DCD #285 – Vegetarian Month

October is Vegetarian Month, so our challenge this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas is to include a vegetable on your project.  I needed to make a bulletin board at school and this was the perfect fit.  My school has a farming program and my students are learning about different gardening activities that are driven by season.  So I decided to make a bulletin board for that!  The vegetables are from Lettering Delights Eat Your Veggies set, and the font is called TXT Starlight.  It’s a cute one!


All the vegetables came with faces, but I decided only to make one with a face.  The rest I left plain.  Most of these vegetables are grown on our school’s farm.  Photos of students doing gardening activities will go between the vegetables.

Hope you join us with your own vegetable -inspired project over at Die Cuttin’ Divas!



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DCD #284 – Let’s Celebrate a Birthday!

We’re celebrating birthdays at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week.  You can never have too many birthday cards on hand.  You never know when your husband is going to ask you for one!  Since it’s almost fall, I decided to make an autumn-themed birthday card this time around.

For my card base, I used a cut from Cricut Wild Card.  It’s the cut on page 35 called Stitched.  I cut the card, the liner, and the frame.  Don’t know if you can tell or not, but the rooster is on the inside of the card, peeking through a little square hole in the front.

I love to use my Cricut cartridges and had a ton of fun with this one.  I went “old school.”  No Gypsy, no Design Studio, no Design Space, just a old Expression and cartridge.

P1130032The paper is actually Halloween paper, Steampunk Spells from Graphic 45.  I inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink from Tim Holtz.


On the left is a close up of the image from the front of the card, and on the right is what it looks like on the inside.  I matted the inside one.  That gorgeous rooster is from Unity Stamp Company.  It’s an Itty Bitty called New Day Rooster.  I stamped in black on some watercolor paper that I water colored on!  :)  On the inside, it says, “Hope your birthday is something to crow about!”

P1130034I wrapped up the bottom with Lion Brand Lame Metallic Yarn.  It’s really string.  I thought it went nicely with the colors.

Hope you check out all the inspiration at Die Cuttin’ Divas, then link up your own birthday card.  (You know – not one you received, but one you made!)



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Cut it Up – Name Game

CIU challenge blogThis week’s challenge at Cut it Up is really fun!  It’s called Name Game and here are the rules:

Add something to your project starting with the first letter of your first name.  For example, if your name is Yvonne, you might add yarn to your project or it might center around the color yellow!  Or if your name is Evelyn, first of all, you’d be really lucky!  Then you would add something to your project starting with E.  I thought about embossing folders and elephants, but I need about a million Christmas cards so I went with Elf.

I have lots of elves on my computer, but Hello Kitty Greetings Cricut cartridge has the cutest.  Since the pieces on her bow are always so teeny tiny, I cut her at 5 inches.  They still were tiny!

P1130090 I made six 5 x 7 cards altogether.  These two were made using some soft green colors for the base layer.  The 12 x 12 sheets should both have made three cards, but I messed up cutting one of them and only got two cards out of it.

P1130093P1130095I found this paper in my scrap file and decided to go for it.  It has some of the same bright colors that I used on HK.  I like it, too!  The black really grounds it.

P1130099I challenge you to take on this challenge!  Put on your thinking cap and give it a try, then head on over to Cut it Up and enter your project!  Can’t wait to see your creativity!




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DCD #283 – Baby Safety Month

At Die Cuttin’ Divas, we’re celebrating Baby Safety Month by making any baby-related project.  Several ladies at my school have recently become or are about to become grandmas, some for the first time and others already have a grandbaby or two.  So I’m making Grandma’s brag books for them.  This is the first I got finished, using a YourStory book cover.

P1130038The die cuts are from a clip art collection called Cutie Patootie that I have saved on my computer but I don’t know what company made it.  I brought it into my Silhouette Studio software and traced it to make a cuttable file for the front of the book.  For the insides of the book, I just used the clip art in Microsoft word.  Here are some of the inside pages:

Let’s see your baby projects!  Link them over at Die Cuttin’ Divas.



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Stick it Down – September, 2016

sept 16Here’s the September card sketch for Stick it Down sketch blog, and it’s a winner!  My neighbor is in his first year at Virginia Tech and this card was for his going away party.  Instead of stamping in a gradient light-to-dark manner or using patterned paper, I decided to use watercolor inks from Stampin’ Up in VT’s colors.  Orange is lighter than maroon, so I put orange on top.

I wet my watercolor paper with my little wet pen thingy, dripped the ink onto it and smeared it around.  The orange is More Mustard and the maroon is Bravo Burgundy.  It was so much fun!  But a little boring to look at.

So, I went through my embossing folders and chose a masculine one from Tim Holtz.  You almost can’t go wrong using Tim Holtz anything to make a masculine card.  This embossing folder is called Blueprint.

P1130019The sentiment is American Typewriter.  It’s print and cut using my Silhouette, and the flag is also Silhouette.  I stuck a glue dot under the left hand side and used the Tiny Attacher on the right.  Inside, it has the VT logo:

P1130020I hope this sketch inspires you!  If not, there is a one-page layout sketch and a two-pager.  Hope to see yours over at Stick it Down real soon!


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Happy Sunday!

My morning routine is relaxing with coffee and computer, and this Sunday morning I finished reading through my emails before the coffee was gone so I got to looking around my computer for pictures of crafts that I made but hadn’t posted about yet.  There are tons of oldies but goodies in here, but the one that I wanted to share today was a mini album that I made this summer.  My family had been faithfully saving toilet paper rolls for me because I was itching to make another TP roll album because they’re so much fun!  I still have lots of rolls left for even more fun later on.  Maybe Christmas . . .   We’ll have to see.

Anyway, this one is cheery and bright.  I had made it for this Cut it Up challenge before I remembered that we had to use a sponsor’s image.  Oops.

p1120960Instead, I had used a title file from Miss Kate’s Cuttables, Summer Memories.  I printed and cut it as a complete title and then broke it apart and print and cut again so I could layer the clouds.  I also cut out extra suns and cameras because they’re so darn cute and sprinkled them within.  My inspiration for the mini is Ginger from My Sister’s Scrapper.  I didn’t copy any one particular album of hers for this mini, but the style is fashioned after hers.

Now I just have to decide whether I want to give it away or keep it for myself . . . 🙂


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DCD #282 – September Sketch

sept sketchHere’s the Die Cuttin’ Diva sketch for September.

This was going to be a Christmas card, but it went in another direction.  Does that ever happen to you?  I had all the nice, bright green papers out and started thinking about what die cut to put in the middle when I saw a leftover cut from Art Nouveau in a pile on my desk.  I’m not a huge fan of purple but I think it looks really pretty with green so I put them together and it just clicked for me!

Luckily I had two beautiful flowers and enough green to make two cards:

P1130074The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Company.  You can’t see it in the pictures above, but the bright green paper that the iris is on is embossed with dots. Here’s a better shot of that.

P1130076That Art Nouveau cartridge has some gorgeous cuts on it, so if you ever see it on sale, you should pick it up!🙂

We’d love to see what you can do with this sketch.  Come on over and see what the other DT members did with it, then link your version over at Die Cuttin’ Divas.


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