Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Love That Mouse; Disney Swap

It's been forever since I participated in a swap on splitcoaststampers.com.  As a matter of fact, I think I was a little addicted for a while there.  But, I did get some great Disney pieces and have pretty much used all of it.  So...I joined another one! 
We had to include these items:
  • Title
  • Photo Mats
  • Journaling Spot
  • Embellishment (at least one)
All Pieces
 Close Ups:

I used the Cricut Mickey & Friends cartridge for the cuts.  The border embellishments are from the paper scraps plus some punches.

Disney projects are always so fun and colorful!  I hope the other swappers like them!  I know I do!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

New Bloom Art Stamps

These two new sets are part of the new Art Journal Collection stamps at Bloom Art Stamps.  They are Doodle I and Doodle II.
There are so many "doodles" that it was a little overwhelming at first and I didn't know where to start. But then I remembered that I took two different Layering Backgrounds classes at the Expo and told myself, "You Got This!"

First Card:

Close Up
I sprayed four colors of distress ink sprays onto a piece of transparency.  Then sprayed water to blend the colors together.  Carefully lift the plastic and smoosh onto the blank white cardstock.  Move it around until you get full coverage.  Let it dry.  Since I used regular cardstock, I took the dried piece to my iron & flattened it.  I usually place these pieces under a thick book, but I didn't have time for that! 
Next I placed the various medallion stamps on an acrylic block and stamped them all over the base.  Then I took the circle/dash border stamp and stamped diagonally in white all over the background.  It is so light and barely noticeable but I LOVE it! 

Once the white ink dried (it takes a little longer), I stamped the two other borders in black for a lacey look.  Spritzed gold Heidi shine - stamped sentiment - added gold "love" washi tape, gold thread, white sheer ribbon, white lace and gold ribbon to create a "lacey" border.  Added gold sequins before matting with plain white cardstock and then adhering to the Kraft card base.

Second card:

This time I spritzed the ink directly on the white cardstock.  Spritzed water drops before it dried.  Once dried, I stamped the round border stamp across the bottom in lt. gray ink.  Stamped the daisy in white ink all over the background and then three of the vine/blossom on the right side.  I dropped some white homemade paint spray to create some white splats and interest.

Splats is the current challenge on Happy Little Stampers so I'm entering this card for their May Mixed Media challenge.

I used the MISTI to stamp the sentiment.  I love using the MISTI for these "uneven" backgrounds.  Even though I ironed the piece, it is still not completely flat.  I had to stamp the sentiment three times in black archival ink.  Added some bling, adhered directly to the kraft card base and done!

Bloom Art Stamps
Happy Little Stampers

Friday, May 19, 2017

May Sketch Challenges and Layouts

New layouts using various sketches.

The first one is from the Stick It Down website.  Here's the sketch & my layout.  I love the side borders.  I gathered black/white, gold and purple papers to make these.  The Happy Birthday and Party Time embellies were cut using the free Cricut Access images. The Birthday Girl title is from the Storybook cartridge.  Besides the cool side borders I basically did a mosaic look on this double page layout.


What a great way to use up scraps!  This was such a fun party and one that my SIL needed.  I wish I would have taken more pictures, but I just didn't have time.

And this one is from the Stuck?! Site.  Sketch & Layout:

I love the embellishment cluster on the top right side.  I had a lot of fun making clusters while working on the cruise album.  The life preserver is from the Life's A Beach Cricut cartridge.

Cartridges Used:
Life's A Beach
Cricut Access Free Images

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wearable Cricut Projects

Here's a shot of my granddaughter and my daughter-in-law with their bleached t-shirts.  LeAnna picked out both images and sprayed the bleach.  She told me she didn't like the color "bleach" and didn't want to spray hers, but I didn't have any other fabric ink/paint so we did it anyhow.  We were both so excited to see the bleach turned her purple shirt to pink.  But she was ok with the "bleach" color when making her Mother's Day gift for her mama.  LOL
Both images were cut using Cricut Access free images.  I typed in "rose" and later "love" in the search bar then clicked on the filter icon to see only free Cricut Access images.

Pretty cool!  My coworkers are excited to do their own soon.  As I've mentioned before, I always host CRAFT DAYS at work.  I try to find something that is quick & easy but also something they actually want. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WOYWW #415; Scrapbooking Retreat Flip Through

Happy Wednesday and Happy WOYWW!  Since many of my Wednesday peeps left positive comments regarding the retreat, I thought I'd post the Flip Through on a Wednesday.  But first, my desk - messy as always!

The Disney stuff on the side are for a swap that I'm in at Splitcoaststampers.  I haven't done swaps in a long, long time.  I used up most of the Disney swap items I had collected years ago and I figured I need to collect more.  I'll do a post on these soon so you can get a better look.

And now, the layouts completed.

The weather was a little cold for outside meals, but it was sunny & beautiful.  We did have some rain on one day (was it Saturday?? the days blended together).  The mountain location is just perfect for a short getaway plus Carly and I stopped at some thrift stores on the way home and bought some treasures.

Head on over to the Stamping Ground to read more about WOYWW and visit other desks.  Happy Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Thanks again for everyone who became a follower and left a comment during the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog's Blog Hop.  Because I'm an old school type of gal, I put each name on a piece of paper, placed them in a hat and had my hubby pick a winner.

The winner is:

CONGRATULATIONS Ldybg93!  You have won your choice of three page kits, layout kits, and/or premade layouts.  I have lots to choose from and can also make one if you have something specific in mind.

Here are photos of some of them.

Page Kits (include a minimum of 3 pieces of cardstock, 2 patterned papers and a multiple amount of embellishments)

Single Layouts
 Double Layouts (only one side pictured)

Email me and we'll chat.  My email address is doorknocker3@yahoo.com.

Make sure you head over to the FCCB blog tomorrow to see the list of Grand Prize winners.

If you are interested in purchasing a Page Kit, Layout Kit and/or Premade Layout, send me an email.  Prices range from $5 - $12.

Monday, May 15, 2017

FCCB Challenge #301: Animals

Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!

Challenge #301-Animals
Make a project about any kind of animal-dogs, cats, horses, cows, etc!

The FCCB Design Team is sponsoring a $25 gift card at


To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.
If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

I've been meaning to make this treat holder for our Gracie Lou for sometime and this challenge gave me the nudge that I needed.  This project started off as a Christmas Popcorn Trio Tin.  I lightly sanded the outside, taped & balled up newspaper to protect the inside and then spray painted it.  I cut the paw print using the Paper Pups cartridge and Don Juan font for her name.

I curved Gracie's name in Design Space before cutting the vinyl. This made it so easy when placing it on the tin.
I decided to do it twice since I have many of these tins.
Steps: 1) Sand & Spray Paint Tin; 2) Cut & Apply Vinyl; 3) Secure Knob; 4) Done!


Now it's your turn.  Create a project with ANIMAL as your inspiration and link it to the FCCB site for your chance to win a prize.  Have fun!