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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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Best Friends with The Cutting Cafe

Today our challenge with The Cutting Cafe is to work with the new set, Animal Friends Printable Set as well as the Window Top Card Frame

As soon as I spied this cute best friends image and greeting, I knew this was what I wanted to use for the centerpiece of my card.  I changed the card base to a gatefold as the image was just shouting to me, “interlocking gatefold card”.

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Here’s a closer look at the image, which I printed twice; once on white and the second on yellow.  To accomplish this, I used the Internal Offset option in my Silhouette to create the circle cuts I needed.  I colored the image with Copic markers, then dotted and sponged the background with yellow.  I added Nuvo Drops on the noses and eyes for a bit of dimension.  A rhinestone heart is added to accent.  The digital patterned paper is from a collection called Pet Shop from Sweet Shop Design.

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And her is the card, opened, so you can see the interlocking pieces as well as the sentiment inside.

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And here is the card, fully opened.  I love that blue and yellow together!

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There are a generous number of images in this set, so I’m sure there will be a nice variety of awesome projects by the rest of the design team.  I can’t wait to see what they’ve made.  Just click here to see for yourself.  Leave a comment when you visit The Cutting Cafe for a chance to win three free files of your choice.  No cutting machine?  No problem!  All the files come complete with a .pdf so you can also cut them by hand.  Sweet!

I’ll Be Your Up at Eyelet Outlet

I’ve been wanting to use the adorable Balloon Brads-Brights from Eyelet Outlet.  They also have a pretty pastel version in the store.

When I saw this stamp set, Bella and Friends, from Stampin’ Up, I thought it would pair up beautifully with the balloons.  Here’s the card I made, a standing pop-up card:

A standing pop-up card features Eyelet Outlet's Balloon Brads and Small Flower Quicklets as well as an image from Stampin' Up.

I cut the base from the Affectionately Yours DSP from Stampin’ Up.  The mats were cut from Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight and Blackberry Bliss.  The image was stamped on Whisper White card stock and again on a piece of scrap paper to use as a mask when I sponged the cloudy sky with Soft Sky ink.  I added two extra strings as I wanted this pup to have a trio of balloons.  Here’s a closer look:

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The enamel finish on these brads really picks up the light, doesn’t it?

To finish off the card, I added Flower Quicklets-Pastel with Purple Pearl Bling Strips in the centers.  I cut a small tab for the top of the panel to added strength as the ribbon pull is threaded through it.  This is when the card is closed for mailing; like this:

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Here you get a better look at the greeting, stamped on Whisper White and triple matted.  To accent, two more flowers.

I discovered, after making the card, the patterned paper (DSP) wasn’t strong enough to hold the center panel upright.  To remedy the situation, I added panels of Cucumber Crush cardstock slightly smaller than the sections inside.  Here’s a picture of that:

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Have you checked out Eyelet Outlet’s blog recently?  There is so much inspiration there and we have a few new design teams members whose style I know you will like.  While you’re there, check out the Slide Show Gallery link for all the latest seasonal cards. You can also find EO on Facebook, Pinterest and now on Flickr!  Like or follow so you don’t miss a thing.

 

 

 

I Rule at Eyelet Outlet

Well, not me personally; but that’s what I named this card featuring the Rooster, a new addition to the Eyelet Outlet store and the Chicken which I’ve used several times before here, here and here.  This anniversary card is a cute way to pair these two:

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I’ve seen the flip card many times, but I wanted a double flip and couldn’t find a cut file anywhere.  So I designed my own.  I didn’t get the calculations quite right as my intention was to have the folds meet in the middle.  But I really like how it turned out and decided to say it’s my great new design; just like I intended it that way.  My secret is safe with you, right?  If you like it, you’ll find the template on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page.  

I just love the colors in the rooster and that where I started when deciding on the color palette of my card.  Next came the digital patterned paper from the Hello Sunshine Kit by Dani Mogstad.  After I print and cut the mats, I was able to pick cardstock to match perfectly; Baja Breeze and Summer Sun (both retired Stampin’ Up).  The cute digital images I used behind the brads and inside are from the Rise & Shine Kit by Whimsy Primsy.

