Monday, September 1, 2014

What a Parade!

Celebrate Freedom - we really don't think about it much.  I've been to several countries where the quality of life for some is very poor and the governments do not give assistance.  Yes - I am proud to be an American - Let's CELEBRATE FREEDOM.  My photos today are from a small town parade we went to this year on the 4th of July.  What a great turnout and it lasted a whole 20 minutes!

I used my new cartridge, Something to Celebrate for the banner backgrounds and the word Celebrate.  I created another banner and put the word Freedom from Create a Critter 2 on top.  Fireworks from CAC2, and the boy with flag from A Child's Year.


Our sweet friend, Brenda, from friendscraftinwithfriends is hosting our challenge this week at BBTB2.   Since it's Labor Day weekend, she has asked us to create a patriotic themed project.  I hope you can join us and make a project to celebrate the day!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Fashion in the 90's - Graduation

When looking for some pictures of my daughter as a bridesmaid, I ran across several pictures of her 8th grade graduation.  I decided to make a layout with her and her friends all dressed up for the occasion.  At the time, the kids all wore nice attire, but had to follow certain rules.  I understand today's graduation is much more casual. 

I am hosting our challenge this week at BBTB2, which is to use a dress form or dress Cricut cut in your project.   I just got the French Manor cartridge so I used it to cut the dress form.  Then I added the word "fashionista" from the Forever Young cartridge.  Who doesn't love Graphic 45 papers, (but hates to use their stash) the hues and corset background paper coordinated so nicely.

Link up your dress form/dress project at BBTB2 this week.  We love to see your creations.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Fun in the Hawaiian Sun

This week at BBTB, Laura is our hostess (Crafty Chicks Creating).  Her choice for our challenge is to use a 'sun' Cricut cut in our project.  Today, I used the sun as a sunset on the Hawaiian shore.  Six of us took a trip to Maui in 2012 and had a wonderful vacation.  One of the highlights was dinner at Mama's Fish House on Maui.  I took pictures of all the couples on the beach and then some pictures of the sunset later in the evening. Mama's is highly recommended for a really nice (i.e. expensive) leisurely dinner.  I made an entire mini album of our trip using G45 Tropical Travelogue.

Most of the cuts on this layout come from the "Life's a Beach" cartridge.  The sun is from "Pooh and Friends", and the "Maui" lettering is from Rock Princess.  Post your 'sun' project, using a Cricut cut, at BBTB2, and also come see the design team creations.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Apple for the Teacher

Jaren from Purple Paradise Creations is hosting our BBTB2 challenge this week.  She has selected an Apple cut, inspired by the start of school.   After cutting several apple die cuts from the Preserves cartridge, I brought out my Graphic 45 'ABC Primer' paper pack and started creating.  I ended up making 6 cards since I am running low on everyday cards.  I am showing 3 of them here.   Come join us in creating an 'apple' card or layout, it will brighten your day, it did mine.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

She's a Lady-Bug

Here is a quick card I put together using a cut I got in a swap.  My daughter always needs birthday cards so I am making up a several cards.  I used a rub-on for the sentiment.  Who remembers the song Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away.......?


Monday, August 4, 2014

Camping, Off Roading, and Quilting

Did you see the title and think 'what?? Those don't go together!".   Well, on this last trip, they sure did.  The girls went off to a quilt show, quilt supply shopping, and a sewing expo, and the guys went off road exploring along the river, a fish hatchery, and just relaxing.  This page is for the guys, future pages will have lots of quilt pictures. 

At BBTB2 this week, Emily, from Mollie's Motif, is hosting our challenge.  She has asked us to use the Campin' Critters or any other camping themed cut from Cricut.   Campin Critters is one of my favorite cartoonish cartridges.  I have used it a few times this year already for BBTB2.   I put a few cuts down on torn paper with a tree background (DCWV).  The food cooler has two tags ready for my journaling.   Come on over to BBTB2 and let's see what you can create with a camping theme.

Friday, August 1, 2014

My Sister's Birthday Card

My sister hit the big 50!   Along with her gift I made this card from the Country Life cartridge.  She is into sewing quilts as her latest hobby so I wanted to incorporate a quilt in her card.   The paper is from DCWV Craft stack.  Perfect for this card, but it limited the color combos for my quilt.  Happy Birthday Sis.
I used rubon's for the 'sisters', the saying, and the inside of the card.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Just Bee-ing Joan layout

Our talented BBTB leader has selected the challenge this week.  Our theme is to use a Cricut cut bee  (buzz buzz) in our project.   I have another layout of my granddaughter, this time, more up to date.  She is a silly girl just bee-ing herself.   Join us by linking up your 'bee' project to the BBTB blog.  We would love to see your creations.

I used a new technique this week, which is a subtle background.  I purchased 12x12 acrylic sheets online and this is my first attempt at making overlays with them.   I used the beehive hexagon overlay from Artbooking and cut it almost full size.  I put this on my 12x12 cardstock and spritzed with Perfect Perals cooper color.   You have to look closely to see it in this picture, as I covered up almost all of it.  I'll try the technique again using paints or some other medium.   I used Pooh and Friends for the bees, hive, and the word Joan, using velum and Stickles for the wings.  I used Artbooking for the word Bee-ing, shadowing it 2 times.  I cut the border hexagon shape for the black border, that side needed something to balance the page.  The lotus flower is from Kate's ABCs, covered in Stickles.



Thursday, July 24, 2014

ATC Summer 2014 Swap - Cricut Message Board

This is about the 4th ATC (Artist Trading Card) swap I have participated in on the Cricut Message Board.  Our theme this time is beach, vacation, or summer.   I knew I wanted to use the Life is a Beach cuts on my cards.  I embossed the starfish, embellishing with a small star, I inked the sand dollar, and I Stickled the coral.  A net background, and Perfect Pearls all over completed the card. (looks like I cut off the bottom of the picture, oops)   I can't wait to see what the other 14 ladies have come up with.   Do you collect or make ATCs?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Owl Challenge - Double Posts

Hi Everyone - This week I am hosting the challenge at BBTB2, and it is OWLS.  I see them everywhere, on material, home decor, and lots of art projects.   There are 45 different Cricut cuts with owls on them, you are sure to have at least a few in your cartridge collection.  Please join our challenge over at BBTB2.  I would love to see "Hoo" participates.

I have two projects for you this week, both with owls.  It was hard to choose between the two, so I didn't!  First up, a Tootsie Pop and Tootsie Roll 60th birthday present I created using a bag of Tootsies from Costco.  I hot glued them onto a styrofoam ball on top of a vase.   I put the Dots inside the vase, and the top part lifts off when someone wants candy.   The owl is from Paisley, and the balloons from Celebrations.  My second project is an opening page of a baby book that I made for a sweet little boy.  It also uses the Paisley owl, and the saying and title are from Artbooking.