Thursday, September 30, 2010

Halloween Candy Bag with Cindy Loo Cartridge

When you see the Cindy Loo cartridge book you soon discover that this cartridge is full of surprises!  It has an amazing alphabet and this cute little basket!  I have put together a Cricut Design Studio file that you can grab HERE.
The cut file contains the basket, liner, and the "BOO".

If you are cutting these files manually, both bags are cut at 5 ¾” and the BOO letters are 1" regular.  With the liner (orange bag cut), I trimmed off the side tab and the bottom of the basket.  Adhere the liner to the basket, ensuring that the backs of the paper are touching and that the liner scallops are just above the basket scallops when they fold down.
Place adhesive on the basket tabs and fold up the basket.  Ink around all the edges with Charcoal Cat's Eye Chalk Ink.  Place a small foam piece at the bottom of the basket and poke holes for the candy to insert in to.  Create a background for the letters or attach them as they are with Craft Glue Dots®, add in Stickles to embellish the letters and fill the basket with 1/2" slices of accordion folded paper. 
Cricut Cartridge:  Cindy Loo (Provo Craft)
Die Cutting:  Cricut Expression and 12x12 Mat (Provo Craft)
Cardstock:  Pure (Momenta)
Pattern Paper:  Black Tie and Endless Summer (Momenta)
Ink:  Charcoal (Cat's Eye Chalk Ink)
Glitter:  Black Diamond Stickles (Ranger)
Adhesive:  Dot n Go Craft (Glue Dots®)
Misc: Ribbon
If you haven't taken a chance to look at the Cindy Loo cartridge yet, click HERE to see!
-I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots design team-

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Halloween Fun - Gum Holder

This is such a fun, cute, and fast project and the kids love them!  Just perfect for those special trick-or-treators!  Please note that this works with the type of gum package shown in the photo - you will have to adjust for other brands/sizes as they are all so different.
1. Trim base cardstock to 2 ½” x 10” and score at 2 3/16”, 2 11/16”, 6 1/8”, 6 5/8”, and 9 5/8”.
2. Trim the mat cardstock to 2 ¼” x 9”. Adhere on top of the base cardstock, starting at the opposite end of the small score line. Fold on score marks.
3. Trim another piece of base cardstock to 2 ½” x 2” and border punch one side of the 2 ½” length and adhere to the front of the box.
4. Trim a 2 ½” piece of ribbon and place at the top of the border punch piece.
5. Place Halloween Puffy sticker as shown in the photo.
6. To close the box, cut a small tab under the front flap, only going through the first layer. Make a horizontal slit for the tab to tuck in to.

PA-0658 Primary Textured Cardstock Pad (Momenta)
PA-0659 Earthtones Textured Cardstock Pad (Momenta)
ST-2173 Halloween Puffy Phrases (Momenta)
EK Success Border Punch

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Live, Laugh, Enjoy Life

One of my most favorite things about being on a Design Team is the challenge to work with a variety of product and I often find that I am working with items I wouldn't normally purchase.  Though when I received my DT packet from Scrap Tales this month I was really worried about the Lost & Found collection by My Mind's Eye.  Don't get me wrong, I think the paper is lovely, classic if you will...but, it is just so far from my 'normal' zone that I wasn't sure what to do with it! 

Typically paper patterns immediately spark ideas for me and after sitting with this paper for THREE days, I had all but given up!  No ideas what-so-ever.  None.

