Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Hi all.  For this week, our project for The Cutting Cafe design team was to use either the printable stamp set called "With Gratitude" or the "Grateful" word shaped card-cut file.  I chose the second one.  I have never made a word card before, so I thought it was time.  I used card stock and designer paper for the card.  I Printed the sentiment and added all of the elements.  Some of them are buttons, some are paper flowers and others are just things I found in my craft studio that I thought would compliment the card. On the inside top, I printed Happy Thanksgiving.

There are some wonderful holiday files on The Cutting Cafe's site.  Regina makes them user friendly.  Even if you don't have a cutting machine, she makes them easy to cut out by hand!  Don't forget to check out the other designer's cards while you are there.

This card has been entered into the following challenges:

Have a happy Halloween!

Till next time...

Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Fuzzy Teddy (Not the kind you wear, silly!)

Hi everyone.  Today I am posting for Imagine That Digis design team.  I felt like doing something a little different this time.  I colored the image with Sharpie markers and used grey flocking for the teddy bear and white flocking for the snow and the top of his hat.  I really didn't know how to use flocking, so I just tried different ways to adhere it.  I think I actually know now, after working on it for hours!  But hey, that's what this is about. We are here to learn.  I used a clear star Sakura glitter gel pen for the snowflake on his hat and used Glossy Accents on his nose, eyes ears and the bottom of his feet.  I wanted to put some type of border around the image.  I cut the image with a Spellbinders die and then cut the same size in red.  I then cut the red piece across the middle and adhered it to the back of the image to give the top and bottom, a border effect.  The whole thing was glued to glittered, designer card stock.  I added the foam snowflake on the top corner.  I braided red and white yarns with a green tinsel twine and wrapped it around the card and knotted it in the front to complete my card.

Be sure to check out the Imagine That blog and see what the other Design Team members have done this week.  Happy Halloween everyone!

Till next time...

Monday, October 14, 2013

Christmas Pillow Box

Hi all.  Today I am posting a pillow box for The Cutting Cafe design team.  This is the first time that I have made a pillow box, but it was really quite easy.  I chose my designer card stock and used the plain box svg file from the assorted pillow box set.  I added JOY from another Cutting Cafe file and placed it in the center of my template.  Before I glued it together, I added a piece of parchment paper behind the JOY cut-out.  Then, I taped it on the back.  The top and bottoms fold at the curved lines and that is what gives it that pillow shape.  I used a sentiment from another file and printed it on white card stock.  I sponged the edges and added the red bow.  That was all there was to it!  Regina has many pillow box files for different holidays and occasions, or do what I did and make your own cut-out design. 

I hope you will try your hand at making these cute and easy pillow boxes.

Just a reminder that I will not be posting again until Oct. 26th.  See you then!

Till next time...

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Joyous Reindeer

This week, I am showcasing a card for the Imagine That Digi Stamps design team, called Joyous Reindeer.  The set comes with the four reindeer, together, or you can use each one separately.  For my card, I used the digi outlines together, with the sentiment included.  After printing the digis, I used Copic and Sharpie markers to color the image.  I sponged the background with yellow ink and added some glitter with a Clear Star gel pen.  I used a dark green base card stock and used a border punch on the front part of the card.  I cut a strip of red and glued it to the inside of the card to help the border stand out.  The picture does not really do the card justice.  It seems to have picked up all of the
bad spots!  Oh well, if you are lucky, you may be the recipient of this cute card and
you will see it in a better light!

I won't be posting next week because I will be out of town, but, I will be 
back on the 26th of October with another great card!

Till next time...

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Hi all.  Today, I have a card for the The Cutting Cafe Design Team.  Usually, I do a cut (svg) file, but today, I am showcasing some digi files.  We were able to choose from the following sets:

Halloween Trio - Printable Stamp Set
A Bunch of Monsters - Printable Stamp Set
Crazy Candy Corn - Printable Set

I chose the Trio Set and added a couple of other Halloween digis from other Cutting Cafe Files.

I just learned a new fold and decided to try using it on this card.  I used double sided, printed card stock for the base.  I printed the images that I wanted to use.  The trio is on the inside of the card but I used some other trio and double images and fussy cut them out.  I colored all of the images with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers.  I used a Clear Star glitter pen on some of the elements.  The saying is also from the trio set.  I glued the images that I had cut out onto white card stock so they would stand out against the dark backgrounds and distressed the edges in orange ink.  I think it turned out really cute.  What do you think?

 The outside of the card.

The inside of the card (opened up)

This card has been entered into the following challenge:  Squigglefly

I would love to hear your comments and please visit The Cutting Cafe blog and see all of the wonderful projects that our very talented design team made!

Till next time...

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Imagine That Progressive Challenge

Hi all.  Today I am posting a card for Imagine That Progressive Challenge.  The image that we are using for the challenge is called Gertie Goose.  If you played last month, then you should have received your image for free.  If you didn't play, you can purchase the file for $1.25 and enter it into our challenge, and you will be eligible to receive the free image for November!  For my card, I printed the image onto beige card stock.  I used Copic and Spectrum Noir markers to color it in.  I wanted to make the goose white so I used a white gel pen to color her.  I also used a Clear Star gel pen to give the pie plate a glittery look.  I used a Spellbinders die to cut the layered image, distressed the edges and used pop dots for dimension.  The orange base was stamped with pies for a water mark effect.  Unfortunately, it is hard to see it in the picture.  I added a sheer bow that I colored with a Copic marker and glued it on the top of the card.

Be sure to check out the Imagine That Blog and see the great work that the other design team members have made!
I hope you decide to play along with us for this cute October challenge digi.

Till next time...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Chinese Take Out Anyone?

Boy, did I have fun last week!  I was working on a wonderful project from The Cutting Cafe.  We were to use the Chinese Take Out Box template which also included a template for making fortune cookies, fortunes and all!  I wanted to make mine rather authentic looking so I used a heavy base weight card stock to cut out the box on my Silouhette.  I followed the directions and folded and glued it.  I decided to stamp all four sides with some of my Oriental stamps (I have a lot!)  The one big mistake I made was stamping AFTER I put the box together instead of BEFORE!   Oops... It turned out fine, anyway.  I made the handle with some bling type ribbon that is stiff.  I wanted it to stay up like the wire handle on the real boxes.  By the way, this box is only 2 1/4 " high.  You can make it larger, but my Silhouette machine will only use paper up to 8 1/2 X 11" so I had to use what I had.  It could have also been cut by hand, but I wasn't into doing that so much.  To make the fortune cookies, I printed out the sayings that were included in the set and followed the directions on how to put them together.  After they were together, I sponged them to make them look real.

 Take out box front (opened)

Take out box side and back (closed)

If you want to have a great gift for someone who loves Chinese food, you simply must go to The Cutting Cafe and buy this set!   If you don't want to make your own,  I can take orders for these sets.

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think!   

Till next time...