Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Easter Milk Carton Caddy

Since Easter will be here before we know it, I have been getting ready by making a cute caddy that will hold four milk cartons filled with Easter goodies.

My Scrap Chick Files Used

#10 from Caddy Essentials

Other Materials Used

Embossed Brights by Craft Smith
Chick Glitter Cardstock by DCWV
Light Pink Small Dots by Coredinations
Light Green Small Dots by Coredinations
Light Pink Stripe by Coredinations
Baby Girl Double Sided Cardstock by Cloud 9 Design
Other Cardstock by Recollections
4 one inch green paper flowers
4 one inch pink paper flowers
3/8 inch yellow floral ribbon by Reel Ribbon
"Happy Easter" stamp from Stampin Up
Tape runner, glue and foam tape

Keeping all the caddy pieces grouped together, I made two caddys, each at 11.75 inches high, using the Embossed Brights. They were attached together using glue and tape runner, paper clipping them together while they dried. I made the mat by the handle by duplicating the base then using the slice feature on my Explore to get just the back piece. I made two of these pieces and four side mats from the Chick Glitter Cardstock. The side mats were attached 3/8 inch up from the bottom. Tape runner was put on the back of the ribbon and it was wrapped around the bottom of the caddy, and the ends were glued in place.

I made two pink dotted milk cartons and two green milk cartons each sized at 10.5 inches wide.(Make sure to keep all pieces grouped together.) The striped papers were added around the tops. After the cartons were filled, I stapled the tops closed and hid the staple with a flower, attached with glue dots, on each side.

The circle tags are 1 3/4 inches in diameter. They are stamped with a Happy Easter stamp from Stampin Up. The little chick on the tag is 1 3/4 inches tall. The chicks on the caddy are about 2 1/4 inch tall by 3 1/2 inches wide. The heads of all the chicks were attached with foam tape to give dimension. The finished paper piecings were also attached to the cartons and caddy with foam tape.

The finished caddy is 5 1/2 inches square and 5 3/4 inches tall. Each milk carton is 2 1/2 inches square by 5 inches tall. The caddy is super strong and easily holds the four milk cartons filled with candy.

I love how this project turned out. My son's family has four members so I think they will be getting this sweet caddy for Easter. (If I don't break into the candy first.) Give this project a try; it was so easy and fun! Please leave a comment; I'd love to know what you think. Happy Crafting! 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Carrot Love Easel Card

Before we know it Easter will be here, so I thought I'd make a Easter Easel card for my "Anything Goes" project for Digital Delights by Louby Loo.

I used Easter Egg Easel Card  Cut File for the card base 

and images from Carrot Love Set .

Card Recipe

All DD Stamps Used: Carrot Love Set

Cardstock and Papers: Images printed on Spectrum Noir Cardstock by Crafter's Companion, printed cardstock from DCWV, lavender cardstock from Recollections

Markers Used: Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

Acc./ Embellishments: White pearls in two sizes, 3/4 inch wide lace and ribbon trim, 1 inch purple ribbon, 3/4 inch purple paper flowers and green leaves, adhesive and foam tape

Special Technique: Using the Easter Egg Easel Card file, make the card so it sits 6 inches high. The main scalloped circle is 4 1/2 inches.

The Easter Egg image is 3 3/4 inches tall, the bunny is 3 inches, the border is about 1 by 4 1/8 inches. The sentiment is 1 by 1 3/4 inches. I adjusted the mat behind it to fit.

The trims were added as shown, then the pearls were added. The images were added with foam tape to give the card dimension. Last, I added the purple flowers and leaves. 

Color Palette

Bunny: IG 1, 2, 4, blender
Inner Ear /Cheeks: CR 1, 2
Carrots: BO 1, 2, 3, BG 2, 3
Leaves: DG 1, 2
Flowers: PL 1, 3
Egg: PL 1, 3, CT 2, 4

I hope you liked my little card! I'd love to hear from you.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Pretty Initials

HI! I have two beautiful granddaughters who are as different as day is to night, but one thing they agree on is they both love the color pink. I decided to make each girl a decorative initial that portrayed their individual personalities.

I used the 3 D Alphabet Pop Up Letters  and a 24 inch mat and my Cricut Explore to make my 8 inch letters, but you could use the new Big 3 D Pop Up Letters instead.

3D Alphabet Pop Up Letters : click to enlarge   Big 3D Pop Up Letter FULL SET: click to enlarge

My youngest granddaughter loves her bling and is a huge kitty lover. I used a number of MSC files for her letter.


Cat's Life by MSC
Leaf Designs By MSC
"Khloe Lane Paisley" paper by The Paper Studio
Yellow, light pink, pink, green and white cardstock by Recollections
Pink striped paper (source unknown)
white tagboard
1 inch metal hanging letters
light pink ribbon
2 inch white lace
pink crystal bling
large yellow bling sticker for the flower
adhesive, glue dots and foam tape

I used a 12 by 24 inch piece of tagboard to make my letter base so the letter would be about 8 inches tall. You could use the Big 3 D Pop Up Letters instead. The Khloe Lan Paisley was used for the outside of the letter and the pink striped paper was used for the inside.

I added the 2 inch white lace to the left side and on the bottom of the right leg of the "K", then added a string of pink crystals to the center of each. I used the same crystals to make a swirl at the upper right.


The metal letters were strung onto the 1/4 inch wide pink ribbon and strung across the letter. a 3 1/2 inch hanging kitty was added to the ribbon. A 2 inch nesting flower and leaf sprigs were added to the bottom right.

   My eldest granddaughter is a big owl fan so I added an owl scene to her initial.


Flower Combo by MSC
Leaf Designs By MSC
Night Owls by MSC
white tagboard
"Pink Paisley" paper by Recollections
Pink striped paper (source unknown)
Light pink, bright pink, dark pink, white, black, yellow, light green cardstock by Recollections
1/2 inch wide ivory, lace and ribbon trim
dark pink pearl trim
1/4 inch wide ivory and pink/black ribbon
Small alphabet tag stickers from "Nostalgiques" by Rebecca Sower

The "A" was also made from tagboard at about 8 inches. The paisley print was used on the outside and the stripe was used on the inside.

A strip of the ivory, lace and ribbon trim was added across the middle bar. The alphabet letters for her name were added in a curve across the top, and dark pink pearls were added above the letters following the same curve. The pearls were also added to the bottom of each leg of the "A."

I made five daisies ranging in size from 3/4 inch to 2 inches and added them to the left side, along with two leaf sprigs. A 2 1/2 inch owl was added among the flowers.

As a final touch a bow was made from the ivory and pink/black ribbons and added to the top left corner of the "A."

I hope you liked my letter decorations. They were super easy and fun to make. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. 

Have a great day! ~Shirley

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Darla Duck Dutch Gate Card

Today is New Release Day at Digital Delights at Louby Loo and I am sharing a Dutch Gate Card using "Darla Duck Set" and "Splashes of Spring Papers."

Card Recipe

All DD Stamps Used: Darla Duck Set

Cardstock and Papers: "Splashes of Spring Papers" from Digital Delights, "Modern Millinary Signature Paper" by COLORBOK, cardstock by Recollections, dotted paper from stash

Markers Used: Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

Acc./ Embelishments: 1/4 inch pink dotted ribbon

Special Technique:

I created the card base in Design Space.
Here is the Design Space file link.


Duck: CT 2, 4
Beak: OR 1, 2, 3, CR 10
Pinks: MG 1, 2
Greens: DG 1, 2

I hope you like my little card. If so, or if you have a question, I'd love to hear from you. Have a great day! 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

March Planner Pages

I think I have caught the planner bug! Today I would like to share my March planner pages using files from My Scrap Chick.

My Scrap Chick Files Used

DIY Planner Pockets Horizontal
DIY Planner Markers
Lucky Rainbow Bears
Four Leaf Clover Trio

For the border on the left side of the first page I used the sign from 
"Lucky Rainbow Bears." The sign is 2 3/4 inches tall. I used  the "DIY Planner Bookmark" file and my Cricut Explore to create a shopping list. 

The second page was created using the "DIY Planner Pockets Horizontal" file. I used the sun and cloud and the bear with wagon from "Lucky Rainbow Bears" to accent the planner pocket page. The bear is 3 1/2 inches tall and the sun and cloud are about 2 1/2 by 3 3/4 inches. I added a 6 1/2 inch long border to the top and bottom of the page using "4 Leaf Clover Trio." I also added a "Coupons" label to the pocket.