I picked the paper back up today and began playing with different elements of the paper, cutting them out, folding the patterns, when it finally hit me - a mini album with black and white photos!  Whhheww.  Funny thing - this is actually one of my favorite mini albums I have ever done!  I love the paper with the black and white photos and the pops of red and glitter!  Don't you love it when it just all works out!? 
Pattern Paper:  Lost & Found (My Mind's Eye)
Stickers:  Lost & Found (My Mind's Eye)
Ribbon:  Lost & Found (My Mind's Eye)
Punch:  EK Success
Pen:  Black Multiliner SP (Copic) and White Gel (Sakura)
Embellishments:  Dew Drops (The Robin's Nest)
Misc:  Staples and Foam Squares

Monday, September 27, 2010


This is another creation from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found collection.
This flower is created from the ribbon that comes with this collection.  It is a red stitched ribbon with tissue paper attached to it.  I rolled it as I would a spiral paper flower.  It has a really great texture that unfortunately I wasn't able to capture in the photos (I tried!).
Cardstock:  Black (The Paper Studio)
Pattern Paper:  Lost and Found (My Mind's Eye)
Ribbon:  Lost and Found (My Mind's Eye)
Pen:  Black Multiliner SP (Copic)
Ink:  Charcoal (Cat's Eye Chalk Ink)
Punch:  EK Success

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Witch Hat

• ½” Craft Glue Dots®
• Mini Glue Dots®
• 1” Glue Lines®
• Pattern Paper – Blackbird Collection (My Mind’s Eye)
• Die Cuts – Blackbird Collection (My Mind’s Eye)
• Black Chalk Ink (Cat’s Eye)
• 16” cut of twine

Note:  You can download the cuts for the first two steps through these links:

• Cut a 6 ½” circle from the pattern paper for the base of the hat.
• Cut a circle that has a radius of 5 ½”, cut into thirds (we will only use one of these pieces). Roll loosely to form a cone.

• Place 1” Glue Lines® down one edge of the cone and adhere the other edge over it to secure the cone shape.
• To attach the cone to the bottom circle, fold the ½” Craft Glue Dots® in half and place them over the open rim of the cone, centering each one. Attach to the large circle, pressing firmly.
• Trim a ¼” x 12” and a ¼” x 1” paper for the band. Attach the two pieces together to form a ¼” x 13” piece. Adhere around the base of the cone, placing on top of the folded glue dots from above.
• Place the 16” cut of twine around the bottom of the band, placing over the remaining adhesive. Knot the twine and secure in place placing a Mini Glue Dots® behind the knot.
• Decorate as desired.

-I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots design team-

Saturday, September 25, 2010


I love Halloween, absolutely love it!  The scary decorations are among my favorite...which is where the inspiration for this card came from! 
While I shopping earlier in the month I saw a scary ceramic rustic skull and knew I had to give it a try in Inkscape and this is what I came up with and I LOVE IT!

Pattern Paper: Lost & Found (My Mind's Eye)
Ribbon: Lost & Found (My Mind's Eye)
Font: Edwardian Script ITC
Ink: Charcoal and Chestnut Roan (Cat’s Eye Chalk Ink)
Adhesive:  1/2" Craft Glue Dots®
Jewels – Black (Zva Creative)

So where is the svg file you ask?!
You can get the Skull and Tombston SVG/Studio file HERE
Card Instructions:
• Using black cardstock trim to 5 ½” x 8” and fold in half to form a 5 ½” x 4” Card.
• Trim mat from pattern paper to 5 ¼” x 3 ¾”. Distress the edges and add charcoal ink. Adhere to the card base using ½” Craft Glue Dots, centering.
• Trim two tombstone shapes, making one slightly larger than the other and add charcoal ink around the edges. Using the ½” Craft Glue Dots adhere both pieces to the card mat, centering toward the top of the card.
• Add black glitter to the skull die cut behind the eyes and nose and attach skull to the tombstone, again centering toward the top as shown in the photo.
• Trim a 3” x 1” strip of pattern paper and add sentiment. Distress edges and ink with chestnut roan ink. Attach to the bottom of the card using the ½” Craft Glue Dots.
• Tie the Baker’s twine around the tombstone and decorate with jewels.

