Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #50-Anything Goes!

It's Tuesday!
And you know what that means...
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #50 
and this week...
it's Anything Goes!

This week I made a candy bar holder.  I made some of these at Christmas for the ladies at work, and one of them asked me to make one with a Valentine theme.

Wild Card Cartridge, pg. 46
        shift <allinone>, fit to page, which makes the holder 4-1/4" x 7".
K&Co. double sided Valentine designer paper, 12x12
Sweethearts Cartridge
        pg. 52. <foryou> with shadow cut at 2-1/4", and
        pg. 72, Heart blackout and shadow cut at 3-1/4".
Pink paper from same 12x12 pack cut at 6-1/4" x2-7/8"
Embossed with Cuttlebug Heart Blocks
        rounded the bottom corners;
        used Fiskars Heart 3-in-1 corner punch for the upper corners.
Adhesive pink hearts.
Pink Ribbon and bow.

The one thing I do differently is add two score lines at the top--here you see the 2 folds at the top of the candy holder--they're only 1/8" apart (the thinnest using the MS scorboard).  By doing this, the holder will stay closed by slipping the tab into the pre-cut slot.  Otherwise, once you have the candy bar inside the holder, the cover tends to pop open.

This week, Stamping Scrapping is generously sponsoring this challenge, and they are offering a 20.00 gift certificate or any one spellbinders matching stamp set (30.00 value) to the winner!!  You'll have one week to create your project, card, or any craft item and post it at Die Cuttin' Divas.  The Design Team looks forward to seeing what you make!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hello Kitty!

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Challenge--Buttons, Bows, and/or Bling!

Here's a real cute card I made with the Hello Kitty Greetings cart.  I've only used this cart a few times and I rediscovered that it has some great shape cards on it.  This is one of them, and it was so easy to make.  From pg. 49, I cut <HK9> using the Card feature at 4".  Then I cut the Silhouette image, the hair bow and the heart at the same size. Easy Peasy!  Instead of using the cut-out dots for the nose and eyes, I used the reverse image and colored in the nose and eyes with an embossing marker, sprinkled clear powder on it and heated it.  You can't help but smile at this cutie (at least I can't!).  Thanks for your visit!

Isn't she just the sweetest thing?!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Tuesday Challenge #49--Buttons, Bows, and/or Bling

This week's challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas is to use buttons, bows, and/or bling on your project.  You can use one or more of these items; but it's not required to use all three.

Die Cuttin' Divas is so pleased to be sponsored this week by My Craft Spot.  Kimberly has some great stamp sets, crinkle ribbon, and twine. Go check out her site. She is providing a set of stamps to the winner of this week's challenge.

I have to share a funny story about my card this week:
This card really morphed from one idea to the next.  My first idea was to make a heart by weaving ribbons together, and finishing it with lace trim.  I saw a sample of this technique in one of my books.  Before I started to do that, I changed my mind to just using the ribbons in a pattern, without weaving them, to cover the heart shape.  But I still tried to put the lace around it.  That didn't work too well, so I ripped took the lace off and decided not to add anything to the heart except for a pink heart shadow.  As I was going through this whole process, in my mind, I kept thinking that the challenge called for using "ribbon."  And oh boy, what a great card I had made using my red, pink and heart ribbon!  But the challenge actually called for "bows," not "ribbon." 

Well, I didn't realize that until I went to share my card with the other DT members on our posting board. There I read the 3 items again:  buttons, bows, and/or bling.  It didn't say ribbon!  Now what?!  I dug through my stash and found the perfect red gem stringers that I put all around the card, and finished the corner off with a red heart on a paper clip. Now I have BLING!  Sorry for the long tale of woe...here's my final metamorphosis!!
This card is 5-1/2" square.  I rounded the bottom corners. Used design paper from K&Co. Valentine 12x12 stack (you can see it better on the inside pic). Embossed the shiny white card stock with the Heart Blocks Cuttlebug embossing folder. Used 3 different ribbons: red with scalloped edges, white lace on top of that, and the pink satin ribbon threaded through the lace (same one used on the heart).  Used 4 different ribbons on the heart.  I sprayed a piece of cardstock with spray adhesive to lay out my ribbon pattern, which worked really well for repositioning until I had the ribbons exactly as I wanted them.

I popped up 2 layers of pink heart shadows; I really like how that looks..

And here's the inside. The sentiment is a wooden $1.00 stamp from Michael's. Used some pink heart bling for the corners.

