Monday, February 23, 2015

Time to Celebrate-BBTB2 Challenge

Hello crafty friends, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Ours was pretty good. It snowed all day into the night on Saturday, we ended up with about 9 inches with a tad bit of freezing rain later in the late evening. I went shopping with my youngest son as he needed a new coat since his had gotten to short on him. Was glad to get home though, the roads were terrible, no plows had been at all and of course there are the people who drive like the roads are dry and clear. lol DS was ready to put me out his car! lol Please tell me I'm not alone with back seat driving with a teen. He is a really good driver, but it was the weather and the other nuts out there I didn't quite trust. lol Sunday was beautiful, sunny and warm at 42 degrees! After negative temps and wild winds, that 42 felt so good. Hubby pushed snow from the drive and then we took a nice 4 wheeler ride. Such beautiful scene seeing the farm land blanketed in snow!

Well as you know Monday's always bring a new challenge over at BBTB2. My sweet and talented friend, Diana, has give the DT and you the challenge of using a clock on our project. Oh man, at first I was thinking what am I going to make?!! lol But then I thought a little more, and decided on the following project. After having my Explore since before Christmas, I finally got it out the box and set it up. Oh man, does it ever cut nice! I am so loving it so far!!! I am having an issue about linking my carts. It is telling me that they are already linked. Well yes they are, to the Gypsy. So not sure what I have to do to get them to link to the Explore. So I guess I will call tomorrow. Anyway, I used one of the clock images they have in their library, it is a pocket watch and the reason I went with a pocket watch was that I have a pocket watch stamp from Studio 112. Someone had sent it to me and this is the first time using it. So yay, I used a NBUS!! (Never Been Used Schtuff) I used that stamp to make my background on my card base, I love how it turned out. Then I used MCT stitched rectangle dies to cute my black mat layer, which is a snippet, so I will be able to go play in the playground. I used MCT alpha stamps to stamp my sentiment and heat emboss it in SU white embossing powder. Using gold foil paper, I cut out my pocket watch on the Explore at 2 inches. Assembled my pocket watch and popped it up on my black mat.  I also popped up the mat layer on my card base. For the inside, I just stamped another pocket watch and die cut a gold MCT balloon in hologram paper. I haven't placed a sentiment inside yet, because I don't know what I am going to use the card for yet. It can be a birthday card, a retirement card, a new job card, etc...Lots of things to celebrate! And that is it folks, a super simple card but I am so loving it and loving the Explore.

Now it is your turn to make something with a clock and link up with us. Just make sure to use your Cricut for your clock cut, that's it! As always thanks so much for taking time out of your busy life to visit me. I am always happy to see you visit with me for a spell! Crafty hugs, Brenda

edited to add in some challenges that I'm going to play in

Snippets Playground- love going over to the playground to play and give Di some big hugs!
Time Out Challenges-"Rock Around the Clock" is the challenge. Thanks Anita for the heads up to play in this challenge as well!!






32 comments:

Lisa said...

This is so beautiful!! I love the clocks!! What a fabulous card!! We had a ton of snow, too but thankfully no freezing rain...yet. But our temps are well into the negatives with wind chill. I am so over winter!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Kelly Plamondon said...

I am so glad you got out your Explore Brenda! I love mine. And look what you created - a magnificent card! I love the balloon on the inside. Can't wait to see your future creations you make with the Explore.
-DT Kelly

jimlynn said...

Fantastic - inside and out! Love all those clocks and the way you did your card. The balloon on the inside is great too. LOVE!
Lynn

Valentyna Komisarenko said...

Hi Brenda,your card is so elegant! I am glad, you had a chance to open your Explore, the cuts on the card looks perfect!!! I cannot do the same with Expression.
Hugs!

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

Cute card inside and out Brenda. Glad you finally got you Explore out and tried it. Happy you liked it too. Hugs

Vickie said...

Love your card. I like the way you made your own background paper with your stamp. So glad you took your explore out of the box and used it.

Hugs my friend.

Irish Cherokee said...

This is a different kind of celebration card. YES! The finished Inside of your card is excellent. A very refined card and a stunner as well. - Jim

Stacey's Creative Corner said...

Gorgeous! I love all the gold! It really pops against that black :)

Darnell J Knauss said...

Great minds, indeed! Yours is really magnificent, Brenda, and you topped me by doing the inside, too!! I simply have a mind block about that part!! Great job using your NBUS!!

And, yes, I'm the same way about being a back-seat driver. It is sometimes better for both the Mister and me if I just get in the back seat and lay down so I can't see what's going on!!

Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Auntie

Leslie Germain said...

Hi Brenda! Love your card and how you used the clocks!! So pretty. My kids aren't teenage drivers yet - but I am sure I will be quite the backseat driver too - especially in snowy weather. Thank you again, for all your kind comments you always leave. They are so thoughtful and mean so much!! <3

Anita in France said...

This is so cool, Brenda ... brilliant background stamping ... and that pocket watch in gold is fabulous! It would be perfect for our current challenge at Time Out (Rock Around The Clock), if you'd like to play along! Hugs, Anita :)

Sue said...

