/*Drop Down Menu*/

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

December Overlay

Today seems like a good day to be looking ahead. For me that means getting my planner ready for the  rush of holiday to-do lists, events, happenings and fun!

I created this month overlay for December 2016 to go in my Erin Condren Life Planner. I used a few digital scrapbook kits that I have. Winter Traditions by Etc by Danyale is a great kit that lends itself to whimsy, cute as well as charming and relic.

I laid out the overlay directly in my Silhouette Studio software.  I then used the print and cut feature to print it and cut out the design.  Since the shape is basically 2 rectangles, you could easily lay this out in your photo editing software, print it and cut it using a rotary cutter or scissors.

I printed it onto sticker paper from Staples.  That way I don't even need to apply any adhesive. just peel and stick it on my planner and BAM! I'm decorated for the holidays!

Happy Planning!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

How to Create Planner Stickers using Digital Kits

Today I'm going to share how to use the Silhouette Studio software to create stickers for your planner using beautiful digital kits by Etc by Danyale!  I've got the step-by-step tutorial for you over on the Etc by Danyale blog. I used her kit "Now and Then" to create the stickers for my planner layout pictured above! Click here to find out how!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

October Planner Freebie

Hi! I've got a Freebie for you! It's a printable October 2016 month overlay for your planner, or calendar. Don't use a planner? You can also use these on scrapping pages, as a desk calendar, or hang them on your refrigerator to help track your busy month! 

Are you a planner? I just got back into using a planner.  I used to use a planner years ago, but never decorated it. I've wanted to go back to using a planner for a while. After researching and looking at various planners, I decided to go with the Erin Condren Life Planner. I'm really having fun keeping myself organized and getting little bits of creative time while using my planner. It's so fun! While this overlay is sized to fit the ECLP (Erin Condren Life Planner), it will also fit the Happy Planner, and most planners that are approximately 7"x9".
I used Danyale's kit The Moon Laughs and Whispers and the coordinating Stamp Set to create these pages. Such an awesome kit for showcasing Halloween memories in a glamorous, vintage way. You can download the overlay .pdf file below.

This is how the overlay looks in my planner.

Here's how to use the file. It is a .pdf file with 2 pages. Page 1 is the left side of the calendar, page 2 is the right side of the calendar. Simply print it out on either cardstock or sticker paper. Then cut around the edge and adhere over the October 2016 page in your planner.  If you don't have a planner, you can use these as a calendar, on your desk. refrigerator or on scrapbook pages.

I printed it on sticker paper from Staples. Made it really easy to adhere in my planner book.  I also created other planner decor using the elements from the kit as well as Time Teller Journal Cards  by Etc by Danyale. I'm using these to decorate some of the weekly pages in my planner.  I'll be sharing more about how you can use Danyale's kits to create planner decor in a future post, so stay tuned for that!

I hope you enjoy getting the month of October off to a great start!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Valentine Box Hybrid and Store Flat

Etc by Danyale has a new set of papers, elements and word strips released this week. They are called Love Out Loud.  The colors are so brilliant and yummy, THEY are a Valentine treat! 

Just look at those delicious papers!!  You can grab them over at The Lily Pad: Papers, Elements, Word Strips.

I created a box that can be used to give Valentine goodies. And the best part, it can be stored flat so I can use it again and again!

I used a file from the Silhouette Store by Lori Whitlock called Large Store Flat Box to create this. I used a 12x12 piece of red cardstock to cut the the base. Then I printed one 8.5x11 Premium Presentation Matte paper with the heart paper (ptrn9) from Live Out Load by Etc by Danyale and one 8.5x11 piece with half the heart paper (ptrn9) and half the diagonal stripe paper (ptrn5).

I then placed them individually on my Silhouette mat and cut the accent pieces for the box,

The edges of the cut pieces are inked up with VersaMagic Chalk Ink by Tsukineko in Turquoise Gem color.  Using liquid glue I adhered the accent pieces to the base.

To allow the box to be able to fold into a usable box, and then flat again for storage, you place a small amount of adhesive at just the triangular spots that match-up to the 2 long sides (they are noted in the cut file for you).

Once I folded it into a box, I tied some pretty May Arts ribbon around it. Now it's all dressed up and ready for presentation!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New Life for Old Sleds

So my hubby was cleaning out his mother's attic recently. He found these 2 old wooden sleds.  He knew I would find some crafty way to spruce them up. Gotta love that man for being so thoughtful!  Here are the before photos of the sleds:

For inspiration I spend a few minutes perusing Pinterest. I love snowmen, So I knew the frosty creatures would be involved somehow.  I also like to remember the focus of Christmas is Christ.  That was my inspiration for the other sled.

