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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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Like You & Me at Eyelet Outlet

If you’re looking for my Miss Kate Cuttables Design Team post, please click here or simply scroll down.  It’s a celebration of the red, white and blue.

For my Eyelet Outlet design team post today, I decided to use the Bacon, Egg & Toast brad pack.  They were so cute, I simply couldn’t resist using them! 

On this card I used only the bacon and eggs, but I plan on using the toast soon on another card.  I just thought this card was good without a side of toast!

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I found the perfect digital paper to complement these brads from the Rise & Shine pack by Northern Whimsy.  First, I print and cut that and then color matched it to Stampin’ Up card stock; Crushed Curry, Riding Hood Red and Tempting Turquoise.  I cut the card base using a flip card cut file purchased in the Silhouette store.

The plate was cut using Glossy Paper (the same as photo paper) and the flatware was cut from Brushed Silver, both from Stampin’ Up.  Here’s a closer look at the plate on its own little place mat…makes you hungry, doesn’t it?   The EO store also has Silverware Brads which would have worked perfectly.  Alas, I didn’t have them in my stash…how did THAT happen??

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The greeting and sentiment were printed on Whisper White card stock.  I color matched it to the Riding Hood Red and used the AR Cena font.  Here’s a picture of the sentiment when you flip the card:

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The area where there was no patterned paper looked a little plain to me, so I embossed it with a Dotted Swiss border embossing folder to simulate the dots in the patterned paper.

That’s it for this card.  I’m off to get some breakfast…I’m craving bacon and eggs!

I’ve also entered this card in the following challenges:






Patriotic Colors at Miss Kate Cuttables

Before I begin my post, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Vicki, who just followed via Bloglovin and Brenda who is my newest e-mail subscriber.  So happy you joined us, Vicki!

I’m showing my true colors at Miss Kate Cuttables today.  Patriotic colors, that is.  I have two cards to share with you today.  I hope they inspire you to check out all the great patriotic cut files in the store and make a few of your own for friend and family for the 4th.  Here’s my first card:

Card made with the God Bless the USA title from Miss Kate Cuttables

I made a simple rocker card, but it has a real “wow” effect thanks to the focal piece using the God Bless the USA cut file.  It’s got lots of layers so this is quite a beefy piece, which I love.  I cut it from Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White card stocks.  I converted the “God Bless” portion to print only on the Whisper White.  After putting everything together, I used Wink of Stella on the Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler.  I only wish I could capture how beautiful that shimmer looks in person.  Here’s a close-up of that:

The God Bless the USA title from Miss Kate Cuttables turned into a rocker card

The digital patterned paper came from the Bada Bing digital collection by Amanda Heimann.  I changed almost everything, though, by reversing the color scheme and replacing the circles with stars.

For the inside, I used another Miss Kate Cuttables cut file, 4th of July Title and changed it to print only.  I added a few more stars and that did it.

The Fourth of July title converted to the sentiment for this card.

My second card was made using the July 4th Set which has SO many components.  It’s really a great buy.  My inspiration for this card actually came from this cut file.  Here’s the card:

Card made using the 4th of July set by Miss Kate Cuttables...turned into a shaker card.

The file includes three concentric stars.  As soon as I saw them, I knew I wanted to make a shaker card with them.  I had never seen a multi-layered shaker card previously (though I sure there must be some), so I decided to give it a go.  I kept the same format, but increased the size to fit my card front.  I used the small stars (reducing them to 1/4″ and smaller in size) in the same red, white and blue colors for the shaker contents…but switched the order so the shaker contents differed from the layers.  So, the bottom blue layer, with the smallest star, has red shaker content.  The middle white layer has blue shaker contents. The top, red layer has white.  Here’s a view from the side showing the layers:

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I found the perfect greeting for the front of the card in the Birthday section of the store.  Yup, I did say I used the Birthday Word file for a 4th of July card. I inserted the word “Celebrate”, sized it to fit inside the largest star and welded it.  Here’s a closer look so you can see what I’m talking about:

For the inside of the card, I used the Independence Day Title and converted it to print only.  I think it goes perfectly with the front!

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I hope you enjoyed my cards.  I always enjoy sharing them with you!

Espresso at Sunsational Stamps

Today I’m participating in the Summer Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop on behalf of Sunsational Stamps, who are first time Super Sponsors for the hop.  They are offering up not one, not two, but three prizes for this hop, so be sure you check in for your chance to win!

The card stock is all from Stampin’ Up; Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.

Here’s a closer look at the coffee cup.  I used a very old Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up for the cup, Crumb Cake card stock for the holder and Very Vanilla for the lid.  I ran the holder through a paper crimper and then wrapped it with Bakers Twine.

And here’s the sentiment inside, playing off the greeting.

Sunsational Stamps has lots of new products in stock, so please take a moment to check it out, here!  In the meantime, I have a little freebie for you.  Click here for an entire list of coffee themed greetings and sentiments.  Now dust off those coffee stamps and dies because you can use them for any occasion.


Beach Blanket Bingo at The Cutting Cafe

Today The Cutting Cafe design team members are working with the Bingo Card Sets for our projects.  I’ll share links to all the Bingo Card Sets at the end of my post, but this is the set I used, Summer Bingo.   I combined it with the Summer Fun Printable Stamp Set to make this card:

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I combined Stampin’ Up’s Island Indigo and Bermuda Bay card stocks as the card base and the waves.  The “sand” was from my stash.  I tore the top edges with a piece of copy paper for the sea-foam.  The bingo card was color-matched to the Bermuda Bay. 

I filled the umbrella with Season’s Tweetings digital paper by NitWit Collections, I color matched the umbrella base and flip-flops to the patterned paper.  Although I didn’t have a need for them on this card because of the Bingo card, the Summer Fun set has 33 images all about summer.

To finish off the front of the card, I added Wink of Stella to the sea-foam, coated the word BEACH and the umbrella with Glossy Accents and added various brads from Eyelet Outlet.  I went a little crazy with the Glossy Accents…I got a new ultra fine applicator tip and loved using it so much I couldn’t stop.

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For inside the card, I used another Bingo card, but increased the transparency so it provides a subtle background for the sentiment inside.

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If you want to check out what the rest of the design team has created, just click on this link.  This is one amazingly talented group, so you’re in for a treat.  And now is that list of all the Bingo files at the store:

Christmas Bingo Card Set

Halloween Bingo Card Set

Fall Time Bingo Cards

Birthday Bingo Printable Set

Blank Bingo Printable Card Set

Summer Bingo Cards

Bingo Card Set

Bingo Card Month Set

Winter Bingo Printable Set

Easter Bingo Card Set

Valentine’s Day Bingo

I’m also entering this card in the following challenge:

Cute Card Thursday-Challenge #483 Seaside/Beach





Winner, Winner, Winner

It sounds like I’m repeating myself, but I actually do have three winners of the set of two free admission vouchers for the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo generously provided by Eyelet Outlet

If you’re not familiar with Eyelet Outlet, they are family owned and operated and have been in business since 2001 (and I’ve been shopping with them since the start).  They have one of the largest variety of eyelets, brads and washi tape on the web and offer both retail and wholesale sales.  Eyelet Outlet is a vendor at over 40 retail scrapbook and rubber stamp shows each year. Here’s their show schedule

The first set was offered in A Pirate’s Life for Me Blog Hop and I asked for someone to share what they like best about blog hops in the comment section,  The winner is:


Amanda says, “I love blog hops to get inspiration to try new things.”

The second set was offered in the Nothing But the Fox at Eyelet Outlet in which I asked for you to tell me how you like to use brads in your crafting or, if you haven’t used them yet, what would you like to try.  The winner is:


Carol says, “I have used a couple of the sea theme brads for our son. He is a policeman and loves the beach. Thanks for the chance to win vouchers to the Expo. What a great give-away!”

The last give-away was offered in A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop-Basic Card Folds and I asked for commenters to leave me a comment telling me if you use brads, eyelets or washi tape in your projects!  The winner is:


Denise says, “I actually used some of the light bulb ones I purchased at the Mega Meet on a card that will show on the CADC for Wednesday’s card sketch. They went well with a stamp I had.”

Congratulation to all of you and enjoy the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo compliments of Eyelet Outlet.

Have you checked out the Eyelet Outlet blog recently?  There is so much inspiration there!  EO is also on Pinterest, Facebook and now on Flickr.


Home at Eyelet Outlet

Eyelet Outlet has some new Flamingo Brads and I wanted to get in on the fun.  I started going through my stamps and pulled out a set I purchased on impulse and wondered if I would ever actually use it.  Well, the answer to that is, YES, and it’s all because of this flamingo!  When you have a camper, home is where you park it; right down to the darling flamingo as yard art!  Don’t you just love it, LOL

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I stamped the image and colored it using Copic markers with colors to coordinate with the Striped Washi Tape which I applied to all four sides of a larger panel and mitered the corners.  Voila, a perfect frame for my focal image.  This washi is so bright and colorful; I can’t wait to use it again on another project.

