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Matchbox Cover with a {FREE CUT FILE}


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Good Morning and {WELCOME BACK} to another beautiful crafting day!  Today we bring you another simple and fun project… a Matchbox Cover with a {FREE CUT FILE}!  This is my first experiment with creating a cut file, so I’m very excited to share it with you!

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If you were to walk into my home, 99% of the time there would be a candle burning.  My husband and I both love candles.  We love the warm glow.  We love the fresh scent.  We love everything about them. So when I spotted some matchbox covers on Pinterest, they immediately caught my attention.  As I browse through the pictures I’m thinking… what if there was an opening on the side to expose the area where you strike the match?… what if it had a loop to tie it around a candle to give as a sweet little gift?… what if I created my own cut file?…  Wait a minute!  Create my own cut file?  Me?  By myself?  ………………And so I did.  My very first ever Silhouette Studio cut file!

I know it’s not rocket science, many crafters create better cut files than I.  There is nothing too complicated about it.  There were no special skills or talent involved.  But hey, that’s okay.  I DID IT and I’m going to have a mini-celebration to enjoy my conquest!  So… back to my project!


I gave the red one to my husband for Valentine’s Day.  As I stood there beaming, I’m certain he had no idea how special this little gift was {LOL}!

So here it is… THE LINK… my awesome free cut file… HERE: {Matchbox Cover Cut File} EEK!

I included the design I put on my box, just in case you want to do a {PRINT & CUT}, but feel free to decorate yours any way you want.  Once you cut out the matchbox cover, fold on the perforated lines and wrap around the match box.  You can use glue or double sided tape to secure it.  Just pop out the hanger and fold it upward to attach your twine or ribbon.

If you think I’m excited about my project, just wait until you see all the awesomeness brought to you by our monthly Silhouette Challenge Group Post!

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Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

The Great Lamp Rescue Barnyard Animal Paper Garland & Party Details Sweet and Simple Easter Bunny Card Owl Theme Baby Shower Ombre Paint Chip Earrings & Free Cut File Spring is Blooming Drop It (Like It's Hot) Hexagon Tray Spruce Up Your RECIPE BOOK Gift Card Giving Free Cut Files Custom outlines for stamps Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Juice Boxes Wine Themed Bridal Shower Learn How To Make A Sewn Paper Garland! Moroccan Thank You Card 3D Flower Spring Wreath For the Love of Paper: Cutting Embellishments Create Your Own St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers Swimming Word Art St. Patrick's Day Lime White Chocolate Chips Cupcakes + Freebie You're invited to a dog party! I'm so Lucky! Spring Wreath with SIlhouette Cut Flowers Tiny Princesses Paper Dolls Colorful Quote with your Silhouette Get Well Bouquet with Persimmon Roses Greeting Card Holder Baby Shower Invitations How-To Create a Custom Pillowbox on Your Silhouette Machine + Free Cut File! Quality Time Jar Matchbox Cover with {FREE CUT FILE} DIY Baby Girl Shower Invitation Candy Alphabet Travel Game Paper Garland Pretty Paper Roses DIY Geometric Heart Journal Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party Wedding Shower Gift Heart Map Decoupaged Letters (A scanner + A Silhouette = Spectacular results!) Easter Pop-up Box Card with Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! Better World Greeting Cards Star Wars Silhouette Canvas Monogrammed Gifts Make Printable Gift Wrap with your Silhouette Software Free Printable: Blank Banner with free Silhouette Cut File

1. McCall Manor // 2. The Turquoise Home // 3. Creative Savings // 4. Sandpaper and Glue // 5. The Thinking Closet // 6. Sowdering About in Seattle // 7. Persia Lou // 8. From Wine to Whine // 9. Dream a Little Bigger // 10. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 11. Play. Party. Pin. // 12. Everyday Paper // 13. Practically Functional // 14. A Tossed Salad Life // 15. My Favorite Finds // 16. The House on Hillbrook // 17. Adventures in All Things Food // 18. A Glimpse Into Barb’s Life // 19. TitiCrafty // 20. The Experimental Home // 21. feto soap blog // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. The Stamp Doc // 24. Ginger Snap Crafts // 25. Simply Kelly Designs // 26. Whats Next Ma // 27. unOriginal Mom // 28. Bringing Creativity 2 Life // 29. Cutesy Crafts // 30. My Paper Craze // 31. Create & Babble // 32. Grey Luster Girl // 33. The Sensory Emporium // 34. Lil’ Mrs. Tori // 35. Black and White Obsession // 36. Mama Sonshine // 37. Weekend Craft // 38. Creative Carnival // 39. Peace, Love and Joyce // 40. Tried & True // 41. The Frill of Life // 42. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 43. Get Silvered // 44. Minted Strawberry

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Thanks for stopping by today to check out these awesome projects!  Keep any eye out for some St. Patrick’s Day fun right around the corner!

