Friday, August 31, 2012

Keep It Wild layout

We went to the zoo twice this summer and I found the most fantastic paper for the pictures-the Bo Bunny Zoology collection!  I made my first layout with it (after a brief period of paralysis because I couldn't bear to cut any of the paper...), using the Give a Hoot cartridge for the Keep It Wild title.  All the leaves are from Life as A Beach.  The beautiful button and silver leaf charm were both in the little button kit from the collection.

Give a Hoot-title
Life as A Beach-leaves
Paper/Stickers/button/charm-Bo Bunny Zoology collection

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Back to School layout

So, this layout is for our traditional first day of school photos with the backpacks!  The kids even posed one of their stuffed animals with a lunchbox, but decided the backpack was too much for him!  (The cat refused to pose with ANY school related items!)  I used some paper from my stash of Basic Grey's Life of the Party collection and started cutting school supplies!  (Although not quite as many as the amount of actual school supplies-you do not even want to know how many pocket brad folders it takes to be a 6th grader these days.  In case you have an inquiring mind, the answer is 24.   I think altogether we bought 36 pocket brad folders, as the other two grades seemed to be satisfied with a ROY G BIV collection of folders each.  Don't even get me started on spiral notebooks and glue sticks! )  I used the Recess Lite cartridge for the title and most of the cuts, except the locker and brown bag, which are from Locker Talk.  The locker seemed appropriate now that I have two middle schoolers!   There are tags from Recess behind the pictures on the left page, so I can write about their teachers and schedules.

Locker Talk-locker and brown bag
Recess-all other cuts
Paper-Basic Grey "Life of the Party" collection
I'm going to link this to a couple of challenges this week:  BBTB2 back to school challenge,  Exploring Cricut back to school challenge, and the  Fantabulous Cricut-back to school cricut crawl.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Koala card

Cardz TV has a fun challenge going on right now-critter cuties.  I had such a difficult time deciding on WHICH critter to use for my card!  However, I finally settled on a koala from Create A Critter, as it is a favorite of Son#2.   The sentiment stamp is from the K Andrews set "Of Mice and Lil Men".  

Create A Critter-all cuts
Stamp-K Andrews "Of Mice and Lil Men"
Paper-prints are Basic Grey "Life of the Party" collection, solids are CTMH
I'm linking this to the Cardz TV challenge and there is a LOT of cute inspiration over there!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Too Cool Layout

This layout is all from the Boys Will Be Boys cartridge.  The pics are from a birthday party where my niece got a new bike and my nephew got a Lego vehicle set.  I love the fun layered titles on Boys Will Be Boys-one of the kids kept saying "this is too cool!" when opening gifts.  I added some buttons and brads to make the truck and bike look more cool.  Although, what could possibly be more cool than your own new purple bike with gears?  My niece was SOO excited!  

Boys Will Be Boys-all cuts
Paper-Basic Grey Shine On collection
Brads and buttons
I'm going to link this to the very timely SOUS challenge this week-die cut vehicles!  Love it when a challenge lines up with the pics I'm trying to scrap :) 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Vacation Time layout

I made this layout for the BBTB2 challenge this week-vacation.  I continue to slowly work on pictures from our Disney trip last year, and I made this layout with the CM Traveler cartridge for some of the pictures of us arriving our really cool hotel, the Port Orleans Riverside (one of the Disney hotels) for our Disney vacation.  All the cuts are from the Traveler cartridge, including the font.  I loved the little suitcase cut-extra cute, don't you think?

CM Traveler-all cuts, Roadtrip font
Paper-Echo Park Little Boy (prints) and Bo Bunny solids

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Batter Up layout

I made this layout for the Fantabulous Cricut challenge this week to do a sports themed project.  These are birthday pics-my nephew got a kid's pitching machine, which ALL the kids were extremely thrilled about!  I used the Sports Mania cartridge for all the cuts.  The colors didn't photograph well on this, as it's cloudy here-sorry!

Sports Mania-all cuts
Paper-Basic Grey Shine On collection

Friday, August 17, 2012

Lucky Silver Mine layout

While at Silver Dollar City (an old time theme park), we ate at the Lucky Silver Mine restaurant for lunch.  The fun part here is that you walk through a 60 ft "mine shaft" to get in and it's all underground with a mine theme, complete with lanterns and pickaxes!  Now that you have the background, you can see what I did with the layout.  I tore some paper on one side to be the side of the mine (the walls of the place were rough cement to look like a mine) and added some lanterns.  The checked paper reminded me of the tablecloths.  The miner is Grumpy the dwarf from Happily Ever After, but I trimmed off his stocking cap and added a hat from Old West.  The ore cart is also from Old West, but I modified it a bit also.   The lanterns (which I also added a layer to) and shovel are from Happily Ever After.  The font is Old West.  It all came out pretty fun and I was really happy with it!  I LOVE the wooden background paper from My Mind's Eye!!!!

Happily Ever After-miner with pickaxe, shovel, lanterns
Old West-font,  ore cart
Paper-My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline-the dilly dally collection, plus assorted solid card stock                                                                                                                                        

Monday, August 13, 2012

7th Grade Honor's Night layout

All the back to school shopping got me back working on a few layouts left over from the end of school in May that I never finished!  The only cricut on this one is the font, which is one of my favorites-Learning Curve.  The rest is all stickers from the Echo Park mini-theme kit School Days, plus some quick work with my square punch set from CM.  Before I got my cricut, that square punch set was my go to tool!

