Sunday, December 15, 2013

Happy Festivus!

This was made for a great friend of mine who LOVES Festivus and celebrates it every year.  Just for fun, I preinted up a donation card to the Human Fund (Money for People).

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Deck the Halls

I fought myself the entire time not to add anything but since I was going for minimalist, that's just what I did.  I used a simple leaf branch punch and some circles.  The window was a file I had made for my mom and saved so I thought I'd use it here.  I placed the window on with dimensionals.

Santa Claus is coming to town!

I saw this mantle decor piece for sale at Terrys Village(Here) and fell in love.  I used the photo to trace into my Silhouette software to come up with this.  It's a pretty intricate cut but it did really well.  The moon is just a circle of cream cardstock and the blue background is embossed with the Swiss Dots folder. I'll probably add a sentiment later depending on who I send it to.

White Poinsettia

For this card, I combined three other cards I had seen on the web for ideas.  I  found a line drawing of the poinsettia and made a cut file.  I added some veins with my scorer.  The leaves were from a photo of a poinsettia leaf that I converted into a silhouette and the yellow are just dots.  I embossed the top and bottom with the same folder and added a few score lines.  As usual, I have no sentiment stamps so I just printed it.

Friday, November 22, 2013


I really can't stand photos where I have to use flash.  In this case, the blue square was embossed with plaid and it couldn't be seen in any other photo.  I just used my score pad to make the plaid pattern.

Merry Kissmas

This one I fell in love with and the shape is from the Silhouette store and the idea is from their blog.  I rarely buy any shapes, but I really love this one.  I haven't put a sentiment on it yet....not sure if I will.

Embossed Squares

I saw something similar on Pinterest so I through my own take on it.  I have these small embossing folders (less than 2" each) that I thought would look cute,


OK, So it's been a very busy couple of months (including one vacation) so I haven't posted in awhile.  I will make up for it today :D.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Happy Birthday

Simple Birthday card for a coworker.  I already had the birthday medallion (from Silhouette collection) and I used a piece of brown cardstock with a candle embossing folder from Cuttlebug.  I had a few scraps of orange cardstock that I used for 'ribbon'

Monday, September 2, 2013

Congratulations onYour New Home

This card was for my cousin's new, gorgeous, house! I found some colonial silhouettes and recreated them n my Silhouette machine.  The sentiment is from the Silhouette store. The only dimensionals used was on the sentiment banner and brads.  The photo doesn't represent the actual color as the motif was black cardstock, but it is close.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Happy Birthday Fisherman

Today's card is for a coworker of my husband's birthday.  My husband works at a fishmonger/restaurant and the cowrker in question is a HUGE fisherman out on the lagoon.  I wanted to do a Mahi Mahi card (since they are very colorful and plentiful around these waters) but he catches mostly redfish n the lagoon so I went with that. I made a couple of medallions for the sentiment one of which I covered in embossing ink then silver embossing powder to get the look of takle.  I used metallic thread to look like the line and hook.  Lastly, I dry embossed the background with D'vine swirls folder from cuttlebug.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Get Well Soon

I had great plans for this card but I am still disappointed. Mainly because I ran out of craft tape and had to use a glue stick.  It bubbled the paper and in order to get it to lay flat, I flattened out the embossing :(.  Also, for those of you with a Silhouette, I often color in my shapes so I can tell them apart.  Of course it doesn't matter when you're just cutting out, but it does when you print and cut.  The paper was a much sunnier, paler yellow than this but it printed the yellow color that i didn't really select with any care because I wasn't planning on it printing. I figured I need to show my failures as well as my here it goes.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Happy Birthday

My sis-in-law's birthday is this week and i was trying to think of a good layout.  The embossing folder wasn't wide enough, so i just embossed some score lines on the sides to fill in.  The medallion is from Silhouette's free cut files.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


These two cards were made by request for my husband's coworker.  Unfortunately, the specs were pretty much non existent.  I wasn't even sure what the thanks was for other than it wasn't a wedding or shower, the recipients are hillbillies, and nothing feminine. So, this is what I came up with.  Virtually identical but the strip of cardstock.  The only ribbon I have is rather feminine or holiday specific so that was an ix-nay on ribbon.  i didn't use any dimentionals since they're being mailed. The only added touch was the brads.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Lone Ornament

I saw a few cards like this but with a single, round, glitter ornament.  I changed it up a little but and used a layered ornament and glittered the top layer.  Again, I used my faux branch punch for the tree branch. The card is embossed with the cuttlebug D'vine swirls folder.

Christmas in July

So my mom and I were making cards the other day and decided if we make a few Christmas cards each month, there won't be that last minute rush right before the holidays to crank out 50 cards.  This one was from the very first file i actually purchased from Silhouette, lol.  When I bought the machine, I was given a $10 credit to the online store.  I still have a $9.01 credit :D.  I have pinned nearly a dozen cards using the Martha Stewart medium branch punch....which I do not own.  I duplicated the punch on the Silhouette and mashed a few of the ideas together.  The door knob is just a gold brad.

Happy Fall Y'all

So the weather has been awful (like everywhere else).  90 degrees during the day, high humidity and an air conditioner that just can't keep up.  Cruising around pinterest makes me just crave fall which we don't get in Florida anyway, but still makes me dream of pumpkin pie, cinnamon and cooler evenings.  I have seen a million of these punch pumpkins but since i don't have an oval punch, I just used the silhouette. I used my cuttlebug embossing folder from the  cooking set for the main background. In retrospect, I should have just printed a sentiment since I am not fond of the placement of this one and was unable to fix it.

Just Bee-Cause

This is another card I made for a friend using the Bird's Cards mix and match free digital cut file.  I added a brad for a tiny bit of bling.

Thank You

This is just a thank you card for my mother-in-law that I made using a free silhouette cut file from  Bird's Cards mix and match collection.  This was just made with some scrap ribbon.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day

This is a new father's day card I made using some paper I just fell in love with.  The paper is from a boardwalk themed paper pack.   The sentiment was supposed to be on a banner.  I'm not a big fan of the banner file I used.  I do however love the colors.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Father's Day from the cats

So my husband and I don't have any human children, but when we got married he adopted my litte kitty as his own (and he's horribly allergic).  We got another kitten 3 years ago and he is honestly the greatest pet dad ever.  He spoils them rotten with nightly offering of Fancy Feast and play time.  I saw a card online with a reclined made from punches.  I don't really have any punches, so I tried to duplicate it on my silhouette.  The kitties I found as clip art and just used the silhouettes to cut from.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Welcome Home

This is another one of those posts I am hoping my mother doesn't see yet, lol.  My folks get back to Florida in 2 weeks and i decided to make a little welcome home card.  I found a few pictures of windows and shutters online and turned them into Silhouette cut files.  I would love to give credit for the artwork, but I do not know who to credit.  The tote is a sticker and the font is "Before the Rain" that I got from DaFonts.

Home arts card

First off, let me start by saying how much I LOVE Susan Branch's work.  I am a huge admirer of hers and mean no disrespect by using her artwork on a card.  This is for personal use only and I would never try to gain from or sell her work as my own, EVER! This is a little appreciation card for my Mom (I hope she isn't reading this).  I have had to take care of my grandmother for the past couple of months while my parent's are out of town.  We've done it for the past few years, but this year....let's just say she has gotten very demanding.  My mother waits on her hand and foot and she's gotten a bit used to it.  Add to the fact that she has early Alzheimer's and she is mean anyway and, well, you get the picture.  I just wanted to give a little heads up to let her know that while I complain about having to do it, I know how much effort she puts in caring for Nana and how much of her own retirement time she is sacrificing.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Coffee Gift Card holder

I've seen tons of different versions of this card, so I kind of winged it and made a template on the Silhouette.  I was thinking it can be altered to hold a tea bag or packet of hot cocoa for stocking stuffers as well. I chose the embossing folder due to living here in Florida, I like to come up with some more realistic versions of Christmas themes better suited to the tropics :D.

Season's Greetings warm cabin

For this card, I used the free template from here :JJ Bolton Handmade Cards, played around with it a little in my Silhouette so I could make it a 3 layer 3 dimensional card.  The background is just some blue cardstock embossed in D'Vine Swirls.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A little Crabby

I have been really grumpy lately between work and taking care of my very unpleasant, 86 year old  grandmother while my folks are out of town for a few months.  Anyway, like a small child I take my aggravation out on the one I love the most, my poor husband.  I love him with all my heart and have absolutely no idea how he puts up with me.  This card, an elaborate dinner and an apology is all I have at the moment to show him I really do know that I have been a grumpy bear the last few weeks.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tiki Turtle

I found this free cut file at Bird House Stamps . I thought it looked a bit like waves washing up on the beach.  I have this stamp from my Fiskars "Island Fun" cling stamp set.  I'm  not sure I'm happy with the colors and as busy as it is, it still looks like it's missing something to me.  Ah well, I do like the frame.

Olive Juice

I LOVE MY SILHOUETTE PORTRAIT!  OK, now that I got that out of my system, I got a terrific sale on some Cuttlebug folders directly from Provocraft last month.  The 4 folder "Coolio" set cost only $1.99 :D.  I've been dying to use the folders.  I found a pic of a martini online, uploaded it and played with it a bit to make my little martini and the "Juice" font that comes on all microsoft computers.  That was a pretty intricate cut, too.  Overall, I am pretty happy with the card

Saturday, May 18, 2013


I am still having a ball playing with my new Silhouette!  This time, I uploaded a pic of a flip-flop and just the text of relax.  I've been dying to use this patterned paper for something, too. I thought this would be a fun, everyday card.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Second card made with my new silhouette.  I needed to make 3 graduation cards for some boys at my husband's work.  I made three, literal, silhouettes for them. 


So, last Christmas my husband and i were unable to exchange the gifts we wanted to.  Due to a good month (and having 3 paychecks this month :D) we were finally able to exchange our gifts.  Hubby got his PS3 and I...I got my Silhouette Portrait!!  I cannot believe it!  I installed the software over a year ago and now I finally have it :D (Happy Dance.)  So this is a card for my hubby.  I found a random pic of the Tardis , imported it and cut it out on the Silhouette.  the background is embossed with one of the cards from the "Coolio" collection.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mother's Day

I used a new daisy punch, doubled it up and used a q-tip dipped in ink with hologram embossing powder for the centers.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Baby Boy

I have seen a hundred versions of this card online, but I'm not sure who to credit.  I believe the original was from Stampin' Up, but I really don't know.  i didn't have any instructions, so I just eyeballed it and used what I had on hand

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Hippo Birdie Two Ewe

I always loved this Boynton version of the Hippo Birdie birthday song.  I printed it on cardstock, heat embossed with some silver and placed on some gray chevron paper.  A little bow was placed to make it look complete.

Caroling Mice

I was dying to use the Penny Black Slapstick  Christmas Caroling Trio Mice stamp. I used a basic card and a small swatch of musical paper from some Hopscotch double-sided paper.  The sentiment stamp is from inkadinkado Christmas characters set.

There's no business like Snow Business...

OK, early for Christmas cards, but I figured I'd do a few every couple weeks just so there's no last minute panic in December. I used my new Inkadinkado Christmas Character stamp set, Snowman.  Stamped and heat embossed and colored him in with some pencils. After cutting out the circle, I then heat embossed the edges.  I used some scrap cardstock for the background and embossed with swirls.

Happy Birthday

I made this card for a random birthday.  I actually started the card a month ago, but didn't like where it was going so I stopped.  I finally found the perfect motif for the center.  The top is basic white card stock embossed with the Happy Birthday folder for the cuttlebug and the bottom is red cardstock with the swirl frame.  I used some ribbon to separate the two sections and found the cake on my Hallmark card program.  I used the nestabilities circle die to cut it out and a dimensional circle to make it pop a bit

Thursday, April 18, 2013


I made this card to congratulate my niece on choosing a college.  She had her choice of colleges, so a "Congrats on your acceptance" wasn't really applicable.  I used some scraps and I downloaded and printed the school logo to use on the pendant.  I used the script embossing folder for the main card and some silver cord I had from a previous project.  I heat embossed the edges of the sentiment for a little extra sparkle.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Ice Cream time!

My friend just had a tonsillectomy and this was the Get Well card I chose to make.  I found a line drawing of an ice cream cone on google and used it for a pattern.  I am horrible at tracing/cutting, but I gave it a shot.  I really, really like how the sugar cone turned out.  I just used my score pad and scored lines every 1/8".  I embossed the ice cream with the D'Vine swirls folder.  The chevron paper was from Colorbok Hopscotch double-sided premium paper and I just cut out a square and scored a small frame.

I have mentioned (at least on my old blog ) that my handwriting is horrible and I don't have many sentiment stamps, so I used my Hallmark greeting card program to print the sentiments on plain paper.  I taped the front sentiment to a scrap pice of cardstock and ran it through the cuttlebug with a small circle nestabilities die.


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