Elephant Pull-Toy Card

I just realized that I showed this picture on Facebook but never put it the blog. I do that sometimes, that's why I recommend you "like" me on Facebook. :)

This was everything I put together for the baby shower. I displayed the lollipops in a little glass jar. That tiered tray is the same as this one from the Red Carpet event. I just bought some melamine plates in white from Target and switched it up. Love, Love, LOVE it! (A quick aside about the Red Carpet event, I saw that SugarDoodle.net linked up to it under the Relief Society section. SQUEAL!)

The reason for this post however is the elephant pull-toy card. I was inspired by some fabulous chenille pull-toy cards over at Wenderly. Her cards were mostly boy themed though. Joann's was out of yellow chenille(for a duck) so I went with pink and decided to go my own way.

Wenderly gives a really great photo tutorial, so I will just tell you what I did.

  • chenille
  • Buttons
  • twine, embroidery floss, ribbon or I used bead trim for the pull string
  • Marker, or something small for the eye.

1. Save the elephant silhouette to your computer and print him out on card stock.
2. Cut out the elephant
3. Trace the elephant on the BACK side of the chenille. Make sure you have the elephant facing the way you want, you will have to put the stencil face down if you want his head on the right side.
4. Cut our your chenille elephant and glue or sew on your card. I used hot glue. Stitching it down would give it an extra cute detail I think.
5. Add buttons to the feet for the "wheels."
6. Add your pull string and an eye. I used some bead trim I had on hand for both.

Doing a quick Google image search should get you lots of ideas for almost any object.
Don't forget to go and check out all the cute cards Wenderly made.

Rice Krispies Making Memories Challenge

I am so excited to announce to everyone that I have been selected as one of 16 Rice Krispies Brand ambassadors from all across the country. We will be working in teams of four to participate in the Rice Krispies™ Making Memories Challenge. We will making different themed recipes throughout the course of the year. We will compete against the other teams to determine who has the best recipe.

I want to introduce you to the Phoenix team:

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WendyAround My Family Table

The first challenge is an Easter themed recipe and display. We are already hard at work to make our recipe fantastic!
Each one of us will be giving away a $100 visa gift card to celebrate the Rice Krispies™ Making Memories Challenge. Come back on April 4th to get all the details and enter the giveaway!

Disclosure: I am working with Rice Krispies and TheMotherhood and have received a stipend for participating in this project.
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Rosette Bandana Bib

Last April I posted a picture of this bandana bib that I made for a baby gift:

Funny story: I never gave this person their baby gift. Oops! Sometimes I have a hard time getting to the post office.
Earlier this week I was going through my stash looking for something and I found it again. I thought maybe I could give it as part of my baby gift for this shower tonight. It wasn't quite feminine enough though, so I couldn't decide what to do.
Then this afternoon it hit me!
Rosettes are the answer!! I happen to have some hot pink knit in my stash and I went to town rolling some little rosettes. I sewed them down with one straight stitch down the center. They seem to be on their pretty good, otherwise I would probably add a second stitch line going across each rosette. The good thing about knit is that it doesn't fray. Sometimes the ends came poking out, so i just trimmed them down.

I love it. I think it is fun and funky.

Here it is on my three year old. It's a little hard to see but, I put on her skull and cross bones headband to complete her rocker chic look. Doesn't she look so hard core with that big grin? LOL!
I love it when I get an obsession idea and I can sit down and bang it out. I like it even better when I am happy with the results.
It may be on the too funky side for my mother some, but that's okay.

The tutorial I used for the bandana bib is no longer available so I will see if I can come up with something soon!

Thanks for reading!

About Me and a giveaway(Closed)!

I don't spend a whole lot of time talking about myself on this blog, mostly because I feel like you came here for the projects! My one year anniversary seemed like a good time to share some info about me.

Why did I start blogging?
Like a lot of people I had a dream of creating a handmade business on Etsy. Like a lot of people, I failed miserably at it. I wanted to have a blog in conjunction with my Etsy store and when that didn't turn out, I decided to start making and sharing tutorials of my projects.

Why Cute as a Fox Creations?
My little girl's middle name is Fox(so is mine) and like most proud Mommies, I think she is the cutest thing around. I also wanted something unique and I thought people would be able to remember.

