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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.

We hope to bring a smile to your face with our cards, stories and random thoughts.

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What a Bunch of Characters Blog Hop

Welcome to the

Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for a super magical blog hop themed all around Mickey Mouse and his friends at the Magic Kingdom!  These talented crafters have created all sorts of projects to inspire you and share the fun of Disney’s lovable Characters!

We have an awesome BRAND NEW sponsor for this month!

One lucky winner will win their choice of a digital stamp from their shop!!

Be sure to visit them on Etsy here.  On Facebook here.  And their blog 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.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday 1/18/17 at Connie Can Crop.  Be sure to subscribe to everyone’s blog and leave a comment along the way to be entered!  And when you become a follower of my blog, you will be entered in a card bundle give-away when I reach 100 e-mail subscribers.  Don’t worry if you follow via NetWorked Blogs or Bloglovin’, you’ll be entered in the drawing, too.  Oh, and check at the bottom of this post for some blog candy.

You should have hopped here from the talented Shannon H’s blog; but if you happened upon my blog first, you should start at the beginning, Connie Can Crop.

First up, a Minnie Mouse birthday card.  I made this with free clip art I found on the Internet.  I paired it with digital patterned paper by Digital Fun (on Etsy) on a card base of Real Red.  I made the base slightly narrower than the norm at 3 7/8″ so the balloons extend over the edge.  I matted each of the patterned papers and the focal image on black to make it pop.  I cut the balloons on my Silhouette.  Inside, a little play on words with Minnie Mouse as the inspiration.

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Next we have Pluto.  Those of you who have come to know me a bit through my blog are already aware I’m a real dog lover.  This card, or at least the sentiment is inspired by Katy.  She can be sound asleep three rooms away, but when I open a cabinet or the refrigerator she’s right there hoping to seize the opportunity for food.  Again the image was free clip art.  The digital patterned paper by KBKreations209 (Etsy).  The Basic Black card base was cut to create a pop out card and the mat color was selected to highlight the patterned paper.

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Now, I know Tinkerbell isn’t in Mickey’s inner circle of friends, but she is definitely a well-known and well-loved Disney character; so I’m sharing a card for all those who share that love for Tinkerbell.

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This card was created thanks to the generosity of my blogging friend Kelly who, when I asked her about this card on her blog, gave me her entire cut file.  So, thank you Kelly.  I appreciate your generosity and I want you to know I’m paying it forward by offering to help people I meet through my blog.

Years ago, at least ten, we were at Disney World and attended a behind the scenes celebration to honor Margaret Kerry, the model after whom Tinkerbell was patterned.  Here is a picture of her in 2005.

And here she is in the 1950’s:

If you find this interesting and would like to more about how Margaret became Tinkerbell, you can read an article about her here

I have some blog candy today for my subscribers/followers only.  To be entered to win a Tinkerbell scrapbook kit by Applegate Production all you have to do is tell me in the comments section which Disney character is your favorite and why.  The winner will be picked at random.  Good luck!

Now you’re off to visit with Sue.  I hope you have a magical time hopping on the happiest blog on earth.

Here’s our full line up in case you get lost:

Connie- http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com
Angela- mermaidsnmonograms.blogspot.com
Shannon H- http://shannonhdesigns.blogspot.com/
Kim- http://katydidcards.com YOU ARE HERE
Sue-http://suek86401.blogspot.com/
Alicia- http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
Sandy- http://simplycraftycreationsbysandys.blogspot.com
Marji- http://fstampaholic.blogspot.com/
Veronica- http://vickyscrappingpassion.blogspot.com
Miranda- http://www.nanasscrapspot.com/
Shannon M- https://my-o-scrappin.blogspot.com/
Ashley- http://marinewifesscrappinlife.blogspot.com
Christi- https://tranquility1905.blogspot.com/
Lisa- http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com/
Sarah- http://sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com/

Chocolate Moose at Paper Crafting World

Some of you may remember seeing this post previously if you subscribe via e-mail.  I don’t know how that happened as I scheduled it for today.  Just a WordPress hiccup or “operator error”; most likely the latter.   My apologies for the duplication. 

Also, I’d like to welcome Stampnk and Diana as my newest followers…thank you so much!

I’m continuing on as a design team member of Paper Crafting World for 2017, so I’ll be posting twice a month with a new project using their adorable cut files.  This month I’m using the Chocolate Moose Cut File to make this center-step card.

Card I made for Paper Crafting World using the cute Chocolate Moose cut file.

It’s been a while since I’ve made a center-step card and every time I do, I wonder why it’s taken me so long to make another one.  And the moose seems to be happy taking center stage. so it’s all good!

