Challenge Rules

Monday, September 23, 2013

Challenge #19: For the Girls


If we receive at least 10 entries, the prize for this challenge will be a $5 Gift Certificate for SVG files from the Creative Pointe's ON LINE STORE.
You'll find over 100 SVG files/sets available for all your paper crafting projects.
If we have less than 15 entries, the winner will receive this SVG set:  GIRLZ SET ONE.  Winner will be randomly chosen from all submissions.

One extra special entry will receive the"Creative Choice" button.

Ready for some inspiration? Let's take a look at what the Design Team created using SVG diecuts.  Be sure to visit their blogs for all the details on their projects.

Starting us off is a lovely journal created by Vicki:  "A while back, I hit the mother lode in a Michael's clearance bin...oodles of hardcover journals for 50 cents each!  The catch?  The covers were garishly circus themed.  I bought several knowing that a little love would fix them right up.  Visit my blog to see how I used papers, embellishments, and The Creative Pointe's ROLLED ROSES and FANCY FLOURISHES-TWO SVG sets to create this girly journal."  Vicki's blog:  Paper Squirrel

Next is Carolyn's project, a lovely card created using the purse and shoe file from GIRLZ SET TWO.  "I created a gift card by attaching the two pieces of the blackout of the purse.  I also attached the tab to the back of the card, between the handle.  The clasp was cut three times from poster board and glued together. A 4th piece was cut and I used bronze pigment paint to color it then glued it to the poster board pieces to give the clasp some dimension.  The design paper is from a paper pack I purchased at Wal-mart.  I stamped the sentiment and then punched it out with a scalloped oval.  Inside of the card, I printed and cut the shoe heels and foam taped the red heels to the black backing.  I attached a ribbon to the top of the white piece of card and stamped with  a "happy birthday" sentiment."  Carolyn's blog:  Granny Ma's Creative Blog

Here's a cheery scrapbook layout created by Ruth:  "I sure hope you're as inspired as I am by the For the Girls Creative Cutting Challenge! I don't always take the time to scrap about my feelings about the special people in my life just focusing on one person and this challenge was the perfect opportunity for me to focus on my relationship with my daughter when I was a leader for her Girl Scout troop! So the FLORAL FRAME and the FLOWER SET ONE from The Creative Pointe were the perfect way to frame and embellish my page about my favorite Daisy Girl Scout! I hope you enjoy my page and I hope you're inspired to play along with the challenge!"  Ruth's Blog:  Paper and Musings

Cindy created a trio of PURSE CARDS.  "I had so much fun making these and creating the "faux" croc, patent leather and tortoise shell elements.  This new SVG file comes in two card sizes---making it so easy to use up all your scraps.  Hop over to my blog for the "faux" details and individual purse photos."   Cindy's blog:  The Creative Pointe

Carmen created a very cool mixed media project:  "This time I choose to work with FANCY FLOURISHES TWO.  I cut a stencil with multiple flourishes, using a prepared canvas applied texture medium.  I love the affect!  I added my daughter’s name and cut out a few more flourishes to decorate with as well as a peace sign and heart perfect for the 12 year old girl."  Carmen's blog:  Carmen's Creations

Octavia created this pretty in pink layout using all the files from GIRLZ--SET ONE:  "I wanted to reflect what a little lady I have.  Using all four cuts from this set:  mirror paper for the mirror, embossed the perfume bottle, named the polish (pretty pink-pink) and used mirror paper for the lipstick case for that chrome look.  I stamped "sweet girl" and embossed it with UTEE for dimension."  Octavia's blog:  T's Corner For Scrappin'

Shelissa also created a purse project and these were made into gift bags!  "I used the GIRLZ--SET TWO SVG cutting file that can be purchased from The Creative Pointe's online store.  The purse and shoes were cut out using my Pazzles Inspiration die cutting machine. The brown side of the purse was embossed using the Sizzix honeycomb embossing folder and I cut out the shoes with some paper from my stash.  On the front I used the same paper and some bling. Lastly, I used a blue paper sack that I picked up from Michael's and cut down to fit in between the two purse cutouts."  Shelissa's blog:  Shelissa"s Craft Studio

Tina created this feminine card using the ROLLED ROSES file.  "I put this card together with a bit of help from The Creative Pointe’s Rolled Roses set.  A little glitter among the petals just makes the roses a bit more special for a really sweet birthday card. The roses cut so well that they are a breeze to put together. Check out my blog for the details on rolling the roses."  Tina's Blog:  Tina's Scrap Corner

Please make sure that you follow our very simple rules to enter this challenge.  
You MUST use a SVG or similiar electronic cutting file in your project.  CRICUT CARTRIDGE ONLY ENTRIES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.  Entries that do not fit this basic requirement will be deleted.
Please see "Challenge Rules" tab for more info...

Challenge #18: Winner

We received 20 fabulous entries for this challenge.  Please click on all the creator's links for a closer look.  Sadly we had to delete quite a few lovely projects as they did not follow the basic requirement:  Your project MUST use at least one SVG (or similar) electronic cutting file.  Cricut cartridge only or manual die cut elements only in a project are not eligible.
Thanks to those who played by the rules and entered.  Be sure to click on the "HOME" button for details on the current Challenge, which will always be the top post.

Challenge #18: ANYTHING GOES
randomly drawn winner of the $5 SVG Gift Certificate
#9 Kerry Hocking
Please email Cindy at to claim your Gift Certificate.
This Challenge's "Creative Choice" is   
This amazing card has so many awesome cut elements, that you really need to go to Christine's post to get the details.  She created this birthday card especially for her son and it is truly a work of love and art.    Congrats Christine!  Please grab your button from above.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Challenge #18: Anything Goes

Welcome Back to Season Two!!
Hope everyone had a fantastic summer and is ready to get back into the cutting groove.
We've expanded our Design Team so now you'll have at least nine fabulous cut file projects to inspire you every other week.  For those of you who want to play along, we'll still be offering a prize for the random winner of each challenge.  Plus one special entry will still be highlighted with a shout out and given the coveted "Creative Choice" button.  So grab your crafty cutting friends and lets get started!  

Prize for this challenge is a $5 Gift Certificate for SVG files
from the Creative Pointe's ON LINE STORE.
You'll find over 140 SVG files/sets available for all your paper crafting projects.
Winner will be randomly chosen from all submissions.

One extra special entry will receive the"Creative Choice" button.

Here's what the Design Team came up with for you...
Carolyn created this two page layout of her great grandson Carson attending his first car show with his grandpa.  She used the CAR SET to cut photo mats, the heading and journaling blocks.  The shaped street, street lines and stop sign are from "Birthday Haul" by Creative Kuts Crop-on-Line Kit.  Please visit her blog for more details:  Granny Ma's Creative Blog

New DT member Carmen created a Chinese Take out box and says:  "I used The Creative Pointe's CHINESE TAKE OUT SVG files for embellishment. The actual take out box is from Sherry K. Designs, stamp is from Mark's Finest Papers - Be Virtuous -and the paper, ink and twine is from Close to my Heart.  I used my trusty eCraft by Craftwell to cut out the SVG files."  Carmen invites you to check out her blog for the paper fortune cookie tutorial:  Carmen's Creations 

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Our other new DT member Ruth created a cool two page layout using the BOWLING SET.  She says:  "Hi!  I'm so happy to be here on the CCC Design Team!  I absolutely have a blast using my Silhouette to cut whatever shape I need for a project and everything coordinates just the way I need it to because I'm making it myself!  For my layout, I am scrapping about a geocache event that my husband hosted where they went to see The Big Lebowski, one of my hubby's favorite movies.  I knew that the Creative Pointe's Bowliong Set was perfect for my page, with the bowling pin border (doubling as a subtle journaling area) and the bowler supporting the bowling theme of the movie!  I hope you'll join in with the challenge!  I can't wait to see what you create!"  To see more, please head over to Ruth's blog:  Paper and Musings

Cindy created a layout using the CATS set and says:  "I put this layout together to remember a very special scrapbook event that is held in honor of a good friend who was a victim of domestic violence.  Each year I and my peeps have dressed up in a theme.  Last year we were the "Croppy Cats", so my Cat set was perfect to use to create the heading and journaling element."  For all the details and a link to this year's "Mary's Dream" event, please go to Cindy's blog:  The Creative Pointe

Vicki created two cute cards for this challenge using the new PHOTO PROPS set.  She says:  "The Creative Pointe's Photo Props SVG set has so many possibilities.  Now, the most obvious is to cut the props exactly as Cindy has scaled them for true photo props (these were SO MUCH FUN at our wedding!!).  I wanted to give you even more inspiration for this fabulous set.  After being away from the craft room for a while this summer, I was getting very low on birthday cards, especially some suitably masculine ones.  These punny cards were quick and easy to make using scrap patterned papers, Cricut, and laser printer.  For more details please check out Vicki's blog:  Paper Squirrel

Octavia also used the BOWLING SET to create her layout.  She says "Using the Bowling Set I cut the pins for the highlights of my page and made circles for my pin set up.  Using the "Let's Roll" and the bowling ball separately gave the page more dimension and action.  For my picture mats, using SCAL, I welded the names to the mats before cutting, positioning the names at different points.  This was a great set to use for our ladies night at the lanes!"  To find out more, please click over to Octavia's blog:  T's Corner For Scrappin'

