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.

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.
First, open the print and cut sticker(s) set you want to use. Ungroup all items.
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.
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.

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

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.

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.
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.


Water Bottle w/Names

Water Bottle w/Names

More permanent vinyl. I had some water bottles I hadn’t used years ago – so Disney’d them up for my grandsons. I love how easy the vinyl is to work with. My youngest grandson, Carson, loves Mickey the Sorcerer – so I tweaked the mouse ears to make his special. And, now to find something else to make.

Water Bottles

Water Bottles

I haven’t dabbled much with the Cameo and vinyl. I have an outdoor project I want to do, so I thought I’d get more experience using the permanent vinyl. If you’re looking around the room wondering what you get add vinyl to – the Cameo is there and begs, “try me first”. I really like the keyboard design I did in December (and used for my fb cover photo – so used it for the Cameo. It’s so appropriate – my Cameo does sing… sort of. I like it.
It’s really easy to cut, and the design #112666 can be found in my Silhouette store. File Jan 19, 12 32 50 PM

IMG_3469 More fun. I have several blanks leftover from my heat press stash. It’s great to be finally doing something with them. This is another of my Silhouette rhinestone designs with glitter heat press vinyl combo. Easy. The most difficult part of these projects, for me, is trying to work through the dog hair which some of these sticky materials seem to attract. I even do them in a room that the dogs can’t come in.IMG_3466





514NFFHnASL._SY450_When you work with the cutting sheets, you know they’re so sticky at first, but lose their stickiness after a few times using them. I found all kinds of fixes and tried them all. I even tried putting tape on the corners (hassle). One day I happened to find an old lucite roller from my layout artist days. I tried it. Whenever I put any type of material on my mat, I just run my roller over it – hard – and it works. My mats are used way past the time others would throw theirs away. They’re really beat up.
My roller is a 2″ one, which I think is better. But, you can find the 4″ ones on eBay for as low as $2. Or, you can buy a new one. I’m posting the one that Amazon carries. I think this is my #1 favorite tool for using with my Silhouette projects. I think the hard rubber ones would work too.