A Little Halloween Decorating~

Today is my day to post at the Cricut FANatic blog!

So, I thought I would do a little special Halloween decorating of Me And Ashlyn!

I have wanted to make my own paper beads for a while now, and when I flipped through the DCWV The Bewitched Stack I knew it was time.

I chose two patterned papers, a glitter polka dot paper and the gorgeous orange glitter cardstock. Love it!

I used CCR to stretch a simple triangle from the George cartridge for my beads.

I made two different sizes one being 1.5″ wide and the other .75″ wide.

The length of your triangle will determine the thickness of your bead.

Wrapping the beads~

I used a kitchen skewer to wrap the paper around and glued the ends with Glossy Accents.

Finished bead~

I set them aside to dry for a few hours.

Now comes the fun part.

I dug into the wonderful collection of Blue Moon Beads that DCWV sent me to make my jewelry. Thanks DCWV!!

My orange bead necklace and bracelet~

My black bead necklaces~

A full view~

I must share that these were super easy and fun to make.

I even made all those paper beads without gluing my fingers together. Yippee!

And even better was the fact that my teenage daughter was actually a little excited to try the jewelry on.

She even smiled while wearing them. Double Yippee!!

I used~
DCWV The Bewitched Stack and The Bewitched Cardstock Stack
Blue Moon Beads: Glass Pearls, Shell Beads and Clear Transite Cord
Glossy Accents and Jewelry Essentials Findings
CCR and George and Basic Shapes for triangles cut at 1.5 x 11.04″ and .75 x 8.5″

On a Summer Afternoon~

So My Studio Calico Trendspotting class assignment was on Sunbursts.

I love sunbursts!

I love them on cards, layouts and just about anything you can put them on.

However, this one has been a labor of love.

Each and every step presented itself with some type of issue. Sigh!

But, today Laura at Bella Blvd has a quick and easy tutorial to show you how to make your own fabulous sunburst.

I just wish I had seen this three days ago.

My layout~

I used CCR to elongate a basic triangle shape from George to make several of my ray shapes.

I then hand cut the rest to fill in my shape.

A close up~

I added a little rough stitching and several sticker embellishments.

In the end I love the total effect of the sunburst shape and bright colors reminding me of this Summer afternoon spent on my mother’s porch swing.

Although next time I do believe I will follow Laura’s instructions.

I used~
Bella Blvd Sunshine & Happiness Popcicle Kisses paper, Journaling Stickers and Miniatures, Baby Boy On the Go paper and various other Bella Blvd paper scraps, White Cardstock
CCR and George and Basic Shapes

This spot right here.~

I finally got around to watching the Glitter Girl’s Scenic Solutions video.

My silly computer at work doesn’t have speakers.

My boss must know me too well.

So, I had to wait until I was at home without teenagers battling for the use of our Wifi service.

Not only were Shimelle’s layouts fantastic, but I also learned how to use my Tim Holtz’s Tiny Attacher in the middle of page. She’s a genius!

Anyway, I was inspired to dig through my October Afternoon bin and use the adorable, but somewhat puzzling on how to use house paper.

My layout~

I used the space behind my house to tuck a journaling card and additional photos.

A closeup~

So today I used a paper I loved, and I dug out and used pictures from 2005!! Woo Hoo!

I call that a good day.

I used~
October Afternoon’s Modern Homemaker It’s Suppertime- C’mon in!, Needle & Thread papers, Modern Homemaker 8×8 paper pad, Rub ons, Buttons, Farmhouse Flower Sack, Teal & Creme Sticky Keys, AC Merry Thickers, Twine, TH Tiny Attacher
Studio Calico Heydey Sentiments and Airmail stamps
George for circle cut

I am Here to Live Out Loud~

Ever since I saw the vinyl record paper in DCWV The Mod-Retro stack I knew I would be cutting it down to look like a 45.

At least that’s what the hubby and I think it was called.

