is the sand between my toes.

Sigh! What I would give to be back on the beach right now.

I took this picture on our first day of vacation this year at Myrtle Beach, SC.

It was so calm and peaceful.

Or at least it was for about 30 seconds before we realized Hartly was afraid of the waves and would not leave the safety of the umbrella to fill her water buckets.

And since she kept dumping them as soon as we set them down…

You can guess how the rest went.

Anyway, this picture was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the Summer Challenge over on October Afternoon’s blog this week.

They have a Pintrest board full of wonderful Summery things that inspired me to creat this layout.

My layout~

I knew I wanted the main focus to be my picture and the title, so I decided to use the Sunday Sketch over at Studio Calico featuring Nicole Samuels’ sketch. Her sketch can be found here.

I used CCR and Cricut Craftroom Basics to size my title to the just right size to compliment my rather large photo.

A close up~

I used all October Afternoon 9 to 5 products for this layout, which I find very ironic.

Oe maybe not, since I am at work daydreaming of being back in that chair!

I used~
October Afternoon 9 to 5 Italics, Meeting Minutes and Dictation paper, Little Flyers, Brads, Tin Pins, Tidbits and Flower Sack

Some of these items were included in my Studio Calico Elmwood Park and Twisty Slide kits.
The rest were in my ever expanding October Afternoon Collection.

Because really, can you have too much October Afternoon?

Oh Playmate, Come Out & Play With Me~

Who could say No to that adorable face?

Even at Three Months old this child loved the beach.

I dug into my October Afternoon goodies to make this layout for the Thursday Sketch Challenge posted on their blog.

Love, love, love those circles on the sketch.

My layout~

I used CCR and the Cricut Craftroom Basic digital cart to make my background.

I am finding the more I work with CCR the more I like it.

Once they get the Gypsy and Cartridge link working I might actually love it.

A close up~

All of the products used are from the Sidewalks collection.

This picture brings back SO many memories.

It was the last time my hubby and I ever got to sit and relax on the beach.

These days there is too much chasing her around and refilling water buckets.

I used~
October Afternoon Sidewalks Marbles and Ring Around the Rosie paper, Little Flyers, Chip & Stick, Wrap Pack and Flower Sack
Cricut Craftroom Basics

Just wanted to say…

Love You & Happy Birthday!

And hurry up and come home!! Okay, that part isn’t really there, but it’s what I was thinking.

This is the card I’ve made for my nephew, who lives WAY across the country in California. Eeek!

I was in a bit of a hurry trying to get this done in time to slip in the kids’ suitcases, but I really like the idea of this card. I can see me coming back to it and adding layers and a bit more dimension.

With the talk and reviews of the new Gel Pens going around the Circle Message Board, I decided to break out my very much neglected Cricut markers. Thanks Nadia!

Here’s my Expression in action~

I love that I just inserted the marker and my sentiments were drawn on rather than having to deal with piecing together all those letters. Yippee!

My finished card~

I used Word Bubbles for the bubble cut out at 4.6″ and Cricut Craft Room Basics for the font sized to fit.

I am loving how easy CCR makes it to use and size a font. It’s 1000 times easier than using my Gypsy.

I used~
Bella Blvd scraps, Kraft paper, Studio G Epoxy brad and Washi tape

Easy Peasy! With a little stitching and stapling my card is done.

Now I just need one more colorful addition to this card, and I’ll know he’ll love it.

If you guessed something green, you’d be right!

A Good Day~

As a person who loves to get cards and has saved every last one I HATE to buy them.
There I said it!

It’s SO hard and time consuming to find that perfect card, so usually I just skip it.
I know shame on ME.

But, my nephew’s birthday is this weekend. Since he’s moved clear across the country and the twins are visiting him this weekend, I plan to put a card in the their suitcase for him.

And his friend, Ally. Can’t forget her!

This is her card~

I followed the sketch for the 9 to 5 contest over at October Afternoon’s blog.

All the products used are from their 9 to 5 line. Love that line!

I used CCR to weld various sized circles together from Cricut Craft Room Basics. I even added several smaller circles to make cut outs.

I’m hoping the cute flowers and buttons will distract her from the fact that her Big Day was in March! Oppsies!

Not your average project~

Is it?

My hubby, the Varsity Softball Coach, wanted to recognize one of his player’s hitting this season. So, he came up with the Silver Slugger Award and asked if I would personalize it.

Of course, when he first asked he mention a bat. Imagine my surprise this morning when I found a tape measure waiting for me with his notes.

My first response was HOW on Earth was I going to get all that information on that small surface? My second was I wonder just HOW small I can cut vinyl?

But, I did it!

I used CCR and Cricut Craft Room Basics Standard Font at a size of .5″ for my letters and numbers.

To cut the vinyl I set my blade to a depth of 4 to achieve a kiss cut. This means cutting the vinyl, but leaving the paper backing intact.

I weeded or in simpler terms removed the surrounding excess vinyl away from my letters. I also used this cut to properly position and space my images on the tape measure.

I then placed the Transfer Tape on top of my image and rubbed until the vinyl letters easily peeled off the paper backing.

