Cut it Up – Shaped or Fun-fold Card

I’m often lazy and just make rectangular A-2 cards, but shaped and fun-fold cards are so much fun to make and receive, I should make them much more often than I do! That’s why I chose this theme for our Cut it Up challenge this week. Our sweet sponsor this time is Regina from The Cutting Café. She gave the team two files to work with for this challenge, Mason Jar Shaped Card and Fun with Gnomes, so I decided to use them both. As I said before, I have such a blast working with her files!

I’ve been dying to try this Tower Fold card from Splitcoast Stampers ever since it landed in my inbox in their Weekly Inkling. I don’t have the kind of paper trimmer needed (I only have the guillotine type) so I created a template for it in Silhouette Design Studio. I’m sure you’ll see it again in the future!!

I had to cut off a little of that bottom red diamond so that the card would stand up.

The paper does most of the work. It’s a Doodlebug paper pad, Land That I Love. The colors are really saturated.

I used the mason jar file to create a little print and cut shaped card, too.

Stop by Cut it Up Challenge Blog to see what the other DT members did with these two files from The Cutting Café, then link up your own fun-fold or shaped card. You may be the lucky person who wins three sets from The Cutting Café and has a blast working with them!!


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Cut it Up – Nature

Spring is a great time to celebrate nature, when everything is coming back to life. For my project, I knew I wanted to use my Cricut and I knew I wanted a tree. I found a really nice bonsai tree in the Pagoda cartridge and used Cricut Design Space to cut it out.

Cricut Design Space finally added an offset feature. It’s still in beta stage and a bit fiddly. I can get it to work if I make a copy of what I want to offset, weld the copy, then make the offset from the weld. Otherwise it does a poor job and cuts off pieces of the image in odd angles.

To make this card, I used the offset feature at .05 and again at .1 and used them in combination with the slice feature on different sized rectangles to get the openings.

Here’s the inside.

The sentiment is from a set of dies from our sponsor, STAMPlorations, called Skinny Sentiment Dies. The set includes seven words and mats for each. I love the carefree look of the combination of upper- and lower-case letters. And I love how they’re packaged — just how I like to store my dies! They’re on magnets adhered to a piece of cardstock, not held down with that really strong tape that makes me bend the dies when I’m trying to get them off.

I hope you join us for this challenge. I think it’s an easy one; nature has a HUGE variety!! The prize is a $20 gift code from STAMPlorations! Head on over to Cut it Up to check out the other amazing projects, then link up your own! I can’t wait to see what you create.


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Cut it Up – Mother’s Day

We’re celebrating all mothers at Cut it Up so come join us!

I decided to create a little gift bag for this challenge using a gift bag die from Pink and Main. I must have gotten it on clearance, though, because I don’t see it on their site anymore. It’s really cute! The perfect size for a little something.

I used papers from my stash and the little flowers are Recollections, from Michaels. The tag is included in the gift bag die set.

I don’t actually have any spools of orange twine, which is surprising since orange is my second favorite color (right behind brown) but this twine was wrapped around some crafty supplies that I ordered from one company or another. Always a good idea to save those little bonuses!

Go take a look at the gorgeous Mother’s Day cards up on the Cut it Up website. Yup! Everybody but me made a card! 😄 Your project can be anything that fits the theme and includes a die cut! The sponsor for this challenge is CAS-ual Fridays. The prize is a $20 gift code to their store! Hope you play along!



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Cut it Up – Masculine cards

Well, I was able to “trick” WordPress for a while and use the classic editor for my posts, but that trick doesn’t work anymore. So sad. Anyway, the current challenge for Cut it Up this time around is Masculine Cards, create a card for a guy in your life. I occasionally send cards to my grandchildren, one of whom is a boy, so I’ll save this card to send to him at some point.

The bear was a freebie from Little Scraps of Heaven. You can tell this is a male bear because I didn’t draw any eyelashes on him! 😉 The paper is all unidentified scraps from my stash.

You should see the amazing creations made by the other design team members. Really! Head on over there and check them out. You’ll be amazed. Then enter your own masculine card for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Taylored Expressions!


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Cut it Up – How’s the Weather?

Well, it’s spring, so . . . rainy???

The challenge this time around at Cut it Up is How’s the Weather and our sponsor, DRS Designs, let us choose an image to work with. I chose two! I used Bird Bath and Rain Background to make this little note card.

I thought they looked really cute together. I brought the images into Silhouette Design Studio to color and work with, then printed/cut. The grass is a punch, and the clouds are from Newton’s Nook’s Sky Scene Builder Set.

Hope you join us and let us know how the weather is in your neck of the woods! You could win a $20.00 voucher to the DRS Designs online store!


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6 x 6 paper pack fun

A few crafty friends and I challenged ourselves to reduce our 6 x 6 paper pad collection by using one up completely.  I thought about making a mini album or gift card holders with mine, but finally decided to make Christmas cards.  I chose this paper pad, Merry Little Christmas by Pebbles, which my husband got me for Christmas, because it has cut-aparts.  I decided to do just a few basic designs.

