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Boo To You Party Invite!

I can’t believe it is the middle of October already!  I love Halloween and that is a great excuse to throw a party.   Last year I went a little over board with our party and at one point I think we had a total of 73 guests milling all around our house and backyard! NOT KIDDING!  I remember telling my husband right after closing the door to the last guest, “NEVER AGAIN!” Don’t get me wrong, the party was a HUGE success and I have had many of last year’s guest recently asked me if there was a “save the date” for this year’s party.  However, I am only insane once and decided to scale WAY back on the invite list to a few very close friends and their kids.

I wish I could say I came up with this idea on my own, but not so much:-)  Thankfully I “blog pal” around with some amazingly talented ladies and this idea came from Ribbons and Glue.  When I saw her project, I just knew I wanted to do something like it and when I started thinking about party invites, I thought how cool it would be to make a party invite that is very personal and can be used as Halloween decor for years to come.

In another project I saw from Ribbons and Glue, she had these little ghosts that she found at Target.  I loved them the minute I saw them, but I have a thing for ghosts and snowmen so that was not too far of a stretch for me to HAVE TO find those.  Sadly, I could not find them right away until last week when we were in the $ bin area at Target and my oldest spotted the LAST box of them!  WOOT! WOOT! Those were scooped up in a NY minute and the project stated to take shape!

I found some scrap wood the hubs was tossing out and sanded it down, painted it black and then did a layer of white/orange at the same time to give it a “candy corn” feel with craft paint.  I let it dry and then sanded it down again to distress it.

Using Simply Charmed, I cut the “font” BOO at 3 1/2 inches.  I ran it through my Cuttlebug Spots and Dots.  The ribbon I used was from the Celebrate It line from Micheal’s and the little purple bling I picked up there too.  Using twine from the Twinery, I made a “spider web” behind each “O” just fastening twine with tape.  I added a little black gem to the middle to appear as a spider.

The paper is from a Holiday stack from Cloud Nine Designs.  I added additional ribbon to balance out the block. I then glued the paper over the ribbon using Zip Dry.  I also used the same paper and glued it to the back of the block where I then added another removable paper piece with the details of the party information on it (sorry no pictures of that… did not want to risk having 73 people showing up on my doorstep:-))

As for the little table scatter ghosts, I wrote the names of all the members in the family with a fine tip Sharpie and added bows to the girls.  I used glue dots and added googly eyes (totally scrap-lifted that from Holly- I am really not craft stalking her, I promise! However, if you have not seen her blog, I highly recommend it!  Her blog has inspired me greatly and actually has lit a fire of creativity in me when I felt like I was losing my creative mojo) and then used medium sized glue dots and added the ghosts to the “BOO”.  I then used pop dots to the BOO.

So far the invites have been a hit and they love that it is something that can be used for years to come and it was so personal.

Thanks for sharing a piece of “not your everyday ghoulish invite” pie with me.

Linking Up To:

Everyday is an Occasion-Sunday Funday

Paper Issues – Halloween Harvest

Craft-O-Maniac

Decorate To Celebrate

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Halloween Ribbon

My Sheri Crafts- Halloween

Pink Cricut Link It Up Tuesday

Pink by Design – Fall or Halloween

31 Days to Boo-Day Countdown Candy Jar!

 

As most of you know I am a mommy to little girls ages three and four!  Now that fall has started so has the endless questions of, “when is Halloween?” and “When is Santa coming?”.  So I decided to make something fun to help them count down the days till Halloween by making a little jar filled with the correct number of candies to do the 31-day countdown.   We are on day two and they are thrilled every afternoon to get their little taste of what is to come at the end of the month!

In celebration of owning my Cricut for 2 years, I decided to use one of my fav carts and the VERY FIRST EVER cart I used, Simply Charmed! It will ever be close to my heart because of that!

 

Thanks for sharing a piece of “is it Halloween yet” pie with me!

