Friday, December 30, 2011

Crayon Monogram and CWC winners!

Cooking with Cricut 25 days of Christmas winners are posted! Head on over to see if you won!

Here is a gift I made for my son's preschool teachers for Christmas.  I originally saw this idea on pinterest, by Creative Gift & Party ideas, which I think they did an awesome job!

So this photo was taken with my camera phone...I literally texted it to my friend to show her what I was making while talking to her on the phone and when I sat down to blog about it, I realized this is the only photo I have! So, at least I have a photo!

Want to make one?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

What a special time of year to spend with those you love the most!  This year was very special! It was our daughters first Christmas!

Photo taken by Barb Zappia photography
Look at her, she is enamored by her brother and this photo totally captured it!  I just love it!  Anyways, I hope everyone had a special Christmas as well!

Here are some of our Christmas decorations this year

Don't you love our Charlie Brown Christmas tree?  My husband and I were saying that we need to get a real tree next year.  My daughter is into everything, which she puts in her times, so we didn't want her to choke on a pine needle or something.  Honestly though, this Christmas season was super crazy!  How about for you?  We were lucky to have decorations up at all. I'm glad we did put them up.  My son got into it this year...  he called his stocking "his sock"....two year olds are awesome! I love after Christmas sales and I did end up getting my son and daughter new Christmas stockings so I'm really excited to put them up next year! What are your favorite decorations or holiday traditions?

I hope everyone was able to enjoy their Christmas!

I will be posting some gifts that I made for my relatives....I didn't want to post before Christmas because then they would see their presents, but don't worry they are gifts you can give throughout the year!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Featuring My Mom Friday!

My Mom is one crafty genius!  I was at her house the other day and I LOVED her wreath! She nonchalantly said, "Oh yeah, I made it. I saw it for $100 dollars in a magazine and decided to make one like it, so I did for $20."  She's Awesome, right?!

All she did was take a wreath frame wrap a couple different varieties of tinsel around the wreath frame and added some ornaments she found at Hobby lobby! So easy but what an impact, hugh?!  Good job, Mom!

Hope you have a wintry weekend!

Linked this up with:
I heart Naptime 
The Girl Creative

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Paint Shaker Ornament kid's project

Remember when I told you that I was in charge of  the kid's crafts at my husband's office party? I said that I made a Gumdrop Tree kit for the family to take home or work on together (you can find that post here) and we made an ornament.  Well, here's the ornament.  It's so fun to do with kids!  When I went to Hobby Lobby I had a different idea in mind of what I wanted the craft to be.  They didn't have any of the supplies I needed, they were all out!  So it was onto plan B, I thought of a craft I did as a child and LOVED it.  We also did these at my mom's group this year and all the mom's really enjoyed it.  Here it is:

They are so fun to make and super simple!
Want to make one?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Family Time!

Last Saturday, my husband's work had a kids' Christmas Party.  I was in charge of crafts! Yay! So fun!  Anyways, we made a couple of things, an ornament...I will post later.....and a craft they could do as a family at the party. If they didn't finish it, they could take it home.  

I saw the idea to make gumdrop trees at  Make and Takes, but I decided to make Gumdrop Tree Kits. Since there was a lot going on at the Christmas Party, (food, Santa, making ornaments, chatting with friends, etc...) I wasn't sure they would get the Gumdrop Tree done, so I put all the supplies into a plastic bag with the family's name on it.  I was thinking this would also be a cute gift for neighbors or grandparents (they could do the activity with your kids).
Want to make one?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sit Back, Relax, and Look at all the Loveliness

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Anything Goes

Need a last minute gift?  I made these coasters in no time at all!  Actually, my two year old son helped me make the coasters! I sold some things at a craft fair and the booth next to me the lady was selling these, only I think she used napkins instead of paper.

1.Anyways, you just take a 4X4 tile (16 cents at the Home Depot, Lowe's etc..),cork for the back, E6000 Mod Podge, and some cardstock.
2.Just take Mod Podge and apply it all over the tile using a foam brush (the part my son helped with)
3. Add your paper (make sure it's cut to the 4x4 square before you apply the glue) right on top and smooth it don't want any bubbles
4.Apply Mod Podge to the top of the paper and all over the tile
5. Let them dry
6. Cut the cork to fit the back of the tile
7. Apply E6000 glue to the back of the tile
8. Place the cork on top of the glue
9. Let dry

The card I made for our friend who just built a new A-MAZING  town home.  It's cut from the Cricut Wild Card Cartridge at 4 inches.

I'm linking this up to
The Paper Variety Link Party-Anything Goes,
I Heart Naptime-Linky Party,
Patches of Pink-Christmas project
The Girl Creative-Link Party

Have a GREAT weekend!

Friday, December 9, 2011

CWC Day 9

I created a project for the Cooking with Cricut 25 days of Christmas Crafting fun!  Head over to CWC to see all the AMAZING prizes you can win! There are also free cutting files! There are different ones each day, fyi!

Here's my project:

I used the free rose file and added stickles to make it sparkle. I also used the cartridge Imagine More Cards.  I used some trim from joann's along with a fabric rolled flower.

Have a GREAT weekend!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

On the Fourth Day of Christmas....

We are super excited to bring you this wonderful event! The Design Teams have been hard at work coming up with some deliciously creative ideas to share with you! This is how the event will work --

  •  Different Designers will be showcasing their projects for your creative inspiration.  
  • We will have a different theme and the themes will not ALL be Christmas or holiday related. So be sure to visit everyday for creative inspiration you can use through out the whole year!
  • We will be giving away FREE digital stamps, FREE electronic die cutting files and other printable graphics. There will be something for everyone. Please note: The freebies will expire at the end of their 24 hours and new ones will be available. You won’t want to miss them!  
  • We will showcase projects using your Cricut and Cricut tools. 
  • We will showcase projects using your OTHER electronic cutters too! Tools such as our Pazzles, Silhouettes, Gazelles and other electronic cutters. Along with all types of crafting tools and essentials.
  • You will want to leave a comment for your chance to win one of our weekly prizes as well as one of our GRAND PRIZES!!!  
  • You HAVE to be a follower of the or CookingWith blog in order to win a prize, sorry no exceptions.
So without further adieu . . . Here is my project for DAY 4

The theme is Love. I was thinking ahead and made this card for my husband for Valentine's Day!

Old jean pocket
Bakers twine I made using this tutorial
Heart from Imagine More Cards Cart
Love from Imagine More Cards
Paper is K & Company 4x12 scored at 6
Spray adhesive for jean pocket

This Week (Dec. 1st through December 8th) enter at CookingWithCricut.comfor a chance to win the following great prizes:
  • Spring Holiday Cards Cricut Cartridge
  • $15 Gift Certificate to Quick Quotes
  • Quickutz Embossing Folder & Dies
  • Snowflake Embossing Folder, Snowflake Die and Candy Cane Die  (These will work in “other” machines too.)
  • $20 Download from
  • *Pazzles Craft Room 1 Year Subscription
  • *The Twinery Ultimate Sampler Pack
  • *Cutter’s Creek $25 Gift Certificate
  • *Stamp, Stamp Pad & Block Set
(* Indicates a prize that will be awarded at the conclusion of the 25 days event.)

 Simply enter by doing the following:
  • Be a follower of . . . . sorry, no exceptions.
  • Leave a comment on at least one post during December 1- 8 (for this week’s prizes). Winners will be randomly selected from comments, checked for blog-following compliance and announced on Saturday, December 10.
  • Please only one comment per day, per visitor. All prizes will be awarded through random selection and will need to be claimed according to sponsor specs. Sorry, prizes that need to be mailed are limited to participants within the United States. Prizes that are “Online or downloadable are good world-wide.” Please also see each sponsor’s site for additional international shipping details.
BE SURE TO VISIT OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORT THEM! Check out the wonderful prizes AND extra discounts available exclusively through us during this event.  Discount coupon codes available at!

Now head on over to and check out the other "pear" projects and download some great freebies!  Melin has created a pear cutting file and a pear digi stamp for you and there is a wonderful vintage graphic available, too!  Check back each and every day for more great projects and freebies!

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Santa Cookie

I love making Christmas cookies!  How about you?  Today I went with my family to a "Journey through Bethlehem".  What a fun time!  The event was so organized and ran very smoothly, especially for all the activities they had going on!  After seeing camels, sheep, goats, donkeys, and baby Jesus, my son got to decorate a camel cut out cookie! They even gave us an ornament and a picture with the camel.  What a nice church! It was was a free event too!  Anyways, while my son was eating his cookie I went through the "cookie walk" and got some yummy cookies.  Look at this cute one:

I'm not sure who made it, but look at how cute it is!

I wasn't given a recipe, but I'm going to make them.  This is how I'm going to do it.

Melt white chocolate in bowl (follow instructions on package)
Dip both sides of Nutter Butter cookies in white chocolate
Put red sprinkles on the top portion
Dip the back of a small marshmallow in white chocolate and adhere to red sprinkles
Dip Small chocolate chips in white chocolate and adhere to Nutter Butter for  eyes
Dip a Red Hot candy in white chocolate and adhere to Nutter Butter for noes


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holiday Crayons

What do you do with all your broken crayon bits?  Make new crayons of course!  Here are some holiday crayons I made with my 2 year old son.....

Would you like to make some?


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