Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Happy New Year

Hi Everyone,

Wow, while I write this post I still cannot believe that we are only a few days away from the holidays and about a week from 2017! Where did the time fly?

I want to show you my cute, really easy to make and assemble cards I made. I used the 2017 shaped card from The Cutting Cafe'.

This was such an easy card to cut out. I was able to get 2 card bases to easily fit on a 12x12 piece of gray AC Cardstock by American Crafts. For this post I used 2 different patterned paper pieces that I had in my stash. I decided I wanted a little shine so I added just a few gems I had, and then on the 1, I decided to try out some stitched lines using my white Gelly Role pen. Overall I think they came out pretty nice. You know with this time of year being so busy, it was nice to be able to put together this card really quickly, and I know my recipients will love it!

As this will be my last post of the year, I wanted to thank you so much for visiting my site. May your holidays and 2017 be the happiest and most prosperous of all.


Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Christmas Treat Card

Hello Everyone and welcome back to my blog.

For today's project I am using the Card Ornament card from The Cutting Cafe's Christmas Treat Cup Cards set. This is a great set as it comes with templates to make treat cups in the shapes of ornaments, Christmas tree's, snow globes and several others. There are a total of 7 different files that you can purchase as a set or separately.

If you haven't seen the treat cup's before, they are really fun! Basically they are a way to give a small treat while also giving a card or other project you choose. You simply fill the candy from the back and the recipient can easily retrieve the treat without destroying the card.

I used some left over holiday paper I have had in my stash for the patterned paper, and I used AC Cardstock for the card base, as AC is a great weight paper. I used to have trouble in the past with acetate, but I ordered some plastic window sheets from Amazon that seemed to work great along with Zig 2 way glue pen.

To finish off the card I stamped Versamark ink with a snowflake stamp and used red glitter embossing powder to add some random red to the green patterned paper. For the candy I used some red Tic Tac's I picked up at Target.

Please let me know what you think of this card, and I love to hear all your feedback and comments. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Friday, November 4, 2016

Jack and Sally Gable Box

Hi Everyone and welcome back.

For this month's design challenge for The Cutting Cafe' we are using the Gable Box. I thought about what I would do to decorate this and I finally came to the conclusion that I had to make it Jack and Sally themed, since The Nightmare Before Christmas is my favorite movie.

Now I also wanted to do something different. And I have seen lot's of Youtube videos about using sequins on your projects. Naturally I had to try that. I am not sure how I like it. It's different, but I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and do something I don't normally use. I think I could have made this a little more Christmas-y, but I am not ready to go full force into holiday mode, just yet.

The Gable Box from The Cutting Cafe' is great. It comes with all the panels as well as your choice of plain or scalloped handle. It also comes with different panels for the window. I chose to focus on Jack and Sally, which I put on the back.

I hope you enjoy this project. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Think Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. For my The Cutting Cafe Design Team post for October 21st, I am using the Think Pink Breast Cancer Set.

I took the pink ribbon and cut out several, then glued 6 of them together to make a really thick ribbon. I used Ranger Distress Glitter, Spun Sugar on top. Basically you just put glue all over the ribbon and then sprinkle on the glitter. Once dried I followed up with some Glossy Accents to seal it and make it even more shiny. 

I thought it would be cool to have the inside of the card somehow tie into the front of the card. So I decided to make a donut card (circle with the middle cut out). That way I could glue the ribbon on the inside of the card, but it would also be the focal point on the outside. 

The outside of the card was a print and cut. I glued that onto the card base I made. 

When you open the card it reveals the Breast Cancer Awareness text with the ribbon perfectly in the center. Again I did a print and cut that I layered onto the card base. 
From the picture below you can see the dimension of the ribbon. It really looks amazing in person. 

This was a really quick card to assemble. And I think looks even better in person. 
Please check out The Cutting Cafe for more great files!

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Halloween Treats

It is getting close to that time of year when the ghost's and goblins will be coming around, ringing your doorbell, and saying "Trick or Treat". Now for the kids that are neighbors you really want to give them a little extra something. At least I do, so when I saw these from The Cutting Cafe I knew I had to make these for this months The Cutting Cafe Design Team Halloween project.

So what we have here is the Halloween-Fall Milk Carton. This is so cute. It is big enough to hold many fun size candies. The original file does not come with panels, but it only rook me a few minutes to make a few rectangles that I used to make panels. I have so much Halloween paper from past years I needed a way to use some of it, but the paper was thin, so I couldn't use it to create the carton as it wouldn't hold up. I used my standard American Crafts Cardstock, which is my favorite for the way it cuts and the weight. It makes my projects look great!

