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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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Spooky Duo at Miss Kate Cuttables

It’s my day to post at Miss Kate Cuttables and,  since I love making Halloween cards, I decided to make not one but two to share with you today.  Before we get to that, though, I want to remind you to check out Miss Kate’s Freebie of the Day.

My first card uses the Halloween Title Set to create the centerpiece for this standing easel card (at least that’s what I call it).

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I created the semi-circle large enough to accommodate the spider web.  This card base is pretty easy to make with either an e-cutter or die cuts and you can make the “stand up section” in any number of shapes.  I have a template on the Hint, Tips & Tutorials page should you want it.  I cut the base from Basic Black.

I cut the web twice; once in Whisper White and once in Basic Black.  I cut all the web from the black piece, leaving only the section behind the greeting.   The background is cut using digital paper from the Spooktacular Kit by Melissa Bennett.  Miss Kate now has digital paper.  Had it been available when I made this card, I certainly would have purchased it.

Tangerine Tango was used for the greeting and the panel.  Speaking of the panel, I dry embossed it with a Spider Web embossing.  I inked up the raised side with Basic Black ink.

I made the sentiment panel in my Silhouette, trying to fashion it after the greeting.  I placed it on a scalloped mat and put some Nuvo Drops on it.  Have you tried them yet?  They’re great to quickly make enamel dots in the exact size you need. The finishing touch, a spider made from pom-poms and googly eyes.  For more images, just click on the card.

Next up is a card using Halloween Tree and Halloween Scene Borders.  This card was inspired by my blogging friend, Kelly, who taught me so much about card making and how details make the difference.Vampire Bats wm 2

On this card, I cut the base short, so the moon extends beyond it.  The base is cut from Basic Black and there are two panels; one of Lavender Lace and the other of Tangerine Tango.  The digital paper is from the Fright Night Collection by Peppermint Creative. The background was originally black, but I color matched it to the Lavender Lace in Photoshop Elements.  I did sponge the edges in black, though.

The stitched scalloped oval was cut on the Silhouette using I file I purchased in the store, cut from Basic Black as are the tree, fence and bats.  The moon is cut using Daffodil Delight and So Saffron card stocks, sponged a bit for dimension.  I coated the bats with Nuvo Drops and dotted the scallops.  You can find more pictures in the gallery by clicking on the card.

I’m enjoying making Halloween cards…but soon I get to concentrate on fall and Thanksgiving cards with Christmas on their heels.  No time for slacking.

If you make a project of your own with a Miss Kate’s file, be sure to share it on her Facebook Galleria so we can all ooh and aah over it.    And come and visit the blog, the store, Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration and great products.


One Stamp Set/Three Ways-The Open Sea

I just want to take a moment to welcome Lisa F. as my newest follower.  Lisa and I participate in a lot of hops together and I’m thrilled she has chosen to become a part of our little family.

I have loved The Open Sea stamp set from Stampin’ Up stamp set since I first saw it and, though it’s now retired, I’m happy I finally got the chance to work with it.  I spent the day with my crafty friend, Ann, and we cranked out several batches of cards using both the clear stamps and the digital brush stamps from the set.  As a bonus, I was treated to an yummy lunch as Ann is also an excellent cook!

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The Open Sea Stamp Set

We checked out Pinterest and got some fantastic inspiration.  Here’s my collection of pinned cards from The Open Sea.  There are a number of reasons I pin things.  Some pins are because I like the card in total.  Here are a few examples of cards I think stand out as compared to the rest.




Others are pinned because there’s a single component such as the way ribbon or bakers twine is used effectively.  Here are but two examples of that.



Still others are pinned because I like the way this set is paired with other stamps to expand the use of a set beyond the obvious.  I love that this very masculine stamp set has been used to create a Christmas card and a feminine card.



Finally, I’m always on the look-out for creative card folds used with a specific set.  Here are two I would love to duplicate, though there are a number more.



