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 Channel.com.

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 http://www.DCWVDeals.com.

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 @ http://www.sarawandrews.com

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″

Hello There Jack-O-Lantern!

You know how you see a project someone has made and you just have to try it?

My DCWV Stack-a-holic Design team member, Amanda Phillips, made the most adorable paper jack-o-lanterns.

Hers are so much better, so please check them out here.

Meet my Jack~

I made him for the Cricut Circle Canadian Swarm.

I know I’m not Canadian, but those girls are letting this Virginia girl and everyone else join in the fun.

The first challenge was to create a Halloween Home Decor item using one Cricut cut, the color purple and at least one of the following: glitter, ribbon or a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

I think I managed to use them all but the glitter.

The back of Jack is a purple, green, orange and black plaid, so the purple does actual match.

Jack is proudly sitting on the steps with the other pumpkins waiting for Halloween.

Or at least he was until Hartly carried him off.

Hmmm…wonder if Jack will survive until Halloween.

If you’re a Cricut Circle member, please join in the fun.

I used~
DCWV The Bewitched Stack and The Halloween & Fall Stack
Favorite Findings Buttons, Ribbon, Papertrey Twine
Pumpkin Carvings for the Jack-o-lantern face, CTMH Artiste for the leaf
Forest Branches Cuttlebug Folder and Misc Tim Holtz Folder