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Holiday gift boxes|Zsoka Marko

Holiday gift boxes|Zsoka Marko


Hi there friends,

Zsoka here with you today sharing a Christmas gift idea that you can create in little time if you have a die cutting machine.

I wanted to create some gift boxes for friends and family that I can fill with little things. I found this cut file at the Silhouette Design Store and instantly fell in love with it!

I used the wonderful Holiday Hustle collection – I mean have you seen the red foiling in this line?! So unbelievably gorgeous! You’d better believe me because red is my least favorite color and even I find this one amazing! Perfect for all your Christmas projects!


First I sized the cut file to the biggest size that fit on a 12×12 paper, then cut the tray from a black polka dot paper and all 3 boxes from different patterned papers. I also chose papers for the little plaques that read JOY. I did change the font to the Back this Font from Paige Evans, however I only used the outlines of it for my letters.

The tray was very flimsy for my taste so I cut the same size again from white heavyweight card stock, cut apart the black one and adhered the pieces to all 4 sides but not the bottom.


I folded the boxes and started decorating. I went through the embellishments and picked out ones that matched my chosen colors. I ended up with several tags for each box because I just couldn’t choose one! I used gold eyelets to attach all tags for each box, then added some twine. I also went through my ribbon stash which I never actually use, so this was the perfect moment to bust them out! Of course I would normally only do these last steps once I filled my boxes, but I am not sure yet what I will put in each. One will surely be filled with Lindor balls!




I glued some die cut pieces to the front as well just to add a bit of interest. And of course the buttons! I just had to! They are my most favorite pieces in the last 3 collections! They are cute as a button – see what I just did there?! :)


And that’s pretty much all I’ve done! Easy peasy but I find them so adorable!

I hope you like them and give these boxes a try!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Until next time


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Holiday Wrapping – Mary-Ann Maldonado

Holiday Wrapping – Mary-Ann Maldonado


Good Morning!

I started my Christmas wrapping early and wanted to share with you what I have done.  I have scrappy friends that I will be giving some of these treat to and I embellished the with the beautiful Holiday Hustle collection.


I am gifting some of the note pads and albums that I have from Fancy Pants.  They will make the perfect journal or place to jot down ideas.


I took a Travelers Journal from Dream Big, and attached cut trees across the front with twine.  The deer head from the Office Suite Button Mix is one of my all time favorites.  I have been saving it for the perfect project.


I also embellished the Wish Season Large Journal as a gift.  A few of the Holiday Hustle ephemera pieces are the perfect addition.


This wallet was already in the perfect black and white box, so I added just a center piece of paper around the box.  Then added a  thinner strip of the city paper and framed it like art.


Seriously.  This gift box needed nothing after I added the paper with the holly ephemera and pom.  Simple can be just right.


I am gifting this to a friend.  Hoping that she will fill it full of her holiday memories.  A simple ribbon and tag are all it needed when paired with the large gold JOY.

Hope you think outside the ‘box’ when it comes to wrapping.  Using up some of your favorite scrapbooking paper might be just look you are going for.


Supplies used:

Holiday Hustle – entire collection

Dream Big – Travelers journal

Wish Season – Large Journal

Office Suite – Button Mix

Gold Foil 4×6 Brag Book

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December album | Nicole Nowosad

December album | Nicole Nowosad


Hello everyone! Nicole here to share an interactive December mini album with you using the Holiday Hustle Brag cards!

At first I thought this album would be a Christmas countdown project, but as I started working through it, it became an easy way to capture my family’s December memories AND a countdown too! I thought we could use it as a countdown and then go back in later, add photos, memorabilia and more to make it a December to remember project.

Countdown cover

I started by grabbing some of my favorite brag cards from the Holiday Hustle collection. I love the red foil on this one, so it only seemed fitting to be the cover for the album. I punched some holes along the top edge and used jump rings to hold everything together.

I created 2 chipboard “covers” for this flip type book, covered them with patterned paper and cardstock and then adhered some folded pieces of ribbon to hold the covers in place. This also added some stability for this book to stand on its’ own.

countdown bottom

I decorated each page in my album with a number and a few simple details. I didn’t want to go too crazy embellishing so I had room for photos and more later on in the process.

countdown 6

Some pages are more filled in and others are more sparse, with some stamping or even just a stitched border.

Countdown 12

And a few are just the brag cards themselves for a filler like page. I added some glitter to the words on this one using some glitter glue.

Countdown 9 add glitter

Now, I have a countdown book AND a place to hold those memories when it is all said and done! Such a quick project to do this time of year, when time seems to fly so quickly!

Collections used:

Holiday Hustle

Merry & Bright






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Thankful | Mary-Ann Maldonado

Thankful | Mary-Ann Maldonado


Good morning!

