Getting buggy

This is for FCCB challenge get buggy!  The pics are of my daughter and her fourth grade teacher in our backyard for a farewell party.  Her teacher was part of a district wide budget cut that laid off teachers that had been teaching for 2 years or less.  :(  We were really sad about that because she was a great teacher!   Anyway here is my layout.

grass=create a critter
snail=birthday bash
butterfly=pooh and friends
summer=gypsy wanderings
sunshine=April showers
the sun=pooh and friends
smiley faces are Peachy Keen stamps.


SuMmEr fUn

The challenge this week on FCCB is melon time!  Use a melon or a fruit on your project.  Here is my project. 

I used the vine from Zoobaloo,  The sun from Lifes a beach, the clouds and squares from Winnie the pooh, the watermelons are from gypsy wanderings.

 Summer is stamped with black ink that didn't work right, the M and the m were not stamped all the way.  So I took my stickles and went over all the letters with them.  It made a really nice effect since part of the black was missing.  It kind of made it look like it was fading in and out.  And kind of wish I would have done it on some more of the letters!  :)

Same effect on the word fun, but it doesn't show up as well in the pic as it does on summer. 

Now go link up your melon project at FCCB 


Kickin' it at the lake

This weeks challenge at FCCB is an outdoor fun theme.  I choose to make a scrapbook page for the times we spend at the lake(s)!  We have 4 within 10 minutes of our house, 2 of them are private, but we know some people!  ;)   So we tend to cool off in the lakes,  sometimes we cool of in the Hood Canal (also 10 minutes from our home)  But the saltwater is more itchy and COLD!!!  So we like the lakes mo' betta.
 Here is my project.  (the white paper will be removed and pictures will be placed in those spots.)

BAHAHAHAHAHHA I kept looking at this thinking it looks so much like kitchen it at the lake or chicken it at the lake.  Why, why, why?  LOL I just realized it is supposed to be k-i-c-k-I-n'  So evidently my gypsy needs spell check on it.  Cause I am a HORRIBLE speller.  LOL  I guess I will be fixing this ASAP!  LOL  I crack myself up.  So just imagine that I can spell and then look at the page.  :)  Now that I think about it a bit more, I might just leave it to give myself a laugh whenever I look at it.

I was going to use the lake from camping critters and cut out all those trees and the dock and have them at the bottom of my paper.  Then I found this paper as I was looking for another one and it was PERFECT!  So I cut out the dock from Camping critters and used it but not any of the other cuts.

I used a child's year for the little girls.  I have four girls, so I really should have made 4 but it seemed kinda crowded on the gypsy, so I only made two.  I cut the legs off of the one in the water to make it seem like they were under the water.

Kickin' it is from printing press and at the LAKE!!! it from hello kitty font. (rounded)

I just used some markers and my own yucky handwritting to journal this.  It looks okay.  I just really like OTHER people's handwriting.   Oh well I tried.   My kids will know that I wrote it.  ;) 


God bless America!

I made this for this weeks FCCB challenge!  Go here to check out all the details of the challenge.  

I used Stand and Salute for the border at the bottom and cut it out twice and used the shadow feature for the white behind it.  For the blue strip I used my gypsy and George to make a long rectangle to cut off the blue arches so I didn't have to by hand.   The boy and the wagon are from A child's year.  I cut off the flag he was holding and cut a flag from Stand and Salute using my gypsy to size it correctly.  Then I added the stars from the George cartridge using the silhouette feature. 

It is currently hanging up in my hallway, but after the 4th I plan on adding 3 4x4 pics to it and making it a scrapbook page.  It really will work for both.  Simple and yet so cute!  Thanks for looking!


FCCB Challenge me Monday #64

Make a wedding project using a bell and the color white.  This actually worked out well!  At first I didn't know who I would give this too!  Then a new couple moved into my ward.  Well they sort of moved in... he moved in and she is staying with family, they are getting married on Friday!  So exciting for them!   So anyway here is the card I came up with.  It is post card style.

This is a nice simple card. I doodled on it and used some alpha stamps from Michaels.  This went together quickly and was fun to make.  The bells and the outer most border are made from a shimer paper that wasn't really captured on camera.  It looks really pretty in person.   Now go link up your wedding bell project to FCCB!


My first blog award!

How fun is this!  Thanks to Crafting Misfit for giving me my first blogger award!  The versatile blogger.  Just gives me all sorts of warm fuzzies! 

The "rules" of this award:
1. Thank the person who sent it to you  (Wow I did this without even knowing the rules! HA I'm gooood! )2. Tell 7 things about yourself
3. Send this to 5 fellow versatile bloggers

1.  I have been married for 11 years.
2.  I have 4 girls, ages 10, 7, 4 and 23 months.
3.  I love to craft (the rules didn't state that you couldn't state the obvious! :)
4.  I came from a family of 4 children.
5.  I think this is noteworthy... Both my husband and I have 1 set of parents and 2 sets of grandparents.  (no divorces on either side in either generation!!)
6.  I am not easily annoyed, but what I do find annoying is when other people get annoyed easily.  Just let it go people!
7.  I don't like cooking.  I can cook but it is NOT my favorite thing to do.  The only thing I like about it is eating the finished meal.  I can do that if someone ELSE cooks it too, so what's the point of me doing it?  :)  Ok I confess I still do it most of the time.  But we have been known to have cold cereal for dinner at our house... (don't judge!)

