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Merry Christmas in August!?

7 Aug
Merry Christmas Word Shaped Card

Merry Christmas Word Shaped Card

Yes, I know July is over, but Christmas is still coming, so get prepared with The Cutting Cafe!  The design team is featuring Christmas projects this week on the blog.  Since we could choose any Christmas file we wanted to, there is sure to be a lot of variety as well as inspiration!  Be sure to leave a comment so that you can be entered into a drawing for three files of your choice which will be announced on the design team post for August 21.

I used the Merry Christmas Word Shaped Card and I love it!  I used bling…paper, trim, embellishments…to make this card sing Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Word Shaped Card - Front View

Are you ready for Christmas projects?  If not, don’t let them sneak up on you!  Get a jump on them now.  Check out the multitude of Christmas files at The Cutting Cafe.  You will surely find many you can use.  Thanks for stopping by!  Here is my video on the project…

Christmas Treat Bag Toppers and Hershey Kiss Bottoms – The Cutting Cafe Design Team Project

21 Dec
Christmas Treat Bag Toppers and Hershey Kiss Bottoms

Christmas Treat Bag Toppers and Hershey Kiss Bottoms

Merry Christmas just a bit early!  If you are looking for a last minute cute little gift, these Treat Bag Toppers from The Cutting Cafe will fit the bill!  This file is packed with variations galore!  It has two size bags, with or without a window, and 17 different topper options!  I am showing you three but I am making 30 for staff and co-worker gifts!

Here is the tree version…

Christmas Tree Treat Bag Topper Front

Christmas Tree Treat Bag Topper Front

There are overlays in the file, which the tree is cut from a different color.  I chose only to put one on the front.

Christmas Tree Treat Bag Topper Back

Here is the back.

One could be added to the back if you wanted to which would cover up the part that folds down in the back.

I also used the Christmas Hershey Kiss Bottoms Printable Stamp set on the kisses I filled the bag with.

Christmas Hershey Kiss Bottoms

Christmas Hershey Kiss Bottoms

Lastly I made two gift card holders using the Gift Card Holder Set.

Scallop Gift Card Holders

Scallop Gift Card Holders

Make sure you stop by The Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of each month to check out the design team posts.  Today’s post will show a wide range as everyone got to choose which Christmas files they wanted to work with!  Leave a comment as you will be eligible to win three free files in a drawing on the 7th.

Thanks for stopping by.  Here is a video of my project and it shows the process and pieces of the files and the other 27 toppers I have made!

Christmas Ornament Treat Cup – The Cutting Cafe Design Team Project

7 Dec
Ornament Treat Cup

Ornament Treat Cup

This week’s project for The Cutting Cafe is made from the Christmas Treat Cup Cards file, but this is a bonus ornament that is not a card! It is so cute and I can see many thing other than an ornament.  If you add some hands and numbers around the rim, it could be a clock!

Side View

Side View

It has a nice depth to it so you can get a good number of treats in it.  You can use resin pieces like I did or you can add candy or nuts also.

The back has a slide up tab to allow the goodies to come out.

The back has a slide up tab to allow the goodies to come out.

This is very easy to make and the card versions are also easy to do.  You can make these without an electronic cutting machine as they come in PDF versions also!

Make sure you stop by The Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of each month to see our design team posts. Leave a comment and you will be included in a drawing to win three free files!

Thanks for stopping by!  Here is my video…

Christmas/Winter Themed Shaped Tag Swap

24 Nov

My friend Tmika who is Scrapdaworld on YouTube hosted another great swap featuring gift tags.  I made a shaker window scene for my tag, including curtains, snow, and a deer.

Window Scene Tag

Window Scene Tag

Window Scene Tag Back

Back of tag

Basically we had to make a shaped tag using at least two embellishments and it had to have to and from on the back.  I placed my tags on a matted card.

Window Scene Tag Close Up

The deer is more visible in this picture.

Then, I bagged it in a clear bag and added a candy cane striped clothes pin with a snowflake added to it.  In the back a bag of goodies is attached.

Window Scene Tag Packaged

This is how the tags were packaged.

I really like how my tags came out and I hope the ladies in my swap group like them too.  Thanks  for stopping by.  Here’s my video giving more details…

With Gratitude Goodie Box – The Cutting Cafe Design Team Project

21 Nov
With Gratitude Goodie Box Front

With Gratitude Goodie Box Front

It is time for another design team post for The Cutting Cafe!  Make sure you stop by to visit the blog on the 7th and 21st of each month.  You will find plenty of inspiration from our team and if you leave a comment, you will be eligible to win three files of your choice in a random drawing on the next design team post!

The focus of the projects for this post is the With Gratitude Printable Stamp Set.  This file has over 70 images including many sentiments in square, round, and rectangle shapes, background images, and borders.  Some come in color as well as black and white and some come in a couple different sizes.

I also used the Large Top Box template .

I used one of the treasure word definition sentiments on the front of the box.

