Baby Shower Card

Hey there!  I am back for a mid-week baby card post.  I made this cute card way back in January for a friend's baby shower.  I then promptly misplaced the card for four months.  In fact, when I mailed the baby gift I had to include a different card because this card was still AWOL.  In the cleaning of my scraproom the card was finally unearthed.  On my desk.  That should tell you a lot about the state of my desk.

I used an SVG file to create this cute overall card.  However, I honestly do not recall where I obtained the SVG file.  :(  I also used Close To My Heart card stock, solids and prints, to create this cute card.  

So the good news is I have a card for the next baby boy shower... The bad news is the intended recipient received "card B" with her baby gifts.  

Stars and Stripes Decor

Hello everyone.  I am hosting this week's Bitten By The Bug 2 Cricut challenge.  With July 4th just around the corner I challenged the Design Team to create projects that include Cricut cut STARS. 

I was very excited to see that Dreaming Tree 3-D SVGs released a new patriotic set just in time for my star spangled challenge.   I chose to use the hat centerpiece from Dreaming Tree as the main element of my project.  I also used the Cricut Independence Day cartridge on this project.  I added the layered phase, Stars and Stripes, using the layered cut from Independence Day.  I think it looks like it was part of the original design.

My hat centerpiece may not be assembled with perfection, but I had to create the project before Mary and Leo released the assembly instructions.  I had to wing it in a couple of places!  Overall, I am happy with the end result.  The hat is now front and center (on a flag runner) on my dining table.

As a warning, do not try this at home (!!), but I used real flame candles in my faux candles for the photos.  Why you ask?  Well you know how we all save things for years and years and then when we finally need them we just tossed them out the week before? Well that was me with the battery powered tea lights.  I tossed them while cleaning out furniture during the flooring installation.  Seriously.  Luckily I had some real little tea lights that worked well.  I burned them only long enough to take photo!

Have you been by Bitten by the Bug 2 blog yet this week?  The Design Team created five-star projects for this week's challenge.  You should definitely checkout their impressive projects, then create your own Star studded project and link in to the Stars challenge at Bitten By the Bug 2.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope to return with another project midweek.

Twin Hydrangea Blooms

Hello everyone.  I hope that you had a nice Father's Day weekend.  Today I am going to share this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge project.  My very talented Design Team sister, Lynn, is hosting this week's challenge. Lynn asked us to honor all of those Gemini out there and create a projects feature two of the same item Cricut cut item.  I chose these hydrangeas from the Walk in My Garden cartridge.

I used the same card shape as last week, the round top card from Classically Modern Cards.  The flowers and flower pot are from Walk in My Garden, and the tag is from Art Philosophy.  

As much as I like this card, I had a very difficult time obtaining a photo which gives a realistic impression of the card.  The photos do not capture the depth or the colors accurately.  I actually took three sets of photos and found I was not happy with any of them.  

If you have not already done so, please do go by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog and check out the MUCH BETTER Gemini Twin projects the design team created.  I promise you will not be disappointed.  If you get a chance we would love to have you join us in this week's Cricut Challenge.  Create your own twins project and link to the Gemini Twins project at BBTB2.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Father's Day Card

Hello everyone.  I am finally back from my blogging hiatus with a new  Bitten By The Bug 2 challenge post.  My sweet and talented design team sister, Michelle, is hosting this week's Cricut Challenge.  With Father's Day quickly approaching, Michelle has challenged us to create Father's Day or Masculine projects for the this week.

I have to tell you, I am soooo happy that I can get back into my scrap room that I had a lot of fun making this card.  First, I used four cartridges and one set of Close To My Heart stamps to create this card.  The card shape is from the Classically Modern Cards cartridge.  I removed the Hot Air Balloon on the front of the card (using the contours feature to remove cuts), leaving me with a round top, rectangular card.  This card shape was PERFECT for my "Dad" character I created.