Some fantastic challenges I am linking up to:

My Craft Spot: Boo to You

Scrappy Moms Stamps – Terrific Tuesdays

Craft-O-Maniac

Joyful Stamper: Inspire Me Fridays

More than Favors: Wacky Wednesdays

Recipe:

Cricut Cartridge: Simply Charmed cut at 3 inches

Stamp: Peachy Keen- Simple Sallies

Stampin’ Up Pastels – for the cheeks and mouth coloring

Gelly Roll ink pens – for the eyes and freckles

Ribbon All Celebrate It brand from Michael’s – I make a homemade rosette

Tulle

Stamp Ink: Stampin Up- Classic Black

Jar- Michael’s

Glue Dots (mini and medium sized)

Exploring Cricut Guest Designer – Happy Boo Day!

Hi everyone!

If you are hunting for the Monday’s Fantabulous Cricut Challenge, please click HERE.

If you have popped over from Exploring Cricut today you are in the right place!  It has been so much of an honor to be a guest designer for Exploring Cricut and I had a a lot of fun making this project for them.

I love Halloween!  I can really get into the spirit of it and I decorate my house just as much for Halloween as I do for Christmas.  I made this wreath for one of my kiddos bedroom doors.  It is a simple 12 inch green foam wreath I got at Michael’s. I then wrapped it with yarn.  I wanted to go for a candy corn feel, so I used white, yellow and orange and wrapped different block sizes for the colors, like that of a real candy corn.

My little ghost was cut via Cricut Craft Room from the Dress Up Paper Dolls cartridge and I hid the face, so I could use Peachy Keen’s Simple Sallies face stamp.   The sign the ghost is holding was also cut via Cricut Craft Room where I manipulated the layers to meet the needs I had to be able to use the “Boo” stamp from Close to My Heart.   I ran the black layer through my Cuttlebug using the Seeing Spots embossing folder.

Using my Crop-a-Dile, I punched a holes through the hands of the ghosts, and then ran black and orange Baker’s Twine though both the hands and sign and tied bows at each end.  I also made a small bow using 1/8 inch ribbon to attach to her sweet little head.  Hey, I have two little girls and everything must have bows!

Finalizing this step, with tulle and candy corn ribbon I made a simple “flower” bow by tieing two strips of each (in layers) to the wreath and folding under to make the bow portion using straight pins to fasten to the wreath.  I then attached the ghost to the “flower” bow with hot glue.

Using Simply Charmed Cricut Cartridge, I cut the pumpkins and their “blank” layer and ran that layer through my Cuttlebug using Distressed Stripes embossing folder.  I cut the end pumpkin off of the cut and discarded.  I touched the stem, leaves and vines with Diamond Stickles for that extra bit of bling.  I layered the pumpkins using Pop Dots.

Using Sweet Shop again via Cricut Craft Room, I made another sign. I ran the black layer through my Cuttlebug using Seeing Spots embossing folder and stamped the top layer with “Happy Boo-Day” from My Pink Stamper’s Spook-alicous set.  I attached the sign to a 4 inch lollypop stick from Wilton with hot glue then attached the pumpkins to the stick.  I then attached the whole embellishment to the wreath with hot glue. I made a candy corn bow and attached to the sign with hot glue!

Using a festive ribbon, I wrapped and tied a bow to the top of the wreath, for easy hanging.

The hardest part of the whole project was wrapping the yarn around the wreath.  It was a bit time-consuming, but I did it while watching TV, so that made the time fly by.

Thanks for coming and sharing a bit of “Exploring Cricut” pie with me today!

Recipe:

Cricut Cartridge: Paper Doll Dress Up (ghost cut at 3.7 inches x 5.5 inches and hide face) Simply Charmed (pumpkins cut at 5 inches x 2.5 inches) Sweet Shop (sign cut at 1.8 x 1.35 and 2 inches x 1.45 inches)

Paper: Recollections Multi Color Cardstock

Stamps: Close to My Heart , My Pink Stamper, and Peachy Keen

Ribbon: Celebrate It, Twinery and Tulle

Gelly Roll white gel pen for freckles

Stampin’ Up Pastel Chalk for cheeks

Ink: Stampin’ Up Classic Black and Pumpkin

Wreath- 12 inch foam

Yarn

Hot Glue, Quick Dry Adhesive, Pop Dots

Diamond Stickles

Crop-A-Dile

Straight Pins

Funny Find Flashback Moment!

My 2 year anniversary with my Cricut Expressions is approaching fast and I happen to find a picture of my very first project I did with it!  I can remember how intimidated I was in using it.  I have to admit, I put it back in the closet for 5 months, because it intimidated me so much (these little boo’s were the best of the batch that were not stuck to the mat and ripped due to my lack of knowledge on pressure and speed settings).  I have come a long way since then, thanks to the help from My Pink Stamper Tutorials I found via “google”.

I make these cupcakes every year with the exception of last year since we threw a huge party and I went a different direction.   Usually, I would pipe “Boo or RIP” on the little chocolate grams tombstone, but in 2010, I decided to cut the sentiment and image and fasten it to the tombstone with the help of a candle-lighter to melt the edge of the chocolate enough to attach the images. They easily peeled off the chocolate goodness to be eaten.

Thanks for sharing a piece of “remembering meeting my bug for the first time” pie with me.

Recipe:

Cricut Cartridge: Simply Charmed (don’t know the size, but guessing around 2 inches.)

Boxed chocolate cupcakes (I used Devils Food Cake)

chocolate frosting

Keebler chocolate grams

Oreo Cookies (made into crumbs)

Halloween candy pumpkins

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #120 – Sunny Days


It is that time again… OK it is only my second time proudly designing a project for FCCB as a design team member! This project was so fun for me, since I wanted to do a baby card and the theme of the shower is “Clothesline”!
Nothing shouts sunny days to me than a line of freshly washed laundry being sun kissed dry by the sun!

Now, head on over and check out all the sunny inspriation and join this week’s challenge!

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Thanks for sharing a piece of “sunny days” pie with me!

Recipe:

Cricut Cartridges: Simply Charmed (sun cut at 2 inches) and Everyday Pop-Up Cards (onsie cut at 1 1/2 inches)

Paper: Recollections for base
Papertreyink 2008 Bitty Dots: Lemon Tart, Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist

Cuttlebug: D’Vine Swirls

Baker’s Twine – Stampin’ Up Burlap

Embelishments: Stampin’ Up clothespins

Stamps: My Pink Stamper:Itty Bitty-licious

Ink: Close To My Heart: Chocolate

Stickles: Star Dust

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

Potpourri

Stamp: My Pink Stamper: Font-aboulous

Ink: Stampin’ Up Classic Black

A Little Dancing Pizza and a Sweet Blog Award!

Yay! Today is the first day I am posting from my new laptop!  I have been inching along on a 7-year-old laptop for years and our PC is not far behind it, so when my laptop finally died two weeks ago we started shopping for a new one.  Last night we finally got one!

First order of business! I was awarded a lovely and sweet blog award recently and was very honored that I have someone outside of personal friends and family that even look at this mess of creativity.   Thank you Lisa from My Scrap Nook!   The award is the Liebster Award – which is German for “Dearest”.   Paying it forward I am going to honor a new and fun blog buddy from my favorite part of my state (Wine Country) Lee Lee Cards.  She has so much energy and life and I wish I could meet her in person someday… and we may just find a way to pull that off.  I think you will enjoy her wit and sass and the fact she is a beautiful newly made VERY young grandma! 🙂

 

During the time we were in computer limbo, I have been keeping busy with many craft focused projects.  This project was for my 4 year old’s first dance recital and we had to make a pizza costume out of a felt piece.  So heading to my Cricut cart inventory, I found a pizza shape from Simply Charmed and used that as a stencil.  I cut it at 8 inches and used buttons, ric-rack, baker’s twine and tons of glitter and stickles.  I think it turned out pretty cute!

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Thanks for having a piece of “dancing pizza pie fun” with me!

