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Monday, November 30, 2009

Playing with food again

We've started making Christmas goodies. Hand dipped pretzel rods. I use the candy melts I get at ACMoore. The white coating is mint, the brown coating is milk chocolate. We used 3 topppings - peppermint dust, candy cane crunch and peanut brittle crunch. It's so fun and the best part is that we get to eat all the ones that break!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas Countdown Fireplace

I crafted up a Christmas Countdown on my fireplace. I have the numbers 1-25, so on Dec. 1st, we take off the number 1 and so on. I put little tabs made of a clear transparency behind each ball, so they would be easy to peel off. The font is Weehah, and I made the number balls with a font called Combinumerals. I didn't have burgundy wall vinyl, but since I placed the burgundy on top of the white, which is wall vinyl, it never touches the paint, so no worries. (click on picture for a better view)

Monday, November 23, 2009

What I love...

What I love is Keebler Flipsides Crackers . I tried them for the first time with a coupon and oh, they are good. Keebler got it right with these!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Christmas Images

Here are a set of .jpg images you can use for cutting and crafting. This time I am sharing them in .jpg format, because, well some folks are snagging and reposting my .svgs in other places. Maybe this will prevent this. I'm sorry for those of you who now have to make your own .svgs. Here are the directions.
After you download the .jpgs. For SCAL 2: click on the icon at the top with the tree and horizon, find the file you want and click it, it will come in on the mat. For SCAL 1: open Inkscape (a free download program), Click file – Import, Find the .jpg file you just saved.
You will then see the image on the screen. Click Path/Trace bitmap. Click Update in the trace Bitmap window. Click File/Save As – give it a name and it will be saved as an SVG file. Now open SCAL. Click File/Import SVG, find you SVG file and you are ready to cut – you can resize as needed. As always. comments are appreciated, for questions, please email, please do not leave questions in the comment section.

Friday, November 20, 2009

What I love...

What I love. I love being able to help people with what I do best. I don't always have the money to donate to every charity I want, but I like to think I have creativity and the ability to make crafts and make people SMILE from them. I made these as craft "kits" for some homeless kids who will be at our church this Thanksgiving. The feathers are paint swatches I got free from my wallpaper and paint store - they were all going to be thrown out. The body is from outdated wallpaper books. I just handcut the bodies. I made the beak, feet , gobble and eyes from the Home Accents cartridge - all of the shapes seemed to be right there. I hope they have fun making these.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas Platters

Here's another item to add to your "To Do" list. Make Christmas platters. They make really cute hostess gifts, especially piled high with cookies. I used the outdoor vinyl which is washable.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New VINYL source

I found a new great source for VINYL
It's CnC Signs. (
Here's what I found. Glossy outdoor/crafting vinyl.
25 foot rolls x 12 inches for $8.99 - the vinyl is .35 a square foot
Buy 5-8 rolls and the flat rate shipping is $15.99
Buy 9-14 rolls and the flat rate is $17.99
Here is the breakdown which includes shipping: if you buy 4 rolls, the vinyl comes to .52 a square foot, if you buy 8 rolls, the vinyl comes to .44 a square foot , if you buy 14 rolls, it comes to .41 a square foot.
This is a comparable price of other places BEFORE shipping and then they tack a whole bunch on top.
I have ordered many times and the customer service is great and shipping is fast!

Here are some of the color choices:

You can visit the site here:

Do not checkout at this site, you have to mention code "LCVinylPrices" (remember: LoveCricutVinylPrices) to get these special prices.

They also sell on Ebay - with the price of $8.20 for first item and $3.60 for each additional item. You can imagine how the s/h can add up without this special code! You can check out their profile ebay id CNCSIGNS.
Send your order to .

Monday, November 16, 2009

Checkout Code

Need the checkout code and link for FREE shipping to H&H sign supply? It's right there in the right hand column...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

What I love...

What I Cranberry Orange Mango sauce.
Are you getting your menu together for Thanksgiving - try this in place of the traditional cranberry sauce. Everyone will be raving!
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 fresh mango diced small
1 small can of mandarin oranges (drained) or 1 large orange (diced) or 2 clementine oranges (diced)
Mix cranberry sauce, fresh mango and orange pieces
Refrigerate and eat.
Recipe can be doubled or tripled
Yummy! (and healthy too)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

More framed art

Here is some more framed art I did. I used contact paper under the glass and put the vinyl right on the glass. The frames are 11x14.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What I love...

I love my husband for so many reasons, but I am very proud that he is a veteran. On the VETERANS DAY, thank a vet for the freedoms you enjoy today!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Simple Framed Art

I like to make very simple projects sometimes - it's just fast and very satisfying.

I put the vinyl on the outside of the glass. The wood grain design in the frame is just contact paper. The frame is 11x14

The "Give Thanks" .svg is below

Monday, November 9, 2009

What I love...

What I love...

I love planning my vacation to Disney World in January. I'm very excited about taking my son for the first time! Even though I've been there a dozen times, this will be a whole new trip!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

H&H vinyl sale!!

H&H is having a vinyl sale

20% off all GT5 vinyl on Tuesday November 10th

Use the code 111009 at checkout when you click here.

This came from an email I got from them.

Cool Monogram font

I was searching for the circle monogram and came across this. I think it has lots of possibilities!

You can download the free font here:

Thursday, November 5, 2009

What I love...

What I love is that it's the season to make caramel popcorn. There's just something about fall that I love making and giving caramel popcorn right through Christmas. This year I'm mixing it up with "mix-ins". I'm adding mini-M&Ms and in another batch candy corn. Ok, now raise your hand if you want some!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Jar Candles

I decided to try the jar candles with the glass etch vinyl. Here is a situation where I really wouldn't want to mess up with the chemical etching, so I just used the white frosted vinyl that looks like it's been etched. I used the dark etch vinyl, and I like the detail I was able to get with the vinyl - I know I'll do quite a few of these for gifts. I thought some monograms and family names - established dates would be really pretty and make nice gifts.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Christmas SVGs

Here are some new Christmas SVGs to help you get motivated to start your Christmas projects. Plus one bonus file not shown here.