Friday, August 30, 2013

Dinosaur Roar layout (for Exploring Cricut)

Hey, it's my day for the daily project at Exploring Cricut!  Do you have kiddos who like dinosaurs? Even though my boys are big, they STILL like dinos, so when we had the opportunity to see the most complete T-rex skeleton ever found at The Field Museum in Chicago, they were pumped!  I got lots of fun pictures, so you'll probably see another dinosaur layout at some point, but here's the first one.

I used the Dinosaur Tracks cartridge for my T-rex (and the letter square font is also from Dinosaur Tracks).  But never fear if you don't have that cart, as several other carts have dinosaurs (Create A Critter, Boys Will Be Boys, and Paper Doll Dress Up, just to name a few!).  In fact, my volcano and greenery are from the PDDU cart.  The print and background papers are from an old Basic Grey line called Archaic.   I added some embossing to my t-rex to give him some texture to complement his fierce looks, lol!

Dinosaur Tracks-t-rex and font
Paper Doll Dress Up-greenery and volcano
Paper-Basic Grey Archaic for prints and bg, solids for cricut cuts are CTMH
brown chalk ink

Hope you enjoyed this and check out all our daily projects at Exploring Cricut or on the Facebook page!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sun Sand & Sea layout (for BBTB2)

It's my week to host the BBTB2 challenge!  I chose a water theme for these days of summer heat, so Let's Get Wet is our challenge.  I don't know about where you live, but it's been stinkin' hot here!  And my air conditioner died last week-we were so happy when the new one kicked on!  (I clearly would not have survived as a pioneer...)

I made a layout of my son waterskiing, using the CM Traveler cartridge for all the cuts.  I cut two of the surfboards to make my water skis-they kind of look like a pair of combos, don't you think?  (Provocraft  people-you need to make a cut for a slalom water ski, please!)  I love the fun journal box cut-it was kind of unique and different!  I really try to leave some place to write a bit about the event on most of my layouts, so the date and details don't get forgotten.

CM Traveler-all cuts
Paper-Fancy Pants Down By the Shore bg paper, CTMH solids

Get out your cricut and play along with us this week!  Any new project with a water theme fits the bill, so post it over at BBTB2 for us to see :)

Zoo Day layout (for Exploring Cricut)

The challenge this week for Exploring Cricut is fun and easy:  2 cricut die cuts from ANY cartridges on a project!   While trying to tackle a backlog of zoo pictures, I made a layout using the Zoo Day cricut lite cartridge for the titles and the CM This and That cartridge for the paw prints and journal box.   Clean, simple, and yet hopefully fun!

Zoo Day-titles
CM This and That-pawprint cuts, journal box
Paper-BG paper is Color Bok Beach Collection, solids CTMH
brown chalk ink

Have fun checking out the rest of the design team's projects for some cricut inspiration and play along over at Exploring Cricut this week!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Lake layout (for BBTB2)

It's a new week at BBTB2 with a new challenge-Summer Heat is for the Birds.  I used the Life as a Beach cartridge to make a layout for some pictures taken while we were boating at the lake.  I love the seagulls and  pelican on the LAB cart!  I also like the font very much, even though it does not have a shadow.  It was one of the very first cartridges I bought when I first got my cricut.  All the cuts on this layout are from LAB, including the fun school of fish.

Life As a Beach-all cuts
Paper-bg paper is from the Colorbok Beach House collection, solids CTMH
brown chalk ink

Please do play along with us-we love seeing all the wonderful projects you make at BBTB2!  The design team have some super inspiration to look at over at BBTB2, as always.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Seal of Approval layout

 What is summer without a trip to the zoo?  I've now got lots of zoo pictures to scrap!   I kept to a clean and simple design, for some pictures from the sky tram and from the sea lion show.  The title and seal die cut are from the Animal Kingdom cartridge (and yes, they did tell us at the show that sea lions and seals are NOT the same thing, but ....close enough for me!).  I put a sun from Life As A Beach on the other side, to make the design look balanced.   The paper and stickers are from the fabulous Echo Park collection All About a Boy.  And the stickers were absolutely perfect for my layout (you can read them better in the close-ups-you will LAUGH)!

Animal Kingdom-seal, title
Life As A Beach-sun
Paper/stickers-Echo Park It's All About A Boy collection, solids CTMH and CM
brown chalk ink

I'm going to link this to the Little Scrap Pieces anything goes challenge this week.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Wedding layout

It's my day for the daily project at Exploring Cricut and I've got a wedding layout for you.  We attended a wedding last summer and I got some great pictures of Son#2 dancing with the bride, who was his teacher!

My layout uses several cartridges.  The bridal couple are from Stretch Your Imagination.  The bride die cut is jazzed up with some embossing and liquid pearls on her dress.  The "Here Comes the Bride" title is from Sweethearts and the other cuts are all from Formal Occasion, including the journal box frame and flowers.   The background paper is from the DCWV Formal Occasions stack.

