"Little Yankee" Layout: FCCB Challenge #29--Natl. Sewing Month!

This week's Fantabulous Cricut Challenge is called "National Sewing Month", in honor of...National Sewing Month! :) We had to use some type of stitching on our project, whether by hand, machine or even faux stitching. I went for the machine stitching, since I love the look of it and don't use it much...and now I remember WHY I don't use it much... Basically, I suck. HAHAHA!

I have had this paper for years and years...really. And I thought the colors went really well with the colors in the photo, so it finally got put to use. For the argyle (did I spell that right???) pattern, I cut diamonds with my Cricut (George and Basic Shapes), adhered them to the yellow carstock strip and then sewed diagonally across them to create the argyle look.

The title is from the Cricut Boys Will Be Boys cartridge (one of my new FAVES!)...I cut the base of the sentiment out, and instead of using the "man" part of the cut, I found the word "Yankee" in the Yankees font somewhere online and printed it out, cropping it to fit in the box. Perfect with the Noise Maker's little Yankee's outfit, huh? :)

Pretty simple layout, but I love the color combo and it's one of my most favorite pictures of my little guy! Hope you'll head over to FCCB and play along with this week's challenge with a sewn project of your own!

Happy Crafting! :)


WINNER!!! Fantabulous Cricut Crawl...

Wow, thank you all for the wonderful comments on my Fantabulous Cricut Crawl project!  Your kind words made my day.  And it was also fun to find out what everyone's favorite subject in school was!  I'm surprised at how many people said "science" and "math"!?!?!?  :)

Okay, now for the winner of the CTMH Stamp Set for one person that left a comment, told me their favorite subject in school and is a current follower.  Chosen by Meredith!

Congratulations!  You have two weeks to claim your prize.  Please contact me and give me your shipping address so I can get you this FANTABULOUS stamp set!



DIY Party & Holiday Decor By OhMyGluestick!

I know sooooo many people who say they aren't "crafty" and wouldn't know where to start on handmade party and seasonal decor.  Well, if you like the idea of having a "handmade" component to your party decor, but don't know how to go about doing that, I have a solution!

My friend, Tommie, from Oh My Gluestick designs the most AMAZING graphics that you can buy, cut/punch out and use for your own parties and seasonal decorations!  She can make custom invitations and then design party circles, treat bag toppers, and more...all coordinating in the color/theme you choose! 

The best part about it is that she emails you the graphic and for one (VERY reasonable) price, you can print them off as many times as you want!  This saves you from having to start from scratch, yet allows you to have the hands-on experience of making your decorations, all without breaking the bank!
For the Party Circles, just use a scallop or circle punch to punch them out and then glue to popsicle sticks or hang from ribbon as tags or decorations:

From this:
To this:
Or this:
HERE is a tutorial on how to use the Party Circles, from OhMy Gluestick.

For the Treat Bag Toppers, just print, fold in half and attach to the top of a treat bag for a custom, coordinating party favor!
How easy is that???

Other products offered by OMG include water bottle labels, party hats, banners, door decorations, cake toppers, and of course invitations and announcements.  Visit OMG's Etsy shop HERE for more info!

**All images are from Oh My Gluestick and are copyrighted.**


Fall Pumpkin Topiary

Fall is soooooooo my favorite time of year!  I love the weather, the colors, the festivities AND the decorating!  This year, I don't have a plant in the urn on my front porch.  Poor thing didn't stand a chance in the Texas heat!  So I decided to make a pumpkin topiary to dress up my front porch.

I got all supplies for this topiary at Michaels.  The pumpkins were half off this week.  Because the white ones were so stark (and still look that way in the photo, though they're not) I used an antiquing medium mixed with several drops of brown re-inker and coated each pumpkin with it.  It gives an aged or slightly distressed/worn look.  I hot glued those together (after cutting off the stems) and added leaves between, where the hot glue was exposed. 

I didn't have enough leaves so I used my Cricut (Stretch Your Imagination, Wild Card) to cut some more.  I sprayed the leaf die cuts with water, scrunched them up and then dried them with my heat tool.  I inked the raised portions and the edges and they looked like beautiful fall leaves!  I hot glued those to a grapevine that I wrapped around the pumpkins.  I also added some brown raffia, twisted around the grapevine.
I set it in the urn, added some moss around the edges (sprayed with Ortho bugs allowed!!!) and I now have a pretty cool-looking decoration on my porch!

Thanks for looking and have a creative day!  :)

House Warming Card

I've been wanting to use this house card from the Cricut "Wild Card" cartridge since I bought it.  And I decided that making a house warming card for my friend Michelle that just moved was the perfect opportunity!

I used light brown cardstock for the house base and ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Mini Mosaic folder to give it the appearance of "stone".  Then I inked the raised area to give it some depth.  I cut out all the layers offered (door, window, roof and topiaries) and inked each of those as well.

On the door, I wanted to make a curtain, so I accordian folded a small piece of striped paper and adhered it to the inside of the door window.  Then I added a "welcome" banner and attached the brads slightly closer than the length of the banner so that it would stand out a bit.  Here's a close-up:
To make the card sturdier and to make the window look like a light was on inside, a cut the house in blackout mode 1/4" smaller than the card base and used those as mats on both sides of the inside of the house.

Thanks for looking and have a creative day!  :)


Teacher Appreciation: Rolo Pencils!

