Saturday, October 27, 2012

Happy Owl-A-Ween Blog Hop

Welcome to the: Happy "Owl-A-Ween" Blog Hop!

We have some of the very best crafters showcasing their projects using an owl with a Halloween theme! You will see cards, layouts, and altered art projects! We hope that our projects will inspire you to get crafty!

A grand prize will be sponsored by: Zannie Berry http://www.zannieberry.blogspot.

We know this is a rather long list of crafters, so we're giving you TWO days to hop through all the great projects (Oct. 28-29, 2012.) The grand prize winner will be announced on November 1. Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some crafters will also be giving away blog candy at their blog hop stops!

To be eligible to win the grand prize, you must visit all of the stops in the blog hop, become a follower of each blog hop (if you are not already), and leave a happy comment on each site! (Some crafters may have their own criteria for the blog candy they are giving away at their blog hop stop.)

Good luck! Happy scrapping! Have fun! Happy Halloween!


Hello, and welcome to my stop on the hop! You should have started at Zannie Berry's blog. If you did not, please go back and start from the beginning. You surely don't want to miss out on any of the wonderful owl projects!

In case you get lost along the way, here is the entire line up:
Blog Hop Line Up:

7 LLuvia aka misses crafty   

19. Melissa - *YOU ARE HERE*

20. Jearise - - *GO HERE NEXT!*

Now that we have all the "business" out of the way, let me show you what I've made.

The square base for this home decor wreath is an old canvas. I just cut off the canvas part. For the fabric, I recycled old tshirts in orange, green, and purple (or some combo thereof) that no longer fit, etc. I even cut up a pair of jeans that I no longer wear. I cut them in varying widths and just double knotted them around the wooden frame. Super simple. Couldn't get much easier than that. I didn't worry about edges fraying, as I think that just adds to the character. I then cut out the owl using the Nate's ABC's Cricut Cart. This owl is cut at 6 inches. I then took different sheets of paper and punched one edge using the threading waters border punch from Fiskars. Then, I layered the different pieces on the owl for his "feathers" and added two bottle caps for his eyes. All in all, this project was really simple, but the outcome is just too cute. Hope you enjoyed my project, and I hope you make your very own version!

Next stop on the hop is Jearise.

First Annual Disney Blog Hop for Rett Syndrome Awareness

Welcome to the First Annual Blog Hop for...

Rett Syndrome Awareness

Your first stop should have been at Robin Lane's Blog, if you did not start there please go back to the beginning.

What is Rett Syndrome? Rett Syndrome is a devastating neurological developmental disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls. It is usually caused by a mutation of the MECP2 gene on the X chromosome. Rett Syndrome is found in all racial and ethnic groups throughout the world, and in every socioeconomic class. Rett Syndrome affects 1 in 15,000 female births. 

Early developmental milestones appear normal, but between 6-18 months of age, there is a delay or regression in development, particularly affecting speech, hand skills and coordination. A hallmark of Rett Syndrome is the repetitive hand movements that may include seizures, irregular breathing, swallowing difficulties, and curvature of the spine. Many individuals with Rett Syndrome live well into adulthood.

There is currently no cure.

This hop will take place today (Saturay, Oct. 27, 2012) and Sunday (Oct. 28.) There are 25 of us who have some sort of Disney project to share with you all, so make sure you hop both days. You don't want to miss any of these amazing projects!

You should have come from Jamie's blog. If you didn't, please go back and start from the beginning.


Before I got involved in this Blog Hop, I had no clue what Rett Syndrome was. Never even heard of it before. One of the many reasons I wanted to be involved was to hopefully bring more awareness to others who also may never have heard of it before. This is something that could effect any girl (or possibly boy) you know. Please consider passing the information along.

Today, I chose to make Mickey and Minnie Mouse cupcake toppers. My God-Daughter just had her 2nd birthday in which she had a Minnie Mouse theme. You don't have to use these for a birthday though, you could really use them for almost anything, or even "just because."

I don't have any specific Disney cartridges, so I had to make my own Disney character. I just simply welded three scalloped circle shapes together to make Mickey and Minnie heads. I cut twelve out total. Six are Mickey, and six are Minnie, but you could obviously do any combination that you wanted.

The hardest part of this whole project for me was tying the bows. I used two shades of pink embroidery thread, but ribbon or twine would be adorable, too. I'm horrible with bows, but I'm happy with  how everything turned out.

After I cut everything out, I attached the mice heads with foam tape.

I also used glow in the dark puffy paint for the white dots. They don't dry stark white, but you can still tell they're polka dots, plus, they glow in the dark. What kid wouldn't love that?

Some kind of stick to attach your image to
Red and black card stock
Glow in the dark puffy paint
Foam tape/dimensionals

All the shapes I used are from CCR Basics. I used CCR to weld three scalloped circles together to make the heads. The heads are approx. 1.5 inches, and the cupcake shape is a little larger than 2 inches. Hope you enjoyed my Disney project, and it stirs some of your own creative mojo.

Next, please head on over to Melanie's blog.

Saturday's Line Up:

  1. Robin L. - 
  2. Jenn Drowns Jackson - 
  3. Jamie Larsen - 
  4. Melissa Lipcsey -
  5. Melanie Rozwood -
  6. Ginger K. Morriello -
  7. An'Jenic Gibson -
  8. Angela Tondini Chamness -
  9. Julie McElhinney -
  10. Jennie Dewar -
  11. Angie Makein-Ashuk - 
  12. Anita Thibodeau -
  13. Tess Lisiak Hilton -
  14. Blog Candy -

Sunday, October 14, 2012

National Dessert Day Blog Hop

Dessert: Something sweet (high in calories) that comes at the end of a meal. Today we are serving up dessert all day long, and anytime you want it. The best part are these sweet surprises with NO calories. Please hop through and see each person's take on dessert, and don't forget to give them some blog love! I can guarantee your mouth will be watering at the end of this hop.

Lorby's World ( is our hostess. Please begin at her blog where she is sponsoring a giveaway to go with this hop. All the details on how to win are on her page.

I made a cute little card for my God Daughter's 2nd birthday, but it was just too perfect not to share it for the hop, as well. The papers are from the Birthday Bash paper stack from Imaginisce. The Cake is cut from an image on the cover of the paper pad. No use in wasting something you can use. I made a little banner, and cut out the words from other papers in the stack. My finishing touch was to add some glitter (not pictured, because it was an afterthought) on top of the cake. Good enough to eat! :)

Please continue on to Cicily, and thank you for enjoying our tasty desserts.

  1. Jearise -
  2. Tanya -
  3. L. Miriam -
  4. Sandra-
  6. Melissa - - YOU ARE HERE
  7. Cicily - - GO HERE, NEXT
  8. Jamie -
  9. Ashley -
  10. Anita ~

Monday, October 8, 2012

Feminine Birthday Gift

**If you're still hopping along with Erica and My Cricut Craft Room, click HERE to continue with day TWO of the October 100 Cricut Cart Blog Hop.**

Every time a holiday comes around where I have to make something for my mom, I always feel like I need to  top the last handmade gift I gave her. Her birthday was no different. I decided to do something I haven't done in a long time, which is make jewelry. I took some pretty paper, cut it into a long "banner" shape, and made paper beads with it. I then coated each bead with mod podge and let them dry overnight.

Next came the actual necklace making process. Something ELSE I haven't done in years. I ended up taking the necklace apart countless times. I couldn't tell you how many beads I dropped, either. Eventually, I got it all to come together, with my nerves barely in tact. LOL

I had to make a gift box and card to match, of course. She loved everything, and I loved making it for her.

Don't be afraid to try something you haven't done in a while. You might pleasantly surprise yourself! :)