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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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Pets Deserve Presents, Too, With The Cutting Cafe

For today’s challenge with The Cutting Cafe, the design team can use any files we wish from the store.  I used two 3D House Set and the Pillow Box to make some pet treat gift boxes because, as my post title confirms, pets deserve presents, too! 

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The 3D House Set includes assorted houses in three sizes for maximum versatility.  Additionally, the set comes with sentiments, accessories, trees, and bases.  I opted to use the largest of the three, but I made it a tad thinner on the sides.  For the house, I stamped it with a woodgrain background stamp and then scored it every 1/2″ to simulate siding.  I attached scalloped “shingles” on the roof as well.

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The cut file provides the option for a permanently attached roof or one that can be opened.  I opted for the later so I could fill it with dog treats.

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Using the Pillow Boxes, I printed on both sides of my cardstock with a cat and dog themed digital patterned paper.  I traced the mouse and bone from the paper and used them for the openings.  There are plenty of pillow boxes with the opening already provided for you in the store; I just wanted mine to match the paper.

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I left the boxes empty so you can see the decorative inside as well.  I placed acetate inside the box to contain all the goodies.  The cutout works perfectly as the tag.  On the reverse of the tag is the greeting and the “to” and “from” (you can see that in the top photo).  The beauty of these pillow boxes is the flaps are self-closing…it’s like magic!

We had another “anything goes” challenge last April.  Here’s the link to that if you’d like to take a peek.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what the rest of the team has come up with.  There will be lots of variety as we can work with any file!  Just click here to see for yourself.  Leave a comment when you visit The Cutting Cafe for a chance to win three free 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 be sharing more challenges next month.  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

Release Your Inner Kitten at Eyelet Outlet

If you’re looking for my Miss Kate Cuttables’s post where I share a cute Valentine’s card featuring dinosaurs, click here or just scroll down.

The Knitting Brads at Eyelet Outlet are adorable and I really like the colors of the yarn. 

I was eager to use them, so I made a card based on my last experience with yarn…and my cat!  It was when I decided I wanted to learn how to knit, so I was working on my project with the yarn on the floor in a basket.  Suddenly, there was a tug and off went my yarn in the cat’s mouth.

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It’s a spinner card, which was pretty easy to make in my Silhouette.  But you could do this with circle dies as well.  I have a freebie template for you on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page if you’d like it.  Here’s a video of the blissful kitty as he rolls around with his yarn.

I picked my cardstock to match the yarn.  I used Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise.  The patterned paper is digital from the New Found Happiness Kit at Sweet Shoppe Designs.  I recolored the dots, though.  Believe it or not, I scanned the balls of yarn so I had an exact color match. 

The kitty was made from a cut file I purchased in the Silhouette store, but I doctored him so he could hold a ball of yarn in his paws.  The remaining yarn and a pair of knitting needles sit nearby in a basket made using the Basket Builder Framelits by Stampin’ Up.  There are two layers to the basket…the open weave top layer in Crumb Cake and the solid back layer in Early Espresso.

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And here’s a close-up on the kitty.  I added some embroidery floss to make it look like the yarn is trailing.

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The sentiment inside plays off the greeting and another ball of yarn and knitting needles finish it off perfectly.

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I enjoyed sharing my card and my story about my little cat, Pumpkin, with you.  She passed away some years ago now but the great memories she gave me make me smile.

You Make My Heart Saur at Miss Kate Cuttables

I am happy to announce I was invited to continue as a Miss Kate Cuttables design team member again this year.  Another year of working with great products and a great team.  This year we have a few new team members, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they create!  

Speaking of creating, see what you can create using the Freebie of the Day.  

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I decided to make a card celebrating love!  I worked with two adorable cut files which were “made for each other”, literally. 

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I used Dinosaurs in Love and the You Make My Heart Saur Title, as well as a digital pattern from the Love is in the Air Paper Collection, one of my favorites.

To create the card base, I used a Silhouette store cut file by Daniela Moscone.  This shaker is a little different in that it’s built to the inside of the card.  I didn’t want to obscure the title in any way, so I made this shaker understated, putting just a handful of hearts created using Stampin’ Up’s Confetti Hearts Border Punch.  

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I converted the You Make My Heart Saur Title to print only as I didn’t want the shaker contents to get stuck on anything.  Next, I attached it to the inside of the card with mounting tape.  Then I adhered the acetate to the back of the patterned paper before attaching it to the card front. 

