Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Wrap Up

Happy Halloween! It has been a long, fun, sugar induced day here. We started our day with
ghost pancakes! The kids loved them and were super excited to start the morning off with a chocolate treat, I used chocolate chips for the eyes. I made some special treats for the kids classes.
Witch's Hats!!!  This project was so easy my little one was able to help me . You take the stripped Keebler fudge cookies, dip a Hershey's Kiss in orange chocolate melt and gently press it onto the cookie.  Easy Peasy!

Candy Corn Pretzel Rods. Another one of our countdown to Halloween treats, you can see previous post here. Dip pretzel rods in white chocolate, spoon on orange and yellow sprinkles or drizzle more melted chocolate in yellow and orange. An easy treat topped off with my Scrappy Moms Stamps.

This past weekend we attended my sister-in-laws annual Halloween party. I made this wine tag, actually a rum tag.
 I punched a 1 1/2 inch hole at the top for the bottle neck, scored the K and Company paper then cut the spiders with the Doodlecharms cartridge. I used my Cuttin' Up cartridge for the martini glass and of course my Scrappy Moms Stamps. I torn the edges of the sentiment tag and added a lot of ink to give it an old scary vibe. Here's a better shot, no pun intended.

So now Halloween is over and I need to start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas! Stay tuned for a cute Thanksgiving idea.

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I am entering this post into the following challenges
Decorate to Celebrate
More Than Favors
Scrappy Moms Stamps

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Scrappy Moms Stamps Terrific Tuesday Challenge

The challenge over at Scrappy Moms Stamps is to use the Doodlecharms cartridge.  There are some cute cuts on this cartridge so I had a hard time making up my mind as to which one I would choose.  I decided to make two cards.  My first card is a birthday card for a little lady.  Ladybugs are so cute and a popular 1st birthday party theme.  Check out etsy for some  adorable ladybug party inspiration.  I decided to add a little party hat to my ladybug.  It doesn't look as good as I hoped but it puts her in the party spirit.  I had to add some bling to the card too.  I created the sentiment, Happy Birthday Little Lady, on my computer.
My next card is birthday card as well.  I guess I can never have enough birthday cards on hand.  This was my first time using the cupcake image.  I cut the icing and sprinkles with three different colors of paper so they would be multicolored.  I didn't realize this when I first picked this image.  On the other cartridges the sprinkles are in layers so you get that multi colored looked.  Ohh well I used up some scraps.  I also used my D'Vine Swirls cuttlebug folder for the base of the cupcake.  I have two shadows under the cupcake and gave it some dimension by using pop dots.

In this picture you can see the swirls on the base of the cupcake a little better.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

More Halloween Cards

Today I finished up two Halloween cards.  I think I'm going to miss my Mini Monsters cartridge after Halloween.  I've used it so much this past month that I never put it away.  I kept it right next to my cricut because I was constantly reaching for it, whether it was for a blog challenge, etsy order, school project or a fun Halloween card for the kids it was definitely one of my favorites.  I'm sure I will have more fun with it next year.  So onto  my cards.  I made this witch card for my friends daughter. She is planning to be a scary witch for Halloween. I added ribbon, googly eyes and a scrappy moms stamp to the card. 

The second card is for my God son. I wanted to use the scrappy moms stamp sentiment, I want candy. What kid doesn't want candy on Halloween. The ghost is from Mini Monsters and the treat bag is from Doodlecharms. I had no idea there was a Halloween treat bag on there until I looked at it closely. I added the sentiment EEK to the treat bag. The black tag background is cut from the Once Upon a Princess cartridge. I cut the first layer at 4 inches and then used a pop dot for the second layer cut at 3 3/4. The tag kind of reminds me of a bat.

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I am linking the cards to the following challenges

More Than Favors
Fantabulous Cricut

Countdown to Halloween

I mentioned in my previous post, I am doing a countdown to Halloween for my kiddies.  It has been so much fun.  Each day the kids look forward to their special Halloween countdown snack.  Tuesday we had Monster Mash.     I mixed candy corns, Reese's pieces, raisins, pretzels, peanuts, and pistachio nuts.  It was basically a trail mix with some candy.  They loved it and the little note that went with it.

Wednesday we had one of my favorite drinks, a frothy orange slushy. It's basically an orange julius. So yummy. It turned out more yellow than expected but it was still a winner with the kids.

Today we had Fluffy Pumpkin Dip with Scooby-Doo graham cracker sticks. Just writing this post makes me want to go help myself to more but I will be good, for now anyway. This dip is like pumpkin pie heaven. A great recipe for your fall parties. The kids thought it was great to dip graham crackers that look like dog biscuits into the dip.

I hope you've enjoyed our Halloween countdown. I know my scale hasn't!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Countdown to Halloween Has Begun

The countdown to Halloween has begun!  My kids are so excited for Halloween they keep asking how many days till we trick or treat.  I decided we would do a countdown till Halloween with special treats for my little goblins every day.  I love to create with paper but I also love to bake.  So day one of my countdown includes baked goods, Cake Balls to be exact.  Who doesn't love cake balls.  Not only are they super cute they are super yummy.  So here are my ghost and jack-o-lantern cake balls.  Not professional but good enough to put a smile on my kids faces and isn't that what it's all about.  Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Die-monds Are A Ghouls Best Friend

When I was ordering some Scrappy Mom Stamps last month I saw the "A Haunting We Will Go" set and knew I had to get it.  There was one stamp in particular that I knew would be perfect for my sister-in-law, 
Die-monds are a Ghouls best friend.  My sister-in-law LOVES jewlery and she just happens to be having a Lia Sophia party this Friday.  One week before Halloween!  Perfect timing to whip up a super cute card for her.  I busted out my Mini Monsters cartridge to see if I could find a spooky girly ghoul.  Here is what I came up with.

I love it!  It's exactly how I envisioned it.  A spooky girly ghoul with a diamond necklace, earrings, and ring.  She is all blinged out!  I even added a rhinestone and embossing to her pocketbook.  I covered her hair bow and shoe bows in glossy accents.  The card is 5 x 6.5.  I used K & Company Spooktacular paper.  The girly skeleton is from Mini Monsters, page 33 and cut at 3.5.  The pocketbook and bows are from Create a Critter cut at 2 inches.  I used the polka dot embossing folder for the pocketbook.  I cut the diamond shape in SCAL and added my Scrappy Moms Stamp.  I also used self stick gems, gellyroll pen, glossy accents and pop dots. 
I can't wait to give it to her before the party.  I'm sure she will have a good laugh.
A close up of my blinged out girly ghoul.

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I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Paper Cutz Challenge

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


On Sunday I met with my book club.  We meet every 3 months and I can honestly say it's something we all look forward to.  We get to discuss a great book (usually), talk without being interrupted, enjoy a very, very tasty brunch and if we're feeling naughty dessert too.  My book club consists of 5 women including myself and started just over three years ago.  Sometimes I think we are more than a book club.  Yes, we discuss the books we read in detail but we also talk about whats going on in our lives, weddings, marriage, babies, miscarriages, struggles, triumphs and everything in between.  It's a time to speak our minds and enjoy our friendship.  On Sunday we celebrated a new baby, one on the way, and the purchase of a new home.  It was a good day! 
Our book club discussed this book
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  All five girls agreed this book was our least favorite read so far.  Two could not finish it.  We all felt it was difficult to follow the characters, there were so many  in the beginning, the book lacked a climax and the ending was rather predictable.  Another complaint was that the entire book is letters.   Ohhhhh well that's the story of a book club.  So now it's  my turn to choose our next book.  Wish me luck!  Please let me know if you have any recommendations.

Happily Ever After

We attended a wedding last weekend. It was sooo much fun and the food was excellent.  I had my dancing shoes on and got to bust a move like the college days.  Perfect, since it was one of my sorority sisters that was getting married.  She looked beautiful in her dress.
I made this card for the new "Mr. and Mrs.".

I knew I had to use the wedding solutions cartridge for this card.  I love the silhouette of the bride and groom holding hands.  It's one of my favorite wedding images.  Here's the recipe

4 1/2 X 6 Card
Bazzill-String of Pearls
Embossing- D'Vine Swirls
Ribbon- Celebrate It- Last year holiday
Pop Dots
Die Cut - Wedding Solution 3 1/4
DCWV-Luxury Stack
Sentiment- Computer Vivaldi font
Frosted Lace Stickles on the veil

Next weekend we have another wedding. I'm going to try and use the Sweethearts cartridge so I guess you'll have to stay tuned to see what I come up with!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween Treat Bags

Here are some Halloween treat bags I created.  I used one of my favorite cartridges Mini Monsters.  I love all of those scary little creatures. These bags were made for my etsy shop but I thought I would submit them to the  Wacky Wednesday #55 challenge,  treat bags or boxes.    I used colored kraft bags, mini monsters and googly eyes for  a spooky yet cute look.   I think my favorite is the spider. What is yours?

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I will also be adding these to the following challenges:
Whimisical Wednesday
My Pink Stamper

Friday, October 14, 2011

Falling In Love With Fall

I love fall! Sweaters, hot apple cider, colorful leaves, pumpkins, apple picking, fire pitts and pumpkin pie. It doesn't get better than that. This week over at Scrappy Mom Stamps they are having a Fall Color Challenge, create a fall themed project that incorporates teal and brown. At first I was at a loss, teal and brown, not what I think of when I think of fall. Then I looked at the super creative design team and was so impressed. I thought about it for a while and came up with this card.

Sarah, of Live, Love, and Scrap made a card using the tree from Sweethearts for a previous challenge. Once I saw her video I thought that tree would be perfect for the color challenge this week.

Papers- DCWV Summer Dream, Nana's Nursery girl and boy, Bazzill
Die Cuts- Forever Young-Tree cut at 4, Doodlecharms- leaves 1 1/2, basket 3/4, apples 1/2, Plantin Schoolbook- Grass 3/4
Stamp- Studio G
Crystals- Studio G
Ribbon- Yard Sale Find
GellyRoll Pen
Tim Holtz Ink
Pop Dots

I hope you like it! I had a lot of fun making it. Happy Fall!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Customer Feature

I have another quick post today. Here are some make up/spa party bags I've been working on for a customer. I think they came out really cute. I hope she has a wonderful day with her girls. Enjoy!
So this week over at the M.A.G. challenge by the page we are to use one of my favorite cartridges, Create A Critter. The image that they chose is one of my favorites, the little owl. I've had this idea for a while to use a large owl, mother, and a small owl, baby. My friends are expecting their first child any day so I thought this card would be cute to add to their gift. We know they are having a boy so I made the baby owl blue. I also made the baby owl look like he's cuddle up to his mother. I would have loved to cut a cute tag for the sentiment but we are only allowed to use the images on the page. The stamp is from Scrappy Moms, I just love their stamps! I used my EK Success punch to dress up the tag a little. I also added some bling to the mother owl. I always have to use a little bling.
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Birthday Card

I was going to post this card later in the week but then I came across a card challenge. Jovan at Cards By Jovan is having a challenge in honor of her birthday. The challenge is to make a birthday card. You must check out her blog and see the most adorable card that she made.
This card is for my mother in law. We will be celebrating her birthday this upcoming weekend. I knew I had to use a purse on the card. My daughter is completely obsessed with my mother in laws pocketbook. Every time she sees her she has to go through it. I guess she keeps some interesting things in there. I think she mostly goes in there for the lipsticks but she does find some funny stuff. It always makes us laugh. So here is her birthday card. Ohhhh and it's purple my mother in laws favorite color and after reading Jovan's blog her favorite color as well.

Bazzill, DCWV Summer Dream papers
Cuttlebug- D'Vine Swirls
Tag- Once Upon a Princess
Pure- Create a Critter
Banner- SCAL
Stamp- Scrappy Moms
GellyRoll Pen
Pop Dots

Mr. Fix It

I love to come home to a new cartridge in my mailbox. It makes me sooo happy. Well this week this handsome fellow put a smile on my face.

I've wanted this lite cartridge for a while. I have a scrapbook (if you can really call it that) of the evolution of our home. We have re-done every room in our house. I have pictures of what the house looked like the day we bought it and after each renovation. My mother in-law had suggested this to me when we bought our house. I'm so happy I listened to her. It's so much fun to go back and look at all of the changes we've made. Nothing looks the same. I often wonder if the people we bought the house from ever drive by. Anyway with all of our home improvements I thought this cartridge would be great. I could make that so called scrapbook into a real deal scrapbook. So I pulled the trigger and bought it. It came just in time for my Dad's birthday. He is the offical Mr. Fix-It. He fixes just about everything and is extremely handy. So I used my new cartridge right away and made him this birthday card and gift bag. There is one bag on the cartridge (which I did not know when I bought it). It's the perfect size for a Home Depot gift card, just what Mr. Fix-It needs. I wish the cartridge would have came with the saying, Mr. Fix-It. I had to cut that part with SCAL.

As you can see my brilliant photography strikes again!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Can I be thinking of Christmas already????

I can't believe I am posting a Christmas card today. I did not think I would be doing this until mid November but Robyn at My Pink Stamper has a Christmas card challenge on her blog and I just had to do it. I do not know Robyn but I feel like I know her because I've watched all of her You Tube videos. When I got my Cricut about a year ago I did not know the first thing about it. None of my friends scrapbook or even know what a Cricut is. I looked around on You Tube and found the My Pink Stamper videos. They are the best videos for novice Cricut users like myself. Plus, she keeps it real and shows her mistakes and how to deal with them. So with great pleasure I present my first ever Cricut Christmas card. I am very proud of this card. It's exactly what I envisioned and more.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Paper Cutz Challenge 111

Two posts in one evening! That's how I roll. Speaking of roll, this week the Paper Cutz challenge is to "Shake, Rattle and Roll"! Make a card, LO or craft project for Halloween with a hand stamped, digital stamped, or Cricut cut image of a skeleton or skull & crossbones, BUT make it CUTE and NOT SPOOKY! Use any colors you'd like.
I only have one cartridge with a skull and that is Mini Monsters. I mentioned in my previous post how much I LOVE the Mini Monsters cartridge. I am having so much fun with it. This card did not turn out as I planned but I'm still going to enter it. I knew I wanted to use the caldron, bones in front and the skull in the brew but I think it needs a little something else. At the last minute I decided to add the witches hat on the bottom. Kinda like she was stirring the brew and left in a hurry and the hat fell off. I'm totally rambling and making a story out of this card but here it is. What's Brewin'?

Paper- Recollections, K&Company Spooktacular, Bazzill
Cartridge- Mini Monsters, Create a Critter(bow)
Stamp- Scrappy Moms- A Haunting We Will Go
Punch- Dotted Scallop
Cuttlebug- Tiny Bubbles
GellyRoll Pen
Pop Dot

I just love Mini Monsters

I absolutely love the Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge. There are so many adorable or should I say spooky images. This cartridge is for Halloween but you could definately use the cuts for a monster party as well. I am entering my first Scrappy Moms Terrific Tuesday Challenge. The challenge is to use a cut from the Mini Monsters cartridge. It was perfect timing since my "A Haunting We Will Go" stamp set came this week. I really love their stamps and especially this set. It goes so well with the Mini Monsters cartridge. I decided to make a spooky card for my nephew. He will be celebrating his first Halloween and I had to use the "Too Cute to Spook!" stamp. He really is too cute. I'm going to see him this weekend and give him the card and treat bag filled with goodies. Can't wait to squeeze those cubby baby legs. Don't you just love baby rolls. Anyway, back to the card.
The card is 5x5 and I used the following
Bazzill paper
My Minds Eye, Halloween Scary Sparkles- last year
Mini Monsters Vampire 3 1/4, Spiderweb 1, Shadow Danger for the tag1 1/2 and 1 1/4
Scrappy Mom Stamp A Haunting We Will Go
Bo Bunny Candy Jewels
Goggley Eyes-LOVE THESE
GellyRoll Pen
Pop Dots

Have a spook-tacular Day!