Monday, October 14, 2013

leaf decorating

Hey all!  Here's a "use your stash" layout!  Using up some fall BoBunny papers and embellishments from a few years ago. I just loved the colors of this line.  My baby was 3 in this pictures (he's almost 7 now). He seems so little to me!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 10, 2013



Here's another "use your stash" layout that I did with BoBunny's Mamarazzi 2.

My son likes me to take pictures of him doing random things. LOL  Here he's playing with two eagle puppets that he loves. He comes up with some really imaginative stories, and I like to remember that.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

another untitled...


Here's another untitled layout. I received the printed papers and ribbon as part of a goodie bag from a crop. Rather than putting it in my stash and forgetting about it for months/years, I decided to use it right away. The stuff was in my crop box but I didn't have pictures with me to use so I just went ahead with an idea I had.  I got my idea from the Cricut Circle message board, a challenge to use a pattern that I really love. I am TOTALLY  in love with wood grain patterns! I have stamps, embossing folders, misting stencils... and now the Artbooking cartridge has wood grain cuts on it. So I used the square wood grain cut and cut it so that I could have it on both sides of the die cut.

Lots of ribbon came with the papers, so I layered the tulle and brown and aqua ribbons across the pages, then added a flower spray I received in a swap. The final touch of a few handmade buttons from Charlene's Button Box and done! :)  Now to find photos and add a title and journaling.

Have a great day!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

untitled so far

Hello my crafty visitors! :)

So, I really have been trying to use only stash. However, I bought these Fancy Pants papers about a month and a half ago so I guess technically they are new. ;)  I did use some other stuff that IS old stash... some Maya Road kraft doily embelllishements, so stick pins, some buttons, and a couple Charlene's Button Box handmade buttons in flower shapes. The doilies on the doily print paper are the exact same doily as the paper doily I had in my stash, which I colored with Scattered Straw Distress Stain.

I had the papers in my workbox that went with me to crop yesterday, but I didn't have any pics chosen to go with them. However, I loved the papers so much that I made a layout anyway, hence why this doesn't have a title yet since I don't know what pics will go with it. ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Almost Time


Here's another use your stash layout! The background paper is from Kaiser, and I used all sorts of embellishments from my stash. Chipboard swirl, a transluscent clock (I think from Maya Road?), bling brads from BoBunny, glittered chip bird I think from K&Co, some ephemera that is possibly from 7gypsies, a felt scallop border, a doily, a heart button from Charlene's Button Box...

The picture is from a little over a week before I gave birth, so it's perhaps the only pic of me at my preggo hugeness. LOL  Normally I'm not fond of the one-photo layouts but sometimes that's all you have! Work with what you got, right?

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

zoo adventure


Here's another "use your stash!" layout! This time I'm using up some Kaiser Craft papers. I just love the colors. And they went well with the photos.

We were visiting my mom in Oklahoma, this is just a few pictures of the Oklahoma City Zoo.

I used some CTMH stamps, they are boy stamps in circle seal shapes, and after stamping them I punched them out with a circle punch, to use them as embellishments. They went well with the stamped seal motif in one of the printed papers (the split circle shape). 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Back To School

Happy Sunday!

Here's a second layout with the Echo Park collection, Paper & Glue that I made a few weeks ago as a "guest designer" for my friend Irene of Little Masterpieces kit company.

This one is very busy! lol but the papers are a little busy. I think they are super cute! I love the globe sticker.

Kits to make this layout will be available through my friend's website soon, if you want one, drop her a line and she'll save you one. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Field Trip!


I apologize for the photo, I took it at my friend's house, where I did not have time to get a good shot set up.

A few saturdays ago, my friend Irene of Little Masterpieces asked me if I'd be willing to help her at her kit booth at a crop. She said she always paid for a helper to come, not so much that she thought it would be too busy but that she wanted company as well as a help if needed. I was game! She also told me to bring stuff to scrap as there'd be time to scrap at the booth. So I did.

HOWEVER, I ended up being her "guest designer" that day instead! I designed 4 layouts that day for her, two sports ones and two school ones. These school ones were designed using Echo Park's Paper & Glue collection.  I'll post the other school layout tomorrow. This one is my favorite of the two. :)

And if you think you'd like this kit when she's finished kitting them up, stop by her website and drop her a note, she'll save one for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Sword Play


I have been seriously using up my stash lately. Here's another layout using up a Kaiser line!

