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This post was shared from Anna Bradshaw:

Love is in the air, and lately I’ve been thinking of, well, things I love! Specifically, “things” I feel like I need. Things, that aren’t really things at all; like my family, cuddles and snuggles, creative time and space, good nutritious food, healthy communication… all the important stuff that gets me through life in as effervescent state as is possible. But “the greatest of these… is Love.”
It’s all I really need.
Everyone knows that Valentine’s is the perfect occasion for getting a loved one a little something, like chocolate, or perhaps a beautiful card, maybe dinner out at a fancy restaurant, or my dream: A DIAMOND 😮
However, there are a few people out there who look at this special day more as a marketing gimmick than as an opportunity to make it magical. Those kind of people believe in spoiling everyday, not waiting for holiday occasions, and I’m lucky enough to live with a guy like that.
My sweetie has always been great at making dreams come true. He is usually willing to pick me up a box of chocolate – it fuels my creativity- when he’s at the store. He loves to spend an hour or more gazing into my eyes as we dine on an exquisitely prepared entrée while dining out. However! He is completely against the purchase of diamonds because of the hardship their extraction places on miners in impoverished countries. What a Bummer for me!
Enter… my new favorite website to wish list on! The considerate folks offer Beyond Conflict Free diamonds, meaning, not only are they considered conflict free, mined ethically and with respect for people, but for the environment as well! According to their website, they even track their diamonds from the source to the store, ensuring they arrive without being entangled in the corruptive practices that can profit from these valuable stones. Brilliant Earth even goes so far as to incorporate recycled and reclaimed gold, silver, and platinum. Wow, I think that’s an awesome way to create beauty out of what someone else can’t use anymore.
Hmmm… maybe I’ll just casually place honey’s name on their mailing list…

Here’s how I created my Valentine’s layout:
 I find it easiest to mix and match patterns and colors when I’m using papers that are all from the same collection. I’m in LOVE with the SEI Alpine wood grain patterns and color tones, so I knew that a few of these tones and wooden textures would form the neutral base of my page. I had this idea of highlighting the “O” and using a heart shape instead. I found a cute double heart on the cut apart sheet, which gave me some more ideas about the colors and embellishment choices to come.
  I also envisioned polaroid style frames around my new Posterboard alphabet stamps by Close To My Heart. Stamped in Chocolate ink on this cream and red grid two or three times to get that dark solid outline, and then shifted the stamp slightly without re-inking to achieve the shadow effect. Then I used my square punch to create identical openings in three brown, kraft flocked rectangles.
I ended up with a lot of these little strips of paper and thought it would be cute to staple them all together and do … something with them! My staples didn’t quite work the way I envisioned, though, and I’d love for you to comment with a use for my little whatever it could be.
To highlight my heart shape even more I framed it in red gingham, and backed it with a square of red. There was a line border pattern going around the red square, and only one line of the box shows… and that is just fine to me! I fussy cut with my exact-o knife around the outside of the heart shape and popped up the outside border with two sizes of dimensional adhesive; thin at the top and bottom, and thicker pop-dots on the sides. I thought it would look more dimensional that it did, so maybe if you try this yourself, either leave off the thin top and bottom dots, or double up the side pops.
Once my polaroid style frames were adhered atop stamped-letter-topped grids, I considered how I would dress them up. Some of my ideas included tying twine around the edge or bottoms, or adding enamel dots or brads, but in the end I added some red chipboard arrows on top of a sticker that I cut into three edge pieces and stuck to the left of each letter. From what was left in the middle of the sticker, I punched two hearts and placed them at the bottom right of my heart’s polaroid.
For contrast to all the warm colors, I added some silver Mr. Huey’s ink to the background, and then layered silver ribbon, dots, and hearts stickers to each of  my framed groupings. A double dose of hand cut hearts and a peach woodgrain in between put the focus on “L O V E,” and left me a little room for my handwritten title add on, “it’s all I need.”
It’s true. Despite all the things I want (chocolate, more washi tape, and yes,Diamonds) and feel I need; time with friends, being surrounded by family, having a creative escape daily, it all boils down to the fact that withoutLove, I’d be lost.

