Monday, June 18, 2018

Paradise layout

Happy Monday!  Have you been able to enjoy any summer?  We've been spending lots of time in the pool, as the weather has been hot and sunny!  Our BBTB2 theme this week is tropical:  either the vacation variety or the tropical flower variety.  While we aren't going anywhere tropical this summer, our backyard pool feels like our own little tropical paradise so my layout is for some pool pictures.  I used two cartridges, CM Traveler and You Are Here for all the cuts.  The colorful print papers are some from Echo Park that I bought last year.  Hope you will go see the rest of the design team projects and link up one over at BBTB2!


Cricut:
You Are Here-titles, flowers, umbrella, bag
CM Traveler-beach chair, water droplets
Paper-Echo Park Summer Dream prints, TPC sunshine paper, CTMH solids

Monday, June 11, 2018

Father's Day


Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is a Father's Day theme.  I made a card for my Dad for Father's Day, using the Celebrate With A Flourish cartridge.  I haven't dug that one out in a long time and I forgot how much I like all the layered titles!  I was going for a fairly clean and simple look with this card and I think my Dad will like it!  Check out the design team projects over at BBTB2 and link up a project this week!




Cricut:
Celebrate with Flourish-#1 Dad
Paper-CTMH solids
brown chalk ink for edges, Stampin Up Lucky Limade sentiment
Stamp-Hero Arts
Sizzix embossing folder

Monday, June 4, 2018

graduation


Happy Monday!  Mine is actually not so stellar, as I've caught a bad cold.  Why are summer colds a thing, anyway?  I'm doped up on NyQuil wishing I felt like doing something outside ☹️.  Or something crafty.  However, I suspect crafting while taking NyQuil might result in improper use of scissors, adhesive, and possibly glitter glue.  I think you aren't supposed to operate power tools OR glitter while doped up with cold medicine....

So on to our weekly challenge at BBTB2- it's a graduation theme, drumroll please.  The time of year for caps and gowns has arrived and while I don't have a graduate this year, Son#1 graduated from high school last year and we have the next kid graduating next year!!!!  I made this layout for pics of Son#1's ceremony, using the Create A Friend cartridge.  I show it both with and without the photos for fun!  Hope you will join us with a project!


Cricut:
Create A Friend-all cuts
White gel pen
Doodlebug arrow decorations
Paper- Doodlebug prints, CTMH solids

Monday, May 28, 2018

Adorable bunny layout

Happy Monday!  School is almost out, the sun is shining, and the pool is beckoning....I'm feeling some summer, how about you?  Hope you had some fun over the holiday weekend!  While I am working tonight for my holiday shift, I did lots of yard work this weekend and got to jump in the pool as a reward, since we got it opened last week.  Yay for summer!

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is an animal theme.  Son#2 wanted a bunny for his birthday last year, so in December Bo the Bunny joined our family.  He is a mini-Rex dwarf bunny, meaning he is a little guy at 4 lbs in the bunny world.  We've all fallen in love with him and he is truly adorable with a sweet playful personality.  My layout uses the title and bunny cut from Kate's ABCs for some pictures of the day we got Bo.  You can link up a project using any cricut animal over at BBTB2 and see all the design team projects.

Cricut:
Kate's ABCs-bunny cut, title
Paper-CTMH solids, Doodlebug print

Monday, May 21, 2018

thanks a bunch card

Happy Monday!  It's been a good week because my college kid is back home for the summer-it's good to have all the chicks back in the nest, lol!  Although he wasn't far away, I missed seeing him every day.  My high schoolers are finishing up finals, but still have school til the end of May to make up all the days missed due to snow and cold.  Needless to say, they are beyond ready to be done with school!!!!

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to showcase flowers-because after all, it's May and the flowers have started blooming!  I used the Walk in My Garden cartridge to make this super simple thank you card.  All the cuts, including the sentiment, are from the cartridge.  I liked the flowers against the woodgrain paper!  Hope you will scope out the projects at BBTB2 and play along and have a wonderful week!


