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High-Flying at Eyelet Outlet

For my Eyelet Outlet post today, I enlisted the help of these adorable Woodland Animal Brads.  Their job was to pick up the balloons for the birthday celebration; but on their way back, something happened…

…it seems those helium filled balloons were a bit too powerful for these cuties and up, up and away.  Only a few left safely on the ground.  But I think they might be having fun!

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The card base was made using a cut file purchased in the Silhouette store.  As always, I modified it as I can never leave well enough alone.  My first change was to create an internal offset for the sky.  Bashful Blue Small Polka Dot digital paper was used to fill this panel and then embossed using the Cloudy Day embossing folder.  The hills were cut using another Silhouette store file and filled with Garden Green Grid digital paper.  The hills were also embossed using the Square Lattice embossing folder. 

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I cut the balloon outlines from Whisper White card stock and then the balloons from shimmer paper in various colors.  The stars of the show are holding on (for dear life) to the balloons and, in some cases, each other.

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On the ground, three more animals witnessing these high-flying escapades.  The little skunk is busy holding the happy birthday greeting that was intended to be attached to the balloons.

Inside, I converted the sky panel and the balloon outlines to print only.  I added the balloons using the same paper and typed the sentiment.

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When they eventually land, these Woodland Animals will be able to help the recipient celebrate their birthday!

I also submitted this card to the Challenge Up Your Life: Challenge #67 Brads

 

The Grad at Paper Crafting World

Graduations will be happening soon, so I decided to share a card I made using The Grad Title CF from Paper Crafting World.  Here’s my card:

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Despite the fact that this cut file is designed as a scrapbook title, it’s pretty easy to turn it into a card.  I mirrored the large mat and welded them together to create the base.  I cut a single mat the second time to place on top as I prefer the look to a “flat top” where the card folds.

I used some very old card stock to cut the pieces.  It’s Bazzill card stock for the base and the title, but I don’t know the names of the colors.  The cap is Basic Gray by Stampin’ Up. 

To create the card base, I centered a dashed line in the center of the card as my score line.  I made a second copy of the card base and made a compound path in the modify window.  This enables me to do an internal offset to use as a mat for the sentiment inside the card.  I played around with various fonts to come up with something to match the front.

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Hope this gives you a bit of inspiration to make the cards for the graduates in your life!

Graduation at Die Cuttin’ Divas

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Today I’m a guest designer at Die Cuttin’ Divas.  I was so nice to be asked and I appreciate they thought enough of my work to be invited to participate.  I was given the theme graduation, so this is what I made:

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I made this card using a cut file by Shirley’s Cards.  I’ve been wanting to make it for a long time as I love these cut out cards and this gave me the perfect opportunity.  I used Stampin’ Up’s Basic Black, Real Red and Whisper White card stocks.  For a bit of pizzazz, I embossed the black piece with the Festive embossing folder.

While I think these cut out cards look very clever and pack a wow, it difficult to figure out how to create a sentiment inside.  Here’s my solution:

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I created a faint outline of the word so the white panel didn’t look a bit strange with just the three words, strangely placed.  I didn’t think to put an outline of the tassel but would definitely add it if I were making the card again.

I hope you enjoyed my card and, if you’d like to see what else Die Cuttin’ Divas has to share, just click here.  See you again soon!

 

 

Hat’s Off at Miss Kate Cuttables

It’ my turn to share my design team project on Miss Kate Cuttable’s Blog so I’m sharing it here as well.  But first I want to share the link to Miss Kate’s Freebie of the Day.

With June comes graduations, so I thought I’d get a jump on making a graduation card with the perfect gift.  It’s never the wrong size and it’s never the wrong color and I don’t need gift receipts…it’s cold, hard cash!

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And it comes in this great card made using the Hat’s Off Scrapbook Title on a mat of Whisper White.  The pieces were cut from Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smokey Slate, Whisper White and Crushed Curry.  The greeting was popped with dimensionals.

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The card base was made using a Jamie Lane cut file purchased in the Silhouette store.  I used only the base and none of the embellishments.

Inside, I created a sentiment to complement the greeting and used some of the pieces from the title, converting them to print only.  The bottom section looked too plain, so I added the diploma from the Graduation Day cut file.

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Here’s a closer look a the notch to the pocket into which the cash or check is placed.

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That’s it for today!

Frame of Mind at The Cutting Cafe

If you’re looking for A Year of Card Techniques, World of Water coloring, click here or just keep scrolling down.  Don’t miss it!  There are lots of ideas and inspiration!

For The Cutting Cafe design team post, we were asked to use the Assorted Pop Up Cards…and any other cut file we wanted to use.  Wow, that was such a difficult decision!  I mean, have you seen how many awesome files Regina has in the store??  After much deliberation, I decided to use the It’s Bowling Time Template and Printable Stamp Set.  This set is chock full…if you’re planning a bowling birthday party, you definitely need to check this out!  But now to my card:

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The card is smaller, 3 1/2″ x 4 1/4″; so I decided to extend the pieces beyond and above the edges of the front.  The finished size is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, the standard A2.  The pins were placed “at the end of the bowling lane”.  Once I got them as I wanted them, I converted the cut lines on each to print only; then I traced around the outside.  I cut the bowling ball once with the holes, in black, and once in gray without the holes.  I attached it on the card with an Action Wobble Spring.  The background is free clip art I found on the Internet.

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But here’s where all the action is:

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I shrunk the pins and bowling ball down and the yellow star.  More of the same background for the bottom and the sentiment on the back.  Looks like a strike to me!  What do you think?  Here’s a closer look:

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And here’s a peek from the side so you can see the pop up mechanism:

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So that wraps it up for my card, but if you’d like to see what the rest of the design team has come up with, just click here

Be the Birthday at Eyelet Outlet

If you’re looking for A Year of Card Techniques, World of Water coloring, just click here or simply scroll down.  Don’t miss it!  There are lots of ideas and inspiration!

Among Eyelet Outlet’s Spring Releases are these adorable Yoga Cats Brads

I couldn’t wait to work with them on a card.  And here it is:

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I wanted to use several brads, so I thought this Flip Flap 3 Circle Card by Lori Whitlock would be perfect.   Those circles are just the right size for the cats!  Not being a yoga enthusiast myself, I wasn’t sure how these yoga poses should be situated, so I did some research and discovered the first pose is the Balancing Stick, the second is the Lotus and the third is the Half Moon.

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I wanted to find some Asian themed digital paper, and I opted for this pattern from Panda Zen by Lliella Designs.  I matched the green to a Bazzill card stock I had on hand.

When I finished with the card front, I felt the colors were a bit too cool for the little lotus cat, so I took my Gold Wink of Stella and dotted the centers of the leaves.  Once I did that, all was harmonious. 😉

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For the inside flap, I wanted the sentiment relating to yoga, so this is what I finally decided upon.  I think it works…it might even hold up to someone who knows a thing or two about yoga.

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I printed it on Smokey Slate card stock in dark gray using the Ancient Script font. 

I guess that wraps it up except to say, “namaste”!

This card has been entered in the Cute Card Thursday: Challenge 478 Brads!

A Year of Card Techniques-World of Watercolors

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.
 
For May, we are venturing into the world of watercolor.  There are so many watercoloring techniques available to us today; far too many to list here.  But actions speak louder than words; so our team has worked with their favorite mediums to bring you lots of examples and loads of inspiration.  If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
We have an amazing sponsor this month, Jodie Park of Close to My Heart:
 
Please take a moment to check out the great products Close to My Heart has to offer. To visit Jodie on Facebook page, just 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.  One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of May 26, 2017.  The winner will be announced in our June hop; so be sure to come back next month.
 
And speaking of winners, the lucky hopper from last month is Golden Goddess Designs; picked by Random Name Picker. Congratulations!  Please get in touch with last month’s sponsor, Wilma Payne at wpayne@email.com, to claim your prize.
 
You should have arrived here from my friend and fabulously talented, 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 of winning by commenting on each blog.

For my first project, I decided to try no-line water coloring again.  This took me a very long time to color; so it’s not something I’d card to do on a regular basis.   But I sure to love the result.  The image is from the Birthday Blooms set by Stampin’ Up. 

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I saw a beautiful card on one of the blogs I follow.  Since I already had the die she used, I thought I’d try my version of it.

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As  I won’t be doing a follow-up post on this card, I want to share the products I used.  The Churches die is from Simon Says Stamp as is the Congratulations Stamp Set.  The Stitched Rectangle Dies are from Lil’ Inker Designs.  I used Worn Lipstick Distress Ink by Tim Holtz and just kept layering until I got the intensity I wanted from the palest of pink to the upper right to the dark rose on the left.  The greeting and sentiment were stamped using Rose Red ink and attached it to a base of Regal Rose, both from Stampin’ Up.

I took an Online Card Class, Watercolor for Card Makers, and one of the tutorials was about water coloring on vellum.  So, for my next card, I decided to give it a go.  I love the technique…not so much the finished card.

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This last card is a real evolution from a panel that was so ugly I trashed it.  It took me so long to make the ugly panel I pulled it back out of the trash and gave it a facelift.  I’ll share the process in more in the weeks that follow as well as details on a few other cards I shared today.

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Now you’re off to visit with the amazing Wilma.  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:

 

 

Turtley Awesome at Sunsational Stamps

The theme this week at Sunsational Stamps is Swim/Beach/Ocean.   I used the Ocean Critters 2 to make my card and, as the title of this post implies, I think this l’il guy is turtley awesome!

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For something a bit different, I decided I would paper piece my image rather than color it and I think he’s pretty happy with how he looks.  To accomplish this in my Silhouette design screen, I traced around the outside of the image and filled it with digital patterned paper from a Green/Purple Plaid collection.  This was the bottom layer which I printed on the circle over  a wave border I made and colored in semi-transparent purple.  I also created the greeting using the text to path option.

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I printed the turtle three additional times; once plain white and two more times with different plaids and fussy cut the pieces.  The focal image was placed on a larger mat cut from scrap.  Another plaid from the collection was used for the panels, which I placed on a base of Green Galore card stock.  Here’s another look from the side.

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On the reverse I placed the patterned paper panels just on the two outer flaps with my matted sentiment in the middle.

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As an alternative, I created a different sentiment as a friendship card.

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If you’d like to see the other stamps, both photo-polymer and clear, Sunsational Stamps has to offer, you just need to click here.  And if you want to check out what the rest of the design team has created for you, the blog is here.  You might also want to “like” Sunsational Stamps on Facebook to keep up with the latest happenings. 

Before I leave you, I wanted to share some good news I received.  My “For All You Do” card was picked as a Favorite of the Week at Splitcoaststampers.  I was thrilled at the news.

#ShareHandmadeKindness

I often find myself creatively inspired by Jennifer McGuire through her blog and classes, but she also inspires me to become a more engaged and caring person through her Share Handmade Kindness campaigns.  I just watched this video and have decided to accept her invitation to join her in making cards to give to people in the community…just because.

(To the folks receiving my post in their e-mail, you may have to link to the actual post to see it or you can link directly to the video by clicking here.)

If you watched the video, you will have heard Jennifer saying her “super power” is her ability to make cards.  She made me realize I have the same super power…the power to bring a smile to someone’s face, make them feel appreciated or lift their spirits when they’re down.  And many of you are card makers, so you’ve got super power, too!  If you don’t make cards, perhaps your super power is baking, writing or something else you can share with your neighbors or other people with whom you come in contact.  

I hope you will consider joining Jennifer in her crusade to make the world a kinder place.  And please let me know in the comments if you’re on board!

Over a year ago I participated in Jennifer’s first campaign.  If you’d like to see it, the video that started it all is here.

Before I leave you today, I wanted to extend a warm welcome to Danielle; my newest follower through NetWorked Blogs.  Thanks so much for joining us!

A Father’s Love at Eyelet Outlet

If you’re looking for the Home Grown Blog Hop, just click here or simply scroll down…you don’t want to miss the fun!

I think the Tie Brads at Eyelet Outlet are as perfect a choice as you can get for making a Father’s Day card.  And, although Father’s Day isn’t ’til next month, now is the time to think about your card making or hand crafted gifts.

I made a card and a gift card holder any Dad would love.  And they came together rather easily.  Gotta love that!

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The card was made using a cut file from the Silhouette store.   It was a “flip-flap” card meaning there was an extra piece to it so it was a traditional card with the flip card front.  I got rid of the extra flap, though, and just used the flip portion.  Okay, so enough of all this flip-flapping. 

I loved this sentiment, also from the Silhouette store, and thought it would be the perfect backdrop for the tie.  I colored and sized it to match the tie brad and then print and cut it.  The card was made using Marina Mist, Night of Navy and Real Red card stocks.   To give the red a masculine touch, I used the Houndstooth embossing folder.

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For the inside of the card I created a simple sentiment, matching the fonts and colors to the front.  While I didn’t do it on this card, you could easily use the right side to attach a gift card or some other embellishment.

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The gift card holder was also made using a cut file from the Silhouette store; actually I combined two separate files to make it.

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I traced around the tie and scanned that outline into my Silhouette.  I offset it a bit to create my opening in which my ties sit and aligned three across the front.  The same card stock colors and layering as the card were used here.  I also embossed with the same folder.

Inside, a sentiment I think most Dad’s can relate to.  The slot is there for the gift card…just tuck it in and let Dad pick his own gift.  I bet it won’t be a tie.

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