Friday, August 21, 2015

Old School Die Cut challenge

It's time to get out your die cuts for an Old School challenge at Cut It Up.  You can use old supplies or an old technique.
My pink polka dot paper and tea pot die cut were purchased eight years ago.  When I was purging my craft stuff earlier this year, I came across both of these gems...I almost donated them, but I saved both at the last second to create a card.

The stamped sentiment and edgelit border are both three years old, the washi tape (yellow gingham) two years ago, and the stitched border die is from last year.

Now it's your turn...unearth your old school crafty supplies and create a card, layout, or project including a die cut and link up at Cut It Up for a chance to win.  You have until September 2nd to participate.

Happy Friday!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Animals die cut challenge

Happy August!  When I saw the "Animals" challenge at Cut It Up, I knew it was time to dust off my BasicGrey "Max & Whiskers" 6x6 pad and coordinating 3D stickers.  I included my favorite stamped sentiment, "Never trust anyone without cat hair on their clothes."
I purchased the "Max & Whiskers" collection years ago at my local stamp store.  I needed a little kick start to my mojo, so I headed over to Julee's Mojo Monday sketch for inspiration.

I have been following Julee's sketches for years...even before she started the Mojo Monday blog.  I am a huge Julee fan!
I am also entering my card at Shopping Our Stash.  This week's challenge is "Snark."  I don't usually create snarky cards, and I'm not sure if my cat sentiment is snarky enough.  My lovely friend Leslie creates fabulous snarky cards, and ironically I bought the "Max & Whiskers" collection when out shopping with her...and it would not surprise me if she chose the "Snark" theme at Shopping Our Stash this week.

You have until August 19th to link up your "Animals" card, layout, or project at Cut It Up for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to As Cute as a Button.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit - June 2015

This summer has been so much fun.  My step-sister and her family were visiting from Ireland for the past two months.  We have had one party after another; four birthdays, the 4th of July, and weekend trips to see a pro baseball game, play Glo Golf (glow-in-the-dark miniature golf), pool parties, etc.  They left for Ireland last night and arrived safely this afternoon.  I have not had time for crafting, so I have fallen behind with my monthly Simon Says Stamp card kits.
Last Christmas my wonderful husband gave me a subscription to the monthly Simon Says Stamp card kit.  It is a nice way to purchase new product without having to buy an entire collection.  I already have a SABLE amount of supplies (an acronym coined by my lovely friend, Leslie; Supplies Available Beyond Life Expectancy.)  After my major craft room purge last March/April, I don't want to lose what little wiggle room I now have putting away leftovers from the monthly kits.  I make it my goal each and every month to try to use up all of the consumable parts.

I have not been photographing my cards from previous kits, but I will share how I demolished the June 2015 kit these past two days.

First I made these two summer birthday cards using Pebbles card bases from my personal stash: 
Secondly I decided to CASE a few of my favorites from the Simon Says Stamp gallery before I used up any supplies I might need to create them:
 (Top left, Vicky Papaioannou; top right, Yana Smakula; bottom, Debby Hughes)

Thirdly I had three glittery DCWV card bases in my stash I wanted to use up and I wanted to finish off the package of epoxy stickers, so I drew inspiration from Lucy Abrams (the left card is similar to Lucy's card):
 Feeling quite pleased with my nine cards (my goal is to create a minimum of eight cards with each kit...I usually manage 10+), I drew inspiration from Kristie Marcotte's most recent video.  These were made using sketches from My Favorite Things #227 and Operation Write Home #154:
 These pretty floral scraps and two rectangle strips looked so nice on the red card stock also in the kit, so I eked these two cards out adding buttons from my stash:
 I was ready to pack it up, but then these squares wanted to be used:
 After fifteen cards all I have left is one full sheet of 6x6 grass tone-on-tone paper and a little bit of green card stock:
I kept the 6x6 grass paper and the green card stock, but I did through away the itty bitty pieces.  Next up, July 2015 kit :)

Happy Thursday!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Numbers Die Cut Challenge

When I saw the Numbers challenge at Cut It Up, I knew it was time to dust off these vintage Jillibean Soup papers.  From my newer stash I used a Simon Says Stamp balloon die, an edgelit border die by Stampin' Up, twine, and an Echo Park enamel dot.
Enter your numbers-themed card, layout, or project by August 5th at Cut It Up for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to One Happy Cut:
Happy Friday!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Word! Die cut challenge

"Word!" is our next challenge at Cut It Up; a word or sentiment must be the focal point of your project.  Don't forget to include a die cut!  My stitched base is the Top Note Die by Stampin' Up and the "love" is a die by Lawn Fawn.  Other supplies:  Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls embossing folder, black seam binding, and a glazed brad.
You have until July 22nd to link up your card, layout, or project at Cut It Up for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to As Cute as a Button.
Happy Friday!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sticker and die cut challenge

 It's my turn to choose the challenge theme at Cut It Up and I chose "Stuck on You"; you must include a sticker on your project.  Don't forget the die cut too!  I used rectangle stitched dies and Spellbinders dies on my cards.

And another girly version using Echo Park "Victoria Gardens":

I made two different design cards, one girly and the other masculine.  My girly grad card was inspired by a sketch I saw on Pinterest; I believe credit goes to Cindy Lee Bee for the sketch.

Both of my cards include SRM Stickers.  You can find the "Happy Graduation!" sentiment and grad cap stickers here.  The circle sentiment sticker (below) can be found here.
 Now it's your turn to play with your stickers and create something pretty.
You have until July 8th to link your project at Cut It Up for a chance to win.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

For the Boys challenge

I know Father's Day has passed, but I saw the "For the Boys" challenge at Shopping Our Stash and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  Now I am really early for next year  : )

The little screw snaps have been in my stash for years.  I have almost used them up!  The sentiment is an old wood block Stampin' Up stamp that experienced paper crafters will recognize.  And the diamond plate embossing folder is also an oldie-but-goody.  Shopping Our Stash inspires me because I can pull out my dustiest supplies and bring them new life.  The Spellbinders label shape is also old, as is the navy linen card stock.  Only the large rectangle-stitched die is relatively new.

Happy Tuesday!