DCD #280 – Birthday!

Happy Birthday!  That’s our theme this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas.  My brother, John’s, birthday was last week.  This is the card I made for him.   I’m back to using my Cricut cartridges.  This astronaut is from Groovy Times.  It screams 60s to me, and those are the times I remember when John lived at home.  He’s nine years older than I am, and we share a birthday month!

P1130015I  cut the white frame for the word bubble with my Silhouette, but try as I might, the print and cut feature wouldn’t work for me.  I finally ran out of patience and printed it using Microsoft Word.  Then I glued the white frame to it and cut the blue out by hand.  That was really frustrating!!

Anyway, guess what the inside says.  Of course —

P1130017What else could it be?  I also bombed out doing print then cut with the moon image.  I had by now switched to my Cricut Explore for print/cut, but it cut out the square surrounding the moon.  I had to cut the moon out by hand, too.  Clearly, technology was not on my side!

I used my Tiny Attacher for a little bit more of a masculine feel.  (Can’t go wrong with metal for men!)

Our sponsor this week is Leslie (Stampin Up stamp set ~ What I Love).  Hope to see your birthday projects over at Die Cuttin’ Divas!


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Cut it Up – Bowties

CIU challenge blogDid you know that August 28th is Bow Tie Day?  We know it over at Cut it Up and that’s what we’re celebrating.  Show us your bow ties!

My husband and I are friends with a couple who golf.  When I saw this Happy Golf Ball from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  Unfortunately I missed both my friends’ birthdays this year so I wanted to make a card that would be for both of them.  I made a Mr. and Mrs. golf ball.

P1120704 I cut the grass using a border punch, used clip art for the cloud paper, and the card base is from my “unfinished projects” box.   I used random files on my computer for the lady’s hair bow and the man’s bow tie.  I thought of the sentiment myself!  :)  So proud!

Our sponsor is Stinkin’ Cute Paper Piecings.  Come celebrate Bow Tie Day with us at Cut it Up!


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DCD #279 – Thank you!

Thank you very much!   That’s the theme this week for Die Cuttin’ Divas!  Great theme, because you always need to have several thank you cards on hand.  I recently needed several thank you cards and I knew I had some SVG files of complete cards on my computer that I had never used, so I chose this bright, cheerful one from My Scrap Chick.  It’s part of a set called Happy Cards.  This card may look familiar to some of you😉

P1120970There’s not much to say about this little cutie.  I think it’s pretty straight forward.  I do love the thick sentiment, which could be used on any card or project.  It cut very neatly!

Janis Lewis is our sponsor this week (Hi, Janis! Thanks!)  Hope you join us for our Thank You challenge at Die Cuttin’ Divas!



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Stick it Down – August 2016

August 16As soon as I saw Stick it Down’s August sketch, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  The banners looked like upside down Christmas trees to me, so that’s where I went with it.  I have a CTMH border stamp that would be the perfect height for a row of trees on a long, narrow card. .  My original idea was to add a snowman to the scene, and I made a few, but they were too casual and cutesy to use with the more elegant Christmas tree stamp.  My next idea was to put a deer there.  When I looked through the files saved on my computer, I found this beautiful Deer Family silhouette from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons.  I think it adds to the peaceful scene.

P1130009Here’s my card.  The “BE MERRY – BE WARM – BE COZY” sentiment strip came with the same stamp set.  It was called Snowhaven from Close to My Heart.

P1130004So, obviously I turned the sketch upside down and used an image instead of a large sentiment.  I’m very happy with the clean look.

I hope you join us this month!  Our challenge at Stick it Down lasts all month long.  Every month we have three sketches for you – a double-page layout, a single-page layout, and a card.  You link your project using the linky in the left-hand column.  Hope to see yours there!


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DCD #278 – School

It’s back to school time in some parts of the U.S.  For me here in this part of Virginia, classes started yesterday.  Many of the surrounding school districts changed their calendars this year to have the first semester end before winter break.  My school followed suit.  That meant a VERY short summer this year.  Faculty in my school had to report on July 25th. 😦

Our theme this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas is school.   Our sponsor, The Cutting Cafe, gave us this file to work with, Stationery Caddy.

I only used one part of the file and modified it to suit my needs.  This is my version of it:

P1120956P1120954I knew I wanted to use double sided paper so the inside would look as pretty as the outside.  The paper may be old Stampin’ Up, but I can’t say for sure.  I used a border punch for the front and cut out a small oval on the back.  The ribbon, flowers, and Candies were in my stash.  It’s all ready to be filled up with school supplies and sit pretty on my teacher desk!

Hope you join us for our school challenge this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas!



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Cut it Up – Summertime Memories

CIU challenge blogWe have a really neat challenge this week  at Cut it Up (and timely, too!)  Summertime Memories.

My project isn’t for memories that have already happened, but for future memories!  I found a set of sand castle tools at Michaels recently and had to pick them up for my grandbaby.  She’s only seven months old right now, so they’ll be for her to make memories with NEXT year!

Our sponsor this week is Digital Delights by Louby Lou and they gave us images to work with.  Paddling Dorie was the perfect fit, so I decided to make a little tag to dress up the mesh bag.  Dorie comes in black-and-white and in color.  We got the black-and-white image to work with.





The tag itself was from the Silhouette store.P1130011Come on over to Cut it Up and link your Summertime Memories project!  You could win a $5.00 store credit to Digital Delights!


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DCD #277 – August sketch

Aug sketchWelcome to Die Cuttin’ Divas’ August sketch!  Again, I’m using leftovers.  I’m involved in a scrapbook/cookbook page swap and I cut out way too many little Miss Kate Cuttable clownfish than I needed.  Fifteen too many, to be exact.  No problem!  DCD sketch #52 to the rescue!


P1120672I actually cut into some 12 x 12 papers that I had for years so the cards could be similar.  I needed several Thinking of You cards for my Sunshine Committee stash, so that’s what I started out with.  The font is called Splash.  It’s really casual and perfect for this sentiment.  The little notched flag is from the Silhouette Design store.  Not sure about the black die tags — they were leftovers, too.

I used very old Itty Bitty Background stamps from Stampin’ Up that my neighbor gave me with Colorbox archival pigment ink in Frost White to make the “bubbles.”  It was too dark without them, and I love how the bubbles fit the fish theme.

Here are a couple other iterations of the same card.

P1120671P1120673I’m keeping the Swimming by to say Hi ones for myself, plus a couple that say Happy Birthday, too, just to have on hand.  I omitted the brads on these.

Kimberly Jensen is our sponsor for this challenge!  Give this sketch a try and link to Die Cuttin’ Divas!


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