Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Exploring the Olympic Gardens

Recently I was able to attend a crop night at a local scrapbook store.  I was able to complete two layouts from idea to finish and I was pretty excited about that!  The pictures in this layout were taken in Atlanta, Georgia, on a family vacation.  We went to the big aquarium there and took time afterwards to walk across the street and explore the Olympic Gardens, where the ceremonies for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics were held.

(Remember you can click on any picture to see it larger.)
The large shapes in the background are from the latest Cricut Circle exclusive cartridge - Pop Up Neighborhood. They were cut to fit to a 12x12 page.  I believe they cut out at 8".  The printed papers are from the Stack 7 by DCWV.  The picture of my husband and I has pink twine wrapped around it to bring out the pink of the cherry tree blossoms.

The title letters are totally escaping me what cart they came from right now!  Ah!!  I do remember that I welded the shadow letters to create the shadow for Olympic Gardens.  I just love that picture of my youngest's feet sticking out of her stroller looking at the waterfall.  She loves fountains and water falls.

In case you are interested in the journaling or a closer look at the shadow:

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!  I hope you all are having a fabulous day!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award

I was recently awarded the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award from two fellow scrappers!  Thank you Cindy at Scrap-Obsessed and Brenda at Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker!!

To accept this award, I must tell you 7 things about me and select 8 other bloggers to send this on to.  Ready?

1. I have a wonderful family!
2. I have only been scrapping for 2.5 years.
3. I love books!!
4. I love cheese!!  I mean LOVE IT!!
5. I am allergic to raisins.
6. My #1 pet peeve is when people chew with their mouth open.
7. I would love to design my own line of stamps but I have no idea where to start!

And I would like to bestow this award on these talented ladies:

1. Stephanie @ http://paperandi.blogspot.com/ - Her layouts are seriously sweet!
2. Elizabeth @ http://www.217creations.com/ - She makes such beautiful things!
3. Diane @ http://www.capadiadesign.com/ - She gives great directions!
4. http://thetulipcollector.blogspot.com/ - She has so many talents!
5. Allison @ http://scrappingwithalicat.blogspot.com/ - A new blogger!
6. Missie @ http://createdbymissie.blogspot.com/ - Awesome with vinyl!

Have a wonderful day everyone!  I can't wait to share with you the two layouts I finished so stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Father's Day Blog Hop winner!

Hello everyone!  I am so glad so many of you stopped by for the Father's Day Blog Hop over the weekend!!  We have a winner!


Congrats Rachel!!

Omigosh!  AND... I am only 4 people away from having 200 followers!  That is so amazing!  Thank you everyone!! 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Father's Day Blog Hop

Welcome to ChatterScene's Father's Day Blog Hop!  If you just came from Kristen's blog, you are right on track!  If you are just visiting my blog, you can join in the hop by starting at Chris's blog here. Chris is offering great blog candy if you follow the entire hop so be sure to check out her post for more details!

Father's Day is a great time to celebrate the men in your life.  I have a husband who is caring, funny, loving, adventurous, an outdoorsman, open, honest, and so many more things.  He truly completes me and without him, I would not be who I am today.  We have a sign in our living room that says "All because two people fell in love" and I truly believe that about my husband and I!  So to celebrate that, the girls and I bought/made him this gift:

Late Spring and early Summer are when my husband golfs the most.  He has a Nike golf bag and clubs so I stuck with Nike accessories.  I also just purchased the Father's Day Cricut cartridge so that was perfect for this project!

I created the bucket first.  I had purchased the bucket awhile ago at a discount store.  I cut the golf club from Father's Day at 5".  I used my Gypsy and the hide contour feature to cut out another club in silver, sort of like the blackout feature of other carts.  I also cut another club, this time hiding everything but the golf ball. 

I embossed the ball using the Tiny Bubbles Cuttlebug folder.  I flipped the ball over so it had the correct dimples, not bumps. 

I wrapped twine in black and green around the bucket and tied it behind where the club was going to go.  I left the ends of the twine free so it may mimic grass under the tee.  Sorta... :)

I added the golf ball using Zots (like pop dots but not foam, just thick clear glue dots).  Then I stuffed it with the gifts!

Then I picked which phrase from the cart I wanted to use.  I decided on "Best Dad Ever" and cut that at 3".

I added a piece of silver paper behind the Dad to make it stand out a little bit more.

The card was looking a little too simple so I added silver brads to all four corners.  I also put the saying on pop dots so it would stick out a bit.

The completed card, which is A2 in size and opens at the top:

And that's all I did!  Definitely a simple Cricut project but the way it turned out really is perfect for my husband!  I hope he enjoys his gift!

Thanks for looking at my project today!  Please feel free to join my blog as a follower if you like what you see!  Also, I have blog candy!! Be sure to leave me a comment on this post if you are interested in winning the Twinkle Toes Lite cart!  In your comment, please share one person you are celebrating for Father's Day and a quality about them.  Also be sure to leave me a way to contact you!!

The next stop on the hop is BRENDA.  Be sure to visit her!  Also, don't forget to leave a comment on every designer's project so your name will go into the drawing for the blog candy offered by ChatterScene!

One last thing before you go - my daughter made a Father's Day card too and her post is below mine.  If you would care to leave her a comment, I am sure she would love it!!! 

