Cut it Up – Johnny Appleseed

There’s a nip in the air.  Soon it’ll be apple-picking time!  Cut it Up’s current challenge is to use an apple on your project.

I love apples; Macintosh are my favorite followed by Honey Crisp.  Every year we go to a local orchard and buy apples, apple pies, drink apple cider, and eat apple donuts.  It’s an apple celebration!  My daughter tells me that if you do specific, special activities, it’ll help seal those times in your mind as opposed to everyday activities, so we do try to go every year. (Pumpkin picking is fun, too!!  Especially if you include a hay ride.)  We don’t pick as much as pick out, though!  🙂

I chose to use a cute Miss Kate’s Cuttable’s Cute Caramel Apple.  It was a freebie of the day.  (Now, sadly, there are only freebies of the week . . .)  I also used a sketch for these cards.  Recently I noticed that Paper Play Sketches had their 50th sketch!  Wow!  And all their sketches are in one place, here.  I downloaded them all and made a document that has nine per page on it with the vague notion of using every one of them.  We’ll see how that goes!  😉  But here are four cards based on sketch #2.

The paper is from Lori Whitlock’s This and That “Charming” paper pack.  I’ve had it for years and just made a photo album out of it for a good friend of mine who recently retired.  (You’ll see that in a couple of weeks!)  But the paper is SO GORGEOUS that I saved every last scrap that I could, including these little strips.  I knew they’d come in handy for something!

I put the cards together while my apples were cutting.  Did this ever happen to you?  You cut out what you need, only one or two get smooshed or don’t cut out perfectly, so you cut that one piece again.  Then the piece gets lost.  (HOW they get lost IN MY CRAFT ROOM is mind-boggling to me.  There must be a worm hole in here somewhere that leads to a  black hole in the universe with all my missing crafty stuff.)  Two of the dark red pieces got lost as well as one gooey caramel piece.   Pretty frustrating.  I bet they and my lost flower sequins are having a good laugh right about now.

We hope you’ll join us at Cut it Up  for our Johnny Appleseed challenge.  You could win a $20 store credit to Pink and Main!!


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Birthday card organizer

I had a VERY crafty four-day weekend!  🙂

It started with finally cutting out and sewing up the Christmas stocking that I cross-stitched for my granddaughter.  Then I cross-stitched two Christmas ornaments for her, one for 2016 and one for 2017.  My plan is to make her one every year so when she has her own tree as adult, she’ll have a good start on her ornament collection, but I totally missed last year!  All I have to do is frame them.  (Hopefully I’ll be more on-the-ball with them than I was with her stocking!)  That took me through Saturday early afternoon.

Friday and Saturday were wet and chilly here, and my husband decided to warm us up by making a fire in the fireplace downstairs.  I brought down a skein of yarn and started a baby sweater.  Knitting is such a portable craft!

I only had one skein left of this yarn, left over from this Baby Surprise Jacket.  The colors are much prettier in real life.  Lots of deep reds and blues.

Sunday I worked on design team projects, getting ahead of the game.  I finished everything through September because this is going to be a busy month for me with visitors and traveling!  I even have all my photos processed and blog posts scheduled.  Yay me!

So yesterday I worked on a project for myself.  One goal that I set for myself  was to make a birthday card organizer.  I wanted it to be a tickler file that would include birthdays and anniversaries — yearly events that I send cards for but excluding holiday cards.

I started by making a 4.5″ x 7″ card in Microsoft Word for every person’s birthday.  The card includes their birth date in the upper left-hand corner and their mailing address in the middle of the card.  (Thanks, Heather, for the address idea!!)  Next I used Silhouette Design Studio to create monthly dividers.  They’re plain now, but I plan on making them fancy and fun!  I’m sure you’ll see them here in the weeks to come as I get each one finished.I used an empty photo box from Michaels that I had laying around plus the inside mechanism from another box that pushes the contents forward so they stand up straight even if the box isn’t completely full.  The box will accommodate both A2 and 5′ x 7″ cards. Now I will know whose birthday is up next and will get my cards made in a timely manner!
Ta da!


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DCD #333 – September sketch

Here’s Die Cuttin’ Divas‘ September sketch for you!

I made a birthday card using it.



