Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hello 2014!!!

Yes, it's almost here, the year 2014!! Each year seems to go by faster than the last. 
Seems we all work on so many holiday projects, that by the time the New Year comes, we sorta skip right over cards for this holiday. I did a couple this year. Here is my first one, a center step card with Baby New Year celebrating center stage.
This made the card very easy to put together. I found some fun digital papers online, so I filled the shapes, printed and cut. The hardest part of this card was making sure to have the year right! Yes, I had cut and pasted 2013. Good thing it's easy to cut and glue new numbers.

I paper pieced that little guy and gave him a PKS face-- love those chubby cheeks. 

Celebrate responsibly and safely. 

Happy New Year!!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Brrr....it's cold outside!!

Seems I've been saying that the whole month of December. I hope the new year has better weather in store for us. Here in MN it's not going to get much above zero this week. 

I got a few crafting goodies from my son for Christmas this year. One of them being the snowflake border metal die from My Craft Spot. It's so pretty. 
I decided to use this cute snowman from the Cricut cart, Snow Folks. I need to show my bug some love now and then. Can't let the Cameo have all the fun. 
I cut the snowman at 3.75" and added him to the card with foam tape.  The sentiment is also from My Craft Spot. Perfect for my snowy friend on this card. I stamped it on a label using a couple metal dies from My Creative Time. I finished it off with a few sparkles of sequins and a couple mini buttons for his coat. 

Hope you all are staying warm. 

Have a crafty day!

Friday, December 27, 2013

A good morning for Monkey Bread.

I did another recipe page today. Made this recipe the other morning. So quick and easy. For as many times as I make this, I thought I better scrap it once and for all.
I used a cute die cut from SVG Cutting Files here.
I gave this little monkey a tail and a banana since I didn't think a monkey with an ipod was appropriate for the recipe page.

It's a nice quiet day to catch up and work on some projects in the craft room.

Have a crafty day!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!
Made a last minute Christmas treat using  My Creative Time Lollipop die, Jaded Blossom Mini Tag die, Jaded Blossom Merry & Bright stamp set, PKS Erkle & Merkle Stamp set, and an elf cut from the Silhouette store.

Have a wonderful holiday!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday Food Fare- Rice Salad!

Hello friendly bloggers! One of the things I love about this time of year is all the wonderful food.

Over the weekend we celebrated Christmas with family and for dinner I made this rice salad. It's a wonderful recipe from an aunt and has become a favorite of mine.
I scrap many of my favorite recipes into 8x8 layouts. For this one, I used papers from the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Vintage Christmas packs. The cute little car with penguin is also from PPPR and is a freebie here this week. The snowflakes are from the Silhouette store.

Have a crafty day!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ski you soon!

It's my design day over at Digi My World and the design team is playing with a new set of digital images being released this week. 
This fun new set is called Winter Boys and is avialable now!  You can also get this set in digital clipart that is all colored up for you ready to print and put to use. 

I love the rich colors of the dark reds, rich teals and browns together for winter cards. I colored my little ski guy on the cameo to match my paper color, then printed and cut him out. 

I recently received a Secret Santa package from a fellow crafty blogger that was filled with these fun sequins ...the perfect touch on my card along with the sentiment which is from the BugBites Mistletoe stamp set.

You could win the entire Winter Boys set by just leaving a comment every day over at Digi My World One lucky comment will be selected.  The more you comment, the better your chances.

Have a crafty day!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

DCD Challenge- Happy Holidays!

Welcome back to another Die Cuttin' Diva's challenge. This week the theme is Happy Holidays. This weeks Challenge will run for two weeks. so you have plenty of time to link up those holiday projects. 
I finished up and mailed my Christmas cards today. I love birds and especially cardinals this time of year. They are so pretty. So I just had to use this cardinal cut file from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons for a holiday card. 

I started with a background mat filled with a digital paper, also from Pretty Paper, Pretty ribbons and then layered a shape on top I found in the Silhouette store.

