Saturday, November 8, 2014

Christmas Advent and My Minds Eye

A few weeks ago I went to a blog party at My Minds Eye.  
It was very interesting.  
We got a tour of their offices, met some other bloggers, ate lots of good food and had a chance to see some of their new releases.
Everyone went home with a swag bag full of amazing products from their new line Joyous!

I was so excited to get started creating with this fun packet and there was so much I wanted to do but I knew the first thing I needed was to make this Advent Box for my daughter who is serving a mission and away from home this year.


Every year since the kids were little we have done some sort of Christmas "count down" and every year it has included a small piece of candy and a service for each day as we count down to Christmas. Even though Megyn is 2000 miles away from home I wanted her to be able to participate with us. 

I found this box file in the Silhouette store from Lori Whitlock. It was perfect for what I wanted to do.


 I cut the frame out of red and cream cardstock.  The  little boxes were cut using different colors of cardstock that matched the paper.

The box covers used paper from the Joyous Collection.  I also used some two sided adhesive paper to cut out a few of the shapes and added glitter to them.  It makes it look like I used glitter paper. 
The numbers are all cut out using either red cardstock or the adhesive and then added glitter.
I added some small circles to some of the letters and a few foam pop dots here and there. 


Inside of each little box, was a treat and a note from someone in the family.
As she removes the box, a picture is revealed.  By Christmas, she will have a beautifully framed picture of Santa.

Not only is it a practical way to count the days till Christmas but it can also be used as a home decor project.

The best part was because it is made out of paper, it was light enough to mail and yet sturdy enough I think she will be able to use it for many years to come if she chooses.

I hope you will try this beautiful project. 
The possibilities are endless!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Treats

Today is Halloween!!! Who is excited? 
 
I love Halloween but at our house we kind of play it low key.  Tonight we will be home-base for the kids as they are off to Trunk or Treats and hanging with friends.
 
When the evening gets dark and before they "hoodlums" start causing mischief, everyone will come home for a dinner of "bat wings" (buffalo wings) and Pizza and we will watch a scary movie. (OK not to scary, Vanhelsing is about as scary as I can handle!)
 
I also decided to make a little "trick or treat" bag for my teenagers who hand out candy and not gather it.
 
Because I waited until this morning I had to do something quick and easy but I still wanted fun!


I used product that I already had on hand and filled them with some chocolate and sour candies.

To create them I used some digital files, silhouette files and even a photo I found on the We R Memories Facebook page. I printed them all off using my Silhouette Studio and then cut them.
Layered with cardstock and foam pop dots and tied the bags closed with tulle.

 
I love how these turned out! 
Now the kids are calling me to come and carve pumpkins...
One of these days I will actually get my stuff done before the actual holiday (oh who am I kidding?  We like doing it when we can all be home and do it together.)
 
One last project I did a few weeks ago but just haven't posted yet.

 
Little haunted houses filled with candy. 
File from Silhouette, so cute and easy to do.  I made a bunch but then gave the all away!
 
I hope you have a safe and fun Halloween
 
 

 
 
 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Christmas Stocking Advent Banner

I know its almost Halloween but I wanted to share something I have been working on.  It has three of my favorite things.
*Christmas
*Banners
*Advent/Count downs


This was made using my Cameo.  Each sock is actually cut out twice and glued together to form a little "pocket".  Perfect for slipping in a candy cane or a little not.

I used foam pop dots (my go to technique) to add the numbers and some of the embellishments.

To hang it from the ribbon, create little tabs and glue them to the back side of each sock. 


 
So excited for this.  I am thinking this might be the perfect little pre-Christmas gift for our sister missionary.  We could slip a little note for her to read each day. 
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Baby Girl Shower

Hello fellow crafters!!!
 
I wanted to share some fun projects I created for a super exciting reason.  Let me explain the reason first...
 
I AM GOING TO BE A GRANDMA!!!!
My eldest daughter is expecting her first child, my first grandchild.  She is actually due tomorrow but you know babies, they come when they decide its time, not what the calendar said.
 
A few weeks ago, my other daughters and I threw a baby shower for my eldest and her sweet baby girl.  We had a lot of fun planning decorations, games and food. 
 
For the games, we turned that over to my daughters best friend and she did a great job! We created Onsies, guessed baby food and chocolate poop and even guessed how big around Tia's waist was.
 
For food we asked the mom to be what she wanted and she said, of course, ICE CREAM! (What pregnant women doesn't want ice cream?)
 
The decorations were the fun part.  I put my Cameo to good use and we created all kinds of fun things.
 
My favorite was the "its a girl" owl banner
 
(Unfortunately the only photo I got was this really cruddie one!)
My Son- in-Law liked this so much he kept it so he could hang it in the window and announce to their neighbor hood that the little princess arrives.
 
Next up we decorated all the tables.  I went to my stash of papers and found all the miss matched pink and printed pink cardstock I had on hand.  We also added black to make the pink really stand out.
We also bought table clothes with different patterns and different pink hues.
Of course if you are going to have ice cream you have to have all the toppings, so I made little place card holders with each of the toppings printed out on them.
 

