Saturday, March 28, 2015

SOUS Easter Layout

Today, I am enjoying the sunshine as I sit here in my craft room. I even played silly hide-and-go-seek games with my daughter.

I'm really proud of my latest scrapbook layout. One of my close friends finally took the leap to log into Cricut Craft Room, and she inspired me to give it a try. After more than 2 hours trying to get my computer to recognize the cricut and finally to update firmware, etc., I began to have my doubts if it was really worth it. BUT, now that all those things have been accomplished, I love the ease of using CCR. I can even create 12" grass! Amazing....And, I even bought a digital cricut cartridge download (Doodlecharms) so I could cut the Easter basket. 

Paper: Brushed, Juniper CS, Hollyhock CS, White Daisy CS, Black CS, Kraft CS (CTMH)
Stamps: A Hop (retired), Keyboard Uppercase Alphabet, Brushed WOTG (CTMH)
Inks: Pear, Hollyhock, Buttercup (retired), Pixie, Desert Sand, Black, Juniper (CTMH)
Tools: Cricut Artiste, Cricut Doodlecharms, Micro-Tip Scissors, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Sponges (CTMH)
Other: Lagoon Heart Washi, Topiary Chevron Ribbon, Glue Dots, Foam Tape (CTMH)

At one point, as Izzy was participating in her 2nd Easter Egg Hunt (she did three of them last year), she yelled "Chocolate. I need chocolate! Chocolate I tell ya!"

I am entering this layout into the following challenges:
1) Stuck On U Sketches: In The Garden Challenge
2) Heart 2 Heart Challenges: How Cute Challenge

I can't wait for this Easter. Izzy wants to take back her record of finding her Easter basket first. I wonder who will succeed?


Sunday, March 22, 2015

LM231 Wild Thing Layout

Good morning. We are counting down the days until Spring Break. A couple of weeks ago, my little niece turned 4, and we surprised her with cupcakes at McDonald's. While this layout will actually go into my daughter's scrapbook, I thought it would be good to show the personalities and relationships that my children have with their little cousin.

Paper: Hooligans (retired), Flaxen Paper Fundamentals, White Daisy CS, Black CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Brushed WOTG (CTMH)
Ink: Gypsy (CTMH)
Tools: Micro-Tip Scissors, Scallop Border Punch, Journal Pen (CTMH)
Other: Hooligans Complements, Boardwalk Washi Tape (CTMH)

I would like to enter this layout into the following challenges:
1) Lasting Memories #231 Challenge
2) Heart 2 Heart "Green With Envy" Challenge

I knew this old paper pack I have been hoarding was perfect for these pictures. I added in the flaxen paper (pennants) to help draw the eye to the photos. Oddly enough, it all works together. The green 1/4" strips are actually washi tape and comes in a washi trio called "Boardwalk Washi". I couldn't wait to use it. It's "WOWZA!"

Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

UYSBH Green Destash

It just so happens that green is my favorite color, and it is also my son's favorite color. When the grass turns green, I know it is truly Springtime. (At least it's not white right now.)

If you have come here from Marie Flayer's blog, you are on the right track. 

It was the Summer of 2010, and I was busy chasing around toddlers. Splendor debuted and I fell in love with its beautiful cloud patterns and topiary green grass like paper. It had a lively shade of blue called Moonstruck, and possibly the coolest brads I've ever seen. Of course, when Close To My Heart offered a huge reduction in the price, I had to buy a second kit, and I have been carefully hoarding it ever since.

Fast forward to 2015. Has it really been 5 years? Seriously? All's time to start using it. But I must save every scrap!

Products Used:
Paper: Splendor (retired), Goldrush CS, Colonial White CS (CTMH)
Stamps: Card Chatter - Birthday (retired) (CTMH)
Inks: Goldrush, Topiary, Heavenly Blue (retired) (CTMH)
Other: Splendor Compliments (retired) (CTMH)

Your next stop on the hop will be Michelle Loncar's blog

Thanks for stopping by! 


Friday, March 20, 2015

Brushed Oh So Happy Layout

Good morning. I am so happy to finally see the sun shining. I hope that is a good omen for how today is going to go. My little girl (pictured here) has to have her first cavities filled today. I'm anxious about how she is going to be.

Paper: Brushed, Pear CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamps: Brushed WOTG, It's The Little Things (retired) (CTMH)
Inks: Buttercup (retired), Pixie, Hollyhock, Juniper, Black (CTMH)
Tools: Sponges, Cricut Artbooking, Micro-Tip Scissors, Craft Heater, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Leaf Green ShinHan Alcohol Marker, Journal Pen (CTMH)
Other: Topiary Striped Washi Tape (CTMH)

This is the first time I've tried this technique. First, I cut out an overlay with my cricut. Next, I tacked it down gently with some washi tape (since it's repositionable). Then, I began sponging yellow ink down in random spots, followed by pink ink. I even sponged ink on to my clear stamp to get a two-tone ink effect. I will definitely have to use this technique again. It really jazzed this layout up.

I would like to enter this layout into the following challenges:
1) Use Your Stuff Challenge #177
2) The Paper Players PP236 Challenge

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cutie Pie Birthday Card

Good afternoon. I just got back from church, and as I was walking out, the sun began shining so beautifully. Rejoice and be glad for this is the day that the Lord has made.

I have been crafting a lot lately. Sometimes, it all comes together and I am happy with the end result. This card is one such occasion.

Paper: Hopscotch, Glacier CS, Smoothie CS, Lagoon CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Cutie Pie (retired) (CTMH)
Inks: Black, Smoothie, Glacier (CTMH)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Journal Pen, Quatrefoil Embossing Folder, Craft Heater, Craft Tray, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Shinhan Alcohol Markers (CTMH)
Other: Black Brads (Hobby Lobby)

This card was inspired by artwork featured in the Seasonal Expressions 2 book, which will be live to customers on April 1st. I never have enough birthday cards on hand, so it was easy to go in that direction.

Have a blessed day.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Bunch of Thanks

Good morning. We are almost ready to go to gymnastics, this morning. But I wanted to share a card I created earlier in the week. This one was also inspired by the Seasonal Expressions 1 book.

Paper: Hopscotch, White Daisy CS, Flaxen CS (CTMH)
Stamp: A Bunch Of Thanks (CTMH)
Inks: Smoothie, Glacier, Black, Olive (CTMH)
Tools: Gold Metallic Marker, Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper-Piercer, Journal Pen (CTMH)

Other: Stuck On You Puffie, Flaxen Twine, Foam Tape (CTMH)

I love this card so much, I will probably create several more just like it to fill up my box.

Have a great day. 


Friday, March 13, 2015

Inspired Card

Last weekend, I was getting my craft on. Sometimes, cards are really easy, and other times they may take a while to come to fruition.

I was inspired by the artwork on the back of Close To My Heart's Seasonal Expressions 1 book. I used different stamp sets to create my version.

Paper: Heartstrings, Hopscotch, White Daisy CS, Glacier CS, Flaxen CS (CTMH)
Stamps: It's Your Day (retired), Have a Happy Day, A Bunch of Thanks (CTMH)
Inks: Glacier, Smoothie, Lagoon, Black (CTMH)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors (CTMH)
Other: Gold Sequins, White Embroidery Floss (CTMH)

I hand-stitched this card while my daughter watched Disney and snuggled with her Daddy on the couch. It was a rather sweet moment, and I ended up not finishing this card until the following day so I could just enjoy being in the moment. Having a good night's sleep also gave me clarity on what stamps I ultimately ended up using. 

Since it's Friday, I have some crafty plans for the day. Hope you can find some time to get your craft on, too. Have a great weekend.