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Give Thanks Everyday Repeat!

For my project, I decided to go the frugal time sensitive approach since I was starting this project at 10 pm! I raided my supply closet, embellishment and paper stash and started with this!   The 11×12 inch wood box was a leftover from a toy packaging from my kids.  The 4×6 picture frame was made out of raw wood and I pulled a glass frame from a broken picture frame. The chalkboard paint is from Rust-oleum and it works and dries like a charm!

I hauled out the craft paint and painted two layers of orange and brown on both the frame and box.  After it dried (each layer dried in a matter of minutes since I did light layers), I headed down to the garage with all the pieces and the glass from the frame and sanded the frame and box.  Using chalkboard spray paint, I covered the glass and left to dry.

Back upstairs, I put my Cricut to work by using Paper Doll Dress-Up.  I cut out the Pilgrim and Indian at 4.25 inches  and then used Peachy Keen Dolly Dumplings for the face. I then used  Clear Accests for the eyes and Stampin’ Up pastels for the cheeks.  I added freckles and white to the eyes with Gelly Roll pens.  I embossed the pilgrim hat and apron with Cuttlebug folder Swiss Dots.  For the Pilgrim’s shoes, I used black Glossy Accents. The paper was Cloud Nine Holiday Stack, DCWV Harvest Stacker and Recollection card stock.

For the banners,  I took some quick short cuts.  Using Mini Monograms Cricut Cartridge,  I cut the base at 1 1/2 inches and the circles at 1 inch.  After I cleared off a large amount of dust from my sticker drawer, I  rummaged through my stickers and found some white dot letters from Making Memories.  I then found clear page bubbles from Making Memories.  I distressed the base of the banner with ink from Stampin’ Up Pumpkin, added the stickers to the 1 inch circles and then placed the circles under the page bubbles.  I used burlap twine in cream and natural and ran through each banner pendent. Using Glue Dots, I glued “Thanks” to the frame.

Using some fall paper from Cloud Nine Holiday Stack, I cut it down 10.5×10.5 and used Zip Dry to glue down.  I then added Pop Dots to the Indian and Pilgrim and placed them on the box and then attached the banner to each girl using Glue Dots.

Lastly, I added the chalkboard glass to the frame  and then the frame to the box with Zip Dry.

For a project that had me burning the midnight oil, I think it turned out super cute!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “whirly wind project time” pie with me!




Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #134 Boo Spectacular

Happy Monday everyone! It is almost BOO day and I have to say I have been having a blast making Halloween and Fall themed projects and love jumping at a chance to participate in anything that involves crafting those themes.  If that is you too, then does Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog have a treat for you!  The fantabulous Design Team has brewed you up some amazing creative potions that just can’t be missed! Head over, check it out, link up and join the Boo Spectacular party! Just be sure to make a project that has at least one Cricut cut and has black and orange in the project!

For this project I decided to make another yarn wreath using the colors black and orange.  The wreaths are super easy technically to make, just time consuming.  A great “couch potato” project. All you do is get a 12 inch foam wreath form Michale’s or Jo-Anns and being wrapping the wreath with yarn using colors and patterns of your desired choice.

Once the wreath was done, I began making my embellishments. Using Cricut Craft Room so I could manipulate the images, I began with the witch.  I used Mini Monsters page 41. I hid her face so I could use Peachy Keen Dolly Dumplings for her face. I cut her and all her layers at roughly 4 inches.  I used some pastels from Stampin’ Up for her cheeks and Gelly Rolls for her freckles and eyes.  I added some Glossy Accents to her eyes and shoes. I added some  polka dot orange ribbon and purple tulle around her hat and more polka dot orange ribbon and purple bling to her dress.

For the banner, I used the basic circle cut from Mini Monograms at 1 and 1.5 inches. I stamped each orange circle with Halloween sentiments from Close to My Heart, Perfect Fit Halloween stamp set using black in from Stampin’ UP. I embossed the black circles with Cuttlebug’s Spots and Dots folder. I threaded orange baker’s twine from Twinery and glued down with my ATG gun.  I finished the witch by nesting her using hot glue onto some sparkling black and purple tulle that I made into a flower and pinned into the foam wreath.

For the scaredy cat, using Paper Doll Dress Up page 49. Using Cricut Craft Room, I hid her face, cut her at roughly 4 inches and then distressed her with some white stamp ink.  I used Peachy Keen’s Everyday Character with white stamping ink from Close to My Heart. I used green Stickles for her eyes and black Glossy Accents for her nose.  I tied a 1/8 inch ribbon around her neck.

For the moon, I used Mini Monograms circle cut at 4.25 inches.  I embossed with Cuttlebugs Spots and Dots and dusted with Ranger Perfect Pearls Biscotti to add shimmer.

For the bat, I used Create a Critter 2 and cut it out at 2.75 inches and fastened a wire spring to the back of it and stuck the other end into the foam wreath securely.

I finished the wreath by adding a 2 inch orange and black bow for the wreath to hang from.

Now don’t forget to head over to FCCB and check out the spooky goodies and link up!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “spooooky Halloween fun with FCCB” pie with me

Linking Up To:

Exploring Cricut

Decorate to Celebrate- Halloween Part 2

Everyday is an Occassion


Pink Cricut- Link Up-Tuesdays


Fallin’ into Bucket Lists

We have started a tradition of making a banner of things we want to do with our kiddos each summer and crossing them off as we do them.  The kids were so sad I took down our “Summer of Fun” banner that I thought we should make a “fall bucket list”.  When I told my oldest, who is four and half, what I was thinking, she asked me what a bucket list is? Before I could answer her, she exclaimed, “I know, it is a list in a bucket!”.  I laughed so hard and realized she may be on to something.  So our Family Fall Bucket List was born!

I decided that I wanted to take a stab at making paper straws to use for the base of each item.  I researched how to make paper straws and kind of came up with my own way that seem to really work well and I was having more success in having them come out more even and sticking together than some of the ways I tried while researching.  I still don’t have it master , but in time and making about 500 more, I will be a pro:-)

In making the straws, I used some fall/Halloween 12×12 scrapbook paper, a 1/4 inch dowel, and some quick dry adhesive.  I added the adhesive to the back of the page and then I center the dowel and began to roll the paper.  I was sure to push the dowel around so the adhesive would not glue it to the inside of the paper as I rolled.

Once fully rolled, I wiped off any access adhesive on the dowel and started another. After I let each paper tube dry completely, I cut off the edges and then cut them down to the sizes I wanted.  I found if you are wanting to make the same sized straws, you can get two out of each paper tube. If you want the tube to be thinner, just cut down the paper before making a straw.

For the leaves, I cut out 2 inch and  2 1/2 inch leaves from page 61 of Doodle Charms using the blackout feature. I then distressed each leaf with stamping ink and then labeled them using ProMarkers. I then ran them trough the Cuttlebug with the Musical Flourish embossing folder.  I then added some Elmer’s Craft Bond- Clear Dual Tip around the edges and then dusted with fine glitter.

For the pumpkins, I used Stretch Your Imagination page 44.  I cut the fat pumpkins at 2 1/4 inches and the skinny pumpkins at 3 inches, 2 3/4 inches, and 2 1/2 inches.  I then distressed the edges, ran just the bodies of the pumpkins through the Cuttlebug using Distressed Stripes folder, and finished with Firefly Stickles.

For the sign, I used Mini Monograms cut at 3 inches, 3 1/2 inches, and 3 1 /4 inches.  I ran the back and front cuts through the Cuttlebug using Distressed Stripes folder and embellished it with buttons and bakers twine, from Twinery.

I used hot glue to attach each item to the straws, placed some paper crinkle in a bucket I found at Target and then added each item

Thank you for sharing a piece of “fallin’ into bucket lists” with me!

Linking Up To:

Everyday is an Occasion

Pink Cricut – Link Up Tuesday

Paper Issues

Wrappin’ Up the 4th!

We had a wonderful 4th of July and I hope that you did as well!  It was filled with parades, swimming, bbqing and fireworks!  I made this little tag to attach to a quick thank you to a dear friend of the family that brought us fireworks for some sparkle fun!

The parade was super fun and this was a quick shot taken before we headed down Main St. with the masses of me and my family.  The plane was made by the hubs 11 years ago for my nephew and now my girls get to have fun in it to!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “makin’ memories” pie with me!


Cartridge: Mini Monograms – circle  4 inches, and 2 inches

Stamp Image: My Pink Stamper’s Yankee Doodle

Steniment: My Pink Stamper’s Yankee Doodle

Stamp Ink: My Pink Stamper’s Serindipidy

Art Pens (My Pink Stamper’s Yankee Doodle Kit)

Embossing- Martha Stweart’s Sterling


KABOOM! Fireworks Celebration! FCCB#118 Challenge and My 100th Post!

Happy Birthday Week America!  Today is the kick-off of a very big and exciting week around camp Pie!  First off, today is the first time participating in the FCCB (Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog) as a Design Team member and coincidently my 100th post! Secondly, this is the week we celebrate America’s birthday! What better way to start celebrating it, by making a project for this week’s challenge at FCCB!

This week’s challenge over at FCCB is making a project with a firework, sparkler, rocket, or anything that goes KABOOM! Follow me on over  and get to creating! I would love to see what you got cookn’ with your Cricut!