Besides the cut-aparts, I printed and cut a cute little Hello Kitty Christmas caroler that I have saved on my computer and put her on a music-embossed oval for some other cards.

I didn’t want them all to be just ordinary A-2 style cards but didn’t want them to be so complicated that it took days and days to complete.  Z-fold and gate fold styles fit the bill.  These are the measurements I used to create those.

Here are the gate folds.  The deer head is a punch.There were lots of 2″ strips left — perfect for z-folds.

Oops! Looks like one gate fold snuck into this photo!

Here are a couple of close up shots of individual cards.  Since they’re mostly the same, I’ll only post a few.

I got 47 Christmas cards from that one pack.  That’s about half of what I need, so hopefully, I’ll have the gumption to do this again soon and finish the rest.

June, Larelyn, Leslie, and Treva also challenged themselves to use up one of their paper pads.  Here’s a sneak peek, but check their blogs for details.














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Cut it Up – Spring Flowers and/or Butterflies

Yay, spring!!  It’s my favorite season.  Everything comes back to life, birds sing, flowers bloom, rain falls . . . A delight for the senses!

I created one card for this challenge using very old, unidentified files on my computer for both the fence cut file and the butterfly clip art.  I love the bright colors on the butterflies and I think the pink looks great with orange.  (It totally works for Dunkin’ Donuts!!)

The Hello sentiment is a physical die.  The pretty patterned paper was a freebie sent with a craft order, but I don’t remember who sent it to me.    So that’s my very basic card!

Hope you join our spring celebration over at Cut it Up, using either flowers or butterflies or both on your project, which doesn’t have to be a card, by the way.  Just has to include a die cut and follow the theme.  The prize this time is a $25 gift card from Lawn Fawn!!


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Cut it Up – Just for Kids

We thought it was about time to create some projects just for kids, so Just for Kids is the theme for our current challenge at Cut it Up.  We got two really cute images to work with from our sponsor, Hetty Clare, a cat image and a dog image.  (Really, there were three dog images in one digi!)  I’m not a cat person, so I went with the dog image.  I’m also not a fan of coloring, but the great thing about digi images is that you can bring them into different software to manipulate them, and that’s what I did!  I brought the dog and balloon image into Silhouette Design studio so I could color it digitally.  Here’s the first card I made, a birthday card.It looks as if the dog is chasing a run-away balloon!  I cut out the image using a die included in My Favorite Things Blueprint 27.  The tiny stars are from Your Next Stamp’s Heart String die.  It’s a little banner made of tiny hearts, but I used the hearts instead of the banner, if you know what I mean.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch for the grass.  I made four of these for my stash.

I thought the dog chasing the balloon was really cute and I still needed 8 more valentines, so I found a heart balloon clip art on my computer and changed the card around a little bit to come up with this:The dies used on this are from Pink and Main’s Scallop Rectangles die set.  I did make eight of these, so finished with my valentines to boot!!

Hope you join us and make something for kids!  The prize for this challenge is two digis of the winner’s choice from Hetty Clare.  And they’re all amazing!  Some are pre-colored!!


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More cards . . .

I made a couple more cards using the Warm Wishes Crafty Courtyard kit from Pink and Main, plus a few more using leftover Cricut cuts and leftover card fronts that I started and never finished.  Here they are.  I don’t have much to say about them, but I thought I’d show them before I put them away.  😉

It does feel good to finish up what you started, isn’t it?  I still have a TON of unfinished card fronts that need images or sentiments, but that’ll be for another time!!


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My crafty week

This turned out to be a very crafty week!  Monday not so much. I tried to make some cards, but just couldn’t get it going, so instead I worked on my jigsaw puzzle.  Tuesday, though, I knit on my son’s sweater almost all day and made some really good progress; I got about four inches done.  Then Wednesday I worked with the February Crafty Courtyard Happy Mail kit and actually stuck with it all day and used up the entire paper pad, including the cover and the postcard that comes with the kit!  I felt especially virtuous because I dug out the ancient-but-still-very-useful Creative Memories cutting system and Close to My Heart inks.  I made 20 cards (pictures below.)  Then on Thursday, I finished the front of my son’s sweater.  It’s blocking now.

Here are the cards I made with the Crafty Courtyard kit!

The Crafty Courtyard kits come with stamps and coordinating dies.  I used some of the stamps that don’t need a lot of coloring, specifically the envelope stamps.  I stamped them and die cut them, but they had a little white paper showing outside the black lines.  I didn’t like that very much, so I fussy cut the stamped envelopes — very easy because they’re basically straight lines — then used the die to make a shadow.  I like that very much!

old on the left, new on the right

I like the idea of getting a nice surprise in the mail every month, and I love supporting Michelle.  I’m not sure I’ll continue my CC subscription, though, because I don’t like the paper.  It’s different from the paper Pink and Main used to carry.  The new paper comes in a plastic bag and it’s individual papers, not a glued-together paper pad.  That’s not the problem.  The new paper is shiny and thicker than the old paper. I don’t like the feel or the look of it and I don’t like working with it.  The designs and the colors are pretty, though, so we’ll see.


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