Friday, March 30, 2012

Jinger Adams Design Team Post- Feel Better Card

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Inspired by Jinger Adams

I was so excited to see this post on Jinger Adams's blog saying that she is looking for a new design team.  Jinger has great taste, and I'm so excited to see the new products she has to share.  I had this project in mind that I thought would be perfect to try out for the design team.  It is simple, but elegant.  I hope she likes it!

I made this 4" square Feel Better Card using plain pink and white cardstock to really highlight the beauty of the filigree Cricut cut.  This filigree cut is on the Straight From The Nest Cricut cartridge which I bought incidentally when Jinger was promoting it on HSN!  ;)  I thought this cut would make a beautiful card background.  I added some plain white butterflies cut out with my EK Success butterfly punch hovering over it with pop dots.  The "Feel better soon!" sentiment was stamped with a Fiskars clear acrylic stamp and Martha Stewart pink ink and also mounted with pop dots.  The sentiment is stamped on another Cricut cut from Cricut Essentials.  I thought this was a lovely card that could be used for any occasion. 

Want the FREE ccr file to upload so you can make this card yourself?  Click here to download it.

Wish me luck!  I hope I get picked!  :)  Make sure you stop by Jinger's blog and check out some of the other beautiful entries and see what else Jinger has been up to.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

My New Design Team- Craft Room Cuts

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I'm so excited to announce that I will be working with Melody Lane of Melody Lane Designs on her new blog adventure, Craft Room CutsCraft Room Cuts is a central location for Cricuteers to share their Craft Room cut files and projects.  Isn't this a great idea?!  I found her site through the Cricut Message Board and was thrilled to get an email from her today accepting me as a part of her design team!  I submitted my Bird and Bunting Birthday Card which you can see now on her site here

If you're a Cricut fan and have been using Cricut Craft Room, stop by the Craft Room Cuts Blog to see her HUGE list of amazing projects and FREE downloadable cut files so you can make them yourself.  Make sure you follow her blog to get all the latest free files!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bird and Bunting Birthday Card

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Whenever I watch TV, I find the need to multitask.  Most of the time I work on the computer, blogging, checking email, or messing around on Pinterest.  But lately I've been playing a lot with Cricut Craft Room and making files I intend on later cutting.  I made this card for my niece's birthday using the Birthday Bash cricut cartridge that my neighbor lent to me.  This bird and bunting we the first things on the cartridge to catch my eye.  I designed this entire card using one mat on Cricut Craft Room, then just cut up my paper scraps to fit each element so that all the shapes could be cut out with only one mat running through the Cricut.  It took no time at all, and I think it turned out really cute.  I feel like it's a little hard to read the sentiment, and there may actually be too many polka dots (at least on the bird), but I still really love it.  I've exported and saved the cut file so that I can make the same card again, but also so that I can share the cut file with YOU!  As long as you have the Birthday Bash cartridge you can make this same exact card using your own paper.

Want to download the file?  You can find it here.  (If you have any problems, leave me a comment or email me and I'll send it to you directly.)

Do you have any cut files to share?  I'd love to see how you all are using Cricut Craft Room. 

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Stampin' Up Winner!!

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Wow!  What a giveaway!  This week has been amazing.  I've had 89 entries to win the Stampin' Up stamps & more!  I'm so excited to announce our winner, chosen by 



Toni, please send me an email at so I can get your stamps to you.
Congratulations & thanks so much to everyone who entered.  This has been a lot of fun.  :)

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rainbow Nursery

Pin It I realized the other day when I was thinking about getting "big girl" furniture for my daughter's room that I never posted on my blog perhaps my largest craft project ever- my daughter's nursery.  Obviously since she's now 2, this is a little past due, but to be fair I didn't actually do this until we moved into our house when she was 5 months old.  So it's only a year and a half overdue. 

Before she was born, my husband and I had decided that if we had a boy we'd make a fish-themed room, and if we had a girl it would be rainbow theme.  Neither of us are big fans of pink, and we knew that bright, stimulating colors were good for little ones.  (It also helped her learn her colors really quickly!)  She absolutely adores her room, so clearly this was a success.

So here is the first rainbow, over her crib.  This one is the largest.  To make these, I purchased paint samples of each color from the hardware store for a grand total of $16.  Along with a couple of 10 cent foam brushes, that was the entire cost of this mural.  Not bad, eh?  To have someone come in and do this would have cost hundreds, and even the wall decals are pretty steep in my opinion.  The rainbows are far from perfect, but I figured they'll be long gone by the time she can make a rainbow better than me.

This is the rainbow on the opposite wall.  It's a little smaller than the first.  There is also a third, half rainbow on the floor on the left side of this wall.  It is currently obscured by her laundry basket, although I keep planning to get one of those witches pots from Party City at Halloween time and spray paint it gold to put at the end of the smaller rainbow.  I figured she could fill it with her most prized posessions- her dolls and stuffed animals.

So how did I work this magic?  I took a pencil and a very long piece of yarn and made a compass.  I marked a spot in the center of the wall where I wanted the rainbow to be, then drew the top arch.  I moved the yarn 3-4 inches in each time to draw the remaining arches.  Then I freehand painted between the lines using a foam brush.  That's it!  I freehanded the clouds as well, which I painted last.  Most of the colors required two coats, although the lighter yellow and green required a bit more touch up.

Hope you enjoy!  I have lots of other rainbow projects, including her first birthday party and some of the other room decorations if you'd like to check them out.  Thanks for looking!

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Sunday, March 18, 2012


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Hey everyone!
I wanted to thank all of you sooo much for helping me hit a great blog milestone.  This week my blog reached 100,000 hits!  This last year or so that I've been sharing my blog has been awesome, and as a special way of saying THANK YOU to all of you, I'm doing an awesome stamp giveaway!

All of this is going to ONE lucky WINNER!

Stamp Set 1- Christmas Tags
Stampin' Up set from 1998 (unmounted) + Green stamp pad

Stamp Set #2- Borders
4 Stampin' Up Border Stamps, Apricot stamp pad & marker 

Stamp Set 3-
Two wood mounted stamps, pink stamp pad & assorted paper
"It's your birthday...go barefoot"
"Life is more meaningful when shared with a friend"

Stamp Set 4
Stampin' Up sentiments, Anna Griffin Rose stamp set, neutral paper stack
 Closeup of stamp sentiments

How do you win?

Follow or like me, either by email, Blogger, Facebook/Twitter, or on Pinterest.  Leave a comment telling me you do.

Send me new visitors!  Have them stop by my blog or Facebook page and let me know who sent them.  You can get an entry for each comment left with your name.  That means you can enter as many times as people you can convince to drop by for a visit.  :)  You can also pin/repin my giveaway! 

Thanks so much to all of you for helping support my crafting habit!  It wouldn't be nearly as fun without you. 

Giveaway closes March 25th!  Good luck!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

DIY Easel-style Felt Board

Pin It As I said in my Leprechaun's Garden Sensory Box post the other day, I've been focusing a lot on crafts & fun activities for my 2 year old lately.  One of these projects was making her a felt board.  Since I stay home with her and she hasn't gone to preschool yet, I take her to a lot of storytimes and other activities and have been reading tons of preschool-aged magazines and blogs to get ideas of fun learning activities we can do together at home.  Felt (or flannel) boards are lots of fun and a great literacy tool.  They're kind of expensive if you go buy one, but of course they're much cheaper if you DIY.

So here's what you need:

2-3 yards of felt (you can buy this on the bolt at JoAnn's.  Don't forget your coupon!)
2 pieces of foam board (I bought mine in a 2 pack, again worth bringing a coupon.)
sewing machine/thread

First I laid out my felt and tucked a piece of foam board into the fabric.

I lined up a second piece inside, then cut the felt so that it would overlap about 3/4" with the other side.  I then trimmed the top to leave about an inch seam allowance on both the top and bottom.

Slide out the foam board and pin the pieces in place. 

Sew the top seam and sew down the middle.

Slide the pieces of foam back inside the pockets.

Here's where it gets tricky.  Sew a seam along the bottom, keeping your sewing machine pedal tightly against the foam board and holding the material tightly together.  Trim off excess fabric. 
Ta da!  You're done!

Front view

Side view

I recommend adding a ribbon to hold the two sides together if you plan to use this on a wood or tile floor.  On carpeting it stands up fine, but otherwise it slips all over the place!

I need to take pictures of the felt board activites I've made so far, so I'll share those in another post.  Happy crafting - and playing!

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Monday, March 12, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Thin Mint Truffles

Pin It Have you seen everything in the news about Pinterest lately?  Apparently it is one of the fastest growing websites ever, even faster than Facebook.  And I TOTALLY get it.  I'm addicted, as are many of you as well.  I probably have more pins (and favorites on my computer, for that matter) of crafts and recipes than I'd ever possibly have time to make.  But I'm plugging away at them, and this is one I made this week.  The recipe below is adapted from the one here

Thin Mint Truffles

One box of Thin Mint cookies
1/2 stick Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 bag of green Candy Melts (You can get these at the craft store and they melt WAY better than chocolate chips in my opinion.)

Crush up the entire box of thin mint cookies in a freezer-sized ziplock bag.  Open the bag and add the cream cheese, mushing it around until it's distributed throughout.  Throw the bag in the refridgerator overnight so that the cookies get nice and mushy.  Roll into 3/4" balls.  Pour the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and melt 30 seconds at a time at half power until the chocolate is completely melted.  (Probably 2-3 minutes total.)  Roll the balls in the melted chocolate and place on wax paper to harden.  Enjoy immediately and share with friends!

I thought these were perfect for St. Patrick's Day, plus it's the Girl Scout's 100th anniversary.  What a way to celebrate both.  Enjoy!

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

"A Leprechaun's Garden" - A Spring Sensory Box

Pin It So I've taken a bit of detour from crafting lately to focus on fun activities for my 2 year old.  One of the things I've found online that I thought she might like is a sensory box.  I was originally intending on doing one for St. Patrick's Day and a different one for Easter, but they combined to make what I've entitled "A Leprechaun's Garden."

To make this sensory box, I used a bin, scoop, foam shamrocks, multicolored coins, wooden carrot ornaments, butterfly confetti, flower erasers, and split peas.  Most of these items were $1 each, so this entire venture was less than $10.  (They were all purchased from the dollar store or Walmart.)When I first saw sensory boxes, I didn't quite "get it", but I am a total convert.  She's sitting quietly on the floor exploring away.  Happy girl, happy mom.

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