Friday, January 31, 2014

Party Time mini album with Artbooking (for Exploring Cricut)

Today is my day to share the daily project at Exploring Cricut and I have a really fun project to share!  I made a mini album using the Artbooking cartridge for pictures of my mom's big 70th birthday party.  (It was a Christmas gift for her!)  I used the 8x8 travel themed album for the base pages on the Artbooking cartridge.  I also used Artbooking for most of the decorative elements.  The title is from the Phrases cartridge.  The fabulous paper and stickers are from the Bo Bunny Surprise collection.

Cover:  title is from Phrases

Page 1:  cuts are all from Artbooking

Page 2:  cuts are from Artbooking

Page 3: no cricut cuts, just stickers

Page 4:  This is a half page cut from Artbooking

Page 5: other side of half page-forgot to photograph!

Page 6:  cuts from Artbooking

Page 7: just stickers

Page 8:  another cute little half page

Page 9:  other side of half page

Page 10:  stars from Artbooking

back cover

This actually came together pretty quickly!  I recommend using a coordinated paper pack that includes stickers to make things easier, like Echo Park and Bo Bunny make.  That way all the papers all look good together already and you already have some decorative elements ready to go!  I hope you enjoyed this and are inspired to make a mini!  Remember to check out our daily projects at Exploring Cricut each day (or on Facebook).

Artbooking-album and decorative elements
Paper/Stickers-Bo Bunny Surprise collection, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink
ribbon-Stampin Up

Monday, January 27, 2014

I've got two posts today:

Time to face another Monday!  I've had a relaxing weekend hanging out with the fam, ignoring the laundry and other pesky chores.  However, one can only ignore the laundry for so long….so that is what I will be doing today-blah!  I am the goddess of laundry-that's what I keep telling myself anyway.  But on to the crafty portion of this post!  Just below is my card for the baby challenge over at BBTB2, using the Baby Steps and Zooballoo cartridges.  Scroll down one post for my winter layout for the Cricut choice challenge for  Exploring Cricut, using the Winter Woodland cartridge.  I hope you have a wonderful week, staying warm and with time for some crafty fun!  

Oh Baby card (for BBTB2)

It's a baby challenge at BBTB2 this week!  My project was inspired by Pinterest.  I've seen a number of  dresser cards on Pinterest with various themes, and have been eager for the occasion to try to make one.  I cut three rectangles for my dresser drawers and added brads for the knobs.  The darling little baby outfit and rattle are from the Baby Steps cartridge (so fun to cut in pink, since everything in my life is boy-related…).  The cute "Oh Baby" and "Congrats" phrases are from the Zooballoo cartridge.

Baby Steps-outfit cut at 2 1/2 inches, rattle cut at 2 inches
Zooballoo-phrases, both cut at 1 inch
Formal Occasion-hangar
Paper-CTMH solids, The Paper Studio pink patterned paper
brown chalk ink
Swiss dots embossing folder

We are looking forward to seeing what sweet baby goodness you come up with and you MUST go check out all the darling baby projects from the DT over at BBTB2!

The magic of winter layout (for Exploring Cricut)

It's a cricut choice challenge this week at Exploring Cricut!  Here are the details:  use the color blue, at least 2 cricut cuts, and at least one patterned paper.  I've got some snowy pictures from the whole polar vortex snow event from a few weeks ago to scrap, so I made a winter layout with the Winter Woodland cartridge.  I added a little stickle to the snow on the house and the ice skater's dress for some sparkle, although it's really hard to see in the picture.  It's very sparkly in person though!  The bg papers are from an old Echo Park collection called Winter Wishes.

Winter Woodland-house and skater, both cut at 5 1/2 inches, title cut at 3 1/2 inches
Paper/Stickers-Echo Park Winter Wishes collection prints, CTMH solids

As usual, my DT sisters at Exploring Cricut have some amazing projects to share and we hope you will join our challenge!  And stay warm, where ever you are!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Heard You Caught a Bug get well card (for BBTB2)

It's a new Monday and that means a new challenge at BBTB2!  A get well card is the theme for this week and those are handy to have in the card stash!  It's such a great pick me up to receive a sweet get well card when you've been miserable and sick!  Since I work at a hospital, I'll tell you that something to read, lip balm, hand sanitizer, soft tissues, or lotion make great little gifts for a patient or family.  Along with a thoughtful or funny card, of course!  I used the CM Cheerful Seasons cartridge for my dragonfly card, which was inspired by the bg paper from My Mind's Eye.

CM Cheerful Seasons-dragonfly, cut at 3 inches
Paper-My Mind's Eye Moments 6x6 collection prints, solids CTMH
Stamps-outside from My Pink Stamper set, inside from Stampin Up Wellness Wishes set
Scallop and oval punches-Stampin Up

There are some beautiful get well cards to inspire you over at BBTB2 and we hope you'll join our get well challenge!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Dude, Chill card (for Exploring Cricut)

Hi guys!  Today is my day for the daily project at Exploring Cricut and I have a wintery card that one of the kids is using for holiday thank yous.  He wanted something "funny", so this was the result.  This is my favorite snowman on the Winter Frolic cartridge and he looked pretty chill and cool!  I've been dying to use this stamp ever since I got this set.  I cut the speech bubble from the Accent Essentials cartridge.  The background snowflake paper is from the Bo Bunny Powder Mountain collection from last year.

Winter Frolic-snowman
Accent Essentials-speech bubble
Paper-Bo Bunny Powder Mountain prints, CTMH solids
ink-Stampin Up Night of Navy
Stamps-Paper Smooches Frosty Fellas

Check out all the fun daily projects at Exploring Cricut every day-you will see great stuff from Diane and all my DT sisters!

Monday, January 13, 2014

I've got two posts today...

