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Oh Boy Banner!

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Nothing gets me more excited that making party decor! Last weekend I had the honor to host one a shower for a dear and close friend.  Since it was at our beloved local Mexican restaurant, I kept the decor low key and simple (which on a side note was such a brilliant idea on my part. I usually spend days prepping for hosting parties to only have to clean again the minute the guests leave and the costs were about the same even after feeding the masses a Mexican buffet!). Anyway, my decor was simple and fun and fit the bill perfectly!

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In making the banner, I kind of pulled out the kitchen sink of supplies starting with wood banner pennants I scored from Pick Your Plum and then I found my new love in paper lines, Adornit – Rough and Tough! Adding some clothesline, material burlap, ribbon and embellishing the woodcuts from Adornit and PYP with Heidi Swapp Color Shine and Globecraft and Piccolo Gels.  I cut the lettering with my Cricut using Platin Schoolhouse and ran those and all my layers (yes even the burlap and ribbons) through my 5 inch Creative Station adhesive machine from Xyron.

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I love when banners come together as easy as this one! It was a hit and a cherished gift for the soon-to-be family of three!

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November Hoppin’ with Kiwi Lane Designs

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Hi all! If you came over from Lissa, from Mighty Crafty, you are in the right place.  If you just joined me, be sure to check out this fun and amazing blog hop by starting HERE!  Be sure to leave comments to get yourself in the running for a $25 gift certificate over at the Kiwi Shop and the lucky winner will be announced on November 7th over at the Kiwi Blog.

Oh my do I have a treat for you and there are no tricks for of those of you that are recovering from Halloween night! Making banners is my first love of crafting and having Kiwi Lane Design templates in my back pocket made this whole project super easy to pull together. I have been wanting to have something special to snaz up my Thanksgiving motif and this little crafty number really speaks on the season.

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Here is how I did it!

Materials Needed:

  • Kiwi Lane Templates: Shapes 8T, 7T, Holiday 4T, Nature 4 and 1 
  • SEI Card Board Banner Kit
  • Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folders: Divine Swirls, Distressed Strips, Swiss Dots, Musical Florish
  • Wooden Lettering
  • Gold Glitter
  • Buttons
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hemptique Hemp Cord
  • Crinkle Ribbon
  • Tulle
  • Burlap

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All I did was design a layout using the actual templates and then I sprayed down some wooden letters with Color Shine and dusted with Glitter. I then traced and cut out templates, ran through the embosser and inked edges. I confirmed placement and then stated to build each pennant by layering burlap, tulle, cut, then letter. I added buttons to finish and then ran hemp cord through the pennants, linking them together.  I finished by cutting down three different colored crinkle ribbon and tied in between each pennant..

Giveaway Alert! 

There you have it! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! Now for a fun giveaway from me.  All you need to do is LIKE me on Facebook and tell me what you are thankful for in a quick post on my PAGE for and you will be in the running for Tiny Holiday Template set so you can get your own holiday craftin’ on!  I will announce the lucky winner on November 7th! 

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Next up is the fabulous Kerri from Craft Time and Cupcakes! 

  1. Kiwi Lane http://kiwilane.com/here/blog/
  2. Cristine Redmond http://onescrappynovice.blogspot.com
  3. Joy Nielsen www.threadsnscraps.com
  4. Van Nguyen http://likethecar.blogspot.com
  5. Minousha Bari  http://preservedscraps.blogspot.com
  6. Lissa Mitchell http://mightycrafty.blogspot.com
  7. Arin Flynn http://apieceoflifespie.com You are Here
  8. Kerri Smith http://www.crafttimeandcupcakes.com/
  9. Christine Meyer http://scrappingwithchristine.blogspot.com
  10. Christina Steel www.tinasscrapcrap.blogspot.com

Drum Roll Please. . . A Piece of Pie has been Published!

With six months of waiting I finally got to get the first issue off the shelf at my local Michael’s last night.  It was a bit surreal standing in the corner of my Michael’s flipping through the February issue of Cricut magazine and there it was!  I felt like Martha Stewart for one hot minute. . .  without her enormous empire and bank account! 

Back to the reality of laundry, housecleaning, and taking care of the two best things I ever made!  Still it was super fun to be known other than “just a mom that lives in sweats and t-shirts” for a minute. 

I think it is neat that my kids are seeing me shoot for dreams and challenges and achieving success within my scope of reality.  I hope that these are examples that will resonate with them as they mature into amazing young women, that it is OK to put yourself and your talent out there no matter where you are in life and sometimes the payoff is very rewarding and self-fulfilling. 

Thanks for sharing a piece of “15 minutes of Cricut crafting fame” pie with me!

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

This morning I turned on the laptop like I always do each morning as I am making the hubs his lunch and getting milk ready for my little girls.  The hubs came downstairs ready for work and hopped on the computer.  I asked him to check My Pink Stamper’s site to see who the lucky winner was.  I had fun entering my latest project into the My Pinkalicious Blog Hop Challenge, but the completion was steep and I had a couple of other fellow competitors pegged and wanted to see the results.