-I  wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots design team-

Friday, September 24, 2010

P K Glitz Shake Rattle and Roll Contest

P K Glitz is having a Shake, Rattle, and Roll contest and I can not wait to see what is created!  I am fascinated by shakers and all the different ways people make them!  I used an American Crafts packaging from buttons for this one:
Glitter: Glitz in Purple Iris (P K Glitz)
Adhesive: Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura)
Stamps: banners4all set #9 (Stephanie Barnard, The stamps of life)
Cardstock: Textured (Momenta)
Pattern Paper: Sunshine Lollipops (Sassafras)
Ink: Black (Stayz On)
Ribbon: American Crafts
Plastic: American Crafts Button Packaging
Be sure to click HERE to head over to the P K Glitz blog to see what the other DT Members created and of course to enter yours for your chance at the PRIZE!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

An amazing giveaway for you to check out!

Just wanted to share an amazing giveaway!  Click on the link below to see more!

New Home

The Dixie Pieces Kits have such a variety of contents that coordinate so perfectly together and with all of my P K Glitz Glitters!  Look at the fun Journaling Deco Shape from Jenni Bowlin and the adorable card base using Basic Grey's Glazed Houses which match the Sky's the Limit overlay from My Little Shoebox...just so much fun togther! 
The yellow strip is from a Basic Grey Doilie sheet and I used P K Sticky Tape under it and then added in Glitter Glitz in Baby Blue!
Glitter: Glitz in Baby Blue (P K Glitz)
Adhesive: 1/2" Sticky Tape (P K Glitz)
The following are from the Dixie Pieces Cartoon Kit:
Cardstock: Olive (Bazzil)
Pattern Paper: Basic Grey, My Little Shoebox
Journaling Shape: Jenni Bowlin
Overlay:  Sky's The Limit (My Little Shoebox)
Buttons:  Pastel (American Crafts)
Alpha Stickers:  Whimsies Chocolate Brown (Pink Paislee)
Twine:  Green Bakers Twine
Doilie:  Basic Grey
Punch:  The Paper Studio

I have had so much fun creating with the Dixie Pieces Cartoon Kit and all of my Glitter!  Be sure to keep watching the blog to see more Dixie Pieces Kits from the other Design Team members!  I can't wait...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Teacher Pencil Box

Today I am back with an altered project using P K Glitz Glitter and Dixie Pieces Cartoon Kit
I found a little kraft box on clearance and knew it would be a perfect pencil/supply holder for one of out teachers!
I covered the box with Basic Grey Nook and Pantry Flour Sack double sided paper, inked the edges, and then sprayed the box with adhesive spray and dusted the box with my Yellow Crystal Glitter.  Once the box was dry to the touch, I added a couple layers of Mod Podge to make it more durable! 
I attached little notecards to pencils I covered with P K Glitz Wonder Film and then rolled in Glitter Glitz in Chocolate and Lemonade!

Glitter:  Glitz in Chocolate and Lemonade and Crystals in Yellow (P K Glitz)
Adhesive:  Wonder Film and 1/2" Sticky Tape (P K Glitz)
The following are from the Dixie Pieces Cartoon Kit:
Cardstock: Olive (Bazzil)
Pattern Paper: We R Memory Keepers, Basic Grey
Jewels: Zva Creative
Other Supplies:
Punches: The Paper Studio
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ribbon: American Crafts
Ink: Chestnut Roan (Cat's Eye Chalk Ink)
Flowers: Spare Parts (The Paper Studio)

I'll be back tomorrow with my final project using the Dixie Pieces Cartoon Kit, so be sure to check back!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I don't know why I find it so funny, but every time Gannon puts on his goggles, it just makes me giggle.  He loves wearing them and being able to see under the water as he swims and I love watching it! 
This is another layout using the Dixie Pieces Cartoon Kit!  I love the variety and look at how perfect that Lemonade Glitter Glitz matches the Bazzill Sunbeam cardstock!
Glitter: Glitz in Lemonade (P K Glitz)
Adhesive: 3/8" Sticky Tape(P K Glitz)
The following are from the Dixie Pieces Cartoon Kit:
Cardstock: Skyline and Sunbeam (Bazzil)
Pattern Paper: We R Memory Keepers
Stickers: Whimsies Chocolate Brown - Alpha (Pink Paislee)
Other Supplies:
Punches: EK Success
Pen: Brown (Sharpie)

And yes, I will have more projects from this kit so keep coming back!

