PDE Challenges #26 – Mermaids

Our challenge this week at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges is Mermaids!  And they are such fun!  Unless you’re talking about the mermaids in the Harry Potter movies, which I’m re-watching for the hundredth time for background “noise” while I knit and craft!  🙂  Those merpeople are just plain scary!!But the one on the stained glass window in the Hogwarts castle is beautiful.  I printed out a picture from Google Images and cut it out, with other layers, using the Stitched Rectangle dies from Lil’ Inkers and made a card with a sentiment from Newton’s Day Dream from Newton’s Nook.  The orange patterned paper is from Pink and Main’s Take Flight paper pad.  It was underwhelming.So I decided to try again.  I removed the image and the orange layer and backed them with black.  That looked much better to my eye.  Then I just put that on a small card that measures just 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.  It’s a cutie!  I’m satisfied now!  🙂   Less was more. That’s my mermaid project!  Now let’s see yours.  Link to PDE Challenges here.


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Die Cuttin’ Divas – Butterflies

Our theme this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas is butterflies!  There are so many beautiful butterfly cuts, but I always go back to this favorite from Designs on Cloud 9.  That online store is out of business now, but the owner, Michelle Currie (who now owns Pink and Main), has made some of her SVGs available on the silhouette store and luckily, this Butterfly Card was one of them.  You can get it here.

I love this butterfly so much!  You can see other projects I made with the same cut here, here, here, and here!    I love the colors I chose this time around (if I do say so myself!! 🙂 )

The sentiment is from the Go Green stamp set from Pink by Design.

Our sponsor this week is SVG Cutting Files, who are offering a gift certificate!  Why don’t you join us and get in the running?


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The Merry Christmas Challenge #25 – Memories

The optional Merry Christmas Challenge this week is Memories.  It could be photo cards, scrapbook pages/albums, anything like that.  I made a cute little photo stand just by folding a piece of cardstock in half and adding an adorable die cut to it.  Oh, and the photo, of course!

The adorable reindeer is called Peeking Reindeer from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs.  The red dotted paper is from the Snow Fun 6 x 6 paper pack by Carta Bella.

What memories will you share this week at The Merry Christmas Challenge?


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Die Cuttin’ Divas – Embossing

The challenge this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas is embossing.  I chose heat embossing for this challenge – something I rarely use, so I challenged myself!

The focal image is from the Cricut cartridge, Sweet Treats, and the sentiment is from So Many Birthdays by Jaded Blossom.  I used Ranger white embossing powder.  This card is for my Aunt, who is having a birthday in late June. The papers that look black are actually dark brown – like chocolate icing!  Yum!!  🙂

Hope you can join in our Embossing challenge.  Leslie, one of my design team sisters, is sponsoring this challenge!


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Stick it Down June, 2018

Here’s this month’s card sketch from Stick it Down!  You still have plenty of time to play – until the end of the month.  And this is a really easy sketch to inspire you!

I needed a graduation card for my neighbor, so here’s my interpretation:Notice that little strip of Washi inside?  I thought it looked like the graduation cap.  🙂

We’d love to see your version of this sketch!  Link up at Stick it Down!  This is my last creation for Stick it Down.  I’ve been a design team member there for a number of years and thought it was time to give someone else a chance.  Ashley is a great team leader and the DT members are so talented.  Thank you for the opportunity to design for you!


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Cut it Up – Anything But a Card

It’s an ABC (Anything But a Card) challenge at Cut it Up!  I made two little boxes using files from our awesome sponsor, Ink on 3.  I had such a blast making them!  The 2.5″ x 2.5″ boxes themselves are from the Holly Days One Piece Boxes collection.

First up is this little under-the-sea themed box.  I filled the box svg with the Starfish paper from the Mariner Mermaid Digi Paper Pack.  Then, through strategic use of the knife blade and trace features in Silhouette Design Studio, I isolated the mermaid and the jellyfish from the Mermaid Sea paper, cut those out, colored them, and adhered them to the little box with foam tape.  I colored her hair green – it’s seaweed!!  🙂

I tried to get a little artsy with the second box, with not as much success, but, hey!  I tried! 🙂  I filled this box with the Ripples paper from the Water Lily Digi Paper Pack and printed/cut the feathers from the Peacock Basket to adhere on its sides as a kind of abstract art.  At least I had fun!!  And that’s really the point of it all, isn’t it??Kind of looks like a space rocket to me.  I do like the bright colors on the black-and-white paper and thought that the ripples looked like mod 60s circles!

Both these paper packs have some really beautiful and elegant images.  I can’t wait to play with them some more.

The prize from Ink on 3 is Prize: $10.00 gift code for SVGs & Printables.  Hope you can join us for this Anything But a Card challenge at Cut it Up!


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Did you ever have this happen?

I treated my Cameo to a new blade and new mats today.  It cut beautifully, but look what happened when I peeled my papers off.

The sticky peeled off with my paper.  I’m not sure why that happened, but I’m not too pleased about it!!  😦


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