Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Billy the Kid layout

The circle monthly challenge is to do a layout of a recent event...well without a specific definition for recent I decided to do my son's 3rd sure seems like only a few months ago he celebrated his 3rd birthday! The journal writing on the page tells the story of how he felt when being called "cowboy" during the family party. It was fun the first 5 minutes but then he wasn't sure if people knew who he really after Grandma Barb (the gift giver of the cowboy get up) called him cowboy (the umpteenth person to do so!), he said in no uncertain terms - "I'm Billy -- the kid!"
So what did I use for the layout... lots of scraps and the back ground paper is from crate paper and I splattered it with Adirondack color wash - Espresso. The cuts I did on my Cricut E2. "Billy" and "the" are from the Making the Grade cart, "Kid" is cut from Old West as well as the cowboy hat and bandana. I jazzed up the cowboy hat with Viva pearl pen -chrome silver. The white accents on the cuts are with the white gelly roll pen and the journal-ling was written with Bic Mark-It ultra fine - woodsy brown (love my set of Bic mark-it pens I won from Joy's Life - thanks again Joy!!) The journal-ling block is border punched with Fiskars border punch, notebook.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

My Cat in the Hat

I just purchased the Over the Hill cartridge and when I saw the top hat (3-D!) I just had to make it. I played around with some cheap white card stock and it took me three hats to finally get it right...of course each hat was a different size so I could get a feel for the ratio to finished size. While working in my nice cool basement crafting cave, my attention starved (not!) cat had to visit. I decided to make her a special napping place while in the craft cave, in hopes it will save my projects from her furry fluff sticking to the adhesives. She adored her blanket lined crate and I just couldn't resit putting one of my sample hats on her head. Of course the first thing to pop into my head...The Cat in the Hat!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Art Inspiration Challenge

While riding in the car for a couple hours this weekend I designed a layout with inspiration from some framed art. The Cricut Circle blog had posted the picture of a rose with some interesting blocking around the edges so I used the blocking/layout as my inspiration. I also use the butterfly boarder idea and some vertical lines from the art piece and incorporated that into the layout. It was fun to have my gypsy with me in the car to play with shapes and ideas and I was pretty sure what photo I wanted to use in the layout.
Of course we had to use at least 3 Cricut Image cuts and mine were: butterfly boarder from Paper Trimmings; blue patterned cut out back ground from Ornamental Iron 2; and Spring from Gypsy Wanderings. The stripes turned out to be more of plaid paper but I love how everything coordinates. The paper was from piggy tales except for the spring image which was cut from bazzle paper.

Recipe Challenge

This weekend was national scrapbook day on Sat but I wasn't able to play all the much. We attended a first communion service and celebration but that didn't stop me from means gift which means I get to make a card! I did a quick peek on the Cricut Circle blog and found a challenge I could do while still making a card for my niece. The challenge was to use at least three Cricut Image cuts (cross from Indie Art, banner out of vellum from Christmas, butterfly from Gypsy Wandering);
use three patterned papers (check out the layers on the cross!); stitching...used the machine around the edge; and the color yellow (on the cross and butterfly) Gypsy font was used to make the sentiment "blessed day" with the letters welded.

Cricut Craft Room Challenge

The Cricut Circle blog has some challenges and I have been sneaking off to my craft room trying to create. Here is a layout I made that used the Cricut Craft Room Basics cart and and exclusive craft room cart - Germany.
The challenge was to only use the craft room to do the project. Recently I purchased the Germany cart to make some layouts of my son's trip last summer (and daughter's from a couple year's ago!) This was just the challenge to get me started on Bill's Germany pages! The blank white paper is just a place holder for the pictures to be added after I get the bunch of photos back from my DS (he's been sharing in his German class). The blank center cut on the bottom is ready for Bill to journal about his trip and include info about how he celebrated his 17th birthday while over seas, hence the cupcake with the moth and date on it.