Using basic shapes, CTMH Artistry for the glasses and mustache, Autumn Celebration for the eyes ( they were on a monster!), and Photo Props for the hair, I created the Dad character.  As I searched Design Space and gathered my cuts, I have to tell you I laughed out loud when I searched "man hair" and found this comb over!  Who would have thought?   

I love this bushy mustache from the Artistry cartridge and I also like the coordinating CTMH stamp I used on the mustache (from stamp #C1542 Perfect Fit - Dad, a Father's Day set).  I used this same stamp set to add the decoration to the eyeglasses.   

I thought about just stamping Happy Father's Day on the front of the card, but I decided to use the Text Feature and write Best Dad Ever on the tie.  I tilted the text and attached it to the tie in Design Space.  

Do not laugh, but this card is for my husband from Duncan, our dog.  While Doug does not sport either a comb-over or a handle bar mustache, he does have beautiful blue eyes and his hair has grayed.  

I do hope that you plan to create a Father's Day card or two this week.  Please be sure to share them with us at BBTB2.  Just link in under the Father's Day post using the linky tool.  I cannot wait to see what you create!!

My final flooring project update:  

We have finished all of the floors.  Doug put down the final board in the long hallway on Sunday afternoon.  We are celebrating a project well done, but mostly we are celebrating the word DONE!  A few final photos with the new window treatments and the bar open for business again:

One of our last to-do's is a new rug for the dining room.  While I love this rug, it is too red/cranberry for my "blue phase" decorating.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  I do hope you join us at BBTB2 this week.

DIYing Ourselves One Project Too Far

Hello everyone.  I know that it has been two weeks since I posted a project on my blog, and that I am now missing my second Bitten By The Bug 2 challenge in two weeks (!!), but I have not been sitting around twiddling my thumbs.  I have been very busy since the Friday before Memorial Day.   

Doug and I decided to switch out the carpet in our home for wood flooring, and to save the cost of installation and do it ourselves (with serious help).  I think I can safely say that this is the LAST big project that we will DIY.  The flooring looks fabulous, but I am not going to lie, it was a BIG JOB.  

My job began the night before we actually started on the floors.  I had to remove the all of the china, crystal, etc. from the china cabinet, the buffet, and all of the glassware and china from the antique cabinet in the hallway.   Remember my once clean scraproom I wanted to share with you?  It is now the home to all of the boxes of china cabinet, etc., contents.  I literally can not cross the room to my desk because we have stored so many boxes in the scraproom.  So, I am missing the challenge again this week.  The good news is, however, that we moved all of the furniture back into place in the dining room so I WILL have a project next week.  I WILL be emptying out my scraproom again this week.

The photos above show some of the transitions in the flooring project.  In the top photo my older son, Aaron, is taking up the carpet tack strips in the dining room after removing carpeting and padding.  

In the second photo I am attempting to show you how nice the floor in the dining room looks.  It may be difficult for you to discern the proportions as the ceiling in the dining room is 18 feet high.  I was trying, without great success, to show you the floor and the wall of "where we have been" photos. 

The third photo is of Doug and our wonderful son-in-law, John, working on one of two hallways.  We discovered that doorways are the worst!!  Not only did John and Aaron assist us, but also our daughter-in-law, Crissie, was a huge help.  In addition to family members, two of our neighbors donated time to our flooring.  Each of them had also done their own wood flooring.  Their expertise helped us a lot.

The photos above and below are of our great room.  Do not look too closely or you will see DVDs on the mantle, stamp sets on the coffee table, etc.  As in the other rooms, I have not finished all of the details in this room either.  I still need to switch out the window treatments, the candles in all of the holders (to change the colors), and to finish putting away displaced "stuff."   But at least you can get an idea of how far we have come.   I am hoping that this next week sees us settled in and getting back to normal.

I will be back with a Close To My Heart post later this week.  I have all of the June news to share with you.  But for now, I am going to go pass out in my bed.  This DIY flooring thing is NOT for wimps!!