Saturday, October 31, 2015

Do you want Spiders with that?

I have a fun little Halloween Treat to share with you today!

Sil ID# 64491 - French Fry Box with layered pieces included
Stampin' Up Basic Black cardstock for base
Martha Stewart Halloween paper 
Tootsie Pops!
Creepy PLASTIC spiders


Thanks for stopping by today.  See you tomorrow!!

Friday, October 30, 2015

PDE Linky Party - Anything Goes

Hello there! 
It's Always Anything Goes at PDE Linky Party!

You know what that means?! If you....
made it,
stamped it,
die cut it,
paper pieced it,
scrapbooked it,
refurbished it,
restored it, 
remodeled it,
crocheted it,
quilted it,
sewed it,
painted it.....
it all counts!

The sentiment I used for this tag cracks me up.

  • Silhouette ID# Tag 43062
  • Sil ID# Scallop Circle 20452
  • Sil ID# Frankie (print and cut) 66804
  • Stampin' Up Really Good Greetings (retired)
  • Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grunge #130517 
  • Stampin' Up Pear Pizzazz ink #131180
  • (email me to order Stampin' Up goodies, 66cricket at gmail dot com)
  • Circle and Frankie both adhered with foam tape

Don't forget to check out the Design Team Call at PDE Linky Party
and come link up your ANYTHING GOES projects.
Unlimited times to link up
Unlimited combining with other challenges

Thanks for stopping by today.  See you tomorrow!!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Something To Crow About

Hi, everyone! A friend of mine posted a really cute project this week, and I asked her where in the world did she get that adorable cut file. She gave me the link to Treasure Box Designs. Oh my gosh. Have you been over there? The files are available for paper piecing and some for print 'n' cut. You know I love me some print 'n' cut lately, but for today's project I decided to use one of their cut files and paper piece it for you.  (Pssst...... they are having a SALE!)

  • Treasure Box Designs - Cuckoo Critters One
  • Solid cardstock & wood elements from Stampin' Up
  • Pattern Papers from stash
  • "Grass" cut with SU shredding scissors
  • A little inking.... a little foam tape....
  • Tag base from Silhouette store
I love how it turned out! I can't wait to play with some of their Christmas files!


Thanks for stopping by today.  See you tomorrow!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween Treats - Good to the Last BITE

Hi, everyone! I hope you are having a fabulous week so far. On Monday I asked my husband, Tom, if he wanted me to make treats for him to take to work on Friday. I told him if that would embarrass him, I understood, and between you and me, I really didn't expect him to want me to. But he said SURE. Do you know how good that made me feel?!  So my next question was okay, how many co-workers will be there Friday. He said 50! I thought, what in the world have I gotten myself into. LOL

I decided instead of trying to cut paper with one of my electronic die cutting machines (because mass producing and electronic speed do not always go hand in hand), I would use my Sizzix Big Shot. Tom recently bought me a Die Cut from Amazon that I had in the cart that makes a little sleeve / bag type thingie. This would be perfect to stuff a few pieces of candy in!

It was very quick to cut out 50 of them because I was able to run through 4 pattern papers with the die at one time. Joy!

I lined them up, and adhered tear and tape on them all. Folded them. Shazam. I'm on a roll!

Then I stamped and punched out 50 various Halloween tags.  Too easy, drill seargeant. 

Got my crop-a-dile to punch holes in a thick stack at once.
Dumped candy all over my desk. Grabbed a few pieces to stuff the bags.


Cut twine and threaded that through the holes and tag.......

It sounds like a lot now that I'm writing this all out, but it really did go quite well. I had my audio book playing on the computer as I worked (worked = played with Halloween candy and treat bags).


Finished the treats.

Finished the book.

Left over candy.

Now what?  That wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be to make 50 treats.  I hope everyone enjoys them. 

Stampin' Up sets: Sweet Hauntings & Merry Everything for tags
SU Note Punch
SU Happy Hauntings & Martha Stewart Halloween papers
Tear & Tape
Sizzix Big Shot & Bigz #659768
Big Halloween Bowl $1 @ Dollar General


Thanks for stopping by today.  See you tomorrow!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pumpkin Smiles (aka Jack-o-Lantern)

Happy Tuesday! I have another fun size card to share with you today. It's a cute 4x4 square card.

  • Miss Kate Cuttables - Jack-o-Lantern
    • I didn't use the outline shape for the top layer. I liked it better without it. That's one of the great things about Miss Kate Cuttables. Not only do you get easy layering pieces, but you also can pick and choose which layers you want to use or if you want to use the print 'n' cut version - all for the same price. Love it!
  • Leaves - Sizzix metal die cuts (Tim Holtz)
  • Wisteria Wonder & Basic Black Stampin' Up cardstock along with their Happy Hauntings Designer Series paper.
  • Sentiment from Paper Pumpkin's September kit


Thanks for stopping by today.  See you tomorrow!!

Monday, October 26, 2015


I was wondering if I was going to get a project up on the blog today. 

I made a super simple & quick 4x4 card. I already had some Halloween Print 'n' Cuts ready, and I used the Craftin Desert Diva's stitched dies for some of the background pieces and My Favorite Things stitched circle dies. Plus I threw in there a piece of the Stampin' Up Spider Web doily. :) Easy Peasy!

  • Stampin Up - Spider Web Doily
  • Craftin Desert Divas - Pocket Pieces HI dies
  • Stampin' Up Paper Pumpkin Sept kit for sentiment stamp
  • Sil ID# 68115 - Ghost holding Candy Corn print n cut


Thanks for stopping by today.  See you tomorrow!!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

a thousand thanks

Hi, everyone! I hope you guys are enjoying your weekend. It's been beautiful weather here, which is always nice.  Today's card was inspired by the sketch at Sketch Saturday.

  • Pattern papers from scraps
  • Solid cardstock all from Stampin' Up
  • Buttons! (haven't used those in a while)
  • Banner Punch - Stampin Up
  • Chevron and Tiny Dots embossing folders (Stampin' Up)
  • Miss Kate Cuttables - Fall Leaves Group
  • Sentiment from Stampin' Up - Lots of Thanks, stamped in SU Crumb Cake ink


Thanks for stopping by today.  See you tomorrow!!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Shaped Christmas Card

Hi, everyone! Welcome to your weekend where good times, family, friends, and your craftroom awaits. :)

I have a fun shaped Christmas card to share with you today! I saw this in the Silhouette store and immediately clicked on, "add to cart."  So cute!!  This doesn't have to be just a Christmas card, it could be any Autumn or Winter, aka cooler weather, card. Just change up the papers, colors, and sentiments.

This little mouse was screaming googlie eyes at me. Did you hear it too?  

Notice that button with the twine bow? Can you believe that's NOT a real button. It's paper and part of the cut file!

Quote reads:
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store."
"Maybe Christmas, perhaps... means a little bit more!"
~Dr. Seuss
Thanks for stopping by today.  See you tomorrow!!


Friday, October 23, 2015

I'm the OTHER Chick at 2 Creative Chicks!

Hey, guys, guess what?! I'm now a part of the 2 Creative Chicks Design Team! Can you believe it? I'm super excited! I've joined Nana over there, so I guess now you can say, "I'm the OTHER chick." LOL

Every month there is a new link up and it's ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES!

Showcase rules:
~Only NEW creations.~

~You Must be a follower of 2 Creative Chicks~

~Post a direct link to your new creation (not just to your blog or Inlinkz will not accept your entry)~

~Post a link within your post linking back to our site inviting others to play along. All entries that do not ink back will be deleted~

~You may enter UNLIMITED projects as long as they are all new projects.~

~You may combine your project with as many other challenges as you'd like!~

~No profanity or adult content - this isn't the place for it, we don't want anyone offended, and it will not be accepted.~

If you find your entry has been removed, please check to make sure you have followed all the rules prior to contacting us.

Go link up your projects!
Thanks for stopping by today.  See you tomorrow!!

PDE Linky Party - TREATS

Hi, everyone. I'm so glad you are here. I enjoy our visits and your comments.

Today starts a brand new theme at PDE Linky Party and it's TREATS! This can be ANY kind of treats. Homemade dog treats; treats for Santa; a new crafty TREAT you bought yourself and made a project with; Halloween treats for the kids.... anything! I decided to go with a Halloween treat for my design team post.

When I saw this cut file in the Silhouette store, I giggled. That skeleton's smile is goofy, and I love it.
  • Sil ID# 100331 Skeleton Box
  • Orange tulle and ribbon from stash
  • Spider from the Dollar store .... ewww.... creepy.... which reminds me. Bonnie got a lot of critters like this that day - bugs, spiders, snakes - and I forgot she dropped one of her snakes between the seats. That is going to scare the boogers out of me if I don't remember to go find where it went and get it out of there.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.


Hop over to PDE Linky Party and link up your TREATS projects!

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Project Life ABC Pages

Hi, everyone! I'm so glad you stopped by here today to see what I'm up to in my craft room. I'm sitting at my desk, looking out the window, waiting on UPS to get here with my AVON order.  Did you know I am an AVON lady? You can shop my online store 24/7. I've always loved AVON.

For the second day in a row, I've been lucky enough for my hubby to be working at home. I love it when he does that. I'll sneak in his office every now and then and plop down some candy corn on his desk.