Sweethearts-Here Comes the Bride
Formal Occasion-all other cuts
Paper-bg paper from the DCWV Formal Affair stack, solids are CM and CTMH

Be sure and check out the daily project at Exploring Cricut every day-there is something new to see from all the great design team members!

Monday, August 12, 2013

I have two posts today:

My post for the Disney challenge for Exploring Cricut is just below-it has crafty goodness with Donald Duck!  Scroll down one post and I have a post for the moon and stars challenge at BBTB2, complete with moon, stars, and rocket ships.  Hope you have a week full of sunshine and kiddos heading back off to school!

Downtown Disney (for Exploring Cricut)

It's a Disney challenge this week at Exploring Cricut!  I love all things Disney, so I was VERY excited to dig into my stack of Disney pictures waiting for a scrapbook home.   I made a layout for some pictures of my boys at Downtown Disney, many of which were taken at the LEGO store.  (It is the biggest LEGO store I have ever seen-if you have boys, definitely a must see!)  I used the Mickey and Friends cartridge for pictures of Donald Duck and his boat and other cuts and the Mickey Font for the title.  The Mickey Font is one of my absolute favorite fonts-so chunky and fun!  The Disney cut is also on the Mickey Font cartridge.

Did you know you can take a boat ride to Downtown Disney from many of the DisneyWorld hotels?  That's how I got these shots from the water!  It was super fun and relaxing to cruise down the river to get there.

Mickey Font-titles
Mickey and Friends-all other cuts (Donald and the boat are both cut at 5 inches, anchor at 21/2 inches, little sailboat at 11/2 inches)
Paper-print is from a Disney stack, solids CTMH
brown chalk ink

So I will leave you with the fun Disney game we play over dinner sometimes for a laugh-which Disney character are you?  The funny part is that your dining companions have to decide, and it's not always the character you think you should be.  For example, I really feel like I should be Ariel or Minnnie Mouse, but my family does not agree and made me be Pooh!  Try it-it's pretty hilarious.  And join us for our challenge at Exploring Cricut this week :)

Out of this World layout (for Exploring Cricut)

Can a layout be out of this world?  I had so much fun making this layout for the BBTB2 this week!  Our DT sister Julie's challenge for us:  use a cricut moon and/or stars on a project.  I was pumped about this, becausewhile on vacation in Chicago last month, we went to the planetarium, so I made a layout for my planetarium pics.  Here it is:

I found the perfect title on the Nifty Fifties cartridge, of all places (for both the font and the Out of this World title)!  Here's how I found it-I used My Cut search (  For those of you who have never heard of it, My Cut Search is a free website that has a library of all the cricut cuts with a search function (it was made by a cricut user who has a programmer spouse).  You type in what you are looking for and you can see all the possible options from all the cartridges.  I use it to help me when I want to cut an image that I know is on many cartridges.  In this case, I was searching for rockets when I found my title.  I picked the stars from Plaintain Schoolbook and a moon from Create A Critter when I searched moon and stars.

Edited to add:  I don't have a gypsy, but for those that do, I'm told there is a search feature on it that will do the same thing.  Thanks Jaren!

Nifty Fifties-title, font
Create A Critter-moon
Plaintain Schoolbook-stars
Paper-DCWV All About Boys prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink
My Mind's Eye twine
buttons-Stampin' Up

We love it when you join in our challenges at BBTB2, I hope you play along this week!  The design team always has great projects to inspire your crafting over at BBTB2! :)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Field Trip school bus layout for (BBTB2)

It's almost back to school time for those of us with kids-I cannot believe it's on top of us already!  Don't ask how much I had to spend on school supplies this weekend!!!!  On a happier note, our BBTB2 DT leader Susan has challenged us to use a school bus on a project this week.  This immediately made me think of the little kid song "The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round"-see, aren't you hearing it now too?  We used to sing that a lot when my kiddos were in preschool :)  I used the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge for my bus and my favorite Mickey Font for my title.  I've actually never cut this bus before and I really like the way it came out!

Stretch Your Imagination-bus
Mickey Font-title
Paper-DCWV prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink

So get in the back to school spirit and join us with a school bus at BBTB2!

I've also linked up to the Craftin' Desert Divas back to school linky party.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Photo Op! layout (for Exploring Cricut)

So for your Daily project for Exploring Cricut, I have a layout full of sunshine perfect for any summer event!  I used the CM Traveler cartridge for all the cuts (but you could easily substitute similar cuts from other cartridges if you don't have this one to replicate it).  I fell in love with this sunshine background paper from Imaginescence that I found at Archievers and then used lots of yellow and orange card stock for my die cut sun, journal box and titles.

CM Traveler-all cuts
Paper-Imaginescence prints, CTMH and CM solids
brown chalk ink

We seriously hope you are inspired to use your Cricut!  There is a new project up every day at Exploring Cricut to check out and give you ideas.

I'm also going to link this to the Just Because Linky Party over at Just B Creative Crazy!