Sunday, December 19, 2010

WOW! Thank you so much! Winners posted too!

Happy Sunday friends! 
First off, let me just say a big 'ol THANK YOU for visiting my blog for the Fantabulous Cricut Christmas Crawl.  I was truly touched that you took the time to visit me and comment on my project!  For the past week, my daughter would ask everyday - how many people came by today?  I was blown away that I had 62 comments (63 show up because I commented myself for a question) AND my goal of having 60 followers by Friday was exceeded!  Thank you again for stopping by!

And now - the winner of the Prima Flowers is :
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Margie said...
Beautiful bench! I collect old world santas!

Also - I have decided for my 2nd giveaway since ya'll were so kind to become followers and exceed my goal - I am giving away the Mother's Day Seasonal Cartridge!

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Angela said...

WOW! Your project is amazing. Great job on making it yourself with little expense. I love working with Mod Podge too.

December 13, 2010 7:58 AM

Margie and Angela - I will send you an email today to get your mailing address! 

Thanks again to all of you for coming by, I had a blast "Crawling" and hope to do something like this again soon!  Have a wonderful week!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut Deck the Halls Crawl!!!

Howdy Friends! Welcome to the third (and MY first!!) Fantabulous Cricut Crawl...Fantabulous Cricut's version of a blog hop!

In honor of the approaching Christmas holiday, we're having a "Deck The Halls" Crawl...each Design Team member will be featuring an original Christmas/Holiday-themed project that could be used to decorate and spruce up their homes for the Holiday Season!

If you've come from visiting Jean at you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our Fantabulous Cricut Crawl, start HERE!

Make sure to check out each DT member's blog for some awesome inspiration! There will be PRIZES along the way at our DT members' blogs, AND there will be a Grand Prize up for grabs at FCCB for one participant that submits a "Deck The Halls" project at FCCB!

How fun is that?

Now for my project - here is what I made!

I made this for my daughter's teacher for her Christmas present.  I was in a store one day and saw something like this that was a child's chair and was so stinkin' cute!  BUT it had a crazy price tag on it and I knew I could do something similar.  So I went to Michaels and bought a stool in the unfinished wood department (using a coupon of course!) and then used supplies I already had at home.  I spent less than $5.00!!  Here's how I did it:

I started by tracing the top on patterned paper.

Then I painted the sides and bottom (oh yeah, make sure you PRIME the wood first otherwise you'll be  painting several coats).  I used acrylic paint I had in my supplies.

After the paint dries - get out the Mod Podge!  I used the matte finish for this project.  Tip: put Mod Podge onto the backside of the PAPER (like glue) and then put it onto the wood.  It will help with the air bubbles by gluing the paper first instead of putting it on the stool.  Use a brayer or old card to brush out any bubbles that may be there.

Cut off excess paper with craft knife.

Ink the edges with Distress Ink.  I used Brushed Corduroy.

Tear a second piece of paper to coordinate with pattered paper.  Santa is actually fuzzy or flocked!

I then added paper trim to the bottom of the stool as an accent.

Finally, I cut the word 'BELIEVE' using the Hello Kitty Font Cartridge and the Holly image using the Winter Woodland Cartridge, then Mod Podged them to the stool after I inked the edges.

I put 2 coats of Mod Podge all over the stool as a sealer.  Now the stool is ready for little ones to wait for Santa's visit!

SO - for the PRIZE on my blog!  I am going to give away at least 1 prize - how about some lovely Prima flowers!  All you need to do is leave me a comment telling me if you have a special collection of some sort.  Mine is snowmen!  I love snowmen and they reside on my stairs from the day after Thanksgiving until the end of January (but the other decorations come down after New Year's Day!)

AND I'll give away a 2nd prize if I reach 60 followers by Friday, Dec. 17th! 


Now it's your turn! Let's see your Christmas/Holiday-Themed Decor projects! Make sure to include a Cricut cut somewhere on your project!

Next stop... Jill's blog! Go see what she has in store for you today... And when you're done, make sure to link up your project to FCCB's Fantabulous Cricut Crawl post to be entered into the contest!

Happy Crawling!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas - Days 6 through 9

Happy Saturday friends!!  Its already been a busy day and I'm finally in the studio spending some crafty time with my momma!  She came to play in the studio too!!!  We've got our Christmas tunes on and are having a blast!  I wanted to quickly share with you what I've been working on the past couple of days - I'm caught up with the 12 Tags of Christmas with Tim Holtz.  If you haven't been over to his blog yet to see this year's tags, head over there when you are done here and check it out!  VERY COOL ideas!  So, without further ado - here are my next few tags:

What do ya think?  I'm loving the tags this year - I'm thinking about hanging them on the tree!  I also think I might go back (after the holidays of course) and do the previous years tags to hang up next year!  Ambitious, huh? 

Well - 'til later friends!!  Make sure you check in back here on Monday for the Fantabulous Cricut Crawl and see my project and I'm thinking about a cool prize to give away for my first blog hop!!!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Get Ready for a Fantabulous Cricut Crawl....

....also known as a Blog Hop!! 

Howdy friends!  We are getting ready for a Fantabulous Cricut Crawl on Monday, December 13th!  Now, this will be my VERY FIRST blog hop, er, I mean Crawl  and I have an exciting project to share with you.  Here is a peek:

Let me tell you - this is a fun project!  And - it didn't really cost much to make either!  I would love it if you would come back and Crawl along with us, see amazing projects, and maybe win a prize too!  I may just have to give away something in celebration of my first Crawl - POSSIBLY might could give away 2 prizes if you bring a friend along with you too!  See ya'll soon!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Days 3, 4 & 5

Quick post for now!  Just wanted to share the next 3 tags I've finished!  Tim Holtz is genius with these fun techniques!  Check out his blog and play along too!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gifts Galore Fantabulous Cricut Challenge

Howdy friends!!  It is getting closer to Christmas day, have you finished shopping??  No?  Me neither!!  Maybe the challenge this week at Fantabulous Cricut will help you get motivated to craft some gifts and packaging this year!  LOTS of cool ideas from the Design Team this week!!  The challenge is to create a handmade gift or gift packaging.  This week I decorated a couple of packages of gourmet cocoa for some simply 'sweet' gifts.

How cute are these??  I almost want to put these in my own stocking to open up and enjoy!  Hee hee :)  The best thing about the packaging (besides it being cute) is that I used ALL scraps!  **Not a single full sheet of paper was harmed in the making of the packaging ** ;)

Here's how I made these:
Wrap a piece of cardstock around the width of the cocoa package and cut to length, score and fold for a tight crease if desired.  Cut a rectangle decorative piece to adhere to cardstock, then cut out a tag to adhere to the decorative piece.  Cut desired image to place on the tag.  Stamp a sentiment and embellish!  Oh yeah - and I attached a chocolate dipped peppermint stick for stirring the cocoa onto the back!  Easy packaged cocoa gift!!  Have a Fantabulous Week!!  Please play along with us  - I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Winter Frolic Cricut Cartridge - ProvoCraft
Cardstock and Patterned Papers from stash
Sentiment Stamps, Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers, Tiny Treats: Christmas - Papertrey Inc.
Gems - The Paper Studio
Flower  -Prima
Button - stash
Sticky Doos Pop Dot - The Paper Studio
Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Mocha Mama - Quick Quotes
Ribbon and Twine - stash
ATG adhesive - 3M

Saturday, December 4, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Days 1 & 2

Howdy friends!! You thought I forgot about you, huh? I promise that I have not forgotten you! I've been busy craftin', scrappin', & creatin' in the studio!!! Just wanted to show you one of the many things I've been working on - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas!! I LOVE the tags and techniques he shares with us and I made it my mission this year to create all 12 - yep - ALL 12 tags. So, I thought I'd share the first 2 days that I've finished. Not sure if I'm going to give them away or keep them all to myself! Hmmm.....

So, you too can head over to T!m's blog and learn all kinds of new techniques too! The best part for me is trying to use what I have in my own stash and use his techniques to make the tags my own. Enjoy!