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KatyI’m Katy, the Cavalier!  As you can see from the name of this blog, I’m the one in charge and supervise my human, Kim’s, comings and goings and I am especially involved when it comes to card making.  I am her muse.

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More Than Chocolate at Paper Crafting World

Today I’m showcasing the card I made for my design team project at Paper Crafting World.  Though Valentine’s Day has passed, I wanted to share one more card with you.  I used the Bears Sweetheart Cut File with Printables to make my card. 

I wanted to use all the goodies provided in this cut file, but I didn’t have enough card!  So I decided I would make a tri-fold card and do a triple-play!  The base is cut from 12″ x 12″ Real Red card stock and scored at 4″ and 8″.  I cut just a bit from the panel folding to the inside so the card closes without buckling.  Here’s the front:

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I cut this standing bear from Stampin’ Up and Bazzill scraps.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, when I’m working in my Silhouette Design Screen I carefully place all the pieces exactly as I want them.  Once I’m satisfied, I copy it all and weld it to make a solid base.  Then I’m able to place the pieces without trial and error…especially with adhesive on the back.  I sponged all the pieces with coordinating ink.  His ears and muzzle were chalked as the are area around the eyes.  A little Uni-Ball White Gel Pen for his eyes and nose.

Before attaching the bear, I embossed the front with the Happy Heart embossing folder.  I also sprayed it with Shimmer Spritz

I used the candy box for the middle panel:

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I printed the sentiment in brown using Always Forever font.  I sized the candy box to fit and, again using scraps, I cut the various pieces.  As you can see, I used various shades of brown so the individual pieces would stand out.  I’m a milk chocolate gal; what about you?  Unlike the bear, I didn’t cut a solid base as I wanted to play around with the pieces to get an arrangement I liked.   After I attached all the pieces, I coated the tops with Glossy Accents

And the inside:

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Here I placed the balance of the sentiment in the same color and font.  I used another cut file from the set, but converted it to print only.  I printed his paws a second time and cut them to give just a bit of dimension. 

One final touch was to add heart-shaped rhinestones to the front.  I am so NOT good at placing embellishments, it took me almost as long to get them the way I wanted them as I did to make the rest of the card.

Here’s a picture of the tri-fold, open:

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If you want to see what the other design team members have created using Paper Crafting World files, just click here.  I’ll see you soon with another project!  In the meantime, here’s a tidbit of information:  Fifty-eight million pounds of chocolate are sold during Valentine’s Week.

 

February Technique Blog Hop-So Sketchy

Welcome to the February Technique Blog Hop

It’s month two of our year-long journey through various techniques, card folds and products.  This month we have been presented with a sketch challenge.  Here’s the sketch with which we’re working.  It will be interesting to see how the ten of us interpret the sketch to put their own spin on it.

 Our sponsor this month is Claudia Henderson of:

And she is generously giving this adorable Easter Bunny set to one lucky winner.

We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  The winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of February 4th and will receive a nice prize! (winner will be announced on March hop).  And if you become a follower of my blog, you will be entered in a card bundle give-away when I reach 100 e-mail followers.  Don’t worry if you subscribe via NetWorked Blogs or Bloglovin’, you’re included in the drawing, too.

You should have arrived here from my friend Amanda’s blog.  If you’re visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don’t miss a thing and increase your chances to win by commenting on each blog. 

Now to my projects:

When I participated in my first sketch challenge, I took the sketch very literally and tried to duplicate the sketch exactly.  As I’ve become more experienced, I try to think creatively…we’ll call it thinking “outside the sketch”.   Today I want to share with you several variations to show you the wide range of possibilities available to you.

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This card is back to the vertical orientation, but I moved the ornamentation to the top of the card.  With this card, the banner is represented by the negative space, the area without the die cutting; so the concept is reversed.

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Next, I thought this fairly new card fold that’s all the rage now would work perfectly with the sketch.  You can see the elements, right?