Ok so the 5 people I am sending it to are:

1. Green scrap at Earthy Scrap
2. Kate at Small Bits of Paper
3. Scrappers Anonymous
4. My 3 E Scrapbooking
5. Sandee at Inspired to create

They are all fabulous bloggers and make some wonderful stuff!  Check them out!  Those are links up there so make sure to go visit their blogs too!   And Crafting Misfit her link is up at the top of the post! 


Congrats card for Girl #1

Ok so I decided to make it my way.  It is another challenge on the cricut circle blog.  You were supposed to find inspiration from the cricut circle magazine and make it yours.  So I took this as inspiration.  I really liked the little ribbon and the tags that say the and ever. 
So this is what I came up with.
In case you were wondering yes I did make all those tiny little dots on the pink paper.  I used a white gel pen and a blue marker.  I also made the "confetti" inside the word congrats.  I doodled around the edges instead of sewing  (I like sewing, but have yet to actually sew paper!  Weird I know.) 

I used 5 cuts from cricut sampler the butterfly inside the circle, the ribbon/ribbon shadow, and the word congrats/congrats shadow.  I also used George for the blue circle under the butterfly and for the mats.  Lots of cricut cuts for sure! 

I also used stamps for the letters, I used purple ink at first but didn't like it, so I traced over it with my white Gel pen.  MUCH better!  

I hope girl #1 likes it.  I made it for her for after her "showcase" tomorrow.  She has been working on this presentation all year, and tomorrow is the day all the parents come in to watch them sing about, present, and display the things they have learned this year.  It is such a fun thing to see!  Can't wait!
Thanks for looking!

Hair barrette flower card.

I forgot to take a picture, but you fold down the second side to the opposite side.  Same thing, other side.  Got it?

I used fabric this time.  I cut it with my cricut!  I used one of the shapes from Accent Essentials.  Worked like a charm. 

You just hot glue the fabric covered brad into the center of the flower.

Then you flip the flower over, take a small piece of felt cut two strips in it, open your barrette and push the bigger side into the strips.  Hot glue the clip in place.  Close the clip and move the petals to cover the clip. 

I choose coordinating papers.  Used my i-rock to adhere the i-pearls and i-bling (not sure what those are really called, but they are all up in the craft room and I am blogging from my bed... so LAZY comes to mind.) 

I cut out a square, then cut off the corners so it stays hidden under the flower.  I cut out two slits in the paper so the clip just slides into it.  This holds the flower in place but also allows the recipient to remove it and put it in their hair.

I picture of the bling.  That is ribbon they are on.

I am entering this into the cricut circle blog magazine challenge.  Wish me luck!  :)


Remember this

So today's challenge at FCCB was a little bit of an emotional one!  It is Remember this and we were challenged to remember a person, time or anniversary.  Well I guess I could have chosen to remember the Disneyland trip, or our time in Washington DC, or Legoland.  But I decided to remember something a LOT better.  My Grandpa.  He was a FANTASTIC man.  I remember a lot more than I had room for on this one little project. 

Here is a list of stuff that didn't make it onto the project.  NOT because of importance, more because of the lack of tie-tacks for the occasion!

1.  He loved his wife more than anything and we all knew it.
2.  He loved his kids and grand kids a very close second.  :)
3.  Hugs and kisses kept him alive 80+ years.  He would tell me as I hugged him that this is what is worth living for.
4.  He was a do-er.  He loved to fix stuff that he noticed was broken, no matter where he was.  Even at the hospital when he had Dr.  appts he fixed the sink!  I remember him in his mid 70's walking through his neighborhood picking up trash and fixing sprinklers. 
5.  He was a TON of fun.  He had 4-wheelers and we would always want to ride with him because he was "crazy"  Silly guy hurt himself a couple of times... He went off a curb on a bike in his I think 70's and hurt his back. 
6.  He collected antique tools and catalogued them so we would know all about them too.
7.  He loved to work on a miniature train set and it is GORGEOUS.
8.  He loved his mom and was a really great son.  (I remember him being so thoughtful and patient as he watched his mother age and then pass on)
9.  He could always make you feel at ease with his smile and warmth of personality.  He wasn't the loudest guy, but he made everyone feel loved.
10.  He and my Grandma were great examples of what a marriage can be.   They would bicker all the time and sometimes they would argue about the same thing and really they were agreeing, but nobody would know it but them.  But they LOVED each other so much that at the end of the argument they would laugh at each other and themselves. 
11.  I remember him saying that you are only as old as you feel.  And then later he said "I remember when jumping in the shower meant getting into the shower quickly.  Now it is more of an idea. lol . Then I remember him saying that he takes his morning pills to keep him alive until the evening and his evening pills to keep him alive until the morning.   :)
12.  He had a great sense of humor as does my Grandma check out this picture:
This was their Christmas card one year.  How awesome is that! :)

Ok, I know I could go on for a REALLY long time talking about my wonderful Grandpa.  He really was a FANTASTIC man.  But I will get on to the project now.

