Monday, December 10, 2018

FCCB Challenge #341

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (FCCB)!

Challenge #341-Christmas
Make a project using anything Christmas related. But there has to be a least one cut from the Cricut Library!

The FCCB Design Team is sponsoring a $25 gift card at


To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

Here is my project-

I used the Doodlecharms cartridge to make the bus, Santa, reindeer, snowman and Christmas tree. This tag will be perfect for a gift tag on a wrapped gift, stuffed animal or on the Christmas tree. It’s so super cute! Doodlecharms is one of my favorite cartridges - the images are so cute and there's something for every season.

Don't forget to link your project to the FCCB site for your chance to win a prize.

Sadly, the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is shutting down after this challenge. I've only been a part of the design team for a short time, but I sure did have a lot of fun creating Cricut projects and being inspired by other Cricut crafters. Whether or not there's a Cricut challenge blog, I hope you continue to use your Cricut and come by my blog for Cricut inspiration. My Cricuts are always chirping!

State Fair

Hi there today I’m going to share a quick and easy layout featuring three photos.  Two are 4x6 and the third was cut down to 3x4. I’m using the Hibiscus paper collection from Quick Quotes which will be available soon.
This bright and cheerful paper collection is perfect for your summer layouts! I specifically used the HI101 and HI102 papers. HI101 was used as the base and HI102 was cut down to 6x12. I inked all four edges using either Island Orange or Bermuda PowderPuff Chalk Inks.
Honestly that was about it. Didn’t I say a this was quick and easy? I added a blue scalloped edge and four different and coordinating Washi Tapes to the seam.

I used a “summer” cut out from a previous Club Q kit and ombré inked it with Bermuda PowderPuff Chalk Ink to coordinate with the papers. I used the backside of one of the papers for the journaling block base and added a piece of white cardstock. Both of these pieces were inked around the edges as well.
I found some coordinating alphabet stickers and splattered some ink on the diagonal corners to finish the page.

Quick Quotes Products Used:
Hibiscus Paper Collection
Island Orange and Bermuda PowderPuff Chalk Inks

Other Products Used:
Assorted WashiTapes
White Cardstock
Beach Ball Color Splash by Fun Stampers Journey

Friday, December 7, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #70

Friday! I had another short work week - I know what you’re seems I have a lot of short work weeks. LOL

DS1 had another one of his routine surgeries on Wednesday. This week, I’m thankful for the doctors, nurses and hospital personnel that take such good care of him. So THANK YOU Oakland Kaiser.

Leave me a comment on what you’re thankful for this week.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

CWS December Challenge

Happy December! The card challenge theme for this month at Creative With Stamps is:

Here's my card:

Close Up:
What I did: Santa was embossed with red embossing powder. I made a smudge on the right side of the card so I decided to add the snowflakes. I used Soft Sky ink for a subtle background. Stamps are from CTMH and Recollections.
Be sure to link up your card to the CWS challenge site for your chance to win a prize. Remember, this is a card challenge site.  You must make a card and use a stamp on it.  Good luck and Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 30, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #69

Friday! How happy I am that you are here!

This week I'm thankful for Etsy. My future DIL ordered their wedding invitations on Etsy and they are gorgeous and so unique! They are having a destination wedding to Acapulco and this vendor creates watercolor art of the landscape as the background of the invitations.

The cool thing is when DS3 got married, they also ordered their unique wedding invitations from Etsy. How cool is that?

If you haven't had a chance to shop on Etsy, give it a try. Hey, a little plug here, while you're there, check out my store at Three Sons and A Star. LOL

Have a great weekend. Can you believe it's going to be December 1st tomorrow? Christmas is coming quick. Are you ready?!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Anniversary Card

Hi there, I'm sharing a card I made using the Autumn Brillance paper collection from Quick Quotes. My 32 year wedding anniversary is today so I decided to make a card for hubby.

This was a quick card to make since I really wanted to showcase the beautiful paper. I started by cutting a 4x5 1/4 piece from AU100 of the Autumn Brillance paper collection. I inked all four edges with Kokomo PowderPuff Chalk Ink.

The first thing I did was create two faux “Polaroid” frames using some cardstock scraps and a square punch. Both frames were inked with Kokomo PowderPuff Chalk Ink. Then I wrapped natural twine around the card base and tied a triple loop bow. I placed the leaf die cut under the bow and added a tiny punched heart to one of the frames.

I was going to stop there, but decided to stamp “Love You” multiple times in the top left corner. I used Kokomo for this too!

That's it! I believe in beautiful and easy!

Quick Quotes Products Used:
Autumn Brillance Paper Collection
PowderPuff Chalk Ink Used:  Kokomo

Other Products Used:
Die Cut Leaves

Friday, November 23, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #68

Happy Friday and the day after Thanksgiving! This time of the year, lots of people look back and express what they are thankful/grateful for. Since I’ve been doing this weekly, it has changed my outlook of my days/weeks. It’s nice to see there really is always something to be thankful for.

This week, I’m thankful for the rain that has come. The horrible Camp Fire that has been destroying the town of Paradise and surrounding area is 95% contained as of yesterday. The air quality in our town (and we’re over 200 miles away) has been horrible and dangerous. I can’t even imagine how bad it is the closer you get to the area.

Thankful for the fire fighters and volunteers who have been and are still working so hard!

Thank you Lord for the rain!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends yesterday and now for the Christmas season.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Universal Flip Through

Wow! I didn't realize it was so long since I posted a YouTube video. Well, I did this one through my phone and realized after I loaded it and viewed, I forgot to lower the volume on the'll get some low moans but luckily I just talk right over it! LOL

I could not sleep at all on Saturday/Sunday night so I went in the Command Center and finished all the details and filmed these layouts and the flip through.

This sketch is from Stick It Down. I said Let's Scrap in the video (I think) because that's another site I find sketches as well. I'm also joining the challenge at Scrap Our Stash.

From this sketch:

To this:

And the flip through of all the Universal Studios layouts/pages:

Details of the featured layout:
I cut the yellow patterned paper in half diagonally and adhered the back of the paper (the solid black) to the other side by using washi tape. Yup, I actually used washi tape to adhere something instead of just for embellishing! (I used regular tape on the back as well.) I was trying to finish all the pattern papers from a collection and used every bit of it! The light blue/aqua strip was also from the collection. I just added it to coordinate with the shirt of my hubby in the photos.

I've been on a quest to SHOP MY STASH and that's what lead me to the blog, Scrap Our Stash and the star ideas which of course was perfect for the Universal Studio photos.  I went through my embellies and grabbed a bunch of things yellow, aqua and dark blue. I just started adding items until I felt it had a good look.

A close up of the quote:

"Don't Settle for the Little Dream, Go on to the Big One". 

WOYWW #494

Happy WOYWW! Click on over to the Stamping Ground blog for more information regarding this craft room share and join the linkage - show us your desk!

If you follow my blog, you know that for the past couple of years, we take Christmas decorating pretty serious at my workplace. My norm is last minute, but this year I made a plan for my area and I've already started on it. You'll have to wait and see...

So, my desk and room are filled with projects for this.

I'll post more photos once it's done. If you are interested in looking at past Christmas decorating, click HERE and HERE.

Last WOYWW, I posted an incomplete layout and asked for some color advice. I ended up adding a little bit of green per Shaz and Neet's advice. You can scroll down the blog to see the layout or click HERE.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Young and In Love; QQ Layout

Hi, I'm sharing a layout using the Autumn Bliss paper line from Quick Quotes. Autumn Bliss is the featured paper collection in November’s Club Q. This paper is so gorgeous and perfect for a photo of a young newlywed couple.

I used the front and back sides of two pieces of paper. I love the grayish/denim looking side and knew I wanted to use it for the base. I inked all edges with Cool Gray PowderPuff Chalk Ink. Then cut the front side at 11.25x11.25 inches. I inked those edges with Cool Gray as well. I adhered that piece slightly off centered towards the bottom right corner.

Then I cut a small portion of the chevron piece for a border underneath the photo. This was inked in Vanilla Cream PowderPuff Chalk Ink. I punched a piece of the back side of this and cut two strips (polka dots) of this for more eye candy.

I wanted more floral without the bulk so I stamped some leaves and flowers using Light Moss, Cactus, Vanilla Cream and Cool Gray PowderPuff Chalk Inks.

I added a variety of embellishments from my stash and a title to complete the page.

Love the colors of this paper collection! It’s so beautiful and perfect for a Fall wedding.

Quick Quotes Products Used:
Autumn Bliss Paper Collection
PowderPuff Chalk Inks Used:  Cool Gray, Vanilla Cream, Cactus and Light Moss

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Universal Studios Layout

This is a weird week for me as I’ve been home from work all week but not doing any crafting. My blood pressure is doing crazy things and my doctor & I can’t get control of it. I only feel ok if I lay down and do nothing. You’d think that would be a dream come true, but it’s kinda boring.

I finished this layout over the weekend with some help from my WOYWW friends. I love adding clusters to layouts for two reasons...the first, I get to use many, many supplies to my layout and second, it looks great on my layout!

Those white clip things I’ve had forever! It was fun to gather white, blue and red embellishments to use and then added some green so it didn’t have a patriotic theme.

Enjoy your week!

Monday, November 12, 2018

A Day of Thanks; FCCB Challenge #339

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge on the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (FCCB)!

Challenge #334-Thanksgiving or Thanks
Make a project using anything Thanksgiving, or Thanks related. But there has to be a least one cut from the Cricut Library!

This Weeks Sponsor is-
And the prize is-

Two brand new Close to My Heart Stamps sets!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

Here is my project-

I made placecards for the Thanksgiving table. I don’t normally do it, but thought these would look super cute sitting at each place setting.  The turkey was cut from Doodlecharms cartridge and the green stand was made by scoring a strip of cardstock.

Tied some twine to the top and hand wrote the name.

Now it’s your turn...create a project for Thanksgiving or Thanks and link to the FCCB website.

Friday, November 9, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #67

Happy Friday everyone!  Without getting into too much detail, I'm thankful for my life. Wow, I am so blessed. I don't have everything but I surely have enough.

The weather is slowing turning cooler and I'm so looking forward to the holidays!

Enjoy the weekend and leave a comment on what you're thankful for this week.

Pocket Page & QQ

Hi there, today I'm sharing a different type of layout but a much needed one especially when you’re a pack rat like me. I created a pocket so I can put in the maps, tickets, brochures, receipts and miscellaneous photos that I collected during my trip to San Antonio.

I used the Secret Garden paper collection from Quick Quotes since I used this collection for my other San Antonio layouts. I used three pattern papers for this layout.

Here's a snapshot of the finished layout:

The details:
Cut the patterned paper for the pocket at 6.5” and adhere it to the bottom sheet after inking all edges with Lipstick PowderPuff Chalk Ink. The base page was inked with Deep Sea PowderPuff Chalk Ink.

Cut a 2" strip of patterned paper to top the pocket. Use a scalloped border punch for added interest and Tropical Punch PowderPuff Chalk Ink around the edges.

Add photo, die cut and journaling card to the pocket front;
and add two fishtail banners to the top right corner.
Place memorabilia into the pocket and done.
I also added some interest to one of the shopping bags by punching a half circle in the center and backed it with a piece of coordinating patterned paper.  This bag holds receipts, business cards and extra photos that didn't make it on a layout.

Click on over to the Quick Quotes blog for more inspiration.

Quick Quotes Products Used:
Secret Garden Paper Collection
PowderPuff Chalk Inks Used:  Deep SeaTropical Punch and Lipstick

Other Products Used:
Cricut and the Ole cartridge
Black pen
Circle Punch