For the second treat holder I used the Sucker Treat Cup Set as well as the Halloween Sucker Treat Cup Phrase set. This is pretty neat because it's a small treat in a lollipop. So basically on the back there is an opening and a slider. You slide it open to fill and retrieve your treats and slide it back to close. This would be really cute for a any type of party and you could get really creative and change up the theme to match any holiday or celebration. Can you imagine your guests seeing your display of these?! That is a wow factor. The set also comes with a box so that you can give this as a gift.

I used a lollipop stick I had left over from my cake pop making days. I used a Sharpie and colored it black. At first I was hesitant using a Sharpie because in my mind this is a treat card. But the stick does not come into contact with any treat. It's secured to the back away from the treats. I can't wait to pass these out to friends.

I want to thank you for stopping by today and checking out my projects. Again if you are interested in any of these, you can get them over at The Cutting Cafe. Not only does The Cutting Cafe have lots and lots of project files, but they also sell craft supplies. Check them out!

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Let's write a letter.

Hello Friends!

This week's post is inspired by The Cutting Cafe's, Letter Writing Set. With everyone sending letter's electronically and pushing buttons, and us crafty people love sending handmade cards, why not send hand written letters?!

This set has 17 printable stationary sheets that are sized 5x7.5, 2 different boxes to hold the stationary, 8 printable sentiments and an envelope template. The great thing about The Cutting Cafe is that no matter the electronic machine you have, or even if you don't have one, you can still use the files as they come in many different formats.

Since the majority of this project is writing a letter, I opted to keep the project really and I mean really simple. I created the box that holds the stationary and chose to use the 'snail mail colored printable' stationary.

Like I said, I kept this really simple. Which means this will be a simple blog post, so I can go finish writing my letter and send it to my friend! Now go and write a hand written letter and show a friend or loved one how much you care.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Fall is almost here..

Welcome friends.
For my September 7th project for The Cutting Cafe, we were given the file Autumn Sentiments Card Frames Printable Set. This file is a print and cut, as it prints your frame, and then cuts your card.

I decided I wanted a colorful fall background, so I found a nice blue with fall leaves digital paper and sized it to fit just inside the Autumn Blessings frame. I also notched out the bottom right hand corner so that the sentiment was not covered or hard to read.

For the card base I used AC cardstock in a craft color.

I found a free SVG pumpkin online and used just a few pieces of scrap paper, I used foam squares to give it some dimension and it floats on the frame. To give it extra fall flair, I had a ribbon that I wrapped around the font, but behind the pumpkin. For some shine I added 5 gemstones in an amber color.

Overall, I was very excited how this project came out and super excited to share it with you. Please tell me in the comments below what fall projects you are working on. Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter to be updated when there is exciting information. You can also visit me on Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gift Box

Hi Friends,

This week I wanted to show you my latest creation. A really good friend of the family was having a birthday, and I knew exactly what I was going to give her. 

This is such a fun file to make. I wanted this to be extra special so I spent a long time at the craft store picking out the perfect set of paper. It only took a few hours to cut out all the pieces and about an hour to assemble it. I enjoyed adding the sparkly embellishments and shiny gems. The fun part is that you can put a small gift or gift card in the party hat that is in the center of this box. And when it's all sealed up, it looks like a regular gift with a super bow on top. You can also use the elements separately. Why not use the party hat on it's one for a gift box or together with another project. And the balloons would be great to pair with any other party themed project. 

When this box is closed, it looks like a regular gift and when the recipient opens it, all the sides open up like an explosion (thus the name) to reveal another layer of surprise. 

If you are looking for a wow factor gift or decoration, check out Dreaming Tree. You are guaranteed to find some "wow worthy" kits for any occasion. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Friday, August 19, 2016

It's back to school!

Welcome back Friends!

Sorry it's been a month since I have posted. With Summer and vacations and life, I haven't had time to sit and craft anything. But that is changing.....

A couple month's ago I applied to be a guest designer for The Cutting Cafe. Although at the time I did not get a permanent spot, I was offered a guest designer spot for the month of July. A few weeks ago, Regina from The Cutting Cafe contacted me and asked if I would like to be a permanent designer. Of course I said YES!! So that brings me to this post. The post for today is based on Back to School, so I chose to use the Pencil and Apple shaped cards.

