DCD #327 – Under the Sea

Darling it’s better down where it’s wetter, take it from me!

I told you there’s a song for every occasion!  Hee, hee!

Here’s my Under the Sea project for Die Cuttin’ Divas’s 327th challenge.  It’s the second altered notebook I mentioned here for my other student teacher.  Because she enjoys going to aquariums, I decided that would be the theme for her notebook.  She told me all about the different animals she was allowed to touch and how they felt. She wasn’t allowed to touch a live sea turtle, but they had a big shell there she could inspect.  She said the only way to tell how old a sea turtle was is to count some kind of rings inside their shell after it’s dead, like a tree.  Anyhow . . .

The awesome paper is actually Christmas paper.  The part I cut off has reindeer and trees on it, but because that part’s gone, the wisps of snow look like waves!  This Aquarium Fun file from Miss Kate’s Cuttables was the perfect one to use for Morgan. Here are a couple of closeups:One thing I really like about MKC files is that the underlying layers seem to be sized just a fraction of an inch smaller than the top layers so you don’t see them hanging out around the sides or need to cut off a tiny sliver if they’re not lined up perfectly.  That’s something I do myself if I’m working with layered files that aren’t already sized.  It just saves time and frustration when the glue dries and you can’t move the pieces anymore.

There is so much life under the sea, I don’t think you’ll have any problem coming up with a project for this challenge at Die Cuttin’ Divas!


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DCD #326 – Sci-Fi: Aliens, UFOs or Space

Space and Sci-Fi are very interesting topics for me; astronomy is my favorite science.  For this Die Cuttin’ Diva Sci-Fi challenge, I made an astronaut-shaped card!

The file was from Designs on Cloud 9.  It’s an svg company that has gone out of business.
I was on their design team, and they had the cutest files!  You should go take a look at the other DCD designers‘ creations, then link up your own.  The sky’s the limit!  😉


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Stick it Down – July 2017


This month’s sketch from Stick it Down was fun to work with.  At first I thought I’d use washi tape for the bottom stripe and then do some stitching with my sewing machine, but I didn’t have the time to work on it.   I looked at it again in mid June and I saw waves!  That same day, coincidentally, Miss Kate Cuttables’ freebie was a sailboat, AND the next day it was a lighthouse!!  Well, that did it!

A card was born.


The sailboat was cut at about 2.5″.  It’s supposed to have a little flag banner, but the little string that held the banners broke because it was too thin and fragile.  Still, I wanted a banner on the card so I put it up in the empty corner.  I used Trendy Twine, and a Stampin’ Up punch to make the little flags.

Come on over to Stick it Down!  You have the rest of the month to make your card following our sketch.  There are also sketches for a double-page scrapbook layout and a single page.  Something for everyone!


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Cut it Up Christmas in July

I love Christmas in July!!  It’s a good time to start on Christmas cards, and the awesome files we got from our Cut it Up sponsor, The Cutting Cafe, really inspired me.  I had so much fun, I got six cards made!!
The files used are Christmas Card Fun and Christmas Colored Basic Images Printable Stamps.

I love that you can cut the pdf files just by bringing them into the Silhouette Design Studio software.  It just asks you if you want to import the pdf as an image or a vector.  Um, vector, please!!  Then you can manipulate it any way you want!

Get in the Christmas spirit and join us over at Cut it Up!  Link your project and you’ll be in the running for any 3 sets of your choice from The Cutting Cafe!  And they’re all awesome!



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DCD #325 – Spa Time

I just love it when a DT challenge fits in perfectly with my life!  Needed this:and Die Cuttin’ Divas was having a Spa Time challenge!  Yay!

The little spa girl is clip art downloaded from the internet, and the font is a stencil font I have saved on my computer.  It’s cut out of the green polka dot paper so that the white card base shows through.

Hope you join us for our Spa Time challenge!



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DCD #324 – July 2017 sketch

Here’s the July Die Cuttin’ Divas‘ sketch!  Another really versatile one; I made four cards using it!

The first one is a Christmas card, using the adorable Rudy from Paper Crafting World.

The second uses a cut from the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge.I think these two were made with wingding fonts, but I forget which ones.  I love to find fonts like that and cut them with my Silhouette!  These cuts were leftovers from previous projects.See how great this sketch is?  Let’s see what you can do with it.  Link your version to Die Cuttin’ Divas this week!



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Caron Cakes leftovers continued

Of course, you could also just make Milos with the leftovers!



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