The color scheme on this card started with, all of places, the moose’s nose; which I was cutting from Chocolate Chip card stock.  I used digital Chocolate and Teal Medley by Charmed Crimson.  I opted to use the stripe and color matched the center oval to the dark teal.   After printing and cutting it, I found Bermuda Bay card stock was the nicest match.

I cut the moose from my Stampin’ Up scraps.  All the pieces were sponged with corresponding ink and then assembled on the front of the card.  I popped his little head for additional dimension.

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Inside, I created a sentiment using the Creative Keepsakes Frosting font, playing off the moose cut file.  I copied the pie and placed it in the corner, converting it to print only.

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That’s a wrap for this card.  See you soon with another project!

Miss Kate Cuttables Challenge-Anything Goes

This month’s Miss Kate Cuttables the theme is Anything Goes! 

Before I share my cards, though, I want to remind you Miss Kate offers a free cut file every day.  To get yours, just click here…but don’t forget to come back!

I’ve been asked a few times how to get the most out of the cut files, so I decided to challenge myself by using the same cut file to create three unique looks.

Here’s the trio I made using the Cardinal file.  I love to look out the window on a snowy winter’s day to see a cardinal.  So beautiful.  I hope my cards do justice to the cardinals in my yard.

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From left to right, I created a card with inlaid pieces, the middle is a slide card and the right is a shaker.  Here’s a closer look at each of the cards.  Additional pictures of each can be found in the gallery; just click on each card.

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Rather than cut the branch, I printed it on the decorative panel.  I cut the outline for the cardinal and then inserted each of the cut pieces.  To finish, I used a Marvy Snow Marker and Glossy Accents as well as Shimmer Spritz over all.

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For this card, I used a Lori Whitlock sliding card cut file for the base.  I traced the cardinal and branch in my Silhouette and welded the outline to the front panel.  Then I placed my individually cut pieces on top.

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I used a snow globe cut file for the base of this card.  I converted the cut file to print only, flipped it to face the opposite direction and added a few more branches to fill the area.  The shaker is filled with Stampin’ Up’s Mica Flakes and snowflakes.

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 today through the 4th Tuesday of each month.  Winners will be announced, in the group, Friday of challenge end week.  Remember this month’s it’s anything goes.  Good luck!
 
See you next month with another Miss Kate’s challenge.   In the meantime, I’d like to welcome my newest followers; Carey, Denise, Karen and Pamela.  I’m so happy and thankful you’ve subscribed.  You are now entered in a card bundle give-away when I reach 100 e-mail followers.
 
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Sprinkled at Connie Can Crop

I want to first welcome Karen, Melissa and Maria as my newest followers.  Thank you so much for joining what I consider my extended family.  You are now entered in a card bundle give-away when I reach 100 e-mail followers.  Don’t worry if you subscribed via NetWorked Blogs or Bloglovin’; you’ll be included in the drawing as well.

I’m excited to share the news with you I’m continuing as a design team member for Connie Can Crop…I can’t believe a year has flown by so fast.  To kick off the new year, I’m posting with a card using the cute Cotton Candy Panda image from our sponsor this month, Kitty Bee Designs.

So here’s my card:

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I decided to turn the digital image into a card with a shaped edge; so I sized it, traced it and cut it and here is the result.  I took a little artistic license and turned the cotton candy into ice cream, but the Panda didn’t mind…he likes ice cream.  Here’s another picture where you can better see, I cut the front of the card around the right side of the Panda.  The back of the card looked a tad plain, so I also cut a mini circle border down the side.  If you have an interest in knowing how I converted the digital image into a cut file, please let me know in the comments section and I’ll create a tutorial for you.

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I wanted the ice cream to appear as if there were sprinkles on it.  So, I stamped it with VersaMark and coated it with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel), drizzled with various colors.  Not the most successful idea I’ve ever had.  You can tell there’s somethin’ in that embossing but not exactly sure what…looks more like salt and pepper than sprinkles.  But I think it’s good to experiment and learn from the experience. 

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I took the traced ice cream (aka cotton candy) and converted it to print, making it somewhat transparent in my Silhouette.  Then I typed the sentiment over it.  You can see the border a bit better here.  I had to place colored card stock behind this card as it blended into the background and I couldn’t get a good picture.

Don’t forget to enter Connie Can Crop’s monthly challenge!  This month the theme is anything goes!  For more details about the challenge, just click here

Hope to see you there!

