Easter chick card

As I said yesterday, there were some Easter cards I made this year and never posted.  Two were made from the same Miss Kate’s Cuttables Girl Chick file.  Yesterday’s cards were made with the left over little chicks!  I usually make as many as will fill a mat so I have extras on hand (and because it’s so much fun to put paper piecing files together!)


I made one more using this chick, but I can’t for the life of me figure out where I got the egg cut file from.  Do any of you recognize it?  I hate when I don’t take notes as I work !

P1070848webAnyway, here they are!


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Baby cards made from scraps

P1080724webLook at all these scraps of baby paper!  I decided to use up some scraps and extra cuts I had laying around to make some baby girl cards for the Sunshine Committee at my school to have on hand.  Except for the pink card bases, everything is made from scraps and leftovers.   Leftover from what, you ask?  The pink baby girl papers are left over from a project you won’t see until August 19th.  It’s a baby album I made for my niece, who is expecting her baby girl in October.  The little chick is left over from two Easter cards which I somehow neglected to post here . . .  Hmmmm. . .

The little chick was a freebie from Miss Kate’s Cuttables called Girl Chick (now 50 cents.)

P1080718webP1080713webI used the oval tool in Silhouette Studio to make the pink oval and penned in some faux stitches; the sentiment was computer generated using Summertime font; and the scalloped oval was just a file saved on my computer.  I used liquid pearls to give it a little something extra.

I love using scraps, but I’ll never get through them all.  I might as well admit that right now.  But it was a fun way to spend a couple of hours this afternoon!



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Birdhouse box card


I’ve been hesitant to jump on the box card wagon, but they’re really cute and I thought my elderly pen pals would get a kick out of them, so I made several.  The box itself is really easy to make.  I got the directions for mine on Splitcoast Stampers.   I made three of these using the Hello Sweet Summer collection from Designs on Cloud 9.

Here are some other photos of the little card.  I used the acetate from an old Cricut cartridge package to attach the elements.  You can click on them for a better look.

While making the box is a snap, decorating it is really time-consuming.  Look how tiny these elements are!


and there is a lot of area to be decorated!  My tweezers really got a workout!



ps – Here’s a picture of the inside so you can see how everything is attached:


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Happy summer and a personal challenge

P1080448webThis morning as I was enjoying my third cup of coffee, I decided to browse through my bookmarks.  I save bookmarks of crafters’ blogs that I like in little groups of 5 – 10 then choose “Open All in Tabs” to catch up on what everybody’s doing.  It keeps my inbox from clogging up.  In my “Stamping/Inspiration 3″ group, I came across this site, Simplicity.  One of the tabs on her block is called Use Your Stamps Challenge.  I read that and decided  to start a challenge for myself called the Cricut Cartridge Challenge.  I counted this morning and I have 55 cartridges!  They don’t get used as often as they should, mainly because it’s so much easier to use the Silhouette software and svgs.  My computer screen is MUCH LARGER than my Gypsy screen and that makes it easier to see.  But I really do like using my Gypsy; I love how it cuts.  I never seem to get a bad cut when my machine is connected to the Gypsy. When using my Gypsy, I always have the handbook PDF open on my computer for reference.

So my personal challenge is to use each cartridge I own and keep track so I know I have done it!  I kind of did this last summer, but I am going to give myself a year this time.  I figure about one per week ought to do it.  Susan from the Simplicity site is going to use every image from each stamp set that she has.  I’m not going to cut every image from each cartridge, but I will do at least one cut from each.

So here’s my first one, from one of my newest cartridges, Summer Celebrations:

P1080449webI CASE’d this card that I found on google images, but can’t find it on the web site that it links to.  I like how the crafter put the word HAPPY into the sun’s rays.  You’ll notice the yellow polka dot papers are slightly different — the top card is from my scraps stash and the bottom one is CTMH Dotty for You paper that I still have from a year or two ago.

P1080451webThe cards fit perfectly into business size envelopes (#10.)  They were easy and fun to put together.  And they’re already on their way to their recipients!



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Happy Daisy freebie


How can you resist that adorable face?  This is the freebie being offered this week at Designs on Cloud 9.  You can get yours free here.  When I saw her face, I fell in love.  I had to make something with her right away.  I decided to make a set of 3 x 3 cards.


This file has a base layer, which makes it real easy to put together.  I did a kind of hybrid-print-and-cut.  Since I was making the flower at 2 inches, I didn’t want to deal with tiny pieces for the cheeks and eyes, so when I brought the svg into my Silhouette software, I set the face layers on top of each other.  I printed and cut all the other layers, too, so I didn’t have to go looking for paper to put on my mat.   It looked like this:

Untitled copy

Then I had fun putting the files together and making little cards from them.  I mixed and matched the pink and orange petal layers.

Look at the dimension!


The grass is from the Hello Sweet Summer set and the card base is from the Flutter Card.  The twine is Trendy Twine – Lemon Tart and Tickled Pink.

Head on over to Designs on Cloud 9 to pick up this cute little Happy Daisy.  It’s free this week only!!




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Cut it Up – Under the Sea

CIU challenge blogDarling, it’s better down where it’s wetter, take it from me!!

Is that from a Disney movie?   Not sure, but I am sure that Under the Sea is the theme for our current challenge over at Cut it Up!

Here’s my project.  It’s an altered notebook.

P1080117wegThe adorable paper is from Daydreams by K & Co. and the merbear is from Teddy Bear Parade, of course!

P1080133webTime to link your Under the Sea projects to Cut it Up!  You could win a $20 coupon code from As Cute as a Button, and a $15 gift certificate from Die-Versions.




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Happy birthday (or Hap-bee birthday)

P1080307webMy sister’s birthday is coming up soon.  I used the Bee Thank You card from Designs on Cloud 9, and altered it to make it a birthday card for her.

The birthday stamp is from the So Many Birthdays stamp set by Jaded Blossom, and you might not recognize it, but I used another stamp on this card, too.  It’s the little splotch on the center of the flower.  It’s from Close to My Heart, from the Laughing Lola card making kit.

P1080309webP1080310webHere’s the inside:

P1080308webI added a second little bee in there, and used the Line Style feature in the Silhouette software and a pen to make a perfect faux stitch border.   I like the way it turned out — WAY better than when I try to do that by hand!!



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