Cut it Up – Birthday Cards

CIU challenge blogHappy Birthday to you!

At Cut it Up this time, our challenge is an easy one — Birthday cards!

I made this one for my husband this year:


P1070829webI found this file at the Silhouette Online Store.  I like how the easel part works!  Pretty cool, huh?

P1070831webI used the negative space from one of the stars on the front to add a little interest to the inside of the card.  I just used a circle punch to cut around the star, and another one to make a mat, and put a little scrap underneath.

Here it is closed:


P1070833webI used some ribbon from my stash, wood-themed paper from Tim Holtz, and a Close to My Heart stamp.  (BTW, I’m no longer a CTMH Consultant, or even a Jr. Consultant.  My title is now “Former Consultant.”  I think it’s so funny that they have a title for that!!)

Anyhow — there are two prizes you’ll have a chance to win if you link your Birthday Card to Cut it Up ChallengesSparkly Sweet Craft Notions by Beckie is offering a May Arts Ribbon Trio, and Scrappy Dew is offering a $15 Store Credit!

prize 1 prize 2

And I know you make birthday cards . . .

So why don’t you link yours up?  Make sure you check out the other designers’ creations while you’re over there, because they’re pretty awesome!!


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Uncle Nick

My husband’s Uncle Nick died about a year ago.  He was an Italian-American World War II vet who had an amazing garden, loved boxing, and made his own wine.  I wanted to make a table decoration for his memorial luncheon that honored him, and I came up with this:

P1060155webI can’t even begin to tell you where some of these files came from, but the army files were from Miss Kate’s Cuttables, the gardening things were from the Freshly Picked Cricut cartridge, and Italy may have been from the Lettering Delights European Countries Simple Shapes.  I think the boxing things were from a Google search and converted to a cutting file with SCAL, but I have no idea about the wine bottle or wine glass.


P1060157webP1060158webI gave it two folds so it would fold up flat for storing, but would stand up for display.  I like the idea of making something that shows different parts of people’s lives or personalities, and this seemed simple enough to tell a story succinctly.  People could look at it and conjure their own memories connected to each part.  It was well-received.


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DCD Guest post — Tic-Tac-Toe!

I’m a guest designer this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas!  It’s a really fun gig.  This time the challenge is to make a project with a die cut following a Tic-Tac-Toe board.  Here’s the board:

boardI used the column on the right.  The little sprite is a file from Designs on Cloud 9 called Happy Spring Flower.  I used Silhouette Design Studio to make an offset of the assembled image, then mirrored to the left and nudged it over a little to overlap the original offset image.  Then I welded them together to make the base for my shaped card.



P1070841webThe patterned papers come from a 6 x 6 paper pad by My Mind’s Eye (The Sweetest Thing – Tangerine.)  One cool thing about that pad is I have almost used it up!  It seldom happens that I use up a paper pad, so I’m a little proud of myself for that!!

So – shaped card?  check.

3 patterned papers?  check.

ribbon?  My naked sprite needed a loin cloth, so voila!  and check.


P1070842webThe face is a stamp from Treasure Box Designs.  I love his happy face!  The Designs on Cloud 9 file does come with a face, but I felt like using a neglected stamp instead.

I hope you join Die Cuttin’ Divas for this challenge.  The Tic-Tac-Toe board really opens up a world of possibilities.



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Penguin jacket

P1070824webMy friend and I recently started a little knitting club.  Her daughter requested that we make jumpers for penguins who get caught in oil spills.  Their feathers lose their their waterproof-ness and they get cold; the jackets help keep them warm.  You can read about it here.  It’s unclear whether they still need them or not (see this article) but it sounded like a fun little project and I had some leftover yarn, so I decided to make one!  I followed this pattern.

Cute, huh?

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Cut it Up – Easter

CIU challenge blogSoon it’ll be Easter, and there are so many ADORABLE cut files out there to choose from for the Cut it Up Challenge this week.

I chose this waterfall card from SVG Cuts.

P1070803webIt’s so cute, I made four of them to send to my penpals.  The patterned paper is from the Colorbok Frolic signature collection.

P1070807webP1070803webP1070804webP1070805webHere’s the inside, Easter eggs in nest – miss kate’s cuttables:



Waterfall cards are really much easier to make than they look.  The svgcuts site has their own video showing you, and you can also find other people’s tutorials and videos if you do a Google search.  You should try one!!

We have two wonderful prizes this time –

a $20 Coupon Code from As Cute as a Button and a $10 Gift certificate from LoveBug Creations.  So come on and link up your Easter projects over at Cut it Up!  Can’t wait to see what you make!




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Cut it Up – National Craft Month!

CIU challenge blogAnything goes for the National Craft Month challenge at Cut it Up Challenge Blog!  so I decided to stretch my wings.

Inspired by my Design Team sister, Karen, who does beautiful things with wood, I bought a wooden heart way back in January for use in our Valentine’s Day challenge.  My plan was to decoupage it with strips of Valentine’s Day paper and then put a die cut on it.  Since I don’t have any Modge Podge, I mixed equal parts of Elmer’s Glue and water and slathered it all over my wooden heart and started to apply my paper.  Needless to say, that was a failure.  Everything came peeling off as soon as it dried, so I got mad at my wooden heart and threw it in a box intended for my school’s art class.  I’m a little lazy, so that box is still on my craft room floor.  The wooden heart kept calling my name . . .

I will conquer wood!  I fished it out and put it on my desk waiting for inspiration.

Something else happened in the meantime.  I received my box of goodies that I ordered from Sami at SP & Co, and it included a ziplock bag full of buttons!  Some were the same colors as the washi tape that’s occupying space in my craft room.  An idea!!  Here’s a way for me to use some of my washi tape AND my new buttons!!

P1070795webBut I also needed a die cut, and I looked at my flower svgs and found this one that was a freebie from A Little Hut.

P1070794webA little hot glue from my long-neglected hot glue gun and voila!  I think it’s pretty!  The colors are so fresh and really remind me of spring.  It’s much cuter than if it had been covered with pinks and reds for Valentine’s Day, and these colors look so much nicer in my yellow craft room anyway.  (I secretly think the wooden heart rejected the Valentine paper because it aspired to something more suited to it, and me.)

We have two sponsors for this challenge, BugBites-The Creative Buzz, who is donating the Candy Speaks Stamp Set, AND Die-Versions, who are donating a $15 gift certificate!
The Cut it Up Design Team really rocked this Anything Goes challenge.  Go check out their projects, then make something — anything — and link it up!  Can’t wait to see what you create for National Craft Month!


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St. Patrick’s cookies

As a member of my school’s Sunshine Committee, I wanted to give slices of Irish Soda Bread to my co-workers for St. Patrick’s Day, so I went in search of a recipe.  I found this recipe for Irish Soda Bread cookies and decided to make them instead.

P1070816webI looked in my collection of cookie cutters and actually found one shaped like a shamrock, so that’s what I used.  When I taste-tested a cookie, I realized it was, like Irish scones, a little dry, so I also included a bag of Irish Breakfast tea!

P1070818webThe tag is from Lettering Delights’ Kiss me, I’m Irish graphic set.  I used my Silhouette to print and cut it.

P1070817webI made 50 of these delicious treats!


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