Cut it Up – Teacher Appreciation Day

CIU challenge blogHappy Teacher Appreciation Day!  We’re celebrating our hardworking teachers over at Cut it Up, and I’m one of them!  I can attest to the hours and hours of work we put in each day, before, during, and after school.  Who loves faculty meetings??  NOT me!  Why?  They take away from my planning time, and we never have enough of that.  So, I always have a cute notebook to take with me for taking notes.   Click here to see some of the ones I’ve made before.  You might have already guessed that our challenge this time is to make an altered notebook.

But this one isn’t for school.  This one is just for me, me, me!  (Can you tell I’m the baby in the family? 😊)  I take notes when I’m crafting.  I write down the names of the files, cartridges, ink colors, stamps, etc. that I’m using on each project as I go along.  Sometimes I don’t post the project on my blog for a long time, and if I haven’t recorded what I’ve used, I have to go hunt everything down.  Anyway, here is the project I created for this challenge:


P1120344My biggest challenge was finding a paper that would go with that bright blue, but I did have one tucked away that is years old!  I’m happy to have finally used it.  The adorable little chihuahua is from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons.  I also used him here on this card.

P1120349The coarse jute ribbon was from 3 Girl Jam.

P1120350Our generous sponsor this time is As Cute as a Button.  It’s really fun to rummage through their shop!  They have donated a $20 gift certificate to their store.  Head on over to Cut it Up Challenges to check out all the other cool altered notebooks, then try it yourself!  As always, we can’t wait to see what you make!


ps – I linked this project to the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons PPPR Linky party for April!

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DCD 263 – Spring’s Symbols

You may know that Spring is my favorite season.  I love the way the air smells in spring when so many of the bulbs and flowering bushes and trees are in bloom.  Our theme this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas is Spring’s Symbols, and I was really tempted to go with rain, but flowers won out.

I am on my school’s Sunshine Committee and every year, we thank our wonderful housekeeping staff for their hard work keeping our school clean and healthy.  One of my responsibilities is making tags for their goodies.  The Picturesque Cricut cartridge had some beautiful tags with flowers on them, so that’s what I used.  These are the ones I chose that had flowers on them:

P1120307I just chose different fonts on my computer for the names and cut them out using my Silhouette.

P1120318P1120317P1120310Here are the tags for the rest of the crew, but they don’t have flowers on them.

And the table all set up with goodies.  (I made the cookies 😊)

20160411_112438So that’s that!  What do you think of when you think about Spring?  Hope it’s not allergy season!  Make a project that includes a die cut and a symbol of spring and link to Die Cuttin’ Divas!  Hope you join us this week.



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DCD 262 – Earth Day – recycling

To celebrate EartP1120324h Day, our challenge at Die Cuttin’ Divas is to use something recycled on your project.  I have been saving the acetate from Cricut cartridges for a long time, so I had plenty to use on my shaker card.

I’m a little early for Principal’s Day, but I try to pair my Sunshine Committee projects with challenges.  I hadn’t made my principal a shaker card yet, so this was the perfect pair.



P1120335P1120326P1120327This card measures about 8.5 x 12, big enough for staff and students to sign.   The stars were just from some random cut on my Silhouette software and the font is one on my computer, but I forget which one.  Sorry!!

The prize is a gift certificate from One Happy Cut.  Hope you play along!



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Stick it Down – April 2016

the second oneHere’s another fun double-page sketch for you from Stick it Down sketch challenge blog.  This time, I’m using photos from 1986.  I had several pictures of my children playing at various parks and playgrounds and thought they would work well together with this sketch.

P1120223webI’ve had this bicycle pager for years.  It was way too cute to cut into, and I didn’t want to waste it, but it I thought it was perfect for this page!

P1120230P1120231I made this merry go round in my Silhouette Design Studio by tracing a picture downloaded from Google Images.  I couldn’t get a really good trace so I had to spend a lot of time deleting nodes and trimming a little here and there on the final cut, but I think it works as a circle element.  I welded the date numbers onto a circle, then cut the circle in half before gluing the merry go round on top of it.

P1120226web The font I used is called LD Vanilla from Lettering Delights.  It cuts really nicely on the Silhouette.

P1120227webAt Stick it down, there are monthly sketches for single page layouts, double page layouts and for a cards.  Winners get a chance to be guest designers!  I hope you try out our double page sketch and link it in the left-hand column of Stick it Down.


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Cut it Up – Spring Flowers

ciu-challenge-blogHi, there!  Spring is my favorite season because of all the flowers.  They make the air smell so pretty.  And spring flowers is our theme this time around at Cut it Up Challenges.  Our sponsor is Bugaboo Digi Stamps, and they gave us each an image to work with.  I chose 5 Flowers.  They look so happy!

I printed them out using my Silhouette software and casually colored them before cutting them out on the Cameo.

P1120277I followed a Splitcoast Stampers tutorial to make a box card and planted my flowers all around the base and here and there.

P1120282P1120281The sun and clouds are from Miss Kate’s Cuttables.  The file is called Summer Sun.

P1120278The sentiment is computer generated with the Gabriola font, and the corners were shaped with a Memory Keepers corner chomper.

Bugaboo is donating 7 free images to our winner, so link up your spring flower project at Cut it Up to get in the running! :)


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DCD #261 – National Library Day

Use a book!  Our challenge at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week is to use a book on your project.  I have a couple of damaged dictionaries that I scooped up when our school library was discarding them.  This was the perfect use for them!

I knew I didn’t want to make a card.  I wanted to try something new.  My old pal, Google, gave me some good ideas, and I did try something new!

I cut out a pair of hearts and used the rhinestone feature on my Silhouette software to make equidistant little holes around the edge.  Then I stitched them together using Trendy Twine, stuffing them with cotton balls along the way.  This is it:

P1120291P1120292I like the placement of the horse on the front.  I don’t quite know what I’ll use it for, but it sure was fun to make!  :)  It will probably just adorn my craft room.

I’m sure there are dozens of ways of incorporating a book into a craft project.  We’d love to see what you come up with.  Please link your book project over at Die Cuttin’ Divas!



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DCD 260 – Sports!

We’re celebrating Student Athletes this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas!  You rock!  We want to see your sports-themed projects and any sport will do!  My son loves lots of sports, but his favorite is football, to play and to watch.  He played football from 5th grade on up through high school, so this card is for him.

P1120284I made him a little flip card using a Football Stringbean from Lettering Delights.  I got all the Stringbeans awhile ago when they were having a sale on them.  They’re adorable!

P1120286I used an embossing folder and my Cuttlebug to dress up this green card stock.

P1120287P1120285Flip cards are so much fun, but so hard to photograph! :)

We hope you join us at Die Cuttin’ DivasCraftin’ Desert Divas is our sponsor and the prize is three digital files!  This challenge runs through Sunday, April 10th.





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