Sunday, August 21, 2011

Taking a much needed break!

Hello it is Monica here.  I wanted to let you know that we are taking a short term break from the blog.  We need to unwind, relax, and get our creativity going again!  We will be back soon with more cricut projects!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Believe in yourself

Hello!  It's Monica on this wonderful Monday.  We are finally getting some cooler weather here and what a relief it is!  Wanted to start of the week with a Layout I created for a challenge over at  I like to participate in the monthly challenges because it gets me scrapping more and really does help me get my pages done.
For this page I used several of my daughters birthday photos from a couple of years ago.  I did a mini photo shoot before her party and have been wanting to get them scrapped ever since!  I forgot how pretty the photos are until I pulled them out to work on this page.  I used my cricut cart elegant edges to cut the scalloped circle, then used george to cut 2 regular circles to layer over the scalloped one.  For my title I used pink journey.  Used lots of older papers for this page.  I am trying really hard to start using more of my stash, I am running out of room to store everything so that means I gotta use it up!  

Be back on Wednesday with another fun project!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

You make me smile!

Good Morning to you!  I am posting early in the morning as there was no sunlight left yesterday for me to get my photo done!  It's Monica here and today I am bringing you a card.

I used Stampin up Certainly Celery as my base and pretty much the rest of the card was made using scraps of an older BG line that I can't even remember the name!  The background white cs is actually embossed with little flowers, then inked the edges with stampin up pretty in pink.  All the pattern paper is cut inch wide and inked with certainly celery on the edges.  Cut the lace doily with my cricut mother's day 2010 cart at 3 1/4 inches.  (note when cutting that small it is very hard to get the delicate pieces out, I spent about 30 minutes poking it through with my paper piercer)  Used designers calender for the scalloped rectangle, then cut 5 different size daisies with walk in my garden cart, starting at 2 inches and going down every 1/4 inch.  I sprayed the flowers with glimmer mist to dampen and used a toothpick to curl the petals, let them dry and glued them stacking from largest to smallest and added the bling center.  Overall I am very happy with the results of this girlie girl card!

See you Monday with another project!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Fancy Pants Card

Saturday was Megan's Birthday.  She ordered a set of Fancy Pants papers from a friend of ours who has a scrapbook store.  I had our friend put them on my bill  (yes, I have several items being held for me but don't tell) and wanted to come up with a card to say that.  So I thought fancy undies hanging on a clothes line. 

I stamped the background with a stamp that has birthday greeting on it.  Cut the sun from Designer's Calendar.  The clouds are from Bo Bunny's "Sun Kissed Sky."  Love that paper and that is sort of what started the order,  since I could not find any more of that paper here and I love to use it for clouds.  The clouds are printed with little stitches around them and are edged in different colors and all I have to do is cut them out.

I did a lot of layers with pop dots.   I used Forever Young for the panties, which Megan gave me for my birthday.  Shadowed them and hung them from twine from the Twinery, which Megan and I ordered together.  (There does seem to be some enabling here on both sides)  I added pearls and rhinestones since they were suppose to be fancy undies.  Used my Cri-Kits Markers to write the word Fancy Pants.  I love them even more than the markers since they write in a fine line.  Thanks Donna for reminding me to use them.  They are so easy and I need to use them more often. 

Hope you have enjoyed the projects this week,  Gigi

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Smile Layout

As some of you know my Granddaughter who is 7 has been very sick and in and out of the hospital this year.  She is on chemo and steroids so her appearance has changed.  She usually is a tiny wispy little thing and since she has noticed that she looks different now she does not like her picture taken.  So as this layout says, I bribed her with new flip flops that light up when she walks.

I used George and Basic Shapes for the circle and shadowing it.  The flip flops were done by Life Is a Beach. I inked them and  added little rhinestones on each one.  (A girl has to have bling)  For  the fonts I mixed a number of old alphas that I still have tons of.  Thanks to my E I do not buy many of them any more.   There is journaling but it is on the back since it talks about her illness and how she is feeling at this stage in her illness.  I also added stitching around the edge of the pattern paper and across the top of the ribbon.  The blue under the scallop is done with a punch.

Thanks for looking, Gigi

Friday, August 5, 2011

TeePee Card or Home Decor Item

This card is so fun because it can be a greeting card or a decorative item for a special place.  I learned how to make this from Micupoftea on Bella Creations.  Hope the instructions are clear enough to follow.  You can use any size paper as long as it is square and best if strong card stock.  I like to use 6x6 or 8x8 paper paks. 
If you want to make a card to give or mail, do not glue on side together but instead put a small piece of velcro on each side.  Then you can fold it flat.  If you don't want to mail it, glue the whole thing together.  I added a little ring of beads on the top - they are not glued down just tossed on top.