Valentine’s Day Shadow Box


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Can you feel the love in the air?  They say holidays are what you make them, but I always feel that there is a little extra romance added in on Valentine’s Day that comes from the same place as cute puppies and slobbery baby kisses.  ~sigh~  🙂

For Valentine’s Day, let me let you in on a little secret … I love me some shadow boxes!  I look at them almost every holiday to decide which ones are the right ones.  They are so super easy to put together but still gives  that “wow” factor for your décor.  I mean, who can resist picking it up  for a little shake?  This time, it is rose petals…



Here’s the short and long of it…


  • Shadow box, any size
  • Patterned paper, cut to size
  • Silk rose petals (great dollar store find!)
  • Scissors or a paper trimmer (for trimming said patterned paper)
  • Coordinating vinyl, I used red and black from Silhouette America**
  • Silhouette cutting machine**
  • transfer tape (I used clear contact paper***)

**I created my sentiment with vinyl and my awesome Silhouette cutting machine {BUT} you could pick up any adhesive embellishment to adhere to the front of the glass at your local craft store.  I’ve seen shadow boxes decorated with glittered chipboard elements, flowers and even stickers. All it takes is a little imagination!

***I find it much easier to layer my vinyl using the clear contact paper, but have received mixed reviews on it’s effectiveness and potentially leaving behind a sticky residue.  I have not experienced any problems thus far, but be warned {LOL}.

I started by opening up my shadow box and filling it about 1/2 full with the rose petals.  I then placed my pattern paper on the back to use as a background and closed it up.  I chose a sentiment, immediately recognizing that layering the black and red would really set the design off.


Once I had layered the black vinyl on top of the red, all that left to do was adhere it to the front of the glass!  I lined mine up by sight, but it’s not a bad idea to measure, either!


See how easy that was?  Shadow boxes have so many possibilities!  It takes all my self control not to stock up on them every chance I get, but they are a favorite at my house!


I won’t take up any more of your romancing time today, but be sure to check back for more crafty goings-ons around here soon!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover


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Good Morning and welcome back!  We’re very excited to bring you another round of projects from our bloggy buddies with the Silhouette Challenge Group!  Today’s theme is {FABRIC}!  Don’t worry if you’re not a professional seamstress, I can bearly thread my own machine {LOL}.

For our project, we chose to do a {HEART} themed burlap pillow cover and it turned out amazing!  It’s been the perfect addition to our Valentine’s décor and it was super easy to make!


Before we dive into the tutorial, be sure to stop in and check out all the other wonderful projects today, you are sure to find some crafty inspiration!


No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life

  1. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze <—you are here
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress



So first, you will need the following supplies:

  • Burlap fabric – one yard should be plenty for a small pillow, but be sure to measure you pillow in advance
  • One pillow – I recycled one that I had on hand from a prior decorating experience {be aware the patterns may show through the burlap}
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine {or needle and thread}
  • Heat transfer vinyl* – I used white for the heart pattern
  • Cardstock or vinyl* – this is for the red heart stencil
  • Fabric paint – I used red for the middle heart

*Don’t have a Silhouette?  That’s fine!  Cut you some heart stencils and use different colored fabric paint to create your own masterpiece!


  1. Layout the burlap fabric and “measure” your length by tri-folding it over the pillow.  These are designed to mimic pillow shams, so be sure to leave an overlap “flap” for the back.  The length of the sides are unimportant at this step, as long as the sides are covered.  If needed, go ahead and mark where your sides will be.
  2. After you’ve “measured” {I used my eyeballs}, sew a straight line through your tri-folded material.  Be sure to leave enough room for your pillow to fit inside!
  3. Trim the sides along the outside of the sew line (don’t worry about how it looks, this will be on the inside.  Turn your pillow cover inside out {or technically right-side-in? lol}
  4. Cut your heat transfer vinyl and lay it out on your burlap for positioning.  As you can see, I also laid out a red heart (taken from the center of my stencil) to visualize the finished layout.  Once satisfied, remove the stencil red heart and follow your heat transfer instructions to adhere the white hearts to the burlap.
  5. Replace the red heart cutout to it’s desired location.  Fit the stencil around the heart and remove the center.  This ensures that the stencil is placed correctly on the burlap BEFORE you paint.  After placing a sheet of cardstock {or other barrier} between your layers of burlap, dab your fabric paint within your stencil to create the red heart.  The barrier is important to prevent having a duplicate heart on the back {lol}.
  6. Allow the fabric paint to dry and… Congratulations, your pillow case is completed!  Just slip your pillow inside and enjoy!

