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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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Armed & Dangerous with Eyelet Outlet

Once upon a time when I was married, my husband was a real handyman.  And a very brave (or foolish) one because some of the projects he undertook were a tad risky..like removing a wall without knowing if it was weight-bearing.  This card reminds me of him.

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I used a number of brad sets in the “construction” of this card; Toolbox, Tools, Saw, and Screws.  And I also used Silver Foil and Tape Measure Washi Tapes.

The image I used is The Weekend Warrior by Art Impressions.  I stamped it with VersaFine Black Ink and scanned it into my computer so I could import it into my Silhouette Design Screen.  Once there, I erased the tools so they wouldn’t show from behind the brads.  I also traced him and welded his outline to the rectangle on which he sits…you can see how the sides of the rectangle accommodate his hands in motion.  Finally, I traced inside the shirt and filled it with a check pattern.  I print and cut him and then colored him with Copic markers.

The card design, a Step Panel Card, was just so perfect for this theme!  I found a tutorial for it on YouTube.  Here’s a look at it from the side:

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And looking down on it.  Also like my ex, he left tools sitting all over the place!

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And a final picture of the back of the card with the sentiment from the set.  And another brad and some washi to accent.

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Miss Kate Cuttables Challenge-Holiday

While you’re here, if you scroll down you’ll see a Merry Little Christmas Give Away.  Subscribe via e-mail for a chance to win…comment on that post for a second chance.

It’s time for another challenge at Miss Kate’s Cuttables.  This month, the theme is Holiday!  Lucky for me Miss Kate’s store is chock full of holiday-themed cut files, digital and printables.  And now paper die cut and paper packs.  That’s right, you get the same Miss Kate’s images, but a physical paper product!   And don’t forget to get your Freebie of the Week right here.

My challenge project incorporates a number of Miss Kate’s products; Christmas Treats Digital Paper Collection, Gingerbread House, Gingerbread Couple, and Christmas Traditions

First, here’s the front of the card:

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The gingerbread house matches the digital patterned paper perfectly.  To complete the front, I simply filled a 4″ x 5 1/4″ rectangle with the pattern in my Silhouette design screen and sponged the perimeter with green ink.  I sized the gingerbread house to fit the front and attached it on dimensionals.  To complete the look, I added a greeting on a color coordinated double mat, coated the “icing” with Glossy Accents and added Clear Jewel Bling from Eyelet Outlet (colored with Copic markers on the greeting).

But the inside is where all the action is:

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I followed a video by Dawn’s Stamping Thoughts to make the Pop Up Panel inside this card.  In addition to the gingerbread house paper, I also used the striped paper included in the digital collection.  To get the alternating stripes, I filled two rectangles with the pattern and then created mirror images in my Silhouette design screen.  Then I added the gingerbread couple, peppermints and cookies.  I added Glossy Accents liberally.  A sentiment from Stampin’ Up’s retired My Digital Studio to finish.

It’s hard to believe I’ve been on Miss Kate’s design team for a year now.  Here’s a peek at my challenge project from last December.

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 this evening through the 4th Monday of each month.  Winners will be announced, in the group, Friday of challenge end week.  Remember this month’s it’s holiday.  Good luck!



A Merry Little Christmas Give Away

With Christmas just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to have a merry little give away here on my blog.  I mentioned previously I wanted to have a give away when I reached 250 email subscribers.  I’m at 223 as of this moment, so I have a bit to go to get to that goal.  If you haven’t subscribed via email yet (even if you’re already subscribed via Bloglovin’ or NetWorked Blogs), please consider doing so if you’d like to be included in the drawing. 

In the event I don’t reach my subscription goal, I will still announce the winners on December 22nd as a way of thanking my current subscribers. 

Here’s what three lucky subscribers will win:


  • A prize package sent directly from Eyelet Outlet including a selection of brads and also a roll of washi tape.  I’ll be starting my third term as a design team member for EO and hope they’ll keep me as a team member for life.  The brads, bling and washi tape inspire such creativity in me I just don’t have enough hours in a day to make all the cards I want to make.  I love their products, always a fantastic selection and high quality.  The owners of EO are great people and the design team leader and members are a dream to work with!  This is for US residents only.  Here’s one of my favorite cards made using Eyelet Outlet products.