Cricut:
Walk in My Garden-all cuts
Paper-CTMH solids, Recollections wood grain print
brown chalk ink-VersaMagic Jumbo Java

Monday, May 14, 2018

Homecoming dance layout

Happy Monday!  I hope all the moms out there had a wonderful Mother's Day!  While I did have to work, my fellas spoiled me all weekend with yummy food.  And I got to spend some time with my mom too!  So for our BBTB2 challenge this week, we are celebrating occasions with dance.  My layout below reflects my high school freshman's first school dance last year, which was Homecoming.    We took lots of pictures, so I was glad to get some of them in the scrapbook!  I used the Formal Occasion cartridge for all the cricut cuts-it has wonderful layered titles that let you incorporate several colors.  I'm also in love with the curly framed journaling box!!!  I hope you'll make a project and link it up at BBTB2 and be sure to go see the design team's fabulous projects!


Cricut:
Formal Occasion-all cuts
Paper-CTMH solids

Monday, May 7, 2018

Mother's Day card

Happy Monday!  I'm hosting over at BBTB2 this week and we are having a Mother's Day themed challenge-here's your chance to make mom a special card or gift!  Or a chance to make a scrapbook layout for pictures of the day.  I've made my mom a card (STOP READING NOW, MOM), using the Lyrical Letters cartridge for the sentiment and Elegant Edges for the background shape.  I did a little embossing to add texture and of course some flowered background paper.  Mothers always deserve to have flowers!  The designers over at BBTB2 have shared cards and layouts, so pop over and take a peek!  We hope you will link up a project this week to share with us.



Cricut:
Lyrical Letters-title sentiment
Elegant Edges-background oval
Paper-Doodlebug prints, CTMH solids
embossing folder
stamp-Paper Smooches

Monday, April 30, 2018

All the Heart Eyes and Smile layouts

Happy Monday!  We are headed into the last few weeks of school, so the high schoolers and my college guy are feeling rather stressed out with finals and end of year activities looming close.  But spring seems to have finally arrived, so there's sunshine and blue skies, which is cheering ME up!

We have a fun challenge this week over at BBTB2-use a face, facial feature, or the word smile on a project.  I have two projects to share, one with the smiley face from Graphically Speaking and the other using the word smile from Wild Card.  Guess I am an overachiever this week, lol!  You can see the design team projects over at BBTB2 and link up a project as well.


Cricut:
Graphically Speaking-smiley face
Zoo Day-font
Paper-Simple Stories Emoji Love prints/stickers, CTMH solids
washi tape-Simple Stories Emoji Love


Cricut:
Wild Card-word smile
Paper-CTMH solids and prints


Monday, April 23, 2018

Play Ball layout

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to feature baseball or other spring sports on a project.  This was very timely, as I'm going to a KC Royals game for Nurse Appreciation Day with a bunch of my co-workers in a few weeks.  We are having a pre-game tailgate beforehand with lots of BBQ goodness (pretty much all tailgating in Kansas City involves yummy BBQ,  lol), so I know lots of fun pictures will be taken.  I am looking forward to it!

For my baseball themed layout, I used the Sports Mania cartridge for the title and 3 small balls decorating the other page.  The baseball trim along the sides is actually washi tape, not paper, that I got from Doodlebug.  And I made my journaling spot round to echo the shape of a baseball.  So we've got baseball going on all over this layout, all ready for some pictures!  The design team has projects featuring several spring sports, so go take a look over at BBTB2 and you can link a project up too.


Cricut:
Sports Mania-title, baseballs
Plaintain Schoolbook-circles
Paper-CTMH solids
washi tape borders-Doodlebug 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Ice cream cone birthday card

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to jazz up whatever die cut you use in some way.  I was making a birthday card, so I used the ice cream cone from Sweet Treats and added some embossing and liquid glass to the ice cream cone.  I also made it extra big to fit in a business size envelope, because with ice cream more scoops are always better, right?  (At least until the Weight Watcher's weighin, lol!).  I stamped happy birthday on a banner I cut from the Artiste cartridge using one of the coordinating CTMH stamps.  The design team has some inspiration to share over at BBTB2 and you can link up a project too.


Cricut:
Sweet Treats-ice cream cone
Artiste-happy birthday banner
Stamps-CTMH Artiste birthday collection for sentiment, CTMH Balloon Wishes banner stamp (coordinates with Artiste), Paper Smooches for ice cream cone stamp
Ink-Stampin Up Rose Romance
Paper-CTMH solids, The Paper Studio for ice cream paper
Embossing folders-cuttlebug Swiss dots, Sixzzix swirls, Sizzix cross hatched pattern
Liquid Glass on cherry and sprinkles

Monday, April 9, 2018

Sunny Days layout

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is an "anything goes" spring theme.  I don't know where spring is, but it is NOT anywhere near my house.  It snowed (again) yesterday!!!!  We miss you, spring-come soon!  So, I guess I will have to get my spring fix from my layout for sunny days and kite flying.  The happy cloud background paper from Doodlebug just made me want to be frolicking outside on a sunny spring afternoon in the yard (reality would be yard work, not frolicking, but I'd be smiling in the sunshine at least while I planted flowers).  I used the Create A Critter cartridge for all the cricut cuts, including the title.  The design team over at BBTB2 has some sweet springy projects to excite you and you can link up yours there too.


Cricut:
Create A Critter-sun, cloud, title, kite, heart houses
Paper-CTMH solids, Doodlebug prints
brown chalk ink for edging

Monday, April 2, 2018

Umbrella card

Happy Monday!  Although it's the first day of April, it snowed yesterday!  My daffodils look very sad, covered in white stuff.  The good thing about April snows is they usually don't stick around long.  But WHERE is the spring, I ask you?  Obviously not here yet!  Everyone at church yesterday for Easter was bundled up!

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to use an umbrella on a project, because April showers bring...apparently SNOW here in KC, lol!!!!  My umbrella card is for much happier weather, using the cute little umbrella with a butterfly from the Paisley cartridge on some bg paper with spring flowers.  I added a little Liquid Glass to the butterfly for some shine and sparkly glitter brads for some pizazz.  The rest of the BBTB2 team has umbrellas for any kind of weather that you can see over at the BBTB2 site and link up your project too.


Cricut:
Paisley-umbrella with butterfly
Paper-Doodlebug prints, CTMH solids
brown jumbo java chalk in for edging
Liquid Glass on butterfly
brads-Doodlebug
punches for sentiment-Stampin UP
stamp-CTMH

Monday, March 26, 2018

Butterflies Scrapbook layout

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to use a butterfly on a project.  There are so many different cricut butterflies to choose from that I had a hard time narrowing down which one I wanted to use.  I finally did rock paper scissors and ended up with the one from Create A Critter, lol!  Who knew crafting decisions could be so hard, right?  On our vacay to San Francisco recently, we went to the California Academy of Sciences Museum, which had a very cool rainforest full of butterflies and other things under a 4 story bio-dome.  My layout has pics of some of the butterflies, flowers, and other rainforest animals we saw.  You can see cool projects from the rest of the design team and link up a project over at BBTB2 this week, so go take a peek!



Cricut:
Create A Critter-butterflies and frog
Type Candy-font
Paper-Doodlebug Spring Thing prints, CTMH solids  

Monday, March 19, 2018

You're EARresistible Easter card

Happy Monday!  It's spring break for my high schoolers, so we are having a very chill pajama day and just cozying up at home since it's rainy and cold.  I'm planning a little crafty time too!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is an Easter theme.  My Easter card below uses a square shaped card base from the Birthday Bash cartridge and the most adorable Easter bunny bear from the Teddy Bear Parade cartridge.  Who wouldn't want to go Easter egg hunting with him?  And I had the perfect stamp from the CTMH Animal Greetings set to go with him!  The rest of the design team has some cute Easter projects to share over at BBTB2 and you can link up a project there too this week.



Cricut:
Teddy Bear Parade-bunny bear
Birthday Bash-shaped card
Paper-Doodlebug Hello Sunshine 6x6 prints, CTMH solids
Stamp-CTMH Animal Greetings
VersaMagic Jumbo Java chalk ink for edging
Ink-Stampin Up Rose Romance for sentiment

Monday, March 12, 2018

St Pats parade layout

Happy Monday!  I am hosting the challenge over at BBTB2 this week and instead of a specific cricut cut, I selected a color challenge to use green to celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick's Day.  You still need to use a cricut cut on your project, but it does NOT have to be related to St. Patrick's Day at all.  St. Patrick's Day is big here in KC, and Son#2 will be marching in a parade with his high school band.  Knowing there will be some parade pics taken, I made a layout.  I know the parade pics will be very colorful and busy, so I was trying to keep my layout relatively simple.  I hope you will go over and see the design team projects at BBTB2 and link up one of your own this week!


Cricut:
Birthday Bash-font
Artistry-horseshoe and clover
Plaintain Schoolbook-circles
Paper-Doodlebug Happy Go Lucky prints, CTMH solids

Monday, March 5, 2018

St. Patrick's Day card

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is shamrocks, as St. Patrick's Day is coming up.  I've been sending occasional little cards to the college freshmen in my fam (son and niece), since they like getting mail from home.  For this challenge,I made a St. Patrick's Day card featuring the coffee go cup from the Artistry cartridge and added some shamrocks from CAC2 on the label.  I'm sticking in a gift card for that all important Starbucks fix...which should bring a big smile!



Cricut:
Artistry-coffee go cup
Create A Critter 2-shamrocks
Paper-DCWV All Seasons print, CTMH solids
VersaMagic Jumbo Java chalk ink for edging
Ink-Stampin Up Lucky Limeade for sentiment
Stamps-Paper Smooches coffee cup, sentiment set maker unknown

Monday, February 26, 2018

wedding bells card

Happy Monday!  We've just finished an icy cold gray week in KC with layers of freezing rain and ice covering everything.  I'm looking forward to slightly warmer temperatures and sunshine this week now that I'm finally over whatever virus laid me low!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is wedding or anniversary themed projects.  My stash of wedding cards is depleted, so I made a wedding card using the beautiful wedding bells and flower from the Sweethearts cartridge.  It was fun to make something pretty with soft springy colors!  I love that special blush pink paper from CTMH!  I put some sparkling gems on the bells, but the sparkle didn't really show up in the picture.You can see some inspo over at BBTB2 from the rest of the design team and link your project up there.  Have a happy week!



Cricut:
Sweethearts-wedding bells, flower
Paper-CTMH solids
embossing folder
Stamping Up gems
American Crafts-glitter ribbon

Monday, February 19, 2018

Disney layout with Mickey Mouse

Happy President's Day Monday!  My family all had the day off from school and work, so I was looking forward to today...until some kind of virus found me.  I've spent the day in bed with the cat, both of us sleeping (which sounds nice except it's that dizzy fitful sleep that goes with sickness).  Although the cat seems quite content.  On the bright side, at least nothing important was going on and the fam has been bringing me juice and food!  I can definitely say however that I prefer to BE the nurse, not be the sick person, lol!

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to use a licensed character in a project from one of the Disney, Pixar, Hello Kitty, or other licensed character cartridges.  I went Disney with my favorite character of them all, Mickey Mouse!  This layout has pics from a trip to Disney World several years ago with Mickey and the Disney logo front and center.  Hope you will join us making something fun and check out all the design team projects over at BBTB2!


Cricut:
Mickey and Friends-Mickey Mouse, Disney logo
Paper-Simple Stories Say Cheese prints, CTMH solids

Monday, February 12, 2018

I Heart You Valentine card

Happy Monday!  Do you have any special people in your life to make Valentines for?  There's a few days left to create something crafty to let them know how much they mean to you!  All you really need is hearts, which is our challenge theme this week at BBTB2.  I cut out some hearts to make this I Heart You card, using the Accent Essentials cartridge.  It was inspired by this card I saw on Pinterest, I just added a few more hearts for pizazz.  And it was super quick to make!  I hope you  all have a Valentine's Day complete with hugs and lots of chocolate.  



Cricut:
Accent Essentials-hearts
Paper-Happy Hooray 6x6 prints
Enamel Dots-Doodlebug and Echo Park
Stamps-Paper Smooches forever, Impression Obsession I Heart You

Monday, February 5, 2018

Stinkin' Cute Valentine card

Happy Monday!  Valentine's Day is coming up, so we have an anything goes Valentine challenge this week over at BBTB2.  Valentine's Day is tricky for me because of the candy...I have stayed strong and NOT bought any Valentine candy (yet), but eventually I know I'll cave in and gorge on chocolate or those candy conversation hearts.  The candy just jumps into my grocery cart at the store all by itself almost!  It's not my fault, right?  I don't know why the healthy food doesn't just jump in my cart like that, lol!

So for my valentine project, I used my all time favorite cartridge, Create A Critter to make this sweet little Valentine skunk for my cute stuff card.  And he is stinking' cute, so the punny saying was perfect.  I highly recommend getting some stamps with punny sayings, as I think those are the ones I use the most.  People like humorous cards.  The design team over at BBTB2 has made a whole lot of adorable projects you can check out and link up a project of your own.



Cricut:
Create A Critter-skunk
Paper-Bo Bunny


Monday, January 29, 2018

You're tweet! valentine card

Happy Wednesday!  I'm a day or two behind...you'll be amazed to know that I somehow did NOT get the flu despite the sickness at home....don't ask me how that happened, but I'm very grateful.  I believe I've gotten my money's worth from the vast quantity of hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes I used last week!  Or maybe my flu shot worked, although the kids got flu shots too.

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to make a child's Valentine card.  I dug out my favorite Create A Critter 2 cartridge and cut this cute little Valentine bird all in shades of pink.  I don't think my boys will object to pink if it's on a Valentine, although this one is more likely to go to one of my nieces.  Go check out the adorable Valentines over at BBTB2 and get creative this week!




Cricut:
Create A Critter 2-bird
Paper-American Crafts Valentine 6x6 prints, CTMH solids
Stamps-My Pink Stamper Buggy Punnies
Ink-Stampin Up Rose Romance
Ribbon-Stampin Up Pretty in Pink
Oval and Oval Scallop punches-Stampin Up

Monday, January 22, 2018

Penguins

Happy Monday!  It's not such a happy Monday at my house, as the flu has found us.  I knew it was only a matter of time for the kids, as it began circulating around school district....and the hospital I work at has had very high levels of flu activity and been very busy.  At work at least I am protected by mountains of isolation gear.  I haven't got it yet but I can feel the invisible ticking clock of doom as the inevitable germ here at home breaks through my cloud of hand sanitizer, lol!  One news article I read this week said flu levels were high in every state except Hawaii, with the peak level here in Missouri.  I think that means I should go to Hawaii immediately!  For my health, of course.

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is penguins.  Who doesn't love penguins-they always look so cute and adorable at the zoo!  I did a thank you card featuring this guy from Joys of the Season.  Since it's a thank you for one of the teens to use, I thought a little text-speak would be on point (or maybe it's on fleek-I never get the difference), so UR Cool as my teens would say to someone providing an awesome gift.  We have lots of adorable penguin cards over at BBTB2 and hope you will take the opportunity to make something too!




Cricut:
Joys of the Seasons-penguin
Lyrical Letters 2-font
Paper-American Crafts Jack Frost paper pad print, CTMH solids

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It's a Big Day birthday card

Happy Tuesday!  On the good side of the ledger-the kids have school off today due to the cold.  On the bad side-it's COLD here in KC!  I'm not a fan of arctic air masses, or whatever they are calling it.  Do you ever feel like punching the weather person on TV when they cheerfully announce there will be a -20 degree wind chill?  But back on the good side-I intend to spend a good part of the day in front of a space heater in my crafting area and chicken noodle soup is in the crockpot.  Snowy cold days are the best craft days, right?

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is all about the birthdays and you can dive in and make your birthday cards for next year now!  I used the Beyond Birthdays cartridge for my bday card title, as I made this card without a specific recipient in mind.  The birthday candle paper behind it should be enough candles for anybody's birthday...or maybe not, LOL!  In any case, the design team over at BBTB2 has a whole variety pack of birthday cards for you to see and you can link up yours.



Cricut:
Beyond Birthdays-It's a big day, gift
Paper-Bo Bunny

Monday, January 8, 2018

Snowflake card

Happy Monday!  Since it's been rather cold and frosty in many places all over the US this last week, my pick of a snow theme for the BBTB2 challenge this week seemed very appropriate!  (I even learned a new word- bomb cyclone!).  Anything snow related made with your cricut is perfect for this challenge!  I am in the middle of making some thank you cards for all our Christmas gifts and did a card with one of the snowflakes from the Winter Woodlands cartridge.  It was hard to decide on a single snowflake-I wanted to use ALL the snowflakes, but loved this pretty layered one on Winter Woodlands.  I'm looking forward to doing some crafting and trying to stay warm and toasty inside while it's cold outside!  Stay warm and have some crafting fun!




Cricut:
Winter Woodland-snowflake cut at 3 1/2 in.
Paper-Bo Bunny prints
Ink-Stampin Up Night of Navy
Stamp-so old, I'm not even sure where I got it!

So, moving to non-crafty matters-have you recovered from the holidays?  We went on vacation in San Francisco over the Christmas break, but came home to -12 degree temps the night we returned to KC.  It was a bit of a shock to the system, let me tell you!  San Francisco is supercool and I definitely want to go back again!  Here's a few vacay snaps for those who like travel:

 riding the open top bus for city tour
 Chinatown!
 of course we visited Alcatraz!
 the row of "Painted Ladies" famous from Full House
 the iconic Golden Gate bridge
 city lights of San Francisco at night
 the beach across from our hotel
the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate park
the redwoods in Golden Gate park


Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2018!  This last year has been full of difficult news, hurricanes, floods, and fires-I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a fresh new year.  While I'm not one to make resolutions, I think I'm going to try to look for the good that come up and focus less on the negative this year.  I expect that may be rather challenging to actually do when I am depressed over the news, lol!  

While we are not having a challenge this week over at BBTB2, we are sharing some Christmas or New Year projects.  I've got a Christmas layout below, using the Beyond Birthdays cartridge for the title and Jolly Holidays for the holly.  I used some of the paper from one of my CTMH Christmas papers for the printed paper accents and the overall layout design is tweaked a bit from one of the CTMH layouts I've seen.  I have a LOT of wonderful Christmas photos to put in the scrapbook!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a happy New Year!  We returned December 30 from a week of vacation in San Francisco and I am working at the hospital over all the New Year holidays, but we nurses did squeeze in a sip of sparkling grape juice at midnight to toast 2018!  I appreciate all of you blog readers who spend a few minutes here letting me share my scrapbooking and cardmaking projects-thanks for reading and sharing our passion for crafting!


Cricut:
Beyond Birthdays-circle, title
Jolly Holidays-holly
Paper-CTMH solids, prints