Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Luau Mini Album

     The Safari Fever is's time for Luau! I made a Luau Mini Album that's super quick and simple (literally finished in 1 day). It's for a little person named Charlize, who just turned 2 and is having a Luau Party this Saturday! I figured a Luau Mini Album would be a nice gift so her parents can fill it up with pictures from her party. I used a 6x6 pre-made chipboard album, painted the edges, and covered them with pretty summery papers. All the cuts, including the title, are from the Luau Cricut Cartridge. I did not completely glue all the die cuts down, just partially, near the corners of the album pages, so photos can be tucked underneath them.

Charlize's Luau Party Mini Album

 Enjoy the rest of the photos!

     I hope you enjoyed my latest mini as much as I enjoyed making it. Thanks for coming!


A Luau Gift Tag

     I created a gigantic gift tag to attach to a large gift box for a little lady who's having a Luau-themed Birthday Party this Saturday.

The base is 6 x 12. The glittered hibiscus and leaves on the top right corner are part of the patterned paper. I cut the Hula Girl from Paperdolls Cricut Cartridge, and stamped the face using Peachy Keens' Everyday Characters. The word "Aloha" comes from the Luau cartridge. Then the oval label on top is from the George cart., layered on to 2 more colors. Turned out really cute!

Thanks for coming,

Sweetie Pie Card

     Here's a cute little card made by my friend Kat... she created it using the "Just Because Cards" Cricut cartridge. Pretty!

     Thanks Kat! : )

Thanks for coming,

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Centerpoint Feature on Cricut

     I love the CENTERPOINT feature on the Cricut Expression. It makes it so much easier for me to make printed labels or tags, such as these:


     I simply printed out my wordings on cardstock and cut 'em out with the Cricut (George cart.). I've always wanted to make oval labels and been tempted to purchase an oval punch (quick fix) and luckily, I've been successful at convincing myself otherwise. Oval punches (and other basic shapes like circles and squares) can be very limited in sizes and cannot fit as many words in them. They're good for random die-cuts but for labels and tags, they don't offer much flexibility. 
      Here's how I used the labels I made today:

As a gift tag 

I matted the tag with 2 more ovals to highlight it even more.

I used the 2 other small ones as part of the title
 of my latest mini album. 

Here's a close-up of the the label below the "Luau" title.

     Lastly, I used the biggest one for the back cover of my latest mini album (I will share the mini album with you in a separate post):

Album is 6x6. I cut the label at 5.5.
It fit perfectly.

     If I had to use oval punches to do the above, I would have needed to purchase about 4 different sizes. Plus, there's no 5.5in. punch available to create the label in that last photo above. Or at least I haven't seen one! : )

Thanks for coming,


Monday, May 28, 2012

Ysabella's Post

     Ysabella wanted to post something so I told her to put it on paper and I would take a picture of it then post it for her. So here it is : ) .....

Ysa's Post


Dessert Bar Banner

     Took a while but I finally found it...a photo of the dessert bar banner I had made for Ysabella's birthday party last April 8th. I was actually looking for a different photo when I happened to see this. I didn't know our volunteer photographer (thanks, Aivs!) was able to capture the banner in full view.

"Ysabella's Sweet Shop" Banner

     I made the banner using the following Cricut cartridges: Birthday Bash (banner), Ribbons & Rosettes (rosettes) and Alphalicious (letters). Colors I used: Kraft (banner base), Cream (banner), Pink (letters), and Pink/Green patterned papers (rosettes). I strung the pieces together with a ribbon. Super-easy to make. This can also be created without a Cricut. Simple cutting with scissors will do for the banner shape, and then the letters can just be enlarged and printed out from a word-processing software. There's a million fonts available on the web nowadays so the letters should not be a problem at all.

     This was another banner I made for that day. It says "Happy Birthday Ysabella". I altered the colors on this one a little bit, and I used Mother's Day Bouquet Cricut cartridge for the flowers. 

"Happy Birthday Ysabella" Banner

     I hope this helps anyone who's planning to make a diy banner. I just find them really pretty and they add some character to any kind of party or celebration.

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cards Mania Part II

      Just a quick follow up on my Cards Mania post (please scroll down to check it out)... 


     The CRICUT CARTIDGES I used for the cards are the ff:
  •  Doily Card - Wild Card
  •  Hammock by the Trees - Wild Card 2
  • Popsicle and Watermelon - Doodlecharms
  • Bikini - Pack Your Bags
  • Compass and the word Enjoy - Graphically Speaking

     So case anyone is interested to know where the designs and cuts came from : )


Tutus Love Sneakers

          This is the girl behind the tutus and the sneakers.... my Ysabella Bianca.

Summer Delight

Always full of wonder.

     I wish we can tell our little ones to "stay little"...just a little while longer.


Go Green!

