January 29, 2010

Coordinating Cousins-SOUS


As you all know, Since its Friday its reveal time again at SOUS.. I want to give a big thanks to Aymee Gandy for this great sketch and this is my take on it.. I wanted to use the photos of my boys and twin nephews trying to all jump in the pool at the same time.. These photos were taken back in 2006 while we were vacationing in Florida.. I would love to be there in the warm sun right about now, its -6 below zero here in Finland today.. Brrrrrr..LOL
Here is the sketch, I hope you all get a chance to stop by at SOUS and try this sketch out.. It was a little bit of a challenge for me, but I love how the layout came out..


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





Supplies Used:
Cricut cart:  Dreams Come True
Water splats

Cricut Cart: Lifes a Beach
swimming trunks, title "cousins"

Cricut Cart: Pooh Font
title "Coordinating"

Cricut Cart: Planting Schoolbook

Cricut cart: Opposites Attract

Papers: We R Memory Keepers

Cardstock: olive green, orange, cream and blue

Swirls Stamps

Tim Holtz Distress Inks:
brown, denim, green and orange
pop dots
zig two way glue pen
Stickles: blue, orange and green

Thank you Ladies so much for looking.

January 22, 2010

SNOW -Irresistible

Oh its Fridayyyyy and that means another reveal at SOUS..woo hoo.. I absolutely LOVED this weeks sketch challenge.. I pretty much knew exactly what I was going to make and here it is.. I created and paper pieced the snowmen.. I think they are about the cutest lil things...
The photo is of my daughter Amber and I love how it looks like she is sneaking a peek though the layout.. I printed the photo myself on my printer, which isn't exactly high quality..

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

 Here is a close up of the big snowman, He is just about the cutest.. I had a lot of fun designing him and putting him together.. I used some facial stamps by "Peachy Keen Stamps" for the eyes..
 The two smaller snowmen..

 Here is the left side with the stars and hearts.

 and then the right side with the snowflakes.

Finally the title.. I used the foundation cut from the "Opposites Attract!" cart and then added the title font.

Supplies Used:

Cricut cart: George and Basic Shapes
base foundation, hollow circle, large heart and ovals (snowmen)

Cricut cart: Plantin Schoolbook
Hearts, stars and "SNOW"

Cricut cart: Winter Woodland
Snow flakes, small hat, branches, scarf and mittens

Cricut cart: Home Decor
Scalloped circle and swirls

Cricut cart: Opposites Attract
Title foundation and "IRRESISTABLE"

Cricut cart: Pooh and Friends

Papers:  Graphic 45
and My Minds Eye "Holiday Avenue" (hearts)

cardstock: cream, blue, brown  and yellow

Tim Holtz distress ink: Antique Linen
and Walnut Stain

Chalks: light grey, tan, orange, blue and pink

Zig two way glue pen

"Peachy Keen Stamps" Eyes
Stá-z-on stamp pad-black

Pop dots

Well, I think that about covers it..Hopefully I didn't leave anything out..
I sincerely hope you all get a chance of stopping off at SOUS this week and checking out the other designers and maybe even join in on the this weeks sketch.. I think its a good one..
Thank you all so much for looking
lots of hugs

January 18, 2010

Blog Award

I am so over joyed this morning, checked my email and this beautiful award was just sitting there waiting for me.. It was given to me by Debbie at "Love Life's Little Pleasures!".. She is just beyond amazing with her layouts, you really have to check them out.. They are mouth dropping gorgeous to tell you the truth..
She has given me so much inspiration through out the last few years watching her garden layouts bloom monthly on the cricut MB.. I take this award with all of my heart and say "Thank you so much!"..
and I found out today that Holly at "Scrappin Bytes" has also given me this awesome blog award.. I'm so truly touched by you ladies, you will never know how much..  Holly has some amazing layouts and other fab crafts posted on her blog, you all need to go check her out..

Now I am to list 10 things that knock my socks off and pass this to 3 blogs that do the same.  The three blogs that I have chosen are:

Here is my list:
1.  My Three Teenager -They make me laugh every day
2. My scrap supporting Hubby- who bought me my expression out of the kindness of his heart
3. Friends- Near and far
4.  My blogging friends- for always bringing me so much joy with their kind words.
5.Ebay- Great deals on Cricut Cartridges-LOL  :O)
6.  Scrapbooking -My daily therapy session and a look at all of the forgotten memories
7.  Work- I love my job and I love all of my co-workers.
8. My best friend Kati- She is my rock and keeps me insane..  :O)
9.  The internet - without it I never would have been a part of the scrapper's world.
10. My In-Laws. my beautifully young MIL and SIL who I love and adore...

January 15, 2010

Brand Spanking New

Ello, Ello, Ello ladies...LOL  TGIF and its reveal time at SOUS again.. Oh I had a blast with this weeks sketch and I think with this layout you can really see how versatile these sketches can be..

I really really really wanted to make a masculine layout of my boys and that meant no flowers and no stickles !!:O(
I love the way this layout turned out and so did my boys!!  They are a real hard crowd to please...LOL  :O)

I made this for our Christmas album and figured that all of the gift pages will be done this same way, with no Christmas cuts on them,  but focusing more on the gift and the expressions..

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

I had made a new years resolution to start using cartridges that I haven't used in a long time.. For this layout I used 3 of them: Graphically Speaking, Locker Talk and Indie Art..

This is a close up of the upper left side, I had so much fun piecing together the guitar and took me forever to find the musical notes..Finally found them on JOTS (joys of the season) cart.. 

I figured with two teenage boys that I really could use the "parental Advisory" cut cause of the lyrics in the music they will be listening to...LOL 

A close ups of the bottom right.. The IPODs look great and I was actually really surprised when I found them accidentally on the Locker Talk cart.. I was like "Wow!"...

The photo of my boys is just a temporary solution till the real photo comes back from the developers.. My printer doesn't exactly print the photos high quality..LOL

Supplies Used:

Cricut cartridge: Graphically Speaking
Title, arrows, small words and oval base for title

Cricut cartridge: Locker Talk
Ipods, explosions

Cricut cartridge: George and Basic Shapes
squares, rectangles and hollow circle

Cricut Cartridge: Indi Art
Guitars, little stars and parental advisory sign

Cricut Cartridge:  Joys of the Season
Musical Notes

Cricut cartridge: All Mixed Up
Font: I POD

My minds Eye 20th street papers
cardstock: Purple, olive green, yellow (dark and light), orange and black
Pop dots
zig two way glue pen
white gel pen for hand doodling
Tim Holtz distress inks: yellow, orange and gree
Chalks: yellow, orange, dark purple and dark green

Thank you ladies so much for looking and I hope you get a chance of checking out the other designers this week, their layouts are amazing..

January 9, 2010

Happy Anniversary

My husband and I will be celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary on February 14th, Valentines Day.. I thought that getting married on Valentines day would help him remember exactly what day it is and what it represents.. He has not once forgotten, he is such a sweetheart..
I made this layout and I will be adding the photos to this layout after our anniversary dinner with the family..

I will try to post a better photo tomorrow.. its so gloomy out today and the lighting is apparently awful in my scrap room..  :O(
Here are some close ups and the details to making this layout..

my very favorite part of the layout..  I hand pieced this using the flowers from "A walk in the garden" and the wedding cake from "Sweethearts!"..

side view of the flowers on the cake..

side view of the bigger flowers on top of the picture frame.

The title..

side view of the title..its all pop dotted..

another close ups of the flowers and the little cupids.

Supplies Used:

Cricut Cartridge :
corners, wedding cake, hearts, ribbon, cupids, gift boxes,
title "Happy Anniversary" and background marquee

Cricut Cartridge:
 Walk in my Garden

Cricut Cartridge:
A Childs Year

Basic Grey Porcelain stack
light pink, light green and white
pearl accents
pop dots
ziq two way glue pen

Tim Holtz distress ink:
Green, Yellow, Orange and pink

Green, yellow, orange and pink

dark pink, gold and yellow
Liquid pearl (white)

Thank you all so much for looking..

January 8, 2010

The 24 days of Christmas

TGIF ladies... and its once again reveal time at SOUS...
We are so happy to be posting the sketch challenges again.. The holidays were great but its a blessing to get back to normal...

Well... Here is my take on this weeks sketch challenge.. I don't have any big pictures, so I decided to add my twist to the layout and do the advent calendar instead..
My kids get an advent calendar every year.. Because they are all teenagers, they have asked for a scratch off calendar instead of the regular chocolate ones they used to get..
so, every morning they get to scratch off a part of the calendar and collect the little symbols and hope by the end of the 24 days they have collected enough of one symbol to win MONEY!!! 10,000 euros was this years jackpot.. My son Aaron won 5€ and I won a whopping 7€...LOL
but its not about the winnings, but the excitement of trying to win...

