DCD #315 – May Sketch

Here it is, Die Cuttin’ Divas’ May Sketch!  Another easy one to work with.

Our school celebrated Principal’s Day yesterday, so this sketch came to the rescue.



The backpack is from Lettering Delights’ Teacher’s Pet collection.  Because the lettering on the backpack was in stencil, I found a stencil font on my computer for the title.  Much easier and quicker to use the negative space, so that’s what I did.We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ll do with this great sketch!  See you at Die Cuttin’ Divas!





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Stick it Down – May 2017

It’s my turn to be the featured card designer for Stick it Down.  I loved working with this sketch, and my card idea came easily to me!
I made two cards.  One is a thank you card for the cleaning staff at my school, and the other is a sympathy card.  Both use a pretty flower image from the Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge.  I sprayed Color Shine by Heidi Swapp underneath and inked the edges with Tim Holtz Broken China Distress ink.

Hope you join us this month using one of our sketches. We have a sketch for cards, a single page layout, and a double page layout.  And guess what?

There’s a design team call going on at Stick it Down.  Click here for the details!


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DCD #314 – Chevrons and/or Polka Dots

For this week’s Die Cuttin’ Divas’ challenge, the theme is chevrons and/or polka dots.
I used both on this card for Nurses’ Day, which is on May 12, 2017.  You can’t see the chevrons in the photo, though.  😦  They’re embossed on the pink mat.

I started designing this card last year, but decided on a different image for the 2016 Nurses’ Day card.  This cute nurse is clip art, downloaded from here and changed into a cut file in Silhouette Studio.  The font is American Typewriter, elongated and fattened up a little so it cut well.  The mats are from Elegant Edges.  A couple brads here and there and this card is finished!  It’s big – 9″ x 12″.

Link your polka dot/chevron project over at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week!  🙂


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Easter cards

I was a little late making these, a little late mailing them, and a little late posting them, but here they are!  These cards were made with little bits and pieces of paper and leftover cuts on my desk and in my stash.  I love when that happens; it’s a way to make something I need and clean up my desk at the same time without adding to my stash of leftovers!

I just couldn’t throw away the leftovers from this card.  The colors were just too beautiful.  The white and black pieces are also leftovers from that card, set aside during my cardmaking process that day.  That butterfly has been flitting around my craft area for a couple of years.  I think she may have been from when I was on the Paper Crafting World design team.

You’ll remember this tag from my Easter treats.  The leftover tags made it onto several different cards.The music paper for this one is leftover from here.

The paper for this one is left over from a project I haven’t completed or posted yet.  Hmm! It’s from the same AC Moore $1 paper packet that I used on this card.

So now that I made 60+ tags that use rabbits in negative space, I have 60+ little white rabbits on my desk!  Placed on the aforementioned AC Moore leftovers and paired with some pretty flower paper from my stash, they made a cute #10 sized card.

This card uses leftovers already mentioned.  The little chickie is from here.  The flowers are from what I (stupidly) thought was a border punch.  It’s not.  It’s just a row of flowers.  It was going to be on the project that’s not finished yet, and I can’t tell you how many I cut out before realizing it’s NOT a border punch.  So now I have rows of flowers on my desk.  Not sure if I’ll use them on a future project or just be mad at them and throw them out.  And here’s my last one.  It’s mostly leftovers, but I did cut into a full sheet of paper that I got in the clearance section in Michaels, that yellow hexagon paper.  This card design was from Operation Write Home and is a great way to use little scraps that you just can’t bear to toss.

So! Hope your Easter was happy!  Our Easter bunny left me a solid chocolate bunny, so I’m good!  🙂



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Cut it Up – Music

Music, music, music!  That’s what’s stuck in my head.  It’s a bit of a song that I can’t remember the rest of.

Anyway, that’s our theme today at Cut it Up Challenges.  I’ve never had any talent in the music area, but I did get to sing while growing up.  I loved Music class in school and can remember most of the songs we learned even now, so many decades later.  I love to sing, and there’s a song for every occasion.  (I know, because they always pop up in my head.  There’s almost always a song going on up there.)  Also, I’m a terrible singer!  I can’t carry a tune in a basket! but that doesn’t stop me.

