Monday, October 28, 2013

Ghastly Poisons Halloween layout (for BBTB2)

Halloween is almost here!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is trick or treat, selected by my awesome DT sister Jayne.  Now that my kids are bigger, I am finally able to make some creepy (as opposed to cute) Halloween layouts!

I used the A Frightful Affair cartridge to do this layout, featuring a mad scientist and witch cooking up some poison for their trick or treaters...(all the sugar from the Halloween candy is sort of like poison, lol!).   There are a few creepy mice and bats roaming around on this stormy night (it HAS to be a stormy night to make this poison, you see) to complete the scene.  And of course, we can't forget the awesome bubbling beakers of evil!  My print papers are from the Echo Park Apothecary Emporium collection from last year.

A Frightful Affair-all cuts (table hand cut)
Paper-Echo Park Apothecary Emporium collection prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink

Check out all the wonderfully scary Halloween projects my DT sisters have made at BBTB2, and we hope you will conjure one up and join us!  

Friday, October 25, 2013

Scary Party Halloween layout (for Exploring Cricut)

I have the fun of doing the daily project at Exploring Cricut today!  It's almost Halloween-have you been able to stay away from the Halloween candy?  I'll confess I've slipped a few times and found myself nibbling on contraband candy!!!

But on to my project:  I've been dying to use the cute little Halloween teddy bears on the Teddy Bear Parade cartridge, so I cut them out for my layout (for the elementary school fall party pictures of Son#3).  The title is from Create A Critter 2.  (The word party is actually part of another title, but I just added it onto my scary title!)  I added a few other cuts from CAC2 as well.  The bat background paper is from an old DCWV stack.

Teddy Bear Parade-teddy bears
Create A Critter 2-all other cuts
Paper-DCWV prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink

We hope you will join us with a creepy scary Halloween project!  You can link up at Exploring Cricut.

Monday, October 21, 2013

I have two posts today:

I woke up today with a smile on this Monday morning, because I got to spend yesterday afternoon scrapping with my Mom and BFF!  I had so much fun seeing all the cool crafty stuff they were making AND we got to laugh and catch up on all the latest gossip.  Good times!  But on to the crafty stuff:  just below is my post for the BBTB2 pumpkin challenge, using the Artbooking cartridge.  Scroll down one post for my Halloween layout for the Exploring Cricut challenge, using Happy Hauntings.  Hope you have a super Monday!  

Fall Festival Fun pumpkin layout (for BBTB2)

It's that time of year for pumpkins and hot chocolate and all things fall!  Our challenge at BBTB2 this week is to use a pumpkin on a project-and there are lots of cricut pumpkins to choose from!  I decided to try the pumpkins on my new Artbooking cartridge for some fall festival pictures from a few weeks ago.  All the cuts are from Artbooking, including the overlays and vine on both pages.  All  were cut at 11 inches except the pumpkins and leaves.   (I had to experiment with the sizes for the pumpkins and leaves to find something that worked -I couldn't use real dial size because then the layers wouldn't cut properly.)   I just used some cheap white cardstock while experimenting until the pumpkins and leaves cut at the size I wanted.

Artbooking-all cuts
Paper-CTMH solids, Imaginescense pumpkin print paper
brown chalk ink

I hope you will make a new pumpkin project to share with us over at BBTB2-we LOVE to see what you come up with!

October 31 layout (for Exploring Cricut)

It's almost time for Halloween and that is our challenge theme at Exploring Cricut this week!  I have a spooky cemetery layout for today, complete with the headless horseman, a black cat, and a skeleton!   My boys are big enough to want to be creepy rather than cute with their Halloween costumes, so I wanted my layout to reflect that.    The paper is from an old DCWV stack, which got my layout started, with the creepy tree and cemetery.  I just added some spooky goodness with the headless horseman, skeleton, and black cat.  (Plus a few more tombstones and the bat.)  I used Happy Hauntings for all my cuts, including the October 31 title.

Happy Hauntings-all cuts
Paper-DCWV stack prints, CTMH solids

Go check all the spooky goodness from the DT at Exploring Cricut and link up something creepy and fun of your own for Halloween!

Monday, October 14, 2013

listen to your heart card (for BBTB2)

My lovely DT sister Brenda has chosen "health awareness" for the challenge theme at BBTB2 this week.  As an ICU nurse, heart disease is a huge problem I see affecting lives every day (I work many of my shifts in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit).  Women especially tend to underplay or ignore symptoms of heart attacks or heart disease because we are busy taking care of everyone else but not ourselves.  I encourage all of you to pay attention to your own health and know your numbers:  blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar.  If any of these are out of the normal range, make the time to do those lifestyle changes and improve them!  And take your medications, if you have prescriptions!  (I am regularly astounded at people who do not take their meds or have no idea what their meds are for.)

Alright, so enough healthy talk and on to the actual card I made.  I used the CM Be Young cartridge for the saying on the front "listen to your heart", which I thought was perfect for heart health awareness.  The fun frame was part of the image!  The inside, which I neglected to take a picture of, has more hearts (I have already given this card away, so I can't go back and get a pic).

CM Be Young-title art
Paper-solid CTMH, print
brown chalk ink

Show us what health cause is dear to your heart with a project and link it up back at BBTB2!

Please keep Brenda and her family in your prayers, as they are suddenly dealing with some very serious health issues at this time.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ride'em Cowboy layout

Today is my turn for the daily project at Exploring Cricut!  I made a western themed layout for you today, for some pictures of my fellas at Silver Dollar City last summer.  I used the Old West cartridge for all the cuts except the barn, which is from Create A Critter.  I especially was taken with the wood grain frame cut for my journal box!  My paper has been in my stash so long that I have NO idea where I got it.

Old West-all cuts except barn
Create A Critter-barn
Paper-DCWV stack
brown chalk ink
Stamp-My Pink Stamper set

Thanks for stopping by and remember to check out all our awesome daily projects at Exploring Cricut! Remember, you can still join in on our birthday blog hop challenge (and win a cricut cartridge)!  

Monday, October 7, 2013

I have two posts today:

It's a marvelous sunny Monday-ready for the week?  I have two posts to get your scrapping week kick-started (possibly I watched too much football yesterday...).  Just below is my post for the Exploring Cricut Happy Birthday blog hop, where I have another birthday layout using Artbooking.  If you scroll down one post, I have our fall leaf challenge from BBTB2, also using Artbooking, along with the CM Cheerful Seasons cart.  I hope your week is full of some lovely weather and fall fun!

Happy birthday layout #2 with Artbooking (for Exploring Cricut)

We are having a blog hop to celebrate Exploring Cricut's 3rd birthday!   (You should have arrived here from the fabulous Michelle N's blog.)  So I have a birthday layout for you using the new Artbooking cartridge!  I just got Artbooking last month for MY birthday gift and this  is my second birthday layout using it.  (You should be able to find the other one under the Artbooking tab on the sidebar.)

All my cuts are from Artbooking (except the circles), including the frame around the picture.   Note:  I cute the number 15 and the "on this day" using real dial size (as they were not on pages sized for what I wanted to make).  The picture frame and celebrate were cut at the 11 inch size indicated on their handbook page.  The make a wish, cake, and banner are part of the cute Bo Bunny Surprise paper.

Artbooking-all cuts except circles
Plaintain Schoolbook-circles
Paper-Bo Bunny Surprise collection prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink
I have the blog hop list below, in case you get lost!  You should be heading to Liz's awesome blog next.

Blog Hop Schedule
Starting at Exploring Cricut

Rae Ann
Michelle N
Michelle S

Hope you will link up a birthday project with us!

Autumn Days layout (for BBTB2)

Our BBTB2 wonderful leader Susan has selected the maple leaf from Art Philosophy for our challenge this week, but since I don't have that cartridge, I went with a similar leaf on Artbooking.  The title font is also from Artbooking.  The scarecrow, basket of apples, and wheelbarrow are all from the CM Cheerful Seasons cartridge.  The pretty print papers are from the Doodlebug Happy Harvest collection, which if you a paper junkie like me, is really really cool!

Artbooking-title font, leaves
CM Cheerful Seasons-all other cuts
Paper-Doodlebug Happy Harvest collection prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink

Note:  Artbooking is proving to be a bit tricky for me, if I'm not cutting the projects exactly as shown, for the sizing.  I used the real dial size for my cuts from Artbooking, as I was using individual elements (the font and leaves).   Also, there is no shadow for the font, so I cut it twice and offset it to give a shadow effect.

We'd love to see you link up with us at BBTB2 with a leaf project-you can check out all the fabulous projects the DT has made for inspiration!