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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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Sooner at Eyelet Outlet

If you’re looking for my Miss Kate Cuttables project, please click here.  And if you’d like to see my Challenge Up Your Life post, you’ll find that here

Today I’m sharing I card I made for my design team post for Eyelet Outlet using the Heart Jewel Bling.  

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I made the card using a cut file I found in the Silhouette store.  I thought this design was so cute, but never got around to making it.  When I saw the hearts I knew they would take this card to the next level.  So off I went to make it!  There are other heart brads in the Eyelet Outlet store which would have worked just as well; the Plump Glitter Heart Brads Plump Glitter Heart Brads, Heart Brads and Plump Heart Brads are just a few.

The digital patterned paper comes from the Ouchies kit by NitWit Collections.  I changed some of the colors in it to coordinate with the hearts and band aids.  After attaching it to the Whisper White card base, it seemed a bit plain so I hand drew the border.  Here’s a closer look at the band aids, sponged on the edges for depth and dimension.

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For inside the card, I cut a panel and used the color fill option to match the blue to the patterned paper on the front.  For the sentiment, I matched the font to the patterned paper as well.

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More hand drawn border and the card was finished.

Need a Hug at Miss Kate Cuttables

I’m sharing the card I made for my Miss Kate Cuttables design team post.  But I want to remind you to take a look at the Freebie of the Day at the Miss Kate Cuttables store. 

Okay, now I’ll show you my card first and then talk a bit about it:

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I did something with this Cute Octopus that never occurred to me previously.  I turned it into a digital stamp by converting the cut lines to print lines, making them thicker and selecting the print lines option.   I don’t know why I never thought about this; but I just more than doubled my digital stamp collection by doing it and will look at cut files I may have passed over before in a whole new way.

I printed the octopus on water-color paper and cut it in a stitched circle.  I colored him using Copic markers and dotted the bubbles with Glossy Accents.  The mat is an inverted scallop Basic Black circle from the Silhouette store.  Here’s a closer look at that:

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I found two patterned papers I purchased l-o-n-g ago and embossed them with the D-Vine Swirls and Retro Circles embossing folders and placed them on a mat of Basic Black, punching all the outer corners with the ticket punch.  I wrapped some coordinating fiber across the middle before attaching the mat to the Whisper White card base and the focal image with dimensionals.  The greeting was typed in black using the CK Fairytale font; punched with a mat of Basic Black from a retired punch from Stampin’ Up. Two large eyelets to the upper right for a finishing touch!

Inside, I typed a sentiment which plays off both the octopus and the greeting using the same font.

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I encourage you to try doing this with one of your cut file to see if you agree it opens up a whole new world to you.

Picnic at Challenge Up Your Life

Today brings another Challenge Up Your Life challenge.  This week the theme is food/treats.  If you’d like to join the challenge, just click here.

And here’s the card I made in honor of the occasion:

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I don’t know about you, but I love picnics.  I haven’t been on one in a very long time, though, and this card is making me want to pack a basket right now. 

The card is part of a kit by SVGCuts…they’ve got some great card-in-a-box cut files.  I cut the base from Crumb Cake card stock and the balance was either print and cut or cut from scraps…I’ve got lots of scraps, so I’m always glad when I can use them.

The grapes were made using the Red Jewel Bling Sheet from Eyelet Outlet.  I wanted to make them a bit darker, so I coated them with a dark red Copic marker.  And the flower centers are small pearls, also from Eyelet Outlet, are colored with a yellow Copic marker.  Finishing touches include a bow on the basket handle and Wink of Stella on the wine.

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And here’s another look down into the box, so you can see the inserts.  Now that I look at it again, I think this picnic basket could do with a plate of cheese right there next to the wine.  There’s room for it and it would certainly pair well with the wine and grapes, don’t you think.

Once again I want to remind you to check in on the challenge and link up for food/treats themed project…and good luck!

Sending Love at The Cutting Cafe

For our challenge today, The Cutting Cafe Design Team is using the Fun With Silhouettes printable stamp set and cut file.  This set has 66, yes that many, printable images and 36 cut files; so it was quite difficult to decide which I wanted to use. 

Finally I opted to use the airplane and paired it with a clip art globe for my card and coordinating gift tag:

I cut the airplane five times and stacked the layers to make it thicker; like chipboard.  The top layer has a heart shape cut into which I inserted a heart of Real Red card stock.

The globe was free clip art which I turned into a cut file.  I simply cut a circle of Marina Mist and then traced the “land” and cut that from Garden Green, both Stampin’ Up card stocks.  I embossed the blue with the Seaside embossing folder and the green with Square Lattice.  There was a bit too much texture!  So, I put the layers together and then ran it through the Big Shot again between the two plates and some shims to give just the illusion of texture.  Using the World Traveler, I traced the longitude and latitude lines with a stylus.  To finish, I coated the heart and water with Wink of Stella and added a dab of Glossy Accents on the heart.  After I assembled the card, I realized I needed a little something more on the front, so I added the white mat.

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Inside, a short and sweet sentiment with three more hearts.

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I did the same thing with the gift tag; layering for thickness and adding a heart on the top layer.

If you have a moment, check out The Cutting Cafe Blog to see what the rest of the design team has created to share with you.

Wonderful at Eyelet Outlet

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I didn’t know I loved washi tape until I started working with Eyelet Outlet’s large selection of it.  I think the decorative is my favorite, or maybe it’s the glitter washi, no, the foil washi, but the holiday washi is great.  Okay, so I love it all!! 

Today I’m working with two of the Glitter Washi Tapes:

The Glitter Dot Washi

And the Glitter Purple Washi

Here’s the card I made:Wonderful wm 1

I’ve had this Vivid Vases stamp set from Stampin’ Up for a long time now and I bought it because I saw a video on paper piecing the vases.  I was hooked!  When I saw this glitter washi, I knew that’s what I wanted to use. 

I decided to make a split front card using Basic Black card stock, so you’re actually looking at the image through acetate.  I used the heavy weight Hero Art Acetate Cards and cut what I need.  This heavier acetate will keep the front of the card from bowing under the weight.  I made the opening just the right size for my image.  The acetate was attached to the inside of the front of the card.  The extra black card stock was cut to size and placed on the back side of the acetate to hide the adhesive.

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For the front of the card, I applied a strip of the Glitter Dot Washi across the front.  I wanted to accent it with the Glitter Purple Washi, but cut it down to 1/4″.  It’s very easy to cut with a ruler and craft knife.  Also, just in case you didn’t know, washi is low tack so you can lift it and reposition it if you need to.  I love being able to do that.

I created a banner for across the bottom using the greeting from the same stamp set.  There was just enough room on either side of the greeting for some bling.  For that, I used the Purple Jewel Bling Strips.

To stamp the image on a panel of Whisper White, I used StazOn Black Ink and the MISTI to ensure perfect placement.  I stamped it again on a piece of scrap Whisper White, again with the MISTI.  Then I applied the Washi directly on the image and stamped again (several times) until I got a clear image on the Washi.  As an aside, you want to be sure to use StazOn Ink when stamping on the Washi or the ink will smear.  I fussy cut each vase and attached them (keeping them on the scrap card stock for stability) with Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive. 

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My last step was to color the flowers using Copic markers, pulling the color cues from the washi tape. 

Have you used washi tape on your projects?  If so, please share how you’ve used it in the comments section…always looking for new ways to work with it!

 

A Year of Card Techniques-Bleaching Your Card

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

From laundry, to disinfectant, to fashion, bleach is a staple in many households; but did you know you can use bleach in your card making and paper crafting? Yup, from stamping, to painting, and several techniques in between, we’re going to share our experiments with you. And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

Our  amazing sponsor this month is Debbie Bonczek of Close to My Heart.

Please take a moment to check out the great products Close to My Heart has to offer. To visit Debbie’s blog, click 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. While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win. The winner will be announced on Sunday, July 23, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday the 23rd to see if you are the lucky winner.

You should  have arrived here from the my friend Claudia’s blog.  If you’re visiting  here first, you might want to start at the Claudia’s so you don’t miss out on increasing your chance of winning by commenting on  each blog.

Now to my projects:

For my first card, I used the Bloom with Hope stamp by Stampin’ Up on Early Espresso card stock.  I stamped with Tsukineko’s VersaFink Ink in Onyx Black and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I applied bleach inside the embossed lines.

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Next, I used the Artistically Asian set by Stampin’ Up.  Here I used a bleach soaked paper towel as my stamp pad and then stamped directly on the Real Red card stock.

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Back to heat embossing again, this time on Brushed Silver card stock.  I brushed the bleach on the snowman and all the areas colored in red, green and orange.  I really didn’t have to bleach the areas I was going to color, but the color showed up better because of it.

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Aside from the Brushed Silver card stock,  every color card stock to which I applied bleach turned yellow.  I don’t know if that’s peculiar to Stampin’ Up or if all papers react that way; but I plan to never work with bleach again, so I will never know. 

In the following weeks I hope to share more details for each card, but for now you’re off to visit with the talented 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:  

To Go, Please at Connie Can Crop

It’s my Connie Can Crop design team day!  I’m sharing a card made with an image by our sponsor this month, Bugaboo Digi Stamps.  This particular image is called JJ- Coffee To Go.  I opted to go with a flip card:

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To start I print and cut the mats using digital patterned paper from the Coffee Lover Kit by Digi Doodle Studio.  I color matched that to Bazzill card stock to cut the remaining mats and base.

