DCD Challenge #196: Favorite Christmas Song or Carol Inspired

This Die Cuttin’ Divas challenge was an easy one for me.  My favorite Christmas carol is There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays by Perry Como.  Not only do I love his voice, but I also love singing it and I love it when my family is all together for the holidays.  I love a full house!!

I just picked up a Cricut cartridge called Folk Arts Festival on sale and there was this gorgeous house on it.  That’s what I decided to make for this challenge:

P1090355webP1090356webI kept it very simple, just how I like my home to be, clean, uncluttered, simple, and filled with love.

This challenge runs from December 16th to the 22nd.  What’s your favorite holiday song?  I hope your favorite song inspires you to join our challenge at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week!



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Sock monkeys

Did you make sock monkeys when you were little?  My sisters and I did.  Mine never turned out as good as the ones my mother made, but I remember having fun turning socks into a doll.  (You may remember, I love dolls!!)

All my brothers and sisters had one, so when I saw this Monkey Do file on Designs on Cloud 9, I knew these monkeys would make perfect Christmas cards for them.



I used a Santa hat instead of their beanies and came up with this:



I used stamps from My Craft Spot, Unity Stamp Co, and Close to My Heart.  The twine is Trendy Twine!


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Cut it Up – Button Christmas!

CIU challenge blogI love this idea!

The challenge at Cut it Up this time is to use a button or buttons on your Christmas card or project.  I know there are going to be a million ways to do this and I can’t wait to see what everybody comes up with!  :)

I saw this file at the Silhouette Online Store and noticed a perfect place to put a button.  It’s Design ID #51934:


It came out really nice using the same colors as on the sample.  I love the button there, although it probably blocks the entrance to the birdhouse . . .  Well, it looks cute, anyway!

P1090412webSo break out your button box, make a Christmas project, and link it to Cut it Up Challenge Blog for a chance to win a $20 coupon code to . . . As Cute as a Button!  Appropriate, right??  They also have an Etsy Shop.

Hope you have fun with this challenge!  I did!




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DCD Challenge #195 – Color Challenge

This week’s Die Cuttin’ Divas‘ challenge is a little difficult, but I guess that’s what makes it a “challenge!!”  You are to make a Christmas card in non-traditional colors.  That means no red and no green!  P1090342web

P1090340webI had such fun making these.  The backgrounds for each were made with the negative cuts from other projects.  When I finish a project, I usually leave my craft room a total mess, but I can’t work in a messy area.  Before I start something new, I have to put all my paper scraps away – either filed or in the garbage.  The black paper on the bottom card and the white “frame” on the top card were still adhered to my cutting mats as I began a new project one day.  As I scraped them off, I saw possibilities to use the negative space, so I saved them on my desk.

To make the top card, I got a second sheet of white card stock, put strips of black and white washi tape across it and layered the white frame over top.  That stayed on my craft desk for a few weeks.  I kept placing different little paper piecings on top of it, but didn’t like how any of them looked.  My search was over on November 9th, when Miss Kate’s Cuttables offered this adorable file for her freebie!   I made two of them and used them for both of my saved leftovers.



The file also came with tiny snowflakes, and they actually did cut on my Silhouette, but I was unsuccessful taking them off the mat.

Here are the details for this week’s challenge:  Your Christmas project must NOT have red or green on it.  The challenge runs from December 9 to December 15th.

Check out all the other great non-traditional projects from the other Die Cuttin’ Divas’ design team members, then go be challenged yourself!



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DCD Challenge #194 – Sketch challenge

10644936_845467065464733_4231665706271724155_nThis is the sketch to follow this week for the Die Cuttin’ Divas’ challenge.

To make my card, I mirrored the sketch and turned it on its side.  I’m using the same file from Stitchy Bear Stamps as I used last week, but in a different way.

I brought the reindeer png into my Silhouette software and print/cut on a soft brown paper.  Next, I traced the image and made two offsets with darker and darker brown paper to get this:


P1090393webP1090392webI printed out one of the digital papers from the Christmas Reindeer Digital Stamp and Paper Pack to use for the squares.  The kraft oval and black scalloped oval were leftovers on my desk, so I just ran the kraft through my eBosser.  The green is also a leftover that had also gone through my eBosser, and the little snowflakes are a punch.

The inside was a little dark for writing on, so I cut a rectangle of the same paper used for the little reindeer for the inside of the card and added a strip of washi tape.


I have a friend who’s undergoing knee replacement surgery. When I saw this sketch, I knew it would fit perfectly with what I had in mind for a card for her!


I really like this sketch!  It looks like a keeper!  I can’t wait to see what you do with it.  Please link up your version over at Die Cuttin’ Divas!  Here are the details for the challenge:

Begins: December 2, 2014, ends: December 8th.  The sponsor is Stitchy Bear Stamps!


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Home for the Holidays!


Isn’t this pretty!  :)



I made this Holiday Home file from Designs on Cloud 9, and it was so pretty just the way it was, I used the exact colors!  The only thing I did was omitted the deer.


It was a lot of fun to make, and I love the way it turned out.  I plan to make a few more!



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Cut it Up – Non-traditional Holiday Card

CIU challenge blogThis week’s Cut it Up challenge is a little tricky, but challenging!  And I like a good challenge!!

Not only could we NOT USE red or green, the card also couldn’t be rectangular or square!  Hmmm.  Had to put my thinking cap on for this one . . .

P1090364webThese chunky snowflakes are from Lettering Delights Weather Boy.  (They’re also in Weather Girl, but I can’t seem to find them on the LD site anymore.  Sad, because those sets were ADORABLE!!)  The words are from Miss Kate’s Cuttables called Christmas Words.

P1090365wtrmkP1090367webHere’s the inside, so I can write in it!P1090366webCome on over to the Cut it Up Challenge Blog to see what all the other design team members cooked up for this challenge, then link your own.  Be careful to follow the rules, though!!  The prize is a $20 coupon code from As Cute as a Button!




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