I was busy sippin' the summer away and forgot to complete my assignment for made with love (and paper). June's challenge was refreshing: Pink Lemonade: How does the thought of pink lemonade inspire you? Requirements: pink, yellow, polka dots. Follow this link to see the creations of the other team members.

I thought that a fresh menu for the summer months was in order. This is a simple design. I started with the days of the week. I used my Pazzles InVue software to design my creation, as well as to print & cut the days. Note in the photo below, the "L" shaped marking at the top right of the cut mat. This is the Registration Mark that Pazzles uses for cutting. With Pazzles I can register the black text for the days as Print Only and the pink outline of the arrows as Cut Only. First I printed, right from the Pazzles software! Then I placed that printout on my Print & Cut mat for Pazzles and cut out the arrows. It's quite click.

Screenshot of Pazzles Software at Work

Loaded & Ready To Cut

Days Are Perfectly Cut

To make this Menu Board reusable, I had to come up with a way to write and erase the daily meals. Did you know that you can write and erase on packing tape?! Yes, you can! As long as you use a dry erase marker. I recommend using packing tape that is wider then the cardstock strips, allowing for a little play in placement.

Prepping the Tape

I cut the strips for each day of the week and then covered them with the packing tape. I used the paper cutter to trim the excess tape. I placed the days of the week on top of the tape. (You could cover the days with tape as well.)

The finished Menu Board is 12" by 15.5". Here's a tip: the background cardstock comes as a 12" by 12" cut and one piece was too "short" for my planned menu. I adhered an additional piece of cardstock with the seam behind one of the days (Wednesday). This allows me to hide the seam. Clever.

Ready to Plan the Week's Meals

Now we are ready to plan summer meals in style!

Shot of the banner and the menu in use:

A Welcoming Banner

Come & Get It!

I recently used the same recipe to make cards for a number of different occasions. This card cut is called a collar card. If you rotate the card to the left, it looks like the collar on a shirt. You'll even see cards that are made to look like shirts! There is another name for it, but I cannot think what it is. I chose place the sentiment on the top or bottom. You can also place the sentiment in the opening of the collar and that looks nice too. This card design is fun for playing around.

Ha! That's our theme this March for made with love (and paper). Rachelle invited us to search the internet inserting the word mint in the search engine and use whatever comes up as our inspiration! Follow the link to see the creations of the other team members.

I came across that plate above and was mintspired!

Now, when one begins to look through her paper stash for just the right color of mint, it doesn't take long before all shades of green begin to look the same! And, who knows what colors will appear between your monitor and mine. But let's move forward.

The zig zags on the plate brought an image of an umbrella to my mind. I'm also very hopeful that spring is indeed, just around the corner! I had previously created an umbrella cut file with my Pazzles software. I decided to change it up just a bit. I wanted the umbrella to pop -- or be 3D. I added tabs to the top of the umbrella, making the top edge a perforation so that I can fold the umbrella. All this with the amazing software of Paz! I made a smaller, second layer of the umbrella with the outline/inline feature, making it just a hair smaller. This piece is placed "inside" the umbrella on top of the tabs.


Cut Pieces for Umbrella

The next step is to place the "popped up" umbrella on the card front, carefully aligning it with the inside umbrella piece so that the two line up.

"Popping" the Umbrella

Inside of Umbrella Inserted

I carried the green color palette through with the background and digi stamp (that I created in Adboe Illustrator). A little embellishing here, a few rain drops there . . . And soon the April Showers will bring May Flowers! My finished card is a 6 inch square. I am really stoked with how this one turned out.


Time again to play with made with love (and paper). Our January theme is Winter Wonderland and the requirements are texture and sparkle. Follow the link to see other creations by the team.

The January Theme is perfect timing for us MinneSNOWtans. We just had quite the dumping of snow! More then we have had all winter combined so far. We received 8 inches (or more) in the Minneapple. However, after you shovel it can be 3 feet or more in places. We are running out of room to pile the stuff!! With the snow comes the perfect setting for a Winter Wonderland.

My background paper is a digital scrapbook paper called Snowflaked by SaviByDesign. I love it!! This Snowflaked paper is perfect. I could not find a paper in a brick and mortar store. I downloaded the jpg files and opened them in Photoshop. I recolored the digital image to match my vision. The artist gives permission to do so. This is the first time I have used digital scrapbook paper. I want you to note, with SaviByDesign, the original image does measure 12 x 12 inches. However, my printer does not print edge to edge. You will see a white border around each page. I think that is fine.

I am using the challenge, and a hint from our Minnesota weather, to create a scrapbook page. I used my Pazzles' software to create my two-page spread.

The titles were cut in both white and silver cardstock. I used a strip of the silver behind picture mats on both pages. I used a Core'dinations' white Gemstones cardstock for the mats, as well as the snowflakes. The gemstones stock is shimmering, giving it a natural sparkle.

I added more sparkle to the project dabbing glitter glue on the snowflakes and some flower petals. The texture piece of the challenge comes in to play on the snowflakes, as the Core' Gemstones paper mimics a textured linen. See the pretty silver flowers? They are a sticker collection that I had in my stash. They add a nice sparkle and dimension (or texture) as well. Do note the various layers & lifts created with the snowflakes and other embellishments.

Lastly, I give out a shout to my Minnesota friends who ventured out after the snowstorm to capture the wonder of it all in some beautiful photos. With permission, I lifted the photos from their facebook pages. Thank you Ela, KC, Steve, and Sherri. I printed these photos on white cardstock, so they didn't come out the best. But the photos are on the scrapbook layout to give you an idea of the completed page. On that note, I do have the page available for sale (with out the pictures). Contact me if you are interested in purchasing it.

I hope that where ever you are, you are blessed by the beauty that comes through a Winter Wonderland.

Full Spread

Left Page

Right Page

With Photos

This month's assignment at made with love (and paper) is timely for Minnesota. It is so cold here, especially this week as I finally get my creation posted.
Our theme for December is Quilted Christmas. Will you play along with us? Our quilted creation is to use contrasting colors, metal/metallic, and a bow or knot.

I am not a quilter. Thank goodness. I found a popular quilted Christmas Tree on the internet. And while it was easy enough to create my pattern using my Pazzles software, it was not so easy for me to assemble for real.

I made the Wonky Christmas Tree by creating trapezoids. Then I drew in the gold trim.

Wonky Pattern

To help layout the tree, I copied and then I welded the trim (image on right). It was still a challenge for me. I think my brain was frozen from our Zero degree high temp today.

I even viewed my pattern in the Wire Frame. At least the final assembly is forgiving enough that I could play with it. I have included it in this post in case you need a little extra help with your assembly process. And I think it's just fine to admit our struggles.

Wire Frame

Here are shots of my assembly process:

My Guide for Layering

A Quick Trial of the Layers

I used this Wonky Tree to make a card. Finishing it with a little faux stitching on the corners. Happy Christmas.

Wonky Christmas Tree

Remember the design team made with love (and paper) ? We are back! Hooray. We look forward to inspiring your crafting mojo!

We start this new journey with the new season by saying "Hello Fall 2017." Even tho we have had a 2+ year respite, this is our 34th project as a design team!! Our challenge theme is "Hello Fall." So we were supposed to use plaid, swirls, and a natural element (ex: twigs, leaves, hemp). The twigs were so stuck in my mind and totally forgot the other pieces. But that's ok. We are here to create and enjoy the process.

Here are some of the elements I chose to use:

Let's Play

I had the little boxes on hand. The pattern is found within the files of the Pazzles software. The box measures 2.75 inches wide, 1.25 in deep and 2.75 tall without the handle. In the end, I cut the handle off.

Little Boxes

I drew and cut my candy corn and acorn patterns by hand.

Candy Corn


It's coming together.

Fun Colors and Patterns

Of course the best part of the process is decorating your project.


Candy Corn Box No 1

Candy Corn Box No 2

Here are a couple side views. The box is sandwiched between the decorative front and a plain back.

Add some treats.

Add more treats.

A lovely harvest trio. You can add treats to the boxes or simply fill them with decorative rocks of other material to weight them down. Enjoy fall.


Please stop over to our Team Site and see what the other gals have crafted. We also invite you to follow our facebook page.

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.


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.


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.


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!



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

Recently, I used treat cups from Stampin' Up to make bunny bottoms for an order.
(If you know of another sources, please share in the comments.)



Bunnies Everywhere

Bunnies Everywhere

side view

side view



I also made these adorable bonnets with the treat cups.

But then I had many bunny bottoms floating around . . . . Oh how those rabbits multiply!!

Here are some other ideas to use the pom poms.

Bunny Tags Measure 2" High

Bunny Tags
Measure 2" High

Sneaking Bunny Flower Pot

Sneaking Bunny Flower Pot

top view

top view

Lollipop Favor, Pattern By MyScrapChick

Lollipop Favor, Pattern By MyScrapChick

Pattern By MyScrapChick

Pattern By MyScrapChick