Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cooking With Cricut's "Adopt A Shelter Pet" Blog Hop

Welcome to Musings of a Crafty Mom and the “Adopt A Shelter Pet” Hop!  October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, but we wanted to honor and celebrate all of our furry friends and to helping bring awareness to the plight of millions of abused and abandoned animals in community shelters nationwide.  If you've come from visiting Dalis at Stamper Girl, you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to hop along with us, you can go to and start at the beginning. 
I have a dear friend who is a kindergarten teacher.  She loves animals just as much as she does music, her students and SEC football (although I think she roots for the wrong team)!  Her classroom is decorated with all kinds of furry friends and I wanted to make her something special.   I finally decided upon a door hanging that would welcome visitors and students to her room.

Using my favorite Cricut cartridge -- Create-A-Critter!! -- and the Accent Essentials cartridge here is what I came up with.

This door hanging measures approximately 42"long.  I used a 2" metal ring for the hanger.  My ribbon is a brown grosgrain with turquoise stitching and is 1 1/2" wide.  All of the solid colored mats are Recollections brand card stock.  The patterned papers are from The Paper Studio Basics Paper Pad, except for the top piece and it is from my paper stash.  All other papers are from my stash as well.

Here is the recipe:

Terrier -- cut at 5" tall.  (pg. 35)
Cat -- cut at 5" tall.  (pg. 29)
Dalmation -- cut at 4 1/4" tall.  (pg. 36)
Cat2 -- cut at 4 3/4" tall.  (pg. 38)

Accent Essentials
Accent47 -- cut at 6" x 6" for the base and at 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" for the mat.  (pg. 78)  I hid the inside cut on this frame using the Cricut Design Studio.

I created the center panel using Microsoft Publisher and MS Office clip art for the puppy paws.  It is printed on white card stock and cut to 4 3/4" x 4 3/4".

A little bit of doodling and stitching with a white gelly pen and my Zig Writers gave this cute project its finishing touches!


Now it's your turn!  Link up your purr-fectly wonderful pet-themed project at  Here are a few guidelines:

·         Must follow the challenge topic.
·         Must be a NEW project for this challenge.  No back dated posts please.
·         Must have a link back to this post on your blog.
·         Must link your project post through Inlinkz and not just your blog.
·         Must use your Cricut in some capacity.
·         Must HAVE FUN!
·         You may gladly combine challenges . . . we love to pile it on TOO!
And there are prizes!! The Design Team will pick their three favorite entries -- each will receive a $5.00 gift voucher-download from   One lucky entry will be chosen randomly to receive a $20 gift voucher-download from There is also a prize for just leaving us some love (a comment) on the CWC blog. One catch, those leaving comments MUST be a CWC follower -- the winning commenter will also receive a $20 gift voucher-download from

You have until midnight on Wednesday, October 26 to link up your pet-themed project at Cooking With Cricut.  Winners will be announced during our normal post on Friday, October 28. 

I have blog candy to give away, too!  Up for grabs are two clear stamps sets -- each set has five stamps and both sets are Fall-themed.  All you have to do to be eligible to win is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post.  Two lucky winners will be drawn on Wednesday, October 26 and announced during my Cooking With Cricut Challenge post.

Good luck and have fun!  And thanks so much for hopping with us today!
~ Jen

“Adopt A Pet” Blog Hop Participants:


Linda Therrien said...

Your project is simply adorable!!! Love it - so happy, just makes you smile.

It was nice hopping with you.


Elizabeth said...

Looks like I must get myself the Create a Critter cartridge :) This is adorable!!

Holly said...

Great idea Jen! I may be "scrap-lifitng" this one in the future. Holly :-)

Jean said...

How cute. I love all of the little animals.

Sugarlips said...

Adorable! What a great way to welcome people to the classroom!! I became a follower

Mad Crafter said...

I knew your project would ROCK!!! This is so awesome. I just love it. Not only creative, but perfectly made:) Great colors and paper!!! TFS!
~Madison CWC DT

Heather P said...

What a FUN project! I love it! Your teacher friend will love it! TFS!

Patti Ross said...

This is adorable!!!

Patti Ross

Dalis said...

oh jen, she is going to go bananas about this door hanger, how totally cute this is!~

-- dalis

Jill said...

Jen, this is marvelous! Love the colors! Great job! Jill♥

Barbf said...

Love the door/wall hanging that you made.

Adrian said...

This is so cute!

rstuck2003 said...

Oh my goodness...this is my favorite...Create a Critter is my favorite cartridge! This is just too too cute!! Thanks for sharing.

donna said...

nice project..I like all the little details in each one..

Charlotte said...

Oh Jen, For the first time in my life, I am speechless!!!! This is just about the cutest door hanging ever!! I just do not know who is going to love it the most, me, the children, the parents, or the staff of my school!!! It is just beyond perfect!!! What a joy it is to make such good friends through such a fun hobby, (and SEC football)!! Jen, I am thrilled to be on the CWC design team with you and even more so treasure you as a dear friend.
Charlotte CWC DT

Anonymous said...

oh wow soooo cute... love it. said...

What an adorable project!!
I recently adopted Lucy and have Tiny (maltipoo) and Moto (Shar-pei) ~CWC DT Gaby

Michelle said...

Jen, How adorable!! As I teacher, I would LOVE this gift!!! How sweet and thoughtful. I, too, LOVE the create a critter FAVE!!


by Frank-LEE Speaking... said...

I think her class is going to love it. I sure do. Smooches... Sous Chef Feli'

by Frank-LEE Speaking... said...

I think her class is going to love it. I sure do. Smooches... Sous Chef Feli'

katieo said...

what a fun decoration for a classroom

Debbie said...

Jen I love the project, what a neat idea for your friend. It is super thoughtful and I am sure she will LOVE it! Thanks for all you do for our team :)

Anna said...

Just too cute!!! So adorable!!!

Nita said...

This is fabulous Jen! What a great idea! There's not a teacher anywhere that wouldn't LOVE to have this on her door. :)

JustYolie said...

Wow Jen!! It's beautiful, I'm sure she loved it!! :)

Lisa said...

This is so creative and fabulous, Jen!! What a perfect wall hanging to greet people entering the classroom! Adorable :)


PinkBlingCrafter said...

Hi Jen, super cute!! Create a Critter is one of my all time favorites!!! You've also won on my blog:) I've sent you an e-mail.

Karen H said...

(I finally got to hop! Woohoo!) Oh my, this is the most adorable wall hanging I've ever seen! CAC is a magical cartridge and you have brilliantly shown why! Each panel of the hanging is so precious.. I love all of the sweet furbabies and how you gave each one a unique background. Gosh, I am in love with this. What a blessing you are! Beautiful job!

Hugs and blessings! :o)