Now that I’ve shown you cards made by others, let me share what Ann and I made during our fun and productive day.  Up first, a birthday card anyone who loves the sea would appreciate.

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For those who want to know, this card was made using all Stampin’ Up products, except for the Gold Stickles added to the Happy Birthday panel.  The card stock used is Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Confetti White (retired).  From this featured set, I stamped the ledger in Crumb Cake and the ship in Night of Navy.  The MISTI was a real help when doing this as I needed to triple stamp the ship to make it dark enough to stand out.  I stamped the compass in Cherry Cobbler and punched it with the 1 1/4″ circle punch.  Ann has a 1 1/2″ punch (which I can’t believe I don’t have 😉

The greeting was stamped in Night of Navy…I don’t remember the name of this set as it was in Ann’s arsenal.  Crumb Cake was sponged around the edges of the all the Confetti White pieces to give it a distressed appearance.  The accent behind the compass is a retired SU punch.  I brushed the edges of this and the Night of Navy band behind the greeting with VersaMark and heat embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder.  A now retired SU burlap ribbon was used behind the trio of punches and a brad was placed through the center of the compass for a bit more bling.  I dry embossed the top of the panel with the Checkerboard E/F.  If you click on the card you will link to the gallery to see more images.

Next we made a get well card.  This time we employed the digital brushes (retired MDS) as well.  In fact, everything was done digitally except for the envelope.

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On a 2 1/2″ circle I first created a small circle representing the moon and placed it on the upper right…I made it slightly transparent.  Then I added the ledger in Night of Navy, the ship in Early Espresso and the compass in Real Red.  After printing it out, we randomly sponged with Night of Navy and Real Red.  It’s matted it on a 2 1/2″ circle in Night of Navy, cut in half and attached to the top and bottom of a 3″ circle of Early Espresso.    I then created small rectangles using the ledger in Night of Navy; distressed the edges before sponging in Night of Navy.

For the greeting, I used the digital Decorative Label punch and inserted the greeting in Early Espresso and the ledger and compass on either side, slightly lightened up.  After printing, we sponged in the navy and red.  In my Silhouette, I did an offset to make a mat in Early Espresso.  Finally, I printed and cut the anchor in Night of Navy and sponged that in navy also.

Now to the rest of the card, the base is Whisper White, sponged on all edges, inside and out, in Real Red.  There’s a mat of Night of Navy and another on top of Real Red, embossed with the Square Lattice E/F.  I roughed up and tore the edges a bit to make it look distressed.  The center band is Night of Navy embossed with D’Vine Swirls E/F.  I wrapped it three times with Linen Thread before attaching it.  With a separate piece of Linen Thread, I tied a bow and attached the anchor.  As with the first card, you can see the more images if you click on the card.

Can you handle one more card?

We didn’t make this card on our crafting day, Ann and I, but since it uses the same set, I wanted to share it with you today.  This is probably one of my all-time favorite cards, though I really can’t pinpoint a reason.   Rather than making this post even longer, I’ll just share the details in the gallery.  Click on the card and you will be taken directly to it…just like magic.

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What do you think of this sort of post highlighting a particular stamp set?  Do you think it’s too much information in a single post and you’d rather see one post per card or do you like seeing a combination of cards?  If you’ve gotten this far in the post, please give me an, “Ahoy, Matey” and let me know which you prefer.



Technique Tuesday-Black Magic With a Twist

Before I begin my post, I want to welcome six new followers!  That’s huge considering I can go months with no new subscribers at all.  How exciting for me and how thankful I am you’ve decided to join us Lisa, Linda, Jennifer, i12sew4me (clever!), Jenicece and Tricia.  You are now entered in my card bundle give-away when I reach 100 e-mail followers.  Thanks again to you…and to all my followers.  Remember if there’s anything you’d like to see from me, don’t hesitate to ask.

Last week I talked about my venture into the Black Magic technique.  With my first post, I shared most of what I learned with this technique so I won’t rehash that information.  If you missed that first post, you can check it out here.  And if you missed the Blog Hop that started the ball rolling, check that out here.

