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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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Happy Easter at Miss Kate Cuttables

Today I’m sharing my Miss Kate Cuttables design team project.  But first, I want to remind you about Miss Kate’s Freebie of the Day.  Every day there’s a new one for you.

Now to my card; well, cards.  I couldn’t decide which color combination I wanted to use for the Easter Egg cut file, so I used both.  Here they are:

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I wanted to make an x-card, which is fairly simple.  In my Silhouette, I centered the egg in a 4 1/4″ x 5″ rectangle.  Then I made an 1/4″ offset to form the oval opening, placed a score line down the middle and I had my base.  To create my mats, I did another offset and another score down the middle.  I cut four bases and panels as well as two of each egg (3 layers).  Here’s another view of the cards look down from the top.  You can see why it’s called an x-card.

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I did want to share I had a bit of a challenge finding a good “balance” when attaching the patterned paper to the card stock.  If you attach it by folding the card stock over the patterned paper, it’s difficult to open the panel flat for mailing.  If you attach it when the card stock is flat, the card stock will buckle slightly.  My suggestion is to definitely use liquid adhesive and to open/close/open/close while the adhesive is drying.  The second card was better than the first after I learned this lesson.

For the card on the left, I used Lost Lagoon, Marina Mist and Whisper White.  The patterned paper is from the Twitterpated Collection from Stampin’ Up’s My Digital Studio.

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The card on the right combines Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe and Whisper White.  The patterned paper on this card is also MDS; Summer Soiree.

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The greeting is also MDS from the Delightful Dozen set.  I color matched it to the darker card stock in each case.  If I were making this card again, I would replace one of the patterned paper mats with plain Whisper White because I didn’t allow any room for a sentiment or to sign my name.

That’s all for today! 

Somebunny Special at Paper Crafting World

I’m sharing another Paper Crafting World design team post today.  My heart just melted when I saw this adorable bunny from this cut file.  You get two designs in this file…both precious!  This particular bunny was designed as a topper, but I turned him into a pocket card.Somebunny Special wm 2

The pocket card began with the Wavy Pocket Card by Sophie Gallo.  I made a number of changes to it, though, including welding the bunny to the insert.  I cut the pocket from Regal Rose card stock, retired Stampin’ Up.  The plaid paper is from the Eggstra Special Kit by NitWit Collections.  I knew I wanted to use some Wisteria Wonder card stock in my project, but the plaid had no purple in it, so I added lines and sponged the edges in the same color.

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I cut the bunny from scraps, sponging all the edges.  I used another paper from the kit for the egg.  When assembling him, I popped his head and paws…the paws slide down over the top of the card.

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I printed the greeting and sentiment in Wisteria Wonder using the AR Cena font.  This card fits in a 3 1/2″ x 6″ envelope…I think they’re referred to as remittance envelopes.   I really like making cards this size.  It’s just something a little different.



Easter Wreath with The Cutting Cafe

This week we could pick any Easter themed file we wanted to use to make our The Cutting Cafe project.  Whew, that was difficult because are LOTS of great files from which to choose. 

I finally decided on the Egg Wreath Printable Set and this is the card I made with it:

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A tent card with an opening for the little bunny to peek through is what I decided to make.  I had the base for the tent card already, so I imported the egg wreath and traced around the entire wreath (to make the center hole) and the individual pieces.  Each egg is filled with digital patterned paper from the Eggstra Special kit from NitWit Collections.  From the same set I created a mat.  Here’s a look from the side just in case you weren’t sure what a tent card is:

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I cut the bunny from white card stock and his nose from the same pink as the card base.  I drew the eyes and sponged his ears and cheeks.  His whiskers are black embroidery floss.  I added a little tag greeting using the AlwaysHere font with some pink embroidery floss as a final touch.

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On the back of the card, I typed the sentiment with the same font and added the eggs across the bottom using the Easter Borders file with the same patterned papers.

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All the design team members’ projects will appear on The Cutting Cafe Blog on March 21st.  Be sure to pop over there to see the wide array of Easter inspiration you’ll find there.



Cooped Up at Eyelet Outlet

These Chicken Brads from Eyelet Outlet look so real, I’m craving chicken for dinner tonight.  In the meantime, I’ll show you the card I made featuring…chicken, of course.

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When I saw these brads, I knew just what I wanted to do with them; so I set out to find a chicken coop to fit the bit.  I think this one worked out better than I could ever have hoped.  It’s Whimsical Graphics Collection Hen House

I sized it to work with the chicken and this Belly Band Circle Card by Lori Whitlock purchased in the Silhouette Store.  In order to weld it to the band, I traced it and offset by just a smidge.  I cut the band it Basic Gray card stock.

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I wanted a patterned paper with a homespun feel, so I found this green gingham.  Unfortunately, I didn’t write down from which digital kit I got it and now I can’t find it.  I think the green really sets the focal image off nicely.  I matted that on gray as well, just enough so it peeks out.  Here’s what the card looks like with the band off.

