DCD #222 – Anything Goes!

Our challenge theme this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas is Anything Goes!  You’d think that Anything Goes would be an easy challenge, right?  Not for me.  It’s like going into Baskin Robbins 31 flavors and trying to pick just one.  If it were a choice between chocolate and vanilla, I could make a decision in a split second, but 31 flavors to choose from?  That’s what Anything Goes challenges are like for me.  I get bogged down by too many possibilities.

Inspiration finally struck when my Cut it Up DT sister, Peggie Sue, sent me a couple Quickutz dies recently.  Of course I had to try out each of them and decided to use two of them on a card.  This is the Apron die and the Sandals die.

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I also used the Sizzix Flip Its Triple Circle die set because I haven’t used it in awhile and it got lonely.  P1100898webThe little flowers are a punch, as is the tiny heart on the apron.

P1100902webP1100905webP1100903webThe rhinestones are Sparkles Assortment Brown and Tan from CTMH.  The twine is Lemon Tart Trendy Twine.  I’m hoping to use more of my twine now that my awesome husband made this for me:

P1100878webP1100879webP1100880webP1100881webLooks like there’s room for eight more spools!!  :)

Anyway – Anything Goes at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week, so the sky’s the limit.  The challenge begins June 30th and ends: July 5th.  The sponsor is Pretty Cute Stamps and the prize is a $15 gift certificate!  I expect to see your project over there!!


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Cut it Up – Stuck on You!

ciu-challenge-blogAnd we mean a good, old-fashioned sticker!

I found the cutest sticker sets by EK Success called Sticko on clearance at Michaels, and  bought every last one of them to make a quick baby album for the shower at work.

IMGI ran five or six of them down opposite sides of each 8 x 8 page.

P1100507webThe stickers’ borders have a sheen to them, like silver.  The colors are really soft and the images are adorable.

For the cover, I scanned the sticker sheet and brought the bear sleeping on the moon image into my Silhouette software to cut.  I’m so happy with how it turned out; it really gives a cohesive look to the album.

These are some of the stickers.


This is the die cut image.


Looks sweet, right?



Here is the album cover, another Your Story album.

P1100511webI have so much fun manipulating files in the Silhouette Software!  Anything can be a die cut!

I hope you’ll go over to Cut it Up and see what the other ladies came up with.  And I’m sure you have a sticker or two in a drawer somewhere . . .  Let’s see how creative you can get!

Our sponsor this time is Robin’s Nest.  And check this out: The prize is a $20 Gift Certificate ($30 if Robin’s Nest product is used)!!  Isn’t that cool?










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DCD #221 – Wedding or Anniversary

At Die Cuttin’ Divas, we’re celebrating all the June brides this week with our Wedding or Anniversary challenge theme.  I was a June bride!  We just celebrated our 37th anniversary.

weddingI found this card on the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge:

P1100769webIt looks like my picture, doesn’t it?  I love the silhouetted feeling of this card, and especially the little heart at the bottom.

Here are the details for this challenge:  Begins: June 23rd, ends: June 28th.  Our sponsor is Pretty Cute Stamps, and the prize is a  $15 gift certificate!  See you at Die Cuttin’ Divas!


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Stick it Down Design Team!

I have some fun news!

A few weeks ago, I saw a really nice card while surfing the internet, and – you know how this goes – followed a link here, a link there, down the yellow brick road and wound up here, Stick it Down Sketch Challenge Blog.  They were having a DT call so I applied and was accepted to their card team!!

SIT DT member

It’s a monthly challenge.  Every month they have three sketches for you to use and link —    a one-page layout, a two-page layout, and a card — and three winners, one for each category.  The winners get a guest designer spot for a future post on the blog.  The link is located in the left hand column of their blog.  (Full details here.)

While my first official post for Stick it Down is in July (July 12 to be exact!) I’ve made a card for their June card sketch challenge and will be linking as soon as I finish this post!

Here’s the sketch:

Card June


Here’s my card:


I kind of turned it on its side.  For the rectangle on the left, I used Lil Inkers dies in my Ebosser.

P1100807webThe flower tag was in my box of extra cuts, so I don’t have any details about that except the brown pearls are from Recollections.

P1100806webThe tiny star on the tag is one of those $1 Studio G finds from Michaels (a punch); the sentiment was printed on my computer using Comic Sans font; the tag itself was made with scissors and the corner of a Creative Memories square punch.


I thought it came together pretty nicely, and now I have a birthday card for my sister!

There’s another bit of news about this design team:  When I applied, the owner asked if I had any experience designing card sketches.  I admitted that I didn’t but would be willing to give it a try.  I sent her several sketches and she liked them!  So you’ll see my sketches there some time in the future.  That’s pretty cool!

Anyway, that’s my big news.  I’m going to head on over to Stick it Down and link my card right now!



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DCD #220 – Masculine Theme

It seems a lot of crafters have a tough time with masculine themed projects.  I needed a birthday card for a friend of the family and decided to use the cool car on the Nifty Fifties Cricut Cartridge for Die Cuttin’ Divas’ Masculine Theme challenge this week.  It was a perfect fit!

P1100480webI chose a cool blue for the convertible.  The orange background is paper from my Close to My Heart days, the sentiment is from the Jaded Blossom So Many Birthdays stamp set, and the black enamel dots are home made from Perler Beads.

P1100483webOn the inside, I used another cut from the Nifty Fifties cartridge, Cool Cat!

P1100482webHere are the details for this week’s Die Cuttin’ Divas’ challenge:

Masculine Theme, Begins: June 16th, Ends: June 21st, Sponsor: Your Next Stamp, Prize: $20 gift certificate!!

Hope to see your masculine themed project at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week!


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Cut it Up – Stars and Stripes

ciu-challenge-blogOur challenge this time for Cut it Up Challenge Blog is Stars and Stripes.  You should see all the creative ideas my teammates came up with!!  Mine is boring by comparison — I took it literally.

This will be another card for my son when he deploys this fall.

P1100473webThis little flag is from the Stand and Salute Cricut cartridge, and the stars are from a tiny little $1 punch from Michaels.  The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up, a set called Flower Patch.  I love it!  Both my kids are awesome, and I love to tell them every chance I get!  This stamp will get a lot of use!

Head on over to Cut it Up.  Really.  The girls have outdone themselves!  And you have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from As Cute as a Button!


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DCD #219 – National Aquarium Month

aP1100750webLuckily, my husband and I recently went to the Virginia Aquarium and had plenty of pictures to use for the current challenge at Die Cuttin’ Divas — National Aquarium Month!

I used an adorable Miss Kate file called Cute Puffer Fish.  It’s in the 50 cent area right now.  Here are the inside pages:

And here’s the back cover.  I deleted the face parts.

P1100746webTo assemble it, I stapled the back fins together with the Tim Holtz Mini-Attacher, then I prettied up her tail with Tickled Pink Trendy Twine.

P1100744webHere is what it looks like open:

P1100748webHere are the details for this challenge — Theme: National Aquarium Month (Something you’d find in the sea); Begins: June 9th; Ends: June 15th; Sponsor: Your Next Stamp; Prize: $20 Gift Certificate!

Hope to see your fishy projects over at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week!


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