April 1, 2014

Welcome to the April 2014 Challenge which you will find here

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What was I drinking?

 I'm posting two cards today.  The first one makes me wonder, that's it, just makes me wonder....  Obviously something green is giving the patient butterfly effects.  A great gag card.  I think she's fun and her face just says it all.   The digitals are all from Bugaboo Digi Stamps.


Second card is for those coffee lovers. 
 I definitely think this is fun coffee humor for that person who MUST have their first cup of coffee.


Hope you liked the fun cards today!

Arlene and the Die Cut Divas

Monday, April 14, 2014

Ladybug, Ladybug

Bugaboo has crazy stamps and then there are some just charming stamps that make me just sit back and bask in the the lovely glow of sweet satisfaction.  Such is the image below that Dawn brought to life.  This is such a fun scene to color.   Scene it - Ladybugs will make you smile and think of spring.

Color just brings out the the flowers and little ladybugs.  

Dawn at Dawn's World

I thought I would try the one flower and a ladybug.   

I just love the images and the colors.  Hope you like these.  Enjoy the spring.  We had no idea we would be using such similar colors.  Great minds, as they say.

Arlene and the Die Cut Divas

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stamp Convention in Sacramento, California April 12 - April 13, 2014

Stamp Convention in Sacramento, California.  You still have time to go today!

I entered the ATC contest with this ATC:

 The Deep - ATC -  Winner 2nd Place
$20.00 to buy from any vendor

 ATC with matte black Dreamweaver Paste
Background was made in a JudiKins class

I was going to enter this one (I made the top to exchange with a friend)
I can't find this one.  I swear it was in my purse.  

I splurged on picking up a die.  Woohoo

Arlene and the Die Cut Divas

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fabulous at 40!

This fun image is from our April sponsor, Bugaboo Digital Stamps.   Ruby Fabulous 40 is just one of the hip, cool, outrageously fun images at Bugaboo Digi Stamps.  I know you can't tell unless you look very closely, but I paper pieced Ruby on top of her flat image to give a little depth to her.

Close-up of Ruby where I think you can tell she's paper pieced on top of the same image. A bit of Glossy Accents for the dress and boots makes her look a bit more fab!

I just had fun with this.  Hope you enjoyed Ruby dropping by.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Twenty-Nine Again?

As the sentiment goes, "talk about recycling", how about recycling a tissue box, not the birthday girl!  The panel behind the numbers 2 and 9 is a recycled tissue box.  YES, I'm back to recycling.  I'm finding some great and fun patterns, so I can't help but use one.  
This fun image is from Die Cut Divas' April sponsor, Bugaboo and I loved the sentiment.  Someone must be turning TWENTY-NINE again somewhere!  I'll be ready.  Hope you enjoyed this bit of recycling in your life.
If you found this image to be fun, here's where you can find Stella at 29.  I know this would tickle many of my friends.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Come CCC with Me on SoS

Join in with friends and visit Society of Stampaholics to exchange cards with other card makers from around the world!   I first got to know Deborah Nolan from the Hero Arts group, one of the nicest stamp communities around.  Deborah established a very successful Card Chain Challenge (CCC) on her own blog and then she successfully took it to a group challenge blog which unfortunately had to close.

NOW, Deborah is working on rebuilding the CCC on her own blog at the Society of Stampaholics.  You have until the 16th of April to join in the group.  Do NOT put the card you are making on the link so your card will be a surprise for the recipient.  I

t's FUN and don't you like to receive a card from someone who knows the labor of love that goes into card making?   Here is the direct link to the CCC post.  Come join the fun with me.  Always something new to create!

Arlene and the Divas invite you to visit our friend and join in on the fun!

Friday, April 4, 2014

We've had a rainy week, Can't you tell?

Yes, Bugaboo Digi Stamps is the Die Cut Divas' sponsor for April, but I love the Fancy Bonnet gals.  I don't know why, but I find them fun.  I start to color and all of a sudden I've completed an image.   I really like the way this gal turned out.  The background note card is a deep green dabbed with Distress paints in Picket Fence, Salty Ocean and I think the last is Mowed Lawn.  I made this background for another card and absolutely hated it.  But it works here.  Dabber rain?   I sponged on Shabby Shutters Distress Ink for the background on the oval Spellbinders die-cut after coloring the image with my trusty Copics.

We've just had rain here all week and I feel just like this little gal below, drenched, all bundled up, drops falling on my head in a world of green haze with water between my toes.
Love working with the Fancy Bonnet Gals. 

Bugaboo Digi Stamps - Fancy SB Umbrella
The sentiment is from Hero Arts Enjoy Today set (CL759) - I'm finding I'm using the messages to this set quite a bit.  I think the sentiment is perfect.
Spellbinders Ovals

Arlene and the Die Cut Divas

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March Winners

Without further ado our winners are

$20 gift voucher for Little Blue Button Stamps

 Susan from Mix's Meandering

and the $ voucher goes to:

philip birthday card full

Ladies please email me at
dawn.turley@gmail.com and I will arrange for your voucher codes.

Congratulations to our winners and a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who entered.  All your projects deserve be winners.

Dawn & the Divas

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What's April got up her Sleeves?

Hi Lovelies,
This month we are sponsored by Bugaboo Digital stamps.  I think I'm in heaven, I have been addicted to their stamps for quite some time now.  I find them so wonderfully drawn & fun to colour.  Plus the humour is right up my alley.
My challenge is based on these crazy characters, Rainbow Lorikeets.  This is a photo I took of them just recently.  I am constantly in fits of laughter at what they get up to in the late summer afternoons (they often fight upside down).  I think of them as colourful clowns.  I;m so lucky to have a huge tree in my yard that they love to feed on.  So every summer between late November, early December through to March if it's really dry inland, we get them visiting us.  It's great fun to sit on the veranda & watch them.

So I am going to challenge you to make a project from this photo.  It could be the birds, the colours, trees/gardens, nests................the ideas are endless.  I'd love to see what you have created.

Now onto what my fellow Divas' have created to inspire you.

Arlene took her cue from the colors

Dawn's keeping a little girl out of the rain from the leaves

Hannah's cowgirl is dancing to the wild music!

Remember, you have to use a die-cut or something embossed from your machine.  You do NOT have to use a Bugaboo Digital in your creation.  However, if you use a Bugaboo Digital, I will award 2 chances to win.  You MUST also let us know if you are using a Bugaboo stamp or you won't be awarded your extra chance.  Do remember that Bugaboo has free digital stamps on Friday.

Paula and the Divas 

Friday, March 28, 2014

A bit of Steampunk


Hi there... It's almost the end of the month... just a few days left to enter our challenge this month...Just click on the post at the top of the blog.  A big thanks to all who have entered so far.  I'm so pleased I don't have to chose a winner (Random.org does that for me!) as everything is just awesome.

Today I'm sharing a card I made when I was on the DT for LBBS.  This is  Steampunk Jessica  The embossed background is a Spellbinders folder which has had black paint and distress stains in bronze added.  I coloured Jessica with Copics and fussy cut her.  The black doily is a die from MFT and finished with some mesh and a flower.

Please do come and join us.

Dawn & The Divas

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Bit of CUTE!

Little Blue Button Stamps has some very cute images and I love this one.  I would never have thought of die-cutting this house or cat in that flowery cardstock if I hadn't already had it out on the desk.  The dry embossing folder was backward when I put the paper in, but I rather like the unusual indentations for this card as well as the whimsical patterns, colors, and papers.  Hope you think this is fun too..


Have a great day out there!

Arlene and the Die Cut Divas

Monday, March 24, 2014

A pretty in pink gift card.

Nothing pretty than a pink card and this one from Hannah is a perfect example.


Hannah has used a Little Blue Button stamp "Miss Lily Coffee break" so of course she decided to make a little gift card holder for a Starbucks gift card.  
Beautifully embossed Hannah.

Dawn and the Divas

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunshine and Spring

Welcome to another Little Blue Button Stamps day with the Die Cut Divas.  I love the way this cute paper reminds me of spring and sunshine and happiness.  A little, no scratch that, a LOT of dry embossing gives the backgrounds lots of depth without adding pop dots until the very top panel.  

I guess you could say this little gal is a favorite of mine.  Hope you are enjoying your stamping time and would like to try a Little Blue Button stamping too.  Here's a bit of SUNSHINE to add to your day!

Close-up of Sally loves me

As ever, we at Die Cut Divas enjoy our stamping and playing with our stamps.

Arlene and the Die Cut Divas

Thursday, March 20, 2014


It's Blue Thursday. here at my house,  not because I'm feeling blue, but just because I've colored so much BLUE!  I felt like coloring this Little Blue Button Stamps image in BLUES. with a little red heart in her hands.  Then I found this blue sparkly background paper and oh no, BLUE birds.  The birdies are die cut from the same paper background panel.
 You can find Sally loves me here

Close-up of the paper and images
Maybe you can have a BLUE stamping day too!

Arlene and the Die Cut Divas

Monday, March 17, 2014

Paper Casting... a different type of embossing

Have you heard of Paper Casting?  It is a technique that looks a bit like embossing.  I found out about this a year or so ago and made a card.

Isn't this pretty.   You make this by moulding paper tissues over a stamp and use some glue to moisten it.  Hero Arts have an awesome tutorial HERE 

I have framed my panel with a Spellbinders die and mounted on an embossed background. 

Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations.  I'll be sharing some of them soon.

Dawn and the Divas