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a real one.

In fact, I have a basket full of cassette tapes buried in my closet some where. The kids probably wouldn’t even know what they were!

Anyway, my card~

I will not tell you how many times it took me to cut it perfectly round and center using CCR.

I tried using Cricut Craftroom Basics, but I don’t think that my image was a true circle. So, it was George to the rescue.

I stitched the top of my base circles to form the card and then simply added my layers.

The inside~

I think this will be a nice pick me up card.

Which I just might need after explaining to the kids about 8 Tracks, rotary phones and growing up with only two TV stations. Kids! What would they do without technology?

I used~
DCWV The Mode-Retro Stack
Recollection Glitter Shapes, twine, TH Tiny Attacher
CCR, George

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!!

You Color my World

And if her personality didn’t those pants sure would! He he!

I used the Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge #57 Sketch Challenge to make my layout.

And guess what? I finished off all the paper out of my March Studio Calico Illustrated kit! Yippee!!

My layout~

I altered Jennifer Yates’s sketch a tad to accomodate my vertical pictures, but the basics are still there.

I used CCR and Opposites Attract to make my title.

And I used George to make the base for that wonderful globe stamp from Studio Calico. I was super excited at how clear it came out.

My journaling~

I typed it directly onto the vellum, so I would not be covering up any of that awesome Crate Paper pencil paper.

I used~
Studio Calico Illustrated kit contents: Crate Paper Story Teller Generations, Tomorrow papers, Crate Paper Story Teller Phrase stickers, MME Fun Day borders
Studio Calico Wonderful World stamps, MME Fun Day buttons & brads, vellum, kraft paper, black cardstock

Now what to do with all the embellishments left in that kit now that the paper is gone? Do I mix them in with another kit or leave them separate? Hmmm…this might take me a while to figure out. You know how I am about my kits and brand mixing!!

Life moves pretty fast~

If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

I thought that saying went well with this picture of all three of the kids lounging around in bed while at the beach doing who knows what on their iPads.

I like that I captured this moment of them doing pretty much nothing.

I also love the colors from all three iPad covers and thought they would look cute with this fabulous Crate Paper Story Teller Generations paper. I almost hated to cut it!

My layout is for the Studio Calico NSD Sketch Challenge. I based it off Davinie’s sketch and stayed pretty true to it.

Instead of just cutting circles and placing them on my layout, I chose to also cut them out of my base sheet of kraft paper. To do this I used CCR and George to place my circles exactly where I wanted them to be.

Most of my products came from the Studio Calico March Add On kit, Illustrated. I even used the stamp from it! Can scrapbooking get any easier?

Well, maybe if I didn’t have to do it with a two year old shoving toys down my shirt while I worked!! Think they can do something about that?

I used~
Studio Calico Illustrated kit contents: Crate Paper Story Teller Generations, Tomorrow paper, Jenni Bowlin Stamp paper, MME Fun Day Everyday Fun die cut borderd, kraft pockets
MME Funday Happy Days buttons and decorative brads
Kraft paper

Everything in it’s place.

Hartly’s new trick is to line up her pal Mickey and all his buddies on the steps in a perfect order. After she gets them just right she runs to find me, my camera and starts her adorable, “Peez Momma!”

I then have to take picture after picture of her, them and anything else she can find. It’s hysertical!

So, I decided to document this using Sketch Four from my Studio Calico Sketchbook 4 class.

I love the circles on this sketch and thought their placement would replicate her placement of the characters.

I used~
George for the circles cut at 1.25, 1.75 and 2″.
Florals Embellished for the Everything phrase cut at a width of 7″.
Studio Calico’s March add on kit Narrative contents: American Crafts Chap paper, AC Epoxy Brads and letter stamps.
Caribbean twine from the Twinery
Bella Blvd Sunshine Happiness Popsicle Kisses and Sunny Side Up, Sphisticates Sprinkles & Lace Ice, Spring Flings A Tisket A Tasket papers
(And yes, those are my NEW Bella Bvld papers that I won!!)

