this+that: christmas

November 29th, 2010|digital shapes, this and that|


The This & That Christmas kit is here!

As I said, I think I was in touch with my inner Dr. Seuss. Got some quirky things going on. :) I did try to refrain from “snow” references on this one for those who don’t have a “white christmas” (hey, that makes me in the mood to watch that movie ) . . . but the window did sneak its way in.
It’s not too obvious though.
Here’s a few close up shots:

Here’s a few tips on putting this together:
  1. Stack of Presents. All the backing pieces are identified in the cut file. Start adhering them at the top of the present stack and work your way down. Once the presents are together, adhere the “Do Not Open” tag to the top right corner and tie a white string around the ensemble. Then, adhere to the background
  2. Santa Clothes. Adhere (on the backside) a white string along the top of the background–making the left side slightly lower than the right side. Use your own black cardstock to cut tiny strips in various quirky sizes to use as clothespins. This is meant to be uneven so let go of your OCD.
  3. Gingerbread House. Use a button or rhinestone for the door knob.
  4. Present. (bottom-ish-left). Use ribbon to tie around the cardstock to make it look like a present. The ribbon style that tickled my fancy is from American Crafts, however, it was not conducive to making an easy tight-knotted bow. The trick? Glue Dots!
  5. Ornament. Used an actual ornament hook. I think y’all might have a few of those around right now, eh? ;) And while you can use the ornament without backing it (the red background shows through), if you’d rather add a different color, simply Ungroup and move the inside shapes of the ornament out of the way and you’ve got a backing piece.
  6. Dear Santa. Use a 1/16″ hole punch to add holes to the top of the notebook paper. Use scissors to slice from edge to hole. Rip and bend the top to make it look like you ripped it out of a notebook. Print postmark on a transparency.
  7. As usual, I always recommend double-cutting your images using Copy and Paste, especially when working with the more delicate or small images.
You can use this with Cricut, Silhouette, or any digital craft cutter that can use SVG/DXF  files. Don’t have a digital cutter? No worries, you can also create it digitally. For information on how to do that, refer to this post HERE.

It’s pretty close to the same as the other two kits as far as how it comes. I will do the usual break down along with all the tips in my next post.

technical difficulties

November 29th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Oh boy. I haven’t made a new kit since I got my Mac–and by that I mean, cut and save all the files. Additionally, the new Silhouette Studio does not import files.


Back to the PC.

Um . . . yeah, that kind of posed a wee bit of a problem in making sure everything was ready to go this weekend.

I had every intention . . . and then had high hopes, but alas, the switching of computers did not allow me to complete my tasks in the time at hand.

It will be up tomorrow though.

I apologize for the delay.

I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing holiday weekend!

so very grateful

November 24th, 2010|Uncategorized|

thanksgiving is tomorrow.

i can hardly believe it.

i’m so very grateful for my loving family, my good friends, and all you wonderful readers.

i’m grateful for good health.

i’m grateful for a son sacrificing two years of his life to preach the gospel.

i’m grateful for turkey and stuffing made by the in-laws.i’m grateful for my mac.

i am grateful for a distant cousin who has gone to all the work of gathering family history and is just this very minute sharing links to all the family albums. sooooo very excited about that. and what perfect timing during this week of thanks giving.

and i am grateful that the christmas kit will be done by the end of the week!

i feel like i’m getting in touch with my inner dr. seuss on this kit.

here’s a little peek at a couple shapes.

i hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

get stuffed! i know i will. :)

they’re baaaaa-aaack….

November 19th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Behold, the Cadbury Christmas treats.

These delightful little balls of chocolatey goodness are back in stores.

I need more of these like I need another hole in my head.
Let the weight begin.

quincee’s boutique

November 17th, 2010|Uncategorized|

If you are a local gal, you might want to check out 
This girl’s got style!
And even if you aren’t local-local, but continental-US local, you can do phone orders.
She’s has sales on Thursdays, so be sure to check out all the details
 and amazing photos (by Miss Loni Stevens) of all the goodies!
Oh, and did I mention she’s doing a giveaway??? (hee hee) . . . that’s the best part!
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the TUESDAY freebie

November 16th, 2010|freebies|

As promised, a freebie. I know, it’s not Friday, but heck, it’s still free, right? ;)

Seeing all those sunflowers this fall just made me happy. Hopefully this will make you happy too. To download it, just click HERE.

And have you heard the news? Becky Higgins is showing a sneak peek of this year’s Project Life. There are two to choose from. Oooooh! Go check it out HERE.

oh my gosh…

November 12th, 2010|Uncategorized|

…is it Friday already???

Holy cannoli…where does the time go?

I have a Friday Freebie in mind, but it will have to wait a day or two….or three? ;)

Have a great weekend y’all!

things i see

November 11th, 2010|Uncategorized|

eye candy.

that’s all i have to say about nichol magouirk’s pages.

check out THIS and THIS.


lisa bearnson.

photo books on sale this month for 50% off?


great gift ideas for sure!

check it out HERE.

so diggin.

these flowers from the house of 3 girls.

check out rhonna’s and heidi’s little masterpieces.


me being busy.

working on a little freelance project.

…among other things.

will be busy, busy for another week or so.

in “when the rain it pours” mode.

started the christmas kit, but can’t work on it full force until after this job.

so sorry.

grateful for the work though.

christmas is coming, after all. ;)

oh yeah, and all three kids’ birthdays.

i promise, i didn’t plan it that way.



i think i see an extra wrinkle just thinking about it.

luckily the gray hairs are covered.

random thoughts this morning

November 8th, 2010|Uncategorized|

i awoke at 4:30 . .  . curse the time change.

i found myself listening to christmas music on pandora this weekend . . . even at 5:00 this morning.

it’s amazing to hear great things from such supportive fans out there. it’s so fun to hear just how much fun you’re having with the this & that series.

after many days of 60+ degree temps–and nay i even say 70 one day (yes, i said “nay”)–it’s suppose to snow this week. now is it fall?

i’m totally digging my new baby, mac. it’s like going from looking through film on a window that you can’t really tell that’s there to opening it up and looking straight through. it is so sharp and so white my eyes just don’t know how to deal with the visual delight.

having my old monitor sit next to my mac is almost like night and day . . . and i ain’t really speaking that figuratively there.

still trying to work out the difference between a mac and pc and get everything set up just how i like it. it’s gettin’ there.

if anyone knows of a way to make the mouse move faster than the fastest setting, please let me know. i’m used to a quick mouse and when you have this big of a screen and have to move across it this way? oy. but i am totally digging the mouse other than that! it’s ever-so cool.

and it sure does make processing something like this this weekend a complete pleasure.

oh happy day!

November 5th, 2010|freebies|

I’ve had that phrase in my head all day.

The sun is shining.

The temperatures are warm.

The leaves are an uber golden color . . . so amazing. (yeah, uber)

Nichol Magouirk is giving away an entire year’s worth of  the This & That series . . . for which you must go enter to win on her BLOG and see her absolutely AMAAAAAZING page that she made with shapes from the Gratitude kit!

I got a Friday Freebie up. You can download it from HERE. Inspired by driving around the past few days.

And this little baby found its way to my house.

Can you hear the angels singing glorious and harmonious hallelujahs?
In case you were wondering what you were hearing? 
That’s what it was.

Wonder what I’ll be doing this weekend. ;)

Have a great one!