Friday, January 31, 2014

Huge Family Birthday Party Layouts

Good Morning :) Glad to see Friday has arrived, I always look forward to the weekend cause I get most of my crafting done then and Looking forward to this weekend to get this 1st Year Album done, whew it's been a big project one I have never tackled before. The 1st birthday actually got celebrated over 3 days-The small family party, The huge Family party, and the Gift opening. Today I have the Huge Family Party. This was put together with both the Jan 2014 and Nov 2013 Counterfeit kits-trying to kill the kits :)
 This is page 1, I started with the white card stock and the blue stripe paper cut at fit to page with the Elegant Edges cart-Hearts 2 @ shift. Added the Family cutout, Birthday-cut from Artbooking I think @ 3" real dial size . Party and the cluster on the top left is from a sticker sheet from the Nov. Kit. The 1 is from the Bryce & Madeline sticker sheet
 Added the photo of the cake with photo mat-hearts2 oblong @ 6". Added your big day from an old Mary Engelbert's sheet and the balloon stickers attached with twine from CTMH finished off the sticker sheet by placing the stars in various spots around the picture and on the 1 sticker added stickles too the 1 also.
 Couple more shots of the layout
Page 2:
 Is the page that holds the most photos and a spot for the journaling block
 The variety of photo mats were cut from the Elegant Edges cart- Hearts2 oblong @ 5". The birthday boy cut was fro that same Mary E. sheet. I used Making Memories Jewel paper ribbon (Nov Kit) for a border and the star border is from a cutout sheet: Oscrap Sampler.
 Family moments is from Life's Little Occasion's Pack (Nov kit)
 Make a wish is from a cutout sheet: Oscrap Sampler.
The Polaroid frame came from Heidi Swapp: Memory File Color InstaFrames. I was glad to get this fun shot of Zach eating his cake. Zach was really having a bad day, it was a bit hot and just to many people for him to meet with I think. The party ended a bit early for that because he wasn't feeling quite good. That is why there is another layout with opening the gifts and there wasn't enough room to fit that in yet. Thanks for stopping by today-the gift layout will be posted tomorrow, chat then.
 From the Jan Kit: Birthday Cutout-blue cardstock, White background cardstock, blue stripe paper, confetti photo mats, Journaling block.
From the Nov Kit: Left page upper corner block came from letter stickers, Creative Memories Border tape, Family Moment cutout.
From my stash: Brown cardstock-photomats, The birthday stickers & star border, 1 sticker, your big day sticker, the photo frame
Kit Items made this month: 3 cards and 8 layouts (It was a good month :)

 Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to join in for the blog candy this week:
Oh yes their is some blog candy to talk about :)
My intentions are to blog each day this week so you'll have numerous chances to get in for the candy. You can comment each day this week which runs from today till Sunday Feb 2 (Superbowl weekend :) ) midnight eastern time. 2 conditions you have to leave a comment and you have to be a follower of my blog. The winner will be announced Thursday Feb 6th. That's it!
 Have a Fantabulous day!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Recipe for Superbowl Sunday

Hi you all
Are you excited to watch the big game this weekend? Are you still looking for something to serve? We may have finished off the local recipes swaps but I have alot of recipes that I never posted, so for this Throwback Thursday I have a new post on an old craft I made.
Barbeques are great for game day and easily kept in a crock pot to keep warm throughout the day. All cuts on this 6 X 6 cardstock for a swap that was made July 2011 was made using the cricut-From My Kitchen cartridge.
The Recipe:
1½ lb. beef stew meat             1½ lb. cubed pork
2 C. Chopped onions                 2 C. chopped green pepper
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tsp. salt                                1 tsp. dry mustard
3 tsp. chili powder                  ¼ cup vinegar
2tsp. Worcestershire sauce   1 (6-oz) can tomato paste
16 sandwich buns

In slow cooker, combine all ingredients except buns. Cook 1 hur on high setting; reduce hat to low setting. Cook for 7-9 hours until meat is tender. With fork, stir barbecue mixture to break up meat pieces. Serve in buns. 16 Sandwiches                                          recipe by Tina Campbell

Enjoy the game this weekend, who do you think will win? Who are you rooting on?

Oh yes their is some blog candy to talk about :)
My intentions are to blog each day this week so you'll have numerous chances to get in for the candy. You can comment each day this week which runs from today till Sunday Feb 2 (Superbowl weekend :) ) midnight eastern time. 2 conditions you have to leave a comment and you have to be a follower of my blog. The winner will be announced Thursday Feb 6th. That's it!
 Have a Fantabulous day!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Little Something Special-Tags

It's a beautiful day here where I'm sitting eating my lunch, sun streaming in. Love seeing the sun out in the winter time it's so bright and beautiful. Brrr it's still cold though. I know Christmas is over, but I don't think I ever shown some of the tags I have made over the past 2 years. So here is some of the ones I made for Christmas 2012
These were all done with various cricut cartridges and will have to do some investigating to find out which ones. There is a large variety of tags on most of the Christmas/Winter cartridges to choose from and the tag gives an extra something special to your gift. You could also use the tag for a sentiment spot on a card too. To me this is the best use of Christmas scraps from all those sweet cards that we make. You all have a good day, I'm going to go and finish up my lunch :)

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to join in for the blog candy this week:
Oh yes their is some blog candy to talk about :)
My intentions are to blog each day this week so you'll have numerous chances to get in for the candy. You can comment each day this week which runs from today till Sunday Feb 2 (Superbowl weekend :) ) midnight eastern time. 2 conditions you have to leave a comment and you have to be a follower of my blog. The winner will be announced Thursday Feb 6th. That's it!
 Have a Fantabulous day!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Heartfelt Thank You

Hi and welcome to my blog. Today I'm the designer over at Card A Day Blog and the theme this week is Thank you cards.
This card was made in it's entirety with cricut cartridges other than the confetti type paper that was taped behind the hearts. I used the Art Philosophy cartridge to make the card base (this cartridge has lots of fun card-bases on it) and the card mat. The Thank You sentiment came from the Artiste cartridge. The cardstock and pattern papers came from my January Counterfeit Kit. Love the red papers I chose for the kit because they have been perfect for the heart style cards this month.
I cut out the shape card on pg 37 at 5.5" and the decorative layer at 5.25" so the card would shadow behind it, added the confetti paper behind the hearts to emphasize the heart cuts. The thank you was cut from the Artiste cartridge on pg 65 at 2" in white cardstock same as the card base.
I brought the negative cut to the inside of the card, just need to add a little note and it's ready to go.
I have to give cricut credit working with Close To My Heart they came out with 3 great cartridges to use and so much crammed into them to be used on just abut any project.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to join in for the blog candy this week:
Oh yes their is some blog candy to talk about :)
My intentions are to blog each day this week so you'll have numerous chances to get in for the candy. You can comment each day this week which runs from today till Sunday Feb 2 (Superbowl weekend :) ) midnight eastern time. 2 conditions you have to leave a comment and you have to be a follower of my blog. The winner will be announced Thursday Feb 6th. That's it!
 Have a Fantabulous day!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Super Excited for FCCB-Spotlight Layout

Hi you all! I'm super excited because I'm the Guest Designer this week at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog. Today begins their weekly challenge to use 3 pattern papers mix and match and my project is being featured along with the Design Team's isn't that cool! I was so excited when I was asked to join in, so I want to say thank you to them for including me this week! To enter the " " Challenge, click HERE.
I made a layout for my G-Son's one year book, His First Steps...
We've been waiting days for Zach to take his first steps and then we see the top picture on facebook, there he is taking his first steps to his Grandfather-Katherine's father. It was wonderful to see this :)
With a little help of the lawnmower he's just getting around so well that week all on his own, so proud :)
Okay so back to the making of the layout, the challenge was to use 3 pattern papers (mix and match) I'm lucky enough to already had my paper picked out from my  November Counterfeit Challenge kit (yep that one is still hanging around)  so I chose the red cardstock for the background and included
 the blue paper and yellow graph paper to make my die cuts for the layout. The Look Here came from Cricut Sampler cartridge cut at 2.5" and the negative of the cut was brought into the actual picture to point at the step he was making. I also used B is for Boy for the Footprints they were done with the layer option in real dial size of 1.75 for the foot and 2" for the shadow.
 Now the 3rd pattern piece comes from the diagonal vellum piece of blue footprints and thought is was fitting for this layout.
 The journaling block came for a cut out sheet in the Jan kit and that could also be considered a pattern piece too. This was a fun layout to do and I just love seeing the big milestones in Zach's life. Just a few more layouts and the album will be complete.
Used various stickers in this layout also and the vellum Moment in Time for a cut out sheet.
Thanks for stopping by the blog today and thank you to Fantastic Cricut Challenge Blog for choosing me to be their spotlight designer this week it is a special honor for me.
Tomorrow I'll have a Thank You card for Card A Day Blog see you then....

