Secret Sister Swap Package #1 Received

30 Jan

Secret Sister Swap Gift #1 ReceivedI am thrilled to be participating in a Secret Sister Swap on YouTube hosted by Staplem1 who is Markisha.  The objective of this swap is to have fun but to hopefully make some new crafty friends.  We are sending out three packages to our swap sister.  Of course we know who we are sending to but we do not know who is sending to us.

On the last package, which will be a finale package, we are to reveal who we are.  I am happy to say that the secret sister I am sending to did a video and liked what I sent her.  I will put the video I made up once she receives my final package.

I got my package today and am absolutely thrilled with what my secret sister sent me.  She sent a daily devotional entitled “Jesus Calling” Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Susan Young.  And as you can see by the photo, she sent a deluxe version with beautifully detailed cover and my name stamped in gold.  Then she also sent a wonderful note and a gift card to Hobby Lobby.  My sister was more than generous! Thank you secret sister.  I truly appreciate your kindness and look forward to finding out who you are!

Here is a short video of me opening my gift.  Thanks for watching!

 

A Slideshow of Cards and Post-It Note Holders I Recently Made

28 Jan

Hello!  Here is a slideshow of a few cards and some Post It Note holders that I made recently.  I did a video of the note holders but deleted it by mistake.  I make a lot of cards and thought a slide show would work this time.  Thanks for stopping by and watching!

Birthdays and Anniversaries Calendar Keeper Book – The Cutting Cafe Design Team Project

21 Jan

Birthday and Anniversary Calendar Keeper
It is time for a new design team post for The Cutting Cafe!  This time we focused on two calendar sets, 2015 Day Calendar Printable Set and 2015 Calendar Printable Set which I used.  I also used the Mini Colored Calendar Card Set.

Birthdays and Anniversary Calendar Keeper

Birthdays and Anniversary Calendar Keeper

I added bling swirls on the front and used a stretchy ribbon belly band to keep it closed.  I printed my own title and used Spellbinders dies to cut and layer it.  The animal print paper was a gift from my girl Tmika.  I covered chipboard for the covers.

Then when it opens, it is accordion folded…

Birthday and Anniversary Calendar Keeper Open First Six MonthsBirthday and Anniversary Calendar Keeper Open
The calendar is on the top and the mini cards are below and allow you to put the name of the person by the number that corresponds to the date.

Birthday and Anniversary Calendar Keeper Close Up
Here is the back side…

Birthday and Anniversary Calendar Keeper Back
Make sure to visit The Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of each month for our Design Team posts. Leave a comment and you might just win three free files on the next posting!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Before you go, here is my video…

Tea Box Holder – The Cutting Cafe Design Team Project

7 Jan

Happy New Year to you!  I hope your holiday season was fabulous!  I was a busy beaver and thus did not have a lot of time for crafting.  But, it is a new year and I am back at it.  Thanks for stopping by!  Today I am sharing my first design team project of the year for The Cutting Cafe.  This time we could choose any file we wanted to work with.  Regina recently created a Tea Box Holder Set and the minute I saw it I knew I had to make it!  I hate coffee and I like tea.  So, I made this to sit on my desk at work…

Tea box holder with tea bags

Tea box holder with tea bags

I absolutely love the way it turned out.  I wanted something with an elegant feel and I think the gold foiling accents and the shimmer paper does just the trick!  The file comes with a lid that comes off so you can put your tea bags in the box.  I added a diamond shape knob to the top of the lid.   The knob does not come with this file however.  It is from another file I own.  I also added the gold die cut border to the edge of the lid for more drama.  Here are views without the tea bag and a front on view…

This is the box with no tea bags in it

This is the box with no tea bags in it

Tea Box Holder Front View
The file comes in a skinny version, which I used, or a wider version.  Both also have a four inch or six inch version to choose from.  The teapot on the front comes in the file along with a couple other images.  I just fussy cut it and pop it with foam squares onto two circle die cuts.  The sentiment also comes with the file with along with a lot of other ones…

Tea Box Holder Close Up
This was easy to put together and can be done easily without an electronic cutting machine as all of the files at The Cutting Cafe come in a PDF version for hand cutting which is nice.  You can print out the pieces and take them with you to a crop or to work on during your lunch hour and not have to be tied to a machine!

Make sure you visit The Cutting Cafe Blog this week.  The design team posts go up on the afternoons of the 7th and 21st of each month.  Leave a comment and you will be entered into the drawing on the next post to win three free files of your choice!  Plus we love to read your comments!

Thanks for stopping by!  Before you go, I have a few more pics and a video for you to enjoy!

Tea Box Holder Top

Tea Box Holder Back and Side View

Tea Box Holder Back

Tea Box Holder Back

 

 

Christmas Cards for a Friend

17 Dec

Hello!  I just wanted to pop in and share some Christmas Cards I made for my friend’s mom.  I used some Anna Griffin  and Spellbinders products to make them and they turned out great!

I used the Spellbinders Mystical Embrace Die to make this one.

I used the Spellbinders Mystical Embrace Die to make this one.

Spellbinders Christmas Card inside

i punched circles with various punches and layered them.

i punched circles with various punches and layered them.

Circles Christmas Card Inside

I used and an Anna Griffin die and layered sticker.

I used and an Anna Griffin die and layered sticker.

Anna Griffin Lattice Christmas Card Inside

I used the Spellbinders Sparkle Border Die for this one

I used the Spellbinders Sparkle Border Die for this one

Spellbinders Sparkle Border Christmas Card Inside

I used Anna Griffin borders and layers sticker here.

I used Anna Griffin borders and layers sticker here.

Anna Griffin Border Christmas Card Inside

I used an Anna Griffin border and die.

I used an Anna Griffin border and die.

Anna Griffin Border and Die Christmas Card Inside

Thanks for stopping by and here is my video…

Present Shaped Shaker Cards – The Cutting Cafe Design Team Project

7 Dec
Christmas Present Shaker Card

Christmas Present Shaker Card

It is time for another design team post for The Cutting Cafe.  This time we are all about Christmas and shaker cards.  We could choose from either the Christmas Word Shakers or the Christmas Shape Shaker Cards which I used.  This file comes with eight different shapes including a bell, a snowman, a mitten, and the present that I used.

Christmas Present Shaker Card Front View

I used glitter paper and added foam tape to create the shaker area.  There is a tutorial on the website on how to make the shakers as well as written directions in the file.  They are really easy to make.  I used hexagon shaped glitter from Martha Stewart for my shaker element.

Christmas Present Shaker Card Close Up

Christmas Present Shaker Card Inside

Even though this is a Christmas file, it can still be used for other things.  For example, I used the same file to create a birthday card…

Birthday Present Shaker Card

Birthday Present Shaker Card

I changed the size of the card and made the bow smaller so the background paper would show.

Birthday Present Shaker Card Front

I used star shaped glitter from Martha Stewart for this one as well as one of the Birthday Hershey Kiss Bottom Printable Stamps for the sentiment in the center of the bow…

Birthday Present Shaker Card Close Up

Birthday Present Shaker Card Inside

Be sure to visit The Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of each month as we posts our projects on those dates.  We love to read your comments!  So when you leave a comment, you are included in a random drawing that will take place on the next post date. If your name is  selected, you will win three free files!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  As always before you go, here is my video…

Card and Grandfather Clock for My Mom’s 70th Birthday

4 Dec Mom's Birthday Card Inside

This week my wonderful mother turned 70 years young!  Happy Birthday Mom!  Here is the card I made for her…

Mom's Matching Birthday Card

Mom’s Matching Birthday Card

Mom's Birthday Card Inside

Mom's Birthday Card Front View

And here is the video on it…

We had a wonderful party and I took on a project.  My mother has always loved grandfather clocks.  She has a full-sized one that we have had forever.  I decided to make one for her special birthday.  It was an undertaking, but I got it done…

70th Birthday Clock

70th Birthday Clock

I am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out!  She loved it.  Everyone at the party loved it.  I love it.  I used a Paper Phenomen/Kathy Orta tutorial.  For the most part it was great but there were a few things left off the cutting guide which meant I had to go back and cut more chipboard.  I had to make a couple other adjustments and added some added support in places, but it worked out.  I will warn you, picture overload is coming.  It was a bit difficult to photograph and film, so I hope you can get the just of it.  In person, it is absolutely gorgeous.  To find out the materials I used, please watch the video I will have at the end of the post.  Now for the photos…

70th Birthday Clock - The Beginning

70th Birthday Clock – The Beginning

The Clock  - Bases in the Making

The Clock - Column Pieces

The Clock - Making Columns

The Clock - First Third in the Making

The Clock - Making the Door

The Clock - Getting There

The Clock - All the Pieces

The Clock Almost Done

The Clock no Pendelum

70th Birthday Clock Back

70th Birthday Clock Back

70th Birthday Clock Side

70th Birthday Clock Side

70th Birthday Clock Top Decoration
Yes, this is a real working clock!  I purchased the mechanism from JoAnn Fabrics.

70th Birthday Clock Face

70th Birthday Clock Close Up Butterflies
This sections opens as shown above.  A mini album that I still have to make will go inside.  I will post it when I get a change to get it made.  It will house photos from her birthday party.

70th Birthday Clock Lower Portion Detail

70th Birthday Clock Bling Closures

70th Birthday Clock Flower Close Up

The Clock at the Birthday Party

The Clock at the Birthday Party

Now here is the video for more details.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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