Here is my vinyl all ready to be place on the tape measure~

To adhere you simply rub it on until you can lift the transfer tape without lifting the vinyl.

The finished project~

I am sure this will be an award that is remembered for a long time.

I hope she likes it or if not at least let’s her dad use it!

I Love You More Today ~Part 2

I thought I would start with showing you my morning project.

My son is running for the Reporter position on the Student Council and needed posters.

After nixing ALL of my creative ideas which included a photo shoot complete with props, this is what I came up with.

He did allow me to add the different colors, but I think I was pushing it with that! I had to beg to included the “Just the Facts” line.

So while playing around with Photoshop and a digital scapbooking kit I came up with this~

And would you believe he LOVED it? Teenagers! Sigh!

I’ve also been making some progress on my Get Messy class album.

This is the inside cover and first page~

I used CCR and Cricut Craft Room Basics to make the scalloped hearts and even used the negative. See I’m still Stretching My Kits. He he!

A close up~

I loved the class’s idea of placing a photo behind vellum with confetti. I told you confetti was addictive!

But, in this case it also hides the fact that the top of my dress was a little low in this picture. This was the only picture to include my husband, so I certainly wanted it in the album.

I wanted my album pages to have a peek-a-boo effect, so I cut and then edged them at various heights. I used both Elegant Edges and several EK Sucess border punches.

The inside of the back cover~

I just loved that this sheet of paper had the words yesterday, today and tomorrow on it as it’s perfect for the theme of my album.

The back~

I used Cricut Craftroom Basics for the scalloped heart. I also used the negative of the Love cut from my front cover.

A close up of my back cover~

I’ve made a little progress, so I’m happy. Plus, there’s a Buffy the Vampire Slayer Top 10 Episodes marathon on. How could I NOT be happy?

I used~
Studio Calico Get Messy Kit
Amy Tangerine Mixtape, Studio Calico Wood Veneer hearts, SC Hey Y’all stamps

Hello Spring!

This picture of Hartly at Easter and her 2nd birthday says “Hello Spring!” to me.

The green grass and blooming dogwoods are sure signs of warmer weather, so I decided this would be a great start for the Cricut Circle NSD Use Your Scraps Challenge.

Our Spring themed layout had to be made totally of scraps, have three image cuts and incorporate the Cuttlebug as well. Yikes!

My layout~

I fell in love with Scrap2010’s Enjoy layout posted over at the Studio Calico Member Gallery. She used her Silhouette to cut a heart filled circle background. So, I decided that I had to make my own!

In CCR I used circles of various sizes from the Cricut Craftroom Basic digital cartridge and filled them with butterflies from Sophie.

I backed some of the butterflies with colorful Bella Blvd scraps and others with vellum. A couple of the vellum circles were run through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. Those are my favorite!

A closeup of my title and circles~

I used Gypsy Font to make my “hello” and added it to the Bella Blvd Alpha letters.

Scrap2010’s layout can be found here~ http://www.studiocalico.com/galleries/60509-enjoy
I used~
Bella Blvd Baby Girl Pretty in Pink, Sunshine & Happiness Popsicle Kisses, Sunny Side Up, Sophisticates Sprinkles & Lace Ice, Spring Flings & Easter Things A Tisket A Tasket papers
(All were scraps from my i love you layout.)
Bella Blvd Baby Girl Alpha & Bits
Kraft cardstock, pink cardstock, Martha Stewart sequins

i love you

Just in case you didn’t know~ I love this child! And that’s the story this layout tells.

I am still working on NSD challenges, so that is how this layout began.

One of Studio Calico’s challenges was to work with triangles. Meanwhile the Cricut Circle has a tricky little challenge to use CCR and the CCR exclusive digital cartridges only. So, I decided to do both on the same layout!

My layout~

I knew I needed a triangle; however, a quick search of CCR images did not show any. Yikes!
But fear not, I simply took the pennant shape from Party Picks and Pennants made it 3″ wide and stretched it a bit until it was the size I desired. Easy peasy!

A close up of my triangles~

I gently adhered them to my page and then sewed along the base. And if I may say so, my stitches look pretty darn good!

I’m just glad you can’t see the back, because something very weird happened there! It’s like the bottom bobbin went CRAZY!! But, you can’t see it, so it doesn’t really matter, right?

My heart~

The heart is from Word Bubbles. Cut at 4.5″ and stitched down the center.

My i heart u~

The letters are from Cricut Craft Room Basics.

All of the wonderful papers, chipboard embellishments and even the cute little heart button are all from Bella Blvd. Yes, I finally got into my prize goodies!

I used~
Bella Blvd Baby Girl Pretty in Pink, Sunshine & Happiness Popsicle Kisses, Sunny Side Up, Sophisticates Sprinkles & Lace Ice, Spring Flings & Easter Things A Tisket A Tasket papers
Sophisticates Ciao Chip Stars & Hearts
Baby Girl Alpha & Bits
Button Market Feminine Mix
Cricut Craft Room Basics, Word Bubbles, Party Picks and Pennants

Okay, I am off to admire my layout and remember the days before she turned TWO! Sigh!