Category Archives: Anything but a card

tulip pillow box

Today I’m sharing another box  for the Power Poppy September challenge (details can be found here) – this one can be used for any occasion.  I had originally wanted to make the box out of vellum paper but my printer would not cooperate – the paper kept jamming in the printer and I ruined several sheets.  So I went back to the drawing board and decided to print the image on colored cardstock.  Here is the box:

pillow box long

Here is how I made it…

I started by taking the digital tulip image from Power Poppy into Photoshop elements.  I took one image and colored it in a shade of lilac/magenta and copied the image several times – changing the direction of the images in a random pattern.  (FYI – there is a good tutorial on how to bring your digital image into photoshop and change the colors here.) I printed out a test sheet – this is what it looks like.

tulips on page


Once I liked the pattern I printed it out on colored cardstock.  Then I took my pillow box pattern and copied it on the reverse side of the printed cardstock – here is the pattern I used.  Score on the dotted lines, cut on the solid lines.   I’ve had it for years and don’t know where it originated but you can google pillow box template and can find many versions of this.

pillow template

The band on the front (hard to see in the photo) is made of vellum that I ran through an embossing folder.  Here is a closer look at it.

vellum band

The tag was made on my silhouette – very simple to do and you can size it to however large or small you need.

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too early for Christmas?

It’s still hitting 90 degrees here in Florida but Hobby Lobby has had their Christmas merchandise up since August 1st so I will be bold and post this Christmas box and tag.  It was created for the Power Poppy Power and Spark challenge for September – details can be found here.

The box and bow are Silhouette designs and were very easy to put together.  I love the combination of kraft cardstock with the light blue.  The pieces of the bow were run through a cuttlebug folder before assembling them together.  The tag is a stamp from Power Poppy’s Bottlebrush Holiday set and was colored with copic markers.  The box top has scalloped edges – here is a view of the side.  It’s sized to fit a gift card.

box side


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why not take a class?

Why is it that some people will spend money on a craft machine that has some awesome capabilities, but balk at spending a little more $$ on classes to get the best use out of it?  So – all  you Silhouette users out there that are struggling with this machine I am talking to you!!  This machine can do so much – provided you know how to use it.  The more I learn the more impressed I am.  Now I know there are about a million free YouTube videos out there so why spend the bucks on a class or two?   Because you don’t know what you don’t know!!  You can spend hours…days…weeks…struggling with YouTube videos and still be in the very beginner stage.  You will waste so much time and be so aggravated to the point where you won’t even want to use the machine.   Which would be very sad!!

There are many talented people out there offering classes and I will give my recommendation to Kerri Bradford’s. ( .  She does an amazing job with her step by step videos and has several that build upon the other so you can progress easily.  I can’t tell you how many times I have read on some forum or facebook group questions that I would consider very basic – things I learned in Kerri’s first classes.  So for all of you who want to get the full use out of this machine take a chance on a paid class!

Today I am showing a gift card holder – and some of the cool things I learned in the latest class with Kerri.  The class, Santa’s Workshop, is not really a beginners class since it builds on things learned previously.

 christmas gift card envelope

Now, the gift card envelope is a shape that is familiar to many papercrafters – and easy to cut with the silhouette…

 gift card envelope

But let’s take a look at the details….

 gift card details

See the pinked edge?  Or is it pinking?  Well – you know what I mean – the shape you get from pinking shears! In class I learned a cool way to get that edge around the overall shape.  The tag with the text was easily created in silhouette – a rectangle with the middle points adjusted.  The font is Roboto and was added at an angle – the text are the words to jingle bells –  a very nice design touch.  Now the snowflake…no that is not a die cut or file purchased elsewhere.  I created it from scratch – learned how to do it in the class.  So – I know what you are thinking…isn’t it easier to just buy an image from the Silhouette store (or elsewhere)?  Yes it is.  But if you learn to make one from scratch you learn so much more about the design elements and what this great machine can do.  And you begin to realize how much more you can make on your own and not rely on third party images.     Ok – that’s my lesson for today!!  Thanks for stopping by!


life is better at the beach

I’ve seen so many wonderful handmade ornaments on the internet and thought I would try one with a beach theme.  I thought this one would be easy but it proved to be a bit more time consuming!

 beach ornament

It’s a “floating” ornament – meaning the sentiment inside looks like it is floating.  In reality it is vinyl lettering on a piece of transparency.  It is hard to tell from the photo but there is sand and some shells inside the ornament as well.  I tried to get a good photo but the glare from the lights and window made it difficult.  The shells are from our local beach here in Pensacola.  The grosgrain ribbon and blue/white twine wrapped around the top were things I had in my craft room.  I also found that wonderful sand dollar charm as well – thought it went perfectly with the ornament.

For those of you interested in working with vinyl – the sentiment used here is from the Silhouette online store – it is not easy to work with, especially when you are dealing with very small letters.  But – this was my very first attempt with vinyl and I hope it gets easier the more I use it.  For this ornament I printed the sentiment first on transparency sheets.  I then cut the words out on blue vinyl using the silhouette cameo.  By printing the sentiment on the transparency it was easy to line up the vinyl.  Once the vinyl was on I trimmed the transparency into a shape that would fit inside the ornament – you gently roll the transparency and place it inside – it  will unroll once it is in.  Then I added the sand and small shells.

beach ornament close up


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it’s the holiday season

Yes, it has been awhile since I posted here.  I’ve been busy with many things – some traveling as well as crafting.    I just have not had the time to update the blog – but we are in full swing for Christmas and I thought I would post a thing or two.

I’m participating in an ornament swap this season and wanted to show the quick and easy way I packaged it.  Here is a photo.

The ornament came with its own box.  I wrapped it in simple white linen wrapping paper.  I purchased a large roll of the wrapping paper at a local supply store that is open to the public but sells bulk paper goods to stores and restaurants.  I love the clean look of white – and I can use it for any occasion so there is no need to purchase separate paper for birthdays, weddings, Christmas, etc.  The green ribbon is from the $1 ribbon bin from Michael’s.  If you dig around in these bins you can generally find “regular” colors – green, red, blue, etc.  The decoration on top was purchased for $1 at Michael’s during their after Christmas sale.

The sentiment is from Papertrey’s Stylish Sentiments:  Holiday set.  I’ve used the sentiments on this set so many times – it has become my “go-to” set because it is so perfect not just for cards but for tags as well.  I embossed it in gold to coordinate with the decoration on top.  Here is a closer look.

So – with just a little work I ended up with a pretty package!!

Thanks for stopping by – I hope your holiday season is going well!