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I’ve completed another Circleville NSD Online Challenge! Yippee!

This one called On Pins and hosted by Sis from is all about creating a project based off one of your favorite Pinterest pins.

I chose the fabulous Hello Silly layout by Nancy Damiano.

My pin can be found here.

My layout~


I stayed pretty true to her layout.

With that sunburst of paper why change anything?

I did use brads in place of her flair, but it’s what I had to work with.

And I think they work.

Yes, life with these kids is certainly a carnival.

But, totally worth it.

I used~
October Afternoon Midway Collection, KI Flashbacks Blackboard Paper, Sketchbook Thickers

Circleville NSD Online Event~

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In case you’re looking for something to do today or for the rest of the week, check out these tutorials and challenges from my fellow Cricut Circle Members~ – 8AM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 “It’s All About Perspective” Tutorial and Blog Prize – $20 Hobby Lobby Gift Card! – 11AM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 “Tic Tac Toe Challenge and Blog Prize! 1PM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 “Ease on Down the Road” Blog Prize- $15 Michael’s Crafts Gift Card! 3PM Saturday, May 4, 2013 “On Pins” theme and Blog Prize – $25 Simon Say Stamp Gift Card! – 4PM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013. “Tin Is In” theme and Blog Prize! – 6PM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 “What’s It Owl About” theme and Blog Prize! – 8PM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 “Let’s Split- CCR Tutorial” (Learn to create a split letter monogram) and Blog Prize! – 10PM EDT Saturday, May 4, 2013 “The Crazy Bs Challenge” and Blog Prize! – 9AM EDT Sunday, May 5, 2013 “Go Big or Go Home Challenge” and Blog Prize – $20 Hobby Lobby Gift Card! – 11AM EDT Sunday, May 5, 2013 “Tropical Sunset Color Challenge” and Blog Prize! – 6:30PM EDT Sunday, May 5, 2013 “Did-I-MENSION???” Challenge and Blog Prize

I know you will find some thing to inspire you! I did!!

If you’re looking for me, I’ll be at my desk playing with pretty paper.

Happy National Scrapbooking (Day) Weekend!!

A Chain of Hearts~

With Valentine’s Day approaching I thought I would make a cute little heart banner.

My original plan was to cut the hearts, emboss them and then run them through the sewing machine.

Quick, simple and easy.

Of course, nothing ever goes as planned.

My banner~


The hearts cut at 3″ and 2.4″ high are from Cricut Craft Room Basics.

They ended up being a little bigger than I expected and the reason I changed plans.

Close Ups~






I used several of my favorite embossing folders to add texture.

I then decided I would layer several of the hearts by stapling them together using my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

If you do not have a Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher RUN now to your local craft store and buy one.

It is that wonderful!

Instead of the sewing machine I used ribbon to string my hearts, and it was around this point that I decided to add pictures to them.

Luckily I had a bunch of pictures from a family photo session that I quickly printed in a contact sheet size in Photoshop.

And if you add photos, you have to add some embellishments. Right?

Hmmm…this sounds an awful lot like a certain mouse and a cookie.

I used~
DCWV Be Mine Stack
Crate Paper Fourteen Chipboard, Celebrate It Ribbon
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Gem Clips
Scarlet Lime Kit Contents: Crate Paper Fourteen Accent Stickers
CCR and Cricut Craft Room Basics for the Hearts and Scalloped Hearts cut at 3″ and 2.4″ high
Cuttlebug Folders D’vine Swirl, Script and Wood Grain

Welcome to the Teddy Bears in Oz Blog Hop~

We are featuring teddy bears created from the Cricut Lite cartridge Teddy Bear Parade dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz.

Your journey along the yellow brick road should have brought you here from Deb’s blog, but if it didn’t make sure you check out all of the characters by starting at RockinRenee’s blog.

When Renee suggested a mini blog hop involving the bears from Teddy Bear Parade I jumped at the chance to join in.

I love this cartridge!

And any excuse to use it works for me.

I was tasked with making the Wizard.

