Cricut Lunch Notes & Feeling Kinda Old

I pulled out my sewing basket last night to help my eight-year-old daughter sew a costume for her “Around the World Puppet” and inside I have my safety pins stored in this . . .

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My daughter got this puzzled look on her face, held up the canister, and asked “WHAT is this?!”

“Oh, that’s a film canister.”

“A what?!”

Yep. I had to explain to her about actual FILM in a camera . . . you know . . . from back in the OLD days. LOL!

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But that’s not all! My youngest daughter who is five and a half, just came into my office, walked over to me and started rubbing my back in a consoling manner . . .

“Mom, I feel so sorry for you because you are going to die soon. I really like being with you and I wish I could be frozen with you in the grave.”

Then she skipped merrily on her way.

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Now, I know I have a few wrinkles appearing, but I didn’t think I looked THAT old! :)

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I have a school-themed project to share with you that I did for the Cricut Circle a few years ago. It was also featured in the debut issue of the Cricut Magazine . . . and I just realized that I never shared it here on my blog. These cute little notes were meant to be lunch notes to give to your children, but I also think they would make a cute gift for a teacher. What teacher couldn’t use a box full of encouraging notes to pass along to their students? Right?

Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression Personal Electronic Cutter
Cricut Cartridges Used: Doodlecharms, Give a Hoot, Plantin Schoolbook
Other Supplies Used: Cardstock (Aqua, black, brown, cream, kraft, light green, orange, red), Patterned Paper (brown, green, yellow), Book Paper, Small Lunch Box (Target Dollar Spot), Variety of Ribbons, Corner Rounder, 1/8″ hole punch, Brown distressing ink, Black journaling pen, Computer & printer for wording, Various buttons, Scissors, Trimmer, Pop dots, Adhesive

Here is a closer look at each individual card.

Thanks for letting me share!

See you soon!

Easter Outtakes

Each year we have a family get together at our house to have an Easter egg hunt for all of the kids. Each family brings eggs to hide and then depending on the weather we either hide them in the basement, or outside in the front yard . . . that is, if the ground isn’t too gushy from the Spring run-off. :) Last year, we were able to have it outside and it was so much fun! Especially for me . . . someone who would much rather take pictures of cute kids finding eggs in the sunlight than in a dark basement. ( It makes for much better photos to scrapbook later on. LOL!)

After finding the eggs, we had the kids pose together on the porch for a few photos. It’s so fun to see them act goofy together and their personalities and relationships really come out of the woodwork. Even though we never get a “good” picture of having them all look at the camera at the same time, I don’t mind, because we are able to capture another side of their cute characters.

A lot of times I think of myself as a multi-personality scrapper. LOL! One minute I’m in the mood to keep things clean and simple. Another time I’m in the mood to make something cute-sy. Another time, elegant. This time, I was in the mood to layer and play. I used the NEW My Mind’s Eye Follow Your Heart “Be Happy” collection by Rhonna Farrer. I love the soft colors. They remind me of the delicate blossoms that burst out on the trees this time of year. I changed my photos to black and white, simply because there were too many colors going on in the photos from everyone’s outfits.

I think I used almost everything made in this collection . . . patterned paper, chipboard elements, decorative brads, trims (twine), transparencies, 6″ x 6″ paper pads, and stamps. I had a blast exploring each one! I even used a few label stickers from the new Miss Caroline collection, too! The letter stickers are by Prima.

I couldn’t resist cutting out the polaroid frames from one of the patterned paper sheets . . . and decided to create a little Easter basket vignette with springtime grass and Easter eggs.

I mostly used the 6″ x 6″ papers inside the polaroid frames. I used to think that the 6 x 6 pads were just for cardmakers, but I will admit, I LOVE using them with my Cricut cuts and for layering. It’s so nice to have all the designs I love in a smaller scale for such purposes!

The Easter grass was created with a border punch by EK Success. The Easter eggs were made with an old Paper Shapers punch (EK Success) I have had forever . The Easter basket is a cut I found on the Doodlecharms cartridge, and then cut with my Cricut Expression machine. I finished off the polaroid frames with a bit of twine, word stickers (Miss Caroline collection), transparencies, chipboard element, and a few decorative brads (gotta love that butterfly! (I would LOVE an entire package of those!)

Scrapping this page made me giddy that another Easter egg hunt photo-opportunity is right around the corner! I need to get busy on Easter projects!

Happy Spring to You!

Jana

My Mind’s Eye Spring Card & A Couple of Cricut Circle Projects

Hi Friends!

Can you believe that we are into Spring? It’s a typical Utah spring in my neck of the woods . . . snowing 4 inches one day, sunshine and warm temps the next. I don’t mind Mother Nature teasing me a bit, but I do wish she would make up her mind and send the sunshine more regularly. Hehehe!

Speaking of sunshine . . . I was missing it the other day while watching big, fluffy snowflakes fall outside my window, so I decided to create my own “indoor weather” with a happy Spring time card. :) The bright colors of the My Mind’s Eye Fine & Dandy Tickled Pink collection was the perfect remedie.

I also wanted to share with you a few of my older projects that I created for the Cricut Circle Blog. As you may know, I am the Blog Design Team Coordinator for the Cricut Circle. As a member of the Cricut Circle you get access to a private message board, private blog, and private magazine . . . along with many other great perks! To find out more you can visit THIS PAGE on the Cricut Website. The Cricut Circle Blog is something that I am very proud to be a part of. When you become a member you can log in every single day to view new up-to-the-minute, detailed, gorgeous projects by our team of 13 designers complete with close up images, cut information, how-to’s, tutorials and downloadable Gypsy files. Here are a few things I created for the blog last fall.

TRICK-OR-TREAT Banner

IMAGINE PLAYHOUSE PRINTS

Thanks for coming by!

Jana