Thursday, August 25, 2011


Not sure what I liked best, the story behind this Beaver kill. My Stepson was fishing and along it came. It was 44 inches long and scared him to death.  I also like that my hubby's zipper was down and the holey jeans my Stepson is wearing, so I am still pondering on the journalling.

The cuts are from Create a Critter for the Beaver and Winter Woodland for the trees and title.  Frayed Burlap was used for all of the inking.  .


Another cute pic of my Stepson and his Girlfriend.

I cut the borders from Cricut cartridge, Elegant Endges.  The papers were printed from Lori's Garden.  The fence is actually a Halloween punch by Martha Stewart and the flowers are Prima. I glimmer misted with Patina by Tattered Angels. The title was Sizzix cut wtih Tim Holtz Alpha die.  the ticket was cut from the Silhouette and inked with Frayed Burlap in Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cricut Circle ABC / 123 Challenge

The Cricut Circle has a challenge where we are to use 1, 2 and 3 of different items adding a pop of bright color.  . I chose one photo, two brads and three patterned papers to embellish the page.  My color pop was the frame.  The contrast with teh other softer elements really brings your attention to the cute photo.

I chose a new favorite of mine, Basic Grey's Out of Print. That paper is so versatile, I will probably be buying the whole pack. I can see myself using these papers in all sorts of ways.  I used Opposites Attract for the Title, "Hugs" and Bloom for the title mat.  The brads are by Basic Grey and the cut flowers behind the brads were from a Martha Stewart punch.  The rest was just fussy cut paper.  If you don't fussy cut you will find it a cheap way to really pop a page.  The medallion was made using a new Sizzix jewelry die. I painted it with Viva's Inka Gold. It is like Perfect Pearls or Shimmerz but when it dries your paper becomes waterproof and feels a bit like thin plastic.  I topped the flower off with microbeads.  A very fast and easy to make elegant addition to any page.  I was making jewelry with these dies and paint, and was using thick chipboard so I did not use my cricut to die cut it, but once I saw how the paint dried I could have used plain old cardstock in my cricky and saved myself $12 for the die.  I decided I could just make another and used it on the page. It was just too perfect for the design. 

1st Day of School Layout

I saw a picture of my daughter on her first day of school the other day.  I made this layout to go with it, and now I can't find the picture.  I will post an update when it is located. 

I used Graphic 45's new ABC Primer paper .  I loved the rich colors.  The die cuts are from Autum  Celebrations. I am really looking forward to using more of this cartridge.  The details are wonderful on the cuts.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Anniverary Card

My husband's favorite color is blue. I decide to make a romantic card for our anniversary this year in blue and cream.

I used the Spring Holiday Cards catridge to make the base and matt.  I made the flowers using the Flower Shoppe Cartridge. The heart was punched from a Martha Stewart punch and the cameo is from recollections. I picked a set of those up at Micheals last week at 40% off.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

You * Me * We

Another pic of my Stepson and his Girlfriend.  Great pic found on facebook.

The picture tells the story on this layout, The paper I chose was busy so, I tried to keep the embellies simple. The decor on the side of the picture was cut from Cricut's Accent Essential Cartridge from the border selection. I cut the banner and ticket from the Sillhouette and the scroll was in a pack of chipboard flourishes I picked up at Archivers. They are in a tin now so I don't know who made them. I think it was K& Co.  I painted it with Jenni Bowlin's Malted Milk paint dabber.  The flowers are by Prima and I am not sure where the decorated brad came from. It was in my jar of decorative brads.  If you don't have one, it is a good thing to collect.  Those little brads can do a lot for a page.  The heart was punched from a Martha Stewart punch  that came out around Valentines Day. I just love that design she put into it.   The papers are from Cosmo Cricut's Circa 1934 collection.  The font was from a Tim Holtz Sizzix  Carnivale alphabet die.  I learned from this that paper can do wonders on a page and if using busy paper, better to use it in chunks, instead of the whole page.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


I really like this picture of my stepson and his girlfriend. It just calls for a romantic layout. 

I used Cricut's Lacy Lables to make the frame around the page, and Cricut's Vintage Papers to make the inner page to the frame.  I picked the primer book print because it sort of represented play to me.  The flowers and leaves were all made with Cricuts new project cartridge, Flower Shoppe. The door knocker was by EK Success, and old embellie I decided to finally use and the ribbon is by Martha Stewart.  The title and flourishes were cuts from Sizzix Dies.  The inks used were Old Papers and Tattered Rose by Tim Holtz Distress Inks.