Monday, January 19, 2015

Away in a Manger

It's time to get a few Christmas pictures into the scrapbook before time gets away.  My daughter snapped this picture of the two grandkids on Christmas morning.  My granddaughter kept telling everyone that she wanted Santa to bring a new couch.  She even sat on Santa's lap for the first time without crying and told him the same.  Our biggest Christmas gift was our new grandson, who arrived 6 days before Christmas.  I think he likes sitting on the couch too!!

I had several ideas for scrapping this picture and came upon this saying from Winter Frolic gave me the idea that the couch was like a manger for the newborn.  I used my Explore and free subscription to cut the Kings and baby in a manger from A Quilted Christmas, those swirls almost cut perfectly.  Lots of Stickles and a gem to add more bling.  The wooden frame is as close as I could get to a barn, and is from Pooh and Friends.  My journaling is a take on a bible verse from Luke: For is born to you this day a son (December 19, 2014) in the city of XXXX, CA, to XXX and XXX and them called him Samuel XX XX.

This layout fits in perfect with our BBTB2 theme for the week which is hosted by Pam and is "use a Cricut phrase or words in a project/card".  Link up your card or layout to BBTB2 this week.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Snowflake Luminaries

It's been down in the 30's here in the SF Bay Area, and while we don't get snow, that's plenty cold for me.  I'll take hot days anytime.  What better challenge for BBTB2 than to make a snowflake cut into a card or project.  Michelle is our hostess this week with the theme "let it snow - use a snowflake cut". 

I was looking at the "make it now" projects available on Design Space.  I fell for this snowflake luminary, so I made three of them in colors that match my family room.   I added battery operated tealights inside to give a small glow in the evenings.   Join us at BBTB2 by linking your Snowflake project.

Linking up to: Challenge 13 - Buttons, Bows, and Brads.  See the Skittles on the green box?   I get these from DoubleClick at the above link.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Life as a Princess

Welcome to 2015!   It's a new year, and I am looking forward to working on projects around the house, some travel, and enjoying the grandkids. 

This week on BBTB2, our hostess, Melanie, at Courtney Lane Designs, has given us free reign and asked us to make something with our "all time favorite Cricut cut".  Well, that's almost impossible for me, there are just too many great cuts and cartridges to choose from.   I am going to say that ONE of my favorite cuts is anything related to Disney.   Today, I made a layout of my granddaughter on Christmas morning in her new Elsa dress.  Since I don't have the new Frozen digital cartridge, I went to Happily Ever After and cut out Aurora in blues at 6".  Using my new Explore, I found several different snowflakes and a snowflake tag on the free subscription, and cut and glittered them.   Using the The First Few Years cartridge for the first time, I cut the frame and words.  The bottom trim is a sticker.

Hopefully part of your plans for 2015 include more crafting.  Start this week by linking up your "favorite Cricut Cut" to our BBTB2 blog.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Christmas Gifts = Dishtowels

I like to give the ladies in the family a little something on Xmas.  You may recall I made some kitchen towels a few months ago for a gift exchange in my scrapbook group.  I made the ones below in a jiffy since I had the basics already to go in CCR.  The relatives loved them.

The lettering is from Noah's ABCs and the mixer and silverware are on the From My Kitchen cartridge.   I buy my vinyl from eBay, wherever I can find the best deal. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hand Made Ornaments

Oh My Gosh, so little time, and so much to do before Christmas arrives.   A few weeks ago we had a dishwasher fire.  We are okay, but the cabinet is not and there was a lot of smoke damage, so everything from floor to ceiling had to be cleaned in the kitchen/family room.  My lesson learned is to not run your washer, dryer, or dishwasher while you are not home.  I was about to go to bed when I smelled the dishwasher smoking; our damage would have been much worse if I had not been so close.

This weekend I was trying to get caught up with my crafts/presents and still attend a few Christmas parties.  I have a few ornaments that I made to share with you today.  I am hosting the Bitten By the Bug (BBTB2) challenge this week, which happens to be to use your Cricut to create an ornament or use an ornament cut on your project.  I would love to see your hand made ornaments, just use the link to go to our BBTB2 blog, and link up your project.

This first one has a Dollar Store glittered snowflake as the background.    I used the Artiste cartridge to create 6 layers and a bow, stacking each layer and adding dimension.  It's hard to tell, but the paper is holiday music and red/green holly.  I finished off the bow with a gem and Stickles.

Also linked up to:
Fantabulous Cricut challenge -Anything goes

My 2nd ornament is one that goes to a dear friend who had breast cancer this year.  I am also giving one to her daughter and daughter-in-law for their trees.  I used the Cricut Artbooking cartridge for the pink ribbon and words:   Love, Hope, Strength, 2014.  I finished off the top by hot gluing on a piece of pink boa and a ribbon for hanging.   It really was quite easy to make, it just took some time to get the letters on straight.  I think she'll love it.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

6x6 Recipe Swap

This is the third year I have participated in JeanP's recipe swap.  We were to make 17 6x6" recipe cards, decorating them and sending them to Jean to swap back to us.   17 of one thing is a lot of work!!  However, I am pleased with the final card, there is not a lot of room to decorate when that small.  Here is my recipe card.  I found the recipe on Pintrest and it's a good one.  Poinsettia from Joys of the Season cart, and swirls from Artiste.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Tree Gift Tags

I cut several Christmas Trees from the Winter Frolic cartridge with the intent of making tags for presents.  I wanted to use my collection of skittles from A Busy Bee on my trees.  I ended up with Stickles and Skittles for my decorations and a couple of different sized trees.   I had cut several Piglets as well, and he just looked so cute with a tree behind his back!  I'm still tired from Thanksgiving cooking and cleaning and entertaining that I didn't go shopping in the stores but did a little online; it's so nice when delivery to the house is free.

Our talented designer Jayne, from across the pond, is our hostess this week at BBTB2.  She is getting in the Christmas spirit with a Christmas Tree challenge.  If you want to join our challenge, just link your project up to our blog this week.  Rules on the blog.  Hope you like my creations.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Here are a few holiday cards I am sending to wish friends a Happy Thanksgiving.  Made with ATCs that I received in a swap. Makes it so simple to put a nice card together.  I don't save ATCs, I use them on my projects.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Give Thanks Layout with Pilgrim

As Thanksgiving nears, I have focused my scrapbooking and card making on all things fall.  I have a simple layout to share this week at BBTB.  You will recognize it as a favorite if you like the Artbooking cartridge.  I added a pilgrim couple that I got in a swap, which is from the Speaking of Fall cartridge.

Emily from Mollie's Motif, is our hostess this week at BBTB.  Our challenge is "Give Thanks".  Join us if you have time by posting your 'thankful' project at BBTB.  Rules listed on the blog.

Also linked up to:

Heart to Heart - NO Rules
DianamLarsen - Anything goes
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - Give Thanks
My Craft Spot - Thanksgiving/Fall

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Musical Happy Birthday

My friend gave me some vintage sheet music to make cards.  She is selling the music and old book pages on Amazon.  Here is a simple card, suitable for all ages.  I might keep it for someone who loves music.  Die cuts were given to me.