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*gulp*

Eeeks! OK, here it is.. my very FIRST layout. GAH!!!!! *bites nails*

I am so nervous about sharing for some reason.. I mean, this is SO far out of my comfort zone, it’s ridiculous! lol. I can make ya 3D hot air balloons, just don’t ask me for a layout, LOL! And well, that’s just what my DT coordinator at Echo Park did! I saw her at CHA and she asked me to start doing some layouts.. the nerve, right? LOL (Andrea, if you’re reading this.. I *heart* ya!) So, I sat down and tackled it.. or, err.. tried to tackle it!

First I picked some papers I wanted to work with, and paper hoarder me had a hard enough time with that!

Then, I picked photos that might look cute with the chosen papers. I found some pictures from a photoshoot I did of my daughter, Alannah, in the first dress I ever sewed for her! I printed them in color and it just irritated my mind.. I had to make them black and white! Then, the sizing didn’t work out for my ‘vision’ (Said ‘vision’ started as a sketch I drew up, which was quickly ditched. This ‘vision’ also changed a bajillion times!) So, after 3 sheets of photo paper, I had it, the right sized photos! Whew! That took a few hours, no joke! I am BAD about printing photos of my kiddos, so to go through files amoung files to find ‘the’ photos was a workout in itself. (Yeeee-ah.. MY kind of ‘workout’ is sitting on my butt looking through photo files.. it’s tough stuff, man! Especially with my crazy mess of a desktop!) Next thing I knew, the girlies were home and craft time was over.

Then today rolls around. I get the monsters off to school, drowned myself in coffee, and got right to ‘work’. It took a few HOURS! I don’t have a set scrapbooking ‘style’ just yet, so I played around with placement and embellishments a lot. And while I did that, I learned a bit about my ‘style’.

I don’t like things perfectly centered, usually, and I like my embellishments in ‘clusters’ I do it with my cards, too. Once I just did my ‘thing’ and didn’t try to force something that wasn’t ‘me’ it all worked out, and I have a totally acceptable layout! It might not be everyone’s style.. but it works for me. And hey, it’s my first layout and I somehow managed to keep all my fingers, so that’s a plus, right?!

Here it is, TA-DA!

Eeeek..

Says in little mouse voice… “Whatcha think?”

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*hides under desk*

LOL…

OK, seriously… all you ‘seasoned’ scrappers.. Can I do this? Can I be in the cool kids scrapbooking club?

Do you have members only jackets?..

In pink?.. I hope?

Satiny pink?

Perhaps with some bling?!

*smiles*

Here are some close up shots.. I used October Afternoon’s ‘Sidewalks’ collection.. looove!

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The butterflies are actually cut from the photo.. and backed with patterned paper. You can tell in person, but to me, in the photos, it just looks like die cuts adhered to the picture. I tried to snazz it up a bit, lol. My nifty laser cut preview on my Sizzix Eclips helped me make sure I got my placement just right! And of course I used my ‘go to’ butterflies from SVG Cuts!

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And some more close ups..

3D bows.. they can be flattened a bit to go in an album

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The ‘book print’ paper is pleated.
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Whew! I feel a major sense of accomplishment, lol. It’s not an award winner, by any means.. but it’s a decent start! So.. look for more layouts from me in the future!

Have a GREAT ‘Scrappy’ weekend!

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Tags for all occasions

Hello, hello!

This week at Glue Arts, we teamed up with Simple Stories and I am SO glad we did! I’ve never heard of Simple Stories until now.. love the style they have! We got to use the amazing ‘Year-o-graphy’ collection.. it’s just gorgeous!

Here’s my project I made.. easily replicated if you want to make your own! I gave tag measurements over at the Glue Arts blog on THIS post. I did use some good ol’ SVG Cuts files for a few.. using the Tags Galore collection! Also, make sure you head over to the Glue Arts blog to see how you can win the Year-o-Graphy collection and the Glue Glider Pro+ Handle w/ Perma Tac! Pretty cool giveaway!

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Yep, another pail.. I have several of them, so you will be seeing them here and there, lol. You know you love my pails! You know you want my pails… You wanna smell my pails.. ok weird..

Carrying on now..

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The tags fit nicely inside, perfect for giving as a gift, or having a place to keep them for yourself! Or.. if you’re like me.. your kids will steal the pail and fill it with dirt, eat a tag, and you will lose the rest.

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There ya go! My first tag set that I’ve ever made.. I had fun making them, too! So easy, yet so cute!

Remember, head over to the Glue Arts blog to see how I made them, check out other designers’ projects AND enter that cool giveaway! See ya next time! I have a fun guest designer spot with Doodlebug Designs coming up!

Toodles! I hope your new year is off to a fabulous start! Mine is.. Joined Pink Paislee’s 2012 team AND I get to go to CHA this month.. sooo excited! Hopefully this is just a start to many more awesome things!

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Ready for snow? I am!

Now, if we could actually get a decent snow soon, I will be a happy girl! We had a light snow in November, but I am ready to playing in the snow type of snow! LOL! So, what do I do when there isn’t any snow to play in? I make styrofoam snowmen (Umm, ‘yarn’men?) and stick ‘em on a stick! Yes.. I have been sticking lots of things on sticks and using styrofoam lately.. lol.

This is SUPER easy and cute! The snowman alone would make a cute ornament set, which I think I will be making for my Grandma or mom.. or both.. or neither, lol.. (you know, if I run out of time and all) You can make a whole family of snow cuties!

This was a project for Echo Park Paper Co. and Glue Arts! (love killing two birds with one stone with my DT projects! Especially during the holiday season!)

I will just share pictures here, if you want to see how I made it and what fabulous products I used, check out THIS POST over at Glue Arts! Make sure you leave a comment on the GLUE ARTS blog post.. you have a chance to win a Glue Glider PRO handle and cartridge!

 

Now.. here’s the snow buddy cuteness!

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Take it easy, crafty friends! <3

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May Arts teams up with Echo Park!

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Welcome to the May Arts Inspiration week BLOG HOP! Us Echo Park Paper Co. designers are SO happy to be a part of this! I hope you are enjoying all the amazing projects from the designers!

If you just happen to come to my blog randomly, make sure you go back and start at the May Arts blog! You don’t want to miss out on any projects or giveaways!

 

May Arts — http://www.mayarts.com/blog/ (start)

Echo Park — http://www.echoparkpaper.blogspot.com/

Tamara Tripodi — http://happylifecraftywife.com/ (You are here.. lucky YOU!.. )

Kandis Smith — http://www.mycreativetreasury.blogspot.com/

Shaunte Wadley — http://shauntewadley.blogspot.com/

Leslie Ashe — http://leslieashe.blogspot.com/

Wendy Sue Anderson — http://wendysueanderson.blogspot.com/

Patricia Kumfer — http://scrapbookpatty.blogspot.com/

 

One of my favorite lines from Echo Park is the Times and Season kit! LOVE IT! Those mustaches got me the second I saw them and played a huge part in the design process for these two projects.

So.. are you ready to see what I made?… I have two projects to share with you all featuring Echo Park paper ‘Times and Seasons’ and May Arts ribbon! You have a chance to win this kit.. so keep reading!

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How fun, right?! A mustache photo booth prop box.. they are SO in right now! You can make something like this for a party! It would be fun to do little Santa beards for Christmas, too! I used the mustache files from Lori Whitlock (cuttable and printable files!)

Now, my next project is a fun little gift bag! I just love the mustache and bow tie.. I know it seems like ages away, but this would be great for Father’s Day! I tied some coordinating ribbon from May Arts on the sides!

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Isn’t that big ol’ button yummy?!

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The bag file is from SVG Cuts. The cute bowtie was made by scoring and accordian folding paper every 1/4″ and gathering in the center… Very easy!

 

Alrighty.. now who is ready to try and win the ‘Times and Seasons’ Kit?… All you have to do is reply to THIS post and let me know what you think about my project, what you would like to make with these papers, etc.. anything really! :)   I would LOVE it you were also a follower of my blog (over on my sidebar!) and I have a fun and active Facebook page that I would appreciate if you would stop by and give me a like!’ Happy Life, Crafty Wife <—- Clicky!

Well, I hope you liked your visit here and will continue to come back! But it’s time for me to send you off to the super awesome Kandis Smith’s blog – http://www.mycreativetreasury.blogspot.com/ ENJOY!

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Gettin’ pushy with push cakes!

I am SO excited about this project!

Cute colorful yummy treats AND cute colorful Halloween paper and embellishments? Ahhh.. YES! Me likey a LOT! I think it’s weird to sit here and go on and on about how much I loooove my own project, so… I won’t do that. I mean, if I hated it, I probably wouldn’t be showing you (trust me, I have a few of those around here..)

I really do love it though.. LUV IT! *insert pink fluffy floating hearts here*

So, last night I posted on my FACEBOOK showing you these cute new Bella Blvd. ‘Too Cute to Spook’ papers I got… I also had some weird plastic tubes and a block of styrofoam. Some of you didn’t know what those snazzy little tubes were for.. Well, now ya do! Or.. errr.. maybe ya don’t? lol. TUBE CAKES! HelloOOoooo, handy dandy cutesy awesomeness! They are EASY to make and even easier to eat! Great for holidays, birthdays, to stuff your face when your ‘Aunt’s’ in town and you need chocolate before you rip someones head off… Not saying I get like that or anything.. I’m the girl ’Happy’ life.. (really, it’s just a coverup.. I’m terribly grumpy.. Grrrrr.. Get off my lawn!) Pfffft!

I was going to do a photo tutorial showing how I made the push cakes, but.. it was dark and I didn’t have good lighting. I will just give some tips and explain at the bottom of this post. But before that, you need to see more pictures.. lots, LOTS more.. I couldn’t help it! I want to make sure you see all the cuteness, and if you’re slightly blind, I have to share close ups.. see, I’m just thinkin’ of ya!… and if I make your belly growl or perhaps you start salivating, then extra points for me! Yes, I get points for your drooling.. I know, I know.. I have a messed up ‘points’ system.

Now, scoot your chair closer to the computer screen… and dig in! Or, if you’re on an iPad, laptop, etc. place it on your chest and get to scrollin’!

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Oh, yeah! Three of my favorite hobbies combined! Baking, paper crafting, and eating! Oh, eating’s not a hobby?… Especially calorie packed crud in a tube?.. Drats!

I wish you all could have seen my girls’ faces when they came home and saw this little masterpiece!

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I made the sleeves for the tube cakes removable so I can use them more than once!

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Mmmmm……

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I bought this pack of sprinkles at Target and they match the paper perfectly!

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Soooo… what do ya think? (AKA: leave me a comment! lol)

OK, so as I mentioned earlier, I didn’t do a tutorial for this, but I will give you some details to help you get started! (And yes, I am SO making a Christmas and Thanksgiving one!  I have a CUTE idea for a turkey setting for push cakes! Whoo-hoo!) So, here’s some deets:

 

THE CAKE and FROSTING:

  • I alter my box cakes and they come out tasting homemade! Try these steps.. 1). Use chocolate cake mix with 3-4 full squirts of black Americolor food coloring (this is the BEST food coloring!) 2). Mix in 1-2tsp cocoa powder, use melted REAL butter in place of oil, use MILK in place of water, use eggs as stated on the box and add in 1 small pack of INSTANT chocolate pudding mix. Beat on medium for about 3 minutes. It WILL be thick.. and yuuuuummy! And just so you know, raw cake batter is protein (you know.. eggs and milk!).. it’s almost healthy!.. Yeah… that’s a lie, lol. Bake as directed in a 9×13″ dish.
  • Once the cake is done, let it cool a bit and remove it from the baking dish. Once the cake is completely cooled, use a cake level (or a good ol’ knife) and cut the cake in half. I squish the cake down a bit to make it a bit more dense and easier to cut. It also helps to chill it for about an hour.
  • Use a push cake tube as your ‘cutter’ and cut a bunch of little circles. (You can get tubes from eBay, Etsy, online party supply stores, etc.)
  • For the frosting. I use homemade buttercream and colored it to match the paper with Americolor food coloring. You can also buy canned vanilla and color it!
  • Start stacking! Push down a layer of cake.. then use a piping bag with tip and squeeze in some frosting. Push in another cake layer so it smushes the frosting to the edges… repeat and top with a bit of frosting and sprinkles!
  • Try not to lick your fingers.. lol. YUM!

THE BOX DISPLAY:

  • I used a 4×4″ block of styrofoam, cut in half and glued together. Finished size will be 8x4x2
  • Trim paper to fit for outter part. Decorate and such.. do your thing! As you can see, I used a bunch of stickers from Bella Blvd ‘Too Cute to Spook’ and Bo Bunny ‘Whoo-ligans’. They match well!
  • I used 20g black jewelry wire to make some of the stickers ‘springy’ and stand out.
  • Use 3 dowel rods to hold up the ‘treats’ banner. (break one rod in half and hot glue it to one full sized rod) I made these even more sturdy by gluing on chip board elements. Stick this about an inch into the styrofoam. It helps to hot glue them in!
  • Also, make holes for the cake pops with one of the push cake handles that you didn’t fill with cake. I made the mistake of trying to shove an already made push cake into the strofam and ended up pushing the cake up.. yeah I know, imagine THAT.. I pushed the handle up and the push cake pushed up.. lol! So, I had to whip up another one.. *grumble, grumble*

That’s about it! SUPER easy to do and so much fun to decorate! You can go ALL out.. or keep it simple! The good thing is I can use this more than once as I made it so the push cake sleeves slip right off!

Well, folks.. this is one long blog post now. Thanks so much for stopping by! I will be quiet over here for a few days as I finish up these projects for Echo Park.. try not to miss me too much! *wink*.. Wait.. is it kinda creepy to wink at you?… Does it weird you out?.. It does?.. Oh.. :( Well, I won’t tell you I was making a kissy face at the same time, because that would be REALLY, really weird.

See ya!

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Doodlebug wanna-be die cuts!

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I’m so excited to share these with you all!

The other day I was working on a design team project and got sidetracked (what else is new.. I’m always doing several things at once!) I was admiring my pretty Halloween stickers and chipboard… in the box of goodies were these ADORABLE Doodlebug Designs ‘Monster Mania’ stickers!

Cute, cute, cuuuuuuuuuuuute! These, along with two pieces of matching paper, were my first ever Doodlebug Designs purchases! The stickers are full of glitter and just SO fun! I’m really liking their style and can see buying lots of DBD in my future! I saw they had a design team call and I wanted SO bad to try out, and I lost track of days and it didn’t happen *sigh*.. ah, well! Maybe next time.. *sniffle*.. Although, I have pretty good luck with blogs/companies coming to ME.. so.. maybe I will get lucky!! LOL!

Anyhow, at first I thought to make some simple tags.. then I looked at ‘em a bit longer and then it came to me… I was going to make treat boxes and try and weld shapes in Sure Cuts a Lot to make the monsters! When I think of a new project and I am SO excited about it, I have to start it THAT SECOND (if I can). It was much easier than I thought it would be! I just looked at the sticker of the monster I wanted to make, and went at it! Some things I did draw and cut by hand, but most everything is easily made with basic shapes!

