October 2014

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Welcome to our newest Diva....

We have a new Diva in the house.... Please welcome Michelle.  Here she is to tell us a bit about herself.

 

I live in Central Point, Oregon, USA. I've been married to the love of my life Bill for the past 20 years. I'm also retired from a local high school where I was a Campus Monitor (fancy name for "babysitter") for over 20 years. My husband and I have owned beagles as long as we've been together, so they are my fur children.

I got started with Creative Memories probably 10 or 15 years ago to scrapbook my husbands sprint car racing. I still haven't got all of the memorabilia into the albums! Then about 3-4 years ago I wanted to use up my scraps from scrapbooking and I started making cards to sell as a fund-raiser for Sparrow clubs (a school based fundraiser to help children and families with cancer)-it all snowballed from there!

I love to make cards. Now my friends and family get disappointed if they receive a "store bought" card! It's also one of my favorite gifts to give-a dozen cards of various themes (Thank You, Wedding, Sympathy, etc) in a gorgeous reusable box. And I still scrapbook and make home d├ęcor items.
 
I love my Cuttlebug and Cricut, and figuring out how to embellish cards. I actually try to rotate different embellishments so all my cards don't look the same. I use ribbon, brads, twines, buttons, flowers, machine stitching, pop dots, burlap, etc! My blog doesn't show it all, because it seems if I make some really great cards, I need a dozen for a gift!
Spare time….I sew, read, upholstery, and refurbish furniture. I work on our classic car collection-not turning a wrench, usually tracking down parts & pieces! I've just started autocrossing and love it! I will recover the seats if I have to. I even help a friend show her Murray Gray Cattle at various fairs and speciality shows. I don't think I sit around bored-there's always something to create!

And here are a couple of examples of Michelle's wonderful work.
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And you can see more of her fabulous work on her blog - Just aNutter Paper Crafter. 

Looking forward to seeing more of her beautiful work in the future... you will be impressed.

Dawn and the Divas
 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Toby with Heart B











 What a real cutie from Cathie   Lovely fall colours and beautiful use of her Die cuts

I'll be back later in the week to show you some more of Toby.

Dawn & the Divas

Monday, October 13, 2014

A flower for Fall

 

Sharing a card by Marsha today.  This young man has a beautiful flower - a final one as the leaves are starting to fall. 

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Don't forget to add your Autumn or Spring cards to this month's challenge HERE

Dawn and the Divas

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Autumn Leaves

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 I've used one of our sponsors lovely images today to make an autumn card.



I used Mia (available here).  I coloured her with Copics and cut with a Spellbinders oval die.  I used some techniques I learnt in the latest Online Card Classes - clouds in the background and the grass.  My background was fun to make.  I used some heavy kraft paper and embossed it.  I then took a Kaleidacolor inkpad called Autumn colours and using a brayer coloured up the embossing and the background.  I then used the same ink to colour another piece of paper and stamped a leaf from a Winnie & Walter stamp and fussy cut the leaves.  The sentiment is from the same Winnie & Walter set and is stamped in a speech bubble die cut from Penny Black.   

Thanks for stopping by.  Please join us with your Autumn or Spring projects.

Dawn and the Divas

Monday, October 6, 2014

Scilia Fairy

Arlene has been super busy

I really like this larger rendition of Scilia Fairy because I enjoyed coloring larger quantities of hair and dress.  I added some Memory Box die-cut blooming fuchsia and Circle Border.  Crafty Sentiments Designs is sponsoring Die Cut Divas this month, so hop on over and join the fun.

The large yellow flower the fairy is holding and the Yellow Green tones on her dress just make me think of Autumn.I obviously love this digital girl because I couldn't make just one card.

I think the wonderful red tones in this image remind me of the beginning of spring with everything so fresh and bright.  What a lovely image.


Because of the yellow on the edges of the flower and the darkness of the dress and slipper color, I feel Scilia Fairy represents fall.  She is so versatile.

Thanks Arlene for sharing all these pretty cards.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

We Have a Winner!



I am amazed at the awesome turnout, so many entries in September! and I love them all
thank you all for participating.

I must say I appreciate random.org there is no way I could pick a favorite among 60 entries.


The Prize goes to.......

