"Support The Cause" FCCB Challenge #45

This week's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut is called "Support The Cause"...create a project in honor of a cause that's near and dear to your heart.  This card is a breast cancer awareness card.  I recently had to purchase a new Cricut Expression (the LED screen on my other one went out) and I found the pink one with the "Pink Journey" exclusive cartridge included.  Hadn't had a chance to use it until this project!

I cut the ribbon and shadow, the scallop oval, and the "Hope" sentiment from Pink Journey.  I used a scrap of pink/brown butterfly paper I had in my stash for the card mat.  I popped the ribbon and oval sentiment with foam dots and added a butterfly mirror I had in my embellishment drawer.  

Hope you'll head over to FCCB and enter your own "Support The Cause" project for your chance to win this week's prize!  :)

Happy Crafting!!!


Kitchen Makeover....PROGRESS!!!

Thank you again to those of you out in Blogland that voted for my aunt and uncle to win the $30,000 Dream Kitchen Makeover, given away by one of their local TV stations!!!
(Original post can be found HERE)

They won (thanks to an amazing number of votes!!!) and the makeover is in progress!  Thought I'd share some of the photos my uncle sent me on what the kitchen looks like now.  It's not completed (as you'll see), but it should be done in about a week or so.  I'll definitely show you the final result. 
Are you ready for this???  :)

Before...notice the lovely green, uh, I mean "avocado" countertops with coordinating wall paper:
During the "demolition":
My uncle and my dad, "supervising"...keep in mind that they are the premiere experts in anything having to do with home building/remodeling/fixing, having been "secured" up on the roof to help their grandfather re-roof the house when my dad was only 4 years old:
The damage...I guarantee you my dad and my uncle kept some of this scrap material for little "projects" they want to complete:
AND, the current condition of their kitchen...TOTALLY 100% empty:
They're making coffee in the bathroom, storing food in the dining room and appliances in the office.  They're troopers, I tell ya!  But I know they'll think it was well worth it when they get their dream kitchen!

More to come...stay tuned!  :)

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Sorry for the delay in posting the winner of the FAB CTMH blog candy for answering my question: "What should I do with this???" (see post HERE)

This was the Blog Candy up for grabs:
I loved all of your ideas...but since things have been a little crazy lately, I've yet to actually put the rack into use.  Soooooo, I don't have any photos yet.  But when I do get around to using it, I'll post the pics!

And now for the winner....
Nancy Watson said:
"So funny! My husband would not have gone to the dumpster for me
as he is mortified that I dumpster dive! But, I can't tell you how many things
I have been able to get to organize our house with that way.

Anyway, my first thought when I saw this is if you put down some cardboard on the
 shelves you have the perfect place for storing your GlimmerMist.
However, this would also work for re-inkers and ink pads (as I have one and
that is what I use mine for). Also, you could get those tiered spice shelve things
 and put one on each shelf and store your wood stamps on this too.

Have fun with whatever you do!

THANKS Nancy!  I have a TON of re-inkers and ink pads and I think this would be a great solution!
Please contact me at the email address below to claim your prize!

TheHouseholdCEO (at) live (dot) com


Wedding Cake Card: Fantabulous Cricut "Sweet Shop" Challenge

This week's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut is called "Sweet Shop": create a project incorporating some type of sweet...cake, ice cream, candy, etc.  YUM!!!

My Design Team project is a black & white wedding cake card.  I love black and white for wedding projects.  I used a white card base, with a black swirl lace cardstock for the mat.  I cut three sizes of black/white patterned papers into rectangles and matted them with white cardstock.

I adhered them to the card with foam dots for dimenstion.  I tied a narrow white ribbon around each cake layer and then added a three-layered flower over each knot.  The flowers were cut with George & Basic Shapes at 3/4", 1" and 1 1/4".  The centers are red pearl brads (Eyelet Outlet).  To finish, I stamped the word "love" onto white cardstock using CTMH ink/stamp, inked the edges in red and adhered with foam dots.

Now I just need to find someone that's getting marries to send this to!!!  :)  Hope you'll play along with this week's "Sweet Shop" challenge at FCCB.  You can make any-themed project for any season or holiday, just make sure to incorporate something sweet & yummy on it!

Happy Crafting!


What Should I Do With This??? (BLOG CANDY!!!)

You know the saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure"???  Well, it's true.  And I'm living proof...

Sunday is "doughnut day" in our family and we go get doughnuts at the doughnut shop and coffee from Starbucks.  Anyway, this morning when we pulled up in the drive-thru line at Starbucks (because there is ALWAYS a line), I happened to look over at the dumpster and see this perfectly good wire rack sitting next to it.  Why would they throw out a perfectly good rack?!?!?

The Household CFO was not excited about this, but hung his head in shame anyway and went to get this beauty out of the trash for me, right in front of everyone in line.  Now THAT's love I tell ya!  :)

I just know I have the perfect use for it...I just don't know what it is at the moment.  Sooooooo, I'm asking for your help.  And, for helping me out, I'm offering up some yummy
Contents (all CTMH): two mini stamp sets, 1 sheet of textured stickers, 1 package of "sweet leaf/colonial white" embellishments and 1 package of ""twilight/colonial white" embellishments.

All you have to do is give me an idea of what to use this storage rack for. 
If I choose your idea, you win.  It's that simple!  Please leave a comment below by this Friday, January 14 to be eligible.

Good luck, and I'm looking forward to hearing your creative storage ideas!  :)

The Mess Maker Turns Four!

We had a party at My Gym for the Mess Maker's fourth birthday this weekend...she had a blast!
She LOVED the ball pit and spent the majority of the party in it with friends, but I think the highlight for her (judging from her face anyway) was the "birthday motorcycle"...
She wanted a "Dora" theme (surprise, surprise), so we had Dora balloons, Dora serveware and Dora cupcake toppers...that pink icing is going to show up later, I just know it!  :)
The Noise Maker had a blast, too!
Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate with us and make her birthday so much fun and so special!


Snowflake Card: Fantabulous Cricut "Snowy Delights" Challenge!

This week's challenge at Fantabulous Cricut is called "Snowy Delights": create a project incorportaing snow or snowflakes!  Perfect for this time of year, don't ya think?

For this mini card, I used a scrap of pink/blue patterned paper that reminded me of snowflakes for the mat on the front of the card.  Using my NEW Winter Lace cartridge (LOVE IT!), I cut the snowflake and shadow at 3".  I ran the cream layer through my Xyron and sprinkled glitter all over for some sparkle (which unfortunately doesn't show up well in the photo).  To finish, I tied a sheer pink ribbon around the center of the snowflake and added a blue pearl brad before adhering the layers together and adding the snowflake to my card.

It may be cold, but this little snowflake card makes me all warm and cozy!  :)  Hope you'll play along with this week's Snowy Delights challenge at FCCB...head over and check out the prizes up for grabs! 

Happy Crafting!  :)