Thursday, December 31, 2015

PCW Puddles of Fun today

Hello Crafty Friends- Here we are at the end of 2015 and now on to 2016,  
For my project today I am sharing these adorable little Cut File Bears in Umbrella Puddles of Fun.  
This files is also available in digital format at Paper Crafting World.  
All the pieces were cut out of cardstock except for the umbrella top which I cut out of a scrap of patterned paper.  I inked the edges and added the pics.  
These are pretty rare pics here in Southern California this past year.  We haven't had much rain and when we did it was so quick we never even got our rain gear on.  
The pics of our granddaughters Katie and Brittany with their rain gear on and 
then grandkids Micah and Kenzie checking out the wet ground and beautiful sky  
I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and that 2016 will bring you many blessings.  
Don't forget to check Paper Crafting World out for great project ideas from the Design Team.  
Happy Craftin!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Snow White, Belle and Maleficent layouts

These layouts seemed to have been buried in my Blogger posts and just found them so posting from a trip we took in the Fall.  
Snow White is from Silhouette America

Maleficent and Belle from PPBN Designs 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Lasting Memories Challenge Snowflakes

Here we are only 5 days left till Christmas.  The weather has finally cooled down in California a little bitt so I was able to get some cute pics of my granddaughters Brittany and Katie bundling up to go outside.  Kids always love their hats, scarves and mittens but we don't get to wear them a lot in Southern California.

This is the challenge for the month of December at Lasting Memories and here it is.
Make Cut Out Snowflake Day is  here and now. Here's a day to show your crafty skills, as you make paper snowflakes. Making cut out snowflakes is a great project for kids. However, you don't have to be a kid, to have fun making paper snowflakes. It's a skill that is practiced by many people.
They say no two snowflakes are alike. It shouldn't come as a surprise, that there are seemingly countless different snowflake designs. Templates abound, from fast and easy patterns, to intricate time consuming designs to challenge the most practiced "snowflaker". So, if you like snow...bring it on! Bring out the paper and scissors, and cut out some paper snowflakes on this very special  Make Cut Out Snowflake Day.  Day held- December 27th 
"Make a Cut-Out Snowflake" -
Scrap about Snow, Snowflakes, Winter etc..

Or Switch: Holiday Winter Wonderland
The snowflakes I cut with my Silhouette.  I love the ones that are turned like this so they look more like they are falling.  The quote if kisses were snowflakes is also from Silhouette is a print and cut.  
So please check out what the other designers have created with this challenge and join in if you can.  We would love to see your creations at Lasting Memories.  
Merry Christmas 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas class layout

This is the last layout class I did at Busy Bees where I teach for 2015.  I really enjoyed creating a layout for each month.  The ladies and I had a lot of fun and looks like we will continue classes next year.  

Thursday, December 17, 2015

All Baked Out

Hello crafty friends, 
It's Suzanne here from Cricut craftin grammy ready to share another amazing cut file from Paper Crafting World.  I created this page to either use with yummy Christmas baking pictures or for the pics of our yearly Gingerbread house decorating.  Can't you just almost smell the yummy fragrance of gingerbread or cookies baking in the oven?  
I thought the exhausted gingerbread cutie was perfect since this is the way you feel after a long day of baking and decorating.  
The paper was old Christmas paper I had in my stash.  I added inking to the gingerbread and a little white Pearl Pen.  I used a fine black Sharpie for the eyes.  

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Let's Scrap Magical Time of Year

It's time for another awesome sketch challenge from Let's Scrap.  I don't have pictures on this layout yet but I know I will soon with Christmas less then two weeks away.  For this wonderful layout Michele created I used Twas the Night Before Christmas paper from Graphic 45.  I also used several different punches from Martha Stewart to create the border branches and the frames around several of the pieces. 
 The title Magical and Time of Year is a title from Silhouette America.   
Here is the great layout sketch for the challenge.  Please check out what all the talented designers have created using this sketch and join us for the challenge at Let's Scrap.  

