DCD #252 – Say it With Love

or Luv!  That’s the theme this Valentine’s week over at Die Cuttin’ Divas – Say it With Love.  I decided to actually say “luv”!  I chose two files from the Silhouette online store – the 3D Scalloped Double-Sided Tote (Design ID #64604) and the Ribbon Tie Favor Box – Scalloped (Design ID #64602) to make this candy-filled extravaganza:

P1120040P1120027And it only took two tries to get my math right  😕 .

The measurements for the tote are 9.6″ high by 12.416″ wide.  I rotated them so they would fit on 12 x 12 card stock.   To make the tote, you make two and adhere their backs together.  The little boxes each measure  5.956″ high x 9.589″ wide.  This is what they look like all tied and tucked into the tote.

P1120038But now I had a leftover tote!  There was plenty of candy left over, too, so I tied up six bags with ribbon and had a second project.

P1120043P1120047I raffled them off at work last week.  My co-workers enjoy little fun, free raffles now and then, so sometimes I make DT projects just for that!

One Happy Cut is sponsoring this challenge with a $15 gift certificate for their store.  The challenge runs from February 9th – the 15th.  I’m sure you have a couple lovely projects left that you can link over at Die Cuttin’ Divas!


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Cupid Strikes Again – DCD & CIU co-hop!

Strikes Again!!!

Welcome to this co-hop with Die Cuttin’ Diva and Cut It Up!  We’re so glad that you are joining us today and super excited to share our inspiration with you.

We have a line-up of DT members from both teams sharing Valentine projects and we are hoping you enjoy them all. Our teams even had to play cupid and send their project to a fellow team member as a surprise. How is that for sharing the love!

How about some prizes?
Craftin’ Desert Divas ~ 2 digi stamps of choice
KaDoodle Bug Designs ~ 2 $5.00 certificates
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon ~ $15 gift certificate
Cupid’s Rules…
1.  Make sure you are a follower on each stop along this hop.
2.    Leave a comment on each project and you will be entered
to win one of the prizes.

Prize winners will be announced on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.
My project is for my Cut it Up teammate, Leah.  I noticed in her “about me” info box that she has four children, so I knew I wanted to make some kind of mini album for all the pictures I’m sure she has.  I decided on a 9-square explosion box scrapbook, so I could include some chocolate, too!
As you can see, I took the Cupid theme literally!  😊  I used Lettering Delights’ Cupid cut files to decorate.   The papers are from Echo Park and Carta Bella and the ribbons are just from my stash.  Here are some shots of the inside pages:

To make the explosion box, start with three pieces of card stock – 12 x 12, 11.5 x 11.5, and 11 x 11 – all scored at 4″ from each side, cut and folded like this.  Round the corners if you want to. Layer in size order with largest on bottom. Adhere center squares.  To make the lid, use one 8 x 8 piece of card stock scored on all four sides at 1 7/8″.  Fold in and glue the corners, holding them with paper clips until the glue dries.

I’m offering a little candy myself.  If you’d like a chance to win, leave a comment  on this post and be a follower (or become a follower) of my blog.  It’s a little prize packet.  I will post the winner on Valentine’s day.


Your next stop is the talented, creative Georgiana! I always love visiting her blog to see what fun creations she has made!
If you get lost along the way, here is the line-up….
Die Cuttin’ Divas – http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com/
Thanks for spreading the love!
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Cut it Up – Mardi Gras

CIU challenge blogWelcome to another fun challenge from Cut it Up Challenge Blog.  The theme is Mardi Gras- Use a Masking Technique.  How clever!

I made a group of S-fold cards for the people at work who have winter birthdays.  These first two use cute images from the Teddy Bear Parade Cricut cartridge.

P1120056Adorable, aren’t they?  All bundled up for playing in the snow.

P1120049P1120053Do you see my masking technique?  I punched several snowflakes on a piece of scrap paper using my Martha Stewart snowflake.  I held that over my white card stock mats and sprayed teal Heidi Swapp color shine to make the snowflakes you see behind the little teddy bears.  The mats themselves are from the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge.  The paper is from a 6 x 6 Jack Frost paper pad by American Crafts.

I made about ten cards altogether, but didn’t want to do all that paper piecing with the teddies, so for the rest of them I used a simple die cut snowflake, just two layers.

I was happy to use that paper and get a lot of cards done quickly.  On the inside, I used So Many Birthdays by Jaded Blossom with Not Quite Navy Classic Ink from Stampin’ Up.

P1120054You should go over to Cut it Up and check out all the different masking techniques!  When you link your own project, you have a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate from As Cute As A Button!


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DCD #251 – February sketch

Here is Die Cuttin’ Divas‘ sketch for February:  Feb 2016 sketch

I decided to go retro for this one.  I used a cut from the Groovy Times Cricut cartridge.  This cartridge has some really neat files on it!  The sixties were my elementary school years.  Such happy memories for me.  By the end of the sixties we had a small black and white TV set on a metal stand in the front room.  The Wizard of Oz came on every year and we would watch it.  My friend down the street had a color TV and one year, my sister and I went to watch it with her.  Imagine our surprise when Dorothy landed in Oz and it was in COLOR!  Whoa!!!

P1110930You had to get up out of your seat to change the channel.  There were 13 channels on the dial.  You had to listen to commercials!  There was no mute button (one of the best inventions in my opinion.)

P1110934P1110935I chose papers with some pop and even found a paisley Cuttlebug folder for embossing.

I love Georgiana’s sketches; you can do so much with them and it’s always fun to see the diversity in how people see and interpret them.  The design team nailed it.  We hope to see your interpretation!

Here are the details about this challenge.  It runs from February 2nd through the 8th.  One Happy Cut is our sponsor and they’re donating a $15 gift certificate.  Good luck!


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Stick it Down – February 2016

Back with my second double-page layout for Stick it Down!  Here’s the sketch:

Feb 2016 doubleI may have mentioned that I’m decades behind on my scrapbooking.  These photos are from 1987.  We went to Mystic, CT, to see their little historic village and the tall ships.

P1110964I followed the sketch pretty exactly, but I think I the papers I chose are too busy.  This is a little too much for me.  (I may have to re-do this with a solid background, or something with more muted colors or a less busy print.)

P1110962P1110963I have a couple of stencil fonts on my computer from a lady named Denise.  I love to use them for titles.  They’re very easy, especially when you use their negatives, as I have done with this title.  I try to use my own handwriting somewhere on my pages because I love seeing my own parents’ handwriting.  It’s a really nice remembrance of them.

I hope you try out our double page sketch and link it in the left-hand column of Stick it Down.  Winners get a chance to be guest designers!


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Playing reindeer games

Here’s some other cards I made using Doodlecharms over my snow break.  I got a start on this year’s Christmas cards.  It was really relaxing to put these together while watching the snow fall with a nice hot fire in the fireplace!

Part of the fun was using what I had.  Except for the card bases and the black cardstock mats, all the papers are from my Christmas scraps pile.  All the crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl Jam.  I scooped up a lot of crinkle ribbon in their going-out-of-business sale so I figured I ought to use up what I already had before the package arrives!!  AND the coolest thing is the white “tulle” on the first card.  What could it be? you ask!  It’s a bag that held about six heads of garlic!!  :)


If I make about ten Christmas cards a month, I’ll have all I need by August.  Would it be bad if I started writing them out in September??

I have to tell you, most of the images on Doodlecharms are really sweet, but it includes several disembodied heads like this reindeer.  It’s kinda creepy.  This cut reminds me of a reindeer head hung up on a hunting lodge wall . . .


ps – I’ve linked to Christmas Card Challenges – Anything Goes

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Snowman cards

I had some time off because of the snowstorm so I decided to use my time craftily!  I got caught up on some design team projects, some projects for work, and some personal projects.  These little snowman cards are just for myself!  I sent them to my pen pals with my monthly letter.

P1110992I followed Deconstructed Sketch #46.  I tried to link it, but the Deconstructing Jen web site doesn’t seem to come up . . .  Hmm.  Maybe she shut it down, but here is the sketch:

Sketch46The paper is all scraps.  The snowman is from the Doodlecharms Cricut cartridge.  I had a very positive experience with Cricut customer service.  I saw that they were offering the cartridge for $9.99 and I went to the Cricut site to buy it.  There was no button for “put this in my cart” so I called them up.  The lady explained that there was a problem with the site and she put the cartridge in my Cricut Craft Room free for two weeks while they worked it out!  So I cut these little snowmen out using CCR, and have since picked up the cartridge.  It’s adorable!

P1110994P1110993It’s back to work today, but I had lots of fun on my days off!


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