Inspired Koi Friend


Koi Friend

Today’s challenge at The Paper Cabana is an Inspiration Challenge: Bright Wishes Kanzashi Studio.  While browsing on Etsy one day, I ran across this little shop that carries the prettiest fabric hair clips.  I loved all the beautiful flowers, colors and fabrics used to make these handmade hair ornaments.  The hand-dyed silks are my favorite, the colors and shading are just exquisite.  I chose this Summer Goldfish Hair Clip as the inspiration for my card.  I just love the beautiful shading on the goldfish!

Materials List 

Koi Carp Fish by Sarah Bailey Cut File

3d Flower – Water Lily by A Little Hut Cut File

Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, Basic Black, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Green Galore and Whisper White Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango, Raspberry Ripple Ink

Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Marker and Signo White Gel Pen

Stampin’ Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set

Stampin’ Up! Spring Bouquet, Modern Label, Word Window and Hand Held Circle Punches

Cuttlebug Swirls Embossing Folder


Hanging Element Christmas Card




While surfing the Internet, I saw a darling baby card that was a mobile. Try as I might, I could not find it when I searches for it, so I decided to try an recreate it. The card I saw featured 4 frames that stood like an X, with several hanging elements. I designed my card so that the frames attached to a card base. For this version, I only used 3 frames, creating a flat front. I created a cut file for the Hanging Elements Card, but I cut this one by hand for a Stampin’ Up! Only challenge.

Materials List

Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Garden Green and Whisper White Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! festival of Prints Paper Pack
Stampin’ Up! Ornament, Curly Label and Decorative Label Punch
Stampin’ Up! Greetings of the Season Stamp Set
Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip and Basic Black Ink
Stampin’ Up! Top Note Die
Stampin’ Up! Real Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Stampin’ Up! Winter Wishes Stitched Felt
Stampin’ Up! Argyle Embossing Folder

Happy Halloween Frankie



It is swap time again for my Stampin’ Up! Demo Group, Pineapple Inkers! This month we are doing 3D projects and this little acetate box is my first project. This little box goes together quickly and easily, perfect for a last minute gift!

Materials List

Acetate Treat Box Cut File

Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Lucky Limeade Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
Stampin’ Up! Word Window, Modern Label, Curvy Label, Scallop Circle, Circle and Handheld Circle Punches
Wild Wasabi Stitched Ribbon

Happy Fall Y’all!


Apple Bushel Basket

Here is my submission for Challenge #2 at The Paper Cabana.  When I think of fall, I think of the apple orchard we always visited near my grandparents’ home in Central PA.  This Apple Bushel Basket reminds me of the baskets we used to bring the apples home in and is so easy to put together.  It makes a great presentation for a muffin, cupcake or other  sweet treat.   I created the cut file for the Bushel Basket from an old paper template.

Materials List

Apple Basket Tall Cut File

Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Gumball Green and Very Vanilla Cardstock.

Designer Paper Unknown

Stampin’ Up! Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip Ink

Stampin’ Up! Wild Wasabi Stitched Ribbon

Apple from 4 Fall Icons Cut File by Lori Whitlock

TTF Aharoni for Title

Book Box Card






I love this Book Box Card! I bought these tie dye hair ties to send to my daughter, but I wanted something a little different to put them in. I posted a request on the Silhouette Plus forum and Adele posted a link to this awesome Book Box Card. I made one of these years ago from a printed template and it was so tedious, I never did it again. With this cut file, it was a breeze and went together beautifully! I can’t wait to do another one!

Materials List

Book Box Card by Adele
American Crafts Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! designer Series Paper
Stampin’ Up! Blossom Punch
Stampin’ Up! Bold Greetings Stamp Set
Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Ink

Say Boo and Scary On



I saw this cute saying on the Internet, a play on the popular saying Stay Calm and Carry On and thought it would make a cute card to send to my daughter for halloween. I cut the ghost from the Cricut Cartridge Paper Doll Dress Up and the words from Cuttin’ Up.  I  used a marker to outline the face and add the faux stitching.

