The secret to big old Frankenstein shoulders…


A pool noodle, with a neck notch cut into it.  I used a serrated bread knife.


Happy Halloween!

Quick reminder that today is the last day to take advantage of the current Silhouette promo…$299 for a Cameo and your choice of starter kit (vinyl, heat transfer, fabric ink, or rhinestones).  Use code “CRAP”.

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Who’s Sassy?

Me, apparently.

So, I’ve recently become a member of the Sassy Scoops team.  Sassy Scoops is a local business review site.  When they approached me about  joining them, my head said “CHAR!  You’re out of your mind!  You’re WAY TOO BUSY already!” but something in my gut told me I should do it.  And my gut’s never led me wrong, so here I am.

Once a month I’ll be doing a quick summary of the businesses we reviewed that month.

Sharon Johnson Photography – Sharon shoots with film, which I was super intrigued by.  She is OBSESSED with customer service and will make sure your experience is a good one.  She also took a new headshot of me.  It’s on her site, if you’re not patient.


Birth Mother Baskets – Birth Mother Baskets was created by Gina, a birth mother who wanted to make sure that all birth mothers know they’re not alone.  What a fabulous organization!



Spotted Owl Soaps – This was a really fun night for me because Holly knows her crap!  The chemistry behind the stuff that you put on your body was fascinating!  Spotted Owl products would make EXCELLENT Christmas gifts.  You can also enter to win a Spotted Owl gift box over on the Sassy site here.


And Sammy’s – I wasn’t a Sassy yet for this one, but it sounds like I REALLY missed out!  Who doesn’t love shakes and fries?  Not me, that’s for sure.



And, last of all, if your name is Beverly, check your email.  You may have won $40 worth of Scentsy!

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Just How Much Bigger?

So, you all know that I’m a Mormon, right?

Random off topic tangent one sentence into the post alert:

You know who else is a Mormon?  Brandon Flowers.  And there’s a YouTube video about it, which I enjoy.  Almost as much as Amy enjoys his version of “Bette Davis Eyes”.

End random tangent.

So, we Mormons are encouraged to have a picture of the temple in our homes.  One problem: I do not enjoy most Mormon art.  So, when I saw that Silhouette had temple cut outs available in their download store, I got an idea.  I cut out the temple shapes with my SD and thought they were a little too small, but I was willing to make do (because that’s all I had…ha!).

(I also had a little user error with the one on the right, but we’ll skip that part.)

When I got my new machine, I decided to recut.  And, because of the 12 X 12 capacity, I could rotate the image and get it even bigger…possibly too big for my frame, but I wanted to show just how much bigger it could go.


That’s a 16 X 20 frame, for size comparison purposes.

Much better, right?  And, for the price of a couple pieces of paper, I have some temple art much more my style.  You KNOW I like that.

So, if you need bigger, the Cameo is your guy.  Winking smile

$299 gets you the machine and your choice of starter kit through the first over on the Silhouette site, through the 31st.

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Pardon the North Pole making interruption…

I know I promised more of my opinions on the new Silhouette Cameo ($299 for the machine and your choice of starter kid using code CRAP through the 31st) yesterday, and they’re coming.  I’m done cutting, but I didn’t get to the picture part.  If you follow along on Facebook, you’ve already heard this.  If not, here’s the short version:

Keller’s football team had a trunk or treat last night, and I decided to force my little boys to wear last year’s costumes and decorate our trunk all Christmas-y and hand out candy canes.  Because I have a tendency to go overboard with stuff like this, we suddenly NEEDED a North Pole.  I made a quick stop at Lowe’s for some PVC pipe and Michael’s for colored Duck Tape and we were in business.  Throw in a canning jar ring, a Styrofoam ball, and some old grocery bags and you’ve got this:

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(crappy cell phone pic)

Add a board from the garage, some craft paint, and some vinyl lettering and you’ve got this:


Let’s not mention the part where I hacked up a pool noodle with a bread knife and used a broken broom handle and more duct tape to get that baby to stand up straight…

So, I promise I’ll get to my other project a little later today.  In the mean time, don’t forget to enter to win $40 of Scentsy from my pal Emily (go here).  And then, head on over to the SNAP! site to send some love to sweet Ashley from Lil Blue Boo.  She’s been through the wringer this year.  Ashley is one of the most lovely people I’ve ever had the opportunity to meet.

Be back soon!

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Silhouette Cameo + October Promo

It’s heeeeeeeeeeere!


That’s right…I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the brand new CAMEO, courtesy of the nice folks at Silhouette.

I’m going to give you the details on the Silhouette promo right away and then we’ll chat.


Silhouette Cameo + starter kit of your choice (vinyl, heat transfer, fabric ink, or rhinestone)



Use code “CRAP” to take advantage of the promotion.  And according to my Silhouette guy, they’re fully anticipating them to sell out.  So, if you’re DYING to get one, go NOW!

OK, where were we?

I actually purchased the fabric ink starter kit on my own a few months back because I HAD to know how well it worked.  The stencil vinyl is 9” wide, so you can use it in your Silhouette SD as well as in the new Cameo (which cuts up to 12” wide and TEN FEET long).  Here’s what came in my starter kit:


Tangent:  The packaging on these new starter kits is DELIGHTFUL!  Nice job, Silhouette folks!

I moved the roller over to adjust the Cameo to cut 9” vinyl


and then got to cutting!


The starter kit comes with clear transfer tape, which has already been applied in this picture.


You will want to burnish the crap out of your design, particularly if it has small details like the peacock.  I don’t have the actual Silhouette tool for that, so I used a download card and a Pampered Chef scraper.

Then you’ll apply the stencil vinyl to your fabric


and apply the fabric ink with either a sponge brush or a sea sponge, depending on the look you’re going for.

(sea sponge on the left, sponge brush on the right)

Once the ink is dry, you peel off the stencil vinyl.


I was WAY impressed with the crispness of the details.


And I can’t wait to get my hands on a few more colors.  Two thumbs way up!

Tomorrow I’ll be trying out the new 12 X 12 cutting mat and letting you know how I feel about that.  In the mean time, feel free to post any Silhouette questions in the comments and I promise to get back to you!

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Giveaway: Scentsy

We’ve had Emily here before…she’s an Independent Scentsy Director (and a friend of mine from way back).

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In case you’re not familiar with Scentsy, here’s the short version.  Bascially, Scentsy = smelly candles without the fire hazard (or am I the only one that can’t remember to blow those suckers out?).

(The Jolly warmer…HILARIOUS, no?)

Emily and I don’t live in the same state, but her customer service is fabulous.  One time I really really REALLY needed an aqua colored warmer. I guess it had been discontinued? Emily found me one and had it on my doorstep in a couple of days.

My new favorite thing is these cute little plug-in warmers.  You don’t lose any counter space. Heck, you don’t even NEED counter space!

(I’m enjoying this one in my kitchen right now.  The moon lights up all spooky like and it makes me WAY happier than it should.)

I have a Christmas one ready to roll, too:


So what’s in it for you?

Emily is going to be giving one lucky Crap I’ve Made reader $40 in Scentsy product of their choice!!!


Click on over to Scentsy and have a look around. Come back and leave a comment ON THIS POST (on the blog, not on Facebook or in response to your email subscription) saying what you’d spend your $40 on.


“Like” Emily Andersen, Independent Scentsy Director on Facebook. (Post a little “hello” on her wall, if you’re feeling frisky.)  Come back and leave a comment ON THIS POST saying that you did.

Click back over to Scentsy. Take a look at the fragrances and leave a comment ON THIS POST saying what your favorite one is.

That’s 3 potential entries, so get to commenting!

***Giveaway closes Friday, October 28th at 10pm MST. Disclosure: I received Scentsy product to review for this post. I enjoy Scentsy and use it in my home even when I’m not blogging about it.***

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$50 to Target from Groopdealz Winner


The winner of the $50 Target gift card courtesy of Groopdealz is Lyndee.  If your name is Lyndee, check your email and respond ASAP to claim your prize!

Look forward to more free crap tomorrow morning bright and early!

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Can we talk about boots?

*****The Groopdealz giveaway closes tonight at 10pm MST.  Last call for $50 to Target!*****

You guys helped me find sandals (and started my Born addiction), so it only makes sense that I’m turning to you again in my time of need (er, want).

The days are getting shorter…

the weather’s getting cooler…

and I can’t stop browsing for boots.

Do I stick with my beloved Born?

Image from Born

Do I splurge and try the Frye?

Image from Zappos

Something else entirely?


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Giveaway: GroopDealz gives you $50 to Target

I’m a little out of sorts as of late.  It’s nothing major…just life.  I’ll be fine soon, but there hasn’t been a whole lot of creating going on around here (as is evident by yesterday’s confession that not a one of my kids has even a concept for a Halloween costume yet).  Thank you for being patient with me.  I love you all.

You know what else I love?  Target.  And Groopdealz.

If you’re not familiar with Groopdealz, here’s the low down:

Groopdealz is an awesome daily deal site that offers products 30%-90% off the regular price. While you might be getting overwhelmed with the number of daily deal sites coming out, Groopdealz is special in that their deals are targeted for WOMEN!


Not only will Groopdealz offer unbelievable discounts from popular nationwide companies, but (my favorite part) they mainly feature amazing deals from Etsy shops! I love that Groopdealz supports handmade items and all of the hardworking women out there!


Many of the deals they offer are crafty and trendy. Jewelry, vinyl, accessories, home decor, holiday items and so much more.

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If you head on over to Groopdealz today, you’ll find this fabulous personalized necklace for only $12


and you’ve got a few more hours to pick up this camera necklace ($6!!!) as well.


Because they’re super awesome, Groopdealz wants to give one lucky Crap I’ve Made reader $50 to Target!

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(2 options, leave a separate comment for each ON THIS POST on the blog, not on Facebook or in response to your email subscription)

Sign up to get GroopDealz daily emails and check out today’s deal! By signing up, you are the first to see the upcoming homemade and boutique deals.

Like Groopdealz on Facebook (they post extra deals over there)!

Giveaway closes Friday at 10 pm MST.  Happy entering!

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A message from Heather and Amy

We just wanted to let everyone know how grateful we are to our readers. With your help we were able to raise $1,317 dollars. This is enough money that we are able to provide almost 5.5 children a new smile… Isn’t that so amazing? Thank you so much! We are especially grateful for all the bloggers who donated their fun projects and the bidders who bid on them. Thank you…

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If you were one of the top bidders, we will be in contact with you via email with the rest of the details for how to get your items.

We are so grateful to be a part of this amazing and uplifting community.

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