Hooray Birthday Banner – Pebbles Banner Punch Board

I am delighted to share a birthday banner with you today that I made using the Hooray collection by Crate Paper and the Jen Hadfield/Pebbles Banner Punch Board!  First of all the Banner Punch Board is pink! It’s so pretty and lovely to have out in your craft room!  It works beautifully and only took me a few minutes to figure it out and get going!

I had to punch the three different styles of banners to try them all out.  I made my papers 4″ wide and different lengths.  The triangle shaped banner takes a bit more length to make the point, so keep that in mind when trimming your papers.

I cut 4-5 banners and then started laying them out so that I could fill the banners in and have a nice variety of banner shapes along the string.  The Hooray papers are so bright and cheery, most of them could be used for any occasion, and you could easily have a celebration theme vs. a birthday theme!

The banner shapes were super fun to decorate.  I layered doilies, punched circle papers, Hooray chipboard, stickers and die cuts.

A close-up of the banner, on the banner with the blue gift I cut an extra banner shape smaller so that it would layer on top of the banner!

I can’t wait to try “all the things” with the Banner Punch Board.  Next up I want to make teeny banners for a layout!  Be sure to check out the Banner Punch Board; I think it is a great tool to have in your stash!

Thank you for joining me today!  The possibilities are endless with this fun punch board!

Time for Tea – Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hello!  Hope you are having a good day!  Paige has the most adorable Tea Cup (Design ID# 279012) cut file in her Silhouette store.  My daughter has been enjoying a cup of tea most afternoons while she does homework or studies, so I snapped up this design!

I cut the teacup as it is from white cardstock, I then removed the tiny flowers from inside the teacup and cut it again the same size. Lastly, I added a border to the outline of the teacup and cut it from white cardstock.  I ended up with three versions of the cut file.  I added pattern paper from the 6×6 Whimsical paper pad (Paper 5) behind the tiny flowers.  The mini hexagons did a nice job of spacing out the color to make the different flowers stand out! I backed the handle and saucer with Paper 8.

I backed the 2nd teacup I cut with purple ombre paper just in the top of the cup (where the liquid would be)  this will allow me to slip my photo and tea packet into the cup!   I glued all the cup cut files together except for the top portion and the inside of the teacup.  Once I decided on placement for my layout, I attached the teacup to the background with some foam.

I slipped my photo and tea packet into the cup and added a few pop dots and some adhesive to secure them.  I fiddled around for quite a while on where to add the string tag for the tea, as you can see I settled on attaching it to the top of the layout and let the string trail down to the cup.  I printed out some journaling, added a few of the sticker washi tapes to that area and stapled it to the layout!  I decided to cut some white butterflies from Paige’s Butterfly Border cut file to use as accents.  I adhered the butterflies with pop dots and layered a few of them on top of each other for more dimension!

To finish off the layout I cut one of the sweet cards from Paper 13 and tucked it by the photo. I also cut a sentiment from Paper 8 to create a cluster spot at the bottom of the layout to balance the top cluster.  A couple more strips of washi from the Whimsical sticker book and I was done!  Be sure to check out the lovely Tea Cup cut file!


December Folio Book – Pinkfresh Studio

Hello Pinkfresh Studio friends!  Lorilei here today sharing a book full of wonderful Holiday Vibes!  If you document your December, the time is coming soon!  I thought it would be fun to make library card holders, envelopes and tags with Pinkfresh Studio’s Holiday Vibes collection as an interactive way to document!

I started by scoring a 12×12 piece if cardboard I had on hand.  The finished book measures about 9 1/4″ tall by 5″ wide with a 2″ spine.  Next, I used the Seasons Greetings paper to make two pockets to hold the pieces.  I knew I wanted them to be about a 1″ deep so I did some scoring and folding and once I had what I wanted I adhered the pockets to the inside front and back cover.

I didn’t plan the sizes of all the tags and pockets, but I wanted them to be different heights so they would stack up.  The smallest envelope is about 2″x3,” and the largest is a business size mailing envelope.  I made every height in between!  All the pockets and envelopes stack nicely in the album pockets, and there is still room to add notes and photos inside the pockets and envelopes as the days of December come!  I added one of the pockets with the sweet bird die cut on top of the right side pocket of the album.

In this view, you can see the room inside the album.  I was able to add a large bell and plenty of clips and wood buttons from the Holiday Vibes collection.  I made a few number tags that are attached to paper clips so they can be added to any of the pockets or envelopes that are relevant to that specific day.  I used the My Life Month Tags (Design ID #50615) from the Silhouette store.

The Very Merry paper is what inspired me to begin with for this project.  I loved the tags on the cut apart sheet and used all but 3 of them!  Some are made into tags with strings and tucked into pockets and others I added to the front of envelopes.  Once I had matched the cut aparts to the pocket or envelope, I laid them all out and then chose chipboard, die cuts, wood buttons, and epoxy stickers to coordinate with the sentiment or them of that piece.  I added in a few snowflakes cut from dies in my stash.

I think the 25 tag pocket is my favorite!  I love the sparkly gold die cut!  I mixed in paper bags, old envelopes, index cards, glassine bags, a manila folder, and other odds and ends to add texture to the stacks!

I enjoy just “making” things.  Pinkfresh Studio collections make it easy to mix and match, and everything looks so bright and cheery!

I hope you found some inspiration today!  Any of the pockets or envelopes could be used as a card or made to put inside an album, or maybe you’ll make a project like mine!  I think it will be super fun to pick out a pocket or envelope on any given day and fill it with lists, notes, photos, and memories.  This would make an awesome gift to get someone started on memory keeping and documenting their December!


Happy Place – Journal Studio by Crate Paper

Hello Crate Paper friends! I have to tell you I was so excited when Journal Studio arrived at my house!  The colors are gorgeous, and the collection comes with everything you need to make pages in a traveler’s notebook style!  The cover is soft and sturdy and the notebooks have various page types in them: grid, ruled, blank and dots.  The ephemera is sized perfectly to fit the books and has so many unique items included!

I chose to start with one of the dot paper inserts, it gives you some light guides for placement and helps with the blank page fear of starting!  I printed two 3×3 photos of my creative space and decided to do a spread about my “happy place”!  I adhered the photos in opposing corners to start.  I tend to work in grids in notebooks; it helps me to keep the page looking organized!  I love random placement but it’s not my strong point, so my go to’s are grid and balance.  After I decide on photo placement I choose the next largest items; in the case of this page, I chose the top left framed quote and the floral label and picked spots for those.  To balance the framed quote, I added a large floral to the bottom right page.  The Journal Studio sticker book comes with multiple colors of alpha’s!  Super handy!  I added Happy Place to the floral label.

Next, I moved onto “mid” sized items.  I added the coral washi tape, the best label,  two flower stickers and two stamps from the Good Vibes stamp set.  At this point, I generally like to add journaling.  Over the years I have taken to filling up notebook pages with journaling in the spots leftover, I will write sideways if it fits better!  Today I wrote all about my Happy Place, the journaling is about 2-3 different things about my space and being creative.  I find I can tell multiple small stories because the page is broken up with photos and die cuts.

After journaling, I went through the sticker book and added “the smalls” there are little spots left that are the perfect spot for little hearts, word strips and tiny florals.  It’s a great time to balance out the colors of your spread and finish it off!

Thanks so much for joining me today!  Be sure to have a look at Journal Studio; the inserts are wonderful for memory keeping, journaling, and planning, the sky is the limit!

The Best Journey – Felicity Jane

Hello!  So happy to share a new layout with you today!  I have been eyeing up the journey die cut from the Hannah kit, and finally had a good idea of what I could do with it!  I love the long quote about the best kind of journey, and it gave me the perfect opportunity to get my stash of Felicity Jane alphabet stamps out!

My first step was to do some planning for my page.  Usually, I wing everything, but this time I sorted it all out first!  I laid out my photo and the journey die cut and then drew some light pencil lines above and below those two pieces.  I used my t-square ruler to make sure my lines were straight!  Next, I started stamping.  I used a combination of the  Bold Alpha Stamp, Basics Lowercase Stamp Set and the Outline Alpha Stamp Set.  I didn’t plan out which stamp set would go where I just mixed and matched, however, they looked best.  Once I got to the line for the word questions, I decided to use two alphas to make that word.  The chipboard alpha in black is one of my favorite alphas!

Once I had all my title stamping done, I turned to the Hannah stamp set and used the gorgeous floral bunch stamp to add some detail around the page.  I stamped it twice under the photo on each side and hanging off the edge at the top and bottom of the page.  To finish off the background, I added some swipes of pink paint for a pop of color!