Next I added the cut file and printed.  From t here, I cut out out the bird, parts of the leaves and some of the berries and added them on top. Because I was making several of these cards, I didn't have time to cut and piece all the parts. So this was a nice alternative. It still gives me the 3D feel that I love about cut files, but cut down on my time so I could get some baking and holiday shopping done.
I did the same on the inside, just didn't add the bird to it.

I finished it off with some stickles accents on the berries and some doodles with my white pen. The sentiment is from My Creative Time. 

Be sure to stop by the Die Cuttin' Diva's blog this week to see the wonderful DT inspiration projects. I cant wait to see what you link up.  

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Last minute stocking stuffer idea!

Hi Everyone!  There is a new challenge at SVG Cutting Files, the theme is anything Christmas/Winter. Project must include a a file from SVG Cutting Files. 
Be sure to link your project at the blog or Facebook Galleria Group by January 14. The winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the store.
If you are looking for a quick last minute gift idea or stocking stuffer, I hope this might help you out.  A nice bottle of scented soap and a pretty tag is all you need.
I started with a tag base using the Jaded Blossom tag die. I typed the sentiment on my computer, printed it on the card stock and then used the second die to cut it out being careful to position the sentiment on the side. 

The snowman is a file from the SVG Cutting files store here. It is one of 3 in the set. A real bargain in my opinion. I added a shadow layer behind him and then added foam tape to pop the snowman up a bit.  A little twine and some gems completed my little tag. I tied the tags around some hand soap I got at the craft store for $1 a bottle. 

I gave these little holiday treats to my friends I bake holiday cookies with each year. 

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your holiday themed projects. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Die Cuttin' Diva Tag Challenge

Welcome back to another Die Cuttin' Diva's challenge. This week we have a tag challenge for you.

I love baking this time of year and sharing goodies with friends and neighbors. 
For my project I used an svg file from SVG Cutting Files called Gingers and layered it on top of a tag using the tag die from Jaded Blossom. 
The subway art style background is a stamp also from Jaded Blosson. 
Some stickles and a red ribbon and I am ready to attach this to a bag of Christmas Treats. 

Be sure to stop by the Die Cuttin' Diva's blog this week to see the wonderful DT inspiration projects. I cant wait to see what you link up.  

Friday, December 6, 2013

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer Hop!

Hello and Welcome to Day 1 of the 
Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer Hop!
Now if you are here from Candace's blog then you're in the right place, if not then you may want to click here to start from the beginning. 

Over the next couple days you will find super cute projects inspired by our favorite characters from the Christmas classic, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I chose Clarice, Rudolph's little reindeer friend.
I started with a base card file from SVG Cutting files and then layered it with some vintage looking papers. I used the Bingo stamp and flag die from Jaded Blossom and snowflakes punched with my CM pocket punch. 

Free Rudolph Files!!
You can get all of today's files free, just for hopping with us. Tomorrow, you will be able to get a whole second set of files free as well- WOW!

 In order to get the free files, you will need to submit  a request form for each day, day 1 AND day 2 as we are NOT combining the files. 
IF you only participate for day 1, you will only receive the day 1 files.

All of the projects you have seen for DAY 1 are available 
NOW until MIDNIGHT 11:59 tonight {PST.}
ANY forms filled out and submitted after 11:59 pm will automatically be purged and your request will not be processed.

Remember that requests for tomorrow or Day 2's hop will begin promptly at midnight PST and run until 11:59 PST on day 2 so be sure you come back tomorrow to get the rest of the files.

Here's what you need to do to get your files for today.

1 - Be a follower of each and every blog on this hop for DAY 1 (there is only 7)
2 - Leave a comment on each and every blog on this hop for DAY 1
3 - Use the special request link on the last blog ( Kate's Blog) to complete and submit the Official Hop File Request form.
Request forms must be fully completed or your request will NOT be processed and you will NOT receive any further communication or files.
( HOP, COMMENT and  fill in the form on Kate's Blog )

Now let's get hoppin! Next up on the Hop..... Jamie

If you get lost along the way, here is the entire line up for today.
Candace Z.
Thank you all for Hopping with us!

How about some elf treats!

Happy Friday. It's my design  day over at SVG Cutting Files and I get to reveal a couple new files released just today, Elf Toppers.
These elf toppers are sized perfectly to fit the clear gusset bags from Jaded Blossom but will work with any treat bag. 

This one is so cute with all the jingle bells. I think of the color of an elf outfit or the top of his boat.
 I used some stamps from the Jaded Blossom Merry and Bright stamp set to embellish it a bit. 

Here is the second file. Clearly an elf or Santa hat.
 Again, I used the same stamp set for the sentiment on this bag. 
I filled both treat bags with a mix of popcorn, pretzels, Crispex cereal and candies all coated in white chocolate with a dash of colored sprinkles.

Hope I inspired you to make some elf treats. 

Have a crafty day!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Snow Wonderful!

Hey everyone, it's my design day over at Digi My World and I have a little card to celebrate all the snow so many of us are seeing this week. 
 The cute digi I used is called Winter Blues. It is listed under the Winter category.
I actually used the clipart version of this digi stamp today. I am not always confident in my coloring skills nor do I have a ton of markers to make those wonderful color combos. But by using the clipart, it was all colored up nicely for me. 
I brought the image into the Silhouette software and did a quick trace followed by making a shadow layer before printing and cutting it. I actually was able to get 6 of these on a 12x12 sheet of paper.  

The card base is an svg file from SVG Cutting files.  Before cutting it, I added a little shape to the front so my treat would show through. I found the inspiration from a card Emma did over at My Creative Time a year ago. 

I embellished it with some twine and a sentiment from My Craft Spot. 

Have a crafty and snowy day!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

You've Been Elfed!

Welcome back to another Die Cuttin' Diva's challenge. This week we have our monthly sketch challenge. Be sure to stop by the DCD blog to get the sketch and see the other DT inspiration projects. For my project I used an svg file from SVG Cutting Files called Little Elf. It paired perfectly with the sketch this week. 
I added the perfect little sentiment from the Jaded Blossom Merry & Bright stamp set. I also added some red gems in the corner. But here's my secret, they were not red when I bought them. I saw a tip from Mary at CardzTV where you can buy clear crystals and then color them with a sharpie marker. It works perfectly. So now, I just buy clear crystals and use the markers in my drawer for any color gem I need.
This card would be perfect for your secret Santa gifts.

Be sure to stop by the Die Cuttin' Diva's blog this week to see the wonderful DT inspiration projects. I cant wait to see what you link up.  

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday sale!

All BugBites stamps will be just $10* while supplies!
Discount will show in the cart when you order. 
Use the buttons on the right side of the blog to order.

*Sale ends Tuesday, December 3, 2013. 

Happy Shopping!!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday Disney Villains Hop - Free Files!

Welcome to the Disney Villains Black Friday Blog Hop!
If you come from Kate's blog then you're in the right place, if not then you may want to start at the beginning here so you don't miss anything.  If you get lost along the way, I have the entire line up at the bottom of this post.

Oh my gosh- I cannot wait for you to hop all the way to see all the amazing projects. Jaded Blossom has 2 Awesome Stamps that we are all using in our projects today along with some awesome SVG Cutting Files created special for this hop and for you!

Get both sets of the Jaded Blossom Villain stamps at the special bundled price of $25 with FREE shipping within the U.S.
For my project, I was lucky to get to work with the Prince John file from SVG Cutting Files. For those of you that do not know, Prince John is from the movie Robin Hood. He certainly is not very nice and is known to tax the people leaving them in poverty.
I decided to make a little treat holder that could hold some very large chocolate gold coins. They seem appropriate based on Prince Johns character. I used a flag die from the Jaded Blossom Mini Tag Dies set for my sentiment from the V is for Villains stamp set. 
Next up on the Hop is Gigi.

But before you go here is some information on the Jaded Blossom and SVG Cutting Files Black Friday Sales.
The files for today's Black Friday Villain Hop are available now until 
7pm, est on Saturday, November 30, 2013.  
NO EXCEPTIONS, so please make sure to get your request form completed and submit on time.

Follow these simple directions to claim your free files.

