Thursday, December 6, 2018

Christmas Mason Jars

It's all about Christmas this week for the Cutting Cafe Design Team. We got to choose any file from Regina's Christmas file section to create with. I chose to use the holly from Christmas Bag Toppers and then a non-Christmas file; the mason jar from Mason Jar Shaped Cards to create my projects.

I love how they turned out. I got the idea to make these boxes from Pinterest here. I made my own pattern for a box to go between two cut jars. Then I wrapped some gold twine around the top and tied off with a jingle ball.

Each box has a packet of hot cocoa mix, some mini marshmallows, chocolate macchiato candy cane, and I will also add a ghiradelli chocolate when I am able to get to the store. I think these turned out really cute and plan to make a few more for gifts.




Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow 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. 

I am linking these up to Lori Hairston's visions of Sugarplums challenge. You can go HERE to play along. chouxchouxpaperart.com

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fun with Crates

The Cutting Cafe design team is sharing gift ideas with you this week using files from the Cutting Cafe. I chose to use the Fun with Crates Cutting File. Inside I inserted a box of candy and handmade dishcloth. Also behind the box that you can't see is some hot chocolate packets. I will add a candy cane to the box as well.

After cutting my crate box, I embossed it with a wood grain embossing folder and then distressed it with ink to look like wood.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog later today 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, November 6, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving Large Circle

We are creating with large word circles this week on the Cutting Cafe. I chose to create this 6 x 6 scrapbook page with my preemie granddaughter's feet, using Happy Thanksgiving Day Huge Circle Word printable file.


Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow 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, November 1, 2018

Halloween Scrapbook Pages for NICU

Back in September when I made THESE cute Teacup Mouse Kisses for the nurses in NICU, one of the nurses asked Kassy (my DIL) if I would be interested in making Halloween scrapbook pages for the doors of each NICU baby's room. I said yes and this turned into making Thanksgiving and Christmas ones as well. :)

The nurses are so good to the families in the NICU where my granddaughter is. On their own, they create scrapbook pages and take pictures of the babies and put them on the outside doors to their rooms. This is just one of MANY things they do to make something "normal"/special for the parents and babies.

I quick took these pics and then headed to see my granddaughter and kids and didn't view the pics first, so they aren't the best quality, but I have some friends who wanted to see what I created. I made 28 pages. If it says "babies", ghost footprints of multiples (twins or triplets) go on those pages and if it says "baby", footprints of one baby.










and here is what the page looks like with Saoirse Grace.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween

I haven't talked a lot about my granddaughter on here, mostly for security/privacy reasons. My beautiful granddaughter was born 10.5 weeks early and is still in NICU. Friends of my son and DIL gave Saoirse Grace a cute stuffed turtle. The kids asked if I could crochet a turtle outfit that matches the little stuffed turtle.

I was able to and took it when I went to visit on Monday. They put it on her after one of her cares and she totally rocked it! Isn't she "turtle-y" adorable?!


 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

12 Halloween Loaded Bags

I shared one loaded bag HERE that I made for the nurses in the NICU where my granddaughter has been since her birth. Here are the rest of them that I made. I made these up and took them to the NICU for my DIL to pass out to her favorite nurses as a thank you for all that they have done for Saoirse Grace and my kids. I have a new and deep appreciation for these nurses and the care that they give to these precious little ones born early.














Monday, October 29, 2018

Teacup Mouse Kisses

Back in September, I made these cute mouse teacup Hershey kiss boxes for a few of the nurses in the NICU where Saoirse Grace is as a thank you for the great care the nurses have been giving no only her, but Benjamin and Kassy as well. The last Wed in September was NICU Nurse Appreciation Day, so a perfect time to say "thank you".


I was inspired by a card on THIS blog and made it into a Hershey Kiss box.
 I used the mouse from THIS cutting file and the teacup from THIS file.




Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Halloween and Fall Window Boxes FREE

Hello Friends!

Regina over at the Cutting Cafe is offering until midnight October 27th for free:

HALLOWEEN WINDOW BOXES - TEMPLATES AND CUTTING FILES

REFERENCE SHEET PICTURES
Be sure to go HERE to get all the info. Here is a peek at a few that she made up. 
Halloween


AND she isn't just stopping there with the freebies!! She is also offering a new fall set!
FALL WINDOW BOXES - TEMPLATES AND CUTTING FILES
REFERENCE SHEET PICTURES FALL

and a few of her samples:
Fall

You can go HERE to find out how to get this fall set free as well!

Aren't these adorable! You can fill them with sweet and/or non sweet items for a special friend or family member. I'm going to try and make some up today as well, so be sure to stop back and see what I created.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Halloween Loaded Bag

Welcome back to another Cutting Café bi-monthly challenge. This week's challenge was a "freebie" week, meaning the design team gets to choose any file(s) they want to create with. I chose to use Halloween and Fall Basic Shapes with the ghost to create this loaded Halloween bag. I am in the process of making 13 bags for nurses in the NICU where my granddaughter has been since August 27th.