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I cut the base, greeting and sentiment from Very Vanilla card stock and sponged the edges with Basic Gray.  The Bandit font was used the card in Basic Gray. 

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Hope you enjoyed this card. 

A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop

Those who follow my blog may be expecting to see the monthly blog hop of card techniques.  We are making some changes and are using this month to transition, so our hop has been postponed until April.
We hated to miss a month as we love sharing our projects with you, but our next hop on April 21st will make up for it.   So please join us in April for a brand new hop, “Stamp Set Showdown”.  
Every month one winner will receive a prize for commenting on the blog posts throughout the hops.  We will draw a winner on each Saturday before the next hop goes live and the name will be announced in the upcoming hop. 
Our February Blog Hop Winner is Jennifer Earley,  Congratulations!
Please contact Claudia Henderson to claim your prize!
We also will add another little incentive for all of you who will leave a comment on our blog hop posts…Some of our blog hop members will draw an extra winner and give away one of their creations.

Mark your calendars for April 21st and if you haven’t done so already, check out our past hops:

Please spread the word about our monthly blog hop of “A Year of Card Techniques” and we hope to see you next month!

Miss Kate Cuttables Challenge-Card

Before I begin my post, I want to extend a warm welcome to five new followers; momymamapf, pcocoapuff4, Debbie, Carla, and Yahuzu.  I’m thrilled you decided to subscribe.  You are now entered in my card bundle give-away when I reach 100 e-mail followers.

The challenge at Miss Kate Cuttables this month is to make a card; any kind of card using any of Miss Kate’s cut files, including the freebie of the day which you can find just by clicking on the link.

Being a wee bit Irish, I decided I would make a St. Patrick’s Day card using this adorable Leprechaun file. 

I thought a nice way to display him would be with a sliding window card; so that’s just what I did.  I used a cut file purchased in the Silhouette store, but I also have a template for you if you don’t have a cutting machine or would prefer to cut it by hand.  This freebie is on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page. 

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The digital patterned paper is from the Irish at Heart Kit by Linda’s Digi Creations.  The card stock is Garden Green and More Mustard (retired) by Stampin’ Up…my go to for all my card stock.  Rather than cutting the Leprechaun pieces from card stock, I opted to print and cut them so I could match it perfectly to the patterned paper.  Here’s a shot of the slider mechanism as you start to pull:

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And here it is fully opened.  From the front:

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And from the side:

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For my greeting and sentiment, I used a saying I found on the Internet.  Here’s the finish to what you see on the front.

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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 theme is card.  Good luck!


Birthday Bash Blog Hop

Welcome to the

We hope you are ready to celebrate Birthdays with the biggest Bash around!!   This hop is full of Balloons, Cake, Presents, Smiles and more!  So let’s make a wish and blow out the candles as we celebrate another year of birthdays!!

You should have arrived Michelle’s blog.  If you visited my blog first, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop.  That way you can start from the beginning and increase your chances of winning.  This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your comments for all the crafters in this hop.

We have an awesome sponsor for this month!

One lucky winner will get to choose two Bundles or files of their choice ($6.00 value)

Please visit Miss Kate Cuttables HERE.     Follow their blog HERE.    You can find them on Facebook 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 3/15/17 at Connie Can Crop.  Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Now to my projects:

First up is a tri-shutter card made mostly with cut files and digital paper from our sponsor this month.  For the focal image, I used the Chocolate Birthday Cake.  I added more candles to it before converting to print only.

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I used Miss Kate’s Happy Birthday Paper Collection and Birthday Girl by Zoe Pearn Designs.  The card stock I used is Lucky Limeade and Raspberry Ripple and Whisper White for the print and cuts.

This next project is an adorable little gift card bag I made using a cut file by Lori Whitlock.  I think this design is so clever.  The focal pieces are situated in a shadow box fashion and the gift card is tucked in the back of the bag in its own little pocket.  This file even provides the print and cut images.  I used Peekaboo Peach, Island Indigo and Raspberry Ripple card stocks and acetate for the window.

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Finally I have a record player.  There may be a few of you who have never seen one of these.  You have to be “retro” to understand the concept of albums.  To make the card I used some Bee Bop patterned paper by K & Company.  The paper is reversible so I used it for both the base and the mat on top.  To that I added the additional pieces cut from Basic Black, Basic Gray and Cherry Cobbler.

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Up next is Sandy!  Hope you enjoy every stop on the hop!

