This Little Piggy Went To Mania~

Just to meet you.

This past weekend I headed to Alpharetta, GA to attend Cricut Circle Mania III.

It was a weekend of scrapbooking, shopping and time spent with friends.

Part of the excitement is exchanging Calling Cards with the other ladies.

And if you remember the Pig versus Teddy Bear Debate of 2013 you know how my calling card came to be.

My calling cards~


Yes, about 60 little pigs made the trip with me to Mania.

And no, I don’t like making that many of anything.

In fact, I had a bit of help assembling my cards.

Can you tell?

A close up~


Hartly helped me with a few. He he.

If you’d like to see more of the calling cards given and collected, Danita has many of them posted on her blog.

And remember how I said my pigs weren’t unexpected?

A gift from Anne Henderson~


Isn’t this piggy charger plate adorable?

I love it!

Thanks Anne!

Now this little piggy needs to unpack.

I used~
Cricut Charmed for the Pig
Cricut Craft Room Basics for the Circle
Various October Afternoon papers

Hats Off To You~

I was scrolling through Pinterest this week and found the most adorable Mad Hatter Hats.

Did you go look? Aren’t they fabulous?

And perfect for this time of year.

My hats~



The website, Seeing Things, is even kind enough to give detailed instructions and a template.

However, some of us are a bit challenged when it comes to wielding a pair of scissors.

So, I decided to figure out how to use my Cricut to make my hats.

CCR screen shot~

Mad Hatter 1

I made the top and bottom of the hat by using Cricut Craft Room Basics Digital Cartridge for the circles cut at 3.5″ and 2.75″.

Easy peasy!

For the body portion of the hat I used Cricut Font & Basics Shapes Parentheses cut at 8.5″ high and 3.9″ wide.

I then trimmed the ends to make them straight rather than curved.

For my first hat I used Tombow Multi Purpose Liquid Glue, but I quickly switched to my hot glue gun for the second since I was getting glue everywhere.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m liquid glue challenged as well.

Next time I will run by paper through my Xyron to adhere it to the chipboard or seal the entire hat with Modge Podge to help keep those edges down.

I added a Spellbinders Bitty Blossom, seam binding ribbon and stick pin to decorate.

A close up~


I also spritzed them with Glimmer Mist to give them a little sparkle.

I even added stick pins from our swap from last fall.


Thank you Lori Sjogren!!

This is my Cricut Circle Canadian Challenge: Home Décor project in which we had to use chipboard and flowers.

I can’t wait to put these hats out with the other Halloween decorations.

They’ll just have to be up high, since someone thinks they’re just the right size for her Amber doll.

Oh boy!

I used~

Spooky Time
DCWV The Spooky Time Stack
Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms, Seam Binding Ribbon, Glimmer Mist Purple Pansy, Chipboard
Cricut Font & Basic Shapes for the Parentheses cut at 8.5″ x 3.9″
CCR Basics for the Circles cut at 3.5″ and 2.75″

It’s Your B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y!!!

I hope it’s H-A-P-P-Y!!

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

We’ve got several birthday’s coming up this week and two are for the cheerleaders in the family, so I got my cheer on.

My tags~


I don’t know what exactly it is about these cheerleader images, but I just love them.

Especially since I was able to match their outfits to the girls’ actual team colors.

A close up~


To give my cheerleaders a bit more dimension I used pop dots for the sign and pom-pom.

I also attached my layers using a simple staple to allow it to lift off the bag a bit.

So far they’ve been a major hit with Hartly.

She wants one for herself.

Guess I’d best get B-U-S-Y!!

I used~

Printed Craft

DCWV The Printed Craft Stack, The Fiber Stack, The Cardstock Stack Jewels, Brights and Brights Pastels and The Cardstack Stack Glitzy Glitter
DCWV Gems, Twine and Whisker Graphic Bags

Cricut Cheerleading Digital Cartridge for the Cheerleaders cut at 4.5″

Beach Access~

It’s time once again for the DCWV Stack-a-holic Sketch Challenge. Yippee!

Erin has picked two great sketches to choose from, but of course I chose the layout sketch.

My layout~

Beach Access 2

I picked The Downtown Loft Stack for my layout.

It’s one of those stacks that I’ve been hoarding for just the right project.

I like how well the browns, blues and greens match my pictures of the kids playing on the beach at dusk.

And I love, love, love the patterns.

I hope you will find time this month to grab a stack and join in the challenge.

I used~
DCWV’s The Downtown Loft Stack
Studio Calico Brads, Simple Stories Snaplife and 24/7 Brads, Kelly Purkey Stamp and Amy Tangerine Date Stamp
Cricut Opposites Attract and CCR Basics for the title

There Are 104 Days Of Summer Vacation~

Welcome to the DCWV and Therm O Web Summer Lovin’ Blog hop.

Today, the design teams from DCWV and Therm O Web have brought together all the things we love about summer! We’ve combined paper from DCWV’s Sunday Afternoon and Everlasting Love stacks together with a variety of adhesives, mists and other fantastic products from Therm O Web!

If you came here from Erin at the DCWV blog then you’re on track! If not, head there first. You don’t want to miss a thing!

In my house with two fourteen year olds and a husband who teaches Middle School there is always a countdown to Summer Vacation.

It generally begins the first day of school. And no, I’m not kidding.

So, I thought I would play off of their countdown and borrow lyrics from the two who have perfected what to do on a Summer Day. . .Phineas and Ferb.

My layout~


The colors and patterns in DCWV’s Sunday Afternoon stack remind me of sunny days spent by the pool with it’s yellows and blues.

I also wanted to mimic the polka dots in both girls’ bathing suits, so I grabbed that polka dot paper from the Everlasting Love stack.

Isn’t that the wonderful thing about DCWV? You can mix and match them all.

I knew I wanted the 104 in my title to be an attention grabber.

So, I decided it was the perfect time to use all those sequins that have become so popular and keep jumping in my shopping cart.

However, I didn’t know how best to adhere them.

The Therm O Web iCraft Adhesive sheets were perfect for this.

I simply placed the sheet on my Cricut mat and made my cut.

My 104 Cut~


I then peeled off the bottom protective portion, placed it on my 104 paper image, peeled the top protective layer off and began applying my sequins.


By using the Therm O Web 3D Foam Squares I was able to lift the 104 from it’s shadow layer to draw even more attention to it.

A close up~


And of course, I couldn’t leave out the tag line from the show.


I used the Mini Sticky Tape Runner to adhere the individual sequins.

Now I’m sure there will be a big discussion amongst the three regarding the accuracy of 104 days of summer vacation, but that should keep them busy for a little while. Right?

Be sure to visit all the blogs today and leave comments for your chance to win! Two lucky readers will win a set of 3 stacks from DCWV. An additional reader will receive an amazing gift pack from Therm O Web! The more you comment, the more chances you have to win! How easy is that?

Now, head on over to Debbie’s blog to see what kind of Summer craftiness she’s created!

I used~
DCWV Sunday Afternoon Stack and The Everlasting Love Stack
Studio Calico Sequins, Lindsay Thickers, American Crafts Ribbon
Therm O Web iCraft Adhesive, 3D Foam Squares, Medium Zots and Mini Sticky Tape Runner
Cricut Craft Room Basics for the 104 cut at @ 3″

In case you get lost~

Sara – You’re here.








Dayna Sabrina

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Julia Sandvoss

Go Big or Go Home!~

NSD1 Blog Button

Welcome to Day 2 of our Circleville NSD Online Event and to my first challenge, Go Big or Go Home!

The challenge is to use an oversized photo or title or both on your project.

How easy is that?!

And with your Cricut or any other die cutting machine making a BIG title is super easy.

For my layout I chose to use both.

And to be totally honest my 8.5 x 11 picture turned out to be a bit larger than I thought. Yikes!

You’d think the measurements would mean something to me, but they didn’t.

Especially since I like to double mat my layouts.

Anyway, that’s why CCR really helped with making my title the perfect size.


Troublemaker in CCR

Once I had my title ready to go I cut it using my new Cricut Mini.

I am seriously loving this machine.

Mini in action~


A close up of my title~


As you can see I used the negative space and added buttons and goosebumps to embellish it.

My layout~


Now some of you might have an idea of how I got this title, but I assure you that it comes from Hartly’s new favorite song by Olly Mars.

It’s not my fault that it’s also an accurate description.

Now for you card only makers I used the same process to make a BIG titled card.

My card~


See how easy that is!

Now I want you to get busy and make your own Go BIG project.

And maybe even win a prize!! Yippee!!

Post your project on the Cricut Circle Message Board under the Go Big or Go Home Challenge thread for a chance to win there. And then come back here and leave me a link to your project in the comments for a chance to win here.

If you are not a Circle Member you can still participate by leaving me a comment with a link to your blog post or to any gallery of your choosing such as Two Peas, Studio Calico, Cricut General Message Board, etc. Leave me a link and I’ll find you. For every project made you get TWO entries.

Don’t have time to make something? Awww…leave a comment letting me know what you would make and I’ll enter you in the drawing as well.

You have until Sunday May 12th at 8:00 pm to enter to win a $20.00 gift card to Hobby Lobby. One gift card will be given away on the Cricut Circle Message Board Go Big or Go Home Challenge Thread and One will be given away here on my blog.

I used~
My layout: DCWV The Whimsical World Stack, Fancy Pants Down By The Shore Button Set, Queen & Co Twinkle Goosebumps, Trim, CCR and CCR Basics
My card: DCWV The Whimsical World Stack, October Afternoon Woodland Park Brads, American Crafts Twine, Seam Binding Ribbon, CCR and Cricut Font & Basic Shapes

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

Countdown to Christmas~

You know how you see something you really like, but for whatever reason you decide that instead of buying it you can make it yourself.

Yes, that is what happened to me when I saw the Silhouette Advent Calendar kit.

At first I thought I’m definitely buying the kit, but then I got to thinking that I sure wish it came in black.

And then I remembered all the Cricut images I already own.

So, off to Hobby Lobby I went.

Which happens to be a place that has frames half off all the time.

I wanted my frame to be large, so I bought a 16 x 20 frame, several spools of wire and an assortment of Tim Holtz Idea-ology clips.

My frame~

I started by taking the glass and backing off of the frame.

And yes, I broke the glass! Yikes!


With a little help I measured the area to equally divide the space.

While trying to determine the spacing my wire would not lay flat, so I grabbed some bamboo skewers from the kitchen to help me plan.

And guess what?

I liked that they were straight, rigid and seemed to be the perfect size, so I ditched the wire idea and painted them black.

Gluing the rods~

I used hot glue to attach the skewers to the frame.

Easy Peasy!

And now comes the fun part.

My advent calendar~

When I looked through my Christmas supplies I instantly knew the October Afternoon Holiday Style Miscellany pack was meant for this project.

All the cards and tags have an eclectic feel, but they still kept my project uniform. Love that!

I added a few Cricut cuts, some Thickers and other October Afternoon embellishments.

I’m actually tickled at how well this turned out.

Not too bad for a DIY.

I used~
October Afternoon Holiday Style Miscellany, Word Stickers and Chip-n-Stick, Very Merry Word Stickers, Good Cheer Paper, Flower Sack, 9-5 Buttons, Rub Ons
Papertrey Ink Twine, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Idea-ology Hinge Clips, Hampton Arts Holiday Dreams & Wishes Stamps
Thickers: Sparkling, Lax, Reindeer, Jewelry Box, Elf, Lullaby, Sprinkles, Bliss
Cricut Essentials for Stars cut at various sizes starting at 2.5″
Cricut Craft Room Basics for the Scalloped Circles cut at 2.75″
Sesame Street Seasons for the Snowflakes cut at various sizes starting at 2″

Eye Thank You!~

In case you didn’t know about three weeks ago my hubby’s retina decided to detach itself.

So after two surgeries, one laser procedure and over two and a half weeks spent laying on his left side on the sofa he’s finally returning to normal life.

During this time he missed EVERYTHING!

He missed school, practices and most importantly volleyball games. Eeek!

So to thank all the girls on the team for the continued hard work, well wishes and delicious gift basket, he got them each a special treat.

His thank you gift~

Yes, those are bouncy eyeballs and eyeball rings!

And yes, my hubby is quite the funny guy.

To help continue the eye theme I used the fabulous Jillibean Soup Cup of Eyeball paper a friend sent me for the tags and some eyeball ribbon.

Here’s all 30 of them~

Somehow I think the girls will appreciate the gifts.

They were the ones who started with sending the eye patches and cyclops name calling. Ha!

I used~
Jillibean Soup Monster Stew Cup of Eyeballs paper, Washi Tape, Studio Calico Thank You stamp, Ribbon
Tags, Bags, Boxes & More for the tag cut at 3″, Cricut Craft Room Basics for the circle/hole in the tag cut to size

You’re Invited~

And Hartly is ready to P-A-R-T-Y!!

Can you tell?

That’s why I just had to have the October Afternoon Cakewalk collection.

Those colors and patterns are fabulous.

To be totally honest with you I had avoided buying this collection for a while.

Even with outside pressure I resisted.

But once I saw it and held it in my very own hands while at a retreat, I bought every last piece.

My layout~

There aren’t words to describe that Sugar Stix paper.

That’s why I bought two!!

A close up~

Guess I’d better get busy celebrating and partying, so I can use up all this paper.

Party, anyone?

I think Hartly is available.

I used~
October Afternoon Cakewalk Candy Buttons, Sugar Stix and Guest List paper, Buttons, Flower Stack and Shape Stickers
Studio Calico Wood Stars, Cream twine, Kraft paper
Cricut Craft Room Basics for the number 2