Stick it Down – January 2017

jan-17-sketchHere’s the cute Stick it Down card sketch for January.  I love the little circles/scallops on the right.

Since I needed a baby card, I went looking in my baby paper scrap file and found a pretty gender-neutral scrap.


img_3023The beautiful butterfly is from Paper Crafting World, part of a baby set.   It’s my favorite butterfly of all!  🙂


Hope you link your take on our January, 2017 card sketch over at Stick it Down.  We also have a single page layout sketch and a double page!  The winner in each category is invited to be a guest designer!



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Cut it Up – It’s Snow Fun!

ciuheader4transparentThe possibilities are endless for this challenge – add a snowflake!

Yup, It’s Snow Fun over at Cut it Up Challenge blog.  Cards are so quick to whip up, but I try not to make a card every time, and am so proud of myself when I actually do something other than a card.  🙂

I knew I wanted to use a Cricut cartridge, so I started with a My Cut Search to see what cartridges had snowflakes.  There’s a million to choose from!  The one I chose was from Wrap it Up, a cartridge that I’ve had for a long time.

p1130569The pink paper is from my scrap file.  After I assembled my box, I traced the different parts and hand-cut it to fit.  The paper is actually leftover Valentine paper.  It’s got little hearts on it here and there.  The snowflake is really pretty.  I cut out a few more that you may see on cards in the future.  (Yes, cards.  Quick, remember?  🙂 )

p1130565 The base paper is really thick 12 x 18 card stock.  I cut it out using the Cricut Explore on the Poster Board setting and it cut out beautifully.  Not sure what I’ll do with this box yet.  There’s nothing inside it currently.  I was thinking about filling it with peppermints and giving it away, but they’ll have to be in a bag or something because this really isn’t a box box.  The whole thing collapses when opened.

p1130570Our sponsor for this challenge is Scrappy Dew.  They’ve donated a $10 gift certificate to their store.

Hope you join us for this easy peasy challenge over at Cut it Up! 


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DCD #299 – Dragon Day

Happy Dragon Day!  Did you know that January 16th is Dragon Day?  I love dragons, and fairies, and pixies . . .  But it’s dragons we’re celebrating at Die Cuttin’ Divas!

There are lots of cutesy dragon svgs, but I was after something different.  For Christmas, I got the Harry Potter novels!!  I have read all of them before, but now I have my own set!  What I didn’t have was a Harry Potter bookmark, so I decided to make a dragon one for this challenge.  Google Images had a great picture of the four dragons from The Goblet of Fire.  I traced them in Silhouette Design Studio and cut them out.  I created the bookmark in Studio, too, using circles and rectangles.  The bookmark is two-sided.


Hope you join us in celebrating Dragon Day over at Die Cuttin’ Divas!


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DCD January 2017 sketch challenge

Happy New Year!  As you know, the first challenge of every month at Die Cuttin’ Divas is a sketch challenge.  Here’s this month’s:

jan-17-sketchI needed another notebook to take notes at faculty meetings, so I decided to use this sketch for it.  I love having a fun notebook.  I have made one for some of my co-workers in the past and they love them, too.  Makes meetings a little less boring!

The cute Zorro file is called Chili Lime Fiesta Time Zorro and was a freebie one time at Lettering Delights.  You can buy the cut file there for $2 now and the graphic for $1.  He was in my leftover cuts box.  I made him a couple of years ago and used him on a card for my son, who always grows a moustache when he is deployed!  🙂


p1130562p1130559aRed and black are my school’s colors.  All the papers are unidentified leftovers.  I used a Stampin’ Up punch to make my fish-tail flag.

Check out what the other DCD designers did with this sketch, then try it yourself!


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Cut it Up – Out with the Old, In with the New

ciuheader4transparentOur theme this time around at Cut it Up is Out with the Old and In with the New.  We have to use something old and something new on our projects.  Our sponsor is Digital Delights by Louby Loo, and they gave us some really cute images to work with.  I chose the Poinsettia Globe.

p1130535I asked my son-in-law, who is an artist, for some tips on coloring with colored pencils.  He sat down with me at Thanksgiving and gave me a few pointers.  He told me that paper has “tooth,” which means there are microscopic ridges and valleys, and you have to color in all directions in order to fill all the valleys.  A blending pencil helps move the color around, or you can use a Q-tip dipped in alcohol.  This project shows my latest attempt.

I cut the image out after tracing it on my Silhouette.  The sled is from the Create a Critter 2 cartridge, left over from my toilet paper album projects.  The old thing is my Crayola colored pencils.  The new thing is my new coloring skills and the image from Digital Delights!

Hope you link your Old/New projects at Cut it Up!


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25 Days of Christmas Crafting – Day 25 – Manger

Merry Christmas!  I hope you’re having a wonderful, beautiful Christmas day.  I am in Georgia spending the day with my family.  I treasure the time I get to spend with them.  For me, family is the greatest gift of all, and I am truly blessed with mine.

Today I’m sharing two projects with mangers, and I’d love it if you would check out the original posts here and here and read more about them.

untitled-1This first one is an image from Winter Frolic and is included in an explosion box.

untitled-1Mary and Jesus are from My Scrap Chick.  They have three nativity files that altogether make the entire scene with the wisemen, shepherds, and all the animals.  Totally adorable.  This image is included in special Christmas photo albums I made for my sisters and brothers a couple of years ago.

Here’s the link for your manger projects.  Remember, the link does not end; you can add your project at any time.  Clicking on the blue rectangle will bring you to a different page where you can link your project.

I hope you enjoyed my 25 Days of Christmas Crafting.  I sure did.  I think it helped put me into the spirit.  I may make it an annual event!  If so, I’ll start working on it way earlier!!  🙂

Merry, merry Christmas!


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25 Days of Christmas Crafting – Day 24 – Wisemen or Shepherd Boys

I chose Wisemen for this challenge.  There’s a stunning card in the Silhouette store called Pop Up Box Card Christmas Wisemen, and that’s what I chose to make for this challenge.  Luckily, Cely had already figured out how to make it!  so I examined it very carefully when I was putting mine together.

img_2729img_2728It turned out really pretty, don’t you think?  So elegant.

You can link your wisemen or shepherd boy projects here.


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