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April 30, 2012

Baby Banner

I created this layout for a baby shower at work.  The banner pieces were cut from the Birthday Bash cartridge and all of the remaining pieces were cut from Stork's Delivery.
I embossed the circle on the banner with the Polka Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder and continued the embossing theme on my die cuts. I used a total of six different embossing folders for the banner.
Each of the die cuts were embellished with some Posy Trendy Twine and I used the same twine to hang the banner.  This seems to be my go to twine color lately.
The banner was finished off with some paper flowers with bling centers.
Challenges:
Cricut Circle

April 26, 2012

Make a Wish Layout

We have recently had several birthdays in my family so I created this layout using the Sweet Treat cartridge.
I took a different approach to this layout and decided to use the tags and presents as photo mats for my pictures.  The photo mats and cake were embossed for added texture.
The die cuts were embellished with some Stickles and doodling with my white gel pen.  Some bling was added to the paper flowers.
Some coordinating ribbon tied onto the tag finished off the layout by providing the perfect accent for the layout. 
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Little Scrap Pieces

April 23, 2012

8th Grade Layout

I created this layout to scrapbook pictures of my son from this school year.  Since next year both of my kids will be in high school I wanted to create more of a child like layout with primary colors.  I was actually able to dig into my stash of scraps to create the majority of this layout.
For the school house, pencils, bus and slide I used the Recess Lite cartridge.  The tree came from My Community, the clouds from Pooh and Friends and the title from Plantin Schoolbook. 
The title was cut out twice and off set to create a layer.  I embossed the top layer with the Tiny Mosaic Cuttlebug embossing folder to give it some texture.  The clouds were embossed with the D'Vine Swirl Cuttlebug embossing folder and the little boys shirt was embossed with the Candy Stripes Cuttlebug embossing folder.
I inked and chalked most of the die cuts and added some faux stitching and doodling to them.
I used the Holiday Holly Berry Trendy Twine to tie the pencils together and also for the bow on the button.
On the hand cut flag, I added a sentiment from the Docerela Creations Mix & Match I Stamp Set.
Challenges:
Cricut Circle

April 19, 2012

Milestones and a Hollywood Layout

Hello my crafty friends, I just wanted to share that this blog post is my 100th post.  I never imagined that I would have enjoyed sharing my creations and participating in challenges as much as I have over the past 11 months.  Not only is this a milestone post but I also just hit 400 followers on my blog.  I would like to celebrate these milestones by having a giveaway for my followers for my blogaversary next month. Please check back in May for details and thank you so much for supporting my blog.
Hollywood Layout
This 12x12 layout was created to scrapbook some pictures from our family trip to Hollywood last year. I created this layout for a couple of challenges in mind, however, one challenge specifically called for bright colors that you may not typically use.  The bright colors give the look and feel of Hollywood which work great with the pictures of the bright lights in Hollywood.
I used the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge for all of the die cuts.  The title was cut out twice in order to create a shadow by off setting the layers just a little. The title was symmetrically placed between the two pages.
This fun skyline was also cut from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.  I used this die cut as a border for each of the pages.
Some stars were added to the layout to give the feel of the Hollywood glitz and glamour. The stars were accented with my white gel pen and embellished with some bows made from Sky Trendy Twine.
All of the die cuts were popped up on foam for added dimension, accented with my with gel pen and with some inking around the edges of some of the die cuts.
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April 16, 2012

Rainy Day Layout

I found this fun rain themed paper at Michaels and couldn't wait to create a layout using it.  I used the Simply Charmed cartridge for the title, clouds and raindrops.  The Paisley cartridge was used for the umbrella and boots.
I used my Gypsy to hide several of the features on each of the die cuts in order to add my own embellishments.
The D'vine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder was used to emboss the clouds and the Seeing Spots Cuttlebug embossing folder was used to emboss the boots.
I added a few paper flowers to the boots, umbrella and title with the thought of "April Showers Bring May Flowers".  A little bit of Posy Trendy Twine and bling were also added as an embellishment.
To finish off my layout I added some faux stitching with my white gel pen.  I also added a little bit of doodling to the raindrops.
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April 13, 2012

Relax Layout

We have had a pretty wet and rainy Spring in Northern California and I am so looking forward to some sun which inspired me to create this layout.  I used the Life Is A Beach cartridge for the die cuts.  I added brackets around the title to highlight it which were cut from the Letter Envy cartridge.
The background paper and the patterned paper for the photo mats had a sheet of coordinating stickers which I incorporated into my layout.  The drink on the chair, the pineapple and the tiki face are all stickers which were popped up on foam dots to create dimension.
The border at the bottom of the layout was torn by hand and inked on the edges to give the appearance of sand on a beach.  I also inked the edges of the photo mat.
The chair was cut twice and offset to create a layer and embellished with Orange Truffle Trendy Twine.  I had seen a picture on Facebook of a beach chair with twine so I scrap lifted the idea.  I absolutely love how the chair looks with the twice accents.  
The flip flops were also embellished with Trendy Twine, however I used Chocolate Truffle twine instead.  Some bling finished off the flip flops.
Challenges:
Cricut Circle

April 12, 2012

All Dressed Up Layout

I am continuing my week of sharing new projects since I am home from work during my kid's Spring break. This layout was created with the Forever Young cartridge for all of the die cuts with the exception of the flourishes in the corners which were cut from Letter Envy.
The four photo mats for this layout were embossed with the Heritage Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The embossing folders add a nice texture to the layout.
I used lots of bling to embellish this layout to compliment the die cuts including a bling flourish which was added to the title.
A little bit of Grape Fizz Trendy Twine was used on the hat and on the purse handle. 
Challenges:
Cricut Circle

April 11, 2012

Little Princess Layout

This layout was created to celebrate the birth of my niece who was just born last week.  I used the Sugar and Spice Lite cartridge for all of the cuts with the exception of the monogram "R" which was cut from the Letter Envy cartridge.
I used some patterned paper at the top of the layout which has a solid white border punched with the Martha Stewart Eyelet punch.
The title and the monogram were both cut from glitter paper.  I added the monogrammed "R" to a tag from my stash and embellished it with some bling and Posy Trendy Twine.  The twine was also used throughout the layout.
The die cuts were accented with my white gel pen and popped up on foam dots to create some dimension.
Challenges:
Cricut Circle

April 10, 2012

Happy Easter Layout

Today I have a one page 12x12 layout to share which was created for several challenges.  I created this layout with the Easter 2010 Seasonal Cartridge.  All of the cuts on my layout came from the Easter cartridge except for the little flowers which were cut from Letter Envy.
I used my favorite Fiskars grass punch for the grass border at the bottom of the page.
The Easter eggs and bunnies were embellished with Trendy Twine in Strawberry Cupcake, Twisted Lime, Grape Fizz and Blue Berry.  These color combinations were the perfect accent to the Easter eggs and bunnies.
I used my white gel pen to add some doodling to the die cuts and around the page.  The layout was finished off with just a little bit of bling on the flowers and the bow.
Challenges:
Cricut Circle