A Piece of Pie Video: Valentine Gift Box

 

 

Ok y’all, time come to belly up to the craft table for another helping of A Piece of Pie Video!  First I must thank you for being my lab rats with me learning this whole video thing, especially the editing.  I will have to admit, I was a bit LONG winded in the introduction, so if you are needing escape that and get on with the actual tutorial, you can fast forward to about the 6 minute mark.. . .  but you may miss out on all the sassy subtitles! 🙂 

Thank you for coming and sharing a piece of “progress in the video making” pie with me!

 

I Have Been Doing a lot of Pie Making!

 . . . well at least a lot of crafting.  Outside of the already posted holiday projects I was up to my ears in crafting over the holidays.  Since then we have been batteling the stomach flu, colds and trying to get Christmas and my winter “spring” cleaning done. 

Santa was good to me this year!  I got a ton of  craft store gift cards and The Cinch.  I am still holding off on the Imagine, just becasue part of my Christmas/Birthday present from they hubs was re-doing my craft room.  So all things in moderation and I LOVE how my craft room is truning out!  Deciding to re-do my craft room in the full swing of all the projects was a bit nutty, but if you knew me, you would get that I have a VERY high energy level that does not know how to stop until my body stops me:-).

I am on the hunt for the Hello Kitty Cricut Cart that has been retired so I can do my almost 4 year old’s bithday stuff, if you know of a place I can find it, that is not going to cost a million dollars, please let me know.  I have been looking on Ebay and they are going for about $80-$100. 

So on to my projects and thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “wow no wonder I am a wee bit  Christmas Cheered Out” pie with me! 

Project 1: Idea came from My Pink Stamper’s 12 Days of Christmas

Project 2: Another idea  from My Pink Stamper’s 12 Days of Christmas for the lady that does my hair.  She lives in the “Christmas Candy Cane Lane” neigborhood and has the Charlie Brown themed house. She sits out with friends and family almost every night greeting the hundreds of people checking out the lights and I thought this would keep those sheer cutting hands warm.

Project 3: I made these cards for my nephews who were getting gift cards.  They liked them!

Project 4:  I made these pack of cards for all the ladies in our family.  I ended up making 3 in each set which came to 21 cards!  I did this kind of last minute. I used My Pink Stamper’s Sweetest Cupcake Stampset I won from a Blog Hop Challenge back in August.  I also used Once Upon A Princess Cartridge for the cupcake. All the ladies LOVED them!

Project 5: I made this for a sweet friend that got married on December 9th.  It was a very small and close wedding at the beautiful Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai, CA.  I was one of the very few that were invited to the quiet and yet elegant event – I also made some tags for this event I posted about earlier this month.  I used a new stamp set I got from Close to my Heart, Cherish the Day! The cartrige I used was Storybook – Thank You setting.

Project 6:  My girls and I made this for my father-in-law’s birthday that was in early December.  He loves old cars, so we had fun doing some new tricks using Peachy Keen faces and Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut Cartridge.

[Project 7:  Christmas cards for some bloggging buddies I have formed this year.  I used a Christmas stack from Papertreyink, Christmas stamp set from My Pink Stamper and the ortament came from Simply Charmed.

My Stab at a Crayon Wreath

 

 

‘Tis the season for making homemade Christmas gifts.   This past fall I saw these done and decided that I wanted to do this for my daughter’s teacher.  She is a pre-k teacher that is just amazing. I adore her and will be sad to say goodbye this year.   She has a time during her class where she does neat science experiments for the kiddos and when the experiment is done she always says, “That’s science friends!”.  I wanted to incorporate that into the project as well.

It was a bit more labor intensive than I expected and what I used was a wire wreath and flipped it over and placed a glass bowl in the middle to line up the crayons perfectly.  I then hot glued the crayons to the wire . . . that was a bit tricky, but I figured it out.

I have one more to make and I will take pics along the way to the steps I did so you can see how it was done and the recipe next week.  

Thanks for sharing a bit of “spreading the Christmas cheer” pie with me.

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