Thursday, September 18, 2014

Die-Cut Team 5th Anniversary Blog Hop...

Welcome to the Stuck on U Sketches (SOUS) 5th Anniversary Blog Hop!  To celebrate this month, each Team will be having a hop and today is the Die-Cut Team Blog Hop! Our blog hop runs for 5 days, starting today.  You will have until Tuesday, September 23rd at midnight EST to leave your comments, follow the blogs and play along.



If you have come from Katie's Blog, you're on the right track! Just keep hopping around 'till you've seen all the blogs, including the main SOUS Blog!

Here's what is up for grabs...you will need to complete the hop by visiting EACH blog, commenting and following EACH blog, including the SOUS Blog!  Once you've completed the hop, you'll be eligible to win this prize from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon (which I'm a NEW Design Team Member for!!!)!






































Also...if you JOIN in ANY of our challenges this month, you will then be eligible for one of our 2 Grand Prizes! The more challenges and projects you share, the more chance to win!

We'd like to warmly thank Fancy Pants Designs and Zeus and Zoe for their kind and generous sponsorship!

http://www.fancypantsdesigns.com/
http://zeusandzoe.blogspot.com
REMEMBER to make sure you are also following SOUS! Please finish at SOUS to let us know you have completed the hop and followed all the gals!

Let us know if you are following me on Pinterest and Instagram for EXTRA CHANCES to win!

ALL winners (grand prizes and blog hop winners) from this month will be announced on Friday, October 10th!!!

Now...let's get on to the FUN STUFF!!!

This week's Die-Cut Challenge is Geometric Shapes...

And...here is what I made...

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I guess you can see that the geometric shape I chose is a CIRCLE!  There's also some other geometric shapes on there.  Here are some close-ups of the circles...some were cut using CTMH Cricut Artbooking and some were cut using an Ali Edwards cut file.  I threw in some sequins and mini staples...LOVE embellishing!
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I threw in some For Always PML Cards and some My Crush in the Pink stuff as well as the #30YearsOfHappy stamp set (LOVE that thing!!!)
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And...a closeup of this sweet picture!  A few days after Christmas, the table we use for serving everyone was still up so our two youngest kids crawled under the table and had the BEST TIME!!! These are their sweet little legs sticking out from under the table...


Your next stop is Leah's Blog...

Remember to leave a comment here as well as all the other Die-Cut girls AND follow my blog if you're not already a follower (link to do that is on the right side-bar).  You can also follow me on Pinterest and Instagram for some EXTRA POINTS!!! 

Thanks for stopping by!

#tbt CTMH Style - Eek, Shriek & Be Scary...

Since I'm in a Halloween mood, I decided to share this card made last year...

I layered all the bats on a cardstock base in the CCR then cut.  The card base is Black Glitter Paper...adds a shimmery touch!

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Hopefully you can see the shimmer of the glitter paper in the photo below...
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And here is a top view showing a peek into the inside of the card...

You can see the original post {{{here}}}}.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons DT...

I am a new PROUD member of the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons (PPPR) Design Team!!!


Lisa has tons of digital goodies....cut files, paper, stamps & clip-art!  She also gives away FREE cut files on Fridays!

Head over to the PPPR Blog and check it out...sign up for the newsletter while you're there so you don't miss a thing and check out the other DT Members and their Blogs!

Scaredy Cat Banner & Layout - DTC #84...

Welcome to my first post as a Design Team member of the Decorate to Celebrate Blog.

The DTC Blog is: 

A challenge blog dedicated to showing off your decorations for every celebration.

So, since Halloween is fast approaching, I've decided to make a banner that can be displayed for a Halloween party at your house or even a child's classroom (if your school has parties to celebrate Halloween).  I will also show how you dismantle this beauty and use on your scrapbook layouts of the event(s).

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Cut you a bunch of varying widths and lengths of B&T (mine vary from 1-1/2" to 2" wide and right at 2-3" when folded over...the paper I'm using here is Scaredy Cat from CTMH.
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Next....cut the strips in different patterns  - dovetail, scallop, etc.

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Here are some close-ups of the actual pennants...I used baker's twine to thread the pennants and my sewing machine to keep them stationary...you can decorate each pennant using stamps, embellishments, chipboard, etc.  I used Scaredy Cat Complements...and sometimes the B&T paper served as enough of an embellishment...like the pennant on the right "Smell my feet.  Give me something good to eat!"...perfect!!!



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The haunted house is actually a pattern on the B&T so I didn't have to do a think for this pennant.  If you notice, I did not worry about which pennants would be facing forward (in case you were to hang it where it goes back and forth as I did) but I kinda like the messiness of the backside of my stitching.

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Use mini-staples from the Mini-Stapler to create a SUPER QUICK decoration!  The bats come from a zip-strip off of one of the B&T pieces.


This project, literally, took me all of about 45 minutes and that was with cutting all the pieces, threading the baker's twine, sewing and decorating the pennants.  SUPER easy project to use to decorate your next party!
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And now, here is the layout I used the dismantled banner to embellish...

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Here are some close-ups of the pennants and some closer details...




Don't forget to check out the other DT Members and their projects at the DTC Blog!  And don't forget to play along with us - it's anything goes...you can find the rules {{{here}}}!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fabulous Together - Favorite Technique H2H...

This week at H2H, we're asking you to show us your favorite technique!

I used Seaside Paper packet, Cricut Artbooking Cartridge and #30YearsOfHappy Stamp Set.


If you're a follower of my blog, you know that I have several techniques that I use over and over again.  This card actually uses several...

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I {{{love}}} sewing on my projects...and using scraps from my Cricut cuts!  Remember {{{this layout}}}...these are scraps from cutting all those hexagons...and what better way to attach it to my card front than sewing...especially when you have such tiny spaces to glue!
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We've got layering using Thin 3D-Foam Tape...LOVE the dimension of layering heights...a technique I use quite often!  
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And my FAVORITE technique is ink distressing!!!  Can you see the subtle Desert Sand color around every little piece of this card!  My tool of the trade is Sponge Daubers but I also occasionally use a Round Sponge which I quarter to make it last longer.
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And finally...groupings of three - I think the technique is actually called the rule of odds and my odd number is usually 3...you can see it everywhere in this card.  Sometimes my rule is 3 on the entire project and sometimes, as in this card, it's tiny groupings of 3 here and there.  Even thought the tiny Silver Sequin actually is a 4th element, it plays second seat to the two stamped arrows and the "sweet" so my mind doesn't even see it...lol...crazy, I know!
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And I guess decorating the inside of my cards can be a technique...I ALWAYS do it!!!  This one is as simple as using the zip-strip from one of the Seaside B&T pieces and a stamped image from #30YearsOfHappy
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Don't forget to stop by H2H and check out what the other Design Team Members created using their favorite technique.  

If you have a favorite technique and would like to link up to our Challenge, you have 'till the end of the month.  We would LOVE to see what you create!