I'll be entering this into the Exploring Cricut challenge this week: Cricut Choice with using the color blue-2 cricut cuts-pattern paper

Oh yes their is some blog candy to talk about :)
My intentions are to blog each day this week so you'll have numerous chances to get in for the candy. You can comment each day this week which runs from today till Sunday Feb 2 (Superbowl weekend :) ) midnight eastern time. 2 conditions you have to leave a comment and you have to be a follower of my blog. The winner will be announced Thursday Feb 6th. That's it!
 Have a Fantabulous day!


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Spotlight Sunday at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog

Wow! Awesome! and so Humble :) those are the feelings I'm going through today. I have the honor to be one of the 2 designers spotlight today over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog :) and with that honor I make this week on my blog a Cricut only week, anything posted this week will have a cricut cut on it somewhere and to make the honor sweeter I have some blog candy to give away (details at the end of the post). To checkout the post you can see it here at Spotlight Sunday
Faith chose one of my favorite cards I have made:

You can see the post here abut the card: With Heartfelt Sympathy

 With being invited to be the spotlight Sunday guest your asked a few questions:
 So here is a bit about me:

I started scrapbooking in 2007, through some co-workers. I was invited to a crop and the gal that invited me provided my album, protective sheets and rough idea of what I need to do. I fell in love with scrapping then and there. Now my love for cricut came a couple of years later, when I was checking out the local scrapbook store and what she was doing with scrapbooks was so cool and a lot of the stuff came from the cricut machine so I started with the baby bug for Christmas one year, then a few years later the expression and I also have the imagine. Scrapbooking is my first love, but cardmaking is where I use my cricut the most.
My favorite product to use: Oh I use stickles probably the most on cards and I like to try to incorporate velum on scrapbook pages.

My favorite Cricut Cartridge: Oh this is a tough one-it’s got to be a toss-up of Art Philosophy and Elegant Edges, they are both so versatile. But I’ve been using the Artiste quite a bit and for some quick layouts the Art Booking is a fun one too.

Don't miss the project I did for their challenge tomorrow!

Oh yes the blog candy :)
My intentions are to blog each day this week so you'll have numerous chances to get in for the candy. You can comment each day this week which runs from today till Sunday Feb 2 (Superbowl weekend :) ) midnight eastern time. 2 conditions you have to leave a comment and you have to be a follower of my blog. The winner will be announced Thursday Feb 6th. That's it!
 Have a Fantabulous day! Check out the challenge tomorrow would love to see you enter :)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

50 Layout Challege-2014-Layout 1

I seen this on a blog and thought it was a fantastic idea >>>>"Some of the DT sisters at lasting memories are also doing a 50 layout challenge in which we are busting our stash.  Most of us have restricted our purchases of crafty stuff until we hit the 50 mark.  We're also encouraging each other and checking in weekly to keep motivated." 
 It's a new year and a good reason to start this challenge, so I'm in, will do 50 layouts all from my stash and will not be buying any paper or the embellishments that make the layout (other than stamps)-I belong to 2 local clubs SU and CTMH that I have to spend so much a month, I will buy just craft tools and stamps but no paper products or pre-made embellishment items till I get to 50 or at least 1/2 way to 50 for some incentive to go the next stretch. Just had to share :) This is layout 1, but if you been keeping up with my blog then you know that I'm up to 3 with the 2 featured yesterday.
This is the sketch that I used to help me layout out the page:
Scrapbook Page Sketch 265
 Majority of this layout came from my November 2013 Counterfeit Challenge kit. Almost the end of January and I'm still using up the old kit :) With this 50 layout commitment maybe I'll be able to knock out January's kit with February's kit :).

