I Wanna Do Bad Things With You

Those of you who read my blog on a fairly regular basis (many thanks to both of you!!!) know that I’m a self-confessed obsessive compulsive.

My OCD-ism encompassess several areas of my life…none of which happen to be cooking or housekeeping (much to my husband’s dismay).  Of course, my Cricut is one of those OCD objects.

Another is the HBO series True Blood. 

Every Sunday night, my BFF comes over, and she, my DH, and I spend an hour riveted to the television.  Then my BFF and I spend another hour watching next week’s previews (over and over, in regular and    s  l  o  w    motion) and dissecting the series to death.  My DH, who remains rapt during the show, falls asleep during this portion of the evening.  (Which is all right with us because it allows us to pant over Eric in an unrestrained and often shameful manner.)

Of course, my BFF and I are simply aghast that we have only one episode left before Season 2 comes to an end, and we’re discussing what we’re going to do to provide us with our “Blood” fix while we wait for HBO to unveil Season 3.  (Which of course will take them entirely too long, and we simply can’t understand why those darn actors and directors and producers and other staff can’t work night and day for the next century to provide us with all the Blood that we require for existence.)

So in honor of the show that’s brought so many thrills and chills and yes – even laughter – to our Sunday evenings, here a bit of my favorite Shreveport bar for you.

The Bar With A Bite

The Bar With A Bite

After a long and often fruitless Internet search, I finally found a hi-res *.eps file for the Fangtasia logo on www.brandsoftheworld.com.  This provided me with exactly what I needed to create a really good quality  *.svg file and *.scut file for your use. 

As always, happy Cricut-ing!!!

P.S.  If you’re wondering who the smoky and sexy growl in today’s audio selection belongs to, check out http://jaceeverett.com, and, yes, his music is available on iTunes.

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August 31, 2009 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

Sun Sun Sun Here It Comes

If you wandered here today expecting a humor-filled post to give you a giggle, I’m sorry to report that you’re going to be deeply disappointed.  

Today dawned gray and gloomy, and the sky pissed a fine mist over my disposition all morning.  I couldn’t get revved up, despite nearly an entire pot of coffee, and I was feeling funky. 

I suppose we all have days like these.  Days where nothing’s really wrong but nothing’s really right either.  Days when we just feel out-of-sorts and strange in our own skin. 

So I decided to listen to a bit of music in hopes that it might lift my spirits.  (You can click on the arrow to check out what I chose as my gray-gloomy-day inspiration.)   

My selection turned out to be the inspiration I needed to complete another paper-piecing for my summer scrapbook pages.

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

You can dowload a zip file containing three *.svg files (one for each piece) and one *.scut file to cut the entire thing here.  Or, if you happen to be a glutton for punishment you can download the individual files:  (1) Flaming-Sun-Background.svg   (2) Flaming-Sun-Center-Circle.svg   (3)Flaming-Sun-Center-Swirl.svg   (4) Flaming-Sun-All-Pieces.scut.

Many thanks to Paul, John, George and Ringo for making music that can lighten the gloomiest of skies. 

And here’s wishing all of you happy Cricut-ing.

August 31, 2009 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

Back to School Bus

I know I’ve been celebrating summer, but yesterday evening reality set in.  The school year has returned and brought with it that nightly demon…homework.

Ya’ll…I hate homework as much as my kid does.  Because his homework agony is my homework agony.  I envy parents whose children sail through their school work with scarely a groan.  The parents who can always read their children’s homework because it’s legible! The parents who don’t have to sequester their children in convent-like silence because their children actually possess powers of concentration!

And I commiserate with those parents who would rather rip out their own molars with rusty pliers than face an afternoon of textbooks and homework assignments.

To add insult to injury, once again this year I was not allowed to take a picture of my DS on his first day of school in his classroom.   Not because of any silly school rule, but because my eight-going-on-eighteen year old is simply too cool to have his mom taking pictures in front of his friends.  After four years of it’s-the-first-day-of-school-but-I-can’t-take-a-picture-for-the-scrapbook-that-rotten-kid-of-mine-will-one-day-treasure, you’d think I’d be so over it.

But I’m not.

It irritates me that every year I am forced to complete a back-to-school layout that hasn’t a single photograph on it.

The first year, the year he entered kindergarten, I made light of it and designed a layout reminiscent of a yearbook page with the blank spaces which read “Photograph Not Available”.

The second year — first grade — I used stickers and journaled my heart out about his classroom and his teacher and my impressions of his first day and my hopes for the year.

The third year I used TONS of stickers, but the most I could muster up was eight lines of journaling.  It’s a good thing I’m good with color and space and that I understand the beauty of “white space” in an artful composition.

This year I’m seriously considering taping a single piece of notebook paper in the scrapbook and writing what I really think.

Of course, I would never, ever do that.  Not really.  But I can, and often do, entertain all sorts of awful thoughts in my head.  And sometimes, on occasion, I share them here.  Lucky you!!!

For those of you who have those oh-so-sweet first-day-of-school photos and are looking for something to include in your layout, I’ve got something here for you.  (And no, I don’t mean my middle finger!)

And for those of you, who like me, have rotten children who are ungrateful for the many daily sacrifices you make as a sainted parent, you can use it to fill up the immense blank space on your layout created by a lack of photographs.

Back to School Bus

Back to School Bus

I’m providing *.svg files for the following:

Black Bus Background

Yellow Bus Foreground

Hubcaps

White Background for Stop Sign

Red Stop Sign & Blinker

I’m also including a *.scut file with all the pieces on a single 12×12 cutting mat, and all the pieces sized correctly to be pieced together to create a 5″ bus.  You can grab it here.

Please note that I did not include any wording on the side of the bus.  That’s to allow you room to customize your bus with whatever you’d like it to say.  Once you’ve imported the *.svg file (or opened the *.scut file) in SCAL, you can simply position your cursor right on the bus (make sure you do this on what will be the yellow part) and type in whatever you’d like it to read.

I’ll personally refrain from making any disparaging remarks on the bus that I’ll cut for my scrapbook.  But you know I can’t go to jail for what I’m thinking 🙂

Best of luck with the homework, and happy Cricut-ing.

August 28, 2009 at 1:19 pm 12 comments

In Memory and Prayer

This morning I sat down to create a few goodies for posting, but no matter how I tried, I couldn’t capture the carefree sensation the thoughts of summer bring.

You see…we got a phone call late last night. 

The kind of call that comes in after a decent time for anyone to call. 

The kind of call that makes your heart stop for a moment before you answer it because you know that calls that come in that time of night rarely bring good news.

I wish I could say this call was one of the rare exceptions to the late-night-call-equals-bad-news-call rule, but it wasn’t.

Today I have friends who are in mourning, and my heart breaks for them.  I can’t imagine the breadth and depth of their pain.

But I believe with every cell of my being that our God is a loving God.  A compassionate God.  A God of forgiveness and reconciliation. 

I believe that their loved one now knows no pain, no fear, no loneliness, no anguish.  Now he knows that our earthly lives are but a moment in time, a short introduction to an infinite and blissful existance. 

Today I pray that my friends find the strength necessary to mourn their loss and to celebrate the life of the person that they love.  May their memories bring more joy than pain. 

May God bless them all and hold them in the secure comfort of his hands.

August 28, 2009 at 9:27 am Leave a comment

Paper-Pieced Palm Tree

When I think of the beach, I think of sand, surf and sun.  I also think of palm trees.  When we travel southeastward toward the shore, I know exactly where on our route I’ll see the first palm tree, and when we reach that point, I get excited.  It means I’m getting closer to one of my favorite places on earth.

So in my mind, palm trees are part of the whole parcel of summer vacation, and my series of annual beach layouts would not be complete without a palm tree or two (or three!!!). 

