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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Paper Popsicles How To: Two Drawer Box

Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.netHappy Sunday!! I've posted the instructions on How To create the A2 Card and Envelope box over at Paper Popsicles!

You'll need to be a member to view the post. You really should check them out. They are a very friendly community of crafters and Paper Popsicles is still having their July sale so it's a great time to check out the store.

Hope you have a wonderful day! See you all in a week!Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net


  • Cricut Expression machine, Design Studio and Plantin Schoolbook cartridge
  • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
  • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.
  • Not baby bug compatible due to size
  • Patterned papers from Paper Popsicles: Penelope's Potpourri Breezy Blooms, Lush Lines, Perfect Petals (SEI)
  • Cardstock: teal (DCWV); Black( The Paper Co.); White (Georgia Pacific)
  • Black Ribbon: Target $1 isle
  • Buttons: Walmart sewing area
  • Cotton String
  • Crystal Effects (Stampin Up!)
  • Adhesive: ATG, Zots
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. 

Tricia created a terrific version of this box using the PaperPopsicles August Kit. Click here to check it out! It's adorable. Thanks for sharing Tricia!

Family in town...

Hey everyone,
My sis and her family are coming for a week-long visit starting today. I will probably not be online as much this week. Feel free to send requests but please understand I may not be responding to emails until next week after my guests have left.

Thank you for understanding!

Also.... for those of you waiting for a tutorial on the 2-drawer A2 card box, I'll be posting it today. I cut if by hand first and will work on a DS file for it soon.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Friday, July 17, 2009

NEW DS font/cart update

DS released another cartridge library update today. If you updated your cartridge list a few days ago like I did, you'll want to go and update it again.

If you need a quick tutorial on how to do it you can pop over to the LetMeShowYou blog and check out the step-by-step pic-torial posted there.

Also, a few have asked about the cute box I created for yesterday's post. No worries... a tutorial for that is coming shortly. :)

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Where did you find those Cute Buttons??

Hey everyone,
Just created a new How To for Paper Popsicles. The project turned out super cute, if I do say so myself. (*wink*)

You'll have to check it out here - - How To: Create your own Designer Buttons

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Free Photo Editing Software

Ok... I need to make this quick because this offer is only good for another 10 hrs...

Free Aurora Photo Editing Software (regularly $19.95)
Use this code at checkout to get the discount: Free24

Discount coupon is only good until 7/16 at 9:15AM (Eastern)

BIG thanks to Carrie at Money Saving Methods for this tip!!


ARRRRGH! Don't you hate it when you're editing something and {*Zap!*} you delete the wrong thing??!! And of course it's not reversible.

Well, I had my Cuttlebug Spot contest post on my blog for all to see. I was doing a bit of housecleaning on my blog and found a draft post of something else that I had already posted ... I thought I clicked "Delete" on the correct post. NOPE! (These old eyes of mine ... )

So, in order to stay in the contest, I'm putting the contest information back on my blog even though the contest is now closed. They reached their 1,000 followers goal at a record pace! {Go figure!}

Stay tuned.... They will be announcing the winner on July 20th!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Blog Hop winner!

I wanted to give everyone a big THANK YOU Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.netfor participating this last weekend in the Paper Popsicles blog hop. It was a ton of fun! And I hope you enjoyed the eye candy! There were some great projects, don't you think?

We promised prizes. It's time to deliver. Each of us had our own personal drawing from those that left us messages on our blogs.

Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.netThe winner from my blog is {...drum roll, pleeeeeeze...}

Congrats Lora! Please log into the Paper Popsicles message board and send a private message to Melissa and let her know you were the winner from my blog. She will send your prize to you!!!

Thank you again...We all had such a great time that we hope to do another blog hop again really soon!

Sunday, July 12, 2009


About a year ago I was asked to help a friend (Tammy?) with a Bunko or Bunco creation. She was creating a bouquet for her table top. She wanted a couple dice to go with her welded words. So, I created this:

Then a few days ago my friend Donna wanted a box that could be decorated to look like a die to put snacks and treats in. So I created one for her.

Donna has posted some great pics of the items all cut out. You can check them out here (dice in photo holders) and here (dice boxes)!

Thanks Donna for sharing!!


  • Flat, decorative dice were created using George
  • Dice boxes were created using George and Plantin
  • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files.

    Saturday, July 11, 2009

    Paper Popsicles Blog Hop!!

