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How many times a week do we say this phrase to our little Coleman?  I sat next to my husband on our way to the soccer game and heard, “It doesn’t matter if you win, but it matters if you do your best.  All the time.”


Is that really true?  It’s easy to say it when he’s five years old and his soccer team, the Red Dragon Ninjas (or the Red Pepperonis, depending on the day) are just learning to play the game.  Will we still believe it when the stakes are higher?

I hope so.  Because it really is true.  I’ll take a hard worker any day.

Do your best, buddy.  And yes, you’re in charge of treats this week and we didn’t forget them.

Treats are all that really matter, right?


Click here for the Silhouette tutorial of my “Do Your Best” quote.  It’s a good one for using the print and cut feature on your machine.



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I’m a reader.  I would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else.  So, when I saw these fabulous magnetic bookmarks over at the Silhouette blog, my heart raced a little bit with joy.  Then to know she used all of my shapes to make her project happen – well, that’s the best thing ever!

Here’s a print + cut version using my Teeny Tiny Card Kits (love this!) then adding a printed quote to each card to make a magnetic bookmark.  Whether you need a bookmark or not, it’s helpful to see how she used the print + cut feature to color in the quotes – it’s great for cardmaking because my quotes can often be difficult to cut small enough for a card.  You’ll see that filling in the words and phrases like this is why each of my quote files have a totally merged version (for easy one-color creating) as well as an unmerged version so you can add fill color any way you choose.  These results are fabulous and they really show how great the multi-colored quotes can look.


Check out the Silhouette tutorial and find links to each file here.  This will work for any of my quote files.  (Remember that this is for Silhouette users! Find my files over at Lori Whitlock’s svg shop if you are using a different cutting machine).

Then, if you want to use a variety of colors on your vinyl projects and how to manipulate the placement of words, check out this tutorial for one way to make that happen or this tutorial from Lisa over at greylustergirl.



We’re headed into project season – use both of these tutorials to make all of your Halloween, Thanksgiving and Holiday projects!

Looking for a book to use your new bookmarks in?  

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Violets of March by Sarah Jio

Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano

House of Tyneford: A Novel by Natasha Solomons

The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel by Richard C. Morais

Belong to Me: A Novel by Maria de los Santos (last in a series of 3 – start with Love Walked In then Falling Together )

The Orchid House by Lucina Riley





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Here are two ideas for neighbor gifts with great tags using some of my Silhouette holiday shapes.  Click here for all of the shapes in my Silhouette store or get the svg files for other cutters in Lori Whitlock’s shop here.

Check out Lisa’s neighbor gifts and the sleek tag she used.   The cracker toffee recipe and steps to creating this fabulous gift idea is found here.  Want to find this “Merry Christmas” phrase?  Click here to see it in my Silhouette shop.


I’m making this cracker toffee….NOW!  Yum.  And oh so cute.



All those Mrs. Clauses out there – this is the perfect gift to give to all of the women in your life.  This is a clever and creative idea from the Silhouette blog using my “Sweetest Christmas Wishes” layered phrase.  Click here to find the phrase in my Silhouette store.  For the entire Mrs. Claus Treat Box tutorial, click here.


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The Silhouette blog has been busy as we head into Thanksgiving.  Here is a simple tutorial about how to ungroup my quotes or phrases as well as how to create a border/mat using the offset command.   Click here for the complete instructions.  This same tutorial will work with most of my quotes and phrases so be sure to pin it for future use!  Find my “so thankful for you” layered quote in my Silhouette here.


And here’s a cute card using my banner words – Thanksgiving themed.   Click here for that post and here to find the shape in my Silhouette store.



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For one day of our daily calendar this week we were asked to share a short inspirational quote with the Healthy Living Challenge group.  We all need some inspiration, right?  Here’s a list of our quotes.

  • We are what we repeatedly do. – Jenn
  • Don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 20. – Pam
  • I am awesome because I’m humble. (Woody Paige) – Brooke
  • Hope on.  Journey on. (Jeffrey R. Holland) – Becky
  • Strength and struggle go together.  The supreme reward of struggle is strength.  LIfe is a battle and the greatest joy is to overcome.  The pursuit of easy things makes men weak.  Do not equip yourselves with superior power, then hope to escape the responsibility and work.  It cannot be done.  It is following the path of least resistance that makes rivers and men crooked. (Ralph Parlette) – Sandi
  • Anything can become a habit – it’s up to YOU what they are. – Bonnie
  • Embrace the suck! – Joy
  • Nothing tastes better than thin feels! – Susan B.
  • If you want to improve your life, start by being kind to yourself. – Amber H.
  • Give up something good for something better! – Katie
  • A successful woman is one who can build a foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her. – Pam
  • Everything you are learning now is preparing you for something else. (Marjorie Pay Hinckley )– Lori
  • You try, you fail.  You try, you fail.  The only true failure is when you stop trying.  Try again! (Haunted Mansion movie) – Tera
  • We can do hard things! – Susan B. (this is her motto for the year – she has lost over 60 pounds since January!)
  • If one dreams lofty dreams, so shall he become. There is magic in the way one thinks. If we expect the worst, we will get the worst. If we expect the best, we will receive the best. If we train our minds to have faith in God and ourselves, we are using one of the great laws of life. If we think and live righteously, happiness will find its place in our lives. It is amazing when we expect the best how forces are set in motion which cause the best to materialize. Our thoughts more than circumstances determine the course of our lives. These thoughts carve their impression on our faces, in our hearts, and on the tablet if our eternal souls. (Howard W. Hunter) – LynDee
  • Nothing is impossible.  The word itself says, “I’m Possible!” – Kelly
  • Start every day by giving everyone a clean slate. – Cassidy
  • Never give up on anyone.  And that includes not giving up on yourself.  (Dieter F. Uchtdorf) – Becky
  • Don’t you give up.  Don’t you quit.  You keep walking.  You keep trying.  There is help and happiness ahead….it will be all right in the end.  Trust God and believe in good things to come. (Jeffrey R. Holland) – Katie
  • Anger is like holding on to a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone – you are the one who gets burned. – Susan H.
  • It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is.  It all works out.  I say that to myself every morning.  It will all work out.  If you do your best, it will all work out.  Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future.  The Lord will not forsake us.  He will not forsake us…if we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings.  He will hear our prayers. (Gordon B. Hinckley) – LeeAnne
  • Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.(Nido Qubein) – Diane
  • I have a problem with low self-esteem, which is really ridiculous when you consider how amazing I am. – Pam

And my personal favorite contribution of the week from Brooke:

No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping the people on the couch.

Oh yeah.

I’ve also added more vinyl quotes to my Silhouette store.  Some are inspirational.  Some are for fun.  Some are because they seem to say just the right thing.

Enjoy them all!

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Whenever I design things for real life I try to do it with other work in mind.  I think about how it can apply to the various work projects I am assigned so that I can use it a variety of ways.  It’s one way I can be efficient in my designing.  So I have some odds and ends from the last couple months that I have uploaded to the Silhouette store that I wanted to share with you.

If you are LDS, you will like the Young Men/Young Women theme images that I did to help out my friend for New Beginning’s activity.  With Girls Camp season coming, I wanted to make sure you had some artwork to play with on your Silhouette.  Click on the image to be sent to my store.

I also used this “shine” as part of the event and since it works for anyone, especially with summer here, I wanted to make sure you had it.  They used this as the event title.  Oh, how I love using one strong word for the theme of an activity or event!  I can’t think of a better message to give anyone, especially teenage girls, to help them understand their purpose on earth and give them encouragement to believe they are awesome.

And with my busy schedule I didn’t have a chance to blog about the set of phrase cards I did a few weeks ago.  Perfect for graduation, mothers, daughters, friends, grandmas, sisters.  Plus, teacher appreciation here and here.  Check them out – of course, I always have to include a thank you card option!  Click on each word or the images below to find them in my Silhouette store.

I tucked a mother’s day card into a gift I was giving to a friend just to celebrate her role as a mother.  This can be done any time of year – not just Mother’s Day.  I used the “Mother” card base and added the script “so grateful” from the “Thanks” card.  These can all be mixed and matched or even used for different projects.

Happy Cutting!

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About a month ago my mother handed me a $20 bill and a tiny frame with a little post-it note attached.  It said, “Stop It.”  “Blue and green.” “Small.”

It was her way of telling me that she wanted the words from Dieter Uchtdorf’s latest talk designed in some lovely way for her home and was willing to pay for it.  For Mother’s Day, I made this project for her and wrapped it up in a polka-dot bag with her $20 tucked inside.  To be honest, I love being able to give something that a person really wants so it was my pleasure to create this little treasure for her…minus the frame, minus the payment, and minus the blue and green color combo that she requested.  After all, I had thought of something so much more beautiful.  And cool.  Yes, I had to make my Mom’s gift cool.  She may be in her 70s but she doesn’t act like it so why should her home decor?

This phrase was just a part of a bigger message that has been put together nicely here by Nick Sorensen, but I like these two simple words – I think they can stand on their own.  I believe that everyone has something in their life that they want to change or improve and these six letters are a gentle but clear reminder to stop whatever it is we are doing in favor of making a change.  Chewing your nails, eating a bucket of fried chicken every day, choosing negative comments or thoughts…we have to just stop it, right?  Motivation doesn’t come simpler than that.

My Silhouette files this week were inspired by this project.  You get a variety of Lace Background Patterns (Chevron included) and Stencil Phrases in current themes to pair them with (Father’s Day, Graduation/Congrats, Thank You, Love Life).  I also threw in some borders and blank frames because I know how much we all need those as well.  They match the Artisan Chain design.  Hooray!




How did I make Mom’s “Stop It” wall art?

1.  Scaled Chevron Lace pattern to be 4″ wide and cut it out.  Cut out a background square as well.  White-on-white again – could anything be more beautiful?  And subtle.  She knows what it means and why she is inspired by it.  It doesn’t have to scream at her to get the point across.  Soft, lovely, approachable.

2.  Cut a piece of chipboard 4″ square and mount solid square and chevron pattern to it.  Cut out “Stop It” phrase from “Love Life” shape file.  Remove words from phrase (ungroup and highlight words then delete them) and cut out an extra solid oval.  Mount it behind the phrase so you can see what the words say.  I used a very, very light blue color.  Just a tiny bit of contrast to be able to read the words.  Again – subtle.

3.  Punch two small holes at top of 4″ square and tie a ribbon through to create a hanger.  The ribbon is the pale shade of blue I used behind the words.

Tiny.  Lovely.  Sweet.  Subtle.  Perfect.

She loved it so much more than how it would have looked in her fancy frame.  Dieter Uchtdorf’s wife is her friend so she asked for one more to give to her.  High praise, if I do say so myself.  Use any of the Lace Background Patterns and Stencil Phrases that I have uploaded this week in my Silhouette store to create a project just like this, a card for Father’s Day or Graduation, or just to say that you are grateful.  You’ll want all of the files this week – lots of uses and lots of choices so add them to your library and start creating.  Click here to go to my Silhouette store.

As you can see, I’m in love with white-on-white right now.  It’s so clean and fresh.  Check out this great technique while using color here at Inspiration Ave.

Happy cutting!

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