Thursday, September 29, 2011

State Fair Layout (LO)

It is amazing to me what a person can create when inspired!

This happened to me this afternoon while I was hopping through some of the other blogs that I follow. I came to Scraptastic Club Blog and found that a new LO challenge had been posted! WhooHooo!!! So this challenge has a much different twist to it than I am used to. It is a recipe LO challenge!

Here is the recipe: 3 cardstock, 4 patterned papers, 3 alphas, 2 pictures, 5 buttons, 1 banner, 1 journaling spot, and paint.

So I jot this down and decide to let it roll around in my crafty little brain while I clean up my craft space. As I started filing sketches and various scrap papers, an idea POPPED! State Fair pictures with that crazy carnival paper that I just had to have and bought over 7 months ago and have never used… shhhh, don’t tell Jon!!

So this is what I came up with:


This is the completed LO. Sorry about all the reflection in the picture…I am still trying to figure out how to take better pictures of my LO’s and cards. I am much better with pictures of people!!


I used paint to make this journaling spot.


And this is where I “cheated” a little and used patterned paper that already had a banner on it Smile 

So here is the break down of what I used to create this LO:                

  • Bazzil Cardstock – Tangelo, Artesian Pool, Lemonade
  • Patterned Paper – Imaginisce Animal Cracker – Under the Big Top, Come one! Come All, Kaboom, Step Right Up
  • Buttons – stash
  • Paint  - Jenni Bowlin Seed Packet, Adirondack Brights Pool
  • ATG (glue gun)
  • Chestnut Roan fluid chalk ink
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Thickers (alpha stickers) - Jewelry Box

So now as I am looking at the page on the table beside me as I complete this blog, I am thinking….hmmm I think it needs some white gel pen stitching! So I may just go back and add that…or not!

Thanks for stopping by Smile


P.S. Did anyone notice that there are NO Cricut cuts??? That is because my poor Cricut Expression has gone and gave out on me Crying face So while I can’t use my machine to do the super cute cuts at least I have just proved to myself that I can actually make a nice LO without using my CE. Who know?!!!

Halloween Cards

I am getting a jump start on making all the Holiday cards (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas). The Challenge for me is not making the cards, it is remembering that I have made them and to actually get them mailed! I still have several Christmas cards from last year that I never did mail….so I don’t need to make as many this year…just MAIL THEM!!!

So here are a few of the Halloween cards that I have completed.


This card was made using the Cricut Cartridge Happy Hauntings and the paper is Paper Layerz by Megan Elizabeth over at Above Rubies Studio. (if you have not heard of her or seen her work, you really should check it out!)


This is a simple card using scraps of Halloween paper that I had in my stash. I crumbled the paper and used Chestnut Roan fluid chalk ink to distress the paper, then just glued it all down… the paper is crooked on purpose!


For this last card, I used Close To My Heart which stamp from the Wicked set. I love this stamp set! I used black embossing powder on the witch to make her stand out a little. I curled the edges of the “frame” paper to give it more dimension.

I hope you enjoyed the cards! I will start keeping better track of what products I use and what cut sizes are so that I will be able to give you the recipes to each card!

My next project is school themed cards. Our oldest son just got his school pictures back and they are just SO super CUTE! I am going to send them out to friends and family in the school themed cards… just as soon as I find time to get those done!

Have a super great day Smile


Monday, September 26, 2011

Life and constantly changing plans

Today is one of those days that you just have to "tie and knot and hang on".  With our oldest son home sick from school and the two younger ones not understanding why "him not play with me?" it has made for a very long day!  And not at all what I had planned! Today is the launch of the new Cricut Expression 2 on HSN and any of you who know me know that I have a passion for the Cricut. SO I had envisioned today being a day of playing on the various blogs that I follow and watching at least one airing of the launch and setting up my own blog so that I have ONE place where all my crafts and creations are and can be shared with family and friends. So far I have been on one blog and watched NONE of the airings. But I am finally getting my blog set up..... well it has a name and now there is a post! The rest will come together over time. I hope that I will be able to post at least once a week with an actual craft and more often with family/life mussings.

Thanks for stopping by... and remember that this is just for fun and a way for me to share creations and life lessons as taught to me by our 3 boys (amazing what you can learn from 3 young boys about life!!)

Enjoy ;)