Thursday, July 24, 2014

Exciting News

I am thrilled to announce that I am on Lori Whitlock’s design team! I am so honored to be working with such an amazing group of women.

As you know, I am a huge Lori Whitlock fan and use her files and papers on many of my projects. Below are just a few of my favorites.


I love Lori’s three dimensional files. Click here to see entire post.


I am also a huge box card fan and loved this file. Click here for more information.



Lori’s envelopes and liners are the best I have used! Super simple and elegant.


Lori’s shadow box is one of my all-time favorite projects. Click here to see the entire project.

Be sure to check out Lori's blog when you get a chance.  Thanks Lori for including me on your team!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wedding Signs

My husband, Bill and Pat our brother-in-law were in charge of making several signs for our niece’s wedding.

Bill created the signs in Photoshop, thanks to some input from the bride and her mother! And of course lots of ideas from Pinterest! The font in "Happily Ever after starts here" is called Billion Stars and came from DaFont.



The signs were printed using our Canon Pro 9000 Mark II wide printer and attached to Pat's 12"x20" frames he made from old wood.


The last sign asked guests to sign a piece of fabric that would be turned in to a quilt. I love how Bill used a quilt graphic for the background!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Silhouette Promotion


This month’s Silhouette promo includes…
  • a CAMEO Designer Edition bundle
  • a Portrait Designer Edition bundle
  • PLUS 40% OFF Silhouette Designer Edition Software. Simply click here (SilhouetteAmerica.com/Designer) and use promo code: BOUTIQUE at checkout.
The Silhouette Studio Designer software is incredible and I use it on every project. I use the ruler tool for increased accuracy on every project! The Studio Designer Edition software also allows me to import SVG files and you all know how much I love them. To see a detailed PDF comparison between the Silhouette Studio software and the Studio Designer Edition software, click here. Did I mention that I love the advanced knife and eraser tools and you will too! The Silhouette Designer edition also gives you the ability to convert shapes into rhinestone patterns and sketch patterns and much more.

Have a great day and happy shopping!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Make it in Minutes Monday

Welcome to Make it in Minutes Monday… the Mini Series. I thought it would be fun to feature some quick and easy cards or projects that take minutes to make, but look like you spent hours.


I made this cute box for my nephew using a cut file from Sophie Gallo (#62918) that I purchased from the Silhouette on-line store. The paper and stickers are from Samantha Walker. It was super easy and you only glue one tab. Love it!


Have a great day and be sure to stop back on Wednesday!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Simply Organized Sunday

Welcome to Simply Organized Sunday…SOS for short. Every Sunday I showcase blogs, websites or posts that provide innovative approaches to organizing and designing your craft space as well as other areas in your home.


A special thanks to my sister for sending me this informative link from Everything Etsy! I so want a wrapping station!



Here are more 25 more craft room ideas from Everything Etsy!

Have a great day!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fab Five Friday

Welcome to Fab Five Friday. For those of you that are new to this blog, every Friday I showcase five blogs, websites or posts that I think you will enjoy.


I love this coaster set from Brigit Mann and you will love her blog, Bridget Scraps too!

Check out How to Make Your Own Paper Tape by April Derrick on Snapguide.

I am such a fan of snap guides and was thrilled when my sister sent me this link on how to make your own paper tape. I can’t wait to try this technique!


If you want to save time in the kitchen so you have more time to craft, check out these clever tips from Listotic. I am in favor of anything that gives me more crafting time! I love the yogurt pops (#14).


I think script fonts are my favorite and I cannot wait to download some of these free fonts from Black and White Obsession. My favorite is Exquisite.


I also love her Super Bold fonts!


Since a girl can never have too many fonts I just had to share more freebies with you all! Be sure to scroll down to see more free fonts from Little White Whale. I am lovin Society Editor!


Have a fun filled Fab Five Friday!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Wedding!

Our niece got married this weekend and my husband was the photographer! We had a great time at the wedding and I'd like to share a few photos with you.



Alyson looked stunning in her wedding dress.


We love her new husband, Nick and are so happy he is part of our family!


Our nephew, Landon was the ring bearer. He looks like he is proposing to the adorable flower girl.

Thanks for looking at Bill's photos and be sure to stop in Friday for an all-new Fab Five Friday.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Make it in Minutes Monday

Welcome to Make it in Minutes Monday… the Mini Series. I thought it would be fun to feature some quick and easy cards or projects that take minutes to make, but look like you spent hours.


I made this card using paper and stickers from the Anna Griffin Garden Window kit. Click here if you would like to see a review of this kit.

I cut the pink scroll cut using a die from Anna Griffin Lace Trimmings Cuttlebug Embossing Folders and Dies collection and pink paper from her Soft Hues Metallic Card Layers Kit. Click here to see my review of that kit.

Did I mention how much I love Anna Griffin?

Have a great day and be sure to stop back on Wednesday!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Simply Organized Sunday

Welcome to Simply Organized Sunday…SOS for short. Every Sunday I showcase blogs, websites or posts that provide innovative approaches to organizing and designing your craft space as well as other areas in your home.


I love simple, fun and inexpensive ways to organize my craft room using my Silhouette Cameo and I did my happy dance when I discovered this post.

If you are looking for even more ways to get organized, be sure to check out this post and while you are there, check out the entire Black and White Obsession blog! I love number 33 and I want to make
a few chalkboard vinyl labels for my craft room.

Have a great day!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fab Five Friday

Welcome to Fab Five Friday. For those of you that are new to this blog, every Friday I showcase five blogs, websites or posts that I think you will enjoy.

Can you believe it is time for Summer Sneak Peeks? I am sad to say that the summer CHA show no longer exists, however, two shows have been created to take its place. To read more about the change and see all the sneak peeks click here. Nancy Nally is an expert on gathering all the sneak peeks into one easy-to-view place and she has made it even easier this year. Thanks Nancy!


This is a sneak peek from Basic Grey's new line designed by Kelly Purkey


I love Kelly’s embellishments!


I am a huge fan of Mod Podge or as I have mistakenly pronounced it, "Modge Podge". These adorable bags are made using glitter and Mod Podge. Click here for the info.


These one of-a-kind plates are made using scrapbook paper and Mod Podge. Yahoo…another use for leftover card stock! Click here to check out this post by Pretty Handy Girl.


They are so cute when filled with goodies!


For those of you that have recently purchased a Cricut Explore machine, you may want to check out this very informative post from Vintage Revivals.

Have a fun filled Fab Five Friday!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Anna Griffin Lace Trimmings Cuttlebug Border Embossing Folders and Dies Review

I purchased the Anna Griffin Lace Trimmings Cuttlebug Embossing Folders and Dies from HSN several weeks ago and filmed a video concentrating on the cut and emboss dies.

Yesterday, I made a new video that concentrates on the border cut and emboss dies. Overall, I like the border dies, but had a few challenges that I discuss in the following video.



Below is my first video that features the cut and emboss dies.



Have a great week and I will see you Friday!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Butterfly Shadow Box

I saw this shadow box (#44808) when I was surfing the Silhouette on-line store and knew that I had to make it.


I discovered a couple of things along the way that I want to share with you. The box is easy to put together, but keep in mind the labels on the Silhouette file are reversed. Layer 2 should be layer 3. I did not discover that until I made mine, so my shadow box looks a little different from the Silhouette photo.

Now for the great news! Marji converted the Butterfly Shadow Box to an SVG file for those of you that do not have a Silhouette machine and has it available for purchase at 3dcuts.com.  Click here for the tutorial!

Gluing the eyes and the tail pieces were challenging. I tried glue dots but they did not hold. I also tried Zip Dry Glue and Scotch Quick-Dry adhesive my two favorite glues with no luck. Finally, my good friend Donna reminded me that Glossy Accents is the best glue ever! And it worked! Yahoo!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Simply Organized Sunday

Welcome to Simply Organized Sunday…SOS for short. Every Sunday I showcase blogs, websites or posts that provide innovative approaches to organizing and designing your craft space as well as other areas in your home.

I love simple, fun and inexpensive ways to organize my craft room and had to share this idea.


I have a twine drawer that looks like this before photo. Do you?


I am always looking for inexpensive ways to store all my twine and thanks to Little White Whale, I can! Click here to get the details.

I hope you are having a great Fourth of July weekend and please stop back tomorrow to see a fun new project that is perfect for summer!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fab Five Friday

Welcome to Fab Five Friday. For those of you that are new to this blog, every Friday I showcase five blogs, websites or posts that I think you will enjoy. I hope you are having a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!



I am a huge Gloria Stengel fan and love this gift card holder! I would so love getting this gorgeous card for my birthday! Be sure to scroll down to see more of her birthday cards!


These upcycled baby food jar votives from Spool and Spoon are so easy to make that I can’t wait to give them a try. Click here for detailed directions. I love how she used Washi tape to decorate the votives!



Do you love post it note holders? If so, check out this video from My Chic’N Scratch. Angie made this one for Mother’s Day but you could modify the sentiment and use it for any occasion.

Speaking of post-it notes, click here to see more than 20 videos from My Chic’ N Scratch.



If you are interested in combining the Silhouette Cameo with quilting, you will want to watch this video and check out Piece N Quilt blog.

Have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wednesday Rewind…. Favorite Silhouette Envelopes and Liners

I am taking a few days off to celebrate the Fourth of July and thought I would share one of my favorite Silhouette videos.

I enjoy making envelopes and liners and I have made several videos on how to make envelopes and liners using different score boards and envelope makers. Please visit my YouTube channel to see my previous videos just type envelopes in the search to see all five of them. However, I just had to make another video showing my favorite Silhouette envelopes and liners. These are the easiest and most elegant envelopes and liners to make that I have found. Hope you enjoy the video!



This video was originally posted here.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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