Monday, December 9, 2019

pink and gold Merry Christmas layout

Happy Monday!  December is here and we have a new challenge at BBTB2 for the next two weeks, a pink and gold holiday theme (it can be any holiday, not just Christmas).  I am feeling the Christmas spirit after putting our tree up this weekend,  so I made a scrapbook layout for some of the many pictures I'll take this month.  I wanted soft pink print background paper but didn't have any, so I made my own pink snowflake paper by stamping snowflakes all over my plain paper.  I had some of this beautiful gold glitter paper from Michaels (it is so glittery in person-the photos don't do it justice at all) and used it to cut my titles, tree, and ornament (from the Holly Jolly Christmas collection on Cricut access).   I can't wait to put pictures on!  You can see the rest of the design team projects over at BBTB2 and link up a project for the next two weeks.

Holly Jolly Christmas-all cuts
Paper-CTMH solids, Recollections gold glitter paper
Stamps-Jumbo Snowflakes by Stampendous
Ink-CTMH Bashful, brown chalk ink for edging
Square punch for photo corners

Monday, November 25, 2019

Eat More Pie thanksgiving layout

Happy Monday!  It's almost Thanksgiving and I'm feeling thankful to having family around my table to eat lots of delicious goodness.  My husband is going to smoke two turkeys to feed our hungry bunch (and hopefully still have some leftovers) and I've got lots of cooking and baking to do.

Our BBTB2 challenge for the next two weeks is a food theme, which seems so appropriate for this time of year!  I found this "Eat More Pie" saying on the Turkey Squad collection on Cricut Access, which could not be more perfect for a food layout for my fam, as we believe in pie for all occasions (including birthday pie!).  Really I should make us all matching t-shirts saying eat more pie, lol!  The designers over at BBTB2 have some yummy food themed projects over there to see and you can link up a new cricut project for the next two weeks.

Create A Critter 2-pie
Turkey Squad-title
Paper-Doodlebug Flea Market prints, CTMH solids
square punch for photo corners
brown chalk ink for edging
Sizzix stitched circle dies 

Monday, November 11, 2019

wedding anniversary card

Happy Monday!  Hope you are all getting to enjoy some fall goodness!  It's been a busy week of work and teen activities, but the best part of the week was a fun afternoon crafting with my mom making some Christmas cards!  (of which you will see a few closer to Christmas!).  Nothing like a fun time crafting and laughing with special people!  So for our BBTB2 challenge for the next two weeks, we have an anniversary theme-any kind of anniversary will do, it does NOT have to be wedding.  However, I made a sweet wedding anniversary card using the Sweethearts cartridge for the cute little tree with hearts and sweet XO message.  And I added my heart embossing folder for the background to make it extra sweet (in case the recipient didn't get the message of love, lol)!  You can see the design team projects over at the BBTB2 blog and link up an anniversary project for the next two weeks.  We hope you'll join us and have a wonderful week!

Sweethearts-all cuts
Hearts embossing folder-the Paper Studio
Paper-CTMH solids
brown chalk ink for edging

Monday, October 28, 2019

Thanksgiving layout

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is a fall holiday theme, so you can choose your holiday.  Although Halloween is rapidly approaching, I was feeling in the mood to make a layout for pictures of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  We always host a big meal for family and extended family, so I generally have lots of pictures of the feast and fun.  I used the print and cut feature on my Explore for all the images from Enjoy the Seasons on Cricut Access and cut a font I downloaded from Da Fonts for the title.  The designers over at BBTB2 have some great projects to see and you can link one up as well.

Enjoy the Seasons-print and cut on Cricut Access
baby fox-font downloaded from Da Fonts
Paper-PhotoPlay bg paper, CTMH solids
brown chalk in for edging

Monday, October 14, 2019

pumpkin theme me

Happy Monday!  I've returned from our trip to the UK to deliver Son#1 to college at Oxford and recovered from the accompanying jet lag.  We had a wonderful trip and needed a week to recover from the trip, lol!  Jet lag is no joke!  I took lots of pictures of all the amazing things we saw, so lots of fun scrapbooking is ahead.

