Saturday, August 27, 2011

Welcome To The Fall Blog Hop With The Circle Sisters!

Happy Saturday Everyone!
Welcome to the Fall Blog Hop with Circle Sisters!
Hi Friends and fellow Crafters!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I am so excited to be hopping with you today! This is my first hop along with my Cricut Circle friends. My sweet hubby surprised me last year with a membership to the Circle, and while I was not sure at first, I have had so much fun that I renewed this year! If you are hopping along with us, you should be coming from the very creative Gamma's blog. If you've just happened to come across my blog, please check out each of these talented ladies participating in today's blog hop. Kristen's blog is the beginning of the hop, so jump on over to see her fabulous blog, then follow along to enjoy the amazing creativity of the Circle sisters! A big thanks to Kristen for hosting this hop! Here's the line up for today's hop!

1. Kristen
2. Michele
3. Roberta
4. Mary
5. Renee
6. Carolyn
7. Gamma
8. Colleen (You are here!)
9. DoodleDiva
10. Kimberli
11. Lisa
12. Gonecampn
13.  Momto2cuties
14.  Scrapalette
15. Dana 
16. Darcy
17. Lavendergal

My project for today's Fall Blog Hop was inspired by the September issue of Cricut Magazine. The entire magazine is fabulous this month! The first project I tagged as I read through it was on page 12 by Janet Wilkins. She created a beautiful flower cone. I was in the process of planning a scrapbook layout for the hop, but quickly changed gears! To make this cone, I used:

Cricut Machine
Flower Shoppe Cartridge
Celebrate With A Flourish Cartridge
Floral Moss
Glimmer Mist
Ranger Alcohol Ink
Stickles (Black and Diamond)
Distress Inks
Paint ( I used a Ranger Dauber)
Bamboo Skewers
Hot Glue Gun

The cone in the magazine started with an 8x8 square. I fiddled with the 8x8 paper for about 10 minutes before I gave up and rolled a 12x12 piece of paper into a cone in less than 2 minutes! LOL! I am not sure why I couldn't master the 8x8 cone, it just wasn't happening! The paper I used was from K&Company, Susan Winget: Nature. It's a beautiful collection of paper that I had in my stash and was thrilled to find a great project to use it with.
I used my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite and punched a hole on each side.  Well, I thought it was on both sides. Turned out, one of the holes was almost in the center of the cone...I decided to work with that, so I punched a third hole where it should have been the 1st time around, (Don't laugh, it can happen to anyone! Ha-ha!) and added eyelets to all three holes. I took a leaf brad and this little metal leaf I had for I can't remember how long, and colored it with Alcohol inks.
I wanted to use some fringe ribbon, but didn't want to use the cream color, so I dyed it with Oregano Alcohol ink. I applied it directly to the ribbon.

I cut two strips of paper to wrap around the bottom and tied some twine around it. I also added a piece of K&Company Adhesive ribbon to the bottom. For the top, I added the fringe ribbon, but it needed something extra, so I added a piece of rust chenille ribbon. I put the leaf brad through the metal leaf and attached it to the spare hole. (I'm calling it a happy accident!) I tied bakers twine twisted with natural twine through the eyelets to make the handle.

I cut my flowers at different sizes ranging between 2.5 and 3.5 inches. Flower Shoppe is a wonderful cartridge and if you don't already own it, I would recommend it to anyone who uses flowers in their projects. I have a ton of Prima flowers, but since Mother's Day Bouquet and now Flower Shoppe, I am thinking it's time to donate the primas as I barely even look at them when I working on a project. I used a mixture of papers on the flowers. I used assorted distress inks on the petals and pieced the flowers together with Scotch quick Dry Glue and brads. I sprayed Glimmer mist on the flowers and shaped them when they were wet.

Using Celebrate With A Flourish, I cut 2 scarecrows at 3.75 and 2 apples at 2.75. For the flourished layers, I used Dark Green SEI Velvet paper on the Scarecrows and SEI Red Velvet Paper on the apples. I layered them and used some stickles to add some sparkle.
I painted the Bamboo Skewers and hot glued them to the backs of the flowers, scarecrows and apples.

I arranged the flowers and used Floral Moss to fill in the blank spots. Here is a close up.
I originally planned on making a pair, but due to some gal named Irene, I got stuck doing Hurricane preparation today. I have everything I need for the matching cone, so I hope to put the other one together this weekend. I loved this project so much, I was planning a Halloween themed cone on my Gypsy while I was waiting at the Doctor's with my Mom this morning.
Speaking of Halloween, how about some blog candy?

As soon as school begins and the weather turns cooler, I start thinking of Halloween. I've been like this since I was a child. For my blog candy, I have  four fun Halloween punches from MS to give away. Leave me a comment to be entered. I will draw a number using on Monday, provided we have Internet service....

Your next stop on the blog is DoodleDiva You are going to love her blog! I know she has a wonderful creation to share with you!

My crafting assistant, Ozzy, and I thank you for hopping with the Cricut Circle Sisters and Friends today! I hope you have a wonderful day and if you are in Hurricane Irene's path, please be careful and stay safe!
Happy Crafting!


  1. Love your flower cone. Thanks for the step by step photos.

  2. Thank you for showing how you created this, it is amazing!!

  3. Fantastic flowers! I love all the colors. It's been great hopping with you!

  4. What a wonderful project! I love all the flowers! Thank you for the instructions! They are so easy to follow!

  5. I'm not a big floral person but you did a good job on all the flowers. Colors are nice and bright.


  6. Love your cute cat and helper!Great project,so follower of your blog,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

  7. oopsie I posed by comment about this in the next post SORRY but I love it!

  8. Your flower cone is beautiful! Love those flowers and you just helped me add 2 more carts to my wish list. The papers and embellishments you used for everything is perfect. Glad to be hopping with you. I'm a new follower.

  9. Ozzy is so cute!!

    Your project is fantastic! So many steps! Inking the ribbon to the color you wanted is a great idea.

    michelegreen120 at gmail dot com

  10. Oh my much detail and beautiful work!! You are very talented!!! Love,love,love it!!!
    Thank you for sharing and being part of this awesome blog hop!!
    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

  11. WOW! Such detail!! Your project turned out beautiful! I also love that you posted your kitty playing with your gypsy! AWESOME!!

  12. Love love love your project. Great fall colors and such wonderful detail TFS

  13. Gorgeous flowers, the color are amazing! I'm a new follower!

    kimbean20 at gmail dot com

  14. Fantastic project - those flowers are gorgeous!

  15. Stunning flower arrangement!! I have Flower Shoppe ordered and cant wait to get it! I may have to copy your idea since I have an antique table just begging for some flowers to be put on it!

  16. Your flowers and cone are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. It's great to be in the blog hop with you.

  17. Wow!! Such beautiful detail on an amazing project!!! Just lovely!! Just a note, if by chance you pick me for the blog candy, feel free to pick another person since we don't observe halloween. Thanks for sharing your great project!!

    javajen1 at hotmail dot com

  18. What a fabulous project! The details and colors on the flowers are beyond incredible.

    Phantom Rink Rat
    llpirelli at msn dot com

  19. Great project I love all the details and the colors are great and give it such a fall feeling. TFS

    Dana (DanaTarchala on the CC)

  20. OH boy! Now you've done it! I have the prefect place for something like this. Looks like I need to get busy! Thankis for sharing!

    mj (aka grannyemjay on the cc board)

  21. This is absolutely stunning!

  22. The flowers turned out great!! Love it.

  23. Beautiful project! Your flowers are fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

  24. This is wonderful...The 12x 12 was just meant to be.. The size is great for many things. I could easily see this in my entry way. Thanks for sharing and I am a follower. Love your projects. Do I love martha Stewart edge punches. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    sandrav9288 at yahoo dot com

  25. Your flowers look wonderful!! You did a great job on them!! TFS!!

  26. Holy Moly!!! This is absolutely STUNNING!! I saw in the magazine and loved it too but didn't have the carts or the creativity to lift. Boy oh boy, you sure do!!!! You did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing. Maybe I'll get the flower shoppe cart and try my hand at one as it is so beautiful.
    gaudet5 at rogers dot com

  27. Beautiful job! Very creative! You did a great job!

    Jess (aka Sparksgal)

  28. Wow beautiful- thanks for the step by step instructions now I am going to have to get that cartridge. mallodb at aol. com

  29. Wow your project is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing it, and thsnks for the chance to win a great prize.