The arrows are from the Cricut Boho Iron on cartridge. I also found a postage border on Elegant Edges that I liked, and added some stars to it before cutting it out. The paper line had a sheet that had stars in circles, and I punched those out in 1 inch circles, then covered them with epoxy bubbles (actually epiphany punch bubbles but I got rid of the punches).

We had gone to a fencing practice to see some friends, and my son was, of course, fascinated with the fencing! My friend Alex took a break to give my son some pointers (haha) and let Kevin poke him a few times with the swords. ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Knight in Shining Armor

Hello! :)

I don't always design my own pages. I occasionally buy kits. I like to use kits when I first get to a crop and need to "get in the groove" or toward the end of a long crop when I'm not ready to quit but don't have a lot of time left to come up with something but don't want to quit too early either... so pull out a kit!  I bought this kit from my friend Irene, who has a kit business Little Masterpieces. I bought this one from her some time ago, and recently finished it. It uses BoBunny papers and embellishments.

The pictures are of my hubby on our wedding day. :)

My only worry is that I'm nearly out of kits!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Brick Town


Here is another layout from our trip to Oklahoma to visit mom a couple years ago. I used We R Memory Keepers collection (one about family from a few years ago) for almost this whole trip. However, there's an aditional WRM sheet that had this map of Oklahoma on it. I used my cutter to cut a star out of a square and adhered that right over the town my mom lives in. I also cut the title. There's a cute banner made of circles printed with maps but I don't remember the manufacturer... maybe Studio Calico? hmm. I'm too lazy to go dig it out of my embellishment bag to see. lol

We went into Oklahoma City to Brick Town, a downtown attraction that has been completely rehabbed into a canal with a water taxi tour. Kevin loved the boat ride, and the sites were fun to see!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Flood 2013


Here's a layout I did of the flood this year. This area gets flooded almost every year because of the Mississippi and the various creeks that handle all the storm water. Most of our floods, while annoying and costly to clean up, they are not emergencies like they used to be. The city I live in has gotten very good at handling floods, and most of the homes that got flooded regularly have since been torn down. This year though, a lot of the flooding was due to too much rain in a short time, and a lot of houses that never have a problem got flooded basements.  Some of the pictures (top right) are of the stormwater drainage/creek by my work parking lot, which kept getting a little flooded though not while I was parked there.

I recently finished using up all the Amy Tangerine papers from her first release, and this is one of the layouts. The cloud paper was perfect in my mind. ;)  I also used some thickers for the title.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Jo's Famous Pizza


If you ever get down south, in this case, Edmond Oklahoma... you should really stop in a Jo's Famous Pizza restaurant! One can easily get bored of pizza around the QC, but this small southern franchise does have something unique (to me!) to offer.  Firstly, they had some pizza flavors I'd never tried. Second, they allow you to order pizza in different flavors up to 4 quarters. Perfect for us since there were four of us!  But best of all, they brought my son a small pizza cardboard and a small ball of pizza dough to play with while we waited! BRILLIANT!  He was completely consumed by the novelty of playing with the pizza dough. Mom and I dug through our purses for things he could use to press patterns into the dough since a fork wasn't enough! lol  And their pepper poppers were AWESOME. I don't often scrapbook restaurant visits unless they are tied to a birthday celebration or something but this one was memorable.

I used a We R Memory Keepers collection from a few years ago that was in my stash, which I believe I've used for this most of the pics from this vacation. :) The embellishments all came from the collection except for the tiny buttons. The paisleys were fussy-cut from one of the printed papers. I used the cricut to cut the title letters, I believe the font is from the CM Cheerful Seasons cartridge. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Best of Times


Here's a kit I designed for the couple friends who like to buy kits.  I used a lot of cricut cartridges for this one.

Elegant Edges for the die cut shape on the right, and it's shadow.
Flower Shoppe for the rolled flowers
Party Picks and Pennants for the banners (CCR exclusive cartridge)
Phrases for the words and oval

Unfortunately I can't remember what manufacturer the paper came from! I just know I bought it at the last remaining LSS we have here, Scrapbooking Studio. I also used some lace from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Des Moines Science Museum


Another "use your stash" layout for you today!  It also happens to be more Kaiser papers. I used to buy almost every collection of Kaiser Craft papers that came out! I still love them, but rarely see Kaiser in person to buy anymore. I also used some old rubons and some letter stickers from my stash, a Bazzill embossed paper star, and a T-rex cricut cut from Dinosaur Tracks cartridge. The bottom border is cut from a Fiskers border punch.

When we were in Des Moines in May, we stopped to see the DM Science Museum, and they had a replica of "Sue", the T-Rex that resides at the Chicago Field Museum plus a special exhibit on dinosaurs. Score for us! Kevin enjoyed digging for dino bones, plus the other exhibits like the lego car making, the rocket making and the weather tv station where they sometimes actually broadcast the weather on a local tv station.

Hope to see you again, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

DemiCon 36


Here's a layout using up some old Kaiser stash I had, plus some Maya Road chipboard gears, rubons, and Thickers. I apologize about the glare on the photos! It's very annoying to have that. :(   Anyway, this is actually a FOUR page layout! Because I had so many pics I wanted seen and not hidden in flap books. Since I had plenty of this stash, I just went for it. I like to do multiple pages sometimes, for the big events.

I used Picket Fence Distress Stain on the chipboard gears, which I thought turned out very nice. I fussy-cut the robots from the printed papers. Since this event is a Science Fiction convention, it seemed appropriate. :)  I also added our nametags as memorabilia on the last page of the layouts, but I couldn't find my husbands nametag yet so I left space for it to be added later.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 2, 2013

at work

Here's another layout I created with the Mamarazzi 2 line of papers from BoBunny. :) I also used a scrap of ribbon and some Jillibean letters. :)

This is a picture of a friend of mine who is a teacher at one of the schools I drive school bus for. I'm stopped at her school, and she didn't know I had my phone out ready to take her picture at my school bus door. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I love it when layouts kind of just make themselves, like this one did.

The papers in this layout are an old We R Memory Keepers line. I loved their stitched papers! The stitched "Family" paper saved me from coming up with a title. ;)  I used a punch to make the alternating scallop borders. 

I used the CTMH cricut cartridge Art Philosophy and the chipboard banner pieces to make the banner covered in coordinating printed cardstock with a black scallop shadow, and tulle to hold it together.

The rest of the embellishments are mostly from the line of papers, though I did use some word stickers from K&Co, and some mini alphas.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013



I actually make most of this layout when I realized almost all my Amy Tangerine collection was used up, and this stuff was all that was left. I made the layout base then stuck it in my workbox to find a picture for later. When I went to a crop last saturday, I pulled this out first and found a picture to put on it, and a couple embellishments from my stash and some thickers and viola! all done.

No cricut this time! just stuff from my stash.  The flower was punched out with a flower punch from a soda can. I made the flower years ago and left it in my stash. lol

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sarge Skeleton

Here's a layout I made this past weekend. I finished using up this  line of paper from Kaiser Craft.

A while back Provocraft released some digital only files called "Movable Monsters" and then let us play with them for free. My son wanted the skeleton one, and we made it as big as I could, and fastened the parts with brads. My son loved it! He insisted we put a soldier hat on it, which I think I got from Stand and Salute.

For the layout, I used a skeleton from Happy Hauntings for the page, and the same soldier hat. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

PS:  oh and I have to tell ya... a couple of my scrapping buddies got the Cameo. I've been kind of envious of their ability to cut anything they want with the software that came with it.  Then I remembered I had bought Make the Cut 3 years ago! So, I did some digging around and realized I had not updated my cricut... and now I have an older version of MTC set up on my laptop, and can cut to at least one of my cricuts with it! Woo Hoo!  Thanks to Okie, especially. :)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Family Gather

On a message board we have a weekend challenge to make a party related project.  These photos are from a July 4th party some of my family had a couple years ago. Most just family standing around or sitting and chatting. lol  but we did do karaoke! I scrapped those pictures separately. ;)

I used We R Memory Keepers paper line from several years ago, that was in my stash. Plus stash pom ribbon and stash flowers and bling. :)  The font used for "gather" is from the cricut cartridge Fontopia. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Wedding Reception

Hellooo all!

