Friday, November 18, 2011

Recipe and Baking Blog Hop

Welcome!   You should have come from Sheila's Blog, if not you may have missed some great inspiration and will want to start from My Cricut Craft Room so you don't miss anything awesome.

For my first project, I have started a Kid Tested Recipe Book.   My grandson is  15 months and not quite old enough yet to help grandma but definitely needs some high chair activities.  Grandma needed a break from chasing him around the house and decided to look for some fun recipes.   So I made him a very basic flour and salt play dough.   He was still a bit too young but he still liked squishing it around in his hands.   What he didn't like was the taste.  It was so funny and I didn't get a picture.   Each time I get to babysit, I am going to look for a recipe for something fun to play (make a mess) with or eat and add a new page to our recipe book.  I am putting them in a 3 ring binder that has a sleeve on the cover. I have a lot ideas that are not necessarily going to be mom approved.  :)

I purposely made my cover super simple because I plan to have Austin help me decorate it when I make finger paints.    I used Cricut Craft Room Basics to cut the letters and used the paper company value pack card stock.

I used the Font Tool for "Kid Tested" "Recipes" and cut at 1 inch.   I really like the ability to use a text box for simple text but it doesn't work well if you want to play with the placement a bit, so, the rest of the letters I didn't use the text feature and just placed them on the mat.  And is cut at .5, With is cut at .875, Grandma is cut at 1.6 and all words welded.  Austin is cut at 1.08

For my first page, again, I purposely made it super simple.   I really want to keep this album fun and really hope that Austin will want to help make pages later on.  The only cricut cut on this page is the word bubble, cut at 3.056 x 2.125 from craft room basics.  I then added a note from Austin.   I used paper from a really old pack of paper and matted the photo and recipe on red cardstock.

My next projects are also super simple.   I'm the family baker and candy maker so I'm always looking for new recipes and trying new things.  And I am super excited that I can make super simple things to package up some of my treats.   

I cut the popcorn box from Tags Bags Boxes & More cut at 11.40 x 6.45.   
Scalloped circle 2.42 x 2 from A Child's Year and a 2.14 x 2 circle from George and Basic Shapes.  I then cut a snowflake from Winter Lace cut at 1.66 x 1.81.    Patterned paper is from Stampin Up, the red and cream paper is from my stash.      If you have not made boxes before they are really simple, just make sure you get a good fold and use strong adhesive.

I also made a tag from Winter Frolic cut at 2 x 3 and attached another snowflake.   On the back of the tag I will put the link to the recipe.

Chocolate Popcorn.   Super easy to make and unfortunately for me, really easy to eat. 

The treat bag is also super simple.   I used the same tag from Winter Frolic but cut at 3 x 3 and added another of the snowflakes with some red stickles for the center.  I used the little treat bags you can find in the cake decorating aisle at Michael's.   Sorry about the M & Ms, I made Chili Roasted Peanuts for my husband to take with him (boy did this week go fast) and I forgot to save some for the photo.

I really love that I will be able to make yummy treats and then make super simple and cute packaging using my expression.

I love comments and would certainly love recipes for treats or fun play recipes if you would like to share.

Don't forget to leave comments on all the blogs because I am sure Erica has something fun planned for blog candy.

Next you will go see what fantastic project Carol is sharing!   The entire lineup is posted below.

Happy Hopping

My Cricut Craft Room- 
Melissa -
Amanda -
Tracy -
Beckie -
Tammy -
 Wendy - 

Sheila -
Laurie -   YOU Are Here 
Carol -  NEXT
Blog Candy -

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Giving Back

I hope you have enjoyed the hop we put together to say THANKS to Erica from My Cricut Craftroom.

I'm the last stop.   You should have come from Karey's Blog, If not you might have gotten lost and wish to start from the beginning with Kat's Blog.   The lineup is also posted at the end this post.

For my project, I really wanted to use the Popup Neighborhood Cartridge that I won from Erica.   My page started out as a pink and purple store with a cute little Cricut head I created using Cricut Craft Room.  And then what usually happens, happened, I couldn't find a piece of paper to match.   I spent a crazy amount of time in Joann's and didn't find anything.....except for the cutest little penguin sitting on a piece of paper with cute little snowmen and santas.     So, I decided to make a Christmas store for my layout.  

I made the store like a card and a put a photo of the prizes I had won along with a note for Erica.   All of the pages are being placed in an album for Erica.

Now I must say thanks to this great group of ladies who helped put this album and hop together.  During the past couple of days I have said many times I don't know how Erica does all this stuff.    But I am really glad that she does because since finding My Cricut Craftroom on Facebook, I have become a better paper crafter.   With her blog she provides daily inspiration and a place for crafters, like myself to display our work;  U stream videos that are not scripted, perhaps that is why they are so much fun and have been extremely helpful, and I don't want to forget what she does for others;  Cards for Operation Write Home and Project Sunshine and Smiles cards for Kids at St Jude's hospital.
I know how much time and work Erica puts in all of this and I just want to say Thanks Erica!    I know you enjoy doing all of it and then you do even more with all the prizes you give away!   I appreciate it, I know all the ladies who worked with me on this appreciate it, and I just hope everyone who has hopped with us today appreciates all your hard work as well.

I couldn't decide what to do for blog candy and finally decided another way to say thanks is to support Erica's store.   I was hoping that gift certificates would be available but they are not so what I am doing is a $10 credit to her store.  (I will paypal that to Erica when I announce the winner)   To enter, I would like you to post on Erica's facebook page something you appreciate, maybe you won a prize or are thankful for her super awesome store prices or a tip you leaned.  I will announce the winner on Erica's facebook page on Monday evening.

Thanks for hopping with us and Happy Crafting!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Test for comments

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Also on the Privacy screen my setting is medium high and I don't have too many problems posting comments even when I use internet explorer.