Monday, November 28, 2016

Xmas wreaths

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  My husband brined and smoked a turkey and our family gathering ate the ENTIRE turkey for lunch!!!!  We had to eat frozen pizza for Thanksgiving supper, because there were no leftovers.  Of much of anything.  That's three teenage boy appetites for you (and the turkey WAS really delish...).  But it was a lovely day full of family and a nap-you can't ask for much more from life than that, really.

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to use a Christmas wreath and I have a couple of easy projects to share.  I'm sure you're not surprised to see I am still working my way through all the goodness of the Flower Market cartridge with all 3 of these projects.  The design team has some amazing Christmas inspiration for you over at BBTB2 and this week's challenge is a great way for you to get going on some holiday projects!

Project #1
My layout below for Christmas pictures is similar to another layout I did a few weeks ago, also with a Christmas wreath, just trying out one of the other wreath choices.  

Project #2
This is one of my Christmas cards this year.  I was going for a rustic and simple look with the woodgrain background paper.   The wreath and bow are from Flower Market and I stamped the Merry Christmas in the center.  Fast and easy, so a good one for mass production!

Project #3
This is yet another wreath from Flower Market, still with the woodgrain paper.  I added some red stickle for berries on this one, and it's also pretty fast and easy to mass produce.  
Flower Market-all cuts
Paper-TPC studio woodgrain, CTMH solids
Ink-Stampin Up Early Espresso

Monday, November 21, 2016

Full of Thanks layout

Happy Monday!  I am looking forward to Thanksgiving goodness this week after working a bunch of extra shifts last week.  While I have to work at the hospital on Black Friday, I have Thanksgiving day off to enjoy with our extended family and we are planning to cook up a feast.  My husband is brining and then smoking a about mouth-watering goodness!  But on to crafty goodness!

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to use the word "thanks" or "thankful" on a project.  I've kind of been on a roll with my new Flower Market cartridge (seriously love) and used it for this week's Full of Thanks layout as well.  Isn't that sunflower cut awesome???  Actually all the cuts are awesome!  You should get it!!!!  The design team has some great stuff for you to see on the BBTB2 blog and we hope you'll join us with a project.

Artistry-all cuts
Paper-CTMH Rustic Fundamentals background print, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink
square punch for photo corners

Monday, November 14, 2016

Thanksgiving layout

Happy Monday!  I think we can all heave a sigh of relief that last week is over and think about happier things like....the holidays!  I am hosting our BBTB2 challenge this week and have selected a Thanksgiving theme for the week.  For my Thanksgiving layout,  I used a CTMH paper pack called Swan Lake for the print papers and several different cartridges, including Artbooking and Artiste.  I had to add a pie (from the Flower Market cartridge), since Thanksgiving is all about the turkey and pie for my family!  Hope you will be able to have some fun this week and be creative.  You can link up a project over at BBTB2 and see the design team's creations.

Artiste-Thanksgiving title
Artbooking-polaroid photo mats, arrow
Flower Market-pie, With Love phrase
Plaintain Schoolbook-circle
Paper-CTMH Swan Lake prints, CTMH solids

Monday, November 7, 2016

Christmas layout with pinecone and poinsettia

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week to use something from nature on a Thanksgiving or Christmas project.  I'm really enjoying creating with my new CTMH Flower Market cartridge I got for my birthday, which is full of nature icons, including the pinecone and poinsettia on this Christmas layout.  It is full of beautiful wreaths and banners like the one below too.  The design team has some beautiful projects over at BBTB2 for you to see and you can link up a project this week as you create some Christmas projects or Thanksgiving decor.

Flower Market-all cuts
Paper-CTMH solids
brown chalk ink for edges

Monday, October 31, 2016

card with a flourish

Happy Halloween Monday!  I had to hide all the candy in the garage to keep the fellas out of it for the trick or treaters tonight!  I've managed to keep myself out of it too, until I had to sneak a few nibbles this afternoon...too much temptation!  It's hard to believe it's the end of October already!

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to use a flourish or swirl on a project...there are SO many to choose from that I had a hard time narrowing it down!  I'm in the middle of making Christmas cards andI always like to make at least one all white version, so  I used the poinsettia from the new Flower Market cartridge that I got for my birthday, but cut it all in white.  The flourishes are from the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge, an oldie but goodie!  Sorry my picture is so dark...the glare off of the white made it really difficult to photograph.  The design team has some great projects over at BBTB2, so go take a look!

Stretch Your Imagination-flourishes
Flower Market-poinsettia
Paper-white heavy weight cardstock
rhinestone-American Crafts

Monday, October 24, 2016

Football layout

Happy Monday!  We have a football themed challenge over at BBTB2 this week...cue the Friday Night Lights!  I've spent time on the bleachers this fall cheering on our high school team and watching Son#2 perform with the marching band, so I have a lot of pictures to scrap!

My football layout below could be customized for any school or NFL team by changing the colors.  I found this awesome football field background cut on the Sports Mania cartridge to get my layout started.  Our school colors are purple and gold, so my photo mats and lettering use those colors.  The Varsity Letters font gave that "school" feeling font for the high school initials.  And then of course I had to add a football!  While my layout will be of the band marching their half-time show on the field, this would work well for sports pictures if you have an athlete or get to attend an NFL or college game. Hope you will join us with a project and go see the design team projects over at BBTB2!

Edited to add:  The background is the Sports Mania cartridge, not the All Sports.

Sports Mania-background football field cut at fit to page
Varsity Letters-NKC font
CM This and That-font for half time show, football

Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween theme

Happy Monday!  Boy, fall is flying by-marching band season ends this weekend and leaves are falling, yet the weather cannot decide if it's Indian summer or cooler rainy fall weather.  We are having both!!!  I wore my winter coat one day last week, shorts and flip-flops another day.  My high schoolers won't leave home without their coat and
umbrellas, just in case!

Halloween is coming up in a few short weeks and we have a Halloween themed challenge over at BBTB2.  It's the perfect time to whip up a treat bag for that special someone or make a spooky themed decoration!  I will be attending an orchestra concert the night before Halloween at the middle school, with the orchestra playing in their costumes!  Should make for some interesting concert pictures, to say the least, so I made a layout.  I knew I wanted to find a way to use the Halloween word jumble from the Artistry cartridge, so I incorporated it as a design element.  Hope you will join us over at BBTB2 by linking up a Halloween project of your own this week!

Artistry-bat, circle, and Halloween word jumble
Paper-DCWV All Seasons prints, CTMH solids