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Congrats Grad!


Happy Wednesday All!  We are rockin’ and rolln’ over here in Southern California this morning with the 5.0 earthquake that hit our coast.  I did not feel it since I was on my morning walk, but those always bring on a bit of a buzz among the local folks.

Today over at Decorate to Celebrate, we are kicking off a new challenge with the theme of Graduation.  Whether if it is your little squirt graduating Kindergarten or your kiddo graduating Medical School, it is cause for celebration and we would love to have you LINK up your project to share.


The design team has some great inspirations to kick off this challenge and this is what I made for my nephew who is graduation High School tomorrow!  This is the last of the four boys my brother-in-law and sister-in-law have to walk across the High School podium.  My nephew’s gift is music and he was honored with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award this year, so I used that as a thread to my theme for his banner.


I cut the base of the banner using my Cricut (had to dust that baby off a bit).  The cart was Country Life cut at 7 inches. I found some cool Lori Whitlock rosettes via the Silhouette Store and I cut those out at 2.8 inches.  The musical notes were a cut from the Silhouette Store as well.   Using some Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine, I added some shine to the base of the banners. Added some washi tape I got from Paper Issues and Pick Your Plum, I called it done!


Now be sure to head over and check out all the great inspirations the design team has and LINK up your fun Graduation project!

Thanks for sharing a piece of  “hats off to the Grad” pie with me.


Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #133 Down on the Farm

Happy Monday everyone!  Just in case any one may have “a bad case of the Mondays” (line reference from the movie Office Space), this week’s challenge over at FCCB should perk you up!  The challenge is to make a project using a farm animal. Since it is fall and many are heading to their local farms to gather pumpkins how perfect is this theme!  Head over and link up some farmin’ fun.

For this project I found a  mirror picture frame on clearance at Target for only $4.98!   I was thrilled and turned it into a chalkboard wall hanging.  I used chalkboard spray paint and painted the mirror (after I sanded down the mirror so the paint would stick).  I then took out the glass from the 4×6 picture frames and cut down some paper from the Stampin’ Up Design paper series Domestic Goddess (which I used for the whole project and isn’t that paper just perfect!), and adhered it straight to the photo insert with my ATG.

Using my Cricut Cartridge, Country Life, I cut out the hens at 2 1/4 inches from page 43 and 44 only using the main cut and layer 1 and 2 in shift position. I then added some cream burlap twine around each hen’s neck, added some buttons and stamped a sentiment from Closet to My Heart stamp set, It’s Your Day using a silver ink I found in the Michael’s $ bin . . . bad idea (had to try to fix with silver Sharpie- once again Sharpie saves the day!).   Sometimes the $ bin can come back and haunt you. 🙂 I used Pop Dots and my ATG on the hens and used Glue Dots mini and medium sizes for the buttons.

For the banner, I cut it out from Country Life as well at 1 3/4 inches.  I wrote the lettering with a silver Sharpie and ran some burlap twine through it and added the buttons at each end using Glue Dots mini size. I adhered the banner with Pop Dots.

I love how this project turned out regardless of my stamp ink issues.  The colors and patterns are fun and I feel I turned a boring picture frame into a  functional and fantablous gift for my sister-in-law.

Don’t forget to mosey on over to FCCB’s challenge and see what the rest of the amazing DT has in store for you and link up a fun project! 

Thanks for sharing a piece of “down on the farm with Cricut” pie with me.

Birthday Banner Turned Girly Room Decor


Hi everyone!  I made this banner for my little one that just turned three last month.  She adores this cartoon on Nick Jr. called Peppa Pig and it being a UK cartoon, the goodies were a bit hard to find to make specific favors and such.  I ended up just downloading some images of the cute little pig character and a few things, but went with more the colors and flower style that can be found in the show.

Here is the banner I made. I found the felt flowers at Michael’s on clearance for .70 each!  After her party I decided to hang it in her room since it just so happen to match her room.  She loves it and tells me that she loves having her “Peppa Pig Party”in her room.

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Thanks for sharing a piece of “not letting the party die” pie with me.

Linking Up To:

Sunday funday Link Party


Cricut Cartridge: Country Life (banner cut at 8 inches) Something to Celebrate (lettering cut at 7 inches)

Cuttlebug – Swiss Dots, Flower Blossoms and Candy Cane Stripes

Paper: Recollections Pastels

Ribbon – Twine and Celebrate It

Jelly Roll White Gel Pen for Stitching

Felt Flowers: Michael’s

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge # 127-On the Job

Happy Labor Day!

Today over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog, we are celebrating working people that are on the job!  My inspiration came from my community.  I live in a very heavy agriculture area that has many farms, crops, and ranches.  I love that I can easily access fresh produce almost anytime of the year with just hopping in the car and driving a few miles.  Today I am celebrating the working farmer and rancher, because without them, those fantastic strawberries and veggies I have stashed in my fridge would not be there without them!

Now head on over and to FCCB and check out the other inspirations and link up with the fun challenge this week!

Thanks for sharing a piece of celebrating the working American pie with me!

Also Linking To:

Peachy Keen Stamps- Anything Goes

Sunday Funday Link Party

Scrapalicious USA- Anything Goes

Pink Cricut Link Up Party


Card cut at 6.5×6 then layers were cut a 1/4 shorter

Cricut Cartridge: Doodlecharms (Basket cut at 2 inches) and Country Life (man farmer cut at 5.5 and woman farmer cut at 5)

Paper: Die Cuts with a View-Cotton Blossoms, Recollections, and I raided my scrap stash.


Cuttlebug: Swiss Dots and Distressed Stripes

Buttons: From $1 bin from Michael’s! Love those finds!

Twine- Stampin’ Up

Stamp: Peachy Keen Simple Sallies

Ink: Stampin Up’ Early Espresso, Stampin’ Up chalk for the faces and Jelly Roll blue and white gel pens

Baby Shower Fun


As I have mentioned before, I was asked to help with a baby shower for someone.  She had told me that the theme was “clothesline” and that the colors needed to be blue and green.  What I needed to do was make a banner and several center pieces.  This is what I came up with!

The execution was fairly simple and I learned a new trick while shopping out the flowers.  I live in an area that has a Trader Joe’s and since I shop religiously at our local one every week on the same day at the same time since my first child was born, I have grown to know most of the staff including the woman who orders all their flowers.  I asked her if it was possible to make an order for specific flowers that they do carry and they hold them for me.  Well guess what they do!  If anyone knows anything about hydrangeas, they are a costly flower if you try to purchase them at a florist.  At Trader Joe’s they are half the cost!

I ended up making about a 4.5 foot banner, 7 center pieces, and a marker for the gift table. Doing the whole project with all the supplies cost me $62 and about 5 hours of my time in total and that included me delivering.  They loved it and it looked amazing added to what they had already done to the backyard.

Thanks for sharing a piece of “baby, baby and more baby” pie with me.

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Cricut Cartridge: Every Day Pop-Up Cards, Learning (banner cut at 5 inches for onsies and 3 inches for letter).. Used flip feature for onsie for clothes lines for the opposite side (cut at 2.5 inches)

Cuttlebug: Swiss Dots, Buttons

Baker’s Twine (Twinery)

Paper: Recollections


Lollypop Sticks (large) for the clothesline

Mini Clothes Pins – Stampin’ Up and Jo-Anns

Tin buckets and pails (Michael’s) Please note I had to line with Cling Wrap to insure NO leaks, even though I got the “Leak Proof” buckets.  The Cling Wrap workd well!

Buttons – Michael’s Dollar Bin


Pop Dots


Getting a Little Educational with My Cricut and My Pink Stamper

As I have mentioned before, I am the  “craft mom” at my daughters’ co-op pre school.  The theme the other week was nutrition.  I decided to do a match the shape/food to the one on the paper and then glue it down.  Since the craft is geared towards 3 and 4 year-olds, I wanted to make it as simple and easy to do.

I first set up a 8.5×11 piece of white cardstock on my Cricut mat and cut out the shapes I wanted to use.  this was my master sheet that I would later place a darker sheet of paper behind and copy with the copy machine to create the sheet that the kiddos will glue the food cut outs to.

After that I went into mass production mode and cut all my die cuts out and then organized them all into ziplock baggies for easy distribution.

Super quick and easy crafty/educational idea.

Basic Recipe:

Cricut Cartridges used:  All cut at 3 inches

Simply Charmed

Create a Critter

Country Life

Sweet Treats


Stamp: My Pink Stamper: Font-aboulous

Ink: Stampin’ Up Classic Black