February 28, 2010

Cutting The Cheese..LOL


I got a kick out making this layout.  The story behind the layout is, My dd started working at the same grocery store I do and once she got the hang of everything she actually received a department she had to take care of and in this case , she got the cheese department.. We sell a lot specialty cheeses from around the world and they come in these big 10 lb bricks, etc.. I took a few photos of her at work and wanted to make a funny layout with them.. She approved!!  LOL  :O)
Hope you get a good laugh out of this one..

Here are some close ups and all of the details to making this layout
 Close up of the title and of the little mouse I pieced together.

This actually says "Stinky Fromage!" which of course means stinky cheese.. She always complains about how bad some of them smell..LOL


 And finally a close up of the other little mouse I pieced together.. I think he came out very cute..

Supplies Used:

Cricut cartridge: George and Basic Shapes
Mice, chees slice and cheese bricks

Cricut Cartrige:  Sentiments (new)
background, photo matts and flies

Cricut Cartridge: A Childs Year
Leaves and title font

Cricut Cartridge: Paper Doll Dress Up
smokey thingys..LOL
Cricut cartridge:  Opposites Attract
circle and subtitle font

Papers: Graphic 45
cardstock: light yellow, olive green, light pink and grey

Peachy Keen stamps: eyes
zig black marker: whiskers
white gel pen: highlights on mice
gold pearl drops
fiskars border punch for the corner punches
pop dots
zig two way glue pen
Tim Holtz Distress Inks:  Dried Marigold and scattered straw
grey: mouse
pink: mouse ears and nose
Yellow and orange: cheese slice, cheese bricks and smoke
Green: leaves

I think that about does it for the supplies..
Sandy Windsor does a great tutorial on those photo corners, you should check them out..
just click HERE..
aaaaaaaaand if you want to try making these mice, I have the cut file for that HERE. 

Thank you ladies so much for looking..

February 26, 2010

Dream a Little Dream-SOUS


Oh happy day, its finally Friday and that means its another reveal at SOUS.. 
We had the awesome privilege of using one of Aymee Gandy's sketches..

I didn't do the journaling around the edges cause I'm so bad at it, I just never know what to say and then just sound like a blabbering idiot...LOL  :O)
I did have such a great time putting this layout together.. One of the joys was going through my son Aaron's old photos.. He is almost 3 years old in this photo and we had just moved to Finland back in 96.  We stayed with my mom for a few months and drove her nutts..:O) 
I've never had any problems with my kids taking naps and as you can see by this pic that they can pretty much sleep anywhere.. These chairs were so uncomfortable.  :O)
The design behind the layout came when I was looking at the photo and thought "wonder what he was dreaming about?".. and Humpty Dumpty came to mind (as strange as my mind can be at times)... dont' ask...LOL  :O)   I guess kids and nursery rhymes kind of go hand and hand...

Here are some close ups and the details to this layout..




Supplies Used:
Cricut cartridge:  Paper Doll Dress Up
Bridge, green plants,  hat and bow

Cricut cartridge: Home Decor
red flowers and branches

Cricut cartridge: Sentiments (new)

Cricut cartridge:  Walk In My Garden
grass, centipede and stems
Cricut cartridge: Pooh and Friends

Cricut cartridge:  George and Basic shapes

Cricut cartridge: My Community

Cricut Cartridge:  A Childs Year
Hands and Title font

Cricut Cartidge:  Opposites Attract
The word "little"

Flowers by Prima

buttons, blue brads and pearl drops
pop dots
Zig two way glue pen
stickles:  Frosted Lace (title)

Tim Holtz distress ink:  Walnut Stain (branches and bridge)
and blue denim (outer edge, title, hat, bow and edges of white flowers)

Yellow (butterflies),
dark green (plants)
 tan  (Bridge)
red (small flowers)

Versa Color ink: light blue (clouds)

I have used my Cricut Design Studio in the designing of this layout, I do not have all of the proper cut sizes since I stretched/shrunk everything to fit.. sorry!!!

