Friday, December 26, 2014

New Beginnings-Babies die cut challenge

It's time to Cut It Up again, and in keeping with the approaching new year our challenge is "New Beginnings-Babies!"
This was a timely challenge for me, since I am attending a baby shower on January 3rd.  I created some postcard-style thank you notes and a mini book:

This challenge is sponsored by Digital Delights by Louby Loo:
 and the prize:

Onesie cards:
papers:  BasicGrey "Oh Baby Boy"; navy linen card stock by XPEDX; white card stock (back of onesie; not shown)
die cut:  Cricut Cartridge "Wall Decor and More" p.52 cut @ 4.5"
sentiment:  My Pink Stamper "Around the Corner"
ink:  Impress Indigo Blue
Baby Mini book:
mini book:  DaisyD's
die cuts:  3 Birds on Parade p.71 (mail bird); Campin' Critters p.39 (moon); Create A Critter (giraffe); Designer's Calendar (B)
sentiments:  My Pink Stamper: Handle With Care; Sweet Baby
ribbon:  CTMH "Twilight"

I look forward to seeing your baby projects at Cut It Up...make sure to include a die cut...the challenge runs from December 26th-January 7th.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Red Alert: Easy gift card holder

I needed a couple of gift card holders for Christmas gifts, and I pulled out my Doodlebug Santa Express papers.  The red polka dot paper caught my eye (I love red and I love polka dots!)

Double-sided papers make creating a holder like this super easy.  Thanks to Shopping Our Stash for inspiring me with their "Red Alert" challenge.  I hope this counts as using red as the primary color in my project.

Happy Thursday!  I hope you get to do something fun amidst the hustle and bustle of the season :)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Buttons and Die Cut Challenge

It's time to Cut It Up again, this fortnight for holiday cards with buttons  (and don't forget a die cut; punches are ineligible to count as a die cut.)  My die was fun to play with and I have the coordinationg sentiments to fill in the spaces.  The holly branches are a punch, not a die.  I used mini buttons for my berries.

I hope you will join in the fun for our challenge:
Enter to win!
This challenge is sponsored by
As Cute as a Button; there is a prize for a $20 coupon code!

die and coordinating sentiment stamps:  PTI
paper:  My Mind'e Eye "Be Merry" 6x6; red linen and navy linen card stock (XPEDX); white card stock SU whisper white
corner ticket punch:  Stampin' Up!
holly branch punch:  Martha Stewart
mini buttons:  Michael's
ink:  Impress Indigo Blue

I made eighteen of these cards, using up a variety of papers in my MME 6x6 pad; all my thank you notes are now made before Christmas for once!  Get out your buttons and dies and join in the holiday fun at Cut It Up.  See you there!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Life of the Party - SRM Stickers!

These sweet cupcakes and "Happy Birthday!" sentiment come from just one sheet of SRM Birthday Stickers by the Dozen.  And I've only used six here.  Believe me, I would have used all twelve if I had more of that yummy green/kraft polka dot paper.

I am so happy to be able to craft again these past two weeks!  I was too ill to do much of anything since early September.  I crafted like crazy last summer and I had set my auto-posts through early November, but then my auto-posts ran out.  Bummer.

My goal earlier this year was to work on my daughters' scrapbook.  Last summer I finally finished scrapbooking 2005 and I am nearly finished with 2006!  I would love to finish up 2006 this month, but I have a few gifts yet to make for Christmas presents.  My card stash is also very low, so I am adding another crafty goal:  use it up.

I have a lot of stash.  A lot.  I save pretty papers; e.g. these two BasicGrey "Life of the Party" 12x12 sheets I purchased  few years ago.  The back side of the green polka dot is a polka dot chevron paper that I just had to have.  I have never been able to make it work on a card, but I loved it.  Two days ago I desperately needed two birthday cards.  The cute cupcake sticker looked best with the green polka dot side of the BasicGrey chevron paper.  I was going to just make what I needed, but then told myself I need to just use it up!  The one sheet of 12x12 (green polka dot/chevron) was enough to make six cards, so I made six.

I plan to make USE IT UP my personal goal for 2015.  I am not sure of the details of this goal yet, and I am open to suggestions.  I would like to add "how long can I make it without buying new product"; purchasing adhesive or a new Cricut blade does not count nor any other "necessity" to keep on crafting.  Anyone care to join me in my Use It Up self-challenge?

Happy Thursday!