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Friday, February 17, 2012

Getting Cricky Cabin Fever Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Cabin Fever" Getting Cricky Blog Hop!!

We're so happy you could join us for this month's Getting Cricky Design Team Blog Hop!!  We have an EXTRA SPECIAL hop for you this month -- All week long, the Design Team has been featuring many of Kristal's stamp sets as well as an array of Cricut Cartridges, SVG cuts, and more in anticipation of the hop...  If you've missed out on any of the week, be sure to check out our previous posts for ALMOST 100 CREATIVE IDEAS and PROJECTS as well as giveaways, promotions, tips, and tutorials!!  **Plus you can link up YOUR project using any of Kristal's stamp sets and a Cricut Cartridge that you haven't used in at least 3 months (dust 'em off and get to cuttin'!!)...  To enter the challenge, or for more details, please CLICK HERE!!

If you've hopped along from my favorite creative Mermaid friend, Lisa, then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Kristal's blog (you'll want to catch up on all the FUN!!)...

Soooooooo...  The cartridge that I chose to use this week is the Creative Memories TRAVELER Cartridge (available here)...  When I first purchased this cartridge, I was ECSTATIC about all the FUN vacation and summer cuts as well as the TWO awesome FONTS...   I immediately created one of my (still) favorite Caribbean Cruise layouts (see it here), and several other projects and layouts (see them all here)...  But then, I kinda forgot about how much I loved the fonts and the sprinklers were put away and the vacations were past...  So I was excited to use this cartridge for all kinds of FUN STUFF this week (stay tuned for this next week as you'll see PLENTY more projects with this cartridge -- I re-discovered all kinds of FUN images that I can't WAIT to use!!)...

But for tonight...  THIS is what I have to show you...  My kiddos aren't little anymore, but I can TOTALLY see this as a project I might STILL be able to get them to do...  Heck, I want to do it again myself cuz I'm so excited about the results....
My Lion Night Light was quick and easy and FUN to make -- And I can't think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy having such a sweet night light to chase away the darkness...  Is there any sentiment better for this fun tag (found on the Traveler Cartridge) than Splashtastic Summer's "Shine On!"???  Check it out in the dark....
Can you believe that this was created using only things that I already had on hand???  I'd bet that YOU have everything you need to make one of these TODAY!! :)
Those fabulous "jungle" leaves were cut at 3.5", 3.75", and 4" from the Traveler Cricut Cartridge.  I cut the base layer from green, the base SHIFT layer from yellow, and the shadow layer from brown...  I used green ink and a sponge dauber to distress the leaves and folded them and bent them before attaching them to the light (after I finished everything else on the jar).  I LOVE these leaves and will be using them in another project VERY soon...
The base of my night light is a jar from my recycle bin...  Most of my recycling never makes it to the curb because I LOVE to repurpose jars and cans for other projects...  I've actually been known to pick up a jar of one food or another just because the jar is "so cool"...  The-Girl-Child has often been witness to my crazy "No, get the other brand, I like the jar better even though the sauce needs a little help" moments more than once....  Of course, forcing my kiddos to finish off the Jones' Soda because I really wanted to finish a project that night is a sort-of-common thing around here too...  :)
So...  Are you ready for the details on how your kiddos can make one of these for their rooms (or you can make one for yours)???  Well...  Here ya go!!
First, dip your sponge brush in the decoupage and "paint" jar...  Then, dip your sponge in water and brush over surface...
After adding each strip of tissue paper, brush over it with a little decoupage and a little water...  Once jar is completely covered, "paint" entire jar with decoupage layer...  Set aside to dry.
While your jar is drying, punch pieces for the face, and cut your tag and leaves...  Ink the edges of each piece.  I used caramel ink for the face pieces and tag and a garden green ink for the leaves...
It's not shown in the pictures here, but I decided to add three small punched brown circles (I used a bubble punch) to the cheeks (where the whiskers would be)...  You could easily modify this night light for another animal...  Don't ya think the face kinda looks like a bear or even a squirrel???
To create the Lion's mane, I cut a 3.5"x12" strip of brown, scored it at 1/2" on the long side and cut 1/8" strips up to the score line...
I used some super sticky "red" tape to attach the mane after curling the strips around a pencil...  And voila!!  My decoupage was dry within about 30 minutes (about the amount of time it took me to cut out all the other pieces and stamp my tag)...  I added the face, tied a bow, and stuck a battery-operated tealight under the jar!!  The whole project was completed in about an hour...
When you finish making yours, maybe you'd like to enter it in the challenge over at the Alphabet Challenge Blog -- I'd like to enter mine there as the theme this week is "Animal Antics"...  :)

For my project today, I've featured the "Splashtastic Summer" Stamp Art Set... To make this set yours, or for more details on the set, please click on the image below!!


