DCD #288 – Use Pink for Breast Cancer Month

I may have mentioned that a few of the ladies I work with became Grandmas.  This little album is for someone who just had a granddaughter, so PINK!

Perfect for our Pink theme at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week.  The covers are chipboard covered with beautiful papers from the DCWV The Preppy Princess stack.  It’s bound using my Bind it All.

p1130102The adorable Baby Giraffe was from Designs on Cloud 9, which is now out of business.

p1130103I love the little heart nostrils!  :)  There were lots of animal babies to choose from and all the files also included jpgs, which I used as clip art on the inside pages.


We hope to see your pink projects at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week!


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Stick it Down – October double page

Hello!  Is it beginning to feel a lot like Christmas yet?  I’m finally getting around to scrapping some Christmas pages.  This one is from 2012!  I’m using the awesome October sketch from Stick it Down which I followed almost exactly.  It looks like the only thing I omitted was the large rectangle that the title sits on.  Here’s the sketch:

oct-2016What I really liked about this sketch is its clean lines.  Here’s my page:

p1130243It all started with my desire to use up scraps and leftover cuts.  I cleaned up my craft area and rounded up my leftover cuts – they’re sitting on my desk in neat piles now – and the little Rudolph heads from the Doodlecharms was right there in front!  My goal was to get started on the four years of Christmas pictures I had printed in the summertime, so it all came together.

p1130245p1130247I chose the funniest pictures of my family to go with the silly Rudolph heads, but balanced the silliness with staid patterned papers.  The red letters pick up on Rudolph’s nose and help make the title pop.  The checkered paper and snowflake paper are from my scrap file.

Wait until you see what the rest of our talented design team has done with this sketch, and then link up your own page over at Stick it Down.  You may be our next guest designer!


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Cut it Up Pumpkins!

ciuheader4transparentThis should be an easy one for this time of year — Pumpkins!  Our challenge to you from Cut it Up is to use a pumpkin on your project.  I used one on a banner that I made as a favor for a co-worker.  See if you can spot it in the photo below:

p1130265It’s on the first M.  The letters and house shapes are from a Miss Kate Cuttable title called Home Sweet Home, offered as a freebie last year.  The images on each house are from two Lettering Delights files.  One is called Fall Dolls and the other is Feels Like Autumn.

p1130266p1130267p1130268Here are all the individual pieces.  (It’s so hard to photograph a banner!!  I laid this one on my  bed to take its picture!)

This was so much fun to do!!  I did it last Saturday when it rained all day here.  My husband and I lit a fire in the fireplace and stayed in.  I crafted all day!  That’s my kind of Saturday alright! 🙂

Let’s see your pumpkins!  Link them up at Cut it Up.  You could win a digi image from our sponsor, Craftin’ Desert Divas!


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DCD #287 – National Dessert Day

I love it that there’s a National Dessert Day!  I think it should be celebrated every day, don’t you?  Well, we’re celebrating over at Die Cuttin’ Divas.  This is what I came up with:

p1130260It’s a long card to fit in a #10 (business) envelope.  The Truffle Candies were from SVG Cuts.   I didn’t see them there when I went to get you a link so they’re probably not available anymore.  They were really easy to cut, though, and cute!

I popped the center truffle on some foam tape.  The little pink dots on the bottom are those melted Perler beads.  I have tons of them from the one time I made them.

p1130264Please join us for some dessert at Die Cuttin’ Divas!


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Stick it Down – October, 2016

oct 16Back with another card sketch from Stick it Down!    This one reminds me of an old 45 record.  I’m in the Christmas card making mode, though, so I went looking on my computer for anything with a circular sentiment and found this one.  Of course, when I went to write this blog post I couldn’t find it again, so sorry – not able to give credit where credit is due.



P1130083P1130084I brought the clip art into the Silhouette studio software and traced it so I could cut the stag’s head.  I layered it onto the original clip art to give it some depth. P1130085The striped paper is retired Close to My Heart design paper.  I love the bright colors!   A couple of brads finishes it off.

Check out how the rest of the Stick it Down DT interpreted this sketch, then – you know it!  Link up your own!


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DCD #286 – October sketch

october-sketchHere it is, Die Cuttin’ Divas’ October sketch!

I turned it vertically and came up with this:





This gorgeous box office is from the Art Deco Cricut cartridge.  It’s a birthday card for my son-in-law who is involved in theater.  He’s a very talented artist as well and appreciates lots of different styles, so I thought this cut would be the perfect fit for him.  I used the colors recommended in the handbook.

p1130150I used all the layers, including the shadow.  It’s popped up using foam tape to give it added dimension.  Since the card base is dark brown, I lined the inside with white so I can write the sentiment in regular ink.

I cut this using the Cricut Explore.  It’s much easier if you don’t fight with the machine.  I’m so used to SCAL and the Silhouette software, and really like those.  I like how you can plan your mat, place all the papers on it at once, and cut everything all at the same time.  BUT to do that with the Cricut Explore, it’s really a battle.  So I just gave in and did one paper at a time, using the same upper left-hand corner of my mat every time.  It was time consuming but less aggravating than trying to lay everything on the virtual mat and jumping through all the hoops to make it stay there.  Luckily, I also had a project cutting on my Cameo at the same time so I didn’t get too bored . . .🙂

Anyway, I hope you join us Die Cuttin’ Divas for our sketch challenge this month!  It’s another keeper!


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Lotsa cards

Did you ever need lots of cards?  I’m the cardmaker for my school’s Sunshine Committee and we need a lot of birthday cards.  Kristie from The Best Things in Life are Pink has these really neat video “tutorials” of her starting with a brand new 6 x 6 paper pad and making cards until all the papers are gone.  She’s left with only tiny scraps at the end.

One day I decided to sit down and follow along with one of her videos, a new pad of 6×6 paper, and some leftover Cricut and svg cuts.  I came out with 28 cards!  Here they are:

Here is the paper pad I used and the little bits of leftovers.  I was tempted to save them, but I brought myself to throw them away.   (Proud of myself! 😊 )

p1110172It was so much fun!  What a feeling of accomplishment.  Then yesterday, I got together with other members of the Sunshine Committee and we filled out all the birthday cards for the year, so our stash is depleted.  I’ll have to do it again!  Just need to find the time . . .


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