Monday, August 19, 2019

female birthday

Happy Monday!  We finished off the summer with a bang, spending a few days in St. Louis with the kids plus a couple of extras.  Take away:  the Arch is very tall and shiny and St. Louis also has good barbecue.  We sort of did a barbecue tour of Missouri, lol.  While we all voted we prefer the KC style BBQ, it was fun trying out St. Louis' best.  It's been quite a week when we got back, as we sent Son#2 off to his freshman year of college.  Leaving kids at college is REALLY hard....the hardest part of parenting so far, I think.  I have a few more weeks before Son#1 leaves, thank goodness.  Son#3 started back to high school last week as well.  The quiet is so strange after a full house all summer plus extra kids staying with us.

Our BBTB2 challenge theme for this next two weeks is birthdays for the ladies and girls in our lives.  I made a birthday card for one of my nieces, featuring one of the adorable cats from Create A Critter.  I had a fun stamp from Lawn Fawn that says "Happy Purrrrthday" that I used for the sentiment.  Punny cards are my favorite kind!  She's a knitter, so she will like the cat with the ball of yarn stamped on the inside.  I hope you will join us over at BBTB2 with some birthday cards and you can see the design team projects for inspiration!




Cricut:
Create A Critter-cat
Paper-Doodlebug Hello Sunshine 6x6 prints, CTMH solids
Stamps-Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin'
brown chalk ink for edging

Monday, August 5, 2019

Paradise beach layout

Happy Monday!  I'm enjoying my last bit of time with the kids, as college and high school start dates are coming right up in mid August!  How the summer has flown by!  We are squeezing in a quick weekend trip to St. Louis with all the teens plus some extras to see the iconic Gateway Arch and some museums next weekend.  Gotta figure out what cuisine in St. Louis we should sample....(not BBQ, because we can get better right here in KC, but I'm sure they have other specialties).  

Our BBTB2 challenge for this next two weeks is to celebrate the beach life!  I dug down into the scrap pile for some beach pics from several years ago and grabbed the cricut You Are Here cartridge from CTMH (which is full of great travel images) to make the layout below.  I had this great background beach paper from Echo Park in the stash to start adding my palm trees and beach chair.  Wish I could just transport myself right to that beach chair in the sand right now, as sadly there is no beach in my future this summer.  The design team has that beach vibe going on projects you can see over at BBTB2 and you can link one up too.





Cricut:
CTMH You Are Here-all cuts
Paper-Echo Park Summer Party bg paper, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink for edging

Monday, July 22, 2019

banners everywhere

Happy Monday!  It's been REALLY REALLY hot here in KC, like much of the country this last few days, with heat indexes of 110.  Although it feels really good to be in the pool, I'm not a fan!  I'm grateful the weather is supposed to be more moderate today, as it's just been too hot to do anything.  That's a good excuse to be holed in up in my crafty space where it's air conditioned though!

Our BBTB2 challenge for the next two weeks is banners, either making a banner or using banners as an element on a project.  I scrapped some pictures of Son#2 in a parade and used banners as a decorative element on the page.  Since the parade pictures were pretty bright and colorful, I wanted a colorful accent.  You can see the design team projects over at BBTB2 and link up a project too.



Cricut:
Birthday Bash-banners and font for "parade"
Learning Curve-homecoming font
Paper-CTMH prints and solids
raspberry twine

Monday, July 8, 2019

Hiking layout for anything but a card challenge

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great 4th of July and weekend!  We enjoyed the great fireworks show our KC suburb puts on every year and spent Saturday at the Kansas City Air Show.  Seeing the stunt planes, Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, and the Navy's Blue Angels perform was an amazing day!  We came home full of awe and with some sunburns.  Our house is near the Kansas City Downtown Airport, so we got to watch the Blue Angels fly literally right over our street as they practiced this week.  Made for a fun neighborly event, as all the neighbors on our street came outside to watch!

Our BBTB2 challenge for the next two weeks is anything but a card, which leaves your options pretty wide open!  As most of you know, I am more of a scrapbooker than card maker, so I'll give you three guesses what I made....it only took one, right?  LOL!  My hiking layout below is for some of the pics I took while Son#2 and I were hiking in the Rockies in May.  While searching for hiking type cuts on Cricut Access, I found this Miss Kate Cuttables The Great Outdoors cartridge full of hiking/camping related images and whipped up a layout.  You can see the design team's projects over at BBTB2 and link up a project too.


Cricut:
Miss Kate Cuttables The Great Outdoors-all cuts
Paper-CTMH solids
brown chalk ink for edging

Monday, June 24, 2019

summer fun layout

Happy Monday!  Hopefully, summer weather has found it's way to your part of the country and you are getting to enjoy  all the fun that sunny warm days have to offer, whether that is pool parties, popsicles, or picnics (just to name a few of my favorite summer things).  While it's been cooler and kind of rainy here the last few days, we've gotten to spend some time in the pool, which is my favorite summer thing!

I'm the host over at BBTB2 and I chose a summer fun challenge, which is going on over the next two weeks.  My scrapbook layout below has several cricut cuts from The Miss Kate Cuttables Splish Splash collection.  You can link up a project over at BBTB2 and see all the design team summer fun projects.


Cricut:
Miss Kate Cuttables Splish Splash-all cuts
Paper-Carts Bella Beach Day collection prints, CTMH solids


Monday, June 17, 2019

Opt Outside hiking layout

Happy Monday!  I hope you are getting to enjoy some lovely weather and summer fun this week!  Son#2 and I recently got to go hiking in Colorado and I made a layout for a few of those pictures.  All of the cricut cuts are from the CTMH You Are Here cartridge.  Even though it was the middle of May when we hiked, it was still snow covered up in the Rockies!

Without pics:

Cricut:
You Are Here-all cuts
Paper-Echo Park The Wild Life collection striped paper, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink for edging
square punch for photo corners
With the pics:

Monday, June 10, 2019

Father's Day

Happy Monday!  I'm really enjoying having the craziness of May over and a more relaxing June begin.  It's good to have all my boys around with Son#1 home from college.  I've been so ready for summer with it's more relaxed pace of life!  Bring on the pool and summer celebrations and holidays!

Speaking of holidays, our BBTB2 challenge for this two weeks features a Father's Day theme.  Here's your chance to make something special for the Dad in your life or for your kids to give to their Dad.  My dad enjoys golfing regularly with friends, so when I saw this golf card on cricut access, it seemed like a perfect fit.  I made it tall to fit in a business envelope and it was super simple to cut and make!  Ideal for a quick and easy card!  It was from the Summer Celebrations cartridge.  You can see the design team's projects over at BBTB2 and link one up to share with us there.


Cricut:
Summer Celebrations-golfer card
brown chalk ink for edging

Monday, May 27, 2019

Graduation

Happy Memorial Day!  We are enjoying our 3 day weekend (especially as it's a rare weekend where I don't have to work) and doing lots of yard work.  Our BBTB2 challenge for this next two weeks is a graduation theme.  Since Son#2 just graduated from high school two weeks ago, I was excited to work on a layout for some of the many graduation pictures we took.  I used elements from several different cricut cartridges, but the highlight is the Senior title with graduation cap from an image collection on cricut access called Senior Class.  I also used some flourishes and a scalloped circle for accents.  The circle may be a journal box or may hold a picture-I haven't decided yet.

Our challenge runs for two weeks, giving you a chance to make something special for the grad in your life!  Our Design Team has some graduation projects you can see over at BBTB2.


Cricut:
Basic Shapes-circle
Elegant Edges-scalloped circle
Flourishes-both flourish accents
Senior Class-title with graduation cap
Paper-prints all from doodlebug, CTMH solids.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Band layout

Happy Monday! It's been quite a week, as Son#2 graduated from high school!  There were lots of tears of pride and joy celebrating his day and much nostalgia as I was thinking about him as a baby and grateful for the amazing man he has become.  He graduated with honors in the top 10% of his class with a 4.0 GPA and won medals as the Outstanding Band Student and Outstanding Art Student. I am so proud of him.  He is heading off to college in the fall and I can't wait to see what his future holds.  We spent some time looking through the scrapbooks of him growing up and it was so fun and nostalgic and reminded me how much I enjoy scrapbooking our memories.  So now that you're all caught up on my week, on to actual crafty matters....

