Wednesday, December 28, 2011

ScrapRoom Sneaks

January kit sneak peeks have started at The ScrapRoom.  Here's mine using Little Yellow Bicycle's Winter Twig.

Winter Memories

You can see more fun sneaks HERE at The ScrapRoom blog.  The entire gallery will go live sometime on the first.  Eeek . . . it's such an awesome kit!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Joy

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

I hope you have a day filled with peace, love, and joy.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve Chowder

Popping in quickly in between wrapping presents, baking cookies, and cooking dirty rice for Christmas dinner to share a couple of Jillibean Soup layouts using their Christmas Eve Chowder papers. 

Holiday Traditions

Stocking Stuffers

No chit chat today, people.  Just pictures of layouts.  That's what you really want anyway, right?  LOL!  Hope you have a fabulous Christmas Eve!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

NEW Cricut Craft Room Digitals

Just about every week ProvoCraft has been releasing NEW digital cartridges for Cricut Craft Room. And the Cricut Circle Design Team has been creating projects to show off these fabulous new images. Last week, I created these two layouts with 3D Chinese Lanterns and Musical Instruments.

Epcot Asia

Instead of creating 3D lanterns, I used a portion of the images and layers to create a set of hanging lanterns for my layout.  I added some contrasting cardstock, jewels, and jute string.  I love how much dimension and texture they add to my page.

Practice Makes Perfect

The Musical Instruments cartridge contains a variety of instruments.  Each one is very detailed and just perfect  for this layout about my son practicing his baratone.  There is also a Music Notes cartridge that complements this cart well.

I also used the CCR Exclusive Labels cartridge to cut the blue image that backs the trumpet.  I will be revisiting that cartridge for sure . . . it has sooooo many cute images.

You can see all the Cricut Craft Room releases as well as some amazing projects at the Cricut Blog HERE.  And since these cartridges are available to download immediately (and VERY well priced), you still have time to convince Santa to bring you one or two!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Our Elf Layout

We started a new holiday tradition at our house this year -- the Elf on the Shelf.  My kiddos named him Fred Finkle and they have been having a great time finding him each day, telling him their Christmas wishes, reporting on their behavior, apologizing for their slip-ups, and telling anyone who will listen about Fred's antics.  It has been such a magical time that I don't want to forgot, so I am creating a series of layouts about Fred.  Here's the first one documenting his first five hiding places.

Our Elf

I LOVE this Welcome Christmas line by Pebbles.  It has traditional colors with a bit of brown thrown in, perfect for scrapping boys, yet is fun and whimsical in its patterns.  I chose to use several of those patterns on the bottom portion of my layout. 

I created this little bow from a strip of 1" x 12" paper.  First, I created a loop from about 6" of paper.  I then added a glue dot to the center and pressed the loop together.  I used the rest of the strip to create a couple of tails and a center piece.  This gave me a place to add some toothpick flags and a dimensional sticker.  Fun!

A few lot more embellishments, and I decided to call it finished.  I had a hard time holding back.  There were just so many great stickers to choose from.  I did save a few, though, so I could create more layouts about Fred's whereabouts for the rest of the month.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Merry Christmas Doodlebug Shadowbox

This week at the Doodlebug blog we are sharing gift giving ideas.  I decided to create a little Merry Christmas Shadowbox using the Santa's Workshop line.  So bright and whimsical and perfect for creating a Christmas scene for my son's Pre-K teacher to display in her classroom.

Merry Christmas Shadowbox

To start, I added a piece of Bubblegum Petite Prints paper to the back of my shadowbox.  Then, I cut a large traiangle from a sheet of Teeny Toys Santa's Workshop Paper.  I draped my tree with lights, stickers from the Sweet Love Fancy Frills Sticker and Santa's Workship Fancy Frills sticker sheets.  To create my ornaments, I added some jewels and brads and a Snowflake Doodlepop for the star. 

And what Christmas scene would be complete without Santa, presents, and the reindeer?  I added some foam adhesive and popped these cardstock stickers on the edge of the frame. 

And the finishing touch is a giant paper bow on top created with two 2" x 12" strips of Candy Cane Lane paper.  The first strip, I notched at the ends and attached it to the top of the box.  With the second strip, I created a loop and attached it to the center of the first strip.  Then, I added a Poinsettia Doodle Pops sticker to the center.

This was such a fun project to create thanks to the variety of papers and embellishments in the Santa's Workshop collection.  I think Ethan's teacher will love it!

For more fun gift ideas, be sure to head over to the Doodlebug blog this week.  And who knows . . . you might just win yourself a littlesomething!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I said a hip hop, a hippity hop . . .