If you wish, you can download the design file HERE..
*You have to have the DS software for the design file to work and it will be a copy and paste job  :O)
Thank you ladies so much for looking and I hope you will stop by SOUS this week and join in on the fun, plus you all need to come and check out what the rest of the design team has been up to..

February 21, 2010

Blog Candy- Has Ended.


As a special Thank you after hitting an amazing 200 followers, I have decided to hand out some Blog candy..This is very first for me...:O)
I have selected some fabulous papers mostly pinks and violets.. all of them are double sided, which all of the sides are showing in the photo..
I also found some cute self sticking ribbons and pink brads, Martha Stewart alphies and some hand made deco stickers.. 
Ok!! so here are the RULES!!
Just leave a comment that you are interested and  I will randomly choose the winner Feb 28th.. That should give everyone plenty of time to sign up!!

I wish you all good Luck..
and I would love to give everyone a little something, but that's just not in my budget at this time..LOL

Sunshine Award


Good morning everyone..
When I woke up this morning I checked email (like I always do) and found this beautiful award just sitting there waiting patiently for me to come and grab it..
I received it from Barb aka "CRAFTYGIRL"
*A BIG thank you to Barb for this award and for thinking of me..  :O)

And so the rules are as follows:

*Put the logo on your blog or within your post.

*Pass the award onto 6 bloggers who are followers of your blog.

*Link the nominees within your post.

*Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

*Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

So, I really gave this some thought and the wanted to pass this award to the following followers and the reason is these ladies always bring a little sunshine into my life by leaving comments and creating such wonderful works of art them selves..
1.  Beatriz
3. Fern
4. Scossie Jane
6. Sandy 
Thank you Barb so much for this award..
Big hugs 

February 19, 2010

Sweet Boy of Mine-SOUS


I'm so thrilled that today is Friday and I'm so very over thrilled to be able to share this sketch and layout with you all ..
Liz Qualman has made us at SOUS an original sketch.. Wow!!! , Let me repeat  that "Liz Qualman has made US at SOUS an ORIGINAL sketch...LOL
Thank you Liz so much..

This layout is of me and my son Aaron,  back when I was 21 years old and I have just brought my him home.. He weighed a whopping 8lbs 4oz.. Big boy!!!  I have been wanting to scrap some of his baby photos for the longest time and when I seen this sketch, it inspired me to get his photos out and make a layout..
I don't own any baby cartridges so I think I did pretty good with what I have..LOL  :O)

And here is that amazing sketch of hers..

 I hope you ladies get a chance to stop by SOUS this weeks and have a go at this sketch.. It was so much fun to work with and it highly inspired me..

Here are some close ups and all of the details to the making of this layout.

I made the title using SCAL.. I wanted to make the BOY look like baby blocks.. I think I did a pretty good job.LOL  and  I adore the soft colors I chose to use..

I love these little faces I made with just a simple circle cut and the peachy keen stamps..I did chalk some color onto the cheeks..  :O)  The baby blanket I made just folding a piece of blue paper and inking the edges..
I found this cute little quote from scrapbook.com
I thought it was so appropriate for this layout.. and they do have the cutest quotes, poems and title ideas

Gosh! I look so young...  :O)  Where has the time gone?

Supplies Used:

Cricut cartridge: Home Decor
 leaves,scalloped circle and flourish

Cricut cartridge: Graphically Speaking

Cricut cartridge:  Accent Essentials
flowers, scalloped edge and frames

Cricut cartridge:  George and basic Shapes
flower centers and large circle

Cricut cartridge: Doodlecharms

Cricut cartridge: My Community
Cricut cartridge: A childs year

Sure Cuts A Lot for the title..

Papers: K& Co
Cardstock: light blue, light green and light yellow

Tim Holtz distress ink:
Antique linen, shabby shutters and faded jeans

light blue ink by VersaColor

Facial stamps by "Peachy Keen Stamps!"

pop dots and zig two way glue

I think that about does it everyone.. I hope I didn't forget to list anything..  :O)
Thank you all so much for looking and I'm so looking forward to seeing your take on this sketch at SOUS..