With my second Black Magic card, let me share a picture of it again with you, I tried one new aspect…

Card I made using the Black Magic Technique...this time with a layered stamp from Hero Arts.

…and that was two-step stamping with this Hero Arts set, Goldfish.  I stamped the base with White Pigment Ink first and, after allowing it to dry, I colored it with a pale yellow.  Then I stamped the second layer with the same White Pigment Ink and discovered it lifted the color below it.  To remedy the situation, after I colored the second layer with an orange colored pencil, I went back and filled in the gaps on the original layer.  As with my first card, I used the now retired Stampin’ Up colored pencils.  I highlighted the fish with Wink of Stella, primarily on the orange areas.  No matter how I try, I can never get a good picture of the sparkle.

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Now, to the card itself; I used a Carina Gardner cut file to create the fish bowl and then modified it to create the greeting label and mat.  I cut the pieces from Pacific Point and Whisper White card stock by Stampin’ Up.  I embossed the card front with Stampin’ Up’s Seaside embossing folder from the Holiday Catalog.  The fish bowl was attached to its mat with dimensionals.  Air bubbles were cut into the card stock.  The greeting was stamped (from the same stamp set) with VersaMark and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder (Stampin’ Up).  I heat embossed the white mats with clear embossing powder.  After I attached everything, I spritzed the entire front with Shimmer Spritz.  When I used this spritz, which is quite often,  I spray it into the air and pass the card under it rather than lay the card flat and spray over it…it totally eliminates the risk of splotches.

Inside the card, I converted the cut file to print only and color matched it to the Pacific Point to create a frame for the sentiment.  I used Arial and Blackjack fonts on the sentiment as they were a good match for the greeting stamp.

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Next week I’ll talk about the Joseph’s Coat technique and share what I learned with that technique.



Monster Mash Blog Hop

Just a quick update for those of you who read my World Card Making Day post and responded…your cards are on their way.  I hope you like them!  And now…

Welcome to the Monster Mash Blog Hop


Thank you for joining us for a fun weekend of Spooktacular Halloween projects! We have monsters, tricks and treats!!  If you arrived here from Connie Can Crop’s blog, you’re in the right place.  If you came here directly, you may want to go back and visit Connie to see what she scared up.  That way you don’t miss a single project and increase your chances to win the prize.

And speaking of prizes, we have an awesome sponsor for this month!


One lucky winner will win a gift certificate for a free Bundled Collection ($15.96 value)
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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.  If you become an e-mail subscriber of my blog, you will be entered in a card bundle give-away when I reach 100 subscribers.  For those of you already subscribed through NetWorked Blogs and Bloglovin’, don’t worry, you’re included.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.  Winner will be announced on Wednesday 10/19/16 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Ready to be Spooked?  Beware of the things that go bump in the dark!!

I made my first project using a cut file from Miss Kate Cuttables, Frankenstein.   I converted it to a card very easily and I think it works well.  Aside from the Basic Black I used for the card base and hair, all other pieces were cut from scrap, for which I’m grateful as my scraps are growing too quickly for the space.  I sponged around the edges of the green pieces…yes, I applied make-up to Frankenstein.  He was okay with it.  I attached the eyes with Action Wobble Springs so each wiggles on its own.  Inside the card, I borrowed a quote from Frankenstein, himself.  If you’d like to see more pictures, just click on the card and it will take you to the gallery.  The same applies to all the cards.

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Next up, ZOMBIES!  They have gained such popularity of late.  So many movies and TV shows featuring them in all their bloody glory.  I made this shadow box card using a Carina Gardner cut file purchased in the Silhouette store.  I love the dimension of shadow box cards.  Sponging around the edges of the green pieces gave it additional dimension.  I popped a greeting on the top and then coated it all with Shimmer Spritz, which looks great in person.  The final touch is Halloween Night Enamel Dots by Stampin’ Up.

