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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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Spring is Sure to Follow at Paper Crafting World

A warm welcome goes out to two new e-mail subscribers.  Thank you to innessmc, jlockthree.  Also someone from networked blogs is now following, but the names are not in chronological order, so I don’t know who you are…I’m so sorry I can’t give you a shout out, but I’m sure glad you’re here. 

Today for my Paper Crafting World’s Design Team post I’m using the Butterfly n’ Flourish Cut File.  I decided to use it a bit differently and make the card into a shaker.  Here’s my card:

Spring is Sure to Follow made with Paper Crafting World's Butterfly n' Flourish CT

As I wanted the colors to be soft and subtle, so I opted to water-color with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I tapped the ink pads on an acrylic block and picked up the color with a brush.  I also spritzed the water-color paper with water before applying color. 

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Behind the shaker, I colored another piece of card stock with a slightly darker green for contrast.  To set the shaker window off, I attached the butterfly outline cut from Regal Rose card stock and embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder.  I used my new favorite adhesive for shakers, the Foam Strips by Stampin’ Up.

The shaker contents are adorable Flat Backed Resin Flowers from Eyelet Outlet.  It appears these are sold out, but they have other flowers which are just as pretty.  Here’s a closer look at the flowers:

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Inside the card, I used a sentiment I found on Pinterest and typed it with the Alex Brush font in green.  As an accent, I took the outline of the butterfly, converted it to print only in the same Regal Rose color as the card base.

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A simple card, but a nice way to wish someone a happy spring!  Don’t forget to check out Paper Crafting World‘s cut files and printables.  There’s a sale right now…if you spend $10.00, you get 50% off by using the code provided.  Half price!  I like that!

 

Tea-riffic at Miss Kate Cuttables

If you’re looking for the Eyelet Outlet weekly post, you can find that here.  And if you’d like to see A Year of Card Techniques-Stamp Set Showdown, just click here!

I’ve been wanting to use this Tea Pot and coordinating Stacked Tea Cups for a while now.  With Mother’s Day coming up next month, it was a perfect time for me to use them for my Miss Kate Cuttables design team post.  I used the combination to make this easel card:

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Making an easel card is pretty easy once you know where to score and fold.  In this case, I created a mirror image above the base of the teapot.  Then I slid the top piece down so the pieces overlap (this is where the fold will be) and welded the two pieces.  I created a score line across the middle of the card and another half way between that score and the top.  As I want to have a full teapot on the front, I also cut a single base…and created an internal offset to use for my panel inside.

Then I cut all the pieces of the teapot using DCWV textured card stock.  Here’s the card before it’s opened and set up as an easel.  Miss Kate’s files always have such great layering to them

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Here’s the card, opened fully, so you can see the sentiment.  I cut only one of the stacked tea cups using the same card stock.  I tucked a little tea bag under the top layer with Baker’s Twine.

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Here’s a view from the side, so you can see how the easel sits.

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Mother’s Day at Eyelet Outlet

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Today’s my day to post for Eyelet Outlet…always excited to work with their products.  So many great choices!  Today I revisited the Solid Color Paper Flowers.  I used the Dark Purple.

One more opportunity to share a Mother’s Day card with you, allowing you sufficient time to purchase the items I used in my project if you’ve a mind to do so.  Today I’m featuring an easel card made with a cut file by Bird’s Cards.  I used two purples from the DCWV pastel card stock pack and Elegant Eggplant from Stampin’ Up, combined to make the perfect backdrop for the Dark Purple flowers I used.

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Before attaching my flowers, I sprayed them liberally with Shimmer Spritz.  It gives them a beautiful finish.  Here, let me show you.  I wish you could see how gorgeous they look in person:

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I used the medium and small flowers and thought the perfect companion to that shimmery look of the flowers would be the White Glitter Enamel Dots.   I used the large and medium sizes for the middles of the flowers and the small dots on the cameo in the center:

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The card props open on another set of flowers and inside is the greeting; created with the Times New Roman and Alex Brush fonts, color matched to the Elegant Eggplant.