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Since Valentines Day is a good card choice for February, I thought I make a “LOVE” card!

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I hope you’re inspired to try a sketch challenge if you haven’t previously.  There are so many great challenges on the Internet; a search under sketch challenge blogs will give you quite a few choices.

Now you’re off to visit with Sandy of Scrapbook Blessings Club.

Here’s our full line-up in case you get lost:

 

Miss Kate Cuttables Challenge-Hearts

Before I share my challenge project, I want to extend a warm welcome to two new followers, Barbara and Christi.  Thank you so much for joining us!

 

The challenge at Miss Kate Cuttables this month is, appropriately, “Hearts”.  I wanted to go in a un-traditional direction and you don’t get much more “un” traditional than using a monkey in a heart themed challenge, but I did just that.  I used the Monkey on Vine, I’m Bananas for You Title and Valentine’s Banana.

Before I show you my card, I want to remind you that Miss Kate offers a free cut file each and every day.  You can get yours here

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I decided to make the monkey swing from the vine, so I made this a spinner card…so I guess that means technically he’s spinning from the vine.  I also made it a tri-fold as I wanted to use the title inside my card, but didn’t want to view it through the oval. 

The base, in Tempting Turquoise, was cut to 5 1/2″ x 12″ and scored at 4″ and 8″.  I inserted an oval on the front, sized large enough to accommodate the spinning monkey. The monkey was created by cutting the .png image and a mirror image for the two-sided spinner.  I did the same with the vines and bananas.

I attached a 5 1/4″ length of clear thread between the two sides of the monkey and stretched it across the opening, attaching it securely at both top and bottom.  Here’s a little video so you can see the monkey spin.  I find it almost impossible to operate the camera with one hand and open the card with the other…the quality of the video will attest to that.

To cover the ends of the thread and add some pizzazz, I created a mat using digital paper from the  All Heart Kit by Melissa Bennett.

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For the panel behind the opening, I color matched the background to the darker green in the vines and then randomly placed the vines on top…in essence I created my own digital paper.

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For the sentiment, I used the I’m Bananas for You Title; changing on the color on one of the words to match the card stock.  Using the .png image made this a snap!

So now it’s your turn to enter the challenge at Miss Kate’s Facebook Group.  The requirements for the challenge is to follow the theme of the month and use a Miss Kate Cuttable’s file in your creation, including any/all freebies you have.  The challenge will run from today through the 4th Tuesday of each month.  Winners will be announced, in the group, Friday of challenge end week.  Remember this month’s theme is hearts.  Good luck!

A Wish at Eyelet Outlet

If you’re looking for the Get Well Blog Hop, please click here.

I’ve been so eager for this day to come!  It’s my first official post as a design team member for Eyelet Outlet.  Seems like it took forever to get here…I’ve been like a child waiting for Christmas.

So without further delay, here’s my card.  Well, as you can see, I made a matching gift box as well…perfect for some “Irish Potatoes“.

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I used Glitter Enamel Dots as corner accents and as the centerpiece of the shamrocks.  You should see these in person!  Beautiful!  They actually have small flakes of glitter baked into them and really put on a show when the light hits them.   The Glitter Enamel package contains three sized dots and I used all three in each corner.  They’re adhesive backed, so placing them on your project is easy as 1-2-3.

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To make the card and gift box, I combined components from several cut files purchased in the Silhouette store.  I used the specks of color in the Enamel Dots to select the card stock.  They range from a very pale green from Bazzill, and Cucumber Crush and Garden Green from Stampin’ Up.

I scored down the center of each leaf on the shamrock; turned it over and scored the “veins” in each leaf.  The edges of the leaves were brushed with gold Wink of Stella.  The finishing touch is another Glitter Enamel Dot in the center of the leaf.

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As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I like to use craft foam as a backing rather than dimensionals as it provides a much smoother look (especially after mailing).  Here’s a peek from the side of the panel.

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On the coordinating gift box, the top is similar except the edges are scalloped. 

