PPPR Guest designer

I’m honored to be a guest designer this week for Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons!  I made two projects for my guest post.

This first one uses two PPPR files, Sail Away and their Side Step card.

P1100204webSail-Away-CutEach element came out really nice and was so much fun to make.  I added a wave border from the Give a Hoot Cricut cartridge using my Gypsy to make them really tiny and to weld a bunch together.

Here are some of the individual elements:


P1100203webP1100201webP1100208webLove that sailboat!

P1100198webI used the Darice Clouds embossing folder behind this lighthouse.

P1100205webBun-in-the-Oven-CutThe second project is a shaped card.  I love puns and cliches, so when I saw the Bun in the Oven file, I had to make it right away!   You can never have too many Happy Pregnancy cards on hand.

I omitted the face and the bow tie / hair bow and just made the oven knobs pink and blue.  The oven is stainless steel!   :)

P1100149webThat bun (or loaf of bread) is very realistic and could be used by itself on a tag.

P1100153webSo those are my two Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons projects!  I had fun making them!


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DCD #212 – Garden Month

Did you know April is Garden Month?  That’s our theme this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas.  How will that inspire you?  It inspired me to make this poster for a co-worker’s new office:

P1090988webIt’s for students to sign!  All the cuts are from the Groovy Times Cricut cartridge, and the border is a border punch.

Remember, our theme is Garden Month.  Dies R Us provided the prize — a $10 Gift Certificate.  Hope to see your garden-inspred project over there!


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Cut it Up – Funny Cards

CIU challenge blogIt’s time for another challenge at Cut it Up Challenges, and this is a fun one!  Or, funny, I should say.  The theme is Funny Cards.  I got a thought in my head to use a frog so I went looking for funny or punny sayings about frogs.  I came up with two, so I made two cards.

P1100235webI like this one the best!  I’m going to give it to my husband!  He has a weird sense of humor like I do.

The second one will be for my stash. You can always use a birthday card, and this one is unisex.

P1100232webThe sentiment is from the Go Green set from Pink by Design. Here’s the joke on the inside:

P1100234webSounds like, “Would you like some fries with your shake?”  Hilarious, right?  :)  The frog is from the Playtime Cricut cartridge.

See this sheen?

P1100233webIt’s from a product I’d never used before. I found a bottle of Goose Bumps in the clearance section at Joann’s one time and picked it up.  It gives a bumpy sheen, which I thought was perfect for a frog. Their skin is bumpy and shiny from being wet!

The sponsor is As Cute As A Button and the prize is a $20 Gift Code.  Why don’t you give it a try?  See you over there at Cut it Up Challenge Blog!


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DCD #211 – Zoo Awareness challenge

P1100156webThe theme for Die Cuttin’ Divas’ challenge this week is Zoo Awareness Day.  I was a little stumped as to what to do with this challenge until one of my co-workers became a grandma.  You know how I love making mini-albums for new grandmas!!  The little baby animals from Create a Critter were the perfect solution.

I made this mini by copying Ginger’s album here.  She did not post a tutorial, but it was easy to figure out.  You can click on the photos below to get a better look.

I chose animals that might be seen in a zoo to match our theme of Zoo Awareness.  Each page has a pocket on top for a photo mat (you can see it on the page with the elephant) and a place for some journaling and/or photo tags.

Stop by Die Cuttin’ Divas for some design team inspiration, then link up your own project.

This challenge starts on April 14th.  The theme is Zoo Awareness Day.  Dies R Us is our sponsor and the prize is a $10 Gift Certificate!



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DCD #210 – Sketch

April 2015 sketchWe have a sketch for your inspiration this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas.  Since it will soon be Nurse Appreciation Day, I decided to use this sketch for the card I need to make for the students to sign.

I still have some 12 x 24 inch Cricut paper that I had bought from Cricut Machine.com.  I sure wish I could get some more of the black and white 12 x 24, but can’t seem to find it anywhere.   I do still have primary colors, though, and since red and black are our school colors, that’s what I chose.


P1100103webI broke my own rule and didn’t use a Cricut cartridge on this one.  The files are mostly from the Silhouette store.  The window was made using a thought bubble from there, but I can’t find the exact one in the store.

P1100108webNursing is a Work of Heart is Design ID #55388, and Nurse Holding Bandaid is Design ID #44125.  Isn’t she a cutie?

P1100107webP1100105webThe thermometer is from Medical Bears 2 by My Scrap Chick. 

Our sponsor is Scrappy Dew Creations; they’ve donated $20 for their Online Store.

Check out the other design team members’ projects at Die Cuttin’ Divas, then link up your own!


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CTMH Christmas cards

I bought the CTMH Snowhaven Workshop on the Go towards the end of last year and made them a couple months ago.  They are so beautiful!

P1090903webI love the colors on this set.  Everything looks so clean and crisp!

P1090896webP1090899webP1090900weband Nordic somehow.  The only thing I don’t like is the fact that I’m finding those little hearts everywhere.  They just don’t stick.  But I do have a hint for you!

Last year, I made the Pear and Partridge cards from CTMH.  Pretty enough, but I didn’t like the way they turned out.  (I’m looking on my blog and my computer to find a picture of them, but I’m not finding one.  Apparently they weren’t pretty enough to take a picture!)  I followed the cutting instructions, but my rectangles weren’t perfect.  They looked wonky.

Know what cuts perfect rectangles?  My Silhouette.

UntitledI made rectangles using the measurements listed in the directions.  I often write notes to myself on the virtual mat, making them “no cut.”  You can see some of my notes here.

Anyway, I’m just thrilled with how these cards turned out, and can easily replicate the designs using different paper because I saved the directions and the cutting template!

Here’s a funny thing, though.  See that gorgeous silver glitter strip?

P1090906webI didn’t realize it was self-adhesive until I made the last group of cards!  :)  I had been adhering it using my tape gun.  Duh. . .


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New job card

I needed a Good Luck on Your New Job card but didn’t really know what the new job was, so I turned to this adorable file from SVGcuts.com called Jonathan’s Bears.  I printed them and punched out with 2″ square punch. P1100028webThey’re all so cute!

P1100029webAny one of them would make an adorable card in itself, but I couldn’t choose . . .  I think they look great in this 9-square.


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