Friday, December 28, 2012

December Daily - Cover and Dec. 4

Hello!  Today I am sharing with you the cover to my December Daily album and the page for December 4th.   The album is an sei album, already red with a black spine. I added Coredinations white glitter paper for the snow drifts and used Jolly Holidays. The reindeer is flocked and cut at 6.5". The presents are cut at 2".

The page for December 4 is the day I had all of my Christmas cards sent out. When I saw the picture of my girls, I knew it was the Christmas card picture this year. While it's not the standard posed, face on picture, it captures my girls 100%.

Because the card has unique colors in it, I based my page on black paper. The pattern paper is from a border piece of ______. The 4 is Designer's Calendar at 2".

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are enjoying the last few days of 2012!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

December Daily - Dec. 3 and Calendar

I had the chance to finish two more simple pages for my December Daily today.  The first is the calendar page that is the first page you see when you open the album.  I've been keeping mini notes on this calendar about what each day holds.  This is as much for me to use when scrapping the pages as it is for a preview of what the album holds! 

I found this calendar on GetFreeCalnedars.

The next page I finished today was for December 3rd, a Monday that was a pretty quiet day.  There are teacher bloggers that do a "Currently" post each month.  I love reading these as they relate to the classroom so I decided to use it in my album.  You can find the December Currently at Oh Boy Fourth Grade. I printed it as 5x7 and just printed on it with a Sharpie pen. 

Although it hard to tell in the picture, I used sandpaper on the brown background so it has a really neat texture.  The 3 is Designer's Calendar at 2". 

Happy Christmas Eve Eve to everyone ;) 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Dance Team Christmas gifts

Merry Christmas! Last year I made the high school dance team that I coach glitter ornaments.  This year, I found a great deal through Avon and decided to get the girls some small beauty supplies (chap stick, lotion, bath gel, etc.).  I of course had to toss in some candy too!  

Here are the gift bags I made for them: 

 The clear bag is just from Walmart, the cardstock from my stash.

The stamps are from a KaiserCraft and the dancer is from Wall Decor & More at 2.25". 

Merry Christmas all!

Friday, December 21, 2012

December Daily 2012 - Dec. 7

Hello!  I had the chance to work on a few things yesterday since it was a snowday!  I completed December 7th for my December Daily 2012. (I did warn you I'd be skipping around...) On this day, my town had it's annual holiday parade.  The Dance Team that I coach walked in the parade for the first time.  Many of my dancers are also in the band or on flag squad so they were in other parts of the parade.  We had a fun time.  My daughters also walked with me behind the team and enjoyed walking down the middle of the road (or being pulled in a wagon for my youngest).

Here is the 8x8 layout: 

I included the North Pole sign from Jolly Holidays but left off the wording so I could use it as a parade sign:

Items used:
Red paper is Little Yellow Bicycle
Sign post is Jolly Holidays at 3"
7 and brackets are from Designer's Calendar 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December Daily 2012 - Dec. 2

There is a project that happens in December called "December Daily".  The goal is to record one thing you do each day and make it into a scrapbook.  I love this idea but up until now, haven't committed.  This year I have been taking pictures all month and recording things on a little calendar.  Last night I got the first half of the month's pictures developed and decided that yes, I am going to do this.  I'll probably skip around until I'm done but here is December 2:

The flap opens up to show DD #2's room and the journaling. 

My December Daily will be 8x8. 

#2 is from Designer's Calendar at 2". 
Patterned Paper here is from Little Yellow Bicycle. 
Trendy Twine
Letters from Archiver's, brand ?? - will look later

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas stocking with the Knifty Knitter

Hello!  We are getting close to Christmas!  I hope your shopping is done and you are relaxing as we enter the week before Christmas (I'm not!). :) 

Earlier this month I posted a stocking that I made with ProvoCraft's Knifty Knitter on the Cricut FANatics blog.  I am not a traditional knitter but I do love the Knifty Knitter!  It is so easy to loom knit!  Here is the first stocking I made:

I then made a baby version:

And one more for my Secret Stocking Swap on the Cricut Circle MB!  This one I added some hand sewing of a Circle logo on the cuff:

The complete details of the stocking, including links to YouTube tutorials that I used to learn are on my original post HERE.

Enjoy the coming days, they will be over much to fast! We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus and Baby Jesus at our house! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Thankful For... layout

Hello!  Last month I posted this layout on the Cricut FANatics blog.  I created this 12x12 layout in the weeks before Thanksgiving with fall colors and a fall picture.  This picture was taken in October 2012, on my daughter's birthday.  I hope you enjoy! 

The full blog post with size and cut details and a fun hidden feature about this layout can be found HERE

Have a wonderful Aaron Rodgers day! :) 12/12/12

Thursday, November 29, 2012

It's Your Bird-day!

My mom celebrated her birthday this past month.  She is a beginning card maker/scrapbooker and so I wanted to create a card for her that used lots of techniques.  Here it is! 

I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder in the background to give it the illusion of clouds.  I used patterned paper for the cupcake liner, Martha Stewart fringe scissors to make the grass, inking on the cloud, and pop dots for dimension.  Here's a close up of some of that:

The bird is from 3 Birds on Parade Cricut cart, cut at 3.5".  

She enjoyed this card and I wish all of mine would turn out like this! 

Thanks for visiting me today! 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Jolly Holly Winner

Hello all!  The winner of the Jolly Holly Blog Hop mystery Christmas mailing is...

Sherry, look for an email from me! Thanks for visiting everyone!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Holly Jolly Blog Hop

Hello all!  Welcome to the next stop on the Holly Jolly blog hop!  You should have arrived here from In Love with Paper.   If you are just beginning the hop, Kristen is our host.  Today's hop showcases items to jump start your holiday projects!  I hope you have been enjoying it so far.  

My project for you today is a Christmas layout about my cat.  Last Christmas, we bought her a little carpet covered house.  We wrapped it and put it under the tree.  That cat knew right away it was hers!  She laid on, pawed at it, tried to eat it.  

The layout design is from the cover layout on the Scrapbook Trends December 2011 magazine.  The cat is cut from Meow Lite at 3".  It's hat is from Create a Critter 2 at 3".  Also from Meow is the 4" tag.  The title of Naughty or Nice is from CAC2 at 2.5". 

Here is the journaling tucked in between the two pictures. 

I just couldn't believe how in love she was with this present, even when it was wrapped.  By Christmas morning, it was practically open from all of her loving it!  

Please leave a comment for a chance at a Christmas themed mystery package to arrive in your mailbox!  Please be sure to leave a way for me to contact you, either email or Cricut MB name.  I will draw a winner by the end of the week. 

Your next stop is  Scrappin Nanapuddin.  Enjoy - thanks for visiting! 
Here is the entire blog hop list in case you need it.  Thanks for joining us today! 

October Beauty
Ken’s Kreations
Greengirl  <-- are="are" font="font" here="here" you="you">
Scrappin-Nanapuddin  <-- font="font" go="go" here="here" next="next"> 
Sis O’Snap
Phantom Rink Rat

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall Soccer Layout

Hello!  Last month I was a guest designer over on the Cricut FANatics blog. I am posting again there tomorrow and that reminded me that I never came back here to share the fall soccer layout I did!  I really love this layout.

You can see the full details of the layout by visiting my original post on Cricut FANatics!

Be sure to stop by this weekend for the Holly Jolly blog hop!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hello Kitty Treat Bags

Happy Halloween!  I'm here to share with you some treat bags I made to send along with DD to daycare.  She was really excited when I asked her if she wanted to take treat bags.  She has been learning more and more about my Cricut lately and really loves to see it work.  I pulled out a few cartridges with Halloween images for her to choose from.  One of those was Hello Kitty Greetings.  She really likes HK right now so it was the perfect fit!

Hello Kitty in a cat costume was cut at 2.5".  I didn't cut this according to the book however.  This was one of the early carts where they wanted you to make all those teeny tiny cuts and layer.  No thanks.  What I did instead was cut the blackout layer in orange, then the Silhouette feature key in black and from there added the white face and the blue sucker cut.  That was so much easier!

Here's a closer view of the top.  I used a K&Co Halloween stack for the orange topper and a mini Halloween stamp.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and a great All Saints day tomorrow! Enjoy!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Halloween Blog Hop

Hello, hello!  Welcome to the Halloween Blog hop being hosted by Yolonda.  You should have arrived here from Tammy's blog. If you are just beginning the hop, you can go to Yolonda's blog to start at the beginning. Thanks for joining us! 

Today's hop focuses entirely on Halloween which is coming up very quickly! Today I have a layout to share with you: 

This started out as a one page layout...

...but once I got it together, I realized that it would look so much better if it continued flowing into a page on the right.  So I added a second page. 

Here is a close up view of the title.  I cut the top layer in white but then inked it black.  I wasn't entirely pleased with that so I also inked it orange to bring some brightness back to it and that seemed to work okay. (And I see here that Mr. Spider in black is popping up off the page - I hope he doesn't jump off! Haha...)

This is the first layout I have ever made without the pictures being picked first.  I know what pictures are going to go in here but for some reason I do not have any of them printed! :( Boo.  Last year a zoo in our area hosted an event called Zoo Boo.  You dress up in costume and can trick-or-treat inside the zoo.  You go in the evening so it is dark out and they have carved pumpkins everywhere.  They even had a DJ set up so there was a mini dance party with animal mascots.  The girls really had a great time.  Hopefully I captured three great vertical pictures!  If not, I can always use the trick of trimming two horizontal pics to fill one vertical space. My girls were both Smurfette so the blue from their costumes will match the blue bats.  (Yes, they BOTH were Smurfette - long story involving sibling jealousy...) 

I decided to do the journaling right on the orange.  I tried putting a white square there and just didn't like it.  Then I channeled my Cricut Circle Blog designers and wrote right on that paper!  :)   I used a white pen to decorate my bats to match the blue base paper. 

