Wednesday, August 29, 2012

CWC What You Did This Summer?- The Good, the bad and the ugly

Hello everyone its time for  a new challenge at Cooking with Cricut.  This week the challenge is - 
What Did You Do This Summer?  Create a Vacation/Summer themed scrapbook layout.

I am giving my Summer the title of 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

For the good I entered 17 layouts and 11 other paper made items in the County Fair this year. Everyone of my projects one a ribbon. I also got hired by the local Scrapbook store to teach classes. I taught two last month and have 5 more scheduled and the classes are filling up fast.

So now for the Bad 

Well I am going to be honest with you I didn't go on any vacation this Summer.
The ruin of my "Summer Fun" actually started in mid April.
We decided to have our bathroom remodeled this Summer.
We picked out cabinets, tile, colors, mirrors, had plans drawn and were very excited.

We hired a contractor that we have know for 7 years and we have always had great luck with. After three months of excuses and lies we realized we had a big problem. So when I started this layout I thought I actually would have these lovely pictures to put on my layout showing my wonderful new spa like bathroom. However what do I have? One big torn apart bathroom.
So how did I finish my Summer -
We have had to hire a lawyer and feel out tons of paper work to bond company, State License and Better Business in hopes of getting some of our money back. For now we can't proceed until the Bond company comes out to see everything.
So for my layout here is my two pages for my pics that I hope someday to be able to share with everyone.  
  Our Remodel title from Handyman cut at 2 inches
Ladder cut at 5 inches 

Hammer cut at 4 inches 
Paint Can and brush cut at 3 inches 

And the Ugly this is what my bathroom looks like.  Lovely, isn't it?  



Reminder- Blog Candy 
Starting August 18th through August 31th I am going to draw one lucky winner by Random.org who leaves a comment and is a follower of my blog for a $10  Gift Card to Michaels.  
I will also draw one lucky new follower for a goody bag.  I now have 603 followers which is amazing to me. 
So thank you all!
Please join us for the challenge this week at CWC .  I would love to see your Vacation/Summer themed layouts and live vicariously through all of you.  LOL Don't forget to link up to CWC by  Tuesday.

Monday, August 27, 2012

BBTB2 Back to School Challenge- Pull out book

Today both FCCB and BBTB2  have Back to School as their challenge themes. 
My first post for the day will be the FCCB Back to School Cricut Crawl 
and the second will be the BBTB2 challenge.  
Remember you have one week to link your projects up for both of these challenges.  

Reminder- Blog Candy 
Starting August 18th through August 31th I am going to draw one lucky winner by Random.org who leaves a comment and is a follower of my blog for a $10  Gift Card to Michaels.  
I will also draw one lucky new follower for a goody bag.  I now have 603 followers which is amazing to me. 
So thank you all!


It's Back to School for most of the country this time of year.  So today at BBTB2 my wonderful friend and Design Team sister Brenda asked us to design a "Back to School Project.  
It will be so fun seeing what all the Design Team member have created.  
For my project I designed a mini book for my granddaughter Kenzie who started preschool this past week.  She is going to preschool two days a week and was one tired puppy after her first day of school.  

The book base came from Creative Imaginations.  
This is the cover.  
Paper is DCWV School stack from Michaels
Kenzie's name is cut from Nate's ABC

This is the book open with Preschool cut from Nate's ABC and backed with 1 inch circles. 
When you pull the book it opens like this and spells out Preschool
Some pages have pockets and tags 
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Some have little mini books 
Photo mats 







I used Locker Talk, Recess, and Nate's ABc
Embellishments 
Ribbon from Stash
Remember you have one week to join us for the Back to School Challenge.  We would love to see your creations and have you link up with BBTB2.  


FCCB Back to School Cricut Crawl

Today both FCCB and BBTB2  have Back to School as their challenge themes. 
My first post for the day will be the FCCB Back to School Cricut Crawl 
and the second will be the BBTB2 challenge.  
Remember you have one week to link your projects up for both of these challenges.  

Reminder- Blog Candy 
Starting August 18th through August 31th I am going to draw one lucky winner by Random.org who leaves a comment and is a follower of my blog for a $10  Gift Card to Michaels.  
I will also draw one lucky new follower for a goody bag.  I now have 603 followers which is amazing to me. 
So thank you all!

Welcome to Cricut Craftin Grammy and the EIGHTH Fantabulous Cricut Crawl...Fantabulous Cricut's version of a Blog Hop!
Summer is coming to an end and we are all getting ready for BACK TO SCHOOL...each Design Team member will be featuring an original BACK TO SCHOOL Project that includes a SCHOOL RELATED  Item, such as crayons, rulers, pencils, book, school bus, etc. along with at least ONE Cricut Cut.
If you've come from visiting Sonya: http://sonyaspapertrail.blogspot.com/  , you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our Fantabulous Cricut Crawl, start HERE at FCCB.
Make sure to check out each DT member's blog for some awesome inspiration! There will be PRIZES along the way at our DT members' blogs, AND there will be a Grand Prize up for grabs at FCCB for one participant that submits a "Back to School" project at FCCB!

How fun is that?
 

For my project..
 
 I made this cute little back pack from Campin Critters.  
It was cut at 11 inches.  


Inside are various school supplies such as the crayons from Simply Charmed cut at 3 inches, the pencil cut at 2 inches, the scissors, ruler, glue and lunch box also cut at 3 inches.  

Now it's your turn! Let's see your BACK TO SCHOOL projects! Make sure to include a Cricut Cut somewhere on your project!
 
 Next stop is Tammy B .http://bowmancrafts.blogspot.com/. Go see what she has in store for you today... And when you're done, make sure to link up your project to FCCB's Fantabulous Cricut Crawl post to be entered into the contest!
Happy Crawling!


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lasting Memories Summer's End Wind Down

I don't know about you  but my Summer break was over for me this week.    My daughter who teaches children with Autism started  her new school year  Monday and I started babysitting 
my 21 month old granddaughter Kenzie again.  Boy did she wear me out this week.
Summer went by so fast and 
before we know  it Kenzie's little brother will be arriving in early October. 

For the Lasting Memories challenge this week 
"It's Summer End Wind Down"   

I fell in love with this paper by Best Creations called Sunny Days. 
The Adirondack chair is from Life's a Beach 
I used an EK Success corner punch for the mat. 
Also used an MS punch, rick rack, and twine.
The bicycle was cut from Hello Spring 

I shared another layout with this Yummy paper last week  
for the CWC  Taste of Summer Blog Hop. 

I hope you will join us for the challenge this week at Lasting Memories.   Your wonderful creations inspire us every week.  Don't forget it must be a layout and make sure you link up by Saturday.  
Happy Craftin!


Friday, August 24, 2012

DCWV Stack-a-holic card

Wow things have been so crazy lately that I almost forgot to post my card for the DCWV stack-a-holic template challenge for August.  
I had just bought another  stack of the Summer paper and knew right away what I wanted to do.  

All the papers are from the Summer stack and cardstock. I added a MS punch to the side and some twine.  
The papers are so colorful and fun.  The words were cut from a page to enhance the Summer Message and flags of different colors.  The sun button was from embellies in my stash.  
Here is the sketch 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

CWC Thank you Melin Surprise Blog Hop


Welcome to Cooking With Cricuts very special SURPRISE “Thank You” Blog Hop. Why is it so special? There are a couple of reasons! The first reason -- it is our 100th Cooking With Cricut challenge and the second (and most important) is to thank our wonderful leader and “Executive Chef” Melinda Beltran.
Melin started the Cooking With Cricut challenges in October 2010 to encourage crafters to find new and different ways to use their Cricut cartridges. And she has accomplished that and so much more! She has given scores of crafters a place on her Design Teams which quickly turned into a sisterhood of women, who care for each other; who encourage each other; who lift each other and their families up in prayer; and who have shared their hearts and their art through many outreach projects.

On a personal note I think Melin is uber talented and the most amazing supportive Christian woman.
 I am blessed to be on her design team and work with her and the other ladies.  

If you have arrived from my Design Team sisster Olivia at Orm Crafty Nights you are in the right place.  If not or to start at the beginning please go to Cooking with Cricut to start the hop.  

For my project I used the Imagine cart Word of Mouth and made a 6 x 6 twisted easel.  
The flowers are from the Cricut cart Flower Shoppe.  
I covered all the layers of the flower cuts with Glossy Accents.  Then after it dries used a bamboo skewer to curve the petals.  They stay really well that way and don't flatten out.  
Closed card 
Card standing up 


Blog Candy

Starting August 18th through August 31th I am going to draw one lucky winner by Random.org who leaves a comment and is a follower of my blog
 for a $10  Gift Card to Michaels.  
I will also draw one lucky new follower for a goody bag.  I now have 601 followers which is amazing to me.  So thank you all!


Thanks so much for hopping with us. We hope you’ll join us and leave your own “thank you” in the comment section for Melin at CWC! Now it’s time to head on over to my Design team sister Xochitl  at Cricut Critter Scrappin Heaven  she’s the next stop on this party train!  Thanks for joining us and Happy Craftin!

