Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge # 446 ~ Anniversary


Hi Crafty Friends,

I made a CAS anniversary card for our Die Cuttin' Divas challenge this week.


I think is perfect for a long married couple who love to travel.  I've used a border die from Whimsy Stamps and the Card Mat die and one of the word dies from Jaded Blossom.  The stamp is a part of JB's Happy Hello set.

Thanks for stopping in.  I hope you'll play along.  Just follow the link above.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Die Cuttin' Divas #445 ~ Sketch


Hi Crafty Friends,

We're starting a new month so it's time for a Die Cuttin' Divas sketch challenge.

You'll find the inspiration sketch at the bottom of this post.

It's November and my goal is to have enough Christmas cards completed so that can go in the mail early in December.  This is a great goal but one I rarely meet - ugh!
Here's one more to add to my collection using our challenge sketch.


Everything on this card is from my scrap stash - papers, die cuts, and bling.  I keep telling myself I really need to keep using what I have on hand; I did, yay me!

Here's the sketch for you to be inspired by - 

I hope you'll play along with us.  Just follow the link above.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Cut it Up Challenge # 186 ~ Thanks, Thankful, Thanksgiving

Hi Crafty Friends,

We're THANKFUL at Cut it Up Challenges and we're hoping you'll share your Thankful projects with us this week.  The team is also using the SMOOSHING techique.  We hope you'll try it.

Our sponsor is Scrappy Dew who provided our files for this challenge.  I chose the Wreath Girl set for my project.


This is a cut file but I chose to upload the jpeg image to my Silhouette software, adjust the size, and then print it out on my Canon Printer.  I used my Scan n Cut2 to cut out the image.  

So, what is SMOOSHING?  It's the technique I used for the background.  You place ink on acetate and then "smoosh" the acetate onto your background paper.  I misplaced my alcohol inks so I used Distress Stains.  They made more of a splat that a smoosh but I rather liked the result so I rolled with it!  I finished off  with some Wink of Stella on her wreath and some twine.

I hope you'll join our challenge this week.  Just follow the link above.

Happy November!!!

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My Time to Craft challenge 409 ~ NO Squares or Rectangles

Hi Crafty Friends,

We have a fun one for you this time at My Time to Craft.

For this challenge we're asking for shape card EXCEPT squares or rectangles!

Jaded Blossom to the rescue with their Octagon stitched dies.


I've been wanting to use this Caffeinated Boxer stamp from The Rabbit Hole Designs and I needed a masculine birthday card so here it is.  The inside of the shaker was stamped with Jaded Blossom's Birthday Splatter stamp then heat embossed.  I finally added some seed beads to my stash and I think they look fun inside the shaker.  I colored the image using Copic Markers.

So put your designing cap on and come up with a shaped card to share with us.
Just follow the link above.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Pearly Sparkles November Challenge ~ Christmas


Hi Crafty Friends,

Wow, welcome to November and time to really start thinking about Christmas.
A Christmas theme at Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog is appropriate, don't you think?

I attended a retreat last year where we spent 3 days making an assortment of cards, albums, and gift boxes.  It was a busy, busy 3 days and I came home with a lot of ideas and a lot of unfinished projects.
One of the projects was a holiday box album.  I had assembled all of the interactive inside pages but never got to the actual decorating.  I decided my project for this month would be a perfect reason to get it completed.  I'm sharing the the cover and a picture of the album-in-the-box so you can get an idea of the total project.  I'm thinking that the way I designed to exterior would also be a good template for some Christmas cards only on a smaller scale.

The box album is 6 x 6.  The die cuts are from La-La Land Crafts (sponsor of the retreat.)
All of the patterned papers are from Authentique's Alpine set.  The box album is 1 inch deep .


Here you can see how the pages are built into the box which opens like a book.  Most of the pages have pockets or flaps so lots of room for pictures, journaling, or fun embellishments.

Please join us at Pearly Sparkles.  We can't wait to see one of your Christmas projects.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #444 ~ Anything Goes!


Hi Crafty Friends,

Well, the nasty cold bug visited our household and the hubs and I have been down for a week - yuck!
I know I'm really under the weather when I can't even spend time in my craft room.  
I think we're on the mend and I'll have several crafty posts for you this week.

Our 5th Tuesday challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas is always ANYTHING GOES.

This is a birthday card I made for my hubby's great friend who loves fishing.
The stamp is from Whimsy Stamps and created by Jennifer Dove (LOVE her!)


I colored the bass using Copic Markers.  The stitched mats are Jaded Blossom dies and the sentiment and flag dies are from La-La Land Crafts.

I'm so happy with the way this turned out.  I colored a second one for another masculine birthday using a slightly different layout.

Please join us for our ANYTHING GOES challenge.  Just follow the link above.


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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Die Cuttin' Divas #443 ~ Fab Fall

Hi Crafty Friends,

Just when I thought fall was actually here, our weather is back in the 80s - ugh!
Well maybe the FAB FALL challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas will help!


I've used dies from several of my favorite companies, La-La Land Crafts, Jaded Blossom, and IO, for this card.  I especially love this truck because I can fill it with pumpkins, trees, or hearts depending on the season.  I cut everything using my Gemini Jr.

Be sure to visit the DCD blog.  Our guest designer has posted two AMAZING projects that you must see.

Until next week . . .
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Friday, October 18, 2019

My Time to Craft #408 ~ Halloween OR Cats

Hi Crafty Friends,

Our My Time to Craft challenge is double-themed this week for those of you who don't participate in Halloween.

I just love Whimsy Stamps, especially their monthly Paper Door kits.  The stamps I used for this project are from one of last year's kits but the stamps are still available in the store, just not as a kit.


The card base is a Whimsy Stamp die.  I colored using Copic Markers.

I hope you'll join us with either a Cat or Halloween project.  Just follow the link above.

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Cut it Challenge #185 ~ Ghosts/Goblins/Ghouls

Hi Crafty Friends,

I hope you like our theme for this challenge at Cut it Up.

I don't send very many Halloween card but I do think they are fun to create.  For this challenge I used a file from our sponsor STINKIN CUTE PAPER PIECINGS.

The file I chose would make a cute page layout but I decided to make a stand up card/poster that measures approximately 7x7.  It would look cute in a Halloween vignette of favorite framed pictures, don't you think?


You might also choose to cute the file using HTV for a T-shirt, hmmmm?

Thanks for looking and I hope you'll join us for this challenge.  Just follow the Cut it Up link above.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Die Cuttin' Divas #442 ~ Adorable Monsters


Hi Crafty Friends,

Can monsters be adorable?  At Die Cuttin' Divas we think so.

I created this card using a cute girl monster from the Silhouette Design store.


I also used a number of dies from La-La Land Crafts to embellish the card.  I think it's cute in a freaky sort of way.

So, show us your adorable monsters.  Just follow the link above.

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