My Wizard~


I wanted him to appear a bit older, so I chose a grey smooth cardstock from the DCWV The Silky Smooth Cardstock Stack.

This was my first time using this cardstock and I love how smooth, firm and clean cutting it is.

I also wanted him to be well dressed like he is in the movie, so I made him a pinstriped suit and top hat.

Isn’t he dapper?

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain~


It almost makes you forgive him for his trickery.

And ready to fly Dorothy home~


We all know how that worked for Dorothy.

But, I am sure he is home in Oklahoma safe and sound now just like Dorothy.

Or possibly stuck on a mysterious island if you’re a Lost fan.

Now follow the yellow brick road to Scrapalette’s blog to see more.

And please, watch out for flying monkeys!

I used~
DCWV The Silky Smooth Cardstock Stack for the bear cut at 4″
DCWV The Christmas & Winter Glitter Cardstock Stack and MME Lost & Found Portobello Road 6×6 Pad for his hat and clothes
DCWV The Celebration Stack for the balloon cut at 8.458″
DCWV The Playtime Stack for the backgrounds
Irock Metal Gems, Brads, Martha Stewart Gems

In case you get lost along the way click on any of the following link.

I came, I saw, I created
Melody Lane Designs
Stamp, Cut, Create!
A Day in the Life of a Horse Bunny
Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker
Sara W. Andrews -You are here.
Around the Block with Scrapalette
The Cricut lover’s guide to Design Studio
paper, craft & scissors

I am ever so thankful for~

So many things.

And with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming it’s time to focus on those many blessings in my life.

I know many people are doing Gratitude journals or putting their lists on Facebook, but that’s not really my style.

I’ve had a framed project in mind for some time after I spotted one over on Michele’s blog but, I decided to alter mine to fit the holidays.

My Thankful frame~

I took a sheet of the beautiful DCWV The Heirloom Christmas Stack and printed my thankful phrase directly on to it.

I matted it with a second sheet and placed it into an 8 x 10 decorative frame.

Then by using an Expo marker I can change the phrase.

My hope is for the family to daily take turns filling it in.

Here’s how it looks now~

And I’m thinking the kids are going to like this since Ashlyn’s already asking when her turn is.

Although she was saying something about being thankful for finishing her homework.

Hmmm…this should be interesting.

I used~
DCWV The Heirloom Christmas Stack found at Jo-ann Fabric and Craft Stores
8×10 Decorative Frame, Expo Marker

It’s Time for Christmas Cards & Tags~

Christmas is right around the corner and will be here before we know it! Yippee!!

In fact I just bought my first Christmas present this week.

Only a million to go!

Or at least it feels that way.

But, I’ve got my gift tags ready thanks to Erin and DCWV.

Using the Christmas Combo Speciality Sticker Set and several DCWV Card Sets I helped to make an assortment of holiday cards and tags that can be added to any gift or package.

The cards and tags~

By simply grabbing a few stamps, punches and embellishments the tags came together easily.

Erin even shows how to make several of the tags on the DCWV Deals Show on My Craft

The best part is there is a wide variety of images and styles that covers everybody on my list from the oldest to the youngest.

Now I just wish the shopping was this quick and easy.

Maybe Erin can help with that too!

Project supplies can be purchased at

I think there are some coupons floating around, so make sure you check out the DCWV blog too.

I used~
DCWC Christmas Combo Speciality Sticker Stack, 3×3 Red Texture Cards, Glitter Green A2 Cards, Rick Rack Cards, The Christmas and Winter Stack
Cricut Cartridges: A Quilted Christmas for the Santas, Winter Lace for the snowflakes
Tim Holtz Snowman and Snowflake Punch, Fiskars Bird Punch, EK Snowman punch, Various Tim Holtz Christmas Stamps

Falling for Halloween Blog Hop Winner~

Thank you all SO much for joining me and leaving SO many wonderful comments.

You really know how to make a girl feel special!

And now what you’ve been waiting for the winner of the Cricut Create a Critter 2 cartridge is~

Francine says:

October 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Fabulous min-album Sara ~ and wonderful pics of your kids!

