Die Cuttin’ Divas – September 2018 sketch

Here’s this month’s sketch from Die Cuttin’ Divas!  As always, it’s easy to use and always turns out great!  I can’t wait to see what everyone does with this winner.

I used the cutest Chihuahua from Pretty Papers Pretty Ribbons again.  This is the friendliest little pup you ever saw!

The paper is from an old DCWV Citrus Mat Stack.  (I just checked and it’s available on Amazon.).  I can’t remember where I got the white candies in the corners.  At least that’s what I think they were called . . .

Anyhow, hop on over to Die Cuttin’ Divas and check out what the other DT members did with this awesome sketch, then try it yourself!  See you there!


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Die Cuttin’ Divas – What Makes You Happy

What a cool theme for a challenge!  Those Die Cuttin’ Divas really chose a fun one this time around!

What makes you happy?  For me, it’s definitely family first off.  I have a really great family and they make me very happy!  But craft-wise, I get great satisfaction of using every last bit of my papers and leftover die cuts.  My parents lived through the Great Depression, and I was instilled with the Waste Not, Want Not philosophy.  So I’m going to share with you some cards that were made with leftover cuts.  The birthday cake is definitely Miss Kate’s Cuttables, but that’s about all I know, and the fish probably is, too.  I don’t know about the papers or the other cuts.

Here are closeups of these four.Here are two more made with leftovers, but they don’t contain die cuts.So that’s it for me!  Share what makes you happy over at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week.


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Cut it Up – ABC 124

It’s time for another challenge at Cut it Up!  This time of year, we start thinking about our ABCs and 123s.  Your project could be school-related, but doesn’t have to be.  It must contain numbers and/or letters!  Easy peasy, right?

My project is not school-related.  And the “letters” are not English letters – they’re Chinese characters.  I saw this adorable card by Jin Yong of Under a Cherry Tree and I loved it so much, I CASEd it.  The image is from Lettering Delights’ Happily Ever After cut file set.  I’m always happy to use my Washi!The Chinese characters say Thank You.  They were a freebie from Jin and are still available if you follow the link above.  The little Chinese girl is just too cute, don’t you think?I love those little sandals!!  🙂 Hope you join us for our ABC/123 challenge at Cut it Up.  There are two sponsors and two prizes for this challenge – Heartfelt Creations is giving a $20.00 Gift Certificate and  SVG Attic is giving a $15 gift code!


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Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenge #34, Birthday Cards

Time to add more birthday cards to your stash!  Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges‘ theme this week is birthday cards, something we need all year long.

I used my Cricut again!  The birthday cake is from Wrap it Up and the card base and sentiment are from Wild Card, two oldies but goodies!!

The embossing folder is Cuttlebug Number Collage.

I sized and placed the cake so you can only see the top tier from the front, but when you open it up, you see the whole, huge cake! I wish it was real; I would gobble up the whole thing!You can link your birthday cards here at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges.  Also, don’t forget to pop over and check out the other DT projects.  They’re fabulous!!  🙂


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Die Cuttin’ Divas – Back to School

Die Cuttin’ Divas‘ theme this week is Back to School.  It won’t be long now . . . Some schools have already started up for the 2018 – 2019 school year!  I made a couple Back to School cards to send to my former co-workers at VSDB.  I was the middle school science teacher there but have been retired for a whole year now!  Time sure flies, doesn’t it?  The file is saved on my computer under the name Back to School, but there’s no identification as to who was the creator or where I got it from.  I kind of think it may have been Treasure Box Designs because their files don’t contain their name on them, but I checked their site and this isn’t there, so your guess is as good as mine.  Anyway, I really like shape cards and this file was perfect to make into a shape card because of the flat top on the chalkboard.

So that’s my Back to School project!  Can’t wait to see yours at Die Cuttin’ Divas!  🙂


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The Merry Christmas Challenge – August, 2018

This adorable Santa Card, the third piece of My Scrap Chick’s Santa Claus 5-Piece Set,  is my August project for The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog.  I just have two more pieces to make and I’ll have completed the set. The patterned paper is from Pink and Main’s Jolly paper pad.  It’s actually a leftover piece of paper!  :).

The green paper that Santa is on is actually the same paper as his mittens, but I darkened it with more ink so the mittens wouldn’t blend in with it.  Well, that’s one more Christmas card finished for this year!!

Let’s see your Christmas project over at The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog!


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Die Cuttin’ Divas – Birthdays

We’re celebrating birthdays this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas!  I don’t know about you, but I’m always in need of birthday cards and wrappings.  Our sponsor this week is Spellbinders and they sent me a really nice die set to use on my project.  It’s called the Shapeabilities Petite Double Bow and Flowers Etched Dies Elegant 3D Vignettes by Becca Feeken.  It comes with two dies that, together, make a double bow, and there’s a third die that makes a flower.

I started with the bow.  I admit I was a little baffled at first (I thought it was a flower with leaves!) but I found the die on their web site and there were instructions on how to make the bow.   “Die-cut two each of the double bow die and bow tail die. Match up the tabs of the double bow die cut and loop each bow piece to the bottom hole, secure with a brad. Then loop over the protruding tab over to cover to make a center loop, add bow tails and secure all with the same brad. Decorate with the flower accent or leave as it.”

While I was cutting out the pieces, I noticed my Envelope Punch Board.  I hadn’t used that in ages and thought I’d give it a go.  I followed Pootles Papercraft’s tutorial and made two boxes, decorated with the Spellbinders’ bows!The first one has a little Velcro closure. The second one has a belly band closure.The papers used are from the Echo Park Birthday Wishes paper pad.

As I mentioned above, this die set comes with a flower die, and I decided to try it out.  I used the Cricut Wild Card cartridge for the front panel of this card and a font on my computer (CK Timeless) to make this simple birthday card with the flowers.

Hope you join us at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week and make a birthday project!!


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