Friday, July 8, 2016

Cut it Up #100 - Anything Goes!!

Welcome to our 100th challenge!  We’re so happy you joined us for our centennial challenge.  Enjoy the celebration!  

Here is some of our history:  Cut it Up Challenge Blog was the brainchild of Stacey and Kimberly, born on Monday, July 30, 2012 and introduced to the world on Friday, August 3rd. 

There was a design team call on August 10th and eight designers joined Stacey and Kimberly.  We got off to a great start!  Our first challenge was on September 7, 2012.  It was Anything Goes and we had 46 entries. CIU became a fun place for crafters to share their creations and our followers grew.  After awhile, Kimberly and Stacey graciously left Cut it Up in my care.  (Thank you so much!!)

Here are some CIU statistics:
Total entries: 3149
Average number of entries per challenge: 31
Least Popular Challenge: #52 – Grandparents’ Day – 2 entries :( 
Most Popular Challenge: #41 – National Craft Day, Anything Goes – 180 entries :)

Originally, Kimberly, Stacey, and I provided many of the prizes ourselves. Throughout the years since then, we have had 39 wonderful, generous sponsors.  They’ve donated more than $1,200 in gift certificate prizes, more than 16 stamp sets, numerous paper pads, embossing folders and various embellishments!  We are so very grateful for their sponsorship.

Our most generous sponsor was As Cute as a Button who sponsored 32 challenges!

Our luckiest winners are Gail Scott, who won 9 times; and Melissa Sunshine HoneyBee, who won 8 times.  

We have had 35 gifted designers through the years.  They were all invited back to participate in our 100th challenge celebration and several of them were able!  I’m sure you’ll recognize some familiar names. 

Let’s get this party started! 
Hi Cut It Up Fans!

Happy Friday!  
Your entries for our 3D challenge were just gorgeous!  We loved seeing all the depth and dimension.

The winner of the 7 free images from Bugaboo is:

# 4, Scrappin' With Chriss and Lou!


Please send us your email address so we can get your prize out to you!  Send your information to our prize coordinator, Sarah, at this address: sarah @ sarahpreston dot net  (removing spaces, of course!)
(Winner has to contact us by July 20, 2016 or prize will be rolled over to the next challenge.)

Our top three projects in numeric order were:

# 4, Scrappin' With Chriss and Lou
# 5, Julie Lavalette
# 14, Glenda's Cards

Ladies, your creations were fabulous!
  Grab the button below and proudly display on your blogs!

Now onto Challenge #100
We're going back to our roots.  Since the first challenge was Anything Goes, it seems fitting that #100 is 

(Just don't forget a die cut!)

Remember, projects that do not follow the theme are not eligible for the top three or for the prize. 

This challenge runs from July 8, 2016 until July 22, 2016 (noon EST)

Eleven fabulous sponsors donated 19 prizes for this special event!
Edited 7/15/16 - TWELVE fabulous sponsors donated 20 prizes for this special event! 

BugabooDigi Stamps - 7 free images

DCWV - 6 winners - each will receive a 12 x 12 Paper Stack and a 6 x 6 Color Pad

KadoodleBug Designs - 2 winners - each will receive a $5 gift certificate

LawnFawn - 6 x 6 paper pad and stamp set

MyCreative Time - 3 winners - each will receive a stamp set
Paper Sweeties - $25 gift certificate

Pinkand Main Stamps - $20 gift certificate
PrettyPaper, Pretty Ribbon - $15 gift certificate
SVGAttic - $15 gift certificate
TheCutting Café - one clear stamp and any 3 sets from the digital site
TrendyTwine - sampler pack of twine
YourNext Stamp - $20 gift certificate

Thank you so much for your generosity!!  
We truly appreciate your sponsorship.

   If you link an entry to this challenge, please stop by on July 22nd to see if you won.

Without further ado, here is our inspiration for you.
(click on each designer's name to be taken to their blogs)
Please take the time to visit them at their blogs, leave some love and follow them! will choose the prize winners from ALL ELIGIBLE entries.
The Design Team will be picking their favorites for the "Top Cut" from ALL ELIGIBLE entries and those winners will receive a button to proudly display on their blog.

