Sunday, February 27, 2011

Going MIA for A While

I just wanted to let everyone know that you may not see me around the blogosphere for a while.

I have had some health issues that I have been dealing with and it is just starting to get to be too much. Hopefully I will have some answers these upcoming weeks, but until then I may not be posting alot.

I will still have my Cooking with Cricut DT posts on Wednesday's and I may throw in a post here and there of stuff that I have already done, but I have not had the energy to really create a whole lot right now. 

Thanks to all my followers and I hope to be back up and running soon!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Hey Everyone!!

Sorry that my Cooking with Cricut Design Team post isn't up today! I have been having some problems with how my pictures are loading into So, I will attempt to do it again tomorrow and hopefully it will work or I can figue out why it isn't.

In the meantime, please go HERE to see all the design team's great projects, find out what the challenge is, as well as see my project and Melin's great files!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Winner, Winner

First, I want to thank everyone for all the wonderful comments this weekend on my projects. I appreciate everyone single one of them. Thank to all of my new followers and my old ones.

So, the winner of the file from the very talented Melin is...

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1

Max: 76

Result: 37

Scrappin Melissa said...

Very cute banner!
February 13, 2011 5:51 PM
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Melissa...I will e-mail you right please be on the lookout for that e-mail.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Quick Post...and Postponment

Hey Everyone!

I know I said that I would have the winner from this weekends Sweet Shop Blog Hop, but I have had a really busy day and just didn't have a whole lot of time. So, I am so sorry, but promise to have a winner up tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Happy Valentines! 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sweet Shop Blog Hop - Day 2

If you missed my post from yesterday with all the Hop Info go HERE...and if you want to start at the beginning of the hop from yesterday go HERE (there are lots of great projects and goodies).

 Welcome to the 2nd day of the Sweet Shop Blog Hop!!

You should have just come from Michelle at Purple Monkey Moments and if so you are in the right place. If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our fun hop, you can go to and start at the beginning HERE.

So, here is the project that I made for today. I used my YourStory Photo for this project.

The first thing that I did was cut a Cheerios box up into 5 - 5x7 pieces of cardstock using my Fiskars trimmer. It worked much better to cut them then I thought.

The next things that I did was cover each of the 5 pieces with Valentine's paper, front and back.

Next, I cut out a square at 4.25 x 4.25" from the Plantin cartridge and made it into a little pocket that I adhered to each of the pages on the right side. I then cut out tags at 2.78 x 4" for each of the pockets using the Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More cartridge and hole punched them and tied a ribbon on them.

After I had the pockets and tags assembled I cut out a few of the images from the Sweethearts cartridge in black to accent the pages.

On each of the tags I plan on writing a little note to my husband for Valentine's Day (sorry folks, you don't get to see those).

On the left side of the booklet I am planning on putting some pictures of the two of us along with some pictures that my kids have drawn.

The cover I also made using the Sweethearts cartridge (Couple Standing @ 1.87 x 4", the Perfect Pair @ 3 x 3.39"), my NEW i-Rock to add some bling and my cuttlebug and hearts folder.

Hope that you enjoyed my project, now head over to Raven's blog, Love 4 Stamps, and see what she has in store for you! Remember before you go to leave a comment on my blog to win the fabulous prize that I am giving away tomorrow (comment on yesterday's post for an extra chance to win).

Here is the beautiful cutting file that Melin has given to me for a prize:

Here is the Hop lineup:
2. Abby
3. Anita
4. Becky
5. Cathie
7. Dalis
8. Deb
10. Gaby
11. Jean
12. Jenna
14. Jenny
15. Karla
20. Nicole
21. Raven
23. Ronnie

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sweet Shop Blog Hop! with the Cooking with Cricut DT - DAY 1

Welcome to Croppin Momma Designs and the Sweet Shop Blog Hop! If you’ve never enjoyed a blog hop before, it’s where you ‘hop’ between blogs following a chain of links, with each blog in the chain posting something exciting for the event! There will even be some great blog candy to win along the way! More on that in a moment!

If you've come from visiting Michelle at Purple Monkey Moments, you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our fun hop, you can go to and start at the beginning. Go HERE.

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away we are sharing some wonderful ideas and inspiration for your viewing and crafting pleasure! Each Design Team member will be featuring an original project each day (Saturday & Sunday) made especially for this hop. Make sure to check out each DT member's blog and collect the special letter there. There will be prizes along the way at our DT members' blogs, AND there will be some nice PRIZES with a few different ways to win at!

