November 2014

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Sweet snowglobe

Hey there I hope you enjoyed the time with our Guest Alicia this week, I certainly did!
   

As her last day with us she wanted to share this lovely card
Isn't this the cutest shaker card?!
Every Friday she does an Inspiration post on her personal blog, for Dies R Us who is also our sponsor this month, you can view all the details on her blog here
 
 
Thanks Again Alicia for a wonderful week!  I enjoyed having you with us!
Annan and the DCD Team

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tent Card Tutorial with our Guest Designer Alicia


I'm excited to be the Guest DT for Die Cut Divas this week and today I'm going to share a tutorial for these sweet 'tent cards'. I used these as a treat bag for my daughters teachers for the end of the school year, and they would look great with a Halloween or Valentines theme too, or simply as a card. They are quick and can be kept simple or detailed depending on what dies you choose. You can leave them undecorated and they would still look just as striking! Here is what they look like once completed.


Dies used include:


Spellbinders Curved Rectangle













1) Cut cardstock to the sizes below. This card can be created to any size you like, however my card will measure 5" x 6" once complete.

 

2) Score the 5" x 4" at 1" intervals down the card. This will create the bottom of the card. Fold score lines into a valley, mountain, valley style


3) From one of the 5" x 6" pieces, use any shaped die you would like for the 'window'. I've used  Spellbinders Curved Rectangle. Be sure to leave room at the top and bottom to attach to the bottom piece. 
 


4) Attach both 5" x 6" pieces to the scored card, with the scored card on the inside.

** If you find that once you've attached the scored card to your 'window' piece it shows through the window, carefully replace your die and re-cut it.

5) From the same coloured cardstock, die cut one Memory Box Star Garland.



6) Carefully attach the die cut Memory Box Star Garland to the front window. Due to the fiddly, delicate sections of the die cut, I found using a glue pen to be very effective as compared to adhesives like tape or glossy accent.


7) If you will be using this as a 'treat' bag like I did, I found that I had to add a couple of splints of thick cardboard (cut from a cereal box) to stop it from falling over.


8) Fill your zip lock bag with treats and attach zip bag to the top of the card with tape before pressing together. You can either leave it here or punch a couple of holes up the top to thread some ribbon through and decorated with sequins and Kindyglitz.

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Introducing our Guest Alicia



Please welcome our guest..... Alicia!

Tell us a little about yourself:
 I'm a mother of 2 small precious people & a part-time worker. I started scrapbooking in 2005. I moved onto digital scrapbooking when my daughter was born in 2007 (& still do!) as it was easier, quicker & both grandparents wanted scrap pages too so it was easier to do one page digitally & email it to everyone. I needed to use my paper up so I started playing at card making.
How long have you been a card maker/scrapper & when did you start? 
I had always admired all those beautiful coloured images (Magnolia, La La Land, CC Designs etc) so I bought a few stamps & used my pencils to start with. Pencils just didn't have the wow factor I was after so I decided to pick up my first Copic in 2011 after visiting a craft fair & self taught.
Wow you do amazing coloring for being self taught, you have a great teacher (wink)
Do you follow sketches or dive right in? 
If there is a current sketch challenge that would fit the idea of my image I have in my mind then I will have a play with it, but I don't solely use sketches. Sometime when I start off with a sketch, it morphs into something completely different but I find sketches a great starting place!
                              
How many projects do you make a week? 
I'm currently on 2 weekly design teams and 2 monthly design teams so I create at least 2 cards a week. If I have time I will create more, but I make sure my commitments are covered first which usually doesn't leave me with much spare time.
What is your favourite tool (what can't you create without) & why? 
I can't create without colouring something. Colouring is very therapeutic to me & I love colouring with my kids in the studio having a go too (with their own special pens & textas!)
You and me both, I love to color!
What at the moment is your most favourite thing to do on your project?
  I'm loving playing with Frantage! I love the added bling it adds to cards & the whimsical effect it creates. I'm still yet to master it though.
How would you describe your style? 
I'd describe my style as clean and simple without being CAS. You will always find a coloured image as a focus on my cards and a couple of layers of designer papers without too much fluff & pomp.
What about your style would you change (or not) & why?
 I'd love to be able to create those soft whimsical cards with all that distressing and lace etc, however I fail every time I've tried! I love having a fantastic image hand coloured as my focal point and try to keep the rest of the card simple so as to not detract from the image.
Have you been published or on a Design team - when & where? 
I have been published once in Australia (all details are here: http://maxibellestudio.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/watermarks-washi-tape.html) which was a great privilege.  I'm currently on both of the Dies R Us design teams (the inspiration blog & the challenge blog). I also design for Outlawz Saturday Paper Ala Mode weekly challenge & Scrapbooker PhD monthly challenge.
Describe (pictures are even better) your crafting area?
I'm very lucky to have my own space which I spent a considerable time thinking about layout & use before putting together. Everything is within arms reach so its very efficient for crafting which is great when I have limited time. There is plenty of desk area to spread out on (or have little helpers join in) and plenty of storage too. 
Fantastic, what I wouldn't give for a space like that.
Do you have a blog? If not where can we see more of your fabulous creations?