Materials List

Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Georgia Pacific White Cardstock
Cricut Cartridge Paper Doll Dress Up
Cricut Cartridge Cutting’ Up
stampin’ Up! Basic Black Marker

Rounded Edge Magazine Holder sized for A2 cards


Rounded Edge Magazine Holder A2

One of the members Sandi on the Silhouette Plus Forum was looking for a folio box cut file similar to one she saw in a CTMH ad.  Several years ago, I made several using a template that I found on the internet and modified to fit A2 cards.  I made a cut file for it with my Cricut Design Studio software, which made it so much easier!  I redesigned it in Silhouette Studio and added a curve to match the one in the ad.  For some reason, my software kept freezing up when I tried to add the curve to the top.  Then Kelly from Finding Time to Create posted a file that had the curve at the top, so I merged her curve onto my template and came up with this Magazine Holder for A2 cards.  I then added the flower from the Silhouette Online Store as an accent.  Isn’t it cute, thanks Kelly!


Materials List

Magazine Holder Rounded Cut File

Flower by Silhouette

K & Company Urban Rhapsody Double Sided Paper


Swing Kids 12 x 12 Layout Done with the Silhouette Cameo



Swing Kids

When my kids were little, we spent our summers in Central PA at the house that had belonged to my grandparents.  It is a 100+ year old farmhouse in a Borough of about 600, so small we used to joke about a population spike when we were in town.  It was quite a change from our suburban life in South Florida and I have many fond memories of those days.  My kids loved being up there, we had a huge yard with 20+ acres beyond that.  We raised chickens, planted a garden and enjoyed the slower pace of life in the country.  One of their favorite things as toddlers was the Little Tykes swing that hung from the large apple tree in our backyard.  I have pictures of both my son and my daughter, born 6 years apart, in the swing being pushed by their daddy on their 2nd birthdays.  In reality, I was the one who spent hours upon hours pushing them in that swing, but of course, I have no pictures of that!  Anyway, I have wanted to scrapbook these pictures for a long time and when I got my Cameo, I decided it was time to tackle this layout.  I created the cut file for the swing in Silhouette Studio, link to download for personal below.  I used grass – tree border by Alaa’ K for the tree, grass by Silhouette, the clouds from hot air balloon by Lori Whitlock, all from the Silhouette Online Store, and Comic Sans for the title.  You can’t tell in the photo, but the swings and the clouds are mounted on Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals.  I am sorry for the pitiful photo, my scanner is not speaking to my laptop, some sort of tiff between the two!

Cut file on this post, Baby Swing.



Summer is Coming to an End, Time for Some Fun!


Well, we weathered Tropical Storm Isaac with no damage, just lots of rain.  Poor Stella, she really hates thunderstorms and we have had day after day of storms!  We have a busy week ahead getting my daughter ready to head back to school, she and my husband are flying up on Sunday.  I am sad to see her go, but she is ready to get back to her life in Boston.  I haven’t had much time for crafting the past few weeks, but that will change once my daughter is back at school.

As mentioned in my previous post, I have started a new weekly challenge blog and our first challenge starts in one week!  The guest designers are all in place and geared up for the September challenges.  And what a talented group of designers they are, please visit The Paper Cabana to read all about them, I am so excited to see their  fabulous new projects!  So I will be back soon with some fun things, promise!

The Paper Cabana, A New Challenge Blog!


The Paper Cabana

Now that my daughter is heading back to school, I decided I needed something to do with myself!  Last year, I wasn’t really an empty nester because I was so busy taking care of my dad, who passed away the end of January.  But this year, my nest will truly be empty, just me, Stella and Lucy at home for 12 hours each day.  If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, you know how much I love a good challenge and my new Silhouette Cameo has reignited my love for electronic cutters.  So I have decided to combine these two loves and start a weekly challenge blog for electronic cutters!  The first challenge will begin on Wednesday, September 5th at 9:00am.  You can do a card, a layout or any other project, as long as it has at least one SVG cut.  The prize for the first challenge is a $10 Download Card for the Silhouette Online Store!  I am also looking for a few guest designers for the first challenge, if anyone is interested, please email me at

For more details, please visit The Paper Cabana