DCD Challenge 188 – Think Pink

P1090194webWe’re thinking pink this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas and making pink Breast Cancer Awareness projects.  I chose to make a card following a sketch I had saved on my computer awhile back from Try Stamping on Tuesday.  The papers and ribbon are all from my stash, and the pearls are Jolee’s.

P1090186webThe bra and sentiment are from Skipping Stones Design.  They’re in a set called Bras – Volume 2.  There are some really funny sentiments on that one!!  The die is from a Spellbinders Nestabilities set.

Here are the details about this week’s Die Cuttin’ Divas challenge:   Begins: October 21st , ends: October 27th.  The sponsor is Flourish With a Bling, and they’re donating a $15 Gift Voucher!  So, show us your pink!



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Just a quick post to show off this little dreamcatcher I made using a file from Designs on Cloud 9.  I duplicated the brown circle frame and the “beads” so it’s two-sided and I could use it in my window.  The white inner patterned circle fit in-between the two perfectly!

Feathers are popular design elements these days, too.  I see them popping up on cards and other projects all the time!


I think you could add real beads to this project before you glue the feathers on, but I don’t have any.  I like it just the way it is!  It’s perfectly suited to my paper crafting room!!


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Cut it Up – Purple, Orange, & Lime Green with Black

CIU challenge blogHello!  It’s time for another challenge at Cut it Up!  I had a tough time with this one!  Because of the colors, I started with a Halloween theme, got one project with a Frankenstein head half made, didn’t like it, abandoned it.  Started again with a Scream faced guy holding a scythe, wasn’t working for me, abandoned that one. (Maybe you’ll see those two later in the year, or maybe even next year.  I’ll keep them around in the hopes that inspiration will strike!)  Then I decided to go in a completely different direction.  I started looking through my doodlebat fonts.  This one is from a font called Keroppi.

P1090037webBelow is a little tutorial on how I made my flowers in Silhouette Design Studio, but in case you’re not interested in reading all of that, I’ll give you the details for this Cut it Up Challenge first.

We have two sponsors for this challenge.  That means two prizes will go to one lucky person!  Avocado Arts has donated one stamp set and As Cute as a Button has donated a $20 Coupon Code.

Go have a look at all the other cool projects made by our design team, then enter your project.  Your project must include all these colors and only these colors – Purple, Orange, & Lime Green with Black!

Now on to my tutorial.  I made the flowers two different ways.

01I typed the alphabet and chose the image that I wanted.


02 copy paste resizeResize, copy and paste.  Delete the other characters.


03 duplicateDuplicate.


04 obj rel comp pathObject, release compound path.


05 obj ungroupObject ungroup.


06 move recolor


Move the bottom layer (green on left) and recolor the original so it’s easier to distinguish between the two.


07 knifeUse the knife to cut off the flower.  Now you have just the leaves.


08 recolor to see betterRecolor to see better.

09 orig obj arrange send to backOn the original, choose Object, Arrange, Send to back.

10 resize or notResize the colored pieces – or don’t.  This picture shows you the two different methods I used to make these flowers.  The yellow leaf on the left is not resized.  When I construct the flower, this yellow piece will fit perfectly into the negative space of the black outline.  The flower will be flat.  The yellow leaf on the right is made slightly larger. When I construct this flower, the black will be on top and the yellow underneath, giving dimension.

11 resize or notThis is what it looks like on the screen.  The pieces on the top flower are not resized, and the pieces on the bottom flower are.

12 discard unwantedDelete unwanted pieces.


13 set up to cut14 set up to cutSet up to cut.

15 cut edgeCut edge to make base.  (You can copy/paste to make a shadow if you like.)


P1090020webThis picture shows the outline and the base and how to insert the pieces that I DIDN’T resize.

P1090024webSee how they fit in perfectly and it makes a very flat embellishment?


P1090028webThis picture shows the flower with the pieces I DID resize, adhered to the base.  The outline will go over the top and the colored pieces will be underneath, not within, the openings.

P1090022webP1090025webCan you see the thickness?