Monday, September 20, 2010

just you

Today I am back with the puffy, sparkling letters that I showed you in my last Talk Tuesday Tip and I am using more of the Dixie Pieces Cartoon Kit!
Look at these beautiful papers!  The base paper is We R Memory Keepers and the Scallop paper is My Little Shoebox!  They just look like they were made for each other! 
Glitter: Crystal in Light Pink (P K Glitz)
Adhesive: 1/2" Sticky Tape (P K Glitz) and 3D Crystal Lacquer (Sakura)
The following are from the Dixie Pieces Cartoon Kit:
Base: We R Memory Keepers
Scallop Paper: Whoo Loves You? (My Little Shoebox)
Flower: Pink Blossoms (Zva Creative)
Button:  American Crafts
Ribbon: Bakers Twine Yellow
Stickers: Hog Heaven Pink - Alpha (Sassafrass Lass) and Whimsies Chocolate Brown - Alpha (Pink Paislee)
Other Supplies:
Punches: EK Success

I am really amazed by the amount of products that are in this kit!  Keep checking back because I have more to show you!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

For You

P K Glitz is partnering up with Dixie Pieces Kits and I am loving the combination!  This week I will be using the "Cartoon" kit that Dixie Pieces put out in March!  The kit is FULL of great products and they all coordinate amazingly with my P K Glitz products!  Just check out this bird...
I cut this bird from the My Little Shoebox Whoo Loves You? paper and then traced his eyes, beak, and wing with the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen then covered the area in P K Glitter Glitz (Black for the eyes, Light Yellow for his mouth, and Light Pink for his wings). 
Glitter:  Glitz in Black and Crystal in Light Pink and Light Yellow (P K Glitz)
Adhesive:  Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura)
The following are from the Dixie Pieces Cartoon Kit:
Cardstock:  Sunbeam (Bazzil)
Pattern Paper:  Whoo Loves You? (My Little Shoebox)
Overlay: Sky's the Limit (My Little Shoebox)
Ribbon:  Neapolitan Grosgrain (May Arts)
Stickers:  Whimsies Chocolate Brown - Alpha (Pink Paislee)
Other Supplies:
Punches:  EK Success
Scissors:  Martha Stewart Fringe
Misc:  Twine

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Have you heard?

***This is my second post of the day***
Practical Scrappers is going to have a new FREE magazine style format beginning in October. They are seeking project submissions for the following topics:  

Layouts Submissions can be sent to
Layouts that use five or more photos
Layouts that use black and white photos
Layouts that use distressing techniques

Cards Submissions can be sent to
Cards that use distressing techniques

They will also be looking to feature great projects from their message boards.  If you haven't signed up click HERE - such a fun and welcoming community!

All you have to do to submit is send an email  including a link to your blog, if you have one, and list what country or state you live in.

And here's the best part: EVERYONE who sends in a submission will be entered to win a Clip it up Mini from Clip it Up! So if you've got a project to share, send it in!

Click HERE to be taken to the Practical Scrappers post!

Gift Card Holder with Cindy Loo

Have you seen the Cuttlebug Embossing Companion Folders that coordinate with the Cricut carries a variety at such a wonderful price!  If you haven't seen them, be sure to click HERE to take a look!  This month I have been working with the Cindy Loo Cricut Cartridge, the Cindy Loo Cuttlebug Embossing Companion, and Smooch colors and I have made a Gift Card Holder to share with you!
I have created a Design Studio file for this cut which you can download HERE
You will need to check to make sure that the scallop around the Doily4 embellishment is hidden (select just the scallop and the right-click and do "hide contour").