Monday, December 14, 2015

Lasting Memories Funny Holiday happenings challenge

I guess in honor of this weeks challenge at Lasting Memories- I was a Ding-a-ling and forgot to schedule my post.   I was gone over the weekend with family spending two days at Disneyland.  We had a wonderful time so here I am admitting to being a Ding-a-Ling.  
 National Ding-a-Ling Day 
Date When Celebrated : Always December 12
Today is  National Ding-a-Ling Day, a very special day to "Ring your Bell".  Nope, we're not talking about the Salvation Army Bell Ringers, standing with their bells and kettles, outside of every store in the country. On National Ding-a-Ling Day, you should brace yourself for bizarre and crazy behavior, from all of the people you encounter today. Even normally conservative people have been known to go a little crazy on this day. Some people say this is a day for wackos, lunatics, and others who are off their rocker. We say, it is simply a day to cut loose, act a little weird. What do you do to celebrate this day? Be ever vigilant to the ding-a-lings that will come out of the woodwork. Ding-a-Lings will be everywhere: on the road, on the street, in stores, and even in your house! We suggest you get into the holiday spirit, and become a ding-a-ling yourself......But, please do so for just one day.  
For the record: Ding-a-Lings and Ding Bats are not quite the same thing.

LMCB # 272
"National Ding-a-ling Day" -
Scrap about funny people, things comedic anything.

Or switch: Scrap about funny Holiday Happenings (ex: Elf on the Shelf)

So for my creation I created an Elf on a Shelf layout using paper from my stash and files from Silhouette.  The two elves are cut files and the House Under elf Surveillance is a print file.   Both my daughters do Elf on a Shelf with the grandkids so I am sure I will get some cute pics to add to this layout.  
Here is a closeup of the girl elf.  

And here is the boy elf.  

I hope you will join us for the challenge this week or any other week at Lasting Memories. There is a new challenge each Sunday so check out the designers layouts and join in.  Happy Craftin!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Lasting Memories Holiday baking challenge

Today is a new challenge at Lasting Memories to get your creative juices flowing.  When : Always December 8
National Brownie Day celebrates chocolatey, chewy brownies.
Brownie lovers, love chocolate. Conversely, chocolate lovers, love brownies. Therefore, its only natural, that we have a special day to celebrate brownies. It's fun and easy to enjoy this special day. First, select your favorite brownie recipe, and bake a batch of brownies. You can add nuts, if you prefer. Topping the brownies with chocolate frosting is a good thing, too. Finally, eat them! You can have them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack.
.Ps Don't forget the glass of milk!
Happy National Brownie Day.
"National Brownie Day." -
Scrap about brownies, brown things, brownie troop etc...

Or switch: Scrap about Holiday Baking.

Here is my layout in preparation for some holiday baking or could be used for pics of putting the gingerbread houses together this year.  The paper was old paper from my stash and I used a Martha Stewart gingerbread punch.  The cute little gingerbread train, boy and girl are from Silhouette and are Print and cut. They matched the paper perfectly.  
Please join us for the challenge this week or all the great challenges this month at Lasting Memories. 
Also check out the blog to see what the other designers have created on these themes.  Happy craftin!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

PCW Bear with Cuppa Joe

I had so much fun creating these cards and gift card holder using the Bear with a Cuppa Joe digital file from Paper Crafting World.  He's just so darn cute and I love the colors.  

The first card is a regular card.  You can see the inside in the bottom picture.  All you have to do is print and trim for you card and then find some matching paper.  I had these cute little stamps I got some time ago that went perfect with these cards.  
The second two are for gift cards especially yummy coffee gift cards.  I always like to have some of these ready for last minute quick gifts.  Both gift card files have cut little pockets to hold the gift card in place.  
Here are the insides of the cards 
I hope my cards have inspired you to join us for the December  challenge.  Maybe you would like to create  a card or layout for all those pictures you will soon be taking.   It is up to you.  Check out all the awesome files at Paper Crafting World.  and link up HERE if you would like to participate in the challenge.  

