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!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

EEK! Layout

Hey everyone!  I've got another Halloween layout to share!  I've had so much fun creating them!  I tried to keep this one fairly simple with a title, a few cuts, and just some strips of paper to add detail to the background.  Check out my video below!

Halloween Cuts from Happy Hauntings
Cloud from Create-a-Critter(adjusted size using Gypsy)
black inking
Recollections cardstock

I'm entering this layout in the following challenges:
My Craft Spot-Trick or Treat
Craftin Desert Diva's-Anything with a Sentiment
2 Creative Chicks-Spooktacular Linky Party
2 Creative Chicks-Challenge #7 Halloween
Just B Creative Crazy-October Linky Party
Little Scrap Pieces-Fun Friday Linky Party

And over on my food blog, I posted one of my favorite cookie recipes EVER!  
Have a great day!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Thankful Layout

Hey Everybody!!  I'm so excited because it is my first post as a Design Team Member for Bitten by the Bug 2!  This is such a great blog for Cricut users.  Today starts an all new challenge-Fall Leaves are Falling.  For this week, all you need to do to enter is create a project that incorporates a leaf cut from a Cricut cartridge.  

I decided to create a layout for some Thanksgiving pictures from a few years ago.  I had a lot of pictures to squeeze into this one!   Check out my video too!

Title-Birthday Bash-Varied Sizes for letters
Pumpkins-Create-a-Critter 2
Fence-Mini Monsters
Sign-Everyday Paperdolls
Patterned Paper-DCWV Bewitched Stack
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Ink
Mandarin Baker's Twine
Scrappy Mom's Stamps-A Holiday to Remember
Pop Dots

And if you are in the mood for a great Fall dessert, check out these awesome Praline Brookies on my food blog.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Bewitching Layout

Isn't this the cutest Halloween layout EVER!  I ordered the page kit from Out on a Limb Scrapbooking.  I had been admiring their layouts for a while and decided to order this one and a Christmas one.  I was so excited to get it in.  You get directions too.  For EVERYTHING you see here, it was only $8.00.  The only thing I added was a little inking to the cute little witch.  I was so excited with how it came out and I didn't have to do any thinking...well only which pictures I'd choose and where I would put them.  
Isn't she cute?
I REALLY love their titles!!
Since this order, I did order a few more.  I don't mind spending a little to get all the work done for me every once in a while.  I still get the chance to be creative at the same time.  

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Schoolwork Savers

I wanted to share the school work saver boxes I made for my kiddos.  
I picked up these letter size file boxes at Office Depot.  
I used Plantin Schoolbook for "Olivia."
The circles are also from that cart sized at 1.00 and .75 in.
I used Cuttin Up for "Grant."

Inside I have their school work saved for each year.  I only save some of it or else I'd need a lot more boxes!  I choose to save things with their hand prints, papers that show how they wrote their name, and other special projects and journals.  I plan on putting ALL of their work until they graduate, so I have to be very selective even though it is hard to throw anything.

And if you are in the mood for something comforting as fall approaches, I have a recipe for a Taco Spaghetti Bake over on my food blog: