Sunday, October 28, 2012

Disney Blog Hop for Rett Syndrome

Welcome to Day 2 of Create-A-Latte's First Annual Blog Hop for...Rett Syndrome Awareness. Hopefully you are making it here from Suzanne at Zannie Berry, but if you stumbled upon us, your first stop should have been at Robin Lane's Blog.
Rett Syndrome is a devastating neurologic developmental disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls. It is usually caused by a mutation of the MECP2 gene on the X chromosome. Rett Syndrome is found in all racial and ethnic groups throughout the world, and in every socioeconomic class. Rett Syndrome affects 1 in 15,000 female births. Early developmental milestones appear normal, but between 6-18 months of age, there is a delay or regression in development, particularly affecting speech, hand skills and coordination. A hallmark of Rett Syndrome is the repetitive hand movements that may include seizures, irregular breathing, swallowing difficulties, and curvature of the spine. Many individuals with Rett Syndrome live well into adulthood.There is currently no cure.

This hop is in honor of Robin's daughter and this month is Rett Syndrome Awareness month. The hope is to Black Out Rett Syndrome. Robin wanted a fun hop so each member created a fun Disney themed project for you. I started out with the color black in honor of the "black out" idea for Rett Syndrome Month and created this fun Halloween layout.
I created a large Mickey shaped pumpkin using Mickey Font and Gypsy Wanderings. I cut the Mickey head in both orange and black and simple trimmed off the orange ears before layering them. The face was cut from Gypsy Wanderings.
After getting my pumpkin together, I selected a background paper from my DVWC Bewitched stack and added got to work setting up my layout. I wanted a lot of circles so I used my  Creative Memories circle cutter and cut the photo and backing layers.
 The final touch of the "Mickey Treats" heading using my Hannah Montana cartridge.
Thanks so much for stopping by on this great hop. Robin is offering some very fun Disney related blog candy for both days of the hop so be sure to check it out. Your next stop is....
If you get lost along the way the entire line-up is below. Thanks so much for stopping and please be aware of Rett Syndrome.
  1. Robin L. -
  2. Sarah Walker Woodring -
  3. Amber Leeson Curtis -
  4. Suzanne Roseberry -
  5. L. B. -  (YOU ARE HERE)
  6. Robin Carroll - (GO HERE NEXT)
  7. Blog Candy -

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Disney Blog Hop for Rett Syndrome

Today is the first day of the Disney Blog Hop for Rett Syndrome. Please head over to Create-a-Latte and enjoy the fun first day of Disney Projects. 

Don't forget to come back for Day 2 Tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lunch Box Love

In my quest to use every cart I own I often pull out the books for the remaining carts and see what images can be used to create fun lunch box cards for my daughter. This week I am sharing two cards I made for her.
The first was made with a fun butterfly badge cut off Campin' Critters. I love how this cart has a bunch of little badges to represent things for scouting and seeing as my daughter loves butterflies...easy selection.
The second card I made used the sweet sunshine off of Pack Your Bags. For this one I added a simple stamp form Pink By Design as well. The cute "Hello Sunshine" stamps is off the Stamp of the Month set, Rain or Shine from February 2012.
I can now check off two more of my never used carts and that brings me down to only 10 left. Soon I will get to buy some new carts off my wish list (which is on Pinterest if anyone feel bad that I have not bought new carts in a few months and cares to shop for me!!! HA!) Have a wonderful day. Please don't forget to join me this weekend for the Disney Blog Hop honoring Rett Syndrome.

CARTS LEFT TO USE:(added 2 from Circle renewal and points)  50 States,All Wrapped Up (Imagine) Block Party, B is for Boy, Campin' CrittersChore Chart, Christmas, Destinations, Father's Day, Greek Alphabet (CCR), Hoot 'n' Holler, Mr. Frosty (Imagine), Out of Character, Pack Your Bags,Pagoda, Paper Trimmings, Pooh & Friends, Preserves, Savory, Sesame Street Friends, Something to Remember, Sophisticated, Summer in ParisSuperman, Thanksgiving Table Decor (CCR), Tie the Knot, When It's Cold Outside 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

BOO!! With Cricut FANatics

This season has given us some amazing paper options and because I so need the paper (HA! HA! HA!) I have snatched up so many fun Halloween stacks. I better really be using them. Today is my day to post on the Cricut FANatics blog and I made some fun Halloween cards with some of the great papers I have been collecting. 
I hope you will head over to see all the details of these fun Boo! cards. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012


