August 26, 2012

All that Glitters!

Good Morning!

Welcome to SweetSassyDiva's!  This week the design team theme is glitter.  Those of you who follow my blog (3 Cats and a Bug) know that for me, glitter means Stickles!!  I love using stickles on my layouts, I would say I go overboard with them, but I don't think that's possible.  : )

I've had this idea for a layout in my head for awhile, but it was only a partial idea... until now.  I've been wanting to use a train to hold photo mats since my Grandson loves trains.  Being only 7 months old, he has a variety of toys, so no theme really holds with him yet, so I was just holding onto the train idea.  Since I had some cute pictures of him on the floor with a bunch of toys, I decided to go with the train idea and assorted toys.  I only used two carts on this layout, B is for Boy and MS Birthday.  I prefer the train on MS Birthday, which was cut at 3.

The money was cut @ 4.  I used red stickles on his heart and lips and clear on his hat.
The stickles really make everything stand out so much more.

The dump truck was cut @ 3.5.
I used brown and clear stickles on the dirt.
 I cut out the lion @ 4, the keys @ 3 and the Prince Charming and crown @ 3.5 and the rings at 3.5.

For the train, I decided to add some left over pictures to it.  For the two passenger cars, I just used a square punch. 
On the back side, I used scotch tape to hold them in place.

For the other two cars, I used the hinge method.  On my gypsy I placed two of the same cars on one mat.  Next I added scotch tape to the top of some plain white paper on my cutting mat and cut out the two cars.
Do NOT remove from the machine, I just hit load paper, so I had room to move.  ((I should have hidden all the lines, except the insides one before cutting, but I forgot.  I did do it after cutting the white paper, before I cut the photos.  Shown is the missing white piece, the only cut that should have been made, although it didn't hurt anything.))
Next I inserted the pictures underneath the white paper, so I could see exactly where it would cut.
Since my mats are in pretty bad shape, I taped the pictures down on the mat and then cut them out.
I took the two pictures and inserted them into each remaining cars.

The left side of my two page layout...
The right side....
And together...

Thanks for looking.  Hope to see you over at 3 Cats and a Bug!

August 23, 2012


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August 21, 2012

Gift Bag!

Hi!!  This is Lori from Scrappin'MyStressAway!!  This week at Sweet Sassy Diva's, our theme is Back to School projects.  I bought some extra school supplies and hand sanitizer to take to Tanner's Back to School night/Meet the Teacher night.

I started out by cutting a piece of red cardstock to fit the front of the bag (8x10 for this bag), then cutting the school book paper 1/4" smaller to layer on top.
Next, I grabbed my Gypsy and grabbed these books from the Recess Lite Cartridge sized to 2.41 inches.

I cut them out using red, blue, green and white cardstock.

I grabbed the Back to School image also from Recess sized to 3.10 inches.

I cut them out using red, blue and green cardstock.

I put the images on the bag using my ATG adhesive.

Here is a sneak peek to what I put inside (so far)....maybe I should have used a bigger bag!!
In our school, they can only require the basic school supplies for our children.  I know that the teachers provide most of the extras out of their own pockets.  I like to donate what I I just LOVE back to school supplies so it's a win-win!!!

Thank you for having me over today Bobbi Jo!!

August 19, 2012

Back to School!

Hi my crafty friends, Brenda here and this week our challenge at Sweet Sassy Diva was a "back to school" challenge.  I know some areas have already started back to school, but my DS starts on the 28th so he has a few more days of summer left. lol  Of course he has been working all summer so it hasn't been all play this summer.  For my project I did a little shaped card.  I should have thought it out a little more than I did because it is a little delicate. lol  I got all my cuts from Simply Charmed.  I layed my design out in my Gypsy.  I welded the "back to school", "notebook paper" and the "pencil" all together to form my card. 

This is what it looks like on my Gypsy:

Here are the layers to my card broken down ready to cut with my choice of colors:

Here is my card without the layers.  I folded over the "back to school" and creased with my bone folder.