February 18, 2010

Keys from the Past-1967

Good Morning gals.. 
Been feeling a bit under the weather this week..  Actually, I've been hungover from celebrating my cousins 40th Birthday last Saturday, I must be getting too old to party...LOL, but I still really wanted to work on a layout or two..
Sandi Clarkson at Soft Side of Sandi does these amazing heritage layouts and I really really really wanted to try one.. So, here is my first attemptt.. These photos are of my grandparents wedding day back in 1967.. my grandfather is actually my moms step-dad,  my mom was about 21yrs old when her mom re-married..

My grandmothers favorite color was soft pink, so I wanted to incorporate that into the layout, but without over drowning it in pink..just a little accent here and there... The photo on the bottom of the layout is not of my grandparents, just an image I had in my stash..

Here are some close ups and all of the details to making this layout..

Here is a close up of the happy couple.. My mom actually took these photos, so thats why she's not in them..LOL
My aunt (my dads sister) is standing on my grandmothers side.

close up of the upper left with the pearl strings.

 The bottom right.. loved adding all of those images to the layout..
 Here is my journaling box.. I found that cute quote on scrapbook.com


 and finally of the my grandparents.. They are standing in front of the biggest church here in Helsinki Finland.. Its beautiful as are the couple.

Supplies Used:
Cricut cartridge: Home Decor
Big flowers

Cricut cartridge: Graphically Speaking
small flowers (green and black)

Cricut cartridge: Winter Woodland
scalloped circle, scalloped square and regular circle

Cricut cartridge: Plantin Schoolbook

Cricut Cartridge: Storybook
small marquee frame

Cricut cartridge: Heritage (new)
title and year

Papers: Graphic 45-
Botanicabella, Christmas past and baby2bride collections

brown, hunter green and light green

black buttons
pearls on a string
pearl drops
Prima flowers-small pink ones
Images: Vintage Ephemera by HOTP
pop dots
zig two way glue
 small key charm
zots-glue dots

Tim Holtz distress inks:
Walnut stain, black, shabby shutters and antique linen
I think that about does it.. 
Thank you all so much for looking.

February 12, 2010

Pretty in Pink-Princess SOUS

My favorite day of the week again and that means its another Reveal at SOUS.. 
I thought this weeks sketch was a bit challenging, but I like how it ended up looking..
this is a photo of my dd when she was about 2 years old and it was taken at her daycare..
She loved that dress she wore, my god mother had sent it to me from Finland to Florida..
I adore this photo of her.  I have kept it in a frame for the past 19 years and now I took it out to scrap it and to put it into her album..

Here is this weeks sketch and its by Liz Qualman.  She makes some of the best sketches I have seen.  I want to thank you her for her great work and allowing us to use them..

Here I have some close ups and all details to the making of this layout..
I actually decided to NOT use as many pop dots as I usually do..LOL  :O)  aaaaaaaaand to use at least one cartridge that I hadn't used in a very long time and that cartridge is "HELLO KITTY!"..

 Here is a close ups of the title.. I used my SCAL software to cut the title font.. 
I have never used the parenthesis for the title, so that was another first for me.
 My precious little dd at the tender age of 2.. She was such a little cutey.
a close up of Hello Kitty with the wings.. I really wanted to use a character to give this layout
a child friendly look..

 The flowers I cut using the Plantin Schoolbook cart.. I didn't use pop dots to layer them this time, glued them to the layout and then folded them upwards.. added some raffia to the buttons..
 and finally the little hello kitty on the top corner. 

Supplies used:

Cricut cartridges:
Hello Kitty:
Hello kitty characters
Plantin Schoolbook:
Flowers, leaves and hearts
Heritage  (NEW):
Base Frames

SCAL software:
Title font 

Basic Grey: "Oh Baby, Girl"

light yellow, light green and pink
black and white for the hello kitty

Tim Holtz distress inks:
Old paper, worn lipstick, mustard seed, weathered wood, 
shabby shutters and dried marigold

Green buttons: bag-o-buttons
zig two way glue pen
fiskars punch: sunburst

 Design Studio and 
SCAL software

That should about do it.. 
Thank you ladies so much for looking and I hope you all get a chance to stop by SOUS and check out what the rest of the design team have been up to.. They do such great work!!
Big Hugs