Other Products Used

Embossed Brights by Craft Smith
Colored Cardstock from Recollections
Printed Cardstock from my scrap stash
Stickers from Making Memories

Here are pictures of the My Scrap Chick files used.   
DIY Planner BookmarksLucky Rainbow Bears: click to enlarge                                      4 Leaf Clover Trio: click to enlarge                                  DIY Planner Pockets Horizontal: click to enlarge
   They can be found here:
and here:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ice Skating Bears

We are having a marvelous February thaw, but I'm sure Mother Nature has plenty more winter weather in store for us here in the U.P. of Michigan. Today I am sharing an ice skate decoration using files from My Scrap Chick.

For this project I used the "3D Ice Skate" file and " Ice Skating Bears."

Ice Skating Bears3D Ice Skate: click to enlarge

Let's start with the skate.


Sturdy cardstock in white, gray and black
2 feet of ribbon or cord
lace and bead decoration
1 1/2 inch wide eyelet lace
Burlap and lace trim
large eyelets
Glue and tape runner
Paper clips

1. Cut out all your pieces. I know it looks like a lot of pieces, but a great tutorial is included in your download, so follow the tutorial and take your time.

2. I added large eyelets to the lace area, but this is optional. 

3. Follow the tutorial to complete the skate. I use a combination of adhesive runner and glue. (The adhesive holds things together while the glue dries.) I also use paper clips to help hold things together while the glue dries.

4. When the skate is complete, lace up the front with ribbon or cord, then glue the tongue in place. Glue the lace and bead trim to the side.

5. Wrap the eyelet lace around the top of the skate and glue the overlap in the back. Wrap the burlap and lace trim around the top of the skate covering the top of the eyelet lace and glue in the back. 

Now we will work on the flowers and Ice Skating Bears. 


4 flower sprigs - 2 blue/purple and 2 white (I got mine from the Dollar Store.)
Round floral foam (I got mine from the Dollar Store.)
Snowflake stickers - 1/2 inch to 1 inch
 Wire that is sturdy enough to support the snowmen
Cardstock in purple, green and aqua
Patterned cardstock scraps
White glitter cardstock by Recollections
Double stick tape and glue

1. The bears are made from glitter cardstock and are about 3 1/2 inches tall. I duplicated each bear pattern and reversed it horizontally so there would be a bear to use for a back on each one. The hats and scarves are made using patterned cardstock scraps.

2. Put the bear front together then turn it over. Cut a 12 inch piece of wire and attach it to the back using double stick tape. Construct the back image of the bear on top lining up the pieces. Paperclip together while the glue dries. Repeat this for each bear. Make snowflake sprigs by putting two same sized snowflakes back to back sandwiching the wire in between.

3. I bought a round piece of floral foam from the Dollar Store and put it inside the skate wedging it in place with pieces of tagboard. I pulled the flowers apart into separate wire sprigs. These were arranged into the bouquet and the bears and snowflakes were added between the flowers. 

I hope you enjoyed this project tutorial. If you did, I'd love to hear from you. Have a great day! ~ Shirley

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ouch Sweeney

I have a Sister-In-Law who just had knee surgery so I needed a special "Speedy Recovery" card. "The "Ouch Sweeney Set" was perfect for this card.

You can find the file here:

                                 Ouch Sweeney Set


All DD Stamps Used: Ouch Sweeney Set

Cardstock & Papers: Ouch Sweeney Paper, cardstock from Recollections, image printed on Spectrum Noir cardstock from Crafter's Companion

Markers Used: Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

Acc./ Embellishments: Band-aid from cricut

Special Technique:

The card is created on a 5 inch square card base. The black mat is 4 5/8 inches square and the orange mat is 4 1/2 inches square. The smaller black mat is 3 1/8 by 4 5/8, and the band-aid mat is 2 7/8 by 4 5/8 inches. The rounded mats behind the image are approximately 3 7/8 by 2 7/8 and 3 5/8 by 2 5/8. 

The band-aid is from cricut and is 2 1/4 inches long.

The sentiment is about 2 inches long and mounted on black which was hand cut around the shape. Sweeney was printed at 3 1/4 inches. He was mounted to the card using foam tape.

Color Palette

Sweeney: BGR 1, 3, 5
Face: BGR1 and blender
Ears and Nose: CR1, 6
Band-aid and Crutches: TN1, 2, GB4
Cast: BT1 and blender
Shoes: BT1, 2, 4, PL 1, 2, 3

I hope you enjoyed my card. If so, please leave a comment since I love hearing what you think.