A heart full of love, hope & dreams

Let me start with a disclaimer~ I can NOT sew! I think some of you might already know this, but when you see this next layout it will certainly be evident.

But, I think the best way to learn is to just do it. Like Nike says! So, I did.

Just please don’t look too closely.

This layout is for the Studio Calico NSD challenge to use confetti on your layout.

My layout~

I used CCR to place my heart from Letter Envy Font and phrase from Nursery Rhymes in the exact place I wanted it. I love that it so much easier to see on my computer screen than on my tiny Gypsy screen.

And I used the original Provo Craft die cut machine to make the confetti~

I used these high tech tools on my scraps of various Bella Blvd paper lines, added some Martha Stewart sequins and gems to a party bag and taped it to the back of my white sheet of cardstock.

I then decided my layout needed a little something and that’s where the sewing came in. Would you believe I even read the instruction manual to the sewing machine? It’s not perfect, but it’s a start!

I used~
Studio Calico City of Lights kit contents:Sassafrass Butterfly Die Cut Stickers
Add on Kit: kesiart Itinerance Athenes paper
Bella Blvd Sunshine and Happiness papers
White cardstock, black cardstock, Seam Binding Ribbon, MS gems and sequins
Letter Envy Font, Nursery Rhymes

Letter Envy Giftbag

It’s National Scrapbooking Day!! And for me that means Weekend!! Yippee!!

If you can’t tell by my over use of exclaimation marks, I’m a little excited.

The Cricut Circle Blog is having a big celebration this year. Right NOW they are having a timed challenge using Letter Envy Font.

So, I’ve changed the baby, given her the remote and goldfish and am working like a mad woman!

Sorry, if you’re getting this before I’ve finished the entire post. But, I’m running out of time. I’ll be back.

Whew! I got it posted in time, but you should have seen me turning off every wifi device in the house. My internet kept going out on me. I think I’m sweating! Yuck!

Here is my project~

I decided to use the Elise Imagine Cartridge to print a pattern directly on a white gift bag. I was a bit worried that it might not dry well, but it worked perfectly.

I then used Letter Envy Font to cut my favorite crest at 4″ after flood filling it with a different pattern. I also flood filled several layers of the letter E to use as a tag.

I found the most delicate butterfly from Sophie. Flood filled and cut at 3.5 and 3″. I pop dotted the layers as well.

I think it turned out rather pretty and serene even if it was created in an utter panic!

Now I’ve got to go replace all my Christian parenting books Hartly has pulled from the shelves. I hope some thing good rubs off on us both!

For the Tween Birthday Girl~

What do you get a tween for her 12th birthday? Why a giftcard to the tween mecca~ Claires!

Seriously, have you ever tried to get into that store on a Friday or Saturday? Not possible. Especially with a stroller!

For my God-daughter I braved it all and got her a giftcard. But, it needed a little dressing up.

I tried this process not too long ago with TC’s Black and White cartridge and really liked how it turned out. I thought I would try again, but this time correcting a few minor errors. And you get to learn from my mistakes!

I gently taped my bag on top of a white sheet of cardstock. This protects my mat from the ink and allows my bag to be free of any tape marks.

The bonus is I now have a fair amount of printed paper to use for later.

Since I know she will be buying makeup and jewelry I thought the vanity would be perfect. And of course, I had to make a matching little McKenna!

Both images were cut as a single image at 4″. All of the images and patterns are found on the Cricut Imagine Best Friends cartridge.

You know how sometimes a lightbulb just goes off? Because mine went off! I decided to use Letter Envy Font to make a M for the tag. This means I can enter it in the Cricut Magazine Challenge. Yippee!! This month they are allowing mulitple entries.

I flood filled the letter images with matching patterns and cut them at 2.5″. Isn’t the mini clothes line print adorable on the smaller scale? I think so!

I used~
Kraft bag, White Cardstock, Celebrations Ribbon and twine

I love how simple and easy the Imagine makes projects like this. Now if only it could do something about Claires!

I wonder~

Most of you know that our littlest was a SURPRISE! A shock would be a better description. This time around I feel like I am enjoying and appreciating each and every little thing more good and bad. It could be I’m older and more relaxed or that’s it just one baby rather than twins or I’ve lost that new mother that doesn’t know what she’s doing feeling. Whatever it is, I like it and it’s the reason I find I take SO many pictures. I want to capture all those cute and not so cute expressions and moments.

So, that brings us to my layout. When I opened the Studio Calico March kit, Story Hour, I was drawn to the wonderful Story Teller papers from Crate Paper. The street maps and building plans got me thinking of moving, planning a life and mostly what my children will become. The same things I think about when looking at all those pictures I take. And I know these are deep thoughts brought on by a single sheet of scrapbooking paper!

But, these are all things we recently experienced with my nephew. He graduated and got a job half way across the world in San Francisco. And yes, I know it’s just a plane ride away, BUT it doesn’t feel like it especially since most of the family lives within 15 miles of each other. I also know that one day way too soon I will be at that place with my own children.

For now I will just be happy to wonder~

My journaling~

I typed directly onto vellum. I then ran the vellum through my larger Xyron so the adhesive would not show.

My title~

I used~
Letter Envy Font for the & sign cut at 1.25″
Gypsy Font for the letter in wonder welded and cut at 2.25″
Elegant Edges for the border cut at 5 x .75″
Story Hour kit contents: Crate Paper Story Teller: Legend, Trademark and Document papers, Border Stickers, Queen & Co. Twinkle Goosebumps and the Dear Lizzy date stamp

Project Life ~Title

I have FINALLY started Project Life!! Yippee!!

I first saw this over at AliEdwards.com and instantly fell in love with the simplicity of it. Of course all the bright, happy colors and graphics attracted me too! You can make it anything you want it to be. So for me, I’m going to use it for ALL those pictures that I want to keep but not dedicate a whole scrapbook page to. I hope to stick to a weekly entry and incorporate multiple products and image cuts. Hopefully, life won’t get in the way of accomplishing this goal. Wish me luck!

My title page~

A close up of the year~

I used the new Cricut Circle cartridge, Letter Envy Font, for the numbers. I’m already loving this cart!

If you’re interested you can check out http://www.BeckyHiggins.com for Project Life details and products.

Backyard Fun

I just love this picture of my children with their cousins at the last year’s Easter Egg Hunt. I know they are not posed and smiling for the camera, but there is so much fun in seeing them interact with each other. Plus, the colors of the grass and trees remind me Spring will be here soon.

Bella Blvd’s challenge for Wednesday was to use patterned paper as an embellishment. Recently I picked up a Butterfly cut and emboss folder for the Cuttlebug which I thought would be perfect for this challenge. The only problem is I have NEVER had any success using my Cuttlebug with cutting dies. The only thing I could ever cut is my B plate! But, this weekend at the retreat Laura, Circle member and seated next to me, taught me how to use it! Yippee!

Look how beautiful they turned out~

I even challenged myself to use cream thread to hand stitch the butterfly trail.

I used~
Bella Blvd’s Plastino Trellis paper, Trellis Label Additions, Plastino Forget Me Nots paper, Sweet Celebration Stardust paper, Cream Cardstock, Cream floss, Perfect Pearl Mist
Letter Envy Font for the crest cut at 6.5″ I embossed this cut with the Script embossing folder.
CTMH Art Philosophy for the flowers cut at 2.25″

I have to say that I just love these flowers and can’t get enough of them. They are so easy to make!

Now that I’ve worked on these Spring pictures all I can think about is warm weather, sunny days and Easter candy. Hurry Spring!