DCD Challeng #184 – Fall is Here

P1080936webFall is Here at Die Cuttin’ Divas!  That’s the theme for this week’s challenge, and autumn officially arrived yesterday!  I celebrated by creating a fall tree.  I have lots of fall files saved on my computer, but this one caught my eye when I was creating, and it inspired me.  I first got my Cricut Expression and Sure Cuts a Lot way back in 2009.  I searched the internet for free svg files, and this was one of them.  I have no idea who created the file or where I downloaded it from, but it sure is fun!  I rolled up some matching yellow cardstock and attached it to the back in hopes that it would just stand up by itself on my photo frame, but it’s really heavy on that left side, so I had to use repositionable tape to adhere it to my wall.

P1080938webIt really looks nice there.  I love the fall colors and the hearts that substitute for leaves.

We’d love to see your fall inspired projects at Die Cuttin’ Divas.  Here are the details for this challenge:

Begins: September 23, 2014, Ends: September 29, 2014, Sponsor: Digital Delights, Prize: $5 Gift Certificate.  Link up your project for a chance to win!


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Acorn Bear card

I needed some fall cards, so I put this one together today.  The base is the Tri Fold card from Designs on Cloud 9, found here.  This card comes with the base and the svgs for the patterned papers that go on top.  It’s a great file to have on hand.  You can use it for all sorts of occasions.  I like to load my mat with a bunch of coordinating papers, cut them out, and mix-n-match to make lots of card bases to have on hand.

That adorable bear is also from DC9, but he’s  discontinued now.  He’s Acorn Bear.  I’ve had him for awhile, but this is the first chance I’ve gotten to use him.

On the inside, I put a bow made from Trendy Twine and Maya Road hemp.

This is what it looks like all opened.  I love the colors of the fall papers that were in my scrap pile.  They’re from K and co.  I used brown skittles to decorate the acorn, and popped him up on dimensionals.


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Cut it Up – Breast Cancer Awareness in 3D

CIU challenge blogWe’re getting ready for Breast Cancer Awareness month at Cut it Up Challenges this time around.  We’re promoting awareness of a new technology, 3D mammography.  Someone we know and love was diagnosed with breast cancer through the use of 3D mammography, and so the challenge is to include a 3D element on your project.  I chose to make a 3D project — three of them, in fact!



I used paper from Mambi sheets breast cancer pack to make these cute purses.  The file is on page 41 of the Artiste Cricut cartridge.  I used both layers of the 3D object.  The tag is from the Autumn Celebrations cartridge on page 54 using the tag, tag shift, base image and shift, and layer 2 shift (shadow.)  To make that tiny paper flower, I used a tiny $1 Recollections punch!


The prize this week is a $20 gift card from As Cute as a Button!  Go look at all the beautiful pink projects over at Cut it Up and then link up your own!  I hope to see your project there!




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My Bat Hero

Funny story . . . One night a short while ago, my husband work up at 4:00 in the morning.  He turned on the bedroom light and said, “I knew it!”  I woke up at that point said, “What?”  He said, “There’s a bat in here!”  And so there was.  He was flying around the room near the ceiling.  It was pretty cool, too, because he didn’t hit any of the walls, but flew along one til he got to the next one, made a 90 degree turn and followed that one.  He kept going around and around.  I got up and tried to take the screen out of the window.  I couldn’t get it out, so my husband manhandled it and got it out.  I grabbed the pillows and we made for the guest room, closing the door behind us.

In the morning, we ventured into the bedroom and didn’t see the bat.  Confident that he made it out the window, we went about our morning routine.  I went into the master bathroom and put in my contacts.  When I closed the bathroom door, there was the little guy laying on the floor.

photoMy husband trapped him by putting a ziplock container over him, sliding a piece of card stock underneath and throwing the whole shebang out the window.

P1080919webHe was my Bat Hero!  When I saw these two files from Designs on Cloud 9, I knew I wanted to combine them and make a card for my brave hubby.  :)

P1080921webThe bat and moon are from DC9’s Witch’s Moon file, Bat Man is from the Heroes 1 file, and the font used on the inside of the card is called Bats & Dragons.

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This is the moon by itself.  After I lifted that top layer off my mat, I had all these little circles.  They reminded me of bubbles from a magic potion or witch’s brew, so I kept them.   You might see them at a later date!!



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DCD Challenge #183 – Pirate Day

Yo, ho, ho, and a bottle of . . . M&Ms??  Yup!  We’re celebrating pirates over at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week!!  Here is my little project — it’s Hello Kitty as a Pirate!!  She couldn’t be any cuter, could she??

P1080881webI scored this HK Pirate file a month or so ago at SVG Cutting Files’ 2nd annual Hello Kitty blog hop!  A friend of mine who loves Starbucks’ Frappuccino gave me lots of her empty  bottles awhile ago.  I still have many left and knew I wanted to use my HK Pirate to decorate one of them.  I looked and looked for any black candy to put inside so I could give it for a Halloween gift.  The black candy that I LOVE is black flavored licorice, but my husband pointed out that I’m probably in the minority there.  Not that many people like the black licorice taste, so I should keep looking for something that other people would like.  I found “black chocolate disks” in the bulk candy aisle of my food store.  They’re like M&Ms but I guess another company makes them.  Just as delicious, though!!

P1080880webSo, what do I love about this little file?  Did you ever see a cuter eye patch?  I wonder if Hello lost her eye in a cat fight?!?  Hopefully, she’s just faking it for Halloween.

P1080882webI did manage to get some black licorice in there, though.  It’s the twine!!  I used Black Licorice and Cranberry Trendy Twine to make my bow.  The sentiment on the lid is a stamp from Pink by Design – in their A Haunting We Will Go set.

Check out the projects made by the other design team members, be inspired, then start celebrating Pirate Day yourself!  Link your project to Die Cuttin’ Divas.
Here are the details for this week’s challenge: It begins on September 16, 2014 and ends on September 22, 2014.  Our sponsor is Digital Delights, who is donating a $5 Gift Certificate!

Aaarrrr, Matey!


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DCD Challenge 182 – Picture Inspired

10457924_10152258508663026_6902826146108415164_nHow will this picture inspire you?

At Die Cuttin’ Divas, we have a photo inspiration challenge.  This one is perfect for this time of year.  I thought of a million different projects that I wanted to do, but the pumpkins really jumped out at me.  I decided to make  the little orange pumpkin from SVGcuts Pick a Pumpkin svg set.  I CASE’d it, using the exact same papers that Mary did, since I had them in my drawer!!

P1080871webThe little pumpkin turned out really well, even the stem, and was surprisingly fast to create.  Here are some shots going around the sides:

The flower was also easy to make.  I didn’t take time to place the center brown pieces just so.  I pretty much just kept slapping them on until they were all used.

P1080877webThis pumpkin is quite small, about 4 inches or so.  I’m going to try and make a larger one using this pattern and some orange 12 x 24 Cricut paper that I have.  Last year, I made the large white pumpkin in the set and it was much harder to come together.  Here is that one:

P1020225I didn’t like this one as much.  I think it was my choice of papers, and that I didn’t put a flower on it.  Anyhoo . . .

We’d love to see how our fall picture inspires you!  Link up your project at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week!  You’ll be in the running to win a $25 gift certificate from the Paper Nest!


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Cute and Cool Christmas cards

I used these adorable penguin files from Designs on Cloud 9 to make a few Christmas cards.  I love the look on these Cute and Cool penguins’ faces, don’t you?


The paper is from Close to My Heart.  I loved the soft colors.  I think it was from last year.  It’s called Frosted.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch for the snowflake border, and the snow drifts were made using a VERY OLD Creative Memories wavy paper cutter.


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