Monday, May 25, 2015

BBTB2 - Dance to the Music

Happy Memorial Day to all, especially those who have served our country.  My 92 year old uncle served in WWII.  He was stationed in Alaska, met my aunt, and never left.  He still lives on his own island in Sitka!

Today at BBTB2, Emily, of Mollies Motif, is our hostess.  She asked us to use a Cricut cut(s) that incorporates dance or music.  I am determined to get more pages done for my daughter's wedding, so I created a layout of the first dance.  She had doilies on the tables, so I took a little one and incorporated it.  My inspiration comes from a page out of a 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes (I really miss that magazine).

I just took the plunge and brought the year's subscription to Design Space, so you will be seeing me use New-to-Me cartridges in my creations.  Even though I have over 85 cartridges, there is so much more that comes with the subscription.

Lots of cartridges used this week on the project -  Starting with the couple inside the heart - this is really a combination of two cuts - the couple is from Valentines Sweets (hiding the heart background) and then I over-layed that on the heart from Twinkle Toes, removing the center word of Dance.  The sheet music is from PaperLace2, the border at the top is from Ribbon and Rossettes, and the font is Cricut Cake.   Link up your project to BBTB2 this week and join in our Music and Dance theme!

Monday, May 18, 2015

BBTB2 Cricut FROGS Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

I am sure you all know the old rhyme "Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice.  Boys are made of frogs, and snails, and puppy dog tails".   I just love this saying and have wanted to use it with a baby picture of both my grandkids.   I used the cutest photo of my grandson at 4 months - he is giving a big smile and I managed to snap a good one (out of about 8 taken).  

Our challenge at BBTB2 this week is hosted by Diana of D.L.Art.  She has asked us to use a FROG in our project, card, or layout.   There are lots of frogs to select from, and I used this one from "Give a Hoot".  The snail is from "Art Nouveau", and the Dog with boy is from "A Child's Year".  The swirly frame is from Elegant Edges and I must admit on both layers, the cut snagged a bit.  Fonts are Cindy Loo, Disney, and Don Juan.  It was fun using different fonts and I designed it completely on Design Space.  I usually don't design an entire layout in DS, I just make cuts and design as I go or from the design in my head.   This layout took 15 mats but really didn't take that long to cut.   Join us at BBTB2 this week for the FROG challenge and link up your Cricut project for all to see.

Monday, May 11, 2015

BBTB2 Cricut - Teacup and Teapot Challenge - A card for my Aunt

Susan is so lucky to host our challenge this week at BBTB2, and it's "A teapot or teacup".  She always comes up with great projects, so be sure to look at all of the fun creations and link up yours to our challenge.  Here is the link:

This is a birthday and Mother's Day card for my only remaining aunt, who is turning 90 this week.  There will be a little party at the retirement home and I'm glad I'll get to see her.

Someone in one of the FaceBook groups created several gatefold cards using Ornamental Iron as the base.  I cut out a few of the bases when the subscription was free.  Just need to decorate as the occasion arises.  I used the Imagine More to print and cut the tea cup and Wild Card 2 for the "You are my cup of tea" inside sentiment.  That is Mary Englebreit paper that someone gave me. (I wish I could get my old printer to print nicer).

Monday, May 4, 2015

BBTB2 - Cricut Mother's Day Card 2015

Happy Mother's Day to all Moms or Moms-to-be.   This week at BBTB2, our hostess, Caroline, sends greetings to our mothers by asking us to create a Mother's Day card or project.

Well, I had this wonderful project on canvas in my head for months - and went to create it this week and it turned out terrible.  In fact, it didn't turn out at all and I scrapped it altogether.   So I went to Design Space to create a ready-made simple card.   And that's what I have today - however, I added a little extra couple of cuts to make it special - it will go to my daughter.  I took two different cuts from A Child's Year and combined them so there are two children with the mom and pop-dotted it onto a circle on top of the Mother's Day Card 07 image.   Join us for the Mother's Day challenge at BBTB2.

Also linked up to the Die Cut Challenge at:
Also linked up to AKA Abusybee:  Mom or girl challenge.  Come see her Skittles - this is where I buy mine!

Monday, April 27, 2015

BBTB2 Cricut - Let's Ride My Bike - Cricut BBTB2

This is one of my favorite recent pictures of my granddaughter.  When I babysit, we try to get outside for a while.  She can ride her Hello Kitty bike around the block forever, while I try to keep up with her.  This day, she was being silly and put on gloves and attached her doll to the front of the bike.  Luckily, Susan, from Busy with the Cricky, is hosting a 'bicycle' challenge at BBTB2 this week, so I got right to work.  The bike is from Summer Celebrations, the kite is from Create-a-Critter, the tree I got in a swap but I think it is also from one of the CACs.  The Play Time title is from Kate's ABCs.  I added paper flowers and Stickles along with orange twine for the kite string.  The frame around the pic is from PaperLoft.  The background paper is from a little heard of company called Momenta, I got it at Tuesday Morning.

Come join our 'Bicycle" challenge at BBTB2 this week.  Use a Cricut cut of a bike on your project.

Linked to Die Cuttin Divas challenge 213:

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.

Linked in HIMCR196 Challenge:

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!