Cards with Floral Embellished Cricut Cartridge

A while back I was asked to create some spring cards using the Floral Embellished Cricut Cartridge for the Cricut Circle e-magazine

I loved how these simple cuts when layered create beautifully detailed flowers. It's it amazing when paper comes together like this. I then combined my flowers with some yummy Echo Park papers. 

The black bling was added to the card below by using the Imaginisce i-rock tool. 
Here's how they styled my cards for the Cricut Circle e-magazine.

What did you create today?

Allred Design, mommy blogger, scrapbook, paper crafts


Boo Pumpkin Home Decor

I'm trying to get in the mood to do some Halloween projects, unlike my daughter it's not my favorite holiday. So I was browsing through my idea folder and past projects and came across one I did this time last year. Oh it's cute, I thought and worthy of sharing...don't you think? 

This is one of those foam pumpkins you can pick up for $4-5 at Walmart. And with only my Imaginisce i-rock tool and a lot of black rhinestones I started adding bling to my rather boring pumpkin. 

I think it turned out BOO-TIFUL!! 
Allred Design, mommy blogger, scrapbook, paper crafts


Late Night Breakdown Remembering 9/11

It's 1:21am on September 10th and I had no plans to write about 9/11, blog about it or even watch any television talking about 9/11. It still makes me sad (I'm a crier). But wouldn't you know it. I saw this photo on my friend's profile picture on Facebook and I thought I could at least do that....

I could at least change my profile picture to show that I too had not forgot. 

But the next thing I know I'm sobbing as I look through hundreds of photos on Google from that day not so long ago. A mad rush of feelings just hit me...everything I felt that day, the days following and now 10 years later. Wow.

And yes, I write this more for me then for you to read, forgive me. 

When I was younger, I remember my mom saying she knew where she was the day John F. Kennedy was shot. I use to think that was so strange that she could remember the details on a day marked by tragedy. But now I understand.

I still remember and will never forget what I was doing on September 11, 2001. I was getting ready to go to work that morning and had the morning news on in the living room. I think my husband and I were checking to see what the traffic was like that day. I remember like ti was yesterday seeing this image on the television and yelling for Kirk to hurry as I watched the second airplane crash into the second tower. 

It was so surreal. 

I remember what I did that day, how I felt and who I was with. Everyone I spoke to was equally in shock by it all thinking after we went about our day of work that we'd return home to learn that it really hadn't happened. 

But I returned to watching the television to see this unbelievable photo of people walking home across the Brooklyn Bridge. It looked like it was snowing, but it also looked like a war zone and they were the victims...I guess they were. 

We watched through tears for days as we heard about the people being rescued and the bravery of the fire fighters and law enforcement. It still a little unbelievable this happened. And even more so after I was able to visit Ground Zero a few years later. I walked through a little church across the street from Ground Zero and my heart broke as the memorial pieces throughout the church reminded everyone of the sacrifice the volunteers made to be there, for the loss of life and the destruction caused in our backyard. 

I will never forget.

Allred Design, mommy blogger, scrapbook, paper crafts


Yummy Recipes Inspired by Pinterest

Okay I have to say that my favorite subject on Pinterest is FOOD. The photos people take inspire me to want to try them out. So thanks to the wonderful bookmarking capability of Pinterest, it makes searching out that next yummy dinner super easy. Here are some PINS I have on Pinterest that I've actually tried out at home. And I have so many more too...

I've linked to the original site that the pins were pulled from so you can give them a try too!! 

I made these last night with turkey tenderloins instead of chicken. We also didn't have any course mustard, so I turned the glaze more into a honey lemon instead. My family loved them.

I also tried these yesterday for fun. My boys really liked them, but by 16 year old suggested just doing cream cheese by itself next time, too funny. But who doesn't like things wrapped in crescent rolls? 

We gave these a try and other then we used too much olive oil they were not bad. So be careful when you make these or you'll have greasy tomatoes.

Mine did not end up looking like these but they were super tasty and easy to whip up for my family. Wished we'd had the marinara sauce to go with it too! 

My main advice to all of you when searching out your next recipe on Pinterest...don't do it when you're HUNGRY!!
Allred Design, mommy blogger, scrapbook, paper crafts

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