Here’s our line up in case you get lost:
Connie- http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com
Michelle- https://michellekinder.blogspot.com/
Kim- http://katydidcards.com
Sandy- http://simplycraftycreationsbysandys.blogspot.com/
Amanda- http://salnclts76.blogspot.com/
Rebecca- http://rebeccaanndesigns.com/
Veronica- http://vickyscrappingpassion.blogspot.com
Alicia- http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
Sue- http://suek86401.blogspot.com/
Angela- mermaidsnmonograms.blogspot.com
Shannon M- https://my-o-scrappin.blogspot.com/
Miranda- http://www.nanasscrapspot.com/
Ashley- http://marinewifesscrappinlife.blogspot.com
Christi- https://tranquility1905.blogspot.com/
Shannon H- http://shannonhdesigns.blogspot.com/
Lisa- http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com/
Marji- http://fstampaholic.blogspot.com/

Don’t forget to check out this month’s new challenge at Connie Can Crop!!
Connie Can Crop Challenge #56 Sketch Challenge due 11:59 P.M., Friday, March 31st, 2017 Pacific Time


I Feel Like a Martini at Eyelet Outlet

I immediately thought about a digital stamp I had in my stash when I saw these Eyelet Outlet’s Martini & Olive Brads.  

It’s not an obvious connection, as you can see; but this is just how my mind works.  I don’t think my dog would appreciate my humor, but I hope you do.

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The card base was created for a previous card, so most of the work was done already.  All that was needed was to fill my mats with patterned paper.  I found a great companion paper in the Cosmic Martini paper pack by Tindaisies.  After cutting and printing the patterned paper, I color matched it to the card stock, Old Olive and Sweet Sugarplum with Whisper White for the focal image and sentiment.  I cut and print the remaining pieces and assembled my card.  Here’s a look at the card from the top:

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After coloring my image with Copic markers, I added the perfect accompaniment for a martini (and this card); two olives on a toothpick.  Down each side, I placed three martinis to a strip of Pink Checked Washi Tape.   I mounted the washi on card stock first and then attached it with mounting tape.  Here’s a picture of the washi first and then a close-up of my card.

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For the reverse of the card, I used another paper from the paper pack.   I typed my sentiment and added another digital stamp of a row of martini glasses.  One more martini gets added to the row for a final touch.

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And I’m so glad you joined me today.  These brads are being discontinued; so if you like them you need to hurry to the Eyelet Outlet store and get them while supplies last.  See you soon with another project.



Lucky Me-Lucky You at Connie Can Crop

It’s my turn to post on Connie Can Crop today.  Here’s the project I’m sharing using the Lucky Titles by Miss Kate Cuttables, our sponsor this month.  Both titles are included in the file, so I decided to use both because they just belong together!Lucky Me-Lucky You wm 3

I decided to turn these titles into rocker cards and I think they turned out nicely.  If you’re not familiar with rocker cards, it’s just a circle scored and folded down the middle.  Here’s a picture from the side so you can see what I mean.

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My color palette started with the patterned paper from the Irish at Heart Kit by Linda’s Digi Creations.  I colored the greeting and shamrocks using the various greens in the kit and imported a solid colored paper to create the background.  After printing the plaid, I matched it to the Cucumber Crush card stock by Stampin’ Up.  Before attaching the plaid paper, I embossed it with the Square Lattice embossing folder.  A bit of bling in the form of green sequins and the front was finished.Lucky Me-Lucky You wm 4

I printed the sentiment using the AlwaysHere font, color matched to the card stock.

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Here’s the second card; essentially the same as the first.

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I made this card first as a joke because it’s pretty egotistical, don’t you think?  Then I thought it would be a cute idea to include both cards in one envelope…a matched set, so to speak.

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I want to mention Miss Kate Cuttables, our sponsor, again and invite you to visit them on their website here, their store here and their Facebook Galleria here

And don’t forget the monthly challenge at Connie Can Crop.  This month we have a sketch challenge.

  Here’s the sketch:

One winner, picked at random, will receive three cut files of their choice from Miss Kate.  Connie’s Design Team will also pick their three favorite entries.  You’ll receive a badge to place on your blog or social media…plus bragging rights!  For more information, just click here


Rolling in Clover at Paper Crafting World

Before I share my project, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to yazzy and Christine as my newest followers.  I’m so happy you’ve decided to join us.

It’s my day to post for Paper Crafting World.  I opted to use the Clover Shaped Card, a Pazzles Craft Room EXCLUSIVE file.  Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, just around the corner.  You can find this fabulous file (and many more) in the  Pazzles image library for PCW.  Let me show you the finished product:

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As with many of my cards, the color palette started with the patterned paper, Large Polka Dot in Garden Green from Stampin’ Up’s now retired My Digital Studio…I still miss it!  The lighter green was a perfect match to Mint Macaron, also Stampin’ Up.  I sponged the patterned paper after cutting to cover those white edges.  I used Crushed Curry for the card base.


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The luscious layers of the flower were all cut from Stampin’ Up scraps.  I sponged all the edges in coordinating colors, ran the leaves through a paper crimper and finished up with a Crushed Curry Candy Dot.  Here’s a closer look at all those layers.

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Inside, I printed the sentiment on Whisper White card stock using the American Uncial font.  I found the little verse on the Internet

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See you soon with another Paper Crafting World project.  In the meantime, “Top O’ the Mornin’ to Ya”.