I used the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge to cut the background shape, I cut the green heart and the journaling tag from the cutout sheet. Used my new chevron border punch from SU for the  border on the side of one of the pictures with a couple arrows coming on to the picture to point to the baby bump. I wasn't liking the dark journaling block in the corner so
Went with the lighter one instead. These 2 pictures shows a bit of my process when I'm doing a layout. I'll layout bits and pieces till I get the feel I want of the layout.
The washi tape with the date and the doily came from the January kit. the stickers came from Karen Foster: Mother to Be sticker pack that was bought for this purpose (and just enough stickers left for the other baby announcement layout-future layout) the basketball foamie came from my stash this was bought a long-long time ago, probably some of my first embellishment purchases. The Terri Guillemets quote came from a vellum cutout sheet I've been working with on alot of these layouts. and that was xyroned down on another journal block on the cutout sheet! I really like how it turned out, while I'm working on the technique of layering that I have been seeing. This is also a layout that I did for my big pictures class January 2013 is about Seasons and I think this fits for a season.

Are you up for the challenge?
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I'm doing in my little corner of the world.

Friday, January 24, 2014

January Blog Hop with Counterfeit Kit Challenge

Welcome to January's Blog Hop from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge. If you came from Lisa's blog Recklinghausen Musings your on the right track and If your just starting the hop, then you'll want to go to the beginning at  CKCB, so you can see all the ladies' contributions. The challenges this month are:
  1. >>>>Challenge #1 Subway Art - Use the subway art technique (using different colors/fonts in a block of writing like a title or journaling)
  2. Challenge #2 Container Challenge -  stamp it, die cut it, draw it…use a container somewhere on your project!
  3. Challenge #3 Stamp On Patterned Paper Challenge -  Stamping on plain paper is easy.  Stamping on Patterned Paper takes guts!  Let's see how gutsy we can get with some stamping!
This is my first hop with Counterfeit Kit Challenge and I choose to do the Subway Art challenge. I wanted to add something special to Zach's 1st Birthday layout for his album and knew that this subway art style would make a cool border and I took advantage of my cricut cartridge Graphically Speaking to help me with it. I used the confetti style paper and a royal blue paper in my stash to make the border with the blue cardstock from the kit as a border background to separate from the pattern of the layout paper.
 This is the 2nd page of  the 2-page layout. I used the pinkish/salmon color pattern paper borders on the page, also brought a piece simple stories documented line a cut of the yearly date for a border. and some blue ribbon I had set aside just for these layouts.
 I fussy cut the cake out and used it like a flair to bring all the pictures together. Added some chosen ballon stickers and some CTMH:Creme Brulee bakers twine for the bow and strings for the balloon stickers
 Close up of the 1st page shows the pinkish/salmon pattern paper used for photo mats, a sticker for the title of the layout and a journaling block from the cut out sheet from the kit.
Another look at the subway art, I really enjoyed doing this and will give this a try again. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and have lost of fun hopping around the blog.Your next stop on the hop is Katie at Kiss and Tell Scrapbooking
And if you got lost here's the order for the Blog Hop:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

It's official! I'm on the 2014 Design Team

Hi you all and I have exciting news! I'm one of the Designers for new 2014 Design Team for 3 Twenty Crafts & for Jo's Fun-Day Friday Challenges! WooHoo! Looking forward to getting my crafting on in the stamping way! I don't stamp much and learning to color is a long time technique I wanted to learn and now being on this team I think that I just might fulfill that learning curve. I know it's only Tuesday, but lets do an early week throw back with a card I did at the end of the year that featured 3 Twenty Crafts stamping on it:
the background of the card was don with Winter Wonderland stamp set. You can see the post here on Jo's Scrap Shack about the announcement of the new team. I'm excited and looking forward to this new adventure. You'll start to see posts in February... 
Thanks for stopping by today and seeing what's happening in my little corner of the world...

Monday, January 20, 2014

You've always had......-CCChallenge #26

Hi and welcome to Challenge #26 over at Creative Cutting Challenge blog. The theme is Valentine's Day. This is the card I made for the challenge:
This is the card my husband will receive for Valentine's Day this year :) It has the perfect heart lock cut on it and that cut comes from Creative Pointe's Valentine Hearts set:
Valentine Hearts - Click Image to Close
 This set is perfect for a variety of different Valentine cards there are so many choices, for my husband’s card this year I chose the heart lock cut for the front of the card, he is the one that holds the key. 
I started the process with seeing this quote about the key to my heart so I plugged that into google and I found a cute card for the inspiration/c.a.s.e. of my card from Clicky Chick Creates
 I cut the various pieces needed for the card:
 First I decided on the font for the lettering strips, printed on light blue cardstock and inked with distress ink: Brushed Corduroy.
 Used red card stock for the card base, found some cool key pattern paper in one of my stashed paper packs. Used Simple Stories graph paper from the documented collection for a border inked with the same ink and used it for the inside of the card also with the key cut.
I used the Heart Lock from the Valentine Hearts set, resized and cut from the 2 red papers from my Counterfeit Kit challenge paper for this month :) The keyhole I covered with silver studio g stickles. On the inside:
I brought in that same graph paper, added the keys pattern paper as a border and used the key cut and the heart from the cut embellishing the inside . The key cut is from the Silhouette Store Design ID # 1243.
Just loved the way this turned out and that I was able to use some paper from my Counterfeit Kit challenge-Jan. kit was an added bonus, it was the best choice for the card and this is also the card I made for my card swap group too, sweet!

Thanks for stopping by today, do you have your card made for your special someone? There are some great inspiration at Creative Cutting Challenge Blog. This is a great theme to join in with the challenge.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sorry It's been so Quiet-1st Layout

Hello all
Sorry the blog has been so quiet, not the way to start out the new goals for the year. January can be a tough month for me to get time to craft, with closing of my business books for the year, closing of a club that we are involved in-their books for 2013, and work has been quite busy. I have a strong list of to do items for the month and looking forward to some crafting over the weekend. I've joined a new class at Big Picture Classes and taking on a Fresh Start mini workshop at Simple Scrappers so that has been taking my time too. So how about a throw back to the very first layout I ever did and it's still a work in progress album:
This is the layout that started my obsession with Paper Crafting-this was made in 2007. A friend and co-owner of the place I do subcontract work for invited me to my first crop. She said all I had to bring was what I want to work on. So I chose a vacation that we took in 2006, I got the pictures, some memorabilia and some clip-art for embellishing (you know how tough it is to find tractor theme items that aren't John Deere). She provided me with the album/protective sheets, a tape runner and the cardstock to use. This was a fun day for me, there was abut 15 girls there and it was great to walk around the room and see what everyone was working on that help me to got started on this first page. Would I change it? Not really it shows where I have come from in my paper-crafting growth over time. The album itself hasn't been finish and I better put that on my to-do list for this year cause the memories won't last forever and I want the first one done before we as a club do another convention in 2015. The first few pages will look so much different than the last pages of the album and it'll be fun to see that change in styles.
So as I go through the Fresh Start mini-workshop, I'll be able to see where I want to head this year in crafting and be blogging along the way, I will take assess over the weekend of what I have blogged on and get what I have finished over 2013 that hasn't been blogged staged for the weeks ahead. Happy crafting.....

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Star Birthday Card-CCChallenge #25

Hi you all and welcome to the 1st crafty project of the New Year :) We're doing the Creative Cutting Challenge #25 today-For the Boys. I chose to do a quick Birthday Card for our Son's Birthday in Feb.

