Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It's a Big Day birthday card

Happy Tuesday!  On the good side of the ledger-the kids have school off today due to the cold.  On the bad side-it's COLD here in KC!  I'm not a fan of arctic air masses, or whatever they are calling it.  Do you ever feel like punching the weather person on TV when they cheerfully announce there will be a -20 degree wind chill?  But back on the good side-I intend to spend a good part of the day in front of a space heater in my crafting area and chicken noodle soup is in the crockpot.  Snowy cold days are the best craft days, right?

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is all about the birthdays and you can dive in and make your birthday cards for next year now!  I used the Beyond Birthdays cartridge for my bday card title, as I made this card without a specific recipient in mind.  The birthday candle paper behind it should be enough candles for anybody's birthday...or maybe not, LOL!  In any case, the design team over at BBTB2 has a whole variety pack of birthday cards for you to see and you can link up yours.

Beyond Birthdays-It's a big day, gift
Paper-Bo Bunny

Monday, January 8, 2018

Snowflake card

Happy Monday!  Since it's been rather cold and frosty in many places all over the US this last week, my pick of a snow theme for the BBTB2 challenge this week seemed very appropriate!  (I even learned a new word- bomb cyclone!).  Anything snow related made with your cricut is perfect for this challenge!  I am in the middle of making some thank you cards for all our Christmas gifts and did a card with one of the snowflakes from the Winter Woodlands cartridge.  It was hard to decide on a single snowflake-I wanted to use ALL the snowflakes, but loved this pretty layered one on Winter Woodlands.  I'm looking forward to doing some crafting and trying to stay warm and toasty inside while it's cold outside!  Stay warm and have some crafting fun!

Winter Woodland-snowflake cut at 3 1/2 in.
Paper-Bo Bunny prints
Ink-Stampin Up Night of Navy
Stamp-so old, I'm not even sure where I got it!

So, moving to non-crafty matters-have you recovered from the holidays?  We went on vacation in San Francisco over the Christmas break, but came home to -12 degree temps the night we returned to KC.  It was a bit of a shock to the system, let me tell you!  San Francisco is supercool and I definitely want to go back again!  Here's a few vacay snaps for those who like travel:

 riding the open top bus for city tour
 of course we visited Alcatraz!
 the row of "Painted Ladies" famous from Full House
 the iconic Golden Gate bridge
 city lights of San Francisco at night
 the beach across from our hotel
the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate park
the redwoods in Golden Gate park

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2018!  This last year has been full of difficult news, hurricanes, floods, and fires-I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a fresh new year.  While I'm not one to make resolutions, I think I'm going to try to look for the good that come up and focus less on the negative this year.  I expect that may be rather challenging to actually do when I am depressed over the news, lol!  

While we are not having a challenge this week over at BBTB2, we are sharing some Christmas or New Year projects.  I've got a Christmas layout below, using the Beyond Birthdays cartridge for the title and Jolly Holidays for the holly.  I used some of the paper from one of my CTMH Christmas papers for the printed paper accents and the overall layout design is tweaked a bit from one of the CTMH layouts I've seen.  I have a LOT of wonderful Christmas photos to put in the scrapbook!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a happy New Year!  We returned December 30 from a week of vacation in San Francisco and I am working at the hospital over all the New Year holidays, but we nurses did squeeze in a sip of sparkling grape juice at midnight to toast 2018!  I appreciate all of you blog readers who spend a few minutes here letting me share my scrapbooking and cardmaking projects-thanks for reading and sharing our passion for crafting!

Beyond Birthdays-circle, title
Jolly Holidays-holly
Paper-CTMH solids, prints

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Happy Thursday!  I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!  We had a wonderful day celebrating with family on Christmas Eve and flew out to San Francisco on Christmas Day for a family vacation.  We are sightseeing and enjoying the city very much!

This week at BBTB2, we are shared some of the Christmas cards we made for friends and family, so I have a included a few I made below.  I didn't get this post up in time for Christmas Day-just a little too much festive fun going on!  These are all scrap lifted from cards I saw on Pinterest.  I will go back and link these up to the originals on Pinterest when I get back from vacay next week.

 Jolly Holiday wreath, Stampin Up die for the background shape

 Accent Essentials snowflake, Jolly Holidays for "Joy"

 Accent Essentials snowflakes, Flower Market bow

Doodlecharms trees

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