I placed my flamingo yard art front and center and used the Sun and Cloud Brads to complete the scene.  To finish, a greeting using the AlwaysHere font on a mat of Tempting Turquoise card stock; to match the card base.  Here’s a closer look:

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For the inside, I typed the sentiment using the same font and another flamingo for good measure.

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I hope you enjoyed my card today!  I sure enjoyed sharing it with you.

A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop-Creative Folds

Welcome to

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

June‘s hop is devoted to basic card folds; featuring drapery/curtain fold, peek-a-boo fold or double-z gate-fold.  And we’re adding a twist of incorporating double-sided patterned paper.   We hope this gives you lots of ideas and will inspire you to try these card folds yourself…and pull out that double-sided paper as well!    If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

We have an amazing sponsor this month, Candy Spiegel.  Please take a moment to check out all the crafty goodness on her blog, Candy Scraps.

And the awesome prize this month is four stencils from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

We  really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by  Friday, June 23, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win.   The winner will be announced on Sunday,  June 25, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check Sharon’s blog on Sunday to see if  YOU are the winner.

And speaking of winners, the lucky hopper from last month is SUSAN ELIOT; picked by Random Name Picker.  Congratulations, Susan!  Please get in touch with last month’s sponsor, Jodie Park, to claim your prize.

And I have a little give-away, too!  Do you attend the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo each year?  Well, if you do, you will be excited to hear I’m giving away two vouchers for free admission to any show (except New Jersey as they don’t participate 🙁 ).  The vouchers are good for the balance of the year.   I don’t know about you, but I would love to win these to have that much more money to spend inside the Expo…at the Eyelet Outlet booth!  For your chance to win, all you need to do is leave me a comment telling me if you use brads, eyelets or washi tape in your projects!

You should  have arrived here from my friend and awesome card maker, Claudia.  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 of winning by commenting on  each blog.

Now to my projects:

I decided to make one card in each of the basic fold categories we were given as I’d never made any cards with these folds previously.  First up, the Double Z Gate-fold Card:

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As much as I’d like to say this card is my great idea, the inspiration came from a card Rachel Tessman of Stamp Your Art Out sent me.  (Thank you Rachel)  I thought this paper was just so perfect for this technique, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity!  Everything I used is from Stampin’ Up…more details to come in my follow-up posts.

Next we have the Peek-A-Boo technique.  I changed it up a bit from the samples I saw on-line; making mine a mini peek-a-boo.  I liked the samples I saw, but I like this little mini just as much.

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The last technique is the Drapery Fold.  There are a number of variations for this technique; this is the one I opted to try:

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Now  you’re off to visit with the talented Wilma. I, for one, can’t wait to see her cards because I saw a sneak peek and I know they’re gonna be awesome.  I hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!





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

I’ve entered one or more of these cards in the following challenges:


Flyin’ By at Connie Can Crop

Today, for my Connie Can Crop design team post, I’m using a digital image by our sponsor this month, Sasayaki Glitter

This particular image is named Shy in the Sky, and he sure is a cutie.  I opted to use a Z-fold card to showcase him.

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To begin, I brought the image into my Silhouette design screen; sized and reversed it.  I traced it, turning it into a print and cut.  The propeller was cut a second time, so I could pop it for added dimension.  I colored him with Copic markers and added a bit of bling by Eyelet Outlet; an Enamel Dot on the propeller and Round Jewels on the wing, darkening them both a bit to match the card stock.  Here’s a closer look at him:

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The card base and band was cut from Night of Navy card stock, starting with the Pop Up Box Card cut file by Lori Whitlock.  I used the Carried Away Designer Series Paper as the perfect backdrop for this high-flyin’ pilot.  For the band, I took the traced outline from the image and welded it for additional support for the image.  The inserts were included with the cut file. 

I created a little banner to attached to the back of the plane and the remainder of the sentiment appears when you open the card.

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And here’s a final look down from the top so you can see how the inserts are placed in the center square.

