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!

Whee!

Well, I didn’t find the pictures I wanted of just Ashlyn. I hope pictures of all three children will suffice for today. After all Ashlyn took all of these pictures. Does that count?

This is my Sketch 10 layout for Studio Calico’s Sketchbook 4 class.

I have only the final sketch to complete! Yay!

I used my Amy Tangerine pack I purchased some time ago. I just love her bright, happy colors and patterns. I think they go perfectly with these pictures of the kids enjoying a warm Friday afternoon drive home in my convertible Mini. And yes, I can fit all three kids in it comfortably. Well, at least I’m comfortable!

I love, love, love the Hello Fabric Thickers!

I used~
American Crafts Amy Tangerine Good, Scatter Sunshine, Oh Happy Grey papers, Hello Thickers, Hi Friend Remarks, Let’s Hang details

I added some hand stitching to my journaling and title.

One more layout and I promise it will be of Ashlyn! Can you guess WHO the scorekeeper is?

Best Game Ever

Nine sketches down and only two more to go! Just in time too. My new Get Messy class started yesterday!

My layout for Sketch Nine of my Sketchbook 4 class~

Notice anything?

There is not a single picture of you know who! And YES, it has been noted that a lot of my layouts are of you know who. So today I am making an effort to correct that. It’s just that she poses for pictures more than the other two!

Anyway, the focus of this sketch was a line of photos and embellishments across the top third of the layout.

I thought this would make a great display for Holden’s baseball pictures, so I dug out my Teresa Collins Sports Edition II pack and got busy.

I have fallen in love with the Print and Cut feature of the Silhouette Cameo especially the many Echo Park graphics that are available. I used several of the here- the baseball player, the Best Game Ever tag and the glove.

Aren’t they fabulous?

I used~
Teresa Collins Sport Edition II papers, journal tags, chipboard elements and brads
Echo Park baseball player, glove and Best Game Ever images from the Silhouette Studio

Now I am off to find pictures of Ashlyn!

No Momma, I don’t know HOW that came unplugged!

As I am writing this post, the girl pictured has been banished from my study for pulling on my computer cords and is screaming “MOMMA!” as loudly as possible. Oh me!

So forgive me if this doesn’t make sense, but the noise level is HIGH!

This is my layout for my Sketchbook 4 class Sketch 8. I followed the second version of the sketch. I was drawn to those great strips of patterned paper.

And I guess I need to confess that I found a new kit company, Elle’s Studio.
I know you’ve seen their adorable tags, but they also offer kits filled with exclusive products. I used the Here & Now kit for every bit of this layout with the exception of the Washi tape.

My layout~

You can imagine how long it took me to vacuum this day. Off, On, Off, On, Off, On…

My title and journaling~

I love how the Thickers look like the hard wood floors that I was attempting to clean.

A close up of the Elle’s tag and badge~

I used~
Elle’s Studio Here & Now kit contents: Crate Paper Story Teller Tomorrow paper, Lawn Fawn Bright side Bright-eyed paper, Studio Calico Numerical paper, Lilybee Design Buttercup Sunflower paper, Amy Tangerine Thickers Muse, Evalicious badges, Elle’s Studio Exclusinve kit stamp, Elle’s Studio journal tag
Cosmo Cricket Washi tape Ruler set

And don’t worry. Hartly and I have already made up. She’s back in here and busy opening all my tubs of pictures! Yikes!

POW!

My Close to My Heart order came in, and I just couldn’t wait to play with the new Super Hero line. So, I skipped ahead to Sketch 11 from Studio Calico’s Sketchbook 4 class. I know, I know! I should do them all in order, but this sketch let’s me show more of that wonderful comic book paper.

Isn’t it cute? Since I was already breaking the rules I decided to give the Cricut Craft Room a try. It worked! I used it to cut my Pow from the Crash! Boom! Pow! digital cartridge.

It was cut at 3.5″. I pop dotted each layer and assembled them a little askew.

I added a rub on, badge button and completed my layout.

All products are Close to my Heart Super Hero collection.

Now I have to add that there are days I do feel like a Super Hero with all the chasing Hartly, running kids back and forth and going to baseball games, but more often than not I feel like an ordinary, run of the mill, tired soccer mom. Eeek! At least I don’t drive a mini van!

Here Comes Big Trouble!

You know I think I take WAY too many pictures! But, that’s what happens when you’re enrolled in a photography class, right?

I’ve also noticed I’m doing a lot of layouts featuring the littlest. Hmmm…wonder if the big kids have noticed?

This is my layout for Sketch 7 for Studio Calico’s Sketchbook 4 class.

The main feature of this sketch was the large circle. I thought this would be the perfect base for my own Lil Sis playing off Hartly’s adorable shirt. It’s one of my favorites! I just love all those buttons and tried to recreate it using Hello Kitty Font and my button stash.

A close up~

I drew my stitches to give a little more definition to the letters.

I continued the circle theme by using CTMH Vintage Type stamps for part of my title and by creating a button border underneath my pictures.

The papers and embellishments in the Studio Calico Handmade kit matched the colors of Harty’s clothes so well and made this layout so easy to assemble. Got to love that! I added the October Afternoon Sasparilla Denim Paper to match her jeans.

I have to add that we were very excited about these jeans. This is the first pair little Miss Hartly could squeeze into. It seems shopping for toddler jeans is as frustrating and difficult as it is for grown women!

I used~
Handmade kit contents: Bazzill Two Scoops Raspberry Parfait paper, Green and Grey Cardstock, Amy Tangerine Goodness Thickers, Amy Tangerine Mini Aphas Olive
CTMH Alphabets Vintage Type
October Afternoon Sasparilla Denim Paper
MME Lost & Found buttons
Hello Kitty Font
White cardstock, Misc buttons from my extensive button collection

My 1st Happy Meal!

Yes, here in the Andrews’s household we celebrate EVERYTHING! Fast food included.

This is my layout following Sketch Six from Studio Calico’s Sketchbook Four class.
I am loving this class!

Here is my layout~

I used Echo Park This & That collection papers.

I love how the Pink Paislee spool buttons match and add some dimension to my border.

I just had to make my own happy smile to match Hartly’s Happy Meal box!

I used the smiley face from Feeling Groovy and hid all the features but the smile. It was cut at 5.35 inches to align with my journaling. For that I simply used Microsoft Works Skinny Jeans font.

And that’s about as close as Hartly will be getting to skinny jeans! At least for now. She’s my chunky monkey!!

I used~
Echo Park This & That papers
Kraft paper, Gold cardstock
Pink Paislee Spool Buttons from my Scarlet Lime kit
Thickers Lullaby and Jewelry Box

Hush Little Baby

Sketch Five from my Studio Calico Sketchbook Four class was a bit challenging for me. So, I did it twice! Actually, three times if you count the cuts I made, but quickly discarded.

This is my first attempt~

While I like it, I don’t love it. I used seam binding ribbon to create the lines from the sketch, but something seems off to me. I wanted to add a bright, sparkly TC gem to the date tag, but Ashlyn didn’t like that. Even with the bling I still don’t think I would be happy with this layout other than the adorable sleeping baby on it.

So here is my second attemt~

I got the idea for the triangles from the Crate Paper blog. The designer modeled her triangle pattern after a quilt. I thought a quilt pattern would be a great base for a picture of a sleeping Hartly. Isn’t scary seeing how my little brain works? BUT aren’t they fantastic?

I used a scalloped 1 1/4″ square punch to make various patterned squares and then cut them in half. I thought they worked perfectly to show the lines from the sketch.

A close up~

My title~

I used my Silhouette to cut the word Hush using the Lauren script welded and cut at a 3″ width.
I used the Petite Type Circle letters from my Authentique paper pack. And for once I was actually happy with how they looked!
To tie my title and cardstock elements together I added Martha Stewart sequin stars across the entire area.

I used~
Authentique Journey Collection items: Stroll, Voyage, Explore, Itinerary paper, Petite Type Circle letters, Tabloid cardstock elements
October Afternoon Sidewalks paper
Vellum, MS sequin stars

The exact same paper line and elements were used for the fist layout along with a Teresa Collins brad.

Boy, looking at these pictures I could almost want another little one.
Noticed I said almost!

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!

No matter where I go~

I have 10 toes to keep me entertained.

Both of my girls LOVED their toes! Holden not so much.

The girls could keep themselves busy playing with toes, socks and shoes.
And only one has out grown this!

So, when I came across this picture of Hartly and her piggies I knew I had to use it on my layout for Sketch Three of my Sketchbook 4 class. I followed the sketch closely.

I used the April Studio Calico City of Lights kit. The papers were a perfect match for my picture picking up Hartly’s skin tone and the green of the grass out the car window. I added a sheet of MME Miss Caroline Howy Doody “Lovely” Mums paper.

I thought the Studio Calico Please Note number stamp would be a cute addition.

Included in the City of Lights kit was the Enjoy the Ride stamp which I used in red to highlight the red in the paper. I added a few other MME embellishments to finish off my layout.

I used~
City of Lights kit contents: Studio Calico Register paper, Bella Blvd’s Spring Flings and Easter Things Mom’s Bouquet paper, Enjoy the Ride stamp
My Mind’s Eye Miss Carlonie brads, Miss Caroline Howy Doody “Lovely” Mums paper
Glitter Ribbon from the SC Story Hour kit
SC Please Note stamp
American Crafts Flair Good Golly badges from my Scarlet Lime kit
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.
Stampin Up Melon Mambo ink, black ink

And I must hurry as Hartly needs her shoes on RIGHT NOW!!