Wednesday, March 28, 2012

5x7 Folded Card

Floppy Easter Bunny Easter Card
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How I got into Cricut

Erica is having a giveaway on her blog for the Cricut cartirdge Sophie.. to enter for a chance to win you must go HERE and read the description.. basically you make a post about how you got into Cricut.. and this is how it happened for me...

It was around summer 2009 when I was pregnant with my first baby, Jayden (now 2). I was up late having trouble sleeping (I even had to take some sleeping pills at times to sleep because it was so bad and my doctor said she'd rather have me taking some Tylenol PM than not sleeping enough).. so of course I kept seeing these infomercials for the Cricut Expression. I did a little research.. ok a LOT of research.. and decided I really wanted one to help me scrapbook my unborn babies baby book and everything before and after!

I kept bugging my husband, Adam, to buy me one and he told me "You don't need that it's expensive and you can just use scissors." I pleaded and begged and still.. nope you don't need it! So I decided I'll stop bugging him and maybe if I bring it up again later around Christmas he'll get it for me.

A few months later in late August.. I was admitted into the hospital at only 21 weeks and told there was a possibility I could lose the baby and was given the option to have a cerclage put in. After a few hours of thinking and talking with my husband we decided I'd get the surgery instead of just waiting to see what happened. The surgery went well but I was in the hospital for half a week before and almost a week after. Then I was told I was to be on bed rest the rest of my pregnancy, and since my husband just got a new job in a different state I could not move with him and had to live with his grandparents (I have family but they lived too far from the hospital for my husbands comfort).

Adam felt bad for me having to spend such an important time away from him (of course he was sad too) and having to be on bed rest with nothing to do.. so ... being the amazing man he is.. he bought me a Cricut Expression to keep me sane and happy while we were apart and it was to give me a head start on Jayden's scrapbook... (which has maybe 10 pages done lol!!). He got it on ebay brand new for $150 with the standard accent essentials and plantin schoolbook.. he also bought me Life's a Beach (since Jaydens nursery theme was to be under the sea/ocean). And he bought me Sure Cuts A Lot 2 so that he wouldn't have to buy me any other carts.. well I've got well over 60 carts now LOL! and a gypsy, imagine & extra expression lol. He loves me.. he's the best.

The very first thing I cut with my Cricut was Jayden's birth announcements which my husband designed in photoshop and stayed up with me until like 3AM cutting them out with me..
So that's how I got into cricut :D Hope you enjoyed reading my story.

Thanks for stoppin' by and have a great day!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

She's My Kinda Rain Layout

This week at Cooking With Cricut the challenge is to use your favorite Spring song as inspiration. For my project I choose to do a layout of Harmony. I picked the song "She's My Kind of Rain - Tim McGraw"

Now I know what you're thinking... is that a Spring song? Well most probably wouldn't think so.. but when I think of Spring I think of rain. Then I decided on "She's My Kind of Rain" after going through hundreds of songs that popped into my head.. I tried to think Springy but just kept going back to rain. After looking at all the different songs I thought of this because it worked perfectly with what I wanted to scrapbook... Harmony Rain. And since this song has no actual meaning and is meant to be taken however you want it I take it to say She's My Kind of Rain.. which Harmony definitely is.. I couldn't think of a better way to put it :D.

Anyway... sorry about that long long ramble.. but I had to get it out here lol. So I made my layout using Country Carnival Imagine Art cartridge. I choose different patterns for the letters than what they had to make them all match in each word to help it stand out better.. I cut each letter at 1.5 inches except "RAIN" which was cut at 2inches to help it stand out a bit. The roses in the corners of the pics are also from Country Carnival and adhered with pop dots.. and the journaling tag is also from Country Carnival. I also added a ribbon across the bottom of the pics. The background paper I've had for a LOOOOONG time... like 5 years or so.

I hope you'll all come on over to Cooking With Cricut and check out all of the inspiration from my fellow design team and join in the fun with your own Spring song inspired project using a Cricut cut!

I am entering this layout into the following challenge:

Thanks for stoppin' by and have a great day!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Happy 6 month Birthday Harmony

6 months ago today... I was blessed with one of the most beautiful baby girls in the world!! My little Harmony. I can spend the rest of my life typing about how amazing and beautiful she is.. but I'll need most of that for her 1 year post lol. In a nutshell.. shes gorgeous, beautiful, sweet, friendly, happy, healthy, funny, and pretty much as perfect as perfect gets.. and I couldn't love her more.. she's my baby! :D

Over the past 6 months she's learned to support her head, smile, laugh, coo, baby babble, roll over, eat solids, scoot herself, follow objects, cry, breathe air, grow, sit, and wave. She's incredible. All babies are.. but this one is mine :) ALL MINE! I am a very blessed girl. I don't have all of Harmony's pics on this computer (and if I did the internet wouldn't have the storage for it all lol)... So I'm just going to post one of MANY of each of her monthly photoshoots... (not including todays because I haven't even looked at them but I will post a pic of her from today & I'm also missing her 5 month shoot on this computer).

