It’s Your Day Party On~

The other day I needed a quick and easy way to dress up one of my most favorite gifts to give, a gift card.

So, I pulled out a Whisker Graphics kraft bag and DCWV’s new The Birthday Wishes and Warm Brights Cardstock Quotes Stack and got busy.

My gift bag~


I simply punched several birthday pennants and added two phrases from the Quotes Stack.

Can I tell you how much I love all those sayings found in that stack?

They make adding text to projects super easy!

I think I will be searching for the additional colors they come in.

(Hint, hint for those family members who will be birthday shopping for me in the next several days.)

I topped it off with a crochet flower and button.

The back~


To keep it closed I used two punched circles and an initial.

And with that my gift was ready to give.

I used~
DCWV The Birthday Wishes 6×6 Stack, Warm Brights Cardstock Quotes Stack
Whisker Graphics Kraft Bag, The Paper Studio Spare Parts Crochet Flowers, Thickers Jewelry Box, Fiskars Pennant Punch, Creative Memories Circle Punch and Buttons

Let’s Make Some Giftbags and Announce a Winner!

First, the winner of the Happy, Happy, Happy prize pack is….

March 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Definitely Duck Dynasty! I love making gift bags too and yours is fabulous

Congrats Josie!!

Several of you have asked how I made the bag from my last post, so I thought I would share.

This fabulous idea of using scrapbooking paper to make gift bags was taught to me by Sandie from the Cricut Circle.

She has some wonderful projects on her blog, so make sure you check it out.

To start you need to choose two sheets of matching 12×12 scrapbooking paper out of your ever-increasing supply.

Or is that just me?

You can use double-sided paper, but I did not.

First score the paper at 2″.

This will be the top flap and top of your bag, so make sure if you are using a print you have it going the correct direction.


Next turn your paper and score the other three sides at 3″.


Repeat for the second sheet of paper.

You should then cut the two 3″ corner sections to form the base of the bag.


For the second sheet simply cut the score lines at the 3″ mark to the meeting points.


Add a strong adhesive. I used Score-tape.


Align the two bottom portions and adhere.


Fold the top flaps down.


Fold the remaining sides in and the sides should slide into each other.

Secure with adhesive.


The two flaps inside the bag can be secured in either the up or down position.

However, I think the up position gives the bag more stability.

Punch holes for the handle. Add either ribbon or twine.

You can even add eyelets for additional support.


And there you go a gift bag!


Easy peasy!

Both of my bags were made using DCWV cardstock which I find to be incredibly sturdy and certainly pretty.

I used~
DCWV Foiled Elegance Stack and Foil Cardstock 6×6 Stack
Scorboard, Scor-tape, Twine, Fiskars Punch

Hope Your Birthday is Happy, Happy, Happy!!

Two weekends ago my cousin, Jayne, and I were super excited for the Scrapdoodles Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat.

For us it meant an entire weekend of scrapbooking and a class with none other than Teresa Collins. Love her!

For her sons it meant a trip to the nearby Bass Pro Shop with their dad.

And this trip was especially exciting for her son, Reid, since it meant birthday shopping.

It seems he has a new favorite TV show that even inspired his shopping outfit of all camo.

Even down to the boots.

Let me just say he was a sight to see. What a cutie!

His birthday party is this weekend, and I wanted to get him something I know he’ll love.

So, I got him that certain TV show on DVD.

Which then inspired my card and gift bag.

My gift bag and card~


I used two 12×12 sheets of matching cardstock from DCWV’s My Sunshine Stack to make my gift bag that perfectly holds my DVD sets.

I can’t even begin to tell how excited I am about making my own gift bags.

Thank you Sandie and Nadia for the instructions!!

A side view~


My card attached to the bag is from the Cricut Campin’ Critters cartridge.

If you can correctly guess what TV show my Birthday phrase is inspired by and which also happens to be Reid’s new favorite TV show I will enter your name in a drawing for a prize pack!!

A bonus entry if you know WHO says this phrase.

Want to know what you’re playing for? (Sorry, that’s my inner Jeff Probst!)

A DCWV Collage Art Stack, The Juniper Berry Stack and a Fiskars Cloud Punch

Guesses will be accepted through March 17th. (This contest is now closed and a winner announced.)

Good luck!

I used~
DCWV My Sunshine Stack, Double Sided Cardstock Stack and The Corrugate Stack
Campin’ Critters for the Duck cut at 4″

A Favor Please~

Sorry, couldn’t resist the corny title.

With Spring and a whole bunch of birthdays around the corner I decided to make some of Lori Whitlock’s new favor boxes.

