Cuttlebug Mania - Christmas

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Christmas is nearly upon, the tree is up, the presents are wrapped and the cards are written. I just need to buy the food and I’m done. We are spending Christmas at my Mum and Dad’s, so really looking forward to that. Hope you have a lovely day, whatever you are doing.

This is our final challenge at Cuttlebug Mania for 2013 and it’s an Anything Goes challenge, which are very popular. The theme of course is Christmas, what else. I love blue on Christmas cards so I used some very bling paper behind my squares. And I’ve managed to use an embossing folder that has been very neglected. Pop on over and see the other festive creations from our design team. See you back in 2014.

Materials used – White A6 card blank, White cardstock, Blue glitter paper, Cuttlebug plus Fancy Corners embossing folders, Paper Smooches Swanky SnowDudes clear stamps, Blue Sukura Gelly Roll pen and Gems.

Cuttlebug Mania – Thank You

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Autumn colours are very popular so over at Cuttlebug Mania we challenge you to use oranges, browns and yellows on your project, but this time we'd like you to make a Thank You card/project for Thanksgiving or to thank someone special.

I love this little image from Molly Bloom, I think she looks very 1940’s. I didn’t have any background paper to match my colouring, so I used the Promarkers I’d used to colour my stamp to make a dotty background. I made some dotty flowers too.

Thanksgiving Thanks
Materials used – White square card blank, White and orange cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Provocraft Spring Floral die and Sizzix Dottie Texture Plate, Molly Bloom stamp set free with Simply Cards and Papercraft, The English Stamp Company Celebrations stamp set, Assorted Promarkers, Wink of Stella pen and Half pearls.

Cuttlebug Mania - Envelopes

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Envelopes very rarely get a second look when a card is opened, they generally end up in the bin. So this week we are making them the focal point and moving them to the front of the card at Cuttlebug Mania. So please make a card/project for any occasion featuring an envelope or maybe make a gift envelope to hold a voucher, money or perhaps a store card.

Our sponsor this week is Best Card Making Downloads and the winner can choose any 3 downloads of their choice.

Bestcardmaking Downloads


Materials used – Blue and white cardstock, Hallmark Forever friends papers, Cuttlebug plus Hallmark Forever Friends Sail On embossing folder and XCut Smoothie alphabet die, Dovecraft Mini Envelopes template, Balloon stamp (make unknown), Bakers twine and Sukura Stardust pen.

Cuttlebug Mania - Autumn

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Autumn is definitely here, cooler, windy and the leaves and acorns are falling. Trust me, cycling on acorns is like cycling on marbles!! So there’s are theme for the next 2 weeks at Cuttlebug Mania. Create a project featuring whatever comes to mind when you think of Autumn. I thought of preserves. I haven’t done anything in a jam jar but I have been freezing a lot. We’ve had loads of tomatoes, beans, chillies and apples this year. I gave some away as we far more than we could eat.


Materials used – White square card blank, Green and red cardstock, Cosmo cricket Garden Variety papers, Toga Confitures stamps, Cuttlebug plus Craft Concepts In Stitches embossing folder plus Fruit and Tags dies, Studio G Mini alphabet stamps, Glossy accents and String.

Cuttlebug Mania – Black and White

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Time for another colour challenge over at Cuttlebug Mania. It’s black and white which is just a great combination. You can add a touch of colour if you wish, but it must only be a tiny bit. You can make a card for any occasion, birthday or even Halloween. Pop on over so the great project the design team has made.

Black and White

Materials used – Black A6 card blank, White and black cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Swiss Dots and Divine Swirls embossing folders and Cart-Us scalloped oval die, Inkadinkado Garden Greetings stamps, EK Success Open Scallop punch, Memento Tuxedo black ink, Butterfly punch and Gems.

Cuttlebug Mania – Flying High

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Can you believe it’s the 1st October already, the leaves are falling, there is Christmas stuff in the shops and I’ve only just got back from my summer holiday!! But on a plus, it’s still actually quite warm, so no heating on yet.

We all love toys and I'm sure we all have a favourite from our childhood. My boys loved Lego, the possibilities are endless with those brilliant little bricks.

The design team at Cuttlebug Mania have been given some lovely digital images to work with this week featuring toys from our sponsor Paper Nest Dolls. I chose the cute Bedtime Ellie complete with her teddy. We’d love you to create a project featuring a toy and our winner will receive a $25 voucher to spend.


Materials used – White square card blank, Grey cardstock, Scrap papers, Cuttlebug plus Swiss Dots embossing folder and Cart-Us scalloped oval die, Assorted Promarkers, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler stamps and a Heart punch.

