Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Fun Cricut Challenge

Hey everyone!  It's time for a new challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2!  This week is a Summer Fun theme using your Cricut cuts, which has to be one of my favorite things to scrapbook.  So of course, I decided to do a summer layout of my two older kiddos when they were 3 and 2.  I remember thinking how those days were crazy, and it is hard to believe I am about to be there again except with 4 kids this time!!  Two kids at 3 and 2 seems pretty simple right about now. 

For my layout I used two of my favorite cartridges:
Simply Charmed (Such a good year-round cartridge)
Artbooking (Great for year-round with awesome titles)

Title:  Artbooking cut at 11 inches
Sun:  Simply Charmed cut at 4 inches.

Ice Cream and popsicles are from Simply Charmed and cut at 4 inches.

Face Stamps are Peachy Keen Happy Lashes Assortment set(one of my favorites)

Journaling card came from paper stack

Pattern Paper-Echo Park Summer Days 
Solid cardstock -  Recollections
chalks for inking edges
white gel pen for title

Baby Update:  Right now I am 36 weeks pregnant and cannot wait to be done with being pregnant.  I'm swollen, not sleeping well, and just pretty miserable.  I start my weekly check ups this week, and I am anxious to see if I've made any progress.  Even though this is my fourth child, I am still so nervous and praying for a healthy baby boy.  

On my food blog, I've put together a great round up of summer lunches to beat the boring lunch rut I sometimes have.
20 Easy Summer Lunches
And these really are the Ultimate Chicken Salad Rollups perfect for showers, picnics, vacations, or just a good lunch.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Graduation Challenge

Hello everyone!  It's time for a new challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2!  This week we are challenging you to make something with a graduation theme.  You can make a card, layout, or papercraft using a Cricut cut with the graduation theme in mind.  
For my project I wanted to make a graduation card for a young man, so I wanted to keep it relatively simple.  I used his school colors too.  As soon as I saw the overlay in the Artbooking cartridge, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  This card would be really easy to mass-produce if you have multiple graduates.  
The card base is 5 x 10 folded to be a 5 x 5 card.
The overlay from Artbooking is sized at 4.75 x 4.75 using the Cricut Craftroom.
The numbers are cut using the Cricut Craftroom Basics file available to everyone for free.
I ran them through my cuttlebug using the swiss dots folder.
The striped paper is from Recollections Basic Bold Stack.
Solid cardstocks are Recollections.
The inside contains a white 4.75 x 4.75 mat with a "Congrats" sentiment.

So we hope you will link up your graduation theme projects this week over at Bitten by the Bug 2!

And if you are a lemon lover or know someone who is, I have some lemon treats to share over on my food blog:  Diary of a Recipe Collector.

Lemon Burst Muffins

Have a great day!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Father's Day Challenge

Hey everyone!  It's been a few weeks since I posted.  I have a good excuse though!  We surprised our kids with a trip to Disney World on Memorial Day.  I have some pictures below to share with you.  We had an overwhelming magical time!

But first I wanted to share my Father's Day project I made for Bitten by the Bug 2 this week.  Father's Day is right around the corner.  I decided to make a special layout for an 8 x 10 frame for my husband's office.  I plan on putting a picture of him with the three kids at Disney World in the photo mat.  I also included a fishing pole with a fish since that is his most favorite thing in the world!

"DAD" - Mickey Font Cartridge
Fishing pole and fish - Simply Charmed
Solid Cardstock-Recollections
Pattern paper - Recollections Basic Bold Stack
Peachy Keen-Critter Faces Stamp for the fish

The Craftroom was a huge help as I planned out the size of the mats I needed.  

So we hope you will join us in this weeks Father's Day Challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2!  
I'm also entering this over at Fantabulous Cricut.
Now for some picture overload, but I just had to share!
The whole trip was planned in secret.  I had to pack secretly all weekend.  This was not easy!  I also packed up this huge box of goodies full of Disney stuff to take on the trip with us.  

We also decorated the van and got ready for the 12 hour drive (which we split into two days on the way).  

That morning we woke them, dressed them, and told them we had a surprise for them.  We led them into the kitchen to open their box.  At first, they thought it was just like a Christmas present, but as we asked them questions my oldest daughter said, "Are we going to Disney World?"  I said, "Yes!"  Screams of joy followed! 

The first day we went to Magic Kingdom.  End of May...33 weeks was HOT!  
I teared up when I saw the castle for the very first time!

My youngest is 2, and she LOVED every minute of it!  

We had such a great time.  We took advantage of every minute!  We ate at some of the most fabulous places too!  Yes, it was overwhelming and we were exhausted at the end of each day, but we definitely got our money's worth! 
I can't wait to scrapbook all my photos too!