April 21, 2011

Chipmunk's Winter Nest

Last year, we decided a BBQ was in order on Easter Sunday.  The weather was incredible!!  A warm and sunny 70 degrees.  The grill had been covered and unused all winter.  So we grabbed a fresh propane tank and cleaned off the patio table and chairs.  When we uncovered the grill, we found where the squirrels and chipmunks had been feasting all winter long.

It was pretty funny to see the mess they made.  Looks like they ate pretty well too!!

Looking ahead to summer, here is a layout from our day in Atlantic City watching the air show, Thunder on the Boardwalk.  I used a sketch from Inspired Blueprints.

Sketch first:

More orange for you too!!  I used Green at Heart by Basic Grey, Bazzill Cardstock and few other scraps.

I used SCAL to cut the title and then I stickled it.  The more glitter there is on a page, the happier I am.

A cute little metal bird from Dear Lizzy and a vintage little card round out the bottom corner.  Abbie doesn't like the card, but I do!!

Thanks for stoppin by and enjoy your weekend!!

April 20, 2011

Easter Cuties

Easter is just around the corner so here is an Easter layout.

Have I told you how much I love orange yet??  I know, I have.  But here is more proof. 

These were mostly scraps of patterned paper.  I used a Fiskars punch and the buttons are from CTMH.  I used Color Box inks for the edges.  The brown letters are from my Cricut and the orange ones are Thickers.

Looking forward to a fun weekend!!

April 15, 2011

No Real Snowmen Here

Only the one on the paper.  I think we have only made one or two snowmen at the most.  It always seems like the snow just isn't wet enough.  So here's my version of a snowman:

I added a little sparkle to the page by adding some Stickles to Frosty's scarf.

And by adding a little Stickles to the snowflake.

Well, that was the last of the snowy pages for a while.  I have lots of pics from this year, but those won't get printed for quite some time.

Looking forward to the weekend!!  Hope you enjoy it!!

April 14, 2011

My Cute Little Snow Bunny

The best part of the snow storm is taking the pictures to show just how deep it was.  And our front walk is perfect for that.

The paper is still Echo Park.  But I don't think that red swirly one is.  Can't remember.  And I made the weird little red border from some elements on a Cricut cartridge.

I better wrap up these wintery pages.  I have some cute Easter pages I did and can't wait to share them with you.

April 13, 2011

Back Yard Sledding

Our back yard has a pretty awesome slope that is perfect for a little sledding and tubing.  And we take advantage of it during every snow storm.  Usually at night too.  I'm worse than the kids, I can't wait for it to stop snowing and get on tube too!!

It's funny how the snow flake blocked out Abbie's face in the one picture.

I used Bazzill cardstock and the rest of the paper is Echo Park.  I made the snowflake border using my Cricut, but can't remember which cartridge it was.

That's all for today.  Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the blogosphere.

April 12, 2011

Another Sketch

Sketchy Thursday had this cute sketch on their site:

So I picked some of the left over beach pictures to creat this 4 photo layout. 

I love to get lots of photos on a layout because I take soooooo many pictures and I stink at paring them down.

I used lots of left over scraps for this layout.  I know some of the stickers are Soft Spoken and the letter stickers are from My Little Shoe Box, but that's it.

Can't wait for summer!!

April 11, 2011

Where's the Car?

Yup, that's right.  I actually had to ask that question when I looked outside from the craft room.  The snow drifts were so high before they plowed I couldn't remember where the car was.  And my poor hydrangea bush.  I could hardly see it by the time it finished snowing.

Here is the before:

And the after:

Tom worked so hard to clean out the cars...then the back hoe came by to help...after all the work was done.

Let the work week begin!!

April 10, 2011

Scrap Whispers Reveal

A few months ago I joined in on a game over at Scrap Whispers.  Here's how it works:

One person starts the game by creating a layout.  That layout is sent to a player to scrap lift.  When that player is done, her layout is forwarded to the next player to scrap lift.  And the game keeps going.

