Saturday, June 30, 2012

"Safari Breakfast" Layout

I'm having so much fun playing along at Child's Play Challenges this month! The inspiration book this month is "Where The Wild Things Are".

As soon as I saw the challenge I knew I was finally going to scrap the over-priced souvenir photo we bought at our safari breakfast at Tusker House in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
I used BoBunny's Zoology collection.
*Don't you just love how I had to turn my back to Donald. My daughter was scared out of her mind! They both cried every time one of the character's came to our table.

Friday, June 29, 2012

"1 Wild Ride" Layout

This month's classic toy challenge at Child's Play Challenges is cozy coupe.
My son does have a cozy coupe, it's a police car, but I don't have any pictures of him with it. Instead I decided to take the car inspiration and used a photo of my daughter on this horrible car ride at the local amusement park. She thought it was a blast but I was feeling quite sick by the time we got off it.
I used Lily Bee Design's "Happily Lost" collection.
I stuck these pennant stickers on white cardstock and trimmed around them leaving a boarder similar to my layered photo mat.
I used mostly stickers to embellish my layout,
cutting them when necessary
and overlapping to add dimension.
I also used stickers for my title, applying them directly on my photo (something I'm always afraid to do,but I love how this turned out).

Child's Play Challenges - Cozy Coupe

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Creative Cutter Room - Camping

Thank you for joining us for our new challenge! We enjoyed looking at your Father's Day and Man Cards!  We appreciate you joining us and hope you will join us for this next challenge!

Theme Camping!
Must include Camping related die cut

I'm not a camper. I enjoyed it in the Girl Scouts but have lost interest with age. My husband, who grew up in a major city and thought South Dakota was to rural even though we lived in the 5th and 6th largest cities, can't wait to take the kids camping. So I made a layout to have on hand just in case this ever happens!

Everyday Paper Dolls
Martha Stewart Micro Beads
Inkadinkadoo Chalk
Making Memories Chocolate Marker
Foam Dots
Liquid Glass

Cathie with the CCR provided all the DT members with fun camping papers!

We hope you will join us and Submit your new project for a chance to win a prize!

 Docerela Creations

Today we have a special sponsor! Catarina from Docerela Creations has donated a SummerTime Stamp set to the winner of this challenge!
 Thank you Catarina!


Challenge Starts today June 28 and runs until July 11, 2012.

Follow the rules then submit your new  project over at the
Looking forward to seeing your creations! 
Only entries that fit the challenge guidelines will be entered to win the prize!
Some Rules to keep in mind while playing along:

Be a Follower of the CCR
Project submissions must be new, no back linking
CCR must be mentioned in the description with a link back to here
Entry must fit theme to be qualified for the prize
Prize must be claimed within 2 weeks
Please link your project posting not just your blog
Please comment after linking 
You have until July 11, 2012 to enter your project.
Here is the Line Up You for some great inspiration:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My Cricut Craft Room - Brads/Eyelets - And My Last DT Post

My Cricut Craft Room
Hi everyone! This will be my last DT post for My Cricut Craft Room. I've had a lot of fun but my crafting is starting to take me away from my Cricut. I've been using fewer and fewer cuts on my projects and feel it's time to step away from this team.

I'm not abandoning my Cricut entirely or even My Cricut Craft Room. I still hope to take part in the swaps that Erica and our lovely DT member Doris organize on Facebook. One of the card swaps for July is Birthday Cards and this is the card that I'll be swapping.
I used papers from the Close To My Heart Dotty For You paper pack. My flourish is cut from Art Philosophy.
I used a boarder on Art Philosophy and my Gypsy to create this frame. The sentiment is from a Close To My Heart stamp set. The inside reads "wondering what happened!".
This butterfly is also from Close To My Heart.
These brads came from Oriental Trading Company and I've had them in my stash for over 3 years.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. If you would like to see more projects like mine head over to My Cricut Craft Room.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"Record Breaking Fun" Layout

The board game challenge this month at Child's Play Challenges is Scrabble.
We play this game almost every time we go out to my mom and dad's house!

I took my inspiration from the grid on the board and made this layout.
I used the Lily Bee Design "Happily Lost" collection.
I layered two stickers, added the date in stickers, cut two hearts and added yellow staples.
Here I layered two stickers, used one for journaling, added a paper circle and yellow staples again.
This is another journaling sticker layered with an accent sticker.
I mounted the pennant stickers on cardstock, cut them out and used foam squares to apply them to the layout. My title is done in stickers.

Child's Play Challenges - Scrabble
My Craft Spot - Summer Colors
Little Scrap Pieces - Yellow
Krafty Girls - Fun in the Sun

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Child's Play Challenges DT Submision

Have you heard of Child's Play Challenges? They're a scrapbook challenge blog where the focus is kids! All of there challenges are inspired by kid things like books, games, toys and crafts.

For the DT call you need to create a layout with this toy as the inspiration.
Here is what I came up with.
I took my ques from the colors, wheels and balls.

If you would like the apply for the DT call you can find all the details here.

Friday, June 22, 2012

My Cricut Craft Room - Playground Layout

There is nothing my 3 year old daughter would like to do more than spend the day at a park. This layout commemorates the last time we spent at a park as a family of three.

I fussy cut this flower from a sheet of Lawn Fawn's Bright Side.

April Showers
Pooh and Friends
Happy Hauntings
Lawn Fawn - Bright Side - Paper and Stickers
Stampin' Up Twine
Making Memories Staples
American Crafts Stamp Marker
Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist

I hope you enjoyed the layout I shared with you today. Please stop by My Cricut Craft Room to see you park/playground layouts.

Frosted Designs - Fabulous Friday - Make Your Own Embellishment
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge - 52 Questions, Challenge #25 - 3 Things (Cricut Carts)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads, grandpas, uncles and special men out there. I enlisted the help of my children to make a Father's Day gift for my dad.
So what could be in that fabulous wrapping paper hand made by my 2 and 3-year-old?
This fun little lure box!! I cut the water from Everyday Paper Dolls and the fish from Create A Critter. My 3-year-old then glued them onto the box.

This was a quick and simple gift that Grandpa is sure to love!

Cooking With Cricut

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Creative Cutter Room - Father's Day

*** To see the patriotic card I made for 
My Cricut Craft Room click here, or scroll down. ***

Thank you for joining us for our new challenge! We saw some great Takes on our photo inspiration challenge! We appreciate you joining us and hope you will join us for this next challenge!

Theme: Father's Day Or Man Card ( No Boy)

Here is my project:
I used Everyday Paper Dolls to create this Father's Day card for my dad. It took lots of patience and foam tape but I just love how it turned out.

Challenge Starts today June 14 and runs until June 27, 2012.
Follow the rules then submit your new project over at the

Looking forward to seeing your creations!
Only entries that fit the challenge guidelines will be entered to win the prize!
Dual Brush Pens
Some Rules to keep in mind while playing along:
Project submissions must be new, no back linking
CCR must be mentioned in the description with a link back to here
Entry must fit theme to be qualified for the prize
Prize must be claimed within 2 weeks
Please link your project posting not just your blog
One Entry per person
Please comment after linking
You have until June 27, 2012 to enter your project.
Here is the Line Up You for some great inspiration:

My Cricut Craft Room - Independence Day

Welcome and Happy Flag Day! Today I have a card celebrating America to share with you.
I used the Close To My Heart stamp set American Celebration. This stamp set has 3 images that coordinate with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.

I used a number of stamping techniques to create this card. All of my edges are inked with Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap and the star boarder is stamped with Tea Dye. I used American Crafts stamp markers to add color to my stamps exactly where I wanted it - this is how I got the two tone images. For the background paper that I created I used a technique call Second-Generation Stamping. To do this you ink up your stamp and stamp it once on scrap paper. Then you stamp again, without adding additional ink, on your paper. This gives your a great light, distressed image. I also used the second-generation stamping technique with the flag.
My card is what is known as a Joy Fold Card. To make this card you will need:

  • One 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock - score at 5 1/2" (blue)
  • One 3" x 8" piece of cardstock - score at 4" (red)
  • Two 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" pieces of cardstock or designer paper (inside and outside of red piece)
  • One 4" x 5 1/4" piece of of cardstock or designer paper (inside blue)
  • One 2 3/4" x 4" piece of cardstock or designer paper (outside blue)
I positioned my smaller piece (red) by eye. To keep the card closed I used Art Philosophy to cut a 1" scalloped circle that I stamped and used a foam square to adhere.
I hope you enjoyed my card. For more patriotic inspiration please visit My Cricut Craft Room.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Talk Time Tuesday - Creative Cutter Room

Have you ever designed the perfect layout or title on your gypsy only to have translate not so perfectly to paper? Well I have a few tips for you today that will hopefully help to get on paper what you see on your screen.

To start with, I designed yet another Disney layout on my gypsy. This is what it looks like on the screen.

You can see I have my title on two lines and my frame centered left-to-right but slightly higher than vertical center.

So how do I get my title to be straight, center and spaced just like I see it on my screen? Well I use my negative paper as a stencil! Let me show you how.

First I "hide" my frame and pumpkin cuts so my screen looks like this.

You can see my title is still exactly where I want it on my finished layout. I then cut this on a full sheet of paper. It comes out looking like this:
my paper, that will be my template

and my mat

At this point I line up my cut paper with my background paper. If one sheet is slightly larger than the other make sure your upper left-hand corner is lined up.

Now you'll want to apply adhesive to your letter and use your template to apply those letters to your background paper.

As you apply your letters make sure you lift up on your template paper every once in awhile. This helps ensure you're not gluing your template to your background.

This is what it will look like when you have all your letters glued down.

Once you remove your template you'll be left with a title that is perfectly straight, centered and spaced.

This technique also works on images.
1) Cut your image.
2) Line up your template paper on your background paper. Make sure the upper left-hand corner is square.

3) Add adhesive to your image and line up with your template.

4) Remove your template.

You'll be left with a perfectly aligned frame that is centered, straight and exactly where you want it.

I finished my layout with a picture and mats as well as my pumpkin cut. Now my completed layout

looks just how I designed it on my gypsy