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Halloween!

Halloween Tree

Well it is over… Halloween that is.  The kids are coming down from the sugar and party high which makes for some challenging moments and there were times yesterday I was convinced they were trying out a few new little monster costumes. 

 The party was a huge success.  We ended up having  all but 3 families show up but a few “last-minute invites” took their place, so I had a total of about 20 kids and 40-ish adults here.  It was a little overwhelming at times trying to keep cold beverages in everyone’s hands (it was 80 degrees and I was the requested margarita maker – I can make  a mean margarita!) while trying to catch up with friends and remembering to change my youngest diaper.    The best feedback was my oldest telling me that she can’t wait until next year, so we can do it again!

Trick or Treating was my favorite thing we did.  My kids really have the hang of it this year and marched, sometimes bravely, to doors and melted everyone’s heart out of more candy than they should have been given with “please”, “thank you” and “Happy Halloween”.  That made this mommy very happy!

I am super sorry that I don’t have more detailed pictures of my projects and a ton of them are missing.  It was just a bit crazy to get it all documented.  I did have a kids craft table where they got to decorate little fash lights that came with batteries I picked up at Home Depot to take with them for Halloween night. That was a big hit with both kids and parents. 

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “Life’s is a Party” pie with me!

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My Pink Stamper’s Blog Hop Challenge!

Last Friday was My Pink Stamper’s monthly blog hop!  It was showcasing two of my favorite stamp sets,Yummy-licious and Sweet Goodness while making a 3-D gift container for a holiday or special occasion.  

Since I am still in the throes of Halloween party makin’ fun, I took a quick break and made a birthday gift for my neighbor’s birthday.  I first made her a wall hanging for her in-home salon and then I decorated a coordinating gift box for her favorite kind of cupcakes.   I actually used a quick go-to stamp technique that I learned from one of My Pink Stamper’s videos.  

She loved it and it really touched her that I remembered her birthday.She is a mother of 6 children, works out of home doing hair,  a fireman’s wife and has  been heavily involved with the care for her father who has Parkinson’s, so she has been spread pretty thin and it was nice to do something fun that was all about her for just a moment. 

Doing this project made me think about how amazing God made women to be.  He knew what He was doing and what to give us to be well equipped to be the “caregiver” in the role of society and the “heartbeat” in the role of family.

Thanks for coming and having a piece of “cheers to all those  that are caregivers and heartbeats” pie with me!

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Basic Recipe:

Cricut Cartridges:

  • Storybook (2 inch “M” shadow setting to get the scallop)
  • Forever Young (dress form cut at 3 inches)

Cuttlebug:  Swiss Dots embossing folder

Frame: IKEA 5×7 black “shadow” frame

Gift Box: Celebrate it (Michael’s Brand) window gift box

Paper:

  • Bazzill textured lime green paper
  • Stampin’ Up Rock-a-bye designer paper (Cherry)- found it through my distributor (it is a 2008 style that has been retired, but there are still packs floating around out there.

Stamps:

  • My Pink Stamper- Yummy-licious
  • My Pink Stamper – Sweetest Cupcake
  • My Pink Stamper – Winter Punnies
  • Stampin’ Up Tart and Tangy (for the cherry)

Ink:

Ribbon:

  • Michael’s Celebrate It – Red 1/4 inch
  • Michael’s Celebrate It – Seasonal silver foil 1/2 inch

Additional embellishments: Kaiser Scrapbook – Emerald and small round rhinestone

Pop Dots

ATG Gun

Monday’s Made It Myself Halloween Party Invites

Sorry I had to cover the address and contact info... my house can only hold so many people! :-)

Over at You Had Me At Craft, she has a challenge every Monday called, Made It Myself Monday’s.  This weekend I have been working on invites for our Halloween Party.  This will be the first Halloween party I have thrown in our new house.   Anyone that knows me, knows that I love Halloween and the other house we sold was in a neighborhood where the surrounding community would bus in the kids…LITERALLY!  We would have close to 300-400 trick-or-treaters each Halloween. 

This was sooooo up my alley, so I would spend the month decorating, make my big run to Costco for candy and on the big night, I would have an open house for close friends and family where I would make homemade mac and cheese or chili and pull out my COSTCO sized bags, a stool and sit at the door from 5:30-8:30 passing out candy non-stop.   It was so much fun!

Our new neighborhood does have its share of trick-or-treaters, but since we live on a cul-de-sac on a hill, we don’t get many of those little folks decked out as Tink or Spiderman.  So I am taking this in my own hands and throwing a party!

Thank you for coming and sharing a piece of “Made It Myself Monday” pie with me!

