Sunday, December 30, 2012

Beware of Treadmill

I've been going to my hairdresser for 22 years now, can you believe that?!  She was recently put out of commission due to a mishap on a treadmill.  Luckily, she was okay but felt a little embarrassed by her accident.  I made this silly card for her.

I found the picture of the woman on the treadmill from clip art, and created the Beware of Treadmill sign in Powerpoint.  Printed it twice so I could pop it up on foam squares for effect.  Hope you like it! 

I've also given my blog a new look!  Phew, that took a while to do. Wish I was more computer savvy than I am so I knew what I was doing, but I'm happy with the change for now.

I'm also returning to the Die Cuttin' Divas design team for the new year.  Look for the first new challenge on Tuesday, January 1.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to All!

A quick card to share with everyone.

I just had to get this Cricut cartridge, A Quilted Christmas.  Couldn't resist this old-fashioned Santa!

I wish everyone a wonderful holiday time with their family and friends.  

Side note:  it's snowing here in Maryland! :)

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

One of those Days!

Ever have one of those days where things just don't turn out as you thought they would?!

I've been trying to get some Christmas cards made, and I was liking how this one was going.  I cut the  holly from Stretch Your Imagination (an oldie but a goodie).  This cut has a silhouette image which I outlined with Stickles, along with the berries.

I embossed the leaves with the Cuttlebug Houndstooth folder for some extra texture.

And I had this stamp that I thought went perfectly with the image, which I stamped with Forest Green ink.

It was looking pretty good, I thought, and I was rather happy with it.  So all I needed to do was finish the inside of the card.

Let's see, I should probably use green cardstock to match the front, with white cardstock on top and stamp a nice sentiment on that.

So, I opened the card, and this is what happened...

Oops, I attached it to the card upside down!  Guess I'll try again!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Custom Thank You Card

This is a custom thank you card I made for a co-worker.  She is always good at coming up with the most beautiful sentiments, and she wanted this phrase on the front of the card.  The purpose was to thank a family for having her family over for Thanksgiving, hence, the fall colors.

I used green and burnt orange shimmer cardstock, the patterned paper is from DCWV Amber Autumn mat stack, and orange textured cardstock for the frame, which is cut from the Elegant Edges cartridge.  The scalloped border is a Martha Stewart punch.  Added ribbon, stickles, and gems.  The sentiment was typed on my computer in colors to match the papers. 

Hope you like it!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Paper Dolls, Anyone?

Gee, does anyone remember playing with paper dolls?  Dolls that you punched out of a book with a bunch of different outfits from dresses to pants to pajamas.  You had to cut the outfits out and bend over the little tabs to hold the clothes in place on your doll, but they never held very well, did they?!

Making this card was sort of like playing with paper dolls.

This is Kayla and she is one of the 10 girly images available on the Rock Princess cart.  It was fun "dressing" her in this hip outfit with boots!  Cute, isnt' she?

Kayla was cut at 5" with a shadow, then attached to navy blue cardstock which was embossed with Spots 'n Dots Cuttlebug folder.  The background paper is from DCWV Hippie Chic.  Appropriate, isn't it?!  Used scraps for all the other cuts. The word "fabulous" was cut from the Forever Young cartridge.  That's another cartridge that contains 20 silhouette "paper doll" images that you can dress up, and it's also one of my favorite cartridges.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Another Manly Birthday Card

Here's another birthday card for a man. The recipient is actually my niece's husband (you know, the one that got married this past June).  I used the Cricut Father's Day cartridge.  Have used this cart for other manly cards, but never this image before--I think it turned out pretty cute!

The paper is from DCWV All About Boys. The design is sun-rays streaming from the lower left corner to the upper right corner with stars in the background. Thought it looked pretty cool with this image. On the inside, I typed a happy birthday sentiment on matching gold solid paper.

By the way, the creator of this cartridge, Curt Jensen, has left ProvoCraft.  But you can still check out his blog at Typecast Creative.

Hope you like my card!  Thanks for stopping by; I appreciate your visits!

Monday, November 12, 2012


Hi All!

I'm sure everyone recognizes this cute sentiment!  It's from My Pink Stamper's Pinka-licious stamp set. I think it's the first time I used it on this fun birthday card I made for a co-worker.

The paper is from DCWV 8x8 Sweet Stack, and the lace border is part of the design.  Plus the dp was more like cardstock, so just by folding it in half, you've already got the beginnings of a cute card.