This is so beautiful Brenda! the weather has been really cold here for the past few days but I'm glad we haven't had anymore snow! lots of huggles sue xx

Carol L said...

I remember those days of driving with my teen son, and I was always a wreck until we got home! LOL Great card today with those clocks and I just love that sparkly balloon on the inside! We only got about 4" of the white stuff and the roads are pretty clear today, but it's still too cold for me! High of 22- Brrrrr! Stay warm!!

Veerle said...

Love-love-love your card Brenda. I just love the clocks in the background it looks wonderful, great job. Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. I am fully recovered now and I was able to give all 4 days my workshops on the hobby fair. It was really great and the people were so enthousiastic. I had a wonderful time. Some of them are comming to my workshops I will be giving in holland next month aswell. Biiiiiiig hug from Veerle xxxx

Caroline said...

The stamped clocks made a perfect background to your watch cut I love the sentiment, too. You are right, there are many uses to this card, love it. I don't think we have had a 40 degree temp for at least 3 months. I liked your backseat driving comment. After teaching 3 boys to drive, no one is safe from my backseat driving, lol.

Glenda said...

Lovely card Brenda! Love the stamping background and your pretty clock! Happy that you set up the Explore--you will enjoy it. Of course, there are lots of things that I must learn, but I like it. I never linked a cartridge to the Gypsy, but the Explore tells me one of mine has been linked to gypsy..I need to call too.
We are having sleet today.Schools are closed. Just hope we don't lose electricity!
Stay warm and have a good week!
Hugs!
Glenda

Loll said...

Hi Brenda. Lovely card ... the pocket watch is so fabulous with the shine of the gold foil card stocl. Great design.

Take care and stay warm and safe with all the snow! Loll xx

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

This is such a cool card Brenda! LOVE all those pocket watches! I also love what you did on the inside too! Have a great week. Hazel xx

Sharon said...

Oh my!! This is most fabulous Brenda!!! I'm so loving that pocket watch. And that stamped bg paper is just perfect!! Love, love, love the balloon on the inside!!! Awesome card!
You asked me what printer I use with my Explore. I use a HP Envy 5660. I love how it prints. It is wireless which is a big asset to me. I think once you do your first print and cut, you will love that feature, too!!! :)

Nonni said...

Great card, perfect for our challenge! I like all the clock images. Thanks for joining us at TIME OUT!

Stephanie said...

This is so elegant, Brenda. I love the clock background. This is truly stunning. Your weekend sounds good. (except for the cold) haha Stay warm.

Tina Campbell said...

Fantastic masculine card Brenda :) Just love the clock on there. Stay warm, a bit cold this morning hopefully this week is the last of the negative temps :) Hugs my friend :)

Di said...

Beautiful card Brenda - gosh I do love the clock you cut! Everything about this card screams classy :)

So pleased you came to play - extra big hug from me plus a furry one from Parsnip! :)

Di xx

Di said...

I called your pocket watch a clock - ooops! :( xx

Joann6274 said...

WOW.. your stamped background actually looks like a real piece of patterned paper and does not look like it has been stamped at all. You did a wonderful job on that. This card turned out so beautiful. I love the hint of gold!! Such the rave and I love it!
Hugs,
Jo
xox

Anita in France said...

Popped back to say how delighted I am that you linked up with us at Time Out, Brenda ... thanks so much for playing along! Hugs, Anita :)

pjmackay said...

We were on the same creative thought pattern and I love your card especially the clock background! Very cool!

Bonnie said...

Love the pocket watches! This is so perfect for a guy! I get nervous riding in bad weather with anyone!

Brenda in IN said...

The first picture here shows the pocket watch so well. It looks so authentic. You had the perfect stamp to use for the background. I used to feel the same way when my sons started driving. You never know what they see and don't see so it is a little scary. Now I'm happy to have them drive me somewhere.

moknowsall said...

i would not have guessed you used a stamp for the background paper. It was perfect for the clock card. Keep warm. We were 78 here today, but getting cold soon.

Maureen

cm said...

Hello, sweet friend! How wonderful to know I'm not alone in being a 'back seat' driver! Many are the times my poor husband threatens to stop at the side of the road to have me trade places with him...and that pretty much silences me...for a while! Just like you with your boy: it's not my husband whose driving that sketches me out, but the others on the road. Sometimes I wonder if some folks even notice the weather and road conditions, driving as they do! White-knuckles: I have them often! Your 4-wheel drive across your land does sound beautiful. And speaking of beautiful: your card! Oh my, Brenda! Your pocket watch is spectacular, reminding me of the old one my brother inherited from my grandfather. The clocks background is eye-catching, as is the charming sparkly balloon on the inside! Delightful to the max, sweet friend; just like YOU!
Hugs~c

Gerrina said...

So great how you made the background for the beautiful clockpanel! I always forget that I have DP and make my own; can see here that you love to make them too. Thank you for taking the TIME OUT and join us!