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Friday, March 25, 2011

"Make Up Your Own Holiday" - Blog Hop - March 26-27, 2011



You should have arrived here from Summer and Jennifer at The Cricut Diaries.  Wasn't that an adorable party.

If you just stumbled across the hop, and you’d like to start at the beginning, hop over to Karelj’s blog at to start at the beginning.  After my stop, you should head over to Colleen at Col’s Creative Corner to see what she has in store for you!” 

So what is "Make Up Your Own Holiday" you ask??  Well, these are the holiday's we celebrate that don't make it onto the "Day Off Work or School" Calendar.  Yeah I know, why not, right?? 

So Karelj over at "One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity" asked us to show how we celebrate one of "OUR" holiday's. 

We have a tradition in our family, that when someone gets a new job or a promotion they have to take US out to dinner.  hehe.. kinda backwards I know but that is the fun of it!  Oh and the other fun part is WE, the quests, get to pick where we want to eat.  LOL  So sometimes it can be a $$$$ dinner and sometimes it is "Take Out"  (Depends on the new job or promotion.. hehehe)

Well both of my oldest sons started new jobs recently. So one of them got to take us out for dinner, "Red Lobster" and the other is still waiting for his first paycheck so we will probably have "Take Out" with him next weekend.

Ok.. so on with the projects!!

For my oldest I made a little "Take Out" box for him.  Inside are a few little helpful items when starting your 1st REAL 40 hour a week job.  (like a small bottle of asprin and hand sanitizer.. hehe)

Very proud of BOTH my guys. 

And yes, that does say 'From "Dude"'... I have no idea why but that is a endearing nick name my oldest has given me.

I found a box on "Tags Bags Boxes & More" on my "G" and cut with my cricut using "Cosmo Cricket - Earthday:   " paper.  The weight of the paper was just right for folding and the pattern was good for a guy.

Then I assembled using my atg.

Then I embellished with the same paper, just reveresed and cut out some of the leaves to add dimension.

And TA DA....

The ribbon also made a great holder for $$ or a gift card.

Cute huh??!!!  Hope he likes it.  I am sure he will like the $$ inside.. (wink wink)
Come back tomorrow to see what I make for my other WORKING GUY! (Hint:  He is a pizza kinda guy)


Karelj is offering an over-all blog candy for those who are hopping along with us. She thought it would be fun to have some holiday-themed candy for this hop--but, of course, made-up holiday items were hard to come by!

She decided to do a whole bunch of *regular* holiday themed stamps for you to enjoy.
From Fiskars, there is an assorted holiday set; there's an alphabet from All Night Media, a set of 100 plus clear stamps and a storage case from Family Memories, and 5 sets of clear stamps from various dollar bins in big box stores.

How to win them?
Follow along the blog trail, leaving a comment on each and every blog.

On Monday, Karelj will ask her  buddy Randy ( to select a blog number (from the list), a day (Saturday is one, Sunday is two), and a comment number from that blog. Please make sure you have left a reliable way to contact you (email is best, in the safe format of **** at **** dot com ) so you can be notified by her personally. If you don't, she’ll have to select another winner.

And for my personal Blog Candy, I will be selecting 7 winners.  As I feel 7 is a lucky number!!
These are the items I will be giving away. (will add pictures of goodies later)
1.  6 x 6 Pad of MME "Hattie"
2.  6 x 6 Pad of Bo Bunny
3. 6 x 6 Pad of MME "Gertie"
4. 6 x 6 Pad of MME "Mabel"
5. 6 x 6 Pad of CratePaper "Portrait"
6. 6 x 6 Pad of Bo Bunny
7. 6 x 6 Pad of MME "Hazel"

Small but it is the fun of getting something in the mail, right??  So please leave a way for me to contact you.  I will also be using Randy (random.ord) to select the winners on Monday the 28th.
OH.. how to win my blog candy... simply leave a comment on the "Dinners On You" Posts.  You don't have to be a follower, but I would sure love to have you as a Friend.

So onto the next awesome project at Colleen at Col’s Creative Corner .  Your going to love what she has in store for you!!  Happy Hopping!!!