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Before I leave you, I want to remind you about Connie Can Crop’s monthly challenge.  This month, the theme is, “It’s a Guy Thing”.  You can make any sort of project you want so long as it follows the theme.  One winner, picked at random,  will receive a prize from our sponsor.  The team will also pick their three favorites…those selected will receive a badge for their blog or social medial…plus bragging rights!  If you’d like to link up to the challenge or obtain additional details regarding the challenge, just click here


The Cog at Paper Crafting World

For my post today, I thought I would share some Paper Crafting World Father’s Day inspiration.  I used the Cogs in Heart Card CF Set for my card,

but I changed it up a bit to show you yet another way you can use it.  Here’s my version…actually I made two versions of my version ;-):

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For my cards, I eliminated the card base provided in the cut file and replaced it with a Heavy Weight Acetate Card by Hero Arts.  This heavier acetate provides the needed support required of a card base, especially when layered with card stock.  The card on the right was embossed with the Clockworks embossing folder while the card on the left is not.  I think I like the plain version better because you can see and appreciate the cut pieces better, BUT this acetate is a real bear to keep clean.  Despite my best effort, I managed to smudge and scratch the acetate just by assembling the card.  The embossing, though a busy look, eliminates that problem.

Here’s a look at each individually:

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I assembled and will talk about this card in the reverse as I attached the back pieces first to help with the placement of the front pieces. 

I created a mirror image of the larger cut file pieces on the back of the card; sized and then welded them.  With acetate, you have to hide the adhesive, so I placed the largest black piece on the outside back of the card.  The gray piece was attached on the inside back; creating the perfect backdrop for the sentiment inside. 

Speaking of the sentiment, I converted the cut file to print only and increased its transparency for behind the sentiment.

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For the front of the card, I cut the cog heart from Brushed Silver card stock and attached it; centering it over the black heart with cog edges on the inside, facing out. 

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And here’s a final look at the card, opened, so you can appreciate how cool the pieces look “floating” on the card.

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That wraps it up for today.  If you’re interested in seeing more Paper Crafting World files, just click here


Worked the Bugs Out at Sunsational Stamps

In a perfect world, we’d all get along.  No arguments or ill will.   But this is real life and conflicts can and do happen.  It’s happened to you, right?

My card, made with Sunsational Stamp’s Life is a Picnic digi set, is for those real life occasions when you just want to say you’re happy to have “worked the bugs out”.  Here’s the card:

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This type of card is called a Tri-fold Shadowbox.  I made it with a Lori Whitlock cut file I purchased in the Silhouette store.  I changed things up a bit to accommodate the images.  The tri-fold back and center front piece were cut from a pale blue I had in my stash.  I embossed the center panel with the Cloudy Day embossing folder…one of my favorites.

Next I filled my l’il bug with digital patterned paper.  The paper has a bit of tan in it, so I color matched the side panels and the center, middle panel in that.  Here’s a closer look at that:

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I cut the eyes and nose separately and popped them with dimensionals.  Then I coated his nose with black Nuvo Drops and highlighted his eyes with White Gel Pen.  The sun was covered with clear Wink of Stella.

I used the greeting from the set; I traced it and filled it with the same patterned paper.

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And here’s one last look from above so you can see the fold better.  For mailing, the sides fold in to fit in a padded envelope or a “chunky” card envelope also sold in the Silhouette store.

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Before I leave you, I want to remind you about Sunsational Stamp’s month challenge.  This month the theme is Summer Fun.  How about getting creative and join us over on the Sunsational Stamps Facebook Challenge Page.

And here are the rules:

  • You can choose to make any paper crafts/ altered art creation you like as long as it fits the challenge theme.
  • You can enter a maximum of 3 times as long as it fits in with the theme and is a new creation. 
  • Using a Sunsational Stamps image will gain you extra entries into the prize drawing. Please name your images In your post. 
  • All entries must be new, please do not link creations that have been posted prior to the day the of the current challenge.
  • You must mention and make a link to our challenge on your blog/website to be eligible to win the prize
  • It is OK to link other online forums.
  • You are allowed to combine challenges.
  • If you don’t have a blog you can link your photo from your Facebook account.
  • All entries to be linked before 8am EST, 1pm UK time, 2pm CET on Wednesday Jun 30th.
  • The most important thing is that you have fun making your creations.
  • There will be prizes and the winners will be chosen at random from all the entries.
  • We are looking forward to seeing all your entries.

You can find link up or find additional details by checking out the Sunsational Stamps blog.  Look for the challenge on the right sidebar.