Tuesday

Very Cricut-ee Retirement Ceremony!

I used the Lori's Garden Imagine Art Cartridge for the decor for this celebration. It was a hit!!


Birdcage on Cake and Decorated Gift bag - Page 3 Cut at 6.5 inches then flipped and Stickled. I used two grilling skewars so that I could prop it into the cake, and taped them on the inside of the images and used pop dots to adhere the images together.
Cupcake Charms - using page 20 - I Cut them at 1.5 inches an auto-filled one sheet, and flipped the image and did one more sheet! I taped the Toothpick in the middle and used my ATG to adhere them together - Added a few stickles and VOILA !!


These are Lemon Rasberry Cupcakes!! YUMMY!! I simply added lemon Zest and Lemon oil to the batter mix, and used 1 cup of butter to 3 cups powdered sugar and 2 teas rasb oil (and red food coloring gel) for the Frosting.  


  I used multiple bonus content birds in 3-D as decor and of course had a matching card :) She really loved her retirement ceremony and I was so happy to have my cricut to make it so memorable for her!! 


Banner on Cake - Page  25 cut at 7.5 inches and stamped with "celebrate"


Friday

Color Challenge - Purple

 Welcome! I am so happy to have you here!  
  

Today we are using the Color Purple! Who doesn't love purple, but all too often I seem to forget to use it!! I chose to use the Cindy Loo Cartridge and stretched it into an oval in the Cricut Craft Room. I cut the image twice - once in the Brown and once in Green. I also stretched the image just a tiny bit further and used the hide contour feature on everything for the frame.


I hand cut the trees out of the oval and adhered them with pop dots. I drew small noses and whiskers on the Squirrel and Deer.  I used my white Galaxy Marker to "stitch" both frames. The top Layer is a thick Vellum - If I had this card to do over again, I would remember that Vellum is SEE THROUGH!! You can see my ATG adhesive. :( Other than that, I really love the way that this card turned out. The sentiment is so Darling!  


This was my first attempt at a bow like this and I thought it turned out great! All I did was fold the ribbon onto itself and use my ATG!! I used pop dots to adhere the button! I was amazed at how simple it was. Sometimes it takes me a while to attempt something because I fret about how difficult I think it is!! I think many of us do this, and we need to just DO IT!! like NIKE says :) 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please leave a comment on your thoughts!
xoxoxoxoxox

Wednesday

Valentines Day Pinwheels

Welcome back to the Valentines Day Social! If you are just now joining me, I have been completing one simple project every day for a Valentines Day Party. Whether it be decor, seating tags, cupcake charms, etc there will be something different and fantastic every day so be sure to check back frequently! Also, as a grand finale, you will get to see it all come together for the Valentines Day Social! 

Over at http://decoratetocelebrate.blogspot.com/ is a Valentine's Day Party Challenge!! WOO HOO!! How fitting!! They have some fantastic inspiration for Party and Event Decor!! Wish me luck!! 




As I had mentioned, my Mom stopped by last Monday and we started on a few of the Valentines Day items. We had so much fun! Then she brought out these 1999 I love remembering magazines that she had scored for me for inspiration, and she saw some pinwheels and was oooohhhhhing and aaaawwwwwing :) She wanted some for her Sun Room. Well here you go Mom! We hope that you enjoy! Happy Valentines Day!

Love,
Jessica and Mason

What I used:
  • Double Sided Paper cut to 6.5 x 6.5 squares
  • Martha Stewart Score Board
  • ATG gun
  • Hemming Pins
  • 3/16 in dowels cut to 12 inches and sanded
  • Sanding paper
  • Hand Saw 
  • Measuring Tape
  • Various stamps, inks bling and paper

These were cut into 6.5 inch squares and cut 2.5 in on a 45 degree angle (with my Martha Stewart score board). I used my ATG gun in the center ALL OVER - This part was so important - like an inch around - don't use glue - and use hemming pins and punch through each individual (4) corners that are pulled into the center until it sets. Bling the center out with whatever you have on hand to hide the holes from the needles.

I measured the dowels to 12 inches (they came in 36 in lengths) and cut them with a hand saw and sanded the ends. I adhered them to the backs of the pinwheels with some paper that had been stamped and the ATG gun

As always I sure love hearing from you so please feel free to leave a comment or just say Hi while you are stopping by!

Sunday

Valentines Day Art

This was a very simple project to liven up any event. The part I think I like the best is that I will be able to re-use the birds on another project later. :) The birds were cut at 3 different sizes and are on the Enjoy the Seasons Cricut Imagine Cartridge PAGE 3- I cut them at 1"  1.7" and 2" and also flipped them. I had plenty leftover, but I wanted to make sure that I had enough to fill in the necessary spaces and flip them whichever way necessary.


I used a Hampton Art Stamp - The Definition of Love - and a few stickles and simply pop dotted them to white card stock. I think it fits well woth the overall theme of the Valentines Day Social thus far! Using a lot of the Love's Nest Papers from My Mind's Eye, and Cricut cut's with birds and You're Tweet sayings etc.
The inspiration behind this card came from the February 2011 Issue of Better Homes and Gardens -Below is a Copy of their finished project - they actually used fabric and spray adhesive and stitching. I've got a cricut imagine and I'm not that great at stitching or cutting fabric so this was my take .....
As always thanks for looking and please come back! Also, please leave me a comment! I always love to know what readers are thinking!

Saturday

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT and Valentines Day Social



... DRUMROLL PLEASE


and the winner of the Storybook Cricut cartridge is......

angel4ever 

who said:   What an awesome giveaway! I've been debating to get this cartridge for some time! Thanks for the opportunity! I am re posting this to my blog and on facebook! ♥

Thank you ALL for playing along! I truly wish that I could send you ALL gifts just because everyone deserves a little candy right :) 
I hope that you are enjoying the Valentines Day Social. I am having a lot of fun creating them and sharing them with you! Today I have a Seating Card. I got a Paper Pad that I had to share with you that I just adore. It is from Recollections and is a Paris and Love themes pad - and although called paper is more of a thick card stock. It is such a great quality paper I think I am going to need to go back to get more, because as soon as I run out of one of these patterns I know I am going to be stressed out that I will never be able to find it again!! Being dramatic I know, but it happens...... :) 

On to the Seating Cards - I used the Best Friends Imagine Cartridge for the Bird and You're TWEET sentiment. I Printed out the the font of the names in MS word and cut the tags also from the Best friends cartridge on the E2 page 15. The base is from the Paper stack from Recollections I had mentioned and is a must have! It is also the backdrop for this picture. Isn't it gorgeous!?
here is the base of the seating card - they were simply made from 8.5x11 white card stock cut at 3.5 inches and scored at 2.75  and 5.5 and  7.5 and folded up into a triangle and taped up. The base (green) stock is also on the back side.


 xoxoxox

Jess and Mason

Friday

Valentines Day Banner

Sorry for the late posting on this! I appreciate your patience but I think it is worth the wait! Here is a Valentines Day Banner! It is cut from Multiple Carts - So bear with me!


This heart was cut from the Baby Steps Cartridge Page 31 and is Shift Layer 1 @ Real Dial Size 6.5 inches - I cut 2 and used them at each end of the Banner

The Embellisment Rose is from the Imagine Cartridge Lori's Garden Page 8 at 4.5 inches Layers with only the base and Petal layer (Cut 2 x 1 Flipped) It was embellished with Pearls and Stickles

 This heart is cut from the Doodlecharms Cartridge Page 85 at 6 inches. The paper from My Mind's Eye Love Nest is so Cute I left it plain and just inked the edges in a Rose ink.
This heart is also Cut from the baby steps Cart at 6.5 inches. The font is from the Cricut American Alphabet @ 4 inches. 
I strung them all together with a soft pink ribbon and that's that! 

Don't forget about this week's giveaway!! The deadline for entry is tonight at midnight!! The winner will be announced tomorrow morning! 
 
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Remember to check back tomorrow for another great Valentine's Day Idea! 

xoxoxoxox


Jess and Mason

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Thursday

Cupcake Charms

Here is another project for the Valentines Day Social! I would love to see your projects for this coming Valentines Day!

Be sure to check back daily until the end of the month for more Valentines Day decor, gift, baking, and children ideas!
These were made from the Cricut Imagine Best Friends Cartridge Page 17 and Cut at 1 inch relative. I used the layer feature and deleted the first layer.


When putting these together - use tape to tape the toothpick to your "I love you" tag, and use dimensionals to pop out the flower and it's embellishment. Then all I did was add some stickles to the center of the top layer!!

NOTE: I tried just gluing the toothpick between them two layers and this leaves a not so pleasant looking bump in the middle of the design.


It was so simple but they look so adorable! 

Wednesday

Sweet Valentines Day Treats

Here is a very quick and easy way to make decorate for any type of holiday or seasonal party - Take any type of candy -I used a Kit Kat as the packaging is red and in the color theme for Valentines Day - and selected cute paper to go with it. Cut your paper the width of the bar and enough to wrap around the bar. You can either tap on the outside or use double sided sticky tape on the inside for a seamless look.

