DCD #226 – The Great Outdoors

Did you know that August 10th is National S’mores Day?  How fun!  So our theme this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas is  The Great Outdoors (camping, beach, etc.)  I decided to finally finish a box card that I had started way back here.  I had made five box bases and completed three of them with a birdhouse theme for three of my pen pals.  One of my pen pals is a man and I thought the yellow birdhouse theme was too girly for him, so I put his aside.  (I used the blue one to make this shore-themed box card.)


Anyway, back to that green one.  I added the clouds and sun way back when using a file from Designs on Cloud 9.  I just finished it up using the icons from the Pooh and Friends Cricut cartridge!  The grass around the base of the box is a Martha Stewart edge punch.P1100966web P1100971webP1100972webP1110147web

You may not realize it, but that Pooh and Friends cartridge has a treasure trove of adorable files on it.  I did a cartridge showcase of it back in 2012.  You can find that here if you’re interested.

Here are the details for this week’s challenge:  begins: July 28th; Ends: August 2nd; Sponsor is One Happy Cut;  Prize is a $15 Gift Certificate!!

Check out the great projects that the other design team members made for this challenge, then link one yourself!  You could be a winner!


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Cut it Up – Numb3rs

ciu-challenge-blogTime for another challenge at Cut it Up!  Last time it was words, and this time it’s numbers!  I cased a card from my incredibly talented internet friend, Cely (Carolina Girl.) I saw her card all the way back in March and saved it to my “inspiration” file on my computer.

This is her card:3 13 15 Celyand this is mine:

P1100756webThe graduate is from the Paper Dolls Teen Scene Cricut cartridge.  She’s on a panel that has been embossed with the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The numbers . . . I’m pretty sure they’re from Alphalicious.

P1100760webP1100761webHere’s the inside.  The sentiment stamp is a very old (and very useful) Stampin’ Up one.

P1100762webSo that’s my Numbers project!  Now let’s see yours.  Numbers can be years, ages, top ten, fingers and toes, grades . . .  You get it!  Link your Numbers project to Cut it Up for a chance to win a $15 Gift Certificate from One Happy Cut.  While you’re over at CIU, check out all the fantastic projects of my design teammates!  They’re all a “10!”


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DCD #225 – Christmas in July

It’s Christmas in July over at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week.  We want to see your Christmas projects.  Maybe you’ll get a head start on cards this year!

This was fun.  Awhile ago, Close to My Heart had a promotion where you could get mystery boxes full of stuff.  I decided to play along.  It was like Christmas with lots of fun surprises.  And I could use most of the stuff!  One of the things included was a package of Mini Frames.  There were three of them in Christmas colors, so that’s what I used for this project.

P1100961webThe beautiful letters come from the Folk Art Festival Cricut cartridge.  The music paper and ribbon were from my stash.  The big flower eyelets are made by Flower Basket.



I’m not quite sure whether this will go in my craft room or somewhere else in the house.

Our sponsor this week is One Happy Cut.  The prize is a $15 Gift Certificate.  The challenge begins July 21st and ends on July 26th.  Hope you join in!


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It suits you!

Today I’m showcasing 3 Girl JAM’s new summer Sunshine crinkle ribbon.

P1100884webMy card features an Itty Bitty stamp from Unity Stamp Company called It Suits You.  I colored the swimsuit with colored pencils in a bright yellow both to match the pretty ribbon and to make it like an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini!

P1100887webThe card is 5.5 inch square. It’s embossed with a dotted embossing folder that came with my eBosser to mimic the dots on the swimsuit. The die cut is from Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge.

P1100882webThanks, 3 Girl JAM, for letting me guest design again!


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DCD #224 – National Ice Cream Month!

Die Cuttin’ Divas challenge blog is celebrating National Ice Cream month!  Mmm, Mmm, good!  I just love ice cream.  Occasionally, my husband and I will go get a sundae.  I always peruse all the flavors to pick out just the right two that will make the perfect sundae to satisfy my craving.  Usually, Jamoca Almond Fudge is included.  I like my ice cream to have a little crunch.

Anyway, on to my card.  I’m still trying to use my Cricut cartridges for DCD challenges, but am not always successful.  It’s just easier to look on my computer for an image.  My Cricut Search is helpful, though.  It’s a search engine for Cricut cartridges.  I don’t know if it’s complete, but it’s pretty easy to use.   Anyway, I found this cute little image on the Playtime cartridge.

P1100924webAll the paper is from my stash (I just love using up scraps!) and the pink dots are Liquid Pearls.  The twine is Tickled Pink Trendy Twine.

P1100923webP1100921webI popped the little girl up with foam dots.

This challenge runs from July 14th through the 19th.  My DT sister, Leslie, is sponsoring us again this week with another MCT stamp.  There are zillions of ice cream images, so why don’t you give it a try and link your ice cream project to Die Cuttin’ Divas this week?


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Stick it Down – July 2015

This is my first official challenge for the Stick it Down sketch blog!  Here is the July sketch I was to work with:

Irmelin Jul card sketchThe light purple looks like watercolor painting to me, so that’s what I tried first.  My husband and I share a love of watching the sky, especially during and before storms and at sunrise and sunset, so that was the look I was going for when I created his anniversary card.  I smeared Tim Holtz Distress Inks in three or four colors on a piece of wax paper going from dark at the top to light and reddish at the bottom.  Then I spritzed it with water and laid my paper down on top of it to absorb the paint.  I love the look!  It really blends nicely this way.

P1100752webSince this is a guy card, I omitted the bow.  I also moved the three dots to the sides of the banner and substituted a photo of the moon for the ovals.

Then I wanted to try another take on the sketch and came up with this:

P1100775webI used the Bow Set,  Banners Set  and Cute Goldfish from Miss Kate’s Cuttables.  The circle die is called Heart Circles.  It’s a Nestabilities set from Spellbinders.   Here’s the inside:

P1100774webI have about a million of these adorable fish.  The day they were given as a freebie, I had to drop everything and print and cut them.  I made several into cards and still have lots left!!

Try your hand at the sketch and link it up in the left-hand column of the Stick it Down blog.  You could win a guest design spot for Stick it Down!


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Cut it Up – Word.

ciu-challenge-blogI think this Cut it Up challenge will be an easy one.  Make a project on which the focal point is a word, phrase, or sentiment!

I chose this Fly High sentiment from PPBN.  Can’t find the file on their site to make a link, though.  Seems like you have to be a member in order to see them anymore. :(

Anyway, this card will be sent to my son when he’s deployed this fall:

P1100778webThe card base is the Ornate Label card base from SVG Cutting Files.  I subtracted a rectangle from the middle of the front and then welded the Fly High words onto it.  The twine is Trendy Twine, but I’m not sure of the name.  I used a texture brush from Close to My Heart to give the words a little interest.

P1100777webThis was fun to make, but I think I’m going to have to do my writing on the back of the card!   If I wrote on the inside, it would show on the front and ruin the effect.  Hmm.  Oh, well!  I usually include a letter anyway . . .

Please go over to Cut it Up and check out the beautiful, creative projects that the other design team members made for this challenge.  They’re sure to inspire you!  Our very generous sponsor this week is As Cute As A Button, who is donating a $20 Gift Certificate.


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