Wednesday, January 30, 2013

missing dad

Hi scrappy friends!
Here's the last layout I've made with the BoBunny line that I've been working with.  So this is a "use your stash!" page. :)

These are the second to last pictures taken of my dad before he passed away...

I used a cricut to cut the scallop oval shape, but I can't remember exactly which cartridge it came from. There's another yellow oval there, and it is a crocheted oval that someone was making for Scrapaganza back when it was open. It's been in my stash for a while so I thought I'd try using it. I've also used some white flourishes, some off white little flowers, and I punched some circles from scraps and folded them in the dahlia fold to make "flowers".  There are also a few random brads, a Charlene's Button Box leaf button, and a strip of ribbon. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 28, 2013

love it!

Hi everyone!
Here's another layout using only my stash!!!  I used Echo Park's For The Record 2 paper pack.

The photo is one I took on my bus, I thought the clouds were neat looking in the cross-over mirror. :)

I scraplifted this design from, her layout was a pumpkin patch layout. :)

The only cricut is the yellow paper the picture is on, and the diamond print border which is cut from Elegant Edges.

Most of the embellishments come from the stickers in the paper pack. There's a Charlene's Button Box button in there. :) There are some chipboard gears from Maya Road I believe, that I used some mist on. There are some brads left over from another line of BoBunny papers. I also used another mist-able camera that I think comes from Studio Calico. I didn't realize it till this layout that those little camera parts can be separated so they can be colored differently. So I used black mist on the camera body and "Brushed Pewter" Distress stain on the other parts. Instead of spraying the mist on the camera or the gears, I unscrewed the cap and just let drops fall from the little hose... that made the ink easier to control and made less of a mess.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

little moments with mom


Well here's another page done only with stash!  For The Record 2 by Echo Park, to be exact. :)  My mom came to visit and my son and I had a great time with her for the few days she was here!

The only cricut on this layout is the blue label shape at the top that I cut in half after cutting out. I don't remember which cartridge I got it from... there are several now that have some variation of this shape.

The rest are stickers and embellishments that came from the paper pack's sticker sheets. I had some buttons, including a Charlene's Button Box button (a bird) a mist-able camera from Studio Calico I think? Some scallop ovals from a punch. Pretty simple layout to throw together. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hey everyone! 
Here's another "use your stash!" layout, done with Bo Bunny papers (same line as "this kid" from a few days ago).

I didn't use my cricut at all on this one. The scalloped circle "flower" thing is something I had in my stash from a class I taught at Scrapaganza years ago! Ribbon, bling and Charlene's Button Box owl button all from stash. :)  This page went together super fast compared to most pages! lol

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Give Thanks


Here's is another project made entirely from my stash.

It's a kit that I created for some friends... since I create most of these kits from stash, I only make a handful of them. The papers used are from DCWV and cardstock.

The Cricut cartridges I used were Autumn Celebrations (Cornucopia), Elegant Edges (large label shape), Art Philosophy (tags), MS Seasonal Cake Art (Title).

Here's a secret:  The brown shadow of the large label shape is not whole... I cut the base of the cornucopia and the shadow of the title in the center of the label shape shadow to conserve paper! You'd never know because the top green layer of the large label shape hides the hole left by cutting those out. :) 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

this kid

Hello all!
Here's a layout I finished recently, using stash only! Some Bo Bunny I had, no idea how long I've had it! lol

I scraplifted the design... thank goodness she "watermarked" her picture of her page so I can give her credit! Aymee is a lovely scrapper! I am trying to remember to watermark my images but I often forget.

So back to the page... the banners around the outer edge were just cut on my paper trimmer, embossed with a swiss dot embossing folder, hand cut the ends and inked the edges and gently ran the ink pad over the embossing.

The cat is cut from the Cricut cartridge Create-a-Critter... I think around 2.5 inches. There's a little handmade button from Charlene's button Box there too. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 18, 2013

We Are Together

Here's a kit I finished a couple weekends ago. We just came from a couple months of doing things with our families. Not all of it may have been holiday related! I design these kits for a few friends of mine and they like these more general pages sometimes.  :) As a bonus, everything in this layout was from my stash!

I really like the "bird on a wire" imagery I found in the printed papers. I wanted a border along the bottom that mimics the print. I did a search on my Gypsy and didn't find anything like that on any cartridge I had. So, I created my own!  I am providing a link to the gypsy file below, please feel free to use it on your own pages! If you post it on your blog, let me know, I'd love to see it. :)

The images I chose are a little whimsical but kind of formal. I wanted a bird image but I also chose the chair because when we visit some of my family, we spend a lot of time sitting and watching the birds through their patio doors. The images evoke those wonderful memories of past gathers for me.

