Cut it Up Holiday Cards

Nothing but cards for this challenge at Cut it Up. Our sponsor is Oddball Art, and they have the cutest images! I chose this adorable Cute Christmas Silly Santa Yetis for my set of Christmas cards. I made four of them, two of each.

The digi set comes with a boy and a girl Yeti, a Christmas tree, and five snowflakes. I used the Yetis and the tree. I brought them into Silhouette Design Studio, traced them, released the compound path, and colored each section before printing and cutting them for my card. I love doing that! So much fun!

The snow drift is a Scallop Wave Die from Pink and Main. (I don’t see them on their site; maybe they’ve been discontinued.) The sentiments are part of an ingenious set from LDRS Creative. There are twelve Christmas/Winter-themed sentiments on one stamp (Christmas Wishes stamp) which fit perfectly into the Wave Ribbon Banner Stack die – It cuts them all out at once!! The snowflake is a Martha Stewart punch and the embossing folder is Cuttlebug.

The embossing didn’t turn out too well because I lost one of my B plates!! It’s got to be somewhere in my craft room, but that’s a disaster now with paper, yarn, and Christmas presents all over the tables, shelves, and floor. Hopefully I’ll find it after the new year, but for now I just put some card stock layers in the sandwich and hoped for the best.

Here is the girl Yeti.

Oh, and I put a nuvo drop in the center of each snowflake. And that’s that! Hope you share your Holiday cards with us at Cut it Up this challenge. You could win a $10 coupon to Oddball Art!


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Cut it Up – C.A.S.E a Project

C.A.S.E. = Copy And Share Everything! That’s our challenge this time around at Cut it Up. We got to choose an image from our sponsor, DRS Designs, to work with for this challenge, and I chose a sentiment, Warm Wishes. The card I chose to CASE is featured on the page for the sentiment!

This is the card I copied:

And here is the card I made:

I used the cute snowman from the Hello Kitty Greetings Cricut cartridge, but flipped him horizontally and cut off his body to match the snowman on the original card.

The prize for this challenge is a $20 voucher for DRS Designs‘ online store. Lots of cool images there for you to choose from! Hope you join us. Just find any project that you like so much, you’d like to copy it, adding your own special touches, of course! Then link it over at Cut it Up for your chance to win.


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Cut it Up – Thanks! or Thanksgiving

Easy peasy challenge this time – Thanks or Thanksgiving is our theme at Cut it Up! I made a fall themed thank you card using a die from our sponsor, STAMPlorations. This is one of the dies included in their Skinny Sentiments set. I love that they include a die for the “shadow.”

I used a punch for the leaves and the papers were just scraps on my desk. I always feel compelled to use up scraps! I also added those skinny Peel Offs from Love from Lizy that Kristie Marcotte always uses.

That’s it! Quick and simple. I made this card while crafting on Facetime with my granddaughter! ♥️

Hope you stop by Cut it Up and check out the other Thanks or Thanksgiving projects, then link up your own. It’s like having two options!! As I said, the sponsor is STAMPlorations and the prize is a $20 gift code!!


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Cut it Up Trick or Treat!

Time for a new challenge at Cut it Up and it’s almost Halloween, so guess what our theme is this time? Yup! Trick or Treat! We went to see all your Halloween projects!

I made a card using the adorable Jones Family Halloween stamp from our sponsor, Creepy Cute Art found at Oddball Art. I just used the littlest guy for this adorable card.

I used some fun inking techniques. One I learned from my CIU team mate, Katrina (video here) and I also used masking, then finally cut out the panel using a stitched rectangle die. The stamps were from my stash.

Here are some of my tries. I created the cuts and print/cuts in Silhouette Design studio, but for some reason, it kept printing out wrong so that the die wouldn’t line up correctly. I think I had fiddled with Page Setup at one point and never reset it. So instead of the two cards I wanted to make, I only wound up making one. However, because that image is so stinking cute (Creepy Cute!) I’m not too mad about it.

Hope you join us for all our creepy fun at Cut it Up. The prize this time around is a $10 coupon code to be used in Oddball Art’s Digi Shop.


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Making a short story long

or How Evelyn makes a CAS scrapbook page anything but!

