Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Toothpick Princess

My DD Hannah, at 2 years old, loved to walk to the grocery store to help mommy shop. In their deli department, she'd eat any and all the samples offered. They were always on toothpicks. Soon, she refused to eat anything unless presented on a toothpick, thus becoming, "The Toothprick Princess"!


Paper: DCWV Once Upon a Time cardstock, coloured cardstock
Fonts: vtks Black ("the"); Chinese Takeaway ("toothpick");
Cricut cartridge: Hannah Montana "princess"
Assorted rhinestones
Stickles, gold
Gold Ribbon
Martha Stewart String Lace Punch around the Page

Monday, May 24, 2010

Garden Bug


Paper: My Mind's Eye: Bohemia Backyard "Sunny Days" Floral/Brown
blue and brown cardstock
Martha Stewart Pansy border punch
Light blue stickles
Create A Critter cricut cartridge (for the snail)
Font: Tinker Toy

Saturday, May 22, 2010

CD notebook

I made this little notebook for my daughter, Hannah, who loves to have her little secret place to write and draw. It's also the challenge over at MySheriCrafts blog. Hop on over to see what the rest of the Design Team made, and enter your own project too!

CD Notebook


Cardstock: K&Co Classic K Margo
2 old cd's (or dvds)
Heavy duty scissors
Crop-a-Dile Big Bite
Nestabilities: Circle and Blossom
Colorbox ink: Basics
Bind-it-all and 3/4" O-rings
K&Co Bright Pastels flower 3/16" eyelets
ATG gun and adhesive
White printer paper
Matching solid cardstock
Just-Rite stamps: 1 3/16" Tiny Words, Borders and Centers set and Wood Stamper.


1. Measure 2 cds 4.25" across and draw a straight line with a sharpie. Cut with heavy duty scissors. This creates the binding edge.
2. Cut 2 cardstock circles, 4.65" and adhere one to each cd. Trim off excess at binding edge. Ink edges.
3. Cut about 25 pages of white printer paper 4.55" diameter circles. Use cd as template to trim binding edge.
4. Punch 6 holes in cds and paper, finding the middle and aligning with the middle of the Bind-it-all.
5. Bind with 3/4" O-rings.
6. Embellish binding with ribbons.
7. Using the Crop-a-Dile, punch 3/16" holes along right edge of cds. Set flower eyelets.
8. Using coordinating cardstock, cut a darker nestabilities blossum and emboss. Ink edges. Cut a smaller circle in cream cardstock, emboss, and ink edges.
9. Stamp sentiment using Just-Rite stamps and Colorbox inks. Adhere to front cover below eyelets.
10. Enjoy!

Puddle jumper

My husband refers to these photos as Hannah's escaped mental-illness patient days. That child always wanted to wear what SHE wanted to wear. This was the standard outfit -- raincoat, favorite pink boots and jammies underneath! Fortunately, it fits the day here, where she's off to jump in puddles behind our fence.

This picture was perfect for something I like to do: cut elements into photos. If you look carefully, you'll see I've cut raindrops into the photo, then replaced them on the mat. I also enjoyed using Create A Critter for something different (the title) and one of my all-time favorite cartridges (I love silhouettes!), Nursery Rhyme. Thanks for visiting!


Font: Teardrop
Paper: K&Co Wild Saffron
Blue and cream cardstock
Blue and brown cricut markers
Teardrop.svg (follows post)
Nursery Rhyme and Create a Critter cricut cartridges


1. Crop photos to size, then create a cardstock piece the same size for testing cut on. Arrange teardrop shapes on virtual mat, copy/paste and resize to create double cut lines, then run test cut to ensure proper placement. Adjust if necessary, then cut photo. Back photo with mat, then place teardrop cuts.

2. Cut "Rainaway" (Nursery Rhyme) at 5" on blue. Cut blackout on cream, trim off duck with scissors. Ink edges, or use a cricut marker. Adhere together.

3. Cut "Splash" (Create a Critter) at 5" in cream. Draw with blue cricut marker. Use glitter on the water splash.

4. Arrange all on base cardstock. Adhere. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Hannah used to go go go go! until she dropped. Here she is in 2004, knocked out on the couch. This LO is the reason I recommend and love SCAL2 to my cricut buddies: even if you're only going to use it for fonts, it's fabulous! One-click shadowing! I made the title in shadowed fonts, then unshadowed and cut with patterned paper. Easy-peasy!


all paper is K&Co Classic K Margo
Fonts: Melanie BT, Cheddar Salad BTN Quill, French Script MT, Pharmacy, French111 BT

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Girl with Doll silhouette

I've working back in time: this is my DD#1, Hannah, in 2004. When I showed her the LO, she thought it was her little sister, who is that age right now. Very sweet. I love the silhouette cuts on Nursery Rhymes and A Child's Year, but I wanted a girl and doll in long grass to match Hannah, so made this one instead. Hope you all like it!

