Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lori Whitlock: Christmas Village

Hi Everyone!  Did you know that Lori Whitlock has started up a new website  This fabulous site will have project based classes for both Silhouette and Cricut with step by step videos and exclusive projects!  Her first class, Christmas Village is live Today!

The class has everything you’ll need to make this festive village!  You get all cutting files needed to make the project, a PDF/supply list and video instruction. In the videos Lori will walk you through every step to make this Christmas Village with your Silhouette or Cricut Cutting Machine.  The class is self-paced so you can watch the videos at your own leisure and you’ll have access to it FOREVER. This class is offered exclusively through Lori's brand new online classroom at  I got to play with the files a little early.  I created this sweet village using papers from Doodlebug Design.

Each of the houses can be lit with a small electric tea light.  The class also includes cut files for the trees and snowmen.  The whole project actually folds flat to fit in a storage box, which is included with the cut files!  Here are some close-us of the individual houses...

It looks so cute and festive all lit up on my hutch!  The class is now live on  Register now to make this adorable village.  
Click HERE to register for the Silhouette Class
Click HERE to register for the Cricut Class 
That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Doodlebug Design: Christmas Gift Bags

Hi Everyone!  Today I'm up on the Doodlebug Blog with some Holiday Gift Wrap ideas!  I do love a gift bag, they make life so easy,  I thought it would be fun to dress up some plain bags a little with Doodlebug Cut Files and Odds & Ends pieces. 

I started by making a couple of gift bags using Lori Whitlock's Gift Bag SVG file (here in the Silhouette Store) I used papers from the Milk & Cookies Collection for the bag body and trim.  For the handles I used some Doodlebug Washi Tape in coordinating colors.  To make the handles, I folded the tape onto itself so the sticky sides were together.  I then cut it into lengths for the handles.  I added cute die cuts from the Milk and Cookies Odds and Ends which I embellished with some Christmas Assortment Glitter Sprinkles and some Holly Berry Sprinkles to finish the bags.  Here are some close-ups:

For the other three bags, I purchased plain bags at my local Paper Store.  They were great because they came with the backgrounds already!  I then went to work adding different cut files.  To get the sizing correct, I first measured the colored area of my bag, then I drew a rectangle shape in Silhouette to those dimensions.  This made it easy to plan my "scenes" and get the cut file sizing correct.

I then set to cutting the files and decorating the bags.  Here are some close ups and the files and supplies I used:

For the large snowman bag, I used a mix of collections including Doodlebug Textured Cardstock, Gingham Linen Petite Prints and patterned papers from both the Milk & Cookies and Santa Express Collections.  I added Stickles to the Snowman hat and snowflakes.  Here are the cut files I used. 

 Snowman- Here Comes Santa SVG  (here in the Silhouette Store)
Milk & Cookies Snowflakes SVG   (here in the Silhouette Store)
Birds - Here Comes Santa SVG  (here in the Silhouette Store)

For the Kitty Tree Bag I used Gingham Linen Petite Prints, and patterned papers from the Milk & Cookies, Santa Express and Here Comes Santa Collections.  I also added some Christmas Assortment Glitter Sprinkles.  Here are the cut files I used:
Milk and Cookies Tree SVG  (here in the Silhouette Store) 
Milk and Cookies Kitty SVG  (here in the Silhouette Store)
Gifts - Here Comes Santa SVG (here in Silhouette Store)

Finally for my ornament bag I used the Pastel Starlights Double Sided Cardstock from the Milk and Cookies Collection.  I embellished the shapes with some Stickles to add a little shape.  The cut file is the Ornaments - Here Comes Santa SVG  (here in the Silhouette Store)

I think they will look wonderful under the tree this year, now if I could only get my act together to purchase gifts to fill them!  Make sure to stop by all this week and next for more Holiday Gift Ideas from the design team!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 17 Inspiration Board

Hi Everyone!  I played along with the most recent challenge over on the Lawn Fawnatics Blog, they put together this fun inspiration board for Challenge 17:

I used the greens, red and yellow colors along with the wreath and ornament inspiration photos and came up with this...

I started with the Large Wreath Dies and some papers from the Peace Love Joy 6x6 pad.  I added the kitty from the Meow You Doin' Stamps & dies wearing the hat from the Happy Howlidays Stamp & dies set.  I finished it off with some Gold Sparkle Twine!  To add a little sparkle I put some Stickles on the hat and some Glossy Accents on the wreath berries.
I can't wait to hang it on my tree!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Lori Whitlock: Holiday Throw Pillow

Hi Everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!  I'm up on the Lori Whitlock Blog today with a tutorial showing how I created this fun holiday throw pillow!  It's a fun and easy way to decorate for the holidays, and a quick gift to make for friends!

I used a pillowcase I purchased on Amazon (here), some Siser Heat Transfer Vinyl, Lori's Joy Love Peace Believe Tree design (here in the Silhouette Store)  and my Silhouette to make the pillow.  For full detailed instructions, see my post on Lori's blog here.  That's it for me today, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Doodlebug Design: Book Themed Baby Shower

Hi Everyone!  The Doodlebug Design Team was challenged to come up with some fun party themes using Doodlebug products.  This was perfect for me since I offered to help out with my niece's baby shower! The shower was book-themed, everyone brought a favorite baby book in place of a card!   I made a fun banner, the favors and a cute little card, to go along with the theme, take a peek...

