Live Inspired Giveaway Winner!


Happy Friday, Friends! Thank you to everyone who participated in the Live Inspired challenge at It was so much fun to see your beautiful projects!

It’s time to announce the winner!


The winner of the Noel Mignon Blue Moon Daily Diary Kit is …

myscrappyideas (Tina Gale Husong)


CONGRATULATIONS, Tina!!! Please email your address to me at and I will get your kit in the mail.

Thank you again to Tracie Claiborne of the Live Inspired podcast. She has another fun guest on her show this week that you will want to check out. Also, later today she will be posting the winner of her giveaway on her Live Inspired video series. Be sure to watch and find out who won!


Well, I did it! I “killed” my November Noel Mignon “Golden Delicious” kits! All of the papers are down to the bits and pieces … all of the rest of the leftover bits (and there are still a LOT of usable items) will be filed into my stash to use on other projects.



So what did I end up making? Nine scrapbook pages, two 2-page pocket page spreads, four single page pocket pages, and one home decor piece! Woot! Woot! I will share these projects with you over the next week and then I will be moving onto holiday projects.

THANKFUL Home Decor Tray

I picked up this tray at Hobby Lobby. It is by The Paper Studio brand with a listed price of $12.99. However, I’m pretty sure I got it on sale … they are ALWAYS running great sales or use a coupon for it.


I was excited about purchasing this tray because I thought it would be a great rotating home decor piece that I could use pocket cards in. My plan is to rotate out the cards with the different holidays and seasons. Fun, right?!

I discovered, however, that the openings in the tray are smaller than 4×6 and 3×4. If you pick up one, just keep in mind that you will have to trim your cards approximately 1/8″ on each side.


You can also fill the openings with photos if you’d like! I just opted not to do that this time around. :)


My favorite card in the bunch is, surprisingly, the one with the layered gold bow. I’m usually not a bow person. I really struggle on finding places for them on my projects, but I had a lot of fun layering the chipboard pieces and brad on this one. The shimmer of the gold just makes me happy!


I also really love that cute little owl critter. I love how his eyes are closed … combined with the phrase “Give Thanks” below, it looks like he is in the middle of a sweet prayer of thanksgiving. :) Awwww! That makes my heart happy!


I’ll be back over the next several days to share the rest of my Noel Mignon layouts with you!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


Home Decor: Pennie’s Pumpkins


Before I get into today’s post, I wanted to remind everyone that today and tomorrow are the last days you have to enter for a chance to win this incredible Noel Mignon Blue Moon Daily Diary kit! All you need to do is create a scrapbook page inspired by one of my pages and post it to social media with the hashtag #liveinspiredchallenge. Details can be found on THIS GIVEAWAY POST. The winner will be announced on Friday! Good luck!


I serve with the most amazing gal in my congregation named Pennie Guinn. She is a crafting genius! She is the kind of gal who can see something made on the internet and break it down into steps that our 8 to 12 year old girls can recreate.


This month she prepared the most adorable craft project for our girls to work on … Fabric Pumpkins! She saw these pumpkins presented on a local lifestyle show called Studio 5 last year and decided to make them into a class, complete with instructions, to share and teach to others. She has been so kind to share those instructions and her pumpkins with me so that I could share them with all of YOU here on my blog! Thank you, Pennie!!!

I had a BLAST creating my little pumpkin! It’s something that is easy enough to knock out in an hour or so. You could even create a whole patch of them in different sizes, if you’d like. So fun!


As the girls worked, Pennie took the time to explain to them the value of learning a skill. We discussed how you could take a skill you have learned, the running stitch with a needle and thread, and use it in new ways. Here she is showing them doll clothes that she had made using fabric scraps when she was their age.The girls were FASCINATED! It was so cute!


Let’s put one together, shall we?! :D


Pennie was so organized! She put together a kit for each of the girls with all of the supplies they would need.

Inside the kit was:

  • An 8×18″ rectangle of fabric, with the short sides stitched together to form a tube (also, with pencil lines across the top and bottom for the girls to use as a guide later)
  • a needle and two lengths of heavy thread
  • a baggie of walnut shell kitty litter
  • a bag of batting
  • 3 lengths of embroidery floss, approximately 30″ long each
  • a 3×3″ square of hand-dyed wool fabric for the stem
  • a hand-dyed wool leaf (I’m guessing she cut these with a manual die cutting machine, but you could also find a leaf shape online and handcut one if you would like.

Let’s get started!


  1. Cut a rectangle of fabric. Size: decide width, double this measurement for length of rectangle. If the width is 8″, then the length will be 16″. Approximate measuring is good enough. Adjust the measurements and proportions to make any size or shape. Remember, the “width” will result in the height of your pumpkin. (NOTE: The fabric in our kit was 8×18″. She changed the proportions for ours a little bit because she liked the way it looked.)


2. With right sides of the fabric together, fold the rectangle in half (two 8″ edges together); sew 1/4″ seam, backstitching at the beginning and end. This will make a tube (7-1/2″ x 8″).

