Welcome one and all to my little world! What will you find here, you ask? Well, you will definitely see a lot having to do with my favorite hobby - scrapbooking (both traditional & digital) and paper crafts. I also like to post tidbits about my life every once in a while to keep it "personal." The biggest stars in my world are my son, William, and my hubby (and biggest fan), David! I hope you enjoy it here, and please feel free to become a follower (Click "Follow this Blog" below to the right!). I'm constantly adding new ideas, great deals I may find on craft goodies and you may even run into a tutorial every now and then! Happy Blogging! :o) ~Vicky Jo

Sunday, April 26, 2009

SU Projects

Just wanted to share the projects we made at SU club this month!

3 more LOs

Just a few more LOs to share!

PP on "Walking (with help)" is from K&Co "Hopscotch" line. I created the accents using my SU supplies, and the letters are AC Thickers.

Of course, this has got to be a favorite - it's my favorite messy doodly style. I hand drew most of the elements, and the pp is also from the K&Co Hopscotch line.

PP on this one is from Colorbok. I used some foil paper and my Big Shot to create the concentric circles using my CC Cuttlebug die.

"Bubbles in Bed"

This was a super fun LO to do! (Special thanks goes out to my bud, Michelle, for showing me how to do the bubble technique!)

PP is from Prima, Journaling was again printed on DS PP, I cut the title from SCAL using a font called "Inspiration." The bubbles were cut from transparency paper using my Cricut (Plantin Schoolbook cart). I cut the scroll frame using the Storybook cart. I got the poem off the internet, but ended up modifying it a bit for my needs.

Here's the bubble technique -in Michelle's words! :o)

"I inked the edges [of the bubbles] with white ink and used the eye shadow applicator to make the highlight. I let it dry for a few then used that powder [it is an irridescent pearl-ex type powder]. Then just be careful not to touch it. I used the liquid glue pen [ZIG ball point glue pen] and traced the edges and voila it shoud stick to your page."

(The only thing I did different was use a white paint pen to make my highlights stick out a bit more. For the white ink on the edges, I used the Staz-On Opaque stamp pad in Cotton White.)

"Our Day in the Sun"

Here's a 2-pager I started a while back and finally finished up this weekend!

PP is MME and the letters are Thickers from AC. I printed my journaling out on DS PP to get the white lettering.

Friday, April 24, 2009


...Not much more I can say about this site - this chick is awesome!
Talk about inspiration!!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Getting rid of Cricut "Tick Marks"

I decided to post this tutorial because I thought there may be other Cricut users like me who get annoyed with the little "tick marks" that the cricut machine cuts into things like boxes, envelopes and other items that require folding. (These are the little tiny cuts that are meant to show you where to score/fold your projects). I find that frequently, these cuts are a little too obvious and sometimes even tear open when I try to fold. So when I was making all my Easter baskets, I came up with a way to get rid of them, but still have the ability to know where to fold my paper!

Caveat: To do this, you need to have Cricut Design Studio (CDS)!

Step 1: Cut out your design (with the tick marks) on a scrap piece of cardstock paper. This will be your template - so it's best to cut onto something sturdy. Also - since you will be cutting the exact same one later with CDS, it is best to start there and cut your template in CDS in the desired finished size.

Step 2: Using a pointy object (like a paper piercer), carefully "open up" the tick marks on your template so you can fit the tip of a pencil through them:

Step 3: In CDS, go to your original file and right click on each of the tick marks and choose "Hide Selected Contour". As you do this, each of the tick marks should turn a different color, signifying that they will not be cut with the cricut.

Step 4: Cut your design out on the paper/cardstock that you wish to use for your finished product(s). You may want to do a "test cut" on a scrap piece of paper to make sure you hid all the tick marks.

Step 5: Lay your template (with the tick marks) over your "final" project (without the tick marks) lining it up as accurately as possible! (This is where I highly recommend the Basic Gray magnetic precision mat! You can use the heavy-duty magnets to hold your project down and keep it from slipping!).