Monday, August 20, 2012

BBTB2 Vacation or Holiday Challenge

Today is double post day for me.  
The first post is for FCCB for the "National Tooth Fairy Day" challenge 
and the second post is for BBTB2 Vacation/Holiday Challenge
I hope you will check out both of my projects as well as those of my DT sisters.   
Join in the fun and share your creations.  


This week at Bitten by the Bug 2  the talented Carole asked us to design a "Vacation or holiday" project..  I was really excited to create something using my brand new Imagine Good Ol Days cartridge.  I love a lot of the vintage look images on this cart (although I think some are sort of goofy.) 
This is one of my favorites so I created a card.  


The polka dot background paper , the postcard, and the relax is from Canvas Corp   
I added twine to match the polka dots and used a Kraft paper base.  
I found a stamp in my stash to add to the postcard and inked the edges.  

Blog Candy

Starting today August 18th through August 31th I am going to draw one lucky winner by Random.org who leaves a comment and is a follower of my blog for a $10  Gift Card to Michaels.  
I will also draw one lucky new follower for a goody bag.  I just realized I am only a few followers from reaching 600 followers.



I hope you will join us for the challenge at BBTB2 "Vacation or Holiday".  Remember you have two weeks to link up to this challenge and one more week to enter the "Elephantly Speaking" Challenge. 
 We would love to see your creations.  

FCCB Challenge- National Tooth Fairy Day

Today is double post day for me.  
The first post is for FCCB for the "National Tooth Fairy Day" challenge 
and the second post is for BBTB2 Vacation/Holiday Challenge
I hope you will check out both of my projects as well as those of my DT sisters.   
Join in the fun and share your creations.  

Hi everyone today for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog the challenge is "National Tooth Fairy Day"-create a project with teeth, a tooth fairy or a smile.  
I knew right away I had this cute pic of my middle granddaughter Kenzie at her first dentist appointment.  
She has become such a big ham and is showing off her pretty teeth with her dentist. 

Recipe:
Tooth cut from Baby Steps at 11 inches
Toothbrush from B is for Boy at 7 inches
Font "So Proud" is Mickey Font  cut at 2 inches
I used my label maker for First Dental Appointment 
Embossed brush and used White gel pen to accent the toothbrush and letters


Blog Candy

Starting today August 18th through August 31th I am going to draw one lucky winner by Random.org who leaves a comment and is a follower of my blog for a $10  Gift Card to Michaels.  
I will also draw one lucky new follower for a goody bag.  I just realized I am only a few followers from reaching 600 followers



So now its your turn to share your creations at FCCB for the Tooth Fairy Challenge.  Remember you have one week to link up your creations.  Happy Craftin!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Lasting Memories Cool to be Cool

This week at Lasting Memories the challenge is "It's Cool to be Cool" or how to cool off.  
Being that I live in a Southern California beach community when it's hot we hit the beach.  

The paper I used for this double page layout is from Canvas Corp.
I received this paper to make a project for another DT I am on and had leftovers after I made a really cool mini.  If you would like to see more Canvas Corp Click here.  
This layout was my next project.  
The thick twine, canvas triangles, words and "BEACH" letters are all Canvas Corp.  
I love the combination of Kraft, white  and light blue.  Very beachy!''
EK Success punch for corners.  Waves cut with Cricut and I added foam with a Pearl Pen.  

Blog Candy for this month 

Starting August 18th through August 31 st  I am going to draw one lucky winner by Random.org who leaves a comment and is a follower of my blog for a $10  Gift Card to Michaels.  
I will also draw one lucky new follower for a goody bag.  I just realized I am only 3  followers from reaching 600 followers.

I hope you will enjoy us this week at Lasting Memories  and show us how you  cool off  in Summer. 
Remember your project must be a layout 
  Link your projects by Saturday and Happy Craftin

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cooking with Cricut- Taste of Summer Blog Hop

Today is the first day of a two day Taste of summer Blog Hop at Cooking with Cricut.  
I can't tell you how blessed I feel to work with all the lovely ladies on the CWC/PCW team.  Besides being very talented and creative all these ladies are so caring and positive.  We are so lucky to create for the wonderfully talented Melin.  Also I want to say that we will really miss our DT member Jen this weekend 
who keeps us so organized.  
Jen we are praying for you, your dad and your entire family.  
God bless and big hugs.  
So on with the hop

This hop is all about our favorite "flavors" of summer. Project should include any type of food or drink that is a summer time favorite for you, your family or the recipient of your project.  
Our hostess with the mostest is the lovely and talented
Melin http://www.cookingwithcricut.com/ our fearless leader. Melin will start us off and if you get lost go back to Melin and you can get back on track again.
If you came from Olivia to my blog http://www.ormcraftynights.blogspot.com/ you are in the right place. So let's move on to my project for today.

