Wednesday, November 30, 2011


With all the seasonal/holiday activities I don't have as much time as usual.  So I've been focusing on cards because they are quicker to make.  Here is one:

I was really excited when I found the acorn stamp in an old kit I bought 5+ years ago before the clear ones came out.  I'm new to stamping and I don't have any Copics yet, so I used my Prisma Colors markers to fill things in.  On my Cricut I used the Create a Critter cartridge.

Friday, November 25, 2011


This is a card I made for the fall season. I used the Imaginisce 'Happy Camper' collection.

Here are cards I made for the troops. They are blank inside to the soldiers can write in it and send it back to their family. This is the organization I use:

Then yesterday:

Husband: "He didn't have to do that.  It was really nice of him."
Me: sigh.  "Ok.  I'll fire up the Cricut and make a card."
Husband: "Oh, don't say it like that.  You know you want to."
Me: "Yeah, I'm just trying to play hard to get."

I was able to use the center die cut for the back.

I used the Opposites Attract cartridge, Stickles and a circle punch.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Halloween Bees

Happy Thanksgiving!  Here is a layout I have about the last holiday, Halloween.  Aren't these bees cute?

The top photo flips up to reveal more pics and journaling.

I used the computer and stickers for all the lettering on this layout.  You can't really see the yellow ink accents in the photo.  Here is how I began, by making sure all the pictures I have would fit within the size of the largest one.

I used the scoring blade to make the flap.

I also covered the back side of the brads.  This was to make sure I didn't have any bumps on the front picture.

I hope all your holidays are great.  Again, Happy Thanksgiving from a bunch of bees!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Winter Decor

Last week I bought some paper that was so cute I wanted to see it all the time.  So I made a winter wall hanging.  I did a winter one so it will match my other holiday items and it can be up after x-mas.

Here is how I made it.  First I jotted down a rough sketch of my idea and assembled any products I might want to use.

Then I used to see which cartridges various images were on.  I used Accent Essentials, Create a Critter, George and Basic Shapes, Plaintin Schoolbook and Sesame Street Friends cartridges on my Circut to cut out the different shapes.  For the presents, I didn't like the all the 'ribbon' so I cut off the bottom part.

After that I decided which colors I wanted to use in the open spaces on the snowmen.

I used some scraps from other shapes to fill the empty spots.

Next I added some bling and other accents.

After all the pieces were made and dry, I moved them around until I like the layout.

Once I knew how wide the 9 parts were going to be, I prepared the top banner.  I used 3 different fonts, and 2 techniques. 

For all the e's, I used Glue Stic to temporarily hold the center in place while dabbing the ink.

To help hold the main ribbon, I pushed it through a small hole with a brad.  I then folded the brad over the ribbon and used hot glue to hold everything firmly in place.  (note: You may need to add chipboard or other firmer material to the back of the banner to keep it from warping while it's hung.)

Let everything dry and wha-la!  An awesome winter wall hanging!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pumpkin Carving

This was the first year our boys got to help carve the pumpkins.

On the left is all the in-action shots of us creating with the pumpkins.  I dabbed a little black ink on the paper to dull it down a little, added a few stickers and Paprika Stickes on every picture mat.

The right I made the same face I carved into the pumpkins.  The orange texture is from the ink pad.  Both triangles were cut out with the Cricut and i free-handed the smile.  Everything is outlined with Black Diamond Stickles.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

More layouts

I finished a few layouts at a crop last month and I finally got a chance to post them.  Here they are:

This one is a 'time capsule' style layout with everything we did to this point in 2011.

This is one of me and the boys cheering for our favorite football team.

The next layout is for our favorite get away.

My boys had a great time helping me peel apples before we put them in the crockpot.

While we were peeling apples, the boys both started eating them!

One boy got hurt and needed ice (looks like Nemo) and the other wanted the same thing.

The boys were learning fire safety so I made them each 'fire' with my Circut.  They got to wear their fire hats and used Legos as a hose to put out the fire.  Then I got to scrap it.

Friday, November 4, 2011


There are so many things I want to scrap right now that I have a hard time picking.  Yesterday I had a few minutes and made this.

And yes, it's true.  The only reason I took this picture and made the layout was so I could use my Imaginisce 'Happy Camper' kit.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


It's been such a busy month and I feel like I've been making anything other than a traditional layout.  I finished this last week, right before our 5th Anniversary.

It's a mini book celebrating us.

These pages show us right after we got engaged and the photo I used on our wedding invitation.

Here you see us on our wedding day and at the Alamo on our honeymoon.

This has 2 recent pictures, one of us and one of our family. I wanted to show how we've grown over the years.

The back cover shows the dates.

This sits on our entertainment center as decor and for people to see it. Our 2 boys say 'anniversary' whenever someone looks at it.