Die Cuttin’ Divas – Lots of Layers

We’re looking for lots of layers on your projects this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas.   We couldn’t go wrong using files from our sponsor, Dreaming Tree!  I chose the Carnation Card from the Sentiment Cards SVG Bundle.  There are three cards included in the bundle and they’re all stunning!  It was hard to choose which one to start with. This was very easy to put together.  All the files have an assembly video on their site that is easy to follow.  I used mostly the same colors as in the sample, but I didn’t have any gold sparkle paper.  What I did have was a roll of gold sparkle tape, so I used that.  You can see it on the horizontal strip but I also covered two of the diamond shaped pieces with strips of it.  You can’t even see the seams!  That was lucky!!  🙂

From this angle you can see the cool shape of the card and its construction.  Basically, it’s mountain and valley folds.  Here’s a close up of the flower element.  I used an embossing folder on the white diamonds for more depth and interest (and because Leo did in the video!!  Can’t argue with success!)Let’s see your layers at Die Cuttin’ Divas.  You could win a gift card from Dreaming Tree!  You should head on over to Dreaming Tree anyway, just to grab all their freebies!!  There are a TON!


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The Merry Christmas Challenge – July, 2018

There are a couple of changes to the Merry Christmas Challenge Blog starting this month.  First, there are no more optional themes – it’s just Always Anything Goes – and the challenges will run for an entire month starting on the 15th of the month.  So, here is my project for July!  Surprise!  It’s cards!  🙂

I made a million of these sleds from Create a Critter 2 (and still have many left) so I decided to put them to good use on a couple of Christmas cards. The snowflakes and scallop border are punches.

Lets see what you create this month.  Show us your Christmas projects at The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog.  You can link up three times during the month!


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Cut it Up – Under the Sea

We’re exploring undersea worlds with Cut it Up’s Under the Sea challenge using lovely files from our sponsor, The Cutting Cafe!
I made a cute little mini using the Mixed Shape Album Book Template  and the Under the Sea Printable Stamp Set

First I looked through all my blue scraps of paper to find five that looked nice together.  The Under the Sea stamp set includes some seaweed images so I imported those into Silhouette Design Studio as vectors.  To get the seaweed cutouts on each page, I laid the seaweed on top of the page making sure a little of the seaweed protruded over the bottom of the page, selected both, and chose Object, Modify, Subtract.

I wanted the cutouts to be a surprise on each page, so I positioned them so you couldn’t see the one on the next page, aligning all their left sides to make sure they were hidden.I brought in the cute little seahorses as vectors, too, and fiddled around with them to make them just two layers.  Here are the rest of the pages.

Well, that was a ton of fun!!  🙂  Hope you join us on our undersea adventures at Cut it Up.  You could win three images of your choice from The Cutting Cafe!


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Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge #28 – Anything Goes

No excuse not to get crafty because this week at Pause Dream Enjoy challenges, anything goes!!  So I made this awesome Note Pad Holder from Dreaming Tree, but I put some small envelopes in it.  It’s a free file (and there are a ton more  free files over there, so if you haven’t checked them out already, you should go!!)

For some reason I have several of these envelopes that measure 4 x 5.5.  I don’t know where I picked them up, but they’re smaller than an A2 size card.  I have to specifically make 3.75″ by 5.25″ cards to fit them, so I want to keep them separate from my A2s.

I think that flower is so lovely, don’t you?

Come on over and show us what you created this week!!  See you over there at Pause Dream Enjoy challenge blog!


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Die Cuttin’ Divas – Add a Circle

The challenge this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas is to Add a Circle.  I made a birthday card for my sister which has numerous circles on it!  The sunflower is from the Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge. I embossed it with a Happy Birthday embossing folder, but it’s a little hard to see in the photos.

How will you incorporate circles?  We can’t wait to see!  Lawn Fawn is our sponsor this week!!  Link up your circle project at Die Cuttin’ Divas for a chance to win!


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Die Cuttin’ Divas – July 2018 sketch challenge

Here’s the latest sketch by Georgiana at Die Cuttin’ Divas!

I used the cover from this empty paper pad for the tags; I love doing that!  Makes me feel like I really got my money’s worth!  🙂

I made two the same.  I followed the sketch except for a sentiment so I could use the cards for any occasion.  The tag die and the flower die are both from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, who coincidentally is our sponsor this week!  I trimmed the center strip with a Stampin’ Up punch to make the flag end and a border punch to finish that mat.

We hope you join us for this sketch challenge!  You could win:Evelyn

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Cut it Up – Tag! You’re It!

Time for another challenge from Cut it Up!  This time around, we’re asking you to create a tag.  Our awesome sponsor, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, sent us some dies to work with.  We’re so appreciative of their generosity.   I got the Scallop Tags and the 4 Petals Fri-Dies!  I had so much fun creating with them.

I knew I wanted to make a shaker tag.  There are two Scallop Tags that come connected by thin metal pieces, and they happen to be perfectly centered to one another.  So before I cut them apart, I cut out one patterned paper and several green papers.  That way, I didn’t have to add any foam or anything to make the shaker.  You can see the layers here. The pretty flower is made with the 4 Petals dies, and the sequins inside the shaker are from CAS-ual Fridays, too.  They’re the Sistahood Sparkle, Limited Edition, and no longer available.

All the papers are from my scraps file.  The sentiment is from the Hope Ribbon collection, also from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  It’s a breast cancer awareness set but this sentiment is universal!  🙂

Well, after I had cut out all those green layers I had lots of cute little green scalloped tags left on my desk.  I couldn’t waste them!!  and the 4 Petals dies could very easily make poinsettias and I could always use Christmas tags . . .  So – and here’s the clever part – to save some time, I didn’t disconnect the two petal dies; I kept them together and taped red and green paper together.  That way, I cut my cutting time in half!!  🙂

The stamps used on the tags are from the Tags, Glorious Tags set from Unity Stamp Company.

We hope you make a tag or two and link it to our challenge.  You have until July 11th – two weeks – to link up.  You could win a $15 gift certificate from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!


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