Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bridal Shower Favors

Well, it's almost back to school for me, just a few more days with the kids at home and quite time at the office.  I didn't craft as much as I had hoped to during my time off but I did get a few things done here and there.  While visiting some of my favorite blogs, I came across Challenge #7 at Decorate to Celebrate ~ the theme is Wedding, Engagement, or Bridal Shower.  This fits perfectly with what I was doing recently.  One of my younger cousins decided to get married recently.  Now we were all happy for her but the craziness of it all was that she planned this within 1 month.  She announced it at the beginning of August and her poor maid of honor only had 2 weeks to plan a shower for her.  These are the favors I put together
The pillow boxes are from the Wrap it Up cart.  The corset is from the Tie the Know cart which I "bought" with my reward points. I made about 25 of these.  

I put Hershey mini bars wrapped in designer paper inside the pillow boxes.

Here's a closer look at the finished pillow box.

Make sure you visit Decorate to Celebrate and enjoy the fun.  The projects these ladies put together for every challenge are awesome.  I can't get over the talent!!  The challenge runs until Sept. 6.  Leave a comments for the DT for a chance to be enter in their monthly drawings!

Well this is all for now. I've been busy cutting letters for my office bulletin board, maybe once it's completed I will post a pic.
Thanks for stopping by!
Sending you crafting wishes,

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Old West

Hello crafty friends, just stopping by to post my entry for this week challenge at Cricut 360.  It's challenge #7 and it calls for using the Old West cart.  I put this quick 8x8 layout of my cousin's son who just celebrated his 3rd bday.  She's an old Texan girl living in NYC and missing her home state!

Nothing too exciting....especially since I waited until the last minute to get this done.  Oh well, at least I finally got around to using this cart.

Nighty, Nighty all.....thanks for visiting!!

Sending you crafting wishes,

Friday, August 12, 2011

Bugging out!

Cuttlebugging that is....hello, my crafty friends.  Nothing new to post.  Between celebrating my grandson's 1st bday and celebrating 17 years with this wonderful man
I haven't taken a moment to do any crafting.  I do intend on getting some cards ready to be delivered to our local VA hospital on Tuesday and with that in mind, while watching Warehouse 13 this evening, I cut some cardstock to make mats for the blank cards.  I embossed the mats with several folders that I had.

Here's a quick look

I love the texture....the card blanks are all white and I'm using red, white and blue as background mats.  Hopefully tomorrow evening I will get a chance to use severals of my carts to cut several things out and attach them.  Once the cards are completed I will post them.

Thanks for stopping by and to those of you that take the time to leave comments, a million thanks! Your words of encouragement are always appreciated!

Sending you crafting wishes,

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Happy 1st Bday!

Celebrating this beautiful blessing today!

Happy Birthday my dearest Grandson! Love & Kisses, Abuela!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bitten by the Bug 2

I was browsing Bitten by the Bug 2 blog the other day and I noticed that they were having a Back to School challenge.  The idea is to use Locker Talk.  I really like this cart but don't use it often.  It was the perfect incentive to pull it out and put it to work.

Since I work in a school, I knew I wanted to do something I could use in my office.  After visiting blogland, I decided I wanted to do a wreath.

I purchased this wooden wreath that I found in the flower section at Michael's, it was only $1.99 pretty cheap I thought. I decoupaged it with some designer paper

While that was outside drying up, I cut up several pieces. I put everything together and then attached it all to my wreath.

I really wish I knew how to make a bow.  It would've made it perfect, but alas, I just made with what I could ~ a sad little bow. 

Most of the pieces are popped dot, some were embossed with my Swiss Dot folder. 

Well, this is all for now. It's late here and I still have to clean up.  Make sure you hop on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and check out all the great projects the DT has put together.  Thanks for stopping by to visit and leaving comments. It's really appreciated.

Sending you crafting wishes,

Monday, August 8, 2011

Another challenge entry

I'm back today with another challenge entry.  I only have a couple of weeks left before it's time to get back to the reality of work so I'm trying to get some scrapping done. My entry is a layout I did about a year ago but never took pics of or posted.  When I read the theme for this week's challenge over at Cricut 360 I knew it was the perfect project.  The theme this week is Refresh Yourself and after the sweltering summer we've had, it's the ideal theme.

A visit to the spa is a great way for refreshing yourself, combine that with a great massage, great company and a delicious dinner afterward and you have the PERFECT day.

My cousin planned this wonderful get together and we had a wonderful time.  It was a great way to catch up, just the ladies, no husbands, no children, no interruptions. Just a lot of laughing, relaxing and lots of bonding.

Here's a close up of each side:

I actually went out and bought the Opposites Attract cart for this layout.  At the time, I couldn't figure out how to make the scripted letters look connected and since I didn't have a gypsy at the time, I gave up and just cut everything out in the same style.