Here's another layout using Graphic 45 and pictures from my friend's steampunk themed wedding. These pictures were taken at the reception.

There were butterflies on the cake so even though they didn't look like the G45 butterflies, I thought it appropriate to use the butterflies in the paper with these pics. The wedding really was lovely. Everyone made their awesome costumes. Can you believe the bride made her cake? She works at the local supermarket bakery so I'm not as surprised. She didn't do all the decorating of it though, she had someone else do that.

Anyway... I used mostly the G45 Steampunk Debutante stash along with some ribbon, some flowers from my stash, some stick pins, and bling. The title was cut from Art Nouveau cricut cartridge.

Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Steampunk Wedding

Here's another layout with Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante!

A friend of mine had a steampunk themed wedding back in May. It was lovely. Naturally, the G45 papers were perfect with this particular subject. :)

I also had some chipboard wings from a sizzix die that I cut a few years ago when I worked at the LSS. I used Distress Stain to color them, then inked the edges. I also had some gears... Prima I think. And some Bo Bunny brads. :)  I did cut some mini book pages for the flip book of extra photos in the bottom corner. I'm pretty sure the pages came from one of the CTMH cricut cartridges, Art Philosophy maybe? Anyway,

thanks for stopping by. :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Steampunk Adventurers


Today I have a layout I made with the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante collection.

The pictures are from the last science fiction convention we went to. We wanted to participate in the steampunk activities that were going on, so we created some costumes and had a lot of fun. :)

I love this line of papers. I used primarily the G45 papers and cut out a lot of the tags and pictures. I also used a flower stem I made for part of a flower stem swap I was in. There are also some brads from my stash that I think were Bo Bunny. And of course a button from Charlene's Button Box. :)  The gears border is from Paper Lace 2 (say what! awesome!)  I think the title font is Carousel but I'm not 100% sure.  I cut a straight banner and folded it so that it looks like an actual folded fabric banner. This mimics the sign we are holding in one of the pictures. I love G45!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Heritage Days

Here's the last layout I'm posting from cropping at Lorado. I forgot that this one also uses Mamarazzi 2.

We have a little "pioneer village" by our local county park, and they have events a couple times a year where volunteers dress up in period costumes and demo stuff like spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, and they even do a "gun fight".  :)

Most of the layout is made from Mamarazzi stash. The scallop border is made from 1.5 inch circles I punched out, inked the edges and layered to make the scallops.  The horse and carriage are from the Heritage cartridge, and the title was welded from Old West. I just LOVE the horse and carriage!

Thanks for stopping in!

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Hi hi.
Here's another layout with the Mamarazzi 2 line made at the Lorado crop earlier this month.

My kid found out from his friend that our local planetarium was having an 'open house' that night, and I told him I wasn't sure we'd go, since I was feeling kind of tired that day. He went off and drew a picture of stars, planets and a telescope and told me "mom! this is how much I want to go!"  How can a mom resist that??? So we went. Of course you can't take pictures inside the planetarium or inside the telescope observatory that we visited (we saw saturn's rings). But there was also a geology museum that I did take pictures in.

I used mostly Mamarazzi 2 stash, but there's also a couple buttons from Charlene's Button Box, and a cricut cut dinosaur bone fossil from Dinosaur Tracks cartridge. I really love the colors of Mamarazzi 2.  I didn't use up all the collection yet, so I hope to finish using it up at the next crop I go to.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

play silk day

Greetings! bonus post!!!  :)

Here's a quickie page I made. LOOK!  my subject is a boy.... and I have flowers on the patterned paper! I personally do not think it looks overly girly.  Besides, my son still likes flowers. So there. :P  The pictures are from a Waldorf Homeschool day at a friend's house where we dyed silks for the kids to play with (for making forts or using as capes). Our silk is dyed with turmeric! It came out a gorgeous shade of sunny yellow!

Anyway, the background paper is Bo Bunny. I cut some pennants and ran them through embossing folders in a couple patterns. There's a few stickers from JilliBean Soup from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by!


Well Hello again!

Here's another layout I made at the Lorado crop earlier this month. I used more Mamarazzi 2 stash!

The pics are from the previous Lorado crop. My cropping buddies and I did a photo with mustaches from the digital CCR images from Mustaches and Glasses. I used the mustache stick from the photo for the layout.

