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

With February comes the Month-O-Love! And that is no different at made with love (and paper). Our design team always make love with paper!! Ha! I have a lot to share with you. (I am also spreading the love here by advertising some of my favorite craft suppliers.)

February is about Valentnes. We hope our projects inspire you to create some paper love for the people in your life.
theme: love is in the air
requirements: hearts, ink, decorative edging (from scissors, punches, die cuts, etc), and a sentiment

Happy Valentine's Day from Krista's Paper Cafe and made with love (and paper).

So first I made these pillow favor boxes. I designed the box cut file myself. Not only did I forget half the elements, I do not like how they turned out. I do adore the little buttons that I attached with a small safety pin. The button can be removed and worn on your shirt pocket. I purchased the darling, hand made buttons from Inna at OctoButton. Additionally, the digi sentiments are created by Regina at The Cutting Cafe and the Bee is a cut file from KaDoodle Bug Designs.

Pillow Favor Boxes

Pillow Favor Boxes

Look at these darling buttons--as well as the way that Inna packages them!

My second try brought me closer to the assignment of the month. I made Valentine cards that do not open--they are one-sided. The idea is that your postage is less. Plus I think cards that don't open are very smart. Otherwise, you have two wasted sides of the card. You can write your sentiment on the back. Traditional children's Vday cards are made that way. Some of these cards met the design team requirements, some not. But I did have a lot of fun making these. Again, the digi stamps are from The Cutting Cafe. I am exchanging these in swap at Karle's Passion paper crafting group.


IMG45854small IMG45856small
IMG45852small IMG45844small

Then, while I was at it and having so much fun, I made these adorable book marks or tags. I used The Cutting Cafe digis. I love the colors and how they turned out.

IMG45863small IMG45861small


Lastly, I drew up these heart lockets as well as the keys with my Pazzels software. I think I will put them to use on a card with other embellies. If you have a Pazzles and would like the WPC file for free, let me know. I hope you enjoyed all my Valentines.

Did you see these sweet bunny bottom tags on my Facebook Page? A few people asked for a tutorial. I hope I gave you enough time to make them yourself, if you choose.

If you follow me, you know that I have a Pazzles Personal Paper Cutter. So I did create the cut file with Pazzles software. That means I can only offer the file in the following formats. Just click your format to download. You may have to right click, save as.
SVG (I am pretty sure SVG format will work. If not, let me know. I am knew to converting.)

We are making this sweet Easter tag. Video Tutorial will follow picture.

Here is the tutorial in video format.

I am linking this up at Patches of Pink for their Spring Theme. Join us.

October marks my blog-iversary month. One year ago I joined the many of you in the internet world of crafting. Yeah! I have learned a lot of new techniques.
This is a heavy post. I am going to cover many areas. So be sure to read all the way to the end (sorry).

My initial dive in to this internet-crafting world was with a creative paper team that made hang tags. I did not have experience in this area, but thought it could not be much different from making a card. It wasn't long before I enjoyed and embraced making tags. My thanks to my grand friend Dee at Designs from My Heart for inviting me along to that team and encouraging me.

As it is the first of the month, it is time for me to present to you my challenge with my current design team: "made with love (and paper)." made with love consists of a group of gals that love paper-crafting! Each month we challenge ourselves to complete projects with specific requirements. We are a fairly new group to the craft world in internet land. This is our eighth assignment. Please stop by and do join us in this month's challenge!! You are welcome to submit your creation to the challenge.

The made with love (and paper) challenge for October focuses on the theme spooky. The requirements are stripes and polka dots, ribbon and/or fibers, stitching, and a tag. Hmm, a tag. As I thought about the requirements and how to use them, it hit me that a full tag would look great for my idea. Isn't it timely that the requirements for this challenge coincide with my blog-iversary -- as I am making a tag!! If you have read some of my recent posts, you have learned that our family does not do Halloween. Our creation is to be spooky. Personally, I do not think that black cats are spooky--but some people do. Here are my tags. You will see that one has stripes and one has polka dots for the background paper. That makes them more fun then spooky. But maybe the cloudy, full moon and black cats are spooky! Tell me what you think. (I had to pass on the stitching requirement. I could not figure out how to incorporate it.)

I love giving credit to the creators of the Cut Files I use. These are all free. I already had Penny and Eleanor's designs.
The other cats came by way of google search for free spooky cat images.
Grungy Tag, Penny Duncan Creations
Cat and Fence, Eleanor at SVG Shop
Cat, Digital Changeling
Cat, Family Crafts at
Cat, Enliven Designs (blog seems to have disappeared, so this is the facebook link)

I am linking these tags up to:
The Cutting Cafe's CASE it Tuesdays
Digi Bistro's This to That Tag Challenge #7

While we are on tags, I want to show you the fall tags that I have made for my Swap group. Some of them will receive the spooky cat tags above and some will receive these more generic fall themed tags shown below.

