June 29, 2011

Baby On Board-Mini Album

I had been planning on making something super special for my co-worker who is expecting a baby.. She is going on maternity leave this Friday (day after tomorrow) and I was afraid I wouldnt get this done before then, but here it is.. All complete!!
She isn't due till November, but she manages the Produce department and those boxes are big and heavy, and so its best she didnt' strain herself and just stay at home and enjoy the rest of her pregnancy..
I have added lots of cute little things in here to keep a journal of her progress and so with that, here is the mini album I created for her:

It is a maternity shirt (cut from Everyday paperdolls cartridge) mini album.. it measures about 6x6!!

When you flip the first page, this is for her to write down when she found out she was expecting and then when she actually gives birth, I also added a photo mat for her to put a picture of her while is is pregnant..
I actually used my Cricut Imagine to create the clock.. white cardstock and colored in the clock with the color choices.. super fun and easy!!!

We all gain weight and evetually our feet disappear right?..LOL  I created this cute little cut with my cricut!! the clothes are from the Everyday Paperdolls cart and then tummy and belly button I created using George and Basic Shapes.. I also added two little journaling and photo tags that pull out from behind the dye cut..

Cravings anyone?  foods that make you ill?.. been there, done that...LOL  I thought it would be fun for her to write down all of the foods she really craved and then also all the foods that she didn't want to eat.. I have pull out tags and pockets on both pages..

I know she will be going in for her first Ultrasound next week and I can't wait for her to be able to put all of the information on this page.. I added a big photo mat for the ultrasound photo and then a pocket with tags for all of the journaling.. hopefully she will write down her ultrasound experience!!

I remember when I was pregnance that it felt like the baby was doing a boogy inside.. my boys were both over 8lbs, so I was running out of room..LOL  Amber was a preemie, but even her stretches took my breath away..
I thought she could add photos of her in here when the baby first starts moving and then if they get lucky enough to get a pic of a kick or something.. lets keep our fingers crossed.. I also added some pull out tags for journaling and photos..

for supplies used:

Cricut Expression
Deep cut blade housing

Everyday Paperdolls: prenancy shirt for the mini and the outfit(inside)
Nates' ABC's: Title font for all pages.
George and Basic Shapes: Stomach and belly button..
Pooh and Friends: Apple Basket
Graphically Speaking: Clock
Mother's Day Bougette: Flowers and leaves

Tags and pockets: hand made
Envelopes: blue and white
Circle punch: Fiskars (medium)
Small flower punch: Fiskars

Flowers : Prima
liquid Pearl: white
inks: Versa ink (brown and green)
white gel pen: faux stitching
large heart shaped brads
pearl halves: prima
white binder rings
fibers: Basic Grey
hand made charm
Tim Holtz Frangments
Tim Holtz Swivel clasp
lace and ribbon
baby onesy button

I'm thinking thats it.. hopefully I didn't leave anything out..
Thank you all so much for stopping by today and taking a look at my mini album.. 
Hope everyone has a great and creative rest of the week..

June 28, 2011

Great Beginnings-Frosted Designs Reveal

I have been absolutely dying to make one of these layouts with the faux metal look and It only took me a few hours to actually get this one made.. Fasted layout I've made yet..LOL
Everything you see underneath the metal is cut out of chipboard just so it pops off of the layout..
Here is my take on our Sketch:
the story behind the layout is....
My husband opened up his own garage here in Finland specializing in Amercian cars and this corvette is one of the first cars he got to tamper with a few years back.. I printed the photo in Sepia, to match the metal feel and look of the layout, I think my inks might be running low or something, cause it came out awfully red..LOL
and this is my first attempt at this style, so its not perfect just yet..LOL

and here is the sketch that I followed when I created this layout:

I dont' have many close ups, but here are the few that I do have...

and for supplies used:
black cardstock: base
electrical tap
dry wall tape
black craft paint
chipboard sheets
metal art tools by: Walnut Hollow
Tim Holtz Crackle paint: walnut stain
Tim Holtz gears dye cut plate

Cricut Plantin Schoolbook: font
Cricut Indie Art: Wrenches

I seen this amazing faux metal technique video on youtube and thought "how cool is that!"..
Here is the link to her video and just so you know, Its not my video so be kind and leave her some love..

Thats it for the supplies.. wow, what a short list.  LOL
I'm off to enjoy my work day now.. I promised my hubby that I would start putting in more hours at his garage this week, even though I already work a full time job at a grocery store managing the bakery and dairy departments..LOL   hopefully this won't interfere with my crafting, cause that aint' gonna work then..LOL
have a great rest of the week ladies..