I really wanted to get the Christmas 2020 scrapbook pages done way before this. The hardest part is deciding which of the hundreds of photos to use. I finally narrowed it down (somewhat) and ordered them. Since I make 2- or 4-page layouts for my husband and me, my daughter, my son, my granddaughter, and my grandson, I make them all the same. This year, since I procrastinated long enough (it’s almost Christmas 2021!) I decided that simple and done was better than complicated and unfinished. So I browsed through my thousands of files of clip art and chose one, “CNR Holly” from A Christmas Sampler 3 by the now defunct PC Crafter. Very pretty, and simple.

I would just put one in each corner of the pages. 4 corners x 4 pages x 5 albums = 80. I brought the image into Silhouette Design Studio and thought I’d print and cut it. But then I thought it might be just a little too plain. I played around with it and used the trace feature. Didn’t quite like it. So then I created squares and rectangles in the program, placing them over the clip art to get the positioning just right. I placed a circle over a larger square, sized it perfectly and chose “subtract.” Now I had the whole corner piece. Used the Replicate Panel to get 80 of each element, loaded my mat with my old 24″ Cricut paper, set the cut setting to Cardstock, Heavy and pressed the Send button. And waited. And waited. Got bored of waiting, so I took out my very old Cricut Expression and Winter Frolic cartridge and played around with that.

I started to put together the corner pieces. It was taking a l-o-n-g time! I thought I would buy holly stickers rather than cut them out on my Silhouette. A while later, after trolling the internet for holly stickers that would fit on my corners, I went back and traced the one on the original clip art. Hours later, I had what I needed, except it didn’t cut out neatly. I had to use a little paper piercer to get the tiny pieces out. They didn’t all come out, so I used a black marker to trick the eye.

before black marker
after black marker

Two days later and I’m still working on them.

At least I had the sense to use a punch for the holly berries . . .

Those Winter Frolic cuts? They’ll be a start for Christmas 2021 pages!! 🤞


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Some Halloween cards

I had fun using some scraps, left over papers, and stash chip board elements to create Halloween cards for my family this year! All quick and easy to put together, but I think they look cute!

Happy Halloween!


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Cut it Up 2021 Sponsor Thank You!!

Our Cut it Up sponsors are so wonderful! The prizes they offer to our winners make participating in our challenges so much more fun and rewarding. Who doesn’t like a chance to win an awesome prize? Today we’re letting them know how much we appreciate their generous sponsorship. Each of our sponsors will be receiving a thank you card made especially for them. My cards are going to CAS-ual Fridays, Lawn Fawn, Pink and Main, The Scrap Room, and Your Next Stamp!

First up, alphabetically, of course, is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. I used their retired Bushy Tailed stamps and dies.

For the Lawn Fawn card, I used their Charge Me Up stamps and dies. This is a mini stamp set. The embossing is Tim Holtz’s Gears embossing folder. I used a punch to get my perfect squares.

The Pink and Main thank you card uses their Take Flight paper pad, Sunny Cover dies, Heart Border dies and Stitched Star dies. The Thanks sentiment is part of a larger, wood-mounted stamp that says thanks and thank you in all different fonts and in all directions. I used a marker to color the one that I wanted and then positioned the Sunny Cover die in just the right place so that the word would be centered.

The card for The Scrap Room was made using an old Love Nicole Harvest paper pad, Echo Park’s Fall is in the Air chipboard accents and Scallop Rectangle Dies from Pink and Main.

And finally, the card for Your Next Stamp used their Coffee and Tea Cup Stack die set and their Linked Border die.

It was fun making thank you cards for our sponsors to let them know how much they mean to us. Check out the cards that Katrina and Larelyn made for the rest of the sponsors, and if you can, please visit and support our sponsors to let them know you appreciate them, too!


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Izzy Dolls/Peace Pals

I’m sure you know by now that I love dolls, and that I love knitting. Put the two together and you get?? Knitting dolls!

These little “pocket pals” are so addictive! One thing I love about them is how each one has its own personality. You can really customize them and “dress” them any way you want! You can knit them in the round or on straight needles and seam them. I prefer working on straight needles so that’s how I made these. They’re just a striped rectangle sewn together and stuffed, with faces embroidered on and stitches added to suggest arms and legs.