1 - Be a follower of each and every blog on this hop 
     (We will verify this information)
2 - Leave a comment on each and every blog on this hop
3 - Click HERE to complete the Official Hop File Request Form to receive the Villain Hop files FREE!

Please allow up to 48+ hrs for the files to be emailed to you.  
Due to the holiday weekend, We will NOT be online to process them as they come in, so please bare with us.
Again, any request forms submitted after 7pm est on Saturday, November 30 will not be eligible for the FREE Files.

Blog Hop Line Up:
Candace P. - Jaded Blossom Blog
Annie - SVG Cutting Files
Candace Z.
Candace P.

Thank you all so much for joining us and we hope your all having an awesome holiday weekend with your families!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

BugBites Black Friday Sale- starts now!

Happy Turkey Day!! 

I hope you will be having a wonderful day with your family today. I know I plan to enjoyed a nice quiet day cooking, eating and eating and eating!

As I mentioned in my post on Wednesday, BugBites would be doing a Black Friday sale on all BugBites stamps sets in stock.

All BugBites stamps will be just $10* while supplies!
Discount will show in the cart when you order. 
Use the buttons on the right side of the blog to order.

*Sale ends Saturday, November 30, 2013. 

Happy Shopping!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gobble til' ya Wobble!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

It's going to be a busy weekend with eating lots of good food tomorrow, some shopping, and cookie baking.

I put together some last minute treat bags for my trainer at the gym and some neighbors.

I just want to say, die cuts from SVG Cutting Files and the Cameo made this so super quick and easy.
With the simple but very cute Gobble Til You Wobble  cut file, I was able to put these together in about 30  minutes.

Because I needed to get these done quickly, I printed and cut about 4 layers of my turkey and used pop dots to layer.

I stamped the background mat with a fall stamp from the Jaded Blossom Holiday Treat Tags stamp set for a tone on tone effect. The sentiment on the flag die cut is my own from the BugBites Autumn Splendor stamp set.

I filled the treat bags with a mix of Crispex cereal, Candy corn M&Ms, Caramel bits, and caramel apple candy corn.

*****Sale Alert*****
For those of you that have been looking to add the BugBites Stamps to your collection, wait no longer. Yup- I am jumping on the band wagon and doing a Black Friday sale on all BugBites stamps, while supplies last. 

Starting Friday morning my stamps sets will be just $10 each. They're great stocking stuffers for the crafter on your list or for your self!

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

DCD Thank you Challenge

Welcome back to another Die Cuttin' Diva's challenge. This week we are challenging you with making a Thank you card. 

A few weeks ago I was in NYC for the Marathon working. I love being in that city in the fall. I had several people working with me and owe them a huge thank you. So my card today is a thank you card for them. 
It reminds me of the city skyline view you see when walking in Central Park.
I started with a new base card file from SVG Cutting Files
I added a City skyline cut from the Plantin Schoolbook cricut cartridge. Who would have thought that was on this cartridge. 
I needed some color and turned to the fall tree file from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons which I printed and cut using the Cameo. 
Next up was the old stone wall you see around Central Park so I cut a 1/2" strip of grey paper and ran it through the Cuttlebug. 
Finally, a NYC card would not be complete with out a yellow cab. 

This little taxi is a new release this Friday over at SVG Cutting Files. I printed and cut one taxi and then printed and cut it again but without the wheels so I could piece it together with foam tape and then added some sparkle to the windows and tail light with a glitter pen. The sentiment is from My Creative Time. 
I ended up making a total of 12 of these little cards and got them all in the mail yesterday.

Don't forget to stop by the Die Cuttin' Diva's blog to see the other DT members have for inspiration this week and don't forget to link up your Thank you project.  

Friday, November 22, 2013

Merry and Bright

Happy Friday. This Friday I get to share with you a brand new SVG Cutting file being released today! Let me introduce you to Emily. She is so sweet and look at all that curly hair!
My card is layered with digital papers from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. After all that paper layering, I added some more embellishments....ribbon and hemp twine, buttons, gems, and stickles. The sentiment is from My creative Time and that sweet face is from PKS.