It's summer time! Yeah!! I know that many of you head to the beach come these warm months. Not me. In Minnesota we go to a pool or maybe a lake. I guess a lake has a beach, but it's not a real beach. I have been to a real beach--Rehoboth Beach in Delaware (the little state on the Atlantic coast). Having had such an experience for the first time in my life at age 22-->that is my definition of a beach<--on the Ocean (not one on a lake). I lived in Delaware for one year and we made our fair share of trips to Rehoboth Beach (there's not much to do in Delaware). An Ocean Beach is amazing! When I stood on the beach and looked out at the Ocean, I could not doubt that God exists!! I could not see land on the other side of the ocean like one can on a Minnesota lake. The ocean is so huge and yet I, bigger then each grain of sand on that beach created by God, am so important! It was a bit scary but breath-taking, awe-inspiring and reassuring of my faith. I am taking part in a tag swap through Expressions of Faith. I chose to make tags with a Beach theme. I want to share them with you. Some have space to add a small picture. I had left over paper, so for each tag I made a few complimentary mats in case the receiver wants to make a scrapbook layout. Some of the embellishments are stickers from Expressions of Faith's etsy store.

I am thankful for Rachele for hosting the swap and I look forward to receiving tags made by other crafters. This is so fun!
Enjoy your summer days! Hope you can get to the beach!

This January the Tag Team's Forum* challenge for Creative Paper Artists revolves around witner fun! A theme was not assigned, just the elements: ice skates, glittered snow, embossing, mittens and ribbon. I think our captain chose these elements because she knew it would speak right to me!! Thanks, Dee.

Here's my (more…)

I live in Minneapolis, MinneSNOWta. We have had a ton of snow. One weekend 16 inches was "dumped" on us. Hard to believe that at 4 am on a Monday morning, the Public Schools were declared closed. Can't remember in my adult life the last time that happened! The City conceded to the public. The City's stance was that the BIG school buses could not get through the snow-packed streets. Then the schools were closed the next day as there was yet a long way to go with the snow removal! Over the following two weeks, we have received over 10 more inches of snow! Our City declared 3 rounds of Plowing in a row. (Plowing is called a "Snow Emergency." I'll say!) We had so much snow that sometimes the plows got stuck! (These are the big grader plows, not the dump trucks with a blade on the front.)

I have to say that it has been fun to hear about the snowfall amounts around the US. They have been a surprise to some of you. Some welcomed, some not. It is sometimes funny to hear how your snowfall has "shut things down." In Minnesota, we are used to the snow. But this time, we were all glad that the Schools were closed.

For our second December tag challenge at Creative Paper Artist, Dee said we could do anything winter. You may have figured out by now that I have a strange sense of humor. And I have to be "different." When the only stipulation is winter, there are so many "everyday" choices. I thought really hard on this . . . Had to break the "mold." I actually came up with two tags for this challenge.

The first tag is a reflection of the "snow story" I relayed above. It took the city a long time to get the snow all cleaned up. Especially when it continued to snow quite a bit every few days. A great big thanks to the hard-working staff that cleared our streets. I guess you could say that this tag is an homage to them!

First off, the Creatvie Team that I am on has a new name and look. We are now called Creative Paper Artists.

My first tag challenge for December is to create a hang tag that reflects a Vintage Christmas, using glittered snow, a poinsettia flower, some form of metal and a ribbon.
So, I knew right away what I was going to do . . . I turned my "tag" into a Christmas Ornament--a VINTAGE ornament.

I used shimmery paper for the ornament and a cream paper with a sheen for the poinsettia. You need to look closely at the poinsettia to see the "glittery snow."

I am happy with this. I think I will make a few to sell at the Paper Cafe.

I am still very new at paper crafting. I am learning how to use my supplies and tools. I have noted that when I cut foil paper on my Pazzles that I need to reverse the paper to get a clean edge (without a sloppy white border). (You can see that on the red edge of the ornament.)

My first November Hang Tag challenge for More Paper Than Shoes revolves around an autumn theme. The tag is to include leaves and I am to use foil and metal. It sounded so easy. But, my brain was stuck. I think my problem was that I had just created a tag for another MPTS challenge and that tag included similar elements.
I needed inspiration. So I went to the thrift store. (I love thrift stores. A thrift store is almost as good as a craft store!)

I found that metal garland. Bonus . . . it has leaves and pumpkins. Something good could come of it.

OK. I cheated. I was stuck on that other leaf tag I had made. I really liked it. So, I borrowed my own idea.

Have you stopped to enjoy God's latest handiwork? God has been busy creating new crafts for us to enjoy! The leaves and plants are turning the beautiful shades of fall. How can one resist the inspiration to craft?! Here is my entry for the More Paper Than Shoes Mid-Month Challenge for October.

I have made a tag because I am on the Tag Team for MPTS. The cherries came from my neighbor's cherry blossom tree. For some reason they went orange this fall--but Love the Colors! The broach is TRULY vintage. It was my Grandmother's and she passed away in 1998 at age 99 1/2!!  (Thus, it is not for sale! And on a side note, my Grandma was a classy woman. She had many broaches including some pretty fancy WWI Auxiliary Ladies Aid broaches!)
Our Challenge is to create a project using these guidelines:
Theme: Nature- Great for fall! Leaves, flowers, etc!
Supplies: "piece" of the outdoors (like a pressed leaf or flower, twig, etc) and a vintage button/broach

*Just in case you are interested, the photo at the top of the blog entry is of my grandma's auxiliary pins.)