SomeZombie Special wm 1There are two little boys who live down the street and each Halloween they make a special trip to our house so we can see them in costume.   They have a whole entourage with their parents and grandparents.  This year, I thought we’d do something a little special with their candy and put it in these spooky treat bags, Dracula and Mad Scientist.  They may not be old enough to appreciate anything other than the candy, but they were fun to make and I’ll enjoy giving them to the boys.

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One more card before you hop to the next blog.  I used a cut file from the Silhouette, but changed it up a bit.  I decided to employ a little tongue in cheek humor, but you won’t get it unless you see both the front and the inside.  So, for those of you who don’t want to travel to the gallery, I’m including pictures of both here.

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That’s it for me today except to remind you of our monthly challenge, “What the Hex”.  Your project must include hexagons.  Other than that, anything goes.  You have until October 31st 11:50 pm PST to enter.  One winner, picked at random will win a prize by our sponsor, NitWit Collections.  The Design Team will also pick our three favorites…that could be you!


Next up is the talented Michelle.  I know she has something “monstrously” good for you since I got a sneak peek.

In case you get lost, here is the full line-up:



Today I was scheduled as a Guest Designer on Miss Kate Cuttables.  Since then, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I was asked to be a member of their fabulous design team.  So I’ll be posting for them twice this month.  Great month for that to happen as I love making Halloween cards.

Here’s the card I made to share with you today.  Before I do, though, I just want to remind you to pick up your Freebie of the Day at Miss Kate’s.

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I love all the titles at Miss Kate Cuttables, but I don’t do a lot of scrapbooking these days.  That doesn’t stop me from using titles; I just turn them into cards.  Such is the case with this Boo Title.

First, I took the largest mat layer and created a mirror image of it in my Silhouette.  I placed a perforated line down the middle and, viola, a card was made.  It didn’t sit well because of the uneven bottom, so I tried something I’ve never done before.  I created a card base with a shaped opening in the front just 1/8″ larger than the folded card.  The front was permanently attached to the back.  I cut a black mat that fit exactly inside the opening and I attached the card on top of it.  As a result, the Boo opens from the base.  I’m surprised it never occurred to me to do this previously, but I really like the way it turned out and will definitely try this again.

For the base, I used some old Bazzill paper which has glittery flecks in it.  I cut the top layer of the ghost, the letters and some stars from it.  Basic Gray, Basic Black and three shades of orange were used for the balance.  I attached the jack-o-lantern with an Action Wobble Spring.  These make for such a fun interactive card.

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I colored the openings of the jack-o-lantern with Sakura Gold Glaze so it looks like it’s glowing from the inside.  The first picture doesn’t do this justice.  Perhaps this one will give you a better idea of what it looks like.

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I created the panel for the inside of the card by doing an internal offset.  The ghost and stars were converted to print only to accent the Happy Halloween title (I removed the bats from the title before placing it on my panel).

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I’ll have a few more Halloween cards to share for my next Miss Kate’s post later this month.  If you make a project of your own with a Miss Kate’s file, be sure to share it on her Facebook Galleria so we can all ooh and aah over it.    And come at visit the blog, the store, Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration and great products.


Technique Tuesday-Black Magic

If you’re looking for Miss Kate Cuttables Monthly Challenge, please click here.  This month the challenge is, “Halloween” and I’ve made a cute shaker card and treat bag to share with you.

Welcome to another Technique Tuesday.  Today we’re talking about Black Magic.  No, I’m not going to talk about supernatural conjuring!  This Black Magic is when you combine black card stock and white pigment ink.  That makes a perfect canvas for colored pencils.  Here’s my first attempt:

Card made using the Black Magic Technique

To create the black panel, I used a Sophie Gallo cut file purchased in the Silhouette Store and sized it to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.  You could have just as easily used a decorative corner punch.  I stamped the image using Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink and set it aside to dry.  If you’re in a hurry, you can use a heat gun to speed up the drying but it can also cause the card stock to warp.  Hard as it was, I decided to be patient.

