Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Vacation

I know many of you have already guessed that I am taking some vacation time.  I will be back next Monday, July 4th, with a patriotic project to share.  In the meantime, I am spending time with Ian - who is still home from college, and visititing family in Chattanooga. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sunny Days with Celebrate with Flourish and BBTB2

Happy Monday and happy (HOT) summer!  This is my week to host the challenge cut at Bitten by the Bug 2.  In honor of the Summer Solstice, I selected a fun, summery cut - the phrase "Sunny Days" from the Celebrate with Floursh Lite cartridge! 

I designed this layout a month ago when I first selected my challenge cut.  The timing was perfect as my husband and I had just booked out first cruise!  Our 30th anniversary is in November so we decided to take a 6 night cruise to the Bahamas and Key West to celebrate.  We thought this cruise sounded like a perfect opportunity to introduce us to cruising - to get our feet wet, so to speak!

So, with "cruising on the brain" I combined cuts from Celebrate with Flourish and Life's a Beach cartridges to create this fun layout.  I used Celebrate with Flourish (CWF) to cut the Sunny Days phrase and the sun with clouds layered cut.  I love the layered look of the word phrases on CWF.  I confess that I have been utilizing a similar layering technique long before CWF was released. But using CWF makes the layering of letters MUCH easier.   I also really like the swirl cutouts - or flourishes - that are part of every CWF cut.  Such a fun cartridge.

I uses Life's a Beach (LIB) to cut the elements on the lower half of the page.  I cut the ship in multiple layers and had cut an additional bottom piece to make the ship taller.  I trimmed the ship out with ribbon, dashes and a cute little anchor. 

The double layer waves and the dolphines were also cut from LIB.  I had never cut the dolphines so I was a bit nervous about the tiny outline pieces.  But as you can see it all went very well.   The waves were cut in two layers - after welding two of each of the wave cuts together.  I thought the dolphins looked cut jumping out of the water between the waves.

I used this great beach photo on the layout, though truthfully I will probably make a matching page and save the layout for our fall cruice.  The photo mats will hold up to a 5 x7.  Sadly I was out of 5 x7 photo paper and had to print this photo at 4 x 6. 

If you have not already done so, please go by Bitten by the Bug 2 and check out the design team projects. I had a sneak peek and was WOWed by some of the great projects.  Also, please consider playing along with us on the weekly challenge.  Complete a new project this week using the "Sunny Days" phrase cut and post your project in the link area at BBTB2.  We provide a blog blinkie to the best project of the week, selected from those who chose to join us in the challenge.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Baby Boy Card for Everyday Cricut

Happy Saturday readers!  You know that the much tauted Father's Day card I have talked about all week?  Well, it is not going to happen after all.  I had planned to post both my Baby Boy card AND the Father's Day card today, but alas, Cricut Craft Room and my Cricut Imagine were having some communication issues and this card took far longer than I had intended.  And frankly, by the time I finished with the card I still had to write not one but two blog posts.  So yes, the Father's Day card will go in the archive folder for next year!

This cute Welcome Baby card was created for Everyday Cricut using Theresa Collins' F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S Imagine Cartridge - Baby Boutique.  For more details on how this card was created AND more information on Baby Boutique, visit my post at Everyday Cricut.  There are many more photos there also. 

I will not be posting again until Monday, when it is my turn to host the weekly challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2.  In the meantime, I wish the men in your lives a Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Road Trip with a Side Stop

Everyday this week I have been telling you that "tomorrow" I will post the card that coordinates with the Cricut Father's Day grill decal.  And yet everyday I post something else.  Guess what?  Today is no different! 

I took a 7.5 hour road trip yesterday to pick up my younger son from College.  I have previously shared, but... Ian is a student at the Art Institute of Atlanta, where he is majoring in Sound Production.  Ian wants to go into film special effects.  AIA is on a quarter system in which Ian goes to school year around.  He gets four breaks per year - a week in the spring, a week in the fall, four weeks at Christmas and four weeks in the summer.  This is his four week break.

On our way home we decided to make a stop at the Dekalb Farmer's Market, just off of I-285.  I have heard of several farmer's markets in the greater Atlanta area and decided to begin checking them out.  DFM offers a large variety of foods from which to choose.  There are 10 or 12 departments, each featuring a broad range of product in their category.  We did not take time to shop the entire market, though we did visit the produce section (photo 1) and International foods (photo 2).

Photo 3 (above) shows just a small section of the seafood department - had I remembered a cooler we would have made several purchases there.

Photo 4 (above) shows only a tiny bit of large selection of pastries and baked good.  We did bring home cannoli and eclairs.

One of the areas my husband would have enjoyed had he been with us was the coffee selection.  There were coffees from several countries, in several varieties.  I brought him some Kona and a South American Organic coffee.

