Die Cuttin’ Divas – Snowflakes

My husband loves snow and always looks forward to seeing those first few snowflakes falling from the sky.  They do look so beautiful.  Paper snowflakes are pretty, too! and that’s the theme this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas, so please go over there and check out the BLIZZARD of projects from the design team!  🙂  Here’s mine.I made a mini album to give as a mini gift to my niece.  It’s the Library Card mini album from Lori Whitlock.  I followed her assembly video.  It was easy and fun to put together!There are six little pocket pages.I closed it with a Velcro dot.The paper is digi paper saved on my computer.  I dragged it onto each piece and printed before cutting them.  You can see I inked the edges, too!

Head on over to Die Cuttin’ Divas with your snowflake project!



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Stick it Down – January 2018

Here is Stick it Down‘s first card sketch of 2018!  We had a sponsor this time around, Annie’s Digital Stamps, and she gave us some images to work with.  I chose the Heart Cupcake digi.  I brought my image into Silhouette Design Studio software to color it and added some heart cut outs to look as if they were confetti falling onto the cupcake!The entire card is print and cut.  The Happy Birthday flag at the bottom is a separate cut, but the cupcake and tablecloth are all on one layer.  I used a marker to draw the line over the pink checkerboard rectangle.

So that’s it!  You have the entire month of January to link up your version of this sketch.  Hope you do!


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Die Cuttin’ Divas – Dragon Day

We’re showcasing dragons at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week!  I don’t know why I always think of babies when I design with dragons, but I do!  Tiny little baby dragons are adorable.  I just know they exist!

Here is the card I made for our Dragon Day challenge. It was inspired by an Operation Write Home sketch that was landscape orientation with strips of patterned paper.  The paper is scraps left on my desk from Christmas crafting. The print and cut dragon is an image I found with a Google Image search.  It’s from a site called Activity Village on a page explaining how to play a fun game with kids called Catch the Dragon’s Tail!  The font is Santa’s Sleigh font, which I think is so pretty.

Let’s see your wild side!  Link your dragon project over at Die Cuttin’ Divas this week!


I’m linking my card to :
Crafty Calendar Challenge’s Mythical Creatures challenge
and Cardz TV Anything Goes challenge

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Logan’s bunny sweater

I just had to show off the bunny sweater I finished for my granddaughter.  I’m really proud of it!  It was challenging and so much fun to make!

Logan loves bunnies and loves the sweaters I knit for her, so naturally she asked me to knit her a bunny sweater!  I couldn’t find a pattern that fit my needs, so I followed Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Seamless Yoke Sweater from her book, Knitting Around.  Her pattern doesn’t tell you how many stitches to cast on, decrease by, or anything.  You knit a swatch using the wool, needles, and the stitch you plan to use for the sweater, determine your gauge by counting how many stitches you have to the inch, multiply that by the chest size that you want the sweater to be, and that number is called “K.”  You use K and the mathematical proportions that Elizabeth devised to write your own pattern.  Crazy fun!!

Since it was the first time knitting that pattern, I wanted to do a practice run first.  I found some yarn on clearance at Joanns, four skeins all the same dye lot for only $1.97 each so I scooped them up and knitted this “bonus” sweater.  This yarn is worsted weight.  I cast on 92 stitches for a 24″ chest.

Now onto the real sweater!!

I found lots of charts for all different kinds of bunnies.  The bunnies I chose for Logan’s sweater are from a hat pattern called Printemps, which I purchased from Ravelry.  I bought the wool at a local fiber festival this fall; it’s the natural colors of the sheep, not dyed at all.  I started the sweater on December 13th by casting on 152 stitches for a 27″ chest.  Logan has plenty of sweaters that fit her now so I made this one big.While doing my ribbing, I re-watched the Craftsy color work class I bought.I needed 171 stitches for my bunnies.  There are nine in all, and I wanted one centered on the belly.  I don’t have that much experience with color work and welcomed this opportunity to practice some more with it, but it took a very long time to do the bunnies!  They’re only sixteen rows, and I had hoped to finish them in a few hours, but it took me about two days!  I really needed to concentrate.  The white wool had to be carried across so many stitches that it needed to be secured with the brown wool in some places.   Then it was just knitting around to finish the bodice, knit the sleeves, unite the three pieces and start on the yoke.  I loved the design on the yoke of one sweater I saw on Ravelry so I copied it for Logan’s.  Elizabeth’s sweater instructions called for short rows on the back of the sweater to make the back neck a little higher than the front.  I had to re-watch my Craftsy short row class for a refresher on that!  And then just rib the neck, cast off and call it done!!  I finished knitting the sweater on January 6th! . . . Or so I thought.

