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2017-01-19; Winter challenge with Graphically Speaking


Today’s design used the Cricut cartridge Graphically Speaking. This is one of “those” cartridges where I bought it thinking I would use it and then really didn’t. I still had the original packaging and had to peal off the sticker to use the cartridge. I pulled it out though so that’s what counts.

I used it for the snowflakes so I could join in the challenge at Bitten By The Bug 2 this week – Winter.

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The tiny sentiment is by TAC – The Angel Company. I used a SU punch to punch it out. You can see that I added glitter to the snowflake. I used a paint brush and just spread the glue around.

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My sewing machine is still open so I put some detailed decorative sewing on the edge of the mats. To make the snowflake I cut about 12 of the snowflakes in 4″ and some in 3-3/4″, stacked and glued together for strength. When adding it to the card front I only glued the center so the layers would float wherever they may.

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The size of this card is 5″ square so I’ll be hunting for a bigger envelope!

This design was entered into the challenge at BBTB2 – Snow Much Fun!

2017-01-17: Snowy Bendy Card


I have been trapped in the house due to ice storms and came to my work space to find that this weeks challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 was SNOW! I had lots of time at my desk so I gave the Bendy Card my first try using the Cricut cartridge “Doodlecharms” as it was still in the machine since the last time I played.

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This time I tried out the border selection on both the trees and snowmen. To give the tree the scribbly look I used white card stock to cut then colored with alcohol markers.

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I added detail to the snowmen by adding smiles and lines on the carrot.

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Here is an aerial view so you can see some of the dimension.

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And one more look at the card before you go on about your day.

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I’ll have to make a sticker with directions on how to display the card and add it to the back so the recipient knows what to do this this.

This design was entered into the challenge at BBTB2 – Snow Much Fun!

2017-01-12; Elvis challenge offering #2- Just Because


Parts and pieces. I’m just starting to cut out pieces for the 2nd try at the Elvis theme challenge.

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I used the cartridge Just Because for the card base, mat and little duckling chick. The word bubble is from the cartridge Small Talk.

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Here is a closer look at the duckling…I love that feather! Too bad I didn’t have a yellow one on hand.

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A smiling duck? I added a drawn in line to add detail to the beak.

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I also used a chicken wire embossing folder by Cuttlebug. Bird-day wishes sentiment by CardzTV and the mini happy birthday by Hero Arts.

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I entered this card into the Challenge for BBTB2, Elvis! This card was made with the Cricut cartridge Just Because which inspired me to find a song that Elvis sang by the same title. It’s also a birthday card and this week would be the anniversary of Elvis’ birthday.

Just Because by Elvis Presley

2017-01-10; warmest wishes


A stamping friend sent me these tags and I decided to create a card to go around them. Originally the tags were plain white. I used some Dylusions Ink sprays and colored them up a bit. The big snowflake is a Sizzix die that I’ve cut 4 times, stacked and then glittered.

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Here is the card that I created for the tags…there is a lot going on so I have individual views so you can see everything.

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The happy winter friend is by TAC and framed using Spellbinder dies. I also added 2 mittens that are supported by clear acetate.

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The adorable snowman was cut from the Cricut Cartridge Doodlecharms.

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And one more look at the card from a different angle before you go on about your day…

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This was a fun challenge! Thanks for stopping by.

Entered into the challenge at BBTB2 – Elvis!
This card represents winter and the song would be “Summer Kisses – Winter Tears”

2017-01-08; Alpha ATC Swap- “P”


For the ATC swap this month the letter is “P” I pulled out the alpha brads and started with that.

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Here is the ATC. I think it turned out really cute. The panda bear was cut from the cartridge Pagoda. The grass is a Spellbinder die.

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I decided that the bear had to hold a flower starting with the letter P. I looked up pictures and tried to add color that would indicate a pansy.

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One last look at this fun ATC…..don’t you love the tiny oriental DP?
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The “P” words for the swap are
Pudgy (as in pudgy panda bear)
Pagoda (for the cartridge I used to cut it out)
and the letter “P” on the brad.

Adding the P word, Purple! Thanks to Collette for the addition!

Do let me know if you see any other “P” words so I can add them to the list

2017-01-07; Alpah shipping tag swap – “O”


For the month of December I skipped the alpha swaps. I just couldn’t keep up with that, the Christmas card project and working full time. My swap partner agreed and kindly said we should put the swap off until 2017.

Here I’m just starting to cut pieces for the “O” tag and not too sure what I’m going to do next.


The first thing that came to mind was “O” for Owl. I think I cut this from a new (to me) cartridge Give a Hoot or Hoot N Holler. I got both of these just before Christmas. You can see that I used a stylus to add texture to the die cut and also added small brads for eyes.

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Next I looked at pictures for birds starting with the letter “O” this is supposed to be an oriole. The colors are right but placement will have to be considered artistic expression 🙂

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I’m pretty sure this tree and bird are from the Give a Hoot cartridge. I gave the tree some pruning to trim it down to size to fit the tag size.

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And one more look at the tag before you go on about your day….

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The “O” words for the tag this month are:

Ombre (background)

Do let me know if you see any other “O” words so I can add them to the list.

2017-01-06; Winter theme swap; snow glad you’re my friend


One of my girlfriends and I are starting a monthly themed swap. For January the them is winter. What else would I pick living in the frozen tundra?

Using my cricut cartridge Elegant Edges I cut the tripple matted medallion, topped with a die cut by Memory Box and further topped by the scallop medallion by Spellbinder.

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I haven’t big bowed a card in ages. Here you see a triple tied bow topped with a punched snowflake and crystal gem.

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The sentiment is by TAC (The Angel Company) and the piece was dotted with glitter and sponged.

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I very rarely use a sewing machine but on this card I gave it a try. Since I can’t seem to sew a straight line the shaped stitching takes your eye away from that.

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And one more look at today’s card………

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This card was added to the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2…new. The new item on my card is the sewing. Ok, sewing is not new but the wheel I used to make the fancy stitch is new to me as I’ve never used that one before. Yes, I said wheel and yes, my sewing machine is that old…not one of the new electronic ones where you punch a button and get the stitch you want. In my machine you insert a wheel to get a different shaped stitch. My husband has offered to get one of the newer machines but I didn’t want to tell him I’d only use it on my card making projects. 😉