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I wanted to add a bit of bling to the sides so I placed this grouping all around.

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Inside is a sentiment I found on-line.  I printed it using the American Uncial font in Garden Green on a shamrock of Cucumber Crush (which is the same shamrock from the front, converted to print only).

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I love sending dimensional cards, but they don’t mail well and purchasing padded envelopes can get pricey.  I use cushion foam as a less expensive alternative.  I cut it to size and lay it over the card front, topped by a piece of card stock.  The foam cradles around the embellishments allowing it to go through the mail without a problem. 

I’ll be sharing cards and projects made with Eyelet Outlet products several times a month.   If you’re not familiar with the wide array of embellishments they offer, here’s a link to their store.  And here’s their blog and their Facebook page

 

Get Well Soon Blog Hop

Being Sick is definitely not fun! Recovering from a surgery, accident, or severe illness is even worse. We are here to spread some sunshine and smiles and help inspire you to remember that sending even the simplest of cards to someone when they are feeling bad can help brighten their day. This particular hop is being dedicated to the memory of Connie’s life-long friend, Bernadette Baldanado Hernandez, who lost her battle to cancer.  What a lovely way to ensure the memory of Bernadette goes on forever. 
 
This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your comments for all of these amazing crafters.

We have an awesome BRAND NEW sponsor for this month:

RUBY MARTHA with

One lucky winner will win a super cute limited edition stamp set from FSJ!!

Be sure to visit her website HERE.

What do you need to do to win? Easy… become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday 2/15/17 at Connie Can Crop.  Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

If you arrived here from Rebecca’s blog, you’re in the right place.  If you happened upon my blog first, you may want to start at the Connie Can Crop so you don’t miss a thing and increase your chances of winning.   However you arrived, I’m thrilled you’re here and am eager to share my cards with you.

My first card was made using a template by Creations by AR.  I thought it was so cute, I just had to try it.  I’ve seen chickens made using hearts so I decided to make one and have her roost in the barn.  The sentiment inside plays off the chicken.

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This card is a little play on words.  Great for anyone with a foot injury.

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I made this using a cut file by My Scrap Chick using Blush Blossom and Crisp Cantaloupe card stock.  All the pieces were sponged before assembling.  The card went together in a snap.  After I made it, I thought of a relative who has gout…wouldn’t this be cute with a piece of actual bandage gauze tied around the toe.

A little dose of humor helps with the healing process, right?  So this card should be just what the doctor ordered.

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Inspired by a card made by my blogging friend, Kelly;  I found this free clip art image on the Internet.  I converted it to a .png image after removing the background and imported it into my Silhouette design screen.  Next I made a cut line around it, but I removed the line from all areas except this legs and tail.  The card base cut file was purchased in the Silhouette store.   I placed the image on the panel, with grass behind him.  Before sending it to print and cut, I created a text to path for the greeting.

He was colored with Copic markers, the sky was stippled with soft sky ink and I drew in the little bugs.  I cut another section of grass to place in front of him, so his legs were sticking out.  The panel was attached with foam adhesive strips.

Next up is my friend and fellow Connie Can Crop DT member, Angela

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost along the way:

Have a Lovely Day at Connie Can Crop

Today I’m sharing my design team project for Connie Can Crop.  I made a card and gift/bag tag using products sent to us by our sponsor, RubyMartha of Fun Stampers Journey who generously sent each DT member a packet of goodies to use this month.  If you’d like any information on FSJ, you can e-mail rubymartha47@yahoo.com. 

I found making a project this way to be quite interesting and a little nerve-wracking.  I decided to get a bit creative with a few of the things she sent so I was sending up a little prayer that everything would go as I planned as I only had one of each thing.  Whew, it all turned out just like I planned it!  Don’t you love when that happens?  So, let me show you what I made:

Card made using supplies provided by Fun Stampers Journey for my Connie Can Crop DT post.