P1090027webHere they both are – the one on the left has the inserts, and the one on the right has the colored paper underneath the frame.

The one with the inserts is more fun to make, and is flatter — better to use if your project is already bulky — but I like them both!


So I finally am satisfied with my Purple, Orange, Lime Green with Black project!!  YAY!  This one’s a winner!




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DCD Challenge 187 – Purple, Orange, and 1 Other Color


What a fun challenge!  This week at Die Cuttin’ Divas, our challenge to you is to create a project that includes purple, orange, and one other color.  My other color is green.  How did I choose it?  I searched my Halloween paper stash and chose one that worked, then built my card around that.

I’m sure you recognize the style of the pumpkin as being from the Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge.  Any of the cuts from that cartridge would have worked, but the little Jack – o – Lantern caught my eye.  The center step card is by Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons; the stamps are from Pink by Design, their A Haunting We Will Go set; the twine is Orange Licorice Trendy Twine.


I love his uneven eyes!  This front image opens up to tell a cute Halloween riddle:


Tee hee!  :)

Here are the details so you can enter your colorful project:  The challenge begins October 14, 2014 and ends October 20, 2014.  The sponsor is Flourish With a Bling and their prize is a $15 Gift Voucher!

Go on over to Die Cuttin’ Divas to see all the other really cool projects!


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DCD Challenge #186 – Sketch

Here is the sketch for this week’s challenge at Die Cuttin’ Divas:

sketchIt’s fun to play with sketches, and even better when it comes at a time when I need a specific card!  Someone who works at my school is leaving and I wanted to make her a card.  She’s a very feminine woman, so I knew I wanted a feminine card.  This gorgeous dress form from Paper Crafting World was the perfect fit.  I cut it in black (so sophisticated!)




P1080943webThe kelly green cardstock is embossed with the Delicate Dots embossing folder and my eBosser, which hubby surprised me with for my birthday.  The twine is Lime Licorice Trendy Twine, the little line of pearls at the bottom is from Jolee’s.  Except for the card base, all the paper is from my scrap pile!  (Love when that happens!!)  I like how the dotted pattern is in all the papers in different ways, then repeated again with the pearls and the button.

Let’s see what you can do with this versatile sketch!  Link to Die Cuttin’ Divas for your chance to win a prize from KaDoodle Bug Designs.  The challenge begins October 7, 2014 and ends October 13th.  See you there!



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Two simple cute cards

Here are two quick and easy cards I made using the png files that often come along with svg files.  These are both from Designs on Cloud 9.

The first one is a fairy I fell in love with from a recently retired DC9 file called Fairy Friends. This one is made using basic scrapbooking tools.


A couple stamps, some Skittles, and this card is done and on its way to brighten someone’s day.

The Candy Ghost is new and in the shop right now! I printed and cut him on vellum and adhered him to  some K and Co patterned paper that had a fence and starry sky on it. Easy peasy!


The funny thing about this card is since I printed him on vellum, I accidentally adhered him backwards on the card!  He’s supposed to be facing the other direction!  :)


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Cut it Up – Halloween – anything but a card

CIU challenge blogHalloween is coming up soon!  I’m sure you have lots of Halloween projects that you’re just dying to share!  Well, it’s your lucky day.  The challenge this time at Cut it Up Challenge Blog is to show us your Halloween projects — anything but a card, that is!!


I made 60 of these cute bookmarks as a member of my school’s Sunshine Committee to give out to staff members who celebrate Halloween.  (GREAT way to use up some of that hoarded paper, by the way!!)

P1090045webBoth the files are from Designs on Cloud 9.  The beautiful cat that I print and cut is called Halloween Kitty (she’s also available in the Silhouette Online Store under the same name) and the bookmark itself is from the Dotted Labels file.  I laminated the bookmarks for durability.


Kadoodle Bug Designs is sponsoring us this time with a $10.00 gift certificate!

Head on over to Cut it Up to check out all the cool projects that the design team members made and to link up your Anything But a Card Halloween Project for a chance to win that gift certificate!!  See you over there!



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