The cheese department looked fabulous - but again that three hour drive home made me think twice about purchasing cheese without a cooler.  Sigh.....

It surprised me, but there was also a large international beer and wine section.  I confess to purchasing two bottles of sparkling Italian wine - on special! 

The DFM offered Ian and I a pleasant way to spend an hour or so, but we decided that next time we want to find the real downtown market and spend even longer shopping!  If you have any suggestions for great markets in the greater Atlanta area, please let me know!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Provo Craft Father's Day Projects

The Provo Craft Design Team has been very busy in hopes of making your Father's Day celebration easier and more crafty-licious with the use of your Cricut machines!  Below are three fun projects that Dad will love:  A father's day card, a great 4 x 6 inch gift box, and a fabulous Father's Day cake.  Included with each project materials lists and instructions!  Thank you Provo Craft for sharing these great projects.  I should be back tomorrow or Thursday to share one more Father's day card with you - it coordinates with yesterday's grill cover embellishement.

Father's Day Card

  • Cricut® Expression Personal Electronic Cutter
  • Cricut® Father’s Day cartridge
  • Blue cardstock
  • Brown cardstock
  • Printed cardstock (2 different coordinating sheets)
  • Adhesive
  • Dimensional tape
  • Ink
  • Paper cutter
  • Using paper cutter, cut blue cardstock into a 6” x 10” rectangle then fold in half.
  • Using paper cutter, cut printed cardstock into a 5 ½” x 5 ½” square
  • Using paper cutter, coordinating printed cardstock into a 5 ½” x 1” rectangle
  • Using Cricut® and Cricut® Father’s Day cartridge and brown cardstock, cut 3 ½” Father’s Day
  • Using blue cardstock, cut 3 ½” Father’s Day layer
  • Ink all edges
  • Adhere layers of Happy Father’s Day
  • Using dimensional tape, adhere to card.
Father's Day 6"x4" Box

  • Cricut® Personal Electronic Cutter
  • Cricut® Father’s Day cartridge
  • Black cardstock
  • Blue cardstock
  • Printed cardstock
  • Adhesive
  • Dimensional tape
  • Paper cutter
Box 6” x 4”  Instructions:
  • Using printed cardstock and paper cutter, cut four squares 5 ½” x 3 ½” and one square 5 ½” x 5 ½”
  • Using coordinating printed cardstock and paper cutter, cut four squares 5” x 3” and one square 5” x 5”
  • Using Cricut®, Cricut® Father’s Day cartridge and black cardstock, cut 3” Poker, Can, Money and Pool Balls. Cut 5” Background2.
  • Using printed cardstock, cut 3” PokerLyr, CanLyr, PoolballLyr, MoneyLyr. Using printed cardstock, cut 5” #1Dad
  • Adhere mats to top and sides
  • Adhere layers of all cuts and attach to sides
  • Using dimensional tape, adhere #1 Dad cut to top of box
Father's Day Cake Using the Cricut Cake Machine:

  • Cricut® Personal Electronic Cutter
  • Cricut® Father’s Day cartridge
  • Black cardstock
  • Blue cardstock
  • Printed cardstock
  • Adhesive
  • Dimensional tape 
  • Paper cutter
Box 6” x 4”  Instructions:
  • Using printed cardstock and paper cutter, cut four squares 5 ½” x 3 ½” and one square 5 ½” x 5 ½”
  • Using coordinating printed cardstock and paper cutter, cut four squares 5” x 3” and one square 5” x 5”
  • Using Cricut®, Cricut® Father’s Day cartridge and black cardstock, cut 3” Poker, Can, Money and Pool Balls. Cut 5” Background2.
  • Using printed cardstock, cut 3” PokerLyr, CanLyr, PoolballLyr, MoneyLyr. Using printed cardstock, cut 5” #1Dad
  • Adhere mats to top and sides
  • Adhere layers of all cuts and attach to sides
  • Using dimensional tape, adhere #1 Dad cut to top of box 
Designer Hints:

Cut all images from gum paste, using pictures for color references. Remove excess gum paste from cutting mats and images. Save brown stars from borders. Let gum paste dry so that the cuts can be removed from the mat without being distorted.
  • Layer borders, banners, and stars together as shown using sugar glue.
  • Layer borders and banners to cake as shown.
  • Layer best dad phrases together. Stand phrase on top of the cake as shown.
  • Paint toothpicks with food gel. Let dry. Attach toothpicks to backs of stars. Place on top of cake as shown.
  • To decorate cupcakes, brownies, or cookies, cut similar icons at desired sizes. Layer together and place on top of the goodies as shown.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Decorated Grill Cover for Dad

With Father's Day just around the corner I thought it might be timely to share a couple of Cricut-friendly / man-friendly craft ideas for father's day.  Today we are starting with this fun grill cover decal.  A great gift for dad would be a new grill, but if not a new grill how about a new, personalized grill cover?  And best of all, this is an easy, simple project that you can do in under an hour!  Honest.

