Monday, April 21, 2014

Bird Note Cards

Today I would like to share a few easy note cards.  Our challenge this week at BBTB2 was created by designer Caroline, and is to use a bird in our Cricut project.   I chose to highlight the birds from the Songbird cartridge and accent with words from the Walk in My Garden cartridge.  All layers were inked before assembly.  I added Skittles for bling - I just ordered them from Abusybee.  Good prices and quick delivery.

Tweet out a song and join us in this week's challenge at BBTB2.  Enjoy!

If you like the Skittles, you can purchase them from "Abusybee".  Just click HERE.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Project - Pail of Treats

My granddaughter is 2 1/2, and she loves 'treats'.  This Easter pail is full of candy, socks, hair barrettes, sidewalk chalk, and a new dress.   She loves Hello Kitty, so I just had to decorate it with Kitty waving Hello!!!  On the back I put her name in larger letters.  I used adhesive vinyl that I buy online at Etsy.  The layering was pretty easy, but the silhouette outline (black) didn't match up perfectly with the colors, I'll have to try it with paper as well.  Can't believe I am done with my Easter basket for her early, I guess it is because Easter is so late this year.   Tomorrow we will have some fun dying hard boiled eggs, she was too young last year, but this year will be a blast - and perhaps a little messy!  I don't mind.   I decorated two other pails for 2 brothers with a Disney theme but forgot take pictures before giving them away.  Maybe they will send me a picture.

This week at BBTB2, our hostess, Brenda, has asked us to showcase our Easter projects.  I can't wait to see what the ladies have in store for all of us.  Come and join the celebration and post your Easter projects to our blog.

Monday, April 7, 2014

It's All About the Chocolate

Admit it, Easter chocolate and Whopper eggs are some of the best candy.  Today I have a humorous card about chocolate bunnies.   Perfect for our challenge this week at BBTB2, hosted by Susan, who wants to see bunnies.  I am going to make several of these cards to send out at Easter.

I used the Easter 2010 Cricut cartridge for the bunnies and grass, editing them in CCR.  The background paper is G45 Secret Garden.  Yes it was hard to use that paper, it is so special.  Link up your bunny project using a Cricut cut at BBTB2.   Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sharing a Picture of the Family

I thought I would share a picture of our family today.  That's a recent picture of us taken by the family photographer, didn't it turn out great!

Happy April Fool's Day!

Ha, Ha, Ha!   Got ya!     This is the first one I ever made, and probably the last.   But it was fun to think up and create.   I used the Don Juan cartridge for the lettering, and Animal Kingdom for the animals.  

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Lovely Rose by Any Other Name

I had this 8x10 picture around for a few years and never scrapped it.  I didn't really know what to do with it, but it was so pretty that I had to give it a special touch.   I took this picture in my front yard at the height of the rose season.

This week at BBTB2 our hostess, Pam says our challenge is anything to do with flowers.  So you get a double dose, roses from Cricut and my garden roses.   I had a hard time coming up with a title for my layout, looking up synonyms for the word awesome.  I finally settled on my own title "Lovely". The tag says "The Secret Garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles."

All cuts are from the Cricut Art Nouveau cartridge. There are three layers of leaves and I made two layers for the flowers.   The background paper is DCWV, and the sayings are G45 Secret Garden.  I added bling to complete my flower challenge.  Come on over to BBTB2 and link up your flower project.   Enjoy!

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Last Place Band

This week at BBTB2, Michelle is hosting the challenge, which is to use a musical note.  I have a special layout to show today which is my friends son, E.J., who was in a Christian Rock Band.  We went to see one of his performances in Nashville.  It was dark, so I decided to use some hot pink in my layout to match the pink lights in the pictures.   I used the Hanna Montana cart for all of the cuts on this layout.  Proof that this cart is just not for girls!

Come over to BBTB2 and join us in this musical challenge.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Baby flannel quilt

Here is my first jelly roll quilt. It is flannel front and back.  The mother to be does not know the gender of the baby, so I made it in neutrals.  She really liked it.  I want to make another one since it was easy and turned out so nice.  I used a few decorative stitches in doing the quilting and edges.  Jelly roll from Joanns Fabrics.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Cheers, It's St. Pat's Day!

Our host this week over at BBTB2 is Melanie.  In good ol' Irish fashion, she has selected a St. Patrick's Day theme for our challenge.  I almost always send out several St. Patrick's Day cards to my Irish friends and relatives, so I got these done a little early.  I added background colors to the simple die cuts from the Spring Holiday Cards cartridge and it sure made them pop.  A little brown inking around the edges and they were done.  I used Artiste to create the frames.   Luck of the Irish to you all!!!  Link up your St. Patricks Day project over at BBTB2

Monday, March 3, 2014

Glamour Girl Card

Mayra is hosting our challenge this week at BBTB2.   Our challenge is to use our favorite cartridge.   Well, I have so many favorite ones, it's hard to pick.   I love my Life is a Beach, Artbooking - which I have used almost every week since I received it, A Child's Year, and Sophisticated cartridges.  But I have to say when I saw the Suburbia cartridge, I just had to have it.  I have used it for cards, decorations for a wedding shower, and several layouts.   The women cuts on this card are just spectacular and very easy to cut and assemble.  Here are a few of the recent cards I have made with this cartridge.

The words 'glamour girl' are a rub-on.  The lower card features a piece from a 1947 magazine.  Both have parts of doilies  that are inked and have Stickles and gems added.  I'll use them for birthdays or thank you cards.

It's such a great and easy challenge this week, I hope you link up your project to BBTB2.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Maureen's Garden Plaque

Here is my sister with her garden plaque:

Hi Everyone, today is my first time hosting the weekly challenge at BBTB2.  This one will be a little challenging, that's for sure; Use a Cricut cut as a stencil on a card or project.   I had to think about this one for a while, as I didn't really have an idea for a project when I came up with the idea.   I made two of these plaques, one for me and one for my sister.

They were actually pretty easy to make.  I took a board and put stain on all sides, letting it sit overnight.   In CCR, I typed the text "Maureen's Garden" using the Artbooking cartridge, and cut them out on heavy cardstock.  I made another cut using the shadow icon of a hummingbird with a flower from Give a Hoot.   Lining up the stencil, I used acrylic paints to stencil on the wood, letting each stencil dry before laying down the next stencil.  I handpainted a shadow on the lettering and layered paints on the bird and flower.   It's a little rough, but I like how it turned out.  The next day I covered all sides with polyurethane to protect the plaque as it will go outside.  A hanger on the back and it's ready to go.   I think I might make a few more of these as gifts.

Take a look and see what my design team sisters have come up with this week, here's the link:  BBTB2