Saturday, February 26, 2011

I Cried Yesterday

The mail lady rang my bell yesterday and there was a package from my youngest Grand kids.
 I went up the end of Jan. to babysit them while my Son in law took my daughter away for her birthday.  The kids and I had so much fun going to the library, Mickey Ds, a jumpy place, making cupcakes, cookies, shopping for Mommy's B day presents.  They out did themselves getting mulit colored ear rings, a bright pink bracelets and a glittery key chain.  Aw, the things a 6 year old and a 3 year old pick out are pretty funny.  Now of course Mommy has to wear these things.  Like I told her, suck it up, I did not let them buy the bright pink and orange watch!!!!

When I opened the box this is what I found!

That in itself is so sweet but this book was so cool.  Let me say that the ringtone  on my cell phone is my 3 year old grand daughter's voice singing me " You Are My Sunshine"  I love baby voices and little kids voices.  The way they say things are so cute.  I know some day they will grow up and those voices will be gone forever!!!


 You see the white case along the bottom of the right hand side.  That is a recorder and their voices are recorded on every page.   The oldest one talks then reads the page, the youngest one talks and then makes the sound of the animals on the left page.  Cute,  I mean so cute!!! 

I so wish you could all hear their voices.  I had no idea it would do this when I opened it so it was a surprise!!!
 And then I cried!!!!  Tears of Joy and tears for how proud I am of my daughters and the way they think of other people, including their Mom and Dad!!!  Also for how they are teaching their children  to value other people.  Yes, I am one proud Mom and Grandmother. 

So today I will listen to this sweet book again.
 And tomorrow,
and the day after!!!!!!   and................

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fun Disney layout

 Maybe I should rename this blog, Disney.  It seems like I have been doing Disney layouts forever but I love how this one turned out.

 Used a combo of several of my favorite things, like brads and the little letters. Love my brads and all ways looking for more.   Doodled with Creative Memory pens is another fun thing I like to do but do not do it often enough.  I cut the rings and arrows on the Circut which is at the top of my fav list.  Then glitter paper.  This is not my fav glitter paper but there is some new glitter paper coming out by American Crafts that I so want to try when I find it.  From a friend Joy, she says  "it cuts like butter" on the Cricut since it looks like glitter but is smooth to the touch.

The second page has the story done on my computer.  Simple block style since I wanted the circles and arrows to be the photo accents.  
Sorry the cropping is not better on this~~  but you get the idea.  Have a great day!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

POO POO and Retirement

A couple days ago I posted  one of the layouts I did, called "Disney Magic." I told you that the orange paper on the layout was made from elephant dung!! 

Well, last night was my hubbies last night at work.  He is now retired.  One of his gifts was a notebox and note papers made by the Elephant Poo Poo Paper Company.  Yep, you guessed it.  Made by a different company but made of the same stuff.  I was laughing so hard.
 Seems to be a lot of Poo Poo going around this last week.  I wonder if that is a sign of things to come????????????

Just in case there is anyone out there who needs some of this, I have included a link.  I am snagging these note cards for my scrappy stuff!!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Disney Again

Monday, February 14, 2011

Looking Back With Love

Today I was looking at the layouts I have created over the years.  Since it is Valentines Day I thought what a great way to spend a few moments. ( or with my amount of scrapbooks an hour)  This layout was created 2 years ago and is very simple but I still love it as it says so much to me and tells the story of a Great Love.

This is my Mother who died 3 years ago with her only great grandson. I had all girls so my Grandson is the only boy in the family. My Mother had only 2 children me and my brother. My brother died when he was in college in a diving accident. This is my fav photo of her and Drew, my Grandson.
 I have had it for a long time and he has one in his room now.  It was what he wanted from her house when he came after she died. He was 9 when she died and the fact that he went to this picture and ask for it touched me so much.   This is for his book. I just wanted him to know and remember how special he was to her. She really loved us all but Drew completed her life again.

Since my Mother's death, I now have 2 Grandsons.  My oldest Daughter remarried after all these years and I got a Grandson and a Grand Daughter.  It is good to be a Grand Mother.

Have a Wonderful Valentines Day everyone.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Valetines Card Or ?????

Found this paper in a bargin bin at Beverly's.  Twenty cents.  I loved the clouds and knew it would make a cute card.  I love clouds and popping them up.

Running though my mind was the thought that pinks clouds would cheer you up.  Forget the silver linning in every cloud, give me a pink linning.  This paper is call Candy clouds from Recollections. Candy and Pink what more does one need to brighten their day!!!!

Now you so could use this for a Vday card too with the sentiment of  " Stopping by to ask you to be my Valentine"

The punch is Martha Stewart and the ribbon was a 99 cent bargin spool.

I have enough paper left to make a couple more!!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine Mailbox

I have so many of these mail boxes. Not decorated, of course.   I sent these to my  four oldest grandkids.  Now I have to figure out what to do with the rest of these.  Maybe Easter gifts for the younger 2.  Hey, candy is candy!!!!!

