Monday, February 8, 2016

Urban Play Hard Layout

I was inspired by a sketch challenge yesterday with the SG Scrap Squad. This happens to be a free sketch from the September, 2015 Create Magazine. When I first saw it, Urban instantly came to mind. Wouldn't you know it, I had put Urban away earlier in the day. 

I don't know about you, but Urban is one of my favorite boy kits in a long time. I don't think I've been this excited about a masculine kit since Later Sk8r. 

Recipe:
Paper: Urban, Sapphire CS, White Daisy CS, Saffron CS (CTMH)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors (CTMH)
Other: White Embroidery Floss (retired), Urban Complements, Whisper Twine, Durables Triangle Studs (CTMH)

It just so happens that this sketch was needed; in recent browsings of my son's scrapbook albums, I noticed that I'm missing some first and last layout pages.

I would like to enter this into the Heart 2 Heart Challenge for this week: Favorite Paper Pack. So what's your favorite paper?

Casandra


Sunday, February 7, 2016

MOJO433 Valentine's Day Cards

Today, instead of watching the Super Bowl, I am playing in my craft room. I also happen to be playing along with the SG Squad's FB online crop party. 

They have an "NFL" challenge going on right now. I chose Neapolitan colors for "N", Flowers for "F", and Love sentiments for "L".

Recipe:
Paper: White Daisy CS, Smoothie CS, Saddle CS (CTMH), Argyle paper (TaDa Creative Studios)
Stamps: Beloved Bouquet (retired), Springtime Wishes (CTMH)
Inks: Chocolate, Champagne (CTMH)
Tools: Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts, Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Watercolor Brushes & Paints, Heart Embossing Folder (CTMH)
Other: Brads (Hobby Lobby), Silver Thread (DMC), Bitty Sparkles, Foam Tape (CTMH)

I was inspired to use the current sketch over at Mojo Monday, as well as Share Joy Challenge sketch by Taylored Expressions.

Thanks for stopping in. Have a great day!

Casandra

Monday, January 25, 2016

Urban Boys Will Be Boys Layout

It's confession time. I created this next layout clear back in October. Ugh. I have been so bad lately about taking pictures of my artwork and posting them.

Recipe:
Paper: Urban, Colonial White CS, Whisper CS, Saffron CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Urban WOTG (CTMH)
Inks: Peacock, Whisper, Saffron (CTMH)
Tools: Micro-Tip Scissors, Cricut Artistry, Glue Pen, Mini-Stapler (CTMH)
Other: Glue Dots, 3D Foam Tape, Urban Complements, Whisper Twine (CTMH)

These papers are so versatile. I'm actually wishing I had more leftovers for my daughter's Easter layout. She wore the prettiest blue and yellow dress this past Easter, and I have not scrapped it yet. I actually like that Saffron color; I'm big in to earthy tones and textures. 

I hope to have more Urban artwork photographed and posted soon. Have a great day!

Casandra

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Charlotte Lovely Day Layout

Yesterday, I joined in with an online virtual crop that was being hosted by a fellow Close To My Heart consultant. I was inspired to finally cut into my Charlotte kit. 

Recipe:
Paper: Charlotte, Whisper CS, Black CS (CTMH)
Other: Black/Gold Ribbon, Gold Puffies, Charlotte Complements (CTMH)

This collection is so trendy right now. And I have to admit it, but I am in love with our new chipboard complements. They are about 1/2 the thickness of our original chipboard complements. And if you prefer them to be more dimensional, it is so simple to add 3D foam tape. Genius!

I wasn't sure which direction I was going to take this layout in at first. BUT...my daughter wrote me the sweetest note yesterday about how much she loves me, and when I woke up this morning, I knew I had to scrapbook about that and use photos from various events over the past 7 years. Sadly, I'm in so few of the photos, so it took a lot of digging to find pictures with both of us in them. I think this layout will go in my own special book.

It was brought to my attention today that I left you, my blog readers, hanging with my son's health status. He is healthy. Tests revealed no new blockages, no kidney stones, no tumors, nothing. The doctor's diagnosis is that Jackson likely had some inflammation that caused his urological bleeding. I am so thankful, and I got the "I told you so" look from my son after the doctor gave us the news. Ah, heck. This mom will take that look any day!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope your weekend has been crafty. 

Blessings,
Casandra

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Use Your Stash Patterned Paper Addict

You know you might be a patterned paper addict when...

