Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cake birthday card

I've got a cool shaped birthday card today from Wild Card 2.  I just got Wild Card 2 and Create a Critter 2 this week and am so looking forward to playing with both after browsing the handbooks!!  This is my first cut from Wild Card 2.  I cut the birthday cake card, plus all it's layers, at 5 1/2 inches, along with the matching envelope, to whip up a quick card for the birthday party my kiddo "forgot" to mention until the last minute!
Wild Card 2-all cuts
Paper-dotted paper is Bo Bunny, solids are all from the scrap drawer
Swiss dots embossing folder
I'm going to link this to the Fantabulous Cricut challenge to do a birthday project with a candle.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hole in One layout

One more mini-golfing layout ahead-this one simple and fun, using no patterned paper, just plain card stock!  I used All Sports for the title and A Child's Year for the scalloped shape for the journaling box.  The stickers are from Karen Foster and little action from my white gel pen finished it off.

All Sports-title
A Child's Year-journal box
Paper-Creative Memories card stock
Stickers-Karen Foster

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fore! (mini-golf) layout

The sports cartridges were my go-tos for this spread.  I used a bunch of scraps to do this layout, which always makes me happy!  (It's good to feel thrifty and not just like a paper hoarder...)   I made this layout for some mini-golfing pictures from the summer vacation, and enjoyed putting together the golf guy from All Sports (since my Dad won, it was especially perfect).  I also cut the golf balls from Sports Mania and FORE from the All Sports cart and added a few Karen Foster stickers that I've had laying around for who knows how long (again, thrifty I tell you!!!  Shopping the stash!  The fact that my stash is the size of a smaller version of Archievers is irrelevant!).

Sports Mania-golf balls
All Sports-golfer and FORE
Paper-CM and CTMH cardstock
Stickers-Karen Foster

I'm going to link this to the CTO challenge this week:  sports.  The kids are not really involved in organized sports, so mini-golf and waterskiing are about as close to sports as we get!   

Monday, September 24, 2012

Lights, Motors, Action! layout (Disney)

We saw the coolest stunt car show at Disney's Hollywood Studios!  One of the stunt cars in the show was Lightning McQueen.  I had so much fun cutting the road sign for the title and the flames and lightning bolts from the Cars cartridge.  The font on the road sign is the block font on Boys Will Be Boys and the font for the "stunt show" is Learning Curve.

Cars-road sign, flames, lightning bolt
Boys Will Be Boys-block font
Learning Curve-font
Paper-Disney pack bought at Archievers, plus solid CM card stock

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Kilimanjaro Safari (Disney) layout

I'd found this amazing paper from the Bo Bunny Zoology collection to use for these pictures from the Kilimanjaro Safari (in Disney's Animal Kingdom), but was really just couldn't figure out how to keep the layout simple enough not to overwhelm the paper.  I finally cut the elephant silhouette from the Zoo Day cartridge for my embellishment.  The journal box and stickers are from the paper collection.  The title is cut from the CM This and That cartridge's Anytime Font.

CM This and That-font
Zoo Day-elephant
Paper/stickers-Bo Bunny Zoology Collection plus solid black card stock
I'm linking this to the Die Cuttin Divas challenge this week:  use an elephant on a project.  Now I'll admit my elephant is about as stark and unadorned as an elephant can get, but it seemed to fit the page like that, so there you have it.  I keep telling myself sometimes plain and simple is best, even though I keep wanting to add just one more thing, lol!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Kayaking Fun layout

This is my first time using the Fun in the Sun lite cartridge-I've had it all summer sitting there looking at me!   We tried out kayaks for the first time while on vacation this summer, so I cut the kayaking guy with my cricut.   (Can't wait to cut out the waterski girl on this cart for another layout!)  The paper is from the Paradise Beach collection by Echo Park.   The fun funky font (how's that for alliteration?  I've clearly been helping the kids with too many English assignments already.)  is from the Robotz cartridge.

Fun in the Sun-kayak guy
Paper-Echo Park's Paradise Beach collection print, solids- Bo Bunny
I'm going to link this to the Fantabulous Cricut end of summer theme challenge this week.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hoot Couture card

Son#1 got lots of very nice clothes from his grandparents for his recent birthday (he's quite the clotheshorse!), so I used the Hoot and Holler phrase "Hoot Couture" for the thank you card.  I've always wanted a reason to cut that phrase with an owl....this was the perfect excuse!  The inside stamp is from My Pink Stamper.  I had to make it not look too girly since this IS from a boy, so went with a blue and green color scheme.

