Craftwell and Sabor Cinco De Mayo Hop

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!  Welcome and I hope you are enjoying the awesome blog hop between Sabor Papel and Craftwell today!



I used papers from the Ole’ and Amor collection to create the following cards:

Sabor Craftwell Cinco De Mayo Card by Tyra Babington _edited-1


Sabor Craftwell Cinco De Mayo Fiesta Card by Tyra Babington _edited-1

The festive and colorful collections make these cards party ready! Enjoy the hop! Sending you off with crafty wishes and washi tape dreams!

—> Tyra Babington  <—



Winter/Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!

Hey guys!

When I saw the announcement that Coffee Loving Cardmakers would be a Winter/Holiday themed coffee lovers blog hop (say that three times FAST) I just knew I had to participate!


I won an Instagram contest sponsored by Elle’s Studio and the prize pack was chock full of goodies from Elle’s Studio Let’s Eat and Cienna collections.  Combine that goodness with a throwback holiday stamp set from Elle’s Studio and a card was born:

Merry Christmas 2015 Card Elles Studio JustTyra

I super love it (is that even a sentence?)! I have followed Elle’s Studio for quite some time now and I think their collections are super fab! Thank you very much Elle’s Studio!

Check out the entire blog hop HERE.

Sending you off with crafty wishes and washi tape dreams!

xo, Tyra

Ornament Surprise Box

Hey Guys!

I’m so excited to end the year off right by participating in the Silhouette Challenge Group! I found this group on a whim and now have the chance to take part in the grand finale — the Holiday Challenge!


This Month’s Theme


No matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, we’d love to see how you use your Silhouette to tackle a holiday or winter-related project.  DIY gift wrap, handmade gifts, holiday décor…it all applies!

Optional bonus challenge…


Work some snazzy stripes into your holiday project this month and you earn the title of multi-tasker extraordinaire!  

Challenged Accepted!

Ornament GiftBox JustTyra


This project is so so cheesy easy using my silhouette portrait! I created a holiday ornament gift box thats versatile to use as a teacher gift, party favor or to decorate your tree!


 Step 1. Select Patterned Paper.  I choose paper from a 12 x 12 holiday themed paper pad so I didn’t have to think about coordinating patterns or colors! The holidays are busy enough!

Step 2. Select Design.  I selected Lori Whitlock’s “3d box ornate band christmas tree ornament” from the Silhouette Store! It’s Design ID #34921 and on currently sale for 75 cents!

Step 2. Arrange and cut design in Silhouette.  This design consists of two cut files and I planned on creating more than one ornament so I ungrouped the two cut files.  I selected the outer filigree-like cut file and made three copies of it onto an area sized to 8.5 by 11 inches (standard paper size) and cut the pattern out.  I selected the coverstock setting since my paper is  80 pound coverstock and made a few adjustments to the cut settings:     Speed: 1 / Thickness 33 / Double Cut.

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I cut the box onto a coordinating patterned paper.  Notice that the design doesn’t perfectly fit onto the area (also sized to 8.5 by 11 inches) but that’s completely okay!  That section will remain uncut and you case use scissors to finish cutting the edge. This edge is eventually folded and hidden on the inside of the box!  Cut this box three separate times.

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The holiday paper pack I selected included an assortment of sentiments, so I cut one out and added the sentiment to the front of the ornament.  I used strong double-sided adhesive tape to close and seal the ornament.  This is especially important when you add a tasty treat inside. No spoiling the surprise!

Let’s take a Look at this fun ornament again, shall we?

Ornament GiftBox JustTyra

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!

Easy Glitter Snowflake Ornament Ornament Surprise Box Merry & Bright Christmas Stocking Gift Card Holder Holiday Projects with Heat Transfer Vinyl Christmas Tree Card Display Easy DIY Hello Kitty Ornaments Fa la la Christmas Shirt Make Printed Holiday Tea Towels Christmas Tree Countdown: December Silhouette Challenge Modern Advent Calendar 'All is Calm, All is Bright' Canvas Sign Tutorial DIY Faux Aged Copper Snowflake Ornaments from a Cereal Box! "Good King Wenceslas" Christmas Mondegreen Cutting Board Sew Easy Pillow Covers Easy Gold Striped Monogram Ornament Monthly Dry Erase Planner Handmade Christmas Tags Cactus Gift + Printable Buffalo Plaid Gift Tags Coffee Mug Gift for the Star Wars Geek Hot Chocolate Stirring Spoons & Gift Tags Cut File Merry and Bright Christmas Pillow Damask Reindeer Print Ikea Star Ornament DIY Etched Nativity Ornament Fa La La La Pillow {Tutorial} DIY Split Monogram Pillow Fun Holiday Gift Tags - Free Print and Cut Etched in Glass DIY Easy Red and White Christmas Pillows 3 Easy Ways to Create Christmas Baby Onesies with HTV Easy Christmas Gifts for Teachers and Classmates

1. Beauty in the Mess // 2. JustTyra // 3. Dream a Little Bigger // 4. Simply Kelly Designs // 5. The Stamp Doc // 6. From Wine to Whine // 7. TheKimSixFix // 8. unOriginal Mom // 9. HaberdasheryFun // 10. Tastefully Frugal // 11. Sisters, What! // 12. Small Stuff Counts // 13. Where The Smiles Have Been // 14. Whatcha Workin’ On? // 15. Designed Decor // 16. Architecture of a Mom // 17. Decor Adventures // 18. Create & Babble // 19. Tori Grant Designs // 20. Tried & True // 21. The Thinking Closet // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. Get Silvered // 24. McCall Manor // 25. Cutesy Crafts // 26. Ginger Snap Crafts // 27. My Favorite Finds // 28. Cupcakes&Crowbars // 29. Pineapples & Pinecones // 30. The Crafting Nook // 31. It Happens in a Blink // 32. Alayna’s Creations

Silhouette Giveaway!

There is also a fun giveaway being hosted by the Silhouette Challenge Group. Click HERE for the deets!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Sending you off with Crafty Wishes and Washi Tape Dreams! xo, Tyra

Blitsy Golden Scissors Blog Hop


Happy Wednesday! You should have arrived here from Jennifer Synder’s Blog! And by now you should now all the deets, but just in case, Blitsy is at is again giving away not just any pair of scissors, but Golden Scissors! Actually Each blog in today’s hop is giving away a pair of Golden Scissors so you have multiple chances to win!  Just leave a comment about the Black Friday sneaks I’ll reveal below!

BUT WAIT! there’s more

If you win a pair of Golden Scissors, you will be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for $1000.00 to spend at Blitsy or a Year’s worth of Craft Supplies! So, leave a comment about the Black Friday Sneaks!

Commenting/entries open until 7pm CST on Thanksgiving. Winners will be announced during Blitsy’s #blitsysleepover Pajama Party and posted on Blitsy’s Blog.

Before you leave, I would love to leave with you with a fun Design Tip and, of course, those Black Friday Sneaks!

Design Tips: Use non holiday papers to create holiday tags!

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Use holiday themed dies + non holiday  pattern papers to create Christmas tags. I simply I use reds, greens, black and white patterns, adding a little sparkle to create these holiday tags. 

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Blitsy Back Friday Sneaks:

  • ScraPerfect Perfect Crafting Pouch Little Pouch on sale Cyber Monday for $2.99 (reg MSRP $7.99) So I did a little research on this fabulous tool and it’s amazing! Save one for me ’cause I’m picking on up pronto! stat!  It:
    • STOPS BLEEDING & SMEARING of wet inks
    • DRIES INKS instantly
    • ANTI-STATIC BAG for glitter & embossing powders
    • RELEASE AGENT for polymer clay & other modeling compounds
    • DE-ACTIVATES stickers, sticky tapes, and other adhesives
  • American Crafts Zap Embossing Heat Gun on sale Friday for $11.99 (reg MSRP $24.99)   I have had my heat gun for almost five years and it’s perfect for setting embossing powder and quickly drying my projects.

New sales are launching Black Friday at 12am CST, Saturday 6am CST, Sunday 6am CST, and Cyber Monday 6am CST.

Honorable Mention Sales” — Keep an eye out for these! There might be a fantastic sale or two.

  • Friday: Peerless Watercolors
  • Sunday: Ranger Embossing Powders, Glitter, & More! (include TH)
  • Monday: Hero Arts Stamps & Dies

Sending you off with washi tape wishes and crafty dreams — xo, Tyra

The next stop in today’s Blog Hop is Katie King!

Here’s the full hop list so you don’t miss out on your chance to win!


Morena Hockley

Carisa Zglobicki 

Stacey Gibbon

Laurel Beard

Latrice Murphy

Stephanie Chan

Kim Dellow

Chrissie Tobas

Adrianne Surian

Jennifer Snyder

Tyra Babington

Katie King

Playing Along with The Curtain Call Challenge

It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in a card challenge! I’m so excited to play along with the Curtain Call’s latest challenge, Pretty Pumpkins:


Inspired by the beautiful and crisp autumn palette, I created this card:

Nutty For You Card Curtain Call Just Tyra

How fun it is to create just for creating. Sending you off with crafty wishes and washi tape dreams!


Featured on Blitsy Today: Cards for Special Occasions

*This is my second post today! Please check out my Craftwell Post here*


I’m over on the Blitsy Blog today sharing a card I created using the awesome Memory Box Open Studio Die-Circle Forest Scene die set.  Memory Box dies cuts heavyweight card stock so well.  I used 80 up to 100 pound card stock for this card and I had not one problem whatsoever.

Here is a peek

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LOVE how this card came together!  I might pop onto Periscope to share my supply list and comment on the steel dies I used to pull this card together. Would you be interested?

In other Blitsy news:

  •  Blitsy has launched #BlitsyLive Livestream content, featuring some of the newest products sold on Blitsy (there’s practically something new everyday, seriously). Check it out and let ’em know I sent you 🙂
  • Blitsy has a special little Facebook group, where members can get exclusive news on items coming to the store as well as share feedback directly to the lovely folks at Blitsy.  If you are interested, please leave me a comment here or on my Facebook page and I’ll invite you to this magical little group.

How are you doing today? At the time of this writing, I’m rather fantastic, thankful for healthy kids, my family and an extended weekend coming up.  I love fall in the Midwest, so I’m going to brave taking my kids (by myself) to an orchard.  Sending crafty wishes and washi tape dreams, my dears. Hugs – – Tyra 🙂

Clique Kits October Pep Rally

Clique Kits is having the Pep Rally Today!



The challenge:  Anything goes!

The Kit: Funfetti

Clique Kits Funfetti

What a beautiful, amazing kit full of bright papers, alphas and sentiments that make my heart smile!  I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and create something for my little girl.  Although she’s elementary age, learning this year to read, count (to 1000 +) and make friends at her new school, I noticed she is really hard on herself, focusing on the things she got incorrect (versus celebrating her wins), or friends she didn’t make and worries about tomorrow.  I’ve finally realized that she is just a miniature version of me, with kid-sized challenges mirroring my adult-sized ones.

CK Oct Blog Share

This 12 x 12 layout features PinkFresh Studio’s Happy Things – Happy Words/Rustic Words sentiments layered with patterned papers and coordinating puffy stickers.  I will place this layout in a frame and hang on her wall.  This layout is just as much for me as it is for her.  I’ll probably add a picture of us in the center as a reminder that I’ll always be there to support her, reminding her (and myself) to smile, laugh, love and be yourself.

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop! Sending you off with crafty wishes and washi tape dreams! Hugs! Tyra 🙂

 October 2015 Line-Up

Clique Kits
Leeann Pearce
Megan Blethen
Emma Pescott
Renee Aslette
Sandy Gonzalez
Tyra Babington


Design Times, October 2015

Happy Friday!

Ready for the weekend?  My weekend started a little early! One of my sisters is on a “Midwest Nostalgia” tour (she’s visiting family) and made a pit stop at our house!  She’s already gone and we miss her so!  My hubs, kiddos and I have plans visit to a pumpkin patch, do a little grilling, and watch a little football and baseball.

As for me — well you know that I’m going to fit a little crafting in this weekend. Here’s what’s up:

Design Times October 2015

  1. Did you know that Blitsy has redesigned their site? They’ve added a color (yellow!), but more importantly, have made enhancements to their “My Account” page as well as the Instructional Video and Blog pages.
  2. I’ve been invited back to the Craftwell Design Team! This month Craftwell wants you to #fallforebrush this October! (what a fun play on words).  For all the contest deets, click HERE. As part of my second term, I received this mysterious little machine last week and I can’t wait to use it.  The ebrush’s claim to fame is the ability to use any marker to create spray art. I’ll share my creations on Periscope!
  3. Speaking of Periscope, this super slow video producer has dreams of becoming a Periscope Princess. Periscope is the latest social media tool to connect LIVE with others sharing the same interests.  While you can watch scopes on your computer desktop, I’m super obsessed with watching live broadcasts from my phone so I can send billions o’ hearts to my fellow crafty broadcasters.  I added a periscope button to my blog in the side bar.  when it’s red I’m live! Watch me, watch me! WHAT! I also decided to open my Periscope @craftswag channel for crafty reviews.
  4. I just received my Clique Kit!! I’m unboxing this baby on Periscope! Catch me there!

I’m signing off & sending you Crafty Wishes and Washi Tape Dreams!

xo, Tyra

A Fab collabo with Teresa Collins and Craftwell!

This is my second post of the day! Check out everything Blitsy HERE.

Craftwell is collaborating with Teresa Collins this week featuring stunning acetate and gold accented Glam Factor, Collectors Edition and Project Pink.  Here is a super sneak here:


Excuse me while I dial the year 1998 and request permission to use the word “bling-bling” because that’s what this card is all about! Enough of my silliness — check out the full reveal here 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by! xo, Tyra

Designing with Blitsy

Happy Friday!

Let’s talk about Blitsy.

Did you know that Blitsy accepts Big Box Store Coupons! *faints* Check out the details here.

I’m enjoying the Free Classes Blitsy is now offering..I’m loving the garland, this jewelry tray and this vintage card.  Oodles of crafty goodness and supplies all in one place.  And there’s one more thing. (I almost don’t want you to even click that one last thing)

I’m sharing over on Blitsy super quick and easy ideas for creating cards with 6 x 6 patterned paper and ready made embellishments.  Here is a sneak:

PatternPaperMax Card Sneak for Blitsy TyraBabington

Head on over to Blitsy for the full reveal!