I'm going to also enter this card in the following challenges.

My Sheri Crafts - new product or technique
Whimsical Wednesday - anything goes
Crafty Creations Challenges - Valentine theme

Now you have one week to create something with buttons, bows, and/or bling!  Enter it at Die Cuttin' Divas for a chance to win a set of My Craft Spot stamps.  Thanks for stopping by.  Appreciate your comments.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A Quick Little Valentine Card

This heart image with wings is from Hello Kitty.  I cut it at 2-1/2" and made the card size 3-3/4" x 4-1/4".  From my scraps, used a red and white plaid paper, and black with white dots to make the corners using an EK Success punch.  Added 3 black gems, popped up the image, stamped it up and voila! my first V-Day card!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
     Docerela's Creations - Valentine's Card
     Crafty Creations Challenges - Valentine theme
     Craft Junkie Too - Linky Party
Thanks for stopping by!  Come back real soon.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Theme Challenge


It's Tuesday and that means it's time for another challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas!  This week, the challenge is to use a squirrel in your project.  If you haven't been there yet, be sure to visit the DCD site so you can see the Design Team's great inspiration using squirrels!  Super cute stuff!!  I used the squirrel from Campin' Critters for my card.

The shape card was cut from Campin' Critters from the same page as the squirrel, pg 31.  This squirrel originally carries a lantern on his tail, but I replaced it with a heart from Doodlecharms.  I couldn't resist titling the little critter's book!!  I'm entering this card into another challenge, Typecast Creative, which is to make a Valentine's project using a cartridge designed by Curt Jensen who works for Provocraft, and he created the Campin' Critters images!  His challenge ends on Friday, January 20.

Hope you enjoyed my card; thanks for visiting me today!  Now check out the other Design Team member's projects for this week, and enter your creation at Die Cuttin' Divas!  A winner will be announced at next week's Tuesday challenge.  Good luck!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Tuesday Challenge

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the Die Cuttin' Divas challenge this week!  What a great response we had last week with the sketch challenge and blog hop.  So many adorable cupcake cards!   Everyone did a great job playing along.

I have a winner to announce from the hop for the goodies I am giving away.

I received 35 comments on my cupcake card; thank you all so much! And thanks to those of you who became a new follower--I really appreciate that!  I used Random.org to select the winner, who is #16...

TeenaBugg38 said...

Oh my gosh what an adorable little card!!! Great take on the sketch and thanks for the chance to win!

TeenaBugg, please send me your mailing address via email (in my profile) and I'll get these goodies out to you.

Now onto this week's challenge.  This week is a color challenge.  You are to use blue, white and silver in your project, including a Cricut cut, of course.  The theme can be anything you want, but be sure to use those colors, and tell us what cartridge you used for your image. 

I made a card for a friend who is getting married soon.  I used the Sweethearts cartridge -- just love the images that you can use as silhouettes.

Sweethearts Cart, pg 32, Couple cut at 5"
Shift <Balloon> cut at 1-1/4"
Fiskars Heart Corner Punch
Silver Ribbon
Blue Gems
Sentiments are Studio 112 mini-stamps
Blue and white cardstock, silver glitter
cardstock, blue flowered paper is from
The Paper Company


Now go work on your project and enter it by Monday, January 16 at Die Cuttin' Divas.  Thanks for visiting us this week; hope you'll join in the challenge!!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

DL.Art Blog Hop Challenge

Last Sunday, Diana of DL.Art held a blog hop for her one-year blogaversary.  It was great fun and inspiration, and once you found all the clues, you could make a card and submit it for a chance to win a Sweet Tooth cartridge.  I think we all know by now that the colors to include were pink, green, and brown, and a number one.  Here's my card.  Happy Blogaversary Diana!

3 Birds on Parade Cart
Bird1, pg 28, cut at 3-1/2"
Numeral 1, pg 28, cut at 1-3/4"
Sentiment, pg 28, cut at 1-1/2"
All with shadows
Papers from scraps
Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles Embossing Folder,
and CB Distressed Stripes Emb Folder
3 green gems

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Shine On!

For the Die Cuttin' Divas Sketch Challenge, click here.

A woman at work asked me to make a card for her friend celebrating her 40th birthday and she loves shoes.  She wrote down the sentiments she wanted with a very personal message inside the card.  I finished off the inside too with the same papers.