My hubs being sarcastic by nature pulled up MPS’s blog and sarcastically said, “Oh yes, it says that A Piece of Life’s Pie won!”  I just smiled and rolled my eyes and told him to tell me who really did.  He just kept it up, so I came around the bar to check for myself and he was right!  I must have blinked ten times making sure what I was seeing was correct.  The wind got knocked out of me a bit out of shock and excitement!  I woke the kids up by doing a big happy dance and I think the hubs needs to go to Costco and get his hearing checked!

This was my first challenge I have ever truly competed in! (I did try out for the last Design Team Call for MPS, but was  a bit of a goofball and did not read the requirements very well and was not qualified, so I don’t count that one).    I am not new to crafting, but I am new to paper crafting (6 months), so I am just over-the-moon, humbled and honored  that I was selected over the many entries of talented crafters.

Thank you My Pink Stamper for making my day, week and month!  This project was for very special people in my life and now it just adds more of a “special-ness” to it as I pass it off to them.

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Thank you for sharing a piece of life’s pie with me today! 🙂

MPS Blog Hop Challenge! Wildly Sweet Pinky Pirates!

My Pink Stamper announced a Blog Hop  challenge this past Friday during her fun Pinkalicious Blog Hop.   This was the first Blog Hop featuring the new MPS Design Team!  I have to say I had a great time hopping along it Friday night!  The talent is just amazing and very well-rounded in technique demonstrations and ideas!

I was actually excited about this challenge since it was a two-fold motivation of getting a kick-start on a pending project and participating in a challenge.  Believe it or not I had EVERYTHING to start this project on hand so I got cracking on this Friday night!

I recently volunteered to make banners and cupcake toppers for a daughter of a dear friend’s third birthday.  She gave me a theme and creative licence to run with whatever I wanted to do.  Once I saw the challenge posted by MPS, the light bulb started to glow!  I got to follow the challenge and combined my favorite color scheme (pink, black and “bling”) my favorite technique of incorporating animal print (I LOVE ANIMAL PRINT!) , my favorite Cricut project of creating birthday swag and one of my top fav Cricut Cartridges, Rock Princess – the creative possibilities that cartridge holds is unbelievable.

I just finished the project with two weeks to spare and in the nick of time to meet the MPS deadline.  The project was a bit larger than I anticipated, but I think it will be the perfect proverbial cherry on top for the birthday party!

Thank you for stopping by and sharing a piece of life’s pie with me! 🙂

Recipe (for the banner details, I used Design Studio and it was very complex in demotions and it would take two blog pages to break down, so if you want the exact info, I do have that information, please feel free to contact me directly or leave me a comment.):

  • Cricut Cartridge:  Rock Princess,  Mini Monograms (scallops and cupcake topper base; see cupcake topper base and layers) and Celebrations ( set at 5.5 for banner; find on page ).
  • Cupcake Topper:  Scallop from Mini Monograms set at 2 inches for base.  The next  layer set at 1 3/4 inches.

– Princess Rock Image: Skull Font was set at one and 1/4 inches.  

– Princess Rock plain cupcake image with cross-bones was from the image that cuts both cupcake and cross-bones.  I had to change-up the paper and the font size from each other so there was a bit of waste in that step.  The pink cupcake was set at 1 inch and the cross-bones were set at 3/4 inch.  I then layered them using a pop dot to elevate the cupcake from the cross-bones.   

  • Paper:  Recollections, Michael’s Open Stock embossed and textured paper (Pinkini, Ballet and Very Berry and Shimmer Cream).  Silver Glitter Cardstock from clearance rack at Target ( I used this behind the # 3 on the banner and cupcake “dots”).
  • Ribbon: All Celebrations (Michael’s brand) Hot pink and black 1/2 inch zebra print ( bow for banner),one and 1/2 inch hot pink zebra print (treading for banner), 1/8 inch black satin ribbon (bow for cupcake topper).
  • Accent Pen: Uni-Ball Signo- White (used for dots on scallops and smile on cupcake face)
  • Stickles Diamond (used as an accent on cupcakes on both banner and cupcake toppers and to outline the # 3 on the cupcake toppers).
  • Wilton Lollipop Sticks, Pack of 50 at 4 inches – Michael’s
  • Pop Dots: I used these to add dimension to cupcake toppers under the second layer and I added these to the 3rd layer to the banner.
  • Hot Glue Gun: I used a hot glue gun to attach lollipop stick to topper and to attach the small bow on the cupcake topper with the # 3 on it.

* Please note that I cut off legs and arms of the “cupcake man image” on the one on the banner as well as the one for the cupcake topper.

Again, thanks for stopping by and having a piece of life’s pie pirate cupcakes with me! 🙂