If you do not have Design Studio, you can cut the elements at the sizes below:
(Please note that the Doily4 will be a separate cut versus being a part of the base as it is in the cut file)

Cutting Chart:
Doily4 with Shadow Option:  2 5/8"
Doily4 with Shadow Option:  2 3/8"
Doily4:  2 3/4"
GftCrHr:  6 1/2"
Tree1 with Font Option:  3/4"

  1. Using a double-sided cardstock, cut the pieces.
  2. Once you have the Gift Card Holder cut, score it and fold.  Emboss with the branch embossing folder, leaving it folded.
  3. Use Smooch Accent Ink to color the Doily4 embellishment on the front of the card.
  4. Place foam squares on the back side of the Doily4 embellishment so that they will be hidden under the 2 5/8" scalloped circle (Doily4 with Shadow option).
  5. Adhere the 2 5/8" scalloped circle on the foam squares and then center and adhere the 2 3/8" scalloped circle on top.
  6. Place adhesive on the back of the "thank you" sentiment and adhere to the center of the matted scalloped circles.
  7. Add in a gift card and embellish with ribbon and a jewel (for the birds eye).
Die Cutting Machine:  Cricut Expression (Provo Craft)
Die Cutting Mat:  12x12 Cricut (Provo Craft)
Cardstock:  Textured (Momenta)
Adhesive: Zapdots (Helmar) and Mono Dots Runner (Tombow) 
Ribbon:  {note}worthy (Making Memorie)
Jewel:  Clear (Hero Arts)

I will be back at the end of them month with another creation with the Cindy Loo cartridge!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Monst(e)rous Frame

Today is my final day with you are a Guest Designer for SEI and I have save my favorite project for last!  I found this little wood frame on clearance and immediately thought of the Monsterville Monster Mash paper!  My intentions were to cover the frame with the monster covered paper and add in a cute photo and put it in my son's room...note I said "intentions"! 
I began by tracing the frame base on the back of the Monster Mash paper and then I centered the frame stand backing and traced again, cutting out the frame and the center.  The frame stand backing is typically larger than the window which allowed me to add a black mat.
Then I adhered my Monster Mash paper to the wood frame and covered with several coats of Mod Podge.  I used the inside cut of the frame inside the window, so the paper patterns line up.  This was going to be the photo mat...but as I finished up this project I realized that I love it just the way it is!
Currently this frame is sitting in my art room, where it will remain until my son (my #1 fan) talks me into allowing him to have it for his room!  :)

I have had so much fun sharing my projects and want to give a big "thank you" to SEI for having me! I have had a blast!

Be sure to stop by the SEI Blog and leave a comment for your chance to win some Mosterville goodies!  :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Halloween Card and Spooky Shirts!

It feels much like Fall here in Michigan!  It makes me want to pull out all of my Halloween decorations, find warm apple cider, and pick pumpkins and apples!  I still have a couple more weeks so to hold me over until then, I have been playing with the Spooks collection from SEI! 
Pattern Paper:  Spooks Collection (SEI)
Cardstock:  Black (Recollections)
Sticker:  Spooks Collection Cardstock Stickers (SEI)
Border: Spooks Collection - Stars (SEI)
Ink:  Charcoal (Cat's Eye Chalk Ink)
Punch:  The Paper Studio
Stamp: Studio G
Misc:  Twine

And you know what else I have been playing with?  More Monsterville!  Did you know that SEI has iron-ons?  Did you know that they have them in the MONSTERVILLE collection!? can build your own monster on your own shirt!  You get to pick the monster arms, eyes, mouths, and more, it just doesn't get better than that in my book!  Here are my monsters, wearing their monsters!  :)
I'll be back tomorrow with another Monsterville project!

My Apologies!

I just realized that 83 of your comments went to my spam folder!  I am so sorry that I didn't realize sooner and I will be reading through them and coming to visit you (or respond) soon!  Silly mail file.  :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cards from SEI's Monsterville Collection!