The 3D Tie Flap Favor Box~


This box is perfect for holding anything from candy to gift cards.

I used the BasicGrey Hopscotch Collection that Crystal from sent me to work with.

I love the big flowers found on the paper and hand stitched buttons to the center to make them stand out a bit more.

The Birdhouse Favor Box~


How cute is this box?

The top~


I have it decorated for a birthday, but it would be absolutely adorable for a house-warming party gift.

And I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I have developed a bit of a crush on this Fancy Pants Woven Ribbon.

I think I have used it on every project I made since Friday.

I might just have to have the kids hide it from me for a while.

If you want your own, check out

I used~
Lori Whitlock 3D Tie Flap Favor Box cut at 11.25″
BasicGrey Hopscotch Monkey Bars Paper, Fancy Pants Woven Ribbon, Basic Grey Buttons

Lori Whitlock Birdhouse Favor Box cut at 11.535″
BasicGrey Hopscotch First Dance Paper, Fancy Pants Woven Ribbon, Select Cardstock Pastel
Studio Calico Wood Veneer Bird, Please Note Stamps, Papertrey Ink Ad Sense Stamps


The BasicGrey Hopscotch paper, Fancy Pants Ribbon and We R Memory Keepers Good Day Sunshine Chipboard Sayings that Crystal from sent me just makes me happy.

So what else could I do but put them all together to make a thinking of you card?

My card~


I love all the cute flowers found on the patterned paper, so I thought I would make my own using the Cricut Mother’s Day Bouquet cartridge.

I used the glitter daisies as leaves for my flowers by cutting them in half and tucking them under the flower petals.

I wanted my glitter butterfly to stand out a bit, so I glued it to a flat head stick pin that I inserted directly into the flowers.

My card has so much dimension that I wouldn’t want to put it in an envelope that could flatten it, so I used my Silhouette to make a Lori Whitlock Mailer Box.

My box~


To dress up my box I repeated the flower, ribbon and butterfly stick pin, but if left plain it can be used to actually mail my card.

The set~


I used~
BasicGrey Hopscotch Hoppy Taw, Tire Swing and Mash Game Paper, Fancy Pants Woven Ribbon, BasicGrey Buttons, We R Memory Keepers Good Day Sunshine Chipboard, Foral Embellishments by Forever In Time Daisies & Butterflies

Kraft Paper, Stick Pins, Papertrey Ink Ad Sense Stamps
Mother’s Day Bouquet for flowers cut at 1.25, 1.5 and 1.75″
Lori Whitlock 5.5″ Mailer

Happy Valentine’s Day Cowboy~

A certain little boy sent my Hartly a Valentine’s Day card in the mail.

I can’t say I was prepared for that, but she absolutely loved it.

This got me thinking that it would be nice to send him a little Valentine’s treat as well.

My first plan which involved buying, learning about and using a SVG Kit now sits in the trashcan. Sigh!

I wanted to use DCWV’s new The Denim Stack to make the adorable cowboy boot found in the Happy Trails Kit at

However, the night before Valentine’s Day might not be the best time to attempt something so intricate.

Can you guess where attempt number two is?

So, I settled for a Lori Whitlock 3D Pyramid Gift Box cut in the blue bandana print and topped off with an October Afternoon Miscellany card.

My box~


It’s not the adorable cowboy boot, but it is filled with the same Hershey Kisses that I know any four year old will love no matter what.

Through this experience I’ve learned several things.

#1~ has wonderful customer service and provides great products and instructions for assembly.

#2~ I am much better at using Scor-tape than actual glue.

#3~ I’d better keep an eye on that young man!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I used~
DCWV The Denim Stack
October Afternoon Sasparilla Miscenllany, Twine, Creative Memories Heart Punch, TH Tiny Attacher
Lori Whitlock 3D Pyramid Gift Box cut at 11″

It’s that time~

time for corny sayings to express your love.

And I love it!

When thinking of Valentine’s Day I thought I would make cards similar to the ones that children give out in grade school.

Remember those?

If you’re like me you still have each and everyone your child ever received and probably a few extras from the boxes they gave out.

Recently I picked up DCWV’s The Green Stack Chipboard pieces to go with the stack I already had.

I just love the adorable animals found in the line and knew they’d be perfect for my cards.

My Valentines~


And yes, we had quite the discussion at the lunch table coming up with some of the sayings.

Especially for the beaver.

A close up~


I used Lori Whitlock’s 3D Conversation Box to hold them all until it’s time to pass them out.


Let me just say that I love this box.

Look how cute it looks all tied up~


I think I’m now ready for Valentine’s Day.

However, the chipboard box did contain a cute little skunk that I think might be needed for hubby’s card.

Any suggestions?

I used~
DCWV The Green Stack, DCWV The Green Stack Chipboard
American Crafts Twine, MPS Tweetie Hop Puns Stamps, Studio Calico Stamps, Papertrey Ink Heart Prints Stamps, TH Tiny Attacher
Lori Whitlock 3D Conversation Box cut at 7.75″
Individual cards cut at 2.75″ wide x 3.75″ high

A Heart Filled With~

anything you can imagine.

These vertical heart boxes are perfect for any occasion, but especially for the holiday that is right around the corner, Valentine’s Day.

My treat boxes~


These showed up in the Silhouette online store last week and I quickly added them to my cart.

However, I was a bit worried they would be difficult to actually make.

Anyone remember the hamburger box? Yikes!

That only got assembled with the help of Sis, who provided me with a step by step diagram. Thanks Sis!

But, these were a dream to quickly fold and tape.

A close up~


The paper is from DCWV’s The Black Currant Stack and is the perfect weight for this type of project.

It’s beautiful, sturdy, yet it’s still easy to fold.

Now all I need to do is decide what to put inside.

Hmmm… I’m thinking candy.

I used~
DCWV The Black Currant Stack
American Crafts Premium Ribbon, Martha Stewart Glitter
Vertical Heart Box by Megan Hardy cut at 10.87″ and 8.755″ wide
Decorative Circles by Karla Dudley cut at 4.325″ wide
American Crafts Love Box cut at 5.92″ wide

Cards, cards & more cards~

December is not only filled with holiday get togethers for us, but both of my parents have birthdays.

Which of course means cake! Yum!

Actually, it means even more get togethers and a need for birthdays cards.

My Dad’s card~


I love, love, love the photo strip paper found in the October Afternoon Midway Collection.

It reminds me of pictures of my Dad as a teen, so I thought it would be perfect for his card.

The inside of my card said~ Smile! You’re still looking good.

And yes, it made him laugh.

My Mom’s card~


I love all the journal invitation cards found in the Cakewalk collection.

I used two on the outside of the card and a third as a pocket to hold a gift card.

The inside~


Then I made the 5.5 Mailer Box from Lori Whitlock to hold my card.

The box~


This box is fabulous and I plan on using it a lot in the future.

It seems I never know what to put my cards in to give since they don’t fit in standard envelopes.

The way this box is made it is strong enough to even mail.

Love that!

My Stash card~


Eva from the Cricut Circle Message Board sent me a special treat, the Webster Pages Sprinkles Box.

Since I had joined the Use Your Stash Challenge which meant we couldn’t buy anything for ourselves until the day after Christmas, she didn’t want me to go without and bought me one.

Isn’t she the sweetest?

To thank her for adding to my stash I made her a card using the Midway collection and I sent her a bunch of goodies for her stash.

So, that really shouldn’t count as breaking the rules.


I used~
October Afternoon Midway and Cakewalk Collection items including Paper, Buttons, Brads, Flower Sack, Chip n Stick, Label Stickers and Journal Cards
Lori Whitlock 5.5 Mailer Box
Mustaches & Glasses for the Mustache Cut
Papertrey Ink Twine, Studio Calico Number Paper Clips

Gift Card Galore~

I can’t put it off any longer.

I have to get the gifts wrapped.

So, I decided to start with the gift cards.

I picked my favorite papers from the new DCWV Christmas stacks, my favorite Lori Whitlock cuts and got my little Silhouette busy.

My Gift Card Box~


I love this 3D Ribbon Tie Pennant Box.

Add just a bit of ribbon and a tag and it’s all dressed up and ready.

Easy Peasy!!

My envelopes~


To hold the extra tall American Express gift cards I chose the 5×7 envelope.

The height was perfect, but the width was a bit too wide.

So, I simply made it narrower by sliding the side panels in by a couple of inches.


For a little decoration I made snowflakes and will use that area to put the initial of the person receiving the gift card.

After making all of these my poor little Silhouette is ready for a break, so I guess that means I absolutely have to get out the wrapping paper.

I guess you know what I’ll be doing tonight.

I used~
DCWV The Crafty Christmas Stack from Michaels
Lori Whitlock 3D Ribbon Tie Pennant Flap Box cut at 11.2″ wide
Ribbon, Bells, Papertrey Ink Twine

DCWV The Evergreen Stack from Jo-Anns
Lori Whitlock 5×7″ envelope adjusted to size
Creative Memories Circle Punch
Sesame Street Seasons for the Snowflakes