Cut it Up – Spring Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cut it Up Spring Blog Hop!  You should have started your hop from the Cut it Up blog, and arrived here from Georgiana’s.  The whole lineup is at the bottom of my post.

I’m so excited for this.  It’s going to be so much fun because there are designers from two teams participating – the Cut it Up team and some guests from Die Cuttin’ Divas! – (love those ladies!) AND there are prizes!

Scribbles is offering $10 worth of images from their store
Pink and Main is donating a $20 store credit
and Decosse Dynamite Doodles is giving two prizes:
– Winner’s choice of one of the four options offered by DDD
– and an extra prize for one lucky commenter on just the Cut it Up blog. Anyone who leaves a comment on just that blog will be eligible to win a copy of their gorgeous Simply Spring mini kit!

Winners will be chosen from the comments on Cut it Up Challenge Blog by and will be announced on Cut it Up blog on April 17th.  To be eligible to win sponsors’ prizes, you must follow and comment on each of our blogs, including Cut it Up.

Well, enough “housekeeping!”  On to my project!

Spring is my favorite season. I love the sights and smells, but the thing that tickles my fancy the most is the return of the birds. We have a couple of feeders outside our front window and it’s so much fun to watch their antics!  I especially love it when the parents feed the babies!My project is a little birdhouse box from SVG Cuts and uses the striped paper from the aforementioned Decosse Dynamite Doodles’ Simply Spring mini kit.

The flowers are from Recollections and the roof element is embossed with the Swiss Dots Cutlebug embossing folder. Now hop on over to Esther’s blog!  She always impresses!!

Here’s the whole lineup is below, in case you need it.  Remember to comment on and follow each designer and CIU.

Cut it Up Challenge Blog
Evelyn (me!)
Esther – (next)
Cut it Up Challenge Blog – Don’t forget to leave a comment here, too!  Prize winners are selected from the comments on Cut it Up.  Good luck!  ♡


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The Merry Christmas Challenge #15 – Trees

The optional twist this week at The Merry Christmas Challenge is trees!  Two of the cards I made from the Doodlebug Here Comes Santa Claus paper pack have trees on them.  Here they are:The one on the left follows Paper Play sketch #5, and the one on the right uses #47.  You may know I’m on a quest to use them all!


The tiny snowflakes are a punch.

Remember you don’t have to use trees on your project, but we’d sure like to see your Christmas project!


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DCD – Golfer’s Day

The theme this week for the Die Cuttin’ Divas challenge is Golfer’s Day.  I am not a golfer (unless you count putt-putt) but luckily I had some really cute golf-related images to use for this challenge.  This golf cart is from the Lettering Delights Golf Stringbeans set.  I got most, if not all, of their Stringbeans sets one time when they had a huge discount on them.  Really adorable!!  There’s a Stringbean for every occasion!!  🙂

I made a gate fold card.  The patterned papers are from my scraps file.  The card itself is really cute, but it didn’t photograph well.  I don’t know if this happens to you, but sometimes cards just look so much better in person than they do in a photo.  Here, the black is too prominent.  When you look at the photo, the black roof of the golf cart just sticks out like a sore thumb.  It doesn’t look like that in real life!!  Also, it’s hard to see that the gray “metal” parts are really made with silver shimmery paper that looks like real metal.  Also hard to photograph.  😦Here it is partway open so you can see that the golf cart is only adhered to the left side.  I wonder what you’ll come up with for Golfers’ Day!!


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Cut it Up – You are my Sunshine!

. . . my only sunshine.  You make me happy when skies are gray!

The theme for this Cut it Up challenge is You are my Sunshine, which can be taken literally (using a sun on your project) or figuratively (what makes you happy!!)  I chose the figurative route.  What’s making me happy right now, and every year, is spring is on its way!  We’ve already had crocuses and daffodils, and the ornamental pear trees and forsythia bushes were in bloom before the snow got to them.  Spring is my very favorite season!!  I get outside more and everything smells so GOOD!!

Our sponsor this week is Dreaming Tree and they provided us with product to use on our projects.  Another DT member, Gerda, and I chose the same exact file!! but she got hers finished first.  It’s the Mailbox Bouquet.  I wanted to make mine different from hers so instead of making the box card as instructed, I deconstructed it and made a different shaped card instead. I used the shape of the mailbox for the card and layered the flowers on top of it with foam tape for lots of dimension.I had one leftover flower and a sprig of grass so they landed on the inside.What makes you happy?  Come on over to Cut it Up and show us!  The prize for this challenge is a $15 gift card to Dreaming Tree.  It’ll buy you a lot!!  While you’re over there, check out the freebies.  There are so many!


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Cut it Up Spring Blog Hop is Hopping Your Way!!

When – April 13th starting at 5:00

Where – Starts at Cut it Up, has eight other stops along the way

What’s in it for you – Prizes!!  We have three sponsors for this fun hop!

Hope to see you there!

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PDE Challenges #14 – Color It

The challenge this week at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges is Color it – color an image, color your background . . .
Coloring is challenging for me, but I think I really pulled it off this time!  I used the hints and tips my son-in-law gave me about coloring with colored pencils.  I used my Crayola colored pencils and an adorable image called Dreamin’ Birds by Birdie Brown, whose shop is closed now. I had a lot of fun making these cards, right from the get-go!  Continuing on my quest to use all the Paper Play Sketches, this card follows sketch #11.  I do have Lil’ Inkers stitched rectangle dies, but I didn’t use them.  Instead, I made an A2-sized rectangle in Silhouette Design Studio, gave it an internal offset, and changed the style of the offset line to a dashed line.  That gave me the look of stitching on the rectangle.  I have a grass svg saved on my computer, so I brought that in, colored it green, and typed Happy Spring on it in Summertime font.  I wanted the grass sides and bottom to also have the stitched look so I copied and pasted the dashed line from the rectangle and placed it over my grass, then used the knife and eraser tools to eliminate all the dashes that fell above the grass line.  (Doesn’t seem to show on the photos, though.  Hmmm.)

Next I brought in the bird image and placed it where I wanted it on the card, and printed and cut the whole shebang.The next step was coloring.  I wanted each of the birds to be different and to represent real birds.  This website, 12 Colorful Birds from Around the World, gave me my inspiration.

This first card features the Kingfisher.The second one is the Japanese White-Eye Bird.And the last one shows the Eastern Yellow Robin.We’d love to see your colored images at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges this week!


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DCD April 2018 sketch

Here’s the latest sketch from Die Cuttin’ Divas!  Another winner!  And just in time for my husband’s birthday, too!

His birthday present this year was power tools!!


The drill svg is an unidentified file saved on my computer, but it really came in handy for this card!

We’d love to see your take on our sketch!  🙂


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