DCD #267 – Polka Dots

Welcome to another challenge at Die Cuttin’ Divas.  This week, it’s all about the polka dots.

I went to an all-day crop this past Saturday, and finally got around to scrapping some priceless photos.  This precious little girl recently celebrated a birthday — her 34th!

P1120485and she has a baby girl of her own, my first grandchild!  I told myself, “It’s about time, Evelyn, to get these photos in an album” so that’s what I did.  I wanted to scrap them earlier, but didn’t want to mess it up.  Anyway, I finally took the plunge.

P1120477Here’s one of my pages.  I used a sticker from Echo Park’s Bundle of Joy and some pink polka dotted paper.  The font is from the Quarter Note Cricut cartridge and the journaling pocket is from Elegant Edges.  I stuck the sticker to some white card stock and cut around it, leaving a little white border so it would stand out against the patterned paper.  It’s also popped up on some foam tape.

P1120479P1120480P1120483I’ll have to go back through my records and figure out all the statistics I’d like to include on the tag.  I remember Heather’s weight but not her length.

Our sponsor this time around is My Scrap Chick!  So cool!  Let’s see your polka dots over at Die Cuttin’ Divas!


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Stick it Down – May, 2016

Time for another double page layout using the May sketch from Stick it Down.  Here’s the sketch:

May double sketch

This was a fun one to do!  I looked through my photos to be scrapped and found a group of five pictures of my daughter’s first time down the shore.  We didn’t go in the water that day, but she had fun playing in the sand after she got used to the texture on her hands.

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The beautiful papers and shells are clip art saved on my computer from pcCrafter.

P1120410 2P1120411 2Look at this cutie!!  Daddy took her socks off and she did not like it!  😕

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There are three sketches for you to choose from at Stick it Down – a card sketch, a single-page layout, and the double-page layout above.  Check out the huge giveaway on their blog this month!


Plus they’re having a design team call.  You can find out the details here.
Hope to see your card or layout at Stick it Down!


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DCD #266 – Bike month

It’s Bike Month – fun stuff!  And that’s the theme this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas.  I used a cute cut from one of my seldom-used Cricut cartridges, Nate’s ABCs, to make a card for my niece.  She just had a baby boy!


The font is Honey Script.  KaDoodle Bug Designs is our sponsor again this time.  Hope you can joint us!


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Little Christmas Purses

Christmas? In the middle of May?  I know.  I was just looking over my pictures of crafts to see what I hadn’t posted before and came across these little purses.  They are so cute, adorable, and easy that I thought I’d share them today so you could make one up real quick and then get outside!  It looks like a beautiful day today here in Virginia.  I’m hoping to get out to the farmers’ market, then pick up some more suet balls for my bird feeder and maybe clean up a garden or two.  We’ll see . . .


Each of these little purses is made using one 6×6 piece of paper plus a scrap or two for the borders and handles, a couple of brads and a little piece of Velcro.  I found these cuties on Scrap and Stamp with Frenchie’s  blog, and her video is really easy to follow.  Here are the purses that I made:


You could keep them pretty plain as I did and just showcase the paper, or gussy them up. They will look adorable in any paper and can be used for favors, little gifts, candies.  Frenchie put lip balm in one of hers.  (Hers are Halloween-themed.)  I don’t think a gift card would fit inside, but you could fold up some money, or even include a baggie of coins. Be creative!

I think I’ve talked myself into making one or two right now . . .  Have a wonderful day!





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Cut it Up – Strawberries!


CIU challenge blogThe time for strawberries is almost upon us!  I love to go strawberry picking in June.  I have a really good recipe for Strawberry Pie. My husband doesn’t like strawberry pie, but I LOVE IT!    Our challenge for Cut it Up is to include strawberries on our projects.  I made a little card.


The star border is from Miss Kate Cuttables, the strawberry is from Hello Kitty Cricut cartridge, and the twine is from Trendy Twine.  The paper is from my stash.  I love it because it looks like it has a coffee cup stain on it.  😊  Coffee goes well with any kind of pie.  The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper’s Fruit and Veggie Punnies.


I used an embossing folder on the light blue layer that you can see a little better in this photo.

Our challenge starts on May 13 and goes through the 25th.  It’s sponsored by One Happy Cut.  The prize is a $15 Gift Certificate!  So break out the fruit!  We’d love to see your strawberries for our Strawberry Challenge over at Cut it Up!



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DCD #265 – Water Safety Month

May is a good month to make people aware of water safety.  As it heats up, people head to the water to cool down.  Our theme this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas is Water Safety OR Blue in honor of Water Safety Month.  I chose both – water safety AND blue.


Elmo never goes swimming without his goggles. He likes to protect his big, beautiful eyes, and the goggles help him see all the things nature has to offer underwater very clearly.  Flippers help him get farther than he could on his own, because his own feet don’t have webbing between the toes.

Elmo is very energetic, so I placed him on a springy thing from Close to My Heart.  He’s really splashing around!  If you’re nearby, watch out!


Elmo was cut from the Sesame Street Seasons Cricut cartridge.  The clouds were from that cartridge, too, and the waves can be found on the Give a Hoot cartridge.

KaDoodlebug Designs is our sponsor this week and next.  This challenge runs from May 10th through the 16th.  Check out all the adorable projects over at Die Cuttin’ Divas, then go link up your own!

Be safe swimming this summer.  ~Evelyn


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Happy Mothers’ Day!


This was my mom in 1945, enjoying a cold soda on the beach!  Isn’t she a cutie?

I am enjoying my Mothers’ Day Weekend!  Yesterday, I did lots of crafting, went to the Green Valley Book Fair (huge warehouse that sells LOTS of books for really cheap!), made granola, and got to play with my baby granddaughter!  Today, it’s more crafting.

Before I can bring myself to craft, I always have to clean the mess I made last time I crafted.  I usually work until my crafting time runs out, then leave the mess, but then I need to clear it away before I start something new.  That way, all my supplies and tools are where I can easily find them.   Anyway, I brought in some papers to school last week for my students to make cards for the student teachers whose time was up.  They all went for the glitter paper (surprise, surprise) and I was left with a bunch of scraps.  I saved them from the garbage can and made this base from them:


When I’m cutting files with my Silhouette or Cricut, I always fill the mat so I have leftover cuts for quick projects later on so I had these gorgeous butterflies and decided to use them on this card base.



I used the Be Joyful stamp set from Unity Stamp Company for the sentiment inside.  My Versamark did not “dry instantly” and left a mark on the left side of my card.


Luckily, I had even one more butterfly to cover it up.  It almost looks purposeful!


I have a few more scraps saved from my students, and may work with those today.


I get my frugalness from my mother.  She grew up during the Great Depression and learned to make do with what you have, be thankful for what you have, and not to waste.  One of her best sayings was, “Take what you get and be glad you got it.”  I always take that to heart.

Love you, Mom!  Happy Mothers’ Day!



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