Cut it Up – Fall is in the Air

Can’t you feel it? I can. Evenings and mornings are cooler. I have even had some open window days!! I love having fresh air in the house.

My project for Cut it Up’s Fall is in the Air challenge is a set of four autumn cards. The image is from our sponsor, Hetty Clare. It’s a pre-colored image called Flower Boot and Vintage Flower Stall. I only used the flower stall.

The patterned paper is from an old 6 x 6 paper pad from Love Nicole, called Harvest. I embossed the red card stock with the Devine Swirl embossing folder from Cuttlebug, and the tag is a die from STAMPlorations Stitched Tag Nesting Die.

Hope you join us in celebrating Fall! Check out the awesome projects from the DT members, then link your own over at Cut it Up. You could win two digis from Hetty Clare!


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Cut it Up Sketch Challenge

Sometimes your mojo just needs a nudge, and that’s when sketches can really help. At Cut it Up, our current challenge is to use a sketch to create your project. I chose to follow a sketch for a scrapbook page, since I’m decades behind.

I looked through all the sketches I have saved on my computer and decided on this one, then went looking for photos.

I found a package of photos from a 2010 Women’s Wellness Weekend that I went to with my daughter. It was held at Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia, which was where Dirty Dancing was filmed. We had a really nice, fun, relaxing time together, and I remember the food was so delicious! We kayaked on New River, went hiking, and I can’t even remember what else. I think they showed the Dirty Dancing movie one night, too. Anyway, looking at the pictures there were only six that I wanted to keep, so this sketch was perfect.

The papers are old Close to My Heart. I chose a blue-ish and a brown-ish for the water and the rocks.

The titles were created at Lettering Delights using alphabets that I purchased long, long ago. The “waves” at the bottom of this page and the “mountains” at the bottom of the next page were cut with Lacy Edges and Border dies from our sponsor, STAMPlorations.

I used my Gypsy (remember that?) and Cricut Expression to cut out the little canoe, since I couldn’t find a kayak cut, but close enough! It was on the Just Because Cards cartridge. It’s so much fun to use that Gypsy (and I was too lazy to walk to the living room for my computer) I wish they had never decommissioned it.

Anyway, that’s that! Hope you join us at Cut it Up for our sketch challenge. We’re not giving you a sketch to use; just use one you like. The prize is a $20 gift code to STAMPlorations.


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Cut it Up – Space

Travel into space with us at Cut it Up for our newest challenge, Space! Astronomy has always fascinated me, but I have to admit, I like seeing the universe with my feet planted firmly on my own little blue planet! Our sponsor for this challenge is Newton’s Nook so I went looking on their site for something to use on my project. I found Slimline frames and portholes, which reminded me for some reason of circular windows in spacecraft. I ordered it right away and began imagining and creating my card even before it arrived.

I used to find an astronaut and found one on Groovy Times, a cartridge that I have. In Design Space, I opened Groovy Times and then also saw “Far Out” as one of its phrases. I checked back in at Newton’s Nook to see the measurements of the circles and found that they’re 1.75″. I made a circle that size in Design Studio and resized the Far Out phrase to fit inside it. I recognized the font as Hobo Std, which I have on my computer so I typed “Hope your birthday is” into a 1.75″ circle, discarded the circle and printed it out. Then I assembled my astronauts while waiting for my die set to arrive from Newton’s Nook.

The slimline die size is too big for my Cuttlebug so I cut it using my eBosser. The dark blue mat on my cards is also cut from a die in the set, but that die has a scalloped edge and my cards are more masculine, so I cut the scallops off.

To make my astronauts appear to be on a space walk, I wound florist’s wire around a pencil and made them shake! I just adhered the little spring to the astronauts’ backs and then to the card using scotch tape.

I took a little video of it shaking, but can’t figure out how to post it here 😞 but you can use your imagination!

Hope to see your space-themed project up on Cut it Up! Newton’s Nook has donated a $20 store credit to our randomly drawn winner. It could be you!


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Some knitting

I’ve been knitting like there’s no tomorrow! Stuff for family, stuff for myself, and stuff just for the sake of knitting, using up some yarn, or to keep my hands busy. That’s what I’m showing today. These items will be going to charity, the baby stuff to Pine Ridge Reservation and the four adult hats to Warmth for Warriors.

Hats for Warmth for Warriors
Hats for the Pine Ridge Reservation
Sweaters for Pine Ridge
Milo vests for Pine Ridge
Sleep sacks for Pine Ridge

I’ll probably wait until I have a full box to send. I have plenty of yarn to use!!

In another post, I’ll show you the stuff I’ve knitted for family (what I’ve already given them) and for myself and what I’m currently working on (but not the Christmas and birthday surprises!)


