Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hot Chocolate Packet Holder

 This is something I made as a small "Thank You" gift for the ladies that attended the cookie exchange last week. It's a Hot Chocolate Packet Holder.

The inside:

This is how I displayed them:

and this is a close-up:

Finished Holder: 3" x 5 1/4 " approximately

Cardstock: Patterned Cardstock
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Thanks
Hole Punch
Curling Ribbon
Hot Chocolate Packet
Double-sided Tape

Cut the cardstock  3" x 12". Score at 3/4", 6 1/4" and 6 7/8". (Your measurements will depend on the size of your Hot Chocolate packet). Fold at score lines. Emboss the bottom flap. At top, punch two holes and add ribbon. Place small amount of tape on back of packet, then place Packet in the holder (make sure the bottom of the packet is above the score line at 6 1/4"). Fold up the bottom flap and tuck under front flap.

Here's a picture of the table:

Lots of goodies! Yummy!!! It turned out to be a fun day.

I would also like to enter this into the challenge at Die Cuttin Divas (Create Any Holiday Celebration Idea).

Thanks for stopping by...

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Monday, December 19, 2011

CardzTV Blog Hop...And The Winner is.....

And the winner for the blog candy (the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2 Folders "Snow Flurries & Snowman Set" is:

Janice A said...
"Cute gift tags, love how they are different"
December 17, 2011 5:10 PM

Congratulations Janice! I'll be sending those out to you ASAP.

Also, congratulations to Pam (Crafty Cards 4 U 2). You are my 200th follower. I will be sending a special something to you.

Thank you for stopping by....
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Saturday, December 17, 2011

CardzTV Christmas Blog Hop December 17th and 18th

Christmas is just a week away...oh my! Are you finished your shopping and wrapping yet? I'm getting there. (lol) So glad you could take some time and stop by the First Christmas Blog Hop With CardzTV. If you have come from Little Scrap Pieces with Karen, you are at the right spot. If you just happen to stop by here but would like to hop along from the beginning, please start with CardzTV with Mary.

We (the Design Team) were asked to make anything with a Christmas theme and use CardzTV stamps. I came up with five different tags and used five different CardzTV Stamps from the "Holly Jolly" Set.

Here they are a little closer...
"From Our House To Your House"

"Deck The Halls!"

"Rocking Around The Christmas Tree"

"NO Peeking!"

"Have A Holly Jolly Christmas!"

Finished Tags: 2 3/4" x 4" (not including the ribbon)

Cardstock: White, Red, Brown and Green Patterned Paper
Cricut Cartridge Gingerbread, Tall House, Holly, Snowman, Present and Tree
Cricut Design Studio
CardzTV Clear Stamps "Holly Jolly"Set
White And Green Pigment Ink
Clear Glitter
Mounting Tape

I thought the cutouts looked like Christmas Cookies with Sugar on top.

In case you get lost along the way, here is the order of the designers and their blogs:

Mary -
Kate -
Melissa -
Susan -
Elaine -
Theresa -
Laura -
Kristin -
Shawnee -
Gloria -
Julie -
Jeri -
Nicole -
Lynn -
Amanda -
Sue -
Karen -
Dana -    
DeNetra -
Sharon -
Candice -
Janis -

Now who wants to talk about CANDY...WOO HOO!!!! I'll be 

giving away a Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades 

Embossing Folder 2 Pack "Snow Flurries & Snowman Set"

In order to win, you need to be a follower and leave me a 

comment on this post (also leave me a way to
contact you, should you be the lucky winner) by Sunday 

December 18th at 11:59 PM EST. It's that easy. I will draw a 

winner on Monday, December 19th. 

AND talk about more Candy, Mary at CardzTV  is giving 

away both the Gingerbread Cricut Cartridge and The 

CardzTV Holly Jolly Stamp Set that I used in my project. How

 cool is that? 

AND  our generous sponsor, Lynn at Boots and Bling Time is 

giving away A North Pole Collection paper Kit from Crate 


Your next stop is DeNetra at Craft With DeNetra.  

Please check out all the wonderful and creative projects that the 

designers have made. You may even find more blog candy...

Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to leave a comment and 

become a follower to have a chance to win.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Check It Out...Great Give-Away at Creating From the Heart

 I wanted to let you know about a give-away at Creating From the Heart.

Melissa is giving away

$150 to Michaels
1 Copic Airbrush starter kit
Copic Swatch Book

36 Copic Ciao Markers

Can you imagine winning this? Wow. All I can say is Thank you for the chance!! I would love to win it, how about you? 

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Friday, December 9, 2011

CardzTV Challenge # 2 "Crafty Christmas"

Before I get to the challenge, I would like to apologize for not being around. I did not expect to be working as many hours as I am for as long as I have been. I am trying to make enough time for everything. I also am trying to get all the holiday stuff organized, as most of us are. (I'm hosting a cookie exchange this coming weekend). I have not had a lot of time to craft for my blog. :( Hopefully this will not be an issue for too long.

Now, onto the challenge....

This week the challenge at CardzTV is called "Crafty Christmas" (Make a Christmas project using CardzTV Stamps). I made a candy box/ornament/tag...

Finished Project: 1 3/4" x 2 1/4" x 2 1/2"

Cardstock: White, Black, Blue and Vellum
Cricut Cartridge Sweet Tooth Boxes House, page 40 (Button 6, Button 16 and Button 26)
Cricut Design Studio
CardzTV with Mary "Holly Jolly" Clear Stamp Set, "From Our House to Your House"
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Candy Cane Stripe
White Pigment Ink
Stickles, Green
Embroidery Floss, Red 1 Strand

I used the vellum as window panes, the glitter as snow on the windows and roof and the Stickles as the garland under the windows and the wreath on the door. The bow on the door wreath is made with 1 strand of embroidery floss. I thought the embossing folder made it look like siding on a house.

I was going to put Hershey Kisses or M&M's inside as an extra goodie. Make a small hole in the center of the top and tie a ribbon loop in order to use as a tag or an ornament. To use as a tag, you could stamp "To:" and "From:" on the blank side of the roof and use a white gel pen to write the names.

Don't forget that Mary at CardzTV is giving away 2 sets of stamps..."Encouraging Thoughts" and "Make A Wish" to the winner. Good luck! Please check out all the great projects from the other designers also.

Thanks for stopping by....I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment. (I wouldn't mind if you became a follower either). See you soon...

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sympathy Card

Last week, my friend's dog started acting a little off. She took him to the vet and they determined that he was really sick. The family made that oh-so-hard decision and on Monday night, Romeo was not in pain any longer. Knowing how it feels to loss an animal that you care so much for, (actually a big part of the family), I thought I would make a sympathy card for her. 

Finished Card: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Cardstock: White, Black and Patterned Paper
Cricut Cartridge Paper Pups Angel Dog, page 117 (Base and Solid Base)
Fiskars All Year Greetings Clear Stamps, "With Sympathy"
CardTV with Mary Barks and Bones Clear Stamps, "Dogs Leave Paw Prints On Your Heart!"
Mounting Tape
Black Marker (To draw a heart just below the wings)

Romeo was a nutty, cute Pomeranian who was black and white with a black heart on his back...hence, the name. I know he will be missed by his family. 

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!



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Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Cookie Exchange Invitations

I just finished my invitations for my annual cookie exchange. What do you think?

Here is a close -up of some of them:

I was trying to make the Christmas trees look like frosted cookies...

Finished Cards: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Cardstock: White, Tan, Green, Red and 3 Different Patterned Papers
Cricut Cartridge Christmas Cheer Tree 2, page 91 (Base and Shadow Base)
Glitter Glue and Stickles Red, Green and Gold
Mounting Tape
Computer Sentiment

Thanks for stopping by...leave a comment

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Just My Style

This is my first project as a design team member for CardzTV. I'm so excited. Our first challenge is called "Just My Style". I actually made two cards.

Here's the first one:

Finished Card: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Cardstock: White, Turquoise, Three Shades of Brown, Red and Patterned Paper
Cricut Cartridge Create A Critter Reindeer, page 73 (Base, Layer 1 Base, Layer 2 Base and Layer 3 Base)
CardzTV with Mary Clear Stamps Holly Jolly "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
Red Glitter Glue
Queen and Co Pearls Pearl 8 Small
Le Plume II Marker Brown
Mounting Tape

My second card:

and the inside:

Finished Card: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Cardstock: White, Cream, Brown, Yellow, Orange, Pink and Patterned Paper
Cricut Cartridge Everyday Pop-Up Cards Cake 2, page 64 (Base, Layer 1 Base, Layer 1 Shift and Layer 2 Base)
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder D'Vine Swirls
Le Plume II Marker Pink (the candles and cake plate)
Fiskars Clear Stamps Put On Your Party Hat "Happy Birthday"
Queen and Co Pearls Orchid 3 Large and 2 Medium
Mounting Tape
Computer Sentiment (inside)

When I read the challenge, "Just My Style", I thought long and hard about it. I finally concluded that my style is simple. Generally, I like one large image accompanied by a sentiment. My lines are usually straight. I do like embossing folders too. Oh yeah, and 3-D projects. (lol) Now don't get me wrong, I use border punches and glitter too. I guess it just depends on my mood and the project.

Hope you check out all the projects over at CardzTV (and Mary is giving away a new stamp set too).

Leave a comment (I love reading them) and/or become a follower.

Thanks for stopping by....
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Turkey Tail Feathers?

I bought a new Cricut cartridge (Ribbons and Rosettes) the other day. I thought it would make some nice decorations for Christmas. However, I wanted to play a little bit, so I made this thinking I could use it for Thanksgiving. 

Finished Project: 6" diameter

Cardstock: Brown and Orange
Cricut Cartridge Ribbons and Rosettes Scallop 3, page 23 (Base, Shift and Rhinestone/Medallion Shadow Shift)
String or Thread

This particular cut reminded me of turkey tail feathers. I cut out 6 Base cuts at 3 ", then scored and folded. Glue the ends together making a circle. Push down the center to make it flat and adhere the medallion with shadow in the middle. I found this to be a little tricky. While the glue was drying, I held it in place with the glue bottle. I did make a medallion for each side. Glue only one side at a time. Add the thread and hang. When I make this again, I will rethink the type of glue I use. The tacky glue wrinkled the paper on the cutout on the medallion. What would you recommend? 

I feel like I haven't had a lot of time to craft. I am having Thanksgiving dinner and I am trying to get my house ready for company. First, of course, I decided to paint and you all know how that goes...taking down pictures, spackle, sand and then paint. Then I had to get new curtains...which was not as easy as I would have thought it should have been...well, 4 sets of curtains later, I finally have them up. I also wanted two wall mounted coat racks...again, not so easy. I couldn't find anything that I liked. Those too are now up. I had to clean out boxes, etc etc etc. and it's still not quite finished. It's those little nagging "what do I do with this now" stuff that I am still debating on what to do with. Usually I get frustrated, throw it in a box and store it I'm sure I'm not the only one that does that......I still need to go grocery shopping too. Geez, I'm making myself very tired just thinking about it. So, I guess I better go and see about getting something accomplished...hhmmmmm, my cozy bed is looking really good right about now. Maybe I'll start tomorrow after work....Sounds like a plan....

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Aren't These Really Cute?

Just a quick post tonight...I am really tired, however, I just saw these on the ACMoore Facebook page and thought they were really cute. From what I can tell it's a chocolate covered Ritz cracker on the bottom and a chocolate covered marshmallow, joined together with dark chocolate. I think the "buckle" is just piped yellow candy. I am going to try and make these for Thanksgiving. I bet they are yummy too.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

I Received Good News Today

Today I found out that I was picked to be on the new Design Team for CardzTV

I am so excited!!!!

Don't have any details yet, but I can't wait to get started.

Thanks Mary!

See you soon.....

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Monday, October 31, 2011

For The Birds!


My youngest son, Jeff carved this pumpkin. Didn't he do a GREAT job?

Here is the challenge...
At Fantabulous Cricut this week, the challenge is "For the Birds". (Make a project with a bird (or turkey) or something that has to do with a bird).

This will be my last project for Fantabulous Cricut as a Design Team my term is up. I am sad to see it end. I have enjoyed working with all of these talented women. I wish the next design team much success.  I hope you all still come to visit me here.

On to the card:

Finished Card: 4 1/4" x 5  1/2"

Cardstock: White, Yellow Gold, Yellow, Gold, Black, Rust/Brown, Speckled Ivory and Three Different  Patterned Papers
Cricut Cartridge 3Birds on Parade Pilgrim, page 41 (Base, Shift, Layer 1 Base, Layer 1 Shift, Layer 2 Base  and Phrase Shift)
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Herringbone
Gold Ribbon
Queen and Co Pearls Sunflower Yellow 2 Large and 2 Medium
Studio G Clear Stamps "Happy Turkey Day"
Brown Pigment Ink
Brown LaPlume II Marker
Mounting Tape

I know it is Halloween today, however, Thanksgiving is about 3 weeks away. (I would love to know where this year has gone!) So, I thought my pilgrim/turkey would be appropriate. The black card stock is just a scrap that is taped behind the eyes. I mounted the body of the bird over the feathers and then mounted the entire bird on the card. It may be hard to see, but I scored a line down the center of each of the feathers. I tried to use the marker to make shadows and give more dimension.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you continue to do so. Leave a comment (I always love reading your comments).

