My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

All things Cuttlebug...Collection of Cards and Tutorials

This post has links to all my Cuttlebug posts.  
I hope you enjoy viewing the posts and will be able to use the information.

In 2010 I created a collection of cards using the Cuttlebug embossing folders and dies.
I decided to put the cards in one post to make viewing them a little easier.


Cuttlebug Tutorial Posts and Projects


"Proud to be an American"
I made this card to enter in a challenge on
the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog

I used the Gypsy, a hand held design tool from Provocraft, and the
Circut Expression to create the card.
I cut this screen in sheets of red, white, and blue paper.  I used what I wanted on the card and will save the rest for other projects!  I love to use left-overs!
The card base was cut from the Circut Cartridge "Just Because Cards".
All other images in this picture were cut from the Cricut Cartridge "Stand and Salute".
The 'dog tag' is created with a small piece of aluminum paper.
The sentiment area is ready to be used as desired.
The map is glued to the card front.
"Liberty" and the top hat border are put on with dimensional tape to give depth/interest.
The flag is printed from the clip art on my computer.

God Bless America, land that I love!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Buttons and Bows!

I created this card for a challenge on
My Craft Spot Blog "Monday Challenge # 57 Buttons and Bows!"
Elements of the  card!
Black sheer ribbon and a 'Cameo' shank button will be used.
I am leaving the shank on the button because to remove the shank will
cause the cameo to fall out.
The background for the button is created by using several sizes of the scalloped and plain oval Spellbinders Nestibilities dies.  The bottom layer is DCWV gold glitter paper.  Walmart Colorbok white and black textured paper is used for the other layers.
A craft knife and paper piercer was used to punch a hole in the center of the layers of paper.
The button shank was pushed through to the back and then tied with ribbon to prevent the button from falling out.
To get the ribbon on the front of the card, I cut a slit on each side on the bottom section of the inside of the card.  The ribbon was threaded into the slot on either side.
A piece of white paper was cut to fit inside the card to cover the ribbon and for the sentiment.
Stamped sentiment
White paper was cut to fit each side and gold trim was added.
The corners were rounded.
The button layer was adhered to one side of the card front.
The card is ready to sign, close and tie the ribbon into a bow!
"Button and Bow" Birthday Card!

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Scrapping the Birthday Celebration!

Scrapbook page to remember my 60th Birthday Celebration on
Sunday, April 1, 2012!

I plan to enter this project in the Cricut Circle Blog Monthly Challenge for May 2012.
The Blog has a closed membership.  I can't provide a link, but I can show you the page.

**12 x 12 inch Page border--Cricut Circle Exclusive Cartridge "Paper Trimmings"
"Birthday"--Cricut Cartridge "Gypsy Font"
Flower--Cricut Cartridge "Flower Shoppe"
"60"--Cricut Cartridge "Birthday Cakes"
"th"--Cricut Cartridge "Straight from the Nest"
Colored with Martha Stewart Glitter Markers
Balloons--Cricut Cartridge "Birthday Bash"
Colored with Martha Stewart Glitter Markers
Tucked a tag under a picture for journaling!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cuttlebug Tutorial Part 6 "The Disney 2-Step Cut and Emboss Sets"

The "Cuttlebug" is a mechanical die cutting and embossing machine made by
I am not employed by Provocraft. These are my own personal experiences and opinions using the Cuttlebug.

Provocraft developed a series of Disney Cutting Die and Embossing Folder sets several years ago.  These sets were eventually sold in Big Lots stores.  I was able to buy a collection of the Disney 2-step sets.  I am not really a fan of Minnie and Mickey, but I did like the dies and folders that came with the sets.
"Disney 2-Step" is my personal name for this set of die and folder.
The sets are unique!  I had to use trial and error to really figure out how to use them.
This is the best way that I found to use the die and folder together.
First, I cut out the images.
A plate
B plate
die (with foam side up)
B plate
Second step...I opened the embossing folder and placed the cut images (front side of paper facing up) over the places on the embossing folder.  I placed the paper carefully to cover all the raised edges.  A pair of craft tweezers works great for this positioning job!
Third step...Carefully lower the top of the embossing folder onto the cut images.  You will be able to see where the embossing is going to be on the paper.  You can make adjustments as needed.  Once you get the paper where you want it, hold the embossing folder together firmly as you move it to the Cuttlebug.  The images inside will slide around if you don't hold it firmly.
 Roll the 'sandwich' through the Cuttlebug.  The images will move around inside the folder if you do not continue to use firm pressure on the embossing folder.
A plate
B plate
Embossing Folder (paper inside)
B plate (when embossing, I use an unscratched B Plate)
Here are the images after embossing.  Enlarging the screen will aid in
seeing the embossed area.
This is another Disney 2-Step Cut and Emboss set.
Close up of an image after cutting and embossing.
Quick card made from Disney 2-Step Cut and Emboss Set!
Inside card!

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Please visit these posts for all the Cuttlebug tutorials!

Birthday Card from Cuttlebug Tutorial 5 "Using Tim Holtz, Sizzix, Spellbinders Dies"

"A Little Bit of Everything"
This card  has a little bit of all the companies!  I even used a Cuttlebug embossing folder!

For more information about using brands other than Provocraft embossing folders and dies in the Cuttlebug, please click here....

The colors that I used for the images in the previous post where chosen by random!
I needed a piece of paper to match the images...and here it is!  I found this in my paper stash!
I cut a piece of the rose paper to fit an A2 card.  then glued the printed paper on a diagonal on the card front.
I turned the papers over and trimmed away the edges.
This became my card base.
In the previous post I used the Tim Holtz die "Sewing Room".
The rose is created from the Spellbinders die "Spiral Blossom Two"
To add interest to the spool, I embossed it with
Cuttlebug embossing folder "Distressed Stripes"
Then wrapped the spool with ordinary sewing thread.  I cut a small slip on the top of the spool to hold the end of the thread.
For the dress I cut another image in blue and trimmed away the parts that I didn't want.  Then added some pen stitching, a ribbon around the waist, and a pendant bead from Joanns threaded on a piece of the ribbon.
I started the flower created from the Spellbinders spiral blossom with a quilling tool, but removed it and rolled with my fingers.  I let the coil relax, glued the flower to the base, and added a few little leaves.
The inside sentiment is a die from Sizzix.  The button is from the TH die.
The flower is glued to the cardbase, the dress/stand and spool of thread are attached with dimensional tape to give depth.

For more information about the Cuttlebug, please follow the links in the following post

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Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Cuttlebug Tutorial Part 5 "Using Tim Holtz, Sizzix, and Spellbinders Dies"

"The Thick and the Thin of It"
The "Cuttlebug" is a mechanical die cutting and embossing machine made by

I am not employed by Provocraft.  These are my own personal experiences and opinions using the Cuttlebug.

The Cuttlebug can be used with cutting dies other than Cuttlebug/Provocraft products.
For this post, I will be using cutting dies from Tim Holtz, Sizzix and Spellbinders.

The manual that comes with the Cuttlebug includes instructions for using other brands of cutting dies.  This section is located in the middle of the manual.
These are examples of the 'thick' dies that I have in my collection.  These dies are made by Tim Holtz (left) and Sizzix (right).
The 'sandwich' for using the thick dies in the Cuttlebug is
starting at the bottom...
B Plate
thick die (foam side up)
paper (front side toward the die)
B Plate
Give a little push, roll the 'sandwich' through and the pieces cut beautifully!
I have the original Cuttlebug, a blue one, and the green.  All three work with this 'sandwich'.
These are a few of the 'thin' dies that I have.  All are made by Spellbinders.
For the 'sandwich' to cut using the 'thin' dies, I use...
A plate
1 piece of cardstock (add another piece if needed)
*Word of careful when adding additional layers of cardstock.  Too many layers can cause damage to the Cuttlebug.  There should be a little bit of resistance at first when you are pushing the 'sandwich' through the Cuttlebug.  But don't use strong force to push the 'sandwich' through.  You may break the Cuttlebug!  I happened to me!
C Plate
Thin die (rough side up)
Paper (front of paper toward the die)
B Plate
Give a little push, roll the 'sandwich' through, and it cuts beautifully!
Again, the original, blue, and green Cuttlebugs work with this sandwich.

Please check out  Cuttlebug Tutorial Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!
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