What I came up with was making personalized candy tossing pails for the kiddos that are doing the 4th of July Push and Pull’em Parade with us.  It is a parade where there are literally more people in the parade than watching it.  It is a time for 100’s of local families and friends to get together and deck out their scooters, strollers, bikes, wagons and whatever else they can get their hands on and just celebrate this great nation’s birthday!  It does dump into a HUGE street fair, which is TROUBLE for me…and the hubs wallet!

Picture from the position of “middle” of the 4th of July Push and Pull’em Parade… yeah it is the hot spot to be every July 4th!

I really like working with vinyl and I had a new stamp set to test out, so I was in heaven this past week in my craft studio.  Needless to say I was having a ton of fun whipping out 5 of these.

Hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th!  Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of, “Happy Birthday America” pie with me.

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Cricut Cartridge: Stand Up and Salute (vinyl fireworks 2 inch for the large and 1 1/4 inch for the small and USA 2 inch both images cut at Real Dial Size : Note: I did cut out a second layer in blue and trimmed of all the USA outline down to only the section for of blue for the stars and glued that on to of the outline layer Mini Monograms (for circles cut at Real Dial Size layer 1 4 inches second layer 3 3/4) Learning Curve (1 inch letters for name on the bucket)

Medium sized Sand Bucket – Party City

Red and white vinyl  and transfer tape –

Cuttlebug: Swiss Dots

Stickles – Diamonds (Fireworks on the buckets) and Silver (for stars on the USA)

Stamp Ink: My Pink Stamper- Serendipity

Sentiment – My Pink Stamper – Yankee Doodles

Image Stamp: My Pink Stamper – Yankee Doodle

Embossing – Martha Stewart’s Sterling

Heat Gun


Pop Dots

1/8 red ribbon – Celebrate It

Doin’ a Bit of Taggin’

I ordered the My Pink Stamper Birthday Doodle Kit during her release of the new product.  I have NEVER done the coloring stamping thing before and had a lot of fun doing it.  I whipped out this tag in just a matter of minutes as I was RUSHING, RUSHING, RUSHING out the door to the party all the while being able to coordinate the tag to the gift bag.

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Recipe: Mini Monograms cut at 4 3/4 inches and 4 1/2 inches

Cuttlebug embossing folder – Swiss Dots

Paper: Recollections


Stamp and Ink – My Pink Stamper Birthday Doodle Kit 

A Blooming Thank You!

Hello everyone!  As I was putting the finishing touches on this project last night, my craft studio shook and rattled for a split second, rolling my chair I was in across the room.  Yes, it was a 4.1 about 40 miles off the coast, yet I felt it.  Uggg… I dislike earthquakes terribly.

Now on to the project.  A friend wanted me to make something like these that she found on Pinterest.  I used Microsoft Publisher and printed these out on cardstock and then using the “Center” function on my Cricut Expressions, I cut these babies out.

I used party streamers and sewed the edges (like this tutorial) and made rosettes.  I had previously baked a whole set of ribbon making curly ribbon and used those as the finishing touches.

I am thinking I may enter this into the Die Cuttin’ Diva’s challenge this week – I feel they are different and original to fit their “Anything Goes Challenge“.

Now off to deliver them!

Thanks for sharing a bit of crafty time with a bit of rock, rattle and roll to it” pie with me.

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Cricut Cart: Mini Monograms set at 3 inches for the circle and 1.5 inches for the scallop circle for the back

Party streamers (trimmed the middle one to add the “layer” effect.)

Paper: Recollections Bright Color Stack

Cuttlebug – Swiss Dots

Ink for edging around the circle – Close to My Heart: Cotton Candy

Wilton Cake Pop Sticks

Curly Ribbon (baked at 200 for 20 minutes wrapped around 1/4 inch wooden rods and attached at ends with cloths pins.)


It’s a Peachy Keen kind of Project!

This morning I had to whip out a card for a 4-year-old little girl’s birthday party we went to today and decided that I would design the card around a challenge I saw last night at Peachy Keen.  The Peachy Keen Challenge: 18 is an anything goes the project so that made it be a wonderful luxury to being free in my card design.

I have been really wanting to try out making rosettes with crepe paper streamers and they were a snap (I made an extra one for another card I will be needing to make soon).  I followed the tutorial I found on Pinterest.

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “it is all just peachy keen” pie with me!

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Cricut Cartridge: Potpourri  -ice cream cone setting on the “bonus” setting cut at 5 inches and then trimmed off the ice cream scoop.

Mini Monograms – circle setting set at 2.5 inches

Paper: (orange) and Recollections for the rest. base card was at 7.5 x 5. Layer 1 was 7 1/4 x 4 3/4, Layer 2 7 inches x 3 inches

Chomp-a-Dial – setting 1/2

Cuttlebug: Large Dots and Happy Birthday

Crepe Paper – Target Brand – used needle and thread as well

Stamps: Face Image: Peachy KeenEveryday Character Faces

Sentiment: My Pink StamperBuggie Punnies and Spectacular Sayings

Ink: Stampin’ Up Classic Black, Close To My Heart Cotton Candy.  For pen work white gel pen. Used pastels from Stampin’ Up for cheeks.