February 11, 2010

My Indian Name is ? Wooden sign

As you can clearly see, I'm having way to much fun making these wooden signs..LOL  :O)
My dd is part Apache indian and she has an 8 month old doberman pup.. He is not so Puppy anymore...LOL
well, she lives on her own and I wanted to surprise her with a little something and this only took me about 20 mins to make.. 
scrap piece of wood measuring 8" x 4" x 1"..
covered with spray glue and black cardstock.. added some paper punched trim, cut the girl and pup silhoutte using  "A Childs Year" cartridge and the font for the title I used SCAL..
hand doodled some trim with a white gel pen and added some silver stickle for the dogs collar..
 The white cardstock was really thick to cut and it didn't cut very clean..but you can only tell if you look at it real close.. 
Here is side view, just to show you it is a piece of wood..LOL
My dd loved it by the way and busted out laughing when she seen it...
Ok.. back to creating something new..
Thank you all so much looking

February 9, 2010

Wooden Sign-Dust is a Country Accent


Have I told you all how much I love my Cricut.. well," I ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY LOVE MY CRICUT"...LOL  :o)

When I seen this quote, I knew this was the sign for me...LOL  :O) This is so going to be displayed in my kitchen and with pride...  :O)

I love all those primitive country signs out there, but I hate the prices and why buy something when you can make it yourself..right?  So, 
Look what I made and in less than a few hours!! 


 Here I have it on my shelf in my living room.. on the bottom left hand corner...LOL
sorry the photo is so big..  :O)
I took a piece of wood 8"w x 6h" x 1"d..<--hope I did that right..
Sprayed it with glue, attached a piece of brown cardstock cut to size (big enough to cover the sides).
then I cut a piece of printed paper (K & Co-Wild Saffron) and cut a piece to cover just the front 8"x6"..
Used my SCAL software to cut the font and my Cricut design studio for the sheep and heart.. Which by the way I pieced the sheep together using several different cartridges.. body is a scalloped circle (winter woodland cartridge) that I stretched a little bit so it wouldn't be so circular and same thing with the head of hair.. The legs are letter "L" and the face and ears are the letter "P"(<--shadow ) from the "All Mixed Up" cartridge.. The heart is from George and Basic Shapes..
I hand doodled around the letters in "DUST" and in "COUNTRY"..
I used an emery board on the edges of the sign and then rubbed some Distress ink on it.. Walnut Stain and Black..
Thank you ladies so much for looking..

February 8, 2010

"BIRTHDAY" Mini word Album


My only cousin is turning 40 years old on the 10th of this month.. She is having a big party Saturday and I really wanted to make her something super special..  I adore how this came out and might have to make myself one almost exactly like it...LOL  :O)
Oh! great way to put your old cereal boxes to good use.. I cut the base of the album using 4 cereal boxes, the backs and fronts..

Here are some close ups and all of the details:

I have ONNEA written on the left side of this page, which in Finnish means "Congrats!"..
I also found some excellent Birthday quotes from Scrapbook.com which I copied and pasted onto my Word program and then played around with the fonts and printed them, either onto cardstock or printer paper.





This is my favorite because of the butterflies and the nice soft colors.

Supplies Used:
SCAL software for the album

Cricut cartridge:  Plantin Schoolbook
Flowers and leaves
heart shapes used to make the rose

Cricut cartridge:  Sentimentals

Crict Cartrdige: Home Decor
Flourishes, cupcake and small flowers

Cricut cartridge: Storybook
side view butterfly

Cricut cartridge: George and basic shapes

Cricut cartridge: Graphically Speaking
"Friend and Memories!"

papers: K& Co 12x12 Studio K
Cardstock: light green, light yellow,brown and light pink

Stickles: cotton candy and Lime green
green buttons by Bag-O-Button
Fibers by Basic Grey: oh baby girl
pink, green and yellow ribbon
zig two way glue pen
pearl halves
star shaped mini brads
Fiskars punch: Sunray?

that about does it...
thank you all so much for looking