Happy New Year!

Hey Guys!

It’s a new year and everyone is full of resolutions! Some of the most common goals going around our family are to “get organized” and workout “more”…. you know, the usual stuff. My goal this year is to craft more!

One of the things I am notorious for is creating sketches and never using them. When ever I’m bored at work or lunch I grab my iPad and create random card sketches. The problem… those sketches almost never get used or even see the light of day after I finish them. My goal for this year is to start using some of those sketches!

Here is the sketch I plan on working from in January.

Jan Sketch

I hope you all join me on my “create more” goal for 2015 and share your creations! To sweeten the deal, one luck winner (chosen at random) will win a $25 gift card to Simon Says Stamp!

Here is my first card with the sketch…

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Christmas Slider Style Envelope Card

Hey Guys!

So, Christmas is quickly approaching and I am starting the process of packaging up all my gifts and stocking stuffers. I found some cute little nail wraps at the Dollar Store that would make quick gifts for co-workers and family members but I wanted a way to package them without using a big box. After some time tinkering in Adobe Illustrator, I came up with an easy to assemble, slider style envelope/ card.
Honestly, the worst part of this project was glueing on the letters! I’m off to make a dozen more. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!

Stained Window Card

Hello, Hello!

Look, I’m on a blog posting roll! :) Today, I have another card and video for you! I’m in full holiday card making mode and have a new-found appreciation for religious stamp sets. The pendulum always swings back and forth for me in terms of style but this year I am totally loving all the Christ based stamps I’m seeing from different companies. Now don’t get me wrong, I love snowmen, Christmas trees and penguins as much as the next girl… but there are a few people in my life that would prefer a more traditional card and sentiment for the holidays. This quick little card is just for them!


I used the new photopolymer stamp from Stampin’ Up! called “Gentle Peace” along with twinkling H2O’s for the watercoloring. I thought the sparkling finish you get from the H2o’s was perfect for the stained glass look. The background is a quick cut file I made that you can find here.

I’m sad to say photos seem to never do Twinkling H2o’s justice! The amount of shimmer they produce is crazy! I tried to capture it in a close up photo with no luck. =(
Anyways, thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used (Alternates may be used for discontinued/ retired products.)

Peppermint Soap

Over the years, I have become known for certain stocking stuffers and quick hostess gifts. One of my more common, none-paper based request is peppermint soap. Now before I get started, let me clarify something for you… I’m not a soap maker. Real soap making requires chemicals that can explode and burn (aka lye). I never even considered getting involved with that. The soap I make is the cheater-cheater-pumpkin’-eater version of soap (aka “melt and pour” method).


Supplies are listed below and in the video but I promised some clarification here on the blog!

Basic Steps:

1. Cut the soap into chunks
2. Divide into two different containers (I use a 3:1 ratio. 3 cups of white to 1 cup of red)
3. Melt the soap in the microwave. Mix the soap as it melts to prevent hot spots and burning.
4. Mix the red coloring into the smaller container until you reach the desired color.
5. Mix the white soap with 1.5 to 2 tablespoons of peppermint essential oil (depending on how strong you want the scent)
6. Pour in the soap molds as shown in the video below :)

Star Shaker Card

I know, I know… where have I been? No excuse this time…
I, like always, have been a total blog slacker. The only reason I stumbled on over today is to link a card cut file for a video! :) But anyways…

I have always loved the holiday season. Chilly weather, pumpkin spice lattes and shopping! All my favorite things rolled up into one season. I guess that’s one reason I love me some holiday stamps. I have especially been in love with the “Endless Wishes” set from Stampin’ Up! I think what really drew me to purchasing this stamp set was its versatility. It has a ton of sentiments for Christmas and Holiday cards. Here is one of the many projects I have made recently from it.

Shaker Star Card

It was out of stock for a while but its back now. I also have a process video for building this card on my youtube channel.

If your looking for the cut file, you can find it here. Use the coupon code “starshaker” to download it for free.

SUPPLIES USED: (Alternate products are listed when something from my “old stash” can’t be found online or is discontinued.)