Anyway, onto my crafty project to share with you today.  Have you heard of Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day? It's a cool little blog and Facebook Group where you can get photo prompts every single day. At the beginning of the year I was really good about taking a photo every single day based on the photo prompt, but I started running out of things around my yard and house to take pictures of. LOL Recently, the prompts are letters - going through the alphabet. Okay, now that sounded like tons of fun. 

I have a photo folder on my computer of all the photos I've taken with my iPhone, but haven't scrapbooked yet. As I print them for the scrapbook, I move them into a month folder so I don't accidentally forget where I was and scrap them twice.  I went through the photos I haven't scrapped yet and tried for find enough to represent each letter of the alphabet. It started out really easy, but there were a few leftover letters I couldn't find a photo for. Those letters got a Project Life Filler Card instead. Hey, it works. It's all good. 

I cut out letters with my Silhouette Cameo and printed up a list of each letter and what the word was for that photo. Example: A is for....autumn.  This was really a lot of fun. You guys should give it a try. It's a great way to include a variety of photos all together that may not have anything to do with each other. I used Project Life Page Pockets Style U for this. That way I could have the entire Alphabet Photo Project contained on one sheet front and back.

You'll notice on the side of my page protector some random paw print washi tape. I accidentally ripped that pocket a little. Oopsie. 

I'll show you my front and back pages first, and then list all the Alphabet words after so you can see how I used the words with the photos or filler cards.

A is for... Autumn
B is for... Bonnie
C is for... Cotton Candy
D is for... Dinosaur
E is for... Election
F is for... Fair
G is for... Game Day! Go Cocks!
H is for.. Halloween
I is for... Interesting
J is for... Jimmy
K is for... Keri
L is for.. Lovely

M is for... Meeko
N is for...Nap
O is for... Oh, darling. I love you!
P is for... Panic
Q is for... Quiet Time
R is for... Rainbow
S is for... Flu Shot
T is for... Tom
U is for... Undeniably, You are loved!
V is for... View
W is for... Wyatt
X is for... Xtreme Family Fun
Y is for You, Me, Us
Z is for Zany days

Sometimes I'll make a project and think, "ehh."  But today's project....... love it! Thanks again for swinging by today.  See you tomorrow!!


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

K-Cup Fun

Hi, everyone! What are you guys up to today? I have an appointment this morning, and then who knows what kind of trouble I'll find to get myself into this afternoon. LOL

I saw some CUTE files over at Miss Kate Cuttables. These print and cuts came from her website, but you can buy just the cut files in the Silhouette store if you have a subscription to there and that works better for you. I used them on another Silhouette cut file for a K-Cup holder. Super simple, and cute too. Gotta love that combination.

Silhouette Challenges - anything goes + using Silhouette
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Not Just Cards - anything goes

  • Miss Kate Cuttables Indian Boy
  • MKC Indian Girl (My daddy taught me when I was very young that I could be anything I wanted when I grew up. For the longest time when adults would ask what did I want to be when I grew up, I'd answer, "An Indian." I never understood why they would laugh at that until I got older. Just goes to show how much I believed everything my daddy said. Think about it though.... Indian girls have long hair they get to braid in pigtails. They get to wear pretty dresses with beads all over them. They get to camp all the time and dance around campfires and ride horses and and and..... Yep, I still want to be an Indian when I grow up.) :)  
  • MKC Pilgrim Boy
  • MKC Pilgrim Girl
  • Sil ID# 59068 - K-Cup holder
  • Stampin' Up Designer Series Papers - Into the Woods
  • Stampin' Up stamp set - Merry Everything (Currently 15% off! See below for details)
  • Stampin' Up Stamp 'n Write markers - Brights Collection (I colored the stamped sentiment with 3 different marker colors: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red)
  • Stampin' Up Note Tag Punch

October Paper Pumpkin & a Video!

I got my Paper Pumpkin craft kit in the mail yesterday!
These kits bring a crafty surprise every month, and I love that Stampin' Up switches between project types. Last month we made 3D treat holders, this month is GORGEOUS flower cards for many occasion types.

Sign up for Paper Pumpkin HERE

Another thing I love about the stamp set in the October Paper Pumpkin Kit?
You can color them! The images are outlines only!!
Who wants to watercolor with  me later?

Here are my finished cards from this kit.
I was having so much fun with this kit that I even stamped 
some flowers and leaves on the envelopes too.

Check out the official October Paper Pumpkin video by Stampin' Up.

Sign up for Paper Pumpkin HERE

Monday, October 19, 2015

Witchy Tag, Stampin' Up Sale, and Blog Hop Winner!

Oh my gosh! I am having so much fun making tags lately. I can't wait to tell you about this one today!

