Cut it Up – Out in the Country

Another easy challenge over at Cut it Up, Out in the Country. Your project should feature something that you would find outdoors in the country. It made me think of a picnic. I found this beautiful picnic basket in our sponsor, STAMPlorations‘, online store. It’s just called Picnic Basket. I brought it into Silhouette Design Studio and printed/cut it onto a wine bottle tag from Silhouette store. I sized it to fit the little bottles of wine.

I chose purple to kind of go with the wine color.

Hope you join us for a trip Out in the Country! Link your project to Cut it Up by June 1st for a chance to win a $20 gift code from STAMPlorations!


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Cut it Up – Any Animal or Insect

Welcome back to another challenge at Cut it Up! It’s animals or insects this time around – easy peasy!

I used a leftover cut of an adorable hippo from Papercrafting World’s Carnival of Fun svg set. It’s really old, and I’m pretty sure theyPaperCrafting World is out of business. The owner, Melinda’s, web site is active, but I can’t figure out if she’s still selling svgs.

Our sponsor is CAS-ual Fridays, and I used their Pretty Posies stamp and die set to make the rest of the card. The flowers and the sentiment are from that set. I think this set is retired, though. Only the die set is available.

That hippo made me smile, so the sentiment was perfect! The prize for this challenge is the winner’s choice of stamp from the CAS-ual Fridays store. Hope you’ll join us!


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Peace Palapalooza, 2022

Milo May isn’t a thing anymore, but this year I’m participating in Peace Palapalooza. It actually starts on May 1st, but I’m between big projects and thought I’d get an early start. This is my second batch of Peace Pals (see this post for my first batch.) I had a little goal for this one.

A while ago, I bought a pom pom maker and it came with lots of little skeins of brightly colored yarn.

I didn’t need the yarn for making pom poms so I just saved it. This is the perfect project to use up those little skeins so that was my goal. Here they are!

I added some other yarns, too. I wanted to make an even ten, but one didn’t make the cut. I still have the body, though, and will make a head to add onto it. Here are shots of the individual dolls. You can click on the photos to get a closer look if you want to.

Cuties, aren’t they? My favorites are the top left and the middle left. I knitted them flat and seamed up the back. For me, that’s faster than knitting them in the round, and you have to break out the needle anyway to define the arms and legs, so it’s not that much extra to do. I like the look of that eyelash yarn, but I find it hard to knit with.


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Cut it Up – April Showers Bring May Flowers

I don’t mind the rain. It gives me a credible reason for staying inside and knitting! or crafting!

Pink and Main is our sponsor for this Cut it Up challenge, which you can see from the title is April Showers Bring May Flowers. P &M gave us stamps and dies to work with. I got the Sunny Greetings stamps and coordinating dies.

I used the Garden Soup Cricut cartridge to cut out a seed packet and the Sunny Greetings stamps and dies for the sunflowers and sentiment. I love the bold lines on this stamp set. I used some very old chalks to color the sunflowers and some Ranger inks to ink around the mat and sentiment.

I thought a seed packet would be a great tie-in to our theme this week.

The prize from Pink and Main is a $25 surprise prize package. How fun!! Hope you join us.


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Cut it Up – Easter or Create Your Own Background Paper

Our challenge this time around is to create your own background paper and/or make an Easter project, and I did both! I followed this tutorial by Catherine Pooler to make my own background paper using stamps and inks from my stash. I thought the ink was too bold, though, so I decided to cover it with some vellum. I created frames in Silhouette Design studio to adhere the vellum to. The Happy Easter Everybunny sentiment is a digi from our sponsor, DRS Designs. I altered it by putting the sentiment on one line instead of two and adding a comma. I love this fun font! With that sentiment, how can the card not have a bunny on it? This cutie is the Bunny Peeker Tag from Little Scraps of Heaven,

These will be for my grandchildren.

We hope you play along. As I said, you can either make an Easter project or create your own background (or both, like I did!) The prize from DRS Designs is a $20.00 voucher to the DRS Designs online store. It could be yours!

See you over at Cut it Up!


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Cut it Up – Spring!

Spring is my favorite season. I love all the birds, flowers, and the smell of the rain. We’re celebrating the return of spring over at Cut it Up for this challenge. Our sponsor, Taylored Expressions, gave us product to work with, a beautiful stamp, Spring Spray, and its coordinating die. If you follow me, you know that I’m not the world’s greatest colorer. My design team sisters are very, very talented at coloring so you should definitely go over to Cut it Up and check out what they did with this amazing set. I, however, will go to great lengths not to have to color up a stamp because I just know it’ll fizzle. So I tried every technique that I know of for using stamps that does not really involve coloring. I did some resist heat embossing, some smooshing, some paper towel coloring, some water coloring, some splattering. I wound up with several flower images, most of which weren’t too bad!

I used the nicest one to make a panel for a spring basket, using the free Tulip Tree Basket from Dreaming Tree. This one I think I used heat embossing, water color pencils, and splattering.

I used old 12 x 24″ Cricut paper for the basket itself because I had to enlarge it quite a bit to accommodate the size of the stamped image I had. It turned out pretty nice, although I had a gluing accident (don’t look at the back side of the basket!!) I used a scallop border punch for the handle.

There were lots of leftover “tries” that I really didn’t want to waste, so I made note cards with the rest of them. A couple I didn’t even color so I needed good contrasting patterned paper to put them on. The first one is just stamped on white card stock; the second is heat embossed.

This one was heat embossing + smooshing. The colors came out kind of muddy. 🤷🏻‍♀️

This one is my favorite, I think. Heat embossed and inked. I mounted it on embossed white card stock.

That left me with the paper towel one and two pretty ugly inked images.

I layered the bluish one on top of the pinkish one and glued them on top of the paper towel one.

Those are all my spring projects! Head on over to Cut it Up to see what the other team members made, then link up your own spring project. You could win a $25 gift certificate to Taylored Expressions!


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Cut it Up – Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and we at Cut it Up are celebrating! I’m celebrating with a set of four cards that depict strong women. Three are fictional characters and the fourth was a real person.

The three characters I chose for my cards are Elsa, Hermione, and Hello Kitty and the real person is Sally Ride.

I’ve never seen either Frozen movie but have read Frozen books to my granddaughter. Elsa is a strong character who learns how to control her emotions and her magic.

Hello Kitty reminds us that girls and women can be anything they want to be. Here she’s depicted as a doctor.

Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series is a hard working student who is serious about her studies and always puts forth extra effort.

Sally Ride was the first American female astronaut in space.

To create my cards, I made four rectangles in Silhouette Design Studio and used the print feature to write “women’s history month” in different fonts. On a separate mat, I did a print and cut of the four ladies. Once I had all my pieces, I used my MISTI and different colored inks to stamp Celebrate, from our sponsor, CAS-ual Fridays’, Celebrate stamp set at the top of the cards and used their Jumping Jacks Dies to make little coordinating embellishments. The characters are popped up using foam tape.

These four cards will be going out with my monthly pen pal letters to four amazing women in my life.

The prize from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is the winner’s choice of stamp! How cool is that? We hope you will join our Women’s History Month celebration with your own project.


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St. Patrick’s Day, 2022

This is the card I made for my family and friends for St. Patrick’s Day this year.

The little Mouse with Clover was from Little Scraps of Heaven, and the clover was just an svg saved on my computer. I embossed it using my Cuttlebug. I thought they turned out cute!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!


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Cut it Up – Snowmen!

We’ve had some snow this year here in the Shenandoah Valley, but I don’t really build snowmen anymore. I loved playing in snow as a child, building forts and snowmen, having snowball fights with neighborhood kids, but now I pretty much just stay inside and wait for the snow to melt!! I do like making snowmen with paper, though, because they’re awfully cute! The theme for this Cut it Up challenge is Snowmen. I used a Silhouette file that I bought but never made called Wiper Card Christmas Snowman. It’s number 299533. It was a blast to make! Instead of the snowman that came with the card, I substituted a snowman from our sponsor, Oddball Art. This cutie is called Printable Stamp Kawaii Snowman Silly Chilly Stan Christmas. I printed/cut him at about 2½”. I colored him with colored pencils. The sentiment came with the card.

When you open the card, a little Christmas tree comes swiping up! It’s really cool!!

I also flipped him horizontally for the back of the card.

I think he’s super cute. I can’t tell if he’s singing or saying, “Woo, hoo! It’s cold out here!”

I can’t wait to see all the different snowmen on the Cut it Up site. I hope you link up one, too. The prize is a $10 coupon code from Oddball Art!


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Cut it Up – Love/Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air at Cut it Up for this challenge! We went to see Valentines or projects declaring your love. This little mini-slimline card is the first Valentine I made this year. I used a file from The Cutting Café called February 14th Digital Stamp Set. It comes with 41 black and white images and 41 colored images, so it was really hard to choose. This adorable little car won out in the end as the focal point for my card.

I brought it into Silhouette Design studio and created an offset around it. I also used the Love You sentiment included with the kit and decided to place it on the little yellow line that was on the car, as if someone had written it on lined paper. The car image includes little hearts as exhaust, but instead of using the ones that came with that image, I used hearts from another of their files, Slimline Valentine’s Day Window Card Tops. The clouds are from Newton’s Nook Designs’ Sky Scene Builder Die Set.

Come on over to Cut it Up and show off your Valentines/Love projects. We can’t wait to see them! The prize for this challenge is three fun sets from The Cutting Café. Seriously. I love working with their files!


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