Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sweet Little Peppermints

The papers in December's Club Ruby kit are delicious!!  Here is a peek of one of my projects, check out Club Ruby for the details!

Check out Club Ruby for the details.  The icon in the left column will link you to my gallery page over there too.  Happy Crafting!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Drum Roll Please...........

All of the winners for the fantastic prizes from the Scrap-Mart Holiday Blog Hop are announced today over on the Scrap-Mart Blog!!!  The winners of the prizes offered on my blog are: (1) haasken who wins the Seasonal Cartridge and Tool kit and she said..."Great pages. I am so thankful to see that I am note the only one with a die cut machine fetish. Thank you." and (2) Krissynae who wins the All Occasions Cartridge and she said..."That is soooo adorable. The little moose is so cute." Congrats ladies and Everyone check out the Scrap-Mart blog for all the winners and details!! Thanks to all who left a comment on my post, I was overwhelmed by the number and kind words!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Holiday Blog Hop!!

WELCOME blog-hoppers to my stop on the Scrap-Mart Holiday Blog Hop!!  My projects today use the cutest-ever Reindeer from the Sizzix ECLIPS Holiday Cartridge - how can you not be jolly when you look at her??   I used a few other Eclips cartridges as well: Christmas & Traditions for "Merry Christmas"; Starter & Rockin' Janie for the scallop frames; & Seasonal for "Be Jolly".  For the snow curve, I used the Quickutz Clothesline die.  
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The patterned paper is from October Afternoon.  I accented my reindeer with my Copic Warm Gray #2 marker, and added gems and stickles to the bows (after all, you can't have a holiday project without Stickles!)  Here are a couple of close-ups...
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I love the crisp, clean cuts I get with the Eclips - precision cutting every time!  I am pleased to announce that SIZZIX is one of the blog hop sponsors and they have donated the following PRIZES today:  (1) Sizzix Eclips Seasonal Cartridge with Tool Kit; and (2) Sizzix Eclips All Occasions Cartridge!!  Leave a comment on my blog below by Sunday to be eligible to win one of these prizes.  Don't forget to comment on every blog in the hop to be considered for grand prizes too!  We will announce the lucky winners next Friday!  Thanks so much for stopping by - Now hop on over to the next stop - the SIZZIX BLOG to check out what inspiration they have in store for you today!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sizzix Eclips Layouts

I've been able to get a little scrapping in this weekend, in between shopping episodes (lol) and have a couple of Eclips layouts to share.  I'm a fairly simple scrapper, and I love how quickly my pages come together with the Eclips.  All cuts are from the Boy and Girl Cartridge (one of my favorites!).
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The white colors in the scan are distorted, they really do match better IRL - the backgound on this one was a scallop background Sizzix Bigz Pro die cut on my Big Shot Pro machine - love that machine!  Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fall Layouts for Club Ruby!

The November Club Ruby kit uses Imaginesce papers which I just adore.  Here are my latest layouts:   

See all the details by visiting Club RubyHappy Crafting!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Imagine JT Coolness

Ok, so how cool is the Cricut Imagine JT Cartridge??? Way cool if you ask James - he helped make the dragon cut and design this karate page.
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I made this for Emma and Sarah's Imagine-Nation blog challenge and the only rule was to use polka-dots.  First, I had printed the entire background page in the red dot pattern from the JT cartridge (love that I can print a whole sheet of paper now with the latest Imagine update), but that was just too polka-dotty for James.  I have to admit the page looked a whole lot better with just a strip of dots and the black background.  The orange paper is Basic Grey which coordinated perfectly.  The Kanji character tags were cut from the Cricut Pagoda cartridge and mean 'strength' which I thought was appropriate here.    
ETA:  My finished Double Page Layout (click to enlarge):
Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Look - More Halloween!!

I'm on a roll with my Halloween photos - still loving the red wood paper from October Afternoon Seaside!
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I found this cool tree on the Sizzix Eclips Holiday Cartridge and it worked perfectly here to showcase my new favorite Owl cut with the Sizzix Medium Owl die.  I cut him in white cardstock (except for the feet and nose) and colored him with my Copic markers to achive a 'feathered' look. I used my Silhouette to design and cut the title, using a true type font called "Harry P".  If you look closely at the photos, you can see that I also used my Silhouette and that font to decorate my son's trick-or-treat bag with his name.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Parade Layout

Wow - this may be a record - I've already started scrapping my Halloween photos - and yes, the ones from this year!!
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This page went together so quickly - the title was cut on my Sizzix Eclips machine using the Starter cartridge.  The papers are from October Afternoon (red wood background from Seaside, and stripe from Weathervane).  The mini market letter stickers are also October Afternoon.  I have used a variation of this simple page arrangement many times - it is one of my 'go-to' sketches.  I hope everyone had a great Halloween!  Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Scrapping!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

It's Almost Halloween!!!

