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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Manly Birthday Card

Recently my uncle turned 60 and we were all going to dinner to celebrate so I wanted to make him a card.  I knew I needed something masculine so I chose brown and blue papers and then I thought I would try a window/shadow type box because I have never done one before.  Here is the card:

I used Art Philosophy and cut the card using the card feature at 5 1/2, then I used the center cut feature to cut the window at 3inches.  I then used Lyrical Letters and the Jumbo feature to cut my 6 and 0.  I added some stitching with my white gelly roll pen and I was all set :)  I do not get to do manly cards much but I think this one turned out nice using the brown and blues!

Thanks for stopping by, have a crafty day!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cooking with Cricut Weekly Challenge-Birthday and Cake, Balloons or Cupcakes

Hello and welcome to another Cooking with Cricut Weekly Challenge.  This week the theme was birthday but you also had to include either a cake, cupcakes or balloons. 

I chose balloons (I used Create a Critter for the balloons) :)  I just love the colors pink and green together too so I used those colors for my card.

Here it is:

I had to add some cute Peachy Keen faces and the sentiment is from My Creative Time.

Now I hope you will stop by Cooking with Cricut and see what all of the designers have come up with this week and join us in the challenge! 

Thanks for stopping by, have a crafty day!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Valentine Treats for the Kids Classmates and Teachers

I think I went back and forth on what to make for the kids classmates and teachers for that matter a 100 time.  I find way TOO many ideas on Pinterest that I always want to try.  Then of course February 13th comes and I have nothing made yet, LOL.  So here is what we ended up with.

For the boys their classmates go a hug and a kiss (or two or three)

I just printed the sentiment on my computer, cut it out and rounded the edges.  I did the same with the red paper. I then tied the bag closed with some ribbon and the tag (the boys signed their names on their tags for theirs, this was an extra).  I came up with this idea after seeing a squeeze and a kiss on Pinterest.  I remember these little hugs juice barrels from when I was a kid and thought they would be perfect :)  Whats a little more sugar on Valentines day, right!

My daughter took some goldfish crackers:

I had seen a few versions of this on Pinterest and knew I wanted to try it.  I used Art Philosophy for the bag toppers (scored them in the middle), I bought the bags with hearts on them at the party store, I printed the sentiments on the computer and just used my Creative Memories circle punch (1.5 inches) and my Fiskars scalloped circle punch (2 inches).  She also wrote her name on the back of the bag topper but I did not get a picture of that :(

For the teachers I just did this cute idea I saw on Pinterest and that I wanted to do for my boys but my husband was not too keen on the idea of sending glass bottle so I did three 6 packs and put them in the teachers lounge at my boys school, plus made specific ones for their teachers and then I made 3 for my daughter to give to her two preschool teachers and the secretary there.

The hardest part was finding the strawberry Crush which I have to thank my friend Steph for letting me know they were at Walmart and my mom for picking me up so many that I had left overs, LOL.

The teachers loved the sodas and the kids loved the Valentine goodies.  This is probably the last year I will do these for my oldest (I will still do for his teachers) so that was bitter sweet but at least next year I will have my other daughter to make for also since she will be in preschool :)

Thanks for stopping by, have a crafty day!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cooking with Cricut-Cartridge Showcase Doodlecharms

Today I am showcasing the Cricut Cartridge Doodlecharms over at Cooking with Cricut so make sure you stop by!

Here is a peek at the projects I have made using it :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine Shirts-Bleaching Technique!

Since I discovered the bleaching technique on pinterest a month ago I knew I wanted to do it for the girls for Valentine's Day.  I used the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge to cut the hearts (I used Cricut CraftRoom to layer the hearts to get the cut out/layers).  I then lightly taped them on the shirts and used my bleach pen to trace around them.  The lines are not perfect but I like that look :)

I also added a heart of bling using my iRock but some of those were easily pulled off by my daughter (I think my iRock needs new batteries and was not fully heating/melting the gems on).  I will fix it once I get more batteries :)

I ended up using the hearts that I had used as stencils in a card because I just loved the bleached edges :)  You can see that card post here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love Song Blog Hop Winner!