Next I cut all my layers out and assembled them on my card.  Stamped a sentiment inside and now it is ready to send out.  I think I will send it to my granddaughter since she is going back to preschool this year.  My card will fit in an A2 envie perfectly!

August 16, 2012

As American as Apple Pie!

Hi all my wonderful crafty friends!  Brenda here and this week at Sweet Sassy Diva our theme is apples!
I knew just the pics I wanted to scrap with an apple theme so I got out my trusty Gypsy and layout out my plan on how to do my layout.  I used this sketch:

I did change it up some by the time I was finished. lol But still I followed the sketch pretty well.  I don't know where I got this sketch from as I just save them to my computer.  I need to start marking where they come from.

Here is what it looks like on my Gypsy:

I then started with a white base and started building my papers.  For my pattern papers I used Hobby Lobby's brand Paper Studio Vintage Nation paper.  This is my first time using my Scrap' in Easel and can I just say I am already loving this thing!!  It is so nice to have the layout sitting up right, much better on your neck and shoulders!

Next I cut out my apple shadow border using Making the Grade Cricut cart.  I welded my apple shadows together at different heights and cut out of black cardstock.  Then I hide the inside of the apple in my Gypsy and cut out enough apples for the shadows.  I also hide the outside of the apple to cut out the white flesh of the apple using off white or vanilla cardstock.  I think they look pretty good after getting it all together.  I placed it on the pattern papers with a magnet.  Nothing is glued down as of yet.

Next came my title and journeling box with apple.  The word "American" came from 3 Birds on Parade, I hide the "all" and the "stars" with my Gypsy as I just wanted the word "American".  Both words "as" came from Billionaire that I welded together, "Apple Pie" came from Blackletter and my journaling box came from Elegant Edges, my apple on my journeling box came from Preserves cart. I also did some distressing with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink.  I was going to mat my pics on white cardstock but then changed my mind. lol


Here what it looks like after the pics have been added and it's all glued down.  I'm a pretty happy with the way this turned out!  I hope that you have been inspired by the SSD design team and get crafty too using apples as your theme.  Please post your creation using the theme "apples" on Facebook by Click here!

Until next time Happy Crafting my friends!

August 15, 2012

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August 14, 2012


This week, our theme at Sweet Sassy Diva's is One Word Title.  Lori here from Srappin'MyStressAway with a layout of my son's kindergarten music program.  They sang and danced to several songs.  It was so cute!!!

I started out by printing this musical note paper from Vintage Papers on my Cricut Imagine.

I had at least one head (from the parents in front of me) in every picture I took, so I trimmed the best one up a bit and cut four others to 2 x 2.5 inches.  

I grabbed my Gypsy and Quarter Note and got to work.

I spelled out "SING" with the notes sized to 1.25 inches.  The piano is sized at 2.18 inches.  I moved the layers around so I could cut out each layer in a different color.

I had a little trouble with the blue paper.  It was a bit thinner than the black and red cardstock.  I re-cut it with thicker cardstock and had better luck.

I wanted to add something behind the notes, so I cut out these banner shapes from Beyond Birthdays sized to 2.25 inches.  I used the same blue cardstock.

I needed somewhere to journal, so I put a 3" music note on my mat.  I also wanted to add a few more musical symbols in black.  The treble clef and microphone are both sized to 1.88 inches, and the music notes are sized to 1.94 inches. 

Tanner is in the top row, second from the right.

I pop-dotted the piano and journaling "note" to the page.

I added some tissue tape from Michaels behind my musical note letters and pop-dotted them down.  A little twine connected my banner flags together.

I added some twine to my photo booth row of photos.  I also tucked the microphone behind the photos, but layered the music notes on top.

I made some flags out of tissue tape.  The strip of photos is pop-dotted to the paper, so the tape is just tucked behind.

This was our music teacher's very last program as she retired at the end of the school year.  We are excited for her to begin her retirement and excited for our new music teacher as well!!

Thanks Bobbi Jo for having me over today!!