Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Damask Divas Blog Hop

Welcome to another Damask Diva's Blog Hop! This month we are featuring the Flirty Paper Pack! I LOVE the colors on this paper pack. It's just as fun as it sounds!
If you came from Sharon's blog, you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants. You will want to hop over to the Damask Divas blog so that you can enter this month's giveaway!!
My Project today is a pretty little card that highlights all of the fun colors:

Most items were cut by hand,with the exception of the pretty little frame from the Artiste Cartridge.

The next blog on the list is Traci's blog. Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using Flirty Paper Pack. If you get lost, just hop on over to Damask Divas blog for the full list.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

CHQ Blog Hop!

Welcome Friends!  We are hosting another blog hop this week and a fabulous GIVEAWAY!  Be sure to follow me and enter!

It's time for another CHQ Blog Hop!  This experience has been so much fun for us!  We're so grateful to have you back this week!   If this is your first time here, WELCOME!  Take a look around, mingle and make new friends, and stop by and say 'hello' to those you already know!
We have a great sponsor and giveaway!

Please help us welcome Melissa from My Watermelon Moon!   

Watermlon Moon

My Watermelon Moon is a paper crafting blog with fun projects and tips!  She is a Close to My Heart vendorToday, Melissa is giving away Close to My Heart Advent Calendar Kit valued at $44.95!  Isn't that amazing?


As a special to all of our friends here at the blog hop, Melissa is offering free shipping on anything ordered through her shop!  Simply go to to place the order!  Once you place your order, email Melissa at and she will credit the shipping (that's how the website works).

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below.  
a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Our blog hop has become popular very quickly, and we have decided to take sponsors. What does that mean? It means we will be hosting an awesome giveaway every week, which you, our loyal bloghoppers, will have a chance to win. If you are interested in sponsoring a week by donating an item for giveaway, please feel free to contact either of us, mentioning your idea for a giveaway. List any info (such as websites and contact info) that you feel is important for us to know. Then, in addition to sponsoring, you will also be given the opportunity to co-host, should you desire.

Let's get on to the partying, shall we? Remember, follow all four hosts plus the honorary co-host, and pretty please share our button via your blog, facebook, pinterest or twitter. The more exposure the party gets, the more exposure you get. Plus, you get to meet even more amazing new friends, and that's truly what it's all about!

**Note: This is a blog hop, not a link party. Link up your blog homepage using an image such as your blog button, and write your blog name in the "name" field. Links containing projects and individual pages will unfortunately be deleted. Thanks!

Remember, if you are a new follower, please leave me a comment so I can thank you!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Getting Ready for Halloween!

The sleepover birthday party is done and now it's time to switch modes. We are getting ready for Halloween!  The Mr. has some requested items to make his decorating complete... I had better get to work! 

Meanwhile, we have all of these fun things already ready already:

Some of my favorites first!

Here is some new friends made of paper to go with my non- paper spooky town.  The Scare us Wheel and Tent are paper!  The merry go round is NOT, but don't think for a minute that one isn't coming for Christmas!!! I have BIG plans for Christmas! :)

A trick or treat  wreath for our door:

Pretty Damask Paper pumpkin anyone?

Treat Bags and boxes for the kids...

I also have to bust out a costume this weekend... My son has very unique needs, lol.
Here is the costumes I made last year:

These were all made out of felt, and some spray glue and with the help and sewing talents of a good friend.
We had a ton of fun making them!  I however am on my own this year.  The good news is, I have since learned how to change the thread in my sewing machine and can actually sew really, really simple things.  My patience will be fully tested Sunday... :)

Liebster Blog Award

This week I was nominated for my first ever blog award! I had wondered what some of the blog awards were and how they came about.  I never expected for someone to nominate me for one! It's always nice to be recognized!

So a big thank you to Holly at Not Done Growing for the Liebster Award.  

Here is a little information about the award from Holly's post:

The Liebster award is given by fellow bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. 
So, what is a Liebster anyway?   The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

And now for the rules:
Each person must post 11 things about themselves 
Answer the questions that the nominator set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve nominated to answer. 
Choose 11 people and link them in your post. 
Go to their page and tell them. 

Look for my post later this week while I find my Liebster recipients!! I am excited to be a part of this fun process!

Freedom Friday

Here is this week's freedom Friday card!  It is TOTALLY your imagination that this post is happening on Saturday. LOL

I am making cards for a very worthwhile project called Operation Write Home.  Card crafters make and send cards to the brave men & women overseas that are keeping our homeland safe and free.  Take just a moment to go and check out their site, it's an amazing project. Here is my project for this week:

This was a card base I had in my stash, and I used this cute Hi! stamp from my Close to my Heart set.  

HIMCR DT Inspiration

It's time for another Hiding in my Craft Room weekly challenge!  This week's challenge is Mix it up and is Thankful or Thanksgiving themed.  The design team members used a Digital stamp file from this week's sponsor!  I hope you enjoy!

A member of the HIMCR Design Team, our very own Naomi, is giving away through November 30th a FREE digi stamp:  Free Thanksgiving Digital (sweet girl praying).  Since that goes so nicely with this week's challenge we decided to use it for some of our DT inspiration this week.  Also, Naomi fromCreative Bug on the Loose is sponsoring this week's challenge by donating a very cute Fall digi stamp as this week's giveaway!! You have until Friday, November 2nd to link up your creation to get entered into the weekly drawing. When uploading to online galleries please use code HIMCR69.

Digital Stamp images are a completely new medium for me!  I Pretty much decided I should go back to pre-school and learn to color.  LOL.  But the little girl praying is cute? Dont ya think?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hello New Friends!

This weekend My Watermelon Moon is co-hosting a blog hop!  How fun is that??  This is a great way to make new friends.  Be sure to check out all of the fun friends that link up!
Also, if you get a chance, check out some of the fun Halloween Projects here on my blog.

Thanks for joining us for the Weekend Blog Walk.  We had nearly 200 bloggers linked up and ready to blog hop last weekend

Spread the love- give a shout out with #WeekendBlogWalk, or just hit the Tweet button below:

What is Blog Hop Etiquette anyway? 

Interested in being a Guest-Host?  There is a $10 fee to Guest Host.   Or, if you purchase Large Ad space on At Home Take 2, you can get a free weekend as Guest Host.  Send an email ( to reserve your spot.  Be sure to put Guest Host in the subject line.  This small fee allows us to advertise and promote the Weekend Blog Walk, allowing the blog hop to grow, and helping us all gain more traffic.  

Rules for the Weekend Blog Walk are simple:

1) Follow your Co-Hosts and Guest Hosts (1-6 on the Linky) via GFC or Feedburer.  If you link up on the Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest Lists, please follow us there as well.  Leave a comment for us if you are a new follower.
Jessica from At Home Take 2
Jillian from Hi! It's Jilly.
Jenna from Call Her Happy
Sarah at Life in a Breakdown (Guest Host) 
Melissa at My Watermelon Moon (Guest Host)
Allie at Coupon Gator Mommy  (Guest Host)
Michelle at Krumble Cakes and Sweets (Guest Host)
2) Post our button on your sidebar, or add a link on your Party List. 
3) Hop around and visit at least a few new blogs and meet some new blogging friends.

At Home Take 2

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Have Giveaways or want to enter? Do that here.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Trick or Treat Wreath

In between party planning I finally managed to finish my Halloween wreath!
This is a fast and easy wreath to make. 

All of the paper cuts are from my Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge.  I wrapped my favorite grapevine wreath with some candy corn garland and orange ribbon.  I attached the moon with some black thread so it could hang in the middle of the wreath and look suspended.   

Although this wreath took over a week to make because I futzed with it, and still am not 100% sure I am happy with the results, if you were to try making it, I should take less than an hour!  Fast and fun!

Here is the center a little closer up:

I hope you like today's project!  I can't wait for Halloween, What about you?

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What we've been up to....

This beautiful girl turned 13 this week....

We have spent most of our "spare" time party prepping for her friends this weekend.

A fair amount of cutting, gluing, fluffing and planning has been underway.

  Now you know why I have neglected my blog duties ;)

  More fun and fluffy stuff coming soon!  More importantly, more projects coming soon!  I am SO ready to start crafting for the holidays!  What about you?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Candy Corn Box

For this week's challenge, I thought I would make treat boxes for the kids that will be coming on Halloween for our little party we are having!  Friends and family will come for snacks, trick or treating and fun!  
Here is the cute little treat box:

To make this box I used SVGCuts Fall Harvest kit and my Silhouette Cameo.  These would take VERY little time to make a large quantity for a party.  I stamped the yellow layer with the happy Halloween and used the mum flower cut to make a candy corn layered flower to put on the box with a jewel to finish it off for the girls.  I will probably use buttons for the boys' boxes, or no flower... :)  Last to finish it off, a little bakers twine!  I am loving how the bakers twine finished off projects and MAY just have to break down and buy some.  This orange twine came in a kit, and well, I LOVE it!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday Challenge: Die Cuts

It's time for another Hiding in my Craft Room Challenge!

This week is die cuts!  If you have been with me for a bit, you have figured out that my Die Cutters are really important to me! So this was an easy challenge for me.  Sort of.  There is SO much to choose from!

I have used more than a fair amount of black and orange paper lately, and I found myself singing Christmas songs while in the car this week! (Really... I know.  I'm weird.) Anywhoo,  I decided to get out my favorite Cricut cartridge; Artiste by Close to my Heart and the October Stamp of the Month also from Close to my Heart.  Aaaaaaand finally, I wanted it to be a 3D project.  I have lofty plans to actually get loads of holiday baking done this year, so boxes to deliver these sweets seemed like the best plan!

I have a plethora of Christmas paper pads, so I decided to start using up those first!

I selected this cute little box on page 48 of the Artiste handbook.  Cut, glued the lids.  The bottom of the box simply gets folded and is held together by the lid!  How cool is that? Makes it easy for this box to be a mass produced gift wrap!  Next, I cut the medallions from some white card stock.  Right on the stamp cling it tells what page in Artiste to find the shape and exactly what size to cut it!  Love that feature!  

Here are the boxes with their solo performance pics:

These are fast and easy to make, and they are cute too!  Hope you enjoyed today's inspiration!
Now go make your challenge piece and enter it at Hiding in my Craft Room!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Freedom Friday

Today's Freedom Friday card supporting Operation Write Home.  If you've never heard of it, go check it out.  It's an amazing program!

Winter can seem looooong and I wanted this card to be able to be used anytime one of our men or women overseas wanted to tell a loved one how they warm their hearts.

Here is what I used:
  • The card base is a DCWV from my stash.
  • The die cut is from Cricut Love you a Latte
  • The stitching stamp border is from a retired Close to my Heart stamp set
  • The sentiment is from Close to my Heart October stamp of the month. (see below, you can get it for just $5!)
  • And that sweet little face on the mug?  Peachy Keen Stamps!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My fears came true!?

Fun Halloween idea! Just black paper cut to fit the bowl.In my post just a few short days ago about toilet decorating, my concerns that I have been missing out and making a terrible faux paus by not decorating my toilet have been confirmed today!

Turns out I have totally been missing out!  Check out Debbie at Bug Juiced.  She went all out (there's more than this pic!, really!)  Gah, Now I have to go figure out my own clever commode decor...

For the record: I think that these ideas are totally amusing, I just honestly would have NEVER thought of it in a MILLION years.  I poke fun because I wish I had thought of it, it's kinda clever...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Will Craft for Smiles

A couple of weeks ago I snuck over stopped by Michael's on my home from somewhere to look for some thing I totally didn't need needed.  What exactly that was eludes me now, but it's not the important part of the story.  While looking for whatever it was, I decided to stop by the ribbon aisle, to see if anything new and wonderful had been delivered since my last trip there (probably the day before)...  I didn't find any new and exciting ribbon, but I did find a friend (who probably doesn't want to talk to me anymore.) from work and his adorable wife trying to decide what kind of ribbon to buy for their baby shower invitations.  Of course, I couldn't say hello and leave well enough alone.  I had to ask.  I of course then had opinions.  My next project was revealing itself in unexpected ways... mostly cause I have a big mouth.

This was their first child, a baby girl.  The Mrs. had definite ideas on what she liked: kraft paper (must have), pink, something shiny.  But here was the rub... Her sister was pregnant too and due the SAME WEEK ( I think that is co-inky-dink)!  The family was throwing a joint baby shower to honor the sisters.  Sounds like a great party, right?
Mrs. wanted some shower invitations that were just her's, for the scrap book's, her friends and such, but she was also trying to figure out how to make joint invitations for family and friends that would be celebrating for both sisters.

Once we were done discussing things, they put all of the items they had selected back and we had a date to meet!  I gave them some websites to peruse so they would have an idea of what they liked before we met for the consultation.  Now let me make one thing clear, I don't make any creations for profit.  I help out friends, and they buy their own supplies, and that's it.  If I tried to make a business out of it, that would take the fun out of it.  No thanks!

After much web browsing... trial... error... try again... the adorable and glowing Mrs. decided on this:

Luckily I had this Cricut cartridge Wild Card.  Then we made the same card with a blue theme for her sister...  THEN we had to come up with a joint card so that friends and family that knew and loved both sisters wouldn't be perplexed by two invitations to the same party!  They both were schooled in how to use the Cricut so we could cut a bazillion cards...This is what we came up with:

Look at how CUTE the double carriages facing each other are!  I used my gypsy to flip, weld, edit, add to make that double card happen.  The family LOVES the card and the excitement and happiness made it all worth it.  It took a LONG time to cut 75 invitations and all of the layers and little parts.  Thankfully they brought in help and assembled them all.  But yes, I definitely will Cricut (or Silhouette) for smiles anytime.  That's what makes this crafting business fun, making other's smile!

This was quite a wordy post wasn't it?  But it was a fun project and a fun way to accidentally find the project, so I wanted to share it all with you!   I hope you enjoyed and have a fabulous day.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Scare Us Wheel

For my project I was finally able to finish a project I have really been wanting to make!  It's from the amazing SVGCuts Summer Carnival kit, the kit that totally hooked me on their files, yet I hadn't had time to make one... But I finally did!

This kit is very well thought out, and takes A LOT of paper! The only thing hard about it is picking out the papers though.  It was really fun to make.  The spider webs are from SVGCuts Salazar's Scary Squares and the spooky eyes, bat and spider are from the Party on Elm Street kit.  Most of the papers are from the Close to my Heart Spellbound kit with a few sprinkled in from my stash.

At our house Halloween has always been a big holiday to decorate for.  I also love miniature houses and scenes. (Christmas town is out of control, seriously).  I also decided to make the tent to go with the Scare-us Wheel, we wouldn't want it to feel lonely!

I embossed the black pieces with a damask embossing folder and then used a fun bat damask stamp for the purple panels.  

I have become a huge Damask fan lately... 

One of the funnest parts?  These pieces both fit in perfectly with my little Spooky Town that I have been collecting for years.  I already had the Scary go Round in my kit!  I can't believe how perfect they all are together!

I have plans for at least one more piece to this set. Hopefully I will get a little time and won't be spending all my crafty time making pink things for baby girls' party.  Hope you all don't mind lots of pink projects in October! :)

UPDATE: This was originally a design team post for My Crafting Channel,  Nana at My Crafting Channel has disappeared!  I Can't even begin to tell you how sad that makes me :(  I have tried to contact her, but she is hiding in cyber space.  I hope all is okay with her.

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