Friday, July 8, 2011

Happy Bear Day with the Cricut:)

First, I wanted to show off the invitation that I made. The "You're Invited" is cut from Old West. The Bear is drawn with the cricut black markers and is cut from Christmas Solutions (one of the freebie gyspy downloads last fall). The grass is layers of the drippy glue border punch from MS. I was proud of the cards. I just wish I would have delivered them all. (I made them on Saturday, forgot to bring them to church on Sunday and woke up Monday with Strep. Then the next Sunday, none of his friends were at church. I emailed the Mother's that I have email addys for and delivered one.)
The Happy Bear Day sign was made from Storybook, cut at 5 inches. I used my gypsy and used the layer feature for 3 layers to make sure that I got each letter and every third color followed the yellow, blue, green pattern. The Polar Bear is from Animal Kingdom and drawn with a blue marker. I've had those markers for years and only recently have I developed a love for them. Right now I'm crazy about them and cant wait to get my hands on the cri-kits, but that's to wait until my own UWYH challenge.
I used the same polar bear for the pin the heart on the bear. This was based on putting the heart in the bear at Build A Bear Workshop. I used my 12x24 mat and drew the bear on 2 pieces of white paper. Then I used the hide contour feature (my favorite feature) and hid all the inner lines to give my cut a little more strength). Then I adhered it to the DCDW All about Boys paper. (PS, I love that stack and I highly recommend a UWUH -use what you have- challenge). This paper was perfect for my project and far to busy to use on my scrapbook projects. I cut out a heart on the bear and put in a heart on the bear like a puzzle. Then I used the encaps feature on Plantin Schoolbook to make the hearts with the numbers in them.
Next the kids did a relay to dress the bears. I cut out 2 paper dolls at 11.50 inches. I used my handy dandy marker to draw out two bear faces from Toy Story and glued them right over the face. One bear was a basketball player and one was a baseball player. Nathan played T-ball and loves basketball, so they were coined after his 2 favorite sports. The basketball jersey wears the number 6 in honor of his 6th birthday. (PS, after the party we went to Build A Bear and he did get his bear a basketball uniform.)
The last cricut project I did for the party was "Musical Bears". I downloaded a wonderful MP3 Album off called "Teddy Bear's Picnic" and had several diecuts of bears from A Child's Year and Christmas and did a standing version of Musical Chairs.
I think Nathan and his friends had a good time at Nathan's Bear Day party, at least I hope so:)
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Father's Day Card

Here is a card that I made for Father's Day. I made it 4.5 inches by 5.5 inches. The blue base is from A Child's Year, then I adhered white vellum behind it. The phrase is from Holiday Cakes. I made 2 of those, one in green and the other is leftover Little Yellow Bicycle (so cute!) and embossed the trimmed green layer to speak to the base layer:)


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Chore Chart (Joke's on Me)

Growing up, I was notorious for hating our family chore chart. Yes, I was that child. I resented it and hated doing the dishes with a passion. I would usually spend 3 hours doing them because I was so passive agressive. (Really, who was I punishing?) However, the wisdom of my has dawned on me of having a chore chart. I've always had the boys do some chores, but I've come to really understand that I'm not doing them (or future roomates/spouses) any favors by letting them have free time when there's work to do. So, Thank You Dad, Mom, Ap and Bear for putting up with me for 18 years. Em, I love you and miss you and everyone dearly.

FYI I purposefully left in our "daily routine" schedule, to add more laughs for my family. Me, who doesn't like to be too burdened with schedules or routines has adapted. I've learned that without schedules and routines, it is true chaos here and causes misery for my family, especially one of my childern, therefore I adapt. I also have a morning routine and an evening routine. Those are laminated and hung outside the boys' room.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

French Manor Funny

Ok, maybe I'm about to prove what a real nerd I am, but here goes.

To me, this is really funny:

Page 42

Page 70

Check out "Card 1", they are identical.

Friday, May 13, 2011

French Manor + Story Book = a lot of projects coming up

I made this quick simple card for my son's lunch today. I simply used one of the cards on French Manor and Welded his name into it with Story Book and then put a piece of green paper behind. Voila! I love it. He was pretty excited to have a neat surprise in his lunch...Apperently, however, his teacher made him throw it away and he was upset about it.

Anyway, the card is 4.35 inches tall and I just sized the letters to fit across. So, if I did a longer name, such as my son Nathan, they would have to be shorter letters or have to use the tall setting for the letters...Using the contrasting cardstock behind helped give the center letters a little more strength.

I think that these two carts compliment each other nicely:)

Howdy Pardner!

This is my belated post for the previous week challenge on the cricut circle blog:

The card base is from Smiley Cards and the rest of the cuts are from Old West. The theme of the contest was Appreciation and we were to make a money or gift holder item. :)

Happy Crafting:)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thank You Barn Card

This is a fun card I made as a Thank You for the Elementary School Music Teacher in honor of the wonderful performance she put together for my son's grade. They had a barn and animal theme and the kids did a great job.

I did my take on a gate card. I did a similar card to this recently, but wanted to give it some more detail. I welded the words "Thank You" to one side of the fence, then adhered the layer onto them. Welding the letters helped both place them more evenly and made them much easier to glue.

I thought this little tractor was just so cute. I think it was from Everyday Paper Dolls, but am no longer certain.

I used my swiss dots CB embossing folder for the white layers. I think it gave it just the right touch. I also used a white gel pen to give some additional details. I love how the barn doors open on this card for a small message:)

Enjoy and Happy Crafting:)