Cut it Up – Windy

CIU challenge blogMarch is a windy month.  I find wind to be exhilarating!!  Windy is our theme this time at Cut it Up Challenges.    Your project must have a moving component.

One of our sponsors for this challenge is Fleurette Bloom, and she graciously gave us some images to work with.  I chose the beautiful koi fish from the Japanese Garden.  I had so much fun with this one!!  I’ve been dying to use the pinwheel card on the Wild Card cartridge (page 51) ever since I found out what it was.  This seemed like the perfect opportunity.  I have four koi fish jumping in and out of the “water” on my card.  Look!

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P1090722webThe wave border is from page 54 of Give a Hoot Cricut cartridge, and the bow is from Artiste, page 55.

P1090723webI cut the moving part – the circle – out on my Silhouette.  Here’s how I did it:

pinwheelFirst I cut out the circle from Wild card and measured it, and made the same size circle in Silhouette.  I measured how far “in” the image had to be to show up in the hole on the front of the card.  I made a square that same size, copied and pasted until I had four of them and arranged them at 12, 3, 6 and 9 on the big circle.  Then I drew a circle the same size as the hole on the card and put a fish in it. Copied and pasted so I had four and rotated them to 90, 180, and 270 degrees, then put them just below each square on the big circle.  All I needed now was the little circle in the center for my brad to go through, printed just the fish, cut out just the large circle and tiny circle, and voila!!  Jumping fish for my card!

Isn’t it gorgeous!?!  And I didn’t even have to color it myself, thank goodness!  I could never do it justice.

P1090724webWe actually have two sponsors this time, Fleurette Bloom is offering a $10 gift card, and As Cute as a Button is donating a $20 coupon code.  So come on over and play at Cut it Up.  Maybe your Windy project (with a movable component) will win!!


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DCD #205 – March sketch challenge

It’s a sketch challenge again at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week.  It’s a simple and very versatile sketch, don’t you think? March 15 sketchI was excited to be able to use the materials I did on these cards.  The patterned paper is several years old and is from my scrap pile;  the dots are the ones I made from Perler Beads; the clip art was downloaded in 2006!: and the butterfly is from the Artiste Cricut cartridge.  You may remember that I challenged myself to use a Cricut cartridge on all my projects for the Die Cuttin’ Divas design team.  I’ve done pretty good so far! and feel as if I haven’t wasted all that money.  I still buy cartridges if it’s something I like and I can get it at a good price, but then I feel very guilty if I don’t use them.  I currently have two unopened cartridges on my desk.  :( Here are the cards I made. P1090962webP1090952webP1090959webP1090960webI used Liquid Pearls on the butterflies, which I cut out twice and made them two layers.  I messed up the Liquid Pearls on the blue card, so to hide it I added another layer to the butterfly.  I think I like the bottom pink one best. Here are the details for this week’s challenge:  Follow the sketch, obviously.   The challenge begins: March 3rd and ends March 9th.  The sponsor is Mary at Cardz TV, and the prize is a Stamp Set! Hope to see your card over at Die Cuttin’ Divas! Evelyn

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The right shoes

I made this card for a woman at work who loves to wear high heels!  This is from the Designs on Cloud 9 store. The file is called The Right Shoes, and it fit her personality perfectly.  If you love this file, run over there right now, because today, February 28th, is the last day the store is open. Tomorrow it closes.


The card measures almost 12 inches across, because a lot of people have to sign it.  To make the base, I “assembled” the card on my virtual mat and welded it to a rectangle. Then I made an offset of that and welded it to a mirror image.  It looked like this.


I cut it out using white 12 x 24 Cricut paper, which I LOVE and can’t seem to find anymore!  :(  The Happy Birthday was cut from a font on my computer called Adorable, and I think it is!  I love how pretty and feminine this card turned out!


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Center step #3

I had leftover cuts from here and decided to finally put them to good use.  As you know, I’ve been on a center step card kick this week.  In order to get the full benefit from this Make a Wish banner from Designs on Cloud 9, I wanted to have it hanging in the air, so when I made these center step cards, I scored and folded them “backwards.”

P1090931webUsing the measurements from Splitcoast Stampers, all I did was switch where I scored.  All the score lines that were supposed to be on the CENTER panel, I scored on the side panels instead; and all the score lines that were supposed to be on the SIDE panels, I scored on the center panel instead.  You can see another card that I did the same thing on  here.  I like the look!  This technique really gives some depth and interest to the card.

P1090930webP1090929webThe little birthday cake is from Miss Kate’s Cuttables.   The flames were four layers and the candles were two, so I printed and cut those and added them onto the regular cut file.  The cake is popped up on foam tape.  The brads are from Michaels.

P1090927webP1090928webIt still amazes me how thin a cut I can get with my Silhouette!!  :)  Look at the string the banners are hanging from!  I chose the papers to match the colors in my leftover Make a Wish cut.  Orange is such a happy color!

Well, hopefully I’m off the center steps for awhile, although I have to warn you, I have two more leftover center step bases sitting on my desk.  Maybe I’ll hide them from myself and get stuck on something new. . .





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DCD #204 – a Seussical challenge!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd, and we’re celebrating.  He is our source of inspiration this week for our Die Cuttin’ Diva’s challenge, and yours, too, we hope!  I’m using an image from an SVG Cutting Files blog hop, the Lorax.

P1090848webI wrote my sentiment on his tree!

P1090849webHere’s my card, made for a co-worker who is leaving.


I love orange, so I was happy to get to use it.  The closet in my craft room is orange, my kitchen is a spicy-orange, even my car is orange!!  (VERY easy to find in any parking lot!)

Here are the details for our challenge:  Begins: February 24, ends: March 2nd, Sponsor: Dies R Us, prize: $10 gift card.

Hope you’re inspired by Dr. Seuss and will create a project for our challenge at Die Cuttin’ Divas!


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Craftin’ Desert Divas’ Mid-Post Linky Party – Use Ribbon

Awhile ago, Craftin’ Desert Divas held a Guest Designer call.  I tried out but didn’t make the cut.  :(  Tara was nice enough to invite me to guest design for one of their linky parties, though!!  :)  and she sent me some sentiment stamps to use on my project.  Thank you, Tara!  The ones she sent me are so useful.  They’re all baby themed!  And you know I make a lot of baby albums . . .

2-16 RibbonHere are the details for the CDD Linky Party –

We would love to see any crafty project as long as it has some type of ribbon on it!!  Every other Monday will mark the beginning of a new semi-weekly linky party here. I will designate a theme and invite you to share projects you’ve made!!

And don’t forget about the prizes! Every linky party will have a sponsor and a winner, plus a top 3! The winner will be announced on a semi-weekly basis. The more times you link up, the more chances you have to win!! Sponsors will be announced at the beginning of every linky party.

The sponsors are CDD (one stamp) CDD picture badge

and Too Cute by Jessica ($25 gift card in regular priced items.)TCBJ


The sentiments Tara sent to me are from their Snips and Snails set

Today’s post is my project for their Craft it Up & Link it Up Mid-Post Linky Party.  The theme is Use Ribbon.  My project is a fun interactive mini-album.

P1080216webHere is the stamp I used:

P1080217webI just love the font.  I used a soft blue ink from Close to My Heart to ink the sentiment onto craft paper and matted it with blue.  I attached it to the mini with ribbon running through a blue eyelet.

The mini album is really fun.  It has so many little hidden places where you can slip in a photo or tiny piece of memorabilia.  Another reason I really love it is that it gave me an opportunity to use a lot of my baby paper scraps!  I found the tutorial here on My Sister’s Scrapper, and she found it here on Elsa’s site.  The cute sticker elements throughout may be from Me and My Big Ideas – Soft Spoken.  Here is the inside.  You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.

I also made a matching card using some leftover scraps and a sketch from Seongsook’s Creations.   The squares are all from the cover of the paper pack!  (DCWV Baby Boy stack) This is another of the cute sentiment stamps from CDD:

P1090867webSo that’s my project!

P1090870webHope you go over to Craftin’ Desert Divas and link up your own!  Here are the rules:

Linky parties are open from Monday at 12AM Arizona MST thru Sunday 12PM Arizona MST.  Any projects you submit must be linked to your blog or online gallery.  Projects must be NEW, no back linking, please.  Number of entries for this linky party is unlimited.  You may link up ANY type of craft project (layout, card, altered item, tag (etc) as long as it goes with the theme of the party.  Please link your project back to Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party.  Winners will be randomly chosen.


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Super Girl!

This goodbye/good luck card is for a co-worker of mine who accepted a position as a principal.  I wanted to make her something cute and empowering, and this is what I came up with using the daughter from Super Family at Designs on Cloud 9.

P1090708webI created the background paper using clip art from Lettering Delights called Teachers Have Class.  Cyndy has blonde hair, so I chose some pre-embossed yellow paper from my stash:

P1090709webP1090711webThat mask is so precious!

P1090712webThe sentiment is Hobo font.

DC9 is closing at the end of the week.  Michelle will be designing for the Silhouette Online store, but if you want a deal, be sure to check out the Designs on Cloud 9 store for 60% off your purchase of $10 or more before it closes.



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