  1. I used Cricut Design Studio (though your Gypsy will work equally well), two colors of Cricut Vinyl, and two cartridge - Father's Day and Opposites Attract.
  2. Using Father's Day, place the Man Cave cut on the virtual mat at 6.75 inches high.  Using the "Hide Select Contours" feature and remove the letter C A V E from the lower half of the oval. 
  3. Using Opposite Attracts add the letters Gear at 2.25 inches tall to replace the cave. 
  4. Complete the cut.
  5. Place the base oval from Father's Day onto the mat at 6.75 and cut in a second color of Vinyl.

   6.  Remove the protective backing from the Man Gear cut.  Being very careful, line up the edges and      adhere the top lay to the base oval.

     7.  Remove the backing from the oval and attach the decal to the front or top of your grill cover. 

Our grill cover is a grey canvas, but this green vinyl would really P-O-P on a black grill cover!

If you do not want to use the Gypsy or Design studio, just pick one or two of your favorite father's day cuts and make your own grill decal. 

Tomorrow I will share a coordinating Father's Day card!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Gnome Birthday Fun with BBTB2

Happy Monday!  Welcome to another Bitten by the Bug 2 weekly challenge!  This week's challenge cut was selected by my design team sister, the lovely Theresa Kelly, and  is any Gnome from the Freshly Picked cartridge.  I decided to have a bit of birthday fun with the Gnomes - creating this Gnome Pyramid birthday card.  The design for this card was inspired (and by inspired I mean ripped-off) from my friend Donna Mundinger's FABULOUS Penguin Card, which can be found here at her blog and  here at Custom Crops with design studio cut file and complete instructions.  Donna is one of THE MOST AMAZING paper crafters E-V-E-R... and I am thrilled to be able to say I know her! 

This card features six Gnomes each dressed in his favorite summer party outfit!  And just as we women match our shoes and purses (in an ideal world!), the Gnomes have matching hats, belts and shoes.  The well dressed Gnome likes for his outfit to coordinate!  The Gnome faces were stamped in light brown ink with Peachy Keen stamps.  A cherry Copic marker was used to highlight their lips. Their beards were cut in white cardstock, then heat embossed with white with touches of grey embossing powder.  Their ensembles were finished with tiny pom-poms at the top of their hats.

I used three cartridges to cut this card, Freshly Picked, George and Basic Shapes, and Christmas Cheer.  The banner above was cut from Christmas Cheer, then stamped with a rubber stamp from Michaels. 
The photo below is a screen shot of the card top in Cricut Design Studio.  I welded the six Gnome shadows together in a pyramid shape, adding birthday gifts from Christmas cheer.  I cut this layer in red, affixed it to the base card, and built the card front on top of this layer.

Below is the inside of the card.  You can see the red base cut (above) is the upside down red layer in the photo below.  I attached the red layer to the open cut triangle top.

The base card was created using George and Basic Shapes.  I sized and welded to triangles together, then inserted a NON-welded triangle into the middle of the top layer.  This created the cut out so that the blue swirl print shows through the holes in the front of the card.

I used metallic cardstocks to cut the packages and the belt buckles.  I finished the card by using pop dots to attach Happy Birthday banner!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to head over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and check out all of the designer's awesome projects!  And, if you have time, please consider playing along with us this week!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Winners and Imagine Face Lift

Thank you all so much for celebrating with me this week!  I wish I had prizes for everyone, but alas there are only three - one for each year of blogging.

The winner of the Nursery Rhymes Cartridge is Jessica (who) said...
"Happy Blog-iversary!! Your get-together looks like fun and that salad...yummy!
Thanks for letting me celebrate with you!"

The winner of the Yourstory kit is Theresa (Scrapper69 who) said...
"OMGOSH Susan! I LOVE that book that was made! It's sooooo pretty using the Lori's Garden Cartridge! I Gotta make one! :o) Thanks for a chance to win a YourStory! :o)"

And finally, the winner of the CGull Cricut Tool Kit is Scrappin Dhilly (who) said...
"I'm going to steal that recipe from you, it looked delicious in your picture! What a fun week of giveaways and celebration! You are too generous, I really appreciate the opportunity to win!"



I mentioned an Imagine Face Lift in my title.  I was referring to the Cricut Imagine getting a face lift, not me imagining a face lift!!   The first photo below is the Imagine as it comes from the factory.  Note the grey trim on the white machine.

I took advantage of the new Imagine trim sale at Cricut dot com and purchased the pink trim set.  Check out my Imagine machine now!!!!  How cute is that pink trim on my Imagine machine???

