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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tundra Express

This project was inspired by Kathy from Paper Phenomenon. What can I say but super cute! I love how mine turned out. I purchased the kit from her to get all the goodies. The lights on the engine do actually work!

The train is cut from by the cricut using my community. I am not sure of the paper line. Sorry guess I am not much help on the details. You will have to go watch Kathy and do one for your self!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Hot sticky messness

A challenge was given to use during a ustream class last night with Kathy. We were to make a hot sticky mess and show it off.

What is a hot sticky mess you ask? Surprisingly it has nothing to do with ribbons. It has to do with hot glue and the mess you get if you are not paying attention to what you are doing. The ribbons is our idea of a hot sticky messness.

Simple to make: Take a hair bow and go crazy tie ribbons around it. The more the merry! I hope to see some of your creations soon.

Gingerbread house

This was inspired by Kathy from Paperphenomenon. I need to finish the inside with a few pieces of doll furniture. I am having problems finding the exact pieces I am looking for so hopefully by next Christmas I will finish it. In case you are wondering I am looking for a sitting chair, small ottoman, fireplace and small picture frames. Just found small presents for under the tree. I will post pictures once I finish it.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Toys for Tots 2010

This is an other way we like to give back this time of year. Usually we pick a name off one of the giving trees at local stores. This year I was invited to a birthday party/ toy collection. In order to attend the party you need to bring a toy. Here is the link if you live in the area and would like to come along.

I had plans of buying 2 bigger gifts but after hearing toys for tots are down by about 75% this year, I decided to buy 4 smaller toys. Better to spread the love when I can. I hope this inspires you to give as much as you can this year.

Shoe box donation 2010

The last 3 years we have donated a shoe box full of goodies for the local homeless shelter's.
My church arranges for all the deliveries and sorting. I simply need to pick a group and purchase items for that age and wrap it all up in a shoe box. Drop them off at my church and that is it. Such a simple way to give back to our community. This year I choose a little girl and little boy. I hope this inspires you to give as you can this year. You can always volunteer your time.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Advent Calendar

This project was inspired by Kathy from paper phenomenon. Surprisingly I didn't use my cricut on this project! I know is that possible...why yes it is.

Everything is made from card stock and hot glue. With the exception of the 3 trees and small figure. I stole them from my Christmas village set. Used a stickles to make the ornament dots on the trees.

The boxes are filled with 2 Hersey kisses in each box. That way I don't have to fight Chris for chocolate. I also only put 24 boxes as my family celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve. I hope Kathy and I inspired you!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Grinch Pills

Know a crabby person this holiday season that needs to be cheered up. Well here is your answer Grinch Pills! Take one or two as often as needed. Guaranteed to create a smile.

They are green mik n ikes. Container is from walmart and labels came with the tins.

Rudolph's Spares

Just couldn't resist this one this year. Just love these type of simple crafts. Again the container is from Walmart. Candy inside is red hots. Labels came with the tins.

Reindeer Poop

An other very cute novelty. Take a small container, I got mine from Walmart. Add chocolate covered raisins and decorate with a reindeer and side label.

Now you have reindeer poop!

Candy Cane Seeds

Found this poem this year and thought it was adorable. Very simple to do as you can see. I don't think I need to give you instructions.
I used a martha flower edge punch for the bottom.

Snowman Poop

I am sure many of you have seen this before. I just get a kick out of doing this each year. I used mini marshmallows dehydrated. Cut the snowman from doodlecharm at 2.5. The snow hills are a circle punch cut to size.

Magic Reindeer Food

This is the best gift to encourage a child's imagination you old and young at heart. Sprinkle this special mix on the ground in front of your house and Santa's reindeer will be drawn to it. Making the arrival of your gifts faster.

Mix 1 cup oatmeal, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup colored sugar or eatable glitter. Don't use real glitter if you are going to sprinkle outside. Will harm the animals. Mix well and place 1/2 cup in a bag. Add poem and your done.

Simple and fun to share with little kids.

Snowman Soup

Just love this simple little project. I think the picture tells it all but here is what yo do.
In a bag place 1 package of cocoa mix with marshmallows, mini candy cane and a hersey's kiss. Attach the poem and you are off!

This is a great gift for kids to give to their teacher or a friend.

More cupcake tealights

I have done these little cuties before. Just love them! Found a great deal on 24 of them for around $11.00 on black Friday. Bonus it came with 24 extra batteries.

