Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kaylee's 1st Birthday Party! Part 1

Hi friends! It has been so long since I have created a post. I was creating the whole time I have been MIA, but found it difficult to keep up with my blog, my favorite message board, the Cricut Circle Board, Facebook , and all the other social media out there. How did I get to connected? LOL!

Way back in April, I started helping my niece plan my Great Niece's 1st Birthday Party! It was such an exciting time for us and I was so honored to be asked to help! There was plenty to do, pick out her outfit, plan the invites, her favors, the decorations, just to name a few things. I had to get busy creating all these great ideas!

Today I want to share some of the pictures from the party today with you.

I should start at the beginning. My niece wanted an Owl Theme. That was her them for the shower, so she thought it would be fun to use it for Kaylee's birthday too. It really was a great idea! We started by creating the invites for the party.


I blocked out the personal info in the picture, but the Explore wrote out everything beautifully! I used Bella Blvd. Birthday Girl papers for the patterned layer and Recollections for the solids. I just want to add that Micheal's and AC Moore saw A LOT of me from April through July. We tied pink tulle bows on them. So pretty!

Next we went to work on designing the centerpiece, hat and banner for the baby. The links to Etsy and Pinterest were flying back and forth between us. We found so much inspiration out there, it is incredible how talented people are.  My niece is quite a planner and made sure that the baby's 1st year birthday pictures were taken early so that she would have them in time for the party. Smart girl...

I used all Cricut cuts on these. The font is Sophisticated, it was perfect for the decorations. 


The 2 pictures above are all done by the photographer, Sara. It was so excited to see some of my creations professionally photographed.


I had a blast creating her special party hat. It was so over the top, but hey, you only turn 1 once! Yikes, that is a blurry picture, isn't it? Sadly, it was the only one I got with the baby in her hat. I took it when I dropped the hat off to Holly.

Here's my little sweetie in her high chair with the banner on it. 


 
Here are the centerpieces.We made 14 of them. I used owls from Create A Critter and Creative Memories, Tiny Treasures. The flowers with the birthday accessories were a free file from Too Cute By Jessica, she has the most adorable SVGs. I stocked up on Micheal's pails, paper grass and ordered the little buckle jewels from Oriental Trading. Some more tulle and they we perfect!

Finally, I want to share the beautiful family!



I will be back tomorrow with more pictures an more about the party!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Up, Up and Away!



Hi friends and fellow crafters! Today, I am sharing the 1st Mother's Day card I gave to my niece. I love that we can cut svgs with the new Explore, so I got to enjoy playing with the box cards from SVG Cuts.  The hot air balloons are eye catching and worked nicely with Design Space. The balloons are attached to the spacers, so there was no need to fiddle with acetate. It makes creating box cards simple! I changed the banner and used my Explore to cut a banner and write the sentiment. I also used it to write the sentiment in the circle that was supplied with the set. It was raining when I took the pictures, so they look a little dark, but the card was very pretty when it was finished. Here are a few more pictures.



All the paper is from my stash.
I can't wait to try the rest of the cards!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Happy Crafting!
Colleen

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Congrats to the winners and a couple of extra projects.

Hi friends and fellow crafters!

I want to congratulate all the winners from the NSD Circleville Celebration! There were some lovely projects linked here and over at the message boards! Thank you to all the participated!

There were 3 winners randomly chosen from a hat by Danny:

Heidi won for her beautiful card for the Lift It Up Challenge. You can see it here on the link up.

Susan won for her gorgeous rosette present for a friend's 5Oth Birthday!  Hopefully she will post it on her blog soon.

There is also a special mention to Queen B! She posted a splendid rosette banner for a graduation. Stop at her blog and visit to see her amazing crafting skills.

Keep an eye on your mail ladies and thanks for joining in on my challenge!

Even though I haven't been posting so much, I have still been creating! Today I am sharing some fun cards that I created a couple of months ago. These were made for a card drive my friend Sherri was having. She does a Card Shower at Arkansas Children's Hospital every year and I am honored to send some cards for such a worthy cause. I have been having so much fun using my Disney Carts since I have gotten my Explore. The design space makes it so easy to create wonderful cuts without the headache of trying to figure out all the colors of the tiny pieces. If I want to, I can change colors as I go along. I used my Explore to write Howdy Partner on all the cards, I LOVE this feature! I inked edges on the Woody cards and added faux stitches to Jessie. It was the 1st time I used the Toy Story Cartridge, but not the last!




 
Next is a recipe card that I created for a swap I participate in. This is my winter recipe, Easy Chicken Marsala. The chicken are from Animal Kingdom, the scarves are from 3 Birds On Parade, the trees are from Winter Woodland, and the mushrooms are from Cindy Loo. The title was the 1 thing I used my Explore to write and cut!
 

 
 
Finally, I have loved the Make It Now Projects in Design Space, and I have used the Anna Griffin Butterfly cards a few times. This is the 1st one I created for my girlfriend's 50th Birthday. I used Anna Griffin's perfect palette cardstock and her black board stamps to make this.
 
 
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
 
Happy Crafting!
Colleen

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Circleville NSD Challenge: Popcorn? Hmmmmmm?


 Nadia has challenged us to use an SVG and a Cricut cut on a project together, I used a "Star Fighter" from Scrappy Dew and a popcorn box from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More. I am not sure what I did wrong, but my guy looks more like Shrek to me than that old guy from that movie. LOL! I am not sure about calling him by his name.

I think I have just about run out of time for the challenges. I wish I could done them all!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! May the force be with you!

Happy Crafting!
Colleen

Circleville NSD Day 2- XO Three in a Row

 
I am back with another challenge for the Circleville NSD Festivities! For this challenge, Maria gave us a tic tac board and we have to choose three in row and use them on our project.
 
I choose to go across from the center and used  my favorite color (pink) a die cut ( the heart and deer are from Cindy Loo) and a button or brad. I used a couple of cute buttons I had from my Noel Mignon Kit. Most of the papers are also from my kit, as are the flowers, buttons, ribbon and adorable wooden balloon.


Naturally, this features my favorite little person! I am so backed up on her monthly layouts. My sweetie is almost 10 months already! It's going by too fast!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Happy Crafting!
Colleen