Back to the stamp set for a moment.  It turned out to be a perfect choice for experimenting with this technique because it wasn’t too large or intricate.  Another plus is the image is solid.  I did try this first with a stamp that had much more open area and it didn’t turn out well.  I thought this was a Gina K stamp set, but I checked there and couldn’t find it.  I’m not sure now who made it…do you?   If so, please share!

Another thing I learned, and quickly, is that you need sharp colored pencils.  I used a combination of Stampin’ Up colored pencils (now retired) and .  Despite the fact that I have a number of colored pencil sets, I didn’t have a wide range of colors, so I had to do a lot of blending.  I aid in this process, I also used a White Prismacolor Pencil.

To finish off, I stamped the Thank You greeting from the Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set in VersaMark and heat embossed it with Stampin’ Up’s White Embossing Powder.  I am so happy I got this particular set while it is still available.  It’s so versatile.  This is definitely a time to use an Embossing Buddy because stray flecks of embossing will really show up on these dark card stocks.

I attached craft foam to the back of the panel with tape runner and applied tape runner on the back and popped it on the card base.  I prefer using craft foam to mounting tape and dimensionals because it provides a much smoother card front.  Here’s a video by Jennifer McGuire comparing the difference between the two in cards that have gone through the mail.  Then she provides some tips on how to cut and apply it.  It’s definitely worth the watch.  I got my craft foam from Amazon, but you could also get it with one of those handy 50% off coupons for Michael’s or A.C. Moore.

Most examples of Black Magic are done on black card stock, as I mentioned, but I wondered if it would look as nice on other dark card stock.  Turns out it looks pretty good on blue.  In this case, Midnight Muse.

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So if it looks good on blue, I bet I would look good on any darker color.  So I tried it with Rich Razzleberry as well.

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Turns out I like them all.  Which do you like best?

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Did you miss the original blog hop?  If you’d like to check it out, you can do that here.  I’ll see you next week with another post in this series.



Monthly Challenge at Miss Kate Cuttables-Halloween

It time for the October challenge at Miss Kate Cuttables and, since it’s October the perfect theme for the challenge is Halloween.  First, I want to tell you about Miss Kate’s Freebie of the Day.  You can get yours here.

I really enjoy making Halloween cards and crafts.  It’s even more fun with all the great cut files at Miss Kate’s.  Several files were combined to make this card; Halloween Witch, Haunted House Frame, Ghost Set, Tombstones, and Happy Halloween Titles.  With them I made this shaker card and treat bag.

A Halloween shaker card and treat bag (also a shaker) for the Miss Kate Cuttables October challenge.

First, let me tell you how I put the card together.

Happy Halloween shaker card using Miss Kate's cut files

I used Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango card stocks from Stampin’ Up.  The base of the card has a circle cut in the front for a peek a boo effect with a double-sided shaker.    Using the Haunted House Frame, I removed the decorative outer frame leaving the house in the circle and cut that from black card stock, aligned to the circle on the card base.  Then the Blackberry Bliss layer which I ran through the Big Shot with the Spiderweb embossing folder.  I inked the raised side of the embossing folder to make the web white which really makes it pop off that dark paper.    I printed the Happy Halloween title on the Tangerine Tango and cut it into a pennant with a black mat.  The layering order was base, acetate, black haunted house, acetate, the new Foam Adhesive Strips from Stampin’ Up (love these) around the circle and on the balance of the black panel, acetate and the blackberry bliss panel.  I attached the witch on the acetate after running it through the Xyron.

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This close-up shows you the shaker contents which is a combination of Halloween confetti I purchased through Amazon and bats cut from the Halloween Witch file in various sizes from Basic Black.  You might also be able to see that I coated the white lines of the spiderweb with Wink of Stella as well as the Happy Halloween title.

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Inside the card is the moon from the Halloween Witch file on a panel of water-color paper colored with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I wanted a few bats flying in front of the moon, but I didn’t want to have to attach such small pieces, so I cut them out of the moon and placed a piece of black behind that layer.    I cut a piece of black card stock for across the bottom and placed the tombstones and a ghost.

The treat bag, which is also a shaker, was made with a Samantha Walker treat bag cut file, but I removed the design and inserted the haunted house to match the card.  I used the same shaker contents and printed the title again, reversing the direction of the pennant.

Happy Halloween shaker treat bag using Miss Kate's files.

When I make shaker cards, I always run powder from my Embossing Buddy around the inside edge of the mounting tape to keep the shaker contents from sticking to it.  Except…I forgot to do that with the treat bag.  I want to show you what can happen when you fail to do this so you can learn from my mistake.  See everything sticking to the mounting tape?  Not good!

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So now it’s your turn to enter the challenge at Miss Kate’s Facebook Group.  The only requirement 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 the second Tuesday through the 4th Tuesday of each month.  Winners will be announced, in the group, Friday of challenge end week.  Good luck!
See you next month with another Miss Kate’s challenge!

Carving Out Memories

I’m posting for Paper Crafting World today and thought it would be appropriate to share a Halloween card.  In fact, I thought it would be “purr”fect.  And you’ll see why in a minute.

Okay, minute’s up!

Card made with Paper Crafting World's Carving Out Memories Kitty

This card started with the Carving Out Memories Kitty CF.  I sized it to fit in the center of the card and then, on the spur of the moment, decided to make a cut out gate-fold card to showcase it.  I like the way it turned out and I hope you like it, too!

The background paper is from the All Jacked Up digital collection by Libby Designs.  I paired that with Stampin’ Up card stock; Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip, Only Orange and Whisper White with a few pieces of scrap for the little snippets.  I think the layers look great offset by the gate-fold.  Here’s a close-up:

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For the inside of the card, I used Whisper White paper, but I color matched it to the background color in the digital paper.  I placed the image of the cat centered perfectly under the opening and traced a line around it, making it just dark enough to see it to place the cat.  I placed the three other jack-o-lanterns included with the cut file at the bottom of the panel.  The sentiment inside was made using the Garfield the Cat font (very appropriate, don’t you think).

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Here’s a closer look.  Though you can’t tell from the pictures, I coated the yellow with Wink of Stella to give the jack-o-lanterns an inner glow.

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That’s all for me today except to remind you the fabulous files at Paper Crafting World are available for a 50% discount if you spend over $10.00.  Half off…what are you waiting for?


October Technique Blog Hop-Black Magic and Joseph’s Coat

Welcome to the October Technique Blog Hop


It’s the tenth of our year-long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products.  This month we are showcasing two techniques, Black Magic and Joseph’s Coat on our projects.  You won’t want to miss the amazing and fun projects we’ve got for you today; so grab a cup of coffee, get comfy and hop through.

We hope you got the chance to hop with us each of the previous month; but if you haven’t, it’s not too late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing.  If you missed the previous months, you can click on the month to be taken directly to the start of that month’s hop.

January-Emboss Resist   February-Ink Layering   March-Inlaid Die Cutting   April-Shaker Cards   May-Spinner Cards  

June-Step Cards   July-Watercoloring   August-Baby Wipes   September-Mixed Media

We really love feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today’s hop and if you become a follower on my blog you will be entered in a card bundle give-away when I reach 100 e-mail subscribers (although my Networked Blogs and Bloglovin followers will be included in the drawing).  Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com or a Stampin’ Up gift certificate (Winner’s Choice).

If you arrived here from my friend and fellow blogger, Lisa, you’re in the right place.  If you came here first, you may want to start the hop at the beginning so you don’t miss anything and have the opportunity to comment to be entered to win.  However you came to be here, I’m just so happy you’ve joined me today!  Now, let’s get to the cards, shall we?

I have to admit I had some trouble with the two techniques we’re featuring this month.  I watched several videos which makes both techniques appear pretty cut and dry but I just didn’t achieve the results I had expected or hoped.  Nevertheless, I forged on.