Silhouette girl with doll.svg free download follows this post
Nestabilities: scalloped rectangle
Basic Grey Eva and Granola buttons
Embroidery floss
Brown and yellow cardstock
DCWV Posies Glitter Print cardstock
Stamping Ink
Cloud 9 Clear Stamps-Simple Thoughts Girl
Corner rounder
ATG adhesive


1. Cut Silhouette girl with doll 6.5" on pink. Cut again shadowed on brown. Shade with chalk. Glue together.

2. Attach ribbon 1.5" from right edge.

2. Round corners of photos and mats, then mount photos on mat and arrange on layout, overlapping ribbon slightly.

3. Layer Silhouette on top of photo and ribbon.

4. Use nestabilities to cut tag, then stamp sentiment. Chalk edges. Arrange on page with slight overlap.

5. Sew on 6 buttons with embroidery floss.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


*** warning, toddler nudity! ***

Again, photos of Hannah from 2004: here she is doing her two favorite things: Being naked, and colouring on the wall. She had her own wall space, and was allowed to colour only there, which worked out well. I have since painted over the site, and I kind of wish that I didn't! Now, at seven years old, she is an exceptional illustrator.... maybe from starting so young?


Paper is unknown -- it came from a big Costco box of paper for my classroom, but fit this LO so well!
Download the "Caution" sign for SCAL2, or make one with GrilledCheese BTN and a rounded square
Cuttlebug Spots and Dots embossing folder
Autumn Leaves Scribbles Alphabet
Memento Rhubarb ink pad
Stickopotamus vellum sticker tags

Most of my files are svgs, but this one is not. It was created in SCAL2.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Little Mommy

Continuing the Mother's day theme, I made this LO of Hannah in 2004. She's being mommy's helper and taking care of her baby and the house. Who knows where she learnt to vacuum, that's not in imitation of me!!

Paper is K&Co Addison Blue Gingham
Fonts: "little"Aharoni and "mommy"4 my Lover
Red Stickles
Hello Kitty Greeting cricut cartridge

Thanks for visiting

Saturday, May 8, 2010

New carts -- but not announced yet!

I have the scoop! Well, not really. Custom Crops has on preorder four new carts, but they haven't been announced yet. In case they get pulled, I've saved the images! So for your viewing pleasure, here they are!

Mother's Day LO

Well, it's not an actual Mother's Day LO, but it is my mother, and it is a LO! :-) Here's my mum, in a series of pictures, of her doing her favorite activity, sailing! She was an avid enthusiast, and came to it later in life when my dad was approaching retirement. This is for my own personal scrapbook, "All About Me" -- which has very few pages! Isn't it hard to scrap yourself??


Paper: K&Co Blue Awning and K&Co Sea Glass
Graphically Speaking Cricut Cartridge
JustRite Wood Stamper Damask kit
Spellbinders: Circle and Classic Scalloped circle
Fiskars Threading Water border punch
Foam dot adhesive
ATG tape and gun
Pebbles chalk
Cat's Eye Colorbox inks
Martha Stewart embossing powder blue
Font: French 111 BT (love that one, but must be cut shadowed at 1 or more!)


1. Using Graphically Speaking, cut 11" compass rose in brown, and 11" blackout compass rose in blue. Chalk all edges. Layer and glue. Arrange at top of layout, trim away excess.

2. Using French 111 BT font and SCAL, cut title and shadow. Ink. Adhere.

3. Mat one photo with blue paper. Trim 3 edges flush. Cut right edge with Threading Water punch. Arrange photos on Layout and adhere.

4. With Spellbinders, cut Scalloped circle in brown and circle in ivory. Chalk edges. Stamp with JustRite stamps, then emboss in blue. Use foam dot to adhere with dimension.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mommy Dog

Another of my dog's pages: These pictures are taken about six years apart. That dog was so kind and patient with her girls; she often acted like a doggie "mommy" to them. It's also interesting to see the difference a camera will make: the left photo is of my older daughter, taken in 2003 with a cheapy point-and-shoot film camera. On the right is my littlest girl, taken 2009 with my DSLR.

K&Co Gather Together paper
Fonts: French 111 BT ("Mommy"); Comic Sans MS ("do"); Kiltro (doggie "g")
Pebbles Chalk

Thanks for the visit!

Niamhe's first Christmas

I'm working on a memory book of my dog, Niamhe (pronounced "Nee-vie"), who very sadly and suddenly passed away April 19, 2010. She was just nine, and our first girl. Here's her first Christmas LO:

Paper is K&Co Secret Santa.
Font is Melanie BT
Dog is Create a Critter
Holly is Stretch your Imagination
Title was given dimension with Glossy Accents

Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A Matchbox!

I love cute litte boxes. This is my first box svg I've made, and it's for a mother's day present. You can also see it on My Sheri Crafts Callenge week 3. I cut it on a 12x12 sheet for the example, but the svg is made for 8.5x11" paper. If you do resize, make sure you keep the proportions! This box won't work if you skew it!

And the download: