Wednesday, May 22, 2019

WOYWW #520

Happy Wednesday! Today is my middle son's birthday.  Dang! He's 32 years old. I can't believe my babies are getting so grown!

Today is also the day I get to show off my work area. Click on over to Stamping Ground, Julia's, blog to read all about the weekly linkage. Can you believe it's been TEN years! Wow!

Here's a photo of my work area:

Last night my daughter asks me to help her make some photo booth props and signs for this morning. Really? Well, instead, I went through my closet instead and pulled some silly things that I thought would work. But I did manage to make a sign that said "No Boys Allowed".

The container to the left is filled with random letters that I keep for times like this. These letters are my practice sizes or projects that were changed or whatever...and I didn't want to toss out. Years ago, I made baby gifts using an assortment of letters to create an alphabet chart. Click HERE and HERE to see some of them.

Be sure to click HERE to get to the linkage to sneak a peek into the other deskers' areas.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

More Cricut Fun

I love my Cricut! It's great for those big projects but also the little ones. We have a sports themed bathroom and I couldn't find a soap dispenser that I wanted for it. I painted a mason jar and added a pump but the lid was weird. So, tossed that.

Then my DIL found a plain clear plastic inexpensive dispenser that I decorated with baseball laces.

Nothing fancy, but perfect for our sports themed bathroom!

It took a little bit of time to change the curve in Design Space, but other than that...simple!

What have you created with your Cricut today?

Cartridge Used:
Sports Mania

Friday, May 17, 2019

An Honest Request

Yup, an honest prayer request...

I love the “green” vinyl for this! I’ve wanted to put something on this cabinet for awhile and finally did it today!

I uploaded this image from lovesvg. They have amazing free svgs on lots of subjects.

Have a great weekend!

TGIF; Thankful Friday #86

Even though I don't feel well this week, I still have something to be thankful for and this week it is...the anticipation of the final episode of Game of Thrones and the season finale on American Idol.

Two things both on Sunday this week.

Eek! I don't know how GoT is going to end, but I know that I'm not going to be happy! Are you a fan? UGH! This show...I can't believe it'll be over. I don't know how I feel about the spin offs and if we'll watch. I guess we'll wait and see.

American Idol...I haven't watched in years, but for some reason, hubby and I decided to this season. Man, you sure do get sucked into all the AI contestant life drama but it's exciting to watch every week and rate their performances. They are definitely a talented group. Who's your favorite? I think Madison is going to win, but obviously Alejandro is the extremely and uniquely talented one. He'll do something for sure when this is all over. Laine...he's a cutie for sure, but don't think he'll win it.

Have a wonderful weekend and remember, no matter how you feel, there's always something to be thankful for!

Monday, May 13, 2019

BBTB2 Challenge; Music

It's time again for a new challenge at Bitten By The Bug 2. The current challenge is:

I'm knee deep in my son and DIL's wedding album and have plenty of photos of music and dancing at the reception.

I searched the internet for mariachi silhouette free clip art and made them into SVGs in Design Space. So fun and easy! If this is something you want to do, check out YouTube. There are plenty of channels that give step by step instructions.

The music notes and title came from the Create-A-Critter II cartridge and I cut them to accompany the mariachi images.

Here's my layout and some close ups:

Right Side

Left Side

Oh my goodness, I'm in love with this two page spread! I cut the hearts from Design Space as well by searching for hearts. I just realized that the "Mr. and Mrs." cut is also from the Cricut. I believe I got that from

Now it's your your project on the BBTB2 site. Be sure to read the rules if you have any questions, but basically you just need to use your cricut!

Additional Note:
So, I purchased these barcode thingies at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in March. If you haven't seen them, they are a GAME CHANGER. The company is called Penless and they have an app. Basically the sticker has a scan/code/mark (I don't know the real name), that you scan and then you upload a video to it. Later when someone goes through your scrapbook, they take their phone camera and it opens up that video. I'm sure I'm not explaining it correctly so if you get a chance, check out their website. It's pretty cool!

So, honestly I almost forgot that I took a video of this particular moment of the reception so I added the "video" to the page.