 

#imbringingbirthdaysback

New year, new feature on Katydid Cards…

#imbringingbirthdaysback (too)

Shannon West, Stampin’ Up’s Demonstrator Training Manager, had an idea come to her after failing to send out Christmas cards.  She noticed the trend of people posting their “card”, be it Christmas, birthday or whatever, on Facebook or sending it via e-mail and she admonished herself for being a part of the problem.  She decided she wanted to do something about it…but what?

That very day she made a decision to post on Facebook offering to send a birthday card to any of her friends asking for one.  She decided a birthday card would be the better option as that is a your special day and everybody has one!  Well, the idea took off like wild-fire and she now has over 1300 people to whom she sends cards.

She was making other people happy, but sending these cards out was making her happy, too.  It has now become an actual movement and you can find any number of articles about and references to it simply by typing #imbringingbirthdaysback.  The story actually got picked up by her local news and here’s the video of Shannon being interviewed and she helps the host make a card.

In these days when we can use a bit more kindness, I decided to jump on this birthday card bandwagon.  When creating this blog and with each post, my hope is to reach out to people and bring inspiration, assistance or at least a smile and I think this will help me do that.

So here’s how it will work:

  1. You must be an e-mail follower of my blog
  2. You should e-mail me (there’s a link on the upper left on my blog) with your name and address and your birthday.
  3. If you prefer, you can ask for the card to be mailed to someone else…someone you know who might need a birthday pick-me-up.
  4. Come your birthday, you’ll receive a birthday card from Katy and Kim

And back to Shannon for a moment.  Do you know what happened to her?  On her birthday, she received 879 birthday cards!  Here’s the video she posted sharing each and every one!

So, if you’d like to receive a birthday card, made by me under the supervision of Katy, just shoot me an e-mail.  I’m going to set a limit of 100 people initially and see how manageable that is. 

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Wild Blogiversary Hop

Welcome to the Wild Blogiversary Hop

2017-1-ccc-wildblogiversaryThank you for joining us for a week-long celebration in honor of Connie Can Crop’s 8th year here in Blog Land!  These crafters have come together to celebrate by creating all sorts of projects to inspire you and bring the wild animal in us all!!  This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your comments for all of these amazing crafters.

We have ten amazing sponsors for this anniversary hop!!

Connie’s Crafty Cart- Sassafras Lass Stamps
Miss Kate Cuttables- 2 free SVG images
Kitty Bee Designs- 1 free digital stamp
Creative Memories- $25 gift certificate
Close to my Heart- Stamp Set and Ink
Stampin Up- Embossing Folder
Fun Stampers Journey- Stamp Set
Mermaids N Monograms- Adorable Mason Jar Glass
Little Scraps of Heaven- 2 $10 Gift Certificates
and
Paper Crafting World- $20 gift certificate

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 1/11/17 at Connie Can Crop.  And, YES, you can win more than one prize!! So be sure to leave your comments and follow everyone along the way!  And, if you become a follower of my blog, you will be entered in a drawing for a card bundle give-away when I reach 100 e-mail followers.  Don’t worry if you follow me through NetWorked Blogs or Bloglovin’; you will be included in the drawing, too!

You should have arrived from my blogging buddy, Holli’s, blog.  If you came here first, you can start this spectacular hop at Connie Can Crop’ the first stop in this hop.

I decided to go with lions and tigers and bears…oh my! (Which would only make sense if you remember that line from The Wizard of Oz).

First up, the lion. 

Cute get well card made using a Judith & Heather stamp and Stampin' Up DSP and card stock.

This Medium Lion stamp is by Stamps by Judith & Heather.  I stamped him on water-color paper and colored him with Copic markers.  I stamped him a second time and fussy cut his head, popping it with dimensionals.  I also used the Judith & Heather Dots stamp.  This is such a handy background stamp, attached to the end of a 3/4″ x 3″ dowel.   The card stock and patterned paper are long retired Stampin’ Up products.  I created the greeting and sentiment using the Brush 455 BT font in black.  I cut the ribbon slide tag using Spellbinder’s Ribbon Tag Trio.  The ribbon is retired SU as well.

Next, the tiger:

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This two page layout is from a trip to Disney World’s Animal Kingdom; my favorite of all the parks.  It’s been years since I’ve been there.  I hear there are many new attractions.  I made this layout before my conversion to digital scrapbooking.  Back then, I was heavily influenced by Becky Higgins and I see a lot of her little touches in this layout.

Last, the bear:

An easel card made with this adorable trash can bear by Judith & Heather. One of my all-time favorite cards.

This card was made with another stamp from Judith & Heather, the Medium Trash Can Bear.  I stamped him on water-color paper and colored him with Copic markers.  I stamped again on aluminum foil and used an embossing tool to deboss it.  Then I turned it over and debossed it again so the raised area was on the front.  I fussy cut it and attached it with Ranger Multi Medium Adhesive.  I used Stampin’ Up card stock.  I found images of news papers on the Internet and shrunk them down to the appropriate size to add a bit of additional “trash”.