Here is the complete list of Father's Day bloggers for your reference:

http://chatterscene-mom.blogspot.com/ -- Chris (Get Inspired With ChatterScene)
http://kimberliscreations.blogspot.com/ -- Kim (Kimberli's Creations)
www.scrappinpalace.blogspot.com -- Cassie (Scrappin Palace)
http://www.myamusinglife.blogspot.com -- Jamie (My Amusing Life)
http://fantabulouslypink.blogspot.com/ -- Kristen (My Fantabulous Life)
http://greengirlscraps.blogspot.com/  -- Michele (GreenGirl Scraps) <---- YOU ARE HERE
http://happyscrapper64.blogspot.com -- Brenda (Happy Scrapper)  <---- GO HERE NEXT!
www.txscrappermom.blogspot.com -- Roberta (TX Scrapper Mom)
http://kbiendesigns.blogspot.com/ -- Kelly (Kbiendesigns)
http://polkadotpaperprincess.blogspot.com/  -- Doreen (Polka Dot Paper Princess)
http://icameisawicreated.blogspot.com/ -- Renee (I Came I Saw I Created)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Guest Blogger - Sadie and her Father's Day card

Please welcome a guest blogger to my blog - my daughter Sadie!  Sadie is a very artsy girl and loves to create all sorts of things!  Here is her post (only spellchecked by mom :]):

Hi my name is Sadie. I am 8 years old! And I enjoy scrapbooking with my mom!

I made this card for my step dad, Joe. I made this card from Campin' Critters. How I made the water was cool! I used the CUTTLEBUG. I embossed one called Tiny Bubbles. Happy Father's Day was a stamp.

 The wings  are flocked.  Isn't that cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My mom thought that it would be cool to make them fuzzy. That was the first time that she had done it. We put a tip of glue, then mom got a box, she said to sprinkle this stuff on like it was glitter. If u could feel it you would say it was cool! To glue it together I just pretended that it was not there.

I hope you like it!

Here is the card I made my grandpa:

Isn't that funny?

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, June 13, 2011

My try at Pop Ups

I recently purchased the new Cricut cart, Everyday Pop Up Cards.  I wanted to try my hand at the pop ups, especially since the next Circle cart was going to be pop ups as well.  I had to make a wedding card so I tried out the wedding cake first.   I had no clue what size to make the cake so I did fit to page and gave it a try! 

I got it all put together but then put it in the card - way too big!!

So I scrapped that and tried out the "Sweet Wishes" cut on page 52 instead.  This one I think was a bit small, cut at 3" but I wasn't turning back!  :) 

For the cover, I did the rings on page 54, cut at 4".  I added some stickles to the diamond to make it sparkle.  The pattern paper is from a DCWV stack, the stamp is EK Success. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Imaginisce Challenge - Cool card

I made this card for a girlfriend's birthday.  She loves summer and is one of the most fun people I know so I thought she would appreciate the lightheartedness of this card.  Plus, her birthday is right at the beginning of summer and what is better than Popsicles in the summer???   Which is also why this card fits right in to the weekly challenge on the Cricut Circle Blog.  The challenge this week is to make something that defines your, or reminds you of, summer.  Popsicles definitely fit this family! :)  You also had to use some stamps on your project.

I am also entering this into the magazine challenge on the Cricut Circle Blog, which is to make something using Imaginisce products.  The challenge is sponsored by them. 

Here is the card recipe:

Popsicles cut from Smiley Cart at 4.5"
Large craft sticks (used Imaginisce mini glue gun to glue them on the card)
White, blue, and striped cardstock
Peachy Keen 1" face stamps
Imaginisce i-Rock machine and i-Rock stones to embellish the cheeks
"Cool" stamp from My Pink Stamper winter collection

Make it your way challenge

This month, the Cricut Circle is having a few challenges.  One is to take a project from the May Cricut Circle Magazine and make it your way.  I needed a quick card to send out that wasn't for a specific occasion.  Lisa Falduto's "You are my Sunshine" card fit the bill perfectly!

Here is my version of her card:

This uses the Imagine Nursery Tails cart - brown and blue floral paper, blue dragonfly paper, 3.5" tree and layers, and 1.5" "you are my sunshine" and layers.

Thanks Lisa!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Exploding Box - First one!

I made my first exploding box!  I used the directions at 3 Cats and a Bug.  Thank you JenL for posting fabulous directions!

At the end of the school year, I make the card for my daycare provider and we all chip in for the gift.  Last year I made a word book.  This year, I decided to try the exploding box.  I am so happy that I did!  Here it is:

One of the sides:

And when you take the top off, boom!  The sides fall down and each has a picture of one of the four kids that go to our daycare. 

I literally followed JenL's directions that I posted a link to above so if you would like directions for making a box, please go to her awesome post!  It was way easier than I thought it would be to make and it didn't take me long at all!! If you have been waiting to try one, wait no longer!  I was surprised that it was way easier than I thought it was going to be!  Good luck!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Memorial Day Blog Hop winner!

Hello everyone!  I have chosen a winner from the blog hop.  It is....

Lillian, I have sent you an email to choose which prize you would like. 

Thank you to all of you who visited and played along with the hop!  The bloggers in the hop were awesome and so on top of it!  Go back and visit them any time you would like!  I'm sure they would love it!  :)

Thank you for all the wonderful comments that you left me.  I really enjoyed reading about how important service members are to my readers and all that happens on the opening weekend of summer, so to speak. 

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week!  I will be posting some new projects in a few days and before you know it, it will be Father's Day and I will be part of another hop!  See you then, right?  ;)