Monday, February 25, 2013

Pet Challenge

Welcome to my blog!  The challenge for this week is to create a card, layout, or other papercraft to celebrate the pets in your life.  I was so excited about this challenge when Diane first sent the schedule, after all I have my Ella and I've spoiled her rotten and have tons of pictures.  Then my baby died on February 12th, and all of a sudden this challenge wasn't as exciting as it was at first.  I considered not participating in this challenge because it would be too hard, but decided to do a project in honor of my sweet girl.

Pets enrich our lives in so many ways, and some of us (namely me) go a little nuts with our pets.  Ella was completely spoiled, but she knew she was loved.
Now on to my project.  

I decided to do a picture collage of my sweet girl.
I started with a picture collage frame which called for 7 pictures that were 4x6.  I cut 5 pictures down to a size I wanted to work with so I could also add the planned images from several cartridges.  

For the first two pictures I choose images from the Four-legged Friends cartridge.  The pet bed and Paw Heart were both cut at 2.06 using garden green, sadle, and bamboo cardstock from CTMH.  The pictures and images are mounted on Florintine pattern paper also from CTMH.
The next two images were cut from the Paper pups cartridge.  The top image "asleep dog" was cut at 1.12 from sadle cardstock, and I added a black bling for the nose.  The bottom image "relax dog" was cut at 1.35 from sadle and bamboo cartridge with black bling for the eyes.
  This cut out is from the Pet Shop cartridge at 2.06 from sadle and bamboo cardstock and black bling for eyes.
Finally for the last two picture sections I stamped Ella's name, birthdate, and the date she died.  I used Glamour lowercase alphabet and Goldrush ink both from CTMH.  I added two butterfly blings in orange. and orange button brads in the date.

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Remember to link your project at Exploring Cricut.  I can't wait to see what you come up with this week!
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Happy Thursday!

Welcome to my blog on this Friday Eve!  Yes, I'm living for the weekend this week!  My project for this week is a two page layout that I created for our TNT group last summer.  We went to a Legend's baseball game on Family and Faith night.  The kids were able to watch a great baseball game and afterwards there was a small concert of a contemporary Christian group.  The kids all had a great time, but by the time we made it to the concert they were all about beat.  This is an activity I would recommend for any church group in the surrounding area.

For my project I used a black base, red, white, a yellowish color, gray, and navy cardstock.  The patterned paper is from my stash and I'm not sure who the manufacturer is.
I used the Tear Drop and Sports Mania cartridges.
The title was cut using the Tear Drop cartridge at 2.06", welded together using my Gypsy.  The baseball, bat, and jersey were cut using the Sports Mania cartridge at 3".
Have a wonderful Thursday and a super weekend!  Don't forget to join us on Monday for a new challenge!
Monday, February 11, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day Challenge

Welcome to my little piece of blog world.  The new challenge over at Exploring Cricut is to create a card, layout, or other papercraft to celebrate Valentine's Day.  There are a ton of cartridges out there to choose from when working on a project for this holiday, from serious, to silly, to just plain fun!
Valentine's day is not my favorite holiday since I'm single.  I've always looked at it as a holiday created by businesses to increase their sales after Christmas.  I still feel this way, but after this summer, I realize how important it is to always tell those you love how you feel and not wait for a silly day to come around once a year.
My project for this challenge is a simple Valentine's day card.  I started with a white base that is 5.5 x 4.25 and I covered it with a cheveron pattern paper from the special Dotty for You collection from CTMH.  I then cut the heart on the right side using the Love Struck 2010 cartridge.
I cut this heart at 2.06" from Blush cardstock.  I love that the big heart is made from lots of little hearts.
I then cut the heart on the left side from the Sweetheart cartridge at 2.18" from colonial white cardstock.  This is one of my  favorite go to fancy hearts.  I then combined the two hearts with  bow using Valentine's ribbon.  The ribbon is from Wal-Mart.
Thank you for visiting my blog.  Remember to link your project on the Exploring Cricut blog so you can be entered for the prize drawing.  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
Thursday, February 7, 2013

Daily Project: Many Thanks

Welcome to my blogland for this wonderful Friday eve!  Yes, I'm a teacher and I celebrate Friday eve each week.  I have several projects in the works to share at a later date, but the project I want to share with you for today is a simple thank you card.
The base of my card is 5.5 x 4.25 and I covered it with a piece of patterned paper from the Lucy paper line from CTMH.  I put a 2" strip of cotton candy across the top and then tied a piece of sweet leaf ribbon across the cardstock.
Using the Phrases cartridge I cut the phrase "many thanks" at 2.06" using hollyhock, cotton candy, and sweet  leaf cardstock.  All products are sold by CTMH.
Thanks you for allowing me to share my project with you today, and may you be blessed with time to craft today!