Please see my other post for directions on how to make them.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Veteran's day gift

I was given a challenge to do something nice for a veteran or someone who sacrificed a lot for his country. One person came to mind! I tried to get a photo of that person for all most a month. I was unsuccessful. So I had to send the gift unfinished. I have never done that before but since I know the person will be touched, it's not that bad. I will finish it with a few more crystals around the photo and a saying once I figure out how much room is left.

Everything was purchased from HL. The background paper is two separate sheets cut to size. Roughly 8 x 8. Using glue dots to adhere to the outside back of the block. The inside was a bit tricky. I typed the unit in word and printed. Using a large star punch to create the star. Glue dot to secure inside the block. I used a long pair of tongs from the grill to get it to the top of the block. Three smaller stars punched with a small star punch and wrote on. Also attached with glue dots. To cover the access piece of plastic I covered it with ribbon. No glue needed as it is a tight fit. Finally to finish off the block I wrapped ribbon all the way around and create the topper.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Official Pita Principles

What is a PITA?

P*I*T*A (pee~tah)
slang [in sing] informal

1. annoying or tedious person, thing or task; 2. physical suffering or marked discomfort in a particular part of one’s anatomy, expressly your bum; 3. a familiar or humorous phrase or name given to a person (PITA: acronym, initialism a word formed from the initial letters of other words), expressly followers of Paper Phenomenon, exhibiting love, devotion or affection. 4.a sistah hood of the Queen’s devoted followers.

Modern English
derived from a Tuki - ism

Power To The Pita
the memorable motto and phrase used to express one’s loyalty to the sistah hood of the Pita. 2. PTTP( acronym Power to the Pita)

Pita Pledge
I am a pita babe
I am beautiful, creative and fabulous
I will become one with my hot glue gun
I can express myself thru my creativity

Official Pita Food

Official Pita Chant
Chirp, Chirp

Official Pita Hand Gesture (LOL)
fore finger and middle finger extended in the motion of a pair of scissors

Written by Wende at Passionately Paper

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween treats

The years Halloween gifts for a few special people. Simple to make and more fun to open. They are filled with small gum balls and candy corn.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Trip to paradise

Been spending most of my time lately planning our trip this Dec. We are going on a cruise to the Bahama's! I am so excited. If you have been there before please let me know what you think or what are the "don't miss" attractions.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Front door make over

In July I received a massive amount of hail damage. (1 3/4 diameter hail) Enough to get a new roof and new siding. Couldn't stand the thought of putting holes in the new siding for our address sign. Made sense to just put the numbers on the door. Perfect spot with lots of room!

Everything is cut with vinyl and my cricut. Using ds to custom size the parts. The numbers are about 7 inches, welcome is about 1.5 x 12 inches and the tree is 11 x 9 or there abouts. The word and letters are from Songbird and the tree is from Happy Hauntings.

I must say this was a PITA. Wonder if Kathy my PITA queen's ears were ringing today. Never try to stick vinyl at 48 degrees on cold metal. UGH is all I have to say!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Challenge - Something winter related

Robyn The Pink Stamper posted a challenge for this weekend to create something winter related. This is the first challenge I have done. Since I was not feeling so well I thought why not start to make my Christmas village. This is going to be the community center.

Was cut at 7 inches on the 12 x 24 mat. I didn't put the inside piece in as I wanted the windows to glow after I put on the velum. I used stickles to make the house look like it had lights hung. Think it turned out cute.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Get Well gifts

Made a great little gift set for a sick friend of mine. Found the idea on the message boards. Since I had no sizes to go by I just winged it. All in all I think they are super cute!

I used tags, bags and more for the tag and box. DS to help adjust the size of each to maximize paper use.

The bag has Kleenex, hand sanitizer, 10 cough drops inside. Just the essentials when you are sick. The tag is covering a box of chicken noodle soup. Starve the cold feed to fever or something like that.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wedding favor boxes

My nut's (boyfriend) mom is getting married a 2nd time next weekend. I wanted to make a special box for their head table. This is what I came up with.

I used Tie the Knot cart. These are cut at 8 inches. The boxes are a bit hard to put together but after a few trial runs I got the hang of them. The base color is a light blue with a piece of velum over lay. The brides box has pearls and a gem stone on the front. The grooms box were brads for the buttons. T-shirt was also the same blue with the same velum over lay. A small piece of velum for the pocket and your done. I am trying to find small buttons for the front of the coat. So far no luck.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Scrapbooking Queen's challenge

From time to time people post challenges on their blogs for contests, prizes and what have you. This was the first challenge I joined. I felt it was a worthy reason and since it is breast cancer awareness month it was a perfect fit for me.