Don't forget to stop by my blog for more crafty inspiration: HERE. Until the next time, happy crafting.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Let's Scrap sketch challenge for December 1st- First Nutcracker

It's time for a new challenge sketch at Let's Scrap.  Michelle created another awesome sketch for us with lots of different photo sizes.  I decided to scrap a Nutcracker Ballet theme with Graphic 45 Nutcracker Suite paper.
My oldest daughter and I took my granddaughter to see her first nutcracker.  We had so much fun.  
We were so lucky that when we came out of the auditorium after the big rush there were several ballerinas in the foyer so we got some great shots with Kenzie.  
Check out all the amazing layouts the design team has created for you at Let's Scrap.  
Here is the great sketch you can use now through the 14th if you would like to join the Let's Scrap challenge.  We would love to see what you create.  

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Lasting Memories Home for the Holidays

This month at Lasting Memories we have several different but related challenges each week. We are sure you can find something to get your creative juices going.  
Date When celebrated : Always December 3
Today is  National Roof Over Your Head Day. It is a day of appreciation for the things we have, starting with the roof over our heads. For most of us, a roof over our head signifies living in a house that protects us from the elements, keeping us warm, dry, and cozy. Unfortunately, not everyone is as lucky as you and I. There are many homeless people right here in our country. Some people live in a cardboard box on the street...... literally. There are millions of people around the world who live in poverty or disaster areas, and do not have a home to keep them comfortable and safe. Spend a few minutes  being thankful that you are not homeless, and appreciating your roof and home today. Also make a contribution to a homeless shelter, so others can come in out of the rain.
Happy National Roof Over Your Head Day!
"National roof over your head day." -
Scrap about your home or someone elses home or any home in general. .
Or switch: Scrap about your home during the Holidays. Seeing Christmas lights would work.

I decided to scrap a layout for my home during the holidays.  We always strive to keep Christ in Christmas and celebrate the birth of Jesus our savior.  All the cuts are from Silhouette America.  The star paper was from my stash.  I also printed the verse from Luke 2:11 from Silhouette America.  
I envision pics of the grandkids in their Christmas program at church, playing with the nativity figures reenacting the Christmas story or lighting the advent calendars for my picture.  

So check out what all the designers created for you at Lasting Memories and join us for either challenge this month.  

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Being thankful with Bingo twist at Lasting Memories

It's time for another fun challenge at Lasting Memories.  This month the theme is about being thankful and for this week we have a Bingo board for you to use.  
Here is my layout using last years Doodlebug.  
I used 2 alphas, 3 patterned papers, stickers, and one photo.  
The pic is of my grandkids in a wheelbarrow at the pumpkin patch.  
Check out what the other designers created for you at Lasting Memories and join is the Scrapbook Bingo fun.  Happy Craftin.  

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Turkey banner

 Hello everyone- this is Suzanne from Cricutcraftingrammy here to share my Fall banner. 
I love the PCW cut file for the Turkey 1101 
 You can make this mighty fine turkey standing or sitting. 
I also had leaves and acorns left over 
 from my Wreath  Project I did earlier this month using the Fall Wreath Cut file.  
The turkey was cut, inked and glued together.  
The leaves and acorns were cut, inked and some were embossed.  

I found these Trick or Treat fabric doilies at Michaels for 70% off so used them 
as the base covering up the words with the turkeys and leaves.  
The Give Thanks ribbon is also from Michaels. 
Here is a closeup of  the turkey and leaves on the banner.  

I hope my banner has inspired you to join us for the November challenge.  Maybe you would like to create some decorations for Thanksgiving or create a layout or card.  It is up to you.  Check out all the awesome files at Paper Crafting World.  and link up on the PCW blogspot.  

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Lasting Memories Give thanks everyday

It's time for another "Thankful Challenge" for the month of November at Lasting Memories.  