Wish I could take credit for this idea.  Oh well.  It's actually an idea featured in the September 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.  I fell in love with these the second I saw them, and decided they'd be a perfect little gift for my daughter's AWESOME pre-k teachers!

The body of the pencil (inside) is a package of Rolos and the tip of the pencil is a Hersheys Kiss attached to the Rolos with a glue dot!

To make the outside of the pencil, you cut a piece of yellow cardstock to 3 1/2" x 4 1/2", trim one short end with scallop edge or zigzag edge scissors, and score every 1/4" lengthwise...wrap around the Rolos and adhere.  Then wrap a 3 1/2" x 3/8 " piece of pink cardstock at the opposite end.  Add a small pink circle to cover the exposed end of the Rolos.  Cover the seam between the yellow and pink pieces with a length of silver foil tape.  Then just wrap the ends with a ribbon and tag.  I used Create a Critter to make the apples on these, and printed my sentiment from my computer right onto the tags.
To finish, I put them each in a clear bag and made a bag topper with each teacher's initial and some embellishments on them.  Super-easy and super-fun!

Thanks for looking and have a creative day!  :)

Monkey Birthday Invitations!

A while back, I made some pink monkey birthday invitations for my niece, Avery, for her first birthday:
My friend Jen asked if I could make some Monkey invitations for her son's sencond birthday. Soooooo, I thought to myself, "why re-invent the wheel"??? I just modified the original pink one I did, and made them for a boy! I made them very similarly, using my Cricut "Create a Critter" for the monkey cuts and the "Accent Essentials" cartridge for the green accent that mats the sentiment.  The monkeys "swing" on the leaf ribbon added to the top of each card!  They're attached with little metal rings that allow them to move freely on the invitation.
I used the same patterned paper (Hobby Lobby) in blue instead of pink. Everything else is the same as on the pink ones. I made 20 of these bad boys. Whew! Hope she likes them... :)

Thanks for looking and have a creative day!



Welcome to Organized Chaos and the second "Fantabulous Cricut Crawl": Button Up For School!  It's Fantabulous Cricut's version of a blog hop!

If you've come from visiting Melin at Cooking With Cricut, 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.

In honor of Back To School time, we're calling our second Fantabulous Cricut Crawl "Button Up For School"...each design team member will be featuing a button somewhere on their project!  Here's a sneak peek of mine...scroll down to see my project!
Each Design Team member will be featuing an original project featuring a button AND a Cricut cut somewhere on the project. 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 project meeting the the "Button Up For School" challenge criteria!

How fun is that?

Here's my project for the Crawl:
I made a card for my daughter's pre-k teacher using the Cricut "Just Because Cards" cartridge for the apple and layers, and the Storybook cartridge for the marquee-shaped frame.  All pieces were inked and the frame was popped off the page with foam adhesive.  The "bite" mark was made by punching a small scallop on the edge of the apple.

Where are the buttons???  Look closely...they make up the little worm peeking out of the apple!  I used four mini green buttons.  For the face, I used a white ink pen to outline the holes to make the eyes.  On the other three, I punched a small green circle and adhered the circles on top.  I also added little antenna!
You might be wondering what the rest of the sentiment says...well, here ya go:
Hee hee!  :)

Okay, time for prizes!!!  I am giving away a super-fun prize for the Crawl...a brand NEW full-size Close To My Heart clear stamp set!!!  The set is called "Piece of Cake" (retired!) and features different cakes and sentiments, perfect for using on those handmade birthday cards:
Here's how you can win this fabulous stamp set:
1.  Leave a comment on this post...let me know what your favorite subject was in school!
2.  Become a follower of my blog.
Now it's your turn! See if you can incorporate a button on your own "Button Up For School" project. Make sure to include a Cricut cut somewhere on your project, too!

Next stop...Leigh's blog, My Scrappy Journey.  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 for the GRAND PRIZE!!!!

Happy Crawling!


FCCB Scrappin' Saturday: Job Layout Challenge!

I'm excited that we are having our first Scrappin' Saturday Layout Challenge today at Fantabulous Cricut (FCCB)!  I made the layout above for this challenge.

We are offering a prize...a Cricut Alphalicious cartridge goes to the winner!!!  The requirements are to make a layout about your job, featuring YOU, and to use at least one Cricut cut somewhere on your project.  Fun, right?  Participants have one week to complete their layout and submit to FCCB.

For my layout, I used the FABULOUS American Crafts Dear Lizzy collection papers.  These are leftovers from the class I took from Elizabeth Kartchner herself!  I love these papers...they just make me happy!
I used my Cricut George cartridge to cut the hearts and circles (to make the spiral flowers).  I lifted the edges of the hearts for dimension.
The spiral flowers, which I learned from Elizabeth Kartchner, are really simple.  You just spiral cut a circle (any size), leaving a small round portion uncut in the center of the flower.  Starting with the outermost end, begin rolling inward until you've reached the center.  Then just put a brad through the center of the flower (grabbing the innermost piece of the rolled flower) to secure it.  Using your hand, you can gently but firmly press down on the entire to flatten it out somewhat.
I also used the Street Sign cartridge for my title ("proof") and for the small arrows on the photos.  This layout is based on a sketch by PageMaps:
PageMaps is having a layout contest using this sketch.  The prize?  American Crafts Dear Lizzy collection products!!!  Hee, hee...

Happy Crafting!