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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It's a tradition around here to let Emily open one present on Christmas Eve, which always includes some new Christmas pajamas. Well, mommy messed up and gave her the wrong one to open, so she scored and got a Care Bear first. Oops! So then I had to let her open the right present with the jammies and the doll, so she was one happy little stinker! I'm just in love with the first picture since Stella (left) and Chewy (right) are tilting their head one direction, and she's playing along in the opposite direction. Cracks me up. I think they all deserve a bone!

More pics of Emily tonight with her new doll and Care Bear. And a couple of a typical snuggle session with me and my 3 kiddos. If one wants to cuddle, the others have to pile on as well. Silly monkeys!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Here's my sweet Emily. I've been trying to get a great picture to send with our Christmas cards, and I just haven't quite gotten the right one yet. But these are pretty cute I think, so one of them just might have to do. The ones in the purple were taken just yesterday. She really wanted 2 ponytails, which has only happened 3 times in her life. She usually won't let me mess with her hair at all. The other pic of her in the black and red dress was taken Friday after her school Christmas program. If you care to comment and let me know which one you think would be best with Christmas cards, I'd sure appreciate the input!!! Merry Christmas!!
Sunday, November 30, 2008

Home Sweet Home. Here's our new house in progress. The outside is now ready for paint, and they just painted all the walls inside a gorgeous soft butter/wheat color. The stair rail is in and stained, and the cabinets are sitting in the garage just waiting to be installed. So exciting! The picture of Emily and me was taken in her bedroom. She has really loved getting to visit her future room in all of the different stages. I can't wait to paint some girly colors in there for her - that's always my favorite room to decorate because she just gets soooooo excited about it. Less than 2 months to go now!!!

I made this TinkerBell wall hanging for Emily's room with my brand new TinkerBell cartridge. Thank you, Michael's for such an awesome sale. Woohoo!! I can't wait to do more designing with this cart - it has so much on it!
Friday, November 7, 2008

Tuesday, November 18th from 6pm-9pm, I will hold this this Stampin' Up! class here at my home in Rocklin. You will create a variety of Christmas cards and tags, and even a hanging photo ornament. I will also include envelopes for the cards. Some of these are my original designs, and some are from the various Stampin' Up! idea books. The gorgeous Christmas tag on the left was actually originally designed by Mary Pickett, and only very slightly altered by me. You can see her blog here:
This class will be $12, and requires pre-payment as I only have 12 spots available. Hurry and sign up as my previous class sold out in less than 2 days! If you are interested, but didn't receive my evite, please leave a comment with your email address and I'll contact you with details. And don't forget to scroll down to see my other 2 classes on the 19th and 20th. It's going to be 3 days jam-packed with Christmas creativity! I'll be doing a layout class with my original design, as well as an explosion box that is almost yummy enough to eat!

Wednesday, November 19th from 6pm til 9pm here at my house will be the Stampin' Up! class for this 12x12 2 page Christmas layout. I designed this with Stampin' Up! Holiday Treasures Designer Series Papers, coordinating cardstock, and several stamp sets and punches that you will get to play with. This class is $16 and requires pre-payment as I only have 13 spots available. If you are interested but didn't receive my evite, please leave a comment here with your email address and I'll get back to you with details.

Thursday, November 20th from 6pm til 9pm here at my home in Rocklin will be my Stampin' Up! class for this Christmas Explosion Box that I recently designed. It uses Stampin' Up! Holiday Treasures Designer Series Papers, several elegant and old fashioned stamps from many different Stampin' Up! collections, and of course lots of other rich details. There's even a pocket for a gift card inside. This class is $20, and requires pre-payment as I only have 13 spots available. If you're interested, but didn't receive my evite, please leave a comment with your email address, and I'll get back to you with the details.
Monday, October 20, 2008
If you click on this link, it will take you to the website for Croppin' Around the Clock Retreats. These are the 2 layouts that I will be teaching at the November 15th Retreat, put on by Laura Mason. I think there are only 3 spots remaining, so sign up quickly if you're thinking of going. The registration price will include a free Cricut class taught by me, and you will get to choose which one you'd like to attend. Plus, if you can't live without the other layout, you can purchase the kit from me for a drastically reduced price. Oh yeah!! This retreat is going to be awesome, and it's here in Roseville, so you don't even have to travel far. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Mmmmmmmmmm, I just LOVE fall. It's got to be my favorite time of the year - especially when the weather changes to that cool crisp air that I can't get enough of. Alright, so we're still waiting for that change to really hit, but just playing with these gorgeous fall papers was almost enough to make me think it has already happened. I'm suddenly in the mood to go to Apple Hill, eat pumpkin pie and wear long sleeves.

These wordbooks were made with Cricut Design Studio, and used George, BaseCamp and Mickey & Friends cartridges. I made these for Emily's preschool teachers. Each student's family gets a week sometime during the year when it's our turn to do something to bless our child's teachers. It's really about just giving from the heart to let them know they're appreciated. And for me, it's always creativity that pours out of my heart. I can't wait for Emily to give these to them on Friday. She really has fantastic teachers who do an incredible job. Huge thanks to all of you teachers out there. You guys rock!!!!!
Thursday, September 25, 2008

Here's a sneak peek at my new loot from Stampin' Up! I'm a demonstrator for them now, and will be using lots of these supplies to design some new Cricut-based classes. Oh, I have sooooo many ideas floating around in my brain! I get to go to a retreat in Tahoe the first weekend of October where I will be digging in and getting some of these ideas out of my brain and into reality. I can't wait!!

Here's a peek at our new house. I think it still needs a little work, but maybe I'm just being too picky. We are scheduled to close January 20th. This, of course, is assuming the economy doesn't take an even worse nose dive. But at least we have something to dream about while we see what happens. I'm gonna need a lot of chocolate therapy if it falls through!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Hmmm, my link in the below post got cut off, so I'm going to attempt to re-post it here:

This is the info for an upcoming retreat here in the Roseville area. I'm not the one hosting it, but will be teaching a couple of classes there. And everyone who signs up for the retreat will be able to pick one class complimentary. Woohoo!!! Plus I'll have kits available for whichever class you might miss out on. Anyway, go check it out - it's not just a Cricut retreat, but yes, we all know that Cricuts are taking over the world, so of course it's going to sound like a Cricut retreat with all the buzzing going on! Hope to see all my favorite people there!!!

This is my Emily Jewell. She just turned 4 years old, and had the Pony Party of her dreams. She had about 17 of her closest friends over to our house to ride real ponies in our backyard. She's a fantastic kid - so happy and expressive! And yet I've been feeling like I haven't been there enough for her over the past year. Yes, I'm mostly a stay at home mom, but I've been gone about 2-3 nights per week for work, and she has missed having me tuck her in and read her stories at night. (Now that she has a twin bed, she loves for me to lay down and snuggle with her while we read. She's too cute!) I have absolutely loved, loved, LOVED working at Green Tangerines, but have made the tough decision that it's time to part ways so that I can do a little better job at merging the 2 things that I'm passionate about - my family and teaching Cricut classes.

So as of now, I am an independent Cricut Instructor. It's going to be a very exciting venture for me, and I'm thrilled at the many new and different ways that I can now be open to teaching. My friend Leslie calls it teaching in "3D" and I love it. No limitations, no box, no boundaries. Just the freedom to express, create, teach, learn, laugh and explore like never before. And since I'll be doing most of my work from home, I'll get to go tuck in my little sweetie pie way more often. Does it get any better than that???

Here's the official scoop on what I'll be doing. Between now and January, I will be teaching at a couple of different retreats. One is already full, but one still has some openings, and you can check it out here:

I am also available to teach at other retreats, events, or even do small group Cricut classes in people's homes. For instance, one of my favorite groups ever has requested that I come out to their area and teach a class to the 7 of them. What a blast that will be, and I'm open to doing the same for other groups of friends as well. I also just signed up as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator because I needed a reliable supplier with incredible papers. For me, a great design has to start with gorgeous papers, and I'm in love with theirs, so now we're in business. Plus they have great tools, but that's another story, LOL! Anyway, I'll also be hosting a couple of big Stampin' Up! workshops here in my current house, and I'll still throw in some fun Cricut elements too (how could I not?). Not sure of the dates of those workshops yet, so stay tuned, but I'll be working on some fun fall and Christmas designs for those events. Woohoo - my 2 favorite themes to play with!!

This coming January, my family and I are planning to move into a new home in the Whitney Ranch neighborhood in Rocklin. If all goes as we hope and pray, we will be blessed with a pretty sizable home, with plenty of space to hold a few classes each month. That will add yet another dimension, which I can hardly wait for. And to bring together all of the wonderful ladies who enjoy the same passion, I also hope to start a small Cricut Club group sometime in February 2009. This will be a monthly crop night to get to know each other better and have a blast together. Ok, and there might just be a ton of give-aways and make-n-takes too, and I might even organize some swap groups within the club so everyone can get to know each other even better and exchange ideas each time. Why not, right? If we're gonna do it at all, we'd might as well go ALL OUT!!!

So keep watching this blog and I'll try to do a better job of updating with new info. If you want more info on something, you can always either leave me a comment here with your own email address or contact me through the Cricut board. And I'll get a regular website set up in a month or two so it will be easier to contact me directly.

May the bug be with you!!!!
Thursday, August 28, 2008

BOO!!! Ok, I'm not good at scary - unless it can be cute too!! So here's the project for an upcoming Cricut class in October at Green Tangerines. It's an explosion box! Thanks for the fun idea, all you Cricut Clubbers! You'll get to learn the easy way to make an explosion box (without a Cricut), and then we'll use the Paper Dolls cartridge to spook it up and make it adorable. Paper Dolls is absolutely packed with cute Halloween images - I barely scratched the surface here. You can't sign up yet, but watch for GT to release their October class schedule in early to mid September. (This class is tentatively set for 10/22.) There will only be 24 spots available, but if there's enough interest, I might make a few additional kits as well, complete with detailed instructions of course. Happy Early Halloween!!
Sunday, August 17, 2008

Hey, I'm on a roll! Today I made Kermit the Frog with Design Studio. It took me a few hours (and cost me a few of my meager remaining brain cells), and I was surprised that he was actually more complex than Snoopy, but it was a blast, and I think I'm starting to get the hang of this. Woohoo! I used the good ol' George cartridge, and Opposites Attract, as well as a black Cricut marker. He turned out to be about 4 3/4 inches tall by about 4 1/2 inches wide, so you can make him on either the Expression or little bug. If you have Design Studio and would like the cut file, you can track it down on the Cricut message board in the Design Studio forum, or just figure out a way to get me your email address, and I'd be happy to send it to you.
Thursday, August 14, 2008

I just made this Snoopy with the Design Studio software. I've always been a huge Snoopy freak, so this was an incredibly fun challenge. I'm happy to share the file if you can contact me with your email address. It uses the George cart, and can cut either on the baby bug or Expression. I also used the markers for the outline. The only piece I had to free-hand was just drawing the line on his ear. Yay Snoopy!!!
Monday, August 11, 2008

I have designed a new line of Rock & Roll Baby cards for the discerning client who likes to walk on the wild side. Let me know what you think!!

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Monique Griffith
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The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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