Monday, November 25, 2013

Let It Snow Christmas Card

Hey Everyone!  This week we have a super easy holiday challenge for you over at Bitten by the Bug 2.  Michelle has selected for us to create a Christmas card using a Cricut cut.  So many possibilities for this one!  
I chose to go with a snowman since I just love snowmen, and we are always wishing for snow down here in Louisiana. Every now and then the conditions will be just right, and we will get snow.  I promise we are all like a bunch of kids outside when that happens!  So exciting!  So I made my Christmas card with one of my Christmas wishes for every year: Let It Snow!

Winter Frolic for Snowman cut at 3 inches
Mind Mind's Eye -Merry 6 x 6 pad
Papertrey Ink cardstock
Recollections cardstock
Peachy Keen -Happy Lashes Assortment
My Craft Spot-Christmas Banner Sentiments
My Craft Spot-Arched Ribbon Banner Die
Carribean Bakers Twine

We hope you'll join us this week over at Bitten by the Bug 2!!

And if you are doing some last minute planning on what to make for Thanksgiving, I have some great ideas on my food blog:

Monday, November 18, 2013

You're a Turkey Challenge

Hey everyone!  It's time for a new challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2!  For this week, Melanie is asking everyone to create a card or project with a turkey on it!  I was totally in the mood for this challenge!  I say we give the poor little turkeys some extra last minute attention before Christmas creeps around the corner!
For my project, I decided to do a layout for my son's album.  I used Create-a-Critter 2 and Simply Charmed.  I also used my favorite leaf from Everyday Paperdolls.  
My most difficult time with this layout came with leaving enough room for 8 photo mats!  I know that's a lot of pictures.  I have serious issues with only picking a few to showcase on a layout.  But I got it to work and was still able to get a good size title and several cuts!
Don't you just love that orange chevron?  It came from a scrapbook store and I don't have any other details other than that.  I just knew it would be perfect for the tree!

Check out my quick video:  (must be viewed from my blog or YouTube)

Simply Charmed-Tree and Pumpkins
Create-a-Critter 2-Turkeys and Acorns
Everyday Paperdolls-Leaves and Sign
Recollections-Solid Cardstock
Green Pattern Paper and Orange Polka Dot-DCWV Bewitched Pad
Orange Chevron - local store
"Gobble" stamp-Scrappy Moms-A Holiday to Remember
Stampin Up Chocolate Ink

So we hope you will join us this week over at Bitten By the Bug 2!!

I'm also entering this layout at:

And if you are looking for some good pies for Thanksgiving, head on over to my food blog and check these out:

and my personal favorite...

Monday, November 11, 2013

White on White Christmas Tags

Hello Everyone!  It's time for a new challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2!  This week is very unique.  Julie is challenging us all to make a "White on White" Christmas-themed project.  I admit that I was a little intimidated by that one!  But I just LOVE how my Christmas tags came out!  
I knew immediately that I wanted a little pop of color somewhere on the tag.  I had two ideas in mind, so I made them both:)
For the pink snowflake ribbon tag, I knew I wanted a "snowy" tree, so I added some snow Recollections glitter.  
For the red tag, I added the glitter to the star.  

Just curious, which do you like best??

I really hope you'll try this week's challenge!!  
I've also included links to my tag creations in the Craft Room and Gypsy:

White on White Christmas Tag-Cricut Craft Room File
White on White Christmas Tag-Gypsy File

Cricut Cartridges:  Elegant Edges and Winter Frolic
Cuddle Bug Divine Swirls Folder
Paper Studio Snowflake Folder
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
Recollections Glitter
Snowflake Ribbon from Michaels
Striped Ribbon from Hobby Lobby

And if you're looking for something EASY to make for supper this week:
Over on my food blog, Diary of a Recipe Collector, I show you the recipe for these

Monday, November 4, 2013

Football Challenge

Hey Everybody!  It is time for another Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge!  This week, our leader Susan, has chosen a Football theme.  Our challenge is to create a man project with football in mind.  
Well, I'm from Louisiana, and we are big Louisiana State University fans.  I decided to make my husband a coffee mug to support the Tigers.  I think it came out pretty cute!  
FYI:  "Geaux" is Cajun slang for "Go."  :)
I used Plantin SchoolBook.
I used my gypsy to turn and weld the letters on "Geaux Tigers."
Plantin SchoolBook-LSU cut at 1.18 in.
Plantin SchoolBook-Geaux Tigers -cut at 1 in.
Yellow vinyl

I purchased my vinyl from  It came in super fast!

If you are intimidated cutting vinyl, don't be!  It's actually easier to work with than paper.  I have another post with detailed pictures on the steps to cutting with vinyl.  

So we hope you join us at Bitten by the Bug 2 for this weeks challenge!!

And if you need an idea for a great Sunday dinner, on my food blog you can check out these Farmer's Pork Chops.
The whole meal bakes up in a casserole dish starting with layers of potatoes and onions, while the pork chops cook on top.  So good!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Trick or Treat Layout

Hey everyone!  It is time for a new challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2.  With Halloween just a few days away, Jayne has selected a Halloween Theme for this week's challenge.  All you have to do to join the challenge is create a Halloween themed project with a Halloween cut from a Cricut cartridge of your choice.  

I have TONS of Halloween photos to scrap!  I am just so happy with how this layout came out!  I really like it!  I used the Happy Hauntings and Mini Monsters Cricut cartridges for the cuts.  Check out my video below.  If you are having trouble seeing the video, be sure you are trying to view it from my blog or from YouTube, as it won't show up in the email.

Video (Must be viewed from my blog or YouTube):

Happy Hauntings-Title cut at 2.5 in.
Mini Monsters-Black spider web cut at 5 in.
Mini Monsters-Spiders cut at 1.25 in.
Mini Monsters-Large spider web is cut at 11 in by 11 in. using my Gypsy
Recollections Cardstock 
Trick or Treat patterned paper from a local store
purple ribbon from Michaels
pop dots
Black ink

I'm also linking this layout up over at:
Mary with Cardz TV-Color Challenge #7
Die Cuttin Divas-Anything Goes
Craftin Desert Divas-Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons Challenge-Anything but a card
The Memory Nest-Craft Creations #4 Halloween

And if you are in the mood for a good comforting Fall meal, but easy enough to fix on a weeknight, visit my food blog for this fabulous recipe:

And if you are looking for an awesome snack for your Halloween gathering:

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Last Minute Halloween Treat Bags

Hey Guys!  I wanted to share my last-minute Halloween treat bags.  Yes, I really procrastinated this year.  I just couldn't make a decision all month on what I wanted to do either.  I knew I had to make 46 treat bags (for 2 classes for my kiddos).  That being said, I knew I didn't want to spend forever layering cuts.  So I went with REALLY SIMPLE!  And you know what...I am super excited with how they came out!
Check out my video below (must be viewed from blog or YouTube):

Create-a-Critter 2-all cuts 2.25 in.
3 x 4 clear treat bags
Recollections cardstock
DCWV cardstock
*Ink edges with black ink to jazz them up a bit if desired.
I'm entering these in the following challenges/linky parties:
Decorate to Celebrate-Ghostly Goodies
Scrappy Moms Stamps-Creepy Crafts
Everyday is an Occasion-Sunday Funday #14

Monday, October 21, 2013

Happy Pumpkin Day Tags and Gate Fold Card

Hey Everybody!  It's time for a new challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2!  This week Caroline has chosen a pumpkin theme for the challenge.  All you  have to do to enter is make a card or other project with a pumpkin.  

For the challenge, I decided to make a gate-fold card and some tags to attach to some pumpkin-scented soaps.  These will be little Halloween gifts for my kids' teachers!  I'm really pleased with how they came out.
I saw Mary with CardsTV make this gate-fold card the other day, and I just knew I wanted to try one too!
Hope you'll check out my video below too!  

Pumpkins are from Create-a-Critter
Tags are from Sweet Treats

Pumpkins from Create-a-Critter 2 and cut at 3 in. and 4 in.
Elegant Edges for frame on card-3.5 in.
Sweet Treats for tag-4 in.
Scrappy Mom's Bewitched Stamp set
My Mind's Eye 6 x 6 Haunted Paper Pad
Recollections card stock
Mandarin Twine

So please try to join us with your pumpkin project!

And if you need a quick make-ahead appetizer for any of your Fall gatherings, check out my food blog for these awesome Ranch Pinwheels.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

"Witch" Way to the Candy? Layout

Hey everyone!  I'm back sharing another Halloween layout.  I'm kind of sad October is almost over because I love creating Halloween layouts!  This one was my favorite to make so far.  I'm entering it in some challenges, and you can check out my video below.  
So my usual scrapbooking process is to create a layout after I have pictures.  However, this layout is designed for Halloween for this year.  That's a big deal for me!  I guess we'll see how it goes, and hopefully I'll have pictures to fit the mats I made.  
My inspiration for this layout is my daughter's Halloween costume this year.  She's going to be a "good" witch with sparkles and purple hair.  So I created a layout with a witch's accessories:)
Cuts are from Mini Monsters and Happy Hauntings and embellished with Stickles and Recollections glitter with the help of my Xyron sticker maker.

Type Candy for the font 
Hat and Broom-Mini Monsters-2.75 inches
Shoe-Happy Hauntings-3 inches
Title-Type Candy-2 inches
Elegant Edges-10.5 inches
Recollections card stock and glitter
K & Co. card stock
Xyron Sticker Maker
Stickles (Lavendar, Lime Green, and Scattered Straw)

I'm entering this layout into the following challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut-Black and Purple
Just B Creative Crazy-October Linky Party
3 Girl Jam-Anything Halloween with Ribbon
Paper Issues-Halloween Hootenanny
Ribbon Carousel-Halloween
CardzTV-Ghost and Goblin Party

And I just wanted to share a project from last Halloween too.  I made these little treat bags using Mini Monsters.  Check out the link below:

And if you are in the need of a great and easy weeknight supper idea this week, check out these Taco Calzones from my foodie blog. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Project

Hey Everybody!  There's a new challenge this week over a Bitten by the Bug 2.  This week we'd like you to make a project to support a health awareness, such as breast cancer, Lupus, Luekemia, etc...your choice!  

Boy did this really hit home for me.  My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in February.  Since then she has undergone a mastectomy and is now on week 16 of 24 weeks of chemo with radiation to follow.  So far we've gotten great news, and scans right before chemo showed she was cancer free!!  She still has quite a bit ahead of her, but I know she is so strong!

So this project has to be one of the most special things I've made.  This framed project will hold a very special picture!  It is for the day she rings her bell on her last day of chemo!  I want her to always remember how strong she has been even when she hasn't felt like it at all.  

Hope-Gypsy Wanderings-2.25 in.
Butterfly-Once Upon a Princess-2.00 in. 
Flowers-Once Upon a Princess 1 in. and 1.5 in.
Frame-Elegant Edges-8.35 in.
Pink Mat-5 x 7
Recollections Cardstock
Hope to see you enter the challenge this week!!

And speaking of my Mom, over on my food blog I have a delicious dessert for your next family gathering:  Not Yo Mama's Banana Pudding
It's a Paula Deen recipe and it is divine!!