Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday Wearin'

of the green.

I said I was behind on my St. Patrick's day crafts. 

I designed these cards and made them to help celebrate the wearin' of the green. The sad part is that I never sent them to anyone. They are still sitting on my desk right here in front of me. I have a horrible habit of designing and making things and then never going any further with them.

I have realized that designing things is a therapy for me. Designing makes me happy and organizes my thoughts. It also is horrible at taking time away from things I should be doing like cleaning the house or washing the clothes. The chores that I really hate to do but in the end must and will always get done. 

I sometimes have to tell myself I'm not allowed to design or craft until my chores are done. This usually helps but not always. The computer and designing is a strong drug for me at times. 

So that being said, here are my belated St. Patrick's day cards...

I used this design to create the design for the card below. I realized after posting that I had forgotten to rotate the pictures. Oops. I just read recently that it's almost impossible to find a four left clover. I need to look that up for sure. I remember finding lots of them growing up in the country.

We all need our green beer on St. Partick's day or any other day for that matter. I'm not a beer drinker but my family sure likes their beer. We're Polish not Irish but that's okay when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick's day. I think we're all Irish on that day.

Have a happy day and see you back here tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Butterfly Explosion Photo Box

I'm still fighting my cold but life goes on so today I took some quick pictures of my Butterfly Explosion Photo Box I was talking about yesterday. I worked with some of the pictures but most are just as I snapped them since I'm running out of steam and my eyes are crossing. 

Here is the outside of the box and the cover:

I added colored glitter glue to the wings of the butterflies and the three rhinestones came from Mariam's Craft Source.

Inside of box:

 Pink glitter glue and pink rhinestones add and extra touch to a page.

 I designed these pockets so that poems, sayings or journaling can be done and a photo can go on the outside area. There are two of them on the bottom layer.
 I love putting my embossing machine to work to add some textures to areas inside where a photo will go.
 Layering area where a photo will go can also give that little extra pretty look to the inside.
Here is the box open and flat with my original designed butterfly. I put him on coiled jewelry wire to he looks like he's flying.

The picture doesn't do him justice. My daughter came in and saw him and exclaimed how pretty the butterfly and explosion box is and as she puts it, she's not a fan of pink either.

I didn't go into details of the measurements of this box but if you'd like more info on how I made it, please post in the comment section below.

Tomorrow I'll be back with some more St. Patrick's day projects that are late for the posting.

Monday, March 23, 2015

It's still cold season?

I am the lucky winner of a spring head cold. I can't complain (too much) because I could have the flu.

Having a cold or being sick with anything makes crafting hard but I was determined to get some done. I'm working on an Explosion Box to donate to a craft show. 

I would like to get at least 6 of them done but we'll see. I am learning that when I want to make something to sell or donate to be sold, it is wise to design my own projects so I don't infringe on any copyright laws. I designed my Explosion Box, but there are so many free cutting files out there or you can find lots of tutorials on how to cut them out without a machine that I don't think it would be a problem to use one but better safe than sorry.

I'll post pictures and info when I get it all done but what I want to show you today is the butterfly I created in Inkscape to go in the middle of my box. I actually designed two but only used one. 

I wanted some fanciful butterflies and I think they turned out okay for my first try. I saved them as svg. and png. files so I can cut or make a digi of them. I have some grand ideas for these two butterflies.

You'll have to wait to see which one I chose for my explosion box. 

Maybe having a head cold helps instead of hinders my creativeness. Hmm. Still don't like it.

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Time to get back at it

Do you ever get in a slump in life? I think we all do but if you never have, please let me know how you have not so I can learn how not to. :)

I have found that as my children get older I get more busy with them and less busy with crafting. I thought I was busy with the children when they were small and I organized a mom's play group. I felt that since I put the activities on the calendar for our group that meant I needed to show up to them or almost all of them and we were a pretty busy group. Now the children are all busy with after school activities so if I want to craft I have to get it in before I need to get ready and pick them up from school and that's where my other excuse for not crafting come ins: Facebook.

I have also found out that Facebook becomes an excuse for not doing what you should be doing. I get lost in my Facebook page reading comments and stories and looking at videos my friends and family post. I just need to turn it off but it's addictive. 

I do make things and sometimes even take pictures but it's the getting them up on my blog that lags and is neglected so I am going to try to be better about it at least until I click on my Facebook tab again. 

I made a few things for St. Patrick's Day and even took pictures but since I was on vacation during St. Patrick's Day, I didn't get the pictures posted. 

Here is one to wish you a belated St. Patrick's Day...

 I made these using a file from SVG Attic called Charmingly Green and my Silhouette. I cut out circles in yellow paper to look like gold and hot glued them around the edges. It made the inside higher so I could add treats on the top as well as the inside of the box. The top of the box comes off. I put mini Reeses peanut butter cups inside and mini Rollos on the top.

Thanks for helping me get on track again with my crafting. I have more projects to share so come back tomorrow to see what I made. Tomorrow's project is something I designed myself for my file cutting machine.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pinterest Inspired Blog Hop

Welcome to our Pinterest Inspired Blog Hop. If you are coming from Miranda's blog, then you are in the right spot. If you just happened to stumble across this post, please start at the beginning of the hop with Robin's won't want to miss any of the amazing Pinterest Inspired Projects!

 In addition to seeing some awesome projects, there is a chance to win some blog candy! To be eligible to win the blog candy, you must leave a comment on each stop in the hop as well as hitting that little "follow" button! Winner will be chosen on Sunday, February 8th so you have all week to hop through ! For this hop I am giving away to one lucky winner is this amazing Gold Planner Kit by Heidi Swapp. What better way to start off a new year with a brand new memory planner. You are going to love this memory planner! 

So, grab yourself a Latte', sit back and hop along with us as we share our projects with you. 

Here is my inspiration off of Pinterest.

And here is my project.

The "Happy New Year," champagne glasses and 2015 I designed myself for the banner. The other designs in the middle of each rosette came from the Silhouette store.  I used my Cameo to make this.

Your next stop will be with... Anita's blog.  

If you get lost along the way here is the entire line-up of today's hop for you to get back on track and not miss a single project. 

Robin ~
Janet -
Alicia ~
Miranda -
Jearise ~
Anita Thibodeau ~
Lori Johnson Apgar ~
Candice Fields ~
Theresa Harris ~
Michele Smith ~
Sandy Bell Hentzel ~
Jessica Douglass Wilson ~
Connie Wallenbrock ~
Theresa Rawlins Knopf ~

 Thank you for hopping along with us today, I hope that we have inspired you to get your craft on.

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Happy Saturday
Welcome to this year's Blog Hop for...
Rett Syndrome Awareness
In this hop we will be showing you many Disney themed projects while sharing with you about
Rett Syndrome.
If you have just stopped by my blog to visit with me, thank you and welcome, but please start at the beginning of the hop with our
Hostess, Robin from
We would not want you to miss any of these wonderful projects.

So, grab yourself a Latte', sit back and hop along with us as we share our projects with you.

Rett Syndrome strikes without warning. A girl with Rett Syndrome usually starts out as a happy and healthy baby. Then something goes terribly wrong. She loses the ability to speak, she can't use her hands to play with toys, or to even feed herself, and she may lose the ability to walk. 

Despite their physical disabilities, girls with Rett Syndrome are believed to be functioning mentally at a much higher level than previously thought.   
Rett Syndrome is caused by a mutation of the MECP2  gene on the X chromosome.  

Rett Syndrome is found in all racial and ethnic groups throughout the world, and in every socioeconomic class.  
Rett  Syndrome affects in 15,000 female births.  

*Symptoms of Rett Syndrome...

Rett Syndrome is a genetic neurological disorder that affects girls between 6 and 18 months of age. 
This regressive disease leads to lifelong handicaps, including loss of speech and voluntary muscle control, and is often misdiagnosed as Cerebral Palsy or Autism. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and almost always include...
*Developmental Regression or Plateau
*Near constant hand clasping or wringing
*Severe communication impairment
*Breathing problems
*Digestive issues
*Floppy arms and legs
*If able to walk, then with a shaky, unsteady gait, or toe-walking. But most do end up using a wheelchair for the most part.
*Slowing head growth
*Abnormal sleep patterns
*Transient loss of social engagement
*Poor circulation that can lead to cold and bluish arms and legs
Many individuals with Rett Syndrome live well into adulthood, although there are some that do not get that chance and end up losing their battle to Rett Syndrome at a very early age.
Most people including Doctors are not aware of Rett Syndrome, so, please help me get the word out about Rett Syndrome and hopefully the more that know the faster we can help in finding a cure.

For more information you can visit...

Now, are you ready for some blog candy???  We have a several wonderful and generous sponsors today...

1.  Lucy Kelleher
with Close to My Heart
$10 gift certificate for Close to My Heart products with Lucy 

Close To My Heart

2.  Dee's Delights Store
$20 Gift Certificate for Dee's Store

3. Heather Stafford with...
Gemini Red Creations
A floating locket and your choice of two floating charms

4.  Diana Larson with
$10 Gift Certificate for DLART Store

5.  Robin Lane with
A Collection of Snap Products by Simple Stories. Everything you need to put together your Disney memories.
The kit comes with an Album, a pack of Insta Pocket Pages, "Say Cheese" Journal Kit, and the "Say Cheese" Snap Pack.


Without further ado...Our Disney Projects.

To make a long story short, I found this cute Mickey Mouse SVG on line and thought I would cut it out with my Cameo. I was have a hard time getting stuff worked out so I thought I would take a different approach and just use the silhouette. I sprayed  Glimmer Mist on my Mickey in two different colors. Sorry you can't see the shimmer better in the picture. This is a simple and straight forward birthday card that could be used for a boy or girl. Thanks for stopping by today.

I'm last in line today so I would like to thank you for hopping along with us today, I hope that you have learned something about Rett Syndrome and that you will help spread the word so that we can make as many people aware of this as possible. I also hope that we have inspired you to get your craft on.

If you get lost along the way here is the entire line up for today's Blog Hop.
1. Robin L. ~

Monday, September 22, 2014

More Bumblebees and sunflowers

Hi all! Today I am sticking to my fall sunflower and bumble bee theme by using the sunflower and bee swirl border ID #46802

This cutting file is so useful because it works at different sizes without needing a lot of extra embellishments. I used it on an A2 card but you could use it on a 5 x 7 card or the corner of a fall scrapbook layout.

Have a great creative day! Jearise from Lorby's World

Look what's going on at Snapdragon Snippets.

Don't forget about our September challenge going on now! Get creative with our files and link up here September Fall Contest with Snapdragon Snippets and SVG Attic.

Do you like working with cutting files? Are you a big fan of Snapdragon Snippets? If so, Snapdragon Snippet is having a design team call. You can get all the information here: Snapdragon Snippets Design Team Entries are due no later then September 21st with new design team being announced on September 24th.