Sunday, June 20, 2010

Valentine's Day

This year we decided to celebrate Valentine's Day with homemade cards and themed food. Chris made me heart shaped pancakes for breakfast, we had Maki's Valentine's Day special for lunch, and for dinner we had heart shaped pizza and chocolate dipped strawberries and raspberries. It was a delicious day :)

Details: Paper is Beautiful Branches from My Mind's Eye's Be Loved line. Embellishments are ancient ones I have had sitting around, so no idea where they are from :)

Sequoia part 5

Another spread from our Sequoia trip in April 2009. Just one more layout and this trip will be done! I had to pop dot the Big Trees Trail picture because it was just too funny. The trees are the biggest in the world, and they name the trail that. haha!

Details: The blue paper is Time To Travel Postmarks by TPC Studio. The dot paper is Sandbox by Bazzill Basics. The ribbon is by American Crafts. The stickers are from October Afternoon's Road Map word stickers.

Strawberry Picking

For Easter this year we packed up mini sandwiches, that were chicken salad or cucumber leftover from Noey's shower, and fresh fruit and headed to Sweet Berry Farm. We picked some delicious berries and enjoyed some of their homemade ice cream after all of our hard picking work.

Details: Journaling block and strawberry cut out are from My Mind's Eye's Quite Contrary line. Green paper is Poppy Seed Lime Star Stripes by K & Company. The strawberry paper is also by K & Company.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

At Last

ProvoCraft has finally announced two Halloween themed Cricut cartridges. I can't wait to snatch these up. I just need to save up my pennies until their release dates or if you need an early birthday gift idea... :)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

10 favorite things

I often get asked what tools or items I can't live without in my scrapbooking arsenal. So I thought I would share a list of my 10 must haves.
  1. My Cricut Expression. I fell in love with this machine when my friend Noey had hers. I love that I can use a 12" piece of scrapbooking paper in it. I also love the ability to cut my titles out of paper that matches my layouts. Not to mention all the cute shapes.

  2. Making Memories Metro Alphas. They are glittery and small. Perfect for when I want a bit of shine or tiny easy to use letters. I have them in black, white, silver, brown and red. I want to get them in this aqua color.

  3. My Xyron 1.5" Create a Sticker is perfect for putting adhesive on the letters I cut out on my Cricut. It is also good for ribbon and small mementos.

  4. My all time favorite Cricut cartridge is Lyrical Letters. I love it's font variety, shapes and phrases. If you could only add one cartridge to your collection, this would be it.

  5. I really like my Fiskars three piece eyelet setters. It lets me easily punch holes any where on a piece of paper, unlike conventional punches that limit you to the edge. I also like that I can use it to set eyelets. I use this tiny 4x4 mat under so that I don't ruin my work surface.

  6. Zots. They are perfect for things that a tape runner can't stick to paper. They are great for buttons, flowers, and other 3D elements.

  7. My Herma Dotto tape runner is probably the most used item in my scrap bag. I use it on photos, paper, ribbon, you name it I have tried to use it :) I prefer to use the repositionable adhesive over the permanent. I make mistakes. :)

  8. Zig pens. I have them in black, grey, brown, and of course orange. They are great for journaling, using the fine tip, or drawing lines, using the thick tip. Having at least a few basic colors is great for all of your layouts.

  9. You may have noticed that I didn't mention a white pen above. That is because the Uni-ball signo white pen is the best for writing in white. It writes smoothly, has a nice sharp white color, and can write on any surface.

  10. Last, but certainly not least, is my paper trimmer. I love my Fiskars 12" paper trimmer. It has a rotary blade, which I prefer to the blade trimmers. I also like that I can fit an entire 12x12 sheet on the cutting board. And a must for me in a trimmer, you can line up your paper exactly along the blade line. Other trimmers you put the area you want to cut over a channel. I feel like those are not as exact.

There you have it. My 10 favorite items. Now if we were talking about paper lines or embellishments, that would be a far longer list!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Thank you card

My wonderful and very talented friend Mollie, took some amazing photos of my husband and I. I absolutely love them all! She captured us in a very natural way, how we really are. Some of my favorite photos are the ones of us laughing :) To thank her I made her this card and brought her a special treat.

Here are the photos:
* Note, these are web sized and not suitable for prints*

Details: The card is size A2 in pool blue. The "thank you" rub on is from Pebbles Inc. The film strip is by Tim Holtz. The camera is form October Afternoon's Road Map line. The orange paper is a scrap that I think is by My Mind's Eye.