So without further ado, here is my Valentine Banner...

Here's what you'll need to make it:
Birthday Bash (Banner)
Cindy Loo (Font and Shadow)
Sweethearts (All Black Images)
Plantin Schoolbook or other comparable (Circles and Heart)
(Little Tip: I used the top layer of the "O" from Ciny Loo and "Hide" the "O" part and layered it on top of the Heart and welded them to make the same effect.)

So, onto the prizes!! At each of the stops along the way the DT members will be giving away one of Melin's fabulous cutting files and/or digi stamps. Here is the one that I will be giving away:

Beautiful isn't it!

So, what do you have to do to win this fabulous prize? Just leave a comment under this post with a way to get a hold of you! That's it! I will draw a name on Monday! Remember leave a comment on both days posts for 2 chances to win!

Here is the “secret” letter you need to collect to be eligible for a prize package at

Now it's your turn! Let’s see your sweet Valentine projects. Be sure to include a Cricut or other die cut machine cut on your project and link it up at The Design Team will pick their three favorites and one lucky sweetheart will be chosen randomly to win one of the six prize packages being offered in this hop.

Next stop... Raven at Love 4 Stamps. Go see what she has in store for you today.
And don’t forget, when you're done, make sure to head back to and get entered to win one of SIX prize packages! Here’s how:

1. Link your sweet Valentine project and be one of the top three chosen by our Chefs.
2. Link your project and be the randomly drawn winner.
3. Collect all the letters and unscramble our “secret” phrase correctly and leave it in the special comment section on
4. Or just leave a comment at and let us know how you liked our Sweetshop Blog Hop.

Here is our Hop line-up:

8. Deb
10. Gaby
11. Jean
12. Jenna
14. Jenny
15. Karla
20. Nicole <---YOU ARE HERE
21. Raven Go HERE Next

Friday, February 11, 2011


Don't forget everyone, that tomorrow is the start of the Two Day Sweet Shop Blog Hop with all of the Design Team over at Cooking with Please join us tomorrow morning and let the fun begin!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Think Spring Blog Hop Winner


Today is the day...the day that I announce the Think Spring Blog Hop Winner.

I want to thank everyone who came by and hopped with all of us and to Kathryn from Creations with Kathryn for hosting the hop! Thank you for all of your hard work!

Now, without further ado the winner of the Think Spring Blog Hop, chosen by is...

#35 Kristin said...

Awesome layout! I love the little girl jumping rope ~ it was my favorite thing to do as a little girl. I would be out there for hours.

Kristen I have sent you an e-mail and will send you your prize as soon as you tell me where you want it to!

Thanks again everyone!!

Cooking with Cricut DT Project

Good Morning! Hope that everyone's day started out fabulously (is that a word?).

This week for the Cooking with Cricut Design Team our challenge was to make something with hearts or flowers, something for our beloved! Now, strep is going around our house and so is a constant ear infection/cold/just plain crappy feeling, so it has taken all my energy just to roll out of bed and take care of my little ones that probably feel worse than I do. This never ending Winter doesn't help the mood.

Anyway, I wanted to show you that you can whip up a fabulous looking card without spending a million hours on it. This took me prep time of about 15 minutes and then another 15 putting it all together (probably wouldn't have taken as long if I felt better).

Hearts from Sweethearts Cartridge cut at 4.5"
DCWV La Creme Cardstock Stack
Michaels $1 Bin Ribbon

So, I hope that you enjoyed it and I hope that you come on over and join the fun at Cooking with Cricut, even if it's a quick project!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mix It Up

If you hopped with me on Saturday then you saw my "Spring Fever" layout. If not, then you can go HERE to see it. Well, with all the bright pinky colors I thought that it would go perfectly in my daughter's scrapbook. However, I wanted to make sure that I had a similar one for my son's scrapbook also. So, I made the same layout, just switched it up a little bit. Hope you enjoy it!

Playtime for the Little Boy and Jar with Grasshopper
Birthday Bash for the Title
Plantin Schoolbook for the frames 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Think Spring Blog Hop

Welcome to Croppin Momma Designs and the Think Spring Blog Hop! If you’ve never enjoyed a blog hop before, it’s where you ‘hop’ between blogs following a chain of links, with each blog in the chain posting something exciting for the event!

If you've come from visiting Toni at Happy Scrapper, you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our fun hop, you can go to Kathryn at Creations with Kathryn and start at the beginning.

