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My First Monday Fantabulous Cricut Challenge – Fun with Puns

I found this blog, Fantabulous Cricut this past weekend and was actually challenged by this week’s challenge of making a card using a pun. I usually don’t gravitate towards using puns in my card making, so this posed a bit of a fun challenge.  I had  certain peeps in mind for this card and began to build a concept.  I printed out the pun on card stock in a font that would most suit as a stamp at 14 pt Bradley font and for the word “hare” at 16 pt Bradley font. 

This card is for two people who have been through the ringer with loss, illness and very surprising news these past few months.  I hope this brings a smile to their faces when they open this card!

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “puny” pie with me.

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Recipe:

Cricut Cartridge:

Love You A Latte – teacup cut at 3.5  – teabag cut at 7 inches (the shadow cut)

Create A Critter – Rabbit cut at 2.5

Paper:

Recollections – Berry Collection

Recollections – Red, and pink, white

Papertreyink- Spring Moss

Ink: White Gel Pen for stitching, Stampin’ Up Early Espresso for edging, Close to My Heart – Holiday Red for sentiment.

Sentiment – My Pink Stamper – Itty-bitty-licious

Glitter – Recollections Chunky Glitter – raspberry

Glossy Accents for nose and cheeks

Baker’s Twine – Berries and Cream from My Craft Spot

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Halloween!

Halloween Tree

Well it is over… Halloween that is.  The kids are coming down from the sugar and party high which makes for some challenging moments and there were times yesterday I was convinced they were trying out a few new little monster costumes. 

 The party was a huge success.  We ended up having  all but 3 families show up but a few “last-minute invites” took their place, so I had a total of about 20 kids and 40-ish adults here.  It was a little overwhelming at times trying to keep cold beverages in everyone’s hands (it was 80 degrees and I was the requested margarita maker – I can make  a mean margarita!) while trying to catch up with friends and remembering to change my youngest diaper.    The best feedback was my oldest telling me that she can’t wait until next year, so we can do it again!

Trick or Treating was my favorite thing we did.  My kids really have the hang of it this year and marched, sometimes bravely, to doors and melted everyone’s heart out of more candy than they should have been given with “please”, “thank you” and “Happy Halloween”.  That made this mommy very happy!

I am super sorry that I don’t have more detailed pictures of my projects and a ton of them are missing.  It was just a bit crazy to get it all documented.  I did have a kids craft table where they got to decorate little fash lights that came with batteries I picked up at Home Depot to take with them for Halloween night. That was a big hit with both kids and parents. 

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “Life’s is a Party” pie with me!

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My Pink Stamper’s Blog Hop Challenge!

Last Friday was My Pink Stamper’s monthly blog hop!  It was showcasing two of my favorite stamp sets,Yummy-licious and Sweet Goodness while making a 3-D gift container for a holiday or special occasion.  

Since I am still in the throes of Halloween party makin’ fun, I took a quick break and made a birthday gift for my neighbor’s birthday.  I first made her a wall hanging for her in-home salon and then I decorated a coordinating gift box for her favorite kind of cupcakes.   I actually used a quick go-to stamp technique that I learned from one of My Pink Stamper’s videos.  

She loved it and it really touched her that I remembered her birthday.She is a mother of 6 children, works out of home doing hair,  a fireman’s wife and has  been heavily involved with the care for her father who has Parkinson’s, so she has been spread pretty thin and it was nice to do something fun that was all about her for just a moment. 

Doing this project made me think about how amazing God made women to be.  He knew what He was doing and what to give us to be well equipped to be the “caregiver” in the role of society and the “heartbeat” in the role of family.

Thanks for coming and having a piece of “cheers to all those  that are caregivers and heartbeats” pie with me!

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Basic Recipe:

Cricut Cartridges:

  • Storybook (2 inch “M” shadow setting to get the scallop)
  • Forever Young (dress form cut at 3 inches)

Cuttlebug:  Swiss Dots embossing folder

Frame: IKEA 5×7 black “shadow” frame

Gift Box: Celebrate it (Michael’s Brand) window gift box

Paper:

  • Bazzill textured lime green paper
  • Stampin’ Up Rock-a-bye designer paper (Cherry)- found it through my distributor (it is a 2008 style that has been retired, but there are still packs floating around out there.

Stamps:

  • My Pink Stamper- Yummy-licious
  • My Pink Stamper – Sweetest Cupcake
  • My Pink Stamper – Winter Punnies
  • Stampin’ Up Tart and Tangy (for the cherry)

Ink:

Ribbon:

  • Michael’s Celebrate It – Red 1/4 inch
  • Michael’s Celebrate It – Seasonal silver foil 1/2 inch

Additional embellishments: Kaiser Scrapbook – Emerald and small round rhinestone

Pop Dots

ATG Gun

Using Vinyl as Stencils

I kind of came across this idea by a “forced” situation.    I originally purchased a saying to go in my stairwell via Ebay.  I had it up and all was well until about six months ago when the vinyl no longer was sticking.  Since we are wrapping up on our full remodel, I know that I put the vinyl down on new construction and paint (the vinyl was also heavy duty outdoor quality).  It should have been stuck amazingly well… too well.   I contacted the seller and that went nowhere. 

I decided to take things into my own hands and trace the outline of each letter/character myself with a pencil, peeled off the vinyl and then paint it by hand.  How hard could that be?   Famous last words . . .

It was not hard, just VERY time-consuming and a bit physically challenging since I had to have the hubs make me a platform I could use to place a ladder on so I was not reenacting any scene from Cirque du Sole while using a ladder. 

The size of the project is about 3 feet long and 18 inches wide.  It took about 5 hours to complete from start to finish (I broke it up in 1 1/2 – two-hour increments each day).  I used regular craft paint from JoAnn’s. 

The walls have a heavier “orange peel” texture to it so it made tracing and painting a bit more challenging than  if it wa a smooth wall.  I had to do some touch up with the base color of the walls, but all in all I am pretty happy on how it turned out AND  to be off the ladder in my 20 foot stairwell. 

What I am excited about is now that I have done this, I can now use my Cricut and make vinyl stencils (indoor quality does not stick as strong for easy peeling back off) and do more projects; one in particular is doing some wall designs for the playhouse we are building for my girls. . . more to come on that!