Sunday, December 29, 2013

Goodbye to The Cutting Cafe Design Team...

Hi all.  Well, it is with great sadness that I must say goodbye to Regina and all of my fellow design team members at The Cutting Cafe.  I have been a designer with them for 2 terms and that is the limit allowed.  I have learned so much and had such fun on this team.  Regina is such a great person!  She really cares about all of her designers.  I will miss you all!

For my last project, we were able to pick anything in the store!  I wanted to something that was not Christmasy and something that would be fun to create.  I found the perfect project!  It is called Fun With Owls and boy is it!  I spent a lot of time on this card and I really wanted it to be special.  Don't you just love the googly eyes?  Each Owl was colored and fussy cut and adhered with some tiny pop dots.  The branch was hand cut and the leaves were cut off of a die cut of a vine and I just cut the leaves off and glued them onto the tree.  I used a clear glitter pen, but unfortunately, you can't really tell so you will have to take my word for it.  Tee-hee.  I hope you enjoyed my farewell card.  Be sure to check out The Cutting Cafe and see what everyone else chose to do.  I am sure you will love all of the wonderful projects from the very talented design team!

Next week, I will be showcasing a card for Imagine That Digi Stamps.  We had most of the month off, but we will start doing our progressive challenge in the beginning of January.  Keep checking back to see what I have to show.

Happy New Year to all!

Till next time...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hi everyone.  Well, Christmas is over and now I can relax a bit.  I don't know about the rest of you, but it has been a struggle.   I have been sliding between busy and sick!  I absolutely LOVE Christmas, but it is a tough holiday to get through, especially if you are battling cancer and serving Christmas dinner at the same time!  I am feeling much better now, but I totally forgot to post my DT project for The Cutting Cafe!  I only have one more week until my 2 terms are up so I have decided to post it on the chance that Regina will forgive me and post it to the Cutting Cafe Blog site anyway.  We were suppose to make either a wine glass card or a wine bottle card.  Since I am spending New Year's Eve with my sister and brother-in-law, I decided to make them a wine bottle card.  They love wine and they even make their own, so I thought this was particularly fitting!  I made the file almost the whole page of my new Silhouette Cameo machine 12x12 mat.  I probably should have made it smaller, but now they will have a card that is almost the size of a real bottle of wine...tee hee!  I used a shiny burgundy card stock for the bottle and a cork designer paper for, well, the cork.  The bow is made with some pink seam binding that had a bit of a curl, which I really like.  Wish I had more colors!  The scalloped part of the label was cut from a glitter card stock.  Unfortunately, The picture does not show the bottle off very well.  It was very hard to find the right light without getting too much reflection from the light and from my face!  Anyway, I think you get the idea!  

This card has been entered in the following challenges:

Next up is a card that I made for my next door neighbors who actually leave Florida for the winter for the great north east!  Crazy snowflakes!  The inside of this card says "there's no people like snow people".  I always wanted to give them a card with that sentiment!  They enjoyed it.

My last card in this post was made for my husband.  I finally got to use my Spellbinders Poinsettia die set!  I purchased it before I even started with the Silhouettes!  Again, it really looks better in real life.  It turned out beautifully.  I did have to go on YouTube to find out how to use this particular die set.  There are some pieces that I still am not able to figure out what to do with them.  Also, I think the Actual leaves are too big for the flower, itself.  I think that next time, I will not use the large leaves.  I will just make a smaller flower with the smaller dies.  Oh well, now I know...

I made several other cards that I needed to take to church on Sunday so I was up late on Sat. (sick and all), making cards.  Unfortunately, I never got to photograph them.  One of them was for my choir director who is a HUGE Duck Dynasty fan.  Needless to say, I had to make him a Duck Dynasty card.  It certainly was an original and he loved it!  Maybe some day, I can get him to bring it to church so I can photograph it.  It was very cute!

Well, next week will be my last project for The Cutting Cafe.  Tune in to see what project I pick to showcase for my farewell project!

Till next time...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Merry Christmas Ornaments and Card

Today I have a couple of things to show you.  First up is a card that I made using a Pennyblack stamp.  The stamp originally had a hedgehog with a ladybug on his feet.  I decided to make this adorable image into a Christmas card.  I cut out a little rectangle and taped small ribbon around it so it looks like a present.  I used pop dots and put it over the ladybug and part of his feet.  You would never even know what was underneath.  I love the way it turned out.

This card was entered in the following challenge:

For The Cutting Cafe this week, we were to do ornaments.  I chose this file.
I made 2 ornaments. I glued them to close pins so they can be clipped right onto a branch.
They can also be used for gift tags.  I personally think they are beautiful!  ;-)

I have only 2 more weeks on The Cutting Cafe design team.  So saaaddddd!

Well, I still have 2 more weeks!

Till next time...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree...

This week's project for The Cutting Cafe was to make any of the Christmas tree files, including a box, a book, a goodie bag holder, sentiment stamps and a 3-D Christmas tree.  I decided to make the 3-D Christmas tree with some Christmas designer card stock .  It was easy to cut out with my Silhouette and easy to put together.  The hardest part was finding elements to decorate the tree!  That was also the most fun part.  I used Stickles, rhinestones, mini snowflakes, and mini candy canes and to top it off, I used a large, gold star brad that I cut the legs off.  My sister, who was visiting liked it so much that I gave it to her to take to her home!

Just some little tips... tape the tree pieces together from the back so you can't see the tape.  It helped to glue the points on the top, together and then glue the brad on the top of the points.  Also, be sure to decorate it before you put it together.  It is much easier that way.  Trust me, I know...   ;-)

Be sure to check out the other designer's projects here.  You will surely be impressed!

Until next time...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Gingerbread Good Enough to Eat... But don't!!

It's gingerbread time at Imagine That Digi Stamp Progressive Challenge.  I decided to do 2 cards because I wanted to use the gingerbread people, but I also wanted to use the gingerbread house.  It is designed so beautifully!  I couldn't resist... I used a lot of different elements to make these cards.  What fun!  If you visit the site above, you can do the progressive challenge too.  If you are new to this challenge, you will have to pay a small fee for the file, but you will get next month's challenge digi for free!  If you do the challenge each month, you will continue to get a free digi each month.

Be sure to check out the site and see what the other designers have made.  Also, you can see what other people have made for the challenge.  Do it, it's fun!

These cards have been entered in the following challenge:

Till next time...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Candy Cane Box

Hi everyone.  Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!  I have been gone for 2 weeks and finally was able to get back in the game.  I have been busy making cards and this candy cane box and I am finally able to post them.  The project that I made is from the candy cane holder box file.  I used a heavy weight card stock and had a great time decorating it.  Check out the other projects at The Cutting Cafe and see what wonderful projects the other designers have made!

I have filled the box with six candy canes.  I took the first picture with a couple of candy canes hanging out to give you an idea of what it will hold.  Enjoy!
This project has been added to the following challenges:

Till next time...