Cut it Up – tags, Tags, TAGS!

CIU challenge blog

It’s challenge time again at Cut it Up!  The challenge is to use more than one tag on your card, layout, or project.  I decided to make a little mini tag book, thus ensuring way more than one tag.  I have seven, in fact!  I followed this Youtube tutorial to make it.  Super easy!


I used a piece of Close to My Heart patterned paper to make mine.  I actually constructed the mini album itself a few weeks ago, but got mad at it because I really wanted the blue side to be more prominent, but I guess the way I folded it, the brown showed more.  I was disappointed, so I put it aside.

Then it sat there on my desk and I kept picking it up and putting it back down until it grew on me and  finally decided I liked it after all.  I was cleaning my desk and deciding what to keep and what to throw out.  Happy to say it made the cut!

I got this cute little file, Crow About, from Designs on Cloud 9 and decided to print and cut to dress up my little (now beloved) album.  The images on the inside pages are about one inch high, and the one on the cover is two inches.  Here are all the inside pages.  You can click to make them bigger.

I decided to use the same patterned paper on the pullout tags – blue pattern on one side and brown on the other.  The bow on the front was also found on my desk as I was cleaning, and it’s so SOFT!  Wish I knew where the material came from.  I’d like some more!

P1090056webOur sponsor this week is Pretty Cute Stamps.  They’re offering a $15 Gift Certificate!

Check out all the tag projects at Cut it Up, and then link up yours!  Good luck!



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Halloween 3 x 3s

I love the 3×3 format for little cards.  I’ll give these to my students with a little treat for Halloween.   This adorable file is from Designs on Cloud 9.  It’s called Crow About.  I decided to print-and-cut since I had several to make.


The paper is all leftover Martha Stewart Halloween paper from last year.  I wanted to use it up and the 3×3 size is perfect for leftovers!


That little crow is just so cute!  I can’t wait to cut him for other projects!!



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DCD Challenge #189 – Halloween Project

combined-webWelcome to Die Cuttin’ Divas’ Halloween Challenge!  I was so excited when my Sizzix flip dies came in the mail!  I’ve been having some fun with them, and I’m happy they arrived in time to make some Halloween cards with them.

One thing I’ve learned is that, yes, these dies are really fun to play with, but I will be saving them for when I just want ONE of a certain card.  I normally make several of the same kind of card so I can send them to my four pen pals, or keep them on hand for future birthdays, etc.  That’s simple to do using my Gypsy or Silhouette.  I just fill the mat.  But it’s a pain in the neck and time consuming to have to send the die through the machine for every single card.

Anyway, back to my cards:

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Most of the paper is from my stash, I think.  The paper on the Frankenstein card may be from an old Martha Stewart paper pad.  The twine is Trendy Twine, of course (my favorite) in Lime Licorice.  The cool Frankenstein head was saved on my computer years ago with no identifying information on it.

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The cute little ghost on the pumpkin stamp is an Itty Bitty from Unity Stamp Company called Be Afraid.  “Monster Mash,” “Boo!,” and “Eek!” are from Pink by Design – A Haunting We Will Go.  I popped them up on dimensionals.

P1090082webI’m not the world’s greatest colorer, but I colored these with glitter pens from Staples, and the ghost itself is glittered with my Wink of Stella pen.

You have one week to link your Halloween creations!  We can’t wait to see them.  Here are the details about this week’s Die Cuttin’ Divas’ challenge:  It begins on October 28th and ends November 3rd.  The sponsor is Cricut Vinyl Supplies who are donating $10-$20 Store credit.  Very cool!!


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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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