"When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul or brings joy,
care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life."
Jean Shinoda Bolen

March 4, 2013

On to the Kids!

There are so many kids in the wedding and attending the wedding that I decided they needed something to take home with them, too!  I didn't use the wedding colors for these party favors, but I think I made enough!  The pillow boxes are for the teenagers, and the milk cartons are for the little kids.

Milk Cartons:  These milk cartons are not made with a die. Click HERE for the video for construction of the 2-part origami-folded milk carton boxes - they're fairly easy and so much fun to make! 

I used white copy paper for the bottoms of the milk cartons (these are made in 4 parts and the copy paper was plenty thick once folded) and a variety of decorative paper (DCWV) for the milk carton tops. I used the rounded tab punch from SU for the name tags.

Pillow Boxes:  The pillow boxes were made using the blackout feature on the Cricut Wedding Solutions cartridge & I inked the edges with distress ink that coordinated with the paper.  I used the new Petite Curly Label punch from SU for the name tags.

 For the pillow boxes, I used white cardstock (Michael's) and a variety of decorative paper (DCWV).

March 3, 2013

Wedding Favors

My step-daughter is getting married and won't be having a reception, so no printed napkins or anything for the wedding guests to take home with them.  I decided to make just a little something for each guest. 

These are the rosette magnets and boxes I made for my dear step-daughter & future step-son:

The wedding colors are royal blue and white, so I printed the sentiment with my MS Word program using the WordArt, and the "A Gift for You" was also printed using MS Word. The banners were actually hand cut to form around the WordArt. I made sure "A Gift for You" fit inside one of the stamps in SU's Four Frames stamp set, then I punched out the stamped image with the coordinating punch. I inked everything with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink, including the hearts on the rosette (cut with the Cricut and Wedding Solutions cartridge).  The rosette is the larger of the two on the Mini Rosettes Decorative Strip Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix).

March 2, 2013


Needing something to hold an ornament and card for our grandsons at Christmas, I designed and created briefcases for them.  Here is just one of them:


Night of Navy, Cajon Craze, Marina Mist CS (SU)
Decorative Paper (unknown)
Night of Navy marker for stitching (SU)
Brads for handles (JoAnn's)
White Crochet Thread for tag
Tag Punch (EKSuccess)
1-1/4" Square Punch (SU)
Fastener Tab for closure (TomBow)

March 1, 2013


With 13 grandkids, I'm always trying to come up with new ideas for a little extra surprise.  We give each of the grandkids a gift card at Christmas and the last two years, an ornament for each of them.  This year, I was working on something to put a card and ornament in for each of them.  This sure saves me gift wrapping time!  Tomorrow I will post the briefcases I designed and create for the grandsons.

These are the purses I designed and created for each of the girls:

I used a variety of cardstock and decorative paper.  Some of the purses have rosette flowers and some have flowers using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Movers and Shapers Tattered Flowers die.  I like the Movers and Shapers dies because the images are smaller than those on the on the Bigz dies.


White & Daffodil Delight Cardstock (Michael's and SU)
Paper (DCWV)
Ink (for edges & flowers) (SU)
Mini Rosette Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
Tatter Flowers Movers & Shapers Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
1" White Satin Ribbon (Offray)
3/4" Sheer White Ribbon (Offray)
Buttons (from my stash)
Paper flower centers: Candi Dots
Stickles glitter glue (Ranger)
Border Punch (EKSuccess)
Brads (handles) (JoAnn's)
Fastener Tab for closure (TomBow)