In our packet, we got a card base and two mats; one with the Lovely Day stamped image on it.  Also in the package was a doily, twine, pearls and a clothes pin.  I sat and looked at everything for a while trying to figure out what I wanted to do. 

I cut the card base into the 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel you see on the front.  Using my Spellbinders Scalloped Circle and Label dies to cut it after placing the doily on top, holding it in place with removable tape…holding my breath while I cut.  Before attaching the doily to the card front, I embossed it with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  I cut a slightly smaller circle from the second panel and attached that under the pink for a peek-a-boo effect.  Finishing touches were the pearls, which I colored with a Copic marker and a sweet little twine bow.

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I colored the image with Copic markers and placed that and the greeting directly on the card base of Very Vanilla.  The top panel was raised using Stampin’ Up’s Foam Adhesive Strips.

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I created the panel for inside the card using the Channel font as that was the closest match to the stamped greeting.  That leftover piece of the card base didn’t go to waste as I used it as a mat.

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So…I had those pieces I cut from the card front and didn’t want them to go to waste, so I made a tag to accompany the card.  I took a piece of scrap and covered the top of the clothespin and attached it to the top with a twine bow.  The extra twine was placed under the flowers which I fussy cut and then popped on top with dimensionals.

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Here’s one last look at the pair from a slightly different angle.

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Before I go, I want to remind you about the monthly challenge at Connie Can Crop.  The theme this month is, “Stamp Your Heart Out”.  You can make any project you want so long as it has a stamped on it somewhere.  One winner, picked at random, will receive a gift certificate. 

For more details just click here or on the image.  I hope to see you over there and good luck!

Soaring at Paper Crafting World

It’s Paper Crafting World design team post day!  February is perfect for a card with hearts, so I picked this Bear with Heart Balloons Cut File.  It’s our opportunity, as design team members, to try to show you how to think outside the box when using these files.  I tried to do that here by showing you a way you can make the little bear “soar” up the card.

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For the base, I started with a cut file by Kolette Hall purchased in the Silhouette Store; making a few changes to it for my purposes.  Although this file is referred to as an interactive card, there is no slider mechanism, so I made one.  If you want to make your own Slider Mechanism, it’s pretty easy.  I have a template for you on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page.

And here’s a look at the bear  along the slider:

Up

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Up

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And Away!

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I cut the bear and balloons from Stampin’ Up card stock scraps.  In addition to cutting the individual pieces on my Silhouette Cameo, I also welded all the pieces to form a base on which to attach all the pieces.  I did this to ensure placement exactly as desired and to provide additional thickness/strength to the piece as it will be pulled up the length of the card.  The front panel was filled with digital paper from the I {Heart} You kit by TheDigiChick.

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The bear’s face was created with the help of Melinda Beltran’s tutorial on Creating Faces.  You can also find a link to this tutorial on my Links You’ll Love page.  I refer to this every time I want to draw in a face…I still have a LOT of practice ahead of me.  One final touch was to coat the balloons with Crystal Effects.

The sentiment appears on the back panel, made with the Creative Keepsakes Curly font and color matched to the digital paper.  As an accent I converted just the balloons to a print file.  After I print and cut it, I realized I needed a bit more weight on the back to counter-balance the front, so I also cut the hearts and placed them on top of the printed hearts.

As an afterthought, I added a little tab behind the bear’s head that says, “pull” so the recipient knows what to do.  I forgot to take a picture of that, but I’m sure you can picture what I’m saying.

 

Exciting News to Share!

I’ve been keeping a secret! 

I’ve been so excited about this news and, if you knew how hard it’s been for me not to share with you, you’d be really impressed. 

So here it is:

I am now a member of Eyelet Outlet’s design team!  When I saw the DT call, I jumped at the opportunity to apply.  I have been a fan of Eyelet Outlet products for many years now and have purchased oodles of their eyelets, brads, ribbon and more when I go to the Scrapbook Expos. 