Submitted to:
Cut it Up - Halloween Tags + die cut
Dies R Us - Halloween + die cut
Crazy 4 Challenges - Costumes
Naughty or Nice - Feeling Witchy

And now for the WINNER!

Thank you all so much for hopping along with us over the weekend in our Fall Thrills and Halloween Chills Blog Hop! We had a lot of fun putting the hop together and enjoyed all your comments!  I asked my husband, Tom, to pick a number between 1 and 73 for the winner, and he picked #72, Linda Hott! 

Congratulations, Linda! Please contact me 66cricket at gmail dot com by this Friday, Oct 23 to claim your prize. //throws confetti//

Don't forget to go shopping for 15% off Stampin' Up stamps!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Project Life using Pocket Style S

Don't forget about the Fall Thrills & Halloween Chills Blog HOP
I'm a part of this weekend!
You have until 11:59 Eastern time tonight to
be a Follower and Comment for a chance to win a 
Pretty Cute Stamp Set.

For today's project, here is my last scrapbook page from September.
This pocket page is Project Life Style S.
All filler cards from PL Amy Tangerine Plus One kit.
Other supplies from:
Silhouette Cameo print and cuts
Cricut print and cuts
library card from Facebook and I printed it like a photo

If you want a little bit of Stampin' Up fun every single month delivered directly to your door,

Sign up for Paper Pumpkin HERE.

Thanks for visiting with me today! 
See you tomorrow! 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Fall Thrills & Halloween Chills Blog Hop!

Welcome to the

Fall Thrills and Halloween Chills Blog Hop!

This hop is all about the beauty of Fall and the haunting spookiness of Halloween all wrapped up in one. So grab a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy the thrills and chills along the way.
There are six stops, and you won't want to miss any of them!

If you are here from Michelle's blog then you are in the right place. If you just happened onto my blog today and would like to join us, then start at Melissa's blog. There is also a complete line-up at the end of this post just in case you need it.

And what would a hop be without
Blog Candy!!!
Each blog has a bit of Candy that needs to be won.
And Here's How:
Be sure to be a FOLLOWER and COMMENT on each blog!!!

If you are a follower, your comment could be randomly drawn to win some fantastic prizes!
Read each blog post carefully to see what is being offered at each stop along the way!

For my BLOG CANDY I am giving away to one lucky Follower who leaves a comment
(USA addresses only)

Pretty Cute Stamps - Cool Chick stamp set
Make sure you are a FOLLOWER of my blog and leave a COMMENT.
The winner will be posted to my blog on Monday, and must contact me 
by Friday, Oct 23rd to claim their prize.

Here is my project:

I'm so excited to share this Pumpkin Box with you guys. This time of year makes me happy, happy, happy. I love all the pumpkin and cute Halloween decorations. 

This box cut is from the Silhouette store ID# 67098.
Kraft cardstock.
Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Basic Black cardstock from Stampin' Up.
Edges inked with Pumpkin Pie SU ink
Lime Green, Orange, and Black tulle from Amazon.

Remember to win my prize, you need to be a follower of my blog and leave a comment!
You have until Sunday night, October 18th at 11:59 pm EST to hop along with us! All winners will be announced on Monday, October 19, 2015 on each individual blog. The winners will also be posted on M Miranda Creations Facebook Page after all the winner posts go live on each blog.
Here's the complete hop lineup in case you need to start at the beginning! Enjoy!
Janis (that's me!)
Thank you for hopping along with us today!
Your next stop is .... nope - that's it. I'm the last stop!


Friday, October 16, 2015

PDE Linky Party - Halloween Colors

Hi, everyone! Today starts a brand new link up theme at PDE Linky Party. The theme is HALLOWEEN COLORS! Here is my little crafty creation....

Submitted to:
Creative Corner Chs - 3 embellishments (spiderweb doily, purple tulle, orange ribbon)

Products used:

Now.......... mark your calendars for these Blog Hops & Give-Aways!

Fall Thrills and Halloween Chills Blog Hop, THIS Sat, Oct 17th
Just 6 stops and lots of candy on each blog!
Here is the Facebook Event for more info
Make sure you click on GOING and INVITE all your friends!


Think Christmas Blog Hop, Sat, Nov 7th
Just 8 stops and Blog Candy plus a Grand Prize!
If we have 200 people join us for the hop, Follow each blog, and leave a comment on each blog,
Someone is going to win a Silhouette Cameo from Santa!
Here is the Facebook Event for more info
Make sure you click on GOING and INVITE all your friends!
Remember, we need 200 hoppers and commenters for Santa to give away the Cameo.
Want to win an EXTRA prize?
Visit Nana @ My Crafting Channel for more info!!!

I'm so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!