Each bag has a Halloween themed notepad, fun straw, packet of apple cider mix, wrapped Hershey candy bar, pen or pencil and an altered clothespin with a magnet on the back that can be used on the refrigerator (or wherever they like) to hold notes, photos, etc.

I am making these as a thank you for the great care my granddaughter and kids are receiving from these wonderful nurses.

I will post the others that I made when I get them all done and photo'd.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow 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. 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Halloween Pillow Boxes

Pillow Boxes for Halloween is the challenge this week on the Cutting Cafe. I used the pillow box form from Halloween Pillow Boxes and then for the one on the left, I cut the skull from Halloween Photo Props.


Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow 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, September 20, 2018

Pumpkins

Can you believe that September is more than 1/2 over? Time has been flying by. Regina of Cutting Cafe challenged the design team to create a project using pumpkins from any of these files. I love anything fall related, so the only hard part of this challenge was to decide what file to use as I had so many ideas, but not time to make everything I would like to. I used two files that I have listed below my project.

Happy Halloween sentiment from 3 Halloween Treat Cup Cards
Pumpkin from Halloween and Fall Basic Shapes

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow 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, September 6, 2018

Hearts for the NICU

It's "Anything Goes" this week for the Cutting Cafe challenge. My granddaughter, Saoirse Grace (pronounced "sirsha" entered this world 10 weeks early August 27th, weighing 1 lb .5 ou and measuring 13" long.

My daughter-in-law showed me a fabric heart with a poem that she received while there and asked if I could make a few more for her.

I used the heart from the Cutting Cafe's Heart Envelope Shaped Card Template and manipulated one of the hearts to the size I needed. The hearts need to be no smaller than 5.5" and no larger than 8". I decided to not only make some for her, but to make extra and donate them to the NICU unit where my sweet grandaughter is.



Here is the poem that goes with them:

Wear this cloth against your breast.
Near your heart and warm caress.

Place it close to your baby’s face
allowing your presence to fill the space.

Your baby will feel your love is near,
in scent and warmth when you cannot be here.

Allow the milk you so tenderly share,
to be the connection for you
and the one you hold dear

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow 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.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Fun with Rosettes

The Cutting Cafe design team is creating with Regina's Fun with Rosettes file this week. I combined that file with THIS youtube tutorial for the candy box to create this fun project.


Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow 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, August 12, 2018

2018 goals check-in July

You can read more details about my goals HERE and how I did in JanFebMarAprMay, Jun

*note: some of these are completed, I will continue doing them, but won't keep updating the totals

1. 2018 in 2018 Decluttering Challenge...I have decluttered 1579/2018 items from my home

2. 40 bags in 40 days...

*total to date: 51/40**COMPLETED**

3. Create 365 cards...I am behind on this challenge, it may not happen this year*total to date: 85/365

4. Try 2 new recipes/month...

21. Christmas Lasagne made this for our Ladies Night Out "Christmas in July" theme
22. Rhubarb Cake with streusal topping; one of the best rhubarb cakes I've had
23. Frosting
24. Sour Milk Cake

*total to date: 24/24 **COMPLETED** 

5. Read 25 books...

23. "Round the Corner" by Nancy Moser & Vonette Bright
24. "Undivided Heart" by Nancy Moser & Vonette Bright
25. "A Place to Belong" by Nancy Moser & Vonette Bright
26. "The Celebration" by Wanda Brunstetter27. "The Blessing" by Wanda Brunstetter

total to date: 27/25**COMPLETED** 

6. Put items on Buy/Sell/Trade...still haven't done this and probably won't at this point

7. Completely decluttering and organizing my creative space. slowly working on this as I work on the rest of the house as well

8. Create/Design/Etc 2 pinned items/month that are not food related...2 new this month, but I can't show as they are gifts that haven't been given yet


total to date: 12/24

9. Twelve RAK's for the year...if you are unfamiliar with RAK, it stands for Random Acts of Kindness.

13. gift basket to a friend
14. surprised someone with supper
**total to date: 14/12
**COMPLETED** 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Cutting Cafe Typewriter

I chose to use Typewriter Shaped Card for my project this week for Cutting Cafe.


I didn't think I was going to get a post up this week. If you are reading this and you believe in prayer, please pray for our family, esp our oldest son, daughter-in-law and unborn baby girl. The pregnancy is a high-risk one and there are some hard things God is taking us through right now.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog later today 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. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Christmas in July: Cocoa Pockets

This week's challenge is "Christmas in July" and we could use any file we wanted. I chose two: Christmas Pockets and Christmas Mini Words to create these fun cocoa pockets.

The Christmas Pockets comes with different sizes and cut out shapes. I chose the snowflake pocket as it was the perfect size without having to resize it for the cocoa packets I had on hand. 

To create the same pocket with the candy cane and tree, I just removed the snowflake and added in the other shapes.


When it gets closer to the holidays, I will add some mini marshmallows and mints and/or candy canes or stir sticks.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow 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.