Check out the upcoming March edition of Die Cut Crazy to see even more fun ways to use the heart shape, Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy a Happy Valentine’s!

I love you, Law!

 This post was shared from Anna Bradshaw:

Happy Valentines Day!! 


New Cricut Explore Details Released

Shared from Debbie over at! Check out her website for lots of Die Cut Info!! 

Provo Craft released a NEW Cricut machine on Monday evening prior to the altitude summit blogging conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The new machine is called the Cricut Explore and is the next evolution of crafting machine for Provo Craft..

close up photo of Cricut Explore

The New Cricut Explore Facts:

  • It will cut SVG, JPGS, TFF files (true type font files), etc.
  • It will use and cut actual Cricut Cartridge plugged in to the machine or from library
  • It will cut up to 12X24
  • It will cut and draw at the same time OR cut and emboss at the same time
  • It will have a new software format called Cricut Design Space. It is different from CCR
  • It will have hundreds of pre-loaded project images for you to choose from and has project details that when you select it will automatically place images on your cutting screen…and populate however many mats you would need to complete each image of the project
  • It will have a subscription library of images for purchase. 50,000 image library for 99 cents an image OR purchase a monthly subscription of 25,000 images for $9.99 that you can cancel at any time
  • It will be wifi enabled so no more cords…wireless bluetooth device will be available a few weeks after launch for separate purchase (no price mentioned as of this posting)
  • It will allow you to create and cut using an iPad Table (no other tablet was mentioned as of this posting)
  • It will have new cutting blade technology with more precision than older blade model and have a longer life per cuts
  • It will have a state of the art turn dial system for selecting your cut settings which will automatically adjust the pressure, speed and depth of the machine and blade.
  • It will have a way for you to add custom cut settings in addition to the pre-programmed cut settings
  • It will be quieter cutting than any other machine Provo Craft has ever released
  • It will have an on-board tool holder at back of the machine and space underneath to slide mats under
  • It will be released on HSN on or around February 12 and other retailers in March.
  • MSRP is $299…no idea yet what HSN special launch price will be or include as of this posting (will update when news is available)

Other news of note:  The talented designer, Anna Griffin be doing the Cricut Explore launch on HSN in February, along with Beth of Aint She Crafty Blog

View the Keynote presentation by Provo Craft CEO Ashish Arora of the Cricut Explore and how the new software, Cricut Design Space works …well worth the 20 minutes to watch it.  It was filmed at the event and posted by Joy Tracy of Obsessed with Scrapbooking.  Joy did a fabulous job recording this and giving us all the scoop on the new machine.  You can visit her blog at Obsessed with Scrapbooking as she reveals more details during the event on Tuesday as the bloggers attending get to try out the new machine.

Here are some detail photos others bloggers who attended the event posted at #explorecricut

settings image                The Cut Settings Turn Dial  for the Cricut Explore lets you select                     pre-set cut types and allows you to customize other settings

Card showing cut and drawing from Cricut Explore

                                      Attendees were given a card showing the use of                                            Cut and Draw Feature that can be done at the same time since the Cricut Explore has two carriage housing – one for cutting blade plus one for either drawing tool or embossing tool

Place Setting made with Cricut Explore

Place setting at AltSummit Event using Cricut Explore …look at all that detail!

Cricut Explore


  • Smart Set™ dial for material selection
  • Dual carriage heads
  • Integrated storage compartments
  • Cricut Design Space™ software
  • 50+ free project ideas
  • 100+ free images
  • Compatible with PC/Mac
  • Included in the box:
    • Cricut Explore™ machine
    • German carbide blade
    • Metallic silver pen
    • USB cord and power cord
    • 12″ x 12″ StandardGrip Cricut® cutting mat
    • Getting started guide
    • Black and jade Cricut® cardstock
    • Silver Cricut® vinyl
    • White Cricut® iron-on
    • 2 Duck Tape® sheets

So this seems pretty exciting in the Cricut world…what are you thinking now that we know more details ?  Are you tempted to purchase ?  If not, why not ?

