BD card for a neighbor

My neighbor, who is having a birthday soon, is so speedy on his lawnmower he should get a speeding ticket!!  I remembered this image I had downloaded from somewhere on the internet long ago and decided to use it on his birthday card.I traced the image in Silhouette Design studio, then made a .05 offset of the trace and centered it on the image.  Now I needed some grass for him to cut.  Searching my clip art for “grass,” I found a nice background of flowers and grass, and a really cute grasshopper.  The sky on the clip art was yellow, though, and I wanted blue so I brought it into Photoshop Elements and used the magic wand to select the sky, then adjusted the hue until it was the color I wanted.  I “saved as” using a different name.

I liked Sketch~N~Scrap’s card sketch #28 so much that I had already created a Silhouette file of it so I could use it again and again.  This time, I turned it on its side.  I dragged my blue sky jpg onto my sketch file and it filled in perfectly!  I added the cute grasshopper clip art to look as if it were hopping away from the lawnmower.  Then I printed/cut the whole shebang.

That lawnmower was crying to have motion!I do have ready-made spring-thingies, but they always seem to big and bulky to me.  I find it’s just as easy to wind a length of jeweler’s wire (or maybe it’s floral wire?) around a pencil and then tape it onto the embellishment and the card.  I like the motion better, too.So that’s that!  I thought it turned out super cute!  What do you think?


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Cut it Up – Boys Will be Boys!

We had the perfect paper pack to work with for this challenge, the Steampunk Digital Paper Pack from Digital Delights by Louby Loo!  Grungy, steampunky, technical.  I loved working with it!

So…the challenge.  At Cut it Up, we challenge you to create a masculine-themed project for our Boys Will be Boys challenge.  I have two brothers and both of them will have birthdays this year, AND they’re both gear-heads!  so I took the opportunity to create cards for them with this paper.

I love a good pun.  I also love a bad pun!  I made this one up myself.  Get it?  🙂

I used the Side Step card svg from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons.  I dragged the digi paper onto my mat and then positioned the svg rectangles over the part of the paper I wanted to show on them, then print/cut.  The gears were a freebie saved long ago on my computer.

Head on over to Cut it Up to check out the cool inspiration there, then link up your own masculine project.  Digital Delights by Louby Loo is donating a $5 prize to our winner!



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Cut it Up – Shoot for the Stars!

That’s good advice for everyone!  This Cut it Up challenge (#200!!) is for celebrating achievements.  I’m continuing my box theme, but this time I used a Silhouette file, the Ribbon Tie Favor Box – Scalloped, Design #64602 in the Silhouette Design Store.

I used digital paper saved on my computer for many years from DDDoodles Papers.  It’s called Stars and Stripes.  The Shooting Star is from our sponsor, DRS Designs.  All their stamps come in rubber and digital!  I chose digital because I’m not the world’s greatest colorer.

I brought the image into Silhouette Design Studio and traced it.  I made an offset for the shadow, then released the compound path of the original image.  I moved the stars off the image and filled them with color, then I selected all those little dots plus the outline and made them a compound path again.  I printed and cut it all out and assembled!

The hardest part was the bow, believe it or not!!  It looked too floofy in the front and took away from the beauty of the star, so I tried lots of different ways to make it plainer, then just decided to tie it in a bow in the back.Hope you join us in congratulating someone on a job well done, education finished, promotion, etc. by creating your own Shoot for the Stars project and linking it at Cut it Up! You could be the random winner of a $20 credit to DRS Designs, and they have a ton of great stamps there!


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My finished Malin!

It’s finished!   I just love it — worth all the angst!  The color is amazing, the texture is amazing, that rope is amazing!!It fits really well;I’m happy with all the transitions from ribbing to body and sleeve;

I love how the sleeve cable flows into the shoulder saddles;and I think I did a better job on the sand stitch seams!Very excited to finally have the sweater I’ve longed for!!


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Cut it Up – Friends

Time for another challenge at Cut it Up Challenge Blog!
This time, we want to see projects that celebrate friends.