The card is 4-3/4" x 6-1/4" with 2 rounded corners. The shiny paper is from Martha Stewart's Birthday Pad; it's pink although it looks very red in this photo.  But look how that paper shines--almost foil like.  Used Cuttlebug's Kassie's Brocade to emboss the white cardstock.  The shoe is cut from Forever Young (heels1, pg 54) at 5" because there are actually 2 shoes in the image and I wanted it to be large.  It measures about 3-1/4" with shadow.  All wording typed on computer.  Black and White patterned paper is from a Making Memories Black and White 8x8 paper pad.  Used 1-1/2" and 2" scalloped circle punches for the corner sentiment.  Added a white flower to the shoe with a Martha Stewart sticker on top of that--isn't that just the perfect beaded sticker for this shoe?! Three gems were placed on each side of HB sentiment.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

It's a Boy!

For the Die Cuttin' Divas Sketch Challenge, click here.

Just had to share another baby card I made for a friend at work.  He just became a new Daddy 15 days ago to a new baby boy named Evan. This is the card I made for him.

A2 size card in blue cardstock
New Arrival Cartridge
Stork cut at 3-1/2" w/shadow
Baby cut at 2-1/4" w/shadow
Blue moon and stars paper bought singly at Joann's
Used alphabet wooden stamps to stamp Welcome Evan
Button brads in yellow
Popped up the stork and baby

Thanks for visiting! Please come again soon.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Die Cuttin' Divas Sketch Challenge

Hi Everyone,

I am the 4th stop on the hop today--you should have just come from Candy's blog, Candy's Craft Corner.  I am so excited to be a new member of the Die Cuttin' Divas Design Team! This is the first design team I've been on, and I'm honored to be a part of this group of very talented crafters.  Please be sure to hop through the whole lineup for some inspiration on the sketch challenge for this week, and then enter your creation back at the Die Cuttin' Divas blog for a chance to win an Art for the Heart kit, which has been kindly donated by Suzanne, one of the DCD design team members.  You will have one week to plan, create, and submit your project.  The winner will be announced next Tuesday.

Your creation should include a cupcake and a happy birthday sentiment in honor of two birthdays this month:  Die Cuttin' Divas' one year birthday, and one of the new designers, Nikki.  Here's my card following the sketch.

And on the inside, I stamped this sentiment with a wooden stamp I found at Joann's a while back.  Isn't that the cutest phrase?!
This card is 5 x 6.5.  I think it's a great size; not too big; not too small. The patterned papers are from the DCWV Glitter Sweet Stack.  The purple cardstock is cut at 4.25 square with rounded corners.  This came from my stash and was already embossed with the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday folder as a card.  So this challenge was the perfect time to use it.  I punched the scalloped circles with a Marvy punch, stamped the green circle with Happy Birthdy and popped that up on another green circle.

The cupcake is cut at 4" using From My Kitchen.  It had a cherry on top, but I didn't use it.  I wanted the icing to really show up.  I love how it looks!  Under the cupcake is a green border punched with a Fiskars punch and more patterned cardstock from the Sweet Stack.  To finish off my card, I attached the two green circle paper clips on the purple circles with a green brad. 

I have some candy to give away for going through the hop today.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post.  I would love for you to become a follower, but it's not a requirement.  Here's a picture of what I'm giving away.

Your next stop is Cheryl at Cards by CG.  Thanks for stopping by and joining in the hop today, and check back next Tuesday for the next Die Cuttin' Divas challenge!!  Thanks so much!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Kitty Christmas Card

I just had to share this card because I love the Create a Critter cartridge, and I love this card I made for my daughter for Christmas.  I forgot to take pictures of it before I gave it to her, so I got it back from her yesterday! (don't worry, I'll give it back to her again...maybe).  She has a grey kitty cat that she just adores--his name is Charlie.  He's always there to greet her when she goes home to her apartment.  So here's the card I made for her from me and Charlie...
And on the inside I had put a gift card that she could spend anywhere in general (using my ATG to hold it in place!).

I think he came out so cute, and pretty large too!  I think I cut him at 4" and because of his big round face, he really looked humungous at first!  I cut the hat from Jolly Holidays at maybe 2".  Note that the light green cardstock is embossed with a holly imprint from Sizzix (I just love that!) and the patterned papered is DCWV Christmas matstack.  Used some red ribbon and typed all my sentiments on my computer.  What do you think?

Thanks for looking!!   Be sure to come back on Tuesday, I have some exciting news to share with everyone!!

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