A Little Halloween Fun Hanging Around The House~

Yesterday Hartly and I were looking for a bit of fun.

She’s been under the weather the past few days, so I thought I’d make her a little Halloween friend.

Introducing Bones~


Knowing that a four year old would be playing with him I used DCWV Chalkboard Stack paper.

It’s thicker and has a coating that makes it more durable than normal cardstock.

And she loved him!!

Hartly trying to find the perfect spot~


We even decided to give him a little heart. Awww…

He’s got heart~


Of course around 5:00 a.m. when she couldn’t sleep, she wasn’t too fond of her new friend.

So, I’m still debating whether or not to make the witch she requested.

I used~

DCWV Chalkboard Stack and The Basics 6×6 Stack Brights & Pastels
EK Layered Heart Punch, Ribbon and Brads
Lori Whitlock Halloween Skeleton

Exploring Print Then Cut~

If you’re like me and many other Cricut Explore owners you’ve probably been doing a bit of exploring with your machine’s new print then cut feature.

Seriously, I have been printing then cutting everything in sight.

I started simple with the three bears~


Cute, right?

And yes, I need dimension.

I have to layer and use pop dots!!

With my bears looking so good I decided I was ready to make flair buttons with all those adorable Cricut images from my favorite cartridges like Create A Critter and Teddy Bear Parade.

My first two attempts~


These weren’t so good.

I originally calibrated my Explore with the kids’ new Canon Pixma printer.

Needless to say I think I loaded my paper incorrectly leading to the buttons looking “off” color.

So I switched back to my Epson R2000 printer, and still I wasn’t very happy with the print quality.

The images look blurry.

The Epson buttons are on the left and the Cannon on the right.

To show you exactly what I mean I have buttons printed with my Epson using Lettering Delight images and the Silhouette Studio software.


Do you see a difference? I do.

A close-up~


However, I understand that the Cricut images weren’t originally made for this purpose where many of the Lettering Delight images were.

Especially the Lettering Delights graphic sets.

Hmmm…maybe I’ll add those to my To Try In Design Space List.

I also think the larger your image, the better the quality.



So what’s a girl do when she wants to decide which machine to leave sitting in the place of honor on her desk?

She tries them with the same image~


The fairies above were created with the Silhouette, with the Cricut with bleed on and with the Cricut without the bleed.

After much studying and debate with my son and Facebook friends I like the printing from the Silhouette a teeny, tiny bit better as it appeared to use more or thicker ink.

And her eyes look sharper. More crisp.

However, the cut quality was far better with the Cricut Explore.

My Silhouette left a tiny white border where the Explore did not.

Now what to do with all those fairies floating around?

Make a card~


A close-up~


And what’s better than a fairy on a stick?

One that wobbles!!

And one last tidbit of information.

I love, love, love the fact that if I print then cut a PNG file, the Cricut Explore automatically sets the cut lines.


There’s no having to trace or set cut lines. Yippee!!

So…what do you think of the Cricut Explore Print Then Cut?

Do you have as many images as I do just laying around waiting for a project?

Any tips you’d like to share?

I used~
American Crafts White Textured Cardstock, Epson Presentation Paper, Recollections Craft It Glassine Bags, Paper Straws, Gems
American Button Machine, Silhouette Cameo, Cricut Explore, Epson R2000, Canon Pixma MG7120
Images from Lettering Delights and Cricut Library

It’s All About That Bug~

Yes, that little guy right there is responsible for what happened this past weekend.

He brought together crafters from all over the U.S and even one young lady from Canada.

Me & the Cricut~


We all met in Atlanta, GA for Cricut Circle Mania 2014 hosted by Paulette.

It was a weekend filled with crafting, shopping and most importantly time spent with friends.

We started with a lunch hosted by Cricut CEO Ashish Arora~


Then we were free to take classes or simply learn from each other.

Sandie’s Graphic 45 Class~ Class <

My absolute favorite part was being with the ladies that I chat with everyday online.

Me, Maria and the Jenny’s~ Circle-Jennys

Me and Danita~

That girl can talk you into buying anything. He he.

Me and Barbara~


Me and Maria~


Me, Jenny, Maria and CindyLou~


Hopefully I’ll see you at the next one!!

A Tale Of Two Layouts~

I think I’ve mentioned before that my favorite part of each beach trip is watching the kids make that first walk to be beach.

Last weekend I got the best picture of Hartly in her beach cover up and floppy hat making that trip.

It was adorable despite the fact that she was pouting at having to wear both.

This weekend I’m joining in Shimelle’s Weekend of Online Scrapbooking.

Her first challenge is to use her Sketch 34 featuring a photo, lots of space and a banner.

And of course, I wanted to use that picture.

However I had the hardest time getting my picture to print, so I ended up with several copies which ended up being a good thing.

Love You This Day~


I used the new My Mind’s Eye Market Street collection with it’s fabulous mix of colors and gold accents.

I chose the striped paper as my background thinking the blush color picked up the same coloring in the sand.

A close-up~


Then I simply had fun layering the various embellishments in the collection.

To be totally honest I haven’t decided if I actually like this layout.

And then Ashlyn told me it was just so-so.


So, what’s a girl to do?

Make another, right?

Here We Go~


This time I played with Crate Paper’s fabulous The Open Road Collection with the exact same sketch.

A close-up~


For whatever reason this layout feels a bit more natural to me.

Same picture.

Same sketch.

Two different collections.

Two different themes.

But, same little girl pouting on her way to the beach.

I used~

Love You This Day~

My Mind’s Eye Market Street Ashbury Heights Dotted Paper, Vignette Paper and Shimmer Paper, Label Stickers, Enamel Dots, Ashbury Heights & Nob Hill Chipboard Pieces & Buttons and Flair Pins

Here We Go~

Crate Paper The Open Road Layered Borders, Ephemera, Accent Stickers, Journaling Cards, Kraft Paper, Studio Calico Sequins and Highway Thickers

Sing. Sing A Song Winner~

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Thank you to all who joined in!!

The winner is…..


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I love your layouts! This is fantastic! I really want you to teach me how you always manage to have the best groupings of embellishments! Here is a link to my entry to your challenge.

Congrats Colleen!!

Send me your address and I’ll get your prize on the way.

But, you have to show me what you buy. He he.

Make Mine A Mini~

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It NSD Challenge time over on the Cricut Circle Message Board and while the title says mini this challenge was full of fun.

The challenge is to make a one sheet mini album using at least on Cricut image cut.

My mini~


I used an older Amy Tangerine Collection for my album.

I love it’s bright, bold, happy colors.

The pages~


It has pockets!

Can you believe that?

A close-up~


Luckily this collection had fabric paper which was perfect for the covering the spine.

For a fabulous tutorial on how to make this one sheet pocket mini go here.

I used~

Amy Tangerine Work In Progress, Scatter Sunshine, Yes Peas, Get Around and Fabric Paper, Fabric Brads, Hi Friends Remarks, Washi Tape, Clothespins and MME Enamel Dots
Heart and Love You Phrase from Small Talk Frames & Tags

One Fish, Two Fish~

You know all the many, many wonderful characters that Dr. Seuss created?

There are so many!! I bet you could name at least ten right off the top of your head.

But, my littlest simply wanted to be Two Green Fish for Dress Like A Dr. Seuss Character Day at Nursery School. Sigh.

There was no persuading her to be Cindy Lou, Thing One or Thing Two or even one of the dogs from Go Dog Go.

Her mind was made up.

So, what’s a mom to do?

Make her her very own One Fish, Two Fish t-shirt~

photo 1

I imported a Dr. Seuss graphic into my Silhouette software, did a simple trace and offset and then printed on Avery Light Fabric Transfer paper.

I cut the image out using the normal Silhouette cardstock cutting settings .

photo 1

A quick use of the iron and my fish were set.

photo 2

With a little begging and pleading I was allowed to add an additional fish to the back.

photo 3

So, I quickly repeated my steps to get this guy added before she changed her mind.

photo 4

One thing to keep in mind is that your image will be opposite of how you print it, so if you have letters or numbers remember to flip them before printing.

photo 2

With her One Fish, Two Fish t-shirt, her hair in two braids and her galoshes on off she went to enjoy Dress Like A Dr. Seuss Character Day.

And I do believe she did.

I used~
Avery Fabric Transfer for Light Fabric & Ink Jet Printers
Dr Seuss graphics, Silhouette

2013 December Daily December 9th and 10th~

Monday was a day!

A day filled with messy weather, school delays, doctor’s appointments and Christmas shopping.

After her doctor’s appointment Ashlyn and I enjoyed a Girls Day Out. Woot woot.

We had so much fun that she didn’t even balk at the idea of me taking her picture next to the Yule Love This sign.

December 9th~


She’s even smiling. Willingly.

I love that!

And as good as Monday ended up being, Tuesday was the exact opposite.

Let’s just say that I forgot it was Pajama Day for a certain little one at Nursery School and things just fell apart from there. Sigh.

The good news is a little ice cream bribery got my gas tank filled.

December 10th~


And I do believe a milkshake makes everything a little better.

Especially when enjoyed in your pajamas. He he.

The full page~


I used~
Studio Calico December Daily Kit, October Afternoon Very Merry Kit and Kelly Purkey December Kit from Simon Says Stamp

Watch Out Walls!

Me and my new best friend, Modge Podge, have learned to work together and make canvas prints! Yippee!!

As many of you know I tend to be heavy handed with any type of liquid glue and go to great lengths to avoid using it.

But when I saw this pin by Stef at on Pinterest, I knew it was time to give it a try.

I started by using black acrylic paint to cover the edges of an 8 x 10 canvas panel.


While my paint dried I trimmed a photo of Holden that I printed at home on glossy photo paper to fit inside the painted area.

I then applied a thin coat of Modge Podge to adhere the picture to the canvas.


Once that dried I coated the top and edges thoroughly.


This step gives the photo a textured look.

I also used a Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabber to blend the edges.


A close up to see the texture~


And of course, I couldn’t just do a picture of Holden.





Now that I’ve learned how to do this, I’m eyeing my walls and making plans.

Hmmm…I wonder if I can talk the hubby into a trip to the craft store for more canvases?

I used~
8×10 Canvas Panels, Matte Modge Podge, Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabber, Acrylic Paint

To see the blog post by Stef at Girl. Inspired. click here.

The Winner is…..

of the Go BIG or Go Home! Challenge is….


May 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm

WhooHoo! I got it done! Here is my project:

Thank you for all your communication for NSD. I appreciate it!

Congrats Renee!! Email me your address and I’ll have your prize on the way.

Thank you to everyone who participated!!

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