I'm so glad it's Monday!  This last week been one of those weeks I'd like to forget, as the whole family came down with an awful stomach virus!  Let's just say it's been a horror show of vomiting and I'm grateful to see a brand new week.  Fortunately I had my crafty projects and posts for today all done way ahead of time, thank goodness!  Just below, I have a winter layout for Exploring Cricut, using the Everyday Paperdolls cartridge. Scroll down one post for my BBTB2 birthday card, using the Birthday Bash cartridge.  I hope you all have a wonderful week-I know I'm happy that the weather is a touch warmer!!!

Winter Wonderland ski layout (for Exploring Cricut)

Is it cold and snowy where you live?  We've definitely had both (kinda frozen with the whole "polar vortex" -30 degree wind chill thing last week!).  Our challenge at Exploring Cricut this week is winter wonderland, featuring a winter or snow theme!  I have a fun winter layout with Everyday Paperdolls and CM Cheerful Seasons to show you this week.  (I'm using this for some old pictures of us skiing at Vail, but I think it would work for any cute wintertime fun photos.)

Cutting out the winter gear for my two little paper doll people was so much fun and they are staying toasty warm with their boots, gloves, and scarves!  The title is from the CM Cheerful Seasons cartridge, but you could cut it with any font.  The snowflakes are from Accent Essentials.  The print paper is from the Echo Park Winter Wishes collection from last year.

CM Cheerful Seasons-title, cut at 1 1/2 inches
Everyday Paperdolls-people/accessories cut at 5 inches
Accent Essentials-snowflakes, cut at 1 1/2 inches
Paper-Echo Park Winter Wishes collection prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink, white gel pen
My Mind's Eye twine

Go check out all the cool (get it??? lol!) projects from the Exploring Cricut design team!  We hope you'll make something and link it up to join us this week!

Hello 15 birthday card (for BBTB2)

Our challenge for BBTB2 this week is to make a birthday card with a number on it, which was very timely for me, since my niece is having a birthday this month!  I used the Birthday Bash cartridge to cut my postage stamp shaped card and also for the number 15 on the front.  The print paper and stickers are from one of my favorite paper lines ever, the Bo Bunny Surprise collection.

The tag I made for last week's BBTB2 challenge will go with it also.  Since my niece is a scrapper too with her baby bug, she is getting scrapbooking supplies as her gift!

Here are the card and tag together (I've got a green gift bag for all the goodies!):

Birthday Bash-card cut at 4 1/4 inches, numbers cut at 2 1/2 inches
Paper/Stickers-Bo Bunny Surprise collection prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink

Can't wait to see all the awesome birthday cards you guys make!  The BBTB2 design team has made some wonderful ones to for you to see, so be sure to check them all out!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Baby it's cold outside layout

Since it's cold and snowy, I've been feeling like making another wintery layout!  I used the Winter Frolic cartridge for this one, which will have pics of the kids playing outside and then coming in for some hot chocolate.   The print papers are from the super cute Fancy Pants Timber Grove paper collection.

Winter Frolic-all cuts
Paper-Fancy Pants Timber Grove prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink
stamp-My Pink Stamper

The title sentiment is so fun (and baby, it HAS been cold outside!!!) and will fit in with the Fantabulous Cricut challenge to include a sentiment on a project.  I'm also going to link up to the Craftin' Desert Divas winter project challenge.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Craft til you drop tag (for BBTB2)

Happy 2014!  To start the new year, my wonderful DT sister Brenda has issued us an open challenge dedicated to our hobby, to celebrate National Hobby Month.  I had no idea there was such a thing as National Hobby Month, but I'm willing to celebrate it all year long if it involves scrapbooking!  My nieces have become crafters (they share a baby bug) and I help keep them stocked in paper on birthdays and Christmas.  One of my nieces has a birthday this month, so since the gift will be scrapbooking paper/supplies, I made a crafty themed tag to go on the package (I've totally been on a tag kick because the recipients really liked the Christmas tags I made).  The craft with scissors on the tag is from Nate's ABCs and everything else is from Plaintain Schoolbook except the star (which was just lying around on the craft table).

Plaintain Schoolbook-tag, cut at 4 1/2 inches
Nate's ABCs-phrase cut at 1 1/2 inches
Paper-solids CTMH, print Bo Bunny Surprise collection
ribbon-American Crafts
brown chalk ink

Link up your project to celebrate your hobby with us at BBTB2 and we look forward to lots of fun challenges throughout this year!

Friday, January 3, 2014

I love U this much thank you card (for Exploring Cricut)

Happy 2014!  I'm hoping for lots of crafty time this year, curled up in my happy place in the basement! Today is my day to share the daily project at Exploring Cricut and I have a winter thank you card for you.  We've got a lot of thank yous to send out after Christmas!

My snowy themed thank you uses the Winter Frolic for the cute little sledder and Artbooking cartridge for the two snowflakes.   My snowflake embossing folder made a snowy white background.  The sentiment on the front is from the Paper Smooches Frosty Fellas stamp set and the inside sentiment is from a My Pink Stamper set.   I was able to use scraps for the cute little sledder, which always makes me very happy!  I was inspired by a Christmas themed card that used the embossed snowflake background that I saw somewhere on pinterest.

Winter Frolic-sledder boy, cut at 3 1/2 inches
Artbooking-snowflakes, cut at 1 1/2 inches
Paper-solids CTMH, inside print Bo Bunny Powder Mountain collection
Stamps-Paper Smooches Frosty Fellas and My Pink Stamper
Swiss Dots and Snowflake Sizzix embossing folders
Scallop punch-Stampin Up
Circle Punch-CM

You can see all the wonderful daily projects at Exploring Cricut this year (also on the Exploring Cricut Facebook page) and play along with our twice monthly challenges.  Hope you join in on one!