Love using leftovers

I get such satisfaction out of using every last bit of whatever I have.  I think it has to do with my upbringing.  My parents lived through the great depression and instilled in all of us the value of not wasting.  We often heard “Waste not, want not,”  and my favorite Mommy quote, “Take what you get and be glad you got it.”  To this day, I finish everything on my plate.  You already know I love using my scraps of paper, but I also love using scraps of yarn leftover from different knitting projects.  And I can’t resist a sale.

So back around February, Michaels had a sale on Caron Cakes yarn, and I had a coupon (perfect storm.)  I bought every color that appealed to me and made many Baby Surprise Jackets, just to see how the stripes would turn out.  (Also because it’s such a fun knit!)

I think I made three of the light blue ones (The name of that color is Faerie Cake!) so that second one you see there was made with the leftovers of the first two.  The orange yarn skein had some red in it, but I didn’t want red in the orange jacket, so I cut out that piece and set it aside.  There was some yarn left over from the blue/gray jacket, too.  Red, gray and blue look great together, but there was not enough to make another BSJ.  What to do? What to do?  Make a tiny One sweater! Looks like the back could use more blocking, but it’s cute, right?  Waste not, want not!  🙂


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Lots of cards

I read somewhere that “lotsa” isn’t a word.  It really should be; it’s so fun!  🙂

Anyway, it’s summer and my husband and I have been doing a lot of traveling, so I’m pooped.  Just sitting here on the sofa drinking my fourth cup of coffee this morning and browsing the pictures file on my computer.  I found these cards that I made in 2014.  Apparently I was on a One Sheet Wonder kick, although it looks like more than one paper.  I do remember it’s Close to My Heart paper which I bought in bulk back when they had a good deal and I became a consultant.  Most of them came out real cute.  I can tell I had already begun following Kristie from The Best Things in Life are Pink.  She really rocks!  (And I have to admit that I’m in the process of making a bunch more cards a la Kristie at the moment!  It’s so much fun!)

The goldfish is Miss Kate Cuttables.  I printed/cut about a million of them awhile back.  If I’m making one, I might as well make as many as fit on the mat so I have stuff on hand when I need to make a quick project.

Hope you do something fun today!



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Cut it Up – Patriotic

Three cheers for the Red, White and Blue!  It’s a Patriotic theme at Cut it Up!  and you could win a $20.00 Gift Certificate from Heartfelt Creations!   Here’s my project:It’s hard to tell, but the blue is navy.  I used Star Card Cover 6 by Bird.  I think it’s perfect!
The font is Hobo.  I used a gelly pen to make little dots on the letters.  Check out the projects that my design team sisters made over at Cut it Up, then link up yours!  🙂


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DCD #323 – Wedding or Anniversary

June is traditionally a popular wedding month.  I was a June bride myself!  My daughter and son-in-law recently celebrated their two year wedding anniversary (not in June) and I thought this cute little Mr. & Mrs. card would be fun to send to them.   I saw it here years ago.  It was perfect as is, so just I CASED it for Die Cuttin’ Divas’ Wedding or Anniversary challenge.It’s simple but bold; that’s what I like about it!  Now it’s your turn to link your wedding or anniversary project to Die Cuttin’ Divas.  Hope to see you there!


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DCD 322 – Camping Fun with Woodland Critters

I love all the cute owl cutting files there are, and I knew right away that’s what I wanted for this challenge.  I’ve only seen live owls in zoos or in rescue shelters, never in the wild.  Do you think they’re as cute as this one from Miss Kate’s Cuttables?  It’s called Owl Love You Forever.Here’s the whole card:Adorable, right?  Link up your Camping with Woodland Creatures project at Die Cuttin’ Divas today!



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Stick it Down – June, 2017

Here’s this month’s card sketch from Stick it Down!

I took it literally and made a couple wedding cards using a cut from the Wedding Cricut cartridge, which was free one week in May on  Cricut Design Space.  I made three cards using various scraps of papers and ribbons from my stash.  I added liquid pearls to the icing.

It doesn’t have to be a cake, though.  That’s what makes this card sketch so versatile!

Hope to see your take on it over at Stick it Down.


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Cut it Up – Picnic!

Summer is a great time for picnics, especially picnics by a lake!  Our family enjoyed annual picnics by the lake for years. Always something wonderful to look forward to.  I love picnic foods!  Anyhow, picnics is our theme this week at Cut it Up Challenge Blog.

I made a little easel card using a file from Silhouette called Easel Card – Star, altered a little!  The ant is from Miss Kate Cuttables, and the strawberry is included in the ant file.  All the stamps are from our sponsor, Newton’s NookNewton’s Day Dream and Flower Garden.    I actually made the picnic basket myself from rectangles in Silhouette Design Studio!  We’d love to see your picnic themed projects over at Cut it Up, so link up!!  You could win a $20 store credit from Newton’s Nook!


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