Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Butterflies will fly!

Hello my crafty friends,

Today I'm sharing my latest creative team project for Studio Ilustrado. This file can be found in the Silhouette Design Store or on their website.

Butterflies Card - Studio Ilustrado
I chose my colours and patterned paper and worked on my two cards. I really loved this file as it had so much detail to cut on the butterflies as well as easy to put together.

On the blue card I decided to make the outer butterflies with vellum so you could still see the patterned paper underneath. For the pink card I kept the paper plain with the dots and added some Wink of Stella to give the card a little bit of sparkle, and added some green coloured pearls!

Please visit Studio Ilustrado for more of their great designs which include cut files, digital paper and a few freebies too!

Look for their new designs in the Silhouette Design Store:

Thank you for visiting today! 
Happy Crafting!

Studio Ilustrado Social Media: SI Facebook; SI Instagram; SI Pinterest; SI Twitter

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Exciting Design Team News!

Hello Friends,

Recently Bird from Birds SVGs put out a Design Team call and I am THRILLED to let you know that I am one of the lucky Designers to be chosen to join her team. You can meet the rest of the team up on Birds blog.

For my first project I used the following files from the Roses are Pink set. 

I decided to go with a gold, beige and brown colour palette and put my own touch to it.

I used rose patterned paper for the oval box and the 'leaves' of the card, a gold and clear acetate sheet for the card envelope and a mixture of patterned beige and brown paper for the rest of the designs. I added a bit of subtle 'bling' using some sparkly enamel dots.

And finally I was going to add some candy to the box but I ended up making some coconut sugar cookies and thought they'd be perfect to go in the box to give to my neighbour!
(We are enjoying the left over cookies too ... yum!)

I'm thinking this would be a great hostess gift for any occasion - so quick and easy to put together!

If you haven't already visited Birds site it's definitely worthwhile - she has created beautiful themed collections and also has some fabulous freebies too if you'd like to try before you buy. You can mix and match her files to suit your theme. 

Thank you for visiting today!
Happy Crafting!

Birds Website, Birds Facebook, Birds Pinterest, Birds YouTube

Linked up to:
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes Challenge

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Gift Card Holder - I made it!

Hello friends,

Yesterday I was looking for a gift card holder and couldn't find what I envisioned so I decided to make one for myself. I haven't designed 'properly' for a  L O N G  time as there are so many great designers and files in the design world already that it's easy to just purchase with a click!

I worked out the measurements I needed, bypassed my design program and just created it directly in the Silhouette Studio program.
My gift card holder has the outer cover, middle insert with cut outs and a sleeve to hold it closed. Depending on the paper I will also add a shaped cutout to the sleeve for added decoration - for this paper I didn't think I needed it as it has crazy zig zags :-)

I have a few tweaks to do with the insert cut outs but I'm really happy with the way it turned out and with the paper choice.

Thanks for visiting me!
See you again soon!

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Adventure scavenger hunt!

Hi Friends,

My son loves scavenger hunts - any size - any event! Every Summer we usually take advantage of the great weather and I create a hunt starting from the inside to the outside. This year my hands have been full with a cute but demanding puppy and I have not been organized - so yesterday I started with a cool little file from Birds SVGs

The file I used is called the Matchbox cutting file. It is such a great little file, cuts easily and once glued slides nicely into the cover. It can be used for any occasion - I see myself using it again for a treat box for Halloween and in a Christmas Advent display!

I chose my 'Adventure' paper and started writing out some of my clues - crack the code and follow the directions ... :-)
I will have these boxes inside so that my son can find these first and work out the next steps!
Thank you for visiting!
Happy Crafting!

Linked to:
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Patterned paper - July 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Time for cake!

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I'm sharing a cute tiered cake gift card holder with you - a little while ago this file was a freebie of the week from the Silhouette Store by one of my favourite designers Lori Whitlock.

I was inspired and loved what Kathy from Lori's design team did with the file (so pretty and pink!) and decided to cut mine out.
I chose my pretty flower paper from my stash. The paper was double sided so I used the other side, the darker pink, for the trim and added some pink and white 'pearls'.
This is an example of what it looks like with a gift card attached - you just slide up the first tier of the 'cake' to retrieve the gift card.
Here is a closer view of my pretty paper and the pearls.

