Monday, July 17, 2017

Glam Artiste gift card holder

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to make a 3D project.  I am generally not much for 3D decorative items because with 3 teenage boys and a crazy cat, rapid destruction is pretty much  guaranteed.  With that in mind,  I decided to make one of the gift card holders from the Artiste cartridge for a niece's birthday for my 3D project.  My birthday plan is to get her a Sephora gift card (she can have fun at what we call the make-up candy store), so I cut the cute nail polish bottle and lipstick from the Forever Young cartridge to "glam" up my gift card holder.  I love the gift card holder on Artiste and have cut often-it was actually the reason I bought the cartridge!!!  (Because with teens, you get them gift cards or cash....that's what they want!). There are lots of darling 3D projects over at BBTB2 to see that hopefully won't be destroyed immediately,  unlike at my house, so please go check them out and you can link up one of your own.

Artiste-gift card holder
Forever Young-nail polish, lipstick, glam title
Paper-CTMH solids, green Echo Park

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sweet Summer Treats layout

Happy Monday!  Is it hot and muggy where you live?  It sure is here in Missouri, making it the perfect time for sweet summer treats of all kinds to cool off!  Sweet summer treats is our challenge theme this week at BBTB2.  My ALL the desserts layout has a funny story:  we went on a cruise two summers ago, and the kids were thrilled to discover you could order more than one dessert for dinner (in fact, you could order ALL the desserts if you wanted).  Well, with three teenage boys, I think we sampled all the desserts every single meal.  There was an abundance of ice cream, cakes, and chocolate treats consumed!  Pretty soon the waiters just stopped asking and brought us everything, lol!  There are some pretty funny dessert pics that will go on this layout, which I accented with the adorable ice cream and popsicles from the Simply Charmed cartridge.  I thought this Echo Park dessert paper was most appropriate!  There are lots of yummy projects to see over at BBTB2 and you can link up your own project, as always.

Simply Charmed-ice cream cone, popsicles
Type Candy-Better than Chocolate font
Paper-Echo Park Summer Dreams prints, CTMH solids

Monday, July 3, 2017

Red, White, and Blue 4th of July layout

Happy Monday!  Are you having some holiday weekend fun?  I have been working all weekend at the hospital, including tonight but will at least be off for the fireworks on the evening of the 4th.  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is Red, White, and Blue.  Since I know I will be taking some pics tomorrow night, I made a 4th of July themed layout.

Create A Critter 2-title
Plaintain Schoolbook-circles, star
Paper-Doodlebug prints, CTMH solids
Stickers-Bella Blvd
brown chalk ink
square punch for photo corners

Monday, June 26, 2017

S'mores layout

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is summer nights...   Roasting s'mores over a fire pit seems like classic summer night fun (and I had a whole bunch of pics), so I used the Campin' Critters cartridge for my layout.  The raccoon roasting the s'mores is absolutely one of my favorite cuts on that cartridge!  And of course the sign is also from Campin Critters.  Check out the design team projects over at BBTB2 (apparently a lot of us are into s'mores!) and link up a project this week.

Campin Critters-raccoon roasting marshmallows, title
brown chalk ink

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lorikeet Feeding layout

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is birds.  I had some pictures from a zoo trip last year to scrap and used my favorite cricut bird from Create A Critter on the layout.  There are so many cricut birds to choose from but that one has remained my favorite!  There is a whole flock of bird projects to see over at BBTB2 from the design team and you can link your project up there as well.

Create A Critter-bird, word cloud
Artbooking-photo frames, title font
Paper-Echo Park Jungle Safari

Monday, June 12, 2017

Father's Day card

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week has a Father's Day get busy making something for that special Dad!  My card is pretty simple as I've been a little pressed for time, using the word "happy" from the Artbooking cartridge and stamping the "Father's Day" part of the title.  I thought the cute paper with the little houses was perfect for the background.  You can link up a project and see the design team's ideas over at BBTB2.

Paper-Amy Tangerine
Stamps-Paper Smooches
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH crystal blue

Monday, June 5, 2017

summer theme

Happy Monday!  It's summertime and I'm ready to kick back with some cool drinks and summer fun. Since I'm hosting at BBTB2  this week, I picked a summer theme for the challenge.  The cricut cuts on my layout have all my favorite things about summer...sunshine, yummy treats, and getting wet!  The title is from an oldie but goodie cartridge-Stretch Your Imagination.  Go check out the designer's awesome projects at BBTB2 and link your own up this week.