A good friend and co-worker's son is getting married this weekend. For weeks I have been joking with her about becoming a Monster-in-Law so I thought I would make her a fun card for Monday when she returns to work officially a "Monster-in-law!"
I started with a this new sketch for the Cricut FANatics blog Sketch Challenge #2. Next, I got buy selecting the perfect monster to put on my card. My current obsession with my Mini-Monsters cartridge continues on for this adorable creature (page 33)

I am also using this card for the My Craft Spot: Monday Challenge: Emboss it, so I use my fun Tiny Bubbles folder to push bubbles into the green body. I think you can see I just made sure that the raised layers on the folder were going into the body instead of pushing up into her. I love how doing this looks on cuts.
I added the finished monster on top of a simple card made with DCWV papers  (Bewitched Stack) to match the sketch as close as I could, minus the journal box for layouts. I than added a cute title (also without a box) and the look was almost done.
I added a fun polka dotted ribbon to the whole card, some solid colored card stock inside for my message and yeah a fun treat for a great person. So excited about this card being in 3 challenges this week...look below. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

My Craft Room, Monday Challenge: Emboss It
Cricut FANatics: Sketch Challenge #2
Hiding in My Craft Room: Die Cuts (new place I just discovered)

Friday, October 19, 2012

My Craft Spot Top 3!!!

My Craft Spot

I was lucky enough to have my Halloween Treats honored by My Craft Spot as a Design Team Top 3!!  So excited. These fun treats were an easy creation and super fun.  What a fun surprise! Hopefully I will get a chance to enter the new challenge: Emboss It!
Here is the original post and link to directions

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mummy, I Love You!

I am in a complete Halloween mood right now. I am making cards, layouts (of past Halloweens that have been waiting to get done) and treats. When I saw this mummy a few weeks back as the free shape of the week in the Silhouette store I jumped on it.
I actually cut the mummy right away, but did not put the whole card together until now. Layering the mummy was easy and even though the cut was a little ragged in some places it still looks so cool together. I decided to make this a card for my Mom.
I cut the words using a font called Pussycat on my Silhouette and the layered hearts were cut using my Create A Critter cartridge. It came together so quick and I know my mom will enjoy it when it arrives in her mail for Halloween.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope everyone is gearing up for a wonderful Halloween in just 2 weeks.

Paper: DCWV Old World Stack for the red, and basic card stocks for everything else.
Mummy cut: 3 layers Design ID #33022 in the Silhouette Store.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Don't Bother the Witch

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was not in my craft room too much but I do have a fun project to share today. I have a notebook where I keep track of all my cuts (and now what stamps I used). I had created a cover for it when I first got the Cricut Everyday cart, but it was getting a little shabby so I decided it was time to create a new cover. The current Ink it Pink challenge is to create something for fall or Halloween and I was inspired.
I just loved this witch hat paper from the DCWV value pack for Halloween and Fall and had to use it on something I could see all the time. I recovered the front and back by wrapping the paper and gluing it down. I also add a piece inside to hide my folds.
No need to tear off the old paper, I just put the new paper over it.
Next, I had to select the perfect saying for my cover. I was planning on one from the Cricut Everyday cart and when I came to, "Don't Bother Me, I'm Scrapping" I knew just how to twist it for my new notebook. I cut the phrase without the "Me" and using my Silhouette I cut, "the Witch" in Victorian LET font to make it complete.    
I added the words onto a label shape from Cricut Essentials and the cute hat is off Mini Monsters (a cart I have used so much this fall and am loving). All that was needed was a cute stamp and Pink By Design had the perfect one for my scrapping notebook.  
Pink By Design Stamp
I love the new look and it makes me smile when I see it on my desk. Thanks for stopping by to see it and I hope you check out the Ink It Pink Challenge at Pink By Design.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Boo Whoo Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to the Boo Whoo Blog Hop. I hope you are enjoy all sorts of fun Halloween inspired projects with us. You should be arriving here from Holly at Ribbons & Glue. If you found us in the middle I hope you will head to My Cricut Craft Room to start at the beginning and see all the great projects. Go all the way to the end for a chance at some fun blog candy.
For today's hop I made a fun Halloween layout using the cards I sent out last year. I started with wonderful papers from DCWV Ghosts & Goblins stack and created a layered background with 2 fun patterns and added a solid (with sparkle of course). To layer my card I choose a gray cardstock, but I sanded the edges for a more appealing look.
Next I selected two fun cuts; the "Boo!" off Mini Monsters and some cute spiders from Doodlecharms. I embossed the bodies of my spiders and than added glitter all over. Can you see the bumpy bodies?
After sanding my "Boo!" cut I used some simple white floss as my web pieces and attached everything to the layout. The final touch was some simple orange eyes that I added with my I-rock.
I am super pleased with this fun layout. I hope you will share your thoughts with me about the layout before you head over to the next stop....
Have a great day! I have the whole line up listed below just in case.

