Silhouette Gift Bags and 2 Million Hits Celebration Give Away

Chocolate Candy, Craft Supplies & Soft Socks...How did you know?!

Welcome to DAY ONE of the 2 Million Hits Celebration!  Be sure to scroll down and see what today’s give away is…and I hope you’ll check out this crafty post too. 😉

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I love creating 3D things!  This box is from the tall bracket window box cut file created by Lori Whitlock.

Wow! I sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock makes this!

It AMAZES me that this easy to fold and sturdy box is all cut from a single sheet of 12×12 paper.  It is simple to assemble too.  All you do is fold on the perforated lines and use a little adhesive.  EASY!  It only took 3 sheets of cardstock to make 3 boxes.  I think that’s terrific.

I got those cute and super soft socks at Walmart.  They have aloe in them and feel so nice!

Use the leftovers!

I wanted to use the cut out window from the box for tags but I also wanted to create a white backing for the tags too, that way I could stamp and/or write on them.

If you need an extra piece here or there or want to take something out of a file you’re using you can.  First, click on the image.  Next, click ungroup.

TAG!! You're it!

Now, click off of the image and select the piece you want.  I want that pretty window!  I took it and duplicated it.  Then I cut everything out with ye ‘ole Silhouette Cameo.  Looking to surprise yourself with a Cameo for Christmas?  I bought mine from Expressions Vinyl.

Don't forget to use your leftover paper for Christmas tags!

I used some of my favorite cheap and heavy weight Wausau 110lb white paper for the backs of my tags.  My trusty ATG gun glued the white tag to the colored one that used to be the center of the bag (see top of page).  You know what I do?  I over-glue everything.  If a tag could get by with a single line of glue, I put three.  Case in point, remember when Benjamin could hardly get the label I glued off the can of hot chocolate?  Ridiculous, but I don’t see myself changing any time soon.  LOL!

All of these tags were stamped using Joy’s Life Wintery Puns stamps.

I knew I'd use those plastic Cricut packages one day!

I cut pieces of acetate/plastic from the outer clear box that you remove to get to your new Cricut cartridges.  I have a lot of that plastic saved up.  Too much.  LOL.  I just cut a piece to fit the hole in the box and used my ATG gun to tape it in.  I did drop the socks and the Stickles into those boxes but I put the mini M&Ms in a little bag before putting them in there.  I wouldn’t want food directly touching my reused acetate.  Gross.

Alrighty, let’s get to the good stuff!

I wanted to do something that had millions in it but I couldn’t give away millions of anything, so let’s give away BILLIONS!!  Well, the Cricut Lite Billionaire cartridge anyway. 😉

Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite Silhouette file or Cricut cartridge is.  Either one or both will do!  I’m an equal opportunity die cutter appreciator.  LOL!  I’ll use to choose a winner and will announce who won here on Saturday, December 17.  Hey, you can use the Billionaire cartridge to make things like this – mustache party.


Submitted on 2011/12/12 at 5:40 PM

Congratulations on 2 million hits!! I love your little bags – I want the one full of the stickles (my 4 year old got into mine and used them up). Your Holiday craft ideas are always amazing!
My favorite cartridge right now is the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.

There will be a Give Away each day this week through Friday to celebrate reaching 2 Million hits.  You’re the ones I need to thank, so that’s what the give aways are for.  Thank you! 🙂

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  1. crystalsnap says:

    Currently my fave cartridge is my newest one…… which is Traveler from Creative Memories. We traveled a lot this summer to approx. 6 different parks in GA. Even my 12 yrs. old daughter said it was the best vacation ever.
    Have been eyeing this cartridge too!!!!!

    Crystal R.

