Monday, May 26, 2014

Hitting the Road Card


Hello everyone.  Happy Memorial Day!!  Today is my day to host the challenge at the Bitten By The Bug 2 blog and because so many of you are on the road for this long weekend, I thought it would be fun to challenge the design team to use a Cricut cut CAR on their projects this week.  Fortunately for all of you, the Design Team did a great job with the car challenge!!



I used two cartridges to make my Car card - Art Deco and Suburbia.  The car and building were cut with Art Deco, and the dashing men were cut with Suburbia.

My card has a bit of story playing out.  Having finished a long week working away in town, this father and son duo are off to the Hamptons for the weekend.  With any luck they will end up at Gatsby's house and swill some champagne.

Note the son is driving.  I like how dad is relaxing and giving the son some fatherly advice as he enjoys the evening drive out of town.


After I posted my photos I realized that I could have done more with the road and diminishing buildings, but quite honestly, I was exhausted as I was finishing the card.  Note to self:  finish the BBTB2 project BEFORE you get pulled into the painting project!  

Doug and I spent the majority of the day painting our dining room.  We will be finishing tomorrow as we had two issues:  1. We ran out of paint with one wall to go, and 2. We have to borrow a neighbor's extension ladder because our tallest ladder is 7 feet tall and we cannot reach the top of the cathedral ceiling points.  Tomorrow in addition to painting the one side wall, we will be painting the top 12 inches of the cathedral walls.  I will post photos later in the week of the finished room.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please do go by the Bitten By The Bug 2 blog and check out the fantastic car projects created by the BBTB2 Design Team.  And as always, we do hope that you will join us this week in the Cricut challenge.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Patriotic Rerun and Catching Up


Hello everyone!  I know I have been missing for a week or so, but much has been going on and I have not even set foot inside my scraproom!!  Gasp!

In addition to moving furniture around the house (will it ever end?), I have attended a wedding shower for MFK's daughter, Diana, and I have shared an unpleasant virus with my daughter.  Actually, given that she is the teacher, I think she shared it with me.  It is completely yucky, and just when you think it is gone, your tummy hurts again!!!


Aside from all of that, wedding invitations are going out and we have six weeks until the wedding.... I am getting so excited!!


But because I have not been inside my scraproom for days and days, I am sharing a greatest hit with you.... Menu Cards for your Patriotic table!  I originally made these cards for a July 4th cookout, but you could use them for Memorial Day too!!






Hey there!  I am back with the last of my three part patriotic tablescape posts.  Today's past is all about the menu.  Often at formal dinners you will find a menu at each place setting.  Sometime ago I decided that I was so fond of the individual menu that I have began using them for more casual dinners also.  And how fun to include your all-American menu on your all-American tablescape?





I used only one cartridge to make the menu cards, Stand and Salute.  I cute the red frame using Cricut Craft Room and the Stand and Salute cartridge.  I then used my paper trimmer to finish the menu cards.  

I added a strip of navy cartstock behind the red stars and then I added a gold glitter cardstock rectangle behind the red frame.  Using Microsoft Word, I created sized text boxes in which I listed the menu items and also added some clip art red stars.  After printing the Word file on to white cardstock, I trimmed the white menu cards apart and glued them over the gold shimmer cardstock.  Very easy!




In the photo above I placed the menu in the middle of the stars and stripes plates, with the napkin off to the right of the place setting.  In the photo below I switched the menu card and napkin around with the menu being off to the side.  I decided that although the photo above looks nice, ultimately I chose to place the menu on the side and put the napkins in the plates. 


Now I must go "un-set" my table and put everything away for a week!  At least I know what I am serving and how I plan to set my table for our July 4th cook out!!!






Monday, May 12, 2014

Wise Owl Graduation Card



Hello everyone.  It is Monday and that means it is time for the weekly Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  This week's Cricut challenge cut (theme) was selected by my sweet Design Team member, Jaren.  Jaren selected the theme of School Days.  The School Days theme includes teacher gifts, field trip layouts, school programs, or, in my case, graduation.  

I knew so many graduates in last weekends college commencements.  So many relatives and children of friends were graduating from several different universities around the county.  I would like to give a special shout out to my VERY impressive twin cousins, Ashley and Karissa.  They graduated from Young Harris and NC State respectively.  Each received special awards and each has been accepted into graduate programs, complete with fellowships, one at Emory and the other at the University of Tennessee.  Congrats ladies.

With graduation on my mind I decided to try the Happy Graduation cartridge for this week's challenge.  I chose this graduating owl, a cut I had never previously dealt with.  I cut the owl in layers, editing the pieces as I went.  I don't know about you, but I think the owl looks depressed. Clearly he did not graduate with the accolades of my cousins!!  I told my husband that this owl is concerned because he does not have a job!!!

I added the two piece cut - the Congrats banner - to the front of my owl card.  Though honestly, this guy needs a sign that reads "Have degree/ Need Job!"  


Please go by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog and check out the much better school projects the design team came up with.  I promise that their projects do not look like they need prozac!  Also, do think about crafting your own school project and joining us in this week's challenge.  All of the challenge rules are on the sidebar at the BBTB2 blog.



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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Feeling Blue Swing Card


I am not really feeling blue, just tired and achy.  As you read this, I am on day three of the big "room switch".  As you might recall, first my mom was planning to move in with us.  Then after a bit of drama, she decided to move in with my brother.  Well, a month after the move would have worked best for us, the offer to live with my brother's family changed.... So once again I am in the middle of getting my house ready for my mom.  Though this time, we are not going to rush to get everything done quickly.

My mom is aware that with the passing of Doug's mother, Doug is spending time in Chattanooga helping his brothers with their mom's house.  Also, we are now down to 60 days to go until the wedding.... and there are other things going on.  So our plan is to work in the move when we can, though mom will be using our guest room when she visits.  If we manage to get her moved in June, that would be a bonus.  But for now we are just making some living area changes.

Monday, Tuesday, and today I have disassembled and moved (with my trusty hand truck) the furniture out of our former office.  Kudos to MFK's (my friend Kathy's) son Kyle for wanting the 5 foot by 4 foot L-shaped desk we had in the office.  His wife also took the recliner (the OLD recliner) for her dad.  Do woo-hoo.  Then I unloaded the dishes from inside the buffet and used the hand truck to move the buffet to the dining room.  Yesterday evening Aaron (my older son) helped me move the HEAVY dining table to its new location.  I then moved the chairs.

Today I am dealing with lingering office junk and possibly the china cabinet.  I have a lot of office junk that needs to be sorted and organized.  Sigh.... I hope that by the time I head out to my mom's for the weekend I will have phase one of this move under control.


So... Now that you know what is going on in my life.... mostly.... Let's get back to my card!  When I made my Mother's Day Card for this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge, I ran across this pretty blue floral print scrap of card stock.  I literally only had a 7 x 7 inch scrap of this paper, but I love it so much and thought it might make a wonderful blue swing (or flip) card!


I used the same cut file that I had previously used to make the pink Mother's Day card.  This time instead of stamping and making flowers, I used micro-tipped scissors and hand cut some of the flowers and leaves from my paper scraps that we left after I cut the two panel covers (above).  I especially like the flowers on the white tag shapes, on the front and on the inside.


I did not add any stamping to this card because I thought I would wait and see how I actually use this card. It could easily be a thank you card or a condolence card.... Or just a thinking of you card.  By not adding a sentiment now, I have more options later.


Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my Feeling Blue card.  If you are still reading you deserve an award!!!

Oh one other note on my life - - I will be spending tomorrow at the Charlotte's, the Bridal store in downtown Aiken.  My dress for the wedding arrive and while I LOVE the style and silhouette, the bosom is a bit (cough, cough) small.  In other words, FAR too much of me shows with this dress!!  I cannot, will not, wear this dress to my daughter's wedding (or any place else without a lace insert).  In the meantime, I have decided to go for plan B and purchase a new dress.  I just hope they can get my dress in on time!!  Fingers crossed everyone!


Monday, May 5, 2014

Mother's Day Swing Card



Hello everyone, welcome to this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge post.  Our lovely Design Team member, Emily, selected this week's obvious challenge - A Mother's Day Project.   Well done Emily!  This gave me the opportunity to finish my mom's card a week early!!  