Hoot and Holler-all cuts
Paper-The Paper Studio solids from Hobby Lobby
Stamp-My Pink Stamper Tweetie Hoo puns set
I'm going to link this to the BBTB2 challenge this week "winged things in nature".  

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

#1 Student layout

Locker Talk is my favorite school themed cartridge, both for the images and all the great titles.  This layout has some pics leftover from the end of school last year, so I made a quick layout using Locker Talk for the titles #1 Student and Field Day, along with my Echo Park school mini theme kit.

Locker Talk-all cuts
Paper-Echo Park mini theme kit, plus solid card stock

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Need for Speed layout

I spent the weekend at a crop with my mom and niece-we had SO much fun and got lots of layouts done!  (And ate lots of popcorn and chocolate too!)  I made this this layout for pics of Son#3 running-he is going to run the mile in a kid's race at a big marathon here in October.  Right now he is training with the running club at his elementary school and of course I'm going to take pics!  Coincidentally the SOUS blog has a challenge called "Put me in Coach" that I'm going to link to.  I used the Sports Mania cartridge for the cuts.  The paper is from a Fancy Pants pack called Little Sport.

A Child's Year-scallop journal box
Sports Mania-all other cuts
Paper-Fancy Pants Little Sport

Thursday, September 13, 2012

from Soaring to Test Track layout (Disney)

Another Disney layout-this one I struggled with because I only had a single photo (or none, in the case of Soaring) of some favorite attractions at Epcot.  I decided to combine them into a two page spread, but it was difficult to make it flow and feel unified.   Mickey and his plane seemed like a good representation of the Soaring ride. I had some pics from Test Track, which was Son#3's favorite ride that I represented with the road from the CM Traveler cart.  The traffic cones and sign are from the Cars cartridge.  I used three of the different fonts from Lyrical Letters for the titles.

Lyrical Letters-fonts
Mickey and Friends-Mickey and plane
CM Traveler-road
Cars-road sign, traffic cones
Paper/stickers-Echo Park

I'm going to link this to the Fantabulous Cricut transportation themed challenge this week, since I've got a plane and road going on!  I couldn't quite get a race car for test track squeezed onto the road, so you'll have to imagine the car is just out of sight, lol!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cookbook (wedding gift)-warning: lots of pics

We went to a wedding in July for a beloved teacher of my boys and I had to come up with a gift, so I made a fairly quick cookbook using my cricut.  I used an album with chipboard dividers and clear sleeves with 4x6 pockets by Simple Stories, which I bought at Archievers.  I found a fabulous paper collection called Farm Fresh by The Paper Studio that had recipe cards included, and I decorated the chipboard pages with some of the paper and cricut cuts from the From My Kitchen cartridge.  I also included some photos of my boys taken in her classroom on the dividers.  The boys picked out all their favorite recipes to include-I didn't show all the recipe pages, just the dividers.  I did some fun little twists:  the oven door opens to show a pie and the pot opens to eggs boiling plus one of the boys added a little note later.

 Divider 1:
 with the oven door opened:
 back of divider 1 and first page of recipes:

 Divider 2:
 Divider 2 with the pot opened:
 Divider 3 (love that apron):

 more recipes:
 I tucked picture in here and there of the kids at school with her:

I used a thin coat of Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the chipboard dividers, cover and back.

From My Kitchen-all cuts except hinges
Fabulous Finds-hinges on oven door and pot
Paper-The Paper Studio Farm Fresh (bought at Hobby Lobby)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Rock On card

Son#1 has a birthday coming up, so the BBTB2 shaped card challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to come up with a fun card for him.  He's getting an iPod touch (Shhhh....don't tell!), so I picked the "Rock On" card from Birthday Bash, since I'm sure he'll be loading his iPod with music right away!  I cut the card base at 5 1/4 in, which was as big as it would cut on my mat.  I added extra layers by using the phrase cut a quarter inch smaller (striped star and blue lettering).    The happy birthday on the inside is from another card on the cartridge, cut at 2 in.

It was fun trying out a shaped card-there's lots of options on this cart, which I haven't really experimented with much.
Birthday Bash-all cuts
Paper-Basic Grey Life of the Party collection