This is my double page layout
Closeups
The lemonade is pop dotted and the hate is cut with a craft knife so the little journal piece fits in it like a card holder.  
Ribbon from a bag of tiny ribbon I got at Joann's. 
The pinwheel, the popsicle and the little pinwheels
 are pop dotted do add dimension

Recipe for my layout
Best Creations Summer Days paper 
Lemonade is from Just Because Cricut cart page 69 cut at 4 inches 
Popscicle page 61 cut at 4 inches
Pin Wheel Something to Celebrate cut at 4.5 inches 
Brads and EK Success Corner Adorner punch for corners of mats

Blog Candy

Starting today August 18th through August 30th I am going to draw one lucky winner by Random.org who leaves a comment and is a follower of my blog for a $10  Gift Card to Michaels.  
I will also draw one lucky new follower for a goody bag.  I just realized I am only 7 followers from reaching 600 followers.

Please check out Melin's Paper Crafting World.  She has so many wonderful cut files, kits, and digital files and she is having a great sale through this month.  So check it out.  I promise there is something for everyone.  


  
Now on to your next designer for more inspiration


Friday, August 17, 2012

DCWV Stack-a-holic template challenge- Peek a boo Its' a Boy

Time to share my layout for the DCWV stack-a-holic template Challenge for August.  Each month DCWV provides a layout sketch and a card sketch for you to design with.  
Here is the layout sketch for this month and I fell in love with it right away.  

This is my page using the new DCWV Boy stack.  The pics are of the ultrasound to find out the gender of our new grandchild.  After two generations of only girls and three granddaughters in a row we were thrilled to find out it was a boy. 
 One of the first things I did was buy the DCWV stack.  
The peek a boo title is from B is for Boy cut aqt 3 inches. 
The circle is from Lacey Labels cut at 3.5 inches 
The banner was made using a 1" circle punch.  
The little turtles from my stash matched the turtle on the journal tag 
This is the second page of the actual ultrasound pics to go with the first layout.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Child's Play Challenge- Oh the Places You'll Go

One of the challenges at Child's Play is Oh the Places You Will Go.  I decided to use these pics of my middle granddaughter at the Dodger game with her dad on Father's Day this year.  They went last year too so guess this will be a tradition since Daddy is a fanatic Dodger fan.  
Don't you love those Dodger blue eyes?  

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cooking with Cricut Challenge- Back to School

It's time for another awesome challenge at Cooking with Cricut .  This week the challenge is Back to School.  I retired two years ago after teaching school for over 33 years.  Now Back to School means I will be babysitting my middle granddaughter again when her mommy goes back to teach.  For my project I decided to try making an "apple for the teacher" using the Sweet Tooth Boxes Cartridge.   I cut the top of the cupcake/ice cream cone cut at 11.5 and the bottom at 11.25.  That way the lid would fit over the top.  
I used some leftover Graphic 45 School paper, twine, and ribbon.  Also some of the Graphic 45 stamps.  
The leaves on the top were cut at 2 inches from Accent Essentials
 and the stem was made from rolled Kraft paper.  Makes a fun, quick treat box you can feel with goodies to start the school year off right.  
Other side 
Thanks for joining us at Cooking with Cricut this week.  I hope you will join us for the challenge and link up your projects at CWC.  We love to see your creations.  Happy Craftin!

Monday, August 13, 2012

BBTB2 "Elephantly Speaking" Challenge

This week at BBTB2 the lovely Shelly came up with the fun challenge for all of us "Elephantly Speaking."  I found this adorable little guy on the Holiday Cakes cartridge page 38 cut at 3 inches.   
One of our BBTB2 follower recently made a card using the Folded Angle Card.  I had benchmarked the tutorial link so decided to give it a try. 
Ckick for Tutorial 
I am giving this to my daughter. She is a Special Ed teacher and has just finished two years of Saturday classes and extra work load as she works to clear her credential.  I know it was a lot of work and I am really proud of her.  
The stamp is from a Stampin Up set 
Paper K and Company 
Number 11 cut from Birthday Bash 2 inches.  
Remember you have two weeks to join us for the  "Elephantly Speaking" challenge and one more week to join in for the "Fly Away" Challenge.  Happy craftin!