Fallen Leaves in the Pumpkin Patch

Today,  I was in a mood to make fall cards.  I cut my card (5X7)  on my cricut.  I then cut a 2 square slightly smaller than the other in the cardstock colors of my choice (the middle piece has a slight pattern). I took the 3rd smaller square and put it into the embossing folder and ran it through my cuttlebug,  embossing  it with this cute fall folder that I had purchased last year by Sizzix.

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I decided to try to use my ink pads and dust them over my embossed folders.  I saw it done in a video and thought it was pretty.  I used a circular sponge with my blue ink pad to create clouds.  The end result was quite pretty.  I love how it turned out.  I even made the envelope! =)

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I then decided to use this fall stamp set that I had purchased by Fiskars.

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For this one I chose inks that were all fall in color scheme.  First I stamped my tree.  Then I picked the leaves I wanted to use and randomly stamped leaves around my tree in all the fall colors. Including some fallen leaves.  Using the sponge like above I bleneded some fall color over the top of my stamping.  I like how it gives it an aged feeling.

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I hope y’all like them.

TTFN!!!! Sincerely,



Hello Fall!!

Hurry up Fall!!!  I dont know about y’all but,  I am ready to put out pretty fall decor!!!  Summer is nice but fall is by far my favorite time of year.  It is the start of the holiday season.

Todays project is this beautiful wood planter box.

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and these beautiful flowers and pumpkins =)

I Just love that sparkly pumpkin!!! It really added some great texture and design to my arrangement.  I started off arranging my pumpkins.  Then I added in the larger flowers and some of the greenery.  It started to really take shape at that point.   I then added in the tiny rosebuds and the white bushy stems until it was completely filled in.  It turned out beautiful.  I was very happy with the result.  What do y’all think?  I would love to hear your opinions.

I then had a unfinished banner that I had painted out a week ago and I decided to finish that project.  It turned out super cute.

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I hope y ‘all enjoyed my projects for this week.  I know I enjoyed making them.

Have a fabulous day everyone!

xoxoxoxo until next time.


Cornucopia, Horn A Plenty

Hello Everyone.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, today I am here to talk about the Cornucopia.  My project for today.  The cornucopia has long been a symbol of American thankfulness. It’s a reminder of all the good things in life.  Throughout history it has been a symbol for luck and prosperity.  It is even a symbol on the Wisconsin and Idaho flag!


So, this Thanksgiving why not share a toast to good luck and prosperity and have a cornucopia around for luck!!


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Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!!!


Tam =)



Autumn, Harvest, and Fall

All words to describe my favorite time of the year.  Today I was inspired to make a few projects and spent a big portion of my day happily crafting away.  I started with this project.  A Fall banner.


I started the project with an unfinished wood banner, some twine, rose buds,  a small grapevine wreath, some fall leaves, gold ribbon, and I cut out on my cricut the words fall in gold glitter vinyl.  Then I spotted that cute wooden owl in my supplies.  I plucked it out and went to creating.  I decided to paint my wood banner a pale green color.  It looks really pretty with the golds, yellows, and oranges.   I have to say the finished product is really pretty.  I just wish the picture would do it justice.  It is hard to take pictures of glitter vinyl.

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I received in the mail some pretty new Fall burlap sunflowers and I was excited to use them.  I also had some nice wood lettering that I had been wanting to use also.

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I sure love my glue gun! I ended up creating this pretty fall wreath.  Eat Drink and Be Thankful.   A nice sentiment for family gatherings.  I can smell all the yummy smells and taste all the yummy flavors just thinking about fall.  Makes my mouth water.  Hurry up fall!!!!!!


My 3rd project =) My f avorite of the day I think is full of beautiful bling, fun, and cuteness.  I love how it turned out.


I know I said it was my favorite but I also decided to make a project for myself.  I found this really pretty terrarium at my local Wal-mart.  It is a new item.  They only had one, darn the luck.  I had purchased these succulents a few weeks back so when I spotted it, I had to get it.  I already knew exactly what I would do with it.  I also found some pretty reindeer moss and grabbed that too.


This is how it turned out.



I hope you have all enjoyed my projects today.  I had a lot of fun working on them today.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!!




All About Pumpkins

Anyone else ready for Fall?  I certainly am.   I am ready for cooler temperatures.  I am also ready for those gorgeous fall colors.  The happy oranges, yellows, burgandies, eggplant, and even boring brown because once mixed with those other colors they are not so boring after all.

Today I decided to make my craft all about Pumpkins.  So I dusted off my Cricut and decided to make some 3 dimensional pumpkins.  These pumpkins were super easy to make.  I am planning to take them to work to festively decorate the lounge.  There is a cute Image in my Cricut file that I like to use.  I picked out my colored card stock (you need card stock not paper)  and set to cutting my file.  If you have a cricut machine you can search 3D-Pumpkin and it should come up.  This is what the file looks like.  It is a super easy file.  The pumpkins are fun.

3D pumpkinsThis is my finished results.


Use them in small groups or make a huge statement.  Either way these cute pumpkins are charming, fun, and festive.

My next project was for Halloween.   I wanted something to sit on my front porch at the entryway.  I saw these cute pumpkins made into cats on Pintrest and decided to make one.  This project was really fun.  There are so many creative ways you can do this project to make it your own. Just let your imagination run wild!  The fun part was picking out all the items I wanted to use to make my cat but as I was shopping I decided I wanted to make a pumpkin Witch!!! =)  This is the original Pintrest post that inspired me.


Mainly you need fake pumpkins and a sharp knife, some hot glue and a hot glue gun.  It is much like a snow man.  You pick your items and go to town decorating.   This was the end result of my project.


Since this blog post is all about the pumpkin I thought I would throw in some cute pics of my niece Claire through the years =)

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A few pumpkin facts:

The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “pepon.” “Pepon” was changed by the French into “pompon.” The English changed “pompon” to “Pumpion.” American colonists changed “pumpion” into “pumpkin.”


History of the Jack-o-Lantern

People have been making jack-o-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.

Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with it ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”

Source: The History Channel

A few fun facts.

The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.

Pumpkins are 90% water.

Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.

The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.

Speaking of PIE.  This post would not be complete without a YUMMY pumpkin pie recipe


Fall =) I can not wait!   I would love to hear your favorite pumpkin story, craft, or food .

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Tammy =)