Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cinco de Mayo Pinata Treats

Where did April go?  Here in my little corner of the PNW,  April seemed to be a continuation of Winter with cool temperatures and lots of rain.  Yesterday, with May right around the corner, the Clerk of the Weather assigned us a glorious 75 degree day!   We celebrated by taking Cocoa and Sam walking on the dyke trail and then consuming a Hagen Daz ice cream in the Bi Mart parking lot.  Yeah!

May means lots of birthdays, Mother's Day, National Scrapbooking Day, and ... the next set of treats for the OHM children.  I chose this fun little pinata cut from Ole and cut it twice.  My on - line friend,  Scrapalette, from the Cricut MB taught us how to make any cut into a container by adding a U shaped strip between the two cuts.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy! (Thanks, Scrapalette!)   I added mini Kit Kats to the pinatas.  So cute, quick and easy!   Thanks for visiting with me today. : ) Christine

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Baby Boy Card

I have been extra - specially busy with Grandma duties!  How wonderful is that? One of the great features of Design Space is that I can play around with lots of images and design projects with one eye on a sleeping Master J. or on 2 busily playing young ladies!  So I have plenty of projects ready to cut and just need to get on with it! 

The challenge over at Bitten By The Bug 2 this week is to include a bird on a project but the DT did such a fantastic job of all the popular bird cuts and I wanted something different.  A few years ago, I had to stop myself buying the Sentimentals cart just for this one image of a bird carrying an envelope in its beak.  Perfect! ( And free on my HSN subscription!)  

The cut is very simple with just two layers, so I needed to add dimension and interest in the background.  I love this daisy overlay and it cut beautifully.  The sentiment was written with the Explore.  Love, love, love this feature of the Explore.

Back to my Grandma duties!   Thanks for visiting with me today.  : ) Christine

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Trekkie Alert and Pinterest Party

Narelle, The Non Crafty Crafter has a wonderful blog full of the most useful information for Cricut-eers.  This week she is holding her very first Pinterest Party.  The idea is to pick a project that has been pinned on Pinterest, use the pin to inspire or, as in my case, totally scraplift and then post your project on Narelle's blog.

I have been intrigued with this pin from The Weekend Stamper for some time. 

Star Trek Christmas Card

She made the Enterprise from punches and helpfully provided a picture of the pieces she used.  All I had to do was recreate the punched pieces as closely as possible in Design Space and then cut them out and piece them together.   I wrote "Boldly Go" using a font from George and Basic Shapes. Fun!

Hop on over to Narelle's blog and see what other crafters have recreated.   Thanks for visiting with me today.  : ) Christine

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Secret Garden

I was at my very first CK Scrapbooking Convention on Saturday.  It took considerable restraint... but I was a good girl and only bought paper ('Cause I need more paper! LOL!) including the Graphic 45 Secret Garden stack.  The card I had made for my DD's birthday went into my stash, and I plugged in the Explore and got busy with the Anna Griffin Make and Take Butterfly card.  I love that you can modify the design or enjoy the design just as it comes.  I popped up the butterflies on two layers of foam dots for lots of dimension and wrote the word 'Celebrate' with a Recollections glitter pen inserted in the Explore.

When our DD was little, DH read "The Secret Garden" to her at bedtime and it remains one of her favorite books to this day.  So when she opened her card it brought back many happy memories.  : )

The little gift bag is an SVGCuts file imported into the Explore.  The bottom layer of the butterfly was cut in vellum.   It's SO easy cut different materials with the Ex.  (I am going to try a felt flower on a headband for G next!) The bag is fastened with a rhinestone brad.

Thanks for visiting with me today. : ) Christine     Happy Birthday KJ!  LYM 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Another Card - in - a - Box!

This one is a Lori Whitlock SVG file.  I just love the scallops on the sides.  I added a few extra pop ups and lots of gold stickles.

 S had a hard time figuring out how to pop it open and Grandpa had to help.  I was secretly much impressed that he knew how to do this as I think he looks at my 'stuff' and just says, "Lovely!" or "He'll like that!" without paying much attention.  Guess I was wrong!  LOL!

Thanks for visiting with me today!   Happy Birthday sweet Sophia!   : ) 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Break!

And although I no longer HAVE Spring Break, we celebrated retirement by coming to the beach this week!  Here's a view from the RV of the ocean and Cocoa and Sam enjoying the sunshine.  Bliss!

I brought along my latest box of goodies from Simon Says Stamp and enjoyed the challenge of making the sample cards with the few things I brought along in the RV.   I can see me getting a lot of use from this stamp set.  It's so much fun! 

Time to light the BBQ!  Thanks for visiting with me today!  : ) Christine

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Help needed ASAP!

I've been seeing these beautiful accordion cards on Pinterest with each panel featuring one of the seasons.  I was inspired to use the Kanji symbols for the seasons from Pagoda and surround them with some gorgeous washi paper that has been in my stash forever!

Well, I am kinda pleased with the inside.  It looks like I imagined it would look, but... the outside is so ugly!   It doesn't fold neatly, odd edges stick out here and there and I wish I hadn't tried to round the corners.   So my question is, since I haven't seen any examples of the card folded up, is this normal?  Does it just not fit together nicely because of the sheer bulk of the 4 folds?  My valentine accordion card was not too pretty on the outside either.   Any suggestions?   All help gratefully accepted because I am determined to make one with 5 folds for my DGD's birthday! Agggh!  Help! Help!

Thanks for visiting with me today.  : ) Christine

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Play Hoops!

One of the neat things about my DGDs is that they will try anything!  They have tried martial arts, dance, golf, tennis, volleyball, art, cooking to name just a few activities.   Recently,  6 year old G played basketball for the first time in a league that practiced in our local elementary schools.  It was such fun to go see her play every Saturday. (Except for the bleachers! Ouch!)   In her last game, G scored 2 baskets.  : )

I wanted to tell her how proud we are of her and found this fun basketball paper in a DCWV stack.   I made a teepee card and used my Create - A - Friend cart to decorate each side.  The little girl is on an Action Wobble.  Such a fun card to make, although someone (DH!) objected to the ribbon on the hoop!

Thanks for visiting with me today.  : ) Christine

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

At the Beach

Several years ago my sister visited the lovely city of White Rock, and decided that she was going to live there.  Since she is quite persistent and determined, her dream came true!  White Rock is a sea side community and my sister regularly walks her dog on the beach. It is a great place for vacationing relatives too!

When I saw the phrase, "Life is better at the beach" in the Silhouette - on - line store, I naturally thought of her.  Here is the wall decor my DH and I made to celebrate her time in White Rock.  DH contributed the 'white' rock and the sand purloined from the local golf club!  Attaching that sand to the bottom of the frame took considerable ingenuity, I can tell you.  LOL!

The dog walker cut in vinyl comes from A Child's Year and was cut with the Explore.  The background beach is by DCWV.

Thanks for visiting today.  It's a rainy day and we are off to IKEA.  : )  Christine

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