  • Your choice of three cut files or printable stamps from The Cutting Cafe.  Don’t worry if you don’t have an electronic cutter as the cut files all have .pdf templates for hand cutting. I am privileged to have been a part of The Cutting Cafe’s design team since March.  Twice a month owner and all-around wonderful person, Regina, provides us with a challenge using one of her cut files or printable stamps in whatever way our creativity takes us.  It has been such fun!  And the design team is uber talented…I learn so much from them each month.  The Cutting Cafe also has a sister store, The Cutting Cafe Shop.  While she has many products from which to choose, I am especially fond of the custom clear stamps and printable ribbon.  Here’s one of my favorite cards made using The Cutting Cafe products.


  • Message in a Bottle Photopolymer Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up.  Here’s a link to check out some of the cards made with this set.  This is for US residents only.

If you are already an email subscriber AND leave a comment; you will be entered twice in the giveaway. 

So leave me a comment sharing your favorite Christmas tradition! If you prefer, you can email me with your comment…you’ll find my email icon on the left sidebar.

The winners will be picked at random using True Number Random Generator and announced here on the blog.  I do not always have access to your email address, so I can’t promise to contact you directly to tell you you’ve won.  Be sure to check back here on the 29th to see if you’re the lucky winner. 

Winners will have ’til December 29th to claim their prize.  If I don’t hear from the first round of winners, I will pick again until all the prizes are claimed.

Before I leave you today, I just want to thank you again for being a subscriber.  I love sharing my cards, crafts and random thoughts with you and I appreciate each and every one of you!




Hanging Out at Eyelet Outlet

If you’re looking for the Come to the North Pole Blog Hop, click here or simply scroll down.  Hop and comment for a chance to win a prize.

When I saw the cute Hanger Brads, the idea “Hanging Out” came to me immediately.  Now, how to incorporate it into a card…

Before my association with Eyelet Outlet, I rarely used washi tape; so I knew I wanted to use that as well.  Now, I’m having such fun with it I wonder why I rarely used it.  I made my card today using these luscious tapes:

Green Pattern Washi Tape

Glitter Green Washi Tape

Red Pattern Washi Tape

Glitter Red Washi Tape

Hard Wood Washi Tape

I’ll show you a picture of my card first and then share a bit about how it came together. 

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I made a vintage armoire using a cut file I found in the Silhouette Store.  I used Confetti White card stock, embossed it with a Woodgrain embossing folder and sponged all the edges with Crumb Cake ink.  The handles and the center medallion for the finial were made using the Multi-Sized Pearl Bling, colored with a Gold Leaf Pen.

I had such fun filling this armoire.  I found a free clip art dress image and traced it in my Silhouette, which I cut it to be the base for my washi.  One piece of washi down the middle and then I lined up a piece of washi on either side.  Then I attached trimmed the edges.  I added pockets of glitter washi and even added a pair of matching shoes for each.  The greeting appears on the inside of the doors.

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I added a third hanger because it looked a bit empty in the middle.  Here’s a closer look:

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And here’s the inside of the card…another hanger for good measure!

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I hope you like my card and much as I liked sharing it with you.  I made another washi dress…a veritable fashion designer, lol.  Here’s a look at that card.

Come Visit the North Pole Blog Hop

Welcome to the

 Blog Hop

To the North Pole, I’d like to go,
Over fields of ice and snow;
To see Santa dear,

Mrs. Claus and the elves would be
Waiting there for you and me;
Where they make the toys so busily!

If you’re following along with the hop, you should have arrived here from my crafty friend, Angela’s, blog.  If you want to start at the beginning head over to Connie’s blog.

This is a one-day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented elves.

We have an awesome sponsor for this month!

