Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pyramid Party Favor Boxes For Everyday Cricut

Happy Saturday everyone. As most of you know, I usually have a guest spot at Everyday Cricut on the third Saturday of the month. This month the schedule did not work out correctly so I opted for the fifth Saturday!

As you all know, half of my mind is constantly focused on weddings these days – between my friend Kathy’s son’s wedding, my friend Beth’s daughter’s wedding and of course, my older son’s wedding next year I seem to be constantly having wedding thoughts. This week’s project is favor box that would be great for a party or, yes, you guessed it – a wedding!

For all of the details on how to create these treat boxes for yourself, drop by Everyday Cricut. It is Melanie’s, Joy’s, and Everyday Cricut’s anniversary so be sure to check out the FABULOUS anniversary giveaways while you are there!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

We Have a Winner....

Congratulations to:

Pat N. said...
Your card is wonderful and love that 2nd layered cone. Very cool.--Pat N

Pat, I have sent you an email requesting information.  Congratulations and THANK YOU to Custom Crops for sponsoring this month's blog hop.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer Ice Cream Cones Blog Hop

Happy Monday and welcome to the Bitten by the Bug 2 monthly blog hop! This week we are celebrating summer with fabulous ice cream cones. If you are following the BBTB2 blog hop you arrived here from the amazing Maria’s blog. If you have not been following the blog hop, please consider doing so when you leave my blog.

My amazing design team sister, Maria (mentioned above), chose this week’s BBTB2 challenge cut – the ice cream cone from the Sweet Treats cartridge. The cartridge is on sale this week at Custom Crops, who just happens to be sponsoring my blog for this week’s blog hop! I just spent some time browsing the new items at Custom Crops, and I confess I peeked at the Sizzix sale too!

 I ended up working a bit extra on this week’s challenge.  I began by making the large card above while I was at the lake last week.  At the time I was not truly happy with the card so I decided to try again with the smaller card.  However after I arrived home, I attacked the chocolate topping and the phrase “frosty fun” with glossy accents and I realized that I loved the look of the chocolate topping! 

I cut the ice cream and the cone from Bazzill embossed cardstock.  I love the patterns of this cardstock.  I used a brown micro tipped pen and doodled on the embossed patterns – adding a dot to the middle of the flowers on the pink ice cream, and tracing the edges of the pattern on the brown.  I loved this look.

My second card is a three leveled flip open card.  I used the same techniques on the chocolate topping and the ice cream cone.  However, I used different cardstock for the ice cream.  I chose Basic Grey’s strawberry print cardstock for the ice cream layer.  I stamped the phrase “for you” on the edge of the chocolate topping.

The chocolate layer flips up and to reveal the ice cream layer.  You could add another stamp, a charm or a hand written not here.  The ice cream also flips up to reveal a white inner layer, where I stamped the phrase “Happy Birthday.” 

As I mentioned above, Custom Crops is sponsoring my blog hop this week by offering my lucky winner a $20.00 gift voucher.  You can shop the Custom Crops site and apply the voucher code to receive $20 off of your total!  As I also mentioned above, Sweet Treats is currently on sale at Custom Crops - just click this link for a great price on this wonderful cartridge!  Just leave a comment under this post, be a blog follower and you will be entered to win the gift voucher.  I will draw a winner on Thursday.

Thank you for hopping by today.  Your next stop is at PenniAnnies blog, the home of our very sweet Penny!  Penny has the MOST ADOREABLE project to share with you.  Enjoy!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thursday at the Lake

Greeting from Lake Murray – again. Yesterday was a fun and busy day here at the lake. We made a shopping trip into Columbia where we visited Michael’s, A.C. Moore, and the Columbiana Mall. I spent all of my time (and money) at Coldwater Creek and Williams Sonoma.

I was asked the name of the place where we are staying…. It is not a public place; it is my friend Beth’s family’s lake house. The house has five bedrooms and is just perfect for our group…. Well I suppose for Beth’s family too.

In the evening we took a sunset boat ride to Bird Island (Google Bird Island Lake Murray for more information on the phenomena). At sunset thousands and thousands of birds flock to the island, circling counter clockwise, singing and flying until just before darkness. It is a very beautiful and amazing sight.
Ironically, on the way back from the island we ran out of gas. Whoever took out the boat before us left it nearly empty…. This came as quite a shock to my friend Beth’s dad, who was driving. He had checked the tanks three days earlier and found them full, and he had not taken out the boat in between.
What everyone forgot was that Beth’s college age nephew and some friends had spent Sunday and Monday at the lake house and most likely used the boat. Sigh…
My friend Kathy sacrificed her acrylic tumbler and the last of the gas from one tank was then drained into the cup and poured into the other tank. This procedure allowed us to coast into the dock on fumes!!! It was a quite an adventure.

As a group we worked on a project for Beth’s daughter’s wedding. We were making the tags for the table favors. We cut two hundred white dog tags from Stand and Salute (the groom was served in Iraq) and two hundred initial sets and affixed them atop the white tags. We then cut two hundred red tags and layered them. The tags will be tied to small bags of personalized M&M’s, which have special meaning the bride and groom.

Between our trips and meals and wedding projects, I played with the Tammy Potter’s Mosaics again yesterday. I scrapped more of the Steeplechase as well as some photos of my older son and his fiancĂ©.

I think today will be more scrapping and less running around, but will be just as fun.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Scrapping at the Lake

 Happy Wednesday from Lake Murray!! We arrived safely yesterday and have been talking, laughing, eating and yes, even scrapping! What more could I possibly want?

I am sharing some photos from dinner on the porch – what an idyllic spot for dinner.  Tuesday dinner was my responsibility – I went for an old favorite teamed with a new soup.  I made my curried chicken salad, severed over organic spring mix.  I also made fresh corn chowder and was surprised to see that we had only one bowl full left over.  It was a huge hit. All of the girlfriends have asked for the recipe so I am sharing it here and they can print when we arrive home.

Corn Chowder:
Remove Corn Kernels from 5-6 Ears of Corn

In 4 tsp. Butter sauté for 10 minutes
1 Large Onion - chopped

Add and stir for a minute:
1 tsp. Sage
2 tsp. Marjoram

Add and cook over low heat 2-3 minutes stirring frequently:
1/2 Cup Flour

Add slowly while whisking and cook until thickened:
5 Cups Vegetable Stock

Add and simmer 20 minutes:
1 Russet or Several Smaller Potatoes
1 Green pepper - finely chopped
1 Red Pepper - finely chopped
The Corn Kernels

Add and stir for a few minutes:
1 Cup Cream or a Can of Coconut Milk
1/3 lb. Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese

I did manage to get some scrapping done – but I forgot reset my camera to micro mode so this photo is grainy and glare-ish.  Sorry.  I used Tammy Potter’s Photo Mosaic technique to create four 12 x 12 layouts of our trip to the spring Steeplechase.  I used the new Creative Memories Traveler cartridge to cut the font.  I love the classic style of this font – very clean looking.

Our Wednesday plans include a trip to Michaels and A.C. Moore (with coupons) and lunch at McAlister’s Deli (because I drove and that’s were I want to eat!). 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bridal Shower Card with Graphic45 and Cricut

A few years ago when so many of us began sharing our Cricut Design Studio cut files someone shared a card cut which she called “Anus Lace Edge Card”.  I adore this cut file and will get into more detail momentarily, but first I wanted to apologize – I have no idea who created the original cut file.  At first I thought perhaps it was Jen C., but her cut files usually contain her name.  If you happen to know who created this fabulous cut file PLEASE let me know so that I can thank her again.

Okay, back to today’s card. My friend Beth is preparing for a wedding in her family – her daughter Libby is getting married in a couple of months. I have been invited to a bridal shower for Libby this Saturday and SO unlike me, I have already purchased the gift, done the assigned homework (share a recipe) and now I have created the card!  It is quite unlike me to be this prepared!

I have had this sheet of Graphic45 bridal paper for sometime, but just recently realized that it is PERFECT for a bridal shower card!  With this cardstock in mind, I began looking for the perfect card design to use with this Graphic45 print.  This Anus Lace Card was Perfect base on which to build the Graphic45 card! 

I cut the base card on lightly textured vanilla colored cardstock.  The card front has slits cut for ribbon to run though the card, but I chose to cover that with my base layer of Graphic45.  I cut two rectangular images from the cardstock and using pop dots, I affixed the rectanglular images to the front of the card, building in layers.

I embellished the card with fabulous rose print flower trim.  I trimmed one rose from the strip and glued it to the lower left corner, then I trimmed a three rose section and glued it to the top image layer.  I added gems to the center of the flowers, as well as assorted corners on the Graphic45 cardstock.

The final touchs to the card include the ribbon and knotted "bow" to the middle top layer.  I used an Anna Griffin stamp to create the Best Wishes tag.  A pop dot was placed under the left side of the tag while the right side was pinned to the ribbon.  I just love those tiny pins!!

Here is one last peek at the card - which you click to enlarge.  I hope Libby likes her bridal shower card, I think it is fun and unusual!!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Welcome Penguin Cottage Box

Happy Monday and Welcome to Penguin Cottage!  Today I am sharing my Welcome project for my new neighbor, which just also happens to be this week’s Bitten by the Bug 2 project… Two birds (penguins!!); one stone!  This week’s challenge cut was the Penguin from Jolly Holidays, but I do not have that cartridge so I used the penguin from Joys of the Season. 

I used three cartridges to create the completed box - Joys of the Season for the Penguin, Sweet Tooth Boxes for the box, and Cindy Loo for the word "Welcome".  I cut the house box so that it filled the 12 x 12 mat.  The house was much easier to assemble than many of the previous Cricut building that I have assembled.  Also, the house actually has many details that I omitted (flowers and flower boxes).   And like always, assembly instructions are available in the back of your manual!

I made it so that my penguin is actually a card which opens while still attached to the side of the house – a built in To:/From: card.   I welded two of the penguin shadow cut together to serve as the base card.  I used a light blue damask cardstock to cut the base layer of the penguin and I used a Swiss dot textured cardstock to cut the “coat”.  I covered the black cardstock with black Stickles.

I cut the word “Welcome” from Cindy Loo.  The word was cut to fit across the roof top.  The roof was cut in the same textured Swiss Dot cardstock as the penguin coat and was hand doodled in silver gel pen (my favorite white gel pen died just when I really needed it)!

I finished my Sweet Tooth box by attaching the penguin to the side and tying a fun green polka dot ribbon around the box. All I have left to do is fill the box with brownies and deliver it to my new neighbors!!
I will be at the lake this week with my scrappy girlfriends which means I will be “borrowing” Internet signal from the neighbors at the lake house. I will have several new projects to share, including an unusual bridal shower card. Hopefully everything will post.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Updates Available for Cricut Design Studio

Greetings!  For those of you like me who may not have been paying attention this week, I just discovered that there is a new cartridge content update available for Cricut Design Studio.  The update includes all of the cartridges from recent Hello Thursdays!  I was soooo excited to Fancy Frames and Flower Shoppe availabe.  Sweet Tooth Boxes was also there!!!  Soooo happy!

Just visit the Cricut Design Studio page and log in to download the cartridge content update!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mittens in July???

Happy Monday!  It is a Bitten by the Bug 2 Monday for the design team - except for me!  I did not get to my project this weekend.  My sweet, sweet Design Team sister Penny chose the mittens cut on the Joys of the Season cartridge, hoping to stir up a bit of Christmas in July fun!

I have had a second yucky stomach thing in as many weeks and I took the weekend to finally get well.  I had designed a fun, layered card, but I never spent any time in my scrap room so the file went uncut.  I am sure I will eventually make the card - probably sometime this fall.  However, in the meantime I do have a mitten project to share.

Every Christmas I give out my fabulous yeast rolls to my neighbors and some special friends, and of course they have to be accompanied by a card.  I made this card earlier this year, preparing for next December's card needs.

I used my nesties to cut the two different sized mittens.  I then used Gina K's great mitten stamps to embellish my mittens.

I made the nexties label using the ovals and scalloped ovals.  And again I used the Gina K stamps to add the sentiment.  The phrase reads:  "Fresh Baked Homemade Goodness".  Trust me, the yeast rolls are indeed homemade goodness!!