My card was cut in Cricut Design Space using cuts from the Life is a Beach cartridge.  I’m trying to use my Cricut stuff more because I have nearly 100 cartridges.  I synced them all up to my Gypsy, then to Cricut Craft Room, and later to Design Space when I got the Explore.

RANT – You can skip this paragraph if you don’t want to hear my whining . . .  I really want to use the Design Space and my Explore because of all the money spent, but I don’t love that program.  It’s so much faster and easier to use the Silhouette software.  Maybe that’s because I’ve had it longer and have more experience using it, but I suspect it’s because of having to go through the whole internet when designing rather than just on my computer.  That slows everything down from finding the image I want to moving things around on the mat.  The other problem I have with the Explore/Design Space is having to do each color separately.  That takes so much time.  I haven’t figured out a fast way to line all the colors up on one mat like I do with the Silhouette then cut everything at once.  It seems to take forever to make a project on the Explore/Design Space.  I do love the blade, though.

Anywho, it’s another awesome sketch from Georgiana, so give it a try!  Head on over  to Die Cuttin’ Divas to check out the other ladies’ projects, then link up your own!


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DCD #322 – Sequins, Gems, or Pearls

Sequins, Gems, and Pearls, oh my!  That’s the challenge this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas.  I used my favorite Designs on Cloud 9 butterfly for this one and used pearls, black and white ones.I just absolutely love this butterfly, and the pearls make it even prettier.  Hope you join us!


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Cut it Up – The Fox and the Grapes

Strange title, isn’t it?  Well sometimes I can be a strange bird.  I chose the theme of this week’s Cut it Up challenge.  You can either use a fox or fruit on your project!

Our sponsor this week is The Cutting Cafe, and I used some of their files for my project.

I made some cards!  Here are the first two.The file I used for all three cards is a pdf file called Fruit Greetings.  When you bring it into the Silhouette software, you can choose to import it as a vector, which is a cut file!!  These two fruits only have a couple of layers, so super simple to put together.  The watermelon seeds are holes cut in the red paper, showing the black paper behind.  I chose red gingham checks to make it look like an outdoor picnic!  The sentiments are from My Pink Stamper’s Fruit and Veggies Punnies stamp set. Here’s the last card made with this file.  I brought the pdf into the software program both as an image and a vector.  I centered the image on the bracket card front, cut that out and used that image to place the grapes. It needed a little something in that white space in the corners, so I put in some green rhinestones.

Then I couldn’t resist making The Cutting Cafe’s Hey, Foxy Shaped Card for my granddaughter to play with.  She loves foxes and there is a wildlife preserve near where she lives so she gets to see a real live fox there.

Hope you can join us for our Fox and Grapes challenge at Cut it Up.  Remember, it can be any fruit or any fox!  🙂  And you may win any 3 sets of your choice from The Cutting Cafe.


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DCD # 331 – Birthday Celebration

You can always use birthday cards, right?  So this should be an easy one.  Die Cuttin’ Divas is celebrating birthdays this week, so show us your birthday cards!  Here’s mine:It uses Stampin Up Flower Fair Framelits Die and Flower Patch Stamp set (retired.)  I CASEd one of Dawn Griffith’s cards for this one, but can’t seem to find the video.  It was so cool that I had to buy both the stamp set and the dies.  This just uses one color ink, but it gives you different shades if you stamp some of the ink off on scrap paper first.  I love the layered look.  Here’s the inside of the card.So Happy Birthday from us at Die Cuttin’ Divas!  Come on over!


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Stick it Down – August, 2017

Here is the August card sketch from Stick it Down.  Looks like lots of possibilities with this one!

Here’s the story about my card.  I needed a birthday card for my brother, who lives in Florida.  He and his wife just drove up to New Jersey to visit family and we all met at my sister’s house.  He also has always loved cars.  So when I picked up the Crocs Rule Cricut cartridge recently and saw this awesome cut of  a male and female crocodile driving in a red car, I knew that was the perfect beginning for his card.

I turned the sketch on its side and for my second and third elements, I chose clouds and a little bird to complete the scene.  The road was made using an old Creative Memories paper cutter.  Here’s the happy couple in their convertible.  They don’t even have to worry about their hair blowing all over!  🙂

Hope you can come and join us this month for either the card sketch, single-page layout sketch, or double-page layout over at Stick it Down!  Winners are invited to be guest designers!


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