Shared from Debbie over at!

Blog Hop Winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this weeks Valentine Blog Hop. We had so much fun and we’re so glad you joined us.

Now, It’s time for a winner!!

Lisa Eisner – Lisa808

You have won a 6 month subscription to Die Cut Crazy!!

Please email with the subject line as “Blog Hop Winner” and we will get you all set up.

You have 7 days to claim your prize.

Thanks again everyone! We will see you at the next hop! 🙂


New Sketch Challenge!



The Winner is…



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DCC Blog Hop with Dianne Grayson!

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Welcome to the Die Cut Crazy Magazine Valentine Blog Hop. The designers have made some wonderful Valentine projects to inspire your own crafting with your die cuts! If you just joined our hop, be sure and go back to the Die Cut Crazy Magazine website to learn how you can enter to win a 6 month FREE subscription to Die Cut Crazy Magazine, when following the hop from designer to designer.

My holiday project I am sharing with you today is this elegant Valentine card!


Here’s what materials you will need and step by step instructions of how I made it.

* Cardstock – white, red
* Red ribbon
* Embossing folders – ENTANGLE, HEARTS
* Alcohol Markers – 3 greens, yellow
* Red ink
* Diamontee
* ScanNcut machine from Brother
* Kindy Glitter

1. Cut white card – 7″ X 5 1/2″ and  emboss front of card with ENTANGLE embossing folder.
2. Using BA-A069 (hearts from ScanNcut booklet) cut 2 white Cardstock 110mmX 110mm, 115 mmX 115mm. Cut 2 red Cardstock – 120mm X 120 mm, 125mm X 125 mm.
3. Using the smallest white heart, emboss using the heart folder. Color the hearts with red ink.
4. With double sided tape, adhere each heart together in order of size – alternating colours. Make sure embossed one is in front.
5. With ScanNcut machine, cut a heart border (BO – A011) 140mm X 20 mm in red cardstock. Glue to bottom of white card (where there is no embossing), starting at lower right hand side of card
6. Using double sided tape, adhere the 4 hearts to card, just off centre – toward right side – above heart border.
7. From white cardstock, cut 5 different sizes of flower AR-A019 (each one 5mm smaller than the previous on) – enough for 3 flowers.

TO ASSEMBLE FLOWERS – with each flower, cut a slit down side of each petal and fold middle of petal. (Do this to each flower.) Glue each smaller one inside larger to form a flower cluster. Color the small dot yellow and glue in the middle of the flower cluster.
From white Cardstock cut 6 AR-A024 leaves. Color and shade with the green markers. Glue 2 each to a flower cluster.
Glue 2 flower clusters to right side of hearts and glue the other flower to lower left hand side of card (where the end of the heart border is.)
From red cardstock cut HAPPY VALENTINES DAY from ABC writing in ScanNcut booklet 120mm. Glue to left side of card.
Make red bow from ribbon. Glue to center top of hearts. Attach diamontee to middle of bow.

Thanks for stopping by the Die Cut Crazy Magazine Holiday Blog Hop. I hope my project inspires you to create your very own Valentine project!  Please leave a comment to let me know you stopped by!! If you just joined the hop, here is a list of designers, so you don’t miss any.







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Thanks for stopping by! 

Dianne GraysonDianne Grayson!

DCC Valentine Blog Hop!!!

DCC FebBlogHop

Welcome to the Die Cut Crazy Valentine Blog Hop. The designers have made some wonderful Valentine projects to inspire your own  crafting with die cuts. If you just joined our hop, be sure and meet back here, the Die Cut Crazy Magazine Blog, for a chance to win a FREE 6 month subscription to Die Cut Crazy Magazine. Here’s what you need to do!

1. Be a follower of DCC Blog and our Facebook group. (click this link to join!)

2. Follow the blog hop and leave a “little love” comment on EVERY
designers blog post. They enjoy knowing that you stopped by!

3. Return to DCC blog and leave a comment on this blog post about which
project inspired you the most.

The blog hop starts today, February 1st and is closed to further comments as of Monday, February 3 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be drawn and announced on Tuesday February 4th on the DCC Blog and Facebook group. The winner will have 7 days to claim their prize. If a winner does not come forward by the deadline, we will select another winner.

Thanks for stopping by the Die Cut Crazy Magazine Holiday Blog Hop. I hope our projects inspire you to create your own Valentine project.

Here is a list of designers!

DivaDebbieDebbie-Scrap Me Quick Designs

AnnaAnna-Craft with Anna

Allie GowerAllie-My Card Party

NancyNancy-Scrapper at Heart

MelissaMelissa-Creative Treasures

CarlyannCarlyann-Sweety n Crafty

Dianne GraysonDianne Grayson
Dianne will be sharing her post here on DCC!

Let’s get hopping shall we?
Here we go…start here!

Thanks for joining! 


It’s time for another hop!!!

DCC BlogHop

Fabulous Friend

Shared from Carlyann Norman

Heya All!!
I’m here this Afternoon with a brand new Digi Design from Time For Tea Designs Last Release! I know i’m mega late with this one but it’s a new one from me! hehe! !
I absolutely love this release and as always the wonderful Jo has really out done herself! Be sure to check out the newest release from 2014 they’re fantastic and as always i’ll have projects featuring in just a few days!
This sweetie i’ve used today is called ”Winter Hoodie” though really i can see this one being used at anytime of the year!
I kinda went for a retro feel for this card today and really love the Happy Days papers from Echo Park!!!
Also look what’s coming! can you spy???

Yep i’ve reclaimed my website back! finally… i’m busy putting the final touches to it but it’ll be up and out asap!!! stay tuned for more on that!

*Card Recipe*
*C/Stock – That Craft Place
DSP –  Echo Park
*Mediums – Promarkers & Flexmarkers
*Image – Time For Tea Designs
*Die Cuts – Cut on Cameo
*Other  – Sticker sentiments – Bella Boulevard, Dew Drops – Simon says stamp

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!
I’d love if you’d leave a comment to let me know your thoughts!

Don’t forget – Most of my Creations are available to purchase and my 2014 Custom Order book is now open over at my Handmade Cards & Crafts Shop @ Charisma Cardz!
And will soon be available to purchase from Charisma Cardz website here!

Love & Peace
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Eye Only Have Eyes for You

Shared from Allie Gower!

Spoon Me

Supply List

  • Cardstock – Discount Cardstock
  • Patterned Paper – October Afternoon
  • Stamps – Gina K
  • Pearl Trim – Want2Scrap
  • Quilt Heart Button – Buttons Galore
  • Inks and Embossing Powder – Imagine Crafts (Peanut Brittle, Rich Cocoa and Love Bug Memento, Versamark Dazzle Frost, Clear Embossing Powder)
  • Spectrum Noir Markers (PP1, PP2, PP3)
  • Flower – Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Other – Pennant Punch from Epiphany Crafts, Finger Daubers (Imagine Crafts)


I used Gina K’s Color on Color Emboss Resist Technique, shown in the video below. Using this technique with the Spoon Me Stamp Set, I created the background piece you see in my card.

Note: I didn’t have a little pad to prep my cardstock, and I wasn’t getting good clean results with ink and embossing powder, so I used Spectrum Noir markers for my background. Once I stamped the glasses and hearts and embossed, I inked over the images with Peanut Brittle and Lady Bug Memento inks.

I used the same markers to color my cardstock to match.

Find details on this challenge at StampTV here.

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