Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Michelle's wedding

 My sister and her husband had a beautiful wedding back in August of 2009. That's right, this is  my last 2009 layout! woohoo. I am so pleased with the way this turned out. I really wanted to showcase so many beautiful photos from their big day, it was hard to choose just a few!

Details: Green paper is Parakeet by Bazzill Basics and was used in a lot of my sister's wedding accents. The flowers are leftover from making place cards. They are from the bridal line at Michaels. The yellow letters are Thickers in Vera by American Crafts.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Poinsettia Wreath

I saw an idea for a wreath like this in a Holiday Crafts magazine. Their example used an old sweater as the base, I used green ribbon instead. I made a cut file for the poinsettia flowers and cut them out on SCAL at a height of 4, 3, and 2.25 inches. I then overlapped two flowers either of the same size or two of different sizes. I then stuck them on using a pin. I thought the plain red pins were lacking, so I added some red Stickles. Cutting felt on your Cricut is way easier than I feared.

If you'd like me to share the cut file with you or know more about cutting felt on your Cricut, just ask!

Chris's 27th Birthday

For Chris's 27th birthday we went to Nutty Brown Cafe for dinner. It was quite tasty. I also made him a layered German chocolate cake (his favorite). That particular day, even though we no longer live in our birth state of IL, we got some ice in TX. It was appropriately miserable for a January birthday.

Details: Paper is Novel from Basic Grey's Offbeat line. The yellow letters are Thickers in the color Vera by American Crafts.

Elizabeth's Stationery

I don't think Elizabeth reads this blog, but if you do B, stop reading now if you don't want to spoil your Christmas gift...

Elizabeth is the only person that has asked for a third set of stationery. You can see her other sets here and here. When I first met her she went by Betsy (she was 12) as she got older she wanted to go by Elizabeth, but most of her family calls her Bee. So this set I decided to do as "A note from Bee". I hope she likes them.

Details: Envelopes are size A2 in Grape from Paper Source. A note from was written out in stamps by Hero Arts. The Bee stamp is also from Paper Source.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pedernales Falls

When Noey, my sister, and my sister's husband were visiting last December, we spent a few hours at one of my husband's favorite parks. The weather was perfect and it was nice to spend some time outside.

Details: Blue paper is Acorn from Cosmo Cricket's Nutmeg line. Leaf stripes and green wood grain are Falling Down, also from Cosmo Cricket's Nutmeg line. Journaling block is from October Afternoon's Fly a Kite line. December embellishment is by Jillibean Soup. Title was cut out from Parakeet paper in the font akaDora, using SCAL.


I think this was technically New Year's Day, but I have it listed in my stack of 2009 to finish. We went to Zilker Botanical Gardens so that my sister and brother in-law could soak up some more sunshine before heading back to the cold north :)

Details: Brown paper is Cocoa by Bazzill. Black paper is also by Bazzill, I cut the edges using a deckle blade. "Zilker" is written using Thickers by American Crafts in Vera. Tree is by My Mind's Eye.

Elizabeth Visits

The youngest of my husband's sisters came to visit us for a week this summer. The weather was hot, but we squeezed in quite a few fun things.

Details: Paper is Doilies from Crate Paper's Restoration Collection. Jounaling block is from Making Memories Paperie line. Aug is by Jillibean Soup.

Friday, October 22, 2010

McNay & San Antonio Botanical Gardens

These two events took place on the same day so I decided to do them each as one page layouts that go together like a two page layout. I really like how the orange paper makes all the photos pop.

Details: Orange paper is Candle by Bazzill Basics. Sept circle is by Jillibean Soup. And with this layout I just have 3 more activities from 2009 to scrap!

Monday, October 18, 2010


Finally, my last Sequoia layout! I hope to wrap up all 2009 before Thanksgiving. I think I have 5 or 6 layouts left from last year, so hopefully I can get them done!

Details: Background paper is Enchanted from Crate Paper's Lillian collection. Wood paper is from DCWV's Green Stack. Hidden journaling block and word stickers are from October Afternoon's Road Map collection. Letters are by Basic Grey and I now out of "I"s and "A"s.

Halloween Cards

I had some trouble narrowing down what my Halloween cards should look like this year. I had too many things to choose from this year with the THREE new Cricut cartridges. At last I settled on this design.

Details: Background paper is "spooky words" from the My Mind's Eye Haunted collection. Orange paper is the B side of candy corn from Making Memories' Spook Alley collection. The Boo! stamp is from Spook Alley as well. The ghost was cut out using the new Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Home for the Holidays

 Finally finished up the last of my layouts from Christmas 2009. I think the cooler weather and the new Christmas lines coming out made me want to sit down and do this layout. Every year my sister and I get dressed in clothes we got for Christmas and take pictures in front of the tree. It is a fun tradition (until you can no longer see due to all the flash spots in your eyes).

Details: Red paper is Tis the Season by Bo Bunny.Stripe paper is My Wooly Scarf from SEI's Winter Song line. Title sticker and word stickers are from October Afternoon's Very Merry line. Trees and deer are Sparkling Frost accents from SEI's Winter Song. Sparkle ribbon is from Making Memories' Noel line.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


My cat loves to sit in the laundry. If you open the dryer and look away for just an instant, she will be in there trying to make herself cozy.

