Friday, April 18, 2014

"Egg"stra special Easter Basket Tutorial

Hopefully this weekend will go better than the last.  I still can't believe I finally got to the point of shopping and running errands and I got sick...really sick.  Thanks goodness I'm better now and after work tomorrow, I will attempt to do that shopping once again. 

I have a tutorial I'd like to share with you.  I made it for Peppermint Creative.  And...right now if you go there you can get this Silhouette file and/or a printable file for FREE.   I know it's cutting it close, but it truly takes very little time to put it together. 

Photo1 printable easter egg basket
Supplies Used:
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors or Cutting Machine (Silhouette)
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Easter Grass
  • Printer
  • Candy
  • Free Template
Photo 2 DIY paper silhouette easter
How to:
Easter is such a fun holiday for crafting. I couldn’t resist creating a cute egg shaped basket using my Silhouette machine and my favorite Easter themed digital scrapbooking kit Speckled Egg: Brights and I’m so excited to share my template with you. If you don’t have a Silhouette Cameo, don’t feel left out – I’ve also included instructions and a template to create this cute basket easily by hand with a pair of scissors as well.

Instructions by hand (without using a Cutting Machine): 
Print the template on fairly sturdy cardstock and cut it out.
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Photo 3b
Next fold along the dashed lines.
Photo 4a
Add double sided tape and tape the box together.
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Apply the egg to the top of the box with double sided tape. To finish the box, you can add the handle, or leave it off.
Photo 6
Now for the fun stuff. Add the Easter grass.
Adding grass
And the delicious candy and voila – you’re finished! It’s that easy.
Add candy paper basket
Instructions for Silhouette SD/Cameo Users:
We will be using the Silhouette Cameo and the “Print and Cut” feature.
Print the basket with or without the egg already on it.  Make sure that you turn on the registration marks so that you will be able to cut it out after it is printed.
Photo 7a 2
  Photo 7b cut silhouette
You will find an 8.5×11” document with 2 eggs on it which you can use if you’d like to print the sheet and have the silhouette cut them out or you can add the included .PNG egg to your template and print and cut just once. If you are cutting the box and then the images, you will simply add a piece of white card stock to your mat and cut the box out.
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Photo 8b 1
Next you will cut the egg image out.  You can see that I added other images from the kit on the paper so that I wouldn’t waste any paper.
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Now on to the assembling. Fold at the dashed lines.
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Next add the double-sided tape and tape the box together.
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Apply the egg to both sides of the box. If you printed it with the egg already on the box, you will skip this step.
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To finish your Easter “Egg” basket, You can either apply the handle or leave it off.
Now add the grass and the candy as shown above and you’re done.

To Get the FREE file go here!

I used the digital kit, Speckled Egg - Brights, from Peppermint Creative to make the basket.
I hope that EVERYONE has a HAPPY EASTER!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Well....It happened.....

I can't believe it did, but it did.  I had so many things planned out.  Shopping (which I don't care for), planting, and of course crafting.  Not one of those things got done.  I ended up with the stomach bug and was out of commission for 3 whole days.  What a total bummer.   With out all the ugly details, I was in so much pain and was so weak that I could not even get in or out of the shower myself.  I was really wiped me out. 

There was a good thing that happened.  My lovely husband build this really nice desk to put in my craft room.  I ordered it off  Oh and didn't pay shipping!!!  Here is a picture of it and when I get in all like I want it, I will take some pics. 

I can't wait to find the write baskets to put on the shelves and the stuff for the walls.
This desk is VERY sturdy and made well.


Be back soon.  Thanks for stopping by!

♥ Tanya


Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's Almost Here

Friday, yep it's almost here.  Work has been a little stressful these days, so I'm really looking forward to my weekend OFF!!  I'm ready to do some gardening and working on  my flower beds.  I'm ready for some COLOR!  I'm so tired of looking at all the dead brown colors.   That's what I really want to do, it's the plan, but we all know plans don't all work out!  Hoping it will this time!

Another thing I would like to do is to work on some crafting projects.  And in case you would like to do the same, I'm sharing some projects I've worked on this past week. 

Here they are, these cute little boxes that I made with my Silhouette Cameo and this adorable new kit in the Hello Collection Series....Hello Giggles from Peppermint Creative.

I love making gift boxes and with Graduation quickly approaching, I thought this would be perfect.
Aren't these papers from Peppermint Creative soooo stinkin' cute!?!  I absolutely love all the bright and cheery!!

 Here is a close up of the flower that I purchased from the Silhouette on-line store.  I used the color picker in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition to make sure the color matched exactly to the paper. 
The color picker is on the right side of your page.  You can pick a color out of the pallet or if you want the shade to really match, you can pick a color from your project you are working on.
To pick a color from your project, just click on the picker on the right and hover over the color you want from the project you are working on. 
Here is another made with the papers from the Hello: Giggles series!  These would be perfect for "Thank You's" at a wedding, bridal showers, birthdays and more.  I have a wedding invite in the making (one of my plans for this weekend)  I'll have pictures posted soon (If my plans don't fall through).
Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a GREAT and WONDERFUL weekend!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BASEBALL PARTY IDEAS and Free Silhoutte Studio Files

A Co-worker and friend of mine asked me to make some "Thank You" tags and some straw flags for her son's birthday party.  Of course I said "Yes!"  It was going to be a baseball themed party and she had a few ideas that she found on Pinterest.  All my friends and co-workers know that I have my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo and that I can make all kinds of fun things.  I don't mind and it gives me a lot of practice.

The following tags and flags for the party was made using the "Print and Cut" feature.  This is by far one of my favorite things to do on my machine.
Here are the Flags that I made.  I used some straws that I purchased from Pick Your Plum.

