Thursday, March 31, 2016

Owls and more! With Free Door Hanger Cut File!

This week Judy Sanqunetti, of  has created the most adorable owl cut files.  You must check out her site!

Using two of the cut files from her new set, I used one to created this cute card :

I had the "Smile" embossing folder and immediately knew that this little photo owl would be perfect to use with it.  

And I used another one to make these precious baby sleeping door knob hangers:

The door knob  hangers themselves were my design.  I added Judy's owls which I thought were just perfect for this project.  I have attached the free file for the hangers below (without the owls.  You will have to get those from Judy).   To make the hangers, I simply cut out two of the base pieces out of 110# cardstock and glued them together.  This makes for a sturdier hanger.  I then cut the overlay using decorator paper.  The letters are automatically cut from the paper and in these two examples, I used scraps of blue and pink, to put behind the cutouts so that the lettering would be colored instead of the white from the base.  One of the versions in the file has a small nub at the bottom.  That gives you a place to glue a bow or other embellishment to the bottom of the hanger.   I am sure I will be designing more hangers using this file.    

I hope you enjoyed seeing these two projects.  Like I said, check out Judy's site at for these and other wonderful cut files, and clip art.  

As always comments and suggestions are always welcome!  
Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, March 28, 2016

How to keep the numbers from wearing off of your Spectrum Noir markers

Today I want to share with you a short video I created showing how I protect the numbers on the caps of my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I LOVE these markers and have been  practicing my coloring skills with them a lot lately.  Unfortunately,  I have found that the numbers tend to wear off the caps over time.  Well my Silhouette Cameo came to my rescue once again!  (You don't need a Cameo to use this tip!)
Watch this short video (below) to learn my secret to saving the numbers.  I hope this helps some of you.  As you know, these are not the most expensive markers on the market, however, we still have a substantial financial investment in them, so to keep them looking new, to me was a big deal.  I would love to hear what you think about my idea and be sure to subscribe to my blog so you won't miss a thing!

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Another Cute Easter Card

As the owner of a full set of Spectrum Noir markers, I thought it was time that I seriously started to learn how to use them.  I admire the beautiful coloring some people do on their cards and I wanted to learn how to do that too.  I spent most of the last few days watching tutorials on the internet.  Some of my favorites were by Christina Griffiths, Card Making Magic.  She makes the most gorgeous cards!  If you haven't discovered her yet, you must look her up.  She will amaze you!  Anyway, I learned a lot by watching her videos and felt it was time for me to venture out and give them a try.

So after looking around the internet, I found a couple digital stamps that I really liked.  I chose the bunny in the basket and loaded this image into my silhouette cameo and added an offset around the outside of the image.  I then cut it out and colored it using my spectrum noir markers and glitter gel pens.  I think it turned out pretty good and makes a cute Easter card.

I will definitely continue practicing with my markers, They can be really fun once you get the hang of them!  I hope you will be inspired to play with some or your markers if you have them.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!  Please subscribe to my blog so you don't miss a post!!


I am not affiliated with any of the products or websites mentioned in my post.  Opinions expressed are my own.

Supplies for the above card:

Digi Easter Basket digital stamp from
A2 Blank white card.
Spring green cardstock
Spellbinder's A2 Floral Ribbon Threader Die
Crystal Flower Stickers
Spectrum Noir Markers:
Purple Jellybeans:  LV1, HB2, HB3
Green Egg, Grass and Jellybean:  LG1, LG4, LG5
Yellow Jelly Beans:  LY1, CT2, CT4
Ribbon:  PP1, PP2, PP4
Pink areas on both bunnies:  PP1, PP2, CR4
Basket:  TN2, GB6, TN4

Sakura Gel Glitter Pens:
XPB#703 - Yellow
XPGB#720 - Pink

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Beautiful Handmade Paper Dress Card Tutorial

Today I am going to show you how I created these beautiful paper dress cards.  I have seen several versions of this type of card on the internet and decided to give it a try myself.  I didn't follow any instructions, just sort of did my own thing.  The ones I have seen like these use a store bought paper doily.  I have some, but who knows where they could be (I am sure some of you can relate).  So I chose a doily die to use as my dress skirt.  I cut it from cardstock, which I am glad I did as it gave the skirt some substance and made it  more dimensional.  As you can see, the skirts came out a little differently on each card, depending on the look I was going for.   I also tried some new ways of playing with my embossing folders which you might find interesting.

I really wish the white cards showed better.  They are so beautiful.  One has a glittered background and is decorated with clear crystals and the other has a plain embossed background and pearl embellishments.  I think these would make awesome bride's congratulations cards, bridal shower cards, bride's maids cards, and pretty feminine birthday cards.  You can see the whole creation process by watching the following video. If this link doesn't work for you, you can just click on this link.   Enjoy!

Here are some more photos of each individual card:

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.  I read all of them and reply to each one.  I hope you learned something new and will have a go at making one of these pretty cards.  All the supplies I used are in the video.  If you would prefer a written list, just let me know.

See you next time~

Friday, March 18, 2016

NEW! I am now a Sanqunetti Design SVG Tester!

I recently replied to a facebook post requesting SVG testers and am please to say that I was chosen by Judy Sanqunetti of Sanqunetti Designs.  This is the first set of files I was given to test.  They can be purchased from her web site  

These svg files are great for making some fun cards with.  I have created three that I think turned out really cute and colorful.

For the slushie card, I used red glitter for the slushie and silver metallic paper for the spoon.

These would make great party invitations.  or cut with vinyl and applied to a child's shirt.  The files were super easy to work with and cut out perfectly.

I look forward to testing and creating more cards and projects using Judy's wonderful svg files.

Remember to please check out Judy's website,  and see all her wonderful cut files and clip art!  They are all adorable!

Keep playing with those papers!


Thursday, March 10, 2016

It's a Wonderful Day!

Today's card took me most of the day and started out as a completely different card. Funny how that works sometimes. I started out wanting a square card with a center rosette, and ended up with something entirely different. I used a couple Martha Stewart punches, three colors of paper a little ribbon a couple dies and lots of pearls to end up with this pretty card. 

To start with I used a 5 x 7 white base card. I cut a piece of the medium blue cardstock to 5 x 7 and used the Martha Stewart edge punch on the short sides of the mat. I then added a piece of 1/4" blue satin ribbon to the inside edges of the punched areas. Then I adhered it to the base card. I then cut a white mat 4.75 x 4.25 inches and placed that in the center of the card. Using the light blue again I cut another mat 4 x 4.5 inches and adhered that centered on the white mat. Finally I took a piece of the white cardstock and cut one last mat which measured 3.75 x 4.25 inches. I used the corner punch to punch each corner of this piece before adhering it to the center of the card. With my flower frenzy dies, I cut two of the leaves and two of the flourishes out of the dark blue cardstock and adhered them to the center white mat.  

To create the flowers I cut two of the larges dies and one each of the med. and small dies with the dark blue paper to create the center flower. The two light color flowers were each made by cutting two of the medium dies and one small die. They were then adhered to either side of the dark blue flower. The center of each flower has a large flat back pearl in the center. The punched sections on the sides of the card each have a small pearl in the center of each motif and the white mat has a cluster of three tiny pearls in each of the top two corners. (Bottom corners are hidden behind the flowers). Finally the sentiment was stamped using dark blue ink.

I think it turned out quite pretty and would be perfect for Mother's day, a birthday, or even a first day of work. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Card Recipe"
White, medium blue, dark blue cardstock
Martha Stewart deep edge punch Daisy Rings
Martha Stewart corner punch Swirling Lace
Spellbinders Blossoms One die set
Paper Artist 12 Flower Frenzy die set
Small, medium and large flat backed pearls
Sentiment stamp
Dark blue ink

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Another Easter Card and Another Free Cut file

This fun Easter card came about by finding other uses for the bunny cut file I created yesterday. (See yesterday's post for the free file).  When I thought of that cute face peeking out of a window, I just had to make a card using that idea.

I created a cut file with my Silhouette Cameo for the window, window box, and eggs (bunny face is also included) which you can download for free following the link below.

I hope you like the card and enjoy the free file.   Again, unfortunately it is a .studio 3 file which only works with the Silhouette Cameo.  As soon as I figure out how to save them in other formats, I will do so.

Thanks again for stopping by.


Window with bunny .studio 3 cut file
Window with Bunny cut file

Monday, March 7, 2016

More Easter Card Fun!

I mentioned in my previous post how much I just love my new Our Daily Bread Designs Basket die and stamp sets.  Well I played with it some more today and created these two adorable Easter cards. 

This was the first one I did today, a 5x7 card.  I wanted a little bunny peeking out of the basket, however, I did not have  the right punches or any dies that would work to make him.  So, I fired up the Cameo and created these guys.  Aren't they cute?

Here is the inside of the card.  (I had to photograph it against some dark paper in order for the camera to focus correctly.)  

This is the second one I did, a A2 size card.  I wanted a little bunny rooting around in the basket so I created this little bunny butt too!  It too is part of the cut files I used in the first card.  

