Thursday, June 30, 2011

the latest "Moo's card- so udderly cute

Was funny to see a cow challenge as over the weekend I went to a scrap yard at my local LSS  this past weekend and I got a cute cow stamp with two sentiments.  This one the latest Moos and  the other one said You are udderly wonderful.  The cow is from Create A Critter and the frame is from Toy Story.  Added Baker's Twine and little flowers to match the background paper.  

Two double page baby layouts of sweet Makenzie

I am trying so hard to get Layouts done with the huge stack of pictures I have from first two granddaughters before the third one arrives in a few weeks.  So today I did 4 layout pages using the sketches from two blogs.  
This is the first sketch.  The Paper Variety Challenge
The right side of the two page layout follows the sketch.  I used the tree from Heritage and the word Family.  The left side I cut out Warren from Heritage letters welding it together.  I also punched out dragonflies to go with the design of the paper and added a journaling spot.  Love the colors from DCVW Street Lace Stack.  


This is the sketch for the Frosted Designs Challenge 
I used a wide Ms Punch for sides and ribbon with tiny baby feet on it.  The Cuts are from Baby Steps and Lacey Labels. Don't Touch is from Mickey Font.  The time cut actually said Playtime and I cut off Play part so the title says Binky Time.   The little ribbon roses I got in $1 section of Michaels last week.  

Two birthday cards for challenges and my stash



I made this card for the Peachy Keen sketch challenge this week.  I wish I could say I choose the stamp first and then made this bright cheerful card to match the sentiment.  But no I started with the stripes and the  monster.   I only have faces from the Peachy Keen line.  (Must make  note to get more )  Since I hadn't tried the funny little faces I got for the Mini Monsters I decided to do this cute little one eyed monster.  So I am cutting away make my cute little guy and somehow I got ink on the belly which was orange.  Well since I had stripes left I thought why not perk him up and make that stripes so I did.  I then went to get a stamp I have that says How many are you?   It is in a darling set of things kids say I got at M's recently.  Well instead I found this stamp that went so perfect.  "If you are feeling blue try painting yourself a different color."  And I thought shazam that is so perfect.  In fact it was so perfect even my husband got it.  
Now on to card #2 for  birthday stripes and stars challenge at Birthday Sundaes.  This is the first time I have done a challenge on this blog.  But I need to have more cards on hand.  I used a Penny Black stamp I recently bought.  The star, circles are all from George.  Used some more of my cute stripes and polka dot paper.  Punched out some stars with MS punch and then glued stars that were cut out around.  I used Bic and Sharpie markers for the coloring.   Happy Birthday ribbon is from M's.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

BBTB2 Challenge Prize watermelon


This is the card I made for the BBTB2 challenge this week.  You were to make a project with the watermelon cut from Stretch Your Imagination.  I cut out the watermelon and added it to the wagon cut from Nate's ABC.  Then I used my Tim Holtz mini rosette maker to make a first prize ribbon for my watermelon.  The little snippets of ribbon were stapled with my mini stapler.  I had seen this done in magazines but never tried it before.  

Let Freedom Ring card with Rosettes

There are a lot of challenges this week for projects with red, white and blue, or stars or Stand and Salute cut and on and on and on.  So since I have been in a rosette crazy mood with my Tim Holtz diecut Rosette makers this is what I came up with .  The ribbon and stars are from my stash last year.  Paper is K and Company stack from this year.  

I made my SIL a ribbon for being highlighted in the Chirp

Last night I had a great surprise.  It's always nice to get a nice surprise when you have had a rough day.  My shelf that my son in law made me for my E and E2 was highlighted on the Cricut Chirp.  Maile Lei from the Cricut Circle had posted the directions a couple months ago.  Here is the link to the post with my pictures.  So since he is always teasing me about being "Cricut Obsessed"  I made him a giant ribbon saying he was highlighted in the Cricut Chirp.  He will get a big kick out of this.  
Now I just have to tell him that I am only 480 points from getting an Imagine on rewards and that I need more punch racks.  LOL  What can I say  I AM CRICUT OBSESSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Layout for Getting Scrappy Challenge- Punches only

This is my layout I made today for the Getting Scrappy Challenge,  The challenge was to do a layout using punches and not die cuts.  I had seen a page in a scrapbook magazine awhile back where they made layers with  punches so I decided to try this.  I cut strips of 1 inch  to some double sided paper and then punched it with the same eyelet lace MS punch.  I then  glued the strips together and cut at 8" for the bottom section and that left me 4 " for the top.  I also double sided punched a 2 " strip to place over rough edges down the middle and added matching ribbon.  I then decided to try another idea I had seen in a magazine where they used a  circle punch to make flowers.  You punch 8 circles.  One is the bottom and the others you fold over.  See third pic.  You then glue seven folded pieces on to circle and top with a button.  
Yea more baby layouts done of sweet grandbaby Kenzie.  