Entry number #49 Crafty Math Chick
 
 
Congratulations!!!!! (Love the little packet, but now I really want some apple cider, I can't wait till our tress produce enough apples)
 
 
Please email us at the dcdivas@gmail.com to claim your prize.
 
 
Have an awesome day!
Hannah and the DCD design team

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Change of Seasons ~ Spring/Autumn

Hi crafters.  Dawn here to set you a new Challenge for October.  As you know a number of the design team here are from the Southern Hemisphere so I chose a theme of "Change of Seasons"  - Autumn if you're in the Northern Hemisphere or Spring if you're in the Southern Hemisphere.... or which ever takes your fancy.

Our fabulous sponsor this month is


 Remember you must at least use one die cut or embossing folder and while we're at it remember all cards/projects must be "new" and dated after the first October.

 So here is some inspiration from the team




I have used Nature Watching choosing spring colours.  

 

Arlene has taken a Christmas Dress and made it into an Autumn card with the gorgeous Autumn colours. 


Cathie has used Tess Summer Fun and made a card with spring colours at every turn.


Do come and join us with your Autumn or Spring projects.  

Dawn and the Divas



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Happy 30th of September!

It's hard to believe it's already the end of September.  The month has flown by.  We've finally gotten some cool weather for September, still quite nice for T-shirts and shorts, of course, but we received some much needed rain.  We all have our fingers crossed for more rain this winter.

Since September has come to an end, we all would like to thank Bugaboo Digital Stamps for their sponsorship and we have a few cards that really show our love of their stamps for our last day.

Cathie
The new technique is called Cutout Panels. Maile Belle from Papertrey ink showed it on her blog and their newsletter and Cathie wanted to try it.
Believe it or not this is the first time Cathie has used loose glitter (on her wings) She had it in her stash for a while but didn't want to get it everywhere.
This gorgeous Bugaboo image is also new to Cathie too.
Be sure to visit Cathie at House of Borowski. 

Arlene
Arlene absolutely loves this Shopping Nut image and had to try a new design too.  It almost looks like one of those old-fashioned penny-farthing.  The penny-farthing, also known as the high wheelhigh wheeler or ordinary, is a type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel (Wikipedia definition for Penny-farthing).  Arlene thanks Bugaboo Digital Stamps with a fabulous day!  Arlene at A Little Bit of This and That.

Have a great end of September from Arlene and the Die Cut Divas.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Vintage goodness

This fun card was made by Hilde, see her description below

I do struggle with CAS cards, and for this card I have used some new pre embossed paper for the background, and the red flower is a new type of flower I purchased which I normally don't use on my cards. I could almost say the colour combo is also new to me....



Hilde has left us, due to medical issues among other things, but I would like to thank her for the inspiration she has been to us, and Hilde we will miss you!

Hannah and the DCD design team

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Watercolor for Fall

One more water color card for the month of September.  I think this card is a great Fall card and puts me in the mood to welcome a change in weather.

This technique was a Wet into Dry over Wet into Wet Background.  Remember that I am using water color paper.  I'm afraid I didn't get as much Wet into Wet background as I wanted to, but I really like how it turned out.  

Direct from our teacher, Susan, at The Stamp Art Shoppe, "Wet paper with brush and then paint directly onto stamp in various fall leaf colors.  Stamp several times in wet paper.  Dry thoroughly.  Paint onto the stamp agian making the colors a bit darker.  Stamp over the background image once or twice to add definition".   I was supposed to stamp an Asian poem in block over the leaves, but I forgot to.  It would have added more depth, but I'm good with this too.  I stamped a Kaiser Craft sentiment from a dear friend on the bottom right.  I really love the colors and sheer joy of Autumn in this card.  A fun technique and a very easy one.

Arlene and the Die Cut Divas

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Water Color Technique - Wet on Wet

Wet Watercolor onto wet paper

I took a class this month at my LSS and played with watercolors.  You never know what you'll get playing around.  Here's what Susan, our instructor, had to say about it.  "Brush paper with clean water.  Paint directly on to stamp with watercolors.  Stamp on to wet paper".  Now isn't that easy?  While the image is still wet, you paint with the background color (blue here).  It's easy to move the blue into the spaces between your painted flower.   When the watercolor has dried, you can stamp on top of your paper.  I used an open fence type stamp on the right and part of a "writing background" stamp on the left.  You can finish as you wish with your card.