When they asked why I wanted to be a member of their team I was brutally honest when I responded my reason was a selfish one…this will force me to take those products that I tend to hoard and USE them…I know, what a concept.  

My first official post will be a bit later in the month and I’ll be posting every eight days or so thereafter.  I’m eager to share my projects with you.  In the meantime, if you want to know a bit more about Eyelet Outlet, the products they sell and their trade show schedule, you can check it out here:

Equally exciting, I also want to share I was selected as one of ten finalists at The Craftys Awards in the paper crafting division.  This is a nationwide craft competition having 16 categories.  I’m thrilled to have gotten this far.  I don’t expect to win because more than a few of the finalist projects are extreme paper crafting and are far more deserving.  But to me, just being a finalist for the second year in a national competition is a win!

 

Stamp Your Heart Out at Connie Can Crop

Before I begin, I want to welcome two new e-mail subscribers.  I’m so glad you’ve joined us lbrown and saragirlred.  You are now entered in my card bundle give away when I reach 100 e-mail followers.  We’re getting closer.

It’s the first of the month which means it’s time for another challenge at Connie Can Crop.  This month the challenge theme is, “Stamp Your Heart Out” where you can create anything you want, but be sure to include a stamped image somewhere on your project.

Our sponsor this month is RubyMartha of Fun Stampers Journey who will give one luck winner, picked at random, a gift certificate. 

I decided take the challenge literally and include a heart as well…I actually stamped IN the heart.

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The big buckle card has been around for a l-o-n-g time, but I’m just getting around to making one now.  I didn’t follow any sort of tutorial; I just created a cut file by welding a heart shape to one side of a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ rectangle and the buckle piece to the other.  I cut it from a 12″ x 12″ sheet of Real Red card stock. Here’s a picture of the template.  It’s also on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page. 

I cut the heart (with the slot for the buckle) for the focal image from water-color paper as I knew I wanted to use markers and an aqua painter to color this cute Sheepdog & Hydrant stamp by Whipper Snapper Designs.  It looked a bit plain when I placed it on the base, so I pulled out some lace trim and ran it around the back of the water-color paper before attaching.

The exposed corner of the panel was the perfect spot for the sentiment, which I color matched to the card base.  Inside, the rest of the sentiment:

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Now it’s your turn to enter the challenge!  You can get all the details right here.  I hope to see you there and I’ll wish you good luck in advance!

 

Deer Friend at Miss Kate Cuttables

Before I share my post I have a new e-mail follower I’d like to welcome, desertlillyjo.  Thanks so much for joining us!

It’s my turn to post at Miss Kate Cuttables!  Before I continue, I just want to remind you to pick up your freebie of the day.  You can do that here.

Now let’s take a look at my card using the Girl Winter Deer cut file.  Miss Kate has a cute Boy Winter Deer, too.  Have you ever noticed that each year brings a new trend.  Some years it’s snowmen, other years it’s angels, Santas, snowflakes, etc.  This year it seems to be deer and that works for me as they are dear to me 😉

 

Deer Friend split easel card made with a Miss Kate Cuttables cut file and Stampin' Up products.

 

I saw this video on how to make what I’m calling a split easel card.  So easy to make, but I like the look.  I have a template for you on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page.  I also have a cut file for the Silhouette Designer Edition V3 if you’d like it.

I used Stampin’ Up’s Winter Frost Designer Series Paper (retired).  I let that dictate the color of the card base, Island Indigo, and the mat under the image of Bermuda Bay.

I converted the cut file to print.  I left everything except her scarf the original colors.  The scarf was color-matched to the card stock.  She was traced and welded it to the smaller oval so her cute antlers extend out.  I applied Glossy Accents to her nose and Wink of Stella to her antlers with a liberal application of Shimmer Spritz.  She was added to the mat with dimensionals.

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The greeting and sentiment were created using the Honey Script in Island Indigo. 

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The final touches included a few snowflakes, sequins and mini rhinestones with another layer of Shimmer Spritz over everything.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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