Some friendly reminders about our challenges:
Project must follow the theme of the challenge 
AND include a die-cut
Only one entry per person.

You can read more about our rules on this post.

Thanks for stopping by!
We look forward to seeing what you create :)


  1. Congratulations on keeping the challenges going! Love all the facts! Fabulous DT projects this week! Can't wait to create for this one!

  2. Congratulations on your 100th challenge!! Great projects DT!!

  3. Happy Dance to Cut It Up one of my favorite challenges! I am proud of your 100th celebration - Happy Dance to you! and I am always honored to enter my creation here -Winning is frosting on the cake!! Love the idea that the requirement is to use a die cut! I wish you the best in the 200th celebration yet to come! Thank you once again for the challenge and for all of the wonderful sponsors and Design Team members previous and present Kudos! Enjoy your day! I certainly will be entering the 100th Challenge!! Blessings!

  4. Woohoo! This is definitely a reason to celebrate! Happy 100 challenges! I enjoyed reading your statistics! I support your challenges whenever I can and I will definitely be back to join this one so I can celebrate with you! Wishing you many more fun challenges!

  5. Congrats on your 100th challenge! Wow, I didn't realize it has been going that long! That's amazing and all the statistics are impressive! Great job to you and your awesome DT current/past members!
    Looking forward to joining on some of the challenges when things slow down a bit and thanks for all you do! I really enjoy playing in your challenges!!
    Sherrie K

  6. Well, I missed the first 99. Glad to have found you for the special 100. Congrats. I am following and hope to be back with a challenge entry soon. Hugz

  7. Congratulations on your 100th challenge!

  8. Congrats on 100th challenge! Impressive statistics! Best of luck in the future! Love all the pretty work by the design team!
    Thank you for recognizing my card in the Top 3. Congrats to all winners! thanks for the fun 100th challenge!


  9. Woohoo!! Congrats on your 100th challenge!!I am truly honored to have been part of such amazing DT as well as to
    take part in this amazing celebration!
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting with Creative M

  10. Congrats on your 100th challenge and thanks for the advertisement on facebook, I think I will be entering the challenge! DT you did an amazing job, thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Congratulations on your 100th challenge! Fab works by the DT, found you via Amy xx

  12. Congrats are your 100th Challenge!!! I LOVE everything the DT created! I also left some LOVE for each of them for doing such an amazing job! Keep up the awesome challenges... I look forward to joining them! :) Have a wonderful day!!!

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  13. Woot, woot - big congrats on your amazing milestone! Awesome DT cards!

  14. CONGRATS on your 100th challenge!!! Here's to many, many more!!! Thanks for continuing the wonderful challenges. Thanks to all of the generous sponsors. Thanks DT for sharing your talents and your time.
    Crafty hugs,

  15. Congratulations on your 100th challenge! Great line-up of creations from the DT...past and present!

  16. How awesome to have this great milestone! I love all the DT creations and am very excited to join along in the fun!

  17. Congratulations on your 100th challenge. Sounds like you've guys have had a lot of fun since inception.

  18. love all the wonderful creations! thank you for having Bugaboo as a sponsor!

  19. Congratulations on your 100th challenge. Lovely creations by everyone. Ursula xxx

  20. Congrats on your 100th challenges, reason to celebrate! I always amazed by your DT's work with such fun creations! And excited to join this fun celebration!!!

  21. Wow! Congrats on your 100th challenge! I have enjoyed playing along for several years! So many amazing DT projects both present and past! Such wonderful sponsors too!

  22. Wow! 100 challenges...woot woot! Congrats to all the winners over the years and thanks for the fun challenges and giveaways.

  23. Congratulations on your 100th challenge! Fabulous inspiration DT!

  24. Congratulations on your 100th challenge. Way to go :)
    I have actually linked up two cards instead of one. I am so sorry for the goof up. Can you please delete my entry number #98 from the linky as I am not able to do so myself. Thank you.

  25. Congrats and thanks for choosing me in your top 3.
    Julie x