Friday, July 24, 2015


Today I have another Christmas in July project for you as the guest designer for Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbon. I like to look at files and try to find other ways to use them. For my project today I used 4 different files from PPPR.

The "blocks" are from their Puzzle Cube file. I opened in my Silhouette and then chose to cut the outline only. If I would have chosen to  just "cut", it would have cut markings for where to put all the little pieces to look like a Rubics Cube.

The "n" and "e" come from Fall Phrases. I just took the letters from the fall words that had an "n" and "e" and then separated them from the rest of the words so that I only cut the letters I needed.

To create the "O", I used Ornament Trio. I just used the background of the candy striped ornament. and then for the "L", I used the stocking from Christmas Stockings and flipped the stocking horizontally so that it looked like and "L". I'm thinking this stocking could also be a "J" for spelling "JOY" (flipped the other way of course Ü)

To finish the blocks off, I added designer paper behind my "N*O*E*L" letters and glued to the boxes while they were flat and then adhered the finish blocks together and added some May Arts ribbon and red and white berries. The beautiful papers are from Fancy Pants Designs' "Oh, Deer!" collection.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this project.

Monday, July 20, 2015

rustic vintage bridal shower

This is a dual post. It is combining the next Cutting Café challenge and the next in line shower that I helped host.

The Cutting Café theme is Anything Goes (each design team member can create with any CC file they choose) and the shower's theme was rustic/vintage and we used lots of jars.

This is probably my favorite shower to date that I've done. Not only do I love the theme, I just love how everything came together. The bride also has a special place in my heart as she is marrying a young man that is not only good friends with my boys, but we have a special relationship too. A special one in the way that a mother/son have without the angst of raising a young man at times. LOL!

The invite I created uses Cutting Cafe's 13 SHAKER CARD TEMPLATES AND CUTTING FILES. The bride-to-be's wedding colors are teal and coral with hints of silver, navy, and yellow. I stretched the file out so that it would fit in a regular sized envelope. The invite size is 3.5" x 5.75". I used this jar many times and in many ways for the shower.

I also used the jar file to make banners and stretched and squatted them so that I have 4 different sizes. Here is a small one that we tied to an old wagon wheel that we had on the farm and Hannah is going to use at the reception.

 This was right when you walked in the door of where the reception was held. All the other showers were in our church gym, but this one was held at the youth group center. It is more rustic and fit the theme better.

Even the sign in sheet had a jar on it:

The "H" and "Z" were not only part of the decor, but part of my gift to the bride

Straws just make everything more fun! Tea and water served in jars...

You can see another longer jar banner here hanging on an old window that was in our basement. I cleaned it up and now am going to use it on the wall in my living room.
We used yarrow growing wild in the ditches and fields for the flowers

Dessert was fruit crisps made and served in jelly jars: peach, cherry, rhubarb, and blueberry. Sorry for the blurry photos!

Here you see the jar once more shrunk way down to make tags for each jar naming the flavor of the crisps.

We also had jars homemade vanilla, caramel, and chocolate toppings as well as chopped nuts to add to the frozen yogurt served on the crisps.

 I was so busy taking photos of the sign in and food table I forgot to take a picture of what was on the tables, so I kinda recreated it at home. It was a tree slice with a white doily and then a coral doily cut from cardstock. On that was this candle holder...

single turquoise flower in a cold coffee drink jar with coral chevron burlap and not pictured below a burlap and doily wrapped soup can with lots of white yarrow.

The cut doily and banner on the invite were cutting files from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbon called:
Doilies 1 Cutting File and Simple Banner Shapes.

Many thanks to the gals that helped me with this shower. It was fun to pool all our vintage goodies together to create this special day for Hannah and her family and friends.

thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

BFB Hiding in the Light

Hiding in the Light: Why I risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus was a powerful book. The subtitle really tells it all without giving a lot of details away. This is a true story of a young Muslim girl's journey of leaving her family's faith to follow Jesus and what happened because of it.

It is so hard to understand how family can cut off another because of their beliefs and a reminder of how "easy" we really have it in America. This is an eye opener of what could come and may very well already be seeping in to our culture.

This young lady is truly an inspiration and I would strongly encourage you to read her story.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Monday, July 6, 2015

Christmas in July

We are celebrating Christmas in July over at the Cutting Cafe this week. It has been too hot here for me and I was hoping that thinking about Christmas would make it feel cooler...only worked by being in the house with the AC running. But today it IS cooler, so maybe it did work! LOL

The design team was given free reign over all the Christmas files. So much fun, but so hard to choose! I had changed my mind so many times on what to create. My ideas ran all over the gamut from cards to banners to blocks get the idea. LOL. 

I finally decided to make a Peppermint Candy Box using the file by the same name. When it is holiday baking time, I will make some peppermint fudge and put in the box to gift someone.

The fun glittery peppermint accent to the center of the box was one of six fun little ornaments in a pkg that I got at Dollar General after Christmas for 10¢. I knew they would come in handy some time!

Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Lilla Rose winner

Congratultions Sue  Horky, you are the Winer! Please send me your e-mail and mailing address.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Lilla Rose Review and Give-a-way

Today I am sharing my thoughts on a Lilla Rose hair clip I received in exchange for my review. My friend Michelle is now a consultant for Lilla Rose and you can find her website here.

I have a large clip that I love and use to put all my hair up. For those of you who know me, you know I have very thick and curly hair. I could never find a clip that would work on all my hair until I tried my first Lilla Rose clip. The cool thing about these clips is that they are flexible and can hold a lot of hair or very thin and fine hair if you use a smaller clip.

For this review, I chose a small clip as I was wanting something I could use to just pull up the sides of my hair to the top of my head and possibly to use as a pony tail holder. I was so excited to find out that the clip I chose allows me to do both! I chose Lilla Rose's 1-0648 Flora Metals.
The clip is very tight if I use it as a pony tail holder with my hair dry, but still holds. It works better if I put it in while my hair is still damp. I love that it holds all day and doesn't give me a headache by being to tight or my hair constantly coming out like when I use other products.

Here are a couple of pictures of me using it with my hair up on the sides and in a pony tail. You can really see how the clip is flexing on the pony tail.

Now on to the fun part! The giveaway...
*Michelle is offering this giveaway as an Independent Lilla Rose Consultant: 1 flexi-clip of $16 value or less that is in stock (flexi of the month excluded) 

*This giveaway is open to readers who are not currently registered as Lilla rose Customers

* the winner will need to register on Michelle's site as a new customer and she will send them a free flexi (Offer valid in US only)

* all you have to do to enter is go to Michelle's site and watch the sizing video to find your size. Then pick out your favorite clip and leave a comment here on this post telling me what it is. I will leave this open until July 3rd and draw a name on July 4th.

*for those of you who don't win and are not currently a Lilla Rose customer, Michelle will offer a Buy 3 get 1 free coupon!! all you need to do is register as a customer at and purchase any 3 items. **Offer valid in US only. Offer is for one free item $16 or less available on the Lilla Rose website. Offer good for new online customers only and one per household. No cash value or exchanges. Must be 16 years of age. Registering on the Lilla rose website with a valid personal email address is required to take advantage of this offer.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

owl woodland baby shower

Shower #11 and counting for the year! Ü This was a woodland theme focusing on owls. Baby Wood's (how cool is that? the last name is Wood and it's a woodland theme) nursery is decorated in pink, green and gray. I went more pink, green and browns for the shower.

It all started off with an owl invite to the afternoon shower using a Silhouette file (all the links will be at the bottom of this post):

I found some adorable owl plates, but they were over $10.95 for 8, plus a ridiculous shipping charge, so that wasn't happening. These plates don't have owls on them, but they ARE baby and they ARE the perfect colors. Snagged these at the Dollar Tree, so definitely a much better deal.

For the table centerpieces, I made more of the owls that I made for the invites and inserted a wooden skewer between 2 owls that I glued together. There is a foam piece in the jar that the skewer inserts into and then added the green flowers. The small pinecones were picked locally.

We had two kinds of cupcakes: vanilla and chocolate. I used LARGE pinecones all the way from CA  for the tags telling what the food was. The pinecones were from my cousin for her nieces wedding that she picked in her yard. Thank you Brandy for letting me borrow them!

 Trail mix:

pink coated chocolate candies (like sixlets) that someone donated asking if I was going to have a shower that had pink...they worked perfectly for this shower

These were so much fun! So thankful to Jean who was willing to make these for me! She made 3 different kinds with meats and cheeses in them.

This punch was not only the perfect color, but so refreshing! Only 2 ingredients: raspberry sherbet and 7-UP!

Centerpiece on the sign in table

Here is the momma to be. Can't wait to meet baby girl Wood! 

Owl invite file
Owl cupcake inspiration
Owl printable on sign in sheet and food tags
Owl Tortilla Roll Ups

Monday, June 15, 2015

May Arts Ribbon Flower Challenge

Back in May, I entered my idea for a flower using May Arts ribbon and was chosen along with 9 others for their Ribbon Flower Challenge. We got to choose the ribbons we wanted to create with this time instead of them choosing the ribbons.

I created 2 flowers to share with you using the following:

Here is how to create the flowers. The steps are the same for both, just minus a layer for the second one.

1. cut 4-5 5" circles of 471-5-16 Olive  tulle 5". I just fussy cut them. Add a little glue to the center of each one to hold them together

2. Leaving a little tail, and using a running stitch, sew along the top of 468-25-17 pink floral 2.5" and gather to create a circle. Knot the tail ends together.

3. Cut 4 flowers from 393-25-09 ivory floral sheer ribbon 2.5" and cut each flower in half (you will have one half left over)
 with the 1/2 flower, fold end to the back to create a triangle and glue. Do this to all 7 pieces

4. Crochet a flower with 471-5-16 Olive  tulle 5" using these instructions from my friend Melissa:

ch5, sl st to form a circle, 10 sc in circle, in first sc you will: *sc, 3dc, sc.* You will repeat from *-* in every other sc in circle. After completing last petal, you will sl st to the first petal to finish off.

5. Now just start layering and glueing

 To finish the flower off, I used some of the left over twine for the button

this flower was created the same as above minus the pink floral and with a smaller button.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to go to the May Arts blog to see what the other challengers created.