Adhesive-backed pearls add accents to the cuts.
I design on my Gypsy and sometimes I don't pay much attention to sizes. I will list the sizes here but if you don't have a Gypsy, you can always round the size to the nearest quarter inch.

The bird and birdcage are from Sophie, and were cut at 5.38"
The label behind is cut from Elegant Edges at 4.7"
"Together" is from Sophisticated and cut at 2.75"
"we are" is also cut from the Sophisticated font, cut at 1"
The chair is from Sophisticated and cut at 5.69"
The birds on a wire were welded from several cartidges: a stretched dash from Plantin and birds from Heritage, Everyday Pop-up Cards and Picturesque.

Cricut Info and supplies used:
Cricut machines used:  Expression, Gypsy
Cartridges used: Sophie, Elegant Edges, Sophisticated, Plantin, Heritage, Everyday Pop-Up Cards, Picturesque
Other Supplies: Bazzill Cardstock, We R Memory Keepers Antique Chic printed cardstock, adhesive flat-back pearls, Distress Ink Black Soot, adhesives

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Gingerbread Lovin

Hello all!

Last weekend I went to crop at the scrapbook store across the river. The whole time I worked on kits for friends. This is the first one I got done! The paper used for this kit was not from my stash, as most of the papers I use for kits are. I had something very specific in mind, and I could find nothing in my extensive stash to use! Since I was at that store anyway, I went ahead and bought some papers that were what I was looking for.

I used the Gingerbread cricut cartridge for the "cookie" shapes along the bottom row. The "ornaments" at the top were made with an ornament I found on the Heritage cartridge. I resized them slightly on my gypsy so th that the white layer would be slightly smaller so they would look more like the ones that came from the Gingerbread cartridge. The font is Type Candy cartridge... two different fonts.

I like it, and as soon as I've sold the kits and they've put them together, I'll add our pictures of my son's gingerbread house. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

2012 - My favorites in review!

Happy New Year!

I saw a few blogger friends had posted their favorites for the year, so I think I'll do the same! :) However, I wasn't a consistent blogger, nor did I post pages in order of making them in the month I made them. So rather than choose by month, I'll just pick out twelve of my favorites for the year!

I am rather fond of this one! I like the design, but I particularly like that I made it from a piece of cardstock that was "tossed aside". I had used a wood grain mask to mist spray some other pages, and a friend suggested that before I wash the mask off I should use it to "stamp" the excess mist ink onto another piece of cardstock and save it for use later. What I great and frugal idea! That what I did and the background cardstock is the result.

The local scrapbook store that I worked at closed in late 2011. I was very bummed! I loved the store owners and my co-workers. *sad sigh*

Anyway, we had a Halloween crop where we could wear costumes. I wasn't even supposed to work that day, but I had taken my son out to trick or treat and wore a costume myself. I just had to stop in and see everyone's costumes. Someone took this fabulous photo of two of my co-workers and myself, and it was interesting how well our costumes coordinated. I had to scrap it! I just love this page.

After the store closed, customers who had become my friends asked me to continue making kits for them to buy. I had been one of the kit designers for the store and I had some loyal fans. ;) So this layout was my first kit that I made after the store closed.

This layout was inspired by Jana Eubank, and I made it into a kit to sell. One of my favorite kits, I just think it's cute. :)

I didn't make a lot of cards this year.
I used to make them a lot!  If all my cards turned out this pleasing to my eye, I'd make them more often! LOL  I love it, I still haven't given it to anyone yet!

My favorite color combination is red, black and white. I designed this layout to be a kit. I was really pleased with it! Turned out that many others were pleased as well. LOL

I really loved how these photos turned out after editing them in Instagram. I had to make the perfect layout for them!
I am very happy with how this one turned out.

I don't make many "cutesy" layouts even though I love the cricut cartridges that are cute like Create a Critter. However, when I do make them, I really really like them. I need to make more while my kid is still a kid! LOL

I made this mini book for a friend, and I loved how it turned out.

You definitely need to check out the original post to see all the pages!

This layout was definitely an experiment. :)  I had not ever used the cartridge 50 States, but it was the only cartridge I could find violets on. I am pleased with how the violets turned out. It took me two crops to finish! LOL

 Another kit I made, it had been a project on my mind for months. I'd seen several layouts by other designers that were reminiscent of quilting. I just had to do something too. It was a bit complicated for a kit but those that bought it were happy with it. :)

 I participated in a swap with others on the Cricut Circle message board, using the Children Around the World cricut cartridge. 25 children cuts, swapped for one each of 24 others! I absolutely adore all the children I got back!

So that's it! my favorites for 2012!

It's only the 6th of January, and I have gotten 3 more kits done! I'll be posting them soon!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful, crafty new year!