Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday already?

God morning, all. Are you ready for another Monday? The weekends just go by so fast. Did not cut out one thing this weekend. Wanted to but just couldn't make myself do it. You ever have days like that?

 Oh, before I forget, thank you for all your suggestions about ATG tape.

 I do have a post for you.

Before I made my things for Easter I tried lots of flower files that Jamie Cripps released in the Sil store.

Todays flower is the lilac. I love this one, my favorite so far. The vase is from Sil store also. In case you haven't tried any of Jamie's cut files, she does not leave you hanging trying to put things together. She gives a full tutorial you can click and follow. (How else would I be able to figure these things out?) lol

Take a look:

I just love these. They really make a pretty presence.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New card and a question

Good morning crafty peeps. Halfway through this week. So I figured I better post something.

First the question. If you use an ATG gun, where do you get your tape? I always ordered mine from My Sheri Crafts, but her stored is closed. I found some on Walmart's site but it was from another dealer and the reviews were bad. I looked on one other site but they were $20.00 for 2 rolls. No way I'm paying that. Just wondered if any of you had any recommendations.

Now for the card. My nieces anniversary is in a day or two so I figured I should post it before I forget.

As usual this is made from Sil files.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Easter.

I found these cute little envelope bags in the Sil store. They are by Jamie Cripps. So easy to make and they will work for any occasion. Perfect for a little spending money.

So here's a photo of them and one of the "grands" Easter baskets.

Have a blessed day.
Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Last of Easter decor

Happy Saturday! Is everything done for Easter? I have last minute things to finish. Ironing the guys pants etc. Baskets for grandkids are done.

I thought I was finished cutting Easter things...then I saw this cute bunny door hanger file and had to cut it. It's free from My Scrap Chick, very easy.

So this post is the last of my Easter cuts.

bunny door hanger:

egg box:

grass in vase:

egg wreath:
egg box finds a home:

I wish you all a wonderful, happy and blessed Easter.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring banner

Hi, everyone. It's after 9pm and I can hardly hold my eyes open. We ha a ball game tonight and it got cold. I was so glad we had gumbo to eat afterward.

Before I shut everything down for the night I thought I'd post this banner. I Used "spring" instead of Easter so I could leave it up longer.. It's simple but I like the papers. I also cut a quick bunny for each end. I cut 3 layers for the bunny tail for a little dimension.

Take a look:

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie Good night!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The advent frame has a new holiday

Hello and good morning.  I wish everyone a fantastic Tuesday. (sometimes just the fact that it isn't Monday is enough)

Today I am going to show the "frame". This is quickly becoming one of the most fun purchases I've made. It is so easy to decorate. I just have to cut files I think are super cute. I just get to play.

Have a look:

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter box cards

Good evening! Hope you're all having a beautiful day. It was cloudy here till about 4 then rain. It's also supposed to rain tomorrow.

We went out for lunch, so I did not have to cook. Yay! Went to church Sat. evening so I did not have to get out till noon. I got to make a couple of cards. I don't usually send Easter cards but I have 2 aunts (the only 2 I have left) so I decided to make them one.

The cards are the same because I only intended to make one for my aunt in Florida. Then I decided to make another one for the aunt who lives here, Texas. I think it'll be okay since they live so far apart.

Putting the first one together gave me a fit. I almost didn't make the second one, but it went much smoother.

I used 5 or 6 files from the Sil online store. The card base is the 5 x 7 box card base by Jamie Cripps.(love her files)

Take a look:

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Saturday, April 12, 2014

More Easter

Happy Saturday, everyone. Hope all of you are having a wonderful day. Today it is beautiful, mid to upper 70s with a breeze. So wish we would have days like this 2 or 3 months from now. lol

I thought I would show a few cuts I made just to add a touch of Easter in my den. All came from the Sil online store. (where else?) Next week I'll post the rest of Easter.

These are real simple but they brighten up dark corners. They make me smile.