Note: You should place your final project (on the bottom) wrong side up so that when you mark your tick marks, they wont be visible.

Step 6: Use a pencil to mark through each tick mark on the template:

Step 7: Remove your template, and your should see your tick marks!

Step 8: Use your tick marks to guide where you score/fold:

Step 9: When you are through folding, you may wish to erase your guides if they are too obvious:

Step 10: Assemble your project, and voila! No nasty little cuts in your project! :o)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bronco Cruisin'

The other day, William took great pride in helping Daddy put the new back seat into the Bronco. Then we went for a little cruise around the neighborhood as a family for the first time. He was a little wary at first - not sure what to think about all the fresh air hitting his face, but then I think he decided he liked it!

Basic Gray Inspiration Pages

I am a major hoarder of all things basic gray, so when the "Embellish It" booth had these great layout samples, I had to take some pics so I could hopefully get to using my stash of BG paper! I have this horrible habit of NOT using the paper I love. So I thought I would share for those of you that may share my disease or just want some inspiration!

I uploaded these pics at a little larger resolution, so if you click on them, you should get better detail:

The new Lime Rickey:

The new Wisteria:

CK Convention

My good friend, Michelle, and I had a blast at the CK Convention in Mesa this last weekend. We made off like a couple of bandits and had to make a trip to the car half-way through the day! There were some great deals and lots of new products to snatch up. This was my birthday present from David, so I had a generous little budget to work with. (THANK YOU, HON!!!)

SO many booths.... so little time....

We couldn't resist laying out our spoils of the day and hamming it up for the camera:

Our two evenings there were strictly reserved for some serious scrap time! Friday night was definitely the funnest - we got to play with our new goodies! Oh - and who can scrap without a Route 44 drink from Sonic?!? :o)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Almost Summertime?!

Things are warming up here pretty quick! It was so hot the other day that we took out William's little water park - he had a blast!

The dogs

I thought this was a pretty priceless pic of Chessie and Samson snoozin' in my craft room. Poor Chessie has to sleep next to this "bed hog." :o)

I got my Mojo back!

YAY! I'm out of the scrap slump!!! I'm sure it's all due to the CK conference in Phoenix (I'll post pics of the trip soon). Michelle & I had a blast! We took our scrap gear with us and scrapped in our hotel room each night. Here's a few from the trip as well as some I started and finally got the willpower to finish!:

I know he will kill me one day... but I just couldn't resist this one. :o) PP is K&Co "Actopus to Zelephant"

I really like this one... I used:

1. Basic Gray "Sugared" PP
2. Cuttlebug "Red Tag Sale" letter dies to cut the felt letters on my Big Shot
3. Heidi Swap Ghost letters lined in white MM paint
4. Bo Bunny "Write On" stamp set (in Yellow)
5. Journal tag is from Fancy Pants "Delight" collection.

Lifted this from a CK mag. PP is from My Minds Eye. Ribbon used is from S.E.I. (Dill blossom), Basic Gray and Martha Stuart.

I love doing LOs with me in them - it allows me to get some girly stuff on the page that would otherwise never be used. :o) Here's the list:

1. PP - Prima "Nursey Tales" Collection
2. Flowers - Prima
3. Brads - Paper Studio & Creative Imaginations
4. Leaves were cut from Storybook Cart
5. Metal Embellishments - Tim Holtz
6. Glitter Letters - MM (aqua) & K&Co (pink)

This one was a lot of fun - PP is Crate Paper "Static" collection. Chipboard letters are from Creative Imaginations.

PP on this one is from KI Memories - it's from an Elise collection. I cut the letters with the Stamped cart and filled the inner letter with red stickles.

I love how this one turned out! PP is from the DCWV "Grade School" stack. Yellow letters are vinyl thickers (American Crafts) and the remainign chipboard letters are from the Tim Holts grungeboard line painted with white MM paint and then outlined in my Stampin Up markers.