Harmony today (Mar 13, 2012).. 6 months old

Harmony Sept 13, 2011.. just hours old

Harmony Oct 13, 2011.. 1 month old

Harmony Nov 13, 2011.. 2 months old

Harmony Dec 13, 2011.. 3 months old

Harmony Jan 13, 2012.. 4 months old

Thanks for stoppin' by and have a great night!

Friday, March 9, 2012

a new (to me) scrap supply site

Hey everyone I just found a new online scrap store.. they sale a few things at a time at really good prices. They're called Blitsy. I'm not getting anything for posting this but just like to share new sites with deals when I find them cuz I know I'm always looking for a good deal so I figure who isn't?! Well.. go check em out if you're looking for some stuff.. their stock changes all the time so you never know what you'll find there. :) Hope you find something there you can use.

I might have some projects later today... I have been crafting just not taking many pics.

Thanks for stoppin' by and have a great day!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I'm on the Cooking With Cricut Design Team!!!

This is a super exciting post for me because... It is my first post as a member of the Cooking With Cricut Design Team!!!! How exciting is that?!?!! I'm so happy to have been picked to be on the team! I love CWC and PCW. I've been following and playing along in their challenges for a long time so I was thrilled when I was told I made it!

Now.. onto the challenge! Our first challenge was to make a project for Dr. Seuss (in honor of his birthday). I choose to do a 2 page layout for some pictures I have of Adam reading "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" to Harmony & Jayden a few days after we brought Harmony home from the hospital.. this was the very first book he read to Harmony, so it was perfect.

I used the book cover for my main inspiration followed by my favorite quote in the book "And will you succeed? YES! You will indeed! (98 and 1/3 percent garenteed). KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!" I think its such an encouraging quote from the book and I think that it's the main point that Dr. Seuss was trying to get across.

So I started out by picking colors that matched the front of the book. Then I cut out the title using Pooh font on the marker setting at 1.5 inches in blue & then again on marker shadow at the same size in gold. I cut the mountains out using Paper Dolls Dress Up. I cut them as large as I could (4inches) and then lined them up and adhered them down with my ATG gun. I cut the photo mats in different colors that matched the cover for a 4x6 and a 2x3 pic the mats are 4.5x6.5 & 2.5x3.5.

Then the other thing I find very noticeable is the air balloons so I made those to put the quotes on using Create A Critter. Each balloon is a different size the smallest cut at 3inches and the biggest cut at 8 inches.

I cut the "baskets for the balloons by hand. I adhered bakers twine (in orange, blue & purple) from the baskets to the balloons. And I put the large balloon on pop dots. I wrote the quotes by hand with a white gel pen and inked around each balloon in ink (purple balloons in purple ink, gold balloons in white ink, & green in green ink). I went over the cut lines in the mountains in light blue gel pen.

Hope you like it, I think it's pretty cute and as soon as I get the pics for this page printed it'll be perfect! :)

Don't for get to come over and join in our fun challenge at Cooking With Cricut!

Thanks for stoppin' by and have a great day!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Vote for me plz + candy giveaway!

Hey everyone.. I entered Harmony's kiss costume into a contest and was hoping you would go and vote real fast... if not I understand.

If so, That would be wonderful.. I would really appreciate it.. Hope you'll take a few mins to vote for me. If so... just go HERE!

So.. to help motivate you to vote for me I'm going to do a giveaway!!! YAY!

What can you win?
how about a big surprise! It'll be papers, ribbon, some embellishments, a little of everything.. the more votes I get the bigger the candy.. :) But I promise it will be a great candy that anyone would want to win! And who doesn't like a surprise!?

How to enter:
Step 1) go to the link above and vote for my project
step 2) come back here and leave a comment letting me know you voted.

That's it! They allow you to vote once every 24 hours (each day ends at 12am est).. So each day you vote for me you can enter to win! by doing step 1 & 2. This giveaway will end on March 31, 2012 @ 12AM EST. I will draw a winner by April 2, 2012 using So remember the more days you vote and comment the more chances you have to win AND the bigger the candy gets! So please go vote :D

Also on another note I have some exciting news coming up next week and I'm gonna be doing a lot more projects soon.. I've even sewed a few things :).

Thanks for stoppin' by and have a great day!