Friday, October 29, 2010

SOUS - Happy Haunting Layout

I can't say my layout looks exactly like the sketch.  This one was tough for me as I didn't seem to have the right pictures and didn't really know what I wanted.  Don't laugh, but I just realized I have my two pages backwards in the pictures.  The page on the left should be on the right side...ugh!     

Check out all the other wonderful layouts at SOUS

Cricut cartridges - Happy Hauntings and Paper Doll Dress Up
Look closely at the tree...see that little piece of brown paper?  It's not suppose to be there, LOL!  I was trying to decide if I wanted the grass to be brown or neon yellow and forgot to make up my mind and never even noticed, Ha, Ha!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pick of the Crop - Fall Layout

This layout features images from the most adorable cartridge ever...Simply Charmed.  These images pair up perfectly with the imaginisce Apple Cider fall collection of papers.  I kept this layout simple and without too many die cuts so as not to completely cover up the paper.

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To add a little geometric interest I did the background paper a little different than normal.  The tree printed paper for the large mat is cut at 10"x10" and the strips along the side and top are 1"x10".  The corner squares are 1"x1".  The solid color base page is 12"x12".  Gotta mix things up once in awhile. : )

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Exciting News - Bedford Falls

I am so excited to announce that I am teaming up with Kathy over at  Paper Phenomenon for a fabulous Christmas project for all of you.  Kathy is a Super Talented crafter and teaches the most awesome ustream classes.  If you don't know her, let me tell you... you are in for a real treat.  If you are familiar with Kathy you know this is going to be a big project.  I'm not sure she does anything small...she is just Amazing. :)  Visit her Here.

Our project is Bedford Falls and yes, it's based on the movie, It's A Wonderful Life.  This is a movie about sharing and giving and we think it will be the perfect project for Christmas.   We are still working out all the details so I can't say to much yet, but I promise...more to come!

Friday, October 15, 2010

SOUS - Branson

This week's project for SOUS  is another one page layout.  I had a lot of fun with this one and really like how it turned out. The blue adds a nice touch to the browns and golds.  All paper is from DCWV Amber Autumn Collection.  Pattern circle is cut on the Expression using the fit to page feature and embellished with machine stitching.  The adorable acorn and oak leaf is from Cricut Lite cartridge B is for Boy.  Title is from Base Camp and embellished with cinnamon Stickles for bling.
Branson is a place of great memories for my family.  I have lots of wonderful pictures to scrap, but these are some of my favorites.  I love the picture of my son with the hat on and lollipop in his hand as he's doing a little jig.  I know you can't tell in the picture he's dancing, but I remember every time I look at it.  Be sure to check out all the wonderful project at  SOUS

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fabulous Fall Card

 Pumpkin and leaves are both from Cricut Designer's Calendar cartridge.  The leaves are actually cut out of the pumpkin and not pasted on.  I backed the cuts with shimmery red cardstock and outlined in a reddish color.  This was inspired by the cover of Better Homes and Gardens newest magazine.  You just never know where you might find inspiration for a project, lol. : )

Monday, October 11, 2010

My Think Pink Project - Believe Shadow Box

This project is very special to me since breast cancer has touched my family as it has many of you.  I have added this file to my free cut and gypsy files list.  However, the shadow box was inspired by a fellow crafter and friend... Kathy over at  Paper Phenomenon.  She has a wonderful tutorial on how to make the shadow box.  It's super easy to put together so go check it out.  My file will include the scallops for the outside of the box and the canopy bed.  I just love how the canopy turned out.
My hope is many of you will recreate this project and give it to someone you know that's been touched by breast cancer or make several to raffle off at a benefit for breast cancer.  I am glad I could create a project to help raise awareness on this very important subject and hope you will too.  

Cartridges needed for bed...Sugar and Spice, Sweet Treats and George or any cartridge with a circle for the balls on the bed post.
Cartridge needed for scalloped frame - Winter Frolic

Inside dimension of my box is 9x9...score a 12x12 sheet of cardstock at 1 1/2 inches on all sides and follow Kathy's tutorial for putting it together.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Flashback Fall and Something Exciting...

I have decided to celebrate fall with a look back at a couple of my favorite fall shape albums.  As many of you know I have been busy with fall harvest and have not had time to create as many fall projects as I would like.  However, that is not the only reason I've not had time to work on many projects and that's the exciting news...I have a very exciting announcement that I will be making later this week.  All I can say right now is this is something you will not want to miss.  With the season of giving upon us this exciting announcement is going to be perfect.  It will bring a new concept to the crafting world and it's going to be so much fun.  Ok, I better quit now before I say too much. : )  More to come this week...stay tuned!

Now for Flashback Fall  

Here are a few pictures of my Pumpkin Pickin' album from last year.   

My Create a Window album also from last year

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Stampin' UP! RGB Codes

Here is a tip if you have a Stampin' UP! color coach...write the RGB (red, green blue) values on each swatch so you don't have to look them up each time you need them.  You also get a truer look at the color by using your color coach vs a computer screen.  My DD suggested this when she was using my Imagine and wanted a certain SU! color.  I thought it was a great idea.

I wrote them on the back of each card
Karin over at has a free downloadable file of all the SU! codes.  Thanks Karin for sharing this.  You can also Google RGB codes.

Cricut Designer's Calendar & Imagine More

A quick card I made using the maple leaf from Designer's Calendar and printing it with a pattern from Imagine More.  The flower in the middle is also from DC and printed with patterns from IM.

 I can't remember which magazine I was browsing through and saw a center piece that was a big maple leaf with a bouquet of flowers in the middle.  I wanted to recreate that in a card, but I made my flowers too big and was too tired to go back and redo them smaller.  So I made it a one flower in the middle card. :)  Some sewing around the edge of the mat would add a lot more so I may do another one and deck it out a little more. 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Checking In...

Yippee...tomorrow is Friday!!!  We have been busy with fall harvest and cutting soy beans this week.   Needless to say... I'm ready for the weekend.  Although we may still be in the field I won't have to work in the shop and that makes life much easier. : )  Now you know why I've not posted anything new.  With the exception of a couple very quick and simple cards that I needed...I've not even touched my Cricut in almost two weeks...Yikes!  Things should slow down a bit soon and I hope to get some crafting time so please don't give up on me. : )  Have a great weekend!

Had to come back and share DD just sent me a text with a very interesting fact about October 2010...This Oct. has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays all in one month.  It happens once every 823!  So is this what I'm paying for college for? LOL! : )

Friday, October 1, 2010

Stuck On U Sketches

Here's my take on the SOUS layout for this week.  Fall is my favorite time of year and I love doing fall layouts and cards.  I recently put out my fall decorations and thought they would make the perfect pictures for this layout.  Journaling tag is from Kate's Kitchen Cricut cartridge.  The only other cartridge used is Stretch Your Imagination for the leaves and pumpkin.  Check out all the great projects at... SOUS.

For a different touch to my flowers I added scalloped eyelets rather than the normal buttons or brads.

A peek at some of my favorite fall decorations.
I received the welcome lantern for my birthday from a good friend of mine.  Isn't it Adorable!!  It's the perfect accent in my entry way and I will decorate it for each season.

My wire's hard to see in the picture, but it's really cute.

My dining room bouquet of leaves

It's safe to say...I enjoy decorating for fall even more than Christmas!