Monday, August 22, 2016

Summer Flowers layout

Happy Monday!  School has started and we are struggling to get back in the groove!  I got spoiled with not having to get up at 6:00 AM in July and early August.  There's a reason I work nights….I am a night owl and I HATE mornings!!!!  Apparently everyone else does too, judging from the early morning level of gloom when I get the kids up...

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is summer flowers.  I cut one of the flower shapes from the Artistry cartridge and stamped the flowers and leaves with the corresponding images from a CTMH stamp set that coordinates with the cartridge.  I used some other stamps from the same set (you can see better by clicking on the layout), including cutting and stamping the title Better Together block (also from Artistry).  The paper is a cute flower print from Doodlebug.  Go check out the garden of goodness from the other BBTB2 designers and link up your summer flowers!

Cricut:
Artistry-flowers, leaves, Better Together shape
Paper-Doodlebug Spring Garden print, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink
CTMH whimsy pigment inks in juniper, pixie, and canary
Memento Tuxedo black ink
Stamps-La Vie En Rose set from CTMH

Monday, August 15, 2016

Wedding/Anniversary

Happy Monday!  School is starting for the kids this Wednesday, but we are going to try to squeeze in some last minute fun before the grind begins.  We are going to the zoo today to both see the animals and collect pokemon-apparently there is a Pokestop at nearly every exhibit (I am somewhat baffled by this Pokemon Go phenomenon, but my teens have forced me to learn!).  Then it's off to the high school and middle school for Meet the Teacher night.

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is a wedding/anniversary theme and I have a non-traditional kind of anniversary layout to share, using the Groovy Times cartridge.  My hubby and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this year and I wanted something fun, bright, and happy for some of those sweet and silly pics taken over the years.  It's very groovy, yes?  But it will suit the pictures perfectly!  The rest of the BBTB2 team have some great projects to share and you can link up yours too to share with us.  Hope you all have a great week!


Cricut:
Groovy Times-all cuts
Paper-CTMH solids
brown chalk ink

Monday, August 8, 2016

Coffee/Tea Hi friend card

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 theme this week is coffee or tea.  While I don't drink coffee,  I deeply love tea (Constant Comment and Earl Grey are my favorites)!  I used an older cartridge favorite, Lyrical Letters, to make my simple card because I loved this cute little tea cup with "hi friend" attached!  I added a few hearts too (from the Sweethearts phrase on LL), because having tea while catching up with friends always makes my heart happy!  A little pen work around the edges to finish it off and this card was done!  It was also super fast to make, which is always a plus!




Cricut:
Lyrical Letters-all cuts
Paper-CTMH solids
brown chalk ink
black gel pen
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Monday, August 1, 2016

Sea Animals layout

Happy Monday!  I have spent the weekend in the very picturesque Eureka Springs, Arkansas sightseeing and listening to lots of great music for the finale concerts at strings camp (two of my boys are violinists and have had a week full of classical music).  So I'm a little wiped out today, after driving them the many hours back to KC!  Diet Coke to the rescue!!!!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to use a sea animal on a project.  I was scrapping some pics from swimming with the stingrays in Grand Cayman last summer and included several sea critters from the Family Album cartridge.  They (along with the anchor) come from the aquarium layout and the fishing layout designs in the handbook.  I was so happy to have a cartridge with a stingray!!!!!  In case you are wondering, the rays at Stingray City were very friendly, swimming all around us and eating food out of our hands!  It was my boys' favorite thing we did on our cruise.  The designers at BBTB2 have some super cute sea animals to share, so be sure to check them out and link up a project this week!


Cricut:
Family Album-fish, stingray, anchor, turtle
Paper-bg paper/stickers is Carta Bella, CTMH solids
square punch for photo corners

Monday, July 25, 2016

Happy Birthday layout

Happy Monday!  It's birthday time over at BBTB2 this week and I have several fun birthday layouts to share.  My extended family is big and we celebrate lots of birthdays together each year, so I make lots of birthday spreads.  The first one uses Birthday Bash for the title and Doodlecharms for the present and journal box.  I love a bright, colorful birthday page and the Doodlebug print paper was just the thing!

Cricut:
Birthday Bash-title
Doodlecharms-present, journal box
Paper-Doodlebug prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink, square punch for photo corners

This layout uses the Artistry cartridge for the Celebrate title block, decal to which I added the birthday boy's age, and the Happy Birthday font.

