Handmade Gifts…Are the Best!

Christmas is over and 2015 is coming to an end…didn’t it go by SO fast!!? This year I was lucky enough to give some special gifts for Christmas. As my nieces get older they are getting harder and harder to shop for. One of my nieces got new bedding for her bedroom. Her walls are a pretty teal and her new bedding is yellow and gray with a little teal accent. My sister suggested I get something for her to hang on her wall. I looked and looked but couldn’t find anything I was happy with! Then it hit me, MAKE HER SOMETHING! Duh…seriously.


I found the perfect frame at Joanne’s and I had the background paper in my stash. I used Wordle to create the word cloud with her name and meaning. Then I rearranged it a bit in InkScape and saved it as an .svg file to cut out in my Silhouette Cameo. Once I put it all together, the frame was missing something. The blank white mat was bugging me…it was too plain jane for my taste. I had corresponding paper to the yellow background with, yep you guessed it, teal circles. PERFECT!! My niece was very happy with her gift.

My wonderful, amazing friend Leslie, gave me the idea for a gift for my almost 18 year old niece. And what a fantastic idea it was! She loves jewelry so I knew this was a perfect gift for her. I found a simple white ceramic square bowl at Target. I cut out the vinyl in my Silhouette and then added that extra personal touch by adding her name to the dish. What a fantastic and functional gift to give! She LOVED it!


In case you are wondering, I used aka Dora font, and I get my vinyl from Amazon. I used Gold Metallic by Expressions Vinyl. You can get yours here. I also used Expressions Vinyl in Glossy Black also, that you can get here also.

I hope you enjoyed these projects! They were a lot of fun to make! As always feel free to leave me a comment or ask me any questions!

Happy New Year Everyone! Bring on 2016, I can’t wait!



A Christmas Village

Every Christmas we decorate our foyer. This year we added these little trees we got on clearance after Christmas last year. After the decorations were up, my husband said something was missing. The trees looked great and all but something was missing. He suggested adding a little Christmas village! I knew just the thing! The Silhouette Design Store has these adorable 3D Tea Light Village Sets. I love how they are not too detailed and just enough to where you can add a little something to them.

For our little village, I used the Village Town House and Shops, and the Village Cottage and Barn from the Silhouette Online Store.


…and in case you are wondering, my all time favorite adhesive for my paper projects is Zip Dry! This stuff is AMAZING!! You can get yours here!

Check back soon as we add to our village and watch it grow!

Gift Ideas

I am officially on vacation! From my real job that is…6 days of family, lots of food, fun, and a little crafting! I have some new mugs to share with you today. The first one is very near and dear to my heart! I think you will see why…


This little sentiment says a lot! I customized my mug with hearts, four pink hearts for my four girls! This would make a great gift and can be customized for just about anyone ~ Mommy’s, Grandma’s, Papa’s, Daddy’s…

This next mug is a little “tongue in cheek”. I thought it was pretty funny and would make a great gag gift or white elephant gift.


With Christmas just around the corner, my mugs make the perfect gift and can be customized for that special someone in your life!!

Enjoy your holidays everyone!




Awesome SVG’s ~ My First Blog Hop Entry

I am so excited! I stumbled across this AWESOME SVG page last week – Awesome SVGs. There is a Blog Hop going on now, details are on the site. This is my official entry and I LOVE it!witchy_lantern

I added velum to the inside and a battery operated tea lite to make this adorable lantern. I added a little more pop to the frames with some stickles (LOVE me some stickles!). Last I added a little more bling to for that something extra!

Thanks for stopping by!!


The Vinyl Craze Continues

I am back today to share more with my latest craze with vinyl, it was a no brainer for my next gift. My oldest loves Greek Mythology. I customized her coffee mug with her name using the Greek alphabet and I added a trident to the other side as an added bonus. She is starting to enjoy her caramel cafe’s so this will be a nice surprise for her in the morning.








I really, really love the versatility using vinyl. What would you like to see customized on your coffee mug?

Happy Friday Hello Kitty!!

Just a quick note to say HI and Happy Friday! I am here to share more fun! Hello Kitty ~ so many cute and adorable images out there. My daughter wears glasses and I knew this was perfect for her! She LOVED it.










Vinyl allows you to personalize pretty much anything you can think of. The possibilities are endless!

It’s a Labor of Crafting

I hope everyone enjoyed the long three-day Labor Day weekend, I know I did. I spent my weekend with my family, birthdays, BBQ’s, movies, (fighting a horrible tooth ache) and my favorite hobby – crafting! I love everything my Silhouette Cameo can do. This past week I have been able to customize my very own Starbucks mug! I LOVE how it came out, it was such a hit I have friends and family requesting one of their very own! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to just do this for a living!? One can dream, can’t she? 🙂

Here is the mug I made…

One thing to note, I am using outdoor permanent vinyl. This is way more durable than the vinyl you can get at your local craft store. This is the same vinyl you see on cars with team logos, etc. It is for the most part permanent, the coffee mugs are hand wash only. Every dishwasher is different and in my opinion not worth the chance of the vinyl lifting, not from the water but from the heat of the drying cycle.



We celebrated my sister’s birthday this weekend too. There are so many things you can do with vinyl. One of the latest ideas I’ve seen floating around my crafty sites and blogs is monograms. I LOVE these so much I made two, one for my other sister! They are so personal and make gifts! The Silhouette Online Store is full of monograms to choose from! I got the stands at Michaels, but the tiles can easily be drilled with holes and hung up instead.

Hosino Monogram Tile Echevarria Monogram

That’s all for now. Until next time, do something creative.


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