This challenge is about giving back to the community...and to bring a little sunshine to someone who is fighting breast cancer. Create a card (s) to be sent to the a woman's center where they are fighting this terrible disease

I couldn't decide which card I wanted to send so I am sending both. If you would like to get involved please go to You have until October 15th.

Cricut Card Fairy Army Mission 671

This mission is for a gentleman turning 30.

"He has spinal bifida and is currently living in a personal care home. He loves getting mail and I thought this would really just make his birthday amazing if he could be flooded with cards!"

This card was made during a local stamp camp. Loved learning the new technics with sponging.

Cricut Card Fairy Army Mission 670

This mission if for a little girl turning 1. Since every girls likes getting card figured it was a good mission to complete.

Cricut Card Fairy Army Mission 669

This mission is about a youths gymnastics coach who was involved in a car accident.

"Coach Courtnee and her boyfriend were traveling home when an 87 yr old man with Alzheimer's was driving down the wrong side of the road and hit Coach Courtnee's car head on. Although her boyfriend survived with minor injuries, Coach Courtnee suffered a compound fracture in her arm and leg, had to have her spleen removed as well as part of her intestine. Courtnee is a wonderful, young girl(early 20's) who will have a long, hard fight in front of her."

I made this card in hopes it will raise her spirits.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Cupcake tea lights

What a great idea. Only wished I thought of it. Credit goes to Dee on you tube. Here is the video:

Take a battery operated tea light. Make sure it works first! Cut a strip of paper 0.75 x 5 inches. This will go around the bottom of the light. Using a stampin up scallop punch for the top.

Assemble is easy attach the strip to the side with glue or atg tape. I added a ribbon around as well. Punch a seperate scallop and fold it in half, then in half again. This will give you a center mark. Clip a small cut off the folded piece. This will allow you to mark the centers better. Now cut slits in the scallop piece in the center over your mark. I did an * shape. Doesn't have to be long about a quarter of an inch. Push on top and glue down. Add bling and your done.

Paper pumpkins

Found this while on the message board. I am so happy with how cute these turned out. They were cut using my expression and plaintin schoolbook. Use the oval cut and set the machine to 3.5 in size. Press the auto fill button. This will give you 12 pumpkins.

I embossed them with my cuddle bug using swiss dots and a leaf pattern (can't remember the name). Fold the ovals in half and glue them together. Used a real twig from my backyard and inserted in the top. That's it and they are so darn cute!

Hanging 3-D pumpkin

This is new for me this year. I am still on the fence if I like it or not. Here is how to create it. It's a little challenging at first.
Cut strips:
6 inches x 1
7 inches x 2
9 inches x 2
11 inches x 2
Punch holes in both ends of the strips. I used brads to secure. Start with all the strips on one end with a brad. Now using a second brad bend the paper to form the pumpkin. Add a few fake leaves and ribbon for the stem.

3-D pumpkins

I am obsessed with these pumpkins. Very simple and fast to make.
Paper dimensions:
X-Large size 16 - 1.5 x 12
Large size 11 - 2 x 11
Medium size 10 - 1.5 x 8.5
Small size 8 - 1 x 4.75
X-Small size 7 - 1 x 4.25
Use a crock a dile to punch the holes. One at each end centered. Place a brad on one end to secure the pieces. Take a 2nd brad and place it in the hole of one strip. Now add the remaining strips to form the pumpkin. You will have to adjust the strips when you are done. Add a few fake leaves and a ribbon for the stem and your done.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Speed up Design Studio Load Time

I came across this set of instructions while on a message board. I am sorry I don't remember who or where but many thanks to that person for great advice!

As more and more carts are added to DS the time it takes to load increases. Here’s a way to speed up the loading time.

Are there lots of carts that you don’t own, and think that you’ll never own? If so, you can remove them from DS. This means that DS doesn’t have to load them at start up.

Note: You won’t be actually deleting the carts permanently, but moving them to a different directory on your computer. That way, if you do buy one of those carts (or want to be able to see it in DS) you’ll be able to move it back into the Fonts directory and it will show up again.

And don’t worry – if you completely muck this up you can just uninstall DS and reinstall it again and all will be well!

Here’s how you do it:

  • Make sure DS is closed

Open up Windows Explorer.

Click on C drive

Program files

Cricut software.

  • Select Tools, Folder Options, then the View tab.
  • Make sure "show hidden files, folders and drives" is selected then click Apply, then OK to close that box.
  • Navigate to: C: --> Program Files --> Cricut Software --> Cricut Designstudio --> Cricut Fonts

You should see these 5 folders:

Now we need to create a backup folder where we’ll copy all the fonts. This backup folder must not be inside the existing Cricut Fonts folder. We need to go back up one directory.

  • Create a new folder. Overtype “New folder” with Backup Fonts (or whatever name you choose)

Next we’re going to COPY all the contents from the 5 fonts folders into the Backup fonts folder.

  • Click on the Cricut Fonts folder
  • Copy all files and paste into back up folder

So now you have your backups created. Next you need to delete the fonts you don’t use from the original Fonts folders.

  • Navigate back to the original Cricut Fonts folder and open the CricutFontsA-C folder

You’ll see all the carts from that folder.

  • Hold down the Ctrl key and hover your cursor over a cart you want to delete until it’s selected.
  • Keep holding down the Ctrl key down and continue to select the carts you want to delete. (Older versions of Windows may require you to Ctrl + click to select.)

If you accidently select a cart, just move you cursor away from that cart, then hover over it again and it will be unselected.

(You can also just delete the carts one by one if you find that easier.)

  • Once you’ve selected all the carts you don’t want DS to load, press the delete key.
  • Repeat the above steps for the 4 remaining Fonts folders, deleting any carts that you don’t want DS to load.

Now go start DS and see how much faster it loads!

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Adding carts back in

The time will most likely come where you will purchase a new cart and want to be able to see and use it in DS. Here’s how to add carts back in.

  • Close DS
  • Navigate to: C: -->Program Files --> Cricut Software --> Cricut Designstudio --> Backup Fonts
  • Then open the folder that contains the cart/s that you want to add back into DS and highlight them.(Again, use the Ctrl key if there’s more than one).
  • Once you have highlighted COPY your cart/s by selecting Ctrl C (or Edit, Copy). They’ll be copied to the clipboard.
  • Navigate to the original corresponding Font folder and select Ctrl V (or Edit, Paste).

  • Click Continue at the inevitable message box:

Your carts will now reappear in the correct Fonts folder (assuming you selected the right one).

  • Open DS and those carts will now show up again.

Remember, if you totally muck it up you still have your backup files plus if necessary you can uninstall DS and reinstall it.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Blinged ATG gun

The video says it all! I spray painted my ATG tape gun and blinged it out.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Crayon Wreath duplicate

Received a request from a friend to make this wreath for her son's special education teacher. How could I refuse!

This is done the same way as I did the first one using my design studio. For more detail info check out my other post Crayon Wreath.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mini backpack album

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This is from a ustream class by Kathy at Paper Phenomenon. I made it for my niece.

Preschool wreath

I originally made this crayon wreath for an art competition. Why not recycle the project! I turned this into a great name tag for my nephew's 1st preschool teacher.

Everything was cut with design studio and my cricut. Lots of embellishments to finish it off.

New neighbors

A nice young couple moved into the house across the street. They are remolding the whole 2 story house. Hopefully before the baby comes in October. I thought it would be nice to make them a cake. Why not a donut shaped cake. It was really good even if I say so my self!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

50 sucks

A good friend turned 50 about a month ago. Decided she needed some suckers. Everything was cut in DS. Use a bag of 600 suckers on a square green block. I made a similar one for my brother on his 40th.

Crayon Wreath

I entered this project into the PGI art show. It won 1st place!

Started out with 2 embroidery hoops a 12 inch and 8 inch. Placed 3 boxes of crayons around the edge with glue. The fireworks and letters were cut on the cricut using DS. Stars are a stamp in up punch. Was a fun and exciting project to do.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

PGI Banquet 2010 video

A tradition has been to have a video to recap the week of events. Enjoy!

Monday, July 12, 2010


Since I haven't created any crafts in a while thought I would share my favorite plant. It is an ever bloom hydrangea. For 3 years now I have added aluminum sulfate around half of the plant. Each year I sprinkle around the base of the plant in a different areas. This has caused my plant to be multi-colored. Some of the buds actual have pink, purple and blue on one head. I hope this inspires your green thumb!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bird punch card

My brother's daughter was in a cello recital a few weeks ago. I made her a card to congratulate her on a job well done.

The flower is made with the bird punch by stamp in up. Punch out 7 birds and assemble to your liking. The inside petals are the wing from the same punch. I used a 1" circle punch for the center. The stem is also from the bird punch.

I really like how this turned out with the colors and glitter paper. Perfect for an 9 year old. Hope she liked it.