{new} (etsy} Owl be your Valentine…

…if you’ll be mine!   New in the etsy shop is the Owl candy bar box for Valentine’s Day! These are quick and easy for teacher, neighbor, and co-worker gifts…and would be great little treats for school!  These little boxes hold a full size Hershey’s chocolate bar.  yum!

The download is available in the etsy shop.  It comes with an instruction sheet, too, with several photos.  But, just in case, I even did a little video to show you how easy these are to assemble.

{Hybrid Crafting} Crafting with Echo Park!

I’ve been a fan of the Echo Park Paper Company for a while now.  Unfortunately for me, I don’t have a scrap store anywhere near me.  I have a craft store, but not a real scrapbooking store.  Poor me.  I could order all the yummy goodies from an online store, but I’m impatient and when I want something…I’d like to have it now, please. The good news?  Echo Park has a whole bunch of digital goodies!  Right up my alley, right?  I recently bought some deliciousness from their digital store.  I was antsy to make something.  Ended up making 3-somethings. :)


Project #1…note holder

I’ve shown you my note holders before.  I think some of you even made some for yourself!  Just a reminder…the frame is $1 at Walmart, the note pad is a 3×3 postie.  If you’re a digi-girl like me, these are really simple to design your own.  {I’m gonna start talking digital scrap now…for those of you who don’t, don’t worry, I’ll convert you sooner or later!}  I opened a blank 5×7 canvas in my photo editing software.  I like Photoshop Elements.  They even offer a 30 free trial (and maybe I should offer some beginner lessons…hmmmm).  I opened up some digital papers, borders, and elements from the ‘For the Record’ line that I bought in the EP digital store.  I arranged them all on my canvas.  I wanted my 3×3 postie to sit on the library card, so I made sure that the library card was 3 inches wide to accommodate the post it pad.  The paper, library card, and the ‘domcumented’ tab are all digital elements.  I printed the 5×7 canvas on white cardstock and slipped it into the acrylic frame.  Now, here’s the cool part.  I opened up my Silhouette Studio software and went to their store online.  Echo Park has a bunch of print and cut Silhouette files for 99 cents each!  I chose the ‘For the Record’ bracket word art. When you get it opened up, you just print the image and then run it through your Silhouette machine and the machine cuts out the image!  So I made one and slipped it inside the acrylic frame near the top.  I took the backing off the post it pad and stuck on the front of the acrylic frame and tied it off with some ribbon.  EASY! CUTE! CHEAP!  enough said.

credits…paper, library card, tab, Echo Park ‘For the Record’ (digital).  word art, Echo Park’s Silhouette store.  ribbon, Michael’s.


Project #2…custom framed picture

This little project is even easier than the last one. Seriously.  And it’s another digital to paper hybrid project.  {And another reason to buy the software and come play with me :) }  Inside the Playground Elements 2 pack I bought, we’re a bunch of little digital journal cards.  I picked a super cute one and resized it to a 4×6 size.  I digitally cut out the middle (but you could physically do this, too) and inserted a cute, old pic of my cutie pie son.  Printed it. Put it in a frame.  done.

credits…paper, Echo Park ‘Playground’ (digital). frame, Target.

Project #3…candy bar box

I know, I know.  I like my candy bar boxes. ;)  But they are easy and cute…and who doesn’t like to get a chocolate bar??  First, I used some digital journalling cards that came in the Playground Elements 2 pack to make a little gift card.  I overlapped two cards; the ‘my friend’ one over the asterisks one and added a 4.  I picked a darling paper from the Playground paper pack and clipped the digital paper to the template I made.  {clipping is another digital scrap term…terms you’ll learn when you take the plunge.  hehe}  Then, just like those of you who got the teacher ‘bar none’ box, you just print, cut it out, and assemble with a bit of glue stick.  I stuck a standard size Hershey bar inside, tied it with a bit of ribbon and tucked the little gift tag under the ribbon.  Perfect for gift giving…say for the last day of school, maybe?

credits…paper, journal cards, Echo Park ‘Playground’ (digital). 4 font, minya nouvelle.  candy bar box template, me. ribbon, from my stash.