Today I want to share with you a couple cards that I have created from the Mosterville collection!

First up is a my "Eye" Miss You card (hehe)!
Pattern Paper:  Monstervill Collection (SEI)
Cardstock: Black (Recollections)
Sticker: Monsterville Collection (SEI)
Pen: White Gel (Sakura)
Punch: EK Success Border and Zutter Corner Rounder
Misc: Ribbon

And next up is a Happy Birthday (Swing) card!  I have a template that you can download as a PDF or as a cut file for the Cricut in one of two cartridges (George -or- Plantin Schoolbook) so that you can create your own!
Pattern Paper: Monstervill Collection (SEI)
Ink: Cat's Eye Chalk Ink 
Stamps: Clear G
Misc: Ribbon and Twine

I am returning tomorrow with a Halloween Card and some spooky shirts!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Never Too Old To Swing

Yes, it is a layout from the Monsterville collection just as I said it would be!  I love how versatile this collection is, which is why it is one of my favorites!  The papers match perfectly with or without the monsters and the colors are so bright and bold!    Did you see those little icons to the side of the photo?  Those are actually cardstock stickers that I put on tiny black mats and then popped up with foam squares!  Super cute!

Pattern Paper:  Monsterville Collection (SEI)
Cardstock: White and Black (Recollections)
Alphas:  Momenta
Ribbon:  American Crafts
Button:  American Crafts
Punch:  EK Success
Font: Corinthia (Cut with SCAL)
Pen: Multi-liner SP (Copic)
Misc:  Fiber

Tomorrow I will be back with a couple cards featuring more Monsterville!

Monday, September 13, 2010

SEI Play Day Baby Gift Box

One of my all time favorite SEI collections is Play Day
I love the adorable little animals and all the coordinating prints. 
Today I am going to share with you how to create a gift box using this line!  To begin, you will need one 12"x12" sheet of paper for the main box and a 4"x12" coordinating sheet of paper for the wrap.
With the 12"x12" paper, score at 1", 5", 6", 7", and 11"
Turn your paper and score again at 1", 2", 10", and 11"
With the score marks you just made, cut up to the 2nd score mark (as shown below) on both sides.  These will be the flaps.
Next, fold the center score marks to form a peak.  You will have two sides of the box, a top and a bottom:
Place adhesive on all of the flap areas:
Pull in the side flaps on the top part of the box and then fold the side flap down.  You will do this twice on the top and then twice on the bottom.
Your box should now look like this:
Next we are going to make a wrapper with the 4"x12" coordinating paper.  I used a border punch on the two long sides of the paper.  You will need to score the wrapper at 1", 5", 7", and 11".  Again, the center score marks will need to be folded to form a peak.  This will adhere to the peak of the box.
Punch two holes on each side flap and insert ribbon as shown in the photo above.
Place adhesive throughout the back of the wrapper and adhere to the box, centering.
I cut two pieces of twine and then gather the ribbon (a piece from the bottom and a piece from the top) then tied a bow in the twine to close the box.  All that is left is to decorate the top of the box!  I used a kangaroo from the paper and placed foam squares underneath him then adhered him to a coordinating cardstock piece!
This box is great for a tiny outfit, some onesies, or even a receiving blanket!
Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a layout using the Monsterville collection!
keep creating...Jamie

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Oh My!

My neice is turning SIX toward the end of this month...she is the youngest of our little family and six just seems so 'big-kid' to me!  Yep Jenn, it is time for another!  :)
Paper:  Mosterville Collection (SEI)
Google Eyes:  Monsterville Collection (SEI)
Stickers:  Monsterville Collection (SEI)
Word Bubble:  Monsterville Collction (SEI)
Punch: EK Success
Pen: White Gel (Sakura) and Black Multi-liner SP (Copic)

Be sure to check back in this week as I have SEI Guest Designer projects each day, starting with a new gift box tomorrow!
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