I know it's not the prettiest thing and if I remembered this before completing the layout, I would have arranged it differently, but it'll be awesome to see the video while going through the album.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Sewing Project

Last year one of my son’s picked up this bench and table FOR FREE on Craigslist. He’s always finding stuff and bringing stuff home. I still don’t know if it’s good or bad, but he does come home with good stuff! LOL

Anyhow, the bench needs cushions and they are so expensive so I suggested that I make them. Also last year, Joanne Fabric’s had a 70% off sale on their foam so I bought what I needed and also some material. That stuff sat for about seven months. The sun is out and hubby said he was going to buy some and I convinced him that I would finish them.

The first cushion took forever. I didn’t have a pattern nor a really good plan on how to make it but after a long time, I figured it out and finished. Once I knew what I was going to do, it took about 1/2 hour to finish all three.

I probably should have lined up the stripes on the back cushions, but too late!

I haven’t sewn in a long while so I was pretty excited about finishing these and the fact that they look fabulous!

Friday, May 10, 2019

TGIF; Thankful Friday #85

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Happy Friday!
This evening my work is hosting an Employee Recognition event so of course we have to go and be appreciated. It's really nice to be recognized for hard work especially when it involves food, drinks and a chance for raffle prizes!

So even though work is work and all that, I am thankful that I have a job that I enjoy, a boss that is understanding, caring and personable, a less than five minute commute and some pretty cool co-workers.

Your turn...what are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

WOYWW #518

Happy Wednesday and happy WOYWW!

I'm so happy to share my desk today since it actually looks pretty clean. I spent last night organizing the embellishments for the wedding album that I'm working on. I also organized the photos and papers.

Look! I have room to work now!

That stupid little hole in my craft mat is because I forgot to put the cutting mat before cutting out a circle. Oh well, it's a peek of my actual table now!

Click on over to Stamping Ground and check out all the other deskers and join the linkage!

Friday, May 3, 2019

TGIF; Thankful Friday #85

Hello Friday!

Can you believe we're already in the month of May? Wow! Time sure does fly when you're having fun. This week I'm thankful for the talent of my neighbors. Awhile back, we had our fence redone by our neighbors (they are in the construction business) and they just finished our stage. Yup, we're calling it a stage since we told our granddaughter we were making one for her. I mean, every girl needs a stage, right?

I'm going to be honest with you, in my mind it was just a little flat deck type thing, but it sure did end up like an actual stage!

It's gorgeous and our neighbors sure did a great job.


r turn...what are you thankful for this week? Please share in the comments section.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

CWS May Challenge #38; Baby

Hey there card makers! It's time for a new monthly challenge at the Creative With Stamps blog. This month's challenge theme is:

Be sure to link your stamped card to the site before the end of the month to be eligible for the prize. Click on over for some DT inspiration!

I used an assortment of baby inspired stamps for the background of my card. I used my grid paper pad to help keep the stamps in a level line and Tin Pail ink for a subtle background.

Once I did that, I stamped the words/background stamp in blue over the top. The banner holding bear and balloons were stamped and fussy cut before adhering to the card front.

I could not find a simple "congratulations" stamp in my stash (although I know I have one somewhere) so I just handwrote it in the banner.

I also inked the edges before adhering to the mulberry paper mat. Do you remember that stuff? I was surprised I still had some of it!

So fun! Now it's your turn...create a stamped card and link it up on the CWS site before the end of the month.

Stamps are from older Stampin’ Up and Hero Arts.

Friday, April 26, 2019

TGIF; Thankful Friday #84

Happy Thankful Friday! I had the entire week off with a combination of holiday and vacation days. So you know I’m thankful for time off work!

If you read my earlier post, you also know that hubby, daughter and I were in Disneyland and CA Adventures for three days this week.

It doesn’t get much better than that. This was hubby and my first time at CA Adventures. We loved it! In fact, probably wouldn’t be mad if I ever went to Disneyland again. I mean, it’s fun and magical and all that, crowded and expensive! Plus, I’m getting too old for all that non stop walking, LOL!

Now it’s your turn...what are you thankful for this week? Share in the comments.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

WOYWW #516

Happy WOYWW everyone! I have a magical work area this week since my daughter, hubby and I are in Disneyland!

I added this image to a plain backpack that I already own:
I love my Cricut, Desgin Space and my newest baby, the Easy Press!

Honestly, I’m not doing any “crafting” but I sure am taking lots of photos and enjoying my time here.
Here’s a photo or two...

We’ll be home on Thursday so I’ll sneak at all your work areas when I return.


And for those of you who don’t know what WOYWW on over to Stamping Ground and read all about it. Basically it’s a weekly peek into others’ work areas. We get to be nosey and also share out work areas. Take a peek!

Monday, April 22, 2019

BBTB2 Challenge; Mother's Day

Hi there, I can't believe April is already almost done and May is right around the corner. Which means Mother's Day is coming too.

The current challenge at Bitten By The Bug 2 (BBTB2) is Mother's Day. I decided to make a card for my mama. I used the Just Because Cards and Country Life cartridges for the images.

The pitcher and flowers image is from Country Life. I added a hand-cut banner and stamped MOM on it. I added a string bow and gemstones to the center of the flowers to add some interest. I also inked the greenery and pitcher edges with PowderPuff Chalk Inks from Quick Quotes.

The woodgrain base shape was cut from the Just Because Cards cartridge.

Be sure to click on over to the BBTB2 challenge site for Mother's Day inspiration and to link your project.

Friday, April 19, 2019

TGIF; Thankful Friday #83

Happy Friday!

I had another busy week with the Easter holiday coming up AND more excitingly, the upcoming announcement that DS3 and DIL are EGGspecting!

I saw something similar to this online and decided to make one for my son to wear on Easter. It'll be interesting to see if anyone even notices.

Although we have a granddaughter, this will be our first grandbaby and the first grandbaby for my side of the family. Except for a few nephews and a niece, everyone will be at our home this Sunday. I can't wait to see my mom's reaction.

Have an amazing week!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

WOYWW #515

Happy Wednesday!  I’ve been MIA on sharing my work area on WOYWW on the Stamping Ground blog. Sure I’ve been busy, but not that busy! I moved some things around on my work desk and it seems like I have more room to work, but guess what?! My supplies still overtake my desk. I still only have about a 10” square to work in.

Here are some photos:

My Cricut shelf was on the left side of my table backed up against the wall and when I needed to use one of them, I had to clear off the desk area and move the machine so there was room for the mat. I decided to move the shelf to the top part of my desk and now the mat moves to my daughter's side of the table which is clear.

It works for now.

Don't forget to click on over to the Stamping Ground blog to check out other desks.

Friday, April 12, 2019

TGIF; Thankful Friday #82

Happy Friday! I hope you're enjoying this crazy Spring weather. It has been beautiful this week but also windy and Thursday we got a little rain - Yup, typical Spring weather. I'm going to be honest, I haven't done a whole lot this week. So this week, I'm thankful for the fast food, take out, and dine in restaurants our town has to offer. There's not much here, but there's enough for a good variety.

Hubby did BBQ on Wednesday so that was nice, but other than that, we've been eating out. HA HA HA good thing we're on a diet.  BLAH.

I'm super excited about the return of Game of Thrones (GOT) but won't be able to watch it until next weekend. We have the granddaughter this weekend and anyone who watches GOT's not a kid show. It works out because we'll have two weeks worth of shows to watch next weekend!

Have a great one!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Flip Through; Layouts Done at the Crop

What Happens at the Crop Stays at the Crop

We had so much fun at the weekend crop that Memories in the Making in Lodi, CA hosted. The place was fabulous - lots of great stuff in the store; the people were fabulous - very friendly, positive and fun; and the location was great too - hello Starbucks right across the street!

We stayed at a hotel and made it a full scrapbooking weekend! I got a lot done, in fact at the end of the first day, I scrapped all the photos that I brought. Luckily there's a Walgreens across the street as well, so I was able to get more photos to scrapbook for Sunday. We're definitely going back there for more scrapbooking!

Here's a quick flip through of the finished layouts:

I still need to add some journaling and a title on a few of them, but they are "mostly" complete.

Have a great week!

I used the Let’s Go kit from Photo Play for the Seattle layouts. I bought this kit at the Expo last month.

We also received a double layout kit with all the pieces precut and ready to assemble. I didn't complete it at the crop, but I took photos of the completed layouts for future reference.

The video shows a St. Patrick’s Day Authentique paperline that we also received. It’s so beautiful and I can't wait to use it!