Cuttlebug Mania – Flying High

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Well where did that holiday go!! We’ve just spent 2 weeks in France, one in the Alps and one in the Charente. We’ve had a fantastic time, lots of walks and bike rides, lovely company and lots of yummy food and wine, plus the delicious Pineau des Charente. It comes in Rose and White and it’s just the most gorgeous drink. Very warming and comforting and far too easy to drink!! If you ever get a chance to try some, I highly recommend it.


On to this weeks challenge at Cuttlebug Mania and it’s Flying High. This could be birds, planes, balloons etc but the first thing that came into my head were roller coasters.  I made a little carriage out of Kraft cardstock and stamped the people behind. I thought this card was a little bit of fun. Sorry about the quality of the photo, but the light was terrible. I will be returning to make regular comments on your projects now that I’m back from my holidays.

Flying High

Thank you to Jane from Craftie-Charlie for donating this amazing prize for our winner this week. It includes :-

Kaisercraft Beyond the Page - Ribbon Dispenser SB110
My Mind's Eye Kate & Co - Oxford Lane 12"x12" Paper & Accessory Sheet Pack KC1045
Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink Dew Drop Pad - Paris Dusk - Blue
Ranger Perfect Pearl Mist - Heirloom Gold
Jane Means 3m Grosgrain Dotty Ribbon Spool - Navy with White Spots
Prima Marketing Stitch Lines Rubber Cling Stamps 570514


Materials used – Blue square card blank, Assorted coloured cardstock and scrap papers, Cuttlebug plus Memory Box Parker upper and lowercase alphabet dies, Craft Concepts Woodgrain embossing folder, Sizzix Dottie texture plate, Kars Happy Kids clear stamps, Hero Arts Birthday Messages clear stamps, Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Buttons.

A Taste of the Alps

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Montgenevre looks so different without snow, but the snow gives way to beautiful flowers, insects and animals. The landscape is transformed to lush green but the mountains look cold and grey, such a contrast. What’s odd is that runs we ski down look so much steeper without snow on them. We’ve never seen a Marmot (2nd photo) because they hibernate in winter, but we saw them everywhere this time. We snapped this Marmot looking out of the window of a deserted cottage. He had made himself quite at home. We’ve also seen hundreds of Crickets in lots of different colours. They are all over the slopes and scatter everywhere as you walk. Hope you like the photos I’ve taken, I just snapped at what took my fancy.


Marmot 1
Flower 1
White Flowers
Pine Cone

Cuttlebug Mania – Back to Nature

Wow, wow, wow, what an amazing number of entries for our last Anything Goes challenge. I’m currently on holiday in France so I’ve tried to leave as many comments as possible, but sorry I couldn’t get round to you all.

By popular request, Cuttlebug Mania is going fortnightly. So many of you like to join in with lots of other challenges so you’ll have more time to submit your projects.

For our 1st challenge of September it’s Back to Nature, so this could be animals, trees, flowers, birds, bees etc. I made this card for my sister’s 50th birthday by paper piecing this cute bird stamp from DoCrafts. I covered some chipboard with the paper and then cut out the 50 with my Cuttlebug. I like the dimension the chipboard adds to the card.

Back to Nature

Our sponsor this week is Craftsite and they have given us this beautiful die from Marianne called Anja’s Frame for our winner. It is so intricate and will look stunning on your projects.

Anja's Vintage Frame

Materials used – White square scallop card blank, White cardstock, Basic Grey Shine On… paper pad, Cuttlebug plus Sizzix Dottie embossing plate and Cuttlebug Curls and Swirls alphabet dies, Paper Smooches Sentiment sampler, DoCrafts Urban stamp Bird, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Stickles and String.

Cuttlebug Mania – Die-Cuts

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

I made this card for my niece Katie, who got a 1st in her teaching degree. A big congratulations to her and best wishes in the future career.

I die-cut Congratulations into white card, embossed the bottom with Swiss Dots and then layered assorted scrap ribbon pieces behind the die-cut letters, then added some pearls to the letters. Love the different shades of pink.


Pop over to Cuttlebug Mania to see the DT’s die-cut creations and our prize this week for our winner is a $25 voucher from -

Materials used – Homemade card blank, White and pink cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Memory Box Parker upper and lowercase alphabet dies and Swiss dots embossing folder, Assorted ribbon, Pearls and a Glitter pen.

Cuttlebug Mania - Manly

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

We had a fantastic number of entries at Cuttlebug Mania for our Anything Goes – Embossed challenge, so a big thank you to you all. We have another Anything Goes challenge for you and it’s Manly. I’ve used the embossing borders again to make the background for my card and Paper Smooches paper pieced TV’s.


Thank you to Crafty Individuals who have given us this lovely prize for our winner this week - “Tea at 3” self-mount stamp and a set of beautiful Vintage Tags.

