Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Recycled for Christmas

I bet you are all shocked! Four posts in four days! LOL

Today I am sharing a project I made for this week's Cutting Cafe challenge. Regina challenged the design team to create a project using a jar/tin/recycled container. Oh how the ideas flowed and I had ideas for jars and tin cans and then I remembered I have over 100 of these in the basement. My mom buys LOTS of peanuts (because dad loves peanuts and she makes salted peanut rolls) and fruit that comes in these containers. Knowing that I like to make something out of containers like this and I was looking for something to use for a camp craft, she's been saving these for me for a couple years.

I finally got around to actually doing something creative with them. We have used them for freezing our apple cider and I like to use them for tea bags, hot cocoa mix, chex mix, crackers, etc and have them sitting out esp when the kiddos come home. Now after decorating ONE, I can't wait to do some more. This time, I will have a fun coordinated set for the Christmas goodies I have around when the kids come home.


As you can see in the first photo, the lids are blue. I spray painted the top and sides only with a hammered metal paint. I also had a hammered brown, but I think next time we go to the city, I will see if I can find a black and switch out lids. What do you think? Think black would look better?

So, for the deets...I used Cutting Cafe's 3D Christmas Tree Set and resized them to fit the panel I had cut for the front of the container. Then I just inked them with PaperTrey white ink and adhered them with Tombow's Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I wasn't sure what adhesive to use to adhere the whole thing to the plastic container, but tried the Mono Multi and it worked perfectly.

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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Visions of Sugarplums ~ Day 3

This has been so much fun creating for Lori's VOSP. I hope that you have been inspired and have taken a chance to win some great prizes. If you are here from Greta Hess' blog, you are in the right spot. If you happened upon my blog, be sure to start at Lori's blog so as to not miss all the wonderful inspiration.

Today is the last day of the hop and I have a combo gift card/candy treat project to share with you today. I was inspired by 2 different youtube tutorials on how to make these. I created the size according to BJPeters channel and the tips from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.

The pretty designer paper is from Bo Bunny's Altitude collection and the solid is from a company I used to design for that is no longer in business. The sentiment I typed and printed myself.

The black that you see where the notched end is on the right is the gift card. It fits right inside.


Here is a closer look at the Hershey Kisses inside. Five fit perfectly.

Challenge Info:  The challenge is to create a project with a Christmas/Winter theme. You can go and get the details on how to enter HERE.   The prize is $25 gift certificate to Freckled Fawn.  

Here is a list of the companies who are giving prizes:
The Cutting Café :   Orange You Cute Kit
Paper Sweeties:  $25 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn:  $25 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh:  $25 gift certificate
The Funkie Junkie Boutique:  $25 worth of new Tim Holtz Christmas Idea-ology Products
Birch Press Design:  $20 gift certificate
TheTwinery:  Sample Pack

And here is a list of everyone playing today. Be sure to start with Lori's (our host) blog as all the details on how to enter for prizes and play along in the challenge is on her blog. Leave a comment on each blog as well. Every time you comment, your name gets entered for the prizes. 

Thank you for stopping by and for all your kind comments the last couple of days. Now it's time to head over to the super talented Lisa Bzibziak.

Here is a list of the designers posting today.
Debbie Fisher {you are here}

Monday, December 5, 2016

Visions of Sugarplums ~ Day 2

Welcome back to day 2 of Lori Hairston's Vision of Sugarplums blog hop! WOW! Wasn't yesterday's hop full of fun and inspiration?! If you came here from Greta Hess' blog, you are in the right place. If you are starting here, be sure to go to Lori's blog and get all the information you need to enter the wonderful prizes she has available.There are prizes for commenting and prizes for participating in her Christmas/Winter challenge.

Today's post is a fun gift to give that has a personal touch. I like to crochet dishcloths and try to have several on hand for when I need a little something. A few weeks before Thanksgiving, Bath and Body was having a HUGE sale and I ordered some fun scented hand soaps to go with my crocheted dishcloths to give as gifts as I need them.

I do a very simple dishcloth after trying several patterns. I found that if I crochet 27 and then half double crochet until it is square, I can get two dishcloths from one skein of cotton yarn. This variegated colored yarn went perfectly with this sun ripened strawberry soap.


Challenge Info:  The challenge is to create a project with a Christmas/Winter theme. You can go and get the details on how to enter HERE.   The prize is $25 gift certificate to Freckled Fawn.  

Here is a list of the companies who are giving prizes:
The Cutting Café :   Orange You Cute Kit
Paper Sweeties:  $25 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn:  $25 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh:  $25 gift certificate
The Funkie Junkie Boutique:  $25 worth of new Tim Holtz Christmas Idea-ology Products
Birch Press Design:  $20 gift certificate
TheTwinery:  Sample Pack

And here is a list of everyone playing today. Be sure to start with Lori's (our host) blog as all the details on how to enter for prizes and play along in the challenge is on her blog. Leave a comment on each blog as well. Every time you comment, your name gets entered for the prizes. 