One of my scrapping buddies handed me the sketch from a kit she made, and I used it to inspire this layout. :)

Thanks for stopping in. :)

Friday, August 16, 2013

First Tooth

Hello hello!

Here's another layout done at the Lorado crop. This one was also made with Mamarazzi 2.

I think the photos are self-explanatory. LOL

I used more polaroid frames cut from Brooklyn. Unfortunately I don't remember what cartridge I got the "first tooth" cut from! But that little white tooth also came from the same place.  I also used a button from Charlene's Button Box.  The rest is all Mamarazzi stash!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Hi all!

Here's the next installment of Lorado crop pages. :)

The next paper collection I pulled out to work with is the Mamarazzi 2 collection from Bo Bunny. I LOVED the first Mamarazzi.  So of course I bought all the papers from this line months ago when it came out. I know... I'm supposed to be using stash, but every once in a while I need to buy something really cool.

One of my coworkers brought one of her rehab Cockatoos into the bus lot, and she was really a sweet bird!

The arrows were made with a leftover cut negative that I saved after cutting out arrows for a different layout. I used Distress Stain to ink in the arrows. The arrows are from the Boho cricut cartridge. I also cut out a polaroid frame from the Brooklyn cartridge. Other than a button made by Charlene's Button Box, a Kaiser filmstrip rub on, everything else is from the Mamarazzi line.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

2 of Us Together Making Memories kit

Greetings all!

This layout is from a Basic Grey kit of the month kit. I bought it at Lorado for $5. I'm going to put wedding pictures on it.

This last Lorado was 3 days long, and at one point I was feeling uninspired and unmotivated. When that happens, I pull out a kit and work on that, it usually jump starts me! (which it did!)  The kit is pretty but it was not a paper collection I would have bought, which is even better that I only had to do one layout with it. I like the layout and it will go well with wedding pics. :)

Thanks for visiting. :)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Roll Pods

Hello again :)

Here's the last layout I completed with the Prima Craftsman collection and the science fiction convention photos.

These pics are from my favorite room party at the convention. The author guest of honor was David Weber, and his books are some of my favorites. His biggest fan club had a huge presence at the convention, and held the BEST room party on both nights. They created a drink called "missile pods" and a drinking game to go with it. (now you know why it was my favorite! lol)

The embellishment is a manticore, a symbol in the books by the author. Of course, none of the cricut cartridges I own had a manticore on them, nor do I own a cameo.  However, the parts that make up a manticore are a lion body, bat wings and a scorpion tail. So I just used my gypsy to cut out the parts I needed and put them together on the embellishment. I couldn't weld them because I was unable to hide the cuts I didn't want. But it all worked out!

Thanks for coming to see my work!

Monday, August 12, 2013


I'm going to throw in a bonus post for today! that makes 2 posts in one day, gasp!  But I made this layout yesterday for the Cricut Circle weekend challenge to use the SUN somewhere in a project.

Note that I didn't use a single cricut cut in this layout. It is, in fact, one of the simpler layouts I've done lately. Though after I took this picture I ended up adding a few more of those tiny butterfly stickers elsewhere, as I thought the layout needed a few more.

However, this weekend I USED UP my stash of Amy Tangerine papers. yay! Sometimes I get tired of looking at certain paper collections and for some reason I had more than I needed of this one!

Thanks for stopping by!


Hello!  Here's another layout I did at the Lorado crop. :)

I also made this with Prima's Craftsman collection papers. More pictures from the science fiction convention too. The folks in Klingon costume were doing a charity jail, so I had my friend Steve arrested. muahahaha.  Anyway, I'm a fan of Star Trek and the Klingons in particular.

I made the Klingon symbol on my gypsy! I thought it turned out kind of awesome. lol

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Demicon 24

Here's another layout I did at the Lorado crop. At the Lorado crops Sue (the organizer) lets us pick the parts of our goodie bag. At the previous Lorado crop I picked this paper line from Prima, the Craftsman collection. I have no idea when it came out, but it seemed like something I could use. :)

So I used it up at this last Lorado crop! This is one of the layouts I made with it, pictures from the last science fiction we went to. I had lots of pictures so I made some "flip books" to store them on the layout.

