The theme this week for Die Cuttin Divas is Birthday Celebrations! I wanted to include balloons on my birthday project this week. My granddaughter, who is two and a half, already knows that birthdays include balloons! They go hand in hand. 🙂
It was really easy to choose an image. I knew there’d be something cute on the Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge and there was – an adorable bird holding a balloon! And I wanted something a little different than a plain A2 card, so I checked out Wild Card and chose the one with the square window on page 35. Here are my adorable cards:
Did you ever have one of those projects that just dragged on forever? Everything that could go wrong does go wrong? My balloon birthday cards were one of those projects. First of all, I struggle with color. I never know what goes with what. Here are all my attempts. Blue bird, orange bird, green balloon, pink chest feathers, green chest feathers, orange card front . . .Goodness!
Then when I finally made all my final color choices, I got to stamping. I covered each word in turn on my Happy Birthday stamp to get Happy and Birthday on two lines. I even used my MISTI, but oh, oh. Ruined the second one.I decided to be fancy and type Happy Bird-day on my computer. I used the Lil’ Inkers’ Stitched Rectangle die to cut that out to cover my stamping mistake. I used a border punch for the grass. That’s my saga, my tale of crafting woe.
Hope you join us at Die Cuttin’ Divas!
Edited – The PDE Challenge Blog closed. 😦 I won’t re-word this post, but will remove the link at the bottom.
Time for another card challenge at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges. It’s Always Cards now!! Which is great, because I always need cards for lots of different occasions. This month, I’m showing you a birthday card that I created for my son-in-law.
The heron and cattails are from the Cricut cartridge, Art Nouveau, and so is the sentiment. The stamp-shaped mat is from Art Philosophy. I made the little craft dots by melting Perler beads ages ago. These glow in the dark! 🙂
It’s another fun sketch challenge at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week! I started out in Cricut Design Studio this time and found a punny file that I wanted to use. Don’t know why it showed up – I guess it was free that week, so I jumped on it! The collection is called High Jump Phrases. My friend is having a birthday this month and I think she’d appreciate the pun!I like the font; I think it’s funky with the off-center horizontal lines on the letters.
The yellow paper is from a paper pack called Lemon Flower Stack by DCWV. It has lots of pretty patterns on it. The white was an unidentified scrap. I always love how the colors pop off the black mats.
Come on over to Die Cuttin’ Divas and check out all the other DT projects, then make your own!
We’re going clean and simple today at Cut it Up! To me, that means not a lot of clutter, which is my style anyway. (My crafting style tends to be very plain.)
Our sponsor, CAS-ual Fridays, sent us each a stamp to work with. I made a simple scrapbook page and a card with mine. I received Best Day Ever, which comes with that sentiment and two adorable flowers.
I made the card first. The sentiment is so big and strong, I decided to showcase it by creating a tone-on-tone background for it using the smaller of the two stamps. A couple plain layers, little bit of twine, and this CAS card is finished. The flowers were stamped using Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters distress ink, and I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for the sentiment. The twine is Trendy Twine in Lime and Licorice. I used this tag die from CAS-ual Fridays (a Fri-die!) along with the Best Day Ever stamp to make a title for a quick clean and simple scrapbook page. This time, I used Stampin’ Up’s Real Red ink. I love the font used on this sentiment stamp!! It’s so friendly!Hope you join us for our Clean and Simple challenge. A random participant will win a $15 store credit from CAS-ual Fridays!
When there are five Tuesdays in a month, things get crazy over at Die Cuttin’ Divas – Anything Goes!
I decided to share another page made for that recipe scrapbook swap that I told you about here. This recipe is for hot cocoa mix. You make it ahead of time and use it like the packaged cocoa mix, but it’s much less expensive. And delicious! (I sometimes use hot milk instead of water!! 😉 )
This Cocoa Cafe file was from Treasure Box Designs, part of a larger collection called Xmas Village, which, unfortunately, is no longer available. It’s a shame because the entire collection is super cute and fun to put together. I embossed and inked some of the pieces before assembling. I love how the mug is like a chimney on the building! I used the recipe itself as the smoke and adhered the steam element onto it. Thought that was pretty clever!
You can get the recipe for the hot cocoa mix here.
I wonder what you’ll come up with for our Anything Goes challenge this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas.
Here is Logan’s cabled red sweater, finished!It didn’t take me long to finish this beauty, and I’m really proud of it. I love all the beautiful cables, the beautiful yarn, and all the fun techniques and patterns I mooshed together to make it. As I said here, it’s a mash-up of a few sweaters. The central cable and the braids on the sleeves and saddle shoulders are from Alice Starmore’s St. Brigid. The twisted rib neckline is from her Na Craga, which I really want to knit for myself (or the St. Brigid . . .) I followed Elizabeth Zimmerman’s directions for the hem, and worked out my stitch count numbers using her Elizabeth’s Percentage System!
Here are some of the details on what I did. To make the hem, I picked up and knit stitches under the cast on edge, knit one further round, then decreased on the second round as Elizabeth instructs in Knitting Around. (This is a wonderful book by the way. You should go to your library and check it out – literally! I did, and loved it so much I bought myself a copy for Christmas last year. Wrapped it up and everything!! 🙂 )
I knit about 1 1/2″ more, then sewed the live stitches to the inside of the sweater.
Here’s the sleeve and saddle shoulder being sewn in. (That safety pin is from when my first baby was born. I was going to use cloth diapers. That lasted until about her first poop . . .)Here is a picture of a sleeve. I love the way the cable runs all the way over the shoulder and up to the neck. I was originally going to make a hem on the sleeves, too, but I think it would be too bulky, so I just left them as is. If Logan needs more sleeve length in the future, I can add a twisted rib cuff.Of course there were some bumps along the way. I didn’t realize I had dropped a stitch on one of the sleeves until 12 rows later. I tried “laddering up” but it created a section that was too tight. It neither looked right nor felt right, so I ripped out those few rows and re-knit them.When the whole sweater was finished, sewn, ends woven in, it had its photo shoot. Looking at the photos, I was dismayed to find one very, very loose stitch near the collar (on the front, of course!) I couldn’t leave it. I located the offending stitch on the inside of the sweaterand pulled it tight with my crochet hookuntil it looked good from the right side:I sewed that pulled stitch right into the collar. Now it’s perfect!! Ta da!! I’m back to knitting Christmas presents now, which I can’t show you until after Christmas, but they’re turning out really nice! 🙂
Boo! Happy Halloween from Die Cuttin’ Divas!
Everyday I download the freebie from Miss Kate’s Cuttables. Sometimes I’m inspired to make something with it right away, and that was the case with this Happy Halloween title. I knew not to cut it out “as is” – it would be way too thin. So I created an offset, colored it orange, and did a print and cut. Then I made two other offsets, tan and black, and layered them together. I had previously assembled the square background elements with a file I created in the Silhouette software using squares and rectangles. They were just sitting on my desk waiting for an image to adorn them!I made eight like this and still had one background left.I decided to try and color up an adorable stamp I bought a year or so ago from Craftin’ Desert Divas called Wonderfully Wicked. She’s really cute! We’d love to see your Halloween projects over at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week! While you’re there, check out the fabulous creations of my teammates!