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Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year title with Bells Svg

New Year Title with bells

Happy New Year Everyone!

Hello, Dear Readers.....
Today is the last day of 2010…so this is the day as tradition to sit down and think about “New Year Resolutions.” What we can achieve in 2011 or what we want to change. I hereby give you permission to skip this tradition this year! Yep, throw it out. I am going to enjoy who I am today, relax and live in the now this new year. Give yourself permission to slow down and actually r.e.l.a.x.  You know as well as I do that sometimes it feels like life is rushing by at the speed of light! I’m going to enjoy and take a time out this New Year. Time out to enjoy whatever come what may. I wish all of you a content heart and soul this coming New Year and blessings beyond measure!!!!

Happy New Year Svg Cutting File

New Year Svg Here

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Scrapbook Title Ideas

Christmas cookies and Holiday hearts...That's the way the holiday starts
Enjoying The Holly Days
All Merry and Bright
Gingerbread Boys!
Jesus is the reason for the season
Merry Kiss-mis
Mistletoe Magic
Moo-ey Christmas
Oh deer, its's Christmas
Presents & Carols & Lights...Oh My!
Santa Express (mail or train theme)
Santa's Little Helper
Silver Belles (for pictures of girls)
There's Magic in Believing
The Stockings were hung
Tree-medous Wishes!
Trimming our tree
Santa's Workshop

My little Snow Buddies

Sweet Christmas and Cocoa Kisses Layouts


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Creating with the Cricut Challenge #5 BAKING Layout



I absolutely love the Christmas holiday season!!! In fact...right after I clean all the dishes after Thanksgiving dinner...I put up our Christmas tree and all the decorations lol! I am so bad that I have been listening to Christmas music for over a week now already hehe! So I was so thrilled to see this challenge over at CWC for a baking theme. I just finished a "Sweet Christmas" layout and so here is my share and tell =D For this challenge you can go here and submit your delicious creations!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Card


I used Jolee's Boutique stickers for the Thanksgiving Feast on this card. Have a Happy Friday's Eve everyone!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Card for Breast Cancer Awareness

I used the George Basic Shapes Cartridge for this pocket card. The insert is a "how to self breast exam" and on back of insert "risk factors and checklists"


This card was entered in the Cricut Cardz Challenge #47 here

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Yummy Pumpkin Bars Recipe



MMMMMM just made these yummy pumpkin bars today. I sprinkled little purple and black sprinkle candies on top. I give this recipe *****


PUMPKIN BARS- AUNT JUDY’S RECIPE

 

Pumpkin Bars –

2 cups white sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

4 whole eggs

2 cups canned pumpkin (I use the whole can)

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 cups sifted white flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

(chopped nuts are optional)


Icing:

8   8 once package cream cheese at room temp
1/ 3/4 cup butter, softened
2   3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 t1 teaspoon vanilla extract         

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth. Spread the batter into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting. Cut into bars.
To make the icing: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.

Free Spider Web SVG file

http://craftsbyrowena.blogspot.com/2009/10/free-svg-monday-creepy-crawly-spider.html

Here is a cute spider web svg from craftsbyrowena's blog. I used this svg in the Halloween Banner in the previous post from last week if you would like to take a look =D

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halloween Scrapbook Layout Titles

Here is a list of Halloween Layout Title ideas....Enjoy!


A Spooktacular Day
Beary Bewitching
Beary Scary 
Best Witches
Boo'tiful
Bubble, bubble, Toil and Trouble
Carving out Good Times
Carving out Memories
Coffin Break
Come as you aren't 
Cute little Spooks
Every Batty had a Great Halloween
 "Fangs" for the memories and nightmares
Frightfully Delightful
Getting into the Spirit of Halloween
Ghost have real spirit
Ghostess with the mostess
Hallo-scream
If the broom fits....fly it!
Just a little bit Corny
Meet my Mummy
Mischief and Mayhem
Mom's little Monsters
Pumpkins come and Pumpkins Go...but a Jack-O-Lantern steals the show
Ready, set, glow
The Boo Crew
The Pick of the Patch
Things that go Bump in the Night
Too Cute to Spook!
Your so bootiful to me
A Bootiful Night
Bone Voyage!
Caught in the "web" of Friends
Cutest Little Pumpkin in the Patch
Fangtastic! 
Ghostly Gathering
Ghouls just wanna have fun
Positively Defrightful
Spookiest Spook Around

Happy Halloween! Happy Creating!

Halloween Banner For Fireplace Mantel



 My son Jayden who is in Kindergarten helped me make this banner. I had him help me with the orange paper rosettes....folding the paper like you do a paper fan back and forth. He had so much fun doing this. 




I then used my Cricut Cartridge Accent Essentials for the scallop circle and for the letters on "Spooky" I used the cart Printing Press. The Spider web is an svg file that I made and will share it with you on the next post...stay tuned =) Happy Creating!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

DIY Candy Corn Punch




To get started select three colors of cardstock or patterned paper and punch three circles. The sizes that I used for my candy corn circles were 1 1/4 inches, 1 inch, and 5/8 inches. 

