Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Day at the Museum

I had to do a four page spread for these pictures because there are so many good shots of the kids and my wonderful hubby I couldn't narrow it down further.  I do take a lot of pictures of my family and I scrap most of them.  Each shot of the camera is a memory and I want to include them in the story of our lives.

We spent the day at the Museum of Natural History in New York City and loved seeing all of the things that had been featured in the Night At The Museum movies.  The real Museum of Natural History is nothing like the one in the movie but some of the exhibits are adapted for the movie.  My girls got a kick out of seeing "Rexy" and the Easter Island head "Dum-Dum" as well as all of the "stuffed animals". 

Parts and Pieces:
Bazzill Basics card stock - Sprout
DCWV - At Home Stack
Stampin' Up! - Old Olive
Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge

Friday, October 21, 2011

Baby Birds

I always knew the 3 Birds on Parade Cricut cartridge was cute but until I actually used it, I had no idea it was absolutely ADORABLE!  I had a lot of fun with this layout and this cartridge.  Not only are the images fantastically cute, there is a font that is super cute too.  I look forward to using this cartridge a lot more.  I can see it easily joining Create a Critter as one of my favorites.

Parts and Pieces:
3 Birds on Parade Cricut Cartridge
DCWV Neutrals stack
Stampin' Up! card stock - Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween Decor

This shadow box is one of my favorite Halloween Decorations.  I made it a few years ago but wanted to share it today.  I really do not like spiders at all and it is so out of my comfort zone to use one in a decoration but this one from Doodlecharms just was so perfect for this frame, I couldn't resist it.  I think the "Have a Spooktacular Halloween" is from a retired Stampin' Up! set.

Parts and Pieces:
Shadow box from Michaels - Unfinished
Black acrylic paint
Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge
Creative Memories card stock

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Moving again

These pages are not among my favorites but they do show a great event:  Leaving Fayetteville!!  I know a lot of people like it there but I am definitely not among them.  I did not really enjoy our time there and would be happy if we didn't go back.  To me Fayettville is the place of 15-month deployments and fire ants and frogs.  Ok, the frogs were kind of cool but the rest of it not so great.  I think every military wife has at least one duty station they would never want to go back to.  Fayetteville is one of mine.

Parts and Pieces:
Reminisce Simple Travel paper pack
Stamping Station Stickers
Stickopotamus stickers

Monday, October 17, 2011

July 4th Fun

I have to say the fireworks display at West Point was, by far, the best we have ever seen.  It was so incredible to sit at Trophy Point, overlooking the Hudson River, seeing the New Cadets march in and listening to the Army Band.  It really was an amazing experience.  And when the fireworks started - *sigh* - incredible! 
It is hard to see in these pics but I cut the words "fourth of" out of glitter card stock and used dimensionals to pop up "July".

Parts and Pieces:
Graphically Speaking Cricut Cartridge
Paper Studio All Seasons stack
Stampin' Up! Card stock - Brilliant Blue
DCWV Glitter stack
Stars from Oriental Trading

Saturday, October 15, 2011

We've been "Booed"!

Normally being "Booed" is a bad thing but not at Halloween!  One of our neighbors left us a special Halloween treat with instructions to "Boo" someone else.  While trying to decide what to do I saw Robyn's challenge at My Pink Stamper.  The challenge was to make a 3-D object for a holiday.  Well, that was perfect inspiration to make a fun bag for our "Boo" gift.

Parts and Pieces:
Kraft gift bag from Target
Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge
Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge
Stampin' Up! Card stock - Whisper White, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango
Paper Studio All Seasons stack

Happy Scrapping!

The Great Outdoors

When we lived in North Carolina my middle daughter was very involved with a Girl Scout troop so fantastic we are not likely to see its equal again.  I have never seen two leaders inspire girls as much as these two wonderful ladies did.  My middle daughter learned so much from them and experienced so many cool things she probably wouldn't have otherwise.  I am grateful everyday for these great leaders!

Parts and Pieces:
DCWV Cotton Bloom stack
Stampin' Up! Basic Black and Yo-Yo Yellow Card stock
Cricut Expression
Graphically Speaking Cricut Cartridge
Prima Flowers
EK Success Brads

Friday, October 14, 2011

Braces Be Gone!

Oh Happy Day!!  The day my oldest daughter got her braces off was a day to rejoice for sure.  She was so happy and could not wait to be able to eat all the sticky stuff she couldn't eat before.
The letters for the title were left over from the pack I received with my kit from

Parts and Pieces:
My Minds Eye Totally Girl paper pack
American Crafts Thickers chipboard alphabet

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Easter Fun

All materials on the pages pictured came from a monthly kit I received from  I thought I would give it a try and really liked the variety of  materials I got with each pack.  I will definitely subscribe again once I get through my rather large stash of paper and embellishments I have stored in my scrap drawers.