 

Wrap with a twine tie off with a bow with a cute tag or button or even a heart charm would be just darling!! 


                          This is all you need! It's that easy!

Come back daily to get more tips and tricks to decorate for this year's Valentines Day Party and you will get to see it all come together at our Valentine's Hop!
Tomorrow will be quick and Easy Cupcake Toothpick Decor with your Cricut Imagine!!

Tuesday

VALENTINES DAY SOCIAL

Beginning tomorrow morning I will be posting different tips and tricks and decor ideas and designs for your upcoming Valentines Day Party!! Then you will get to see it all come to life at our Valentines Day Hop in February that my Mother and I are hosting! From the gifts, to the settings, to the decor, foods, desserts and candies, you will see it made, piece by piece, all right here! Come check it out daily, starting out tomorrow morning!!

Monday

Storybook Cartridge Giveaway!


To welcome all of the new Fans of Homespun Elegance, and to congratulate the entire Design Team at MyCricutCraftRoom  I wanted to do a giveaway for the Storybook Cricut Cartridge!!






All you have to do to be entered is to:

1: Become a fan my site HomespunElegance.blogspot.com

2: Post about this giveaway on your blog, or facebook, or twitter and direct your viewers via link to HomespunElegance.blogspot.com

3: Comment below telling me how your re-posted so I can find it! ie Your Blog, facebook, twitter etc or ALL :)  If you do not have go in and Like my Facebook page and remember to leave an address for me to get in contact with you on your post please! 





Helpful notes:
  •  This Giveaway is FOR ANYONE not just Cricut Craft Room DT Members so pass on to everyone
  • Winner will be announced Saturday Morning the 21st around 9 am - please give me a little lee-way  I will have to get my coffee brewing, make some breakfast, change a diaper, etc :) 
  • The winner will be selected by random.org - If the selected individual has not completed all 3 steps, I will select another winner until one is selected that has completed all 3 steps.
  •  You have until Midnight CST on Friday the 20th to complete the 3 steps to enter

  • Only one entry per person

  • When the winner is announced your have one week (7 calendar days) to come back and claim your prize!! 
  • Please note: This cartridge has been opened and does not have Cricut Rewards. It is a duplicate cartridge I received.

Thursday

Design Team Members!!

I wanted to announce that I was selected among many other very talented ladies to be apart of Erica's Design Team over at http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com/ Be sure to Check her and the other design team members out!! Some are already designing for her and I and others will start designing for her site in conjunction with our own sites in February! I was very excited to be selected!! She had over 120 applicants for this term! This will be my first Design Team, so I hope that I can live up to everyone's expectations! Especially my own :)






I wanted to Congratulate all of the ladies that were selected to be apart of the design team this term! A GREAT BIG CONGRATULATIONS LADIES!! ALL MY LOVE

JESS


The banner was made with the imagine pre-loaded shapes and flood filled ( Size 5.3 ) with this paper from Lori's Garden and inked them with distressed Van Dyke Brown - Nick Bantock Collection ink.

The font is Jasmine and the color is (R) 124 (G) 212 (B) 202 (Size 5.2@ True)

I used Dark blue eyelets on each side to tie them together with the ribbon.



Friday

Merci Beau Coup!





This card was done of the Expression 2 and the Eiffel Tower was cut @ 4 inches and then the detail was filled in with a pen on the cricut - and then I stickled the detail :) It was so easy to make it so delicate and beautiful!




I had some Eiffel Tower Charms and Swarovski Crystal Charms, which I used to accent the bow, and a tag on the blue tower stamped with the sentiment "Merci Beau Coup!"   I used 3 shades of pinks and a purple on the flowers and spritzed some of them with water and let dry - and sprayed with a fabric stiffner. Accented the middle with a green wood button and adhered it all to a black A2 card stock.

I love using charms on my cards so the recipient not only receives a beautiful card, but also has a charm that can be switched out on occasion.  

Monday

DIY Ribbon Holder

I have needed a Ribbon Holder for some time now, but what I've seen in stores just were not going to cut it! I have so much ribbon! Currently, it is being stored in to wicker baskets that I have to scrounge through every time I am looking for ribbon, weather a specific item, or just something to match a current project. I solicited help and drew a design over the holidays of what I thought I wanted, but, then, thought, well, I can certainly do this!! So, off to Home Depot I went! 