Please do go by Bitten by the Bug 2 and look a the fabulous mitten projects the design team is sharing.  I confess that I peeked at them early and they are AMAZING!!!  

Thursday, July 7, 2011

My Crazy Dog's Craziest Moment Yet....

I have mentioned my dog Duncan so often in the past that I could not pass up the opportunity to share his craziest moment ever... Or at least his craziest moment to date. 

You may recall that I told you how Duncan reacts when I receive a delivery, barking and whining, trying to get to the box and open it for himself.  Well today's delivery from UPS (my new Creative Memories Cartridge, by the way) arrived, Duncan immediately went into delivery dog mode! 

I took the package and put it on the kitchen counter, stupidly thinking that would discourage Duncan's crazy behavior.  In the meantime I went into the next room.  I heard Duncan made a couple of jumps and yelps at the box, but I thought he would realize that he could not get the box.  Then I heard a drawer open and Duncan gave a little bark.  The photo above is what I found when I went back into the kitchen to investigate. 

There he hung by his harness, looking pathetic.  After screatching OH MY GOSH, DUNCAN!  I ran to the other room and grabbed the camera to snap a couple of photos.  If I had taken the time to check I would have realized the camera was set on micro mode - so the photos were a bit grainy.  However, at least I captured the moment!

And here he is, Duncan the wonder dog, resting atop dad, getting his tummy petted. None the worse for wear, and still my crazy fur-boy!!

Placesetting Pouches with Stand and Salute

Welcome to day three of my three day - three part partriotic posts.  Today I am going to share my super-duper easy stainless placesetting pouches, which are perfect for a picnic!!!  

I used only one cartridge to create these fun pouches, Stand and Salute.  Utilizing Design Studio to cut the basic tag, the star, the square and the American flag top layer, each pouch is made of only four pieces.  I altered the flag shape by stretching it long so that I could use just the striped lower section.   The first step in construction was to use scissors and remove the top of the flag, then to glue the red striped piece to the white square.

I added adhesive to three sides on the reverse of the red and white square and affixed it to the bottom of the navy tag - leaving the top open for the stainless to slip into.  To strengthen the pouches I used my Tim Holtz idea-ology Tiny Attacher Tool and stapled the four corners of the red striped piece.

The pouches above were cute, but I decided to add one more element - a large red button to the middle of each of the stars.  This was a perfect finishing touch!

And look how cut the placesetting pouches looked on my July 4th table.  And just think of the of the color and pattern combinations to match all of your outdoor dining themes!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Patriotic Flowers with Flower Shoppe

Welcome to day two of my patriotic posts.  Today I am going to share the red, white, and blue flowers I used for my July 4th centerpiece.  The flowers were crafted with Cricut's new cartridge, Flower Shoppe!  I was very excited to see this cartridge - I love the 3-D items that can be created with the Cricut, so this cartridge provided me with the possibility of a 3-D flower garden!

One of the great things about this cartridge is the booklet included with the overlay and cartridge.  The book has photos of different flowers and then presents you with the recipe to cut all of the required elements for a single flower.  Nice, huh?

I started with the large red flower above.  I cut this at four inches.  Next, I cut the second from the bottom layer, the blue print petals.  These petals must be cut individually.  Next I cut the basic daisy-ish flower twice, in two sizes and colors.  Last, I cut the red swirl center.

I used quick drying Zip glue to assemble my flowers.  The Zip Glue really does dry quickly.  I began by applying a dab of glue to tab on the red flowers and adhering the tabs.  I used clips to hold the glue until it dried.

Once the glue was dry using my fingers only, I shaped the red petals to curl outward in an apparent opening of the bloom. 

 Next the blue petals were added, followed by the white basic flower and the blue dot basic flower.  I added large heavy-duty glue dots to the middle of the layers to hold the floral wire stem in place. 

The photo below shows how easily the curling flower centers remove from the cutting mat.  Apply adhesive to the back of the swirl cut and roll from the center outward to create centers for each flower.

After attaching the centers to the flowers I added pearls and buttons to the very center of the flowers. 

I cut the flower in different prints, but using the same cut sizes to create the bouquet below.  I can't wait to create another bouquet with the great cartridge!