I’ve already posted once today, and I should have turned my attention to other pressing matters.  But my bathroom doesn’t really NEED to be cleaned. (Trust me, if my family can pee in those 57-million-kinds-of-nasty bathrooms at South of the Border, they can pee in ours!).  My family really doesn’t need to eat dinner tonight.  I don’t really need to make the beds or vacuum the carpet or mop the kitchen floor or unload the dishwasher.

What I really NEED to do is put together a paper-pieced palm tree for my scrapbook (and yours!)  So here it is — in five parts.  I’d recommend beginning your layers with the dark brown trunk, then the light brown trunk highlight, then the dark green palm leaves, then the middle green leaves, then finally the light green leaf highlights.

Paper Pieced Palm Tree

Paper Pieced Palm Tree

Of course, each part has its own *.svg file, and you can download them all!  Dark Brown Trunk     Light Brown Trunk Highlight     Dark Green Palm Leaves
Middle Green Palm Leaves      Light Green Palm Leaf Highlights

Well…as much as I hate it, I gotta get cleaning…and cooking…and making beds.  Blech!  I’d much rather be Cricut-ing!!!

August 27, 2009 at 12:47 pm Leave a comment

Tribal Tats for Your Surfing Layouts

I love tribal tattoos.  Everything from arm bands to ankle bands to the lower back “tramp stamps” (as they’re referred to around here). 

I don’t have any of them on my body.  In fact, I don’t possess a single tattoo, which is amazing considering my rather wild and reckless youth.  And frankly, I won’t get one now because at my age I can’t help but wonder what it might look like in 20 or 30 years.  Shudder!!!

And since I love tribal tattoos, and since I’m decorating surfboards for my summer layouts, I thought I’d put a few tribal tats up for grabs for dressing up the basic surfboard shape I’ve got available for download in yesterday’s post. 

Bear in mind, I have not resized these *.svg files to fit perfectly on the surfboard.  But you can easily do that when you import them in to SCAL.  You can mix and match them to create your own unique board designs.

Tribal Tattoos

Tribal Tattoos

 You can download any of these *.svg files by clicking on the links below:

Arrow Dragon
Claws
Curves Heart
Curved Dragon 2

Elegant Curves
Moon Wind
Simetric Shape 5
Eagle Fly

As always, I have to give credit where credit is due, so many thanks go out to www.tribalshapes.com.  This site offers very cool tribal tattoo designs (for FREE!!!  And ya’ll know how I love some free stuff!!).  I simply borrowed their *.jpgs, converted them to *.svg format using Inkscape (another fabulous freebie!), and posted them here for your use.  I hope you enjoy them.

As always, happy Cricut-ing!!!

August 27, 2009 at 10:37 am 1 comment

A Little More Surfin’ in the Sun

Okay…I admit I ripped off my post title…sort of.  How many of you remember that song “Mambo #5”?  My DH loved it so as sort of a gag gift I bought him one of those little zoot suit plushies that played the song every time you squeezed its hand.  And even though I hated it, or maybe because I did, he put that damn thing on the dash of his car and pressed that damn button over and over until I wanted to cut that little plushie’s heart out.

So for some odd reason today, as I was thinking about summer and surfboards and sea and sun and sky, that song popped in my head.  “A little bit of Sandra in the sun”.  So I stole it.  So when you read today’s post title, throw the beat of Mambo #5 to it and throw me under the bus.  Literally.  Cuz now that damn song is going to be stuck in my head the rest of the day.

Crap.  Crap squared.  Crap cubed.  Crap to the nth degree.

I’ve got a couple quick goodies today, more of my celebration of summer and my work on our vacation scrapbook pages.

Fun in the sun

Fun in the sun

So here’s a basic surfboard shape, in *.svg format of course, which you can download here.  The word art “Fun in the Sun” is also available as an *.svg file here.  I have to give credit to http://www.typenow.net/s.htm who provided me with the totally radical SurfSafari font.  Yep…it’s a freebie!  And ya’ll know how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE a freebie!!!  You’ll have to scroll down to the bottom of their page to get it, but it’s worth the wander.

So here’s a toast to the last days of summer…and to many happy moments Cricut-ing!

August 26, 2009 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

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