Saturday, December 31, 2011

Box Tent with Swirls

I keep seeing this image on the back of the Cameo box, and I just had to try it! WOW! Not one snag in the cut.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Trying out new Sizzix Embossing Folders

To create this card, I used the Sizzix embossing folder seen below. I used Stuido G and Stampin' Up ink with the Stampin' Up blender pens to fill in the raised embossed images. I don't own a Sizzix machine, so I ran this through my Cuttlebug using plates A, B and B and it worked wonderfully!

(Front of card)

(Inside card)

To create the owl card, I also used the Sizzix embossing folders listed below along with my home printer, pattern paper and my Silhouette Cameo. Ink and floss were the final embellishments.

I found the following at JoAnn's. My friend gave me a gift card for JoAnn's for my birthday - so I took advantage of it today. Thanks Ann! I also got a 3 drawer container to hold my 12 x 12 paper, but I don't think it is going to fit in my closet, so I may have to take it back.

Both of the following packs came with dry embossing folders as well as 1 die cut. I don't use die cuts, but I will make a point to use these along with the embossing folders. They are so cute!

Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think ;-)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A link to register to win a free Cameo

Anyone want a chance to win a Cameo?

Here you go, many opportunities to win!

Click -----> Silhouette Cameo Give Away

Good luck!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


How do you do it? I have spent 2 evenings cleaning out and organizing my scrap closet. I have more paper than any girl needs...some is getting donated but most is staying. How do you organize your 12 x 12 paper? I wanted to hang mine in file folders and put it in my desk, but it is a tad bit too big. So back to the closet it goes.

Another thing, how do you decide what scraps you keep and which ones get canned? I allow myself one jetmax cube for scraps but I find myself not using them much any more. I am going to try to use my scraps more and also use the pattern paper I have on hand instead of printing my own paper.

I should have a pic of my closet tomorrow. I need to make some labels for my jetmax drawers. I look forward to your comments!!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year, will be here before we know I made this little card tonight. I have to admit, it took a while. I am so used to print and cut with the Silhouette. Tonight, I thought I would piece this card together. I started with the little tree. Next, I created the Mama owl and last, I created the little owl.

I think this is a little outside the box for me, but I love this card.

Saturday, December 24, 2011


I made this snowflake using my NEW Silhouette Cameo. I didn't ask for it, but hubby surprised me. He took the blade (and blade housing) out of the box and wrapped it in a medium size box, along with SIL software and a $10.00 download card. I was so confused on why they would send software with the new blade - I just sat there staring at it. He left the room and I didn't really notice. Then he walked in carrying the Cameo and wanted to know if it would work in "this". uuuuhhh yeah! What a I am back to cutting 12 x 12, real 12 x 12!

This was my first cut. I put it on tree - I guarantee my daughter will notice first thing tomorrow morning.

Isn't he the best??? Yes, he is!

Merry Christmas to all!

We have never made Reindeer food, but when I saw Tanya and her granddaughter had made it, I thought, hmmm, that might be something fun to do with the kids.

They loved it! My son measured the oatmeal, while my daughter added the glitter. We sprinkled it on the driveway just before bedtime. While we were sprinkling, my sister texted to let us know Santa had been spotted in our county by the Sheriff department. Inside we ran and off to bed the kids went, as I read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" to them.

Though it was hard for the kids to settle down and go to sleep, some furry stuffed friends helped them to call it a night.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. May you find happiness in being with family - with or without presents under the tree.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Teacher gift

I made this gift card holder for my daughter's teacher. I didn't want to just give her a gift card, so I bought a little Bath and Body Works to go along with the $100.00 gift card (from the entire class). The bath and body scent was perfect, she said she had just bought something in the same scent.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Present Box

I made this little box for my Mom's gift from the kids. My mom loves jewelry, all kinds, the real stuff and costume jewelry too. I made the box double sided. The patterns are digital, purchased from Etsy. Tulle and ribbon finish off this adorable box.

Initial Post It Covers

Post-It Note Magnetic Covers - PC and Silhouette vinyl

Before I altered the inside

After I altered the inside.

My daughter asked me the other day if she could have one of my post it notes. As I was shopping for pens today, I had an idea to get my daughter her own post it notes and this is what I found.

I also bought one for my son but didn't realize it had flowers on the inside until I got home. I added some embossed yellow (his favorite color) to the inside flaps to cover most of the flowers.

I know I could have made these covers, but they would not be as sturdy as these. For kids, I feel they need to be heavy duty, haha.

I plan to put these in their stockings with some mini pens.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Secret Pal

So, here are the gifts for my son's secret pal at school. He was excited, he thought they were great. I bought the bags at Dollar's the only store on the way home from school. They aren't due until Friday, but I am excited to be ahead of the game and get these turned in tomorrow.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Gingerbread men - 37 of them!

This is my second time cutting 35+ gingerbread men. The first time, I cut them for my sister and this time, I cut them for my daughter's teacher. Whew! That takes a while. I can hardly wait to see what they do with them. I am not involved with this project. I know it will be creative, she has an awesomely creative teacher.

Pinwheel Pencil Topper

I made this pinwheel pencil topper for my son's secret pal at school. His name is Cameron, so I put a "C" on it since I don't know his interests. I dry embossed the multi-layered 1 3/4" circle. Oh - and yes it does turn. I used an eyelet and a brad to make it spinable!