Parts and Pieces:
Bo Bunny
American Crafts Thickers Chipboard letters

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

So many pictures!! So many projects!!

I cannot believe how many pictures I have to scrap!!  Thanks to the deals on Snapfish, I got 800 prints just in the past month.  I really need to get busy.
I have to admit I am feeling pretty overwhelmed right now.  I have many projects I want to work on but when I sit at my scrap table, I don't know where to start.  I don't know why I can't focus on just one thing and just work on it.  What is the best way to overcome this? 

Do I make a priority list?
Do I just start on whatever and see what happens?
Do I eliminate some projects so I feel less overwhelmed?

See how this can make a person completely crazy?

*sigh*  I guess I will just put on my comfortable sweats and get to work and try to not worry about the next thing I need to do.

Happy Scrapping!

Borders with the Imagine!

Yet another reason to love my Cricut Imagine - Borders!  This one from Imagine More was so easy and the colors were so fun to match up. 

Parts and Pieces:
DCWV Autumn Splendor Stack
Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquiose Cardstock 8 1/2 x 11
Cricut Imagine
Imagine More Cricut Cartridge

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Snow in NC

A rare thing to see...Snow in Fayetteville, NC

We were so amazed in January 2009 when it snowed in North Carolina.  The entire town shut down for two days for just a dusting.  The kids had fun running around and sledding down the small hill in our neighbors yard. 
I used some metallic paper I had picked up at Walmart for the title.  I love the chunkiness (is that a word?) of Mickey Font.  It was so perfect for the shiny metallic paper.  The border and snowflake accents are from a Creative Memories pack I had in my stash. 

Parts and Pieces:
Cricut Expression
Mickey Font Cricut Cartridge
Creative Memories - snow accents and border.
DCWV Textured Card stock
Best Occasions Metallic Paper pack from Walmart

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Beary Best Friend Card

This fun card is one of my favorites because it combines a few of my favorite things: Bears and my Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge.  The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper.  The background and the cutie bear's dress are embossed with the Cuttlebug. 
I can't wait to send this to one of my beary best friends. 

Parts and Pieces:
Cricut Expression
Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge
My Pink Stamper stamp set
Roses Cuttlebug embossing folder
Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder

Monday, October 3, 2011

Cricut Imagine in the House!!

My new "baby".

These were the four Cartridges that came with my Imagine.  So much fun!

The biggest change this year was the addition to a new "Droid" as my hubby likes to call my Cricuts.  I got a Cricut Imagine for Mother's Day.  I have to say this is the most amazing machine!  I love it.  I love that I can use my Imagine to create a scrapbook page in minutes and everything will coordinate and be so pretty and fun.  I have so many projects planned I don't know where to begin. 
With the craziness of the move (because all military moves are CRAZY!), I did not get to explore and play with my Imagine as much as I would have liked to.  I did a few very basic things, the first being the "Good Times" page element pictured above.  This is on the Imagine More cartridge.  Just a few minutes and I had it printed and cut out and ready to go.  I did make it just a little bit too big, but live and learn.  Now I know to check the size on the mat screen before I cut.
The layering was simple and I liked that I could choose between one solid element or layers so I could make changes if I wanted to, or I could make it like it is pictured in the book. 
I look forward to exploring the other Cricut Imagine cartridges available as well as using my existing Cricut cartridges in my Imagine.  The possibilities are endless!

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A New Home!!

I have made some pretty big changes over the past year so I thought that called for a new, pretty blog.  My family recently moved...again.  Being a military family, we move often and that calls for a lot of changes.  Basically everything gets turned upside down for a while and then you adjust and move on.  This is a very quick process usually because we are used to it and have learned to deal with what life brings and know that there is always a plan.  It may not always be what we want or expect, but there is a plan. 

One of the last things to get set up and in place is my scrappy space.  I do an initial set up and then have to spend a lot of time moving things and rearranging supplies as I figure out what works best for me.  There is always the struggle between my 2 personalities.  I know that deep down somewhere there is an organized person just trying to get out...unfortunately my more dominant disorganized self takes over and all hell breaks loose. 

I also have to make do with a small amount of space.  I keep vowing that one day, when we retire I will have a lovely room just for scrapping and it will be like the pictures you see in a magazine.  In the meantime I have to adapt and adjust my crafting with every move. 

I hope you have a wonderful day and have enjoyed reading.  I have a lot of plans and hopes for this blog so I hope you keep checking in and let me know what you think. 

Happy Scrapping!