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Monday, December 27, 2010


Hi everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful a holiday season and your Christmas was fabulous! I had a great time with my family but just like every year, I can't believe how quickly it flew by!
Anyway, the winners from my 250+ followers giveaway are:

Home Decor cartridge
Animal Print Cuttlebug folder set

I will be emailing both of you shortly to get your mailing address! Congratulations! And thank you so much to everyone who has been following my blog - can't wait to show you more creations!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dancer card

Hi everyone! Today I created this card for the weekly challenge at the Cricut Circle Blog. We were asked to create a project using our Circle Exclusive cartridge "Shall We Dance". We also needed to use at least two cuts and nine of something.

On my card, both the ballet dancer and the flowers are cut from Shall We Dance. I used nine I-Rock gems (six pink on the flowers and three clear on the neckline). Then I added tulle and a ribbon bow to the dancer's skirt. There is also some pink crochet trim in the background.

Hope you like it! Don't forget to enter my giveaway! Click here or scroll down a couple posts! The winner will be randomly chosen on December 27th.
Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you have a fabulous time with family and friends! And hope you get lots of scrappin' goodies too :-)

Christmas Candy Jar

Hi everyone! Here is a project I made for the monthly challenge on the Cricut Circle Blog for December. We were asked to create a holiday gift using our Cricut. These were the elements needed:

Use at least 2 Cricut Cuts
Use a tag made with a cartridge (there are so many great tags on so many cartridges!)
Use the color red somewhere.
Use ribbon.
Use a phrase from one of the cartridges

I used the phrase "JOY" from the Create a Critter cartridge for the etching on the side of the glass jar. I made a stencil from Cricut Vinyl, placed it on the jar and put the etching cream over.

The tag with the candy cut out is from the Joys of the Season cartridge from Stampin Up Crumb Cake cardstock. I cut out a plain white tag from the same cartridge and adhered it underneath. I then added detail with a fine tip red marker.

The ribbon is Real Red Polka Dot by Stampin Up.
Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wreath Card

Hi everyone! Here is a card I created for the challenge this week at the Cricut Circle Blog. Our challenge was to create a card or tag using this sketch:

We also were asked to use at least two Cricut cuts on our project.

The wreath is from Celebrate with a Flourish.

The fancy border is from Paper Lace.

The poinsettias are from Joys of the Season.

For the background I used the Season's Greetings cuttlebug embossing folder and ran a green ink pad over the embossed image.

I added some white I-Rock metal accents to the border, itty bitty brads to the poinsettias and some red tinsel glitter to the bow knot on the wreath.
Hope you like it!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Blog Hop Winners! AND Another Giveaway!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to thank everyone for your wonderful comments on the projects I posted for the two blog hops. I love creating and it just makes it so worth-while to see the wonderful support and encouragement I receive from crafters! It's so great to see all the new followers too! Welcome!

Now on to the winners from the blog hops! Random. Org chose them and here we go:

Holiday Wishes Blog Hop:
Honeybearz Designs

Thank You Gifts Blog Hop:
Jo Ann V

Congratulations ladies! Please send your mailing info to so I can get your goodies sent out to you!

My goal over the weekend was to reach 250 followers and I did it! Yay! I am so excited! I promised a giveaway if I reached that goal but I have decided that I will be choosing TWO winners instead of one!

One winner will receive the Home Decor Cricut Cartridge:

And the other will receive the Cuttlebug Animal Prints Embossing Folders:
How to win:

Please follow my blog if you are not already and leave a comment on this post!

For a second chance to win, post this giveaway to the sidebar on your blog with a link back to this post. Then come back and leave a second comment with a link to your blog!

I will draw the winners on Monday December 27th so there is lots of time to enter and tell your friends about it!

Thanks everyone and have a safe and happy holiday season!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Thank You Gifts Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! I am sooooo excited to be taking part in this blog hop. I am in the company of so many amazingly talented ladies! If you have arrived here from Pause Dream Enjoy, you are at the right place! If you've just happened upon my blog please head to Joy's Life to start at the beginning! You don't want to miss anything!

For my project, I chose to do a couple of things but my main project was post-it notebooks to give to my childrens' teachers.

They are so simple to put together!