1. Karelj at One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity at

2. Janice at Cricut Confessions at

3. Summer and Jennifer at The Cricut Diaries at

4. Denine at Pumpkin Spice at (YOU ARE HERE !!)

5. Colleen at Col’s Creative Corner at
6. Mistyrose at Sweet Magnolia Rose at

7. Ellen at Card Monkey at

8. Rachel at Suburban Crafter

9. Monica at Scraps 2 Treasure at

10. Jen at Young’s Scrapping at

11. Becka at Creations With Becka at

12. Jamie at Glitter, Paper, Stamps, Oh My! at

13. Michelle at Peanut Butter and jelly Designs at

14. Celeste at Touched By A Butterfly at

15. Leah at Leah’s Card Designs at

16. Calie at Calie’s Creative Corner at

17. Audrey at It’s A Beautiful Life at

18. Bonnie at A Scrap Above at

19. Diane at Crafting This Moment at

20. Nicolette at Beyond Scrapping at

21. Gina at Gina Thornton Stamping at

22. Kathryn at Creations With Kathryn at

23. Yolie at Just Yolie, Just Create at

24. Patti at Short ‘N Scrappy at

25. Krista Orr at Scrapaleupagus at

26. Kay Craig at 100 Things at

27. Jane Hollon at Sneezy’s Ramblings at

28. Jennifer Anderson at Scrappin’ Lil’ Turtle at

In addition to all this wonderful Blog Candy... Saturday and Sunday ONLY... in honor of "Make Your Own Holiday" Blog Hop... 10% off your total order at Use the code: MyHoliday.


Bunnyfreak said...

What a cute box and card.
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JustYolie said...

Your gift collection is beautiful! TFS!

Deanna said...

Very Cute! TYFS...Deanna @

kopperhead said...

Great project for a guy, which is always hard for me to come up with something; so....take out boxes it is! Thanks for that idea.

maida said...

It is very creative and cool. My first day of the blog hop. My email is and my blog is loving scrapper 101

Kathy said...

Love your gift box and money holder. Love the idea of the dinner out from the person with the new job or promotion.
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doverdi said...

That's my kind of holiday! I love the idea that the person who is celebrated is actually the one who does the paying. lol Love your projects too. I had fun trying to come up with a holiday & creating a project too. TFS!

Celeste said...

I am anew follower of your blog... Love your holiday and your projects...

Dardi Kemp said...

Oh what a great holiday! I vote we make this one an official holiday. LOL TFS!

Melissaallore said...

It can be so hard to make "guy" nailed it! The thing I like the most about blog hops is discovering new awesome blogs to follow and I just did that! I just became your 100th follower!! Wahoo!


Mistyrose said...

I really love your project, It was simple and looks really quick to pull together.

tpmk222 said...

Very nice project! It is exciting when they get those jobs! Helpful too.
Pat P

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey said...

Hey, "Dude"! I love the endearing name almost as much as your project. I am "MomE" since my daughter's name also starts with an E (Emily) and she's "BabE". Now that I'm a grandmother, I'm GramE. That's a nice holiday, and a good idea re: what to stuff into a new job's desk. ♥ it!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

P.S. STOP BY MY BLOG this weekend for opportunity to win three different lots of BLOG CANDY. Top three posts detail it.

Tami Barton McDaniel said...

This is really a cute idea. I just got a gypsy for Christmas. I have to try this out. I became a follower.

Lisa said...

Love the family tradition and also the box with the gift for your son. I'm sure he will LOVE it!

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Jazzy said...

This is such a great family tradition and Congrats to both your sons! The box is great!


Monica scraps2treasure said...

Great project - I sold my cartridge to someone who will use it more than me - at least i know it is not being wasted TFS

Lillianchild said...

What a delightful idea! LOVE IT!

GRKIDDO said...

LOL I love it! Dinner's on you! Wish someone would take me to dinner where you don't order by a #!! LOL. Very creative boxes and cards! Thanks for sharing!
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mitz zee said... evening of no cooking -- can it get any better ?? your projects were * delicious * WTG.. thanks for the opportunities here

Amy said...

So cute, I love he little box.

Cdm317 said...

I love this idea! I think your holiday is super! Thanks for sharing such a great gift!

Nicolette said...

Love your gift card holder and box. Very cute. Thanks for a chance to win. It is so much fun being in the hop with you. I'm a new follower.

Michelle said...

Wow I guess I should of signed in first cause the whole big post I did didn't post....grrr... anywhoo. I wanted to welcome you to the hop and let you know that you've got yourself a new follower and to tell you that your holiday is wonderful.... with my kiddos getting older I think it's a "holiday" that my family may also need to start doing. I can't wait to see your Pizza post tomorrow. And, how nice of you to be bearring all of that candy? Your so right, "DUDE" (I love it!!!) Who doesn't love to recieve goodies through snail mail everything is email.
Thanks for Sharing.
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Doris Parker said...

how unique to do the opposite of "normal" (whatever normal is)... I love this box. we tend to forget these can be a "manly" thing too. I used it to make a wedding favor for all her guests. I embossed on it as well as put pics... I love this post...

Leah Pagliaroli said...

What a great idea...we kind of have that same holiday here...when hubby gets a new job he has me take him out to dinner. Only problem there is that I'm a SAHM so I don't have income coming in. You could say the fun is he ends up paying for dinner. Just the fact that we're all out together and celebrating is fun enough.

Dmcarlisle09 said...

What a cute tradition! I'm sure your boys will love their gifts and hopefully their new jobs!

Audreyfrel said...

What an adorable box set!

CourtsCrafts said...

That is a fantastic tradition! And your project is SO cute!!! I love it!

Your giveaway is HUGE! How generous. Obviously, don't include me, but that is SO kind of you!

HUGE hugs!

Mitch1066 said...

Im always so happy to see great ideas for men...thanks so much for sharing it:)

Mary S said...

I love this idea!! it's always so hard to make stuff for the guys....neat idea!!

Jayco said...

Very nice, I have always found that the money gifts never are Great project for anyone, especially a man.
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Karen S. said...

What a great project! Definitely perfect for a guy! Thanks for the chance to win!

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silvia haynes said...

LOVE the take out box!! What a great idea!! Congrats on your son's job!!

Catlady709 said...

I am addicted to making boxes and have made this one. Yours is much pretty with your great choice of paper. Thanks for your time and talent.

Kristin said...

Great idea for a holiday! I like that the honoree has to take you out! So fun!

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Iluvkatie74 said...

I bet he will love it. It is so cute.

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Karelj said...

Hey, Dude! What a fun and meaningful way to celebrate the happy moments in life! I'm sure your son is going to love this! Thanks for hopping with're one of the best! karelj

Sandy H said...

Aww, I know he'll like it! TFS

Marianne 6701 said...

Love your holiday! Anytime there is a reason to have dinner out, am all for it!

Thank you for the chance to win your blog candy!

Scrapperbecka said...

Love your project! And what a great idea for a holiday

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Joy4umetoo said...

Great project. I love boxes. Thanks for sharing. joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

Jenn N. said...

Your holiday sounds great! Love the take out box - so cute! TFS!
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Stampinlara said...

Darling projects, I love your blog!!! THANKS for sharing!! stampinlara at yahoo dot com

Misty said...

Super cute! Love the idea!

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Tamara said...

TFS your awesome projects!!
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Babe said...

Great projects. Love the box. Thanks for sharing.


Xxsquigglesxx said...

Great project! Especially love the little card, it would be great with any gift.


Anne said...

These are so cute, Denine! I love both of your boxes (I'm starting the hop late so I have already seen your other project). Thanks so much for the inspiration and for offering a chance to win some cool blog candy.

Anne (
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Marcy Serrano said...

This was really cute, I am a new follower of yours. Thanks for sharing.

Marcy S.

Jamie said...

What a great project! Congrats to your two working boys! :) that paper is really fun and I'm sure he'll love the whole gift, and not just the money. :) Thanks so much for sharing and for the chance to win that awesome blog candy!!

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Anna D said...

So adorable. Great candy.
I'm a follower.
Thanks for the chance to win.
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Summer said...

LOVE your project! I have been wanting Tags Bags Boxes and More for this reason! TFS

Sherry Brown said...

very creative, love how your project matches the cards.

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Youngs Scrapping said...

This is a great project! Thanks much for the chance to win!

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BOnnie said...

This is so cool! I love that you are making things for your boys!
I am already a follower of your blog
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