I Love You a TON Elephant Card

This week’s Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home is Cards 4 Kids!

I love making kid-friendly cards (my “I Wheelie Miss You!” Card was featured as a sample this week : ) and for this challenge I thought would make another card with a punny sentiment – as well as some elephant die cuts and cheerful colors:

I Love You a TON Elephant Card

I drew on the eyes and added some faux stitching to my diecuts with pens to add some definition and make it look quilted.  I hope a hero will enjoy sending it home once I mail it off to OWH!

Thanks for taking a look and hope you are having a great week!

-Mindy : )


Diecuts: elephants (by Rivka Wilkins in Silhouette Store), grass – from peeping bunny placecard (by Pebbles in my Pocket in Silhouette Store), sun (by Silhouette)

Stamps: Sentiment made with Jessie’s ABC’s (Lawn Fawn)

Other: Color Crush 6 x 6 Paper Pad (American Crafts), Layering Paper (Recollections), Versafine Onyx Black Archival Ink (Tsukineko), Millenium 03 Archival Pen (Zig Memory System), White Medium Gel Pen (Pentel), Paper Trimmer (Tonic), Silhouette Cameo (Silhouette America), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch), 2 Way Glue Pen (Zig Memory System), MONO Multi Glue (Tombow)


June 20, 2013. Tags: , , . Card. 2 comments.

Flying By Cards

I had fun making some of these paper airplane cards awhile back in a bunch of different color combinations (including this one that said “Thanks!” on the inside):

Flying by to say . . .Thanks! Card

Since this week’s OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge was “Things with Wings,” I thought I’d revisit my original design and try a couple new twists on it and add a couple more cards to my box for OWH.

I used patterned paper on this card:

Patterned Flying By to Say Hi Card

And for this card, I stamped a cloudy background for the paper airplanes

Kraft and Clouds Flying By to Say Hi

For some dimension, on all three cards I popped the larger airplanes and the sentiment with foam mounting tape.  To split the sentiment to fit on my 1 1/2″ punched out circle, I used a post-it note to mask off the part I didn’t want to stamp.  Also, on my newer designs, after fussy cutting out the airplanes with my smaller pair of scissors (which wasn’t too difficult with all the straight images on the airplane), I ran a calligraphy pen around the edges just to make sure I’d have nice, crisp cut-out images with no white spots on the edges.

Thanks for taking a look!

-Mindy 🙂


Stamps: “flying by to say hi” Sentiment and Paper Airplanes clear stamps (Flying By Set from Lawn Fawn), ellipsis (made using Jessie’s ABC’s (Lawn Fawn), Cloud Clear Stamp (Perfectly Perfect Day Set by Avocado Arts)

Other: Fact 6 x6 Paper Pad (Basic Grey), Kraft Cardstock (Paper Studio), Versamagic Cloud White Chalk Ink (Tsukineko), Versafine Onyx Black Archival Ink (Tsukineko), Marvy Memories Pigmented Calligraphy Pen (Uchida), Paper Trimmer (Tonic), Detail Scissors (X-Acto), Silhouette Cameo (Silhouette America), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch), 2 Way Glue Pen (Zig Memory System), Foam Mounting Tape (3M)

June 18, 2013. Tags: . Card. 3 comments.

Elegant Tag for Wedding Day Kit for Bride

Tag for Wedding Day Kit for Bride

I have a friend getting married soon, so I put together a little Wedding Day “Survival Kit” for her as a pre-wedding gift and mailed it off to the bride-to-be.

Here are some of the things I included:


Protein Bar

Breath Mints

Single-use Toothbrushes


Nail File

Nail Polish Remover Pads

Sewing Kit

Safety Pins

Shout Wipes

Hand Wipes

Face Blotting Papers

Bobby Pins

First Aid Kit


Chalk (I read it can cover up smudges on a wedding dress)

Straw (to sip on a drink without messing up makeup)

(Note: Since I was mailing the kit, I didn’t include liquid items like hairspray and lotion because although they would be helpful, I thought they might spill and ruin everything else in the kit).

Also, since I was mailing this kit to my friend, I sealed everything in a gallon Ziploc bag and to add some pizazz, I attached a tag that I made on my Silhouette Cameo to the outside of the Ziploc bag.  I put the whole Ziploc bag in a larger tote bag and added another tag with the bride’s name on it to the handle of the tote bag.

Although I hope my friend won’t really need to use much in this kit on her wedding day, I hope she will appreciate the thought behind it and will feel prepared for her wedding day – whatever happens that day!  I always joke that if you remember to carry an umbrella, it won’t rain, but if it does rain, at least you will be prepared!

-Mindy 🙂

P.S. If you like simple Silhouette projects, check out my easy thank you cards here.

Tag Instructions:

I used the Silhouette Studio software to design my simple tag – starting with what I wanted sketched out: one heart and the “Wedding Day Kit” phrase in the font Pristina.  Under the cutting settings, I selected the sketch setting and I loaded my mat with my purple cardstock and used the Silhouette Cameo to sketch the text and heart with the Silver Silhouette Sketch Pen loaded in place of the blade.  Then I did not unload my mat, and in my Silhouette Studio file I added an outline to the sketched heart that I would cut out.  I removed what had been sketched (the phrase and original heart), leaving only the outline heart, and I changed the setting from sketch to cut.  Then I cut out my tag and it was ready for adhesive and attachment to the bag!


Diecut: Heart from “mason jar with hearts” (by Lori Whitlock, Silhouette Online Store)

Font: Pristina

Other: Purple Cardstock, Silver Sketch Pen (Silhouette), Silhouette Cameo (Silhouette America), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch)

June 14, 2013. Tags: , , , . Project. Leave a comment.

Trying a 6 x 6 Cutting Formula for Christmas and Winter Cards

Thanks to Kathryn’s 6×6 formulas she shared on her blog here and with OWH, I got an early start on some Christmas and winter cards for OWH. Kathryn gave great directions and pictures on her post and it gave me the push to just jump into an unused 6 x 6 pad and get moving on making cards! I used her template #2 to make eight cards from six double-side 6 x 6 papers from My Mind’s Eye Winter Wonderland pad.  (I did make a tiny cutting goof and so my last card, the bottom right one, wasn’t part of the cutting formula but my improvised version to still use my paper and make eight cards!).

6 x 6 Cutting Formula Cards

I had some leftover “thanks” kraft cardstock circles from this set of cards, so I used them on a couple of winter cards here and made a missing you circle for a card on my silhouette too.  The little reindeer is paper-pieced with kraft cardstock as well.  I may have gone a little crazy with the kraft cardstock, but I’m glad I branched into some other colors of layering paper too.  I think the navy layering paper worked really well for the cards with the little banners (and you can’t really tell from the small picture, but the red paper on those cards is actually a red wood grain patterned which is why I didn’t want to cover it up completely).

Thanks for taking a look and have a great day!



Stamps:”Wishing You a Wonderful Christmas” Cling Stamp (Hero Arts’ Wonderful Christmas CG394, part of a prize pack I won last year – thanks Hero Arts!),Winking Reindeer Wood Block Stamp (Hero Arts’ H5457, thanks to a stocking stuffer from my husband last year)

Diecut: thanks (by Silhouette)

Other: Winter Wonderland 6 x 6 Paper Pad (My Mind’s Eye), Kraft Cardstock (Paper Studio), Paper Trimmer (Tonic), Detail Scissors (X-Acto), Silhouette Cameo (Silhouette America), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch), 2 Way Glue Pen (Zig Memory System)


June 13, 2013. Tags: , . Card. 2 comments.

Bright and Simple Thank You Cards

I recently made a batch of some simple personal thank-you cards with some pretty designer paper, kraft cardstock, and my Silhouette Cameo!




I love the colors and watercolor look.  Now I just have to write in them and send them out!



Diecut: thanks (by Silhouette – it was a bonus free shape awhile back)

Other: Color Crush 6 x 6 Paper Pad (American Crafts), Kraft Cardstock (Paper Studio), Silhouette Cameo (Silhouette America), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch), 2 Way Glue Pen (Zig Memory System)


June 11, 2013. Tags: , , . Card. 2 comments.

Patriotic Card for OWH Sketch #175

Patriotic Card for OWH Sketch 175

This patriotic and masculine card is based on OWH Sketch 175.  This is a special sketch because it was made in the memory of dedicated OWH contributor, Jane.

OWH Sketch 175

I was inspired by this sketch to try combining a sentiment from the new Hero Arts’ OWH Fundraiser stamp set with another Hero Arts’ OWH Fundraiser Stamp Set, Epic Love.

First, I started by stamping the jet and helicopter images in 1” squares.  I then embossed a small piece of kraft cardstock, inked it with some red ink (to  have some distressed red stripes to coordinate with the distressed star paper background), and cut out a 2” square to be the background for the 1” squares.  I also stamped and punched out some blue stars to add some extra detail.  And I loved how I could fit the punched star over the star in the sentiment to make a kind of “bullseye effect”!  I didn’t have enough matching brads to use on this card so I cut out holes instead and layered matching paper behind the punches.  (My Silhouette made sure the holes were all lined up).  I enjoyed making this card and hope the sender and recipient will like it as well!



Stamps: Helicopter, Jet, and Circled Star Clear Stamps (Hero Arts’ “Epic Love” Set), “Your Love is My Strength” Sentiment (Hero Arts’ Wood Block Stamp Set LP278)

Other: Crackled Stars Paper (Paper Studio), Kraft Cardstock (Paper Studio), Versafine Vintage Sepia Archival Ink (Tsukineko), Memento Ink in Lady Bug and Danube Blue (Tsukineko), A2 Stripes Embossing Folder (Paper Studio), Texture Boutique (Sissix), ½” circle punch (EK Success), Paper Trimmer (Tonic), Silhouette Cameo (Silhouette America), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch), Glue (Tombow Mono Multi)

June 6, 2013. Tags: , . Card. 3 comments.

“I Wheelie Miss You!” Card

I Wheelie Miss You

I’ve had this cute paper for a while and seeing the Midweek Throwdown Transportation challenge on Operation Write Home encouraged me to finally use it and make a kid-friendly card for OWH.   I made my punny sentiment in white and green to mimic a road sign.  A Zig 2-way glue pen helped me to tack down the skinnier parts of the die-cut.



Stamps: Jessie’s ABC’s (Lawn Fawn)

Diecut: Auto Retro Cutie Hatchback (Samantha Walker for the Silhouette Online Store)

Other:  Designer Paper (Imaginisce),  Versamagic Cloud White Chalk Ink (Tsukineko), Paper Trimmer (Tonic), White Zing Embossing Powder (American Crafts), Heat Tool (Martha Stewart), Corner Rounder (Paper Studio), Silhouette Cameo (Silhouette America), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch), 2 Way Glue Pen (Zig Memory System), Stamp Runner (Tombow)

June 4, 2013. Tags: . Card. 2 comments.