Monday, November 14, 2011

Irrelephant Thank You

My family has a long standing obsession of sorts with elephants.  My great-grandparents owned, operated, and lived above a bar called the White Elephant Tavern in Wisconsin.  In the front window of the tavern, they kept 3"-4" tall statue of a white elephant.  The tavern has since been sold, but our family obsession with elephants lives on.  So when my godmother saw an adorable infant sleeper covered in an elephant pattern, she just had to buy it and send it to me for my son.  The colors on this thank-you card (which I will be sending her this week) were inspired by the colors on the sleeper.



♥ Solid cardstock from my stash ~ Stampin' Up!, Recollections, Paper Studio
♥ Patterned paper ~ DCWV Animal Crackers Matstack
♥ Elephant cut @ 2.5" ~ Create A Critter
♥ Swiss Dots embossing folder ~ Cuttlebug
♥ Crystal Stickles
♥ Sentiment ~ made on my computer
♥ Buttons ~ Favorite Findings
♥ Bakers' Twine ~ Martha Stewart Crafts
♥ Chocolate Chip classic stamp pad ~ Stampin' Up!
♥ Pumpkin Pie marker ~ Stampin' Up

Paper Playtime ~ Challenge #60: Cricut Creations Thank You Projects
the cuttlebug spot ~ Anything Goes
More Than Favors ~ Wacky Wednesday #58: Buttons, Bling or Brads
Bitten By The Bug 2 ~ Boy / Masculine Project
My Creative Time ~ Throwback Thursday: Kid Friendly Project
Die Cuttin' Divas ~ Challenge #40: Let's Be Thankful

Until next time, Cricuteers!
~ JD ~

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I found an amazing recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip muffins on The Twinery's blog a while back.  They looked so yummy, I decided to make a double batch and share with friends / neighbors.  Each batch made 2 1/2 dozen muffins... so 5 dozen muffins later, I had PLENTY to share.  They were so good, I think I'm going to have to make some more to give to our families on Thanksgiving!  Gobble Gobble!

These pumpkin recipe cards / tags took a little creative thinking, but turned out so cute!.  First I decided how big I wanted my pumpkin to be using my Gypsy.  Then I typed up my recipe and formatted in MS Word to the right height / width / location on my cardstock.  After printing the recipe on plain white cardstock, I placed the cardstock face-down on my Cricut mat (because I needed to cut the pumpkin backwards - later on I realized I could have just "flipped" the pumpkin on my Gypsy).  Finally, after cutting all my pieces, I was able to put together these adorable pumpkin recipe cards.



Final Package Ready for Delivery

♥ Cardstock from my stash ~ Stampin' Up!, Recollections, Georgia Pacific
♥ Pumpkin ~ Create A Critter
♥ Early Espresso & White twine (from my stash!) ~ Stampin' Up!
♥ White gel pen

Craft Your Passion ~ Challenge #83: Anything Goes + Brown
My Craft Spot ~ Monday Challenge #32: Gobble 'til You Wobble
Papercraft Star ~ Challenge #70: A Number
♥ Scrappy Moms Stamps ~ Terrific Tuesday Challenge: 3D with Twine and/or a Button
Use It Tuesday ~ Cooking Up Fun
Cooking With Cricut ~ Challenge #59: Fruits, Cornucopia, Harvest

Until next time, Cricuteers!
~ JD ~

P.S. I still have my Gypsy file and my MS Word recipe file.  If you would like a copy, please leave me a comment with your e-mail address, and I'd be happy to share!