Just imagine all the applications this process has!  Now you can spruce up those frumpy old pillows in your living room and coordinate pillow covers for each holiday!  How exciting!  Make fleece pillow covers for the kids {or yourself!}?  Make weather-resistant pillows for your deck or patio?

So what do you think?  We’d love to have your feedback!  Be sure to hop on down and leave us a comment or hit us up on Facebook!

Valentine’s Take-Out Box


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Good Morning and welcome back to our crafty little blog!  Today we bring you another simple little Valentine’s Day craft… decorating a Chinese-style take-out box {YAY}!  I absolutely adore these boxes and all their different sizes, they are just so darn cute!

This project is pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll give you the short and sweet of it all… think of this as a 3D card, if you will:

  • 1 Chinese-style take-out box (or any box you wish to decorate)
  • Themed patterned paper (I used hearts for Valentine’s Day)
  • Coordinating cardstock (to match your paper)
  • 3D pop-up adhesive squares, if desired
  • Adhesive glue, such as for scrapbooking or card making
  • Embellishments, such as matching ribbon, baker’s twine and rhinestones

{measure your box}


First thing is first, measure your box.  This will give you the size of the area you have to work with.  As you can see below, the top is slightly larger than the bottom, so your sides will be at an angle.  You have two choices: cut manually OR set this image up in your Silhouette Studio software (my choice!).

{set up your work area}

So whether you choose to freehand the shape with your paper-cutter or set it up in the Silhouette Studio software, this is what you are looking for:


You’ll notice that this is the exact size of the front of your box.  The reason for doing this is that you can now use it as a template for designing the rest of your “pieces”.  I highly suggest cutting this {FIRST} and aligning it with your box to ensure your cuts are angles are correct.  If not, you might be disappointed when the project is finished and does not sit well on your take-out box.


From here on out, you’ll decorate this as you would a handmade card.  You can use your Silhouette Studio (as I did) and do print-and-cut pieces for your sayings, OR you can use your stamp collection if you have one.  Not sure how to use your stamps to make your own die cuts?  Check out our long-ago post on Fussy Cutting Making You Fussy?


Don’t forget your layered pieces of cardstock, they really add a nice border to your patterned paper.  I cut my first layer (white) 0.25″ smaller than my box to have a nice red layer showing on my box.  From then, I only cut the red 0.125″ smaller than the white, and the paper 0.125″ smaller than the red.  I think it turned out nice.

Once you have all your little pieces, go ahead and arrange them as you wish on your patterned paper to make sure it all fits and looks the way you intended.

Here is the order you want to apply your designs:

  • Layer your cardstock and patterned paper (I prefer tape scrapbook adhesive for no drying time)
  • Tie coordinating ribbon, if needed
  • Attach the sentiments with 3D adhesive squares for that little “pop”
  • Apply any finishing embellishments, such as the rhinestones or baker’s twine
  • Glue your “finished” piece onto your take-out box with a strong adhesive (I also like hot glue, but watch your fingers!)  Make sure you open the top of the box and use your hand on the inside for extra pressure to get a good “stick”

Now, for the fun part…


I think this is a super idea for kids, but really who doesn’t love treat boxes?  With the wide variety of boxes available, you can get different colored boxes and decorate them all year long!  What goodies would you put (OR want to receive) inside a cute little box?  Valentine’s cookies or chocolates, maybe?  You can go crazy with them and give them out to your co-workers!  Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year!

Thanks for joining us again today, we hope you liked our fun little tutorial.  See you again soon for {MORE} Valentine’s fun right around the corner!  ❤

Valentine’s Day Projects {ROUND-UP}


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Good Morning!  I’ll keep it short and sweet today, but I just could not pass up the opportunity to share with you guys!  One of my fabulous Silhouette Challenge Group members – Meredith from unOriginal Mom – has so kindly compiled a round-up of {AWESOMENESS} for Valentine’s Day crafting!  I absolutely insist that you check out each and every one of these {yes, they are that awesome} including our very own DIY Sweetheart Glass Block Tutorial {with FREE CUT FILE}!  Happy crafting!


{DIY} Valentine


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Happy Friday!  Today we just have a real quick and easy project, a handmade felt envelope to hold a special note for your Valentine ❤ Awww, how sweet.  I promise it’s super easy and can be done with or without a sewing machine.  Let’s take a look…




Hot glue gun (I prefer low temp!)
Red and white felt (or desired colors)
 Sewing machine (OR needle & thread)

Once you have your supplies gathered, follow these simple step-by-step directions:

  • Cut your red felt sheet in half, long-ways.  I like to fold mine in the middle and then use the fold for a guide to cut straight.
  • Fold your felt into thirds, such as you would a letter to place in an envelope.  I just used my best judgment by sight.  Also, if you already have a special gift in mind, go ahead and size it for a guide on how large to make your pocket.