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One final picture of the card, closed.  This is a larger 5″ x 7″ card.  This reminds me of a Cameo brooch my mother used to wear. It was one of the few pieces of her jewelry I kept upon her death.

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I hope you liked my card.  If you want to check out what the other designers are making, you can do that on the blog here on Facebook here and on Pinterest here

Before I leave you, I wanted to share some exciting news.  Eyelet Outlet is having a contest on their Facebook page! You can win two vouchers for free admission to an upcoming Stamp & Scrapbook Expo (excluding Somerset, NJ) just by picking your favorite newly released brad.  Good luck!

 

 

A Year of Card Techniques-Stamp Set Showdown

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we’ll feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of fabulous card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a wide variety of cards and ideas.
 
The month of April features a Showdown! A stamp set showdown, that is. We’re using one stamp set in various ways. Let’s face it, stamp sets are getting more and more expensive; so we’re here to inspire you by demonstrating how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h those stamps!If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
We have an amazing sponsor this month, Wilma Payne of Fun Stamper’s Journey:

Please take a moment to check out the great products Fun Stampers Journey has to offer. To visit Wilma’s blog, click here and her Facebook Group here.
 
And the awesome prize this month is:
 
We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of April 25, 2017. The winner will be announced in our May hop; so be sure to come back next month.
 
You should have arrived here from Claudia‘s blog. 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 to win by leaving a comment on each blog.
 

Now to my projects:

The stamp set I elected to use is “Beautiful You” by Stampin’ Up.    This set is appropriately named as both the images and sentiments are beautiful.

I wanted to make one card with each image.  On the first, I used paper piecing…actually it’s Coloring Book Washi from Eyelet Outlet with some other goodies from EO, too.  I’ll share more about these in a future post.

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Next is a technique I shared last year in one of our technique hops, layered acetate, and was eager to try again. 

 

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My last card is my first attempt at No Line Watercoloring.  I loved this water coloring technique and will definitely be trying it on other images

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I only worked with one set for this hop, but I have done this previously with The Open Sea and Thoughtful Branches, if you’d like to see them.

Now you’re off to visit with Wilma‘s blog. 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:

 

Behind the Scenes for The Cutting Cafe

Regina of The Cutting Cafe has asked us to share our craft spaces with you this month.  I don’t know about you, but I love seeing pictures of people’s’ craft rooms as I’m always looking for new and creative ways to tame the chaos that can so quickly take over.

I did a Behind the Scenes post several years ago.  There have been some changes since then, but I’m also sharing some favorite ideas I doubt I will ever change.

One of my favorite storage solutions is this revolving card stand for my embossing folders.  It’s the perfect size for the folders to slide right in. 

I keep an album nearby with samples of each. 

When I’m looking for the perfect folder to use, I bring the album to my craft table and look through, pulling out the samples and placing them with my project.

The storage solution for my stamp/die sets came from Jennifer McGuire and I love it.  Here is the link for her most up to date information on her system and the products she uses.  I bet stock for the manufacturer of these refrigerator containers has risen since Jennifer made her video.  I really like having my stamps and dies together in one spot and, wow, what a space saver!

One refrigerator container holds close to 90 stamp/die sets.  The containers with just the stamps hold even more.  I don’t generally get rid of stamp sets, but just in case I ever decide to that, I keep a few cases and the inserts.

I have a new storage cabinet by Martha Stewart.  Putting it together almost killed me, but I got it done!  It holds SO much and is directly behind my chair so virtually everything is at my fingertips.

 

 

Just Hatched at Sunsational Stamps

Today I’m sharing another card I made with Sunsational Stamps digital images.  I used the Eggstra Special Easter and the Eggstra Adorable collections from their April release.

I used the duck and nest from the first collection and the shell from the second collection to make this sliding pop-up card.