Thank you for visiting me today!
See you soon and happy crafting!

Linked to: 
Cut it up challenges - Anything Goes #100
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Patterned paper - July 2016
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Some Summer Fruit!

Hi Friends,

Today I'm sharing a card with you using the files from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons - I'm not a big card maker so every time I make one it's a challenge for me ... lol ... hopefully practice makes it 'better' for me! :-)

I used these two files from their collection of cutting files
I chose my card base and background colours, added my own caption 'you're berry berry special' and sent if off to print and cut to my Canon and my Silhouette Cameo. (Looking at it now I think I should have a comma between my two 'berry' words!!)
I decided to add some 'shine' to some of the stems and used my dimensional magic from Mod Podge.
I printed a separate basket of Strawberries and used some foam pieces to give it depth.

I hope you enjoyed my project, thank you for visiting today!
Happy Crafting

Project linked to:
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons - PPPR linky party - July

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

'Gender reveal' treat boxes! - CT project!

Hello friends,

I'm here to show you some gorgeous 3D Zebra and Zebra print treat boxes. The files are from Studio Ilustrado and can be found here and here.

I chose the Cute Zebra 3D box and the Zebra print digital paper from their website and decided to make a few different coloured Zebras that can be used for any party!

I love purple so I decided to try one of the Zebras as a print and cut file and kept the rest white with different coloured hair/tail.
Once they were all cut out and put together I filled their bellies with popcorn and sprinkled some chocolate covered candy around!
The Zebra comes with lots of little pieces for the stripes and was easy to cut and put together., I even curled some of their hair and tails :-)

I hope you liked my cute 'gender reveal' treat boxes!

Studio Ilustrado is on Facebook and is very active with all their new creations:

Visit Studio Ilustrado online at the Silhouette Store or their own website for more fabulous cutting files, digital paper and print and cut files.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Some crafting goodies!

Hi Friends,

I've been 'missing' from my craft room lately and had a few minutes to get into my space and do a bit of tidying up ... not much got done as I was distracted when I found some stash to admire ;-).

I did find some gift tags and a Father's Day card (now birthday card!) that I'd already completed so I decided to share those with you today!

The gift tags are from Dreaming Tree and are a free file called Blossom Tag:

Aren't they so cool!? 

The Fathers Day card from Lori Whitlock (as previously mentioned one of my favourite designers) was also a freebie at the time and is available at the Silhouette Store for $1.25. I'd made it for my hubby for Fathers Day and forgot about it (my son had given him something else) ... but it's his birthday coming up so we will give it to him then :-)

Thank you for visiting today!

See you soon

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Colourful Summer Treat!

Hi Friends,

Tomorrow is my sons last day at school for the year. I've been delayed in getting gifts and treats out for this year. I managed to get a few minutes this morning to create a treat card for some of the kids using the print and cut feature on my Silhouette.

I had this cute rainbow file from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons that I decided to use for the treat card:
I added some text and sent it to print and then to cut:
It was a quick and easy project - I added a colourful lollipop and here's the result and final product:

Thank you for visiting today!
Happy Crafting!

Project linked to:
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons - June 11 - July 2
Decorate to Celebrate - Anything Goes - July 5

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

WINNERS - June 2016 Blog Hop - Dreaming Tree

Hello Friends,

Thank you so much for joining us in the June 2016 Blog Hop featuring Dreaming Tree SVG files!

Gorgeous projects were produced and lots of fun was had by all. Thank you for visiting and leaving lovely comments.

And NOW to announce my blog WINNER:

I used the number generator website and the number selected is:

The winner of a $10 Dreaming Tree Gift Certificate from my blog post is:
Kathleen Riley

Kathleen CONGRATS and thank you for playing along on the Dreaming Tree blog hop, please email me at so that I can send you your Dreaming Tree Gift Certificate! 


This comment was randomly selected from all 10 blogs and the $20 Dreaming Tree Gift Certificate winner is Heidi  - #37 comment from my blog:

Heidi CONGRATS to you too and thank you for playing along on the Dreaming Tree blog hop, please email me at or Mike at so that either one of us can send you your Dreaming Tree Gift Certificate! 

I'd like to thank my fellow crafty friends for a great hop and Leo from Dreaming Tree for generously sponsoring all the Gift Certificates.

Happy Crafting!