Cricut:
Artistry-all cuts
Paper-Bo Bunny prints Surprise collection prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink, square punch for photo corners

This next layout uses the Artbooking cartridge for the title and stack of presents with softer, more pastel colors.  (It was not for one of the boys' birthdays, lol!)

Cricut:
Artbooking-Happy Birthday and stack of presents
Paper-CTMH Kaleidescope prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink

Last, I have another layout using the Artbooking cartridge-I'll show it to you with the picture added of my Dad and the grandkids all blowing out the birthday candles for his 75th.  I did a little stamping for the stars on this one.

Cricut:
Artbooking-make a wish title
Paper-CTMH Magical print paper, CTMH solids
Stamp/Ink-star from the CTMH The Authentic Everyday Life set, Stampin Up poppy parade ink

Go see all the birthday goodness over at BBTB2 and link up your project this week!
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Around the World-travel theme

Happy Monday!   Our BBTB2 challenge this week is Around the World, a travel theme.  Since I just got back from vacay driving to Colorado, I thought what could be more nostalgia inducing than a Route 66 road trip layout for those snapshots along the way?  I used the Nifty Fifties cartridge and some map paper from the stash to make this layout.  The stamps on the the journal box are from a CTMH stamp set called The Long Way Home.  The design team has some fabulous travel themed projects over at BBTB2 and you can link your project up using the linky at the bottom there.

Route 66 layout

Cricut:
Nifty Fifties-all cuts
Paper-The Paper Studio map paper, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink
Stamps-CTMH The Long Way Home June 2016 stamp of the month set
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black

Monday, July 11, 2016

It's a summer beach and pool layout bonanza!!!

Happy Monday!  Coming back to the real world after vacation is requiring much diet Coke to the rescue today!!!  We had a great trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CO and I took tons of amazing pictures.  While I make no claims to being anything special as a photographer, the pictures practically take themselves when you are someplace so beautiful with a nice camera and I can't wait to scrapbook all of our adventures!  So before I get to the crafty stuff, I'll share a little Rocky Mountain goodness…

My fellas
Having lunch about 4 miles into a hike, by Mills Lake in RMNP
Atlantic or Pacific?  It's the Continental Divide!
from Trail Ridge Road in RMNP
Hiking RMNP
Horseback riding in RMNP
and most importantly, the view from the hot tub at our condo!


So, the BBTB2 challenge this week is Fun in the Sun, celebrating the pool or beach.  I have lots of beachy goodness to share, as I've been scrapping pictures from our vacation last year.  So feel that ocean breeze while you browse my 8 summer themed beach/pool layouts here and go over to BBTB2, where the team has lots of fun projects to see.  (I have more beach/cruise layouts here on this post and more yet under the summer tab on the sidebar, if you are looking for ideas for a summer layouts.)
Layout #1
Cricut:
Life Is A Beach-bucket and shovel
Be Young-Be Free font
Paper/stickers-Echo Park prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink
square punch for photo corners

Layout #2
Cricut:
CM Traveler-title, flip flops
Paper-Echo Park print, CTMH solids
Doodlebug skittles
brown chalk ink

Layout #3
Cricut:
Pack Your Bags-all cuts
Paper-Carta Bella prints, CTMH solids
square punch for photo corners
brown chalk ink

Layout #4
No cricut on this one.
Paper-Carta Bella print/stickers, CTMH solids
square punch for photo corners
brown and navy chalk ink

Layout #5
Cricut:
A Child's Year-boy and beach cuts, title font
Plaintaitn Schoolbook-circle
Paper/Stickers-Echo Park, CTMH solids
square punch for photo corners
brown chalk ink

Layout #6
No cricut on this one
Paper-Echo Park prints/stickers, CTMH solids
Echo Park skittles
brown chalk ink
black pen

Layout #7
Cricut:
Pack Your Bags-flip flops/sunglasses, beach ball
Stork's Delivery-Frogs and Snails font
Paper-Echo Park prints/stickers, CTMH solids
square punch
brown chalk ink

Layout #8
Cricut:
Pack Your Bags-all cuts
Paper-Bo Bunny prints/stickers, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink


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