Now it's time to head over to the super talented Lisa Bzibziak.

Here is a list of the designers posting today.
Debbie Fisher {you are here}

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Visions of Sugarplums ~ Day 1


Welcome to the first day of Visions of Sugarplums hosted by Lori Hairston! I am honored to be playing along with some very talented designers. This is a 3 day event filled with lots of inspiration and prizes along the way. Be sure to read to the end to see how you can enter to win.

I am going to be posting all 3 days and to kick it off I have some fun stocking stuffer ideas. While I was laid up for 6 months and unable to walk for 3 of those, I did a lot of youtube watching and found some fun ideas to create. One of my favorite youtubers to watch for crafty ideas was lyriclover810. I created these first two items from her tutorials here and here.

This first one is a hot cocoa pocket with a straw stirrer. How cute is that? It is so simple. Just take a long business sized envelope, seal shut, cut at 4" from each closed short end and cover with designer paper. I added a ribbon and mini tag with a punched snowflake and sequin.

This is a mini Hershey pack. You can click on the link I provided above to see lyriclover810's tutorial

 

She also shows how to make a nugget pack here, but I made mine fit on a "tray" and got the inspiration from several sites on Pinterest.

and then some covered mini notepads. I've been making these for years. They are the perfect little gift to have on hand when you need a little something to give.



Challenge Info:  The challenge is live right now. You can go and get the details on how to enter HERE.   The prize is $25 gift certificate to Freckled Fawn.  

Here is a list of the companies who are giving prizes:
The Cutting Café :   Orange You Cute Kit
Paper Sweeties:  $25 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn:  $25 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh:  $25 gift certificate
The Funkie Junkie Boutique:  $25 worth of new Tim Holtz Christmas Idea-ology Products
Birch Press Design:  $20 gift certificate
TheTwinery:  Sample Pack

Here is a list of everyone playing today. Be sure to start with Lori's (our host) blog as all the details on how to enter for prizes and play along in the challenge is on her blog. Be sure to leave a little love along the way on each blog as well. The names chosen for the prizes come from the comment section on Lori's blog.



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Apple Doodle

For my Tombow project this month we were challenged to use their new Beginner Lettering Set. After many attempts to try to make something even closely resemble lettering, let's just say I think I need the "pre-beginner" set. LOL But in the kit were a couple of dual brush pens (obviously meant for lettering) that I could use and 2 fine tip pens, with one of them having a different tip on each end.

So I needed to come up with something and lettering wasn't going to be it, although I would LOVE to take a lettering class and have someone really help me learn this technique. Adult coloring books are all the rage now and I found this lovely zentangle apple on Pinterest as a free printable...

So I decided to color with Tombow's Irojiten Colored Pencils, Dual Brush Pens (I like to use the brush pens over the pencils for shading), the gray N75 that came in the kit for some shadow work and the finest of the calligraphy pens that was in the set they sent me, to do some doodle work around the colored image piece.

I also used Mono Adhesive Dots to adhere the panel pieces to the card.

Visions of Sugarplums Coming Soon

I'm exited to be playing along again this year with Lori from Choux Choux Paper Art and a great group of designers that she has planned for this year.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Cutting Cafe Gable Boxes

This week on Cutting Cafe is free week, meaning we can use any files we want for our challenge. I chose the Gable Box Template and Cutting File again as I had so much fun creating with it last time and I was wanting some boxes for treats for the upcoming holidays.

Because I chose fun patterned cardstock, I  used the no window option on all the boxes below. The first 3 are using the small box option.

I just love this designer paper. I think I will make a tag that says "from our house to yours" and fill with some homemade candy.


This snowman box is created from the large box option. You cut 2 boxes and then adhere them together at the sides to create a large box. 

Here I have taken a picture with the small and large box by each other so you can see the size difference.

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, November 6, 2016

Peppermint Gable Box

Can you believe it is only a few weeks until Christmas? I've really struggled with the time sneaking up on my this year since I was laid up with an injured ankle that refused to heal for several months. But regardless, Christmas will be here soon and Regina's challenge for the DT this week was a perfect chance to create some fun boxes for goodies for friends and family.
The Gable Box Template and Cutting File comes with assorted window options or no window as I have done here. Regina has the files so that you can cut 2 large pieces to put together to make a large box or one whole piece on one sheet of 12" x 12" (which is created so that you can cut 2 boxes out at once).

I cut 3 pieces for the bottom and glued them together to make a strong base to hold whatever I put inside. I'm thinking some peppermint Hershey Kisses or Ghiradelli chocolates would be a fun treat. Maybe some peppermint tea too.
Because of the thickness of my bottom piece, I put it to the inside and glued the flaps to it, rather than gluing it to the bottom of the flaps.