Details: Orange paper is Candle by Bazzill Basics. Pattern paper is the A and B side of Simon from the Max and Whiskers line by Basic Grey. The journaling block is from the same line. Cute kitty on a clothes line is cut out using the Meow Cricut Lite cartridge.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Welcome Tobin

My friend Noey recently gave birth to this sweet baby boy. I can't wait to meet him in person, but he is filled with smiles on Skype :)

Details: Paper is Canal from 7 gypsies' Venice line. Looped strip is fancy frills key lime stickers by Doodlebug Designs. "Perfect" is from My Mind's Eye's So Sophie Line.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Four Years

The traditional anniversary gifts to celebrate four years are fruit and flowers. Chris gave me some beautiful gerberas, reminiscent of our wedding, and some wonderful smelling freesia. He also gave me ting ice creams to enjoy while watching a movie and some new to me fruits. I gave him a mandarin orange tree and a game for us to play together. We capped off the celebration with a wonderful feast at the Melting Pot. Yum!

Details: The background paper is Pebbles from Crate Paper's Brook Collection. Title was cut out using the connected feature on the Lyrical Letters Cricut cartridge.

Zilker kite festival 2010

This layout is a little bit different for me. I had all of these wonderful pieces that would make this layout awesome, I just didn't know how to use it all together. Then inspiration struck and I ended up with this and I love it. It is just such a happy layout. Yes, that is pink you see :)

Details: Orange paper is candle from SEI's Happy Days collection. Cloud paper is Skyline Park from American Crafts' City Park line. Pink paper is How's it Going from American Crafts' Everyday line.All embellishment stickers are from Eco Park's Sweet Summertime Element Sticker sheet.


I wasn't able to find a Las Vegas post card so we decided to take pictures at the Rain Forest Cafe for out souvenir. The post card is from our journey to Red Rock.

Details: Both papers are from SEI's Moravia collection. Letters are by Making Memories. Las Vegas embellishment is by K & Company.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Halloween Wreath

Last year I saw this beautiful Halloween wreath on the Making Memories blog and I decided that if I still had enough paper left from the Spook Alley collection that I would do something similar this year. I started this project a few weeks ago and worked on the paper rolls bit by bit. I think it turned out great! If you want to know more about how I made it, supplies and instructions are below detail photos.

Supplies needed:
  • Various 12x12 papers from the Making Memories Spook Alley collection
  • Spook Alley Trims and Treats
  • Spook Alley Die Cuts
  • 12 inch diameter foam wreath (the sample one was 8")
  • One roll of black tulle - 2" wide
  • toothpicks for placing ghosts and die cuts on wreath
  • Sequin pins for securing paper
  • Pencil
  • Paper cutter
Wrap tulle around the wreath, overlapping about half of each wrap around to cover the green foam. Secure the end of the ribbon with a sequin pin. Cut off excess and tie around the top of the wreath to hang it up.

Cut paper into 1/4" strips. Wrap each strip, tightly, around a pencil to form a coil. Secure each coil to the wreath, with a sequin pin, in a desired pattern. Continue until wreath front is covered.

Once all the paper coils are secured to the wreath, it is time to add embellishments. Secure a toothpick to the back of the ghosts and die cuts. I used scotch tape to do this. Then place the tooth picks through the coils in a desired location. To secure the bats I used an adhesive dot and stuck them to a paper coil.

Once you have everything where you like it, hang the wreath indoors. I think this would also be nice with Christmas paper and embellishments!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pretty Kitty

My first non-Holiday kitty layout. I thought my husband would laugh since he gives me a hard time for taking so many pictures of her, but he liked the layout. I snapped this picture of her when she was trying to get into a photo I was taking of my anniversary flowers. She just looks so pretty.

Details: Background paper is Paws and Claws Fishbones by The Paper Company Studio. The brads are also from the Paws and Claws line. Journaling block is from the Max & Whiskers line by Basic Grey. Loopy paper strip is Just the Edge cardstock strips by Bazzill Basics, color is artesian pool. Title is Italic feature on Lyrical Letters cartridge.

Mayfield Park

We spent an afternoon walking around the Mayfield trails. On this particular day the peacocks were quite active and the lilys were in bloom. And then the next time I was shopping for paper they had this beautiful peacock print. It was meant to be :)

Details: Purple paper (which is a much nicer color in person) is Plum Pudding by Bazzill Basics. Green paper is Intense Kiwi by Bazzill Basics. Peacock paper is Feathers from the Peacock Lane line by Bo Bunny. Title was cut out using the Lyrical Letters Cricut cartridge.

It's all Relative

Finally a picture with nearly all of my husband's family! The only people missing are our nephew Max and his daddy Dan. Although we were all together for a sad occasion, it was nice to all get together for a big family dinner.

Details: background paper with little hearts is Forever in Plaid from My Mind's Eye's Love Me Do line (obviously I used the "B" side since it isn't plaid. lol.) The die cut paper was a gift from Noey. "It's all relative" and "say cheese" are foil stickers from the Woodhaven collection by Colorbok. Calendar is by My Mind's Eye.