Recipe:

Cartridge:

  • Simply Charmed – Ghost cut at “Real Dial Size” 3 inches
  • Storybook – Marquise cut at 6 inches and 5 1/4 inches

Cuttlebug:  Spots and Dots

Paper:

  • Recollections Black Smooth
  • Recollections Orange Smooth – I printed out invite details and cut down to 2.5 x 2.5 inches (roughly)
  • Recollections Textured White – This is the base of the invite and was cut down to 7 2/3 inches wide by 5 inches in height.
  • Cloud 9 Seasonal – Jo-Ann’s

Ink/Pens

  • Sakura Med Black Jelly Roll Pen
  • Stampin’ Up Classic Black Stamp Pad
  • Stampin’ Up Pastels – Pretty and Pink

Ribbon:

Halloween Baker’s Twine (My Craft Spot)

Glossy Accents (for the eyes)

Thank You Berry Much!

I had to make a slew of cards the other night and I came up with an easy yet cute card that went super quick.  I may add this to my Christmas gift packs.  I got the original idea from My Pink Stamper in one of her tutorial videos making a cherry card and I have run with it since.  Thank you MPS!   If you have not had a chance to check out her videos, they are worth pouring yourself a cup of joe, adding a little “rat poison” (that is what I call my favorite creamers I tell my hubby that I am just taking off the bad years while I pour that into my cup of joe) and sit a spell and enjoy getting some neat ideas and tips. 

Recipe

Cricut Cartridge: Storybook  (scallop set at 2.5)

Cricut Cartridge: Mini Monogram (dot circle set at 1 3/4)

Paper: Fruit paper pack from Michael’s

Michael’s Textured open stock lime green and white paper

Card Base: iCraft blank cards from Michael’s Dollar Bin

Ribbon: Celebrations – Michael’s dollar bin

Stamp: Stampin’ Up Tart and Tangy

Ink: Martha Stewart’s Craft markers: Flamingo Pink and Lime Green

Stickles: Bubble Gum and Diamonds ( I used these to mark the seed marks on the berries and fill in the dots on the circle)

Punch: Fiskers Water wave

 

 

I Feel The Love Call For Cards From Funky Cards

There is this amazing young lady from, Funky Cards,  that has an opportunity for crafters to make a special card for a person/family going through challenging times.  This is my contribution to her “I Feel the Love Project“.  Thank you Funky Cards for this amazing opportunity to touch such a wonderful little girl and her family. 

This project touches me especially since I was a nanny for a family, while in college, that had a little girl who was in treatment and recovery stages of having a brain tumor that came back twice.  She was 18 months when I started and I got to be a part of her treatment plans (PT/OT, removal of feeding tubes and central lines), learning to walk, sing, play, and most of all be in remission.  She is now almost 18 years of age!  Many special prayers and thoughts go to Marley and her family!

Recipe:

Cricut Cartridges:

  • Storybook – Scallop  (1 and 3/4 inch)
  • Walk In My Garden – Daisy Flower (2.5 inches)
  • Create a Critter – Monkey (3 inches)

Paper:

  • Die Cuts with a View – Glitter Stacker (flower)
  • Die Cuts with a View – Animal Crackers (both bases for the card – both 3 inches long and 4 inches wide)
  • Recollections  – Standard Neutral textured pack – Monkey (Can get at Michael’s)
  • Michael’s single sheet embossed paper – Leaf (Scallop)

Ribbon:

  • Animal Print – Michael’s dollar bin
  • Small Pink for bow – Michael’s dollar bin

Uni-ball White Pen from Stampin’ Up

Card Base – iCraft (packages of blank cards with envelopes in 8 packs I found in Michael’s dollar bin.

Stamps – Peachy Keen – Everyday Faces

Ink- Stampin’ Up – Classic Black

Thank you VERY much for visiting for a piece of life’s pie!

Quick Cards and Fun Cards

I am on a roll with making cards this weekend.  I made one for a friend that just got an amazing job at 3M and in this economy, that is something to celebrate and I am attending a double birthday tomorrow for a close family friend’s little girls where the theme is Princess Party. 

I have to admit I am still stuck on the faux chipboard concept I learned from My Pink Stamper, so you will see that implemented in the princess themed cards.  Plus I needed any excuse to break out my new “Once Upon A Time” Cricut  cartridge.

Used Die Cuts With A View Summer Stacker and Storybook Cricut Cartridge
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Tart and Tangy and My Pink Stamper
 

A Hip Cowgirl Kind of Card

I just made this card per request for a hip cowgirl that is named Jane (hence the “J”).

Supplies:

Cricut Cartridges:  Create a Critter (under horse setting size 3 inches) and Storybook (scallop) – Shift/Shadow/M size 2 inches and 1 1/2

Paper: Michael’s bulk  individual sheet for the embossed light pink daisy

Paper: Zebra print and solid dark pink – Anna Griffin Payton Collection Stack – Michael’s

Stamps:  Stampin’ Up whimsical lower case alphabet

Stamp Ink: Stampin’ Up Classic Black

Card Base:  $ bin at Michael’s.  They came in sets of 8 with envelopes.

Ribbon.  Celebrations line from Michael’s.

I used the faux chipboard technic from My Pink Stamper for the horse shoe and added “bling” on the nail cutouts.

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