Monday, June 27, 2011

Xyron Winner - Keyifa!!

The winner is Keyifa!!  Send me your email so I can get your address and send you out your BLOG CANDY.  :D

Have fun with it!


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Scrapbook Pages - Freshly Picked

My mom loves to garden.  I thought it would be nice to start her a scrapbook for the pics of her fabulous garden.  That way when she comes to visit we can make more pages together...awwwwww  I know, I'm a big ole baby, but I love my mommy.  :D

Click HERE if you want to leave a comment to enter the Xyron giveaway.


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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day Card - Camping Critters & BLOG CANDY

I really like the Camping Critters Cartridge.  Not too many layers and there are some really cute images.  I made this Father's Day Card for my Dad.  He loves to take pictures.  :)

I also have some BLOG CANDY to give away.  I am still trying to clean out my craft area.  I have never figured out how to use this Xyron thing.  :/  I can't find the box for the Xyron, but I only used it once.  The Xyron Design Runner has the box and all the pieces, but it is open.  The accessories are new and unopened.  If anyone is interested leave a comment.  If there are more than one person interested I will do a random drawing next Monday 6-27-11.

Thanks for stopping by.  :)

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Monday, June 13, 2011

MPS Color Challenge

I am trying to get my Cricut Mojo back :)  I finally got a minute to sit down and make a quick card.  For me it is always easier for me to have something to get inspired by.  I love challenges and MPS has a Color Challenge going on.   

You must use:

Orange, Turquoise, and Green (any other colors can be added).
Here is my card.  Here in Michigan, we are finally getting some warm weather, so I thought the stamp was appropriate.  :D


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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Finally finished Halloween Apron

There has been so much going in the Craftini household for the last couple of weeks, that I have had no time to do any new projects.  So, I figured why not try and finish a half  done one.  :)

This is really sad, but I started this apron BEFORE Halloween last year.  I finally finished it!  I also started working on another unfinished project.  I did cut out my dress pattern for a sew along, but I haven't started cutting the fabric.  My goal is to finish the dress this weekend.  We shall see...

Here is the Halloween Apron, it was simple and cute.  Maybe I'll throw a Halloween party just so I can wear it.  lol  :D  

Sorry about the pics, but it was late. 


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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Babycakes Cake Pops Maker Review

When my friend sent me the link about the Babycakes Cake Pop maker I HAD to get one.  They sell them online and at Kohl's.  I ran right out and got one at Kohl's.  It was $29.99, but Kohl's always has sales, so it will probably go on-sale shortly.   I thought I would share my first experience with the machine and maybe get some tips from others who might have one.

I did read a few tips on several message boards before I started, but clearly not enough, LOL.   I read on one of the MB that you should use the Pancake Pen (Williams-Sonoma) to add the batter to the machine.  I already had one so I used it and it did work very well.  I used a Duncan Hines White Cake Mix.  The bottle held almost all of one box of cake batter.

The directions say not to fill up the "hole" all the way.   I followed directions and did not fill them up all the way.  SN: the machine gets VERY HOT so use an oven mitt to open and close the lid.  I cooked them for 4 mins.  Here is what the first batch looked like.

More like half of a cake ball lol

Second batch I filled them up to the top.  Here is the second batch.  Better, but still not a perfectly round cake ball.

A little overflow

Third Batch, I used more batter and they turned out much better, but still not fully round.  Mine did not look like the picture on the box.  ;p

Fifth batch.  I filled them up as much as I could.  You have to be fast because they start cooking as soon as you get the batter in.  You can see the top ones already spreading.

As you can see overfilling does not work either.  lol

You can not just pop off the overflow, the balls break apart.

I did some more research tonight and found out that you have to turn them at about 3 mins.  Since I cooked mine for 4 I think I will turn them at 2 mins.  It comes with this "fork" that is meant to get the cake balls out of the machine.  I guess it is for turning them too.  I am going to give it another try and just turn the machine over and see if that works.  lol   If not, I'll try the fork thing.

I did like the ease and quickness of the making the cake balls.  As well as how many you can make from one box of cake mix.  I am going to give it another try and see what happens when I turn them.  Hopefully I will get a better result.  I think you can still use them if you insert the stick on the "not so smooth" side.   I will post pics of the second attempt soon.  :)

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Chocolate Kahlua Cake

 Most of you know Blogger has been down and we were unable to post, but it really didn't effect me cause I'm having "Cricut Block".  lol  I have not had the urge to get out the Cricut and make anything.  I think it's the crappy Michigan weather, its very depressing.  :(  I have had the urge to bake a bunch of stuff!  I can't eat it all so I have been soliciting my friends to take my treats.  lol  I made a lemon pound cake with a lemon glaze that turned out great!  I got 2 thumbs up from my treat tester.  ;)  So I thought I would branch out and try something new.  Cake with liquor!  I found this recipe on  HERE is the link.  I'm not sure it came out right.  lol  I followed the directions and the cake looks ok, but the glaze did not turn out at all.  I have some of the new Duncan Hines Chocolate glaze in the kitchen cabinet so I might try that.  Any ideas on a good glaze that would work well with this cake, would be greatly appreciated.  :)  Pics below.  TFL

1 c. chopped pecans
1 pkg. German chocolate cake mix
1 sm. pkg. instant chocolate pudding
4 eggs
1/2 c. cold water
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. kahlua liquor
(If cake mix already contains pudding, omit pudding, use 3 eggs and 1/3 cup oil.)Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour tube pan. Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan. Mix remaining ingredients together. Pour over nuts. Bake 1 hour. While hot spoon glaze over cake in pan. Allow cake to absorb glaze. Repeat until glaze is used. Cool in pan. Invert on plate.
1/4 lb. butter
1/4 c. water
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. kahlua
Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil 5 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in kahlua.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

NSD MPS Challenge #9 - Cricut Calling Cards

Robyn over at MPS celebrated National Scrapbooking Day with a day FULL of challenges.  She has some great prizes too!  I plan on completing a few more of the challenges, just not today.  ;)

I made these Cricut Calling Cards for the Challenge #9--Use Glitz, Glam and Glitter in your project!  I think the martini is kinda glam and my paper is glittery (hard to see in the pic).   I blocked out my Cricut Circle Number.



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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Christmas Card Cartridge Winner!!

Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner.  The past month has been CRAZY!  I really need a VACATION.  ;)

The winner is Sher of Patterns by Sher!!  Check out her blog.

Thanks everyone for playing!  I'll have another giveaway soon.  :D

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Create A Critter

My friend is throwing a baby shower and she is having a scrapbooking station.  I made some items from the Create A Critter cartridge.  I love this cartridge.  :)  

They are so cute!

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mother's Day Card & BLOG CANDY

I made a quick Mother's Day card to get some "Craft Therapy" in.   It's been a rough week, but a little downtime with my Cricut always makes me feel better.  :)

I used the Country Life cartridge to make the apron and cut it at 4".

I also have a cartridge to giveaway.  It's the Christmas Cards cartridge.   Here in Michigan we are not even getting nice spring days yet, but I think I might start making some Christmas cards.  I always have good intentions to make cards, but once it gets close to the holidays, it gets too crazy!

Leave a comment and a way to reach you to enter.  Good Luck!!


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Thursday, April 21, 2011

MPS is giving away an EXPRESSION 2!!

Go over to Robyn's blog and see all the ways to enter.   Good Luck!!

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Monday, April 18, 2011

I won the "Wrap It Up" Challenge! & A Great Blog Hop

The gals over at hosted a "Wrap It Up" challenge and I won!  It was a random pick, but I'll take it.  ;)  lol  They have a new Cricut Chaos Challenge this week, the challenge is to use the Indie Art cartridge, click HERE to check it out. 

The Crafting Misfit has a great Blog Hop going on.  She has an awesome diaper cake project!  Check it out HERE.   You can also participate by using a new technique or  material.  You can link your project to her page.  It sounds like fun!  I hope I have to time to enter. 


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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wrap It Up Challenge

Two Scraptastic Gals are hosting a Wrap It Up Challenge.  I really need to make time to really play with this cartridge.  There are so many great items to make!  A friend of mine is planning a baby shower so I have had baby showers in my head.  :)  I made a simple baby card and favor box from the cartridge.  The pictures did not turn out great (I had to use my old camera). 

Baby Card

Favor Box

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

MPS Birthday Challenge - Pack Your Bags Cartridge

MPS is currently hosting an "anything birthday" challenge.  I have not had much time to do any crafting, but I needed to get some cricutin' in or I was going to go crazy.  :D

I made the drink with the new Pack Your Bags cartridge.   It is a really cute cartridge.  I'm not sure I'm feeling the ribbon, but I already stuck the paper to card and I was too lazy to do another one.  ;p   This cartridge would be great for scrapbooking trips.  I have a lot of great pics from the trips I have taken this year, so I might just break down and make some scrapbooking pages!


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