Monday, December 18, 2017

Dear Santa layout

Happy Monday!  Christmas is almost upon us....I've got lots of wrapping and baking to do this week.  It's always a challenge to get any cookies made for parties because the kids eat them as fast as I make them!  We are spending Christmas Eve with our extended family and I'm looking forward to good times and treat.  Gotta get the high schoolers through finals week first, though.  I might have to sneak a few of the cookies myself!  (They don't have any calories when you eat them on Christmas Day, right?)  

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is all about Santa!  The Santa on my layout is from the Jolly Holidays cartridge, with his bag full of toys and goodies.  I'll be taking lots of happy snaps of the present openings over Christmas, so now I've got a layout all ready!  There are lots of jolly Santas to see over at BBTB2 from the rest of the design team and you can link your project up there.  I wish you all a wonderful holiday full of friends, family, and celebration!!!!

Jolly Holiday-Santa
Lyrical Letters 2-font
Paper-CTMH Beary Christmas prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink for edging

Monday, December 11, 2017

xmas gifts boxes treats

Happy Monday!  We have "survived" a week of multiple school concerts and events, plus a birthday. Finals week for the college kid starts today and the highschoolers next week.  Family stress levels are at Defcon 2 and rising.  I think I need some eggnog stat!  And maybe a quiet dark room.  Definitely some diet coke!!!!  My goal for this week is to provide as much comfort as possible for the stressed out teens and recover my own holiday spirit by wrapping some gifts in my PJs.  Thank goodness for Amazon prime delivery to the door of all the Christmas gifts!  I'm sure some of Santa's Elves are working for Amazon, lol.  While I would like to do some local shopping, there just isn't any time!

In the spirit of wrapping gifts, our BBTB2 challenge this week is Christmas gifts, boxes, or embellished treats.  Along with all the bows, boxes, and wrapping paper, my gift wrap area has this little cutie of a Christmas tree box waiting for some goodies!  I made it using the Cricut Artiste cartridge and it was super simple to fold and put together.  Like, you can make this thing lickety split and look like a rock star in the gift wrapping department!  It's the perfect size for that secret Santa gift of candy or tiny treat at work....not saying that's what I'm doing with or anything, so if you are one of my workmates reading this, it's totally not from me!  The design team over at BBTB2 has some festive projects for you to see to get inspired and you can link up your holiday project.  I wish you all a not too stressful week that holds a Christmas treat or two!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Deck the Halls layout

Happy Monday!  Can you believe it's December already?  I managed to get my holiday decorations up over Thanksgiving weekend, so it's feeling festive around my house!  My hubby is already over listening to Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tunes while I'm crafting, lol!  And he's got a whole month to go!!!  This week is full of school related Christmas concerts, so he better get onboard with the Christmas tunes!

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is Christmas trees.  I love the piney smell of a fresh Christmas tree!  We got ours last weekend, so I already have tree pictures to put on the layout I made, just need to get them printed.  I used the Winter Frolic cartridge for the trees and title.  The design team has some awesome tree projects for you over at BBTB2 and you can link your project up this week as usual.

Winter Frolic-trees, title
Paper-CTMH Beary Christmas prints and CTMH solids

Monday, November 27, 2017

Mittens winter card

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Much turkey was consumed at my house and despite smoking TWO turkeys, all the turkey was sadly gone by about 10:00 AM on Friday.  Maybe we need to up that to three turkeys next year.  Teen boy appetites are truly boundless!

Are you shopping Cyber Monday?  I could not pay me enough money to venture forth on Black Friday to shop.  Shopping from home in comfy fleece and fuzzy socks is how I roll.  Amazon prime, baby!  I plan to do a little craft supply shopping among the Christmas gifts-do you think hubby will notice?  LOL!!!!!  So our BBTB2 challenge this week is acknowledging winter cold-use a coat, jacket, scarf, or mitten cricut cut on your project.  While it's been rather unseasonably warm here, I know the cold will get here eventually.  I used the Jolly Holiday cartridge for the mittens and Elegant Edges for the scalloped squares on my card.  Hope you will join us this week for some crafty fun and you can link your project up over at BBTB2.

Jolly Holidays-mittens
Elegant Edges-scalloped square
Paper-Bo Bunny prints, CTMH solids

Monday, November 20, 2017


Happy Monday!  Are you looking forward to maybe having a day or two off for Thanksgiving this week?  I know I am!  We are hosting Thanksgiving for some of our extended family plus a random college student or college freshman is bringing home some classmates who live too far away to get home for the holiday, meaning we are feeding a lot of teenage boys.  So my husband is smoking not one, but TWO turkeys and we are planning on cooking up lots and lots of food!  I'll let you know if there are any leftovers, lol.  We only did one turkey last year and had to eat frozen pizza for supper on Thanksgiving day as the kids mowed down ALL the food for lunch.  Live and learn, right?

Moving on to crafty matters, our BBTB2 challenge this week is an anything goes Thanksgiving challenge.  I used the new CTMH You Are Here cartridge to make a layout for some of the photos I plan to snap over the holiday.  I did a little stamping (which you can't see very well in the big pic, so I added a few closeups) for accents.  The design team has shared Thanksgiving projects over at BBTB2 and you can link one up this week as well.  I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

Cricut-You Are Here
Stamps-CTMH Feel So Blessed set

Monday, November 13, 2017

based on a movie or a book

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 theme this week is "based on a book or movie".  There is a story about my layout this week, which is based on the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty.  Several years ago we went to Disney World and to my great surprise, my preteen and teen age boys begged to meet the princesses.  So along with all the little girls dressed in princess gear, we slogged through a huge line until magically, there were Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Belle.  The boys were starstruck!  It was their favorite thing they did on that trip....who would have guessed?  Not me!  While I have most of the pics from that trip scrapped, I never got around to doing all the princess pictures, so Sleeping Beauty got her layout with the fellas.  Hope you will join us with a book or movie inspired project this week!  You can see the DT projects over at BBTB2.

Happily Ever After-title, Sleeping Beauty
Paper-CTMH solids, Echo Park stripe
brown chalk ink

Monday, November 6, 2017

superhero birthday card

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge theme this week is superheroes.  I have some family birthdays over this next few weeks, so I made a superhero birthday card with one of the adorable birds from 3 Birds on Parade.  Doesn't he look splendid flying off to greet the birthday boy?  Now I've got to come up with a suitably super gift!  The design team has some "super"  :) projects involving superheroes over at BBTB2 and you can link up a project there all week.

3 Birds on Parade-superhero bird
Everyday Paperdolls-cloud
Paper-Simple Stories I heart Summer prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink
Stamps-My Pink Stamper set