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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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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! 🙂

Thank You Berry Much!

I had to make a slew of cards the other night and I came up with an easy yet cute card that went super quick.  I may add this to my Christmas gift packs.  I got the original idea from My Pink Stamper in one of her tutorial videos making a cherry card and I have run with it since.  Thank you MPS!   If you have not had a chance to check out her videos, they are worth pouring yourself a cup of joe, adding a little “rat poison” (that is what I call my favorite creamers I tell my hubby that I am just taking off the bad years while I pour that into my cup of joe) and sit a spell and enjoy getting some neat ideas and tips. 

Recipe

Cricut Cartridge: Storybook  (scallop set at 2.5)

Cricut Cartridge: Mini Monogram (dot circle set at 1 3/4)

Paper: Fruit paper pack from Michael’s

Michael’s Textured open stock lime green and white paper

Card Base: iCraft blank cards from Michael’s Dollar Bin

Ribbon: Celebrations – Michael’s dollar bin

Stamp: Stampin’ Up Tart and Tangy

Ink: Martha Stewart’s Craft markers: Flamingo Pink and Lime Green

Stickles: Bubble Gum and Diamonds ( I used these to mark the seed marks on the berries and fill in the dots on the circle)

Punch: Fiskers Water wave

 

 

Spreading the Patriotic Cheer One Gold Nugget at a Time

This 4th, I decided to move away from the traditional Red, White and Blue muffins I make and pass out to the neighbors for the 4th of July.  I found this idea on the Pink Stamper video logs and turned little take-out boxes into a patriotic treat anyone would love to grace their front door.

Supplies Needed:

Small to-go boxes ( I found these in a pack of 10 at Michael’s)

Bag of Hershey Nuggets

Scrapbook paper cut into strips 3 inches long and 1 inch wide ( I used the 4th of July themed paper from Die Cuts with a View Summer Stacker.)

Adhesive

Cricut Cartridge Celebrations (tag was 3 inches)

Cricut Cartridge Storybook (label was 2 inches)

String of stars to attach the tag to the box ( I found this on clearance at Joann’s)

Stamp was from The Pink Stamper collection

Ink was Basic Black from Stampin’ Up.

Life’s Crafting A Gift that Will Keep them Using Their Heads!

 

Bow Storage Wall Hanging

 

I have two little girls, so in my house, so you can only imagine that I am over run with bows  – LOTS OF BOWS!  I had a dear friend give me one of my most prized possessions in the hair department when it comes to my girls.  It was a bow holder made out of a picture frame.  She made it at a “Girl’s Night Out” crafting event and gave it to me as a gift. 

I figured out how to make it myself and I now too have been making them for girlfriends as gifts.  They are a great birthday gift for the toddler that has everything in the scope of toys and clothes or for a babysitter.  Just add a few bows and maybe even a homemade tutu or one that you can pick up at Costco and you have a gift fit for any princess.

The whole thing costs about $7 dollars to make if you do it right.  I get the picture frame at Michael’s and use the 40% coupon you can find online each week.  I head to a fabric store and pick out  cute scrap pieces they sale (which are the perfect size for this project.)  As for the ribbon I am always on the look out for the $1 spools and I just stock up and I coordinate my scrap material finds to the ribbon I have on hand.

Supplies Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Assorted Ribbon – You will want to have 5 rows.
  • Material size 12×12
  • Picture Frame that can hold a matted 8×10 picture

 

Instructions:

First you place the glass on the material face down and wrap the material around the glass securing it as you would with tape with hot glue.

Then cut and arrange ribbon using a layering effect  on at least one of the rows.

Wrap and secure the ribbon around the now covered glass  with hot glue. Make sure it is  moderately tight where there  is enough give to be able to clip a bow to it.

Place the finish insert back into the frame.

 

Add a hanging bow to the back clasp

Completion!

 

The whole project took about 20-30 minutes to do depending on how settled I was on the ribbon choices.