Monday, November 12, 2012

Fall Mini Album

I have been SUPER busy lately... Babysitting my granddaughter, taking my girls to dance, high school football games for my son, started and finished a manicuring program and passed the State Board (YAAYYY!!), and of course, crafting!

I went to a scrapbook retreat in Murrieta called Scrap Diva Retreats that was just AMAZING!!! Not only did we scrap from the wee hours of the morning until way past sundown, but we also got some fun shopping in, too! You can join their Meet Up HERE and experience it for yourself!!

Scrapbook Corner opened just for us and gave us some REALLY good deals! Besides buying a Cricut Expression from none other than Cricut Dan, I also bought the new Mini Books cartridge to go with it!!

Here is my 1st project from the cart. It measures 8"x5"... Hang on, this is a long one!!

 As you can see, these next pages are layered in different sizes so I'm showing each turned page....
... and finally....
... with a tag inside....

Most of my book is pretty self-explanatory. I used my Cricut for some of the diecuts, the Autumn Melody Matstack from DCWV along with some various scraps of other DPs, solids, ribbon, stamps, ink and embellishments from my never-ending stash! I didn't have any journaling paper so I used index cards, inked them with a sponge dauber and traced the lines with a SU orange marker!

My goal is to use this for pictures from our Thanksgiving dinner at my mom's house... We'll see how far I get!!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Zebra-striped Dresses

I'm trying (unsuccessfully!) to post more often than once a month, but it's not working out that way! I'm doing LOTS of crafting, just haven't taken the time to post. Hope I still have some viewers out there!!!

I made these dresses for a baby shower and LOVE how they came out!
I cut them with Baby Steps Cricut Cart at 4" and the box is 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"... perfect for a little bunch of candy wrapped in tulle!

Here's a pic of the table they were set on at the shower...

Hope you all are enjoying your summer and getting lots of crafts done!

Friday, July 6, 2012

More Monkey Business

Just a quick post today... I'm making some more baby shower goodies for another friend.

These ones are 11 1/2" monkeys. They are for table centerpieces and are on a dowel about 19" long. Oh, and each monkey is double sided!
Hope you all had a fun and safe week! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Just Monkey-ing Around!

A quick post to share the baby shower favors I'm making for a shower my sister is throwing...

I used SU and SEI Dill Blossom papers, Cricut's Create A Critter, and SU cellophane bags. I filled the bags with Skittles for the sample but I think I'll go to a candy shop and get those cute little banana-shaped hard candies for the shower!

Tomorrow is the last day of school for my kids (YAAAYYY!!) so I'm hoping to get more time to post.... Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Missing My Blog!!!

I am SOOO sorry I have been neglecting my Blog! But a HUGE Thank You to those of you that are still hangin' around!!

I've been making cards here and there, but mostly sitting around playing with my new beautiful Granddaughter! Who'd-a-thot it would be so much fun!!

Anyway, back to crafts.... I found these really cool wooden boxes at Michael's in the $1 bin and couldn't resist buying a couple to decorate!

I used the CTMH Sophia paper and rub-ons, and found a couple other embellies to decorate it!

I am also STILL working on a box of cards to send to OWH and made some Thinking of You's to throw in the box!!

Unfortunately I have no idea where I got these beautiful DP's from... Sorry!!

Again, Thank You to those of you that are still visiting during your Blog hopping!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Here are some photos of the banner I made my new granddaughter!

I used the "Lucy" paper collection from CTMH and embellishments from my stash. I also used the Kate's ABC's Cricut cartridge to cut out the letters and SU ribbon to tie it all together!

Happy Easter!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Presidents and a Tu-Tu!

My original plan was for this Blog to be used for just my cards and papercrafts, but as I get deeper and deeper into crafts, I'm feeling the need to share some other stuff.... Stuff I NEVER thought I would get into!!

The 1st thing I want to share is one of the craziest projects any of my kids have had to do that I can remember! My 5th grader did a President report on Andrew Jackson, and she had to make a doll out of a soap bottle. Although this isn't something I'm looking forward to doing again (which WILL happen next year with my youngest daughter!), we were pretty proud of what we came up with!
This is supposed to be Andrew Jackson and Franklin D. Roosevelt!!
The next thing I want to share is quite possibly the cutest thing I've ever made!!!
After a visit to one of our local craft stores, Tall Mouse, I couldn't resist trying my hand at tu-tu's!!
This will be for my granddaughter that is due sometime in March, Arianna Lucille (I'm going to call her Lucy!)

In honor of my little Lucy and back to papercrafts, I just wanted to throw a picture of some of the ladies I got together with to make an 'I Love Lucy' mini album!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tutorial: Square Box

I'm making Baby Bottle party favors for my daughter's baby shower and I had the hardest time finding a template for the box part of it, SO.... I decided to make my own and pass on the 'formula' in case anyone had the same problem!!

Here is the Baby Bottle...
I began with cutting out 2 bottles from my Cricut New Arrival cartridge at 4 inches. For the box in the middle, I looked high and low for a 1 1/2" square box template and just couldn't find one!! So after lots of playing and cutting, I came up with this....

For a 1 1/2" box, cut out piece of paper (I used white cardstock) at 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", and score horizontally and vertically at 1 1/2" and 3" like this....
If you want to make the box a different size, just make the measurements 3x the size you want the box, for example, if you want a 2" sq. box, you would cut the square to 6"x6" and score it in thirds (@ 2" and 4").

The next step is hard to explain but you cut tabs on the right of each middle square and then cut off the remainder of that side square......
After this, all you do is fold up at all the scores, and the box will kind of automatically fold into a box shape when you push the sides up....
I found that the easiest way to adhere the sides together is to flip the paper on its back and put the adhesive on each tab, and then flip it back over to where you can stick the sides in place....

I used my ATG but you can obviously use any adhesive you like (Glue Dots, Scrappy Glue, etc...). When you're finished you'll have a cute little box!!
I put Glue Dots on the 4 corners of 2 opposite sides and stuck a bottle to each side, and THERE YOU HAVE IT!! Any theme can be used like sports, birthdays, weddings... the possibilities are endless!!! Here's a Boy Bottle I made just for fun!
I know this may be a basic concept for some, but I really struggled with it! So if it helps even one person, then I'm happy!!

I'd love it for someone to try it and let me know how my directions worked for you!!

PS... If you made a bigger one with a 5 1/2"x 5 1/2" box, you could even use this to put a small pack of handmade cards in and give as a New Baby gift!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

OWH & ODBD Challenge

Operation Write Home and Our Daily Bread Designs has teamed up to make cards for our troops and get shipping costs covered. ODBD will pay for 1 box to be shipped for every 25 cards submitted to their monthly challenge, up to 2 boxes a month. The January Challenge is to make a card using 3 patterned papers. Here's my card...
I used SEI Dill Blossom papers and a Stampin' Up sentiment, as well as OWH Sketch #33.

Please take a moment to visit both blogs and maybe even try making your own card to submit!!