Cut it Up Anything Goes Christmas

Christmas is almost here!!  I started writing out all my Christmas cards last weekend and hopefully will get them out by tomorrow.  This will probably be the last card I make this year.  And I made it just for Cut it Up’s Anything Goes Christmas challenge!

Most of the elements are products from our sponsor for this challenge, Newton’s Nook.  They have such cute things in their store!  I stamped and colored the Snowgirl and shovel images from Frozen Friends while crafting with my granddaughter one day.  Then I wanted to create an environment for her and I remembered the awesome trees in the Festive Forest stamp set and die set, so I stamped those and die cut them out and added them to my scene.

I cut the layers using Pink and Main’s Scallop Rectangle Dies   The paper is just from my stash.

Come on over to Cut it Up and check out the amazing projects by my teammates, then link up something of your own.  You could win the $20 store credit from Newton’s Nook!


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Batch #3

I was crafting with my granddaughter yesterday.  I love FaceTime!  How else could I get some crafty time in with someone who lives a ten-hour car ride away?  Logan was drawing and decorating the doorknob in her craft room while I made cards in mine.  To keep it simple, I just made some cards using some of those leftover die cuts from my desk.

I started out making a birthday card for my sister, whose birthday is on the eleventh.

Logan really liked it and wanted one like it for her birthday, too, so I made a second one.  Inside, I used a CAS-ual Friday stamp that says Happy B-Day.  That really tickled Logan’s fancy!!  🙂 Since I had one fox left, I just made a third card and left the inside blank.Logan wanted to see all the cuts on my desk and she zoned in on two of them, the chicken and the Hello Kitty.  She asked me to send her the Hello Kitties inside a card with a chicken on the front.  Of course I obliged!This one not only uses a chicken, but the white mat she’s on was also a leftover cut on my desk.  I used my good old Magic Matter to create a mat for it.  I made some dirt for her to stand on with a brown marker and then stamped some little starbursts that came with the aforementioned Happy B-day stamp set.  I taped the background papers together from leftovers.

All the papers are from the Woodland Forest by Pebbles 6×6 paper pad, and I used Mojo Monday Sketch #515 for all the cards. So the pile is dwindling!!


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Gnome surgery

I don’t know whether it’s my eyesight or what, but so many times when I glue together my paper piecings, there’s paper peeking out where it shouldn’t.  Normally, I create a base that’s a tiny bit smaller than the pieces going on top of it, but apparently I didn’t do that this time, and all my adorable gnomes (a recent freebie from Little Scraps of Heaven) required nip-and-tucks.

See all that blue sticking out from behind the their beards?  It had to go.  Snip, snip, snip.Much better.

I decided to make a few more Christmas cards with them using up some scraps that were on my desk (but didn’t make it into the picture from the other day) and some old and/or unloved crafting supplies.

The leftover papers were really pretty.  I decided to just tape them together then trim them down to size for my A2 cards.Don’t know if you can actually see the tape here . . .
Anyway, the gnomes needed snow drifts to anchor them, so I used my trusty old Creative Memories cutter for that, which I love.  The sentiments come from a very old CTMH Stamp of the Month called Very Merry Christmas.  I love that, too!  What I don’t love is the black card stock.  I have a lot of it and it’s sooo thick!  I can’t use it for layering on cards nor for cutting on my machines because it’s sooo thick!  So I decided to use it for the card base itself, but, man, I have so much of it.  To pop the gnomes up a bit, I used some old half-inch dimensional foam squares.  Don’t love them, either!  🙂

The cards turned out cute, though, probably because of that cute gnome!  They seem to be really popular these days, don’t they?


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A couple of hats

Every year, the group of people my husband works with chooses a family to buy Christmas presents for.  This year they got two boys.

I have several almost-full skeins of Lamb’s Pride wool left over from other projects and two of the colors just happened to match the coats that were bought for the boys, so while watching football with our son on Thanksgiving, I cranked out this black one and knit the blue one yesterday.  The pattern is called Be Kind and is worked entirely in K3 P2 rib.

They can be worn with the brim folded up like above, or down like below.I think I like them folded better.
So that’s that!  Today I’ll be sewing sleeve and side seams on an Alice Starmore Sigil that I modified to fit my new baby grandson.  When it’s all seamed, I just have to pick up stitches for the neckband and knit that.  It’s turning out really cute.  I’ll show you when it’s done!


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Cut it Up Tic-Tac-Toe

It’s time for another Cut it Up Challenge!  This time, it’s a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.  Here’s the board.  I achieved three in a row by going diagonally from the upper left to the lower right.
My favorite color is brown, the designer paper is from the Carta Bella Snow Fun paper pack, and you can see the circles!  🙂

The adorable image is from our sponsor, Stinking Cute Paper Piecings.  He’s from the Winter Dogs collection.  I did a print and cut.

Hope you can join us for this fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge from Cut it Up!  The prize is a $15 gift certificate from Stinking Cute Paper Piecings (and they aren’t kidding with their name!)


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Why I love blocking

Can you imagine trying to pick up stitches or sew seams on this mess?

Ahhh!  That’s better!

Almost done with Heather’s Twigs and Willows.  Should have it finished by the end of the week!  Just button bands, (find and) sew on buttons, and seam sides and sleeves.  It’s lovely so far!  Hope I can find buttons to do it justice!


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Batch #2, AKA They Wanted to be Square Cards

That group of 4×4 images has been on my desk for quite some time.  I made them and loved them but really didn’t want to make square cards out of them.  I can’t tell you how many times I picked them up to work on them and put them back down again, but I was determined to use them up.  You saw yesterday that I tried to make them into that Operation Write Home sketch #154, but stopped after the first one because the width was too wide for and A2 size card.  So I decided to make 5x7s.  I got my card stock to make the card bases and cut all 11 of them.  But, my goodness!  Where was my brain??  I cut them
10 x 5!!  They obviously wanted so badly to be square, they messed with my mind while I was cutting, and I certainly wasn’t going to waste 11 sheets of good card stock, so square they are!!  (I will mail them in 5×7 envelopes, though!)

The papers are from Stampin’ Up Quilted Christmas pack and Love Nicole Yuletide paper pack.  The Christmas clip art is from the Christmas Traditions set from pcCrafter.  The polar bear is from the Cricut Joys of the Season cartridge.  I used the Avery Elle Burst Die.

That uses up all the 4x4s.  Thankfully!!  We’ll see if/when I have the gumption to tackle the rest of the pile . . .


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