Thanks to Christina and her Creations with Christina blog for the instructions and design for this.
I love the ribbon that I used to cover the edges of the base.  The hearts are glittered and so pretty.  Went back and got the rest she had when our LSS closed. 
Now to make a Valentine card for hubby since he is working on Vday we are celebrating on the 13th. 
Have a Great Valentines Day!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chip or Dale

I love this paper!  It  has a metalic shine to it and is from Reminisce.  So easy and fast to work with.  The title asks the old question of who is who in the chipmunk world.

I used Design Studio and Mickey and Friends for the bottom boarder on this.  I have had DS for a long time and have done very little with it.  I have decided this is the year I will learn!!!!!!!  Thank goodness my friend Megan knows it well and does it so fast.  She is only a phone call away!! Just getting the layers to fit took me 2 hours and lots of questions to the Night Owls on our thread.  I shaded the acorn tops with a Zig marker from my friend Pam.
For the title I went back to one of my first carts, Printing 101 and then did some pen work on them.
Now for the answer to who is who.  This is Dale.  How do I know?  It is all in the way his teeth are spaced!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Disney Magic

I love when Disney Photographers but the little extras in the pictures.  Like Tinkerbell in my youngest Grand Daughters Hand.  I still have tons of Disney pics left to do!!! 

 This paper had lot of fun colors on it that I decided to pull some of them out with the circles along the bottom.  The glitter title is from Cricut Hello Kitty Font cart and the shape on the top left and lower right is cut from Storybook.  I needed a place for the small photo to rest so I came up with the lower right block. 

Now the odd part about this page is that the peach textured paper is made in Africa and was sold at the Scrapbook Expo a few years back.  It is made from elephant dung.  Yep, that is what I said.  I thought the guys was crazy but it is great looking (and it does not smell)  I promise. He also said it was helping the African people by providing work for them.   I am not to sure about that but I will go with it.   It is hard to get any tape to stick to it so I had to use glue.

I need to work on some other theme besides Disney!!!  My pictures have been restored to my new laptop from the old one.  Thank you Office Depot and Devon!  So now I need to work on ordering a bunch of them.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Meeting The Mouse Put A New Spin On Screamin' Mickey

I decided to do a Disneyland layout for the debut of our Cricut World Blog since Disney layouts seem to be what I have spent most of the last year scrapping.  We love to take the grand kids to Disneyland and since we live close we do it a couple times a year.  Now if you look at the top  picture you can see that the littlest one is not going to look at Mickey BUT in the lower one she is all out screaming!!!  She wants nothing to do with the mouse and is letting everyone know it!!!!!!!
The old style news reel Disney papers of from Creating Keepsakes.  They are old papers but I found the sand colored one at Tuesday Morning a few months back.   The white version of it is my last scrap of it! :(  
 I have had it for years and now I have used every bit of it. I will miss that paper.

I used Cricut Mickey and Friends cart to make the thumbs down, the word Mickey and the white Mickey hand in the upper left.  Boys will be Boys cart was used for the arrow pointing to her screaming.  One of my favorite carts Lyrical Letters was used to cut out the rest of the words.  The Loop Dee Loo key for the "screamin" and the word "on" and the Jumbo key for all the rest of the words. This cart has such different types fonts on it that work for so many different styles.
 The tag "Meeting The Mouse" is  from Creative Imaginations.  The Mickey Head is a paint chip someone gave me from Home Depot.  I just trimmed it down so that some of the cream background still showed. 

Hand turned upside down to become a thumbs down.
I love to date my layouts of when the pictures were taken.  Years from now as the grand kids look over their books the date will be important.  I usually journal but this title with the pictures said all there was to say.

  Don't forget to go over to Cricut World and check out what my friends have created also.  You can find the button on the right.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Thank You Pam

My friend Pam from the Night Owl Thread gave me lots of goodies when we got together in Colorado.  I have put many of the goodies to good use.  She gave me this precut sheet with Grandma all ready cut out.  She also gave me a set of pens that I used to doodle around the cut out.  This was fun to work with.  One because I had not done something like this before and the other because it used a lot of those Disney photos I still have.   Plus some older supplies that I have gathered over the years.  

The letters are a combination from Scenic Route (which I have a lot of).  Love them and have them in many colors.  Used K and Company for the word Karli (of which I have brought several sets) 

The tag and arrow grouping was a combo of some of my fav accents including the plastic Mickey head and cloth tag .  I cut the heart from vellum using my cricut and added brads from Around The Block and Queen and Company.  Love those arrow brads from Around the Block. 

Thanks Pam for the fun goodies to play with!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Sometimes you find the perfect layout for pictures that you have!!  This was the case for these cruise pictures I had of my oldest Grand Daughter.  She went on a cruise with my youngest Daughter as a babysitter for their 2 children.  My oldest Grand Daughter loved cruising and all the fun things they got to do thanks to the add on excursions.