The first ones I made were Izzy Dolls using Esther Braithwaite’s pattern. I made them for the children attending my daughter’s baby shower, each one matching the hair color of the recipient. I love the little Mary Jane shoes on the girls and the lace detail on their skirts.

The next ones I made were little Mini Snowbuddies and Mini Forest Friends, both by Esther Braithwaite again. (I forgot to add the antlers on the deer. Oh, dear!)

Then I saw some awesome pocket dolls on Instagram by a woman in Canada, Gudrun Dahle. They’re called Knitty Kids. Her dolls are so cool! The details she adds make each one so individual, and hip! They inspired me, so I tried to incorporate some of her details into my dolls such as garter stitch cuffs and welts, neck decreases, and sweater designs. I CASEd* one or two of them. She puts noses on her dolls. I tried a nose on the boy doll below but it didn’t turn out as good as Gudrun’s.

And THEN I stumbled across Peace Pals!! There are Peace Pals with skirts, baby Peace Pals, crocheted Peace Pals . . .

I like knitting things for charity. I found Knitting 4 Peace on Ravelry and found the pattern for Peace Pals there. These are the Peace Pals I’ve made so far. I can either send them to Denver for distribution all over the world or donate them locally. I haven’t decided where to donate them yet and plan to make more so they’re just hanging out at my house for now.

The doll in the upper right looks just like Albert Einstein doesn’t he? 😄

I’ve incorporated lots of things I’ve learned from all the other dolls that I and others have knit. I really like the eyes on these dolls better than french knots. I did not like knitting with the eyelash yarn, the yarn I used for the hair on some of the dolls.

Little pocket dolls take very little yarn to create, so they’re great for using up leftovers. When I’m knitting, I save every little scrap of yarn that I snip off in a bag and I’ve been using these scraps to stuff the dolls, except for the white dolls like the snowmen. Those I stuff with white lambswool stuffing.

That’s it for my doll knitting for now. I’m still working on how to improve the foot area; I’m not satisfied with that yet. In the first and second group of dolls, I drew a running stitch through the cast on edge and cinched it up, but it pulled the legs in at the feet and left a little line of bumps. Recently, I’ve been using Kitchener stitch to graft the bottom but still not loving it. I’ll get there, though!


*Copy And Share Everything, or Copy And Selectively Edit

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Cut it Up – Pink

October is the month to think pink! At Cut it Up, the challenge is to create a project that’s mostly pink. You can create something for Breast Cancer Awareness or any other occasion as long as it’s pink. My project is a birthday card.

I used only bits from my scrap stash for this card. That’s always very satisfying! I dry embossed the base paper using the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder. The Scallop Tag die was from our sponsor, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. I think it must be retired now because I can’t find it on their site. The cute little “flowers” are actually Jumping Jacks Dies, also from CAS-ual Fridays, and the big B-Day sentiment is from their Celebrate stamp set.

Hope you join us at Cut it Up for our Pink challenge. The $20 prize is from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.


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Cut it Up Back to School

It’s time for another fun challenge at Cut it Up! Since it’s back to school time, we want you to keep up with your learning and follow a tutorial! Any tutorial will do!

I chose this tutorial from Dawn at Stampin’ Up. It’s a Just for Fun Mini-book. I’ll use it for some Christmas pictures.

The beautiful, classic image is a digi from our sponsor, DRS Designs. We each got to choose an image to work with. This one is called Triple Hanging Christmas Ornaments. I traced it in Silhouette Design studio, then chose Object, Release Compound Path so I could “color” the different pieces. Grouped it all together and printed it out. I used a physical die from Lil’ Inker Designs to cut the image.

The ornament image adorns the belly band. I created the belly band with Stacked Edges 1 from Pretty Pink Posh.

Here are the inside pages. The tags were cut with Stitched Tags Nesting Dies from STAMPlorations.

The beautiful snowflake paper is from the Deck the Halls 6 x 6 Paper Pack from Miss Kate Cuttables.

It’s always fun to learn something new. I hope you take up our challenge and create a project following a tutorial, and share the tutorial with us, of course! The prize for this challenge is a $20.00 voucher to the DRS Designs online store.


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