Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello There (Cricut Explore Card)

Happy Monday to you! Hope you all had a great weekend. We finally got all 3 decks completely finished with painting and the dock is almost finished. We still need to paint the lake side - which either requires us to be swimming in the water or standing in a low boat. We're still trying to figure that one out. But it all looks amazing. We started painting the dog fence Tom built, but ran out of paint. Can you believe it was all hand brushed and has eaten 10 gallons so far?

Yesterday I spent some time going through the Make-It-Now CARDS section at Cricut Design Space. I didn't realize how much I would enjoy making projects that are pre-sized and all I have to do is load paper and cut. The Cricut Explore is impressing me with how well it cuts intricate details, and it's so quiet. I don't cut cursive words or small things with my Cameo. It tears my paper. I'm pretty sure it's something I'm not doing right, but the frustration level got to the point I just avoid cuts like that. While I was browsing the CARD section yesterday on Design Space, I spent some time just cutting out parts for several card projects, then putting the projects in ziplock bags to keep them separated by project, to assemble later. I was amazed when the MOM from my first card cut so well. I was amazed again yesterday when cutting doilies, print and cuts, hello in cursive, and other intricate cuts. WOW. I had no idea this machine would impress me so much. I can't wait to get more Cricut pens for the machine and the scoring tool (which are both already ordered and should arrive today).

So, enough blabbing. Onto a project for today.  Oh wait, before I do that, I have a question. Does anyone know how to tell where the cuts come from that are in the Make-It-Now designs? Don't judge me - I'm new to this. LOL  But some of the cuts make me want to see what else is on that cart it came from.

Okay, now onto my card. Really. No more delays....

  • When I first saw this card, I thought the "Hello there" was showing through, but actually each letter is cut out and adhered separately. And the letters didn't tear! 
  • I ran the letters through my Xyron for easy adhering to the card.
  • Some twine from stash
  • Glitter polka dot paper from scrap box
Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow.
:) Janis

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Drawn Mother's Day Card with the Cricut Expression Air

Guess what arrived at my house Friday?

I wasn't able to get a project done with it on Friday partly because it arrived so late, but mostly because I didn't have a clue of how to use Design Space. Since we only have internet with our phone data, watching videos and downloading PDFs is way too much data. I was lucky enough to find a blog with some written tutorials (without having to watch a video or download a PDF). If you guys have links to more tutorials like that, PLEASE SHARE!

Yesterday morning, I had about an hour before I had to get to work outside with my husband painting the dock and laying out pine straw. That means - time to find a simple project to make just so I could accomplish something with my new toy.

I searched in the Cricut Design Space CARD section and found this simple and beautiful card using the Cricut Pen (one of the things I was most excited about my new machine) and a couple simple cuts.

Link to Drawn Mother's Day Card

Voila! So easy and beautiful. Now I feel like I'm on the right track. I can do this!  I did add one extra piece of pink cardstock to this design to highlight the MOM strip. I used pop dots to adhere the MOM to the strip and pop dots again to adhere the strip to the card. I love the silver pen drawn background.

Thanks for stopping by!! Hopefully I'll have more time this week to play with my new toy. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

:) Janis

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Happy Mother's Day Card

  • Sweet Sunday Sketch #266
  • Spellbinders metal dies for circle and lacy circle
  • Sil ID #78714 using print 'n cut feature
  • All papers from scrap box
  • Pop Dots to adhere little girl to circle and then again to adhere circle to card
  • Cardz TV Stamps "Happy Days" for sentiment
  • Sequins from stash
Thanks for stopping by!
:) Janis

Sweet Sunday Sketch
The ABC Challenge
Cupcake Inspirations
Color Throwdown

Friday, May 1, 2015

Livin' the Good Life

Welcome to the weekend! We've got more things on our to-do list this weekend like laying out more pine straw and staining the dock. I'm hoping it will all get done quickly since we've been working on everything during the week when it's not raining.

Today I have a card to share with you that I used the Fusion sketch & color theme to create. For some reason I'm getting an error when I try to upload the sketch and color theme, so be sure to pop over to Fusion and maybe even play along!

  • Sil ID# 72704
  • All pattern papers from Echo Park "Sweet Girl" 6x6 pad
  • Cardz TV Stamps "Summer Fun" 
  • Pop dots to adhere ladybug for dimension
  • Sequins & Googlie eyes from stash
Enjoy your weekend! If you are near Prosperity in South Carolina they are having an Art Festival and Frog Leg Appetizer Cook Off tomorrow. Doesn't that sound like fun?!

:) Janis


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Friends through Rain or Shine

Hi, everyone! Thank you so much for visiting me today. I have a CUTE card to show you. Ready to see it?

You guys NEED to go visit Mary's Cardz TV Stamps blog. She posts all her stamps so you can see what is in each set, and she has lots of samples of cards she has created using her stamps. There is inspiration galore over there. You will get so many ideas and love it! Not to mention Mary also has a Cardz TV Gallery blog where her Design Team (me included!) takes turns posting every weekday a project they've created using Cardz TV Stamps. The Designers post cards, Project Life Layouts & Scrapbook pages, 3D objects, Home Decor, Mini Albums, etc.

Today is my day to post over at the Cardz TV Gallery blog (every other Thursday for me). I thought this card would be perfect for my post. Here are the details:
This froggie just makes me smile. He's so cute!

I'm glad you stopped by. Enjoy the rest of your day.
:) Janis

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Weight Watchers Wednesday

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to my Weight Watchers Wednesday weekly journal posting. How is it going for you? I've heard from some of you, and I want to say a big "You Go, Girl!" Ms. B lost 10 pounds already! Yay! So proud of you all.

(I know there is a typo in the meme above, but it's still funny.)

I reached a milestone this Monday on my official weigh-in day. I have lost 10% of my starting weight. I'm down -20.8 pounds since I started the last week of January this year. I want to thank you all for reading my Wednesdays posts AND for commenting. It's encouraging to hear from you all. It really is.

According to Weight Watchers, reaching your 10% goal has these benefits:
  • A Healthier Heart
  • Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • More Pep
  • A Mental Edge
Keep up the good work, guys! See you next Wednesday.
:) Janis

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

PETS Scrapbook Double Layout

Hi! Thank you so much for swinging by today to see what's going on in my craft room. There is a brand new challenge beginning today over at my scrapbook challenge blog, Bimini Moose. It's always anything goes scrapbooking (tracditional or Project Life) and the twist is always optional. This go round the twist is PET PAGES! Oh yea! I'm all over that one.

We adore Mary Ann & Ginger. They are full blooded Pit Bulls, but don't believe everything you hear about this breed. Dogs act and react according to the way they were raised. Our babies are loving and snuggle bunnies. Even though they are now both around 70 pounds (Ginger is a little more, Mary Ann is a little less), they still LOVE to sleep in our laps. Which is perfectly fine with me!

Products Used:

  • Project Life pocket pages
  • Scrap papers for pocket backgrounds
  • Miss Kate Cuttables "I love my Dog" title - print 'n cut 
  • Stickers
  • Silhouette online store print 'n cut various doggie themed files
  • Xyron 1 1/2" sticker maker
  • ATG (Advanced Tape Glider)
  • PicMonkey (photo editing software - FREE)
Enjoy your day! Don't forget to stop by Bimini Moose to submit your scrapbook pages!
:) Janis

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