It's Almost Halloween!!  Are you ready??  Here is a cute treat bag I made for the Scrap-Mart blog today.  When I saw Sizzix release this cute little Owl die, I knew I had to have it!! So many "owl" designs on the market today are 'cutesy' and this struck me as totally different - perfect for fall, Halloween, Legend of the Guardians or Harry Potter projects!!  I decorated him up with my Copic Spica glitter markers and set him atop a cut from the Quickutz Starry Night border die.  To finish off the treat bag, I cut a ticket from the Tim Holtz for Sizzix Ticket decorative strip and stamped my sentiment with a coordinating Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp.  Cute little treat bags like this go together in a flash - and because the Owl die is a Sizzix original die, you can cut multiple sheets of paper at one time.
Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting everyone!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cricut Imagine Gift Box

Wow - I've completed 2 of Emma's challenges in one week!!  This one was for the first ever Imagine-Nation Monday event sponsored by Emma ( and Sarah ( - I hope to join in on these challenges as much as I can to get more comfortable with this machine.  Although I have to say the Imagine is very easy to use.  The challenge was to create anything with your Imagine and incorporate a stamped image.  Here is my creation (click image to enlarge):
The patterns were already incorporated into this design as one of the bonus features on the 'Imagine More Cards' Cartridge, so I just had my Imagine print and cut, then I put the box together.  I added a prima flower and jewel to the closure, incorporated a stamped sentiment from My Pink Stamper's Simply Sweet Occasions set, and finished it off with some lavender ribbon.  This went together oh-so-quickly and will be great for those last minute hostess or teacher gifts!!  Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cricut Tennis Layout

I've intended to participate in one of Emma's Throwback Thursday challenges for months now (, but never seemed to have a good idea in time for the deadline.  Well this week's challenge was all about sports - use the Cricut Sports Mania cartridge on a project.  Hello! That is right up my alley living in this locker room!  So here is what I created (note that my scanner cuts off a bit of the bottom edge and adds a shadow because it is not a full 12", but you get the idea!):
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Of course I couldn't participate in one of Emma's challenges without using my Gypsy, so I used it to create and weld the title and border.  The Tennis Racquet and Tennis Ball border are from the Sports Mania Cartridge and the font is from Plantin Schoolbook.  The background paper is Jillibean Soup and the yellow is Bo Bunny Double Dot in buttercup.  Thanks to Emma for the inspiration and challenge!  Happy Crafting Everyone!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Club Ruby Projects!

If you haven't checked out Club Ruby yet, what are you waiting for?  Club Ruby offers a monthly kit, fabulous inspiration, and a wonderful community of crafters.  I can't post the details of projects I've designed for the club here, but I can post sample photos.  Visit Club Ruby for all the details.
If you like what you see, check out Club Ruby today!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Double Page Baseball Layout

Every now and then I create a layout that I am just so happy with how it turned out - it is a great feeling.  This layout is one of those for me...

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The patterned papers are from Pink Paislee - Starlight and an older Christmas collection.  The scalloped circle provided a great background and if you look closely, you can see the definition right above the far left pic is for "tourney" which is exactly where these photos were taken!   For my embellishments, I used the original Sizzix Star Die and several Sizzix Decorative Strips. The Tim Holtz ticket die and Stampers Anonymous coordinating stamps made great journal spots. The pinking trim is from the Sizzix Decorative Strip Circles and Triangles die. The red letters in the title were cut with the Tim Holtz Vintage Marketplace decorative strip die. The 'Royale' word was welded and cut with my Silhouette using a true-type font called Ballpark.

At some point, I am going to add a 'baseball' label to my posts - my blog gets a lot of hits from people searching for baseball layouts.  If you have a son that plays baseball, you are probably like me and always on the lookout for new layout ideas so that your pages don't always look the same!  Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Scrapping!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Simple Cricut Imagine Layout

So I got the new Cricut Imagine machine and I'm on the fence as to whether or not I am going to keep it.  I love the concept of the machine, but I'm not sure if it is worth the price.  Here is a simple layout using the Imagine More cartridge along with the old Stamping Solutions and George cartridges.
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Everything was printed and cut on the Imagine, except the background paper which is Bo Bunny double dot.  The bottom border is from the Imagine More cartridge, cut as one piece, then I cut the music border layer separately and adhered it to the border with foam tape.  Next, I used patterned 'paper' from that cartridge to 'flood fill' the title and guitar shapes from Stamping Solutions as well as a rectangle from George and Basic Shapes.  The end result was a simple and FAST page to put together.  I'm all for scrapping efficiency!

I'm not a big fan of the artwork that comes on the Imagine cartridges that have been released to date, so I'm thinking I would use the patterns with my existing cartridges more often.  I find the machine itself easy to work with - the screen is SO easy to navigate through - I sure wish my Gypsy worked like the on-board screen (wishful thinking for a Gypsy upgrade perhaps?).  My one overarching concern is with the ink - it is not good with moisture - I got a drop of water on one image I cut out and the piece was ruined - with good old offset printed patterned paper you buy it would just dry back to normal.  So I'm still thinking about the machine and figured I'd share my thoughts.  Happy scrapping!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Another Cub Scout Layout

Just enjoying my Friday evening in the Nook.  We were supposed to be in Kansas City for a soccer tourney this weekend, but Jack broke his hand so we are staying put and I am taking advantage of some unexpected free time!  I'm still working on last year's Cub Scout scrapbook layouts.  Here is one I just completed.
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For this layout, I used my Cricut Old West cartridge for the font and Blackletter cartridge for the fleur-de-lis.  Papers are by Pink Paislee (woodgrain); Rusty Pickle (stripe) and Basic Grey (background).  Simple layout, as so many of mine seem lately, but I like how it turned out.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Well go figure....

Two layout ideas - one imagined as fabulous, the other as 'just getting it done'.  Once completed, I was disappointed in the one I thought would be fabulous, and was surprisingly pleased with the one I was just going to get done.  Go figure!  Here is the one I really liked...
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The patterned paper is by Rusty Pickle (Under the Stars) and the background is Bo Bunny double-dot in olive.  I used my Sizzix Eclips machine and the Vacation cartridge for the title and moose cuts - isn't that the cutest moose in the world?  Here are some close-ups...

Next is the layout I was a bit disappointed with - I'm ok with it, however, I was hoping it would be fabulous.  Maybe someday I will re-do it, but here it is for now...
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ETA:  Ok, I re-did the title just by adding a bit of net/mesh behind it using a Sizzix Rub-On.  The title seemed to be 'floating' to me so this gave it some foundation.
The paper is Rusty Pickle again and Basic Grey for the background.  The boy fishing silhouette is from the Cricut A Child's Year cartridge, and the bass fish is from the Cricut Camp Out cartridge.  The title was cut with the retired Sizzix Wet Paint alphabet. 
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Have a crafty day!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Halloween Treat Box!

It's almost October so that means Halloween is right around the corner.  Here is video showing how I put together a cute treat box using the Sizzix Big Shot Pro Milk Carton die, the Sizzix Tulip Garden Decorative Strip die and of course my Sizzix Eclips machine! 

And here is the finished project:
I just love the cute Halloween Border shapes available on the Eclips Holiday cartridge!  Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sizzix Eclips Emerald Cup Layout

Still loving the Sizzix Eclips machine.  Here I used three cartridges:  Starter & Rockin' Janie for the title; All Occasions for the trophy; Holiday for the shamrock vines.  The black ric-rack was cut with the Sizzix Hello Kitty Ribbons Decorative Strip die.  I really love how this page came together.
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The patterned papers are by October Afternoon (Thrift Shop and Road Trip lines), and the green paper is from the DCWV Shimmer stack.  You can't tell too well in the scan, but it has a subtle shimmer/gleen to it and it is lovely IRL.  That shimmer paper also cuts like buttah in the Eclips!!  Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Quick Eclips Baseball Layout

The Sizzix Eclips machine makes cutting embellishments so quick and easy.  Here is a simple baseball layout using some Scenic Route papers from my stash (and a blue star paper that I have no idea where it came from..haha).  All of the cuts are from the Sizzix Eclips School & Sports cartridge, available at of course!
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My scanner is not a full 12", so the border is a bit cut off at the bottom - it is even IRL!! Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Scrapping!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Navy Pier Layout

Wow - two posts in one day - how about that?!?! I spent some time in my Nook this weekend - mainly organizing but also managed to create a few things.
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The pelican element and title are from the Cricut Life's A Beach cartridge, and I welded the title using my Gypsy.  A wiggly eye and some stickles for the wing dressed up the pelican:
The Carousel is from the Cricut Lite Carousel cartridge and was a bit of a nightmare to clean up, but in the end it turned out lovely. I'm not sure what I would do without my Basic Grey paper file set!!
The blue patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye Twinkle Twinkle Little Boy, and I found the Wood-Boardwalk patterned paper at Archiver's but I don't remember the brand (it has sharks swimming in water on the back if that helps anyone locate it).  Have a crafty day!!

Block Matting

Block matting is an easy way to get several photos onto one page.  Here I simply added larger mats to frame the page, offsetting the photo mat just slightly for interest and to balance out the weight of the page (due to the large end of the bat).  I cut the bat on my Sizzix Eclips machine from the School and Sports Cartridge and had my son sign it. 
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The patterned kraft paper is from the Basic Grey basics collection and the tiny black letter stickers are made by Making Memories. 

Here is a quick non-scrap project.  My sons attend Catholic School and my oldest's teacher wanted them to put book covers on their Religion books.  He said "Mom, that's your department" so I promised to keep it simple and boyish, but I couldn't help but add a touch of glitter!!  I used the Sizzix Bigz Ornate Cross and cut the font on my Cricut with the Blackletter Cartridge.  The Glitter paper is made my American Crafts - I used a color called "Charcoal" - it is nice and thick and sparkly. 

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sizzix Eclips Layout: 1st Day of School

Ok, are you ready for another Sizzix Eclips video??  Here is a quick scrapbook page I put together using the Eclips this afternoon. 

And for the final page, I added a border strip at the bottom and a journaling strip to mark the year at the top.
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Here is a closeup of the book:
And a closeup of the title:
The papers and border sticker are from an old Becky Higgins School collection I had in my stash.  I just love the happy colors!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!