Sometimes I enjoy designing something so much that I keep making more and more. The Pop Up Card in a Box is that kind of project. I’ve made several styles and sizes and many different themes. This week, I’ve included 5 new cards – Halloween, Thanksgiving, sewing and two flower gardens.

Pop Up Card in a Box designs:

 

Several of my new designs this week focus on Dia de los Muertos. Some think this is a Mexican Halloween and spooky, but it’s not, and isn’t associated with Halloween. Those who do celebrate it, have a belief that the souls of deceased children arrive from heaven to be with their families on Nov. 1st, with deceased adults visiting on Nov. 2nd. They serve the favorite foods of the departed, have picnics in the cemetery and make it a festive occasion. I think it’s lovely and colorful.
All of my designs are available in my Silhouette Design Studio store.

Update: This was absolutely awful. 🙂 I often fix my Breakfast Casserole – it’s quick and easy and yummy! The other day I ran across an article about freezing avocados and decided to give it a try since I always seem to have to toss one or two out when I buy a mesh bag of them at Sam’s Club.
Avocado freezing: I waited until the day all of my avocados seemed “ready”. Then I sliced each in half, removed the pits and used my FoodSaver to freeze them.
This morning, when fixing my casserole, I remembered the avocados in the freezer and decided to try them. Alas, when I took a couple out of the bag, and resealed the bag, I realized that they were too hard to cut, and I didn’t want to toss them in the microwave. So, I just put each side of avocado on top of the uncooked casserole and let them bake.
I thought I might have a problem, wasn’t sure. But, the avocado softened during baking, and they were so easy to take out of the ‘shell’ and spread them on the cooked casserole.
Results? It turned out great. I would have preferred the avocado mixed in with the egg mixture, but this was better than expected. The avocado tasted as good as if it were fresh. Freezing avocado is definitely something I’ll continue to do.
Happy Breakfast!

This is one of my favorite breakfasts. I make it differently each time, depending on what I have on hand.
Ingredients:
4-5 eggs
2 tbl. mayonnaise
Breakfast meat (Spam, cooked sausage and/or bacon, even ground beef) – about a cup – whatever you decide
1 cup cheese – whichever is your fave. I prefer Monterey Jack, but do use cheddar also
Filling – whatever you want or none. You can add mushrooms, avocado, onions, vegetables – it’s all up to you!
img_4499Here’s how I do it:
Place about 12 -15 frozen tater tots in an oven-proof pan. Whip eggs with the mayonnaise and pour over the tater tots. Place other ingredients in your pan and cover with the cheese.
Bake at 350Âș for 30 minutes. Top with salsa, green onions, sour cream – you choose. Or, don’t.
I put the leftovers in a Tupperware container, made for the microwave. To re-heat, set at about 5 for 3 or 4 minutes. It gets better as the days go on.
This is very filling. It seems like a “splurge”, but when you think about 5 eggs and a cup of breakfast meat being split into several servings, it’s not a lot.

1400266_10201267464746272_904139169_oA few years ago, I used a drill instead of a knife to carve my pumpkin. So easy (notice that’s an important word when I’m discussing crafts?). Just gather various sizes of drill bits – plan a pattern and go for it. I didn’t plan mine – just kept going till I thought it was okay. Then clean it out, let it dry and pop a strand of lights inside. This is my one and only attempt. Plus, the pumpkin was from my pumpkin patch which made it really special.

I’ve had this little wind chime for years. My grandsons made it for me in 2008 for Mother’s Day. I thought I’d share it today – because it’s fairly simple to make and a real treasure gift to give someone special. Or, to keep for yourself.
You’ll need:
Small clay flowerpots
Bells
Fishing line
Drain tray (for top)
Paints
Seashells
Hook for hanging
Buttons for sides of top

I’ve designed several sheets of stickers and alphabets that are print and cut. Did you know that you can combine them, without the cut lines, to put on tags, cards, labels  – lots of projects. The majority of these have been saved as individual designs, rather than one solid design, so it’s easy to use one, two or more for other projects. For this example, I used Silhouette Design Store #130664.
1a
First, open the print and cut sticker(s) set you want to use. Ungroup all items.
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Choose the separate designs you want to use. I put them over on the side, away from the work space. I don’t include the cut lines because I’ll be combining them. I then do a copy, and I open a new window – where I then paste the pieces.
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You just have to grab the corners to re-size them. Other tools would be used –  arranging them, sending to front or back… the standards. On this one, I made a 5″x5″ rectangle which I’ll use for the front of a greeting card.
5aAnd, voila, my card is ready to print and cut. I left the sun to overlap over to the back so that it’s not a choppy look. The left side will be cut when the card is cut out.
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The finished card.

I also used another sticker sheet to put a pair of flip flops, using the foam adhesive dots. I also added some starfish and drew in a little sand. You can either use the components on the card, or make new cut lines to cut each out individually.
Update: Now here’s the really fun part. I sent my card to my friend Carol Campbell and was so surprised when she sent a picture of it on display on her mantle. How special is that? I’m honored. I guess in this day and age of texting, emails, twitter, facebook, etc., we forget the loveliness of receiving snail mail. I must get better at making cards and sending them. Yes, I had to include the “sending them” because I’m really bad at it. IMG_1001

carol_shell_glassI love seeing the crafts that others make. And, I especially like it when they make them for me! I received this yesterday. My bff Carol goes to Florida several times a year and sends me fun things she makes with shells. This a glass covered with some seashells. I love how she created butterflies using the little “Sunray Venus”. I don’t know if that’s the name, I tried to find it using Google. Now to figure out what I’m going to put in it.
Thank you, Carol!

Have you tried cutting rhinestone templates yet?
I’ve designed a lot of rhinestone designs and have used many of the ones by other artists on Silhouette. In a lot of these, I used metall studs instead of rhinestones. They make great gifts when ironed onto totes, aprons, shirts – whatever! My rhinestone designs are available on my website or in the Silhouette Design Store. https://www.silhouettedesignstore.com/artists/303689

Spaw_print_toteilhouette Store Design ID #113647
I created this tote using glitter HTV and one of my own designs – the paw print heart. The HTV is so easy to cut and weed. I use a 4 setting for the blade (unless it’s a new one – #3), and 4 and 18 as the other settings. I’ve never (knock on wood) had a problem, and I’ve cut a lot of the vinyl.
ABOUT THE TOTE:
Instead of giving a gift in a paper gift bag, it’s fun to make the bag as a part of the gift. The bags are approximately 13″ by 9″ and can be used for:

  • a shopping tote
  • arts & crafts tote
  • Bible tote
  • beach bag
  • school tote
  • summer camp tote
  • diaper bag
  • grocery tote
  • office tote.

 
 

20160301_204212_resizedI love it when others share with me how they’ve used my designs. Collette is just getting started with her new Silhouette Cameo, and I’m sure she’ll be doing lots of projects in the future!
Here’s Collette Gracie’s description of her project!

“I think the vinyl is Mactac. I bought it from the store that I bought my Cameo from.
I bought a 1’x 8′ pine board, cut it into squares – then painted it with acrylic paint. Then I managed to put the design together.
We have turned our basement into a games room with a pool table in it, so I am making wall plaques with sports theme.”

The baseball design can be found here.
Thank you, Collette. It’s great!