Sunday, April 19, 2015

I'm A Copy Cat!

Over at the Circle, we are scrapping through our stash, spring style! This week's challenge is a copy cat challenge.  I say, "challenge accepted!" and here is my layout.


I really love how this turned out. I got to use a bunch of my October Afternoon Brads, Flairs, and assorted Die Cuts, Flowers, Etc. that have been sitting there unused for ages. It was just plain fun to create this layout. 

Here is the inspiration for the challenge from the October Afternoon Blog.


If you want to see the version done by our challenge hostess, stop off here at Sara's Blog. It is oh so cute!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Happy Crafting!
Colleen


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Showers Of Happiness

Hi Everyone!

I was so fortunate to spend the day on Sunday with the beautiful young women of our family. I was at the bridal shower for my nephew's future wife, Jeni. It was a lovely event and I truly enjoyed getting to sit with my niece Holly, and maybe even another future niece, my nephew Joe's girlfriend, Emma. I kept thinking how much my Mom would have loved this. Jeni's bridal party did a wonderful job with the event. They had some fun games to play, and the decorations were beautiful.





 While I wasn't on the decorating committee, lol, I was so honored to see a banner I created for Jeni last year hung on a table with a special cake for her. I used the Dreams Come True cartridge for the banner, my Anna Griffin embossing folders, and Story Book font to create this.



I created her card using Happily Ever After. I took Cinderella's Carriage and welded two of them together to make the card. Then I took the horse from the cartridge and welded a horse rein and blanket that I found on Formal Occasion to that.  I had some trouble getting it to stand, so I cut a slot into each horse on the inside of the card, and used that as a brace. I made sure to leave one side unattached so my future niece could fully open the card. I used my Explore to write a sentiment on the inside for her. I also made a little banner for the front of the card that says "showers of happiness" and attached that to the horse.





My niece, Holly, finds the most thoughtful ideas for presents and she found a really wonderful idea for Rob and Jeni. They played a lot of Scrabble when they were first dating. We made a frame for them using the definition of Marriage and a sweet quote about marriage. I used the Explore to write the quote, then we took Thickers Scrabble Pieces and added their names. It turned out very pretty.


I also used my Explore to cut some vinyl and created a frame with one of their engagement photos.


We made 2 tees for them to wear the next time they go to Disney. I used Inkscape to create silhouettes of Belle and prince Adam, then cut them with Heat Transfer vinyl. I really love them!



Finally, we created a set of wine glasses for them. We used Dreams Come True and some vinyl to etch a silhouette of Beauty and the Beast on them along with their wedding date. It;s hard to see, but these are the only 2 pictures I have of the glasses. 



Here are my beautiful future niece and my nephew. 






My niece Holly and Emma.

Everyone enjoyed themselves, and the best part for me was being able to spend some time with my favorite Great niece, Kaylee after the party was over!


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Happy Crafting!
Colleen

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all! Today I am sharing this sweet Easter Train that I created for my little darling Kaylee. I used the Easter Train SVG Set by Treasure Box Designs. I have been having so much exploring the world of SVGs using my Cricut Explore.


Knowing Kaylee would be getting tons of baskets, I wanted to make something different for her. That is why I loved the train so much. I made a couple of sets of wheels for the set, one with chipboard so that the wheels would be sturdy. I picked up some clear treat boxes at Pick Your Plum last week, so I used those for the goodies, and it helped the train stand up. 



 I added a little flag to it to personalize it. 


I am planning on putting Goldfish and Animal Crackers in it for her. I may let the bunny stay, but of course that is up to her parents. 

I hope everyone is having a beautiful Easter day! Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Happy Crafting!
Colleen


Friday, March 27, 2015

When You Are Stuck In A Rut

Hi!

Today I am back with some cards and a layout to share. I was feeling a little stuck in rut recently. My creative juices just weren't flowing, I really needed something to jump start the process for me. I decided to turn to my Explore and the Make It Now area of Design Space. It was so helpful. I made my niece and nephew's birthday cards and a sweet layout for my darling Kaylee.

This card was actually a birthday party invitation that I customized for my nephew. I added a couple of puffy silver stars from my stash and the word "wishes".  I like the finished product.


 For my niece's card, I added the Birthday Wishes stamp to a Make It Now card. I didn't alter much else on the design. I think the card is very pretty.



Finally, I had this adorable picture of my sweetie pie that I have been wanting to scrap forever. I took it last year when we were out shopping for her birthday party. I saw a layout in the Make It Now Section and just added some of my own touches to it. I used some Maya Road Paper Twine Cording in Grass Green for the grass. I just unrolled some of the twine and cut frays into it. I also had a MR tree paper clip hanging a round on my table, so I added that to the title. The paper is from Die Cut With A View Collage Art Stack and did all the background work for me. This is one of my favorites layouts ever! Thank you Cricut for the Make It Now ideas!


So if you have an explore and are ever stuck like I was break out the Make It Now area of Design Space and have some fun!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Happy Crafting!
Colleen

Friday, February 27, 2015

Poor Puppies

Hello To All!

This week at our Scrapping Through The Snow Challenge, we have been ordered to take a "Time Out" by Sara, our hostess of the thread. I know what you are thinking, it's a shopping spree break. No, it's not that at all. We are to make something for ourselves that we have wanted to do. I have't made a layout for myself in quite a long time, so I took a time out in my craft room and came up with my 1st puppy layout. I kept it very simple. The papers are from my stash, it is the Neon Chic Stack from DCWV. The font and little monsters are all from Cricut and cut with my Explore.


We noticed that Astro had a hair missing around his eyes when he first came home, then we noticed what appeared to be a stripe on his head. Well after a few days, we saw that Dino was also losing hair. A visit to the vet confirmed what I suspected. Mange! 

They will need treatments every two weeks to get rid of it.  So I guess there will be another layout somewhere along the way where they look even worse! Is that even possible? Poor puppies!

Happy Crafting!
Colleen