Here’s an example of one of the monsters I welded:

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I didn’t keep track of shape sizes, etc.. there is some rotating of shapes involved and whatnot, this is mainly just a ‘share and inspire’ post! So.. Now I will share and hopefully inspire you!
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Aren’t they CUTE!!!! I’m one of those people that love ALL styles of Halloween; vintage, glam, gothic, fun and colorful.. love it ALL! These are definitely ‘FUN AND COLORFUL!!’… These are one of those projects that just make ya smile… Are ya smiling?… I thought so! You smiley little thing, you!

Let’s smile together as we look at the load of pictures I have for ya!… Yep.. just for YOU! You’re my favoristist blog reader, dontcha’ know?

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See those perfect glitter stripes? Those were created using my ATG gun and fine glitter! Cool, right? Come on.. get excited! I was SUPER excited to have ‘discovered’ that.. It holds the glitter really well, too!

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I used my Epiphany Shape Studio tool to create the matching buttons! Super awesome!

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I have a secret crush on the blue monster.. And I guess it’s not a secret anymore since I told you.. But I know that since you’re my favoristist blog reader that you won’t tell anyone… ;)

Oh, and all of the glitter was done with Mod Podge for paper and fine glitter.. NO glitter paper. I just prefer the look of hand glittering!.. And I secretly like the mess. I mean, glitter ALL over me? Yeaaaah.. Doesn’t get any more rockstar that THAT! *insert crazy air guitar playing here*….. and what’s great, is I TOTALLY have messy 80′s hair right now!

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Do ya love ‘em? It’s stuff like this that I just do NOT want to give away! MINE! Gimmie-Gimmie!

 

I did make a ghost.. and I hand drew him. I am SO not good at drawing! I DID fix it a bit after this picture was taken:
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You’re probably wondering WHERE the ghost is.. well, Uh.. he IS a ghost! LOL! You can’t see him…
I actually didn’t like the way it came out.. I dunno.. and I kinda got too lazy to decorate him, he was the last one I made. Poor little ghost!
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Here are some little details to help you get started:

  • The box is made from SVG Cuts ‘Charlottes Favor Boxes’ Just the bottom part.
  • Stickers, blue stripe paper and orange dot paper are from Doodlebug Design ‘Monster Mania’
  • Purple stripe paper is from Echo Park ‘Happy Halloween’
  • Glitter is Recollections
  • I used black 20g jewelry wire for the handles
  • Twine is from The Twinery
  • When using the basic shapes, unless you just want an even circle, square, etc. It’s best to UNCHECK ‘keep proportions’ and just drag and size to your best guess. Don’t worry about size at first, just piece the shapes together and get proportions to be the best they can.. then select all your shapes and click ‘weld’… after that size ‘em. Mine are between 3″ – 3.75″ high.
  • Have FUN with them!

I hope you all like my project and feel inspired to create your own!

Hope you all are having a great week! It’s back to my DT project for me! I’m making something pretty fun and I can’t wait to share!

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Freebie test tube holder SVG…. and Fred never had a chance!

Whoot! Can you believe that I finally have this up?! If you follow me on Facebook you’ve seen me mention having a free test tube holder SVG for you all.. and well, I wasn’t lyin’ or trying to get you all to beg! :)

Check this baby out!
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Oh, yeah! Spooky cuteness! I didn’t have very much time so I did go a bit ‘simple’ with this. I wanted to add some tags and I totally forgot the buttons I made with my Epiphany Crafts Shape Tool.. egh. I already took pictures so just pretend these have cute matching buttons on the tubes! LOL!

Here’s some more pictures for you all! How fun would this be to give out to kiddos, teachers, etc.?
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Fits 1″ tubes perfectly!

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I inked the corks.. looks pretty cool! They look like this normally…

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Kinda boring like that.. Right?