Here are my instructions:

1. Use a cereal box as the base to give the cover more stability. Cut 5 pieces in total: Two at 4 1/2" X 6 1/2" and Three at 6 1/2" X 3/4"
2. Choose two pieces of patterned paper and cut to 6 1/2"X 11 5/8"
3. Score and fold each paper piece at 4 1/2", 5 3/8", 9 7/8" and 10 3/4"
4. Adhere each chipcoard piece between the score lines of one sheet then cover with the other paper piece.
5. Decorate the cover as desired.
6. Punch two holes in the back for ribbon and attach eyelets. Run a piece of elastic through the holes forming loops for the pen to fit into. Tie on the outside into a bow.
7. Adhere the Post-It notes to the inside of the book.
8. Attach three small sticky velcro circles along one short edge, with the other part on the other edge so they match up to close.

For my books, I used the Live Simply cartridge for the butterfly and circle. I used the Mini Monograms cartridge for the scalloped circle. I used the Paisley cartridge for the buttons.
I used letter stickers for the word "NOTES"
My next project was a Sudoku puzzle book that I created with my Imagine using the JT cartridge (sorry about the blurry photos, my good camera broke:-().

I found some printable Sudoku puzzles on the internet and cut them to fit in my notebook which is 3 1/2" X3 1/2". Once again, I used cereal boxes covered in patterned paper for the covers. I bound everything together with the Bind-It-All. The "SUDOKU" was stamped using the Tiny Typwriter Alphabet by Close to My Heart and I added a button in the corner. Pretty simple!
I just love how easy it is to coordinate everything using your Imagine - I am continually amazed by that machine!
Hope you liked my projects!

Now I have some blog candy up for grabs!

To enter to win these goodies, if you like my work please become a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post! will choose a winner Monday night!

I have more blog candy as part of the Holiday Wishes hop - click here to see that post, or scroll down! Also, on Monday night, if I have reached 250 followers I will be posting another giveaway so be sure to check back to see if I made it!

Next, you should head over to visit the talented Jenny at Crazy About Cricut to see what she has created!

Here is the complete blog list in case you get lost along the way:

So many great things to see! Have fun!

Holiday Gift Bag

Hi everyone! Today I have to show you a quick project I made for the challenge at Fantabulous Cricut this week! The task was to create a handmade gift or gift package. I used the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge to create the purse and tag. The paper is my new favorite Christmas stack by DCWV - "'Tis the Season". I added a gold bow and gathered some ribbon to put on a scalloped border along the bottom.

If you have seen my posts from the past couple of days, I have been apologizing for my poor quality photos. Unfortunately it is difficult to see detail, but hopefully I will be getting a different camera soon! Please Santa...:-)

I am in a couple blog hops this weekend so please check them out and enter to win my blog candy!

Hope you like my project and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holiday Wishes Blog Hop!!!

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Holiday Wishes Blog Hop!!! So glad you could join us! If you came here from Mandy's Scrap then you are on the right track. If you have just started at my blog then please head to Creations With Kathryn to start hopping from the beginning! I have created two projects for this hop - some ornaments and a Christmas card! I am so sorry for the quality of my photos! My camera died yesterday and I am stuck with this one that takes blurry photos :-( Not a good time to happen! Soooooo disappointing! I got so frustrated with the card that finally I just scanned it and it looks so much better now!

We'll start with my ornaments. I poured some clear glaze into the ornaments and let them drain overnight. Then I poured in the glitter.
The images on the outside of the ornaments were printed and cut with my Imagine machine using the Snow Angel cartridge. After cutting the images out, I put a layer of glossy accents over the entire image.
I used my Mini Bowdabra to help me create the bows on the ornaments, except the poinsettia one which I glued some gathered ribbon on. I then added metallic cord to hang the ornaments from the tree.
I also created this Christmas card using a stamp by Stampavie, which I coloured with copic markers. The patterned paper used is by DCWV from the "'Tis the Season" paper stack. I added some ribbon, a bow and a button for some final touches. Hope you like it!
Now, how about some blog candy?!? Anyone? Here ya go!

Please become a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post for a chance to win! will choose a winner on Monday evening!
Also, please stop by tomorrow when I am taking part in the Thank-You Gifts blog hop. There are more prizes to be won - and I will be posting ANOTHER giveaway on Monday if I have reached 250 followers!

