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!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Nap Time for Sam

I am starting off great capturing all the baby pictures and getting them scrapped of my little grandson, Samuel.  I know that won't last long.  Today is another set of newborn pictures using a few different cartridges - Nifty Fifties for the clock, Paper Doll Dress Up for the moon and baby.   I cut the later two twice so I could incorporate another layer as these 'accessories' only have one layer.  I did some inking with my Stampin Up Blendabilities (see right side of blog for Stampin Up) on the baby.  The middle words are just stickers I had in my 'baby' box.

Diana, from DLART is our hostess this week and selected a 'clock' for our challenge.   Join up by linking your card or project up to BBTB2, which would include a Cricut cut of a clock.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Birthday to my Hairdresser

I don't do shape cards very often.  I know how to create them on the Explore or in CCR and I should make more of them.  This blow dryer shaped card is for my daughter, the hair dresser, who has a birthday in February. The shape is from the Paisley cartridge, however, I made it with darker colors than the example in the cartridge book.  I saw the "Ready, Set, Blow" on a birthday cake layout and thought it would work on my card, so I used the draw/text feature in the Explore.

Caroline of Card Creations by Caroline is our hostess designer this week at BBTB2.  She has asked us to create a 'shaped' card using our Cricut machines.  Link up your shaped card to BBTB2 this week and be sure to use a Cricut cut.  Happy Crafting!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

She Said YES

My nephew recently got engaged.  He proposed to his fiancĂ© on stage after singing with the band they came to watch.  He said it was the greatest day of his life.  That explains the nature of my funky card today.  It depicts my nephew proposing with a silhouette of a set of drums and music in the background. I think the drums came out a little big, but I'm not going to redo it. Of course I had to add a diamond gem to the ring.

I used Sweethearts, Rock Princess, and Hannah Montana for the cuts.  I used the slice feature to add the words.  Enjoy.

Monday, February 9, 2015

So Charming

For this week's BBTB2 challenge, our sweet design sister Brenda, from, has asked us to use the "charm feature" from any Cricut cartridge.  Well, I had an idea of a charm bracelet jump into my head, and below is the finished layout of my 'charming' granddaughter.  I did several searches for 'charm' on my Explore and "" to find charms I could use.  I picked out several and a border that looked like a chain to create my bracelet.  Join us at BBTB2 by linking up your 'charms feature' projects and cards.

Frame Tag - Don Juan
Mailbox, Baby, Heart Charms - Doodlecharms
Charming Word - Lovely Floral
Chain Link Border - Artbooking


Monday, February 2, 2015

Love at First Sight

 Today at BBTB2 Susan from Busy with the Cricky has asked us to make a baby project.  How fitting, since both of us just became grandparents!  My 2nd grandbaby is a boy, so there will be lots of new projects featuring him.  Here is my first layout of Baby Sam's first few hours.  He is now 6 weeks old and changing every day. 

Join us with your baby related Cricut project this week at BBTB2.  Here is the rundown on my layout. ' It's a Boy' is from Beyond Birthdays cartridge.  Giraffe, baby bottle, baby block and pacifier from Stork's Delivery.  I can't find the Ric Rack border again, it could be Artiste. Scalloped circle from A First Few Years.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Stampin Up with Ruth - Cards and Treat Boxes

My good friend Ruth is now a Stampin Up Demonstrator.  We visited her for a week while she was hosting two classes.  She gave me her newest product and asked me to create.  I went a little crazy; I love the products.  The Blendabilities pens are wonderful (they are similar to Copics).  The first treat box using a Stampin Up Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlets die cut is my favorite.  Decorated with SU flower stamps in various inks.
If you are interested in Stampin' Up products, you can order through Ruth's website, just click on the link on the right side of this blog or HERE.

 These cute Valentine Treat boxes use the same die cut as above.  Decorated with Stampin Up stamps and punches.
This was the card we made in class.  Ruth designed it using punches and stamps.  I think I'll give it to my husband for Valentines Day.

Not all cards need to have flowers.  I wanted to use the same stamp set to make a girls card and a mans card.  Thanks for visiting and seeing my Stampin Up projects.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sympathy Card with the Explore

This week at BBTB2 Sharon is our hostess.  Her blog is  She has selected 'a sympathy card' as our challenge this week.   I haven't made a sympathy card in a long time, but found I am out of them.   I decided to try an idea of making a background paper with my pens on the Explore.  I cut the flower from the CM Stork's Delivery cartridge using both layers.  Then I put a single layer on another page and copied it several times, changing the sizes.  I used the writing feature to make the background paper using a purple pen to match the paper flower.  The "with sympathy" is from the Jasmine cartridge.  The doily is from Stampin' Up (see sidebar for ordering) For my first writing project with the Explore - I like it!

Please join our challenge by linking up your 'sympathy' card to BBTB2.

Here is a close-up of  my background paper.

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.