Our BBTB2 challenge for this next 2 weeks is a music theme.  I have a whole stack of pictures from end of year band/orchestra awards nights to scrapbook, so I already had pictures in mind for this challenge.  I used the Nifty Fifties cartridge for the band title and added some lettering to layout after I had the pictures figured out, using a font I downloaded and cut with my cricut (although I realized while uploading this that I have my lettering a bit crooked-will have to fix that pronto!).  Had to leave a little space for some journaling too!  I've really liked this Band Geek paper collection by Photo Play as it's so perfect for scrapbooking.  The design team over at BBTB2 has great projects to inspire you and we hope you will join us in linking up a music themed project!

layout without the pictures:

Cricut:
Nifty Fifties-band title with music notes
Paper-Photo Play Band Geek prints/stickers, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink for edging
With the pictures added:

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Main Street Parade (Disney) layout

Happy Thursday!  My hubby and I had a marvelous time on our weekend escape to Disney World two weeks ago, and now I am having fun creating some Disney themed layouts.  The Simple Stories Say Cheese line has great options for making a Disney scrapbook and everything below is from the Simple Stories 4 collection.  I'm loving being able to import fonts to use with my Cricut Explore Air 2, and I found a font called Waltograph on da fonts that looks like the Disney font, which I used to cut my title.  Super quick and simple!  I'll have some more Disney projects coming in the next month or two.


Cricut:
Waltograph font-downloaded from da fonts and cut with the Cricut Explore
Paper-/stickers/washi tape-Simple Stories Say Cheese 4
brown chalk ink for edging

Monday, April 22, 2019

Mother's Day card

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a lovely Easter celebrating the Resurrection!  My hubby and I had a fun-filled anniversary weekend at Disney World and now it's back to busy real life, which includes a busy May full of graduations and weddings in our family and extended family.  One thing is for sure-I will be taking LOTS of pictures!!!!!  Can't wait to get scrapbooking!

 We are looking ahead to get ready for the next holiday over at BBTB2 with a Mother's Day challenge.  This is the perfect opportunity to make something special for the mom in your life.  I've got my card all ready for my mom now, using a Miss Kate's Cuttables image that I cut out with my cricut Explore.  I loved the all the different colored flowers and butterflies on this image-it feels very fresh and springy!  I stamped the inside flowers with an old stamp from Stampin Up.  There's no such thing as too many flowers on a Mother's Day card, right?  Hope you will check out the design team projects over at BBTB2 and you can link your own project up over the next two weeks.




Cricut:
Miss Kate's Cuttable-Mother's Day title image
Stamp-from Stampin Up Simply Said set
Ink:  Stampin Up Granny Apple Green
Paper-CTMH solids, Stampin Up Gingham Gala check

He's the Mickey to my Minnie-at Epcot in Disney World

Monday, April 8, 2019

Gable Box with coffee/tea theme

Happy Monday!  I'm in a great mood because my hubby and I are going on a quick trip to Disney World this coming weekend for our 23rd wedding anniversary....with no kids!  It's also the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot, and I can't get enough of flowers after this long winter.  May is going to be a very busy month for us with tons of school activities and other family events.  So my hubby and I are going to go frolic with Mickey and eat Dole Whips to get ready while counting all our steps with our Fitbits!!!!!

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to make a 3D box and you can choose your own theme.   I made a cute little box for a caffeine care kit (some tea bags, coffee beans, and a Starbucks card) for my kids, as finals weeks are coming up, so stress levels will be climbing and late nights will be spent studying.  I cut the gable box from the cricut Artiste cartridge and then stamped coffee and tea images on a strip of cardstock I put around it, plus I cut out and stamped the tag.  I used several coffee/tea themed photopolymer stamp sets, but the labels have worn off, so I've got no idea what companies they are from (note to self: write company name with a Sharpie for new sets going forward).  The design team over at the BBTB2 blog has some amazing 3D projects to see and you can link up a new cricut 3D box project there for the next two weeks.  Hope your week is a good one-I will report back on our Dole Whip fueled Mickey adventures next week!  I guarantee there will be some upcoming Disney themed scrapbook layouts!



Cricut:
Artiste-gable box
Stamps:  a mix of old photopolymer sets that have no identifying labels....
Ink:  CTMH crystal blue
Paper-CTMH Kraft

Monday, March 25, 2019

Somebunny loves you layout

Happy Monday!  It's feeling like spring, finally!  The first daffodils have opened up their blooms in my flowerbeds and my boys were home on spring break last week, making my heart happy!  It's been warm enough to be outside and my husband and I went hiking in one of the state parks and soaked up the sunshine.  I even got to have a craft day with my mom and friends!  I think this week will be slightly less awesome....but you never know, right?  It may surprise me!  So on to crafty things....