Up next on your “Walk on the Wild Side” is the talented Michelle.  I know she has something wild to share with you ’cause I got a sneak peek! 

Here’s our line up in case you get lost:

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Anything Goes at Connie Can Crop

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The first of the month brings another fun challenge at Connie Can Crop!  The theme this month is…anything goes…so no matter what you’re in the process of making, you can enter it in the challenge.  How easy is that?

Our sponsor this month is Kitty Bee Designs, who will be providing the winner of the challenge with the image of their choice.  If you click on the image, it will take you to their store.

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For my project, I used the cute Hello There Penguin digi image from our sponsor.  He’s a cutie.

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I used a Lori Whitlock cut file for the skeleton of this card-in-a-box, but I changed the insert quite simply by tracing around the penguin image and welding it to a piece that was a snow globe.  I used digital patterned paper to fill in the panels on the card but, for the life of me, I can’t seem to find the name of the kit I used.  After I printed the panels, I matched it to Stampin’ Up card stock, Lucky Limeade.

I sponged all the edges of the card base, pattern paper panels and inserts with Lucky Limeade.  I used the Snow Burst embossing folder on the bottom panels (which, thanks to my less than professional picture-taking, none of the pictures show).  I used the Love is in the Aire embossing folder on the top and debossed it for something a little different.

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If you’re thinking the penguin doesn’t look like a digi image, that’s because I converted it to a cut file.  It took a bit of finagling, but I think it came out pretty good.  I think those little eyebrows are so cute.

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The sentiment on the reverse clears up any doubt the recipient may have bout the greeting, created with the Ancient Script font.  I colored the cut file and converted it to print for a cute little accent on the back as well.

I finished the card off with a bit of bling I got years ago at Michael’s and a liberal application of Shimmer Spritz.

Before I leave you today, I want to remind you once again about the Anything Goes Challenge at Connie Can Crop.  Come on and join us!  You can get all the details here.

And one more thing…I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Karen and Linda, my newest followers.  Thank you so much for honoring me by subscribing.  I so appreciate it!

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My Favorites of 2016

Happy New Year!

 

May I be the first to wish you that on this New Year’s Eve!

I blinked…and there went 2016.  Whew, that was fast!

I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane, looking at the cards I’ve made this last year; sharing my favorites with you.  I hope you’ll join me!

Favorites of 2016

January

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This was a difficult choice for me as there were quite a few cards I made in January I liked and would definitely make again.  In the end I chose this one because it was a very clever card fold I never tried before and because the moose cut file is so darn cute.

February

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Again, my choice was difficult but I opted for this card and I can’t decide if it’s because of the front of the card or the inside.  I think the combination is a real “wow”!  The other contenders were from my post for the February Blog Hop.  I loved every card I made for that hop!

March

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What’s not to love about a card-in-a-box?  A close second in March was this February Blog Hop card.  Nothing so special about it; I just like it!

April

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I just like everything about this card.  I think it’s a great color combination, a great card fold and a great image. 

May

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I enjoyed this Technique Blog Hop, but I think this was my favorite of the group as it was difficult to figure out how to make that spinner track and I felt pretty accomplished.

June

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This card was made using a free template I found on-line years ago.  I turned it into a layered image and just love how it turned out!

July

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I normally don’t pick the more simple cards as one of my favorites, but this one just appeals to me.  I loved working with this technique.  If you haven’t tried it, you should put it on your list.

August

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I just love the colors in this card and I think the tri-fold is clever.

September

Ace wm 1I liked using untraditional things on cards.  Here the mesh really sets those tennis racquets off. 

October

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This black magic technique took me by surprise.  I didn’t think I wold like the look, but I liked it so much I made it in three different colors.

November

Pssst wm 1This is probably my favorite card of the year.  The technique is called layered acetate and it is so pretty in person and very unusual, too.

December

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I enjoyed working with this embossed impressions technique.  Not only do I like the card; I also like being able to find new ways to use my supplies.

 Well, that’s my line-up.  It’s been fun looking over the cards I made over the last year.  I hope you enjoyed taking the trip with me.  Thank you so much for following my blog.  I truly appreciate each and every one of you and I look forward to sharing my cards with you in 2017.

 

 

Technique Tuesday-Metallic Accents & Backgrounds

I’m combining the third and fourth installments of this Technique Tuesday series in one post today.  Partially because I’m participating in a special event blog hop next Tuesday and because there’s not that much to say about these last two.