I cut the dinosaurs from scrap paper…always nice to reduce the stash of scraps!  As a result, though, the light green layer was textured and the light pink was not.  I wanted to create texture, but nothing as deep as an embossing folder; so I ran it through my Big Shot between two very well used cutting plates.  The result was a subtle texture; just enough so it didn’t stand out next to the green texture.

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After I assembled the happy couple, I added some Wink of Stella in their spots and Glossy Accents on the hearts.  After I attached them to the card, I found the top of the card to be a little “needy” so, using the heart included in the title cut file, I cut three hearts for across the top.  Of course, I added more Wink of Stella to them and randomly on the plaid pattern as I’m addicted to using it.

Inside, I took pieces from the title again and created a sentiment to coordinate nicely.

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I’ll see you again soon.  In the meantime, thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.  Oh, and did you see my post about Miss Kate’s challenge.  It’s here if you’d like to take a look. 

A Thousand Miles with Eyelet Outlet

If you’re looking for the Snow Fun Blog Hop, click here or simply scroll down!

Last week I posted a collection of cards using Eyelet Outlet’s Sneaker and Water Bottle Brads.  I have one more sneaker themed card to share and, in my opinion, I saved the best for last.

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It features the sneakers making their way down the street to the finish line past a quaint row of houses from the In the City Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up.  I stamped the buildings and then scanned them into the computer to color and trace them in my Silhouette.  I attached them to a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ rectangle of Soft Sky which I embossed with the Cloudy Day embossing folder.  Across the bottom is the first half of the greeting.  As a finishing touch, I coated the windows and clock with Glossy Accents. 

Here’s the star of the show, a pair of sneakers…ready to go!

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And here’s the destination:

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Just pull the tab and you get to watch the sneakers make their way to the finish line.

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And reveal the second half of the greeting.

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And here’s the sentiment inside:

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I made another version of this exchanging the word “run” for “walk” for Suzanne, the owner of Eyelet Outlet.  She is quite an accomplished runner, so the card with that revision would be perfect for her to give to a loved one.  I forgot to take a picture of it, but it was exactly the same, save for the word.

Snow Fun Blog Hop

Welcome to the

This is a blog hop all about those white fluffy snowflakes and all the fun you can have in them!  Personally, I prefer to be inside in front of a roaring fire with a mug of hot cocoa (or wine) looking out at the snow.

You should have arrived from the talented Holli’s blog but if you happened here by first and want to start the hop at the beginning then head over to Connie Can Crop.

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

Connie Can Crop is your sponsor for this hop!!

One lucky winner will win a beautiful stamp from Fun Stampers Journey.

(valid to ship in the US only)

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 1/17/18 at Connie Can Crop.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment on the way to increase your chances of winning!

Now for my projects.

For my first card, I used the now retired Snowflake Flip Card die from Stampin’ Up.

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The cardstock and designer series paper I used is also retired.  The greeting was purchased in the Silhouette store and converted to print only.  I finished off the card with Jewel Bling from Eyelet Outlet and snowflake sequins (also retired SU). 

Here’s a second version of this card using Brushed Silver cardstock.  I like this version better.  How about you?

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Next up is a slider card I made a while back using Miss Kate’s Penguins Sledding cut file.  The snowy mountains were created used Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Border Dies and I used Lawn Fawn’s Slide On Over Dies.for the slider.  One of the slider dies has a curve to match the hillside, so it worked perfectly.

Then I used mounting tape to attach the slider panel to the front, being careful not to get it too close to the slider.  I used Stampin’ Up’s Foam Adhesive Strips.  If you’re using mounting tape, double it to allow ample space.  I don’t think the tutorials would tell you this, but it’s at this point I tuck my penny behind the slider opening.  On the penny, I placed two round foam dots side by side to keep the sled from spinning 360 degrees.

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I’ve made other cards using some fabulous Miss Kate’s files.  Just click here and here if you’d like to see them. 

Next, head on over to Miranda’s blog to see a fabulous project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Anything Goes Challenge at Miss Kate Cuttables

It’s a veritable free for all, lol.  Actually, this month’s challenge at Miss Kate Cuttables allows us to make anything we want with any product we want.  I decided to use the digital paper, which is kind of an unsung hero.  There are so many great cut files, it’s easy to overlook the patterned paper…now available as a physical product as well.

But before I get too far into my post, I want to remind you to take advantage of the Freebie of the Day!  That’s right a new free item each and every week!

Now back to my project!

I’ve been wanting to make a stationery box for a while now as a thank you gift for a friend.  I found a video tutorial on YouTube from MayMay Made It which was excellent and it made making this a breeze.  In fact, the hardest part about making this was picking which paper I wanted to use as there are so many from which to choose.  After much deliberation, I opted for the Love is in the Air Paper Pack.

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I duplicated the measurements in my Silhouette Design Studio so I have it all ready for my next stationery box…and there will definitely be a second one.  I filled the smallest mats with one of the 16 patterns available in the kit and print and cut them first.  Next, I print and cut the polka dot pattern.  Then I color-matched the mat and box cardstock and cut the remaining pieces.  Here’s the box, opened.  An incredible handcrafted gift!

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The base of the tags and 3″ x 3″ note cards we cut from the same cardstock as the box.  The initial, as well as the words, were created using the MK Thick Type Font.  Here’s a closer look at each set of six.

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Also included are six greeting cards.  I filled a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel with the polka dot paper and then topped it with Miss Kate’s Label with Flowers.  As much as I would have loved to use this as a cut file, it would have added too many layers for the cards with envelopes to fit.  Instead, I converted it to print only for a perfect centerpiece to the card fronts.  I placed three different greetings in the middle and placed them on card bases in three colors.  Here’s a peek at them:

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Last but not least, the little notepad, stamp holder, and pen.  I duplicated the look on the tag front.  This is the same pen as used in the video, but it doesn’t fit in this box for some reason.  So, I didn’t attach it to the box with a loop as shown in the video.  I just popped it in the top before closing the box. 

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I’ve participated in several Miss Kate’s Anything Goes challenges in the past.  You can find them here and here.

So now it’s your turn

to enter the challenge at Miss Kate’s Facebook Group.  The requirements for the challenge are 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 the end of the challenge week.  Remember this month’s it’s Anything Goes!  Good luck!

Menu Planner with The Cutting Cafe

I’ve never been one to use a planner, so when we were challenged this month to use any of the planner page options offered by The Cutting Cafe I was a bit concerned.  There are many options available, though, so it was pretty easy to pick one I was eager to use.

Here’s the menu planner included in the 2018 Planner Printable Set.  All the hard work was done for me, so I had fun filling it in with colors and my weekly menu information.  Turns out this was a really handy tool to plan out the week’s menu and shopping list with the food store circular at hand.     

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After I filled in the menu, I realized I had a number of brads which would accent the menu planner perfectly, so I picked out a few to correspond with the menu.  Also, I added a cooking themed background and increased the transparency so it provides just a hint of color and finished it off with a thin white border.

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I added the same color combination and background to the shopping list.  It was a snap filling it in from my laptop.

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I thought it would be a great idea to keep the coupons I was using that week close to the shopping list.  So, I made a companion page with the same bordered background with a second sheet, cut on the diagonal to create a pocket for the coupons.  To make it stand out, I ran a strip of color-coordinated washi tape down the edge.  When it’s time to go shopping, I just take it with me.

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I’m pretty happy with the result.  So much so that I just might be a planner girl after all.  I can’t wait to see the inspiration from the rest of the design team.  I know they will rock this challenge.  It’s an incredibly talented team, so I’m always eager to see the fruits of their labor and especially some great videos.  Leave a comment when you visit The Cutting Cafe for a chance to win three free 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!

Ode to the Humble Sneaker with Eyelet Outlet

Today I’m sharing several cards as an ode to the humble sneaker using the adorable Sneaker & Water Bottle Brads from Eyelet Outlet.  My plan was to make a single card, but I had so many ideas I had to just keep going!

Sneakers have come a long way since I wore Keds as a child.  I don’t even recall owning any color but white.  Today there are so many choices it can make your head spin, but that’s because we ask so much more of sneakers than we did years ago.  On second thought, maybe the sneaker isn’t so humble!

A Great Pair

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For lack of a better name, I’m calling this card fold a Flap Over.  The patterned paper is cut 1/2″ longer than the card, scored and folded over the back.  The circle cut in the front allows for the sneakers and greeting to peek-a-boo from inside.  Just click on the image to be taken to the gallery to see the inside.  I just love the bright colors on this card!

Next up:

Challenge

I’ve seen this quote several times and always thought of it as powerful advice.  I think the first time I saw it was in a Nike ad, so I’ll credit them as the originator.

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The digital patterned paper is from the Half Marathon kit by Pink Rainbow Design.  I love the combination of yellow, black and white, so it was just great luck the water bottle brad matched perfectly.  Creating a text to path in my Silhouette allowed me to curve the greeting to the band across the front.  I created a mat for it and for under the patterned paper.  Before attaching the band with foam adhesive strips, I attached the water bottles and sneakers.  Inside is blank so this can be used as a note card.

