November 30, 2009

Diaper Cakes

Here is something I whipped up for a baby shower... A Diaper Cake! This is the second one that I've made, and they are so easy to do.

100 (size 1) disposable diapers
transparent tape
2 bottles or 1 sparkling grape juice bottle
3 large rubber bands

1. roll each diaper starting with the waist band and tape
2. when done rolling, place rubber bands around one bottle
3. start securing diapers to bottle by placing inside of rubber band and up against the bottle
4. go all around the bottle a couple of times (I did 4 rows for the bottom, 3 for the second and 2 for the third)
5. start second layer by placing second rubber band around the bottle and start over attach the next set of diapers
6. if you use sparkling grape juice, just start last tier with 3rd rubber band, however, if you use regular baby bottle, you need to get a second bottle and place on top of first
7. place ribbon around the cake to hide the rubber bands and decorate

For this cake, I used Cricut to cut out the circles and letters for the baby's name. I used my new Sizzix embossing machine for swiss dots on the blue paper. I attached the circles to covered floral wire to make "stems". I also rolled 4 wash clothes to make 8 little "flowers" for the topper. For the animals, I used the Cricut and Scal. I found the svg at A Southernbelle's SVG.

Diaper cakes are such a big hit with mommy-to-be's and guests!

(There is a fun Monday meme over at The Girl Creative for more easy to do projects from other bloggers!)
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November 28, 2009

My First SVG!!!

I've been playing with Inkscape and Sure Cuts A Lot. And I finally did it, made my first svg from a free clip art file!!!

I made a very simple card to show it off using, paper scraps, glitter glue (red and clear), red stamp ink and green ribbon. I used my new Sizzix Embosser too (check out previous post for info on it).

It came out real cute and then my 2 yr old grabbed it off the table... wet. Oh well, at least I still believe, lol.

You can download it here.
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November 27, 2009

Black Friday Rocks!

I headed out to Michael's this morning and got such great deals!!!! I really wanted an embossing machine, so I was gonna get a Cuttlebug. But then I got to thinking, I don't need a die cutter because I have my Cricut Expressions, I just wanted an embosser. Low and behold, I found the perfect machine and it's so cute too!

It's new from Sizzix and very affordable, only $29.99!

I got the Michael's special which included 10 folders. It was $39.99 but with my 25% off coupon, it was $29.99!!! It is very lite weight, so I can take it to crops. The plates are not as bulky as the Cuttlebug or Sizzix Big Shot. It takes little space on my book shelf. And the Cuttlebug folders work with this too, so I'm very excited to start using this!

I also got a new camera, Nikon s302 from Target. So I can now take decent pictures!!!

Hope you got some great deals too!
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November 24, 2009

Gypsy give-a-way


WooHoo!!! The Gypsy Spot is giving away a brand new Gypsy (retail value 299.99). I been reading up on the Gypsy and think I can see one in my future and I don't even need a gypsy's crystal ball... haha, bad

I'm not the type to go out and get the latest items hot off the lines. I like to wait, get a better deal and let other people deal with all the little "bugs" that usually come with new gadgets. So I'm crossing my fingers because I know my husband would be tickled pink if I "won" my gypsy, lol!!!
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November 22, 2009

Cupcake card

Here is my matching card for Candice's word book.
(I made hubby look at my photos and now he thinks we should get a new camera...YAAAAAY!)

The font is one from my computer. The cupcake is a svg file that I downloaded. For the life of me, I can't find the original site :( It's too hard to keep track.
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November 20, 2009

Candy Word Book

Here's my first Word Book. I like how it turned out.

It's for my cousin's 18th birthday. She loves pink, black and white, but she's is not to foo-foo with ribbons and such. (sorry the pictures are so bad, Santa is suppose to bing me a new camera)

I used my SCAL program to weld the letters to the "squares". I used chipboard and various scrapbook papers ie. velum, glitter, embossed. It made such a big difference using textured papers.

I you have SCAL or DS, you have to try at least one word book!!!!
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November 18, 2009

Black Friday Cricut deals!!!! Cricut Expressions $188!!!!


Walmart has $30 carts and an Cricut Expressions machine for $188 in black, red, blue and green colors

Michael's is having Cricut Cartridges 60% off!!!!
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November 17, 2009

Mama’s Holiday Wish List

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme
TodaysMama and Provo Craft are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What 5 items are on your holiday wish list this year?
Cuttlebug and embossing folders, new camera, V- the collectors edition, anything scrapbook/Cricut!!!, and new house speaker phones.
2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received?
An afghan given to me for my babies.
3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle?
I'd like to give out some of those baker's jars.
4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child?
my Cabbage Patch doll!!!
5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year?
everything they see on tv!!!! "Mama, I want that" is a common quote in our house.
6. What is your favorite holiday food?
Pumpkin Rolls
7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays?
cards and ornament brag books
8. What is your favorite holiday movie?
National Lampoon Christmas Vacation
9. Favorite holiday song?
Mary, did you know?
10. Favorite holiday pastime?
watching holiday movies and driving around town with family in our jamies, looking at Christmas light.

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November 14, 2009

It's better than WW fudge bars!!!

Wow 200,000! HITS! ~ Blog Candy for Passion for Crafts
The blog candy ends on Monday 16th
Her hit counter is now over 200,000!! which is very cool. Big congrats!!

Head over there and say hi!
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November 13, 2009



Love, Love, Love!!!! Sure Cuts A Lot. If you have a Cricut, you NEED this program!!! LOVE IT!!! Check it out! I have sooo many files already and using it in conjunction with my cartridges.

But I have another site that I love to go. The Master List of Cricut Video Tutorials is a great resource site!!!

I am such a visual gal and You Tube is my best friend...not really, Jen is, but you get the picture. This site has boat loads in one place for me to just pour over while hubby is bugging me to get on the computer, lol. I did hear music to my ears the other day when hubby said I needed a laptop just so he could use the computer again!!!!!
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November 11, 2009

Emmy's Hat


I just HAD to show Emily's hat. She was a clown for Halloween, but I couldn't find a wig to fit her. So I got to brainstorming..."Oh Cricut!!!" (in my sing song voice of course, lol). Why not make her a little cone hat!?!?! The best part is her big sister got to help Mama put all the cute little dots on it too!

Cricut to the rescue. I need a little picture of my Cricut with a cape, lol!!!
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November 8, 2009

Christmas mini brag book

I found this idea at Above Rubies Studio. Megan's video is so easy to follow and this project took me no time to do. Here are the directions: Christmas mini brag book.
I added the ribbon at the top by punching a hole in the middle three pages so the book can hang on the tree.
My book is mad from red card stock, and I choose the dove from the Beyond Birthday's cartridge using white card stock. I cut out two and layered them using a pop dot to raise the second dove up a bit. I then used a swirly from the Essential Accents cartridge and cut in half to make the wings. I colored the wings with my silver ink pad.
I made one for each year and put pictures in it of the kiddos opening up presents Christmas morning for that year.

This was a fun project to do! Thanks Megan!
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November 7, 2009

Harvest pumpkins

I'm in my Fall Harvest mode now!!! Can't wait for Thanksgiving.

One of the decorations that I have are cloth pumpkins. I have been making them for about 13 yrs now and though I would show you a couple.

My Sam made the orange one on the end at church. His teacher is my sister, and I passed on my pumpkin knowledge, lol.
They are very easy to make. All you need is a scrap of fabric ( I look in the scrap bin at the fabric store), a roll of toilet paper, batting, paper bag, jute and fake leaves. Hot glue gun and pins.
Place the TP in the center of the fabric. Wrap the TP in batting to get the thickness you want. Gather the fabric and pleat up over the TP and tuck into top hole of TP. Do that all the way around. You can pin the fabric to the batting/TP at the top if you want.

Cut a strip from the bottom of the paper bag, about 4 inches wide and roll to make the stem. Start at the top of the "stem" using hot glue to hold the jute on the bag. Next wrap the jute around the paper bag until you reach the bottom. Tuck the stem inside the TP hole to help keep the fabric tight to the TP. Add the leaves by tucking the stems inside the TP hole. Easy as... pumpkin!!!


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November 4, 2009

I love my Cricut!!!

I just love the Cricut Expressions. It is so user friendly even my mom can do it, lol! She asked me to help her make some signs for the church apple pie sale. I "had" to do some paper piecing on mine, lol. Here's what she came up with.
She's "hiding", lol.
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November 3, 2009

My first birthday card

I'm really proud of my first birthday card. It is very simple because the friend I made it for is the no frills kind of girl. She loved it so much, she framed it which was flattering for me.
I used the Plantin Schoolbook and Beyond Birthday cartridges. The paper is olive green, cream and a nice deep red. I used a pop up dot for the present in the middle. I did cheat with the brown "frame". It came from a fall sticker kit.

Hope you like it!
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November 2, 2009

This year's Halloween gift ideas

Here are some of the projects I did for Halloween...
The gift bag was made using the cut from Accent Essentials Cartridge and end caps feature for the handle from Plantin SchoolBook cartridge.
The banners were made using the Plantin SchoolBook cartridge, and ribbon. I punched two holes in each card and threaded the ribbon through the back. The pumpkins are 5 ovals cut to 3" and layered over lapping. I drew the faces on with a black sharpie marker.
I just had to show these pumpkins off. I made these for my hubby when we were dating for his apartment. I bought the ceramic from the local ceramic shop. And using my scrap book chalks, I "colored" the piece and then used a couple coats of craft sealant to give it a nice gloss. Very easy to do!

I made this door banner for a friend who loooves Halloween. This was very easy to make. I used three different kinds of paper. The first layer (brown outline) I cut at 3.75", second layer at 3.50". The third layer was a little bit of cheating. I had a paper that had the Halloween words on it and all I did was cut out the words and glue them on. The pumpkins are made with using the ovals again.

I am very limited right now because all I have are the Plantin and Accent cartridges so I used the lower case o from the Plantin and cut it in half for the stem.

Hope you like them!!!

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November 1, 2009

What is better than coffee?



Check out Crafty Chatter for a chance for some treats!!!

How about chocolate....naw, more blog candy!

Head over to Pink Piggy and say hi!!!
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It's a girl card

Here is the card that went along with the diaper cake I made for a friends baby shower.

Here it is when you open it

I found the tutorial at The Craftiblog.
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My first diaper cake!!!


I've finally made my first diaper cake. I love the way it turned out. Hubby helped me roll all the diapers, and the paper flowers were the most time consuming for the whole project. Next time I think I will use silk ones. The total cost for this was $35 and that was using some supplies that I already had. Of course the diapers were the most expensive. I use 100, size one diapers.

I GOT MY CRICUT!!!!!! Xmas came early for me!!!!

I used my Cricut, which I got yesterday, to finish the cake by cutting out the baby's name on the bottom tier. This was a fun project to do!
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The ScrapBook Blessings Club

Here is the letter I sent our for The ScrapBook Blessing Club, I thought I would share it with you so you can see how ours is set up. I would like any pointed from anyone else in a crop.
Well gals, next Tuesday is our first meeting. I am very excited and blessed by such an outpouring of support from all of you. I know we will be a great blessing to each other too!

The ScrapBook Blessings Club
Time: 6-9pm
Place: Omni Manor

Directions: (from Youngstown) I-680 N.
Take the MERIDIAN RD exit- EXIT 2.
Take the MERIDIAN RD SOUTH ramp.
Merge onto N MERIDIAN RD.
Turn into first driveway on RIGHT.
We are in the Assisted Living Facility's Portland Room. One of the ladies will be door greeter and assist you inside, each meeting.

RSVP: by facebook, (email and phone number inserted)
I would like to get a head count for our first meeting and know who I need to watch out for to make sure they don't get lost,lol.

WHAT TO BRING: $5.00 dues plus
For our die-hard scrappers, bring books, bags, totes, suitcases, shoe boxes and what ever else you keep all your materials in and just so you know I will be very envious of anyone who has their bag on wheels....I'm talking about you Michelle,lol!!!!

For our scrapbookin' newbies: some suggestions
1) Yourself...just kiddin' ;)
* PICTURES!!! The most important item,lol.
* scissors
* glue stick
* assorted papers (12x12 is the most common)
* stickers and embellishments ( you can get a scrappers pack which has materials in it to make a couple of layouts)

But don't worry if you forget something or run out, there will be a "share table". What is mine is yours :) It will be stocked with various materials and such!

Please feel free to give me a call anytime! And don't forget friends/family are welcomed but no kiddos!!! This is just for ladies interested in 3 things...
1) Scrap booking
2) A fun ladies night out
3) Fellowship with others
God gave me the name "The ScrapBook Blessing Club" when I was praying. First because basically that is what we are doing. We are scrap booking our blessings. People, places and things have blessed us and makes us happy. They are memory blessings. The second reason is that I want us in this club to bless others esp in our community.

I thought once a month was very doable for us mommies. Sometimes we just have to have me time, kwim? I know for myself, I probably wouldn't be able to get away more than once.

I decided on $5.oo for a couple of reasons.
1 this isn't to make an income by any means
2 this is a reasonable sum for the number of ladies we have
3 half of this money will be collected and the ladies will decide where to donate it, ie: Toys for Tots, Salvation Army, church mission project, etc
4 the other half of the dues goes towards refreshments and supplies.

Can't wait to see you all there!!!


I hope this helps with anyone wanting to start a crop. Any other ideas will be appreciated :)
Blessing to you all,
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I'm really liking my new home. I wanted a place to post all my scrapbooking, card making, crafty, fun creations! Feel free to copy anything I'm creating. This is for my pleasure and it's a great hobby. I'm not looking to get rich here. So feel free to "borrow". Hope you like them!!!
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