Thanks Alicia for the great introduction! I'm looking forward to seeing what else you are going to share with us this week.

Have a wonderful week!
Hannah and the DCD Team

Friday, December 12, 2014

Gifting Art



Arlene has been Busy making these lovely books to gift to her co-workers,  I love the faux stitch borders from the die.  I guess I still have time to add to my Christmas wish list

Die-namics Stitched Stax (rectangles)
Hero Arts Long and Cute Tags  (DI046
The tag is inlaid into the rectangle


For the Guys
Die-namics Stitched Stax (squares)

For the Girls
Die-namics Stitched Stax (circles)
To get more details and close ups you can visit her blog A bit of this and that.

Hannah and the DCD Team

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Winter Wishes


 This sweet card makes me want to wish for snow,  but the right kind of snow,  lately our Snow's have been mostly ice and way to cold to even go outside and enjoy it, but there is always that wishful thinking right?
I Love Cathie's Choice of colors, and design.

Diecut Divas, Art by Miran winter coloring page
Made By Cathie
Art by Miran Image, Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 28, Mega Ovals Large, Elizabeth Craft Design Snowflakes, Kaisercraft Patterned paper, AmyRUs sentiment stamp.
 
Hannah and the DCD Team
 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Vintage Holiday



Well vintage looking anyway, today I have a simple card to share

 usually around the holidays I use a lot of my scraps to make cards,  as I did here, making the assembly quick and easy to duplicate.

I can hardly believe the Holidays are nearly upon us!

Hannah and the DCD Team.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Of Penguins and Plaid


I love to use plaid patterns on holiday cards, and I have the perfect stamp to do so, but it just doesn't quite have the desired effect when stamped in a single color, and rather then taking the time to carefully color the image, I decided to make my own pattern using distress ink and the masking technique. After which I colored the Penguins hat and scarf to coordinate, and framed him with my two favorite Nestability dies, regular oval and the scalloped oval.
 I just love how this turned out, and can't wait to mail it off!

I think I'm almost caught up with my Christmas cards this year, now if I can just get them out on time.

Have a great weekend!
Hannah and the DCD Team

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bringin' home the Christmas tree


It looks Like Arlene has gone into the tree delivery business with these three fun cards


 
 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

WINNER for November Challenge

Drum Roll Please!

The winner of the November challenge is:

# 76

Please contact us at thedcdivas@gmail.com so we may give you the information so you may collect your 7 images from Bugaboo Digital Stamps.


We have a brand new button for those picked by the DTs. YOU may have been selected, so read all the way down to see if you were selected as a DT favorite.  Those who were, go pick up your button under our button tab at the top of our blog.



Some of the DTs just had to do a FAVORITE PICK OF THE MONTH.  We have a very busy team, but you just have to take some time and make a special pick.  There are so many wonderful projects, CAS, Ornate, Elegant, Textural, and on and on.  I always have so many favorites that I am glad I don't have to pick one for the winner of the prize.

Here are some of the DT picks for November:

Cathie's pick
The concept of this card is fantastic with the three fold and the images are adorable, I kept coming back to it and finding new things to find, love it.



Arlene's Pick
I loved the shading of all the items on this image.  That's what brought me to this pick.  There were so many wonderful entries, but I love the color coordination, of background paper and embellishments with the colors in the image and that shading.  I actually had a number that I went back and forth on.




Michelle's Pick
 This reminds me so much of my Swedish heritage-the red and white sweater background design, the skates that look like real wood and steel, framed nicely with the postage stamp frame. The dimensional holly and pine cones really add a nature look-this is an outdoorsy card that just puts you on a frozen lake having fun. It was hard to pick just one, there were so many fabulous cards to choose from!

Hannah's Pick
I just love the simple elegance, the frosted look of the embossed border,  and the inlayed sequin ornaments, and kraft and maroon/burgundy is one of my favorite color combinations.  I also love the choice of the "backdrop" it beautifully showcases the card and just makes it stand out adding to the eye catching effect.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season from the Die Cut Divas.

Monday, December 1, 2014

December's Challenge is Snow and Christmas/ Holidays




Happy December!

How do you celebrate during the winter holiday season?

Since we are all busy this time a year, the December challenges are easy and helps you get those last minute greeting cards done and out.
So we would love to see your winter holiday and snowy scene cards.

We also have a new sponsor which I'm very Excited About! 


2 winners will receive $10 gift cards to spend at their fun store HERE
be sure to check them out and sign up for their newsletter and deals!

