Thursday, June 30, 2011

All American Blog Hop

Hi Everybody!

Hopefully you just came from visiting Jen at If not, please head over to see Jenny at to start from the beginning.

Thank you for joining us for the All American Blog hop! We are sharing projects that celebrate anything American! So anything like BBQ's, family picnics, 4th of July, or more. Here's the project I made to share with you today.

I made a mini Fourth of July windsock. I used two different kinds of patterned paper from The Paper Studio All Seasons Paper Pack, red streamers, white streamers, blue streamers, yarn and some Stickles. I used the Stickles on the white fireworks on the blue paper, but it's kind of hard to tell in the picture. I used the yarn to hang it up with. My son has decided he wants it in his room. I guess he likes it. :)

There are a couple of GREAT prizes to win today!
You can win a Scrap 'n Tote!!

You can also enter to win this AWSOME prize pack from Post-it, including a Pink By Design Stamp Set, Party Time!

To enter to win the prizes:

1. You must leave a comment on all of the blogs in the hop.

2. Please be a follower of Crazy About Cricut.

3. It's not required, but I would love to have you become a follower of my blog also.

That's it! Winners will be announced July 7th! Thank you!

Now please head over to see Lola @

Here is the lineup in case you get lost or need to stop along the way:

Jenny @
Cheryl @
Sharon @
Tanya @
Bobbi @
Paula @
Jen @
Sandra @
Lola @
Heather (but I go by Ruby on my blog, it's explained there) @

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A New Birthday Card

Happy Thursday everyone! Tomorrow is Friday, Yay! I am so behind on making cards for people I know that have graduated or have had birthdays.... It's crazy. I feel like I have to make my friends and family one of a kind cards so they feel special. This card is for a friend who already had their birthday this year. I think she knows who she is. Surprise! Your card is on it's way, BFF! :)

I love this paper I've been using from The Paper Studio called Safari Untamed. It's so cute. You can't tell very well in the picture, but I added Sparkly Fluff to the black parts (except the eyes) of the zebra so it would look and feel more like a real zebra. I don't like using the Sparkly Fluff because it's really messy, but I love the look and feel it gives to your image.

I also added Glam Pink Stickles to the flower and Crystal Stickles to the center of the flower. The Happy Birthday stamp is from Stampendous.

I like how it turned out. What do you think?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thankful Thursday Design Team ~ Father's Day

Hello everyone! It's that time again. Thankful Thursday Design Team day. Today's theme is to make a project for Father's Day. Any project for/by/about a Father. Well, I had found a tutorial on how to do this freezer paper stenciling and really wanted to give it a try. First, I gathered all the items I would need. Bought a t-shirt at Michael's for about $4, fabric paint, freezer paper (not wax paper), and an image.

I found the tutorial here: sirbubbadoo. Instead of tracing an image and using a x-acto knife to cut it out, I used my cricut. I placed the freezer paper on my sticky mat so the shiny side was up and then I had my son type in #1 Dad, we made sure we flipped it so it was backwards because the shiny side of the freezer paper has to go down onto the material.

Here is my son using my cricut to cut the image. He's a pro now.

After cutting out the image, peel it off the mat and place it shiny side down on your shirt or whatever you will be stenciling on. Place a towel on top of the freezer paper and iron over the image.

Remove the towel to check if the freezer paper is ironed on good. Once the freezer paper is stuck on the material, put some paint on the material, where the cuts are and paint a nice layer over all the cut out areas. We used a foam paint brush.

If you are stenciling letters or anything else that has a "center" to it such as the letter "D" or "A", you need to peel that little piece off your mat and iron it down also before you start painting.

Let dry. Once dry, carefully peel off freezer paper pieces.

Place a thin towel or some other sort of thin material over the painted areas and iron again to set the paint.

Voila! Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband who has helped me raise 4 wonderful sons. Thanks Ben for your help with this project.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Now go on over to Crazy About Cricut and check out the other design team members projects and then come up with a project for a man in your life who is a dad and link up your project. Can't wait to see what all you come up with.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Shilo Letters, Father's Day and My Pink Stamper Blog Hop Challenge

A while ago, I started working on this project for my granddaughters room. They are wood letters that I picked up at Wal-Mart that spell out her name. I sanded them down, Mod Podged patterned paper onto the letters, and then added butterfly crystals, flower crystals and ribbon to the letters. They are now finished. I think they turned out pretty cute.



Close Up #1

Close Up #2

I made some Father's Day cads to sell. I used Kraft cardstock, patterned paper on the background to look like a dress shirt, and patterned paper in the shape of a tie. I think they turned out nice without being feminine looking.

Happy Father's Day stamp is by My Favorite Things.

On Friday, My Pink Stamper had her monthly blog hop and the challenge was to make something with a summer theme. Well, summer means a lot of different things to me, but there are always a ton of graduation parties at the beginning of summer and I had to make a couple of graduation cards for my mom to take to a graduaiton she was invited to so that's what I did. She wanted me to make a spinner card with the mortar board being the part that spins back and forth. So, the idea for the card came from my mom and I made her vision come to life. I used My Pink Stampers Everyday Life stamp in the spinner window and I cut the graduaiton cap from the Wild Card cartridge and outlined the "shadow" area with a white colored pencil and added gold stickles for the tassle. I also added frosted lace stickles dotted in the corners. I think they turned out pretty good.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My Pink Stamper Color Challenge

Hello Everyone!

Guess what?! Today is my birthday! Yay! Happy Birthday to me! Okay, now, on to something else not about me. Today, My Pink Stamper is doing a Color Challenge on her blog and I've decided to join in. The colors to be used in your project are Orange, Turquoise, and Green (any other colors can be added). So, here is what I came up with. I think it turned out pretty cute. What do you think?

I used the Cricut Essentials cartridge that is pre-loaded on my Cricut Expression 2 for the flower cut. I found a button in my stash of old buttons I got from my grandma. The paper is from K & Company Lemon Drop, the ribbon is Essentials Grosgrain Ribbon, and I added Star Dust Stickles to the edges and inner part of the flower. Oh, I also used My Pink Stamper's Everyday Life stamp Best Wishes. This card makes me feel like summer is truly here.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

My Card Is Published!

Hey Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by again. My horse spinner card has finally been published. I can now put it back on my blog. I had made this card for a friend's birthday and the horse on the card I made to look as close to her actual horse as possible.

Here is the card.....

and a close up of the horse (Cirrus)

and a picture of the actual horse.

What do you think? It's my favorite card that I've made so far and the recipient really enjoyed it. If you'd like to see it in the online publication you can click here. It's all the way at the bottom of page 29. It's pretty exciting. I've never been published before. K Andrew of Getting Cricky writes for this section of the magazine and she saw my card and liked it. She has a great blog. Check it out sometime. Thanks again for stopping by and hope you stop back real soon!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thankful Thursday Design Team ~ Man/Boy Theme

Hey everyone!

It's that time again. It's time for another Thankful Thursday Design Team project and this week we were to do a project with a man/boy theme. I haven't done a scrapbook page for quite a while, so I decided this would be the perfect time to do one. I have four sons and I had been going through some pictures of when they were younger and it just hit me to do a 2 page layout of my boys when they were little and of them now. I think it turned out pretty good. I have a scrapbook for each one of my boys (that they will get to keep at their homes when they move out) and then I plan to have one for myself of our family. I haven't started that one yet, but this 2 page layout will be going into that scrapbook. I hope you all like it.

Now, head on over to Crazy About Cricut's blog and check out all the other projects from the other design team members. Also, enter a project of your own for a chance to win this awesome prize pack from Post-It.

Thanks for stopping by. Come back and visit my blog anytime.