I printed the focal image and the sentiment on Stampin’ Up’s Very Vanilla card stock.  I printed it on Whisper White first, but it was just too stark against the browns.  I colored the image using Copic markers with a bit of Glossy Accents on her glasses and shoes and the lid to the coffee cup.  A little sponging around the edges with some Soft Suede finished it off and I added it to the front with some mounting tape.

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For those of you who don’t know what a flip card is, here’s a look at it down from the top.  You can see how, through several cleverly placed cuts and folds, the focal image flips when you open the card to reveal the sentiment on the other side.

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And here’s the sentiment…which I love!  I know I have days where I wish that was on the menu!

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I hope you’ve already entered a project in Connie Can Crop’s monthly challenge.  The theme this month is, “Use Your Stash”, so pretty much anything goes!

And don’t forget our sponsor this month is Bugaboo Digi Stamps…wouldn’t you love a chance to get your hands on a gift certificate to their store?  Well, here’s your chance!

To link up your project or to obtain more information on the challenge, just click here.

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

 

Candy Canes & Sugared Things at Sunsational Stamps

I’m posting for Sunsational Stamps today.  The image I used for my card is aptly named, Sweet Sam.  He is sweet…and so is that candy cane he’s holding!  I thought he would be just right for our Christmas in July theme.

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To make this shaker card, I imported the image into my Silhouette design screen and traced him to create cut lines.  I removed all the lines except those which would be the white part of the candy cane.  Then I placed him on a panel of some cute digital paper from a collection called Candy Cane Lane. 

I printed then colored him with Copic markers.  I added some Marvy Snow Marker to his hat for the fur and some Wink of Stella on the candy cane and he’s all set!

Here’s another look at him from a slightly different angle; trying to capture both the coloring and the shaker contents.

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And one more picture trying to zero in on the shaker contents, which are Simon Says Stamp’s Moonshine Collection…clear sequins in various sizes.  I used the foam adhesive strips from Stampin’ Up behind the panel as they are slightly thicker than mounting tape, thus allowing more room to “shake”.

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And one final picture of the inside of the card with a sentiment color matched to the digital paper from the front.  The original sentiment was from the now retired MDS by Stampin’ Up, but I changed it up to go well with the image.

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I hope you’re in the Christmas spirit now because we’d love for you to enter Sunsational Stamp’s monthly challenge.  This month the theme is Christmas in July.  How about getting creative and join us over on the Sunsational Stamps Facebook Challenge Page.

And here are the rules:

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

To find additional details, look for the challenge on the right sidebar.

I’m also submitting this card to the following challenge:

Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog-Christmas Penguins

Miss Kate Cuttables Challenge-Red White & Blue

A warm welcome goes out to Georgiana, Mellisa and Rachel, my newest followers.  So glad you’ve joined us.

The challenge at Miss Kate Cuttables this month is, appropriately, “Red, White & Blue”. 

Before I continue, I want to remind you that Miss Kate offers a free cut file each and every day.  You can get yours here.  

And now, to my card:

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This card was made using the American Flag cut file.  While the flag is pretty in its own right, I decided to take advantage of the open, white spaces by inserting patriotic sayings in various font styles.  This was easy to line us in my Silhouette Cameo.

After I printed the Whisper White panel, I attached the Night of Navy and Real Red cut pieces.  It looked a little plain, so I decided to emboss it with Stampin’ Up’s Seaside embossing folder.  I thought it would give the appearance of the flag waving in the breeze.

For the inside, I used another Miss Kate’s file.  This time the I Heart USA Title, converting it to print only.  I attached it to a Night of Navy mat to make it stand out!

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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 the month.  Winners will be announced, in the group, Friday of challenge end week.  Remember this month’s theme is Red, White & Blue.  Good luck!

Universal at Eyelet Outlet

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One of the new Eyelet Outlet products I got to use are these aliens!  The set includes two sizes of aliens…and it just made me think of a Mr. & Mrs. Martian.  From there the idea for my card came to me and it made me smile!

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I did a search for free outer space images and came upon this one…it was the perfect background for my spaceship.  I sprayed it liberally with Shimmer Spritz before adding it to my card base of Sweet Sugarplum by Stampin’ Up.  I wasn’t able to capture the sparkle, but it makes me think of the stars.

If you’d like to make a card like this of your own, I’m happy to share the background with you.  Just let me know in the comments section or e-mail me with your e-mail address.

The spaceship was cut using a file purchased in the Silhouette store.  I cut several planets in complementary colors and placed them strategically around the spaceship, being sure to leave space for the “conversation” taking place. 

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I thought the sentiment inside was just perfect for the conversation on the front and so true and…universal!  Here’s a picture of the sentiment, cut slightly smaller and matted on another panel of the outer space image.

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That’s it for this card.  I imagine this ET had better phone home to let the family know they’re going to be late 😉