drawing for the blog candy gift voucher.  I will draw a winner on Thursday.

Sadly it is now time for you to leave me.  But no worries though, you are off to Krista's blog.  I love Krista!  She is so nice and so talented and soooo pretty. It's a good thing I love her or I might be jealous!!!  Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!!!  And do remember to leave a comment before you hop away....

A few more pages of the Disney Scrapbook

Posing with Nemo

I am going to share a few more pages from the Garland's Disney album.  I gave the album to Ruth yesterday and she seemed to really, really like it.  In fact, she said it made her want to go back again - soon!  I shouldn't admit it, but it had the same effect on me!!  :-)

Smooching at Epcot and posing with Pooh and company.

I am not sure if you can see what the Garlands are wearing - they each have on a Disney hockey sweater.  Bill is wearing the Grumpy Miners.... Hence the cute saying in the lower left corner, "I'm Grumpy... What's your excuse?"

The weather was all over the place during our week in Orlando.  The first half of the week was cold and windy, but the last two days were hot.  It was fun, but crazy. 

This is my favorite layout in the book:  Nice Ears!  The last day Bill and Ruth finally bought the required Disney ears, complete with names.  They were very cute!  

Tomorrow we will officially leave the happiest place on earth and head back to seasonal scrapping!

Guess What I finished? Disney for the Garlands

 Title Page

One of my biggest accomplishments over the weekend (when I was away at the lake for a girls scrapping weekend) was I managed to complete the Disney album on which I have been working. Our friends the Garlands went to Disney with our family FOUR YEARS ago and had not done a thing with their photos.  I decided for their birthday gifts to scrap some of their Disney photos.

MGM Studios

Mr. Garland smuggled the Disney DVD to me and I printed photos.  Since then I have been chugging along on Disney.  The final book contains 24 pages, but really it could have been much larger.  But at least they will have a nice overview of their trip.  (Click on any photo to see the image larger).

@MGM for the evening with Mrs. Incredible and the dancing Christmas light show

Since I have already shared some parts of the album with you I will not share all of the pages.  However, I will share a few layouts over the next few days.

Aerosmith Rockin' Roller Coaster

BBTB2 Spooky Candle Card

Hello Monday Bloggers!  Today the BBTB2 design team was asked to use the candle cut from the October 31st cartridge to create a project.  Sadly, I do not own that particular cartridge so following the design team rules, I used a different candle cut to complete the challenge.  I used the candle from Christmas Noel Solutions cartridge.  I love Christmas Noel; it is one of my favorite holiday cartridges. 

I cut the candle in rust Bazzill cardstock and used gold cardstock to cut the top layer of the candle stand.  I cut a basic black Bazzill shadow.  I used fabulous glitter cardstock to cut a frame from Happy Hauntings, tweaking the size in Design Studio.  I must tell you about this particular glitter cardstock:  I cut the glitter cardstock with the blade set on 6 and the pressure on High.  I only needed to cut this particular cardstock once.  This is not the hugely heavy glitter cardstock that you will find in the craft stores.  I purchased this cardstock from Scrap Your Trip (Yeah Julie!) at this LINK

I cut the boo two layer cut from Holiday Cakes to create the inside sentiment.  I also added a strip of the the front background paper.  The base card was cut in light gray and a strip of boo/spooky ribbon was added to the bottom front edge.

Be sure to go by BBTB2 and check out all of the fabulous designs.  I am always amazed at the talent of this group of designers!

And the winner of Holiday Cakes is.......

Blogger Clare D. said...
I have so many cut files running through my head from Holiday cakes and the budget is soooo tight this year. I am studiously avoiding looking at it while in DS and on the Gypsy so I am not tempted. So, thanks for the drawing and congratulations on all your visitors!
September 17, 2010 7:20 AM

My Saturday at Everyday Cricut

Hello scrappers, happy Saturday.   I love the third Saturday of the month because those AWESOME ladies at Everyday Cricut (woot, woot for Joy and Melanie!) allow me to contribute to their blog.  And this month's project for Everyday Cricut ties into my blog party 200K celebration:  I used the Halloween cuts from HOLIDAY CAKES!  I wanted to show those of you who might need some ideas that the cake cartridges are not just about fondant and gum paste cutting! Go over to Everyday Cricut to get more details and see more photos of the layout.  Also you can register for their weekly giveaways (hint, hint).

