DCD Challenge #180 – Lions, Tigers, and Bears! (Oh, My!!)

At Die Cuttin’ Divas this week, we were asked to create a project with a lion, a tiger or a bear (or all of them) on it, or something inspired by Wizard of Oz.  I decided to use all three and make a mini album from a Michaels $1.00 chipboard album.


The lion and tiger come from Jungle Zoo Safari Too by My Scrap Chick.  The bear is My Sunshine Bear from Designs on Cloud 9.  The paper is from Nana’s Kids stack by DCWV.

P1080837webP1080839webP1080841webI wanted all three on the front cover, but didn’t want to do all that paper piecing all over again.  I decided to go with silhouettes. For the bear and the lion, I was able to just “trace” the jpg file using Silhouette Studio software, but the bear file is actually a bear holding a shining sun.  What I did was assemble his pieces on my virtual mat and weld them together.

bearThat really worked out, because when I welded all three of them together, they look like they have their hands on each other’s shoulders! They could be walking down the yellow brick road!


I downloaded Oz Wizard Cowardly Lion font from Fontspace for the title.

P1080834webYou should see the fantastic projects made by the Die Cuttin’ Divas design team members.  They’re sure to inspire you!  And if you need a little more inspiration, you can look at this old post of mine here.   Years ago, my daughter played Dorothy in a school play and I created a mini album for her.  I was able to make the main characters using the Paper Dolls Dress Up Cricut cartridge.  They turned out pretty cute!

Here are the details for this week’s challenge.  It begins August 26, 2014, ends: September 1, 2014.  The prize is a $5 Gift Certificate from Digital Delights!  How delightful!


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Shore box card

P1080391webThis is another box card I made using the directions found at Splitcoast Stampers.  This time, I used the nautical elements from Designs on Cloud 9’s The Shore set.* (see PS below)  I can’t believe how tiny that fish tail sticking out of the pelican’s mouth is!!

P1080392webI set this scene to be from the whale’s point of view with the shore in the background.

Here are the images I put on the box’s sides:

This was fun to create, but as I told you before, it’s a lot of real estate to decorate!!

P1080400webIt took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to put where!!

Designs on Cloud 9 has new items every week, and you get a weekly freebie if you sign up for their newsletter!


* PS – This file, along with almost 300 others, are retiring on August 27th.  You can grab it for 50 cents!  Here are some others I picked up for 50 cents at Designs on Cloud 9:


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Class schedule

The students in my school return today with their parents to register for the new school year, and classes start tomorrow.  Our schedule times have changed slightly from last year, so I needed a new poster to keep me on track.

The easiest combination for the eye to see is white text on a black background, so that’s how I made my poster.  I used Hobo std. font cut at 1.75 inches and borrowed my husband’s square tool to keep my lines straight.

14-15-scheduleNot necessarily beautiful, but certainly functional!  Happy School Year!!


P.S. – WordPress just told me that this was my 500th blog post!  Woo hoo!!

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Cut it Up – Grandparents’ Day

CIU challenge blogSeptember 7 is Grandparents’ Day, and we’re celebrating all those PopPops and Grannies over at Cut it Up Challenge Blog!

Two of my co-workers are becoming Grandmothers this summer, so I’m making Grandma’s brag books for them.  Here is the first:

P1080419webAgain I was inspired by Ginger from My Sister’s Scrapper.  I am really enjoying making these mini albums, so you’re sure to see more of them!  The font on the front cover is the only die cut in the whole album, and I can’t even tell you what font it is.  I seem to remember it was from a Cricut cartridge, though, but I made it in the beginning of the summer so that information has long since left my brain!!  Here are the inside pages.  You can click to enlarge them:

Each page is a pocket page containing a large square double-sided photo mat.  The paper is Authentique Precious bundle.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  Such soft colors.  Neither grandma knows the sex of her grandchild, so I went on a search for gender-neutral paper.  Let me tell you, it’s hard to find!!

Please visit Cut it Up Challenge Blog to see what the other designers have created, and, of course, to link up your own project for Grandparents’ Day!  There are two prizes this time. As Cute as a Button is providing a $20 coupon code for their adorable buttons and Die Versions is offering a $15 gift certificate.  Good luck!


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Halloween kitty cards

halloweenkittyCSI fell in love with this sweet Halloween Kitty from Designs on Cloud 9 the moment I saw it.  I love the eyes, the hat, and the simplicity of the cut.  She’s just purrrr-fect!  (Couldn’t resist!)

I decided to make some Halloween cards using her and some green K and Co. Halloween paper to match those eyes.



P1080802webP1080801webP1080800webShe works great as a print and cut!  The twine is Lime Licorice by Trendy Twine and the scallop is an EK Success border punch.  They are A2 size cards with the fold at the top.  I love the green and black together for Halloween!


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DCD Challenge #179 – Inspired

. . . inspired by Pinterest or by another crafter.  At Die Cuttin’ Divas, we want to see what you have made that was inspired by someone else’s work.  My project is inspired by another crafter, Lisa Black.  She makes amazing mini albums, and I followed her turorial, here, to make this one.  It’s called a Coin Envelope mini album, and it’s really easy to make following Lisa’s directions.  It’s for my niece’s baby shower.  She’s having a girl!!

P1080363webGlam Baby is from the Rock Princess Cricut cartridge.

Here’s the back cover, with a cut from my Cricut Sampler cartridge – originally on the New Arrival cartridge:

P1080388webThere are six pages inside with lots of pockets and places to put photos.  I used Me and My Big Ideas Baby Girl Mambi kit for some of the papers and the stickers, and a Recollections Little Princess paper pad.  Here are the inside pages.  You can click them to enlarge.

This was such a fun little album to make that I’m sure I will make several more!  I have SO much paper and I really want to make a dent in it.  This would be a great way — just make little mini albums for everyone I know!!

It would be cool if this album inspired you, but if not, there’s lots of inspiration on the Die Cuttin’ Divas blog.  Check out the design team’s projects, then link up something of yours that was inspired by another crafter!

This challenge begins: August 19, 2014, ends: August 25, 2014, and the prize is a $5 Gift Certificate from Digital Delights!  When you link your project, be sure to post a picture of the original source along with the blog posting from that source.  This is the album that inspired mine:  Lisa Black



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Virginia memories

My friend and her family recently left Virginia, and I wanted to make them a little mini album with pictures to remember their time here.  Many of the photos are ones I have taken in and around town, and some I downloaded from her long-forgotten blog when her children were small!

P1080076webThe papers are from a travel pack I had, but I don’t recall the name of the manufacturer.  The letters that spell “VIRGINIA” were stickers from the set.  The state cut out is from the Lettering Delights Simple Shapes – The United StatesP1080077webIt’s a pocket mini album, fashioned after the ones Ginger makes at My Sister’s Scrapper.  This kind of album is pretty straight forward to put together, and gives lots of room for photos both on the pages and on the photo mats.  You can see the large photo mats sticking out from each page.  I’ve put in some photos and left plenty of spots for them to put in their own photos taken here in Virginia.  The photo above is a mural painted on the side of a building in town.  I love it!  The mural is of a man painting the building!!  :)

P1080078webThe page on the left includes a pocket for loose photos and memorabilia as well as two photo mats.  The photo on the right shows the valley in fall colors.

P1080079webHere is a photo of Dad and the kids looking at a fire engine and a beautiful old building on our main street.

P1080080webHere are some colorful buildings in town, and Mom helping the kids blow bubbles.

P1080081webSome half-pocket pages.

P1080082webThis is Main Hall at our school.  During the Civil War, this building was used as a hospital.

P1080083webThis is a railroad bridge and there are huge flower pot statues in front, overflowing with flowers, of course.  On the other side of the bridge is a huge watering can!  The page on the right opens up for lots more pictures:

P1080084webGuess where that statue of the big book is??  (Yes, in front of the library!)

I had so much fun putting this album together for my friend.  I will miss her sorely!




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