Yippee Francine!!

I’ll be contacting you soon for your shipping information.

Have a great day everyone!

And I hope you’ll visit me again.

A Fall Friend Waving Hello~

Welcome to the Falling for Halloween Blog Hop. Thanks for joining us to enjoy all the wonderful crafty inspiration for the Fall and Halloween season.

You should have arrived here from Diane .

If you missed the beginning of the hop, please go to Maria’s blog to start so you don’t miss any of the projects.

Okay, if you’ve been on Pinterest lately I know you’ve seen this adorable guy, Pumpkin Snowman.

And if you’re anything like me you HAVE to have one of your very own!

My original plan was to use real pumpkins; however, since it’s so early in the season I was worried about them not lasting until Halloween.

So, I bought Funkins.

Yes, that is they’re real name.

I let Ashlyn pick her favorite jack-o-lantern face from the Cricut Pumpkin Carving cartridge.

I used black outdoor vinyl and cut the image at 6″.

I used Medium Pressure and a blade setting of 4 to cut the vinyl.

As you can see it cut completely through the backing, but for this project it really didn’t matter.

I simply laid the pieces on my laptop, placed the transfer tape over top and rubbed until I was able to get the vinyl off the backing and on to the tape.

Here are the pieces ready to be placed on my Funkin. Opps! I mean pumpkin.

Once you have the image where you want it, simply rub the image until it completely and firmly sticks to the surface.

Unfortunately pumpkins and Funkins are not smooth, so keep this in mind when picking the spot for your vinyl.

You might have areas that will need to be occasionally touched up or might even need a bit of glue.

I gathered a few extra manly tools to help me assemble my pumpkin snowman.

Don’t worry I only used these for the metal rod running through the pumpkins to keep them all in place.

I added stick arms, a decorated straw hat and a leaf scarf to make him ready for Fall.

A close up~

A little extra friend~

He now sits and greets us with a friendly wave as we come and go.

Leave a comment here today and on yesterday’s post for a chance to win the new Circut Create a Critter 2 cartridge. This give-a-way is closed.

A winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 10th. Good Luck!

Thanks for hopping by and be sure to stop by Michele’s blog next.

I used~
Pumpkin Carving, Noah’s ABC Animals
Black vinyl, Transfer Tape, Various Fall Ashland Brand Decorations and Funkins
Various Manly Tools

In case you get lost along the way, click on any of the participants listed to go to their blog~
Sara @

A Little Halloween Decorating~

Today is my day to post at the Cricut FANatic blog!

So, I thought I would do a little special Halloween decorating of Me And Ashlyn!

I have wanted to make my own paper beads for a while now, and when I flipped through the DCWV The Bewitched Stack I knew it was time.

I chose two patterned papers, a glitter polka dot paper and the gorgeous orange glitter cardstock. Love it!

I used CCR to stretch a simple triangle from the George cartridge for my beads.

I made two different sizes one being 1.5″ wide and the other .75″ wide.

The length of your triangle will determine the thickness of your bead.

Wrapping the beads~

I used a kitchen skewer to wrap the paper around and glued the ends with Glossy Accents.

Finished bead~

I set them aside to dry for a few hours.

Now comes the fun part.

I dug into the wonderful collection of Blue Moon Beads that DCWV sent me to make my jewelry. Thanks DCWV!!

My orange bead necklace and bracelet~

My black bead necklaces~

A full view~

I must share that these were super easy and fun to make.

I even made all those paper beads without gluing my fingers together. Yippee!

And even better was the fact that my teenage daughter was actually a little excited to try the jewelry on.

She even smiled while wearing them. Double Yippee!!

I used~
DCWV The Bewitched Stack and The Bewitched Cardstock Stack
Blue Moon Beads: Glass Pearls, Shell Beads and Clear Transite Cord
Glossy Accents and Jewelry Essentials Findings
CCR and George and Basic Shapes for triangles cut at 1.5 x 11.04″ and .75 x 8.5″