Monday, August 3, 2020

Summer Fun layout

Happy Monday!  Happy to say the poison ivy is gone...but I managed to catch a respiratory virus with a cough and fever!  Of course the first concern was covid, but I was able to get a covid test from my hospital quickly which I'm very grateful was negative.  I'm really glad I already had my project for this challenge completed ahead of time though, as I haven't felt like doing much for several days, but am finally on the mend.

I'm hosting over at BBTB2 and the challenge for the next two weeks is a summer fun theme.  While this summer is a little unique in that some of our normal summer activities aren't possible, I'm sure each of us has some special things that make summer enjoyable.  Whether that's gardening, swimming, biking, traveling, or having a socially distanced back yard gathering, any new project made with a cricut related to your activity for summer fits the bill!  My layout below uses some images from the Summer Celebrations cricut collection.  You can hop over to the BBTB2 site and see the design team projects and link yours up too.

Summer Celebrations-all cuts
Paper-Echo Park Dots and Stripes, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink for edging
square punch for photo corners

Monday, July 20, 2020

cute critters Here Kitty layout

Happy Monday!  I managed to get poison ivy (even around my eye!!!) while working in my yard last week....the steroids to treat it have left me unable to sleep.  But the silver lining is that I have been sorting and rearranging my craft area, which has needed to be done for a long time!  It's just so much more fun to craft than clean that I don't get around to it often enough!  I've realized I really have a lot of paper I'd forgotten about and am excited to be crafting in a more organized and tidy space.

Our BBTB2 challenge for the next two weeks is a cute critters theme.  We have taken a ridiculous amount of iPhone pictures of our crazy cat, so I knew my project would involve making a cat themed layout!  I used the Meow image collection for all the fun cat images and phrases.  Fortunately I had some cat themed background paper in the stash that I found during the cleaning process!!!   The rest of the design team has some very cute projects over at BBTB2 and you can link yours up as well.

Meow-all cuts
Paper-Echo Park Meow collection prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink for edging

Monday, July 6, 2020

July layout for stars challenge

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a good 4th of July!  My family celebrated at home, smoking some ribs and watching Hamilton.  I highly recommend Hamilton- it lived up to everything I had heard about it!  We've decided watching it as a family will be a new July 4 tradition!

Our BBTB2 challenge for the the next two weeks is to use 3 different sizes of stars on a cricut project.  My scrapbook layout below is for photos I took at home on the 4th.  We grilled, swam, played with sparklers, and watched Hamilton (which Disney released on the 4th).  I used two Miss Kate Cuttables collections, Summer Memories and Chill Out, for all the cricut cuts.  I fell in love with the July title with all the stars!  The designers at BBTB2 have some great star projects to dazzle your eyes and you can link one up too.  I hope you all have a good week and stay well!

Miss Kate Cuttables Summer Memories-popsicle
Miss Kate Cuttables Chill Out-July title, hot air balloon
Paper-Echo Park 4th of July prints, CTMH solids

Monday, June 22, 2020

Summer Sunshine layout

Happy Monday!  I hope you've been able to find some avenues to enjoy a bit of summertime, despite the pandemic.  It's been sunny and hot the last few weeks here in Kansas City, and since we aren't taking a summer vacation this year, we've been trying to enjoy all the sunny days here at home.  My adventures this summer will be tame, but I am finding satisfaction in the quieter pleasures like gardening, sitting on the porch reading, and swimming in the pool.  It's definitely made me appreciate being home in a new way!

Our BBTB2 theme for the next two weeks is the summer solstice-show me the sun.  I had this fun pink paper I've been wanting to use, so my layout is all in shades of pink and brown.  I was trying to make a layout for pictures of relaxing by our pool.  I used two of the CTMH collections with cricut that are favorites of mine, You Are Here and Artistry.  You can see all the fun design team projects that are full of sunshine over at BBTB2 and link up a new cricut project.

CTMH Artistry-polaroid frames
CTMH You Are Here-all other cuts
Paper-Echo Park Summer Party prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink for edging

Monday, June 8, 2020

wedding or anniversary

Happy Monday!  I've missed getting to be crafty recently, as a member of my extended family had to have emergency major surgery a few weeks ago and I've been helping take care of them when not working.  I wanted to participate in our BBTB2 challenge for the next two weeks despite being a little pressed for time, so I managed to get a pretty uncomplicated layout done quickly.  Our challenge theme for the next two weeks is weddings and I had pics from a wedding last year in our extended family waiting in the pile!  I cut the rings from the CTMH You Are Here cartridge and used a font called Shorelines downloaded from Da Fonts for the words.  The cool feature of this font is being able to have the flourishes on the end letters that you see in the names.  I thought it looked really pretty, though it was a bit tricky to get cut out in the gold foil paper.  I hope you all have a great week and you can see the rest of the design team projects over at BBTB2 and link up one of yours too.

CTMH You Are Here-rings
Shoreline font-downloaded from Da Fonts
Paper-from Hobby Lobby, including gold paper

Monday, May 11, 2020

Graduation card

Happy Monday!  I'm hosting the BBTB2 challenge for the next two weeks, which has a graduation theme.  While graduation ceremonies and parties everywhere have been cancelled due to the corona virus, it still feels important to me to mark the occasion with a card or special gift.  My oldest son's girlfriend is graduating from college this year, after having her senior abruptly transitioned to online classes like most students in the country.  I made her a graduation card, using her school colors of black and red.  I used the Varsity Letters cartridge to cut 2020 and added a graduation cap from the Wrap It Up cartridge, as I had a "Hats Off!" sticker for the inside sentiment.  Some embossing on the red mat with the trusty Swiss Dots folder added some texture.  Of all the embossing folders I own, that is the one I use the most!  I love being able to make personalized graduation cards with the school colors and year.  You can see all the design team projects over at BBTB2 and link up a new cricut project of your own to share with us.



Varsity Letters-numbers font
Wrap It Up-graduation cap
Paper-CTMH solids
Sticker-Doodlebug graduation collection
Swiss Dots embossing folder
brown chalk ink for edging

Monday, April 27, 2020

Memorial Day flowers layout

Happy Monday!  I hope your quarantine is going alright.  All the kids in my household seem to be getting used to this new normal, although we seem to be operating on the college schedule of up til 3:00 AM and start the day at noon.  But since no one has to be up early for online class and I work the night shift, it's all good.  My husband already worked from home, so his daily routine hasn't been disrupted at all.  We are all missing seeing family and friends, but are doing our social distancing to stay safe.

Our BBTB2 challenge for the next two weeks is a flower theme.  Mother's Day and Memorial Day are all around the corner and spring flowers are already here, so there are a lot of possibilities with this challenge.  While my scrapbook layout incorporates flowers, it is for some pictures related to Memorial Day so I used very neutral colors.  I have some photos of items from my grandparents' funerals and gravesite that I have always wanted to preserve.  I used several of the CTMH cricut cartridges that I own to make all the accents and the Botanicals cartridge for the font.  You can see the design team projects and link up one of your own over at BBTB2.

Art Philosophy-flowers
Artbooking-background shape, border
Artiste-banner shapes