I'm taking the day off to have a creative day!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Snowman Hugs!

It's release week for Digi My World and there are some super cute files being released tomorrow. 
One of the sets being released this week is the Chibi Snowmen. I used one of the three images in this set for my winter treat card today. The card is a pocket card for a cocoa packet. You can find a detailed tutorial here.
I colored and cut the snowman with the Silhouette. I also added a red shadow piece behind him so he would pop off that colorful snowflake paper.  My sentiment is from the My Craft Spot Think Snow stamp set. To give it a final bit of sparkle I added some sequins and covered them in crystal stickles.

Be sure to leave a comment on each post this week for a chance to win one of the 3 new sets being released on Friday.

We also have a special Facebook event so be sure to check the daily posts there.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A DCD Thanksgiving Challenge

Welcome back to another Die Cuttin' Diva's challenge. The Thanksgiving holiday is just a week away. Where does the time go. 
This week the challenge is to create a Thanksgiving project.  I used a cut file from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons for my project this week. 
I pieced the cornucopia and then added some die cut leaves from My Creative Time. A little Twine, a button and a simple sentiment from my own BugBites Autumn Splendor stamp set and my card is complete. 

Don't forget to stop by the Die Cuttin' Diva's blog to see what my friendly and creative DT friends have to share with you this week. I look forward to seeing your button creations.

Friday, November 15, 2013


Hi Everyone!  There is a new challenge at SVG Cutting Files, the theme is anything Birthday related. Project must include a a file from SVG Cutting Files. 
Be sure to link your project at the blog or Facebook Galleria Group by December 15. The winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the store.
For a little inspiration I did a birthday card that is also a gift card holder. The base of the card starts as a piece of card stock measuring 4.25" x 10". I scored it at the 4" and 8" mark along the long side and fold. Be sure the 2" flap is folded into the inside. This becomes the pocket for the gift card. Just use some score tape on the sides to secure it.

To the card base, I added a scalloped circle to frame my birthday cupcake. I used two SVG Cutting Files images, the freebie Valentine Cupcake and the Party Time Celebrate file and layered them together.  A few strokes of my glitter pen and I have a new birthday card for my stash.

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your Birthday projects. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Nutty for you!

Welcome back to another Die Cuttin' Diva's challenge. This week the challenge is to create a project with buttons. I love using buttons. My project this week I am sharing with you is a nutty little treat box. 
I started with the slider box die from My Creative Time.  I wrapped some burlap ribbon around it to get some texture and a rustic feel. Then I added the super cute squirrel from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons. He goes perfectly with my sentiment from my own BugBites Candy Speaks stamp set. 

I finished my treat box off with a button tied up with some hemp and filled the box with a mini snicker bar. 

Don't forget to stop by the Die Cuttin' Diva's blog to see what the very creative DT has done for this challenge. I look forward to seeing your button creations.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Sweet Forest Friends!

Yeah- It's Friday!! I have a "Sweet" project to share with you today. These cute Chibi Forest Friends Lollipop covers we just released this week over at SVG Cutting Files. 

Aren't they just the cutest! Now don't be fooled by the photo, but these are jumbo size lollipop covers and would be great for a classroom treat, birthday party or just a special treat for any animal lover. 

These forest cuties are just one file set of critters released this week at SVG Cutting Files.  Be sure to stop over and check them out.. There are Sooo many!!

Have a crafty day!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

It's beginning to look like Christmas!

Hey everyone. I am back from spending a week in NYC for the NYC Marathon. So proud of my husband and son for finishing the marathon. Well, when I got home, mother nature greeted us with 3 inches of fluffy white snow. So, I might as well get started on some Christmas cards. 

Today is my design day for Digi My World  and a sneak peak at a new set of digital images set to be released tomorrow.
I used a new digital image that is part of the Getting Ready set. I colored and then cut out the image with the Cameo. I used foam tape to add the image to a scalloped mat. A bow, button and some sequins, my card was done.

Be sure to stop by Digi My World to see the entire set of Getting Ready digital images tomorrow. They are super cute.

Have a crafty day.