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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

Craft-O-Maniac

Pink Cricut- Link Up-Tuesdays

 

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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

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

Best Witches!

Today I committed to get in the craft studio and get some stuff done that I had on the board before I allow Pinterest to over inspire me and I end up with twenty projects piled up half done!

Before I get into the details of how and why, I want to note that you may be seeing an” up in my game” with my photography.  My fellow design team member over at FCCB and newly found blog buddy, Holly, from Ribbons and Glue has been such a wonderful cheerleader and inspiration.  One of the things that I have really noted about her blog is her photography.  Granted her projects could be posed atop a trash can and no one would ever notice. However, her attention to detail, lighting and props really adds additional  WOW factor.  So if you see that some of my newbie staging looks somewhat familiar, yes I am gleaning from the MASTER and will settle in my own style soon enough.

Now on to the project! This is a little hat I picked up at Michael’s a few months ago with my sweet neighbor in mind. I wanted to make her a Halloween goody for her home.  Yes, I know that a few months ago would mean August, but Halloween comes out before the Fourth of July fireworks cool down.

I painted the hat with black craft paint (about three coats).  As the third coat was drying I dusted the whole hat with black glitter.  It added some pops of bling!  Then  I used some mini orange feather boa around the brim. Note: this stuff gets everywhere!  It is way worse than glitter!

Then with Flower Shoppe Cricut Cartridge I cut out 3 scalloped flowers at 5,6,7 inches and made the flowers (first time ever making these flowers and I have the hot glue burns to prove that!). I used buttons for the flower buttons. I  the made the little sentiment sign using My Pink Stamper’s Spooky Puns stamp set, Story Book Cricut Cartrige cut at 1.5,1.75 and 2 inches and embossed with Cuttlebug’s Musical Flourish. Attaching to a cut down skewer.

Linking Up To:

Pink Cricut – Link it Up Tuesday

Decorate to Celebrate – Halloween

Sunday Fun Day Link Party 

My Crafting Channel – Halloween

Die Cuttin’ Divas – Fall Colors

Paper Issues – Halloween Harvest

Paper Playtime #85

Little Scrap Pieces: Fun Fridays

Joyful Stamper: Inspire Me Fridays

Simply Create: Linky Party

Simply Crafts: Halloween

CraftyMess- Anything Goes

Cardz TV: Buttons and Boos

Thanks for sharing a piece of “keeping on task and leaning new things” pie with me! 

I Feel the Love Project

Hello everyone! I have been very behind in posting, but not without reason.  Last Sunday, while I was training for my ocean swim in the ocean, I had a kidney stone attack and have been passing them all week.  If anyone has ever had kidney stones, you will know it has been a challenging week and to come down with passing one while swimming 1/4 mile off shore, the shark risk was no longer a worry. And I am not kidding about the fact there was a true shark worry since there has been several sightings of hammer heads and great whites off the local coast thanks to a random colony of 300+ seals that took up residency on the “world’s safest beaches” of Carpinteria and Summerland.  I sadly admit I had to be pulled in by a support kayaker; not my most shinning moment.

So here I am finally getting back into the craft room, even though I am still not finished passing my stones to make a project for the I Feel the Love Project of making a Halloween card for the kids at Casa Pacifica.  As I mentioned in an earlier post this cause hits close to home and is close to my heart.  You still have time to participate in this awesome cause!  Deadline to link up is September 30th!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “swimmin’ with the sharks” pie with me!

Recipe:

Cricut Cartridge: Create a Critter 2 (house cut at 3.5 inches Fence cut at 1.25,1.5,1 inch Bat (hid the work “scary”) cut 1.25  ) and Mini Monsters (Light Post cut at 2.75 inches)

Paper: Papertreyink – Halloween and multi color paper

Cuttlebug: Traffic Jam

Stickles: Diamonds!

Pop Dots

Note I layered the house 3 deep.

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #129 End of Summer

Happy Monday everyone!

Today we are having another fantastic challenge over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.   The theme is bitter-sweet since I love summer and hate to see it slowly and I do mean slowly fade away (this weekend has been full of record-breaking heat here in Southern California with not much of a let-up for this week) but fall is nearing fast and that comes with so many wonderful things to look forward to as well.

Today’s inspiration came from me loving the beach and how it brings me such peace when I spend time there, especially at the end of the summer when the marine layer has lifted and the days and water are much warmer.  The chair was cut from Life’s a Beach.  I distressed it just using stamp ink, sponges, and little Q-tips to give it the “beach weathered” feel.

Now it is your turn to head on over to FCCB and link up your fantabulous project and get in the running for the goodies and being one of our Top Picks!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “life’s a beach” pie with me!

Recipe:

Cricut Cartridge: Life’s a Beach cut at 3.5 inches (pg. 81)

Paper: Papertreyink – Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream, Ocean Tide

Cuttlebug: D’vine Swirls and Distressed Stripes

Ink: Close to My Heart – White Daisies and Chocolate

Ranger Perfect Pearls – Biscotti (used dry on layerd embossing to add a slight shimmer)

Burlap – Got at Jo-Anns

Stamp: My Pink Stamper – Christmas Wishes

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