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December 2009

My One Little Word for 2010: Grow

Happy New Year!!

For the past handful of years now I've been inspired by Ali Edwards to choose a word for the new year...this year I picked "grow". 

 EPB-Mixed_Media - Grow

This word spoke to me because in 2010 I will be going outside of my box and doing things that are challenging to me.  I won't go into detail on what they are now, but I'm excited at the possibilities and scared at them too.  I know the Lord is with me though and that He will teach me through the circumstances I'll be in.

I created this canvas to remind me of my word.  Here's some close ups of it:

EPB-Mixed_Media - Grow-CloseUp1 

I used vinyl to cut out "grow" with my Cricut Expression and used the vinyl letters as a mask.  I added some on Tim's Crackle Paint to the letters after I removed the mask.
EPB-Mixed_Media - Grow-CloseUp2 

Supplies: 12" x 16" canvas; Dictionary pages; Golden Gel Medium; Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint; Delta Acrylic Paint; Ranger (Tim Holtz) Distress Crackle Paint and Distress Ink; Cricut Expression - Platin Schoolbook Cartridge; vinyl

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Sponsor: Provo Craft


Ahhhh, the holidays are almost what?

So, were your holiday happy?  We had a wonderful Christmas and now I'm looking forward to the new year.  I always like fresh starts!

Here are some layouts I did for Imaginisce with the new Sweet Cheri line.  In case you "need" the banana cupcake recipe, you can get it here.


You can't see it very well in the photo, but I machine stitched around the whole layout with my handy dandy sewing machine.


Supplies:  Cardstock, Letter Stickers- American Crafts; Patterned Paper, Stickers, Rub-Ons, Stamps- Imaginisce; Letter Stickers- SEI; Bling- Heidi Swapp; Adhesive - Glue Arts; Ink- Colorbox; Thread; Punch - Stampin' Up


And here's one with with my sweet niece:




Supplies: Cardstock - American Crafts, Bazzill; Patterned Paper - Imaginisce, Little Yellow Bicycle; Stickers, Rub-Ons - Imaginisce; Cricut Expression - Sweethearts cartridge; Adhesive - Glue Arts; Font - CK Typewriter


And here's a layout with my new little nice on her birth day (she's less then an hour old here):



I took strips of paper and pleated them and then sewed over them.



Supplies:  Cardstock - Bazzill, American Crafts, Wausau; Patterned paper, Flowers, Stickers, Brads (iTop) - Imaginisce; Rub-Ons - Imaginisce, American Crafts; Punch - Stampin' Up; Cricut Expression - Winter Woodland Cartridge; Adhesive - Glue Arts;Thread; Ink; Date Stamp; Ribbon

Sponsors: Imaginise, Glue Arts, Provo Craft


Finally sharing some Christmas gifts I made

We had an awesome Christmas!  I loved having our family over and all the warm fuzzy feelings that go along with this wonderful holiday.  Here's a photo of my little niece...isn't she adorable in her Christmas outfit?  Love it!

Makenna's 1st Christmas 

Well, since my family could see my projects online I've held off on sharing them with you until now.  Please ignore any wonky photos...some of them I had to take inside at night.

First off, I made a few mini-albums.  This first one has those baby tags from Elle's Studio where you can record highlights through out baby's first year.  The album is a little one I got in the 1$ spot at Michael's a few years ago.

Mini Scrapbook Album 

Mini Scrapbook Album
Mini Scrapbook Album

This one was another inexpensive photo album that I just embellished to jazz it up a bit.  I added the trim on the outside and then made a title page...simple and easy.  :)

 Mini Scrapbook Album - Baby 

Mini Scrapbook Album - Baby

 Then I made a little ornament/magnet with the Tilano Ornamento Kit...the glass is really thick so it's hard to photograph, but it looks cute in person, trust me.

Baby Ornament Magnet - Tilano

 And lastly I used my Cricut to personalize some Pyrex by etching it.  It took under 10 minutes from start to finish & it makes me want to do more.  This is another object that's hard to photograph, but you get the idea.  

Cricut Expression Glass Etching Pyrex

 Well, I think that's it.  Hope your holiday was a great one!!  Now on to New Years!

Sponsors: Tilano, ProvoCraft


Holiday Links I love

Since I'm so busy with all the hustle and bustle of Christmas I thought I'd share some links of things that have caught my eye online the past couple of days.

I love what Mel did on this card!!  She has a great tutorial about it on her blog about it too.

Mel Stampz



You all saw how I cut fabric with my Cricut Expression for my Christmas banner, but did you know the Slice cuts fabric too?  Check out Little Birdie Secrets and see her cute Christmas towels.



Loving this modern wreath that Pickles made...there's directions on the site, wink, wink!



I love how Amy made these holiday napkins with a bleach pen!!  

(photo removed per Amy's request...please stop by her blog to see these, they're great!)


Here's a fabulous card Melis made.  It reminded me of Spark!  You have to read what she wrote in this post too, especially you adoptive Moms...brought a tear to my eyes.  ;)

Melissa Frances 


 And of course I love these gingerbread houses by Not Martha, how could you not!  :)



Oh, and be sure to stop by When Creativity Knocks for a vintage post card ornament tutorial.



Holiday Banner

EPB-Sew Holiday Banner - Christmas
 (click on photo to see it larger)

When I was at the Polka Dot Whimsy Holiday crop this was one of the projects Michelle had for us to work on....I took my pieces home then last week I finally put it together.  I cut the letters out of fabric on my Cricut which was really fun to do since I hadn't cut fabric with it before.  I just ironed on some Heat'n Bond on to the fabric and then had my Cricut do the rest.  After the letters were cut I just ironed them on to the felt triangles.  I then sewed the triangles onto a long strip of fabric and then embellished.  

Supplies: Fabric, Felt, Cricut cartridge - Winter Woodland, Buttons, Thread

Sponsor: Provo Craft