To the hip hip hop, a you don't stop
The rock it to the bang bang boogie say up jumped the boogie
To the rhythm of the boogie, the beat!

Oh hi there, just relieving some of my youth.  Some good old "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang from 1979.  I banged out my boogie many a times to that one! 

Anyhoo, I'm really here today to post some projects with Imaginisce's brand new Hippity Hop line.  It has nothing at all to do with rap.  More of a Spring and Easter line.  Such a colorful and cute line.  Here's what I created.

One Rainy Spring Day

Sending Showers of Love Card

See what I mean?  Too cute!!!  You can see more Hippity Hop cuteness at the Imaginisce blog.  While you hop on over there, I'll be bang banging the boogie to the rhythm of the boogity beat.  Word!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

i-Top, anyone?

Our friends at Scrapbook and Cards Today are giving away the entire i-Top collection! Eeek!!! What an awesome prize! Just pop over HERE and leave a comment.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Santa's Workshop Layout

I was SO excited to get the assignment to work with a Sketchabilities sketch and Doodlebug's Santa's Workshop collection this week.  Here is what I whipped up.

Christmas Pajamas


Isn't Santa's Workshop such a fun collection?  I think the peppermint border is my favorite touch.  And the cute elves were the perfect complement to these silly pictures of my boys in their Christmas pajamas.  You can check out the sketch HERE and see Wendy and Monique's awesome layouts.   

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pebbles Pillow Box

This week at the Pebbles Blog we are showcasing holiday gift giving ideas.  So many of my family members are asking for gift cards this year.  In order to still have some cute packages to pass out on Christmas day, I decided to create an oversized pillow box for my brother's gift card.

I used my Cricut Expression and the Girls Makeup Party cartridge to cut this pillow box at 8" and the Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge to cut the large white flower.  Then I decorated it with lots of Pebbles Welcome Christmas papers and embellishments.  The colors and patterns of the papers were the perfect masculine touch! 

How much do you LOVE those layered felt poinsettias that Pebbles makes?  Look at all the detail.  Perfect!

And the last touch was a tag tied with twine and adorned with a sweet little mini clothespin. So cute!!!

Now that I have a fun way to wrap some gift cards, I might just buy one for everyone on my list.  My family will be happy to receive a gift card, and I'm happy to save time shopping and get to play in my scrap room and call myself wrapping a gift.  Win, win, right?  LOL!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Random Crafts of Kindness

We're sharing Random Crafts of Kindness at the Cricut Blog.  I made a candy bouquet for a retiring coworker.  She is a country girl, who loves to ride horses . . . sooo we went with the theme of Happy Trails for her retirement events.  We all wore blue jeans and bandanas to work her last day, we gave her rocks throughout the day that eventually spelled out Happy Trails, and we presented her with this candy bouquet and card at lunch.

Happy Trails Candy Bouquet

Happy Trails Cactus Card

This project was posted HERE on the Cricut Blog yesterday.  I used my Cricut Expression and the new Cricut Craft Room online design program to create this one.  You can download a CCR and a Gypsy file if you'd like to recreate it.

Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

We've Got Puppy Love!

The Jillibean Soup design team are featured in Becky Fleck's December PageMaps Newsletter.  I was excited to get to work with a 12 x 24 sketch. 

Puppy Love

The original sketch had ornaments dangling on both sides.  I used hearts instead . . . to reinforce my love theme.  They were so easy to  make with my Cricut Expression and Just Because Cards cartridge.

I followed Becky's sketch pretty closely.  You can see it (and the rest of the design team's layouts) HERE.  You are sure to find something to inspire you!

Have a great day!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Echo Park ScrapRoom Layouts

Yesterday the December kits were revealed at The ScrapRoom.  All I can say is Oh. My. Christmas.  They are festive and fabulous.  Today, I just want to share two of my layouts.  That way I'll have something to post in the next few days.  LOL!

Not So Jolly

Would you look at the faces on these two kids?  Not happy.  You'd think that after standing in line for 45 minutes after Christmas shopping for 3 hours, they'd be a little more excited to see Santa.  Sheesh!  Some poeple's children.  LOL!

Popped these beauties straight off the sticker sheet, added some baker's twine and a pop dot.  Oh yea!!!

Christmas List Joy

Every year I love watching my children open their Christmas presents, excited for whatever they get, whether it was on their lists or not.  They are so easy to please.  Such sweet boys!

Both of these layouts were created with just ONE of the FOUR page kits in The ScrapRoom's December Flavors of the Month Kit.  Pretty nice, hun?  You can see the rest of the kits and the entire design team gallery HERE.  Well worth the trip!

Ok, I'm off to do some more Christmas shopping for my two boys.  Can't wait to see the joy on their faces again this year!