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

side view of the calendar

and of my gingerbread house...its pretty small, so piecing all of the decor was a pain in the toosh!! LOL

Supplies used:

Cricut cart:
Winter Woodland:
Big and little scalloped circles,calendar matting and small circle

George and Basic Shapes:
little advent squares and hearts

Christmas Cheer:
ginger bread house and tall Christmas tree

Paper Doll Dress up:
gum drops

Joys of the Season:
pears and little trees

white circular tags

A Childs Year:
Base Marquees, ornaments
Title: The, days, of, all numbers

Title : Christmas

Mickey and Friends:

Tim Holtz distess ink (black)
Papers by : Graphic 45

green, cream, white, gray, tan, orange,
pearl halves
pop dots
zig two way glue pen
black mini button brads
white gel pen for hand journaling
stickles: green, red, yellow, brown and orange
white liquid pearl

thank you ladies so much for looking.

January 5, 2010

JAVA blocks

Hi everyone...
I made these wooden deco blocks for my best friend who lives in sunny Florida..
She loves coffe just like I do and has her kitchen set up with a coffee theme..
I really wanted to make something personal for her and this is what I came up with..

I actually took a hand saw and cut some pieces from a 2 x 4.. I cut them different sizes, then sand papered them and painted them.  When dry, I sand papered the edges and distressed them with Tim Holtz distress ink (black).. I cut the letters using the WINTER WOODLAND cartridge and then added some detail using the HOME DECOR and JOYS OF THE SEASON cartridges..

Here are a few close ups..


Very simple to make and so much fun too..
Supplies used:
cricut cartridges:

Winter Woodland:
text (JAVA)

Home Decor:

Joys of the Season:
coffee cup and steam

wood 2x4
paints any color
distress ink
sand paper
craft paper
decoupage glue

Thank you ladies so much for looking..

January 4, 2010

Waitig for Santa

Happy New Year everyone..
I've been really busy with the holidays and finally got a few minutes (days actually) to get a layout finished..
My DD actually came up with the title and I came up with the layout theme..
Our dog slept under the tree everyday before Christmas.. The tree skirt was so wrinkled from him making "his bed" and at times the tree skirt wasn't even under the tree...
Then the gifts got put under the tree and he couldn't fit under there anymore...
Oh! and before I forget he liked picking the ornaments off of the tree one by one.. His favorites were the one's shaped like Ice Cream cones.. They were the first to go...LOL  :O)

Here are some close ups of the layout and all of the supplies needed.

The title... I won't lie, I actually re-made the colors on the title 3 times, cause I could not decided which looked the best..But, this is what I decided on..Looks pretty good...LOL

Oh my favorite part of the layout...The waiting in the window...I pieced this window together using cuts from the George cartridge.. The curtains are actually a "mini skirt" cut off of the Paper Doll Dress Up cartidge...LOL   and for a final touch, I added some white liquid pearl to the corners of the window for that frosty snowy look..

first of all...So sorry this photo is a bit blurry.. but you can still see the fine detail.. all of the ornaments are cut using "A childs Year "cartridge.. I stickled the tops with silver and tied a red ribbon around the bone..

Santa loves cookies doesn't he?...LOL  Here I have some chocolate chip doggy biscuits for him from our doggy...LOL  sorry, but I couldn't stop giggling when I made these cookies for Santa....LOL   I just think they are so cute, cute, cute...

Supplies Used:

Mickey and Friends cartridge:
Mickey, Goofy, Pluto, star and bones (doggy biscuits)

Winter Woodland cartridge:
scalloped ovals, ovals, circle and scalloped circle

Pooh Font cartridge:

All Mixed Up cartridge:
the word "Santa"

Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge:
bowl, curtains, tree and bows

A Child's Year Cartridge:

Plantin School book cartridge
Thinking bubble

Christmas Cheer cartridge:
Christmas lights

My Minds Eye: Sweet Dreams Holiday Ave

green, yellow, white, brown, tan, red, black and blue(pearlized)

red, turquoise,frosted lace, yellow, silver burgundy and gold

pop dots and ziq two way glue pen
red ribbon
green wire
green mini brads (holding the wire in place)
white gel pen (hand doodling)
black marker (dotted the doggy biscuits)
computer journaling (font: boyzRcrazy)

Thank you all so much for looking..
If any one is interested in the design file, just click HERE..
thank you so much ladies for looking..
and Happy New Year wishes..