Lotus candle holder

simple egg treat holder

3d egg in picket fence basket
Thanks so much for stopping by
I appreciate the company.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

About the update.. and some Easter decor

First - the update:

I read how to uninstall the update and I understand how to do that. But it would uninstall the Designer Edition.  And I could reinstall that.  But when I first bought the DE I had lots of trouble keeping it installed on my machine and working. It took about 3 weeks of working with Sil customer service and redoing everything over and over. The codes wouldn't work. It would open and I would use it then an hour later, it would be gone.

So I'm not about to tempt fate by uninstalling it. I'll just deal with what I have. So far I can open files and cut. Maybe they will get it fixed. I won't be so quick to update next time.

OK, now some Easter.

Today I'm going to show you my tree and bunny community. All the cuts are very simple.  I just loved these 3d bunnies and grass. (as you can tell, I've cut so many sets)

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Is it possible to have a menopause relapse after more than 25 years? Because I think it's happening to me now! Tears have been brought on just like the "change." (not a pretty sight)

Today started out like a normal Saturday - wake early, drink coffee and read emails.

Then I decided I would update Silhouette Studio. Was not worried - the others have all gone smoothly. Well it did update without a hitch. So what's my problem, you ask?

The changes! Nothing works like it used to.  I did not know how to do all the "extra" stuff DE allowed but I could choose a file, put paper on a mat, load said mat, choose paper type, double cut or not and press cut. It worked.  My extra thick cover stock - speed 1 or 2, blade 9 and double cut - cut perfectly.

This morning I happily sat down to cut some more Easter stuff. (hubby gone for a couple of days) Set up looks different but I didn't panic. (I can do this) right?

I chose the egg wreath to cut. I wanted heavy cs for the base. When you choose the materials you are using, the menu for the blade settings drops down. I chose speed 1, blade 9, and double cut. Simple, right?
You do not hit "cut" now it's "send to silhouette."  I can deal with that.

It starts cutting. It pauses between cuts. After it cuts the first line, it pauses 5 to 10 seconds before it moves on. When it finished it paused 22 seconds before moving the carriage to the left to remove the mat. It did not double cut, I had to manually start at the beginning 3 times to get it to cut through the cover stock. Oh but then I couldn't remove the mat, and I couldn't move the cut off the mat and put the rest of the design on the mat. I had to "open the move window" to remove the design or get a new one to cut. How is extra steps better?

I know it's probable my fault, something I'm not doing right, but come on it worked fine before. I wish I had not updated. This reminds me of the dreaded Gypsy updates. UGH!

Any suggestions that will save my sanity would be greatly appreciated.

If you lasted through all this, bless you!

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Friday, April 4, 2014

Special day

Hi, everyone and happy Friday.

Today is special to hubby and I. It's our 44th wedding anniversary.  No great big plans. I'm not really onto fancy. One of our grandsons has a game tonight so we will be at the ball park. (and that's fine with me) I do my best never to miss a game. These kids are so busy I look for any chance to see them.

Back to the card for today. A few weeks ago there was a telescope added to the "new designs" section of my Sil program. I kept going back to it. It really isn't that special but I had an idea forming and couldn't let go. That ever happen to you?

Anyway, this is a very simple card and it was one I HAD to make. The phrase, "It's written in the stars" just wouldn't leave me alone.

So this is what I came up with. Take a look:

The stars on the inside have "always and forever" spelled out. (star alphabet from Sil).
So this is my simple anniversary card for my hubby.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Box card

Good morning. I actually have a card today.

 This is my first box card. This is a cut from the Sil online store. They really are easy to make. This one is an A2 size. I bought the two bigger sizes. Can't wait to make those.

Gabriel loves baseball, basketball and football so I chose the sports design. They are easy to change the theme if you have a couple of basic card shapes.

Anyway, Gabriel grabbed this one as soon as I was done to put in his room. At 8 I'm just glad he still likes the paper stuff.

Take a look:

I took the time to take photos of all I have made lately. So I will have a post tomorrow, too. (I know, don't faint) lol

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie