Monday, March 16, 2015

B is for boy challenge complete!

  As soon as I picked this cartridge, I was off and

designing. I've waited all weekend and today I had some time to hang out in my craft room and put everything together. I still keep looking to see if I want to add any more details, perfectionism can suck.
I am usually a very clean and simple person when it comes to crafting but I'm really trying to look for ways to add those special touches.
As my first project for my Cricut cartridge challenge I'm very happy. I hope the recipients of these cards will be happy also.
Both cards are 4 x 5.5 and my Cricut Explore cut everything out beautifully. My expression would have never been able to cut as small and as cleanly.
These were so fun to design and I kept a small notebook next to me to make notes on little extras I could do. If you knew me well, you would know I'm a cut it out, glue it together, and put it on the paper kinda girl. I get nervous using patterned paper because of previous attempts with tearing and I forget to use my cuttlebug folders for dimension, because I'm freezing up creatively.
Hopefully all this will start to change as I use my creativity more.
Now, because I finished with this challenge so fast I'm going to start working on the next cartridge. Which is...
I remember buying this cart because we always seem to be working on home improvements around our house. I know I will be making at least one scrapbook page, but we will see. First, I need to go dig out some old pictures to inspire me.
Wish me luck!

Friday, March 13, 2015

My Personal Cricut Cartridge Challenge

 I now own 228 cricut cartridges. Wow. Not bragging at all, just overwhelmed and jazzed at the same time. There are soooo many cool images to use.
I've talked about it before, how I've wanted to use each of my carts at least once. Otherwise I've wasted money and I despise wasting money.
So I went through my list and compared it to what Cricut Design space says that I have synced to make sure everything was up to date.
I then enlarged my list, printed it out and cut it up. I drew a slip and we are starting to with...
B is for Boy.
Now I will work on stretching my creativity and use at least one image on this cart. I'm not going
limit myself, if I need to use another cart for an image I will, but the highlight will be B is for boy cart.
I'm leaning towards cards today in my planning because I've had a couple of acquaintances that have recently had baby boys.
But, if I can find a couple of photos of Wyatt, who knows, I may do a scrapbook page.
I'm giving myself a week to get this done, and if I get done early, I may start on another cartridge. I've also added a couple of free choices so if I want to do an svg project, I can.
228 carts, its going to take a while, but I'm really excited to see what this will do to stretch my creativity.
Joann's is having a 50% sale on Cricut stuff and I've stocked up on blades, vinyl, iron on vinyl. I think I have more than everything I need. Deep breath, let's do this.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Happy new year to me!!

I know that its actually March 1st, but life has been so over the top that when I've had a free moment I just veg out.
We've just finished up girl scout cookie season and this year I was cookie mom. Being cookie mom has been really cool and stressful at the same time. I have been blessed with some amazing moms and daughters that have made my experience fun. Of course Rob just sees it as time away from him, lol. My head has been filled with cookies for 6+ weeks. Inputting data, filling orders, running to council for more cookies between shifts at work. Cookie booths and making bank deposits. Text messages and facebook messages. I've been "on call" and part of me has relished the activity.
This is my cookie mom shirt that my wonderful leader, Kelly got for me. It brought tears to my eyes. My kids have grown and changed so much this past year.
January also brought something very special. Wyatt crossed over into Boy Scouts. We are so proud. But...that will be a post on its own.
Just coincidence, but today Rob and Wyatt came back from their first Boy scout camping trip to Patagonia lake. Another experience I need to blog about.
Big huge fat sigh.
This last Friday I created my first scrapbook page in 3 years. Oh the fear that gripped me. I did it project life style, to dip my toes back in the scrappy world. After my first page I started the task of getting the kids' school scrapbooks back on track.
Boy, did that bring back memories and had me in tears. It reminded my about why I blogged. So many moments from this last year...
Let's hope with my renewed desire to blog, my writing will get better too, lol
Onward and upward