Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Casting Call

Poor Austin did not enjoy having his hands & feet in that *cold* gucky stuff for the 3D castings!

**Had a text from Brenda & apparently the yucky stuff is warm not cold! LOL! Still yucky!**

My friend Brenda came to the house to get the castings done & then she created beautiful shadow boxes for them. I love how they turned out. The foot on it's own is a fridge magnet bonus & the hand is also a bonus. :) Contact Brenda at: if you are interested in having castings done locally & she also travels to Calgary & area. 


I used the following Cricut Cartridges :

Fancy Frames - for the large tag photo mat; I hid the inside cut & then cut the frame at 7" high x 10" wide. I used the outside border of the cut for page 2.
 Tags, Bags, Boxes & More - tag at 4"
Base Camp - title at 2"
I inked with Tim Holtz Stormy Sky distress ink. I usually use Tim's distress ink somewhere in my projects. :) I also used some Ice Stickles on the stars found in my stash. The rest of the embellishments are also from my stash but I specifically bought the Jolee's hand & feet castings for this layout.
Thanks once again for stopping by. Enjoy your day!
Barb :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Finally Some Time to Blog!!

Hi everyone! I haven't been too good at posting but on the bright side, I have lots of layouts completed! I was at a 3 day crop/retreat this past weekend. I was joined there by my wonderful daughter-in-law, Christina. The men folk stayed at our home to look after baby Austin. I think it was a learning experience for them! LOL!

Christina & I had a great time at the crop which was put on by Scrappers' Cove in Invermere, BC & held at the Best Western. We both got loads accomplished for a change! We have attended this fall crop for the past 3 years & normally don't manage to get much done. Christina worked on Christmas cards while I did layouts.

This layout shows how confused poor Austin will be in a few years. Ryan is a die-hard Oiler Fan & Christina is Flames all the way! To top that off Grampa Jeff is a Canuck fan & wants his own page of Austin in his newly ordered Canuck jersey!! LOL!

As usual for me there are lots of Cricut cuts on this layout. I always use my Gypsy as well. :)

Cartridges used:

Dude - for the flame; cut twice @ 11" high
Robotz - for the title "Flames" @ 1" plus shadow & question marks plus shadow @ 1 1/2"

I used lots of Stickles on this page. The base cardstock is black on this side of the double layout & navy blue (looks black in the pic) for the right side so I stitched with white floss to bring the pages together. Used foam tape to pop the "?" marks as well as the pennents. Also used a Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers to round the corners on the main picture & mats - used the "cloud" shape.

I think I like this side better. :) I'm pleased how good the Oiler symbol turned out even though it was so simple to create.

Cartridges used:

George - for the circles - cut all inside each other @ 8" 9" & 10" - used the 8" & 10" cuts
A Child's Year - for the oil drop (actual cut is a rain drop) cut 1 each at 2" 2 1/2" & 3"
Robotz - for the title "Oilers" (plus shadow) starting at 1" for "O"; 1 1/4" "I"; 1 1/2" "L & E"; 1 1/2" "R" & 1 1/4" "S"

The picture of my son & daughter-in-law squaring off here fit perfect with the page. :)

Thanks for stopping by & feel free to leave any comments & suggestions you may have. Have a great day ... Barb :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I've spent a few hours attempting to put the "Pinterest Button" here somewhere but nothing I do pleases the computer gods so will leave that for a while. Something to do with the URL having things that it shouldn't but I just copied & pasted from Pinterest Goodies.

Here is a layout I did recently as I am a new gramma (June 17/12 on Father's Day). The LO was actually done as a kit for the LSS to sell. I made kits for about 18 months (42 kits in all!) but when my friend sold the store I decided it was a good time to get out of the kit making business. It was a lot of fun but very time consuming. Also, I had to use things in the LO's that were going in the kit & nothing else. Some of the kits, like this one, were done with older papers & products to get them moving out of the store inventory.

This kit included the following:
12”x12” Bazzill Cardstock – 2 White & 1 Blue, 1 12”x6” Bazzill Cardstock - Lilac, 7 Pre-Punched Border Strips in Various Patterns from DCWV Papers, Package of Flora Doodles Brads, Package of Flora Doodles Glittered Daisy Flowers, Package of Flora Doodles Glittered Butterflies & Dragonflies, Packet of Green Floss, Ribbon, Computer Generated Quote, Stitching Template, Large Die-Cut Heart, Small Die-Cut Heart with Shadow & Die-Cut Title with Shadow.
The photo mats are for 4"x6" pictures

For this layout I used:

Cursive 101 was welded together for the title - "B" & "G" were cut @ 2.5" high & not welded with the other letters. The remaining letters cut at 1.5" high. I then cut a shadow to match.

Doodlecharms for all the hearts. Large background heart cut @ 10" high, small heart tag @ 3.5" high & a shadow for the tag @ 4.00" high.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Day 2 of blogging & I'm still trying to build my page & make it pretty. :) I'm going to attempt to add a photo now. Shudder!

Wow! That was easy ... just like the Staples Easy button. :)
This is a Layout I did for the 2nd Annual Canadian Gals On-Line Cricut Swarm. The challenges in the swarm are also what got me thinking I should start a blog as everyone seems to have one.
I used Graphically Speaking for the title - Precious @ 7" & Treasure @ 6". I cut the words about 5 times to create a chipboard effect as none of my cricuts like to cut chipboard. Then I used gold, copper & lime green Inka Gold to color the title & make it shine. The photo doesn't show all the colors but in real life it is so pretty. This was my first attempt at using this product even though it has been sitting on my shelf for about a year. I will definitely be using it more now.
Info on Inka Gold can be found here:
I also used a Lucky 8 punch (Classic Wreath) to create the die cut for the background. I love the We R Memory Keeper Lucky 8 punches & have a collection of 6 now. I think that is probably enough!
Next I added flowers from Prima & Petaloo, a rhinestone & voila! Done!
Thanks for visiting. ... Barb

Saturday, October 13, 2012

And so It Begins ...

Wow! I can't believe I am starting a blog! I thought I'd be the last person on the planet to have a blog. Just like I was going to be the last person to have a smart phone. I gave in and got an IPhone last month & now look at me blogging! :)