  2. Congratulations on the two million hits! This time of year I really enjoy using the Inspired Heart cricut cartridge – especially the nativity and the wise men on the camels – this year I just used it for multi-level tri-fold cards – last year I used them to etch the backs of 15 clear glass plates – etching “wise men still seek Him” around the edge with the wise men/camels in center of plate and on the nativity one I put “the reason for the season” around the edge with the nativity in the center – then filled each plate with a variety of the multiple different kinds of cookies and candies I made and gave the goodie plates to friends and neighbors instead of a store bought gift. Thanks for the opportunity to win this cart! The moustaches and glasses would be a great addition to a New Year’s party!

  3. Congratulations on so many hits! You’re famous! And so very wonderful to share what you do with us! My favorite cartridge right now is Sophisticated – I use it for home decor and layouts. Thanks, Joy, for your fresh and funny way of teaching us. It’s appreciated. You can tell: You have over two million hits!

  4. Congrats on 2 million hits Joy! How exciting!! Thanks for all the inspiration, You Rock!!!!! Love the little boxes, such a fun idea.


  5. Love the snowflakes from the Cricut When It’s Cold Outside! Love the box idea Joy! Now I’m kicking myself for not thingking of keeping all that acetate from Cricut boxes all these years!!

  6. Hello Joy! Congratulations on such a great accomplishment! I only have the Cricut, and it is soooo hard to pick a favorite. I am using Elegant Edges quite a bit and for the season, Winter Woodland and Winter Frolic! Create a Critter is a favorite too!
    Thanks for the chance!

  7. CONGRATS! CONGRATS! CONGRATS! You are Wondeful and full of Life!! I enjoy every post you have done…. These boxes are too adorable!! Going to have to make some! My New fav. cart is the Ribbons and Rosettes Cart, just got it and can’t put it down! Don’t have a Silhouette, yet but I hope to have one soon… Thank you for being such a Great Crafter and Friend. Some day I hope to have the Great please of meeting you face to face. This is going to be a fun week!

  8. prtygrl770 says:

    my favorite cricut cartridge is the new arrival, since i always know who is having a baby i offer the handmade invitations, there friends are always amazed at the beatiful invitations and ask where they can get them. I LOVE MY CRICUT

  9. Right now, my favorite cartridge is the Creative Memories Tis the Season! This cartridge does soooo much! Thanks for all the useful info you give us, Joy!

  10. Congratulations on 2 million hits!! WOW! Love the gift bags. My favorite cartridge is the Ribbons & Rosettes.

  11. Love your work, Joy! My favorite Cricut cartridge right now is Christmas Noel. It was my very first cartridge and I know that I got it for a song at the time, but now that it is discontinued it is well over $100 on ebay at the “buy it now” price! I’m glad I have it!

  12. mom2molly says:

    Congrats, Joy! How exciting!! I just bought the Creative Memories Tis the Season. I haven’t used it yet, but I know I’m going to love it! I also FINALLY bought the Create a Critter cartridge and can’t wait to use it with your punny stamps!! 🙂

  13. Congrats! My favorite cartridge is Art Philosophy. I am also a new MTC user and I have found many awesome SVG sets out there. My newest one is a set of Xmas boxes from SVG Cuts.

    I am looking forward to your week long celebration.



  14. Wow! Congratulations! That is awesome! My favorite cartridge is the Art Philosophy Cartridge from CTMH!

  15. Jeannette Butler says:

    My favorite cartridge is Wild Card closely followed by Stand and Salute. If I were able to chose one of your giveaways, I’d take the craft supplies! I love the stickles glues and don’t have very many! Love the little bit of bling they offer! Thanks, Joy!!!

  16. Congrats on such a huge accomplishment!!! I love Create a Critter right now as my girls are making tags for gifts and cutting out pretty much every critter on that cart this weekend…
    Thank you for the chance to win!!

  17. Lauriejane says:

    Congratulations Joy! I would like to think I contributed a thousand or two to that number ; ) My favorite cricut cartridge would probably be elegant edges. Love the treat bags!

  18. Christine says:

    Congratulations on being a millionaire! I love Kate’s ABCs! I love your blog and all your very creative projects.