For this weeks challenge we have a photo inspiration which you can see below.  
I used a Fall theme and some photos I had of granddaughters Katie and Brittany
 at the pumpkin patch.  The titles, pumpkin with the word family, and 
owl on a branch all came from Silhouette America.  
I then added some little leaves and ribbon I had in my Fall stash.  

Photo Inspiration 

I hope you will check out the other designers project at Lasting Memories and join us for the challenge.  We have a challenge each Sunday and you have till the end of the month to complete all the challenges and link them up for that month.  Please join us and Happy Craftin!

Join Let's Scrap for a new challenge

Here it is the middle of November already and it is time for another
 great sketch challenge at Let's Scrap
For this one I chose pictures of  my granddaughter Kenzie and grandson Micah this past Summer. 
I took them to several events at the library to encourage reading.  At one of the programs they got to try on different hats and they had a blast and it made for some great pictures.   
I used a paper kit from my stash which had coordinating colors.  I used a Silhouette America file which I enlarged to make the rays fit the 12 x 12 page.  I then took the pieces that were cut out to do the rays on the other side of the paper.  The title Good Times is also cut out from Silhouette America.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the border and several MS punches for the butterflies.  
The flowers and branch punched stems were added to give dimension.  
Here is the great sketch from Michelle Van Wyk. Please drop by Let's Scrap to see what the other designers have created.  They always inspire me with their amazing talents.   We would love to see your take on this challenge.  All you need to do is use the sketch and link up before the end of November.  Happy craftin!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Christmas card for exchange

Last weekend I was supposed to go to a Card exchange group.  Luckily I completed my 20 cards ahead of time to exchange as I got bronchitis and wasn't able to go.  
For my card I took a file from Silhouette America by Lori Whilock.  It is actually a gift box file but I made it into a card.  Isn't he just the cutest Santa.  
The hat ball and the hat trim are pop dotted.  The holly and belt buckle are made from glitter paper.  
The eyes and holly dots are Stickles.  
Inside I added a print and cut circle from Silhouette America.  

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Thankful challenge for Lasting Memories-My friend Beth

Are you ready for another great challenge at Lasting Memories?  The challenge this week is - Who Are You Thankful For?

Our challenge this week can be easy for some, tough for others. Some it will even bring a tear to your eye and a smile in your heart, or it could have you in a full out belly laugh (all by yourself!) as you recall that awesome thing you did with that special someone.

For my person that I am thankful for I chose my best friend Beth.  
I first met Beth, about 5 years ago,  when I went to her store Scrapbook Blessings.  
 All the scrapbook stores near me had closed so I was on the hunt for new store.  
I not only found a store but the best friend you could ever have.    
Beth was so sweet to my husband and I that day and that was the beginning of our friendship.  
Not long after that she encouraged me to start teaching classes and I have been ever since.  
Her family has totally embraced me as one of their own.  
She is always there for me, listening, encouraging and making me laugh.   
Through the past few years there have been changes to the store but 
if anything our friendship is stronger and stronger.  
So for Beth I am thankful for
This is a picture of us on a trip to the Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo.  
We had great times visiting her daughter there while she was in college.  
Now her daughter is at Harvard.  Hmmm maybe a trip to Boston?!

For the paper I used Adorn It  from a few years ago  

Please checkout the other designers projects at Lasting Memories.  Then check out each challenge on Sunday.  You have the entire month to complete any of the challenges you wish and link back to LM.  
Happy Craftin. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fall Wreath Decor

Hello everyone this is Suzanne cricutcraftingrammy here to share a project for Paper Crafting World. I love Fall Colors even though in Southern California we don't get a lot of them.  
So I decided to create a Fall wreath for some fun colorful decor.  
I had an old green 12" styrofoam wreath but you could use any size or a straw wreath for this  project.  I went to Michaels and found this beautiful Red Heart Supersaver yarn called Cherry Cola.  
It was only a few dollars.  
So I tied the yarn and began to wrap.  Keep the yarn tight and laid flat on the wreath.  When I finished covering the wreath I tied the end off and tucked it in.  
Here is what the wreath looks like all wrapped with yarn and believe me there was plenty of yarn 
left if you wanted to make another one or maybe even two.  