Winner of Time 4 Tristan Blog Hop candy.

The winner of my Blog Candy for Time 4 Tristan Blog Hop this weekend by Random.org is #4 out of 33 Cyndi S who said...Great card. I just love the tri-fold card.

 Please contact me Cyndi at swoozan@roadrunner.com for your prize.  

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments and for following my blog.  Again I am so sorry there was a problem on Friday  but hope you got to see my card for Tristan on Saturday.  
I was able to spend time with my daughter, granddaughter and son in law yesterday and my SIL is helping me fix some things on my blog. He made me more room so I can move things around.    Aren't I lucky one SIL builds me a shelf this week and the other one helps me with the computer.   Lucky me!!!!!!!!  
Have a great week and happy craftin.  

Sunday, June 26, 2011

13 layouts is not an unlucky number

My oldest daughter and I cranked out 13 scrapbook pages for her album one day last week.  I started cutting in the morning while she was teaching Summer School and then we cut some more and glued all afternoon.  Nothing fancy but with two grandbabies in  10 months and the third to arrive next month we are trying to get some pages done. These pages are all for oldest daughter since she was working with me that day.   I have given her my original cricut but with a new baby, teaching and school plus other activities its hard for her to sit down and do this.  Hope we get more days like this during her Summer break.  
 Here  is a picture of our drying rack.  
This was a gypsy file from Circle Blog.  
My two blessings in 2010
First birthday 
Christmas 
More Christmas
St. Patrick's Day 
First Thanksgiving  only 3 weeks old

Three Challenge Cards for this week- Check it out

Here are cards I made in the last few days for several blog challenges.
The first challenge at My Creative Time was to make a cricutless challenge using a sketch.   I used a MS punch around the page, a stamp from M's, and a circle and butterfly punhes.  I tried a new folding method on my ribbon and really liked it.   Paper Sweet Nectar K and Company and cardstock,


The second at Frosted Designs was to make a card using black, white and 1 color.    I chose black, silver and white for a birthday card for a 16 year old family friend.  Paper is Rock Star DCVW and cardstock.  I used Rock Princess for cuts but don't tell him.
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The third is for the Mag Challenge using only the Paisley cart page 39.  I again used Sweet Nectar from K and Company, a stamp from Michaels, buttons, ribbon and a MS punch.

God Bless the USA on Blocks -Home Decor

For this project I went to Michaels and bought a package of thin precut blocks.  The packge is only $2 and comes with circles, squares and rectangles.  I painted them all with dark blue paint and then began decorating.  The words and letters are cut from Storybook.   The 4 inch squares and 4 inch circles were cut from George.  Then I made three rosettes.  I cut 2- 2 x 12 inch strips, punched the edges, scored using the punch as a guide,  and hot glued together.  On the top I added the 3 D star from Stand and Salute.  I added some embellishments and ribbon.  The backs are also covered with paper.  My husband really liked it and we placed it on the "fireman altar" as I call his part of the mantle with all his fireman  chotskies.   I am entering this is the Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge God Bless America.  


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sesame Street Seasons layout- Summer Sun

Happy Saturday everyone. 
If you are here for the Tristan Birthday Bloghop Click on this link.  
This is also the  day for my  post for the Sweet Sassy Design Team . So please enjoy this project too.

Hi everyone this is Suzanne from  Cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.   For the Design Team challenge this week at SweetSassy Diva we were asked to use a cartridge that started with the letter of our name.  I chose Sesame Street Seasons for two reasons.  One I hadn't used it yet and two I knew it would have Summer cuts for a fun layout.   The patterned paper I used was a huge stack I bough a couple of years ago when I first got my E from Me and Big Ideas.   
 I first cut out all the characters I wanted to use.   All the cut sizes are below  the pictures. I then took cardstock and tore it across Fiskars edge and embossed it with a Cuttlebug folder.   I did this in pieces and overlapped using the embossed and deembossed sides to give different texture.  
Next I laid out the vellum I got at the local LSS.  It is called Beach Fun by American Traditional Designs.  I then punches out an edge in yellow polka dot paper with a wide MS punch and glued all these pieces down.  
Next I got out my chalk, Smooch ink, and Stickles I thought I might use.  
Here is the close up of Ernie and the Cookie Monster.  If you look closely you can see how I chalk around cuts, used Stickles and Smooch Ink.  I love how using Smooch Ink gave the characters the look of fur, etc. 
For the cookie monster I pop dotted the inner tube.  I didn't like the way his paws looked so I cut them out with an exacto knife to pull them out over tube.  I also used googly eyes for all the characters and even the little duck Ernie is holding.  
In addition for Elmo I used plastic from one of my cart boxes to give it the look of a real snorkel mask.  
I cut out the beach ball for Big Bird to hold, trimmed around his wings to make it look more like he was holding the ball.     
 Each word is cut out one time in pattern paper and two times in plain cardstock.  I then pop dotted the words  on two layers.  I also used chalk on the edges of words.   The last thing I did was fill the center of the sun with buttons.  I have seen this on projects in magazines and always thought it was cool so I thought this was a great project for this idea.  
Cut sizes:
Big Bird 7 ", the other characters 5 ", Summer word 1.75 ", Sun word  3.5 ", hot word 2 " ball 3 ". Sun 5 ".