I started with the favors, I made little book boxes using my Silhouette and the Pastel Plaid Paper from Kitten Smitten and Gingham Linen Petite Prints.    The favors were a combination of a couple of cut files I edited to fit what I needed.  I then added cute little thank you labels.  The pictures on the labels are Doodlebug Cut files that I made into print and cut files.  They represent some of my daughter's favorite books when she was little. (The books are:  If You Give A Dog a Donut, Make Way for Ducklings, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and If You Give a Cat a Cupcake. )  I filled the favor boxes with bars of custom made cold pressed soaps from a local business.  Here are some close ups of the books...

Once I finished the favors (all 40 of them!)  I couldn't resist making a banner with the characters from the labels.

 The banner base is from a Lori Whitlock file here.  I used the following Doodlebug Cut files for the characters (same as the labels on the boxes)  Orange Dog, Donuts, Duckie, Mice, Chocolate Cookie, Caterpillar, Leaf 1, Green Kitty and Cupcake 2.  Again I used the Pastel Plaid paper and some Gingham Linen Petite prints.  I tied it all together with some Cupcake Chunky Twine.  Here are some close ups of the banner pieces...

Finally I made my niece a coordinating  Pop Up Card.  We already know she's having a girl and they decided to name her Marian.

Here is my adorable niece and her even cuter baby bump!  She loved the favors!

That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lori Whitlock: November Creative Team Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!   It's time for the November Creative Team Blog Hop over at Lori Whitlock!  You should have arrived here from Traci's Blog.  Here's the order for today's hop!

 For my project I made a few of  Lori's Box Card Pumpkin Truck. (here in the Silhouette Store).

I used Lori's A Perfect Autumn Collection from Echo Park Paper for the truck.  I added some of the Perfect Autumn Enamel Shapes to add some fun!

 And now a few things for you!  First, Lori is having a 30% off Sale in her SVG Shop!  Just use code NOV2017 to get the discount!

Also, how about a free file!!  This file is free for today only!  No code or minimum required.

Finally, how would you like to win a $20 Coupon to Lori's SVG Shop!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That's it for me today, your next stop on the hop is Anita  !  Have a great day!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 16: You're a Cool Friend

Hi Everyone!  My friend and I got together again this month to play along with the latest Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 16, to use the oldest Lawn Fawn Set in my stash.  My oldest set is the 2011 Set Making Frosty Friends... still one of my all time favorites.  Here is the card I made using the set...

I just love these cute little snowmen!  I made a little scene with the snowmen using the Stitched Hillside Backdrop Portrait Dies.  I paper-pieced the scarves and ear muffs using papers from the Perfectly Plaid Chill, and Knit Picky Paper packs.  To finish it, I embossed some of the snowflakes from the stamp set and added some Stickles to the hillside.  

You can play along with Challenge 16 through November 19th.  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Doodlebug Design: Thankful For Challenge

Hi Everyone!  Today I have my layout for the Thankful for Challenge over on the Doodlebug Design Blog.  My husband and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary!  It feels like just yesterday!  I decided that what I'm most thankful for is us, the family and life we've made!  I created this layout using paper and elements from different Doodlebug fall collections to celebrate.  Take a peek...

I'm not a big journaler but I felt I needed to add something, so I used one of the Doodlebug Create-a-Card cards as a mat for my photo.  It opens up to show some "hidden" journaling.  I also love the tab, it was a place to add a little more information.  I added a few embellishments including a sticker from the Flea Market This and That Sticker Sheet and one of the Cute Clip Flowers.  I created the notebook page by welding 2 of the Sun Notepaper files from the Spring Things cut files and changing the line colors using my Silhouette.

The background paper is the Maple Gingham Linen Petite Prints.  The other papers are from the Flea Market collection.  I think this is one of my all time favorite collections!  As for my embellishments, the tag is from the Flea Market Labels & Tags, the leaves are from the Mini Leaves and Acorns Craft Kit and the mice are from the Flea Market Odds & Ends.

I finished it off with my title, using some Teensy Type Letters in Swimming Pool and the fun new Abigail Cardstock Stickers in Bumble Bee.  
Be sure to stop by the Doodlebug Blog for the next week to check out more of the Design Team's Thankful for projects.  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Doodlebug Design Cut Files: Meowy Christmas!

I was so excited to see the Doodlebug Design Milk & Cookies Cut files in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop!  I had to start playing immediately!  I fell in love with the Milk & Cookies Kitty file, and decided it would make a fun card.  Take a peek...

Using my Silhouette I created a card base, and added a cute little ornament for the kitty to play with... we all know that's what happens with cats and Christmas Trees!!  The papers are mostly Gingham Linen Petite Prints and cardstock from Doodlebug Design.  I also added a little Doodlebug Chunky Glitter to the hat.   He's just so cute!  All of the Milk & Cookies Files are available in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop, and will be coming soon to the Doodlebug Design Gallery in the Silhouette Store!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!