DCD #217 – Baby Love

It’s time for another challenge at Die Cuttin’ Divas, an easy one — babies!  As the official crafter of my school’s Sunshine Committee, it’s my pleasure to make little mini-albums for mothers-to-be.  Awhile ago, CricutMachine.com had lots of Your Story kits for sale for about $2 each, and I snapped up about thirty of them in different colors.  I threw out most of the pages, but have found lots of uses for the albums themselves.  Here’s one for someone at work who is expecting a daughter.

P1100512webThe theme for their nursery is Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon.  I’ve never seen the movie so I’m not sure I have the colors right, but I found a picture of him (her?) on Pinterest and brought it into my Silhouette software.  I made a cut file for the cover and did print and cut for the inside pages.


P1100516webIn the past, I have had bad luck with the Your Story folders keeping the pages inside, so now I have my husband drill two holes through the spine and I thread some ribbon through.  Besides giving the pages more stability, it adds to the beauty or cuteness of the album.

P1100512webHere are the details for this challenge: Theme – Baby Love, Begins: May 26th, Ends: May 31st, Sponsor: Kadoodle Bug Designs, Prize: to be determined!

Hope to see your Baby Love over at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week!


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Guest Designing for 3 Girl JAM!


I’m honored and excited to be a guest designer for 3 Girl JAM!

When I saw all the beautiful ribbons and fibers in the shop, it was hard to choose what I wanted to work with, but I was drawn to the textures of the jute. The colors are so vibrant and natural. I had to have them! I picked them up not quite knowing what I wanted to do with them.

As I was adding water to my plant cuttings, I decided they needed a new home – a pretty home! I found an interesting shaped glass vase at the Dollar Tree and inspiration hit. I used my ATG gun to make four evenly-spaced lines down the sides of the vase and began wrapping with the natural colored jute ribbon. A glue dot provided the adhesive for the very end of the ribbon, and the coffee jute string made a pretty bow.


I also picked up the Coffee Bundle of crinkled ribbon and can’t wait to play with that!


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DCD #216 – Water a Flower Day!

Isn’t that fun!  I better go out and water mine right away before the day is over!

It’s another challenge day at Die Cuttin’ Divas.  The theme is Water a Flower Day; your project must have a flower on it.  Easy peasy, right?  Here’s mine:

P1100432webThis is a card for someone at my school who has left to take another job.   The label is from Penny Duncan Creations, part of her Nesting Files collection.  These beautiful flowers are leftovers from here.  I love to make extras to have on hand for quick cards!  They are made from a doodlebat/dingbat font called Keroppi.  The font is a stencil font, Nelson font, made by Denise.  (No Cricut cut this time.)


P1100437webI’m very pleased with my “bow”!  I think it turned out really well, and the ribbon is recycled.  The pretty, sparkly, striped paper is part of a baby paper pad I got at Big Lots one time.

Go see the beautiful flowers over at  Die Cuttin’ Divas!  Then link up you own for a chance to win.  This challenge begins May 19th and ends on the 24th.  The sponsor is Die-Versions, and the prize is to be announced.


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Cut it Up – Misty

CIU challenge blogIt’s time for another challenge at Cut it Up!  The theme this time is Misty – use a mist on your project such as Perfect Pearls Mist, Glimmer Mist, Color Shine, etc.  The only thing I had that might qualify as a mist is that Goosebumps spray that I used on my frog cards a couple weeks ago.

I made two bookmarks for my summer reading.  (Summer vacation is just four short weeks away!)  The cut files are from Lettering Delights, Beach Time.

P1100467webP1100464webP1100470webThen I felt weird for using the same product again, but I don’t have any real store bought mists, so I set out to make my own.  I have a little squirt bottle and also had an unopened bottle of Siren colored Smooch, so I squeezed some smooch in my squirt bottle and shook! (alliteration alert!)  I squirted it on some paper and ran it through my eBosser using my Flower Flair Framelts dies from Stampin’ Up.  I love how it turned out.P1100478webThis is the birthday card I made with it for my beautiful daughter, CASEing a card I have saved on my computer, but it has not information about who made it:

P1100475webI hope you stop by Cut it Up and see all the beautiful projects made by my fellow design team members.  They’re so creative!  Of course, we also hope you’ll link up your own project featuring a die cut and some mist!  You will be entered for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from As Cute As a Button.



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DCD #215 – National Golf Month

It’s National Golf Month!  Die Cuttin’ Divas is celebrating by making it our challenge theme this week.

My husband and I don’t golf, but our good friends do.  One of them has a birthday coming up in June, so this card is for him.  I used a cut from the Summer Celebrations Cricut cartridge in keeping with my goal of using only Cricut cartridges for my Die Cuttin’ Divas challenges.  (So far, so good!)

P1100450webThe grass paper is from DCWV Lodge paper stack.  The card is in three parts — the front window page with the golfer, the grass page and the inside.

P1100452webThe grass is a border punch.  I cut two shadows for the golfer, flipping one horizontally to adhere to the back side of the window page.  I manipulated the file on my gypsy by hiding the window and the image inside it.  I put a plain rectangle there instead.  Then I used the main image and shift plus the layer 1 and 2 images and shift images. That way, the golf club can hang over the left-hand side!

Here are the details: Begins: May 12th  and ends on the 17th.  The sponsor is Die-Versions; the prize is to be announced.  Hope you can join us!


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DCD #214 – May sketch

It’s the firMay sketchst Tuesday of the month, and you know what that means!  A fun sketch from Die Cuttin’ Divas! This one is another keeper.

My project is not a card!  I needed a new notebook for keeping notes at school meetings.  I always buy a bunch of them when Staples has them on sale at the beginning of the year. This one is left over from last year, and the quality is better than those sold this year.  (That’s disappointing to me that the quality has declined . . .)

I used Hittin’ the Books stack from DCWV.


P1100447webPerfect for me since I work at a school for the deaf!  I spelled out my name in American Sign Language letters from the Cricut Craft Room.

P1100445webThe back is just the plain paper.

P1100446webHere are the details about this challenge.  Use the sketch, obviously!  It begins: May 5th  and ends May 10th.  The sponsor is Scrappy Mom’s Stamps and the prize is a stamp set.

Head on over to Die Cuttin’ Divas to see how the other design team members interpreted this sketch, then link your own!


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Principal’s Day 2015

We celebrated Principal’s Day on Friday with a basketful of healthy snacks and, of course, a card made by me for the students to sign!

P1100188webThe image is a Cricut image, but I forget what cartridge it’s from as I made the card in advance.  I know that “Principal’s Day” is the Honeyscript font, cut with my Silhouette.

I made this card pretty basic because it was going to be sent around and be handled by students for a couple weeks while we got all their signatures.  The inside is lined with white cardstock for them to write on.

I’m almost out of my wonderful 12 x 24 Cricut paper and am so sad I can’t find it anymore in any good colors.  It cuts like a dream, is the perfect size, and has wonderful texture.  I really liked the black and white and got so much use out of it, but that’s all gone now.   :(    I also had bought a couple of bright color pads.  That’s all I have left, and most of it’s purple, my least favorite color.  Anyhow!  I made this year’s card out of the blue 12 x 24.

That’s it! Just a quick post between my weekend duties!  Thanks for stopping by!


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