I will actually be spending part of Mother's Day with my mom.  We are planning to attend a Mother-Daughter banquet at her church next Saturday night.  I joined her last year and it was very nice so I anticipate a equally pleasant experience this year!



For the Mother's Day challenge I used two Close to my Heart cartridges - Artiste and Art Philosophy - and created this flip style card.  I used Cricut Craft Room to design and size my card elements.  With the multi pink hues, the flowers and the delicate greenery, I think this card is very feminine and pretty.  



I used a stylus and foam pad to shape and add dimension to the flower after I attached the centers together.  After shaping, I glued button centers onto the flowers and glued the flowers onto the card.



I used Close To My Heart ink and stamps to add additional flowers and the word MOM to the front of the card.

Thank you for stopping by today and checking out my BBTB2 project for the week.  Please do go by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog and check out the Mother's Day projects that Emily and the rest of the Design Team members created for this week.  After viewing the Design Team projects, create your Mother's Day project and link up with us at the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog!


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          May - Stamp of the Month - You've Got a Friend



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Dates: Offer valid May 1, 2014 (9:00 MDT) – May 31, 2014 (11:59 pm MDT).


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Here's the Scoop on the Bridal Shower


Hello everyone!  Today I am going to share the details of Bethany's second bridal shower of the weekend - Sunday's Ice Cream Sundae shower!  My friends Peggy and her daughter Megan hosted an adorable, fun themed shower featuring ice cream sundaes frozen and served in mason jars, with a topping bar and cookie and pastry bar!  While anything but light and lean, the shower was darling (!) and so much fun!


Bethany received many beautiful and useful items from her bridal registries, including dishes, a mixer, camping stove and coffee maker, serveware, and small appliances.  Honestly I cannot remember all of the wonderful things she received.  Our friends were so generous and so kind!!  We truly have the best friends EV-ERRR!


Just like with Saturday's shower, I decorated my gift bags and gift card to coordinate with the theme of the shower.  While I had no idea exactly what Peggy and Megan planned to do with ice cream, I knew that this shower theme included ice cream.

I found the fun ice cream cart cut in the Silhouette store.  The only problem I had with the cut was that it did not have a base on which to build the cart.  After cutting the individual pieces, I assembled the pieces on the virtual cutting mat in the software, welded the pieces together, and offset the card at 0.0 inches to create a background the size of the cart.  This worked great as a base on which to assemble the pieces.  I used large foam dots to adhere the ice cream cart to gift bag #1.


For my second gift bag I used an ice cream cone cut.  This ice cream cone was actually part of the ice cream card from Silhouette.  After making the card, I enlarged the ice cream cone and cut it at 11.7 inches tall.   I embellished the large cone with buttons and used large foam dots to attach the cone to the bag.


The card came out so cute with the addition of a stamped sentiment and pink and white twist twine embellishment.


Bailey, Bethany's maid of honor, was a wonderful help at the beverage station.  Peggy severed fruit flavored iced tea and lemon infused water in adorably decorated mason jars.  The jars were just darling!!


I thought you might like a close up on the beverage jar - just so cute!!


Shortly before the guests arrived Peggy pulled this tub of frozen ice cream filled mason jars from her freezer. She decorated the jars in coordinating ribbons, raffia, and buttons.  Beside the tub of ice cream was a toppings bar that included chocolate, strawberry, and caramel toppings, sprinkles, praline crunch topping. cherries, and whipped cream.  This was so fun and SO YUMMY!

If you look closely at the photo below you will see that Peggy and Megan also framed Bethany and John's save the date card.  How cute is that?


The ice cream sundaes were a huge hit.  Everyone loved them, especially John's sister and nephew!  The baby was so funny and he loved the ice cream.  He also was fascinated by Bailey's long hair and hat.


I am so grateful to my friends for hosting and attending the bridal shower... and for those who could not attend but still sent gifts!! Wow.  Again, I have the best friends EV-ERRR!


I am happy that the bridal showers are behind us for a bit - though there are still two more, I believe.  We are down to the final two months until the wedding and I find we are all getting more excited!

Thanks for stopping by today and reading about Bethany's ice cream shower!!