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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Black Friday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Black Friday Blog Hop! If you've come from visiting Cara atCara Miller.com 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 Crazy about Cricut and start at the beginning. Each blog has created a project centered around the shopping or using the colors black and green. Be sure to visit each blog for inspiration and fun blog candy!

I will admit it. I'm a total shopoholic. It's not a problem (yet!) but it is my favorite pastime (besides scrapbooking!) :) In honor of Black Friday I thought I would make my first altered tote bag using my Imagine and transfer paper. My daughter Julianne is OBSESSED with Minnie Mouse and she is only 10 months old! What can I say, she obviously gets that from her mama. So I thought I'd make her a tote bag to use to put her stuff in now when we go out (like a 2nd diaper bag) and when she gets older she can use it for her own Black Friday shopping! :)

First, let me tell you a quick story as to why I chose to alter a bag. When I was in 3rd grade, one of my friend's mom decided to make totes for all of her friends and boy was a surprised when I got one! I'll never forget it, it was a cream colored tote, with a ballerina bear in the front and my name in the front. It's little memories like that that can inspire your creativity today! :)

*The Minnie ears are kind of hard to see with the black on black in the pic but you should be able to make them out!*

I cut out (and printed out) the Mickey Mouse ears from Mickey Font at 6"
The bow was cut (and printed) at 4 1/2 (or 5.) I'm sorry, I didn't write that down!
Her name was cut out using Don Juan, printed in dark pink at 2 1/2" each.
In order to make it look like Minnie's bow and not ruin the transfer paper, I cut out the bottom piece of the Mickey ears that would be under the bow so that I could just directly iron on the bow onto the fabric instead of on top of the ears.

And just to top off my project, here is a pic of my little girl just because I love to show her off! Her hair now, is about almost down to her lower back. She was born with an INSANE amount of hair. But I LOVE it! :)

For my 2nd project, I made a layout to go to our shopping pictures that I'm sure we will be taking tomorrow! LOL It's a 12x12 sheet of cardstock, with 4 black mats cut at 4x4. I cut the flower and purse from Paisley at 3 1/2" and shopping was cut out from Alphalicious at 2 1/2". The argyle background was cut out into a cross shape at 3" each strip using a Daisy paper pack I bought at Hobby Lobby. Easy! I use to be really into intricate layouts but honestly, the older my kids get, the more pics I take, the less time I have and I realize how important it is just to get the pics scrapped, no matter how simple the layout! :D


I have a giveaway going on a few posts down stating that when I reach 300 followers, I will be giving away a Martha Stewart All Occasions cartridge! Please feel free to become a follower and comment on THAT post.

You could find it here: Giveaway Post!

2ND giveaway specific to this blog hop- Leave a comment under this post and I am giving away 5 Cricut Imagine cuts from your choice of the following cartridges: Blast Off, Better Together, Imagine More, Nursery Tails and Best Friends. If you win, I will contact you and you can decide which 5 cuts you would like! I will close this thread on Friday night and I will use random.org to choose a winner on Saturday. :)

Hope you enjoyed my project and I hope you had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!

Here is your next stop: Love 4 stamps!


  1. Wonderful projects and your little girl is just so cute......TFS Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Very cute tote bag and layout. TFS. Happy Thanksgiving.


  3. Thanks for taking the time and make this cute tote bag. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Gina Lindsey
    agsainz at gmail dot com

    Ps. I'm a new follower ;o)

  4. Very cute projects. Your daughter is adorable! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  5. Very creative ideas! Your daughter is precious! TFS

  6. I LOVE your Minnie Mouse bag! Adorable (as is your daughter)!!! I really need to try something like this out for one of our Disney trips!


