Sunday, March 22, 2015

Exciting News......

I have some very exciting news to share with you.  I'm so excited to let you know that I am a Hybrid Creative team member for Kim B Designs at The Digital Press.  Her kits are amazing. 

I've been busy creating some really fun projects.  I made these cute cards and the tag from her latest kit, That Ol' Bunny.  Isn't this kit awesome?

That Ol' Bunny : The Kit
I used my Silhouette Cameo and the v2 version of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.  There is a newer version but so far I haven't heard anything good about doing print and cuts.  Since that is mostly what I do, I will wait until I hear more good things than bad.

Here are the cards that I made.  For the base of the card I used the egg and enlarged it to fit an A2 size envelope. 
This card was made using the splatters, a button and a word strip from the kit.

I used the striped papers and a word strip for this card.  I also added a scalloped edge to the bottom of the word strip.
For the tag I used the little bunny rabbit and the striped paper on the tag.

Tomorrow I have a tutorial for The Digichick.  You can check it out at The Hybrid Chic tomorrow. 
Here is a sneak peek.
I made these for St. Patrick's Day last week.  I used a the green polka dotted papers from the digital scrapbook kit from Just Because Studio. The box file came from The Cutting CafĂ©.  It's the Copic box template cutting file.
His Collab by JB Studio and Amanda Yi | Kit
I have some more creations coming from this kit.  I definitely need more time, I have so many ideas rolling around in my head. 
Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the crafting world.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pinch Proof Shaker Pin!


Hello there, it's Tanya here to share with you this really cute St. Patrick's Day shaker pin I made for The Digichick hybrid team.  The detailed tutorial can be found here on The Hybrid Chick Blog.

Pinch Proof Shaker Pin

Before I go any further, I wanted to share a little bit about St. Patrick's Day.  The following information on St. Patrick's Day was googled.

Saint Patrick’s Day?

Many folk ask the question ‘Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland ?’ The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.
In the custom known as “drowning the shamrock”, the shamrock that has been worn on a lapel or hat is put in the last drink of the evening.

Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.
Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.
In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick’s Day is a very big deal. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, “wearing of the green,” music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green!

 Where did the Pinch come from?

When the Irish immigrated to the U.S. because of the potato famine, most Irish were thought to be no good drunkards and they were pretty much not excepted and ridiculed. When St. Patrick's Day would arrive, few wore green because of this oppression and few didn't so they pinched those who didn't wear green for lack of pride and it was passed down.

To get step by step instructions on how this fun shaker pin was made go here to the Hybridchick Blog.  The blog is a place where the Hybrid team shares Hybrid Crafts and shows you how to make them.  

Here are couple of other tutorials that I have done so far:
Ordinary Day | Kit

This tutorial shows you how to take the digital kit Ordinary Day by Akizo Desgns and make some really cute cards.  I could create cards, boxes, treat bags, etc. all day long with this kit.   I really love the versatility of this kit and oh the colors, I love the color combination.

If you are into scrapbooking, take a look here to see some really great pages with this kit.
My very first project for the Hybrid Digichick team was for Valentine's Day.
I used Kimeric Kreations digital papers and cutting files from the Silhouette Design store.

Heartstrings (bonus papers)

There are so many digital kits, elements, photo masks, name it, The Digichick has it.

Soon I will have a tutorial on how to make a marble bag using Kimeric Kreation's kit:  It's A Guy Thing. 

It's a Guy Thing (collection)

I hope that everyone has a great weekend.  I'm planning on working on that marble bag tutorial and cleaning house.  I'm not too thrilled about the cleaning house part has, but it needs to get done!
THANKS for stopping by:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I Have some AWESOME news to share!

I have some really GREAT news to share with you!!!  I'm really excited about telling you what I've been up to lately.   As you already know I love crafting, all kinds.   But one of my most favorite things to do is Hybrid crafts.  Hybrid crafting is combining traditional (old school/fussy cutting) and digital into one.  Digital scrapbook kits and accessories aren't just for scrapbooking any more, it's for making fun projects like gift boxes, cards, tags, bookmarks, etc.  The possibilities are endless.

So with all that said, here is my really awesome news.....I have been chosen to be on The Digichick Hybrid Creative team. 

I have already posted my first blog post at The Hybrid Chic and posted a few projects in the gallery.  These were made with the kit Warm Heart by Akizo Designs

Warm Heart | Kit

Warm Heart by Akizo Designs


Gift Tag using papers and elements

All you need is love card

Gift box using same kit

 There are some very talented ladies designing at The Digichick.   Kimeric Designs,  Meagan's Creations,  Sweet Digi Scrap Designs, Laitha's Designs, are just to name a few.  There are so many kits that I want to work with that my head is spinning. 

Next Monday I will have a new blog post for you here and at The Hybrid Chick, so be on the look out for that.  Don't be afraid to leave some blog love to let me know how I'm doing.
I am still at Peppermint Creative on the hybrid design team.  I will be there as long as she will have me.  Miss Mint has taught me so much and I hope to be there a long time.  Here is one of my lasts posts there.   I used the My Guy digital kit to create this tag and the cute heart box for Valentine's Day.

Love that lasts tag using the My Guy Kit

Heart Tote using the My Guy Kit

My Guy Kit

Here are some new products in the store.  I can't wait to use them, they look super fun.

Journal Doodles v.01

LIP: 4x6" Doodle Card Stamps v.01

Thanks so much for stopping by and letting my share my good news with you.

Have a Blessed week

XOXOXO,  Tanya


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hugs and Kisses

Okay, so I can't believe that I totally skipped over Christmas (and New Years) and I'm posting Valentine's Day stuff.   Christmas is a blur.  It came so fast and went just as fast.  The one thing I remember about Christmas is that both our boys were home and that was all that mattered.   I thought about a New Year's resolutions, but never actually made one.   I'm not great at keeping them anyway. 

So here we less than a month is Valentine's Day.  If I had made that dreaded New Year's resolution (we all know which one I'm talking about) it would be blown on Valentine's Day.  I mean you can't not enjoy that lovely box of chocolates.  After all, you wouldn't want to upset anyone.

Here are a few ideas I want to share with you.  I used the print and cut method with my silhouette cameo and the digital scrapbook kit from Peppermint Creative called My Guy.

Here is a look at the kit I used.  There is so much you can do with this kit. 

The boxes were purchased from the Silhouette online store. 
For other Valentine's Day ideas go here and here.
Thanks for stopping by

Monday, September 29, 2014

It's Been A While.......

 I've been MIA lately.  Without going into the details, life has been a little nuts lately.  Summer, family, work, etc. etc.   I know that is not a excuse, but that is what has been happening. 

One of the fun things I got to do lately was work with this fun digital scrapbook kit called Party Pants from Peppermint Creative.    I really love the fun colors in this set.  The balloons, the cake, presents....just so much fun party stuff.
Here are a couple of hybrid crafts that I made with this kit and my Silhouette Cameo.  The first one is one of my favorite cards.  It is made with the balloons and the Celebration word art.
I made a card base 4 x 5 and enlarged the balloons to where they were "off" the sides of the card.  I also printed an extra copy and cut around some of the balloons and layered them to add dimension.  I used black twine and tied it around a few of the balloons.
Here is another card using the birthday cake.
One of my favorite things to do with my Cameo is Print and Cuts. 
For this print and cut, I cut out several extra pieces and adhered to the base of the card with pop dots
 to give dimension. 
And last but not least, is a cute little box that I made with the paper from the Party Pants kit.
Hope that these hybrid projects inspire you to take out your favorite digital kit and make something fun. 
Have a GREAT week!
, Tanya

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July Party Treats

I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer.  It's been okay here so far. It's not as bad as it has been in the past for Oklahoma weather and I am SOOOOO THANKFUL!

I can't believe it's already here.....JULY!  Omg...that means I need to get on the ball and get some things done.  One of those things I finally finished tonight.  I made these cute tags to tie around my candy treats.  I think everyone that comes to the celebration will love them.
I used these little tubes that I purchased from
The digital scrapbook kit that I used was from Peppermint Creative and it's called
These are a few of the other tags I made to wrap around my candy tubes.

I really enjoyed making these cute treat tags for our party tomorrow night.  I hope everyone likes them as much as I do.  I hope they still have M&M's in them when I hand them out....LOL!
Below are some brief instructions on the cutting steps.   Before you can  print, there are a few steps that you need to do so that the cut part will work properly.

 First chose the size paper you will be using, I work with 8.5x11.  I'm guessing that is what most use.

 Next, you will need to make sure that the "Show Reg Marks" are checked.  This is so that the machine can scan the marks and know where to cut out your images.
 (You will need to have those cut lines on ~See Below)
To open the cut style options, you will click on the scissors at the top of your screen.  Here you can see there are several options.  See where the "let's celebrate" is circled in black?  If you look over to the right you can see that "No Cut" is chosen for that image.  Now look at the rest of the images.  See how the have a red line around them?  This is because the cut lines have been picked. 
This is also where you double check to see if everything you want to cut has the red around them and anything you don't want to cut doesn't have the red around them.  Here I missed picking the cut line.  Not a huge deal, it's simple enough to cut out with scissors.  Where this makes a huge difference is if you have a saying on top of an image that you don't want cut, but you do want the outer edge of the tag, card to be cut.  You would need to select the saying and click "No Cut" and the reselect the whole image and pick the "cut edge"
Finally, we can print and cut.  Make sure everything is on the page correctly and not overlapping anything.  To find this menu, click on the pencil at the top right of the page.  This will open "Cut Settings" Here is where you choose the media you are using.  For this project, I used white cardstock, so I chose "cardstock" in the media box.  Once you do this, it will automatically change everything to the appropriate settings.  There may be times that you have to do some manual adjusting in the program.
Finally, before you hit the cut button, make sure that you have your blade in your machine changed to the correct settings.  This will save you time and money.  I don't know how many times that I forgot to do that and how much paper and vinyl I have wasting by forgetting this step.  You will also need to put your media (cardstock) on your cutting mat and load it into your cameo.   Now hit the "CUT" button and watch it do it's magic.
I would love to hear what you think about this project and if you have any questions at all, please feel free to message me.  I would love to help.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Be safe!
, Tanya

Thursday, May 29, 2014


What does Summer mean to you?  Vacations, beaches, swimming pools, shorts, flip flops, etc.  For some it's about baseball games, sunflower seeds and concession stands.   I miss those days, some of which included multiple games, heat, dirt.....well maybe I don't miss all of it. 

Now that my son isn't playing baseball anymore, which saddens me at times, I do have friends with little ones starting the adventure of traveling teams and school ball.  From my experience (from a mom's viewpoint) I enjoyed traveling baseball so much more than school ball. 

When my sons played ball, I didn't own a silhouette machine.  If I had, I would have so made these for myself.  Maybe if we catch a Red Hawk's game or a New York Yankee game sometime.  These were made for my sweet friend/co-worker, Chrissy.  Her little guy started his first traveling team and is keeping them very busy.  I included some for her toes and her son's number and one with the team name. 

Isn't this awesome?  You could make a cute package (with your silhouette of course) to put the nail art in and give them as a gift to a baseball mom.  Wouldn't all the team moms love these?
(Click on image to download)
I used the Silhouette brand red vinyl. 
The cut settings are blade 2, speed 8, thickness 9 or choose vinyl under your cut settings. 
The squares around the stitching are for easy weeding.
You may need to resize them or simply clip them to fit your nails. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great and safe summer!!



Friday, May 9, 2014

My Baby is Graduating

I'm having such a hard time digesting the fact that my youngest is graduating high school.   This school year has just flown by.  When he turned 18 a couple of months ago, that was hard, but for some reason, this is even harder.  I know this is what is suppose to happen, but the "Empty Nest" syndrome is taking over!!!

His Dad and I are so very proud of him.  He's a very determined, straight forward young man.  He is also sweet and caring.  I know that he will succeed at anything he puts his mind to.  Oh and a hard worker, he's isn't afraid to get dirty to get something done.


These announcements were designed in Photoshop 10 and printed on my home printer.  We sat down one day (well more like 5 min.) and picked something he liked by surfing on line.  Oh and I also took his pictures...that was so much fun!  Well not exactly, he didn't want to "pose" for me because he wasn't a "model"! 

This is the announcement we sent out.  I had a few issues with my copier (reason I'm shopping for a new one) Overall I think that they came out really nice.  I even took his pictures.  I was hoping he would let me take them.  I know I'm not a professional, but It does make me happy that I was able to take both of my boys graduations cards and announcements.

Here is what I put in the card insert.  I wasn't  going to do them this way, but what I thought were envelopes ended up being cards, so I put them to use.  They look really nice this way.  Oh and I made the Vellum Insert was created in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and cut out with my Cameo.
Here is the finished the project.  I also used my Silhouette Cameo to design and cut out circle labels
 to put on the back of the envelope.  The envelope was addressed using a white gel pen.

Below is a few more pictures that I took.  I still have a few more that I would like to edit.


And of course I have to throw in a couple of his Senior Prom pictures!!


Aren't they so cute together.  His beautiful girlfriend is gorgeous!! 
Thanks for stopping by!