Bag It Up!

Hey hey! Once again I made a gift. The actual gift will be posted next week but this is the bag and coordinating 3×3 card I made to go with it.





I used a tutorial from Angie Juda’s blog, Chic n’ Scratch. Click on “tutorial” to watch the video. It’s really quite easy to whip up!

My 3×3 cards is short and sweet. I love these size cards because you can use your left over designer paper to make everything coordinate. The ribbon around the card is the same that I used for the handles on the bag. πŸ™‚


The monogram I made using the newest love in my life, the Silhouette Cameo. I used the trusty ol’ Teeny Tiny Wishes for my sentiment and added some bling with rhinestones. Thanks for checking out this week’s make. I’ll post what was actually in the bag next week. πŸ˜‰ And as always…


I’m baaaack!

Hello Friends! Sorry for the long delay since I last posted but as promised some changes are under way. First off, let me share what we made for my daughter’s Valentine’s day party at school. I know I know, the holiday has come and gone but this stuff is too cute not to share and I also said that I’d take you along on my journey of learning the Silhouette, and trust me when I say there is a learning curve!

I saw this really cute idea in one of the craft groups. It is just melting crayons in the oven so we went with it.

Belle's Valentine's Cards

It is a great way to use up those broken crayons and there are ALWAYS broken crayons. Just put them in your mold and pop them in a 250 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.

I used the LD Doodle Rock font for the sentiment using the Silhouette. It is fun and frankly reminds me of School House Rock! πŸ™‚


I used the Chomas Creations pen holder and sharpies! That’s it! No fancy ink or pens required. SOOO easy and fun (and let’s not forget INEXPENSIVE)! I glued on some Stampin’ Up baker’s twine and tied each crayon in a bow. But of course I’m hooked on this thing so I couldn’t stop there. Of course I had to make something for the teachers and my sweet Valentine…


I used the Samantha font to make these personalized mugs. I think they were a hit! Remember I’m a newbie and I was not able to pull much up for the special characters (pretty swirly letters)Β  for the Samantha font so I opened up Yellow Daisy in the font character map and used Samantha font on the Silhouette studio. Don’t ask me how or why but it worked and I went with it!

Thanks for stopping by! More projects coming soon!







Happy New Year!

Oh my my my! Happy new year friends! I hope that you’ve had a great holiday season! Let’s start off this holiday with a little trivia… Though it is a holiday I am not posting a New Year’s card because:

A. I only have one small New Year’s stamp. B. My anniversary is in February so I am stock piling some love cards. C. All of the above.

Can you guess?! Hahaha! C of course! Though it is New Year’s Eve we are still enjoying Christmas. My mother-in-law just got here and we are celebrating Christmas in the morning with presents and another feast. Oh my, you cannot imagine my calorie consumption these past few weeks! Let’s just not go here. Instead, let’s talk about this week’s fun sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!



I got a new computer for Christmas and for some reason my picture seems huge and is somewhat like a punch in the eye. I’m sorry if it is appearing this way to you. Not sure how to fix this quite yet. Though I should throw in the disclaimer that I cannot be responsible or liable for any injury this photo may cause. Ha! πŸ˜‰

I used the Friendly Wishes stamp set for my sentiment. Love that set! My color palette is easy breezy with my neutrals and Watermelon Wonder. The color is kind of growing on me. It’s not pink, not red or orange. Tell me, WHAT IS IT?!


Thank you for stopping by! I’m wishing for a prosperous and Happy New Year for you all! If you have the time stop by and join in on the fun at Create with Connie and Mary! There are a lot of creative ideas that will inspire you from the other designers! Celebrate, be safe, and best wishes!

Friendly Wishes


Hi crafty friends! Here is this week’s sketch challenge with Create with Connie and Mary.



I inverted the sketch and came up with this number:


For my stripes in the background I used a stamp from the Perfect Pennants set. The sentiment is from my new fav Friendly Wishes. My flower was made using the Pansy Punch and I peeled a layer back on the petals to give it some dimension. I also used a Vintage Faceted Button with some Basic Pearls centered in it. Instead of seeing a mustache this week I am seeing a bird’s nest. πŸ˜‰

My stamped dots are mimicked behind the sentiment with the DSP from the Cherry on Top Stack.Β  And that about covers it! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll stop on over at Create with Connie and MaryΒ  and check out the other designer’s cards and play along. It’s guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing!


The Race is On and Here Comes Pride in the Backstretch!


Could it be THURSDAY already?! T’is boys and girls and that only means one thing! Sketch challenge time over at Create with Connie and Mary! I started out super confident about this sketch but don’t let it fool you folks! It’s called a challenge for a reason after all. I fought with this pup for HOURS!

Yes… I am embarrassed to admit that. Just as I am embarrassed to admit I had to look up how to spell embarrassed. However, I do challenge you to play along with us!Β  It’s fun and rewarding! After wrestling with my card I feel that I can claim that I WON! That’s right! VICTORY IS MINE! Or so I think. πŸ˜‰


If you look closely you may see a little white playing peek-a-boo behind the Daffodil Delight hearts. That wasΒ  part of the struggle. I felt desperate to use white for some reason and guess what… They were stitched on so I couldn’t remove them and pride wouldn’t let me start all over! I mean that was SILK thread I sewed them on with! haha! So I improvised and do what good folks do… COVERED THEM UP! I ran some more hearts through the big shot using the Decorative Dots folder and voila!

My “merci” is the negative cut into the Basic Black using the Greetings Thinlits (and just FYI Margaret Raburn, you can join me in France any time for some coffee at a trendy cafe! πŸ˜‰ ).Β  So that’s all folks! I hope you’ll click on over to Create with Connie and Mary and get inspired by the other designer’s cards. They always inspire me!

Just one more thing… I know, last week’s post was short and this is draaaaaaging… (maybe because the baby is asleep!). But while typing and ending the sentence with a period, do you single or double space? There seems to be much debate over this. According to online references I am considered old school because I double space.

Over and out for now friends! Thanks for stopping by!




I was going to think of something fun and quirky to say when posting this but I just happened to read some news clips as I got on the internet. Reading most of them truly saddens me and yet reminds me that I have so much to be thankful for. I am so grateful for my health, my family, and my friends. I am thankful for the ability to create, which in turn releases stress and prompts more creativeness! I am grateful for good news. We seldom get to hear much of it because we are bombarded with negativity. There are good things happening in the world and there are good people that make it happen!

At our swap meet that I previously mentioned I got a cute card from Keisha Smith and this is my take on it. I used the Expression Thinlits for the sentiment. If you use this be sure to use wax paper! And of course I used the Sweater Weather DSP that I love! The cherry on top is the Naturals button and the crocheted ribbon.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Halloween


It’s true, I am posting a Christmas card when Halloween is the day after tomorrow but it is for a good cause! I made some cards that are going to be used in a charity auction, Create for Love’s Sake.Β  All proceeds go to the organization Love146. You can find out more about it here:

This is a C.A.S.E. card from my holiday swap group. Ms. Jennifer Turoff came up with the design and it is so cute and SO easy to mass produce! I whipped a batch of these up last night. Hmm… Now that sounds like I made dessert. It is sweet, but not so sure about the taste! πŸ˜‰