Next up is Shelissa who created a very unique mask using the CAT MASK.  She says:  "I used the cat face SVG cutting file from The Creative Pointe.  The cat face, eyelashes and whiskers were cut out using my Pazzles Inspiration die cutting machine. The face was painted using Viva 3d Stamp Paint. I used diamond  Stickles to decorate around the eyes and nose. Lastly, I used some bling that I picked up from the scrapbook expo."  Check out Shelissa's blog to see a video of this project:  Shelissa"s Craft Studio

Pam created a tag using the GEAR FRAME to create this lovely tag.  She says:  "I used distress inks and gelato to distress my tag and cuts.  Jute twine and crinkle ribbon were used for accents and the "for you" is hand written."  Please visit Pam's blog for more details:  Scrapple Tree

Last but not least is Tina with a sweet layout of her dogs using a file from the DOG ELEMENTS set.  She says:  "During my hunt for some metal family labels for a layout,I came across the metal dog tabs and frames and knew I had to do a dog layout too. I used the dog tag from the Dog Elements collection for part of my title included the (s) on the side for the plural of the dogs. It was a good addition to the layout. (aquainted) Common misspelling of acquainted, as you can see by my title I mis-spelled-- do I fix or let it go?"   For more details about the layout and to answer Tina's question swing over to her blog:  Tina's Scrap Corner

Please make sure that you follow our very simple rules to enter this challenge.  
You MUST use a SVG or similiar electronic cutting file in your project.  CRICUT CARTRIDGE ONLY ENTRIES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.  Entries that do not fit this basic requirement will be deleted.
Please see "Challenge Rules" tab for more info...

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Introducing the 2013/2014 Design Team!

Next week begins the second season of Creative Cutting Challenge!
Before we begin, we'd like to introduce to you our two new designers and refresh your memory on the team from last season, all of whom are returning with more great projects.
Carmen--New DT Member!
"My name is Carmen Mitchell.  I live close to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  I am a mom to 4 and married to my high school sweetheart for the last 23 years.  I have been crafting my entire life so it has become a natural progression to scrapbook and card making. I use mostly Close to My Heart products as I love how everything goes together so easily.  After much debate I purchased an Ecraft by Craftwell about 2 years ago.  I wanted the ability to cut SVGs and create my own files, which I could not get with many of the other machines at the time.  I also use Sure Cuts A lot 3--love it!  Gives me options to do all the crazy things I like to try.  Looking forward to sharing some of my creations with you."

Ruth--New DT Member!
"Hi, my name is Ruth and I am in love with using my Silhouette Cameo to create lots of different creations. I started out with a Cricut Create about 3 years ago, moved up to the Expression a year later and then my dreams came true when I won a Silhouette Cameo from a giveaway this past March! I use the Designer Edition software to import SVGs and that opens up a whole wonderful world of cutting possibilities! I know I am blessed to have this machine and have the time to enjoy playing with it.

In my past crafty life (around age 10) I taught myself: quilling, calligraphy and counted cross-stitch. I really love quilting, too, but found that I wasn't excited about my fabric choices, so now I just use my need for mixed patterns to fuel my paper crafting creations! I just love mixing different patterned papers together! It's one of my favorite parts of crafting! This is my first design team and I don't think it could be a better fit! My Silhouette Cameo and I are looking forward to cutting out lots of files designed by The Creative Pointe!"

"I am a lady that enjoys crafting of anything.  I started with stamping, oh about seven years ago by attending a Stampin Up party and from there grew into digital stamps, cutting svg files, using first a Cricut Personal cutter.  Have graduated to a Silhouette Cameo which I love.  I have created svg cut files for the enjoyment of it.  I also quilt and crochet.  Enjoy reading good books...thrillers, spy novels (i.e. Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler and Robert Ludlum books).  And I will sit and watch reruns over and over again, such as NCIS, or one of the CIS
I am a widow with one son in the Army, serving in Korea for the next two years.  His family with him in Korea...a lot of skyping and chatting on Facebook.  They have two girls, Alexis 12 and Kassidy 9.

I am a transplanted Hoosier from Warsaw, Indiana having married my husband who was originally from Indiana.  I have a step-daughter Sonya with three children; and a step-son with two girls.  Sonya has a step-daughter age 25, her daughter 23 and a boy 19.  Step-sons two girls age 24, married and has a 3 yr old little boy and a baby.  Second daughter is 22 and so far single!!

I presently live with my sister in Alabama but miss the cold wintery days of"

"My name is Octavia Coleman.  I reside in Louisville, KY.  I am employed full time as an Administrative Assistant and just completed my Master's Degree in Management and Leadership earlier this year (yeah, me!).  I have two grown children and I have 11 grandchildren.  I started scrapbooking about 11 years ago and, of course, incorporated card making into that.  I was a scrapbook instructor for three years.  I love learning anything new about paper crafting.  I have made some good friends through crafting and I hope to make more.  If there was one word to describe me, it would be "SILLY".  I am known for my sense of humor and don't get me to laughing!  I am so excited to be a part of this group and I am looking forward to getting to know more avid crafters!"

"Hello, I am Pam and I have been crafting for many years. I started paper crafting when an employee where I worked brought in a scrapbooking magazine.  I was in awe of all the fun paper and goodies! Since that time I have gotten married to my wonderful and supportive husband John. Three years after we got married we adopted two beautiful daughters. Since then I have become a stay at home mom. I use all of my "free" time doing crafty things and visiting with my friends. Other than that I am driving to the library, sports practices, friends houses and more..."

"I am a wife and mother to three boys. I love anything that involves crafts. I have been crafting since I was a little girl. I started making cards and favor bags a couple of years ago.  I have also started back using my 
Singer Futura sewing/embroidery machine to enhance my crafting skills. I work full-time for a large university in the human resources department where I enjoy event planning and crafting events that I plan to help the day go by faster."

"I've always been a crafter of some sort but scrapbooking started with a couple of friends introducing me to the craft in 2007 and I've been at it since. I always loved taking pictures but then I just put them in an album, but scrapbooking changed all that, it redefined for me how to present a photo. Cardmaking began for me when I took a class at my local scrapbook shop: Scrapin' with Kat. I so fell in love with this craft.  The newest rage is SMASH-another form of scrapbooking but in a different light. When I started it reminded me of the notebooks I did in Jr. High school of ideas like wedding dresses, the cute men at the time or home ideas where you smoosh them on the page any way you want with a little doodling besides. Some of my favorite products is my cricut, my SCAL program and my cuddlebug/big shot. They all seem to work together in my papercrafting, but I'm just now starting to get in the stamping side of cardmaking and enjoy that also. I like doing cardmaking, SMASHing and scrapping and I like learning new techniques with it. Scrapbooking and Smashing shows what is going on at the time, in a creative way. I feel a card I make myself really comes from the heart and is just more rewarding to give."

"I come from a "crafty" family and have felt the creative urge for as long as I can remember.  From drawing and painting, to needlecrafts, I dabble in it all, but papercrafting is my passion.  I also have a tendency to hoard away craft supplies and have been trying to overcome my aversion to cutting into the "good" paper...hence I am the Paper Squirrel!  I love all things vintage and my creative style often reflects this, however, I am not hard and fast vintage.  I also enjoy working with more modern and masculine themes, and often incorporate collage and altered objects into my projects. 

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design from Central Michigan University and have worked in various aspects of the home furnishings industry since 1998. Born and raised in Mid-Michigan, I now live in Southeast Michigan with my “boys”…my husband of 2 months (yep, we're newlyweds) and two crazy cats that keep me laughing (and sighing). Oliver, my cranky older shorthair and Dodger, my orange tabby youngster. "

SVG Designer and DT Leader
"I've been a painter for over 20 years and had hesitated getting into papercrafting as I "already had enough hobbies",  but my sister became a Stampin' Up demonstrator and I received lots of product by helping her out hosting a party and then letting her pay off a washer with stamps! I basically just fiddled around making a few cards now and then.  Since I don't have kids I didn't think I "needed" to scrapbook. That all changed when my sisters, Mom and I created a scrapbook for my Dad's 70th birthday and I really enjoyed it. So...I made scrapbooks for my dogs!  And then for trips. Now I scrap everything that is meaningful to me. A few years ago I got a Cricut to make scrapping easier and then discovered Sure Cuts A Lot. What a revelation! I could make anything I wanted from paper! Now I design SVG files that I offer for free and sell online.  An avid "Challenge Enter-er" (is that a word?  lol) I decided to create this blog as I couldn't find any Challenges dedicated to SVG diecuts. 
I have a marketing degree and have worked in the newspaper business for almost 30 years.  I live "up in Northern Michigan" in the woods on a little lake...heaven on earth...with my hubby and bulldog pup Gus."

Now that you've been introduced to the Design Team, I hope you'll be back Monday, September 9th for the second season Kick-Off.  I know you'll love seeing what this group of talented ladies will be presenting!