I *heart* Fall Banner

I’m back with another Fall project … a Fall Banner! This one comes together fairly quickly with simple shapes and letters found on the Cricut Classic Font Cartridge, available digitally here. A Cricut Craft Room cut file for this project can be downloaded HERE in the Cricut Project Center.


I cut a different shape for each section of the banner and then used my sewing machine and brown thread to add stitching around the edges.


I punched each shape and then tied them together with lengths of brown satin ribbon. Next, I added rust colored twine and wooden buttons to each knot in the ribbon for some cozy, Fall texture!


Finally, I accented each letter with metal flowers (Maya Road), gems, and pearls. I can’t wait to add this to my mantel … and the best part is, I can leave it up from now until Thanksgiving!


Fun Fall Gift – Scarecrow Scented Sachet Envelope

WooHOOO! It’s officially FALL! My favorite time of year! I just love everything about this season. The warm and cozy colors, textures, food, and scents. It’s a time to pull out the corduroy jackets, boots, clogs, and make a pot of warm, savory soup. It’s a time to start adding special decorating touches to the house and to visit friends and family.

If you are looking for a fun gift idea to drop off to a friend, you might like this next idea. I purchased a pack of scented sachets with yummy fall scents. These can be found at several different types of stores. I purchased mine at Michael’s. Next, I made them a little more special by slipping them into a decorative envelope created with my Cricut Expression machine and the Simply Scarecrow Seasonal Cartridge.


The envelope pouch was created with the Cricut Mini Books Project Cartridge, but you could use any type of envelope or envelope cut file and simply trim off the envelope flap. The half circle notch could be added with a circle punch. I used the Cuttlebug machine and the Contemporary Nature embossing folder to add some texture.

The layered ovals were created with the Cricut Cake Basics Cartridge. I stitched around the edge of the top oval with my sewing machine. I love making fall projects, because you can go crazy with layers and texture! I really don’t think you can overboard in this area. :)


The scarecrow is holding a cute little dimensional leaf banner created with baker’s twine and Cricut cut leaves. Just punch with a 1/8″ hole punch, string the leaves and tie onto the arms of the scarecrow. The crows eyes are black pearl stickers, but you could also use dimensional black paint. (I like Inkssentials Enamel Accents, which can be found at JoAnn’s … and probably Michael’s, too). Finally, add some buttons to the scarecrow and pumpkin for more homespun detail.

If you would like the Cricut Craft Room cut file for this project CLICK HERE to go to the Cricut Project Center to download.

Happy Fall, Friends!


Halloween Sock Hop Sweetheart

Yesterday, I shared with you a Christmas project and today it is all about Halloween! My daughter chose to wear the cutest Sock Hop poodle skirt outfit for her Halloween costume last year. Instead of scrapping these photos with the traditional orange and black, I decided to be inspired by the colors of the fifties and use black, white, pink, and aqua. The My Mind’s Eye Cut & Paste Flair collection was PERFECT for this!


My Mind’s Eye Cut & Paste Flair Collection: “Wow” Specs Paper (black), “Wow” Sweet Paper (pink/black polka dots), “Today” Quoted Paper (blue/white polka dots), “Small” Charms Paper (frames/stripes), “Small” Point Paper (handcut arrow border at top), “Today” Present Paper (cut apart cards),  6×6 Paper Pad, “Today” 5×7 Sticker Sheet, Tiny Word Stickers, Decorative Brads, Enamel Shapes, Bits & Pieces (Layered Stickers), “Snapshots” 4×6 Journal Card, Decorative Buttons
Other: Cardstock (black, white, coral pink), Silhouette Cameo Machine, Cricut Expression Machine, Cricut Nifty Fifties Cartridge, Cuttlebug Machine, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, White string, SEI Pink Letter Stickers, Date Stamp, Black Ink, Trimmer & Scissors, Adhesives

The Charms paper has stripes on one side and these adorable mini chalkboard-looking frames on the other. I decided to cut out several of the frames to hold each letter of my title. In between the words “Sock Hop” I added a flower created with my Cricut Expression Machine and the Nifty Fifties cartridge. The flower is on page 65 and was cut at 1.75″. I cut two layers of each of the flower petals and then layered and secured them together with a My Mind’s Eye Enamel brad. Below the framed title, I added the word “sweetheart” cut on my Silhouette Cameo machine.