With Gratitude Goodie Box Front Sentiment

With Gratitude Goodie Box Front Sentiment

I wanted the box to look great from both sides so I added another sentiment on the back…

I printed the circle printable background from the file and usedit to cut out the liner pieces of the box.

With Gratitude Goodie Box Inside Liner

With Gratitude Goodie Box inside liner made from a printable background from the file.

A great thing about the Large Top Box is that it adjusts to whatever you need to go in it as it slides to fit.  Here is it with nothing in it…

With Gratitude Goodie Box Empty

With Gratitude Goodie Box Empty

When you add your goodies the top will just sit on top of your tallest item.  Here is what I put in mine…

With Gratitude Goodie Box Opened

With Gratitude Goodie Box opened showing inside liner made with the Circles Background Printable Stamp from the set.

Well, thanks so much for stopping by!  Here is a video of my project…

Finish It Friday Series

11 Sep
Selfie Mini Album and Christmas Photo Book

Selfie Mini Album and Christmas Photo Book

Last Friday I kicked off a series on YouTube called Finish It Friday.  I challenged myself to get some old craft projects done.  Above is what I finished for week one.  It was almost fail it Friday as I didn’t get to crafting until 7:30 tonight.  But I made it still on Friday!

I also issued a challenge to other crafters.  It is not to late to play!  If you have some unfinished projects, do a video showing them.  Then, each Friday through October 2, show a video of one or more of them finished.  Let me know you did a video and I will watch and comment.  For each Friday you play, you will get one entry.  At the end of the series, I will pull a name to win a great prize package from me!

Here is my kickoff video and today’s week one completed projects…

Thanks for stopping by!

Christmas in July Sleigh Treat Box – The Cutting Cafe Design Team Project

6 Jul
Sleigh Treat Box

                   Sleigh Treat Box

It’s Christmas in July time at The Cutting Cafe and the design team is going to give you plenty of inspiration to get you thinking about projects you would like to make for Christmas!  Yep, it will be here before you know it!

Be sure to visit The Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of each month to see the projects.  Leave a comment and you will be entered into a drawing to win three files of your choice which will be announced on the next posting date!

Christmas in July Sleigh Treat Box View 2

For my project, I made the Sleigh Treat Box.   We could choose any Christmas file we wanted to and I had not done this one and thought it would make a good gift for a co-worker during the holidays.  You can fill it with candy or a gift card.  The file comes with may layers to give you variety.  It also comes with sentiment tags (I made my own from a stamp as my printer was not cooperating) and several sizes of a flower.Here are a few other views of it…

Sleigh Treat Box Front

                Sleigh Treat Box Front

Sleigh Treat Box Other Side

            Sleigh Treat Box Other Side

Sleigh Treat Box Back

               Sleigh Treat Box Back

Thanks for stopping by!  I do have a video for you…

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…

Christmas/Winter Shaped Gift Tag Swap

2 Nov
Fireplace Shaped Gift Tag

Fireplace Shaped Gift Tag

My friend Tmika, Scrapdaworld on YouTube, held another awesome swap and I loved being a part of it!  She hosted a shaped gift tag swap a couple of months ago (check out my tag post) and this was a variation on it.  I decided to do a fireplace for my tag and I actually love it.  At first I struggled with it as I had used wood grain paper for the mantle and bottom.  It was just too brown and had no pop whatsoever.  So I dug into my Christmas paper stash and found this paper.  The pattern scale was great as I needed a 12 x 12 sheet of paper to cut out all I needed and most of the patterns were too large.

Back of Tag

Back of Tag

The tags had to be shaped and had to have at least two embellishments, a to/from on it, and had to have some way to hang it.  I used a lot of metallic, glitter, and foil elements.

Mantel detail

Mantel detail

I love the mantel as I draped tinsel ribbon wrapped with miniature lights and hung glitter stockings.  It is so cute, just like a real Christmas Mantel.  I started to put candles and statues on top if it but I thought they would not be as durable since they would just be little pieces with no backing for stability.

I used a resin log for the firelog

I used a resin log for the firelog

I found resin logs from Michael’s fall Recollections embellishment line.  They were longer, I just sawed them down to size.  I also used some of my glitter to actually put glitter on the fire.  The bricks are a texture paste.  I was going to use brick printed paper and when I told Tmika what I was doing she suggested using a texture paste.  I am glad she mentioned that as I had not thought of it and really like it on my tag.

Fireplace shaped box for packaging

Fireplace shaped box for packaging

The Silhouette Online Store just added a fireplace box gift card holder and I thought it would be perfect packaging.  I resized it and used Tim Holtz’s frosted film over a layer of clear film that actually was the wrapper from the Silhouette mat I had just opened.  There was a little bubbling of the film but not a lot.

All six of my tags.

All six of my tags

There are five other members of my group and I also made one for Tmika.  Three have red garland and three have green garland.

I had fun with this swap after I got through the paper issue.  I really loved the way they turned out and I hope that my group members will also.  Thanks for stopping by.  Before you go, take a look at my YouTube video…

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