Monday, September 25, 2017

Fabulous Fall layout

Happy Monday!  Has it felt like fall in your neck of the woods?  It still feels like hot, sticky late summer here in Kansas City.  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is fall....but my current events are full of shorts, t-shirts, and swimming pools.  With a little high school football mixed in.  However, I had pictures from last year of two of my sons playing fiddle at a local fall festival, so I whipped up this fabulous fall layout using the 3 Birds on Parade cartridge.  I love this cartridge and I think I've used almost every single cut on it at one time or another.  Hope you will join us over at BBTB2 and submit a project!  You can see the design team projects for inspiration there as well.  We also now have a Facebook group you can join.

3 Birds on Parade-all cuts
Paper-Doodlebug prints, CTMH solids

Monday, September 18, 2017

Love you to the core apple card

Happy Monday!  It was a week of illness at my house but I'm happy to report that ice cream does, in fact, make everything better.  Sick people AND mom's mood, lol!  If they could only make a no calorie ice cream, I think a lot of the world's problems could be cream for all!  If only it were that easy, right?

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to use an apple.  My oldest son and one of my nieces went off to college this fall and they've let me know college students like getting mail from home!  So I'm planning to send both of them some fun little cards and packages every few weeks and I made this one with an apple for my niece.  I used my favorite cricut apple from Doodlecharms and paired it with this "love you to the core" stamp.  It's going to be fun making some cute cards to make them smile!  Take a look at the harvest-full of apple projects over at BBTB2 and make something cute yourself to link up!

Paper-My Mind's Eye 6x6 collection prints, CTMH solids
Stamp-so old I'm not even sure, lol
Punches-scalloped oval and oval from Stampin' Up

Monday, September 11, 2017

Fall layout

Hello Monday!  For anyone who lives in the hurricane affected areas, I know it is not such a great Monday...and I pray you come through the storm safely.  Everyone at my house is sick and cranky, so my week is going to be a drag.  I think large quantities of ice cream might make it better though-I'll report back next week if that works, lol!

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is fall leaves.  I used the CM Cheerful Seasons cartridge for my fall layout with leaves and pumpkins.  We have several fall festivals on the calendar in the next month, so this layout is made with some of those pictures in mind.  All the cuts are from Cheerful Seasons.  Check out the design team projects and link yours up over at BBTB2.

CM Cheerful Seasons-all cuts
Paper-Carta Bella prints/letter stickers, CTMH solids

Monday, September 4, 2017


Happy Labor Day Monday!  I am actually working all weekend  at the hospital since it's a 24/7 kind of place, but I hope some of you are getting to enjoy a 3 day weekend!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is football.  I happen to be going to ALL our high school football games this year, as Son#2 is a drum major for the marching band.  It's so exciting to see him up on the podium directing the band for the half time show!  (It's not so much about the football....).   Of course I'm gonna be that crazy band mom who takes 70 billion pictures on the field!  My football-ish layout uses the Graphically Speaking cartridge for the word cuts and arrow, and the football is from the CM This and That cartridge.  I found this awesome football yard line wash tape from Doodlebug that was just the thing for an accent.  There are lots of football projects at BBTB2 and you can link up a project there this week too.

Graphically Speaking-all cuts except football
CM This and That-football
washi tape-Doodlebug

Monday, August 28, 2017

Labor Day-career

Happy Monday!  I missed getting my blog post up last week, as we lost power due to big storms in the KC area.  It makes me appreciate electricity!  My heart is going out to all those who have been displaced from their homes or are without power due to the hurricane.  Our BBTB2 challenge with Labor Day coming up is to celebrate careers in some way.  I made a layout highlighting nurses, as both my mom and I are nurses and my niece is planning to become a nurse.  She recently attended an event for high school students aspiring to be nurses put on by the hospital I work at and left even more convinced that nursing is for her.  So we will be a family with three generations of nurses!

I work as an RN in a cardiothoracic surgery ICU taking care of patients before and after open heart/valve surgeries and heart transplants, so my current job is truly all about hearts.  I thought the title for my layout "Nursing is from the heart" most appropriate in so many ways!  I used a couple of cartridges to make my layout for a picture of my mom, niece, and myself at the event my niece attended at my hospital.  There are lots of different careers on display over at BBTB2 this week and you can link up your project over at BBTB2.

Everyday Paper Dolls-stethoscope
Baby Steps-title font
Plaintain Schoolbook-hearts
Paper-The Paper Studio print, CTMH solids
Hearts embossing folder

Monday, August 14, 2017

Back to School

Hello Monday!  Well, it's going to be a big life change moving my oldest son into his college dorm for his freshman year this weekend!  While he is going to school close to home, I'm still really going to miss him.  This letting go part of parenting is harder than I thought.  It's back to school week for the other two as well, with my middle son starting his junior year of high school and my youngest starting his freshman year of high school.

As I am hosting the BBTB2 challenge this week, I selected Back to School as our challenge theme.  I always take first day of school pics, so I made my layout using the Artbooking and Locker Talk cartridges.  Gotta have your backpack to be ready to go, right?  I'm going to have to make another project to capture the college move in.  The rest of the design team over at BBTB2 has some great projects to see and you can link yours up too!

Locker Talk-locker, backpack
Paper-Echo Park prints, green/blue solids, CTMH red
brown chalk ink

Monday, August 7, 2017

Gift tags

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge theme this week is gift tags or bags.  I rarely decorate gift bags, as teenage boys aren't generally too impressed with packaging.  But gift tags are always handy to have around, so I whipped up a few different ones for the challenge with Art Philosophy.

Baby Shower tag
First off, I made one for an upcoming baby shower, using one of the many Art Philosophy cartridge tag options.  I decorated it with a onesie cut from the Stork's Delivery cartridge.  A little ribbon and twine finished it off.

Art Philosophy-tag and layer cut at 3.5 in.
Stork's Delivery-onesie cut at 2.75 in.
Paper-CTMH solids, Echo Park polka dot
ribbon-Stampin Up
twine-My Mind's Eye

Birthday tag
This birthday tag uses another one of the many tag cuts on Art Philosophy, plus a cupcake!  Because who doesn't like cupcakes?

Art Philosophy-tag and layer cut at 3.5 in., cupcake cut at 2.75 in.
Paper-CTMH solids
ribbon-Stampin Up
twine-My Mind's Eye

More Birthday tags
I used the Art Philosophy cartridge again to cut these tags.  The cartridge came with some stamp sets, which have stamps that coordinate with the tags cut.  I used some of the stamps to jazz up these two birthday tags.
Art Philosophy-tags
Stamp set-CTMH Packages, Boxes, and Tags Occasions (goes with Art Philosophy)
Ink-CTMH crystal blue and sorbet