CIU Rainbow

Don’t you just love to see a rainbow? They’re such a delight to see. I look for one after almost every rainstorm.

Here’s a picture I took of my daughter taking a picture of a rainbow back in 2014. It’s the best one I could find on my computer!

For my Cut it Up project, gussied up the front of a cheap dollar store photo album that I filled with pictures of my children and grandchildren. I’m going to take this little album on my upcoming road trip to see people I haven’t seen in years. I’d like to show them my family but don’t really like looking at pictures on people’s phones so I decided to have some 4 x 6s printed out.

I used a die set supplied by one of our sponsors for this challenge, Pink and Main. It’s simply called Rainbow Dies and includes the two clouds, the sun, the rainbow, and a tiny heart. I used the Cricut Artiste cartridge for the text.

We actually have two sponsors for this challenge, Pink and Main, who is donating a $25 surprise prize package and my design teammate, Leslie, who is donating some rainbow-themed craft items! So, double the chance to win! Hope to see your rainbow-themed project over at Cut it Up!


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Cut it Up – It’s All About Me!

I’d like to think that it’s always about me, but . . . that’s another issue, I guess! Anyway, the theme for this Cut it Up challenge is It’s All About Me. And I really don’t mean just me, but, you know, anybody. This challenge came at a great time for me because I just celebrated my birthday. I always buy myself a present for birthdays and Christmas, and sometimes for no occasion at all. This year I bit the bullet and bought myself the entire Harry Potter audiobook collection. I’m worth it!! 😄 They’re in that blue box on the top. The brown box contains all the HP books that my husband got me for Christmas a couple of years ago. You’ll also notice some other presents I bought myself recently, a few Barbies to add to my collection. (You can never have enough Barbies or Harry Potter.)

The tag is my real project. I took a picture of my baby picture and printed/cut it out using my Silhouette to get a perfect square. The black mat it’s on was also cut on the Silhouette. I used dies from our sponsor, STAMPlorations, for the tag itself and the Happy Birthday sentiment. The tag is from Stitched Tags Nesting Dies, and the sentiment is from the Skinny Sentiments die set.

Here’s a closeup of the tag:

and a closeup of my new girls:

The prize for this challenge is a $20 gift code from Stamplorations. Hope you join us! I’d love to know more about you!


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Cut it Up – Treat Box or Bag

It’s time for another challenge at Cut it Up! This time, we’d like to see treat boxes or bags. I chose a box from the Cricut Artiste cartridge and created a scene on it using stamps and dies from our sponsor, Newton’s Nook.

I always like to create something that I can actually use so I made a box to put a little Christmas present in.

The lamb and sentiment are from Fleece Navidad stamp set and coordinating die. The ticket die is from the Framework die set, and the trees are from the Forest Scene die set.

The prize for this challenge is a $20 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs. Hope you participate!!


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Cut it Up Summer Lovin’

We’re loving summer for this challenge at Cut it Up! I decided to make a card for this challenge because it’s what I needed but projects can be anything as long as they follow the theme and include a die cut!

I used my Cricut Expression and the Summer Celebrations cartridge to create this card.

I also used several products from our sponsor, Your Next Stamp. The top two banners are from their Stitched Banner Die set and I made the sun from their Stitched Wavy Circle Die set. Even the patterned paper is from them. It’s from their Tropical Island 6 x 6 paper pad. I love the bright colors and the tiny triangles.

I thought the sun might be a little too big but I like the look. Let’s just hope that boy has on sunblock!

Hope you join us over at Cut it Up for this summer-themed challenge. The prize is a $20 e-gift code from Your Next Stamp!


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Cut it Up Sketch Challenge

It’s always fun to follow a card sketch. Gerda from my design team created this awesome sketch for us for this challenge. And here it is:

Our sponsor, DRS Designs, gave us files to work with for this challenge. I chose a sentiment, All About You Birthday Greeting. It’s my kind of humor! 😉 This is my take on the sketch.

I placed the rest of the sentiment on the inside of the card:

The Hello Kitty file was a leftover from an old SVG Cutting Files blog hop. I usually make lots of a cutting file while I’m at it. They always come in handy!

I hope you play along with our sketch challenge at Cut it Up. The prize from DRS Designs is a $20 voucher to their store!


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Cut it Up Magical Creatures

I still can’t get the hang of this “new” WordPress interface. 😠 The old one was so much easier. . .

Anyhow, Magical Creatures is the theme for this Cut it Up challenge. Our sponsor is Oddball Art and they gave us three images to work with. I chose Sassy Unicorn Painting Pumpkins Image #472 so I didn’t have to color! The image has the unicorn sitting on a pumpkin, but since it’s a digital image, I was able to remove the pumpkin and place him on a die cut moon. The moon svg was saved on my computer long, long ago. It’s called Baby Bear on Moon by ScrapbookEden, now Crafty Melinda. I don’t think it’s available anymore.

The stamp is an unidentified one in my drawer, and the card base and patterned paper were cut using Mod Stitched Rectangle Dies by Pink and Main. So that’s that!

The prize from Oddball Art is a $10 coupon code to their store. They have really cute images there! I can’t wait to see what kind of magical creatures show up at Cut it Up!


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Cut it Up For the Guys / Fathers’ Day – Tic Tac Toe

This challenge was a real challenge for me! I always try to make a project that I can actually use. I have to admit here that sometimes my paper projects go right into the circular file as soon as I take their photo because I can’t use them and they would just become dust collectors. Luckily, I was able to figure out a way to make this tic-tac-toe challenge work for me.

The theme is For the Guys / Fathers’ Day – Tic Tac Toe. Here’s the board: I used Bow Tie, Ticket, and Hat/Cap.

My neighbor just graduated from James Madison University. I used an image of a male graduate from the Paper Dolls Teen Scene Cricut Cartridge, plus a bow tie from a different image on the same cartridge. I couldn’t figure out how to chop the boy in half in the Cricut Design Space (Silhouette Design Studio is SOOOOO much easier!) so I had to make him full size and then use my paper trimmer. I had to cut a little of his gown near the top so I could give him a bow tie instead of the regular tie that he comes with.

I went online and downloaded the background, brought it into Silhouette Design Studio to print it with some transparency so it wouldn’t overwhelm the card.

The boy file has about five or six layers, so it’s very thick. I had to use a Sharpie and some inks to blacken the sides.

That’s it! Good luck with the TIc-Tac-Toe board! We have two sponsors for this challenge. Lawn Fawn is offering a $25 gift card and The Scrap Room is offering a $20 gift card. Come on over to Cut it Up and give our TTT a try!


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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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