Remember that if you have not already registered for my blog candy give away, you still have time.   The drawing will be tomorrow (Sunday) after I return home from a scrapping weekend at the lake.  I love spending time with girlfriends!

To register to win you will need to do two things:  become a blog follower and drop down to the BLOG PARTY post and leave a comment telling me what you would plan as a first project using Holiday Cakes.

Buzz Lightyear - to infinity and beyond

Guess what arrived at my house last week?  Yes, yes!  Toy Story!  The timing was perfect as I am hot and heavy into Disney scrapping and I had two photos of our friends the Garlands posing with Buzz at MGM Studios.

Toy Story looks like it is going to be a great cartridge.  I plan to make scrapbooks for my nephew and niece for Christmas and I will definitely be using this cartridge.  And I may use Woody and his sweet girlfriend, Bo (as in Bo-Peep), to make an anniversary card!

A word about Buzz - Hello Kitty has nothing on Buzz Lightyear when it comes to small pieces!  My oh my, Buzz could get overwhelming if you are not careful when assembling him.   The photo above is my mat immediately after cutting the "Buzz parts".  Using the same method that I use to assemble Hello Kitty, I left the pieces on the mat until I added them to the Buzz character.  I began by attaching the icon cut to the shadow cut and building up from there.  Most of the pieces are easy to place, but one or two gave me a bit of trouble.

And remember I said that I had two photos of the Garland's with Buzz?  Not enough for two pages, but just enough for a single 12 x 12 page.  I used the same background papers on the matching page, but that page features Nemo!!  Ahh, but Nemo is for another day!!

Don't forget to register for a chance to win the HOLIDAY CAKES cartridge below. 

Blog milestone and blog candy

Sixteen and a half months ago I added a counter to this blog.  It has been a nice tool to monitor what type of projects area best received and for tracking visitor trends on my blog.  In the next day or two I will reach a new counter milestone:  200,000 blog visits!  

In honor of the 200,000th visit, I am offer BLOG CANDY:  a new, unopened HOLIDAY CAKES cartridge!!!

To be eligible to win this great cartridge you will need to do two thinks: 
  1. If you are not already a follower, please become a follower; and
  2. You should leave a comment under this post telling me the first project you will create with this cartridge.

The winner will be posted on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th.

An evening of organization and hard labor

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I was debating what to do about the quantity of stuff in my craft room?  I finally reached a decision and after careful measuring and shopping, I purchased two sets of chrome shelves. The shelves are 36 inches wide each which was great as the closet was just over six feet wide.

A word about this closet - in addition to holding overflow scrap stuff it also holds the front door wreaths, some sewing odds and ends, as well as the fall and Easter decor.  Our builder was awesome in that he utilized the high ceilings in the house and installed two "over the hanging clothes" shelves.  He did this in every closet in the house which is awesome.  I measured the closet thoroughly and realized that a 54 inch shelves would be perfect.  Imagine my delight when I found 54 x 36 inch shelf units.  Two of the units fit perfectly under the two rows of existing shelves in the closet.  By adding these shelf units I now have six shelves ceiling to floor in the closet.

I did not touch the two upper shelves, but I did sort through the mess in the bottom.  I was able to put everything back into the closet in a more organized way, as well as add my scrap totes, Yudu machine, my old Expression machine and second cake machine (don't ask).  I now have plenty of space on my cubes for Imagine machine when it arrives.

If I find that I need more space still, I can always banish the holiday decor and door wreaths to the attic.  But in the meantime, I have cleared my desk and work space counters and have made it easier to get to everything in the closet.  An evening well spent!

Theater Napkin Project with Yudu

This weekend was wonderful.  My husband, Duncan the wonder dog, and I had a relaxing yet productive weekend.  One of my more interesting tasks was this dinner napkin project using my Yudu.  I have to give a shout out to Jeannie from A Place for my Cards because she made some amazing wedding napkins.  Her wedding napkins inspired me on so many levels - fall and holiday decor, as well as holiday gifts.