All the little embellishments are his tie-tacks.  My grandma said I could have them, so I decided to make them into a remembrance book, and now I have finally started!  I have soo many more.  He got a lot of them from donations he had made throughout the years.  The one on a chain is a Boy Scout of America symbol.  That is a program he loved!  All the flags show how much he loved his country and are from donations to different organizations.  The little gold on  says USA and the olympic sign.  The shotgun shell was from his funeral, he was a veteran and got a salute in honor of his service to his country.  He LOVED airplanes and had his pilots license and took would take us on plane rides.  (I told you he was fun!)  That little airplane was one of his tie-tacks.  He also had a saw tie-tack, but my hubby claimed that one!  The circle with a bird on it was from the Christopher Reeves foundation.  In 1999 my cousin was in a car accident and was paralyzed from the neck down.  In fact I remember hearing that she broke it in the same place as Christopher Reeves.  She is amazing, but anyway he then donated (as far as I know) every year to that cause as well. 

  The pictures are of he and my Grandma at his 80th Birthday and my two oldest that last time they saw him.  We love him so much and miss him a lot.  I believe this life is not the end and that we can and will see him again.  But that doesn't mean we don't miss him!  :) 

P.S.  I hate my handwriting, but thought it would be better if this particular project were a little more personal.


Cricut craftiest mom contest!

Ok all you wonderful followers of mine.  (and non followers too!)  I entered the cricut contest on Facebook.  So go here and vote for me.  I entered my Spring blocks.    You know my Mother's Day present to my Mom.   Here is what they look like in case you get lost on the contest board.  (I linked right to it.  But just in case...)

Ok so that link should take you right to it.  Vote for me and leave a comment telling me you did and I will have a suprise giveaway at the end of the week for voting. (June 1st is the day I will announce the winner)   You can go vote everyday on FB and comment for more chances to win a REALLY great suprise!  (I promise you won't even be a little dissapointed!!!) 


triangle, rectangle, green, blue, airplanes and denim...

I made this sweet little triangle box with a rectangle window... Now that I think about it, it would have fit the theme and the shoes would have fit in the box better if I had made it a rectangle box with a triangle window...

 But I didn't.

 I think it is fun to be a little bit different anyway.  HA I think outside (the normal shaped) box.  :)  So in case you are wondering what on Earth I am talking about (which if I were you, I would be)  FCCB challenge is to make project using a rectangle and a triangle.  I actually had kind of a hard time deciding what to do.  Then I remembered that my friend was having a baby shower on Saturday, so I thought I would make her these:

I thought they came out great!  I love that the plane is all frayed.  It looks boyish right?  Sometimes I have a hard time telling if it is boyish or not.  (Problem for a lady with 4 girls!)  Anyway I think they are cute.  And they fit in this:

My cute box that I made.  I used TBB&M and new arrival.  I also used a MS punch and some recycled plastic from the cricut cartridges I buy.  I put stickers on the window to spell baby.

 I used my cricut to cut fray the denim and I really like it!  I think if I had a little boy I would totally have him wear these. 

Like daily.  

They are soft and cozy and they came in a matching BOX for goodness sake! tehehe  I hope my friend likes them too!   They are made from fleece and the sole is wool felt.  It was so fun to use green, BLUE, airplanes and denim.


Scripture bag or reusable lunch bag

Believe it or not this cute bag:

Used to be this placemat!

I took it and folded it in half lengthwise (like a hot dog bun, not a hamburger ;)  then stitched up the side and bottom.  It was such an easy bag to make.   The hardest part was the flower, and it is SOOOO easy to make.  It is more like oragami than sewing.  

I only used one placemat and 4 recycled buttons.  This fits The King James version of the bible and the triple combination (BOM, D&C Pearl of Great Price)  But I was thinking it would be a really cute reuseable lunch bag for a little girl. (OR a big one.  This is soo cute!)

Here's another picture for you!

Thanks for looking!  :)  I was thinking of adding my DD initials cut with the cricut.  I think that would look ADORABLE.  But since I made this for a Church activity (it is a sample of what we will be making) I thought I shouldn't make it personalized... :)  Let me know what you think!  I LOVE comments!


Popcorn box

 My friend called and asked me if I had a pregnant lady cut on my cricut.  I told her yes and then this was born.
 I would love to take credit for the idea but she found it on another blog (sorry I don't know which one, if it is yours let me know and I will give due credit!) and wanted to recreate it for another of our friends baby shower.  They turned out way cute and she filled it with yummy popcorn!  mmmmm white chocolate popcorn...  (I am sooo easily distracted! tehehe)

We used tags bags boxes and more for the popcorn box and New arrival for the preggo lady and a punch for the tag.  And a bit of ribbon.


cupcake for my pink stamper.

Actually it is a card I made this morning for my friends baby shower... So I made it work for the challenge too!  So here it is! I don't usually do cards and now I know why most people do! They go together so quickly! And it is rather fun!

The inside says congratulations on your new little cupcake!  :)