The 1″ tubes are the PERFECT size for these cute pumpkin candies!
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I know you all wanna make some for yourself, so…. Here are the deets:

  • Download the holder SVG’s RIGHT HERE —– A big THANK YOU to a lovely Facebook fan, Dee, for helping me create the SVG since I just made it in SCAL2 with basic shapes!
  • Open in your SVG cutting software and size the box to 7.979w and the backing of your choice to 3.50w. (I included two)
  • PLEASE.. If you use my files, simply give me credit and link back to www.happylifecraftywife.com if you post them on the internet, etc.. THANKS!
  • You will want 1″ tubes. The one’s shown are from HERE or HERE are what I used! I also have smaller ones I got from HERE <—– BIG selection, cheap and fast shipping! Order your CORK TOPS or plastic caps! You can find several sizes here! Also, HERE is some more in a variety of sizes… not sure if they have cork tops?
  • Score your box file as shown:

 

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  • Lay on score board as shown and score at the following marks: 3/4 — 2 1/4 — 3 3/4 — 7 1/4
  • Rotate as shown below:

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  • Score at these marks: 3/4 – 2 1/4 — 6 1/4 — 7 3/4
  • Adhere the tabs to create a box then attach it to the backing… Like so:

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As you see I welded a shape to the top… I used the DIGI BISTRO ‘Pick Your Poison’ SVG set. Cher’s got SUPER cute SVG’s and she is just getting started! Check her out!

Anyhow, this is a screen shot of how I welded:
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If you want to make it with the super cute SVG’s I used, head over to THE DIGI BISTRO! I used a mix of ‘Halloween Town’ and ‘Pick Your Poison’ I love the style of these SVG’s! So cute!

Here are some designing and sizing tips to help:

  • The moon and bat welded to the top of the tube holder is 4.131w
  • Fence – 3.25w
  • Ghost – 2.25h
  • Pumpkin – 1.75h
  • House – 4.00h
  • Spider – 1.75w
  • Use black, silver and grey ink to enhance the edges!
  • Add twine, ribbon, etc.
  • I was going to add button to the twine where it ties, Doh! I’ve been LOVING my Epiphany Crafts Shape tools lately! Make your OWN buttons to match!
  • Some embossing would be great! Again, I was short on time so I didn’t add any..
  • Make this even more fabulous with glitter, ircok, stamps, tags, etc!
  • Want a SINGLE tube holder? I plan to make one of those as well! Stay tuned! I’m also going to make something cool with SMALL tubes! So.. if you wanna play along, order some TUBES!

WHY do I want you to grab tubes and make one! Well, I am going to have a challenge and GIVEAWAY from October 3rd – 6th! So, get ‘em ready and keep pictures handy for when it’s time to LINK UP!

 

Well, it’s time for me to get off this thing and get busy!

Wait, what?… Why does my title say “Fred never had a chance….” “Who IS Fred?” you ask?…

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Poor, poor Fred!…..
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A fun way to ‘treat’ your friends to something yummy!

Hey all! Is it really Wednesday already?.. I’ve been thinking it’s Tuesday all day! The holiday and kids being home got me all mixed up. I know, it doesn’t take much, does it?

I made this little paper cone project last week and just love how it came out! I cheated, AGAIN and used chipboard stickers.. I am loving these lately! Fast, easy, matches perfectly and CUTE! I made it extra cute with a few jewels from my new irock! I just picked it up on Monday and had to try it out real quick so I just added to my project! Pretty cool.. and for a whole $7.00 I paid for it, even better!

I love to give my friends and family treats around the holidays.. Well, I do it not only because I like to give and I enjoy baking.. but also because they can NOT stay in this house. Something really weird happens, the treats just vanish! Crazy stuff, eh?.. Not sure wheeeere they go.. But.. what-ev. Does that happen in your house, too?

Here’s my paper cone in all it’s fabulousness!

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Cute, cute… I used My Minds Eye paper (Mischievous)…. *love!*

Here are some more detail shots (OMG, folks.. I type ‘SH*TS’ and actually published it that way.. I went to walk away and it caught my eye.. LOL! Doh! I’ve done that TOO many times. I really need to start proof reading.. or learn to type!) And well, it doesn’t help anything when I tell you all what I put at first, does it?.. I mean you still say ‘that word’ in your head.. lol.  Oy.. somebody needs to ban me from blogging!