Typically, when I think of the word ‘Thankful” I think of Fall, Thanksgiving and hanging out with my family.  But for this project, I wanted to think outside the box of the typical oranges, yellows and reds.  I went with PINK!  My mom’s favorite color.  This past spring, we had a great girls day out.  Even my pup, Flo got to go along for the ride.  I think she makes the entire picture!  The way she popped up between us to get in the photo too.



I wanted to create a large title at the bottom of the page.  I used a FREE cut file from Paper Issues for the polka dot heart and the word Thankful.  Then, with random Thickers and ephemera, I finished off the large title.


I combined both Hello Sunshine and Joy Parade to document this fun day out with my mom.  I don’t often get photos of us together.  I am happy for this day.

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Products used:

Hello Sunshine

Joy Parade


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Stop & Smell the Roses | Zsoka Marko

Stop & Smell the Roses | Zsoka Marko


Hi there crafty friends,

Zsoka here with you today sharing a new layout!

It’s November, the month of Thanksgiving in the States. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Germany (or not that I know of anyway!) but that doesn’t mean we are not thankful for many things :).

I have a lot to be thankful for this year, big and small things. I could probably mention a thousand things. But when it comes down to it, the only thing that really matters in the big scheme of things is the health of my family. And God knows we faced some terrible news this year…

For my layout however, I decided to document a lighter, easier moment I am grateful for. I am fascinated by my son’s love of nature, animals and plants, all living creatures in this world! He knows so much about animals, I have no idea how he can remember all that information! Kids are amazing, aren’t they?! His love of flowers he probably gets from me, because I always stop and adore them everywhere we go. He does the same. Smells each one! So I chose to create a layout dedicated to this – hence the title, Stop and smell the roses.

I worked with the beautiful Dream Big collection and chose a photo of Maxim admiring some pansies. I wasn’t bothered by the photo not matching my title (ie roses)! I found this gorgeous cut file in the Silhouette Design Store and couldn’t wait to use it!


I first cut the file from a light patterned paper, then created an offset which I cut from a different patterned paper to give it a bit of definition. I wanted to create a monochromatic kind of look to let my color photo shine. I more often than not use black and white photos but when they are of flowers, I obviously want to keep the color!



The flowers and leaves I cut from textured white card stock and backed them with different patterned papers. I did not glue down the outer edges so they are more airy and dimensional. I added some puffy stickers to the flower centers.


I also didn’t adhere the whole text to background only the bottom of each word. Again, to add dimension and create interest. I didn’t want to cover up any of the cut file, so I tucked my photo behind it at the top and only decorated around the photo using puffy stickers and die cuts!


To finish off my layout I added my journaling, date and black ink splatters. Which was a bit of a funny story, because I was watching some series and something happened that I don’t remember anymore, but I stopped splattering for a second and a big blob of black paint fell on to the middle of my layout! The horror haha! I had to tear off “smell” and cut it again in a bigger font so I could cover up most of the paint! You can still see it a bit at the letter M, but it’s not too bad. So probably not a good idea watching anything while having paint in your hands, not that I learnt my lesson, ha!

 That’s it for today!

 What are you guys thankful for this year?!

 Thanks for stopping by today! Till next time X


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Fanned Turkey Thanksgiving Place Cards | Latisha Yoast

Fanned Turkey Thanksgiving Place Cards | Latisha Yoast


 Hello friends!  Soon we will be celebrating the US Thanksgiving holiday.  A lot of Americans like to decorate their homes with autumnal decor, and some have lots of friends and family over for a special dinner.  To me Thanksgiving is all about family, friends, love, gratitude and giving thanks for blessings big and small…oh and of course the food.  The project I am sharing today, is a fun way to create place cards.
Using several different collections, I grabbed pattern papers that remind me of fall.
To start each turkey, you will need 3 strips of paper in the following sizes.
1 in x 9 in
1.5 in x 9 in
2 in x 9 in
Each strip will be scored at 1/2 inch, and folded accordion style.
On each end of each strip, apply adhesive.  Fan them into half circles. The 1 inch strip will go first, then the 1.5 in and then the 2 in.  I started using the 1.5 inch, to ensure I had enough room for all three.
Using strong permanent adhesive, adhere each fan to Fancy Pants Designs corrugated paper.
Continue until all 3 are adhered.
Choose solid pattern paper, to create the turkey body, the beak, snoods and the feet.  I just freehand cut them with scissors.  You will also need a googly/wobbly eye, you can find them in any craft store.
Your turkey just needs a name and its ready to be placed on a plate.
This little turkey just makes me smile, and what a cute way to tell your guests where to sit.
Materials Used:
google eye
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