Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Cup of Cheer - Tea Box Card - Winter Frolic Cricut Cartridge

Here is a tea box card I made for a friend when she was feeling sick.  I used a stampin up metal tin from their last big sale.  Yogi teas were 25% off using the amazon link below combined with subscribe and save plus the coupon code: YOGTEA97.  A great deal for this tea!  Winter Frolic Cricut cartridge is used for the cup (2 1/2" cut)  and phrase (2").  Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder for the white background.  I hope you like it!

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Cupcake Spa Socks - Easter 2010 Cricut Cartridge

I got this idea from Greenbean's Crafterole blog - so here's my version....
I used a spa sock I picked up from Michael's for $2 an rolled it up to make it look like a cupcake and secured it with a rubber band.
I cut the cupcake holder at 4" from the Easter 2010 cartridge.
Then I used a glue dot to attach a red pom pom to the top.  Red cinnamon disc candy work as well.
Put the sock in the cupcake holder and both in a cello bag and tied the ribbon.
This was super cute and easy!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thankful Banner - 1st Online Cricut Class - Country Life Cricut Cartridge

Here's the banner I made from the first Cricut online class - I substituted a lot of items and colors so that I could make use of the stash I already had.  That class was really hard to follow because I couldn't see the gypsy screen, but I got the general idea and finished it up myself. 

I cut the banner triangle from the Country Life cricut cartridge at 5 1/2".  It's great because you can fit 6 on one page.  I cut 3 first, then I flipped the image and cut the remaining 3 to make use of the paper.  Yes - I have tons of extra banners lying around now...but they will be put to good use for sure.  
I glued one banner to another banner that was "flipped" so that I could make this double sided, even though I didn't need to.
The paper was DCWV autumn pack that I recently got on Joanns.com for around $4 for 180 sheets ( super cheap!).
The scallops are cut from Easter 2010 cartridge at 1 1/2 ".
I inked the edges of the scallop in red using my Stampin Up red ink pad.
The lettering is cut from Storybook cartridge at 1 1/2".
I glued them all together and threaded Ofray ribbon through the holes.
I added a dew drop to the bottom of the banner to give it some dimension and weight.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bake Scrapbook Layout - From My Kitchen Cricut Cartridge

Here's a layout I made today using the "From My Kitchen" Cricut cartridge.

Oven is cut at 3"
Apron is cut at 3"
Cookie pan is the cupcake pan cut at 1 1/2" and stickled.
Gingerbread boys cut at 1 1/2" -used Viva Decor pens for the details
(pens on sale buy 3 get 1 free at store listed below)
The oval and bake wording is cut at 2 1/2"
Mats are cut at 5"x7" and 4"x6"

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

How to save huge $$ on food staples...

I've had quite a few people ask me how I recently saved $200 at my grocery store (spent $51).  So here are my tips.
1.  Buy on sale, use a coupon, use the store discount card, AND use a rewards credit card to pay.
2.  Stock up on staples.  Soups always go on sale during this time of year plus they store long in the pantry.
3.  Check this website for an easy matched up list with coupons.  I use the Arizona forums.
4.  File, but don't cut every coupon.  I cut them out when I need them.  Use internet, manufacturer's, and store coupons if the store will except them.

Here's my scenario for my quick trip to Frys today where I spent $7.49 but "saved" $74.10:

2 - Cokes12 pk @ $3.67 = $7.34 (crud - I meant to get the 2 for $3 deal but the discount only applied if you spent $50 AFTER discounts...which obviously I didn't.  Note to self...read the fine print) *Returned these*.
20 - Campbells condensed soups @.99 = $19.80 (I use these in casseroles all the time throughout the year so my after coupons and discounts price at .24 each makes this a steal!)
5 - Campbells chunky soups @1.49 = $7.45 (after discounts and mfg coupons = .49 each)
6 - Campbells healthy soups @ 1.49 = $8.94 (after discounts and mfg coupons = .49 each)
2 - Tyson Anytizers @2.28 = $4.56 (after discounts and mfg coupons = .78 each)
2 - Stove Top Stuffing @ $1.25 = $2.50 (after target coupon = .50 each)
2 - Nestle Cocoa @.99 = $1.98 (no coupon but .49 each after discount)
3 - Rozini Garden Pasta @ 1.29 = $3.87 (after discount and coupons = -.21 money maker each)

Coupons Used (Total: - $22):
1 - fresh and easy competitor coupon for $5 off $20 found here = -$5
1 - target stove top coupon for .50 off 2 = -$.50
3 - mfg coupon .25 off 4 condensed soups = - $3 (frys all coupons are worth $1)
2 - internet coupon $1 off 4 condensed soups = -$2 (found at campbells.com)
1 - internet coupon $1.50 off 3 campbells chunky soups = -$1.50
3 - internet coupons for $1 off 2 campbells healthy select harvest soups = -$3
2 - internet coupons for .50 off campbells healthy chunky soups = -$2
3 - peelie coupons found next to the rozini pasta for $1 off $1 = -$3 (and yes...I only took what i needed)

Total $56.44
Minus $20 (buy 10 save $5 mega event x 4) = $36.44
Minus $22 coupons used below = $14.44 + .55 tax = $14.99 
Minus the return of the coke fiasco ($7.49) = $7.50 out of pocket for a savings of 90.6% Awesome!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Glass Block with Lights - Armor Etch

Here's another one of my Goodwill finds.  I purchased this glass block with lights for $2.50 and etched the snowflakes and added the vinyl word.  Sooooo easy!


Customized Basketball Bank using Old West Font

Ashton's new Basketball Bank came from the Goodwill today.  I hopped over there for the 50% off sale and found this basketball piggy bank.  It was pretty much brand new as you can tell and it was only $1.50.  I brought it home and put some vinyl lettering on for him using the Old West Cricut Cartridge.  He loved it!

Cartridges I used: