Cute Little Berry Boxes & Sandwich Board Cards!

I hope you are enjoying summer. I am! I wanted to have some little berry boxes to use in projects but it was hard to find ones that were not stained by berries (and I didn’t want plastic ones) so I made my own:

DCF 1.0

To make them sturdy I used a sheet of kraft cardstock and a sheet of printed cardstock to make the box!

DCF 1.0

I have been loving the trend of chalkboard art (not that I’ve mastered it) so I wanted to try stamping some. I made this card that looks like a sandwich board that would be on display on a sidewalk in front of a cafe:

DCF 1.0

You can get my printable templates & SVG cutting files here. I designed the printables to be printed right on your good cardstock so you don’t have to trace. You get two cards on one sheet of cardstock (2 different sizes) a box and tags. The project makes up in minutes perfect for summer crafting!

Berry Basket  SVG

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Want Some Whimsy?

Howdy folks! I had a great weekend, my twins celebrated their 8th birthday with a themeless {gasp!} party. I’m telling you, it was the easiest darn party I have ever thrown! We kept the guest list small (10), it was a breeze and I think everyone had a great time! Since it was a smaller party I wasn’t overwhelmed so I could do a craft project with the girls. I wanted the girls to make some cute photo props that they could pose with and also take home with them.  I used my die cutter and SVG files from Photo Booth Props, Masquerade Masks and my new Royal Whimsy template kits.

I stocked up on sequins, rhinestones, glitter and feathers at the craft store (actually get the glitter and rhinestones at the dollar store, it is way cheaper and you won’t feel bad if a jar of glitter ends up spilled on the floor) and placed them in cute bowls around the craft table (AKA my basement pool table with a piece of plywood on top.) I manned the hot glue gun and helped the girls put the bamboo skewers on the backs of the masks, mustaches and crowns. I had lots of glue sticks and sticky squares on the table for the kids to help themselves to. I was so please at how respectful and polite the girls were. There was no fighting over colors or rudeness whatsoever….did I mention before that this party was a breeze?

I had everything out and ready to go before the kids got there, you DO NOT want to be setting things up while the kids are there, a stitch in time saves nine when kids are concerned!

After the props were finished the kids got to sit outside in the “photo booth” to have their picture taken with their creations!

You know how moms of twins say their kids are opposites? Well, it’s true in my case, before the party both girls were in pretty dresses, 2 minutes before guests arrived Maizy pitched the dress and threw on an old T-shirt and a pair of cutoffs, LOL! True to form 🙂

I cut a bunch of photo frame cards from the Royal Whimsy kit ahead of time and after I took all of the guests pictures one of my best friends (Thank you Kath!) cut out the photos and assembled these cute thank you party favors to go home with the guests.

While Kathy was crafting the photo frame cards I supervised the piniata…and that is a story for another whole blog post! Here is a look at the kits I used:

Royal Whimsy Party SVG

Photo Booth Props!

Masquerade Mask SVG

My kids had a blast, of course the biggest entertainment of the afternoon was chicken chasing, we teased the other moms that the girls would be coming home with chickens as party favors (can you imagine…come to think of it that might be why many of the moms stayed-they did not want their daughters coming home with livestock LOL!) The girls also left with one of the party favors I showed you in yesterday’s post. I am trying to get away from the candy and crappy toy party favors…trying 🙂 I hope I gave you a few ideas for your next party and til next time happy crafting!

New paper flower SVGs

Hi there, I hope you are havng a great weekend! Here is the latest kit from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff at MyGrafico. It’s my brand new Paper Flowers SVG kit:

I designed this kit after seeing all of the crazy flower dies at the stamp convention I went to. Now, I don’t care how anyone spends their money but one flower die was going for $25 and they were the thin dies that only cut paper and you are stuck with one size. I realized that having an SVG file you can cut with your electronic cutter would be a better deal because not only do you get 5 different flower designs and a file of assorted leaves but you can cut them bigger or smaller, fatter or thinner and skew and stretch them for endless variety! All that for a couple of bucks and you don’t have to waste paper figuring out the right sandwich 🙂

I wanted to mention the special instructions that come with the kit. They are on the printable templates. I recommend you read the directions before assembling them. I also recommend you use a slotted quilling tool for any of the flowers that have a coiled strip center like the daisy and the primrose:

The lily, plumeria and primrose can also be rolled but they are easier to assemble if you cut the petals apart. I like that they are attached at the base for two reasons: 1 because if you want to ink them you can quickly swipe an sponge up the petal from the strip where it is attached and 2 because you can keep all the parts of the flower together if you like to cut a bunch of flowers at once but use them at a later time. If you get confused just look at the printable directions. The directions are always a last resort for me too so don’t feel bad 😀

If you like making paper flowers you can find the Paper Flowers SVG kit here.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Last-Minute Valentines & a FREEBIE!

 Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, don’t panic! Here are a few last minute cards & favors you can whip up tonight. Here is a teacher’s valentine using the library pocket from the Valentines Galore SVG set:


I love the sweet pockets, you could use them for anything. I think they would be sweet holding a journaling tag on a scrapbook layout.


My girls have a Brownie meeting tomorrow so I thought they could make these quick cute lollipop cards tonight:

I got this stamp set for $5 when ACmoore was clearencing their stamp department, when I saw them I thought “valentines!” There is no coloring, you just stamp the outline then stamp the layers in differnt colors, cool! You can use any wild animal stamp you have on these cards tho.


You can stamp any wild animal on the card. You get 6 cards from one sheet of cardstock. Click on the picture below to download.


To download: Click on the picture, it will open a larger picture of this printable, then right click on the big pic and choose "save as"

My son is making the iPod valentines from the Valentines Galore kit, I have prepared all of the supplies he will need to make them in the photo below. This is a very easy project that uses few supplies; to make 24 valentines you only need 3 sheets of cardstock and string. You can cut 8 of the mp3 die cuts from the kit on each 8.5”x11” paper then mix and match the colors when you glue them on. Fast & frugal! The boxes of conversation hearts are 4/$1 at the supermarket or dollar store.

Here is a look at the Valentines Galore SVG and Printable template set, if you need to make some quick valentines tonight it will o the trick!

 Valentines Galore! SVG

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I have 3 dozen cupcakes to bake (and 3 expert cupcake decorators to help!) so I better get going on that! I hope you enjoy the freebie and til next time happy crafting!


“Scare” Mail!

OK, my project today is more cute than scary but I can’t resist a good pun! Here is a card and paper mailbox made with the 3-D mailbox SVG/Printable template set and Creepy Crow, Cute Halloween and Vintage Halloween Labels stamps from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Don't you want to start your Halloween crafting? This was loads of fun to make!

The card was done by first coloring the swirled crow with 3 shades of purple Copic markers then I rubber stamped a row of trees in the background with clear embossing ink, I stamped the ground area with a large crackle background stamp (with the clear ink as well) then I simply rubbed colored chalk over the background. Notice how the color stuck to the clear ink, nifty huh, and since the ink is clear it does not show up on the crow. I love fast and easy techniques!

To make the moon in the packground I simply punched a circle and placed it on my stamped panel before I used the chalk and applied the chalk over it. Easy peasy!

Here is a peek at the 3-D mailbox closed, you could fill it wish candy, cards or other favors:

I used my Cricut and Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) software to cut the template. (SCAL is on sale for $59.95 -regularily $75- right now BTW) Assembling the box is easy but the first time it can be a bit tricky so I made a video to show you how, hope you like it 🙂

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? Here are the sets I used in this project:

I Bet you are looking for your freebie, huh, well here you go, enjoy 🙂

Now let’s see what the Lindsay’s stamp stuff DT has up their sleeves this week

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Tamara Bennett *back from the shortest maternity leave ever! She had a baby a week ago and she still got a project done, that’s commitment folks!

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Rhonda Walker

Diane Bove

Tracy Vinson

Laurel Seabrook

One more thing: This project qualifies for the following challenges: Crafts & Me and My Time to Craft (card-gems & sparkle),  Ginger Loft (anything goes), Lollipop Crafts (monsters and such), Gingersnap creations (3-D) and the card is based on the sketch from 2sketches 4 you:)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!