CM Traveler-sunglasses
Doodlecharms-popsicle, watermelon
Life Is A Beach-waves
Stretch Your Imagination-title word summer
Paper-CTMH solids, Green solid Echo Park, Echo Park Happy Summer yellow print bg paper
brown chalk ink

Monday, May 29, 2017

friends forever

Happy Monday!  Hope you are enjoying the Memorial Day weekend!  Our BBTB2 challenge theme this week is friends.  I had pictures to scrapbook of Son#2 with friends at the jazz band dance, so my layout used the word friends from the Create A Critter cartridge and flowers from Artistry.  The rest of the design team has some friendly projects over at BBTB2 to see and you can link one up too.
Sorry my pic is so dark-it was rainy and gloomy when I took it so the lighting was not great.

Plaintain Schoolbook-big circle
Create A Critter-friends
Paper-CTMH Hello Lovely prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink

Monday, May 22, 2017

Silly Pop Up birthday card

Happy Monday!  It's looking a little sunnier at my house-the teens have survived finals and only have two more days of school!  I'm hoping life will slow down a bit and leave more time for crafting, lol!

Our BBTB2 challenge is a birthday theme this week.  There is a story behind my card-I recently made a pop up birthday card for my niece, who loves to knit.  Her gift was a funny t-shirt with lines from the Dr. Seuss book altered to feature knitting, such as "I will knit on a train, on a boat, on a plane".  It was hilarious!  So for my pop up card to go with the gift, I added things that were mentioned on the shirt, using a couple of cartridges.  It came out really fun and she loved it.  I made my pop up card using this tutorial from split coast stampers.  There are cute birthday projects to see over at BBTB2 and you can link your project up there this week as well.

Create A Critter-animals
Artistry-font, yarn
Boys Will Be Boys-train, boat
Stamp-Cricut bundle with the Flower Market cartridge

Monday, May 15, 2017

Graduation layout

Happy Monday!  It's been a roller coaster emotional week at my house.  Son#1 graduated from high school Friday night!  Not only did he graduate with honors in the top 10% of his class, he is also an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate and won a medal as the Outstanding English student of his high school on Honor's Day.  I'm not ashamed to admit I cried tears of pride and joy.  I remember so clearly the day he was born and now he has grown up into an amazing man and I look forward to seeing what his future holds as he heads to college in the fall.

Fortunately for me, our BBTB2 challenge this week is a graduation theme-and you know I took plenty of graduation pictures Friday night! So...naturally I made a graduation layout.  It's fairly simple design, as the pictures will be the focus, but I accented my large photo (which will be a fantastic pic of the cap toss at the end) with the graduation cap from Locker Talk.   The design team has ideas for cards, layouts, etc for graduation, so take a look and link up a project.

CM Traveler-font
Locker Talk-graduation cap
Paper-TPC graduation print, CTMH solids

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mother's Day card

Happy Monday!  It's a little crazy around my house this week, as finals continue for the teens.  We also have concerts and awards nights every single evening this week, culminating in my senior graduating Friday night!  I am so sure I'm going to cry through the whole graduation ceremony that I have assigned my Dad to take the pictures.  I told him one of us has to be the grown-up and keep it together and I am sure it cannot be me, lol!  My extended family is going to celebrate graduation and Mother's Day with a big BBQ on Mother's Day and heave a big sigh that we got through the week.

Mother's Day is also our BBTB2 challenge theme.  I took that as an opportunity to make my mom's card (STOP READING, MOM!).  I was feeling a happy flower vibe for this card, so I used the smiling Create A Critter flowers to make my little flower bundle with some happy Doodlebug paper.  The cute stamps are from an old set by Paper Smooches.  This is your opportunity to make something special for your mom....and the design team at BBTB2 has some inspo for you to see to get you started.  You can link up your design there too.  Hope you have a wonderful week!!!!

Create A Critter-flowers and leaves
Stamps-Paper Smooches
Paper-Doodlebug and TPC prints
Ink-Stampin Up Lucky Limade

Monday, May 1, 2017

It's a Sweet Life layout

Happy Monday!  Although it's not so happy at my house, as the next two weeks are finals weeks for the high schoolers...stress levels are approaching Defcon 1 with AP and IB exams starting today.  Plus all the end of year concerts/programs are happening.  And we are dealing with the emotional impact of all the last events for my senior.  Gonna need a LOT of Diet Coke to get through the next two weeks!!!!

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is insects-butterflies, bees, etc.  I used some cute little guys from Create A Critter for my layout.  It was inspired by this layout I saw on Pinterest by Michelle Snyder, which I used as a sketch for the basic shape of things.  Can't wait to get some fun spring pictures on here-it will be a sweet life once finals are over, lol!  The rest of the design team projects are up over at BBTB2 and you can link up your designs there too.

Create A Critter-butterfly, bee, caterpillar
Paper-Doodlebug Spring Time collection prints, CTMH solids
Doodlebug washi tape

Monday, April 24, 2017

Flower thank you cards

Happy Monday!  Spring is in bloom and our BBTB2 challenge this week is spring flowers.  I've got two quick and easy flower thank you cards to share, using flowers from Doodlecharms and Flower Market.  Hope you will stop by BBTB2 this week and take a peek at the rest of the design team projects.  May your week be full of sunshine and flowers too!

Paper-CTMH Kraft, Simple Stories prints

Flower Market-flower
Paper-CTMH Kraft base, Simple Stories prints
Stampin up ribbon and punches for sentiment
Swiss dots embossing folder

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sweet Smiles layout

Happy Monday!  Last week was a busy week of work and school events with the kids, plus I celebrated my 21st wedding anniversary!  We snuck out for a teen-free dinner, which was very nice, although the teens complained we ate out without them.  They don't get the concept of date night, lol, even for an anniversary.

But on to crafty things....our BBTB2 challenge theme this week is "sweet", however you choose to interpret that.  My layout for some pictures of extended family at an event is about the sweet smiles.  The words are from the Artbooking cartridge and I stamped some hearts on the journaling strips.  Superfast and finished!!!  Take a peek at the projects up at BBTB2 and you can link up a sweet project of your own.

Artbooking-sweet smiles
Paper-CTMH prints/solids
brown chalk ink

Monday, April 10, 2017

Happy Easter layout

Happy Monday!  Easter is coming up and is our BBTB2 challenge theme this week.  I used the the Flower Market and Artistry cartridges and some happy Doodlebug paper strips to make my Easter layout full of spring goodness.  You can check out the rest of the design team projects over at BBTB2 this week.

Flower Market-chick, boot with flowers, watering can with flowers, grass, title
Paper/stickers-Doodlebug Springtime prints/stickers, CTMH solids, Echo Park green solid
brown chalk ink for edging

Monday, April 3, 2017

Tree layouts in honor of Arbor Day

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is trees, in honor of Arbor Day.  All the flowering trees have started blooming here and it feels like spring.  I have two tree projects to share, with the one below using lots of cartridges (although the trees are from Camp Out) from our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park last summer.  The bottom project is a Christmas layout, where the cute little house and trees on the Flower Market cartridge were giving me Christmas cottage vibes.  Hope you will check out the design team projects over at BBTB2 and link up a project!

Project #1

Paper Doll Dress Up-mountain ranges
Outdoor Man-wildlife
Camp Out-trees
A Child's Year-bird in flight
Be Young-font

Project #2

Flower Market-trees, cottage

Monday, March 27, 2017

Banner and Sign projects

Happy Monday!  I am hosting the BBTB2 challenge this week.  Our challenge theme is to use a sign or banner on a project.  There are so many amazing banner shapes on the Flower Market cartridge that it got me inspired!  However, you can select any of the many signs or banners on any cartridge, because there a lot to choose from!  I have several projects below to share and there are more from the rest of the design team over at BBTB2!

St. Patrick's Cathedral layout
This is one of my favorite of the banners on Flower Market-perfect for the titles.

Flower Market-banner
Family Album-decorative shape
Paper-CTMH solids
Ellis Island layout
The Destinations cartridge has some great signs like the one below for travel projects.

Destinations-Ellis Island sign
Paper-CTMH solids, Carta Bella map paper

Sunshine layout
The sunshine banner is from the Artbooking cartridge and was ideal for some summer vacation pics from Estes Park, CO.

Artbooking-sun and sunshine banner
Paper-CTMH solids
washi tape-Doodlebug
Ink-CTMH pigment inks
Let's Get Lost layout
This sign is from the Camping Critters, just the thing for some hiking pictures.

Camping Critters-sign, moose

Concertmaster layout
And sometimes, you just have to make your own below.

