Friday, September 18, 2015

My Sister's Birthday!!!


I got to choose the theme for the Cut It Up challenge starting today, September 18th!  I chose the theme "Oh, Brother" or sister or best buddy to honor my sister's birthday since today is her birthday.  My sister is a science teacher who has recently gone back to the classroom after taking a 'leave' to stay home with her son.  

She has definitely worked hard to get her skills into the age of computer technology complete with SmartBoards, computers, and media.  It's a different classroom than 17 years ago!  

I made her a sign for her door and now this decor item for her classroom to remind her through all the technology and learning it is still her character that shines through and makes her the teacher she is!  It's also a reminder to her students to always take the high road.  

I started with this piece I picked up at Goodwill! I enjoy repurposing items and giving them a new job.  I picked this up on a 'yellow tag day' for half price;  I paid only around $2.00 for it.  Now, please understand, my sister is worth far more than $2.00, but I'm always into a bargain while supporting a good cause at the same time.......hey, it's a form of multi-tasking!  I always go to DQ to support the Blizzards for charity events ---- only out of civic obligation, of course.......not because I love Peanut Cup Blizzards with added peanut butter!  Ok, I have really digressed in this post, so back to the project!

I deconstructed by cutting around the back with a razor blade and removing the back.  I pried off the sun and set it aside for a future project.  I then tore out the matte in the front.  My intent was not to tear it, but that piece was glued in there tight!  So.......I had to get a little gnarly with it as you can see in the photo below!

I went into Cricut Design Space and created the front matte by attaching the font and slicing the window.  For me, it was still a little bare even though I had printed it on a piece of Wausau Stardust CS with little colored flecks on it.  I remembered I had used these science symbols on the door sign before.  I had already uploaded them into DS, so I attached them to my matte, also.  These fun symbols are from the CTMH stamp set Positive Chemistry.

Those beakers are also uploaded from the stamp set and cut in DS.  The background paper behind the beakers is from the new **Nevermore collection!

We all have a brother, sister, best buddy who needs some of our artistic attention!  Make something fun using a die cut and share your story with us over at Cut It Up!  This is a win/win because as you share with your sibling/friend, you share a story with us, AND you have a chance to pick up a great prize ($20 gift certificate) from As Cute As A Button!  You need to check them out for some really fun embellishments!

BUT WAIT, there's MORE!  Yes, it's true!  To celebrate my sister's birthday I wanted to include a gift for some lucky winner!  So, you also have the chance to win a CTMH package from ScrappyHorses (me)!  It will include paper, a stamp set and some mystery embellishments.

Thanks for visiting today!  I'm always happy you stopped in at ScrappyHorses to check out what is going on over here.  Please feel free to comment/ask questions, contact me, subscribe to follow, shop, peruse other posts, and most importantly take away an idea or be inspired!

**Side note about the #CTMH Nevermore collection:  I love these papers!  They are highlighted as Halloween, but I find them to have a wide variety of usage.  The sheet I used has a very popular "steam punk, industrial" feel to it perfect for much more than just Halloween/Fall!  There is also a flourish(y) floral piece that is beautiful along with some small prints perfect for fall or masculine cards.  This collection is a staple, must-have in my craft room!


  1. Thanks for such a FUN challenge, Katrina! I LOVE your project (and I adore seeing how people reuse things -- fabulous idea!)

  2. What a fabulous project, Katrina!!!! Love it TFS!! Have a great day.

  3. I think this is a FABULOUS Project! LOVE the Sentiment and your sister is certainly going to appreciate this.... This will look wonderful in her classroom! LOVE that paper too! :) Have a wonderful day!

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  4. So in love with this amazing project!