Learning Curve-font
Paper-Echo Park School Days kit, plus some solid CM card stock
CM Square punches

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Goin' for A Swim layout

I did this layout with some pics from last summer for the Fantabulous Cricut challenge "Cool Off" this week.  They spotlighted one of my pool layouts for the Friday inspiration day this week-I was so excited to see it!   It's under my index tag Paper dolls Teen Scene titled "Wet and Wild" if you want to see it.   They have a bunch of great water inspiration layouts and cards at Fantabulous Cricut-check it out!  But on to today's layout:  it's fun title is from Pack Your Bags, along with the fun Hawaiian swim trunks.   The flip flops on the clothes line are actually part of the paper design.

Pack Your Bags-all cuts
Paper-Fancy Pants Beach Bum (last year's line)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Carousel layout

Another post with the Echo Park Everyday Eclectic paper!  (I loved it so much that I did three layouts with it right away-of course now I will go into hoarder mode and be afraid to use the rest because then it will be gone...)  Our zoo has a vintage carousel that they rescued from somewhere, with beautiful old fashioned animals and paintings all over it.  It is truly the most beautiful carousel I've ever seen!  We snapped some pics of us riding it on a zoo trip in June.  I cut the title and carousel from guessed it....the Carousel lite cartridge!  I've always found the letters on this cart to be a bit tricky to cut and put together, but the font is so pretty when it's done that it's worth it!

Carousel Lite-all cuts
Paper/stickers-Echo Park's Everyday Eclectic collection
I'm going to link this to the 2 Sisters Challenge blog-anything goes this week.  Lots of great entries to look at there!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Capture the Moment layout

While on vacation, the theme park we visited had an area with old fashioned rides themed after the 1908 (I think) World Fair.  It was really cute, and we enjoyed icy cold lemonade while watching them ride the carousel, merry-go-round, and teacups.  This hot air balloon paper from Echo Park so exactly captured the colors and feel of it!  I cut the plane from Mickey and Friends and the sticker is from the paper pack, Everyday Eclectic (which I LOVE).

Mickey and Friends-airplane
Paper/Stickers-Echo Park Everyday Eclectic collection
brown chalk ink, twine
I'm linking this to the BBTB2 challenge this week to use a hot air balloon (or plane) cut.  I don't have a hot air balloon on any of my carts, so I went with the plane, but the challenge definitely gave me a reason to use the hot air balloon paper!

Monday, August 6, 2012

San Angel Inn (Disney) layout

This layout is for some pictures we took while at Epcot's World Showcase last summer, where we ate lunch at the San Angel Inn in Mexico.  It was very interesting browsing in the different countries at Epcot.  In true Disney over the top fashion, the restaurant has a pyramid at nightfall with occasional storms, plus a boat ride that goes through the restaurant by the pyramid.  Lots to look at while eating-the kids were fascinated!  I used several carts on this layout, trying to re-create the look of the boat ride.

Mickey and Friends-Mickey and Donald
Pooh and Friends-Lightning, boat (trimmed from sailboat)
Old West-guitar, lantern, cactus plants
Designer's Calendar-sombreros
Life as A Beach-greenery, flower
CM Traveler font for title
small letter stickers are Echo Park
Paper-cardstock from the stash
I'm going to link this to the Creative Cutter room summer fun challenge.  Nothing is more fun for our family than getting to go to a Disney theme park for summer vacation!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Boots & Chaps

So I'm on a roll with the western theme and decided to do a few more pics from the Pony Express museum with my super cool Sasparilla cowboy paper.  The base paper has a bandanna print-how fun is that?  And the blue jeans paper!    I used County Fair for the title and Old West for the rest of the cuts.  Oh and I forgot to add, the blue jean border under the pics is from Elegant Edges.

County Fair-title
Elegant Edges-blue jeans border
Old West-all other cuts
Paper/Sticker-October Afternoon Sasparilla collection
Stamp-K Andrews "Of Mice and Lil Men" set
Ink-Stampin Up Early Espresso
brown chalk ink for inking edges
I'm going to link this to the Die Cuttin Divas Anything goes challenge this week.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Saddle Up layout

The BBTB2 challenge this week is a farm theme, so I immediately thought of pictures I took when we visited the Pony Express Museum in May.  Ponies=farm animal, right?  (since we haven't been around any actual farm animals, being city folk....unless crazy house cats  I broke out my Old West and County Fair cartridges for some fun western accents.  In fact, it's possible I got a little carried away, but oh well.

The paper is SO cool-it's by October Afternoon and the collection is called Sasparilla.  Very very cute retro themed cowboy and western paper.  As soon as I saw it at Archiever's, I grabbed some for all my pictures from this museum.
County Fair-title, horseshoe
Old West-horse, fence, hay bale, spur, cactus plants (cactuses?  cacti?  anyone know what is correct?)
Paper/stickers-October Afternoon Sasparilla collection
 brown chalk ink
I'm going to link this to the BBTB2 farm theme challenge.