After cutting them out, I added double sided tape and wrapped them around the straw. 
(She is going to tie them to the bottled pop.)

 Here is a close up of the flags.  I download the FREE font at  t's called Brannboll.
I looked up where she got the pin from so that I could give them credit...It was from
Here is the FREE file you can use in Silhouette Studio.  Click on the image below to DOWNLOAD.
  The tags below were created using a picture she gave me from Pinterest.

Click on the image below to DOWNLOAD

I made this sign so that all his friends could sign a "Birthday" baseball.  It says "Please Autograph Hunter's Birthday Ball!"
 I hope that this will help some of you that are planning Summer Baseball Parties!

 Thanks for Stopping by!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Couple of Digital Scrapbook Pages

Here are a few Digi Scrapbook Pages I'v been working on.  I first learned about Digital Scrapbooking because I literally didn't have anywhere to put all my traditional scrapbook supplies. 

I live in a very small home, with very little space.  When I would decide to scrap, it would take me a while to gather it all up from closets, kitchen cabinets (yes...I said kitchen cabinets), under the bed, etc.  I would stick it anywhere I could find a spot.  By the time I would gather it up and pop a movie in for the boys, it would be time for lunch.  By the time I cleaned that up, played with them and maybe squeeze a page in, it was time for dinner.  Of course the table would be covered and I would have to push it off to the side.   One day I just decided it was just way to messy and time consuming, not to mention could get VERY expensive....I put it away.

After many months going by doing no crafting or scrapbooking at all, I had to find something that I enjoyed.  One day it hit me....With all the technology out there,  I just knew there had to be something out there that I could enjoy and that wouldn't take very much space.   decided to sit down and do some surfing.  Not only did I find out about Digital Scrapbooking, I also found out how to crochet, blog and later hybrid crafting and scrapbooking. 

Now my boys are grown and I have been working on turning my oldest son's room into a craft room.   Even though, I have never really gotten back into traditional scrapbooking, I have decided to start making some more digital pages.

So here ya go!  My layouts.  I do have a few things to learn about, like the Washi Tape looking more realistic and things like that.  But overall, I really enjoyed doing these pages and much more to learn.  Thanks to all Miss Mint and all the girls at Peppermint Creative.

This one I just done last night.  It's of my oldest son, Chris and his newest puppy, Clyde.  He's a Piebald Longhaired dachshund.  Oh my goodness is he spoiled.  I have never seen a dog so attached to someone as this little guy is.  One of the other dogs in the picture is Sadie. He bought and he left her with me for a while. (He's a welder and travels) Well now she is mine.  I'm totally in love with her. (Yeah, I can't believe it either)  She is a pit bull and is the sweetest dog ever.
 This page is of my youngest son, Chance and his sweet girlfriend, Schyler.  They are sooo cute together.  I hope to have more pages soon because Prom is almost here.  I'm trying hard not to think much about it because it is his Senior year and the last to leave the nest.  This make me very sad.

I used Photoshop Elements 10 (I want the newest version) and all digital kits from Peppermint Creative.

Hope you enjoyed them and if you have any questions, please feel free to email or message me.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hippity Hoppity....

Easter is on its way!!  I just finished this fun Easter treat.  I'm suppose to be working on taxes, but who wants to do that?!?  It was sleeting like crazy earlier and now it's snowing again.  I'm not a fan of the cold at all.....  So I'm going to grab a cup of coffee and blog.  

These are very fun and easy to make.

I made a simple tag in the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.  To do all the embellishing I used paper and digital elements from the Speckled Egg Kit- Brights from Peppermint Creative.
I used the print and cut feature.
Add pop dots for dimension.
Apply to the tag.  Finish by adding the rest of the elements. 
Fill the box with candy and tie the tag to the box.
These would make fun Easter Treats for "Big" and "Little" kids!
Here is the set I used to make these cuties!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 24, 2014

How Cute Is This?!?!

I LOOOOVE this kit from Peppermint Creative!! Well, I love all them, but you have to go and check this really adorable kit out!  Can you tell I'm really excited about this kit?

How fun is this for making hybrid crafts for baby showers, baby gifts, party favors, invites, "Thank You's", the list goes on and on.  It's not only great for hybrids (which of course, is my favorite) but it's PERFECT for all those "sleepy" baby pics (and "sleepy" parent pics too...hehe).

I love all the digital elements....the little bear, the plaid stars, the little cloud, the moon, the sheep...Oh man, did I say "I LOVE this kit"!?!   And the papers...the papers are so stinkin' cute.

Here are some of the projects that I have done with the Goodnight Sleep Tight digital kit.  I even made a scrapbook page!!

 This is one of my favorites.  Tiny little boxes with cloud cut-outs! 
I cut the boxes out with my Silhouette Cameo.  I did a "print and cut" with the little bear and cloud.

This embellishment was also done using the "print and cut" feature with my Silhouette.  You can see the same embellishment used as a tag below.

Punch a little whole in the top and hang it off your gift bag or wrap it around a cute blanket!

Isn't this card just adorable?  I used the welding tool in the Silhouette Studio Designer software to make this card.  (Tutorial to come soon.)

Not sure if you noticed, but I REALLY love the little bear and clouds.  New challenge to me...Use the other elements out of the kit!!  I'll have to come back and show you what I come up with.

Oh and I almost forgot, my scrapbook page!

Made by: Me :)

Check this page out by "shutterspeed" (design team member for Peppermint Creative)

How cute is this?

You can check out more in the Peppermint Creative gallery HERE.

And.........if you are into LIP (Live in Pictures) pages, you will LOVE these LIP KITs that match this set. 

Here is a really cute LIP page made with this kit:
Also designed by "Shutterspeed"


Thanks for stopping by my little cyber craft spot!