Monday, April 30, 2012

BBTB2/Ice Cream Cone

Our hostess this week is talented Penny who asked us to design with an ice cream cone.  We can use any cartridge that has this cut.  Here is my take on the challenge.  I can always use a birthday card and what better way to celebrate one's birthday than to have a yummy pink polk dotted ice cream cone?
I cut my ice cream cone from my CHARMED cartridge... the background is a Cutting Cafe printable, and  that is set upon some EK Success punched edging.  I added some pink and white polka dotted ribbon and a sweet little pink rose.   The inside says "Have a sweet birthday"....

We'd love for you to join us in our ice cream cone challenge.  Just make a new card using the selected die cut from any Cricut cartridge, link your card up to our Mr. Linky with a link back to the card on your blog.  Be sure to mention you've joined our challenge and don't forget, make sure you have disabled that word verification so we can leave a sweet comment.  I can't read those difficult words so I can't leave a comment, and our very own BBTB2 blog asks you to please disable the WV.  Remember, as a blog admin of your own blog, you cannot see that WV is enabled but we can if we visit.  If you need help to disable it, and would like to enable Moderator comments, that will allow you to have control over all published comments, please contact Donna or I and we will be glad to tell you how.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Nifty Fifties, Class of 1955

I am the Class of 1955 from West Phoenix High School, Phoenix, AZ.  The school name is gone, it has become a Tech school teaching wonderful careers to young people.  They have an awesome dining room with students learning the trade and we often have class reunions in the dining room.  Last Friday our class of 1955 celebrated our 57th class reunion. It was a big blast of a birthday party where most of the class will turn 75 in 2012.  We thought it was a sweet little twist to see 57th year of graduation, and flipped that becomes ....75...
Here is a giant poster I made using the Cricut cartridge "Nifty Fifties".  We were very blessed to be teenies in the fifties, doncha think?...

Monday, April 23, 2012


Happy Monday, dear visitors.  This week our talented hostess is our darling Krista who asked the design team to create using a ladybug or a bee...your choice, and you can use any cartridge that has those die cuts available.  My ladybug is cut from Doodlecharms. My card is a gate fold.  The base of each side of the fold has a pretty red pattern paper, then I mounted an embossed Nestie shape.  On the left side is the sweet little ladybug with googly eyes and some sparkly dots .  The sentiment is a Cutting Cafe sentiment.  On the right side of the card, I have added two flowers that were cut from George & Basic Shapes in several layers.  The inside of the card says "Happy Birthday Ladybug".  

We would love to have you join our challenge.  Just make a new card using a Cricut cartridge with a ladybug or a bee, upload the card and direct the link back to your blog with the selected card, give us a shout out that you have joined our challenge, and please please disable that awful word verification.  Our challenge rules have added the request to disable the WV.  I simply cannot read the difficult words and the end result is I visit the blog, attempt to leave a thank you comment, and then I leave disappointed because I've encountered the word verification.  I will email anyone with WV to let them know I've attempted to leave a sweet comment and I ask them to disable the WV.  Once I know that has been done, I happily bounce back to their blog to say hello and thank them for joining in.  If you need help in getting that disabled, Donna and I will be glad to guide you to the right spot on blogger to do rid your blog of the word verification. 

Monday, April 16, 2012


Happy Monday....Happy April. Here in AZ it is the month we wait for. A month to bring forth a short springtime that seems to scurry away before we can enjoy it. The flowers are blooming, the birds are alive with their happy songs....and it is a time when I can open up all of my doors and bring in fresh air and see the world about me. My darling cat Riley loves it too because he can rush from front door to back door, keeping guard and making sure those two porch cats, Sweetie Pie and Meow Meow, have not gained entrance to his inside kingdom. And when he tires of all that rushing back and forth, he simply lays in the center of the room so he can keep watch over both areas. I love this cat....!

It is also Birthday Month for our talented sister, Jeri, who asked us to design with balloons for our weekly challenge. All four of her daughters were born in April so she has reason for such a wonderful celebration. I used the balloons on my Celebrations cartridge but if you wish to join up with our challenge, you can pick a balloon from any cartridge. The rules are: make a new card that must use the selected cut from a Cricut cartridge, upload it to our Mr. Linky, mention on your blog that you have joined in our challenge, state which cartridge you used and a link back to BBTB2. And to be really kind, I hope you have disabled that awful word verification.

My card is a gate fold design, the bejeweled "wish" and word "birthday" overlap to the right side. Inside it just simply says "My wish for you is to have the best birthday". The jeweled sentiment was from the dollar bin at Michaels, and the printed sentiment is from Cutting Cafe printables "Happy Birthday 40 Ways" set and you can view that wonderful series right here:

Hope you join us on our challenge. Thanks for visiting me, and if you leave a sweet comment, I will so appreciate it.

Monday, April 09, 2012

BBTB2 Design Team Call

Hello everyone.... we are taking a bit of a break this week on our challenges but we will be back on April 16th with a neat challenge. Meantime, please take a peek at the BBTB2 blog because we have announced a design team call. As you know BBTB2 is a Cricut based design team and we are looking for a few more design team members to add to the inspiration of a creating cards with Cricut cuts. Please see what we are asking of you as a design team sister and follow the instructions if you wish to apply for our team. We cannot wait to see what you create.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Family and Friends

In March I hosted a Celebration of Life luncheon with family and friends to remember my Uncle Jack who died December 6th. He was much loved, and his passing has left a void in so many lives. Here is our wonderful group... We had a lovely meal, I shared some fun memories and I introduced each family to the group even though most of us were connected through my Uncle. He was cherished. I miss him. That me in blue front row, far left , and my darling daughter in law sits to my right. My son is in the back row, third one from the right.

Monday, April 02, 2012

BBTB2/Princess (the Word)

Happy Monday... I am so glad you are visiting me to see the Monday card challenge for the BITTEN BY THE BUG2 design team. Mona, our sweet DT sister, is the hostess and she asked us to design with the word "princess". You may use this word from any cartridge. I do not have a cartridge that had the welded word so I opted to use Blackletter and to cut each letter individually.

Let me admit. I almost opted out of this challenge. I have not had as difficult a time in creating a card in a long time and this one did me in. Four times!.... I made 4 other cards and they were so NOT, I tossed them. This card is the 5th attempt and I have to admit, I don't like it. But I never ever want to miss a challenge so here I am with what could be called a birthday card for a little girl. And as is so typical when things aren't going smoothly, after I photographed the card for upload, after I transferred the photos to my computer and I reviewed them, I discovered two of the little pearls had fallen off. Back to the studio, add the pearls, back to the patio to photograph again... sigh.... Last year in Michaels I was wandering around their dollar bins and I found the jewel butterflies and I bought several packages. I was cleaning the little bins and cups of whatnots yesterday and I found them. I decided to further annoy this card and I would add two. There are mini pearls as well...on the crown and on the lifted sentiment. Everything is embossed as it my usual style.

Please join in... create a new card using the word Princess from any Cricut cartridge, upload that card to Mr. Linky on our BBTB2 design team blog, be sure to mention on your blog you have participated and name the cartridge you used...and please make sure you have disabled that horrid word verification. I cannot read the letters and if I visit your blog to say thank you and comment on your card entry, and the WV pops up, I can leave no comment. I know you've visited BBTB2 to enjoy all of the wonderful creations from my design team sisters.