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.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Musical Kitchen Towels

I hope you like the humor in my project today.  I made these kitchen towels for a special someone who loves music and loves to cook.  I saw these on Pinterest, and made my own version.  They were pretty easy and turned out so HOT!   I used the From My Kitchen Cricut cartridge along with iron on vinyl for all of them, but used various carts for the lettering.

Diana from D.L.Art, is our hostess at BBTB2 this week.   She allowed our creativity to run wild, and selected an "Anything Goes" theme using our Cricut machine.  I am happy to show you my project, won't you join us and link up a Cricut based project (card, layout, project) at BBTB2 this week?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving Time

I could have made a nice card this week with my cuts, but in a moment of creativeness, I thought to decorate my outdoor pumpkin for Thanksgiving.   Using the Cricut Celebrate with Flourish, Autumn Celebrations, and the Lovely Floral cartridges, this project came together pretty easily.  Of course I like to add ink and Stickles on almost anything. The Love, Family, and Friends are cut outs from patterned paper. I pop dotted all the cuts so that in total it is about 1" off the page.  It is displayed on my out door entry table.  I hope you enjoy my project and my blog entries.

First - I was chosen as the weekly Guest Designer at My Sheri Crafts.  Yahoo, I am thrilled.  The theme is "#146 - It's Turkey Time" - Add a Turkey to your card/project (11/8/14 - 11/21/14).  I love all the fall colors and just came back from a trip to the east coast to see the fall foliage.  In the mountains there were trees full of color as far as I could see. There is always great participation in Sheri's challenges, so come and join.  Gobble, Gobble!

Second - Caroline from is our BBTB2 hostess this week (starting 11/10/14), and she wants us to use a Cricut pumpkin in our projects.   Join us at BBTB2 to link up your pumpkin card, layout, or project!  Happy Fall!

Also linked to the challenge at Cut it Uo Challenge blog.

Also linked to the Stuck On You Sketches blog where the theme is fall colors.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Go 49ers

This has been an exciting sports season.  The SF Giants have won the World Series and we are still celebrating.  My husband and I are long time fans of the Giants and 49ers.  We have been going to 49er games together for over 30 years!   This year the 49ers moved to a new Stadium in Santa Clara.  It is awesome, and so exciting to go to the inaugural season games.  Our seats are further away in the new stadium, but still have a great view.   A few weeks ago, we were a football pass away from Jed York, the owner of the 49ers (we were seated right below the luxury box that he was in).

I am so excited to create a layout for BBTB2 this week, as the theme for our challenge is FOOTBALL!   Brenda, of Friends Craftin with Friends, is our hostess.   Of course I had to make a layout using our ticket and pictures of the new stadium.  Join us in linking up your "football" related project this week at BBTB2.  My 3 cuts were done with the "All Sports" cartridge.  I wish I could have fit more cuts on the page - just not enough space!   Go SF Forty Niners!  Congrats SF Giants!

Monday, October 27, 2014

I'm Dying to Meet You

I have one more Halloween themed 3D item to show off this week.  It's a coffin from the Cricut CTMH Artiste cartridge.  That cart also has all the other items as well (except the bat).  The 'Spooky' was cut twice and glued and Stickled.  The RIP and the clock seemed to match the paper so were added as well.  The skeleton was cut twice, once he ripped, so parts went under the coffin to look like another one was below.  I hand cut a black shadow around the skeleton as there is no shadow cut.

We were challenged to create a box using our Cricut machine for our weekly challenge.  Jayne, from Jane Designs is our lovely host and encourages all of us to link up a 'box' project to BBTB2.  Come join us, this is a fun one.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Witches and Zombies

Susan, from Busy with the Cricky, is hosting our challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug.  She challenged us to use a witches hat in our project.   I happened to stumble across some inspiration from the CTMH blog, where they gave some basic instructions and Cricut cuts.  This project took quite some time to make, and I am pretty happy how it turned out. (and quite different from my original inspiration)  The zombies are from A Frightful Affair and all other cuts (flowers, web, RIP, cat, and leaves) are from the Artiste cartridge. The witch and the word Spooky are from a package of K and Co. die cuts.  I used a lot of ink and glitter along with some Stickles on just about every cut.  I just purchased a multi-pack of autumn colored glitter and I wanted to see how many of the colors I could use.  I hot glued most of the cuts onto the hat.  Bet you didn't guess that the trim of spider webs on the bottom of the hat are the cupcake liner cut from Artiste, pretty cleaver!