I made two cards with each technique.  These are what I came up with for the Black Magic technique:

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I made this card using the tried and true black background and it turned out okay, but I did a lot of fussing to get an adequate amount of color on it.  I tried several variations of this as well which I’ll share with you in my follow-up series.

My second card employs a blue background.  I changed it up a bit by using a two-step stamp.  I’ll let you know how that turned out in my second series post.

Card I made for the October Technique Blog Hop using the Black-Magic technique

Theresa, our hostess, kindly provided us with videos showing two variations of the Joseph’s Coat technique.  I made one card using each of the variations.

I used an embossing folder on this card and I liked the results,  so I didn’t want to cover it up.  Just a bit of embellishment and I was done.  Easy, but not epic.

Card I made for the October Technique Blog Hop using the Joseph's Coat technique.

This card is patterned after the second video.  I wanted to make a change from the autumn colors, so I went with a flower.  I like the flower, but the card…not so much.

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Up next is my blogging buddy, Jearise ,who has become a wonderful friend and a real inspiration…I’m sure you’ll love what she has for you.

Lost?  Here’s the line-up for today’s participants:







The Whole Motley Crew at Connie Can Crop

Whew, where did September go?  I blinked and missed it!  Today is my turn to post for Connie Can Crop so I’m using an adorable kit from our sponsor, NitWit Collections.  I don’t know if, as scrap bookers or card makers, you’re familiar with NitWit, but they have such cute kits for any occasion.  Here’s my card, just in time for Halloween:

The Whole Motley Crew

The Whole Motley Crew card made using NitWit Collection's Halloween Hooligans

This is the card, opened, so you can see “the whole motley crew”, as the card is named.  These cuties are from the Halloween Hooligans kit as is the patterned paper.  If you haven’t purchased from NitWit previously, they have the Fat Quarter Bundles, which would serve you well.  But if you want more options, as I do, you can also purchase additional background papers, called Halloween Hooligans Too.  There’s also Alphawit-Hooligans Talk for coordinating letters and numbers,  Halloween Hooligans Solids and Lil Bits.  Everything you could want or need.  And you can bundle it all for a saving of 20%.

If you’d like to take a closer look at the individual panels, click on the image and you’ll be taken to the gallery.  I do want to share the last panel with the sentiment with you just in case you don’t want to travel to the gallery.

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I made the card base using a Carina Gardner design, purchased in the Silhouette Store.  I changed it up a bit, so it looks nothing like the original.  My stash of card stock didn’t match the colors in this NitWit Collection, so I printed my own by color matching the larger center panels to the digital paper.  The smaller panels were all filled with one of the many background papers provided.  The edges of the base and each panel were sponged in coordinating colors.

The individual images were sized to fit then traced, printed and cut.  Once cut, I used Sculpy Tools to shape them slightly to give them more dimension.  I traced around the outside of them with a black marker.

I learned a lesson while making this card.  The Whisper White card stock I used as the base isn’t hefty enough to hold the weight of the elements.  Were I to make this card again, I would use a heavier card stock or double the Whisper White.    Something else to share, I don’t know what I did wrong with this card but I was totally finished attaching everything to the panels and the panels to each other before I started attaching the accordion pieces inside.  I did that, thinking to myself how easily this card came together…then when I tried to fold the card, it wouldn’t fold properly.  I forced the card to fold which caused the tabs on some of the panels to tear slightly.  To check myself, I looked at the cut file again; thinking I may have reversed the panels accidentally.  That wasn’t the case, so I’m still at a loss as to what happened.

Before I leave you, I want to remind you about the monthly challenge at Connie Can Crop.  This month the theme is “What the Hex!”.  You are challenged to use hexagons on your project in some way.  One lucky winner, picked at random, will receive a great prize from our sponsor.  We also pick our three favorites and, if that’s you, you get a badge to place on your blog or social media plus bragging rights.  You have until October 31st at 11:59 pm PST to enter…so go make something!!