June 25, 2011

Wow!! I received a SWEET Award.. :O)

 I got one of the sweetest comments ever and then on top that she gave me this sweet blog award.. so, I want to thank Debbie Bakk from the bottom of my heart for thinking of me when she picked the receivers of her award.. So, thank you Debbie...
 now there are some rules that come with this award and they are as follows:

1.  When accepting this blog award I am to thank the person who sent it to me and add a link to their blog

*Thank you debbies, 
This is so SWEET of you for thinking of me, it really did made my weekend.
2. Tell 7 facts about myself:

1. I have a goofy sense of humor and I love to make people laugh, I dont' take life too seriously.
2. I absolutely love to listen to my kids laugh. best sound ever...
3. I am still in love with husband after being together for 20 yrs.
4. I love to scrapbook and craft other projects
5. I have been blessed with so many wonderful online friends through my crafting..
6.. I go over my scrabook budget every month..LOL
7.. I cherish every minute I have with my family, they are my everything and without them, I am nothing.

3. I am to pass this award onto 8 others - so here are the 8 Sweet people/blogs I will pass this onto- so please take the time to go visit each one of these lovely talented ladies and leave them some kind words.

1. Jane: Scossie Jane
2. Barb: Craftygirl
4.Maureen: Mo's Addiction
5.Stephanie: Always Crafting

I chose these ladies because they always leave love on my blog so that makes them so SWEET to me.. Enjoy your blog award ladies..

June 24, 2011

Celebrate- SOUS reveal

Happy Friday reveal day ladies..LOL  I always say how fast these weeks go, but summer weeks just zoom by with a blink of an eye and this is our last sketch reveal for the month of June.. Next one will be in July.. I know I shouldn't want the summer to fly by, but my summer vacay dont' start till the end of August and we are going to the States for 2.5weeks, I just want to hit up some good craft stores..LOL  thats enough vacay for me.. I dont' need sunny beaches, just point me towards the closest Micheal's..LOL
So, lets get to the layout shall we before I talk your ears off..LOL
This week, Sandi C picked out the sketch again and I have to say "Wow!" I loved this sketch and I really am going to be using over and over again.. Its amazing...  So, here is my take on our sketch challenge:

 This photo was taken at my moms wedding.. My daughter Amber is on the right with my eldest son Aaron in the middle and Ambers best friend Sini on the right.. Sini is the young lady I had made the recipe mini album for which you can find the video for at the bottom of my blog posts..LOL

 and here is our sketch and its by Liz Qualman.  She is an amazingly talented lady !!

 And for a few close ups:

Loved creating this celebration banner.. I've seen so many beatiful big banners that lots of really talented ladies have created and I thought why not create a little one for a layout..

Once again I made my own flowers using the "Mother's Day Bougette!" cartridge..

and finally for the supplies used to create this layout:

I designed this layout using my Gypsy!! go me.. only have had it for over a year and this is the first layout I've created using it..LOL 

Cricut Cartridges:
Country life: Banner
Home Decor: small flowers on banner
George and basic Shapes: circles (big and small)
Songbird: Marquee
Stretch your imagination: Leaves
Gypsy Wonderings: Title "Celebrate!"
Sentimentals: Scalloped circle

Paper punch: mini flowers
pearl drops
Tim Holtz Distress ink: Spun Sugar and Broken china
Butterfly stickers
liquid pearl: pink and white
pink ribbon

papers by: Bo Bunny "Persuasion!"
white, light blue and pink cardstock

Well ladies.. that about does it for me for yet another Friday reveal.. I hope you enjoyed stopping by and I hope you got inspired to create a banner layout of your own... Do stop by SOUS and see what the other design team members have created using this same sketch, I promise you won't be dissapointed..
have a great and creative weekend everyone. and dont' forget to enjoy your summer :)

June 14, 2011

family mini album-SWAP SOUS

Here is the Mini Album I made for Christina! she was swapping with me and if you remember the theme was family...
I'm sorry the video is on its side.. I dont' know how that happened and I just didn't have the energy to re-do it..LOL Hope you don't get a kink in your neck from watching..
Thnx so much for stopping by today and looking at my video..

