Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Well....It happened.....

I can't believe it did, but it did.  I had so many things planned out.  Shopping (which I don't care for), planting, and of course crafting.  Not one of those things got done.  I ended up with the stomach bug and was out of commission for 3 whole days.  What a total bummer.   With out all the ugly details, I was in so much pain and was so weak that I could not even get in or out of the shower myself.  I was really wiped me out. 

There was a good thing that happened.  My lovely husband build this really nice desk to put in my craft room.  I ordered it off  Overstock.com.  Oh and didn't pay shipping!!!  Here is a picture of it and when I get in all like I want it, I will take some pics. 

I can't wait to find the write baskets to put on the shelves and the stuff for the walls.
This desk is VERY sturdy and made well.


Be back soon.  Thanks for stopping by!

♥ Tanya


Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's Almost Here

Friday, yep it's almost here.  Work has been a little stressful these days, so I'm really looking forward to my weekend OFF!!  I'm ready to do some gardening and working on  my flower beds.  I'm ready for some COLOR!  I'm so tired of looking at all the dead brown colors.   That's what I really want to do, it's the plan, but we all know plans don't all work out!  Hoping it will this time!

Another thing I would like to do is to work on some crafting projects.  And in case you would like to do the same, I'm sharing some projects I've worked on this past week. 

Here they are, these cute little boxes that I made with my Silhouette Cameo and this adorable new kit in the Hello Collection Series....Hello Giggles from Peppermint Creative.


I love making gift boxes and with Graduation quickly approaching, I thought this would be perfect.
Aren't these papers from Peppermint Creative soooo stinkin' cute!?!  I absolutely love all the colors....so bright and cheery!!

 Here is a close up of the flower that I purchased from the Silhouette on-line store.  I used the color picker in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition to make sure the color matched exactly to the paper. 
The color picker is on the right side of your page.  You can pick a color out of the pallet or if you want the shade to really match, you can pick a color from your project you are working on.
To pick a color from your project, just click on the picker on the right and hover over the color you want from the project you are working on. 
Here is another made with the papers from the Hello: Giggles series!  These would be perfect for "Thank You's" at a wedding, bridal showers, birthdays and more.  I have a wedding invite in the making (one of my plans for this weekend)  I'll have pictures posted soon (If my plans don't fall through).
Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a GREAT and WONDERFUL weekend!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BASEBALL PARTY IDEAS and Free Silhoutte Studio Files

A Co-worker and friend of mine asked me to make some "Thank You" tags and some straw flags for her son's birthday party.  Of course I said "Yes!"  It was going to be a baseball themed party and she had a few ideas that she found on Pinterest.  All my friends and co-workers know that I have my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo and that I can make all kinds of fun things.  I don't mind and it gives me a lot of practice.

The following tags and flags for the party was made using the "Print and Cut" feature.  This is by far one of my favorite things to do on my machine.
Here are the Flags that I made.  I used some straws that I purchased from Pick Your Plum.

After cutting them out, I added double sided tape and wrapped them around the straw. 
(She is going to tie them to the bottled pop.)

 Here is a close up of the flags.  I download the FREE font at Dafont.com.  t's called Brannboll.
I looked up where she got the pin from so that I could give them credit...It was from itsybelle.blogspot.com
Here is the FREE file you can use in Silhouette Studio.  Click on the image below to DOWNLOAD.
  The tags below were created using a picture she gave me from Pinterest.

Click on the image below to DOWNLOAD

I made this sign so that all his friends could sign a "Birthday" baseball.  It says "Please Autograph Hunter's Birthday Ball!"
 I hope that this will help some of you that are planning Summer Baseball Parties!

 Thanks for Stopping by!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Couple of Digital Scrapbook Pages

Here are a few Digi Scrapbook Pages I'v been working on.  I first learned about Digital Scrapbooking because I literally didn't have anywhere to put all my traditional scrapbook supplies. 

I live in a very small home, with very little space.  When I would decide to scrap, it would take me a while to gather it all up from closets, kitchen cabinets (yes...I said kitchen cabinets), under the bed, etc.  I would stick it anywhere I could find a spot.  By the time I would gather it up and pop a movie in for the boys, it would be time for lunch.  By the time I cleaned that up, played with them and maybe squeeze a page in, it was time for dinner.  Of course the table would be covered and I would have to push it off to the side.   One day I just decided it was just way to messy and time consuming, not to mention could get VERY expensive....I put it away.

