Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cooking With Cricut Home Decor Blog Hop: Day 1



Welcome to Day One of Paper Crafting World and Cooking With Cricut’s Home Decor Blog Hop! Our Design Teams are so excited to bring you a two-day hop that focuses on projects for your home – that’s right no cards or scrapbook layouts in this hop! 

You should have arrived here from visiting the very talented Becky at Scrap Circus. I'm the caboose on this Blog Hop train . . . so if you just dropped in and would like to start at the beginning, head on over to Melinda’s Paper Crafting World; then click thru and check out the beautiful things our two Design Teams have created.  

I chose to create some artwork for my home decor project ~ this was a gift for my nephew's wife, Jessica.  She and Jeffrey were married last year and are creating their own home, like all newlyweds do.  I thought she might appreciate a gift featuring her favorites -- butterflies, purples, and pale yellows.


The frame is a shadow box that I picked up on clearance from my local Michael's.  It was raw wood and had a few nicks and scrapes that sanded right out.  I painted it with a glossy white spray paint and while it dried I went to work on the insides.

I used the Cricut Cake Basics cartridge for the butterflies.  All of the butterflies were cut at 1 1/2" wide by 1" tall.  (The papers are from my scrap stash.)  The background paper is a white embossed card stock I've had in my paper cabinet for quite a while.  

The hardest part of this project was figuring out how many butterflies I could line up across and down and then sticking them on straight!  I adhered them with therm-o-web Zots (small clear adhesive dots) and then lifted the wings up to give them some dimension.  Once everything was where I wanted it, I went to work embellishing.  I added rhinestones and pearls to a number of the butterflies.



The mat was plain white so I decided to cover it with a deep purple mulberry paper.  It still needed something . . . so I added a little rhinestone detailing to the corners.  All in all, I'm happy with the way it turned out -- and Jessica LOVED it!



We hope you’ll link up your Home Decor project for a chance at winning one of our giveaways. One winner will be chosen by random draw and three others will be selected by the Design Team. Head on over to Cooking With Cricut for the guidelines and the link up. 

Now it wouldn't be a hop without some blog candy, now would it!  To be eligible for my blog candy you must (1) be a follower of my blog and (2) leave a comment with your e-mail address.  One lucky person will be chosen from the comments left on both days (so double your chances and stop by tomorrow and leave a comment, too!) and will be announced in my post on Wednesday, April 25th.  You have until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday to leave your comment(s).  Up for grabs are three sets of clear mini stamps -- a graduation set by studio g and two fun sets by inkadinkadoo.


Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to join us tomorrow for another wonderful day filled with tons of new projects.  We kick off at 8:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time) at Melinda's Paper Crafting World . . . so grab your favorite morning beverage and come hop with us!

~ Jen

30 comments:

Jill said...

Jen, LOVE LOVE LOVE! Your project is so creative! I'm putting it in my memory bank to replicate for my daughter's room someday! Smiles, Jill

KathyJo said...

How could she not love it. It is gorgeous!!!! I love it!
KathyJo
skrappindiva29 at hotmail dot com

kimmiluxich said...
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kimmiluxich said...

I goofed up the first comment, lol. I love this project, it's so pretty! My friend would definitely love this, she's a butterfly freak.
Great job!

Vicky said...

I love butterflys. what a great project, so pretty

Charlotte said...

Jen, This is just a great idea to make something for their home. Oh, and to use the butterflies and favorite colors, it will for sure be a big hit!
Charlotte

Marji said...

So very pretty!! Great job

kathy serrahn said...

love all the butterflies, awesome project

Mad Crafter said...

Oh Jen, this is really pretty. You did an awesome job on this project. I love it:) I like the added gems. TFS!! Thanks for all your hard work.
~Madison

CREATIVE M said...

Gorgeous!!!!Love the Bling!!!TFS
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Becky Litz said...

this.is.GORGEOUS!!!!

Carolyn said...

Very pretty.

Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

Love your frame with all the buttKathy
Katsews at Gmail dotcomerflies.

Nita said...

This is BEAUTIFUL Jen! WOW! I may lift it (I can't believe how many times I have said that on this hop!) - I can see something similar hanging in my daughter's room. :) Simply gorgeous.
Nita

Anna said...

She will love it. Just beautiful.
Thanks for the chance to win and I've been a follower.
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Michelle said...

Jen this is so cute!! I LOVE how dainty this project is. She is going to LOVE it in her house!!!

Hugs,
Michelle

Larelyn said...

Well, my friend, I'm sure she loved it! I certainly do. It turned out beautifully with just the right touches of glam. Fantastic.
CWC Hugs,
Larelyn

Larelyn said...

Well, my friend, I'm sure she loved it! I certainly do. It turned out beautifully with just the right touches of glam. Fantastic.
CWC Hugs,
Larelyn

Heather P said...

Wow Jen, this is REALLY lovely! As a matter of fact, I will just give you my address and you can just send it right over! ;) Really really pretty!!
Hugs!
Heather :)

Andrea Washington said...

I am in love with butterflies, my blog name is pretty wings, so when I saw this, I was like I am going to have to make 2 matching ones for my wall of butterflies, I love it so much! Again all I can say is wow and its beautiful!

I will be watching.(stalking..LOL) your work, amazing!

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Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

What an awesome project. Love all the butterflies and the soft colors. Love the way you framed it out. Such a beautiful gift. I am sure it is much loved.

Moments by Marla said...

What a wonderful gift! I'm sure she will love it!!! You did an amazing job putting it all together. Thank you for the fabulous inspiration! I would love being the one to win your blog candy! marla@lagoski.com

Court said...

Beautiful! Really that is stunning!

Melin said...

oh my goodness girl! This is amazing! I love, love love how clean and yet gorgeous it turned out! Your butterflies look like they could just fly right off! Your blingy accents are the perfect touch...not too much but just enough! Beautiful job girl!

Cheryl said...

What a cute idea! I love butterflys. So beautiful!!

CherylP said...

Great project!! TFS!! I am a new follower.
cherylphillips AT comcast DOT net

Natt Smith said...

simply beautiful project !!

scrapqueen141 said...

This is so sweet, great job!
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marg0006 said...

I like all the butterflies.

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Java Jen's Creations said...

What a lovely piece of home decor!! It is absolutely beautiful!!!

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