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.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Life as a Princess

Welcome to 2015!   It's a new year, and I am looking forward to working on projects around the house, some travel, and enjoying the grandkids. 

This week on BBTB2, our hostess, Melanie, at Courtney Lane Designs, has given us free reign and asked us to make something with our "all time favorite Cricut cut".  Well, that's almost impossible for me, there are just too many great cuts and cartridges to choose from.   I am going to say that ONE of my favorite cuts is anything related to Disney.   Today, I made a layout of my granddaughter on Christmas morning in her new Elsa dress.  Since I don't have the new Frozen digital cartridge, I went to Happily Ever After and cut out Aurora in blues at 6".  Using my new Explore, I found several different snowflakes and a snowflake tag on the free subscription, and cut and glittered them.   Using the The First Few Years cartridge for the first time, I cut the frame and words.  The bottom trim is a sticker.

Hopefully part of your plans for 2015 include more crafting.  Start this week by linking up your "favorite Cricut Cut" to our BBTB2 blog.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Christmas Gifts = Dishtowels

I like to give the ladies in the family a little something on Xmas.  You may recall I made some kitchen towels a few months ago for a gift exchange in my scrapbook group.  I made the ones below in a jiffy since I had the basics already to go in CCR.  The relatives loved them.

The lettering is from Noah's ABCs and the mixer and silverware are on the From My Kitchen cartridge.   I buy my vinyl from eBay, wherever I can find the best deal.