Monday, August 14, 2017

Back to School

Hello Monday!  Well, it's going to be a big life change moving my oldest son into his college dorm for his freshman year this weekend!  While he is going to school close to home, I'm still really going to miss him.  This letting go part of parenting is harder than I thought.  It's back to school week for the other two as well, with my middle son starting his junior year of high school and my youngest starting his freshman year of high school.

As I am hosting the BBTB2 challenge this week, I selected Back to School as our challenge theme.  I always take first day of school pics, so I made my layout using the Artbooking and Locker Talk cartridges.  Gotta have your backpack to be ready to go, right?  I'm going to have to make another project to capture the college move in.  The rest of the design team over at BBTB2 has some great projects to see and you can link yours up too!


Cricut:
Artbooking-titles
Locker Talk-locker, backpack
Paper-Echo Park prints, green/blue solids, CTMH red
brown chalk ink

Monday, August 7, 2017

Gift tags

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge theme this week is gift tags or bags.  I rarely decorate gift bags, as teenage boys aren't generally too impressed with packaging.  But gift tags are always handy to have around, so I whipped up a few different ones for the challenge with Art Philosophy.


Baby Shower tag
First off, I made one for an upcoming baby shower, using one of the many Art Philosophy cartridge tag options.  I decorated it with a onesie cut from the Stork's Delivery cartridge.  A little ribbon and twine finished it off.

Art Philosophy-tag and layer cut at 3.5 in.
Stork's Delivery-onesie cut at 2.75 in.
Paper-CTMH solids, Echo Park polka dot
ribbon-Stampin Up
twine-My Mind's Eye

Birthday tag
This birthday tag uses another one of the many tag cuts on Art Philosophy, plus a cupcake!  Because who doesn't like cupcakes?

Art Philosophy-tag and layer cut at 3.5 in., cupcake cut at 2.75 in.
Paper-CTMH solids
ribbon-Stampin Up
twine-My Mind's Eye
sprinkle-Doodlebug

More Birthday tags
I used the Art Philosophy cartridge again to cut these tags.  The cartridge came with some stamp sets, which have stamps that coordinate with the tags cut.  I used some of the stamps to jazz up these two birthday tags.
Cricut:
Art Philosophy-tags
Stamp set-CTMH Packages, Boxes, and Tags Occasions (goes with Art Philosophy)
Ink-CTMH crystal blue and sorbet

Monday, July 31, 2017

Flower Basket card

Happy Monday!  The weather has moderated to much more pleasant temperatures here in KC, for which I am very grateful.  We are just finishing up a major home renovation project, which has included adding a screened in porch and I am loving being out there now that the weather isn't quite so hot!  Although I'm sure the hot weather will come back, lol!  So our BBTB2 challenge this week is flower accents.  I made a birthday card using the Flower Market cartridge with a hanging basket of flowers, inspired by this card I found on Pinterest.  (Can I just say how much I LOVE Pinterest?  Although it is a major time-suck...I can get lost browsing!).  The design team has some gorgeous flowers for you to see and you can link up your project this week over at BBTB2.




Cricut:
Flower Market-flowers, hanging basket, greenery
Paper-CTMH solids
brick embossing folder
Sentiment-CTMH Sending Smiles stamp set (with Flower Market cartridge bundle)
rhinestones-Stampin Up
twine

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sun, Sand, and Sea layout

Happy Monday!  It is HOT HOT HOT here in KC with heat indexes well over 100 degrees and our BBTB2 challenge happens to be water fun.  What better way to cool off, right?  It's almost too miserable to be outside here even if you're in water!!  While I normally have lots of pool pictures to scrap, we have been in the middle of a huge pool and deck renovation this summer, so we haven't gotten to swim much.  So I dug back through the "to be scrapped pile" and made two different layouts for pics of Caribbean water fun from awhile back.   You can see all the design team projects over at BBTB2 and link up a project, as always.
Layout #1
This first one uses the CM Traveler cartridge for all the cricut cuts for pics of the boys while we were climbing Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica.


Cricut:
CM Traveler-title, sun, surfboards, wave
Paper-Echo Park, CTMH
brown chalk ink

Layout #2
This layout was for snorkeling pics looking at the coral in Labadee, Haiti.  I used the Life Is A Beach cartridge for the font and cute little submarine.


Cricut:
Life Is A Beach-font, submarine
Paper and washing tape-Doodlebug
brown chalk ink

Monday, July 17, 2017

Glam Artiste gift card holder

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to make a 3D project.  I am generally not much for 3D decorative items because with 3 teenage boys and a crazy cat, rapid destruction is pretty much  guaranteed.  With that in mind,  I decided to make one of the gift card holders from the Artiste cartridge for a niece's birthday for my 3D project.  My birthday plan is to get her a Sephora gift card (she can have fun at what we call the make-up candy store), so I cut the cute nail polish bottle and lipstick from the Forever Young cartridge to "glam" up my gift card holder.  I love the gift card holder on Artiste and have cut often-it was actually the reason I bought the cartridge!!!  (Because with teens, you get them gift cards or cash....that's what they want!). There are lots of darling 3D projects over at BBTB2 to see that hopefully won't be destroyed immediately,  unlike at my house, so please go check them out and you can link up one of your own.



Cricut:
Artiste-gift card holder
Forever Young-nail polish, lipstick, glam title
Paper-CTMH solids, green Echo Park

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sweet Summer Treats layout

Happy Monday!  Is it hot and muggy where you live?  It sure is here in Missouri, making it the perfect time for sweet summer treats of all kinds to cool off!  Sweet summer treats is our challenge theme this week at BBTB2.  My ALL the desserts layout has a funny story:  we went on a cruise two summers ago, and the kids were thrilled to discover you could order more than one dessert for dinner (in fact, you could order ALL the desserts if you wanted).  Well, with three teenage boys, I think we sampled all the desserts every single meal.  There was an abundance of ice cream, cakes, and chocolate treats consumed!  Pretty soon the waiters just stopped asking and brought us everything, lol!  There are some pretty funny dessert pics that will go on this layout, which I accented with the adorable ice cream and popsicles from the Simply Charmed cartridge.  I thought this Echo Park dessert paper was most appropriate!  There are lots of yummy projects to see over at BBTB2 and you can link up your own project, as always.


Cricut:
Simply Charmed-ice cream cone, popsicles
Type Candy-Better than Chocolate font
Paper-Echo Park Summer Dreams prints, CTMH solids

Monday, July 3, 2017

Red, White, and Blue 4th of July layout

Happy Monday!  Are you having some holiday weekend fun?  I have been working all weekend at the hospital, including tonight but will at least be off for the fireworks on the evening of the 4th.  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is Red, White, and Blue.  Since I know I will be taking some pics tomorrow night, I made a 4th of July themed layout.


Cricut:
Create A Critter 2-title
Plaintain Schoolbook-circles, star
Paper-Doodlebug prints, CTMH solids
Stickers-Bella Blvd
brown chalk ink
square punch for photo corners