Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year Bear


Hello everyone - happy new year's eve!  This adorable little new year Teddy Bear wants to wish you all a Happy New Year.  He crept out of his crib and is rockin' in the new year with his karaoke machine.  But bedtime is coming quickly for this little guy. 

This is one of my hybrid cards - I combined the Cricut Teddy Bear Parade cartridge with a card I designed and cut with the Silhouette Cameo, and finished with Close To My Heart stamps.



The base card, a side step card, was cut in a white, blue and brown subtle print cardstock from my stash.  I cut the doors and drawer in white cardstock.  The drawer and doors inset pieces were cut from the reverse of the base cardstock.  The drawer and door handles are gold brads.

I used the "3 way rectangle frame" from the Silhouette America store to create the mirror on the armour.  I cut the basic frame in white cardstock.  Using the shadow feature, I created a craft cardstock frame.  I added silver cardstock for the mirror. 


As I said above, I used Cricut's Teddy Bear Parade  cartridge to cut my new year baby bear.  I love this little bear; he is sooo sweet.  His diaper, sash, and hat all coordinate with the ink I used on the stamps.   I chalked the Bear's cheeks and then highlighted his cheeks, nose, eyes and hat with white ink.  The bear was then mounted onto the card with pop dots.


I cut two shapes to fit my Close To My Heart stamps and stamped the date on one shape and "let's celebrate" on the other shape before adding them to the front of the card.   I finished the card by adding the confetti cuts and the karaoke mike. 

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you have plans tonight for new year's eve please be safe on the roads! 

I wish you each a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013!!



Friday, December 28, 2012

Personalized Acrylic Cups with Vinyl Decor



Hello everyone.  I am back today to share a Christmas gift project I made before Christmas.  Of course I could not post about the project earlier because I did not want one of the recipients to sneak a peek on my blog.  I made four embellished 16 ounce acrylic cups for my children.  I tried to match the designs to the recipients' personalities.



My daughter-in-law to be, Crissie, is a high school theater teacher so I used happy and sad masks on Crissie's cup.  I LOVE the crowns on the masks!  I used the Silhouette Mardi Gras mask cut file to make the masks.  I copied the mask and removed the over the eye embellishment on the sad face.  I also turned the smile upside down to create the sad face. I saved the negative diamond cut outs and used them to embellish the cup.  I also black and white layered random dots.  The back side of this cup is embellished with Crissie's initials.



Bethany's cup may have been my favorite - though it was difficult to photograph.  Bethany's cup is embellished with green, black and white polka dot shoes!  This shoe cut is just adorable.  I added Bethany's initials in lime green to the back of the cup and I added black and white polka dots randomly around the cup.



Ian's cup is embellished with a four layer guitar, which is perfect for him. This is the USA ROCKS Silhouette cut file.  I edited away the words and enlarged some of the stars to use as embellishments.  I also added Ian's name to the back of the cup using a psychedelic font.  Note:  those red striped are placed indiviually!!



The final cup was made for Aaron and features his favorite comic character - The Batman.  Aaron had quite a Batman infused Christmas; the batman was an on-going gift theme from several people to Aaron.  Again this Batman logo file is available in the Silhouette America store.

I was a bit disappointed in my poor photographic skills with the acrylic cups.... they really turned out quite nice but the photos do not reflect that.

I will be back on Monday with a new project.  In the meantime I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Update:  A lot of readers have asked for information about the file used to cut the high heels on Bethany's cup.  The file can be found in the Silhouette America store.  Use the search feature with key words "fancy heels".  

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Getting Back to Normal - Almost....


Hello everyone!  I hope you have all enjoyed a lovely Christmas - we certainly have at our house.  Today is our first steps back toward normal life.  Aaron and Crissie have returned home and Ian is looking at the calendar to determine his date to return to Atlanta.   Bethany is excited to start teaching second grade full-time after the new year... and Doug and I are ready for life to settle down again.  Personally I am ready to spend a little less time in the kitchen, though we have had some wonderful meals over the last week.

Yesterday we had our two final salutes to the Christmas season.  The "kids" and I spent some time frosting our cutout sugar cookies and the gateau bon bons (though we had eaten half of the bon bons unfrosted).  For those of you who are new to the blog since last Christmas, my children take Christmas cookies to a whole new level and do not know how to do a traditional frosted cookie. 


If the cookies in the photo above look boringly normal that is because I frosted them!  My cookies were, for the most part, very traditional looking.  Of course they drew rolling of the eyes a disappointed glances from my offspring!!  LOL

The cookies below are a better example of my kids' cookies.  The cookies in this photo were frosted by my future daughter-in-law, Crissie.  I thought she did a nice job on her Hulk figure, the "traditional" snowman, her Jesus angle, and her fun fish and trees.

Here is a peek at my creative three:  Bethany, Aaron, and Ian (yes, Ian grew a beard since Thanksgiving!). 

Below are a few of Aaron's cookies:  Spiderman badge, pirate snowman, angry tree, and hangman cane.  He also had a great Ninja Turtle that was not photographed.


In the photo below Crissie is working hard while Bethany is hardly working! 

After our cookie afternoon, we had a wonderful dinner - Doug grilled out for us!  After dinner we were joined by our friends the Garlands' for sodas, Christmas cookies, and card games!  So now we are going to get back to normal... Or at least our household version of normal!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be back soon with another post.



Monday, December 24, 2012

FALALALALA Nugget Boxes


Hello everyone!  Normally this would be a Bitten by the Bug 2 Monday, but the design team is on Christmas break for the next two week.  BBTB2 will return on January 7th, but in the meantime the team is enjoying a bit of holiday down time.

I have a fun size nugget box to share with you today.  I used parts of three silhouette cut files to create these adorable little boxes: 3D Candy Box (but I changed the top), Falalalala Card (from which I only used one card front), and a holly cut. 




The boxes were sized to hold nine Hershey's nuggets.  I replaced the decorative cut on the top of the box with a round corner rectangle sized to fit the Falalalala cut.  I used scrap pieces of acetate to fill the window opening.  I wrapped the boxes with 3/8ths inch red ribbon and topped the ribbon with the holly cut. 

 

I made five of the little nugget boxes and took them to a "girlfriend" get together along with Christmas cards.  I realize that I should have wrapped the nuggets, but the boxes were a last minute idea! 

I hope that everyone is ready for the holidays!  I will be doing a bit of cooking over the next couple of days, but otherwise I plan to enjoy time with my family!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Last Day of Gift Tags


Happy Friday everyone.  Only four more days until Christmas!!!  Have you finished your shopping and wrapping?  I am still baking - mostly so that I have a nice selection of goodies - but otherwise I am ready!  My younger son is coming home tomorrow and Aaron & Crissie will arrive on Christmas eve.  I am excited that we will all be together for Christmas this year!!

I have two final Christmas tags to share with you today.  Above are two of my drummer boy tags.  These guys are so cute with their detailed drums and blank faces.  I actually added eyes to the drummers just to give the some expression! 

I cut white snowflakes to add to the edge of the tag - an edge cut snowflake from another tag.   The tags themselves were cut in Christmas word print card stock - another of my favorite Christmas card stock prints!


I have two final Christmas tags to share with you today. The second is this fun three piece nutcracker on a music tag. I cut the nutcracker in red, with black shoes and a white background. I "borrowed" the tag shape from a set of printable tags and cut them in my favorite music card stock. I added a bit of holly from another cut file and the oval for an easy to read "to/from" area.


Above you can see the nutcracker and drummer boy in action on their packages! 

Thanks for stopping by today - I have enjoyed sharing some of my Christmas tags with you. 


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Yes, Even More Christmas Tags....



Hello everyone!  I am back for day three of my Christmas Tagapalooza!  Today I have three more Silhouette Cameo tags to share.  The Santa above is a treat bag topper that I changed into a Christmas tag.  As I did with other tags, an oval cut was added on which to write the "to/from" information.   I really liked this Santa so I made two of this tag. 



The Merry Christmas ornament tag above is such an easy cut file.  Again my only addition was the to/from oval.  This tag is also about 4.5 inches tall.  You can see this tag on a package in the photo below. 



Today's final tag is this fun Santa Claus tag.  This tag is SO SUPER SIMPLE, but looks adorable.  I used bright red cardstock with black, white and gold trim.  How cute would this be with a fur-like trim along the bottom edge?


Below you can see the Santa tag on the package.  I made four of these Santa tags - one for each of my children and one for our future d-i-l.  They are each getting the same techie gift (the same except the colors) so I wrapped the packages all the same.  That way they can open those at the same time and not ruin any one's surprise.    Also under the tree you can see the Christas bag I made with the Artiste cartridge. 



Tomorrow is my final day of Christmas tags and I hope you will stop by for the wrap up.  Thanks for dropping by today!



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

And More Christmas Tags....


Hello everyone.  For those of us on the Christmas countdown - only six more days until Christmas!  I had the best news today - all of my children will be home for Christmas day this year!!  That made me so happy and too, I pointed out to my older son that the news also made my "Do not open until Dec 25th" Christmas Tags more relevant!   

Speaking of Christmas tags, I am back to share three more of my fun tags with you today.  Again all of the tags featured today were cut with the Silhouette Cameo.  The fun penguin above was a simple cut file from the Silhouette store.  The only extra I added to the penguin is the oval "to/from" tag.



The joy tag is part of a set of Joy tags available in one Silhouette cut file.  I did made a couple of changes to this file.  I welded a the outside shape to the detailed cut to turn the tag into a card.  I them cut the inside layer with printed cardstock.  I thought gave a bit more detail to the tag.


My final tag to day is this fun ice skating snowman.  The snowman is also a single cut file for the Silhouette store, except I add the holy cut to his hat.  Truly he needed that festive holiday touch!


I finally wrapped package last night so I can now include images of the tags on some packages.   Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be back with day three of Christmas tags tomorrow!




Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Tags for My Packages


Hello everyone!  With only 7 days (!!) until Christmas I thought I would offer you some gift tag ideas for your packages.  I have four days of gift tags planned this week, each day featuring a different style of tag.

Today I am sharing my VERY tall Nutcracker gift tags.  These tags were made using the Silhouette Cameo and three Silhouette cut files.  The basic tag shape was from a completely different tag set, but I cut the tag shape only, sized to fit my tall Nutcracker boys!




The smaller of the tags features what I call the "Beefeater" Nutcracker.  He reminds me of the British Beefeater.  I like his uniform and gold trim, but I really like his happy face. 


The second Nutcracker is my tall Prince.  He looks so stately in his uniform and crown, as if he is attending a State affair.  What I like about this Nutcracker, other than his royalty, is his gray hair and facial hair.  My prince is aging a bit, but still very elegant in his uniform.



I used Christmas music cardstock to cut the tag shapes and I added two white ovals to the tags - on which to write the to/from names.   Once I add ribbon to the tags, they are going to look wonderful on my sons' gifts!!

Tomorrow I will share two different tags so please plan to drop back by to see those! 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Santa Layout with BBTB2


Hello everyone... Welcome the final Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge of 2012!  Our design team will be taking the next two Mondays off to finish their holiday shopping, baking, wrapping, and celebrating!!  I hate that we will be gone for two weeks, BUT.... There will be some changes when we return in 2013!! 

But back to today.... Today is the final BBTB2 challenge of 2012, selected by my wonderful design team sister, Brenda.   Brenda selected a wonderful Christmas theme: Santa!  The BBTB2 challenge of the week is to create a project using any Cricut cut Santa.  You can then share your Santa project with us by linking to the BBTB2 site.

I used the Cricut Christmas cartridge - formerly known as Christmas Noel - to create a scrapbook layout.  This is page one of my two page layout. 


As I mentioned above, I only used one cartridge to create this layout.  I cut two Santa's - the first is this wonderful historic looking Santa.  I cut the Santa in red with white fur trim on a navy background.  I also cut the rocking horse.  I cut the horse in red with a navy shadow and black and blue trim. 



Again from the same cartridge I cut a 6.5 inch tall nutcracker.  Doug and I have a nutcracker collection that comes out each Christmas so to us nutcrackers scream Christmas!  I cut the nutcracker in navy blue on a light blue shadow.  The nutcracker has white and gold trim and a natural face.


The second Santa on my layout is flying off into the night in his reindeer pulled sleigh.  This is a silhouette style cut - I cut the background in light blue and the foreground in navy blue. 

I used 1.5 inch wide red and white striped ribbon as an accent.  Using large glue dots I added a bow over the main photo as well as the Dec 25 tag.  I also added a strip of ribbon on the upper left corner of the layout.


The designer paper I selected for this layout are kind of fun and yet it has a touch of tradition in the color scheme.  My daughter informed me that my layout looks like Americana Christmas with the red, white and blues.  I used a 12 x 6 inch strip of dotted cardstock, a 12 x 3 inch strip of snowflake cardstock, as well as the St Nick strip and the Jolly Old Saint Nicholas strip. 


Above is a final look a the layout page.  Please remember that we love it when you join us in the weekly Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  Complete your project using at least one Cricut cut Santa and link the project under this week's post at BBTB2!  For more inspiration be sure to go by the BBTB2 blog and check out the design team's wonderful Santa projects!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with a fun holiday post to share.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Cookie Exchange Get Together


Hello everyone!  Yes, I know that I have been missing ALL week!  I have actually been busy, except for yesterday.  Tuesday I worked on recipe cards for my cookie exchange.  Due to illness and other obligations, our my turn out for the cookie exchange was low - but we did each end up with five dozen cookies.  Well, all except me.  I made two types of cookies for the exchange when my friend Ruth could not make it, so I ended up with ten dozen mixed cookies!!!  The good news is even though the turn out was low, the fellowship and cookies were excellent. 



I used my Silhouette Cameo and laser printer to create my recipe cards for the cookie exchange.  I printed my recipe on white cardstock and cut each recipe into three sections.  I put the title and ingredients on the front of the recipe card (above).  I add the other two sections of the recipe to the inside of the recipe card. 



I used the same basic Silhouette cut file for the second recipe card. On this card I added a cut out to the front middle of the card.  I manipulated the lower right corner of the square to create an inside outline around the holly leaves.  I duplicated the outside cut line and cut a solid red piece for the inside of the recipe card.  Just as with the first card I cut the recipe into three pieces, placing the title and ingredients to the front and the instructions to the inside.


And how were the cookies?  OUTSTANDING!!!  My friend Peggy and her mother-in-law made beautiful Bon bon cookies.  My hubby adores these!


My friend Susan Miller made White Chocolate Cranberry cookies which are FABULOUS!  So yummy!


Not to be outdone, because she was not, our friend Toby made Ginger Snaps! 


I made two types of cookies, Apricot Pastry Cookies and Chocolate Chip Rugelach.  Both turned out well and I have nibbled on far too many of them!


And here we are enjoying one another:  Toby, Susan M., me, and Peggy!!  Such wonderful friends and super-nice people.  I am so lucky to be friends with these ladies!!