Our team's reveal is up at Scrap Whispers.  Here is my layout:

You can check out everyone's layouts and see the progression here.

Work starts again tomorrow so that means lots of laudry least favorite chore.  I think I'll scrap a little first to lift my spirits:)

Have a good day all!!

Winter, Again???

No, it isn't going to least I hope not!!  But I have been staring at these snow pictures for so long without inspiration.  But while at the crop, one of the vendors had a great Echo Park kit that I knew would be great.  So the next few days will be a chilly blast from the past.  Grab a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy!!

Poor Tom always gets the brunt of the shoveling!!  And he does such a great job too!!  No wintery, snowy layout is complete with a little bling and a border punch, don't you think???

Or some sort of snow flake embellishment LOL!!

All the patterened paper is from Echo Park.  I cut the banners by hand, that was fun!!  The border punch is from Fiskars and the bling is from Recollections.

Have a happy Sunday all!!

April 9, 2011

SCAL and Sketches

So you all know that my Cricut carts were lost for several months, right??  During that time, I realized that having spent all that money on cartridges was a big waste of money.  I had a Cricut machine just sitting on my desk gathering dust.  A constant reminder that I lost all that money. 

So I started looking at alternatives.  And one of them was SCAL (Sure Cuts A Lot).  When I use the Cricut, 95% of the time, it's to cut a title or shape.  I rarely use those cute cartridges that cut out flowers,or people, or pumpkins, or bugs.  So the thought of using any True Type font that was already on my computer was music to my ears.

Last week, I took the plunge!!  I broke my "no scrappy spending" pact with myself.  And I'm so happy that I did!!  This thing is AWESOME!!  I watched tutorial videos, played around with different fonts and settings, download a few fun fonts and dingbats.  And I don't think I'll ever buy another cartridge again!! 

Here is a layout I did using a title cut with SCAL.  I used a sketch from Sketchabilities.

First the sketch:

My version:

I used Bazzill cardstock and the patterned papers are from the Nutmeg collection of Cosmo Cricket.  Really love the colors.

I used a piece of tulle from Glitz and tied some fibers on it.  The bling is from Recollections and the little letters are from My Little Shoe Box.  I cut the title with a font that I already had and added liquid glass from CTMH for a little shine.

I bought these Prima Flowers 2 years ago and could never find the right colors for them.  I was so happy to finally use them.  Not sure flowers belong on a beachy page, but I'm stickin' with my decision.

It is a beautifully sunny Saturday morning here, so Abbie and I are going food shopping!!  Doesn't that sound exciting??

Hope your Saturday is a little more fun than mine...wish me luck!!

April 8, 2011

Light House at Sandy Hook

We are pretty fotunate to live in a state with so many wonderful and historic sites.  One of those is the light house at Sandy Hook.  New Jersey has many light houses, actually, though we have only visited a few.  Now that the weather is warming up, or supposed to be warming up really soon, we hope to spend more time outside and visit a few of those light houses.

I got all these supplies from my Scarlet Lime kits.  I don't know what brand the papers are, but I loved them!!  The cute little pebble with the bling is from Prima.

The charm is from Dear Lizzy and I love these great vintage looking cards.  I wish I knew where they were from!!

Enjoy the weekend all!!  I know I will.

April 6, 2011

Lunch with Christine

We love going to NYC.  That's no surprise.  But meeting up with my best friend from 7th grade makes it that more special.  We spent the weekend with Christine first in NYC to show her all of our favorite spots.  Lunch at Stand 4, Central Park, hot chocolate at Jacque Torres.  And then headed to Long Island to spend the rest of the weekend with her and her husband.  We had a great time, as usual!!  We already have our next trip to NYC almost planned...with a stop at a donut shop that was featured on Food Network.  I'll let you know when we go!!

I used mostly So Sophie for this layout.  There is a Basic Grey brad as the bird's eye. 

And a Melody Ross paper clip at the top.  I'm not sure where the rub ons came from.

Have a happy Wednesday!!