Friday, July 29, 2011

Blue Birthday

Happy Friday everyone, hope you have some fun plans for the weekend! My Hubby's birthday is tomorrow and so I thought I better get busy and make a card for him. Celebrate The Occasion is having a challenge this week to make something "Any Occasion (blue and white)". I wanted to support my team and enter something, so I thought why not make my husbands birthday card blue and white. I got my inspiration for this card from a design by Ryann Salamon.

I cut out a 5 1/2" X 4 1/4" card from white cardstock. I covered the front, with some blue magic mesh. I cut a strip of blue cardstcok 12" long and pleated it with my scor pal. 1" then 1/2", then 1" then 1/2" and so on. Stapled the pleated piece to the card. Then I Added a star cut at 2 3/4" with George and Basic Shapes, a ticket that I added a birthday rub on to, a word sticker and a button.

Pretty simple, but makes a nice masculine card I think. Why don't you head over to Celebrate The Occasion and show us your creation in blue and white!!

Supplies used: cardstock - white, 2 shades of blue, magic mesh in blue, blue staples - Making Memories; blue man ticket - Jenni Bowlin; George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge; word sticker - Authentique; rub on - Franks sidekicks by American Crafts; button and floss - my stash

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

First Love

These pictures of Michelle (my granddaughter) and her Daddy were taken at Asilomar Beach on our trip to Monterey. I thought they were just to precious not to scrapbook. I used the red stars from her sweatshirt as inspiration to add a punch of red to my layout. I am entering it in the challenge at Creative Scrappers.

Here is the sketch from Creative Scrappers:

A couple close ups:

Supplies used: cardstock - blue, yellow; patterned papers - Barefoot Surf, Barefoot Bubbles, Barefoot Cutouts - all from Barefoot & bliss by Bo Bunny; word stickers - Kitch sticker market by the girl's paperie; chipboard letters - Holiday Traditions by Anna Griffin; buttons - my stash; bakers twine - Papertrey Inc.

Looking forward to the weekend, how about you?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Home Frame

I saw this darling Home Decor project by Kristen Swain in the Jun/Jul copy of Cricut magazine. I just had to do my own version to hang in my entry!!

I started with a frame from Walmart, I think it was only $8! I removed the mat and sprayed it with Adirondack Color Wash in Lettuce. I picked four different papers for the picture openings. The grass was cut with the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge (I cut two out using the fit to length feature set at 7 1/4") and the letters are Tall Ball from Plantin Schoolbook cut at 3 1/4".
I cut 3/4" strips of paper length wise and glue them to the mat. Over the bottom strip I added a textured border sticker.

The house replaced the letter O. I cut the house at 4" with Going Places. The roof is strips of paper that I border punched and glued together. I decorated the roof with some buttons, put some paper behind the door opening and added a black pearl for a doorknob. I attached the house with pop dots to give it more dimension.

I used glue dots to attach the ribbon to the back and several places on the front so it would look more flowing.

Supplies used: patterned papers - Remnant in Odds & Ends, Strawberry Fields in Garden Variety, Brunch and Sunrise in Early Bird, Tall Sally in Jitterbug all by Cosmo Cricket, Life Creme by 7Gypsies, Weathered Thyme by Lasting Impressions; Adirondack Color Wash in Lettuce by Ranger Industries; textured border sticker in Chloe by Three Bugs In A Rug; border punch - EK Success; black pearl - Bo Bunny; buttons - Crate Paper and SEI; ribbon - Comstock by We R Memory Keepers; Plantin Schoolbook and Going Places Cricut cartridges; Pop Dots; Glue Dots.

Thanks for taking a look!!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Be Yourself

Our family had so much fun on our vacation to Monterey/Pacific Grove! I got a few shots of us being silly at Asilomar Beach.  I wanted these funny photos to be the focus of the layout so I kept the embellishments to a minimum.  Also with 5 large pictures I didn't want the layout to get to busy.  I used a sketch from Sketchy Thursdays and am entering it in this weeks challenge there as well as the challenge at Whimsical Wednesday.

Here is the sketch from Sketchy Thursdays:

For Whimsical Wednesday the challenge this week is to design a scrapbook page, any theme of your choice, but it must include something interactive.

I put my silly smiley face on a pig tails chipboard spring, so it would move.

A close up shot of the title.

Supplies used: cardstock - blue, green, light grey; patterned paper - Barefoot Word in Barefoot 7 bliss by Bo Bunny; journal sticker - Remarks by American Crafts; pig tails chipboard spring by Piggy Tails; title and face cut at 2 1/2" with Graphically Speaking Cricut cartridge, sewing machine.

Hope everyone had a great start to their week!

PinkBlingCrafter is having a blogaversary!!!

My friend Norma over at Pink Bling Crafter is having her one year blog anniversary!!!
She's giving away a super cool prize package full of neat goodies!!

Her blog is always full of fun inspiration and she's a Stampin Up demonstrator so you can get lots of fun products from her.

