Monday, September 28, 2015

Batman Card

My co-worker ordered a card from me for her sister's 18th birthday.  Apparently, she's a huge Batman fan, so she found an idea on Pinterest asked me to recreate it.  She wanted me to merge two cards. Here's the inspiration...

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

And here's what I came up with...

I created this on my Silhouette.  (Sorry for the bad lighting...I finished late at night!)  I also was lazy and didn't set up my photo tent so please ignore my messy desk!  My co-worker told me what she wanted it to say, but I designed the rest.
To create the cityscape, I found an image on Google and traced it in my Silhouette.  I added the windows, made a compound path and cut it in black.  Then, I removed the windows and cut a yellow layer to put behind it.  For the words, I designed them in Silhouette as well and used the print and cut feature.  The font is KG Beneath Your Beautiful.

The Bat Signal is attached with an Action Wobble.  You can purchase these on Amazon HERE.

I love Action Wobbles!  I think they make whimsical cards so much better.  Here's a side view.

And get ready for it....

The Action Wobble in action!

One more.  I was quite impressed with my speedy photography skills to catch this.  Wow.  Love these little springs!

Here's the inside of the card.  Again, I found the image online and traced it in Silhouette Studio.

She texted me after I'd already made the card and asked for a gift card holder to be added.  Nothing fancy, but I put this inside.

If you ever need a card for a super hero in your life, go ahead - use this layout!  It's easy and fun!


Friday, September 25, 2015

Font Friday

It's Friday font time!!  Woohoo!!

This comes from dafont and you can download it HERE.

I love the drama of the capital letters.  This is a great font!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hello Kitty!

Anyone remember this store?  We had one at a mall here when I was younger.  I loved this store! Mainly because I love Hello Kitty, but also because they had the coolest stuff.

Ahhh...memories.  {sigh}

This past Sunday, we had our monthly fellowship and potluck at church.  There is usually a theme and this month was "Pinterest".  We were asked to sign up to decorate tables and get our ideas from Pinterest.

I signed up and got online. After many, many hours spent perusing Pinterest and changing my mind 72 times, I decided to do a Hello Kitty table.

Wanna see?

My friend took this picture.  I was on a budget, so I resorted to basically using my Silhouette to do 95% of the table.  That's a lot of pink... and I love it!

How adorable are these plates?  Yeah, I can't take credit for them.  Totally a Pinterest steal, but they're still cute.

Another Pinterest steal.  I used a circle punch and some vinyl to jazz up the cups, then added bows to the straws.  Only one person didn't want to drink from the bow straw and he was a man.  Go figure....ha ha.

This centerpiece was a pain in the you know what!  As I said, our budget is tight right now so I was trying to use things we had on hand.  I didn't have a vase to use, so we stuck some plastic risers together and wrapped them with paper.  Not the cutest thing ever, but it worked.  This looks lopsided and I did fix it, but it was after I took the picture.  I love those rainbows!

So the plan was to hang three balloon flowers above the table.  And that I did...sorta.  This flower looks great, but the others not so much.  Apparently, manipulating balloons is not my forte.  They all started out as flowers, but one of them turned into a nice cloud-like group of balloons with no shape.

Someone took this with my phone, so I apologize for it being blurry, but I wanted to show the entire table.  If you need cheap decor for a party, you can't get cheaper than this.  I spent less than $5.00 for the entire table.  It took some labor and my Silhouette did most of the work, but I love how it turned out.

All the "confetti" on the table was cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  I googled Hello Kitty and found several images.  I then imported them into the software and used the trace feature.  I love that trace feature!!  It's awesome.  If you've never used it, don't be scared.  It's easy and wonderful!

Have a happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 14, 2015


I spoke last week of my great adoration for hand lettering.  After hours spent on Pinterest perusing some lovely lettering, I decided I wanted to try my hand at it.  I see all these beautiful calligraphed envelopes and wedding invitations and it stirs something deep within me.
Deep, deep within.

A longing for lettering.