Quarter Note-font, clef
handcut banner
Paper-CTMH solids, print CTMH

Monday, March 20, 2017

Wee One baby card

Happy Monday!  Hope you have had a good weekend!  It's spring break here, but I've got sick feverish kids, so we are taking it easy and passing out the tylenol.  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is a baby theme.  I always need cute baby cards in the stash, so I whipped up a card for a baby boy.  I used the B is for Boy cartridge for this little onesie and the wee one sentiment.  It could be for a girl just as easy with a color change to pink.  Check out the sweet baby goodness by the design team over at BBTB2 and link up a project there this week.

B is for Boy:  all cuts
Paper-Echo Park prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink
liquid glass on duck

Monday, March 13, 2017

birthday layouts

Happy Monday!  It's a birthday theme at BBTB2 this week and I have a whole bunch of birthday ideas to share!  You can see more birthday goodness over at BBTB2 from the designers.  So let's get started....

 Project #1
This was for pics of Son#1's birthday this fall.  I wanted the picture in the star frame to be the focus.

Sweet Treats-happy birthday
Artbooking-photo frame with star
Elegant Edges-scallop circle
Plaintain Schoolbook-circle
Paper-Doodlebug print, CTMH solids

Project #2
I was having some fun with the CTMH watercolors and made the cupcake paper on the right myself! I stamped the cupcakes and then watercolored them!  I also watercolored the Happy Birthday banner that I cut from the Artiste cartridge...probably would have just kept watercoloring if there was anything else left, lol!  My inner kindergartner was out to play.  The balloons are stamped from a CTMH set that corresponds to the Art Philosophy cartridge, so I cut them out with my cricut, then stamped the ballon image.  We were celebrating the November birthdays in the family (Son#3 and Grandma).  

Artiste-banner, balloons
Sweet Treats-make a wish
Stamp set-CTMH Artiste cartridge birthday set

The next few layouts go together as a set.  The Party Animals birthday layout from a few weeks ago is one of them.  The rest do not have any cricut cuts, but I decided to put them together with the other birthday layouts for one big birthday bonanza of layout ideas.

Project #3

Project #4

Project #5
The arrow is a cricut cut from the Artiste cartridge that has a matching CTMH stamp.

Project #6
I showed this layout a few weeks ago, but wanted to include it with the birthday theme as well.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Lucky layout

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is St Patrick's Day related-use a clover or the word lucky. I did both, so I'm feeling like an over-achiever, lol!  (Plus, you see the shamrock background paper?  Oh yeah!)   I made a layout for some of my pictures from last year's St. Pats Day, when I got to march in the NYC St. Patrick's Day parade with Son#2 and the high school band.  I took LOTS of pictures, because how often do you get a chance to walk down the middle of 5th Avenue in NYC with 2 million people watching?  It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.  All my cuts are from the Artistry cartridge.  Hope you will join us this week over at BBTB2 and see the design team projects for inspiration.

Artistry-Lucky, horseshoe, clover
Paper-The Paper Studio print, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink

Monday, February 27, 2017

3 shades of green

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to use 3 shades of green.  I happened to have this Doodlebug print paper with several shades of green in the stash, which got my layout started.  Son#2 will be performing with the marching band in the Snake Saturday St. Patrick's Day parade next month, so now I'm ready for the pictures!  I used the Flower Market cartridge for all the cuts-loving the wreaths on this cart!  Check out the BBTB2 designers projects and you can link one up as well.

Flower Market-all cuts
Paper-Doodlebug prints, CTMH solids

Monday, February 20, 2017

Cute animal

Happy President's Day Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge theme this week is cute animals, which inevitably leads me to create with two of my all-time favorite cricut cartridges- Create A Critter and Create A Critter 2.  I have several pieces of Create A Critter goodness to share!  As always, the designers over at BBTB2 have some wonderful projects to see and you can link up a project as well.

Project #1
This birthday layout will feature pics of my teens and their cousins, partying it up with birthday cake and ice cream!
Create A Critter 2-party pig and party chick
CM Be Young-font
Paper-Echo Park

Project #2
This little card cutie was inspired by the sentiment.Isn't he cute?
Create A Critter-whale
Wild Card-card base
Plaintain Schoolbook-circle
scallop edge for the waves
Stamp-CTMH Animal Greetings
Ink-Tsueinko Memento Black
liquid glass on whale's spout
Project #3
 I made this layout of hiking pictures from last summer with some of the adorable critters.
Create A Critter-animals, stump and log
CM Be Young-font

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sweet layout (red and white project)

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is a red and white project, which made me feel the Valentine you have my SWEET layout below.  It's all from the Artbooking cartridge (cut on the real dial size, since that cartridge has crazy weird sizing).  I added some touches of black for contrast.  For the challenge, the projects just have to include red and white and don't have to be Valentine.  You can link up a project over at BBTB2 and see all the designer's projects.

Artbooking-all cuts, cut on real dial size
Paper-Carta Bella Words of Love collection prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink for edging

Monday, February 6, 2017

Love U valentine

Happy Monday!  I'm glad it's a new week, as we've been passing around the germs and I've been under the weather.  Hoping my immune system recognizes that we are starting fresh this week, lol! Today I'm sharing one of the Valentines I made for this year, since that is our BBTB2 theme this week.  I've been waiting for the right project to use the typewriter on the Flower Market cartridge and a sweet Valentine love note seemed just the thing!  There are some adorable Valentines to see over at BBTB2, so go take a look!

Flower Market-typewriter, love
Artistry-the letter u
Stamp-Paper Smooches set

Monday, January 30, 2017

Love and Laughter valentine layout

Happy Monday!  It's a Valentine theme going at BBTB2 this week, since the big day is only a few weeks away.  I've got some Valentines to share over the next few weeks but today is for a layout since I know there will be some funny iPhone pictures by the kids on Valentine's day!  I used Create A Critter 2 because who could resist that Valentine owl charm?  Not me!  See more Valentine inspiration over at BBTB2 from the rest of the design team.

Create A Critter 2-owl and tree
Zoo Day-font
Paper-Doodlebug prints, CTMH solids

Monday, January 23, 2017

Ice Skate thank you card

Happy Monday!  It's been a busy weekend of work and I am so ready to have today off.   Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to use ice skates on a project.  It so happens that the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships were in Kansas City last week and I have watched quite a bit of skating on TV.   Makes me wish I knew how to ice skate!  For my project, I made a thank you card, using the skates from the Family Album cartridge.  You can see the other skating projects over at BBTB2 and enter the drawing at the end of the month for some cricut supplies.

Family Album-ice skates
Paper-Bo Bunny , CTMH solids
Ink-Stampin Up Early Espresso, Versamark Jumbo Java chalk ink for edging

Monday, January 16, 2017

Snow Much Fun

Happy MLK Monday!  Is it cold and possibly snowy where you live (or recovering from an ice storm like KC)?  I am hosting the BBTB2 challenge this week and I selected snow fun as the theme for the week.  Projects celebrating any kind of snowy fun fit the bill for our challenge.  My teens still like to sled and build a snowman when we get a big snow and I used the Winter Frolic cartridge for my Frosty layout.  The design team has some super snowy projects over at BBTB2 and you can link up a new snowy cricut project there.  Don't forget, every project entry is entered at BBTB2 into a drawing for a pack of prizes donated by Cricut at the end of January!

Winter Frolic-all cuts
Paper-Bo Bunny prints, CTMH solids
brown chalk ink

Monday, January 9, 2017

Blue Hawaii layout

Happy Monday!  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is in honor of Elvis' birthday-make a project that references an Elvis song.  My layout is reflecting the Blue Hawaii album.  I used the Life is A Beach and Doodlecharms cartridges for most of this beach layout.  Since I'm not going to get to go anywhere tropical this winter and it's been super cold and wintery here in KC, this will have to give me that tropical vibe I am wishing for.  There are some fun Elvis projects up over at BBTB2 for you to take a look and enter the challenge for a chance at a prize!!!!

Life is a Beach-palm trees, leaves, flowers, sand pail/shovel, right side sand castle title, lifeguard stand, hula girl
Doodlecharms-left side sand castle
Everyday Paperdolls-cloud
unknown-sun was cut from a previous project and I don't recall what cartridge
Paper-CTMH solids, yellow bg print unknown
 brown chalk ink

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Years layout

Happy Monday and Happy 2017!  I hope you had a merry Christmas and happy New Year!  My Christmas was full of family and very merry, although I rang in the new year at work in the ICU.  I spent some time last week looking through the scrapbook of 2016-it was full of happy memories and moments.  I can't wait to see what this year's pictures will look like!

Our BBTB2 challenge this week is NEW: use a cut that symbolizes the new year or use a new tool or technique-pretty wide open.  Since I am a chronological scrapper and scrap my pictures through the year, I made a cover page for my 2017 scrapbook, using cuts from Doodlecharms and Accent Essentials to symbolize the seasons and Artistry for the large numbers of 2017.  The welcome is a CTMH stamp.  I hope your 2017 is amazing and full of happy memories too.

Doodlecharms-leaf, flower, sun
Accent Essentials-snowflake
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black