The purses were cut at 2" from the Forever Young cartridge, with added bling, stickles, and shadow.  I added the ribbon over a pre-printed one and tied a bow.  Stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and cut it with  my Marvy oval punch, with another oval behind it for a somewhat shadow effect.

I'm entering this card in the following challenge:
     Craft Card Makers - use more than 1 punch or die cut

Thanks for stopping by!  I really appreciate it!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

50th Birthday Card for a Man

Here's a birthday card I made for a man who is turning 50!  

The computer and numbers are cut from Cursive 101 cartridge.  The designer paper is from DCWV Natural matstack.  The sentiments are computer generated and cut into rectangles with shadows.

For something a little different, I trimmed the right edge with some black cardstock cut with a pair of deckle scissors.

I double layered the computer with foam squares in between.  

Thanks for stopping by!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenge:
Cards for Men - Anything Goes

Monday, October 29, 2012

Boo to You!

Hi Everyone!

Long time, no see!  I finally made a card.  Go me!
Here's my Halloween themed card.  I made this using the Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge, which I recently purchased.  An oldie but a goodie, I suppose.  Think the images on it are quite fun.

The mummy, cat, grass, and tombstone are all cut from this cartridge.  The web border is a Fiskars punch called Webs We Weave, and the stamp is from Joann's dollar bins.

Would like to enter the following challenges with my card:

Little Scrap Pieces - Halloween
More Than Favors - Halloween
Party Time Tuesdays - Trick or Treat (Halloween)
Crafty Creations Challenges - Halloween Spooks

If you're on the East Coast and are experiencing the effects of Hurricane Sandy, please stay safe.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fall Colors

Here's a card I made back in August but never posted. This was made for a woman at work to give to a very close friend that was getting married.  Beautiful poem she chose to put on the front, which I typed and printed onto cardstock.  The frame is MS Punch around the Page Doily Lace.  Embossed the  background layer with Divine Swirls.  The flowers are from Michael's dollar bins, and the green swirls are a Sizzix die cut.

I do love the colors, and they remind me of fall. Fall is my favorite season. When you start seeing the gold, orange, and greens of the leaves changing, it's so pretty.  It hasn't quite gotten to that stage yet here in Maryland.  I see some single trees here and there turning orange, so it's coming soon!

Thought I'd enter my card into some challenges:

Die Cuttin' Divas - fall colors -- Hi Ladies!  :)
Papercraft Stars - fall colors
Docerela Creations - photo inspiration, fall colors
Little Scrap Pieces - Thanksgiving or fall colors
The Pink Elephant - photo inspiration challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Customized Baby Card

Hi Everyone!

Here's a baby card I made that's customized with the birth statistics and other family information.  I've got these down pretty good now, especially since I've documented them in the past.  It was so much easier to go back to a previous post and see the exact size of the cuts I used in the past.

Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by--I appreciate it!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Another Wedding Card

We had another wedding in our family this past Sunday -- my cousin's daughter was married.   Her colors were pink, white and navy blue.  I made this card for the new couple.

I really like using these birds for a wedding card.  They're from Celebrate with Flourish.  The plain oval was made using a punch, and the scalloped oval with a Spellbinders die. Background glitter paper was embossed with Kassie's Brocade, and I used Divine Swirls on the doves wings. The stamp is from a Fiskars Wedding set.  

I appreciate your stopping by!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #83

We've got a real fun challenge this week at 

Use an elephant in your project!

Elephant Appreciation Day was declared beginning in 1996 by WildHeart® Productions to celebrate the elephant every September 22.

I made this sweet card using the elephant from the Lite Twinkle Toes cartridge.  I was really surprised to learn how many different Cricut cartridges contain an elephant.  Some of them are Birthday Cakes, Celebrate with Flourish, New Arrival, and Paisley.

Our sponsor this week is Cutting Bugs

They are providing the September 2012 issue of either Cricut Magazine OR Cards Magazine (winner's choice),

and a multi-pack Megan Elizabeth Sparkle Light Set.  

Go check out their online store!

We hope you'll join in the challenge this week and create a card, layout, or project using an elephant.  Be sure to use a die cut and link your post back to Die Cuttin' Divas.

Looking forward to seeing what you create.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Color Challenge

Hi Everyone!

It's Tuesday, so you know what that means!

Time for another Die Cuttin' Divas challenge.   Use the colors of your local school or favorite college.  And be sure to name your school--we want to give credit where credit is due.

A local college in my area is Towson State University in Towson, Maryland.  I didn't go there, but I  actually used to work there years ago, fresh out of high school.  It was my first "real" full-time job.  And it turned out to be a pretty good one, too, as I wound up working there for 9 years!

Towson's colors are black, gold, and white.  Here's the card I made using those colors, and keeping it kind of clean and simple.

I used Art Philosophy cartridge for the framed oval, a new Cuttlebug embossing folder called Wicker Weave on the white cardstock, and an EK Success corner punch for the corners!

On the inside, I put this sentiment.

The sentiments are from TPC Studio Card Crafting Thank You (set of 6 stamps).

Our sponsor this week is SK Digis, an online digital store.  

Sonia will be providing a gift certificate to her store.  Go check out her creations.

We hope you'll join the challenge this week.  Make a project using the colors of your local school or favorite college.  Tell us the name of the school and the die cut you used.  Be sure to link your post (not just your blog) back to Die Cuttin' Divas.

Can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Sketch Challenge

Happy Tuesday!

It's back to work today after a nice 3-day weekend,

and it's also Back to School for this week's
 Die Cuttin' Divas Sketch Challenge. 

Follow the sketch below with a twist:
Back to School theme

Here's my card:

Isn't she the cutest cheerleader?!

I used 3 Birds on Parade for her, cut at 3-1/2".
Hexagon is cut from Accent Essentials at 5-1/2" and I trimmed the sides.
Oval is cut from Plantin Schoolbook at 5-3/4".
The argyle paper is from DCWV Grade School.
Card size is 5x7 using red cardstock.
Spellbinders Ribbon Banners with lettering.
6 blue dots.

Our sponsor this week is:

Creative Cutter Room

and Cathie is providing one of her super bowmakers!

plus 4 yards of ribbon!

We hope you'll join us this week and submit your card, layout, or altered project following the sketch--with a twist--using a back to school theme.  Be sure to include a die cut in your project and link your post to Die Cuttin' Divas.

We look forward to seeing what you create!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Recipe Challenge

This week we're having a Recipe Challenge at 

Use twine, pop dots, and three buttons.

Here's my card:

The background paper is from the Green Stack by DCWV.
Frog is cut at 3-1/2" from Paisley cartridge.
Label punch is EK Success.
Used 4 buttons to keep my card symmetrical!

Our sponsor this week is the Scrapbooking Queen 
Go check out her blog and Royal Shoppe!

Hope you'll join in the challenge this week by entering your project using twine, pop dots, and three buttons.  Be sure to use a die cut as well and link your post back to Die Cuttin' Divas.

We look forward to seeing your creations!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

And I Ain't Lion!

I made this easel birthday card for a woman at work.  My goal was to make a cute card and I just loved this lion on the Life's a Party cart that I recently purchased.

This is an A2 size easel card, using green cardstock as my base.
The design paper is from DCWV Stack 7 and the colors in it were a perfect background for my lion.

The sentiment is a wooden stamp I bought at Joann's, punched with my Marvy oval punch.

For the inside sentiments, I typed both on my computer and printed them onto gold cardstock.  The border punch is Fiskars used on the dark orange cardstock and then layered with the designer paper, and the  Happy Birthday sentiment.

I used foam squares to pop up the lion and the oval sentiment.

A last minute touch was to use Glossy Accents on the lion's eyes and nose.  And it really made such a difference!  

I'm entering this card in the challenge at
Little Scrap Pieces - Make it Sparkle

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Color Challenge


This week's challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas is a color challenge.
Use yellow, orange, purple and grey

I wasn't quite sure what to do for this challenge, so I started by adhering my 1" yellow and orange square scraps in a checkerboard pattern to a white piece of paper and cutting it to the size I wanted. 
Ran that through my Sizzix using the Cuttlebug Tiny Mosaic embossing folder. This card is A2 size.

The stamps are Inkadinkadoo $1stamp set.  The ticket die cut is from Art Philosophy cartridge.  Popped the tickets up on foam squares, added some purple crinkle ribbon and 3 purple heart brads.  I'm going to call the inking grey, well it's close!  I'm thinking this card could be used for an anniversary or birthday card.

Our sponsor this week is the Cutting Cafe.

So let's see those projects using the colors yellow, orange, purple, and grey.  Link your post to Die Cuttin' Divas and be sure to include a die cut.  Sure hope you'll join the challenge this week and submit your project 

Thanks for stopping by; we look forward to seeing what you create!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge

Hi Everyone!

It's Tuesday and time for another Die Cuttin' Divas challenge.

This week's challenge is to 
use an airplane, glider, or helicopter for any occasion 

I created this cute card.

I thought this would make a sweet birthday card for a young child.  I used Cricut's New Arrival cart to cut the airplane and the banner.  The cloud was made with a Fiskars punch and embossed with Divine Swirls.  Added some ribbon and a little Liquid Pearl in the center of the propeller.  Oh, and a little green and white twine to "pull" the banner.  The sentiment on the front is from Docerela's Mix & Match II stamp set, and the inside is TPC Studio stamps.

Our sponsor this week is Designs on Cloud 9

Be sure to visit Die Cuttin' Divas to see all the projects of the Design Team--it's fun seeing all the different airplane cuts that Cricut offers.  Then we hope you'll make your own project using a plane, glider, or helicopter and link your post back to Die Cuttin Divas.  Be sure to use a die cut as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Diana Blog Hop!

I'm joining the challenge at the Happy Birthday blog hop for Diana at D.L. Art.  The hop was August 6, but you still have until 11:59 pm tonight to submit your entry for a chance to win a Love You a Latte Lite Cricut cartridge.  Thank you, Diana, for this opportunity!

And I want to wish you a happy belated birthday!  Here's the cute little card I made using the Wild Card cartridge.  I thought the present shape was just perfect.  I added a little tag to it with my greeting and a button with twine to top it all off.

Thanks everyone for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

DCD Sketch Challenge

Hi and welcome to another Die Cuttin' Divas challenge.  

This week is a Sketch Challenge!

Use this sketch:

and include a child theme

Did you know?  National Kids Day is August 5 and was created in 1994 by KidsPeace, a 130-year old National Children's Charity to encourage adults to spend more meaningful time with their children.  

Here's my card.

A Child's Year cartridge
Card is 4" x 8.5"
Cuttlebug Dominoes Embossing Folder

This week's sponsor:

Join in this week's challenge by creating a card, layout or altered project using the sketch and something kid-related.  Be sure to use a die cut and link your post back to Die Cuttin' Divas 

We look forward to seeing what you create!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

I'm the Guest Designer at Little Scrap Pieces!

Hi Everyone!

I’m so happy to be guest designing today for the Fun Friday Challenge at Little Scrap Pieces.   When Karen asked for volunteers to do this, I was thrilled to be chosen!   Thanks for this opportunity, Karen!

As I looked back through Karen’s challenges, some of the ideas I had in mind had already been used.  But I didn’t see a birthday theme.  So I thought, who couldn't use another birthday card in their stash?  I made this 5x5 card below:

Bright, isn’t it?  I do love the plaid paper—it’s from DCWV All About Boys.  Then I used matching colored cardstock from my scraps.  All of the images are from the Sweet Treats cartridge. The scalloped ovals are Fiskars punches, and the sentiment is from MPS Pinka-licious stamp set.

Hope you’ll enter the Fun Friday Challenge at Little Scrap Pieces.  Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by.  Your visits and comments are always appreciated!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Anything Goes Challenge!

Time for another DCD Challenge!

It's Anything Goes!!

I made this card for a woman at work celebrating her friendship with two other women, which is why I went for the silhouettes from Forever Young cart.  The flowers and circles were also cut from that cart.  I used Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 to cut the teacup at 2".  The stems and leaves are from Country Life cart.  The image was actually flowers in the grass, but I cut that away to use just the stems.  Embossed the leaves with Cuttlebug Herringbone folder.  Used MS Eyelet Lace punch to decorate the teacup, along with some crinkle ribbon and that cute little bow that I made with my new bowmaker.  Paper is from the DCWV Citrus matstack.  Three gems to top it off!

Our sponsor this week is Skrapatastical Creations.
$20 Gift Certificate

Come and enter your card, layout, or altered project this week at Die Cuttin' Divas  blog.  It's Anything Goes, but do be sure to use a die cut in your project and link your post directly back to DCD.

Thanks for playing along--we look forward to seeing your creations!
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