Even better, look at the Imagine on the desk next to the Expression 2.  I have a splash of cricut colors going on in my scrap room!!!

Again, thank you for being here with me this week.  I really do enjoy blogging and sharing my love of paper crafting with you and I appreciate that you take the time to visit my blog and leave you thoughts!!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Blog-iversary Celebration Day 3

Welcome to the third day of my Blog-iversary Celebration.  Today I am offering another fun Blog-iversary gift to one lucky winner, but first I thought I should answer a few questions from previous days.

1. What is the name of the dinnerware?  It is Bordallo Pinneiro, and is made in Portugal.  It comes in a pink, green, yellow, etc.  I have the pink and use it for Easter and girlie events.  I also have a yellow cake pedestal cake plate with bunnies that is great for Easter and summer! I love collecting dishes and glassware, and especially the Bordallo!

2.  How did you make that Princess Cake?  In spirit of full disclosure, I did not make the  princess cake.  It is a photo of a princess cake made with the Cricut Birthday Cakes cartridge and was used to advertise the cake machine.  I "may have" nabbed the photo to use as a birthday cake photo for the blog-iversary!!

3. Can you share your Chicken Salad Recipe, it looks yummy? The recipe was originally published in Cooking Light magazine and I have been making this recipe (with variations) for the last 8 years or so.  I will give you the recipe as I made it for the luncheon:

Curried Chicken Salad
4.5 Cups of cooked chicken breast, cubed
2 Cups of red grape halves
1 20oz can of pineapple tidbits, drained (reserve juice for apple bath)
1 large apple, diced (put the diced apple in the pineapple juice to help prevent browning.  Drain juice and add apples only to the salad).
1/3 Cup of craisins
1/2 Cup of sliced almonds

Combine in a LARGE bowl and mix well.  Prepare dressing and mix to combine. 

3/4 Cup of light Mayo
2 Tablespoons of Honey
1 Tablespoon of Curry (this DOES NOT make the dress "hot")
1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 Teaspoon each of salt and pepper - or to taste

Whisk together and mix with the salad ingredients.  Chill four hours prior to serving.  Serve over mixed greens.


Now, on to today's Blog-iversary gift:  A CGull Cricut Premium Tool Kit!

The CGull Premium Tool Kit includes 12 high-quality pieces - 

Contents include:
  • Black/Green Leatherette Case with Magnetic Strap
  • Bone Folder Tool
  • Small Scraper Tool
  • Large Scraper Tool
  • Exacto Knife
  • 2 Extra Exacto Blades
  • Small Scissors
  • Stainless Steel Tweezers
  • Hook Tool
  • Scoop Hook Tool
  • Narrow Blade Spatula Tool with Rounded Tip
  • Wide Blade Spatula Tool

 I especially love the scraper tools for clearing small cuts off of the cutting mats!  But the other tools are awesome too!
You know the drill - leave a comment under this post to be in the drawing for the tool kit.  The tool kit, Nursery Rhymes cartridge, and Yourstory winners will be announced on Friday!! 
Thanks for coming by to celebrate with me!!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Blog-iversary Celebration Day 2

Welcome to day two of my blog-iversary celebration!   Today's blog-iversary gift is a complete Yourstory set - pictured above.   I do want to assure the lucky winner that this IS a NEW set, though I confess the outside of the box may leave you with questions. 

Remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned how Duncan the Wonder Dog thinks that all deliveries to our house are for him?  Yes, he did indeed attack the box in which the Yourstory arrived.  Of course when I told him that he was being a bad dog, he gave a blank look as if he had no idea what that meant!  Probably because most of the time I assure him that is a sweet boy, a handsome boy, a good boy..... This concept of "bad dog" had no frame of reference.  Sigh....

So why should you be interested in the Yourstory set?  Because you can do two awesome things with the Yourstory.  You can laminate documents, cards, tickets and other memorabilia for your scrapbooks  - AND - you can bind books!!   

Examples of great uses for this machine:

  • My mother and my mother-in-law both like to receive 8 x 8 inch themed scrapbooks and with the Yourstory they can now receive customized bound books!!!  
  • Think of the great customized teacher gifts - a photo book featuring highlights from the year!
  • Theme books - prom book, dance recital book, baseball team book, etc
  • AND - Girlfriend make & takes!!!

My scrappy girlfriends had no problems assembling five double sided pages (for a total of ten pages) with elements from the Imagine's Lori's Garden cartridge and binding them in Yourstory chocolate 4 x 6 inch books.

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Page 5

Page 6

Page 7

Page 8

Page 9

To enter the drawing for the Yourstory set, please leave a comment under this post.  Also, in case you missed it, Monday's post features a drawing for the Nursery Rhymes cartridge.  Leave a comment on Monday's post for the Nursery Rhymes cartridge. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you tomorrow!!