Then there’s:

Listen

This is my favorite of the cards today, I think.  I love the combination of papers, accentuated by the black mats.  Another quote I found, this time by Dr. Margaret, helps to create the centerpiece.   The digital patterned paper is from the Running Princess kit by Just for You.  Intending this as a note card, I left the inside blank.

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And finally:

Conspiracy Theory

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I had a little fun with this card, borrowing the idea from the movie, “Conspiracy Theory” with Mel Gibson.  Turns out he wasn’t a total nut, after all.  So maybe…just maybe there’s some truth to this theory as well.  Next time you see a pair of sneakers hanging from a power line, you may look at it in a new way…and smile as it says inside the card.  Click on the image if you want to see it. 

Let these humble sneaker cards remind us to resolve to “get moving” in 2018!

I made one more sneaker card which I’ll be sharing next week so stay tuned!

New Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs

I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods, but here we have about a foot of snow.  I’m inside, safe and warm, with a cup of tea and the new 2018 Occasions Catalog.  So it’s all good! 

This catalog is packed with new stamp sets, paper, tools, and embellishments.  All those new products have me thinking ahead to Spring.  If you want to take a look at the catalog, you can do that by clicking on the image below:

Would you like to see some videos from Stampin’ Up for some crafty inspiration?  Just click here to do that.  I find these videos especially helpful if I’m on the fence about a stamp set as they show me various ways to use them.

I particularly like a few sets in this catalog:

Apron of Love Bundle-not only do I love the versatility of this stamp set, but I love those dies with the little utensils.  I can see this being useful for Mother’s and Father’s Day, Get Well, Baked Good Gifts and on Recipe Card Gifts (I have plans to make one of these this year).  And you can save 10% when buying the bundle.

Barn Door Bundle-I can’t wait to make a card with this sliding barn door.  Such a clever idea.

Charming Cafe Bundle-Another clever idea to make a tri-fold card with three layers of images and the dies do all the work for you.

Let the Good Times Roll Bundle-this would make such a cute birthday card, but I can see it working great for an anniversary card as well…with all life’s “ups and downs”.

There are a few more things I’d like to have but then I’d be linking to the entire catalog.

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 through 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! 

If you’re ordering this month, make sure to use Hostess Code ZEVFSYXTAnyone ordering $40 will split the Stampin’ Rewards in the form of free gifts. 

AND

There’s also the Sale-A-Bration catalog!

For every $50 you spend, you’ll receive a free Sale-A-Bration product. New this year is a second reward level.  Here’s how that breaks down:

  • If you spend $50  you get one free level 1 product.
  • If you spend $100, you get one free level 2 product, OR, they can choose two level 1 items.
  • If you spend $150, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.

Returning this year – Stampin’ Up! will be adding new Sale-A-Bration products to choose from in mid-February! That way, you’ll  have even more to choose from, and you can earn more free products!

Sale-A-Bration products are made especially for this event – so if they run out, they’re gone! So if there’s a product you REALLY want – don’t wait – make sure you get it NOW!

Also if you host a party or a workshop as you get an extra $25 in FREE merchandise when your party total is over $250! Personal orders over $250 also qualify for this bonus! as well.  Plus you gain access to stamp sets offered for sale exclusively to hosts.

 

Furbaby Showcase

Not too long ago I shared a card inspired by my dog Katy.  At that time, I asked if you had any pictures of your pets you wanted to share in a furbaby showcase.  What better way to start the new year than with a dose of cuteness!

Here’s a picture of Marilyn’s dog, Panda.  Isn’t this the cutest picture of Panda in a kissing booth?  I’d definitely pay a dollar to get a kiss!

Next up we have the cutest two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels on the planet.  Meet Audrey (left) and her big brother, Elvis.  Elvis and his mom, Christy, were our one of Katy’s and my first friends on Facebook.  They have enriched our lives with their friendship.

And here’s Susan’s kitty, Monster Ella.  Monster for short.  They have a little saying about her, “Monster Ella, she’s a girly, not a fella.” 

I love this photo, but it’s made even better by the caption Susan included with it, “Mommy, can I just slap this one red one? I won’t touch anymore after that.

And now we have Remi & Lilly all decked out in their Christmas attire.  I wonder if they were trying to get on Santa’s reindeer brigade.

And another picture of Remi.  He’s not normally allowed on the couch but found himself a comfy place and was so sound asleep he didn’t know he was being dressed up.  Remi and Lilly’s mom is a great photographer!

 

And finally another picture of Katy.  As some of you may know, I lost Katy in September to congestive heart failure.  She did well for a long time, but her little body just couldn’t fight anymore.  I miss her terribly, but she will always remain my inspiration and she will live on through my blog.