Little Scrap Swap – Day 4

This is the day that Sarah, Katie, and I show how we combined the leftovers from all three sets of craft materials.  Here are my leftovers.  I made two cards.  This first one showcases that beautiful stamp that Sarah sent.  I love that sentiment!  The bright summer colors are toned down by the black.  I reinforced the meaning of the sentiment by only coloring one flower on the image.  I used chalk to color it, applied with a tiny pom pom held by tweezers.  I love how the pinks and deep red complement each other. The second card includes elements from all our kits.  It showcases that glimmery paper from Katie, uses the leftover circle paper from me and the three dots in the left-hand corner are from Sarah’s kit.  The cute cut file is Sunshine with Shades from PPBN.
Go check out what Katie and Sarah did with their leftovers.   It’s always cool to see what different people do with the same supplies.

So that’s it!  I had fun, so thank you, Sarah and Katie!

Remember, I have one kit left.  If you would like to have it, please be or become a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post.  I’ll use choose a winner on Tuesday night (8/22) and announce who won on Wednesday.


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Little Scrap Swap – Day 3

We’re featuring Sarah’s kit today!  In case you missed it, two of my friends and I swapped some crafty supplies and made little projects with them.  Check here for what I did with Katie’s kit and here for my kit.  This is what Sarah sent.First off — Sarah included a card that she made with her kit!!  How cute is this?I love this design!  I’ve never seen this kind of card before.  You pull on the bottom part to open it.  I don’t think I’ll even send this card to anyone — just use it to decorate my craft room!  🙂  Thanks, Sarah!  Also check out her coloring.  You’ll laugh when you see what I did with that adorable stamp!  Alright – on to my projects.  Surprise!  I made another Easy Instagram Waterfall mini album.  Told you I love making them.I put vellum over the top of this pretty pink paper and adhered it with tape under the sentiment and ice cream before putting the brads through.  Here’s the first page.Logan is my granddaughter.  You can imagine with four cameras (2 parents + 2 grandparents) pointing in her direction as she experienced her first taste of ice cream that there are enough photos of that one event to fill this album! 

I made cards with some of the other elements plus some card fronts I had pre-made using some of my own papers.Here are the leftovers from Sarah’s kit.Head on over to Katie’s and Sarah’s blogs to check out what they made.  And stop back here tomorrow to see what I made of all the leftovers combined.


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Little Scrap Swap – Day 2

Today is the second day of Sarah, Katie, and my crafty-item swaps.  We’re showing what we made with the kit I put together.  (See yesterday’s post for details and to see what I made with Katie’s.)  This is what was included in my kit.

I did my best to use most of it.  I started out with a scrapbook layout using photos from 1998.  (Did I ever mention that I’m decades behind on my scrapbooking????)  🙂With the rest, I made a bunch of cards using different stamps from Unity Stamp Co. Here are the leftovers from my kit.And I have a terrible admission to make.  😦   
Remember these beautiful leftovers from Katie’s kit?  The ones that I actually took a picture of, minus the gold shimmery paper??  I CAN’T FIND THEM!!  I remember putting them aside to use on my final project for Friday.  I must have put them in a very safe place because I CAN’T FIND THEM!!   I’m so sad.
I do have the gold paper, though.  I can’t imagine how it got separated from the flower sequins and twine, but I’ve torn my craft room apart looking for them three times, even looked elsewhere in my house, and they’re just nowhere to be found.  But you will see the gold paper on Friday, along with the leftovers from my kit and Sarah’s.

Also, I made a fourth identical kit to be given away.  If you’d like a chance to win my kit, leave a comment below and be or become a follower of my blog.  I’ll use choose a winner on Tuesday night (8/22) and announce who won on Wednesday.

Go check out what Sarah and Katie did with my stuff!  I know I can’t wait to see their creations!


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Little Scrap Swap – Day 1

Back in April, I read an interesting post from Pia S, a crafter whose blog I follow.  She and two friends swapped some crafting materials and made projects with them, then posted about what they had received and what they made.  I thought it sounded like fun, so I set up a scrap swap with two of my friends from the Cut it Up design team, Katie and Sarah.

