Cut it Up – Celebrate Summer (colors!)

Yay!  It’s summer!  We’re celebrating over at CIU by using specific summer colors, namely turquoise, yellow, hot pink, coral, bright green.

The Cutting Cafe is our sponsor for this challenge and has donated some awesome files for us to work with.  I must say this every time, I have so much fun working with The Cutting Cafe files.  They make me feel creative!

I used the Pocket Shaped Card.  It comes with sentiments, too, and the sentiment was what inspired my card.See?  Sunshine right in the pocket!!  🙂

All the sentiments are on one pdf file.  I opened that in Photoshop elements, cropped out the sentiment I wanted, then saved the result as a png.   I brought that into Silhouette Design Studio and placed it where I wanted on the pocket, then print/cut onto light yellow paper.  All the other elements are svg files from the kit.

I love how it turned out!  So bright and cheerful!

Come on over to Cut it Up to check out the other DT’s projects, then enter your own.  The prize is three sets from The Cutting Cafe, so you can have fun, too!


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A little beauty + simplicity

The other day, I had need of a little beauty and simplicity.  Since I still have my Cricut Expression and all my cartridges, I thought using those would be the perfect solution to get me out of my funk, and it did!

In just a couple of minutes, I selected the beautiful fan from page 26 of the Olé cartridge, had it cut out of scraps, and glued together.  It took longer to make the actual card than it did to make the fan!  There were a couple sheets left over from the Honey Bee Stamps Sweet on You  paper pad.  I chose one with complementary colors and embossed it.  Then I decided I liked the reverse side of the embossing better, so I used that.  Here’s my card, simple and beautiful.I may add a pearl or pearl drop to the flower centers.  Making this quick, simple card lifted my spirits that day!


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Cut it Up – The Perfect Pet

My family and I have had so many pets over the years from fish to birds to dogs.  I loved them all while we had them (except the frog) but now I love the freedom of having no household pet.

I do, however, totally enjoy “my” wild birds!  We have three feeders in the front of the house that attract so many cuties: sparrows, finches, titmice, bluejays, cardinals, woodpeckers, mockingbirds, even starlings and blackbirds.  I love them all (though not the starlings as much — they took over my daughter’s woodpecker family’s nest once.  I haven’t forgiven them.)

Since I needed a bookmark, that’s what I made, and some extras for my pen pals.  I wanted to use product from our sponsor, Newton’s Nook.  Included in their Forest Scene Builder Die Set, there are three wild birds.  I did a google image search for a bird feeder and found this one.  I brought it into Silhouette Design Studio and traced it, then cut it out and glued my little birds onto my bookmark template.  This is what I came up with.The first two I put together have no embossing, but they just looked too plain for me.  The embossing folder I chose for the rest is from Cuttlebug’s Plum Blossom Set.

I’ll keep the bookmark on the left for myself.  The bird feeder is at an odd angle and it’s one of the non-embossed ones.  It’ll still keep my page, though!  😉

Head on over to Cut it Up to see what the other design team members’ favorite pets are, then link up your own project.  The prize is a $20 store credit from Newton’s Nook!  Plenty of pet-related products there!!


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Knitting a classic

My sister sent me a whole box full of yarn and all she asked for in return was that I knit a baby blanket for her to donate to her local hospital.  She even sent me the pattern, directions, really, and as soon as I started knitting it I recognized it.  I’m certain I have knit this particular blanket before.  It’s the Diagonal Comfort Blanket, or Farnsworth Blanket by Lion Brand Yarn.

It’s a square blanket knit on the diagonal.  The pattern has you cast on five stitches and start from there.  I did that, but didn’t like the 5-stitch edge.  If I’m knitting a square, I want pointed edges, so I only got a couple of rows in before I started again. with  modification.Instead of starting with five stitches, I just cast on one.

Row 1 – knit
Row 2 – knit front and back (kfb)
Row 3 – knit 2
Row 4 – knit 1, kfb, knit 1
Row 5 – knit 3
Row 6 – knit 2, kfb, knit 1
Row 7 – knit 4
Row 8 – knit 2, kfb, knit 2
Row 9 – knit 5

After that I just followed the directions. It’s mindless knitting, good for TV viewing when I have to pay attention to the story.  So far, it’s fit on my 10″ needles, but it eventually grows to 160 stitches.  I’ll have to switch to my 14 inchers or circulars, but for now I can knit on my favorite 10 inchers!!


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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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