Monday, May 21, 2012

Letter of The Day at My Cricut Craftroom

Hello Everyone!  
May is just flying by, isn't it?  Today I am posting my project for My Cricut Craftroom  and we are still working our way through the alphabet every Monday. 

Today's Letter is U .... and I chose to do a layout for my project.  When I started thinking about the letter U and what Cricut cartridges or images I had for the letter U... I immediately thought of a BEACH UMBRELLA!
I have not been to the beach for a few years, but I can still dream about sitting on the beach with a tropical drink in my hand, shaded with a bright and cheerful beach umbrella - - and that was my inspiration for this layout. 

As I started looking at my cartridges, I recalled that A Child's Year had a beach umbrella on it...and upon further looking, I saw the cute images of the children playing at the beach as well.  I love the shadow/sihouette images from  A Child's Year, but thought I wanted to add a pop of color to some of it.   I first cut the black silhouette version, then used the shadow feature key to make the yellow shadow outline. I still felt it needed just a bit more, so then I re-cut a few of the images in various colors and then hand cut out the section of the image that  I wanted to use on the layout and adhered it to the black layer.  

It is not showing up very well in my photos, but I did ink the edges and then used foam squares 
to give more dimension to the layout. 
I am loving the Brilliance Ink pads, sold in Erica's Store. Here I used Brilliance Dew Drop Graphite Black.
Using the Life Is A Beach Cartridge and the "fit to page" feature on the Cricut Expression - I cut two rows of "waves" and inked them with Brilliance Ink (also in Erica's store) in Moonlight White to give the look of white caps as the waves roll in toward the shore.  
When adhering the waves, I slightly overlapped the rows and left the top of the waves un - glued, so that I could slide in a photo mat and photo.

To finish off the layout, I free hand cut some layers of sand and then inked them in brown ink  (also in Erica's Store) in Coffee Bean (a very pretty brown color).  
The photo mats can be used vertical, as shown  or horizontal, depending on the photo to insert.
Boy, this makes me long for a beach vacation!  
Please visit My Cricut Craft Room to see what the rest of the team designed for either Letter Of the Day or Imagination Monday!  

I hope you will stop by and visit me again . . . and remember...I read and enjoy all your comments!  Won't you please take a moment to leave one?  
Thanks and have a great week!


Kathy Salido said...

Fabulous Layout Teresa, love the waves!!
My Cricut Craft Room Design Team

Mary said...

This is so creative Teresa. I love how you added the pop of color and the waves to hold mats for pics. TFS, Mary M

Anonymous said...

This layout is FABULOUS! I think I need to CASE it!

bricki said...

love it love it love it
oh hey the chick on top of your page looks just like u

brit mckenzie

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is great! I love this cart. I don't have it and never really paid much attention to it since I got burned out on working on my kids "childhood" scrapbooks, but this may be a cart I need to look into more. Very cute!

Anonymous said...

Very clever! How do YOU keep coming up with these ideas?
The yellow outline is a definite difference maker. Adds so much to have the colors on the childen.
The only thing missing is an image of you with your tropical drink!
Making it such that a person can add a photo makes it perfect for a vacation card with that image of you!

Trish (ImaCutter) said...

The photo mats kind of remind me of beach towels. Cool concept.

Doris P. said...

Love your card!! LOVE the black and white with splash of color!! perfect!! my cricut craft room dt sis Doris

HeatherLynn said...

very, very cute!!! thank you for the inspiration! my kids love to hang out by the lake/water all summer so i will have lots of those kinds of photos!


Melody Lane Designs said...

I love this LO I love the yellow shadow I have not thought of that. Thanks for linking up at

Tracey Sabella said...

Such a fun LO!! ~ Blessings

Sarah said...

Love your layout Teresa! That was such a great idea on adding the pop of color. It really made the cuts look so cute!

Pink Cricut said...

Love how you used pops of colors and tucked the photo mats into the waves! So adorable!

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