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!


New Product Announcement & GIVEAWAY!!!


Set your reminders! Tonight at 12:01 pm ET on HSN.com a BRAND NEW tool is being released by my friends at Diamond Press! Not only did they let me give you a sneak peek of the machine and add-ons, but they are letting me give away a machine to one of my lucky readers!!! Yay!!!


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Watch my video below to learn more about the Diamond Press, or tune in to the presentations on HSN Tuesday, January 26th to see it in action. You’ll be amazed at the value!

For a chance to win a machine of your own leave a comment on this blog post by midnight, Thursday, January 28th, 2016. I will announce the winner this Friday, January 29th, here on my blog (US only, please). Good luck!


THANK YOU again to my friends at Diamond Press for being so generous to me and my readers! I can’t wait for all of you to check out this fun system! (I’m on a planner kick lately and plan to use mine to decorate my planner. Eeeeek! I can’t wait!)

See it at HSN.com beginning Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 at Midnight ET


Diamond Press also has some DARLING card sets available. You can check them out HERE.

Again, you can see it at HSN.com beginning Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 at Midnight ET

Diamond Press HSN Machine Today’s Special Bundle (Today’s Special available 1/26/2016)

Diamond Press 12-Piece Blank Folder Refills

Diamond Press 10-piece Dye Ink Pads, Basic Colors 

Diamond Press Basic Shapes Nested Dies

Diamond Press Letters and Numbers Dies (Block or Whimsical)

Diamond Press 18-piece Embossing Folders Set

Diamond Press Zippered Case for Die & Stamp Storage

Diamond Press Blank Cards & Envelopes (4 choices!)

Have fun!


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: It’s Snow Fun!


Hello! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Can you believe it?! We received our first dusting of snow here in Utah, which of course put me right into the holiday spirit! I’ve been listening to Christmas music and putting up decorations all weekend. I’m hoping to finish them up today.

I was so happy to have my Noel Mignon Mistletoe & Holly kit sitting on my desk to play with this weekend. I put together my first page using this kit and a few pictures of my son from Christmas morning last year. Here is what I came up with.


For this page, I went with a woodsy color scheme, using the woodgrain snowman paper by Echo Park Paper to pull out my colors. I paired it the dark green Shimelle paper for the background.


I decided to create a die cut title. This image is by Lettering Delights from the Snow Village set. I used a polka dot folder to emulate falling snow.

Recently, I scored some snowflake metal dies at Tuesday Morning. I put them to use here, accenting them with sequins from the kit … and then of course, I had to cut out the super-cute October Afternoon birdies to sit on top of the photo. They make me so happy everytime I see them!


The kit this month comes with several frames and sequins. I decided to use them to create a shaker box to place underneath the title. I used a bit of bookpaper from my stash to back it.

I love how it looks here and had fun making it! I know I’ll be creating more shaker boxes for other projects this month! They would be so cute in a pocket page spread, or on the front of a card!


I anchored my design with one of the cut apart borders from the Echo Park border paper. This one had a preprinted flower design along with notebook paper lines. It made the perfect place to write my journaling!


I added a few more die cut snowflakes and accented them with the wood buttons and sequins from the kit.

SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon December 2015 Mistletoe & Holly Kit; Cardstock (Dark brown, Kraft, Red, Blue, White), Patterned Paper (Shimelle by Ameircan Crafts, Echo Park Paper, Pink Paislee, October Afternoon), Die Cuts (Echo Park Paper, October Afternoon), Stickers (Jillibean Soup), Wood Buttons (Shimelle by American Crafts), Sequins (Pink Paislee), Metal Dies (Darice), Snowflake Punches (Martha Stewart Crafts), Cutting Machine (Silhouette Cameo), Die Cut Art (Lettering Delights), Embossing Machine (Cuttlebug), Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug Swiss Dots), Other: Adhesive Trimmer, brown ink, date stamp.

I hope you have a great start to your week!