30 Days of Gift Making Blog Hop, Day 30

Welcome to the last day of the 30 Days of Gift Making Blog Hop! I cannot believe this hop is over, there have been so many fabulous projects and I have gotten lots of ideas on what to make friends and family for Christmas. Now I just need more time to do it!:-)
Anyway, on to my project. I have been wanting to make a board book on my cricut for quiet some time now. One morning I had an idea and starting designing this one on my gypsy. I thought "Noel" would be the perfect thing to cut out for a Christmas book. At first, I had a hard time cutting the chipboard I used. I chose to use a cereal box with my deep cut blade but after cutting it many times and not having much luck, I gave up. My machine was making noises and the blade wouldn't move unless I had it on a pressure of 1. I decided to go at it again with some thinner chipboard on a pizza box and not use my deep cut blade. After one cut it cut out perfectly! I am thrilled with how it came out!

Here is the book standing up
The "N", I just love my little face ornaments:-)
The book opened to the first page
The second page
The third page
The back of the book
The book laying flat
Supplies and Directions:
Cartridges: Plantin Schoolbook for the letters and the rectangle. I welded a rectangle onto each of the letters and just stretched the rectangle until I was satisfied with the look of the letters overlapping each other. I used Joys of the Season for the ornaments.
Paper: Stampin UP! Jolly Holiday DSP and Very Vanilla for the ornaments and saying
Stamps: Stampin UP! Teeny Tiny Wishes and PKS Everyday Face Assortment
Ink: Stampin UP! Basic Black, Old Olive, and Cherry Cobbler
Misc: Silver Stickles, various ribbon, 3 gypsies rings, and Stampin UP! Old Olive brads

Please email me if you have any questions on this project. Thank you to Jill, The Scrapoholic for hosting this fun Hop!

Wall Decor

I just have to share this fabulous wall decor I picked up on a recent trip to Frankenmuth, MI. If you have ever heard of Frankenmuth well then you know it's home to the largest Christmas store in the World, Bronner's! I picked up this very cute wall decor while there. It's called Wall La La! and I love how it looks on my door!

Winner of the 30 Days of Gift Giving Blog Hop

Hi everyone,
I am a day late picking the hop winner, so sorry about that. We were a bit busy in my house yesterday between school, the kids being a bit under the weather, and oh yeah Harry Potter!! I went to go see it yesterday and would highly recommend it! Anyway, onto the winner. I had random.org pick the winner and it selected number 10, Patty K. Here is what Patty had to say:
pattyk said...

Great project -kids always like pretty boxes to put thier treasures in-thanks

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!! I have my next day for the hop on the 30th and have something fun planned. I hope to get in a few other posts along the way before we head east (Eastern Michigan that is) for the holiday.

30 Days of Gift Making Blog Hop

Hello again! What an exciting season we are getting into! My husband actually thought it would be a good idea to put our Christmas decorations up last weekend! I said let's wait just a little longer... I mean, I love Christmas time but I thought that was a wee bit early:-).
Anyway, here is my project for the 30 days of gift making hop, if you are just finding me the hop is ongoing all month with a project each day. If you want to see all the projects check out the Scrapoholic's post on Nov 1st as that's where it all began and she can help you hop along.
A while ago I watched a crafting show on decorating a wooden box and I thought it would be a great idea to decorate a box with paper and use it to give as a gift. I asked my husband to go to the cigar store and see if they have any left over cigar boxes they were willing to give away, the owner said he would give my husband two. How perfect is that? free is always good! Well once I started working on my box for this blog hop my daughter decided that the box would PERFECT for her to hold her special things in and she took over in the design process. She picked out the paper and said she wanted butterflies and her name on it. Here is what we came up with. Hope you like it!
This was my first time cutting chipboard with my cricut. I cut the crown using the Disney Happily Ever After cartridge on chipboard then again with the silver glitter paper. I used Storybook for the letters and stickles to decorate it.
I used my Stampin UP! butterfly punch for the butterflies
This is the "before" of the box
My daughter with the inside of it (this is after she decided the box should be her box)

How would you like some blog candy? I am giving away a calendar page of your choosing from my site Simple as ABCraft. Just leave a comment on this post and become a follower;-). Super simple! I will pick a winner this Friday morning so have your comment in by Thursday the 18th. Have a great day everyone!

Be Thankful Blog Hop Winner

Hi everyone! I had so much fun participating in this blog hop, looking at all the fun projects from the other bloggers, and most of all reading all the comments from you!! I love that part the best:-)! Anyway, on to the winner. I used random.org to pick my winner and the lucky number was 148 which was... A Scrap Above!! Congratulations Bonnie! I will be emailing you shortly to get your address and send you your calendar page.
A Scrap Above said...

AWWW, I love your project, this is such a wonderful idea,just too cute!
I am already a follower and love your blog.
TFS and a chance to win
Bonnie C

Be Thankful Blog Hop

Welcome everyone! I am so excited to be bringing you my project for the Be Thankful Blog Hop, hopefully you are hopping along and just arrived here from Little Paper Sprinkles, if not and you want to start from the beginning you will need to start with Sarah over at Pink Cricut. Here is a list of the blogs if you get lost along the way.
Since we are nearing Thanksgiving time here in the US I'd like to mention a few things that I am thankful for. First and foremost, my family. They are what drive everything I do on a daily basis and I am thankful for them. My husband is the love of my life and my kids are just so much fun. I am thankful for my friends, especially all my Mom friends. I love to be able to connect with women who go through the same daily struggles I do. I am also thankful for this wonderful crafting community we have out here. I just love being able to go to other blogs or facebook and get inspired every day. It is so fun! This week my daughter had to bring in a photo of something she was thankful for to preschool. At first she wanted to bring in a photo of her friends which I thought was so sweet. Then she changed her mind and decided to bring in a photo of Jesus instead. She inspires me every day and I am thankful for Him as well.
On to my project...I decided to make a calendar page for November. Each month I make a different one and hang it up on my fridge in the kitchen. It keeps us as a family organized and I love popping it in my scrapbook when I'm done with it. This way when I (finally) get around to scrapbooking that month I can remember when everything happened!

Now onto to some blog candy. I will be giving away this page as part of the hop this weekend. In order to qualify please become a follower and leave a comment on this post with an email so I can get in touch with you. Super easy! I will be drawing the winner on Tuesday using random.org so leave your post by Monday at midnight (cst). If you would like to order one of these pages for yourself or maybe one of the upcoming months, check out this website that my friend Nancy, just put together, Simple As ABCraft.

Love You Much layout

Lately, I have decided that I need to focus on what I love, scrapbooking, so I can get some stuff done. If you scrapbook you probably deal with the same feeling I do of always being behind, however, I feel like I keep getting more and more behind lately! It's time for me to buckle down and get to it! Anyway, here is one of the layouts I did this week. This is based on a layout that my friend Nancy over at Fancy with Nancy designed. I tweaked it a little but it's pretty similar to her original design. I am in love with this stamp set now from Stampin UP! and I love how the colors go so well together.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Stampin UP! Inspired by Nature and Well Scripted
Paper: Stampin UP! Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Melon Mambo
Ink: Stampin UP! Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, and Pink Passion
Sizzix: Stampin UP! Top Note die

Be Thankful Blog Hop

I am so excited for the blog hop starting tomorrow. Here is a list of all the blogs participating: