Cut it Up – Focus on Sentiments

We’re Focusing on Sentiments for this challenge at Cut it Up!  And lucky, too, because our AWESOME sponsor, Scrapping for Less, had some fantastic sentiment stamps they wanted to share with us!!

I got this wonderful set, At the Beach Sentiments.  At first I was at a loss what to do with it.  Why?  I hate going (as we Jerseyans say) “down the shore.”  The wind never stops blowing!!  I much prefer the mountains . . .  However I thought about it a bit and lakes have beaches.  I like that!  Alright.  The creative juices started to flow.

I wanted to create a card using the Triple Circle Flip-its by Sizzix that has been languishing in my physical die shoebox.  (I bought three of these sets when flip cards were all the rage.)
And I wanted to work with Kraft paper.  I thought I remembered a technique where people stamp on Kraft paper with clear ink and it looks real nice.  I tried it and it was a dud, so then I thought to do heat embossing.  This was my third attempt and I’m still unsatisfied with it, so this isn’t the project I’m showcasing but I’ll show you anyway since I put in all that time and effort:The sandals come one next to the other but I wanted to make them look like someone was walking so I cut them apart.  To separate the sentiment, I used a post-it to mask the parts I didn’t want stamped.  The embossing powder stayed in spots it shouldn’t have, even though I used one of those powder packages.  Overall, this card is a fail.

So I tried again.  I decided to make a tiny mini-album following this super simple tutorial from My Sister’s Scrapper.  This isn’t the first time I’ve made these little cuties.  You can see other examples here.  I think I used every stamp in the set!The little sun on the front is from Miss Kate Cuttables, an old freebie file called Sun 4/28/17.  I used the scallop die in the Flip-its set to shape the front cover.  I’ll be able to put photos from my family’s recent trip to Lake Lure, NC, in this mini!

Head on over to Cut it Up to check out the other sentiment projects, then link up your own!  The prize for this challenge from Scrapping for Less is 3 sentiment stamps!!


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And the blog hop winner is . . .

#8, Kelly Santi!!

Thanks for your sweet comment and for joining us for our summer blog hop!

Please email me your mailing address:  evelynholmberg at mac dot com  so I can send you your surprise prize!


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Cut it Up Summer Blog Hop!

You’re in the right place!  Welcome to the Cut it Up Summer Blog Hop!  You should have started your hop from the Cut it Up blog and arrived here right from Elizabeth’s .  The whole lineup is at the bottom of my post.

I’m so excited for this.  It’s going to be so much fun because there are designers from two teams participating – the Cut it Up team and some guests from Die Cuttin’ Divas!  Our sponsor for this blog hop is NS Designs.   Nathalie has donated a $20 gift certificate!

The winner will be chosen from the comments on Cut it Up Challenge Blog by and will be announced on the Cut it Up blog on August 6th.  To be eligible to win, you must follow and comment on each of our blogs, including Cut it Up.  (You’re starting and ending at Cut it Up.  Be sure to leave a comment there to get in the running for the prize.)

Here’s my project.  I send monthly newsletters to five pen pals and always include a seasonal card.  I made six of these cards, so I’ll have one extra for my stash – you never know when you’ll need a note card!

I used a file from our blog hop sponsor, NS Designs called Turtles n Lemonade.  I brought in the lemonade graphic, traced it, and gave it an offset.  Then I filled my virtual mat with them.  It held six of them, but there was some white space in between so I filled that with the lemon slice graphic!  No need to waste good white space, right??  😉  I used those extra lemon slices to add dimension to the image on the front of my card, just by inking the edges orange and layering them on the lemon slice in the glass.  The rest of them I put on the inside of the cards.I used this sketch from Sweet Sunday and papers from the DCWV Lemon Flower Stack.I’m offering a little blog candy for this hop, a surprise prize 😊  To get in the running for my blog candy, be or become a follower and leave me a comment on this post by August 6th.   I’ll have choose the winner early that morning and post it then, too.

Next stop is Gerda, and here’s the whole lineup in case you need it.  Remember to comment on and follow each designer and CIU.  Don’t forget to end up at Cut it Up and leave your comment there, or you won’t be in the running for the prize!  Thanks so much for hopping with us.  Hope you had as much fun as we did!


Summer 2019 Blog Hop lineup

Cut it Up Challenge Blog
Evelyn (me!)
Cut it Up Challenge Blog – Don’t forget to leave a comment here!  Prize winners are selected from the comments on Cut it Up.  Good luck!  ♡

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My “Grandpa”

Back in April, I started knitting myself a sweater, the Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli.  I totally love it!  Just my thing – lots of cables!  and I’m knitting it in one of my favorite yarns, Madelinetosh Tosh DK.  It’s coming along slowly because I’m mostly working on Christmas knitting.  This is how far I’ve gotten.  I finished the first sleeve this morning.It’s not brown as it appears in this picture.  It’s actually a very pretty black/red.  The color is called Tart.  You can see the color better in this post.

I knitted the sleeve caps one right after the other on different needles.  It’s a construction I’ve never done before, a “set in” sleeve that isn’t really set in.  You pick up stitches all around the armhole and knit a little more than half of them, turn and do a bunch of short rows back and forth picking up an extra stitch each time until you’ve picked up all the stitches and have a sleeve cap, then knit down the sleeve in the round.  Interesting!  and you don’t have to sew in the sleeve.

So one more sleeve, then the button bands and collar.  It’ll be so pretty!!


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Cut it Up Critters

Woof, woof!  Meow!  ROAR!!!

We’re all about critters this week at Cut it Up!

The critter I chose for this challenge is a mouse.  It was an svg file from our sponsor, Kitten Scraps, however I don’t see it on their web site anymore.  This is the second time I used this Christmas Mouse with Candy Cane file.  Last time I cut it out, substituting a ball of yarn and knitting needles for the candy cane (you can see it here) but I did print and cut this time around, and included a black shadow.  I actually cut out six of these little cuties, but only used three.  The others will be for Christmas cards.

Awhile ago, I followed Ginger from My Sister’s Scrapper’s tutorial for her My Mind’s Eye Cozy Christmas Countdown Mini-album.  (You can download the pdf of the tutorial here.)  I used Pink and Main’s Jolly paper pad to make six pages.  Then the pages just sat there on my desk forever because I didn’t feel like making a hidden hinge binding; six pages were too many for the size of the book.  But I did want to finish it.

What I did was make three thinner books with two pages each.  Here they are:I stamped on the inside of the cover using stamps from the Tags, Glorious Tags collection by Unity Stamp Company.We hope you participate in this challenge!  I can’t wait to see all the different critters people think of.  Check out the projects that the other design team members created at Cut it Up, then link up your own!  As I said, our sponsor is Kitten Scraps.  The prize is $20 of NS Designs or KittenScraps products — totally adorable clip art!!  😊


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Pet sympathy card

I had need of a sympathy card for the loss of a family dog, so I went to my go-to dog cartridge, Paper Pups from Cricut.  The stamp shaped mat is from Elegant Edges. I added some depth on the dog and the clouds by using some inks.  The patterned paper is a digi — Jennifer Pebbles 2ps Blue Clouds.

I wanted to add some dimension to the pup, make it look more like she’s flying into the clouds, so I added some foam tape to her head and upper body, and scor tape on her tail side.

Happily, the family just adopted a new puppy, Parti Girl!  💕Evelyn

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The last of the Chinese New Year babies

Honestly, these were the cutest images!  Here are the last few cards I made with them.  As I told you, there was room left on my virtual mat when I printed and cut the images to make the baby cards, so I just copied, pasted, and enlarged four of the bunnies to fill up that space to get a head start on next year’s Easter cards.  Here they are, simple Z-folds:

The paper is from the Echo Park This and That 6 x 6  paper pad, and the grass is a border punch.  I made four of them.  To see the baby cards I made with them, read yesterday’s post, and click here to see the concentration game I made with them (which Logan loved, by the way!)  Click here to get this versatile set from NS Designs.


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