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I’ve been playing around with some images from Kitten Scraps recently, more specifically NS Designs.  There are some real cuties there!  One of the things that I love about Nathalie’s designs is that they are available in both digital stamps and pre-colored clip art.  Given a choice, I always go with pre-colored.    When I saw this one called Chinese New Year, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it, and it has nothing to do with Chinese New Year!

Can you guess?  How about now?Now??  I made a concentration game to play with my granddaughter!!  There are six images.  Using my Silhouette Design studio, I print and cut out two of each of the adorable animals.  I used the eraser feature to remove the “Happy Chinese New Year” sentiment from the red lantern and print/cut 12 of them.  I glued them back-to-back to the animal cards and then laminated them.  I used the same images to decorate a box that I made in Design Studio.  She’s just 3 1/2 years old, though, so I’ll start by just showing her three cards and asking her to find two that match.  The game can get more complicated as she gets older, of course.

I was also thinking that these images will make really cute baby cards, don’t you agree?

Evelyn

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Summer is almost here!  Next week, in fact.  And we at Cut it Up are welcoming summer with this current challenge.

Our sponsor this week is Newton’s Nook.  I used two of their products for my project, their Floaty Goat stamp set and coordinating die set.  My original plan when I ordered these was to use them on a scrapbook page of my son when he was about ten years old floating in our backyard pool on a construction of two tubes squished together.  Too cute!!  The problem was that the photos were taken with a panoramic camera.  They measure 3 1/2″ x 10″ and I couldn’t bring myself to cut them.  The stamp and die sets measure only 2″, so they would be too small for that scrapbook page.

But luckily they are a great size for a card!  I have been wanting to make this kind of tri-fold card for some time.  The diagonal cuts reminded me of a water park ride, so I chose this paper from my stash to work with.  It’s retired Close to My Heart.

I colored the goat image with my trusty Crayola colored pencils.  The wave border is a punch.My husband very often says, “Whatever floats your boat” so this card will be for him!

I do love play on words!

We hope you join us in welcoming summer over at Cut it Up.  Hop on over and check out what the other design team members created then link up your own project.  We can’t wait to see what you create, and you would be in the running to win a $20 store credit from Newton’s Nook!

Evelyn

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We’re celebrating Birthdays at Cut it Up this week with awesome dies from our sponsor, Spellbinders!  I’m working with the Birthday Animals set.   Each animal is donning a birthday hat!

For the last few weeks, I was really in the mood to make a toilet paper roll album because they’re so much fun so I placed three rolls under some books to flatten them and waited for inspiration to strike.  Score!!

To close off the bottoms, I cut 2 x 1 pieces of scrap card stock and scored down the middle.  I used red tape to adhere them to the inside of the TP rolls.  That way, the entire length of the rolls are open for my tags.  I used a paper pad from Echo Park called Birthday wishes to wrap my TP rolls.  Because the papers are busy, I decided to make the animal silhouettes black.  To be sure they adhered well and didn’t have any loose edges, I “painted” them with white liquid glue using a Q-tip.For my second project, I made a birthday card using the same die set and patterned paper from the same paper pack, plus a scrap of green card stock.  I tried to create a scene of a kitchen with a birthday cake on the table waiting for the party to begin and a hopeful puppy looking up at it.  I used ribbon for a chair rail.The puppy and the teal background layer are from the paper pack, the cake plate is cut from silver glitter paper, and the cake and table are cut from white card stock.  I used Decorating Chalks from Close to My heart to color the cake.Pop on over to Cut it Up to see what the other Design Team members made with their dies.  Some of us got the same ones, so it’ll be cool to compare projects!  Then link up your own birthday project.  One random entrant will receive a generous $25 store credit from Spellbinders!  It could be you!

Evelyn

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