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 svgcuts.com.

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~ SVGcuts.com 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

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

Santa’s Gift Box~

It’s time to start wrapping presents.

And if you’re like me you’ll do just about anything to avoid dragging out the wrapping paper.

So, I decided to take a plain chipboard circle box that I’ve had for a while and dress it up for the holidays.

My giftbox~


I knew I wanted to use Lori Whitlock’s 3D poinsettia flowers and thought they would frame the Santa face found in the DCWV’s the Heirloom Christmas Stack perfectly.

Side view~


A little paper and ribbon and it’s ready to be filled.

I just wish the shopping was this quick and easy.

I used~
DCWV The Heirloom Christmas Stack
Cricut Chipboard Large Circle Box, Recollection Pearls, Stampin Up Flirty Ribbon
Lori Whitlock 3D Poinsettia Flower cut at 3.395″, 2.345″ and 2.1″

Autumn Days~

This week all the of the DCWV designers are teaming up with Scor-Pal. Yippee!!

So, I got out my Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape and decided to tackle something I’ve been wanting to try for a while now… a shadow box!

And I will be the first to admit that I was a bit scared of this cut especially after I first opened Lori Whitlock’s image.

But, her instructions were easy and simple to follow.

And the weight of the DCWV paper was perfect for this project.

I chose the wood grain paper from the Autumn Melody stack for the boxes and outer edges.

The box cuts~

You can easily see the score lines that were pre-cut.

I lightly went over them with my Scor-Pal tool.

The outer edge cuts~

The boxes ready to be attached to the base~

I used Scor-Tape to adhere my boxes rather than glue.

I find that I’m a bit slow and heavy handed to use glue, so Scor-Tape was a great choice.

It’s strong enough to hold all the pieces together, and I can control exactly where it goes.

My completed shadow box~

A few pictures and embellishments completed my shadow box.

I was SO happy with how this turned out that I actually did a happy dance.

A close up of the edging~

A bit of the details~

Make sure you check out all of the wonderful projects made this week by my fellow DCWV designers by going to the DCWV blog and the projects made by the Scor-pal designers at the Scor-pal blog.

I know I was amazed!

I used~
DCWV The Autumn Melody Stack, The Autumn Melody Matstack and the Autumn Melody Embellishment Flip Pack
Scor-Tape, Seam Binding Ribbon, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Creative Memories Fall Leaves Punch, Gems
Lori Whitlock Shadow Box Cut

My Happiness~

Is sitting right there.

My layout~

The bright colors and bold patterns of Bella Blvd are perfect for this layout of my parents and children.

I kept the embellishments simple since there’s so much going on with the patterned paper and that wonderful quilt cut.

I know I will be using that cut again and again.

And can I tell you how those little polka dot letters make me SO happy!

Almost as happy as finally getting a picture of all five of them smiling at the same time.

I used~
Bella Blvd Sunshine & Happiness Juicy Good Times paper, Ciao Chips Icons, Feminine Mix and Neutral Buttons, Yellow Chevron Washi Tape and Spring Flings & Easter Things Alpha Bits
White Cardstock
Lori Whitlock Quilt Card Cut
Martha Stewart Button Punch

A Little Pumpkin Fun~

I have the new DCWV Wild Splendor Stack and the new Close to my Heart Artiste cartridge.

And I’ve been wanting to play with both.

So, today I decided to make some of these adorable 3D pumpkins.

My pumpkins~

Aren’t they cute?

And isn’t that paper fabulous?

It can be found at Michaels this month.

They can be filled with little treats or used simply for decoration.

I can see using these to decorate the Thanksgiving Day table.

I used a Lori Whitlock 3D crate to hold mine.

Next time I think I’ll cut a second layer to give my crate a bit more sturdiness.

A close up~

I just love those leaves.

So, don’t be surprised if I come back with larger pumpkins soon.

I used~
DCWV The Wild Splendor Stack, Papertrey Ink Twine, Jenni Bowlin Brown Sugar Paint Dabber, Brown Ink
CTMH Artiste for the 3D Pumpkins cut at 5.5″ and leaves at 5.25″
Lori Whitlock 3D Crate Image Cut

A Little Purse Filled With Goodness~

As soon as I saw Lori Whitlock’s purse card in the Silhouette Store I knew I had to have it.

After all what’s better to put a gift card in than a pretty little purse?

My purse cards~

I used the new DCWV The Forever and Always Stack.

I love the patterns and feel of this paper.

It’s filled with black and whites, so it is instantly one of my favorites.

Another great feature is the weight of this paper.

It’s heavy enough to support my embellishments without me having to add extra layers. Love that!

And it cut cleanly and smoothly in both my Cricut and my Silhouette.

A close up~

Since the paper is one sided I decided to roll my flowers so some are showing the pattern on the outside and others on the inside.

You know what else I love about these purses?

The fact that there’s only room for a gift card and a sentiment.

There will be no lost car keys, lipstick or miscellaneous toys in there.

I used~
DCWV The Forever and Always Stack
Recollections Brads and Pearls
Silhouette Purse Card from Lori Whitlock cut at 4.64″ wide
CTMH Art Philosophy for the flowers cut at 1.75″, 2″ and 2.25″

Holy Birthday Bag Batman!

It’s that time of year.

It’s September where we have SO many birthdays that I can’t keep them all straight.

I just know that there will be cake each weekend. Yippee!

And with the release of the new Batman Collection in the Silhouette store I knew it was time to get ready.

How perfect does Batman look with the Close to My Heart Superhero collection?

My gift bag~

I printed my Batman directly onto the CTMH White Cardstock.

I would suggest double cutting it just to make sure all those detailed cuts are clean.

And I can’t tell you how easy Lori Whitlock makes assembling her 3D items.

I don’t even have to break out the scoring board.

Yes, it’s that easy!

I now have one bag down.

Six more to go. Yikes!

Where’s my Superhero sidekick when I need him?

I used~
Close to My Heart Superhero Collection Paper, Badge Buttons, Complements Rub Ons and Dimensional Element Stars
Silhouette Bataman Collection Print & Cut images
Lori Whitlock Penant Flap Box Cut
Red Cotton Ribbon