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I’ve made sliding pop-up cards before, but this is the first time I made it in the horizontal or landscape orientation.  Making it this way allows for a wider image, and that’s what I wanted for this l’il duck.

But I want to tell you a bit more about how I combined the various digis to make this image.  First, I imported all the images into my Silhouette.  Working with the duck first, I placed his feet where I wanted them, knowing I wanted them to peek over the top of the nest. 

With the nest, I made two copies.  On one, I erased the top pieces as I wanted to place it in front of the duck.  The second nest, I placed behind the duck. 

The final touch was to erase the bunny from under the egg-shell and then placed the shell on the little duck’s head.  Here’s a closer look:

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For the card, itself, I started by printing and cutting mats of digital patterned paper from the Adorableness Kit by Traci Reed.  I matched it to Melon Mambo, Summer Sun and Garden Green card stocks for the mats and card base. 

On the reverse, a simple congratulations on the birth of a daughter.

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The beauty of this 3D card is that it closes flat for mailing.  And here’s a look at that:

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If you want to take a look at all the photo-polymer and digital stamps Sunsational Stamps, just click here

 

 

For All You Do at Eyelet Outlet

A warm welcome to craftswithheart (love that name) as my newest e-mail subscriber.  Thanks so much for joining us!

I’m sharing an Eyelet Outlet project with you today.  I’m using a product with which I haven’t had much experience, the Solid Colored Paper Flowers.   I thoroughly enjoyed working with them and can’t wait to try again on another project. 

For my card today, I used the White and Light Pink flower packs.  They come in packs of 40 in three different sizes.   For the flower centers, I used the Amber 10mm Silver Edged Brads

These flowers stand out beautifully against the turquoise blue of this card-in-a-box “mason jar”.   Mason Jars remind me of homespun goodness; so I thought it was a perfect backdrop for this Mother’s Day card. 

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To create the base,  I started with a cut file by Lori Whitlock.  I changed the inserts slightly to accommodate the flowers I would be using.  I used a combination of card stocks from DCWV and Stampin’ Up.  All the edges were sponged for depth and dimension.

I sponged the flowers to add a little depth to them.  Yellow in the centers of all and pink on the outer edges of the pink flowers…the ridges in the paper flowers take the color beautifully.  I used the medium and small flowers to make white flower in the back and the large and medium on the pink flower in the foreground . 

I wanted small flowers to accent, so I tried using a punch on the petals of the largest flower.  They cut beautifully!  I didn’t have small, single rhinestones for the centers of the small flowers, so I cut a few from the Clear Swirl Bling after coloring them with a Copic marker to match the larger stones.   Here’s a closer look at the flowers:

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For the sentiment, I made something very simple using the Alex Brush font in gray to match the lid.

 

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That’s it for today.  If you want to check out what the other designers are making, you can do that on the blog here on Facebook here and on Pinterest here

Eggs-cuse to Celebrate at Paper Crafting World

Paper Crafting World has this Baby Ducky with Basket and Ears PNC and it was just calling my name.   This is also available as a Cut File.   I opted for the Print and Cut because the easel box was a little more complicated, so it was nice that all the Baby Ducky’s shading was done for me.

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I did print the ducky twice and fussy cut his head, basket and foot to attach with dimensionals.  One of the eggs in his basket was my guide to picking the digital patterned paper from the Coastal Kit from NitWit Collections.  Once I printed that, I color matched it to the card stock; Marina Mist.

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I made the base using a Lori Whitlock cut file; two actually as one was an easel and the other a gift card holder.  My version incorporates both but rather than a gift card, I inserted the sentiment.  Here you can see the drawer base, opened.  It’ll be perfect for some wrapped chocolate easter eggs!

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The greeting is from My Digital Studio.  For the sentiment, I matched the fonts to the greeting using Times New Roman and Alex Brush.  It was all color matched to the patterned paper, but I converted the outline to black, increased the print to .2 and selected print line for fear the light blue wouldn’t stand out enough to read it clearly.

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To set the drawer off beautifully, I used an Eyelet Outlet Jewel Brad as the drawer pull.  It’s nice and sturdy, so you can tug on it without worrying it will pull off.

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Here’s a view of the card from the side, so you can see the easel.

 

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And here it is closed.

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Thanks for joining me today.  I hope to see you again soon!

Miss Kate Cuttables Challenge-Animal

It’s time for another challenge at Miss Kate Cuttables; but hang on a minute!  Go get your Miss Kate’s freebie of the day first.  But don’t forget to come back!
 
The theme this month is animal and, boy, did I have a difficult time figuring out which of the many adorable animal cut files available I wanted to you.  I narrowed it down to two cut files but just couldn’t decide between the two, so I’ll be sharing the second on my Design Team post later this month.
 
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I’ve been seeing this card fold all over the Internet and just had to take a stab at it myself.  My version is a 5 1/2″ square, but it’s very easy to make in any size.  Whatever width you choose, score 1/4 of the way in and 1/2 way in.  The band in the front is cut to whatever height you want with the same length and score lines…you simply reverse the scores. If that doesn’t make sense or if you’re a visual person, I have several templates on the Hints, Tips and tutorials page under Z Fold Pop-Up.   For those who don’t want to make their own, Lori Whitlock has a file for a card I used as my inspiration. 
 
I sized the Boy Hedgehog and Girl Hedgehog to fit nicely on the band.   I converted them to a print and cut in my Silhouette by tracing around the edge.  Then I welded their shapes to the band.  The area between them looked a bit empty, so I added a few hearts, created an offset around them and welded that to the band.  Here’s a closer look at that:
 
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The digital patterned paper is from the I Heart You Kit by The Digi Chick.  I created mats for each section, print and cut it and then used it as a guide for picking the card stock.  The blue is from Bazzill and the red is Raspberry Ripple from Stampin Up.  I sponged the edges of the patterned paper with the Raspberry Ripple as well.
 
The two pop up hearts were made using the Assorted Hearts cut file; welded to the inserts.  Here’s a look down into the card so you can see the inserts better.
 
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I color matched the panels I used on the band to the background in the patterned paper and sponged the edges with Lost Lagoon.  I created the greeting and sentiment using the Boys R Gross font in a blue to match.  The X O was cut from the blue card stock.
 
As a finishing touch, I added an Enamel Dot from Stampin’ Up’s  Brights Collection to her bow.  I coated their noses with a bit of Glossy Accents and I was done!
 
So now it’s your turn to enter the challenge at Miss Kate’s Facebook Group.  The requirements for the challenge is to follow the theme of the month and use a Miss Kate Cuttable’s file in your creation, including any/all freebies you have.  The challenge will run from this evening through the 4th Monday of each month.  Winners will be announced, in the group, Friday of challenge end week.  Remember this month’s it’s animal.  Good luck!
 
 
 

Out of Circulation at Eyelet Outlet

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The brads I’m using today for my Eyelet Outlet design team post are part of the new Spring release.  And, wow, what a release!

When I saw these book brads, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.  I just wasn’t sure how I was going to do it.  But, lo and behold, it worked out.  Here’s the card I made:

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I scoured the Internet for free clip art of a sleeping cat.  I found this and thought it was perfect, but the image was only the front half of the cat.  No artist am I, but I muddled through and drew his bottom half.  I played around with placement and got the book and cat the way I wanted them and then attached them on an oval of Very Vanilla and  double matted it. 

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I cut the book card base from a cut file purchased in the Silhouette store, each layer a slightly darker shade of brown.  On the top, Very Vanilla, piece I typed the greeting using the Ancient Script font.  I sponged the edges of each layer with Soft Suede ink…after all out of circulation books should look aged.

The same font was used inside for the sentiment, with a play on words.  I also converted the cut lines from the layers on the front to print lines for inside as a nice accent.

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