Wednesday, November 30, 2011

DtsArts Design Team Post - Cocoa Mugs

***Some of you may recognize this post from last week as I was a week early on this project:-)  Here it is again in hopes that others of you were too busy with the Thanksgiving preparations to notice it last week and it will feel "new to you", lol!***

Time for another project using svg files from DtsArts.  I love these 2 svg files that Dardi created.  One will make your typical pouch to fit a packet of hot cocoa inside and the other is a 3d mug that can be filled with all sorts of goodies.  Both are quick and easy files to put together.  I do suggest a strong glue for the 3d mug especially if you are filling it with candy. 

You can cut this one out with the handle on either side.  My paper was only printed on one side so to make the handle have patterned paper on both side I turned my image upside down and slid it to the end of the mat so it only cut the handle part.  I then glued this onto the complete cut out mug and put it together after that.

To purchase these files click here.  To see what the rest of the design team did with these files please go here.  Stay tuned for our upcoming blog hop in December and you could have a chance to win either a free svg file or digi file from

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Cardinal Card - SVG Cuts

This card was made using a free svg file from SVG Cuts.  It matched this great Christmas paper I must have picked up last year so I just had to put the two together:-)  I used some more of my hand dyed crinkle ribbon.  I am really having fun experimenting with that stuff!!  The sentiment is from CardzTV's "Home for Christmas" stamp set. 

I am entering this in the following challenges-
Fantabulous Cricut:  challenge 88 make a holiday card

Monday, November 21, 2011

Silhouette Cameo Give-away

silhouette cameo pic

Check out tater tots and jello for their Silhouette Cameo giveaway!!  

silhouette cameo 2

Thanksgiving Pocket Card

I actually began this card last year but somehow along the way I decided it wasn't turning out the way I had envisioned and so it got thrown into the "scrap" pile.  I picked up some fall/thanksgiving themed svg files from Lettering Delights and decided to cut out the acorn and see if he could rescue this card from the scrap pile.  I added a stamped sentiment from Cardz TV's ticket talk stamp set and voila!!  I think it is usable now.  Decorated it a bit more with some embossing, buttons and twine and I am actually starting to like this card, lol!!

I am entering this in this week's Scraptastic Monday challengeCreate any fold card you like,But not a shape card or a A2 single fold.  Must include Ribbon and a cut from Die,Cricut or a Punch.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cardz TV Design Team's 1st Challenge - Just My Style

T.G.I.F.!!  Today is the first post for Cardz TV's new design team.  Our first project is to present "our style".  I am not completely sure what my "style" is but I know what it isn't, lol!!  I do like to keep things neat and fairly easy but I like to mix up the direction of my card.  I typically use an A2 sized card for my projects and include some embossing, ribbon, bling, glitter and gel pen doodling.
For today's card I used the cut from Winter Frolic and cut it at 3".  I used an embossing border from Provo Craft.  The ribbon is one of my first attempts at making my own crinkle ribbon.  The pearls are from Recollections.   My background paper is an oldie from my stash and the cardstock is all Recollections.  My sentiment is from Cardz TV stamp set "Home For Christmas".
Make sure you head over to Cardz TV to check out all of the design team's projects and get to know their style.  Mary is offering some blog candy too - a stamp set from Cardz TV!!  I really am blessed to be working with this talented group of ladies:-)  They inspire me to grow and challenge myself in my creativity and they are also so sweet and caring!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Inking It Up Crazy Design Team Project - "Fun Fold Card"

This week Kassidy challenged her design team to try a new card fold for our project.  I decided to try a side step card and followed the tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers.  The card itself is not too difficult to make but the decorating of it was a bit more time consuming.  However, I feel it was time well spent (it is afterall my "therapy" time:-) and I am quite pleased with the end result.  All of my cuts are from Simply Charmed and I used a stamp from My Pink Stamper.  The designer paper is from last year's Target dollar bin paper.  I embellished it with Christmas twine from Doodlebug and some bling.

Don't forget to head over to Kassidy's blog to see the rest of the design team's projects.  Also, challenge yourself to try a new card fold - it is always fun to try something new and creatively satisfying too:-)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

DtsArt Design Team - Reindeer SVG

This week the design team got to play with Dardi's new reindeer svg.  He is so cute with all of the jingle bells around his neck.  I decided to make him into a reindeer shape card by creating a shadow and copy/paste and weld together.  I love shaped cards, don't you?  Please check out Dardi's blog to see what the other design team members did with their projects and don't forget you can purchase the svg file for yourself here.  Don't delay, the file is on sale right now!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

DtsArt Design Team Day - Keurig cup projects

I think this is soooo clever!! I haven't seen anything like this before so this was really fun to try!! You do need to have empty Keurig cups for this file but if you ask around people are usually willing to share:-) at least it worked for me!! I used the file as a pilgrim's hat but one of the design team members had a completely different take on it so make sure you head over to DtsArt blog to check out the rest of the team's projects.

I am planning on using these for Thanksgiving and will probably fill them with mints for after dinner.

To buy this file click here

**couple of hints for putting these together**
-use red sticky tape, Zip dry was messy:-(
-test cut on some cheap cardstock (I recommend the white package from walmart) because we found there is some variation in the Keurig cup sizes
-if you have any problems feel free to contact me or Dardi

I am entering this in the following challenges-
Whimsical Wednesday - create a Thanksgiving card/project
My Craft Spot -gobble til you wobble

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cardz TV design team

Yesterday I received such a wonderful surprise - I found out that I am on Cardz TV's design team!!  Needless to say I was very excited and humbled to be chosen.  The list of designers includes some amazingly talented people ( some of them seem "famous" to me cuz I have been following their blogs for so long) and some new-to-me faces.  I am looking forward to working with this talented bunch and designing/representing Mary's line of stamps.  

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Football Shape Birthday Card - Go Ducks!!

I must confess I am really bad at getting cards to people in a timely manner especially in the fall.  My life is extra hectic with the addition of weekend rehearsals for our studio's winter ballet so it is harder for me to keep up and be organized.  Anyway, enough of that, I wanted to share a birthday card I made for my brother-in-law whose birthday was almost 2 weeks ago:-(   He is a die-hard University of Oregon football fan.  I used a football svg file I found online to make his card.  I used the small spots embossing file.  The "O" is cut from some University of Oregon football scrapbooking paper I found at the local scrapbook store.  In fact I have another project I have used that paper for and will get it posted soon. 

I stamped and embossed the inside with a stamp from the $1 bin at Michaels. 
I am going to enter this in the following challenges -
 Die Cuttin Divas -it's football season
My Sheri Crafts - all about sports

Saturday, November 5, 2011

svg cuts - a company worth checking out

I have known about this company for awhile now but love learning about them and how they "got here".   Such creativity and wonderful tutorials!!  Check them out at svg cuts

Handy Dyed Crinkle Ribbon

I have been drooling over this ribbon for quite some time now but being the frugal crafter that I am I just couldn't quite bring myself to buying it.  I found a tutorial to make it and decided I would give it a go.  I didn't want to invest in the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist at this point because it is quite costly for one bottle (at least at my local craft store it is) so I used a coupon at Michaels and tried some Smooch Spritz.  The seam binding is Hug Snug and I got it at Zipperstop.  It comes with 100 yards so it is a good investment.  I am pleased with the first two attempts at this. 
gingersnap and frosted grape smooch spritz
I am sure that my end product is not as nice looking as those that I could buy but I am hoping with practice I will get better.  Anyhow, my youngest daughter has a birthday party to go to today and the mom insisted "No Presents!" so I bought her 2 small trinkets to "hold" down a birthday balloon and was hoping not to get myself in trouble for this:-)  The birthday girl is on my daughter's soccer team and also a friend from church so we had to show her how much we love her somehow, right?!   I used my new purple crinkle ribbon and attached it to a gift bag made from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More - added a button and some twine, tied on the balloon, put in the goodies and a small gift card and we are ready:-)
had fun playing around on

I am wanting to try using alchohol inks for dyeing the seam binding.  Anybody used these yet?  There is a set at Michaels in the perfect Christmas colors so I think that may be my next attempt!!  I will post pics, promise!!

**Stay tuned this week for an absolutely adorable project from DtsArt!!  It is a cute Thanksgiving project and I haven't seen anything out there like this before so check in on Wednesday to see what I am talking about!!

Have a blessed weekend my bloggy friends:-)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

2 cards and a Halloween share

I had made two cards recently that work for two current challenges and wanted to get them posted today.  The first card is a sympathy card for a gal that attends one of my yoga classes and recently lost her father.
I used Walk In My Garden for the flowers and vase.  I embossed the vase with the candy cane cuttlebug folder and inked the surface and edges of it.  The center of my flowers are decorated with irock gems and I added an adhesive butterfly for the final touch.   The sentiment is from Scrappy Moms.

 I am going to enter this card in the following challenges -
Wacky Wednesday - buttons, bling or brads
Whimsical Wednesday - anything goes

The next card is a Christmas card I made using Create A Critter and Paper doll dress up for the santa hat. 

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges -

The next thing I wanted to share with you guys are the Halloween goodie bags my 9 year old daughter made for her soccer team.  We used Mini Monsters cartridge and I cut out the pieces and she did all of the assembling including the goodies in their treat bags:-) We made 16 of them!! It was a great way to entertain her when she was home sick with a bad head cold.

going to enter this in the current Cricut Cardz Challenge:-)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

DtsArt Design Team Day - Chinese Take Out Box

This week we got to work with one of Dardi's favorite svg's - her Chinese take out box.  I absolutely love this box because it is so simple to put together and has lots of room inside.  I decorated mine for Christmas and am planning to use it for my youngest daughter's teacher.  We will make her a glittered ornament and decorate it with vinyl and use this cute little box to wrap it up for her.  I used some wire from the jewelry section at Joann's to make my handle.  The cute embellishments are from Walmart.  Make sure you head over to Dardi's blog to see how the rest of the design team embellished their Chinese take out boxes.  You can purchase the file here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Inking It Up Crazy Design Team Project - Thankful Project

Kassidy challenged us this week to make a grateful/thankful project.  She wanted us to design it around something we are grateful for.  I chose to do a banner to display in my house because I am thankful for my home and everything it stands for - the love of my precious family who live inside the home and the friends who visit my home.   I plan to put this up on my piano when Halloween is over and the halloween decorations are put away.  Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check out Kassidy's blog to see what the rest of my design team sisters created!!

I used Eledgant Edges to cut out the scalloped square at 4.25".  The letters are from Storybook, the shorty holes function and are cut at 3.25".  The leaves are from Doodlecharms and the acorns are from Create A Critter.