DCD #305 Any Animal

We’re featuring animals this week over at Die Cuttin’ Divas!  I used the challenge to make an Easter card for my granddaughter with a little chick on it.  She visits neighborhood chickens every day so I thought this little Chick in Egg from Miss Kate’s Cuttables would be perfect for her this year.

img_3184The Bendi Card file came from The Cutting Cafe, as did the grass and the Beautiful Tree!  I liked the one my CIU design team sister, Katrina, did for our recent bendy card challenge so much that I stole copied her idea!  You can see the other bendy card I made here.  I had so much fun making that one that I had to do another!

img_3186The blue and green “patterned paper” is just a fill pattern in the Silhouette library.  I used the patterned fill while designing the card and liked it so much, I just printed it out!

Bendy cards stand up really nicely for display, and I like how they can show a scene.  img_3187Anyhow, come on over and take a look at all the animals over at Die Cuttin’ Divas, then show us what you got!  Grrr!  🙂


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Stick it Down – February 2017

Here is Stick it Down’s card sketch for February:

feb-17-shakerThis basic sketch will be really versatile!  I can’t wait to see what everybody else does with it.  I needed a goodbye card for a student whose family was moving away.  This is what I came up with:

p1130579I Love You sign language cut is from SVG Cutting Files.  To make the handshape stand out more, I traced the outline of it with a thin black marker.  I cut the heart out a few times to emphasize how much we love and will miss the student.  The font is Nelson SHOCard Fat DNA from Denise’s Scrapbooking Room.  Her page no longer exists, but she took several fonts and made them into stencil fonts that cut in one piece.

p1130581The card is big enough for the students and staff to sign it.

Check out the other design team members’ cards over at Stick it Down, then take a stab at this sketch yourself!  You could be our next guest designer!  🙂


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DCD #304 – Pink, Red, or Purple

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s a color challenge this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas, specifically pink, red, or purple in honor of Valentine’s Day.  I chose pink and red, and used another favorite from Designs on Cloud 9, Love Tree.

img_3163img_3171I made a bunch (15) of valentines using a Z fold and papers from Let’s Bokeh in the Snow from Lawn Fawn, blues for the sky and greens for the grass.  They’re basically the same, but I had a leftover robot and chose to put him on the last card.  img_3163img_3169The robot is from the Robotz Cricut cartridge.  The little hearts are from the Love Trees! img_3170Hope to see your pink, red and/or purple projects over at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week!


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Cut it Up – Bendy Cards

ciuheader4transparentWe’re making bendy cards (or scene cards) over at Cut it Up this week.  I’d never made a bendy card before; this was my first try and, man! was it fun!

Our sponsor, The Cutting Cafe, gave us files to work with — Beautiful Trees, which is a group of pdfs and sentiments, and Bendi Cards.  The Bendi Card file includes lots of options, and if you follow the link, you’ll see that there is a very helpful video at the bottom of that page to help you assemble the card.  I used elements from both Beautiful Trees and Bendi Cards.

p1130588The tree and grass are from Beautiful Trees.  When I dragged the pdf onto my virtual mat in Silhouette Studio, it asked me if I wanted to import it as a vector.  I said yes, and that made it a cuttable shape!

p1130591p1130597The card itself, the fence, and butterfly are all from the Bendi Card set.  The two wave elements did not come with a top layer, but I was able to make them using the knife and internal offset tools.

p1130592As I said, this was FUN!  And I have a leftover piece that I can use on another project:p1130601I’m definitely going to be using that file again and again.  So much to explore!

Head on over to Cut it Up and check out all the other Bendi / Scene cards made by the other design team members, then try your hand at it!  You can Google to find out how to make one.  If you link it to Cut it Up, you could win any three sets of your choice from The Cutting Cafe!  🙂


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DCD 303 – Sketch



Here’s the February sketch from Die Cuttin’ Divas.  I followed it pretty closely except for the placement of my sentiment.


img_3138Tis gorgeous bird is from the Florals Embellished Cricut cartridge.  The papers are mostly from the Let’s Bokeh in the Snow paper pad.

img_3139Hope you’ll check out the other design team members’ cards at Die Cuttin’ Divas and try your hand at this sketch!



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DCD #302 – Anything Goes!

Woo, hoo!  It’s on over at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week.  Since it’s the fifth Tuesday of the month, Anything Goes!  I needed a goodbye card for a co-worker who is moving to another state.  Since he’ll be working in partnership with NASA, I thought a rocket would be an appropriate sendoff!

p1130572p1130573The font is Comic Sans.  The adorable rocket file is from the Lettering Delights Astronomy cut set.  This is a big card – 9 x 12 – big enough for everybody to sign!  And, I got to use up some of my Washi!

So get on over to Die Cuttin’ Divas and link up your project.  Anything Goes!!


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Cut it Up – Hot Drink

ciuheader4transparentThis is a fun one — Hot Drink!  My design team sister, Katrina, challenged us to include a hot beverage on our projects this week at Cut it Up.  Our sponsor is Newton’s Nook, so I wanted to use one of their products, too.  I chose their Festive Forest Die Set.

img_3109I wanted my project to actually include a gift of a hot beverage, so I looked on my computer for a cup file and found one called Mel’s Mug Card.  The Newton’s nook die is 2.25 x 1.25, so I sized my cup accordingly.  It’s always cool to be able to use different kinds of products together, in this case an svg cut on my Silhouette and a physical die cut with my eBosser.

The mug svg is just one piece.  To make the patterned paper pieces, I copied/pasted mug and used the knife tool to cut it in half.  I used the internal offset for each piece set at .12.  For the part with the handle, I used mirror right to make the piece to line the inside of the mug.  I really enjoy working with the Silhouette Design software!!  🙂  It’s so much fun!

I hope to see your Hot Beverage projects over at Cut it Up!  You could win a $20 store credit from Newton’s Nook!  They sell adorable stamps and coordinating dies!


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