I'm the hostess for our pumpkin challenge for the next two weeks over at BBTB2.  I'll admit this week's project was kind of thrown together, as my fatigue led to a severe creative block.  I do have a wonderful picture of my boys that will go on this week's layout, taken in September on the last time the boys will be together til Christmas break.   I used Designer's Calendar for the September title and a cartridge called Pumpkin Farm that I found on cricut access for the pumpkins and leaves.   I hope you will join us with a project over at BBTB2 and you can see the other designer's wonderful work over there as well.

Designer's Calendar-september
Pumpkin Farm-pumpkins, leaves
Paper-Colorbok Beach House collection prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink for edging

For those interested, a few snaps from the trip to the UK are below.  We loved London and enjoyed seeing some of the historical sites and rode the London Eye for a fantastic view of the city.  Oxford is like being on a movie set, except it's real life!  Everything is is old and beautiful and amazing.  Seeing the University of Oxford (which is made up of 39 colleges) and learning that the oldest college was founded in the 1100s was incredible.  I'm envious of my son's opportunity to spend a year there.  We spent our last day seeing Stonehenge, which gave me goosebumps as I looked at these ancient stones from 2500 BC.

 At the Tower of London with the famous Tower Bridge in the background

 At the Tower of London with Son#1 and my husband

Big Ben (in scaffolding), the House of Parliament, and the River Thames in the background

medieval cloister at New College in Oxford, featured in the Harry Potter movies

My son at Mansfield College, Oxford University where he will be attending college this year


Monday, September 30, 2019

Sunflower layout

Happy Monday!  It's an exciting one for me, as my husband and I are on a plane to London today!  Son#1 is going to be studying economics this year at Oxford University and we are going to get him moved into his dorm and do some sightseeing for a few days.  (The school year for the UK goes from October to the end of June, so he's doing his junior year of college at Oxford.)  The last time I was in the UK was almost 30 years I'm really excited to be going back!  I didn't even own a camera when I was younger and have no photos or memorabilia from that long ago trip, so I'm planning on taking lots of pictures this time!

Moving on to crafty things, our BBTB2 challenge theme for the next weeks is to use crows, sunflowers, or scarecrows on a project.  I had some cute pictures of Son#2 and friends with sunflowers, so I got busy looking for sunflowers on cricut access.  I found these beautiful ones on the Flower Market cartridge, along with the other flower accents.  Then I went searching for a title with the word bloom and found the perfect one: "live life in full bloom"!  This was so fun to put together for the scrapbook and my son loved it!  Hope you will take a look at the design team projects and link up a project over at BBTB2!

CTMH Flower Market-sunflowers and other flowers, leaves, greenery
Springtime Vinyl Decals-live life in full bloom
Springtime Phrases-friends

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Meet Me in St. Louis layout

Happy Tuesday!  My birthday was last weekend, so my present to myself was to spend some time being crafty!  It was a rainy weekend too, so being cozied up in my craft room was extra nice!  Among other projects, I scrapbooked some pictures of our trip to St. Louis in August, and I had fun browsing cricut access for St. Louis related things.  I printed a very cute "meet me in St. Louis" skyline from the Doodle City Skylines printables.  (There were ones available for lots of cities-will definitely be making some more of these!).   I also found a cute cut of the state of Missouri showing the Gateway Arch to finish off my pages.  I am getting ready to travel again next week, this time to London!  Much packing and planning has to happen this week.  Hope you all have a wonderful week full of sunshine and smiles!

Missouri-the Show Me State (on cricut access)-outline of state with cityscape
Doodle City Skylines Printables (on cricut access)-print and cut of Meet Me in St. Louis
Paper-Simple Stories background paper, CTMH solids