Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Creative Critter Notebooks & Renumbering Handbooks

Take a look at the CREATIVE CRITTERS BLOG! You will see the details on the notebooks that are provided to the Creative Critter Club members at classes and maybe get some ideas on how to set one up for yourself!

Many cricuteers already know how to 'renumber' the handbooks to coorelate to the keypad overlay... but if you don't, you can see some examples of that too, on the BLOG.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Obsessed With Scrapbooking!

Wow! I love to scrapbook! You could even say that I was obsessed with it! LOL! Just like my new BFF Joy! She is the author of http://www.obsessedwithscrapbooking.blogspot.com/ ... it's a great blog... she does a wonderful job of keeping up with the sales and trends and whatnots. I have been a subscriber for quite awhile and she came to my cricut class last week! We had so much fun that we all went out to lunch together and then managed a quick stop at Hobby Lobby afterwards!

Then Joy joined us again to crop all day on Saturday... she is the first scrapper I have come across who can challenge me in CRICUT TRIVIAL PURSUIT!! lol! Now, she has written the nicest review of my cricut classes on her blog... go read it and then subscribe to her blog so that you get the email notices about what's on sale where and when! She's the best!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Scotch ATG 714

My friend, Marianne, affectionately named the Scotch ATG 714... "Big Bertha". We all love Big Bertha within my circle of scrapping pals, including my mom. But for some reason, my mom has a hard time remembering which direction the tape is suppose to go! LOL! I think it is just her way to make me feel needed! Hehee

Well, she is going out of town for two weeks and was worried about changing the tape in her gun... so I simply took a sharpie and drew arrows and made notes. There actually are arrows there, but they are the same color as the gun... so hard to see.

It's the simple things in life that make it easier.
So... there you go. Even my mom can change the tape in her Big Bertha now! LOL!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

File Folder Mini Book

Would you believe that this adorable mini album was made from a $2 - 12x12 File Folder?

It is a little complicated to explain how to fold it, but once demonstrated... it is very very easy to do!
There are four tags that slide out of the pockets formed when folding the file folder together.

This is the back of the mini album... that is my daughter and youngest son... aren't they cute?

I could send directions on how to make this mini album to anyone who leaves a comment with an email address... seriously... its easy to do and makes a great gift for someone.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cricut Card Crazy!!

Hop on over to my Creative Critter blog and see all the cards that I have been creating with the cricut lately!! I've been busy!

I've been using WILD CARD, HOME DECOR, INDIE ART and more... details for each card and cut size are located on the Creative Critter blog

Let me know what you think! Is it too green? LOL!

Shadow Box Frame

I just love these shadow box frames from Hobby Lobby!

This one was so simple... my base was a 12x12 photo (Costco for $2.99) of my youngest son with a strip of paper from K&Co on the right side. The chipboard words "Sweet" and "Cherish" are also from K&Co, but the corner swirl is a diecut from Home Accents cricut cartridge (cut at 3"). I also cut the white base frame from Home Accents and layered his name from the BASE CAMP cartridge.

Here's how it looks on my wall... right above another shadow box of us seeing the play "Camelot".

I love how the black and white photo just jumps out at you!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

March Scrapbook Retreat

I have to admit that I was very disappointed that we didn't have enough croppers signed up to attend the Rockin'R this past weekend. So, we went to plan B (having a plan B is always good... doncha think?) and attended the ScrapShack in Frisco, Texas. It turned out great!! Eight friends attended... two from Houston, two from Austin, one from Ft Worth and the rest from Frisco. We rearranged the tables a bit to give everyone more space and EVERYONE got a cricut next to their seat on a separate folding table!

Everyone's goodie bags turned out so cute! I had so much fun making them... they included a flower chipboard album, rub-ons, unfinished birdhouse, flower coaster, luggage tag, nametag (made with the Plantin Schoolbook cricut cartridge!) and of course chocolate candy!

Cropping late into the night... Sonia & Shirley (the two on the right) were our all-nighters, cropping until 4:15am one night! LOL!

Nelda was a 'cricut-virgin' when she arrived. But, having the cricut right there at her table at her disposal for the whole weekend gave her the chance to really explore it! Before the weekend was over she was cricuting her little heart out and even ventured into paper piecing Disney pieces and made the cutest little Tiggers bouncing around on her pages! Way to go Nelda!

Along with scrapbooking, I love to cook and I got to do both this past weekend. There was tons of food all weekend long, starting with dinner at my favorite mexican restaurant, Mattitos, on Friday night. The 'Waffle Man' made a surprise visit on Saturday morning to fix yummy fresh fruit waffles for everyone and grilled the best tasting moist chicken for our Chicken & Ravioli dinner on Saturday night.

Cutest pajamas goes to Marianne!!! Her doggy pjs remind her of her adorable little pug, Max... awww.

We gave away lots of doorprizes... everyone won something... but the big doorprize of the weekend was the new and much-talked-about Cricut WILD CARD cartridge from Provocraft! Deeann was our big winner! She was so excited because she loves to do projects and cards and trust me this cartridge will keep her plenty busy!! I have started playing with the Wild Card cartridge and have decided to make one of every card on the cartridge... go to my CREATIVE CRITTERS blog to see them!

Sonia is a cricuteer... but this weekend she got to play with the bigger Cricut Expression the whole time... AND she even gave the Jukebox a spin too! Comes in handy when you have several cuts from different cartridges on the same page! No turning the machine off and on... paper going in and out... you just push a button and away you go!

Brandy is not only a Ladybug customer & friend... she's also our family photographer! She took my oldest son's graduation pictures, my daughter's birthday pics and prom pics, our annual family photos and most importantly and most recently... she was the photographer at my daughter's wedding! Below is a picture she took of her own beautiful daughter... SEE! She's a great photographer! And her daughter is just adorable! Think about it too... as a scrapbooker, you want your photographer to think like a scrapbooker too... and she does because she is! LOL!

I believe a good time was had by all (especially me!) and everyone is planning on registering for the next Ladybug Crop All Day Retreat because it is on National Scrapbook Day... May 1-3, 2009! You can get more details at http://www.cropallday.com/ and there's still plenty of room... so come join us! You will love what I have planned for this event!