For the apple, I used AC Cardstock for the base. For the apple patterned paper I went over to Joann's and got some loose paper. I have been playing with creating my own digital paper, and actually designed one I was going to use. But I have issues with finding the right weight of paper that prints well, and also cuts well. So I opted for store bought. I may make these digital papers available sometime soon. I finished off the design with some buttons and I wrapped some twine around the stem. 

For the pencil shaped card, I again used AC Cardstock for the base. I purchased the yellow polka dot paper at Joann's. I really liked this paper. It is so vibrant in person. And it cut like 'buttah'. For the rest of the pieces I used scraps from my scrap stash. I never throw out any paper. You never know when you are going to need the smallest piece for a project. I finished this pencil off with some bakers twine, yellow buttons and 3 black gems. 

Well I think that about wraps 'sums it up' (sorry got school on my mind) it up for August. I do have another project already completed for my September 7th post. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Butterfly Boxes

Welcome back Friends!

This is my contribution as a Guest Designer over at The Cutting Cafe. The challenge was:


I chose the Butterfly Treat Box's from The Cutting Cafe. I thought it would be fun to keep one part of the kit small while supersizing another object. So I kept the Butterfly Trio at the original size and enlarged the Single Butterfly 200%. In the above photo you can see the Single Butterfly is HUGE compared to the 2 Butterfly Trio boxes in front.  

For the large butterfly box I knew I had to use my pack of Natural Luxury 12x12 stack by Craft Smith.  I really like how the paper has shiny golden pieces within the matte black cardstock. I thought this would be perfect for the larger box. For the body of the butterfly I used a 6x6 Recollections pack I had for Halloween. It had the perfect gold paper. I finished the body off with some rhinestones I had in my stash. The original butterfly had the antenna separate, but I went in and welded the 2. Thought it would be easier, as I know I would have lost the small piece. (*Tip: when I normally have tiny pieces, I usually cut several. They usually fit on the paper as they are small and don't take any more time to cut out. And if I lose 1, there are a few extra's!)

For the Butterfly Trio. I used the same paper collection, Natural Luxury by Craft Smith. That paper pack comes with some really awesome nature pages. For the body of the butterfly I used the same Recollections pack as it had a gold glitter that worked perfectly. Again I welded the antenna with the body. After I glued them together, I bent the wings forward to give them more depth and dimension.

The normal sized box would be great to put treats or a few cookies in it. The larger one can actually hold a small but light weight gift. The kit also comes with handles if you wanted to make them into a basket, but for this project I did not use the handles. 

Well, I really hope you enjoyed seeing these projects. I also had a great month as a Guest Designer for Regina at The Cutting Cafe. Please leave me some comments and feedback as I love hearing from you, and try to respond to all comments left. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

You Color My World

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to my blog. I am really excited, as for this month, I am a guest designer for The Cutting Cafe.  If you aren't familiar with this site, I would suggest checking it out. It has a lot, and I do mean a lot of cutting files, as well as clear stamp and crafting supplies.

There will be 2 posts this month as the guest designer. This post, which the challenge was to create something from the You Color My World Digital Stamp Set, and then another post on July 21st. So please make sure you come back to see the second post!

This is an awesome set. I chose to use the "Large Colored No Red" file that came in the set. The set comes with about 10 digital stamps, both colored and in black and white, as well as sentiments. I decided I wanted to make a card.  I started with a basic card I had in my Silhouette Studio and thought a paint brush and pallet would fit right in with this design. I found a paint brush and pallet cutting file from My Graphic Fairy, and it's a free file!  I also wanted to do something else with the original design, so I traced several of the swirls from the design, and had my Silhouette Cameo cut them out. I only ended up using 3 as you will see in the final card.

For all of the cardstock I used AC Cardstock. For the card base, the swirls and the paint spatters, I used the Pastels Pack, and for the black and tan pieces I used the Variety Pack

When I assembled the card I used foam squares to give the swirls some dimension, as well as the paint brush and pallet.  I went over the swirls and the paint splatters with a Wink of Stella, Clear Glitter Brush. You can barely see it shine in the photo, but in person it really glitters!

I finished the front of the card with a few buttons from my stash and some silver cording I tied to one of the buttons. For the inside of the card, I wanted to keep it simple. Like I said, in the set there are sentiments. I used the You Color My World sentiment. I thought it would look cute inside a paint splatter. So I went online and found a free image and used Silhouette Studio to trace the image. I printed the sentiment onto my cardstock and then had my machine cut it out. 

Well my friends, that is my project for today. Again, please stop by The Cutting Cafe and tell them Mike sent you! And please be sure to come back for my next project on July 21st!

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June Blog Hop- Featuring Dreaming Tree: Winners

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for participating in the June Blog Hop Featuring Dreaming Tree! What a great blog hop that was! And I want to thank each and every one of you for all of your comments, Facebook visits, and subscriptions to email. It is with great pleasure I am announcing the winner from my blog as well as the grand prize winner.

From DezinesbyEM; Winner of the $10 Dreaming Tree Gift Certificate is: M'Liss T.
(Winner has already been contacted by email.)

And the Grand Prize $20 Dreaming Tree Gift Certificate is:
Heidi who is comment number 37 from Sweet Love Canada Blog
Please contact Mike or Vicki to claim your prize
Mike: dezinesbyem@gmail.com
Vicki: occasionbag@gmail.com 

Here is a photo of all of the projects that were on this hop.

Just because the contest has ended, doesn't mean you cannot check out all the great projects. Please follow the links below to visit these sites:

5.  Izbzee
9.  Scrappy Coyote
10.  2 Debs Crafting

Please make sure you stop by Dreaming Tree. They have amazing 3D SVG's, a great selection of FREE files, and are releasing new files all the time! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Thursday, June 9, 2016

June Blog Hop Featuring Dreaming Tree

Welcome to the Blog Hop featuring
Dreaming Tree SVG Files

I am really excited you visited this hop! We have 10 blogs with talented paper crafters waiting for your visit. And to make it extra special, each blog will be hosting a raffle for your chance to win a $10 Dreaming Tree gift certificate, compliments of Leo, from Dreaming Tree. We are also going to have 1 $20 Grand Prize winner. That is 11 chances to win Dreaming Tree gift certificates! So be sure to see the links at the bottom of this post for the list of blogs participating.

Now onto my project. Since it is June and Father's Day is just around the corner, I decided I would make something I could give to my Dad. So I made a "Trophy" version of the Irish Coffee Mug SVG from Dreaming Tree.

Don't let the photo full you. This trophy is pretty big. It stands 8 3/4 inches tall! The original file shows only 1 handle, but I made 2 so that I could make a trophy. I cut up some paper into small strips to make my 'filling' which I stuffed into the trophy, and then topped it with a gift card. I used AC cardstock for the beige base, DCWV Once Upon a Time (my favorite paper pack) for the patterned paper, and Heidi Swapp glitter black for the trim.

I have to admit, I was really afraid to tackle on the handles. I watched the tutorial video several times, and it looked easy, but I was still afraid. So that is what I started with. And to my surprise, they WERE really easy to assemble. Honestly, I can't wait to make these handles again and put them on other projects. They really are versatile!

I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog and checking out my project. I was so excited to get started right after I cut everything out, that I forgot to take pictures as I cut and assembled. In the future I will try to remember to take photos of the assembly process.

When you are finished with the hop, please check out:
Dreaming Tree's Free Download page:

Thank you for participating in the June Blog Hop Featuring Dreaming Tree SVG Files. To enter for your chance to receive a $10 Dreaming Tree Gift Certificate you must leave a comment.  The more blogs you visit and comment on, the more chances you have to win! Contest runs from 06/10/2016 12:00 AM EST to 06/13/2016 11:59 PM EST. 1 winner will be awarded from each blog and 1 grand prize winner will be awarded based on all comments from all blogs. Winners will be posted by June 15, 2016. Please check back to see if you are a winner!   

For your chance to win a $10 Dreaming Tree Gift Certificate from my blog, please enter below by leaving a comment AND submitting an entry in the Rafflecopter white box below. If you subscribe to my newsletter and visit my Facebook page, you can earn additional entries. 

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Please continue the hop by visiting the next crafter on the list!

1.  DezinesbyEM
5.  Izbzee
Thanks for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cupcake Lever Card

Hi Friends!

Welcome to Silhouette Challenges #38!

For this challenge I am using a wonderful kit I purchased from SVG CUTS. I am using the Cupcake Lever Card from the Happy Birthday to you SVG kit.

This was a fun and easy card to make, and I think the recipient is going to love it, as her favorite colors are purple and pink. 
I only used 3 whole sheets of paper for this, and the rest was from scraps I had, as most of the elements are small. But don't let the small elements fool you. This is a good size card. It is abut 7" tall by 4" wide. 

If you are not familiar with a lever card, when you open the card, the cupcake on the front 'magically' appears on the inside as well. It's kind of a cool card actually if I do say so myself.

I hope you found inspiration in my card today. Please don't forget to visit Silhouette Challenges and submit your designs. We love seeing your projects!