NOTE:  I added some yellow, brown and orange to my original stamped image to bring out more color.

I hope you enjoyed my little watercolor here.  I'm in no way thinking I'm a grand painter, but I'm certainly working at having fun!

Arlene and the Die Cut Divas

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cat in the Hat

 
 I love this Card by Marsha!
The colors are perfect, and the wood grain base is just the right touch! The saying makes a great card as well, I must have completely missed this on Bugaboo's website but I will definitely have to get this one

 Hannah and the DCD Team
 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Distress ink watercoloring


I Love using distress inks and use them on nearly every project, and for two years now I have the markers as well, but have really never used them, so I decided this challenge was the perfect opportunity to put them to use.
 
My photo doesn't quite do it justice, I would have taken more time to get a good shot, but this had to be sent out right away for my "bosses" Birthday.
Any how I was never quite sure how the best way to use the markers was, so I YouTubed it and decided to use them for water coloring.
 
The patterned paper went perfect with my piece, but I have no idea of the brand or anything, it's one of those things that came from a friends friend.
 
Hannah and the DCD Team
 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Salted Card - a Wet into Wet Technique

Sometimes you need a sympathy card and I needed one for a friend, so this card is gone, but I think the technique will stay. The watercolor paper behind the notecard was given a wash of pink watercolor paint and a a sprinkle of salt.  This is another watercolor technique I picked up this month at my watercolor class.  Totally FUN!

I brushed the watercolor paper with clean water, then picked up color with a very wet paintbrush.  I washed the color over the paper, keeping it fairly wet.  I had a choice of Epson salt or Kosher salt.  Kosher salt will make smaller dots on the surface of the paper. I hope you can see the dots in the paper that look like they might have been made with some kind of embossing folder.

The salt sits on the wet watercolor until the paper is dry.  You can just flick the crystals of salt off and voila!  Instant COOL background.  I glued the watercolor paper to the die-cut front of the card and then overlapped the front with a die-cut flower.

Close-up of the salted watercolor paper. 

Arlene and the Die Cut Divas

Thursday, September 18, 2014

An Elephant that Swings.

So here at Diecut Divas, September is all about New Things, so with that in mind here is another new technique to share with you .

Using the adorable Bugaboo Image Edward Present I have created a card called a Swing or Flip Flop Card. 

House of Borowski, Bugaboo Edward Present, Swing Card, flip flop card.

House of Borowski, Bugaboo Edward Present, Swing Card, flip flop card.

House of Borowski, Bugaboo Edward Present, Swing Card, flip flop card.

so here is how you can create this card for yourself.

Die Cut Divas, House of Borowski, Bugaboo Edward Present, flip flop card.

Starting with a a piece of card stock 5.5" x 7.5" measure across on the long edge 2 5/8" and score down 0" to  3/4" from the top and 5.5" to 4 3/4" up from the bottom. Then measure further until you reach 3 5/8" and again score down 0" to  3/4" from the top and 5.5" to 4 3/4" up from the bottom.
You should end up with card stock resembling the above.

If you are wanting to use pattern paper on your card - I would put it in place now before die-cutting; this way you will have nice clean borders where the swing section is. Remember to only use adhesive of your choice on the top and bottom and the outside edge of the pattern paper and line it up so you have a nice border from the score line.

Die Cut Divas, House of Borowski, Bugaboo Edward Present, flip flop card.


 With your die of choice, line up the centre of the die with the first score line (if your die has points this is easier, if you are using a circle or oval you will have to measure the diameter to find the centre) hold the die in place with post its, washie tape or tape that has lost its sticky.

Die Cut Divas, House of Borowski, Bugaboo Edward Present, flip flop card.


I am using a Cuttlebug but it is the same theory with a Big Shot. line up your cutting plate edge with the first score line and run through.
Die Cut Divas, House of Borowski, Bugaboo Edward Present, flip flop card.

Flip the card stock around and again line up the edge of the cutting plate edge with the second score line.

Die Cut Divas, House of Borowski, Bugaboo Edward Present, flip flop card.
This allows you to create the shape with the section between the score lines uncut, and allows for the swing section.

Fold your score lines and add focal image and sentiment.

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