Welcome, hope you have been enjoying all the fantastic projects for boys in the 2nd annual Little Prince Blog Hop. Happy Birthday Mason! You should have come from Meriah's Blog, if not you will want to go back to Homespun Elegance to make sure you don't miss any of the fantastic projects.
When Jessica asked, I knew right away what I was going to make for Austin. I have been looking at all the amazing quiet books out there and knew I wanted something similar but a bit different as I also wanted it to hold some Hot Wheels cars and be small enough to travel well. This is what I came up with.
I was going to put in his Easter basket but I saw him last Sunday and had to give it to him.
I don't really have a how to for this as I didn't plan it out other than knowing the general size and that I wanted roads and grass. This is super easy to do, you simply cut strips of fabric and then cut those strips down as needed. For this I had 1 long strip of black that I cut into 3 pieces and then 2 strips of green cut in 2 pieces and then you sew it in strips as well. All of the felt pieces were hand cut and sewn on to the green and black piece.
For the back I used a piece of denim and added a zipper. I bought my denim at Salvation Army, it was actually a long wrap skirt and I used the hem from the skit to make a tab so it could be folded in half and it closes with velcro.
All of the felt pieces were hand cut except for the car that is from Boys Will Be Boys.
I then made a soft book for Austin to give to give to his little brother Cameron.
All of the images are from Boys Will Be Boys except for the hot air balloon which is from Popup Neighborhood. I decided against using the Cricut to cut out the pieces to save on the Heat N Bond. I found a blog that explained using the images and tracing them on to the paper side of the Heat N Bond and then cut the paper leaving extra space around the pattern, iron it to your fabric. With so many pieces, it really worked well to do it this way and there was very little waste. Again this was pretty easy to put together and while normally I have the seam ripper, fixing every crooked stitch but I didn't do that this time. The reality is that it took me 2.5 yrs to make this soft book, something I wanted to make when I first got my Cricut. I notice the mistakes but Austin and Cameron won't care. So if there was something you wanted to make but think its too hard, I say jump right in, it doesn't have to be perfect.
How cute is this stamp that Unity has provided as blog candy for this stop on the hop?
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My Blog has been neglected and abandoned since October. But I miss it. So I'm back!
Did you ever wish you had a certain punch or shape and can't find it or don't want to spend the money on it? Well, I had that problem before Christmas. I found these gift tags that I really wanted to make but it used the Stampin Up tab punch that I don't own. After searching for a similar shape on my Cricut cartridges and finding nothing, I thought maybe I could make one. I started working on it and came up with nothing....but I had this silly shape stuck in my head for weeks until it hit me, a circle with brackets would work.
Once I figured that out the rest is pretty easy using Cricut Craft Room. Place your objects on the mat, I used a circle and 2 pairs of brackets from George and Basic Shapes.
Many of the brackets on cartridges come in a pairs. Remove the the left and right brackets so you have only the two in the center, so it looks like this:
Now you will want to move the brackets into place using the left to right selection arrows and using the mat as a guide to get them placed evenly. To make this easier turn off the color fill for the layer. But how do you do that? Every layer has it's own tab with a arrow pointing down, click on that and you will get 3 options like this:
Select Color and then choose the white box with the line through it and click apply.
Now when moving things around you will notice a cross in the center of objects, I line those up with lines on my mat to make life easier.
Here I have moved things into place and I have highlighted the crosses that I use to line things up.
Once you have all of the pieces lined up, make sure that each piece has unwelded checked and then select all 3 pieces and group them together. You are now ready to cut and check your work. The machine will cut a circle and 2 brackets and you will have some wasted paper but you also have a shape similar to the coveted Stampin Up Tab Punch.
When I made mine for my project I used different cartridges. I used Gypsy Font (Monogram/Shift) for the brackets and Craft Room Basics for the circle. It looked like this.
The point on the brackets is more pointed than squared. Mine also had more of a pointed edge on the finished tab. So check out your cartridges for the brackets you think works best and have fun making your very own tabs that you can cut in any size you would like.
Wow, can you believe it is October? October of course ends with Halloween so we have created a Halloween edition with awesome projects, great sponsors and our monthly color challenge is also perfect for Halloween projects.
For my project, I wanted to a make a treat that was specifically for a guy as they are often forgotten when it comes to Halloween treats. I decided to make my own labels for beer bottles and also decorated the 6 pack container.