    [email protected]

  19. So exciting! Congrats again!! I only have the Cricut right now so I would have to say my absolute favorite Cricut Cartridge is the Art Philosophy! Just love it!

  20. I think my favorite cartridge right now is Winter Frolic and Reate a Critter. Congrats again on the 2 million hits. Thanks for a chance to win this cart.

  21. RachelMarie says:

    Congratulations on 2 Million hits Joy! I love your little bags, so cute!! My favorite cartridge right now is probably Winter Frolic. I’m having a lot of fun making Christmas goodies with it.

  22. lewistruth says:

    Currently my favorite Cricut cartridge is Create a Critter. But I’m thinking that will change when I have more time to play with more of my toys!

  23. I am sooo jealous that you have the cameo! Especially when I see all the awesome projects you do with it! I’ve got to say, my fave cartridge this time of year is Winter Frolic!

  24. Congratulations on 2 million hits!! I love your little bags – I want the one full of the stickles (my 4 year old got into mine and used them up). Your Holiday craft ideas are always amazing!
    My favorite cartridge right now is the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.

  25. Cindy Sue says:

    Today my favorite Cricut cartridge is Elegant Edges. There is no telling what it will be tomorrow!
    Cindy Sue

  26. Amy Morose says:

    Congratulations on the 2 million mark!!! I love the bag full of stickles – too bad that’s not the giveaway 🙂

    My favorite Cricut cart is Campin Critters. There are just so many cute images on that one.

  27. My favorite cartridge is the pagoda. Of course if I get art nouveau that will probably take it’s place!!

  28. Not as I really have a “favorite.” It all depends on what I’m working on. I really like the Winter Village one – especially the Nativity village.

  29. Congrats on 2 million!!!!! I can’t even wrap my head around that number!! My favorite cart right now is Nate’s ABC’s.

  30. ladybugCarrie says:

    Congratulations on 2 million hits! How exciting! 🙂 My favorite Cricut cartridge is Create a Critter. The critters are just too cute! 🙂

  31. I just got my cameo on saturday and love it! I have not had time to download anything from the site yet. I did however cut out the half moon pre loaded on the cameo and it turned out so cute. I like this one for sure!

  32. scrapbooknut67114 says:

    Congrats on 2 million hits! That’s fantastic!! My favorite Cricut cartridge depends on the day and the mood I’m in when it’s time to create! However, I most generally use Everyday Paper Dolls. There’s something for almost every occasion. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  33. Congrats on your 2 million hits. My favorite cart is still create a critter. I have to tell you I was baking boxes yesterday and used an old package from a cart for the window. I am in good company/ 🙂 Mary Beth

  34. SarahEliza19 says:

    Congrats on 2million! I would have to say that at this exact moment I have two fav. carts. I really love mini mosters and the hoot cart. Of course that always changes depending on what project I am working on 🙂 My E has been packed up for the last few monthes(gotta love moving) and I can’t wait to unpack and get to work. Hopefully by then Santa will have left a cartridge or two under my tree. I am sure that those will be my favorite, can’t live without cartridges!

  35. Thanks for the great directions on making that great box! So happy for all your “hits”!

  36. lindagk23 says:

    Congrats on the 2 million hits! That’s awesome! My favorite cart right now is the Art Philopshy one. But love all the Christmas ones too.

  37. CathyinMN says:

    Congratulations on over 2 million hits! And thanks for the chance to win. It’s not fair to ask someone what their favorite cart is; there are so many I love that I don’t have a favorite. Right now I really am loving Art Noveau, Santa’s Village, and Elegant Edges.
    tcsobotka at charter dot net

  38. shoespink says:

    Congrats on the 2 million hits!!!!!! That is just great. I like to see what you come up with.
    My favorite cart is camping Criters. We do alot of camping. Girl Scouts and just family.
    Thank you for all of your FUN hard work.

