Hope you are enjoying all the projects the team and I have had to share ūüėÄ

Today Katie Cotton has an amazing sample for you. So be sure to check her out!

Here is a peek:


As soon as Lauren sent us the template for Welcome Home I instantly fell in love and knew just what I wanted to do with it! ¬†I wanted to fashion it into a bank and use it to accept donations for the Thornwell Children’s Home, a cause my church regularly supports. ¬†I wanted the little home to have the feel of being surrounded and filled with Love! ¬†Using the super cute heart from You’ve Got Mail and digi paper from Cute Critters, I feel like I’ve accomplished my mission! ¬†This little box will sit next to a box of cards that church members may “purchase” with all the proceeds going to the Children’s Home.It is so funny to me how one simple idea, can spark another, then that idea turns into yet another…..with a totally different outcome.

That is basically how my brain works. I generally am working on a project, and “something” within that project spurs and idea, that causes me to stop dead in my tracks, and implement my “vision”. If only I had more crafting hours in a day (sigh).


So this is the story of how Welcome Home © was created!

It began with a card…..


A little bird told me…

Inside it says “that you are adding an egg to the nest”

One of our friends is expecting their second baby! People usually don’t acknowledge a blessing like that, if it isn’t your first. I always try to make as big of a deal as I can no matter HOW many kids they have.

I had my adorable little bird from Critters with Heart ¬©, all stamped, colored and cut out. I even added a page pebble to the body (SO CUTE!). I had bought this really sweet mini birdhouse, on a stand (at Target) that I was going to dress up and put my little bird on. Once I got to stamping I felt the NEED to be more creative! I just couldn’t put¬†it on that house!

¬†So I¬†thought…. how cute it would be to create my own little house shaped card. I could use a LARGE button has the “bird hole”!

I thought…..and thought. I was looking at another project I had done using the house image from You’ve Got Mail. That is when the lights in my head came on. Truth be told I think that SIMPLE house it that set is just the cutest house ever! So small and simple. I just love it. So…..I decided to use that as my inspiration for the “birdhouse” card.

I got to creating by using my house stamp from You’ve Got Mail ¬©¬†as my “template”. Before I knew it this card was created.


I just layered 2 house pieces together. I scored the pack piece a 1/4 inch, and adhered to my card front with Scor-Tape. CUTE! CUTE! I kept it simple since I wanted the focus to be that cute lil bird!

Once it was ALL done I thought it would be the cutest cut file! I knew if I posted the card people would ask for it. So it became a cut file.

Then I moved on to make another sample with it.

Another reason I wanted a simple house shaped card….


You’ve Got Mail ¬© is an ADORABLE mail set for ALL occasions! I’ve already received MANY suggestions of add-ons too :DI thought it would be perfect ON the house shaped card!

This was the TINY peek you saw the other day.


I love this set to pieces. SO versatile.

Once I made the mailbox, and added some flower soft I was in love. I used the Argyle Amazement ¬© set for some detail, and was about done with my would be “card”.

As I completed it I thought “Wow! This would make a cute basket/box to give a gift in!” I planned on making a VERY simple connecting piece. As I got started I decided that I want¬†it enclosed!


So one thing lead to another……


and the tab tuck in method was complete!


I was bouncing at the possibilities!

Now it is really cute like this, but sometimes you *may* want to add a roof. This is an option that is included with the instructions.


So there you have it! HOW this particular project turned from almost never being, to a cut file, grown template! Sometimes my brain is much faster than my hands!! Thankfully I was able to keep up. Often I end up just sketching stuff because I can’t get to it yet.

This is an adorable house shaped template that can be used over and over again!!

Be it for holidays, or every day. Welcome Home © is an ADORABLE house shaped box, with a fun tabbed tuck in closure. Those of you with personal cutters, this can really extend the possibilities of this template for sure!

Use the front and back panels as a shaped card, tag or scrapbook embellishment. I used it on a tag in a previous post.

Use it as a gift box for any occasion such as Welcome Home, Welcome to the Neighborhood, from our house to your house, get well, cheer up, thinking of you……you get the idea.

Fill it with a small house planter, flower seeds, coffee, tea, candles, bath products, a stuffed animal or doll, maybe some art supplies for a child to “decorate” it (perfect for a little party too!! VERY inexpensive party favor-turned party project). Endless uses and EASY to assemble.

Sometimes we just need a quick and cute shaped box! Nothing that takes too long to assemble, but still says “I care” so I made this for you. This one certainly fits that description.

All there is to decide is what project idea using this template will you “welcome”?

Now another idea I have is to show how you can MAXIMIZE your supplies! If you see a style or design it can be adapted to just about any type of project!

I took all the same elements in the 2 Welcome Home ¬© samples, and created a third. How about a You’ve Got Mail ¬© template to match?


Our friends just moved in together so we wanted to bring them a little something for their scantly decorated apartment ūüėÄ

So I used this set for presenting our gift.

Inside this Welcome Home © gift box I have THIS scented oil warmer.

I didn’t get a photo because I just filled it today.

In here I have a gift card to Yankee Candle so they can pick out their own scent for the Oil Warmer. I also added a fee Peanut-butter Lindt Chocolates, to “fill” it.

Not really a GUY gift…..but it may mask the odor from his dirty socks that he leaves all over the house! LOL! AH! NEW love!!


A little birdie…

Pretty Impressions © stamps: Critters with Heart

Pretty Packaging © templates: Welcome Home ©

Cardstock: Couture Cardstock:Rusty Hinge, Ganache

Ink: Copic markers, Pallette brown

Prima Flowers, Satin mini flowers by M’s,Adhesive Pearls,

Making Memories Page Pebble, Button by Foo Fa La


Welcome Home

Pretty Impressions © stamps: You;ve Got Mail, Argyle Amazement

Pretty Packaging © templates: Welcome Home

Cardstock: Couture Cardstock: Rusty Hinge, Ganache, OSW white

Prima Flowers and Adhesive Pearls, brad

Scor-Pal to create lines in house.


You’ve Got Mail : Welcome Home

Pretty Impressions ¬©¬†stamps:¬†You’ve Got Mail, Argyle Amazement

Pretty Packaging © templates:

Cardstock: Couture Cardstock: Rusty Hinge, OSW White SU!: Cameo Coral

Flower soft, Prima Flower, adhesive pearls and brad.


Well that is all for today.

I hope you enjoyed the samples today.

 So much more to share tomorrow! Until then.