Friday, October 4, 2013

I Believe...Cut It Up Challenge

Hi all!

Well, my dreams of blissful, empty, stress free days with Pezza off at school full day are NOT materializing.  I envisioned a clean neat house where everything is scrubbed and gleaming, nothing out of place and hours of crafting in the afternoon - NOT happenin'!  What's up with that????  I am runnin' all over creation like a chicken with my head cut off, my house looks like a bomb went off, and I haven't had a moment to breathe - not that I could anyway with the allergies I am STILL fighting (and losing against.)  On Sunday when I looked at my calendar for this week I thought I was going to cry.  Tomorrow I will wake up and bake cupcakes for a school event, get Pezza on the bus, head to my 2 hour allergy appt. to get poked a thousand times, run by the vet to pick up Momma kitty Licorice and her 6 Baby "Bits", head to lunch with some great girls I don't see often enough, drop off aforementioned cupcakes and grab Pezza and a friend off their respective buses to come home and clear my house a bit before hubby comes back in to town.  EGADS!

What I really want to do is CREATE!  Ah well.  I DID sneak into the studio for a bit to create my layout for the wonderful Cut It Up Challenge Blog - the new challenge is up and it's PINK in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I decided to scrap Pezza's first lost tooth. (Yea I am not even pretending to scrap in order anymore!)

I used a sketch from the Sept. 2013 PageMaps Sketches as a starting point (or I'd be here all day re-arranging things!)  I got a stack of new papers in June since I had not bought any new paper in YEARS and I pulled these cute ones out of the stack.  Then I found this adorable Tooth Fairy cut file set at Treasure Box Design - perfect!  While I was working on this layout Pezza lost tooth number 2!

Loaded them into Make the Cut and cut them out using my Black Cat in nothing flat - love it!  Pulled out my trusty (and beloved) Tsukineko Dew Drop Inks and inked all the edges up - makes ALL the difference in how good your paper piecings look trust me!

The pink toothpaste has some sparkle to it courtesy of a little Luminarte Primary Elements as does the fairy wings below.

Used a Peachy Keen face stamp for her face - cute and much easier to work with than the tiny eye and nose pieces of paper!

Even had a helper in the studio with me!  This is my Tiger - she is an old Maine Coon we have had since birth.  She is 14 now and has terrible arthritis and feline breast cancer.  She rarely climbs the stairs as it is too difficult for her but today she decided she wanted to see what I was up to.  At the moment she is lounging on the front porch refusing to some in for the night - brat!  She is the only one allowed outside because she walks about 4 steps out the door and lays down.  The others do too much wandering or, in Bubba's case, too much ditzy headed dancing in the road.

I hope y'all when join us over on the Cut It Up blog and play in the challenge with us.  You can make anything as long as it has pink AND a die cut of some sort.  You can win two great prizes:  $20 coupon code to  As Cute as a Button and a $10.00 Gift Certificate for My Scrap Chick

Now I am setting this to post in the morning and I am off to get some sleep!  Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Marti, I love this entire post!!! Really great layout and those pics are super cute!! Now that kitty on your desk is the ultimate in cuteness. Love, love, love it!!!


  2. Very cute LO! Cute kiddo, too :-)

  3. you make the best layouts. I love all the tooth fairy elements, awesome and cute!