Starts June 1, 2016
Ends June, 30, 2016

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Change Purse

Hi Friends,

I wanted to share a project I recently completed. It's the Change Purse from Dreaming Tree. 

I used AC Cardstock for the base, and then scraps I had for the patterned layer. For the cute glittery trim on top I used some Heidi Swapp glitter paper. Believe it or not, the ribbon I used was black and white polka dot. I used an ink pad to color it to match the project.

Overall I am happy with the way it came out. Please check out Dreaming Tree, and did I mention this file is free?!

Also, as of this post, Dreaming Tree is holding a giveaway for a free cutting machine. Click here for a chance to win. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Crafty Files Section - Now Open!

Hi Friends,

Just wanted to update you all on my new section on the blog. It's called Crafty Files Section. Here you will find some files that I have created and are making available to you! Some of these files are actually even FREE!! Check it out.


Here is a fun cupcake I made in Adobe Illustrator. It's calorie free and is sure to make this Friday the 13th totally fantastic..

Have fun, and have a great weekend!


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Gatefold Shutter Card

Hello Friends!

Welcome to the month of May and welcome to my Silhouette Challenges #37 post.

One of the things I like to do is watch cardmaking videos on Youtube. Recently I came across a gatefold shutter card and had to re-create that into SVG format, to be able to use my Silhouette Cameo. The original designer is Sandi MacIver. After watching her video I knew I wanted to make it, and then thought I would also want to share it with my crafty friends. I emailed Sandi and asked her if I could re-create this card into an SVG and share it. She responded and gave her approval, so I am really happy to be able to share this with you. You really need to check out Sandi's blog. It is filled with lots of great cards. Here is a link to the gatefold shutter card. There you will also find a link to her Youtube video on the instructions for this card. http://stampinwithsandi.com/gatefold-shutter-card-tutorial/

What makes this card unique is as you open the card, the inside sentiment is revealed slowly as you open it. It is supposed to resemble the shutter of a camera. That is where the shutter part comes from. As you close the card, the sentiment disappears. I just really like cards that "do something". It gives that extra special element in my opinion. The paper used for the card base is American Crafts cardstock neutrals black. For the designer paper I used Olivia's Sweet Shop.

When the card is closed, it is held shut by a belly band. I left mine rather simple, but you can embellish and go all out. Sandi actually had balloons and a Happy Birthday sentiment on her belly band that looks really cute!

As I said, I created this into an SVG file from Sandi's dimensions. I am sharing this file with you. Please note this is for personal use only. And again I am not the original designer of this card. Thank you Sandi MacIver for allowing me to share your design here! Visit Sandi's blog: http://stampinwithsandi.com/

Gatefold shutter card SVG.

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Starts May. 1, 2016
Ends May. 31, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Cutting Mat Maintenance

Cutting Mat Maintenance

If you are like me, you don't like spending money on supplies. Unless those supplies are cardstock and embellishments. So when my cutting mat becomes non sticky and the paper doesn't lay flat, or slides around it makes for a frustrating time. 

Last year I came across several sites that talked about re-sticking your mat. I tried several, several, and several products. Nothing worked for me. It either did not stick at all, or once you put your paper on it, they become a permanent part of the cutting mat. 

Here is what worked for me, and is my go to on a monthly basis.**

1. Wash your mat. It may seem strange to wash your mat, but sometimes that alone will get my 'stick' back. Fortunately for me I have a large kitchen sink, but I's guessing most will work. I lay my mat flat in my sink and use a few drops of dish washing liquid. I then fill up the sink with hot water just until it covers the mat. Sometimes I put something on top of the mat since it floats, and sometimes I flip the mat over so the sticky side is facing down. I let it soak 5-10 minutes. When I think it's been in there long enough I take something like a paper towel and scrub off the paper bits. I then let it air dry. After it is completely dry I feel it. After a while you can tell how much stick you need. If it feels lightly tacky I put back on the protective cover sheet and store. 

2.  But when the mat doesn't feel tacky. Here is my magic. With masking tape, I tape up the edges that are not supposed to be tacky as in the photo below. Once the edges are all taped up, I take off the lid to my Krylon Easy-Tack Repositionable Adhesive 7020. Which is the hardest part of this project. I have a hard time every single time trying to get off the cap. Once I do manage to remove the cap I take the mat and the can OUTSIDE and give a light mist spray all over. You want to GO EASY. A little goes a long way here. Remember you can always add more, but it is difficult to remove it. I then come back inside and let the mat dry. It depends on the time of year and weather. But normally it dries within a few minutes. I then do the feel test. If it's tacky then I move onto step 3. Once you get the feel I can be sure you will know how sticky the mat needs to be. 