     My friend is celebrating her daughter's 2nd birthday with a Luau Party. She wants the guests to re-use their refreshment cups which I think is very earth-friendly. A lot of times we tend to just grab a new cup each time we go for another drink at parties...even if it's the same drink! So I totally agree with my friend's idea and couldn't say no when she asked me for help on making the luau-themed sign and instructions. Here's what I came up with:

My friend wanted a sign with instructions
 that  can  be displayed on the refreshment table
so the guests would be aware of the hosts' preference.

     She also wanted something simple so this is totally digital...100% cricut free! 

Poor lighting, sorry : (

     I printed it on white cardstock, trimmed, and used a regular 8x10 frame for a stand. Here's how it looks like before the print out.

     I enjoyed creating it, and had so much fun playing around with the graphics. I also liked this project because it promotes "awareness", especially for the little kids who will attend the party. The earlier they learn about recycling, the better for them and their future.

Let's go green,

Strawberry Lime Margarita

     My Strawberry Lime Margarita...

Homemade as always. Courtesy of Chris.

     Keeps me company while blogging. : )


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Cards Mania

     Hi everyone! Some cards craziness going on here : ) Today I want to share some cards I had just created. All of them are "summer-themed" except for one that's "travel-related" (actually, it's also appropriate for summer since most of us take road trips in the summertime).

In summary : )

Love popsicles!

This one's a cute doily card sporting a
slice of watermelon. This design was inspired by my co-worker
Kat's watermelon obsession!

A very simple "send-off" card for someone who's going
on a trip.

This one's a cutie! Nothing can be more summer-ry than this : )
That little banner on top says "Summer Fun".

Is there anything more relaxing than this???
I'll put "a hammock" on my wish list. Even if it's just for
the backyard : )

     'Hope you enjoyed my latest creations. Thanks for coming!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend,

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Safari Gift Tag

     I know...I'm having a safari overload... but it's such a cute theme! So I made this huge (6x6) gift tag for EJ (the birthday boy who had a safari-themed party today and for whom I created the Jungle Boogie mini album). It turned out so cute! At first I had doubts about the size but the gift box was big so they went well together. I thought it would be nice to say ROAR! instead of the traditional "Happy Birthday" sounded more...well...safari!

Safari Gift Tag

       I guess this project would conclude my safari adventure. : )



Just A Quick Post

     Hello! I gave my blog a little make-over. Just more of the colors I love. Aside from the new colors you see, I also love Red. I just can't use it on here right now. Maybe come Christmas time? : )  I've loved red since I was little. But as I was growing up, I started to pretend to like other colors, too...such as Charcoal Grey, Metallic Blue, Periwinkle...the list goes on and on. The more complicated they sounded, the more I liked 'em : ). But I guess when you get older, your choices become more "real", more defined. You get back to who you really are and what you really like which makes you really happy. Red makes me happy! So yeah... maybe around Christmas...I'll use red around here : )


Are You Licensed to Grill?

     Are you licensed to grill?

Our official griller is. : )

Happy Grilling,

How Do You Define "Cute"?

     How do you define "cute"? This is how I define "cute"..........

EJ's cake at his safari birthday party today.
Sooo cuuuute!!!!!

'Til next post,

Friday, May 18, 2012

Jungle Boogie - a safari themed mini album

     Hi everyone! I want to share with you "Jungle Boogie", a mini album that I finished last night. It's an "express mini album", I finished it in 2 nights! A friend had requested it for her nephew's safari-themed 1st birthday. I kept it simple. It didn't require any captions or journaling, because the plan is just to put some random photos in it, and display it at the birthday boy's dessert table during his party. Plus, the pretty patterned papers made it so easy. I used "Safari Kids" and "Animal Crackers" by DCWV. Older collections but definitely not out-dated. Here are the Cricut cartridges I used: Create a Critter for the safari images, Life's a Party for the title, Alphalicious for the name "Babbu" (I welded it), and Base Camp for the letter tags that hang in the binder ring. This post is photo heavy....enjoy!

Jungle Boogie
A safari-themed mini album

Same view, only with a smiley ball that my daughter Ysabella
insisted on including in the photoshoot : )

EJ for Eron Josiah, for whom I had made this book.
Letter tags from Base Camp Cricut Cartridge.
The safari tags are from the designer paper, just cut
to size and matted on cardstock.

"Babbu" from Alphalicious, gypsy welded.
Palm Tree leaves out of Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge,
which is the source for most of the cuts.

Glossy accents on the palm tree leaves for "dew drops" effect.

Love this giraffe!

I didn't do anything with this page as it's already pretty.
Just added a photo mat.

Cute li'l monkey from Create a Critter.

A close up of the monkey cut. I made it look as though
he's hanging on a branch.

Didn't do much here...just stuck some safari images from
the paper line..... this one.

The alligator looks like he just came out
from behind the grass : )

He's really cute up close : )

I glued just the bottom part of the grass to
make it look more realistic.

Some more safari friends.....

This image is already part of the paper.

Palm Tree from Create a Critter

Last page, with another image I cut out of the paper, matted,
and pop-dotted on the corner of a photo mat.

The back cover.

And here's a close up of the tags...

Thanks for coming. Happy Weekend!