Monday, February 27, 2012

Easter Mouse in a basket.....

Here's a cute Easter card I made using a free cutting file that Treasure Box Designs gave out in a past newsletter. They send a free pattern out each week.
If you have been thinking about trying paper piecing this is a great way to get files to work with, before you spend any money out of pocket.
And if you don't have a cutting machine, there is a jpg file included that you can use. It may take a little longer to cut the pieces by hand, but it's very doable.
You would make a copy, (don't cut up the original) trace around the pieces on to colored card stock and cut them out. Chalk them and then put them together. If you are new to paper piecing there is a how to video here.
Of course you need to sign up for the newsletter to get the free files, so to do that just go here. Click on the sign up in the left hand column and every Tuesday you get a newsletter with the free file.
And if you are lucky enough to own a cutting machine, the files come in all kinds of formats, as well as the svg format, so they can accommodate all different makes and models of machines. Once you try paper piecing, you'll be hooked. It is guaranteed fun!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Easter Egg Door Hanger

Wow, two posts in one day~lol. How about a cute project in colors of Spring, to get you dreaming of warmer weather, sunshine and flowers?
I couldn't resist using this new cutting file from Treasure Box Designs to create this Easter Egg Door Hanger project.
These cute faces are just adorable!
They make me smile just looking at them.
I cut out a giant egg as my base, cut it into two zig zagged piece's to represent a cracked egg.I then added a cute picket fence, some fringed grass and some colorful flowers. I popped the chick behind the fence with a pretty pink egg tucked under his wing.  I placed the bunny in the front and popped him up. Look at that fistful of eggs he's got. So cute!
You need to 'hop' on over to Treasure Box Designs and check out all the wonderful new cutting files that were just added. Right now they are on sale so, quick!!! "hop like a bunny" before the sale is over!

Bow Wow, Woof Woof, Ruff, Ruff....!

I've been working on a cute little photo book with dog themed pages. I used many different cutting files from Treasure Box Designs for the focal point on the pages. It took me about 5 days off and on to plan the page layouts, cut the piece's, chalk and assemble them. But I very happy with how it turned out.
This is the front cover. There are a total of 17 pages including front and back covers and room for 16 photos. Not all of the pages are shown in this post.
I used a red, white and black color theme along with the browns of the dogs and a few other touches of color here and there.
You can click on any of the photos to enlarge them for closer details :)
The pages are 8 x 8 and I included a photo mat on each page. The photos slip in easily behind the ribbons.
The elements are hand chalked and some of them are popped up for added dimension.
Here are a few closeups of some of the dogs. Aren't they cute?
Each page is enclosed in a protective vinyl sleeve to keep them clean from fingerprints.
The funny part to me, about making this book is that I don't own a dog and I haven't for many years. (I think it would be cute to hold little boys photos too ) I love it, but since I have no dog, I will be selling this photo book. If you are interested in purchasing it, please contact me at
 I am asking $35 + postage, to the United States only. I can email other photos on request.
The paper piecing's used to create this book are all from Treasure Box Designs. Be sure and check out the rest of the adorable files they have to offer.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Last Valentine Project.....

I'm squeezing in one more project before Valentine's Day. Sometimes, I like to not work on such big or more complicated projects... kind of give myself a break, ya know? So today I created this cute little pin to wear tomorrow.
I just resized everything to tiny~lol, and created something fun and different. I colored everything with Copic markers, added white gel pen highlights, a pretty rhinestone accent and popped him up on some matted and embossed circles.
And after I'm finished wearing it for the day, I can remove the pin from the back and add him to a card or layout. A dual duty project of sorts. This pattern is based on a file from Treasure Box Designs. Go check them out. You'll find loads of fun patterns for all kinds of projects!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hanging Bunny Pocket....

Today's project is a cute little hanging heart pocket. The bunny is from the Basket Buddies cut file from Treasure Box Designs. The hanging pocket is from Silhouette America.
The heart pocket can be filled with all kinds of treats and goodies.
If you don't have a cutting machine you could recreate the heart pocket pretty easily on your own. And the Treasure Box Design files include jpg formats, so they can be hand cut if need be.
Cardstock used on the pocket is from Stampin' Up. I chalked all of the pieces for dimension and added the whiskers with a Slicca Pen. White highlights are a white gel pen.
Check out all of the new Valentine's and Easter cutting files at Treasure Box Designs. They are currently on sale, but only for a few more days.
Thanks for dropping by :)