Have I made any of you want to go digital yet?

{Teacher Appreciation} Day 4…Candy Bar Box

I’m sorry, but anytime anyone wants to give me chocolate, I will take it.  I kinda think your kiddo’s teacher might just feel the same way.  It’s like a’Friday afternoon after the buses leave’ in bar form.

Today’s download works just a bit differently.  This little candy bar box was made by me…I thunk and made it :)  It’s a template product in my digital shop.  Meaning…if you digital scrap, you can make it into whatever you want it to be.  So, I can’t really give it away.  See?  BUT I can make it a ready to use printable and put it in my Etsy store.  What do you think?  It’s cuuuuuuute {sing-songy voice} and you’re gonna liiiiiiiike it ! {again with the singy voice}  It’s yours to use and print once…or a thousand times.  Use it for teacher appreciation, end of school, first day…the list goes on.  You just can’t sell it.  :) Continue reading for the details.

and it magically, exactly fits a standard size Hershey bar!

This will come to you as a 2 page pdf file.  The first page is the printable and the second is a full photo how-to sheet…it shows how to put it together.  You will need cardstock, scissors, glue (a glue stick would be just fine), and maybe some ribbon.  The directions will tell you to score the lines.  It has little dotted lines where you need to fold.  Scoring those lines just makes it easier to fold and look a little nicer.  I have a scoring thingy.  If you don’t, no biggie.  Just use a ruler and the back of a butter knife (not the blade, just turn it over).  It will make a nice little indention to fold, but not cut the paper.

Thanks so much, too, for all the encouraging words and nice comments.  I really do appreciate them! And please know that I would love to personalize each printable for everyone, but my children like to eat and have their Mom around…I just don’t have the time!


{Marry Me Monday} A sweet little wedding favor

I know this is a little bit late since it’s Tuesday already…but too cute not to show.  I finished up the updated candy bar box template and have some to show!  I released this template a long time ago and it was formatted to fit money, too.  Well, that was just a bit too awkward.  This new box measures about 6.5″ long, almost 2.5″ tall, and a bit more than .25″ deep.  The absolute perfect size to fit a standard sized chocolate bar.  The perfect little box for a quick, easy, and inexpensive wedding favor.  Plus, use digital papers or color it to match your wedding colors and personalize it with your date and initials for a very personal favor, too.

The template comes in many different formats for all kinds of users.  The PSD file can be used with your photo editing software, the SVG and DXF files can be used with your Cricut (and additional software) or Silhouette digital die cut machine, and the PDF file can be printed and used as a pattern to use on pretty scrapbook paper.  Also included is a step by step instruction sheet with photos!  It’s here…and on sale.

I’ve gotta mention to that it’s a great little goody for birthday parties, showers, luncheons…even a special teacher treat!

template, paper and modified alpha from the Little Bird kit

Paper from Color of Happy by Valorie Wibbens


12 Days Blog Hop: Day 11, A FREEBIE!

I can’t believe it’s almost over :(  We’ve had the best time bringing you lots of wonderfully cute, easy, and inexpensive ideas for the holidays.  Today is no exception!


I love a treat topper.  ANYTHING looks delightful when wrapped up in some cute little paper :)  For today I’ve made you a holiday treat tent.  {I used our delightfully humongous Grab Bag, that is still available at an amazing price until December 13th}  It’s designed to hold a snack sized zipper bag.  Simply print, cut, and fold where the patterned paper changes.  Insert your candy-filled baggie, fold over the top, and punch holes through.  Tie with some cute ribbon.  Easy peasy.  I also used a punch to scallop the edges.


I even put a little place on the back so that you can make sure they know who it’s from!


I filled my treat tent with Hershey Kisses, but just about anything would be cute.


And since I love you sooooo much…I’m giving it to ya as a FREEBIE!!  This free printable comes as a pdf file, so no special software is needed; you’ll just need Adobe Reader, which most of us have already.  You can grab the FREE DOWNLOAD HERE

enJOYfreebie Here are some other ideas for filling your zipper bag…

dry hot cocoa mix and directions

mini marshmallows (snowman poop!)

Chex mix…you know, Santa always ‘chex’ his list twice!

any kind of candy…who doesn’t love candy?

peppermint bark

Coming up tomorrow…Pam’s Question Jar.

12 Days Blog Hop: Day 5

Well, we’ve made a full revolution through our participating designers and it’s Kelleigh’s turn again!  Kelleigh always has the cutest ways to package a gift…in fact, I’d say the best part of the gift might just be it’s packaging!  Head over to her blog and check out what she made for just 26 cents…


I {heart} Kelleigh Ratzlaff…a blog hop!

It’s a blog hop!  Today I’m showcasing a great digital template designer.  Kelleigh Ratzlaff makes the cutest templates.  Basically, you just download, print, and assemble.  These are not just for you digital scrapbookers.  You can use your digital scrapping goodies, but you can also use traditional scrapbook paper, or print the box, cut it out, and use it as a template.  She’s thought of everything from a bloom box to a memo box and she always has cute holiday templates like the carrot box and this cute little basket for Easter.

Recently, my husband and I were going out of town for a few days.  My Mom offered to come up and stay with the kiddos…a win for me, the kids, and my Mom!  Mom had some fun activities planned for each day.  To help with the fun, I left a little treat for each day that related to the activity they would do that day.  I used Kelleigh’s Tall Box Template to make boxes for each day to house the goodies.  For instance, on Monday, the day we left, I dropped a Blockbuster gift card in the box so that they could both choose a movie or a game for that afternoon.  For Tuesday, Nana planned a trip to the zoo and the kids got a bit of gift shop money in their box.  You get the idea.  The boxes were a big hit and gave the kiddos something to look forward to each day and left a little reminder of Mom each day, too.  Plus, it made me feel better for leaving my kiddos behind.

I used simply.scrap’s new kit, Crazy But Cute and Roben-Marie’s Date Stamps.  For my friends who don’t digi-scrap, I basically ‘decorated’ Kelleigh’s template with these digital goodies using my Photoshop program and then printed out the template already decorated.  Then I just cut, scored, and assembled.  So making 3 boxes for each kiddo really took no time at all.  Like a said earlier, you could very easily print her design, cut it out, and use it as a template to trace onto any kind of paper, too.  Easy peasy.  Here’s Wednesday’s box…

tallbox tallbox2

kelleight product

Cute, right?  There’s so much more to see!  The blog hop is jam packed with some great eye candy that’s easy to make!  There are 21 easy, fun projects being showcased today all over the web.  Take a sec and browse through the great ideas and leave some love along the way.  One lucky hopper (that’s you) will win a $10 gift certificate to Kelleigh’s store just for commenting on the blog hop post with your vote for your favorite Creative Team project. One lucky Creative Team member will win $10 in PayPal cash for earning the most votes!! The Blog Hop contest winners will be announced on Thursday, April 8th.   Pick me! Pick me!

Kelleigh - http://kelleighratzlaff.com/
Tracy - http://tracykosofsky.blogspot.com/
Sally - http://arainbowslife.blogspot.com/
Laura - http://www.lauras-little-corner.blogspot.com/
Juli - http://julifreshfish.blogspot.com/
Julie - http://mycrazylifeasamomandawife.blogspot.com/
Christy - http://scrapsofme.com/
Dana - www.paperdaydream.blogspot.com
LuAnn - http://livelaughcreate-luann.blogspot.com/
Jacinda - http://www.digikiwichick.blogspot.com/
Viva - http://vivaartistry.blogspot.com/
Dalis - http://www.stampergirl.com
Holly - http://lv2scrapnjp.blogspot.com
Sharyn - http://analteredlife.wordpress.com/
Karen Lewis - http://scrappingmum.blogspot.com/
Linda - http://www.yamstamps.com/weblog/digichick-doorway.html
Alice - http://aliceslittlewonderland.blogspot.com/
Me…you’re here! - http://domesticatedlady.com
Sunghee - http://www.creativityinprogress.com/blog/
Carolina - http://creativepad.typepad.com
Debbie - http://www.debbieseyer.com/my_weblog/
Kim - http://paperrocksscissors.blogspot.com/

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