  30. Oh, how pretty! Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  31. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  32. I wish you well dealing with Irene. I pray everything goes alright for you& yours. I'm impressed that you were able to create this fantastic project. But then you do have an awesome assistant. Ozzie looks like he's quite a handy helper. Never used alcohol inks before. Can't wait to try. Great idea. Good Luck to you. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

  33. Left a recent comment, but forgot to leave my email address.

  34. Love the cat picture! My cat does the same thing. I love the way you used the skewers, never thought of that. Your project looks gorgeous, want to copy you now.

  35. Your flower cone is so beautiful. Love the colors and dimension of the flowers! TFS

    Crafty hugs,

  36. Wow! This is just beautiful! The flowers are gorgeous and I love the scarecrow and pumpkin picks. Your kitty is adorable, too :)

    embellibuttons at gmail dot com

  37. This is so detailed and beautiful!
    kidshomelove at yahoo dot com

  38. I am just amazed at this project. How awesome!I LOVE THOSE FLOWERS by the way.

  39. Such a great project! Love\ the floers! Thanks for sharing!
    gayle_shrader at yahoo dot com

  40. So many talented ladies on this blog hop!! I just adore your project and do intend to make one for myself. I am now a follower to your blog. Thanks Lisa

  41. this is scrumpt-didaly-awesome! love it and thinking imma gonna need those two flower carts now, too! thanks for sharing! lisa (

  42. Wow...your bouquet is gorgeous!! And I think Ozzy looks like an awesome assistant!! Be safe in the storm!

    I'm a new follower.

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

  43. I just love the scarecrow surprise in the floral arrangement! Nice job on the festive fall decor :)

  44. love the yoour an awesome assistant..Be safe in the storm
    Rebecca Minor

  45. OMGosh! That is so beautiful! You did a fabulous job! Thanks for sharing! lindagk23

  46. This is such a creative tutorial and I love the flowers and the design on the cone. What a wonderful gift to take when visiting!
    Hope the weather cooperates for you! LOVE this idea!

  47. OMGoodness!! This is absolutely stunning!!

  48. How beautiful! I love all the colors and your flowers are so pretty! I may have to try this project.
    trepanierm at comcast dot net

  49. That's soooo pretty! I love this project! Your flowers look amazing!

  50. Your flowers are great .Beautiful colors. kitty is cute too! thanks

  51. Oh wow! What a beautiful cone! I just love it!
    Your flowers are stunning! I am your newest follower!

  52. Colleen, this flower cone is beautiful - I really like the flowers - well done!! I don't think I would have the patience:-)

  53. WOW!!! That is beautiful!! I love the variety of colors and flowers you used! The apples and scarcrows are sooooo cute too. Ozzy looks like he really enjoys crafting with you too.

    jvilla95ar at

  54. Cute project! Love all the fall colors!

  55. Your flowers are STUNNING!


  56. Love your project- awesome! Btw- cute assistant! :)

  57. This is absolutely glorious! I must get flower shop. Thanks for posting this, I am so inspired!

  58. Thank you for a great project and such detailed instructions. I think I might try this for a fall pick me up at my house.

    pennyspad at sbcglobal dot net

  59. Awesome project just got Flower Shoppe and have been having difficulties this shows me I will be able to create great flowers in the end.

  60. I love your flowers they're beautiful. Great blog hop TFS

  61. That is really beautiful! You are very talented and creative. I am inspired to get the flower cart to try something like this!! Thanks for sharing!

  62. Thank You for being a part of the hop. Your project is wonderful.

  63. wonderful project.. is really beautiful
    im new follower

  64. Colleen ...OMG!!! This is BEAUTIFUL!!! STUNNING!! TFS!!

    I hope you are safe and comfy and with power!!

    saetterman at aol dot com

  65. I am really loving all the projects on this hop. Thanks for sharing. That cone is just amazing.

  66. The flower cone is lovely! Ozzy is also a cutie!