Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Creating a Bio

The hard part of being on a Design Team is coming up with a bio.  Here's mine from the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.  Click FCCB to read the bio.  And while you're there, check out the current challenge.  If you're looking for reasons to use your Cricut, this is a great place to be inspired.


Click HERE to get to the home page and view the current challenge.  Chirp on!


BTW, love this photo of me.  The cardigan I'm wearing gives me a faux hourglass figure that is so NOT mine...but I'll take it!  The top I'm wearing is one of my designs from VIDA.  Check out my shop at VIDA.

Monday, March 20, 2017

FCCB #297 Anything Goes

Hello there!  Time for another Cricut project for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (FCCB) site! Challenge #297 is Anything Goes and is sponsored by Dreaming Tree.  Join the challenge this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from the sponsor.

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

It was a perfect challenge this week since I was commissioned to make a canvas for a coworker's future granddaughter.  Although I cut and rolled sixty 3.5" flower spirals from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (CTMH exclusive), I only used 38 to complete the heart.  By using mostly paper scraps, this was a low cost project. (And I used up a lot of my stash!  Winning!)

I love these 3D flowers and they look so pretty shaped into a heart!  This is going to look great in the new baby girl's nursery.

Details:
I covered the canvas with pieces of green scrap papers.  Once dried, I scraped some white gesso all over the top using the side of a plastic credit card.  I put a light coat since I wanted the patterned papers to show through, but just tone/even it a bit.  I added green acrylic paint, black & white splatter, pieces of an inked doily (this was a happy accident - I wanted to use it as a stencil, but a piece of got stuck to the canvas so I purposely adhered a couple more to give it balance), bubble wrap marks and a script stamp.  Once dried, I adhered the flowers into a heart shape using Aleene's Tacky Glue.  To finish, I used a fine point BIC pen to sketch around the heart and add some marks.

Click on over to the FCCB challenge site.   Be inspired by the DT projects as well as the other linkers and then join the fun!

Cartridge Used:
Art Philosophy (CTMH)  I checked the CTMH website and this is no longer offered as part of their catalog.  This is a great cartridge and a must own.  If you can get your hands on one, I'd highly recommend purchasing.



Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today is my parents' wedding anniversary.  They would have been married 55 years!  I decided to have a raffle today for my coworkers.  I bought a Lucky bracelet from Avon and thought it was perfect for this holiday.  I love to hold raffles every now and then with my coworkers.  They are my biggest customers and love my work.

I used the Simply Charmed cartridge to cut this cute leprechaun!  I love how he's doing a little jig!  I cut him at 3".  The tag base was made using some scraps that were laying around on my desk.  While I was organizing/cleaning the Command Center, I found these paper clips I did for a swap years ago.  I almost threw them away but I thought I might use them for this holiday.  And I think it looks super cute on the corner of this tag!



The Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (FCCB) challenge this week is St. Patrick's Day so I thought I'd join the link!  There's only a few days left of this challenge.  Click on over to join the fun!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Scrap It In a Song

When I saw the Pop Song challenge on Scrap It With A Song blog site, I knew I would finally work on the photos taken during my Mother-in-Law's Celebration of Life.  The song is "Emotions" by Mariah Carey.  There was a lot of different emotions throughout the day. Maybe not the type Mariah had in mind, but it was an emotional day.

I also use a sketch from splitcoaststampers.com.  The sketch is pretty simple and worked perfectly for the two family group photos.

The Sketch:

My Layout:

I love how the flower stamps coordinate perfectly with the patterned paper. That's a happy accident!  I was going to color them in but thought they would make a bigger impact keeping them black/white against that beautiful colorful background.  I hope you agree.

Challenge Sites:
Scrap It With A Song

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WOYWW & The Command Center Unveiling

Happy Wednesday & Happy WOYWW!  If you follow my blog, you know the Command Center organization/re-do all started with the closet. There is definitely more to do, but for now, we are really happy with the openness, new shelves and future possibilities with our room.

So without further ado, here are some before & after shots:
BEFORE; CARLY'S SIDE
AFTER; CARLY'S SIDE

BEFORE
AFTER W/WALL SHELVES

BEFORE; MY SIDE
AFTER; MY SIDE

Ok, I know you're thinking the table tops don't look much different - I am trying to get a feel for which organizers I need close to me and which ones I don't.  I did get rid of a huge mess behind the Cricut and in the organizers themselves.
And the closet:
BEFORE; RIGHT SIDE
AFTER; RIGHT SIDE
BEFORE; LEFT SIDE
AFTER; LEFT SIDE
I can't believe with all the stuff we tossed/gave away, we still have a lot of supplies!  But I no longer feel like it's a safety hazard walking in here.  Give us time, you know we all get there, but right now (for the most part) there's a place for everything and we LOVE IT!
Now to put away our stash from the Expo & we're all good!

Click on over to STAMPING GROUND to peek or link to the latest WOYWW posts.  On Wednesdays many of us link a photo of our work areas and then peek into other rooms/desks of fellow crafters.  It's a great way to share projects, ideas, news, etc., with new found friends.  Enjoy!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Deck the Halls & Stick It Down!

I love using sketches as a starting point for my layouts.  I saw this sketch on Stick It Down sketch challenge site and thought I have some photos for that!
This month's single page sketch:


And here's my layout.  I know these photos are horrible and one day I'll be able to take a good inside photo, but for now, the memory is more important than the quality of the photos.


Although we use this small 3' tree for Christmas now, it was still too high for LeAnna to decorate so we took it down off the table & it was just her size.  I love picking out the ornaments since many are either handmade or purchased for a particular memory.  I'm sad to say I broke our vintage Golden State Warriors ornament.  BOO!


I stumbled upon this site and I'm glad I did.  They have a double layout sketch, single page and card sketch each month.  Click HERE to get to the challenge site and join the fun!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

We R Memory Keepers Typewriter

One of the cool things about attending a Crop is they usually have tools that the croppers can use.  When Carly & I attended the Expo Crop, they had a typewriter.  You know they are all the rage and I was so happy to see it there and use it...until I used it.


Ok, I get that we want it to look vintage but oh my, remember way back in the day when you had to push the keys so hard in order for the letters to get on your page?  Well, that's how I felt with this typewriter.  It was easier to peck at the keys with one finger at a time instead of your normal typing.  Also, that hand crank at the end of each line - I forgot how much I appreciate an automatic typewriter. 


But, besides all that, the look is pretty cool and of course all those beautiful colors they come in.  HA HA HA  Yeah, we'll all suckers for pretty!


Here's the layout I made with the typed journal spot and a close up of the typing (I just realized that I typed 2017 instead of 2016.  Dang it!).


Every year, our town's Fire Department escorts Santa around the town.  Christmas music is played so you can hear them coming.  Santa sits on top of the truck and all his helpers run/walk around.  Santa's helpers gather toys & food from us and hand out candy canes to the kiddos.  This is by far, my absolute favorite event & love that our town still does it. 
The featured photo of LeAnna with Gracie (dog) has got to be one of my favorite photos of all time.  Carly took it but I had to have a copy!


Perfect "Waiting for Santa" photo!