After many months going by doing no crafting or scrapbooking at all, I had to find something that I enjoyed.  One day it hit me....With all the technology out there,  I just knew there had to be something out there that I could enjoy and that wouldn't take very much space.   decided to sit down and do some surfing.  Not only did I find out about Digital Scrapbooking, I also found out how to crochet, blog and later hybrid crafting and scrapbooking. 

Now my boys are grown and I have been working on turning my oldest son's room into a craft room.   Even though, I have never really gotten back into traditional scrapbooking, I have decided to start making some more digital pages.

So here ya go!  My layouts.  I do have a few things to learn about, like the Washi Tape looking more realistic and things like that.  But overall, I really enjoyed doing these pages and much more to learn.  Thanks to all Miss Mint and all the girls at Peppermint Creative.

This one I just done last night.  It's of my oldest son, Chris and his newest puppy, Clyde.  He's a Piebald Longhaired dachshund.  Oh my goodness is he spoiled.  I have never seen a dog so attached to someone as this little guy is.  One of the other dogs in the picture is Sadie. He bought and he left her with me for a while. (He's a welder and travels) Well now she is mine.  I'm totally in love with her. (Yeah, I can't believe it either)  She is a pit bull and is the sweetest dog ever.
 This page is of my youngest son, Chance and his sweet girlfriend, Schyler.  They are sooo cute together.  I hope to have more pages soon because Prom is almost here.  I'm trying hard not to think much about it because it is his Senior year and the last to leave the nest.  This make me very sad.

I used Photoshop Elements 10 (I want the newest version) and all digital kits from Peppermint Creative.

Hope you enjoyed them and if you have any questions, please feel free to email or message me.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hippity Hoppity....

Easter is on its way!!  I just finished this fun Easter treat.  I'm suppose to be working on taxes, but who wants to do that?!?  It was sleeting like crazy earlier and now it's snowing again.  I'm not a fan of the cold at all.....  So I'm going to grab a cup of coffee and blog.  

These are very fun and easy to make.

I made a simple tag in the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.  To do all the embellishing I used paper and digital elements from the Speckled Egg Kit- Brights from Peppermint Creative.
I used the print and cut feature.
Add pop dots for dimension.
Apply to the tag.  Finish by adding the rest of the elements. 
Fill the box with candy and tie the tag to the box.
These would make fun Easter Treats for "Big" and "Little" kids!
Here is the set I used to make these cuties!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 24, 2014

How Cute Is This?!?!

I LOOOOVE this kit from Peppermint Creative!! Well, I love all them, but you have to go and check this really adorable kit out!  Can you tell I'm really excited about this kit?

How fun is this for making hybrid crafts for baby showers, baby gifts, party favors, invites, "Thank You's", the list goes on and on.  It's not only great for hybrids (which of course, is my favorite) but it's PERFECT for all those "sleepy" baby pics (and "sleepy" parent pics too...hehe).

I love all the digital elements....the little bear, the plaid stars, the little cloud, the moon, the sheep...Oh man, did I say "I LOVE this kit"!?!   And the papers...the papers are so stinkin' cute.


Here are some of the projects that I have done with the Goodnight Sleep Tight digital kit.  I even made a scrapbook page!!

 This is one of my favorites.  Tiny little boxes with cloud cut-outs! 
I cut the boxes out with my Silhouette Cameo.  I did a "print and cut" with the little bear and cloud.

This embellishment was also done using the "print and cut" feature with my Silhouette.  You can see the same embellishment used as a tag below.

Punch a little whole in the top and hang it off your gift bag or wrap it around a cute blanket!

Isn't this card just adorable?  I used the welding tool in the Silhouette Studio Designer software to make this card.  (Tutorial to come soon.)

Not sure if you noticed, but I REALLY love the little bear and clouds.  New challenge to me...Use the other elements out of the kit!!  I'll have to come back and show you what I come up with.

Oh and I almost forgot, my scrapbook page!

Made by: Me :)

Check this page out by "shutterspeed" (design team member for Peppermint Creative)

How cute is this?

You can check out more in the Peppermint Creative gallery HERE.

And.........if you are into LIP (Live in Pictures) pages, you will LOVE these LIP KITs that match this set. 

Here is a really cute LIP page made with this kit:
Also designed by "Shutterspeed"


Thanks for stopping by my little cyber craft spot!



Monday, February 17, 2014

What a Beautiful Day it is Today!!!

Finally, some warmer weather.  It's been a really cold winter, too cold for me!!  I don't care for the heat either, but today.....today is awesome!  Oh and it's even better because I'm off today for President's Day! 

