Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Over & Out!! (My favorite projects!)

As we countdown the minutes to the end of 2016 I wanted to say thank you for continuing to visit Cool Beans By L.B.  Like many others I have come across, 2016 was a difficult year. Lots of changes came my way & those changes were hard, but in many ways good for me. I found myself not wanting to be in my craft space as much, BUT when I did get in there the support of my blogging and crafting family have always made me smile!!! Here are my favorite projects of the year.
Disneymoon Autograph book: Made with love for a good friend and her new husband!!
Motown Cards: In honor of my daughter's Spring choir concert. 
 Hug & Kiss Around the World: A scrapbook page from a special time in Epcot at Walt Disney World.
Hot Chocolate Card: A card made for Die Cuttin' Divas challenge in January. 
Beach Visit with Sketch: A Pocket page made using a sketch challenge.
Thank you so much. I am finding my crafting buzz once again and am excited for the new projects. I will continue to work with Die Cuttin' Divas in 2017. I love this amazing group & have fun creating for this challenge each week. I am going to focus on capturing my family memories in 2017 so be on the look for fun scrapbook pages. Also, look for some design changes here at Cool Beans by L.B. early in 2017. With a New Year comes fresh ways of thinking and living.  May you find both this coming year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Winter Wonderland with Die Cuttin' Divas

Happy Tuesday!  Today marks the last challenge of 2016 with Die Cuttin' Divas. I love working with this challenge blog and am excited to be getting my craft juices flowing again in time to start the new year. BUT....let's finish this year off right with our fun Santa or Reindeer Challenge.
I went right to reindeer for this challenge and when I found this little guy I had to create something for him.
I love how happy he made me (is that silly???) Anyhow, I did some pint and cut work and put together a fun backing with embossing to get my card the way I wanted it.
I have come to really love print and cut features on cards, but also have to remember to keep extra printer ink on hand when making projects (had to change my plans a little for this one due to the ink running out at a critical moment).

Hope you enjoy your week and get time to play along with us at DCD!!

- Snow Angels Cricut Cartridge (Imagine) - reindeer and printed red pattern
- The Good Old Days Cricut Cartridge (Imagine) - Winter Wonderland tag
- Snowflake embossing folder.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Sketch in Red & Green

This week at Die Cuttin' Divas we are looking back at all the fun sketch challenges we had this year. The first Tuesday of the month is always fun. We are asking that this week you select one of the year's sketches and make a card featuring red and green.  I used the June sketch to make this fun holiday card.
I love this fun tree and thought it would look good with this paper I had in my paper stash.  I selected the June sketch and got to work.

It is so fun to work with the sketches and I liked the added twist of using red and green.
Hope you get a chance to play along with us this week.

- Celebrate With Flourish Cricut Cartridge - tree
- Gold Stickles
- Sketch by Carson's Creations.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Little Sparkle with Die Cuttin' Divas

I forgot to share my project with you this week for Die Cuttin' Divas - Make it Sparkle challenge.  I had my photo all set up for the challenge but forgot to share it on my own blog!!
I made these autograph books for my daughter and 2 nieces for our Thanksgiving trip. I found an svg file that matched the design used on some T-shirts my mom ordered for the girls.  I wanted these to be simple but had to add some sparkle!!

So sorry I forgot to share.  Still time to play along at DCD.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a
Happy Thanksgiving.
I am grateful for so many things in my life. I hope you have a wodnerful day.  Here are some past Thanksgiving and fall projects to enjoy!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sweet Locker Tags

Happy Day  to all. This week the Die Cuttin' Divas are thankful for anything and everything so we are celebrating with an Anything Goes Challenge.  I am sharing these locker tags I made for my sister's 2nd grade class.
I get to make her locker tags every year and love it as my middle schoolers are not totally into locker tags!! For this set of tags I made some sweet treats!
I combined 2 different ice cream treats to make these.  I used sundaes from Summer Celebrations and Sweet Treats to get just the right look for the locker tags. I also embossed the whipped cream to make it extra special.
I hope you have an extra special week and get to have the treat of time with your family.  I also hope you get time to join us and our anything goes challenge!

- Summer Celebrations Cricut Cartridge- sundae bottom
- Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge - sundae whipped cream and cherry

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mickey Thanksgiving

Happy Tuesday everyone.  Are you gearing up for turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie? At Die Cuttin' Divas we are gearing up for Thanksgiving this week and we would love to  see your Thanksgiving projects.
My family is going to be out of town for Thanksgiving this year?  Guess where we will be? Disney World!!!  Super excited for this trip with my family.  This card is special for mousekeeping on Thanksgiving. I try to leave a few dollars each days  for the wonderful team who cleans our room while we are out having fun.

Have a wonderful week. Hope you get your Thanksgiving projects finished and can share them with us at Die Cuttin' Divas.

- Creative Cards Cricut Cartridge - card
- Designers Calendar Cricut Cartridge - Give Thanks
- Pinstripe embossing folder
- Print and cut  image for Mickey.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Sorry for my absence

I have been missing my craft room so much the last few weeks and I am so sorry I have not be able to share fun projects with you.
I am super excited to be working in my craft space again and look forward to sharing projects with you very very soon.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Igor Wishes you a Happy Halloween

It is time for Die Cuttin' Divas to jump into the Halloween celebrations. This week we want  to see your Halloween die cut projects.
I love this little Igor character and knew he needed a card this year. I cut him and the lettering from A Frightful Affair Cricut Collection. Once I had him all cut out he needed something so i added the embossing behind him and a little touch of sparkle in the lantern.
I love when you add simple touches to complete your look. I hope you are getting all your Halloween projects ready for your celebrations. Thank for visiting with me and I hope you can join in at Die Cuttin' Divas this week.

- A Frightful Affair Cricut Cartridge - Hunchback and wording
- Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge - circle card
- Paprika Stickles
- Sentimentals embossing folder.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Die Cuttin' Divas

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so Die Cuttin' Divas wanted to get in on the celebration of all the amazing fighters and survivors.
I found this wonderful saying and knew it would be a perfect card for one survivor I know. I added to this pennant shape and used print and cut to get it just right.  The border was added after printing.

I also print and cut the oval in the back after filling in with a pattern in Cricut Design Space. Now I can salute a hero who just finished her treatment. Hope you can join us this week  at DCD.

- Pink Journey Cricut Cartridge - ribbon
- Pretty Pennants Cricut Cartridge - pennant with border
- Bubblegum Stripe polka dot pattern fill
- Cotton Candy Stickles.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween Halloween

It is getting closer and closer to that Happy Haunting time. I am working a a few projects for celebrate Halloween and this is the first I am sharing.  Join us this week at Bitten By the Bug 2 as we celebrate Halloween.
I love the combo of black and purple so I used it for this fun card featuring some great cuts off the Teresa Collins Chic & Scary cartridge as well as these fun trick or treaters form the Autumn Celebrations cartridge.
I started with the fun web and once it was where I wanted it I added everything else to this fun card. I hope you can join  us at BBTB2 this week.

- Teresa Collins Chic & Scary Cricut cartridge - web and word art
- Autumn Celebrations Cricut Cartridge - trick or treaters

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Just Dessert Lunch Box Cards

October mean Halloween and Halloween makes us all think of treats - like DESSERT!!!  This week at Die Cuttin' Divas we are all about dessert!!  I decided to make some lunch box cards that are just so sweet.
My daughter not only gets a packed lunch but a dinner some nights with her dance schedule so these are just fun add ons to her dance dinners.
I used a few different print and cut shapes and patterns to create these fun cards and mixed in some standard die cuts as well.
I even added a wobble so it could dance around for her.  I hope you get a chance to join us this week at DCD and maybe treat yourself to a little dessert (every night if you want!!)

- Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge - cupcake with sprinkles and cherry
- Blast Off Cricut Cartridge - printed cupcake with cherry
- Yummy Cricut Cartridge - candy jar
- Pink By Design - Say It Sweet 
- My Pink Stamper - Lunchbox Thoughts

Monday, October 10, 2016

Movie Fun with Bitten By the Bug 2

Happy Monday everyone.  It is my week to host the challenge at Bitten By the Bug 2 and I discovered it was National Popcorn Month sand what goes best with popcorn?  Movie Night of course. This week at BBTB2 we want to see your Movie themed projects (movie night or something inspired by your favorite movie!)
I made this card for my shining star. I played around and added her name on the star before printing it and then I cut the rest of the shapes as is.
I was really happy with the way the print and cut matched up the letters to my yellow card base. I cut a bunch of other stars to add to my card.  I wanted the black tile and stars to look how it looks on the Hollywood Walk of fame so I added some sparkle to give that extra touch.
In the end a super fun card. I hope you will get to play along with us at Bitten By the Bug 2. This is my last time hosting a challenge with them as I have decided to only focus on one design team (starting in November) while I am in school once again. It has been so much fun being part of this team.

- Movie Night Cricut Collection - walk of fame star
- Sheer Shimmer Spritz by Tsukineko

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Attitude is Everything - A Sketch Challenge with Die Cuttin' Divas

Welcome to October and the first challenge of the month with Die Cuttin' Divas.  We have a great sketch to play with this week.
I decided to flip the sketch on it's side and make a fun card for my dancing daughter. I planned everything I wanted  to do in Cricut Design Space before I used the print and cut feature to create some of the pieces.
For the small circles on the sketch I decided to cut them right into my backing layer rather than add anything on top.
The final touch was the sentiment to remind her to keep working hard this season on her dancing. She is at the studio 5 days a week and it shows in the improvements she is making, but something she needs to be reminded to have fun as well.
I hope you can play along with us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week. Remember to  enjoy the new season around you as well.

- Shall We Dance Cricut Cartridge - dancer (modified the hair)
- K Andrew Designs - Postive Thoughts stamps set
- Black and White polka dots printed pattern in Design Space
- Cuttlebug 5x7 dots embossing folder.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Birthday Celebration with Die Cuttin' Divas

Happy Tuesday! Happy Birthday as well (to all those celebrating in September) which is what we want to celebrate at Die Cuttin' Divas this week.  Show us your birthday projects.
I made this fun birthday card to have on hand for upcoming birthdays (my supply was getting a little low).  In order to get started I decided to just open a new package of paper and use only those colors for my card before I sorted the colors into my stash.
I like how these colors go with each other so well - and the card could be for a man or a women. Once I had my color combo I selected my images and cut them out.  I added a few extra touches with some embossing and a little bow.
The final touch was the sentiment on the inside. I love this fun birthday sentiment. (Who doesn't love treats on their birthday - cake or otherwise).
A happy week to  you all and thank you  so much for visiting my little craft space today! I hope you can join us at Die Cuttin Divas this week.

- Pretty Pennants Cricut Cartridge - Cake pennant
- Sizzix embossing folder - Tim Holtz swirls
- Fiskars Make a Wish Quotes stamps