*How I have been storing my ribbon

THE SHOPPING:

What you will need:
2x4x12 wood cut to (2) 2.5 feet (2) 3.5 feet
2.5 inch screws
Drill Gun with Phillips head and bits increasing from 1/8 mm to 3/8 inches
7 3/8 inch dowels
Sanding Paper
I thought there might need to be much coercion to get the pieces cut to the sizes that I needed, but they will happily cut them to your specifications right their while you wait!! I grabbed a 2x4x12 for under 3 bucks and asked him to cut two @ 2.5 feet and 2 @ 3.5 feet!

Prior to this excursion I had measured the openings in my ribbon - The majority of them are a little over 3/8 inches or more, so I decided that would be the size of dowels that I needed. I grabbed 7 of them, thinking that I would likely end up spacing them about 6.5 - 7 inches apart.
Then off to the sanding paper. I actually got a foam block to soften the edges where the wood was cut to avoid any little fingers - or mine - getting any unwanted splinters! And later, I will use it to lightly scuff the surface to allow the paint to adhere when it comes to decorating!! 
THE CONSTRUCTION:
 
First, I laid the wood out how I wanted it constructed. I did not want to lose any ribbon space, so I wanted my 2.5 foot pieces to the "main" pieces. I placed all the boards as shown below onto another 2x4 to note where I wanted the screws. I pre-drilled a hole with a 1/16 bit on all 4 corners. Then drilled in my screws. This helped with "guiding" the screw in (This is a 3 inch screw shown - use a 2.5!! TRUST ME :) 
Pictured below is what they will look like with one side completed. This is so easy!! I promise I was able to complete the frame-work while my Son was napping, and when he woke, he was MORE than happy to help get the first dowel in place! It was so much fun - So if you are thinking, no way can I do this 1; I'm a single mom 2; I don't have the time 3; I don't have the tools - I bet you do!! I was really intimidated at first but I LOVE it!!

Here is the frame - Note I am using a 2x4x4 inch piece on the top and bottom in two places and screwing them into the studs in our basement. Currently it is the only options that I have. When I have a studio, or a room to myself to craft, I may adapt the construction to fit what I need then.
****YOU COULD EASILY ASK THE SALES REP IN THE WOOD DEPARTMENT OF YOUR LOCAL HOME GOODS STORE TO CUT 4 PIECES OF WOOD WITH 45 DEGREE ANGLES AND HAVE IT AS A STAND ALONE PIECE OR DO AS I AM AND USE 4 (four) 2x4x4 PIECES AND SCREW THEM TO BOTH TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE FRAME AND INTO THE WALL*****

The dowel fits snugly. I did not want it turning, just the one spool of ribbon that I was using. I used a little hack saw to cut off the excess and sanded it smooth.
 
You do not want to use any type of adhesive on the dowels. You will want them to be removable so that you can put on new spools of ribbon as you get them, and pull of the ones that you use!

 **Here it is with all but two of the dowels in place and some ribbon on!! I LOVE IT! What do you think?!?
Obviously still not complete!! Waiting for my Son to take another nap :) Please leave comments!! How are you storing your ribbon!!?


Lori's Garden Imagine Cartridge


I will be hosting a retirement Party towards the end of this month where I work. The Retiree and Friend is a Bird watcher, so this Cartridge has come in VERY handy!! The Birds were cut at 2.4 inches and then flipped and cut at the same. They were stickled with diamond stickles and embellished with 3 mm pearls.
 

They were MUCH harder to get to fly straight - Shorter ribbon is the key here - like the length of a Christmas ornament - Also, tie a knot at the where the ribbon goes into the hole punch to help leverage it. As GORGEOUS as they birds are, I would likely not attempt to do a mobile with them unless I found a better way to level these birds - I tried so many different things - The blue birds has about 18 different holes where I tried different spots, thinking it would even the weight distribution, then, I added glue to the bottom of the wings, and the list goes on!  These will be table decor instead now :)


Thanks for stopping by! As always would LOVE to hear from you! Happy and Safe New Years to you all and your loved one! 

Jessica and Mason

Quick & Easy Hostess Gift + Creative Wrap



Kraft Paper, Ribbon and the Provo Craft Baby Boutique Cartridge @ 2.8 inches with only the middle circle as a layer and you've got yourself an adorable gift tag! 

White Gel pens are a must in any Paper Crafters Stash! I simply wrote "Thank you for having us!" 

$Saver - I stocked up on Russell Stovers Candies that were on Clearance after the holidays - They do not have any holiday print on the packaging and do not expire until May of this year - So happy Gifting until May!!


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