Now, please head over to visit the talented Yolonda at Crafty Scentiments to see what she has to show you! Here is the list of blogs in case you've gotten lost along the way!

4) JenniferHawkins2 - (that's me!)
5) CraftyScentiments -
6) TheScrapbookGirl -

Have fun!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Yummy Holiday Gift

Hi everyone! I made this cute gift bag and recipe to hold a yummy scone mix (which I actually did make and put in the bag!) to give as a gift to someone during the holidays. Sorry about the photo quality - my camera died today! R.I.P. my first digital camera - you will be greatly missed - especially now that I have to turn to this sub-par one! Maybe Santa will hear my plea :-)
I created this for two challenges.

First, the challenge at the Cricut Circle blog this week was to create a holiday recipe project featuring at least two Cricut cuts. For my gift bag and recipe I used From My Kitchen for the oven mitt, the recipe card and tab. I used Lacy Labels for the scalloped oval.

The second challenge I entered this in is at Peachy Keen Stamps Challenges for the Let's Face it Friday challenge. They asked us to create a project using a paper bag! Also we needed to use one of our Peachy Keen face stamps. I chose the largest from the Basic Paper Doll Face Assortment set. These little faces just add so much personality to your projects! If you don't have any, you should definitely check them out!

All patterned paper used is from "Tis the Season" by DCWV.
Cardstock and library clip are from Stampin' Up.
Scalloped border punch is by EK Success.
This bag was so much fun to make! Hope you like it!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bee-utiful Card

Hi everyone! Here is a card I created for the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge this week! The task was to create a card of encouragement. I chose to cut this cute little bumblebee from the Create a Critter cartridge and give it a cute little face from the Critter Faces X Large assortment by Peachy Keen Stamps.
The backround is cut from the A Child's Year cartridge.
The "Bee-u-tiful" sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's "Punnylicious" stamp set.
Hope you like it!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Party Invitation

Hi everyone! Don't be offended that you weren't invited to my Christmas Party! I know it looks like a lot of fun but I am not actually having one! :-)
I created this invitation for a challenge at Peachy Keen Stamps Challenges.We were asked to create an invitation for a holiday party using our Peachy Keen face stamps.
The face stamp set I chose was Princess Face Assortment.
The party girl is cut from Rock Princess and the Santa hat is from Pooh and Friends.
Hope you like it!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Circle Black Friday Challenge

Hi everyone! This week the challenge at the Cricut Circle blog was to create a project using the colour black and something recycled. It also needed to feature at least two different Cricut cuts.

I chose to make this notebook and the covers were made using a cereal box. The Santa image is from A Child's Year and the font for "Wish List" is from Alphalicious.
Hope you like it!

Reindeer Mini

Hi everyone! I thought I would show you a quick accordian mini I made! The album was made using three 51/2" X 81/2" pieces of white paper which were folded in half and attached together to form an accordian. Then I decorated!
The cartridges I used are:
Create a Critter - reindeer and "JOY"
Gypsy Wanderings - Scalloped Rectangle
Before I adhered the rectangle on the back cover, I attached a piece of ribbon to use as the closure.
I am entering this mini in the challenge this week at Fantabulous Cricut. The task was to create a project using ribbon in some way and of course using our Cricut.
Hope you like it!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gingerbread Gift Bag

Hi everyone! This is a gift bag that I made for the monthly Cricut Circle Magazine challenge. We were asked to create and decorate a gift bag using at least 4 Cricut cuts and incorporate something from one of the magazine cartridges.

The bag was cut from the Once Upon a Princess cartridge at 11.5" using a 12X24" mat. I used the gypsy and moved the bag down on the screen to cut out the red patterned border at the top of the bag.

The aprons are from Everyday Paper Dolls. I used my Gypsy to hide the pocket so I could make my own.

The heart on the apron is from Create a Critter. I applied adhesive only along the bottom edges to form a pocket for the gingerbread couple. I used the I-Rock by Imaginisce to attached the I-Rock metal bling accents around the hearts.

