Monday, December 21, 2015

Santa layout

Happy Monday!  It's almost Christmas and there is lots of baking and wrapping going on at my house!  The kids are finally on winter break from school and my hubby took vacation to coincide with their break, so it's officially pajama day today!  I'm having a hard time getting the Christmas cookies baked for the big family Christmas Eve party though, as the kids keep taking "just one".

Our BBTB2 challenge for this week is for Santa to find his way onto a project, since he's coming to town this week, LOL!  I made a layout for some of the upcoming Christmas pictures.  My super happy Santa and his chimney are from the Simply Charmed cartridge and the title font is from the Artistry cartridge.  I'm really liking that font and using it on everything lately.  Santa has been busy over at BBTB2 as well, so go check out the other projects from the design team.  You can link one up as well. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas this year!

Simply Charmed-santa and chimney
Artistry-title font
Paper-The Paper Studio prints, CTMH solids

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Very Merry Christmas card

Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your house?  We are trying to get through this last big week of school-the tension of my teens during this finals week is off the charts!!!!!  But the tree is up and the house is smelling deliciously like evergreens, which makes me very happy.  (The cat may actually become an evergreen, as he is drinking the tree water with the tree fresh stuff in it!)  There is still much baking and wrapping to be done, however.  Below is another one of the Christmas cards I sent out this year, using my beloved Doodlecharms cartridge for the stockings and a square punch for the squares under each stocking.

Paper-Echo Park dots and stripes polka dot papers, CTMH solids
Stamp-Stampin Up outside sentiment, CTMH inside sentiment
brown chalk ink
1 1/2 inch square punch
black pen

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Cheer ornament card

Happy Monday!  We are having a Christmas themed month at BBTB2 and our challenge this week is to make a project that includes a Christmas ornament.  I sent out all my Christmas cards last week and this card featuring an ornament was one of the designs I used.  It is not one for serious mass production (I think I only did about 5 of these), as there are a lot of pieces to this put this ornament together, but it looks really detailed and awesome.  I used shiny gold paper for the ornament bling and some gold foil tape so it looked really blinged out (I will confess I am irresistibly attracted to the shiny sparkly ornaments…).  The background is embossed to add some texture interest.  There are some ornamental beauties to be seen over at BBTB2, so go take a look and get inspired.  Still time to do a few special Christmas cards...

Winter Wonderland-ornament cut at 3 1/2 inches
Stamps-front sentiment-Ali Edwards Jingle All the Way set, inside CTMH
Paper-CTMH solids, gold paper from Michaels
brown chalk ink

Monday, December 7, 2015

Merry and Bright layout

Happy Monday!  I can't quite believe it's Monday already-where did the weekend go?  It was full of high school musical productions (Son#2 was playing in the pit band) and books.  One of my book clubs gets together for lunch each December to pick the books for the following year-one of my favorite events of the season!  Of course I had to curl up with my Nook and a cup of hot tea to sort through my recommendations.  A very cozy way to spend a Friday night-PJs, hot tea, and books!  But on to craft things!

It's all things Christmas this month at BBTB2 and our challenge this week is to use a Christmas animal or bird.  While my reindeer didn't photograph well as I didn't do a very good job with the lighting, he is holding down the fort in the corner of my Christmas layout.  I used the Artbooking cartridge for both the reindeer and the title (both cut on real dial size, due to the sizing on Artbooking being for the pre-made layouts).  I take a LOT of pictures at Christmas (I know you're surprised to hear that, LOL!), so I need Christmas layouts that hold lots of pictures and I got 8 onto this layout.   Really, I need ALL my layouts to hold lots of pictures, since I take so many.  With three kids, it takes multiple photos to tell the story.  The paper strip on the right above the reindeer is intended for a bit of journaling to tell the story as well.  There is lots of Christmas inspiration over at BBTB2 and we hope you will link up a Christmas project of your own!

Artbooking-reindeer and title
Paper-Simple Stories Handmade Holiday prints/stickers, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Disney layouts

Happy Thursday!  Can you believe it's December already?  Me either!  This month is jam-packed with holiday events between school, work, and family.  I'm planning to squeeze my crafty time in here and there when I can though.  Yesterday, I showed two boy-themed layouts.   Today's layouts are Disney themed, using the Simple Stories Say Cheese 2 collection.  I wanted to showcase how you can use the same page design or sketch, but change up the paper and accents so it looks totally different. Sometimes when you are suffering from a creative block and don't know where to start, use a sketch or page design and do multiple projects with that design.

Artistry-title font
Paper-Simple Stories Say Cheese 2 prints/stickers, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Boy layouts

Happy Wednesday!  Are you keeping busy with all the Christmas activities going on?  I'm doing ALL my shopping online this year and keeping the decorations simple.  We have so many school events for the kids in the next few weeks that life is a little crazy, so my mantra is all about keeping it simple!

In between all the Christmas projects this month, I'm sharing two layouts that I made just for some fun pics of my boys.  There are no cricut die cuts on these layouts, just stickers and paper from the Simple Stories So Rad collection (perfect if you have boys!).  I've scrap lifted the basic design for layout #1 from this layout I saw on Pinterest.  Layout #2 started out inspired by this layout design, but ended up quite a bit different.  I'm going to show two layouts tomorrow that use essentially the same layout design but look very different with Disney paper and stickers to show how easy it is to change the feel with different paper.  These layouts could also be totally girly with the right paper.

Paper-Simple Stories So Rad collection prints/stickers, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink
Doodlebug skittles