There wasn't any room for shadow layering and I didn't know about inking the edges.  It's pretty simple but I love it.  I used Opposites Attract for the title and the swirls were cut from Home Accents.  

Well, must get back to my scrapping, I'm hoping to finish another project today and to get it posted.
Here's a sneak peek:

Thanks for stopping by, don't forget to visit the Cricut 360 Challenge Blog and join the fun, you have until Wednesday to join in.  The DT has put together some great projects....lots of inspiration!!

Sending you crafting wishes, 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Friends & Lovers

I just finished my layout for this week's challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut.  The challenge for this week was all about Friends in honor of Friendship Day (July 30th).  As soon as I saw what the theme was, I knew what I was going to do.  I love doing layouts of my husband and I and since it's our 17th anniversary on the 11th of this month this was the perfect time.  I think the basis of a solid marriage is friendship.  My best friend is my husband.  I love talking to him and just sharing the small things in life with him.  17 years after we got together and we both feel that our relationship, our marriage, our friendship is stronger than ever.  Hence, the title of this post....

and the layout

Left side

Right side

I added black stickles to the center of the flower.
I cut "friends" and the border using Gypsy Wandering and for the word "lovers" I used Gypsy Font.  I think it's the first time I use that font.  I used my Swiss Dot cuttlebug folder on the title and borders. Overall I'm happy with how it turned out, I probably should've added some ribbon to the photo mats but you know, when you don't have a crafting space with everything in sight, some things just get left out.  I tend to use only what's right in front of me at the moment and my ribbon was in a container in another room. Let's face it, I'm too lazy to get up.  Anyway, let me wrap this up because I want to make the deadline at Fantabulous Cricut.  Can't wait to see what the new challenge will be.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sending you crafting wishes,

*Just noticed I left the ampersand symbol (&) out. Oh well.....

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Patterned Paper using Markers

Hello, my crafty friends hope you are all doing well and enjoying the weather.  For the longest time, I've had some cricut markers but have never really used them.  Aside from a set of color markers that were unopened, I also have black and brown markers and I think I used the black one once but didn't like the results.  Well, after my grandsons were born, I  found that alot of their clothing served as great inspiration.  The following patterned paper was inspired by one of their receiving blankets:

I used 5 different markers for five different designs.  I planned this design a while back and saved it on my gypsy but I failed to make note of the cartridges I used.  I believe My Community and Everyday Paper Dolls were used for the cars and George and Basic Shapes for the stars.  Each element had it's own layer and as I changed layers, I changed markers.

I loaded and unloaded the mat as needed but I never actually lifted the mat away from my E2.   Just seeing the E2 do its job was so exciting. I would love to do a design at a bigger size.  Now as I mentioned I've had the markers for a while, several years to be exact.  I was pretty happy with the turn out but I must note that the yellow and orange marker were very similar in color, you can barely tell them apart. As for the blue marker, it was the last one I used and I was disappointed to see that it was very pale, almost as though the ink was drying out. I'm sure the fact that I bought them so long ago but didn't use them had alot to do with this.  I will continue to use them until they are totally worn out.  See below for some close ups of the different designs:
 The green and red were the most vivid colors.
See how pale the blue is compared to the other colors.

Despite these minor issues, I'm very happy with my patterned paper.  The only thing I will change next time is the paper, it was a slightly textured paper but different textures. I didn't notice this until after the project was completed. I can't wait to use the paper as part of a layout. For now, I will submit this as my "project" for the challenge over at Cricut 360 Challenge #5.  The theme this week is Transportation.  Seeing how my patterned paper has cars all over it, I think it meets the theme requirement.  Stop by and join the fun, submissions can be added until Wednesday at 11:59pm.
Thanks for stopping by, your visit is appreciated!!

Sending you crafting wishes,

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Not so happy beach baby

Here's a layout for my grandson's first trip to the beach.  He's 11 mos and I'm glad we had the opportunity to share this moment with him.  He absolutely hated the water, probably because it was a bit cold for him.  He did enjoy sitting around in the sand but I'll scrap those pics at a later date.

It's a 8x8 layout meant for his mother's album.  
Here's a close up of each side

Left side

Right side
I cut the frames from the George & Basic shapes cart and popped them to make it easier to add pictures later on.  The title was cut using Don Juan. I used these G Studio stamps from the $1 bin at Michaels to make the first part of the title.  
The waves and title were inked with brown chalk.
All the sea creatures were cut using Create a Critter cart.  I like how they look but I was annoyed at the fact that my daughter put the lid to the baby bottle on top of my little octopus.  It was too late in the evening to cut another one, so I made the best of it.  
See the smudges....

Well, this is all for now.  I'm planning out my layout for this week's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut.  The challenge is to celebrate the friendships in our lives.  I can't wait to get it done.  Make sure you stop by their blog and join the fun. The DT has done a great job.

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your visit and your comments!
Sending you crafting wishes,