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Cut it Up Create Your Own Background Paper

Time to get creative by making your own background paper! I was on a facetime call with my granddaughter while she was making a collage using torn tissue paper. I decided to join in and use little scraps of paper instead of tissue paper. First I looked through my stash of extra die cuts and chose this adorable dog. I don’t even remember if this is a Cricut dog or some other svg, it was made so long ago. Then I went through my scraps of brown paper and started tearing and glueing. This is what I came up with:

The other DT members are really creative. Go check out their creations over at Cut it Up and then link up yours for a chance to win a $20 prize code from our sponsor, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!

Happy crafting!

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Cut it Up – Seen Any Good Movies?

Time for another challenge from Cut it Up! This time the theme is movies. My favorite by far is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I love all the movies in the series (the books are even better!) but my favorite is the first. I love our introduction to the magical world.

I got some excellent HP files from SVG Cutting Files a while back. The files are called PP-650 Paper Dolls Wizards Add On and Paper Dolls Base Kit A. I used the Sports Mania Cricut cartridge as inspiration for the star background, and the paper is from the Echo Park Witches and Wizards 6 x 6 paper pad.

The font is called Harry P. It says, “Harry Birthday!” 😄

So that’s that. Check out the other DT members’ projects over at Cut it Up, then link up your own. It doesn’t have to be your favorite movie; it can be just movies in general. The sponsor this time is Pink and Main, and the prize is a $20 store credit.

I can’t wait to see what you create!!


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Kendra’s Card Challenge #1 again

You may remember I used Kendra’s Card Challenge #1 system with Pink and Main’s Warm Wishes Crafty Courtyard kit back in February. If not, here’s the link to that post. Well, I downloaded her second challenge but never got around to using it. Then I bought some really cute Doodlebug Land That I Love paper pad and used some of it to make cards for Cut it Up. I decided to keep right on working through that paper pad and since I really enjoyed working with Kendra’s system, I pulled out the templates for #1 again (actually, they were still on my desk . . .) and got to work. That challenge is over, but I can still use the templates and sketches.

First I laid out my printed copies of the card sketches in a row on an empty table, then I cut out my six papers following the templates. As I cut each 6×6 paper, I laid it on the cutting template and when each paper was cut, I placed each piece on the corresponding card sketch. I did that until all six papers were cut and the card sketches had all their pieces.

Next I chose the best coordinating patterned paper from the paper pad to use for a background. You could use card stock, but I really wanted to assuage some paper-buying guilt!

Lastly I cut out all the mats that I wanted to use and brought it all into the living room to tape together while watching TV. Then all that was left was to add little Odds and Ends ephemera. I think they turned out really cute! I followed most of the sketches pretty closely. Here they are:

Numbers 5 and 3
Numbers 7, 1, and 15
15 and 7
8 and 7
9, 14, 11
12 and 2
12 and 6
13 and 10
4, 4, and 4!

I guess I really got stuck on 4! And that’s the whole paper pad gone.

Kendra just published Challenge #3, which runs until the end of September. I just printed out the templates and plan on a fun crafty day today!



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Cut it Up – Water

This was a fun challenge! Water! Three quarters of our Earth is covered with it, so there are so many possibilities.

Our sponsor, DRS Designs, gave each of us an image of our choice to work with. Since I don’t have great coloring skills, I chose a very general sentiment instead, Splish Splash! I did a quick Print and Cut on a rectangle. Then I went looking for an image and chose Sailboat Monogram Frame from my Silhouette Design Studio library. It’s design #133442. I did a little fiddling to get rid of the circle.

This was fun! It wouldn’t be fun for me to actually go sailing on the ocean, though, because I get violently seasick! I made two of these note cards since I do send notes to my pen pals every month.

Hope you join us for this challenge. You could be the random winner of a $20.00 voucher to the DRS Designs online store!


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Cut it Up – Fourth of July

Come celebrate Independence Day, AKA the Fourth of July, with us at Cut it Up! I chose to make a card (some cards, really) for this challenge, but the one I’ll focus on is this one. When I saw my DT sister, Treva’s, Mother’s Day card, I wanted to try that technique for myself. This is what I came up with:

I used papers and Odds and Ends from Doodlebug’s Land That I Love collection. I cut strips and adhered them to a piece of card stock, then I cut a star out of the center using the Stitched Star Dies from Pink and Main. I cut several more of the same size out of red card stock and glued them all together underneath the patterned paper star, then plunked them down into the hole in the card stock. I added a few more smaller red star die cuts around and used one of the sentiments from the Odds and Ends pack. I think it turned out pretty good! Here’s a bird’s eye view:

After that, I kept on making cards, although this is the one for the CIU challenge. Here are some of the others. I really liked using the cut file I made for our last challenge, so I used it again plus some more of the Odds and Ends ephemera.

Check out all the awesome inspiration over at Cut it Up and then link your own project. Remember, it doesn’t have to be a card! Our sponsor for this challenge is The Scrap Room, and they’re donating their June 2021 Card kit for their prize! Good luck!


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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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