Monday, March 24, 2014


We just got back from a weekend trip to New York City.  It was in the 60's Saturday as we walked around the city, just perfect!  We went to the American Girl store and my daughter and her friend got new dolls, then we walked through the Central Park Zoo and stopped at Pie Face on the way back to the car.  My daughter is well trained and posed for tons of pictures-I took 66!

Before we left, I made 'I love NY' t shirts for the girls and their American Girl Dolls. I bought the doll t shirts at michael's and used a 40% off coupon. 

I thought the package just had the shirt in it, for a regular price of 7.99, but it includes the jeans and after the coupon, was well worth the price.  I was then afraid the material might burn when I ironed on the heat transfer vinyl, but I had no problem at all.

Here's the finished product.  I designd it on my gypsy.  My cityscape came off Plaintain Schoolbook.  I don't recall the font or where I got the heart but there are like thousands of hearts!  I used black siser easy weed for everything but the heart, which was siser glitter.

I linked the whole design into one image so it was easy to resize for the doll and girl t shirts.

And here's my daughter and her new American Girl of the Year doll, Isabelle, in their matching shirts!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

DAB-Pocahontas and Mulan

In going through my blog recently, I realized I never finished putting up the pictures of my Disney autograph book.  I figured I'd add them.  Here are Pocahontas and Mulan, from the Happily Ever After and Dreams Come True carts:

All the papers are DCWV.  The background came from the far East stack and all the others are from the Shimmer stack.  I cut Mulan at 5 inches and cut her accent piece to use for the journaling box.  I accented the center of the flowers with stickles.
The background paper for Pocahontas also came from DCWV.  She was cut from Stampin Up papers.  I'm not hapy with how I drew on the eyes, but cutting them at 5 inches was impossible.
I couldn't leave out Meeko!  He came together super easy, much easier than the princesses.  And they both signed.  Eventually I will add the pictures-my sister was supposed to be helping with that part, but we got behind.
I used different papers our of the Far East pack and more Shimmer papers.
These are more DCWV background papers, not sure from which stack.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Healthy Teeth Layout

My daughter LOVES having her teeth cleaned, especially when the hygienist is her Nana. After I got the Dr. Checkup cart, I couldn't wait to make this layout.

I know the colors are kind of loud, but they fit with the picture.  The starred background paper is from DCWV.  The dentist chair and happy, cavity-free tooth came off Dr. Checkup.  I used teh Stampin Up ticket corner punch on the photo mats.
The titile was all predesigned and ready to go on Dr. Checkup, super easy! 

I just embossed some lines on the toothbrush for added dimension.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cookies Layout

I love the pages made with the Elegant Edges cartridge, but I am not usually that creative.  I tend to think very literally and use cuts that reflect that, instead of abstract decorations.  So I challenged myself to use the cartridge.  Of course, I couldn't resist some very literal cuts, too!

This layout features our cookie-making pictures.  The blue background paper is DCWV.  I used a solid red to cut the accent from Elegant Edges, and mirror-imaged the second cut for the facing page.  I printed my journaling on a second sheet of the blue paper and cut strips.  "Cookies," the rolling pin, the mixer and apron were cut from From My Kitchen. 

Of course I cut extra layers of the rolling pin for dimension.

I used silver metallic paper to accent the mixer.

I used a gingham paper for the apron, then plain red for the accents, I think the paper came from CM.  The pockets were popped up with foam tape.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Toadally Cute Layout

I usuall do two page spreads, but I'm hoarding my old CM albums and don't want to fill them up too quickly.  I'm hoping before I use them up, someone will come out with a good substitute.  And sometimes, the pictures I have are better suited to one page.  That was the case here.

My mother in law came over and without a pattern, in no time at all, whipped up these cute little aprons.  The fabric is pink with leaping frogs.  The girls loved them!  The background paper came from Stampin Up.  I'm not sure what font I used to spell out "Toadally Cute."
The frog came from Create a Critter. His lily pad was on there, too.  The cat tails came off Art Nouveau and I just trimmed them up to fit.    It's hard to tell in the picture but the frog was run through the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.

The cattails were accented with suede paper so they are as soft and velvety as the real thing!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Cuttlebug Embossed Cuts

I love the look of embellished cricut cuts.  I often add extra layers for dimension, or use jewels for eyes or buttons.  I like the look of cuts accented with ink or chalk.  But my favorite is running parts of them through the cuttlebug.  It makes a huge difference!

This cutie came of the Create a Critter cart.  His top layer was embossed using the snake print cuttlebug folder.  Isn't he cute?
This football corner came from All Sports (or maybe Total Sports??) and was run through the Dots folder.  Everyone who looks at this page has to touch it!
This adorable Snow Angel came from the Snow Day cart, which I actually bought for just this cut (I have used a few off the cart but it was this cut that sold me!).  I put her scarf through the houndstooth folder for a little texture.
So those are just a few examples of cuts accented with the cuttlebug and what a difference a little texture makes.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Old West

When I first saw this cartridge, I though, "Here's one I can pass on."  Ha!  Some of the images are sooo cute and once I started seeing what all the Cricut messageboard enablers were making, I had to have it.  I've used the fence alone half a dozen times, and I adore the cute, smiling horse.  So I made a page far more elaborate than the photo called for, but I love it.

This is the finished page.  I used DCWV photo real paper for the sunset background.  I free hand cut the grassy hill from the same stack.  I cut the Old West images out of Stampin Up cardstock.  I cut extra grass pieces to layer up for more dimension.  GiddyUp came from Create a Friend. 

I used a ton of foam tape to raise the fence so that the horse could be behind it.

I used my trusty Fiskars woodgrain plate on the fence boards-still haven't found a cuttlebug woodgrain folder, but I check ebay every now and then. I used the Stampin Up markers to accent the horse and doubled up the mane pieces for more dimension.
The barn came together easily. Again, I used a double layer, this time on the hay coming out the window.

Lastly, I used the horseshoe cut for a small and simple journaling box.