If you are new to our challenges please click on the rules tab above, and if you have any questions you can email us at thedcdivas@gmail.com.


And now for some lovely examples from our very own Diva's

Marsha Drain 
Elizabeth Crafts Designs Accordion Circle Card, Penquin, Cuttlebug snowflakes, Silhouette snowflakes

Elizabeth Craft Designs Poppy The Owl, Elizabeth Craft Designs Sprig with Berries, Memory Box Patisserie Labels. Poppy is made from a striped tissue box.

                                     
      Hannah
Using the Memory Box ornament die


 
Dawn
Spellbinders Labels 1, Spellbinders Poinsettia Cherry Lynn Holly
Done with Elizabeth Crafts Design Holiday House, My Favorite Things Die-Namic Snow Drifts, Cricut trees, paper from stash.

Cathie at House of Borowski
She has used a Wild Rose Studio Snowflake Corner and Spellbinders Nestibilities Classic Scallop Squares

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bye, Bye, November



 A Big Thank You to Bugaboo Digital Stamps, our November Sponsor.  Couldn't do it without them.

November is almost over.  I want to say "stop" but I don't think time gives a fig about my thoughts.


A Fairy with a twinkle in her eye!  I think we are very fairy conscious this month.  Dawn has hit the title on the dot with "Naughty or Nice?" here.  Bugaboo image "Fairy Christmas" is an image you could color over and over again.  I think you'll see that I love this little sweet image too.  Check out Dawn's World to see more of Dawn's work.



I see Hannah is thinking ahead. I see some crazy reindeer in the forecast!  Dawn and Michelle showed off these fellows in their November 24th post.  Just some wild and crazy guys!

I also think this wonderful  Fairy Christmas had our DTs smiling while they were coloring and designing.  She is really lovely in every way.


You can visit Arlene at A Bit of This and That for her other card with Fairy Christmas here.

Diecut Divas, Bugaboo Snowflake Reindeer Silhouette

Cathie has taken this opportunity to do a set of cards using the Snowflake Reindeer Silhouette. You can see the other versions here.


Arlene and the Die Cut Divas wish you wonderful days ahead.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving to all 

Marsha wanted to share this darling card and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  Isn't this the cutest?  She makes me smile and I'm ready to take that turkey right out of her hands.
The paper is perfect for this little gal, reminds me of homey days, quilting and the smells of dinner on the table.  YUM!  
Spellbinders


Meet a Bugaboo Sun Bonnet girl, while I have some Thanksgiving bird myself.  I can't help myself, another Bugaboo Sun Bonnet (SB) gal.  Want some turkey direct from the oven?   Here it comes, delivered by a home spun gal from Bugaboo.
I love the deep colors and I can almost smell the turkey roasting at this point.  A real winner for me.  I really love the greens - Copics YR 61, YR 63 and YR 67.

We're thinking TURKEY today.  See what Cathie has for you today!
Diecut Divas, Bugaboo Brat Turkey


Be sure to visit House of Borowski today.

Bugaboo Brat Turkey Image, Spellbinders Mega Ovals Large, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder -Cathie wanted to keep the card simple as she is so bright and lovely 

Arlene and the Die Cut Divas wishing you a great Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2014

DEER ME!

Bugaboo spotted you like a deer in the headlights.  Hoping you're getting your cards done.  I have special and "deer" cards to share with you today.

First up on the DEER cards is our DT, Michelle Nutter.  She's made these cute deer look even cuter!  What fun!

Visit Michelle at Just A Nutter Stamper
Bugaboo Stamps "Reindeer Trio"
Cuttlebug 
Advent embossing folder
White chalk ink
Jolees Christmas String lights

Next in the DEER headlights is our DT, Dawn Turley.  I can see she's waiting for them to burst into song and she's got the music sheet ready to go.  What a trio of songsters are these.  

Be sure to visit Dawn at Dawn's World.

Hope your month is not going as fast as ours is.

Arlene and the Die Cut Divas

Friday, November 21, 2014

Where's that Ornament?

Sit down and have some fun!  I'm all excited!

Tis the time to work on your holiday cards.  I'm sure you must know I love, love, love the Bugaboo Sun Bonnet (SB) gals. This gal can be found here.   I think the gal needs to be careful with that ornament.  It looks pretty heavy.  I colored her with Copic markers as well as the panels on the sides.

If you enjoy coloring, she's a dream to color.  I hope you enjoy the Die Cut Divas' November Challenge.  I've gotten all giddy!

Front of card

See how the card opens

Inside of card when opened.  
I saved some space to write a little something under the Season's Greetings.

Seen from the back of the card - yes I decorated the back too, with Winter Circle Sentiments - Jingle Bells..
I love the bells on the back as they make a beautiful backing without much work.  A little bit of coloring and a circle die-cut and it's done.  See the recipe at A Bit of This and That.

Arlene and the Die Cut Divas