My son's girlfriend teaches high school drama so I took the tragedy & comedy masks art and created a screen to print these napkins.  I tried to video the process to give you the basic idea.  I plan to do more napkins in the near future... I purchased lovely pumpkin colored napkins for a fall/Thanksgiving themed napkins.  I may even work my way up to using two colors!!!

And here is one last look at the finished napkins.  I also made some screen print note cards using the same screen.  I think Crissie will really like the personalized feel of both the napkins and the note cards.

Chocolate Bar box for my favorite Gobblins

Happy Monday bloggers!  My first project of the week is the weekly BBTB2 project.  This week's challenge cut was selected by the lovely and amazing Regina Easter!  Regina chose the crayon box on Cricut's Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More cartridge.  For those who may  be interested, the last time I checked TBBM was available at the Cricut rewards site for 800 points.

Obviously I chose to go with a Halloween theme for this challenge.  I was thinking of my favorite little neighborhood gobblins and designed a spooky-fun box to hold full-size Hershey chocolate bars.  As an added bonus the will also hold two of my large cut out sugar cookies! 

I used several additional cartridges to decorate my tick or teat boxes including: Storybook for the the tag, Happy Hauntings for the fence with the creepy bird and the bat, George for the moon shape and background rectangle, and Celebrate with Flourish for the Happy Halloween title cut.  I used fun Halloween papers and I added a square of sticky Velcro to the flap for secure closure.

I embossed the tag and added white pen dots to enhance the edges.  I also added black dashes around the half moon on the flap.  I finished the box off with a bit of black rick-rack along the top edge. 

If you have not already been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog today, click on the name and you can view the design team's amazing projects.  I will be back tomorrow with a new Yudu project to share!!

Still Living in the Christmas zone

It is not even officially fall and I have been living in the Christmas zone for a couple of weeks now. I promise that I have not skipped Halloween or Thanksgiving - I am just obsessively trying to finish my Christmas cards.  Using the same design I previously used to make "flat" card, I changed the middle design.

I used one of my favorite Christmas stamps, the circular Merry Christmas and added a cardstock sticker to the center. I stamped the image in embossing ink then added green embossing powder before heat embossing the design.  I then cut the stamped image out using the circle nesties and matted it on the scalloped circle nestie.  I also used one of my favorite new toys, the I-Rock tool and added red, yellow, and green gems to the embossed design and the flowers. 

I finished the card with Merry Christmas ribbon, a Stampin' Up border stamp and silk poinsettias!  I am currently all caught up on Christmas cards and feeling good about moving on to other projects.... Like the Yudu!!!   Coming soon - napkin assortments!!!

Introducing 24 New Cricut Imagine Cartridges

Have you been to the Cricut shopping site and viewed the 24 (!!) new Cricut Imagine cartridges?  I am quite impressed that there will be twenty four cartridges for the Imagine right away.  Good job, Provo Craft!!  In the interest of time and space, I am not going to share images of all  of the cartridges.  I am going to share a few of my favorites!!  Ohhh by the way, one of the cooler aspects of these cartridges is that you will have all of these paper patterns on hand to print anytime you want them!!!

There are 12 Art Cartridges:
Imagine More Cards, Snow Angel, Enjoy the Seasons, JT, Blast Off, Yummy, Nursery Tails, 
Lori's Garden, Country Carnival, Better Together, Best Friends, Imagine More

Enjoy the Season

Best Friends

Imagine More Cards

Nursery Tails

Snow Angel
And here are 12 Color and Pattern Cartridges: 
Industrial Glow, Berries & Cream, Snapshot: Texture, Snapshot: Everyday, Snapshot: 
Nature, Mr. Frosty, Mystical Garden, Hopscotch, Elise, Audrey, Ancestry, Blossom

Mr. Frosty



NOTE: After Gaby's comment (thank you Gaby) I did some investigating. The facts are that the Imagine can print some Archival quality images on certain HP photo papers, but not on plain paper. I do not currently have an answer regarding the use of archival paper in the machine. Hummmm.