    Paper Popsicles is having it's first ever blog hop, so you'll be asked to hop from blog to blog featuring yummy eye candy with a summer theme...and of course what's eye candy without a little blog candy...so just leave a comment before you hop along to the next blog and you just might pick up a prize!!! Each blog will feature a secret word...these words needs to be collected and then put together to form a phrase. This phrase will then need to be emailed to paperpopsicles@gmail.com by Sunday night, July 12 at midnight Central time to be eligible for our grand prize.

    So......lets get started!!!

    If you are joining me from Valerie's blog, great!! You are hopping right along. But, if you just stumbled upon my blog...you won't want to miss a thing, so hop on over to the Paper Popsicles blog to get you started.

    When I started thinking about the blog hop theme,
    I reflected back on ny youth and remembered that when I was my son's age, nothin' said summer fun than having my friends over for an outside play date of running through the sprinklers and fun fruity flavored drinks and jell-o. It's so easy to dress up some basic punch by throwing in some sliced fruit. And adding simple umbrellas/parasols to parfaits.

    For my project I started by creating these fun cards using the card template from
    PaperPopsicles. I created additional layers using my software and the digital design of the lemonade glass.

    I used vellum cardstock to create the base of the card, then used various papers to create the different juice, straw and slice of fruit. I also used vellum to create the ice cubes.

    Then to give the card a real "Glass of Lemonade" appearance I created a glass layer out of a piece of transparency/acetate. Then I ran it through my Cuttlebug using an embossing folder to give it more dimension. I think you might be able to see the lines in the picture below:

    Here's another view from above.

    I know you probably can't tell, but the fruit slice has a slit in it and is attached to the acetate layer only. Also, the straw layer is woven through the ice cubes so that some will be in front and others will be behind it. A few more accent details: First, I took a stylus and used it to etch the white lines in the vellum on the glass and on the ice cubes. And I used my markers to add more color to the fruit, shadow to the juice and ice cubes and stripes to the straws.

    Then, I decided to make a box. How cute would it be to receive this Lemonade card on the front of a small package of drink mixes?

    Then I thought, I wonder how my box would work as a holder for the note cards. Near perfect if you ask me. (*wink*) Here are two pics - One with the box closed, one with the box open showing the pocket holding the cards inside. (Yes, those are the straws poking out at the top right.)

    So, whether you decide to send/give a small note by itself or give it as a gift set these fun shaped cards are the bomb!!

    Did you know that the Paper Popsicles blog features a new card challenge every Wednesday?
    Did you know that every month we have weekly theme challenges hosted on our message board?
    Did you know that we have a monthly sketch challenge?
    Did you know that we hold auditions each month for our next guest designer....details can be found on our message board!!!
    Have you seen the kits in the store? Did you see there is one main kit, two mini-kits, and a card kit each month?
    Have you been over to see the design team and guest designer's galleries to see their amazing work done with the fabulous products offered in the Paper Popsicles store?

    Now...for my secret word...it is

    Before you hop on over there...be sure to leave me a comment here so you are entered into the drawing here on my blog....

    Next...be sure to keep on hopping and collecting words for your secret phrase by checking out Stacey's blog next...

    Don't forget to send an email with the secret phrase to paperpopsicles@gmail.com at the end of the blog hop....and good luck!

    Oh, and if you're interested in more blog hop fun, you'll be interested in the Scavenger Hunt that's going on at the Message Board and Gallery.


    • Cricut Machine and cartridge: George and Plantin Schoolbook
    • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
    • Also available in PDF or SVG format. Let me know if this is what you need.
    • Software: Design Studio (ProvoCraft)
    • Patterned Paper from Paper Popsicles: On the Vine (Cherry Arte)
    • Ribbon: Funky Stripe (Michael's)
    ** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. 

    • Cricut Machine and cartridge: George
    • Software: Design Studio (ProvoCraft) - no cut file. See explanation below
    • Patterned Paper from Paper Popsicles: Vanilla Vintage-Sprig (Cherry Arte), On the Vine (Cherry Arte)
    • How To: I cut a 6" circle. Used my scissors to cut a slit to the center. Overlapped the two edges of the circle and adhered into place to make a slight cone shape. Cut a skewer down to size and put it inside the glass. Balanced the umbrella shape on top.

    Friday, July 10, 2009

    A 15-minute challenge

    I have been out all day with my son. We went across town (an hour away) so my son could play with one of his friends from school. He had such a great time he didn't want to come home. We've made plans to hopefully get together next week too on our side of the valley.

    Anyway..... I was going through my email and found a "1 hour challenge" at SNR and thought sure, why not! I'll play along. Even though the challenge started 45 minutes ago. To quote Mr Incredible, "Yeah, I've got time."

    Sadly I missed the deadline by 8 minutes but I am still pretty happy with the results. My whole cricut machine and paraphernalia was all put away (preparing for house guests) so I just had to use what ever was out on my craft table.

    I've been wanting to do something with this cute watermelon ribbon since i snatched it from the $1 bin. (Today is the day!) The watermelon was traced using a bolt of ribbon then cut in half. Red layer (yes, I know it looks pink but it's really red) was created the same way but then trimmed down to fit inside the green. Black Sharpie was used to create the seeds and a white gel pen to highlight them and to doodle a line around the red layer of the watermelon.

    I used a silver Sharpie to write "summer time" over and over around the border of the green mat. A black pen to write "thinking of you" on the tag.

    It's not the best card I've ever made but sometimes I just have to prove to myself that I can create something fun in a short period of time.

    • Cardstock: Green (DCWV texture stack), Green (DCWV Glitter stack), Red(DCWV texture stack), Orange (DCWV texture stack), White (George Pacific)
    • Ribbon: Michael's
    • Markers: Black (Sharpie), Silver (Sharpie)
    • Pen: White gel pen, black ball point
    • Cuttlebug and embossing folder (Swiss dot)

    Wednesday, July 8, 2009

    Big News!

    Paper Popsicles is having it's first ever blog hop this Saturday!

    I hope you'll make time to join us. There will be lots of opportunities to win prizes and plenty of fun! Today I am spending the day creating my project for the event, which will start at the PaperPopsicles blog.

    See you there!!

    Next..... Paper Popsicles has their new Card Challenge posted. This week it's another great card sketch by Amy. I just love her creativity! Here is the sketch:

    I hope you'll be able to participate. Here is how it works: Each Wednesday a new challenge will be posted on the PaperPopsicles blog. Create a fabulous NEW card based on the challenge and use the Mr. Linky below the post with a direct link to your card. The challenge will end on Tuesday evenings at 12 AM EST. All cards entered will be eligible for a prize. A random winner will be selected on Wednesdays. The winning card, artist's name, and blog (if applicable) will be featured for that week at Paper Popsicles plus they will also win a fun little prize.

    Dont' forget: Deadline for this sketch is Tuesday at midnight.

    Sunday, July 5, 2009


    My friend Misty needed a 4x6 puzzle. I used the pieces from the My Community cartridge to create this for her:

    Remember this card?

    I sent it to my local SU stampin/crafting goddess, Diana when I requested the new catalog. And (*WOW!*) she posted it on her blog! Thanks Di!! you're the best!

    OK.... I'm off. Places to go. Stuff to do. Things to make. Hope you all have a great day!!

    • Puzzle created using Cricut DesignStudio and My Community cartridge
    • CUT FILE: ** Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file you want when you purchase.
      ** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files. 

      Saturday, July 4, 2009

      Happy Independence Day!!

      Today is July 4th - the day we celebrate our Independence. The day we celebrate our freedom. Freedom to worship. Freedom to create. Freedom to live. Freedom is a beautiful thing!

      Whether you celebrate today around friends and family, enjoying a picnic or a parade, I hope you all have a wonderful day!

      Last night I put together another shape card using a digital design from Paper Popsicles.

      If you get the chance to make one I'm fairly certain you will be hooked! They are so fun!
      To get the color change on the Cone I put Versamark ink on my embossing folder before putting my kraft paper inside and running it through my Cuttlebug. It's fab! It put the ink in each of the little debosses squares so I didn't have to do it by hand. LOVE that technique! I did the same technique on the green and lavender papers but the color difference doesn't show as well as on the Kraft paper.

      And combining basic cardstocks with my Cuttlebug Embossing Folders... such a wow factor!!

      • Cricut machine
      • Software: Photoshop6, Inkscape, SureCutsALot (SCAL)
      • Digital Design: Ice Cream Cone (PaperPopsicles)
      • Papers: Kraft cardstock (PaperTreyInk); white, lavender and light aqua (ValuePack)
      • Striped paper: DCWV mat stack
      • Ink: Versamark ink pad and marker
      • Cuttlebug Embossing Folders: D'vine Swirl, Tiny Mosaic, Spot & Dots
      • Ribbon: Target $1 isle
      • Glaze: Crystal Effects
      Please note: no cut file available. You will find a How To on how I make my shape cards using digital designs at the Paper Popsicles message board.