Glossy Accents for eyes

Baker’s Twine – My Craft Spot

Ribbon – Celebrate It

Hot Glue Gun

Pop Dots


Life’s a Party!

I have a friend that called me a few weeks ago to see if I would make some stuff for a baby shower she was throwing.  It was for a boy and it needed to be football themed.  How fun!  I think I have said this before, being a mom of two little girls, I jump at any chance to make boy stuff!

She wanted a football themed diaper cake inspired center pieces, thank you tags for the favors with a little referee that said, “Thank you for Taking the Time Out to Celebrate”, and a banner with the little guy’s name on it.

This is what I came up with!

Diaper Cake Inspired Center Piece:

Recipe: Cricut Cart was Life’s a Party  football image cut at 2.5 inches for base football and 2.75 for shadow. I used Swiss Dots for embossing.  For the diaper cake center piece, I used zip ties and rolled 3 size 2 diapers and fastened zip ties around the middle of each and then used a large zip tie and attached all three together in a triangle set up and wrapped about 11 inches of ribbon around the middle to cover the zip tie and fastened ends together with Zot Dots and then attached the football embellishment with a large Pop Dot a the seam of the ribbon.

Thank You Gift Tags:

Recipe: Cricut Cart was Mini Monogram both circle and scallop were cut at 4 inches.  I used Microsoft Publisher and made the image.  I found a pregnant stick figure and decided to make a referee with a bump.  I needed to have it be solid black so i could color lines of white for the referee shirt.  It was easier finding that image than black and white cardstock that I was going to use for the original concept of using the pregnant silhouette image from Life’s a Party Cricut Cart.  I used my white gel pen for the stripes and embossed the scallop layer with Swiss Dots folder for my Cuttlebug. I punched a hole at the top of each gift tag and ran ribbon through it so she can attach these to the favors. NOTE:  I printed out the images and then used the “CENTER” feature on my Ciruct.  It was a bit tricky at first, but I figured it out thanks to a tutorial video I found via My Pink Stamper.  I view a few other videos at first that I “goggled” and they were not cutting the mustard on really QUICKLY breaking down how to do it.


Recipe: Cricut Cartridge Life’s a Party onsie cut at 4 .75.  I used Design Studio ( I can’t seem to get Cricut Craftroom to successfully update, so until I have some leisure time to call PC I am using DS).  I used the “Hide” feature for the duck and so I have just the onsie.  I then cut the base of the banner out of chipboard and the same exact image for the white layer I embossed with Swiss Dots.  I then used the layer feature on my Circut and cut the blue and brown polka-dot.  For the lettering I used Schoolbook Plantain at “REAL DIAL” size at  inches and then embossed with Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.  I then punched two holes, using my Crop-A-Dial at the top of the onsie on only the chipboard, then ran the baker’s twine I got from My Craft Spot.

For the little footballs that are in the center of the ribbon bunting, I used the same football image I used for the diaper cake center pieces cut at 1 inch.

For the bunting  I used 7 layers of material cut at 5 inches each and then trimmed when each was completed.  I layered the tulle and ribbon tieing them directly to the baker’s twine (each tied on top of each other in a diagonal way so the material fanned out with each layer). I used a glue gun to attach the football.  The banner measured about 6-feet

I had a ton of fun doing this project and it only took about 9 hours to plan, prep and complete. Not bad for just a few hours for a few days this week.

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “life’s a party” pie with me!

My Pinkalicious Blog Hop Challenge (April)

Hi everyone!  Outside of dealing with terrible allergies or maybe it is a cold this weekend, I was able to hop along on Friday with My Pink Stamper’s Pinkalicious Blog Hop.  The challenge gave me a kick-start on my Mother’s Day project, since it was to make something for Mother’s Day.  So that is what I did!

If you have not noticed, I have been on a kick of making paper flowers using strips of double-sided scrapbook paper.  So I scaled it down and incorporated it onto a card!

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Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “getting ready for Mother’s Day with the thanks to a April MPS blog hop challenge” pie with me.


Cricut Cart: Mini Monograms (circle cut at 2 inches)

Cuttlebug: Swiss dots

Flowers: cut at 1/2 inch strips x 6 inches for the smaller ones and 8 inches for the bigger one(each flower had 6 strips)

Paper: K&Company Designer Stacker

Embellishments: Some extras I had lying around (not sure where I got them)

Ribbon: Crinkle Ribbon from My Craft Spot.

Stamp: My Pink Stamper- Happiest Moments (my personal fav right now)

Ink: Close to My Heart: Chocolate