One lucky winner will win a gift certificate

Be sure to check out the shop online 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 12/13/17 at Connie Can Crop.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment on the way!

In his wonderful reindeer sleigh,
Santa would whisk us all away;
Flying merrily,

Nonstop to the NORTH POLE!!

Of course, the North Pole has a Christmas Tree!  So my first card showcases a tree that sparkles and shines:

The front of the card:

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And opened:

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And the North Pole has a snowman.  I know because every year I watch the animated show, “Frosty the Snowman”.  Even as I type this, I can hear Burl Ives singing.  So here’s my version of Frosty:

The front of the card:

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And opened:

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Finally, what says the North Pole more than Santa’s sleigh (other than Santa, of course).  Here’s a sleigh piled high with presents and a cute little bear holding a wreath.

The front of the card:

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And opened:

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I guess you can tell I did a little shopping for pop-up dies.  These are all Karen Burniston dies.  I love that she has video tutorials for all her dies, as a result, there’s no guesswork involved in the making of these.

Now head on over to Santa’s next helper, Ashley, to see what she’s made for you in her workshop.

I also entered one or more cards in the following challenge:







Here’s our line up in case you get lost along the way.

Connie- http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com

Rebecca- http://rebeccaanndesigns.com/

Angela- mermaidsnmonograms.blogspot.com

Kim- http://katydidcards.com

Ashley- http://marinewifesscrappinlife.blogspot.com/

Holli- http://sunflowerholli.blogspot.com

Veronica- http://vickyscrappingpassion.blogspot.com

Shannon H- http://shannonhdesigns.blogspot.com/

Alicia- http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/

Sandy- https://simplycraftycreationsbysandys.blogspot.com/

Amanda- https://salnclts76.blogspot.com/

Sue- http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

Miranda- http://www.nanasscrapspot.com

Marji- http://fstampaholic.blogspot.com/

Don’t forget to join our current challenge

Connie Can Crop Challenge #65
I’m So Fancy (OUR LAST Challenge)
due 11:59 P.M. Saturday, December 30th, 2017
Pacific Time

Let It Snow with The Cutting Cafe

Our challenge today was to use any Christmas file in The Cutting Cafe store.  After much deliberation, I decided to work with the Christmas Word Shakers.  This file has a generous 7 shaker words and 8 corresponding sentiments.  Something for everyone!  As you can see, I picked “Snow” to make a winter themed card in the hopes of warming the coldest of days with love.

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I filled the snow panel with digital patterned paper from the Holiday Classics Digital Kit by Kristen Cronin-Barrow.  After cutting, I added acetate to the back and applied Foam Adhesive Strips liberally around the word opening to the edges.  I gave a quick swipe to the edges of the adhesive strips with my Embossing Buddy before removing the protective paper covering to keep the contents of the shaker from sticking.  Then I filled the center area with white Prills.  To make it easy for myself, I cut a piece of blue cardstock larger than the shaker panel and pressed it firmly on the adhesive.  Then I trimmed the excess from around the edges.

I matted it on a piece of Confetti White card stock so that just a bit of white peeked out from top and bottom.  The edges of the mat were coated with Wink of Stella.  I created a little banner for above the shaker and matted it on Basic Gray; the same color as the card base.  As a final touch, I added some old, old…did I say old…buttons after removing the shanks from the back.

Have you seen all the cards recently with the raised letters?  They’re being featured all over the place!  I thought these shaker words could also work for that technique so I tried it and, by George, it worked!  I’ve only ever seen them with black matting, so that’s what I tried first; but then I tried it with red as well.  I like both versions:

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Here’s a closer look at each of them so you can see the layering.  The red and black cardstocks were layered twice before placing the patterned paper cut outs on top.


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To accomplish this look, I did an internal offset of the word in my Silhouette design screen in order to separate the letters.  Then I did an offset to get them back to their original size.  I spaced them out evenly and centered them on the panel and cut them after filling with digital patterned paper.

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Be sure to stop by The Cutting Cafe blog to see what all the other designers have created for you.  Leave a comment for a chance to win three free The Cutting Cafe files of your choice.  No cutting machine?  No problem!  All the files come complete with a .pdf so you can also cut them by hand.  Sweet! 

I’ll see you later in the month with another challenge.  I made another Christmas card earlier this year.  Here’s a link to it, if you’d like to take a peek.



Explosive News at Eyelet Outlet

I have to admit, when I first joined the EO Design Team, working with washi tape was outside my comfort zone, but I find myself having a lot of fun incorporating it into my projects.  It’s all due to the fact that Eyelet Outlet has SO many washi tapes available…there’s something for everyone!  Also, I have such great inspiration from my Design Team Sisters…did you know we have the Washi Queen on our team?  Yes, we do!  If you haven’t done so already, you should really check out the EO blog.

I used the Colored Math Washi Tape today and it provided the perfect background (and gave me my color cues, too). 

I paired this with the Great Chemistry stamp set by Paper Smooches.  It was purchased as required supplies for a Copic coloring class.  I never used it and figured I never would.  Thank goodness for this washi tape as it caused me to dust it off.  Here are the results:

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I thought a split-front card would be a great way to showcase both the image and the sentiment inside.  It was a good choice.  This sort of card is easy to make and you can adjust the upper and lower panels to any size you need to accommodate your focal image and sentiment.  I have a template for this layout on the Hints, Tips and Tutorials page if you’d like it.

I used several other EO products on my card:

Eye Glass Brads

Red Glitter Washi

Green Glitter Washi

Swirl Bling-Clear

Pearl Bling Strips-Black

I colored this mad scientist with Copic markers and then added the glasses.  His eyes were calling out for a pair of black pearls which I dotted with white gel pen to give them a highlight.  I pieced his bow tie with Green Glitter Washi and I “filled” the vial with Red Glitter Washi, but I colored it with a Copic marker for a custom color.  Of course, this formula has to be bubbling, so I colored the Swirl Jewel Bling in various sizes.  Here’s a closer look at all that:

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I used another image from the stamp set for the area below him and the bling worked perfectly for that as well.  But I wasn’t done with the bling quite yet.  I added it to the greeting, which was calling out for embellishment.

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This is such a fun card!  I really enjoyed making it.  I’m also fond of paper piecing with washi tape.  Here’s an example of that. 

I’m So Fancy at Connie Can Crop

This month at Connie Can Crop the challenge is to make a project with a fancy fold.  Seems like there’s a new tutorial coming out every day, so there’s no shortage of fancy folds to try.  My card is an accordion fold with a little flip action thrown in.

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I was asked to make a card incorporating both Chanukah and Christmas wishes.  I have to admit, I had to think on this for a while as I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to combine the two.  My first attempt…well, we won’t talk about that other than to say I needed to move on to Plan B.  Here’s a closer look at each half:

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Almost hidden in these pictures, there’s a little connector piece in the back which says, “To You” in the same script.  On the back of the wreath is another white panel that says “From Us”. 

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To give credit where credit is due, I used Karen Burniston’s Accordion Charm Die Set.  But, when I cut it I discovered it wasn’t a large as I wanted it, so I scanned it and imported it into my Silhouette and stretched it to make each panel 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  The base was cut from Night of Navy and Real Red cardstock.  I custom colored a polka-dot pattern for my mats, coordinating them to all the colors I planned to use in the card.  If you haven’t worked with any of Karen’s files, I can tell you they’re so clever and easy as you always have a video tutorial to help you along.

The charms and charm holders/attachment pieces were cut from Gold and Silver Foil Paper, also from Stampin’ Up.  I incorporated a bit of this paper in each of the focal images as well.

One of my favorite fancy fold cards is the Swing Easel Card.  Here’s one I made a while ago.  Do you have a favorite?

Now it’s your turn to participate Connie Can Crop’s challenge.  You have the rest of the month to make any project.  It just needs to incorporate a fancy fold.

One winner, picked at random, will win their choice of two single digital images from Craftin’ Desert Divas.  Visit them at their store to see what they have and check them out on Facebook to see the latest.

And one last thing

As you may know, I am a “hobby” Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up; meaning I don’t solicit sales of Stampin’ Up merchandise.  But it doesn’t mean you can’t purchase these wonderful products from me. 

If you’d like something you see showcased here or in the annual or seasonal catalogs (links to them are on my sidebar), just email me! 

Alternatively, you can go to Stampin’ Up and, under Find a Demonstrator, click on the Demonstrator Directory.  Insert my name, Kim, and Brick, NJ and I should pop up.  Click on SHOP and there’s the store! 

Sleighin’ It With Eyelet Outlet

If you’re looking for my Miss Kate Cuttables post, please click here or simply scroll down.

I’m still having fun working with the new brads in the Eyelet Outlet store.  I particularly like the selection in this release.  Then again, I particularly liked the previous release…and will undoubtedly like the next release.  Okay, I confess.  I love ’em all!  If you haven’t caught the new releases yet, what are you waiting for?  Here’s the link to the new brads AND there’s new washi tape in the store, too.  Here’s a link to that.   

Today I’m working with the Sled and Pine Tree Brads as well as the Sun (and Cloud) Brads to create my little “Sleighin’ It” scene.

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I thought a Standing Pop-Up Card would be a perfect way to showcase these brads and I’m happy with the result.  If you’ve never made one before, there’s a template for you on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page.  It’s not difficult even though it has a “wow” factor to it.

To create the hills, I simply freehand cut three separate pieces of Whisper White cardstock.  I attached them to some Bashful Blue cardstock (retired Stampin’ Up). When I had an arrangement I liked, I simply trimmed the excess from the bottom.  Before adding my brads, I added Shimmer Spritz…liberally.  My base was cut from heavy Whisper White cardstock.  I printed my greeting on regular Whisper White using the AlwaysHere font.  It was matted on a piece of yellow cardstock, color matched to digital patterned paper from the All That’s Timeless Kit by Traci Reed.  This paper coordinated with the sleds beautifully. 

To finish, I punched a circle, scored it in the middle and attached it over the end of the card.  I punched a 1/4″ hole in the center and tucked some ribbon through.  I also used a corner punch for the top edges of the card.  Here’s a closer look at the scene:

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As much as I love the winter theme, I also like the sentiment on the reverse.  I think this would make a smile break out on the recipient’s face!

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Here’s another look from the side:


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The nice thing about this card technique is that it fold’s flat for mailing.


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Have you seen the other cards I made with the new releases in the store?  If not, here’s one for you.

Happy Fall Card with Miss Kate Cuttables

Today I’m working with this fantastic Autumn Crow cut file.  Such a cute way to wish someone a Happy Fall, with a cute little sentiment inside.  

I’m eager to show you my card, but first things first!  Don’t forget to get your Miss Kate’s freebie of the day

And now here’s my card:

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I used Stampin’ Up’s card stock; Peach Parfait, Pumpkin Pie, and Tangelo Twist for the pumpkin.  For the leaves, a bit of Lucky Limeade which I also used for the base. Finally, the crow was made using Basic Black, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight and So Saffron.  The sentiment inside was printed on Whisper White.  As with all Miss Kate’s files, there are lots of luscious layers here; so I didn’t have to do much of anything to add dimension. 

Finishing touches include sponging the edges of the pumpkin, coating the beak with Wink of Stella and a few accents on the wings, tail, and eyes with Nuvo Drops. 

Everything was placed on a rounded rectangle filled with a digital patterned paper from a kit called Thanksgiving Turkeys.

This cut file originally had two additional pumpkins, but I wanted to create a 3 1/2″ x 6″ card, so I eliminated them.  It creates an entirely new look!

Here’s a close-up so you can see some of the detail in the file:

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Inside, I printed the sentiment in brown on a more transparent version of the plaid using the Mister Sirloin BTN Rare font.  Here’s what that looks like:

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I have a friend who will appreciate my humor, so this is for her!