Now if only she would put her toys away when she was done playing wth them!

Happy Little Moments ~I finished!!

Yippee!! While I love, love, love this little book there is nothing like the feeling of finishing a project.

And I see plenty of these fun little books in my future. Wouldn’t all those Joe-centric Stephanie Plum books be perfect for this? He he!

Pages 94-109~

I used~
George to cut the hearts, stars, flowers and moons that make up the confetti. All were cut at .76″
Elegant Edges to cut the borders at .76″
Birthday Bash to cut the banners at 1.16″ each
The class provided Silhouette cut file to cut happy and moment
Modern Homemaker Paper and Buttons, The Thrift Shop and 5 & Dime Paper, Farmhouse Flower Sack, Rocket Age Label Stickers
Martha Stewart Sequins and Recollection pearls

Pages 114-129~

I used~
Elegant Edges to cut the multiple borders at .76″ each
Sidewalk Flower Sack, Chip and Stick pieces and Buttons, Rocket Age Label Stickers, Fly a Kite Rub ons
Misc ribbon and kraft tag

I also decided that punches are wonderful and I best get MORE!! They did a much cleaner job of cutting through multiple pages.

Pages 134-149~

I used~
Graphically Speacking to cut the word everyday at 2.75″ wide
Sophisticated to cut the word celebrate at 2.75″ wide
Modern Homemaker buttons, Playtime Sticky Keys, The Thrift Shop paper, Sidewalk Chip & Stick pieces and Flower Sacks

Pages 154-169~

I used~
Report Card Shape Stickers, Farmhouse Flower Stack, Ducks in a Row Word Stickers, Sidewalks Chip & Stick pieces, Fly a Kite Word Stickers and Schoolroom Alphas
Misc ribbon and a doily

Pages 174-183~

I used~
5 & Dime Strawberry Creme Sprinklers to mist the pages, Sidewalk Wraps, Flower Sack, Chip & Stick pieces, 5 & Dime, Fly a Kite and Farm Fresh Word Stickers, Rocket Age Miscellany

I found this book plate in my October Afternoon stash and added it to the front. It reminds me of a Little Golden Book.

For my back cover I thought it would be cute to make a library pocket envelope and card.

I used~
Fabulous Finds to cut the pocket at 4.25″
Papertrey Ink library card stamp

This little book has certainly made ME happy. Although my oldest daughter has already counted the number of pictures of each child and they are not equal. So, it looks like I’ll be making another to make HER happy.

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Happy Little Moments ~Introduction Page

Eek! With this project I am trying all sorts of new stuff! Cutting pages out of books, using alcohol inks and even sewing!! Yes, I sewed my book pages together. And it worked. Yippee!! I love the look of sewing on layouts and cards; however, I’ve always been too big of a chicken to try it. I didn’t want to ruin a page with wonky stitches. But when I saw the stitching in the project instructions, I decided to go for it!

The instructions were to use a glassine bag; however, I did not have one. But, I did have a Wilton party favor bag that I thought would show all the little confetti elements better. I used George to cut hearts, diamonds, stars and flowers. I added Martha Stewart sequins, gems and OA buttons to the bag, folded it and stitched across the top.

I then added my OA papers, word stickers and twine.

A close up~

Underneath the bag is a little introductory phrase that I typed on vellum. Yes, I chickened out on actually writing directly on this page, but I like the way it turned out with the typed writing laying over the book title and graphic. I promise I will add my handwriting to this album, but just not on the very first page. Plus, I had just sewn that bag on. What if I had messed it up? I am the WORST speller ever. Just ask my hubby!

Products used~
October Afternoon Thrift Shop paper, Modern Homemaker paper, Thrift Shop Word Stickers, 5 & Dime buttons, MS sequins and gems, twine
George for the confetti cut at 2″ and 1.5″