 I went with an all red and white peppermint theme and used the smaller box file. This box measures 3" wide x 2.5" deep x 3.5" tall. While I had my Silhouette out, I cut several boxes with different Christmas cardstock (both large and small), so I will be showcasing those later as I get them all decorated.

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.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

HOPE

October and November are cancer awareness months and the Cutting Cafe design team is creating projects reflecting cancer awareness. Regina challenged us to create any project using files from THIS link. I chose to create a project for Breast Cancer Awareness. I'm sure there are many of you who this has affected either personally or a friend, neighbor, family member, etc.

I chose 2 files from the list to create this card.
Breast Cancer T-Shirt & You Gotta Have Hope Printable Stamp Set



I used Tombow adhesives for adhering all the pieces.

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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Rubber Ducky

This is what I made for shower invitations that was a rubber ducky theme. I did not put on the shower, was just asked to make invites for it.

I made 40 of these using My Scrap Chicks' Rubber Ducky A2 Easel Card cutting file. I made these into postcards rather than an easel card.

I used Tombow's Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere all the pieces except for the eyes. Tombow has a Mono Glue Pen that is perfect for gluing tiny pieces or intricately cut pieces that would be hard to use other adhesives on.

Book Review: The Wish



The Wish by Beverly Lewis is the latest book I have received from Bethany House. I love B. Lewis' writings and have read almost all if not all of the books she has written.

This is an Amish story (one of my favorite genres to read) and is about an Amish girl Leona who befriends Gloria when they move next door and they become best friends. Gloria's family moves in the middle of the night and Leona doesn't hear from her friend for years.

Then one day she receives a letter from Gloria and finds out the family has left the Amish faith and Gloria is needing to see Leona. Leona decides to go visit Gloria, but her fiance is worried that she might not come back, esp since Leona dated Gloria's brother briefly before the family left.

While I liked reading this story, it didn't seem to move as smoothly as the other books I have read. I didn't feel like it was one of Beverly's best writings, but will still look forward to reading her new book that comes out in April of next year.

**I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**

Saturday, October 8, 2016

BFB The Angel of Forest Hill


The Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall is the latest book I have received and read from Blogging for Books. I love all the books I've read by C. Woodsmall, so had a pretty good feeling about this one as well and I wasn't mistaken. There are even 2 recipes shared that you can try.

This book is an Amish Christmas romance story about Rose and Joel. Joel's wife dies after giving birth. It is an Amish custom for someone from the community to help out, but because it is so small, they seek help from another community and Rose, the only girl of 12 children is sent. In order for Rose to live in the house and help out, they must marry and their marriage is one of convenience.

Not only does she marry a man she doesn't know, but now Rose has 3 small children and a home to care for. She came from a family that wasn't kind to her and is looking for kindness and love. Joel is grieving the loss of his wife. As time goes by Rose begins to have strong feelings for Joel and then a new beautiful widow comes to the community and among misunderstandings, Rose's heart is broken again.

This story is one of love and forgiveness and understanding. It is a small book and can easily be read in a day. Once you start, you won't want to put it down.

 I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books and this is my honest review.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books and this is my honest review.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books and this is my honest review.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Corn Candy Milk Carton Box

I'm back with a project for this week's Cutting Cafe challenge. I was sick and missed out on the last challenge, so it's been awhile since I've done anything creative.

Regina challenged us with our choice of two files: 
Halloween Fall Milk Carton or
3 Halloween Treat Cup Cards

Both are such fun files to work with. I chose the first, but also chose to include the file Candy Corn Trio Shaped Card Template. I did this, because I wanted to try and make a Corn Candy Milk Carton.

To create this box, I just opened one of the milk cartons and in Silhouette, erased the shaped lines and then copy and pasted one of the candy corn images from Candy Corn Trio Shaped Card Template and pasted and centered it where the other image was.


I cut a piece of orange designer paper to fill the opening and then adhered the top and bottom pieces to the orange piece. I made a "belly band" to fit around the top to hold it closed and then added some orange and black twine with a sentiment.

I used Tombow's Xtreme Adhesive to glue the box shut and Mono Glue Stick to adhere the panels to the box and candy corn pieces to the orange panel.
I'm really liking how it turned out. These are so quick and easy to create, that you could make several of them in no time. Just curious....do you say Candy Corn or Corn Candy? For some reason in our family it was Candy Corn.

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.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Happy Harvest

The Cutting Cafe DT is getting ready for fall this week. To help us along, Regina has challenged each of us to use any design from her Autumn Sentiment Card Frames Printable Set. This is such a fun and quick way to create some cards.

I created this card using the Happy Harvest version and adding the jar from the stamp set I had her create for me. I used Tombow's Dual Brush Pens to create the stems and fall leaves.



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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

BFB God Gave Us Thankful Hearts

Today I have a fun book review. This one is a children's book. I'm always looking for books to read to my nephews when they come, so now I have a new one I can read next time they come to visit.


God Gave Us Thankful Hearts by Lisa Tawn Bergren is a beautiful story in learning that there is always something to be thankful for. Little Pup was focusing on what he didn't have and his mom shows him to be thankful in every season. This is a great lesson for children and adults alike.

Mama says in the book "the trick to having a thankful heart, is thinking about the things that make us happy, rather than the things that don't." wise words for us all.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

#1 Teacher

It's Back to School Week with the Cutting Cafe. With most kids heading back to school this week, we were challenged to use one of the following files to create our projects:
Pencil or Apple Treat Cup
Pencil Shaped Card
Apple Shaped Card

I chose the Pencil Shaped Card file for my project. I just used the top pieces and resized them to fit a small Michael's gift sack to make this fun gift sack for a favorite teacher.

To make the pencil a little more real like, I scored lines in to the yellow piece and ran some silver cardstock through my paper corrugator to give it some dimension. I know the ridges actually run the other way, but it still works for me.
 After layering the pieces, corner rounding the eraser points, I adhered it to the paper bag with some strong adhesive from Tombow. Xtreme Adhesive is perfect for this and I don't have to worry that it will come apart.

 Now I just need to fill it with some teacher goodies

Friday, August 19, 2016

Custom Stamped Cards

Have you heard the news? Regina over on the Cutting Cafe Shop can make you custom stamps. These can be with images she already has in her shop, or something original that you come up with.

I have created 2 cards using the first 2 stamp sets I've had her make. The first card uses the alphabet background in a set I had her create for me using her own images.

 The apple is a cut file from Apple Treat Box that I shrunk way down. I hand drew the stem and hand cut the leaf. "Thank you" is from another set I had her create.

My second card uses the jar from the set I had her create with her images. Regina wraps the stamp sets with tissue paper and inside is a bunch of confetti. I saved the flowers, knowing I would want to reuse them. I was thinking in a shaker, but then got the idea to use them for flowers. I just drew the stems and leaves with a Tombow Dual Brush Pen. I then added sequins to the center of each flower.
I stamped the jar in a light aqua ink onto watercolor paper and then using a Tombow Blender Pen, smoothed out the lines.

Here is a peek at the stamp set I had created.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

BFB: Fraying at the Edge

Fraying at the Edge   -     By: Cindy Woodsmall
Today I have a book review for one of my favorite genres: Amish. Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall (also one of my favorite artists) is the second book in her series The Amish of Summer Grove. I was also blessed to have received the first book in the series Ties That Bind that I worte about almost a year ago here.

Ariana Brenneman was raised Old Order Amish, but finds out 20 years later, she was switched at birth. Her birth family is atheist and the baby she was switched with is Skylar. Skylar is addicted to prescription drugs and is forced to make a decision: rehab or go live with her Amish birth family.

Both girls struggle with their new families as you can well imagine. This was a different twist than is normally written about the Amish and I really enjoyed it. While I feel that most books can stand on their own in a series, it really seemed like I would have been lost a bit had I not read the first book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Monday, August 15, 2016

Book Review: A Heart Most Certain

I was introduced  to a new to me author via Bethany House in the book A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears.
#1: A Heart Most Certain  -     By: Melissa Jagears

This is a historical romance story, which is one of my favorite types of books to read. Even though the stories aren't real, the authors tend to do lots of research of the time periods and that makes them enjoyable. It is set in Teaville, KS (just the name of the town lead me to believe it was going to be a great book!) in 1905,

Lydia wants to join the Teaville Moral Society, but maybe not for the right reasons. Her father is deep in debt and her mother is dying. Lydia has it in her head that if she marries into money her problems will be solved.

For her part in the Society, she needs to get the wealthiest man to donate to the cause. Nicholas refuses. He donates to causes that that are private and not to make a big show of  his generosity.

The two butt heads as you can imagine, but learn the true meaning of not only charity, but what happens when you judge others and their lives. Even though this is set in the early 1900's, there is so much we can learn from the story today.

This is the first book in the Teaville Moral Society Series and after reading this book, I look forward to the others in the series.

**I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**

Friday, August 12, 2016

Happy Notepad

This month for Tombow's Ambassador Program, I received . This Xtreme Adhesive is perfect for making my mini notepads in adhering the notepad to the inside cover. I know that the adhesive will hold the notepad for the duration of it's use.


These notepads are fun for me to make. You can get two from one jr. legal notepad (I get mine cut in 1/2 at Office Max), an 8.5" x 11" piece of cardstock and then use your scraps to decorate the front and top of notepad.