The gingerbread girl and boy are from Paper Doll Dress Up. I cut one set in brown, then hid all of the features on the Gypsy and cut one set from red for the hearts to show through, then one set in magnetic material so they can be used for fridge magnets! After cutting out the brown pieces, I traced over all of the detail lines with Liquid Applique. That stuff is really neat. You put it on, then let it dry for a while then use your heat gun on it. It puffs up! So it really looks a lot like icing! The magnetic material was cut with my deep-cut blade with the settings at - Blade:6 Depth:5 Multi-Cut:3

I printed a sheet of candy cane patterned paper with my Imagine using the Mr. Frosty cartridge. I cut out 8 of the candy cane hearts and glued them to the sides of the bags, then added some I-Rock jewels with my I-Rock.

I used the I-Top Brad Maker to make four patterned paper brads for the front and back of the bag.
I scanned the same patterned paper and printed it onto white tissue paper for the inside of the bag.
I braided red, white and green ribbons for the bag handles.
I put my gingerbread magnets in their apron pockets.
Both patterned papers are from the DCWV "'Tis the Season" Stack.
And that's all! Hope you like my creation!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Imagine Note Pad

Hi everyone! Tonight I have been playing with my Imagine and having so much fun! It was the first time I have tried using an original Cricut cartridge with the Imagine cartridges! I am in total awe of this machine - really.

At My Creative time, in addition to her Throwback Thursday challenges, Emma also has started doing "Imagine-Nation Monday" where her and Sarah "Pink Cricut" host a challenge every other week using the Imagine machine. The challenge this time was to create a gift for someone using your Imagine. This is the first time I will be entering!

For this note pad I used the Winter Frolic Cricut cartridge and the Mr. Frosty Imagine cartridge.

I was able to use the Mr. Frosty cartridge to create a full 12X12" patterned paper which I cut for the chipboard cover.

The mouse and border were both cut from the Winter Frolic Cartridge using the Mr. Frosty Imagine cartridge to fill in the layers.

I cut a bunch of lined paper for the inside pages and bound everything together with my Bind-It-All.

Normally, I stay away from mouse cuts since I can't stand the things, but I actually thought this one turned out cute!

Hope you like it!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

We Are Blessed

Hi everyone! I made this layout this evening for the challenge at Fantabulous Cricut this week - and it is really last minute so I am glad I got it finished on time!

The challenge was to create a project with a Thankful theme. I am the most thankful for my wonderful husband and three beautiful children! My husband and I are truly blessed!

I used the Cindy Loo cartridge to cut out the tree. I have used this tree cut a few times, it is probably one of my favorites! The piece with the leaves was cut out in white , then the leaves were coloured with my Stampin' Up markers.

The title was cut from the Robotz cartridge! Even though I have two boys, I mainly bought this cartridge for the font. I have yet to cut an actual robot from it!

Hope you like my layout! And by the way, I am also thankful for our Yorkie, Parker, who is also in the photo with my kids, although he is probably the naughtiest of them all :-)

Poinsettia Wreath

Hi everyone! I am super excited about this wreath that I made for the Monthly Challenge at the Cricut Circle blog! The challenge was to create a home decor project using at least one Cricut cut, the cuttlebug, felt and the colour green.

I purchased a foam wreath from Michaels and wrapped 3" strips of green Christmas fabric around it, using pins to attach it.

The poinsettias were cut from the Joys of the Season cartridge. Then I traced around the outside of the flowers with a gold metallic marker by American Crafts and put them through my cuttlebug using the Mosaic Texture folder. The flowers were then attached to the wreath with pins.

I hand cut the leaves from stiffened green felt and added detail with green stickles.

I added some pinecones, also from Micheals, attaching them with hot glue.

I cut the felt ornament with my Cricut using the Joys of the Season cartridge. The word "joy" is also from that cartridge. I used stickles aroung the outside of the ornament and hung it from the middle of the wreath with gold cord.
I then attached some hanging hardware to the back of the wreath and VOILA!!
Hope you like it!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful for You

Hi everyone! Here is a card I made for the challenge at My Creative Time this week. For this challenge, Emma asked us to create a project with no Cricut or Gypsy and with a thank you in some form somewhere on it.

I coloured this Magnolia stamp with my copics, added some patterned paper from my stash as well as some ribbon and flowers. The stamped sentiment is by Close to My Heart from "A Little Thanks". The border / corner punches I used are by Martha Stewart. Can you tell I LOVE purple?