3.  I almost always do this next step. I take a kitchen towel and dab the towel all over the mat. I know, here I spent all this time making the mat sticky and then I am going to de-stick it. Well I want to make sure it is not too sticky. I don't want my paper to stick permanently. For me this technique works all the time. I guess I could always spray less in step 2 and forgo this step but it is what works for me.   

This mat is over a year old and keeps on working really well for me. You can get a can of this at the craft store for about $10, even less if you have a coupon. A Silhouette Cameo Mat runs about the same price. So far I have gotten about 10 uses out of this can over the past year. Figure I bought 10 mat's. $10 vs $100.

**Disclaimer: I am only telling you what works for me. I cannot be held liable for any damages caused if you try this. The manufacturer doesn't recommend this. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Silhouette Challenges #36

Hello Crafty Friends!

Welcome to my April (Challenge 36) DT post for Silhouette Challenges.

Today I am showcasing a card I made for a very special birthday girl!

I used the awesome Party Box Card from the SVG CUTS kit Summer Box Cards.
For the base color I used AC Cardstock Tropicals. And for the patterned paper I used a few patterns from my all time favorite pack: Die Cuts With a View; Once Upon a Time - Glitter Stack.

It is really hard to see in this photo, but I used my Versamark Pen and went all over the balloons and then used a sparkle embossing powder to give them extra sparkle. I used some gems and gave the cake a few rows of trim., 

For the envelope I stamped the birthday girls name and added a few of the cut out stars left over from the box card, and then put a gem in the center of those stars. 

I really hope you enjoyed seeing my latest project. 

Please make sure you link up at Silhouette Challenges!

Starts April. 1, 2016
Ends April. 30, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

Silhouette Challenges #35 - Using Free Designs and Free Digital Paper

Hello Friends!

Thank you for stopping by to see March DT Challenge #35 for Silhouette Challenges.

I see so many projects with lot's of bling and embellishments and they look amazing. But let's face it sometimes we are on a budget and those things cost money. So as I sat and thought about what I was going to do for my March Challenge, I thought about holidays and themes. To some themes would just be holiday. But to me it's different. So for the holiday I chose Easter (which is early, March 27th) and for the theme I chose FREE. So the files below were all created using free files that I received online. I also used free digital patterns that I used to print the patterns on the paper. In all of the projects I used plain white or colored cardstock and printed out the pattern or design onto the paper.

Please enjoy the projects I created for you. I had a lot of fun designing them!

Easter Bunny Gift Bag

This cute little guy here was found for free on SVG CUTS. I would really recommend you check out this file but also SVG CUTS' entire site. They really have set the bar for 3D crafting. Easter Bunny Gift Bag.  I used plain tan cardstock and used an ink pad to darken the edges to give him, or her, some more definition. For the pink feet, ears and nose, I used some glue and loose glitter. For the eyes, mouth and whiskers I used my gel pens in white and black. After I was finished putting this together and the picture had been taken, I thought I should have glued on a white cotton ball for a tail. Next time for sure!


This was a file that I received for free from the Silhouette Design Store last year. It was a free file of the week. Each week Silhouette Design Store offers a free file. Let me say that I glued, pulled apart, glued and pulled apart 5 times. There was a point I thought the paper was so messed up I would have to trash it. I finally was able to get it semi put together but had a huge gap at the bottom. That is where the solid strip of paper at the bottom came in. I cut that to hide that gap. Since most of the files from that site do not come with instruction (Some designers do have links to instructions) I had no way of knowing how it was supposed to go together. All in all I think it finally came together nicely. If you are interested in this file here is a link to the Birdhouse. All of the cardstock on this birdhouse was white and I used the digital patterned paper I printed that I found free here Best Free Scrapbooks, with the exception of the border on the bottom. That was regular colored cardstock.

Easter Baskets

For these Easter Baskets I received the free file from My Graphico. These were really easy and quick to put together and think that this would make a great project to give to many people, as you can mass produce quickly. Again all the paper I used was white and I printed the patterns with the digital papers I found for free on Best Free Scrapbooks.

I really hope you enjoyed my projects for the March DT Challenge #35.

Be sure to check out Silhouette Challenges as we would love to see what you have created. Details on how to link up your projects can be found by clicking the link below. 

Starts March 1, 2016
Ends March. 31, 2016
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