The next holiday is St. Patrick's Day!  All I really know about St. Patrick's Day is that you have to wear green so that you don't get pinched!   I also know that is was originally started with the Roman Catholic's and that day all food and alcohol consumption is lifted.   I don't know about you, but I can see that being VERY dangerous.  It's probably a good thing, it's not celebrated here like it is in Ireland!!!

 Here is a project to celebrate St. Patty's Day! 

This project was made with the Miso Lucky Kit and Chevron and Solid Papers v.01 from Peppermint Creative.  I also did a print and cut with my most favorite tool ever, my Silhouette Cameo!  I don't know what I would do without it!

Here is a close-up of the tag.  I bought the tag from the Silhouette store.  I also did a trace on the shamrock and added pop dots for more dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope everyone has a GREAT week!

Sunday, February 9, 2014


Valentine's Day Card

I made this cute card using Peppermint Creative digital elements and papers.
Also used a Silhouette cutting file for the envelope and matching insert.


I used the Candy Kisses Elements and Papers from Peppermint Creative

Candy Kisses Elements


Candy Kisses Papers
Used my Silhouette Cameo's "Print & Cut" feature to print and cut out all the pieces for my card and envelope with matching insert. 
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Valentine's Day Treat Bag Tutorial

Painted vinyl stencil
Valentine’s Day Treat Bags
By: Tanya Alley
I painted up these adorable treat bags for Valentine’s Day. As promised I wrote up a quick tutorial to show you how I did it.
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Supplies:Sweet Cheeks Elements
Linked Shaped Mats v.o1
Round Countdown Numbers
Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine
Transfer Paper
Muslin Treat Bags
Weeding Tool
Scrapper tool (or old credit card)
Acrylic Paint
Sponge Brush
Here’s how I did it:
Step 1: Select your pattern, I used the digital elements from the digitial kits listed above to make my bags, But you can also create a design in Photoshop or other designing software and cut it out with your cutting machine . Weed the vinyl with your weed tool.
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Step 2: Apply the transfer tape and use your scrapper tool to make sure that the transfer tape is down really good.
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If you don’t have a scrapper tool, an old credit card will do the trick.
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Step 3: Apply to your bag and carefully remove the transfer tape.
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Step 4: Now dab your paint brush into the paint and apply to the bag.  Be careful not to put too much paint on at one time.
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Step 5: Let it dry completely and then remove the vinyl.
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There you have it!  Fill your bags with some small treats of your choice and dress it up with a little matching ribbon. Great for class treats or for a dinner party!
Give it a try –
Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Just A Little Catching Up Post!

Sorry, for not posting in a couple of weeks.  You know how the Holidays can be so hectic.  Well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.   I can't believe there is only ONE day left to 2013.  I just wanted to post some photos of things I made for Christmas...yes I know I'm a little (well...ALOT) late.  What's that saying?...."Better Late than NEVER"

Cozy Christmas ElementsCozy Christmas Papers 
I used the following sets from Peppermint Creative:
The bag cutting file was purchased from the Silhouette online store.
This is a gift that I gave to a crafty friend of mine.  Anyone that has a Silhouette machine could use a new cartridge, right?  I nailed it, she loved it.
This cute tag was done with the following sets:
Jolly Gingerbread Elements
I used the gingerbread man that is not decorated.  It's not shown in the picture but it is listed in the kit details here.
The background paper is from the new Christmas set, Holiday Hodge Podge digital papers.
Holiday Hodge Podge Papers
Close up of the tag.  I added these cute little red jingle bells that I got from Hobby Lobby.

This cute gift sack was made using those two sets state above.  I made his buttons using the peppermint from the same set.  The gift bag cut file is found at the Silhouette Online store.

I also made this really cute card.  I may use this for my card next year, since I didn't get one made this year. 

For this little gift box, I used the Candy Cane Christmas digital papers and the Candy Cane digital element pack.
 I got the little box cutting file from the Silhouette Online Store.  It's the perfect size for a nail polish
Candy Cane Christmas PapersCandy Cane Christmas Elements

I made this gift box from a new Christmas from Peppermint Creative called Jolly Holiday
Jolly Holiday Elements
I made this floating ornament like the ones I posted earlier this month (find them here).  I used the apple from the Peppermint Creative set Little Learner.
 Little Learner Kit
There ya have it. 
Now it's time to scrap all those great Christmas photos so stop by Peppermint Creative to see all the Christmas sets used above and more.