Hope you liked this project and tutorial.  Let me know if you have any questions and wishing you all a wonderful fun filled Summer.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Time 4 T Birthday Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to the Time 4T Birthday Blog Hop. This blog hop runs from June 24th through June 25th. If you are coming from Deborah  you’re on the right track. If you just joined us, you can go back to the beginning HERE and hop along with us.We’ve had so much fun creating this hop, and we have a wonderful line up with some oh-so-talented creators. You will see some lovely projects having to do with a birthday theme and have a chance to win some blog candy along the way.Be sure to come back both days because all blogs in this hop will post a new project each day.
Last stop today is Deb
https://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fcraftydeb-ddscrafts.blogspot.com%2F&h=854e2
Thanks everyone for all the lovely comments yesterday.  I am so sorry that there is a problem and some of you could not see my shutter card.  I tried and tried to fix it till I was totally frustrated.  It was all rather weird that some people could see it and some could not.  
Here is my birthday layout for today.  All the cuts are from Hello Kitty and the paper is the DCVW Sweet Stack.  I am sorry I don't have all the cut sizes.  I made this for the Layout challenge on HSN for the E2.  I am planning on duplicating it for one of my granddaughter's birthdays.  I used Memory Thread for the balloon strings.  Love that stuff.  Remember you can click on the picture to make it larger for viewing.  
I am reposting my card from yesterday to see if all of you can see it today.  Sorry for the problem but after 3 hours I just gave up.  So hope this works today.  

For my blog candy I will choose one winner by random.org.  to win a gift certificate for $10 at either Michaels or Joanns.  Leave a comment each day for two chances to win.  I will draw the winner on Monday morning.  I would love for you to become a follower if you have not already become one. Your comments are greatly appreciated.  You can now head over to Kristy's Blog.  If you want, you can stop by Tristans Craftin Times: http://tristans-time-4-craftin.blogspot.com/and wish him a happy bday.  He is unable to participate in his bday hop due to illness and loss of power and internet but he is with us in spirit.

Thanks for hopping by and hope to see you drop by my Blog again.  

Time 4 T Birthday Blog Hop June 24th and 25th Take 2


Welcome to the Time 4T Birthday Blog Hop. This blog hop runs from June 24th through June 25th. If you are coming from Deborah  you’re on the right track. If you just joined us, you can go back to the beginning HERE and hop along with us.We’ve had so much fun creating this hop, and we have a wonderful line up with some oh-so-talented creators. You will see some lovely projects having to do with a birthday theme and have a chance to win some blog candy along the way.Be sure to come back both days because all blogs in this hop will post a new project each day.

Here is a list of the complete lineup for this hop:
Theresa httl://www.thescrapbookingqueen.com
Hopefully my pictures will show up for everyone this time.  Sorry for the problem.  Some could see them some can't.  Not sure why but hope this will fix it by doing post entirely over.  I don't know what else to do and this has become extremely frustrating.  Sorry for the problem.   
For my project for today I chose to do a trifold shutter card for Tristan's birthday.  Here are directions for this card at Splitcoast Stampers. 
The cuts are from Birthday Bash.  The paper is  DCVW Sweet Stack.  The stamp is from a set from Michaels that is all quotes by kids. Remember you can click on the pictures to view them better.   Happy Birthday Tristan and thanks for allowing me to participate in your Birthday Blog Hop.  


For my blog candy I will choose one winner by random.org.  to win a gift certificate for $10 at either Michaels or Joanns.  Leave a comment each day for two chances to win.  I will draw the winner on Monday morning.  I would love for you to become a follower if you have not already become one and please stop by again on Saturday.  Your comments are greatly appreciated.  You can know head over to Kristy's Blog.  
If you want, you can stop by Tristans Craftin Times: http://tristans-time-4-craftin.blogspot.com/and wish him a happy bday.  He is unable to participate in his bday hop due to illness and loss of power and internet but he is with us in spirit.


Thanks for hopping by and please stop by tomorrow for more exciting projects.






Thursday, June 23, 2011

Yipee! SIL made me a shelf for my E2 and E

My SIL Robert made this wonderful stand for my E and E2 from directions on the Cricut Circle  from Maile Lei.  I have so much more room now as I love my new E2 but couldn't part with my teal E I got for Christmas.  It is on a metal Lazy Susan so the right side pic is when I am not cutting and the left when cutting.  I used Cricut Vinyl and cut phrases and head from Cricut Everyday.  

This is a closeup of the vinyl and also a pic of all the Ikea Bygel rods my SIL has hung for my collection of MS punches. Isn't he the best?   I have had to store the holiday MS punches  in boxes for now but we will soon be making another trip to Ikea to get more rods.  

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thank you Tina My Hoppy Place for the Irresistibly Sweet Award

This week my new Blog friend Tina from My Hoppy Place nominated me for this wonderful award.  Isn't it cute?  Tina and I just met up this past week.  She made one of my Father's Day ideas with her first grade class which made me feel really good since I am a retired first grade teacher.  Read about it here 
So now we are both following each others blogs and she has amazing talent.  Just this week she posted 3 wonderful projects I love-Wizard of Oz gift, a patriotic table decoration and  a flip flop box.  Thank you so much Tina for both the award and your crafty inspiration.   
The rules for the award are the following: 
1) Send a thank you to the person who nominated you and include their link.
2) To accept this award, tell 7 random facts about yourself.
3) Pass the award on to at least 8 other awesome blog buddies.

So Random facts about me:
1.  I have been to 48 out of 50 states.  
2.  I love watching cooking shows although my husband does most of the cooking. 
3.  I drive a red PT cruiser.
4.  I used to collect Boyds Bears and have 100's.  Now all my money goes to scrappin. 
5.  My parents were both teachers, I was a teacher and one of my daughters is now a teacher. 
6.  I have two Ragdoll cats named Chai Latte and Mocha Latte.
7.  I have lived no farther than 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean my entire life.  

The blogs I have nominated for this award

Linda at Nothing Fancy
Theresa at Binky Blossoms
Jalisa and Brandon at Patches of Pink
Elaine Magic Boxes


Thank you all for your inspiration and crafty friendships to me.  





Birthday card using Jolly Holidays


This is a card I did for two challenges and it will be added to my Cards for Soldiers stack.  It is A2 size.  I used the little girl from Jolly Holidays and used this holiday cut to make a birthday card.  Used my Peachy Keen face, Birthday ribbon, gems, embossing folder and a stamp on a banner.  
Peachy Keen Sketch Challenge- Followed the sketch and used Peachy Keen faces.   
Die Cuttin Diva Use a Christmas cut for a non Christmas card. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sea you whale soon cards


These two cards are made using the whale from Create a Critter cut at 3 inches and the wave from Cake Basics cut at 1 x 5 ".  I also added some of the punched out part of wave under whale to make more dimension.  I used a little Smooch ink, gems and googly eyes.  These cards will be sent to Cards for Soldiers.  
Entered in  Tacky Tuesday Challenge on facebook- use a play on word and a sea creature.
Also I designed this on Gypsy following the Doubles Challenge at She's A Sassy Lady.  

Sunny Days Playtime layout

Today I designed this layout that I am going to enter into a variety of challenges.  Most of the paper is from the Flower Shower Stacks from DCVW that I bought last year.  
The Sunny Days Cuts is from Celebrate With Flourish and was cut at 2.5".
The Sun is from Pack Your Bags and was cut at 4 ". 
The girl with the ice cream is from Playtime cut a 3 " and the girl jump roping was cut at 4 ".  
The grass is from Cake Basics cut at 1" x 12 ".  
The trees are from April Showers cut at 5 3/4 " and 6 ".  
The sun border was cut from the Cricut Classic font and the flowers for the journaling were cut from Tags, Bags and More at 3 1/2 inches.  
I then embossed, cut flowers from a punch, added buttons,  drew accents with Smooch and Sharpies.  I also added Recollection Tear Drop Gems  for ice cream drops. I didn't have yellow so I put yellow alcohol ink on white ones.  

Close up of the two little girls.  
Bitten by the Bug2- Use the Sunny Days Cut from Celebrate with Flourish
More than Favors- Tags, Bags and More 
Frosted Designs- journal card

My Craft Spot- sweet treat for Summer