Pop on over to her blog and check it out, you won't be sorry.
Show her some love while your there!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Princess Peanut

My nickname for my granddaughter Michelle is Princess Peanut. I've been calling her that since she was born and about the size of a peanut. Her first birthday party is today and my daughter is having a teddy bear princess party. She's making a darling teddy bear cake with a pan she got at Williams Sonoma, and making a dress, crown and wand with fondant. I made a banner and some treat sacks for her party and they will be in a future post for Celebrate The Occasion.

Today I am posting the card I made for her using the sketch from Mojo Monday this week. I am entering into the challenge for this week.

This is the sketch:

Supplies used: Cardstock - pink, turquoise, black, white, gold glitter; patterned paper - Princess Tiara from Ever After by pebbles; Labels 1 and Lacey Circles Nestabilities by Spellbinder; ribbon - Michael's; rhinestones - Lush by My Minds Eye; border punch - Martha Stweart; Swiss Dots embossing folder by Sizzix; crown cut from Once Upon A Princess Cricut cartridge cut at 1 1/4"; Pop Dots

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 21, 2011


My grandfather, Howard Johnson, was always a very dapper man. He always dressed very nicely and I have two old photos of him which show that. I created this layout with them and originally was hoping to enter it into the DT call at Twisted Sketches, but because of problems with my computer I couldn't get it in by the deadline last night :(. I had wanted the photos to be in the same tone, but I did not have the negatives and could not seem to scan them and get a decent looking copy to alter. After a few tries, I gave up trying to scan the black & white photo and change it to sepia, and just went with the original photo's I had.

Anyway, here is the layout:

And here is the sketch. The Twist to this sketch is "Vintage" - whichever way that word moves you to create - it can be in the title, the feeling from the photo, product you used on your layout - whatever goes!

Some close-ups of my rosettes, one is from fabric paper.

Supplies used: cardstock kraft, burgundy, core'dinations Black Magic Collection; patterned paper - Life's Journey Green Stripe Flat Paper by K & Co.; Mixed Mini Stripe, A Proper Gentleman Borders from A Proper Gentleman Collection by Graphic 45, Red Houndstooth by Jenni Bowlin, linen fabric cardstock; brads - Making Memories; rosettes made with Tim Holtz Alterations dies by Sizzix; journaling tag - Jenni Bowlin; Glubers by Cosmo Cricket; Letters cut with Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge at 2" and 1 1/2"

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Magic Box

Why is it that no matter what the super new toy you've just bought for your child is, they find playing in a box the most fascinating??? Well, it seems to be true for Jeff and Michelle!
They had a ball playing in this box, and I just had to scrap the pic.

I am entering it in this weeks challenge at Stuck On U Sketches.

Here is the sketch:

I tried a new technique (for me) and I used a template to ink up the corners. I added some paper scraps and stitched them with my machine, along with a nice big button and some antique game parts.

Did similar with the bottom corner.

And some more machine stitching.

Supplies used: cardstock - kraft, brown; patterned paper - Build, Play Date, Story Time and Explore from Toy Box Collection by Crate Paper; 6 x 6 Mini Webbing template by The Crafter's Workshop; Green Ink Dot; antique game pieces - Jenni Bowlin; buttons, twine - my stash; thread - Mettler; sewing machine.

Wish we could all get the joy from playing in a box that children do!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Exciting News

I have been so excited since I found out and could hardly wait until today to tell you the news!!!
I made the design team for Celebrate The Occasion!
If you have never been to this challenge blog you should definatly go check it out. It is a challenge blog to celebrate special occasions throughout the year! It was one of the first challenge blogs I found when I started blogging. I love holidays and special occasions and I have always enjoyed entering their challenges, so naturally when I found out they had a call out for DT's I threw my hat into the ring.

They asked for a birthday themed project and I came up with a birthday party set that I call "Hot Diggity Dog":

For the invitation I made a 4 1/4" card with a pocket. I cut the Dalmatian out at 2 1/2" with the Create A Critter Cricut cartridge and for the dog bone I used pluto-s cut at "fit to length" 5 1/2" with Disney & Friends cartridge. The font I used is Comic Sans.

For the cupcake wrapper I used the Life's A Party Cricut cartridge. I cut the wrapper on pg 56 and the wrapper on pg 41. Both were cut at "fit to length" 8". For the topper I used the Accent Essentials cartridge to cut the circles, accmt1s cut at 2 1/2" and accnt9s cut at 2 1/4". The dalmatian was cut at 2 1/4" with Create A Critter.

I went on to make a goodie bag, starting off with a plain paper lunch sack. I stamped across the bottom of the sack with the paw from I Heart Dog in the Friends Furever line by We R Memory Keepers.
I covered the front of the bag with red cardstock. Added a dalmatian, again cut with Create A Critter, this time at 3 1/4". I attached a yellow tag with the childs name and Doggie Bag printed using Comic Sans font on white cardstock and matted with black. Embellished the tag with ribbon as well as punching holes in the top of the bag and using ribbon to tie it closed.

Supplies use: cardstock - red, yellow, black, white, light grey; eyelets - We R Memory Keepers; ribbon - American Crafts; stamp - I Heart Dogs in Friends Furever by We R Memory Keepers; paper lunch sack; wood skewer; font - Comic Sans

I hope you'll join me for some fun over at Celebrate The Occasion, all the DT's have some wonderful projects to show you!!!

I know you'll enjoy the challenges, so come on over and play with us!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Rooster Plate

I saw this plate yesterday at Goodwill when my daughter and I were making the thrift store rounds.
When I saw it, I knew just what I wanted to do with it!

For only .99 it was a pretty easy decision.

I came home and went to My Cut Search and typed in Rooster to see what cartridges had roosters in them. There were three that I really liked. Rather than waste vinyl I cut them out in black paper so that I could try each of them out on my plate.

This one is from "From My Kitchen"

This one is from "Wall Decor and More".

And last, this one is from "Just Because Cards"

I ended up liking the rooster from "Wall Decor and More" the best on the plate. I cut it out @ 7" from black vinyl, applied it to the plate and ended up with this.

Easy Peasy!!!! And, here it is, in its place, in my kitchen.

Thanks for looking!!!

Hope your having a great weekend!!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011


My second post for today.

Ok, I was in the corny mood!
While I was making the card for the Twisted Sketches challenge, I decided to go for another one.
And, here it is:
The inside of the card reads: Congratulations

Supplies used: cardstock - three shades of green, brown; patterned paper - Magic in the Sky in Sunny Happy Skies by Bella Blvd. and a paper by Sweetwater; fonts - Garamond and Broadway; ribbon - American Crafts; lime cut from Preserves Cricut cartridge; Pop Dots

Have a fun weekend!!

Your Grape

I went thrift store shopping with my daughter today and found some cool stuff. Got a couple things I may add some vinyl to and use for decor (future post). My daughter got some pretty plates with yellow roses on them. We came home and added some vinyl silhouettes of an antique sewing machine on one and a dress form on the other. They look super cute!

Anyway, on to todays post. I made this card for the challenge over at Twisted Sketches
Here is the sketch:
And the twist is "green".

Supplies used: Cardstock - three shades of green, brown; patterned paper - Magic in the Sky in Sunny Happy Skies by Bella Blvd.; ribbon - American Crafts; fonts - Hobo Std and CluffHmk; Grapes and leaves cut at 3 1/2" with Preserves Cricut cartridge; Pop Dots

Hope everyone had a wonderfuL Friday!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sweet Surprises

We had a gorgeous day here in Reno today!! Enjoyed a little time at the pool today.

I have a card to share that I made for the challenge at Card Patterns
I fussy cut the flowers from the ice cream headache paper, if you notice the petals are ice cream treats!
This week we were to use sketch #123

Supplies used; cardstock - pink; patterned paper -Ice Cream Headache & Candy Bag from Life of the Party by Basic Grey; brads - American Crafts; paper frills in cupcake by Doodlebug; rhinestone in ladybug by Doodlebug; Stickles in platinum and diamond; fonts - Freebooter Script and Geneva; ice cream cone cut at 3 1/2" with A Child's Year Cricut cartridge; Pop Dots

Have a relaxing evening all!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

You Are My Sunshine

I have a second post for today. Yesterday my grandkids came over and my grandson Jeff looked so cute, like a little man, in his sunglasses. I wanted to take a picture of him, but he refused.
His sister Michelle was more than willing, so I took a bunch of shots of her in his glasses.
I picked my favorite two to do layout of. I am entering this layout in the challenge at Sketchy Thursdays.
This weeks sketch is:
I did a little doodling!
And I popped the banner off the page with Pop Dots

Supplies used: cardstock - cream, blue, green, pink; patterned paper- Lazy Summer Stripes and Die Cut Shapes from Lazy Summer by Three Bugs In A Rug; border punch - EK Success; doodling stencils - Sweetwater; Pop Dots

Have a great evening!

Wastin' Time

Actually I don't consider hanging out with either of my grandkids a waste of time, but I wanted to twist the lyrics of "Sittin' By The Dock Of The Bay" to use in this layout. Michelle was sitting on the dock playing with one of the ropes used to tie up the boats and I was making sure she didn't decided to jump (fall) in.
My family was hanging out at our friends dock at Donner Lake on the 4th.

I am entering this layout in Creative Scrappers.
This was the sketch:
I cut the title letters out with my Wall Decor and More Cricut cartridge which I recently won from By Adrian 4 U during her blogaversary! Thank you again Adrian!
This cute little vintage chipboard piece is from Jenni Bowlin.
And these darling wooden buttons are from Sweetwater, which I think is not in existence anymore :(.

Supplies used: cardstock - kraft, blue; patterned paper - Stars of Loyalty, Petticoat Plaid, Celebration Banner and patriotic Polkadot from American Made by My Minds Eye; ink - Royal Blue by ColorBox; buttons - Sweetwater; twine - Papertrey Inc.; Magic Mesh; stickers - Est 1776 - Reminisce; vintage embellishment - Jenni Bowlin; letters cut with Wall Decor and More Cricut cartridge; font - LD Beatnik

Hope you enjoy taking a peek, and your comments always make my heart happy!