I used the cricut cartridge Mini Monograms on this layout, totally an oldie that I have never used. I also used up some stash rub ons. Love that I'm using up stash, even the "new" stash. ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 9, 2013


I don't know about most other people but when I go to a crop, sometimes I have trouble getting started. To solve that problem I sometimes take a kit that someone else designed, or in the case of last weekend's Lorado crop, I had a couple layouts that I had started but never finished for whatever reason.  This is one of those unfinished layouts. I had everything done but the photo and embellishments. I think I put it away because I didn't know how to finish it! But when I pulled it out last weekend, it went together in a snap. I used stash for everything!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lorado Scrappy retreat!

Hello all!  This past weekend I went back to the Lorado Taft Crop located in Oregon IL, at the Lowden State Park.  The Lorado Taft campus in the park is just beautiful! It's so relaxing to be there. No stress! The food is wonderful. Granted, the sleeping arrangements are dorm rooms, but hey, who sleeps at a crop retreat?? ;)

All those lovely scenery pics... wait what's that at the top? that would be the snack table in our cropping room that my friends filled with every sugary treat imaginable... I could have none of it! ugh, lol. ;)

I got lots of scrapbook pages done! You'll be seeing them soon! I will start writing the posts now so they will go up automatically the next several days! Also, there was a name tag contest, and normally I don't do the contests but this time I had an idea, and ran with it. This is what I came up with:

Since I used to teach belly dance I thought this was appropriate. :)  I even made it so her hips would wiggle! I wish I looked as good when I was dancing! LOL!  Oh, and I did win the contest! $25 toward my purchase at the crop store. :)  I used my cricut (Rock Princess) to cut the dancer, but altered the clothing cuts to make her costume.

Come back soon, I will have lots of layouts to share! Thanks for stopping by!

(oh and if you are interested in the crop, contact the owner of this store for more info

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Remembering Dad

Hello all.

Today I'm sharing with you a layout I made of the pictures of my father's memorial party that was held after his passing. He did not want a funeral, so family and friends came to celebrate his life at my stepmom's house.  We had boards of photos of his life, lots of food and lots of remembering. Dad passed away July 6, 2011.

Of course I'm still using stash! This is an old line of We R Memory Keepers papers. The dandelions are from the Storybook cricut cartridge.

Miss you dad.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Happy Campers

I have a two page layout today, that I designed as a kit for some friends of mine. It's summer time, and some of us like to CAMP!  The simple patterns of Simple Stories' "Take a Hike" line of papers were an excellent background for the pages. And of course I found plenty of Cricut images to cut! I used my Gypsy to design the layout so all the images of sized on my gypsy, but you can always cut them at the nearest 1/4 inch!

"Happy Campers" is from Outdoor Man, and cut at 2.70 inches.
The sleeping bag is also from Outdoor Man and cut at 1.5 inches.
The camp fire is from Outdoor Man and cut at 2.5 inches.
The tent is from Camp Out and cut at 3.5 inches.

The squares across the top were hand cut from the sheet of paper that was all squares of camp and park signs. After cutting them I glued them to squares of brown cardstock to mat them. They fit perfectly across the top.

Thanks for stopping to visit and happy cricuting!

Friday, June 14, 2013

A surprise in my mail box!!!!

I received this gorgeous accordian book in the mail today as a Random Act of Kindness!!! It's simply gorgeous!! Barbara, who, last I heard does not have a blog, made this stunning creation, knowing that it would be perfect for me!

The details are lovely! I just love that victorian shoe. :) :) :)

I must fill it with lovely pictures and display it prominantly!!!

Thank you Barbara!!!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Duck Duck Goose!

Hello hello!

Here is a layout I did with We R Memory Keepers line from a few years ago. My photos were fairly neutral so I could use just about anything with them, but you know I'm on a use the stash kick so when I pulled out this line, I planned to use it up!

The geese or duck die cuts came from the Cricut cartridge Wildlife. I majorly changed them up though, cutting not just the standard layers included on the cartridge, but I cut extras or made some extra snips to make my birds kind of match the birds in the photos.

Unfortunately I don't remember which cartridge I used to cut the title. :)

I also used some Kaiser rub-ons that I had in my stash.