We each put together four identical summer-themed kits.  We kept one for ourselves, sent one to each other, and saved one to send to a blog winner after the last posting day.  Today we’re showing what we made with Katie’s kit, tomorrow we’ll feature my kit and Thursday Sarah’s kit.  On Friday we’ll show what we made with the leftovers from all the kits combined.

So here we go!  This is what I got from Katie.I decided to make an Easy Instagram Waterfall mini album out of it following Ginger’s tutorial.  I love making these little albums.  

This is what I have left over (plus the piece of gold shimmery paper which somehow didn’t make it in the photo!!)

It was so much fun to get a surprise in the mail and work with someone else’s materials!! Go on over to Katie’s and Sarah’s blogs to see what they created.  Don’t forget to come back tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday!


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DCD #330 – Back to School

That’s the theme this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas.  For me, the end of summer always coincided with the beginning of the school year.  In New Jersey, where I lived most of my life, school started after Labor Day.  Here in Virginia, school started in late August — until last year.  At that time, locally at least, school started the second week of August, with teachers returning the last week of July.  That’s really still mid-summer in my mind!

I originally made these cards for last week’s Bye Bye Summer challenge, but then Cricut made Campin’ Critters the free cartridge of the week, so I changed it up.  🙂

Last year was my last year teaching.  I am now retired!  As my teacher friends returned to work, I wanted to wish them a happy new year, so these cards are for them.The cute apple was from Cre8ive Cutz, but I don’t see it in their store anymore.  The apple paper was on clearance from Michaels years ago.

Hope to see what the end of summer means to you!  Link up your Back to School project over at Die Cuttin’ Divas!



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Cut it Up – One Step at at Time

Can you guess what Cut it Up’s current challenge is from this post’s title?  It’s step cards!  They’re a little more work than a standard folded-in-half A2 card, but the WOW factor is well worth it.   And they’re fun to create!!

Our sponsor this week is Fleurette Bloom, so I worked with some of her files.  I actually made two step cards for this challenge.  Here’s the first one I made:It uses leftovers from this card including Fleurette’s Clovers png (which I can’t seem to find in her store anymore.  Hmm.  The link in that other post doesn’t work, either.  Maybe she removed it from her store.)  The sentiment is from a Close to My Heart stamp of the month called Typed Note, stamped with white Color Box pigment ink.  The clover is just so beautiful, isn’t it?  I had to use it again.That whole piece was really heavy, though, and it made my card unable to stand up correctly, so I fixed that with a little hidden counterweight!  Shhh!  Don’t tell anybody!My second step card is a little fantasy – a pumpkin coach and fairy godmother.I used several of Fleurette’s files for this one – Moonbeams and Fairy Dust –  both the svgs and the paper collection – and Pumpkin Carriage.  The grass is a border punch.The patterned paper on the pumpkin carriage is old CTMH, I think.I absolutely love this gorgeous tree, and it’s only two pieces!  The fairy was too tiny to piece together, so I just print and cut her.  She would be cute on her own, though.  Maybe another card!

Hope you stop by CIU to check out the other designers’ step cards, then step up and make one of your own!  The prize this time around is a $10 gift code from Fleurette Bloom!


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DCD #329 – Bye Bye Summer

So sorry to see you go . . .

Really there’s another month and a half of summer left!  People are planning end-of-the-summer picnics, camping trips and get-togethers.  My project for Die Cuttin’ Divas this week is a 4″ x 9″ card depicting the last night of the last camping trip of the season.  Evening campfires are a treasured summer memory for me.  I love toasted marshmallows (the blacker, the better!) and banana boats.  S’mores don’t do anything for me, though!

Both these images are from the Campin’ Critters Cricut cartridge.  I don’t own that one, but it was a free cartridge on Cricut Craft Room and Cricut Design Studio one week last month, and I took advantage.  The grass was made using a border punch.

Come on over to Die Cuttin’ Divas to see what the rest of the design team members came up with, then – you know!  Link up your own project!!  🙂


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