In searching for resources to help me learn, I happened upon Llamas Love Lettering.  Oh. My. Word.  I'm completely jelly of this gals talent.  And get this.... She gets to write beautiful letters for her job! {sigh} How fab is that?  A girl can dream...

Back to reality.

I decided I would start small.  My brother had a birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I thought I'd embellish the envelope for his card.  Here it is...

I realize this is not a great work of art.  It's just a simple, short name.  But it's a start for me.  And I loved every minute of it.

I bought some Sharpies (that were recommended by Ms. Llama) and they actually did make a difference.  She recommends using  Sharpie Extra Fine Permanent Markers, 1 Box (12 Black Marker (35001)).  I got these from Amazon and I love them!  They are by far my favorite tip size Sharpie makes.  

I'm off to learn more lettering....

If you're interested in some Sharpies, be sure to click the link above and help support Pink and Paper.

Happy Monday!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Quick Tip!

Dr. Pepper is the sweet nectar of heaven.

You will never convince me otherwise.  

It is my Kryptonite.  

I have been trying to lose weight and make healthier choices and Dr. Pepper gets me every time! Although I haven't fully given it up, I am cutting back.  When I do have it, I want it cold, served over ice (in a non-sweat cup, to be exact).  I don't want it straight from the bottle or can...even if it's cold.  It has to be cold, then poured over ice.  Yes, I know.  I am very particular.  

So what do you do when you just bought it and the can is hot?  I have the solution!  Check out this quick video.  It's amazing!

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I {heart} Handwriting! (And, of course, pens...)

A few of the buckets on my craft desk...
I love writing letters.

As in letters of the alphabet.

For as long as I can remember, I've loved writing.  I can remember, as a child, I would get a blank piece of paper and my big box of markers and go to town.  I am sure there were times I drew pictures, but what I remember most is writing words.  I would write names, then trace around each letter with different colored markers until it filled the page with glorious, rainbow lettering.  My parents tell me I've always had an affinity for pens, markers and writing in general.  They say, as a child, I would just sit and draw words then decorate the letters and make them pretty.

I think I must have been a weird kid.

Fast forward to the present...  Nothing has changed.  I adore pens of all kinds.  I adore handwritten notes.  I adore gorgeous rainbow colored ink.  I adore lovely stationery.  I just love it all!

Japanese Stationery Store.  Yes, Please!!!!!!!!
Along with my love of writing, I love handwritten things.  I think handwriting says so much about someones personality.  The style of the letters, the color and type of pen used, even the paper says a lot about you.  My hubby and I are prime examples of this....

Let's say we are each going to make a shopping list.  I will pull out several colors of pens (which I have with me at all times, by the way).  Sometimes it will be felt tip; other times a bold, gel pen.  The pen I use is directly dependent on my mood at the time.  After I've carefully chosen a few pens to use, I then must choose the correct paper.  Lined? Unlined?  Again, it depends on the mood.  I will carefully write out the list, often putting it in order the items are laid out in the store.  If I mess up, I'm very likely to re-write the entire list.  I write in a slow and methodical manner because neatness matters to me.  Writing the list is a process I thoroughly enjoy.  I told you I was weird.

My husband, on the other hand, will grab a pen.  He ONLY uses black, extra fine tip pens.  No variety.  No excitement.  Just simple, predictable, boring black.  He doesn't look for a great notepad to write it on.  Anything will do.  He'll use a receipt, a scrap of paper or an envelope that previously held his paycheck.  He will write his list in no particular order, scribbling some illegible words as he goes.  He does not care if the list is neat, tidy or pretty.  It's a shame, really.

Now that you know about our lists, Let me give you a short summary of our personalities...

I am flamboyant; he is subdued.
I am bubbly; he is serious.
I am frivolous; he is practical.
I love sparkly pink; he loves flat black.
I am excessive; he's a minimalist.

You get the point.

My theory makes perfect sense, right?

I realize I'm rambling here, but really, is there a better subject to ramble on about?  I think not.


I know I cannot be the only one who feels this way about my beloved pens.  Do you love great pens?  Gel? Felt tip? Roller ball?

Tell me all about your pen love.  I could chat about pens all day...


