Wednesday, October 16, 2013

You Better Shape Up...'cause I need a man...

And My Heart Is Set On You...

I LOVE the movie husband would truly hate me if I had the soundtrack because how can you not sing along at the top of your lungs!!!! 

The theme this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is "You Better Shape Up"
As soon as I read those words I started did too didn't you?!
You are supposed to create a "shaped" card and I knew right away what I wanted to do...
continue singing :)

I used the Cricut Craft Room to weld the heart and the U together and then I copied and pasted it, lined them up together and used the flip key, then made sure that all of it was welded...

I wanted to stick with the whole "Grease" theme and I remember that Sandy was in leather when she was singing this leather wouldn't have worked with the heart so I tried to make the red heart look like leather. I embossed the heart with the Cuttlebug (I cannot remember the name of the folder but it's a bunch of little random sized squares.) After that I inked the paper with Cranberry Ink then covered it with Liquid Glass. I just put spots of the Liquid Glass all over the heart and then rubbed it in with my finger...messy...yes...but so worth it!!! If you haven't used this product I highly recommend you try dries super fast and it's not sticky at all!!!

Most everything I used is Close To My Heart...although I did use some Stickles glitter glue (another favorite of mine!)

Thanks for looking and if it's been a while...go watch Grease and sing along...really it's kind of therapeutic...just like crafting :)

Be sure to go over to Heart 2 Heart to check out all the other cool shapes!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

10 Foods That Make Me Think of....HOME (Family)

This is the first time that I am joining in the Monday Listicles...what can I's about food :)
The topic is "10 Foods That Make You Think Of..." I am going with foods that remind me of home, which of course means family to me. These foods are in no particular order and I listed some of the "bad" with the awesome!!!

Pancakes...My mom is FAMOUS for her pancakes! They are so amazing that they are the highlight of every trip home for all family and friends. I should say that she has even been known to make the powdered portion and send it out to family members who live out of town so they can enjoy them...although I have never been a recipient of said special treat...I would say that's a hint...if someone shows mom my blog :)

Mom's Chocolate Chip cookies...really...they are just the Nestle Toll House why do they taste so much better when she makes them? Literally, it was as if everyone from miles away could smell when she was making them...they swarmed the house every time!!!

Thumb Cookies...OK, so the recipe is actually called "Chocolate Mountains" but trust me when I say that they should be called thumb cookies. It all started with my sister JJ calling out..."Mom, what do you do when you get your thumb stuck in the mixer?"

Clean the Refrigerator Out Stew...I DON'T LIKE THIS...but it does remind me of home. This was when my Grandma would just take all of the leftovers out of the fridge and dump them in a pot-calling it stew. I still cringe at the thought :(

Fried do I miss this! This was a rare treat we usually enjoyed at our aunt and uncles house.

Lumpy Cream of Wheat...don't knock it till you try it! For some reason even when I try I can't get it lumpy!

Fried Oatmeal...this is the bomb (meaning it's crazy good) of breakfast foods. There are eight kids in the had to be creative with leftovers and we always hoped there would be enough oatmeal left! Especially with mom's homemade mouth is watering now!!!

Rice Pudding...another thing I always wanted to have leftovers of...rice! I have no idea how mom made this...but let me tell you, store bought of any brand is no comparison!!!!

Burnt Meatloaf/Burnt Flank Steak...I know it sounds strange but we would practically beg mom to burn these meats. Now before you think I am completely strange (which you would be right...but I digress) you should know that she cooked them in a Cast Iron pan that just caramelized the meat soooo perfectly. I sure do miss that pan!!!

Rabbit...OK...I REALLLLLY DO NOT LIKE THIS...but again, it does have memories for me. My dad was quite the practical joker (so he thought), I just thought he was down right mean :) We raised rabbits, but I was only 5yrs old so to me they were pets. Dad told me we were having chicken that night and when he thought I had eaten my "drumstick" he asked how I liked the rabbit...lets just say that rabbit flew (across the room at my dad...but I missed.) Now I'm not so trusting-lemme see the wings if you want me to eat chicken!!!

There are so many more foods that make me miss my family...but these are some of the first things that come to mind. I truly regret not spending more time in the kitchen with Mom and Grandma...such a wealth of information...if only I could have understood "a pinch of this" type of measurements!!! Needless to say, I am not a husband does all of our cooking.

Now that my mouth is's time to get some sleep! Looking forward to some sweet (and savory) dreams tonight :)

If you are still awake and want to see what the "Listicles" are all about or want to read about other bloggers food memories, just follow the link below and have fun...maybe even give it a try yourself!!!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

"Thanks" Card using Cricut Craft Room

My card today is for three different will be my first time playing along with two of them and I had a great time! I chose the colors based on the color dare over at Color My Heart...Cranberry and 1 other color (neutrals don't count)...can you say FALL :)
I chose to use Goldrush as my other color...I also used a little Desert Sand for some of the leaves.

 The sketch I followed was the Mojo Monday Sketch #314...

I also followed the technique challenge over at "Just Us Girls" (JUGS). The challenge was to try the die-cut inlay technique, they have a video on their website showing how to do this. It's hard to see in the picture but I used this technique in each of the 3 layers...the decorative shape in the background...the leaves in the banner...and the "Thanks" in the sentiment.

I used the Cricut Craft Room (using all three of the CTMH cartridges) to design and cut the cards and just cut this out 4 times (Cranberry, Goldrush, Desert Sand and a pattern paper from Huntington) 

I love it because now...the work is already done for me to be able to create 3 more's so great when a project can create more than one item :)

Thank you for looking and be sure to check out the other talented creations over at...

If you have any questions and/or are interested in any of the products I used...feel free to comment here or send me an email :)


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thinking of You....paper ruffle ribbon

I have been such a blog stalker for a while now and have loved looking at the sketches and the creations over at Retro I have finally played along!!! This sketch was just to much fun not to!

Here is my interpretation of the sketch...

and here is the sketch...

I did put the sentiment in a different location...but I tried the other spot and it just didn't look right!

Here is a close up of the paper ribbon and following are a few pictures on how I made it...feel free to comment below if you have any questions!!!

Thanks for looking and be sure to go over to see all of the other talented entries...

Thank You...

The challenge over at Heart 2 Heart this week is to go Au Naturale...I chose to go with the natural colors.

I used the Stitch Guide (diamond shape) to create the border above and below the thank you. I saw the card that Jen created over at Freshly Made Sketches and fell in love with the look! The stamp is "A True Thank You"

I also created my card based off of this sketch...

I hope you enjoy the card and please go over to the following blogs to check out the other talented creations!!!

UR Amazing Card (Mojo313)

This is a quick card I made using the Monday Mojo sketch #313 

I used the Laughing Lola paper, Framework Alphabet and Love This stamp sets.
For the scalloped circles around the letters...I used an EK Sucess punch (the purple layer is the punch) and layered it over the white circle.

Here is the sketch and be sure to check out all of the creative entries over at the Monday Mojo Challenge!