Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thank you, Oh My Crafts!

I am a Facebook fan of Oh My Crafts, an online crafting store that offers a variety of items, including a large selection from Provo Craft's line. Earlier this week, they sponsored a facebook challenge to post a favorite childhood project, be it a layout, card, or any other project. They chose 2 winners to receive the newly released 'A Child's Year' Cricut cartridge. I submitted this layout, which I completed awhile ago of Jonah learning how to ride his tricycle.
I was very pleasantly surprised when Oh My Crafts notified me to let me know that I had won! Hooray! A Child's Year is one of the cartridges that I'm very excited about and it was next on my list of cartridges to buy. Click here to see some of the images that it will cut.
Thank you, Oh My Crafts! I'm very excited to receive my new cartridge and put it to good use soon!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Mr. & Mrs.

This is my submission for the most recent challenge over at Whimsical Scraps and Bugs. The design team once again did a great job! We were to use an ampersand from any of the Cricut cartridges. I used the one from Graphically Speaking. The rest of the title is from the Calligraphy cartridge. I used a SCAL design for the frame and a ttf for the butterfly. I embossed the butterfly with the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug folder and traced the raised part of the image with silver stickles. I decorated the frame with skittles (which are in stock again at Michael's--they're a seasonal item in the wedding section and I think their true name is Decorative Accents).
I took the design from sketch #14 over at Unscripted Sketches. It was my first time using a sketch from that site, but it won't be my last! I love the basic sketches that give the freedom to make them your own! If you've never been there, I'd encourage you to check it out.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Happy Birthday (picture heavy post)

My sweetie pie turned 30 yesterday and I thought I'd share the dessert I made for him. I was even able to use my Cricut for it!! I got the recipe and idea from Bakerella. Check out the website for more seriously cute ideas! The 'fries' are sugar cookies and the 'hamburgers' are cupcakes, brownies, and frosting.
The complete 'meal':
Scott used to work at In-N-Out (a California burger chain) while in high school and college, and he was recently gifted an apron, so I thought I'd run with the theme. I downloaded the logo from the internet and imported it into Inkscape to convert it into a .svg file which I then cut with SCAL. It was my first inkscape project, and it wasn't as complicated as I thought it would be. Wow--I'm excited for all I can do with this program! There is a link to purchase SCAL on the right hand column of my blog, if you're interested.
Then I altered the logo a bit to make a few "Happy Birthday" fry holders:
Here's a closeup of the burgers:
I made the paper trays as well--from a template included on Bakerella's site. I had to alter the size of the fry holders to accomodate the logo--I didn't want to make the letters any smaller so I had to make the holders larger. Here's a serving:
Here are a couple shots of the burger assembly--my favorite part is getting to figure out a way to 'clean up' the brownie scraps!
Putting on the 'ketchup, mustard, and lettuce':
The burger tray:
Jonah looking forward to his dessert:
Noah approves!
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Dreams Come True

The boys had fun with their cousins on the morning we left for Disneyland. Megan and Emily dressed up like princesses for them to help them get excited to visit the princesses at Disneyland.

Here are some cuts from the Dreams Come True cartridge. I can't wait to use them on our scrapbook pages from all our Disney trips! On a sad note, my Signo gel pen went dry and I need to find another. Forget trying to use the tiny eyes and teeth that the Cricut cuts out. I much prefer drawing those in.

Please excuse the lack of photo editing. I deleted the pictures from iPhoto before I got a chance to crop or edit them. Also, I cut out Chip from Beauty and the Beast but could not find him for the picture.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


This post is dedicated to my father-in-law, who so lovingly made me his very first homemade card! He said it probably wouldn't make it on BirdScrap, but he was wrong!
Dad, thanks for taking the time to cut out every letter and make a handmade card for me! It was such a surprise and really appreciated. I love you!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

simply WILD about you

This is the card I made for the most recent challenge over at Whimsical Scraps and Bugs. We had to make a project with an animal from any cartridge. Be sure to check out everyone else's work, too, when you have the time. There are some really talented members on the design team. There were so many cartridges with animals to choose from--I had a hard time but I finally settled on Zooballoo. I just love those animals, and I think they look really cute using nontraditional colors. I used Opposites Attract for the title and I thought I'd use some older paper with animal prints for 'wild.' The circle stamps behind the title are some of my new stamps from JustRite Stamps--I love them and you'll be seeing more projects in the future with them. It's actually one of the borders to be used with a monogram or message inside, but it can stand alone, too. I love that all the stamps are so interchangeable. More for the $$.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

...and while I was at it...

I also borrowed my mom's Sesame Street cartridge and cut out a bunch of characters. My boys love Sesame Street, and we call Noah a cookie monster because he is always asking for a cookie. I'm sure I'll find a good use for them!
Ease of use on this cartridge varied by character. Elmo was easy; Abby Cadabby...not so easy, but doable (I cut her out at 6").

Thanks for looking!

More for the Disneyland album

A few days ago I posted some princess cuts I had made. I also borrowed mom's Winnie the Pooh cartridge and cut several characters. By the way, the Winnie the Pooh characters are much, much *much* easier to cut than the Disney princesses. Here are the results:
I can't wait to get these into their albums! I had to hide them for now because Jonah just wants to play with the characters like they are toys, and if you've ever seen what he does to his cars, you'll understand why I had to put them out of reach!
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 2, 2009


How cute is the new Life's a Beach cartridge? This is my first project done with it--a thank you card to my parents for giving me the cartridge for my birthday. I cut it at 4 1/4" so I could put it in a standard A2 size envelope. I love the card feature--so quick, cute, and easy! The font I used for 'thanks' is also included with the cartridge. Bonus! I can see where this will easily be one of my new favorites. Here's how I decorated the inside of the card:
I will be away from my computer for the next few days, so I'll look forward to posting some more projects next week.

Thanks for looking! I hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July celebration!