And hey! I'm posting this layout for the Stuck On U Sketches blog! My favorite challenge blog, wish I had time to do more challenges!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 30, 2013


1984... no, not the book by Orwell! :)
It was the year I graduated from High School, and the year I joined the Air Force.
It's now also the first year which has no photos (that I know of) left in my photo stash to scrapbook!

Before I began working on a layout, I was hunting through my photos looking for something to scrap, and I realized that the tab for "1984" was nearly empty. I'd scrapped almost everything! So I decided to do an "overview" layout and finish that year up! So this layout is the result.

I used stash, Echo Park papers and brads, and some other stuff including a Charlene's Button Box button. The shape on the right was cut with the Cricut cartridge Elegant Edges. This particular shape is very much like the outer edge of the We R Memory Keepers Lucky 8 punch named "Vine Bracket". I like punches but I can't justify the expense these days with our tighter budget. So it was nice to stumble on a cut that can be used instead of the punch.... at any size I like!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 22, 2013


Hello everyone!Today I have for you a layout of me and my dance troupe doing a dance I created back in 2006.

This layout is for the Left of Center challenge blog I design for. This time I wanted to do the alternative challenge of using punches, so I've used a border punch that is a design similar to my "door" frame.  The punch is from EK.  The font is the Cricut cartridge Jasmine, the "door" frame is from the Cricut cartridge Disney Princesses Dreams Come True (page 70, I used the base cut but hid the cuts inside the frame with my gypsy), behind the door frame is a pattern from the cartridge Paper Lace 2. The filmstrips are cut from Mickey and Friends, sized on my gypsy to fit the mini photos I printed (printed at 2x3, 4 to a 4x6 print); these mini pics are several shots of the dance as we were doing it, lifted from the video my hubby took.

I used Basic Grey's Marrakech line of papers from several years ago, obviously from my stash. :) I also had some bling in my stash that I used. There are 6 shiny circles on the pages, those are "shisha" mirrors... tiny mirrors that have been encircled by thread. Shisha are a common clothing embellishment of costumes from India, which our costumes are based on and many of us had lots of shisha on our clothing. I had some bags of these mirrors left over from making costumes and I knew I had to use a few of them on the layout.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

River Ride

Hi all! I have another layout using stash! I decided to use another shape trend that's been popular lately. I haven't been so fond of the chevron patterned papers... they are often too "busy" for my eyes.

Well I was looking through my cartridges for something to cut to represent water on my layout and I could not find anything to blew my skirt up. lol... all the waves I saw were just not working for me really as they reminded me of the ocean, not the river we were on that day.  However, chevrons are stylized enough that the image is water-like yet doesn't scream "ocean" to me. Plus, they are trendy. LOL

I discovered there really aren't just chevrons to cut on the 250 some cartridges I own... I found a couple but they weren't sharp or clean chevrons... more like zig zags. However, I was paging through Letter Envy and found a square shapeish thing that was made of chevrons, though they were deeper than I wanted.

So I took that shape from Letter Envy (key 14 shift crest) and stretched it out on my gypsy to width 16.25" and height 6.25" over a 12x24 mat on the gypsy (though I cut them out on a 12x12 mat).  This made the chevrons less deep and long enough to cover 12x12 pages.  We know that cutting on a 12x12 mat, the cricut does not cut all the way to the edge of the paper.  So I had to carefully snip at the edges of the chevrons to make them fully 12 inches wide. Not a big deal, but wanted to be clear.  There were more than enough chevrons to use across 2 pages, and I had some chevrons left over.

I like to look in my cartridges for shapes I can use to fit with trends yet not have to buy anything! A little adjustment on my gypsy (or use CCR!) and I have exactly what I need.

Happy crafting!

Cricut Info and Supplies used:
Designed by Michele Donner-Ramsey
Machines used:  Expression, Gypsy
Cartridges used:  Letter Envy
Other Supplies:  KaiserCraft papers, Thickers, brads

Monday, March 11, 2013


Hello crafty friends!

I went to a scrapbooking retreat this past weekend. When I go to crops I usually try to have a simple project or a kit to do first, to help me get into that scrappy "groove". I didn't have anything like that this time, so my first page that I made is simpler than is my usual style I think... however, I like it anyway because I used a bunch of flowers and buttons from my stash. ;)

The die cut is from BoBunny. The title was cut from the cricut cartridge Out of Character.  :)

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