Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cricut Mats...for all us "thrifty" people!


Don't you hate it when your Cricut & Silhouette mats loose their stickiness. I know I do and at $10 or $11 a mat it can tend to get expensive after awhile. I was surfing through Pinterest last night and came across all these great tips for renewing the mats. Here are the easy steps:

1. Take your mat and with warm water and any mild dish soap (I used Palmolive) and one of those plastic/rubber scrubbers and scrub the mat well to take off all the lint and paper bits that end up on them through all the use. You can also use one of those Mr Clean Magic erasers rather than the dish soap & scrubber to take off all the lint.

2. Let your mat air dry, this is important as you don't want to dry with towels or paper towels as you'll just put lint right back onto it. Once it's all dry you can feel it with your hand to see if it's sticky enough for you. Both of my mats were quite sticky after it air dried so I didn't do the next steps.

3. If you want your mat stickier take some masking tape or painter's tape and tape off the edges of the mat. This is done so you don't get the sticky glue on those edges where the rollers of the machine will run over it and start getting them sticky, which would not be a good thing for the machine.


 4. Once you have the edges taped off you can use some "Krylon Easy-Tack" or "Quilt Basting Spray" and spray the mat with it and then let air dry. You can also use "Zig 2 Way Glue" wide tip and just run down the mat from top to bottom with the the glue and let it air dry. Once the mat has air dried if you think the mat is too sticky you can condition it by place your hands on and off the whole mat.

**Disclaimer: Using the above methods to recondition your mats may void the warranty.

I hope you'll try this out and that it works as well for you as it did for me, I love anything that will save me money! Have a great day!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Swirlydoos October Card Challenge

So I entered the Swirlydoos Card Challenge for October 2014. Here are the twists for this month.
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#1: Basic colors of your card have to be white/off white/cream/beige/light brown/light blue. You can use them all or just 1, it is up to you. You can use 1 different color, for example, the flowers. (you may use different shades of this color for your flowers) Of course it is okay to use black or dark brown for your sentiments.

#2: Stenciling/ or stamping

#3: Use some sisal/ unraffled twine/ thin thread, as long as it adds texture!


I'm on Team 2, week 2, following Linda Pekrul's card from week 1, here's her pretty card:
I basically stayed true to Linda's card. I used some blue and brown/creme winter papers from my stash. I used some blue ribbon instead of twine and a snowflake instead of a flower. I used my "Noel" stamp for my sentiment and used a few blue gems dotted around the card along with some lace. Here is  my lift of Linda's card: 
 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Another wedding layout

I decided since I was doing layouts for our daughters wedding album for her I should do a page with one of the invitations I did for them. The layout is based on a sketch I found on Pinterest but now  I can't remember who's sketch it was, if anyone knows let me know so I can give credit where credit is due. So here's the result, hope you like it!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Father of the Bride

Another page for the wedding album. I just love both of these photos of my husband and his/our daughter. I love how happy our daughter looks in these photos and how happy my husband is, he is so happy that Noelle has found such a wonderful husband and he knows he doesn't have to worry about her anymore...even though he'll still worry, you know how men can be about their daughters, lol. The papers I've used for this layout is a wedding kit that I bought at Walmart. The paper is not really a heavy type of card stock but it's still good for these wedding layouts. The black flowers I've used were in my stash but I believe they are from Petaloo and the white flower is from Manorhouse. The die cut white branch & leaves are from Die-namite's dies. I'm quite pleased at how it turned out. TFL!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Ring

Well I seem to be on a roll, I've actually managed to do another layout for our daughters Wedding album. This one is a photo of her engagement ring. It was so cute, she was saying how sparkly it was when she sent this photo to me. A few minutes later she text me a 10 second video of her hand moving so I could see how it sparkled, lol. For this layout I used Websters "Hollywood Vogue" collection that I had in my stash. Once I started laying things down it came together quite quickly...I think my mojo finally decided to come home from vacation. Anyway here's the finished project, TFL!
 