With so many of us getting bad weather and a ton of snow it is hard to imagine that Winter will ever be over. But, with Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow there is a sliver of hope that Spring will eventually come, and may even be earlier than we thought. However, if you just can’t wait another 6 weeks then I hope that I can bring a little of that Spring feeling to you now.

Playtime for Little Girl (4")
Doodlecharms for Flower (3.5")
Birthday Bash Font for Title and Shadow (1.5")
Plantin Schoolbook for Frames (6.25"x4.25", 6.5"x4.5")
New Martha Stewart Scallop Heart Border Punch
Martha Stewart Glitter Glue
Patterned Paper is DCWV Ultimate Stack (Spring)
Cardstock is Bazzill Basics
Hope that you liked my little piece of Spring. And if you did, leave a comment and follow me and I will pick one of those lovely comments Wednesday the 9th and that person will receive a $15 gift certificate to their favorite little spot (store) on the web. As long as they do online gift certificates I will get you one.

Next stop... Sarah at Scrapping with Sarah. Go see what she has in store for you today.

And here is our Hop line-up in case you get lost along the way:
1) Wamfamily - Creations with Kathryn
2) Scrappin' Palace - Scrappin' Palace
3) Ms Dee - Dee's Special Things
4) Buggin Out - Paper Crafting Chic
5) lechristina3 - All Things Crafty
7) Lissa - So Many Crafts, So Little Time
8) Crafty Baskets - Crafty Baskets
9) Java Jen - Java Jen Creations
10) Stephanie J - Stephanie's Scraping/Stamping/Cardmaking Site
11) CraftyCreations - The Crafty Creation Spot
12) Jennifer Hawkins2 - Confessions of a Scrapaholic
13) Laura Mason - Scrappy Craft Corner
14) Scrappy Jess - Scrappy Jess
15) TX Scrapper Mom - TX Scrapper Mom
16) Kreimers - My Fantabulous Life
17) SoonerMT - Paper Renee
18) ToniBaczek - Happy Scrapper
19) Croppin Momma - Croppin Momma Designs <--- YOU ARE HERE
20) Sarahbeth - Scrapbooking with Sarah
21) Nicolette Simpson - Beyond Scrapin

Friday, February 4, 2011

Not Able to Comment

Just found out that no one has been able to comment on my posts. I believe that this is fixed now. You can always e-mail me at croppinmommadesigns at wowway dot com. Thanks to Maria at Maria Elena's Happy World for letting me know about it!

If there are any posts that you wanted to comment on (becuase everyone loves comments) here are the last 3 days...

Also, please make sure that you check back tomorrow for the Think Spring Blog Hop!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011


These are a really simple Thank You card that I made for everyone that attended my 30th surprise birthday party that my hubby and parents threw for me. So simple, just welded everything in my Gypsy and cut it out. Lovely!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

When I Count My Blessings

My wonderful hubby recently gave me a suprise birthday party for my 30th and although it was his idea, because he works...and lives with me, it was my mom that did a lot of the work. It was at my parents house, she decorated the basement, entertained people while they waited, made dinner, and ultimately cleaned up too. So, I wanted to make her a special card to say thank you. Here is it...

Cloud cut at 2.8" from Disney - Princesses Dreams Come True (3x, 1 with layer)
My Pink Stamper Sentiment
Martha Stewart Ribbon
DCWV Patterned Paper
Bazzill Basics Cardstock


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Beep Boop Beep Bop

So, on Saturday my son had his first big birthday party for his best friend at school. It was at a Bounce House place here in Michigan, so much fun!! A lot of his little buddies from school were going to be there and he was super excited!

When I asked his best friend what he wanted for his birthday he said that he wanted a Star Wars Lego set. So, since that is exactly what we got him I decided that I just had to make him a Star Wars card. Well, of course we all know that there is no Star Wars cartridge out....yet!?! So, I went to work and put together shapes and details from a couple of different cartridges. Here is how it turned out...

What do you think? Do you like it?

Well, if you said yes, than you're in luck, because I have the Gypsy cut file for you right...HERE. You need the Plantin Schoolbook and the Cricut Classic Font cartridges...if you don't have them then you can substitute for another cartridge with basic shapes, like George or Accent Essentials. Go on ahead and download it and see how you like it. Also, if there is anything else that you might want to see then please leave a comment or if you think that there is something that could have been done better or differently please let me know. I hope that you enjoy and if you create it I would love to see your version!