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Do you celebrate Halloween? Our family does. We try to stay away from the creepy stuff. But now I have 2 teenage boys and they think it's all about the creepy!! I still side on the cute stuff! The crafts I have today are all too cute to spook!

The Peeking Crow is a cut file from KaDoodle Bug Designs. He measures 5" tall by almost 4" wide. It has been a long time since I did paper piecing. I love it! It is so fun. I layer the pieces by adding an extra piece of card stock behind some of the pieces to give more dimension. Nice. You can use this little guy on a scrapbook layout, a card, or stand alone.

Peeking Crow

I have made just a few cards. The digi stamps all come from Bugaboo Digi Stamps. I think you will like how I use a selection of kids dressing up for a Halloween Costume theme. Hopefully I inspire you to use your digis in a different way. I'm still just playing with digis. So, I just used colored pencils or watercolor pencils. I used the pumpkin from the above cut file to add a bit more to the scenes. All 3 of the cards measure 6" tall by 4.5" wide.

Stink Pie or Cutie Pie?

Heroes Come In All Sizes

Little Princess

However you choose to celebrate, I hope you have fun. Especially if you have little ones in your life.

Here I am showing you a view of each from the side to highlight the layers.

Crow

Skunk

Super Hero

Princess

Actually, these welcome cards are for the new teachers in our building. I was asked to make cards again this year. It was fun to play. Some of the digi's were created by me! Some are from The Cutting Cafe All About School Digi, All About School file.

Digi & Cut Files by Krista

Digi by Krista

Digi & Cut Files by Krista

Digi & Cut Files by Krista

Digi & Cut Files by Krista

Sentiment/Notepaper by Krista
Apple, Owl by The Cutting Cafe

Digi and Sentiment by The Cutting Cafe

Digis by The Cutting Cafe

I finally found a little time to craft and was blessed with a bit of creativity to match. Most of today's cards use a digital stamp with an image and/or sentiment. I use Adobe Illustrator to manipulate the files. It is an easy program with which to create. (I have even created some sentiments myself.) I hand colored the images with colored pencils. (Remember, I do very little coloring of digis.)

These first cards use a digi stamp created by the lovely Melinda Beltran. The original flower digi comes with the sentiment "Wonderful Beautiful You." In some cases I replaced the sentiment.

Lovely


showing layers

For this card I replaced the sentiment with one created by Regina Easter at The Cutting Cafe. Isn't it cute?

Alternate Sentiment by Regina Easter


showing layers

And here I totally cut out the whole flower.

Delicate

The next couple cards have sentiments created by Donna Ellis for Fred She Said. Visit Donna's blog to see how she used her own sentiments. However, the sentiments are available at the Fred She Said site.

Darling


Butterfly & Blossoms


Delicate Butterfly

This happy birthday card uses a sentiment created by Hannelie at Desert Diva. I love how this card turned out. It is so happy!!

Birthday Fun!

Regina created the sympathy sentiment and the "birthday treats" for the next two cards. My last card does not have a sentiment.

This is my favorite!


Striking


Elegant

After being a stay at home mom for the past 18 years, I was blessed this past fall. I was hired by my son;s school as the Volunteer Coordinator. It is very part time and fits my schedule and personal needs perfectly. This work is half of what I did b.k. or before kids. In those 18 years I have been on the other the other side as a volunteer myself. You would be amazed how much "stuff" gets done by volunteers. I had some parents come in to school and create a scene for our staff lounge door. I wanted to play "craft" with them! So I when I was home I crafted up thank you cards for those volunteers.

I have used two images/digi stamps from A Day for Daisies. There are many adorable images to select and I love the collection of Fairies. I'm playing along with the monthly challenge of which the theme is layers. I printed multiple copies of the images and cut pieces to layer with foam. This adds dimension. I am not a digi stamp "artist" so I do not have a collection of fancy pens nor a favorite medium for coloring. Some of the colors on my images are made with a "paint marker" and some with gel pens.

Many Thanks


Precious Wings


Bee Thankful


Detail

Simple, clean, everyday cards. I have made gift enclosure cards. My cards are 3 x 3 inch square. This fits nicely to maximize my 12 x 12 paper. I printed my card stock using Everyday Greetings from The Cutting Cafe stock of printable stamps. It's fun to play around with colors and I do this in Adobe Illustrator.

Making use of the Gift Enclosure Card Box, I adapted it and the accompanying envelope, shrinking them both to my needed size. You can fit 6 or more cards with envelopes in the box.

Use these with a gift or as a pick me up. Put them in your kid's lunch, secretly leave on a co-workers desk, or add to a coffee gift card for a friend. There are many more sentiment to choose from over what I have shown. These are fun and quick to make.

Files Used:
Gift Enclosure Card Box
Everyday Greetings Set 1
Everyday Greetings Set 2
Animal and Bug Mini Colored Circle Set
Fun With Owls

The "Owl" Set


Ah, Cute!


Coordinating Boxes


Craft Paper Set


White Card Stock/Pink Box

We are up--cycling Christmas at The Cutting Cafe blog.

What do these items have in common?

Fun Fibers

Fun Fibers

Ball Jar

Ball Jar

Digi Stamp

Digi Stamp

We are using jars and cans to decorate for the season. Check the blog for more ideas.

I went real simple. But I like it because you can do this with your kids. They can make their decoration as simple or fancy as they like. I used a glass jar. I didn't have fake snow on hand, that is why I used some fun fiber. But I recommend the snow. My car looks like it's driving around after a snowstorm! They must live in MinneSNOWta!! I see that I could have made my digi stamp a bit larger. Still it is a fun little decoration. I printed the digi in reverse as well. Then I sandwiched foam tape between both copies. This way you can view the scene from two sides of the jar. Happy Holidays!

Christmas In a Jar!

Christmas In a Jar!

Bird's Eye View

Bird's Eye View

Digital printable files used in this project:
Car from Feb 14
Tree and Gift Tag from All About Christmas

We are remembering and recognizing those who have faced Breast Cancer. The Cutting Cafe has many digi and cutting files to help you encourage those you love who are dealing with this disease. I chose to make a Pocket Letter.

Basically, you fill all the pockets of a 9 Pocket Trading Card Protector with decorated cards (or loose embellishments). You can choose to add cards to both sides or just the one. I made the backs of my cards blank so that the giver can write notes of encouragement. Or the recipient can write down memories, prayers, or feelings as they go through this journey. (Usually you write a letter, fold it up and stick it in one pocket.) Please stop over to The Cutting Cafe to see other ideas for recognizing the women who travel this journey.

I used two digi stamp sets from The Cutting Cafe to make my pocket cards:
Think Pink
Breast Cancer T Shirts

Using Adobe Illustrator, I first made a rectangle to represent each pocket. The pockets measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches. I pulled in the digis and played with the sizes and layout. Next I separated each digi and printed. I hand cut each piece.

Digi Layout

Digi Layout

Digis Ready to Print

Digis Ready to Print

The next step was the fun part. I looked through my stash of goodies, I chose some embellishments that I might use. Then I played.

Pretties

Pretties

Here are the finished cards.

Front of Cards

Front of Cards


Back Side (White w Pink Chalking)

Back Side (White w Pink Chalking)

I placed each card in to it's pocket and decorated the "binding."

Safe & Snug

Safe & Snug

Close Up

Close Up

When you are ready to send your Pocket Letter, you simply fold the card protector in to thirds, put it in a standard 10 size envelope, and mail. (Although, I do not get how that works as the creation is bulky.)

Folding the Pocket Protector

Folding the Pocket Protector

Matching the Envelope

Matching the Envelope


Tucked Away

Tucked Away

This was pretty fun! You can make your pocket letter as simple or as elaborate as you desire. The theme choice is endless. Give it a try. Have fun!

I think Fall is gorgeous! I love how God paints the landscape with new, delicious colors! The squirrels are so cute prepping for winter. I love donning cozy jeans and long sleeves. And who can resist crunching of leaves under foot?! I'm drinking it all in!

I'm embarking on the season with The Cutting Cafe. Using TCC's Halloween & Fall Milk Carton template I am hoping to pour fall out for you! I could not stop making these milk cartons. They are simple to assemble and way too fun to decorate.

You will see that I shrunk the pattern to make one smaller version. Using my Pazzles software, I altered the window cut outs as a guide for making smaller cuts used to embellish the cartons. I used the Welcome Fall printable stamp set for other decor. The file only comes in black and white. However, I used adobe illustrator to color the images to my liking.

I filled the cartons with candy corn using an organza or plastic bag. Some cartons have "windows" enclosed with clear card stock on the inside. Some of the cartons have a coordinating paper enclosing the window. The smaller carton has an open window, using an organza bag to hold the candy in place. I have two of these pretties for sale at this link.

Bagging the Candy Corn

Bagging the Candy Corn

Clear Card Stock, Organza Bag

Clear Card Stock, Organza Bag

Open Window

Open Window

Clear Card Stock Window

Clear Card Stock Window

Fall Beauties

Fall Beauties

Enjoy this video showing all sides of each milk carton. Enjoy fall.

I do believe that the heat has finally broken in MN. We are experiencing a number of beautifully, cooler days. The Maple trees on my boulevard have already begun to change color. My sidewalk is covered with plenty of helicopter seeds for the squirrels to collect.

Hello Fall

Hello Fall

The Cutting Cafe Blog has a lovely digital fall card set to help ease you in to the cool, fall weather. Be sure to hop over to the website to see more ideas on how to use the fall cards.

I chose to print the card files from The Cutting Cafe on colored card stock. Then I printed digital fairy stamps from A Day for Daisies on white card stock. I printed several copies of the fairies so I could layer some of the elements. I hand colored the fairies with colored pencils. For my first time, I used a little Flower Soft on the fairy's wings and one flower.

Files Used in this Project:
The Cutting Cafe

Autumn Sentiment Card Frames
A Day for Daisies
Bitsy Bug Dot
Growing a Flower

Bitsy Bug Dot

Bitsy Bug Dot

Growing A Flower

Growing A Flower

Here is a close up showing the layers and Flower Soft on the wings.

Delicate Wings

Delicate Wings


Maiden Fair

Maiden Fair

This week at The Cutting Cafe Regina has given us free reign. Please hop over to this post to see the other team members' designs.

I am working with The Cutting Cafe's printable files or, digi stamps. We have 3 new neighbors who all moved in within a two week period! Probably because they heard that we have a great community!!

I made welcome cards with the Welcome Home set. There are many, many fun pieces in this set. I used Adobe Illustrator to manipulate the designs as well as color some of them. I also used colored pencil to color others. I "fussy cut" the images with a scissor to get each of my shapes. I printed out several copies of the houses so that I could then layer them to add dimension to the cards. Enjoy.

Welcome Neighbors

Welcome Neighbors

Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

Sweet

Sweet

Layers

Layers

Layers

Layers

Layers

Layers