Diamond Press WINNER! and A Valentine Project



Good morning! WOW!!! I was blown away about the excitement over the new Diamond Press machine … thank you to everyone who took time to stop by and leave a comment! It was so much fun to hear from all of you!

*Drum Roll … * The WINNER of the Diamond Press Machine bundle is …


CYNDY R.!!! CONGRATULATIONS, Cyndy!!! I will send a message to the email you left with your comment to collect your mailing address. Enjoy your new toy!!!


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I never shared the Valentine handouts and box that I made for my daughter last year, so I thought I would share that with you today!

I always ask my daughter what she would like, and last year, she told me that she wanted something with bees! Kind of out of the blue, but we made it work! Ha!

We picked up some packs of licorice to give to her classmates and then wrapped them with yellow paper and black washi tape.


Next we added bee details using this super-cute bee image from the Lettering Delights Lil’ Peanuts collection. We wrote “Bee Mine” on a small jewelry tag, tied it on with a bit of pink and red baker’s twine, and then finished it off with a glittery pink heart. So sweet!


I had a bit of fun getting creative with Camryn’s Valentine box by making a beehive! She is my only kid doing Valentines at this point, and so I don’t mind taking a bit of extra time to create something detailed. I have a lot of fun doing it!


To create the beehive, I used the egg house from the Cotton Tail Village set by SVGCuts.com. The outside panels are embossed with an embossing folder from the Lifestyle Crafts Spotted set (large polka dot).

I also created more bees and attached them to the beehive with curly wires. I poked holes into the sides of the beehive once it was complete and hot glued/taped the wires into position. They looked so cute buzzing all around!


I used scissors to handcut the slit for the cards in the top, and also a hole in the round boxlid, so that the cards would fall down into the round box.


I added Camryn’s name to the box with red thickers and then embellished the box using pearl border stickers, pearl daisy stickers, and silk daisies from the dollar store. I added red rhinestones to the centers of the larger daisies for a bit of sparkle. It turned out so cute!

How about you? What types of creative projects do you make for Valentine’s Day?

See you next week!


Giveaway Winner!



Hello, Friends! I hope you had a great weekend! It’s time to announce the winner of the Christmas Giveaway.


CONGRATULATIONS to MARY JONSCHER! You are the WINNER!!! Woot! Woot! I will be contacting you through the email address you left with your comment to get your shipping info and then I will get your prize out to you right away. Have fun!



Last week I met up with some friends. I wanted to give them a little something for Christmas and decided to package up their little gift in a special way.


I pulled out some Christmas papers (BasicGrey and The Girls’ Paperie) I have had in my stash for awhile and created these super-cute gift bags using the Townhouse Gift Bag cut file from the Silent Night set by SVG Cuts.com.


I reduced the file down, so that it was about six inches tall. I filled the completed bags with a candy bar, a cello bag that included a bottle of hand cream and a holiday scented lip balm, and a couple of candy canes.


I added a foam bow sticker and gems to the wreath. The foam bow stickers were on a sheet of glitter foam stickers I purchased at the Dollar Tree last year (but I think they have them again this year). I added a foil dome by 3 Birds Studio to the center of the bow for a little more dimension.


Finally, I added a simple tag that had a green punched snowflake (Martha Stewart Crafts) accented with another red foil dome in the center.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock (cream, green), Patterned Paper (The Girls’ Paperie, BasicGrey), Red Gems, Red Foil Domes (3 Birds Studio), Tags (office supply store), Snowflake punch (Martha Stewart Crafts), Foam Bow Stickers (Dollar Tree), Electronic Cutting Machine (Silhouette Cameo), Cut Files (SVGCuts.com), Other: brown ink, adhesive, foam squares

Do you use your scrapbook supplies for your holiday packaging? What special touches are you adding to your gifts this year?


A Christmas Countdown


*** Have you entered my Christmas Giveaway yet?! Be sure to leave a comment on LAST MONDAY’S POST by Sunday night to be entered! ***

I know it’s a little late in the season to be sharing a Christmas Countdown … but I figured I would go ahead and do it anyway. I actually created this project last year and put off sharing it because it was past the first of December … thinking I could share it with all of you the last week of November in 2015.

Well, of course, I forgot about it again and instead of putting it off for another year, I am getting it up here on the ol’ blog. Hehe!

I created these calendars several years ago for close family and friends using dollar store cookie sheets, but felt like ours needed an update.

It’s a great way to use up Christmas papers in your stash! These cute papers are from the Echo Park Paper This & That Christmas line from a few years ago. I still LOVE that line and hoard every last scrap I have left of it!


I created the grid of numbers on my computer and printed it directly onto the blue patterned paper.


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD the Countdown Numbers PDF

The topper was created with my Silhouette Cameo and cut files I purchased from the Silhouette Design Store.


The magnets are created using Bazzill chipboard circles, cardstock, cardstock, and various doodads … buttons, stickers (most of them found in the card section at Target), Nativity clay charms (I found these on Oriental.com several years ago … unfortunately, I don’t think they offer them anymore), and erasers from the Dollar store.


My kids LOVE putting up the magnet each morning … well, let’s face it, they love ANY kind of countdown to their favorite holiday. Good thing we have several around the house.


This would make a fun project to do with a youth group, your friends, or as gifts for YOUR family and friends.

I have created other types of Countdown Calendars over the years. Here are links to them, if you would like to check them out!

M&M Countdown & Christmas Bead Countdown

Gum Countdown by Lettering Delights

Happy Creating! Enjoy your weekend!


Noel Mignon: Christmas House


Happy Monday to you, my friends! This past weekend as we finished the final touches on our holiday decor, I noticed that I had an empty, lonely space on our family room end table. That was it! I had to make something to fill it up! Hehe!


I pulled out my Noel Mignon Mistletoe & Holly Classic kit and a few of my favorite cut files by SVG Cuts, and decided to create the little winter house from the Winter Chill set.


It took me all afternoon, but it was so fun at the same time. Just listening to Christmas music and doing a little Christmas crafting!

The cut file didn’t include a separate roof for the little porch and I really wanted it to be dark green. I cut out several scalloped borders, using my Silhouette Cameo machine, and layered them one by one on the roof to create shingles. After they were in place, I carefully trimmed off the excess along the angled roof line. It turned out pretty good … better than I expected, actually!


My favorite thing about this little house are the icicles and snow hanging from the roofline. Look! There’s even snow collecting on the window sills!


I wanted to utilize the wonderful boxwood trim included in my Noel Mignon kit this month, so I decided to create little wreaths for the windows and door. I loved that I was easily able to make each wreath the exact size I needed.

I accented the wreath on the bay window with one of the gold chenille Shimelle bows from the kit. The wreath on the door is accented with a little enamel bow.

I can’t wait to add an electronic votive to this house and see what it looks like illuminated, with the light coming through the vellum windows.


Finally, my house needed some landscaping. I handcut the snowy sidewalk from white cardstock and then used a cut file I found in the Silhouette Design store to create the 3d trees. It’s the perfect little snowy scene.

Visitors to my little house will be able to wipe their feet off on the chipboard doormat (Echo Park). :)

I love how my house came out! Infact, if I get time in the coming weeks, I would love to make the Mistletoe Manor house or the Silent Night church. Or maybe even a little village of houses from the Santa’s Village Set! Too many cute ideas out there!


SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon Dec. 2015 Mistletoe & Holly Kit, Cardstock (Olive green, Dark green, Red, White), Patterned Paper (Echo Park Paper, Simple Stories), Vellum, Trim (Tim Holtz), Enamel bow (My Mind’s Eye), Chenille bow (Shimelle by American Crafts), Chipboard (Echo Park Paper), Electronic Cutting Machine (Silhouette Cameo), Cut Files (Winter Chill by SVG Cuts, Trees from Silhouette Design Store), Other: adhesive, brown ink

Are you doing any Christmas crafts this season? What are you planning on making?