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Engagement

Well I've been in a real scrapping funk these days, my mojo went on vacation and forgot to take me, lol. I promised our daughter that I would do a scrapbook of her wedding for her. Yesterday I got my butt in gear and did the first layout for the album. I started with a photo that the kids got taken on the night they got engaged. I was texting back and forth with Noelle about getting engaged and she filled me in on exactly how Frank proposed to her. I took her words from that text and used it for the journalling on the layout. I thought that it would be cool for their future kids to read this and see how it all happened and how happy their Mom was by reading her own words. So here is the layout, I hope you like it! TFL
 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Beautiful Wedding

Wow I can't believe it's Sept 26th already, it's been a crazy month what with weddings, company and a short little 2 day girls weekend. . The wedding was beautiful, ceremony on the beach at sunset, walking down the beach with her Dad, just brought tears to my eyes, she was so beautiful. That little girl I'd known since she was five had grown into this beautiful bride that looked so happy as she stood facing her husband. I looked at my husband as he watched them exchange their vows, blinking to hold back the tears, he was one very proud Dad! Here are a couple of photos.
Now I have my work cut out for me as I try to get all of these photos scrapped to give them their wedding album, hopefully by Christmas, lol.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Countdown

Only  11 more days until our daughters wedding! Since they live on the mainland and we are here on Vancouver Island we are not to involved in all of the planning and organizing, that's mostly up to Noelle & her fiancee and her Mom. It's going to be a small wedding with the ceremony on the beach and reception at a local club. 

My dh and I went shopping for a new suit for him this past weekend, I must say he looked pretty sharp when he tried it on. I managed to find a nice out fit yesterday at only the second store I went into, so I'm very happy about that and it should look nice with with my dh's new suit. My dh even managed to get his speech all written out for when he makes his toast to the couple. I think he's getting nervous, I'm pretty sure he'll have a few tears in his eyes when he gives her away!

I did the invitations for them for the wedding. They found one they liked, with a fall theme on the internet but it had owls in the tree and they wanted to have 2 cats with their tails forming a heart. So I drew the cats and basically copied the tree in my Paint Shop Pro program. They really liked it so it was basically printing the invitations off and matting them with a nice burnt orange color card stock and they were done. Here's the finished project.
Thanks for stopping by!
 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Funny Face

I swear my scrap mojo has gone on vacation and totally forgot to take me with it. I've only done two layouts all summer and this one would be no.#2. Thank goodness for sketch's that help us out when this happens. This layout was my take on the July 2014 Celestial Summer sketch challenge at Swirlydoos Kit Club. This is the sketch.


I'm a scrapper who believes in scrapping all sorts of photos of our lives, beautiful moments, family gatherings, Christmas, birthdays and yes even silly photos. So with that said I had this very funny photo strip of my grandson & I. The wedding that we went to in August the couple had rented one of those photo booths you see in the malls. The fellow that owned it had all of these silly costumes and things you could use. So I had the big bow on my head and my grandson had this silly half mask on. I love the pic of my dgs kissing my cheek with those exaggerated lips, lol. So here's my take on the sketch, I hope you like it!
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Weddings

Some friends of ours wedding was at the beginning of August and I have to say this was the most fun wedding I had ever been to. The bride and groom had both been married before so instead of the regular type of wedding they decided to do a theme wedding, which was the "Roaring Twenties". The couple have acreage on a lake and the wedding ran through a whole weekend. Everyone brought their campers, trailers or tents and we all camped on their property. Most people arrived on the Friday night, there was a "Speak Easy" bar set up in one part of this huge work shop that had been built and the other half of it had a stage and all the tables set up for the reception. On the Friday night one of the fellows of the band for the wedding played an acoustic guitar and was taking requests and a bit of karaoke, even my grand kids got up and sang. The ceremony was at noon on the Saturday, the wedding party were all in costume and most of the quests were in costume.  There was a few hours between the ceremony and the reception, which was a good thing as it was so hot we definitely needed a swim in the lake. The reception was fabulous, lots of good food, good friends, dancing....definitely the best wedding I've been to. I did the wedding invitations for our friends wedding, here's a pic of the invitation and a few of photo's from the wedding.
 In case you're wondering the fellow with the bunny ears in his hat is suppose to be "Bugsy Malone", lol.