Sunday, August 28, 2011

Apple and school bell svg

Hello, I have not done much with these two files I made a while back. I thought I would share them.
It is a teacher's bell and an apple just in time for going back to school.

These files are no longer available.
They are now included in a card kit I have in my Etsy shop for $2.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

School house box

Well, I finally finished one of the projects I have been working on. It is a school house box. 
The box it self is about 5 1/2 by 4 1/2 and it sits on a "grass" base that is 9 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches.
I think it turned out so cute! (if I do say so myself...LOL)

And look inside the bell tower...

How cute is that! You know how I love the little details :)

Look at these little flowers...
...(because I HAD to include paper flowers) I got my inspiration for the flowers from the little Lego flowers. Out of the literally hundreds of Legos my son used to play with, of course I focused on the one or two flowers that cam with one of the sets. :)

Here is a shot of the platform without the box.
Don't you just love that fence?

Here is the box without the platform.
Now all I need is some chocolate to put in it.
The svg cut files and pdf patterns for this will be in my Etsy shop.

Thanks for viewing and I hope you enjoyed it.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Butterfly award


My new blog friend, Eva from Eva's Scraps N'Cards, gave me an award. I came across her blog a couple of weeks ago and absolutely LOVE her projects. 

It could not have come at a better time too. My son went back to college today for the Fall semester. He has been home for the summer helping us out. My nerve problems have gotten pretty bad and I have needed someone to fix my food and get things for me so I do not have t get up. In fact, he has been going back and forth to my paper cutter for me this summer :)

I will miss him but I am excited for him too.

For this award, I need to:

  •  pass on the 'Butterfly Award' to 10 other bloggers
  • contact the 10 bloggers to let them know they have been given this award
  • show a link to the person who gave me the 'Butterfly Award'
  • answer several questions

Here goes....
1) Name your favorite color? Blue

2) Name your favorite song? "How He Loves Us" by the David Crowder Band 

3) Name your favorite dessert? strawberry cheesecake

4) What wizzes you off at the moment? constant nerve pain

5) Your favorite pet? my cats...we have 3 rescued kitties and I can't pick just one

6) Black or white? black

7) What is your biggest fear? having to have another hip surgery (3 are enough)

8) Best Feature? I am very nurturing and giving. I am often told that I am the quintessential Kindergarten teacher. (ok, maybe the fact that I was a Kindergarten teacher for several years influenced that idea)

9) Everyday attitude? depends on the pain level, but in general I have a pretty good attitude. I am usually always the calm and cheerful one in a group.

10) What is perfection? a myth...LOL...the "perfect moment" is cuddling with my hubby by a fire.

11) Guilty Pleasure? Blue Bell Dutch chocolate ice cream

12) When you're upset you _____? Well, I used to clean when I was able bodied. (and my house was always clean so I must have been upset a lot...LOL)  These days I listen to music and it calms me down. (Usually the Davis Crowder Band - love them )

Now I have to pass this award on to 10 others.
Of course It goes back to Eva!

I follow so many great blogs. It is hard to pick 10. I decided to go with some cool digital die cutting machine bloggers.

Lenae at Sugar Gem

Ruthie from September Ninth

Jessica over at Crafty Rocket Science

Cheryl B at Dragonfly Designs

Kasi from 19Eighty Expressions

Emily at Create Serendipity

Tammy from OBX Stamping & Crafting

Dr Sonia from Cards, Crafts, and Kid's Projects (no svgs but great interactive card ideas)

Anna Dawn from Memories by Anna Dawn - I know I have mentioned her before but you just HAVE to check out her latest projects - SO STINKIN' CUTE

Thanks so much, Eva. Hope everyone visits these awesome sites an enjoys!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Decorative Oriental Screen

My niece loves Oriental decor. For her birthday I thought I would make a fold out card that looks like a decorative screen. I ended up using vellum for the panels so writing a birthday message on it might not look so great. I decided to just call it a 3D decoration instead of a card...LOL.

I completely made up the scroll decorations for the top and bottom. Don't know if it would actually be considered "Oriental" or not but it looks good so it works for me :)

Of course, it would not be complete without some paper flowers. Here is my version on a cherry blossom.

I shaped these just like I do my "pretty flowers" . (see tab at top of blog just under header)
Yes, I know they are very small...but look how pretty they turned worth it.

It folds up and fits in a letter size envelope.

Oh,  I also made a plain screen in the files that looks like this:
It was one of my first attempts. I like the other one much better :)

I linked this on Passionately Artistic

Sunday, August 21, 2011

simple paper flowers

Hello my blogger buddies!

I have been working on some really cute stuff, but the files are not quite ready to post yet.
I thought I would share some simple paper flowers that I made a while back and never posted.

They are made with just simple daisy shapes.

I cut 2 flower shapes at about 2 inches and 2 flower shapes at about 1 inch.

Just cut them, ink them, & stack them. The flower above was cut from white cardstock then I put some glitter glue on the edges. I added a jewel to the top one and beads to the one below.

These flowers were cut from my foil lined pain patch packaging. I dabbed alcohol ink on the sheets then cut them out with my digital cutter.

I thought they were kinda' fun.
Now all I have to do is dream up some cool projects to use them on...LOL.

Here are the cut file and template.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Butterfly cards

I have seen several butterfly easel cards online. Most of them make the card from a manual die cut machine. Being the digital die cut machine gal that I am, I just had to make an svg and try it.
(Actually, I made several...LOL)

For this one, I made separate wing pieces that could be embossed, inked and shaped.
 This one has some simple cutouts from the patterned paper.

This one is similar.

Then I played around with different overlays.
(OK...I admit I got a little carried away ;0 )

These Butterfly Easel Card files are available to purchase at my Etsy Store.

I also made some butterfly cut and fold cards.
the wings are cut out and simply folded up.
(there are no separate pieces)

This one is clean and simple. Nothing was added.

This one was inked. I put a piece of paper under the wings to ink them and not get the ink on the background. Then I inked the background separately.

And this last one was cut from white card stock and then cut from patterned paper.I inked the butterflies on the white card stock.  I clipped the butterfly wings out of the patterned paper piece and placed it over the card stock.

Since I had some extra butterflies that I clipped from the patterned paper, I added one to the back of the card.

Thanks for sticking with me through this really long post.
Hope you had as much fun as I did.

Here is a link to the Butterfly cut and fold cards.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cross Box with roses

I made a cross shaped box for a friend.

The box it self is not pretty. It is sort of plain.
I added handmade roses & leaves, ribbon, and rhinestones to make it have more beauty.
I thought that was very symbolic of life.
To picture an old weathered wooden cross is not that pretty on it's own.
In Jesus's day, it would have been a symbol of corporate punishment. Similar to an electric chair, it was what the Romans used to put "criminals" to death.
When we talk about the "beauty of the cross", we refer to the beauty that Christ added.
His loving, self-less sacrifice to die for us. Especially since He had done nothing wrong.
By His death, burial, and resurrection paid the price for our sins.
When I look at a cross, I don't just see two perpendicular chunks of wood.
I see the love of God demonstrated by Christ's sacrifice.
That make it a thing of true beauty.

I used Penny's rose cut files for this project.
Refer to this post for a few more details.

I did something different with the colors this time. (Although it is hard to tell in this picture)
I cut the roses from a dark red cardstock then used Barn Red & Frayed Burlap distress inks to color the edges.  It is beautiful in person ;)
The leaves were cut from dark green and inked with Forest Moss distress ink.
Here are the

The rose files are from Penny Duncan Creations
the leaves are mine and can be downloaded here.
just leaves

I also added ribbon to the sides of the box lid. I used Zots to hold the transparent ribbon in place then added red rhinestones on top of the Zots to hide them.

Hope you enjoyed this project and post.
Even more, I hope you see the true "beauty" in the cross.

Monday, August 8, 2011

I won some blog candy :)

I had a neat little treat. I won some blog candy from
Celeste over at Touched By A Butterfly.

I have been following her blog for a while now. I always love to see what she has created.
She inspires many crafty ideas :)

Take a look at my treats.

3 spools of ribbon with yummy colors,
a cute little bottle filled with red glitter (you have to love glitter),

a really cool silk screened note card.
I had never seen this before last week. I can already think of so many possibilities.

I can just picture it with my pink tattered flowers, or my blue & white open rose, or even some quilled flowers.

(My blogger friends Dr Sonia S V  at Cards, Crafts, and Kid's Projects and 
have been doing some lovely quilled projects lately that have inspired me.
You may want to check them out :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

That's Hot Blog Hop

Welcom to the "That's Hot Blog Hop"!

Here is the line up in case you get lost.

(If you are just coming to my page, start the blog hop from the begining by going over to Yolie's page and hop along to all the wonderful pages along the way)

Jani –  You are here!
Sherry –             
Monica –          

Well, when I think of "hot" I think "beach"

I made this adorable beach shack explosion box.

Here is the outside of the box.
I made it look like a beach shack.


the roof

I trimed all the edges with wave patterns that I made and cut out with my new Black Cat.

I could not resist adding a 3D sandcastle in the center.

Your next stop is Sherry at

Thank you for coming.
Hope you enjoy looking at all the other creations by these talented women.