  I used Creative Pointe’s Patriotic Set for the stars on the card.
 Patriotic Set - Click Image to Close
No matter what size you make the stars they cut exceptionally well (now if I can get a handle on my Cameo for blade depth I would have some sweet cuts)
The inspiration of this card came from the Poppy Paperie blog
  I have a variety of the stars on the front and as you can see I popped up the middle star
 and I brought a few of the stars into the inside of the card also.

Papers: Various ones from my stash of Cardstock
Stamps:  The front sentiment: Above Rubies Studios, the inside sentiment came from 2 stamp sets from CTMH: Laughing Lola Cardmaking Workshop (D1565) & Card Chatter-Birthday (D1475)
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress 'Broken China' (used for a bit of inking on the edges), Brilliance pearlescent Sky Blue, and SU Brocade Blue.

I enjoyed making this card, thanks for stopping by and seeing what's going on in my little corner of this world. Stop by Creative Cutting Challenge we would love for you to play along with us.
This is also part of my Counterfeit Kit Challenge as I used the blue cardstock and the black starry paper from the kit-fit perfect for the theme of the kit and the theme of the card

Friday, January 3, 2014

Counterfeit Kit Challenge-Jan 2014

Hello and welcome to January 2014 Counterfeit Kit Challenge-my take on the kit. It was fun to see the email about the new kit this month and I took a look and wow what a cool kit choice with all the wintery colors and some neutrals too. I'm excited to be crafting this month after December being just a working/family time month for me. This is what the kit looks like:
Picture of December 2013 Main Kit
and they threw in an embellishment kit in for the month too:

December 2013 OHDEERME Kit
I love shopping from my stash and I tried to stay as close to the look and feel of the kit as I could, with a few extra editions. The color scheme of the kit has a winter feel to it with the grays, pinks and blues, lots of snowflakes and doilies too. I named my kit Winter Chaos because of the variety of paper for the different layouts to be made from it So here is my take on the kit:
 The cardstock/vellum I chosen
 2 picture shots of the pattern paper choices I decided upon (put 6 back that just wasn't working).
 My diagonal paper is Christmas colors so I brought in more Christmas papers for 1 layout. but should be able to pull 2 out of it. Lots of wintery paper so I added the winter words paper to use also. I traded the road map paper for the world paper in the suggested kit cause we do alot of road traveling so thinking I'll be using that more than the world paper.
 My embellishments for the kit includes: Found 2 gray letters and doodle type for my alphas, doilies in my stash, wooden trinkets from CTMH, Sequins for the stars, Midway pack of brads besides the few I found in my stash,various vellum and rub on sayings/words and Simple stories 24/7 chipboard sheet.
 For the Oh Deer Me add on embellishment kit ^^^^^^^^^^^^
 I chose 4 stamp sets 3 CTMH and one of my newest favorites for winter layouts is the Winter Wonderland stamp set from 3 Twenty Crafts (A new stamp business).
 3 different varieties of washi tape, a roll of glitter tape, found stars on this package of birthday stickers, snowflack brads, my flower will come out of the flower pack that I found, I have clips from Stampin Up.
 Rhinestones, snowflake bling and ahesive buttons, some frames, acrylic pieces and I think nestled down at the bottom is some acrylic overlays.
Chipboard pieces from CTMH, more Rhinestones and thee chipboard numbers.

Looks like a full kit to keep me active all Jan. I knoow of a few layouts I want to get done and the rest will come as I go through my printed pictures and getting organized into an Iris container (one of the things I got with my Christmas Gift cards to hold all the printed photos I have scattered all over the place. I'm also taking the Inspired Scrapbooking class at Big Picture Classes and will be using my kit for that also.

I know that this is an overloaded post, but I was excited to show it to you. I seen some of the girls added a disclaimer which I will do too: That I can choose to pull in more cardstock if needed and I'm a cricut/cameo girl and will include die cuts when I feel necessary for the feel of my layouts.
Do you have any scrapping to do and just don't know what approach to take you may want to take on the challenge and do the Counterfeit Kit way of scrapping, you have it all pulled together and now just need to put it into action. Have a fantastic day!