The snowman sled was completely hand painted by me.  I used some Glimmer Mist to give the red background a snowy look.  The photos don't really show it, but the snowmen sparkle! I added glitter to the final coat of pain as I finished them up.

The Joy sled got a few coats of paint. I cut the design using my Silhouette Cameo and some Oracal 651 vinyl.

I created the floral arrangements and bows for each and attached them. I added some sleigh bells to the Snowman sled too.

The best part? The only thing I had to buy for this project was some ribbon!  Everything else was crafty supplies I had on hand!

Now my porch is looking quite pretty for the season!

Shared at:
Show and Tell Wednesdays
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Skip to My Lou
Tip Junkie

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Witches Brew!

My sister LOVES Halloween.  I made this special card and gift to help get her started in the spirit of the season.

Using my Silhouette Cameo and some heat transfer vinyl, I cut this design. I used glitter heat transfer for the "liquid" portion of the drink and the skull "olive". Had to add some bling!  I used my iron to press them onto a plain neoprene drink koozie.

The card was made using a selection of Halloween patterned and plain colored cardstock. I used May Arts Ribbon to "lace" up the boot. The bottom of the boot got some bling with embossing glitter and crushed glass.

Happy Halloween!
Shared at:

Friday, October 23, 2015

Shabby Teapot Gift Box Hybrid!

Don't you just love it when you look at a digital or paper kit and you can see endless possibilities of things to create?  That was me when I first laid my eyes on the Shabby Fair Kit by Etc by Danyale.

 Yeah - I know you're drooling on it right now!  Grab it up! You know there are just tons of scrapbook pages, cards, and projects that you can use this one for! It's shabby, it's bright, it's full of awesomeness!

The shabby side of this kit called out to me first and made me think of a tea party. So I decided that I must make a teapot!  Not just any teapot, but one that can be used as a gift box.

This will be super adorable stuffed with some tea bags, biscotti, gift card or other treasures to give to a friend. Or maybe, set it out on your table with sweet treats or flavored tea tucked inside.

To make this I started with a cut file by Sweet Afton called Teacup Gift Box Design #78770 you can find it in the Silhouette Design Store.  In Silhouette Studio, I enlarged the cut file as big as I could while still having the pot and lid pieces fit on a 12x12 piece of paper.  The pot took up approximately 12" wide by 6.5" tall, and the lid was approximately 12" wide by 5.5" tall.

The Silhouette shape assumes you are using double sided paper that is plain, not patterned. There is a tab at the base of the spout and handle that would normally be glues to the outside of the pot. So that the attachment of the spout and handle would not show and would be more secure, I duplicated a mirror image of each the spout and handle pieces. I positioned them on my Silhouette design area so they would cut from the same paper as the pot.

In Photoshop, I created a 12x12 image. From the Shabby Fair kit, I layered the floral paper for the lid on top. I added a layer above that with a 12" wide by 6.5" tall shape.  I brought the plaid paper from the kit in and clipped it to the shape.  I then printed this out on 12x12 Polar White Matte 60lb paper by Red River Paper.  

I also created an 8.5"x11" image in Photoshop. This one I placed just the floral paper from the Shabby Fair kit. I printed this on 8.5"x11" Epson Premium Presentation paper. This will be used for making the scalloped circle base.

I places the printed 12x12 paper on my Silhouette mat and fed it into the Cameo.  I cut the shapes for the lid, pot, spout and handle.

In Silhouette Studio, I made a duplicate of the scalloped circle base piece. I positioned both to fit on an 8.5" x 11" area. I then put the 8.5"x11" printed paper on the mat, fed it into the Cameo and cut the 2 scalloped circles.

I folded and adhered the pot piece and lid piece into their appropriate shape.  I adhered the 2 scalloped circle base pieces back-to-back to create a stronger base with patterned paper on both the top and bottom.

There is a folded tab at the edge of both the spout and handle piece that would have been adhered to the outside of the pot. I folded those tabs back on my 2 handle pieces. I placed the 2 handle pieces back-to-back and adhered all but the tabs. I repeated this same process with the spout. I then used an X-acto knife to cut a small slit on each side of the pot, One for where the handle tabs would be inserted and one for where the spout tabs would be inserted.  I inserted each piece, bending the tabs back against the inside wall of the pot and adhered.

After adhering the pot to the scalloped circle base, I used a bit of clear glue to adhere a string of pearls around the bottom edge of the pot.  I adhered some lace trim to the outer edge of the lid. I also added a string of pearls around the edge of the lid.

To make the teapot even more shabby, I decided not to use the knob cut out that came with the Silhouette shape. Instead, I made a knob using layered flowers.  I used flower wire and glue to adhere the flowers. I poked a small hole through the center of the lid and slipped the floral wire through it. I used some glue to secure it under the lid.

Now this cute, shabby teapot is already for gift giving!

Blogging tips