Monday, August 24, 2015

My week on Pinterest

Worst Monday morning idea ever?


I came to work today feeling pretty good.  I had plans to tackle the many stacks on my desk and have everything caught up by this afternoon.  Then it happened. 

I opened Pinterest.  

Just to check on a recipe, I told myself.  

"I will just check the ingredients so I can grab them on the way home." I thought.  

Let's be real, people.  We never "just check the ingredients" on Pinterest.  It's a slippery slope.

I figured since I wasted so much time there, you might want to know what I found.  If I'm going down that slope, I'm taking you with me!

Here are some of my pins for today...

Doesn't this look scrumptious?  I have recently jumped back on the Weight Watchers wagon and I'm trying to find things to curb my sweet tooth.  That smooth lemon goodness is calling my name.

This is a really cool site with all kinds of Bible reading plans.  I normally do my Bible study/reading in the evenings, but I've been trying to start my days with something peaceful, so I started this today!

I {heart} this hair!  I wish mine was that full and wavy and pink.  I would totally dye my hair like this.

After my last post, I was thrilled to find this!  I have really been trying to get my brain under control and things like this help me.  Check it out...

I love pickles!  Especially Claussen.  They are uncooked and you buy them in the refrigerated section of the store.  I have wanted to try my hand at pickles for a while now and my hubby and I decided in a week, we're doing it.  These look like a good one to try.

What are you pinning today?


Friday, August 21, 2015


I have a confession.  I think I have ADHD.

I want to apologize to anyone who has ever had a conversation with me.  I'm sorry.  It must be excruciating for you.

When I look at the picture above, I can relate.  This is what it's like inside Cheryl's brain most of the time.  It's not that I want to be scattered.  Truth is, I really, really, really love organization. But I get derailed by shiny things.  All. The. Time.

It's been a joke for a while now that I have "Adult ADHD".  Well, folks. it might be true!  I went to the doctor a few months ago and there was a chart on the wall similar to this...
OMG.  I have them all!

Now, this doesn't necessarily mean I have ADHD.  I know this.  And I have no plans to see a doctor and become a zombie by taking medication for this.  However, it made me think.  I have noticed in the last couple of years that lack of focus, trouble with concentration and disorganization have become the norm for me.  I don't like that.  I don't like it one bit.

So, I'm going to do something about it.

What am I going to do?  I'm going to educate myself and learn to control my thoughts  What a concept!  I may actually have ADHD and it may be a real medical condition, but I believe I can change my mind, my habits and my thinking and not have to take medication.

I found a few things to try that I'd like to share with you.

1. Make lists.  When your brain is scattered, you may start 12 projects and never finish one.  I've discovered when I write down my list of projects at the beginning of the day, it keeps me on task most of the time.  Think of everything you need to accomplish that day and make a detailed list.  Then, stick to it.

2. Limit distractions.  If you are trying to finish something in the kitchen, but your favorite show is on TV, it's hard to stay in the kitchen and finish.  Turn off the distraction and focus on the task at hand.  Maybe you need complete silence.  Or maybe you need upbeat music.  Either way, find your "happy place" where your brain is calmer and not pulled away by distractions and go there when you're working.

3. Train your brain.  Try doing brain teasers or crossword puzzles.  I've been told our brain is a muscle and like anything else, we need to train it.  Practice focusing.  If you feel your thoughts drifting, pull yourself back in.  After a while, this will become second nature.

4. Get an accountability partner.  When I started really trying to get a handle on my brain, I decided I need someone to help make sure I'm completing tasks.  I can start 542 tasks, but I may only finish 6.  I have started telling my husband what I'm going to work on and asking him to check in with me to make sure I did it and finished.  It may sound silly, but having someone "check up" on you will help you complete your tasks.

These are just a few things I've learned that help me out.  

Do you have ADD/ADHD?  If so, how do you deal?

The struggle is real, folks.  The struggle is real.

Now I'm on to do some work and try to maintain focus.  I'll be fine as long as I stop watching the elephants on TV.  I love elephants!  And that's why I must turn it off now.