Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cooking With Cricut Home Decor Blog Hop: Day 2



Welcome to Day TWO 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 Kimmi at Impressively Yours Gifts. 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.

My project for today is not something you would find in your indoor living room . . . but out in your garden -- or as my Mom calls it "her fresh air living room."  My Mom is an avid gardener; she is her happiest with her gardening grubbies on and dirt underneath her fingernails.  Both of her thumbs are green.  Not something I inherited (it must have skipped my generation) or that I am really even interested in (much to my Mother's chagrin).   So imagine my surprise when Mom calls and tells me she needs me to help her with a gardening project for her garden club group!  After assuring me that I wouldn't be planting or weeding and that it involved my beloved Cricut I said "yes."

Mom is a member of the Jasmine Circle of the Gainesville Garden Club.  Every year they have a fundraiser to raise money for several local organizations they sponsor.  This year the ladies decided to raffle off a wheelbarrow loaded with gardening supplies.  My task was to decorate the wheelbarrow!



Welcome to extreme Cricuting! LOL!  I cut all of the stencils for the flowers and leaves out using Cricut's Walk in My Garden cartridge and contact paper.  Yep, good old contact paper!

Here's the recipe:

Leaves - cut at 3 3/4" wide and 4" wide.

Sunflowers - cut at 7 1/4" wide.

Daisies - cut at 4" wide.

Other flowers - cut at  3" wide, 4" wide and 5" wide.

Dragonflies, butterflies and lady bugs were free-handed; as were the vines and all other embellishing.

Mom and two other circle members used acrylic craft paint to stencil in all of the basic shapes.  After they were dry, I went back and did all of the free handing and finishing details and then we sealed it all with a glossy sealer.




It turned out really cute!  But the best thing was that Mom's Garden Circle raised over $1,900 for their outreach programs!

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 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 gand two fun sets by inkadinkadoo.


Thanks for stopping by and hopping with us!  Make sure to join us tomorrow for our Monday Cartridge Showcase featuring Chef Jamie L. and the Cricut Lite 9 Months cartridge; check out what the Paper Crafting World Design Team is up to on Tuesday; our weekly Cooking With Cricut Challenge is Wednesday; and on Thursday, Chef Jill will be featuring the Cricut Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridge in the Thursday Cartridge Showcase.  Tons of fun all week long!  I hope you'll join us!

~ Jen

28 comments:

Melin said...

Okay girlfriend...this HAS TO TAKE THE CAKE!!! Talk about taking Home Decor to the NEXT LEVEL! This is fantastic and has to be a first! I have NEVER seen an altered wheel barrel....until now! What a fabulous job! I am sure it was a HUGE HIT!

kimmiluxich said...

Such a cute project Jen! I would totally LOVE a wheelbarrow like that! I love to garden and that would be a perfect addition to my tools. Congrats on the fundraiser, $1900 is a good bit of money and I'm sure it helped out a lot!
Kimmi

Sheila said...

You did an awesome job! You should be very proud that you were able to help the club raise so much money. Thanks for sharing

Sharon said...

wow I want one lol, this is amazing x

Cheryl said...

Beautiful! So bright and colorful!
Spring is here at last! Thank for sharing.

Court said...

Wow! It looks fantastic! It must feel great to raise that much money!

Charlotte said...

Oh Jen,
This is the best idea ever!!! How wonderful to raise such a large amount of money! Congrats.
Charlotte

CherylP said...

You did a great job with the wheelbarrow. TFS!! I am a new follower.
cherylphillips AT comcast DOT net

mitz said...

... ohhh what fun that must of been decorating.. luving your color choices.. wtg.. ( am a follower ) thanks for the opportunity
mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

kathy serrahn said...

neat decorating project

Mad Crafter said...

Jen, I always knew you were amazing, but this is over the top, or "Has to take the cake" as Melin would say. I love it! Congrats on raising $1900. You are fabulous!! TFS!
~Madison funkycards.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

Jen...AMAZING. I may need to start gardening just say I can steal this idea! LOL.

Linsey said...

Holy WOW!!! This wheelbarrow is brimming with gorgeousness all on its own!! This is a work of art and I wouldn't even use it for my gardening I don't think--I'd have to put it on display in my yard for all to enjoy! It's truly beautiful and such an inventive idea for a raffle such as this--an original one of a kind JEN creation!!! Magnificent and very inspiring....ahh now I think a trip to Lowe's is in order for me hehe! TFS your grand-tastic wheelbarrow--whomever wins that is gonna be one happy gardner! :D xoxo

CREATIVE M said...

Awesome Job!TFS
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Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

So cute I wish I had a wheelbarrow to decorate. Love all the flowers.

Kay said...

Beautiful wheelbarrow! I need a new one to replace my very rusted out one....would love to decorate like this one! Thanks!

Kay said...

Oops...forgot to leave my email addy: kaylee46rife@yahoo.com

Moments by Marla said...

This is amazing. I think your mom found out just the type of gardening you can do. Love all of the flowers, foliage and little bugs. I definitely see why it was a big success for the garden club! marla@lagoski.com

Michelle said...

It did turn out beautifully Jen!!!! I really LOVE this!!

Hugs,
Michelle

Marji said...

Wow!! That is fabulous!! It's gorgeous

Olivia said...

Such a cool idea. You outside yourself there. Olivia

Tracy said...

Great idea, love it. The deisn is gorgeous.
Tracy JGsPumpkin@peoplepc.com

Thanks for the chance to win.

scrapqueen141 said...

I love this, what a fantastic idea to make yard work more fun! It's sooo cute!
http://scrapqueen141.blogspot.com/

Heather P said...

Another amazing project by Jen, seriously only you could make a wheelbarrow cute! I love it!!
Hugs!
Heather :)

Anna said...

OH MY STARS!!! This is just adorable!!! Love it!!!
annadowdy at gmail dot com

marg0006 said...

what a great idea to bling up something that is usually dreary.

Tammy said...

This is so cool. My garden club has to make a "basket" for a convention and I think this could work as the "basket."
Thank you,

tvoss123@comcast.net

Java Jen's Creations said...

Oh my word!! This is so absolutely awesome!!! You totally rocked this project!! I'm sure your Mom was so impressed!! Love it!!