Into Every Life A Little Rain Must Fall~

But, I’ll be right beside you keeping you dry.

I love, love, love the umbrella print found in DCWV’s brand, new The Juniper Berry 6×6 Stack found at Jo-ann’s.

I wanted to use it right away, so it became the focus of my rainy day card.

My card~

Umbrella-3

I matted it with a gold sheet from The Foiled Cardstock Stack to draw out the undertones of the patterned paper.

Then I found a matching umbrella on the Cricut A Child’s Year cartridge.

I cut two images and pop dotted the top layer to give it some dimension, but I used glue to adhere the handle portion.

And with a little ribbon my card is ready and waiting for a rainy day.

Make sure you check out all of the new wonderful DCWV releases!

I used~
DCWV The Juniper Berry Stack and The Foiled Cardstock Stack from Jo-Ann’s
Seam Binding Ribbon
A Child’s Year and CCR to cut the umbrella at 3.375″ wide

Summer Journey~

Today I finally got the kids to let me download the pictures from their trip to San Francisco with their Grandparents. Yes, we let them go clear across the country without us!

And thank goodness California didn’t decide to slide into the ocean while they were there.
Yes, I have many irrational fears. Don’t get me started on sharks and how San Francisco is located smack dab in the Red Triangle.

Anyway, I have to tell you that my son took a total of THREE pictures. Sigh!

But, Ashlyn had some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen.

So, I decided to start with the pictures she took while on the flight to California.

My layout~

Can you believe how clear they turned out?

And can you believe how wide awake she looks for getting up at 3:30 a.m.?!

I began with a picture of the beautiful blue sky filled with little white clouds and printed it as a 12 x 12 on textured white cardstock.

Have I mentioned how much I love my Epson R2000 printer?

I then added her self portrait, entertainment and snacks and what she thinks is the Grand Canyon. Hmmm…not so sure about that last one.

I thought this would be perfect for the Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #60: Summer Lovin’, so I used A Child’s Year to cut the word Summer for my title.

And I definitely wanted to use the Studio Calico stamp of the United States and the You are Here stamp, so I cut a sun base from Create a Critter at 4.2″.

Now, if a certain young lady would only finish unpacking her suitcase…

I used~
Studio Calico So Cal kit contents: Tim and Beck paper and letter stickers, twine
Studio Calico More Paper Add on contents: Crate Paper Pretty Party Party Guest, Echo Park A Boy’s Life Magnetic
SC Wood Veneer airplanes, Mister Huey’s Pretty in Pink and Heirloom Blue, White cardstock
SC PL Adventure and Airmail stamps
A Child’s Life
Create A Critter

A box full of goodies~

The girls over at the Cricut Circle Message Board and I had a Secret Partner Box Swap! Yippee!

We each purchased kraft boxes from cricut.com while on sale. See we’re smart too!

Then we decorated and filled them with handmade and purchased scrapbook goodness.

I decided to make various tags and embellishments that my partner could easily use as is, disassemble or embellish even more. I think I have included enough goodies for a nice mini album. In fact I cheated and included one in the shipping box! Don’t tell!

I find the hardest part of making and buying things for others is the thought they won’t like what I like. Anyway, it’s the thought that counts right?

Here are the goodies that filled my box~

I included several sheets of Teresa Collins Fabrications Canvas and Linen collections.
This paper feels so soft and smooth. Love it!

I made tags using TBBM. I used words from A Child’s Year and Paper Pups to creat the cut outs.

And guess what my partner’s initial is?

I used Sophisticated for the letter “R.”

The collection of buttons, brads, butterflies and pins I included~

My box top~

I used Mother’s Day Bouquet for the handmade flowers and leaves.

My box all tied up and ready to go to it’s new home~

A close of up of that charming Tim Holtz bird charm~

I used My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline and Teresa Collins Fabrications collection for all of my decorations and handmade items.

I sure hope my partner likes it!

And here is the wonderful box I received from Scrapperbecka~

First things first~

The card she made me. Isn’t it cute?

My box waiting for me to figure out just HOW to get it out~

Look she even had to add extenders to contain all the goodness she stuffed in it!

A better look at the way she decorated it. Isn’t beautiful? And what a wonderful quote!

All of the wonderful goodies~

I think she included a little bit of EVERYTHING in there~ flowers, ribbon, stamps, brads, buttons, chipboard, tags, notepads, a bracelet and even gel pens for my Cricut!! Oh my!

Thank you SO much Becka! I really appreciate it and can’t wait to start using it ALL!

And most importantly my box will proudly be displayed on my bookshelf.

Also, a BIG thank you to RockinRenee for hosting this swap. This was FUN!!

My Baseball Buddy

Woo Hoo! With this one layout I accomplished several goals.

First~ It’s of ONLY Ashlyn.
Second~ It’s my Sketch 12, the FINAL one, for my Studio Calico Stketchbook 4 class. Yippee!
Third~ It meets all the criteria for the Cricut Circle Blog NSD Recipe Challenge.

It has to have 3 Cricut Image cuts, Three Patterned Papers, A Bird, Butterfly or Bug, Hand or Machine Stitching and The Color Yellow. Boy, that’s a lot! But, I got it all in there.

And as an added bonus I used CCR successfully again! Yippee!

My layout~

Ashlyn has been by my side for every baseball and softball game in just about every weather condition, so I thought it would be fun to celebrate that. The American Craft Amy Tangerine line was perfect for this layout with it’s bright colors.

To match the sunshine tag I used CCR to cut the letters in the word “clouds” from A Child’s Year at .5″. To be honest with you I had no hopes of this actually working since the paper was heavy, thick cardstock and the images so small. So, imagine my surprise when it cut perfectly on only one pass. Is there anything better than a fresh, sticky mat?

I used Something to Celebrate to cut the heart at 1.55″. I chose one similiar to the pre-stitched heart on what I call the Buddy paper, but Amy calles it Come Together.
And I LOVE these Lovely Thickers that are molded foam rubber. They feel so cool.
I cut the baseball phrase at a width of 3″.

To meet the final requirement of the challenge I added a cut little ladybug cut which is perfect for two reasons. First it’s her Daddy’s nickname for her, and it’s covering the incorrect dates that Prince Edward has on their tickets. I love it when a plan comes together!