Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Snowman Table Settings: Decorate to Celebrate Christmas Party: Design Team Project

Good Morning Everyone.  Today I have my first design team posting for Decorate to Celebrate.  The new challenge is all about decorations for your Christmas Party. Be sure to stop by and see all of the projects by the design team and enter your own Christmas Party Decoration here:

For my project, I made some Snowman Table Settings.  I am going to have a little get together for my sisters and Kaylee to decorate ornaments and I thought these would be neat to have at their places at the table.   
To make these, I started out with small styrofoam balls and a skewer.  You will need 1 ball sized 2 inches and 2 balls sized 1 1/2 inches for each snowman.  I used the skewer to attach the three together with the largest on the bottom.
Next, I used a small hand saw to cut across the bottom of the largest styrofoam ball so they would stand up. 
Now, I was ready to start adding decorations.  I used a hot glue gun to attach all of the accessories.  The mini hats are from Hobby Lobby, the small carrot noses are from Hobby Lobby, I used google eyes and then added flat back black pearls for the buttons.  I used a sharpie marker to draw the little dots for the mouth.  Finally, I cut a small piece of ribbon for the scarf.
Now, my snowmen needed some arms.  I decided to use brown pipecleaners to make some simple arms and poked them directly into the side of the snowmen.
Finally, I needed to make labels with the names on them.  I used Cricut Markers and the Batman Cricut Cartridge for the font to write out each of their names.  I then used the Storybook Cricut Cartridge to cut the marquee shape around the names.  Once they were finished, I hot glued them to the pipecleaner.
I am also linking these up to:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monagrammed Box/ Cutting Up With Class Show and Tell Link Party: Design Team Project

Hello everybody!  I am so excited because today is my first post for the Cutting Up With Class Design Team.  Be sure to check the page out here:  This week is Show and Tell Week, so you can link up any project that you have been working on.  Be sure to create a new posting for your project and link back to Cutting Up With Class in your post when linking up.  Stop by and see all of the great projects by the rest of the design team this week and link up your project to share. :) 

For my project, I made this Monagrammed Box for a friend of mine for Christmas.  She loves cardmaking, so I am filling the box up with some blank cards and stamps for her. 
I started out with an unfinished wooden box.
I removed the hinges on the box and then sanded it by hand and painted it completely white with spray paint.
Next, I cut the A out with black vinyl from the Tie the Knot Cartridge at a size of 6.84wide x 5.27high.  Once I had it on the box, I put a coat of Mod Podge over the top to seal it in.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Big Bang Theory Shirt and Cup

Me and my hubby love The Big Bang Theory and I wanted to make me a shirt with the guys on it.  I went and found some silhouette images and traced them into SCAL to make a stencil.  I then used the font Impacto to cut the title of the show.  I cut them out of vinyl and used black fabric paint to place them on the shirt.  Once I had the shirt made, since I had the vinyl cuts left, I decided to make a tumbler to match the cup.  I put the faces and the title of the show around the cup.

Design Team News

Hello everybody!! I hope you have all had a great Thanksgiving.  I just wanted to stop by and share some exciting news.  I will be joining two design teams.

The first one is Cutting Up With Class.  I know that you have seen my projects with the wonderful cut files from their site and I hope you will join us for the challenges.  You can find the new challenges there every Tuesday and their will be a cut file for you to use.  Please stop by and check it out here:

I will also be designing for Decorate to Celebrate.  I know most of you have been over to this site that is run by Rhonda and Amy.  They have great challenges that are all about decorating for parties and celebrations.  Be sure to stop by and check it out here:

Can't wait to share some great projects with both of these challenge blogs!! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone is having a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoying time with family and friends today!  I will be heading out to spend time with my family this afternoon and me and my sister Britney will be going Black Friday shopping tonight as we always do.  I am going to spend some time with family over the next few days and will be back next week with new projects to share and getting ready for Christmas!! Can you believe the year is almost over, I cannot believe it has gone by so fast. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and I will see you soon. :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Turkey Tins

I have a ton of these little metal tins that I found a while back at the Dollar Tree.  They had them in packs of 3 and they were clearing them out, so they were two packs for $1.  I originally was going to make some tins for Easter with them and never got around to it, so when I came across them this morning, I decided to make some turkey tins.  I thought these would be cute to have at Thanksgiving to give out to some family.  I put a snack sized pack of M&M's in the tins.  For the turkey, I used the Cutting Up With Class Turkey File and cut some of the pieces down to how I needed them.  I also added a circle for the front of the tin and a triangle on the face.  I used hot glue to attach the pieces to the front and back of the tins.

I am entering these into the following challenges:
Cutting Up With Class: Turkey Cut File:
Frosted Designs: Die Cuts:
Paper Cutz: Let's Talk Turkey:

Winner of the Gobble Till You Wobble Hop

I want to take a minute to say thank you to all of the ladies that participated in the blog hop this week and to everybody that stopped by during the hop.  Now, it is time to announce the winner from the hop.  I used to select the winner and they are comment number: 8 which belongs to:
DIANA L.  of

Congratulations Diana.  I will be sending you an email to get your address!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gobble Till You Wobble Blog Hop

Welcome to the Gobble Till You Wobble Blog Hop.  I am co hosting this hop with Tina of Tina Time,  We are all getting ready for turkey day and will be sharing some great projects that include our favorite Thanksgiving friend the turkey.  I am your first stop on the hop, so let's get to the fun.  :)

Today, I have some Turkey Pops to share with you.  I made these little treats for Kaylee to take to her class for Thanksgiving. 
To make these, I started out by using the Simply Charmed Cartridge to cut the front layer of the turkey cut.  These were cut at a size of 3.5 inches.  I cut the yellow and red layers and added some oval google eyes to them also.
Next, I needed to make the feathers for the back.  I started out by cutting three scalloped circles from the Sentimentals Cricut Cartridge.  I cut them in the following sizes: Orange - 4.75 inches, Red - 4.25 inches, and Yellow - 3.5 inches. 
Once they were cut, I had to trim them so they would be straight across the bottom and be the correct height for my turkeys. 
Now, I put these together and got the turkeys ready to be finished.  I used a hot glue gun to attach the front and back pieces to a tootsie pop. 
These are very simple and inexpensive to put together and I believe that the kids will really enjoy them.  Here is a side view of how they look put together.
Now, I have some blog candy to share.  I will be giving away the Cuttlebug 5x7 Dominos Folder. (See picture of how embossing looks below)  To be elgible for this giveaway, you need to 1) Become a follower if you are not already, 2) Leave a comment on this post.  I will take all comments through Sunday, November 20th.  The winner will be chosen by and will be announced here on Monday, November 21st.

Your next stop on the hop is Tina at  Thanks for joining us and keep on Gobbling till you Wobble! :)

In case you get lost along the way, here is a list of all of the participants.
Jean at
Tina at
Rhonda at
Georgiana at
Audrey at
Jani at
Carri at

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Blog Hop Reminder

Hello everybody!  Sorry I have not been around much this week.  I have been super busy and haven't had much crafting time.  Hopefully things will be getting slowed back down and I should be back to regular crafting next week.

I wanted to stop in and remind everybody to come by on Saturday for the Gobble Till You Wobble Blog Hop.  I am cohosting this hop with Tina of Tina Time and we have a great line up of bloggers and will have lots of Thanksgiving Inspiration to share with you all. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

More Vinyl Gifts

Here are a few more vinyl gifts that I made for my sisters.  I picked up these plates on sale at Marshall's and took the ribbon out of them.  I then rethreaded them with ribbon that I thought they would like.  I made Melissa's black with white spots, Whitney's houndstooth, and Britney's green with white ribbon.  Once the ribbon was threaded through and my bows were tied (which I am horrible at by the way), I used vinyl to cut their initials for the center of the plates.  The initials are from the Gypsy Font Cartridge that comes preloaded on the Gypsy. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Vinyl Signs

I have been working on some items for Christmas Presents this weekend, so I wanted to share some vinyl signs that I made with you.  I bought the white wood for the signs at Hobby Lobby.  They are $4.99 and already have the hooks for hanging them on the back.  They are 17 inches wide and 4 inches tall, so they make a decent sized sign without being too big.

The first one I made for my grandparents.  I left the sign white and used black vinyl to decorate it.  The font I used on this sign is from the Storybook Cricut Cartridge and the two accents on the sides are from the Tie the Knot Cartridge.  Once the vinyl was applied, I put a coat of Mod Podge over the top to seal the sign.

The second sign is for my aunt.  Her kitchen is decorated in red, so I spray painted the sign red to begin with and then used black vinyl for the lettering.  I used the Storybook Cricut Cartridge for the letters, the Don Juan Cartridge for the accent mark, and the From My Kitchen Cartridge for the forks.  I then applied a coat of Mod Podge to seal the sign.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Time For Giving Thanks Layout

I made this Thanksgiving layout and I am going to get a family picture on Thanksgiving to put on it.  I used a pearlescent off white sheet for my background.  I then cut the title out of brown vinyl using Century Gothic for the "Time For" and the Cutting Up With Class file for the week for the "giving Thanks".  I then cut the circle from a pearlescent burgandy using the George and Basic Shapes Cartridge.  The turkey is cut from the Create a Critter Cartridge and I used some glitter paper on him to give him a little sparkle. :)

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Cutting Up With Class:  Giving Thanks cut file:
My Craft Spot: Gobble 'till you Wobble:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Breast Cancer Yarn Jars

I made these jars to give to my aunt and my grandmother.  I am going to fill them up with some peppermints for them.  I used some pink sparkle yarn and hot glued it around the jars with a hot glue gun, just like I did for the Halloween Yarn Jars.  I then used the Stand and Salute Cartridge to cut the pink ribbon out of glitter cardstock and then hot glued it on top of the yarn.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Batman Cups

I have always been a fan of Batman since I was a kid..  Me and my grandpa used to watch those old Batman shows with the Pow and Bang that would come up when they punched people out.  I recently saw a keychain with this saying on it and thought it would be cool to make a cup with the saying.  I found these plain black cups at the Dollar General in a pack of four for $1.  I used white vinyl and the Batman Cricut Cartridge to cut the design and saying for the cups.  The saying is: "Keep Calm and Call Batman"  I think these would look good in yellow vinyl also, but I didn't have any on hand.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Scarecrow Trail Layout

This is the first layout I did of the Scarecrow Trail pictures from this year.  I have a lot more, so there will be more layouts to come.  This one is a pretty simple layout, so I could get numerous pictures on the layout.  I used the Cheri Font and orange vinyl to cut the title for the top of the pages.  I then used the Cutting Up With Class Scarecrow File for this week to cut the scarecrow for the side of the page.

 I am entering this into the following challenge:
Cutting Up With Class: Scarecrow Cut File:

Friday, November 4, 2011

Roll Tide Tumblers

Well, since everybody around here in Alabama is going crazy about this football game tomorrow, I thought I would share a project that I made for two ladies at my sisters work.  Me and my hubby are more into the NFL, but I am telling you that most people in Alabama are crazy when it comes to Alabama football, lol.  Two of the ladies at my sister's work asked me if I would make them some Alabama tumblers with their initials on them. 

To make these, I purchased these tumblers at Big Lots.  They had them in packs of 2 for $7.  I wish I would have got some more, because I went back the other day and they were all out.  I used red and white vinyl to cut the designs.  Both ladies initials are L, so one wanted the letter in white and one wanted it in red.  I used SCAL to cut everything with the following fonts: Adlib for the Roll Tide, Curlz for the initials, and then I cut various sized cirles for around the cups.  The front of the tumblers has the letters and the back has the roll tide, I then just filled in around the cup with the polka dots.

When I had these finished, I packaged them up for my sister to take to the ladies.  I put them in a cellophane bag and tied a small piece of white curl ribbon around the top.  I then used a punch to cut a scalloped circle and stamped it with my Made by Jean stamp.

Birthday Blog Hop Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everybody who stopped by during the Birthday Blog Hop for Rhonda and Amy.  Remember they are having a month long challenge over at Decorate to Celebrate with giveaways, so be sure to stop by and join in on the fun.

For the winner of my blog candy, I used to select a winner.  The winner is comment number: 11 which belongs to Judy.  I have sent you an email and will get the prize out to you once I get your address.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Guest Designer at Cutting Up With Class

Today, I am so excited to be a Guest Designer over at Cutting Up With Class.  If you are not familiar with this blog, it is a new challenge blog that uses SVGs for the weekly challenges.  They have a new challenge every Tuesday.  Be sure to stop by and check them out here:

I wanted to make a new project using one of the Cut Files from the site.  A few week's ago, the challenge was to use these wonderful leaf files.  The files have some great layers, but I only used the base shape for my project.  I also used the Gypsy Font to cut the letters.  Here is my Fall Table Sign.
To make this sign, I began by using a table sign that I bought on Clearance at Hobby Lobby for $2.  (They had two of these, so I got them both.)

I first used white spray paint as a primer over the words and then coated the entire sign with Metallic Gold Spray Paint.
Now, I was ready to decorate the sign.  I cut multiple leaves with the Cutting Up With Class Cut File using a combination of glitter and pearlescent papers and hot glued them around the frame.  Then, I used Gypsy Font to cut the letters out of brown vinyl and applied them to the sign to finish it off.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Guest Designer at Decorate to Celebrate

I am so thrilled to be a guest designer for the Decorate to Celebrate blog today.  If you missed yesterday's post, they are having a Birthday Party Blog Hop and a Month Long Birthday Challenge Celebration.  Be sure to stop by their blog here: to join in on the fun challenge for this month.  Since they are celebrating the birthdays of Rhonda and Amy this month, I made a birthday card for each of the ladies. 

My first card is for Rhonda.  She is turning 50 this month, so I wanted to make a card for that.  I used the Wild Card Cartridge for the base of my card.  I then used the Batman Cartridge for the font, Create a Critter for the branch and an Owl Sticker to put on the branch.  I outlined the words and added some ribbon to the outside to finish the card off.

My second card is for Amy.  She likes giraffe's, so I wanted to include one on the card.  I used Wild Card for the base and Create a Critter for all of the other cuts.  I outlined the phrase with a black marker, added google eyes to the giraffe, and then added ribbon to the outside of the card.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Birthday Party Blog Hop for Rhonda and Amy from Decorate to Celebrate

(If you would like to see some pics of our Zombie Halloween Costumes from yesterday, scroll down to the previous posting)

Once upon a time (okay, once upon two times nearly a decade apart), two girls were born... These girls were both visited by their fairy godmothers and granted very special talents... One was given the talent of creating the most beautiful mini scrapbook albums while the other was given the talent of creating some really amazing explosion boxes... Each of these girls would one day begin blogging, and this is how they would meet... 

Somewhere over the rainbow, you'll find the lovely Rhonda... Where scrap happens and paper flies... And somewhere near the zoo, you'll find dear Amy... Where giraffes prance and frolic to her heart's content... 

One day, these two lives collided and Rhonda and Amy have become forever friends!! Lovely Rhonda had this incredible idea for a new twist on a challenge blog, so she contacted dear Amy and asked her to take care of the "technical" side... For many months, they have enjoyed CELEBRATING the get-togethers and parties that make life fun by showcasing the DECORATIONS that others share... And THAT is how the Decorate to Celebrate! challenge blog began...

Today, it's time to CELEBRATE good times and good friends with this "BIRTHDAY PARTY" Blog Hop and Birthday Project Link-Up that will last all month long!! Rhonda, who is turning the big 5-0 this year deserves a month-long celebration, don't ya think??? And Amy, who will forever stay 29 (for the 12th time) has always been a BIG believer in the "Birth-month Celebration"... Soooooo... After the hop has ended, you'll be able to create a "Birthday Party" themed project and LINK IT UP at the Decorate To Celebrate! challenge blog!! Usually, your entry needs to be a decoration or party supply, but THIS MONTH (and this month only), you can link up ANY Birthday Party project (cards, layouts, 3D Art...). We'll be giving out some Birthday Presents all month long, but you'll need to enter to WIN!! You'll find more details on the challenge blog... For now, let's get hopping!! :)

Rhonda and Amy have assembled a few of their creative friends to join them on this Birthday Party Adventure through Bloggie-Land... Along the way, you'll find some incredibly creative projects to celebrate Rhonda and Amy... If you came here from Norma at then you are in the right spot!! If you have just happened upon my blog and would like to join the party, you can start with Rhonda at

I am so happy to be participating in this blog hop for Rhonda and Amy.  For my project today I made a T-Shirt to help Rhonda celebrate turning 50.  I wanted to make this similar to a wine label with the year of her birth.  I used the Batman Cricut Cartridge for the font on this shirt and the Tie The Knot Cartridge for the flourish.  I cut the design out of vinyl and used this as a stencil on the t-shirt.  I painted the design with black fabric paint. 
Now, I have a little bit of blog candy up for grabs.  I will be giving away two Cuttlebug Folders (pic below).  To be elgible for this giveaway, you will need to 1) Become a Follower if you are not already and 2) Leave a Comment on this post.  I will take all comments through Thursday, November 3rd and use to select a winner that will be announced here on Friday, November 5th.  Good Luck to everyone and remember there are more giveaways along the hop.  Leaving a comment on this post will also get you an entry for the Grand Prize to be given away at Decorate to Celebrate.

Thanks for checking out my project and joining in the fun, your next stop will be Liz at

In case you get lost along the way, here's the entire line-up!! Also remember that starting tomorrow you will be able to enter your birthday project into the month long challenge over at Decorate to Celebrate.

Cally Ann
Peggy Sue
Decorate To Celebrate