Thanks for stopping by and hope you like my creation!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Vintage Christmas Card

Hi everyone! The challenge this week at the Cricut Circle Blog was to create a project with a vintage feel using the following sketch:

The Cricut Cartridges I used to make this card are:

Christmas - "Season's Greetings" and poinsettia

Joys of the Season - angel

I used the Clockworks 5X7 Cuttlebug folder.

Our project also had to feature at least three vintage elements. I used lace, some vintage looking patterned paper (by Creative Imaginations) some vintage buttons and a vintage Christmas card photo.

Hope you like my card!

My 1st Blogger Award!!!

I want to give a HUGE thank you to Jennifer and Summer at Cricut Diaries for giving me my first blogging award - the Stylish Award. I am so honoured and excited! Thank you for thinking of me ladies and I am glad you like my blog!

Here are the rules to this award

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award

2. Share 8 things about yourself

3. Pay it forward to 8 blogs you have just recently discovered

4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about the award

Here are 8 things about me:

- I've been married to the love of my life for almost 5 years.

- I have three children - one girl and two boys.

- I got my first Cricut (a baby bug) four years ago for Christmas, which I sold to purchase my Expression.

- I enjoy shopping for supplies as much as using them!

- I have a 2 year old Yorkie named Parker. He has been a little challenging, but I still wouldn't trade him in!

- I am a Cricut Circle member.

- I am Canadian.

- My favorite snack is popcorn.

This is the list of blogs that I have visited and liked:

Alma's Pink Life

Cricut Chick

Live Love and Scrap

Pause Dream Enjoy

Jenny K. Scrappin' Addict

My Pretty Paper Trail

Stamp Cut Create

Julie's Crafty Spot

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nursery Tails Card - My 1st Imagine Project!

Wow! I can't believe I have had my much anticipated Imagine for over three weeks and this is my first actual project! I just never really got the time to play with it and figure things out! It really is an amazing machine and I can't wait to see what else I can do! For this cute little card I used the Nursery Tails cartridge. This cartridge is so adorable and I had so much fun making this card! I am entering it in a challenge at My Pink Stamper where the task was to use your Imagine to create anything! Hope you like it!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Feel Better Card

Hi everyone! Here is a Get Well card I created for the challenge at Fantabulous Cricut. The task was to create a Get Well card using the Cricut. I chose to use the Paisley cartridge for the monkey and the Lyrical Letters cartridge for the "Feel Better Soon" sentiment. The scalloped circle is from Mini Monograms.

Hope you like it!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cricut Circle Challenge - Thank You Card

Hi everyone! The weekly challenge at the Cricut Circle blog this week was to create a Thank You card using the following colors:

We also need to use at least three Cricut cuts on our project. For my card I used the Forever Young cartridge for the girl and the flower, Alphalicious for the "Thank You" and Cake Basics for the border cut.

I am disappointed with how this scan came out because the large flower and the accent on her dress are actually orange but look white here. I have misplaced my camera so when I find it, I will retake the photo and edit the post.

Hope you like it!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Peace Angel Card

Hi everyone! Here is a Christmas card I created for the last challenge at Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge Blog. We were asked to follow this sketch:

I cut this cute little angel from the Once Upon a Princess Cricut cartridge. I used the Princess Face Assortment stamp set by Peachy Keen Stamps for her face.
Hope you like it!

3-D Church Ornament

Hi everyone! This afternoon I have been working on this 3-D church ornament - well pretty much ALL afternoon. I created it for a contest posted in the November issue of the Cricut Circle Magazine. We were to create a tree ornament featuring at least 4 Cricut cuts and the use of a Cuttlebug or Yudu.

The church was cut from Winter Woodland at 3.5" . I embossed the white layer with a Fomal Square embossing folder, then inked over the raised image. I cut the background from transparency and used alcohol ink to achieve a stained glass effect. The roof pieces were put through my Cuttlebug using the Tiny Mosaic folder. I punched the holes in the roof prior to assembly to thread the ribbon through for hanging.

The flourish along the sides of the church was cut from Winter Frolic.

The snowflake attached to the ribbon is from Christmas.

The "H" which is my last initial, is from Elegant Cakes.

The cute little bird atop the church is from Serenade.
I LOVE how this turned out! I can't wait to hang it on my tree in December! Hope you like it too!