Saturday, July 31, 2010


I had a new project complete with a video tutorial for you.  Had is the key word, ugh!  When I was finishing up editing and doing a preview of the video, I realized that the first several minutes of the video had a problem with the audio and you can't hear it very well.  I will see if I can patch in the first part of the video with a new video.  If it's not going to be right I will just post pictures of the project with all the information.  Darn, I hate it when that happens...I had been working for two days on the video. : (  Oh well, there are worse things and at least I love what I'm doing.  Well...most of the time. : )  


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sensational Summer Scrapbooking...

You may have already heard that Cathy from has put out a new ebook called Sensational Summer Scrapbooking.  Today I received an email letting me know that one of my projects is featured in her new book, yea!  While I've not had a chance to dig into this book completely, I will say it looks to be full of information and ideas.  For all the details on how you can order your ebook please visit  

Friday, July 23, 2010

Super Cute Back to School Layout Kit

It's hard to believe it's already time to start thinking about back to school, wow!  If you're like me you have lots of pictures of that first day back.  I always get lots of pictures while waiting for the bus and the bus coming down the road which is what inspired this layout.  This is such a bright and cheery layout and it makes me happy.  Maybe it's the thought of back to school that makes me happy, LOL...just kidding! ; )  Click on pictures to enlarge.

Cartridges used are...Doodlecharms, Locker Talk, Create a Critter, Paper Doll Dress Up, Everyday Paper Dolls and George and Basic Shapes.  If you do not have one of these cartridges let me know and I will try to help you find a comparable substitution.

Pattern paper is by Piggy Tales and it is perfect for this layout.  I just love the colors.  Most of the solid color cardstock is by Paper Trey Ink and SU!.

I just love the kids waiting at the bus stop.  If you have just boys or just girls you can easily change to suit your needs.  

It's not back to school without a little bookworm.  At least not according to my friend Kristin as she said I must add a bookworm and I think it is perfect.  Thanks Kristin!

I Love how this Adorable little school bus turned out.  It is the bus from Doodlecharms and with a little bling it really brings it to life.  Of course you can personalize the side of the bus with your school name or back to school greeting.  I will explain how to do this in the tutorial that is included in the kit.

Ok, every year what are we parents hit with right off the bat...back to school pictures, of course!  What is usually included in your picture pack...all those little pictures that are sometimes sticky on the back and you never really know what to do with them.  Here you go, they are the perfect size to make a pack of pictures to fit in this cute little back pack.  I will explain how to do this and will even include the clear film / vellum to make this picture pack more realistic.  I used the Argyle Cuttlebug folder to emboss part of the back pack.

Here is a close up of  the Adorable school kids waiting at the bus stop.  How Cute are they?  What really makes them are their Cute little faces.  With the help of Peachy Keen Everyday Character stamp assortment it is so easy to achieve perfect faces every time.  Of course you can draw in the faces or leave them like the Cricut cuts them if you do not have face stamps.  To learn more or to purchase the face stamps go to .  I used item # PK-490 on this project.  

Kit's are $25 each plus $5.50 priority mail shipping, if you're in the lower 48 states.  I will combine shipping if you purchase more than one kit.  Contact me for combine shipping quote.    

All paper and cardstock needed for this layout is included in the kit along with all the embellishments and photo mats.  You will receive all instructions, a picture and a cardstock guide to make it easy for you to recreate.  You will need a Cricut machine and the cartridges listed above along with your favorite adhesives such as glue dots, pop dots, glue pen, glue runner, etc., ink and pens for detailing and your basic scrapbooking tools.  I also used Glossy Accents on the kids eyes and pink chalk on their cheeks, both of which are not included in the kit.    

Thursday, July 15, 2010

French Manor...Think Outside The Box

I don't think there is too much on this card that says French Manor!  The orange slice border which could be lemon or lime wedges or slices of watermelon when done in the right colors are actually meant to be window panes.  It's the window on page 36 of the handbook and the tag is on pg. 37.  I used the fit to length button and cut the wedge border at 4 1/2 inches and the tag was cut at 2 1/2 inches.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Card for Peachy Keen Challenge

Here is a card I did just for fun to submit to Peachy Keen's Summer Destinations challenge.  The challenge was to make a card with your favorite summertime destination.  I wanted to do something fun and different.  Around here we like to go to festivals and baseball games and what do you eat at those summertime destinations besides hot dogs?...peanuts!  Of course I thought of the cute little peanut guy on the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge.  The second part of the challenge was to add buttons or bling so I added Stickles to the hat and gems to the bottom of the card.  Peanut guy is cut at 3 1/2 inches and face stamp is from Peachy Keen Everyday Character Face Assortment.  To see more fun creations for this challenge click on link

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Emailing Cut Files

For those purchasing my cut files, if you do not receive them in a timely manner (the day you purchase or at least the following day) please contact me as I've had a couple emails come back as undeliverable.  Thank you!

Also, I have been converting some of my files to .gypsy files, but have not had time to make new Paypal buttons, yet.  If you want to purchase a file that is a .cutfile, but need it as a .gypsyfile just let me know and I will see that you get it.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Cricut Straight From The Nest....From Photo Corner to Birdhouse

Here is something creative you can do with all those cute photo corners on your SFTN Cricut cartridge.  Using my Gypsy I welded a rectangle from George to the photo corner.  Then I cut the layer piece with the bird and sized the scallop border from Plantin Schoolbook to match.  I simply glued the scallop to the layer, but you could weld if you like.  Then cut another smaller rectangle in pattern paper of your choice for the front of the house.  Adhere all the layers together.  The little scallop entry on the birdhouse is also on SFTN.  Embellish with ink, stickles, and ribbon.  Scallop border on bottom of card is Fiskars Threading Water border punch.  This is an A2 sized card.  As soon as I get the gypsy file uploaded I will post under free files for you.