Next, layer the circles on top of each other. Be sure to coat each layer with adhesive so that each portion of the circle is securing glued down. 


Cut the circles in half each direction and then cut each half in half giving you four quarter circles. Cut each quarter in half to give yourself eight slices. Then use a corner rounder or simply your scissors and round off the tips. There you go!




Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Almost Sushi Bento Lunch


The little sandwich roll ups that look like sushi are made of strawberry jam preserves and cream cheese. =D

Monday, September 20, 2010

Pumkin Craft Using Dryer Vent Ducting


Materials:

  • 4" flexible vinyl ducting (like they use to vent dryers and appliances)
    • white works better than metal...I used the metal because I couldn't find the white at my Home Depot
    • a 20 foot length of it will make 18 - 2' pumpkins but I made 3 large pumpkins with mine
    • scissors
  • hot glue gun/ glue
      
  • orange, high gloss spray paint
      
  • green and brown felt for the leaves and stem
            
  • wire cutters (note: I had to use a branch cutter to cut the wire it took a little work lol)
Instructions 


  • pre cut the vinyl ducting into 24 inch sections (you will need scissors to cut through the vinyl, then a wire cutter to snip the middle wire apart)
  • Using orange high gloss spray paint, lightly coat the entire pumpkin.
  • Let dry 30 minutes.
  • Then use hot glue gun to secure pumpkin closed
  •  I then used the hot glue gun to glue the felt leaves and stem


Friday, September 17, 2010

Pooh Bento Lunch





These are the tools I used to create this Bento =) these items were all purchased from Ebay here


THIS is my new obsession: Bento making.....I have created a whole drawer for all its little goodies =) I am sure this collection will be expanding on more drawers in my kitchen...ADDICTING! lol!
 


Animal Bento Box


lol! I tried to make a giraffe out of the bread by hand cutting it myself...I didn't have a cookie cutter. At least when I showed it to Jayden he knew what it was...so I guess that works =) I did have mini cookie cutters of a giraffe that I used to cut the cheese with. So here it is....an animal bento lunch complete with animal crackers for dessert.

Jayden's First Day of School


Jayden's first day of Kindergarten...I decorated the fireplace mantle in a school theme for him to see when he woke up on his school day. He loved it!!! It was a last minute decision to do this so I just grabbed toys from his playroom to use as decorations and then created the fireplace banner.



Here is my big school boy!!

Bento Box Adventures 1st Day of School



My oldest son Jayden just started Kindergarten this year...sniff sniff. I decided to take on the adventures of "bento boxes" and take my scrapbooking to a whole different level lol! So here is my 1st day of school bento lunch. I made a ham sandwich then used apple slices, kiwi, blueberries and a strawberry to accent the owl's face. For the pencil I used a mozzarella stick and a corn chip (shown from box above) and added a raisin to the tip.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Rigatoni with Mushrooms, Sausage and Spinach



Tonight's Menu:




Ingredients:


  • 1 1/2 lb. mild Italian pork sausage, casings
      removed
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 lb. assorted mushrooms, such as
      cremini and shiitake, brushed clean and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 8 oz. chopped spinach
  • 9 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 9 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups milk
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped assorted fresh herbs, such as
      basil, thyme, rosemary and sage
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 lb. rigatoni, cooked until tender
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 400°F.

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, brown the sausage, stirring and crumbling with a fork, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

In the same pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant and just beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 15 minutes. Add the sherry and cook until evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook, whisking until light brown and fragrant, about 1 minute. Gradually add the milk, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low and whisk until the sauce is smooth and slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the béchamel sauce from the heat.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together the ricotta, egg, 1 cup of the Parmigiano-Reggiano, the assorted fresh herbs, nutmeg, salt and pepper until well blended. Fold in the sausage and the mushroom mixture, then stir in the béchamel sauce and the cooked pasta. Season with salt and pepper.

Spoon the pasta into a 5-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano over the pasta. Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until the top is golden and the cheese is melted, 10 to 15 minutes more. Sprinkle with the parsley. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Target with Star Free SVG





I was working on a layout last week...the one posted on my blog of the "Buzz Light Year Ranger Spin" and at the time I really wanted a "target sign" to paper piece but ran out of time and just made one out of a journaling card. I finally got around to this today and created this. You can have the star in the middle if you want or just leave out the star since it is separated and I used a 5/8 inch circle punch for the center of the target.. Have fun with it! 

Circle of Dots Frame Free SVG





I am up tonight scrappin while the boys are sleeping shhhh =D I am doing a layout that I wanted to have dots around my circle svg that I cut out. I was looking for a template so I could use my white sharpie and do it that way but **sigh** found a template that was around 7.00 plus would have to pay shipping. I found out how to do them...mmmm several hours later into this evening ...WOOT! There it is! So now I can either put my mini color sharpies into my pen holder on my cricut and make colored dots or I can cut this out on cardstock and make my template =D Now I can go to sleep...night everyone...thought I would pass this along over to you so your not up late one night lol!
get file here

Punch Storage- Scrappin with my bug

Guess what I will be doing this weekend!!! My punch collection has grown out of my drawer (**thanks Martha Stewart**) Check out the idea that Scrappin with my bug came up with!! This is awesome!


How to make a flower with a circle punch



Cuttlebug and Big Bite Sandwich Cheat Sheet

Compliments of Sarah at http://www.pinkcricut.com




Feel free to Copy and Print these out :)  

Cuttlebug Sandwich     Die Cutting          Embossing

CuttlebugPlate A
Plate B
Die (cut side up)
Cardstock
Plate B
Plate A
Plate B
Folder (with cardstock inside)
Plate B
Nestabilities
You will need an embossing mat to emboss,or a plumbers gasket cut to size.
Plate A
Plate C
Spellbinders Die
Cardstock
Plate B
Plate A
Die with Die cut still in Die
Embossing Mat
2-3 Cardstock Shims
(try 2 first)
Plate B
Plate B
Sizzix Big ShotPlate B
Cardstock
Die (cutting side down)
Plate B
Plate A
Plate B
Folder with Cardstock inside
Plate B
Cardstock shim
Revolution DiesPlate A
Plate C
Die
Cardstock
Plate B
SizzlitsPlate A
Plate B
Die
Cardstock
Plate B
Sizzix Originals & other Steel DiesPlate B
Cardstock
Die
Plate B
Sizzix Cut N Fold DiesPlate A
Die
Cardstock
Plate B
Chipboard Shim
OR TRY
Plate B
Cardstock
Die
Chipboard Shim
Simple ImpressionsPlate A
Plate B
Folder (cardstock inside)
Plate B
OR TRY
Plate A
Chipboard Shims
Folder (cardstock inside)
Plate B
Quickcutz
Regular and Grand
Plate A
Plate B
Die
Cardstock
Plate C
Brass Embossing StencilsPlate A
Plate B
Brass Stencil
Cardstock
Embossing Mat or Plumber’s Gasket
Plate B
Texture PlatesPlate A
Texture Plate
Cardstock
Embossing Mat
Impressions Pad
(sold in Sizzix Texturz Starter Kit)
Possible Shim
Plate B
Compliments of Sarah at www.pinkcricut.com

Big Shot Sandwich      Die Cutting    Embossing

Spellbinders Dies with Magnetic Placement PadMultipurpose Tab 2
Acrylic Mat
Magnetic Placement Mat
Spellbinders Die
Cardstock
Acrylic Mat
Multipurpose Tab 1
Acrylic Mat
Magnetic Placement Mat
Spellbinders Die
Cardstock
Tan Emboss Mat
Possible Cardstock Shim
Acrylic Mat
Spellbinders Dies w/o Magnetic Placement PadMultipurpose Tab 2
Spellbinders Die
Cardstock
Acrylic Mat
Acrylic Mat
Multipurpose Tab 1
Spellbinders Die
Cardstock
Tan Emboss Mat
Tan Emboss Mat
Cardstock Shim
CuttlebugMultipurpose Tab 2
Acrylic Mat
Cuttlebug die
Cardstock
Acrylic mat
Multipurpose Tab 1
Acrylic Mat
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Acrylic Mat
Wafer-thin Dies
Quickutz
Multipurpose Tab 2
Acrylic Mat
Wafer-thin Die
Cardstock
Acrylic Mat
Metal StencilsMultipurpose Tab 1
Acrylic Pad
Metal Stencil
Cardstock
Silicone Rubber
Impressions Pad
Sizzix TexturzMultipurpose Tab 1
Texturz Plate
Cardstock
Silicone Rubber
Impressions Pad
SizzlitsMultipurpose Tab 1
Acrylic Mat
Sizzlits Die
Cardstock
Acrylic Mat
2.5 inch foldersMultipurpose no tab
Acrylic Mat
Embossing Folder
Acrylic Mat
EmbosslitsMultipurpose Tab 1
Acrylic Mat
Embosslits Die
Cardstock
Acrylic Mat
ClearlitsMultipurpose Tab 1
Acrylic Mat
Clearlits die
Cardstock
Acrylic Mat
Simple ImpressionsMultipurpose Tab 1
Acrylic Mat
Simple Impressions Embossing Folders
Acrylic Mat
Sizzix Big DiesAcrylic Mat
Die
Cardstock
Acrylic Mat
Originals DiesAcrylic Mat
Die
Cardstock
Acrylic Mat
Movers & Shakers
XL Acrylic Pad
Die
Cardstock
XL acrylic pad