Aadilyn Sign – CHA Sample for Crafter’s Companion!

Hi stamping friends! Today I’m sharing with you a project I made for Crafter’s Companion, for their booth at the CHA show happening right now! I am so jealous of those that get to actually attend the show, what a dream that would be!! You have no idea how excited I was to see pictures from the convention with MY sign up! Oh my gosh what a thrill!! Check it out!
12540677_10208275601633529_2420711613573275195_nI sent some cards in as well and another 3-d project I will be sharing throughout the month, but this one really floored me to see! Aadilyn is the name of my niece’s daughter, she is 2 and SO adorable. I came up with this idea the day after we had driven to Maine for her birthday party. Here are the supplies I used to create this sign:

Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂


Turkey EOS Lip Balm Holder


Hi stamping friends 🙂 Today I have a super cute project to share with you! I came across THIS freebie this morning, and knew I HAD to make these for my little niece and nephews that are coming over for Thanksgiving. I love to make favors, but usually they include something minty and the kids aren’t big fans so these are perfect! They offer a cut file or printable and both are free today. I downloaded both but opted to use the printable on this project.

EOS lip balms are super hot right now and they come in lots of colors and flavors. I picked 3 that fit the turkey colors: Summer Fruit, Pomegranate Raspberry, and Tangerine. This printable is so easy to use, simply download it and print on to card stock, then cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″, then layer on chocolate brown 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, then layer onto the backing 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Then use a 1-3/8″ circle die to cut out the “bellies” for the lip balm. You will need to go over it twice to cut through three layers (at least I did). Then open the lip balm, slide it into the cut out circle made by the die and re-close! I added some 7 mm googly eyes to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Valentine’s Day Treats


Hey stampers! Wow it's been quite some time since I've made any 3D items! I love making treats for my cute little niece & nephews (and also for my boys, whether or not they act like they're too old for this stuff ;).

I got THE cutest new stamps yesterday from Your Next Stamp, called Sweet and Cool. OMG I'm in love with this set. When my happy mail came yesterday I knew I needed to make Valentine's with this set! I am SO looking forward to making some fun summery cards with the popsicles on this set too…that is if we ever get out of our snow-pocolypse around here! About 3 feet of snow on the ground and another blizzard coming Saturday/Sunday. Good grief mother nature, give it a rest!

Anyway, back to making my treats. It's a simple box with two tags adhered to the outside.

For my tags I used the Die-namics Tag Builder Blueprints 2 from My Favorite Things. The CS is Pink Pirouette from SU!. For the doilies beneath my hearts I usedDie-namics Mini Delicate Doilies, also from MFT Stamps. I colored my hearts with Copics and fussy-cut them, then I added some garland (it's not just for Christmas anymore!) to hold my tags together, and added a few little gems for some bling.
To give you some perspective on how small this box is, it fits about 8 Hershey's kisses perfectly. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 I hope you enjoy your Valentine's day!

The Paper Players #181


Today's project is for the current challenge at The Paper Players, and it's a Sweet Treat theme this week: 


I bought the Candy Dispenser file at the Silhouette store a while back, and made a couple of different versions which you can see HERE. The original is about 5" high by 2-1/2" wide, which fit a LOT of candy! The idea was to make treats for my niece and two nephews so I wanted to shrink it down a bit. I love them to pieces, but woah if I add that much sugar they will be wild 🙂 Luckily I can resize the original with my Silhouette, and my latest version is pretty small at 2-3/4" high by 1-1/4" wide, perfect I think.

I made a card to go along with it. Wow, me and CAS style? Huh, imagine that. I love the CAS style but have a hard time refraining from adding more, and more, and more layers. I'm pretty pleased with this little number though 😉 I used CS and DSP with a heart punch and the Wonderful Favorites stamp set from SU!, and added some sequins from Paper Sweeties with a little bling on top. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today 🙂

Mini Candy Dispensers

Yesterday I spent almost the entire day in my craft room, getting a little more acquainted with my Silhouette Cameo. I've had it for several months now, and I pretty much only know the basics. I'm such a visual learner that looking at an instruction booklet is maddening. I decided to just play around and see what I could and couldn't do. Wow this machine is amazing!! 

I started with a candy dispenser cut file. The original template creates a candy dispenser about 5" high by almost 2-3/4" wide, and here is what I created:


You would not believe how simple it was to put this together! It kind of looks in the picture like my paper is lifting, but that's because I chose a DSP with raised pink circles, so the part that looks like it's lifting is actually the middle of a dot 😉

So then I got to thinking I would like it a little smaller. I love to make little treats for my niece and nephews for holidays, but my sister would *kill* me if I gave them treats filled with this many hershey's kisses!!! Since I had never tried resizing a cut file I gave it a whirl, and the second one I came up with is about 4-1/8" tall and 2" wide.  Here is that one:


You know what would have been a good idea?? To put something in the picture that shows the scale a little better 😉 Well, you can see that this one is filled with m&m's instead of hershey's kisses, so that helps. Still, there are a LOT of m&m's in there, so I may have to go with an even smaller version next time to keep my sister's children from sugar overload. 

There are thousands upon thousands of designs in the Silhouette online store. I should have browsed around there more when I first got the machine!! I was thrilled to find (and buy of course) cut files for circles, squares, rectangles…voila I'll never search for the perfect size again, I'll just have my Silhouette cut it for me!!

Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 I hope you had some time to get crafty this weekend!!


Homemade Vanilla Extract


Now that I've passed out most of my homemade vanilla extract (at least to the people that will see my blog!), I can share it with you. Wow, this is super simple to make and SO much better than store bought!! The only thing you need to know is that you must plan ahead. I started my vanilla extract at the beginning of October so that it would be ready for gift giving at Christmas.

I found everything I needed to know right HERE, from how to make it, to which bottles and labels to buy. No need to reinvent the wheel here, I copied her bottle exactly and used my own ribbon/tag idea. For my tag I used the That's a Wrap and Warm Winter Wishes sets from Flourishes, stamped on Very Vanilla CS and tied with Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, both from SU!.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy your Christmas 🙂

Valentine’s Gift Bag and some news

By now you may know that I save everything that could possibly be turned into something crafty, from jars, to crystal light containers, to pringles cans, and much more…well there's a good reason! You never know when you're going to need a little something you can whip up quickly for a special occasion…and with SO much stamp stuff, why not make it yourself instead of heading to the store?!?!

A couple of months ago I got this cute little bag at my hairdresser with some product I had purchased. I tucked it away, it seemed like such a perfect bag for something, I couldn't throw it away. Well this past Sunday we were meeting my in-laws for dinner, and we bought them some Lindt truffles (oh they looked so delicious, milk chocolate on the outside, white chocolate on the inside, with perfectly pink shiny wrappers…but I digress…that's the weight watchers talking), anyway, I needed something to present them in, and so I added some dsp and ribbon and voila, good to go in under 10 minutes…

I love, love, love this dsp!! Can you tell from the picture that the circles are actually indented in the paper? The other side is so sweet, vanilla with raise light pink circles and red dots. I have no idea the name brand of this paper, forgive me, I haven't gotten good at taking note of that before I cut it up yet, because I was a SU! girl for so long.

And that brings up some news…I resigned from Stampin' Up! after 6 years with them. I'm not sure if it's actually official yet, but my resignation has been submitted. While I love SU! and I will continue to use SU! product, I found myself becoming interested in other products, and as my husband so perfectly pointed out to me, if I love it I love it, it's my craft time and there's nobody I need to please but myself. That's what I'm going to be doing, using whatever product I love, sharing it on my blog if I want to, and hopefully you'll like what you see and continue to visit me 🙂

Stop by in the next couple of days, I'm going to show you the fun storage I made for my Copic markers!


Welcome back! So last year I made THESE jars for my stamper's club members, and I had a bunch of bottles left over, so I decided to make new & improved valentine's for my boys and for my niece & nephew (not pictured is the one I made for my other nephew, little Jamison, filled with fishy crackers).

I used my new favorite toys (Copics) to color the tags, you can see the colors I used below. The stamp set is called A Little Bit of Happiness by Stampin' Up! The ribbon is Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, also by SU!…love that color!! I got the jars at specialtybottle.com, but that was a year or two ago so I don't know if they carry them anymore.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂


Matchbox Advent Calendar

Welcome back! Jeff is out on storm duty after the big Nor'easter we had last night (there are over 400k people out of power in Massachusetts!), and the boys were busy scooping out seeds & carving pumpkins, so I decided to make this project I had seen forever ago over on Monika's blog and always kept it in the back of my mind because it was so darn cute!! I really enjoyed my craft time this afternoon, and I'm so pleased with the results!

I am going to make one of these for each of my boys, and one for my niece & nephew as well, so I've got a lot more work to do! It was quite time consuming, but I think so worth it when it's done! I think I'll do a different pattern/color combo for each one, and of course go a little more whimsical for my nephew & niece since they're only 6 & 4 yrs old. I'll post pics when I finish them. Now, to figure out what little treats I'll put in each drawer, and of course the big finale treat for the "25" box on top?!?!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Treat Box Measurements

DSCN5782So sorry that a few weeks ago I had promised to show you the measurements & instructions for this box and I completely forgot!! I got an email reminding me of that today, and had a little bit of time, so I thought I'd throw together a quick tutorial. Keep in mind that the template is just the one I made up while I was making it, so it's pretty sloppy.

The box fits two Ghirardelli chocolate squares, and it's actually very easy once you know what you're doing, so here goes! First, the template. You can click on it to make it bigger and see the measurements 🙂


** Cut on solid lines, score on dotted lines. All of the gray portion will be gone when you're done cutting**

Next, here's how you put it together. First, fold it on the score lines to get it going in the right direction and make it easier to assemble. Put a piece of sticky strip on the end as shown.


Now, fold over the end that has sticky strip on it, and adhere it right up to the 3-3/4" score line like this:

Now, place a piece of sticky strip on the far left scored section, and fold over again. The sticky strip part will end up on the back of the box. 

Snip an angle off of the bottom corners of the flap. This flap will be tucked up inside the box. You'll probably want to put a little snail on the side of the flap that will be touching the inside of the box to keep it in place. Here is the back of your box when you're done:

This one's kind of a mess, but you get the jist of it right? You can now flip it over & decorate!


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have fun making lots of treats!