Instead of making a card, I decided to explore my Cricut cartridges and find a little box.  This one is from the Artiste cartridge, and was a cinch to put together.  I cut it at 4″ on my good old Cricut Expression!  I’m having fun using both old and new supplies!
We have two generous sponsors for this challenge.  I decided to use products from both.  The raccoon and banner are stamps with coordinating dies from CAS-ual Fridays.  The dies are called Fox Banner and the stamps are Bushy Tailed.  The stamps are no longer available.  I cut the tag using Stitched Tag Nesting Dies from STAMPlorations.  The paper is from a Love Nicole paper pad called Tonal Patterns, and the twine is Trendy Twine in Lemon Tart.

You should check out the amazing projects that my Cut it Up teammates made for this challenge.  You’re sure to be inspired to create and link up your own project to celebrate your friends!


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Some cards

Awhile ago, I watched Kristie Marcotte “disappear” a 6×6 paper pad whose papers really appealed to me, Honey Bee Stamps Sweet on You paper pad.  The colors were right up my alley — lots of orange, which is my second favorite color (behind brown.)  I liked it so much, I ordered the paper pad and the matching rhinestones, thinking that I would craft along with Kristie, making the same cards she did with the same papers.  Figured I couldn’t go wrong, could I?

Of course her style is different from mine.  I don’t have a lot of sentiment stamps and I don’t feel that a card is complete without a die cut on it, but I started out.  Here’s the first card, almost an exact copy of Kristie’s.  The Hi stamp is from Unity Stamp company.Second one is pretty close, too.  The gorgeous Perched Bird silhouette is from STAMPlorations. Third, fourth, and fifth cards are pretty close, too.  The hearts are just shapes in Cricut Design Studio.The flower dies were a freebie sent with an order from Taylored Expressions, and the scallop border die is an old Sizzix Edgelit die from Stampin’ Up (Adorning Accents 125595)This gorgeous dog is from A Child’s Year Cricut cartridge.  From there I lost interest.  The next card didn’t appeal to me, but while I had my physical dies out, I remembered the swing card dies I have from Sizzix and made these couple.  The simple cupcake on this one is from the Cricut Sweet Treats cartridge.
These are just some hearts.This flower is just one layer from a flower in Cheerful Seasons on Cricut Design studio.From there I strayed from Kristie’s tutorial and from the Sweet on You paper pad.  I went on to make two cards from the Wild Card cartridge using paper scraps.  Those adorable jacks are dies from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps (Jumping Jacks Fri-dies.)   I’d had my eye on those for a while and finally added them to my cart during a recent purchase.   I loved playing with jacks when I was a kid!  Great activity for coordination and for seeing objects in sets of twos, threes, etc.  The Happy Birthday sentiments in both these cards come from my favorite birthday stamp set, So Many Birthdays from Jaded Blossom.  There are nineteen stamps that say Happy Birthday in so many different fonts, there’s always one to match the card I’m making. The leaves on this card are also from Wild Card.So that’s that!  I only have three full sheets left from the 6×6 pad along with some scraps, but I do plan to use them up soon.  I’ll show you when I get them done!

See you tomorrow with my Cut it Up post!


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Changed my mind (again)

I had all intentions of starting my Malin over using the FLAK method (Follow the Leader Aran Knit – a specific method of knitting a sweater from the top-down.)  I made the saddle shoulders, which is the first step, then cast on for the back of the neck and started another swatch for the central panel cable to see if I could both knit it upside down and still have the little loops look like they flow under the cable.  I worked on this swatch for a day and a half before saying Uncle!!  I just could not get the modifications to work. And so . . .  Good thing I didn’t rip out my knitting!  New day, new attitude.

What I didn’t like most about it was how huge and barrel-like it became after I added those side panels.  I decided to rip back to the underarms, remove the panels, and see if I could work with the body.  I basted the front and back together and tried it on.

It fits!  All those cables stretch sideways and it works.  Whew! I was being really “knit-picky” with my other complaints.  I’ll blame my bad attitude on you-know-what.

Okay, so I’ll finish the back and front (stopping in the right place this time), sew on the saddles, sew up the side seams (which, really!  They’re at my sides.  I can live with the seam.), and knit the sleeves top-down following By Gum, By Golly’s tutorial.  The sleeves don’t have that central panel; they only have my favorite rope cable and a couple other simple ones.


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