DCD 311 – April sketch

Here’s the sketch we were given to work with this month at Die Cuttin’ Divas:

I turned it on its side.This card morphed a little as I was working on it.  I wanted a lotus flower, but I didn’t have a file for one on my computer, and MyCutSearch didn’t turn up any on any of the Cricut cartridges I own, so I called upon my old pal, Google.  I found this beautiful public domain image and downloaded it.  It was already an svg, so all I had to do was bring it into my Silhouette Design Studio software and cut it.

My original plan was to have the pink and green flower right on my white panel, but I needed a template to get the pieces in the correct places, so I cut the image out in black, too.  I centered the black template on my white panel, taped it down with washi,and started putting the pieces into the holes in the black paper.I really liked how it looked, even with the washi, so I decided to go with it.  The colors really pop off that black.I used an embossing folder on the pink panel.  The font I used is called Edwardian Script.  The pink is a .02 offset and the black is .03.So that’s my take on this month’s sketch.  I’d love to see what you do with it!  Go link it over at Die Cuttin’ Divas.


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DCD #310 – Anything Goes!

The sky’s the limit this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas!  Woo, hoo!  I used digital paper for my background and cut the corners with a 1/4″ corner punch.  The cute hot air balloon is from SVGcuts.com.  I think it was a freebie, but I don’t see it on their site anymore.  There are a lot of hot air balloons saved on my computer, but I liked this one best because of the little swirl across the middle.  It makes me think that the balloon is passing through clouds.

Here’s a little side view, showing that the balloon is popped up a little bit off the card with dimensionals:

Let’s see your creativity!  Link your Anything Goes project over at Die Cuttin’ Divas!


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Cut it Up – You’ve Got Me in Stitches! :)

I think that’s such a funny title!  Our challenge this week at Cut it Up is to use real or faux stitching on our projects.  I was all set to do real stitching, and I actually had an entire project made, hand-stitched with twine, but ya know?  I just didn’t like it.  It wasn’t good enough for me, and certainly wasn’t good enough for you, so I chucked it and started over again.  It’s only paper, right?  🙂

Our sponsor this time is Fleurette Bloom.  Many of us on the design team used some of her files, which she generously shared with us.  I chose the Beach Bucket from the Cutie Bug Pinwheels set.  It was super easy to assemble, and I love how it turned out.  I put an adorable Cutie Bug on it and chose to do faux stitching with a white gelly pen instead of real stitching.

I cut out several.  I’m sure you’ll see the rest of them on cards in the future, but for now I used two of them on the bucket.  Here’s the other side:I love the bright spring colors.  Blue and yellow always remind me of a fresh spring or summer day – sun and sky.

Hope you join us for our stitching challenge at Cut it Up!  You could win a $10 store credit for Fleurette Bloom!


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DCD #309 – 3D Bag, Purse, or Box

I went with box!  Die Cuttin’ Divas’ challenge to you is to create a 3D Bag, Purse or Box.  I chose the Gold Coin Inn Leprechaun Trap by SVG Cuts.  This was so fun and easy to put together.  The SVG Cuts site has a video and I just followed right along with Mary as she made hers.  The hardest part was finding the gold coins to put inside!  (See them hanging in there?)I put the rest of the gold (chocolate) coins in the box so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat them.  I did try one, but the chocolate wasn’t the best and not worth the calories for me.

Here is a closeup of the little inn itself.What’s supposed to happen is the leprechaun sees the coins inside and goes in to steal them.  He doesn’t know there’s a hole in the floor!  He falls in and gets trapped.

I copied Mary’s house exactly.  Why mess with perfection?  Hope you join us for our 3D bag, purse, or box challenge over at Die Cuttin’ Divas.  It’s fun to something other than a card once in awhile!  🙂



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Stick it Down – March, 2017


Here’s this month’s card sketch from Stick it Down sketch challenge blog.  Mine is rectangular instead of square.

This is a card for someone I work with.  A few people are retiring or leaving at the end of this school year, so I decided to get an early start on their cards.


img_3251He’s the Spanish teacher at my school.  I printed out the sentiment in rainbow colors using Microsoft Word and a font on my computer, Harrison, and cut the name using the same font in the Silhouette software.  Buena Suerte means Good Luck.  The suns are from the Olé Cricut cartridge.

Link up your version of our sketch over at Stick it Down.  You could be our next guest designer!


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DCD #308 – Rainbows

That’s the theme this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas – Rainbows!  Not the real kind like this:0523132007aThe paper kind!  Like this:img_3244

This is a Miss Kate’s Cuttables Rainbow.  I like the little sparkles on it.  The patterned paper is from the Let’s Bokeh in the Snow from Lawn Fawn 6 x 6 paper pack, and the sentiment is from Unity Stamp Company, their Butterflies and Sunbeams set.  I cut the flags using a punch from Stampin’ Up.  I’m happy to have that little punch, because even though lots of crafters make it look so easy, the ones I tried to do by hand always turned out wonky.

Let’s see what you can do with our Rainbow theme!  Link over at Die Cuttin’ Divas.  See you over there!


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Cut it Up – Think Green

ciuheader4transparentThink Green!  Our challenge at Cut it Up was to use three shades of green on our project.  I considered making something for St. Patrick’s Day, but wasn’t inspired.  Then I got this adorable Tulip file this morning from Miss Kate’s Cuttables and inspiration struck!  There were already two shades of green.  I only had to add one more!  🙂

img_3236img_3239They look like they’re singing to me.  I picked up this pack of patterned paper for $1 at A.C. Moore today and was happy to see that one of the papers would work for this project.  It’s by Studio G.  It was the first time I’d been in an A.C. Moore since moving from NJ to VA, and I was happy to see that they still had items for $1.  Michaels’ dollar bin has been inflated to $1.50, so I refuse to buy any.

Hope you link up your three-shades-of-green project over at Cut it Up.  Our sponsor is Heartfelt Creations.  The prize is a $20 gift certificate to their store!


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