I also tried something a little different with my die cut flowers and leaves.  Using a colored pencil that was darker than the color of my paper, I shaded the base of the leaves and petals and added vein lines to the leaves.  I think this really added some interest to them, and I will definitely be doing this technique again in the future.

finally here is the inside of the second card. 

The other great thing about making these cards is using scraps of designer papers for the eggs.  Just cut them out and they are already decorated!  I had a lot of fun choosing which papers to use for the eggs.

As I mentioned before I am not affiliated with Our Daily Bread Designs in any way.  I just have to say that I am in love with this basket stamp and die.  I have so many more ideas for this set that I can't wait to share.  

I have included a link to the free cut file for the bunnies used in these cards. I hope you like it.  Unfortunately for some, it is a .studio3 file which can only be used with the Silhouette Cameo.  If anyone knows how to convert this to other file formats, please let me know so that I can make it and any future files available to more users.  I am trying to figure it out from tutorials on the web, but so far I am having no luck.

FREE Bunny and Eggs .Studio3 Cut File

Until next time, keep playing with those papers!


Friday, March 4, 2016

A Basket Full of Easter Blessings.

I recently purchased some Easter dies and Stamps from Our Daily Bread designs.  I have not ordered from them in the past so this was my first time working with their products.  I thought I would share what I created using them and other dies from my stash.

I started with a 5 x 7 inch base card in light yellow from my stash.  Then using my Spellbinders Enchanted Labels 8 dies (using the largest one in the set) to cut out some spring green cardstock, also from my stash.  That was then centered and glued onto the base card.

Next I cut a piece of the white cardstock using the Creative Expressions CA Collection Decorative Frames Set B (the largest die).  This was centered and adhered to the card.

Then came the basket, The first thing I did was stamp the basket onto some smooth white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The stamp produced a beautiful, clear image on the paper.  I then colored in my basket using my Spectrum Noir alcholol markers (marker colors are listed below).   When the basket was finished being colored, I cut it using the matching dies.  I then took my craft knife and carefully cut a slit above the basket rim and the inside of the basket so that I could slip the eggs under the rim.

The larger eggs were first cut using the large solid die from the Easter Eggs Set with white cardstock.  I then used the decorative cutout dies from the set with glitter paper in three different colors.  I used my Xyron X to adhere the glittered pieces onto the solid white eggs.  Using the small solid egg die from the set I cut two small eggs with a fourth color of glitter paper.  Using the Impression Obsession Grass Border die, I cut some of the spring green colored paper.  I cut up the die cut piece and added sprigs of the grass here and there in the basket.  All the eggs and the grass pieces were tucked inside the slit I made in the basket and glued in place.  I placed a small piece of craft foam underneath the center of the basket portion to give the center of the basket a rounded, raised look.  I then glued the outside edges of the basket to the card.  I tacked the handle at the very top.  This added some dimension to the basket and eggs.

Using the small flower die from the Easter Eggs set, I cut two flowers from the yellow cardstock and one from white.  I adhered them to the bottom right corner of the basket and added some light green rhinestones to the centers of the flowers.  I then added some pink flower-shaped rhinestones to each corner of the green die cut.

Finally, using the Creative Expressions Classic 3D Bow (the smallest size) I cut the bow and tails from the yellow cardstock.  I assembled the bow and glued it to the top of the basket's handle.  

For the inside of the card I created a 4.75 x 6.75 inch mat using the spring green and then attached a 4.5 x 6.5 inch mat of the yellow.  I stamped the sentiments from the Our Daily Bread Basket of Blessings stamp set and then added two glittered eggs to the bottom left corner on the inside.

This was the first time using not only the Our Daily Bread products, but also the Creative Expressions, and Impression Obsession dies.  I was very please with how all of these products worked.  I can see me using them a lot in the future.  (Please Note:  I am not affiliated in any way with any of the companies and/or products mentioned.)

I hope you enjoyed this project, and as always, I would love to hear any comments or suggestions you may have.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great and creative day!


Supply List:
Light yellow, spring green, and white, and assorted pastel colors of glitter paper
Our Daily Bread Designs Basket of Blessings Stamp Set
Memento Tuxedo Black
I am sorry I don't know the name/brand of the green ink.  It was just a small square unmarked ink pad that matched my green paper.
Our Daily Bread Designs Easter Eggs Set
Our Daily Bread Easter Basket Set
Creative Expressions CA Collection Decorative Frames Set B
Impression Obsession Grass Border Die
Spellbinders Enchanted Labels 28
Creative Expressions Classic 3D Bow dies
Spectrum Noir, TN2, TN4, TN6, and the blender
Rhinestones and Rhinestone Flowers for embellishing.