DCD – January 2018 sketch

Here is January’s Die Cuttin’ Divas‘ sketch!

I used it to make four winter cards for my monthly pen pal letters.  All the papers and die cuts are leftovers from other projects!  I love it when that happens!  🙂


I turned it on its side for the last card:Can’t wait to see what you do with it!!


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Cut it Up – Calendars

2017 is almost finished and 2018 is almost here!  That means a new calendar, and that’s our challenge this time around at Cut it Up – Calendars.  Make a calendar or use one on your project.  I made a calendar – rather my husband and I made one together – an advent calendar for our granddaughter!

I picked up the wooden calendar at Michaels.  My husband did the painting and staining, and I did the decorating.  The calendar already had the numbers on it, so I made small (TINY) decorations for the backs of the drawers.  She pulls out the drawer, takes out the present, and puts the drawer in backwards.  That way she can see the picture on the back, and knows which drawer to open the next day.  That was my husband’s idea!

I was so proud of my Cameo!  Look how tiny some of these pieces are.  It cut everything like a champ.  I did entice it beforehand, though, with a new blade and mat!  Maybe that had something to do with it!  🙂

There are a ton of pictures . . .

This was so much fun to put together!  It really looks great in person. I love how my husband made the roof paint look like snow!

Hop on over to Cut it Up to check out all the other awesome calendar projects, then link your own!  Our sponsor is Heartfelt Creations. The prize is $20 gift code! What a way to start your new year, with a present to yourself!

Happy New Year!


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PDE Linky Party – Anything Goes!

It’s time for another PDE Linky party, and Anything Goes!
My neighbor’s parents both had birthdays in November and we were invited to celebrate with them!  They said not to bring anything but ourselves, but I couldn’t go empty handed and paper is free, right?  🙂  I decided to make each of them a mini-album from my HUGE stash of paper.

I followed the pdf instructions that Ginger from My Sister’s Scrapper provided here.  It was very easy to put together.  Instead of making a hidden hinge album, I opted to use my Bind it All with 1.25″ O wires.  One thing I did that Ginger didn’t mention in the pdf was to glue the bottoms of each of the three pages so that the photo mats you see sticking out in the above picture didn’t fall right through.

It’s pretty easy to figure out which album is for the dad; it’s the one on the right.  I chose dark brown card stock to construct the album and beautiful brown papers with maps on them from the 7 Gypsies Travel 6×6 paper pack to decorate.  I inked everything with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and left all the corners square.Each of the three pages holds two small mats 2-1/4 x 3, two medium mats 3 x 3-1/2, and one larger mat 3 x 3-1/4 for a total of 15. The mom’s album was made with bright colors from the Citrus Mat Stack by DCWV and constructed with white card stock.  No inking on this one.  Other feminine touches are rounded corners on the photo mats and a border punch for all the pockets.With the leftover scraps, I made coordinating birthday cards.  You can find the details for those here in my DCD December sketch post.Come link your project at the PDE Linky Party this week!  We’d love to see what you’re working on.  Remember, anything goes!


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DCD – Thank You!

Our challenge theme this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas is Thank You.  We need to thank people for all the awesome holiday things!  This little cutie is really a Kyoto Kutie from Lettering Delights.  The (old) paper is from a pack called Hello! My Name Is  and I love the bold colors!

I used an Operation Write Home sketch for this one.  The Thank You is just one part of an overall thank you stamp.  I don’t know who makes it; it was just in my drawer.  I stamped the entire thing with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, cut out the one I wanted, and flagged the end.Easy Peasy!  and cute, if I say so myself!!

Let’s see your Thank You cards and gifts over at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week!


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25 Days of Christmas Crafting – Day 25 – Crèche

Merry Christmas, everyone!  The theme today, of course, is Jesus’ birth.  Boy, I had a lot of ideas for this one.  I had bought a really cute box card from the Silhouette store either last year or the year before, and I really wanted to finally make it, but ran out of time.  So I started looking for something much simpler and came up with this lantern.  It’s by Jennifer Rush from the Silhouette store, design ID #108847.  It was really easy to put together, too, and looks stunning with the flameless candle inside. Hope you enjoyed my 25 Days of Christmas Crafting this year!  Have a wonderful day with your family!!

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25 Days of Christmas Crafting Day 24 – The Night Before Christmas

Santa is flying all over the world delivering toys to all the good little girls and boys!  How exciting!!  I always hope to catch a glimpse of him and his sleigh.The cut file is from Miss Kate, Christmas Eve Santa.  I love that it’s a silhouette because if you really saw him, I think he would be silhouetted against the bright moon.  Aren’t those reindeer darling?  ♥ And I thought a map would be the perfect background paper.  This map is from the 7 Gypsies Travel 6×6 paper pack; it’s full of vintage looking maps.

Only one more day ’til Christmas!! 🙂

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25 Days of Christmas Crafting – Day 23 – Cookies and Milk

Day 23!  Baking some cookies for ourselves and for Santa, of course!

This little print and cut mouse is just saved on my computer as Mouse with Cookies.  I think it’s from Treasure Box Designs.  The glass of milk is from Lettering Delights – Bread and Milk collection!  I used Paper Play Sketches #13 for this card – still on my mission to make a card from every one of their sketches!  Easy Peasy!!

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