If your looking for the cut file, you can find it here. Use the coupon code “starshaker” to download it for free. SUPPLIES USED: (Alternate products are listed when something from my “old stash” can’t be found online or is discontinued.)

Summer Shopping…

I am sad to say it is the end of summer. (Insert huge, sad, crying and stressed face here!) While I am glad to get back into the swing of things at my new school I am partially stressed out about all the things I need to do and all the things I didn’t get done this summer. One thing I did do PLENTY of this summer is shopping! That is where the inspiration from this card came from….

While cruising my local TJ Max, I stumbled across a set of wedding cards that made me come up with this simple “Thanks” card.

DSC_0143_edited-1The actual cards at the store looked to be some type of wedding thank you cards… A silhouette of a bride and groom with a cut away with the words “Thank You” printed in fancy script. I wish I took a picture so that you have a visual of what I saw but I guess it’s really not that important! :)

I created a quick tutorial for Silhouette Studio to show you how I did it. When it’s up and live on YouTube, I’ll link it down below this post.


Messy Scallop Card

Hi Guys!

I’m here with a new crop of cards to share with you AND a free cut file! Can you believe it? I’m keeping good on my vow to update my blog more than twice a year… (for now ;)).

I’ve been in love with a stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called Sweetie Pie and Sweetie Pie Frames. Sadly, the Sweetie Pie Faces set is sold out but the Frames are still available (linked below). I used those stamps and the Messy Scallop Frame cut file to create several cards….

Water coloring is a big trend right now. I used my dye ink pads and an aqua painter to color the frame and hearts.


This card is very similar but I used patterned paper for the frame and ribbon instead of twine.



This last card uses both stamps together. Cute, right? I used my very neglected copic markers to color in the hair in faces.


Thanks for stopping by!

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(Some supplies are not listed because they have been discontinued and are no longer available.)

It’s been a while…

I know, I know…. I’ve been a blog slacker. I’m sad to say, my poor little blog is always playing second fiddle to my youtube channel. If you happen to follow me on youtube, you’re well aware that my crafty pursuits have continued. I’m here to undo by blog slacking and share them with you right now!

Over the past few years I have made many cut files. Cut files for card classes, Silhouette classes, custom orders for my LSS, ect. I figured that it was time that I made some of those files available to all of my crafty friends! The first, of what I hope will become many more file shares is a simple one. I made a file and cut it out with my Silhouette (but you could also cut it out with any die cut machine that uses SVG files, like the Cricut Explore) so that I could easily tie string around it without it slipping and sliding off the sides. Like I said, simple! Here are my two projects using two of the three shapes in the cut file. (I’ll link the cut file with all the other supplies I used below. The coupon code to get it for free until July 6th is “AllTiedUp”.)

The first uses a bunch of stuff I got for free from Stampin’ Up’s! Sale-A-Bration this year. Sadly, most of the supplies I used are no longer available which is a pity because the patterned paper was gorgeous! The sentiment is from a stamp set called “Remembering Your Birthday”.


My second card is half Stampin’ Up! and half mystery. The stamp set and dies I used in this card are called “Just Sayin’” but I’m at a lost for who makes the paper. I’ve had this very cute 6×6 paper pad in my stash for some time with no cover on it. (I’m sure it was there when I bought it but it’s MIA now.) My educated guess is that it is by Jillibean Soup or Doodlebug but I’m not quite sure. All I know is that it went really well with the Just Sayin’ stamps and die set. :)



You can hear all about these cards and the cut file in this video.

Here are a list of supplies that I used in the creation of these cards. I’ve listed some nice alternatives for the thick bakers twine because the specific colors I used are no longer available. Thanks for stopping by! ;)

The Five Minute Card

You guys know I love the A2 Card #3 die. I use it ALL the time. (As I’m sure you have noticed over the last few weeks!) Today, I’ve used it to create a 5 miniute card!


This card base makes quick cards easy. All I did was cut it out of woodgrain cardstock and decorate with ribbon and patterned paper. Want to know the best part of all? It’s finally back instock at www.topdogdies.com :)

Thanks for stopping by!