As I was admiring my work, something seemed off.  I somehow got turned around and did the short rows on what was supposed to be the the FRONT!!  😧  That meant that the “jog” that happens when knitting in the round was on the right front shoulder for all to see instead of the back left.  And my carefully-planned bunnies were out of place!

This is supposed to be the back of the sweater, but it’s on the front. 😦

This is supposed to be the front of the sweater, but I put the short rows here by mistake! 😦

So I had to rip out all the way back to the short rows and re-knit.  TOTALLY WORTH IT!!

Here’s the fixed front with the beautiful yoke pattern.Here’s the back of the sweater with the properly placed short rows and the jog on the left back shoulder where it belongs.Here are my perfectly placed bunnies after blocking.And here’s the finished sweater all knitted, blocked, and ends woven in!Finished for real on January 11th!



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Cut it Up – New Year’s Resolutions

🎉 Happy New Year from Cut it Up!  🎉

It’s our first challenge for 2018 and the theme is New Year’s Resolutions or Goals.  You know I love to knit.  Every year, the American Heart Association asks for donations of hand knit or crocheted red hats.  They give them out to all the babies born during February, which is Heart Month.  I knit sixteen of them for 2017’s collection.
So far, I’ve only knit one for 2018  😦  and have actually missed the deadline for this year.  I really enjoyed knitting those red hats and donating them to such a worthy cause so I want to be sure to make a donation for 2019.  That is one of my goals for the new year — to knit at least one red hat every month.  I made this little notebook to keep track.The covers are just chip board with pretty paper adhered.  The little mouse is from our sponsor, Kitten Scraps.  The name of the file is Xmas Mouse 5 with candy cane.  I omitted the candy cane and gave her yarn and knitting needles instead!  🙂

Here’s the back cover.  It’s just plain.

Here’s the first page.  It’s a check list so I can be sure to knit one hat every month.I used book rings to bind it so I could add pages as needed because . . .  I’m also using it as just a knitting journal!What are your goals for 2018?  Make a pretty project about your New Year’s resolutions or goals and link it over at Cut it Up.  Maybe your pretty project will inspire you to work on those goals!

Our sponsor, Kitten Scraps, has donated a $20 gift certificate to use in the store for any KittenScraps, or NS Design products for our winner!  🙂


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PDE Linky Party – January 2018 Anything Goes

We’re getting crafty again over at PDE Linky Party and Anything Goes!  You may know that I’m decades behind on my scrapbooking and am trying to get my photos all done.  Here’s a layout using photos from 1986.  The Texas Instruments’ TI99-4A was our first computer.  We used an old television for a monitor.  My son loved working and playing on it, even at three years old!  He needed a booster seat to reach the keyboard!

See the ketchup bottle to his right?  That was really a telephone!  Yes!! We’re a family of geeks!  🙂

I designed the page to be super basic and square to reflect the early computer.  The robot is from the Cricut Robotz cartridge, of course!

Link up your project over at our linky party!


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Die Cuttin’ Divas – Penguins!

Real penguins are adorable to begin with, but paper penguins??  Eeek!  There are SOOOO many cute ones that I really wanted to make.  It was so hard to choose.  I must have designed four different penguin projects between Silhouette and  Cricut design programs, and finally decided to do print and cut from Miss Kate Cuttables for the Die Cuttin’ Divas‘ penguin challenge this week.

I started by importing the Christmas Penguin and Girl Christmas Penguin, and using the duplicate feature to make wrapping paper.  Then I did a print and cut at about 3″ for my tag.  I just love the MKC images, but I’m not always up for gluing the tiny little pieces that make them so detailed, so print and cut comes to my rescue!!

I can’t wait to see all the variety of penguins this week at DCD.  Hope to see yours there!




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