 I then cut a bunch of the different leaf shapes in various Fall colors using the 
Fall Wreath cut file .  My leaves are around 3 for the 12 inch wreath but you can make them larger or smaller for your wreath size.  I filled a page with a leaf  and also cut some out of scraps to get color varients.  I then embossed some of the leaves with various embossing folders to give them texture and inked the edges and some of embossing.  Then I cut out the acorns at 2 inches and embossed the tops and inked edges.  
Then I got out my handy glue gun and glued away till I was happy with the way it looked.  
I still have some leaves left which I will use in another project this month.  


Hope you enjoyed my project.  

For November the challenge is Anything goes and the twist this month is to use the color red.
Check out the files at Paper Crafting World and the projects on the blog by the other designers.  
We would love to have you join us and link up your project.  

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Summer layouts

Found these two layouts in a pile in my room and never got them posted.  

The layouts are from a class I did this Summer for my bimonthly layout class I teach.  
I added some fun cuts and pics of the grandkids and they are all done.  
If I remember the top paper is Echo Park and the bottom paper is Bo Buny.  

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Lasting Memories- Five Things I am Thankful for

For the month of November at Lasting Memories we are focusing on the Thankful theme.  
For the first week the challenge is List 5 Things we are thankful for.  
Like the inspiration photo my thoughts first of all went to family, friends, home, etc. but I decided to go a little different route and create a page about 5 "fun" things I love.  
1.  Chai frappacinos with mocha at Starbucks
2.  Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate 
3.  Books
4.  Wearing flip flops year round
5.    Anything Disney 
The title and most of the pictures are from Silhouette America.  
The Mickey is from PPBN Designs 

Please check out what the other designers have created for you and then join us for the challenges this month.  A new challenge will be posted each Sunday and you have all month to complete the challenges.  Pleas join us at Lasting Memories and Happy Craftin!

Let's Scrap- Time for school layout

October is over and here it is time for the November 1st challenge at Let's Scrap.  
Michelle has created another awesome sketch for us to create with.  

For my double layout I used Graphic 45 ABC Primer paper.  This is an older paper that was recently released again.  I love the vintage school graphics.  I did some fussy cutting of a few of the images and inked all the edges of the papers. I added a few little flowers to bring out the red of the paper and pop dotted a few items.   
The pictures are of my granddaughter Kenzie at the beginning of her Transitional Kindergarten class.  
I hope you will check out what the other designers have created with this layout at  Let's Scrap.   You will get lots of inspiration.  Then we hope you will join us and link up your layout for the challenge.  You have two weeks to complete your layout and link it up.  Happy Craftin!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Quick Candy Corn Treat Boxes

Happy Halloween to all of you!  It's time for some little treats today at Paper Crafting World. Don't worry if you need that special treat for someone these are quick and easy to create.  
 I have never been one to like eating candy corn but I love the bright fun colors of candy corn at Halloween.  For these cute little goody bags I used the Candy Corn Box Cut file and the Treats for you Digital Printable file.  

The smaller goody box was cut at the size of the file with pattern papers.  I added a Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Hand Sanitizer which fit perfectly but of course chocolate would be great too.   I added a little ribbon and a cute pumpkin button.  
For the larger box I cut it at 175% which was the largest I could on a 12 x 12 sheet of paper. I used colored cardstock and embossed it with different folders.   I cut the file out in patterned paper for the inside to give it some flair.   I then added the Digital print tag with ribbon and a little boo metal tag.  For this one I was able to add a lotion and a soap.  
Here is a size view so you can see the cute little handles. They are little candy corns too.  

So check out these and other amazing files at Paper Crafting World.  
Don't forget to check out Paper Crafting World to see what all the designers have created with Melin's awesome files.  You can also join us in the monthly challenges.