Megan, a friend of mine let me borrow  a Creating Keepsakes magazine July/August of 2010 that I was looking at when we had a scrap day together.  It had the perfect layout on page 47 by Gretchen McElveen.  So I scraplifted it.  Of course the papers are different but it is a total scraplift.  I loved how she popped the clouds and for me popping one of the photos worked too.   These are older papers.  Which I have a lot of older papers being the collector I am.

The cruise lesson 101 journaling is what I came up with after talking to my Grand Daughter.  Her goal is to go on more cruises after experiencing this one!!!

I have done so many layouts of this cruise that I was not on.  Thank goodness my Daughter takes lot of pictures.  
 The little inchies are from a swap that Megan hosted.  I was not in it but as the hostess of the swap she got doubles so she shared with me.  Thank you Night Owl group and Megan.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cricut World Goes Live

Today is the day that Cricut World goes live.  We are a group of friends who have a love for our Cricuts and want to share this love and the projects we create with others.  Click on the button to the right and find out what they are sharing today!! 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Just Hanging Out

Today was a day just to relax and hang out with my friend Megan and some cute little guys. 
We say we  hang out to scrap but mostly we just solve the World's Problems and catch up on what has been going on.
Since Megan went to CHA (Craft and Hobby Association)  there were a lot of fun things to share and look at.  There are some awful cute lines of paper and embellishments that are coming out soon.  Of course, each catalog had great ideas and pics of layouts and cards.  So many ideas and so little time.
Then there were these cute guys and school to go to plus a " before lunch" play time at the park. 
Perfect sunny day here and warm temps so the park was a great idea.  We are so lucky we live here and not the snowy freezing parts of the country!!!!  I look at pictures of what is happening to the other areas and think how do people do it.   Shoveling snow off of roofs ( had never heard of that until a couple of weeks ago), cars that slid around on the streets and do not stop when the brake is applied, layers and layers of clothes just to keep warm.  I can not imagine what it is really like.

While the boys were suppose to be napping we were going to make cards and get ready for uploading the projects for the Cricut World blog that debuts tomorrow.  Naps did not work out as planned but we (or I should say Megan) found time to work on my blog and turn it into something a lot nicer.  Now the comment section has been changed so you can leave a reply to a comment not just the blog itself.   And you can be notified when someone answers you.  The over all look is much better.  Sort of looks like I know what I am doing.  Do Not Be Fooled!  It was Megan not me.

There is now a link to Cricut World and Megan's blog with more links to follow.  

Tomorrow is the launch of Cricut World blog.  You can find the button on the right.   We hope you find inspiration and ideas!!!   New projects will go up over the next several days!!!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Home at last

My time with my little ladies is over for a while. All the hugs and bye Grandma made me a little sad to leave. We had so much fun but I so enjoyed a full nights sleep and waking up 9 hours later totally rested. Hey, a Grandmother needs to sleep too. Then I grabbed my coffee and sat down to my lappy.

It was a good morning!!!! Then my lappy gave me the screen of darkness. It would not open Windows no matter what I did. Morning NOT so good now. :(

I talk to my friends online with this, view their projects, get my news, emails and write letters that go snail mail. PLUS there are things to be discovered on the Web especially since CHA had just happened. So there were blogs to catch up on and scrappy goodness to discover. BUT no my Windows ( pun intended) to the world would not open.

I packed up my lappy and took it to the first place I could think of. They said $69 to look at it and it was a software or hard drive problem so it could be another $200 to $400 to fix it and 5 to 7 working days. Then I ask about a new lappy since the other was 4 years old. With the answer, " that is what I would do" I headed off. The first one was perfect, wide screen. a name I knew and half the price this one had been 4 years ago. More memory, more rams, I was sold. WRITE ME UP. But none in stock or out to be delivered. The next machine was $400 more. Was told keep calling next week and maybe they will be in. Save me one? No, just keep calling. Nope not a good plan. Not happy. So I pack my old lappy up and head to another store.

Office Depot, Devon, the tech plugged it in and said it was the processor since it gots so far into opening and then went to the black screen. We talk, I could get a new lappy that was so much faster. And guess what, the same one I looked at before at the other store, same price, and in stock!!! I was sold but now my pics and favs are on one and it is not this one. :(

Devon told me about a $10 part that I could order, where to get it and exactly what it was. I am not the world's best at this knowledge, far far from it. When it arrives he will transfer my data for me. YEA!!! Why?? Because I never backed up my pics or sent them to a pic ordering place. I was going to do it but for a year I had not. I was busy playing catch up with the other 500 pics I ordered to scrap. I will not make that mistake again!!!!!!!!!!! Another YEA, is I have 100s and 100s of fav places saved. I need them.

Now, I need to spend the day loading my program, Family Tree Maker and Cricut Design Studio!! Lets hope this goes well!!!!