 
 
To create the circle banner I first cut out a ton  of 2" circles using the Cameo. Then I glued them front to back over a length of string.
I picked up some pink buckets at Michael's that were on clearance for .75 cents.
I placed the green flower foam in the bottom of two buckets and then hid it with pink and white tissue paper.
Next I placed a 12" dowel into each bucket.
To finish it off I tied the circle banner to each dowel. 
 
The baby blocks were cut out using a simple box file from the Silhouette store.  Watch for a tutorial coming up!
 
Here are some close ups of more decorations.
 
The Chalk Board Tag was made using sketch pens and my Cameo. Its so easy to do.  I will be teaching a class next week on how to use sketch pens and will put a video together for that as well.
 
I made two of these tags. With a stick glued to the back of them I tied them to two more clearance pink buckets with some tulle and had a perfect place for a little thank you hand out and  one for cards to be placed in.  Perfect.
 
 
To finish off the table settings I made the word girl using .svg files from www.svgcuts.com (I love these 3D letters!  I use them all the time!)
 
The decorations were such a hit my daughter took them home to use in the nursery.  Got to love that.
 
One more thing to share...

This is the quilt I made for our sweet little one.  Once again I used a bunch of different pink fabrics to create it.  The backing is blue to match her nursery colors of pink, hot pink and dark blue.
The quilting was done by Andrea at Heartfelt Hobby and Craft and the pattern was one I found in the McCall's Quilting Magazine. 
 
Ok little princess... now we are just waiting for you to get here.  Please hurry!
 
 


Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Haunted House

I finished it, and I love it.
 
This is entirely made from Paper. I used my Cameo and .svg files from SVGCuts.
It took me a couple of evening after work to get it all cut out and glued together but I love how it turned out.  And the best part?  The roof comes off so I could use it as a treat box.  Hmmm. I am thinking....
 
Also thinking I need to make more of these.
 
Oh and while I am sharing stuff, check this out...
 
 These Boo letters are also made from paper.  Its another svg file form SVGCuts. 
I taught the ladies in my Silhouette Club how to use double sided adhesive paper to make glitter paper and how to use a background (spider web background) to fill a letter.  We also imported .png files.  It was lots of fun.  I have the best ladies in my club!
 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Trace Window using Silhouette Studio

After last nights class, I put together this little video showing how to use the Trace Window.  I hope it helps!

video
If you need help with your Silhouette/Studio let me know!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Valentine Projects

I told you I would post some projects of things I have been working on in the past. (while I was M.I.A. :) )

For Valentine's 2013 I was asked to put some projects together using Authentique's Valentine line. I don't know if you can find the paper but at least you will have some ideas for projects.  You can even change them up and use it for almost any holiday.

 
A page layout (love the way this turned out)

A candy/treat box 

 Mini album/ banner
 
Check out the video that explains how I made all of these projects.
 
Just an FYI, I do know how to pernounce the name of the company, I just messed it up on video while everyone was watching... isn't that how it always goes?
 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Selection Tool Tutorial for Silhouette Studio

I have decided it might be useful to go back to the beginning and make some tutorials explaining some of the basic tools in Silhouette Studio; and what is more basic than the selection tool?

Here is a video explaining the selection tool and how to use it.  I hope this helps. 

 
If you have a question you would like answered or a tutorial you would like to see, let me know.
 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Easter Bunny Tutorial

 
Don't you just love Easter?  I do.  Spring, warm weather, chocolate.  It is a great time of the year.
 
This cute little bunny was one I found using paper punches, however I don't own the oval punch.  I decided it would be just as easy to make it with my Cameo using Silhouette Studio.
 
Here is a video to show you how easy it is.
 
Once the bunny was cut out and assembles, I cut a shopping bag from the Silhouette Store. (Make it as big as you need, I think I scaled mine to about 11" tall with the lock aspect ration checked.)  Or you could also use him for the front of a card.  He would even make a cute little baby gift card or announcement.
 
I hope you will try this and then let me know how it goes.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hello!!!

Hello everyone out there in blog land!  I know it has been way to long since I have blogged but I am still here and I am back!

Just to let you know that I haven't forgotten you, let me explain my long lost absence.  About 16 months ago I decided it was time I went back to school.  College that is!  I was going full time at the local community college in Graphic Design.  Last week I finished!!!   Not only have I been going to school but in the last year or so we have had 2 weddings, 2 home remodels (unfortunately not ours, but our married daughters), a high school graduation, 1 child leave on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints and another head off to college. To top that all off I am still working (and loving my job) at Heartfelt Hobby and Craft. It has just been crazy to say the least!

At this time, I am no longer offering wood kits, but I would love to show you some of the things I have been working on.  I hope to get back into the wood business but that is still on the back burner for a bit. 

In the mean time, be sure to check back as I will be posting lots of new ideas, projects and maybe even some kits.

Leave a comment and let me know what you would like to see.