Next, I added some plain white paper, a doily and some foam to my photo and adhered it in its spot; I added the super pretty rose die cut from the Lola kit and the black circle with the heart just above the photo.  I cut my layout down to 1o” wide.

On the left side of the layout, I added the black and white floral paper from Lola, I left the yellow branding strip on the paper for an extra pop of color, and it picks up the tiny amount of yellow in the rose die cut.  I stamped the questions and answers stamp from the Hannah stamp set on an extra piece of paper and tucked it into the side along with a scrap of blue gingham paper!  I adore Felicity Jane alpha stamp sets, for me they are a must have stash item!

Thanks so much for joining me today, I appreciate it!



You a Maze Me – Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hello!  Thanks for joining me today!  I have a new layout using Paige’s Maze Background cut file (Design ID #267505) and a few of Paige’s collections from Pink Paislee, including Turn the Paige, Oh My Heart and Fancy Free!

I started the layout by cutting the maze from white cardstock.  I reduced the size of the maze to about 10″x10″ so I would have a wider border around the edge.  I got the bright idea that I wanted the whole maze background to have a  nice deep shadow, so I spent a bit of time adding foam tape and foam dots all around the backside of the background.  I didn’t add foam to every piece, just the key areas to hold it all up nicely.

My embellishing came next!  I had chosen the title before anything else; you can see how amazing I am at titles 🙂  One of my favorite things to do is to mix the alphas from all of Paige’s collections, it just looks so fun and whimsical!  After I chose a photo of my daughter doing homework, I decided to go with a star theme and picked out all the stars from the Turn the Page chipboard stickers!  I used a journal piece from Fancy Free to ground the top cluster and make a great starting spot for my title.

I added the start here chipboard from Turn the Page at the bottom of the layout.  I thought it would be super cute to have it pointing to the little star peg that I added into the maze.  I popped on a few more stars around the chipboard and also added a star paper clip from Turn the Page!  To make the little star peg I tucked an eyelet (not squished) under the cut file background paper in one of the grooves then I glued a gold star to the top of the eyelet!

Paige’s cut files can be used so many ways!  Even though I kept the background very simple on this layout, it inspired the whole page and the meaning behind the photo for me!


Very Merry Trees Project – DCWV

Hello!  I had the pleasure of receiving the Very Merry Trees Paper Project kit from DCWV, such a super idea to have all the supplies ready to go in a package so you just have to get crafty and creative!


I started out the project by making the trees!  I put on a few good scrappy videos on Youtube and folded the pre-scored circles that make up the trees.  The projects come with instructions which are very clear and easy to follow.  The circles were easy to fold and they didn’t take me long to make!  I used my glue gun as they recommended for putting the trees together, again it was pretty easy.

Once I had all my trees made, I had to decide how to use them!  I had a few ideas, but finally settled on a crate full of “fresh cut” trees!  My crate is from the dollar store (4$) and made from wood, it is approx 12″ long, 6″ wide and 4.5″ deep.  I painted it white and distressed it with a bit of grey paint.  I made the farm fresh sign in photoshop to fit the front of the crate. I wrapped some string and twine around the crate and added some styrofoam inside to stick the trees into!

I love how it turned out!  Be sure to check out all the cute holiday projects DCWV has this year!


Blue Noel Paper Pad Project – DCWV

Hello!  Thanks for joining me today for a special project!  I was lucky enough to receive the Blue Noel Paper Pad by DCWV to make a project!

I quickly decided to take advantage of the pretty double-sided paper and make snowflakes!  Boy did I make snowflakes!  I cut them on my Silhouette using cut files from Paige Evans and the Silhouette store.  I punched snowflakes using a Martha Stewart snowflake punch and die cut them with a Sizziz Snowflake die.  So I had plenty of gorgeous snowflakes on hand!

I decided to make two canvases,  the first is 8×8 and the second is 6×6.  I chose the 6×4 Joy card from the cut apart sheet to be my focal point on the larger canvas.  I painted around the edges of both canvases with gold paint and then adhered paper cut a bit smaller than the size of the canvas so there would be a gold reveal.

I layered snowflakes to tuck behind the card and round tag.  To add a bit of glitz and sparkle, I strung three chandelier crystals on a fishing string and attached them to the canvas with hot glue.  I then added snowflakes to the hanging lines with glue dots.

For the smaller canvas, I used a star card from the cut apart sheet and a love banner.  I layered it over lots of stars for pretty dimension!  I strung one crystal line from the small canvas.  I finished off both canvases with a few stickers from the sticker sheet included in the paper pad.

The patterns on the papers are so pretty!  The gold glitter paper adds sparkle and interest!

I still had a bunch of snowflakes left, so I decided to make some holiday cards!  The first card features smaller snowflakes and stickers.

For the next card, I used the gorgeous floral paper as a background and layered up some big snowflakes.  This one I will hand out in person as it won’t fit in an envelope!!  The round stickers make the perfect centers for snowflakes!

The last card has one big snowflake cluster with a larger sticker in the center.  The sticker sheet on the paper pad has a variety of sentiments for both winter and Christmas!

I hope you enjoyed my projects!  Be sure to check out Die Cuts With a View’s holiday offerings!

Holiday Card Blog Hop with Pinkfresh Studio

I am happy to be taking part in the Pinkfresh Studio Holiday Card Blog Hop!  The hop is taking place on November 1 & 2, you can find all the details and participants on the Pinkfresh blog! Pinkfresh Studio will be picking 6 random comments from each day to win a $25 gift card to the Pinkfresh Studio store. There will be two grand prizes picked from the Pinkfresh Blog posts: each day a different bundle of our holiday stamps & dies.  Pinkfresh Studio will be offering a free Holiday Vibes die with any purchase in the Pinkfresh Studio shop! You have until Saturday, November 10th at 11:59pm CST to leave a comment. Winners will be posted on the GIVEAWAY PAGE on Sunday by 2pm CST. You must check this page & claim your prize within 2 weeks.

My first card features the Bloom & Grow stamp set. It is not a holiday stamp but  I thought the flowers would look adorable painted with red and green to make them holidayish!  I also used the mistletoe stamp from the Joy & Cheer stamp set.  To make the window box I used a label from the Holiday Vibes collection and finished it off with the sweet little birds!  To make the background I used Distress Ink in a few brown colors to make a “wood” look background!

My next card also uses the Joy & Cheer stamp set and a paper from Holiday Vibes!  I love the cute little Santa!  I stamped all the images I wanted to use on white cardstock.  I colored the images using watercolors and kept to red and green for a traditional feel!

The sentiments on this card are from the Skating Bunnies and Squirrel Friends stamp sets.

My last card for today features the tree from the Joy & Cheer stamp set.  I stamped the tree with green ink and then stamped the sentiment (Squirrel Friends) and tree string with Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder.

I also stamped and fussy cut the star on top of the tree for extra dimension! It is a simple card but I love it!

Friends, that is 14 chances to win! All you have to do is hop along to each stop & leave a comment along the way to be entered to win! You have until Saturday, November 10th at 11:59pm CST to leave a comment. Winners will be posted on the GIVEAWAY PAGE on Sunday by 2pm CST. You must check this page & claim your prize within 2 weeks.

Here is a look at the gorgeous die that comes with any purchase at the Pinkfresh Studio shop while supplies last.

Just The Way You Are – Felicity Jane

Hello!!  Hope your week is going well!  I am sharing some pages in my Felicity Jane 6×8 binder today using the gorgeous Hannah kit from Felicity Jane.  For a long time now I have been hoarding – keeping my FJ products.  I have wanted to do some kind of album but I hadn’t come up with how or what it would be.  When I joined the FJ team, I knew I better figure it out to make the best use of the pretty goodies!!  I decided on my white binder and the theme will be all about Hannah during her 15h year, sort of a currently album.

I started out by trimming the 12×12 arrows & words paper down.  It seriously took all I had to cut that paper!!  I slipped it into a page protector and then decorated the outside of the page with white butterflies, a label from the Hannah Label Book (seriously the cutest thing!) a beautiful stamp from the Note To Self stamp set and a few tiny wood stars.

I love to layer on top of the page protectors.  Items seem to hold on pretty well!

For the adjoining page I used 4 – 3×4 pockets.  The top one holds the Lola confetti, a few tiny wood stars and a few butterflies I punched out.  I added journaling to two of the Hannah Kit cards, I got lucky and had everything lined up great and ran them through my printer!

For a last special detail I stapled this tag on top of the pocket and it swings aside to show the journaling underneath!  The you are stamp on the tab is also from the Note to Self stamp set!

Thanks for joining me today!  I will be adding posts about pages I add to the album as they progress!