Hello all!  Thank you all for joining me and the other Cooking with Cricut designers over the weekend of the Love Song Blog hop!  The winner of my blog candy is:

Blogger jennyplace2 said...

Beautiful card! I also love the bleaching tecq, but have ruined to many clothes doing it, I am a real messy scrapbooker and cook. My leftovers are so close to my reach, love using them. I even have them grouped into colours and prints or plain. TFS your song and project.
February 11, 2012 1:05 PM

Jenny please email me at so I can get your address and get your blog candy in the mail!  

Have a crafty day!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Love Song Blog Hop!

Welcome to &'s Love Song Blog Hop! Love is in the air and our Designers have come up with some great Valentine's Day projects inspired by their favorite love songs.

If you arrived here from visiting Linda @ Linda’s Creativity you're in the right place. If you're joining us mid-hop and would like to start at the beginning click here to go to Paper Crafting World’s Cooking With Cricut blog and check out what Melin has made!

I was inspired by Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There For You".  I love Bon Jovi and as soon as I had to think of a love song it popped into my head.  I think because that is what all love is about.  Whether it be a husband and wife love, a parent to child love or a God to us love, it is always about being there.  Here is the card I created with this song in mind . . .

I cut the hearts using Doodlecharms and they were actually "left over" from a different project that I will post later (next week).  The hearts are scored in the middle and put on with pop dots just in their centers (that affect is hard to tell from a photo).  The edges of the hearts are not inked, they are bleached.  I loved how they looked so when I was done with them for my other project (I know you're intrigued) I saved them for this card.  I printed the sentiment on my computer and just cut and rounded the edges.  I added two bling hearts and there you go!  Oh, I also used some white ink to just ink my black card stock a little so go along with the hearts.

We hope you’ll join us and link up your favorite love song inspired project at  One lucky entry will be chosen by to win a $10.00 gift certificate provided by!  And make sure you leave a comment, too! One lucky commenter will also receive a $10.00 gift certificate!

I also have some blog candy to give away because who doesn't love blog candy right!

In order to be eligible for the blog candy you need to leave a comment by 11:59 Monday (2/13/12) evening letting me know if you have ever had left over items from one project that you then decided had to be used in another know the trash to treasure idea :)  I will draw the winner Tuesday morning.

Thanks so much for hopping with us today. Now head on over and visit Jen @ Musings of a Crafty Mom and see what she has created!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

CWC Weekly Challenge # 72-Grown-Up Valentines-Must use black and a brad!

Hello and welcome back for another CWC Weekly Challenge.  This weeks theme is a grown-up Valentine and you must use the color black and a brad.

So I have to admin I forgot about the brad but found the perfect place for it at the end of making my card.  I will giving this card to my hubby along with some cupcakes and beer (his favorite :)).

Here is my card:

The lighting is off for some reason but the paper is pink, dark/bright pink

I cut the black heart from Lyrical Letters, then I used some $1 stamps from AC Moore for the big white heart made of little hearts (I used a white ink pad and then sprinkled a little bit of embossing powder on it) and for the sentiments (did the same thing with them).  They are hard to see in the picture but you can see them in person.  I added a small piece of solid string to make a tiny little bow above the heart.

The cute cupcake bear is from Paper Crafting World and can be found for purchase here, I added the brad to the bow, I printed two prints and cut out the cherry, put some glossy accents on it then attached it with a pop dot, I also lightly added some purple stickles to the wrapper part of the cupcake and some pink stickles to the icing.

Thanks for stopping by this week, make sure you stop by Cooking with Cricut and see what all of the wonderful designers have created this week.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Day!

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day at my boys school.  I just wanted to do something simple and seen the idea of using Extra gum a while back (probably on Pinterest, LOL).  I decided to make a little goodie bag with the gum in it and I wanted to make a cute apple topper.  

Here is what I came up with:

I made the sentiment on my computer and printed it on white card stock and then  used green card stock as a base for it.  I then just stuck it right on the pack of Extra gum :)  I welded two hearts from Doodlecharms (Cricut) in Cricut CraftRoom to make the bag toppers.

I welded two apples from Doodlecharms (Cricut) in Cricut CraftRoom to make the bag toppers.  

 I used Pink By Design Our Teachers stamp set for the sentiment (it is we appreciate you teacher) and I altered it by not inking the teacher and then used the Principal from the You put the PAL in Principal from that set.  I then used December stamp of the month set and die for the little tag and tag frame stamp.  I added a heart to the principal one but was unsure if I liked it so I did not add it to the others.

I also used Doodlecharms to cut the  leaf from that cartridge also.  I hand cut the stem.  I embossed them both using my Cuttlebug (for the first time), using dots for the leaf and wood grain for the stem.

I know it is just a pack of gum but I think it is the thought that counts (we also do a gift to each teacher from the entire class, so this is just a little "extra", HAHA).  I did one for each of the 4 teachers my boys have and for the principal and school secretary.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a crafty day!

PS:  Since I used my Pink By Design stamps (again :)) I am linking this up over at to the 1/31/12 Link Up party!  You should stop by and take a look!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Let's Scrap-Leap around the World Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to your next stop in the

If you came here from Katy Drogos' blog at then you are in the right place!  If you did not, go back and start with Mindi Brown @ she has the hop order to help you find your way.

I am so excited to be a blog host for such a fun and huge blog hop! I am a farily new member to Let's Scrap and love the inspiration that exudes from the site from all of the SUPER talented members!  

Here is the sketch I am showcasing for the hop

Here is my card using this sketch:

I really just used my paper trimmer, scissors, a stamp, some buttons and some twine to make this card!  It was easy peasy, lemon squeezy (as my kids would say)!  The thanks sentiment is from Pink By Design Big Sayings set (which I LOVE).

Now for the fun part! Here is the RAK(blog candy, prize, whatever) I am offering!

Here is how easy it is to enter for my random drawing
  1. *Be or become a member of Let’s Scrap which you can do by clicking here . It is free, easy and fast! Once you get there, I am sure you will love it!
  2. *Become a follower of my blog
  3. *Leave me a comment telling me why you enjoy blog hopping!

And if you would like a second chance in the drawing
*Make a card from the sketch I have posted and upload it to the gallery at Let’s Scrap. Please tag it as such   3-17-10, LEAP15
Please note there is a space after the , and that LEAP is all capitals. 

*Leave a comment with a link to your card on Let’s Scrap.
The hop ends at 11:59 pm Central Standard time February 29th, which you would be able to track using the clock on the main page of Let’s Scrap.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you will join us in the Hop Around the World!   Your next stop will be the talented Jenessa Franco at

Remember, if you get lost along the way or have joined the hop in the middle, go to the beginning by stopping by and seeing Mindi Brown @ You don’t want to miss any of the fun! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty day!

CWC Weekly Challenge # 71-Kiddie Valentines-Must use pink, red and white

Hello and welcome to another weekly Cooking with Cricut challenge!  This week we were challenged to make a kiddie valentine using the colors pink, red and white.

I am (still) having trouble deciding on what Valentine's to do for the classmates of each of my 3 kids that are in school so I thought I would make a sample of this one to see if I really really really wanted to do it.  It was actually pretty easy.

Here it is:
First I had seen the idea of melting down crayons in a heart shaped silicone "pan" on several sites, including Pinterest my latest obsession, so I did that but I only used pink, red and white crayons :)  Then I cut the card from Spring Holiday Cards (had to cut several sizes to see how the hearts would fit on there) and finally settled on 5 inches for the card and then I cut the base at 5 inches also. I inked the edges with some pink ink, attached the heart crayons with some pop-up/foam adhesive and it was done!  Here is the card without the crayons so you can see how I matched up the heart crayons to the card:

Don't forget to stop by Cooking with Cricut to see what the other designers have come up with and to join us in this weeks challenge!

Thanks for stopping by, have a crafty day!