Birthday Balloon Card

Happy Memorial Day All,

I was able to make a video! I know crazy business right? Who knew I would be able to do that! Okay, okay back to the craft at hand. As I stated in this video I made this on the silhouette, I used the balloon technique which I did in this video:

Forgive me I don’t know why I keep saying Triangle when I mean Rectangle. Darn angles have me all twiterpated but I do know the difference between these two angles I really do!

Measurements Made on the Silhouette:

  • Card 4 ¼ x 5 ½
  • White Cardstock with Balloon and Banner cutout 5 x 3 5/8 (5 x 3.6250)
  • Rounded Rectangle window 3 3/8 x 3 3/16 (3.375 x 3.1875)
  • 3 Balloons 1 5/8 x 1 1/8 (1.625 x 1.125)
  • Banner 1 ¾ x 5/8 (1.750 x 0.6250)
  • Optional – Accenting background 5 x 3 5/8 (5 x 3.6250)

Inside Card Measurements

  • 5 x 3 5/8 (5 x 3.6250)

Charlie Chaplin Necklaces

Hey All,

I haven’t posted to YouTube for a bit since it’s a little hectic with the kids. But I am still creating away. Last week I created necklaces inspired by Charlie Chaplin. I saw these photos in a vintage magazine I had and I thought it was high time I put my stuff to good use.


Here are the materials I used:

  • Dollar Tree Glass Floral Stones
  • E-6000 Glue
  • Inksesstials Crackle Accents medium
  • Bails
  • Matte Paper Mod Podge
  • Small Brush
  • Scotch Sliver Duct Insolating Tape
  • Wet & Wild – Wild Shine Clear Nail Protector 401A
  • Scissors
  • Vintage Pictures
  • Pen or Pencil
  1.  With all glasses stone necklaces you first need to place the glass stone over your picture.
  2. Measure it out and trace around it with you pen or pencil.
  3. Once it’s traced, use your scissors and cut around it.
  4. Open your Matte Paper Mod Podge and dip your brush in to the jar and get a small amount. Brush it on to your picture and let it dry. Follow the drying times on your Mod Podge.
  5. Flip the picture over and put a good coat of Mod Podge on the back, let dry.
  6. Once both sides have been coated put a little more Mod Podge on the back of the stone and adhere the picture to it. Make sure your picture is facing the correct way as it was originally traced.
  7. Let the Mod Podge dry again.
  8. Grab a small amount of the Scotch Sliver Duck Insolating Tape and trace the stone around it, then cut. Peal the backing and adhere it to the stone smoothing the edges.
  9. Grab your E-6000 Glue and put a small dab on your bail and adhere it to the back of the stone.
  10. Almost done! Now to seal the edges of the duct tape, grab your Inksesstials Crackle Accents medium and go over the edge and the whole surface of the duct tape. Let it dry for 1 to 4 hours. When you come back to it the crackle will make some cool lines on it.


There you have it!


Friday Highlights moved to Saturday and Burton Avenue

Happy Saturday!

I guess I can officially call it….. It’s now Saturday Highlights.  Who am I kidding, I may get “me time” on Friday night but by the time everything is said and done it’s already Saturday.

Anyway today highlight is Burton Avenue.  The site is run by Angie a mother of seven. A hard working mom if I ever did read about.  Every Friday she submits free downloaded SVG files that are compressed in a zip file.  You can check her out at

This week’s SVG is a cute diner theme homage to Moms which is fitting since this Sunday is Mother’s Day! I love how she transferred it on to an apron which adds to the theme even more. So thank you Angie for providing the many images posted on a weekly bases. And with such a large family I give you major kudos for putting out on time every week.

I was inspired by her work so I made this simple Mother’s Day Card. I wanted to keep it almost drive thru kind of look.


Using My Scraps

Happy Saturday Everyone,

As much as I try I can’t seem to get a post in before Friday. It is now 1:52am Saturday morning and I am still trying to hash out what am I going to post today.  What I wanted to talk about is SCRAPS; I mean every crafter has a bundle of leftovers that we just don’t toss. But specifically I wanted to talk about paper scraps. I looked at my bags/box of paper scraps and I said to myself  ”I got to put this stuff to good use other wise its just collecting dust”. So I ruffled through it and picked some parts that might color coordinate.

what I did next is get two stamps I didn’t want to spend hours making 10 different designs from 16 different stamps. Because we all do it we pull out all our stamps and by the end of it you have more stamps than scraps.

So I kept it to the following materials to make two projects:

  •  Inks – Scarlet & Lime from Color Box, Black Little Inkers from Hero Arts
  • Studio G – Yellow Glitter Glue
  • Stamps – Hot Air Balloon & Thank You very Much from Studio G
  • Paper Scraps
  • Bone Folder
  • Pen or pencil (just something you can mark with)
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Avery 560 Reinforcement Labels
  • Friskers 6’ Cutting Protector

The first project I made was a small “Thank You Card”. I mean when do you not need a thank you card?  Anyway, I used my white scrap paper and started stamping yellow and scarlet pattern of the hot air balloon stamp. Since the hot air balloon  is not clear cling stamp I had a bit of trouble keeping it straight. But it really didn’t matter since I was going to trim what I didn’t want. But a good tip is using a ruler or a thing-a-magi which I didn’t have on hand. I just kind of wing it.

Once I was satisfied I chose a pattern that didn’t have the as many mistakes and cut it into a 3 x 3 card stock. Then I found a larger enough scrap and eye balled it, it roughly came out to be 3 ½ x 3 ½ card stock.  I grabbed my color box inks and hit the edges with a bit of the scarlet  on the edges to make the edges pop a little bit. The next step was a little harder since I didn’t have a lot of white I grabbed a coordinating yellow that matched the flower pattern and the yellow stamping.  Overall I was able to muster up an 8 x 4 ½ card to place the pattern paper and the stamped image.

Now originally I was going to leave the front blank but after I did a test strip of the greeting over the hot air balloon I really liked the outcome.  I inked the greeting with my Hero Arts – Black and went to town.  I then grabbed my black pen and did some foe stitching and stood back, thinking I was done I set it aside when I noticed out of the corner of my eye the glitter. How could I say no to the glitter! I started dabbing like a mad woman on each of the flower then I put a dab on the actual stamp. I just wanted to highlight some of the key points.

I double checked my scraps to see if I could do more cards but sadly I only had enough to make a tag. Which was kind of a bummer but I was determined to still make something else similar with what I had. What I came up with was a 5 x 3 tag that would still make a great thank you card.

Easter Bunny Cards

Hello All,

Well it’s another late night Friday Highlight. But what with my three year old son and five month old daughter being so fussy I can’t seem to get an early start. But as a mom I have to roll with the punches.

Well on to today’s Freebie:

Bunny Back Silhouette











Be sure to save and print this out if you don’t have a cutting machine.

For the egg shape I got it from Birds Card this is a free SVG card but if you don’t have a cut machine you can just save and print. Nothing more fun the paper piecing -

Now for the construction of the cards, all the materials are optional you do not have to run out and buy any of these items. If anything I got a lot of my stuff when they were on sale. If I were you I would just use what you have at home you never know what you can come up with just by trying something unexpected.

Easter Bunny Card

Materials used:

  • (2)  8 ½ x 11 Recollections Spice Market off white card stock
  • (2) 12 x 12different pattern by The Girl Stack from DCWV
  •  Small bag of fluff balls assorted pastel colors
  • Pop Dots foam and gel
  • ATG Gun
  • Color Box Petal Point Pigment Inkpad

Ditto Glimmer Sprays

  • Rust Red
  • Lime Green
  • Dark Green
  • Metal Blue

Hardware and tools

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Laptop
  • Craft Mat
  • Tape (if mat is un-sticky which mine is)
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder

Silhouette Image– Design ID# 12182 (Boarder Woodland Grass by Samantha Walker) if you don’t want to buy this image you can Google grass clip art.


  • Recollections Spice Market off white card stock  5 1/2 x 8 1/2
  • Recollections Spice Market off white card stock with Bunny image in the middle 5 x 3 7/8
  • Recollections Spice Market off white card stock with Egg image
  • (2) Different Pattern Paper 5 1/4 x 4
  • Silhouette grass image was cut at 1 1/2

No Friday Night Highlight Today…

Well it’s Friday Night (late night) and it looks like I won’t be able to make my deadline for today’s highlight. In the lyrics from Hot Chelle Rae “it’s been a really really messed up week. Seven days of torture, seven days of bitter.”

Just taking care of two small kids and everything that comes with that I wonder why I even craft sometimes. I know I love it but if I ever hope to re-open Etsy I need to make products. I honestly don’t see that happen with the way things are going.

Well I’ll just keep bulging away I am sure it won’t be like this forever. Lord knows that change is everything in life and nothing ever stays the same. I just need to patient…

Free Silhouette Images Last Day

Hey Crafters,

If you don’t get the Silhouette news letters or seen any of the many post that has been put on YouTube. Then let me be the first to inform you that today March 27, 2014 is the very last day to get your free Silhouette images from there website. 

Now if you have miss any of their images please be sure to take a look the tutorial below on how to claim all of them before it’s too late.

Pop Up Card Tutorials

Hello Crafters,

Well its Friday Highlights again, now I must beg for your pardon for my Part 2 video I said Triangle when I meant to say Rectangle and vice versa. I think I had a little less sleep then I would like on that day, but I think most of you got the general idea what I wanted to convey.

And if you actually saw my Part 2 video you guys would have noticed I did a bounce feature image. So if you haven’t checked that out be sure to do so. It’s been super fun making these tutorials I hope I can make many more. Now down to the free stuff, if you don’t want to follow my instructions on how to make the Font, Cupcake or Balloon images you can find them here:

Happy  Birthday Font

For the Happy Birthday Font you can get the  free SVG file by going to

Or you can download free  fonts by going to and  Sarah’s World 4 u  can show you how to upload them to your computer by checking out her tutorial right there

Cupcake Image

Here is a cupcake image that you can put into your Silhouette Cameo


For super cute balloons you can find them here 

Flower Images 

I really love Birds work especially her flowers take a look:

Okay you crafter sit back and enjoy the show!

Part 1 – Pop Up Card

Part 2 – Little Boy & Girl

Part 3 – Cupcake, Balloons, & Font 

Shamrock, Seed, Leaf, Heart, Butterfly, & Bow

Hello You Crafty People,

Ever thought to yourself I can do that? Well I had an “Ah Ha” moment while I was looking at Silhouette online store. Sure everything is 50% off and 40 cents don’t mean much when you’re rummaging through hundreds of images. But some of the images I was like “I can totally make this myself” so I sat at my computer and tried to figure it out.

While I was in my thought process I came across several images I could do with just a basic shape. And I thought “huh I don’t see anyone on YouTube posting about this”. So enjoy your Silhouette crafter… enjoy