  39. OMGOSH! You totally crack me up Joy! LOVE the Boxes! And I agree to putting the M&M’s in a bag before putting it in the box… They’re best fresh anyway! LOL I don’t think I’m gonna get the Silhouette for Christmas! (Sad face) Hubby thinks I’m a little “NUTS” on having soooo many machines…. I really don’t think having 2 Expressions, an Imagine, and an E2 that many….
    I really think it’s all in his HEAD! LOL But you’ve totally got me interested in it…. Sooo if not for Christmas… I think I’ll get it for my birthday! It’s only 4 months away… I think I can wait that long… Right? (wink, wink) I’m enjoying learning all about it from you and hope you continue to show it….. This way… When I do get it…. I will be a PRO!
    I’m sooo super happy for you and your 2 million hits… You deserve the praise too… because I really like coming here to learn things that I didn’t know and who better to teach me than YOU! Thanks for all you do for me and everyone else! Oh and my favorite cartridge right now is the “Santa’s Village” Imagine cartridge… even though I don’t own it yet! I really do LOVe it and can’t wait to get it! Even if it’s after Christmas! LOL


  40. So hard to pick a favorite cartridge. I use Accent Essentials a lot and the Paper Dolls for the little ones in the family and some big ones too. Right now I have been using Joys of the Season a lot. I remember when you had the party with the glasses and mustache. That was so cute. Well merry christmas to you. Regina

  41. SherriKay says:

    At the moment, my favorite cartridge is Ribbons and Rosettes. It’s so awesome you hit 2 million viewers. That’s amazing!! I love the boxes and the paper you used to make them. Have a very, merry Christmas to you and yours and Congratulations!!

    [email protected]

  42. so love these lil gift bags!! fav cricut cartridge.. oh my.. how to pick.. RIGHT NOW.. Create a Critter and Winter frolic are a fav with a close to top – New testament! Santa’s village is a fav for my Imagine cartridges!! so love your bags and the paper colors rock!!
    I would love a silhouette -so many awesome cuts out there…. love this cartridge giveaway.. tfs 🙂 congrat’s on your 2 mil hits and here’s to many more thousand hits!! parkernana5 at coxdotnet

  43. Love the goodie boxes! This is one of those times I wish I had a bigger cutter to cut big items like these.

    My favorite is still the Life’s a Beach cartridge. 🙂

  44. Congrats on all the hits. I found your blog via the Lori Whitlock/Kerry Bradford blog hop last week. I love the projects you have here.

    My Cameo came today. And the first thing I cut was a new Sliding Gift Card Holders. I love all of Lori’s boxes.

  45. Congrats on the hits, don’t surprise me though with the wonderful work and ideas you always share. Love the packaging on these gifts, my daughter is doing a exchange at work and this would be great packaging for her gifts.
    Gosh hard question on favorite cartridge. I guess right now I would say Snow Friends as that is what I am using to do my cards right now.
    angel hugs
    angels5.2005 at gmail dot com

  46. crosskris1 says:

    Congrats on so many hits! My favorite cartridge, right now, is Santa’s Village. Loving that nostalgic look and all that you can do with this cart. Thanks for a chance to win.

    dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

  47. RichStampin says:

    Congrats Joy! My favorite cart is Cars. It is also one of my favorite movies

  48. I LOVE IT!!! hahaha! those stickles piled up in there look sooo cute! Also, I’m totally wishing I saved all those plastic thingies from the Cartridges… I always wondered all the different kinds of plastics they use on their windows. And the thing about the over-adhesive-ing… TOO FUNNY!

    I have so many favorite Silhouette cut files, most of them are Lori’s 3D files… I can’t decide, but I was working on her 3D christmas tree the other day and turned them into little favors. Favorite Cricut Cartridge right now is Doodlecharms… so many cutesy images!


  49. NancyRuess says:

    Congratulations Joy, what an achievment!!! I really love the Disney Princess’ cart. My granddaughter is wild about them too.

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