My Cricut Craft Room-


Jenn Drowns Jackson

Lisa Chamberlain

Tara Barnes Bruening

Anita Thibodeau-

Lori Johnson Apgar-

Holly Switlik Gagnon -

Laura Budde- (YOU ARE HERE)

Erica's Projects (Next Stop!)

Tami Allore Matheson-

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Halloween Treats 2012

I am not sure how I started all the treat making that I do for my coworkers at school, but when someone mentions how great they feel when they find my treats in their boxes it only makes me want to make more. Sooooooo....
Halloween Treats ready to go. I found this great, easy fold treat envelope on Pinterest and had to try it. You can link to the video I used right HERE. All you need to make these is:
* a sheet of 8x8 paper (double sided is a plus)
* scoring tool and board
* a hole punch
* ribbon to hold them together
Rather than go into great detail I am going to direct you to the video above as it was so easy to follow and they took no time at all to create.
After I got them all made (I found that a thinner cardstock worked best and I added in inside layer as I did not have double sided paper) I wanted to add fun tags to the fronts so I cut out  some small label cuts off my CTMH Art Philosophy. I inked around the edges and selected a few cuts to add on.
I used some glossy accents on my bats, Stickles on my spiders and some sanding on the edges of the "Boo!" In the end I had some fun treat all set for my co-workers when Halloween rolls around in a few weeks. Happy to be ready to go.
I am linking these treats up to the My Craft Spot Monday Challenge: A Treat For You. How fun to see all the great things people are making. I am sure I will have next year's idea when it is all done. Have a great weekend. I hop you will join me for the Boo Whoo Blog Hop tomorrow.

Cricut: CTMH Art Philosophy, Mini-Monsters, Wild Card
Paper: Jeepers Creepers stack by The Paper Studio
Hole Punch: 1/4 inch
Various Ribbons

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Babies are as Sweet as Pie

Good morning everyone. Today I have a simple treat box to share with you. I have a coworker whose baby is dropped off at the end of the school day by her babysitter. She often stays a little longer to finish up some grading, and is always making sure to have snacks for the baby to tide him over.
I used 2 carts on my list of never used to make this. First the box and lid are from Tie the Knot. I really liked the fun pie shape of the box and thought it would work. I made it as large as I could fit on my mat.
On top I made a fun tag using the adorable baby on the Chore Chart cartridge. I love this little baby and have a feeling I will use him again and again now that I know he is around.
A fun bow to top it off and the box was all set for my coworker. I put it on her desk this morning. Hope she likes it and hope I get some baby cuddles after school today as a trade off. Have a wonderful day.

CARTS LEFT TO USE:(added 2 from Circle renewal and points)  50 States,All Wrapped Up (Imagine) Block Party, B is for Boy, Campin' Critters, Chore Chart, Christmas, Destinations, Father's Day, Greek Alphabet (CCR), Hoot 'n' Holler, Mr. Frosty (Imagine), Out of Character, Pack Your Bags,Pagoda, Paper Trimmings, Pooh & Friends, Preserves, Savory, Sesame Street Friends, Something to Remember, Sophisticated, Summer in ParisSuperman, Thanksgiving Table Decor (CCR), Tie the Knot, When It's Cold Outside 

Monday, October 8, 2012

No School!!!

Good morning everyone. Today is the day we celebrate Columbus Day and that means...NO SCHOOL!
Okay, I am just a little excited about some time in my craft room today while my daughter is playing with her grandparents after a special Sunday sleepover.

In all seriousness, I made this sign for my board at school. I have a large weekly calendar on my dry erase board where I put up homework, so with the help of my YourStory for laminating and some magnet tape I have a way to mark the days off.
This sign was cut using the CCR exclusive Classroom: Dec/Jan. Such a simple cut and a fun addition to my room. Hope everyone have an enjoyable day today!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Mermaid Birthday Bags

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope you are having a lovely weekend. For us it has been busy busy with dance lessons and birthday parties..lucky I get tomorrow off as well. We had a fun party to attend yesterday and the birthday girl loves mermaids so I made these cute and fun birthday bags for our gifts.
You gotta love the Paper Doll carts, I used both Paper Doll Dress-Up and Everyday Paper Dolls to create these two mermaids (only hair came off one, but still used it!)
I love the large shell you can cut to go with your mermaids so I started with those and created the fun mermaids with the great shiny paper in various DCWV card stock stacks. I added some Stickles and silver additions to the tail, necklaces and hair flowers.
I added the Happy Birthday cuts off Calligraphy Collection and all was complete. The birthday girl told me she was looking forward to our gift bags because they are always just right...what a sweet thing to say right? Enjoy your day.