  • Once you have your pocket size, thread it with a few sewing pins to keep it in place.  This is where you  break out your sewing machine.
  • Make sure your machine is threaded with your desired thread color.  Adjust your settings as desired, I used a zigzag line.
  • Again, use your judgment for where to sew your line.  I left plenty of room on each side, and at the top and bottoms.  Once sewn, tie off your ends, as usual.
  • To cut the top fold of the envelope, fold your felt envelope again, long-ways, with your pocket facing out (this way, each side will be even).  Start with a slightly rounded side piece, move in towards the middle at an angle, then round off the tip.


  • Now, apply your Velcro (usually self-adhesive; if not, hot glue works well).  I prefer to leave the pieces attached to one another, place one side on the tip of the envelope, then fold it closed.  This will show you where you want the other half to stick.
  • The white felt heart was cut freehanded.  Just remember to fold your felt in half and cut on the fold (like we did with the envelope), this makes each side even.  The heart is attached with hot glue.

So, here is our finished project:

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Obviously, only using half a sheet of felt, this little envelope is rather small.  Feel free to experiment with larger envelopes, felt is available by the yard in the fabric area of your local craft store!  Can you think of all the neat surprises you can hide in this little cutie?  Love notes… candies… spiders (eek!).  Okay, leave out the spiders, but these envelopes can be used anytime!  Write love notes to your kids and stick it in their lunch box.  Leave a message from the Tooth Fairy next time your child looses a tooth!

What great ideas do you have?

We’d love for you to share with us sometime!  Hit us up on Facebook, email, or send us your favorite project on Pinterest!  Want a tutorial?  We can’t really guarantee anything (lol) but we will try!

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DIY Sweetheart Glass Block Tutorial {with FREE CUT FILE}


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Good Morning and thank you for joining us for another {AMAZING} project today!  We have a special surprise for you today… We’re guest posting for Heather Boney at The Frill of Life!  Be sure to hop on over to her blog to see all the {AMAZING} projects she has going on!  As blog-buddies in the Silhouette Challenge Group, I know she brings a wealth of inspiration to all her readers!

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Ready to get in the mood for a little romance?  If you’re anything like me, Valentine’s Day is one of those holiday’s that seems to sneak up out of nowhere.  So, let’s check out a super cute Valentine’s Day project to spark some inspiration!

Introducing my first glass block craft…


Isn’t it {BEAUTIFUL}!  I am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out.  Crafting and candy?  That’s a win-win for me, LOL.  I put together a brief tutorial on how I created this Valentine’s beauty {AND} included the link to download the vinyl cut file put together by yours truly!


First, here are the supplies you will need…

  • Glass block
  • Six bags of Sweetheart candy conversation hearts
  • Ribbon
  • Vinyl*
  • LOVE Cut File

*If an electronic cutting machine is unavailable to you, don’t despair!  Just grab some craft paint (and stencil, if needed) and create your own design!


  1. First, cut and apply your vinyl design to your glass block.  I find it’s easier to line up the design with the block still empty.  You can download the LOVE Cut File for Silhouette Studio, if desired.
  2. Turn the block upside-down, fill with approximately six bags of conversation hearts (I used Sweetheart brand).  For the last few candy pieces, insert the large bottom stopper and continue to fill through the smaller opening.  You may have to shuffle pieces around to accommodate the space needed by the stoppers.
  3. Once filled, stretch out a length of ribbon, placing the glass block on top.  You should be able to adjust your ribbon by sliding it back and forth beneath the block.  Pull tight and tie a bow.  If using a sheer ribbon as I did, you may want to layer the ribbon a few times around the block for greater contrast.

And {TA-DA}, project complete!  How did yours turn out?  I’m sure it’s {BEAUTIFUL}!  Not only are these cute décor items to display for Valentine’s Day, these make wonderful gifts!  And with the simplicity of this project, I can think of plenty of people that would {LOVE} to receive one of these beauties!

What other designs can you think of for glass blocks?  Filled with {KISSES}?  Chocolate {HEARTS}?  Flower petals?  I’m excited to hear what everyone comes up with!  I’m sure Heather would too, so don’t forget about stopping by The Frill of Life and showing her some bloggy-love!

I have a lot of happenings going on in the next week {cough, cough… give-a-way… cough, cough), so be sure to check back frequently!  OR better yet, subscribe via email OR BlogLovin’ to get all my latest and greatest posts delivered to you!