Easter is coming up soon and our challenge over at the BBTB2 blog this week is an Easter theme.  All the images on my layout below are from the Cricut Artistry cartridge, including the adorable bunny.  I copied the general placement of the pictures on this layout from a design I saw somewhere, maybe in a CTMH catalog?  I've used this before on a layout several years ago, and now I can't remember where I saw it originally.  That's the beauty of a good sketch-you can adapt it to multiple projects with different themes easily.  The design team has projects shared over at the BBTB2 and you can link up a new Cricut Easter themed project there over the next two weeks.


Cricut:
Artistry-all cuts, including font
Paper-CTMH solids, unsure on print paper
washi tape
enamel dots-Doodlebug

Just a little bonus pic:
I had a craft day with my mom and several friends this week and we had a blast.  Mom and I were making thank you cards for my niece's wedding shower.  While we didn't use my cricut for these particular cards, I thought I'd post a pic anyway.  We cribbed all these ideas from Pinterest (gotta love Pinterest), so they are not original designs.  We made a total of 30 thank you cards using some of my Stampin Up goodies and had so much fun!  It's good to laugh with friends :)


happy to be hiking out in the sunshine in t-shirts!


Monday, March 11, 2019

St Pats Lucky Charmed layout

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is a St. Patrick's Day theme and you can also meet challenge requirements by just using the color green on a project.  I've made a St. Pats layout for the pics I'll be taking of Son#2, who will be conducting his high school marching band in a St. Patrick's Day parade, so he will be front and center in the pictures!  I used the Family Album cartridge for the clovers and downloaded a font from da fonts for the title.  Being able to use any font downloaded to my computer is another feature of my Explore Air 2 that I'm loving!  I'm telling you, I went crazy downloading fonts to my computer!!! I hope you will link up a project over the next two weeks and the design team has some charming projects full of the green for you to see over at BBTB2 for inspiration.


Cricut:
Family Album-clovers
Font-Noteworthy (downloaded to  cricut design space from da fonts)
Paper-Doodlebug Lots o' Luck print, CTMH solids

Monday, February 25, 2019

thank you cards

Happy Monday!  I am hosting the challenge over at BBTB2 this week, and I selected a thank you card theme.  I've used up all my thank you cards in the stash after Christmas, so this will help me get restocked.  I got several amazing craft related gifts for Christmas, including some awesome Stampin Up stamp sets and thinlit dies, as well as my new Cricut Explore Air 2.  I had so much fun working with my new supplies on all the cards below, especially learning to use Cricut Design Space with my Explore to attach cursive letters.  Our design team over at BBTB2 has shared lots of great projects and you can link up your own thank you anytime over the next two weeks.


Card #1

Cricut:
Wild Card-many thanks
Stamps/thinlit-SU Swirly Bird stamp set and thinlits for flower and wave
Paper-

Card #2

Cricut:
Beyond Birthdays-merci
stamp set-SU Abstract Impressions 
Inks-melon mambo, mango melody, calypso coral, wisteria wonder, flirty flamingo, granny apple green

Monday, February 18, 2019

Happy Monday!  It's a cold, snowy President's day here in KC!  I am just over this whole winter thing!  It's nice to have the day off with the fam though and I'm rewarding myself with crafty time after doing laundry :).   I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that I'd been sick with bronchitis and ordered a whole bunch of Stampin Up goodies while doped up on the good cough syrup.  Truthfully, I wasn't even sure what I ordered later, so it was an exciting moment when the SU box arrived full of goodies, to see what was in there!  There were several new stamp sets, some new ink colors, embossing folders, and thinlit dies to use in my Big Shot.  Plus some free stamp sets for the SU Sale-A-Bration!  Such fun to play with!!!!  It was like Christmas all over again, lol!  I'm sharing two cards below that I made with some of my new things.  Hope you all stay warm and have a wonderful week!


Cricut:
Art Philosophy-scalloped circle
Thinlit dies-Sizzix for SU stitched circle, congrats from SU Sunshine Wishes set
ribbon-calypso coral from SU
Paper-CTMH smoothie and white
embossing folder-Pinewood Planks
Stamp set-SU Abstract Impressions
Ink-SU Calypso Coral, Grapefruit Grove, Granny Apple Green


Cricut:
Art Philosophy-scalloped circle
Thinlit dies-Sizzix for SU stitched circle, heart and love from SU Sunshine Wishes set
ribbon-SU Calypso Coral
Paper-CTMH smoothie and white
embossing folder-SU Pinewood Planks
Stamp set-SU Sunshine sayings
Ink-SU Calypso Coral

Monday, February 11, 2019

Valentine Hearts

Happy Monday!  While it's been an icy cold last week in KC, my heart is going to be warm at least as Valentine's Day is coming this week!  Time to celebrate your special person....or persons, as I usually give my kids a little love too.  I know either me, hubby, or the kids will take some silly iPhone pics, so I've got my Valentine's layout all ready for hugs and kisses :).  I used the Wild Card cartridge as well as an SVG from Miss Kate's Cuttables.  I'm enjoying finding SVGs, now that I have a Cricut Explore!  The design team has layouts and Valentines you can see over at BBTB2 for our Valentine hearts challenge.  Hope you join us with a project!


Cricut:
Wild Card-Hugs and Kisses, heart with arrow, stack of heart
Miss Kate's Cuttables- tree with hearts SVG
Paper-DCWV All Seasons stack prints, CTMH solids

Monday, February 4, 2019

Happy Monday!  It was a crazy weather week in Kansas City, with Polar Vortex cold (do you capitalize Polar Vortex?  I feel like I should.....).  and temps into the negative numbers midweek and then a nearly 75 degree temperature swing into balmy for the weekend!  Of course I had to work all weekend and did not get to enjoy the warm days!  My teens were thrilled to have school cancelled for a day last week due to the extreme cold, leaving me nostalgically remembering the thrill of the snow day as a kid.  It's most unfortunate adult life does not get cancelled for snow and cold days.  I'm NOT a fan of temps below zero and wind chills way below zero, so I am really longing for spring.  I did some crafting while huddled up in front a space heater in my fleece PJs one night and found myself only wanting to stamp things with flowers!

One of my Christmas gifts was a stamp set from Stampin Up called Abstract Impressions.  I love art from the Impressionist painters and this stamp set kind of gives me an Impressionist vibe.  I have made a bunch of cards with it already and I'm sharing two here.


Stamps-SU Abstract Impressions stamp set
Ink-SU Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green


Stamps-SU Abstract Impressions stamp set
Ink-SU Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape

Monday, January 28, 2019

Two pretty daisy cards to ward off the winter blahs!

Happy Monday!  I've been under the weather with bronchitis, so I'm ready to start a new week feeling a little healthier.  Between the cold, snow, ice, and being sick, I'm over this winter already!  Can anybody relate?  I was too sick to even do much crafting, although I planned a lot of projects in my head and watched some YouTube videos to help me learn Cricut Design Space.  And I did some online shopping with Stampin Up while doped up with hydrocodone cough syrup, so we'll see what kind of surprise goodies I ordered....because it's all a little fuzzy, lol!

Our BBTB2 challenge this week made me think longingly of spring, as our theme is daisies or any flower.  I made two flower cards and even tried out the print and cut feature of my new Explore Air 2 for one of them!  You can see a whole bouquet of pretty flowers on the rest of the design team projects over at BBTB2 and you have two weeks to link up a new flower project cut with your cricut.

Card #1

Cricut:
Sweet Treats-daisy (print and cut)
Just Because Cards-bloom

Card #2



Cricut:
Flower Market-daisy
Paper-CTMH solids
Swiss Dots embossing folder
Stamps-Hero Arts
Ink-SU Mango Melody





Monday, January 14, 2019

There's Snowman Like You layout

Happy Monday!  Santa brought me a Cricut Explore Air 2 (I guess I was good this year!), so I'm having fun learning how to use the cricut design space!  It's a little more complicated than the basic Expression I have been using for years, so I think I'm going to be spending some serious time watching YouTube tutorials.

Our BBTB2 challenge theme this week is snow, and boy did we get some snow here in KC this weekend!  Well over eight inches at my house!  And it was the kind of wet heavy snow good for making a snowman.  Despite being teenagers, my boys still love to go play in the snow, and constructed an enormous snowman in our front yard after romping around with their sleds.  I already had this layout designed before the weather came, using the Winter Wonderland, Artbooking, and Winter Frolic cartridges and now I have the pictures to go on it too.  I REALLY loved how the snowflake came out with all the pretty layers!  The design team at BBTB2 has some great projects and you have two weeks to link one up as well.


Cricut:
Winter Frolic-title
Winter Wonderland-snowflake
Artbooking-snowman
Paper-DCWV Holiday stack-The Christmas collection