Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Home for the Holiday Layout

Hi Everyone, 
I've been in this crafting funk lately, I think it's because all my creative juices have been going to my project at work and I just haven't had any left...Even my last few cards I haven't been in love with...

Tuesday night I came in my craft room and saw my Echo Park Season's Greeting collection sitting on my desk and said "Tina (that's family calls me Tina and not Christina) look at that collection is just sitting there waiting for you to do your last 2010 layout with...get crackin"

So I did...

I started playing with the papers first, figuring out how I wanted to lay it out and then I did my photo collage. I found that helped me get going and really started to get the juices flowing. 

When I did my journaling I went with #'ing the photos so I can say who was in each photo. I cut those cute little #'s with my Silhouette. I used a font called Vaguely Repulsive, I have no clue where I got that font from, but they are super tiny and cut like butter.

The gathered ribbon was inspired by a Paper Trey Ink Monday video I just watched the other day. I've done this technique before in a single row, but never double. I love the look. The satin row needs to be sewn, but I have to wait until 12/25 to do that. My older sewing machine has been giving me major trouble lately and I really needed a new one. I was reading someone's blog the other day (sorry I can't remember who it was but I think Kristina Werner may also have this machine) and they picked up the Brother CS6000i machine. Found a great deal on Amazon so I asked Scott to get it for me for Christmas.

Home for the holiday was also cut on my Silhouette. Here is the cut I purchased from Silhouette America's online image store. 
Well that's all for today. Hope you have a wonderful day. 
Supplies I used to make today's layout are listed below :)
Hugs to all,

Supplies (note: Silhouette SD is no longer available so I linked below to the new Silhouette Cameo, oh how I want that Cameo....)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pre-Christmas Traditions

Hi Everyone,
I love this time of year. I love all our holiday traditions,  decorating, baking cookies, and spending time with family.

One tradition is the tree goes up Friday after Thanksgiving and decorated that Saturday...
Saturday night after my tree was all decorated and standing there looking so pretty I see a set of lights start flickering...and then there goes the whole tree...Two hours later we figured out the problem (one set of lights was bad along the string and knocked the surge out). We had to undecorated sections of the tree and put new sets of lights on and re-decorated the tree. Thank goodness I didn't have to take all the ornaments off and re-do the whole tree.

Here is Taylor, I was worried our kittens would be a little too happy about the new big toy we installed, but they seem to be leaving it alone...Thank you! 

Another tradition is decorating the outside of the house before Thanksgiving so we can turn them on Thanksgiving night. Here is what they look like this year :)

This is just a random picture of a decoration I have set up on a table

I'm heading out early today to do some shopping. Have a great day everyone.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Merry & Bright

Hi everyone,
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and an enjoyable weekend.

Today's card is a super quick card using Cricut Cartridges Very Merry Tags and George & Basic Shapes (both cartridges are available on as digital downloads) I had a whole plan on making a shaped card with the stocking image and then it turned into this. I was inspired by the piece that I cut out for the shaped cards top layer...

This is one that you could easily reproduce. You just need to change the sizes to fit a standard card base...

Here is a quick video on how I put this card together. Super simple and super quick...
Watch below | Watch on You Tube

Have a great day everyone. I'm off today and tomorrow and plan on getting the presents wrapped and maybe finish up the shopping. I love this time of year :)


Supplies (click images for links)