One last thing, the magic Cricut markers came into play again.  I used Create-a-Critter and printed several different sizes of the animals with a brown Cricut marker.  Then I cut out the same Critter and pop dotted it on.  I added embellies and finally finished.  Hope you enjoyed this project and I am sorry I was a day late and butted into Gigi's time.  This is Donna - See you on the flip side!!!!!

Retirment and Photo Fun!!

My Dear Hubby has RETIRED and a party was given for him and a dear friend. I made two photo boards for the party and it seemed like everyone had a great time looking at the photos.

There were so many laughs and giggles and "I remember that." The above board is my Hubbies. For the center I used two layouts that I had done years ago. . I picked them because of the stories they told about our daughters and their Dad.

The top layout is about our oldest daughter and how she and her Dad got stuck on a log while in a race. It was a work picnic and he got teased a lot about it at work.
The lower one is of our youngest daughter's wedding and how her Dad cried when he saw her walking up the aisle as a married women.

Of course, I had to include our wedding.  My, how young we both looked.  The lower picture is my brother, who walked me down the aisle, he was only 12. My girls think he looks older then their Dad.

Also added a section of him with his grandkids.  They were also at the party and thought it was great to see themselves  with Poppa, as they call him.

The other sections were about Hubby when he was a boy and about him and our friends over the years
I used Birthday Bash for his name, love how that font shadows, some fonts have such small shadows but this one has a large one and gives that extra pop of color.

I used George for the quote journaling boxes.  They gave me plenty of room for journaling and a nice size title for each section. 
Nursery Rhymes was used to title each journaling box.  This is one of my favorite fonts. (But maybe there all are!!)
Here is a picture of both photo boards together. 
And finally the guys decked out in their new uniforms, Seems like they will have a second job since I think Gigi will retire now too. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cricut Markers

This is Donna for your viewing pleasure today.  I am little behind because I have been under the weather for a few days.  I think the Cricut markers are one of the most unused of the Cricut accessories.  You can go on the site for a tutorial on how to load the markers in the machine.  Actually, you just take out the whole blade cylinder and replace with the marker.  Easy.  The example I made today is on a card but the same idea can be carried out on a 12 x 12 if you have the E.   I first started experimenting with these markers when I was doing some journalling.   I found that the simple fonts were the best for clarity and some could actually go to 1/4 inch.  Of course, the larger the more clear it is.  Then I had the idea of doing initals all over the page in different fonts or colors.  Using Creative Critters cart, pick a little funny critter and set page to fit and fill the page with the design.  Then cut a couple of the same critter and pop dot them on the page.  Monogram cards are easy to make when you cover the card with your letter of choice then put one large cut letter on the front of the card.  You can move the marker where you want it by using the arrows on the right.  Don't have an answer on how to get them to exactly lined up so I usually keep it uneven so it looks like I did it on purpose.  Let's all play with this idea and see what else we can come up with.  Go ahead - dust off those markers!
Almost forgot to tell you the font I used was from Simply Sweet and the other cuts were from Wild Card.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Directions for the mini album

This is my attempt to show how to make the above mini album.  I am not good at describing things and even worse at photography.  My heart is in this and hopefully that will be enough.  I use 12x12 paper but smaller can be used.  I usually use 4 sheets as that makes a really good size.  The first step is to fold diagonally and make use the crease is sharp.
The next step is to fold the page over but only to diagonal crease - do not fold all the way because it will put a crease line across your page.
When you get the below shape, it is time to cut one end off.  That will be the end you need to punch holes in.  Do not cut the bottom triangles.

You can use the cut off triangles to decorate your pages.  Punch holes and put rings or ribbons to hold it together. 

Use a really strong glue to hold the pages together.  Now decorate to your heart's desire!  I would love to see if any one actually understands this and makes one.  Please share it if you do.  Good luck.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Baby Boy Mini Album

I have 2 daughters and 4 granddaughters and all my friends it seems has girls.  I make these albums for baby and wedding showers.  Boy can I bling and fru-fru (Ria's new word) out those girls albums.  So, when my neighbor had a boy I was at loss for ideas.  I knew I had to go with a masculine theme so that I wouldn't make it too girly.  Baseball seemed the right idea.  There is no bling, ribbon, lace, stickles on this.  This is made out of 4 - 12x12 papers.  They are folded and glued together.  One end is cut off and that is the side the holes are punched in.  Add rings in the holes and decorate to your hearts desire.  I used Mickey Font on all the letters and the Baseball cart on every page.  The mother loved this and had decorated the nursery in sports theme.  It is very hard for me to explain how to fold this in writing.  If you can't figure it out, let me know and I will try to show the technique on here.      "This is Donna, signing out until Tuesday."