Thank you ladies at Fantabulous Cricut...I have enjoyed working with you. Good luck in the future and I'll be seeing you at the challenges!

Take care...
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happy Birthday

I needed to make a birthday card for my best friend. I came across these two challenges and thought this was a great starting point for me. The first challenge is from The Paper Players (sketch challenge) and the second is Birthday Sundaes (color challenge...purple, green, white and black).

Hope you like my card...

Her birthday is tomorrow, so I better get it in the

Finished Card: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Cardstock: White, Green, Two Shades of Purple and Two Patterned Papers
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die Tattered Florals
Inkadinkado Clear Stamps Thinking of You, All Occasions
Thin Green Ribbon
Queen and Co Pearls Grass Green Two Large
Black Pigment Ink
Mounting Tape

Have a great rest of the week. Hopefully you will see me soon with a new project. My work schedule never did get any easier and you would think by now (since May) that I would be use to it. However, 5 am comes way too early. I always seem so tired when I get home.

Keep checking back and I would love if you became a follower. Also leave a comment...It's always great to read what you have to say....

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Basketball Lock-Out Birthday Card

Quick post...

My son called me from work tonight and asked me to make him a birthday card for his friend that loves basketball, only with a twist...he wanted a lock on it for the Basketball Lock-Out.

Hope you like the card...

Finished Card: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Cardstock: White, Orange, Black, Red, Silver and Black Patterned Paper
Cricut Cartridge Sports Mania Basketball, page 54 (Base, Shadow Base and Blackout Base)
Cricut Cartridge Locker Talk Lock, page 42 (Shift Base and Layers Shift)
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Swiss Dots
Black Chalk
Mounting Tape
Computer Printed Sentiment

Just a fun goofy card.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Purple People Eater FCCB Challenge

The challenge at Fantabulous Cricut this week was called "Purple People Eater". (Use purple on your project and a monster or a bug). SVG Attic is the sponsor this week and we were asked to use one of their images. Since I do not have the software, Amy Jo (FCCB Coordinator) was kind enough to cut one of the images and send it to me. I enhanced it and made the card below... (Thank you Amy Jo).

Finished Card: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Cardstock: White, Olive Green, Light Green, Purple, Black, Orange and Two Different Patterned Papers.
SVG Attic Image Spooky Friends, Bride of Frankenstein
Cricut Cartridge New Arrival Diaper Bag page 105, (Shift Base)
Inkadinkado Clear Stamps All Hallow's Eve/Halloween Spider Web
Scrappy Moms Clear Stamps Bewitched, "Hand over the candy and no one gets hurt!"
Sizzix Embossing Folder Vintage Holiday (Top Corner)
Studio G Mini Punch, Spider
Studio G Mini Punch, Bat
Glossy Accents
Queen and Co Pearls, Midnight 2 Large
Two Googly Eyes Green
Purple Chalk
Mounting Tape

It may be hard to tell in the photo, but I used Glossy Accents on the stripes in the hair. I like the shiny affect that it gives. The Halloween bag in her hand is actually 3D. I hope you like the card.

Please go check out the other images at SVG Attic and the other FCCB design team member's projects.

I wanted to share a picture of my granddaughter.

Isn't she adorable? She's getting so big.

Thanks for stopping by. I would love to hear your comments. If you aren't a follower, I would love it if you would become one.

Take care and have a wonderful week.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Think Pink

Second post today...

October is Breast Awareness month and at Cardz TV/Cricut Cardz Challenge.  The challenge is to "Think Pink".

Finished Card: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Cardstock: White, Black, Pink and Patterned Paper
Cricut Cartridge Autumn Celebrations Ribbon, page 54 (Phrase Shift)
Martha Stewart Glitter Kunzite
Computer Printed Sentiment
Mounting Tape

Unfortunately there are women in my life that have had to deal with this disease. My mother being one of them. I lost her to this awful disease 20 years ago. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of her still. A sweet lady, that I work with, has survived it for well, I don't know how many years. Thank goodness. And finally, my best friend is another survivor. Again, I say Thank goodness. I don't know what I would do without her in my life. And although we talk about everything (and I do mean everything), this is a subject that is taboo. I don't know why. I hope she knows that I care about her dearly and if ever she wanted to talk, I am there for her.

I hope you like my card.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Simple To Make Sympathy Card

A friend of mine's Father-in-law just passed away. I created this simple to make Sympathy Card.

Finished Card: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Cardstock: Ivory, Purple, Two Different Patterned Papers-Green and Two Different Patterned Papers
7/16" Circle Punch
Fiskars Clear Stamps All Year Greetings, "With Sympathy"
Light Purple Pigment Ink
Mounting Tape

I cut the large green rectangle 3 3/4" x 4" and 3 1/2" x 3 3/4". The purple squares are 3" x 3" and 2 3/4" x 2 3/4". The smallest green rectangle is cut at 1" x 2 3/4" and 3/4" x 2 1/2".  The ivory rectangle is 1 1/4" x 2".  Layer together, then off-set each group. The flower is on mounting tape to give a little more dimension.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011


At Bitten by The Bug 2, the challenge is to use the Vulture in the Cricut Cartridge Life's A Party. I just thought that this would work for one of those "Over-the-hill" birthdays.

Finished Card: 4 1/4"x 5 1/2"

Cardstock: White, Black, Green, Red, Orange, Gray and Yellow
Cricut Cartridge Life's A Party Vulture, page 28 (Base, Shift, Layer Base, Layer Shift) and Tombstone, page 38 (Base and Layer Base)
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder D'vine Swirls
Computer Sentiment
Mounting Tape

Hope you like the card. I thought it turned out great.
Leave a comment....I always love to read what you wrote...Thanks

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Paper Players Challenge...Jaydee's Color Challenge

Second post today...

There is a color challenge at The Paper Players this week. (Bravo Burgundy, More Mustard, Cajan Craze and Very Vanilla).

This is what I came up with:

Finished Card: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Cardstock: White, Mustard, and Patterned Paper
Cricut Cartridge Simply Charmed Ghost, page 58 (Layer 1 Base and Shadow Base)
1 3/8" Circle Punch
Studio G Mini Bat Punch
Scrappy Moms Clear Stamps "Have a Spooky Day!" and "Happy Halloween"
Recollections Border Punch Dotted Lines
Black Pigment Ink
White Pigment Ink
Black Chalk
Pink Chalk
Mounting Tape

This card was pretty easy to make and quite quick. Hope you like it. (The background paper has the burgundy and the cajan...I'm not sure if the color truly comes through in the photo).

Leave a message...I would just love to hear from you.

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Hooo's Birthday Is It? Three Challenges

I thought I would submit this card to three different challenges...Cardz TV - Cricut Cardz Challenge (Owls), The Paper Variety (Forest Friends) and Birthday Sundaes (Fall colors on a Birthday Card).

Here is my card:

(so you can can see the off-center opening)

and the inside:

Finished Card: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Cardstock: Ivory, Two Shades of Green, Tan, Two Shades of Brown, Orange/Rust, Orange/Gold and Patterned Paper
Cricut Cartridge Everyday Pop-Up Cards Owl, page 30 (Base, Base Shift, Layer 1 Base, Layer 1
Shift and Layer 2 Shift)
Cricut Cartridge Create-A-Critter Owl, page 25 (Accessory Base and Shift)
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder D'vine Swirls
Fiskars Texture PlateWoodgrain
Green, Charcoal, Ivory and Brown Chalk
Computer Sentiment
Mounting Tape

I like the way this turned out. I thought the off-center opening gives the card interest.

I am also submitting this to The Craft Spot for the Design Team Call. Wish me luck!

The weather here today is really nice. Warm, in fact. Indian summer. I should try to get outside and do some work around the house. I also have some sanding inside to do. We'll see what, if anything, gets done. lol

All you mothers, grandmothers and mothers-to be, if you get a chance to see a show called "Motherhood, The Musical", you should definitely go see it. I went last night with my best friend, Trish, and it was just SO GOOD. I laughed so hard I cried. Such an excellent show. We saw it at Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia.

Hope you all have a great day...enjoy
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

EEEKKKKKKK Halloween Is In The Fall Air

I just love Halloween and decorating for it...Thought I would share some projects that I made for Halloween. Hope you like them.

Finished size: 4 1/2" x 8"

Finished size: 8 1/2" x 11" (not including ribbon hanger at top)

Finished size: 11" x 5'

Finished size: 6 1/2" x 6 1/2"

and finally (just for fall)

Finished size: 7" x 7"

All of these were made using Cricut Cartridge Autumn Celebrations.

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