Soooo…

I added black Recollections brand glitter to my bats!
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Some good ol’ crinkle ribbon!
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If you want to make a cone, here is the PDF that you can ‘trace’ in SCAL or MTC! paper_cone_template

I added a little something to the bag of candy
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And today I didn’t get attacked by a frog LIKE YESTERDAY (<— A must read! LOL!) But my crazy cat decided to bug me… he was not very happy that mama went into a room and shut the door without him!

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LOL! Silly lil’ furball! But with the past two days of animals buggin’ me while I take my craft pictures.. I can only imagine what will happen tomorrow. I won’t be surprised if a stinkin’ dinosaur cruises onto my property at this rate! lol :)

Anyhow, I hope you like my paper treat cone! I’ve got several projects to share and some new ones in the works! I hope you all don’t get tired of daily posts from me ;)

Toodles!

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It’s Aliiiive!

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Hey all! Yep! It’s another Halloween craft! Sorry, I just can’t help it… I love me some Halloween and have a LOT of projects planned out! Don’t forget you can easily access my Halloween projects from my top navigation menu! I’ve only been crafting for a year, but there are several cute ideas so far!

Now, I will admit this is not my ‘original’ idea. I bought a kit that came with things to make my own Frankenstein take out boxes a couple years ago. That project is what actually made me think about getting a Cricut last year! Here are the ‘original’ boxes from the kit (ignore the bird, it’s a graphic form my old blog..):

Cute, right? And yeah, buying a kit adds up when you have 28+ students in a class! I finally sat down this morning and made my own version! My first place to go when I need great 3D SVG files is SVG Cuts! I knew they had a take out box in the ‘Crush on You’ Valentine’s set and it worked perfect and SUPER easy to assemble!

Here are some more pictures of my completed project!

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If you’d like to make one here’s whatcha’ gotta do:

  • Head to SVG Cuts and buy the ‘Crush on You’ and ‘ Easter Morning Egghunt’ (this is just grass for the hair, so you might already have a grass file or you can use a cartidge?)
  • Cut your box in a green that you like.. I used A deep mossy green from my ‘Autumn’ stack of AC cardstock.
  • Assemble your box. SVG Cuts already has fold lines so it’s easy to figure out!
  • On the side where the little hole is, add a small eyelet.
  • Ink the edges. I used ‘Antique Pewter’ from Color Box. Love this color for Halloween projects!
  • Cut the grass at 4.00w and 1.25h with ‘keep proportions’ UNCHECKED. You will use the grass as hair and trim the edges neatly.

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  • I wanted my wire (20g jewelry wire) to twist out the ends to look like ‘bolts’. Wrap the wire 4-5 times around a pen or pencil to coil it.
  • Since the box was made to have the string/wire go through the sides and not come out of the side like shown, I just cut slit.. a sloppy one, lol.
  • I added a loose coil in the middle of the handle to add an extra sumthin’… Then it’s time to add the face!

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The facial features are all cut from the SCAL (or MTC) shapes library. Cut the following:

  • Two white circles (I used very light grey for the ‘whites’ of the eyes, looks great in person!) Cut two at 1.00″.
  • Two black circles at .75″.
  • I cut a circle for the nose and then trimmed off 1/4th of it. Cut the nose at 1.00″.
  • Half circle eyelids are cut at 1.15″w.
  • Assemble as shown.. I used 3D foam adhesive to pop the eyelids up a bit!
  • The mouth and stitches were hand drawn.
  • That’s it! Embellish with twine, ribbons, a tag, etc! Fun for the kiddos, too!

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I hope you like it! If you make some, please stop by my Facebook page to share!

I have a couple more projects to share this week so keep an eye out!

Toodles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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