Saturday, June 30, 2012

Last of what I made for party

The party last Saturday was a big success and my little granddaughter thought it was the best birthday ever. Guess when you are 3 they are all the best ever, but she was so happy with it all. I made a cupcake stand for her and a good friend of the family made her a cake. We thought since most kids like cupcakes, my daughter in law thought she would make mini ones. I wanted to make a cupcake stand fitting for the princess of the party! I used pcp pipe for the columns and used cake boards which I glued three together for stability. I made a tutu for the bottom and covered it with wrapping paper and scrapbook papers.

Cake boards, pcp pipe, and materials for the cupcake stand.

Wrapped the columns with white linen looking wrapping paper, and covered the top two tiers with scrapbooking paper from Hobby Lobby.

Love the colors of this paper!

Put it all together and added a few little cupcakes for the picture and a Princess crown for the top layer. This took a couple days to put together, but turned out great. I was able to take a damp cloth and clean it up for another use and I can take it apart and do another color. I just used hot glue to put it all together.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Post for Exploring Cricut

Welcome to my Friday daily project at Exploring Cricut. I created a card just in time for the big 4th of July holiday. I used the cartridges Fancy Frames and Independence Day. I made a 6 x 6 card and used some papers in my stash from Reminisce and Stampin Up. The frame is from Fancy Frames and measures 3.5 inchesand the I heart the USA is from Independence Day and measures 2.5 inches and the flag circle is also from Independence Day and measures 2.5 inches.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Another Redo Project

Today I want to share another redo project. I had this old Sterlite rolling cabinet that I use to store ribbon in until it was over flowing. You saw the cabinet in yesterdays post so now I have this to store other projects. I wanted it to look better in my room so I decided to give it a facelift to match my decor. I lightly sanded the front of the drawers and picked some heavy cardstock paper out that I wanted to use. I got this paper at Hobby Lobby and it was a nice weight. I modge podged the front and added the paper and then gave the front of the paper a couple coats. Once you sand the front of the plastic, it sticks great. Very easy and turned out great so now it will store some of the projects I make. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sharing a redo project

I am a big fan of taking something old and making it new or reusable. A few years ago, my husband built me a shelf to house my cricut cartridges and before we knew it, I had outgrown it. I swear when he built it, he thought it would take a long time to fill up! Boy was he wrong. Well it sit in the garage for a while and the other day I told him I needed something for my ribbon rolls that had outgrown the storage unit they were in. I sketched out how I wanted it and then we remembered the cartridge rack and measured out where to put the holes and went on and created just what I sketched out with very little effort. It has eight dowels and it will hold lots of ribbon, at least right now lol. Tomorrow, I will show you another redo project. I love looking for things to make useful again!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sharing a recipe for muffin lovers!

Most of the time you will only see crafts here but I love to bake and I really love muffins! Nothing starts the morning like a good cup of coffee and a delicious muffin. Today I wanted to make some muffins and looked in the freezer and saw that I had one package of zucchini that I put into the freezer last year. I took it out and thawed it and when I started to make my muffins, I noticed that there was only one cup, not two of zucchini so I figured it must have been the last bag I froze. I looked around and on my counter was two ripe banana begging to hop into the mix. I thought I would be good and reduce the sugar and use some unsweetened applesauce instead of oil. I got the last of my precious pecans out that I had been hoarding and chopped them into this wonderful smelling batter. Oh my, the whole time they baked my mouth was watering! Well when a muffin comes out tasting so wonderful hot out of the oven, just imagine how good is was when it cooled! Below is my adjusted recipe. If I had some wheat flour on hand, I would have used half white and half time!
Diane's Zucchini, Banana, Applesauce Muffins

3 eggs beaten fluffy
2 cups sugar
3 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
3 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon
1 cup zucchini
2 ripe bananas
1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350. Mix the first 4 ingredients together. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and beat. Add zucchini, bananas, and pecans. Put into greased muffins pans and bake for 25 minutes or until done. This makes 24 muffins. I sometimes freeze them in twos and pull out when needed, but lately I know some people who really like my muffins so I share!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday at Exploring Cricut

Hello! I am filling in today for Jessica at Exploring Cricut and showing you some more of the birthday party projects I have been working on lately. First, we have the invitations to the party that I created using the cartridge Disney Happily Ever After. I took the dress on page 44 icon feature and welded two together to form the invitation and then added the layers and a ribbon. They were cut at 5.25 inches. On the inside we cut the invite to fit the dress bottom. The thank you cards are from Princess Party cartridge using the castle card and then I added the thank you to the front. The castle card is a gate fold card. The card was cut at 5.5 inches and the thank you was cut at 2 inches.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuesday Daily Project at Exploring Cricut