At the top of the page I created a little cluster with one of the cut apart journaling cards, a sticker from the 5×7 sticker sheet, and a layered sticker. The layered sticker with the hearts was initially a speech bubble shape. I just cut off the little tail with my scissors to use it as a rectangle. To the right of the cluster I added a chipboard button tied with white string. Below the cluster I added a tiny word sticker phrase. The “Date/Snapshots” flags were cut from the 4×6 Journal Card. I stamped the date with a rolling date stamp, and then accented the ends with a couple more enamel brads.


I couldn’t help but add this cute poodle from the Cricut Nifty Fifties cartridge. In retrospect, I think I would have made him a bit smaller, but it works. :) I cut him (her? … because she is pink) out of black and white cardstock, and the ombre shaded sheets from the Flair 6×6 paper pad. I used the Cuttlebug to emboss the white layer with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.


At the bottom of the poodle I added one of the My Mind’s Eye enamel shape sticker. I wanted to repeat the felt heart that was at the top of the page, so I took out the layered stickers and carefully peeled the heart from the quote sticker. I used Tacky Glue to secure it in place on top of the enamel shape.


Thanks for taking a look at my non-traditional Halloween page! I need to get caught up on my other kids’ costume pages … so watch for those sometime soon.

Have a great weekend!


Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Embossing Folders – MATELASSE

I’m back with the final installment of the Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Projects. Don’t forget! These amazing Cuttlebug folders are available on the Cricut.com website here.

Today, I’ll show you my FAVORITE of the three I worked with … the Matelasse Embossing Folder. I love the “basket weave” quilted feel of this one!

MATELASSE Embossing Folder


Monogram Wall Hanging


Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression® Electronic Cutting Machine, Cuttlebug® Machine
Cricut Cartridges Used: Cricut® Folk Art Festival Cartridge, Cricut® Rock Princess Cartridge, Cricut® Cake Basics Cartridge
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders Used: Cuttlebug®  A2 Embossing Folder & Border, Matelasse
Other Supplies: Cricut® Deep Cut Blade Housing, Chipboard, Cardstock (white, light pink, pink, dark pink moss, light moss, soft aqua, light aqua), Floral patterned paper, Large white eyelets, White ribbon, Cream brown chalk ink, Hole punch, Eyelet setter, Adhesive, Foam squares


Window Gift Box




Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression® Electronic Cutting Machine, Cuttlebug® Machine
Cricut Cartridges Used: Cricut® Sweet Tooth Boxes Cartridge. Cricut® Giant Flowers Cartridge, Cricut® Holiday Cakes Cartridge
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders Used: Cuttlebug®  A2 Embossing Folder & Border, Matelasse; Cuttlebug 5” x 7” Embossing Folder, African Weave
Other Supplies: Cardstock (white, light yellow, lavender, dark pink, dark moss) Clear presentation cover, Patterned Paper (green polka dot, floral), Yellow epoxy brad, Brown chalk ink, Spray ink (brown, white), Pencil, Candy or desired gift, Adhesive, Terrifically Tacky Tape, Hot glue gun & glue sticks


Framed Baby Animals Artwork


Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression® Electronic Cutting Machine, Cuttlebug® Machine
Cricut Cartridges Used: Cricut® Kate’s ABCs Cartridge, Cricut® Plantin SchoolBook Cartridge
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders Used: Cuttlebug®  A2 Embossing Folder & Border, Matelasse
Other Supplies:  4″ x 6″ white frames, Cardstock (white, gray, moss, soft aqua, pink), Patterned Paper (green polka dot, stripe), Pearl stickers (yellow, pewter), Blue/white baker’s twine, Pink chalk, Creamy brown chalk ink, Adhesive, Foam squares


I hope you have enjoyed these projects. I appreciate all of your sweet comments. Thanks for coming by!