Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Disneyland vinyl scrapbook

Well, I have a few more scrapbook pages to share over the next few days but I've not downloaded them from the camera yet and someone is borrowing it right now, so those will have to wait.

For some reason, I've been unable to log in to my blog all week until today. I think it has something to do with the Firefox updates but hopefully it's fixed for good now since I'm in now!
In the meantime, I was looking through older projects and I don't think I ever posted this one. I still need to print a picture small enough to replace the Mickey silhouette, but I love how the vinyl turned out on this. I used the Wall Pops from Lowe's that were on clearance last year. I used SCAL for the font.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Jonah's Train Birthday Party (picture heavy)

Our oldest turned 4 a couple of weeks ago...hard to imagine. He said he wanted a train party, and I was happy to oblige! I got right to work on my Cricut, using My Commuity, Everyday Paper Dolls, Mickey Font, and SCAL. Here's a sampling of the decorations:

Railroad crossing sign. Letters cut with SCAL using Lucida Grande true type font:

RR crossing sign using SCAL (Lucida Grande again):

All Aboard sign using Everyday Paper Dolls (cut at 8 1/4") and Mickey Font:

"Happy Birthday Jonah" sign using Mickey Font (letters cut at 3") and embossed with Cuttlebug's Happy Birthday folder. I ran a black inkpad over the raised image to get the look. I forgot to take a close-up of a letter to show the detail. Next time.

We played a variation of "Pin the Tail on the Donkey"...Pin the Caboose on the Train! Here's the engine, cut from My Community, and the engineer from Everyday Paper Dolls. He's supposed to look like Jonah (well, as much as a paper doll can, anyway):

Here's the passenger car using the same cartridges.

And here's one of the cabooses. The cabooses served as the child's placemat as they arrived to the party. We served lunch first. The kids had pb&j sandwiches cut into train shapes with a cookie cutter. My wonderful hubby was in charge of lunch for the adults...delicious BBQ pulled pork sandwiches with broccoli salad, potato salad, fruit salad, and deviled eggs. Sooo yummy! Anyway, after lunch we played the game and the kids used their cabooses.

Each caboose was personalized with a paper doll representing each child in attendance. My dad got one, too, since he's a train fanatic...hence the "Grandpa" doll with gray hair. Here's a picture of all of the dolls before they were attached to their caboose:

And here's the game ready to go. Letters are from Mickey font. I traced the caboose with a Sharpie marker so the kids could know where to aim:

I made cupcakes for dessert, and continuing with the train theme, here are the toppers with toothpicks glued in between the shadow layer and the top layer (again used My Community and Mickey Font):

And here they are displayed in the cupcakes. The letters kind of get lost in the picture but I think they were easier to see in real life: could I not include a picture? Here is Jonah and his friends!
And here is a link to our friend's website who is a photographer. She was kind enough to come take some pictures for us! Didn't Rachel do a fantastic job? By way of background, we were going to have his party at a local train park museum where there are real locomotives for the kids to climb on and run through. However, rain was forecast so we had to have the party at our place. Our living room is not big enough for the number of guests, and we knew kids at a party would want to run around and have a good we converted our garage into the party area. A garage is not the easiest place to take pictures and I was so happy when I saw how well these turned out!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Here's the last card in the series: a free standing pop-up card. I used Paisley for the frog and the smile, and Storybook for the squares behind the frog. I used stickles to embellish the sentiment and the heart on the frog. I inked the edges of the green base in white. Patterned paper is DCWV.

Here's a picture of the card folded flat for mailing:
To open it up, simply pull on the purple tab. There is room to write a greeting on the back of the card. Here's a picture that shows one card flat and the other opened:
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Aww, this little elephant is just too cute! Like I said in a previous post, I just fell in love with the images on the Paisley cartridge while doing this project! If you like this style of card, it is called a surprise pop-up card, and you can find the directions here.

To reveal the sentiment, simply pull on the tab on the top of the card:
You can write your greeting on the tag that pulls out on the top:
A side view:
One last picture, showing the card closed flat to mail and the card opened up:I used stickles on the sentiment, on the envelope's heart, and around the edges of the white mat. What a cute and simple card for Valentine's Day, eh?
Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 8, 2010

woot woot

Today's card is a slider card. When you pull on the tab at the top, you get an extra surprise when the hidden tab on the bottom also slides out. How is it done? Smoke and mirrors...and if you don't believe me then you can click on the link for directions!
The cute little owl is from Cricut's Paisley cartridge and I cut out a perch for him from the Storybook cartridge. The background is embossed using Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots folder. The sentiment, "woot woot" is also from Paisley.
Here's a picture to show the sliding action:
Cute, eh? I'm a sucker for cards that move or are in some way interactive. I've got 2 more to show you this week, so I hope you'll visit again!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

You put the "fun" in fungus

Whew! I got a little distracted last week from my blog because I was spending my free time making decorations for my son's train party. He turned 4 years old yesterday-amazing! We had a fun little party for him in our garage; we were going to have it at Travel Town (a local train park) but it was raining yesterday so we switched to plan B. My Cricut was chirping every day last week to turn our garage into a more festive environment for his party. I'll be sure to post pictures when I'm finished posting the cards.
So this card is a swing card, or flip flop card. When you pull on the two sides of the card, the center flips over to reveal your message. This is what it looks like:
For the center, I layered pink on pink, inked all the edges in white, and hand-stitched a border on the top layer. The mushroom is from Paisley. I used almost all DCWV paper and embellished with stickles. I used Martha Stewart's Scallop Dot punch as a border and made my own photo corners.I placed the sentiment in the corner so it would be visible whether the card was "flipped" or "flopped." I used Paisley for the circle and the scalloped circle with a difference of 1/4" (real dial size turned ON). I cut "fun" out from Sesame Street font at 1/2" and used stickles on it. The shapes are outlined with a very fine Micron pen.
Thanks for looking!