Garage Rules Sign

IMG_1556Sorry for the crappy picture! This was made on wood with acrylic paint. I first cut the vinyl on my Cricut Explore. Cut each sentence into strips and used a ruler to mark where the words go. Then I painted my spaces red, yellow and white.  Put the vinyl words on using transfer paper then painted over all of it with black. Be sure to let the paint dry completely. I tend to be impatient and have ruined several signs. =( On this one, I had some touching up to do where the paint bled under or where my lines weren’t quiet right but I think it turned out okay!

Feel free to use my .cut files I have the one I did with my husbands name and then I did one with Dad. You can always delete it and put in your own. The fonts I used are listed below. Three are downloadable (just click the name of the font below and it will take you directly to it) and two are Cricut fonts that come with the subscription. You may have to play with attaching if you have vinyl big enough but I didn’t so the sentences are but the entire image is not. You can click Select All to size it. Mine is 14w x 19 inches. I resized the links below to 11.5 x 14.5.  You can also use the Select All to attach it completely and cut it in one fell swoop! Have fun!

OH! And the flourish between the NO & YES is from the Chalkboard Fonts Cartridge. I think you might need that or delete it and use one that you have available. Happy Crafting!

Scott’s Garage Rules Design Space cut location:

Dad’s Garage Rules Design Space .cut location:


System Fonts downloaded from


Miss Smarty Pants

Hand Shop Typography

Cricut Design Space Fonts

Birthday Cakes

Birthday Bash


Random Cards w/Cut Files

Here are a few projects I made in the new Cricut Design Space with the Explore and a few that I made with the Expression 2 in the Craft Room.  Please comment if you use any of my designs or want to repost anywhere. I would love it…Thanks for visiting! Dragonfly-2

Cricut Explore Projects:
love you a latteFather’s Day Latte Card

Image Sets: Love You A Latte, Creative Everyday Cards

Font:  Country Life

Design Space .cut location:

ToolTool Father’s Day Card

Image Sets: Handy Man (tools),  Just Because Cards (rounded rectangle) The First Few Years (the triangle for the light) Paper Lace (border) & Chalkboard Fonts (flourish welded to flashlight), My Quiet Book (rectangles)

Font: Soiree Lettering & Birthday Cakes

Design Space .cut location:

The text on the right side is not attached. Attach to one white rounded rectangle.

Pegboard:  Upload as a jpeg file and weld to the other white rounded rectanglepegboardBeers To You DadMake It Now Beers To You Dad

Image Set: Father’s Day Card-Beer

Customized to have an inner label. In the file I deleted my text.

Design Space .cut location:

Tandem BikeTandem Bike Make It Now Card

Image Set: Simple Holiday Cards

Customized to have an embossable background (I chalked mine with Pebbles Inc. Pearlescent Chalks) and an insert.

Design Space .cut location:

1970968_10201704296916273_7396901538481327162_nFlip Flop Birthday Card:

Image Sets: Something to Celebrate (Happy Birthday), Bag Toppers-Summer (Flip Flops) & My Quiet Book (rectangle)

Design Space .cut location:  Believe In Yourself 15th Birthday Card

Image Sets: Ashlyn’s Alphabet, Fontopia, My Quiet Book

Cricut Design Space .cut location:

f58b65d794f1e1b5d0e5c571633bb6f1Make It Now Baby Card

Image Set: Life’s A Party

Cricut Design Space location:

 The following two cards doesn’t have Image Sets listed but the .cut file is there. You can just open it and see if you have the cartridges needed to cut. 1045059_10201704296756269_8711961261554877727_nEaster Card Card




And here are a few cards from the good ol’ Expression 2 days =)

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Christmas Cards w/free printables

Here is the first batch of Christmas cards I have made! Yay. Love this time of year. If you want to print the Merry Christmas paper or cards just scroll down to the bottom of this post, right click on the photo you want, click ‘save as’ and then print. They are made for 8.5×11 paper. =) Below are the cards I made in Cricut Craft Room with the cartridge used. If you would like my .cut file just comment here or on pinterest and I will be happy to share it with you! Have fun & Merry Christmas crafting!!!

Square Christmas Tree from Cricut Cartridge Designer Calendar

24024Scalloped Christmas Tree from Cricut Craft Room Basics


22022Round Tree from Cricut Cartridge Designer Calendar













There Is No Place Like Home Base

There’s No Place Like Home Base

There Is No Place Like Home BaseHere is a fun, bold and super easy layout commemorating my son’s first time over home plate. Isn’t he adorable?!!! Just like his Daddy!

Papers Used:

Brown Leather by Hot of the Press

My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Breeze “Precious” Train Paper

My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Dolled Up “Princess” Delicate Paper (shh…don’t tell my son!)

Color Bok Cardstock

Cricut Cartridges Used:

Opposites Attract Font-Opposite & Shadow features. Welded in Cricut Craft Room @ 1.25 inches

Boys Will Be Boys (Bat, Ball & Glove) Basic plus Layer features

Tags, Bags, Boxes & More (Bases)

Other Supplies:

Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Old Paper

Color Box Chalk Stamp Pad in Chestnut Roan

Photoshop Elements 10 (baseball graphic)

You can get a .cut file HERE

Thank you for visiting and I will be back soon. Hope you are too!