Here is the card I made as an example of using metallic accents:

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I used the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies on a Whisper White panel.  Not sure of the spacing I wanted to use, I kept the card 5 1/2″ long and trimmed it after die cutting.  I used the Decorative Dots embossing folder on the top portion of the panel.  A portion of a stamp from the Jingle All the Way stamp set was stamped  on three panels.  I masked the portions I didn’t want, while inking the portion I did.

I normally try to make at least one more card using each variation of the technique, but time just got away from me.  Instead, I’m sharing thumbnails of a selection of cards I found on Pinterest showcasing the use of metallic accents:

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  1. Just a thin strip of metallic and an embossed greeting provide a real impact on this card.
  2. Matting makes these white panels pop!  You can make your foil paper do double duty for you by cutting the smaller rectangles from the centers of the larger ones.
  3. This card makes use of the negative space from Stampin’ Up’s Sunburst Thinlit Die.
  4. Here, a clever use of a metallic doily with a circle punched from the center makes a perfect base on which to create a wreath.
  5. Look at what you can create with some metallic thread and sequins
  6. My favorite of all the cards.  Die cut leaves from the top panel and metallic die cuts inserted in the negative space.
  7. The foil accented acetate does the work for you on this card

 

This is the card I made with an embossed metallic background:

 

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I made this card using a background stamp and a stamp and die bundle (both retired) from Our Daily Bread Design.  There are many stamps and dies on the market now you could substitute for a similar look.  I used Concord Crush and Perfect Plum card stocks with Whisper White for the greeting and panel inside.  The ribbon and silver cording is old from A. C. Moore.

As with the card above, I shared some of my favorite cards from Pinterest with a brief explanation of just why I like them so much.

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  1. The combination of embossed panels makes for a simple but elegant card
  2. The Merry Medley Background Stamp, embossed in Copper on Early Espresso on a panel of Copper Foil paper with die cut accents from the Pretty Pines Thinlits.
  3. Here is another version of the same card on a light background, just to show you how different it looks
  4. Patterned paper provide the background for this gold embossed background stamp.
  5. Dry embossed gold foil provides a beautiful backdrop for these card stock birds.
  6. My favorite of the group.  That blue paper on embossed silver foil (or aluminum foil).
  7. Here’s a background made using foil tape over chipboard for a dimensional “steam punk” look.  Black acrylic paint is painted on and then wiped off leaving paint in the recesses.

This wraps up the last Technique Tuesday for the year.  What do you think about the technique series?  Should I continue them into the new year?  If you could give me a thumps up or a thumbs down in the comments section, that would be great!

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Sweet Season at Paper Crafting World

Before I begin, I want to welcome my newest follower, YMCollins.  Thank you so much for subscribing.  You are now entered in my card bundle give-away when I reach 100 e-mail followers.  I’m starting to work on putting that bundle together now as we’re only 20 away.

It’s Paper Crafting World post day!  I post twice a month as a design team member and enjoy and appreciate the opportunity.  

I tried a new card fold technique and the files I used, Gingerbread House and Gingerbread Couples, worked perfectly with it.  Here’s the front of the card:

Here's the card I shared for the DT post at Paper Crafting World...the inside is where all the action is!

The card base is made from Cherry Cobbler card stock.  The digital paper comes from the Ho Ho Ho Kit by NitWit Collections.  I made the label using a cut file purchased in the Silhouette store.  I used Lucida Handwriting and Times New Roman fonts to create the greeting; trying to match it to the sentiment inside and accented it with three Candy Dots (retired SU).  Wink of Stella coats all the frosting and candy…just like the real thing but with no calories.

Now here’s the business end of this card:

Here's the inside...a pop-up panel card.  I have a template on my blog and am happy to share my Silhouette Design Studio V3 file if you can use it.

I watched this video to learn how to make this fold.  From the measurements given, I created a cut file which I’m happy to share if you’d like it…just let me know in the comments section.  I sized the gingerbread couples to fit in the squares.

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Using the same label cut file, I inserted a Stampin’ Up digital stamp, colored to match the components of the card.

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I wanted to share a tip on attaching the panel inside.  I placed the bottom half of the panel exactly where I wanted it and, with double-sided tape on the top, I closed the card over on it.  Then I flipped it over and attached the other half.  Perfect alignment!  BUT, when I opened up the card, I discovered too much tension on the folds.  The card still works, but next time I make one I will attach the inside while the card is open, flat.  Here you can see the problem:

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I’ll share two more Paper Crafting World cards next month. Yup, I’m continuing on as a DT member for PCW into the new year…happy about that!

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