One time my husband bought and installed a CD player in my car.  I drove to visit my daughter at college, which was six hours away.  I sang at the top of my lungs the whole trip.  When I got to the hotel, I looked at my phone and saw about ten missed calls!  My husband had been trying to call me to see how the drive was going, but I hadn’t heard the phone ring because the music was so loud!  He was not amused.

Our sponsor for this challenge is CAS-ual Fridays.  They generously gave each one of us a physical die to work with.  I got the Treble Clef Fri-Die.  It cut like a dream in my Cuttlebug!

I needed some Easter cards, so that’s what I went with.  The music paper was just downloaded from the internet, and the rabbit stamp is from Unity Stamp Company, called Hunny Bunny.

Here is my second card using this die:I cut it out three times and layered it.  The little bunny chick was from the Michael’s dollar bin a few years ago.  I stamped it, scanned it into my computer, brought it into the Silhouette software, colored it and printed/cut.  There are about a million of them on my desk right now.  I’m pre-scheduling this post, so you probably have already seen some other cards I have made using some of them.  🙂  (edit – or WILL see!  tee hee!)

So that’s it for my Music post!  Hope to see what you create over at Cut it Up!  You could win a $15 store credit from CAS-ual Fridays!


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DCD #313 – Any Shape Card

April 26th is Secretary’s Day.  Secretaries are indispensable in any office, business, or school.  Our school is located in two buildings on our campus, so we have two secretaries.  Although I see nothing wrong with the term secretary, they prefer to be called Administrative Assistants nowadays, so that’s what I used for Die Cuttin’ Divas‘ Any Shape Card challenge.  But I gave a nod to the old fashioned term by using a retro phone for my cards!  🙂

This gorgeous phone was from SVGcuts.  It must have been a freebie, but it’s not on their site anymore.  I made two of these cards, one for each AA.

Did your family ever have a telephone like this?  It’s fun to remember what it was like when there were no cell phones attached to everyone’s hips.  When I first memorized our family’s telephone number, it was “Lambert 5-4323” or LA5-4323.  That morphed into 525-4323.  And it was a dial phone.  We also had a party line.  That meant that when you picked up the receiver to make a call, you either got a dial tone or you heard one of your neighbors’ phone calls.  You had to hang up and try again later.  When the phone rang, you said, “Hello” because you didn’t know who was calling.  It could be someone calling for you or another family member, or it might be a wrong number.  “Who’s calling, please?”  Our phone was in the kitchen, the heart of the home.

Check out the other cards over at Die Cuttin’ Divas, then link your own!  Shape cards are fun to make, and fun and surprising for the recipients.


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Stick it Down – April 2017

Here is this month’s card sketch from Stick it Down sketch challenge blog.  I vacillated between making a shaker and trying a new inking technique and decided to do the inking.  I have so many stamps and inks and distress inks that hardly ever get used, so I’ve been eager to work with them.  Unity Stamp Company has tons of Quick Tips that are around 1 minute long showing and explaining how to do different techniques, and I followed this one for my card.  I love how it turned out!

It’s a birthday card for a friend of mine.  I used Lil’ Inkers Stitched Rectangle dies for the inside “frame.”  It’s hard to see in this picture, but it is stitched.  To make the colored panel, I started with a piece of cardstock.  (I think next time I’ll try water color paper because the inks didn’t blend as nicely as I’d like them to.)  The butterfly and sentiment are A Lovely Butterfly Day by Unity Stamps, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  Then inks from Tim Holtz were added (Distress inks in Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Pine Needles, and Shabby Shutters.)

The next step didn’t work as well for me as it did for Angeline at Unity.  I used my water-filled pen to “color in” the butterfly.  It was supposed to remove some of the color so that the stamped image was highlighted.  It didn’t work for me, so I brought out my watercolor paints and did a little fussing with it.  It wasn’t the look I was going for, but I do like how it looks!  The last step was to make the water drops.  That worked beautifully!  Squirt water on your hands and clap!  🙂

I cut down the pretty panel, a little offset to match the sketch, mounted it on black card stock, and added the black stitched frame.  Inside there’s a white panel for writing on and a stamped Happy Birthday.

Hope you can join us this month at Stick it Down for either the card sketch, single page scrapbook layout, or double page!


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