Materials used – A6 card blank, Paper scraps, Cuttlebug plus embossing borders Just my Type and Frills embossing borders and Memory Box Parker upper and lowercase alphabet dies, Paper Smooches Boob Tubes, Brads, Twine and Silver gel pen.

Anything Goes – Embossing

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

I made this card for a civil wedding and I must admit I was a bit stumped at first on what to make. I found this silhouette online and thought it was perfect for the occasion. So I popped it into Word, made a 2nd copy which I then reversed, printed and cut them out. I tied a knot in a couple of small pieces of ribbon which made great cravats. I really had fun making this card, I thought it looked really elegant. At Cuttlebug Mania we’d love to see your embossing projects and you can see what the DT has created.

Civil Partnership

Materials used – White square card blank, White, blue and black cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Craft Concepts In Stitches embossing folder, Silhouette found on the internet (I can’t remember where!!), Rub-On, Heart punch and Ribbon.

Cuttlebug Mania – Anything Goes Girlie

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

We are having an Anything Goes month at Cuttlebug Mania and for our first week it’s anything girlie. It could be flowers, clothes, jewellery, handbags, shoes or anything else you can think of. I enlarged a letter (can’t remember which one) from the Sewing Patterns font then printed it to make a template. I traced round this on black cardstock to make the silhouette, then did the same on patterned paper and just cut out the dress part, which I then decorated with gems and ribbon. Pop on over to see the DT’s girlie creations and check out our prize for this week.


Materials used – White square scallop card blank, Black and white cardstock, Scrap patterned paper, Cuttlebug plus Sizzix Lovely Flourish Texture Plate and a Sizzix label die, American Art stamp – Celebrate Life, Sewing Patterns font, Gems and Ribbon.

Cuttlebug Mania – Clean and Simple

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

I’m always fiddling with my cards, shall I add a bit more here and a bit more there, but sometimes I tell have to tell myself to stop and leave well alone. I love this little card I made for a 2nd cousins new baby daughter. At Cuttlebug Mania this week, we’d like to see some white space on your projects. We have a new DT member – Kim who is joining us from this week. Pop on over to see her work and the other DT’s projects

Our sponsor this week is 

who are offering a $10 voucher for the winner.

Sweet Little Girl

Materials used – White square card blank, Paper scraps, Cuttlebug plus Docrafts Lovers Lane (hearts) embossing folder and Memory Box Parker Upper alphabet die, Woodware Baby Greetings stamps, Ribbon, Gems and Stickles.

Cuttlebug Mania – Shaped Card

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

I’m sure we all grab the same shaped card base for our projects, I know I do. So at Cuttlebug Mania we’d like you to make a shaped card but not a square or a rectangle. I’ve chosen a triangle as it goes perfectly with my Christmas Tree. Take a look at the shaped cards the DT have made and if you enter you could win this prize. Our sponsor this week is Bestcardmaking Downloads who are offering 3 downloads of their choice for the winner.


Shaped Card

Materials used – White, green and Kraft cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Candy Cane, Polka Dots and Holly with Berries embossing folders, Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes stamps, Silver embossing powder, Stickles, Silver star and Gems.

Cuttlebug Mania – Fun in the Sun

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

My goodness it’s hot here, but I’m not complaining as it’s been horrible for such a long time. The sun has inspired our challenge this week at Cuttlebug Mania – what does Fun in the Sun mean to you – days at the beach, strawberries and cream, holidays or going for a nice walk or a bike ride. I love going for bike rides with my husband, so that had to be the theme for my card.

Pop on over to see what you could win this week. And to mark 100 followers there are 3 embossing folders up for grabs for 3 lucky people chosen by Random.Org. All you have to do is leave a comment saying why you love your Cuttlebug or manual die-cutter to be in with a chance. Closes 25th July – Good Luck.

Fun in the Sun

Materials used – White square card blank, Echo Park Summer Days papers, Cuttlebug plus Nat embossing folder and Cart-Us Square Frame Wave die, Jilly Bean Soup Basket full of….. stamp, Fiskars Bracket border punch, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Assorted Promarkers, Sukura Stardust pen.

Cuttlebug Mania - Homemade Flowers

Thursday, 11 July 2013

I cannot believe I've forgotten to post my card this week!! The weather has been so fantastic, I've been spending a lot of time outside. Our theme this week at Cuttlebug Mania is to make homemade flowers and I've made this simple origami flower from a tutorial here. There lots of ways to make your own flowers, using your die-cutting machine, torn by hand, punches etc. Lets see your creations. Along with the fantastic prize you could win this week (see below) we are also having a 100 Followers giveaway. Leave a comment telling us why you love your Cuttlbug and 3 lucky winners picked by Random.Org will win a surprise embossing folder.