The cuts I used on this layout were:
Zoo Boo - Blackletter and shadow @ 2"
Spider web - Paper Trimmings circle key @ 2.5"
Bats - Simply Charmed @ 2.5" and 4"
Border was MS Drippy Goo punch
Papers were K&Co

Thanks for stopping by today!  Your next stop is BETSY'S BLOG.  Enjoy! 

Here is the entire blog hop list if you need it.  

9. Michele  <-- You are HERE
10. Betsy  <-- Go here next! 
11. Tracie
12.  Sherry
13.  Terri

Monday, October 15, 2012

Falling for Halloween winners!

Hello!  Wow, last week was busy!  It's time to announce the winners of the Falling for Halloween Blog hop! 

Here they are: 
Day One: 

 Donna, please contact me, I don't know you! 

My friend LB!  Yay!  I think you're really going to like the mystery prize! 

Thanks everyone for coming by the hop. Another blog hop will be happening this Saturday focused on Halloween so stop back!  See you then!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Falling for Halloween Blog Hop - Day 2

Hello!  Welcome to day two of the Falling for Halloween blog hop!  You should have arrived here from Sara Andrews' fabulous blog. I am sure she has amazed us again in day two!  If you missed the beginning of the hop, please go to Maria's blog to start so you don't miss any of the projects.  If you have been following along, you have made it to the last stop! 

Today I am sharing adorable treat bags from Mini Monsters. 

These are the three treat bags at the end of the cartridge.  They are meant to be made into little monsters but I used my Gypsy and hid all of the cuts besides the actual bag and the handles.  I even hid the score lines so I wouldn't have those awkward sticky out bits left after folding. Here they are cut and scored. 

I used two sided Halloween paper so that the boxes would be cute on the inside too. The box was cut as big as it would go on a 12x12 which ended up just over 6".  I didn't realize until after I had cut them that box one and box three are the same without all the monster parts! 

Next was making the characters for the front of the boxes.  DD has three friends at day care to give treats too.  I wanted a card and bag all in one so I used the card feature on the Mini Monsters cart.  Many of the cards are unique in that they only cut the main part of the body and then you make the full monster to go over it.  This was the case for the mummy.  The ghost was interesting, as there is no way to fold the card to make it work with the original cut.  He is supposed to have a ball and chain attached to him but I just cut it off since it wasn't working out. Each of these are cut at 3". 

Since these are serving as the card, I stamped Trick or Treat on the inside.  The sentiment is one long piece but I broke it into two by using two colors and a piece of paper to protect the cut from any accidental stamping from the wrong part of the stamp. 

Last steps, assemble and FILL! 

Aren't those little guys cute? And just like yesterday's hops, this entire project was from one cart! 

Now that you've made it through the post (and the hop!), how about some blog candy?? Yeah!  I will choose one winner to receive a mystery fall and Halloween mini pack!  To be entered to win, leave a comment below and be sure to include your email address or Cricut MB name so I have a way to contact you!  Hmm... wonder what you'll get in your mailbox!! :)

Thanks so much for joining in our hop this weekend!  We hope you had a lot of fun and gathered some inspiration for your own fall and Halloween projects! 

Here's the entire list of blog hop participants in case you need it:

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Falling for Halloween Blog Hop - Day 1

Welcome to the Falling for Halloween Blog Hop!  This is a two day hop focused on both fall and Halloween.  You should have arrived here from Sara Andrews' fabulous blog. (I really love her layouts!!) If you missed the beginning of the hop, please go to Maria's blog to start so you don't miss any of the projects.  If you have been following along, you have made it to the last stop! Phew! 

Today I am sharing two cards with you, one fall and one halloween.  Tomorrow I will be sharing cute mini Halloween bags!

I was recently in a Fall Swap on the Cricut Message Boards and I made my partner these two cards.  First up is a Thanksgiving card, although it could totally be a thank you card sent in the fall too! This is the phrase button of < NatvBear >.  I cut it at 4 inches and used brown cardstock as the base. The acorns are from the < Squirrel > accessory button.  

Everything is inked over in brown to give it that fall feel.  (I apologize for the pics, I used my daughter's camera and do not like it as much as mine!)

The second card is a Halloween card, also using the phrase feature, this time from the < WitchOwl >.  The spider web is from the < Pumpkin > accessory key.  I flipped it so it goes the right direction for my card.

I started out with the entire phrase but as I was assembling, I wasn't sure if I liked the bold orange of the "happy" so I left it off.  Here it is though, as it would be an easy addition right above "Halloween". 

Both of these cards are entirely from the Create a Critter 2 cart but use no animals!  I love doing projects entirely from one cartridge.  Maybe I'm just not good at mixing and matching!  :) 

Now that you've made it through the post, how about some blog candy?? Yeah!  I will choose one winner to receive a Halloween mini stamp set, some jewels and a $10 Michael's or JoAnn's gift card - you pick!  To be entered to win, leave a comment below and be sure to include your email address or Cricut MB name so I have a way to contact you!

Thanks so much for joining in our hop today!  Stop by again tomorrow for another round of great crafting!  

Here's the entire list of blog hop participants in case you need it: