Monday, April 20, 2015

BBTB2 - Zoo Day Cricut Layout

Our hostess for this week is Sharon at BBTB2.   Since Spring is in the air, she wants us to use a cloud and a sun in our design.   I enjoyed a few weeks of the free Cricut Design Studio subscription, so I made cuts that were 'free' and I didn't have in my collection.   I put them on a layout of a recent zoo trip with my grandkids and their other grandma.  A fun day and a fun layout.  You have all week to link up your sunny day project using a Cricut sun and clouds at BBTB2.

Sun - Folk Art Festival
Clouds - 1st Few Years
Elephant - Zoo Day
Giraffe - Wall Decor and More
Monkey - Life's a Party
Jeep - Beep Beep
Grass - Every Day Paper Dolls

Monday, April 13, 2015

BBTB2 - Cricut Rain or Shine Layout

Whenever the subject of rain comes up, I often think of my daughter's wedding day, which included lots of rain.  It hadn't rained in two months until that day, and didn't rain for another month after that.  We didn't let it ruin the festivities, we just went with it.  As you can see by the photo, we included the rain in the photos.   I added the first part of the saying, and the 'rain or shine' came from the Family Album cartridge.  The ring on the tag from DCWV is from Summer Celebrations.   Their colors were moss green and beige, so I couldn't use the traditional blue for rain.

Link up your rainy day project - by using anything to do with rain - umbrella, rain, boots, etc. at BBTB2 this week.   Pam, from Stamper at Heart, is our hostess, let's see what she and the others have created.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

ATC Swap - Spring

I have participated in several ATC group swaps over the last few years.  This one had a theme of spring with a kicker.  There were requirements to colors and techniques and tools that I had to use.  Colors were any shades of Blue, Orange, or Red (black and white optional),  the technique was a Resist, and the tools were a punch, ScorPal, heat gun, and sewing machine.  I think all are obvious except the Scorpal which I used to score the sewing machine cut, which my cutter did not like and I had to score and handcut.  I really like how they turned out.   I submit 14 of these to the hostess who will divide them up and I will get one of mine and 13 different ATCs back.  This is a great group of ladies who are so creative.  Enjoy.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Apple Blossoms

Can you believe my apple tree bloomed in the beginning of February.  By the end of February, most of the blossoms were done.  No wonder my apples are ready to pick in July!   I just loved the look of the blossoms and took a few pictures. 

The pictures are the perfect compliment to our BBTB2 challenge this week, hosted by Michelle, which is to use a Cricut flower on your project, card, or layout.   My flowers are not fancy at all, and I only use the one dimensional ones because they go into a book. Branch from Pagoda, words from Art Nouveau and overlay from Artbooking.  Go on over to BBTB2 and submit your flower project and see what creativeness my co-hostesses have come up with.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Hoppy Easter - Cricut SVG Bunny

Hoppy Easter Everyone,

This is the first project/card I have made with an SVG download file on my Cricut Explore.  It took me a few tries to get everything right, and I think it will be much easier the next time.  Good thing this bunny image is so darn cute or I would have given up.  And it was easy to assemble.  I took advantage of the sale at and purchased several SVG files.  You may see some soon, but meanwhile for the next week I am going to take advantage of the free subscription for the Explore that Cricut is sponsoring.  Background paper from Lawn Fawn. Have a great Easter!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hop over to Easter

Melanie is hosting our BBTB2 challenge this week.  The theme is to put a bunny/rabbit on your card, layout or project.   I found this adorable bunny couple on A Child's Year and made a vintage looking burlap flag for my front yard.   I cut out the bunnies at 11.5" from card stock and used the negative as a stencil for painting on the burlap (painting over where the tail would go).   Then I sandwiched cotton batting in the middle and sewed around the project.   I wasn't sure how to decorate it without going overboard, in the end, I put down a handful of vintage buttons (picking out the dark ones) and hot glued them on as they were.  I decided they were a girl and boy and made a tie and necklace to add bling.  I got this inspiration from Pinterest, but the button part is my idea.  Several have said this flag is a knock off from Pottery Barn.

Hop on over to the BBTB2 blog and post your projects and see what the designers have come up with for the bunny challenge.  Happy Easter everyone!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Winter in Idaho

In January, we took a drive up to visit with friends in Idaho.  The weather report between California and Idaho was favorable, so we just took off.  One of the days we drove up to McCall, Idaho.  It was beautiful looking at the frozen and snow capped scenery.   I took lots of pictures while driving, it was just too cold to get out at every scenic view.   The pictures resulted in a collage using the Cricut Artbooking cartridge for the framing and background.

Our challenge this week at BBTB2, hosted by Mayra, is to use a 'Frame" in our card or project.  I looked over all the possibilities, there are lots of fancy frames to select.  I went with this one with simple frames, it seemed to fit the bill.  I should have went with blue paper, but the green seemed appropriate to go with the trees.  I added a few embellishments with a snowflake, IDAHO from 50 States, and WINTER from Winter Frolic.  The tree is from CampOut.

If you are stuck inside the house due to the cold weather, what better day is it than to craft the day away.  Join our challenge at BBTB2 and link up your FRAME project.

Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Wishes 2015

I make St. Patrick's Day cards every year for my Irish friends.   My mom's side of the family was Irish, her maiden name was McKenna.  She loved her Irish Coffee on St. Patrick's Day, and there is no better place to get one than at the Buena Vista in San Francisco.  It's an icon that has been there since 1952.  I have my ingredients ready to go along with my corned beef and cabbage for the 17th. 

Here are a few of the cards I made with the SHAMROCK from the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge.  That's our challenge for the week - a shamrock!   Post your St. Patrick's Day cards on the BBTB2 blog. Directions on the blog.  

May neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and Heaven accept you. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Birds of a Feather

Susan, with Busy With The Cricky, is our hostess for the week at BBTB2.  She has asked us to use a birdcage in our project or card.  Come join our challenge and link up your project at BBTB2.

One of my favorite cartridges is my Songbird cartridge. I made a series of bird cards and put different ones together as gift sets.. A few years back, I challenged myself to scrapbook everyday things in my life. For instance, I scrapped my St. Patricks Day elf collection, favorite Xmas items, and just everyday adventures with friends. One of the things I wanted to scrap was pictures of my parakeets.  They live by a window near the kitchen, so they get lots of attention.

Cartridge: Songbird. Branch cut three times, and third time used only the bird (I have 2 birds)  Paper - DCWV Autumn stack. Inked most cuts.  Sorry I didn't include the bird's picture, I can't find it.

Monday, March 2, 2015

San Francisco with the Cousins

I love this week's challenge at BBTB2, which is being hosted by Emily.  She wants us to use a cartridge we haven't used in a long time.  Well, I have to confess, I have a few of those.  I received these San Francisco Cricut cuts a few years ago in a RAK monthly cut swap (digital images only).  We ask for cuts we want and in return we grant wishes of others who are asking for a cut.  I found these pictures of my French cousins when they were visiting about 15 years ago and knew I could easily build a pair of layouts.  I added a comment box and a few hearts - and I've been channeling Tony Bennett singing "I left my heart in San Francisco" all afternoon!