Our sponsor this week is 
who are offering these 2 fantastic prizes for our lucky winner - a beautiful Butterfly die and the Musical Notes self-mount stamp.
Materials used - Cream A6 card blank,  Cream cardstock, Papermania Chatsworth papers, Cuttlebug plus Nat embossing folder and Sizzix label die, Papertrey Ink Faux Ribbon stamp, Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Sakura Stardust pen, Ribbon and a Button.

Cuttlebug Mania – What’s in a Name

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

This week at Cuttlebug Mania we would like you to use something on your project that starts with the 1st letter of your name. So mine is K, which wasn’t easy, but then I thought I could use Kraft cardstock. I ran assorted papers through the Honeycomb embossing folder and then cut them out to make the mosaic. We’d love you to tell what you’ve used using the 1st letter of your name. You can now enter up to 3 projects to be with a chance of winning the prize below.


Scrapping Memories are offering 10 downloads for our winner this week.

Materials used – A6 card blank, White and Kraft cardstock, My Mind’s Eye Portobello Road papers, Cuttlebug plus Honeycomb embossing folder set and Memory Box Parker lower case alphabet dies, Small heart punch and a Button.

Cuttlebug Mania – Mosaics

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Cuttlebug Mania has gone all square this week in the form of Mosaics. This card has used lots of my scraps of card, embossed with different folders. Pop on over to see what the design team members have made and we’d love to see what you create.

Our sponsor this week is Ooh La La  and they are giving away a CD of the winners choice !!

Materials used –White square cardstock, White and aqua cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Swiss Dots, Daisies and Flower Fantasy embossing folders and DoCrafts Lovers Lane embossing folder, Woodware Jane’s Script sentiment, Fiskars Sentiment border punch, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Paper flowers and Brads.

Cuttlebug Mania - Colour Challenge

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Our colour challenges are proving very popular over at Cuttlebug Mania. This month we’ve chosen Orange, Yellow and Green and we’d like to see a button on there somewhere too. I used lots of paper scraps again to make a border and then added a cute image from paper Smooches. We have a great prize from Best Cardmaking Downloads for our winner this week.

Yellow Orange Green

Materials used – White A6 card blank, White cardstock, Assorted paper scraps, Cuttlebug plus Swiss Dots embossing folder, Sizziz Label die, Paper Smooches Chubby Chums stamps, Studio G Alphabet stamps, Memento Rich Cocoa ink and a Button.

Cuttlebug Mania – Masculine with Stripes

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

This is another way to use up all those scraps of cardstock we all have hanging around. I took lots of masculine embossing folders, ran my strips and card through them, then layered them on a star. Super easy. Stripes is our theme at Cuttlebug Mania this week and if you enter you could win a fantastic $25 voucher from…LotsofButtons


Dad Stripes

Materials used – White square card blank, Grey, black and blue cardstock, Cuttlebug Embossing Folders - Swiss Dots, Distressed Stripes, Diamond Plate and Candy Cane. Craft Concepts - In Stitches and Woodgrain. Provocraft - Olivia alphabet dies, Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamps, Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Brads.

Cuttlebug Mania – Christmas in June

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Seems odd to think about Christmas when the sun is shining here at last, but that’s our challenge for this week. The design team were given this lovely stocking image to work with by A Passion for Stamps who are offering 4 digi images of their choice for the winner at Cuttlebug Mania. We’d love to see your Christmas in June creations so come over and share them with us.

A Passion For Stamps

I chose to colour my stocking with some Promarkers and then added some ribbon and glitter.

Christmas in June

Materials used – A6 Card blank, white cardstock, A Passion for Stamps Christmas stocking, Cuttlebug plus Holly with Berries, Swiss Dots and Candy Cane embossing folders, Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Promarkers, Glitter and Ribbon.

Cuttlebug Mania – 3D Summer

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Would you believe it, we have had a bank holiday weekend and it didn’t rain. We’ve spent the whole time in the garden doing lots of chores we haven’t been able to do because the weather has been so bad. Lovely.

My husband always knows when summer has arrived because my flip flops make an appearance :) So there was only one thing I could make for this weeks challenge at Cuttlebug Mania and that was a flip flop. I got the template from Suzanne Cimini and decorated it with some beads and die-cut flowers using a Tim Holtz die. We’d love to see your Summer 3D projects and if you enter you could be in with a chance to win these gorgeous Beach Bears from Digi Scrap Kits.



Flip Flop

Materials used – White and cream cardstock, Papers from Funky Hand Papercraft Factory, Flip Template by Suzanne Cimini, Cuttlebug plus Tim Holtz Tattered Florals and Swiss Dots embossing folder, Beads and Brads.