Holiday Treat Labels

Well after a cross-country move and a long absence from blogging, here’s a quick post to share with you!

Recently I needed to bake and wrap some brownies for a party.  I kept the baking simple (I just used a box mix and added some extra chocolate chips:).  Then I pushed through individually wrapping each of the brownies with cling wrap and clear tape while I had HGTV on in the background.  Since I had some sticker paper left over from another project, I thought I’d make some festive treat labels in Silhouette Studio. The print and cut feature made it super easy!  (Although it would have been even easier if I had saved my file before my computer decided to shut itself off in the middle of making them– oops!).

Anyways, here is a picture:

Silhouette Print and Cut on Sticker Paper, Christmas Holly Wreath by Jamie Koay, Lw tall sketch font by Lori Whitlock, Wrapped Brownies

Hope you are enjoying some yummy treats this holiday season!

– Mindy : )

Silhouette Designs:

Lw tall sketch font by Lori Whitlock

Christmas Holly Wreath by Jamie Koay


December 9, 2013. Tags: , , . Project. 1 comment.

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.

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.

Cupcake Card for OWH Sketch #145

Operation Write Home Sketch #145, Clean and SImple Sketch, CAS sketch


I started with the above sketch and then  widened the skinny strip just a bit to accommodate my sentiment and added some layers.  Here is my take on this week’s Operation Write Home sketch (#145):

"You & Dessert Are the Best Things in Life" Stampabilities sentiment stamp, Shine On 6x6 Basic Grey Paper Pad

I had fun using this sketch to combine this paper and sentiment!  Also, since this card is pretty cutesy and girly, the next one I make will be more uni-sex.  I’m aiming to have a balanced/variety of different cards to send off to Operation Write Home before the Valentine’s Day December 31st deadline.

Thanks for taking a look!

-Mindy 🙂


Stamp: “You & Dessert Are the Best Things in Life” (Rubber Stamp by Stampabilities)

Other: “Shine on . . .” 6×6 Patterned Paper Pad (Basic Grey), Rich Cocoa Memento Ink (Tsukineko), Paper Trimmer (X-Acto), Layering Paper and Cardstock (Various/Unknown), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch)

November 5, 2012. Tags: , . Card. 6 comments.

Simple Masculine Football Card

Are you ready for some football?!? Pre-season football is already starting!    I already had some footballs stamped and cut out, so I attempted to make some masculine cards with them and use some new paper that I got last week during a big sale.

I find making masculine cards is challenging, but I just tried to keep the design simple and avoid using more feminine colors and patterns.

Here is my attempt:

Footballs with Chevron pattern, masculine hand stamped CAS card

I wish the lighting on the photo was a bit better (I had a great photo of the earlier version of this card since I took it earlier in the day, but then I changed the card – oh well! – maybe I can set up a light box soon.)

I also did a couple of other variations of this design with some other patterned paper and some brighter colors.

Shine On . . . 6x6 Paper Pack from BasicGrey

All of these cards will go in my growing stack of cards that I plan to ship to OWH.  I will also post a picture under the OWH blog post: Our Daily Bread Designs August Challenge so they can get closer their goal and have some shipping costs donated.

Stamp: Football (Inkadinkado)

Other: 1.5″ Squares (Colorbok Stax), “Shine on . . .” 6×6 Patterned Paper Pad (Basic Grey), Beige Paper (K&Company 4×6″ Neutrals Solid Designer Mat Pad), Small Star Punch (Marvy Uchida)

August 14, 2012. Tags: , , , . Card. Leave a comment.

Bright and Beautiful Birthday Card

Simple and Quick Stamped Birthday Card

Stamps used: “Have A Great Birthday” (Inkadinkado)

Other: Flowered Paper (From K&Company’s Happy Trails Mat Pad)

July 6, 2012. Tags: , . Card. Leave a comment.

Jungle-Themed Birthday Card

Stamped Monkey and Vine 1st Birthday Card

My friend was having a jungle-themed birthday party for her little one’s 1st birthday, so I decided it would be a great time to use some of my animal stamps and design a card to celebrate.  I knew I had to use the cute little monkey stamp:)  My detail-scissors came in handy for trimming the vine closely and I also used colored pencils to color in the stamped images so that the monkey’s cute expressions wouldn’t get hidden by dark marker.  For the final touch I added some neatly written text to the simple card and it was ready to go!

Stamps Used:

Monkey and Vine (Clear Stamps by Autumn Leaves from the Mindy’s Zoo Set)

June 29, 2012. Tags: , , , . Card. Leave a comment.

Stamping Timesaving Tip – “Stamped Scraps”

Thank-you note scraps

Let’s be real . . . stamping can make a mess!  Even if you want to make a card at the last-minute, do you really want to take out all your supplies, make a card, and then clean up?

So how can you be ready to make a last-minute card with little to no stamping or mess?

It just takes a little preparation!

I have found that if I am in a stamping mood and am already in the middle of a creative mess, I should just keep on stamping!  A stamp will have to be cleaned whether you use it one time or many, so I figure I may as well get a few uses out of each stamp that I am already using before I clean it.  For example, if I am stamping a flower for one card, I will stamp a bunch of extras for future cards – if I have time I cut them all out, or if I don’t have much time, I just leave them uncut.  To maintain a little stockpile, I store these little “stamped scraps” by category in little sandwich baggies or in a mini notecard file.    Then, when I need a quick card – I can just look through my “stamped scraps” stockpile and either repeat a design I have already used or come up with a quick design.

"Stamped Scraps"

Because I had a little stockpile of already-stamped flowers, I could make a quick card that turned out like this:

Flowers on Circles on Circle Card

No stamping or glue required!  I just had to finish cutting out some flowers and use some little adhesive tabs to put it all together.

April 5, 2012. Tags: , , . Card, Tip. Leave a comment.