These are relatively easily to make using photo editing software. I used Photoshop Elements to first color the image I found on The Graphics Fairy . I love her site and it is one of the first places I go to look for graphics. I found the "sexy" witch and knew it was perfect for my project. I then started a new project in PE and added the background, a frame, the type and my colored image and you are done. I used the same process to create the front and side of my container. I converted all to PDF format and went and got laser prints done at the local UPS store. They looked great. I cut each of the labels out so it had a white border around it and ran it through my Xyron to create the sticker. By leaving the white border and doing the cut after the Xyron I was able to get an edge that wasn't sticky. These were a lot of fun to make.
At the end of this post I have included the files for the labels to download in jpg and pdf format. Downloading the jpg file you will be able to adjust the sizing of the labels for different size bottles. The labels for the 6 pk case I have left in jpg format.
Make sure you check out the October Edition of A Homespun Affair to see all the awesome projects, Sponsor Prizes and the details for this month's color challenge.
Welcome to Cupcake Wars! No bloodshed here, just plenty of sugar! If you didn't start at Janet's blog: http://janetscreativeworld.blogspot.com/ please do so! She's giving away a Cricut Lite Cartridge-Cupcake! How sweet is that?
We don't want you to miss any of the scrumptious projects and some have even left recipes for you to try! As we head into the holiday season, you might just have a new family favorite!
You should have come from Pam's blog. I'm so glad you're here now, so check out my project and what I cooked up for you!
I love cupcakes, pretty much any kind or flavor will do. For today's project I elected to make Carrot Cupcakes, using a recipe that has been in our family for as long as I remember. This is a super moist heavy cake that goes perfectly with Cream Cheese Frosting. Here is the recipe.
2 cups sugar
1 cup Crisco Oil
2 Jars Junior Carrot Baby Food 5.5 oz size
2 cups of flour, sifted. I never sift.
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped nuts.
Add 1st 3 ingredients to mixing bowl and beat until nice and creamy, add carrots and blend well. Add in flour, baking soda and cinnamon and mix well. Add nuts if you are lucky enough to not have picky eaters who hate nuts in baked goods. LOL
Normally this fills a 9 x 13 pan and is baked at 325 degrees for 50 mins. I made 24 cupcakes and still had some left over. This cake doesn't rise a lot so fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 full. Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 20 - 25 mins. The toothpick test works with this cake.
Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese
1 lb powdered sugar
1/2 stick butter
2 tsp of vanilla.
Combine first 3 ingredients until creamy then add the vanilla and beat to make it light and fluffy.
Frost cupcakes using extra large Wilton tips and disposable frosting bags.
I have the Cupcake Wrappers cart and I noticed the witch wrappers and could not wait to use them. I just love all the details on these wrappers and they cut perfectly.
I know people have a very difficult time knowing what size to cut the wrappers. There are some who say set the Cricut for cut to length 8 inches and that will cut the correct length and the height will be approximately 2.5 inches. I used Cricut Craft Room and I had previously cut a sample of the witch wrapper when I was cutting another wrapper and using the same settings, the witch wrapper was smaller. So I adjusted the length to 8.25 and CCR set the height at 1.99. It probably could have been cut between 8 and 8.25 and still worked fine. I also tried some of the other wrappers with varying results....and throw in that you have different size cupcakes, my advice is to make a practice cut and adjust up or down in size to get the look you desire.
Cupcake Wrappers Cartridge for wrapper cut size 8.25 x 1.99 and topper cut at approximate height of 1.5 inches. Cut 2.
Making Memories Varnish Bats Spooky Alley Orange paper.
Adhesive and hot glue. I used Glossy accents as my adhesive due to the varnish on the paper.
Long toothpicks. I just dip the end of the tooth pick in the hot glue that drips from the nozzle and then sandwich between the two die cuts.
Hope you get a chance to try this recipe, it is really good of course anything with that much sugar and fat is going to be good.
Are you ready for some football? I am. I love football and would rather watch a football game than scrap! So, the project I made for the September issue of A Homespun Affair's Man Cave had to be football related. I decided to go with framed wall art using Sports Mania.
I used an 8 x 10 frame that I already had and then used 4 pieces of paper to create this wall art. This was a quick and really inexpensive project to make and would look great on the wall of a boy's room or in the man cave or maybe in my craftroom. If you have boys or a man cave be sure to check out all the great word art because there is something there for each sport fan in your life!
Now make sure you stop by and see the latest edition of A Homespun Affair to see all of the great projects and the details on Sponsor prize giveaways and how to enter this month's challenge!