  7. Love Love Love the shopping bag! How cute. and your LO is so adorable. I really like the lettering you chose. TFS!
    raegina at gmail dot com

  8. Nice tote bag and how amazing that one gesture lasts this long! Hopefully as a Teacher/Librarian I can inspire at least one child a year (my goal)...
    Your daughter is just adorable!
    Nice LO
    and I can see the Minnie ears just fine!
    Gaby ~ fellow hop mate

  9. Just started following you Alma, come see me at my blog Gabycreates.com... you are almost at 300!!!!!!

  10. I love the tote bag. The layout is awesome.. TFS im a new follower and cant wait to see more projects..

  11. The bag is the cute. I love it. your layout is too cute.

  12. Cute bag and your talent is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  13. The bag is cute and what a great memory that you have kept and treasured. Thanks for sharing and I cannot wait to see more projects. I am now a follower! Wahoo! Kelly

  14. Really cute bag! Thanks for sharing your talents.

  15. Your daughter is so adorable! I have this thing for tote bags! I probably have 20 or so...and now I get to make another one! So envious that you have an Imagine! That is awesome! I have been a follower for awhile! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Your daughter is a real little cutie and I love the bag you made for her things. You can see the Minnie ears just in the photo but I bet it looks great in real life. The layout is an awesome way of remembering all those naughty purchases lol.
    kimthompson68 (at) sky (dot) com
    Kim xXx

  17. Your tote bag and layout are wonderful--as is your beautiful daughter. What a lucky little girl to have a Mom like you. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.


  18. What a cute idea I love that Bag I may have to make one for myself! I became a follower but the giveaway post is not working :(! Wanted a chance to win that as well!
    Contact Info: just incase I get lucky enough to win the Blog Candy! Happy Holidays! arebori0204@gmail.com

  19. great projects! I am a big Mickey Mouse fan so I am LOVING that tote! And your baby girl.. shes so cute! My little girl is 10 months old too and your baby has TONS Of hair.. mine is still bald lol! thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

  20. Cute bag! And I love the LO!
    ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. thanks for sharing I just started to follow please come visit me, we have a blog today as well, with candy thanks for sharing Debbie

  22. very cute bad TFS
    NYGIRL1994 at yahoo dot com

  23. Love it the tote bag! I'm thinking of doing one for both of my kids so they each have their own when we go away. Thanks for sharing. Your daughter is so adorable.

    michelesscrapycreations35 at yahoo dot com

  24. Love the tote and the onesie! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Love the tote bag! Your little one is too cute! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Love that tote bag and the Layout is too cute!


  27. veyr cute girl I thought that was heat vinyl at first! looks very cute and pretty !!! love it

  28. What a fun bag for a cute little girl... Thank you for sharing your fun ideas! pjritsema at gmail dot com

  29. Alma, what a fantastic job you did on these projects! I might just get brave enough to try a tote bag now. BTW, you daughter looks super cute in her onesie!! Thanks for doing this hop with me :O)

  30. Alma - BEAUTIFUL!! That little cutie is getting so big - I can see why momma adores her.

    Jenny Kozar

  31. she is so stinkin cute! So is her tote bag. TFS

    desaucier at bellsouth dot net

  32. Cute bag..as a Disney fanatic I think I need one too:)p.s.-your daughter is adorable!

  33. Way cute, TFS. cureta2 at yahoo dot com

  34. Very cute bag. I too am a mickey mouse fan so I would love this bag too. Your daughter is very lucky to have such a wonderful Mommy.


  35. What a super cute idea!

  36. I love the new idea on the tote! I am on it for a Christmas gift for niece! Thanks for sharing!

  37. I love the name on the tote!! Thank you for the chance at winning your blog candy! laysig@telus.net

  38. Your tote turned out really cute. I'm sure you'll both get good use from it. I'm glad you were able to go out shopping:)

    lpboyles at gmail dot com

  39. Your daugther is a real cutie and I hope she loves her Minnie totebag.

    Katsews at gmail dotcom

  40. This is too adorable! and I love the LO!
    I am already a follower and love your blog
    TFS and a chance to win
    Bonnie C

  41. Great projects I just ♥ them.

  42. Love your projects. The bag is just too cute. I'm a Mickey girl myself... but Minnie rocks too!

  43. cute bag and your daughter is adorable!

  44. adorable tote!!! Love your blog and thanks for sharing!!!