A little more about me.
I am a stay at home mom to two great kids, a five year old boy, and a three year old girl. I go back and forth on privacy concerns so sometimes I use their names and sometimes, not so much. I have been married for almost 7 years to my perfect match. We met in the last semester of college, we were both majoring in Computer Information Systems. Major nerd alert! We are geeks of the highest order around here and I love it.
I am the youngest of two girls. My Mother and sister are both very creative too. We each have our own strengths and aesthetic. Between the three of us, I'm not sure there isn't much we couldn't tackle. My Father is very artistic as well and is great with his hands. He's my go to builder.

Bloggers I'd most like to meet:
Right now it is hands down, Shelley from House of Smiths and Allison from House of Hepworths. I love their style and most importantly their sense of humor. I love being able to read a craft blog and get a good chuckle too! I also love it when bloggers seem like real people. I can imagine having a blast hanging out with them.

So there is a little more about me. If you have a question you would like to know the answer to, leave it in the comments!

Here is giveaway #3! Today's giveaway is this pretty pink headband from Autie of mAde by Autie and iCandy Handmade fame.
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It is a metal wrapped headband with a cute and funky pink flower on the side.

The Giveaway is closed.
Here's how to enter:
1. Go to the mAde by Autie etsy shop and tell me what item you would most like to have.
(1 entry)
2. Publicly follow Cute as a Fox Creations. If you are already a follower, just let me know.
(1 entry)
You have until Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 9pm Pacific to enter.
Good luck!

Pinkapotamus Winner

The winner of the clothesline name sign from Pinkapotamus is.....

Anne, who follows Pinkapotamus.

Congrats Anne, I will email you for your address.

Thanks to everyone that entered. I will be putting up another giveaway in the next little bit, so don't be discouraged if you didn't win. Lots of giveaways around here coming up!

A good deed and the giveaway winner.

Before I announce the winner of the Hobby Lobby bracelet winner I want to share an opportunity to do a little good. This is my friend Keri. I had the opportunity to meet and become friends with her as a young single adult. When I joined Facebook, she was one of the first friends I reconnected with.
Keri is in the fight for her life right now. She is fighting cancer for the THIRD time. She has asked for some hair clips to wear before she loses her hair from the chemo therapy. She has the best spirit and an incredibly positive attitude. I figure it's the least I can do to help her feel cute. If you make hair accessories and have one you could donate to a good person, please email me at cuteasafoxcreations@gmail.com. She is spreading the news about the people that donate, so you will get warm fuzzies and some good exposure too. Here is the flower I sent to her this morning:
I followed a tutorial from the Fickle Pickle.
I would love to be able to overwhelm her with so many clips that she has to share them with some of her friends that are fighting cancer.

Okay, on to the giveaway winner. Here is what you were playing for...
The winner of the Hobby Lobby gift card bracelet for a Creative Princess is comment #10, from Dorothy! I will email you with the good news too!

Thanks for entering everyone! Don't forget to email me at cuteasafoxcreations@gmail.com if you can contribute a hair clip. Remember time is of the essence.

Baby Shower Gifts Version 2.0

I'm helping host a baby shower later this week and my Mom specifically asked me to make some of the cupcakes and lollipops I made last year.
This go around I switched some things up and I LOVE how they turned out.

For these lollipops, I used two baby washcloths for each.
I did all of the same steps in my original Lollipop Tutorial. I cut a dowel in half, so it would fit the proportion better. These are much, much smaller than the originals.

Here are my receiving blanket cupcakes. Once again the main idea is the same as my burp cloth and baby sock cupcakes.
This time each cupcake is made from one 30"x30" receiving blanket. I wanted to add a bit of visual interest so I made some big button clippies for the top. I used some scotch tape to tape the clips on to the top of the receiving blanket. That way they can be easily pulled off to use.
The buttons don't necessarily add to the cupcake look, but I think they are so cute.

There is a giveaway ending in about 30 minutes and another giveaway ending tomorrow night. I also have a few more coming up, so keep on the lookout!
Good luck and thanks for reading!

Top referrals and another giveaway!

I was planning to post this one later on in the week, but either I have a cold or miserable allergies, so about all I can handle for today is a list!
I want to give a special thanks to all of the other bloggers who supported me over this last year and sent some traffic my way. One of the most important things I have learned about blogging this past year is that you will never be successful if you think you can do it on your own. It takes a whole community of awesome bloggers that support each other.
Here are my top 10 referrers. You ladies are the best!!

It's time for giveaway #2! I am really excited that Amie from Pinkapotamus has generously offered to giveaway one her adorable Clothes-line Name signs. It's a $40 value! This is good for either a girl or boy name sign and you get to pick the colors to fit your decor. Here is her Etsy shop so you can see all the great things Amie can do. Love it!

How to enter:
1. Leave me a comment telling me one of your favorite blogs.
2. Go over to Pinkapotamus and follow her blog.
3. I am throwing a bonus entry on this one. Amie is recovering from surgery so if you leave her a comment wishing her well, you get a third entry. Plus it is just really good Karma!
Leave me one comment for each entry(3 possible)
This giveaway will be open until March 22, 2011 at 9pm Pacific time. I notify winners by their email address so please make sure I have a way to contact you.

Giveaway and Top 10 posts of the year!

Welcome to my first blogiversary party! Over the next week or so I am going to celebrate my first year as a craft blogger! The great news is that you guys are going to be getting the presents. I have got some great giveaways lined up, and I am so excited!
First up I wanted to share the top 10 most popular posts of my first year of blogging. We'll do it countdown style and go from 10 down to 1.

10. Paper Cake Treat Boxes Template

9. Dollar Store Girly Bank

8. An Apple for Teacher Treat

7. The Lollipop Topiary

6. Washcloth Candy Rolls

5. Hand Sewn Fabric Flowers

4. Paper Baby Shoe Template

3. No-Sew Ribbon Rosette

2. Baby Blanket Lollipops

1. Burp Cloth and Baby Sock Cupcakes

The thing that cracks me up about these is that 7 of the 10 came from my first two months of blogging. I hope I didn't peak already! :)
I am going to be making the baby gifts for a baby shower coming up and I realized that I will totally be following my own tutorial. I don't remember how I did all that stuff anymore! LOL! Good thing I took pictures the first time.

Now for a giveaway!
Terri from A Creative Princess has generously offered to giveaway this adorable Hobby Lobby bracelet. She made it from a gift card. I LOVE Hobby Lobby, so it seems fitting to celebrate one year of blogging by giving away this bracelet. I spent a LOT of time in Hobby Lobby this last year! :)

How to enter:
1. Leave me a comment telling me what project of mine you enjoyed the most this last year.
2. Go over to A Creative Princess and follow her blog.
Leave me one comment for each entry(2 possible)
This giveaway will be open until March 21, 2011 at 9pm Pacific time. I notify winners by their email address so please make sure I have a way to contact you.
Thanks again Terri for the great giveaway!

Mardi Gras!!

Mardi Gras bunco was so much fun. My only regret was not getting a chance to tie in "Let the Good Times Roll" a little bit more. Maybe next year I'll host in march again and do it all over again!

We did King 'cupcakes' instead of a king cake. They are actually Butter cupcakes with a rootbeer cream cheese filling and a root beer frosting. I used Wilton Spray color for a purple tint and sprinkled on some Edible Glitter Gold.

I took the cupcake tray around to everyone and had them pick a cupcake. One of them had a baby inside. Somehow I ended up with the baby! I should have paid more attention to which one I put the baby in.

We put treats at each table for people to munch on. I didn't find any Mardi Gras style treats, but I did find those green and purple "bowls" at the Dollar Tree. The Gerber daisies and green metallic shred game from Dollar Tree too!

Dollar Tree was really the only place I found reasonably priced Mardi Gras decor. The party store did but the prices were outrageous. I found these plates and napkins. Conveniently, they came in a pack of 12.

I also found this door sign and the inflatable crown my son is wearing.

For the food, I served Jambalaya using Zatarain's recipe created by Chef John Besh. I also used Zatarain's recipe for red beans and rice dip.
photo credit: zatarains.com
That was my favorite! I have a bean dip recipe that I love and this might have topped it. You can find lots of recipes at Zatarain's. I had never had jambalaya or red beans and rice and I really like them both.

We also had these yummy slushes that I shared here.

It's pretty hard to play Bunco and take pictures at the same time, so when we were done my husband took a group shot of everyone in their masks. It was such a fun night! I love all my Bunco ladies, they are so fun and hilarious to be around.

Oh and I almost forgot. The King of Mardi Gras was the luck lady to get the most Buncos. Our Jester there was the gal that got the low score! I'm so glad everyone is such a good sport!