Cut it Up – Change is Good!

Generally, I like things to stay the way I’m used to them, but sometimes change is good, like when you recycle old things into new things!  That’s the point of this challenge at Cut it Up.  It’s altered or recycled items.  I did both – altered one thing and recycled another – and came up with a mini album! 🙂

Here’s the link to the quick tutorial on how to make the coin envelope mini.I used my Stampin’ Up 1″ punch to make the half circles, and inked everything with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I bound the album with my Bind-it-All.  The paper pack you see is the one I used, a really old one that I love and can’t bring myself to use that often called Daydreams by K & Co.

Next I needed some tags to go in the pages.  They were made using the recycled backing to some Stampin’ Up paper.

Used another SU punch to make tabs for the tags.  (Lots of Stampin’ Up products — and I’m not even a consultant!)  Next up – decorating.  I wanted something very simple so I went with Halloween silhouettes.  Some were from DB Vintage Halloween dingbat font, some were just saved on my computer.  I went with black and added a shadow in Kraft so they would stand out on the dotted paper.  Here’s the cover:and here are the inside pages.  Each little silhouette is only adhered on the sides so I can slip a photo half-underneath it.  You can click on the images if you want to see them larger.

You can see the papers I chose for the tags – taken from my scrap file, not the aforementioned K & Co papers.  I just went with a fall/brownish theme.  So that’s it!   My altered and recycled mini.  Check out the other design team members’ projects over at Cut it Up, then come join us for this frugal challenge.  The prize this time around is a $20 gift code from Heartfelt Creations.


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A birthday card

Just wandering through the photos on my computer and realized that I’ve never shown this pretty card from the Silhouette Design Store.  It’s really a thank you card but I made it a birthday card.  It’s design #14207 by Lori Whitlock.  It was super easy to put together and it turned out so nice!  This was for my sister.

The sentiment is from So Many Birthdays by Jaded Blossom.  Here’s how I dolled up the inside:

I love that little flower!  🙂  I used a little brad for the flower centers.


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DCD #335 – National Coffee Day

Aside from drinking pots and pots of coffee, we at Die Cuttin’ Divas are  celebrating National Coffee Day by making projects with a coffee theme or with shades of brown.  Brown happens to be my favorite color, and coffee happens to be my favorite beverage, so I’m good either way!  I decided to go with shades of brown for this challenge.  I made a mini-album following one of Ginger’s (My Sister’s Scrapper) tutorials.  I can see why she shows her albums on video — otherwise, there’d be a million photos.  I’ll just show you the cover and a few of the inside pages.  I really enjoyed following Ginger’s tutorial.  It was just like she was there with me!  🙂  As you can see, I even CASEd her cover.

The gorgeous paper is Lori Whitlock’s This and That “Charming” set.  It’s supposed to be for boys, and a lot of the papers were boy themed on the reverse, but because this was for a woman, I didn’t use those sides.  It has a kind of retro feel to it and lots of fall colors.  You may recognize the paper from these cards.   I backed almost everything with black cardstock and also used a lot of Kraft.  I inked all the patterned paper with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.  My project definitely has lots of shades of brown, though not exclusively brown.

This album was tons of fun to make.  It took me about three days altogether.  The Best Day Ever title is from Miss Kate’s Cuttables, but I tweaked it to match the paper a little better than the original, which has balloons and stars on it.

Hope you join us for a cuppa Joe over at Die Cuttin’ Divas!


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Stick it Down – September, 2017

Here’s this month’s card sketch from Stick it Down!  This one was a bit tricky for me.  I looked at it again and again and nothing came to me; sometimes I take sketches way too literally.  Finally I told myself to analyze the sketch and came up with “something in the sky – could be snowflakes; something in the middle; sentiment below.”  Then I just let that percolate for a couple days in my brain.  Turns out that worked!

The snowflake idea did it for me.  This is what I came up with.

The adorable Happy Pink Penguin is by PPBN designs.  That file has a cute flower in her hair, but I decided to make it a heart instead.  The snowflakes are punched from the same paper as her scarf.

As with most of my cards, I did not use a sentiment.  Instead I used a scrap of previously-embossed white paper to ground the penguin.  I inked it with a little pink so it would show up on the white background.

You have until the end of September to link up your vision of this sketch!  Hope to see what you do with it over at Stick it Down!  Winners get to be guest designers in a future month!  🙂


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Eclipse cards

I was lucky enough to see the total eclipse of the sun last month.  My husband and I drove to Tennessee to see it.  It was wondrous!  (I made a post about it on my Facebook page here.)  (I think this link will work – not sure, though.)

Kadoodle Bug Designs offered this cutie, Total Eclipse Bear, for free!  I knew I had to make him for our scrapbook page of the event (which I haven’t made yet) but also for the cards I make for my monthly letters.  I have four older relatives that I send cards and letters to every month.

For these cards, I used print and cut and followed Paper Play Sketches #5.  The shape on the left looked tricky so I called on my old pal, Silhouette Design Studio, to help me out.  I pasted a copy of the sketch into the program and sized it to A2 size.  Then I used the Polygon tool to make the shape right over the copy of the sketch.  Now I have that shape saved!  I thought these turned out awesome!

The paper is old CTMH design paper; I still have a few sheets left of a bulk pack of it.  The dark blue color reminds me of the color the sky turned during totality – not black, but dark!

So that’s that!  🙂


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DCD #334 – 3D, Shaker or Shaped card

My son-in-law just picked up a little blue sedan for commuting back and forth to work.
I made him this card to say congrats, then realized it would totally work for this Die Cuttin’ Divas challenge.  Score!!  I love when that happens!  😉

I love the quirky shape of this car.  It’s from Lettering Delights’ Get a Job collection, which includes all different kinds of vehicles, all with the same wonky lines.  It’s really chunky and retro-looking!  I made it in blue to match his car.

This is a pretty broad challenge this week.  You can make any 3D project, a shaker card, or a shaped card.  Hope you join us at Die Cuttin’ Divas!


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Cut it Up – Johnny Appleseed

There’s a nip in the air.  Soon it’ll be apple-picking time!  Cut it Up’s current challenge is to use an apple on your project.

I love apples; Macintosh are my favorite followed by Honey Crisp.  Every year we go to a local orchard and buy apples, apple pies, drink apple cider, and eat apple donuts.  It’s an apple celebration!  My daughter tells me that if you do specific, special activities, it’ll help seal those times in your mind as opposed to everyday activities, so we do try to go every year. (Pumpkin picking is fun, too!!  Especially if you include a hay ride.)  We don’t pick as much as pick out, though!  🙂

I chose to use a cute Miss Kate’s Cuttable’s Cute Caramel Apple.  It was a freebie of the day.  (Now, sadly, there are only freebies of the week . . .)  I also used a sketch for these cards.  Recently I noticed that Paper Play Sketches had their 50th sketch!  Wow!  And all their sketches are in one place, here.  I downloaded them all and made a document that has nine per page on it with the vague notion of using every one of them.  We’ll see how that goes!  😉  But here are four cards based on sketch #2.

The paper is from Lori Whitlock’s This and That “Charming” paper pack.  I’ve had it for years and just made a photo album out of it for a good friend of mine who recently retired.  (You’ll see that in a couple of weeks!)  But the paper is SO GORGEOUS that I saved every last scrap that I could, including these little strips.  I knew they’d come in handy for something!

I put the cards together while my apples were cutting.  Did this ever happen to you?  You cut out what you need, only one or two get smooshed or don’t cut out perfectly, so you cut that one piece again.  Then the piece gets lost.  (HOW they get lost IN MY CRAFT ROOM is mind-boggling to me.  There must be a worm hole in here somewhere that leads to a  black hole in the universe with all my missing crafty stuff.)  Two of the dark red pieces got lost as well as one gooey caramel piece.   Pretty frustrating.  I bet they and my lost flower sequins are having a good laugh right about now.

We hope you’ll join us at Cut it Up  for our Johnny Appleseed challenge.  You could win a $20 store credit to Pink and Main!!


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