K Andrew Designs

Before you hop away...  I DO have a bit of Blog Candy for one lucky winner!!  I will be giving away this very night light!!  Wanna win it???  To be eligible to WIN, you will need to leave a comment letting me know WHICH CRICUT CARTRIDGE HAVE YOU BEEN NEGLECTING (if you don't have a Cricut, you can tell me what other scrapbooking tool you haven't used in a while)...   :)

Want some BONUS chances in the drawing???  You can do any or all of the following for EXTRA chances (just remember to leave one comment for EACH thing ya do!!):
If you leave your email address (please leave it in SAFE scrapbookingwithamy at gmail dot com form), I will be happy to contact you if you are the winner; otherwise, you will need to check back to see if you are a winner.  No captcha here, so commenting is quick and easy!! :)



Now you can hop on over to your next stop: Faith ......



Getting Cricky Blog Hop

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Didja know?
Each of Kristal's stamp sets benefit charity. At least $1 per stamp set goes to benefit the charity noted on the stamp set package. Kristal is donating to the following charities: Cancer Angels, Storefront Shelter for Homeless Children, Intrepid & Fallen Heroes, E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS  Foundation, Doorways Shelter for Women & Children (Domestic Violence), Wayside House for Women, Camp Good Days & Special Times, Adopt a Classroom, and Autism Research Institute. Kristal will donate $1 for every stamp set sold, retail or wholesale to the charity noted; and over time believes this will add up to some wonderful miracles for these special people. So you can feel good that each time you purchase a K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is receiving some good help!

K Andrew's stamps are all made and assembled here in the USA, which is very important to Kristal. This ensures all product materials are safe and that jobs are being provided and maintained here in America.  You can learn even more about Kristal's stamps (and pick some up for yourself) by visiting her online store: K Andrew Designs:




Kristal's stamp sets are perfect for cards, layouts, and so much more...

Remember....
To say "THANK YOU" for hopping along with us today, we have this special for you :
purchase $25 receive a FREE Mini Stamp Set!!

Until next time,

61 comments:

Linda Therrien said...

Oh my goodness Amy - LOVE this!!! I don't think you need to be a kid to want one of these - AWESOME!

Linda
GC Jr. DT sister

Amanda said...

Wow!! I LOVE this!!! I am soo going to try to make one for my little nephews bedroom!!!! TY for sharing!!!!


Amanda
Getting Cricky JrDt
cricktncrafts.blogspot.com

Jenscrapstoo said...

AMY!! This is awesome, my daughter saw it and said oh look Simba!! Wonderful project!!
Cheers Jennie - GCDT-sister

Debbie said...

Amy I just love your project it looks so cute and so much fun I am so happy to be here with you and all the great talented ladies here hugs my friend Debbie DT getting cricky

CathyinMN said...

How extremely creative! Absolutely fantastic night light! I have so many Cricut carts that I haven't even opened and I've had some of them for over a year -- I would say they have been neglected. I have every intention of using them and even have specific projects in mind; I just don't seem to be able to make the time to get to them. One of them is Ornamental Iron -- still in the clamshell, but I pretty much designed my DH's anniversary card months ago with this cart in mind. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful night light!
tcsobotka at charter dot net

Lynda said...

WOW!!!! Amy this is AWESOME!!! I never would have guessed that the base was a jar. I'm in awe!!! Fantastic work!!!

Hugs,
RhoLynda
GCDT Sister

Larelyn said...

Oh this is just sooooo clever. Whoda thunk it - a jar for a nightlight. Great job, my talented friend.
Hugs,
Larelyn

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Amy your night light is amazing and green too! Way to go. I would love a chance to win this. I'm already a follower.

Tami
scrappinrabbitdesigns.blogspot.com

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

I liked you on Facebook.

Tami
scrappinrabbitdesigns.blogspot.com

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

I'm following you by Networked blogs too.

Tami
scrappinrabbitdesigns.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

Pick me, pick me!! I want!! This is the cutest nightlight ever, Amy!! You are so stinkin creative!! I can't decide if I like it better in light or dark - it's fabulous in both!! And thank you for posting the tutorial because I have to make one of these!! I ♥♥♥♥ this so much!! :)

Lisa
Getting Cricky DT - Sister
indymermaid.blogspot.com

Charlotte said...

Amy ,WOW!!!!! My little kindergarteners would all LOVE this!!! Thank you for showing how you made it. Wish I could have joined ya'll tonight in the hop. But I know I will enjoy visiting everyone's blog and seeing all the great projects.

Charlotte

girlia said...

Great job Amy!!!

Melissa said...

Oh my goodness, this is great, you are just so creative!

Rhonda Miller said...

Oh my goodness, this is fantastic. How creative. TFS.

cema1cema said...

Fantastic project! Absolutely love it!! I have been neglecting my elegant edges cartridge... I love it but haven't used it much!! Christina ccapps35@gmail.com
http://cema1cema.blogspot.com

Liz said...

this is such a fabulous project and you made it look so easy love it! I can't say which cartridge I neglect, but there are a lot. I think I need them all and I haven't cut with lots of them yet LOL

http://tryin2craft.blogspot.com
lizabratt@comcast.net

Jana said...

HoLy coW Amy! How stinkin' adorable is that night light! Cute, Cute, Cute!! Thanks for all you do for the DT, I so enjoy working with you. You have the patience of Job with us!

Blessings,
Jana
Getting Cricky JrDT
My Website

Cyndi S said...

Your night light is so cute. Heck, I wouldn't mind having that cute fella on my bed side table.
cstephenson at q dot com

Michelle said...

How cute!!! Oh my goodness....you and I have SO much in common!! I LOVE repurposing my stuff....jars, cans, and of course recently a JOne's soda bottle...no tonly is that soda yummy....I lOVE their bottles!!

Hugs,
Michelle

rynmich92 at gmail dot com

http://michelles-crafty-creations.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

Even if you werent offering blog candy I would SO follow you!! I used tissue paper, orange colored, and decoupaged them onto a jar, painted the openings green, filled them with lights and I had pumpkins!! I am now a follower!

Hugs,
Michelle

Michelle said...

I liked your page on FB!

Hugs,
Michelle

rynmich92 at gmail dot com

Sherrie K. said...

AMAZING!!!! I LOVE this...Oh my gosh-this is so fun and what a FUN project and great gift idea. I would love to make one of these for a baby gift. SO CREATIVE and fabulous Amy!!! TFS and for the wonderful tutorial:)
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com
jskoning at msn dot com

Heather said...
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Heather said...

Oh my my! What a lovely night light! I adore it, great job! The cricut cartridge I have been neglecting is my Disney Happily Ever After! ;(

Heather
http://livelaughlovecreatehm.blogspot.com/

Pam said...

Amy you blow me away!! How on earth to you learn to do these wonderful projects? This lion light is so cute!!! You are my crafty hero girl:))

Hugs, Pam
http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

Michelle said...

You amazed me once again Amy!! This is gorgeous! I really really want to try this one, but since my daughters room is a mix of princess and giraffes I think I will try a giraffe one.. hmm... gears are turning, I will be sure to show you if I do end up making my own version! :)

Suzanne Roseberry said...

Love, love, love your site! So glad I have become a follower!!!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful project. I want to make it this weekend.

Thank you so very much for your inspiration!

www.suzanneroseberrydesign.blogspot.com

zannierose@earthlink.net

Anita Braddock said...

Supper cute. love the lion and omg it
a night light cool. the colors and the Details of how to make this is perfect. thanks for sharing.
Anita Getting Cricky Jr.Dt. Sister
www.anita-craft-corner.blogspot.com
abbraddock@msn.com

Tammy said...

Amy:) This is absolutely adorable!!! LOVE it!!!Extreme hugs and blessings!
~Beyond Measure
Tammy
www.bbbm.weebly.com

marg0006 said...

What a great idea for a kids room.
You rally outdid yourself.

Cheri said...

Great project. You totally crack me up Amy. I can just see you standing there tapping your foot while telling the kids to "chug-a-lug- there's a project waiting".

Cheri - Getting Cricky Sister
www.djssundries.blogspot.com

Dr Sonia S V said...

Yes you are right not only kids anybody would love to make this-- it goes on top of my to do list.. Thank You for explaining so well
Cheers
Sonia
cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

Lindy said...

Wow! I just can't get over this project. It really is something special. My granddaughter would love it.
paravella@aol.com

CRAZY4 CHRIST said...

Where on earth do you come up with these things?!?!?You are probably the most unique, creative out there crafty lady that I have come across in blog land (i mean that as a big compliment) I love coming to your blog to see what you will come up with next! Just when I think you can't top it you do!! I would love love love love to have this as my own!! WAY COOL!! If not I will try and make one for my daughter when ever i get some time. Thanks for all you do and for the inspiration!!
Kristan
GCDT-Sister
P.S i feel like I have totally negleted my cricut to begin with up until this past weeks Pre-hop.

Amy said...

Amy, this is such a fun idea!!! You always have fun ideas!!! LOVE IT! :)Amy
Amy's Crafting Space

Shawn Mosch said...

WOW! That is amazing!


Shawn ~ Getting Cricky Design Team Member
Crafty Chics Blog
and
MyCutSearch.com ~ Find your Cricut images FAST!
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Sugarlips said...

I love it!!! That would be soo cute for a jungle theme nursery. Great idea Amy!!!

Jessie
DTsister

Ihave been neglecting a lot of cartridges. Mostly fabulous finds cause I haven't used it yet and I got it for Christmas.

Sherry said...

Amy,
OMG, your lion is absolutely amazing. My little girl fell in love with it and now she thinks that I should make one for her. Did you say how you got the light inside, because I didn't see that part? Let me know if you can.
Thanks for sharing,
Sherry
Jr. Dt. Sister

Janet said...

I just love this idea what an awesome project The lion nightlight is too cute andthanks for the details . Your creativity is awesome!
Big Blog Hugs, Janet

www.dawnsdpl-papercrafting.blogspot.com said...

Ive been neglecting all my carts as I have been sick. :DAWN RI
abosoffit@hotmail.com

www.dawnsdpl-papercrafting.blogspot.com said...

Ive been neglecting all my carts as I have been sick. :DAWN RI
abosoffit@hotmail.com

www.dawnsdpl-papercrafting.blogspot.com said...

I am afollower.
DawnRI
abosoffit@hotmail.com

Esther said...

Wow, wow, wow, amazing!!!!!!

Audrey Frelx said...

OMG, Amy, this is just way too adorable! Fantastic project!

Miranda said...

OMGoodness Amy this is amazing! My grandson would love making one of these! TFS
Miranda :)
Getting Cricky JRDT Sister
www.nanasscrapspot.com

Michele from MS said...

What a sweet, unique project! Reminds me of when my son was a lion in the school play! msmith38652@gmail.com

Ildi-The craftin mama said...

Girl...you out did yourself!!! This is the cutest thing I've ever seen!! Awesome job Amy!

Ildi your DT sister

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

This is so amazing Amy. You never cease to surprise me. I think the cart I have been neglecting is Paper Dolls which I should use for a layout soon.

Linsey said...

OH Wow Amy, your fantastic Lion is roaring with brilliance! So very creative, wonderful project! TFS! :D

Kimberly said...

Amy... you are so talented - where do you find the time??? amazing again.. Kimberly - lmdt sister ;)

OmaGloria said...

Your talent truly amazes me! I only wish I had 1/10th of your creativity! The cartridge that I have neglected most is Designer's Calendar. I had to have this cart and then I have never even used it. :-(

Precious Hugs

scrapBugz said...

Really cute!

Mandy
scrapbugzmandy @ gmail . com

Patti B said...

I love this light. Your lion is too cute. Thanks for the hop.

Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for the opportunity to win.
My email is lebpab24108@yahoo.com.
I know I have your email. but I couldn't find it today.

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

Wow Amy the lamp is AMAZIN! I love it!!

Hugs,
Veronica JrDT sister
mommyscraftycreations.blogspot.com
mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

Janis said...

WOW WOW WOW!!!! This is incredible! I love it! :) Janis

Cazro said...

Wow! Absolutely amazing. Splendid crafting. Thanks for entering into the animal antics at Alphabet Challenge. Caz

Michele from MS said...

I forgot to answer the question! I just added 20 carts to my collection of 2 so they are all being neglected right now!! Have to get busy though! msmith38652@gmail.com

jo (http://joboogie.typepad.com) said...

So amazing! I love your project this week! Super awesome!

hugs,
JoAnn
Jr GCDT Sister

happyglitzygirl said...

Wonderful project, lots of details and a great tutorial on how you did it. Thanks for playing with us at the alphabet Challenge, blessings Hilde

scrapinmamaof2 said...

Amy this is the cutest thing I have ever seen! I would love to have someone have a animal theme for their nursery and make this (who am I kidding I would pay you to make it so I know it would turn out perfect)! I LOVE THIS! It is so adorable! Jealous of your talent girl!
Heather - DT sister

 
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