  • You buy extra storage containers to hide store your paper in.
  • Paper is falling off every available surface in your craft room.
  • You shuffle through six years of paper packs to find just the one.
  • You buy extra packs of the kits that are your favorite...just...in...case.
  • Each idea book debuts your NEW favorite paper.
  • Upon view, you recognize the names of a paper pack, even if it was from years ago.
LOL Did I pretty much cover it? I prefer the term "addict" to "hoarder". 

I have been working on Valentine cards for my children. I've even let them help me and, *gasp*, let them use my ShinHan markers. That is big for me. Even my son said "It's a once in a lifetime experience, mom! I love spending time with you. You are so lucky to have all of these great tools." Yes, I am, and lucky to have children that like to craft like me.


So, if you've come here from Michelle Loncar's blog, you are on the right track.

Here are the Valentine's cards I have created to date. I've made about 30 of them so far; I need about 55 in total.


To continue hopping along, please visit Marie Flayer's blog. You are going to love Marie's projects.

Thank you for stopping by today. Hope we have inspired you to use up some of those beautiful papers you have stashed away. Happy crafting!

Casandra

Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Year Cards

After some debate, and liking the artwork I saw created with the November stamp of the month, I decided I NEEDED it. I would like to say thank you to all of you that helped enable me. Ha! As, if. ;)

I made a couple of New Year cards for my friends. I mostly used scraps from the Urban kit, but threw in some other papers to jazz it up, mainly the cranberry paper fundamentals to add that pop of color.





I didn't change anything up much, but when you're just wanting to get back into the crafting saddle after Christmas, with kids rushing through the house on their new scooters, and a half-crazed dog chasing them about, you feel lucky enough to have banged out four cards in an hour...between playing chef for finicky eater(s), and letting the dog out a hundred times so he can eat snow only to have to go back outside so..., and the tv blaring taking your sanity away. LOL Did I mention that I actually miss all that? I must be half-crazed like the dog.... Sheesh. 

Hey friends, let's make it a crafty day! It's therapy for the soul. *Hugs*

Casandra

Friday, January 8, 2016

One More Christmas Card and some Cricut Fun

Here's the last of my Christmas cards.


Believe it or not, I am still crafting Christmas. Last night, I stayed up after the kids were tucked in for the night, and created 5 more of these sweet penguins. Oh wait....let me back up for a minute. GUESS WHAT?!!! Christmas morning, there was a large, rectangle box under the tree. You know how when you first start dating, or even when you're first married, and you see a little box, and your heart starts to flutter? LOL Well, when I saw that large box, I was wondering if it might be, but I didn't want to get too excited...play it cool, Casandra. 

I think I might have squealed. Teehee. My husband bought me the Cricut Explore Air for Christmas. I hadn't said anything about wanting it because I had the Expression and it was fine, and he had bought me that five years ago for my birthday. Why did I really need that Explore? I mean, it's shiny, and it's pretty, but did I really need it? (You can insert an answer below.)


Did you know that you can write with the Explore? I figured someone was really clever and doodled with a metallic pen. Imagine my surprise, when I create the first free project (below), and it says insert the pen. Really? How cool! 


Of course, I went to the store right away and bought a package of pretty pens. They have fine point, medium point, and metallic. And you can search for pen projects in Design Space if you want to play with them more but don't know how. I haven't really gotten quite that far yet. I'm still cutting cute little critters like the penguin above and layering them. Glue pens are a fabulous tool for projects like this. It will even prompt you (when cutting) to use certain color cardstocks, and that's how you will know which cuts to make in red, black, etc. You can change it up if you want, but for now, I'm just happy to follow the examples given. I made an adorable prancing reindeer last night with a shiny, red nose. 

I think the Explore has opened my eyes up to the never-ending possibilities of crafting that can be done. The Expression is great; it does all the basics, and Craft Room helped me to learn how to expand on those basics. But the Explore makes you want to use the Cricut, rather than just dusting it off once a month for your workshop cuts. 

If anyone has any tips or tricks, or suggested videos to watch to help me learn my Explore faster, I'd love to hear about it. You can leave a comment below or email me at casandrab1976-at-yahoo-dot-com. Look at me, being all incognito. Feeling like a ninja, today. Ha!

Have a fabulous weekend, my friends. And I hope it will be a crafty one!

Casandra