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Since I had that center panel exposed, I had to get creative with the sentiment inside.  Using the same circles as the front worked well.  Here’s a look down on the card so you can see how the starbursts are cut.  You could place the starbursts on the front of the card if cutting is a problem

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Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you liked my card!  I’m thinking there are a few more cards I could make with this pair, so stay tuned to see what I might come up with!

Color Challenge at Miss Kate Cuttables

This month at Miss Kate Cuttables we’re having a color challenge!  We’re creating projects using red, white and pink as our main colors.  All the colors perfect for Valentine’s Day, the day to celebrate love!  And speaking of love, you’re going to love the Freebie you can get at Miss Kate Cuttables.

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To make my card today, I used the Flourish Heart and the Heart Valentine Title Set.  My cardstock is Stampin’ Up’s Rose Red, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White. 

As you can see, I wanted the heart to be offset for something a little different.  To do this in my Silhouette Design Studio:

  • I created an 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ rectangle and placed the heart at the right edge on a slight angle. 
  • I played with the amount of offset I wanted which in this case is 3/4″.  
  • Next, I slid the rectangle 3/4″ to the left.
  • To compensate for the offset, I reduced the width of the card to 7″ by moving the two left points to the right.  At the same time, I created a score line at 3 1/2″.  So I now have my card base and the heart aligned exactly as I want them.
  • To cut the opening in the front to accommodate the heart, I created an offset of the heart at .040…just a bit larger than the heart.  I then selected Divide in the Modify window and removed the excess pieces of the card base and heart
  • I created the top mat/panel, I created an internal offset of .125

In the event that sounds as clear as mud, here’s a diagram.

I embossed the mat using the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  I coated the entire top of the heart with clear Nuvo Drops. Not really liking that last step as I lost some of the detail of the flourish.  But it took so long to do, I just had to use it. Here’s a look at the card, opened:

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I love all the layers in the Valentine and Be Mine titles.  Here’s a better look at that, too:

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Last year our Febrary challenge was Hearts.  Here’s the card I made using the cute little Monkey on a Vine.

So now it’s your turn

to enter the challenge at Miss Kate’s Facebook Group.  The requirements for the challenge are to follow the theme of the month and use a Miss Kate Cuttable’s file in your creation, including any/all freebies you have.  The challenge will run from this evening through the 4th Monday of each month.  Winners will be announced, in the group, Friday the end of the challenge week.  Remember this month’s it’s a Color Challenge-Red/White/Pink!  Good luck!

 

 

XOXO Candy Holder with The Cutting Cafe

With Valentine’s Day only a week away, our challenge this month at The Cutting Cafe is perfectly timed.  Our project can include any Valentine’s Day word shaped cards.  For my project, I combined two separate cut files; the XOXO Word Shaped Card and Hershey Kiss Window Box to make this card candy holder combo.

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Once I imported all the pieces into my Silhouette design screen the first thing I did was match the width of the card to the candy box. I allowed the width to dictate the height of the card.

I wanted to be able to cut this from a single 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock, so I also made a slight change to the box by welding the lid (after some sizing) to the box.  Next, I welded the box to the card.  That’s probably as clear as mud, but perhaps a view from the side will show you what I did:

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The card file includes both mats and individual letters.  I filled them with Valentine’s themed digital patterned paper, each letter with a different pattern.  After attaching the patterned paper, I embossed the entire card front with Adorning Accents embossing folder.  Another pattern adorns the box.

Here’s a closer look at the front.  You’ll see I added some Pearl Bling from Eyelet Outlet to accent.

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The card file also includes sentiments, one of which I used inside.

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I wish I had thought to include the Everyday Hershey Kiss Bottoms on the candy.  Next time I will be sure to do so!  This is so cute, there will definitely be a next time.