3. Start with wrong side of fabric out. With strong thread, hand sew a running stitch (big 1/4″ stitches are okay) all around the edge of one side of the tube 1/4″ from the edge. (Note: you are not sewing the fabric together, you are just stitching all along the top edge of the tube.) Pennie drew a pencil line as a guide for the girls to follow.


Pull to gather tight and knot well to secure. When finished, turn fabric right side out, with the seam on the inside. The gather will form the bottom of the pumpkin.


4. Put 1 cup ground walnut shells kitty litter in a baggie. Place in bottom of the pumpkin for weight.


Fill the rest of the pumpkin with batting. Don’t pack too tightly. It will need a little bit of “give” to tie the spines on later.


4. Gather the top of the pumpkin in the same way you did the bottom, stitching all along the edge…


… and then pulling together and tying knots to secure. There will be a small hole at the top of the pumpkin. This is where we will tuck in the stem.


But first, we are going to create the spines of the pumpkin!

5. Spines of Pumpkin: Cut 3 lengths of embroidery floss to about 30″ long. Using all 6 strands of the floss together, start at the top of the pumpkin, wrap all around and back to the top. Pull and knot. Do this two more times, spacing the floss around the pumpkin in equal wedges, creating 6 “spines.” Don’t cut the ends!


6. Stem: Use a short piece of a stick and poke into the hole at the top of the pumpkin. OR you can roll up quilt fabric or wool (3×3″ square), and poke in the top hole for the stem. Use a pencil or something similar to help you work the stem down into the hole.


Add a wool leaf, by tucking the end in the same hole with the stem. If desired, you can make a stitch or two to secure the leaf in place. We just tucked them in.


7. Tendrils: Dampen the embroidery floss with starch (I actually used hairspray on mine, hehe!), and wrap around a pen or pencil. Tape the ends, if needed, to hold the threads in place while they dry. (We placed a folded paper towel underneath the pencil to protect the fabric of the pumpkin.)


When dry, gently unwrap the tendrils; trim and separate as desired.


Camryn LOOOOOVED this activity! Can you tell?! She enjoyed learning how to do a running stitch and being able to create something that she will keep and use forever! I told the girls to put their pumpkins safely in their “hope chests” so that they can enjoy them year-after-year. Infact, they could even teach their own children how to create a pumpkin someday!


Pennie shared with me more of her adorable pumpkins … I love all of the different fabrics she used, and the way she adorned some of them with beaded tendrils, and even charms! So CUTE!


MORE IDEAS (from Pennie):

These cute pumpkins are great for using up your fabric stash. Consider a variety of colors, not just typical “fall” ones. I have tried different sizes; have found big ones (size of a real pumpkin) take a ton of batting and aren’t as charming as the small ones, in my opinion.

These are simple enough for a family craft. If the cutting and machine sewing is done in advance, children old enough to sew with a needle can do it with some adult help.

A small one, packed with more walnut shells and batting makes a cute pincushion.

They make nice hostess gifts, are light-weight to mail, and easy to store. Make a bunch and enjoy.


(Credits: Design: Kris Thurgood, My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shop, guest on Studio 5)


I KNOW! You are itching to go make yourself an entire patch of pumpkins now, aren’t you?! And guess what?! They are so easy to do … you could even create several of them to decorate your Thanksgiving table if you’d like. I hope you’ll share your pics with us! We both would love to see them!

Have fun!


Cutie Patootie Fall Cuts!

My mom’s birthday was at the end of October. I had bought her some fun jewelry, but wanted to make a cute gift box to give them to her in. SVG Cuts to the rescue! I love their cut files! They always have something amazing up their sleeves!

I decided to make the owl box from the Enchanted Autumn SVG Kit, that way she could keep it out as a decoration through Thanksgiving. To go with it, I created the Scarecrow card from the September Scenes Stand-Up Cards SVG Kit. They both turned out so cute!



I changed the owl up a bit by adding more feathers to his wings (just handcut by me). I also cut the beak out twice so that I could layer them together. I bent the top layer up, so that his mouth was open … he kind of looks like he’s smiling! :) For the eyes, I added punched circles from corrugated paper, then used Recollections large black pearl stickers for the pupils (purchased at Michael’s). His belly was embossed with the Charles Embossing Folder by Cricut. Finally, I added some twine around his neck (with a metal charm by My Mind’s Eye, older collection), buttons and gems.


Pumpkin embossed with the Cricut Cuttlebug Kaleidoscope folder. The haybale was embossed with the Darice Thin Lines Border folder.

The papers I used, were from these fun stacks that I purchased at JoAnn’s.


Have a great weekend!


Nifty Gifties: Part 2

Lisa’s on HSN today. Have you caught her show yet? Here are the times again in case you would like to.

lisa hsn blog JUNE230

One of the products Lisa has today is the Nifty Gifties Tie It On Kit. Yesterday I showed you several ideas with this kit. I’m back with a few more today! This kit is so fun and easy. I love it!









We hope you’ll join us! Happy Summer!