I invite you to view the fantastic projects made by my design sisters.  Come on over and take a look and post your Witches Hat project this week at BBTB2.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Visiting Sturbridge, MA

I was anxious to scrap some of the pictures from my recent trip to New England.  A friend and I went to Old Sturbridge Village as part of our tour.  We wandered around the park which contains old buildings from the 1800's, people dressed in period costume, and learned how our forefathers lived.  One woman was minding the store, showing off goods for sale; the blacksmith was making candle snuffers, and another man told us about the Quakers.

The first scrapped pages of my trip were designed to join in the challenge at BBTB2 this week, hosted by the lovely Sharon.  Her challenge is to use a cow in our project.   So, with the country scenery pictures, I thought a farm theme would fit right in.   Cow, weather vane, sun, barn, and pig are from Country Life.  The scroll, feather, and ox cart (scroll for journaling) are from Heritage.  The pumpkins are from CCR Basics. I inked and Stickled a lot of the cuts.  I used patterned paper that reminded me of the era in time.   Join us by linking up your 'cow' creation at BBTB2.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Decoration - Flower Ball

Yes - Fall is in the air.  I just came back from a trip to New England, visiting 3 new states.  We started in Boston, MA, and made a big circle through New Hampshire and Vermont with a small visit to Maine, ending back in Boston.  We were a little early for the foliage in Boston, but NH and VT were ablaze with color and the weather was in the 70's.  This is the first time we took a tour bus, and I loved it.  No getting lost, no hoping we find a gas station soon, check-in at the hotels was done for us, and some meals provided.  The highlight for me besides the fall colors was touring Martha's Vineyard, oh, how I would love to vacation there.

I'm glad I put out my fall decorations before I left, as I am now in the mood for pumpkins, mums, and cornstalks.  Pam, from is our hostess at BBTB this week, and she selected Fall Leaves as our theme.  I don't have many leaves on my project this week, but have lots of Fall color to show.  I used several Cricut cartridges on this one, (Pooh and Friends, Artiste, Forever Young, and maybe others).  I used the hot glue gun to attach the flowers to a Styrofoam ball that I painted brown, and filled in with sprigs of berries.   The flower ball sits on fall leaves that are also Cricut.   Come on over to BBTB2 and link up your Fall Leaf project or card.

Also linking up to

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ATC Cards - Swap on Cricut MB

Jean P hosts a swap every few months on the Cricut message board.  This quarter the theme is Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.  Other requirements were that the background had to be stenciled and we had to use a stamp somewhere on the ATC.   I usually include a Cricut cut, this is the first time I didn't.   I decided to work outside the box and go with a football theme.  To me, fall is the start of football, and we are long time 49ers fans.  Here are the ATCs, I plan on making cards with a lot of them.


Monday, September 29, 2014

30 Years of Figs

Our first house in 1981 had a fig tree in the corner.  We didn't really live in a hot climate, so the figs were small and limited.  I took a cut from that fig tree when we moved and put it in a coffee can.  There it sat for several years, getting water once in a while.  It never outgrew the can.  Then one day I planted it, and the rest is history.  It is right at home at our 2nd house and this year has produced lots of fruit.  I had a chance to go back to this house and pick some figs a few weeks ago.  It was then I realized that tree has been there for 30 years and just had to take some pictures to 'preserve' the scene.  Time for some fig cookies!

This week at BBTB2 our challenge is to use nuts or squirrels on our project.  I used a couple of different squirrels, who love these figs just as much as I do.  They sit on the top of the fence and chow down.  Michelle, from cricutcrazyscrapper is our lovely hostess for the week, and she invites you to view our creations over at BBTB2 and submit a project.   Squirrels are from CampOut and Animal Kingdom, figs are from Preserves, and the tree is from CampOut, using CCR I stretched it.  Gate is from Freshly Picked.