Daddy's Girl

Daddy’s Girl

Daddy's GirlSo I don’t know about you, but when I am in need of inspiration I Google scrapbook pages in image search and scroll until I find something that I want to scraplift. Sometimes, I will do a cartridge search and then click on images. The main issue I have is seeing a page or a specific embellishment that I like and knowing that I have that particular cartridge, I spend so long looking for the image that I lose steam. But that is just me. To make this a little easier for you, if you are feeling in a scraplifting kind of mood, I’ve listed the cartridges I used and the specific image.  Once again, I’m mixing it up and not following the rules of design but I still don’t care because I love this page. I am trying to get through a crapload of pictures still in need of a home so I am focusing on single page layouts.

Here is a list of cartridges that I used and below that will be a list of papers. Because (as usual) it is mostly My Minds Eye (most awesome cardstock ever). Crafty Steals is a great place to stock up. You can sign up for their daily deals at and you can like their Facebook page HERE to see their posts. While you’re at it, go on and like my page HERE and you can find me on Pinterest too! I have included links so you can see what I am talking about but, if you are looking to buy, you should Google search under shopping to find better deals.  Thank you so much for reading and I hope you are having an awesome day!


Gypsy Wanderings

  • White Scalloped Edge- (Decor Tag-Mug1)
  • Yellow Scalloped Edge (Decor Tag-Rabbit)
  • Tag Edge (Decor Tag-Scrl3)

Plantin Schoolbook

  • Top Layer (card)
  • Leaves (Roly Poly-leaf)

Calligraphy Collection

  • Bottom Layer- (Basic-Image3)
  • Flower (Matrimony-Image6)

Easter 2010 (free in CCR)

  • White Scalloped Doily (Doily3)
  • Yellow Doily (Doily2)

Winter Is In The Air Seasonal

  • Bracket-(Bracket1)

Cricut Alphabet (free in CCR)

  • Damask Doily (Doily7)

Cricut Essentials (free in CCR)

  • Flower (Flower4)


Printed Paper

My Minds Eye:

Lost & Found TwoMiss Caroline-All Dolled Up (yellow elements)

Lost & Found Madison Avenue (pink elements)

Lost & Found Union Square (plaid)

Lost & Found Two Sunshine (damask)

White Linen paper by Reflections Signature Special

Additional Embellishments

Brads by MME’s Miss Caroline Collection

Tags printed in Photoshop Elements 10 using HastyHMK font downloaded free from California Fonts

Sheer Pink Ribbon by Glitz through Pick Your Plums daily deals sign up on Facebook HERE

The Things You Say

Breaking All The Rules


Did you know that there are rules to follow when making a scrapbook page or design in general?  Maybe you have heard some: the rule of thirds. Three textures. Three colors. Three papers. Group embellishments in threes and fives. Create sections in halves. Maintain balance…Blah Blah Blah the list goes on…Google it if you don’t believe me. There are actual E-classes to teach you how to scrapbook following the rules.

I say to hell with it. Throw caution to the wind. Forget the rules. Do whatever you like, however you like and who cares if someone else doesn’t like it. I am not a rule follower. I enjoy breaking the rules. I enjoy marching to the beat of a different drummer, thinking outside the box, being a rebel, and all of the other clichés that I have been described with. So what. I am a happier person this way. And my pages still kick ass.

For these scrapbook pages I intentionally used patterns and colors that don’t go together. I put as many pictures as I felt like. I didn’t make them different sizes. I laminated everything. And (GASP) I didn’t even use acid free tape. God forbid!

In this first page “The Things You Say” I used Cricut Cartridge Boys Will Be Boys for the die cut lettering, arrows and dots, and Plantin Schoolbook for the frames. For the font, I downloaded Carnivalee Freakshow from California Fonts, added stroke, bevel and inner glow in Photoshop.

Other Supplies I used are Rangers Glossy Accents (a lot of it!), Tim Holtz by Ranger stamp pad in Old Paper, and all of the cardstock is by various collections of My Minds Eye. By far my favorite brand. I also used Martha Stewart’s fine glitter and, of course, Photoshop Elements 10 (still the best hundred bucks I’ve ever spent).



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In this SeaWorld page, I didn’t even use a title or journal….nothing. It pretty much speaks for itself. I used the paper bags I got from the gift shop and it was kind of awesome that the two I got were different. I laminated them, made pockets and put probably 30 pics in each pocket. GASP. I don’t care…who goes to SeaWorld and not take hundreds of pictures?

Again, I used various papers by My Minds Eye. The embellishments are from Glitz Design, MME, Basic Grey and Kimemories, taken apart, mixed and matched and remastered. Most of which I got in a grab box from Pick Your Plum.  The laminator I use is by Scotch brand. You can pick up a pretty nifty one at Wal-Mart for 25 bucks.


Have an awesome time breaking the rules, going with the flow, whatever floats your boat….

Thank you so much for reading! You can find me on Pinterest & Facebook too!

Beaded Mats & Ornaments

Supplies Used:

8mm faceted beads (I got mine at Amazon)

Fishing Line (stolen from the tackle box)

Needle (I use a yarn darner because it has a big eye)

Seems to me that this is a lost art form. I am doing my part to revive it =) It is time consuming but is easily done in front of the TV so long as you continuously check your work. I have failed to do that a few times and it sucks to have to undo it. It is possible to reinforce the string around the circle but it is a pain in the a**. So check your work =) Also, you don’t have to use a continuous line to bead on. I use a short piece of line because it is easier for me.  Simply tie it off on a formed circle and push your needle to your starting point.

Click on any picture below for a step by step tutorial.

Thank you for reading!