Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fun with Vinyl!

Since purchasing my Silhouette, I have fallen in love with cutting vinyl.  Now, I realize that the Cricut I had for years could cut vinyl also, but I was sorta on my own personal strike.  I always had issues with the Cricut - even when I got my Gypsy - because the things I wanted to make required better fonts or changing of the design somewhat.  This was just not an option with the Cricut.  So, I pouted.  And didn't cut vinyl.

Fast forward to the glorious day in February when I received my Cameo.  I had vinyl I'd bought before and never used and I became a cutting fool!  I'm still getting my feet wet with the techniques and haven't quite conquered layering, but I'm having fun!

My manager is graduating from nursing school next week and gave me my first "for real" vinyl order.  The pics aren't good because I wasn't feeling well (stinking winter cold) and I didn't take time to set up a background and all that jazz.  But....I thought I'd share anyway.

I got the cups from www.saveacup.com and here's the stock photo:


And here's what she asked me to do to make them snazzy:


I put some paper inside because it was hard to see the decal.


I also took a picture of the decal before applying since it's a pain in the hiney to take a picture of a curved surface!


I found this heart shaped stethoscope by searching on Google.  I imported it into my Silhouette and traced it.


And here they are all lined up!  I messed up a few before really getting them right, but once I got a system going, they were pretty quick and simple to do.

Happy Thursday!
Cheryl

Friday, November 21, 2014

Planning my 2015 Planner...


So, I'm planning my 2015 planner right now.  I have fallen in love with the ARC system by Staples and have spent a few weeks trying to get it just right to fit my needs.  BUT...  I'm super cheap.  I refuse to spend $5.00 on a pack of blank calendar pages from Staples when I don't love the fonts (good fonts are a MUST!) and I don't really love the design. 

So, I've been working on some printables for my book. After waffling back and for for what seems like seventeen years, I decided to start with a very plain blank calendar and then spruce it up as I go.

On a side note, I believe I have ADHD.  Not even kidding.  What has happened, since day one of planner planning, is I get off to a running start, then go to Pinterest for "inspiration" and it's all downhill from there.  I cannot focus if Pinterest is anywhere in sight.  I'm sure some of you have fallen into the black hole that is Pinterest.  You fall in, then cannot find your way out for about 6.5 hours! 

I. Can't. Help. Myself.

It's pathetic and childish, but it's me.  And today, I'm proud to say that I finished my blank lined pages and I want to share them with you!  I love sharing.  It's such fun!

You can download the blank pages HERE.  If you print them and make 'em fancy, send me a pic, will ya?  Pretty please?

Happy Planning!
Cheryl



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Taco Soup Recipe

I shared this on my other blog and thought you all might be interested...


I {heart} Taco Soup!  Years ago, during one of my many attempts at weight loss, I got this recipe at a Weight Watchers meeting.  I have loved it ever since!  It's one of my go to recipes when it's cold outside and I'm craving something savory.  Try it!  I know you'll love it!

It's almost as simple as the picture above.  Are you ready?

Weight Watchers Taco Soup
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cans (15 oz) chili beans (I like mexican style chili beans)
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes & green chilis (like Ro-Tel)
In a skillet, cook onion and ground beef until done.

Add the beef to your slow cooker, then add all the remaining ingredients and stir.  Cook on high for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.  If you'd like, you can cook it on low for 4-5 hours.

That's all folks.

ENJOY!!

I highly recommend this recipe.  I have tried many taco soups and this is by far my favorite.  The fact that it's healthy is just an added benefit!

Smiles,
Cheryl

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My new blog...

Hi guys!  I just wanted to let you know I started a new blog on a totally different subject - weight loss and health.  Pink and Paper isn't going away, but I thought I'd share this if any of you are interested:


I know it's been a while and I've been working on some new things to share with you all.  I hope to share very soon!

Hugs,
Cheryl

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Something Wicked This Way Comes

I am a big chicken.  Like seriously, I am a 39 year old woman (WOW - That birthday last month made me feel a little old...) who is still somewhat afraid of the dark.  I don't really like to admit this but my hubby works nights, so I'm alone a lot in the dark.  If I have to wake up in the middle of the night and go to another room of the house, you can guarantee my house is lit up like the Griswald's yard at Christmas.  I turn on lights as I go.  

I do not watch scary movies, nor do I go to haunted houses.  When I was dating Charles, he thought it would be fun to go to a haunted forest out in the woods.  Now, at the time, I thought I could handle it because I was going to try new things and not be afraid.  Well, that lasted all of 47 seconds.  I started panicking while we were in line.  Once we started to walk in, I told Charles to walk behind me and keep his hands on my arms.  I proceeded to pull the hood on my jacket as tight as possible and never opened my eyes.  Fortunately, we had other folks with us, so I waked behind them and they sorta led me through.  It was horrifying.  And no, I wasn't a young teen then.... I was 26.  Sad, I know.

I said all of this to say that Halloween has never been one of my favorite holidays.  They show scary movies on TV for weeks ahead, people have scary things on their porches, and you never know when something might jump out from behind the bushes.

This year, I have strangely enjoyed getting ready for Halloween.  I am not sure why, but I keep seeing fun things like sparkly pumpkins and cute owls and now I like it a little more.  I was hoping to maybe even decorate my house, and decided to make some printables.  I posted one last week HERE.

This is my second, and my favorite.  I really don't want anything wicked to come this way, but I love the fonts and stuff.


You can download this printable as a PNG file HERE or as a PDF file HERE.

If you print this and decorate with it, I'd love to see the pictures!

Hugs,
Cheryl

Friday, September 26, 2014

Awesome "A" Fonts

I need to go to font rehab.  Seriously.  Since I got my Sihouette Cameo and it can cut ANY fabulous font I can find, I can't stop downloading.  I seriously cannot stop.  Typography is sooooo beautiful and I adore lovely lettering.  It's a sickness.  But a good one, right?

I thought, since I can't stop downloading, I would share the font drug with all of you. 

Enjoy, but beware.

Once you're hooked, there's no turning back.



Happy Fonting!
Cheryl

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Planner in Progress

A few weeks ago, I purchased some item from the Arc system by Staples.  If you're not familiar with that, check it out HERE.  I am totally enthralled with making my own planner and notebooks using these discs and the printables I plan to make..someday.  The problem is that I've been busy and have yet to set up my planner, make the pages and fancy it up.  

Having my priorities straight, I decided to cut a vinyl design for the front of my empty planner...  It's a start, right?


The weeding was a giant pain in my hiney, but I love it!  This is one of my favorite scriptures and one of my favorite fonts.  You can get the font HERE.

I will be filling the planner soon...I hope.  I will share those pages just as soon I stop procrastinating and do it!

If you're interested in making your own planner or notebooks using the Arc system, you can purchase what you need on Amazon by going HERE.  Everything you buy through this link helps support Pink and Paper.

Happy Wednesday!
Cheryl


Monday, September 22, 2014

Honey, Have you seen the remote?

Since my bout with meningitis in January, my memory has been less than stellar.  I'm told the after effects of the virus are similar to those of a traumatic brain injury.  While I am getting better with time - and believe that God healed me - I am not fully back to normal yet.  One of the worst things I do with this crazy memory of mine is carry stuff into other rooms with me, put it down, then forget about it until I need it again.  I know some people do this without a "brain injury", but I'm telling ya, I do it ALOT!

We look for our remotes regularly.

Like almost daily.

Because I've carried them to another room absentmindedly.

The strangest place we've found one is on the shelf where we keep our towels in the back bathroom.  I was folding towels one day on my couch, watching TV.  I picked up the towels to put away and apparently had the remote in my hand.  I put it on the shelf under the towels.  Fortunately, since I've done this so much lately, we now know to retrace my steps and we found it in a mere 25 minutes.

I'd seen this on Pinterest a while back and had it on my to do list.  I grabbed some vinyl scraps and did this:


I just got a TV for my craft room, thus prompting me to move this project to the top of my list.  I cannot imagine how much I could mix up 3 remotes instead of 2!

Of course, I used pink vinyl to match the pink theme of my craft room.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it.  I tried measuring the remotes, but as you can see by how large the letters are, I didn't plan too well.  I decided even though they're HUGE, I am not re-cutting them.  

The font I used was Caprica Script.  You can download it HERE.

I used painter's tape as my transfer tape to put them on.  It took a whopping 5 minutes and this project was done!

If you label your remotes using vinyl or stickers or whatever, I'd love to see a pic!

On a final note, Pink and Paper is finally back on Facebook.  Check me out at
facebook.com/PinkandPaper.

Hugs!
Cheryl