December 31, 2014

Gingerbread House Gift Box

My teenage niece wanted some spending cash for Christmas so I decided to have a little fun with how I would give it to her, and I decided to make a big gingerbread house gift box.

This is from the Happy Holidays SVG Kit by SVG Cuts.  The papers I used were already glittered and I only added a couple bits of extra bling and popped accents because I wasn't sure if my niece would even want to keep it.  But right after she received it, I saw her taking a pic of it with her phone and sending it to someone - so I guess she loved it!

It was really easy to assemble and the design even includes interior panels to give it a neat and finished look.

I tucked in a gift card and some cash, but for the cash part I couldn't resist having a bit more fun and so I made another money rosette like I did here.

She'll have to work a bit to unwire the bills before she can go shopping, heehee!!

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December 29, 2014

Candy Cane House

What a busy Christmas season it has been this year.  We had a Spy/Detective themed birthday party for my youngest, did some major organizing around the house, lots of volunteering at school, holiday baking and crafting, not to mention several family get-togethers.  All good stuff, but wow I'm exhausted!  My oldest headed back home this afternoon (with her boyfriend and three puppies in a car for a 15 hour ride - yikes!) and things are finally starting to settle down again.  Time to catch up on some blog posts!

I've been having so much fun with SVG Cuts files and, although I love my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software, I recently purchased Sure Cuts Alot to use specifically with svg files.  I like to cut my score lines using a lower blade setting so that the cuts blend better in the folds, but SSDE doesn't make it easy since the layering doesn't hold when you import the files.  I end up having to break up all the design parts, pick out the score lines and change their color so that when I send the file to my Cameo I can cut by color and control the cut settings that way.  But with SCAL I can just drop the designs into the software and start cutting by layers right away, super easy and fast!

And super easy and fast was key these last few weeks!  Here's a quick and easy and fun little SVG Cuts Candy Cane House that I made for my daughter:

Isn't it "sweet"?!!!  (sorry, I couldn't resist, lol!)

I hope you all had a great holiday season and were able to spend some time with family and friends.  And I hope you were busy with some crafty projects too!

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