Calendar Blog Hop

Hi Everyone! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  My Thanksgivings are usually spent in Michigan hanging with my husbands family and of course, eating way too much!  I am so thankful for many things this year and am really thankful for all my crafty friends that I have made through the years.
Anyway, onto my post for today, hopefully you have arrived here from Elsa at Cricut Lvr, if not and you want to start at the beginning, please go back to Zeni at Scrappy Zeni.  Once I heard about this hop I knew I wanted to be a part of it!  I love making calendar pages for my scrapbook pages and thought this would be a great way to get my December one done early:-).  Here is my page for December.
I used the cricut cartridge Designer Calendar to cut the calendar grid and the December.  All the paper is Stampin UP!.  The presents and the snow globe are cut from the Christmas Cheer cartridge.  I stamped on the snow and the snowflakes from an old snowflake stamp set I have from Stampin UP!.  
 Love this cute little snow globe!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to comment to enter in for your chance to win the adorable stamp set from Emma over at My Creative Time!

Your next stop is Sandra at 365 days of Cricut.

Here is the lineup in case you get lost along the way:
Jessica - You are here
Sandra- ---Go here next

Disney Blog Hop, Day 2

Hi Everyone and welcome to the Disney Blog Hop!  I am so excited to be a part of this hop again!  I love Disney and since we just got back from a trip to Disney in August I figure it's about time I started to scrapbook some of these 300 photos I took!  I hope you have arrived here today from Jenny at Jenny's Place, if not and you want to start at the beginning, please go back to Shawn at Crafty Chics.
Okay, onto my project.  This is a scrapbook page I made of our first photo with Mickey at Disneyland in California.  If you have never been to Disneyland and only been to Disneyworld I HIGHLY recommend going and checking it out!  It is smaller than Disneyworld and much easier to get around.  We spent 2 days at Disney and 2 days at California Adventure and we pretty much saw it all.  It was so fun and my 5 and 2 year old had a BLAST!  We are going to Disneyworld in a few months and they are so excited!  It was a nice warm up for them to go here first.
 For my page I used my Mickey font and Disney Mickey and Friends Cricut cartridges for Mickey, the word Disney and the 2011.   The paper is all Stampin UP! and the banner stamps and my journaling box are all from Taylored Expressions.

Here's a close up of my Mickey:-)
Don't forget we have a GRAND PRIZE for this Blog Hop donated by ContainYa Crafts!  You can have YOUR CHOICE of a Scrap'n Tote or a Scrap'n Easel!  Each blog in this two day hop has a special letter, and when all of the letters are put together they spell out a secret phrase.

My letter is . . . .l

Once you have stopped at each blog in the hop and collected all of the letters, simply email the phrase they create to bloghopcontests at gmail dot com.  All entries must be in by Midnight on Monday, November 21st.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 22nd at

Thanks so much for stopping by, your next stop is Jenny over at Crazy about Cricut!
Here is the lineup in case you get lost along the way.

Twilight Calendar Page

Hi everyone!  Like I said yesterday I was so excited for the new movie, Breaking Dawn Part 1 to come out!  Now that I have seen the movie, I can't wait to see it again:-)!  Yes, I am twihard.  I love the saga!  Hopefully you have arrived here form Carla over at Racin Crafts, she is the first stop on our awesome hop!

My second Twilight project is in honor of the new movie coming out.  Each month I make a calendar page for that month and for this month I thought about doing a Thanksgiving theme like I normally do but then a light bulb went off, how about a Twilight themed page!  I bought these two adorable images from Karber digital.  I colored them in with my copics and based my page around them.  Aren't they so adorable?  You can find them here.  I again used my Immortal Love stack from DCWV and cut out the Twilight word using Make the Cut and a twilight font I found.  The calendar grid and the title for November were cut out using the Designer's Calendar Cricut Cartridge.
 Close up of my Edward and Bella:-)

Thank you again for visiting and don't forget about our grand prize from Karber.  To be eligible to win you must comment on everyone's blog for both days of the hop.
Your next stop is Berenice over at Karber Sweet Escape.

Twilight Blog Hop, Day 1

Hi everyone and welcome to the Twilight Blog Hop!  Hopefully you have arrived here from Carla at Racin Crafts.  I am so excited for this hop and also for the movie!  I am going out tonight to see it so shhhh! don't tell me anything about it!  Of course I have read the books (3 times) and I know what happens but I want to be a little surprised tonight:-).
My first project for the hop is in honor of last years movie actually, Eclipse.  I had a great time going to the midnight showing with my sister, my cousin, and a few friends.  It was so fun knowing that we were one of the first people to get to see the show.  Staying up to see a movie past midnight was a little tiring but a blast!

This scrapbook page is my sister, cousin, and I before we left for the movie.  I used the DCWV Immortal Love pack for the paper.  Eclipse was cut out using Make the Cut on my cricut and a Twilight font I found online.  The tickets and the popcorn were cut out using the Cricut Carousel cartridge.
A close up of my popcorn and tickets:-)

 Here is the second page in the layout. I usually do this when I do a two page layout.  I make one page the focal point and put a lot of photos on the second page without much embellishing so that I can get them all on there. I used the immortal stack again for this page

Thank you all so much for stopping by!  Your next stop is Berenice at Karber Sweet Escape!  Be sure to leave a comment below so you can be entered to win the adorable digital images from Karber!
Here is the lineup for today:

Jessica - ---> You are here
Berenice - ----> Go here next
Amy -
Nancy -
Theresa -http://thescrapbookingqueen/
Jessica -
Dena -
Joy -
Tanya -

Christmas is For Kids Banner Hop

If you are looking for the Hello Kitty Blog Hop, please click here.

Welcome everyone!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  If you came here from Charity at Scrapfaire then you are in the right spot, if not and you want to start at the beginning, please visit the sweet Ellen at Cardmonkey.
We are here today on this blog hop because we have all made holiday banners for special needs children, ages newborn to 21, who reside at Pediatric Specialty Care (, a group home for medically-fragile, technologically-dependent children in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I am so honored to be a part of this hop and to hopefully touch some of these children and their families with my banner.

This banner was cut using a few different Cricut cartridges.  I cut the santa and the rudolph from the Doodlecharms cartridge.  The letters are from Plantin Schoolbook along with the squares.  The scalloped squares are from the Mini Monograms.
 I embossed all the backgrounds and the white paper is also embossed some with stripes and some with dots.  
This one was embossed with a Stampin UP! snowflake Big Shot folder.
 This is also the snowflake folder.
 This one was embossed with an ornament folder from Crafts Too.

Thanks so much for visiting today.  Please make sure to stop by all the blogs to have more chances to win the prizes from our wonderful sponsors!
Your next stop is Denise at Vintage Heartfelt Designs.  

Hello Kitty Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the Hello Kitty Blog Hop!  I hope everyone is as excited for this weekend as I am!  We don't have much planned and I LOVE weekends like that.  I am especially looking forward to looking through all the stops on this hop.  I love Hello Kitty and that's why I really wanted to take part in this.  Anyway, I hope you have arrived here from Lisa's blog at Handmade with Love, isn't her project great?  If not and you want to start at the beginning you can go back to Emily's blog at Create Serendipity. You're going to want to check out all the blogs as we have some fun prizes along the way and if you comment on all the blogs you will be entered for a chance to win the grand prize!
Onto my project.  I have been really in the Christmas mood lately.  I don't know what happened, Halloween came and went then I was onto Christmas (just no snow yet, please).  I have been putting together ideas for my family's Christmas card and while doing that I thought of this one for the blog hop today.  Maybe it will get you in the mood if you aren't already (like me).
I used the latest Mojo Monday sketch for my card layout.  The patterned paper is all retired Christmas DSP from Stampin UP!  The green is Stampin UP! Old Olive.  Both of the glittered papers are Stampin UP! as well.  The ornament was done with the Stampin UP! ornament punch.  All the silver pearls were made with a pearl pen that I love!  The be merry stamp is an old retired Stampin UP! stamp as well.
 Okay, so this is where I put my cute little Hello Kitty cut from the Cricut Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge.  She is hiding inside the card.  I cut two slits in the top to made her a little pop up for when the card opens.  (Here's a quick instruction on how to do it:
Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure to stop by all the blogs to get your chance to win:-).  Your next stop is

30 Days of Handmade Gift Giving Blog Hop ~ Day 2

HI everyone and welcome to the 2nd day of the 30 Days of Handmade Gift Giving Blog Hop!  If you came here from Jill's blog over at the Scrapoholic then you are in the right place!  I am so thrilled to have been asked to be a part of this hop.  I am actually thinking of having a "handmade" Christmas this year and making all my gifts (except the ones to my kids).  We'll see if I can do it:-)  I think I can!
My first project for today is something so simple and fun to do!  I just recently got into making wreaths and my friend Nancy and I are going to make a bunch of ribbon wreaths for gifts this year.  I am excited to get started.
I only have this one photo of the wreath so I'll just walk you through how I did it below. 
  • I started out with some foam tubing that I bought from Home Depot.  I wrapped it in a circle then secured it with lots of duct tape.  (I wouldn't actually suggest using the tubing for all your wreaths as it made the wreath a little flimsy but in a pinch it's good to use and a little bit more inexpensive than the foam tubing from the craft stores.)
  • From there I went to the craft store and picked out some yarn I thought looked good together.  For this particular wreath I wanted fall colors as I gave it to my sister in-law for her birthday last week.
  • I then wrapped the yarn around the wreath, I found it best to hold the wreath in my knees and just wrap.  I did this while watching my favorite tv show so it was kind of fun to do.  When I was done with each color I just tied a knot on the end and then started with the next.  
  • After getting all the yarn on I tied the ribbon to the top for hanging.
  • I then started looking at putting some embellishments on it.  I knew I wanted to do a couple of felt flowers and I cut those out with my big shot using some dies I had and added some buttons from my stash. I also added some felt leaves cut with my big shot.  I thought about adding some more but I just decided to leave it alone and not go overboard:-).
My next project is to learn how to make flowers on my own out of felt, I need to watch some tutorials on how to do that, let me know if you know of any.
I hope you enjoyed my wreath today.  Be sure to check back tomorrow on Jill's blog to see who the next blogger is with another fun project.