As a mother of two sons, I never got to have frilly little birthday parties for girls. I was blessed that both of my sons gave me a granddaughter. I love making things for my two girls so much and love pink and purple. This week my youngest angel girl is having a birthday and I helped with the party supplies. Over a couple days I will show you what I have been working on. Today for my project at Exploring Cricut, I will share the treat bags for the guests. The boys are the only one with cricut, but the girls were too cute I had to share them too. I used the cartridge Disney Happily Ever After to cut the shield at 3.5 inches and the sword at 3 inches. I first ironed on Heat and Bond permanent to the fabric, removed the paper backing and put it on a new, sticky mat. I did not change any settings and it cut like paper. I positioned the pieces on the bag and ironed them on. I purchased the bags at Hobby Lobby. For the girls bags, I measured the bag around, deducted 2 inches, used non roll elastic, glued the ends together and tied pieces of tulle and tightened as I went. I stitched the tulle to the bag in 3 places and then went back with glue gun and adhered the rest. I took the trim and hot glued it to the top. These turned out cute.

Monday, June 18, 2012

New challenge at Exploring Cricut

We have a fun new challenge this week at Exploring Cricut. You are to create a layout, card, or papercraft using at least 3 cricut cuts, 2 pattern papers, and one embellishment. It can be of any summer activity at all. I created a 2 page layout using some papers I received in my Scrapbook Generation kit and followed the sketch somewhat, but did a lot of my enhancements. I used the cartridges Sesame St. Font, Just Because Cards, Life's a Beach and Party Picks and Pennants digital. I really had fun with this layout. The papers are from Fancy Pants Designs. Below are the measurements of my cuts. Please play along with us this week too! I will also be entering this in the Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge.
Pennants-cut at 1.5 inches from Party Picks and Pennants digital
Summer title cut at .125 inches from Sesame St. Font
Sun cut at 3.5 inches from Just Because Cards
Sand Bucket cut at 3 inches from Life's a Beach
Shells cut at 2.75 inches from Life's a Beach

Flowers from Bo Bunny and button brads in stash.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday at Exploring Cricut

Seems like forever since I had a project to share, not that I have not been doing anything! I promise to share next week what I have been working on this week. Today I am filling in for Melody at Exploring Cricut. I had my husband cut me some wood blocks from some scraps in the garage, I covered the smaller ones with paper and embellished them. For the word Family, I used cardstock and modge podge it on and used the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy decorative font and added jewels to it. I cut the letters at 2 inches. The long board I used vinyl and cut my saying from Don Juan at 2.25 inches. I added some flowers and ribbons. My papers were from Recollections. I based coated it all in black. Hope you enjoy!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday Post at Exploring Cricut

I am doing a fill in today for my friend and fellow DT member Lori over at Exploring Cricut. Her cricut is being returned for a replacement so I will do todays post. I created a layout using the cartridges Disney Pooh Font, Everyday Paperdolls, and the digital images from Party Picks and Pennants. Below the picture is my materials and cuts. Please join on our challenge this week too with your Father's Day projects.
Pattern papers-CTMH Splendor collection
buttons-Michaels Recollections
Pattern pennant cut at 2.5 x 11 inches-Party Picks and Pennants
pumpkin cut at 3.5 inches-Everyday Paper Dolls
leaves cut at 3.25 inches-Everyday Paper Dolls
title cut at 1.25 inches-Marker font from Disney Pooh Font

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tuesday Daily project for Exploring Cricut

Happy Tuesday! With the theme of Father's Day for the challenge at Exploring Cricut, I decided to carry that through for my daily project too! I made a card and gift bag using the digital cartridges Father's Day Daddy ,Father's Day Best Dad Ever and Father's Day Fan Club. Below the picture is the cuts and materials. Be sure to enter your project this week at the Exploring Cricut blog. Bag from Dollar Tree
Pattern Paper from Recollections
Cardstock from Bazzill
Ran the brown cardstock on card and bag through Cuttlebug folder from Winter Wonderland set
Happy Father's Day Banner cut at 3.5 inches-Father's Day Daddy digital
Dad Fixes Everything title cut at 5.5 inches-Father's Day Best Dad Ever digital
Happy Father's Day title cut at 2.25 inches-Father's Day Fan Club

Monday, June 4, 2012

New Challenge at Exploring Cricut.

This week at Exploring Cricut, the challenge is to make a Father's Day card, layout, or papercraft. I decided to do a two page layout to use in my youngest granddaughters album. Her daddy loves ATV's so it was perfect for him. I used the cartridges Father's Day Daddy digital and Dude Lite cartridge. Below the picture is the measurements and materials.
The paper is Echo Park from a kit I get from Scrapbook Generation
Cardstock is Bazzill
Dad rocks is cut at 2.5 inches-Father's Day Daddy digital
Daddy cut at 2.5 inches-Father's Day Daddy digital
ATV cut at 5.00 inches- Dude Lite cartridge