He Holds the Key To My Heart-FD reveal

As much as I hate seeing the summer weeks go flying by, I do have to admit that Reveal day is always a favorite of mine.. and today is the Sketch Along Tuesdays reveal over at Frosted Designs..  Our very own Debbies (plural) made this double page sketch for us girls to work with and I loved it!! I normally make single pagers, but this really got me thinking outside of my comfy zone and I love how it came out!!
These photos are of my husband taken during my moms wedding a few weeks ago.. He had no idea I was snapping photos while he was enjoying a quiet moment with his glass of cougnac (<--yuck)..LOL
My men were all dressed alike, but I really wanted to make a page of just my hubby and we can look back in 30 yrs and remember what he looked liked at the young age of 41..
Well, enough yapping about the layout LOL  

Here is my take on this weeks sketch:

and here is the sketch I used to create my layout:

and for a few close ups of the layout:

I really tried making this layout all about the photos.. LOL

and for supplies used:

Papers by: colorbok(walmart special $5) I love bargains..
Cardstock: white, black and light blue

Flowers by: Prima
Brads by : 7-gypsies 
Martha Stewart deep edge punch
Martha Stewart punch around the page
Say it with Pearls by Prima: black
Black lace ribbon
hat pins
key trinket by Prima
white liquid pearl
Cricut cartridge: Cindy Loo for the title font

Well ladies.. Thats it for me for today.. I had a blast creating this two pager for Frosted Designs.. Do stop by their blog and join in on the fun and maybe win yourself some great scrapbooking items.. 
Thank you all so much for stopping and taking a look
Have a great and creative rest of the week..

June 10, 2011

Little Miss Sew It All-SOUS Reveal

Another Friday reveal over at Stuck On U Sketches and we have a beautiful sketch this week that was chosen by our Sandi and the sketch is by Beggahuna..  I love her detailed sketches!!
I found these cute photos of my daughter when she was about 9 or 10 yrs old and Santa had brought her a little sewing machine for xmas and she put it to good use one day ... I think it worked for like a day..LOL
So here is my take on our sketch:

and here is the sketch that was the inspiration behind the layout:
Can ya beleive it, I actually did a bunch of stamping on my layout..LOL had so much fun that it was hard to stop..LOL

here are a few close ups of the layout:

and for Supplies used:

Papers by: K&Co
Cardstock: light blue, white, black and tan

Cricut cartridges: 
Country Life: Thread and needle
Heritage: Sewing Machine
Hello Kitty: Title "Sew It All!"
Opposites Attract: Title "Little Miss!"
Sentimentals: Photo mats
Tags, Bags and boxes: Tags

Fiskars mini flower punch
Prima Flower: light blue
Leaves by: Iam Roses
liquid pearl: light blue and gold
white gel pen for faux stitching
Stamps by: Inkadinkadoo & Tim Holtz
Staz-on Stamp pad: black
string of pearl
pop dots
silver stickles
Tim Holtz distress ink: Vintage photo
Light blue ink by Versa color
chalks: light blue and brown

am I missing anything?..LOL
that was a long list..
But I really want to thank you ladies so much for stopping by today and taking a look at my take on our sketch.. Do stop by SOUS and join in on the sketch challenge right now..:LOL
Hope everyone has a great and creative weekend..

June 5, 2011

Summer Kick Off Blog Hop

Ladies Ladies Ladies.. Us girls over Stuck On U Sketches have teamed up with some amazing challenge blogs for a combined summer hop.. Please stop by Stuck On U Sketches for all of the details and the hop rotation Schedule.. The hop is from June 5th till the 12th..

We are giving away Blog Candy to one lucky winner so do leave a comment..The winner will be announced June 12th so do come back and see if you won!!

Thnx for stoppy by day and do join in on the hop!!

June 1, 2011

Too Cool- Whimsical Wednesday Reveal

Us girls over at Whimsical wednesdays are having our monthly challenge reveal today and our theme for this challenge was "Summer!" and it has to have "stamping on it"... I found some photos of my boys lounging around in a small swimming pool be had bought them while visiting family and friends in Florida a few summers ago.. It was super hot that summer and the boys loved cooling off in the pool..
I really wanted to make a happy and playful layout..

so, here is my take on our challenge:

I used my Peachy Keen facial expression stamps on the sunflowers.. I'm not much of a stamper, but I love my Peachy Keen stamps..LOL
and for some close ups:

and for supplies used:

cricut cartridges:
Lifes a Beach: Beach Ball
Mothers Day Bouquet: Sun flowers and leaves
New arrival: Pool (bath tub with legs and shower cut off)
Pooh and Friends: Grass
Doodlecharms: Sun
Boys Will Be Boys: Title and Arrow

papers by: DCWV  The Crafty Stack
cardstock: red, blue, green and brown

Stamps by: Peachy Keen Stamps
Ink: StazOn: Jet Black
White gel pen for doodling
Tim Holtz distress Inks: Broken china
Versa Color ink: Evergreen
Foam tape

I think that should about do it again for the supplies used... I had so much fun making this layout and using stamps was such a change from the norm... I hope you ladies get some time to join our challenge this time and win yourself some blog candy.. Do stop by Whimsical Wednesdays and join in on our fun..
Hope everone has a wonderfully creative week..