Sunday, May 30, 2010

My little nephew just had his tonsils removed so I wanted to send him a card.  The whale from Create a Critter is the perfect cut for this card.  I really like how it all turned out with the waves and the sand.  I really like the dark blue cardstock for the whale, too.  Patterned cardstock is from DCWV and all solid cardstock is from Papertrey Ink.

Matching Bag & Card Set Featuring The Forever Young Cricut Cartridge

Had to do one more project with my new Forever Young cartridge.  Here is a fun little bag with a matching set of trendy 3x3 cards.  Perfect for a tween or young teen to write notes to her friends. ; )  Sorry I forgot to mention envelopes.  I get all my smaller envies from 

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Fun & Trendy Card With The Forever Young Cricut Cartridge

Since this is a long weekend and hopefully everyone has some extra time to play, I thought it would be nice to post several projects throughout the weekend to hopefully inspire you. : )

This is a super simple and fun card to make.  I love the trendy colors.  All cardstock is from Papertrey Ink in...True Black, Spring Moss, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Orange Zest and Hawaiian Shores.  Ribbon is also PTI in Raspberry Fizz.

Summer Harvest Mini Recipe Book Featuring The Preserves Cricut Cartridge

The Preserves Cricut cartridge is the only cartridge needed to complete this cute little mini recipe book.  You do not even need the Cricut Design Studio or Gypsy for this one.   I had to make this a two part video so be sure to watch both part 1 and part 2 to get all the details.  Some of my captions did not come out right in the second video for some reason so here is the info. again...
The strawberry lid is on pg. 53 of handbook & cut at 2"

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Are You Ready For...Another Layout By Crystal...

Yep, that's right Crystal is sharing her Nursery LO with us.  It turned out so Super Cute!  Notice some of the changes she made to make it her own and yet she did not use any additional cartridges.  All items are from the cartridges I used in the original.  She added different items to the armoire...a cute little truck and a stack of books.  Notice the cute little onesie on the armoire door and of course the extra laundry in the basket below.  I really like how she added ribbon to the top of the mobile that matches the bumper pad ribbon on the crib and offset the crib layers to give more dimension.  Notice the buttons she added to the page for an extra touch.  This is just so Adorable!   Please be sure to leave her a comment as it was very sweet of her to share with us.  Thank You Crystal!!

By changing the colors and a few items it is perfect for a little boy.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Checking In...

Happy Wednesday All!  I feel like I've not posted anything in awhile so I wanted to check in.  I have been busy working on a new video tutorial.  It seems like it is taking forever so I guess I am out of practice.  I started it about a week ago, LOL!  I hope to finish it soon so I can get it posted for you.

I have also been getting a lot of requests and I want you all to know I'm not ignoring you and I will try to get to each one soon.  The next thing I plan to work on is getting my files converted to Gypsy files so all of you Gypsy users can enjoy them, too.  I did try converting my files in the past, but was unsuccessful.  However, I believe the new update will make this possible.  I've also had requests to make a wordbook rather than a shape album and it is on my list to do as well.  I will probably make it a video tutorial.  For those asking to see the inside of my albums...if you watch my album videos I think I show most of the pages.

Also if you have a question you are wanting me to answer...please send me an email so I don't miss it.  I do read all my comments and  enjoy them very much.  However, if you post a question on an old post it may be awhile before I find it.  You can email me at   Thank you all for your support and all the wonderful comments!     

Be sure to check back soon for a fun summer project video tutorial.  This will be fun and easy and no Design Studio is needed.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Grandma's Pantry Layout by Crystal

Crystal purchased my file, created it and was nice enough to allow me to share pictures with all of you.  Didn't she do Fabulous!  It is always nice to see someone else's take on a project.  I just love how she did the trim on the mothers dress to make it look like more of an apron and added ruby red slippers on her feet.  Of course the little girl and boy are adorable, too.  Notice the shine on her canisters and the cute little pot holders.  Her pie looks super yummy and I love the sparkle of her sugar.  She is waiting on her JOTS cartridge to arrive so she can add the tea cups to the pantry.  I think she did Wonderful.  Be sure to let her know you appreciate her sharing with us by leaving her a comment.  Thank you Crystal!  

The first two pictures were taken with her phone so they might be a little dark, but I wanted to share them anyway.  Click on pictures to enlarge.


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Nursery Layout with Baby Armoire

 I thought I was never going to get this layout to come together, but finally it did. : )  You may recognize the baby armoire as the pantry from my Grandma's Pantry layout.  This is a very versatile "piece of furniture"  that has many different uses.  I plan to bring you even more ideas on how it can be used.

Although there are many colors and different patterns to this layout, I think everything coordinates well and looks good together.  Lots of cartridges used and I will list them at the bottom of this post.  Click on pictures to enlarge. 

                               Over all view of nursery
First page complete with baby armoire and stroller

                         Page 2 with crib and welcome banner
Armoire is full of everything the little one needs...diapers, clothes, bottle, lotion and of course a teddy bear and rubber ducky.
                   The perfect stroller for the perfect baby girl

No crib is complete without a cute bumper pad, snugglie blankie, and a sweet baby mobile
                           A special welcome for the little one
Armoire cartridges are posted on the left side of my blog under Grandma's Pantry.  Cartridges used for the rest of the layout...

New Arrival ....Plane & banner, baby blocks, mobile (the umbrella cut and the confetti for the hanging items)

Everyday Paper Dolls....Crib, lotion, blankets, rubber duck, diapers, baby bottle

A Child's Year...dress hanging on door of armoire

George & Basic Shapes....basket sitting under armoire stroller

I think that is most everything.  The stack of diapers in the armoire was cut by hand. 

Friday, May 7, 2010

Grandma's Pantry and the Comforts of Home Layout

There is nothing more special to me than spending time in the kitchen with my family.  Nowadays with our busy lives that can be a real challenge.  Those special times are the inspiration for this layout.  I also had a wonderful grandma that could always be found in the kitchen baking something yummy.  She is the inspiration for my pantry.  Since there are no pantries on any Cricut cartridges I designed my own in Design Studio.  Gotta love DS!  To catch all the details in this layout, you have to stop and look. : )  I will try and point some of them out for you.  Click on pictures to enlarge.

You can purchase this cut file and a complete tutorial with all the information on some of the extra details on the left side of my blog.  The cut file also includes a bonus page on another version of the pantry and I give you many ideas and inspiration on what else you can do with it.  So many possibilities.

Overall view of both pages

setting the table

Something in the oven
Notice the realistic look of the flour and the sparkle of the sugar

Every pantry needs cute little drawers and a homemade pot holder

Notice the shine on the cups to make them look like china

Setting the table with more "fine china".
I like how the ribbon accents on the oven mitts turned out
Notice the pot ring in the handle of the pot
I tried to give my turquoise "wall" the look of bead-board by adding subtle detail lines to it

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Did You Know...May Day Bag

Did you know today is not only National Scrapbook is also May Day.  Ok, I may be telling my age, but when I was young we use to celebrate the first day of May...May Day.  You would make little baskets of goodies and leave them at your friends door.  You knocked and ran.  One year I got a basket and to this day I have no idea who left it. : )  One of the challenges over at My Pink Stamper is to make something for a child and I thought a May Day bag would be perfect.


Bag - Once Upon A Princess...Pg. 66 cut using fit to page feature on a 12x12 sheet of cardstock.

Hedgehog - Create a Critter cut @ 1 1/2"

Embellish as desired

Male Card with Just Because Cards Cricut Cartridge

I don't do a lot of "guy" cards, but was thinking towards Fathers Day.  I love the sentiment...Live Your Bliss... with the old truck coming from the fishin' hole.  I made the truck at the recent crop I went to and I didn't write down the size...sorry.  I want to say around 4", but not sure.  All cuts are from Just Because Cards.