Also showing off my new "31" caddy. Not sure what I am going to do with it, but isn't it adorable?

Friday, December 2, 2011

Snowman Soup

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I am joining all of you who have ever made Snowman Soup. Never thought I would make these, but they have been a joy to make. So easy, esp when you have a wonderful 5 year old willing to help with every step.

The only thing we had a hard time with is getting the little marshmallows in the little bags...they kept falling on the counter, which meant, they must be eaten right then and there. ;-) She was so cute, her brother was off on a playdate and she wanted to save "the rest" of the marshmallows for him. Little girls can be so sweet!

I designed the topper using my Silhouette. The base is a card that has a perforated middle section so it is easy to fold. YAY! The background is a digi paper I bought from Etsy. The snow man and "Merry Christmas" are SIL files I purchased.

I am making at least 20 of these and about 15 of those goes to school (lunch room workers, PE teacher, music teacher, art teacher...) Their teachers get a nicer gift, hate that I can not afford a nice gift for all of them, they are all so important.

My husband just stole one of these to take to work. (I'll be making more.)

Decorated Gingerbread house

Well, today was the day I got to play with a kindergarten class. The kids loved this project. The most loved part was the GLITTER GLUE! I took 2 bottles - should have taken at least 4. They were all precious and the teacher loved the houses (even before we decorated them).

I made the peppermint candy with my Silhouette and turned them in to stickers using my Xyron. My husband twisted the pipe cleaners (candy canes) for me - I tried but just couldn't get it. I bought the pom poms and stickers at Michaels right before we began our project.

They all looked different, some had a ton of pom poms - some had a few like my daughter's in the pic above. Some had a lot of glitter, some had a little, they all did a great job. I was so proud of them!

At the end, I gave them a battery operated candle to go on the inside. (I explained to them not to use a real candle.)

It was a lot of fun and the kids loved it...doesn't get any better than that!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Gift card holder and Bag

front of gift card holder

back of gift card holder

gift card holder and bag (front)

Gift card holder and bag (back)

I made this gift card holder today after finding out my son's class is giving his teacher a coffee inspired basket for Christmas. As I was sitting at my desk, I realized a bag I made over the weekend matches perfectly. I printed all the paper using digital paper and I cut the holder and bag using my Silhouette.

Friday, November 25, 2011

"Joy" Banner

I made this banner and added it to the family calendar. My son has taken over the family calendar, he updates it every month and adds to it as the month progresses. He changed Thanksgiving day - removing "Gobble Gobble" to add the Packers game. His teacher is from Green Bay and now he is excited about the Packers.

Gotta run, my sister is calling :-) Thanks for looking!

Gingerbread Houses

Hubby and I made these cute little gingerbread houses for my daughter's class. I am going to do a craft with them next Friday. I thought it would be cool to decorate gingerbread houses. I am not sure what embellishments I will take with me besides the ones you see here...if you have any ideas, feel free to share with me.

Wanted to mention...I got smart and cut the windows out of white vinyl. At first I was using cardstock and my Xyron, it was a little gooey.

I can hardly wait to do this with the kids. They are so sweet and my daughter has the BEST kindergarten teacher, EVER!

Let is snow boy card

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Silhouette is offering images for .50 each so I grabbed a few today. I knew if I didn't use this little boy today, I might never use I started immediately and this is what I came up with.

The front

Bo Bunny ribbon
Crop A Dile
Cuttlebug embossing folder
White paper
Home printer
Digital Paper

I used the digital paper I bought on Etsy to fill in the little boy's clothes. Then I had to piece him together (electronically). Next, I chose some frames to frame my words "Let it Snow!". The background paper is also a digi paper. Once I printed it on my home printer and cut it with the Silhouette, I inked the edges. I used my Crop A Dile to insert eyelets on each side of the frame, then ran my ribbon through it for a different look. Once I dry embossed the card, I used a dauber to ink the raised snowflakes.

The inside

White paper

I used the same background frame as on the front of the card, but I made it a little larger, then I offset it (internally) and filled it in with white. I added the little boy's mittens to the bottom right hand corner. Once I printed and cut it out, I inked the edges.

The back

Snowflake stamp
I used white ink and a snowflake stamp to decorate the back of the paper.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


I am having fun creating these little animals. Not sure if I will create another one now or move on to something else...hmmm...stayed tuned to find out!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Penguin tag

I bought digital paper from Etsy last night. Today I received the files and the background is one of those files. I printed it on my home printer then cut it out with my Silhouette. I created the penguin last night using Silhouette Studio and the frame was purchased from the SIL library.

I need something to stamp on the bottom...this calls for a shopping trip! :-)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


I created this using Silhouette Studio. Everything except the frame was created by me using basic shapes. I used Silhouette patterns to fill in the shapes. The good news is this can be printed on my home printer, cut with my Silhouette and voila, I have a tag!

Penguin created with Design Software

I created this little penguin using basic shapes in the Silhouette Studio. Isn't she adorable???

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Birthday Box

I made this box, then I decided it needed to be decorated on the inside as well. Of course, I started this project at bed time and now it is an hour and a half later...haha.

So...I am not finished with this box...but thought I would post it any way. I am thinking of ideas for my aunt's 80th birthday party. I thought about making a tiered cake, but not sure I am up to that.

Love this box, it is too cute! I bought the pattern from Silhouette and printed it on my home computer, then had SIL cut it out for me. Easy, Peasy!