I’m sure there will be a nice variety of awesome projects by the rest of the design team.  I can’t wait to see what they’ve made.  Just click here to see for yourself.  Leave a comment when you visit The Cutting Cafe for a chance to win three free files of your choice.  No cutting machine?  No problem!  All the files come complete with a .pdf so you can also cut them by hand.  Sweet!

Concentration at Eyelet Outlet

I’m thrilled to be continuing with the Eyelet Outlet design team for another term, but I’m going to be posting on Tuesdays rather than Saturdays.

I participate with other design teams and on a blog hop here on my personal blog. As they occur over the weekend, my Saturday EO post overlapped. This way my Eyelet Outlet gets all the attention it deserves…or maybe, given the name of this post, I should say concentration!

When I saw these Emotion Brads in the Eyelet Outlet store, I had what I hoped would be a great idea for a card.  Check  out these cuties:

I paired them with the Dot Washi Tape.

I don’t know if you remember the old game show, Concentration, but I loved that show!  My card is based on all those enjoyable hours I spent watching and trying to solve the puzzle before the contestants.

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I cut the little flaps on a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of card stock and then covered each of them with the Dot Washi.  Under the flaps are the Emotion Brads with their little captions.

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Inside, I had a bit of fun with the sentiment.  I’m hoping it’s the last thing the recipient expects after I was extolling the virtues of memory games on the front…and it makes them smile.

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I hope this made you smile, too. 

 

Perfect Pair at Eyelet Outlet

In addition to eyelets and brads, Eyelet Outlet has a large selection of washi tapes ranging from patterned, glittered, foil and holiday/seasonal.   The hardest part about using it is deciding which of the many there are I should work with.

Today I’m working with the Glitter Black Washi Tape and I used it in various ways.  I’ll show you my card first and then talk a bit about what I did and how.

Perfect Pair card made with Glitter Black Washi Tape by Eyelet Outlet

The card’s focal image is the Penny Black Perfect Pair stamp set.  It’s a jumble of birds flying…but in the midst of all that confusion, two birds manage to find each other.  The image was stamped with Tsukineko VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  I got a tip from Jennifer McGuire’s blog that it’s better to stamp in black and emboss with clear embossing than stamping with VersaMark and using black embossing powder as it tends to be messy. 

The stamp set comes with the greeting as well.  I used only a portion of the stamp for the front with the balance inside the card.

But let’s talk about the star of the show, the Glitter Washi.  I stamped with StazOn on the washi using the MISTI to get accurate placement (I attached the washi to scrap cardstock first to give it stability and make it easier to cut).  Then I fussy cut them and attached them to the front with glue dots.

I used Stampin’ Up’s Word Window on the greeting.  For the mat behind it, I lined up two pieces of Glitter Washi on scrap cardstock and punched it with the Modern Label punch.

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Next, I cut a mat 1/4″ larger than the image and placed Washi around all four sides, mitering the edges.

 

On another panel of 4″ x 5 1/4″, I stamped My Favorite Things Lots of Dots Background Stamp using the same method as the birds.  I picked this background as there are dots in the focal image and thought it would coordinate nicely.  Another frame of Washi on the base of the card to frame this piece.  Before adding it to the back, I wrapped one final piece of Washi across the bottom.

Inside, I used the second part of the greeting with the two birds stamped.

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I can’t wait to work with Washi tape again.  I’m waiting for an order right now, so stay tuned!

 

 

Pets Deserve Presents, Too, With The Cutting Cafe

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m really looking forward to seeing what the rest of the team has come up with.  There will be lots of variety as we can work with any file!  Just click here to see for yourself.  Leave a comment when you visit The Cutting Cafe for a chance to win three free files of your choice.  No cutting machine?  No problem!  All the files come complete with a .pdf so you can also cut them by hand.  Sweet!

I’ll be sharing more challenges next month.  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

Release Your Inner Kitten at Eyelet Outlet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You Make My Heart Saur at Miss Kate Cuttables

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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